It took me many years in the practice of medicine to realize that we get many of our chronic diseases from chronic malnutrition. Whether it’s heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis or obesity our increased susceptibility comes from deficiencies of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
If malnutrition is the cause of all these diseases then nutrition could also be the treatment. A few simple examples will support this concept.
Our Center has been doing breast thermography for 5 years. We have been able, over and over again to reverse the pathologic breast changes seen on a thermogram using intense nutritional intervention. Japanese women have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in the world because their diets are high in iodine. The corollary is also true. American women have the highest levels of breast cancer because they have the lowest. (0.5 mg. vs. 13.8 mg.) Does this mean if we would only increase the iodine in our daily diet we could prevent and even treat breast cancer? YES. Fibrocystic disease of the breast is unequivocally caused by iodine deficiency and can be reversed over 6 to 9 months by supplementing iodine. Also in general, countries with the highest levels of Selenium in their soil have the lowest evidence of all cancers.
The second example is that of this country’s number one killer- Heart Disease. Could it be that a deficiency of Vitamin K2 may be the cause and not cholesterol and fats in our diet? I was overwhelmed by the research from the Netherlands that demonstrated how Vitamin K2 pulled the plaque out of our arteries and did it in a matter of several weeks. Again, the Japanese and pacific islanders have the lowest incidence of heart disease because they eat NATTO, fermented soy, the greatest source of Vitamin K2.
A study done on a large population in Rotterdam revealed that 45 mcg. of Vitamin K2 prevented heart disease. This is why I urged all of my patients to take a single 90 mcg. capsule of MK7 (Vitamin K2). Does this mean that if we would only add a source of Vitamin K2 we could reduce our risk of deadly heart disease? Again, the answer is yes. The second part of the Vitamin K2 story is that when the plaque is pulled out of the arteries it goes back into the bones and reverses osteoporosis. A disease affecting a majority of women but also many men.
And finally if you haven’t heard it from me many times before, Vitamin D3, the sunshine vitamin, may be the panacea that both prevents and treats our worst degenerative diseases. These include almost every disease that you can mention from heart disease, cancer, MS, diabetes, and the whole spectrum of autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Scleroderma and Rheumatoid Arthritis. So what do I want you to take away from this medical alert? None of us should be foolish enough not to supplement our diets with these 4 basic nutrients:
3)Vitamin K2 as menaquinone 7
There are around 44 essential nutrients that your body requires but for our generation these 4 are dynamite!
These are tough times economically but I cannot think of a more cost effective way to maintain our health than through these few nutrients.
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine