Dr. Mills Natural Health Improvement Center
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THE LEE PHILOSOPHY – Part I
by Judith A. DeCava, C.N.C., L.N.C.
Scientific studies aren’t always what they seem. For example, a recent study seemed to show that eating a high-fat meal is more stressful to the heart and blood vessels than a low-fat meal. Researchers looked at how the hearts and blood vessels of 30 undergraduate students (aged 18 to 25) reacted to psychological stress after they ate either a high-fat meal or a low-fat meal. It was concluded that eating a high-fat meal increased cardiovascular reactivity to stress. Did the study prove this? Not really.
It’s all in the details. The high-fat meal was a McDonald’s breakfast of 2 hash brown patties, a Sausage McMuffin and an Egg McMuffin. The low-fat meal consisted of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, skim milk, Source fat-free yogurt, a Kellogg’s Fruit Loops fruit bar, and Sunny Delight orange juice. Yuk on both counts! Neither meal was nutritionally sound. Both meals contained ingredients that could adversely affect the cardiovascular system. The only thing the study proved was that trans fats, other altered fats and denatured proteins place more stress on the cardiovascular system than do refined carbohydrates. The high-fat meal was simply a bit worse than the high-refined carb meal. [i]
FOOD AND NUTRIENT FINDINGS
Foods and nutrients affect the blood vessels and heart. They can prevent and help or cause and worsen problems. Fruits and vegetables are good for your heart and blood vessels. No surprise? Ah, but now there are scientific studies that prove it! A multiyear study of more than 100,000 people showed that the more fruits and vegetables people ate, the less their cardiovascular risk. An analysis of 9 studies involving a total of 91,379 men and 129,701 women showed that fruit and vegetable consumption lowered the risk of heart disease. Researchers are looking at hundreds of plant nutrients and ingredients from fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. Many of these components are lower in patients with cardiovascular disease than those without it.
Vitamin C complex is one of the most important nutrients needed to support the strength, integrity, and flexibility of blood vessel walls and heart muscle function. Researchers in the Netherlands found that a higher level of ascorbic acid, a part of the vitamin C complex that “marks” fruit and vegetable intake, was associated with lower risks for vascular disease. Ascorbic acid is the protective “shell” for more functional parts of vitamin C complex. It’s been known for over 30 years that a deficiency of vitamin C is one of the causes of high cholesterol levels. Vitamin C is needed to improve gallbladder function so fats and cholesterol can be properly processed. It helps raise HDL levels, prevent premature rancidity of fats, and supports the inflammation and repair processes.
Whole grains have cardioprotective benefits. Many nutrients and phytochemicals in whole grains are low or absent in refined grains—like vitamin E complex, many minerals, folate and other B vitamins. Overweight people with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure were instructed to substitute whole grains for refined grains for 5 weeks. Their blood pressure dropped and, even though they were eating an average of 100 more calories a day than the American Heart Association diet they were on before, they still lost an average of 2.2 pounds. Another study found that men who ate the most whole grains had an 18% to 30% lower risk of heart disease compared with those who ate the least. Women with atherosclerosis who ate more whole grains fared better than those who ate less.
Various nuts—walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pine, whatever—do more than a standard low-fat diet to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and help maintain healthy tissues. Seeds—sunflower, sesame, flax, pumpkin, etc.—also show cardioprotective effects.
Medicinal plants—“herbs” to most of us—have beneficial effects for preventing and treating heart disease. Included are German chamomile, plantain leaf, peppermint, yarrow, St. John’s wort, nettles, and many others. Cayenne stimulates the heart and circulatory system; it can help lower blood pressure, reduce angina, and smooth out arrhythmias. Cilantro has been used in traditional medicines to relax muscles and enhance proper fat uptake and breakdown. Garlic can lower blood pressure, increase blood flow, inhibit blood clot formation, protect against LDL oxidation, decrease artery wall thickening, improve artery wall cell health, and decrease the effects of atherosclerosis. Garlic got some bad press because it didn’t lower the so-called “bad” LDL cholesterol. But it has the documented ability to inhibit and even reverse buildup of plaque in the arteries. That’s more significant than lowering LDL! Hawthorn has long been used for angina; inadequate valve function; palpitations; inflammation of heart muscle, valves, lining, or membrane coverings; rapid heart rate; cardiac nerve pain; and rheumatism of the heart. Studies have shown that it can reduce blood pressure and anxiety, decrease heart rate, improve cardiac pressure, reduce abnormal heart rhythms, and improve circulation.
For a while it was thought that soy protein in items like veggie burgers and soy milk could lower blood cholesterol and thus lower the chance of developing heart disease. But the evidence is “much weaker” than previously believed.
Omega-3 fatty acids are consistently linked with decreases in risks of developing cardio-vascular disease or dying from it. Studies have found anywhere from a 30% to an 80% reduced risk. Low levels of omega-3s are linked to increases in risk. For one thing, omega-3s enhance blood flow by relaxing open the arteries. A large clinical trial in Japan found omega-3s to be a “promising treatment for prevention of major coronary events.” Analyses of studies indicate that omega-3s should be consumed to help prevent cardiovascular disease, treat cardiovascular disease after a heart attack, and prevent a second heart attack. Wild fatty fish; grass-fed beef; poultry or pork from naturally-raised animals; eggs from free-range chickens or ducks; leafy green vegetables; flaxseeds; walnuts; and some seaweeds are good sources. So is cod liver oil which can lower triglycerides, overcome arrhythmias, and reduce the chances of dying from a heart attack. It may make the difference between walking out of a hospital after a heart attack and being carried out in a body bag. It works much better than a defibrillator in lowering death rate. As Dr Sherry Rogers says, “You can electrocute a heart all you want, but you are not going to bring it back to life if it doesn’t have the right chemistry.”
GLA (gamma linoleic acid), an omega-6 fat, may increase artery wall strength and lower cholesterol, triglyceride, LDL and VLDL (so-called “very bad”) cholesterol levels. GLA is found in green leafy vegetables, and borage, black currant seed or evening primrose oils.
Calcium regulates many cellular processes that function abnormally in people with cardio-vascular disease. Both low and high calcium levels may occur. When calcium and vitamin D intake is low, calcium can shift from the bone to soft tissue and from outside to inside cells. This shows up as “excess” calcium when there is really a deficit. Calcium is used like cement in blood vessel walls to reinforce them when they’re weak (hardening of the arteries). Then calcium is blamed for causing problems when it may actually be preventing a crisis! Supplementing with calcium also decreases total and LDL cholesterol.
A deficiency of magnesium increases risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and sudden cardiac death. People having a heart attack are often deficient. Magnesium helps to relax and dilate arteries, improve oxygen delivery, and alleviate arrhythmias. It can reduce angina and coronary “events.” Unfortunately, large doses of separated magnesium have been used like a drug after heart attacks have occurred. This can cause imbalances that adversely affect the cardiovascular system, so this drug-like use is controversial.
Potassium is protective too. In one study, cardiovascular death was 41% lower in people getting potassium. Other studies have shown that increasing potassium intake lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension and reduces incidence of stroke. Potassium enhances heart muscle metabolism and regulates blood pressure, preventing both high and low pressure. Very low selenium (a part of vitamin E complex) can increase heart disease risk. Adequate intake may improve blood fluidity. Low levels of zinc are often found in people who have heart attacks. The susceptibility of blood vessel linings to damage by bad fats (trans fats, refined oils) may increase with low levels of zinc. But taking large amounts of separated zinc can disturb blood fat levels. This may be due to low copper levels caused by taking too much zinc. Real food does not cause such imbalances.
People fed a diet low in copper have increases in LDL and decreases in HDL cholesterol. These changes reverse after they get copper. High serum copper may up the risk for heart attack, but the serum may not reflect copper intake or organ levels. Animal experiments show that high serum copper may actually mean low intake. Inadequate chromium increases risk for artherosclerosis. High intake of iron has been blamed for increased incidence of heart attacks, but this seems mostly due to taking large amounts of non-food iron in supplements or ‘fortified’ foods, not from real foods. Also, taking large amounts of ascorbic acid abnormally increases iron absorption.
Vitamins C and E complexes work together to protect artery walls. But using parts—like d-alpha tocopherol rather than whole vitamin E complex—doesn’t show benefits. Vitamin C complex is needed for vitamin E to function effectively. Vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin) improve relaxation and opening of blood vessels. B6 (pyridoxine) helps reduce blood pressure. Other B vitamins and nutrients like calcium, potassium, boron and zinc may strengthen and promote flexibility in artery walls and heart muscle while improving nerve function. Vitamin K—as in green vegetables—is now thought to contribute to heart health, helping to slow hardening of the arteries. Most Americans don’t consume enough.
People with low blood levels of carotenes such as lutein and zeaxanthin may be at greater risk for coronary artery disease. Egg yolks, yellow corn, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, kiwi, and Brussels sprouts are some good sources.
Coenzyme-Q10, found in most natural whole foods in small amounts and manufactured by healthy cells, may improve heart muscle performance, lower blood pressure (if high), and prevent breakdown of LDL (accused of causing atherosclerosis). Co-Q10 supports energy production in all cells and has “a remarkable affinity to protect heart cells that are deficient in oxygen.” Co-Q10 ignites the spark that generates ATP, the main source of cellular energy. When blood flow to the heart is reduced, oxygen needed for producing energy is also reduced—it’s called ischemia. When this happens, ATP production goes down and may remain so for a long time. Co-Q10 is needed to spark the production of ATP. Guess where Co-Q10 was first found and identified? In beef heart. Glandular (heart) supplements may thus be a wonderful source.
The brain needs glucose (blood sugar) to make energy, but the heart needs—guess what?—fats! More than 60% of the energy of the heart comes from burning fats. L-carnitine is like a train that shuttles in the fatty acids that are burned as fuel in the “energy factories” (mitochondria) of heart cells. Most muscle cells have about 250 mitochondria, but the heart has about 5,000, all needing to be ‘fed’! Fatty acids are essential for energy and L-carnitine is necessary to burn those fats efficiently. The best source of L-carnitine is mutton, followed by beef, pork, and lamb.
D-ribose is a complex sugar that begins the process of ATP (energy) production. It is the carbohydrate part of DNA and RNA (ribonucleic acid), B2 (riboflavin), and is core to the production of many essential metabolic compounds. It occurs naturally in all living cells, including raw whole foods.
