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CATEGORY: 2: Inflammation



I had planned to talk about preventing and eliminating cancer in this blog, but it occurred to me that first I should discuss inflammation, which is how cancer and many other diseases begin. No inflammation, no cancer.

Inflammation is a localized immune response, your body’s protective reaction to irritation, injury, infection, or toxin. It is characterized by tenderness, swelling, redness, and in most cases, pain. For sure, if you experience pain anywhere, it is due to inflammation.

In the following, I’ve used analogy, oversimplified the physical processes, misspelled antioxidant, and written twice as much as usual, in an attempt to make things clearer. I hope that by the time you finish this post you will have a better understanding of how cancer and other inflammation based diseases begin and proceed inside your body. If you do nothing more than learn to fend off inflammation for yourself and your family, you will have gone a long way toward remaining cancer free.

In order to understand inflammation, it helps to comprehend the roles played by (a) free radicals, (b) oxidation, and (c) anti-oxidants. These are words you’ve heard before probably, but do you really know what they mean?

Inflammation begins with cell damage by way of free radicals, so let’s start there.


Your body is comprised of cells. Inside a cell, each electron has to have a partner electron in order for the cell to remain stable and healthy. In other words, the two electrons have to remain together, or there will be trouble.

Trouble comes when something happens to damage the bond between the partnered electrons in a healthy cell. If they become separated, or one of them is destroyed, the single electron(s) left behind becomes a free radical, unstable and dangerous.

The single electron/free radical goes berserk when it finds itself suddenly alone, without its partner electron. (How do you feel when you get dumped?) It turns and immediately attacks a nearby healthy cell that has both electrons. It desperately tries to break them apart, so it can steal one and become stable and healthy again itself. If it is successful it once again becomes stable with its stolen electron, but the cell it disrupted becomes a free radical and continues the angry process. A cascade effect can lead to severe cellular damage, and mutations like cancer.

As an analogy, think of the two bonded electrons in a healthy cell as a married couple in a social system where being single is prohibited. In this system, two people (electrons) who are part of a marriage are stable, acceptable. No problem. Live long and prosper.

But a single person (electron) without a partner is a free radical who can only prosper by breaking up another married pair. Like a single hussy or cad who breaks up a marriage and runs off with one of the partners, single electron/free radicals seek to destroy other nearby stable cells for their own benefit.

Cells are damaged and free radicals created in many ways: (a) naturally, as a result of metabolism, but also from (b) irritation, like that from a tight bracelet that leaves the skin red and tender at the end of the day, (c) injury, like banging your shin as you’re getting out of the tub, causing a lump that hurts and shows a bruise, (d) infection, anywhere in the body, (e) toxins, like air pollutants and radiation that bombard first responders, (f) poor diet, insufficient in anti-oxidants to control and neutralize free radicals, and (g) other stressors specific to an individual.

Although free radicals are a natural part of living, like the hussy and cad, when too many of them build up due to the factors listed above, you have oxidation and the beginning of inflammation–a precursor to cancer.


The simplest way of thinking about oxidation is that it is spoilage, aging, decay–due to contact with oxygen. We live in an oxygen rich environment. You know what happens to an avocado slice left out in the open air. The exposed meat turns brown from contact with oxygen. It oxidizes, spoils, due to an excess of free radicals. Something similar happens inside your body. When you return to the kitchen later, the avocado will be rotting and you won’t eat it. That’s a good instinct, because you would literally be eating free radicals! That is why you should never eat salad that has browned, or other food that is obviously past its prime, unless you absolutely have to. Think of every bite as a mouthful of cancer.

You can even see free radical damage in the mirror. Broadly speaking, aging is another form of oxidation caused by free radicals.


John sustains massive cellular damage from exposure to pollution and radiation while fighting fires at ground zero, but has no idea what is happening to him. Inside many of John’s cells, the electrons break their bond and separate, due to damage from the toxin exposure.Large amounts of single electrons are let loose in John’s system as free radicals.Free radical growth continues and finally cascades, leading to oxidation (spoilage and decay), in many parts of John’s system.John’s immune system fights back with localized inflammation. There is some pain but he ignores it.The localized inflammation worsens, as does John’s pain. His cell production begins to mutate and malignant tumors develop on his liver and gallbladder.

