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The World Health Organization’s International Agency for
Research on Cancer recommends avoiding outdoor activities at
midday, wearing clothing to cover the whole body, and daily
use of sunscreen on usually exposed skin [1]. The American
Cancer Society advocates Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! to make
sure skin is covered in clothing or sunscreen and to avoid exposure
to the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM [2]. The U.S. Surgeon
General has issued a Call to Action focused on reducing ultraviolet
(UV) exposure, whether from indoor UV or from the sun
[3]. Though these recommendations, all focused on reduction
of skin cancer, are accompanied by brief acknowledgement of
the importance of vitamin D for health, they persist in urging
avoidance of the sun at the precise times when vitamin D can
be synthesized in the skin—the hours between 10 AM and 3
PM—and suggest that all necessary vitamin D can be obtained
through food and dietary supplements.
These recommendations are understandable from the viewpoint
of preventing the 3.5 million new cases of and 2000
deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancer in the United States
each year [4], but they neglect the fact that we have a long cultural
history of appreciation of the sun and use of UV radiation
for healing purposes. Moreover, they neglect that we have
evolved with physiological adaptations to help protect the skin
from the sun [5] when we are mindful of our exposure and do
not burn. They neglect the fact that increased sun exposure,
based on latitude, has been associated with protection from
several different types of cancer [6–15], type 1 diabetes [16],
multiple sclerosis [17,18], and other diseases [19–23]. They
also neglect the fact that exposure to the sun induces beneficial
physiological changes beyond the production of vitamin D.
Though adherence to the current sun-protective recommendations
would likely result in the reduction of nonmelanoma skin
cancer, that reduction would likely be overshadowed by the
potential reduction in deaths from other cancers and from cardiovascular
disease, which could be achieved by doubling
average blood concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25
(OH)D) to 40 ng/mL through a combination of sun exposure
and supplements [24].
The potential harm of sun avoidance and the neglect of its
positive effects on human health led to a seminar, Vitamin D
for Public Health: Integrating Sunshine, Supplements and Measurement
for Optimal Health, presented by GrassrootsHealth at
the University of California San Diego to inform and to help
initiate an action plan to restore a more balanced approach to
solar radiation based on input by the conference speakers.
The healing power of the sun and its use in medical treatment
(heliotherapy) have roots extending back into antiquity.
In the modern era, particularly the first half of the 20th century,
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heliotherapy was widely used in both Europe and North America,
particularly for the treatment of cutaneous tuberculosis, for
which Niels Finsen garnered the Nobel Prize for Medicine in
1903. Much of this work was done prior to the discovery of
vitamin D and of its synthesis in the skin by UV radiation,
which would have been a principal factor in the recovery from
disease reported a century ago. However, with the discovery of
antibiotics, the era of drug treatment of tuberculosis began in
the 1950s, and heliotherapy fell into disuse and is today virtually
forgotten. A major advantage of antibiotics was the ability
to avoid prolonged hospitalization with its associated expense
and disruption of individual lives. But that was a matter of efficiency,
not efficacy.
Tuberculosis currently afflicts 30% of the world’s population.
The effects—and perhaps the benefits—of heliotherapy in
this disorder, though much less well studied today, extend
beyond the synthesis of vitamin D [25]. We do not know (1)
the relative efficacy of antibiotic treatment and heliotherapy
for various manifestations of tuberculosis and (2) whether vitamin
D, by itself, is sufficient to explain the therapeutic efficacy
of heliotherapy in this disease.
Physiological Responses to Sun Exposure
The best recognized response to sun exposure is elevation
of vitamin D status. Two African tribes, the pastoral Masai and
the hunter–gatherer Hadza, have been shown to have serum 25
(OH)D concentrations averaging 46 ng/mL [26]. Both tribes
live in equatorial East Africa, where humans are thought to
have originated, and have daily sun exposure approximating
that of ancestral humans.
Physiological responses go beyond production of vitamin
D. When the skin is stimulated with UVA radiation, nitric
oxide is released, stimulating vasodilation and lowering of
blood pressure. During active exposure to UVA, diastolic
blood pressure in one study fell by roughly 5 mmHg and
remained lower for 30 minutes after exposure [27]. A reduction
of diastolic blood pressure by 5 mmHg decreases risk for
stroke by 34% and coronary heart disease by 21% [28].
Another physiological response of skin exposure to sunlight
is the thickening of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer
of the epidermis) and increased skin pigmentation through production
of melanin. This paired response actually protects the
skin and deeper tissues from the deeper penetrating and damaging
UVA rays while retaining benefits from UVB exposure
[29]. Though both UVA and UVB exposure result in increased
skin pigmentation, the mechanisms are different, with UVB
being responsible for the up-regulation of melanin synthesis
and thus the protective effects against UV damage to DNA
[30]. The best time for creating this response coincides with
the time of maximal UVB availability (10 AM–3 PM).
Additionally, human skin produces beta-endorphin in
response to UVB exposure [31]; these opioid peptides have the
result of increasing a feeling of well-being, boosting the
immune system, relieving pain, promoting relaxation, wound
healing, and cellular differentiation [31–33]. Light signals
received through the eye regulate production of melatonin and
serotonin for circadian rhythm control and also play a role in
seasonal affective disorder [34].
Impact of Sunlight and/or Vitamin D on Specific
Health Conditions
Studies of the relationship between cancer, sun exposure,
and vitamin D began decades ago with geographic associations
with cancer mortality. In 1941, Apperly reported an association
between latitude and cancer mortality based on sun exposure
although vitamin D was not yet explicitly implicated [6]. In
1980, Garland and Garland reported the association between
latitude and colon cancer using sun exposure as a proxy for
vitamin D status [7]. By 1990 it had been hypothesized that
deficiency of vitamin D was the main cause of breast cancer
In the last decade, analyses of UVB irradiance and cancer
incidence in countries worldwide have shown a regular pattern
of higher rates for countries that are further away from the
equator compared to those near the equator. This pattern has
