Correspondence: Vitamin MePA
August 30, 2018
Dear Dr. Aardsma,
A few comments on your email: "What if the vitamin seems to have stopped working." [This was in reference to the August 5, 2018 letter by Jennifer, below. Ed.]
Your emphasis was on MePA, which is of course natural. However, it may have given the impression that the concern for other nutrients or health protocols are unnecessary. However it is essential that we get the proper amounts of at least 13 vitamins, at least 9 amino acids and some 20 minerals. In addition, there are semi-essential nutrients which our bodies produce, but in insufficient amounts, resulting in the need to obtain them from our diet. There is also a growing list of thousands of phyto-chemicals found in plants which have a whole range of health benefits.There are also well-known components of foods that should be avoided such as salt, added sugars, cholesterol, saturated fats and some people, wisely I think, add to that list anything processed such as white flour, added oils and all those nearly-unpronounceable additives.
In addition, exercise, adequate sleep, stress management and a satisfying social life may be important in contributing to good health.
It is interesting to note that during the time that MePa was available to humanity: prior to the flood, people were also eating the type of diet I described above and were likely getting adequate sleep, lived stress-free lives, and probably got adequate exercise and social intercourse in the course of their daily routines. The pre-flood diet is described in Genesis 1:29-30: seed-bearing plants and fruit, along with green herbs for the animals. Most commentators believe that the green herbs were also meant for man because of a comment to that effect in Genesis 9:3.
A diet consisting of whole unprocessed plant foods is rich in most vitamins and minerals and low or missing the other things I mentioned above that should be avoided. Vitamin B-12 isn't found in adequate amounts in plants but was in the water before chlorination became the norm. Vitamin D isn't found in many plants other than mushrooms, but can be obtained by adequate sunlight. I take both in supplemental form along with zinc, just to be sure along with betaine and vitamin K-2 for specific potential health problems that I wish to avoid. At age 67, I'm in excellent health, have no ailments and often go for years without even catching a cold. Prior to eating this way however, even though I exercised, I suffered from numerous signs of aging: three or four colds a year along with the flu, aching joints, excess body fat, poor sleep, benign prostate enlargement, poor memory, lack of energy, depression, thinning hair etc.. Even my vision has improved.
And so, it may be a good idea if in addition to advising your daughter and son-in-law to continue taking vitamin MePA, to eat the diet described in Genesis 1:29-30 along with the other enhancements I've described herein.
October 8, 2018
Your concern for the health of others is commendable. As you know, I share this same concern. However, I do not dispense broad nutritional advice from the BC website. There are two reasons for this.
First, one of the things I try hard to do is to recognize my limitations and restrict my advice to just those few areas in which I can legitimately claim some expertise. Alas, I am no expert in general human nutrition. While I do not doubt the sincerity of your dietary suggestions, I can neither scientifically evaluate their soundness in any short space of time nor professionally endorse them, as I am not a professional nutritionist.
My training (PhD) is in physics. My specialization within the broad field of physics is in physical dating methods, such as radiocarbon dating. My application of this specialization has been to problems between biblical and secular chronologies.
My work in chronology has taken me into specialized areas within several fields of study outside the boundaries of the discipline of chronology. Long study and my own original research in these specialized areas have equipped me to speak knowledgeably in several of them. The geophysics of Noah's Flood is one such area. Another is the archaeology and history of the third millennium Exodus and Conquest. And another, more in line with the present context, is the vitamin deficiency disease theory of aging.
But notice that none of these areas equip me to dispense broad advice from the field of human nutrition. I am qualified to speak in regard to one nutrient only, vitamin MePA, of which I am the discoverer and principal researcher at present. I aspire, on this website, to make available the most accurate and up-to-date information possible on this newly discovered vitamin. My purpose is to furnish people with the information they need to make intelligent decisions critical to their health and longevity in regard to vitamin MePA. I deliberately leave nutritional advice beyond this to others having expertise in general human nutrition far beyond my own.
