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Nutrition Notes, Apr, 2017 from Roc Nutrition Investigator

Sorry to take so long replying to questions. The NIH grant I submitted Apr 4th, requesting $300,000 for 6 months support to investigate vitamin C for treatment of cancer (using a patented formulation known as Apatone).

READER’S QUESTION: I saw your post about vitamin C and cancer. My sister is suffering from ovarian cancer and after 3 years of chemo, the doctors have given up on her. I saw your post and thought maybe there is a glimmer of hope somewhere. Do you think you can help us?

ROC’S REPLY: I am not an MD, so I cannot give medical advice. The things I record at my web site are based on reading the medical and nutritional literature.
1) Intravenous vitamin C can be effective for treating cancer. Here is my site with that.
Here is my site  on cancer prevention, which includes stuff like metastases.  I do this all regularly, having conquered a cancer that recurs in 90% of people who have had it within 5 years.  It has been 6 years since I had bladder cancer.
Here is my site on cancer.
2) There is now something called liposomal vitamin C, that is supposed to provide high serum levels of ascorbate without the need for intravenous treatment, i.e. you can take the pills at home.  Here is all I know about that.
I would find a cancer doctor who knows about vitamin C for cancer, and try to determine where to get legitimate liposomal vitamin C and how much to take.  
     Good luck, and please let me know what you find.

Adequate vitamin D (2,000 IU/day) reduces musculoskeletal pain, sleep disorders, and PMS in healthy women.

Melatonin has been shown to have a favorable influence on the aging process and helps people sleep, because it has an inverse effect with regard to body weight; food restriction raises the levels of melatonin and decreases its age-related decrease. With increasing age comes a decrease of melatonin production, which may have a connection to sleep disorders suffered by elderly people. It also has be shown that melatonin can prevent tumor development and growth. Interestingly, a study showed that patients with tumors had decreased levels of melatonin compared with healthy individuals. 

Herbal remedies for insomnia like melatonin are safer. Insomnia is a common symptom, with chronic insomnia being diagnosed in 5–10% of adults. Although many insomnia patients use prescription therapy for insomnia, the health benefits remain uncertain and adverse risks remain a concern. Herbal remedies that have undergone clinical testing often show subjective sleep improvements that exceed objective measures, which may relate to interindividual heterogeneity and/or placebo effects.

Narcolepsy is a life-long, under-recognized sleep disorder that affects 0.02%–0.18% of the US and Western European populations. Genetic predisposition is suspected.

READER QUESTION: I want you to know how much I enjoy all your "healthful" emails.  Just out of curiosity wonder if you have any thoughts on drinking chlorophyll?
ROC REPLY: I have been taking Spirullina every day for many years, ever since at an AGE meeting I heard a talk about its wonderful benefits. Spirullina is mostly chlorophyll.  See my web site response.  Also see J Nutrition Mar 2015 article: Green algae (in the spirulina supplement I take daily) prevents obesity

Reader question:  I am wondering whether you can send links to site that provide free information on what supplement brands are safe and worth the money.
ROC ANSWER: These are the supplements the literature supports, with links to where to buy unusual ones:

Gastric bypass works only 50% of the time.  Compulsive eaters can restretch their smaller stomachs until they become normal size again. - Mayo Clinic Doctor

A successful treatment for sepsis using iv vitamin C. The global burden of sepsis is estimated as 15 to 19 million cases annually with a mortality rate approaching 60% in low income countries.  Our results suggest that the early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine may prove to be effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction including acute kidney injury and reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

Roc Ordman, Professor Emeritus, Beloit College
Interests: Biochemistry, nutrition, human aging, consciousness
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