New arterial pathways grow to nourish the new mutations and help them survive. Free radical growth continues unabated and new tumors form.


We know that John’s cancer is due to (e) toxins, from his exposure to pollutants and radiation after 911, and (f) poor diet, insufficient in anti-oxidants to neutralize the free radicals in his system. Enough anti-oxidants would have prevented the free radicals from cascading and resulting in inflammation and cancer.


Okay, we’re all on the same page, right? We know that almost any harm that comes to a cell can lead to its electrons separating and turning into free radicals. Get too many of those mean little nasties and you have oxidation, which we know as spoilage and decay. It makes sense then that in order to counter oxidation, you need strong anti-oxidation. You can get this by way of eating certain foods, and taking Beta Carotene. Just remember, food alone is not enough to protect you.


FRUITS: acai berry, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, rose hips, strawberry, apple, prune, grape, plum, cherry, orange, lemon, lime, bilberry, watermelon, and others. VEGETABLES: spinach, kale, red cabbage, peppers, parsley, artichoke, Brussels sprout, carrot, red beet, ginger, potato, tomato, watercress, broccoli, and others.

DRIED FRUITS: apricot, prune, date, raisin, cranberry, cherry, pineapple, and others.

LEGUMES: red bean, black bean, pinto bean, lima bean, soybean, edamame, and others.

NUTS: peanut, pecan, walnut, hazelnuts, and others. OTHER: red wine and dark chocolate.

Anti-oxidants protect you from free radical damage because they have a unique characteristic. Unlike the married electrons in a healthy cell that become free radicals when separated, anti-oxidants give up one of their electrons without becoming a free radical. Think of an anti-oxidant as benevolent, selfless, who like a Mother Teresa wants only to help others in need.

That’s how anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals, by donating one of their own electrons to the free radical, helping it stop being a free radical and become healthy again. The anti-oxidant ends the electron stealing chain reaction discussed above, because anti-oxidants are stable in either form, as a single electron, or a married pair.

The first thing a sous chef does after cutting avocado slices, and before serving them with your grilled chicken sandwich, is to sprinkle on some lemon or lime juice. She does this because the anti-oxidants in the citrus keep the meat from turning brown and decaying right in front of you. The same thing happens in your body, because anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals, stopping oxidation.

You have a choice therefore, to either let free radicals run loose in your system and hope they don’t turn into inflammation and cancer. Or send in anti-oxidants to partner with the free radicals and return them to normalcy, thereby avoiding disease.

You should never use a food supplement to replace eating a wide variety of foods. But besides the foods listed here, you need a strong anti-oxidant supplement like Beta Carotene to avoid inflammation and cancer.


In other blogs I will address specific inflammatory diseases, like cancer and Crohn’s. Here, I’m going to prescribe a minimum maintenance dose for preventing inflammation generally. Since cancer has become a child’s disease, I am including doses for children. Even a toddler has free radicals in her system.


INFLAMMATION REMEDY AT A GLANCE CHART (Maintenance Doses) (Adults, and Children 12 and Over.)

BETA CAROTENE (softgels only) 10-15 softgels (or more) 10-15 softgels (or more) Puritan’s Pride #1223 25,000 I.U (Equivalent to 15 mg)
VITAMIN D3 (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Solgar 1000 I.U.
Aloe Vera Gel (softgels only) 2 softgels  2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #2682 200:1 extract (equivalent to 1 teaspoon)

INFLAMMATION REMEDY AT A GLANCE CHART (Maintenance Doses) (Children 7-11)

BETA CAROTENE (softgels only) 5-8 softgels 5-8 softgels Puritan’s Pride #1223 25,000 I.U (Equivalent to 15 mg)
VITAMIN D3 (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Solgar (visit vitaminlife.com) 400 I.U.
Aloe Vera Gel (sofootgels only) 2 softgels  2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #2682 200:1 extract (equivalent to 1 teaspoon)

INFLAMMATION REMEDY AT A GLANCE CHART  (Maintenance Doses) (Children 4-6)

BETA CAROTENE (softgels only) 2-4 softgels 2-4 softgels Puritan’s Pride #1223 25,000 I.U (Equivalent to 15 mg)
VITAMIN D3 (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Solgar 400 I.U.
Aloe Vera Gel Liquid 1 teaspoon Puritan’s Pride #1600 99.3%


Maybe the Beta Carotene prescribed here sounds like a lot for a maintenance dose. As a reference, I take 50 twice daily for maintenance, more if I’m hurt—up to 200 softgels daily for several days after surgery, to stop pain and discomfort and speed healing. Since they’re  small, it takes only two or three swallows to get 50 down. And I have a zero tolerance approach to illness and pain. I don’t want it to be better; I want it to be gone.

