The best nutritional health-related media advice our Sacramento-based and bi-coastal three-generations of extended family members ever received from a niche media newsletter came from Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.’s July 2008 issue of the Total Wellness newsletter. A statement from her article, page 2, on Vitamin K reads, “There are no drugs that make coronary plaque melt away as well as nutrients do.”
Niche media and mainstream media columns such as the Wall Street Journal get their information for news from recently published medical journal articles. The articles are read by general consumers. But do doctors have time to read mainstream media news of medical breakthroughs? Or do they read niche media newsletters that focus on nutrition as medicine?
The Wall Street Journal articles attract professionals, and more consumers subscribe to the alternative health and environmental health-related niche media. But it’s their patients that remind the doctors of new information in the more expensive to subscribe to niche media newsletters that they can fact-check in the medical journal articles.
Sometimes mainstream media don’t have space in news articles or press releases to footnote the actual title of the particular study published in a medical journal so doctors can check out the research. That’s when they rely on their patients who often bring the niche media newsletters to their attention.
What a lot of doctors haven’t heard yet is that if they don’t include vitamin K in a regimen for treating bone loss in older people, the doctors may never heal their patients’ bones. Think how many people are being prescribed commercial drugs to prevent osteoporosis (bone loss), but are not being asked to take vitamin K-2 with the regimen.
The Wall Street Journal has excellent well-researched health advice in mainstream media also sometimes focusing on nutrition as medicine
If you go to the Wall Street Journal article, December 8, 2004; Page B1, online, or click on the Jaw Osteonecrosis information site, you’ll find an account of young people with bone rot and a loss of their teeth as one of any number of side effects of taking some commercial drugs for osteoporosis or to prevent it.
Another use of vitamin K-2 is to prevent hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis). Arteries harden when you have not absorbed enough vitamin K, or your body can’t make enough vitamin K for your body to keep calcium in your bones. So the calcium pours into your blood. And your LDL cholesterol calcium levels rise.
Carboxylation happens when your body can’t keep calcium in your bones
A chemical reaction called carboxylation happens when your body is unable to keep the calcium in your bones and sends calcium into your blood and arteries. What happens is that your arteries and veins become a toxic waste dump. And to protect itself from the toxicity, your arteries become calcified.
So, to date, the best nutrition advice I got was that vitamin K-2 in the (MK-7) form made from ‘natto’ (a fermented soy product vaccinated with a specific bacillus) actually scrapes the calcium from your artery walls. Doctors are studying how plaque regresses with the use of vitamin K-2.
More good nutrition advice we received in the media emphasized what foods or vitamins can reverse what time does as far as calcifying arteries. Then I began to research the studies. One study showed how vitamin K ripped away calcifications of the aorta by 29%, hopefully preventing aneurisms caused by calcifications. Silica also helps too, by taking a tablespoon of ionic liquid silica daily and my ionic minerals. I used Eidon liquid ionic multiple minerals and also ionic liquid silica.
Why are people put on blood thinners made from an ingredient found in rat poison? Foods, fish oil, resveratrol, magnesium, and vitamins such as vitamin K-2 (MK-7) from natto can do better jobs. Why don’t doctors see that they are putting their patients on a cycle leading to more calcification and bone loss?
Do doctors have time to read mainstream media medical advice columns?
Why aren’t doctors observing which foods and vitamins do a better job than some drugs (that thin your blood and at the same time force the calcium from your blood into your arteries)? And why aren’t doctors telling people to take a tablespoon daily of magnesium citrate powder and perhaps a vitamin D3 capsule (if they don’t have a gene variation that contraindicates it) to move their calcium into their bones?
What do we adults over age 70 take? On some days we take one daily soft capsule of Life Extension’s Super K with Advanced K2 complex. And other days we take the low-dose vitamin K-2 (MK-7) version. And other days we take one daily of Jarrow Formulas ® MK-7 (Vitamin K as MK-7). Natto Extract (for bone and cardiovascular health). We also take daily a tablespoon of magnesium citrate powder dissolved in a half cup of pomegranate juice and two tablespoons of soy lecithin granules mixed with 35 drops of Kyolic liquid aged garlic added to the juice. But that’s just for us. Your requirements may be different, according to your medical tests, of course.
Mainstream media often finds its information from medical journal articles such as the following list of studies:
Geleijnse, et al. Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study, Journal of Nutrition, 134:3100-05, 2004.
Vermeer, C., et al. Role of K vitamins in the regulation of tissue calcification, Journal of Bone Minerals Metabolism, 19:201-06, 2001
Spronk, HMH, et al. Tissue-specific utilization of menaquinone-4 results in prevention of arterial calcification in warfarin-treated rats, Journal of Vascular Research, 40:531-7, 2003
Witteman, JC, et al. Aortic calcification as a predictor of cardiovascular mortality, Lancet, 2:1120-22, 1986.