What vitamins can do for you


To continue the conversation on vitamins and aging, I would like to move on to two specific vitamins that were given particular attention during the recent international conference attended by medical experts, including Dr. Thomas Levy and Prof. Andrew Saul. One of these is vitamin C, which, according to the experts, is one of the (if not the) most important vitamins that people should be taking on a daily basis. It addresses inflammation or infections in the body, which they say is the source of majority of our illness. Infections usually start in the mouth.

Vitamin C can be obtained by eating fresh and raw foods like salads, fruits, sprouted greens like wheatgrass and raw milk, among others. According to Prof. Saul, vitamin C could help address arthritis (both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis), influenza, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. The results of the studies supporting these claims have been with us for many years now, even as early as the 1900s. Unfortunately, people were simply uninformed.

The University of Pennsylvania Medical School conducted a study last year (2017) and found that a high dose of vitamin C could actually lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, even in those people who ingest a high level of nitrates, a chemical known to cause insulin resistance and cancer. Another study presented evidence that the right dose of vitamin C (and E) for senior citizens could lower by 80 percent their risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Since 1975 we’ve also had the results of a study that proves that high dosage of vitamin C could decrease the pressure inside the eyes of glaucoma patients. These are just some of the positive, hopeful findings that for some reason have, unfortunately, not been talked about.

Vitamin E is another good vitamin, but is sometimes referred to as the “cure in search of a disease.” The International Journal of Cancer published in 2011 the results of a study showing that natural vitamin E is effective against existing prostate tumors. The same journal published another study earlier in 2008 showing medical proof that dosing with 300 IU of natural vitamin E daily could reduce the risk of lung cancer by 61 percent.

For the elderly, the same vitamin has been shown to reduce mortality by 24 percent in persons 71 years and older. It helps atherosclerosis, too, by decreasing the risk of heart attacks by 77 percent for a regular dose of 400 to 800 IU. For those with macular degeneration, natural D-alpha vitamin E (taken together with other supplements) has been shown to help with the disease. According to Prof. Saul, other diseases that may benefit from high doses of vitamin E would be: emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, fatty liver and ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (as prophylaxis).

You could go on PubMed to obtain the actual results of these medical studies, or visit www.doctoryourself.com (Prof. Andrew Saul’s web site) to get more information on the other vitamins and their benefits.


Here are the results of the PCSO Trial Race (S0pecial Maiden Race) held on April 27 in San Lazaro. The top 10 finishers, in order, were: Ava’s Dream (JPA Guce), San Rafael (FM Raquel Jr.), The Best Ever (Pat R. Dilema), What an Offer (JB Guce), Shadow of the Sun (JB Hernandez), Oasis (CP Henson), Eli Brassous (OP Cortez), Silver Glow (JA Guce), Gray Yogurt (JL Paano) and California Garden (EG Guerra).

Another race, the PCSO Special Maiden Race (3-Year-Old Open), was held on May 12 also in San Lazaro. The racehorses that made it to the top 9, in order, were: What an Offer (JB Guce), The Best Ever (Pat R. Dilema), Eli Brassous (OP Cortez), California Garden (EG Guerra), Ava’s Dream (JPA Guce), Oasis (CP Henson), Gray Yogurt (JL Paano), Silver Glow (JA Guce) and San Rafael (FM Raquel Jr.). I would like to extend my warm congratulations to all the winners.


Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II

Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II received his Law degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1994. He is currently engaged in the General Practice of Law through the firm he established, Jose M. Rojas Law Office. Prior to getting his Law degree, Atty. Rojas graduated Cum Laude in Economics and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. He used to chair the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) and, more recently, used to sit as Vice-Chairman and General Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Atty. Rojas is an opinion columnist for the Business Mirror and Pilipino Mirror, and 2014 awardee of People Asia’s “Men Who Matter.” He is a member of the Saturday Group of artists and is married to Atty. Patricia A.O. Bunye.

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