'Indian women ignore ailments of the heart' was another recent headline news. The 300% increase, over the last 40 years, in women’s heart problems is due largely to the callous attitude of the medical profession. Do read Ray Strand’s book What Your Doctor Doesn'T Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You and you will understand how high levels of homocysteine – which can easily be lowered by taking a few B vitamins – is the definite indicator of heart problems, and not cholesterol. This discovery was made 40 years ago, but the healthcare industry refused to accept it till they could no longer deny the facts in the 1990s. Now, the Howards Medical School Family Health Guide (2003; pg 655) clearly tells us that “it is prudent to take folic acid (400 micrograms) and vitamins B6 (100 milligrams) and B12 (100 micrograms) in pill form if your (homocysteine) level is high, particularly in people who have had a parent or a sibling develop coronary artery disease before age 55.” But still the doctors and the press refuse to give us this vital information that could save millions of lives.
And, instead of telling us to take daily at least 100 milligrams of vitamins B6, these doctors have fixed the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) at only 2 milligrams. Now Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters – the chemicals that transmit messages from one nerve cell to another. And if we don’t get enough of these vitamins, we start suffering from nervous disorders like anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, ADD/ADHD, overeating and addictions.
These nervous disorders have also been wrongly classified as mental disorders – “mind” is not a part of the human body – and psychiatrists, who are not trained neurologists, are prescribing drugs that enter the brain. Drugs that enter the brain are so dangerous that since 2003 more people in the USA are dying every day from opioid analgesics overdoses than from the deaths due to heroin and cocaine combined. But we ordinary people are unfortunately not being informed about the dangers of prescription drugs.
In times of stress, the body’s requirement of energy and nutrients increases a lot. Besides the amino acid nutrients needed for synthesizing proteins, the body also needs lots of Vitamin B3 – Niacin – as it is vital for producing energy from sugars. So, niacin in the body gets quickly used up. If we do not consume adequate amounts of niacin in our diet to replace the depleted niacin, we develop a niacin deficiency and our body is unable to efficiently convert sugars into energy. This, over time, leads to hypoglycemia or diabetes (type-2, or stress related diabetes).
Also when niacin deficiency exists in the body, the body converts the amino acid tryptophan into niacin, as niacin is a vital nutrient needed for many bodily processes. With the result tryptophan gets exhausted in the body. The brain neurotransmitter serotonin helps calm our raging emotions and helps us to sleep at night. It is produced from the amino acid tryptophan, and when tryptophan gets exhausted in the body, it leads to insufficient amounts of serotonin in the brain, causing sleeplessness and depressions.
Also when the brain needs tryptophan to produce serotonin, it makes us eat sugars because eating sweets enables tryptophan in the body to enter the brain. But when the body runs out of tryptophan, we continue eating sweets and carbohydrates – junk foods – and put on weight. It is deficiency of niacin and tryptophan in the body that causes sleeplessness, obesity and diabetes. So please note that doctors are unnecessarily blaming us people for sleeping less, only because of their incompetency. It is about time that you hold doctors accountable for it, and inform everybody about it.