Other vitamins like C and E are known to be good anti-oxidants, but they are not as effective as Beta Carotene. You can continue to take them, but to ensure against serious inflammation based diseases, use Beta Carotene.

Vitamin D is also being prescribed as an assist for Beta Carotene, which uses Vitamin D in its processes. If you can’t find D3 it’s okay to use plain Vitamin D.

Aloe Vera Gel is being prescribed specifically for your colon, because this is such an easy spot for cancer and other inflammations like Crohn’s disease to flourish. You know how soothing Aloe Vera feels on a cut, sunburn, or patch of irritated skin. It does the same thing in your intestines, soothes and cleanses. You will notice that after a few days taking the gel, your movements won’t smell as bad, nor will your various expulsions of air. Think of the colon as the body’s dumping ground, its garbage can. Extra care must be taken to keep the intestines clean and healthy.

If you take more Beta Carotene than your body can process you might get a mild, dull headache. It lasts as long as it takes your body to utilize the Beta Carotene, usually a couple hours. Some people get an itchy rash for a couple hours that can be relieved with Benadryl. There are no other side effects because Beta Carotene will not harm you. It will not turn your skin or the whites of your eyes orange, but if you take enough it will turn your feces that color.

If you take Beta Carotene without also taking Vitamin D, you will deplete your stores of Vitamin D and develop a Vitamin D deficiency. It usually manifests as sores on the inside of the mouth. Be sure to take Vitamin D every time you take Beta Carotene and there will be no problem.

Don’t use Mixed Carotenoids. They are a marketing gimmick and will not work the way I have described here. Only straight up Beta Carotene will work.

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next post: Blog 4: CANCER, where I tell you how to prevent and eliminate it anywhere in the body.

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(See Comments at end for a brief discussion of male pattern baldness.)

CATEGORY: 1: Simple Malnutrition


Hair so thin your scalp is showing where it didn’t before. Hair that falls out, won’t grow back and leaves bald spots behind. Hair that grows maddeningly slow then weakens and splits at the ends. Hair that grows to a certain length shorter than you want and won’t grow longer. Hair that used to grow to your satisfaction, but has slowed way down. Hair that has fallen out due to a medical condition or treatment, but is growing back too slow for you. These kinds of hair trauma are no joking matter. Any one of these problems can be devastating to one’s sense of self, but it’s particularly hard when you’re only 11, like Natalie L., and think that all the other kids notice.

Natalie is a beautiful, cerebral child, the oldest daughter of my friend, Rita L., a preemie RN, who herself is one of nine siblings—five girls. Natalie’s brown hair had grown so thin and wispy that her scalp was visible, and she wasn’t alone. All the women on that side of the family, including Rita, have similar problems. They always assumed it was an inherited trait because they all have the problem. That may be true, but another way of looking at it is to say that what they actually inherited was DNA that gives them all a need for extra B Complex in general, and Folic Acid in specific. The lack thereof is what causes the hair loss.

It is known that family members share similar health issues, like hair problems in Natalie’s family, or breast cancer in another family, simply because they share similar DNA. But there’s more to it than that. The similar health problem may come originally from the shared DNA, but it is the lack of the proper food supplements later that permits the disorder to present itself. In other words, vulnerability to a given disorder is due not only to the shared DNA, but also to a common way of eating—all those family recipes and eating rituals passed down, and over—which is nutritionally deficient. Since family members are eating similarly deficient diets, they are developing similar health problems.

I have heard of women in breast cancer prone families having one or more healthy breasts removed, because their sisters, mother, or aunts developed breast cancer. This is certainly one approach to avoidance, but please understand that you don’t have to do anything nearly so drastic. Shared DNA may result in deficiency X. But X can always be treated with the correct food supplements, and thereby controlled and completely avoided.

