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"Biotin deficiency, zinc deficiency, magnesium deficiency are all problems. "Anytime you are deficient in micronutrients throughout life you're taking it out of DNA and aging faster and getting cancer." Dr. Ames explained that black people are not getting enough sun in the US. All African Americans have Vitamin D deficiency and they consequently have higher rates of cancer. Slathering on sunscreen is not such a good idea. We've gone too far with sunscreen because we're not getting enough Vitamin D. This is a "coming public health disaster in the US."
- Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Get the book.)

"Insulin corrects an identified deficiency; antidepressants are presumed to do the same. But this analogy is not valid. Depressed patients are commonly told they have a serotonin deficiency (or more generally, a biochemical problem), but no tests are performed to verify this statement. Moreover, unlike the case with insulin and diabetes, virtually nothing is known about the way a serotonin deficiency could cause depression."
- Jacky Law, Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda (Get the book.)

"More often than not, doctors relate the two only when they diagnose an overt hormonal disease such as diabetes (insulin deficiency) or Addison's disease (Cortisol deficiency), which are at one extreme end of the scale. The problem with this thinking is that hormonal problems don't happen overnight. For example, it takes years before a subtle insulin imbalance (now known as metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance) becomes clinical diabetes. What's more, an insulin imbalance begins silently, without symptoms—and blood tests don't reveal this early problem."
- Frank Lipman, Mollie Doyle, Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again (Get the book.)

"RDAs were established after the introduction of refined white flour led to the discovery of vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases. But vitamin deficiency and vitamin adequacy are very different, just as living out an average life span and thriving for 8o-plus years is not the same thing. My goal for you is not just a long life span, but also a long health span."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"For deficiencies of some nutrients, the constellation of symptoms is given a name, such as scurvy for vitamin C deficiency, beriberi for thiamin deficiency, and pellagra for deficiency of niacin. Such conditions were quite common in the United States in the early years of the twentieth century, but they gradually disappeared with economic and public health improvements following World War II. Today iron-deficiency anemia, which affects up to 20% of low-income children, women, and the elderly, is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency disorder observed in this country."
- Marion Nestle, Food Politics (Get the book.)

"Here's an eye-opener: in the last twenty-five years the level of vitamin C deficiency in our population has gone from 3 to 5 percent to a confounding 20 percent—largely due to the shift from whole foods to processed foods.) Vitamin C is essential to your body's breakdown and utilization of food, and the body can neither manufacture it on its own or store it. By the same token, you don't need to have osteoporosis to have a calcium deficiency, yet millions don't get enough calcium on a daily basis as a result of diet choices."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Metabolic enzymes are then forced to perform this function instead of their intended job of healing. A deficiency of enzymes in the body is synonymous with a deficiency of life force. Nothing shows the value of raw foods more than the work done by the late Dr. Francis M. Pottenger. In 1946, he experimented with 900 cats. Half were fed raw milk and raw meat; the other half ate cooked meat and pasteurized (cooked) milk. During a ten-year period, he found that the cats on the raw diet thrived, while those on the cooked food diet showed all the degenerative diseases common in man."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"There are readily available tests for lactase deficiency, but these do not distinguish between true lactase deficiency (or primary lactase deficiency) and secondary lactase deficiency. More complicated tests can distinguish the two, and these show that primary lactase deficiency is actually very rare. So if you are told that your baby is lactase deficient after some routine tests, you should be prepared to question the diagnosis and ask your doctor to help you investigate the possibility of food sensitivity, as described in the following section."
- Jonathan Brostoff M.D., Linda Gamlin, Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment (Get the book.)

"Beef is the best source of carnitine, so vegetarians are especially likely to have a carnitine deficiency. Classic symptoms of carnitine deficiency include reduced ability to exercise and rapid onset of fatigue, weakness, and muscle pain after exercise. When I hear that, a good dose of carnitine usually does the trick. I recommend 1 to 3 grams of carnitine or 500 to 1,500 milligrams a day of acetyl-L-Carnitine. Start at the lower dose and increase until you feel a difference. Don't take it after lunchtime because of its energizing effects; it may cause insomnia."
- Frank Lipman, Mollie Doyle, Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again (Get the book.)

