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General Factors Involved in Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

General Factors Involved in Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

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We would all like to thank Dr. Richard C. Schafer, DC, PhD, FICC for his lifetime commitment to the profession. In the future we will continue to add materials from RC’s copyrighted books for your use.

This is the Appendix from RC’s best-selling book:

“Symptomatology and Differential Diagnosis”

These materials are provided as a service to our profession. There is no charge for individuals to copy and file these materials. However, they cannot be sold or used in any group or commercial venture without written permission from ACAPress.


General Factors Involved in Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Several general factors are involved in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. For example, abnormal loss and utilization or subnormal absorption, intake, storage, or transport, singularly or in combination, may readily lead to symptoms of nutritional deficiency.

See Table A.1.


You may also find value reviewing the:

Nutrient–Drug Depletion Charts

Agents Contributing to Vitamin, Mineral, and Other Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms

Drugs and nutrients often have adverse interactions. Drugs usually interfere with normal cellular nutrition by:
(1) depressing the central appetite center,
(2) decreasing normal blood levels (eg, excessive excretion),
(3) interfering with the nutrient’s storage or metabolism,
(4) developing a chemical antagonism (eg, inactivate),
(5) increasing the action of ingested antivitamins or antiminerals, or
(6) destroying intestinal bacteria necessary to synthesize the nutrient.

See Tables A.2, A.3, and A.4.

Some adverse nondrug factors include abnormal stress, aluminum cookware, diuretic beverages (eg, coffee, ethanol, tea), excessive sugar/starch intake, lack of exercise, laxatives, prolonged fever, radiation, tobacco, and severe surgery or trauma


Disease States Contributing to Specific Nutritional Deficiencies

Any prolonged state of disease increases normal nutritional needs. However,
certain disorders have been shown to have a particularly adverse effect on specific deficiencies.

See Table A.5.


Effects of Some Nutrients on Certain Medications

Just as certain medications and dietary substances have an adverse effect on certain nutritional substances, some nutrients (especially in excessive amounts) have an adverse effect on certain medications a particular patient may be taking. Thus, it is important that such medications be noted during the case history process. Because these nutrients may counteract or inhibit the absorption or utilization of various medications, conditions being treated medically may be exacerbated.

See Table A.6.


Symptoms of Hypervitamin Toxicosis

It has been long recognized that excessive amounts of vitamins A and D can lead to toxicosis. In recent years, adverse effects have also been shown to be contributed to megadoses of vitamins C and E.

See Table A.7.


Nutritional or ingested environment minerals may also lead to toxicosis.

Toxicity levels have been established for:
copper (40 mg),
iron (100 mg),
magnesium (30,000 mg),
potassium (1.950—5.850 mg), and
sodium (2,300—6.900 mg/d).

Review the complete Chapter (including sketches and Tables)
at the
ACAPress website

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