VPF News

December 2013

Newsletter 39 is Published

The VP Foundation Newsletter, Number 39, was published and mailed to VPF members in November.  This periodical, greatly valued by VPF members, is published twice yearly.

The lead article, Getting Sufficient Iron on a Low Oxalate Diet, by Michael Liebman, Ph.D., explains the critical importance of iron to good health. Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and nearly fifty food sources rich in iron that are low to medium in total oxalate content are illustrated in photographs and charts.  

Foods Rich in Iron and Low in Oxalate
Foods Rich in Iron and Low in Oxalate

As customary, new data from the VPF's Oxalate Testing Program for Foods, Beverages & Natural Supplements are reported.  Kale, a particularly good source of iron, recently tested for soluble oxalate, reveals 4.6 mg. per half-cup serving, making it low in soluble oxalate content.  Kale has a medium value of total oxalate.  Pumpkin purée also tested low in soluble oxalate, while revealing a medium value of total oxalate. 

The oxalate content of several natural supplements is reported in this issue, including vegetarian glucosamine and white willow bark. Vegetarian glucosamine is extremely low in oxalate at 0.1 mg. per capsule.  N-acetyl-glucosamine is a highly recommended therapy through the Pain Project Protocol.  See Effective Treatments.

 White willow bark falls into the lower part of the Medium group at 5.7 mg. total oxalate per capsule.  The original source of aspirin (salicylates), it is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.  Lutein, often prescribed to prevent, slow down, and reverse macular degeneration, tested low in oxalate.           

Twenty firsthand reports of recoveries are featured in the Letters section, along with helpful and unhelpful products reported by VPF members.  An interesting article on the comeback of chestnut trees in North America and the availability of gluten-free, low oxalate chestnut flour rounds out the issue. 

To receive Newsletter 39, become a member of the VP Foundation by going to Memberships.


Honor Your Recovery

During fall 2013 the VP Foundation has been asking all who are recovered to honor their recoveries and the researcher who developed the Pain Project Protocol, Clive Solomons, Ph.D., by giving generously to the Foundation. 

A renowned biochemist, Dr. Solomons had a special interest in calcium metabolism.  From 1986-2006 he pioneered research into the underlying cause of the syndrome that includes vulvar pain, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and irritable bowel.  See Symptoms

Dr. Solomons discovered that this syndrome is characterized by periodic hyperoxaluria and connective tissue degradation.  Based on his findings, he developed Effective Treatments that have redeemed thousands of lives. 

He passed away in December of 2012.  Through the work of the VP Foundation, his scientific legacy is being protected, updated, and expanded; and his gift of recovery continues to be accessed by thousands of people.

Joanne Yount, Executive Director of the VP Foundation, emphasizes that "His legacy will last only as long as we whose lives were redeemed support the VP Foundation and further research.  Please honor your recovery and Dr. Solomons by giving generously to the VP Foundation." 

For ways to give, go to My Contribution for a Firm Foundation.


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