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Low Vitamin D and Low Fat & Cholesterol

Americans of all ages lack enough vitamin D. Using sunscreen all the time does not allow your skin to make vitamin D from cholesterol. Not drinking whole milk is also a problem. Over sixty years ago, scientists found that if whole milk was irradiated with ultraviolet light, vitamin D was formed in the milk. If the milk was homogenized breaking up fat globules so cream wouldn’t rise to the top, this whole milk was a good source of vitamin D and helped make strong bones. This prevented rickets in children.
Except for lactose intolerant adults, who don’t drink any milk, most adults for the past thirty years are using low-fat milk. Teens and even younger children are given low-fat milk. It’s no wonder they don’t like it unless it’s chocolate milk. Many drink soft drinks instead.
Many adults are afraid of both dietary cholesterol and fat, so they shun healthy sources of cholesterol like egg yolks and organ meats. Cholesterol is necessary for life. It’s a major component of the brain and in cell membranes. It is also the starting molecule for vitamin D. Organ meats are a good source of vitamin K2, which acts with vitamin D to keep calcium in your bones and not deposited as plaque in your blood vessels.
The media, drug companies and food manufacturers have ignored the separate research by Dr. Bantle and Dr. Reisen that shows that both diabetics and normals make excess blood fats and excess LDL-cholesterol from high-fructose corn syrup. Patients are given anti-cholesterol drugs, statins, to reduce excess “bad” cholesterol. Wouldn’t it be better to stay away from soft drinks and foods containing high-fructose corn syrup so you wouldn’t need statins? Organic whole milk could provide some natural vitamin D. If you need more, get vitamin D3 in capsules that contain magnesium as well as calcium.

Sugar is Addictive to Many People

You have heard of a sugar high. Sugar can act on the same brain receptors as do alcohol and most drugs. It makes you feel good by stimulating your brain to release endorphins or serotonin. Sugar has other characteristics of an addictive substance. Some people can’t think of living without it and get withdrawal symptoms if they try. They seem to need more and more to feel good.

It’s no wonder that many Americans have developed type II diabetes because of their addiction, especially to sweet liquids. In my book I tell of several types of treatment. Julia Ross, who used to run an addiction clinic for illegal drugs, gives patients high doses of certain amino acids to take away their cravings for sugar. Dr. Rivas uses a combination of supplements and amino acids but says that carbohydrate addicts should avoid these foods the rest of their lives. Dr. Schwarzbein, who had been a sugar addict herself, says to eat more protein as well as avoiding sugar. Proteins contain tryptophan that can be changed into serotonin and into melatonin for restful sleep. She says to avoid stimulants like caffeine. Artificial sweeteners can increase cravings for sweets so diet sodas are out.

In a recent article, Dr. Jeffrey Rossman, adviser to the Rodale Institute has 10 steps to get rid of a sugar addiction. He suggests carrots, cherry tomatoes, and some fruits for a little sweetness that won’t raise your insulin. He says if stress causes you to consume sweets, try alternative activities. Always get enough sleep, exercise and sunlight.

I wonder if the patients who had been on the drug Avandia that has caused heart attacks could be given high doses of certain amino acids and also try anti-stress techniques. Dr. Dean Ornish uses yoga, group therapy and meditation to prevent heart attacks in patients who already have some arterial plaque. Type II diabetes might be reversed with life style changes. Treat its causal addiction so you don’t need dangerous pills.