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The Most Remarkable Medical Discovery

If you read my blog from early January, you could tell how enthusiastic I am about the newly discovered health benefits readily available from simply optimizing Vitamin D3. Truly I believe it’s NOT JUST ANOTHER HEALTH FAD! I believe this is the most remarkable medical discovery in my 40 years in the medical field.

In this blog I will explore unanswered questions about D. Later this month I will respond on the subject of possible side effects: Is there a dark side to Vitamin D? (Short answer—rarely. See disclaimer below.) But first, if you haven’t already read my first blog on Vitamin D, do so now so we can build on that foundation.

WHAT KIND OF CANCERS ARE PREVENTED BY OPTIMIZING VITAMIN D?

All kinds. Lowering cancer risk is a better way to say it, but this is the #1 reason that we should know about D. This vitamin actually works like a hormone when blood levels are optimum—fine tuning all the body’s functions, much like, for example, thyroid hormone does. So when your body is “tuned” with D, everything works better — less chronic fatigue, less chronic pain, less depression, etc. Most importantly the immune system is clearly better able to prevent infections and cancers. Not just skin cancer, ALL TYPES OF CANCER. This is vital for all of us, but even more for those with a personal and/or family history of cancer. These HIGH RISK individuals desparately need to optimize their D3.

WHAT KIND OF VITAMIND IS BEST AND HOW MUCH?

D3 is significantly more active and much more stable than D2. D2 is cheaper and often used in multivitamins, but it is clearly inferior. I recommend D3 and will discuss it exclusively from here on. How much D3 is enough? Adults over 90-100 lbs should start at 2,000 units daily. Those over 200 lbs start with 4,000 units. Elderly and dark skinned people may need more—especially if indoors most of the time. After taking this daily for three months, see your health provider and get a blood D level. (Be CONSISTENT. If you miss a day, double the dose the next day and make it up.)

WHAT BLOOD LEVEL IS OPTIMUM?

Common sense tells us to shoot for the peak biological level. This is the highest level you can get from the sun. This turns out to be 70 blood units. Therefore the usual recommendation is to get close to this—50-100 blood units is the goal. (My blood D level was 42 on 2,000 units of D3 daily. So I doubled it to 4,000 daily, and my blood level after 3 months was 80—perfect. Everyone is a little different. Work with your primary medical provider until your level is OPTIMUM.

ARE THERE OTHER NUTRIENTS THAT WORK WITH D3?

YES! If you are interested is optimizing bone growth and metabolism to prevent osteoporosis, magnesium and Vitamin K2 are critical to have in place. These enhance the deposition of calcium into the bone and not into the blood vessels where it could cause vascular disease. In fact high doses of calcium that are commonly recommended for osteoporosis can be dangerous without these balancing nutrients. D3K2 supplements are readily available now, especially in health food stores.

More on Vitamin D next blog!

Praying ALL HIS BENEFITS for you and yours!

Steven A. Smith, MD
Psalms 103

 

 

Disclaimer:

If you are pediatric age, have kidney problems, are pregnant or nursing, or have glandular problems (endocrine), consult with your doctor prior to optimizing your Vitamin D3 intake. Be aware that most, but not all, practicing doctors follow practices similar to the above. If your doctor does not recommend Vitamin D3, get a second or even a third opinion.

Vitamin D

New Year’s Most Important Health Resolution

TAKE VITAMIN D3 DAILY!

At the beginning of this New Year it became obvious THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUE that I could discuss for 2016 is optimizing vitamin D3. Yes, D3 if FAR MORE IMPORTANT than getting a few extra pounds off, or lowering your cholesterol or even exercising more! Making this change will be FAR

BETTER, FAR EASIER AND FAR LESS EXPENSIVE than other resolutions!

What is Vitamin D3 and Why is it So Important?

Vitamin D3 is the most active form of D. This vitamin has been known for a long time to aid in the absorption and utilization of calcium, vital to bone mineralization, providing strength and integrity to the skeleton — the structural framework of the body.

What is New and Revolutionary about D3?

Literally this is the best discovery in the field of medicine during my 40 years in the medical field. About 60 years ago scientists began to study why some people got more cancer than others. They became focused on something that was obvious– that the sun’s rays actually caused skin cancers of various types—including often lethal melanomas. So our culture did a 180 degree turn and became photophobic in regard to the sun’s rays. (Tanning had been the “healthy” thing to do before that. Vitamin D was known as the Sunshine Vitamin!) What transpired during the next two generations was an emphasis on sun avoidance or sun protection.

