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21 Health

Understanding health is a major part of kabbalah. G-d invested the grasses and herbs with a power to heal. The birds have a secret knowledge of seeds[1838] and to toss away excess food. In the sea, plants do not have poison and are rich in chlorophyll, Omega-3, Vitamin C and most essential nutrients. Kabbalah’s wisdom of natural health involves meditation, diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Nutrition – תזונה is contained in the diversity of foods – מזון we consume. Partaking of natural health care is preferable to allopathic medicine, but requires education, fortitude, and some degree of guesswork to try alternatives when something is wrong.

Text 21-1: Pfeiffer’s Law
We have found that if a drug can be found to do the job of medical healing, a nutrient can be found to do the same job. When we understand how a drug works, we can imitate its action with one of the nutrients. For example, antidepressants usually enhance the effect of serotonin and epinephrines. We now know that if we give the amino acids tryptophan (increased with niacin supplementation) or tyrosine, the body can synthesize these neurotransmitters, thereby achieving the same effect and imitating or adding to the net effect of these drugs. Nutrients have fewer, milder side effects, and the challenge of the future is to replace or sometimes combine drugs with the natural healers called nutrients.[1839]

21.1 Supplements

In Table 21-1, we start with the universal source of health supplement that is water. Continuing with vitamins, antioxidants are shown in blue, minerals start in brown, protein amino acids start in red, and herbs start in green. Body cleansers and digestion aids are in sea green. Heart, arterial cleansers, and headache cures are in red. Bone, joint, vertebrae, and dental treatment is in dark yellow. Eye treatment is in light blue and is related to the skin treatment in blue-gray. Immune system boosters are in orange. Mental health boosters are in pink. Skin, ligament, muscle, nerve, and hair tonics are in blue-gray. Youth tonics are in violet particularly as they relate to the production of GSH. While antioxidants fight cancer, other cancer fighters are included in violet. Sedatives to help one sleep are also in brown. Adrenal or cortisol boosters are background indigo. Memory and thinking boosters are i[1840]llow.1840 Having sufficient dietary nutrition lowers the appetite, but additional fat fighters are in Teal. Other symbols include:

§ – Supplement real age optimal for full daily absorption after age 40 when absorption declines.
£ – Molecular distilled to prevent high occurrences of lead or pesticides.
♠ – Dangerous supplement, minimal dosage that is effective—above RDA and below RAO
♣ – Risky supplement, requires avoiding something else
♥ – Recommend supplement
♦ – Supplement if vegetarian, i.e. not eating red meat
¥ – Supplement to restore youthful levels
■ – Don’t supplement

Table 21-1: Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, hormones, herbs, seeds, foods, and medicines

Other functions including mental
Aging, dosages, side effects, sources
Water Leave water exposed to the air for a few hours or more before drinking to dechlorinate.
Drink plenty of settled (declorinated) water upon awakening to wash toxins out of the body and prevent colds. Combined with Ester C in the morning this cures sore throats and early cold symptoms. Reduces hemorrhoids.

Removes toxins from the body that cause arthritis if taken sufficiently. Drink half ones weight in ounces a day; where 8 ounces equals 1 glass. For a 200 lb person that amounts to 100/8 or 12.5 glasses.

Dizziness or vertigo can be caused by lack of water.[1841]
One should drink to replenish lost water due to sweat but not over drink during athletics to prevent sodium depletion.

Practice hydrotherapy: First thing in the morning, drink 32 ounces of very cold water on an empty stomach. Don't eat breakfast for at least 30 minutes. The cold water will force your body to raise its core temperature, thereby stimulating your metabolism and excreting any excess water. You may find that you lose two pounds the first month you try this. If you want to take it a step further, do the same thing at lunch.[1842]
Reduces aging. Those with urinary/kidney ailments, consuming above normal amounts of water should partly use distilled water to avoid excess toxins/minerals.

Use only aged tap water, that is water whose chlorine has boiled off to maintain intestinal bacteria for proper digestion. Chlorine kills friendly bacteria and can destroy some digestive enzymes. Tap water offers mineral and electrolyte benefits that will not be found in reverse osmosis water and is certified safe vs. bottled mineral water.
Duration as opposed to intensity increases HDL by 2.5 mg/dL that reduces risk of cardio-vascular disease by 7%. Reducing weight increases HDL.
Unsaturated vegetable oils from canola, peanuts, olive, flax, corn, safflower, sunflower, soluble fiber, cranberry juice and fish can increase HDL.
Eating an egg per day will increase HDL by the same amount of mg/dL as LDL, but the benefits outweigh the harm. Two eggs caused total cholesterol levels to increase by 4%, while HDL cholesterol levels increase by 10%. The dose-adjusted response to the change in dietary cholesterol was 2.4 mg/dl per 100 mg/day.[1843]

After the age of 40, one should avoid raw sugar, or sweetened cereals or fructose products.

Raw sugar worsens acid reflux, GERD, and esophagitis as the stomach content becomes more harmful to esophageal membranes.

In excess, causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin and the sugar cannot be absorbed. The sugar ends up combining with cellular membranes instead of being taken up which stops the cells from absorbing fat resulting in more insulin production.
Leads to fatigue due to insulin depletion and the aging of internal organs due to early diabetic symptoms and acid build-up.

Sugar levels of 4ml-6.1ml (72 mg/dl – 109 mg/dl) causes brain atrophy leading to aging and dementia effecting memory and cognitive skills.
Avoid sweetened cereal. Shredded wheat is ok.

Long-term exposure to sugary drinks and white flower should be avoided.

In general avoid the “whites”.

While normally produced in the body, its production decline with age is a major cause of aging.
After the age of 40 body enzymes decline reducing nutritional absorption. Supplementation can increase nutritional effectiveness of food by over 3x.

Prevents spinal deterioration, back and neck pain, lactose intolerance, insomnia, and GERD by increasing protein breakdown into amino acids for nutritional absorption.

Reduces leaky gut syndrome by fully digesting food reducing lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and some allergies.
Deficiency associated with allergies, stomach sensitivity, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), FM or FMS (fibromyalgia), etc.

This is an alternative to vitamin supplementation provided the rest of the diet has ample nutrition. Minerals must still be taken if the diet is deficient.

Living foods have more enzymes. Sprouting seeds (sprouts) have more enzymes.

Enzyme production capacity may re-ignite with supplements, so one can wean off them.
Pancreatin 5X – 200 mg
Bile extract – 150 mg
Malt Diastase – 60 mg
Bromelain – 10 mg
Papain – 30 mg
Cellulase – 20 mg
Amylase – 10 mg
Protease – 10 mg
(Betaine Hydrochloride – 5 mg: assists stomach acid)

Supplement if having a cooked meal and occasionally at night before going to sleep on an empty stomach.[1844]

Feta cheese and raw foods are rich in enzymes.
<4356 IU

Mixed carotenoids preferred

5000-50000 IU

10000 IU every 3 days - 15 mg / 3 days

  • Dangerous for smokers or areas with high air pollution
  • Formation of bones and teeth
  • Promoting the immune system
  • Treating exercise-induced asthma
  • Treating psoriasis and other skin problems
  • Minimizing the risks of cataracts
  • Treating arthritis
  • Combating depression
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Excess casues lung congestion
Benefits vision. Composes the pigment oil, ‘visual purple’, in the eye. Produces mucous linings and elastic tissues of the body, and the thymus that activates T-cells for fighting off infection.

Deficiency increases Psoriasis in those predisposed.[1845] Reduces dry skin.[1846]

Vitamin E increases potency of Vitamin A.

β-carotene by increasing membrane elasticity will delay the onset of presbyopia and cataracts.

Reduces metabolic syndrome, body fat, and triglycerides in middle-aged and elderly men.[1847]

Reduces fatigue by helping with production of RBC.[1849] Bleeding in elastic tissues of the body indicates deficiency.
Vitamin C (G. kolla – glue) plus A (G. gennan – produce) make collagen and thus, cartilage.[1850]

Supplement with natural source Beta-Carotene preventing the risk of Vitamin A overdose.

Absorbed in the small intestine and partially destroyed in the stomach so don’t break gel capsules when supplementing.

May also reverse eye damage in men with high cholesterol causal problems.

Fat-soluble alcohol, found mostly in fish and liver. The body can convert β-carotene in orange vegetables into Vitamin A. β-carotene is in chili peppers, carrots, dried apricots, orange sweet potatoes, and leafy vegetables, and tomato sauce.[1851] Stored in fats, extreme excess is toxic with symptoms of nausea, coarsening and loss of hair, drying and scaling of the skin, bone pain, fatigue, drowsiness, blurred vision and headache. I strongly recommend the two-inch light green hot peppers one can find at salad bars.

Probably better to supplement with mixed carotenoids.


(25 mg/day)[1852]

Food Serving (mg)
Brewers yeast
1 oz has 4.3
Sunflower seeds
1 cup[1853] has 3.3
Lentils (cooked)
1/2 cup 0.17
Peas (cooked)
1/2 cup 0.21
Long grain brown rice (cooked) 1 cup 0.19
Long grain white rice, enriched (cooked) 1 cup 0.26
Long grain white rice, non-enriched (cooked) 1 cup 0.04
Whole wheat bread 1 slice 0.10
White bread, enriched 1 slice 0.11
Fortified breakfast cereal 1 cup 0.5-2.0
Wheat germ breakfast cereal 1 cup 4.47
Pork, lean (cooked) 3 ounces* 0.72
Brazil nuts 1 ounce 0.18
Pecans 1 ounce 0.19
Spinach (cooked) 1/2 cup 0.09
Orange 1 fruit 0.10
Cantaloupe 1/2 fruit 0.11
Milk 1 cup 0.10
Egg (cooked) 1 large 0.03

Prevents beriberi, weakness in limbs, impairment of nerves and heart causing, digestive irregularities, and loss of appetite.

With magnesium thiamin can synthesize into Thiamin pyrophosphate (TPP), which supports mitochondria activity in heart muscle.

Reduces incidence of cataracts by 40% probably in a fashion similar to CoQ10.
Prevents numbness, tingling in arms and legs, mental loss, confusion, nervousness, headaches, and poor concentration.

Reduces agitation with calcium and magnesium.

Dry beriberi displays neuropathy such as weakness like rising from a squatting position.

Wet beriberi can cause congestive heart failure and shows up as heart muscle pain.

Cerebral beriberi causes forgetfulness and neurosis.

Treats depression and elevates mood.[1854]
Occurs in whole grains, meat, fish, and vegetables. Water soluble and lost in processed food like white rice. Nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds are a great source.

Pig, one of the best sources of Thiamin[1855] is non-kosher and non-halal. This leads to higher thiamin deficiencies amongst Jews and Moslems, resulting in higher rates of neurosis. Thiamin deficiency may have some relationship to conflict. Higher incidence of cataracts amongst those abstaining from pig would be likely too.


400 mg/day. Take with Vitamin C to produce glutathione (GSH).[1856] Also take with Vitamin B6, B9, and B12 to produce methionine and for synergy. Take with magnesium to reduce homocysteine levels.
Maintains mucous membranes, forms RBC, and metabolizes carbohydrates. Helps cells manufacture glutathione that protects the eyes from sun damage, specifically cataracts.

Produces energy from fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Changes B6 into a vitamin the body can use. Changes tryptophan into niacin as opposed to serotonin.[1857]
Reduces cracking lips. Reduces migraine headaches with 400 mg/day.[1858] Riboflavin moves electrons derived from food along the cells’ electron transport chain releasing energy by producing ATP.[1859]

Note: Riboflavin is destroyed by light so milk in cartons will have more than transparent bottles.

Better mood and clearer thinking, speeds up conversion of B6 to its active form.
Sources include ‘venison game animals, yogurt, soybeans, mushrooms, spinach, tempeh, goat milk, almonds, eggs, and cow’s milk.’[1860] Nutritional yeast, which is the same as brewer’s yeast.

Symptoms of deficiency include
Seborrheic dermatitis.

A lack of yellow-green pigmentation in the urine is precursor sign.

10 mg/day prevents headaches for those predisposed to this disorder in my experience.
30-100 mg at last snack of the day to sleep better.

+250mg/day is synnergistic with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for reduction of hypertension.

Take 500 mg for men 2-3x during day to cleanse arteries of triglycerides – large fat cells, and reduce cholesterol production at night. Avoid before going to sleep if there are side-effects.

500 mg after breakfast in the morning. 500-1000 mg of Inositol Niacin or Niacimide before going to sleep.

The flush indicates the cleansing of capillaries.[1861]

Relaxes stomach muscles enabling one to expand the abdomen further allowing a hiatal hernia to slide downward reducing GERD symptoms.

To reduce triglycerides by 20 to 50 percent one will need a dosage of 1.2 g/d (female) or 1.5 – 2.0 g /d (male) with the immediate form (nicotinic acid). In reference to liver enzymes, a fatty liver will cause higher liver enzyme levels then niacin toxicity.

Niacin increases HDL (high in protein) by telling the liver not to break down it so fast, reducing uptake by 35%.

Niacin reduces VLDL (triglycerides) by telling the liver not to synthesize as much.

Niacin reduces LDL by reducing the synthesis of VLDL.

Studies out of Germany suggest inositol hexanicotinate (IHN) is as effective as nicotinic acid and in some cases more effective overnight.[1862] Studies of Hexopal in Europe have shown safety up to 4000 mg/day without liver damage.[1863]

Nevertheless the concentration of Niacin in the blood with IHN is 300x lower then the same amount of nicotinic acid.

Hence, I recommend using IHN overnight as a liver cholesterol production inhibitor while nicotinic acid during the day for the concentrated effect on increasing LDL particle size as well as the vascular dilation cleansing benefit.[1864] See Inositol below for mental benefits. See the 4th column for benefits that parallel Niacinamide.

Niacin works by inhibiting triglyceride mobilization (blocking the release of triglycerides from body fat). Also it increases the size of LDL particles. Also it increases HDL production.

Prevents pellagra, skin lesions, gastrointestinal, and nervous disorders. Supports Eicosanoid[1865] synthesis. Tryptophan produces Niacin or serotonin. Serotonin enables sleep and less anxiety. Niacin supplementation leaves more tryptophan for conversion into serotonin, improving communication between brain and stomach, calming stress related acid production/GERD.

Niacin dilates capillaries, which causes a red flush near the skin surface. If toxins have built up in these capillaries there will be an itchy feeling because of the release of histamine to bring in white blood cells to remove the toxins.

When taken in quantities of 50 mg or more one will feel hot, and possible skin itching and the “red flush”. One can drink a lot of water to wash it out of the system, but this defeats the purpose. Nevertheless the full 100-mg. dosage is very effective.

Reduces arthritis and increases joint mobility.[1866]

The flush from Niacin is an indication of toxin presence caused by histamines released by afflicted cells. As one cleanses, the flush diminishes. Also, the flush is part of the curing process so Niacinamide and other deviant versions that reduce the flush, are less effective at reducing cholesterol.

Niacin inhibits the liver from producing triglycerides from blood sugar blocking hepatocyte diacylglcycerol acyltransferase. LDLs are produced from triglycerides (VLDL).

IHN has also been used to treat scleroderma, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and restless leg syndrome.

Take CoQ10 (100 mg 2x/day) with Niacin for muscle pain caused by cholesterol reduction similar to the statin effect.

Nicotinic acid, which lowers LDL and raises HDL is synergistic with fish oil, which lowers triglycerides.

Psoriasis is a symptom of insufficient anti-angiogenesis, which requires increasing teas, dark greens.[1867]

Niacin increases fasting glucose levels by 7.5% at a dosage of 1.5g/day. [1868] Hence Niacin taken should not be in proximity to sugar consumption and be limited in dosage to 1 – 1.5g/day.
Anti-depressant, stress, fatigue, apprehension, headache, hyperactivity, and prevents insomnia when taken before going to bed (25 mg.). Assists in memory retention.

The anti-depressive effect is due to the flushing which like a fever causes the body to produce prostaglandins. These provide lucidity for those with schizophrenia.[1869] There is an anti-inflammatory effect here that reduces depression as well as arthritis.[1870]

HCL precursor. Reduces systolic blood pressure (SBP) by making the arteries more flexible by dialation.

Reduces diastolic blood pressure (DBP) by cleansing arteries. 100 mg/day for fast reduction of LDLs i.e. increasing the HDL/LDL ratio. Take 50 mg. at a time after two meals in the day. 25-35 mg/day is a good level for maintenance.

Niacin will definitely lower LDL cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health, but one should start with a low dosage if using the preferred nicotinic acid.  Niacin is as powerful as prescription drugs given to heart patients. Take it at night to inhibit LDL cholesterol production, which is greatest then.

Niacin also improves memory and thinking ability.

Nicotinic acid reduces LDL-cholesterol levels by 10 to 20 percent, reduces triglycerides by 20 to 50 percent, and raises HDL-cholesterol production by the liver by 15 to 35 percent. Dosage 1.5 to 3 grams per day.[1871]

Its function is in the liver; nevertheless the histamine response increasing blood flow through capillaries reduces the chance for stroke and blocking related headaches.

Ability to cope with stress. Deficiency includes depression, irritability and nervousness.

The usage of niacinamide or IHN for osteoarthritis is more effective when taken frequently at lower dosages (250 mg) as opposed to less frequently at higher dosages (500 mg). Taken frequently at higher dosages up to 5 g/day is more effective.[1872] Inflammation is reduced as an adequate blood supply reaches the joint without it.

♠ Note, any problem with dry eyes or edema in the eyes (2000 mg dosage) indicates too much niacin and reduce dosage to avoid having a dislocated vitreous from rubbing. This will result in floaters. Frequent headaches are an early symptom of excess Niacin that could be due to increased blood sugar.
Lean meat, whole grains, rice. The intestinal tract can convert tryptophan from eggs and milk into niacin! Resistant to cooking. B1, B2 (riboflavin), and B3 are coenzymes in the metabolism of sugars. Brewer’s yeast. Marmite is a spread that contains yeast and is filled with B vitamins.[1873]

Niacin is dangerous in large doses above 3 gm/day where it can cause liver damage since the liver is unable to remove the excess toxins. Drink lots of water to flush the liver and kidneys if one suspects a Niacin overdose. Nevertheless having a fatty liver is even more dangerous for liver damage.

Time-release versions of Niacin should be avoided as they have been implicated in liver disease by plugging up liver ducts causing fluid backup and jaundice.

Works by increasing the electrical charge on RBCs so they repel each other and thus flow better through capillaries. Niacin also prevents their clumping and reduces the sludge effect.[1874]

Niacin also widens the capillaries permitting larger blood flow of nutrients to fat cells near the skin. This energy activates them to release histamine to get rid of toxins that may have accumulated.[1875]

“Niacin lowers total cholesterol by an inhibitory effect on triglyceride mobilization and synthesis, resulting in a reduction in blood levels of LDL and VLDL particles. Even more benefit is conferred due to niacin's ability to increase the particle size of LDL, rendering them less harmful to blood vessels.”[1876]

Side effects: rapid heart rate/pulse.

Niacinamide opens blood vessels deep in the body like those surrounding joints for a potential reduction of osteoarthritis.[1877] Taken overnight IHN has similar benefits; one should have less joint pain the next day. The anti-arthritic effect is probably due to the length of time these vessels widen as opposed to the skin flush effect of nicotinic acid.

The eye problem from Niacin seems to be from dry eyes perhaps related to the cholesterol reduction. Supplement with Vitamin A and Vitamin B2 to counter dry eyes.
200-500 mg/day

Brain vitamin, can also include adenine and carnitine.
Member of the phospholipids (fats) that support cell membrane structure and acetylcholine supports nerve function and treats manic depression, ataxia, chorea, tardive dyskinesia, and Alzheimer’s.
Deficiency effects learning and reduces memory. Supports nervous and glandular tissues. Deficiency causes cluster headaches. Choline in meal leads to elevated brain acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter.
B vitamin class since found in similar foods: wheat germ, soybean oil, egg yolk, and lecithin.
Pantothenic acid
200 mg/day

d-calcium pantothenate
600 mg for GERD as needed 2-3x/day

Take 500 mg each time one feels hungry. L-carnitine 250 mg assists.[1878] The key is to reduce calorie intake by suppressing hunger.[1879]

Need to supplement with magnesium to prevent calcium deposits in osteoarthritic joints!

Tender heals and feet are a symptom of deficiency.[1880]

Precursor to coenzyme-A (CoA). Promotes metabolic reactions for growth and improved digestion and weight loss.

Supports synthesis of hormones and the adrenal gland.

Counters whiplash and herniated disk/muscle related problems. Containing Calcium, B5 benefits bone development and restoration.

Enhances adrenal functions and inflammatory response modulation.

Early onset of gray hair, a stress response, can indicate a lack of pantothenic acid or its absorption.

Improves creatinine clearance.

Pantethine at 900 mg/day (t.i.d. – 3x/day) and 1/3 before going to sleep stops LDL cholesterol production. Pantothenic acid and Calcium Pantothenate do not have this effect.[1881]
Adrenal stabilizer: anti-stress-depression-tension-dizziness-quarreler,
calms down, and relaxes the jaw fighting TMJ[1882] with B6.

Reduces diastolic blood pressure.

Improves hair thickness and reduces hair loss along with zinc.

Pantothenic acid increases HDL, acetylcholine, fatty acids and synthesis of hormones

Anti-stress vitamin, deficiency shows as depression and anxiety.

Pantethine creates twice as much CoA as pantothenic acid.

Eliminates false back molar toothaches that are really due to a jaw muscle strain from TMJ.
Contained in nuts, whole wheat, eggs, liver, soybeans, and brewer’s yeast. Due to the calcium benefits as well, B5 is one vitamin supplement we can take every day. Recommend 50-100 mg before going to sleep. Some brands contain dicalcium phosphate and magnesium stearate to enhance the calcium uptake.

Pantethine 600 mg/day
LDL 15%, triglycerides 20%,
HDL 20%

Pantethine 900 mg/day[1883]
LDL 13.5%,
triglycerides 30%, HDL 10%

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
4 mg[1884]
10-50 mg divided doses[1885]

>50-100 mg over several months may cause sensory nerve damage.[1886] Overdose can cause neurological damage: ‘Headache, itching, sleepiness, and sensory neuropathy have been reported... Pyridoxine neuropathy is characterized by numbness and impairment of the sense of position and vibration of the distal[1887] limbs, and a gradual progressive sensory ataxia[1888]. Overdose syndrome is usually reversible with discontinuation of pyridoxine at the first appearance of neurological symptoms. Residual symptoms have been reported in patients taking more than 2 grams per day for extended periods. Daily doses of 100mg or less are unlikely to cause problems although problems with doses as low as 50 mg have been reported.’[1889]

Breaks down fats and forms amino acids into body tissues, hemoglobin, norepinephrine, neurotransmitters, and serotonin. Supports the immune system. Strengthens gums/teeth and reduces mouth pain. Deficiency signs are a sore mouth and tongue.[1890] Converts homocysteine to the harmless cystathionine preventing the oxidation of cholesterol with folic acid and B12.

Increases production of Betaine HCL for better digestion. Improves colon health and reduces flatulence due to better digestion.

Increases acid production and may increase chest pain from GERD, but CTS indicates deficiency.

Reduces homocysteine levels significantly with B9 and B12. Also B2 and magnesium help.

Headaches from overdose can be mitigated by magnesium that facilitates B6 uptake into cells.

Anti-anxiety, anti-nervousness, anti-depressive. Prevents nervous exhaustion. Prevents convulsions.
Stimulates eicosanoid[1891] synthesis. Also helps in fighting TMJ.

Deficiency aggravates or leads to mood disorders, irritability, depression and drowsiness. Now you may ask, “WHY is B6 linked to so much to our moods?” The reason is that Vitamin B6 aids the amino acid, L-tryptophan in its synthesis of serotonin.

Improves memory. Increases dream recall.

Prevents seborrheic dermatitis—a scaly inflammation of oily skin and dandruff.

Deficiency in Vitamin B6 explains dandruff, eczema and sleep problems.[1892]

Prevents skin rash and other food allergies by improving digestion of large molecules of fat and protein, preventing their entry into the blood stream as antigens. HCL precursor.

Master vitamin for processing amino acids. Low in depressed persons. Essential to the manufacture of serotonin for regulating mood. Low levels of serotonin linked to depression. Signs of deficiency include depression, moodiness and irritability.
Abundant in cereal grains. Also in chicken and red meat, nuts/sunflower seeds, bananas, tomato sauce, artichokes, sweet potatoes, and a small amount in fish. Works with coenzyme Q10 in mitochondria of cells to supercharge immune system. Brewer’s yeast. This is a MUST supplement for most to reduce heart disease, DEPRESSION and SLUGISHNESS.

Requires Magnesium to properly enter cells of the body.

Reduces Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Biotin 300 mcg
Riboflavin 25 mg
Vitamin B6 50 mg[1893]

Seems to alleviate back pain in women particularly after childbirth. Probably improving neurotransmitters to back muscles.
(B vitamin)

300 μg – 5 mg

Helps with food metabolism and release of energy, specifically the formation of fats and utilization of CO2. Also improves hair follicle health and hair growth when taken at 5 mg.[1894] Other sources recommend 2-3 mg.[1895]Enhances the performance of insulin, the hormone that plays a critical role in helping your body incorporate blood sugar.”[1896]
Deficiency produces fatigue, lack of appetite, depression, and muscle pains. Assists in the processing of amino acids with other B vitamins.

Stimulates production of HCL along with Niacin and Vitamin B6.

Promotes hair and scalp health and in some cases prevents hair loss and gray hair.

Chemically similar to Lipoic acid and may compete for transport across cell membranes.[1897]

Water-soluble nitrogen containing acid in cooked egg yolks,[1898] brewer’s yeast, liver and soybeans.

Supplement with 300 micrograms divided throughout the day to balance sugar cravings.

Produces keratin, a tough, fibrous, insoluble protein that makes up skin, hair, and nails.
Supports neurotransmitters such as serotonin and acetylcholine.
Prevents depression, panic disorders. Interesting by-product of inositol hexanicotinate (IHN) that improves blood circulation.
Water-soluble vitamin without side effects. Obtained from grains in the form of phytic acid. Lecithin, which is often obtained from soybean oil, is a good source.
Folic acid
400-mcg for men
Up to 2 mg/day for high homocysteine problems.[1899]

Dietary folate equivalent (1 DFE) = folate (1 μg) = folic acid (0.6 μg)

Folate content in fortified cereals can be extremely high, i.e. ¾ cup contains 807 mcg.[1900] A cereal binge of 5 cups provides 2370 mcg of folic acid, reducing memory, increasing anxiety and digestive disorders.

Supports formation of heme, the iron-carrying component of hemoglobin in red blood cells. Supports maturation of RBC and WBC, specifically in RNA/DNA synthesis. Particularly important for pregnant women.
Reduces risk of breast and colon cancer. Fights arterial aging with B6 and B12!
Reduces dark circles under the eyes. Coenzyme A with Vitamin C and B12.

Overdose at more than 1500 mcg/day may cause loss of appetite, nausea, flatulence, abdominal distension and folacin crystals in kidney. One of the symptoms of folacin crystals in the kidney is frequent urination.

Folate (B9) is found in lots of fortified foods, including cereals, breads, and pastas! Folic acid overdose >1000 mcg/day causes nerve damage and resembles the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency that is neural damage.[1901] Study tempered by high homocysteine levels and improved memory with such.[1902]
Deficiency causes agitation, moodiness, headaches, depression, fatigue, and lower libido.
Converts homocysteine that clogs the arteries into methionine, which builds proteins.[1903] Reduces restless leg syndrome, which is associated with anemia.

Produces brain communication medium PS (Phosphatidylserine) with Vitamin B12 and Omega-3. Reduced memory observed at 742 mcg.[1904] This result is questioned by later studies which contradict.[1905]

Overdose at more than 1000 mcg/day may mask nerve damage if deficient in B12.

Another symptom of excess folacin is uicosuria that is excessive amounts of uric acid in the urine, which can lead to gout (uric acid crystallization in joints) and kidney stones. Above 15,000 mcg causes anxiety, digestive problems, insomnia, skin reactions, and seizures.

Common nutrient, although deficiency is a worldwide problem resulting in depression.
Leafy green vegetables, i.e. foliage, Asparagus, artichokes, black-eyed peas, sunflower seeds, apple, lima beans, soybeans, avocado, spinach, broccoli and lesser amounts in banana and oranges. Brewer’s yeast. An egg has 25 mcg. Folic acid is a growth factor for bacteria, and is also produced by bacteria.[1906] Antibacterial sulfa drugs[1907] work by interfering with production of folic acid in the body, stopping bacteria growth, but also having the side effect of causing anemia.

Folic acid like Vitamin B6 has adverse effect in excessive dosages. Folic acid is simply harmful at levels exceeding 800 mcg per day for those without high homocysteine levels. Overdose can mask deficiency in Vitamin-B12 not preventing the damage the deficiency can cause to the nervous system.

10 mcg <40yr
25 mcg >40yr <50yr
50 mcg >50yr
800 mcg[1908] RAO
1000 mcg therapy >75yr
1500 mcg for ↑melatonin

Seniors should get tested for low levels < 250 pg/ml. Try this for seniors experiencing poor nerve control, loss of balance, memory loss, and fatigue.[1909]

Do not high dose this vitamin >1000 mcg/day as it can cause cancer.[1910] >1100 pg/ml is high.

"At least six neurological and psychiatric papers, in top medical journals, have shown that the normal range should be regarded as at least 500-1,300 pg/ml (rather than 200-1,100), since the cerebrospinal fluid level can be deficient when the serum level drops below 500, and neuropsychiatric symptoms often occur at serum levels between 200 and 500 pg/ml (VanTiggelen et al, Lindenbaum et al, Mitsuyama/Kogoh, Nijst et al, Ikeda et al, Regland)."
With folate (folic acid) supports DNA production and hence blood cell division. Deficiency causes anemia, heart palpitation, sore mouth and tongue, muscle weakness, fatigue, shakiness, unsteady gait, incontinence, low blood pressure, depression, mood disorders, and poor memory.[1911] Stored in the liver for five years preventing deprivation.[1912]

Reduces homocysteine levels significantly in combination:
B12 400 mcg 5000%
B9 1000 mcg 240%
B6 10 mg 500% DRA.[1913]

B12 and B9 Folate convert cholesterol into the useful methionine.

One out of three senior citizens has a B12 deficiency.
Helps concentration and memory. Prevents stupor, depression, insanity, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.

Reduces age related hair loss, which can be a sign of the former mental problems.

Produces fatty acids in the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells.

B12, Folic acid, and Omega-3 help the body produce Phosphatidylserine, a fat that facilitates communication amongst brain cells.[1914]

1.5 mg (1500 mcg)/day increases melatonin production in the evening before going to sleep. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant entering cells, preventing damage to mitochondria and DNA. The Pineal gland produces melatonin that increases the lifespan by 25%.[1915]

Deficiency linked to depression. Levels drop with age reducing various cognitive skills.
Found in salmon, tuna, red meat, eggs, enriched bran or wheat cereals, and dairy products. The body poorly absorbs B12 after age fifty, thus supplements help.
Often folks displaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s are suffering from B12 deficiency instead.[1916]

Poorly absorbed by the stomach so sublingual absorption under the tongue works well. Preference to enteric-coated or time-release forms for digestion in the small intestine. Combination with Calcium increases operation in the body.[1917]

Blood test to insure that one does not overdose:
Itchiness, numbness, heart functioning, giddiness, regular headaches.
Cancer – excess cell division, with high meat or cholesterol - esophagus/stomach
Ascorbic acid
Ester C

1000 mg dosage at once provides the necessary concentration for gum heeling and headache prevention.

(100-200 mg 4x/day[1918])

1000 mg/day 2x/day for gums, toothache, muscle, joint, and hemorrhoid healing.

Take in the morning (9 AM) to blunt the effect of Cortisol on causing metabolic disorder due to stress. Also reduces anger stress response.

Reduces weight by inhibiting cortisol that stores fat.

Reduces the benefit of exercise, which necessarily produces beneficial free radicals.[1919]
Prevents scurvy, i.e. prevents spongy gums and hemorrhages. Reduces spongy gums. Helps in synthesis of collagen[1920], which supports healthy skin and prevents arteriosclerosis. Increases WBC count,[1921] antiviral interferon, and NK cells.

Increases absorption of Calcium working as a natural sedative before going to sleep.

Does not suppress dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes hair loss so still need to supplement with saw palmetto.
Reduces fatigue by supporting adrenal glands. ACE, Vitamins A, C, and
E together, strengthens the immune system.[1922] Stabilizes the cartilage with Vitamin E.[1923] Reduces arthritis symptoms.

Prevents Headches

Large doses wash out B12 and Folic Acid so supplement the others or reduce Ester C accordingly.[1924] Doses of 1000-5000 mg might contribute to kidney stones and impaired immune system.[1925] I think this would only be the case with high amounts of calcium consumption and low magnesium.
≤ 2000 mg/day

Water-soluble vitamin C breaks down with oxygen at high temperatures or in alkaline solution. Breaks down in cooked foods. Ester C has better absorption in the body. Best sources include red chili peppers, kale and collard, broccoli and citrus fruit.

Vitamin C is stored in the adrenal glands, the same place where Cortisol is produced. If there is sufficient vitamin C stored, the cortisol steroid is not produced in excess.
2000 IU[1926] age >70
1000 IU[1927] age <70

D3 is a precursor.
2000-5000 IU/day is safe and effective.

>10000 IU is toxic[1928]

One should get tested for low Vitamin D levels, which is common cause of joint pain when one gets older.

Lower back pain is a symptom of deficiency

Prevents rickets, defective bone growth. Improves intestinal calcium absorption and reduces the urinary excretion of calcium by assisting the deposit of calcium on the bones.

Rickets contributes to skeletal or spinal deformity. Perhaps this is a precursor to GERD where vitamin D deficiency like Amino Acid deficiency contributes to intervertebral disk lesions. Disk lesions cause neuroendocrine excess HCL production.[1929]

Works with Lysine for Calcium absorption. Plays a role in hair growth.

With calcium, magnesium citrate prevents arteriosclerosis by better processing of the calcium.

Reduces gum disease. Reduces muscle and skeletal pain, i.e. when standing or lying down.

Prevents colon cancer at higher dosages.

Recent studies indicate D, Omega 3, and Glucosamine synergistic to treat osteoarthritis.

Fat-soluble alcohol.
Sunshine on the skin via the process of UV light falling upon
7-dehydrocholesterol produces Vitamin D. Also in milk and fish oils. Stored in fats.

Excess is toxic >10000 IU with symptoms of weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and yellow spots, calcification and damage to organs, particularly kidneys and blood vessels.
Over consumption of Vitamin D with calcium, i.e. milk will increase arteriosclerosis, since the body will over absorb the calcium into the arterial walls, unless one takes magnesium.

Mixed Tocopherols

200 IU[1930]
Or consume soy products.

Like vitamins A and D, stored in the liver, so excesses are eventually used.

Beware of rancid oil in expired vitamins, as this will cause headaches via oxidation. Check by smell for bacteria.[1931]
Protects unsaturated fats, tissue membranes in the body from oxidation by peroxides and free radicals. Deficiency results in muscular weakness and absorption of fertility tissue. Improves circulation, reducing muscle pain/weakness. Antihistamine effects.
Anti-inflammatory suppressing cartilage breakdown and stimulating cartilage growth.[1932]

Mixed Tocopherols especially containing the d-Gamma tocopherol were more effective at reducing platelet aggregation than d-Alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E).

200 IU/day to reduce hemorrhoids.
Reduces fatigue by improving blood circulation. Sluggish or thick blood often causes fatigue.

Prevents dry skin and akin to the benefits of fish oil. Moistures skin from underneath within the body.

Reduces gray hair. Strengthens the body’s immune system multiplicatively with Vitamin C. Reduces heart disease risk by 20-40%.[1933] Heals tendonitis, ligament injuries, and other muscle sprains.

High dosages above 400 IU were shown to increase death in people over 60. The likely cause is hemorrhage stroke.

Provides better natural protection from the sun than suntan lotion. Take one before going outside instead of putting toxins on the skin.
Fat-soluble compound in plant oils, or green leaves. Wheat germ oil, soybean oil, avocados, sunflower seeds, nuts, and whole grains are rich sources. (Soybean oil often contains pesticides. Molecular distilled vitamin E or organic soybean oil avoids this.) Selenium assists vitamin E in reducing inflammation.[1934]

Synergistic with vitamin C, which reduces an oxidative tocopherol radical back to vitamin E when vitamin E is consumed in excess.[1935]

Fish oil and lecithin increase vitamin E’s absorption. Vitamin E in turn increases the potency of vitamin A.

Use the natural D variety that has a complimentary variety of tocopherols and is more effective instead of the chemically synthesized singular DL-tocopherol variety.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids

Destroyed by cooking.

EFA- essential fatty acids

4 g / day
TRI 25 to 30%
LDL 5 to 10%
HDL 1 to 3%

A typical fish oil capsule has Vitamin F 300 mg, so ideally 13 capules/day. Three capsules at a time minimum.

Decreases joint stiffness, prevents breast cancer[1936], stabilizes the heartbeat. Makes platelets less sticky and less likely to clot reducing stroke and heart disease.
Helps keep skin young looking.
Helps with synthesis of good eicosanoids, that in turn help produce keratin for the hair and nails and elastin and collagen for the skin.[1937]
Reduces dry skin and flaking. Reducing wheat cereal consumption may also reduce joint pain.

“The greater the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, the greater the likelihood of overproducing “bad” eicosanoids”[1938] The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids should be no higher than 4:1.
Reduces depression significantly. Improves neuron electrolytic communication. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease as well as other brain degenerative disorders.
Maintains alertness and other mental functions. See Fish Oil below for other properties.

Excess Omega 6 is stored in cells leads to excess GLA that gets processed into AA – Arachidonic Acid and bad Eicosanoids when one is not taking EPAs from fish oil that inhibits the Delta 5 Desaturase conversion of GLAs into AAs.[1939]

Similarly, carbohydrate loading increases insulin, which activates the delta-5-desaturase enzyme, opening the pathway to bad AAs.[1940]

Avoid synthetic CLA because it increases insulin resistance, unlike its natural sources, which offer cancer protection.[1941]
Ground Flaxseed,[1942] trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring, fish oil[1943] (molecularly distilled to remove PCB), plankton (algae and protists), pumpkin seeds, helps produce good EPAs – eicosapentaenoic acid in the body that regulate hormones.
Lox and salmon with lower salt contents are high in Omega-3. Omega-6 must be in lower concentrations for Omega-3 to work well. Omega enriched eggs are also available. Protein-carbohydrate ratios of 0.6-1.0 to 1 support Omega-3.[1944]
Higher carbohydrate ratios reduce effects. More effective with vegetable/fruit carbohydrates.
Beware sugar reduces Omega-3 uptake at the same meal. Omega 3 in sea plants gives seals their flexible skin. Omega 6 is high in land plants.
Phylloquinone that is
Supports blood coagulation ability. Reduces blood-clotting time. Helps in building bone and bone density, reducing the chance of hip fracture in women.

“Vitamin K is needed to form the protein osteocalcin, a substance that attracts calcium into the bone matrix.”[1945]
Fat-soluble compound found in plant leaves in chlorophyll. Seaweed is a good source of vitamin K.

With magnesium, prevents hypertensive properties of calcium.
Nori Seaweed, laver,[1946] purple – 1385 µg/100g

Seaweed, laver, green – 4 µg/100g

Broccoli – 270 µg/100g
Deficiency associates with osteoporosis and coronary heart disease.
Natto – fermented soy beans with bacillus subtilis.[1947]
Found in hard cheese.

(L. flavus, yellow)
Antioxidants occurring with Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables. Helps prevent narrowing of blood vessels[1948] Helps the body fight off early cold symptoms. Also protects against X-rays and harmful radiation. Prevents Vitamin C from being oxidized, prevents bruising.[1949]
Vitamin P4 reduces varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Crossed legged positions can increase varicose veins. The P stands for permeability and they increase capillary strength and regulate absorption.
Green peppers, buckwheat, citrus fruits, grams, rose hips, orange rind, apricots, black currants, cherries, and lemon rind.[1950] Works by increasing capillary strength and permeability. Dried Orange or Lemon Rind is filled with Flavonoids.
Composed of citrin, rutin, and hesperidin and flavones and flavonols.
3 TBSP/day for 1350 mg Choline to stop balding and cluster headaches from fatty liver disease (FLD: ALT>50 and AST >40).

Helps with nutritional absorption since it enables fat solubility in water (emulsification). Lecithin helps the liver (the liver regulates the metabolism) produce better bile that can carry fatty substances to the small intestine for better digestion. Lecithin increases the nutritional absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Gallstones are an indication of inadequate lecithin in the diet. Reduces fatty liver so essential for men as they get older.

Lecithin is deficient in phosphatidylcholine for elevating brain choline levels. Nevertheless, Lecithin contains phosphatidylserine (PS) that conserves memory as we age and reduces depression![1951] Lecithin deficiency causes depression!

Helps with production of stomach acid (HCL). Lecithin contains choline.

Eliminates the cause of hemorrhoids by emulsifying fat in veins by drinking or topical.

Improves the effectiveness of glucosamine-chondroitin by lubricating the joints.
Recommend drinking soy lecithin each morning, about ¼ cup.[1952]

Dissolves cholesterol, triglycerides, and other lipids. Take with magnesium to increase the effective removal.

Fulfills daily requirements for Vitamin K, E, Omega 3, and Omega 6 oils.[1953]

Also Lecithin is a topical preferred penetrating agent able to enter hemorrhoids.
Facilitates communication between brain cells.
Improves memory.
Found in Lecithin, soy rice, egg yolks, and green leafy vegetables. Produced from B12, Folic acid, and Omega-3.
Coenzyme Q-10
CoQ10 ♥

Ubiquinol – activated reduced form of CoQ10 that doesn’t need Vitamin E to function.

50 mg/day starting at age 40-45 or 100 mg age 45-50.

200 mg/day age 50-60 is the scientifically shown effective dosage.

300 mg/day for strengthening heart in CHF and then 200 mg/day for maintenance.

1200 mg/day for Parkinson’s

CHF is when the heart’s pumping of blood does not have the force to reach all the capillaries in the body due clogging of the arteries, etc. CoQ10 is one of the few treatments for this condition.
Found in high concentration in the heart.

91% success rate in treating Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).[1954]

Reduces platelet stickiness and oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Provides heart cells with energy to pump better, permitting the heart to return (reduce) to its normal size.

Provides complete protection against non-traumatic stroke and assists in stroke recovery.[1955]

Prevents cataracts and macular degeneration. Similar to omega-3, take this fat soluble nutrient with a fatty meal for maximum absorption. The eyes and brain are composed of tissues rich in fats.

Orthopedic improvement: supports ligament and muscles reducing osteoarthritic symptoms by 75%, specifically reducing inflammation.[1956] Ironically inflammation is the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis.
Deficiency is indicated by chest pain (angina), irregular heartbeat, mitral valve prolapse, gum disease or fatigue.

Strengthens collagen tissues in the gum line as it does with heart muscle. Benefits muscle development in general.[1957]

Reduces blood pressure.

Increases kidney Creatinine (29%) and Urea (9%) clearance, reversing the need for dialysis in end-stage renal failure.[1958]

Protects against atherosclerosis, an arteriosclerosis (thickening of artery walls, accumulation of calcium, loss of elasticity, reduction of blood flow), characterized by the deposition of fatty substances in and fibrosis (excessive fibers of connective tissue) on the inner layer of the arteries.[1959]
Produced by the body from B Vitamins. Found in garlic, sardines, salmon, mackerel, rice, wheat bran, and beef heart.[1960]

Start supplementing after age 49 when the body is less able to produce CoQ10.

“‘Statin’ drugs work by inhibiting liver enzyme HMG CoA reductase, which acts to help the liver synthesize cholesterol. This same enzyme is also involved in the synthesis of CoQ10, a vital nutrient that’s required for proper heart function. A 1993 study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that the use of statin drugs reduced CoQ10 levels by an average of 40 percent after three months of use. Other studies have found CoQ10 depletion effects. In one study, 100 mg per day of supplemental CoQ10 reversed this effect, strengthened the heart and reduced stress. For maximum circulatory and heart benefits, a full-body massage is recommended.”[1961]
Prevents arthritis with other minerals. Enhances use of calcium magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin D in bone formation.
Stimulates production of estrogen, which protects against osteoporosis. Reduces bone loss in athletes.
Found in vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Monitor for blood prssure reduction vs hardening of the arteries.

500 mg with Vitamin D and Vitamin C.

Fluoridated water reduces amount of supplementation as it helps calcium adhere to bones.

RAO 1000-1200 mg. at 500 mg. max dosages.[1962]

Take before aerobic exercise to preempt joint damage with less risk of high blood pressure.

Avoid over supplementing if you have high blood pressure especially at night.
Rebuilds bones with adhesive vitamin D, reduces PMS, blood pressure reduction with magnesium and Vitamin D and increases muscle calmness. Deficiency results in joint clicks and pains, muscle cramps, spasms, periodontal disease, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.

The following nutrients increase the absorption of Calcium: Glucose by 20%, Lysine 250 mg, Magnesium, A, B6, D.[1963] Also Phosphorus, an acid environment in the stomach (Vitamin C), and lactose aid absorption.[1964]

Calcium is the hardening material in arteriosclerosis so one should avoid excess.[1965] Calcium reduces colon cancer by binding with fats, bile acids, and digestive fluids from the liver, so supplementation after consuming red meat is a safety net.[1966]

One should take ~500 mg Magnesium one hour after ~600 mg. calcium to get the ideal benefit of both in cleansing the body of colon toxins and arterial cholesterol buildup, as well as supporting cartilage and bone growth, as well as reducing blood pressure. Also Magnesium is a calcium channel blocker to calcium’s constricting effect on arterial walls.

Supplement for tooth problems due to calcium depletion.
Low levels result in chronic headaches, emotional irritability, anxiety, numbness, tenseness, insomnia, and nervousness. Low levels can also result in depression.

Calcium accumulates in the body so do not over supplement.
The body consumes the excess by stopping supplements over time.

Meat depletes Omega 3 and Calcium from the body, which may lead to depression. Taking Calcium and Omega 3/6 reduces these depressive effects. Calcium binds with saturated fats in the intestines for excretion, resulting in a 10% drop in harmful LDL cholesterol.[1967]

Requires an acidic medium for maximum absorption. This can be from a glass of fruit juice or Vitamin C supplement.

At 3000-8000 mg. Ca causes high blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea etc.[1968] and can also lead to kidney stones. Yet, with an increase in theCa:Na ratio hypertension risk declines.

Calcium can increase blood pressure so supplement only with greens at lunch or before exercise but not before going to sleep unless one is healing from a joint injury.

Magnesium during exercise will help its absorption and exercise accommodates the increase in blood pressure.

Can inhibit Zinc absorption so there is concern of excess in old age. Possible cause of dry mouth and low-grade fever in excess?

Best absorbed at bedtime with Vitamin C supplementation. Requires stomach acid to absorb so chewing before swallowing will increase absorption. Contained in dairy products, tofu, kelp, leafy green vegetables, soy milk, parsley, almonds, watercress, whole grains, salmon, sunflower seeds, and brewer’s yeast. Calcium constitutes 60% of bone mass. Citracal Plus with Magnesium® contains a potent form, though deficient in Phosphorus which is in high protein foods. Magnesium and Calcium are better consumed separate as they each block each other’s absorption to some degree. Ground flaxseed is also rich in Calcium and a helping spoon taken before going to sleep works well. Calcium phosphate forms work well.[1969] Magnesium citrate to Calcium in a 1:1 - 2.4:1 ratio should accompany any Calcium supplement. At 3:1 (Mg:Ca) Ca absorption.

Take it at night with Vitamin C for a better sleep and reducing depression. Also reduces cramps in women and improves skin tone. Reduces restless leg syndrome.[1970]

Fish, ice cream, lecithin, fish oil, vitamin E, selenium, vitamin C, St. Johns Wort is a remedy.

100-200 mcg before sleep reduces appetite the next day
Deficiency causes diabetes, hypoglycemia,[1971] and heart disease. Reduces body fat, increases lean muscle development. Burns off bad cholesterols in the arteries as well as other fats reducing hypertension.
Softens arteries fighting arteriosclerosis. Increases good HDL cholesterol levels.[1972] Picolinic acid, a derivative of the amino acid Tryptophan, produced by liver and kidneys is a mineral carrier that enables chromium, zinc, and magnesium to reach all of the critical organs in the body.
Chromium supports insulin uptake. Reducing insulin reduces sugar and fat absorption.

Stabilizes insulin production and the body’s energy level. Reduces sweet tooth/sugar cravings.[1973]

Chromium is also a sedative when taken before going to sleep.

Biotin has similar insulin enhancing properties for incorporating sugar in the body!

Chromium increases the effectiveness of nicotinic acid by 33% so take it in conjunction before going to sleep.
Whole grain, brewer’s yeast, meat, whole wheat, rye, butter, margarine, cornmeal.

Try to limit dosage from 200-400 μg/day. Being a heavy metal, excess buildup causes kidney damage with 1200 μg+/day.

Chromium Picolinate is the best combination in supplement (see column to the left). Supplements of 100-200 μg are available.

Take it at nighttime when the Tryptophan properties will help one sleep.

(2 mg)
Deficiency causes anemia, weakness, graying hair (tyrosinase enzyme inactive) and hypothyroidism. Maintains melanin pigment in the skin, enzyme systems, and body tissue. Prevents arthritis in folks taking a lot of Vitamin C, which inhibits copper absorption.
Excess causes paranoia, fears, hallucinations, aggressiveness, hyperactivity, stuttering, and premature aging. Zinc reduces Copper absorption. Copper is a component of superoxide dismutase, which roots out excess free oxygen.[1974]
May cause nausea in excess.
Nuts, soy lecithin, meat, rye, fish, butter, garlic.

Inhibits blood vessel ability to dilate and contract and thus can cause headaches.[1975]

Also found in chocolate and wheat germ.
Causes calcium to adhere or bond to bones or teeth. Hence reduces tooth decay and strengthens and increases bone density.

Fluorosis is the illness caused by excess fluoride accumulation in the body. In the brain over time excess fluoride reduces short-term memory and intelligence.
One consequence is that Fluoride reduces the body’s ability to draw calcium from the bones when the body is low and that will cause headaches.
Added to water supplies. A Deficiency of calcium lessens the ease and efficiency of muscle contraction. The heart is a muscle. Should be restricted to 0.6 ppm in water.

For those who drink a lot of tap water 1 ppm is excessive!
Green Formula
This is a good way to get the trace minerals since it will contain copper, phosphorus, and manganese.
See Vitamin K
“A greens formula that contains super green foods, such as chlorella, spirulina, and
others, has an alkalinizing effect and is rich in mineral.”[1976]
♠ men
♥ women

10 mg
20 mg (menstruating women)
Iron is an oxidant, thus excessive amounts increase aging. Sufficient amounts bind oxygen in red blood cells.

Iron stimulates hair growth. Vitamin C is necessary to absorb iron.
Deficiency causes anemia, dizziness, weakness, inability to concentrate, poor memory, and depression.

Iron deficiency can cause chronic fatigue and interfere with good night’s sleep.
Found in kelp, seaweed, brewer’s yeast, meats, eggs, and green vegetables.

A small box (½ cup) of raisins is a good source of iron (3 mg).

Destroys vitamin E.
Essential mineral for joints to prevent arthritis in combination with other trace minerals. Helps with bone calcification.

Required for enzyme arginase which takes arginine and water to produce ornithine and urea
Required for production of glutamine synthetase, an essential brain enzyme. Deficiency mimics senility or Alzheimer’s disease.
(5-30 mg/day) Good sources include spinach, whole grains, tea, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, ginger, rice, eggs, green vegetables, legumes, nuts, and bananas.
333 mg for men 400 mg for women.[1977] Up to 1000 mg/day (three 300 mg tablets) to reduce cholesterol and transport calcium.

50% of magnesium in the body is in the bones, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis by reducing calcium crystal size increasing its even distribution.

Kidneys can regulate up to 150 millimoles/day[1978] that is 3.6 grams or about 7–500mg capsules. Excessive supplementation can cause kidney failure as the kidneys overload with toxins or cardiac arrest.

Magnesium activates glutamine synthetase, a key enzyme that helps cells dispose of ammonia. Ammonia, an extremely toxic byproduct of normal protein metabolism, is always produced in our cells, thus requiring constant disposal. Even modest increases in brain ammonia may diminish the ability to focus attention, while extreme increases may result in unconsciousness.[1979]

Reduces stress similar to vitamin C.
Magnesium supports eicosanoid synthesis and hence cardiovascular health. Involved in energy metabolism and muscle contraction. Blends calcium into bones preventing osteoporosis from excessive calcium, which produces large crystal structures without magnesium. Helps tooth enamel, heart and kidney health, and sleeping. Helps for flexible bones and arteries. For women magnesium consumption should be 2:1 with calcium during periods.[1980]

Helps dilate arteries easing the hearts pumping of blood, hence arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).[1981] Reduces arterial aging. Dissolves calcium deposits preventing kidney stones. Prevents migraines in folks with low magnesium levels in their brains. I recommend supplementation during muscle spasms or restless legs and to prevent or stop cluster headaches.[1982]

Mg is necessary for the activity of lecithin cholesterol acyl-transferase (LCAT), which lowers LDL-C and triglyceride levels and raises HDL-C levels.[1983] Mg at optimal cellular concentration is a natural calcium channel blocker.[1984] Mg also acts as a statin.[1985]
Reduces tremor. Chocolate cravings are the result of magnesium deficiency.[1986]
Magnesium supplementation in small quantities retards bone loss.[1987]
Phosphates from soft drinks, stress, sugar, alcohol and perspiration deplete magnesium. Some people have susceptibility to stroke due to low magnesium retention in their brain tissue. Deficiency in Magnesium results in muscle spasms and restless leg, and depression.

Magnesium accumulates in the body so one may increase supplementation early on to return the body to a normal state before cluster headaches begin. Consumption of meat releases organic acids that may attack bones, which calcium and magnesium prevent. Magnesium converts fats and sugars into ATP.

Magnesium reduces muscular soreness and joint injury particularly as a chaser, taken after calcium.[1988]

While supplementing magnesium after calcium insures better absorption, supplements that contain both are better than forgetting one or the other.

Found in brewers yeast, dark green vegetables, oatmeal, seafood, tofu, soybeans, grains-brown rice, dairy, nuts. legumes, poultry, tangy spices, and cocoa. Since 400 mg. is the daily requirement only use tablet supplements that can be chipped into smaller pieces. Best form is Magnesium Chelate that is also a sedative. Alternative sources providing energy include glycinate, taurate, aspartate, or red raspberry. Recommend distributed consumption.

Magnesium has an inverse relationship with calcium. Thus, if food is deficient in magnesium, more of the calcium in the food is absorbed. If the blood level of magnesium is low, calcium is mobilized (pulled) from the bone.[1989]

If one is deficient in magnesium one should reduce calcium supplementation (see Text 21-9 on p.908). Overall, one should supplement magnesium until diarrhea begins and then reduce in relation to calcium to find the ideal quantity.
(75 mcg – 500 mcg)
Produces enzymes for liver function.
Removes alcohol. Reduces incidence of esophageal cancer. Also protects the stomach.
Sources include meat, grains, beans, and seeds
Constitutes Calcium Phosphate in the bones, as well as DNA and RNA. Activates B vitamins and enzymes. RDA is 800 mg. The same as Calcium.
Increases absorption of calcium at a 1-1 ratio. Contained in the useful Calcium Phosphate form in bone meal derived supplements.[1990]
Found in large amounts in milk, cheese, nuts and high protein foods in general.[1991] Found in animal proteins—red meat, fish, wheat germ, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.[1992] Found in Flax Seed Oil, peas, beans, and cocoa.

RAO 3000 mg from food.[1993]

Headache cure in 100 mg. dose
Potassium is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses and normal heart function and the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins. Having mashed potatoes will reduce muscle pain quickly after exercise. Soothes nerves.[1994]

Potassium reduces sensitivity to salt’s blood pressure increasing qualities.[1995]
Reduces stroke risk by reducing blood pressure, stabilizes arterial plaques and decreases oxidation of lipids (fats). Fatigue in muscles and joint pain after vigorous exercise indicates deficiency.

Sucking on potassium tablets will eliminate headaches due to tiredness, particularly behind the eyes. This is because potassium reduces blood pressure, which increases during tiredness.

K:Na (Potassium to Sodium) hypertension risk.

K:Na at 1:1-1:5.5 causes hypertension and kidney damage.
Dosages larger than 250 mg are dangerous in pill supplement, because a sudden large intake can accumulate causing irregular heart rhythms. Taking while exercising is safe at 100 mg. Tomato paste and sauce,[1996] peaches, baked potato, fish, bananas, fruit juice, dairy products, and artichokes. Increasing perspiration and urination removes Potassium from the body that one should replace.
Reduce Salt intake to reduce blood pressure. With reduction of calcium and cereals – triglycerides, diastolic and systolic blood pressure can drop by 7 mm. HG.
Diastolic blood pressure can be reduced by 3.5 mm. HG and systolic by 7.5 mm. HG.[1997]
Avoid salted crackers and other products with visible granules of salt, especially in the evening. While salt is useful before a physical workout, it is anathema before going to sleep.
200 mcg[1998]

Recommend full dosage to eliminate bacteria in hair roots and arthritis in joints.

Tolerable upper intake limit is 400 mcg.[1999]
Reduces inflammation. Works with Vitamin E. With manganese supports enzymes that destroy free radicals.
Selenium prevents arteriosclerosis by increasing production of glutathione peroxidase cutting LDL cholesterol oxidation in half.[2000],[2001] Prevents heart enlargement and failure. ‘Aids in keeping youthful elasticity in tissues. Alleviate hot flashes and menopausal distress. Help in treatment and prevention of dandruff. Protection from cancer.’[2002]
Selenium is required and is component of glutathione (GSH), which strengthens the immune system to fight cancer.
Prevents scalp itching and dandruff. Selenium keeps hair shiny and healthy looking, preventing the dry hair problem.

If experiencing depression try alternate days of usage, since buildup can cause depression.[2003]

The RealAge Diet:[2004]
TortillaChips1oz-284mcg; Two Brazil Nuts-200mcg; Three Pistachios-200mcg

Reduces systolic blood pressure.

Zn/Se then Se absorption.

Cu/Se then Se absorption.[2005]
Garlic contains selenium, as do whole grains, tuna fish, onions, tomatoes, and broccoli. 100 μg/day. Neutralizes ‘free radicals’. Works with glucosamine by killing harmful bacteria in joints. Take 50 μg/day[2006] after eating tuna fish (separated by 2 hours from Vitamin C) to bind Mercury in the body.[2007] Low Mercury fish include sardines, herring, pollack, mackerel, cod, and Greenland halibut. Taking 4 garlic pills (each a clove) is about 45 mcg.

Overdose causes headaches that can be eliminated with semen.
Helps calcium absorb and reduces osteoporosis (horsetail) related arthritis by increasing bone density.[2008] Reduces osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (horse chestnut extract).
Silica is an element required for the proper functioning of the enzyme prolyhydroxylase. This enzyme functions in the formation of collagen in bone, cartilage, and connective tissue. Silica is also a natural diuretic.[2009]
Horsetail (10% silicon, also good for urinary tract infections), horse chestnut extract, (improves circulation, reduces swelling). Oatmeal. Whole grains with their husks are the best source of silicon.
Sulfur (MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane)

2 grams daily
Eliminates skin free radicals preventing brown spots.
Helps with collagen production, supporting hair, nails, and skin. Treats osteoarthritis.
Also reduces dry skin and psoriasis. Also see glucosamine. Anti-inflammatory reduces irritable bowl syndrome. Reduces homocysteine levels by 10% due to a methyl donor.
MSM supplements and eggs and garlic. 2-6 grams daily for treatment of osteoarthritis.
Fountain of Youth Mineral

12-25 mg/day

Zinc helps synthesize DNA and RNA helping in cell growth after wounds. Prevents hair loss, skin stretch marks, period problems, arthritis, and cold extremities. Zinc boosts the immune system in fighting colds and assists the potency of Ester C in this regard.

Assists in digestion as a HCL precursor, reducing food based allergies.

30 mg/day for skin healing (2 mg Copper)

Scalp itching or sores that don’t heal, dry hair are signs of deficiency.

Supplement for esophagitis healing. Antacids reduce Zinc absorption so supplementation is essential while taking them.
Eicosanoid (hormones preventing aging) synthesis. Zinc produces reproductive cells and thus is a natural sexual stimulant. Zinc is required for the body to produce over 200 enzymes. Zinc supports the function the thymus[2010], lymphatic gland, in producing leucocytes for immunity. The thymus, a collection of lymph nodes and shrinks with age though Zinc supports its functionality.

Prevents macular degeneration and improves vision, taste, and smell.[2011] Enables the absorption of linoleic acid preventing psoriasis. Zinc inhibits copper absorption so one may need to supplement copper. Excess zinc also reduces selenium absorption.

Zinc is good to take outside of meals especially without calcium that inhibits its absorption. Zinc benefits when taken with vitamin A[2012] and detriments selenium’s anti-carcinogenic properties.[2013]

Contained in red meat, whole grains, and brewers yeast. Supplement 15 mg/day. Also, found in eggs, pumpkin seeds, fish, grains, chicken, spirulina, sage, wild yam nettles, and milk thistle.[2014]

Toxic at 50+ mg.

