We are the Gardeners of Our Lives

We are all gardeners. We are given a body, mind, and spirit, all of which must be nurtured in order to grow. What we eat, drink, breathe, and think determines the health of our garden. Deepak Chopra reminds us, “Happy thoughts create happy molecules, and healthy thoughts create healthy molecules.”

Fertile Soil
The soil of your garden is largely determined by the thoughts and nutrients you have in your body. The healthy garden needs the right nutrients. To feel better and be well, you must first get healthy. To have a healthy garden, you must pay special attention to the soil. The soil must be free of weeds, stumps, and stones for the optimal growth of our plants (cells). The healthier, more vital our cells are, the better we feel. Soil that is full of essential nutrients yields healthy, robust plants. Soil that is depleted of nutrients produces inferior and disease-ridden plants. The soil is the key. Our bodies don’t make ESSENTIAL nutrients, so we must get them from our diet. Modern food processing has stripped most of the nutrients out of our foods.

Fifty percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Two-thirds of American children are deficient in more than two essential vitamins or minerals. Most all children are deficient in Omega 3’s (fish oil), and many suffer poor mental abilities, including ADD, because of their essential fatty deficiencies. Please don’t let your children inherit your health problems… start them on a good multivitamin and essential fatty acid product! My seven-year-old daughter has been taking a multivitamin/mineral and essential fatty acid supplement since she was two years old.

You can’t get the needed quantities of these nutrients from the foods you eat, even if you eat six servings of fruits and vegetables a day!

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration study, which analyzed over 234 foods, over two years, found the average American diet to have less than 80 percent of the RDA of one or more of the following: calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.  Other studies have demonstrated magnesium deficiency in well over 50 percent of the population.

How To Get Started
You should start with a good Optimal Daily Allowance multivitamin/mineral formula. Always take the best, most comprehensive multivitamin/mineral you can, then build around it. You will save money and help ensure that what you are taking will be absorbed and utilized. Study after study shows that those who take a multivitamin reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and many other modern-day illnesses. Centrum Silver, One A Day, and other heavily marketed, one or two-a-day multivitamins, are mostly garbage. They are full of additives, colorings, fillers, and artificial ingredients which often prevent them from being digested and absorbed (many simply pass wholly undigested in our stools). These products are also based on a 1940’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). This Recommended Disease Allowance will help you avoid getting scurvy, but it won’t help you be healthier.

Studies have shown that each individual’s biochemistry is different. Because we are as unique on the inside as we are on the outside, one person may need 1,000mg of Vitamin C, while their co-worker needs 3,000mg a day to be at optimal health. The Optimal Daily Allowance (ODA) for these essential vitamins and minerals is usually 50-100 times more than the RDA. Even if you don’t notice an immediate difference in taking the right supplements (most do), stay with it. By following this advice, you will get healthier and, ultimately, feel better.       All of Essential Therapeutics multivitamin/minerals supplement formulas contain the ODA as listed above.

Some individuals may start a nutritional program but end up taking bottles and bottles of different supplements, a one-a-day multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin E, Calcium, B complex, etc. Before you know it, you have dozens of half- empty bottles (getting tired of taking all this “stuff”) and have spent a considerable amount of money (usually on inferior products).

Again, start with an ODA multivitamin that delivers all the needed essential (meaning: you have to have them or you die) vitamins and minerals you need each day. After seven years of searching for the best ODA multivitamin/mineral at the best price, I’ve come to the conclusion that my basic Multivitamin/mineral (made by ProThera) is one of, if not the best, product on the market. This multivitamin/mineral (six tablets a day) is also what goes into my CFS/Fibro Formula (the three speckled tablets in each packet) and my Basic Multivitamin/Mineral Formula (see below). 

Others take various supplements, including herbal formulas, to cover up symptoms: Ginkgo Biloba for poor memory, St. John’s Wort for low moods, etc. These supplements can be very helpful and most are much safer than prescription medications. However, if people use herbal medications to cover up symptoms, then they fail to understand that each symptom is a call for help… a warning sign from your body. Remember, vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin C, E, D, A etc.), minerals (magnesium, calcium, manganese, etc.), essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9), amino acids (5HTP, glutamine, methionine, etc), and other nutritional co-factors (CoQ10, bio-flavonoids, etc) are what your garden needs to create the right environment for healthy cells, organs, and tissues to grow.