Cells inside blood vessels release nitric oxide (NO) which helps blood vessels to relax, to stay flexible, and boost blood flow. Some people make less NO as they age. When there isn’t enough, blood vessels may constrict and become less flexible, contributing to angina, high blood pressure, and inflammation (susceptibility to injury). An amino acid, arginine, is used to make NO, so there are many arginine supplements on the market from candy bars and drinks to tablets and capsules. But the benefits of these supplements are uncertain. “Increased amounts of isolated amino acids can create imbalances with other amino acids and thus have adverse effects.” A recent study raised questions like why there was a small increase in the death rate of people who had had heart attacks and were given arginine supplements. Taking large amounts of arginine by itself can result in production of a very unstable NO that could cause problems. Gamma-tocopherol—a part of vitamin E complex absent from most “vitamin E” supplements—scavenges such unstable compounds. But taking alpha-tocopherol (the “vitamin E” of most supplements) could cause a deficit of gamma-tocopherol, reversing the hoped-for benefits of L-arginine. There’s a better way! Nutrients “function in the body as a team”—and that’s the way they appear in real foods. Nuts, dairy products, poultry, and fish are among the foods rich in arginine. Other foods such as leafy greens, whole grains, red wine, dark chocolate, and omega-3 fats also raise NO and/or help maintain blood vessel health. Exercise helps restore NO production too.
SUPPLEMENTS THAT FAIL
Several studies have shown that other supplements fail to help cardiovascular disease. For example, although folate and vitamins B12 and B6 are needed to lower homocysteine (considered a risk factor for heart disease and stroke) separated, manufactured versions don’t work very well! In two recent studies, people who took the chemical vitamins had a decrease in blood levels of homocysteine, but no decrease in heart attacks or stroke or death from cardiovascular disease. In one study, the risk was actually slightly higher than it was for people taking a placebo. The synthetic vitamins performed more as drugs, lowering homocysteine, but they didn’t get to the underlying causes. Manufactured imitation parts can’t give the cells the nutrients found in real food.
An analysis of multiple studies looked at the effect of isolated, synthetic folic acid on the risk of cardiovascular disease. The vitamin decreased homocysteine concentration, but had no effect on risk for cardiovascular disease or all-cause death. A group of doctors suggested that homocysteine is a marker for disease rather than an independent risk factor. Put another way, high homocysteine is probably an effect, not a cause.
Vitamin E—at least its former definition as d-alpha tocopherol—has been “tested” in many studies with “mostly null results.” A study that looked at d-alpha tocopherol and ascorbic acid (so-called “vitamin C”)—both separated parts—showed that they did not offset the progression of hardening of the arteries. Yet people with diets rich in vitamin E complex—the real deal in whole grains, unrefined oils, green vegetables, egg yolk, liver, etc.—appear to enjoy protection from cardiovascular disease.
Other unnatural un-nutrients, when studied, also don’t seem to work. Whether synthetic beta-carotene, folic acid, B12, B6, vitamins A, E, and C; inorganic minerals (those not in food-form)—they don’t help prevent or slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. Healthful foods which include these same nutrients in their collective natural ensembles do offer protection. Authentic, functioning, integrated complexes in real foods work! [ii]
CHANGE IS SLOW
In the OmniHeart trial, participants ate “a healthy, fruit-and-vegetable-rich diet” three ways. One group ate more protein (mostly from fish, poultry, beans, and tofu), one group ate more fat (mostly from olive or canola oil or nuts), and one group ate more carbohydrates (mostly desserts and other refined carbs). The higher-protein and higher-fat diets won over the higher-carb diet as far as cardiovascular disease risk. The researchers were surprised. We weren’t. The extra refined sugars in the high-carb diet were no doubt detrimental.
Another surprise from the study was that both the higher-protein and higher-carb diets lowered HDL (so-called “good”) cholesterol—the one we’re told should be high. But HDL stayed steady on the higher-fat diet. Oh dear. Does this mean that more protein is as bad as refined carbs because it lowers “good” cholesterol? Well, “experts aren’t certain that a drop in HDL is always bad.” What? “Some populations with low HDL levels have no heart disease,” says Lawrence Appel of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “HDL is so complex that we try to base our advice to the public on LDL and blood pressure.” And: “We still saw a substantial net reduction in overall heart disease risk on the higher-protein diet.” Wait a minute! We’ve been told that our HDL level should be high, but now we’re informed that low HDL is okay, that it doesn’t mean you’ll develop heart disease. HDL is “complex.” Isn’t LDL “complex” too? What next? Maybe LDL doesn’t have to be low.
A review of 1,214 studies found no evidence to support the idea that ultra low LDL (70 mg/dL or lower) is a good thing. Too low LDL is linked to depression and anxiety, messes with serotonin and other things in the brain. Okay, since total cholesterol was deemed less important than believed, then the ratio between HDL and LDL was supposed to be most important. Now HDL doesn’t have to be as high as thought, and LDL shouldn’t be too low, so the ratio between HDL and LDL can’t be that important either. Could it be that the whole cholesterol thing is not really a big problem?