Most effective on an empty stomach.
Beta carotene
Benefits to skin and vision the same as vitamin A.

Substitute for the more dangerous vitamin A. An antioxidant that works well if one has sufficient vitamin C and E in ones system.
Betaine Hydrochloride
1-5 mg/day before or during meal, but not after.

Prevents allergies due to leaky gut syndrome. After the age of 40, insufficiencies in HCL contribute to numerous autoimmune illnesses.[2015] Folks with acid reflux do not take.
Helps jumpstart the stomach acid system if taken for short periods 1-2 times per year. Be careful of this supplement as it can cause ulcers and damage the esophagus.
From beets. Bitter herbs also stimulate production: wormwood, turmeric, gentian, and ginger.[2016] High potency Vitamin B and fruit juices are precursors for HCL.
Essential Amino Acids (not generated by the body)[2017]
Proteins constitute the tissues of the human body. They are broken down and replaced all the time, hence the requirement for amino acids. Dual structure containing an acid factor, carboxyl group (COOH); and a base factor, amino group (NH2).
Tryptophan processes into Niacin. Vitamin B6 is a cofactor for active transport of amino acids.

Amino acid deficiency is often a cause of GERD and enzyme or diet deficiency prevents the digestion or lack thereof of proteins.

Take Amino Acids on an empty stomach as they go right into the bloodstream.
Milk, soybeans, eggs, and meats have sufficiency in these amino acids.[2019]

They buffer the body’s pH by ionizing, disassociating, or separating when necessary.

Complementary with B6, Riboflavin, B2 and niacin, B3.
Liver produced amino acids:
Raise growth hormones
(Somatomedins) in the body. These support muscle repair and the release of insulin and endorphins.

Lysine is a limiting amino acid with methionine for L-carnitine production.
Helps reduce depression.

Lysine is not synthesized sufficiently in animals and is a limiting amino acid of Carnitine. Lysine builds collagen, muscle, bone, and cartilage. Osteoarthritis can be a symptom of lysine deficiency.
The pancreas produces insulin, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. This supplies glucose to the synovia fluid for the manufacture of glucosamine for cartilage repair.
Produces Nitric Oxide, a messenger gas that stimulates HGH and muscle growth. Increases muscle protein synthesis, i.e. muscle mass. Increases diameter of blood vessels. Nitric oxide reverses arterial plaque and improving blood circulation. Nitric Oxide stimulates hair growth. Minoxidil, a Nitric Oxide agonist binds to those cells, which stimulate NO production.

The blood gas Nitric Oxide facilitates vascular dilation, actual increased diameter of the blood vessels.

Lowers LDL and triglycerides significantly and curbs appetite.

With citrulline, another non-EAA, involved in the synthesis of urea in the liver.

L-arginine dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow. Also L-arginine helps with Angina, Congestive heart failure, Fatigue, High blood pressure, HIV, Impotence, Infertility, Interstitial cystitis, Surgical recovery, and Wound healing.

Aids in the production and release of Human Growth Hormone. Improves hair follicle health by relaxing the follicle. 9 g of L-Arginine increases HGH 60%.

L-Arginine is a catalyst for the body’s production of the blood gas Nitric Oxide.

Starts urea production for reducing ammonia, thus reducing fatty livers.

Arginine is found in chocolate, flour, buckwheat, granola, oatmeal, dairy, beef, nuts, seeds, poultry, seafood, chickpeas, and soybeans.

L-ornithine and L-citrulline are precursors, but arginine also produces L-ornithine.

Arginine, aspartic acid, and glutamine work together (ornithine and citrulline too). Arginine and Lysine are antagonists so should not be taken at the same time.

Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate, AAKG, is the best catalyst for Nitric Oxide synthesis.

Take on an empty stomach in the morning.

Aspartate: Potassium-Magnesium

Helps lose wait and the metabolism function better.
Reduces fatigue and is an excellent source of potassium/magnesium for calcium citrate joint food.[2020] Take while aerobically exercising in full doses until conditioned for the supplement, see potassium warning above.
Elevates energy for exercise. Exercise is a necessary outlet for elevating the mood. Good for stroke prevention—see magnesium and potassium.

Increases mental acuity significantly! Excellent to take before exams for improved concentration and stress support.
Contained in young greens. A sweet flavor, also found as a supplement. Recommend one per exercise workout followed by a calcium citrate supplement with Vitamin D.

Complementary with Arginine.

500 mg/day

(With Alpha Lipoic Acid 100 mg)
Repairs heart damage after a heart attack. Offers general heart strengthening.

Lowers LDL and triglycerides and raises HDL. Transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria (the energy factories in cells).[2021]

Promotes stamina, builds muscle, curbs appetite.

Carnitine feeds bad bacteria in the intestine to produce TMAO that enters the blood stream causing cholesterol to be absorbed into the arterial walls causing heart disease. So take with acidophilus.

Releases energy from fat transporting it into the mitochondria of cells. A high triglyceride level is a sign of deficiency.

Acytl-carnitine also benefits mental clarity.

Carnitine also transports waste materials left over from the metabolism out of cells and into the urine.

Complementary with Lysine, Niacin, and Taurine.
Therapy for 28 days at 2 g. daily. Lower dosage for prevention. Contained in meat, dairy products, tempeh (fermented soybeans), wheat, asparagus, avocados, and peanut butter. Lysine and methionine are necessary to produce carnitine.

Effective after a heavy meal. “Interestingly, supplementation with the combination of ALCAR and alpha-lipoic acid resulted in significantly greater improvement than either compound alone.”[2022]

Creatine Monohydrate
(Made up of arginine, glycine, and methionine)

Treats osteoarthritis with exercise.
Amino acid that increases the rate of muscle mass gain with exercise. Improves ATP-CP system that enables quick, powerful sports movements. Accelerates ADP conversion back to ATP for additional energy.

Works whenever one feels muscle soreness, at levels of 200 mg. for each instance.

Creatine pulls a lot of water from the body so one must drink a lot.

Reduces cholesterol by 15%. Reduces homocysteine, a risk factor to heart disease. Some success in reducing congestive heart failure.

Supplement during a vegetarian diet. Combines with phosphate to form creatine phosphate an important reservoir of high-energy phosphate in the cell.
Boosts strength and protein synthesis in elderly folks too.
Fruit juice should not be drunk with red meat or taken with creatine to avoid production of creatinine that is a toxin, difficult for the kidneys to remove.[2023]

Raises level of human growth hormone. See DHEA below. Reduces fatigue/fibromyalgia.[2024]

Reduces brain cell loss in genetic diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). There is some indication that creatine reduces DNA damage.[2025]

Rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic circulatory and respiratory diseases are associated with lowered creatine levels.

Overdose causes headaches. Back off dosage until headaches stop.
Natural source unknown. Produced in the body from red meat; creatine is a bodily produced protein. Recommend in moderate quantities (1 gram) within an exercise regiment. Take immediately after exercise to reduce muscle pains by fast healing. Side effects include increased production of gas, thirst, water retention, and then periodic release throughout the night.

Taking creatine with sugar maximizes muscle uptake.

There may be some homeopathic benefit for kidney disease in dosages less than one g/day especially for those limiting their diet of red meat. Nevertheless, larger dosages compound the kidney creatinine clearance problem.
N-Acetyl Cysteine
250 – 1200 mg/day
Essential to producing the anti-oxidant glutathione.

Powered by the thiol – sulfhydryl, cysteine is a reducer that is it reduces free radicals with the byproduct of Cystine. GSH is named after its thiol component.

Cystine consists of two cysteine molecules held together by a disulfide bond. It is found in whey. When cystine passes into a cell the disulfide bond breaks leaving the cysteine molecules available for production of glutathione.
Junk food, homocysteine, stimulates the body’s natural anti-oxidant, self-defense mechanism by producing glutathione from cysteine from methionine.

Immunocal is a whey protein compound modified to simulate human milk, which delivers cysteine.[2026] It also provides IgG anti-bodies, which defend joints against arthritis.

Cravings for pastries and other high cholesterol-homocysteine products could be related to a thiol or sulfur deficiency that might be deprecated by taking supplemental N-Acytl Cysteine.

Antagonists include lysine, copper and zinc.
Homocysteine with Vitamin B6, B9, and B12 will convert to methionine. The body can produce cysteine from methionine. Beans are a great source of methione.

Cysteine is in red peppers, garlic, mustard, onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts, oats, milk, whey protein, and wheat germ. However, it is not classified as an essential amino acid, and can usually be synthesized by the human body under normal physiologic conditions if a sufficient quantity of methionine is available.[2027]

Simplest and most ubiquitous non-EAA, combines with toxic substances and converts them to harmless forms, which are then excreted.
Used in the synthesis of porphyrin nucleus of hemoglobin and is a constituent of one of the bile acids (glycocholic acid).

Histidine (EAA)
Essential for the synthesis of histamine, which causes vasodilatation in the circulatory system.

Isoleucine (EAA)
Repairs muscle tissue and clotting at injury areas.
Don’t need to supplement.
Sources include all high protein foods.

Effective with leucine and valine. The ideal balance is 2 milligrams of leucine and valine for each 1 milligram of isoleucine.
Lysine (EAA)
0.5 – 1 g/day
Supports Calcium uptake for bone development and dental healing and tooth growth.

Helps body produce antibodies, hormones, enzymes, collagen formation as well as repair of tissue. With calcium fights osteoporosis.[2028]

Prevents and cures shingles (viral chicken pox) and herpes. Very important to recognize roving clusters of small pus pimples early on and take lysine. Often they appear on the feet or stomach after age 60.

Necessary for albumin production in the liver, which is a tryptophan transporter supporting serotonin and reducing stress improving brain communication to the stomach.

Vitamin C protects lysine in the body. Lysine builds collagen, muscle, bone, and cartilage. Osteoarthritis can be a symptom of lysine deficiency.
Helps energy levels and muscle repair.[2029] Like most amino acids children require 4x the quantity of adults, while they are growing.

Necessary to produce Carnitine. A building block of proteins for recovering from surgery or sports injuries with glutamine. Metabolized to give acetyl-CoA.

Reduces stress-induced anxiety, since it is a serotonin receptor antagonist inhibiting reuptake in the synapse.[2030]

Signs of deficiency include pneumonia, nephrosis, and acidosis.
Supplement up to 5 mg/lb daily if diet is insufficient. Requirement is 1 – 1.5 g/day. Recommend 250 mg dosage. 800 mg is sufficient.[2031] Particularly effective when taken with Vitamin C. Gallstones and high cholesterol are a risk in excessive dosage, but folks under a lot of stress may need to supplement with lysine as stress reduces lysine absorption.

Good sources are cottage or ricotta cheese, milk, and turkey. Corn and amaranth aren’t bad for grains. Sources with higher amounts of conflicting arginine include eggs, fish, soybean, beans, asparagus, lentils, and spinach. Not found in oat or wheat cereals, interestingly. Also found in beef, chicken, and lamb. Lysine is a limiting amino acid.[2032]

Sunflower seeds and nuts are high in arginine and antagonize lysine usage.

Methionine (EAA)
A great source of sulfur for thiol and cystine production.

Principle donor of methyl groups for the synthesis of various compounds such as choline and creatine.

Foods containing methionine include fruits, meat, vegetables, nuts and legumes. High levels of methionine can be found in spinach, green peas, garlic, some cheeses, corn, brazil nuts, pistachios, cashew nuts, kidney beans, black turtle beans, tofu, and tempeh. Most meat is also a rich source of Methionine including chicken, beef and fish[2033]
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Omega 6
A small amount 1-2 mg with Fish Oil 1000 mg produces the good eicosanoids that are anti-aging.
Oatmeal two times a week.

Ulcer: 1.6 g/day
Esophagitis: 2 g/day
Anti-inflammatory effects. Reduces sweet cravings by raising sugar level. Converted to glucose as an energy source. Increases production of HGH. Helps the body heal ulcers replacing dead cells with new cells.[2034] Treats esophagitis at 2 g/day. A teaspoon scoop is 4.5 g.

Helps with detoxification. Glutamine is formed from glutamic acid via the enzyme glutamine synthetase, and asparagines are formed from aspartic acid. They have important roles as reservoirs of amino groups throughout the body.
Brain fuel for glutamic acid production for neurotransmitters.

Product of L-Glutamic acid and nitrogen in the brain.

Found in a lot of food sources so supplementation is usually not needed.

Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) with Arginine, produced from Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.

Glutamic acid is a precursor of the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA).
Heat destroys this amino acid.

B3 and B6 support glutamine synthesis in the body.

Works with aspartate on DNA synthesis.

Manganese is a precursor.

Neutral relation with most amino acids.

“It is thought by some that glutamine for heartburn might strengthen the LES, improving its ability to tighten properly. This might completely prevent heartburn, acid reflux, and even GERD.”[2035]
Mostly synthesized in the body.

Reduces cataracts and heart disease.

Phenylalanine (EAA)
Precursor of tyrosine and together they lead to the formation of thyroxine and epinephrine.
Tyrosine is the precursor from which the pigment of skin and hair is made, melanin.

Used for depression, agitation, and sleep disturbances.
Ironically this is included in Metamucil Orange Psyllium Seed at 19 mg/teaspoon.
Tryptophan (EAA)
Precursor to serotonin.
Improves sleep and depressed mood. Promotes sleep with carbohydrates.
High-carbohydrate meal leads to elevated brain tryptophan and brain serotonin.
Glutathione (GSH)

Homocysteine + B3, B6, and B12 à Methionine à Cysteine à Glutathione

Producing GSH is the goal of the diet.
Produced in the body from glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid or glutamine. Cysteine is a type of sulfur. GSH is an anti-oxidant.

Vitamin C, methionine, and B2 (riboflavin) are cofactors supporting glutathione synthesis.[2036]

Selenium is a component of one form of an important enzyme called glutathione peroxidase. The enzyme sits in the fluid in and around body cells and inactivates substances called peroxides, which contain a high level of oxygen[2037]

GSH is a tripeptide (i.e., compound composed of three amino acids), the chemical name of which is γ-L-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine. Widely distributed in nature, it has been isolated from yeast, muscle, and liver.

Glutathione has a role in the respiration of both mammalian and plant tissues and protects red blood cells against hydrogen peroxide, which is a toxic by-product of many metabolic reactions, by reducing the peroxide to water. It serves as a cofactor for various enzymes.[2038]

Riboflavin helps our bodies make glutathione, a free radical scavenger that prevents cataracts. Migraine headaches could indicate a deficiency in riboflavin, which could be masking a glutathione deficiency as well.[2039]

Similarly selenium helps prevent cataracts by increasing the production of glutathione.[2040]
Homocysteine with Vitamin B6, B9, and B12 will convert to methionine. The body can produce cysteine from methionine, but it is also found in high protein foods such as poultry, wheat, broccoli, eggs as well as garlic, onions and red peppers.

High protein food has good amounts of glycine, like fish, meat, beans, and dairy products.

Avocados, asparagus, grapefruit, potatoes, strawberries, and watermelon are high in glutathione. Glutathione stimulants for production include parsley, spinach, and broccoli.[2041]

Lipoic Acid
R-form: 200-400 mg/day
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Thioctic acid

400-600 mg/day
on empty stomach or with a heavy meal (chromium) with Acytl-L-Carnitine
Has two roles: 1) internally produced coenzyme that aids in energy production in the mitochondria, 2) in excess known for its antioxidant properties in combating oxidative stress.

Increases production of glutathione, which dissolves toxic substances in the liver.

When an antioxidant oxidizes LA, it becomes a minor free radical. LA will reduce oxidized glutathione, recycling its value. LA similarly reduces vitamins C and E.[2042]

Increases energy production in muscle cells. Makes the enzymes that convert glucose and fatty acids into energy.[2043]

Anti-oxidant par excellence. Reduces inflammation. Protects the eyes.
Liver tonic. Also protects kidneys.[2044]

Normalizes blood sugar levels by reducing insulin resistance. High blood sugar becomes a magnet for free radicals, blocks nutrient absorption into cells, results in hardening of the arteries, nerve damage and blindness.[2045]

Improves memory.

“Recent research suggests that LA may increase glutathione synthesis in aged animals by increasing the expression of gamma-glutamylcysteine ligase (GCL), the rate-limiting enzyme in glutathione synthesis and by increasing cellular uptake of cysteine, an amino acid required for glutathione synthesis.”[2046]
Sources include broccoli, carrots, liver, yeast, potatoes, spinach, yams, and red meat (kidney and heart ~1-3 mcg/g dry weight).

Hence one may need to supplement with 50-100 mg. The average diet may only contribute 0.5 mg/day.

Synergistic with Vitamin C and E. Antioxidant, energy production, increases effects of vitamins C and E.

Water and fat-soluble so it can enter and protect cells and the brain. Prevents tissue damage after strokes and heart attacks.
(sleep time)

At age 20:
Males makes 10 mg/day.
Females make 8 mg/day.

@40 max 5 mg/day.[2047]
@50 max 6 mg/day.
@60 max 7 mg/day.
@70 max 8 mg/day.
@80 max 9. mg/day.

@40 max 4 mg/day.[2048]
@50 max 5 mg/day.
@60 max 6 mg/day.
@70 max 7 mg/day.
@80 max 8 mg/day.
DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands and supports other hormones in the body.

Reduces cholesterol because it increases production of estrogen and testosterone, which is one of the livers’ reasons for increasing cholesterol production as we age:[2049]

Liver à cholesterol à DHEA + enzymes à Testosterone || Estrogen

DHEA increases lean muscle mass and reduces fat after the age of 40.

Increase in testosterone can cause cysts and other fatty growths on the body.

Strengthens bones. Shortens healing time of joints.

Synergistically helps HGH production.
Risky supplement to achieve DHEA at the age 30 level. Strengthens the immune system and reduces fatigue. Produced in the adrenals for regulating hormones.

DHEA is regulated by melatonin produced by the pineal gland. Hence as melatonin production declines so does DHEA. Supplementing with melatonin supports DHEA production.

Possibly stops the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes hair loss.

Reverses stress aging from cortisol, reduces heart disease, improves blood sugar control, reverses osteoporosis.[2050]

Some similarity with melatonin.[2051] DHEA is low when you go to sleep, hence the higher production of cholesterol.[2052]

Fish Oil contributes to DHEA build-up in the body.

Taking excess DHEA has potentially dangerous side effects (testicular or ovarian cancer can be stimulated by this hormone if already present).

DHEA age declines:
@40 – 50% of age 20.
@65 – 20% of age 20.
@80 – 5% of age 20.

Calorie restriction increases DHEA levels.[2053]

Causes body to grow and repair. Healing hormone.[2054]
Produced as a byproduct of melatonin from the pineal gland.

(sleep time)
0.3 mg to 0.5 mg half hour before going to sleep. (1/10th to 1/6th of a 3 mg tablet)

For sleep use on a short-term basis until normal sleep patterns return.

Getting more sunlight exposure during the day is the best approach for increasing melatonin production.

May inhibit the ability to take a nap during the day, since it becomes a crutch.

Reduces blood pressure by impoving sleep.
Extends life, antioxidant, helps one get to sleep. Those having no difficulty sleeping at night might be getting enough from their diet, but this is the most powerful of antioxidants too.

Regulates the aging of the entire endocrine system. For example, it reverses the age of the pituitary gland enabling MSH production that reduces graying of hair.

Concentrates around the DNA to prevent damage from the hydroxyl radical. Anti-aging anti-oxidant.

Produced in the brain from the pineal gland from tryptophan. Hence supplementing with Niacin before going to sleep with a meal increases melatonin production.

Prevents gallstones.[2055]
Check its effect on headaches. If you start getting cluster headaches than stop taking this supplement.[2056]

Causes the skin of amphibians to blanch so has some similarity with melanin.

Significantly reduces DHT production like Saw Palmetto and thus prevents BPH.

Melatonin reduces the size of the gonads to a more youthful operating state.

By increasing ability to sleep deeply, melatonin indirectly increases production of HGH.

Increasing exposure to sunlight during the day can magnify melatonin secretion.

Protects against mitochondrial oxidative stress and is amphiphilic so it works as an anti-oxidant in both water-based and lipid environments. As an anti-oxidant it supercedes water-based operating Vitamin C and lipid-based operating Vitamin E, but with sleep related side-effects.

Small dosages like 0.3 mg to 0.5 mg work best. Fails in larger dosages.

The Pineal gland is the switch on the pituitary gland, which controls aging. Melatonin is the key hormone it produces.

Supplement only after age forty and fifty.[2057]

Caffeine is reported to raise natural melatonin levels in the body, possibly due to effects on the liver enzyme cytochrome P450 1A2. However, caffeine may also alter circadian rhythms in the body, with effects on melatonin secretion.[2058]

Found in feverfew, rice, corn, tomato, banana, pinapple, orange, which will increase blood levels of melatonin substantially.[2059]
S-Adenosyl methionine
400-1200 mg
Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
Treats depression and fibromyalgia

Chondroitin sulfate
1200-2000 mg

Prevents blood vessel growth that feeds tumors. Reduces arthritis and treats osteoarthritis.

Also assists in the recovery of the lower esophageal sphincter in acid-reflux healing, probably due to the role of cartilage in the area.

“Chondroitin is present in the lining of blood vessels, and it helps promote normal blood flow throughout the body. It may help prevent a heart attack in patients with a history of heart disease or heart attack by helping to thin the blood and prevent potentially fatal clots from forming in the arteries. (next column)”
Rebuilds cartilage. Also helpful for strains and sprains. Reduces back pain.

Also reduces cravings for sugar if taken before lunch due to the sulfur contents.

Chondrocyte cells repair articular cartilage in synovial joints, tracheal and esophageal cartilage.[2060]

“In fact, chondroitin has been found to be chemically similar to the blood thinner, heparin. Research indicates that chondroitin sulfate helps to lower cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis in animals and humans. Chondroitin is also located in the linings of the digestive tract, mucus membranes, and arteries. (next column)”

Contains glycosaminoglycans, substances that form cartilage.

One risk is the salt content for high blood pressure, but the benefits outweigh the risks.

Taking chondroitin sulfate may strengthen esophageal cartilage, which significantly reduces GERD.

“Chondroitin supplementation may help treat conditions linked to the deterioration of these linings, such as chronic venous insufficiency, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and congestive heart failure. In addition, research indicates that chondroitin sulfate may help prevent kidney stones by reducing levels of oxalate in the urine.”[2061]
Hyaluronic acid
150 mg
Supplies substances for ligament and tendon healing.

Glucosamine hydrochloride
1500 mg/night
with Chondrotin sulfate 1200 mg.

Glucosamine sulfate on the other hand is higher in salt and has less molecular density of glucosamine. The salt causes water retention and headaches if taken during the day, but will reduce urination frequency if taken at nighttime.
Contains glucose combined with an amino acid, which helps with joint and ligament repair.
Keeps connective tissue pliable by reducing its viscosity permitting calcium, glucose, sulfate, and proteins to reach chondroitin cells, which produces new cartilage.

Transports lecithin into the vertebrae reducing back ailments. Take with a tablespoon of lecithin.
Relaxant that calms one down for a good night sleep. Similar effects to calcium. Also an anticoagulant reducing the risk of blood clot strokes.
500 mg. on an empty stomach with Citracal Cal/Mag. and Vitamin C helps cure colds.

Avoid glucosamine sulfate, which is 30% salt if you have high blood pressure. The hydrochloride form is more concentrated as well.
Glucosamine from snail shells has lost all resemblance to its source. Kosher brands are available. Overall, omega-3 supplements are preferable and glucosamine is a carrier of nutrition into joints. One may combine Calcium Citrate and Glucosamine (1/week), preferably before exercise or going to sleep after exercise.
Additional 750 mg/day for severe osteoarthritis.
Works with glucosamine as a sulfur transporter. Related to the solvent DMSO. Helps with the synthesis of glutathione.
Good for the skin as well. Prolongs life in cases of lupus nephritis. Also, reduces pain for cases of OA and RA.
Being a solvent, the supplement does not distinguish between transporting nutrients vs. toxins.
No need to supplement
Produced from arginase enzyme operating on Arginine creating urea for disposal of excess nitrogen.
Arginase enzyme contains manganese, so a deficiency of manganese can be an issue.
Contains 16 percent proteins and 8 percent mineral constituents. In addition it is rich in vitamins A, E, D, and K. Contains 8 necessary digestive enzymes to reduce flatulence[2062].
Chlorophyll, vitamin C and K, folic acid, calcium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc, fluorine, phytoestrogens, antioxidant tricin.
This is a general nutritious green that can be put on anything with unlimited quantity.
Aloe Vera gel juice
Amazingly successful in healing esophagitis or GERD.
Try a half a pint a day. Also reduces hemorrhoids.
The more that is taken the more effective the healing.
Anise seed
Also loaded with enzymes that assist in digestion eliminating flatulence.[2063]

Apple Cider Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Acetic acid

Dilute 100 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

-15 mgHG to blood pressure with +250 mg of nicotinic acid.
ACV with the mother stimulates stomach acid, improving digestion and reducing a host of diseases including allergies:
Atopic dermatitis,
Eczema, diabetes, insulin resistance,
Irritable Bowel Syndrome,

Improves nutrient distribution to synovial areas reducing injuries.
Balsamic vinegar especially on salads is effective at eliminating headaches caused by saturated fatty foods, especially meat products. Sardines in olive oil multiply the effectiveness.

Suppresses sugar cravings, cleans the arteries and capillaries, clears the head, improves blood flow and thinking by lubricating the blood.
From the Italian ‘aceto balsamico,’ literally, curative vinegar. Authentic balsamic vinegar is made from white grapes, and is aged to the point that the sugar level is significantly reduced.

Burdock root
Helps with digestion by stimulating digestive juices and the production of bile. Contains polyacetylenes that have antibacterial and antifungal effects.
Overall improvement to kidney, liver, and bowel functions. Contains flavonoids, potassium, iron, and calcium.
Reduces psoriasis in small portions. Recommended with cleavers.[2064] Interestingly cleavers are also recommended as a tonic against hair loss.[2065] Just use a small pinch of Burdock root when psoriasis appears. Larger quantities have a counter effect. Burdock root is a very powerful herb.
Bee/Flower pollen.
All B vitamins, vitamin C, EFAs, enzymes, seven minerals, carotene, and protein.
Eating flowers is an incredible energy nutritional lift.

Brewer’s yeast
Contains all B vitamins and amino acids, sixteen amino acids, phosphorus, chromium and protein.[2066] Whey cheese contains nutritional yeast that includes calcium.
One should take a calcium supplement in coordination with Brewer’s Yeast, as the phosphorus is a calcium “coworker” depleting calcium in the body.[2067]

Highly recommended in even tablet form as a food supplement. Reduces sweet cravings with the chromium.
Cat’s Claw
350 mg/day
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenesis, anti-carcinogenic, anti arthritic.
Boosts Immune health.[2068]
Reported success with breast cancer, questionable effectiveness otherwise.
Contains caffeine and causes insomnia and sleep problems.
Caffeine has a half-life of 12 hours so it builds up and stays in the body for days!
While chocolate is a healthy anti-oxidant, the risk to sleep indicates that chocolate may contribute to insomnia, headaches, stroke, and diabetes.
Coffee drinking is associated with a decreased absorption of magnesium resulting in lower blood levels of magnesium. Caffeine reduces the re-absorption of calcium and magnesium in the kidney, causing minerals to be excreted in the urine.[2069]
Magnesium is an essential mineral utilized in more than 300 enzymatic reactions and physiological processes including energy metabolism, effective utilization of glucose, hormonal balance and proper heart function.
Coffee without caffeine may supply some magnesium. Coffee nerves, the twitching is partially due to magnesium depletion.

Coffee aroma has a calming effect on the brain.[2070]
Savoy cabbage steamed is anti-carcinogenic
Cabbage in general when prepared by steaming will reduce cholesterol by binding with bile in excretion.

Celery seed
Improves digestion. Increases blood flow.
Reduces high blood pressure by excess water elimination and cleanses arterial walls of plaque.
Improves mental alertness. Helps one stay awake.
Both the stalk vegetable and the seeds increase blood flow and are a tonic. Strongly recommended if one can grind the seeds down to a powder.
60% Protein including all amino acids, beta-carotene and chlorophyll.
Single cell green algae.
One tablespoon equivalent to an ounce of steak.
Dandelion root
Diuretic helping the body reduce excess water retention. Filled with Potassium so it replaces this mineral as it helps. Reduces high blood pressure.
Dandelion root is a liver and kidney tonic. Contains bitter glycosides, choline, insulin, and asparagines.
The liver enables energy production by producing bile or gall, which moves to the small intestine and converts fats into energy. The liver also generates somatomedins that support growth hormones.
Stimulates the adrenal glands (located above the kidneys), which produce androgen, estrogen, progestogen, and other hormones.
Licorice is sweet tasting and makes one feel good. One should avoid licorice if one has sleep problems, as licorice is a stimulant that stays in the body for a long time.

DGL removes the blood pressure increasing properties of licorice.
Along with Vitamin E, Licorice is a youth tonic. One should try to get pure licorice instead of the candy or take it in tincture or infusion form.

Take DGL 20 minutes before a meal to avoid heartburn. After a meal DGL does very little.
Dried Fruit
Reduces triglyceride levels and cholesterol.

Separate fruit from fats to avoid the sugar induced insulin rush, which increases absorption of fat into cells.
Substitute these for cookies, chocolate, and any other sweet tooth craving.
Dried apples or blueberries are great snacks. Fresh fruit is a substitute.

1 capsule/day

Take with yearly Flu shot (3 days) and avoid the side-effects of the shot.
♥ Also recommend the Flu shot.
Boosts immune system.

Powerful enough to suppress the onset of a cold, yet a cold might follow after stopping supplementation.

The root oils promote relaxation and reduce blood pressure. Hypertension tonic properties here too.

Can be used to suppress flu symptoms from the flu shot. In this manner one can get the shot every year.
Aerial parts for general use and root parts for cold usage.

Can only be used for 2 weeks as long-term usage can cause liver damage.

1 capsule before going to sleep at night.
Fish Oil and
Cod Liver Oil

EPA+DHA usually 300 mg/capsule so for recommended
3000 mg
Take 10 capsules/day

17 capsules to stop hypertriglyceridemia

1500 mg is a typical starter dosage with 2000-6000 mg for worse conditions.
Fixes dry skin—psoriasis, reduces aging symptoms. Fish oil reduces morning joint stiffness or swelling in autoimmune diseases like arthritis. Really works, but also permits colds to take hold of the body more easily! Eicosapentaenoic acid in large amounts reduces the tendency to thrombosis.[2071]

Reduces hair loss with 4000 mg/day (13 capsules/day). Reduces triglycerides in the body, which reduces heart disease.
Fish oils operate with omega-3 and reduce cholesterol levels making the blood less sticky. Ten times more effective than Flax Seed omega-3 ALAs. Reduces depression significantly. See Vitamin F above for other properties.

Cod Liver Oil (rich in vitamins A and D) with Yogurt is perfectly synergistic as vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium.
Fish oil also reduces lymphocyte cell production, which lowers resistance to colds, viruses, and cancer. This is how it fights autoimmune diseases. (Some crude fish oils contain PCBs so supplements could be molecular distilled.) ½ teaspoon of cod liver oil per day or 2 fish capsules.[2072]

Fruit and vegetable juices
Clean the digestive track walls. Particularly effective for reducing calcification buildup in the colon.
One should never reduce consumption of juices thinking Vitamin C pills are sufficient.
Apple, celery juice.
Flaxseed Oil
Reduces high blood pressure.
58% Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3.
‘Recommended as a tonic for clearing the arteries of bad fats. Over a four year period of consumption will eliminate all arterial blockage.’? 10x Flaxseed oil = 1x Fish oil for DHA and EPA omega-3 content so fish oil must also be taken.

400 mg extract 3x/day

4-5 tablets
Reduces high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is an antibiotic. Strengthens the immune system. Eliminates flatulence by killing bad bacteria in the colon. Yogurt and calcium with Vitamin C work better like acidophilus. Stabilizes prostate size and works with Saw Palmetto to prevent BPH. Stimulates stomach acid production with similar benefits listed under Apple vinegar above.
Contains germanium and selenium. Reduces intestinal, kidney, and digestive infections. Helps retain B vitamins.[2073]

Reduces systolic blood pressure, dramatically.[2074] Increases the elasticity of the aorta in men by 15%. This could be the reason for its effectiveness in reducing systolic blood pressure.[2075]

Enhances intracellular glutathione synthesis.[2076]
Garlic cloves. Amazingly one of the healthiest of foods. Garlic’s potency lies in prevention of illness while it has little effect in speeding recovery.
Reduces nausea.

May be helpful during pregnancy in moderate quantities.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract

60 mg 2x/day or
40 mg 3x/day or
60 mg 1x/day with 5 mg Vinpocetine

Other key brain energizers include:
Alpha Lipoic Acid – removes iron from brain cells
Acytl-l-carnitine – activates mitochondria with ALA
DHA Omega-3 – produces acytlcholine for learning/memory
Lecithin contains choline
CoEnzyme Q10
Anthocyanin rich (blue)berries
Antioxidant as well as circulatory improvement properties. Fights Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, increases memory, and reduces chance for stroke, heart disease, kidney infection and kidney disease.

Prevents age spots, free radical debris deposits, on the skin, in the brain, and on other organs.[2077]

Ginkgo works best on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

Ginkgo with vinpocetine is particularly beneficial for the elderly, but should be avoided by pregnant women.
Contains flavonoids (ginkgolide, quercetin, kaempferol, isohamnetin) – diterpene lactones, ginkgolic acid,[2078] ascorbic acid, bilobetin-bilobalide, carotenoids, and pro-anthocyanidins.[2079]

Ginkgo toxin has symptoms similar to colchicines from the colchicum plant.[2080]

Vinpocetine is from the Periwinkle plant and dilates blood vessels in the brain, is an antioxidant, and inhibits aggregation of platelets, which helps prevent strokes.[2081] Vinpocetine is also an alkaloid reducing acid and increases the brain’s ability to use oxygen by increasing ATP.
Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract. Only use the extract version; the remainder of the leaf contains toxins that cause headaches and graying as is often available in bulk herb food sections. Ginkgo is rich in most vitamins and is incredibly healthy. Take one Ginkgo Biloba extract tablet/capsule every morning before breakfast. Since, Ginkgo has similar properties to aspirin and drug blood thinners; it does not combine safely with these.

Expired gel versions cause headaches so I recommend powder capsules or tablets.
100 mg 2x/day
Cures the Sweet Tooth
Supplies steroids, improving athletic performance and mental acuity. Ginseng possesses aphrodisiac side effects and should be avoided by those with high blood pressure. Adrenal tonic. Balances Stress hormones.
Reduces depression by raising the blood pressure. In powder form the effect is instantaneous as ginseng passes through the mouth membranes directly into the bloodstream. Hence, it is effective to chew or suck on. Also balances blood sugar levels and cravings.[2082]
Ginseng tea is popular and effective for losing weight as it activates the consumption of fats by the body.

Monitor if one has hypertension.
Grape Seed Extract
50-300 mg/daily

Quercetin and epicatechin
Antioxidant that bonds with collagen promoting youthful skin, cell health, elasticity and flexibility.

Stabilizes collagen and elastin, substances important to the health of skin, joints, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels.

Reduces joint pain (arthritis) and lowers cholesterol.

Antioxidant properties prevent bruising, macular degeneration, retinopathy, and varicose veins.

Red grape skins also contain the potent antioxidants listed to the left.
Old Orchard 100% Grape Juice contains 25 mg grape seed extract per 8 oz.[2083] There are 8 glasses in a half-gallon, 4 glasses in a quart, so a glass is a half a pint and a pint, 2 glasses contains a daily dose of grape seed extract.

Grape seed extract contains proanthocyanidins that protect the body from sun damage.[2084]
Green Tea
30 mg/cup, 10 cups/day effective, 300 mg/day

Pill 2x 300 mg/day dependent on body weight. 30% of Green Tea leaf is EGCg.

Polyphenols > 650 mg/d longevity.
10-20 mg caffeine per 1 g leaf.
Extract < 750 mg/d for safety.
EGCg < 200-400 mg/d.

Example: 4 pills Swanson Green Tea Extract = 800 mg extract that provides 480 mg polyhenol (169 mg EGCg), 1360 mg leaf is 27.2 mg caffeine.
Contains catechin antioxidant EGCg - Epigallocatechin gallate, a phyto-nutrient polyphenol, and natural caffeine. EGCg increases the amount of calories the body burns, i.e. reduces body fat.

Contains L-Theanine that produces GABA that causes relaxation.
There is a solvent effect to green tea that cleans cholesterol and other deposits from arterial walls. This resembles the effect of vinegar.

Toxic levels of geen tea >1000 mg/day in single dosages or polyphenols 5000 mg/day or 50 cups of tea per day.
Use two bags per cup to increase the potency, anti-carcinogenic. Alternatively, Green Tea extract ratio is: Polyphenol 190 mg, EGCG 67 mg, (?Caffeine 35 mg?). Tea can exacerbate gum and GERD. 500 – 800 mg pills split over a day to get past presystemic elimination.[2085]
Ground Flaxseed
Provides the benefits of Vitamin F above. Also a laxative (15% fiber). This is also a tonic for pets whether for their feathers, fur, bones, digestion, and the elimination of tumors.
Contains Omega 3/6 fatty acids, linoleic, linoleni and oleic acids, linamarin (a cyanogenic glycoside), protein, vitamins A, B, and E.
Ground Flaxseed available in opaque bags. Recommended as a digestive track cleanser.[2086] Use two heaping tablespoons in ones cereal, before going to bed.
Hawthorne Berries
Stabilizes irregular heartbeat. Overall heart tonic. A tablespoon portion will give one an instant sense that a weight has been taken off of ones shoulder.
Contains Vitamin C and flavonoids.[2087] Reduces blood pressure rapidly.
Hawthorne has an orange color and resembles Saw Palmetto whose hue is a little darker. Hawthorne tastes better because of the flavonoids.
Ho Shou Wu root
“Mr. Ho has Black Hair”
Polygonum multiflorum (Polygonaceae)[2088]
Hair tonic
Hematogenic aiding the formation of blood cells in the bone marrow.

Similar to Ginseng
Has caffeine
600 mg
“Phytoestrogen compounds that are extracted from soy, such as daidzein, genistein, and glycitein, are known as soy isoflavones.”[2089]
“They are commonly used to reduce menopausal, PMS, and other female hormone–related conditions. They have been shown to help improve bone density, protect against bone loss, and reduce cholesterol
levels. Interestingly, men with prostate problems are also helped.”

Horse Chestnut
Reduce inflammation from hemorrhoids
Reduction of hypertension and weight should also be considered.
100 mg. Escin/day.[2090] Do not use with aspirin or anti-coagulant drugs.
Lemon or Orange Rind
Boost immune system. Supplies the body with necessary potassium when eaten during exercise.
Contains essential oils (limonene, pinene, linalool, humulene), flavonoids, and vitamin C.
Contains amino acids as well. Strongly recommended as a general tonic.
Increases blood pressure for the dangerous condition of Hypotension.
Glycyrrhizen inhibits the enzyme that breaks down cortisol.

Reduces high blood pressure via potassium. Reduces heart disease, stroke and cancer via Vitamin C.
Also acts as a relaxant with antioxidant and antibiotic effects.
Contains limonins which activate liver enzymes that detoxify reducing LDL and acting as anti-carcinogen up to 24 hours after consumption with concentration highest after 6 hours.[2091]

Lutein Zeaxanthin (carotenoids)
20-40 mg/day
Reduces macular degeneration, cataracts and some diminishment of floaters or vitreous damage.
Safe up to 2mg/kg of body weight.
44 mg of lutein per cup of cooked kale, 26 mg/cup of cooked spinach, and 3 mg/cup of broccoli.
Carotenoid found in tomatoes.[2092] Antioxidant that inhibits prostate cancer. Because it is fat soluble to be absorbed in the small intestine the tomato sauce should be mixed with oil for maximum potency.

Reduces blood clot stroke risk by 50%.
Long molecule containing 13 double bonds more than any other carotenoid is the most powerful in its class at preventing oxidation of LDL and prevention of prostate problems.[2093]

Lycopene reduces fatigue unlike vitamins and minerals, which may in the end fail. The source of this benefit is in its ability to reduce free radicals taxing of the body’s energy resources.
Ten servings of tomato paste and tomatoes a week.[2094] Also contained in rose hips, watermelon, guava, apricots, pink grapefruit and other red vegetables/fruits.
Maca Root
(3500-3600 mg/day)
Endocrine and pituitary gland supporter. Contains:[2095]
Amino acids (11%)
Minerals (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, silica, iodine, manganese, copper, and zinc)
Vitamin B1, B2 and B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Steroid Glycosides

Energy booster, anti-depressant. Supports the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys. Adrenal glands control secretion of steroid hormones that improve stress and chronic illness response.[2096]
Herb from Peru that works quite well and is healthy too containing over 40 phytochemicals and hormonal precursors. Since the kidneys regulate blood pressure and sit directly below the adrenal glands, Maca may improve the kidney response to stress as well.

Marshmallow Root

Cultivates mucous membrane on digestive track tissues.
Tightens the seal of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter as a caulk.
Take ½ teaspoon directly into mouth and roll it into balls and swallow with water.
Milk Thistle
Liver cleanser. Milk Thistle treats poison by protecting the liver from damage and stimulating liver cell reproduction.

The liver protects the body from excess toxins.

Repairs cirrhosis from alcohol damage.
“Regenerates liver cells and protects them against the action of liver poisons (leukotrienes). Alters cell structure of outer liver membrane which prevents toxic chemicals from entering; stimulates the liver's own capacity to generate new cells.”[2097]
Retards GERD - acid reflux, and heartburn,[2098] maybe by stimulating a strong contraction response of the LES to prevent mustard back flow into the esophagus.
Stimulates peristalsis of the esophagus as well.
Also mustard (oriental) is high in lysine for producing enzymes and not limiting utilization of other amino acids, although (golden) is higher in arginine.[2099]

Reduces cholesterol in colon. Antioxidant, low glycemic, high levels of B vitamins.
“One of the richest sources of silicon, which helps renew bones and connective tissue, as well as strengthening hair and nails.”[2100]
See Psyllium husks
Olive Leaf
Tranquilizer to help one sleep. This may be the result of its stickiness. Contains the bitter oleuropein that is anti-viral and anti-bacterial by interfering with the protein coat of bacteria.[2101] Also contains bioflavonoids.
Olive leaf is sticky. There is a similarity in flavor between olive and ginkgo leaf. Also clears up psoriasis.[2102] Fights fatigue by enabling the immune system to go on the attack and defeat colds.
Two pinches are sufficient. The stickiness of olive leaf is a concern. The tranquilizing effect may be due to the stickiness in slowing blood flow, but this is pure speculation. Also eliminates intestinal parasites.
Fresh Orange peel is effective against GERD.
Stimulates peristalsis of the esophagus as well.

Orange peel oil is the active component.
Reduces high blood pressure.
Encourages production of glutathione.

(1-10 g/day)
Soluble fiber that reduces cholesterol.

Found in Apple skin
Beta Sitosterol reduces LDL and reduces DHT. Consequently reduces BPH and increases hair growth.

Beta Sitosterol (100 mg/day) is also found in saw palmetto (400 mg/day) and may increase hair growth in men by suppressing DHT.
Phytosterols are naturally occurring plant nutrients that have a hormone-balancing effect.

Research shows phytosterols lower the risk of certain cancers, including ovarian cancer.

Nevertheless sterols reduce the absorption of Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Lycopene, and other essential oils so their use should be secondary.

“Some randomized trials have indicated that phytosterols may lower serum levels of alpha- and beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin E, probably by interfering with their absorption. Neither vitamin A nor vitamin D levels appear to be affected by phytosterol ingestion. There are no data yet available on the effect of phytosterols on other carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin), flavonoids or polyphenols.”[2103]
Beta Sitosterol [Plant sterol; plant oils (avocado, cashew, chestnut, corn, cottonseed, mustard seed, rice bran, safflower, sesame seed, soybean, sunflower, wheat germ); margarines, vegetables (barley, white gourd, garden lettuce, radish greens, soybean); fruits (apricot, fig, navel orange, pomegranate; seeds and nuts (almond, cashew, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, sesame seed, sunflower seed, walnut; spices (basil, clove, ginger, horseradish, laurel, mace, marjoram, mustard, onion, oregano, paprika, black pepper, poppy seed, rosemary, sage, thyme, turmeric); cereals (buckwheat, corn, rice bran); legumes (broad beans, kidney beans, peanuts, peas, soybeans); mayonnaise, peanut butter, black tea, green tea.]
Campesterol [Plant sterol; plant oils (avocado, cashew, castor, chestnut, coffee, corn, cottonseed, linseed, mustard seed, palm, peanut, pine nut, poppy seed, pumpkin seed, rapeseed, rice bran, safflower, sesame, soybean, sunflower, wheat germ); margarines; vegetables (barley, brussel sprouts, radish greens, soybean); fruits (apple, apricot, banana, cherry, fig, grapefruit, navel orange, pomegranate, strawberry); seeds & nuts (cashew, pine nut, sesame seed, sunflower seed); spices (basil, dill, ginger, horseradish, white mustard, oregano, paprika, red pepper, poppy seed, sage, turmeric); cereals (buckwheat, corn, rice bran, sorghum); legumes (broad beans, peanuts, soybeans)][2104] Stigmasterol [The best sources of stigmasterol are the fats found in vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. In other words, eating plenty of nuts, seeds, legumes, and other sources of plant fats will help you get more of this cancer fighting nutrient into your diet.]
Psyllium Husks

10 g per day reduces LDL by 7%.

Reduces appetite by eating a half hour before a meal.
Reduces cholesterol in the colon where it collects. Increases cholesterol excretion reducing colon cancer.
Also see oats above.

One to three tablespoons per day.

Also works as a snack.
Flavonoid reducing chance of stroke. Also controls allergy and asthma reactions.[2105]
Cousin of rutin.
Found in onions, apples, black tea, and blue-green algae.
Red Yeast Rice
600 mg/2x per day
Powerful supplement, one can use if high cholesterol persists, though more of a last resort in pill form.

Eating red rice should be safer.
Damaging to the liver in large quantities 2400 mg/day.

Statins suppress the production of DHEA, which is essential to preserving youthful health.

Reduces cholesterol by 20-60%.[2106]
A fungus that grows on Red Rice that has statins preventing the liver from producing LDL cholesterol. Contains statins like Lipitor or Zocar, which are anti-cholesterol drugs.
Contains glutamine and encourages production of glutathione.

St. John’s Wort
300 mg. when feeling depressed
A mild antidepressant, but works with few side effects. Effective on a rainy day. Also reduces mild anxiety associated with mild depression, rebalancing the psyche.

St. John’s Wort also is an excellent antibiotic and antiviral agent.
Very slight dizziness may accompany this herb. Hypericin inhibits monoamine oxidase (MAO) increasing nerve impulse transmitters that maintain a normal mood and emotional stability.[2107]
Active compound is hypericin. Other nutritional value derives from flavonoids (15%) and phytosterols.

Increases the skins sensitivity to sunlight and sunburns.
Saw Palmetto

320 mg extract or 160 mg 2x per day or 1/8th teaspoon berry powder, but not both.

Men should start taking at age 33 when the scalp starts itching indicating DHT presence.
Reduces the size of the prostate gland, which surrounds the urethra preventing the body from retaining excessive water in the bladder. Reduction of excess water lowers blood pressure and prevents kidney disease.

Reduces hair loss at 320-400 mg/day of an 85% liposterolic extract. DHT causes the hair follicle to shrink thinning the hair until the follicle completely closes up and dies. SP extract prevents this irreversible happening.
Take during the day to help one get a better night sleep, as one will not have to get up as frequently during the night. Prostrate enlargement results from a deviant form of testosterone that Saw Palmetto inhibits.

Reduces hair loss. Stops production of DHT (bad type of testosterone), which causes scalp hair loss and hair growth in unusual places.
Saw Palmetto is a berry and is rich in β-carotene that the body converts into Vitamin A. Most health supermarkets carry it in bulk dried powder form. Men should take Saw Palmetto 160 mg. 2x/day in the daytime, not before going to sleep, as it is a stimulant too. The age of 40 is a good time to begin. More effective in small quantities—1/8th a teaspoon of powder or 320 mg/day.

Slippery Elm

Cultivates mucous membrane on digestive track tissues.
Tightens the seal of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter as a caulk.
Take ½ teaspoon directly into mouth and roll it into balls and swallow with water.
Sunflower seeds

Eat like a bird, super food. High in B vitamins.
2/3 of a cup or 100 g contains most daily nutritional requirements.
Reduces back pain due to athletic muscle imbalance or stress.
Not recommended except rarely for stress related back pain or serious insomnia.
Helps one sleep an entire night without waking up. Ironically, this is not entirely healthy as REM sleep is essential for normal function and is diminished by Valerian as well as any other sleeping pill. Niacin on the other hand works better, even in small quantities. Niacin 10 mg reduces depression/ anxiety and is a natural nutrient for our bodies.
Lactobacillus acidophilus are bacteria that produce lactic acid. Lactic acid is essential for digesting lactose, which is in cow’s milk. Other supporting bacteria include L. bulgaricus and L. bifidus. After the stomach partially digests food, billions of bacteria complete the job in the large intestine. These bacteria maximize nutritional availability of food and synthesize B vitamins.
Decline in acidophilus in the large intestine is due to aging, alcohol, B6 deficiency, medications, and stressful living. Acidophilus helps correct constipation, diarrhea, mucous colitis and diverticulitis, reduces cholesterol by improving digestion and absorption of fats, enhances the absorption of nutrients, reduces bad breath, reduces internal gas, treats acne and other skin disorders due to leaky gut syndrome, conquers harmful bacteria and certain viruses, alleviates candidiasis and other vaginal infections, and offers protection from large intestinal cancer.
Take on an empty stomach before breakfast. This will improve the digestion of milk-based products throughout the day.

Take after a heavy meal to improve digestion.

Found in small amounts in carrots, soybeans, rice starch, and garbanzo beans. Also found in yogurt, feta cheese, and goat milk.

Pasteurization destroys the good bacteria in milk that would enable us to digest it more easily.

Bread is high in triglycerides, which is undesirable for those with hypertriglyceridemia that can lead to hypertension.
Bread also plays a role in many religions as does wine, so this raises the question of ritual vs. health.

Resin from bee pollen that is effective at sealing cracks in teeth.
Effective in toothpaste.
Delays infections from cracked teeth, but a gold crown sooner to save the tooth root will make the tooth Better than the original and reduce the impact on the opposite tooth.
Salad (organic)

Large quantities will reduce blood pressure to normal levels.
Eat by the container.
One can purchase containers of organic washed salad and snack on them during the day.
Antibiotic, digestive track rejuvenator. Fights colds and other infections, since good bacteria fight harmful bacteria.[2108] Eliminates irritable bowel syndrome.
Anti-depressant. 3½ oz contains Vitamin B12 (0.4 mcg), calcium (138 mg), phosphorus (109 mg), riboflavin, and protein (4g).[2109] Note, Vitamin B6 is necessary for protein absorption otherwise protein decays in the large intestine.
Take before going to sleep with cod liver oil, fruit juice (aids digestion), Vitamins B6 (aids protein absorption) and C (aids absorption of calcium), for maximum effectiveness.

Use only aged tap water, that is water whose chlorine has boiled off to maintain intestinal bacteria for proper digestion.
Zithromax – good for secondary infections.[2110]

Anti-inflammatory. Reduces stickiness of platelets (sticky blood or platelet aggregation)[2111] with each other, counteracting the effects of triglycerides and cholesterol.

Typically more aspirin is needed with higher triglycerides to have an effect.
Increases sweat to reduce fever. Reduces headache. Reduces risk of stroke. Some blood pressure reduction.

High triglycerides will inhibit aspirin’s effect due to platelet stickiness.

Aerobic exercise before taking will widen capillaries so that 650 mg. (2 Bayer) will be effective.

Sticky blood is prevented with salicylates and Omega-3 fish oils.
High salicylate foods include: cayenne pepper, cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, curry powder, paprika and licorice. Apple cider vinegar, almonds, peanuts, green peppers, garlic, apricots, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, prunes and grapes are also on the list. Red wine, onions, ginkgo biloba, olive oil, Vitamin E, feverfew, white willow bark, St. John's wort, papaya enzyme, rosemary, quinine, alfalfa, dong quai, devil's claw, mushrooms, and large amounts of dark green leafy vegetables

Cliff Bar®
Clif bar (energy)®
Vit A – 30%
Vit. C – 90%
Calcium – 25%
Iron – 10%
Vit D – 10%
Vit E – 100%
Vit K – 25%
Vit B1 – 10%
Vit B2 – 15%
Vit B3 – 15%
Vit B5 – 20%
Vit B6 – 20%
Vit B9 – 20%
Vit B12 – 15%
Biotin – 10%
Phosphorus – 10%
Iodine – 10%
Magnesium – 15%
Zinc – 10%
Selenium – 10%
Copper – 8%
Manganese – 10%
Chromium – 6%

Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Sat. fat – 1.5g 8%
Trans fat – 0g

Sodium 160 mg 7%
Potassium 260 mg 7%
Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary fiber 5g 20%
Insoluble Fiber 3g
Sugars 23g
Protein 9g 18%
Clif Builder’s Protein®
Vit A – 30%
Vit. C – 100%
Calcium – 25%
Iron – 25%
Vit D – 0%
Vit E – 100%
Vit K – 25%
Vit B1 – 25%
Vit B2 – 15%
Vit B3 – 15%
Vit B5 – 20%
Vit B6 – 20%
Vit B9 – 20%
Vit B12 – 15%
Biotin – 10%
Phosphorus – 20%
Iodine – 15%
Magnesium – 25%
Zinc – 20%
Selenium – 20%
Copper – 15%
Manganese – 35%
Chromium – 10%
Molybdenum – 15%

Total Fat 8g 12%
Sat. fat –5g 25%
Trans fat – 0g

Sodium 230 mg 9%
Potassium 200 mg 6%
Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary fiber 4g 16%
Insoluble Fiber 2g
Sugars 20g
Protein 20g 40%
Clif bars are an excellent healthy supplemental food.

The energy bar is healthier in its fat content for weight loss, but the protein bar has a once a day benefit.
Analgesic, but weaker anti-inflammatory than asprin.

Pain is suppressed through the central nervous system (CNS) as opposed to the peripheral nervous system (PNS).

Provides a pain relief mechanism due to tension headaches particularly from perceived (real or imaginary) stress.
Much more effective then asprin and ibuprofen on cluster headaches. Particularly effective when headaches only respond to high levels of asprin >1250 mg taken alone, which risks stomach damage.

The CNS effect also reduces social rejection pain and will help one correct these situations. Thus, there is a strong psychological benefit to paracetamol for increasing social behavior.[2112]
acetaminophen (paracetamol) – 250mg
asprin – 250mg
caffeine – 65mg

Adult recommend max dosage is:

acetaminophen (paracetamol) – 500mg
asprin – 500mg
caffeine – 130mg

Safe dosage is 1000mg/single dose and 2500mg/day total.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID).

Particularly effective for osteoarthritis of the knee.
Useful in case of secondary injury as in the case of neck pain or back pain where the first cause has healed, but the inflammation is hanging on. (Herniated disk or stenosis)

Enhanced catabolism of triglycerides and increases HDL.

Interestingly, ‘there is no stong evidence that they prolong life since there was no significant reduction in fatal myocardial infarction, but there was a 22% reduction of nonfatal myocardial infarction.’[2113]
Fatty acid update and conversion to acyl-CoA may provide more energy and reduce appetite too.[2114]

Perhaps this indicates that triglycerides are not as significant a risk as LDL in longevity.

§ – Supplement for full daily absorption after age 40 when absorption declines.
£ – Molecular distilled to prevent high occurrences of lead or pesticides.
♠ – Dangerous supplement, minimal dosage that is effective—Above RDA and below RAO
♣ – Risky supplement, requires avoiding something else
♥ – Recommend supplement
♦ – Supplement if not eating red meat
¥ – Supplement to restore youthful levels
■ – Don’t supplement

“Health is a Mitzvah.”[2115]

Text 21-2: Body and Soul—Partners
Body and soul in Judaism stand in a special relationship.
They are partners, jointly enabling us to serve the Lord.

The body is the Nefesh, which is the lowest part of the soul. Hence, it is incumbent upon us to maintain its health. Dieting has different requirements for each individual. The key here is that the body is hungry when it has not received sufficient amounts of the right nutrients. Hence a person eating French Fries all day long will continue to be hungry until consuming other foods containing missing nutrients. Exercise also increases nutrient uptake by greater circulation of blood.

21.2 Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands produce the hormones cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, testosterone, and adrenaline. These glands are the major cause of aging as they attempt to keep the body fertile with enzyme decline and excess cholesterol production from the liver to compensate.

Enzyme supplements help. Vitamin C in the morning will suppress cortisol production. DHEA taken at night and in the morning starting at the age of 49 will help. DHEA will reduce the body’s need to over produce cholesterol.

Cayenne pepper is a DHEA tonic as is exercise.

21.3 Eicosanoids

Eicosanoids are meta-hormones that control other hormones.[2116] They are derivatives of 20-carbon fatty acids like Omega-3 fish oil. Glycogen, which is involved in releasing sugar, produces positive eicosanoids. Insulin, which is involved in sugar uptake, produces negative eicosanoids. Positive eicosanoids reduce platelet stickiness and inflammation. Negative eicosanoids increase blood clotting and inflammation. Hence, both types of eicosanoids have significant purpose though the former are better for aging, while the later for external injury. They include the following:

Table 21-2: Eicosanoids
Control allergies and bronchial constriction
Lipoxins and hydroxylated fatty acids
Inflammatory responses and regulating immune system
Heart disease
From the prostate control blood vessel contractions, nerve impulses, and hormone responses[2117]
Heart disease, controls blood-clotting system

Nutrients for eicosanoid modulation include antioxidants Vitamins C & E and Beta-carotene; and co-factors Vitamins B3 & B6, Zinc and Magnesium.[2118] Fish oil dosage is key to its beneficial eicosanoid effects:[2119]

Text 21-3: Fish Oil Dosage
The usual oral dose of fish oil for use in hypertriglyceridemia is about 5 grams of combined EPA/DHA daily. The values expressed in this section refer to the amounts of EPA plus DHA. The actual weight of the capsule is typically much higher. Labels should be checked in order to determine the actual EPA/DHA content. The daily intake should be taken in divided doses; the supplements are best tolerated with meals. The usual dose for hypertensives who have not previously been treated is about 3 grams of EPA/DHA daily. About 3 grams daily is also the usual dose for those with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Those who have had successful angioplasty and are trying to prevent restenosis might use 4 to 5 grams daily. Based on the GISSI-Prevenzione trial, a dose of 1 gram daily of EPA and DHA might have protective value for those who have had an MI.

Condition Specific Fish Oil Dosages
Aging 1,000 mg twice a day
Angina 2,000 mg fish oils 3 times a day
Arrhythmia 1,000 mg 3 times a day
Asthma 1,000 mg 3 times a day
Cancer 3 capsules twice a day
Crohn's Disease 2,000 mg twice a day
Diabetes 2,000 mg 3 times a day
Eczema 1,000 mg 3 times a day
Gout 1,000 mg 3 times a day
Heart Disease Prevention 1,000 mg 3 times a day
High Blood Pressure 1,000 mg 3 times a day
Lupus 2,000 mg 3 times a day
Psoriasis 2,000 mg 3 times a day
Raynaud's disease 1,000 mg 4 times a day
Rheumatoid Arthritis 1000 mg (2 capsules) containing 600 mg EPA/DHA, twice a day
Skin Health 1,000 mg a day with food
Stroke 1,000 mg 3 times a day

21.4 Anti-Aging/Stress

Old age does not take well to negative or unhappy thoughts. The problem is that depression causes immune suppressant conditions. For example, dry mouth, which is caused by a lack of saliva can be an allergic condition related to inflammation and depression. One should focus on the positive, see the good in what makes people happy, for joy is the source of their life. Recall exciting and happy thoughts in life during conversation and leave sadder subjects for conversations with younger folks.

For some reason as we get older digestion becomes less efficient, and hence, our ability to absorb nutrients. This increases problems with gum disease, ulcers, gas,[2120] constipation, and the digestive track. To find the fountain of youth is to solve the problem of peak digestion and nutritional absorption. Most likely the cause is a Catch-22, where older cells that are not being replaced rapidly, become less effective at nutritional absorption, reducing further their functionality and rate of replacement. Excellent nutrition keeps these cells behaving normally longer by protecting against free-radical damage.

Oatmeal containing silicon is eaten by most people 85+ and is likely one of the sources of their longevity.

Free radicals are pollutants that attempt to steal electrons from body organs disabling their functionality. A household air filter with an ionizer will reduce pollutants in the air and thus the chance for them entering the body. The ionizer generates free electrons that will bind with free radicals in the air neutralizing them.

As one gets older eating becomes a health risk as the stress of digestion pulls enzymes from other body systems. Life becomes a matter of eating heavier foods to gain proteins and fats for strength, while following them with herbs to reduce fats, improve blood circulation, and assist in digestion. Smaller, frequent meals over time reduce the stress of eating.

