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Your Heart Is Slowly Dying From Chronic Scurvy

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 21, 2007

Why is research that could save countless lives unknown to Canadian and U.S. doctors?† This week, a report that Dr. Sydney Bush, an optometrist in Hull, England, has made an historic discovery. He claims that atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) can be reversed. And his research, which could save millions from heart attack, should have made headlines around the world.†

Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 14, 2007

Are you headed for a heart attack because of “marginal scurvy”, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C? Moreover, if vitamin C is sound medicine for gorillas, why isn’t it good for us? And in the 16th century, why did the ship’s cat survive long sea voyages when its sailors died from scurvy?

Vitamins: Too much or Too Little?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 10, 2007

“Do you want Ford or Cadillac vitamins?”, I asked readers in a previous column. It triggered many requests, revealing much confusion about vitamins. Some readers had stopped taking vitamin E due to scary headlines. Others had tossed out calcium as being ineffective. Still others wondered if it's possible to get too much of a good thing, and where to obtain more information on vitamins.

Vitamins Too much or Too Little for 2007?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 6, 2007

"Do you want Ford or Cadillac vitamins?", I asked readers in a previous column. This column triggered many requests and showed there's much confusion about vitamins. Some readers had stopped taking vitamin E due to scary headlines. Others had tossed out calcium. Still others wondered if it's possible to get too much of a good thing and where to obtain more information on vitamins.

Cranberry Women's Formula For Improved Health

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

"How can I rid myself of recurrent urinary infections?" a distraught patient asked me. Several courses of antibiotics had failed to end her discomfort. Now, with Cranberry Women's Formula, there's a natural treatment that helps to prevent frequent bladder infections, improve general health and, in the bargain, fights obesity.

Do You Want Ford Or Cadillac Vitamins

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Thursday, June 15, 2006

"What brand of vitamins should I buy?" is a question readers often ask when I write about them. I've never been able to provide any good answer with so many brands available. But I recently read "A Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements" written by Lyle MacWilliam. I was shocked to learn that some well known brands I'd often purchased failed to make the grade. As a Scot, wanting to get value for the dollar, I interviewed MacWilliam who gave me course 101 on how to buy vitamins.

The "Red" Power of Tomatoes

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 2, 2007

Thank God I don't have to eat broccoli! Thank God that I love tomatoes. Red tomatoes contain lycopene, a natural pigment and powerful antioxidant. And recent research indicates that loving tomatoes fights prostate cancer and other malignancies.

Lutein For Healthy Eyes

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 3, 2007

Today seven million North Americans Suffer from a devastating disease, macular degeneration. No longer can they enjoy the simple pleasures of reading or watching TV. These unfortunate people have lost their central vision. But there is a way to reduce the risk of this disabling problem.

How To Rid the Skin of Barnacles

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

December 18, 2005

"Vanity, thy name is woman", wrote the immortal bard William Shakespeare hundreds of years ago. He was right. I know, because two years ago I wrote a column dealing with "cosmeceuticals" and mentioned Reversa, a cream that helps aging skin. The avalanche of mail from female readers stunned me and gave the postman a backache.

Even Taking Off Your Clothes Is Useless

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 27, 2005

If you asked anyone to stand outside naked during the winter months from sunrise to sunset, they would think you'd gone bonkers. But even if willing to be arrested for doing it, they would still not receive enough sunshine to produce vitamin D. Today we're constantly urged to keep out of the sun for fear of skin cancer. But most people are unaware that too little vitamin D from the sun may increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

To E Or Nor To E

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 21, 2005

Should I believe the study that links vitamin E to a possible premature death? I couldn't resolve this question and finally gave up. Possibly I needed a holiday from deadlines as during a cruise along the west coast of Mexico on Holland America's Ryndam, the sea air cleared my mind. It occurred to me that researchers had forgotten vital historical facts.

How To Keep Your Brain In Shape

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 19, 2005

Are there days when you think you need a brain transplant? You're getting those "senior moments" even though you're only 40 years age? Or at 70 you're forgetting things you shouldn't forget? These days with so much talk about Alzheimer's Disease, it's easy to assume you may be "losing it". But today there are ways to keep the brain functioning the way it's supposed to.

Cran-Max Cranberry To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 13, 2004

Why didn't doctors listen to their mothers? For years they counseled that cranberry juice was an effective way to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). Yet doctors passed off their advice as just another old-wive's tale. Research now proves them wrong. And there's a new super-charged clinically proven cranberry supplement, "Cran-Max", to help people suffering from the "We-know-where-you're-going" syndrome.

Vitamin A--taking the right amount

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 20, 2003

I've always liked bears. So I find it hard to understand how hunters can slaughter them. That's why I like this medical story of how the bear, although killed, had the last laugh.

Headed for a heart attack because of "marginal scurvy"

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 14, 1999

Today we know that sailors of old, lacking vitamin C, died of this preventable disease. A shortage of fresh fruit in their diet resulted in degeneration of blood vessels, hemorrhage and death.

New Heart Prescription: B Vitamins

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 25, 1998

Why do some people die from heart attacks when their blood cholesterol is normal? They've never smoked a cigarette, are thin a rail, exercise regularly, take vitamins E and C and don't suffer from diabetes, hypertension or other cardiac risk factors. Evidence is mounting that the culprit may be increased amounts of homocysteine in the blood. Ah, what sweet revenge for Dr. Kilmer McCully.

Vitamin E: A Good Insurance Policy?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 23, 1997

Am I wasting money taking Vitamin E? I receive dozens of letters every year from readers asking this question. Is it the latest version of the old-fashioned snake-oil? Or are there bonefide medical reasons for spending money on E?

What Most People Don't Know About Vitamin D

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 3, 1996

It's a rare person who hasn't some knowledge of vitamin C and E. But vitamin D is the poor cousin. Most people couldn't fill a postage stamp with what they know about this vitamin. Like other vitamins it has a vital role. And today there's much interest in it's involvement in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Is A Lack of Vitamin C Causing Heart Attacks?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 25, 1996

Are you headed for a heart attack because you're suffering from "marginal scurvy" due to lack of vitamin C? Possibly the theory linking cholesterol to coronary attack might be wrong?

The bear had the last laugh

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 28, 1991

It's been aptly said that "Too much of a good thing is worse than none at all." Today the easy availability of over-the-counter vitamins provides both benefits and perils to medical consumers. Those who decide to be their own doctor should never forget the legal maxim, "Let the buyer beware." Every year people assume that, if a little vitamin is good for you, more must be better. They often get more than they bargained for.

What you should know about vitamin E part 2

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 25, 1989

For years controversy swirled around the value of vitamin E as a medical tonic. Last week I discussed how some critics condemned its use as the latest version of the old-fashioned snake-oil. But increasing scientific evidence suggests that vitamin E helps to protect us from many medical problems.

What you should know about vitamin E part 1

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 18, 1989

Is vitamin E the latest version of the old-fashioned snake oil? Are pharmaceutical companies interested only in making a handsome profit? Or is there bone-fide scientific evidence that vitamin E will enable us to live a longer, healthier life? What are the facts in 1989?


W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of Harvard. Dr. Walker's website is: Docgiff.com

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