Second, I must by no means water down with any airing of broad nutritional advice the urgent and critical message which my research instigates. There is one huge difference between MePA and other vitamins and nutrients. In sharp contrast to all of the other vitamins and nutrients, MePA cannot be obtained by eating the right foods. It is simply unavailable at present in any natural food or beverage. Thus everybody, no matter how well they may eat, will suffer the ravages of MePA deficiency disease, and will die an untimely death due to "aging," unless they deliberately supplement their diet with MePA.
My message is not that folk need to be sure to eat right, sleep right, and exercise right, as important as these things may be to optimum health. Rather, I am like a man on the riverbank, proffering a lifeline to a boatload of sleeping people drifting with dead engines toward Niagra Falls. The message these people need to hear is not that they should be sure to bring along life preservers on boating expeditions, as important as that may be. They need to hear a wake-up call, loud and clear.
My nutritional message is this alone: "ALARM!!! LISTEN UP! It is now known that aging is nothing other than a deficiency disease of a previously unknown vitamin. This means that debilitation and death due to "aging" is NOT the intrinsic lot of humankind. When the anti-aging vitamin was available in the natural environment, before Noah's Flood, people were living youthful, productive lives for multiple hundreds of years. My research indicates that methylphosphonic acid (MePA) is the long-lost, anti-aging vitamin. While it may take decades to demonstrate increased longevity due to inclusion of this substance in the diet, people taking micrograms of MePA daily are already experiencing numerous health benefits, with no negative side effects. TAKE ACTION! SAVE YOURSELF BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE! AVAIL YOURSELF OF MePA! PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES! ALARM!!! ALARM!!!"
August 5, 2018
The following letter is from Dr. Aardsma's eldest daughter, Jennifer Hall. Jennifer has made several important contributions to this website in regard to vitamin MePA, including an introduction to the vitamin and several testimonials.
I wanted to check in with you about some items in regard to Vitamin MePA. Steve and I are both confused about our experiences at the present time.
Steve had very positive reports for the first several months, as you know. Lately he seems to be regressing in various areas, which has me concerned. (I want the testimonials to be completely honest/up-to-date, and I also feel worried at times that the vitamin isn't "working".) Steve has increased his dose to three drops a day for the past several weeks.
- Steve's asthma flared up again at the end of June and has not gone away since. It flared up very slightly during a few days when he did not take the vitamin (he was away on a trip) and the weather was damp. It has been bothering him along with some allergies ever since. The other night it got fairly worse for the first time in a long time. We read online that magnesium can help with asthma. He took some that night and over the subsequent days, and it seemed to help. He has been having voice trouble and breathing trouble pretty much every day, just like he used to. Much of it may be allergy related.
- Steve has developed a case of what seems to be plantar fasciitis over the past few months. This is a new problem that he has never had before. It is quite painful. This concerns me because it would seem to be "aging" related. It comes and goes.
- Steve has been complaining of headaches quite a bit lately.
- Steve has had his low backache bothering him some again.
- I would also say that his hair continues to get thinner (hard to evaluate). If it is, that would seem to be a symptom of aging, something that shouldn't be happening at this point. (?)
- Steve has gained some of the weight back that he lost. He is not eating as healthily as he was. We don't know if this is affecting his asthma in some way, as well as contributing to the other problems mentioned above. But, if it is, then we may have attributed some things to MePA (in his testimonials) that should have been attributed merely to the weight loss.
Now for my issues. :)
- I felt like I was sleeping pretty well overall and had pretty high energy levels on one drop per day which I started March 12. Ever since I ran out of the vitamin at the end of June, I haven't been sleeping as well and my energy seems down. I was only off it for a few days. I increased to two drops per day on July 7.
- My eyesight is giving me more and more trouble and I am needing my reading glasses more often, some days.
I would appreciate any feedback/insight you may have.
August 21, 2018
Sorry to be so long getting back to you on this. Your questions have spurred me to spend a little extra time on my response, so it can be used on the BC website to assist users like yourself who are trying to understand their physiological response to the vitamin. The following is a brief summary of what a user of the vitamin should expect, based on my current understanding of vitamin MePA.