Dolly, the cloned sheep died of premature aging in 2003. She had a congestive lung disorder at age six with arthritis onset at age five. Sheep normally live to age eleven. The evidence suggests that aging damages the DNA in cells such that cloned cells carry on these age related problems into adulthood. One may protect oneself from premature aging by avoiding pollution and radiation and by taking Vitamin E to destroy free radicals. Cloning may be successful if a cell from a baby is put into cryogenic stasis until ready for use, to retain the DNA breakdown clock. The latest research from cloning suggests that age related damage reproduces itself in the DNA of cells. With damage to the code of a person, extending one’s lifespan significantly will require extraordinary measures. One possibility is to reintroduce fetal cells from one’s early body into oneself in old age. Another is to map the early DNA sequences to be able to repair it at a later age.

Recent studies suggest that aging is a byproduct of the metabolic process, i.e. the more we eat the more we age. Most people have a gene that minimizes the impact of the aging process. In the case of Werner’s syndrome, has shalom, someone is missing this gene; premature aging occurs leading to graying in the 20s, cataracts a few years later, cancer and heart disease in the 30s and 40s. Meanwhile a gene aptly named age-1 when it is mutated enhances a nematode worm’s lifespan.[2121] Recent research shows that by reducing caloric intake by 60%, laboratory mice will live 50% longer.[2122] Systematic under eating improves digestion, increasing nutritional absorption and utilization and extends life. “Russian statistics show that all their centenarians are moderate eaters.”[2123]

Text 21-4: Caloric Restriction for Survival
Caloric restriction extends survival and vitality in part by limiting injury of cells by free radicals generated by mitochondria, Weindruch said.

The key is to get all of the nutrients one needs without the calories. Barry Sears, Zone Diet, and the Atkins Diet explain similar reasons for this approach.[2124]

Exercise induces anti-aging mechanisms. “Exercise builds muscles, burns fat, makes the heart and lungs work more efficiently, lowers the concentration of sugars circulating in the blood that can gum up the body’s systems, increases the flow of thought-provoking blood to the brain, and makes bones stronger and more dense.”[2125] The increase of the metabolic rate from exercising is offset by stimulating the production of antioxidants that sop up free-radical molecules generated by the metabolism. Two of these generated antioxidant enzymes are superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase.

“Adults who keep reading, learning, and interacting with others are far less likely to lose their memory or decline into senility than those who retreat into themselves as they age.”[2126]

21.4.1 Metabolic Disorder

Metabolic Disorder (MD) is a condition in aging where the waist increases above 40 inches in men. Causes include the enlarged liver and pancreas handling more fats in the body. Stress

Stress itself can cause this disorder without a radical dietary problem.[2127]

Text 21-5: Stress
Recent research indicates that prolonged stress can be an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome by upsetting the hormonal balance of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis).[28] A dysfunctional HPA-axis causes high cortisol levels to circulate which results in raising glucose and insulin levels which cause insulin-mediated effects on adipose tissue, ultimately promoting visceral adiposity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia and hypertension with direct effects on the bone, causing “low turnover” osteoporosis.[29] HPA-axis dysfunction may explain the reported risk indication of abdominal obesity to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.[30] Psychosocial stress is also linked to heart disease.

28. Gohill, BC; Rosenblum, LA; Coplan, JD; Kral, JG; (July 2001). "Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function and the metabolic syndrome X of obesity". CNS Spectr. 6 (7): 581–6, 589. PMID 15573024.
29. Tsigos, C; Chrousos, GP; (October 2002). "Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, neuroendocrine factors and stress". J Psychosom Res. 53 (4): 865–71. doi:10.1016/S0022-3999(02)00429-4. PMID 12377295.
30. Rosmond, R; Björntorp, P; (February 2000). "The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity as a predictor of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke". J Intern Med. 247 (2): 188–97. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2796.2000.00603.x. PMID 10692081.

High cortisol levels can be tested for and are associated with hypercorticism or hypercortisolism. This can be caused by the “use of exogenous steroids: Steroid hormone therapy for a long time as treatment for another disorder or disease, for example, taking a steroidal anti-inflammatory for arthritis.”[2128] Saw palmetto extract is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens and is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols.
Cortisol production peaks at 9 AM and minimizes at midnight. Hence taking a Vitamin C in the morning will suppress cortisol-induced stress.[2129]

Text 21-6: Cortisol
Subject: Cortisol - Vitamin C Connection
Category: Health
Asked by: jat-ga
Posted: 04 Sep 2003 15:04 PDT
Expires: 04 Oct 2003 15:04 PDT
Question ID: 252375

There's no doubt in my mind that there is a link between Vitamin C and Cortisol. What I'm wondering is whether Vitamin C is involved in somehow reducing Cortisol after incidents of stress. Vitamin C is more plentiful in the adrenal glands than anywhere else in the body. I assume the C is depleted during stress. Why? What's the connection here?

Subject: Re: Cortisol - Vitamin C Connection
Answered By: byrd-ga on 04 Sep 2003 19:07 PDT

Hello jat,

You will probably not be surprised to learn that you are right. Yes, there is indeed a connection between Vitamin C, cortisol and stress. Furthermore, as you surmise, Vitamin C does reduce the excess cortisol in the system after a stressful incident, or during periods of prolonged stress. Nor is this merely conjecture, but well documented knowledge, supported by a great deal of scientific research and many studies.

To understand this connection, it might be well to begin with the role that cortisol plays in the body. Cortisol is, as you said, secreted by the adrenal glands, which are located atop the kidneys. They are made up of an outer cortex, which secretes steroids such as cortisol, and an inner medulla, which secretes other hormones, such as adrenalin. As a steroid, cortisol is necessary in normal amounts for the proper functioning of the body. A fact sheet from Prince Henry Institute of Medical Research in Australia says that “Cortisol has diverse important effects on all parts of the body including:

In stress situations, cortisol maintains blood pressure and limits inappropriate inflammation.” (

However, the article also goes on to state that the effects of excess cortisol, which include weight gain, suppressed immune function, high blood pressure and even diabetes, become destructive rather than positive.

Where vitamin C comes in is that the adrenal glands use it in order to produce various hormones.[2130] According to this technical monograph from “Physician Formulated Rx Vitamins (with references), “The adrenal cortex contains a large quantity of vitamin C. However these stores of vitamin C can be rapidly depleted during times of stress, and when ACTH is released from the pituitary (1). In animal studies marginal vitamin C deficiencies have been found to cause an elevation of cortisol levels (12). As previously mentioned chronic elevation of cortisol could lead to many detrimental health conditions. Vitamin C is vital for the synthesis of epinephrine from the amino acid tyrosine. Epinephrine is secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to a stressor. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for our fight or flight response to a stressful situation. Epinephrine also plays a role in blood pressure regulation by acting as part of an auxiliary electron transport system for the last step of aldosterone synthesis (13, 14). Aldosterone is a hormone involved in regulating blood pressure, blood pH and blood volume. Supplementing with vitamin C while under stress has been shown to have numerous beneficial effects (15-17).” (

So, if depletion of vitamin C causes excess production of cortisol, then it stands to reason that supplementation of vitamin C can reduce excess cortisol production and its associated destructive effects. This connection between stress and cortisol, and vitamin C, has been the focus of a great deal of research.

Dr. Hans Selye, a Canadian doctor and researcher, the founder of the International Institute of Stress at the University of Montreal, is widely regarded as the pioneer in the field of stress studies, or the ‘father of modern stress research.’ He was the first to document the relationship of stress to cortisol excess and vitamin C in an article he published in the British Journal, “Nature” in 1936. In it he “reported that the adrenal glands contain the highest concentration in the body of vitamin C. The adrenal glands make cortisol from vitamin C. When a person is under stress, the adrenal glands make tremendous amounts of cortisol and the concentration of vitamin C in them drops.” (

Dr. Linus Pauling, recipient of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (as well as the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize), is perhaps the best-known researcher into the effects of Vitamin C on the human body, and a strong proponent of its use as both a preventative and curative. The Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon reported here: on some new research on vitamin C:

Among other experiments was one studying stress in rats, with the result that “.... after the rats were exposed to stressful situation, those that received vitamin C had .... less corticosterone, an adrenal hormone related to cortisol, which, in humans, has been associated with heart disease when chronically overproduced. Since rats synthesize vitamin C, it is difficult to extrapolate these results to humans, but Dr. Campbell estimated that the amount of supplemental vitamin C that produced these beneficial effects in rats corresponds to an intake of several grams in humans.
These results offer more support to the concept that the need for vitamin C increases during stress.”

In summary then, your conviction of a link between vitamin C and cortisol, along with your other assumptions, is absolutely correct. Stress causes excess cortisol production, which depletes vitamin C. Vitamin C supplementation in turn reduces excess cortisol, which in turn ameliorates its destructive effects and helps to counteract the negative aspects of stress.

Here are some links to more information you might like to pursue:

What does cortisol do? (pg. 57)

“Cortisol: The Stress or Death Hormone:”

Reports on recent research and studies:

“The Nature of Stress” by Hans Selye:

Selye and Stress (question and answer article):

“Adaptation to Stress and Natural Therapies:”

“Adrenal Stress: Measuring and Treating:”

Very detailed discussion of the connection between the adrenal glands and stress:

Detailed abstracts of studies involving Vitamin C. To find those connected with cortisol, use your browser “edit” “find” feature on the term “cortisol:”

“Adrenal Maladaptation Syndrome: A Sweet Solution For Coping With Stress”

I do hope this information has been helpful to you. If there is anything you don’t understand, please use the “Request Clarification” feature to ask before rating and closing your question so I can be sure I’ve given you what you’re looking for by way of information on the scientifically documented connected between stress, cortisol and vitamin C. It’s a subject I have a great interest in myself, so I thank you for the opportunity to research this.

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Saw Palmetto (SM) contains phytosterols that may be implicated as a cause for high cortisol levels. Beta-Sitosterol in SM reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, but may cause heart disease by itself due to high cortisol production.

The principle cause of the weight gain is due to steroid production. Cortisol or hydrocortisone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands sitting on top of the kidneys. Hydrocortisone cream is a topical cream for the skin. Cortisol reduction

“Magnesium supplementation decreases serum cortisol levels after aerobic exercise but not after resistance training.”[2131] Because cortisol levels are highest in the morning, supplement with Vitamin C at this time. Vitamin B5 also nourishes the adrenal glands, which will reduce the cortisol response.

Text 21-7: Factors affecting Cortisol

Factors generally reducing cortisol levels

Factors generally increasing cortisol levels

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66. "Crying; The Mystery of Tears" personal page of Frey WH with quote from his book
67. Hellhammer, J.; Fries, E.; Buss, C.; Engert, V.; Tuch, A.; Rutenberg, D.; Hellhammer, D. (Jun 2004). "Effects of soy lecithin phosphatidic acid and phosphatidylserine complex (PAS) on the endocrine and psychological responses to mental stress". Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 7 (2): 119–126. doi:10.1080/10253890410001728379. ISSN 1025-3890. PMID 15512856. edit
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See all the sections in 21.28 Heart p.993, Table 21-19: Increasing HDL p.1004, Table 21-26: Eight help foods p.1024, Table 21-6: Combinational Nutrition p.933.

21.4.2 Correcting for different lab conditions

RDW – tests variation in size of red blood cell. Measures their ability to function correctly.
> 15 is high
MCV is normal
Vitamin B12 is low causing abnormal blood cell division. This is an aging phenomenon, beginning at 49.
> 99 is high
More exercise

AST (SGOT) – high liver enzyme
> 40 is high
Could be caused by toxins in the liver from medicines or vitamins.
Supplement vitamin C at 8-9 AM to reduce cortisol levels.
ALT (SGPT) – high indicates liver problem; more significant than AST.
> 55 is high
Liver function is affected. Reduce medications or supplements. B-12 and Coenzyme Q10 can help rebuild liver cells. Fish oils to lower triglyceride levels.
Lose weight and decrease medical or overdose of supplements. Drink less alcohol. Reduce triglycerides in diet.
> 1.27 is high
Possibly due to high triglycerides blocking capillaries to kidneys. Supplement Pantethine or pantothenic acid B5 as precursor for CoA that increases clearance. CoA is also a CoQ10 precursor.
Supplement CoQ10 at age 49+ to increase heart-pumping effectiveness to get blood reaching all places.
50-100 mg/day
Cholesterol (LDL)
> 50
Focus on reducing triglycerides instead.

> 500
Pantethine and niacin. (Policosanol is unproven.)

Light exercise for 30 minutes or more reduces the triglyceride peak in a meal 12 to 16 hours later; hence, it is better to take a long walk half a day before a big meal.[2132] Heavier exercise will have the same benefit with a delay in less than half the time. A total work out results in almost instantaneous benefit at the next meal.

21.4.3 What makes grandma happy

1) Smiles ... sincere smiles make me smile back.
2) Rocking cuddly babies
3) Kittens chasing each other and playing
4) Puppies wrestling
5) Sunsets
6) Family Reunions
7) A clean house
8) A Sunday nap
9) Sleeping in
10) Retirement
11) Size 12 clothes that fit
12) Grandchildren playing the piano
13) telephone calls & letters from grandchildren
14) letters or telephone calls from my siblings
15) letters or phone calls from my children
16) singing together around the piano
17) When my children reach goals
18) Seeing my Aunt Lou
18) Birth of a baby
19) Mountain streams
20) 72 degree days
21) An intriguing movie
22) Going to church
23) going to the temple
24) going visiting teaching
25) having time to write
26) when I get good ideas to write about
27) having the internet at my beck and call
28) Windows Live Messenger so I can talk to my kids and sister daily
29) having comments left on my blog
30) having a blog
31) the fun blogs I read regularly
32) nieces & nephews
33) a good back or foot rub from my man
34) being a mom
35) A good religious conversation
36) good Spanish Food
37) good Chinese food
38) any food I don’t have to prepare
39) a clean kitchen
40) green grass with no weeds or bare spots
41) blue sky with white clouds and a gentle breeze
42) the beautiful Red Mountain I live by
43) a new car
44) a quiet evening alone with my man
45) family parties
46) when the kids come down from Seattle
47) going to Seattle
48) traveling around with Lynn
49) going to the movies, buttered popcorn & a diet cola
50) phone calls from Honey
51) Running into people I know when out shopping
52) General Conference
53) doggy kisses
54) baby kisses
55) grandkid kisses and hugs
56) gift certificates
57) completing a project
58) paying off a bill
59) going for nice long rides in the car
60) seeing other people happy
61) feeling good when I wake up
62) sleeping all night
63) air conditioning
64) volunteers
65) a good book to read under a nice warm quilt on a stormy day
66) seeing my children with their own children
67) money in the bank
68) friends who understand
69) believing in God
70) believing in eternal life
71) donating things to the humanitarian projects
72) holding hands and watching TV with my man
73) waking up to Anna singing to me
74) hearing children playing without arguing
75) cashews
76) trips to Costco
77) waking up and seeing on the clock that it’s not time to get up
78) a nice warm tub
79) getting a big tax return
80) a clean car
81) a whole tank full of gas
82) having girls night out and laughing over silly things
83) National Parks
84) Oceans and lots of time
85) wild life in their own habitat
86) bag pipe festivals
87) concerts
88) musicals outside at Tuacahn in the spring and fall, the Tabernacle Choir
89) Funniest Home Videos
90) taking an extra good picture
91) bright starry nights
92) sitting around a campfire with family or friends
93)Good memories
94) clean sheets
95) new furniture
96) getting my hair cut and high lighted
97) people telling me they like something I’ve written or created
98) being appreciated
99) receptionists and clerks at stores who are nice
100) a doctor who takes the time to listen and then explain

21.5 Alcoholism

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to recover are:[2133]
  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Text 21-8: Faith, a Simple Solution
A 25-year alcohol free veteran is working with a newcomer who says, “You mean to say that you haven’t had a drink for 25 years. I haven’t been able to go without a drink for a week. How do you do it.” “Its not complicated, its very simple. Every day I wake I ask god to give me another day of sobriety and every time I go to sleep I thank God for giving me another day of sobriety.” “How do you know it was God that gave you another day of sobriety?” “Stupid I didn’t ask any one else.” [2134]

“This person has an Emunah peshutah, a very simple clear faith, which is real. Do we have that simple faith? We have to ask ourselves if our yiddishkiet is real? Yes we have the building blocks, but the building blocks without a reality doesn’t become a structure. We got to believe that we are here for what Hashem wants. I am not here for amusement. I was created for a job. I have to make sure that job gets done.”[2135]

21.6 Allergies, Autoimmune, and Poison

The most difficult of illnesses from a naturalist’s perspective are those dealing with sensitized body systems attacking normal bodily function. The body is a very smart system; thus, autoimmune conditions have some cursory stimulus that is still out of sorts. For example, poison ivy leaves the skin sensitized to any allergic substance in its vicinity including unhealthy food substances. In this case, taking a high potency Vitamin B complex will help the digestive tract digest foods leaving less allergic toxins to enter the blood stream for emission through the skin. Zinc will help the skin heal faster and reduce itching. Vita[2136]E oil2136 eliminates bacteria and its preservative protection, reduces healing time for skin injuries in half.

21.6.1 Alcohol

In small quantities, red wine reduces blood pressure and has antioxidant benefits. Alcohol is an antioxidant. However, in large quantities, alcohol causes liver damage. Milk Thistle repairs some liver damage from alcohol. Milk Thistle is a liver cleanser as well.

21.6.2 Arthritis

Arthritis is often an autoimmune condition stimulated by wheat gluten in the diet. Nutritional treatment consists of fish oil, pantothenic acid, and glucosamine with MSM. Osteoarthritis requires chondroitin sulfate, in addition, to improve.

Rheumatoid arthritis requires at least 6 doses of 500 mg/day Glucosamine-MSM. Another factor in knee related arthritis is arch support in the shoes. Without good arch support the knees, the inside of the knees will damage over time. Take with selenium 200 mcg/day that will kill bacteria in the joints that is known to cause arthritis.

21.6.3 Mercury poisoning

Mercury can cause nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, kidney failure, skin burns and irritation, respiratory distress, swollen gums and mouth sores, drooling, numbness and tingling in the lips, mouth, tongue, hands and feet, tremors and ill coordination, vision and hearing loss, memory loss, personality changes and headache. Allergic reactions can also occur.

Methyl-mercury, usually from contaminated food, is very dangerous to pregnant women. Methyl-mercury causes profound mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizures, spasticity, tremors, and ill coordination, along with eye and hearing damage in the unborn baby as a result of the mother's exposure. Organic mercury passes into the breast milk as well.”[2137]

Selenium will bind and remove mercury from the body.

21.7 Arthritis and Joint Injury

21.7.1 Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis symptoms include morning stiffness, painful joints, restricted range of motion, and sometimes deformity of joints.[2138] Vitamin-D deficiency mimics these same symptoms. The causes of osteoarthritis include:

Losing weight is one of the easiest ways to reduce osteoarthritis. Recommend taking Chondroitin Sulfate + Glucosamine as well an antioxidant joint remedy daily or every two days for prevention. MSM at 2000 mg/day is also effective. Vitamin C strengthens collagen, connective tissues, and cartilage.

Voltaren gel, diclofenac sodium, a localized NSAID, is showing long-term benefits in treatment of osteoarthritis conditions enabling healing with reduced inflammation. Success on the treatment of knee osteoarthritis is documented with FDA double-blind studies.[2139]

Repetitive athletic motions create a vulnerability to developing osteoarthritis. Wear and tear of cartilage provides a location where calcium may incorrectly deposit and build up, ultimately resulting in pain. The best prevention here is a limited but continued athletic usage of joints. Also supplement with magnesium to prevent the incorrect deposit locations of calcium.[2140] Taking 500 mg/day of magnesium prevented kidney stones, which are made up of calcium oxalate crystals. Magnesium is a calcium channel blocker preventing transfer into harmful cell locations. Also magnesium prevents atherosclerosis, calcification of the arteries. Magnesium also prevents large irregular calcium crystals from forming in the bones, but instead smoothes the regularity and limits the size of the crystals forming normal bone deposits.[2141] This prevents arthritis.

21.7.2 Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include inflammation, pain, tenderness, discoloration of the joints, stiffness, deformity of joints, fatigue, weakness, chronic infection, and lumps under the skin at the site of damaged joints. Causes include:

Vitamin C is very important to muscle and ligament healing and collagen formation. Here is the remedy:[2142]
Table 21-3: Rheumatoid Arthritis Prevention
Vitamin C
2000 mg : Four 500 mg capsules
Vitamin E
400 IU
Mixed carotenes
25,000 IU
Pantothenic acid
250 mg
100 - 500 mg : Five 100 mg tables
Calcium + Vitamin D
1,500 mg : Two 600 mg capsules includes D
200 mcg
30 mg
1,000 mg : Three 300 mg tablets
600 – 1200 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids
1 – 3 capsules
Glucosamine Chondroitin or alternative
3 capsules
Superoxide dismutase
3 capsules

21.7.3 Arthritis Treatment

Acid in the body causes inflammation, which leads to joint pain. Avoid acid promoting foods, which include red meat, eggs, saturated fats, oils, fried foods, sugar, dairy, refined carbohydrates – cereals, high gluten foods like bread, alcohol, and caffeine.

Eat lots of raw vegetables and whole grains, which will sweep away mineral and acid build-up and reduce harmful bacteria. Foods high in sulfur will help repair cartilage and bone and include asparagus, cabbage, garlic, and onion. Raw pineapple has bromelain, which reduces inflammation. Fish also has anti-inflammatory oils.

Lubricated cartilage is key to the functionality of the joint. Cartilage provides shock absorption as well as the soft, clean, quiet mobility of the joint. Cartilage is lock a sponge. If one would drop a sponge in some liquid it will absorb liquid within the contact section. Better, if cartilage is being exercised, the liquid will reach throughout. Similarly nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin will distribute better with exercise. Yet, inflammation can act as a barrier blocking the circulation that normally brings nutrients into the joints. Inflammation’s goal is to bring white blood cells into the area that it believes is necessary to fight an infection. In the case of arthritis, this simply is not the case in the surrounding blood, while the blood does not reach free radicals that are in the synovial fluid.

The following herbs are helpful reducing inflammation: Devil’s claw, White willow, Alfalfa, Yucca root, Ginger, Skullcap, and Boswellia. Check your DHEA levels if they are low. SAMe, S-adenosylmethionine, reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis. B12 and folate convert cholesterol into the useful methionine.

Other helpful nutrients include Vitamin E, C, B3, Boron, other antioxidants and plant enzymes for digestion. Calcarea Fluorica is for enlarged joints or bone spurs. Arnica is for osteoarthritis from injuries. Vitamin D from sunshine is crucial to bone health. Make sure one is getting all of the trace minerals including boron, manganese, chromium, and selenium. Substitute low impact exercises like cycling, walking, and stretching for high impact sports like running and tennis.

A kabbalistic explanation for arthritis is the inability to accept criticism. Stiffness reflects emotional inflexibility to criticism, which is a natural part of life.[2143] To understand the source of vices in ones life is the key to dissolve their influence. Sometimes we recognize that we learned something wrong from another, but this does not devalue or diminish our respect for that person. Instead we can now leave those ideas behind, yet continue our love and respect for others.

For arthritis take selenium 200 mcg/day with glucosamine to kill a harmful bacteria in the joints that causes this problem. “The level of selenium in garlic is at least 9 parts per million and is said to be higher than in almost any other plant.”[2144] Therefore, a garlic tablet of 1200 mg contains at least 10.8 mcg of selenium.

Equation 21-1: Selenium Contents of Garlic
1200 mg Garlic * 1000 mcg/mg * 9/1,000,00 ppm Selenium = 10.8 mcg Selenium

For joint pain, first check that one has a sufficient amount of absorbable Calcium, calcium citrate, in the diet. Citracal Plus Magnesium® is effective at reducing arthritis due to mineral deficiency, the most common cause of the problem. Nevertheless, Citracal is deficient in Phosphorus so one should take it with a high protein food source such as meat. One should not over supplement on calcium because the mineral builds up in the body. An easy way to find out is to stop supplementation and see if the joints are feeling good which would indicate that the body is absorbing the excess calcium stored along intestinal, colon, and arterial pathways. Dr. Guy Abraham showed that ratios of 600-1000 mg Magnesium to 500 mg of Calcium reduced bone loss most significantly in aging woman.[2145]

Text 21-9: Nan Kathryn Fuchs with Ann Gittleman on Magnesium
“Excessive calcium prevents absorption of magnesium. Taking more calcium without adequate magnesium may either create calcium malabsorption or a magnesium deficiency.” Unabsorbed calcium can wind up in the joints as arthritis, or in the arteries where it can initiate arteriosclerosis. As Fuchs so aptly observes, heart disease is the number one killer of postmenopausal women—the very age group that is overloading on calcium because of the misguided notion that more is better when it comes to building strong bones. Besides warding off both heart disease and osteoporosis, magnesium, the unsung female guardian angel, aids in the absorption of B vitamins...

Drinking a lot of water each day removes impurities that collect and attack the joints. Increase water in ones diet to flush out free radicals. Take vitamins after working out, “when your muscles are primed to soak up the nutrients they lost during the workout.”[2146] Potassium-Magnesium Aspartate is effective before exercise, however, and combines with calcium citrate supplementation after exercise to increase nutrition absorption.

Vitamin A, which supports mucous membranes and fights off keratinization[2147], supports the synthesis of collagen in the body with Vitamin C. Bleeding in the rectum or other elastic tissues of the body indicates deficiency of collagen and Vitamin A. Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory that suppresses cartilage breakdown and stimulates cartilage growth.[2148]

Be sure to get the correct quantity of minerals:[2149]
Boron: 1.5-3 mg.
Calcium: 600mg/men or 900 mg/women with one other dairy serving/day
Chromium: 50-200 mcg/day though not shown directly related to arthritis
Copper: 1-2 mg/day
Magnesium: Same as Calcium
Manganese: 10-30 mg/day
Selenium: 50-200 mcg/day
Silicon: 5-10 mg/day
Zinc: 5-10 mg/day

Joint pain is often the result of an allergic reaction. ‘Gluten Enteropath’ or ‘Celiac Disease’ refers to intolerance to wheat. In this common problem, the body cannot absorb an oversupply of wheat gluten resulting in an allergic reaction causing joint pain.[2150] “Wheat intolerance often shows up as rashes and joint pain.”[2151] Since, aging reduces the body’s ability to absorb nutrition, this problem may first appear in middle age. Reducing the amount of wheat-based cereal alleviates the problem. Milk intolerance appears with constipation, diarrhea, or gas. These are common problems. Moderation is the solution and not abstinence. These responses are the body’s way of telling us that it has received a sufficient quantity of this type of food. GERD or chest pain is another allergic response to being a gluten Enteropath.

Joints possess synovial tissue, that contain synovial cells, which secrete a viscous liquid called synovia, or synovial fluid; this liquid contains protein, salts, and hyaluronic acid and serves as a lubricant and nutrient for the joint surfaces. Blood feeds synovial fluid, which in turn feeds chondrocyte cells in the articular (joint) cartilage. As one ages the oxidation consumption of chondrocyte cells decline and hence the metabolic process of turning glucose and protein into sulfates that form cartilage.[2152] The described nutritional supplementation below can help if the recommendations above are insufficient.

Joints are made of collagen (cartilage shock absorbing material) and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Both substances construct cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is the major precursor of GAGs.[2153] Chondroitin sulfate is a source for collagen. The body produces glucosamine from glucose. Statistical studies have shown that glucosamine reduces osteoarthritis of the knee.[2154] Sea cucumber is natural source for chondroitin. Unfortunately, the nutritional supplements are from exoskeletons of shrimp, lobsters and crabs, i.e. non-kosher sea life. Glucosamine is from crushed snail shells unless from a kosher brand. MSM, Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane, organic sulfur, activates these compounds more effectively in dietary supplement. Owners have fed these nutrients to racehorses for years to prevent arthritis symptoms. Glucosamine sulfate is sufficient in most cases taken immediately before and/or after exercising if there is joint pain. As with most nutritional supplements including calcium-magnesium citrate, one can vary usage depending on how the body feels for optimal effect. One general problem with taking these supplements is that they treat the effect of the body not producing sufficient nutrients as opposed to the cause. On the other hand, Omega-3 in sufficient quantities from sources like ground flaxseed will eliminate the cause.

To understand how plants grown in sulfate soil produce source nutrients for glucosamine, we examine the photosynthesis reaction:

Equation 21-2: Basic Photosynthesis Reaction


green plants


Advanced photosynthesis produces amino acids, proteins, lipids (or fats), pigments, and other organic components of green tissues as well. “Minerals supply the elements (e.g., nitrogen, N; phosphorus, P; sulfur, S) required to form these compounds. Chemical bonds are broken between oxygen (O) and carbon (C), hydrogen (H), nitrogen, and sulfur, and new bonds are formed in products that include gaseous oxygen (O2) and organic compounds.” [2155] Light energy provides the necessary additional energy to break the bonds between oxygen and other elements (e.g., in water, nitrate, and sulfate). The later bonds that form are of lesser energy and yet the more complex molecules have additional energy over the original simple ones and therefore are more readily digestible and nutritious respectively.

Figure 21-1: Aerobic reaction
Nitrogen and Phosphorus


Mitochondria, the power sources of cells produce Adenosine Triphosphate—energy. Adenine is in Red derives from Vitamin B12. The Phosphate, a derivative of glucose, is in blue.[2156] The ribose, a 5 Carbon sugar that alternates with phosphate to form the backbone of RNA, is in Magenta.

Figure 21-2: ATP Molecule

Cells extract energy by this reaction:
Cells may further breakdown ADP, Adenosine Diphosphate into AMP, Adenosine Monophosphate to produce more energy.[2157] Cells store or release energy by attaching or releasing the phosphate of ATP respectively. Food and sunlight supply the energy to reattach phosphates.

Glucosamine, an amino sugar, and other joint nutrients, work better when one takes them immediately before, during or after exercise, because moving synovial fluid, instead of blood is required to nourish “articulating parts of articular cartilage, disks and menisci.”[2158] By taking these nutrients before exercise, the exercise helps build cartilage more than if one were sedentary. Vigorous movements of the joints distribute the synovial fluid to those areas where blood does not reach.[2159] The blood stream naturally transfers sulfates to the synovial fluid, which in turn forms chondroitin sulfate. Glucosamine gets a free ride on the sulfates into the synovial fluid. Chondrocyte cells absorb glucose and protein, which power the cells to produce cartilage with the external sulfates. The general reaction is:

Equation 21-3: Cartilage Production
Synovial fluid Chondrocyte=Cartilage Cells
Glucosamine sulfate(Glucose+protein)x(Chondroitin+Sulfate)Cartilage

Cartilage contains Chondrocyte cells. Synovial fluid diffuses nutrition through a collagen fiber enforced gelatinous material, which consists of glucosamine and glucuronic acid.[2160] The composition and viscosity of the gelatinous materials determines how readily nutrients reach the Chondrocyte cells where a lower viscosity or resistance is better.[2161] Hence, when taking glucosamine with calcium citrate-magnesium, the glucosamine enables the minerals to reach the cartilage in joints.

Table 21-4: Chemicals in Articular Systems
Component Sugars
Hyaluronic acid
Glucosamine and glucuronic acid
Lubricant, shock absorber, water binding
Connective tissue

Chondroitin Sulfate + 10% covalently bonded protein
Galactosamine sulfate and glucuronic acid
Calcium accumulation, cartilage and bone formation

To get an idea of the related functions of glucosamine, review the following table:[2162]

Table 21-5: Related Functions of Articular Chemicals
Component Sugars
Heparin + protein
Glucosamine, glucuronic acid, and iduronic acid
Mast cells and blood
Blood group substance + protein
Glucosamine, galactosamine, fucose, galactose
Blood group specificity
Cell surfaces especially for red blood cells.

One key observation is that glucosamine works better when one has recently consumed protein. The anticoagulant properties suggest that glucosamine could reduce strokes. Absorption of Chondroitin Sulfate supplementation is about 8% but seems to reduce the injury rate while Glucosamine regenerates the cartilage.

Garlic’s immune properties benefit joints by inhibiting bacteria that produce an enzyme that breaks down the glucosamine gelatin. The synovial fluid readily carries the minerals that Garlic contains including selenium into the articular regions. The harmful bacteria living there produce hyaluronidase enzyme that is the same enzyme that sperm produce to penetrate the egg for fertilization. However, in the articular regions, these bacteria embed themselves in the hydrated thin gel material and eventually break it apart. Overall, proper nutrition will reunite the gel material and inhibit the hyaluronidase-producing bacteria.[2163]

Large size grips reduce wrist injury during racquet sports. The key here is to prevent an excessively tight grip in a small radius. Meat draws calcium from the bones. Taking calcium (Citracal Calcium Magnesium) after a meat meal will replenish the bones preventing joint pain.

There are herbs that provide anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for preventing arthritis. Unlike glucosamine and chondroitin, which repair damage, these herbs seem to prevent damage. Nevertheless, because they have anti-inflammatory properties, they should be used modestly after athletics as opposed to before where it might inhibit blood clotting and healing during athletic injury. Also being anti-inflammatory they may reduce mental prowess and concentration. Chinese Skullcap and Black Catechu are examples.

Chinese Skullcap root, Scutellaria Baicalensis is a herbal treatment. Chinese Skullcap in Traditional Chinese Medicine treats inflammatory skin conditions, allergies, high cholesterol and triglycerides.[2164] The root of Chinese Skullcap contains the flavonoid baicalin that has been shown in test tube studies to have protective actions on the liver. Anti-allergy actions and the inhibition of bacteria and viruses in test tube studies have also been documented with Chinese skullcap. Some preliminary studies suggest that Chinese Skullcap may help people with acute lung, intestinal, and liver infections, as well as hay fever.

Black Catechu bark, Acacia Catechu, is a herbal treatment. Its chief constituents are catechin, quercetin, and catechutannic acid; formerly used as an antidiarrheal agent. Also will tighten up gums around teeth. Acacia wood was used by the Hebrews to build the ark of the covenant. Acacia Catechu has some properties like an NSAID including inhibition of COX-1 COX-2 and 5-LO. It has properties similar to Milk Thistle for enhancing the livers ability to filter toxins. It is anti-viral.

21.7.4 Knee injuries

Ligament vs. meniscus can usually be distinguished by X-ray and range motion. For ligament injury, rest from walking and standing is essential to recovery while bicycling can increase nutrient distribution and proper healing of ligaments and muscles. Voltaren gel should be applied to the painful areas until it subsides or relocates. The symptoms of a medial meniscus tear include sensitivity at the rear and inside of the knee.[2165]

Figure 21-3: Knee anatomy


Figure 21-4: Meniscus tears




While tears in the red zone receive blood for healing those in the white are deprived. Testing for a meniscus injury includes:

Acute tears occurring during athletic injury are vertical or longitudinal. Chronic or degenerative tears are usually in the posterior 3rd of the meniscus and are horizontal, difficult to repair, do not have a specific cause and symptoms are less severe. 75% of tears are vertical meniscus and the other 25% horizontal. The majority of meniscus tears are medial in the posterior horn.[2170]

Limitation in full flexion or full extension is from a displaced meniscus tear with entrapment. A hamstring tendon strain can cause posterior knee pain.[2171] The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury also gives pain in the back of the knee sometimes extending to the calf and up to the hamstring.[2172] Ironically, exercising the quadriceps is more effective at repairing injuries to the hamstring region of the knee as an imbalance in strength of the muscle pair pushes the ACL out of alignment upon the meniscus. Take 5 g. Creatine with 1.2 g. Chondroitin and 1.5 g. Glucosamine Hydrochloride in conjunction with exercise for treatment.

21.7.5 Arm and shoulder injuries

Increase Calcium and Magnesium to 100% of daily-recommended allowance if this is not healing. Include Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, B12 and C for better absorption. Also supplement with at least 500 mg creatine per day.

Shoulder impingement type 3 acromion is common in athletics.[2173] Treatment involves change of behavior to give healing time. For example, switch to the left arm for athletics if the problem is in the right shoulder. Pinch the shoulder blades back regularly during the day to correct posture induced shoulder impingement.[2]

For tennis, reduce vertical string tension to 54 lbs and cross strings to 51 lbs.

Sprains occur in the small of the muscle where it attaches to the tendon or ligament near the joint. Pain localized in this area would indicate a sprain. Pains in the larger section of the muscle indicate wear and tear. Ergonomic changes that create shock absorption are important.

Weight lifting may exacerbate these problems especially when applied at acute angles. Hence, one should bench press, lowering the weight only to the right angles of the arms. One should avoid excess weights that arch the back.

Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory that will also rapidly help heal tendonitis, tennis elbow, ligament pulls, and other muscle strains.

While not preferring medicines, certain muscle injuries can heal overnight with a single pill of Bextra – Valdecoxib. This reduces inflammation through its COX-2 inhibitor property preventing a cyclical autoimmune response that would prolong recovery. Bextra is a selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) and I recommend only a single pill overnight once per injury. Taking an aspirin every night during the inflammation period (3 to 4 nights) can prevent the inflammation from turning into an injury.

One of the peculiar causes of carpal tunnel and tendonitis is the height of a chair’s armrests. Make sure the armrests are high enough to keep the forearm and wrists in line with the fingers. Hence, one should always use a chair with adjustable or high armrests for typing.

While Tennis Elbow is on the outside of the elbow, Golfer’s Elbow is on the inside. The following treatments are helpful. One way to relieve pressure on your elbow is to improve the flexibility in your forearms. This can be accomplished with a forearm stretch. Stand up straight with your arms at your sides and your palms facing to the front. Bend your wrists backward until your palms are facing the floor, and hold the position for 30 seconds. Repeat this four more times.

21.7.6 Acromioclavicular (Acromion Clavicle – AC) osteoarthritis

Shoulder injury – shoulder separation contributes to this development. Pulling the arm across the check will compress the AC joint. See You Tube: “Rehabilitation Exercises for AC Joint Shoulder Injuries)” Also see 21.8.4 on posture.

21.8 Back and neck

Treadmill walking is the best exercise treatmeat for back problems as cycling is for knee problems.

21.8.1 Acupuncture

Acupuncture is “worth trying especially if the only alternative is an iffy surgical procedure.”[2175] Acupuncture is a form of healing through relaxation. Recent studies show that the placement of needles is at the intersections of underlying tissues, perhaps reducing swelling impinging on nerves and other neighboring tissues. Aromatherapy also reduces pain.[2176]

21.8.2 Heat Therapy

Put towels in boiling water and apply to sensitive areas with dry towels underneath.

21.8.3 Herbal

Valerian, a Phu[2177] herb, is an antispasmodic, carminative, sedative that will reduce back pain caused by muscle imbalance pressing on the sensitive spinal column. This type of pain is sharp and close to the center of the back. Valerian should only be taken for a few days to rebalance muscles, as its effect on sleep patterns is unnatural.

Excessive steroid use (cortisone) shots can cause Polycythemea Vera, an autoimmune disorder where the bone marrow produces excessive red blood cells, an acute leukemia. Instead, take 6 MSM/Glucosamine per day of 500 mg. each, and creatine at 1 g/day to rebuild the ligament support and heal the discs in the spinal column.

21.8.4 Muscle Imbalance and muscle balance therapy

Ironically much pain can be caused by imbalance. If the upper back muscles are not strong enough, lay face down on bench and do reverse flies until the back muscles become strong enough. This will also improve posture. This is similar to the technique in 21.8.6 [2178] p.917.2178

Alternate the use of phone to your opposite ear especially if you are used to crunching your head against the shoulder to hold the phone as this will strengthen the neck muscles on the other side of the head as well. Overall the goal is to strengthen the imbalanced muscles.

Another technique is to stretch out muscles that are overly tight contributing to pain on the opposite side of the neck for example.

21.8.5 Nutritional

Degenerative back disease is a precursor to hernias and is a flattening of the shock absorbing material between the vertebrae. Take MSM/Glucosamine 2x 500mg up to 3 times per day to stop the progression. Take Ester C with Calcium and Vitamin D before going to sleep to provide support for vertebrae regeneration. Niacin can provide internal heat that serves as a physical therapy.

21.8.6 Posture

Slouching can lead to various back and even shoulder problems as the arms move forward in front of the body stressing the Acromioclavicular. Pinching the shoulder blades behind ones back is a great technique that one can use throughout the day to improve ones posture and alleviate complications here.

21.8.7 Side back pain

If the fins extending out of the backbone go out of alignment, they will produce pain on the side of the body. Lying on the left side of ones body remedies back pain on the right side of ones body and vice-versa. If one wants to completely cure the problem in a single night one should sleep entirely on the side without pain.

21.8.8 Structural massage vs. Chiropractic vs. Physical Therapy

Chiropractic care is specialized in the treatment of the back and neck spinal column and preferred in my opinion to physical therapy for initial treatment of injuries. Be sure to get x-rays so the chiropractor is not flying blind. It is important to x-ray both neck and back to insure that there are not interactive postural problems that can complicate recovery.

Finally, choose structural therapy over chiropractic care for the main course of treatment. Deep tissue massage or Rolfing will work much better for long term healing.

21.8.9 Tennis ball treatment

This entire section is taken from the website:

Text 21-10: Lower Back Pain Remedy - Tennis Ball Tune-Up

This is a very effective lower back pain remedy, or can be a great maintenance routine for hip pain relief, or Achilles tendon pain relief, or heel pain relief.
It's a wonderful addition to the main lower back pain page, the main hip pain relief page, the main achilles tendon pain page, or the main heel pain treatment page.

It's great for everything from your low back down to your toes. Just follow along with the videos below. Go directly to either video on this page by clicking these links:
Intro,  Video 1.
Pain Relief Success Stories

From Sarah:  "Wow! That tennis ball thing worked a miracle on my hip!!! I've been through two mattresses in the last 8 months. I got the tennis ball yesterday and I feel like a new person today. Just wanted to drop you a line and say THANKS!!!!"  Sarah, United States
From Zach:  "Hi Gary. I...was happy to find your site through a search. Your tennis ball technique helped me out big time with my back. I would have had to skip a week of work without the help. Thanks a ton!" Zach, Country Unknown
You can do it too!

This short introductory video is a great place to start. Click directly to any pain relief video on this page:
Intro,  Video 1, *Please Watch This Short Video First. Thanks.
Please visit the techniques page now, if you haven't already. On the homepage I detail...the 3 Simple Steps
  1. Step 1 - End muscle attachment inflammation,
  2. Step 2 - Stop nerve pathway irritation,
  3. Step 3 - Restore joint muscle balance,

and the 4 Basic Facts about your body that make it possible for you to provide your own joint pain relief.
  1. BONES only go where MUSCLES pull or hold them. Bones don’t move on their own - this is very important to understand. Bones are basically chunks of calcium. They are just anchors or leverage points that enable muscles to perform their jobs. Bones are important building blocks, but they can't do anything without the muscles that attach to them.
  2. MUSCLES only do what NERVES tell them to do – and we know exactly where those nerves are for each muscle.
  3. Every muscle in your body has a nerve pathway - the dermatome chart to your right shows the superficial nerve pathways in the body. By tracing and releasing the muscles along the nerve pathway for your specific joint pain, you can often free yourself from joint pain.
  4. YOU can be taught simple techniques to release the MUSCLES and free the NERVES that are the cause of 95% of all joint pain issues.

JOINTS are made up of bones, muscles, and soft-tissues like tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It is only the MUSCLES that are dynamic enough to rapidly affect the alignment of a joint in a positive and stable releasing the inappropriate tension in the muscles that are negatively affecting your joint.

Detailed Instructions For Lower Back Pain Remedy - Tennis Ball Tune-Up
Click directly to any pain relief video on this page:
Intro,  Video 1,.
Lower Back Pain Remedy - Tennis Ball Tune-Up
This Tennis Ball Tune-Up is titled as a lower back pain remedy, since it's often a good "quick fix" for low back pain relief when done properly, but it's also helps other issues as well. As mentioned above, it's ideally done in addition to the 3 Simple Steps for low back, or hip pain, or achilles pain, or heel pain, since freeing all the muscles that may be causing your lower back pain, or any other joint pain, is the best way to go in the long run. But it's also just nice to have this Tennis Ball Tune-Up in your back pocket, so to speak, in case you need it in a pinch. Here's what we're going to do:

1. Release Upper Side of Hip (Tensor Fascia Lata Muscle) -
Press your fingertips into the area between the top of your side thighbone (your femur) and the top of your hipbone. Press on the spot so you're familiar with where you'll want to feel the pressure from the tennis ball when you lie on it.

Place a tennis ball on a carpeted floor or cushioned chair and lie on your side so the ball is pressing in the area you just pressed with your fingertips. Adjust the pressure by moving your body weight over the ball and apply as much pressure as you can relax into.

Now we'll do the tennis-ball-press technique. As you find the tennis ball pressing into a tender spot do the press-hold-move technique by moving your leg so that the muscle tissue under ball is forced to move under the pressure of the ball. As the tissue releases, move to another tender spot in the area and repeat this process.
Do both sides of your body.

REMEMBER: You are not "massaging" the tissue with the tennis ball. You are applying pressure in ONE SPOT and making the muscle tissue move under that pressure by making the tissue function. Make note both of how tender the tissue was and how much releasing this one area reduces your lower back pain, hip pain, Achilles tendon pain, or heel pain.

2. Upper Gluteas Release (Upper Gluteas Release) - What we'll be doing here is very similar to what you just did above, except we'll be doing the area between the tip of your back tailbone (sacrum) out to the side of your hipbone. So just like you did above, you'll be doing the press-hold-move technique with the tennis-ball-press technique where the tennis ball applies as much pressure as you can relax into, while you move your leg so the tissue under the ball moves. Find all the tender spots in this upper gluteus area and work them free. Do both sides of your body. Make note both of how tender the tissue was and how much releasing this one area reduces your lower back pain, hip pain, Achilles tendon pain, or heel pain.

3. Mid and Lower Hip Release -
Again, similar to what you just did above we'll be doing the tennis-ball-press technique to do our basic press-hold-move technique on all the tissue between your back tailbone (sacrum) down to the top of your leg bone (femur). Just find any tender tissue, apply as much pressure as you can relax into with your bodyweight, and move you leg so the tissue under the ball moves.

And you especially want to remember the tissue between your sitz bones (the bones in the bottom of your butt you feel when you sit on a hard surface) and the head of thighbone (femur).

Basically just like above, Find all the tender spots in this lower hip area and work them free. Do both sides of your body. Make note both of how tender the tissue was and how much releasing this one area reduces your lower back pain, hip pain, Achilles tendon pain, or heel pain.

Self-Assessment of Tennis Ball Tune-Up For Lower Back Pain Relief or Other Pain Relief Areas So now you have to ask yourself the most important question - "Did this lower back pain remedy we call "The Tennis Ball Tune-Up" actually work?" Is your lower back pain (or other pain) completely gone? Partially gone? Which techniques gave you the most lower back pain relief? Was there one specific lower back pain treatment that instantly relieved your pain? Remember what worked best for you, so you can do that first next time you need it.

Are you still experiencing some lower back pain? Which muscles are still tender (that means they are too tight!) and could use some more work?
Go back and repeat those techniques that seem to need a few more rounds. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results you get now that you've released other muscles that may prevented them letting go on the first attempt. Investigate a bit and you'll eventually find which techniques work best for you to provide the best lower back pain remedy. Then you'll be able to fix yourself whenever you desire because you'll have your own personalized lower back pain remedy...literally at your fingertips!

21.8.10 Trigger points

The trapezius muscle region has numerous trigger points that are responsible for pain that result from prolonged arm extensions or imbalance of forward muscle vs. back muscle strength.[2179] Massage can be used to loosen up scar tissue in the upper back from any accidents, i.e. whip lash. Ultimately strengthening these muscles is the only way to prevent pain recurrence.

21.8.11 Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique improves posture, reduces back pain and improves life in general. It involves subconscious effort only that is letting the body do the following:

Let the neck be free to let the head move forward and upward to let the back lengthen and widen.

One can let all three movements happen together so that one can see them in any order as follows:

Text 21-11: Posture Text
Let the neck go free, so that your head may rise upward, lengthening and widening your back.

Let the neck be free
Let the head move forward and upward
Let the back lengthen and widen

Slightly tip the head down when letting it move forward.[2180] A simpler approach that achieves the same posture is to imagine a string connected to the top of ones head pulling one up like a puppet and then let your body go.

21.8.12 Whiplash


Exercises include strengthening the neck with a headband and moving the head back under resistance until the neck muscles burn. Posture involves keeping the shoulders back. Also consider structural massage over chiropractic care or physical therapy.

21.9 Bathing

Text 21-12: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 32:24
The proper way of washing oneself is to take a bath regularly every week.

Excessive bathing washes protective oils from our skin.

21.10 Brain and memory

21.10.1 Brain Lobes

After the age of 50, one may begin developing mental dysfunctions with aging. Lesions are caused by diminished blood flow causing stroke-like damage. One of the key causes of these lesions is anger.
1. Frontal lobe—conscious thought; damage can result in mood changes, social differences, etc. The frontal lobes are the most uniquely human of all the brain structures.
2. Parietal lobe—plays important roles in integrating sensory information from various senses, and in the manipulation of objects; portions of the parietal lobe are involved with visuospatial processing
3. Occipital lobe—sense of sight; lesions can produce hallucinations
4. Temporal lobe—senses of smell and sound, as well as processing of complex stimuli like faces and scenes.
5. Limbic lobe—emotion, memory
6. Insular cortex—pain, some other senses.
In the case of the dysfunction of the temporal lobe, one may have hallucinations of smell, such as smelling burning toast when nothing is amiss. Next one would expect a dysfunction in complex stimuli, i.e. too much input confusing ones perception of reality. This might lead to anger responses from a false perception of events, from the adjacent limbic lobe.

21.10.2 Memory Loss

The nerve cells that fire together, wire together.[2181] That is the way we think, the mental projects we work on reinforce a neural network in the brain to perform those tasks better. Hence, you should exercise your brain in the manner that you want to be, because you can rewire your brain anytime. The reverse corollary to this rule is Nerve cells that don’t fire together, no longer wire together. If one does not use the brain in an advanced subject area that one was trained one will lose that knowledge.[2182]

Text 21-13: Memory loss and folate + B12
Folic Acid and B-12 Show Brain Benefit in Elderly
January 5, 2012

Long-term deficiencies in vitamins such as B-12, folate and niacin, are known to have similar effects on the brain degeneration, leading to the suspicion that such vitamins play a role in the development of dementia.

Walker and her team conducted the randomized, controlled trial with a completely crossed factorial design. The two-year-long intervention compared a daily oral dose of 400 mcg of folic acid plus 100 mcg of vitamin B-12 to a placebo.

Main outcome measures examined change in cognitive functioning at 12 and 24 months by using the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status-Modified (TICS-M) and the Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone, to test processing speed.

The authors reported that after 24 months, folic acid plus vitamin B-12 improved the TICS-M total, TICS-M immediate and TICS-M delayed recall scores in comparison with placebo. However, the team found no significant changes in orientation, attention, semantic memory, processing speed or informant reports.

Text 21-14: High blood sugar and memory loss
Higher Blood Sugar Linked to Poor Memory Performance
November 27, 2013

New research from Germany suggests higher blood sugar levels can have a negative impact on memory performance. Perhaps most interestingly, the negative influence of chronically higher blood glucose levels was evident even in subjects without impaired glucose tolerance or type II diabetes.

In a study involving 141 individuals without dementia with an average age of 63.1 years, researchers examined the association between memory performance and blood levels of glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin. In addition, MRI scans were used to assess associations between blood glucose and changes in the hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in learning and memory.

Lower glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels were associated with better scores in cognitive measures including delayed recall, learning ability and memory consolidation. MRI scans indicated that the effects of blood glucose on memory were mediated in part by changes in the volume and microstructure of the hippocampus. The study authors concluded, “Chronically higher blood glucose levels exert a negative influence on cognition, possibly mediated by structural changes in learning-relevant brain areas. Therefore, strategies aimed at lowering glucose levels even in the normal range may beneficially influence cognition in the older population.”

Kerti L, Witte AV, et al. Higher glucose levels associated with lower memory and reduced hippocampal microstructure. Neurology. 2013 Nov 12; 81 (20): 1746-52. doi: 10.1212/

The study included 141 individuals (69 men, 72 women), aged around 63 years. All the participants were fully free from diabetes or pre-diabetes and were not heavy drinkers. People with memory problems were excluded from the study.

During the study, the German researchers measured the participants' memory skills by reading a list containing 15 words and noted down the number of words each participant recalled after 30 minutes. Blood glucose levels of the participants was tested and recorded. Using brain scan, they also measured and noticed the size of the brain area hippocampus that plays major role in memory.

Lower levels of blood sugar were associated with better memory and greater volumes in the hippocampus. People with high blood sugar levels scored worse on memory tests and recalled very few words compared to others who had lower blood sugar levels. Even a slight increase in HbA1c, a marker of glucose control lowered the ability to recall words.

"These results suggest that even for people within the normal range of blood sugar, lowering their blood sugar levels could be a promising strategy for preventing memory problems and cognitive decline as they age," said study author Agnes Flöel, MD, of Charité University Medicine in Berlin, Germany. "Strategies such as lowering calorie intake and increasing physical activity should be tested."

The study has been published in the journal Neurology.

Following are some tips and foods that help improve memory:

  1. Eat Breakfast, never skip it- Breakfast helps improve short-term memory and attention
  2. Food rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for brain development. Fish oils, squid oil, algal oil and plant oils (echium and flaxseed oil) are some sources rich in omega 3 fatty acids
  3. Leafy Greens rich with folate and B9
  4. Foods Rich in Flavonoids- berries, nuts, beans, green, red vegetables
  5. Include more food rich in vitamin E (Avocado, sunflower seeds, peanuts)
  6. Coffee
  7. Red wine
  8. Dark Chocolate

21.11 Cancer

21.11.1 Anti-angiogenetic therapy

Anti-angiogenetic refers to substances that diminish carcinogenic properties.

The material in this section is quoted from Dr. William Li MD, a 2nd generation researcher in this field.[2183]

Figure 21-5: Dietary sources of naturally-occurring antiangiogenic substances

Text 21-15: Dietary categories of naturally-occurring antiangiogenic substances
Red wine
Dark chocolate
Green tea
Bok choy
Sea cucumber


Soy beans

Olive oil

Maitake mushroom
Grape seed oil





Red grapes

Text 21-16: Apples, sprouts, tomatos, leafy greens, soy, sweet potato, and hard cheese
Be picky. Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples have twice as many cancer fighters as Fuji or Golden Delicious apples. The San Marzano tomato contains more cancer fighters than any other variety. Wine grapes grown in cooler climates have more cancer fighters than grapes grown in warmer climates.
Eat Your Sprouts. Broccoli sprouts can contain more cancer-fighting properties than regular broccoli.
Dunk Your Teabag. Dunking a tea bag up and down releases more cancer-fighting molecules than letting the bag just sit in the cup.
Cook Your Vegetables. Raw tomatoes are good, but cooking them in olive oil is better.
Chew Your Greens. Chewing leafy greens helps to release enzymes that activate cancer-fighting molecules embedded deep in the leaves.
Go Soy. Fermented soy, like the kind used in miso soup, contains four times more cancer fighters than regular soybeans.
Choose one cancer fighting food for each meal. At 3 meals each day, that adds up to more than a thousand of cancer fighting food choices each year. - See more at:

A Surprising Weapon
But this arsenal also contains surprising weapons. Here is one: Cheese.

Eating certain types of hard cheeses, including Gouda, Edam, Emmenthal, and Jarlsburg, can lower your risk of developing cancer. Why? Because these cheeses contain a form of Vitamin K called Vitamin K2 (the scientific name is menaquinone) that is both antiangiogenic and also kills cancer cells directly. The studies indicate that eating as few as two slices of these hard cheeses a day can lower your overall risk for cancer, including lung cancer and prostate cancer.  You can find these cheeses in your local grocery store.

You might be wondering whether eating cheese frequently is such a good idea?  Well, in this case, it turns out that vitamin K2 also protects the heart by preventing hardening of the arteries. Many of the medical studies I’ve cited were done in Europe where cheese is regularly eaten, even on a daily basis, including breakfast.  Personally, I think the research is so compelling that we should all find ways to add vitamin K2 into our diets. If you are a cheese lover, Gouda and the other types I listed above are good choices.  For people who are lactose intolerant or who just don’t like dairy, chicken is another good source of Vitamin K2.  Not the whole chicken, but the dark meat like the thighs and drumsticks.  There are many tasty chicken recipes that let you substitute dark meat for white breast meat. - See more at:

The sweet potato is a tuber (edible storage root) belonging to the Morning Glory family, and is actually not related to a potato as the name implies. Sweet potato is also often confused with the yam, which is a completely different plant, a tuber related to lilies that grows from a vine, and which grows to much larger sizes.

Sweet potatoes have a smooth skin and usually are elongated with tapered ends. Their colors range from purple, violet, orange or grey and flesh that can vary from white to various orange hues. In contrast, yams are West African in origin (their name comes from "njam" which means "to eat") and are different in appearance, with tree bark-like rough thick skin brown or black in color, and flesh that is never orange and is more starchy than sweet potato. Anti-angiogenic carotenoids are high in sweet potatoes while very low in yams.[2184]
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Figure 21-6: Angiogenesis – shorter the bar the more effective the treatment


Voltaren gel, diclofenac sodium, a localized NSAID, is widely available by prescription for treating arthritis. That it shows up as the 4th most anti-carcinogenic treatment as well is worth noting as it can be applied to localized areas of the body easily with a reasonable depth of penetration from the skin.

Figure 21-7: Blending of teas for the highest anti angiogenic potency
Figure 21-8: Related conditions of angiogenesis out of balance

Text 21-17: Exercise, Stress, Smoking, and Obesity connections with angiogenesis
Exercise builds muscle, and to do this, it stimulates growth factors to increase in the bloodstream, and these growth factors not only provide an expanded blood supply to support enlargement of the muscle itself, but the factors also attract angiogenic stem cells that normally reside in the bone marrow to enter the circulation and home in on growing muscle. These stem cells build both muscle and the blood vessels required to supply it. Exercise also increases angiogenesis in the lung and brain. Regular exercise is important for health.[2185]


Bonsignore MR, Morici G, Riccioni R, et. al. Hemopoietic and angiogenetic progenitors in healthy athletes: different responses to endurance and maximal exercise. J Appl Physiol. 2010 Jul;109(1):60-7.

Möbius-Winkler S, Hilberg T, Menzel K, et. al. Time-dependent mobilization of circulating progenitor cells during strenuous exercise in healthy individuals. Appl Physiol. 2009 Dec;107(6):1943-50.

Tang K, Xia FC, Wagner PD, Breen EC. Exercise-induced VEGF transcriptional activation in brain, lung and skeletal muscle. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2010 Jan 31;170(1):16-22.

Stress activates the ‘fight or flight’ response in the body. Many stress hormones are released, among them are catecholamines and neuropeptides. Both of these molecules influence cancer cell growth and tumor angiogenesis. Norepinephrine and epinephrine are potent stimulators of tumor vascularization, acting directly on the endothelial cells comprising blood vessels. They also cause cancer cells to release angiogenic factors that grow blood vessels to feed tumors. Relaxation decreases catecholamines and neuropeptides in the bloodstream. Decrease your stress levels. Get enough sleep.[2186]


Park SY, Kang JH, Jeong KJ, Lee J, Han JW, Choi WS, Kim YK, Kang JK, Park CG, Lee HY. Norepinephrine induces VEGF expression and angiogenesis by a hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha protein-dependent mechanism. Int J Cancer. 2010 Aug 16.

Tilan J, Kitlinska J. Sympathetic Neurotransmitters and Tumor Angiogenesis-Link between Stress and Cancer Progression.. J Oncol. 2010;2010:539706.

Cigarette smoking causes cancer and serious lung damage. The many carcinogens found in cigarette smoke stimulate angiogenesis and increase the growth rate of lung cancers. Smoking increases the production by lung cancer cells and inflammatory cells of the angiogenic protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Studies by veterinarians have also shown that secondary smoke found on the fur of cats, increases the risk of oral cancers when cats lick their fur. Don’t smoke. If you do, quit to improve your health. Avoid secondary smoke.


Egleton RD, Brown KC, Dasgupta P. Angiogenic activity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors: implications in tobacco-related vascular diseases. Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Feb;121(2):205-23.

Cooke JP, Bitterman H. Nicotine and angiogenesis: a new paradigm for tobacco-related diseases. Ann Med. 2004;36(1):33-40.

Obesity is a disease now linked to angiogenesis. Adipose tissue is highly vascularized, and angiogenesis promotes fat expansion by supplying fat cells with oxygen and nutrients. Fat tissue itself contains many promoters of angiogenesis, including angiogenic stem cells. Laboratory studies have shown that inhibiting angiogenesis in obese mice decreases their weight to normal levels. Obesity increases the risk of various cancers. Obese individuals have increased levels of proangiogenic factors that may contribute to tumor growth.


Trayhurn P, Wang B, Wood IS. Hypoxia in adipose tissue: a basis for the dysregulation of tissue function in obesity? Br J Nutr. 2008 Aug;100(2):227-35.

Brandon EL, Gu JW, Cantwell L, et. al. Obesity promotes melanoma tumor growth: role of leptin. Cancer Biol Ther. 2009 Oct;8(19):1871-9.

Rupnick MA, Panigrahy D, Zhang CY, et. al. Adipose tissue mass can be regulated through the vasculature. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Aug 6;99(16):10730-5.

Text 21-18: William Li anti-angiogenesis presentation
Good afternoon. There's a medical revolution happening all around us, and it's one that's going to help us conquer some of society's most dreaded conditions, including cancer. The revolution is called angiogenesis, and it's based on the process that our bodies use to grow blood vessels.