held true for cancers of the colon [8], breast [9], pancreas [10],
ovary [11], brain [12], bladder [13], kidney [14], and multiple
myeloma [15].
In the United States, mortality rates for 15 types of cancer
for white Americans are highest in the northeast and lowest in
the southwest; these rates are inversely correlated with solar
UVB irradiance [38]. Similar findings have been reported for
Australia, China, Japan, and Spain [39].
In addition to these epidemiological studies, other studies
using serum concentrations of 25(OH)D have found strong
inverse associations for cancer risk and vitamin D status. A
2011 study in 10 European countries reported that individuals
with the lowest concentrations of 25(OH)D (averaging 8 ng/
mL) had almost 3 times the risk of colon cancer as those with
the highest (averaging 50 ng/mL) [40]. For breast cancer,
Lowe et al. found a 50% lower incidence for women who had
25(OH)D concentrations at 48 ng/mL compared to those at
10 ng/mL [41]. Similar findings from Mohr et al. in 2011
showed a 50% reduction in short-term incidence at 45 ng/mL
versus 12 ng/mL [42]. A more recent meta-analysis of 11
case–control studies of breast cancer incidence rate versus 25
(OH)D concentration near time of diagnosis found a 70%
lower incidence rate for 45 ng/mL compared to 5 ng/mL [43].
Though higher latitudes and greater cloud cover predictably
decrease vitamin D status, the inverse association is also true:
lower vitamin D status is a marker for reduced sun exposure.
This distinction is important because it is not possible in the
epidemiological studies cited to distinguish the effects, if any,
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due to reduced vitamin D status and those due to other actions
possibly produced by sun exposure. The mechanism of heliotherapy
action must be recognized as increased vitamin D synthesis
plus other, inadequately characterized spectral effects.
Two intervention studies have reported vitamin D effects on
cancer. Lappe et al., using a randomized controlled trial (RCT)
design, showed an approximate 70% reduction in all-cancer
risk in postmenopausal women given calcium and vitamin D in
a dose sufficient to raise serum 25(OH)D from 29 to 38 ng/mL,
whereas those given only calcium showed an approximate 40%
reduction in all-cancer risk [44]. In another study, men with
low-risk, biopsy-proven early-stage prostate cancer were given
4000 IU/day of vitamin D3 [45]. Over the year of treatment,
mean circulating concentrations of 25(OH)D rose from 33 to
66 ng/mL. A second biopsy showed that the number of cores
positive for malignancy was reduced for more than half of those
enrolled in the study. Patients from the same practice who did
not receive supplementation showed an increase in positive
cores over the same period of time. There were no adverse
events as a result of vitamin D supplementation in either study.
A proposed model for how vitamin D deficiency is related
to a wide array of cancers is the DINOMIT model of cancer
progression, which outlines a mechanism whereby vitamin D
might restrain cancer development and spread [46].
Type 1 Diabetes
Improved vitamin D status has been associated with a lower
risk of type 1 diabetes. Just as vitamin D status varies by season
and latitude because of availability of sun exposure [47], type 1
diabetes incidence rates peak annually in the winter/spring [48]
and risk varies directly with distance from the equator (just as
with many cancers) [16]. In Finland, with one of the highest
rates of type 1 diabetes, the frequency and dosage of vitamin D
supplementation during the first year of life have been associated
with type 1 diabetes rates. Specifically, there is an almost
90% lower risk of type 1 diabetes by age 31 for individuals regularly
given vitamin D supplements in infancy, versus those
who were not given supplements. Among those who received
supplements, those who received at least 2000 IU/day had an
80% lower risk than those who received less than 2000 IU/day
[49]. From 1965 to 2005, Finland had a dramatic increase in
the incidence of type 1 diabetes; over that same period of time,
the recommended vitamin D intake decreased from 4500 IU/
day to 400 IU/day [50]. Though association does not equal causation,
this phenomenon is difficult to explain in any other way.
A qualitatively similar difference in diabetes risk is reported
from the EURODIAB study [51] in which countries recommending
vitamin D supplementation in infancy had lower type
I diabetes incidence rates by age 15 than those countries not
recommending vitamin D.
In a nested case–control study of U.S. service members,
those with 25(OH)D concentrations <14 ng/mL had 3.5 times the risk of type 1 diabetes compared to those at 40 ng/mL or higher [52]. In a large cohort study, both insulin resistance and fasting insulin levels were inversely associated with serum 25 (OH)D concentration, providing biological plausibility for a contributory role of vitamin D in diabetes [53]. Evidence suggests that improving the vitamin D status of the population could lead to a marked decrease in type 1 diabetes incidence. Pregnancy Only recently have we started to understand the developmental origins of disease and how the perinatal environment affects lifelong health. Worldwide there is profound vitamin D deficiency among pregnant women, yet the role of vitamin D in pregnancy has largely been ignored [54]. Epidemiological data have shown that deficiency during pregnancy causes higher risk of maternal preeclampsia [55–58], gingivitis, and periodontal disease in the mother [59,60] and impaired fetal growth [61,62], impaired dentition [63,64], and increased risk of respiratory syncytial virus infection [65] in the infant. A recent RCT in India showed that women who were given vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy had a 61% lower risk of preterm labor and a 47% lower risk of hypertensive complications compared to participants who were not given supplementation [66]. In another RCT, vitamin D supplementation of 4000 IU/day was shown to be safe and effective in achieving sufficiency (32 ng/mL) for pregnant women and their infants, whereas 400 IU/day was ineffective [67–69]. In fact, women who achieved at least 32 ng/mL had a lower risk of gestational diabetes, preterm birth, preterm labor, preeclampsia, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and infection [69]. Overall, there is approximately a 50% reduction in preterm birth when 25(OH)D serum concentrations of 40 ng/mL are attained [70]. With a preterm birth rate in the United States of 11.4% and an associated cost of $26 billion per year [71], achieving an optimal 25(OH)D concentration of 40 ng/mL in pregnant women would greatly reduce this human and financial burden. Vitamin D for Optimal Health In common with many other micronutrients, vitamin D is a necessary but not sufficient factor for key cell-biologic processes. That is, it is an enabler; it must be present for those processes to occur, but it does not, itself, stimulate or cause them. In brief, low vitamin D status does not so much cause disease or dysfunction as it impairs cellular