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Just One Supplement Massively Reduces Strokes – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 10, 2018

You must be a crazy, eccentric, ignorant, easily misled fool to be caught taking dietary supplements.  Best to take them in your closet where nobody will see you.  Because of this attitude, many patients simply hide the fact from their doctors they are loading up with vitamins every day.   Still Americans only spend ~$8 a month on dietary supplements and ~$250 a month on drugs.  It should be the other way around.


In the 1990s grain products were fortified with folic acid to prevent birth defects (spina bifida, anencephaly) and a decline in stroke-related mortality was reported.  Researchers then subsequently reported that 31,000 stroke-associated deaths may have been prevented by folic acid food fortification.  Folic acid blood levels doubled during this period (from 6.6 to 15 nanograms/milliliter per blood sample) with an accompanying 14% decline in homocysteine blood levels, which was believed to be the mechanism responsible for the decline.

Then in 2007 The Lancet journal reported that folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation reduces stroke risk by 18%.

Then again in 2015 the Journal of the American Medical Association reported the combined use of a blood pressure pill (enalapril) and folic acid, but not the drug alone, significantly reduced the risk for first stroke.

Thereafter organized medicine reached a consensus that:

Dietary supplements are still popular despite little evidence they’re useful.  – Science-Based Medicine

Study after study has demonstrated that favorites like multivitamins don’t actually improve outcomes on a number of health measures. —

Multivitamins are a waste of money, doctors say.  – Scientific American

There is no evidence that taking a multivitamin regularly has the ability to ward off chronic diseases.  –

Fast forward to today…. News reports claim a massive 73% decline in strokes and stroke-related death among the highest risk patients and a 21% decline in stroke overall with folic acid supplementation.

About 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year in the U.S. and more than 140,000 people die from stroke.  Most strokes occur among adults over age 65.  If a recent study holds true for every senior American, the consumption of a multivitamin with folic acid could reduce the number of strokes from 795,000 to 628,050 (166,950 fewer strokes).  Stroke death rates would dramatically plunge too.  And they say vitamin supplements are worthless.  Go figure.

Strokes occur among individuals who have high blood pressure.  Their risk for stroke is 5.6% and folic acid drastically reduces this risk to 1.8% in high-risk groups…

How modern medicine concludes dietary supplements are unnecessary

Here is how modern medicine comes to its erroneous conclusion dietary supplements are not needed and a good diet will provide all the nutrients necessary for health.  Of course, that position is self- serving as modern medicine games human populations for more disease to treat.

Beriberi, the name for the disease that emanates from a deficiency of thiamin (vitamin B1), is broadly prevalent well-fed societies as it is induced by “high calorie malnutrition” given that added sugars, carbohydrates, alcohol and even tea blocks its absorption.  The progressive decline in stomach acid secretion with advancing age is yet another reason why B1 deficiency is highly prevalent but unrecognized.

Derrick Lonsdale, the reigning expert on vitamin B1, says thiamin deficiency has a low mortality and a long morbidity.

Because B1 deficiency is associated with so many maladies (autism, diabetic complications, disruptive autonomic nerve system disorders, heart failure, neuropathy, sudden infant death, alcoholism, it defies detection as a collective disease.  An announcement the highly absorbable fat-soluble form of vitamin B1 (Benfotiamine) cures and prevents Alzheimer’s disease is expected soon.  There is a doctor in Italy who is astonishingly curing Parkinson’s disease with B1 shots (mostly among alcoholics)…

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