So why should we care about blood vessels? Well, the human body is literally packed with them: 60,000 miles worth in a typical adult. End to end, that would form a line that would circle the earth twice. The smallest blood vessels are called capillaries; we've got 19 billion of them in our bodies. And these are the vessels of life, and, as I'll show you, they can also be the vessels of death. Now the remarkable thing about blood vessels is that they have this ability to adapt to whatever environment they're growing in. For example, in the liver they form channels to detoxify the blood; in the lung they line air sacs for gas exchange; in muscle they corkscrew so that muscles can contract without cutting off circulation; and in nerves they course along like power lines, keeping those nerves alive. We get most of these blood vessels when we're actually still in the womb, And what that means is that as adults, blood vessels don't normally grow. Except in a few special circumstances: In women, blood vessels grow every month to build the lining of the uterus; during pregnancy, they form the placenta, which connects mom and baby. And after injury, blood vessels actually have to grow under the scab in order to heal a wound. And this is actually what it looks like, hundreds of blood vessels all growing toward the center of the wound.

So the body has the ability to regulate the amount of blood vessels that are present at any given time. It does this through an elaborate and elegant system of checks and balances, stimulators and inhibitors of angiogenesis, such that, when we need a brief burst of blood vessels, the body can do this by releasing stimulators, proteins called angiogenic factors that act as natural fertilizer and stimulate new blood vessels to sprout. And when those excess vessels are no longer needed, the body prunes them back to baseline using naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis. Now there are other situations where we start beneath the baseline and we need to grow more blood vessels just to get back to normal levels -- for example, after an injury -- and a body can do that too, but only to that normal level, that set point.

But what we now know is that for a number of diseases, there are defects in the system where the body can't prune back extra blood vessels or can't grow enough new ones in the right place at the right time. And in these situations, angiogenesis is out of balance. And when angiogenesis is out of balance, a myriad of diseases result. For example, insufficient angiogenesis -- not enough blood vessels -- leads to wounds that don't heal, heart attacks, legs without circulation, death from stroke, nerve damage. And on the other end, excessive angiogenesis -- too many blood vessels -- drives disease, and we see this in cancer, blindness, arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer's disease. In total, there are more than 70 major diseases affecting more than a billion people worldwide, that all look on the surface to be different from one another, but all actually share abnormal angiogenesis as their common denominator. And this realization is allowing us to reconceptualize the way that we actually approach these diseases by controlling angiogenesis.

Now I'm going to focus on cancer because angiogenesis is a hallmark of cancer, every type of cancer. So here we go. This is a tumor: dark, gray, ominous mass growing inside a brain. And under the microscope, you can see hundreds of these brown staining blood vessels, capillaries that are feeding cancer cells, bringing oxygen and nutrients. But cancers don't start out like this. And, in fact, cancers don't start out with a blood supply. They start out as small, microscopic nests of cells that can only grow to one half a cubic millimeter in size; that's the tip of a ballpoint pen. Then they can't get any larger because they don't have a blood supply, so they don't have enough oxygen or nutrients.

In fact, we're probably forming these microscopic cancers all the time in our body. Autopsy studies from people who died in car accidents have shown that about 40 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 50 actually have microscopic cancers in their breasts, about 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60s have microscopic prostate cancers, and virtually 100 percent of us, by the time we reach our 70s, will have microscopic cancers growing in our thyroid. Yet, without a blood supply, most of these cancers will never become dangerous. Dr. Judah Folkman, who was my mentor and who was the pioneer of the angiogenesis field, once called this "cancer without disease."

So the body's ability to balance angiogenesis, when it's working properly, prevents blood vessels from feeding cancers. And this turns out to be one of our most important defense mechanisms against cancer. In fact, if you actually block angiogenesis and prevent blood vessels from ever reaching cancer cells, tumors simply can't grow up. But once angiogenesis occurs, cancers can grow exponentially. And this is actually how a cancer goes from being harmless to deadly. Cancer cells mutate and they gain the ability to release lots of those angiogenic factors, natural fertilizer, that tip the balance in favor of blood vessels invading the cancer. And once those vessels invade the cancer, it can expand, it can invade local tissues. And the same vessels that are feeding tumors allow cancer cells to exit into the circulation as metastases. And, unfortunately, this late stage of cancer is the one at which it's most likely to be diagnosed, when angiogenesis is already turned on and cancer cells are growing like wild.

So, if angiogenesis is a tipping point between a harmless cancer and a harmful one, then one major part of the angiogenesis revolution is a new approach to treating cancer by cutting off the blood supply. We call this antiangiogenic therapy, and it's completely different from chemotherapy because it selectively aims at the blood vessels that are feeding the cancers. And we can do this because tumor blood vessels are unlike normal, healthy vessels we see in other places of the body: They're abnormal; they're very poorly constructed; and, because of that, they're highly vulnerable to treatments that target them. In effect, when we give cancer patients antiangiogenic therapy -- here, an experimental drug for a glioma, which is a type of brain tumor -- you can see that there are dramatic changes that occur when the tumor is being starved. Here's a woman with a breast cancer being treated with the antiangiogenic drug called Avastin, which is FDA approved. And you can see that the halo of blood flow disappears after treatment.

Well, I've just shown you two very different types of cancer that both responded to antiangiogenic therapy. So, a few years ago, I asked myself, "Can we take this one step further and treat other cancers, even in other species?" So here is a nine year-old boxer named Milo who had a very aggressive tumor called a malignant neurofibroma growing on his shoulder. It invaded into his lungs. His veterinarian only gave him three months to live. So we created a cocktail of antiangiogenic drugs that could be mixed into his dog food as well as an antiangiogenic cream that could be applied on the surface of the tumor. And within a few weeks of treatment, we were able to slow down that cancer's growth such that we were ultimately able to extend milo's survival to six times what the veterinarian had initially predicted, all with a very good quality of life.

And we subsequently treated more than 600 dogs. We have about a 60 percent response rate and improved survival for these pets that were about to be euthanized. So let me show you a couple of even more interesting examples. This is 20-year-old dolphin living in Florida, and she had these lesions in her mouth that, over the course of three years, developed into invasive squamous cell cancers. So we created an antiangiogenic paste. We had it painted on top of the cancer three times a week. And over the course of seven months, the cancers completely disappeared, and the biopsies came back as normal.

Here's a cancer growing on the lip of a Wuarter horse named Guinness. It's a very, very deadly type of cancer called an angiosarcoma. It had already spread to his lymph nodes, so we used an antiangiogenic skin cream for the lip and an oral cocktail, so we could treat from the inside as well as the outside. And over the course of six months, he experienced a complete remission. And here he is six years later, Guinness, with his very happy owner.


Now, obviously, antiangiogenic therapy could be used for a wide range of cancers. And, in fact, the first pioneering treatments for people, as well as dogs, are already becoming available. There's 12 different drugs, 11 different cancer types. But the real question is: How well do these work in practice? So here's actually the patient survival data from eight different types of cancer. The bars represent survival time taken from the era in which there was only chemotherapy, or surgery, or radiation available. But starting in 2004, when antiangiogenic therapies first became available, well you can see that there has been a 70 to 100 percent improvement in survival for people with kidney cancer, multiple myeloma, colorectal cancer, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. That's impressive. But for other tumors and cancer types, the improvements have only been modest.

So I started asking myself, "Why haven't we been able to do better?" And the answer, to me, is obvious; we're treating cancer too late in the game, when it's already established and, oftentimes, it's already spread or metastasized. And as a doctor, I know that once a disease progresses to an advanced stage, achieving a cure can be difficult, if not impossible. So I went back to the biology of angiogenesis and started thinking: Could the answer to cancer be preventing angiogenesis, beating cancer at its own game so the cancers could never become dangerous? This could help healthy people as well as people who've already beaten cancer once or twice and want to find a way to keep it from coming back. So to look for a way to prevent angiogenesis in cancer, I went back to look at cancer's causes. And what really intrigued me was when I saw that diet accounts for 30 to 35 percent of environmentally caused cancers.

Now, the obvious thing is to think about what we could remove from our diet, what to strip out, take away. But I actually took a completely opposite approach and began asking: What could we be adding to our diet that's naturally antiangiogenic, that could boost the body's defense system and beat back those blood vessels that are feeding cancers? In other words, can we eat to starve cancer? (Laughter) Well, the answer's yes, and I'm going to show you how. Our search for this has taken us to the market, the farm and to the spice cabinet, because what we've discovered is that mother nature has laced a large number of foods and beverages and herbs with naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis.

So here's a test system we developed. At the center is a ring from which hundreds of blood vessels are growing out in a starburst fashion. And we can use this system to test dietary factors at concentrations that are obtainable by eating. So let me show you what happens when we put in an extract from red grapes. The active ingredient's resveratrol, it's also found in red wine. This inhibits abnormal angiogenesis by 60 percent. Here's what happens when we added an extract from strawberries; it potently inhibits angiogenesis. And extract from soybeans. And here is a growing list of our antiangiogenic foods and beverages that we're interested in studying. For each food type, we believe that there are different potencies within different strains and varietals. And we want to measure this because, well, while you're eating a strawberry or drinking tea, why not select the one that's most potent for preventing cancer.

So here are four different teas that we've tested. They're all common ones: Chinese jasmine, Japanese sencha, Earl Grey and a special blend that we prepared. And you can see clearly that the teas vary in their potency from less potent to more potent. But what's very cool is when we actually combined the two less potent teas together, the combination, the blend, is more potent than either one alone. This means there's food synergy.

Here's some more data from our testing. Now, in the lab, we can simulate tumor angiogenesis represented here in a black bar. And using this system, we can test the potency of cancer drugs. So the shorter the bar, less angiogenesis, that's good. And here are some common drugs that have been associated with reducing the risk of cancer in people. Statins, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and a few others, they inhibit angiogenesis too. And here are the dietary factors going head to head against these drugs. You can see, they clearly hold their own and, in some cases, they're more potent than the actual drugs. Soy, parsley, garlic, grapes, berries; I could go home and cook a tasty meal using these ingredients. So imagine if we could create the world's first rating system in which we could score foods according to their antiangiogenic, cancer-preventative properties. And that's what we're doing right now.

Now, I've shown you a bunch of lab data, and so the real question is: What is the evidence in people that eating certain foods can reduce angiogenesis in cancer? Well, the best example I know is a study of 79,000 men followed over 20 years, in which it was found that men who consumed cooked tomatoes two to three times a week had up to a 50 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer. Now, we know that tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, and lycopene is antiangiogenic. But what's even more interesting from this study is that in those men who did develop prostate cancer, those who ate more servings of tomato sauce actually had fewer blood vessels feeding their cancer. So this human study is a prime example of how antiangiogenic substances present in food and consumed at practical levels can impact on cancer. And we're now studying the role of a healthy diet with Dean Ornish at UCSF and Tufts University on the role of this healthy diet on markers of angiogenesis that we can find in the bloodstream.

Now, obviously, what I've shared with you has some far-ranging implications, even beyond cancer research. Because if we're right, it could impact on consumer education, food services, public health and even the insurance industry. And, in fact, some insurance companies are already beginning to think along these lines. Check out this ad from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. And for many people around the world, dietary cancer prevention may be the only practical solution because not everybody can afford expensive end-stage cancer treatments, but everybody could benefit from a healthy diet based on local, sustainable, antiangiogenic crops.

Now, finally, I've talked to you about food, and I've talked to you about cancer, so there's just one more disease that I have to tell you about and that's obesity. Because it turns out that adipose tissue, fat, is highly angiogenesis dependent. And, like a tumor, fat grows when blood vessels grow. So the question is: Can we shrink fat by cutting off its blood supply? So the top curve shows the body weight of a genetically obese mouse that eats nonstop until it turns fat, like this furry tennis ball. And the bottom curve is the weight of a normal mouse.

If you take the obese mouse and give it an angiogenesis inhibitor, it loses weight. Stop the treatment, gains the weight back. Restart the treatment, loses the weight again. Stop the treatment, it gains the weight back. And, in fact, you can cycle the weight up and down simply by inhibiting angiogenesis. So this approach that we're taking for cancer prevention may also have an application for obesity. The really, truly interesting thing about this is that we can't take these obese mice and make them lose more weight than what the normal mouse's weight is supposed to be. In other words, we can't create supermodel mice. (Laughter) And this speaks to the role of angiogenesis in regulating healthy set points.

Albert Szent-Gyorgi once said that, "Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen, and thinking what no one has thought." I hope I've convinced you that, for diseases like cancer, obesity and other conditions, that there may be a great power in attacking their common denominator: angiogenesis. And that's what I think the world needs now. Thank you.


June Cohen: I have a quick question for you. So these drugs aren't exactly ... they're not exactly in mainstream cancer treatments right now. For anyone out here who has cancer, what would you recommend? Do you recommend pursuing these treatments now, for most cancer patients?

William Li: So there are antiangiogenic treatments that are FDA approved, and if you're a cancer patient or working for one or advocating for one, you should ask about them. And there are many clinical trials. The Angiogenesis Foundation is following almost 300 companies, and there are about 100 more drugs in that pipeline. So consider the approved ones, look for clinical trials, but then between what the doctor can do for you, we need to start asking what can we do for ourselves. And this is one of the themes that I'm talking about is we can empower ourselves to do the things that doctors can't do for us, which is to use knowledge and take action. And if Mother Nature has given us some clues, we think that there might be a new future in the value of how we eat. And what we eat is really our chemotherapy three times a day.

JC: Right. And along those lines, for people who might have risk factors for cancer, would you recommend pursuing any treatments sort of prophylactically or simply pursuing the right diet with lots of tomato sauce?

WL: Well, you know, there's abundant epidemiological evidence. And I think in the information age, it doesn't take long to go to a credible source like PubMed, the National Library of Medicine, to look for epidemiological studies for cancer risk reduction based on diet and based on common medications. And that's certainly something that anybody can look into.

JC: Okay. Well, thank you so much.


21.11.2 Background

The embryo is the earliest example of cancer cells. Embryonic cells are undifferentiated and multiply rapidly until the fetal stage begins. Early cancer cells serve the distinct purpose of providing a critical mass of cells to produce organs in the body. Later cancer cells are either activated due to a mistake or genetic damage. In the prior case they can usually be deactivated as discussed in 21.11.1.

21.11.3 Necrosis

After successful anti-angiogenetic treatment, the tumor is likely to become necrotic and pose a secondary risk of infection. The key is to add sufficient enzymes to dissolve this tissue and anti-biotics to prevent infection. When the tissue becomes necrotic, it may lack sufficient blood circulation for the enzymes to reach their mark. “A healthy individual's body will eventually ‘eat’ dead tissue in a wound. Enzymes can remove the dead tissue faster and more effectively if the wound is larger or the individual has an impaired immune system.”[2187] Useful enzymes from the papaya fruit have been turned into the enzymatic debridgement ointment products, Accuzyme and Panafil. Antibiotic foods include cloves which is antiseptic and the antibiotic molds available by prescription. Similar to papaya, pinapple is rich in enzymes.

21.11.4 Pollution

The occurrence of cancer at later stages in life is often indicative of a major organ failure due to pollutant damage, i.e. lung cancer, or the body experiencing prolonged unnatural stress without an environmental cause. In the later case, the body permits cancer cell production in the belief that it is preparing the body against some future attack. Prolonged stress causes the body’s immune focus to shift to the extremities, leaving cancer cells unmonitored.

Pollutants and stresses in modern day life differ significantly from the situation of the prior 50,000 years when the body’s response was often not dysfunctional. For example, cancer in the lung is not going to remove the toxins embedded in the existing lung tissue. It is too late for the body to produce a new lung, currently. Similarly, lymphatic cancer is responding to pollutants that are in the blood leading to a cataclysmic response where the body thinks it can regenerate itself into new organs to replace the damage. Alternatively, cancer results from stress—mimicking the appearance of pollutants by causing hormonal changes in the body.

Once we recognize that cancer is not the enemy, simply the response to the enemy, we realize that diet, pollution, and stress are all preventative factors. Eliminating toxic foods from the diet is essential. Increasing antioxidant rich foods will boost the body’s natural defense system. Finally, reducing the stressful response will stop the body’s feedback mechanism from tolerating cancer cells.

Since the very beginning of life is a hormonal stressful situation, rapid cell production is always a potential, though lying dormant. Maybe one day, we will learn how to harness this aspect of the body to renew life and live much longer, instead of falling victim to the body’s radical response to drastic situations, G-d forbid.

Ground Flaxseed Meal is extremely effective at fighting/preventing digestive track cancers:[2188]

Text 21-19: Flaxseed
Flaxmeal—Ground flax seed is a natural fiber that offers the “brooming” action of indigestible cellulose, the soothing properties of soluble fiber, the antibacterial, fungal, and viral protection of lignins, and the nutrition of EFAs, boron, and potassium. Its combination of fibers has been shown to scrape carcinogenic substances from the colon wall while protecting the mucous lining, which safeguards against digestive juices and invasive bacteria. The woody substances called lignins lower cholesterol and, when mixed with beneficial bacteria in the colon, form antioxidant compounds thought to protect against breast cancer.

Psyllium seed husk has similar benefits and is available in bulk food sections of stores.

Cat’s Claw offers preventive nutrition for cancer and other illnesses, “Julian Whitaker, M.D., reports using cat’s claw for its immune-stimulating effects, for cancer, to help prevent strokes and heart attacks, to reduce blood clots, and for diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome.”[2189]

21.11.5 Industrial Carcinogens

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is a carcinogen used in the work place for cleaning industrial parts. It goes right through the skin into the blood stream, and the liver metabolizes it and the kidneys excrete the byproducts. Unfortunately, MEK may stimulate cancer cell growth in the liver and kidneys. This is the result of its toxic effect on killing liver and kidney cells causing this out of control regeneration, which never differentiates. While vapor concentrations may be low, concentrations exceeding the OSHA limits enter the body via skin exposure. Take Milk Thistle ASAP after exposure to cleanse these areas.

21.11.6 Light and Darkness

Darkness while sleeping is key to melatonin production, which inhibits cancer. Avoid florescent and halogen lights at night, which have short light wavelengths at the blue end of the spectrum, which suppress melatonin production the most. Long wavelengths in red light bulbs stifled melatonin production the least.[2190] Getting nine or more hours of sleep reduces risk of cancer by 30%.[2191] Choose dim bulbs in the bedroom. Just ten minutes of light at night is enough to suppress melatonin production so don’t stay up with the light on.

21.11.7 Liver

L-Carnitine prevents liver cancer. This is found in red meat, chicken, cheese, avocado, peanut butter, etc.

21.12 Carbohydrate cravings, diabetes, and insulin control

Supplements to regulate cravings:[2192]
  1. Vitamin B
  2. Co-Q10 and Resveratrol improve insulin sensitivity
  3. Fish Oil – Pharmax prescription.
  4. Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Lipoic Acid.
  5. L-Glutamine 500 mg/ 3-4 times/day
  6. Zinc
  7. Chomium

Just after lunch with ½ B, Vitamin D, Niacin, Lutein, Co-Q10, Fish Oil, Magnesium, Eyehealth supplement with A, C, E, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, and 2 vitamin C gummies.

Replacment foods:
  1. Sunflower seeds
  2. Edamame
  3. Pumpkin seeds
  4. Muesli
  5. Fruit
  6. Vegetable sticks
  7. Almonds
  8. Peanuts
  9. Mixed nuts
  10. Dried mango
  11. Popcorn
  12. Yogurt plain

21.13 Child and aging health and nutrition

21.13.1 Child

First, one must distinguish children from adults in the area of nutritional supplementation. Multi-vitamin pills exceeding RDA requirements for children weaken the body’s developmental process to extract vitamins from food. Asthma and allergies are conditions that often develop in such kids. Croup

Hoarseness and difficulty breathing characterizes this virus which causes the esophagus to narrow. Cool moist air facilitates breathing. Taking a steroid, Decadron 0.6 mg/kg for immediate relief, half dosage the next day up to 2x day. Eyes

See 21.20.1 Blocked tear duc for blocked tear duct issues for children.

21.13.2 Aging

On the other hand, age related illnesses result from the decline in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients effectively. Arthritis is the result of a lack of Calcium, B6, and Vitamin E, and other related nutrients that facilitate uptake. I recommend Calcium-Magnesium Citrate after meat meals as a highly absorbable nutrient to counteract these symptoms.[2193] Calcium requires Magnesium for uptake though they block each other during absorption. One could select a full mineral supplement and take it with orange juice since Vitamin C helps uptake.[2194] Better yet, one could take calcium and juice/vitamin C first followed by magnesium an hour later for better absorption. Ester C facilitates Vitamin C uptake by the addition of calcium and other supplements. Ginkgo, a blood thinning antioxidant with a lot of chlorophyll is effective at reducing Alzheimer symptoms, arteriosclerosis, age spots and other diseases. Calcium with Vitamin D alone may increase the risk of arteriosclerosis and should be avoided by predisposed men. reports potency tests of different vitamin brands.

Drinking fruit and vegetable juices cleanse the digestive tract. Hence, for example, one should not take vitamin C supplements in place of eating fruits and vegetables or their juices, but instead one should reduce supplementation instead.

Vitamins affect both the physical and mental health of every individual. The human body has evolved to require most vitamins from external foods. On the other hand, the body can synthesize a vitamin like Vitamin A from Beta Carotene. Because age reduces vitamin absorption, one must consume water-soluble vitamins in quantities exceeding daily recommendation to stay younger looking and feeling. Still, the body treats excessive vitamins as poisons unduly stressing the kidneys. By taking vitamins immediately before and after exercising, one reduces kidney stress by the body’s better usage. In addition, one must find the right proportions of vitamins to go with ones diet. Splitting vitamins and mineral pills to reduce quantities, based on how one feels and what one is eating, helps prevent over supplementation. One should alternate between vitamin supplements and foods to avoid over consumption because taking the same daily supplements will lead to over consumption. For example glucosamine, an arthritis reducer, if taken daily not in the proximity of exercise may upset the stomach. Calcium citrate in proximity to meat meals reduces toxins. Calcium should be reduced if one experiences excessive joint irritation. Gingko Biloba may cause headaches if taken excessively.

Taking nutrition before and after exercise such as with glucosamine provides better distribution through the joints due to increased synovial fluid movement.

The goal here is to permit the body a chance to renew its own nutritional absorption capabilities overtime by diminishing supplements when unneeded.

Text 21-20: When should one chew tablets
Tablets are the choice delivery system of most vitamin supplement manufacturers because they are cheaper than capsules, by about $4.00 per thousand, and you can put about twice the amount of ingredients in the same approximate size. This is because tablets are compressed with thousands of pounds of pressure, whereas capsules are filled with all the ingredients free-flowing.

In youth, this may not be a significant factor since the digestive acids and enzymes are abundant enough to break-down these tablets. But as we age, the metabolism slows and there are not the same levels of secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and the pancreas does not produce enzymes at the same level of efficiency.

Over the approximate age of 40, if you are not chewing your tablets, the odds of your digestive system breaking them down and delivering them in a form necessary for absorption into the blood system is quite remote.[2195]

One problem with chewing is that it eliminates the time-release value of a tablet. Overall if one is having an acidic meal swallowing a tablet works fine, but in the morning on an empty stomach chewing is essential.

Oxidation is the process of an unstable molecule, a free radical, in need of an electron stealing from other molecules breaking down tissues. For example, rancidity results in the breakdown of fats into aldehydes, ketones, and acids by combination with oxygen. In the body, this process damages DNA, fats, proteins, enzymes, and other tissues. Rancidity causes headaches. Oxidation causes dry skin. Antioxidants are nutrients that combine with free radicals instead, nullifying them, before they can do damage. Pollutants in the body are a source of free radicals that damage tissues. These pollutants stem from pesticides, smoke, alcohol, infections, allergies, stress, etc. The antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, β-carotene, selenium, coenzyme Q10, L-glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and bioflavonoids from grape seeds and pine bark, ginkgo biloba, and garlic. Vitamin C and E together as in cherries reduce aging. One should consume water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C in small quantities throughout the day and with other foods, because the body absorbs only what it can use at the time.[2196]

Overall, one can monitor ones urine to see when one has reached sufficient vitamin intake. One can then reduce vitamin supplements accordingly. The kidneys treat excessive vitamins as a poison increasing their workload. Alternatively, one can chip off small portions of vitamin tablets to reduce their size. Vitamins are particularly effective when taken before going to sleep as the body has a more stable environment to process and absorb them.

Text 21-21: Definition of an International Unit
(IU), in pharmacology, quantity of a substance, such as a vitamin, hormone, or toxin, that produces a specified effect when tested according to an internationally accepted biological procedure. For certain substances, the IU has been identified with a weight of a particular purified form of the material; for example, one gram of vitamin A acetate contains 2.904*106 IU.[2197]

Nutritionists provide vitamin recommendations in terms of international units. In the case of Vitamin A, current recommendations[2198] are not to take vitamin supplements causing one to exceed 1.5 mg daily. Most Vitamin supplements are on the order of 5000 IU. Excessive Vitamin A over the long term may brittle bones.

Equation 21-4: Maximum Tolerated Vitamin ‘A’ Daily Intake
1.5 mg * 2.904E06 IU/ 1000 mg = 4356 IU maximum daily

21.14 Combinational nutrition

Nutritional combination is the art of increasing nutrient potency.

Table 21-6: Combinational Nutrition
Vitamin A + Zinc
Zinc converts vitamin A to its active form, retinaldehyde for improvement of vision.[2199]
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) + Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol, mixed tocopherols is better)
Vitamin E increases the potency of Vitamin A. Be careful of old fat soluble vitamins which may have gone rancid and will causes headaches. Rancidness introduces free radicals, completely counteracting the antioxidant. Rancidity is often experienced as a bitter taste or as a burning sensation at the back of the throat.
Vitamin B6 + Zinc
Zinc requires Vitamin B6 for absorption.
Vitamin B9 that is Folate + Zinc
Zinc assists an enzyme to split polyglutamyl folate so that the body can absorb folic acid – Vitamin B9.[2200]

Vitamin C + Calcium + Vitamin K followed by Magnesium

Calcium 600 mg + Vitamin D + Vitamin E + Selenium followed by Magnesium 750 mg one hr. later
Vitamin C’s acidity keeps calcium soluble for absorption.[2201] Magnesium prevents hypertensive properties of Calcium. Excellent muscle treatment for sore or injured muscles and joints. Combine with Selenium and Vitamin E for further joint health properties.

Vitamin E + Garlic is an enhancement to Vitamin E + Selenium
Increases Vitamin E properties. Garlic contains/substitutes for selenium here. Garlic is preferable to Selenium directly.
Vitamin E + Fish Oil
(Similarly vitamins D and A require fish oil for better absorption)
Vitamin E is only fat-soluble so its effectiveness requires a monounsaturated fat liquid to break down which fish oil provides.[2202]
Citracal Calcium Magnesium + Lysine + Phosphorus
Lysine increase calcium uptake. Magnesium in Citracal is a combinational factor for calcium though both would work better if separated by an hour since they each other’s absorption.. The phosphorus is the missing ingredient for making this a DNA/RNA/brain/bone food.
EPA Fish Oil + Magnesium
Deficiency in EPA leads to a deficiency in Magnesium that cannot be absorbed without it.[2203]
Glucosamine + meat
Protein improves the effects of glucosamine.
Heavy food + Vitamin B
Vitamin B6 helps process foods
Toxic heavy food + Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps cleanse heavy food from lying in the body.
Nutritional Yeast + Calcium
Provides amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Vitamin B6, B9, B12.[2204]
B3 is similar and will help sleep.
Anti-Cholesterol, anti-depressant, prevents cardiovascular disorders.
EPA/DHA 1000 mg capsule from fish oil, Tip of teaspoon of Saw Palmetto and Olive Leaf, 25 mg Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Half a Citracal Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D/B6, 400 IU natural Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopherol)[2205] and 20mcg Selenium.
Healthy Sleep Combination
Garlic + Saw Palmetto
Reduces prostate enlargement
Garlic + Magnesium
Reduces blood pressure, increases energy, detoxification of cholesterol.
Niacin (100mg) – B3, Gingko Biloba, Horse Chestnut Extract
Removes cholesterol along capillary and arterial walls and increases their flexibility.
B12, Folic acid, and Omega-3
Helps the body produce Phosphatidylserine supporting brain cell communication.
B12 400 mcg 5000% DRA,
B9, Folic acid 1000 mcg 240% DRA,
B6 10 mg 500% DRA
Reduces homocysteine levels significantly.[2206]

21.15 Colds

Table 21-7: Cold Stages
Sometimes Vitamin C can abet a cold, unless it has started. A little hydrogen peroxide in each ear.[2207]
White congestion
Viral mucous swallowed or expulsed. Turtlenecks, hat, and socks day and night. Chest expansion activities for opening breathing channels. Lots of teas and soups. Lots of baths and showers as humidity will open breathing channels. Lysine.

Green congestion
Bacterial mucous swallowed or expulsed. Olive leaf.
Congestion continues to eliminate.

Colds consist of two phases, infection and replication. Infection occurs through the surface layers of the body, particularly, mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and skin. Nevertheless, the body has natural defenses to fight off almost anything, so replication in the body is the bigger problem. Unrestricted replication results from a weakened immune system. Drinking a lot of fluids is important for the body to be able eject the viral mucous, expectoration. Chamomile tea with limejuice is a mainstay during this treatment. When one rests on the right side of ones body, the left nostril should clear and vice-versa giving a chance to expectorate phlegm. If the congestion does not clear than one needs to expand the chest passage ways and soften the congestion. Expansion is helped with posture and exercise while softening is helped by humidity. A hot bath is very helpful and the use of a vaporizer.

Cold areas of the body have less blood flow and are more vulnerable to germs than warm areas. In cold regions of the body, germs freely multiply. One solution is simply to keep cold areas of the body warm with extra clothing. The neck, feet, and head are good places to start. Sleeping with a towel around the neck and wearing turtlenecks will heat the neck causing the immune system to fight off germs in that region. Hot packs on the throat and head.

Even after the body has defeated replication, one may have a lingering cough after a cold. This is due to small colonies of a virus that are lingering in the throat where white blood cells are less present. They are able to linger because their small quantity produce only minimal symptoms, which are insufficient to trigger a stronger immune system response. While the cold will not return, the immune system isn’t able to overthrow the invader sufficiently to eliminate the cough. One solution is to take Vitamin C supplements in full dosage to boost the immune system to fully overthrow the final remnants of infection. A homeopathic approach that increases sickness symptoms will stimulate the immune system to over respond—fully overthrowing any remnant of infection. At this weakened stage in a cold a 2-3 day treatment of antibiotics is often sufficient to overthrow the remnant of infection.

During the secondary infection, one may find blood in the mucous coming out of one nostril while blowing the nose. Excessive blowing often causes a blood vessel to burst in the nose. The cure is to hold the nostril that is bleeding shut while blowing through the other nostril giving the blood vessel a chance to heal.

A nighttime cold buster remedy consists of Ester C, Calcium Citrate-Magnesium-B6-D3 (Citracal Magnesium), Lysine (Calcium absorption stimulate), Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin E, Selenium (Vitamin E absorption stimulant), and three aspirin for sweating to remove toxins.

Lysine @500 mg and Olive Leaf are anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents.[2208] Lysine and Olive Leaf help at the finishing stage of a cold to prevent the dreaded secondary infection. Lysine is effective against herpes zoster virus that causes chicken pox and shingles. Olive leaf is effective against the following viruses and bacteria: herpes, influenza A, Coxsackie, polio, encepalomycarditis, and reovirus 3, Streptococcus among others.[2209]

Text 21-22: Rehovot Study on Olive Leaf’s Antibacterial Chemicals
A study at the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research in Rehovot, Israel, tested oleuropein’s effect on a bacteria similar to Streptococcus and found that it effectively killed the organism. It did so by damaging the cell membrane of the bacterium, causing intracellular constituents such as phosphorus, potassium, and glutamate to leak out and impoverish the cell.[2210] The olive leaf also contains natural vitamin C helpers (bioflavonoids) such as rutin, luteolin, and hesperidin, which are needed to protect against infection.

Lysine’s properties include:[2211]
Text 21-23: Lysine’s Antiviral Properties
Controls viral infections; inhibits growth and recurrence of herpes complex; stimulates secretion of gastric juices; controls muscle contractions and spastic disorders.

21.16 Dental, Jaw, and Mouth

The condition of the gums reflects the health of an individual. They show the state of the skin and heart, and most importantly the vulnerability to toxins leaking into the blood stream. These toxins are free radicals, which rapidly age a person. For general protection, whenever one is unable to brush after eating sweets, one should chew on a clove, which will provide an antibiotic environment in the mouth and protect the gums from bacterial infestation.

Electric toothbrushes are very effective at strengthening the gum line. One should carry one in the car for a quick brush after a restaurant meal. Even without toothpaste the electric toothbrush removes invading particles at the gum line. Also one can keep a spare at work. At $20 for a Braun Oral Plaque remover, having two or three electric brushes is less expensive than dental work.

Eating popcorn is a natural cleanser of plaque on teeth though one must be careful of the kernels sliding into the side of the gum causing an abscess. Using a large portion of fluoride toothpaste during brushing will strengthen gum lines and eliminate pain over a few weeks. No need to skimp on toothpaste as it is also less expensive than dental work. Nevertheless, one should be aware of illnesses related to fluoride, i.e. fluorosis:[2212]

Text 21-24: Fluorosis
Chronic intoxication with fluorine (usually combined with some other element to form a fluoride) that results in changes in the skeleton and ossification of tendons and ligaments. Exposure to fluoride in optimum amounts (about one part per million of fluoride to water) is claimed to be beneficial to the teeth (in the prevention of caries) and probably to bone development; fluorides ingested in very high amounts over a short period are general poisons that produce quick death. Mild chronic exposure (6-8 parts per million of water) will cause mottling of tooth enamel in children, but the bones are unaffected. In more severe chronic exposure, bone calcium is gradually replaced by fluorine; the bones become soft and crumbly and turn chalky white. Protrusions of new bone develop in abnormal places. There are few early symptoms, but late developments include stiffness, inability to move the spine, and neurological symptoms when nerves of the spinal cord are compressed.

Chronic exposure occurs from air pollution in certain areas, among workers in the insecticide, aluminum-mining, and phosphate-fertilizer industries, and in whole groups of people who live in areas with waters naturally high in fluorides. The latter form of exposure is not a significant cause of fluorosis in the Western Hemisphere, but in parts of India and Arabia bone affections are endemic.

Bacterial infections on the gum or within the teeth reflect weakness in the immune system.[2213] An abscess is an infected region in the gum line or in a tooth that the body walls off to prevent spread of the bacteria. In the early stages of the infection before the wall is complete, an antibiotic may cure the infection. This is because blood continues to flow to the region carrying oxygen and the antibiotic. However, once the abscess is complete, draining the infection precedes effective antibiotic treatment. There are vitamin and herbal treatments equally effective. Ester C® or Vitamin C at 500 mg reduces spongy gums taken twice a day.[2214] In fact, Vitamin C deficiency leads to gum disease. Chewing cloves and small quantities of Echinacea and leaving the residue on the gum line apply antibiotic properties within the mouth. Placing chopped garlic (or an antibiotic) on the gum problem area before going to sleep will permit the garlic juices to enter the abscess and nullify the growth of the infection. As an abscess cures, the gum walls of its location may open for the infection to drain out. For a deeper abscess, white blood cells may eventually absorb pus. Vitamin B6 strengthens teeth, fighting cavities. This is particularly effective with older fillings that are leaking bacteria into the gum line. Fillings that are breaking down, edges are chaffed and fillings are rough, permit bacteria into lower cavities causing further decay. In general, one should replace fillings after 20 years to protect teeth and the gums from infection.

21.16.1 Dry Mouth

Possibly medication or vitamin side effect can cause dry mouth (DM). Overdosing on minerals can have the same effect. Lack of saliva production causes DM. Drink more water, gum, humid air, breath through nose, etc. help counter symptoms of dry mouth. Also can be a psychosomatic condition from stress or depression.

Text 21-25: Dry mouth senior remedy
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 7:13 AM

For supper last night I ate 6 sardines, a small piece of broccoli, brown rice, and 1/2 slice of turkey and a glass of water. I went to go to sleep and did not, so at 10:00 I had 6 spoonfuls of yogurt and a little granola in it. and more water. At 12:00 am stopped all food and water and went to sleep. I did not have dry mouth all night and did not have to take water at all. I had plenty of saliva in my mouth. And now I am fine haven’t eaten or drank water and I have a lot of saliva in my mouth.

What do you think? I think it is the sardines at night has Omega good stuff. Maybe I am lacking in fish Oils.


Since dry mouth has not reoccurred something in this diet restarted the saliva glands.

21.16.2 TMJ

TMJ, a jaw affliction, often mimics itself as an abscess. Clenching the jaw tightly, which puts a lot of pressure on the gums, is one of the major causes of TMJ. TMJ pain may feel like soreness in the gums or facial numbness or pain, or the more obvious jaw pain. The cures include learning to keep the jaw loose at night. Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B5, a stress reducer taken out night will also relieve TMJ causes. Nevertheless, pantothenic acid will increase production of cholesterol at night so take it during the day to avoid this consequence. Combining B5 with Vitamin C and B6 is a supercharged remedy for overnight jaw tension.

21.16.3 Toothaches

For toothaches, one should sleep on the side of the body with the tooth down so that nutrition or medicine concentrates in the area with the pain, using gravity. This is reverse for a backache where one should sleep on the side without pain. Chew a clove and transfer the essential oil to the toothache location. Use toothpaste with bee pollen and tealeaf oil.

It is not uncommon for jaw pain due to TMJ to mask itself as a toothache in a back molar. The solution is to increase supplementation with pantothenic acid. A calcium-pantothenate deficiency could contribute to back problems and gum pain simultaneously, being depleted from the body by coffee and stress.

21.16.4 Tooth Cracks

If there is sensitivity at the gum line, dental floss regularly to build up the gum line strength, which will reduce infection. This also prevents receding gum lines. If a crack in a tooth descends to the gum line, the crown will not protect from infection here in any case, so floss well. Also increase Vitamin B6 to strengthen teeth. Also increase the intake of Calcium with Vitamins D and C, which could be depleted and is necessary to rebuild the tooth. Also take Lysine deficiency, 500 – 1000 mg/day for Calcium uptake to help tooth grow. One last key, drink fluoridated tap water that has had 15 minutes of exposure to the air for chlorine evaporation to help the calcium adhere to the teeth.

A toothpaste that is particularly effective is ‘Comvita Natural Propolis Toothpaste with Tea tree Oil,’ available from New Zealand.[2215] The propolis, bee pollen based resin offers some curative properties by sealing cracks. Using it at night will permit the resin to harden. This toothpaste only needs to be used every 4 days to renew the seal.

Figure 21-9: Propolis sealant in a beehive

Text 21-26: Propolis for sealing teeth
Propolis is a resinous mixture that honeybees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps (approximately 6.35 millimeters (0.3 in) or less), while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax. Its color varies depending on its botanical source, the most common being dark brown. Propolis is sticky at and above room temperature. At lower temperatures it becomes hard and very brittle.

Mouthwash, especially fluoride rinses can strengthen a cracked tooth. Nevertheless too much will weaken cells in the gum line and dissolve propolis sealant. Dental Crowns are a treatment for cracking but not necessarily a solution. Crown material includes cobalt and chromium. Cobalt is a precursor of Vitamin B-12 and Chromium balances sugar cravings. Signs of a cracked tooth requiring a crown includes pain when chewing or hypersensitivity to heat or cold.

21.17 Diet

21.17.1 Background

Insufficient nutrition is often the cause of weight gain as the body attempts to overeat to find what it is missing. Hence increasing the consumption of herbs will provide most of the diverse nutrients the body can possibly need and reduce the appetite.

Exercising followed by dairy foods in the evening helps one fall asleep. Eating meat at noontime or taking Ginkgo Biloba increases thinking ability. Science and religion at night applies the mind.

One must maintain a proper regimented diet and lifestyle to prevent heart disease. Signs such as headaches, numbness, weakness, burning at the sides, tightness in the chest, are all serious indicators.

Salt and sugars are catalysts, in themselves not dangerous, but when combined with fried foods or pastries respectively, they build up fats causing clogging of the arteries, G-d forbid. Most important is that when one has achieved a healthy diet that one continues with the regiment for healthy, long, happy life. Diets need small adjustments over time.

Pumpkin seeds are effective at reducing the craving for sugars and chocolate. This is because they are loaded with zinc and other healthy fats that the body craves.

Table 21-8: Dieting
Filler and fat dissolver
Reduces cravings for chocolate

21.17.2 Baby food diet

Baby food does not have added salt and sugar and is healthier than standard foods.

21.17.3 Bread-free breakfast

Bread which contains a lot of salt is notorious for dietary problems. Avoid bread at breakfast.

21.17.4 Headache reduction diet

Breakfast – Kale-milk juice, sweet potato.

21.17.5 Sugar Lipid Protein Carbohydrate Separation Diet

By keeping the consumption of sugars separate from fats, one lessens the damage that sugars and fats can cause to the body. For example, one should eat fruit one hour before a meal or three hours after to avoid problems.

Text 21-27: Fruit Must Always be Eaten Alone
When fruit is consumed with lipid-proteins—meat or cheese, for example—it will remain blocked in the stomach instead of going directly into the intestine where digestion normally occurs. The fruit remains imprisoned in the stomach where it ferments and eventually produces alcohol. The regular digestion process is upset, the fruit loses all its nutritional value, and lipid metabolism will also be upset which can lead to an abnormal storage of fat reserves. Fruit must always be eaten alone![2216]

Text 21-28: Fruit Consumed Alone
As explained, however, fruits are handled best by your digestive system if consumed alone. Fruit juices generally have a modestly higher glycemic index than the whole fruit itself.[2217]

The pancreas controls the production of insulin for glycogenesis – for the storage of glucose converted to glycogen in the liver. Hyperinsulinism, fosters lipogenesis that is the conversion of glucose to a fat and storage in adipose – fat depository tissue and also in the liver. This is the source of the fatty liver problem. The pancreas also controls the production of glucagons for glycogenolysis, the breakdown of liver glycogen to glucose. The pancreas secretes insulin when it detects glucose (i.e. sugar) enabling it to enter bodily tissues. Insulin increases the cell permeability to glucose to allow it into cells for oxidation to supply energy. Either insulin permits glucose to enter cells for energy, or stores it away as glycogen in the liver or if in excess, converts it and stores it as a fat.

When the blood glucose drops below a normal level, the Pancreas secretes glucagon that begins glycogenolysis; the breakdown of liver glycogen into glucose.[2218],[2219] The body converts carbohydrates like bread or cereal into glucose. The finer the particles the higher the glycemic index of the grain. Thus, one should strive to eat whole grain products. When bread has butter on it, a lipid, the body converts the lipid into a fatty acid.

Often the pancreas becomes defective by too much consumption of sugar (hyperglycemia) producing more insulin than the body needs to convert the glucose (hyperinsulinism). In such a case, the lipid’s fat energy will also be stored away into fat cells with the glucose. Hence, hyperglycemia, too much sugar in the blood, can lead the body into hyperinsulinism and excess fat production when lipids are present in the diet as well. Eating cheese by itself will not cause the body to produce much insulin and will thus be less fattening.[2220] Hypoglycemia is the crash one feels a few hours after eating sugar. The body goes from hyperglycemia to hypoglycemia and one will feel very tired.

The thyroid gland secretes thyroxine that has an elevating effect on blood sugar, because it increases insulin destruction, but also increases glucose absorption from the intestine and liberates epinephrine.[2221] Thyroxine raises ones energy level.

21.17.6 Chocolate Free Diet

A good night sleep is part of this diet. Getting up at the same time each morning regulates the sleep pattern.

Table 21-9: Chocolate Free Diet
Tuna Sushi
  • Zinc
  • Calcium + Vitamin D
  • Chromium
  • Selenium + Vitamin E
Ginkgo Biloba and plenty of water.
Meat meal with relish, mustard, chopped tomatoes, and fruit salad followed by:
  • Three Garlic Pills
  • Half B Min
  • Half Ester C
  • Beta Carotene
  • Fish oil
Tuna sandwich
  • Magnesium Chelate to eliminate chocolate cravings

21.17.7 Omega Diet

The most significant principle in dieting is the need to increase omega-3 oils such as EPA and decrease omega 6 oils and GLA.[2222] Because of vegetable oil, omega-6 intake is close to a 20-1 ratio in the modern diet while it used to be closer to a 1-1 ratio. Taking two fish oil capsules daily goes along way to correcting the problem. When the omega-3 intake is increased, the following benefits occur:[2223]

Text 21-29: Benefits to Increasing Omega-3 such as EPA from Fish Oil in the Diet

21.18 Digestion

21.18.1 Dehydration

Symptoms of dehydration include:

Starting the day with a half a quart of water energies and cleanses the body. A glass of water per hour is a good rate for water consumption. Drink water before every meal. Dehydration and enzyme deficiency have similar symptoms.

21.18.2 Enzyme Deficiency

Stress is the cause of enzyme deficiency leading to amino acid deficiency leading to albumin deficiency leading to serotonin deficiency leading to the stomach producing too much acid. Also age causes enzyme deficiency. Enzymes are in sprouts, living greens and cooking kills enzymes. Also important is to chew the food for a long period, the longer the better, which takes enzymes from the saliva and puts it into the food. Enzyme supplement treatment may only be needed for a short period until the usual amino-acid enzyme production cycle is jump-started. Drink water before a meal and during, but too much afterwards interferes with enzymes functioning. Baths and showers let chlorine into our bodies too. What is the initial cause of the breakdown of the enzyme – amino acid generation cycle? Perhaps exposure to toxins, stress, or a vegetarian diet may stop key protein digesting enzymes. Enzymes that break down most proteins are produced by the body and not found in food and the catch 22 is that amino acids from these proteins are needed to generate these enzymes. Hence, a vegetarian diet can lead to a break in this cycle requiring a jump-start with an enzyme supplement. An acidic level in bodily fluids often follows such a jump-start, requiring alkaline foods such as cranberry juice to normalize ones pH.

Albumin is produced in the liver and normally constitutes 60% of human plasma protein. Low albumin (hypoalbuminemia) may be caused by, protein-losing enteropathy, malabsorption, malnutrition, late pregnancy, or posture. An enzyme deficiency in the liver causes low albumin production.

Enzyme deficiency often causes chest pain that is the result of excess acid in the stomach and mimics Esophagitis or GERD. Symptoms include:

Rheumatoid arthritis is triggered by undigested particles leaking through intestinal walls into the blood stream, causing an immune reaction. Stress can reduce the effect of enzymes and pull the stomach upward into the esophagus. Niacin is helpful for reducing stress. Lysine is often the deficient amino acid resulting in Carnitine deficiency. Arginine or Nitric Oxide supplementation is antagonistic to Lysine. The Lysine to Arginine levels is superior in Cottage or Ricotta Cheese lower levels in the hard cheeses while meats have far more arginine canceling the increased lysine. Supplementation with 500 mg of Lysine per day might identify this deficiency.

Interestingly amino acid balance is essential for amino acid utilization. For example, limiting Lysine causes other amino acids to be consumed for energy instead of their healing properties.

Text 21-30: Limiting Lysine Results in Oxidation Excessive Amino Acids instead of Utilization
Proteins of most cereal grains have unbalanced amino acid patterns; they are disproportionately low in lysine. Such proteins are sometimes referred to as incomplete proteins; this is a misnomer. Although they are used inefficiently, they do contain all amino acids. In fact, requirements for indispensable amino acids are readily met with such proteins if the amount consumed is sufficiently in excess of the amount of high-quality protein needed. Nitrogen balance can be maintained in individuals consuming cereal grains as the sole source of protein, but efficiency of utilization of such proteins will be low because, when the requirement for lysine is met, most other amino acids will be consumed in amounts well in excess of the amounts needed, and the excesses will be oxidized for energy.[2224]

The Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) helps evaluate the limiting amino acid in various foods. For example white beans have high lysine content but are limited by methionine while grains are low in lysine but high in methionine; together the two foods provide a higher PDCAAS. Net Protein Utilization (NPU) measures the amount of amino acids turning into proteins divided by amino acids supplied. Eggs and milk have the highest value of 1 on the NPU chart. Heating milk reduces its amino acid content as well as cooking eggs. The Dept. of Agricultures, FAO produces the most comprehensive food nutrition tables.[2225] Compare the ratios of Lysine to Arginine for foods high in Lysine to improve the amino acid balance.[2226] Fish and chickpeas have a higher arginine content than lysine and this is why they don’t help for a lysine deficiency, while dairy, poultry, and meat are better. Lysine is higher in dairy foods and potatoes, while Arginine is found in chocolate, nuts, seeds, oatmeal and whole wheat. Arginine is important for the immune system, but interferes with lysine uptake for amino acid and enzyme support.

21.18.3 Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

If one has a tendency to hunch over, Costochondritis often has the exact same symptoms as GERD and is curable![2227]

Often an aging related problem from amino acid deficiency. Occurs with the deterioration of the separation between the stomach and esophagus. Licorice (DGL) helps strengthen the throat tissues. Start therapy with Glutamine to heal the injury twice a day. Also take Ester C or Vitamin C to prevent Scurvy tissue that would inhibit healing. Toothaches or gum disease are a sign of Vitamin C deficiency. Also See Table 21-10: Antihistamines and Vitamins for Reducing Allergies that reduce stomach acid production, as GERD is often an Allergy!

The stomach’s production of acid as a result of histamines bears some resemblance to an allergy. The presence of food could stimulate the histamine response, yet at night one might wonder what this would be? Some natural antihistamines and vitamins for reducing allergies include:[2228]

Table 21-10: Antihistamines and Vitamins for Reducing Allergies
Vitamin C w/bioflavonoids
Natural Antihistamine, adrenal function

Up to 5000mg daily, depending on bowel tolerance

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

Adrenal function, defends against stress
Up to 1000mg, 2 or 3x daily

Immune booster, counters histamine
60mg, 3 or 4x daily
Vitamin A

Anti-inflammatory, immune system
10,000 IU, 2 or 3x daily

AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound)
Immune system booster
500mg, once daily
Vitamin B12

Reduces inflammatory response
1,000 mcg daily in morning

Produces coenzyme A, stress
300 mg 3times daily w/meals
Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Reduces allergic reactions
1000mg daily

Helps neutralize histamine
up to 2000mg daily
Vitamin E & selenium
Immune booster
400 IU daily & selenium 50 mcg twice daily
Grape seed extract

Immune booster
100mg 2x daily
Raw adrenal

Immune booster
500mg, 2x daily


relieves bronchospasm
400mg, daily

Full spectrum digestive enzyme supplement
Enhances assimilation & utilization of nutrients
with each meal

Text 21-31: Herbal Antihistamines

Marshmallow Root

Known to relieve irritation of mucous membranes and helps the body expel excess mucous.
Helps clear congestion in the respiratory system. Also used to treat colds and sore throats.
A popular remedy for cough, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Soothes the throat and clears congestion.
Goldenseal Root
Contains berberine which is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Soothes inflamed mucous membranes. When used topically, provides antibiotic effect.
Helpful for conditions involving the mucous membranes. Used for congestion, coughs, and hay fever. Some say Eyebright works well in conjunction with Stinging Nettle. A very effective part of any natural allergy treatment program.
Stinging Nettle
Significant relief from hay fever has been reported. A very effective part of any natural allergy treatment program.
Acerola cherry
One of the richest sources of vitamin C. Excellent as a natural anti-histamine.
Ma Huang
Contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Stimulates the central nervous system and opens the airways.
High in vitamin C. May help the respiratory system fight infection. Increases energy. Used as an expectorant. High in quercetin, a natural antihistamine, which helps those with allergies and respiratory problems.
Used to strengthen the nervous system. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties
White Pine
Treats chest congestion, colds, and coughs. An excellent expectorant which reduces mucus secretions and helps its elimination. Also a powerful antioxidant.

Another recommendation for reducing the acid allergy response and strengthening the LES:[2229]

* manganese -- 50 mg daily
* choline -- 1,000 mg 3 x daily
* pantothenic acid (B5) -- 500 mg 3x daily
* B1 -- 50 mg 3 x daily
* glutamine -- 1 tsp. 3 x daily (between meals), which is dissolved in a little bit of water (this helps heal the stomach lining)
* B12 -- 1 cc injected 3 x weekly (this is supposed to help asthma-- asthma can be related to heartburn--as well as lowering the stomach acid so it'll break down food better).

The following article explains the root causes:[2230]

Text 21-32: Amino Acid Deficiency
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) is classified as a Functional GI Disorder, in which stomach acid (HCL) backs up (refluxes) into the esophagus. This is due to an imbalance in the neuroendocrine system, which causes both a loss of contractile ability in the esophagus and its openings in the stomach and diaphragm, as well as an overproduction of HCL (hyperchlorhydria) and unbalanced secretions of the hormone serotonin. This imbalance leads to irritation of the esophageal tissue and a decrease in motility and tone of the entire esophagus and its opening in the diaphragm.

The cause for this unbalanced neuroendocrine system could well be lesions in the spinal disks. Studies have shown intervertebral disk lesions negatively affect the nervous system1. In the early 1980s, using specially designed BEV and CCT tests, Dr. Brice Vickery found that 100% of his GERD patients also had dorsal disk lesions, very often with no back pain symptoms. Instead, their symptoms included stomach and esophageal inflammation along with weakness in both the esophageal/stomach valve and the diaphragm and its opening for the esophagus. This weakness can lead to the stomach pushing up through the diaphragm in the condition known as hiatal hernia. The nervous system is closely linked to the endocrine system, [disk lesions effect the nervous system that effects the endocrine system’s secretion of HCL or serotonin] and so the system that secretes chemicals such as HCL or serotonin could also be affected by any changes that occur due to disk lesions.

It is common knowledge that amino acid deficiency does affect the body's ability to make protein. It could well follow that one cause of GERD is a general deficiency in amino acids (the building blocks of protein), resulting in a deficiency in the spinal disks, the neuroendocrine system and even the make up of the proteins involved in the production of stomach acid and serotonin. It is interesting to note that Dr. Vickery also found once he cured his GERD patients of protein deficiency, their symptoms disappeared.

Systemic protein is made up of essential (EAA) and unessential amino acids. EAAs can only be obtained if dietary protein is fully digested. Dr. Vickery also found that 9 out of 10 of his patients did not fully digest their food. A lack of essential amino acids leads to an insufficiency in about 3000 enzymes, which cannot be synthesized without these amino acids. Enzymes play a big part in the secretion of HCL and serotonin. Hypochlorhydria (too little stomach acid) and hyperchlorhydria could both be caused by the inability to digest and transform dietary protein into systemic proteins.[2231]

The essential amino acids must be present in the body or malfunctions will occur in the system2. If we cannot digest our food into these essential amino acids, then we cannot make systemic proteins. GERD could be just another symptom in a large list of diseases and infections caused by protein deficiency.

If people, because of diet, aging, and stress are unable to produce sufficient enzymes to digest their food properly, then regular maintenance processes such as upkeep and repair of the spinal disk material will be compromised due to a lack of the systemic protein needed to keep the disks strong and flexible. As lesions begin to appear, the nervous system becomes affected and then the neuroendocrine system. Stomach motility[2232] and secretions could very well be affected.

Two focal points of GERD research in medical science are HCL production by the stomach cells and the effects of serotonin on GERD symptoms. Let's take a look at these chemicals and the proteins that are involved in their production.

HCL secretion in the stomach is dependent on an active transport system[2233] that is made up of proteins. Large portions of these proteins are essential amino acids:

HCL The stomach lining contains certain cells called parietal cells, which are specifically oriented with one surface facing blood in capillaries and the other facing the stomach cavity, where the active transport of HCL into the stomach occurs. These cells are sealed together with tight junction proteins that create an impermeable gasket between the blood and the stomach. Carbon dioxide diffuses freely into the cell where it joins with water. The enzyme carbonic anhydrase, (a systemic protein), catalyzes the reaction between these two elements, yielding hydrogen. Chloride ions enter the cell in a process of ion exchange and on the stomach side of the cell another large protein, H+/K+ Atpase, starts the active transport "pump" for HCL production. Free energy (ATP) hydrolyzed by H+/K+ Atpase pumps out hydrogen (H+) and takes up potassium (K+). K+ flows into the stomach by diffusion through a K+ channel protein while chloride (CL-) flows into the stomach through a Cl- channel protein. This mixture creates a Ph of about .08 in the stomach, which is optimal for food digestion. How much of each protein is EAAs?:

Tight junction protein - 299 total AA 151 EAA (18% of the EAA being valine)
Carbonic Anhydrase - 260 total AA 106 EAA (17 % of the EAA being leucine)
K+ channel protein - 392 total AA 192 EAA (16% of the EAA being leucine)
H+/K+ Atpase - 1034 total AA 500 EAA (10% of the EAA being leucine)3

Why is there an overproduction of acid in the GERD patient? If the proper essential amino acids must be present for the proper function of proteins, what happens if EAAs are missing? Perhaps then the protein mechanism that makes the HCL for our stomach malfunctions. How do we get these EAAS? By digesting our food fully.[2234]

Serotonin Science is also looking into the role that the hormone serotonin (5HT) plays in GERD because serotonin mediates the chemical transfer of information between the brain and gut. It does this via the central nervous system. If the nervous system has been compromised due to breakdown of the spinal disks, then messages given to the secretory system will also be compromised. If the system does not have adequate amounts of amino acids available to build secretory proteins, it will be doubly compromised. Some studies show that regulating serotonin through the use of drugs such as SSRIs helps calm some of the symptoms of GERD.[2235] Let's take a look at the biosynthesis of serotonin:

The essential amino acid tryptophan[2236] is the necessary precursor to serotonin and is found in foods like turkey, milk, eggs and bananas. Meat also contains tryptophan but is not the best source because it also contains significant amounts of the five other amino acids that compete with tryptophan for receptor access. Research has found the biggest rise in serotonin levels to occur after high carbohydrate meals when the release of insulin encourages certain essential amino acids to leave the blood stream and enter the organ tissues, leaving tryptophan free use albumin transportation to the brain without competition. Once tryptophan is absorbed into the blood stream, the blood protein albumin carries it to the cell where the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase catalyzes the reaction, which creates 5HTP. Then the enzyme dopa decarboxylase catalyzes the change, which produces the hormone 5HT, or serotonin. Let's take a look at the proteins involved in this transformation4:

First the amino acid tryptophan must be broken out of the food and absorbed. Production of the blood protein albumin requires seven of the eleven EAAS.[2237]

Tryptophan Hydroxylase - 74 AA 41 EAA (16% of the EAA being lysine)
Dopa Decarboxylase - 480 AA 237 EAA ( 9% of the EAA being leucine)
Serotonin - 428 AA 236 EAA (85% of the EAA being leucine)

If we cannot fully digest the turkey or eggs we have eaten we will not get adequate amounts of tryptophan. Incomplete digestion will lead to inadequate amounts of albumin[2238] and catalytic enzymes, not to mention the final product serotonin. If our neuroendocrine system is not working properly because of degraded spinal disks, the expression of these enzymes and proteins will be out of balance as well. In some advanced cases of GERD the system is so unbalanced that the esophageal tissue is damaged resulting in the condition known as esophagitis, these patients are thought to have low albumin levels.5,[2239]

10%- 20% of GERD patients have the precancerous condition known as Barrett's Esophagus. In this condition the tissue of the esophagus undergoes a change and though there may be no symptoms, it can result in a deadly form of cancer. These patients show a decrease in the enzyme glutathione transferase6. This enzyme detoxifies carcinogens, drugs, environmental toxins, and oxidative stress through conjugation with the protein glutathione. Glutathione Transferase - 218 AA 129 EAA (23% of EAA being leucine)

The essential amino acid cysteine is the limiting amino acid in the synthesis of glutathione. This means that all the other amino acids in glutathione are limited in their efficiency without adequate levels of cysteine7.

Each systemic protein broken down in this article ranges from 40%-55% EAAs. The only place we can get these AAs from is the complete digestion of our food. Without them we will become protein deficient. For instance, studies show that depriving mice of cysteine in their diets leads to lower levels of glutathione in their systems and a decreased ability to handle oxidative stress8. The body has a number of proteins and enzymes that are designed to help clear the toxic burden of oxidative stress from the body. If the body cannot make a sufficient number of these proteins to handle the stress load, the system will begin to experience the effects of this malfunction.

If we cannot make the proteins we need for our stomach to work properly we will begin to experience the effects of a malfunctioning system.

Studies show that a protein deficient system leads to malfunctions of the system and illness. The beginning of this breakdown may begin in the dorsal spinal disks, affecting the nervous system and, in the GERDs patient, the neuroendocrine system of the stomach. If we are not digesting our dietary protein properly we are becoming increasingly protein deficient and protein deficiency leads to systemic malfunction.