“Together, the data suggest that blood cholesterol is not a major determinant of mortality in patients with heart diseases.” Evidently, only “certain categories of patients” need to lower blood cholesterol. Many factors contribute to heart disease. And individuals are all different. “In my opinion,” says Michel De Lorgeril, MD, “no biochemical marker [like cholesterol] can actually give a good idea of the risk of heart attack at the individual level.” Instead, a doctor should learn as much as possible about a person’s history and lifestyle as well as dietary habits—“because dietary habits are the main risk factor…”
Even so, statins—cholesterol-lowering drugs—are recommended for 36 million Americans, “most of whom do not yet have but are estimated to be at moderately elevated risk of developing coronary heart disease.” Three-quarters of those taking statins don’t have any evidence of cardiovascular disease. The current guidelines for these drugs are based on the assumption that cardiovascular risk is a continuum—an inevitable progression that leads to disaster (like a heart attack or stroke). It’s also based on the assumption that cardiovascular risk can be accurately predicted. Both assumptions are far from being proved. Same goes for the assumption that increased blood cholesterol causes heart disease. How cholesterol and blood fats are processed in the body “is very complex and not completely understood,” and there is no consensus on which changes in cholesterol or blood fats “are most relevant.” Sigh. Add to this the bad side effects of statins!
One thing that can raise cholesterol levels is Teflon, as in your sauté pan. As Teflon levels slowly accumulate in the body, they damage genes such as those involved in processing fats, leading to high cholesterol that resists treatment, even by drugs. Apparently, the only way to fix it is to get the Teflon out of your body. Isn’t it ironic that people use non-stick Teflon cookware so they can use less fat to keep their cholesterol levels down? [iii]
A supplement protocol that supports the heart and blood vessels may include:
Just Before Two Meals: After Two Meals: After One Meal:
2 Cardio-Plus (break in mouth) 1 SP Green Food 1 Garlic capsule
2 Vasculin (break in mouth) 1 Tuna Omega-3 Oil
1 Cataplex C (break in mouth) 1 Hawthorn (MediHerb)
1 Cyruta-Plus (break in mouth)
[i] Fabijana Jakulj, Dristin Zernicke, et al, J Nutr, Apr 2007, 137(4):935-9.
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Dr. Mills Natural Health Improvement Center
6565 Balboa Ave., Ste. A, San Diego, CA 92111
THE LEE PHILOSOPHY – Part 2
by Judith A. DeCava, C.N.C., L.N.C.
If asked about the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins, Dr. Royal Lee would become animated and say: “Well, I’m glad that question came up.” A mini-lecture would follow beginning with: “One is a chemical and one is a living thing….” He emphatically believed that people should understand the difference. Today, the issue of distinguishing between isolated or manufactured chemical ‘nutrients’ versus whole, natural biochemical food complexes is still urgent, still must be explained and emphasized. Just as the body knows the difference between grape-flavored juice or artificially-flavored grape candy and whole real grapes, it knows the difference between a separated chemical or a synthetic imitation and a real, multifaceted food. Look at antioxidants, for example.
The current theory is that antioxidants are “nutrients that prevent the production of free radicals, those unstable molecules that can attack healthy cells and lead to cancer, cardiovascular disease, aging processes and complications with diabetes,” among other disorders “thought to be related to increased free radical formation.” It is believed that the major culprit in free radical formation is oxidation – the same metabolic function that provides the body with fuel. In the process of being broken down for energy, oxygen molecules lose an electron, become unstable, and seek out a stable molecule from a “healthy” cell to pair with. This is thought to create more dangerous, unstable molecules. Antioxidants serve as “electron donors” which deactivate these molecules, preventing them from injuring cells.
However, the above process has only been observed under microscopes (in vitro) and then interpreted. Assumptions have been made in applying it to what goes on inside the living human body, but these have never been confirmed. Some scientists believe “free radicals” are a result of tissue insult, injury, or breakdown rather than a cause of damage.
Antioxidants, ‘against oxidation,’ are protective against premature breakdown. In foods, antioxidants protect functional portions of nutrient complexes. They are like the shell of a nut, the skin of a banana, the hull of a grain, the rind of an orange. When they are broken or removed, the food begins to spoil or oxidize faster than if the protective shield were left intact. Thus, ascorbic acid is the antioxidant which serves with and protects the functional aspects of the vitamin C complex. Alpha-tocopherol is one of several tocopherols that prevent premature rancidity of other functional parts of the vitamin E complex. Some nutrients can play incidental antioxidant roles such as beta-carotene, other carotenes, selenium, flavonoids, and many others which are portions of complexes and have multiple roles. Taken into the body as isolated supplements, antioxidants can provide some protection to the natural cofactors normally found with them in food complexes. For example, tocopherols help protect the other functional constituents of the vitamin E complex that are present in the body. However, especially if synthetic, much or most of separated antioxidants are lost through the kidneys. High dosages have drug effects, can cause deficiencies of other portions of their natural complexes, and can cause imbalances. It is like eating the skin of a banana but not the banana, disregarding the protected portion which has the highest nutritional value.
