Health & Medical

Keeping Fit and Enjoying Life: LaLanne, Sunshine, and Cruising

I’m obsessed. I’ll admit it. My obsession is telling everyone about the virtues of knowing your Vitamin D blood level and bringing the Vitamin D blood level up to par.

I don’t think Frank Kaiser will mind me talking about the fact that the first time Carolyn was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, I asked Carolyn to ask her oncologist about taking Vitamin D. The answer was why? The oncologist didn’t recommend it. Today, Carolyn takes Vitamin D.

That’s not unusual for oncologists to ignore the value of nutrients such as vitamin D during cancer treatment. The reason for this view is the fact that there is a basic belief that vitamins, herbal supplements and the like will interfere with the chemo regimen.

You can overdose on vitamins and herbal supplements, just as you can on Tylenol or prescription drugs. So, when you are under treatment for cancer and they don’t measure your blood value of key vitamins, minerals and etc., I guess you shouldn’t take them if you don’t know what your blood values are.

The famous New York City Cancer Hospital named Sloan Kettering did a patient survey and discovered 3 out of 4 cancer patients were below the low normal of 30 ng’s. It so happens that a Dr. Cedric Garland said the same thing many years before Sloan Kettering did the survey. Dr. Garland believes that 3 out of 4 cancers are preventable if you have a normal blood level of Vitamin D. Even if he is 50% wrong, we would still save over 250,000 people a year from getting cancer if no one in America was low on Vitamin D. American Cancer Society already states 1 out of 3 cancers can be prevented by good nutrition and exercise. That would be over 160,000 lives saved per year.

So, today, January 24th. 2011, I learned that Jack Lalanne passed away at 96 years young. Over the years he promoted good nutrition (juicing and etc.), vitamins and exercise for a long and healthy life. He did it well, but oh so few have followed his example. All I can say is “Good Job” Jack. We will miss you.

Hello Sunshine! That’s become my battle cry for knowing your Vitamin D value and
to get out and welcome the sun prudently and not be sun shy.

In that vein, I have committed to going on a Western Caribbean Cruise next February aboard the fabulous Royal Caribbean Cruise ship the “Mariner of the Sea” I will have the privilege of joining Cherie Calbom, nutritionist and well known author with over 17 books to her credit. Her lecture at sea will talk about how to retard the brain from aging and juicing. At one time Cherie worked with Jack LaLanne. In addition, Dr. Nina Walsh N. D. (naturopathic physician) will lecture on detoxification and keeping the body healthy.

Finally, I will present my “Hello Sunshine” talk that provides the latest known facts about the value of Vitamin D. In addition, there are planned aerobic classes geared for seniors on the days we are at sea. If you would like to join me, Cherie Calbom and Dr. Walsh, please email me for details.

I will always remember Jack LaLanne for showing so many the path to a long healthy life. Come join us.

T. Braun, Pharmacist, Buyer, Marketing Executive for a Major Drug Chain. Active for over 45 years in Pharmacy.

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