Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright’s
Nutrition & Healing

Green Medicine™ Vol. 18, Issue 5 • July 2011

SPECIAL EDITION

Review of the “Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice” seminar

By Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.

 

The four-day nutritional therapy seminar that Dr. Alan Gaby and I teach every few years (“Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice,” www.wrightgabynutrition.com) is over. It’s quite likely you weren’t able to attend, since it was geared toward healthcare professionals, and also involved considerable time and travel away from home.

However, I don’t want you to miss out on the large amount of information delivered that you might be able to use for yourself and your family. That’s why I’ve made this month’s entire issue is a condensed version of some of the most important information covered at the seminar.

If you really are interested in the entire course on paper and on CDs (no DVDs though)­complete with lists of nutrients important in various conditions and over 4,000 scientific references and abstracts­see the information at the end.
So here we go!

Vitamin A vanquishes viral illnesses

Did you know that vitamin A can literally prevent death from viral illness? In impoverished areas of South Africa, a small percentage of children hospitalized with measles would die of measles or its complications. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, researchers decided to give children hospitalized with measles either 400,000 IU (yes that’s 400,000 IU) vitamin A over 24 hours or a placebo.

Al­though there were eight deaths in the placebo group, there were “only” two deaths in the vitamin A group­a mortality reduction rate of 75percent.
Other researchers reviewed 12 randomized, controlled studies of vitamin A supplementation for children hospitalized with measles, and reported a mortality reduction of 61 percent.

But you don’t need to be sick in order for vitamin A to reduce your risk of dying from infection: In another study, Indonesian new­borns were given either 50,000 IU vitamin A or a placebo on the first day of life. After one year, there were 19 deaths in the placebo group, and 7 in the vitamin A group, a reduction of 67 percent.

Of course vitamin A is important for many things in addition to reducing the death rate from viral infections. Vitamin A 25,000 IU taken twice daily for just 15 days significantly reduced or eliminated overly heavy menstrual bleeding in 37 of 40 women (92.5%). The re­searchers reported that the women’s estrogen levels went up significantly, which is likely a major reason for this effect.

Niacin outperforms statin drugs

The AMA Journal actually reported that time-release niacin actually reduced atherosclerotic blood vessel thickening better than a “statin” patent medicine!

Usual quantities of niacin are 500 to 1,000 milligrams of the time-release sort, but keep in mind that a few people may have their blood sugar elevated by niacin, and will need to cut the quantity back.

The folate/cervical cancer connection

Nearly all of us have read that folate very significantly reduces risk of spina bifida, cleft lip, and cleft palate. What you may not have heard is that double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have shown that folate can reverse pre-cancer of the cervix (cervical dysplasia) and very early cervical cancer (cervical intraepithe­lial neoplasia). These studies get practically no publicity, as “authorities” try to convince and in some cases coerce our daughters and granddaughters into taking the occasionally lethal vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV), which is “the cause” of cervical cancer. Or is it? Perhaps folate deficiency somehow “allows” HPV to get a cancer started.

And while we’re remembering that fresh green vegetables are the best sources of folate, we should remember that certain green vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, and “mustard family” vegetables) contain both di-indolylmethane and its component indole-3-carbinol compounds that have also been found to reverse nearly half of all very early cervical cancers in placebo-controlled research.

So if you’re a woman contemplating pregnancy or if you want to reduce your risk of cervical cancer eat your green vegetables. And for maximum preventive effect, take 800 to 1,000 micrograms of folate, too!

Pantethine for heart health

Pantethine is very closely related to pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and can “turn into” pantothenic acid. However, as pantethine, it can lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and raise HDL cholesterol. Usually you’ll need to take 300 milligrams two to four times daily to achieve this effect. Although it’s more expensive than pantothenic acid, pantethine can be worth it if nothing else is doing well for lowering cholesterol levels.

