Adelle Davis Revisited
ProMed Infectious Diseases
Center for Disease Control
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B Vitamin Deficiency as a Possible Cause of "The Cough"
Basically, we are looking at a multiple B vitamin deficiency as the reason for the coughing epidemic that seems to be everywhere on Earth today. Both pellagra and beriberi were thought to be contagious, germ-driven diseases, until it was discovered that they were due to multiple B vitamin deficiencies. B vitamin deficiencies manifest very differently in different people, so are quite hard to detect.
There are many reasons, and much proof, that millions of people may be deficient in B vitamins, and more becoming so each day.
First of all, we eat less and less whole grain these days, which has been the world's major source of B vitamins. Flour and rice are now almost universally milled, which removes the B-rich germ and leaves only the starch. Proof of B vitamin deficiency has been evident in Asia for decades ~~~ enlarged heart is the result of eating quantities of only white, not whole grain, rice. In the past in Asia, the rice germ was traditionally saved and used in making pickles and other dishes. But today, many people don't have time for traditional food preparation, and end up eating only the B-robbing white rice, and not any of the rice germ.
Secondly, sugar consumption is dramatically increasing worldwide. Sugar, which speeds up the metabolism throughout the body, uses up the B vitamins at an unnaturally-fast rate.
Thirdly, artificial B vitamin pills, and multivitamins with a few B vitamins in them, are being indiscriminately "popped" all over the place, and "enriching" of grain products using only a few B vitamins is likewise widely practiced. The problem with these practices is that there are undoubtedly many unknown B vitamins that are not being included in these artificial supplementations. And the problem with this is that all the B vitamins need to be in the diet at about the same time, because they all work together ("synergistically"). The B vitamins that are missing from the diet become more and more deficient, the more the other B vitamins are consumed. Taking B vitamin supplements thus builds up deficiencies in the B vitamins that are missing.
Adelle Davis always said, 100% of the time, that if B vitamin supplements are used, they must be accompanied every time by sources of natural B vitamins from foods. This is rarely done.
Finally, the world is presenting more and more stresses of myriad kinds to people everywhere. Stress of any kind, including physical exercise, uses up B vitamins at a rapid rate.
Acute: Characterized by sharpness or severity; having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short duration; seriously demanding urgent attention
Bacterium (Plural = Bacteria): Any of a class (Schizomycetes) of microscopic plants having round, rodlike, spiral, or filamentous single-celled or noncellular bodies often aggregated into colonies or motile by means of flagella, living in soil, water, organic matter, or the bodies of plants and animals, and being autotrophic, saprophytic, or parasitic in nutrition and important to man because of their chemical effects and as pathagens.
Bronchitis: An acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or a disease marked by this.
Bronchial tube: A bronchus or any of its branches.
Bronchioles: The tiniest brochial tubes in the lungs; there are about 30,000 of them in each lung; each one is about the thickness of a hair
Bronchus: Either of the two primary divisions of the trachea that lead respectively into the right and left lung.
Chronic: Marked by long duration or frequent recurrence; not acute
Cough: A symptom, not a disease. A reflex action that tries to clear the lungs. At least one online MD recommends getting a chest x-ray if one has a cough for 6 weeks, even if a doctor has used a stethoscope and pronounced the lungs "clear."
Epidemic: Affecting, or tending to affect, many individuals within a population, community, or region, at the same time; excessively prevalent
Inflammation: A local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue; when tissues are damaged or otherwise attacked, blood cells rush to the area to bring healing and remove damaged tissue, causing swelling, and also causing blockage of circulation
Trachea: The main trunk of the system of tubes by which air passes to and from the lungs in vertebrates.
Virus: Any of a large group of submicroscopic infective agents that are regarded either as the simplest microorganisms or as extremely complex molecules, that typically contain a protein coast surrounding an RNA or DNA core of genetic material, that are capable of growth and multiplication only in living cells, and that cause various important diseases in man, lower animals, or plants.