Before going there, however, let me note that both you and Steve had bad results following a brief lapse in taking the vitamin. I strongly recommend that you not allow any such lapse in the future.
We don't yet know the optimum daily dose of vitamin MePA (we are diligently working on this in the lab), but we do know that zero is too little. In Noah's day, everybody got a dose of vitamin MePA every time they took a drink of water. This makes it possible that the residence time of the MePA molecule in the body is very short. (In Aging: Cause and Cure [see page 52, footnote 19] I noted the possibility that one or more metabolites of MePA, rather than MePA itself, may be responsible for the very long biological half-life associated with the anti-aging function of the vitamin. Other functions of the vitamin may have no such long-lived metabolites buffering them in the absence of the MePA molecule.) If the residence time of the MePA molecule in the body is on the order of a day, and you stop taking it for a few days, your body will rapidly enter a deficient state, with negative health consequences the likely result.
Now let me turn to the discussion of what a user of the MePA vitamin should expect. There seem to me to be four distinct, reasonable expectations.
Expectation 1: Appropriate supplementation with vitamin MePA will significantly lengthen your life expectancy relative to the modern norm.
Starting out to research the cause of aging, "all" I had were the biblical historical data showing that people lived much longer prior to the Flood than they do today. Right from the start the expectation was that if these biblical data could be understood scientifically, then it was possible that something might be done today to restore lifespans to preFlood values.
The quest for an explanation of these data ultimately converged on the hypothesis that what we call human aging is nothing other than a vitamin deficiency disease. The ability eventually to model the biblical historical lifespan data mathematically strongly corroborated this hypothesis, placing it beyond reasonable doubt. At that point, the existence of a previously unrecognized anti-aging vitamin could no longer reasonably be denied. When appropriately supplemented in the diet, this new vitamin would have the effect of restoring lifespans to pre-Flood values and beyond.
Thus, a significantly extended lifespan is the first and most fundamental expectation of what appropriate supplementation of vitamin MePA will do for you.
Unfortunately, the realization of this expectation is an intrinsically lengthy process. Specifically, it is likely to take decades before you will begin to notice that you are decidedly physiologically youthful for your chronological age. Fortunately, several shorter-term expectations have come into focus with further research into vitamin MePA.
Expectation 2: Appropriate supplementation with vitamin MePA will reduce your physiological age (or "agedness") toward mature youthfulness, but only very slowly.
The mathematical model showed that aging can be healed (which was very good news), but it also showed that the healing of aging is a very slow process: one physiological year gained for every dozen calendar years of saturation dosing.
Expectation 2 means that there will be no sudden return to youthfulness. You shouldn't expect to see yourself looking younger every time you look in the mirror. Rather, you will seem to be more or less suspended in time, as far as agedness is concerned. It is not the case that, once you have begun to take the vitamin, every day will seem better than the day before. Once you have begun to take the vitamin, the long-term trend will no longer be toward elderliness---it will be toward mature youthfulness, but the trend toward youthfulness will be even less conspicuous on a day to day basis than the trend toward elderliness was before you began to take the vitamin. Meanwhile, you will experience the normal ebb and flow of health and energy, making some days seem better and other days seem worse. It will be possible to feel, some days, like the vitamin has cured all of your problems, and to wonder, other days, whether it is doing anything at all.
Obviously, this is an instance where cool-headed logic, not feelings, needs to be in charge. Keep taking the vitamin faithfully, no matter how you feel; logic says that it is, in fact, moving you slowly but surely toward mature youthfulness.
Expectation 3: Appropriate supplementation with vitamin MePA will make you more healthy relatively quickly.
This reasonable expectation is, I believe, what just about everybody who begins to take the vitamin experiences, especially those who were beginning to feel that their age was taking a toll on their health. Because of this, it is possible to confuse this expectation with the first part of Expectation 2 and to think that you are suddenly getting more youthful when you first start taking the vitamin. This confusion leads naturally to a false expectation that early gains in health should be irreversible. I think that this is the source of your current questions. The vitamin seemed to you to be making a big difference in several areas, but now it seems not to be making as much of a difference. You feel you are even seeing some regression, and you wonder why.