This resulted in nearly our entire population becoming deficient (or at least borderline low) in D3. This is a fact today, unless one is actively taking D3 regularly or spending significant amounts of time outside with most of the clothes off. This on top of the fact that “normal” blood levels of D3 are clearly sub-optimal for the most important benefits—cancer prevention, depression prevention, chronic pain prevention, etc, etc.

Where does this leave us now? More, much more internal cancers than ever before. So scientist started studying why—What is causing this large increase of all types of cancers? Could a LACK of Vitamin D3 be associated with this CANCER EPIDEMIC? YES!! That is what 100’s of scientific studies over the past 20 years are pointing to. From population studies showing Northerners get more internal cancers than Southerners, to occupational studies that show office workers get more internal cancers than outdoor workers. NOW IT’S BECOMING OBVIOUS THAT THE SUN’S RAYS ACTUALLY HAVE MORE BENEFITS THAN LIABILITIES!

What is the Bottom Line/Action Point Regarding Vitamin D3? We should take OPTIMUM D3 DAILY. You can’t get that much from a multivitamin or from milk. Most of us can’t or shouldn’t get that much from the sun—due to burning or skin cancer risk. So, if we get D3 from a daily supplement, this is the safest and simplest way to go.

How Much Should We Take Daily?

I like to start adults (over 90 lbs) on 2,000 units of D3 daily. For people over age 60 and those over 200 lbs, I recommend 4,000 units D3 daily. Oh course everyone taking D3 should get a blood test to check their level after taking it for a few months. This can usually be done at your annual checkup. The optimum/cancer preventative blood level is 50-100 ng/mL. The daily dose should be adjusted until this target blood level is achieved.

Has The Sun Been Fully Vindicated?

It often seems that generations cast a particular object or even a person as either a villain or a hero. The sun’s rays have certainly played both of these roles over the years. I recommend that you get some healthy rays, but “Don’t get burned!” Use Common Sense. Plan outdoor activities for morning and late afternoon or evening. Use broad brimmed hats and other garments to cover up when you have to be out during the peak sun times. Finally, apply high SPF sunscreens to exposed skin areas (30 or higher) and reapply every 2 hours.

My Five Year Experience with Optimum Doses of Vitamin D3

I am convinced clinically that my patients who take sufficient Vitamin D3 consistently over the years are getting fewer and fewer cancers and precancers over time. Many of these patients were escalating their number of new cancers each year, and now are decreasing their numbers dramatically. However, I believe ALL CAN BENEFIT, not just high risk patients. Vitamin D3 is sold in every store in America. If you have $5 in your pocket, stop at any store and GET STARTED!

Who Benefits the Most?

Those who are High Risk for any type of cancer(s). Families that get cancers often, transplant patients, immunosuppressed patients on certain drugs that lower immunity, HIV patients, and anyone who has had a cancer or precancer previously.

Other Products That Can Help

EPIONCE makes two great sunscreens that can help prevent sun burning and prevent photo aging from chronic damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Daily Shield 50 is great for people who need a light moisturizer combined with a powerful sun protection factor. (Remember to reapply if outside very long—especially after lunch.) Daily Shield 30 is for those who need to moisturize more, and not as much heavy sun protection. (For instance, during the cold weather season.)

In Summary

Science has proven over time that the sun’s rays can be both a blessing and a curse. Therefore, moderating your exposure is the best policy. Some sunlight is clearly good! Too much is toxic in the short term and can cause cancer and advanced/premature aging in the long term. HOWEVER, TOO LITTLE VITAMIN D3 CAN INCREASE YOUR CANCER RISK FOR ALL ORGANS—breast, colon, lung, prostate, skin, etc, etc.

Disclaimer:

If you are pediatric age, have kidney problems, are pregnant or nursing, or have glandular problems (endocrine), consult with your doctor prior to optimizing your Vitamin D3 intake. Be aware that most, but not all, practicing doctors follow practices similar to the above. If your doctor does not recommend Vitamin D3, get a second or even a third opinion.