1. Michael Furman MD, "Spinal Stenosis and Neurogenic Claudication." E-Medicine, July 21, 2004.
2. Tracy G. Anthony, Ali K. Reiter, Joshua C. Anthony, Scot R. Kimball, and Leonard S. Jefferson, "Deficiency of dietary EAA preferentially inhibits mRNA translation of ribosomal proteins in liver of meal-fed rats." Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 281: E430-E439, 2001; 0193-1849/01, Vol. 281, Issue 3, E430-E439, September 2001
3. Junction Adhesion Molecule 1: Q9Y624, NiceProt View of Swiss-Prot, Uni-Prot Carbonic Anhydrase 1:P00915, Bioinformatic Harvester, Stanford University. Potassium Voltage Gated Channel: KCNQ1, Bioinformatic harvester, Stanford University Gastric H+/K+ ATPase: P20648, Bioinformatic Harvester, Stanford University
4. Tryptophan Hydroxylase:Q86WC5 (fragment), Bioinformatic Harvester, Stanford University Dopa Decarboxolase
5. Andrew S. Chu, MD, "Esophagitis" E-Medicine, Nov. 19, 2004
6. Brabender J, Lord RV, Wickramasinghe K, Metzger R, Schneider PM, Park JM, Holscher AH, DeMeester TR, Danenberg KD, Danenberg PV., "Glutathione S-transferase-pi expression is downregulated in patients with Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma." Journal of Gastrointestal Surgery. 2002 May-Jun;6(3):359-67.
7. Bounous,J, "Whey protein concentrate (WPC) and glutathione modulation in cancer treatment.", Anticancer Res. 2000 Nov-Dec;20(6C):4785-92.
8. Wang ST, Chen HW, Sheen LY, Lii CK., "Methionine and cysteine affect glutathione level, glutathione-related enzyme activities and the expression of glutathione S-transferase isozymes in rat hepatocytes." Journal of Nutrition, 1997 Nov;127(11):2135-41.
Text 21-33: Albumin transport factor for nutrition to cells
Another important function of the liver is the manufacture of various different blood proteins, such as albumin. Adequate amounts of albumin in the blood ensure that the body will retain a proper blood/tissue fluid balance. Albumin soaks up excess fluid from the surrounding tissues and keeps them in the blood. If there are not enough amino acids available for the liver to manufacture a sufficient amount of albumin, the body tissues will start to retain fluid and signs of edema will occur.
Albumin is also a major component of the transport system. The transport system is comprised of systemic proteins that carry nutrients into the cell. The albumin–containing proteins carry tryptophan, fatty acids, bilirubin, calcium, hormones, and many other substances.
It doesn’t matter how many vitamins or minerals you take, without these transport proteins, nutrients cannot enter the cells. If the liver doesn’t have enough amino acids available to make a good supply of albumin, we will be transport protein deficient.[2240]
Text 21-34: Lysine – Enzyme Treatment for GERD
Lysine is necessary for albumin production, which is a tryptophan transporter supporting serotonin and reducing stress. Lysine also supports calcium uptake, produces antibodies, hormones, and enzymes. Lysine builds collagen, muscle, bone, and cartilage. Osteoarthritis is often a symptom of lysine deficiency. Fat and high triglycerides indicate a deficiency of lysine or methionine since Carnitine, which releases energy from fat into mitochondria is deficient. Possibly dorsal disk lesions develop from lysine deficiency. Hence a combination of Lysine at 1 g/day and enzyme supplementation before going to sleep is a treatment for GERD. Upper body exercise can improve the absorption of these nutrients.

Separation of meat and dairy is ideal for separating arginine foods from lysine foods.[2241] By being able to eat dairy first one can insure that lysine absorption is maximized before arginine enters the body at larger levels. Also one should separate seeds and nuts from dairy for the same reason. Consuming arginine and lysine together results in amino acid conversion to energy as opposed to uptake.

Elevate the head side of the bed so that the stomach acid stays in the stomach. Alternatively, a prop-up pillow, mattress pump, or an adjustable bed will help.[2242] A prop-up pillow with an extra pillow on the lower half can be used with a smaller pillow under the legs to prevent the body from sliding off the pillow at nighttime. The extra pillow on the lower half inverts the spine under the stomach forcing the shoulders back alleviating spinal stress on the esophagus.[2243] Posture seems to be related to esophageal healing. One can also lie on the left side, which places the stomach under the esophagus preventing acid from rising into the region. Finally if one is going to try Prilosec (omeprazole) take it for the full 14 days to give the esophagus lining ample time to heal. Omeprazole will suppress 90% of stomach acid production. GERD will reoccur if healing is not given time to complete. Eating sugars, which produces acids can come up into the throat while lying down. Slippery Elm tea is particularly helpful for healing the LES. Avoid estrogen compounds that loosen the LES from closing.

Text 21-35: Spinal stress causes
Why is it that the medical community is forgetting their Anatomy 101 when investigating the cause of GERD? No one seems to consider how the esophagus and LES function together, and what is actually controlling them. The trigger signal that causes the LES to relax is a wave propagation that starts with the swallowing of food or liquid, and continues down the esophagus until reaching the LES, which responds by opening and then tightly closing. The muscles involved are controlled through nerve impulses having their roots in the upper thoracic vertebrae T1-T4.[2244] It would seem reasonable, then, that anything that impaired the transmission of this signal to the appropriate muscles could cause the mechanism to become faulty. Minor nerve root compression anywhere in T1-T4 could cause a "false signaling" to the LES which could cause it to briefly open and close. If the nerve directly controlling the LES is not sending a clear signal, then the LES may be only loosely contracting. In either case, stomach acid and chyme are being allowed to flow back into the esophagus.

So let's look at some of the facts. Over-weight people have a 3 times higher occurrence of GERD. Interestingly, they also have more back problems resulting in nerve root compression due to the extra weight they are carrying. Recently, it has also been shown that weightlifters and, to a lesser extent cyclist and joggers, have an increased occurrence of GERD. These exercises are also known to be hard on the spine, causing swelling and pressure to be exerted on nerve roots.

Theories are fine, but providing evidence is another thing. Here is an easy test to determine whether GERD is being caused by reduced nerve impulse transmission due to swelling or some other problem in the spine. If the sensation of GERD is alleviated almost instantly by icing down the upper back, then this is probably the source of the problem. Inflammation is not only decreased by cooling, nerve impulses are also known to improve (MS patients are warned to avoid heat because of this). This is an easy, painless test that should be quite conclusive. I have found, personally, that heartburn symptoms for me are rapidly eliminated when icing my upper back (T1-T4). I am normal weight, but I work out 5 times a week. When I lift for 2-3 days straight, my GERD gets worse. When I run for 2-3 days straight (4 miles in 30 minutes), the symptoms are very mild. Yes, proper diet and good probiotics have helped me, but probably not as much as taking a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement which is helping to keep my joints and spine properly hydrated and healthy to keep pressure from becoming excessive on nerve roots.

Without a proper curvature of the spine throughout the thoracic region, nerve root compression can become more common, resulting in the improper functioning of the LES and digestive tract in general through compression occurring in the T1-T6 region. I found that my GERD symptoms completely went away within 4-5 weeks of sleeping on my back by using a rolled up towel placed under my neck and lower back, allowing much of the curvature to be restored to my thoracic region. During the first few weeks, I often awoke with some temporary soreness in my back, which I found to be comforting as I knew that the ligaments and tendons were starting to stretch to produce the proper curvature. This soreness did not persist at all after getting out of bed, and some nights I would remove the towels and sleep the rest of the night on my side if there was too much discomfort. Now I am in a maintenance mode, and I make sure that I give my lumbar region a lot of support when sitting at my office or in my car.

Your update sparked a connection. Several years ago we had a guest lecture by Peggy Eicher, MD. She is a pediatric gastroenterologist who has recognized a new ramification of GERD. She sees patients who develop a "guarding posture" (hunching from tummy ache) and this causes their upper torso muscles to develop unevenly. They end up developing a type of scoliosis where the upper back bends too much and the neck and chin jut forward too much. The forward neck posture is a reaction to hunching over and still trying to look up - you are forced to jut your chin out in order to see straight ahead.

A few parents report that Dr. Eicher spotted undiagnosed GERD in an older child based on posture and later tests proved her right. One school age child was just tagging along on his baby brother's GI visit. Dr. Eicher spotted the fact that older brother has bad posture, has such tight abs that he can't rotate his shoulders and neck far enough to look over his shoulder, he runs out of breath in the middle of sentences because his lungs are squashed from poor posture, etc. Turns out the kid has wicked GERD just like baby brother. Between GERD meds and deep massage to help release the overly tight abs, he is doing fine. And he is doing better at soccer because looking over your shoulder is a mandatory skill in that game.

So you have to wonder if this is a bad spiral with pressure causing GERD that causes pain that causes bad posture that causes additional pressure on the nerves.[2245]

Orange peel extract containing 98% d-limonene can help. Take 1000 mg. every other day for 20 days. Resolution begins starting on day 2 of the treatment.[2246]

Text 21-36: Chest pain causes
If the chest discomfort is related to eating, then gall bladder disease is suggested. If an empty stomach causes symptoms, then reflux of stomach acid or ulcer disease can be the culprit. It may seem strange that these examples of gastrointestinal disease can be experienced as chest discomfort, but it is not at all unusual. Other causes of chest pain are referred nerve pain from conditions such as arthritis of the cervical spine.[2247]

Acid-reflux causes heartburn and after meals. If a meal reduces a dull pain than GERD could be caused by curvature of the spine as the stomach inflates correcting spinal position. There could be a stress-induced condition too. This condition can also lead to Esophagitis if not resolved.

21.18.4 Costochondritis/Costal Chondritis or Tietze Syndrome

“Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs attach to the sternum. Tietze syndrome affects the same region of the chest and causes inflammation, tenderness, and swelling. Anti-inflammatory medications, rest, physical therapy, and cortisone injections are suitable methods of treatment for both costochondritis and Tietze syndrome.”[2248] “Supplements that are used to reduce inflammation include ginger root, evening primrose oil, bromelain, vitamin E, omega-3 oils, and white willow bark. Glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate, which may aid in the healing of cartilage, has also been used. Other alternative therapies include acupuncture and massages.”[2249] The basic cure is to find a corner and place hands on the walls and lean inward stretching the chest cavity. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 2 sets per day. Also move ones hands higher to head level and repeat the chest stretch.

Figure 21-10: Costal Cartilage Inflammation


Tietze Syndrome is inflammation of the costochondral (pertaining to the ribs) cartilages with symptoms of chest tenderness or sharp pain when sneezing or coughing. The pain from costochondritis may be most noticeable when an individual is lying in bed at night. It is important to find a suitable lying position in order to reduce the degree of discomfort. It may be useful to use local heat as much as possible providing this does not aggravate the condition. A previous trauma or deficiency in calcium can lead to this pain.

This is an inflammation condition is where the ribcage meets the sternum. Tenderness near the ribs are a symptom.[2250] The problem increases when lifting or bench pressing.

21.18.5 Esophagitis

If one has a tendency to hunch over, Costochondritis often causes Esophagitis and is curable![2251] While one needs to treat the symptoms of Esophagitis until they are diminished one should begin physical therapy to cure Costochondritis simultaneously.

Esophagitis may be caused by stress tightening the abdomen pushing the stomach upwards. Stress also decreases digestion and the nutrition absorption that regulates acid production in the stomach.

Repair drink – an ounce multiple times per day at the end of other drinks and meals so it rests in the throat.

Treatment for stress-induced or pill Esophagitis:

Esophagitis is more common in men.[2252] Suspected causes include:

Traditional Treatment:

Management includes:

The LES is a muscle so creatine monohydrate should help strengthen the muscle like any other muscle under exercise.

21.18.6 Gallstones

Often asymptomatic, “gallstone risk factors include overweight, age near or above 40, female, or pre-menopausal; the condition is more prevalent in caucasians than in people of other races. A lack of melatonin could significantly contribute to gallbladder stones, as melatonin both inhibits cholesterol secretion from the gallbladder, enhances the conversion of cholesterol to bile, and is an antioxidant, capable of reducing oxidative stress to the gallbladder. Researchers believe that gallstones may be caused by a combination of factors, including inherited body chemistry, body weight, gallbladder motility (movement), and perhaps diet. The absence of such risk factors does not, however, preclude the formation of gallstones.”

21.18.7 Hiatal Hernia

Good posture is essential for eliminating hiatal hernia whose symptoms often mimic esophagitis and acid-reflux. The esophagus must pass through the diaphragm to reach the stomach, which is difficult if the chest is slouched over angling the esophagus. Hence to walk straight with the chest out and head up facilitates digestion and eliminates chest pain. Nevertheless the stomach should remain relaxed to prevent upward pressure.

Normally a small portion of the stomach can pass through the LES. Hiatal hernia refers to large pouching. Pain increases when bending forward as in poor posture pain, since the stomach slides into the esophagus.[2258] Eating a meal can reduce pain as the stomach is pulled away in its fullness.

Hiatal hernia is more common in women. The suspected causes or contributing factors include:

Generally diagnosed with a Barium Swallow X-Ray. The esophagus enters the stomach, which is on the left side of the body so lying on the left side can alleviate the pain at night by pulling the stomach down.

There are 2 types of hiatal hernia:

Text 21-37: Hiatal hernia remedies
“Could also be a Hiatal hernia which is easy to heal (See Hernia, Hiatal below): Hiatal Hernia - Feel for sore spots along sternum (bone down middle of chest) - press and hold until pain goes away, even down below sternum. You can also kind of reach under the sternum with a downward motion to help encourage the stomach out of the tear in the diaphragm. Do this until hiatal hernia is able to heal itself. Hiatal Hernias are a tear in the diaphragm quite often caused by leaning forward. Sometimes what we think is acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn etc. is just a hiatal hernia. It also helps if you cup your fingers on one hand to make a pointer, which you place in your navel. With the other hand move it from the chin downward from 7 to 10 times while concentrating on the area. Then change hands and repeat. (You don't have to actually touch because you are working with the electrical system of the body.) Never go up - always go down.”[2261]

“Sometimes, a hiatal hernia can be corrected with the following physical measures:
Apply gentle massage to the uppermost portion of your abdominal cavity. To do this, use your fingers to find the point at which your breast bone (sternum) ends, right where the bottom rib on each side of your chest cavity comes up to meet the breast bone. Place your fingers just below this point, apply downward pressure, and move slowly towards your belly button. You don't need to travel all the way to your belly button; a few inches below the starting point is adequate. Repeat this simple massage technique several times while you are lying down and physically and emotionally relaxed. You can follow this routine as often as you like until you experience improvement in your symptoms. I recommend most people try this routine two times per day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.
After a relaxation session of at least five minutes during which time you have been lying down, drink a full glass of water. Then, jump to the ground from a height that you are comfortable with - anything ranging from the bottom step of a set of stairs to a sturdy sofa seat or chair. The glass of water is to add some weight to your stomach. Jumping down from a height of a few inches to a few feet is to provide downward impact upon landing that can help the portion of your stomach that has herniated upwards to slide back down, away from the esophageal hiatus of your diaphragm.
Because the tone and overall health of your digestive tract is very closely connected with your stress levels via your autonomic nervous system, one of the most important treatment considerations for a hiatal hernia is physical and emotional relaxation work. Taking as much time as is needed to address chronic emotional states like frustration, anger, sadness, and hatred can be critically important in allowing your digestive tract to experience optimal nerve tone, which I have found can in and of itself cure some cases of hiatal hernia.”[2262]

“First thing in the morning, after fasting all night, drink a full glass of water quickly. This puts weight in the stomach. Then hop up and down (You don't have to leap entirely off the ground. Getting up on your toes and bouncing will do.) while relaxing your abdominal muscles. Basically, what this does is pull the stomach back down below the diaphragm where it belongs. Then if you can avoid putting pressure on the stomach from below while it is full, it will pretty much stay there.”[2263]

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice - DGL is effective at reducing the cause. “Visceral manipulation done by a trained therapist can help return the stomach to its proper positioning. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), helps balance stomach acid by improving the protective substances that line the stomach and intestines and by improving blood supply to these tissues. DGL does not interrupt the normal function of stomach acid.”[2264] Glycyrrhiza can increase hypertension and reduce testosterone production by 40% in a few days.[2265]

Glutamine is helpful for healing tissues. Limonene is a carbon-based compound that makes up about 95% of the oil in orange peel. Limonene dosage is 1000 mg a day.

21.18.8 Allergies

Food allergies most often occur when the digestive track lacks sufficient Hydrochloric Acid to break down large molecules such as proteins with glucose.[2266] These molecules may become antigens when they penetrate a body barrier far enough to provoke the immune system that is ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’.[2267] As one ages due to less acid in the body, the digestive track become less efficient at digesting proteins and this problem may occur.[2268]

Commonly, excess dairy consumption with insufficient Vitamin B6 (Hydrochloric Acid precursor) leaves the body with large molecules that enter the blood stream, stimulating antibodies and histamines. Niacin is also a precursor of Hydrochloric Acid. Histamines widen blood vessels and increase the permeability of blood vessel walls to red blood cells. These red blood cells cause the skin to redden since they have leaked into an area the body confuses with an injury. Histamines essentially produce inflammation that permits leukocytes (white blood cells) and various blood plasma proteins to reach an area that the body confuses with an injury.

Text 21-38: Encyclopedia Britannica on the Allergic reaction
In allergic reactions such as hay fever, mast cells release histamine in inordinate amounts as a result of the immune system's hypersensitive reaction to (usually harmless) foreign substances (antigens) that are present in the body. Antibodies, which are bound to mast cells, bind to these antigens and thus neutralize them; in the process, the mast cells are disrupted and release their histamines. The release of histamine is responsible for the visible symptoms of an allergic attack, such as runny nose, watery eyes, and tissue swelling.

When mast cells that line blood vessels encounter antigens, they release histamine. For this reason, the raised bump allergic response is in proximity to capillaries, arteries, and veins. This is a dermatitis allergy such as hives/Urticaria, eczema, or atopic dermatitis. The allergic response should occur first in those areas receiving blood from the small intestine region.

To eliminate digestive based allergies, take a high potency Vitamin B supplement.[2269] The supplement should include ~15 mg. of Vitamin B6 for a maximum dosage of 100 mg. a day and Niacin to stimulate stomach juices. Zinc provides the raw materials to build HCL. MSM will help clear the body of toxins.

Table 21-11: High Potency Vitamin B MINS
% Daily Value
B-1 Thiamin
50 mg

B-2 Riboflavin
12.5 mg
(headache inhibitor)
B-3 Niacinamide
50 mg
(better form of Niacin)
B-6 Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
12.5 mg
(stomach acid precursor)
Folate Folic Acid
50 mcg
(green plant nutrition)
Inadequate take 1 mg. supplement for 200% daily allowance.
B-12 Cyanocobalamin
12.5 mcg
(red meat nutrition)
25 mcg
(hair and skin nutrition)
B-5 Pantothenic acid
50 mg
(nerve stabilizer)

The U.S. government has a law against increasing the Folate level in multi-vitamins so one must take a separate Folate supplement. This law is unfortunate since Folate deficiency is common in the U.S.[2270]

To test for low stomach acid allergies take a small amount (< 5 mg) of Betaine Hydrochloric Acid from beets with a meal containing the allergic substance to see if the symptoms disappear. Taking Betaine HCL for a very short period (1-3 times) often revitalizes stomach acid production, but long-term use can cause the body to shut off its own production.[2271],[2272] Excess HCL, can quickly cause an ulcer.

Text 21-39: Foods That Stimulate Stomach Acid Production

There is some material in the text below that is useful to know.[2273]

Text 21-40: Eliminating Low Stomach Acid Allergies
Eating according to your blood type seems to be the hottest idea in nutrition today. Despite negative reviews in nearly every mainstream publication -- nearly all of whom have proclaimed the diet to be "no bloody good" -- Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter J. D'Adamo, N.D. (Putnam, 1996) has become a bestseller.

Fad diets, of course, come and go, rarely earning kudos from anyone other than publishers and their publicists. Dr. D'Adamo's book, however, has won the respect of fellow naturopathic doctors, many of whom now offer $20 blood typing tests to determine whether their clients are Type O, A, B or AB. After all, Dr. D'Adamo claims 4,000 case studies of people who achieved radiant good health after learning to "eat right for their type." Supporters include Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S., Christiane Northrup, M.D., Bruce West, M.D., Jonathan Wright, M.D., and scores of other respected physicians and nutritionists.

Why then have others -- Brian Clement, Director at the Hippocrates Institute, Robert Crayon, M.S. of Designs for Health, and this writer, among others -- seen little or nothing that clinically or scientifically supports the theory? Blood type as a factor in illness? Certainly. More than 1,000 scientific studies exist suggesting this is so.

Blood type as a factor in deciding what to eat? D'Adamo bases his theories on the assumption that early man had Type O blood, and that the A, B, and AB bloodtypes came long after. He claims that these later bloodtypes are genetically predisposed towards grains and milk products, foods that came in with agriculture and the domestication of animals, while Type Os are natural meat eaters. The evidence is less than convincing. Anthropologists can point to evidence that all four blood types existed back in the hunter/gatherer Paleolithic era, a fact that deflates Dr. D'Adamo's entire theoretical structure.

That so many people have done well on Dr. D'Adamo's blood type diet theory suggests that there is at least a drop of truth in it. Could the system work though the theories are faulty? Would that answer were as simple as four blood types, four diets!

Whether we are blood type A, B, AB or O is determined by chemical markers called antigens that lie on the surface of our red blood cells. If foreign blood enters the body -- as occurs with an improperly matched blood transfusion -- the immune system's "security police" step up to check the antigen ID card to determine whether or not it should be welcomed. If not, the immune system generates antibodies to lock onto the foreign blood cells, causing them to clump together or "agglutinate." Bodily "garbage collectors" then round up the glued-together trespassers to usher them out of the body.

Most people are familiar with this particular immune system scenario. It's the reason why wrong blood transfusions cause hemolysis and death.

Less well known is the fact that plants and foods also contain blood-specific agglutinins known as lectins. A powerful example is a lectin known as ricin, found in the seeds of castor oil plants. If injected into the bloodstream, it agglutinizes so quickly with red blood cells that massive blood clots form and death is nearly instantaneous.

Reactions to the protein lectins in food are rarely so life threatening. (Or so unlikely, given that few people would ever think of eating the seeds of the castor oil plant much less inject them into the bloodstream.) Dr. D'Adamo, however, reports that hundreds of common food lectins are capable of causing health problems when eaten by people of the wrong blood type. Milk, he says, has "B-like qualities; if a person with Type A blood drinks it, his system will immediately start the agglutination process in order to reject it." He reports that similar consequences accrue to Type O wheat eaters, Type B chicken eaters, Type AB anchovy eaters, and so forth. In short, there is a long list of foods that he says are best avoided by each blood type.

Such clumping, according to Dr. D'Adamo's theory, is not just a form of "corpuscle punishment;" it disrupts digestion, metabolism, nutrient absorption, insulin utilization and a host of other vital processes, which, in turn, may contribute to everything from postprandial lethargy to chronic fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer and other ills. If so, it only makes sense to "eat right 4 your type."

When we take a careful look at this theory it appears a bit "sticky." The majority of scientific studies linking blood types and lectins have involved lectins added to blood isolated in test tubes. But foods are NOT supposed to be injected directly into the blood stream. Mother Nature designed the digestive system to process them for safe transport through the bloodstream and for easy assimilation into our cells.

A healthy body with full digestive and assimilative capabilities is completely capable of handling food lectins. In fact, this is borne out by numerous studies which suggest that lectins are either dismantled by enzymes -- which are abundantly present in raw and fermented foods - or by cooking, which destroys the helpful enzymes but compensates by denaturing complex proteins so that they can more easily be broken down during the rest of the digestive process.3

Few people today, however, can boast fully functioning digestive systems. Two health problems that have undoubtedly contributed to the ability of food lectins to slip uninvited into the bloodstream are: widespread hydrochloric acid (HCl) and trypsin deficiencies, which make it difficult for people to properly digest protein, and "leaky gut" syndrome, a condition in which large undigested or partially digested protein molecules "leak" out of the GI tract and into the bloodstream, where they do not belong and where they are likely to provoke an immune system response.

Many popular health writers, including Adelle Davis and Linda Clark, have identified problems caused by widespread HCl deficiencies, especially after the age of 40. As Davis put it, "Too little hydrochloric acid impairs protein digestion and vitamin C absorption, allows the B vitamins to be destroyed and prevents minerals from reaching the blood to the extent that anemia can develop and bones crumble." Strong words, but backed by studies she cites from 1939 to 1961.4

More recently Robert Atkins, M.D., has taken up the cry. In Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution (Simon & Schuster, 1998), he writes, "A lack of stomach acid is commonplace, the result of aging genetics, use of certain medications, and a variety of other factors." Citing 11 studies, Dr. Atkins contends that the inability to properly digest protein contributes to asthma, diabetes, food allergies, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, pernicious anemia, candida, rheumatoid arthritis, intestinal infections, psoriasis, vitiligo, hives, eczema, dermatitis, herpetiformis and acne.

Why are people so short of HCl? For the body to manufacture HCl, it needs ample supplies of protein and zinc, ingredients that are in short supply in the popular low protein/high carbohydrate vegetarian and near vegetarian diets so popular today. Low HCl levels lead people to eat less meat (because they have trouble digesting it), which, in turn, leads to still lower HCl production. Once this cycle is set in motion, declining health is inevitable.

Adelle Davis did not make a link between HCl deficiencies and blood type; and Dr. Atkins does not consider blood type when he tailors programs to his clients, according to Joel Pescatore, Ph.D., a nutritional counselor at the Atkins Center. So it is possible that most of the people with this problem are all Type As or ABs, the types Dr. D'Adamo feels are predisposed to chronic shortfalls of HCl. The people with ample HCl may all be Type Os, as Dr. D'Adamo claims. Yet the identification of age-related deficiencies coupled with reports of failing health suggest a gradual decline of HCl over time. If so, HCl deficiency is a preventable and correctable problem, regardless of blood type.

Less well known is that people with digestive problems tend to suffer from shortfalls of pancreatic enzymes, particularly the protein digesting protease trypsin. If this is not secreted in sufficient quantities, protein molecules are improperly broken down. The greater the pancreatic insufficiency, the more undigested and partially digested protein molecules that enter the system and the more likely an immune system reaction. Indeed a connection between pancreatic enzyme insufficiency and multiple food allergies was made back in 1935.

If trypsin deficiencies are on the rise today, the culprit might be the growing popularity of soy products such as tofu, soy milk and products made with soy protein isolate, all of which contain trypsin inhibitors. Although many nutritionists believe that these inhibitors are deactivated by processing and cooking, Robert L. Anderson and Walter J. Wolfe of the USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, IL, have shown that the ONLY way to completely deactivate trypsin inhibitors is through the old-fashioned fermentation techniques used to make tempeh, miso and natto. Otherwise some trypsin inhibitors ALWAYS remain. If soyfoods are only eaten occasionally, the pancreas will kick in to produce extra trypsin. A constant barrage of soyfoods, however, will cause the pancreas to become overworked over time.

The problem colloquially known as "leaky gut" syndrome occurs when the mucus membranes of the intestinal tract are damaged and no longer provide an effective barrier to pathogenic gut bacteria and macro food molecules such as undigested or partially digested large proteins.

Once these macromolecules "leak" into the system, they are either attacked as foreign antigens or join "immune complexes" that lodge elsewhere in the body, causing havoc. When food and other antigens are allowed to enter the system in excessive amounts -- as is always the case in individuals with leaky gut syndrome -- sensitization of the immune system occurs, contributing to, if not actually causing, auto-immune diseases.

As might be expected, permeability of the intestinal lining correlates with numerous disorders, including food and environmental allergies; bowel problems such as IBS, Crohn's disease and celiac disease; inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis; dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, and many forms of cancer.

Foreign proteins that pass through a "leaky gut" include not only Dr. D'Adamo's pet lectins but also saponins and other blood factors. As clinical allergist Vincent Mark, M.D, points out, "Lectins are only another aspect of food intolerances or hyperreactivity and cannot stand alone diagnostically as its advocates imply."10

Though Dr. D'Adamo seems well aware of the differences between food allergies (which trigger reactions of IgE antibodies), food sensitivities (which trigger delayed reactions by IgA, IgG and IgM antibodies) and lectin-related agglutinations, the bottom line is that the foods marked most often for avoidance by people of all four blood types are the very same ones that are most likely to trigger allergic reactions. Nowhere is this more true than of the Type Os, who are forbidden wheat, corn, sugar, dairy products and yeast -- five of the "sinister seven" foods identified by the late Stuart Berger, M.D., as the foods most likely to cause allergies and damage the immune system." As for Dr. Berger's other two "sinister" foods, soy and eggs, Dr. D'Adamo considers soy a "neutral" that should not be eaten in quantity and advises that eggs are "generally a poor source" for the O blood type.

Dr. D'Adamo may well be correct in saying that the foods he has matched to each of the four main blood types would create no reaction in the body. More likely, such foods cause LESS of a reaction. Types A, B, AB, and O, after all, only represent the major blood types. More than 400 other blood markers exist, most of which are minor and admittedly occur only in limited geographic areas. Even so, the myriad markers mean that people have blood configurations that are as unique as their fingerprints. Take the lectin theory to its ultimate conclusion, and each of us would require a one-of-a-kind custom diet. Not four blood types, four diets, but an infinite number. It doesn't take an IV league degree to know that this is an unworkable solution.

Wouldn't it be wiser to clear up the problems that are causing "leaky gut" syndrome to begin with? The causes of "leaky gut" are many. More than half of the 68 million people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (best known under the brand names Advil, Motrin and Nuprin), naproxen, eiflunisal, profen, undomethacin, salicylate and tolmetin report some degree of digestive upset, including irritation, bleeding and ulceration. The drugs interfere with the protective mucus that nature designed to coat the GI tract.

Other factors that contribute to leaky gut syndrome include HCl and trypsin deficiencies, alcoholism and trauma. Aging also plays a role. As D. Hollander wrote in Gerontology, "the intestinal barrier to the absorption of potentially harmful environmental substances may be less efficient in aging animals."

Less publicized is the importance of diet. As Loren Cordain, Ph.D.-- a proponent of the hunter/gatherer Paleo-Diet has pointed out -- cereal grains, legumes, dairy products, yeast-containing foods and other products of the agricultural era all contain lectins that bind intestinal epithelial cells and change the permeability of those cells. These are the very foods tagged for elimination in most of the four blood type diets!

Dr. D'Adamo guaranteed the phenomenal success of his book when he told people of Type O, A and B to "just say ‘no'' to all commercially-made breads, bagels, muffins, flours, cakes, cookies, pastas and cereals. Whether made from refined flours or the seemingly healthier version of whole grains, these gluten-containing products injure the gut. Eliminating them from the diet is the first step in giving the injured intestinal lining a chance to rest and recover. In that the three blood types O, A and B represent 96 percent of America's white population and 93 percent of the black population, it's no wonder that so many people have benefited mightily from Dr. D'Adamo's diets.

Surely another component of Dr. D'Adamo's success is the fact that many of his clients had been eating the same foods over and over, week after week for years. A rabbi who ate kosher day in and day out, for example; a boy whose favorite foods were corn and fried chicken; or a woman suffering from lupus and kidney failure who ate "substantial amounts" of dairy and wheat. It is well known that people with "leaky gut" syndrome become more and more sensitive to their favorite foods as time goes on, and that people with food allergies and sensitivities are often advised to stick to "rotation diets."

Why else might Dr. D'Adamo's programs work? It could be as simple as the fact that all four diets eliminate chips, candy, donuts, cinnamon rolls and other junk foods comprised of sugar, wheat, salt, hydrogenated fats, and other known health destroyers. For Americans on the Standard American diet (SAD), adoption of any of the four diets would represent a considerable improvement.

Those who would like to enjoy high energy and radiant health without subscribing to the restrictive blood type diets nor to a rigid grain-free, dairy-free and bean-free Paleolithic diet, might consider the following:

First determine if you have "leaky gut" syndrome. One diagnostic tool is the intestinal permeability test available through Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory in Asheville, N.C. For healing, what's generally required is the elimination of wheat and other gluten-containing grain products -- as well as other problematic foods such as dairy and soy -- for a period of four months to a year, depending on severity of the condition. Although diet alone can sometime heal a wounded GI tract, healing is facilitated with an appropriate supplement plan.

People who have had a "leaky gut" for some time tend to be seriously deficient in vitamins and minerals, betaine-HCl, digestive enzymes, beneficial gut bacteria, and many beneficial fatty acids. Two supplements that almost always work wonders are MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and bovine (cattle) cartilage. Detoxification programs, candida cleanses and parasite purge programs are often advisable as well. Coconut cream and coconut oil--which D'Adamo says should be avoided by everybody--can be particularly helpful in combating pathogens in the gut and in restoring proper fatty acid balance.

Upon completion of these programs -- not before -- I have found that people of all blood types seem able to eat MODEST amounts of nearly anything, including wheat and other grain products. The operative word, of course, is "modest," meaning one or two small servings a day, not the whopping 6-11 servings of breads and grains currently recommended by the U.S.D.A. Food Pyramid.

To maintain ongoing gut health, breads and grains MUST be prepared for easy digestion using the soaking, fermenting and cooking instructions described in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (ProMotion, 1995). Better yet, start making gelatin-rich soup broths, as per Fallon's recipes.

Scientific studies dating back to the turn of the century suggest that gelatin improves the digestion of grains, beans, meat and dairy products and that it can normalize cases of hydrochloric acid deficiency. In addition, gelatin can soothe, protect and nourish the intestinal lining. As Erich Cohn of the Medical Polyclinic of the University of Bonn wrote back in 1905, "Gelatin lines the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract and guards against further injurious action on the part of the ingesta."19

Further support of gelatin came in 1937 when Francis Pottenger noted, "Even foods to which individuals may be definitely sensitive, as proven by the leucopenic index and elimination diets, frequently may be tolerated with slight discomfort or none at all if gelatin is made part of the diet."20

The obvious conclusion is that proper soaking and cooking, and the use of gelatin, can make the blood-type diets irrelevant. Type Os find they can eat grains. Type A people -- whom Dr. D'Adamo believes are natural vegetarians because they typically lack the abundant secretions of HCl necessary for easy digestion of meats -- find meats easier to digest if they are served with a gelatin-based gravy, stewed in their own broth or served along with a cup of soup. And gelatin can alleviate the allergic reactions and sensitivities that numerous research studies have connected to blood Types B and AB.

Those who don't care to keep their stock pots simmering, can achieve similar benefits by taking bovine cartilage supplements. More than 40 years of studies by the late John F. Prudden, M.D., D.Sc., showed that cartilage can soothe inflammation anywhere in the body, particularly the GI tract.21

Follow these simple, old-fashioned rules and those pesky lectins will be dismantled in your healthy gut and never cause problems in the bloodstream. If so, you'll have the high energy and good health needed to mine yet another vein of the blood type controversy -- the possible link between blood type and personality. Since 1920, it's been a hot subject in Japan, where political candidates advertise their blood type, where dating services inform prospective partners about each other's antigens and where a TV sitcom was entitled "I Am Type O." Even condoms are sold by blood type and come packaged with little "success cards" advising which types will make red-blooded romantics.

Sally Eauclaire Osborne, M.S. likes Dr. D'Adamo's description of her Type O personality as a "natural born leader" who tends to be "strong, certain and powerful -- blushing with good health and optimism." She eagerly awaits the day when her Type B son and daughter will become self-made millionaires. A nutritionist and health educator she teaches individuals and groups at Right Spin Health Education in Santa Fe, NM,. She can be contacted at (505) 984-2093.

21.18.9 Irritable Bowl Syndrome

Most typically caused by excess cholesterol in the colon. Hence taking a few spoons of Psyllium husks with cereal and milk before going to sleep will alleviate the cause. In IBS the body is trying to eliminate this cholesterol naturally but doesn’t have a medium to move it out of the body, hence the irritable condition. Analogously bile from the liver is a carrier to remove fats from the bloodstream.

When one drinks tap water from the faucet the Chlorine goes through the body into the colon and kills the good bacteria in the colon as well as the bad. This leaves the colon unable to properly digest certain foods especially meats that reintroduce the bad bacteria but not the good ones. The two-fold solution is:

Once one has the good bacterial back in the body, adhering to aged tap water will keep IBS from reoccurring. IBS may also indicate a deficiency in HCL as undigested proteins are flowing through the digestive track. Also itchiness in the rectum is a sign of this deficiency.

21.18.10 Bacterial Gas

Drinking fruit and vegetable juices cleanse the digestive tract. Hence, vitamin supplements are not a substitute for the digestive track cleansing properties of fruit or vegetable juices. Nevertheless, one can reduce vitamin pill supplementation if one is drinking more juices. Tea is a good remedy for this problem. Instead of eating, drinking tea gives the digestive track a restive time to recuperate.

Goat cheese like feta cheese has certain enzymes that will balance the digestive track. A panini contains goat cheese, basil, tomato and olive oil on a roll. Ravioli, manicotti and other pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese dishes have the right ingredients to rebalance the digestive track. Yogurt has properties that increase the good bacteria in the body while reducing putrefying bacteria. One can reduce or eliminate milk in the diet if one is experiencing constipation, diarrhea, or gas. Soymilk is an effective substitute. Nevertheless, dairy products like cottage cheese are a good source of Tryptophan, essential to natural sleep and positive emotions.[2275] Enzymes are the solution for digesting dairy. Anise seed and alfalfa are loaded with these enzymes and can simply be chewed or mixed into the meal.

Natural health experts[2276] consider cleansing the digestive track by fasting on certain juices to be particularly effective at renewing the intestinal nutritional absorption capability. Drinking only prune juice or apple and celery juices while abstaining from food, washes away mucous toxins and harmful bacteria lining the digestive track. These toxins and bacteria block nutrition from reaching the intestinal walls while the parasitical bacteria consume food-producing gas as a byproduct of their reproduction. An alternative to fasting is flax meal, ground flax seed, which cleans the colon.[2277] Excessive Calcium can build up on the colon and arterial walls and this is a danger of calcium supplementation. Hence, one should reduce supplementation accordingly and drink lots of acidic fruit juice to consume the excess calcium.

As one gets past the age of forty, digesting milk may become more difficult. Cow milk contains 300x the amount of casein that is found in human milk. Casein, which is the basis of Elmer’s glue, increases the production of mucus leading to larger breeding grounds for bacteria.[2278] Pasteurization meanwhile has destroyed the useful enzymes, beneficial bacteria, and some of the vitamins. Pasteurization also causes proteins and minerals in milk to be less digestible.[2279] Organic milk shouldn’t have antibiotics, hormones, and pesticide additives. Still, fortified soymilk these days offers a healthier alternative to the nutrition of milk especially after the age of forty.

Probably the best choice for digestion is goats’ milk and goats’ cheese:[2280]

Text 21-41: Goats’ milk vs. Cows’ milk
Goats’ milk is better than cows’ milk as a human, and especially as an infant food, because its protein and mineral ratio is more similar to human mothers milk. Goats’ milk has more niacin and thiamine, and better quality proteins than cows’ milk. Also, the fat in goats’ milk is naturally homogenized[2281], and is therefore more easily digested and assimilated. Incidentally, goat’s milk is not mucous-forming.

Foods we eat should provide 75% of the enzymes necessary for digestion. Since enzymes are destroyed by heat increasing the consumption of raw foods helps digestion. Key enzymes include amino acids from protein, glucose from carbohydrates, and omega acids from unsaturated vegetable/seed fats. The more tired one feels after a meal, the fewer enzymes were present in the food. In this case after the food sits in the stomach for 30 minutes, the body starts pulling enzymes from other places including the immune system, which causes fatigue, headaches, and high cholesterol. Soy lecithin found in some health foods dissolves fats. You can buy Fearn’s Liquid Lecithin and drink it with a magnesium pill to dissolve cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats while increasing the removal force with magnesium.

Breastfeeding greatly reduces a child's risk for diabetes. “Childhood diabetes rates are skyrocketing in the USA, so the increase in breast-fed babies could help curb this public health problem, Lawrence says.”[2282]

The stomach flu or food poisoning requires one to throw up the toxins that are plaguing the body. Tums is effective for throwing up. Juices are effective for nourishing the body during this type of flu.

Enzyme production tapers off with age. Enzymes are essential to good digestion. Papaya and other fruits are rich in enzymes. There are breath mint enzyme tablets. Enzymes clear out the digestive track of residue clinging to the walls of the bowels so that they work more effectively. A enzyme ‘starter’ supplement can rekindle natural enzyme production. Enzyme mints work well here.

21.18.11 Food Poisoning

Occurs to up to 80 million people each year in the U.S. One of the symptoms is tachycardia that is a high pulse rate 93-112. The body will cleanse itself by channeling water though the digestive track resulting in diarrhea. Causes include leaving food in warm environments so that they may cultivate harmful bacteria.

21.18.12 Constipation

Fish oil and other Omega-3 supplements reduce this condition as does ground flax meal and flax seed oil.

To relieve constipation in two hours, there is reflexology treatment that requires rubbing the left foot arch just below the ball of the feet.

Constipation may lead to diverticular disease, which is a pouching of the large intestine through the muscular wall similar to a hernia, which squeezes through the intestinal wall. The pouches however may get infected, leading to flatulence. To avoid stick to low fat foods with fiber, drink plenty of water each day, and increase exercise to improve circulation.

21.18.13 Yogurt

Yogurt is the cure to most digestive problems. One should select the high-grade yogurts like ‘Mountain High’ that is made in Englewood, Colorado. These yogurts do not contain gelatin or other additives, taste better and are low in sugar. Paavo Airola was ahead of his time in asserting the wonders of yogurt: [2283]

Text 21-42: Yogurt the wonder food
Yogurt is a true wonder food, if there ever has been such a thing. Among its many wonderful properties, here are a few most important ones:

And the wonder of yogurt is that while it destroys the dangerous, pathogenic bacteria, it is not harming the beneficial bacteria. Quite to the contrary – it assists in their growth!

The latest news on yogurt from Europe is that the use of special cultures of Lactobacillus bifidus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and other human symbionts in preparing of yogurt improves the therapeutic value of yogurt and makes it more effective in restoring and keeping the intestinal tract in a healthy condition.

21.19 Exercise

Cardio vascular, low impact exercise for 120 minutes that is 2 hours of exercise a week is the adult minimum for health preservation and low risk for osteoarthritis injury.

21.19.1 Avoid antioxidants before and after exercising

Antioxidants reduce the benefit of exercise, which necessarily produce beneficial free radicals.[2284] Avoid supplementation after exercising for 2-7 days to see fitness benefits.[2285] “Oxygen radicals generated via the neutrophil respiratory burst are vital in clearing away muscle tissue that has been damaged by exercise...”[2286] Antioxidants inhibit this response. Hence, taking antioxidants can result in scar tissue and long-term injuries from exercise. They will also inhibit the physical fitness development response when taken before exercising.

‘Exogenous[2287] antioxidants severely impair the insulin sensitizing effects of physical exercise.’[2288] Physical exercise normally improves glucose metabolism and prevents type 2 diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity. ‘Physical exercise ameliorates[2289] insulin resistance by increasing mitochondrial formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in muscles to induce expression of PGC1alpha, PGC1beta, and PPARgamma as inducers of insulin sensitivity, as well as endogenous[2290] ROS defense enzymes (mitohormesis[2291]) superoxide dismutases 1 and 2 and glutathione peroxidase 1.’[2292] Basically, vitamins C and E stop ROS and insulin sensitivity and the production of the good cleanup antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutases and glutathione peroxidase.

The human body’s lack of ability to synthesize vitamin C was not required due to the endogenous generation of antioxidants from a highly aerobic condition due to the strain of obtaining provisions. In this regard physical exercise generates its own antioxidant nutrition.

21.19.2 Muscle balance

The goal of fitness is strength, endurance, and balance. Balance is often overlooked, but it is important to stengthen opposing muscle groups to avoid injury that can occur from one side pulling more than the other. For example, the upper back muscles can be strengthened with reverse flies, but if only bench pressing is done the shoulders will pull forwards producing a hunched over imbalance.

21.19.3 Krav Maga

Developed by Imre (Imi Sde-Or) Lichtenfeld,[2293] Krav Maga is an evolutionary martial art adapting to hand to hand combat with one or more opponents. In having to deal with multiple opponents, it is not as lethal as Jui Jitsu; but more effective than Jui Jitsu in this environment. While the following description may seem crude, any Holocaust survivor would attest that self-defense is necessary know.

Text 21-43: Krav Maga Basics
The best stance when confronting an enemy is to put your feet at shoulders length apart and your
arms should be facing forward, parallel to each other and bent at the elbows. Keep your knees
slightly bent and stand on the balls of your feet. Remember, you always want to maintain this stance when you are not striking at the enemy.

It is always important that you keep your balance. If you use the stance I have described above, you will never have to worry about it. If by chance you do lose your balance even for a second you can kiss your ass goodbye as the enemy will probably kill you.

Always be aggressive and always attack. Don’t just stand back and defend yourself against the
enemy’s strikes as he will end up killing you eventually. If you are not aggressive, the enemy will
think you are scared and he will have an advantage over you. A great thing to do is yell at the enemy. This will scare the shit out of him if you start yelling at him and plus it also allows you to get more oxygen in your lungs so you will have more strength.

Natural Weapons
Your natural weapons are as follows: knife edge of either hand, the heel of your hands, your fingers folded at the second knuckle, your boot, your elbow, your knees, your teeth, your fore finger and second finger forming a „V“ shape, and your fist. These body parts alone are some of the most powerful weapons you can use.


Since you now know the basics of fighting, let me list for you the best places where you should
strike your enemy.

A sharp blow to the temple ensures instant death since there is a large artery and nerve located
close to the skin surface. If you give a medium blow to the temple it will cause severe pain and
concussion but a hard blow will kill the enemy instantly. The best way to strike the temple is with
the knife edge of your hand or if he is on the ground you can kick him with the toe of your boot.

The eyes are a great place to strike if you can since a good strike in the eyes will cause temporary
or permanent blindness. To blind the enemy, make a „V“ shape with your fore finger and second
finger and stick them into his eyes while keeping your fingers stiff. Also, you can gouge the eyes
with your thumb.

The nose is another excellent place to attack. Hit the bridge with the knife edge of your hand and
you will cause breakage, severe pain, temporary blindness and even death. Or you can use the palm of your hand to strike upwards and push the nose up into his brain. If done hard enough the nose bone will puncture his brain and he will die.

Upper Lip
The upper lip contains a lot of nerves close to the skin surface so if you strike it with the knife edge
of your hand it will cause great pain and if delivered hard enough he will become unconscious.

If the enemy is on the ground, use the heel of your boot and strike him on the mouth. Since there
are a lot of veins and arteries in the teeth there will be a lot of blood which will frighten the enemy
and he will lose concentration on defending other parts of his body.

The chin should only be struck with the palm of your hand as you can break your fingers on the
enemy’s chin. Use the palm of your hand and strike the enemy with a very strong upward blow.
This will cause extreme discomfort.

Adam’s Apple
Usually the enemy will defend this part of his body well but if you do get the chance give it a sharp
hit with the knife edge of your hand. If you hit it hard enough you will bust his windpipe and he
will die. You can also squeeze the Adam’s Apple between your fingers.

If you have a chance to get a hold of his neck, press your thumbs into his esophagus (located below the Adam’s Apple). Pushing hard will be very painful and it will block the oxygen flow to his lungs and he will die quickly.

If you give a very strong blow to the base of the neck with the knife edge of your hand you will
usually break it. However, if it is not hard enough, the enemy might just be knocked unconscious so be sure to hit him in the temple or twist his neck around to be sure he is dead. The neck is the best place to hit someone if you want to be quiet as it is quick and the enemy goes down without a word.

Collar Bone
The collar bone is an extremely sensitive part of the body. A sharp blow to it with the knife edge of
your hand or your elbow gives the enemy excruciating pain. Also, digging your finger into the
collar bone can bring your enemy to his knees.

The shoulder is easy dislocated and it takes little strength to do. However, it should be done
quickly. Grab the enemy’s arm and pull it behind his back and then jerk it upwards quickly. You
should here a popping sound which means you have dislocated the enemy’s shoulder. There are
other methods of doing this but this is the easiest.

Although it is hard to get at, the armpit has a large network of nerves. If the enemy is on the
ground, hold up his arm and then kick him in his pit. This will cause severe pain. However, it is not a very common place that will be struck in a fight but is good to keep in mind anyways.

Rib Cage
A strike to the rib cage with your fingers folded at the second knuckle is rather painful and if done
hard enough causes severe pain and breakage. Only use your fingers folded at the second knuckle
since that hurts the most.

Solar Plexus
The solar plexus is located on the chest at the little „V“ shaped point where the rib cage ends. There are a large amount of nerves so a blow with the knuckle of your second finger can cause severe pain and even unconsciousness.

Floating Ribs
The floating ribs are the lower ribs located at the front and sides of the enemy’s body. Use the knife edge of your hand or the heel or toe of your boot. The blow will cause pain and will stun the

A blow to the spine with the heel of your boot can paralyze or kill your enemy. The lower spine
between the enemy’s kidneys is the best place to hit as that is the least protected part of the spine.
You will only be able to attack the spine when your enemy is on the ground or if his back is turned
to you.

The kidneys have two large nerves that are close to the skin surface. If you strike the kidneys hard
it will cause death. You can use a fist or the knife edge of your hand to hit the kidneys. Or a kick
with the heel of your boot will work too.

The groin is a good place to strike if you get the chance. Generally, the enemy will protect this area the most but if you have a chance, strike it with your knee in an upward motion or with your fist. I’m sure you can imagine the pain the enemy will get from it.

The tailbone which is located above the anus is a very sensitive part of the body as a lot of spinal
nerves are located there. Use the toe of your boot to strike the tailbone. The pain from that is
unbelievably severe.

The elbow is easy to break or dislocate. Pull the enemy’s arm behind him and with the palm of your hand push his elbow inwards until it either cracks or pops. When the enemy has a useless arm, you have a great advantage over him.

The fingers should be broken because the enemy becomes almost helpless with broken fingers.
Grab the enemy’s arm with one hand and with the other hand push the fingers upwards until they
snap. It is only necessary to break the first two fingers. It is also helpful in breaking a grip.

You can destroy the knee by kicking it with the side of your boot in an upward motion. This will
rip the ligaments and the cartilage. This will cause unbelievable pain and make it impossible for the enemy to move around. Once a knee has been ruined, you will have a great advantage over the

If the enemy is on the ground, get a hold of his ankle and twist it until it snaps. This will make it
almost impossible for him to walk and he will then be easy to kill.


Let me talk about some more important things you should remember when you are fighting

Always try to throw your enemy off balance. You can do this by charging the enemy and
pretending to strike him. This will make him flinch and lose his balance. Always look for a weak spot and attack it. Whenever he leaves a vulnerable part of his body unprotected attack it with all your strength. By doing this, he will then try to protect the part of his body that you just struck thus leaving even more unprotected parts open. Use any available object that you can. By this I mean throw sand in his eyes, block his strikes by hitting him with a large branch, or any other kind of available material that can be used as a weapon against him.

Foul Play
In a life or death situation there is no such thing as foul play and there are no rules either. Although hitting someone in the groin is considered a cheap shot in high school, it is a very effective way of destroying your enemy. Just hit him where you can and kick him when he’s down. That way, he will never get back up again.


I have now explained to you the basics of fighting and the best places to attack your enemy on his
body. Just because you have read this file doesn’t mean you will be able to go out and kick somebody’s ass in. These methods take a lot of practice in order to do them properly.
If you enjoyed this file and would like to practice these methods get a partner who is also interested in this and work on each type of strike and kick. When you first start out, go slowly and remember that these methods are deadly and do not require much force to be effective so take it easy on your partner.

Some of you may decide that practicing is not enough and you would like to learn more than what I have told you in the above. Well, there are several good books with illustrations on this subject which go into much more detail than I ever could in this file. The book I used mainly to write this file was „The Marine Corps Field Manual on Physical Security“. You can get this book through a good book store or if you happen to know a marine, he can get you a copy very easily. There are also camps where you can go for 1-2 weeks to learn all sorts of things like this such as firing weapons, detailed hand-to-hand combat, doing raids on enemies and all sorts of other stuff like that. The instructors that teach these programs are well trained and have had years of experience with this. However, usually you have to be 18 years or older to get into these programs and you have to be very serious about it as well. This is not one of those programs where you can say „Time-out, I need to rest.“ They don’t stop just to suit you. To get more information about these programs, you can usually find out about them in magazines like „Soldier of Fortune“ and
other magazines with similar theme.

21.19.4 Sex

The endorphins released during this process serve to heal body functions similar to exercise. Tight muscle pain is particularly alleviated.

21.20 Eyes

21.20.1 Blocked tear duct Fact

Blocked tear ducts typically open all by themselves by age 4. Beware of any doctor who says it will not get better. Headshape will also correct itself within a few years. The leading cause of this problem is using hard crib mattresses that flatten the head. Some suggestions

Massaging in an upward direction will help clean the tear duct out. I do not recommend massage in a downward direction to try to open the tear duct with pressure.

Text 21-44: Massage technique
With a warm washcloth, massage upward from the bridge of the nose, then upward toward the eye. We did this a few times a day, and it cleared up within a week.[2294]

Text 21-45: Blocked tear duct
A warm compress held against the inside corner of the eye may also help break up the blockage in the duct, says KidsHealth from Nemours. A washcloth dampened with warm water makes a simple, but useful, compress. If using massage to help the blocked tear duct, a compress held against the site for a few minutes before the massage may help loosen the matter.

Some use pinky in counter clockwise light pressure on tear duct, but I don’t recommend this approach, since I don’t recommend downward motion.

Wipe from the inside of the eye to the outside. Massage upward from the bridge of the nose, then upward toward the eye. The upward pinky finger massage is recommended.[2295]

Text 21-46: Blocked tear duct
Blocked tear ducts are harmless and 90 percent of them clear up by one year of age without treatment. Although they are painless and seldom bother babies, they can be a nuisance. To keep those little eyes free of excess gunk:

Wash out the eyes. Clean the gunky tears away with a warm washcloth twice a day.

Massage the tear ducts. Use the tip of your clean pinky finger (with trimmed nail) or a cotton swab moistened with clean, warm water and gently massage the tear duct, recognized by a tiny bump (swollen lacrimal sac) in the nasal corner of the eye. Massage toward the nose in an upward direction at least six times a day or before each diaper change. Massaging puts pressure on the swollen lacrimal sac, pumps the tears into the duct, and eventually pops it open.

Mama’s milk to the recue. A remedy that we have used successfully in our pe3diatric practice is for mothers to put a drop or two of expressed breast milk into the nsasl corner of the affected eye four times a day or apply a drop of breast milk before each massage treatment. Breast milk is rich in natural antibodies that prevent and treat infected tears.

Surgical treatment. About 90 percent of plugged tear ducts will open by one year of age. Of those that don’t, most will open by two years. If a tear duct remains plugged after age two, it probably will remain that way indefinitely. Deciding when and how to fix the tear ducts is a decision between you and your doctor. Due to the traumatic nature of the probing, and the high possibility that an infant will simply outgrow the problem, we suggest waiting at least until two years of age. If the problem hasn’t resolved by then, consider the threading procedure.

Text 21-47: Blocked tear ducts and probing procedures
Blocked Tear Ducts: Probing Procedures[2296]

Probing is a procedure that is sometimes used to clear or open a blocked tear duct. The doctor inserts a surgical probe into the opening (punctum) of the tear duct to clear the blockage. Afterward, he or she may insert into the duct a tiny tube with water running through it. The water contains a fluorescein dye. If the doctor sees that dye has moved into the nasal cavity, he or she will know that probing worked. Often after probing, antibiotic eyedrops are used 4 times a day for 1 week.

Probing is rarely used as treatment for adults with a blocked tear duct. Probing is most often used when a baby:

Probing can be done using local or general anesthesia depending on:

Each type of probing has its advantages and disadvantages. The options should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor.

Probing successfully opens the duct for about 80 out of 100 babies who have blocked ducts. Probing may be done again if it doesn't work the first time. Most children under the age of 4 who have a simple blockage of a tear duct can be helped by a single probing.

There is a rare risk of scarring.

The symptoms of a blocked tear duct may return for a short time if your child gets an upper respiratory infection, such as a sinus infection or a cold. If symptoms persist, a dye solution may be used in the eye to check the drainage system. Massage and antibiotics may be used for 4 to 6 more weeks. If excessive tearing continues, the probing may be repeated, but usually not for at least 3 months after the first procedure. Other treatments may also be tried, especially if more than one probing is done without results.

21.20.2 Corrective vision

Eye prescriptions contain three measurements. The ‘spherical’ value corrects distance vision. The cylindrical and axis values deal with astigmatism. The ‘cylindrical’ value is often not corrected to full extent in contact lens fitting, because the more the correction, the more the distortion if the contact lens shifts in the eye during movement.

Laser eye correction surgery will take away close-up vision for people over the age of 40 where they could formerly read without glasses. One cannot go back to wearing contact lens after laser surgery due to the change of the shape of the eye. Like most surgeries, laser eye correction should be a last resort.

Contact lenses have a benefit outside the realm of vision correction. They protect the eyes from UV light reducing the chance for cataracts. Nevertheless, they also reduce air supply to the surface cells of the eye, which increases blood vessel size to insure that oxygen supply is not diminished.

Trans-fatty acids are implicated in macular degeneration. They operate by restricting blood flow in the center of the eye. One should avoid food prepared with hydrogenated oils, i.e. trans-fatty acids. Ginkgo Biloba by increasing blood flow counters macular degeneration in the eye.

Avoid glasses with sunglass magnetic clips in the temples. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin that contains iron so the magnetic fields will pull excess red blood cells into the temple regions of ones head resulting in eyestrain headaches.

21.20.3 Myopia prevention

The use of reading glasses may prevent myopia from developing where one is no longer strengthening near sighted vision during close up work.

21.20.4 Macular degeneration

CoQ10 has been shown to eliminate the causes of cataracts and macular degeneration:

Text 21-48: CoQ10 in the human retina
Purpose: To determine the concentration of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the human retina.

Methods: Eye tissues were lyophilized and exhaustively extracted with heptane. The extracts were analyzed for CoQ10 by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Results: The average concentration of CoQ10 in the retina was 42 ± 11 nanomoles/g dry retina for donors younger than 30 years of age and 24 ± 13 nanomoles/g dry retina for donors older than 80 years of age. The average concentrations of CoQ10 in the choroid was 27 ± 16 nanomoles/g dry choroid for donors younger than 30 age and 18 ± 11 nanomoles/g dry choroid for donors older than 80.

Conclusions: CoQ10 levels in the retina can decline by approximately 40% with age. This decline may have two consequences: a decrease in antioxidant ability and a decrease in the rate of ATP synthesis in the retina and, as such, this decline may be linked to the progression of macular degeneration.[2297]

Hence, cataracts and maybe presbyopia with age can be correlated with a decline in CoQ10 levels in the body. Also CoQ10s ability to increase collagen production in heart muscle suggests that it may be able to offset degenerative disorders of joints.

21.20.5 Nuclear sclerosis prevention

Nuclear sclerosis (NS) is a precursor to cataracts is the clouding of the eye. N-Acetylcarnosine (NAC) drops have shown some success in reversing this condition.[2298] Studies suggest that NAC may be more effective at treating NS before later cataract development. Cataracts can take 10 – 30 years after NS is diagnosed to develop, cataracts begin developing usually at the age of 61.

Text 21-49: Wikipedia on NAC

It is believed that NAC is deacetylated (loses its acetyl group) and transforms into carnosine, which then acts as an antioxidant and against glycation.[5] In another study NAC was reported as effective in improving vision in cataract patients and reduced the appearance of cataract.[6] The authors called this ‘a snow melting effect’ referring to the slow reduction of the cataractous tissues in the lens following the use of NAC eye drops. Transparency of the lens improved after using NAC eye drops at a concentration of 1% twice a day for four months. These results were relevant to all forms of cataract, mild or severe, although other studies found the most beneficial effect was in relation to early forms of cataract.[7] This was a landmark study which caused many commercial operators to manufacture their own brands of anti-cataract NAC eye drops.[8]

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists issued the following public statement about NAC as of August 2008:

The evidence for the effectiveness of N-acetyl carnosine eye drops is based on experience on a small number of cases carried out by a Russian researcher team [Babizhayev]. To date, the research has not been corroborated and the results replicated by others. The long-term effect is unknown. Unfortunately, the evidence to date does not support the 'promising potential' of this drug in cataract reversal. More robust data from well conducted clinical trials on adequate sample sizes will be required to support these claims of efficacy. Furthermore, we do not feel the evidence base for the safety is in any way sufficient to recommend its use in the short term. More research is needed.[11]

Babizhayev and colleagues, of the US-based company Innovative Vision Products (IVP), which markets NAC treatments, published another human clinical trial in 2009. They reported positive results for NAC as well as arguing "only certain formulas designed by IVP..are efficacious in the prevention and treatment of senile cataract for long-term use."[12]

In a 2010 book on ocular disease, the current state of this subject is summarized as follows:

Carnosine (ß-alanyl-L-hystidine), and its topical prodrug formulation N-acetylcarnosine (NAC), is advertised (especially on the internet) to treat a range of ophthalmic disorders associated with oxidative stress, including age-related and diabetic cataracts. No convincing animal studies or masked clinical trials have been reported.[13]

[7] Williams DL, Munday P (2006). "The effect of a topical antioxidant formulation including N-acetyl carnosine on canine cataract: a preliminary study". Vet Ophthalmol 9 (5): 311–6. doi:10.1111/j.1463-5224.2006.00492.x. PMID 16939459

Quoting from this study of 14 canines with NS suggests a 5% reduction in opacity.[2299] The visual improvement corresponding to this 5% reduction would be over 80%, which is significant. In other words the body can do a lot with a small improvement in opacity. The treatment consisted of eye drops three times daily consisting of topical 2% N-acetyl carnosine in a buffered vehicle containing the antioxidants glutathione, cysteine ascorbate, L-taurine[2300] and riboflavin (Ocluvet by Practivet, Phoenix, AZ, USA). The exact ingredients: Sterile Water USP, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate (as a buffering agent), L-Carnosine, N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine, Cysteine Ascorbate, Glutathione, Riboflavin Monophosphate, L-Taurine, Polysorbate 80 0.2%, Propylene Glycol 0.2%.[2301] L-taurine production increases with dietary consumption of fish, poultry, niacin, thiamine, and fiber; but negatively inhibited from dietary saturated fat. One can be tested for low Taurine levels. Taurine production is enhanced by Vitamine D3 1000- 2000 IU, Zinc, Vitamin A, P5P from B6, Glutamine, and Methionine with P5P.