4 benefits of vitamin B6

• Before you have that surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, try the active form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate, or P5P), 50 milligrams, two to three times daily. Although it doesn’t work every time, it does work in better than half, so give it three to four months before giving up.
• Vitamin B6 will get rid of “trigger finger” every time, as it has for the last 30 or so years since I learned about this treatment from Dr. John Ellis. (Same amount as above.)
• Men: Does your wife have PMS? If she takes vitamin B6 in amounts of 50 to 200 milligrams daily, it can be a major relief for both of you! Once again the P5P form may work better.
• Years ago, Harvard researchers demonstrated that a tiny amount of vitamin B6­10 milligrams daily­along with 100 milligrams of magnesium daily could cut calcium oxalate kidney stone incidence by over 90 percent. There’s that much of these two nutrients in most well-made multi-vitamin and minerals!

Vitamin B12: conquering fatigue,bursitis, and more

Vitamin B12 has so many uses it’s hard to pick out just a few! Let’s start with fatigue. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial demonstrated that regular vitamin B12 injections significantly relieved fatigue. (Make sure to always put folate (not folic acid) in with vitamin B12, as these two vitamins always work together.)

Then there’s bursitis: Research reported in 1959 demonstrated that bursitis will go away nearly every time if injections of vitamin B12 (1,000 micrograms daily) are given every day until the pain goes away. Major relief occurs in three to four days, and all the pain is usually gone in two to three weeks. Very recently, research right here at Tahoma Clinic confirmed this effect.

But possibly the most notable effect of vitamin B12 is its ability to eliminate the wheezing of childhood asthma within 30 days in the majority of children. (See the December 2010 issue of Nutrition & Healing for details.)

PABA: Benefits for men and women

You likely haven’t heard much about PABA (para-amino­benzoic acid, an unpatentable B-vitamin) since it was replaced by patentable materials in commonly sold sunscreens. But it actually can be very useful for other things, too.

For men suffering from Peyronie’s disease: 21 men with Peyronie’s disease (a stiffening and curvature of that key male organ) had substantial improvement after taking PABA for three to four months. To get this effect, you need to take two to three grams twice daily.

For women struggling to get pregnant: In one study, 16 women who had been unable to become pregnant for five years or more took 100 milligrams, four times daily. Within three to seven months, 12 of them became pregnant.

Vitamin C: The “live longer” vitamin

Want to live longer and reduce your cardiovascular risk at the same time with a small amount of an really inexpensive vitamin? This works especially well for men. According to research done at UCLA and reported in 1992, men who took 800 milligrams a day of vitamin C would live six years longer than those who took los federales RDA, 60 milligrams daily. For women, the improvement in expected longevity was “only” one or two years.

The research, which evaluated 11,348 participants over 10 years, also demonstrated that this vitamin C intake reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease by 42 per­cent. And Canadian research found actual regression of atherosclerotic plaque in the leg arteries of six of 10 individuals who took 500 milligrams thrice daily for several months.

And by now, most people (not just researchers) know that taking a lot of vitamin C (several grams daily or more) at the first sign of a cold or ‘flu will significantly reduce its length and severity.

Potassium chloride: The easiest blood pressure solution ever

I can’t tell you how many hundreds of people with high blood pressure I’ve seen who’ve been given any number of patent antihypertensive medicines. Yet they’ve never, ever been told that significantly lowering their blood pressure is as simple as swapping their sodium chloride salt shaker for a potassium chloride salt shaker and then using it liberally with food. Eating considerably more high-in-potassium vegetables will help a lot, too.

They’ve also never been told that extra potassium reduces the risk of stroke and cuts the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Must be because potassium isn’t patentable…but then, you know about that.

On a more minor note: Have you ever had tics and spasms in your eyelids? If it ever happens, get out that potassium chloride salt, and use a potassium supplement, 400 to 600 milligrams daily, until the ‘tics’ and spasms are gone. Usually takes two to three weeks. This is one that’s never had formal research, but works nearly every time.

Surprise! Sodium is good for you

Sodium? That’s not good for anyone, is it? Not so: if you happen to be one of the minority with lower-than-normal to much-lower-than-normal blood pressure, sodium chloride salt is actually good for you, and will even help you feel stronger and raise your blood pressure to­wards a more normal level.

If you have chronically low blood pressure, pour on the so­dium chloride salt!

Copper against aneurysms

If you’re a man with a family history of aortic aneurysm (which affects many more men than women), make sure to include at least 2 milligrams of copper in your daily food supplements. While liver of any sort only organic, of course is far and away the best food source of copper, very few of us eat liver any more, as non-organic liver is so completely and thoroughly contaminated with agricultural chemicals. Sesame seeds are a distant second in copper content.

