I’m not a doctor, but…

What if I told you that by taking two pills every day that cost about $0.05 a piece — a simple nickel — we could all live healthier lives, prevent serious or even fatal conditions, and increase our life spans?  (Let me save you the math on that: At $0.05 each, or $0.10 a day, it adds up to $36.50 a year – about the cost of 2 movie tickets and a large popcorn!)  Not only are they cheap, but you don’t have to make an appointment with your doctor or get on a long waiting list to be able to buy them.

For $36.50 a year — about the cost of a night out at the movies — we could all be living longer, healthier lives.

What are these mystery pills?  Good ole’ Vitamins C & D!

Now, I’m going to guess that you were expecting something more exotic or exciting.  I mean, we all know about Vitamins C & D, so you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal, Greg?”  Well, in addition to some of the mainstream stuff we do know, these vitamins also offer some incredible benefits that most people don’t know about.  I was shocked when I saw the science that strongly links Vitamin D to a drastically reduced rate of breast cancer and learned that Vitamin C has been used to the save the lives of people with sepsis and cancerI dug deeper and became fascinated with how these tiny, inexpensive pills can actually be a life-saver in some situations.

I know – It might seem odd that a real estate investment guy is talking about vitamins.  No, I’m not selling anything, and I don’t own stock in a health or supplement companyOnce I realized that the simple action of taking these two pills daily could be such a game-changer, I knew I needed to get my family on board and spread the word to everyone I know, so that you and the people you love can benefit as well.

We all know that Vitamins C & D are not miracle cures that solve all of our health problems; they are only part of the solution.  But what do we have to lose by spending ten cents a day on a little extra “health insurance” in the form of a few supplements that have no real side effects?


Vitamin D 101

If you ask most people about Vitamin D, they’ll probably tell you that they know the body needs it and that it’s good for you.  Still, 70% to 85% of the population is currently deficient in Vitamin D.  So, what does it really do, how much should you take, and what happens if you don’t get enough?

Unless you have a genetic variance that keeps you from absorbing it, like my daughter, Kayla, most people can and should take up to 4000 IU/day.  If you have a genetic variance, you might need to take more.  (By the way, 4000 IU/day is 6.5x the government recommended daily allowance of 600 IU, which we all know is the absolute bare minimum, not the optimum amount.)  Ideally, you want to take enough to keep your Vitamin D levels between 40 and 60 nanograms/milliliter.  (I’ll talk more about the levels and how to test them below.)

Here’s what can happen if you don’t get enough Vitamin D:

  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Compromised immune system
  • Weak, possibly deformed bones (Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption and helps prevent osteoporosis)
  • Impaired executive function
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Increased DNA damage
  • Accelerated aging process

Ultimately, adequate levels of Vitamin D help you avoid…

  • Early death!!!


Vitamin D and Breast Cancer: What EVERY WOMAN Needs to Know!

A large organization called Grassroots Health did a study recently on the relationship between Vitamin D and cancer.  They compiled data from over 5,000 women aged 55 and older and found that the likelihood of breast cancer was 82% lower in women who had Vitamin D levels of at least 60 nanograms/milliliter.  Let’s take that in for a moment:  82% lower!  Staggering!

In 2007, as Dr. Baggerly was recovering from breast cancer treatment, she stumbled upon a web site which touted Vitamin D levels as being important, even preventative, for breast cancer.  Why had she never heard it before?  Could she have prevented her breast cancer?  From this, Grassroots Health was born and now includes the participation of 48 world renowned Vitamin D experts.

Dr. Carole Baggerly, director of Grassroots Health, says this: “With roughly an 80% reduction in the incidence of breast cancer, getting a vitamin D blood level to 60 ng/ml becomes the first priority for cancer prevention.  Nutrition and lifestyle factors are certainly important for overall health, but they can’t replace the value of Vitamin D level.  The safety of this level has been demonstrated within this study as well as others.  It’s time for action!”

That is a big statement, but again, what are we talking about here?  Swallowing one five-cent vitamin each day to ward off breast cancer, among other things.  It’s a no-brainer.


Vitamin D Studies: More Encouraging Statistics

Here are some other studies that show the positive effects of having optimum Vitamin D levels (40 to 60 ng/ml):

  • 25% or more decrease in irritability and hyperactivity in autistic children
  • 50% reduction in childhood cavities
  • 36% lower risk of colorectal cancer progression
  • 41% less likely to get the flu
  • A study with U.S. Veterans found Vitamin D caused an 86% increase in sleep duration, a 14% decrease in pain, and a 12% increase in physical functioning
  • MS patients who upped their Vitamin D intake found that their vertigo and brain fog went away
  • A 59-year old Hashimoto’s and Lyme Disease patient reported that optimum Vitamin D levels made her feel like she was 30 again

Additionally, the Grassroots Health study found that low levels of Vitamin D result in 225% higher healthcare costs.  That is definitely worth noting!


