Marios Dimopoulos Clinical Nutritionist, Author, Fellow of the American Council of the Applied Clinical Nutrition

Τρίτη, 4 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS ARE EFFECTIVE: Micronutrients help recovery from burns

There is a tendency from media to represent that food supplements are unnecessary or even dangerous. This is an effort of pharmaceutical industry to make the people avoid natural supplements and to take chemical drugs.  I start to publish studies from 2007 till today that prove that vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other vital substances taken in a form of food supplements are safe and effective for the prevention and treat of many diseases. My opinion is that everyone who says that food supplements are dangerous is a scammer and dangerous for the public safety. Food supplements are the strongest weapon of Naturopathic, Orthomolecular and Nutritional Medicine against disease. Unfortunately conventional medical doctors and dieticians are against the use of food supplements. As you will understand from the following articles, these ''scientists" are ignorant.

Study Finds Micronutrients Help Recovery from Burns

By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, June 8, 2007, abstracted from “Trace element supplementation after major burns modulates antioxidant status and clinical course by way of increased tissue trace element concentrations“ from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007; 85:1293-1300.
As one of the largest organs in humans and accounting for 15% of body weight,(1) our skin provides a number of crucial biological functions in the body. One of the most serious injuries to the skin is through burns. When burn injuries involve 20% of the body surface, they cause extensive inflammation and significantly alter functioning of the glands, metabolism, and immune system.(2)
Because tissue repair and wound closure may last for weeks after a burn injury, a number of complications can arise that include nutritional deficiencies, infections, delayed wound healing, and muscle wasting.(3) Because infection is a leading cause of death after major burns(4–6) and micronutrient deficiencies (particularly copper , selenium , and zinc ) are frequent after major burns(7) that may precipitate infection, interest in preventing micronutrient deficiencies to further minimize infection has increased.
Now a new study(8) has found that micronutrients may indeed help with recovery from burns.
In the study, 21 patients admitted to an emergency room with burns on over 20% of their body were given either a placebo or intravenous micronutrients of copper, zinc, and selenium within 12 hours of admission to the hospital. The micronutrient IV consisted of 59 micromoles of Copper, 4.8 micromoles Selenium, and 574 micromoles Zinc (milligram amounts were not given). The treatment lasted 21 days.
The researchers found that blood levels of zinc, selenium and copper were “significantly higher” in the treatment group versus the placebo group. Regarding skin health, patients in the treatment group had better wound healing as evidenced by the decreased skin grafting than the placebo group. Finally, there were significantly fewer “total infectious complications” in the treatment group in the first 30 days of treatment.
For the researchers, “early trace element supplementation combining copper, selenium, and zinc is safe and beneficial after major burns.”
Greg Arnold is a Chiropractic Physician practicing in Danville, CA. You can contact Dr. Arnold directly by emailing him at or visiting his web site at

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