Copper bracelets can also be beneficial. Placebo controlled research found that wearing them significantly reduced painkiller consumption by individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. But even though effective, this gets little publicity.

The might of manganese

Any of you men remember Bill Walton, the UCLA and NBA basketball superstar from the 1970s through late 1980s? He suffered from recurrent bone fractures, which finally stopped after a diagnosis and treatment of manganese deficiency. That’s because manganese is one of several minerals necessary to prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Manganese is also a key to the synthesis of acetylcholine, a major neurotransmitter in our brains and the rest of our nervous.
Manganese supplementation can also bring low cholesterol levels back to normal
nearly every time. Although you most often hear about the dangers of high cholesterol, low levels can also be dangerous, as they are associated with increased risk of cancer and stroke. Manganese activates normal cholesterol synthesis. Pecans, brown rice, and oatmeal are good food sources of this mineral.

Reduce your sensitivity to sulfites

Do you sometimes react after drinking wine and eating at salad bars? Do you suspect you have a sensitivity to sulfites, which are used as preservatives in some wines and at some salad bars? If you do, it’s really not a sensitivity in the usual meaning, like an allergy. Instead, it’s most usually a lack of enough molybdenum to support your body’s sulfite metabolizing enzyme, sulfite oxidase. Especially if this enzyme is weak­and there’s genetic variability for the strength or weakness of every one of the thousands of enzymes in our bodies more molybdenum will strengthen sulfite oxidase function, and reduce or eliminate that pesky sulfite sensitivity reaction.

For this purpose, taking 1 milligram of molybdenum twice daily until these reactive symptoms are gone will do the job. After that, it can be tapered to the minimum needed to keep the reaction away.

High urinary sulfite can be detected with a simple, very inexpensive urine test, and is relatively common in auto-immune and neurologic diseases.

Boron’s big-time benefits

An Australian researcher found that lower levels of boron in the soil correlate with higher incidence of osteoarthritis, and a double-blind trial found that 6 milligrams of boron daily gave a significant improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms. Animal and human observational studies show that boron can reduce prostate cancer risk. The best food sources of boron include raisins, almonds, filberts (Hazel nuts), dried apricots, avocados, peanuts, and Brazil nuts.

Take vitamin K­your arteries will thank you

The most exciting new use for vitamin K is to help slow and even reverse arterial calcification. Technically, the only new aspect of this is controlled research in humans, as research with animals started several years ago in Japan, and demonstrated a simultaneous reduction of calcium in the arteries and increase in calcium in the bones.

While the recent human research used 500 micrograms of vitamin K1 daily, animal research indicates that the MK-7 form of vitamin K2 is likely to be even more effective. Fortunately there are several “combination” forms of the vitamins K (which might also be termed the “vitamin K complex”) that contain vitamin K1 along with the MK-4 and MK-7 forms of vitamin K2. Look for K1 at one milligram, and MK-4 and MK-7 at 100 to 150 micrograms each.

Remember, any form of vitamin K negates the action of Coumadin, the formerly-patented blood thinner. But why would anyone want to take this form of dangerous treatment which put Ariel Sharon (the former Israeli Prime Minister) into a coma and has killed so many others when there are safer and more effective blood-thinning treatments available, particularly fish oil and nattokinase? (For more about this safer treatment, see the Sep­tember 2010 issue of Nutrition & Healing.)

Before we leave vitamin K, I’ll mention once again the research from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that the New England Journal of Medicine very recently refused to allow its readers to see, even in brief summary form. In this research, 66 of 72 women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy achieved total relief within three days with 5 milligrams of vitamin K3 and 25 milligrams of vitamin C, taken at the same time each day. (For further details, see the February 2011 issue of Nutrition & Healing.)

The many sides of silicon

Have you seen silicon tubing? It’s strong and very flexible, as we’d like our arteries and veins to be. Did you know that arteries and veins have a small but significant silicon content? Although there’s no double-blind controlled study, both animal and human epidemiological studies (observations of correlations between nutrient availability and consumption, and disease incidence) indicate that silicon is one of many nutrients that can reduce atherosclerosis risk.