I put Natalie and Rita on the same supplement regimen, with Natalie’s dosage slightly lower. A little over a month later, Rita had two inches of new growth and it’s growing in thicker and healthier looking. Natalie had four gorgeous inches of thicker new growth! When Natalie looks in the mirror now, she beams. For the first time in years, Natalie’s hair in front is long and thick enough to flop over her eyes and cheekbones. She’s got a real Veronica Lake thing going on, and you can’t see her scalp.

As an assist for the Folic Acid, I also gave them B Complex, Biotin, and Silica. Folic Acid is part of the B Complex. These support vitamins help grow hair, but if your funds are tight, start with Folic Acid and B Complex right away, and add Biotin and Silica when you can. Folic Acid will also stimulate eyebrow growth.


You need a lot of Folic Acid on a regular basis to get your hair to grow in earnest. (Remember, you’re not thinking of supplements as “pills” any more, which suggests medicine, but rather as what they are, “concentrated nutrition.” Food, in other words.) When you stop the Folic Acid, it’s like turning off a tap; your hair stops growing immediately. You have to take it regularly, like clockwork, twice daily. The more Folic Acid you take, the faster your hair will grow, up to a point. (There is a point at which taking more Folic Acid will actually cause your hair growth to slow down. But you’ll notice when you get there.) If you’ve chosen a certain number to start and don’t see results in a few days, it just means that you need to increase your dosage.

I take 18 tablets twice daily for optimum growth; Rita has been taking 15 twice daily, and Natalie 7 twice daily. I use Puritan’s Pride brand because it works well, and the tiny, tic-tac size makes it easier to take so many. I started with 10 tablets twice daily a couple years ago, and that worked for a while. But over time I have had to increase the dosage to keep my hair growing the way I want. I have been taking 18 twice daily for over a year and am happy with the results.


FOLIC ACID 10-18 tablets 10-18 tablets Puritan’s Pride #2845 800 mcg
B COMPLEX 100 (capsules only) 1 capsule 1 capsule Puritan’s Pride #10282 100 mg/mcg
BIOTIN 3 tablets 3 tablets Puritan’s Pride #7961 1000 mcg


FOLIC ACID 7-10 tablets 7-10 tablets Puritan’s Pride #2845 800 mcg
B COMPLEX 50 (capsules only) 1 capsule 1 capsule Puritan’s Pride #19973 50 mg/mcg
BIOTIN 2 tablets 2 tablets Puritan’s Pride #7961 1000 mcg


When using Folic Acid in high doses for an extended period. The individual components of B Complex depend on each other to interact properly within your system. Folic Acid is part of the B Complex. If you take any one component for an extended time without the whole complex, you will deplete another component and create a different deficiency. Therefore, you have to take the full B Complex mixture as long as you take Folic Acid.

I highly recommend staying away from tablets and using only B Complex capsules. Tablets can be very hard to digest. I also suggest taking B Complex with food, again because of the digestion issue. If you have a cast iron stomach, don’t worry. Otherwise, it can cause a terrific tummy ache for some people.

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next blog: Blog 3: The Danger of Inflammation, where I explain why it is the single biggest health threat that you face.


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CATEGORY: 1: Simple Malnutrition



There has been a lot of media regarding the Chilean miners, rescued in October 2010, after spending 70 harrowing days below ground. Many of the 33 men now report problems sleeping, and it’s no wonder given what they’ve been through. Sleep disorders are experienced by many at different times and for different reasons. Some causes include (a) pain, (b) worry and stress, (c) medical disorders such as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD), and (d) overuse of sleep inducing products, among others. We know that Michael Jackson died trying to get a good night’s sleep.

I sleep 9-10 hours a night, always have. I have to. You wouldn’t like me on the third day in a row without enough sleep. On weekends, I have been known to hibernate 14, 16, even 18 hours at a stretch in dreamland. My friend David tells me that I sleep more than his cats, which is a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s important to realize that not getting enough sleep is extremely detrimental to your health. Conditions reportedly linked to lack of enough sleep include, (a) decreased performance and alertness which can lead to injury from accidents, (b) memory and cognitive impairment, (c) impaired personal relationships, (d) depression, (e) weight gain, (f) attention deficit disorder, (g) heart problems, and (h) stroke, among others.

