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Propolis, Natto-K, Hyaluronic Acid, SOD, Vitamin C

May 2003 - Print | Index

You may be surprised to hear that certain medical experts want to warn that Americans are overdoing their intake of vitamins (Gina Kolata, New York Times, April 29, 2003). One "expert" even proclaimed that studies of vitamin C have consistently failed to show any benefits!

A good source of information on vitamin C - and for once I'll leave two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling out of it - is Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins by Thomas Levy, MD. In 2002, Levy did a MEDLINE search which revealed almost 24,000 articles involving ascorbic acid (vitamin C), published since 1966. Before that time, Vitamin C had already been researched for decades: in a review of vitamin C published in 1936, 169 papers were cited, most published within the previous four years.

Do any of these thousands of studies show benefits from vitamin C? Here is a quote from the forward to Dr. Levy's book: "Amazingly, vitamin C has actually already been documented in the medical literature to have readily and consistently cured both acute polio and acute hepatitis, two viral diseases still considered by modern medicine to be incurable, regardless of the treatment used... The scientific evidence in this book will also conclusively show that vitamin C does much, much more than merely cure polio." To find out more about Thomas Levy and his important book, see

As for the Times: is it any surprise that the family whose story was so incorrectly reported by NYT's reporter Jayson Blair, when asked, why didn't you complain to the Times about all the factual errors, said, well we expected there would be a certain amount of fantasy in the news reports about us...

In the meantime, this newsletter offers some practical observations from Michael LeVesque, President of Vitamin Express, Inc and author of The Big Vitamin Dictionary. In this time of resurging age-old conflicts, emerging new diseases, and monied mis-information, it's good to hear about simple things - nutrients that are inexpensive, easy to find, and that can make a difference.

Yours in health,
Daniel Milosevich, Editor
Vitamin Express Newsletter

Health Nutrients That Make a Difference

Reprinted from The New Fillmore, San Francisco, April 2003

Now and again, regardless of clichés, life really is filled with dark and stormy nights.

Last month one of my manager's relatives fell ill with a respiratory condition. It was treated allopathically, but complications arose. These were then treated, but his condition worsened. Soon he was in the hospital in intensive care with a severe staph infection that appeared to be settling in his lungs. Even the most advanced antibiotic did not stop the infection. At this point he became septic, jaundiced, and near death.

At this time, I was showing a new employee the resources we have for information. As an example, we did a quick search for nutrients that aid the body's defense against shingles (herpes zoster). Much good information was found but in my opinion the most important supplement had been overlooked, and that was propolis. We then looked in one of my favorite reference books, Healthy Healing by Linda Rector Page, and found information on propolis that included the following:

"…one of the most powerful antibiotics in nature…propolis can protect specifically against staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that causes serious infection, blood poisoning, and a type of pneumonia…staph a. has become resistant to all but one pharmaceutical antibiotic… New studies show that propolis inhibits the streptococcal bacteria…it performs much like a prescription antibiotic -- preventing bacterial cell division and breaking down bacteria cell structure. Even better, propolis works against viruses, something that antibiotics cannot do."

To this one can add that the human body never develops tolerance to the effects of propolis. Also it is a very strong painkiller and fungicide. Bee propolis has the added benefits of bee enzymes and pollen, making it rich in immune defense nutrients and amino acids. Propolis is thought by some healers to be the one nutrient that can put shingles (herpes zoster) in remission.

Five minutes later my manager told me of her relative's problem and infection. She read the propolis information and passed it on to the attending physician. Other members of her family found more research about propolis on the Internet and passed that on as well. The doctor was impressed and ordered the propolis to be administered. Propolis is one of the stickiest substances in nature, a combination of the waxy substance that bees collect from tree buds and the bees' internal secretions. The bees use it as glue and cement to build their hive, to protect themselves from infection, and to encapsulate and mummify unwanted intruders.

The hospital was having a very difficult time administering the sticky propolis when a nurse decided to try several different kinds of fluids in which to mix the liquid and powder. The winner was the soft drink Sprite, and with that, the propolis was delivered via the feeding tube without a problem. In less than 48 hours the infection was gone. The patient was entirely infection free.

Presently, there is much concern regarding SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). SARS is caused by a coronavirus, which gets its name from its crown of spikes. This particular virus has not been seen before among humans, which makes it so highly contagious. However, other coronaviruses are responsible for 10% to 20% of common colds and respiratory illnesses that can lead to pneumonia and bronchitis. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

Perhaps, the medical profession can look toward propolis as a possible aid in fighting this virus. Certainly there are many other wonderful nutrients that can fight off viruses. Two of the best known are Vitamin C and zinc. These two nutrients cut into the viral structure and disarm the virus. Combined with propolis they form a formidable defense against most infectious diseases.