Several researchers reported that there is a “significant positive association” between bone density and silicon intake in men and in premenopausal women. Research has also confirmed that silicon stimulates the formation of collagen, a protein that gives bones their strength and flexibility, joint cartilage its cushioning ability, and a scaffold upon which bone mineralization occurs.

Collagen is also the major substance that’s lost from “thinned out” older skin, such as that seen on the hands of many 70 and 80 year olds. Many women have told me over the years that when an herbal source of silicon was added to their supplement program, their hair, nails, and skin all looked better in a few months (but there’s no controlled re­search on this last observation)!

Foods high in silica include bananas, high bran cereals, whole grain breads, raisins, green beans, and carrots. Horsetail and stinging nettles are common herbal supplements high in silicon.

Tryptophan’s triple effect

Considerable research has demonstrated that the amino acid tryptophan is an effective treatment for depression. Tryptophan is the raw material that our neurons use to make serotonin, known by some as the “happiness neurotransmitter.”

Unfortunately, foods high in tryptophan help only a little, because the tryptophan “competes” with other amino acids to be absorbed, so less gets through from food. Also, amino acids must be digested from the proteins in food, and many of those with depression seen at Tahoma Clinic aren’t digesting or assimilating protein very well. In addition, research has shown that even when tryptophan is absorbed, it doesn’t penetrate into the brain well unless it “rides on a wave” of rising blood sugar.

All in all, the best way to use tryptophan effectively is to take it by itself in supplement form with a piece of fruit or a bit of fruit juice. How much? A total of 3 grams daily, taken all at once, or 1,500 milligrams twice daily. The mineral lithium helps tryptophan to be metabolized into lithium. A small over-the-counter amount (5 to 10 milligrams daily) can help the tryptophan be more effective.

Research has also demonstrated that tryptophan can significantly reduce the incidence and severity of migraine headaches, and attention guys as well as ladies! tryptophan can also significantly reduce PMS symptoms. It works even better against PMS when taken with vitamin B6, as noted above. (See page 3 for details.)

Lastly, research has demonstrated that up to 3 grams of tryptophan taken 30 minutes before bedtime can help in many, but not all, cases of insomnia. Remember, taking it with a small amount of fruit or fruit juice can help it work even better.

Retroviruses and prostate cancer are no match for this powerful nutrient

On May 27, 2010, a federal District Court judge ruled that los federales’ suppression of the truthful, science-backed claim that selenium reduces risk of prostate cancer was unConstitutional. (Of course, selenium has been reducing prostate cancer risk since prostate glands and selenium have co-existed on planet Earth, but los federales had forbidden anyone supplying selenium to say so!)

Despite that, there’s a better strategy: Eat Brazil nuts! Australian researchers found that two Brazil nuts contain approximately 100 micrograms of selenium, which absorbs just as well as the same amount in a selenium supplement, but induces roughly twice the level of glutathione peroxidase, a key selenium-dependent enzyme. For men to significantly reduce their risk of prostate cancer, they need to eat an average four Brazil nuts daily, or take 200 micrograms of selenium.

Selenium also slows the growth and reproduction of retroviruses, a large family of viruses, which include HIV, herpes simplex, hepatitis B, Coxsackie virus, and others. If you have or are at risk for any of these, eating Brazil nuts or taking selenium supplementation may reduce the number and/or severity of infections.

Selenium has another use not proven by research, but by over thirty years of effective use for pre-teens and teens with Osgood-Schlatter’s disease, a painful swelling of the bony area immediately below the front of the knee. Conventional treatment involves forced inactivity and casting for immobility. In my experience, however, all pain goes away every time within a month with the use of 200 micrograms of selenium and 400 IU of the mixed tocopherol form of vitamin E. The lump frequently stays behind, but the pain is totally gone, and the pre-teen or teen can go back to sports.

A little-known help for depression

Not many people know that L-tyrosine can also help relieve depression. That’s because it’s the precursor for the biosynthesis of adrenaline and nor-adrenaline, major energizing neurotransmitters. The co-factors that help transform tyrosine into nor-adrenaline and adrenaline are copper, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and the mineral rubidium. Along with tyrosine, all of those co-factors but rubidium are found in the supplement “TanPal” (available at natural food stores, compounding pharmacies, and the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary).

