MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES 417.521.3599 [email protected] www.driverhealthandfitness.com 74th USA Congressional Record (1936) “Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago . . . . It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99% of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, and shorten our lives.” FACT: The United States Department of Agriculture states that: • • • • 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in potassium. 8 out of 10 are deficient in vitamin E. 7 out of 10 are deficient in calcium. 50% of Americans are deficient in vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium FACT: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): • More than half of the general population is vitamin D deficient regardless of age. • About 70% of elderly Americans are vitamin D deficient. • 90% of Americans of color are vitamin D deficient. • These statistics indicate that the need for vitamin D supplementation is immense. FACT: Our ability to become micronutrient sufficient through eating the foods grown in our planet’s soil is improbable because: In 2003, News Canada reported that fruit and vegetables contain far fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago. Potatoes, for example, had lost 100% of vitamin A content, 57% of vitamin C and iron, and 28% of calcium. The report examined data from the US Department of Agriculture involving vegetable quality. Over the entire 20th century the average mineral content in cabbage, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes, declined from 400 mg to less than 50 mg. Sick, mineral depleted soil grows mineral depleted foods. The animals that we eat are being fed these micronutrient depleted vegetables and wheat. This means that the meat you buy is also far lower in health producing micronutrients than ever before. The bottom line is: “Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people.” PROTEIN DEFICIENCY • If one of the nonessential proteins is less than needed for an individual the utilization of other amino acids will be hindered and thus protein synthesis will be less than what it usually is, even in the presence of adequate total nitrogen intake. • Protein deficiency has been shown to affect all of the body's organs and many of its systems, including the brain and brain function of infants and young children; the immune system, thus elevating risk of infection; gut mucosal function and permeability, which affects absorption and vulnerability to systemic disease; and kidney function. RDA vs. Optimal According to four-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman, “a whopping 92 percent of us are deficient in one or more nutrients at the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) level…The RDA standards do not necessarily outline the amount needed for optimal health.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition by Dr. Jayson B. Calton Research has shown micronutrient deficiency to be scientifically linked to a higher risk of overweight/obesity and other dangerous and debilitating diseases. With more than two-thirds of the U.S. population overweight or obese, and research showing that one-third are on a diet at any given time, a need existed to determine whether current popular diet plans could protect followers from micronutrient deficiency by providing the minimum levels of 27 micronutrients, as determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Reference Daily Intake (RDI) guidelines. Suggested daily menus from four popular diet plans (Atkins for Life diet, The South Beach Diet, the DASH diet, the Best Life diet) were evaluated. Calorie and micronutrient content of each ingredient, in each meal, were determined by using food composition data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Results: • Analysis determined that each of the four popular diet plans failed to provide minimum RDI sufficiency for all 27 micronutrients analyzed. The four diet plans, on average, were found to be RDI sufficient in 11 of the analyzed 27 micronutrients. • Further analysis of the four diets found that an average calorie intake of 27,575 would be required to achieve sufficiency in all 27 micronutrients. Six micronutrients (vitamin B7, vitamin D, vitamin E, chromium, iodine and molybdenum) were identified as consistently low or nonexistent in all four diet plans. These six micronutrients were removed from the sufficiency requirement and additional analysis of the four diets was conducted. It was determined that an average calorie content of 3,475 would be required to reach 100% sufficiency in the remaining 21 micronutrients. Sufficiency of 4 Popular Diets CALORIE REQUIREMENTS FACT: All of the above statistics point to the fact that a large majority of our population is micronutrient deficient and in need of proper supplementation. • While we believe that an individual’s primary source of micronutrients should be from whole, natural, fresh foods, it is also our belief that reaching the recommended daily intake