Text 21-50: The effect of a topical antioxidant formulation including N-acetyl carnosine on canine cataract: a preliminary study.
The lens opacification index (LOI) declined 5% in cases of nuclear sclerosis (mean decrease in opacity 5 ± 0.37%).

This study demonstrates some marginal reduction in lens opacification in a substantial number of cases of canine cataract with the use of a topical nutritional antioxidant formulation including N-acetyl carnosine. Lens opacification was improved with treatment in eyes with immature cataract or nuclear sclerosis while in eyes with mature cataract or cataract with associated intraocular inflammatory pathology less reduction was seen.

21.20.6 Cataract prevention

Reduction and prevention includes:[2302]

Non-ionizing radiation such as microwave can cause cataract development by a thermal process.[2305] Some new studies out of Israel suggest there may be a non-thermal mechanism as well that is cumulative and non-reverable from omni-directional cell phone or wi-fi transmission.

Text 21-51: Thermal levels of microwave radiation for cataract development
According to a report by England's National Radiological Protection Board, radio waves may cause cataracts through damage caused by the heating effect mentioned above. The amount of radio power involved is called the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is measured in watts per kilogram of biological tissue. Reasonably, a large amount of power in a small amount of tissue will produce a large heating effect. Long-term exposure of rabbit's eyes at a rate of 17 watts/kilogram (kg) produced no cataracts. The SAR from using a typical cell phone is about 1.6 watts/kg. Researchers needed power levels of 100 watts/kg before cataracts were produced.

It takes 30 dBm of power to equal a watt (W) of radiation so this is unlikely to be encountered when working with non-transmitting microwave electronics. Cell phones typically transmit 0.4 to 1 W of power close to the antenna. An 802.11n router puts out 20 dBm that is 0.1 W. An 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptor is 23 dBm or 0.2 W.

21.20.7 Floaters and Eye flashes

Occur from changes in the vitreous gel that fills the eyeball. If the vitreous separates from the retina then clumps can form and floaters appear. Avoiding impacts to the eye and head are thus important to retaining the integrity of these connections. As one ages the vitreous becomes thinner more watery and the bonds to the retina are more fragile. Greater risk begins at age 50.

To avoid a PVD, one can use saline drops to prevent the gel from shrinking. This is more common in a dry climate. Also an impact to the eye in this state can facilitate the PVD. Niacin which reduces cholesterol can contribute as well, since cholesterol preserves the gel’s condition, but at the risk of heart disease.

Avoid a probing exam for a retinea detachment if you want to avoid an injury to the eye. The probing can injure the delicate connective tissue leaving a continuous feeling stretching in places.

The most common cause is a posterior vitreous detachment. “In absence of retinal tears, the usual progress is that the vitreous will continue to age and liquefy and floaters will usually become less and less noticeable, and eventually most symptoms will completely disappear.”

21.20.8 Posterior Vitreous Detachment

When only part of the vitreous gel is attached, the gel can pull on the retina through traction and ultimately tear the retina.[2306]

Many retinal detachments are associated with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), a common condition in which the vitreous gel shrinks and separates from the retina.

Posterior vitreous detachment usually results from normal, age-related changes in the vitreous gel. But PVD can also result from eye injury or inflammation caused by surgery or disease. PVD most commonly is seen in people age 60 and older. But it may begin to occur as early as about age 40. And it becomes increasingly common after age 50.
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As you age, the vitreous gel in the middle of your eye begins to change. The gel's normal structure breaks down in a process called syneresis. Parts of the gel shrink and lose fluid. The fluid collects in pockets in the middle of the eye, and thick strands of the gel form and drift through the eye. These strands appear as floaters.

Sometimes these changes cause the vitreous gel to shrink suddenly and separate from the retina. This is called posterior vitreous detachment.

Posterior vitreous detachment usually does not cause any problems, but it can sometimes cause tears in the retina. At points where the vitreous gel is strongly attached to the retina, the gel can pull so hard on the retina—a process called traction—that it tears the retina. The tear then allows fluid to collect under the retina and may lead to a retinal detachment.

The main symptoms of PVD are floaters and flashes of light. It is important to pay attention to these symptoms. A sudden change in these symptoms could be a warning sign of a retinal tear or detachment.

21.20.9 Presbyopia prevention

The same nutrients that prevent cataracts will prevent presbyopia, which has at its roots the same causes. The lack of flexibility in the eye for adjusting focus ultimately leads to the hardening components that cause cataracts.

21.21 Falling prevention

Aging diminishes sensory factors such as vision, inner ear and touch sensitivity. These normally help recover from slipping. Also slower shorter steps increases heal velocity impact, which facilitates slipping. Loss of balance and equilibrium occurs.

Increase in Vitamin D to 700-1000 IU will reduce fractures. Omega-3 improves cognitive function and helps nerves regenerate.

21.22 Feet

Pedag International Holiday size 44 inserts work quite well for eliminating problems effecting the feet and knees. They are particularly useful for reconditioning the support of older shoes.

Toe relaxation is a meditation for the toes. This will reduce toe muscle tension that causes needless toe curling that can lead to blistering on the toe knuckles and other problems. Also one who masters toe relaxation will simultaneously relax the feet and legs, which may extend to the rest of the body. A nodule under the fourth toe traveling to the third toe is an inflamed nerve. Dexamethizone “If you are suffering from Morton’s Neuroma, a growth of tissue has developed over one of the nerves running from your feet into your toes. This growth can cause inflammation and pain whenever you use your foot.”[2307]

Morton’s neuroma is pain between the 3rd and 4th toes associated with swelling around nerves. Reduce the wearing of confining shoes, elastic confining socks, and wear slippers inside the house. Physical therapy can help: this problem will go away by itself over two years if the cause is removed![2308]

Text 21-52: Physical Therapy for a Morton’s Neuroma
Patients with a painful interdigital neuroma may benefit from four to six physical therapy treatments. Your therapist can offer ideas of firm-soled shoes that have a wide forefoot, or toe box. The added space in this part of the shoe keeps the metatarsals from getting squeezed inside the shoe. A special metatarsal pad can also be placed within the shoe under the ball of the foot. The pad is designed to spread the metatarsals apart and take pressure off the neuroma.

These simple changes to your footwear may allow you to resume normal walking immediately. But you should probably cut back on more vigorous activities for several weeks to allow the inflammation and pain to subside.

Treatments directed to the painful area help control pain and swelling. Examples include ultrasound, moist heat, and soft-tissue massage. Therapy sessions sometimes include iontophoresis, which uses a mild electrical current to push anti-inflammatory medicine to the sore area. This treatment is especially helpful for patients who can't tolerate injections.

Figure 21-11: Morton's Neuroma


“Several studies have shown that a combination of roomier, more comfortable shoes, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, custom foot orthoses and cortisone injections provide relief in over 80 percent of people with Morton's Neuroma.”[2309] Seems like increasing production of neurotransmitters with folic acid and Vitamin B6 might help. Physical therapy with iontophoresis Dexamethasone (topical steroid) anti-inflammatory drugs (ketoprofen NSAID) pushes the drug into the treatment area. Ingested NSAID, piroxicam, provides temporary relief. Stretching the toes upward also helps.

“A range of conditions may mimic Morton's neuroma, including metatarsal stress fracture, metatarsophalangeal joint synovitis, intermetatarsal bursitis, extensor tendon tenosynovitis, tumor, and nerve injury more proximally.”[2310]

“Mulder’s Sign is a physical exam finding associated with Morton's neuroma, which may be elicited while the patient is in the supine position on the examination table. The pain of the neuroma, as well as a click, can be produced by squeezing the two metatarsal heads together with one hand, while concomitantly putting pressure on the interdigital space with the other hand. With this technique, the pain of the Morton's neuroma will be localized strictly to the plantar surface of the involved interspace, with paresthesias - tingling radiating into the affected toes.”[2311]

One of difficulties for a natural remedy here is that there is a callus of tissue around a nerve that once present, will not diminish significantly.[2312] Like most calluses, the elimination of the cause will do wonders; hence, wear wide toed shoes and foot orthoses are helpful. The heel orthotic works and a plantars orthotic may spread the toes. Alcohol sclerosis has shown lots of success in diminishing the pain without loss of nerve function.[2313]

“Well, back the question at hand. For Morton's neuroma, I use a $2 Hapad,, placed just behind the metatarsal heads. I make sure they are wearing shoes with a wide enough toe box, and 90% of the time their pain is eliminated before they leave the waiting room.”

“You may want to also read the thread in the Ortho forum about morton's neuroma.[2314] I have suggested use of dexamethasone (a steroid) or ketoprofen (a NSAID). If you'd like more information about the Ketoprofen, please call 866-649-1776. This is FAMILY PHARMACY COMPOUNDING CENTER in Aiken, SC. Ask for Greg, he a a pharmacist who does compounding for therapy facilities across the country. He is very helpful (a little talkative) and enthusiastic. He can send you literature, studies, samples, etc.

The other suggestion may be use of 5% Acetic Acid (aka White Vinegar) if you suspect it is because of calcification - at the calcaneal insertion. BTW: Acetic Acid, Ketoprofen and Dexamethasone each has a negative chemical property...and should be used with the cathode (negative lead).

Finally, I've had success having patients with Plantarfasciitis utilize a Strassberg Sock at night for promotion of dorsiflexion. Hope this helps.”

21.23 Fever

21.23.1 Low-grade fever

More common in older people a Low-grade fever (LGF) causes a mild elevation of temperature. Rest, fluids, ibuprofen, and aspirin can help. In the majority of cases symptoms diminish over time, two months in the case of Hepatitis A.

Can be caused by Hepatitis A from fecal matter in a swimming pool that accidently gets swallowed. Tested with an HAV test. Symptoms include:

· Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
· Low-grade fever and loss of appetite
· Rash
· Fatigue
· Jaundice (later stage) and dark urine
· Liver pain

Causes include:[2315]

Allergic Responses – Low-grade fever can be caused as a result of allergies. You might have already heard of hay fever, which is caused due to pollen allergy. Likewise, allergy causes fever in both children and adults.

Bacterial Infection - Infection by bacteria is another cause for low-grade fever in adults. To name a few, bacterial diseases that cause flow grade fever are typhoid, bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia and infection in the upper part of respiratory system.

Viral Infection - Cold and flu are common examples caused by viral infection. And the most prominent sign of these contagious diseases is elevation of bodily temperature, more than the normal range. Other viral diseases that cause fever are HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, chickenpox, etc.

Fungal Infection - As with bacterial and viral infections, attack by fungus strains is also a leading cause of low-grade fever in adults. For treating this condition, the doctor will recommend antifungal medicine in correct doses for a specific length of time.

Tuberculosis - Persistent low grade fever is a warning sign for some underlying medical problems, one of which is tuberculosis. A bacterial infection by pathology, it is a chronic problem that affects the normal functioning of the lungs.

Urinary Tract Infection - Infection in the urinary system, known as UTI, causes low grade to high-grade fever in adults. Other associated symptoms of urinary tract infection are burning sensation during urination, frequent urge to urinate and passing out bloody urine.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Known as PID in abbreviated form, the pelvic inflammatory disease is caused due to bacterial infection in the female reproductive system. Immediate treatment is essential to minimize spreading of infection to other body parts and prevent recurring fever.

Appendicitis - Low-grade fever is also a symptom of inflammation of the appendix (called appendicitis) and/or infection of the same organ. If appendicitis is left untreated, the affected area becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, thus causing recurrent fever bouts.

Lymphoma - Body temperature readings need not be very high to indicate severe medical complications. This is evident from the fact that lymphoma and other types of cancer cause mild fever as a symptom. Immediate medical attention is necessary to address the underlying cause.

Medicine Side Effect - Advocating a new drug or medicine can also lead to high body temperature as a side effect. Such a medication induced fever is medically referred to as drug fever. The symptoms will subside, once the patient stops taking the triggering drug.

LGF can be an indicator of gall or kidney or urinary track stones partially blocking elimination pathways. LGF can also be a sign of a benign growth as the body attempts to fight off the growth.

21.24 Fitness

21.24.1 Anaerobic Exercise

Anaerobic exercises help the body produce greater levels of hormones that keep the tissues and muscles of the body younger and stronger. Pressing weights that challenge ones strength is important here. Anaerobic exercise reduces the risk of heart disease by keeping the arteries pliable which in turn keeps the systolic blood pressure down.

21.24.2 Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise helps the body clear toxins that have gathered in blood vessels out of the system. Perspiring is important here. Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of heart disease by fighting clogging of the arteries.

21.24.3 Flexibility

Flexibility is important particularly along the spine that is from the neck to the lower back, where it is an indicator of true age health. Older people find it difficult to reach without aches and pains. Interestingly flexibility in the neck improves the flexibility of the entire spine.

The key exercise technique to practice is called ‘Yes, No, Maybe’. ‘Yes’ is 10 stretches of the head all the way back and then all the way down. ‘No’ is 10 turns of the head all the right and then all the way left. ‘Maybe’ is 10 tilts of the head all the way right and then all the way left. Certain types of headaches are due to stress in the neck that this exercise will prevent.[2316]

21.25 Allergic fungal rhinosinusitis

Symptoms include bright orange yellow mucous. Occurs in cases of chronic rhinosinusitis. Could be caused by exposure to black mold,

Text 21-53: Rhinosinusitis
Note: A 1999 study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings asserts that allergic fungal sinusitis is present in a significant majority of patients diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis. The study found 96 percent of the study subjects with chronic rhinosinusitis to have a fungus in cultures of their nasal secretions. In sensitive individuals, the presence of fungus results in a disease process in which the body's immune system sends eosinophils (white blood cells distinguished by their lobulated nuclei and the presence of large granules that attract the reddish-orange eosin stain) to attack fungi, and the eosinophils irritate the membranes in the nose. As long as fungi remain, so will the irritation.

Text 21-54: Orange mucus
I had a friend who had orange mucus drainage with sinus infections - she went to an ENT specialist who stated that if it's Orange.. it's a fungal infection rather than viral or bacterial - and she had to go on specific medication - it sorted it out fairly quick & hasn't re-occurred either!
Sounds like a fungal infection, though I've never had it myself, I have my share of sinus problems. He should definitely get to the doctor, but you already know that.

Yeast is a fungus also known to cause the body to produce orange mucus from the location where it is growing.

21.26 Hair

There are two types of male pattern baldness. The first is primarily genetic resulting from the thickening of the scalp. The second is a common autoimmune condition that occurs with aging. Pantothenic acid thickens hair in the follicle reducing hair loss.

21.26.1 Scalp thickening hair loss

Vitamin B12 reduces age related hair loss. As a man ages, he builds up callus tissue on his scalp that reduces blood flow. In turn, there is a reduction of hair growth. Vasodilatation, the widening of the lumen or cavity of blood vessels, is key to increasing hair growth. Niacin increases circulation by dilation of capillaries at 100 mg doses. Herbs such as garlic and peppermint assist. The goal here is vasodilatation of the scalp blood vessels. Scalp massage is also helpful in this regard. Omega-3/6 stimulates production of keratin, which helps in hair thickness and health. Clogged pores in the scalp due to shampoo residue buildup also causes hair loss as does stress.[2317] Saw Palmetto prevents callus tissue production by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Text 21-55: Saw Palmetto, a DHT blocker, should reduce scalp hair loss
Scientists believe male pattern hair loss is inherited from either side of your family and that a chemical called dihydrotestosterone, more commonly referred to as DHT, is a key factor in hair loss. DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. Scientists believe DHT and family history are key factors in hair loss.[2318]

DHEA in very small quantities stops this process. Simply take the minimal amount that stops scalp itching.

Text 21-56: Physiology of Hair loss
Hair grows from roots, which are enclosed in follicles. Below this is a layer of skin called the dermal papilla, which is fed by the bloodstream carrying nourishments vital to the growth of hair. Only the roots of hair are actually alive, while the visible part of hair is dead tissue, and therefore unable to heal itself.

It is vital then to take care of the scalp and body in order to perpetuate hair growth and maintenance. Expensive treatments that claim to treat the visible hair and nourish it therefore are usually no more than bogus claims made to sell products.

Hormones called androgens, usually testosterone, can cause hair follicles to shrink, causing thinning of hair or eventual hair loss. Reportedly only bone marrow grows faster in our body than hair does. The average scalp contains 100,000-150,000 hair follicles and hairs, with 90% growing and 10% resting at any given time.

Hair actually grows in three stages:

The anagen phase is the phase where hair is actively growing, and of course this phase is longer for follicles in the scalp than anywhere else on your body, and lasts longer for women than men.

It is natural for follicles to atrophy and hair to fall out, and this is called the catagen phase. This phase is only temporary, and eventually the follicle enters the telogen phase where it is resting. These are the 10% at rest mentioned above.

Normal anagen phases last approximately five years, with catagen phases lasting about three weeks, and telogen phases lasting approximately 12 weeks. As you see it is natural to lose some hair. Natural hair loss is considered to be in the range of 100 hairs per day. It is not apparent to most people that hair is actually being lost until more than 50% of a person's hair is actually lost.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Despite any genetically inherited sensitivity, it is possible to lessen the amount of hair loss some people will experience; this done through use of supplements and hair cleansers that eliminate excessive DHT. Also, taking vitamins and minerals that strengthen hair will slow down the inherited tendency for hair loss. Finally, watch for stressful situations that last for months and take counter measures by increasing you hair supplements.[2319]

Text 21-57: More on Hair loss
Male or female pattern hair loss is believed to result from the hormonal conversion of testosterone to a problematic substance known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

5-Alpha-Reductase (5AR) is an enzyme in the body that is involved in DHT Metabolism, a process that converts the hormone Testosterone into Di-Hydro-Testosterone (DHT). Research indicates that DHT is found not only within the hair follicle, but also at the root of the hair shaft (dermalf papilla). DHT gets into the hair follicles and them binds inside them in places known as androgen receptor sites. The DHT then causes the follicles to shrink in size and also creates a wax-like substance around the hair roots. It is this accumulation of DHT inside the hair follicles and roots which is one of the primary causes of male and female pattern hair loss.

Proper nutrition is critical in order to maintain strong, healthy hairs. When DHT gets into the hair follicles and roots (dermal papilla), it prevents necessary proteins, vitamins and minerals from bringing nourishment needed to sustain life in the hairs of those follicles. Consequently, the cells in those hair follicles and roots reproduce at a much slower rate. This causes the hair follicles to become smaller and thus shortens their growing stage (anagen phase) and or lengthens their resting stage (telogen phase).

Thus the hairs in those affected follicles also become thinner, smaller, weaker and even lighter in color. Eventually those hairs may not grow back at all and they may fall out. When this happens, one may begin to notice a Receding Hair Line in the Front or a small bald spot on the top or back of the scalp. From there, the process of thinning hair and hair loss continues and may progress at an even faster rate, with more hair loss taking place in a shorter period of time.

In order to effectively stop hair loss and help regrow hair, hair loss treatment products have to do at least two important things:

First, stop the Metabolism or formation of more DHT being produced in your body, so there is less or no more DHT formed which can bind inside the hair follicles and cause the harm described above. As a result, the hair follicles can then grow hairs again in a healthy and normal environment again. Thus you can further prevent more hair loss in the future and help maintain the hair you presently have, while helping your hair to grow back naturally. A healthier hair follicle is better able to produce a healthier and thicker hair. The Hair Genesis™ Oral Soft Gels contain clinically-tested DHT Blockers, 5-Alpha-Reductase (5AR) inhibitors, including the all important proven ingredient Beta Sitosterol, which accomplish this.

Second, block DHT, which has previously been formed in the body and is already circulating in your body, from binding inside the hair follicles at the androgen receptor sites. The Hair Genesis™ topical products: the Revitalizing and Thickening Shampoo and the Topical Activator Serum contain clinically-tested DHT Blockers, 5-Alpha-Reductase (5AR) inhibitors, including the all important ingredient Beta Sitosterol, which specifically accomplish this.[2320]

Selenium prevents dandruff and itchy scalp. Selenium is an excellent treatment for difficult hair conditions as a consumed nutrient. In fact, Selenium will compensate for bad shampoos as well. One of best shampoos available is ‘More Hair’ from University Medical Laboratories out of Irvine and sold at Walmart.

Applying Rosemary oil directly to the bald scalp region and leaving on overnight will stimulate blood circulation and consequently hair growth. Burdock root and cleavers, which reduce psoriasis, also stimulate hair growth.

Biotin at 5 mg is supposed to be helpful. Add essential oils to the shampoo for easiest use. Recommended essential oils include clary, sage, rosemary, or ylang-ylang.[2321] Here’s a folk remedy from Ann Gittleman, mix ½ cub cayenne pepper with 100-proof vodka and shake for two weeks, then straining to make liquid capsicum. Apply to the scalp in thinning hair regions in the morning and evening.

Here are prescriptions for hair loss:[2322]

Text 21-58: Hair Loss Prescriptions

Super Prescription #1 Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). Take 320 to 400 mg daily of an 85 percent liposterolic extract. This herb has historically been used by herbalists for hair loss in men and
women. Recent research shows it to be effective for men.

Super Prescription #2 Essential fatty acids. Take a combination formula containing a blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Take 4,000 mg of fish or flaxseed oil and evening primrose or borage oil containing 200 mg of GLA daily.

Super Prescription #3 Biotin. Take 2,000 to 3,000 mcg daily. Biotin is a proven hair growth vitamin and a preventative to excessive hair loss. It appears to metabolize fatty acids. Fatty acids are a valuable growth factor in numerous processes in the body including the hair.[2323]

Super Prescription #4 Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). Take 3,000 mg daily. It contains the mineral sulfur, which helps promote hair development.

Super Prescription #5 Fo Ti (Polygonum multiflorum or He shou-wu). Take 500 mg three times daily. This Chinese herb is used by practitioners of Oriental medicine to slow or stop hair loss, although it is mainly used in formulas with other herbs.

Super Prescription #6 Silica (Silicea). Take 500 mg twice daily. This mineral fosters hair development.

Super Prescription #7 Rosemary essential oil. Apply 3 to 5 drops per 1 ounce of shampoo daily to improve scalp circulation.

Super Prescription #8 Lecithin. Choline supplements, 1-1.5 g/day, prescribed to balding patients produced significant results to prove choline's worth in hair loss. Lecithin is a very good source of choline, at it also supplies inositol, a B complex vitamin with a particular affinity with choline, these two vitamins work together well.[2324] 1350 mg of choline are in 3 TBSP of Lecithin.

Nitric oxide improves hair growth and health by dilating the vessels in the scalp and relaxing the hair follicle.[2325] Nitric oxide is a natural Minoxidil, since miNOxidil is a nitric oxide (NO) agonist.

Text 21-59: Nitric Oxide and Hair Growth
Unlike DHT-inhibitors, nitric oxide and related compounds are important to hair follicle health since they relax the follicle. Formulas based on a "nitro" compound called NANO (3-carboxylic acid pyridine-N-oxide) have been called "natural" minoxidilthe active ingredient in the synthetic, over-the-counter product Rogaine.

Some products also include L-arginine as a hair-growth-promoting substance. L-arginine has several characteristics that may benefit hair follicles: It boosts nitric oxide levels, promotes circulation and aids in the release of human growth hormone.

Keep in mind that these products, like all herbal remedies, typically take several months to slow or stop hair loss, and several months more to show regrowth. And if a follicle has died, it cannot be revived. But resting or sluggish follicles that produce increasingly thin or short-lived hairs can often be stimulated or saved from further damage if the cause is properly identified

21.26.2 Autoimmune hair loss

Here is a website of an aggressive pursuer of nutrition truth:

Text 21-60: Will Brink on hair loss
A few years back I wrote an article on dyhydrotestosterone (DHT) and its effects on hair loss, prostate enlargement, and acne. Specifically, I talked about the effects of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase (5AR) and its role in the above problems and ways to shut this enzyme down using 5AR inhibitors such as Proscar and Saw Palmetto.

So what makes your hair fall out? Well for a long time scientists thought that DHT was the sole cause of hair loss, but this does not appear to be the case. As most of you already know, androgens such as testosterone (natural and otherwise) can convert to DHT by the previously mentioned enzyme 5AR....

What appears to be the ultimate cause of hair loss for most people is an auto immune response where the body actually attacks the hair follicle like some kind of foreign invader thus causing an inflammatory response. By yet unknown mechanisms, DHT causes a change in the follicle signaling the immune system to attack the follicle and your hair starts falling out (If you take a close look, you can actually see a red line of inflammation on the scalp of some people losing their hair). How do we know this? It was discovered that the hair follicles of people losing their hair look very similar under a microscope to people who experience organ rejection after surgery. And, it has been found that the immune system suppressing drug which is used to stop the organ rejection (Cyclosporine) grows hair like crazy because it shuts down the immune response in the body.

Autoimmune conditions like allergies are some of the most powerful forces in the human body. Ironically, hair loss is an indication of physical decline as it coincides with prostate enlargement. Saw Palmetto and Zinc supplementation reduce hair loss and related autoimmune conditions. Anti-itch creams placed on the scalp, stop hair loss by stopping inflammation. The symptoms of autoimmune hair loss are tiny wounds in the scalp accompanied by tiny scabs and their flaking off.

21.26.3 Graying of hair

The pituitary gland produces Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone (MSH), which is responsible for producing melanin that stimulates pigment cells which maintain skin pigment and hair color. The key is reversing the aging of the pituitary gland. Also blood flow reduction in the scalp may deactivate melanocyte cells from producing melanin in hairs. Biotin at 5 mg/day helps increase keratin production for hair growth. Copper enables tyrosinases (tyrosinase enzyme), which permit melanocytes to produce melanin.

Supplementing with melatonin stimulates MSH production by reversing the age of the pituitary gland. “Melatonin is the only hormone secreted by the pineal gland”.[2326] Melatonin suppresses sexual maturation in kids and is also responsible for better sleeping behavior. As one ages and melatonin production decreases, sexual maturation occurs. Nevertheless for those over 40, melatonin supplementation may reduce DHT production, contribute to better sleep, and lower the sex drive. Melatonin regulates the mating seasons of animals. Animals rest dormant in the long nights of winter and mate in the spring when the nights get shorter and their melatonin levels decrease. “Decreased sperm motility has been reported in rats and humans.”[2327]

Saw Palmetto reduces the uptake of DHT by hair follicles. DHT is the testosterone derivative that shrinks and kills hair follicles.[2328] 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone to DHT.

Table 21-12: Endocrine System
Endocrine Gland

estrogens (estradiol, estrone, estriol)

inhibin (folliculostin)

Pineal Gland

Pituitary Gland

Anterior Lobe






Intermediate Lobe
lipoprotein or polypeptide

lipoprotein or polypeptide


21.26.4 Prostate Health

Hair health and prostate health have the same remedy. Herbs, minerals, and vitamins for prostate health:[2329]

Even doctors sometimes suggest taking this to aid the functions and health of the prostate. This mineral also plays an important role in prostate health. Like the drug Proscar, Zinc inhibits 5-alpha-reductase. It also decreases prolactin secretion and protects against heavy metals such as cadmium (from car exhaust)--both of which contribute to BPH.

Saw Palmetto
Reported to also aid the functions and health of the prostate. Studies indicate a success rate of 80-90% in the BPH patients tested. Unlike some conventional drugs, Saw palmetto does not cause impotence and shows no significant side effects (Clinical studies have shown remarkable results when 320mg. of Saw palmetto was taken daily for 30 days). Native Americans used saw palmetto berries to treat urinary tract disturbances. A number of recent European clinical studies have demonstrated that standardized fat-soluble extracts of the berry help increase urinary flow and relieve other urinary problems associated with BPH.

Provides the body with vitamins and minerals and may provide a normalizing effect on the prostate.

Stinging Nettles
This herb (weed?) may be more widely used in Europe than Saw Palmetto to treat similar urinary problems. (Webmaster: I find this one interesting because of all the times I suffered the sting of this plant in the forests of Washington State).

Pumpkin seed oil
Contains high levels of zinc (above), proven to be helpful for most prostate problems. Eating ¼ to ½ cup of raw pumpkin seeds each day has long been a folk remedy for BPH, but now German health authorities have recognized pumpkin seeds as a legitimate treatment. Like Saw Palmetto, the active compounds in Pumpkin Seeds are thought to be related to the fat-soluble constituents that naturally occur in the seed’s oil.

The bark of the Pygeum africanus tree has been used for centuries in Europe to treat urinary problems. In France, 81% of doctors’ prescriptions for BPH are for Pygeum. Clinical studies have shown Pygeum causes no side effects. (see References page for more info)

Omega-3 fatty acids found in Arctic fish oils and omega-6 fatty acids found in primrose, sunflower, linseed and borage oils produce prostaglandins necessary for prostate health and the inhibition of inflammation. Recommend ratio of one part Omega-3 Fish oil to four parts Omega-6 Oils.

Aamine, Glycine and Glutamic acids
These three amino acids also have been used to treat urinary difficulties.

St. Johns Wart
Made from a flower, this is reported to be effective for mild depression, such as the kind expected in post-op patients.

After the age of 40 men should start taking Saw Palmetto at the 160 mg extract level while they notice urinary deficiency symptoms or once a day for prevention. Otherwise, BPH—an enlarged prostate leads to obstructive uropathy—blockage in voiding, urine backup and renal damage.[2330]

21.27 Headaches

Ironically low calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D will cause chronic headaches. This will be accompanied by high blood pressure.

Eating bananas ends cluster headaches. There is a combination of vitamins with potassium that is effective here. Headaches that don’t respond to migraine formulas like Excedrin are indicative of this type of deficiency. Also Vitamin C prevents headaches.

Glasses with magnets in their temples can cause eyestrain headaches, see 21.19, by pulling the red blood cells which contain iron into the temple regions. Hence these headaches do not begin at night, but during the day while wearing magnetic glasses.

Early morning sleep on the right side of the body can relapse an eyestrain headache behind the left eye. Green lettuce, celery, and balsamic vinegar and vegetables soups can nutritionally treat headaches. When aspirin doesn’t work due to thick blood or sludge from fats, chewing 100 mg of nicotinic acid can expand the capillaries so the medication can reach the affected areas of the brain. Aerobic exercise is another means and then the aspirin will become effective. As one gets older take something to alleviate a headache before going to sleep or the headache will amplify. Sleep deficiency headaches of young people are an exception.

The consumption of saturated fats, insufficient water, and insufficient vitamins are a major cause of headaches. Each reduces the blood that flows through small capillaries in the brain denying necessary oxygen to brain tissues. Similarly, meals with low enzyme content, result in fatigue and headaches.[2331] Foods rich in tomato sauce such as ravioli and tortellini lesson the pain of headaches. Scientific studies show that blood vessels swell on the surface of the brain pressuring surrounding nerves, which report pain through the trigeminal[2332] nerve complex. The swelling is the result of high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the blood as the vessels increase in size to try to accommodate greater blood flow.

Keeping kosher prevents headaches. Balsamic vinegar – ץחמו בלסמי, ריחני is a cure. Particularly helpful in preventing headaches is the prohibition against mixing meat and dairy. For example, one may consume a dairy dessert first followed by a glass of water and then a meat meal but not in reverse order. Headaches often arise from excess sugar and calcium that the body cannot process efficiently. Meat digestion will use these excesses preventing a sugar headache. If one had the dairy meal after the meat meal, the body stresses to digest the meat meal drawing sugar and calcium out of storage and then ends up with excess sugar and calcium in the body after the dairy meal that will cause a headache. Proper kashrut requires a three-hour separation after eating meat before one can eat dairy again. Undigested food leaking proteins into the blood stream (leaky gut syndrome) is the cause of headaches if there is no response from aspirin or Advil. This is an allergic type of headache due to Food=>Low HCL =>Antigens=>Mast Cells=>Histamine=>Inflammation in the head. An antihistamine might help isolate this type of headache.

Table 21-13: Headache cures
Eyestrain, cluster headache, flu headache
(Glasses can cause eyestrain headaches if the prescription is incorrect or if they have magnetic temples for sunglass slip-ons. Also smaller rectangular shaped lens can cause headaches due to the distortion of incorrect vision above and below the lens. A normal size rounder lens is best and has the least distortion.)
Bananas, balsamic vinegar is 90% effective on a salad with berries. Potassium (100 mg) is very helpful for the eyestrain headache. Hence, eating a banana can significantly reduce a headache. Zinc and Echinacea at night for the eyestrain headache due to flu symptoms. Lecithin, Magnesium, High Potency Vitamin B or Vitamin B2, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Ester C, non-fluoridated Water. Short-term use of melatonin to recover sleep may reduce cluster headaches as well. One may consume a dairy meal before a meat meal, but not the converse. Recent studies show that melatonin helps for cluster headaches. Take a Feverfew capsule in the morning after a night of poor sleep to prevent a headache during the day. In the morning only sleep on the left side of your body. Sleeping on the right side can lead to a left eyestrain headache. Also beware of poisoning from rancid expired oil-based vitamins that if taken daily mimic the symptoms of cluster headaches.
Migraine, Allergic Headache
Aspirin and Sleep, Non-fluoridated Water, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Magnesium[2333], and Feverfew. Most headaches are caused by poor circulation.[2334] Niacin improves circulation in 100-mg. dosages.
Aspirin and Sleep, Non-fluoridated Water

Potassium is very effective at reducing headaches due to high blood pressure. When one is tired, ones blood pressure is higher so potassium is very effective against headaches caused by lack of sleep or fatigue.

Choline, which is found in lecithin, is particularly effective against cluster headaches.[2335]

It helps keep cell walls soft and pliable; the meninges that surround and protect the brain are made up largely of lecithin. Lecithin helps break up and distribute hardened (saturated) fats in the body. At least one study, reported in the British Medical Journal, has shown that choline levels are low in people with cluster headaches.[2336] And increasing choline in the diet may help improve symptoms. The recommended daily intake of lecithin is between 200 and 500 mg.

Vitamin E is particularly effective at reducing the fat in the blood stream and stopping a headache. Vitamins C and B6 will also help. Aspirin works because it thins the blood counteracting the effects of fat. Herbs such as cardamom seeds, cinnamon, ginger, jasmine, lavender, nettle – סרפד, pepper, peppermint, rosemary are helpful. The stress of digesting food can also produce a headache by pulling enzymes from other parts of the body.

I found a combination of Ester C (1/2 tablet), chip of Lysine, B6, and Selenium reduces eyestrain headaches. Consuming harmful high sugar fats (chocolate syrup on ice cream) after high omega 3/6 fats (tuna fish sandwich) will leave the later causing ill effects. Instead, one should consume healthy fats AFTER harmful ones so that they help clear the body.

Flu caused headaches require improved circulation and lower blood pressure to alleviate. Take Chinese herbal tea (containing Hawthorne), Echinacea, Citracal with Magnesium, juice + 1½ tablets (750 mg) of Ester C, Vitamin B Min, Selenium (100 mg), Vitamin E (400 IU), Zinc Chelate (30 mg), Olive Leaf, Fish Oil, and a light cheese pizza as the meal base (contains tomato sauce).

Text 21-61: Whitaker on Magnesium Deficiency on Headaches
Research has discovered that magnesium has a special relationship with headache development, whether the headache is the tension or migraine type. Individuals with frequent headaches have been fount to have low brain and tissue magnesium. The tone of the blood vessels and nerves , however, is dependent on the availability of adequate levels of this mineral. Low levels of magnesium can set the stage for migraine attacks.[2337]

Anti-inflammatories reduce headaches. These include ibuprofen, chamomile, ginger, fish, acupuncture, turmeric, plantain, devil’s claw, and bromelain.

Headaches are of three major types:
  1. Hormones: menses, stress
  2. Food: sodium nitrite, leaky gut syndrome due to low stomach HCL
  3. Environment: weather or barometric changes
  4. Sleep: too little sleep

Herbs and foods that decrease the blood pressure can prevent migraines from starting. Herbs that relax and reduce stress are helpful. Herbs that dilate the blood vessels such as Hawthorne berry reduce headache pain. Here blood vessel dilation is caused by softening blood vessels as opposed to the stiffening of blood vessels during high blood pressure vessel expansion. Since excess salt retains water and increases blood pressure, diuretics, which expel salt-water from the body, will also diminish headaches.

Periaqueductal gray matter switches off pain when fighting to survive. Each time a migraine occurs, the periaqueductal gray matter fills with oxygen, which triggers chemical reactions that deposit iron in that section of the brain. The iron build up reduces the brain's ability to block out pain.

Contact lenses may cause eye located headaches since they decrease oxygen flow to the eye, which causes blood vessels to swell to bring in more oxygen. The swelling vessels behind the eye may impinge on nerves resulting in a headache. One should sleep on the side with the headache down so that medicine and nutrition concentrate in the area of pain. This is in contrast to backaches, where one should sleep with the painful side up.[2341]

Solar exposure headaches are very common for some people. They are mostly due to UV light exposure to the scalp. Applying an alcohol-based sunscreen to balder parts of the scalp will reduce the frequency of these headaches. Excessive physical exercise in the sun may also result in headaches. A scalp sunscreen may help reduce these forms as well.

Reducing carbohydrates/sugars while increasing protein consumption will reduce headaches. Sugars and carbohydrates generate free radicals in the body increasing aging as well.

Finally fluoridated water while good for teeth will cause headaches for those who drink solely this form throughout the day. Fluoride accumulates in the brain as a toxin reducing short-term memory and intelligence in excess.[2342] Switching off between distilled or natural mineral water will prevent fluoride headaches.

Text 21-62: EFAs and Choline for Cluster Headache Reduction
Research has shown that some people who suffer from chronic headaches have low blood levels of the nonessential nutrient choline, particularly those with cluster headaches. Choline is also a good platelet inhibitor, particularly when taken with omega-3 fatty acids and fish oils. Take 500-1000 my daily.[2343]

Vitamin B2, riboflavin, at 400 mg/day reduces migraine attacks by 67% through increased cell energy production.[2344]

Vitamin B6, pyridoxine, reduces vascular, water retention, hormonal, allergy type headaches by increasing neurotransmitter production and diuretic properties.[2345]

Some people are allergic to Tyramine from hard cheese that may cause headaches.[2346]
A minority of sufferers from migraine are able to incriminate particular foods as provoking agents. Cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits, and alcoholic drinks are the most likely agents, possibly via pressor amines like tyramine and histamine, which tend to raise blood pressure.

The following technique is effective against headaches with pain particularly behind one or the other eye where the pain may shift between the eyes. The pain is due to a muscle imbalance possibly in the neck and eyes that rebalances by adjusting the gaze in the opposing direction creating an isometric exercise in the neck.[2347] Ester C or Lutein supplements with selenium, beta-carotene, and C prevent reoccurrence at 120 mg. of C per day.

Table 21-14: Tension Relief for Canceling Eyestrain Headaches
Eyestrain Headache
Approaches to Alleviate the Cause of Pain
Right eye headache
1) Look towards the left to reduce pain
2) Lay on your right side with your head bent sideways downward to open all of the arteries on the left side of the neck.
Left eye headache
1) Look towards right.
2) Lay on your left side with your head bent sideways downward to open all of the arteries on the right side of the neck.
3) Sleep on the left side of your body in the morning.

An overly strong prescription in contacts or glasses can induce eyestrain headache. One should keep old glasses lenses around for substitution to see if this helps. This type of headache occurs more frequently in the 40s and 50s as far vision attempts to improve, while one is wearing contacts or glasses overly corrective for near-sightedness.

Popcorn helps to reduce headache pain by causing one to exercise the jaw. This helps rebalance muscles in the face. Beta-Carotene deficiency is often the missing link headache cause for those having a diet low in vegetables and fruit. This is typical of Eastern European immigrants who having a genetic background from cold climates are often deficient in cravings for food high in Beta-Carotene. Also, try salmon skin sushi rolls, orange juice, and an onion or poppy roll for nutrition deficiency related eyestrain headaches.

Rancidity in vitamins can cause headaches, as the chemical is a poison. If the vitamins smell bad (bacteria), they are bad. This is particularly common in oil based expired vitamins.

Text 21-63: Rancidity
Chemical processes can generate highly reactive molecules in rancid foods and oils, which are responsible for producing unpleasant and noxious odors and flavors. These chemical processes may also destroy nutrients in food. Under some conditions, rancidity, and the destruction of vitamins, occurs very quickly.

Reactive molecule daily poisoning from vitamins may be confused with cluster headaches!

21.28 Heart and blood flow

21.28.1 Total cholesterol to HDL ratio

A free calculator website computes the risk of heart attack over ten years with these numbers.[2348] This does not include stroke risk.

The total cholesterol to HDL ratio is the best predictor of blood health. The optimum ratio is 3.5 with below values better and above values worse.[2349]

As for the percentage risks associated with these terms for stroke or heart disease:
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Low – 2%
Average – 4% over the entire U.S. population
High – 6%
Very High – 8%

Table 21-15: Choleterol Risk Chart
The lipid chart below is based on research from the Framingham Heart Study as described by such heart specialists as Dr. William Castelli, Dr. Glen Griffith, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. John McDougall. The chart accurately measures the relationship between your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, accompanying total cholesterol/HDL ratio and triglycerides.  Total Cholesterol numbers run across the top of the chart, while HDL levels are along the sides.  Simply match your total cholesterol with your HDL level, factor in triglycerides, and you will have a very good indication of the extent of your risk of cardiovascular disease.  (NOTE:  Although lipid levels are very good indicators of risk of cardiovascular disease, there are many other major and minor risk factors. 
NOTE:  Do charts that evaluate total cholesterol and HDL levels separately work?  No!  And they can be very dangerously misleading.  This is due to the inter-related effects of the various components of cholesterol. As is evident in the chart below, if your cholesterol level is below 150 your risk of developing cardiovascular disease is almost non-existent no matter what your HDL levels are.  This reflects the findings of the world-renowned Framingham Heart Study, whose medical director Dr. William Castelli noted: "People with total cholesterol levels under 150 just don't get heart disease."  In his famed Framingham Heart Study, those who had a cholesterol level lower than 160 mg/dl suffered no heart attacks no matter what their HDL, LDL or triglyceride levels were. These findings are reflected accurately in the chart below. 
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21.28.2 High Cholesterol

While not always bad and important for heart energy, moderating the cholesterol level can be accomplished with diet.[2350]

Text 21-64: Foods that lower cholesterol
Soluble fiber can lower cholesterol levels substantially. Oat bran is the best-known example; 1–2 ounces a day should reduce your cholesterol by 10%–15%. Other excellent sources include beans, barley, prunes, citrus fruits, apples, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and apricots. Psyllium, a natural grain from India, is also rich in soluble fiber. It is not part of the American diet, but you can get it in supplements such as Metamucil or Perdiem Fiber. On average, 3 teaspoons a day will drop cholesterol levels by 15% within 4 months.

Soy protein has a similar effect, but it takes quite a lot of soy to do the job; 1–2 ounces a day will lower LDL cholesterol levels by about 12%. Soy may have other health benefits as well. Try tofu, soymilk, soy flour, or soy-based meat substitutes to see if soy is right for you.

Plant stanols sound exotic, but they are widely available in margarines such as Benecol and Take Control. They are more expensive than traditional spreads, but people who consume about 2 tablespoons a day can lower their LDL levels by up to 14%.

Several other foods may also help. Health nuts will be glad to know that nuts may help lower cholesterol levels, but it takes quite a lot of nuts to have an impact, and that means a lot of calories. Despite wide popularity, garlic has had mixed results in clinical trials. And although none of these foods will boost HDL cholesterol levels, one liquid food will do just that. It’s alcohol — but like cholesterol-lowering drugs, it can have major side effects. Think over the risks and benefits of alcohol, and if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and keep your dose low. For men, that means 1–2 drinks a day, counting 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1 1/2 ounces of spirits as one drink.

When it comes to lower cholesterol, foods may not rival medications — but they cost less, taste better, and are safer. Best of all, people who eat right may not need drugs at all.

21.28.3 Hypertriglyceridemia

Clogging of the arteries reduces blood flow to the kidneys that in turn increases blood pressure and there is also water retention. Alternatively, an enlarged prostate may dangerously increase water retention being the ENTIRE cause of hypertension. Diuretics like the nutrients mentioned below will lessen water retention.[2351] Celery in particular will help reduce cholesterol buildup in the arteries, the major cause. These herbs also dilate or expand the arteries increasing the blood flow to troubled areas for improvement.

Lipids include cholesterol and triglycerides. Some cholesterol has value for the heart, while triglycerides store energy. “Excess triglycerides accumulate on arterial walls. By disrupting the smooth surface of arteries, triglycerides allow cholesterol to accumulate causing plaque buildup.”[2352]

Cholesterol is the major cause of high blood pressure problems.[2353] The various types include:

Triglycerides on the other hand are fats:

One should try to achieve at least a 1:1 ratio of HDL to triglycerides to prevent heart disease. A change in the diet is the best remedy for circulatory problems. How a person deals with stress indicates the risk of environmental factors. Stress and anger cause artery constriction reducing circulation. Exercise helps promote better circulation. Fortunately, with G-d’s magical herbs and foods we can lessen this affliction and return to a proper heath.

Text 21-65: Sources and production of triglycerides
There are two sources for cholesterol and triglycerides: dietary sources, and "endogenous" sources (that is, manufactured within the body).

Dietary cholesterol and triglycerides mainly come from eating meats and dairy products. These dietary lipids are absorbed through your gut, and then are delivered through the bloodstream to your liver, where they are processed.

One of the main jobs of the liver is to make sure all the tissues of your body receive the cholesterol and triglycerides they need to function. Generally, for about 8 hours after a meal, your liver takes up dietary cholesterol and triglycerides from the bloodstream. During times when dietary lipids are not available, your liver produces cholesterol and triglycerides itself. The liver manufactures about 75% of the cholesterol in your body.[2354]

Your liver then places the cholesterol and triglycerides, along with special proteins, into tiny sphere-shaped packages called lipoproteins, which are released into the circulation. Cholesterol and triglycerides are removed from the lipoproteins and incorporated into your body's cells, wherever they are needed.

Triglycerides over 500 are very high.[2355] They can contribute to hardening of the arteries and diabetes. Triglycerides are reduced by:

21.28.4 Hypertension

Interestingly Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D together are needed to keep blood pressure low. I tried all other treatments and without these essential minerals and vitamins I could not get my diastoloic below 87. With this combo and Lecithin I got the blood pressure down from 122/87 to 116/79, an improvement of of -6, -8 mmHG.

HDL is good > 40 is good
LDL is too high < 130 is normal <100 ideal
Triglycerides aren't too bad < 150 is good

Vitamin C in the morning blocks cortisol from causing metabolic disorder (waist > 40 inches) due to stress.

To get HDL up:
25% from Niacin (nicotinic acid variety) 500 mg 2x/day
$5 for 500 mg 100 pills.
20% from Pantethine 600 mg/day
$10 for 300 mg 60 caps
Tested 30 to 40

To get LDL down:
7% from psyllium before going to bed
$20 for a bucket
15% from Niacin (nicotinic acid variety) 500 mg 2x/day
15% by Pantethine will blow the LDL away 600 mg/day
Tested 170 to 99, < 100 is ideal

To get triglycerides down:
Niacin will cut it by 40% and
Pantethine by 20%.
Tested 530 to 300

Lime juice reduces LDL.

Psyllium 10 g per day reduces LDL by 7%.

Nicotinic acid reduces LDL-cholesterol levels by 10 to 20 percent,
reduces triglycerides by 20 to 50 percent, and
raises HDL-cholesterol by 15 to 35 percent.
Dosage 500 mg 2x per day.

Pantethine 600 mg/day LDL 15%, triglycerides 20%, HDL 20%
Pantethine 900 mg/day LDL 13.5%, triglycerides 30%, HDL 10%

Table 21-16: Hypertension Cure
Contents or Properties
Amino Acids
Improves digestion
Fish Oils and Omega nutrition
Preserves the elasticity of the arterial walls preventing the pulse pressure-aging problem.
0.3 mg/night. At very low dosages lowers blood pressure.
Dilates arteries – improves blood circulation in capillaries, reduces muscular pain and speeds healing.
Seaweed Soup
Roast (minced) beef with (salt), olive, black pepper
Soak dry seaweed
Boil beef + water + raw whole garlic
Add seaweed
Continue to boil
Garlic soup
Any type of vegetable or meat soups with plenty of boiled garlic cloves.
Cooked tomatoes/ tomato paste
Lycopene antioxidant
Green tea extract
EGCG compensates for kidney damage in relation to hypertension.
B-vitamin supplement
Take with food
250 mg x2 per day or 500 mg
Reduces weight and normalizes calcium processing.
Some calcium with Lysine 250 mg.
Lysine increases calcium uptake. Magnesium is required +/- half hour for proper calcium disposition. Too much calcium will increase blood pressure so supplement moderately.
If one doesn’t get enough colored vegetables
Antioxidants – beneficial when not exercising
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Avoid supplementing when working out.
Up to 500 mg.
200/400 IU for sun protection.

Reduce caffeine to lower blood pressure

Hydroclorothiazide in the morning

First choice for controlling high blood pressure should be a diuretic or a water pill.
Doxazosin Mesylate (Cardura)

Alpha Blocker
This is an alpha-blocker that dilates blood vessels. Also improves urine flow. Take in the evening.
Metoprolol Tartrate (Lopressor)
(Not Recommended – the cure to complications from Lopressor is to increase CoQ10 supplementation and wean off this drug.)

(50 mg, 2x per day)

Metroprolol (Sandoz)

Metoprolol may deplete Co-Q10 levels with long-term use.[2356]

Prevents the heart from beating faster so it stops ones ability to exercise. This is why beta-blockers suck and should be avoided.

Beta Blocker

Causes the body to develop a resistance to the drug, which causes blood pressure to increase. Also it should not be taken for congestive heart failure,[2357] which is often connected with hypertension.

This is a beta-blocker that reduces epinephrine, produced by the adrenal glands. Indicated in persons with high blood pressure with anger. Also reduces the chances of TIAs and strokes. Works well for an irregular heart beat.

To get off of this drug, reduce the 100 mg. dosage gradually by 10 mg./day, otherwise a sudden absence will result in a surge of epinephrine which will cause extreme high blood pressure with possible heart attack or stroke. It will cause anger.

Immediate release form so if taken full dosage take in the evening.
Metroprolol Succinate (Toprol – XL)

Beta Blocker
Extended release form – this form is recommended in the case of heart conditions vs. the tartrate form for hypertension.
Benazepril (Lotensin), Lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil) (not recommended – can impair kidney function)
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ACE blocker
ACE inhibitor.[2358] “Popular drugs such as Capoten, Vasotec and Zestril function as angiotension-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors). By blocking the effects of ACE, the blood pressure is reduced significantly in most hypertensives. Green tea is a natural ACE inhibitor.

Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.[2359] The key to preventing high blood pressure is never to develop it. The main reason is that high blood pressure damages the kidneys causing them to produce more renin, leading to blood vessel constriction—higher blood pressure and more kidney damage. Renin blockers don’t work because the body will compensate producing more.

Lack of sleep increases diastolic blood pressure by ~10 mmHG. This is huge and over a period of days dangerous. One must take the time to get adequate sleep even if it requires napping during the daytime. Consuming salty foods and triglycerides such as sugar enriched cereals before going to sleep is lethal and can increase blood pressure ~7 mmHG by morning. Instead potassium foods lower the effect of salt.

Source dangers for men include prostate enlargement causing water retention or arteriosclerosis causing spikes in the systolic blood pressure damaging the arterioles of the kidneys. Now the kidneys are not aware of their damage and think there is a dehydration situation in the body so they decide to increase the blood pressure to get more water.

Text 21-66: Cyclic High Blood Pressure Destruction
Damaged kidneys secrete an enzyme called Renin that stimulates constriction of the blood vessels. When the damage has been caused initially by high blood pressure, the increase in pressure from the constricted vessels causes more kidney damage.[2360]
Renin is an enzyme secreted by the kidney (and also, possibly, by the placenta) that breaks down protein and produces a rise in blood pressure. In the blood, renin acts on a fraction of the plasma proteins and releases angiotensin I.[2361] Angiotensin II is formed by the action of converting enzyme, which splits off two amino acids from the 10-amino-acid chain of angiotensin I. The resultant octapeptide (previously called hypertensin, or angiotonin) constricts arterioles, causing a rise in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. It is one of the most active vasoconstrictors known; on a weight basis it is about six times as potent as norepinephrine. It also increases the secretion of cortisol and aldosterone by a direct action on the adrenal cortex.[2362]

Hypertension is a leading cause of stroke, which can lead to depression as well as some paralysis. Consequently, happiness and positive expression is important to stroke recovery. To keep blood pressure down in people with history of stroke, one should not raise stressful subjects. The government standard categories of blood pressure levels are as follows:

Table 21-17: Blood Pressure Categories
Pressure during heart contraction
Pressure during heart relaxation

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Minimal health risk from high blood pressure. 115/76 is an even healthier normal.[2363]

(Advanced athletic level)
Prehypertension One
Studies show that there is significant cumulative risk of high blood pressure related illnesses even at this level.
Prehypertension Two
Significant additional risk of blood pressure illness. Requires lifestyle change.
Stage One
Serious condition requiring immediate attention.
Stage Two

High Systolic Blood Pressure is responsible for strokes. High Diastolic Blood Pressure indicates cardiovascular disease is developing. The pulse pressure that is the difference between the SBP and DBP is the most significant indicator of CVD for those over 65. This is because a low DBP for the elderly can indicate hypotensive health problems combined with the high SBP indicating arteriosclerosis. Under age 45, a high DBP is the most accurate indicator of future CVD. Between 45-65 the SBP is the best indicator for CVD risk.

Text 21-67: Systolic vs. Diastolic Blood pressure
In hypertensive men treated in clinical practice, SBP is a good predictor of CVD and CHD risk. Diastolic blood pressure, which remains the main criterion used by most physicians to determine drug efficacy, appears to be of little value in determining cardiovascular risk. Evaluation of risk in treated individuals should take SBP rather than DBP values into account.[2364]

Text 21-68: Systolic vs. Diastolic Blood pressure Intuitive meaning
The systolic number an best be thought of as an indicator of the elasticity of the blood vessels, while the diastolic number indicates whether or not the vessels are partially clogged. If they are partially clogged, its a lot like bad plumbing, making it much more difficult for blood to flow through the vessels, hence more likely to clot.[2365] Reducing systolic blood pressure

Blood pressure of 115/76 mmHG is a truer normal adding 4.5 years to ones life over the government recommendation above.[2366] To get the systolic blood pressure down, take garlic pills or selenium. Reducing diastolic blood pressure

To get the diastolic blood pressure (DBP) down:
  1. Take niacin and pantothenic acid,
  2. Exercise with perspiration for two hours, two times per week,
  3. Reduce salt intake.
  4. Exercise depletes salt from the body reducing blood pressure.
  5. One should reduce salt intake especially during sedentary periods.[2367]

Text 21-69: How to Reduce Salt Intake
To achieve no more than 2,400 mg/day of sodium, choose foods that are naturally low in salt, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit excessively salty foods: smoked, cured, or processed meat; some convenience foods like frozen meals and regular canned soups; certain spices like regular soy sauce, garlic salt, and other salted condiments; highly salted snacks like salted crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts; and many sauces, mixes and "instant" products. Break the habit of adding salt to food or water during cooking or at the table. Use herbs, spices, and fruit juices in place of salt to season food, and rinse canned vegetables to remove excess salt. Read the nutrition label on food packages to select foods lower in sodium.

With the discovery that the ‘Prehypertension’ category of blood pressure has cumulative health risk, one should pursue exercise and diet, and particularly avoid peak stress situations where even brief levels of high blood pressure can cause stroke illness.[2368] Though one’s resting blood pressure may be normal, ones risk is really based on the blood pressure levels while under stress or anger. Hence, one should become accustomed to evaluating ones health in this area by monitoring blood pressure during stressful periods.

One should also try to avoid taking blood pressure medications, because they cure the symptom, but not the cause. Instead, one should focus on improving diet, exercise, and perhaps most importantly ones emotional response to stress. Being able to control or eliminate anger or distress is the most significant key to reducing high blood pressure. Depression is as serious a precursor to stroke related illness as anger.

Text 21-70: Arteriosclerosis – Hardening of the Arteries
Normally, the pumping of the heart creates a rhythmic pulsing of blood along and against the walls of the blood vessels, which are flexible enough to dilate or contract and thus keep the pressure constant. Most physicians consider the blood pressure of a healthy adult to be in the neighborhood of 120/80--i.e., equivalent to the pressure exerted by a column of mercury 120 mm high during contraction of the heart (systole) and 80 mm high during relaxation (diastole). Sometimes, however, for a variety of reasons, the blood vessels may lose their flexibility, or the muscles surrounding them may force them to contract. As a result, the heart must pump more forcefully to move the same amount of blood through the narrowed vessels into the capillaries, thereby increasing the blood pressure. Over time, this higher pressure, or hypertension, can damage the arterioles (the small terminal twigs of an artery that end in capillaries) in such organs as the liver, kidney, or brain and can also weaken the overworked heart. The increased risk of death from congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or stroke is the chief danger of hypertension.

Text 21-71: Pulse Pressure
The preponderance of current data underscores the role of increased arterial stiffness in the development of cardiovascular events. As hypertension develops, early changes in the circulation tend to affect primarily the systemic vascular resistance at the level of the smaller vessels. In younger people, the increase in vascular resistance is reflected by an elevation in both systolic and diastolic pressure (see figure below). In time, however, the relative contribution of increased vascular resistance to elevated blood pressure lessens, and the role of large-vessel stiffness increases.

Figure 21-12: Pulse Pressure and why Systolic more than Diastolic indicates heart disease

As the large vessels age, the elastic elements in their walls fracture and, over many years, degrade with repeated stress. At the same time, inelastic elements such as collagen tend to accumulate. The large vessels thus become less compliant, and a greater initial pressure is necessary to pack the cardiac stroke volume into them. The result is increased systolic pressure.

Another sign of aging in the circulatory system is reduced recoil in the smaller vessels as a result of the loss of elastic elements. The result is a decrease in diastolic pressure. The diastolic pressure tends to peak between the ages of 55 and 60 and decreases after that, whereas systolic pressure continues to increase. Thus, pulse pressure tends to widen as a person ages. Similar changes occur in patients with hypertension, although effective antihypertensive therapy will retard the increase in systolic pressure.[2369]

Hypertension, the “silent killer”, is the basic cause of natural death in the West while in the East, diet has remedied this disease leading to longer lifespans. That systolic blood pressure increases significantly with age indicates that the arterial walls are not dilating to offset the increased pressure from the heart contraction. “Hardening of the arteries”, a cholesterol-calcium buildup condition makes arteries inept at dilating.[2370] Nevertheless, oils that would prevent hardening of the arteries may increase clogging of the arteries, a catch-22 to aging. Still, proper oils including vitamin E and Omega 3/6 may help without harm. Before coronary disease has occurred, mixed tocopherols or natural Vitamin E reduces the risk of occurrence by 20 to 40 percent.[2371] [2372] CoQ10 strengthens heart function and the immune system and slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease.[2373] Selenium prevents the oxidation of arterial walls that causes the hardening effect. Selenium effectively preserves the elasticity of tissues.[2374] Deficiency in selenium can cause heart failure. Selenium reduced LDL Cholesterol by 46% in one study.[2375] A mild deficiency enlarges the heart.[2376]

Calcium buildup on the arterial walls is the mechanism of the hardening. Normally magnesium in the body enables calcium processing preventing this problem, but with the excess consumption of Vitamin D in most diets, calcium is over absorbed into the body. Overall, a magnesium supplement is helpful in the prevention of Arteriosclerosis. Magnesium also reduces hypertension by acting as a calcium channel blocker:[2377]

Text 21-72: How Calcium Channel Blockers work?
Calcium must enter cells in the walls of blood-vessels before they can narrow down or constrict. By not letting the calcium enter these cells, calcium channel blockers make blood-vessels widen. Since blood can then flow through more easily, blood pressure will fall. For the same reason, the heart has less work to do, and this reduces any strain on the heart. Angina will then improve. By widening the coronary arteries that carry blood to the heart muscle, more blood is also supplied to the heart itself.

LDL cholesterol acts like glue on arterial walls. Here are the standard triglycerides and cholesterol levels:[2378]

Table 21-18: Triglycerides and Cholesterol
HDL – Healthy Cholesterol
LDL – Lousy Cholesterol
Total Cholesterol
Equal to HDL
> 60
< 100

40 – 60
100 – 129
< 40
130 – 159

160 – 189
> 240
Very High


Niacin reduces cholesterol by 10-20%. Statins reduce cholesterol by 20-60%.[2379] Nevertheless cholesterol production is essential to the production of the youth preserving hormone DHEA. Hence statins increase the rate of age related illness in their over suppression of cholesterol.[2380]

Text 21-73: Lipitor and Heart Disease
Lipitor and Pravachol work by inhibiting the body’s ability to make an enzyme called HMG-CoA. This enzyme is the precursor to two compounds, cholesterol and CoQ10. Because the intent of Statin drugs is to inhibit cholesterol production, this method of suppression is very effective in reducing cholesterol levels. However, by suppressing the manufacture of HMG-CoA, and subsequently CoQ10, the body actually becomes more susceptible to heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, and many other pulmonary-related diseases. CoQ10 is found in every cell in the body and is necessary for proper energy utilization, resistance to disease, and cardiac health. The compound is so necessary that it’s chemical name is actually ubiquinone, because of its ubiquitous presence in the body. By suppressing the mechanism that makes CoQ10, Statin drugs such as Lipitor and Pravachol put patients at significant risk of heart disease, as well as reduce overall resistance to cancer and other diseases. CoQ10 is used by the heart and other muscles to facilitate contraction as blood is pumped through the body. If the body’s source of CoQ10, is lowered, either through Statin drugs or environmental factors, the hearts ability to contract is greatly diminished. This subsequently results in significant cardiac complications; including angina, heart disease, cardiac arrhythmia and heart attack. In addition to its contribution to proper heart function, CoQ10 is also a significant ant-oxidant. When our ability to product CoQ10 is reduced, our body’s immunity to cancer, pollution and disease can be greatly diminished.