It is not surprising, then, that isolated, often synthetic, antioxidants “flunk” in many scientific trials. For instance, a mixture of alpha-tocopherol (so-called ‘vitamin E’), ascorbic acid (so-called ‘vitamin C’) and beta-carotene (one synthetic isolate out of hundreds of carotenes) failed to reduce the risk of heart disease in a study of more than 20,000 people aged 40 to 80. In another trial, 9,540 people with heart disease were put on either daily alpha-tocopherol or placebo; after 4½ years, those taking tocopherol had no fewer heart attacks or strokes than the others. Laboratory mice with brain tumors were given synthetic vitamins A and alpha-tocopherol while controls were given no supplements. After four months, the latter group had smaller tumors and more die-off of diseased and damaged cells. The “vitamin” takers fared worse than those without! Two studies (Rush and Rotterdam) looked at Alzheimer’s disease and antioxidant intake. Both found that food was a key to risk reduction and to higher scores on mental status tests. A high intake of foods rich in vitamins C and E was associated with the lower risk, but use of supplements of isolated vitamins was not.
When supplements of separated fractions are tested in intervention trials, results are “sometimes extraodinarily promising” (e.g., the 77% decrease in second heart attacks in patients with coronary heart disease given alpha-tocopherol), “sometimes extraordinarily disastrous” (e.g., the 18% increase in lung cancer in smokers given beta-carotene supplements), or “simply equivocal” (e.g., alpha-tocopherol supplements given to patients at high risk for cardiovascular events with no measurable effects). Some studies do find some benefits in isolated or synthetic antioxidants, but this is primarily due to limited protective effects they have on nutrients already present in the body. Researchers admit that human studies with such supplements have merely “raised more questions than they answered.”
Conversely, it is consistently found that people consuming “high levels of antioxidants” in their diets (fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc.) have lowered risks for cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disorders, and other problems. For example, people with diets rich in fruits and vegetables have a decreased risk of cancer and a higher level of carotenes in their blood. Supplements of isolated beta-carotene, though, “do not have an anti-cancer effect, rather the opposite in smokers.” Fruit and vegetable consumption decreases the amount of DNA damage in the body (a risk for cancer development), but supplements of isolated ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol, or beta-carotene do not decrease DNA damage in most studies. Dietary intakes of vitamin C below the recommended daily allowance are associated with increased DNA damage, and so is supplementation with “high-dose” ascorbic acid.
Such data puzzle scientists who search for “the” ingredient in food that “works.” Others concede that whole food packages must be the answer. “It’s possible that antioxidant supplements in high doses, unlike the nutrients in food, may upset the antioxidant balance in the body. The many types of antioxidants do different kinds of work, and they often work together. Similarly, many other substances, often marketed as supplements, have antioxidant effects in the test tube, but probably not in the body.” Biochemist Norman Krinksy explains: “Although a large number of population studies reveal a link between a diet rich in foods containing antioxidants and a lower incidence of certain chronic diseases, we cannot conclude at this time that antioxidants are the reason. Other nutrients or factors could be at play. While convincing scientific evidence may one day be available, the question or whether dietary antioxidants can prevent chronic disease still remains unanswerable.”
A report from the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine claims that taking massive doses of antioxidants such as ascorbic acid or beta-carotene not only fails to prevent chronic diseases, but may also be harmful. Rather than rely on isolated supplements, “people should simply eat more fruits and vegetables if they need more nutrients.” Scientists must acknowledge that “nutrient-dense foods” such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc., “are the most concentrated source” of antioxidants as well as a plethora of other factors including vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, phyto-chemicals, phospholipids, and much more.
“When we eat foods,” asserts Robert Jacob of the US Department of Agriculture, “we get a number of antioxidants, and it’s very likely that no single one is the ‘magic key’ to preventing oxidative damage and reducing chronic disease risk.” He says that between 250 and 500 milligrams (mgs) of vitamin C per day “would be more than adequate” to achieve potential risk reduction of many health problems and is “probably obtainable by diet alone.” Yet many scientists remain skeptical of ascorbic acid supplements which are used (often in large doses) in clinical trials with only “mixed results.”
It should be stressed that “clinical trials are designed to test drug efficacy, not long-term nutrient intakes.” So isolated, specific ‘nutrients’ – as drugs – are used. The drug mentality prevails in research and practice. “Bioavailability” – a term that should refer to the condition of food and its potential for absorption, utilization, and function – is presently defined as “the plasma concentration of a…drug given orally compared with the concentration when the drug is given intraveneously.” (Emphasis added) Sadly, the “transfer of this concept from pharmacology to nutrition has been successful.” For instance, one study on transplant-associated atherosclerosis reported on the bioavailability of ascorbic acid and alpha-tocopherol after supplementation. However, the researchers “do not show whether or not there is a correlation between plasma concentrations of the vitamins and progression of coronary atherosclerosis.” The presence of the chemicals in the blood was measurable; whether or not they performed any function was not. The Heart Protection Study Collaborative Group found that, although antioxidant vitamins were measured in blood, the regimen “did not produce any significant reductions in the 5-year mortality from, or incidence of, any type of vascular disease, cancer, or other major outcome.”