Dr. John Myers (a 1930s-1980s pioneer in the use of minerals and nutrients in medicine) pointed out that tyrosine is also a precursor for the biosynthesis of melanin, the skin’s major natural pigment, and the cofactors are the same. (Yes, with sunshine exposure and “TanPal,” you may both relieve depression and get a better tan!)

Zinc’s role in my decision to be an alternative medicine doctor

Zinc is the mineral that, in a way, first got me into trouble for using safe, natural treatments. A diabetic man whose ulcerated ankle hadn’t healed in eight years despite patent medications and repeated skin grafting surgeries asked me, a relatively brand new doctor, what else he could try. I’d been reading reports of research done at the Cleveland Clinic demonstrating that extra zinc could promote wound healing. Since nothing else had helped, I suggested he try taking a zinc supplement.

Within six weeks, the ulcer started to heal, and it was entirely healed over within three months. Even though there was no harm done and the ulcer that had been there for eight years was gone­and stayed gone­I was reprimanded for using a treatment that wasn’t “approved” by either the clinic I was working for or by los federales. That episode convinced me not to be part of that “health” care system any longer.

One of the most useful things to do with zinc is to significantly lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration of colds. Double-blind, placebo controlled studies using zinc acetate lozenges have proven this. Treatment is most effective with zinc acetate and zinc gluconate lozenges, which should have no sorbitol, mannitol, or citric acid, which can interfere with the effect of zinc. For the quickest and best effect, zinc lozenges should be started as soon as cold symptoms begin.

For prostate symptoms, relatively large quantities of zinc very frequently will start to relieve symptoms of enlarged prostate glands (getting up at night too often, more frequent urination, difficulty starting) within two to three months, and reach a maximum effect in four to six months, after which the quantities can often be tapered down. Although this combined treatment has worked very well for the large majority of men I’ve worked with since the first research report about zinc and the prostate in the1970s, quite amazingly there’s never been any “controlled” research done.

Take 60 to 90 milligrams daily, “offset” by 4 to 6 milligrams of copper, and accompanied by 600-900 milligrams of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).

Help curb your cravings for alcohol

L-glutamine is one of several nutrients (others are lithium and niacinamide) that can help to reduce the desire to drink alcohol. In addition to double-blind research, Dr. Roger J. Williams, Ph.D. (Biochemistry Professor at the University of Texas from 1940 to 1963) published work showing that some alcoholics could stop drinking alcohol entirely by using large quantities of L-glutamine (3 grams daily), 3 grams of vitamin C twice daily, B-complex vitamins taken four to five times daily, and extra amounts of vitamin B1 (thiamine) 500 to 1000 milligrams, twice daily. In some cases, these recovered alcoholics could revert to being social drinkers, with the intense cravings gone, by continuing to take L-glutamine and the other vitamins indefinitely.

L-glutamine has two other noteworthy benefits. First, while investigating “total parenteral nutrition” (all feeding by IV), investigators uncovered the fact that L-glutamine is essential to the lining of the entire intestinal tract, which deteriorates notably without it.

Second, in related work, other researchers found that L-glutamine can speed the healing of peptic ulcers, which are, of course, a hole in the lining of the upper intestinal tract.

Why I take lithium every day­and you should too

I’ve been using 20 milligrams of lithium myself since 1999, when an article in Lancet reported an increase of approximately 3 percent in “gray matter” neurons (the ones we do our thinking with) among individuals using lithium. I decided I could use all the new brain cells I could get!

Literally dozens of animal experiments have proven that lithium can protect brain cells against any toxic substance tried. One reviewer actually wrote that it should be considered malpractice to prescribe “psychotropic medication” without also recommending lithium to reduce side effects. (Not researchers, but many individuals have told me that lithium significantly reduces the hangover after “one too many.”)

Perhaps most importantly, researchers have pointed out that it’s highly probable that lithium will significantly reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease, as animal research shows that it significantly reduces accumulation of beta-amyloid, tau protein, and neurofibrillary tangle, all of which are found at high levels in Alzheimer’s disease.