of all of the essential micronutrients is difficult, if not impossible through foods alone. In fact, our research shows that even when following today’s most popular diet programs, designed by physicians and nutritionists, millions of people around the world are left deficient of their essential vitamins and minerals. – Calton Institute of Lifestyle Medicine DNA damage from micronutrient deficiencies is likely to be a major cause of cancer • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0027510701000707 Abstract • A deficiency of any of the micronutrients: folic acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, iron, or zinc, mimics radiation in damaging DNA by causing single- and double-strand breaks, oxidative lesions, or both. For example, the percentage of the US population that has a low intake (<50% of the RDA) for each of these eight micronutrients ranges from 2 to >20%. A level of folate deficiency causing chromosome breaks was present in approximately 10% of the US population, and in a much higher percentage of the poor. Folate deficiency causes extensive incorporation of uracil into human DNA (4 million/cell), leading to chromosomal breaks. This mechanism is the likely cause of the increased colon cancer risk associated with low folate intake. Some evidence, and mechanistic considerations, suggest that Vitamin B12 (14% US elderly) and B6 (10% of US) deficiencies also cause high uracil and chromosome breaks. . . . Common micronutrient deficiencies are likely to damage DNA by the same mechanism as radiation and many chemicals, appear to be orders of magnitude more important, and should be compared for perspective. Remedying micronutrient deficiencies should lead to a major improvement in health and an increase in longevity at low cost. Micronutrient Deficiency Conditions: Global Health Issues • http://www.publichealthreviews.eu/show/f/28 • Author: Theodore H Tulchinsky, MD, MPHRecommended citation: TH Tulchinsky. Micronutrient deficiency conditions: global health issues. Public Health Reviews 2010;32:243-255. • Vitamin and mineral fortification and supplementation policies need to be promoted as the epidemiologic, nutritional, and sociological scientific basis of human nutrition expands, specifically addressing widespread deficiencies of micronutrients essential for individual and population health. Use of other strategies such as preventive supplementation and foods suitable for fortification should be mandated under governmental responsibility for safe and healthful food products. These should be regulated and sometimes subsidized to prevent micronutrient deficiencies for many groups at special risk for such deficiencies and their associated negative health and societal effects. The American Medical Association (AMA): recently reversed their longstanding stance against multivitamins due to overwhelming research that there was a large percentage of the population deficient in micronutrients. “The Journal of the American Medical Association today is advising all adults to take at least one multivitamin pill each day.” Harvard School of Public Health: recommends everyone to “take a multivitamin daily as an inexpensive nutrition insurance policy.” Dr. Mehmet Oz: reports that “A study of 3 million people revealed that less than 1% of the participants got enough essential vitamins from diet alone. That’s why you must take a multivitamin; it also helps prevent heart disease, breast cancer and colon cancer.” 2006 NIH State Of The Science Conference Statement on Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements and Chronic Disease Preventions “Finally, the present evidence is insufficient to recommend either for or against the use of MVMs by the American public to prevent chronic disease. The resolution of this important issue will require advances in research and improved communication and collaboration among scientists, health care providers, patients, the pharmaceutical and supplement industries, and the public.” Dr. Dan Engle MD, director of medicine at the Rejuvenation and Performance Institute • “There are varying studies on the absorption rates of vitamins and minerals, with many showing that the compressed pill form of vitamins have very poor absorption rates. Add this poor absorption rate to the use of synthetic ingredients, toxic binders, and excipients in most of the tableted supplements and what results is essentially expensive urine. ABSORPTION • Let’s briefly take a closer look at absorption. The avenues of absorption of oral supplementation are via the mucous membranes of the digestive system that start in the mouth and travel all the way to the colon. Notably, digestion and absorption all start in the mouth. This is why swishing vitamins and minerals (like a powdered form in water or a smoothie) in your mouth for 15-20 seconds before swallowing can significantly increase the absorption rate. This improvement in absorption is further made easy and available through the use of powder and liquid base supplements (versus compressed tablets), because there