3/7/2012 – Series 1: Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin A

From the Desk of Dr. Hildy™

March 7, 2012©

Series 1:  Vitamins and Minerals

VITAMIN A

VITAMIN A ESSENTIALS

VITAMIN A ESSENTIALS

Vitamin A has a special relationship to the “lining cells” of the body, including the skin, eyes, urinary tract, bones, teeth and the gastrointestinal tract (pertaining to the stomach and intestines).  It is also known as an anti-infection vitamin, helping the body to fight off diseases, such as viral infections.  This vitamin as an essential constituent of the pigments which the retina of the eye uses to register visual stimuli.A lack of Vitamin A affects the skin, the digestive system, respiratory tract, genitor-urinary system, special senses, and the glandular system of the body.  The skin will probably become rough and dry.  Also bones are affected, so that growing children will have problems with bone formation, bone repair and faulty tooth formation.  Insufficient Vitamin A is likely to decrease the amount of acid required by the stomach to digest food, and diarrhea may be an obvious symptom.

There may also be an inability to gain weight, and in fact there is likely to be a decrease in weight.  The hair may start to fall out and become gray, and there may be a disposition toward abscesses of the scalp.  Small pus formations (pustules) may form on the scalp and on other parts of the skin. The forearms and the thighs will be especially noticeable for the roughness and scaliness.

VITAMIN A SOURCES

VITAMIN A SOURCES

Lack of this vitamin will make a person inclined toward cystitis (inflammation of the bladder, marked by painful passage of urine), pyetitis (inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney), urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), and there is likely to develop stones in the kidney and bladder.  Pus cells will often form and be excreted in the urine.  The condition known as senile vaginitis may occur, where raw spots in the vagina develop, and these spots may adhere to opposite surfaces, blocking the vaginal canal.  A deficiency in this vitamin may also cause muscular degeneration (atrophy of muscular tissue, including the muscular tissue of the heart), as well as degeneration of the spinal cord, often accompanied by disseminated sclerosis, the form of disease where there are many hardened patches dispersed throughout the brain and spinal cord.The eyes are especially vulnerable to a Vitamin A deficiency.  The malnutrition of the eyes and appurtenant tissues makes it especially difficult to see well under trying conditions, especially at night.  There is difficulty in tolerating bright lights and often there is an itching, burning and dryness of the eyes, perhaps accompanied by dancing specks and flashes.  The impaired vision is usually accompanied by eyestrain, often with the presence of sticky secretions and granulations in the eyes.  Often there is

Vitamin A Foods

Vitamin A Foods

inflammation of the delicate membrane which lines the lids and covers the eyeball, the condition termed conjunctivitis.The lack of this vitamin often leads to infection of the middle ear, which may affect a person’s hearing.  There may also be a degeneration of the mucous membrane of the nose, making it easier for bacteria to take hold, with resultant infections.  The mouth and throat is similarly liable to infection when Vitamin A is in short supply.  One of the signs of shortage of Vitamin A is a scarcity of saliva in the mouth.  The teeth will have a tendency to decay more easily and the tooth enamel will become defective.

A deficiency of Vitamin A affects the respiratory system by such
signs as dry cough, hoarseness of the voice, and a disposition to colds and infection of the sinus area.  In addition, there is likely to be bronchitis and pneumonia.

There is often a lack of vitality when the vitamin deficiency exists, as well as an inferior appetite and intestinal disturbances.  Nursing mothers having this vitamin deficiency will produce insufficient milk for their babies.   Also, if nursing mothers are taking high doses of vitamin A for a prolonged period of time, may be harmful to the fetus, even at relatively low levels (under 20,000 IU/day).  This may be simply due to a mother breathing seven times more air and food upon conception, thus exposing the developing fetus to concentrated levels.

“A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
found that administering both Vitamin A and Vitamin C to cultured human breast cancer cells was more than three times as effective as the administration of either compound alone (since) the combination of the two vitamins inhibited proliferation by 75.7 percent compared to untreated cells . . .  The ability of retinoic acid (Vitamin A) to inhibit tumor cell proliferation is well known, although its mechanisms has not been defined.  The authors suggest that the synergistic effect observed in his study was due to ascorbic acid’s ability to slow the degradation or retinoic acid, thereby increasing Vitamin A’s cell proliferation inhibitory effects. Vitamin C helps Vitamin A do its work even better, a clear team advantage.

Doctors’ experience and clinical evidence both show that Vitamin A helps prevent cancer. This has been

Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling

known for a long time.  “The association of vitamin A and cancer was initially reported in 1926 when rats, fed a vitamin A-deficient diet, developed gastric carcinomas.  The first investigation showed a relationship between vitamin A and human cancer was performed in 1941 by Abelsetal who found low plasma vitamin A levels in patients with gastrointestinal cancer.”  Moon et al reported daily supplemental doses of 25,000 IU of vitamin A prevented squamous cell carcinoma.  And, de Klerk and colleagues reported “findings of significantly lower rates of mesothelioma among subjects assigned to retinol.  Studies that use animal models have shown that retinoids (including vitamin A) can act in the promotion-progression phase of carcinogenesis and block the development of invasive carcinoma at several epithelia sites, including the head and neck and lung.”  The Linus Pauling Institute adds, “Studies in cell culture and animal models have documented capacity for natural and synthetic retinoids to reduce carcinogenesis significantly in skin, breast, liver, colon, prostrate and other sites.Food Sources - Vitamin A

Vitamin A is available from many fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as in cod and halibut liver oil, chicken and calf liver, egg yolk, cheese, whole milk and butter.  For vegetarians or persons who prefer obtaining Vitamin A from fruits and vegetables, carrot juice is high in this vitamin, as well as parsley, spinach, beet greens, mustard greens, kale, lamb’s quarters, endive, oxalis (a stemless herb), dandelion greens, turnip greens, broccoli, apricots, lettuce, cabbage, watercress, peaches, peas, beans, papayas, sweet potatoes, dried prunes, asparagus, sweet corn, oranges, cantaloupes, pecans and many other foods.

Remember the number one cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, but in cases where they have been exposed to the contaminant Simian Virus 40 in the polio vaccine, it has been shown to cause a 100% incidence of the disease.

REFERENCES:

1)  Kadans, Ph.D., Joseph M.  Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds for Healthful Living.  Parker Publishing Company, Inc., New York, New York © 1973

2)  Vitamin A derivative could restore smoker’s health.  http://www.in-pharmatechologist.com/nesw/ng.asp?id=2623)-vitamin-a-derivative

3)  http://www/lef.org/watshot.2006_05.htm.  See also:  Kim KN, Pie JE, Park JH, Park YH, Kim HW, and MK Kim.  Retinoic acid and ascorbic acid act synergistically in inhibiting human breast cancer cell proliferation.   J. Nut biochem.  2006 Jul, 17(7): 454-62. Epub 2005 Nov 15

4)  http://www/bccancer.lbc.ca/PPI/UnconventionalTherapies/VitaminARetinol.htm

5)  Staninger, Hildegarde. “Exposure to Polio Vaccine through aerial vaccines and nano gene delivery systems.”  Presented at the NREP 2009 Virtual Conference, Des Plaines, IL Oct. 5 & 6, 2009, printed in the NREP Magazine Forefront © October 2009.

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