As I was preparing my breakfast this morning, we received a phone call from a relative, who wondered if we could care for their school age child who awoke with a fever this morning. Of course we were glad to do it; that’s what grandparents are for, but at the same time, I realized that not many parents are on top of ways to keep their children healthy at this time of year. The western medical profession does what they’re able to do, and some may not be as forthcoming with advice as they might be if their medical education was paid for and their license was secure from being yanked if they said the wrong thing. (And, healthy kids don’t make money for medical clinics.) So, here’s my own advice. There’s no charge for this counsel, so it's at least worth that much. It's probably worth much more than that. You decide. Remember, I’m not an MD or PA or NP. I’m an old PhD physicist/beekeeper/classicalnaturopath who doesn’t have 25 years of experience in health care-- I have 30 years of experience as a physicist, only 15 years in health care.
HERE’S WHAT I WOULD DO...
I’m going to assume that your child is a normal, healthy child. (If there is diabetes, cancer or other pesky conditions, the advice may be different.)
I’d suggest a daily vitamin D3 intake of about 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 for every 25 pounds of body weight. If s/he weighs 75 pounds, then the dose would be about 3,000 IU daily. If the child is very young, you can administer it as a liquid if s/he can’t swallow the tiny capsules. During the summer, some of this vitamin D will be absorbed from the sun, if s/he plays out of doors. From September through April in Minnesota, it’s difficult to get it from the sun, so go for supplements. Vitamin D3 is dirt cheap and very healthy. We sell 5000 IU capsules for about ten cents each. Work out the arithmetic so s/he gets the right amount on a daily basis. One 5000 IU capsule given every 5 days provides 1000 IU daily. A daily dark vegetable and/or a handful of sunflower seeds will help absorption. Ideally, have the child tested periodically to be sure that his/her vitamin D3 serum level is in the vicinity of 40 to 80 ng/ml, via the 25(OH) vitamin D test. (Mail in kits are available to do this.) Too little vitamin D3 may increase the risk of various cancers. Way too much D3 is not good, but not usually not real serious.
For infections (colds, flu, and such): Noncorn vitamin C is helpful for prevention, although it’s almost impossible to find. Vitamin C from (GMO) corn may be about 25% as effective, possibly worse, especially for cancer treatment. We stock noncorn vitamin C for cancer treatment and these can be helpful for bacterial, viral and probably fungal infections. My personal preference for such conditions is called Nanosilver Complex Concentrate, made by BioImmune, Inc., and which we stock. Silver in a complex will not build up in the body as does ordinary colloidal silver, and it is found to be antibiotic, antifungal AND antiviral. You will want to take a probiotic with it (spaced by an hour from when you take the Nanosilver) to replenish the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Nanosilver Complex Concentrate is not cheap, but it works, it has no taste, no side effects, it even resolves MRSA-- and I keep it in our medicine cabinet for serious conditions. (Nanosilver Complex is probably helpful in treating Ebola, too, but it’s not politically correct to talk about that right now.)
Overall health for kids: Unless you live in CA and have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, give them a good quality daily multivitamin. That will help. Natural Vitality has a good one which is plant based and in a liquid form; add it to juice.
I’d have the same recommendations for your consumption of vitamin D3 as I gave you for children: 1000 IU per 25 pounds of body weight, taken daily. (My weight is about 180, so I take about 7,000 IU daily.) For serious infections, I take 1/2 tsp Nanosilver Complex, 3x daily until symptoms are gone. I also take a good probiotic over the period of treatment, though spaced by an hour from when the Nanosilver is taken.
Consider the herbal Protandim for long term health benefits at affordable cost. It stimulates the body to produce its own antioxidants (1 "molecule" of Protandim appears to be as effective as one million molecules of vitamin C) and my experience is that I just don't get sick when I'm taking it. I suspect it may also prevent some heart disease. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh36LIA72fY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8f_Pw5KcW4 for further information. Protandim works, and is free of side effects. If your system is quite toxic (as with smokers), you may experience some low level "flu-like" symptoms for a few days at the start, as the milk thistle (one of five herbals in it) detoxes the liver. The cost is about $45 per month, which makes for a really cheap health assurance policy. There are lots of distributors around-- it's sold as a multilevel marketing product--the company seems to be a very reliable one to deal with. (Full disclosure: I am a distributor; last year I made $150 selling it!)
BUSINESS OWNERS: To keep your staff healthy and productive, consider dispensing free vitamin D3 to them. It will cost you about 10 cents per day (1 cent per hour) for each employee, or maybe 25 cents per day if you do it for the whole family. Imagine how your health insurance premiums could drop if no one is getting sick! For yourself and/or key employees, consider daily Protandim. That will cost about a buck fifty daily each, or a twenty cent per hour increase. Is it worth that to have your employees’ loyalty, respect and increased productivity for what you’re helping them do for their health and longevity? That's what I would do...
DO YOU HAVE A PESKY CONDITION?
If you were diagnosed with cancer anywhere in the body, chances are the next conversation you had that day was with an oncologist who stood ready to put you on chemotherapy. Before you start chemo, see if you can get a clear unequivocal answer to your question of, “Will this really prolong my life?” Based on research done in both Australia and the US, published in Clin Oncol 2004 December, chemo may help significantly with testicular cancer (37.7%)%) or Hodgkin’s disease (40.3%). With most other cancers, the odds that it will help you live past 5 years are less than 10%, zero for many of them. Research also indicates that chemo and radiation tend to bring cancer back, not a good thing. If you’re seeking to reverse cancer, we’d suggest you try chemo and radiation only as a last resort, regardless of what your oncologist says. Apparently oncologists make much of their income by commission on the use of chemo drugs. If the nutrition is good (organic veggies, no dairy, meat, or sugar), if you do daily imagery, clean out the emotional closets (EFT is good for this) to get rid of all the anger and guilt, and if you follow a healthy nutritionally based treatment protocol, you’ll probably be just fine. We work with cancer patients; we might be able to work with you...
If you have OTHER pesky conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s, you should also consider daily Protandim. (See the videos for adults, above.) It seems that in a great many degenerative diseases, if you search out the root causes, you find that “oxidative stress” is a big player in how these conditions get started. Protandim has been shown to markedly reduce oxidative stress, by about 50% in a month or so. It’s a reasonable guess that if oxidative stress is reduced, many of the symptoms of the disease may simply fade away.