This brings to mind a famous medical episode, when physicians at a hospital listened to a request that silymarin (milk thistle) be used for mushroom poisoning, and saved several lives. Silymarin also protects the liver from chemicals, alcohol, fats, insecticides, and drugs that impair liver function. It should be avoided when taking chemotherapy since it can neutralize its effects. Silymarin binds with toxins and delivers them out of the liver to the kidneys and bladder. It also increases protein synthesis and the regeneration of liver cells.

The liver is our chemical storehouse and one of the quickest organs to regenerate. Within a six-week period a new cell has replaced every cell of the liver. So literally, you have a new liver every six weeks. This presents a continuing opportunity for change and improvement in our health. We can have tremendous impact on our health by consistently paying attention to good habits in eating, sleep, exercise and meditation. We can magnify that by proper supplementation, especially with the probiotics acidophilus, bifidus, and bulgaricus. These probiotics aid our digestion and immunity while reducing the work the liver must perform to detoxify our system.

Among our richest treasures to maintain health and vitality are herbs and foods. The King's Dispensatory is a thick two-volume work of herbal medicine that was the major medical reference at the turn of the 20th century when the Eclectics or herbalists were the pharmacists and doctors. This was true Traditional Medicine. The eclectics recognized the intimate relationship we have with our world, especially the flora or plants. Plants in particular are so remarkable and capable of change.

Perhaps you recall the nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island in Oswego, New York. The nuclear power plant was shut down in 1979. The holding tanks still have water in them and are tested regularly to monitor radioactivity. Nothing could live in such radioactive water, yet inspectors found algae. This puzzled scientists. Through testing they found that the algae contained the highest levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) ever recorded.

Health stores sell SOD because science had already determined that this powerful anti-oxidant enzyme and free radical scavenger removes toxins from the body. Later, SOD was successfully used for treating radiation poisoning at Chernobyl (a much more severe nuclear power plant tragedy in Russia, April 1986). Doctors wrote letters of thanks for the generosity of the US companies that supplied the SOD and confirmed its miraculous effects in protecting the health of people exposed to radiation.

SOD is found in every human cell, promotes energy, and disarms the free radical superoxide. It is also used as an aid in treating rheumatoid arthritis, removing toxins from synovial fluids that surround the joints, and cancer. Some doctors use SOD and other antioxidant enzymes in conjunction with radiation treatment for cancer patients reducing their hair loss, nausea, and harm to healthy tissue.

In today's world we have the great benefit of communication and education. What happens in one part of the world soon becomes known elsewhere. Advances in nutrition are always being made. Take for example the worldwide healthful benefits of soy. There is soy protein, methionine and vitamin E from soy, and soy isoflavones. The isoflavones genistein and daidzein lower cholesterol, stimulate bone formation, and help eliminate harmful estrogens. They also reduce "hot flashes" in menopausal women.

One of the newest applications of a soy derivative is from the Japanese food "natto". Natto is a smelly cheese-like food, made from fermented soybeans. Natto possesses an enzyme called nattokinase named by Dr. Sumi who discovered its potent application in reducing fibrin while studying thrombus conditions (a thrombus is a fibrinous clot that forms in blood vessels or the chambers of the heart).

Fibrin is a result of trauma, stress, and infection. As we age we produce less thrombolytic enzymes which break down fibrin. This condition is known as hypercoagulation, or overly thick blood. Fibrin causes formation of blood clots, and narrowing of the walls of arteries, veins, and the lymphatic system. This narrowing results in high blood pressure, cardiac infarction, cardiac angina, cerebral hemorrhage, strokes, senility, diabetes, and blindness. Nattokinase reverses this effect and aids the reestablishment of good circulation. In a group of ten patients with a specific form of blindness due to fibrin, nattokinase completely reversed their blindness without reoccurrence. It is speculated that one reason Japan has the highest rate for longevity is that their diet is rich in natto. We now have Enzymedica Natto-K for sale, for those who can't or don't want to eat natto every day.

Quite new to the marketplace is hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid holds water in the system- it is the principle compound for retaining water in connective tissue, skin, and some organs. HA maintains the integrity of collagen and keeps it hydrated. The results are that circulation is enhanced and nutrients are delivered to areas requiring repair.

Hyaluronic acid is necessary for proper viscosity of synovial fluids in the joints, for the vitreous gel of the eye, and for smooth skin. People using hyaluronic acid experience better vision, more youthful skin, and less joint pain. Until recently, the large hyaluronic acid molecule needed to be administered via painful injections. Now we have an oral form that uses a proprietary method to make HA smaller without losing its effectiveness. It is important to drink eight glasses of water with HA.

The BEST of health to you!
Michael LeVesque, President

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.