is more surface area available for the nutrients to access and gain entry into the body from start to finish, and less reliance on the body to breakdown a pill. • From there, absorption is throughout the GI system, and when the body receives that which is closest to the natural form it was designed to process, it takes it in much more readily. This is maximized when nutrients are derived from nutrient-rich food. When the absorption rates soar, the cells uptake is increased and utilization improves substantially.” Michael Colgan, PhD, CCN • Biochemist, Nutritionist, Olympic Trainer: "Every day, your body has to receive 60 essential nutrients, the building blocks of healthy cells. These are the nutrients that the body CANNOT make but must be obtained from you diet and supplements. If you do not receive this nutrients daily, your health and your mind will decline rapidly to premature aging." Michael Colgan, PhD, CCN “There are many overweight doctors for example, but no overweight good doctors. If they cannot control this eminently controllable disease risk in their own physiology, they do not know enough to look after your health. If your dentist had bad teeth, would you want them to look after yours? If your contractor’s own house is tumbledown, would you let them build yours? Accept only those who walk their talk. There are many people who pontificate on nutrition, exercise, and aging science, as if these were simple matters,. On the contrary, your body is the most complex and difficult matter in the universe that we know,…For your health, only the best of science has any chance of success.” MY OWN PRIMARY RESEARCH • USING THE SAME METHODS AS THE STUDY IN THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SPORTS NUTRITION, I HAVE STARTED DOING MY OWN TESTS OF CURRENLTY AVAILABLE NUTRIONAL SUPPLEMENT SYSTEMS. • SO FAR, THE BEST NUTRITIONAL SYSTEM I HAVE FOUND PROVIDES THE US RDA OF 29 OF 39 (74%), ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS; IS DELIVERED IN MULTIPLE FORMS (POWDERS, LIQUIDS, CAPSULES, SNACKS, BARS, AND PROPRIETARY FOOD PRODUCTS) FOR OPTIMAL ABSORPTION, IS ORGNAIC AND GMO-FREE. • AFTER 30 DAYS OF USING THIS NUTRITIONAL SYSTEM, 58% OF MY MICRONUTRIENTS IMPROVED, INCLUDING ALL 7 OF MY ANTIOXIDANTS, 4 OF MY 5 NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES, AND MY IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTIONING IMPROVED BY 12%. BEST FOOD, BEST SUPPLEMENTS • There is no debate anymore: if you want to get the best quality foods, you have to get locally grown organic produce and grass fed, hormone and antibody-free meAts. YOU CANT GET THESE FROM WALMART AND MAJOR STORES –You have to go to local farmers markets and specialty stores. • Likewise, to get the best nutritional supplements, you don’t go to Walmart and Walgreens, you got to specialty companies. • DON’T BE FOOLED, THE BEST SUPPLEMENTS AREN’T SOLD IN STORES! ASK THE NUTRITIONISTS AND ACCUPUNCTURISTS WHERE THEY GET THEIR SUPPLEMENTS THAT THEY RECOMMEND TO THEIR PATIENTS AND THE DON’T SEND YOU TO THE STORE! • Since truck drivers don’t have access to the best foods, we have to get them access to the best supplements. YOU CAN’T TRUST THE DOCTORS! • Since doctors are recommending things without any scientific evidence – like take multivitamins even though the 2006 Consensus found no evidence to do so, can you really trust your doctor? Do you know last year 17 companies paid $1.4 billion to hundreds of thousands of doctors, including $93 million in Missouri, so that they would proscribe their drugs and medications. • The only thing you can trust is your own medical and physiological condition and the effects of the nutrition you consume. • YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR OWN NUTRITONAL DEFICIENCY TEST AND THEN USE A SUPPLEMENT AND THEN TAKE THE SAME TEST AGAIN TO SEE IF THE SUPPLEMENT DOES WHAT IT CLAIMS. SPECTRACELL LABORATORIES • PROVIDES THE BEST NUTRIENT AND DNA TELOMERE TESTING IN THE UNITED STATES • HAS AGREED TO DO A FIRST OF IT’S KIND STUDY TO DETERMINE THE NUTRIENT PROFILE OF PRIME TRUCK DRIVERS • THIS WILL ALLOW US TO DETERMINE, THROUGH OUR OWN RESEARCH, WHAT DOES AND DOES NOT WORK FOR PRIME TRUCK DRIVERS. • SPECTRACELL HAS ALREADY SENT THE FIRST 3 TESTING KITS AS A PRE-PILOT TO TAKE A PRELIMINARY LOOK AT THE DATA PRIME’S COMMITMENT TO DRIVER HEALTH BECAUSE PRIME, AND PARTICULARLY ROBERT LOW, IS COMMITTED TO DRIVER HEALTH AND FITNESS, ONCE IT IS DETERMINED WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROVIDE OPTIMAL NUTRITION TO THE FLEET, I KNOW WE WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO EACH AND EVERYONE IN THE FLEET AND PROVE ONCE AGAIN, WHY WE ARE NOT ONLY THE HEALTHIEST FLEET IN AMERICA, BUT ALSO THE DIGITAL HEALTH SUMMIT’S HEALTHIEST COMPANY IN AMERICA. WE EARNED THAT TITLE BECAUSE OF OUR GROUNDBREAKING DHF PROGRAM THAT SOLVED THE ISSUE OF METABOLIC SYNDROME AND WE WILL ONCE AGAIN BECOME THE FIRST IN THE INDUSTRY TO SOLVE THE PARTICULAR NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY SYNDROME OF LONG HAUL TRUCK DRIVERS.