Current scientific design and practice is to make nutrients into drugs. And, as is true with all drugs, there are side effects: diarrhea from high-dose ascorbic acid, hemorrhage from excessive alpha-tocopherol, hair or nail loss from too much selenium, and so on. These are only quickly observable events; the internal biochemical imbalances are not so easily determined. For health’s sake, “the best sources of these nutrients are foods.” Half a century ago, Dr. Lee explained that we should get our nutrients from foods, from Nature’s pattern. [i]
A CLOSER LOOK AT VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a food complex containing many ingredients including ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids, rutin, vitamin K complex, tyrosinase containing organic copper, “vitamin J” factors, and more, all bound to a protein. When ascorbic acid is present in high amounts in foods, other synergists, such as tyrosinase, are also high. These factors are linked together in a biochemical – live – complex. Without its synergists, ascorbic acid will not have nearly the benefits of the complex. Without tyrosinase, for instance, ascorbic acid will not control fevers. Rutin and bioflavonoids with ascorbic acid are more effective together than either one alone in treating nasal and gingival hemorrhage. Natural vitamin C complex contains ascorbic acid in both its combined and free forms. The combined form, ascorbigen, is the more active of the two and is not present in the synthetic version.
Crystalline-pure synthetic ascorbic acid, devoid of synergists, cannot cure scurvy (overt vitamin C deficiency) in its entirety. The scurvy may be is relieved to some degree, but to afford a real cure, the complete vitamin C complex is necessary. Ingestion of isolated ascorbic acid also depletes bodily stores of other parts of the C complex such as tyrosinase. Therefore, Dr. Lee felt it was not honest to use the name “vitamin C” for ascorbic acid. That term “should be reserved for the vitamin C COMPLEX.” As recently as 1993, to differentiate articles sold as drugs from nutritional supplements, the US Pharmacopeia referred to ‘ascorbic acid’ as a recognized drug name and ‘vitamin C’ as a recognized food name.
When 1,000 mg ascorbic acid is ingested, blood uric acid and oxalate levels rise. At doses of 2,000 to 10,000 mg, diarrhea is apt to be a problem. “Very high doses” (over 2,000 mg/day) of synthetic ascorbic acid can result in elevated plasma glucose (blood sugar). Reports indicate 1,000 to 3,000 mg of ascorbic acid daily moderately decreases basal cortisol (an adrenal hormone) levels. “More than 1,000 milligram doses are risky. The body will eliminate excess C [ascorbic acid], but not without side effects.”
“It now looks like a combination of ascorbic acid and other vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals – all naturally found together in plant foods – is the ticket to optimal health protection. In fact, many fruits and vegetables with their complex chemistries, are better antioxidants than single vitamins.” Animal foods, too, can be good sources of vitamin C complex. Certified raw milk is one example. Heat sterilization (pasteurization) destroys the vitamin in milk. In the early part of the 20th century, heat sterilization of milk became a major cause of death due to scurvy in infants.
Cornell researchers found that eating 100 grams of fresh apple (one small apple) with skin provided the total antioxidant activity equal to 1,500 mg ascorbic acid. The apple’s ascorbic acid content (as a measurable part of the whole C complex) is about 12 mg. “What those findings show is that the combination of phytochemicals [plant components] plays a very important role in antioxidant and anti-cancer activity, and the real health benefits may come from a phytochemical mixture.” Numbers do not measure true potency; function and effectiveness do.
Ascorbic acid in large doses is thought to “knock out a cold” if taken early enough in the process. Actually, it acts as an antihistamine, a drug, that interferes with some initial stages of the biochemistry of inflammation – the body’s natural process to attempt tissue repair.
The late chemist, Linus Pauling, recommended huge doses of ascorbic acid – up to 18,000 mg a day, and even larger megadoses for people with diseases like cancer. Recent research clearly shows that the body will not absorb these amounts. Doses exceeding 120 to 200 mgs may is excreted through the urine. And high doses routinely cause diarrhea, flatulence, loose stools, and sometimes urinary frequency and urgency – all obvious reactions. There may be deeper adverse biochemical effects as well. Dr. Arthur B. Robinson, Linus Pauling’s assistant when Pauling performed his initial research on ascorbic acid, has long disagreed with Pauling’s ideas about the “benefits” of megadoses of ascorbic acid. Apparently these two scientists had some major feuds, so some of their studies were never published – including animal studies showing that a normal diet with high doses of ascorbic acid promoted cancer in mice exposed to carcinogens. But mice whose diet consisted of large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables (containing high amounts of natural vitamin C complex) with the same exposure to carcinogens had significantly fewer cancers. Diet (food complexes) -- not an isolated chemical compound – was successful, effective, functional. Synthetic ascorbic acid made things worse. Other Pauling research data suggested that massive doses of ascorbic acid were not always beneficial and could be harmful. So Dr. Robinson has been and still is a proponent of obtaining vitamin C from foods, not ascorbic acid. “Pauling simply would not allow facts to interfere with his thesis.”
An article in the conservative Journal of the American Dietetic Association estimates that 20 to 30% of the US population has “marginal vitamin C status.” One fourth of newly admitted hospital patients are deficient. Even people with clinical scurvy are presenting in doctors’ offices.
