Have you ever had a "light-bulb moment"--one of those moments when something suddenly makes sense to you, or when you finally get it?
I had one such moment back in the 60s that changed my life forever. It was the moment that sold me on alternative medicine. I was talking with a country doctor from a small Florida town. We got on the subject of nutrition, and he mentioned that he was seeing phenomenal results using thiamine (that's vitamin B1) to treat cystic breast disease.
It might not sound like anything extraordinary, but keep in mind that doctors back then weren't all that different from today's conventional drug-pushing doctors who don't buy into the benefits of natural supplements. In fact, doctors were known for telling their patients that supplements were only good for making expensive urine.
Never one to color inside the lines, I decided to try using the "expensive-urine-maker" in my own practice. And wouldn't you know it: Just like my country doctor friend, I also had amazing success with this difficult-to-treat condition.
Thiamine's magic isn't limited to treating cystic breast disease, but rather than list its entire resume today, I want to focus on what I consider to be one of its most dramatic benefits to date.
Could defeating diabetes really be this simple?
This isn't the first time I've written about thiamine. Back in 2003, I reported on a study showing that thiamine could play an important role in limiting the kidney damage caused by diabetes. The study, which was done on rats, showed that adding thiamine to the animals' food reduced the development of kidney damage by 70 to 80 percent. Now, researchers from Warwick Medical School, U.K., have discovered that thiamine deficiency could be the underlying cause of a whole host of vascular problems associated with diabetes.
When the researchers measured thiamine levels in 94 volunteers, they found that the thiamine concentration was about 75 percent lower in diabetics than it was in the nondiabetic group. Unfortunately, the solution isn't as simple as popping a handful of vitamin B1 pills every day.
Urine tests revealed that the deficiency was caused by an increased rate of thiamine removal from the body, and not from low thiamine intake. In other words, diabetics prove all of those old doctors right: For them, taking thiamine supplements would do nothing more than produce expensive urine. Fortunately, there's an alternative.
Researchers from George Washington University Medical Center discovered that 100 mg of thiamine given intravenously slowed the development and progression of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) among subjects with diabetes. Because the thiamine was given intravenously, it bypassed the metabolic defect, allowing the thiamine to go directly to work in all the cells of the body, including the vascular system.
There's just one problem: Intravenous supplementation isn't exactly the most convenient or inexpensive way to boost your thiamine levels.
What you need is a way to get thiamine to absorb directly into your bloodstream--and researchers in Japan have discovered a way to do just that.
The greatest biochemical/therapeutic breakthrough of the 20th century
I'd love to tell you that this is a cutting-edge discovery, but it's not. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that this solution has been sitting under our noses for decades.
Barely 10 years after their devastating defeat in World War II (and with considerable help from their former enemy, the USA), the Japanese were doing highly sophisticated biochemical research. In the late 50s, they stumbled upon one of the greatest biochemical/therapeutic breakthroughs of the 20th century.
They discovered a derivative of vitamin B1 called benfotiamine ("ben-fo-tia-mean"). It differs from thiamine in that it's a fat-soluble vitamin. Regular thiamine is called a water-soluble vitamin because it is dissolvable in water. Benfotiamine is a fat-soluble vitamin (like vitamins A, E, and D) because it dissolves in oils.
Why should you care?
Because its unique structure allows your body to absorb benfotiamine better than thiamine itself. Plus, once it's in your cells, they hold onto it longer than regular, water-soluble thiamine. In fact, thiamine absorption from benfotiamine is about five times higher than conventional thiamine supplements.
Too powerful to be profitable
Let's take a minute to look back over benfotiamine's history. It was developed in Japan in the late 1950s and was used to treat alcoholic neuropathy, sciatica, and other painful nerve conditions. The Japanese patented the process in 1962. For the past 15 years, it has been used successfully in Europe for the prevention and relief of symptoms of neuropathy. Yet it has only recently seeped into the consciousness of American medical science, the formerly undisputed leader in all things scientific.
The obvious question: What took so long?
Part of it has to do with the general prejudice against nonpharmaceutical treatments in this country, especially vitamins. But prejudice itself isn't enough to warrant such a cover-up. As always, money has been the motivating factor.
A lot of people stand to make a lot of money from sick people-- especially diabetics. Can you imagine what a blow such an inexpensive solution would be to the multibillion-dollar (and growing) diabetes industry? Fewer leg amputations, kidney transplants, and coronary bypass surgeries, fewer incidences of diabetic retinopathy and atherosclerotic heart disease, less reliance on radiological and laboratory diagnostics, less use of prescription drugs, less renal dialysis, and on and on.
And if you think I'm exaggerating, just read some of the congressional transcripts of hearings with Big Pharma and the insurance companies. Don't fool yourself--it's a business, plain and simple.
If fat-soluble vitamin B1 is only half as effective as it appears to be, it could bankrupt the entire disease industry. But we've been floating them long enough.
If you're ready to get your hands on this well-kept secret--or even just to read more about it--go towww.benfotiamine.net or call (888)493-8014.