response to both internal and external signals. It is now recognized that essentially every tissue and cell in the body has vitamin D receptors. Furthermore, most cells also have the capability of converting 25(OH) D to its active form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D [1,25(OH)2D], and most of our daily vitamin D consumption occurs in this way [72]. This conversion in the cell allows each tissue to use vitamin D as it is needed. It also follows that, in the absence of Sunlight and Vitamin D JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NUTRITION 3 Downloaded by [Christine French] at 13:23 22 June 2015 vitamin D, none of our body systems can work at their optimal potential. Thus, it becomes clear that low vitamin D status would inevitably be involved in a wide range of dysfunctions and diseases. To address the issue of how much vitamin D is needed for optimal health, it is necessary first to consider the desired endpoint. If the goal is to avoid a known disease, such as rickets, the amount required will be less than if the goal is to optimize bone health. Moreover, shifting focus to the physiological need for vitamin D offers several criteria for determining need [73], including (1) the intake that minimizes the need for functional adaptation or compensation; (2) the status found in our hominid ancestors; or (3) the amount necessary to support a critical life function. These criteria are elaborated below: 1. One manifestation of adaptive compensation is the elevated parathyroid production that occurs when vitamin D status is low. Vitamin D–mediated intestinal calcium absorption reduces parathyroid activity, and the point at which vitamin D ceases to be a limiting factor in calcium absorption is the point at which parathyroid hormone concentrations are lowest. That occurs when serum concentrations of 25(OH)D are in the range of 48–52 ng/mL [74]. 2. Approximating the vitamin D status of ancestral humans, as noted above, has been done for 2 African tribes. Their average 25(OH)D concentrations (around 46 ng/mL) [26] provide the best available estimate of the level to which human physiology has been fine-tuned by natural selection over the millennia of human evolution. 3. A critical function of vitamin D is passage of the nutrient from mother to child in breast milk. In order to fully support the infant’s need for vitamin D, the mother must have a blood concentration of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) above 10 ng/mL, which happens only when serum 25(OH)D is above 48 ng/mL [75]. At today’s prevailing vitamin D status values, no D3 is transferred into breast milk. Hence, currently recommended 25(OH)D concentrations are not adequate to support this critical physiological function. In brief, all 3 physiological criteria converge on blood concentrations around 48 ng/mL. Though a 25(OH)D concentration of 20 ng/mL may be sufficient to avoid clinically evident rickets, it is not sufficient to sustain physiological functions and promote optimal health. Vitamin D may come from UV exposure, dietary intake, or supplements. The input from all sources required each day to meet physiological needs and to support optimal health is estimated to be roughly 6000 IU/day [76,77]. However, because of variations in individual ability to produce vitamin D from UV exposure or to absorb it from dietary sources, as well as variations in individual requirements, testing serum concentrations of 25(OH)D remains important. Cost–Benefit Analysis Of the 30 leading causes of death in the United States in 2010, 19 have been linked to low vitamin D status, including various forms of cardiovascular disease, various cancers, diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease, and falls and fractures in the elderly [78]. If the population of the United States were to increase their vitamin D status to 40 ng/mL, we could expect to see a potential reduction of as much as 336,000 deaths each year (out of 2.1 million deaths attributed to the diseases concerned) [24]. This includes estimated reductions of 180,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease, 20,000 from colorectal cancer, 12,000 from breast cancer, 70,000 from other cancers, and 15,000 from Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to this annual reduction in deaths, the direct costs of care for the associated diseases would be reduced by roughly $130 billion each year. Raising 25(OH)D concentrations appears to be the most efficient and cost-effective way to reduce the burden of disease and increase life expectancy in the United States [24]. Among the reasons vitamin D deficiency is so widespread are the public health messages from the U.S. Surgeon General, the Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization, all of whom promote avoidance of sun exposure and covering the skin with clothing or sunscreen when out in the sun. It should be noted that these messages focus mainly on reducing nonmelanoma skin cancer. With a total of 5 million cases of skin cancer treated each year at an annual cost of $8.1 billion, skin cancers result in 13,000 deaths annually. Melanoma, by far the most deadly form of skin cancer, accounts for 70%–75% of those deaths [2,3] and 40% of the costs [3]. Despite public health messages to the contrary, not all skin cancers, particularly melanomas, are directly attributable to moderate sun exposure. Though painful sunburns before the age of 20 seem to be a strong predictor of all types of skin cancer, chronic or lifetime sun exposure is associated with an increased risk of nonmelanoma skin cancers but a decreased risk of malignant melanoma [79]. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS The full solar spectrum is essential to optimal health and well-being. Humans are physiologically adapted to produce vitamin D in response to sun exposure, specifically UVB radiation; other regions of the spectrum seem to confer benefit as well. Though some vitamin D comes from our diet (and more recently from supplements), we should not ignore the natural capacity that we possess to produce our own. We are of the opinion that moderate sun exposure (less than the time required to burn) to the arms, shoulders, trunk, and legs should be sought rather than avoided. Once that limited time has been achieved, we agree that covering the skin or seeking shade 4 VOL. 0, NO. 0 Sunlight and Vitamin D Downloaded by [Christine French] at 13:23 22 June 2015 may be appropriate. The benefits of such exposure go beyond production of vitamin D and include other physiological responses to sunlight, still inadequately explored, including release of nitric oxide, production of beta-endorphin, and regulation of circadian rhythms—all important components of lifelong health and well-being. The current policy of sun avoidance is creating probable harm for the general population. Ignorance of the effects of portions of the solar spectrum at wavelengths longer than the ultraviolet is due mainly to lack of suitable measurement tools for cutaneous and systemic responses to those regions. 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Symphony of Life

