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There was a recent international conference on aging and integrative medicine at Pan Pacific Manila attended by experts from the international medical community, including Prof. Andrew Saul, touted by Psychology Today as one of the seven natural health pioneers and is popular as The Mega Vitamin Man.

Dr. Thomas Levy, cardiologist and attorney, also delivered a talk on the orthomolecular application of vitamin C and antioxidants in general. Dr. Levy and Prof. Saul were only two of about eight conference speakers invited by the International Anti-Aging and Integrative Medical Society (iAIMs), a 'Hongkong-registered nonprofit medical organization founded to integrate the art and science of medicine.'

I am writing about this conference because the universally relevant findings presented by these nutrition and medical experts during the two-day event are worth sharing. It mostly has to do with the importance of taking vitamins to reverse the aging process, speed up healing, maintain good health and to prolong life. We are all concerned about these things, for sure.

During the conference, there were various myths that were shattered, one of which was the belief that we can get all the vitamins that our body needs from the food that we eat, provided that we consume a balanced diet. Not so, said Prof. Saul, who advocates for vitamin supplementation to heal illnesses and address aging problems.

Vitamin supplementation is a crucial part in living a healthy lifestyle. Prevention is always better than cure, so if you are not sick yet, it's the perfect opportunity to take care of your body so that it doesn't break down.

The experts recommend getting a 'diet of unprocessed, all-natural, fresh food; avoiding synthetic, processed food [including excessive meat and alcohol]; getting enough sunshine and exercise; drinking clean, mineral spring water; breathing in fresh, clean air; and supplementing all these with vitamins and minerals.'

The lectures were all backed all throughout by scientific evidence published in reputable medical journals. So, for those who doubt the authenticity of the facts, it would be best to visit PubMed or the web site of Prof. Saul at and read for yourself the medical evidence from the publications themselves.

Another myth: Vitamin supplementation as a waste of money. The studies reveal otherwise, and there is a wealth of resources that prove the efficiency of vitamins and minerals like vitamins C and E, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, niacin, etc. in addressing various health concerns.

We must note, however, that vitamin supplementation comes as a significant part of a whole treatment plan, which means that doctors may have given their patients in the studies other forms of vitamins and placed them on specific diets.

I could share some of the highlights in my next column, like the specific ailments and the vitamins that could help relieve them, as well as features from some of the research or studies that were done on the matter. In the meantime, let's all take our vitamins every day.

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