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Health Benefits of Vitamin K2: A Revolutionary Natural Treatment for Heart Disease and Bone Loss Paperback – August 15, 2006
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A biological theoretician and senior science writer at the Steenblock Research Institute. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological anthropology, and well as doctorates in nutritional medicine and psychology.
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Two things bother me about this book. The first is an assertion that MK-7 may be a better than MK-4 for osteoporosis treatment. The book correctly states that it's the MK-4 form of Vitamin K2 that is approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health for treatment of Osteoporosis. They actually prescribe it for osteoporosis in Japan like we do bisphosphonates (like Fosamax) here in the US. It's called Glakay in Japan and is made by a company called Esai. It's 15mg of Vitamin K2 MK-4 taken 3 times per day. (There are studies from Japan you can find online on this topic, and comparing K2 MK-4 to the bisphosphonate drugs we use here with similar results in retarding bone loss but without the side effects of bisphosphonates.) But then the authors state that "recent studies" are now pointing to MK-7 "as an even more appropriate therapy for osteoporosis." Which recent studies would those be? There's no additional information.
The second thing that bothers me are the authors' credentials. The back cover says "Anthony G. Payne, Ph.D. is a staff biological theoretician and senior science writer at the Steenblock Research Institute." If you Google that institute (or Dr. Steenblock himself) you'll find it listed on Quackwatch, among others, but no url turns up for the institute. Then there's the university Dr. Payne graduated from: Aksem Oriental Medical School in Manila, Philippines.Read more ›
It's actually worse than this as it's peppered with errors: the book states in more than one place that we all get enough vitamin D, for instance.(Vitamin D works synergistically with K2.) That's just not true. There's been a huge amount of research over the last 20 years (and more) showing worsening levels of health the further north we live. It is also now well-known that very few people living north of parallel 40 get enough vitamin D (that's anywhere north of Kansas).
A far better book is "Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox" by Kate Rheaume-Bleue; better researched and well-written in a friendly, clear and organized way. It explains how taking calcium and/or vitamin D can kill you if you don't also supplement with K2 - and much more.