Vitamins – A Big-Time Way to Help Your Body


Doctors tell us vitamins are useless-and add their little joke about expensive urine. But then they say if we hit the old vitamin bottle too hard, we’ll die.

Well, now, how in the world can both statements be true? In fact, neither is. Vitamins and minerals do powerful things. But instead of marching in and breaking the furniture like prescription meds do, vitamins and minerals ease in and offer their help.

Since they work with your body instead of bossing it around, it’s really hard to dangerously overdose on vitamins and minerals. A too-much, too-fast approach can give you diarrhea; oh, indeed. But a day or two of diarrhea is a lot different from ushering you through death’s door.

In fact, while prescription meds kill more than 100,000 people a year in the U.S. alone, vitamins and minerals haven’t killed anybody-as in zip, zero, nada-in the forty or so years they’ve been keeping records. To date, then, prescription meds lead the death toll by at least 4,000,000 to zero.

Beauty of vitamins and minerals

The beauty of vitamins and minerals is they allow your body to talk to you. With prescription meds’ march-in-and-take-over approach, our bodies often have to assume a defensive position to try to save the day.

With the vitamin/mineral may-I-serve-you approach, our bodies can participate in what’s going on, and they’re only too happy to keep us updated on their opinion of what we’re throwing down the hatch.

We have smart bodies. They know what they need, and they know when they’re getting it. And they’re appreciative as all get out when good stuff comes along.

They’ll also let you know when they don’t think much of your latest idea. Which is a tricky area.

When we start down the vitamin/mineral trail, most of us are so nutritionally depleted, we need everything. But there’s a kind of sequence involved. We can take, say, a B complex right from the get-go. All of the vitamins, in fact, although vitamin C requires some care if you want to avoid diarrhea.

It’s best, though, to start things one at a time so your dragging body can gradually acclimate to all the good news that’s suddenly showing up.


Minerals seem to have more subtleties than vitamins. You can assume you need magnesium and just go for it, but a depleted body has to work up to, say, iodine. If you take iodine before your body’s able to handle it, you’ll get the idea your body doesn’t like it. But odds are, once you fill your vitamin deficiencies, your body will like iodine just fine.

So, if what you read in Pep for the Pooped says a particular mineral matches your needs, you want to understand that you may have to do some building first.

But once you get a solid program in place, the good times can roll. It’s not a zero-to-sixty in six seconds kind of scenario, though. Vitamins and minerals start making a difference fairly quickly, but it can take six months for maximum results. And some circumstances take longer than that.

It took me ten months to get my hair to stop turning grey. Which came as a surprise. I set up a program for something else entirely, and got the hair as a sort of a bonus.

Once your body understands that you plan to continue supplying it with the vitamins and minerals it needs, even better news comes along.

When you’re sick

If you get sick, you can ramp up to therapeutic doses and not worry about too much, too fast.

For instance, back when I still caught colds, I dealt with them by taking 2000mg of vitamin C every two or three hours-besides my normal daily dose. If I weren’t sick, I might not have been able to leave the bathroom for days, but my ailing body gratefully slurped up every milligram I gave it. And returned the favor by taking my cold symptoms away.

When the symptoms started to return, I took more C. When the symptoms stopped showing up, usually in a few days, I was healed. And dropped back to my normal daily dose of vitamin C.

And C is the pickiest of the vitamins! Well, B2 can make your urine a day-glo yellow, but that’s more a surprise than a problem.

Now, since vitamins are becoming so popular, doctors add another bromide to their list, the idea that you can only take little dabs of vitamins before toxicity sets in. Pshaw!

I took 10,000iu of vitamin D3 every day for six months to get my levels up and never came close to toxicity. In fact, tests said I had to keep taking that much for some months longer to get where I needed to be.

Don’t fear vitamins and minerals

There’s no reason to fear vitamins and minerals.

But knowing what you’re doing is always good. I study this stuff all the time. Vitamins and minerals got me out of the ditch, and I’ll continue studying them until I know about everything they offer. That’s probably an unreachable goal, but I’m on a treasure hunt.

I offer two ways for you to benefit from my research: First, my on-line program, Moving to Health, discusses how things work, how all the pieces fit and how to make them fit better. Besides covering a specific topic in depth each week, it includes four e-books-on vitamins and minerals, other supplements, herbs and amino acids-and a slew of special reports. It takes a year, but then you’re ready to fight just about any war. Or you can get just the vitamin/mineral downloadable book, Pep for the Pooped: Discovering the vitamins and minerals your body is starving for and still win a lot of battles.

Learning how to help your body achieve good health means you win. Winning is good.

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Bette Dowdell   
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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