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Hair Analysis & Systemic Element Levels Testing

Our biochemist has chosen Doctors Data Inc. to provide our customers with hair elements analysis. With a solid reputation, they have been our laboratory of choice since 1979. Doctors Data has recently described this particular test as:

A measurement of toxic and essential elements

Inexpensive and noninvasive

Extensive research has established that scalp hair element levels are related to human systemic levels. The strength of this relationship varies for specific elements, and many researchers consider hair as the tissue of choice for toxic and several nutrient elements. Unlike blood, hair element levels are not regulated by homeostatic mechanisms. Thus, deviations in hair element levels often appear prior to overt symptoms, and hair analysis can thereby be a valuable preliminary tool for predicting the development of physiological abnormalities.

The volume of, at least, one packed tablespoon of hair is required to complete an analysis. Hair samples taken from the chest of animals and back of the head on humans are preferable.


Preventative Health Care

Vita Royal Products Inc. was established in 1977 in response to the recycled contaminants in food act that was passed in the same year. This act allowed, and continues to allow, the recycling of heavy metals and hazardous chemical waste into fertilizers that supply nutrients for the crops that feed our animals and, in some cases, people as well. These toxins are absorbed into the crops and deposited into the animals or humans who eat these crops. Livestock, raised for human consumption, is produced with the processed versions of these crops. Also, the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that these animals are exposed to finds it's way to the human food chain when we consume them.

In today's world, saving money on your medical bills mean's changing certain aspects of your lifestyle. Ironically, the very things you can do to increase your long term quality of life tend to be the very things that will keep you away from large medical bills. For over 30 years, we've been offering the tools, materials and instructions for proven techniques to do just that.

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We only promote the use of products that have been approved by our biochemist.

We do not make any products which contain fillers, so a little goes a long way.

We only use chemical form of nutrients that are engineered for maximum bioavailability.

Most importantly, our products and protocols work to increase your quality of life by restoring normal, healthy biochemistry in the face of environmental factors and lifestyle attributes working against you. From metabolic syndromes to autoimmune diseases, we can help a very wide range of people.

The ABC's of Vitamins

by Linsey McLean

Deciphering the Alphabet Soup

About the turn of the century, it was realized that certain other substances besides proteins, carbohydrates, fats, water and certain inorganic salts were necessary for life and health. A researcher named Dr. Casimir Funk coined "vitamins" as the term for these elusive substances, the word meaning "vital amines". (We have since learned that most of these substances do not have amino groups at all and so we have dropped the final "e", leaving the word "vitamin".)

Initially, vitamins were given letter names in the order of their discovery. Later, it was found that there were other forms, closely related within the letter group, particularly of the B vitamins, and numbers were then attached to the letters. Today, there is a growing tendency to call vitamins by their chemical names rather than by the more confusing number and letter system.

Vitamins resemble hormones in many ways. Like hormones only small amounts are required to produce amazingly important effects, which affect every tissue of the body. But there is one major difference. The body is unable to make some vitamins on its own and other ones can only be made from certain substances called provitamins that must be present in the diet. Vitamins or their provitamins must therefore either be present in the diet or must be made by bacteria normally living in the intestine.

The two major groups of vitamins are divided according to their solubility. They are the fat solubles - vitamins A, D, E, and K and the water solubles - the B vitamins and vitamin C. Let's begin with the letters in their order and decipher the alphabet soup - both for our animals and for ourselves.

Vitamin A:

Vitamin A, which dissolves in fats but not in water, has been isolated in pure chemical form and has been synthesized in the laboratory. Vitamin A is manufactured in animals from substances called "provitamins", a class of pigments made only by plants. These carotenoid pigments, as they are called, consist of three kinds of carotene and cryptoxanthin.
Carotene, the most abundant and most studied, has been shown to be only one-half to one-fifth as active in the body as true vitamin A, so large quantities must be present in the diet. The conversion of carotene to true vitamin A is thought to occur in the liver, where it is thought to be stored in greatest quantities.