In fact, most early health improvements are expected to be alleviations of chronic ailments, not cures. This means that these ailments will continue to have potential to assert themselves from time to time. You may find, for example, that you are getting fewer colds than before you started supplementing MePA, but you will still come down with the occasional cold.
Here is the theory behind this.
Each vitamin plays multiple roles in the body. This is true of the anti-aging vitamin as well.
In the absence of a vitamin, the cells which make up your body are unable to function as they should. As a result, you begin to feel poorly and to perform poorly compared to how you would feel and perform with an appropriate supply of that vitamin in your diet. If the dietary insufficiency of that vitamin goes uncorrected, you will eventually develop the full-blown deficiency disease corresponding to that deficient vitamin (e.g., scurvy for vitamin C deficiency, pellagra for vitamin B3 deficiency, ... or elderliness for vitamin MePA deficiency), and if it continues to go uncorrected, you will eventually die of that deficiency disease.
If you are not supplementing vitamin MePA, then you will be deficient in vitamin MePA because there is no natural dietary source of it at present. Long before you reach elderliness or die of aging, however, your body will not be performing as well as it should be. It will be less able to cope with the normal stresses of life than it should be, because every cell in your body is performing sub-optimally for want of vitamin MePA. For example, if you are prone to headaches, then you will likely be even more prone to headaches while suffering vitamin MePA deficiency. The more advanced your vitamin MePA deficiency becomes, the more of a problem headaches are likely to become for you, as all of the cells making up your body become increasingly debilitated for want of MePA.
This means that commencement of appropriate supplementation with vitamin MePA has potential to quickly increase your feeling of wellness by alleviating chronic health issues (e.g., insomnia, headache, fatigue, pain, upper respiratory infections, etc.) which have progressed during the deficient interval. Supplementation with MePA does not cure these health issues, it simply alleviates them. It does this by making every cell in your body healthier and more able to do its job. You will still be able to get a headache after beginning to supplement MePA, especially if you do things which trigger headaches in your case, but you are likely to find that you are not as susceptible to headaches as you were before starting on vitamin MePA, and you are likely to find that when you do get a headache, it is less severe and more easily managed than previously.
Correcting MePA deficiency by appropriate supplementation will not suddenly cure all of the health issues you are prone to. It is likely to significantly alleviate many of them, increasing your overall feeling of wellness, but these health issues have not been eradicated and they can still rear their ugly heads from time to time. The good news is that, as aging slowly heals over the decades and mature youthful vigor slowly returns, your body's ability to cope with these health issues will continue slowly to improve.
Expectation 4: Appropriate supplementation with vitamin MePA may quickly cure some diseases.
It is now clear that realization of this expectation is much less likely than the realization of Expectation 3, but it is still possible.
CIDP is a debilitating autoimmune disease for which there is no known cure, resulting from the immune system mistakenly attacking and damaging the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers. I had CIDP for over a decade. Within a month of beginning to supplement with vitamin MePA, my CIDP went away and it has not returned.
The immune system is meant to identify and remove foreign substances from the body---to deactivate disease-causing invaders. Autoimmune diseases result from the immune system's identification process breaking down, so that normal, healthy body tissue is identified as foreign and then is attacked by the immune system.
A possible explanation of my apparent cure of CIDP may be that the body possesses multiple biochemical pathways for correctly identifying native body tissue. Suppose, for example, that the body possesses two independent biochemical pathways for properly identifying native myelin. Then, if one pathway breaks down, the body can still rely on the other pathway, and no CIDP will develop. Now suppose that one of these two (hypothetical) independent pathways of identifying native myelin depends on vitamin MePA to function. Then it will be broken in people not supplementing MePA. If the other independent pathway breaks for some reason, then CIDP will develop, since both pathways will then be broken. Supplementation with MePA then has potential to rapidly cure CIDP by allowing the MePA-dependent identification pathway to begin to function.