How do you know your Vitamin D levels?

The only way to know where your levels are and how much to supplement is by getting tested until you are routinely in the sweet spot of 40 – 60 ng/ml.  You can visit a lab or easily find at-home Vitamin D test kits for between $60 and $100.

Here are three options to get your started:

  • If you live near Reno, there is a cash clinic medical lab in Reno and Carson City where you can get tested for about $90 total.  If you live elsewhere, there are probably similar cash clinics near you.
  • Grassroots, the organization that did the cancer study, has an at-home test for $65.  My family has used this test and we can vouch for it being extremely simple to use.  When you order your kit, you will also be participating in the world’s largest Vitamin D project to solve the deficiency.  You can order the test kit here.
  • EverlyWell also offers a host of test kits, including an at-home Vitamin D test for $79.

Can you take too much?

Some people argue that too much Vitamin D causes toxicity.  If you’re worried about it (most people shouldn’t be), here are a few things to consider:

  • Even with a 5000 IU daily supplement, fewer than 1% of the population reach levels of 100 ng/ml (still below toxic levels of 200 ng/ml), but 82% reach an optimum level of 40 ng/ml.
  • The Mayo Clinic calls vitamin D toxicity “rare” and says it is “caused by mega doses of Vitamin D supplements — not by diet or sun exposure.”
  • The Mayo Clinic also advises that you would need to take 60,000 IU/day for months to reach toxic levels.

The bottom line?  You don’t need to worry about toxicity.

I’m not a doctor, but…

What if I told you that by taking two pills every day that cost about $0.05 a piece — a simple nickel — we could all live healthier lives, prevent serious or even fatal conditions, and increase our life spans?  (Let me save you the math on that: At $0.05 each, or $0.10 a day, it adds up to $36.50 a year – about the cost of 2 movie tickets and a large popcorn!)  Not only are they cheap, but you don’t have to make an appointment with your doctor or get on a long waiting list to be able to buy them.

For $36.50 a year — about the cost of a night out at the movies — we could all be living longer, healthier lives.

What are these mystery pills?  Good ole’ Vitamins C & D!

Now, I’m going to guess that you were expecting something more exotic or exciting.  I mean, we all know about Vitamins C & D, so you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal, Greg?”  Well, in addition to some of the mainstream stuff we do know, these vitamins also offer some incredible benefits that most people don’t know about.  I was shocked when I saw the science that strongly links Vitamin D to a drastically reduced rate of breast cancer and learned that Vitamin C has been used to the save the lives of people with sepsis and cancerI dug deeper and became fascinated with how these tiny, inexpensive pills can actually be a life-saver in some situations.

I know – It might seem odd that a real estate investment guy is talking about vitamins.  No, I’m not selling anything, and I don’t own stock in a health or supplement companyOnce I realized that the simple action of taking these two pills daily could be such a game-changer, I knew I needed to get my family on board and spread the word to everyone I know, so that you and the people you love can benefit as well.

We all know that Vitamins C & D are not miracle cures that solve all of our health problems; they are only part of the solution.  But what do we have to lose by spending ten cents a day on a little extra “health insurance” in the form of a few supplements that have no real side effects?


Vitamin D 101

If you ask most people about Vitamin D, they’ll probably tell you that they know the body needs it and that it’s good for you.  Still, 70% to 85% of the population is currently deficient in Vitamin D.  So, what does it really do, how much should you take, and what happens if you don’t get enough?

Unless you have a genetic variance that keeps you from absorbing it, like my daughter, Kayla, most people can and should take up to 4000 IU/day.  If you have a genetic variance, you might need to take more.  (By the way, 4000 IU/day is 6.5x the government recommended daily allowance of 600 IU, which we all know is the absolute bare minimum, not the optimum amount.)  Ideally, you want to take enough to keep your Vitamin D levels between 40 and 60 nanograms/milliliter.  (I’ll talk more about the levels and how to test them below.)

Here’s what can happen if you don’t get enough Vitamin D:

  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Compromised immune system
  • Weak, possibly deformed bones (Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption and helps prevent osteoporosis)
  • Impaired executive function
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Increased DNA damage
  • Accelerated aging process

Ultimately, adequate levels of Vitamin D help you avoid…

  • Early death!!!


Vitamin D and Breast Cancer: What EVERY WOMAN Needs to Know!

A large organization called Grassroots Health did a study recently on the relationship between Vitamin D and cancer.  They compiled data from over 5,000 women aged 55 and older and found that the likelihood of breast cancer was 82% lower in women who had Vitamin D levels of at least 60 nanograms/milliliter.  Let’s take that in for a moment:  82% lower!  Staggering!