Since vitamin A is fat-soluble, it moves through the body much more slowly than the water solubles and is also much better able to be stored for future use. An animal body can store enough in a week to last for several months,unless certain liver diseases are present, the reason that care must be taken in supplementing with a true crystalline vitamin A commonly sold as supplements. It is relatively inexpensive as well, making it the perfect "window dressing" for many supplement companies, advertising huge numbers of international units that usually are not needed and may even be toxic as well.

Some symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency are: poor growth; night blindness, poor skin and hair coat, defects in teeth formation, tendency toward colds, flu, sinusitis and pneumonia, clouding of the eye's cornea, sterility, kidney stones, and fetal death.

Toxicity symptoms include many of the same symptoms as a deficiency, ironic but true, like minerals, so that merely looking at a symptom can be very misleading. They include: thinning of the hair and poor hair coat; sore, cracked lips, nosebleeds, itching skin, painful joints, jaundice, swollen joints, and weight loss. Vitamin A seems to have a relationship with zinc so that they work synergistically. Zinc is also related to skin and eye disorders.

Young animals have an increased need for vitamin A, both because their needs are greater for their fast-growing bodies, and because they cannot store as much as adults can. A vitamin A supplement for the average horse is probably unnecessary if enough green pasture is provided for at least several months of the year. And, all commercial grain mixes I have seen have a vitamin A supplement already added to them, too. I only use extra vitamin A for foals, nursing mares, horses on hay only all year long and horses under stress, primarily during the late winter when body reserves are waning.

Vitamin B Complex:

B complex vitamins are a tribe of their own. Being water soluble, they are not easily stored by the body. Toxicity is pretty much unheard of; it would have to be deliberate (and would be rather expensive as well).

The first of the lot is Thiamine (vitamin B1) a white crystalline substance containing a free amino group that can react with acids to form a salt. Thiamine hydrochloride, the salt form used in medicine, is more soluble than pure thiamine itself. It is the product of a reaction of thiamine in its natural state reacting with hydrochloric acid, the same acid found in the stomach. It is destroyed by moist heat, but stable to heat when dry. Thus, it may be killed in some pelleting processes but still be listed on the label. Sellers don't have to say whether the ingredients are really active or not.

Severe thiamine deficiency results in beri beri, a disease common in the Orient, characterized by polyneuritis. In this disease nerve sheaths degenerate and decompose causing pain along nerve pathways with heart enlargement. Sometimes swelling is also present. Other less-severe deficiency symptoms are: poor growth, little or no milk production in nursing animals, unusual gaits, paralysis of eye movements, mental disturbances, poor appetite, poor memory, tiring easily, inability to concentrate, irregular heart beat, and shortness of breath.

Since thiamine cannot be easily stored by the body, deficiency symptoms usually appear in 10 - 30 days when thiamine is removed from the diet. It is rapidly excreted in urine, so the dangers of toxicity with normal doses are almost unheard of.

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is a yellow-orange crystal, shaped like a needle. It is only slightly soluble in water, not easily destroyed by heat, but becomes inactive if exposed to light for long periods of time. Deficiency symptoms include: hair loss; cataracts, loss of weight, bloody diarrhea, muscle weakness, dermatitis, clouding of the cornea, cracking of the skin, collapse and death.

Niacin (vitamin B3) has been found in the liver and urine, except in cases of Pellagra, a disease characterized by skin lesions, loss of appetite, sore tongue, diarrhea, mental problems, and loss of taste. It is most common in human populations that rely on corn as their main staple, and has been produced in laboratory animals on the same diet.
Niacin can be made in the body from tryptophan, an amino acid. Niacin has been used with good results in mega-doses by orthomolecular physicians for patients with mental problems. It is also being used for cholesterol problems.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is water-soluble and heat-stable. Deficiency has been reported to trigger convulsions, rapid heart beat, gastrointestinal problems, skin rash, poor growth, arthritis and mental imbalances.

Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is a white colorless substance that tastes slightly bitter. It is very soluble in water. Signs of a deficiency are: anemia; skin rash, seizures (it has been used with success in many cases of epilepsy), sleepiness, irritability, increased susceptibility to infections, nausea during pregnancy, dental caries and bloat. Vitamin B6 works well with zinc, especially to combat nausea during pregnancy.

Cyanobalamin (vitamin B12) is a large organic molecule containing phosphorus and cobalt. The lining of the intestine makes an intrinsic factor (as yet, unidentifiable) which enhances absorption of vitamin B12. If pernicious anemia is present, then no factor is made and vitamin B12 deficiency becomes a problem.

Vitamin B12 is generally poorly absorbed by the body, so the most potent supplements are injectable forms made by bacterial synthesis. Lactobacillus and other beneficial bacteria make vitamin B12 as well as other B vitamins on a time release basis. Yogurt is good for people with pernicious anemia. Probiotics culture are fed to livestock for the same reason.

Horses even have a special section of their intestine, the cecum, to harbor these organisms in a favorable environment for their growth. Vitamin B12 cannot be manufactured in the laboratory and is almost exclusively found only in animal products. Since horses are vegetarians, Mother Nature has devised the cecum in horses and the rumen in cows to compensate.

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are basically the same as those of other B vitamins with the addition of pernicious anemia. Mental problems, poor growth, poor circulation, depression and poor appetite are included too.

A closer look at these lists of symptoms shows that many overlap. Usually, if one deficiency is present, others are too, for the B complex vitamins work together and travel together, as in the foods they are found in.

Vitamin C:

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a white crystalline substance, soluble in water. It is destroyed by heat in the presence of oxygen and alkalies, and copper oxides destroy it too. A severe deficiency of Vitamin C results in scurvy, where bones become thin and porous and the ends of the long bones become flared, gums bleed and swell, muscles become weak, and joints may ache and anemia may appear.
Marginal deficiency can cause tooth defects, increase in susceptibility to infections, slow growth and poor wound healing. Most animals, including horses, are able to manufacture their own Vitamin C (humans, apes and guinea pigs are not). Vitamin C is enhanced in its activity in the body by rutin, bioflavonoids and hesperidins, which are cofactors of vitamin C.

In certain types of diseases such as increased fragility of capillaries ("bleeders" in horses), addition of these cofactors will greatly help in controlling the disease. Bioflavonoids and hesperidins are extracted commercially from the peels of citrus fruits, not produced by horses themselves, and are becoming very popular with trainers as an alternative for treatment for race horses who bleed form the lungs (estimated to be as high as 90% of all horses that are racing).

Giving high doses of Vitamin C itself to animals that already make their own for extended periods of time can cause their own systems to stop producing it altogether. This can result in symptoms of a deficiency when the vitamin C supplement is discontinued. This has been shown to be true for people as well--mothers taking high doses during their pregnancy only to have babies exhibiting signs of scurvy a short time after birth.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D exists in at least ten different known chemical forms, but only two are found in foods and used in medicine. Vitamin D works with the hormone of the parathyroid gland to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorus. It is always needed because a portion of bone is continually breaking down and replacing itself, even in adults. Vitamin D aids in retaining calcium and phosphorus that are normally excreted quite easily.

A deficiency of Vitamin D results in rickets, also accompanying a phosphorus deficiency, where the epiphyseal cartilage continues to grow but does not turn into bone. This causes enlargement of the wrist bones, knees and ankles, with bending of longer bones subject to stress because they are soft. Growth is poor, as is muscle tone. A deficiency of vitamin D also can cause osteoporosis, unusual sensitivity to loud noises or sudden movements, and improper tooth formation.

Hypervitaminosis D (toxicity) can be severe, traumatic and disfiguring, and it takes only several times the ordinary amount for long periods of time to produce symptoms. Subclinical symptoms include: Slow liver growth; decreased appetite, elimination of calcium and phosphorus, nausea, diarrhea, drowsiness, headache, increased urine output, and excessive thirst with calcium deposits in the lungs, heart, kidneys and blood vessels.