My perspective of our very existence has been altered recently. I viewed a new documentary called “The Symphony of the Soil” It explained how soil is alive with microbes that work with the plants to provide the nutrients that the plants require. In turn, we consume the plants that carry some of the nutrients we require. We in turn require microbes in our gut to help facilitate the absorption and production of the nutrients that our cells require. In essence, we come full circle and eventually return to the soil. We must be in concert with the earth to survive.

The American Indian respected our mother earth. Unfortunately, our modern American society does not respect the earth and we are forever poisoning our soil with toxins from our meat and crop growing protocols including the false belief that we can do better than nature. We are adding tons and tons of toxins to our environment as waste products such as CO2** as well as adding insecticides, herbicides and now glyphosates to mother earth that is up taken into the food crops that we consume to stay alive. We are destroying the earth microbes with the toxins that are part of our life cycle. We are creating dead earth. We are the recipients of multiple trace toxins that negatively impact our bio systems. We are also the recipient of dead food without the precious nutrients that we need. We have become a chemical society that shows no respect for mother earth.

As an example, Splenda (sucralose) is found in our water everywhere. It is found in our Ocean water. It is now known that it destroys the good bacteria in our gut. We need good bacteria in our gut to deliver the key nutrients we need. Each molecule of Splenda contains 3 Chlorine atoms. The chlorine atom is a master oxidizer. This is one example out of thousands of how we are negatively impacting our health.

We are an expression of mother earth and need to respect it. I fear that the voices of reason and understanding are being drowned out by those that profit from their efforts to violate this earth. The challenge is how can we identifying an action plan that changes the path this society is on to ruination and our eventual demise?

The adult human is estimated to have 37 trillion cells in its body. Each of these 37 trillion cells has the blueprint for life in its DNA which is composed of 30,000 genes which is an array of only 4 amino acids structured uniquely for each gene. Each cell has been programmed to have a function prescribed by the blueprint for life. The process of existing and replicating requires 100’s of nutrients to be available for the living cell to perform its task properly.

When toxins in varying amounts are introduced into the body through our modern lifestyle which has changed dramatically over the last century, these toxins in trace amounts compete with the essential nutrients for the cell’s needs. In other words, the receptor sites on the cell have a nutrient replaced by a toxic molecule that is similar in design to the nutrient that is supposed to be available at the receptor site.
The nutrient that has been studied most extensively by the scientists in the last 10 years is Vitamin D. Each of the 37 trillion cells in our body have a receptor site for Vitamin D. Research indicates that they have identified over 3000 genes that require the active form of Vitamin D called calcitriol to enter the cell and turn on a specific gene to have the body stay at its optimum health. When the human is 100% healthy, all the cells are in harmony with each other and the mind and the body are in sync. The expression of life is at its fullest and the song of life is seen and heard.

When we do not have the optimal amounts of the nutrients required, the orchestra’s harmony becomes less vibrant and not all the orchestra participants have a role to play. Using Vitamin D as an example, when the blood value drops lesser amount of genes are turned on to provide the vibrancy of life that we are capable of. Discords develop.

Science has recognized that if you don’t have healthy bones you are deficient in Vitamin D. There is general agreement, that you need about 30 ng’s to prevent bone discord. What has not been said is that at this level we only have a band of 10 players singing the song of life rather than a full orchestra.

As we increase the blood value of vitamin D, our song of life becomes richer and more vibrant. At 50 to 60 ng’s where we were a half century ago before the lifestyle changes we have made has caused us in general to lose half the blood value of vitamin D that is essential to a healthy life.

Now that we are experiencing minimal values of Vitamin D, the susceptibility to disease states has increased dramatically, because not only is Vitamin D competing for its receptor site on the cell, but all the other key nutrients have toxins competing for the rest of the receptor sites.

What is emerging out of the research is the fact that to have a harmonious body, we need to double our vitamin D blood level from 30 ng’s to 60 ng’s. If we are fighting cancer which is caused by abnormal cells turned on not by the nutrients, but by a toxin or pathogen, we have great discord within our body and we need to double the blood value of Vitamin D again to help bring harmony back. Vitamin D does not do it alone, but is just the base violin which works with all the other instruments (nutrients) in the orchestra to provide the song of life (strong immune system) which each of us wants to enjoy life to the fullest.
Our food system has continued to deliver us less and less nutritious food laced with too many trace toxins that is overwhelming our ability to cope.
To bring the orchestra up to its full potential, we must reject foods delivering the wrong sheet music in our life. Nature (God) created the perfect human being. We are using herbicides, insecticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, cold tar dyes, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and many more toxins to produce the food we consume today. Man is destroying the symphony of life by having the wrong concept of what is food.

My mission is to share with everyone what I have learned about our less than healthy lifestyle in the US.