In two articles in the June 19, 2002 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Fletcher and Fairfield reviewed studies published between 1966 and 2002 that investigated the links between vitamin intake and diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease.

Folic Acid may cut the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Other vitamins, such as vitamin E, have been found to reduce cancer risk when consumed at recommended levels, and vitamin D plus calcium supplements have been shown to decrease the risks of bone loss and fracture in the elderly. 

Fletcher pointed out that most Americans--except those who follow what he described as a "super-perfect" diet--likely do not get enough of certain vitamins in their diets and would benefit from multivitamins, as well. 
A recent survey showed that only 20% to 30% of Americans consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, the recommended amount.

The evidence promoting the benefits of various vitamins is relatively new, Fletcher explained, so doctors may not yet be aware of it. Furthermore, vitamins are considered to be somewhat of an alternative therapy and some doctors have "this prejudice against anything that's not very orthodox," Fletcher stated.

As people age, they also become less able to absorb some vitamins from their diets, and research has suggested that people who drink alcohol may need extra folic acid.  In addition, Fletcher said, some physicians may not understand the importance of vitamin deficiency and may fail to recommend multivitamins.

SOURCE: The Journal of the American Medical Association 2002;287:3116-3126, 3127-3129

Vitamin Facts
1. Slash Cancer Odds: Taking 200 micrograms of selenium daily for four and a half years cut cancer rate 42 percent and cancer deaths in half in a group of 1300 individuals. The incidence of colorectal cancer dropped 64 percent and prostate cancer an amazing 69 percent! -University of Arizona.

2. Prevent Alzheimer's: Not a single older person who took separate doses of vitamin E (200-800 IU) or vitamin C (500-1000 mg) developed Alzheimer's disease during a four-year double blind study. Subjects who took multivitamin supplements with low doses of vitamin E (typically 30 IU) or vitamin C (60 mg) had no reduction in risk of Alzheimer's. -Chicago's Rush Institute for Healthy Aging.

3. Boost Immune System: Taking 200 IU of natural vitamin E daily boosted immune functioning in older people. A supplement with only 60 mg vitamin E daily did not improve immune functioning. Obviously, superior immune functioning lessens infections, possibly cancer and heart disease. Tufts University

4. Stop Heart Attacks: A daily dose of 400-800 IU of natural vitamin E cut subsequent heart attacks in men with heart problems by an astonishing 77 percent. Other research shows it takes 400 IU of vitamin E to squelch toxicity (oxidation) of LDL cholesterol. -Cambridge University, England.

5. Stop Strokes: High doses of B vitamins decreased the amount of plaque in carotid (neck) arteries by 10 percent during a four year study. Blocked carotid arteries can cause strokes. Plaque increased by 50 percent in non-vitamin B takers. Doses: 250 micrograms B12, 25 milligrams B6 and 2500 micrograms folic acid. Note: 800 mcg folic acid is effective for most people, said the researchers. University of Toronto.

6. Prevent Fractures: Taking 500 mg of calcium and 700 IU of vitamin D daily for three years significantly cut the rate of bone loss and non-vertebral fractures in men and women older than age 65. -Tufts University.

7. Save Vision: Women taking vitamin C supplements cut their risk of cataracts by 77 per cent. In patients with early macular degeneration, taking daily doses of 500 mg vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E, 80 mg zinc, 2 mg copper and 15 mg beta carotene for 11 years slowed progression to the advanced stage of loss of vision. -Tufts University and the National Institutes of Health

8. Prolong Life: Taking vitamin E and vitamin C (in higher doses than in a multivitamin) cut chances of death from all causes by 42 percent. Vitamin E users were 47 percent less apt to die of heart disease and 59 percent less likely to die of cancer. - National Institute on Aging.