Low serum ascorbate (ascorbic acid as a measurable part of the vitamin C complex) concentrations are associated with a greater risk of dying from cancer and from any cause. Patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) have “substantially lower plasma vitamin C concentrations than do control subjects. The risk of stroke was 70% higher among people who consumed the least amount of vitamin C from fruits and vegetables as compared to those consuming the most. People who ate vegetables 6 to 7 days a week had a 58% lower risk of stroke than those who ate vegetables less than two days a week. Supplements were not addressed “because vitamin C consumption came only from fruits and vegetables.” Blood levels of vitamin C were “inversely correlated with mortality from all causes.” Again, the lowest blood levels of vitamin C were associated with the highest risk of death from any illness; the highest vitamin C levels were associated with the lowest risk of death from any cause. Higher blood levels of vitamin C were associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and cancer. It was calculated that a 50-gram increase (a little less than two ounces) in fruit and vegetable consumption could reduce risk of mortality from all causes by 20%. A little food has a big impact!
Vitamin C complex is one of “the most important of the vitamins,” said Dr. Lee in 1940. But since it is easily oxidized, it disappears in storage of fruits and vegetables. Fresh meats contain “valuable amounts of vitamin C, but in cold storage it is completely oxidized.” Raw milk is also a good source, but pasteurization and irradiation destroy the vitamin. Very fresh fruits and vegetables or food concentrates are the best bet these days. [ii]
A CLOSER LOOK AT VITAMIN E
Almost 30% of US adults have clinically low blood levels of vitamin E, “which may put them at increased risk for heart disease and cancer,” among other problems including disorders of the central nervous system, deterioration of the brain, and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E deficiency “raises risks for chronic diseases” in which low dietary intake or low blood concentrations have been implicated. A low blood level of vitamin E is very predictive of heart disease – far more predictive than cholesterol or high blood pressure. In fact, blood cholesterol levels tend to rise alongside falling levels of vitamin E. And chances of blood clots increase with decreasing levels of vitamin E. Furthermore, some scientists contend that the functions of vitamin E are underestimated if one considers only its antioxidative properties.
Although “vitamin E” is usually the term used to describe alpha-tocopherol – the tocopherol thought to have the highest biological activity and which is found plentifully in bodily tissues. However, vitamin E in foods and tissues always appears as a complex, a compound of multiple ingredients intricately woven together. Medical science acknowledges that there are at least a group of tocopherols and tocotrienols in vitamin E including four tocopherols (alpha, beta, delta, and gamma, known collectively as mixed tocopherols) and four corresponding isoforms of tocotrienols (alpha, beta, delta, gamma). All eight parts are antioxidants. In Nature they protect other functional portions of the vitamin E complex as well as contribute to its nutritional effectiveness.
Most attention has been focused on alpha-tocopherol, and most all “vitamin E” supplements on the market are merely alpha-tocopherol. Even “mixed tocopherols” are usually alpha-tocopherol with a tiny amount of the other three. Scientists are now “discovering” that gamma-tocopherol “possesses some unique properties” and is important in synergistic function with alpha-tocopherol. In fact, “supplementation with alpha-tocopherol in the absence of gamma-tocopherol leads to a reduction of tissue and plasma levels of gamma-tocopherol.” Dr. Lee warned years ago that taking supplements containing one particular fraction of a nutrient complex depletes bodily supplies of other components of that complex.
Recent research indicates that tocotrienols “may be more potent antioxidants” than tocopherols, with 40 to 60 times the antioxidant ability of tocopherols. They have a greater “recycling efficiency” under conditions of “oxidative stress” in the body. Tocotrienols also appear to have a more profound effect on cholesterol levels, have the ability to reduce plasma levels of apolipoprotein B and lipoprotein A, and have anti-thrombotic and antitumor effects. In other words, research attributes tocotrienols with benefits for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disease. “Tocotrienols magnify the protective effects of vitamin E [alpha tocopherol], making a complex mixture that is more effective than either E or tocotrienols alone.” If these neglected fractions have specific biochemical uses and advantages, what of other associated factors in the vitamin E complex? The idea of extracting one tocopherol, one anything, or a few portions out of the whole interrelated complex denies the good reasons why Nature put all the factors together in the first place. In 2000 a new variant of vitamin E was found, alpha-tocomonoenol, which “outperforms” alpha-tocopherol as an antioxidant. What else will be discovered that has always been present in whole foods?
Furthermore, food complexes of vitamin E have far more than antioxidant effects. “Now we’re talking about the physical importance of food,” explains Tom Watkins, Ph.D., “not its chemical composition, but the importance of it in delivering a physical effect.” The physiological effects of foods with small amounts of nutrient complexes are profound. Dr. Watkins uses the analogy of sprinkling salt on an icy stoop in winter. A small amount of salt will lead to the eventual melting of a large amount of ice.
In defining “vitamin E,” it is now acknowledged that nutritives such as fatty acids, phospholipids, tannins, selenium, manganese, and others “are known to interact synergistically” with tocopherols and tocotrienols. Nature already puts these and other ingredients – known and unknown – together in foods. Would it not make sense to use these preformed ideal packages? Separating the contents essentially destroys most nutritional function. If the parts are subsequently put back together, they “don’t work.” They work only before they are taken apart, not after. A food concentrate is an organized mechanism that has a function. If the organization is disrupted, the function ceases. Dr. Lee liked to use the illustration of a watch. If a watch were smashed with a hammer and brought to a chemist for analysis, the chemical composition would be identical to an undamaged watch. But the smashed watch no longer functions.