What the FDA is not telling you about Acetaminophen (#1 Brand Tylenol)

It is my professional opinion that individuals who chronically take daily doses of acetaminophen with or without alcohol risk the depletion of their bodies’ store of an essential amino acid called glutathione.
I maintain my glutathione level by taking Ultra Glutathione 500 mg daily which I have found to be bio available. Read my article called:


The chemical was discovered around 1900. It has no anti-inflammatory properties. It sat on the chemist’s shelf as an oddity until the 1950’s when J&J decided to market it as a competitive product to aspirin. The marketing advantage was that it reduced the risk of stomach ulcers.
Physicians bought into the concept big time. The pain pill was legitimized by the FDA because it was marketed originally only to physicians as an Rx item. Once J&J had the marketing information that stated “Tylenol is the number one recommended pain pill by physicians” the product was converted to a non-prescription status. Fast forward to the 1980’s and an Australian physician determined that the major culprit in stomach ulcers was H. Pyloric. It took 10 years for our medical profession to accept his findings as being legitimate.

Our livers today are being over taxed by a myriad of trace toxins that need to be metabolized by our livers. When overdosing occurs, essential nutrients are depleted. Glutathione is a key one that is destroyed by excess acetaminophen consumption. In addition, it is converted to phenacetin in the body and will crystalize in the kidney and damage the nephrons if the individual is dehydrated. The FDA took phenacetin off the market, but no one at the FDA looked at how acetaminophen is metabolized in the body.

There is a current theory that the FDA is aware of, that consumption of acetaminophen creates a gliotoxin that causes autism in the infant. Paregoric has been replaced by Tylenol baby drops over the last 50 years. Read my “Autism Crisis N2E”  article. Major cultural changes have taken place over the last fifty years or so. Considering the heartache of parents who have an autistic child and the number of people who have required a liver transplant due to acetaminophen poisoning why do we need it except under physician’s supervision?

Also consider the fact that many millions overdosed over the last 50 years. Some of which died for lack of a liver being available or just not seeking medical help in time. A mother whose son had the flu died of self-medicating on multiple acetaminophen products pleaded with the FDA to prevent this from happening in the future. It fell on deaf ears back in the 1990’s.I believe our medical leadership lacks compassion, empathy and real concern for preventing unnecessary pain and suffering due to the over use of OTC and Rx drugs in the US. Acetaminophen is the poster child of bad medicine. When will bad drug marketing stop trumping good medicine?

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The Ugly Side to Food Dyes by Lisa McGill

The children’s food industry knows exactly what sells. Children like attractive packaging, bright colors and vivid, sugary fruit drinks with a hue so artificial they don’t look like they’ve ever been near a real fruit. Judging by the worldwide renewal of interest in organic foods, parents are beginning to realize the damaging health impact that pesticides and additives have on their children’s food. Unfortunately on many occasions the children are present for the weekly shopping trip and so influence parental buying decisions. Shop displays are often aimed at children with items that would appeal to them placed on lower shelves within easy reach or near to checkout tills so they can pester their parents on the way out for that extra purchase and children are bombarded with commercials on TV, billboards and in magazines every day. It is how junk sells and it’s a strategy that has worked for decades.

The ADHD Epidemic

At the same time, the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has grown by 24% in only one decade and demand for the drug, Ritalin, has sky rocketed. Of all the countries in the world, the US consumes 85% of the supply of Ritalin. Through 1991-1999 the prescription rate for Ritalin climbed by an unbelievable 500%. Now, 10% of both high school aged boys and girls in the US are taking medication for ADHD.

What is even more concerning about these startling statistics is that the drug Ritalin is an amphetamine-like drug and it acts on the brain in the same way as an amphetamine or cocaine by stimulating dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for the feeling of pleasure. It is addictive in people who use it heavily and prescriptions can be procured for the purposes of illicit use, which is what led to it being banned in Sweden.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children

In addition to children with ADHD, There are also up to 500,000 children and teens that have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the US – a condition where the child thinks obsessively about the same subject again and again or they are fixated on performing the same activity repeatedly. They may also feel anxious as if they are in danger and not be able to rid themselves of the feeling. The sheer number of young people with OCD matches that of young people with diabetes and means that for every average sized elementary school there will be four or five children enrolled who have OCD. Before reaching for the bottle of pills to calm down a child that is bouncing off the ceiling, parents should look in their cupboards at the food they buy because chances are what the child is eating is contributing to or even causing the disruptive behavior.

Food Dyes, Hyperactivity and Bad Behavior

Food dyes are a number one culprit. In a study of almost 300 children, researchers tested the ability of food additives to cause hyperactivity. They gave a group of children two types of fruit drink containing the preservative sodium benzoate and various food colorings including:

Sunset yellow dye

Quinoline yellow dye


Allura red dye

They drank the preservative and dye laced drinks for a week with the three year olds having 300mls a day and the eight to nine year olds having 625mls a day. In a separate week, the children were given a placebo drink that didn’t contain the chemicals and their parents and teachers were asked to record their attention levels on a specially designed computer test.

Both parents and teachers found that when children had the additive drinks – containing enough dye andpreservativesfor two to four 56g bags of sweets –it had a significant negative effect on their behavior. Even when the amount of drink consumed was restricted, the negative behavior still occurred.

Endocrine Disrupting Dyes

Parents would be forgiven for thinking that it’s just sweets and cordial that is the problem. Dyes on any type of food have potential health risks. You might have bought your child a nice piece of fish, thinking that is healthy and will give him his omega 3, but what you didn’t know is, many varieties of fish are actually sprayed with dye so that they retain their pink fleshy look. It makes them more visually appealing to the customer. People don’t want to eat gray fish and it would affect sales – but if they were aware of what goes into their food they might change their mind.

Sometimes a preservative is used to prevent the fish from losing its color after death. This preservative – 4-hexylresocrinol – has been used routinely but has only recently been discovered to be an endocrine disruptor. It actually mimics the action of estrogen in the body. This can have numerous unintended health consequences such as infertility and cancer.

