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 Bioterrorism  Holistic-online.com

Natural Rescue Remedies for Anthrax

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a critical Vitamin in enhancing immunity. It plays a key role in maintaining the integrity of all the epithelial surfaces in the body, such as the skin, the lining of the respiratory tracts and digestive tracts. These surfaces are the first to be exposed to external environment and foreign invaders such as anthrax or other biological agents.

Vitamin A, used as a preventative nutritional therapy, is important for preventing complications of anthrax and other biological agents. If you have contracted the disease, the body's need for vitamin A will increase substantially; so extra supplementation will be needed to maintain body's defenses. Use Vitamin A supplementation as a Complementary treatment if you contract anthrax or are under biological attack. You should seek and obtain proper treatment. The combination treatment will probably save your life with least inconveniences and complications. We will present evidences for the importance of Vitamin A in preventing/managing infections.

Role of Vitamin A in Fortifying Immunity

Vitamin A stimulates numerous immunity processes, including the production of antibodies. It promotes the production of lysozymes (anti- infectious agents) in tears, saliva, and sweat and also directly strengthens the immune system by stimulating the all-important thymus gland.

Vitamin A also unleashes powerful T cells into action against bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin A is also an antioxidant. It is very effective in protecting the body from infection.

Research on vitamin A shows that one or two high-potency capsules can reduce the severity of infections, often preventing death. Vitamin A has been shown to be important in the treatment of measles, chicken pox, respiratory infections, and AIDS. Undoubtedly, it is an essential nutrient for optimal immunity.

When people suffer from infection, they are found to excrete large quantity of Vitamin A. In other words, the body's need for vitamin A increases dramatically when it is under attack. In a study of twenty-nine men suffering from either pneumonia or sepsis, doctors noted that one-third of the men excreted 50 percent of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and one-fourth excreted 100 percent of the RDA for vitamin A. Men receiving an antibiotic also had high rates of vitamin A loss. (1) In contrast, healthy men excreted almost no vitamin A. Thus during the times you may suspect that you may be under attack of biological agents, it is important that you have enough fortification of vitamin A to fortify or maintain your defenses.

Studies in third-world populations have demonstrated the enormous power of vitamin A in boosting resistance to infection and reducing the related mortality.

For example, several other studies in Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Nepal showed that vitamin A supplements reduced death from measles by about one-third. (3,4) Researchers from the Harvard University School of Public Health found that vitamin A supplements (200,000 IU), given once every six months, substantially decreased the risk of death from all causes among twenty-eight thousand Sudanese children. The vitamin had the most dramatic effect on children who were wasted, stunted, or with diarrhea or cough. (5)

Benefits for Vitamin A - How Vitamin A Boosts Immunity

Vitamin A and Infections

Natural Sources for Vitamin A

Dosage Recommendations

Safety and Toxicity

Symptoms of Vitamin A Toxicity

See Also:

The Carotenoids and Beta Carotene

Related Resources:

Nutrition Infocenter in Holisticonline.com

Vitamin Infocenter in Holisticonline.com

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References:

  1. Stephensen, C. B., et al., "Vitamin A Is Excreted in the Urine during Acute Infection," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 1994, 60:388-391.

  2. Richard P. Huemer, MD., and Jack Challem, Natural Health Guide to Beating the Supergerms, Pocket Books, New York.

  3. Sommer, A., et al., "Impact of Vitamin A Supplementation on childhood Mortality: A Randomized, Controlled Community Trial," Lancet, 1986; 1:1169-1173.

  4. Sommer, A., "Vitamin A, Infectious Disease and Childhood Mortality: A 2cents Solution?," Journal of Infectious Diseases, May 1993; 167:1003-1007.

  5. Fawzi, W. W., "Dietary Vitamin A Intake and the Risk of Mortality among Children," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 1994; 59:401-408. 

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