Since I’m a pretty hyper, type-A personality, I often lay my head down at night with too much adrenaline still coursing through my main frame. On those occasions, I take Sea Kelp and fifteen minutes later I’m drifting off. And there’s no drug hangover feeling the next morning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that Kelp gave someone the best night’s sleep they’d had in years.

Excess adrenaline, created by myriad factors, is the usual cause for most problems falling asleep and staying asleep. Sea Kelp is a safe, easy, and inexpensive answer to the problem. It acts like a sponge in the blood stream, soaking up excess adrenaline. It is derived from the ocean grass commonly known as seaweed, and is a staple in the diets of many cultures. The main nutrient it contains is iodine, which is found in its largest concentrations in seafood, and in lesser quantities in spinach and other vegetables. Sea Kelp has a natural, tranquilizing effect on the body and mind. It helps calm and relax the thyroid and entire nervous system, which often stops the impulses that lead to RLS and PLMD, making it easier to fall asleep and stay sleep.

Most people report that Sea Kelp works even better when taken with Potassium. It seems to support an even deeper, well-rounded sleep, enhancing the effect of the Sea Kelp.


The amount of Sea Kelp each person needs is very subjective. Some nights, after an adrenaline rich day, you may need a whole 150 mg tablet. Some nights a quarter tab will do. Some nights it will take a half or none. When I first started using Sea Kelp as a sleep aid I had to take a whole tablet to feel the effect. Now, it takes usually only a half tablet. I think over time, taking Kelp has brought my set point down to a more relaxed place, so that it takes less to be effective.

You will have to experiment to see exactly what your own needs are. Start with one tablet on the first sleepless night, taken about a half hour before bedtime. Depending on how you feel the next night, take the same amount, or reduce or increase the dose over the prior night. Try not to take more than you absolutely need on any given night. You may want to purchase a pill cutter to avoid crushing the Kelp when you quarter or halve the tablet.

If you are still restless a half hour after taking the first tablet you may take more, but increase it slowly, by a half or quarter tablet and then wait. You don’t want to take too much and end up oversleeping, or feeling overly relaxed the next morning. If you want to play it safe, you can start with a quarter tablet on the first sleepless night, and then increase by quarter tablet increments each night, until you figure out how much you need to sleep well but wake up refreshed. Play around with it. It’s worth the effort to figure out what works best for you. When is the last time you had a really good night’s sleep?



RECOMMENDED BRAND: Puritan’s Pride Sea Kelp #623,

STRENGTH: Sea Kelp 150 mcg tablets

DOSAGE (Adults): Sea Kelp: 1/2 tablet to 1 or more tablets,

(Children 6 and over):  Sea Kelp: 1/4 tablet to 1/2 tablet

TAKEN HOW:  30 minutes before bedtime



The only thing to be aware of is that you can become a little too mellow with Sea Kelp. It is one of the best natural tranquilizers available. I tell everyone this, but there are still people who don’t listen, and end up barely able to stand up from the kitchen table. If you find yourself feeling overly mellow, it’s the Sea Kelp, and you should decrease your dosage accordingly.

Sea Kelp is one of those products that marketers love to mess with. It is abundant and therefore cheap, because it comes from seaweed. They can’t make any money unless they fancy it up. Puritan’s Pride Sea Kelp will cost you around $4.95 for about 500 tablets, and it works the way I described here. I have tried more expensive Kelps with strains from Siberia and such, and discovered that, in fact, they do not work as well as Puritan’s Pride brand for the purpose discussed here.

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next blog: Blog 2: Hair Loss &  Eyebrow  Thinning, where I tell you how to easily regrow hair.

PLEASE DONATE.  Your support is greatly appreciated.


Lynn Capehart Wellness Foundation is a non-profit charity. All donations are tax deductible. We appreciate your support for our Vitamin Scholarship Program to provide supplements to those who can’t afford them. Make your donations in the name of lynncapehartnonprofit@outlook.com at www.paypal.com using any credit card or bank. Contact me: lynncapehart@gmail.com. Thank you.


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