Due to research into the harmful effects of food dyes, the UK government has requested that all food manufacturers remove artificial colorings from their products but the US hasn’t followed suit. There are over 3,000 food additives and dyes added to food in the US and none are safety tested to see if they disrupt hormones. Given the vast number of functions that hormones have in regulating every aspect of our physical body and our emotions and behavior, it seems almost incredible that this vital information is omitted from safety tests. Even more incredible is the fact that health agencies rarely consider the huge array of chemicals ingested by children every day that may be impacting negatively on their physical and emotional development.

Choose Organic for your Child

If you want to avoid hyperactivity in your child, go back to basics. Instead of buying pre-packaged meals, cook your own from fresh, local produce so that you know what is going into your family food. It is more time consuming but it’s worth it. Choose organic so that you can be sure there are no pesticides or herbicides in your food. Organic food manufacturers usually do not add any dyes to their produce. Cut out the excess sugar, candy and fruit cordials from your child’s diet and opt for real fruit juice or filtered water instead. Then sit back and see if your child’s concentration and school work improves.

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A video presentation that explores the need for health education to reverse the dysfunctional healthcare system in the United States. Learn why the driver of this crisis is the nutritional system as it is currently managed by the Department of Agriculture and the National Institue of Health, as well as the Institute of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration. Learn that a balanced approach to Nutrition, Nutrients and Exercise plus Mind-Body Harmony is key to a long healthy life. The bottom line is that each individual has to reject nutrient deficient dead foods as well as toxins in our food and drink as well as the environment. Positive change only takes place through an understanding of the unhealthy aspects of the American life style. Come and learn.

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Reduce risk of Breast Cancer by as much as 90%

My goal today is to share what I have learned about our healthcare system and how you as individuals can take the necessary action to minimize your chances of acquiring disease states including cancer.

We have a healthcare crisis in the United States.
Fifty years ago, only 1 in 22 women acquired breast cancer.
Today it is 1 in 8 women. Autism was almost non-existent but
today, they believe 1 in 50 infants born will have some form of autism.

A report came out that in the Amish communities in Ohio, the autism rate is only 1 in 10,000. The Amish grow their own food.

Dr. Weil was trained at Harvard and believes in good nutrition and integrating our current healthcare system with alternative medicine. He has said that we do not have a healthcare system in the United States. In reality we have a disease management system and our ability to change the system is in doubt. He has testified before a congressional healthcare committee in Washington about this issue. I concur with his assessment.

I am a pharmacist by education but I have also received a degree in business management and have studied how our healthcare system works from a profit point of view. In my business career I became intimately knowledgeable about how our pharmaceutical manufacturers work and interact with the FDA and Congress thru lobbyists. They are one of the best run and most profitable industries in the nation. They depend on developing patented drugs to treat the symptoms of disease states for which they can charge a lot of money.
So where are we? We are 49th in the world in life expectancy, 50th in infant mortality according to the CIA and we are spending 3 Trillion dollars a year on healthcare headed for 5 Trillion by 2020. That is almost twice as much per capita than any other nation in the world and we have 30 million people who can’t afford healthcare. The Office of Business management in Washington has declared that our cost of Healthcare is the number one detriment to our long term economic growth.

Consequently Congress has created the Affordable Healthcare Act to contain the growth of Healthcare expenditures. It is predicted insurance rates for Healthcare will climb 25% in 2014 year. In a year we may be calling it the Unaffordable Healthcare Act.

In reality, the problem that is driving our healthcare crisis is not being addressed.

We are consuming too many nutrient deficient foods in this country that have been grown on nutrient depleted soil. In addition, much of it is contaminated by residues of herbicides and insecticides. Also, we have genetically modified crops called GMO’s designed to increase crop yield around the global to feed the billions without any real understanding of the future impact of gene manipulation on our crops. Finally they are processed in a manner that further depletes the nutrient content and in many cases is delivered to the consumer as convenience foods laced with chemicals to enhance the taste, reduce spoilage and deliver little or no nutritional value. In other words, we are consuming belly fillers. In California last year the GMO industry spent $47 million dollars defeating our right to know when we are eating GMO foods. That’s 47 million to defeat our right to know.

Over the last 50 years the nutrient content of the foods we consume have been dramatically reduced and the toxins we are consuming have dramatically increased. The NIH, the Institute of Medicine and the FDA and the medical profession have not recognized how these events have had a strong synergistic effect on lowering our ability to stay healthy. If they have, they have not found the courage to speak out and reverse the problem. The FDA has approved many of the chemicals that are added to our food supply and have limited the amount of the chemicals that we can consume in a serving.

We consume many different artificial sweeteners in multiple foods. Here is a list of them. The newest popular sweetener on the market is called sucralose. It has been added to 10’s of 1,000’s of food products in the United States. The FDA says it is OK if we don’t consume more than 5 mg per Kilo gram of body weight. It’s been on the market for a decade or so. Marine biologists are now finding sucralose in the ocean waters around the US.

To digress for a moment. Do you know what else the marine biologists have discovered? Fish in our aquariums such as the Shedd in Chicago that manages 32,000 aquatic animals will not stay healthy if they don’t get enough Vitamin D. They solved the problem with Vitamin D sun lamps.
100 years ago we knew the importance of Vitamin D and we had solariums on the top floor of hospitals, which have basically all disappeared.

What did they know then that we don’t know now? I guess we need to have our marine biologists teach our physicians about the true value of Vitamin D or maybe we should seek health advice from them.

Back to sucralose. You can’t control your consumption when it is included in many of the products you consume daily and the ingredient statement doesn’t say how much you are consuming. You may know it as Splenda when you add it to your coffee or tea.

When your baby needs electrolytes to reverse dehydration your physician will advise you to buy Pedialyte flavored which contains sucralose. We are training our infants to accept this chemical as being natural. Shame on the FDA and the medical profession for not stopping this travesty.

The FDA believes they are doing the right thing, but they don’t recognize it isn’t only the chemical sucralose that we are consuming, but a whole list of other chemicals such as saccharin, msg, aspartame, equal, coal tar dyes, chemical flavoring agents, preservatives, growth hormones and meat modifiers and too much caffeine. It is the cumulative effect of all these toxins that are creating the harm.

The FDA has been politicized and influenced more by the food and drug manufacturers than guided by what is ethical and good for the citizens of the US. Equal (aspartame) was approved through political manipulation of the FDA. Also, as another example is a chemical which sat on the chemist shelf for 50 years & was marketed by J & J as a better alternative than aspirin. Only now, 50 years later are we learning about the fact that half the liver transplants are caused by overdosing on Tylenol or the generic called acetaminophen. In addition, 1000’s die each year from overdoses and the truth has still not been revealed that acetaminophen is converted to phenacetin in the body and is responsible for kidney damage and kidney failure. The drug phenacetin was taken off the market years ago, but we still are exposed to the detrimental effects of this drug by consuming acetaminophen. This drug depletes the important essential nutrient called glutathione.

So what am I getting at? It is the cumulative effect of all these chemicals=toxins all added together that are having a detrimental effect on our bodies ability to ward off disease states and particularly cancers.

Think back. Fifty years ago many of these chemicals didn’t exist and our food supply was more wholesome and nutritious. Many of us still had Victory gardens which got us through World War II. My folks had a victory garden and I ate my way thru the garden in the summer.

Today, there is a movement afoot to support local family farms that grow their crops with little or no insecticides and pesticides. When you support these farmers at the farmers market you are called a
In the meantime, the news media accepts spin articles and news broadcasts on medical topics on many healthcare issues that are designed to confuse and miss-inform the individual. There have been 1000’s of studies about the value of Vitamin D and the results have not always been consistent. That is why physicians in general are slow in recognizing our Vitamin D deficiency epidemic. In reality, some studies have been poorly designed or they have been purposely designed to deliver a preplanned negative outcome or they don’t understand what interferes with raising the blood value of Vitamin D.

You may not be able to raise your blood value of Vitamin D, if you have liver or kidney function problems. If you are on Rx drugs that depress your Vitamin D blood value or use the Vitamin D2 form rather than the Vitamin D3 form.

Also, a form of D3 that is sub potent and poorly manufactured. Also, you may have a Magnesium deficiency. Two out of three Americans are deficient in magnesium due to our nutrient poor food supply. All of these issues are not identified or addressed in most research studies

Recently a local newspaper ran an article from the Tampa Bay Times that talked about the mystery of MS. They talked around the issue of the value of Vitamin D, and did state that there are few cases of MS at the equator and as you go north there is gradual increases until you get to the State of Washington, where they only have 38% sunlight year round and have the highest number of cases per capita. The article was more focused on talking about drugs that alleviate and slow the progress of MS. In other words, it was designed to reinforce the use of drugs in MS treatment.

All we need to do is convince Bill Gates through his foundation to test all citizens in Redmond Washington for their Vitamin D level and bring it up to the new normal of 50 ng’s and see what happens to the healthcare costs and the disease states in that city. We don’t have to go to African to find an epidemic.

The travesty of medicine is not to recognize the true value of having enough Vitamin D which by the way is not a vitamin but a hormone called calcitriol that is necessary for about 3,000 of our genes to function properly.

So what should you do? The intelligent decision is to have your physician measure your blood value of Vitamin D. If your doctor reads the test results and he says it is OK, you must ask him what the blood value is. Most physicians are behind the curve and believe a blood level of 25 ng’s is OK. I’m convinced it should be what Dr. Heaney says. 52 ng’s. There are mail order sources for getting your Vitamin D blood value measured. You can go to as well as for more information. It costs around $65 for a mail order blood test.

If you want a comprehensive blood test for all your key nutrients including Vitamin D, you have to find an enlightened allopathic physician or a homeopathic physician who can order you the “30 nutrient blood test” from You can go to their website to learn more.

Your medical insurance will pay for a vitamin D blood test if you have a medical condition where low Vitamin D has been recognized as being part of the problem. If you need to take Vitamin D, most physicians will write you a prescription for a mega dose of 50,000 IU’s of Vitamin D2. Canadian Research indicates that Vitamin D2 which is ergocalciferol is not as easily metabolized as Vitamin D3 which is cholecalciferol. It is wiser to buy a well-known brand of Vitamin D3 in the Vitamin Department of a Drug Store which is the more effective form.

I believe strongly that you only achieve and maintain good health through good nutrition and avoiding toxins in factory foods including meat from factory animal farms. That is why I have created an educational website called

My goal is to educate the American people about good health and hope that our school systems from kindergarten on to medical school address the health education issue.

Outrageous healthcare costs are contributing to the economic crisis that we are dealing within this country.

When our national debt equals our gross domestic product it is a stain on the politicians of both political parties for listening to the special interests who profit from the status quo.

N2E+ for Life stands for nutrition void of toxins as much as possible and supplementing with nutrients to compensate for the lack of nutrients in our food supply.
Also, exercising to maintain muscle tone and body shape plus learning to distress your daily life to avoid the detrimental effects of stress on your mind and your body.

I hope I have given you the incentive today to take charge of your health. Reject junk food, read food labels and avoid processed foods with preservatives, dyes artificial sweeteners and other toxins. Determine what nutrients you are deficient in and correct accordingly. Exercise and find your mind-body harmony in your daily life to reduce your stress level which can negatively impact your immune system. In essence, you will be practicing N2E+ for Life.

There is so much more I want to share with you, but you will need to go to my website called to learn more.

Here is Dr. Heaney’s slide about life expectancy.