In 2007, as Dr. Baggerly was recovering from breast cancer treatment, she stumbled upon a web site which touted Vitamin D levels as being important, even preventative, for breast cancer.  Why had she never heard it before?  Could she have prevented her breast cancer?  From this, Grassroots Health was born and now includes the participation of 48 world renowned Vitamin D experts.

Dr. Carole Baggerly, director of Grassroots Health, says this: “With roughly an 80% reduction in the incidence of breast cancer, getting a Vitamin D blood level to 60 ng/ml becomes the first priority for cancer prevention.  Nutrition and lifestyle factors are certainly important for overall health, but they can’t replace the value of Vitamin D level.  The safety of this level has been demonstrated within this study as well as others.  It’s time for action!”

That is a big statement, but again, what are we talking about here?  Swallowing one five-cent vitamin each day to ward off breast cancer, among other things.  It’s a no-brainer.


Vitamin D Studies: More Encouraging Statistics

Here are some other studies that show the positive effects of having optimum Vitamin D levels (40 to 60 ng/ml):

  • 25% or more decrease in irritability and hyperactivity in autistic children
  • 50% reduction in childhood cavities
  • 36% lower risk of colorectal cancer progression
  • 41% less likely to get the flu
  • A study with U.S. Veterans found Vitamin D caused an 86% increase in sleep duration, a 14% decrease in pain, and a 12% increase in physical functioning
  • MS patients who upped their Vitamin D intake found that their vertigo and brain fog went away
  • A 59-year old Hashimoto’s and Lyme Disease patient reported that optimum Vitamin D levels made her feel like she was 30 again

Additionally, the Grassroots Health study found that low levels of Vitamin D result in 225% higher healthcare costs.  That is definitely worth noting!


How do you know your Vitamin D levels?

The only way to know where your levels are and how much to supplement is by getting tested until you are routinely in the sweet spot of 40 – 60 ng/ml.  You can visit a lab or easily find at-home Vitamin D test kits for between $60 and $100.

Here are three options to get your started:

  • If you live near Reno, there is a cash clinic medical lab in Reno and Carson City where you can get tested for about $90 total.  If you live elsewhere, there are probably similar cash clinics near you.
  • Grassroots, the organization that did the cancer study, has an at-home test for $65.  My family has used this test and we can vouch for it being extremely simple to use.  When you order your kit, you will also be participating in the world’s largest Vitamin D project to solve the deficiency.  You can order the test kit here.
  • EverlyWell also offers a host of test kits, including an at-home Vitamin D test for $79.

Can you take too much?

Some people argue that too much Vitamin D causes toxicity.  If you’re worried about it (most people shouldn’t be), here are a few things to consider:

  • Even with a 5000 IU daily supplement, fewer than 1% of the population reach levels of 100 ng/ml (still below toxic levels of 200 ng/ml), but 82% reach an optimum level of 40 ng/ml.
  • The Mayo Clinic calls Vitamin D toxicity “rare” and says it is “caused by mega doses of Vitamin D supplements — not by diet or sun exposure.”
  • The Mayo Clinic also advises that you would need to take 60,000 IU/day for months to reach toxic levels.

The bottom line? You don’t need to worry about toxicity.

Our Old Friend, Vitamin C

We all know that a daily dose of Vitamin C is good for the immune system (it’s what you take to prevent and shorten the duration of a cold, right?).  It also fights oxidative stress, helps regulate blood pressure, is good for our heart and cardiovascular system, and helps protect our memory and thinking.

Remember these?  If you grew up in a house like mine, you might not have had to wear a seat belt or a bicycle helmet, but darn it, you had to take your Flintstones vitamins!

But there’s something else truly amazing happening with mega doses of Vitamin C.  More and more, Vitamin C is being used treat diseases like MS, cancer, sepsis, and leukemia – either on its own or in combination with more traditional treatments.  Note that we’re talking much larger doses that need to be administered in IV form.  They call it “IVC.”


Vitamin C Blasts Cancer

Dr. Ron Hunninghake, Medical Director of the Riordan Clinic (where they do a lot of research and treat various conditions through IVC) explains how high-dose IVC kills cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed:

“At very high dosages, Vitamin C interacts with copper and iron to form a powerful free radical that has a strong oxidative effect on cancer cells.  Once the threshold dose of Vitamin C is attained in cell culture, all types of cancer cells are selectively killed.  Healthy, non-cancerous cells are spared.”

I also mentioned that it’s being used to treat sepsis, a bacterial infection in the blood that shuts down your organs.  I didn’t realize this, but more than a million people a year get sepsis.  It often happens after being hospitalized or undergoing surgery and getting an infection.  About 30% of people die from it.  That’s about 700 people/day


Dr. Paul Marik: Sepsis’ Nemesis

This is a really cool story that everyone should know about.