Synthetic, manufactured alpha-tocopherol is poorly absorbed and inhibits the body’s use of the functional, natural dietary sources. The designation “d,l-tocopherol” indicates a synthetic form, the type used in many scientific studies. Tocopheryls (acetate or succinate) are tocopherols that have been converted to extend their shelf life (again, supplements meant to be sold, not ingested!) The “optically pure form” of alpha-tocopherol (commercially manufactured by isolating one compound from plant materials) is referred to as “natural vitamin E.” Although better absorbed and able to be of limited nutritional use, it is still a chasm away from the whole, unaltered complex found in foods.
Studies indicate that food sources of vitamin E are far more beneficial than supplements of alpha-tocopherol. Fatty acids from fish have a beneficial effect on morbidity and mortality in patients with a recent heart attack, while daily use of 300 mgs of synthetic ‘vitamin E’ had no such beneficial effect. A clinical trial involving smokers given 50 mgs ‘vitamin E’ found no effect for decreasing cardiovascular events. A significant decrease in non-fatal heart attacks but an increase in fatal ones was reported in a controlled trial when doses of 400 to 800 mgs ‘vitamin E’ were given to persons with confirmed coronary artery disease. A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2000, Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation (HOPE), “the best study done to date,” showed that ‘vitamin E’ (‘natural’ alpha-tocopherol) failed to reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. After an average of 4½ years, the vitamin-E takers were no less likely than the placebo takers to have a heart attack or stroke or to have died of cardiovascular disease. Nor did the two groups differ in the rates of unstable angina, congestive heart failure, complications of diabetes, cancer, or death due to any cause. However, several observational studies “have suggested” that high dietary intake of vitamin E may slow the development and progression of cancer, atherosclerosis, and other diseases.
A study on the effect of isolated alpha-tocopherol in young smokers found that the supplements protected LDL cholesterol from oxidation (premature breakdown), but had “few significant effects on the more physiologically relevant” neutrophil (white blood cell) function. This “casts doubt” on the ability of alpha-tocopherol supplementation to reduce coronary heart disease in smokers. Some large studies provided no support that alpha-tocopherol may reduce or prevent the development of early atherosclerosis. Recent clinical trials employing alpha-tocopherol have basically had mixed results indicating either some benefit (probably from protective effects for functional vitamin E components consumed in food or stored in the body), no effect, or adverse impacts. For example, a recent study indicated that dietary and supplemental ‘vitamin E’ reduces the rate of cognitive decline in older people, and another study suggested that alpha-tocopherol supplements worsen and prolong respiratory ‘infections.’ In the latter study, people taking alpha-tocopherol (with or without a multivitamin) were sick longer, experienced more symptoms, and were more likely to experience fever and activity restrictions than those who did not take a supplement.
Results from clinical trials using fractionated, often synthetic supplements, are quite different from “the relatively consistent benefits from vitamin E” seen in observational studies where the nutrient is primarily obtained from diet. Less lung cancer was found in smokers who had the highest dietary intake of vitamin E and beta-carotene, “a finding recently confirmed for vitamin E.” Researchers found a connection between poor memory and low blood levels of vitamin E in an elderly population. Those who consumed the most vitamin E in their diets had the best memories. A low vitamin E intake was found to be a significant risk factor for atherosclerosis – “not related to vitamin supplements.”
The natural form of alpha-tocopherol, said Dr. Lee, loses up to 99% of its potency – its effectiveness – when separated from its natural synergists. In fact, alpha-tocopherol or mixed tocopherols without synergists “ceases to be vitamin E.” Pieces of nutrient complexes are not nutrients in their effects. And “high potency” fractions may actually reverse their natural, intended effects, performing opposite from the desired action. In an experimental trial back in 1945, animals deficient in vitamin E who were fed purified alpha-tocopherol died faster than deficient controls who received no vitamin at all. In the body, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and other antioxidants protect fats from becoming rancid, protect phospholipid nerve sheaths from being destroyed, guard the cellular membranes, and more -- all in addition to preserving oxidizable constituents of their natural complexes which are present in the system. Science is discovering what clinical experience has shown and what astute observers like Dr. Lee propounded over 60 years ago. Whole food works. [iii]
Dr. Lee dared to think, to resist conforming to the current scientific status quo, to reverently respect the superior wisdom of Nature. More than a reformer, he was a revolutionary. He knew that alternative views could shake one out of complacency, provide fresh viewpoints, open up new possibilities, and ultimately benefit the condition of earth and its occupants. Scientific research is now confirming what Dr. Lee knew decades ago, “…that where nutrition is needed, where starvation really has brought about serious disorder,” the use of drugs or drug-like substances (including isolated, synthetic supplements) where food is called for “is the height of scientific unsoundness, to say the least.” [iv]
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[iv] Verbal quotation, Biochemical Nitty Gritty, June 1983.
NOTE: Most manuscripts for Royal Lee quotations can be found in Lectures of Royal Lee, Selene River Press, Ft Collins, CO.