I have known B1 (thiamine) to be such an important vitamin. It is so involved with your health.
But then I found an educational video by Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. about what a deficiency of B1 will do. It is very informative.
I think with so many people depleting B1 by using caffeine, sugar, medical drugs, processed foods etc. etc. that this is important to know. I can affect the conditions such as lack of tears, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and even memory problems. But, etc. etc. etc.
Here is the video:
B 1 Deficiency
I’ve heard people say this. It really doesn’t seem to be a thought out comment but one which “everybody knows”. I will sometimes hear it when I recommend natural medicine or remedy.
My question will be – Why would you take a petrochemical pharmaceutical instead of natural medicine? The answer – Because drugs save lives?
Well, when a person has neglected their health to the point where they are about to succumb to a bad infection due to a compromised immune system or succumb to heart disease, or any other ailment, it will save their life – well it will extend their life. But, that is the point at which you need to start building health. And actually building health is a good idea to do before you need to have your life saved by taking drugs.
But my question is why you would take a drug when there are so many alternatives that are safe and work just as well. Why are people so afraid for their health that they would get a “flu shot” or take a “mold” based product (better known as penicillin)? What is the matter with their immune system? Yes, the flu can be very detrimental to someone with a compromised immune system. But what happened that their immune system became compromised.
The missing step is maintaining health, and building health if it is compromised.
I haven’t known many medical doctors who will give you any advice on being healthy other than to tell you to exercise and to eat a healthy diet. A medical doctor works to help you maintain your disease once you have one, so it doesn’t get any worse. They are not in the business of building health.
So, maybe the right approach is building health and not eating what has been referred to as S.A.D. – the Standard American Diet.
Find out what your body needs to be healthy and make sure that you get all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in the foods that you eat. Or supplement if you can not get enough. Eat for your health, not for your taste buds.
McVitamins.com is a nutritional educational site with lots of information about building health. Here is our Site Index
To your health – McVitamins.com
I’ve heard of yoga as a tool for aging. But then I read this article that was written for caregivers, but which can be used by anyone to be more active and mobile. It is full of really good information so I put it on the MCVitamins page on Aging.
But you can go directly to read it here Yoga & Seniors
There are a lot of remedies on the market that includes herbs. Of course, the first thing you should check is the quality of any supplement whether herb or vitamin. Cheaper brands are not necessarily going to give you quality ingredients that will give you results. Here is an article on this Buying Less Expensive Supplements – Is it Worth It?
But on the subject of herbs especially regarding neuropathy, one needs to know the following.
Herbs cannot be taken in some cases with certain medications. You need to check with your pharmacist to see if the herbs and your medications are compatible. Pharmacists have a database that they can check.
As an example: There are no clinical trials showing that any herb can help repair the nerve damage that is neuropathy. Nor can it build healthy nerves. They do have some value in increasing blood flow, or calming the body, but not in the actual repair of the nerve which is what causes the neuropathy symptoms.
There are many products being advertised as helping neuropathy with 4 or 5 different herbs extracts in them. It is questionable whether they have been tested together, and since there are no trials regarding neuropathy, questionable as to whether they will help or not.
A number of herbs taken together often causes stomach problems, such as heart burn. They can create more problems.
Check out all the herbs in a formula. Remember, this is not like a herb tea, made by boiling the herb leaves, or sprinkled in your salad. These are herb extracts in much more potent amounts then found in nature.
See a Pharmacists Video on How to take Supplements Safely
Most people throw it away or stick it somewhere and don’t ever read it. Well, your doctor told you how to take it and the instructions on when to take it is on the bottle, so……..?
The literature that comes with each prescription is not only good to read because it gives you a better idea of what you are taking, BUT it also lists the possible side effects of what you are daily. putting into your body.
Why is it important? What if the side effect felt like something else? what if you thought it just something that happened to your all the time and you took your normal OTC medication to help it. You had a headache and so you took your pain killer. And then it got worse and you don’t know what to do. You never thought that the headache had anything to do with the drug you are taking. Did you read the possible side effects?
Okay, here is the worse case scenario that I know of. (I’m sure there are plenty more). I was working with a mother to help her teenage son to work on getting healthy. He had been put on psychiatric medications. It was hard to get off of them and the doctors were trying different medications to see if they could help him. In order to help him, the added a drug Abilify. He seemed to be okay. His mother called me often to just talk about what she could do to help him build health, like getting him off of sugar, etc. He had been on the new drug for a week or so. She started to tell me some of the things that were happening at that time and felt it was just more “mental problems”. However, I knew the possible side effects of Abilify. He had them all and from what I read this could be very dangerous.. She called his doctor right away who immediately took him off of it.
Fortunately, i had read the various side effects and recognized what was actually happening to her son. If she had diligently read the literature for the side effects of the drugs he was taking, she would have recognized it earlier.
So, it is important to read the literature. And if you threw the literature away, you can always go to www.drugs.com They post the literature.
I’ve been talking to people about their neuropathy for 13 years. I recently offered a quiz to help people to know what can make the neuropathy worse, or what will slow down building healthy nerves when taking supplements. (Here is the quiz, if you are interested – Quiz
One thing that I get often is that the cause of their neuropathy (nerve damage) is unknown. Not only does that bother me as they could be doing something everyday that creates more nerve damage, but I don’t understand why the cause can’t be found.
So, on that note, here is an article where all the causes of nerve damage is listed.
Causes of Neuropathy (Risk Factors)
And here are some articles on some of the major causes Article on Causes of Neuropathy
If you, for any reason, no of another cause, please tell me. I want to research it and put it on this list
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a reply
A Rich Source of Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Support Immunity, Heart and Brain Health
A Natural Source of Health Promoting DHA and EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin A and D
Are you struggling to
consume enough seafood and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids each
week to ensure you are getting their heart and brain health supporting
Want an easy way to get more health boosting omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) as well as vitamin A and D in your diet?
Dr. Berg’s Cod Liver Oil
provides you with a convenient, rich source of natural omega-3 fatty
acids to support your immune system, heart, brain and many other
research-backed health benefits.
Sourced completely from
wild caught cod with no additives or synthetic vitamins, this cod liver
oil is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s
top certification standard for wild-caught, sustainable seafood.
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning your body needs them and cannot produce them on its own!
Learn More and Order Dr. Berg’s Cod Liver Oil
NEW Dr. Berg’s Cod Liver Oil (You can purchase via Amazon Pay)
Do you want a 5% discount? Instructions: On the left, choose “One Time Purchase” and number of bottles you want. Then click “Add to Cart” and “View Cart”. Scroll down to “Coupon Code” and use the down arrow. Then Scroll down to the link “I have another coupon code” and click the link. Then use 7ZF2M2IA6BIE as the code and click “Apply Discount” The discount appears and you can then “Check Out”
We are happy to announce our new blog site. We will be posting
health tips, articles and things you’ll probably want to know about your
Or you can go from our blog to our website – www.mcvitamins.com
To Your Health, McVitamins
To receive our newsletter, a weekly email with health tips, articles
and things you’ll probably want to know about your health. Click the “Join Our
Mailing List” link on the black bar above.