Both Niacin and statins increase the level of good HDL in the bloodstream. Here are general nutrients to reduce cholesterol:[2381]

Table 21-19: Increasing HDL

It is important to take cholesterol inhibitors like Niacin, before going to bed, as this is the time of maximum cholesterol production. Heart attacks often occur early in the morning at 3-4 AM. High blood pressure at this hour is due to stressful dreams combined with the lack of body movement where muscles normally assist blood flow. The key to minimizing hypertension at this hour is a HAPPY LIFE. Our dreams are affected by our external life.

Ibuprofen blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower levels of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced. Niacin works in a homeopathic manner temporarily increasing the level of prostaglandins invoking the body’s own anti-inflammatory response.[2383]

Triglycerides are a better indicator of heart health in women than cholesterol levels. One should strive to have them equal to the HDL cholesterol level. One way to reduce triglycerides is by not eating cookies and other hydrogenated oil–sugar mixtures. Instead, purchase dried fruit that you love like dried apples or dried blueberries and snack on them during the day. Of course, one can always substitute fresh fruit for dried fruit.

Text 21-74: Blood Pressure Regulation
If the blood pressure falls too low, the lives of all the cells are threatened. The kidneys detect even a slightly lowered pressure and immediately set in motion a mechanism to raise it again.

Normally, this response of the kidneys is protective. In dehydration, for example, a “water deficiency” exists. By constricting the blood vessels and conserving water and sodium, the kidneys ensure, that blood pressure is maintained until more water can be drunk.

Sometimes, however, the kidneys are fooled. They experience a “water deficiency” when there is none. Then they raise the blood pressure, with harmful effects. Most often, the cause is arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which deprives the kidneys of water just as if there were dehydration. The kidneys raise the blood pressure and the heart has to pump extra hard to push the blood around against resistant arteries. Added weight (obesity) raises the pressure further, and the extra adipose tissue means miles of extra capillaries through which blood must be pumped.

Herbs that reduce blood pressure include Agrimony, Celery, Cornsilk, Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng, Hawthorn, Mistletoe, Nettle, Parsley, Sage, Wild Carrot, Squill, Pokeroot, and Goldenseal.

Stroke prevention is assisted by:[2384]

Ginkgo Biloba is effective for not only stroke prevention but also stroke recovery.[2385] Ginkgo increases blood circulation, reducing the chances for blood clots and returning blood circulation to small capillaries in the brain (and other organs like the kidneys) preventing their destruction. Pharmacokinetic studies of Ginkgo with radio labeled extracts show that blood levels peak after 1.5 hours indicating upper gastrointestinal tract absorption. Ginkgo flavonoids have affinity with connective tissue organs such as the aorta, eyes, skin, and lungs where levels are 2-3 times higher than the blood.[2386] The Adrenal Glands retained the greatest level of Ginkgo suggesting potency for stimulating hormones improving kidney function and blood pressure. The adrenals produce steroids and sex related hormones so they effect the youthfulness of the body. They also produce renin that controls blood pressure reducing fatigue and improving alertness. After 72 hours, the hippocampus shows 5x the concentration of Gingko over the blood possibly improving brain functions in this region. “More than 50 studies have shown ginkgo’s effectiveness in treating dementia from strokes and early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.”[2387]

A major cause of high blood pressure is sleep deficiency, which raises the diastolic blood pressure, as the body believes it is in a heightened state of alert. After the age of 40 cluster headaches often increase too. These two conditions have the same cause namely the pineal gland’s decline in producing the same quantity of melatonin. In the natural condition, melatonin serves to keep aging animals more alert as they are less powerful to fight off enemies and may need to quickly escape. Nevertheless, this alertness or light sleep behavior accelerates aging due to hypertension.

For aging humans the solution is to take a small quantity of Melatonin an hour or two before going to sleep. Start with ⅛ mg. to see what is sufficient and work up to 1 to 3 mg if necessary. High blood pressure often occurs in the early hours of the morning. Melatonin may alleviate the peak blood pressure early morning condition when strokes often occur.

Laughter improves blood flow and reduces hypertension in a manner similar to exercise:[2388]

Text 21-75: Laughter for Life
Average blood flow increased 22 percent during laughter, and decreased 35 percent during mental stress, they told the meeting. “The endothelium is the first line in the development of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, so, given the results of our study, it is conceivable that laughing may be important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” Miller said in a statement. Laughter may be almost as helpful as exercise, Miller said. “The magnitude of change we saw in the endothelium is similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic activity, but without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated with exercise,” he said.

Niacin is really extraordinary for cleansing the body of LDL and other toxins:[2389]

Text 21-76: The Niacin Cure
It is well known that niacin is the safest way of reducing cholesterol counts -- without any other medication. It's also very inexpensive. However, you should know that high cholesterol readings are NOT a risk factor for heart disease. A great majority of doctors will tell you this, but it is not true. If you want to lower it anyway, Niacin will do that very safely. The number one selling drug in America today, Lipitor, at $8 billion per year, is a worthless fraud. Niacin would do a better job, but its still not necessary.

First, what you have experienced is the very well known "niacin flush." It is a very healthy action of niacin, as you'll see as you read.

You get this action from niacin, but NOT from niacinamide. Niacinamide was deliberately created to eliminate those factors in this B3 vitamin which cause the flush. While there are certain benefits from niacinamide, the real winner here is B3, the niacin.

Niacin has the property of causing the small blood vessels to increase in size. These are the capillaries. Now, capillaries are often so small that the blood cells pass through them in single file. It is the capillaries that take care of the vast majority of all the cells in the body. You have large arteries near the heart, and they get smaller and smaller as they extend from the heart. But, at the end of every well-sized artery is a very large network of capillaries.

They all start from the heart -- but at the end of the line they are tiny, tiny capillaries.

Just take an arbitrary number for the number of living cells in your body -- perhaps one billion. The exact number is not critical for this purpose. Now, the question is: "How many of those billion cells are within a fraction of an inch away from one of the large arteries so that they can get rid of toxins directly into that artery, and to get nutrients from that artery?" I don't know, but I'll guess that it is less than 20% of all those cells.

Now, there are many miles of the small capillaries in your body -- a vast network which gets within a small fraction of an inch of EVERY cell in the body. It is the capillaries which nourish the cells and which carry away the toxins.

Now, add into this equation the fact that most of the toxins in the body are stored in fat cells. These fat cells can hold on to toxins for years, never letting them go until some "event" (like sweating or exercise). Then, the fat cells give up their toxins and they start leaking out into the surrounding tissues. You can have a slow-leak batch of fat cells that are poisoning you constantly. Much of the disease that plagues mankind certainly comes from the constant slow leak of toxins from these fat cells.

These fat cells, like the millions of others, are all within a fraction of an inch of some capillary, but IF that capillary is clogged (as most often they are), and if the blood cells move through them only one cell at a time (single file), then you can see that there is not much chance for those toxins to be cleaned up by the flow of blood.

If you could find something that would increase the size of these capillaries, and not cause any harmful or adverse reaction, you can see how beneficial this would be.

In fact, niacin does this -- it causes these miles of tiny capillaries to increase in size.

It is the INCREASE in size, partly, which causes your skin to get red.

While there are miles of these capillaries all through your body, it is near the surface of your body where the arteries are NOT! So, as all of the large surface of your body, your skin, is nourished by these small capillaries, and as the capillaries get larger, you can naturally see how the skin would show that increase in blood by getting red!

But, there is something else going on. I don't know of very many researchers who have told this story in terms that the average person can understand.

There is another substance to learn a bit about -- it is a hormone called "histamine." You know of this substance when you buy "anti-histamine" medicines. Without getting into a long story on that, the "anti-histamine" substances are meant to reduce the action of histamine -- this is usually not good!

What does histamine do in the body?

Well, first it can be produced by EVERY cell in the body. And, it is nature's warning signal.

Whenever a cell is in danger (as, for instance, from a mosquito bite!), the cells that are in danger emit histamine. That wonderful hormone has the ability to send a message to those places in the body which change the blood flow -- to send more blood (water) to that area to provide the nutrients needed to heal the problem, and to carry away the toxins.

So, when a mosquito bites you, the area around the bite itches and swells. That is the action of histamine coming to the rescue -- bringing extra blood to supply nutrients to the cells that have been poisoned by the mosquito bite, and to carry away the poison.

When a cell is completely overwhelmed (as when it is loaded with toxins) it is in such apathy that it can't even release histamine -- in other words, it is so sick that it can't even call for help.

Now, take a look at those cells near the capillaries. They are often loaded with toxins and there is never enough blood flowing near them to take the toxins away.

Now, put some niacin in your body!

The capillaries increase in size. How much? I don't know exactly, but often at least double in size. Now, you have two blood cells going through the capillary, side-by-side.

The chances that this increased blood flow can take away some of those toxins is at least double what it had been.

As those poor cells start coming back to life -- getting rid of toxins, they rise UP to the level where they can send out calls for help.

They send out small quantities of the hormone, histamine.

Histamine causes an itchy feeling anywhere it goes. It also causes the body to send more water (blood) to that area, but what YOU experience is the red skin and the itchy reaction from histamine.

If you take niacin and DON'T have a flush, it could be that your capillaries are too far gone to be helped, or more likely, you don't have a lot of toxins ready to be removed just then.

So, you should seek the niacin flush. It does a great deal of good for your body -- increasing blood flow, taking nutrients to areas that are starved, and taking AWAY some of those toxins that cause illness, tiredness and disease.

There's more.

I have actually published MORE than 100 scientific studies about niacin. Click Here to go to the Niacin Technical page, from which you can click to many other pages where niacin studies are shown.

Niacin is a vitamin that has a "getting used to" level. In other words, the first time you take niacin you may have the flush. If you keep taking the same amount each day, you will have the flush, maybe, on the second or third day, but by the fourth day you won't have any flush.

Then is when you should deliberately increase your niacin dose. There is a critically valuable detoxification method based on this increasing dose of niacin -- click here.

If you start with 50 mg per day, you probably won't have a flush -- too small.

If you start with 100 mg, you will probably have that flush. If you keep taking 100 mg of niacin every day, then after one or two days, you won't have the flush. Then, you could increase the dosage to 200 mg.

It is not always predictable. You talk of taking large doses for several days, and then taking only 500 mg and getting a dramatic flush. There are other factors besides food and exercise, but they'll wait for another day.


I took gradually increasing amounts over a long period until I got up to 5,000 mg of niacin per day -- and of course had no flush what-so-ever after a couple days at 5,000 mg!

There is much more I could tell you about niacin -- let me give you a small clue!

When you are experiencing that niacin flush some day, go to a private area, take off your clothing, and observe the pattern of "flush" on your body. It will probably NOT be even! When you've done that, and convince me to tell you more, I'll give you some even more startling information about the niacin flush.

Potassium is very effective at reducing high blood pressure. When one is tired, ones blood pressure goes up. Potassium at this time will not only reduce blood pressure, but will end headaches.

21.28.5 Hypotension

Hypotension is blood pressure below 90/60 mmHg. Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea. Other symptoms include achy joints from insufficient blood circulation due to low blood pressure.

Causes include insufficient intake of water, salt, or iron in the diet. Spinach is a great source of iron. Also turkey is a source of niacin, which increases blood circulation.

Hypotension can indicate kidney impairment because of infection or dehydration. Often the causes are related. This is a very dangerous situation requiring immediate treatment by rehydration and anti-bacterial remedies. Hypotension is often an indicator of a urinary track infection.

For blood pressure 80/50,[2390] hypotension can lead to insufficient blood for the adrenal glands reducing the function. Symptoms include brusing such as seen in Addisonian crisis.[2391] Low cortisol also causes Hypotension. Solutions include:
  1. Manage stress – reducing stress will allow cortisol levels to increase gradually.
  2. Regular sleep schedule – melatonin to get the deep sleep. No light or noise, so the body naturally produces cortisol while you are sleeping.
  3. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  4. Grapefruit and citrus breakdown enzymes that limit cortisol production
  5. Licorice supplement contains glycyrrhizin that inhibits the enzyme in your body that breaks down cortisol levels.
  6. Eat high iron foods like spinach to increase energy from fatigue.

21.29 Hemorrhoids

Increase consumption of green lettuce, rich in Vitamin K.

Niacin (100 mg) will dilate veins helping to clear out thick blood that might be blocking. Similarly, a lecithin liquid supplementation emulsifies lipids that accumulate in veins causing enlargement.[2392] Also increase the consumption of water and liquids, as they will help flush the veins. Also increase Vitamin E.[2393] Increase fluid intake as dehydration is a major cause of hemorrhoids as insufficient fluids cause poor blood circulation as well. Increasing dietary fiber like Psyllium seed will reduce stressful bowl movements causing hemorrhoids.[2394]

Drink lecithin (Fearn liquid lecithin), fish oil, and glucosamine chondrotin (1500/1200mg) and this problem may go away. Vitamin C is helpful too in larger dosages (1000mg).

Soft cheeses rich in enzymes such as Brie with juices can provide useful enzymes for better digestion of lipids but avoid hard cheeses and other fats. Avoid small seeds that can get caught in the large colon during this condition, other then Psyllium seed sprinkled on meals. Avoid foods with sharp edges like granola. Chew food well. An enzyme supplement before a meal will help with proper digestion. Avoid products with lots of seeds likely not to be chewed.

Avoid hard chairs and sitting for long periods in the bathroom to alleviate the cause. Squatting and other low sitting toilets reduce pressure on the hemorrhoids and prevent them. Urination should be done standing. This is the number one reason that men have fewer problems with hemorrhoids than women. The Alexander Technique for pulling ones head towards the sky will correct the posture of the body reducing venal pressure. Reducing a sendentary lifestyle helps too, more walks, and hikes, treadmill, and biking.[2395]

Hemorrhoids relate to gum disease in that they involve bleeding and weakness of the collagen fibers. They are essentially varicose veins returning blood to the heart. Most of the pain is due to the bleeding. Take Ester C to stop the bleeding at 2x 800mg up to twice a day.[2396] Toothaches and bleeding gums indicate numerous problems. Overall, hemorrhoids are an indicator of poor circulation. Thus, they should respond to niacin, horse chestnut, yarrow, cinnamon, hawthorn, cayenne, grape seed extract, vitamin E, Rosemary vapor, quercetin, perspiring exercise and massage.[2397] Glutamine also serves to repair damage, but unless the cause is eliminated taking glutamine early, will repeat the causes of pain.

If suppositories and other vein size reducers do not work, avoid granola and other crunchie cereals. As we get older and have less stomach acid, these types of cereals do not fully digest leaving sharp objects that cut through the bowels. This effect is similar to hemorrhoids. Lastly, suspect hypertension and treat accordingly:

Text 21-77: Wikipedia on Hemorrhoids

“Hypertension, particularly portal hypertension, can also cause hemorrhoids because of the connections between the portal vein and the vena cava which occur in the rectal wall -- known as portocaval anastomoses... Insufficient liquid can cause a hard stool, or even chronic constipation, which can lead to hemorrhoidal irritation. An excess of lactic acid in the stool, a product of excessive consumption of dairy products such as cheese, can cause irritation; reducing such consumption can bring relief. Vitamin E deficiency is also a common cause. Eating fruit helps avoid conditions that lead to hemorrhoids. Natural treatments

Some people claim to have successfully applied natural procedures for treatment or reversal of chronic conditions. These procedures largely echo the prevention measures. However, self-care measures, including herbal or "natural" remedies, should not be undertaken without medical consent to avoid possible drug interactions. They include:

* Reducing regional pressure in such ways as improving posture and muscle tone, or in severe cases, undergoing a profound psychophysical reeducation, by a method such as the Alexander Technique.
* Taking herbs and dietary supplements that strengthen vein walls, such as Butcher's Broom, Horse-chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese Pagoda Tree extracts. Drinking 99% pure aloe juice can also relieve itching and swelling.[citation needed]
* Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch hazel (astringent), Cranesbill, Aloe vera, and honey.
* Drinking chamomile tea several times a day.
* Eating fiber-rich bulking agents such as plantain and Psyllium seed husks to help create a softer stool that is easier to pass, to lessen the irritation of existing hemorrhoids.
* Using the squatting position for bowel movements.[15]
* For sufferers of hemorrhoids caused by poor vein circulation (coupled with varicose veins in lower extremities and/or varicocele), sleeping overnight with raised legs helps reduce or completely eliminate especially external hemorrhoids.
* Using a hand held shower massage to direct a pulsating stream of cold water at external hemorrhoidal tissue for a few minutes each day tends to shrink the swelling, stop the itch and over time may reduce or eliminate the condition. Pressure used must be low at first but should be increased over time during future applications as tolerance builds.

The combination of internal and external remedies is particularly recommended, e.g., Witch-hazel suppositories combined with frequent cups of strong chamomile tea.

Dietary supplements can help treat and prevent many complications of hemorrhoids, and natural botanicals such as Butchers Broom, Horse-chestnut, and bioflavonoids can be an effective addition to hemorrhoid treatment.

Butcher's Broom extract, or Ruscus aculeatus, contains ruscogenins that have anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor effects that help tighten and strengthen veins. Butcher's Broom has traditionally been used to treat venous problems including hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

Horse-chestnut extract, or Aesculus hippocastanum, contains a saponin known as aescin, that has anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and venotonic actions. Aescin improves tone in vein walls, thereby strengthening the support structure of the vein. Double blind studies have shown that supplementation with Horse-chestnut helps relieve the pain and swelling associated with chronic venous insufficiency.

Bilberry extract, or Vaccinium myrtillus, is an anthocyanoside bioflavonoid. Supplementation with this potent flavonoid protects and maintains venous strength and function.”[2398]

Obesity increases rectal vein pressure. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause hemorrhoids. Poor muscle tone or poor posture can result in too much pressure on the rectal veins.

21.30 Herbs

Dietary laws reflect God’s command of health.[2399] Kosher – כשר means proper, right, pleasing, to thrive and to grow. The intention of kashrus is to improve the health, spiritually and physically. Hence if certain foods are technically kosher, but unhealthy, they are not in compliance with the spirit of kashrus. Herbs being vegetation are implicitly kosher. The Hebrew word for vegetables is Yarokim from the root Yarok, which means green. Here the original language of G-d reveals that all green plant life makes up the vegetable kingdom. Hence these plants should be part of our staples not just the agricultural vegetables today. The word for fruit is Peirot from the root Pri or Free. The English word for fruit has origin from the Hebrew.

They are easy to consume either raw as a shake as in the case of bioflavonoids rich orange rind, dandelion, or burdock root. Alternatively, one can place them in a bottle with hot water and make all sorts of power drink teas. Celery seeds, peppermint, saw palmetto, St. John’s Wart, and the more leafy herbs make for great power drinks.

One should acquire a coffee-like grinder to prepare herbs for teas. One can insert the herbs and pulverize them into powder for making teas. Hawthorne is a good herb to use in this manner. Hot hawthorn is similar to hot chocolate in texture and flavor with additional benefits for lowering blood pressure.

Occasionally a cup of coffee with caffeine and crème will eliminate a headache. Caffeine alleviates the symptom by increasing blood pressure forcing blood to areas of the brain that not reached adequately. The cause of the pain is constricted or clogged vessels in the brain not delivering sufficient blood, i.e. oxygen and nutrients to certain brain tissues.

Celery cures the cause of a headache by cleansing cholesterol fat buildup on arterial walls. Other nutritional cures include parsley and garlic. A particularly potent tonic is a celery-banana-lime juice drink. Garlic also reduces high blood pressure. Additional herbs that help include dandelion, mistletoe, and yarrow.

Table 21-20: Plants, Herbs, and Foods for Health
Cleanses arterial walls of cholesterol. Celery seeds are a tonic for digestion and increase alertness.
Reduces hypertension.
Soy Bean Pods or Pea Pods
Provides Vitamin E
Provides Selenium
Improves energy, stamina, reduces stress, improves coordination, etc. Increases blood pressure so people with hypertension or mania should avoid this herb. Ginseng supplies steroids to the body, which may improve athletic performance with aphrodisiac side effects. Siberian Ginseng agrees more with male chemistry. Counters depression.
Dissolves cholesterol, triglycerides, and fats
Freshens breath.
Hawthorn (Berries)
Dilates arteries to increase blood flow. Provides one of the best tonic remedies for the heart and circulatory system. Effective combined with Lime Blossom, Mistletoe, and Yarrow.
Improves Circulation
Dandelion is a particularly effective diuretic. Also replaces potassium released in higher quantities during urination.

Wild Carrot

Green Tea
Prevents atherosclerosis and reduces prostate cancer as well. Contains EGCG which increases the amount of calories the body burns.
Prevents atherosclerosis - A buildup of fatty substances in the inner layers of the arteries.
Nicotinic acid reduces cholesterol. The red flush is part of the toxin elimination process.
Soy protein
Contains antioxidant isoflavones, genistein, and daidzein that prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidation and reduce cholesterol.[2400] Soy is a nutritional replacement for meat as it contains equivalent enzymes.
Probably lowers cholesterol though chlorophyll and vitamin C content
Lowers cholesterol by impairing cholesterol absorption. Enhances blood circulation.
As a food seasoning will reduce cholesterol
Tomato sauce
Reduces prostate enlargement problems and urinary problems at night. One should eat tomato products before going to sleep at night.
Whey Cheese and Yogurt
Contain Lactic Acid, which reduces bad bacteria in the intestinal track, preventing absorption of the bad bacteria into the blood stream, which causes aging. Second, only to brewers (nutritional) yeast in highest B vitamin content.

21.30.1   Summary of Herbs

Text 21-78: Debbie Forrest’s Summary of Herbs

and their reputed functions[2401]
Listed Herbs

This herb helps break down carbon dioxide in the body. Good for the pituitary gland and nourishes the entire system. It alkalizes the body rapidly and helps detoxify the liver. Also aids in the assimilation of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Contains an anti fungal agent. It helps in chemical imbalance; neutralizes uric acid; prevents cholesterol accumulation in the veins; cleans, builds, and strengthens the body; deep cleans in cell and binds serum cholesterol; readies radioactive deposits and toxins in the system for elimination; has eight digestive enzymes; strengthens the central nervous system and helps rebuild decayed teeth.
For aids; helps prevent virus movement in cells. Works with your immune system. An excellent colon cleanser and good for piles and hemorrhoids. Good for the digestive system.
Improves circulation and warms the body. Used by anemics to promote blood flow to otherwise chilly hands and feet. Can reduce lung congestion. Applied externally, can ease arthritis pain. NEVER take during pregnancy. Improves mental well-being, strengthens immune system, and good for lymph disorders.

A most wonderful herb! Numerous studies have confirmed its strong immune system activity,  antibacterial, anti viral, anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, and diuretic effects. It  also improves stamina. Good for cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. {traditional treatments will reduce immune function}. It has very positive effects on the cardiovascular system. Enhances the particle ingestion capacity of white blood cells. Helps fight against a broad range of immune system breakdowns. Also helps stimulate white blood cell activity and may increase the production of interferon.

Contains remarkable infection fighting properties. Studies show it kills the microorganisms Staphylococci, Streptococci, Salmonella, Shigella, Endamoeba histolytica (dysentery), Vibrio cholera (cholera), Giardia lamblia (Giardiasis), E.coli (urinary tract infections), and Candida Albicans (vaginal yeast infections). Make a tea and dropper for eye drops with pink eye. One study showed that Barberry helped shrink tumors.

An effective stimulant in clearing congestion from nose and sinuses. Astringent and good for all mucus membrane conditions.

Contains every chemical substance to maintain life; builds immune system, and resistance to vital diseases. It provides energy and corrects body chemistry and eliminates unhealthy conditions. Used for aging, prostrate gland, fatigue, allergies, and as a sexual rejuvenate.

Kills or inhibits bacteria in the urinary tract. Drinking cranberry juice and using this is good to help eliminate uti's.

Used to enhance poor micro circulation, thus improving eye conditions such as night blindness and diabetic retinopathy. It strengthens capillaries by protecting them from free radicals. It also aids in the formation of new capillaries and the formation of healthy connective tissue and platelet stickiness, a risk factor associated with atherosclerosis.

A natural precursor to estrogen; helps relieve symptoms such as premenstrual and menstrual cramps, lowers cholesterol, and high blood pressure (equalizes circulation). Also helpful for poisonous bites, reduces mucus levels, and relieves sinusitis and asthma. Studies have confirmed its mild sedative and anti-inflammatory activity.

Expels internal parasites and tape worms. Should be applied topically to ring worm twice a day until it disappears. Aids in treatment of tuberculosis, diarrhea, and promotes healing of sores in the mouth and throat. Good for brain, nerves, and cartilage; also helps relieve many skin problems.

Eliminates parasites. Improves kidney function and increases thyroid activity. Absorbs water in intestines to produce bulk.

Used for inflammation of the bladder and urine retention. Also for digestive disorders.

CAPSICUM (Cayenne Pepper)
A catalyst for all herbs! Personally, I was having great pain in my face at one time due to infection in the bone and took this for pain, which did wonders. Consumption is associated with reduced risk of cancer and enhances the activity of various immune system cells. It helps in regulating blood pressure and pulse rate. It purifies the blood, helps prevent muscle aches, headaches, tiredness, and skin blemishes. Promotes fat burning. Helps with depression. It is a powerful stimulant and should not be used in excess as will damage the kidneys. Use in moderation.

Accepted as a mild laxative. Increases peristalsis in the large intestine and helps restore its tone.

Research found this to be anti viral, anti mutagenic, and antioxidant. Also found to inhibit growth of tumor cells. Used with cancer, allergies, herpes, and aids. Revitalizes entire system, sometimes even reversing ailments that might be labeled 'degenerative'.

Chamomile is an official drug in 26 different countries. It is found to be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, anti-spasmodic, and mild sedative. Credited with relieving spasms, pain, and allergy. People who are allergic to the pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Chamomile. Do not use for long periods of time.

Chaparral is a controversial herb. It contains NDGA which is approved by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture as a preservative in lard and animal shortenings. Used as a mouthwash, reduces cavities by 75%. NDGA is a powerful antioxidant and helps slow the aging process. One of nature's best antibiotics. Protects from harmful effects of radiation and sun.

Helps to lose weight. Excellent bronchial cleanser. Good for swollen testes, piles, and tumors. Soothes everything it comes in contact with.

It is a powerful antiseptic. This spice kills many 'decay and disease' causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Helps break down the fats in your digestive system.

Clove kills intestinal parasites exhibits many anti microbial properties against fungi and bacteria. Don't give medicinal doses to children under 2. Used as a digestive aid. Used in Lavoris mouthwash.

By now, everyone knows about the beneficial effects of cranberry juice. But it also deodorizes urine for people that have an incontinence problem. It has a preventative effect on E. Coli in the bladder, rather than a curative effect in the urinary tract. It has also been used for spasms of the involuntary muscular contractions such as in asthma and hysteria.

A very good sexual rejuvenator. It gives energy, helps to balance female hormones, controls bed-wetting, expels excess water, and stimulates muscular contractions of the intestinal tract and increases blood circulation.

The leaves are highly diuretic but is also high in potassium, which compensates the loss of potassium with increased urination. It helps stimulate digestion and is mildly laxative. A cup serving of raw dandelion leaves, serves up a whopping 7,000 i.u.'s of vitamin A! Much more than you can get from a carrot. Also contains some vitamin C, plus high in iron and calcium. One study showed it inhibits the fungus growth responsible for vaginal yeast infection. Physician often prescribe diuretics in high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Check w/your physician about using Dandelion root.

Extracts have been found to stimulate uterine contractions. Also normalizes the contractions and improves blood flow to the uterus. Improves circulation and lowers blood pressure. Increases the number of red blood cells (helps the liver to utilize more oxygen). Also relieves constipation.

Besides stimulating the immune system, it also accelerates healing if infection already exists. E. purpurea is the best one to use. When microorganisms attack your body, cells secrete chemicals that attract infection fighting white blood cells (macrophages) to the area. The macrophages' ability to destroy germs is boosted with Echinacea. Also increases infection fighting T-cell up to 30%. It is a glandular balancer, especially the liver and lymphatic system. An antiseptic herb also. An alcohol tincture probably destroys an element in Echinacea that stimulates the immune system. Aids in reducing fevers, bad breath, and mucus buildup.
This herb kills a broad range of disease causing viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Researchers in Germany reported using Echinacea with success in colds, flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, tuberculosis, meningitis, wounds, abscesses, psoriasis, whooping cough, and ear infections. Echinacea strengthens tissues against assault by invading organisms. It counteracts the germs' tissue dissolving enzyme, keeping them out of the body's tissues. It can become ineffectual after 14 days and actually start to suppress healthy immune function. 

Useful for all mucus conditions of the lung. Good for bronchitis and acts as a bulk laxative. May reduce cholesterol.

Helpful in the prevention of migraines, relieves dizziness, brain and nerve pressure. Increases fluidity of lung and bronchial tube mucus. Pregnant women should not use.

Helps reduce formation of plaque and fat deposits on arterial walls. Reduces blood cholesterol. Inhibits growth of bacteria and promotes formation of red blood cells. Several studies show it useful for high cholesterol, heart conditions, and chronic bronchitis. Considered to be anti tumor, antioxidant, and an immunostimulant. Excellent for mental depression and helps memory. Helps rejuvenate the endocrine glands, which in turn strengthen the body.
Also known as Ho Shu Wu.

A natural antibiotic. Used to emulsify cholesterol and loosen it from arterial walls. Proven useful in asthma and whooping cough. Effectively reduces high blood pressure and valuable in intestinal infections. Louis Pasteur discovered its' antibacterial activity. Some very well documented benefits are reduces blood pressure, improves circulation, helps to prevent yeast infections, cancers, colds, and flu. It is antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and stimulates immune system. Considered 'Russian Penicillin'. Helps eliminate heavy toxic metals from the body.
Prevents motion sickness. Reduces risk of arteriosclerosis. Increases bile secretion as well as action and tone of the bowel. Cleanses the body through perspiration. Helps absorb toxins. Increases secretion of saliva. Good for the circulatory system and increases stamina. Improves blood flow to the surface.
This herb has been found very useful to dilate blood vessels. It increases circulation and speeds blood flow in the capillaries. Useful for hearing, vision, senility, dizziness, ringing in the ears, heart and kidney disorders, cochlea deafness, macular degeneration, impotence, vertigo, and asthma. Improves oxygen metabolism in the brain. 
Asian Ginseng has been studied for over 31 years in Europe. Studies showed the standardized extracts decreased reaction time to visual and auditory stimuli, increased respiratory performance, alertness, power of concentration, and grasp of abstract concepts; and improved visual and motor coordination. American Ginseng helps to reduce the heat of digestive and respiratory systems. 
A natural antibiotic herb used with all infections. Combined with Gotu Kola, acts as a brain tonic. Found to be a more effective antibiotic against cholera than the powerful prescribed 'Chloromycetin'. It is used mostly for mucus membranes.
Longevity herb. Contains remarkable rejuvenating properties. It strengthens the heart, and liver functions. Used as a brain cell activator to help memory. Studies showed that it DOES improve memory and helps overcome stress and fatigue.
Studies have shown that Hawthorn berry extract improves blood flow to and from the heart by strengthening it contractions. They may eliminate some types of arrhythmias. Use over a long period of time is best.
Used for conditions of nervous anxiety, stress, and unrest. Comparable to aspirin in pain relief. 
Tones the walls of blood vessels. Good for the reproductive organs. Has a remedial and normalizing action on the sensory nerves. Good for nails, hair, and radiation poisoning. 
Used as a cough remedy combined with ginger. Has anti-inflammatory properties. Licorice stimulates cell production of interferon (the body's own anti-viral compound). Also fights disease causing bacteria (Staphylococci and Streptococci) plus the fungus responsible for candida albicans. Improves liver function. Increases fluidity of mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes. Used also for adrenal glands and stress.
Regenerates liver cells and protects them against the action of liver poisons (leukotrienes). Alters cell structure of outer liver membrane which prevents toxic chemicals from entering; stimulates the liver's own capacity to generate new cells.
The only herb known as a narcotic without being harmful or poisonous (flowers). Helps soothe coughs and sore throats. Used for sinus congestion.
This herb is anit-parasitical, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Truly wonderful for degenerative diseases. 
Increases immune function greatly. Rids body of parasites. Increases blood circulation. Supports the cardiovascular system. Acts effectively at low concentrations w/o harmful influence on cell mechanisms.
A deep cleaning agent that kills parasites, reduces blood pressure and
stimulates bile secretions. Good for gallbladder and liver; counteracts arteriosclerosis; good for UTI. Strengthens immune system.

Diuretic action can help control blood pressure. Has antihistamine properties. Contains highest level of chlorophyll and used as a breath freshener. Some fever reducing ability.
Has complex activity on the nervous system; overall mild sedative effect. 
Fights bacteria. Enhances immune system. Good for ulcers, diabetes, rheumatism, osteomyelitis, leukemia, various cancers, ringworm, bronchitis, and other various lung problems, arteriosclerosis, Lupus, Hodgkin's disease, anemia, Parkinson's disease.
Used to promote perspiration in colds and flu and promote menses. For the first stages of a cold, combine with yarrow and elderberry flower. Drink plenty of fluids - mostly distilled water.

Useful for urinary tract infections. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic. 
As good prenatal care, tones up and prepares uterus for childbirth. Also used for fevers and menstrual irregularities.
Used for cancer and tumors, and skin diseases. Has mild blood-thinning properties which makes it useful for degenerative complaints. 
Used for headaches, indigestion, colds, and scalp and hair. A cup of this is as effective as aspirin. Make a tea to rinse hair and scalp in.
Protects against some types of cancer. Increases vitality and strengthens internal organs. Relieves neurasthenia and stress. Improves conditions of viral hepatitis (70% of all cases w/this condition showed marked improvement after taking reishi). Protects the liver against chemical damage. Helps to normalize body functions. Its use bolsters the immune system, stimulates health, and improves or prevents allergic conditions and a variety of degenerative and other disease conditions.
Cleans up dirty, septic wounds. A very good antiseptic. Can be used to counteract depression and mood swings.
Used for inflammation of the urinary passage. Provides nutrients to testicles and mammae in functional atrophy of these organs.
Used as a poultice for boils, ulcers, chilblains, skin diseases, and warts. The poultice quickly disperses inflammation and draws out impurities. 
Absolutely fantastic for fungal problems; such as jock itch, nail fungus, athletes foot.
Has similar liver-protecting effects to that of milk thistle.
Should only be used short-term. Good for nervousness and pain, palpitations, high blood pressure, head congestion, and parasites. 
Very effective in healing internal ulcers. Used inside and out for tumors, boils, swollen glands, pimples, and malignant growths. Good for asthma, bronchitis, sinus catarrh, and head congestion when due to morbid accumulations of material in stomach and bowels. The properties in violet leaves and flowers have the ability to reach places only the blood and lymphatic fluids penetrate.
Helps regulate function of liver. A blood cleanser that also opens pores to permit free perspiration to rid body of toxins. Heals glandular system and relieves kidneys.
A wonderful herb for relieving allergic symptoms and constipation. Use for obesity, arthritis, fatigue, stress, hay fever, and headaches. Cleanses the blood, tones the nervous system, helps retard aging, stimulates the mind, controls the appetite, stimulates production of cortisone, and enhances healing power of other herbs.
 © 2000 Debbie Forrest

21.30.2 Garlic

Text 21-79: Garlic’s Vitamins
What Garlic Contains

An average garlic clove contains seven calories, Vitamins B1, 2, and 3, as well as Vitamin C. Garlic is an excellent source of potassium and phosphorous, but it contains other minerals as well -- calcium, iron, selenium, sulfur, manganese, zinc, germanium, and copper. Garlic contains all 8 essential amino acids and also the highest sulfur content in any vegetable. Sulfur is a mineral that has the ability to carry oxygen to the body. Sulfur carries the oxygen in the body directly to the infected areas.

Garlic is also a rich source of selenium. It contains the highest level of selenium of any plant. Selenium is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants -- probably 10 times stronger than Vitamin E. In fact, garlic has long been known as necessary for optimum health in livestock, but only recently was selenium singled out as an important factor. In the late 70's, it was discovered that selenium can help protect against human heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and cancer.[2402]

Why Garlic Works

Garlic promotes the building of energy in the body and helps retain vital B vitamins in the system. It encourages the secretion of hormones within the body. It also protects against blood clots forming in the veins. It is because of garlic's anti-clotting agents that it can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The anti-coagulant factor in garlic is similar to aspirin in its ability to keep blood flowing.

Garlic boosts the immune system because it promotes the production of T- cells. T- cells are the policemen of the immune system. A recent medical report claimed that “Eating garlic seems to boost blood cells anti-cancer action.” The journalist reporting on this study noted that "Killer white blood cells taken from people who ate raw garlic killed 139 percent more tumor cells...than did similar cells from non-garlic eaters."

Also backing up the claim that garlic has anti-cancer action are some recent animal studies that have been done in which animals were injected with cancer cells. The animals which received garlic in their daily food did not develop cancer, while the animals which received no garlic did develop cancer. A Russian electrobiologist, Professor Gurwitch, discovered that garlic emits a type of ultraviolet radiation known as mitogenetic radiation.[2403] It is said to "have the property of stimulating cell growth and activity and have a rejuvenate effect on all body functions."

21.31 Hormones

In general (melatonin is an exception) one should avoid hormone supplementation (estrogen, testostorine, DHEA), because hormones, which are a key to anti-aging, also cause cancer. Cancer cells are naturally occurring in the body at all ages, but when younger the immune system is stronger at removing them. Anaerobic exercise is a natural way to get the body to increase the production of growth hormones without the risk of supplements. The body also increases its production of growth hormone during REM sleep. Hence, one should try to cultivate habits that increase dreaming to stay younger. These include more sleep, less stress, keeping a dream journal, and a positive attitude.

Women who would like to have children should try to be found by their husband early in their lives so that they may have their first child before the age of 30. Having a child increases the level of Estrogen during pregnancy. Estrogen, while a stimulant for cell reproduction is akin to cancer and may harm the future of breast tissue if this stimulation happens to late in life. Breast-feeding for over a year will actually reduce the chance of breast cancer.[2404] Similarly, oral contraceptives containing Estrogen create greater risk to breast cancer. Hormone supplementation in post-menopausal women is even more dangerous, as the body’s immune system is weakened from age, and is not necessarily able to resist cancer cells, which will now be occurring more frequently.

One could try to counteract these dangers by increasing consumption of antioxidants Vitamins C and E. Also eating soy products and ground flaxseed, which contain phytoestrogens, will protect the body from estrogen carcinogenic properties.[2405] Phytoestrogens fill up the estrogen receptors in the body blocking the effect of estrogen. Overall, though the best solution is to stop taking estrogen supplements and eliminate the cause of potential problems.

21.32 Hospital stays

By default hospital food is industrial grade, i.e. powdered eggs, lots of artificial additives, powdered soup, etc. Nevertheless with special requests one can get real eggs, home made vegetable soup, and no fructose additives.

Sutures heal much better than staples after surgery, but are more time consuming, so one should make a formal request for this process. This is especially common after a C-section or caesarian.

21.33 Kosher

Kashrut is a Jewish religion law.[2406] Staying healthy is also a Jewish law. The subset of these two categories is what you should eat. For example, while one can eat matzah, one should always avoid salted matzos. One should avoid all kosher foods that are supplemented with high amounts of salt, since this violates the Jewish law to save ones life. Salted meats are particularly a problem for high blood pressure. Since salt is used to remove blood from meat, these meats are now dangerous to ones health.

Table 21-21: Kosher Fish
Kosher Fish
Arctic and northern sea fish that spawn their eggs along seawater beaches unlike other smelt. “Capelin are sleek slender fishes with olive-green backs and silvery white bellies. They have small scales and large eyes and do not reach lengths more than 20 cm or 8 inches. Capelins are exceedingly abundant and are eaten by a great variety of other fishes, seabirds, and mammals.”[2407] Capelin is the middle French word for ‘cod’. Often their eggs or ‘roe’ are used in sushi having an orange color.
Up to a foot long with stripes, elongated with small scales, and a forked tail. Travel in large schools together and are carnivorous eating plankton, crustaceans, mollusks, fish eggs, and small fish. Mackerel is from makel ‘to bring together’.

21.34 Kidney or Renal Health

Lower blood pressure, lower blood pressure, and lower blood pressure are the keys to prevention.

Home treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease:

In General:

Omega-3 from Fish Oil delays the onset of kidney disease or renal failure.[2408] Coenzyme Q10 increases secretion of serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen from the body with dosages of 60 mg 3x daily.[2409] Ginkgo Biloba extract prevents kidney infections and arteriosclerosis that reduce oxygen to the brain. Ginkgo Biloba also prevents brown aging spots. Prevention of Nephritis requires keeping the blood pressure low to prevent capillary damage as well as providing good nutrition for the body to heal the kidneys.

Table 21-22: Kidney websites
Picture of normal kidney function
Evaluating kidney health
Kidney infection nutrition
Kidney healing
Herbs for help
Medical material
Alternative treatment

Table 21-23: Search Subjects for Kidney illnesses
Omega-3 renal creatinine clearance
Omega-3 as a treatment for renal illness.
creatine creatinine
Dangers of supplement usage for renal patients.

Table 21-24: Healing Herbs for the Kidneys
Ginkgo Biloba
Facilitates blood flow through capillaries supporting kidneys.
Yarrow – prepare as a tea
Blood cleanser through perspiration, heals glandular system and relieves kidneys.
Kidney Herb Tea
Marshmallow Tea

Material from

Table 21-25: Nutrition for Kidney Disease
Calcium Pantothenate – Vitamin B5
Precursor to CoA
Coenzyme A
Removes toxins from the body
Coenzyme Q10 – CoQ10
Dosage 60 mg. 3x/day 12 weeks[2410]
29% improvement to serum creatinine clearance[2411]
9% improvement to blood urea nitrogen
30 mg in 1 lb of sardines or 2.5 lbs peanuts or 2 lbs beef[2412]
Vitamin B6
Reduces fluid retention
Vitamin C
Acidifies urine
Improves kidney function
Strengthens the heart and improves alertness

Here is a summary of the Kidney Health Renal Diet.

Text 21-80: Kidney Health Diet
Dietary Changes for Kidney Health
Eat More:
Raw foods, garlic, potatoes, asparagus, parsley, watercress, celery, cucumbers, papaya, bananas, watermelon, pumpkin, sprouts, legumes, seeds, soybeans, spirulina, acidophilus, Lecithin
Eat Less:
Potassium, phosphates, beet greens, meat, spinach, rhubarb, swiss chard
Do Not Eat:
Chocolate, cocoa, eggs, dairy
Drink clean water (6-8 glass’s per day), eat smaller portions of meat, do small mild cleanses

Alternative Treatments for Kidney Disease
Nutrients for Kidney Disease
Calcium – helps body use all minerals in synergy
Magnesium – see calcium
L-Arginine – aids kidneys, precursor to Nitric oxide[2413]
L-Methionine – helps circulation within kidneys
Multi-enzyme complex – aids digestion
Potassium – stimulates kidney function

Vitamins for Kidney Disease
Vitamin A – helps healing process of urinary tract lining
Vitamin B complex – helps fluid metabolism
Vitamin C – boosts immunity and elevates urine acidity
Vitamin E – elevates immune system
Zinc – immunostimulant

Herbs for Kidney Disease
Buchu Tea
Dandelion Root (pu gong ying) – aids kidney excretion function of waste
Cranberry – acidifies urine and kills bacteria
Celery and Parsley – diuretic (decreases uric acid)
Hydrangea – natural diuretic – cleanses urinary tract
Uva Ursi – natural diuretic – cleanses urinary tract – germicidal
Marshmallow Tea – cleanses kidneys
Goldenrod tea, juniper berries, stinging nettle, parsley, red clover, watermelon seed tea are all good for kidney disease.

Kidney disease is one of the atoning ways of dying that cleanses our soul leaving the toxins to die with the body. Most natural causes of death are kidney disease. We try our best to live a good life to do the right thing to help each other. Find the joy in the precious moments of life, see the beauty, hear the good, smell the flowers, touch the grace of G-d’s forgiveness.

21.35 Liver

The liver cleanses the blood through two phases. The first is oxidation, which converts toxins into free radicals so that they can be collected throughout the body. The second is conjugation, which clumps the free radicals for disposal with bile though the large intestine or urine from the kidneys. It is essential that one have sufficient anti-oxidants in the body to handle phase two so the free radicals can be neutralized. If phase one is not effective, the toxins will be stored in fat cells as well as the brain and lead to harmful internal effects including cancer. If phase two is not successful the free radicals may be herded to the skin and would lead to rashes as the skin attempts to rid the body of them. The perspiration of the skin is similar to urine and is a carrier of toxins for removal.

Ironically if phase one is successful and phase two is not due to a deficiency of anti-oxidants, the damage to internal organs from the free radicals may be substantial. Fortunately, the liver is very good at healing itself and Milk Thistle is a tonic in this regard, for example from the oxidant alcohol.

Fatty liver disease (FLD) is caused by high triglycerides. Helpful foods here include:[2414]

Table 21-26: Eight help foods
First, oat
Oat contains a large amount of linoleic acid and saponin, which are very helpful in reducing the content of serum cholesterol and triglyceride.

Second, maize
Maize contains a lot of mineral substances such as calcium, selenium and lecithin, as well as vitamin E. It has the function of lowering the serum cholesterol.

Third, kelp
Kelp is rich in taurine, which can reduce the cholesterol in the blood and bile. What's more, kelp also contains a kind of dietary fiber called as alginic acid, which can inhibit the absorption of cholesterol and promote its excretion.

Fourth, garlic
Garlic contains sulfur compounds, which can reduce the cholesterol in the blood, prevent the formation of thrombosis, and can help increase the content of high-density lipoprotein.

Fifth, apple
Apple is rich in potassium, so it can get rid of the excessive potassium in the body, thereby maintaining the normal blood pressure.

Sixth, milk
As milk contains a lot of calcium, so it can inhibit the activity of the synzyme of the cholesterol in the human body, thus reducing the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

Seventh, onion
The allyl disulfide and sulfur amino acids contained in onion not only have the effect of sterilization, but also can reduce the blood fat in human body, and prevent arteriosclerosis. What's more, it can activate the active ingredients in the fiber, and effectively prevent the formation of thrombosis in the blood vessel. In addition, onion contains prostaglandin A, which has a good effect on lowering the blood pressure in human body.

Eighth, sweet potato
Sweet potato can neutralize the excessive acid in human body, which is caused by eating too much meat and eggs. So it can maintain the acid-base balance in the body. Sweet potato contains plenty of cellulose, which can absorb the large number of water in the stomach and intestine, lubricate the digestive tract, so as to play a laxative effect. What's more, it can also expel the excessive fat, sugar and toxins out from the body, playing the effect of lowering the body fat.

Hepatitis is a real threat from dirty swimming pools or other ingestion. This can take months to overcome and is accompanied by flu like symptoms with no major treatment available.

21.36 Lungs

Ionizers that cause particles to clump can result in the same adhering in the lungs. Hence these should be used when not present preferably. The use of air filtered cleaners is favorable however. This can work in a car as well. Betacarotene poses dangers for the lung and can be noticed with lung congestion after taking with a long-term potential for lung cancer in higher dosages when one is breathing smokey air as well..

21.37 Mental health

95% of mental illness is simply the by-product of lack of sleep. Mental disease in this context interferes with the ability to obtain a normal deep sleep every day. Ironically caffeine is culpable in the increase of this illness because it interferes with recovering sleep during the daylight hours when humans would also sleep, i.e. during the afternoon.

21.37.1 Memory

Homocysteine, an amino acid increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and having a poor memory.[2415] Other key factors include hypertension, head trauma, and prolonged stress.

Text 21-81: The Memory Cure
Homocysteine is an amino acid molecule that floats in your blood. Like other amino acids, it serves as building blocks for proteins in your body. It usually gets converted, in a chain of reactions to yet another amino acid called Methionine. This conversion requires vitamin B12 and folate.
High cholesterol levels, especially when combined with high blood pressure, can narrow the lumen of the small blood vessels in the brain too. If the inside lumen get completely blocked, a patient develops mini strokes. As mentioned several times before, a few of these go unnoticed. When thousands of these mini-strokes spread throughout the brain, the patient develops memory and thinking problems. With the blockage of bigger vessels in the brain, the strokes are more obvious and the patient may develop weakness in one side of the body or completely lose the ability to speak or understand language.

Homocysteine forms when cholesterol oxidizes so it is a byproduct. Nutrients that strengthen memory health include niacin that reduces cholesterol and increases blood flow to the brain; ginkgo biloba that increases blood flow and is an antioxidant; and vitamin E that supports the health of brain tissue with omega 3 and 6.

The contents of Ginkgo Biloba are:[2416]

1. Flavin type of compounds
(1) flavonol:
kaempferol[1],kaempferol-3-rhamnoglucoside[2] hepatasacetyl kaempferol glucoside[3], kaempferol-3(6'-p-coumaroyl-glucosy1)-b-1,rh-amnoside] [4], quercetin, isorthamnetin [1], octaacetyl quercetin 3-glucoside [3], rutin [2].
(2) flavin and its glucosides
heptaacetyl luteolin glucoside, octaaccetyldelphidenon glucoside[3].
(3) dihydro-flavonol
dihydro-catechin-pentaacetate, dihydro-epicatechin-pentaacetate, dihydro- gallocatechin-hexacetate, dihydro-epigallocatechin-hexacetate, are derivatives of catechin [3].
(4) bi-flavonol
bilobetin, ginkgetin, sciadopitysin, I-5'-methoxy-bilobetin, a-mentoflavone [5]

2. Phenols
ginkgolic acid, hydroginkgolic acid, ginkgolinic acid, ginkgol, bilobol [6],
anacardic acid.

3. Organic acids
quinic acid, linoleic acid, shikimic acid, asorbic acid [3]. Skin contains formic acid, propionic acid, butyric acid, caprylic acid.

4. Alcohol groups
a-hexenol, sequoyitol, pinite, hexacosanol-1, octacosanol-1[3] , b-sitosterol , nonacosyl alcohol-10[10] ,ginnol [6].
5. Trace minerals and others
ginkgo-B (a saponin), d-sesamin [3]. Seed contains small amount of cyanophoric glucoside, gibberellin, cytokininlike substances. Protein 6.4, fat 2.4, carbohydrates 36%, calcium10 mg, phophorus 218 mg, iron, carotene 320 mg, riboflavine 50 mg, various amino acids. External skin contains asparagine.

21.37.2 Mental performance

There are quite a few factors that can improve mental performance. For example, to maximize mental alertness during an examination:

Many students make the mistake of assuming meat is essential before an exam. Actually, sleep is what is essential with the above nutrition. If one wants to sleep after eating in the morning for an hour that is perfectly fine, but take the Potassium-Magnesium Aspartate when one is done sleeping.

21.37.3 Mental Nutritional disorders

B Vitamins are the mainstay of anti-depression that is not caused by hormonal chemical imbalance.

This website is a good source for studying nutritional based mental disorders:

Table 21-27: Nutritional Related Mental Disorders

Warnings for Neuropsychiatry

low Calcium

low Magnesium

low Thiamine


low Zinc


low Chromium

low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra) (mild)

high Phenylalanine

low Phosphorus

high S-Adenosyl-methionine (SAMe)

high L-Tyrosine


low Folic Acid

low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra)

low Protein (kwashiorkor)

low Zinc


high Calicum (transient)


low Thiamine


low Vitamin E


high Vitamin A

Ataxia - see also Peripheral Neuropathy

high Calcium

low Copper

low Magnesium

low Sodium

low Thiamine

high Vitamin A

low vitamin B12

Autonomic Dysfunction

low Thiamine

Behavioral Disturbances

low Magnesium

Burning Feet

low Pantothenic acid

low Thiamine

low Vitamin B12

Cognitive Impairment (confusion, disorientation, memory loss)

high or low Calcium

high Copper

low Folic Acid

low Iron

high or low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra)

low Phosphorus

high or low Potassium

high or low Sodium

low Thiamine

high L-Tyrosine

high or low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12

low Zinc


low Magnesium

low Thiamine
WARNING: Give thiamine hydrochloride IV before administering glucose. (Since thiamine is a cofactor in glucose metabolism, remaining thiamine stores will be utilized.)

high Calcium

low Folic Acid

high Sodium


low Magnesium


low Niacin (pellagra) (late)

low Thiamine

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12


low Biotin (rare)

high or low Calcium

high or low Copper

low Folic Acid

low Iron

high or low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra) (mild)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)

low Potassium

low Riboflavin

high Selenium
Selenium accumulates in the seminal fluid. Anti-carcinogenic.
low Sodium

low Thiamine

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12

low Vitamin C (mild)

high or low Zinc


High Bismuth

High or low Iron

High Magnesium (hypotension)

low Niacin (pellagra) (mild)

low Phosphorus

low Riboflavin

low Sodium

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12


High Potassium

low Niacin

low Sodium

low Vitamin B12

High Folic Acid (exacerbation)

high Gamma-Linolenic Acid (exacerbation)

low Magnesium

high or low Sodium

low Vitamin B6 (infantile, drug-resistant)

high Zinc (exacerbation of grand mal)


high Folic Acid

low Vitamin B12


low Pantothenic Acid

high Magnesium (hypotension)


low Biotin (rare)

low Calories

low Chromium

high or low Copper

low Folic Acid

low Iodine

high or low Iron

high or low Magnesium

low Niacin (mild)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)

low Phosphorus

low Potassium

high Selenium

low Sodium

low Thiamine

high or low Vitamin A

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12

low Vitamin C (mild)

high Vitamin E

low Zinc

Gail Disturbance

low Vitamin E

Gait, High Stepping

low Riboflavin

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12


high Bismuth

low Folic Acid

high or low Iron

low Niacin (pellagra) (mild)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)

high Phenylalanine

high S-Adenosyl-methionine (SAMe)

low Sodium

high Thiamine

high Vitamin A (acute)

low Vitamin B12


high Vitamin A


low Calcium

high Folic Acid

high Sodium

low Magnesium

low Biotin (rare)


high Sodium

low Folic Acid ("stocking" distribution)


low Potassium


low Pantothenic Acid

low Thiamine


low Biotin (rare)

low Calcium

high Chromium

high Copper

high or low Folic Acid

low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra) (mild)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Potassium

High Thiamine

High L-Tyrosine

High or low Vitamin A

low Vitamin D


High or low Calcium

High Chromium

low Copper

High Folic Acid

low Iron

low Magnesium

low Molybdenum

low Niacin (early)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)

low Phosphorus

low Protein-Calorie (marasmus)

High Selenium

High Sodium

High Thiamine

High L-Tyrosine

High Vitamin A

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin B12

low Vitamin C
Low Vitamin C increases Cortisol in the body.
low Zinc

low Thiamine


low Folic Acid

low Magnesium

high Selenium

low Sodium

high Vitamin A

low Zinc (moderate)

low Vitamin B12


high Folic Acid

high Vitamin A

low Vitamin C


high Folic Acid

high Gamma-Linolenic Acid (exacerbation)

high L-Glutamine

high L-5-Hydroxytryptophan

high S-Adenosyl-methionine

Movement Disorders

high Manganese


low Calcium

low Copper

low Magnesium

low Niacin (mild)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Potassium

high or low Thiamine

high L-Tyrosine

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin D

Neuromuscular Excitability

low Calcium

low Magnesium

Numbness of Limbs

low Thiamine

Pain Sensitivity

low Thiamine


high Selenium

low Calcium

low Folic Acid

low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra)

low Pantothenic Acid

low Phosphorus

high Selenium

low Thiamine (beriberi) (late)

high or low Vitamin B6 (sensory)

low Vitamin B12

low Vitamin C (scurvy)

low Vitamin E

high Vitamin A (acute)


high or low Calcium

high (exacerbation) or low Folic Acid

low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra)

low Sodium

low Vitamin B12

high (hallucinations) or low Zinc

Restless Legs

low Folic Acid
low Magnesium


high S-Adenosyl-methionine (SAMe)

high L-Tyrosine

high Vitamin A

low Thiamine

low Vitamin B12


low Niacin (pellagra) (late)


high Niacinamide

high Vitamin A

low Vitamin B6


low Magnesium

low Thiamine

Subacute Combined Spinal Cord Degeneration

low Folic Acid

low Vitamin B12


low Calcium

low Magnesium - causing hypocalcemia

low Vitamin D


high Lithium

low Magnesium

low Niacin (pellagra) (late)

high Sodium


low Phosphorus


low Biotin (rare)

low Calcium

high or low Copper

low Folic Acid

high or low Magnesium

low Niacin

low Pantothenic Acid

low Phosphorus

low Potassium

low Protein

high Selenium

low Sodium

high or low Thiamine

high Vitamin A

low Vitamin B6

low Vitamin D

high Vitamin E

low Thiamine

21.37.4 Attention Deficit Disorder

Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. reported a 70% success rate in treatment of this disorder.[2417]

Text 21-82: DMAE
DMAE normally found in small amounts in our brains, DMAE (dimetheyaminoethanol) has been shown to remarkably enhance improvement in learning, mental alertness and clarity of thinking. A study conducted by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of Princeton, N.J. showed significant improvements in behavior, learning ability, and attention span with 108 boys and girls. Irritability was decreased, scholastic ability was improved and intelligence was actually elevated in some cases. With its ability to improve attention span, DMAE is also alleviates behavior problems and hyperactivity such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

DMAE is often given credit for having to elevate mood and improve memory and learning. People who have taken DMAE for a period of a few weeks often report an increase in physical energy and less of a need for sleep.

(Caution: DMAE may be ill advised for people subject to seizures according to some authorities. Although few side-effects have been reported, confusion, headache, drowsiness and muscle tension are possibilities.)

Occurring naturally in fish (sardines), you can also find DMAE in tablets/capsule form in major pharmacies. Why is DMAE important? Because, it also increases the levels of the neurotransmitter 'acetylcholine' in the brain.[2418]

Text 21-83: DMAE in ADD Children
Learning, Behavior, and IQ
DMAE has proven to be a valuable and safe alternative for certain learning and behavior problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and hyperkinesia (usually the providence of children but also known to affect adults). Unfortunately, amphetamine or amphetamine-like drugs are often used to deal with these problems. In one study, consisting of 25 girls and 83 boys, conducted by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of the Brain-Bio Center in Princeton, New Jersey, DMAE was found to result in enhanced behavior in 2/3 of the boys and 3/4 of the girls. Hyperactivity was greatly lessened as attention span was lengthened, irritability was decreased, scholastic ability improved, and, in some cases, IQ was elevated.8

Similar results were found when 500 mg of DMAE was given to 74 children with learning problems, including many who were hyperactive. These subjects were screened for neurological or psychiatric illnesses beforehand. DMAE was given in a double-blind fashion for 3 months. Testing was done before and after treatment for behavior, reaction time, and a series of standard psychometric parameters. Not only was there significant improvement overall but DMAE was shown to improve performance in children with learning and behavior disorders.9,[2419]

8. Pfeiffer CC, et al. Stimulant effect of 2-dimethyl-l-aminoethanol: possible precursor of brain acetylcholine. Science. 1957;126:610-611.
9. Lewis JA, Young R. Deanol and methylphenidate in minimal brain dysfunction. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1975;17:534-540.

21.37.5 Autism

The mind retreating into itself leads to this condition. Could be the result of mental trauma. Symptoms include mirroring others, inability to talk normally, tranquil hallucination, repetitive imagery, and obsessions with an idea, place, or time. Rocking motion. Determining the cause is key to the cure. Often the cause may be the inability to see others around them as happy. Key then is to tell the child or person that you are happy. When there is an emotional outburst of tears of joy, progress has been made. Cognitive therapy is needed to restore the mental incapacities that develop with autism. Creative talking, thinking and writing skills are key to rehabilitation. In autism, copying behavior causes a retrenchment and suppression of creative thought. Provide the child the opportunities to express himself in creative endeavors that he enjoys.

21.37.6 Hurting

If someone is hurting you, let him or her know before it develops into autism. Children can be oppressive of each other. Sometimes an adult is an oppressive girl or boy. Sometimes, we never fully grow up.
A husband and wife should never carry a grudge into nighttime, but they should make up before going to sleep. This is the source of their strength and healing.

21.37.7 Noradrenaline

For depression and fatigue, one takes nutrients that increase the noradrenaline in the blood stream. Nor-ep-i-neph-rine is the same as noradrenaline. Adrenergic nerve terminals in the autonomic and possibly the central nervous system release noradrenaline that has such effects as constricting blood vessels, raising blood pressure, and dilating bronchi.[2420] Physical exercise also increases noradrenaline. Symptoms of depletion include fatigue, apathy, and the inability to complete tasks. Nutritional treatment includes:[2421]

21.37.8 Serotonin

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, derived from tryptophan that is involved in sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes.[2422] For depression and insomnia, one may increase the consumption of Niacinamide (nicotinamide). This will leave more Tryptophan for conversion to serotonin. Niacin (nicotinic acid) is closely related to Niacinamide and has an added property for reducing cholesterol, but has less psychological benefits. Overall, taking a 25 mg quarter Niacin pill during a meal will leave more tryptophan for conversion to serotonin reducing depression.[2423] Taking 100 mg of nicotinic acid will reduce cholesterol.