"If you can rule out any deficiency, then you can go to the next stage of investigating the issue. Sometimes, the solution can be as simple as taking a dietary supplement to correct the deficiency. Because most children today live off junk foods, these deficiencies are more common than you think. Eating foods drenched in pesticides and hormones and antibiotics might also be having a damaging effect—and how will ingesting yet another chemical provide a true "cure"?"
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"By the same token, you don't need to have osteoporosis to have a calcium deficiency, yet millions don't get enough calcium on a daily basis as a result of diet choices. Symptoms can be as subde as appetite loss, bad breath, soft or brittle fingernails, fatigue, insomnia, general weakness, inability to recover from injury or illness quickly, impotence, and easy bruising. The reason I point out the trend in nutrient and vitamin deficiency is because it relates directly to the body's ability to ward off illness, disease, and operate completely to combat incoming toxins."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"The latter deficiency might in part be "explained" by the patient's high pyrrole excretion. However, since supplementation of all the minerals was high, it must be surmised that the problem was primarily one of stomach absorption and a related deficiency of acid secretion. The utterly extraordinary thing was that, in spite of an important macro and trace mineral deficiency that had almost certainly existed for years, the patient had done so well on his chosen treatment. The brilliant adaptive powers of the body and its undeniable bent for homeostasis and health are well illustrated here."
- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"Sometimes, the solution can be as simple as taking a dietary supplement to correct the deficiency. Because most children today live off junk foods, these deficiencies are more common than you think. Eating foods drenched in pesticides and hormones and antibiotics might also be having a damaging effect—and how will ingesting yet another chemical provide a true "cure"? "There are a host of other potential modifiable contributors to our increasing fatness besides the increased availability of inexpensive, ca-lorically dense foods and of devices favoring a sedentary lifestyle," Dr."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"In summary, factors that may contribute to insulin resistance and thus to diabetes include: high-fat diet; low-protein diet; deficiencies of the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; a diet high in simple carbohydrates; high-glycemic meals filled with refined sugar and starches; stress; low fiber intake; deficiencies of the minerals calcium, magnesium, chromium, vanadium, potassium, and zinc; deficiency of carotenoids; low intake of vegetables; lack of exercise; watching television; and nicotine."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Omega-3 deficiency means less effective cell membrane function, less effective nerve transmission, less effective serotonin and other neurotransmitter production, transmission, and neuroreceptor site function in the cells. Ten percent or less fat in the diet also creates the possibility of omega-6 deficiencies. The nature of the fat is far more important than the amount of fat, although both are important. Studies by Dr. Edward Howell on the Eskimos showed that when they ate high amounts of raw blubber they did not develop heart disease, high blood pressure, or any significant morbidity."

- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Low levels or an obvious deficiency can worsen insulin resistance. Research clearly supports the benefits of magnesium supplementation on glucose metabolism. For example, a 2003 study published in the journal Diabetes Care shows that magnesium supplementation in patients with type 2 diabetes significantly improved insulin sensitivity, blood glucose control, and blood pressure. Strong evidence in support of magnesium supplementation and its role in metabolic health is found in several large studies that evaluated data from more than 170,000 people."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Biotin deficiency results in impaired utilization of glucose.98 Blood biotin levels were significantly lower in forty-three patients with NIDDM than in nondia-betic control subjects, and lower fasting blood glucose levels were associated with higher blood biotin levels. After one month of biotin supplementation (9 mg/day), fasting blood glucose levels decreased by an average of 45 percent.99 Reductions in blood glucose levels were also found in seven insulin-dependent diabetics after one week of supplementation with 16 mg of biotin daily."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Magnesium also appears to be an important factor in reducing the risk of diabetic retinopathy, as a deficiency of this mineral was found to be significantly associated with this dreaded complication. The recommended dose of magnesium to support metabolic health is 160 mg three times daily, preferably as magnesium citrate. Consult your doctor before taking magnesium supplements if you have myasthenia gravis or kidney failure. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which means your body needs them but cannot manufacture them."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Everyone who takes metformin should have their kidney function evaluated at least once a year, and blood levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid should be assessed regularly, as metformin use has occasionally been associated with a deficiency of these essential vitamins. On very rare occasions, metformin has been linked to a condition called lactic acidosis, which is characterized by unusual fatigue or severe drowsiness, muscle pain, breathing difficulties, irregular or unusually slow heartbeat, and cold skin."

- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"If the MMA is elevated, a vitamin B12 deficiency exists—even if the vitamin B12 level in the blood is in the normal range. When vitamin B12 deficiency exists, extra vitamin B12 is the correct treatment for the elevated homocysteine. If the folate level is excellent (15-25) and the vitamin B12 level is normal (as documented with a normal MMA), but the homocysteine is still significantly elevated, the cause of the elevation is most likely a genetic defect in folate conversion. In such cases, folate (or folic acid) supplementation may not be totally effective."
- Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Cholesterol Protection for Life, New Expanded Edition (Get the book.)

"This is caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin, which results in a failure to metabolize sugars and starch. Sugars accumulate in the blood and urine, and the byproducts of alternative fat metabolism disturb the acid-base balance of the blood, causing a risk of convulsions and coma. It is also a disturbance of protein and fat metabolism. diabetes pills—Pills or capsules that are taken by mouth to help lower the blood glucose level. These pills may work for people whose bodies are still making insulin."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"It's not as if we're finding a 'deficiency' as we'd normally define it, but kids are not eating fresh foods," Dr. Frederica Perera said. "Frozen processed food transported from other countries is simply not as healthy as the diet of previous generations." Many children are overnourished and yet deficient in most essential vitamins and minerals. "They're deficient," said Dr. Kenneth Bock, "in multiple nutrients—zinc, selenium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and so many of the fat-soluble vitamins, like the vitamin A." "Rather paradoxically," Dr."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"The dosages that I recommend are dependent upon the degree of deficiency. TMG and DMG. These two nutrients can have extraordinary effects in detoxifying the body of heavy metals, because they are intimately involved in the methylation process. TMG is an abbreviation for trimethylglycine, and DMG is an abbreviation for dimethylglycine. They are very similar, but TMG (tri) has one more methyl group attached to it than DMG (di). The pivotal purpose of these nutrients is to increase methylation."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"What's causing that deficiency? We still need to do more research on this topic, but more and more scientists believe that some kids are depressed because they haven't absorbed or metabolized enough vitamin D or essential fatty acids, so their brain doesn't function correctly, therefore their hormones don't function correctly, therefore they get depressed. Recent studies are exploring the relationship between fatty acids and mood, behavior, and personality. Often, just a simple blood test will show if your child is deficient in a particular vitamin or mineral or amino acid or protein."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Although you don't have to measure your vitamin D level, the ideal time of year to do this if you want to detect your deficiency is at winter's end, because that's when you'll get your lowest value for the year. But if you're concerned about vitamin D-related health troubles right now, don't wait to measure your level. Start the program. You can always measure your D level later to see if your supplementation is on target. At that time you may decide you want to measure your peak and trough to see if your levels fall within the 50-70 range."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"Magnesium deficiency, which results from inadequate intake and an acidic diet, can give you a lower pain threshold. We know that giving supplemental magnesium to patients before surgery can lower the amount of anesthesia required and reduce the need for postoperative pain medication. Migraine headaches, common in people with fibromyalgia, respond well to magnesium supplementation."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"Susceptibility to chronic or recurrent infections such as tuberculosis, hepatitis C, HIV, and even influenza all have ties to D- deficiency. It's smart to simplify your life by giving your immune system a big boost via the Vitamin D Cure. Lowering Your Risk The recommendations in the Vitamin D Cure are estimated to lower your risk of autoimmune diseases by 50 to 90 percent depending on how early in childhood normalization of vitamin D and lifestyle changes occur. The earlier in pregnancy the changes occur, the lower the risk of autoimmunity for that new life."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"Tests have revealed severely depressed vitamin D levels and markedly elevated PTH levels in these people, and many of them had low blood calcium levels or severe calcium deficiency. But when the same folks took regimens of vitamin D and calcium supplements, they regained muscle strength and coordination in weeks and were able to sit, stand, and walk again. Protein and Strength It takes protein to make protein (muscle). If you don't eat enough protein to keep the brain, heart, and kidneys going, you end up robbing Peter to pay Paul. This sounds obvious, but it's often overlooked."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"Another environmental factor that may result in coenzyme Qi0 deficiency is the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs such as the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins). This category of pharmaceuticals includes statinlike drugs, such as Lovastatin, Simvastatin, and Pravastatin (to mention but a few) that are often used to treat high cholesterol levels. These drugs work by inhibiting the work of the cellular enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (known as HMG-CoA reductase)."
- Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., The Sinatra Solution Metabolic Cardiology (Get the book.)

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