The idea of health and illness is very complicated which news reports seldom acknowledge. Just like prescribed drugs, not everything is going to work for every person. In fact, the newest research on genetic markers shows whether or not new drugs will work on the individual person. Medicine knows there are many co-factors that go hand-in-hand with any illness, as well as usefulness of medications. Iíd add supplements to the list.
By the way, the concept of food as medicine plays a role, too. Consider the herbs olive leaf and oregano. People who consume these as a food source are likely to benefit from their antibacterial and antivirus benefit, meaning fewer infections hopefully.
As for genetics, something has to flip the genetic switch for illness to happen. The thing that flips or stops the switch is called a co-factor. As for the roll of the dice, chance does come into play, but co-factors are a big player as well. Here are some examples according to Julian Whittaker, MD.
He says in his newsletter that if everyone 65 and older took calcium and vitamin D, about 776,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures could be avoided. He estimates savings at $16.1 billion. If people in the same age group took 1,800mg of fish oil daily, 374,301 hospitalizations for coronary artery disease would be cut back for an estimated total savings of $3.2 billion. If just a quarter of the women in childbearing age not taking 400mcg of folic acid/day did use it, 600 mothers could be spared with certain birth defects, saving about $1.4 billion. And he says that if those with macular degeneration took 6-10 mg of lutein with other antioxidants daily, 190,927 of them might be able to remain independent and stay out of nursing homes due to vision loss. Thatís an estimated savings of $3.6 billion.
Just a few supplements would cause a huge improvement in health and a huge reduction in cost. There are many, many more beneficial supplements and nutrients. For instance, a study I found published by the University of Victoria in Canada shows this from an entirely different point of view. The authors were from the Department of Geography. Geography? It seems people are more likely to have different diseases, or not, because of the co-factors found in the geographic areas in which they live and the nutritional content of the food grown there.
The goal of illness prevention and quick access to good care includes nutritional supplements. Of course, the mainstream would have to come to terms with reducing cost and profit. Clean and fresh food, supplements and finally prescribed if you have to, and in that order it seems to me. Remember olive leaf and oregano oil as supplements can and do great things.