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The Face of Beauty: Secrets to a Beautiful Face

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Often when I am with my wife in public, people ask me, “How does she keep her skin looking so youthful?”  I just smile and chuckle saying, “Well, you see she is married to a dermatologist!”

What about all the Botox and Juvaderm and fillers and peels and lasers?  Yes, she has had some over the years, but she doesn’t use them now. Her SECRET?  Preventing sun damage and regular use of EPIONCE facial rejuvenation skin care!

First SECRET of the FACE OF BEAUTY

No matter how hard you try to reverse damage, it’s far easier to prevent damage to your skin. Sun exposure causes cellular damage that accumulates and accelerates the aging  process.  I often show a patient their upper inner arm near the armpit. This demonstrates the goal–youthful vigorous skin at any age–minus sun damage!

Common sense sun protection is SIMPLE!
#1. Habitually avoid the most damaging direct rays altogether by planning indoor activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyday. Train yourself to perform outdoor activities in the morning as well as late afternoon and evenings.
#2. Use the RIGHT sun protection outside. Hats that have a broad brim on all sides are best. I like sunblocks that have a healthy moisturizer built into the SPF–sun protection factor–like EPIONCE Daily Shield 30 for the winter time and EPIONCE Daily Shield 50 for summer time. (You, however, may need the 50 year round if you have an oily complexion type, or if you live in a warm climate year round.)

Second SECRET of THE BEAUTIFUL FACE

Anti aging is all about reversing damage that has already occurred. This is actually easier to do on the face than elsewhere–neck, upper chest, hands and forearms.  So think about protecting these areas from the sun also.

Let’s talk about anti aging methods for THE BEAUTIFUL FACE. First question, “Is this a worthy endeavor–or just vanity?”  One of my favorite Bible verses encourages us to pursue restoration of youthfulness as a benefit from GOD:  “Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not ALL HIS BENEFITS…who satisfies your necessity and desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.”  Psalms 103: 2-5 Amplified.  So youthful renewal/reinvigoration IS a worthy goal in the context of pursuing HIM and ALL HIS BENEFITS!

What do you do first?  Expensive lasers or face lifts?  No. Much can be done to turn back the clock by consistently using high quality effective skin care products that are designed by a world renowned scientist/dermatologist, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, the inventor/developer of EPIONCE. His serums and creams contain multiple vitamins (not just retinol/vitamin A) and other natural active ingredients–like citrus, date and meadowfoam, just to name a few. These molecules can communicate to tell cellular aging mechanisms to REVERSE. The result is a more pleasing appearance that even your closest relationships will recognize and ask, “What are you doing to make your face look so young?”

THE BEAUTIFUL FACE Program

Step 1.  Cleanse with EPIONCE
–Oily Skin, use Lytic Gel Cleanser
–Medium Skin, use Gentle Foaming Cleanser
–Dry Skin, use Milky Lotion Cleanser

Step 2. Prepare with EPIONCE
–Spray Balancing Toner into your clean hand and apply to face

Step 3. Apply EPIONCE Antiaging Serum
–Apply Intense Defense Serum to face

Step 4. Apply EPIONCE Renewal Product
–Oily Skin, use Renewal Facial Lite Lotion
–Medium Skin, use Renewal Facial Lotion
–Dry Skin, use Renewal Facial Cream

REPEAT ABOVE STEPS EARLY AM AND BEDTIME. WAIT 8 minutes between step 3 and step 4.  Then wait 8 minutes between step 4 and applying any makeup.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH EPIONCE
1.  I’ve been using these products actively in my practice for 14 years–I know they really work.
2.  They are relatively inexpensive. When used correctly these products are very efficient, that is, a little bit goes a long way. One bottle of product is designed to last months, not weeks.
3.  The products are guaranteed. This is a company with a lot of integrity. They rarely get a returned product, but they always honor it without questions or delays.
4.  These products are unique. There are several patents and proprietary blends. These are not me-too products.
5.  I own no stock or have any equity in EPIONCE.

For FREE SHIPPING, use Dr. Smith’s Epionce Expert Code: 20030213

FINALLY, this is a great time of the year to help YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE!!
Renew and Revitalize its Youthful Glow!!!
Begin with EPIONCE skin care today!

 

Wishing You All The BEST Health and Healing During The Holiday Season!!!
Steven A. Smith, MD
Dermatologist
Psalms 103 “Benefits”

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