This illustrates one way in which supplementation with vitamin MePA might rapidly cure a disease.
I do hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions about it.
August 24, 2017
Dear Dr. Aardsma,
In your August 3, 2017 letter to Fred Hines, you said, "The present state of our knowledge of this vitamin indicates that every day of delay in bringing it to the public results in the loss of some 6000 American lives." Skeptics may have good reason to call this a sensational exaggeration.
I think these are the most recently finalized death statistics for the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_04.pdf. According to this [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] report, a total of 2,626,418 American deaths were reported in 2014, of which 135,928 were due to accidents, 42,826 to suicide, and 15,872 to homicide, leaving 2,431,792 deaths due to other causes. This gives an average of 6,662 deaths per day. If the vitamin could be brought to the public tomorrow instead of 23 days later, is it reasonable to estimate that 138,000 American lives could be saved? Maybe so, if it is reasonable to presuppose that just having the vitamin available would result in adequate healing of most people with life-threatening diseases possibly related to vitamin deficiency.
A more reasonable presupposition would be that only a few people will begin taking the vitamin at first, but the number taking it may rise rapidly once it becomes clear and widely known that dramatic health improvements can generally be expected. This popularization process may well take weeks or even much longer. Some people may never take the vitamin, even if it is readily available. Besides this, as you explained in your book, "While proper dosing with MePA puts one immediately on the road to better health, an elderly person still has a significant probability of dying of complications arising from MePA deficiency disease lesions (of a heart attack, for example) while waiting for those lesions slowly to heal" (Aging: Cause and Cure, p. 106).
I applaud and understand your desire to make a strong appeal for minimizing delays in making vitamin MePA available, but in my opinion, "the present state of our knowledge" is insufficient to specify any credible estimate of how many lives would be lost due to one more day of delay.
Skeptics will be mistaken if they call 6000 American lives lost per each day of delay a sensational exaggeration. It is actually a bit of an understatement, as your numbers show. Either you are misunderstanding what I am saying, or you are doing the math wrong.
I am not saying that vitamin MePA will immediately stop death due to aging the day after we get FDA clearance to market it. That is pretty obvious. What I am saying is that each day of delay costs roughly another 6000 American lives.
Here is an easy way of doing the math to see this.
Plot the number of Americans dying of vitamin MePA deficiency disease per day versus time, from the start of vitamin MePA distribution until the disease has been eradicated. Make your best guess at what this curve is likely to look like. According to your numbers, it starts out at 6662. It then drops to zero over some period of time. As it turns out, the shape of this curve doesn't affect the answer, so don't fuss too much over it. Call this the "adoption curve."
The rate at which the vitamin is adopted by the public is reasonably assumed to be independent of the start date for distribution. This follows from the fact that acceptance of the vitamin is likely to be largely dependent upon the demonstrated performance of the vitamin, and not much can be demonstrated until people are free to take the vitamin. So it is reasonable, in first approximation, to assume the same adoption curve, starting from the start date, whether we start tomorrow or a year from tomorrow.
Now you have to integrate the adoption curve from the start date out to full vitamin implementation to figure out how many people died of vitamin MePA deficiency. But you can probably "see" that the number who die during the adoption curve will always be the same, regardless of start date. It is just a small step from there to "see" that each day of delay costs, according to your numbers, 6662 lives. This happens because delay pushes the adoption curve along the time axis, gobbling up days (well in the future, at the end of the adoption curve) in which zero lives are lost due to vitamin MePA deficiency disease and leaving behind days (at the present time) in which 6662 American lives are lost each day due to vitamin MePA deficiency disease.
The result, regardless of the shape of the adoption curve, is that each day of delay costs, according to your numbers, another 6662 American lives.
Now let me point out that even the number, 6662, that you have calculated, is an underestimate. The categories of death that you have subtracted are also age related. For example, accidents kill a proportionately higher number of aged than youthful people, because youthful bodies are more resilient.
6000 American lives lost per day of delay is most certainly not a sensational exaggeration. The cost of delay, in terms of human lives lost, is very large, and it needs to be taken seriously.