Thanks to the efforts of doctors and scientists like Dr. Paul Marik who are researching the use of IVC in the treatment of sepsis, it might cease to be the deadly condition it once was.

In 2016, Dr. Paul Marik, critical care physician at East Virginia Medical School, first administered IVC to a female patient who was dying of sepsis.  When she came into his clinic in extreme septic shock with advanced kidney failure, unsure of what, if anything, he could do, he remembered he’d read that IVC had been shown to help treat the condition.  With nothing to lose, he quickly administered an IVC “cocktail” of IVC, thiamine, and cortisone.  When he came back to the hospital the next day, he was shocked at what he saw: not only was the patient still alive, but her kidney function returned and she was off the ventilator.  Three days later, she went home.

There’s a lot more to that story, of course, but that’s the gist of it.  Over the next year, Marik treated 150 sepsis patients the same way; only 4 died from sepsis.  That’s a 97.4% survival rate.  They’re studying Marik’s protocol in 2 national trials that should wrap up this year.

The beauty of this is that the IVC protocol can be administered inexpensively – it’s 2 vitamins and a steroid, not some $50,000 drug – making it accessible to all patients.


Are you prepared to pay 10 cents a day to increase your chances of avoiding an early death?  Just think: by taking these 2 tiny vitamins daily, you, your family, and everyone you love could be making HUGE strides toward improved health.  I hope you’ll help me spread the word!

P.S. It bears repeating, I am NOT an expert.  If you want to talk about real estate I can help you there, but for the most part, this article sums up the majority of what I know about Vitamins C and D.  If you want to learn more, I’m happy to share any of these resources with you.

Our Old Friend, Vitamin C

We all know that a daily dose of Vitamin C is good for the immune system (it’s what you take to prevent and shorten the duration of a cold, right?).  It also fights oxidative stress, helps regulate blood pressure, is good for our heart and cardiovascular system, and helps protect our memory and thinking.

Remember these?  If you grew up in a house like mine, you might not have had to wear a seat belt or a bicycle helmet, but darn it, you had to take your Flintstones vitamins!

But there’s something else truly amazing happening with mega doses of Vitamin C.  More and more, Vitamin C is being used treat diseases like MS, cancer, sepsis, and leukemia – either on its own or in combination with more traditional treatments.  Note that we’re talking much larger doses that need to be administered in IV form.  They call it “IVC.”


Vitamin C Blasts Cancer

Dr. Ron Hunninghake, Medical Director of the Riordan Clinic (where they do a lot of research and treat various conditions through IVC) explains how high-dose IVC kills cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed:

“At very high dosages, Vitamin C interacts with copper and iron to form a powerful free radical that has a strong oxidative effect on cancer cells.  Once the threshold dose of Vitamin C is attained in cell culture, all types of cancer cells are selectively killed.  Healthy, non-cancerous cells are spared.”

I also mentioned that it’s being used to treat sepsis, a bacterial infection in the blood that shuts down your organs.  I didn’t realize this, but more than a million people a year get sepsis.  It often happens after being hospitalized or undergoing surgery and getting an infection.  About 30% of people die from it.  That’s about 700 people/day


Dr. Paul Marik: Sepsis’ Nemesis

This is a really cool story that everyone should know about.

Thanks to the efforts of doctors and scientists like Dr. Paul Marik who are researching the use of IVC in the treatment of sepsis, it might cease to be the deadly condition it once was.

In 2016, Dr. Paul Marik, critical care physician at East Virginia Medical School, first administered IVC to a female patient who was dying of sepsis.  When she came into his clinic in extreme septic shock with advanced kidney failure, unsure of what, if anything, he could do, he remembered he’d read that IVC had been shown to help treat the condition.  With nothing to lose, he quickly administered an IVC “cocktail” of IVC, thiamine, and cortisone.  When he came back to the hospital the next day, he was shocked at what he saw: not only was the patient still alive, but her kidney function returned and she was off the ventilator.  Three days later, she went home.

There’s a lot more to that story, of course, but that’s the gist of it.  Over the next year, Marik treated 150 sepsis patients the same way; only 4 died from sepsis.  That’s a 97.4% survival rate.  They’re studying Marik’s protocol in 2 national trials that should wrap up this year.

The beauty of this is that the IVC protocol can be administered inexpensively – it’s 2 vitamins and a steroid, not some $50,000 drug – making it accessible to all patients.


Are you prepared to pay 10 cents a day to increase your chances of avoiding an early death?  Just think: by taking these 2 tiny vitamins daily, you, your family, and everyone you love could be making HUGE strides toward improved health.  I hope you’ll help me spread the word!

P.S. It bears repeating, I am NOT an expert.  If you want to talk about real estate I can help you there, but for the most part, this article sums up the majority of what I know about Vitamins C and D.  If you want to learn more, I’m happy to share any of these resources with you.