He believes all of us can live into our 90’s if we have sufficient Vitamin D.

I believe it is true if we practice N2E+ for Life.

I wish all of you a long healthy life.

Thank you Thomas Braun RPh
Founder N2E Health Education Institute, LLC

Why a true cancer cure will not exist within the current paradigm of traditional medical treatment


Oncologists around the world have been trained in treating cancers with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. All of these approaches are an attempt to stop the growth of the cancer cells that are creating the malignancy. All of these approaches can and usually slow the progression of the cancer, but the inevitable triumphs.

Understanding the genesis of cancer development is the starting point of stopping the ever increasing toll of cancer on the human race. Accepting the fact that all of us carry cancer cells in our body during our whole life is the first step of understanding. The second step is to understand that one of the functions of our magnificent immune system is to eradicate aberrant cells that have been malformed.

Our immune system monitors cell development and destroys all cells that do not comply with God’s blueprint for our existence. Having an impaired immune system allows cancer cells to grow and interferes with the biological functions of the human body.

In the United States, two hundred years ago, it was uncommon for Americans except the elderly to develop cancer. That is not the case today. Humans of all ages from infants to the elderly are acquiring cancers of all types. So..Why is that?

It is an expression of a life style that has been molded by a nutritional system that has lost its focus on delivering nutrient rich food, coupled with the fact that creative food scientists have discovered how to enhance the food consumption experience. This has been done by adding chemicals to the food we eat that are factory processed to enhance the color, the flavor and the shelf life of the finished food, with little regard as to the cumulative effect of the toxins on the bodies cells’ ability to reproduce normally.

This toxic effect on our cells is compounded by the consumption of pharmaceutical products that may not only directly impact the normal division of cells, but also have in some cases the ability to deplete essential nutrients that are required for normal cell division.

The current wisdom is that the minute amounts of these chemicals don’t have an impact on the ability of cells to divide properly and are innocuous. What has not been recognized is that today we are dealing with a cascade of chemicals in 10’s of 1000’s of factory foods that we consume along with a nutrient poor food supply due to depleted soil, genetically modified crops, and factory created foods.

In addition there is a negative impact of drugs and the food toxins on the essential nutrient base that is required to remain healthy. This phenomenon impairs the immune system’s ability to remain whole and vibrant so it can destroy the aberrant cells that potentially can become cancers.

Since President Nixon declared war on cancer about 50 years ago, the pharmaceutical industry has been searching for the magical cure for cancer. They have not found one. It is now common place for the oncologists to declare that a cancer patient is cured if they survive 60 months after diagnosis. The only true progress that has been made is the fact that cancers caused by smoking cigarettes has declined and has contributed to a decline in some of the cancer rates. What has been spawned is a 50 billion dollar US chemotherapy industry designed to slow the progression of cancers. It is seven times as large as the European use of chemotherapy with similar survival outcomes.

The actual cure for cancer can be found within in us by being dedicated to avoiding toxins and maintaining a good nutritional base, along with exercise and avoiding stress.

A young neurologist fresh from medical school 22 years ago discovered this the hard way. He was helping test a new brain scanning system and he volunteered to do an MRI. They scanned his brain and discovered that he had a brain tumor. They removed it the best they could and he survived the surgery. In turn, he researched the value of organic foods and discovered there were anti-cancer foods rich in nutrients that the cells of our body require. The result is that Dr. Servan-Schreiber has shared his research in a book entitled “Anti-Cancer New Way of Life”

Unfortunately he passed away in July of 2011, twenty years after diagnosis. Doctor Devra Davis, the Founder of the Environmental Health Trust who is campaigning for safer use of cell phones believes that Dr. Servan-Schreiber was a victim of heavy cell phone usage that caused his brain tumor to return. Dr. Davis is most concerned about children’s use of the cell phone.

Modern life styles in the United States and other non-tropical or sub-tropical areas around the globe have become Vitamin D deficient environments for the inhabitants of those nations. There is strong evidence that the active form of Vitamin D called calcitriol is an essential component for a strong immune system. It is estimated that 1 billion people around the globe are vitamin D deficient.

The pharmaceutical industry is well aware of the value of Vitamin D for maintaining a strong immune system. In fact, there is a global effort underway to discover an analog of vitamin D that is patentable that will boost the immune system. The objective is to make it into a profitable pharmaceutical for the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

There is also another group of scientists and advocates that are determined to educate our medical community to the fact that sufficient Vitamin D levels of 50 ng’s are essential for good health and the reduction of disease states in the United States and around the globe. Currently, the medical community is content with their patients having a blood level of 25 ng’s.

If the Vitamin D deficiency is eradicated in the United States, the frequency of disease states in the American population would drop dramatically. Coupling this with the removal of toxins from our food supply and consuming nutrient rich food would restore the health of all Americans.

Eradicating the Vitamin D deficiency in the United States is only part of the solution. In addition, we have to convert a “disease-management” system to a true healthcare system by addressing the root causes of our crisis. These are not my words, but those of Dr. Weil who has eloquently said this in a recent interview.
The truth is that a nutritionally deficient food system is driving a dysfunctional and expensive healthcare system that is destroying the economic base of the United States.

The only solution that will work is to educate the American public to the need to reject foods that are nutritionally deficient, avoid toxins in our foods and environment, stay physically active and fit and avoid stress as much as possible. My formula for a long life is called N2E+ for Life.

The future of this nation depends on the ability of our leadership to recognize our dilemma and take the appropriate action to correct our food and health crisis. Lacking leadership means each of us has to be proactive to change the current detrimental food and medical lifestyles that we are subjected to, by rejecting those components that are impacting our health negatively.

Thomas A. Braun RPh President and Founder
N2E Health Education Institute, LLC
1440 W. Blackhawk Drive
Mount Prospect, IL. 60056




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