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    Calcium and Vitamin D

    I have done loads of research and in a few studies it has shown that Calcium and Vitamin D combined can decreases your breast density and prevent and prevent cancer.

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    feathers, I know you haven't been here long but you need to know that making a bold statement like yours without citing the actual research you are referencing will not win you any friends here. Just thought you would like to be aware of that. Good health,

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    Some studies reported that vitamin D and calcium help reduce mammographic density, one of the strongest breast cancer risk factors. Vitamin D and calcium are being evaluated as potential breast cancer prevention agents.

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    Remember, when you bring up your levels of vitamin D and Calcium, you want to also bring up your levels of vitamin K2. The vitamin K2 helps your body use the vitamin D and calcium properly. You want the calcium to be deposited in the bones, not the soft tissue and arteries.

    Unfortunately, you have to be careful with vitamin K2 supplements if you are taking the Coumadin / Warfarin blood thinner. Do so only with the help of your doctor. That drug interferes with both vitamin K1 and K2, even though it is only K1 that is needed for blood clotting. Due to the lack of vitamin K2, one of the side effects of Warfarin is calcification of the arteries and subsequent plaque formation on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettybird View Post
    Remember, when you bring up your levels of vitamin D and Calcium, you want to also bring up your levels of vitamin K2. The vitamin K2 helps your body use the vitamin D and calcium properly. You want the calcium to be deposited in the bones, not the soft tissue and arteries.

    Unfortunately, you have to be careful with vitamin K2 supplements if you are taking the Coumadin / Warfarin blood thinner. Do so only with the help of your doctor. That drug interferes with both vitamin K1 and K2, even though it is only K1 that is needed for blood clotting. Due to the lack of vitamin K2, one of the side effects of Warfarin is calcification of the arteries and subsequent plaque formation on them.
    Very technical. I find it much easier to stick to the diet that is recommended for me by my nations peak medical body. I doesn't cost a cent above normal living costs and I get all the vitamins and minerals I require.


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    In an ideal world, all you would have to do is eat a balanced, fresh, organic traditional diet. However, the world isn't ideal. Suppose you come down with a nasty flu bug, and have diarrhea for a week. Next week, the flu is over, but your intestines just aren't right. You now have “post infectious irritable bowel syndrome.” The present hypothesis is that the flu bug damaged the nerves in your gut, and now the lack of proper motility interferes with the removal of excess bacteria in the small intestine. You now have what is called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), with symptoms of bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea. Not only do you have the symptoms, but the SIBO bacteria also interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12 and your fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. The SIBO also interferes with the disposal of estrogen by the liver. No matter how great your diet, these vitamins aren't being absorbed well enough and your liver is struggling to remove toxins. Without these vitamins, and perhaps some other interventions, the intestines never get a chance to heal, and you end up with long term diarrhea, bloating, gas, and/or constipation.

    Another example of a nutrient problem. This time, it may apply to more people here. Yeast overgrowth can interfere with nutrition. Those with diabetes, AIDS or cancer are known to be susceptible to yeast overgrowth. There are several nutrients that yeast deplete or interfere with. Let's just take one of them to discuss here. The yeast interfere with the absorption of Coenzyme Q10 from your food. (They convert it into Coenzyme Q9, Coenzyme Q8, etc., which your body can't use.) In AIDS, the yeast overgrowth can be so severe, that the doctors may have to give coenzyme Q10 intraveneously to save the patient's life. However, for most of us, even those with a pretty bad digestive system, all we have to do is take a supplement of CoQ10 to make up for the deficit. (You can get tested if you want.)

    There are different forms of CoQ10 on the market. When the intestines are inflammed, the form of coenzyme Q10 that is best absorbed is Ubiquinol, or sometimes Coenzyme Q10-QH. Although more expensive than regular coenzyme Q10 supplements, its asorbability and increased protective effects on the heart are worth the difference in price.

    Here is a particular example concerning CoQ10, lymphoma and chemotherapy. When people take the chemotherapy antracyclines for lymphoma, a possible side effect is cardiotoxicity / heart problems. This medical study says that taking a supplement of Coenzyme Q10 can help protect the heart during the chemotherapy. [1] I'm not saying that coenzyme Q10 all by itself is going to get rid of your cancer. (There are only a few isolated cases of that reported with breast cancer.) However, anyone with both cancer and some intestinal issues may be having trouble absoring enough CoQ10 from their food. Also, if you are taking statins to lower your cholesterol levels, that will interfere with your liver's ability to create coenzyme Q10. Diabetics have on average about half the levels of coenzyme Q10 compared to the general population. People with leukemia or lymphoma are often beset by yeast / fungal problems. There are even a few unsual cases where just taking an antifungal to remove the yeast has caused the leukemia to go into remission. However, antifungals usually don't cure yeast problems. Yeast are tricky beasts. You can mow them down, but if you don't change the environment, they will grow right back.

    1. Iarussi D, Auricchio U, Agretto A, et al.: Protective effect of coenzyme Q10 on anthracyclines cardiotoxicity: control study in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Mol Aspects Med 15 (Suppl): s207-12, 1994.

 

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