Text 21-84: Niacin and Tryptophan
In the intestinal tract, the amino acid tryptophan can be converted to niacin by bacterial action and thus can serve as a source for part of the niacin required by the animal. This explains scientists' early observation that the protein in such foods as eggs and milk, both poor sources of niacin, can nevertheless prevent or cure pellagra in humans.

Serotonin also called 5-HYDROXYTRYPTAMINE, is a chemical substance that is derived from the amino acid tryptophan. It occurs in the brain, intestinal tissue, blood platelets, and mast cells and is a constituent of many venoms, including wasp venom and toad venom. Serotonin is a potent vasoconstrictor and functions as a neurotransmitter. It is concentrated in certain areas of the brain, especially the midbrain and the hypothalamus, and changes in its concentration are associated with several mood disorders. Some cases of mental depression are apparently caused by reduced quantities or reduced activity of serotonin in the brain.

Nevertheless, excessive serotonin leads to migraines and nausea, so one should monitor ones symptoms before consuming an excessive amount of Niacin.

21.37.9 Essential Fatty Acids

Omega 6 EFA, gamma-linoleic acid is often deficient in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Candinavian, and Native Americans. The problem is either a deficiency of GLA or trans-fatty acids that interfere with GLA production of the powerful brain antidepressant metabolite PGE1 also known as prostaglandin E1. B6, Magnesium, Zinc, and Vitamin C all help convert GLA into PGE1.[2424] Hence, greasy fish like salmon lox and tuna fish reduce depression. Cereals, also rich in Omega 6 help almost as well.

Vitamin B6, Teas, Citracal Plus Magnesium, and amino acids help the body stabilize and prevent depression. Citracal Plus Magnesium is a number one recommendation. In more extreme cases a small amount of the amino acid Tyrosine helps. Larger quantities are dangerous for high blood pressure or cancer. Once can try L-phenylalanine first to see if a particular form of depression is eliminated and then move on to Tyrosine if there is no success.[2425]

Folate, which is found in foliage, reduces depression by breaking down Homocysteine that in excess causes depression.[2426]

Table 21-28: Depression Due to EFA Deficiency (Irish/Scandinavian)
Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA, Omega-6 EFA)
300 mg
1 capsule/meal
Omega-3 fatty acid
360 mg
1 capsule with breakfast/supper
Vitamin B6
250 mg
1 capsule daily with meal
Ester C
675 mg
1 capsule daily with meal
500 mg
1 capsule daily with meal
400 mg
1 capsule daily with meal
Vitamin E natural (d-alpha tocopherol)
200 mg

75 mcg

Calcium Pantothenate
100 mg

GLA should be avoided or reduced to 2 mg/day for normal folk.[2427]

21.37.10 Twelve Steps

There are those in this world that bear in life severe psychological disorders. How are we to understand their circumstances in light of Torah?[2428]

Text 21-85: Reborn Souls
There are souls in heaven that bear the mark of extreme moral and personal struggle from previous lifetimes. These souls need to be reborn, and they may draw themselves to a body with a mental chemical balance. This makes their struggle more difficult.

The psychotic bear a combined soul as described above with a disturbed soul attached that challenges them. While responsible for any evil they commit, their challenges are also greater than the normal mind. Their delusions distract them and yet they have free choice not to commit crimes.

Some psychotics fall into this path after being hurt badly when younger. Psychotic interpretations are a personal defense against situations they do not understand, and fall victim to repetively. Yet, one does not have to do evil; we have free will.

Paranoid schizophrenia is one of the most difficult of mental illnesses. Schizophrenia prevents a person from admitting the delusion, while paranoia questions helpful explanations from others of what really happened. To help this person, gentle corrections may work.

Paranoia like an autoimmune disease often blocks ones ability to see good in others. Often the person will actually hear the wrong words or read what is not there as a personal attack. When one dreams there is often a violent defense to an overblown circumstance. The psychotic has a similar challenge to avoid committing violence in these circumstances. How we learn to control our dream responses is similar to the challenge of the psychotic. This can be difficult on the subconscious level. A psychotic experiencing paranoid mania will have difficulty with reality and may be more likely to cross over the edge into violence.

Part of the solution to this problem is for the psychotic never to be isolated. We are isolated in our dreams unless our spiritual center reaches out for heavenly help. The psychotic needs feedback and communication from good people to overcome his/her distortion. Finally, medication may be the only way to reduce the manic delusional state to the point where a patient can be freed from hallucination.

If someone you know has a psychotic disorder, here are twelve steps that will help.[2429],[2430]

  1. Don't regard this as a family disgrace or a subject of shame. Mood disorders are biochemical in nature, just like diabetes, and are just as treatable.

  1. Don't nag, preach or lecture to the person. Chances are he/she has already told him or herself everything you can tell them. He/she will take just so much and shut out the rest. You may only increase their feeling of isolation or force one to make promises that cannot possibly be kept. (I promise I'll feel better tomorrow honey; I'll do it then, okay?)

  1. Guard against the "holier-than-thou" or martyr-like attitude. It is possible to create this impression without saying a word. A person suffering from a mood disorder has an emotional sensitivity such that he/she judges other people's attitudes toward him/her more by actions, even small ones, than by spoken words.

  1. Don't use the "if you loved me" appeal. Since persons with mood disorders are not in control of their affliction, this approach only increases guilt. It is like saying, "If you loved me, you would not have diabetes."

  1. Avoid any threats unless you think them through carefully and definitely intend to carry them out. There may be times, of course, when a specific action is necessary to protect children. Idle threats only make the person feel you don't mean what you say.

  1. If the person uses drugs and/or alcohol, don't take it away from them or try to hide it. Usually this only pushes the person into a state of desperation and/or depression. In the end he/she will simply find news ways of getting more drugs or alcohol if he/she wants them badly enough. This is not the time or place for a power struggle.

  1. On the other hand, if excessive use of drugs and/or alcohol is really a problem, don't let the person persuade you to use drugs or drink with him/her on the grounds that it will make him/her use less. It rarely does. Besides, when you condone the use of drugs or alcohol, it is likely to cause the person to put off seeking necessary help.

  1. Don't be jealous of the method of recovery the person chooses. The tendency is to think that love of home and family is enough incentive to get well, and that outside therapy should not be needed. Frequently the motivation of regaining self-respect is more compelling for the person than resumption of family responsibilities. You may feel left out when the person turns to other people for mutual support. You wouldn't be jealous of their doctor for treating them, would you?

  1. Don't expect an immediate 100 percent recovery. In any illness, there is a period of convalescence. There may be relapses and times of tension and resentment.

  1. Don't try to protect the person from situations which you believe they might find stressful or depressing. One of the quickest ways to push someone with a mood disorder away from you is to make them feel like you want them to be dependent on you. Each person must learn for themselves what works best for them, specially in social situations. If, for example, you try to "shush" people who ask questions about the disorder, treatment, medications, etc., you will most likely stir up old feelings of resentment and inadequacy. Let the person decide for THEMSELVES whether to answer questions, or to gracefully say "I'd prefer to discuss something else, and I really hope that doesn't offend you".

  1. Don't do for the person that which he/she can do for him/herself. You cannot take the medicine for him/her; you cannot feel his/her feelings for him/her, and you can't solve his/her problems for him/her; so don't try. Don't remove problems before the person can face them, solve them or suffer the consequences.

  1. Do offer love, support, and understanding in the recovery, regardless of the method chosen. For example, some people choose to take meds; some choose not to. Each has advantages and disadvantages (more side-effects versus greater possibility of relapse, for example). Expressing disapproval of the method chosen will only deepen the person's feeling that anything they do will be wrong.

21.37.11 Torah

The Oral Torah validates possession and denies mental illness as the cause. Each of us is born with a difficult soul that we help through a spiritual means, namely faith in Torah principles.[2431] The contrary soul has difficulty with these principles. The old Jewish viewpoint on mental illness before medication may be summed up as: ‘We must defend ourselves from the evil, Psalm 59, but also reach out to the lowly, Psalm 41.’

Text 21-86: Possession or Psychosis
In the days of our Rabbi, the Ari—may his memory be for a blessing for the life of the world to come—it once happened that a spirit entered into a woman, causing her great distress. And when her relatives noted the extent of her pain they entreated the rabbi to save her. He then sent our teacher, Hayyim Vital, who went to the woman and asked the spirit numerous questions concerning him, and the reason that he was punished in this way. And the spirit told him that he was being punished for his involvement with a married woman and for bringing into existence the offspring of an adulterous union. Rabbi H. Vital went on to inquire of the spirit concerning the iniquity of the woman, which happened to the woman because her true self is not as it appears. She did not believe in the Exodus from Egypt. And on the evening of Passover when all Israel rejoices in gladness, reciting the Hallel and relating the going out from Egypt, all this is as a laughing matter in her eyes for she thinks that this miracle never occurred.

The rabbi’s heart sank, as he could barely believe what he had heard. He trembled at hearing of her evil heart and said to her, “Have you not lost your hope? Behold you are as one of the pagan women, and for that reason this distress has come upon you and you are totally lost. Only if you will believe in perfect faith that the Holy One, blessed be He, created the heavens and the earth and that He has the capacity to do all that He desires and none can question Him concerning His doings can you be freed from this situation.” She responded with the words, “Yes, I believe completely.”

He continued, asking the woman, “Do you believe that the Holy One, blessed be He, brought us out from Egypt and split the sea for us?” And the woman said, “Amen, amen.” The rabbi continued, asking her, “Do you believe all this in perfect faith and do you repent with a complete repentance?” And he evoked in her remorse and regret concerning her prior sins. The woman answered, “Yes” and began to cry. And so the rabbi pronounced a decree regarding that spirit, and it departed from her and went on its way.[2432]

The term ‘dibbuk’ refers to someone as possessed. The idea doesn’t have basis in written Torah and is the result of occult influences or fringe Judaism. Instead of accusing another of being a dibbuk, we must “guard against the ‘holier-than-thou’ or martyr-like attitude.”[2433]

21.38 Neck Pain

Often times is is caused by the trapezoidal muscules at the top of the back that are out of shape. A rope based massage device that can be pulled back and forth across this region will alleviate problems that radiate into the neck. The major symptom is neck pain that shifts side to side in the neck is really not a neck problem.

One can also try Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling to make sure that secondary symptoms are not the cause of the pain.

Neck pain can be caused by muscular imbalance. For example if the left shoulder is higher than the right, the tension in these muscles exceed the right side. If the right foot is higher than the left, there is also some muscular imbalance here. Overall, there could be a need to strengthen the right side of the body to balance better with the left. The cervical spine should show curvature. If the vertebrae are too straight, for example the C5 and C6, the C4 may begin to slip compensating for less flexible vertebrae. This can happen due to a car accident and whiplash.

21.39 Organic Food and Antioxidants

In order to avoid consuming growth hormones and antibiotics, consumers should buy organic products instead. These include milk, cheese, and eggs. Organic kosher meat is available too. Organic eggs are noticeably lighter than regular eggs. Antibiotics operate by inhibiting the synthesis of proteins into the cells walls of bacteria. Since this is similar in humans, some antibiotics are toxic to some degree. The key is to apply antibiotics that selectively interfere with proteins that are found in particular types of bacteria, but not human. In general, avoid meats of animals dosed with antibiotics, because they are anemic for humans.

In non-organic foods, pesticides are less of a problem, since the market and/or consumer wash off the residue. Nevertheless organic foods do not contain pesticides and are likely to be healthier in the long term.

Here is an interesting article on antioxidants:[2434]

Text 21-87: Best Antioxidants List

Berries, Beans Top 'Best Antioxidants List'

By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 28 (HealthDayNews) -- A variety of veggies, fruits and nuts battled it out this month for the top spot on a new list of the 20 most antioxidant-rich foods, ranked by nutrition scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (news - web sites) (USDA).

In the end, small red beans won the day, narrowly beating out wild blueberries as the food with the highest concentration of disease-fighting compounds per serving.

Antioxidants fight damage to cells from rogue molecules called "free radicals." Experts believe this assault on cells may fuel killer diseases such as heart disease and cancer, and even aging itself.

The new Top 20 list, published in the June issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, "is a relative ranking of the capacity of foods to interfere with or prevent oxidative processes and to scavenge free radicals," explained list co-creator Ronald L. Prior, a USDA nutritionist and research chemist based in Little Rock, Ark.

Prior and his colleagues used the most advanced technologies available to tabulate antioxidant levels in more than 100 different types of fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts and spices.

Their Top 20:

  1. Small red beans (dried).
  2. Wild blueberries.
  3. Red Kidney beans.
  4. Pinto beans.
  5. Blueberries (cultivated).
  6. Cranberries.
  7. Artichokes (cooked).
  8. Blackberries.
  9. Prunes.
  10. Raspberries.
  11. Strawberries.
  12. Red Delicious apples.
  13. Granny Smith apples.
  14. Pecans.
  15. Sweet cherries.
  16. Black plums.
  17. Russet potatoes (cooked).
  18. Black beans (dried).
  19. Plums.
  20. Gala apples.

There's "still a lot we haven't learned" about why some foods are richer in antioxidants than others, Prior said. Even though the small red bean came out on top, "we don't have a lot of information on beans," he added.

Berries are better understood. "The components that contribute a lot of the antioxidant activity are what are called anthocyanins, the compounds that give many berries their dark blue color," he said.

In fact, color may be key to spotting foods that fight free radicals, said Roberta Anding, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and a nutritionist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

"If you're looking for the best places to get antioxidants, I will usually tell folks to look at the colors of the rainbow," she added.

For example, "you'll find lutein with some of the yellow pigments found in corn; orange can be the pigments from the carotenoid family that are found in cantaloupe, butternut squash and mango; red could come from things like lycopene, found in tomatoes and watermelon. And then the darker colors -- the purples, blues, in berries," she said.

But Prior cautioned that just because a food has proven to be antioxidant-rich in the USDA's lab, that doesn't mean all those nutrients will be successfully absorbed by the human digestive tract.

"As we learn more and more, we're finding that, depending on the chemical makeup of antioxidants in different foods, some of them aren't apparently absorbed as well, or else they are metabolized in a form where they are no longer antioxidants," he said.

Whether a food is eaten fresh, frozen, processed or cooked can also affect its antioxidant potency -- for good or ill, he said. Blueberries are best when eaten fresh rather than cooked in a pie, for example. On the other hand, research has shown that gentle cooking raises the antioxidant power of tomatoes, he noted.

Although experts are working hard on the project, ongoing efforts to come up with daily dietary guidelines for antioxidant consumption will be "a long process," Prior said.

"How antioxidants behave, how they act within the body, the dose-response -- we just don't know enough about it," he said.

For her part, Anding said people shouldn't get too hung up on gorging on one particular food, but "cast your net widely," eating generous daily servings of a variety of fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods.

Looking over the USDA's list, Anding suggested creating what she called an antioxidant "power salad."

First, she said, "put together a salad with a variety of mixed greens. Then I'd throw in some dried cranberries or blueberries from the health food store, toss in a few nuts, with a low-fat salad. Again -- choosing from the colors of the rainbow."

More information

Check out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) for its Color Your Way to 5 A Day antioxidant-rich diet plan.

21.40 Over vitamin supplementation

Over vitamin supplementation can lead to toxic rejection by the body mimicking a secondary infection at the end of a cold. The solution here is to stop taking the vitamins until the body absorbs the residual quantities. The culprit vitamins here are often Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium excesses.

In the case of vitamin toxicity, the body will produce excess mucous in an attempt to move vitamin residuals out of the bloodstream via the lungs.

21.41 Physical Therapy

An alternative allopathic medical bridge using heavy massage, thermal, and icing techniques to restructure, heal, and reduce fluids in muscles, ligaments, and cartilage.

21.41.1 Costochondritis/Costal Chondritis

Located my palpitation. Ice treatments to reduce inflammation. Stretches in a corner with a hand on each wall leaning forward to move shoulder blades together opening the chest cavity are very effective.

21.41.2 Hamstring injury

This is treated with physical therapy as soon as possible. If scar tissue has formed, heavy massage in vertical upward motions is used to breakdown horizontal scar tissue so that the ligaments and muscle restructure. Cycling exercise will have similar benefits.

Apply hot treatments first to loosen area, followed by stretches, and then cold treatments to clear out fluids to prevent swelling after exercising. See ,

21.41.3 Shoulder pain

Using a three-foot pole between hands to press open the shoulder blades will benefit Acromioclavicular arthritis.

21.42 Pregnancy

Increase Magnesium to prevent lower bank and leg pain. Increase Vitamin D supplementation (extra 400-4000 IU) to prevent early contractions in the 3rd trimester.

For both mother and child to benefit, between 350 and 360 mg of magnesium should be consumed daily and between 1200 to 1500 mg of calcium.

Read more at Suite101: Calcium, Magnesium and Pregnancy: Women Need Adequate Minerals to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

Ultrasound at 1 MHz or higher frequencies produces bubbles in test tube water. Consequently, one should avoid these examinations during pregnancy as sensitive prenatal tissue can be negatively affected. The ear of a fetus is particular sensitive and ear problems requiring tubes and involving lack of hearing sensitivity are problems common to the ultrasound generation.

Ginger will reduce nausea.[2435] One should avoid caffeine, alcohol, and drugs in general as fetal tissue is very sensitive in these developmental stages to anything the body consumes. In general, moderation is most likely sufficient for the above foods, i.e. ¼ cup of coffee.

Also see 15.8 Fertility on p.716 and 15.9 Pregnancy on p.723. Vitamin D supplementation reduces the chances of early childbirth. Hypnobirthing is a technique that reduces the chances for a C-section.

21.43 Prostate

Saw Palmetto extract – 320 mg/day is the most effective remedy for an enlarged prostate that is BPH. Melatonin is also extremely effective in small doses, ~0.375 mg before going to sleep. Beta Sitosterol is also extremely effective. Garlic is mildly helpful.

One of the secrets of long-term prostate health is to use tomato paste on toast instead of margarine or butter spreads. Be sure to get 100% tomato paste instead of those containing added corn syrup, sugar, and salt.

21.44 Perspiration

In addition to cooling the body, perspiration releases toxins of the same chemical nature as urine. One major difference is gall bladder that produces bile is not involved in the process and hence perspiration is not green. The skin may eliminate as much as 30% of the toxins in the body. In Europe hot houses are common and Europeans recognize they’re therapeutic benefits. In the US we have our steam rooms and saunas. Vigorous exercise that produces large amounts of perspiration serves to cure colds and infection related ailments. Nevertheless, one must be careful of exchanging colds for sports related injuries.

21.45 Radiation

Ionizing radiation, radiation with wavelengths smaller than 4*10-7 meters: X-Rays and Gamma Rays, damages organs.[2436] At 1.2*1015 Hz, water’s absorption coefficient is extremely high resulting in tremendous tissue damage. This is 1,200,000 GHz. Interestingly water absorbs energy from 109 – 1014 Hz, microwave – infrared and heats accordingly. Hence, one’s body can experience heat related damage from these frequencies of radiation. Lower frequencies of 1-3 GHz are on the order of cellular telephone radiation and have substantial skin depth and thus, may damage internal organs. From 9-18 GHz, the skin depth is a few millimeters so one would notice damage on the surface of the skin first if there is any danger.

X-rays and Gamma rays have high enough energy to burn entirely through objects at the molecular level. Hence, cosmic rays are small enough to damage small regions of the DNA sequence, an inevitable cause of cellular damage, but infrequent.

Melatonin production declines significantly after the age of 40. Studies show that microwave/RF radiation causes a greater percentage reduction in melatonin levels after this age. Hence, cell phone usage can cause sleep difficulties by effecting the pineal gland’s production of melatonin.

21.46 Restless Legs

Restless legs, the jumpiness of legs when a person attempts to go to sleep at night may have three different causes. One should identify the correct cause.

Table 21-29: Restless Legs Causes and Solutions
Serotonin deficiency
There is already some difficulty sleeping and a chemical based psychological disorder like depression. Simply put, there is insufficient serotonin to close the gate completely between brain impulses and muscle responses that is the ability to enter a deep sleep. Hence, the legs continue to respond to brain signals resulting in restless legs.
First, try Niacin in small quantities 25 mg. after a small meal before going to sleep.[2437] Alternatively, increase serotonin in the blood stream naturally with its precursor 5-HTP with a small amount of Niacin.
Mineral deficiency
This is a more common cause with less frequent leg movements, but of greater magnitude than the above cause. “A lack of calcium, potassium, and magnesium can make the large muscles in the legs hyperirritable.”[2438]
Magnesium of 300-500 mg. If that doesn’t help, try with potassium eating a banana. Alternatively, a small amount of Magnesium-Potassium Asparate. Also one can try taking the above with Calcium though this inhibits Magnesium absorption in the bones it will work with the muscles.

Leg blood circulation deficiency
The leg veins are not transporting blood sufficiently for nutrients to reach the muscles. The symptom is often associated with itchiness or burning in the legs.
Take a healthy leg herbal supplement that contains ‘horse chestnut’.

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin provided there is enough niacin in the blood stream. 5-HTP should not be taken with psychological drugs or if one is pregnant.[2439]

21.47 Skin

Text 21-88: Skin—The Looking Glass into Arteries and other Organs
As the skin goes—so the body goes.

The skin is a mirror of the surfaces of all internal tissues. Oxidation or dry skin is a sign that such conditions are occurring within the body requiring nutritional adjustment. Free radicals are the cause of skin destruction and are combated with Vitamin E, selenium, Vitamin A and some Vitamin C. Burdock root is a fountain of youth for the skin as well. In order to hear the lesson of one’s skin, abstain from ointments and observe the benefits of nutritional correction. Olive leaf, Burdock root, Vitamins A, C, E, and mineral Selenium protect the skin from Psoriasis. Deficiency in Omega-3 fish oils is perhaps the greatest cause of Psoriasis. In the U.S., the average person consumes 1/10th the quantity of these oils that were consumed centuries ago. For a fast remedy, apply medical tape o the dry skin regions before going to bed each night until the skin’s natural humidity rejuvenates the skin.

Another purpose for the skin is to eliminate toxins from the body. Studies show that sweat consists of uric acid, which is the same as urine and that up to 30% of toxins in the body are perspired away. The skin also produces Vitamin D and breaths. The skin breathes in minerals near the seashore. Hence, the air around us affects our health.

21.47.1 Callous

Calluses while caused by repetitive pressures are preserved through insufficient skin nutrition. Vitamin D seems to be the main remedy. Vitamin E is another nutrient that alleviates these problems.

21.47.2 Inflammation

Inflammation produces free radicals that harm surrounding cells. Hence, one should avoiding scratching which will cause further inflammation. Vitamins E, C, beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc fight these free radicals.[2440]

21.47.3 Psoriasis

Toxins in the gut resulting from incomplete digestion of proteins from meat, milk or other saturated fats are a cause of Psoriasis. They cause rapid skin cell division (1000x normal) leading to the extra skin cells that build up.[2441] Recommended treatments include Omega 3 fish oil, Omega 3/6 Flaxseed oil and fiber to bind up the toxins for removal.

Cheese is a particular inflammatory of this problem when consumed in large quantities. Hives is a similar reaction.

Zinc enables absorption of linoleic acid preventing psoriasis.[2442]

21.47.4 Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

The best solution is long baths (2+ hours). The soaking of the skin causes it to replace skin cells faster shortening the length of incidence to a week vs. a month![2443]

Leaves are in three leaf clusters up to 18” tall, each leaf round and pointed at the end. Symptoms are an allergic response of lumps a little larger than pimples. Tea Tree Oil is particularly helpful healing the eczema symptoms.

Poison Ivy appears for the first time ten days to two weeks after contact. The net effect of this is that during the first day or two one may have rubbed the area of exposure spreading the toxic urushiol oil to other places on the body! These places will not manifest the raised itchy lumps for another ten days after contact, possibly longer for smaller dosages. Hence, one may experience new lumps occurring in progression over different regions of the body even weeks later.

Poison ivy lumps itch and look like mosquito, flea, or spider bytes. Often they start as small but itch unlike pimples. Itchiness increases after eating a meal due to damaged mast cells confusing food with an antigen, and then releasing histamines that dilate and increase the permeability of blood vessels releasing blood/leucocytes into the skin in the mast cell’s mistaken suspicion of infection.

The mast cell is a large granular cell, common in connective tissue that produces heparin, histamine, and serotonin. Mast cells lie just below the skin surface near blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. Unfortunately, urushiol oil damages mast cells. Simple eating of food can cause mast cells to release their histamine load into blood vessels walls causing a false autoimmune response, i.e. an allergy.

Histamine’s effect on nerve endings causes severe itching. This is a Type 1 Hypersensitivity allergy. The general flow is that an Antigen links IgE molecules together that trigger Mast Cells to release granules that contain Histamine.

The good news is sensitivity to antigens diminishes with time. Essentially the body is being extra cautious after an exposure to poison ivy about any other foreign object entering the body. This is a statement to the extreme toxicity of certain plain chemicals. Helper T Cells help B Cells produce the immunoglobulin IgE which combine with the antigens before the mast cells have a chance to react incorrectly. Hence, herbs or nutrition that support the immune system in this regard may help with desensitization.

Poison ivy also called Rhus dermatitis damages the T1 lymphocytes. One should only bathe in luke warm water for three minutes and use hypoallergenic soap. Chlorine is also an irritant causing poison ivy damaged lymphocytes to inflame into eczema. Poison ivy causes eczema. Differentiating it from scabies is easy since scabies would be on the front of the knee, not the backside and between toes, not on ankles or thighs.

21.47.5 Protection from Bugs Mosquitoes

Citronella is excellent for deterring mosquitoes. Lavender also has anti-bug activities. By mixing citronella with suntan lotion one obtains an excellent skin protectant.

Text 21-89: Citronella Oil
Citronella oil, member of a class of naturally occurring organic substances called terpenes. Citronella oil is obtained from leaves of the lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus, and from C. nardus and C. winterianus. The oil has a wide range of uses, from medicines to perfumes for soaps. Two derivatives of citronella oil include the alcohol citronellol and the aldehyde citronellal.[2444]

In order to reduce dry skin ailments, use a water softener, which will adjust the water’s PH to a higher alkaline level that is more conducive to the skin. In addition, soaps by Neutrogena are better than cheaper soaps. The cause of dry skin is usually a lack of antioxidants. A good soap is just easing the effects.

Scabies is a mite that will make small wavy lines on the skin as they eat and move. Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide will kill them. Scabies

Slightly raised crooked lines between 1-2 cm in length are the tracks of the scabies mite. Treat areas with ‘tea tree oil’ twice/day. Homeopathic remedy is Sulfur 30c. Take 30 mg. of Zinc per day.[2445]

Elimite that is permethrin and malathion cream will kill them. Another remedy is Pyrethin and Piperonyl Butoxide.[2446]

21.47.6 Protection from Fungi

Vitamin E is effective at fighting fungus, but must be taken everyday to be successful. Take Vitamin E with Selenium for the strongest impact. Foot fungus or athletes foot often takes hold because a person bathes using a shower more than a bath. The regular soaking of ones feet in a bathtub, cuts off oxygen from fungi starving their digestion, and with washing between the toes eliminates them faster. Place Clotrimazole Cream USP, 1%[2447] in fungi locations and after a few weeks with taking baths, the fungi should go away.

Text 21-90: Fungi
“Fungi contribute to the disintegration of organic matter that results in the release of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus from dead plants and animals into the soil or the atmosphere. ... Since fungi possess no chlorophyll, they are unable to photosynthesize and must obtain their carbohydrates by secreting enzymes into the surface on which they are growing. The enzymes digest the food, which is then absorbed directly through the hyphal walls.”[2448]

The digestion of carbohydrates requires oxygen (see Figure 21-1: Aerobic reaction).

21.47.7 Shingles

Text 21-91: Shingles and Aging
Shingles and aging have a connection, as you are three times as likely to get shingles after the age of 80 as you are before the age of 50. You are likely to have shingles if you had chicken pox, and shingles is caused by reactivation of the dormant chicken pox virus in your system.[2449]

Also known as herpes zoster, shingles in the elderly shows initial symptoms such as tingling, itching and severe pain. There may or may not be rashes. As the disease progresses, more symptoms such as burning and painful rashes usually in the chest, arms, leg or face appear. There can also be presence of low-grade fever and weakness.

Shingles and aging is a problem with both men and women. People who are down with diseases that affect the immune system, such as diabetes, HIV, AIDS, cancer etc. are more likely to have shingles. The symptoms usually last for two to three weeks, though in some cases, the chronic pain can persist even after the disappearance of rashes.

Problems of ‘shingles and aging’ are treated with antibiotics. However, the risk of shingles among the elderly can be brought down with improvement in personal hygiene, good dieting, regular exercises and taking anti-aging and anti-oxidant supplements. The key is that these measures stabilize the cell, give it more strength to quickly repair itself, and strengthen the immune response that increases the body’s general resistance to diseases. Shingles vaccination programs are also available.

Generally, this only occurs once, but can repeat if the immune system is impaired. Impairment can be due to stress. Old age does not take kindly to stress.[2450] Surprise baby-sitting chores, family crisis, arguments, unhappy children can be the cause of this stress. Being happy day to day is the key. Regular schedules, routine helps. Take a bath to reduce stress.

Be careful of an "immunocompromised state” which can expose the body to G-d forbid other conditions like cancer has-vshalom or vice-versa.

21.47.8 Skin tags and Skin Cancer

In order to remove small skin cancers, cover the region with white medical tape (breathable) and leave the bandage in place for three weeks. By blocking sunlight, one prevents the stimulating factor for skin cancer. Also the tape keeps the area moist and warm, which stimulates white blood cells to congregate in the region to fight off the cancer. This technique fades red spots and other precursor conditions to skin cancers such as moles and warts.[2451]

Text 21-92: Taping Skin Lesions to Improve Immune Response
The duct tape irritated the warts, and that apparently caused an immune system reaction that attacked the growths, said researcher Dr. Dean "Rick" Focht III of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He said researchers did not test other kinds of tape, and so they cannot say whether there is anything special about the gray, heavy-duty, fabric-backed tape.
Skin tags grow in moist areas of the body that frequently rub with clothing like under the arms. They are non-cancerous and of no danger. Nevertheless, they may be in a location that is subjected to excess friction and may become a source of pain. One may pull them off if they are small with a singular nail grip and jerk. Alternatively, one can go through a simple surgical procedure. Either case will produce a lot of blood, as the slough is a folding extension of the rest of the skin of the body. Nevertheless, the bleeding results in a scab preventing the tag from growing back in the same location.

The herpes zoster virus may erupt, has vshalom in later life into shingles that are red spots on the body like chicken pox along a nerve. Anti-viral remedies like lysine and olive leaf are effective as well as vitamins that generally boost the immune response, i.e. ACE.

21.47.9 Protection from the Sun

Sun damages the skin by providing the energy to release free radicals. Sunscreen protects at the UV frequency and vitamins in the skin protect at visible light levels. Vitamins build up in the skin warding off free radicals from the foods we eat. Alternatively, vitamin creams work to some extent.

Table 21-30: Protecting the Skin
Of course, the best way to keep that reservoir of vitamins in your skin is to take daily supplements and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Perhaps the most effective nutrients for your skin, besides vitamin C, are the carotenoids, natural vitamin E, grape seed extract, and omega-3 fatty acids.[2452]

A wide brim hat protects the head. A long sleeve shirt protects the arms.

21.47.10 Cysts

Results from an impacted pore. A sack develops around the material to isolate it from entering the body. Key to the cure is reduction in size followed by the ejection of the sack. Hot compresses will kill bacteria, reduce swelling, and may bring the cyst to a head. A steroid cream on the skin will penetrate to the cyst and reduce its size quickly.

21.48 Sleep and Insomnia

Chocolate and other caffeine sources during the day are the biggest cause for difficulty falling asleep at night. Sleep is the third most important aspect to health behind nutrition and exercise. Lack of sleep causes hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and headaches.

The two major sleep disorders are sleep apnea and insomnia. Sleep apnea that is frequent awakenings due to nighttime breathing difficulties is alleviated by weight loss, sleeping on ones side, and Hepa air filters. Accumulating a sleep debt during the week contributes to apnea and snoring. Snoring that does not wake oneself is ok. Taking supplements at night can cause frequent awakenings to go to the bathroom.

Insomnia is difficulty in falling asleep anytime at night. One should avoid taking some vitamins before going to sleep as they can keep one up. Here is what to avoid:

Here is what is ok to take before bed:

Caffeine consumption in the afternoon causes insomnia as well. The half-life of caffeine is 12 hours. In other words after 24 hours, one will still have 25% of the caffeine in one’s body from a day ago. Coffee or chocolate consumption causes insomnia. A cup of coffee contains 100 mg and the same quantity of chocolate contains 5-7 mg. Nevertheless, a chocoholic could easy consume the same caffeine as in a cup of coffee. Getting up at the same time each morning reduces insomnia. Psychological factors to avoid are anything not to do with sleep in the bed such as studying, TV, computer, reading, etc. One must condition oneself to sleep in the bed so if one cannot fall asleep in 15 minutes, one should get up and do some other activity. Naps from 12-2 PM are ok since they are within the circadian rhythm due to cortisol levels. Later naps interfere in sleeping at night.

Studies show that EVERYONE needs 7.5-8 hours of sleep minimum per night.

Text 21-93: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 32:23 on Sleep
Moderate sleep is good for the physical well being, because it helps digest food and rest the senses; and if one is unable to sleep because of illness, one should eat such foods that stimulate sleep.

After the age of 40, one may have more difficulty sleeping. Unfortunately, this does not mean that one is simply less tired or will function as well on less sleep. Instead, the body has fewer hormones that enable it to fall asleep easily. Olive leaf power is naturally effective when retiring for the night. A small amount of Niacin is extremely effective before going to sleep as it increases tryptophan conversion to serotonin, which naturally helps one sleep.

Text 21-94: Niacin
The reason niacinamide is not widely used as a tranquilizer is simple: it isn’t patentable! [2453]

For men other obstructions to a good not sleep include prostate enlargement which causes one to wake up frequently to go the bathroom, since the prostate is impinging on the amount of fluid it permits the bladder to release each time. A cure here is to take Saw Palmetto berry, which is available in bulk stock powder in most health supermarkets. Saw Palmetto berry actually reduces the size of the prostrate so it will not impinge on the urethra. Hawthorne berry looks similar and benefits the heart.

Before going to sleep, a meal with tomato sauce and pasta (without cheese) helps. Milk and cereal are effective before without lactose intolerance. The following nighttime nutrients and vitamins are helpful for sleeping as well as other functions:

Table 21-31: Nutrition for Sleep
Food or Vitamin
By balancing Glucose levels, Chromium readies one for rest—very effective.
Ester C
Boosts immune system and helps calcium and magnesium for absorption. One could take the daily requirements here i.e. a ¼ chip of an 800 mg tablet. Take with calcium for a good night sleep. Magnesium is not a sedative.
Flaxseed meal
Helps the joints with Omega-3 and Omega-6, eliminates constipation, highly recommended
Provides selenium that works with Vitamin E as well as fights heat disease and infection. Works with Saw Palmetto to stabilize the prostate size.
Hawthorne Berry
Hawthorne softens the internal organs reducing heart disease and improving calcium absorption that reduces insomnia.
Reduces blood pressure, switches on serotonin production, thus eliminating insomnia. Co-enzyme agents include B6 and Vitamin C.[2454]
Olive leaf powder
Olive leaf is a natural tranquilizer, highly recommended
Pantothenic Acid
Reduces gray hair and tension for sleeping better. Only a chip of a tablet is necessary to meet daily requirements.
Saw Palmetto
Reduces prostate size.
Tomato sauce
Also beneficial for reducing the prostate size
Vitamin B6
Helps with digestion and effective nutrient absorption.
Vitamin E
Helps the immune system, reduces aging patterns, supports cartilage.

Avoid cashews and other heavy nuts before going to sleep as they produce bad bacteria in the digestive track.

See 21.11.6 Light and Darkness” for the importance of darkness for increasing melatonin at night. Melatonin supplementation at 0.5 mg is sufficient to correct for temporary sleep difficulties.

21.49 Stroke

Stroke may lead to problems with bladder control, kidney weakness, and congestive heart issues. Strokes mostly occur late at night. Avoid the precursors. If one does occur, consider not going to the hospital. The clotting kind requires aspirin in large dosages, start with 3-4 and then continue. The risk of going to the hospital is a breathing tube/respirator unnecessarily applied when the family is excluded from decision-making that will require long-term intensive care. This tube will damage the ability to swallow necessitating IV and food tubes, leading to further degeneration. Also TPA will be delayed for cat-scans etc, making this known effective treatment less successful due to the delay.

The hemorrhaging type of stroke is accompanied by a headache, which is the way to tell the difference. Aneurisms are treated by surgery if they are too large. There is recent success in the prevention of reoccurrence here.

A few items to note for post-stroke patients:

21.49.1 Walking Prevention

Text 21-95: Walking
Walking Reduces Stroke Risk in Men
December 5, 2013

Elderly men can reduce their risk of stroke by taking regular walks, according to new research from the United Kingdom. In a study published in the journal Stroke, researchers examined the association between time spent walking and the risk of stroke in 3,435 men who were free from cardiovascular disease and heart failure at baseline in 1998 to 2000. Time spent walking was determined via self-reported usual physical activity at study enrollment.

During eleven years of follow-up, there were 195 first strokes in the study population. Compared with men who walked fewer than three hours per week, men who walked four to seven hours per week had an 11% reduction in stoke risk. Walking eight to fourteen hours per week was associated with a 37% reduced risk of stroke and walking more than 22 hours per week with a 74% risk reduction. These associations were consistent regardless of walking speed. The study authors concluded that “time spent walking was associated with reduced risk of onset of stroke in a dose-dependent fashion, independent of walking pace” and that “walking could form an important part of stroke-prevention strategies in older people.”

21.49.2 Hypertension

Salty foods and soups may cause water retention that one should treat with a diuretic ASAP. The symptoms are high blood pressure 190/110. In addition, the patient may not be able to move their legs and have tremendous fatigue. There may be a drop in body temperature to 95 degrees. See 21.28.4 Hypertension p.997.

21.49.3 Hypotension

Dehydration can cause low blood pressure. This could result from a bladder infection with urine backup into the kidneys. Treat immediately with IV re-hydration and antibiotic. See 21.28.5 Hypotension p.1009.

21.49.4 Insulin Hyperinsulinism and Insulin Resistance

See 21.17.5 Sugar Lipid Protein Carbohydrate Separation Diet p.940 on the effect of excess sugar on the pancreas producing too much insulin resulting in damaging cellular ability to uptake fat. The healthy pancreas produces the proper quantity of the insulin hormone. Insulin resistance (IR) is the result of excessive sugar intake that has damaged cells through neutralizing their charge (glycation) so they no longer absorb sugar in the blood properly. IR results in excess insulin being produced by the pancreas in its attempt to get the sugar out of the blood.

In IR there is damage so muscle cells and liver cells do not take in all the excess sugar in the body. Additional insulin is produced to force remaining cells to work harder. This results in the fatty liver and fat in the stomach region.

Normal Insulin Behavior

In glycation a protein or lipoprotein receives an electron by combining with a sugar in the blood. The sugar (reducer) is oxidized while the tissue (oxidizer) is the electron recipient or reduced. In this case reduced means to receive an electron or become more negative in charge. Oxidizer means to give an electron and become more positive in charge. The disfunction of the tissue occurs when it receives the electron nullifying its charge making it neutral. Now the tissue cannot combine with any other material until the sugar is freed up.

Sugar (causes IR) + Fat (High Triglycerides) + Sedentary lifestyle = Heart Disease

Hypoglycemia is a low sugar period that often follows an insulin spike that has processed the sugar in the blood to the extent that extra insulin is leftover. Insulin tuning is the process of taking small amounts of dried fruit or light sweets to bring energy levels up without producing an insulin spike that would lead to fatigue.

Sulfur supplements like chondroitin sulfate can temper sugar imbalance and cravings in the body.

21.50 Thyroid

Armorroid provides T4 as well as T3 for better-balanced thyroxin supplementation. Natural supplements include kelp, iodine, selenium, and a little bit of zinc. Tyrosine helps the conversion to T3.[2455] Vitamin B5 – pantothenic acid supports the adrenal glands, which co-weakens with those with depressed thyroid activity. The symptoms of a low thyroid are feeling cold, dry skin, constipation, and lack of energy.

21.51 Transient Ischemic Attacks

TIAs can be caused by spasms of small arteries in the brain or an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.[2456] In both cases hypertension can be implicated. If the adrenal glands are damaged due to a prostate problem that led to urine backup into the kidneys, the body may produce excessive epinephrine. The adrenal glands rest on the kidneys and may be implicated in any damage in this region.

21.52 Ulcers

Vitamin A provides a coating that protects the stomach from its own acids. Hence taking Vitamin A before an aspirin reduces the chances for stomach upset. Milk has casein, which also provides a glue-like coating for the stomach, but causes digestion problems for some due to the same glue.

21.53 Urinary Tract Infection

UTI is a dangerous infection that may damage the kidneys and bladder due to urine backup and bladder stretching. UTI is often related to BPH that can be prevented with Saw Palmetto (see 21.43).

21.54 Weight loss

Text 21-96: Vitamin C for weight loss
Why Vitamin C Is Essential to Fast Weight Loss
June 16, 2013 - Matt Derosa - Elite Personal Trainers NYC

vitamin C and its role in weight loss

There are all kinds of diets, diet books, and magazine articles that will tell you that “Diet X” is the fastest way to lose weight. Unfortunately, most of them are hype, with very little science to back them up.

The key to losing weight fast is to work with your body’s natural mechanisms to motivate it to burn stored fat. The way to do that isn’t rocket science, but it is science.

Vitamin C is one of the most significant and most flexible nutrients used by the human body. It’s the foundation for all new cell-building and cell growth, is essential to the immune system, and is also a key player in weight loss. If you really want to lose weight fast and lose it in a healthy way, vitamin C can make all the difference.

Vitamin C helps in the weight loss process in two very significant ways: it helps regulate the hormone that tells your body to store fat and it’s part of an important amino acid that burns the stored fat you already have.

Vitamin C and Cortisol

To understand the first mechanism of weight loss using vitamin C, you first need to understand what the hormone cortisol is and how it works. There’s been an awful lot of press lately on cortisol, but some of the information is misleading, wrong, or just a little confusing.

Cortisol is one of the stress hormones. Each stress hormone (adrenalin is another) has specific tasks in the presence of stress. When the brain perceives stress, which can be anything from a paper cut to a job loss, it stimulates the release of these stress hormones to do their various jobs. All of those jobs are meant to protect the body from both the physical and the mental impact of whatever might be causing the stress in the first place.

Cortisol’s specific job is to store body fat, specifically belly fat. Our bodies are designed to associate stress with a possible lack of food. In the old days, stress might mean that you were either on the run from a predator, an enemy tribe, or a natural disaster. This might mean that you wouldn’t have the time or ability to find, prepare, and eat food. Today, the presence of stress is more likely to mean that you’ll just lose your appetite, but the result is the same: no food.

So your brain sends out a supply of cortisol and that cortisol takes glucose and converts it to fat, rather than allowing it to go through the process of being converted to glycogen, which is what your food becomes so that it can be burned as energy.

The role that vitamin C plays in this mechanism is that it is an incredibly powerful antioxidant that reduces the impact of stress on the body. With enough vitamin C on board, your brain perceives less stress and therefore sends out less cortisol. This prevents new belly fat from being stored, which brings us to the second way that vitamin C aids weight loss.

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Vitamin C and L-Carnitine

There are two keys to fast weight loss: don’t store new fat and get rid of the fat you already have. L-carnitine is part of that second step.

Once less cortisol is being released into your bloodstream, your body is perfectly willing to get rid of the fat you already have stored up for the next ice age or attack by wooly mammoth. But it has a mechanism for that too, and you’re going to need plenty of vitamin C for it.

Once the brain gives the okay to get rid of stored fat, it needs to turn that fat back into glycogen so it can be burned as energy. Your body has no other way to get the fat to exit your body. You can’t just digest it again and get rid of it through your intestines. You have to burn it off, in the form of glycogen (energy).

Your liver is where the stored fat can be changed back into glycogen, but first the stored fat has to get from your abs to your liver. This is where L-carnitine comes in. L-carnitine is a neat little amino acid that actually transports fat cells to the liver. You can look at it as public transportation for fat cells and the only bus stop is the liver. In fact, a recent study from Arizona State University showed that L-carnitine can boost fat loss by as much as 30%.

But, you need lots of vitamin C to make L-carnitine. This is where making sure you get enough of the nutrient really comes into play again. Vitamin C is a soluble vitamin; we don’t store much of it. However, we use a lot. Remember, vitamin C is essential to all cell growth and cell repair and your body also needs it for your immune system. Those are bigger priorities, as far as the body is concerned, than losing weight. So, it’ll take what it needs for those priorities and then whatever vitamin C is leftover can be used to make L-carnitine so that you can look awesome in a bathing suit.

How to Use Vitamin C to Lose Weight

So now that you know why you need vitamin C to lose weight, how do you make sure you’re getting enough?

The best way to get almost every nutrient is through whole foods. Supplements are good, but whole foods provide other nutrients as well, and very often a more readily utilized form of those nutrients.

Your first step is to eat a diet loaded with great vitamin C-rich foods. Some of the best are spinach, kale, strawberries, pomegranates, grapefruit, and oranges...essentially any type of fruit or vegetable. Do your best to eat at least one vitamin C-rich food at every meal and snack.

If you’re really in a hurry to lose weight, or if you have a hard time eating enough of these C-filled foods, then by all means supplement. How much vitamin C you need to burn fat is completely individual, so there is no set dosage to give you. However, if you take too much, you may end up with a case of diarrhea, but no harm will be done.

Try starting out with two 500mg tablets (chewables are great) twice a day. If you don’t have any problems with diarrhea, you can go up to three doses per day, but that should be all you need.

It’s not unusual (or unhealthy, as long as you’re eating enough calories and plenty of healthy food) for women to lose as much as 6-8 pounds per week this way. Give your body a few days to get things in gear, but when it does, you’ll be amazed at how quickly stored fat starts disappearing!

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21.55 Wrists

The position of wrists, Keep Your Carpals in Line. Vitamin D is key to reducing this condition; often missing from calcium sources. Also Biotin 300 mg, Riboflavin 25 mg, and Vitamin B6 50 mg are good for reducing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).[2457] B6 is diuretic reducing water in the wrists. B6 reduces false pain indications from nerves.[2458] Reduction of salt and dandelion root will also reduce water retention.

Figure 21-13: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

21.56 End marker

[1838] Seeds are the healthiest of all foods. Deshelling uses carbohydrates as one consumes diverse nutrition.
[1839] The Healing Nutrients Within, Eric R. Braverman M.D. and Carl C. Pfeiffer M.D., Ph.D., pp.23-24. Also see
[1840] Some clearer way of separating sections would be better, although I prefer a single table as all food is essential one within us. Brown, green and bright green are available.
[1841] See s 21.28.5 Hypotension on p.1023.
[1843] Schnoh et al in 1994, the diet of 24 adults was changed by adding two eggs per day for six weeks.
[1845] The Complete Natural Health Consultant, Van Straten and Pizzorno, Prentice Hall Press, 1987.
[1846] http://www.livestrong.ocm/article/112363-vitamin-deficiences-cause-dry-skin Vitamin Deficiencies that cause Dry Skin
[1849] RBC – red blood cells.
[1850] Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Sue Rodwell Williams, pp. 86, 124
[1851] See 21.26.4 Prostate Health p.315
[1852] from Daily Recommendations for Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements by Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
[1853] 140 grams of sunflower seeds
[1854] Search for Vitasync “Anger Management the Natural Way”
[1856] See 21.20.5
[1857] Nature’s Medicines, Gale Maleskey et. al., p.282
[1858] Nature’s Medicines, Gale Maleskey et. al., p.459
[1859] Ibid, p.262
[1861] See Text 21-76: The Niacin Cure p.315
[1862] A more recent studied showed no benefit: See inositol hexanicotinate on, IHN reduces free fatty acid levels overnight better than nicotinic acid. Sommer H. Nicotinic acid levels in the blood and fibrinolysis under the influence of the hexanicotinic ester of m-inositol. Arzneim Forsch. 1975;15:1337. Mercier J, Gavend MR, Dessaigne S. Effect of inositol and its derivatives on hypercholesterolemic rabbits. Cong Union Therap Intern (Brussels). 1963;8:11. Kruse W, Kruse W, Raetzer H, et al. Nocturnal inhibition of lipolysis in man by nicotinic acid and derivatives. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1979;16:11-15.
[1863] The author recommends inositol hexanicotinate (IHN) and is concerned about effects on behavior due to nicotinic acid triggering mast cell response.
[1864] is quite a website for detailed dosage for reducing cholesterol. For example 1-2 clove garlic equivalent. Dr. Michael Murray presents the latest research.
[1865] Hormones that prevent aging.
[1866] Vitamins – Special Edition, Prevention Magazine, 1984
[1867] See Anti-angiogenetic therapy.
[1870] Megavitamins, Cumin
[1873] Avigail of New Zealand
[1874] Vitamins – Special Edition, Prevention Magazine, 1984
[1877] See Dr. David Williams “The Many Benefits of Niacin” and Larry Miller “Natural Ways to Increase Blood Flow to the Extremities”
[1878] Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B5 for Acne by Jeffrey Dach MD
[1879] ;
[1880] Handbook of Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition, James M. Gerber, Aspen Publication, p.272, 1992.
[1881] Dr. Song quoted in Natures Medicine by Gale Maleskey.
[1882] Temporomandibular joint – a condition of the subconscious mind clenching the jaw muscle often at night, resulting in gum and facial pain that mimic dental problems.
[1884] RAO (real age optimal), The Realage Diet, Michael Roizen, p.198
[1885] Natures Medicines, p.71
[1886] Ibid, p.69
[1887] Hands
[1888] Loss of coordination of the muscles, esp. of the extremities.
[1890] The RealAge Diet, Roizen, p. 198
[1891] Hormones that prevent aging
[1892] Nature’s Medicines, Maleskey, p.72
[1894] Living Beatuy Detox Program, Ann Louise Gittleman, p. 134
[1895] Balch
[1896] Nature’s Medicine, Gale Maleskey, p.97
[1898] One should not eat raw egg yolks since they contain avidin, which inhibits biotin in the body.
[1899] mcg – microgram or μgram, RAO (real age optimal), The Realage Diet, Michael Roizen, p.200
[1904] “Dietary Folate and Vitamin B12 Intake and Cognitive Decline Among Community-Dwelling Older Persons”, Erin Carney, PharmD Candidate and Todd Canada, PharmD, BCNSP, Rush Institute for Healthy Aging,
[1906] Plants and bacteria produce folates, which the intestine hydrolyzes into folic acid.
[1907] Sulfonamide is the full name. Sulfonamides inhibit folic acid synthesis by confusing an enzyme that is expecting the intermediate compound (p-aminobenzoic acid), to convert to folic acid, but sees instead the sulfonamide. “The similarity in structure between these compounds results in competition between p-aminobenzoic acid and the sulfonamide for the enzyme responsible for converting the intermediate to folic acid.” Encyclopedia Britannica.
[1908] RAO (real age optimal), The Realage Diet, Michael Roizen, p.201
[1910] ;; Other studies indicate no risk:
[1911] Vitamin Bible, Earl Mindell, p.180
[1912] Encyclopedia Britannica 1998
[1913] Nature’s Medicines, Gale Maleskey, p.76
[1914] Delicious Living, Victoria Dolby Toews MPH, 9/04, p.38
[1915] Mice given melatonin lived 31 months compared to 25 months for mice given only the base diet.
[1917] Vitamin Bible, Earl Mindell, p.39
[1918] RAO (real age optimal), The Realage Diet, Michael Roizen, p.203
[1919] Antioxidants prevent health-promoting effects
of physical exercise in humans
Michael Ristowa,b,1,2, Kim Zarsea,2, Andreas Oberbachc,2, Nora Klo¨ tingc, Marc Birringera, Michael Kiehntopfd,
Michael Stumvollc, C. Ronald Kahne, and Matthias Blu¨ herc,
[1920] Collagen is protein fiber in the connective tissues that provide inelastic strength and prevent wrinkles.
[1921] WBC – white blood cells.
[1922] Vitamin A supporting the mucous layers, Vitamins C and E multiply anti-oxidant effects.
[1923] Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & environmental Illness, Burton Goldberg, p. 268
[1924] Vitamin Bible, Section 277, Cautions, p.308.
[1925] The Nutrition Desk Reference, Garrison and Somer, p.598
[1926] IU - international unit n (1922): a quantity of a biologic (as a vitamin) that produces a particular biological effect agreed upon as an international standard.
[1927] RAO (real age optimal), The Realage Diet, Michael Roizen, p.209
[1929] See Text 21-32: Amino Acid Deficiency
[1930] 400 IU is excessive though recommended in RAO (real age optimal), The Realage Diet, Michael Roizen, p.206
[1931] See Text 21-63: Rancidity p.315
[1932] Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & environmental Illness, Burton Goldberg, p. 268.
[1933] Contradictory studies in this area:
[1934] The Living Beauty Detox Program, Ann Louise Gittleman, p. 195—Recommended
[1935] The Super Antioxidants, James F. Balch, M.D., p.242
[1936] ‘Estrogen and the Risk of Breast Cancer’, New England Journal of Medicine, 1/25/2001, p.276 “The incidence of breast cancer is lowest in regions where intake of soy and flaxseed is high.” The theory is that phytoestrogens in soy and flaxseed bind to the estrogen receptor inhibiting the synthesis of estrogen which has a relationship to breast cancer.
[1937] The Age-free Zone, Barry Sears, pp. 285-7.
[1938] Ibid. 184
[1940] Age-Free Zone, Figure 16-5, p.180.
[1941] Insulin resistance causes weight gain.
“Insulin resistance occurs when the normal amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas is not able to unlock the door to cells.  To maintain a normal blood glucose, the pancreas secretes additional insulin.  In some cases (about 1/3 of the people with insulin resistance), when the body cells resist or do not respond to even high levels of insulin, glucose builds up in the blood resulting in high blood glucose or type 2 diabetes.  Even people with diabetes who take oral medication or require insulin injections to control their blood glucose levels can have higher than normal blood insulin levels due to insulin resistance.”— has additional warnings
[1942] Ground flaxseed meal is the best way to get the nutrition at a reasonable price. Chewing flaxseeds is not that easy. Cold pressed flaxseed oil is more expensive.
[1943] Fish oil will also lower lymphatic cell production, and hence, the body’s ability to fight off colds.
[1944] Ibid.
[1945] Prescription for Natural Cures, James Balch
[1948] B. Havsteen, “Flavonoids, a class of natural products of high pharmacological potency”, Bochem Pharm 32:1141-1148, 1982.
[1949] Vitamin Bible, Earl Mindell, p.73
[1950] Bulk herbal sections of health minded supermarkets carry orange and lemon rind; dried and chopped.
[1951] Nature’s Medicine, Gale Maleskey, p.245.
[1952] “Fearn Natural Foods” sells a good form of Lecithin in bottles.
[1954] Antioxidants, Balch who considers this a “miraculous” level of success.
[1955] Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine; 2000; 15(2):63-68.
[1958] Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Coenzyme Q10 in Chronic Renal Failure: Discovery of a New Role," Singh RB, Khanna HK, Niaz MA, J Nutr Environ Med, 2000;10:281-288.36843
[1959] Encyclopedia Britannica 98
[1960] Heart Disease Stroke & High Blood Pressure, Burton Goldberg, pp.119,173
[1961] Prescription for Natural Cures, James Balch
[1962] Real Age Diet, Roizen, p.211
[1963] Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Environmental Illness, Burton Goldberg ed., Melvyn Werbach, pp. 282-283.
[1964] Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, Hamilton et al, p. 276
[1965] Living Beauty Detox Program, Ann Louise Gittleman, p. 22-23
[1966] Nature’s Medicines, Maleskey, pp.119-120
[1967] Nature’s Medicines, Maleskey, pp.118-119
[1968] The Nutrition Desk Reference, Garrison and Somer, p.598
[1969] Brain Power, Vernon, p.145.
[1970] CalAbsorb®
[1971] Low level of glucose in the blood stream, low energy level. Excess insulin production in response to sugar results in hypoglycemia.
[1972] Healthy Living, Linda Rector Page N.D. Ph.D, Tenth Edition, p.79
[1973] Feeling Light, Katzman and Cohen, p.148
[1974] The Vitamin Book, Harold M. Silverman, Pharm.D; Joseph Romano, Pharm.D; Gary Elmer, Ph.D, p.244
[1975] Headaches, Goldberg, p.446
[1976] Prescription for Natural Cures, James Balch M.D. and Mark Stengler N.D., John Wiley & Sons, 2004 described under section to reduce bone fractures.
[1977] Real Age Diet, Roizen p.214
[1978] From Encyclopedia Britannica article on Magnesium. One mole of carbon-12 atoms has 6.022137 ../../../../PROGRA~1/BRITAN~1/BCD/DATA/MEDIA/GIFS/times.gif1023 atoms and an atomic weight of 12 grams. In comparison, one mole of oxygen consists, by definition, of the same number of atoms as carbon-12, but it has an atomic weight of 16 grams.—Encyclopedia Britannica. Hence Magnesium with molecular weight of ~24 would have 24 grams/mole. The body can regulate 150 millimoles * 24 grams/mole = 3600 mg/day or about 7 capsules of 500 mg/day.
[1980] Living Beauty Detox Program, Gittleman, pp. 192-193
[1981] Heart Disease Stroke & High Blood Pressure, Burton Goldberg, Alternative Medicine Guide, p.113
[1982] I differ from this opinion: Overall supplements not recommended for this mineral unless combined with calcium. Healthy Healing, Linda Rector Page, p. 93.
[1983] I differ from this opinion: Overall supplements not recommended for this mineral unless combined with calcium. Healthy Healing, Linda Rector Page, p. 93.
[1984] Calcium in blood vessel walls causes them to narrow or constrict increasing blood pressure.
[1985] Statins inhibit the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body.
[1986] Feeling Light, Katzman and Cohen, p. 148
[1988] See Table 21-6: Combinational Nutrition on p. 315
[1989] Encyclopedia Britannica
[1990] Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Mad Cow Disease, is from a protein with a nucleic acid, a prion which is virus like, that accumulates at nerve endings incapacitating the nerve. One should avoid meat derived nutritional supplements because of the possibility that they may be caring prions. Calcium phosphate when derived from bone meal falls in this category. Lime juice derived Calcium Phosphate is safe to use.
[1991] Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Environmental Illness, p. 285.
[1992] The Living Beauty Detox Program, p. 193.
[1993] Real Age Diet, Roizen, pp.212-213
[1994] Headaches, Burton Goldberg, p.447
[1995] High Blood Pressure Lowered Naturally, Frank K. Wood and The Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing, p.291
[1996] See 21.26.4 Prostate Health p.315
[1998] Real Age Diet, Roizen. p.222, p.225 has a summary of all vitamins in Real Age Optimal amounts.
[2000] The Super Antioxidants, James Balch, pp.209-210 quoting Dr. Aviram of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
[2001] Vitamin Bible, Earl Mindell, p.103.
[2002] Ibid.
[2003] See 21.36

LungsIonizers that cause particles to clump can result in the same adhering in the lungs. Hence these should be used when not present preferably. The use of air filtered cleaners is favorable however. This can work in a car as well. Betacarotene poses dangers for the lung and can be noticed with lung congestion after taking with a long-term potential for lung cancer in higher dosages when one is breathing smokey air as well..Mental health in Table 21-27: Nutritional Related Mental Disorders under Depression.
[2004] Real Age Diet, Michael Roizen, p.222.
[2005] The Nutrition Desk Reference, Garrison and Somer, p.253
[2006] This is 4½ equivalent 1200 mg Garlic Pills.
[2007] Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Environmental Illness, Burton Goldberg and editors of the Alternative Medicine Digest, p.208.
[2008] Mega-Nutrition, Kunin, p.184
[2010] The thymus weighs about 10 to 15 grams about half an ounce at birth and grows until the individual reaches puberty when it begins to atrophy. It’s maximum weight is around 30 - 40g or 1 to 1.5 ounces. By the age of 40 it will return to its weight at birth if one doesn’t have enough Zinc.
[2011] Doctor’s Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia, Sheldon Saul Hendler, 1991, p.196.
[2012] Superhealth in a Toxic World, Dr. Mark Payne.
[2013] Doctor’s Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia, Sheldon Saul Hendler, 1991, p.199.
[2014] The Living Beauty Detox Program, p. 194.
[2015] “Dr. Alan Nittler, author of a New Breed of Doctor, has stated emphatically that everyone over the age of forty should be using an HCL supplement.” Vitamin Bible p.145
[2016] Nature’s Medicines, p.500
[2018] Not in children, but synthesized in adults
[2019] Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Appendix B.
[2020] Shed Ten Years in Ten Weeks, Julian Whitaker, pp. 44-45.
[2025] Feed Your Genes Right, Jack Challem, p.55
[2026] The Super Anti-Oxidants, Balch, p.98
[2031] Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Sue Williams, p.67.