Vitamin D is fat-soluble and well able to be stored by the body. The richest sources of vitamin D are fish oils and sunshine, which stimulates production of the vitamin in skin.
Horses kept outside at least two hours a day will produce all the vitamin D they need. Vitamin D is also added to all commercial grain mixes. The requirements for young animals is higher than for adults so reasonable supplementation for them is beneficial.

Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is also complex, consisting of many chemical forms. The alpha form is the most active and most abundant, so it's the form that composes most supplements. It is an yellow liquid oil that is chemically an alcohol. The letters "DL" precede the word "tocopherol" if it is synthetic and only the "D" appears if it is natural.
Vitamin E deficiency results in sterility; poor growth, muscle paralysis, underactivity of the pituitary gland, muscular atrophy and anemia. Recent studies have shown that it is also an antioxidant having a preserving effect, slowing the aging process and detoxifying and preventing free radicals recently indicated in tying-up syndrome. Wheat germ oil is the richest source, but palm oil, corn oil and cottonseed oil are good sources too. Green foliage is high in vitamin E, but milk is not, so the diet of foals should be supplemented if they are not on good pasture.

Although vitamin E is fat-soluble, there has been little or no toxicity shown with high doses, but that is no excuse to over-use it. About 2,000 I.U., supplemented for race horses and other horses under heavy stress is beneficial, especially in horses that tend to tie up. Vitamin E appears to prevent peroxidase radicals that actually do the damage from forming. Selenium helps too by binding up radicals that get away.

Vitamin K:

Vitamin K, the last on our list, is a fat-soluble vitamin, not easily destroyed by heat, and has been made in one form in the laboratory. The most common form is that made by intestinal bacteria. Synthetic vitamin K is also called "menadione". Vitamin K is necessary to have normal blood clotting, without which all animals can die from a minor wound. It cannot be absorbed from the intestine without bile, so in certain diseases where bile is either not produced or obstructed, vitamin K injections are used.

The "Real "Things

Many debates are carried on each day about the differences between natural and synthetic vitamins. Many of the vitamins synthesized in the laboratory are identical to those found in Nature, but some are not. In recent years, though, we have found, isolated and identified many factors and cofactors that work synergistically with vitamins, increasing their biological activity in the body.

Much smaller doses of the vitamins plus their cofactors will give the same results as very large doses of the pure vitamin itself. Sometimes, the combination of vitamins and cofactors will even give results that are not obtainable with the pure vitamin in any dosage. A good example is the previously mentioned case of vitamin C, the hesperidins, bioflavonoids and rutin.

Synthetic vitamins are much cheaper, no doubt, as well as high in gram weight listed on the label. Natural vitamins, on the other hand, cannot be concentrated so highly and still retain the cofactors and unidentified factors that set them apart from synthetics.

We know that these "future vitamins" are there, we even know some of what they do, but as yet, have not been able to identify or name them. But more are discovered periodically as our laboratory procedures become more advanced. Mention must be made of the difficulty in isolating and studying vitamins, particularly of ones that are manufactured by the intestinal bacteria. These may include cofactors as well.

Most research is conducted by using diets that are free of the studied substance, and the symptoms recorded. One can understand how complicated the results can be if the animals have healthy intestinal flora and do not show the expected symptoms.

Also, it is difficult to know if the actual vitamin deficiency caused the symptoms or if it merely is necessary to stimulate some microbe to produce some other unidentified factor, which in turn prevents the disease. Feeding low levels of antibiotics to kill off the bacteria can also pose problems. Then it is not known whether the antibiotic itself is to blame.

These are just some of the problems hampering our research in nutrition and why it lags behind that of other fields. With this background in mind, one can appreciate the tremendous problems encountered in deciphering any of the alphabet soups we call "food".

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