Hyperthryoidism

One of the more important uses for lithium is in the rapid regulation of hyperthyroidism. These studies used drug type quantities of lithium, so we can’t do this for ourselves at home. We can, however, bring it to our doctors’ attention before they use patent medicines with considerably more potential for side effects to treat hyperthyroidism.

Studies from the Mayo clinic showed that, in some cases, lithium alone could totally control hyperthyroidism within a week or two. I prefer to recommend a combination of Lugol’s iodine alone, 5 drops thrice daily, for three days, followed by the addition of lithium carbonate, 300 milligrams thrice daily. Although I’m not a thyroid specialist, I’ve only seen this combination fail to control hyperthyroidism twice in over fifty individuals and one of those came under complete control when low-dose cobalt was added.

Bipolar disorder

Lithium is a “scary” mineral because it’s used as a drug to control the symptoms of bipolar disorder. The usual quantities of lithium prescribed for this use are between 165 milligrams (found in 300 milligrams of lithium carbonate taken thrice daily) to 330 milligrams of elemental lithium. At these quantities, it’s necessary to have periodic blood tests to make sure lithium blood levels don’t rise too high and cause toxicity. However, lithium is an entirely natural element that can be very helpful in much lower and safer quantities.

Before reviewing those, two related items. First, lithium toxicity can be reversed (as well as prevented) with a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. I’ve personally seen it happen with one tablespoonful of flaxseed oil twice daily until toxicity symptoms disappeared. For prevention of lithium toxicity over a longer period of time, a combination of fish oil and primrose oil is better, as taking too much flaxseed oil has been found to actually increase risk of prostate cancer.

Secondly, there’s a much safer, entirely natural way to control bipolar disease that works in 80 percent of all individuals with this problem. It’s called Empower Plus®. For further details, go to www.truehope.com .

Alcoholism and emotional control

Back to uses of low dose lithium (40 milligrams daily total or less). Over 20 years ago, a review of a series of studies concluded that lithium could reduce the urge to over consume alcohol as well as the number of hospitalizations due to alcoholism. The review also found that lithium could stabilize emotional control (depression in women, aggressive behavior in men) when used regularly. Even though these studies used higher quantities of lithium, alcoholics and families of alcoholics have told me they’ve experienced the same benefits with quantities of lithium 40 milligrams daily or under. JVW

Heart-healthy L-carnitine

L-carnitine is of course related to acetyl-L-carnitine. Although it doesn’t penetrate the brain as well, it helps in several aspects of cardiovascular disease:
• 1 gram twice daily improved exercise tolerance and lessened EKG abnormalities for individuals with angina.
• 2 grams twice daily improved walking distance for individuals with intermittent claudication, and also dramatically reduced mortality for the first year after a heart attack (1.2 percent in the L-carnitine group vs. 12.5 percent in the placebo group).
• 1 gram twice daily helped improve heart function in congestive heart failure.
• 1 to 2 grams daily usually lowers both cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol, but a few individuals have the opposite effect from L-carnitine.

L-carnitine also was shown to significantly reduce symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD) at quantities of up to 4 grams (total) daily. While there’s been no research on this point, it’s quite possible that acetyl-L-carnitine would do even better, as it penetrates the brain better than L-carnitine itself.

Why every man should know about acetyl-L-carnitine

Acetyl-L-carnitine combined with alpha lipoic acid “demonstrated wonders for decayed mitochondria in old rats, and for cognition and energy level in the rats,” according to the professor who supervised the research. 1,500 to 3,000 milligrams acetyl-L-carnitine daily for 40 to 90 days improved mental function in elderly individuals with age-related mental decline.

Three other studies may be of special interest to men: One showed acetyl-L-carnitine combined with propionyl-L-carnitine had a significantly greater effect than testosterone alone in correcting erectile dysfunction. In this research, the “carnitines” combination was also found to improve mood and attitude and muscle mass equally well as testosterone.

A second study found that Viagra® taken with this same combination of acetyl-L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine worked better than Viagra® alone. (This combination, with alpha-lipoic acid, is sold as “Propel®” in natural food stores, compounding pharmacies, and the Tahoma Clinic Dispen­sary.) Lastly, one controlled trial found that 1,000 milligrams of acetyl-L-carnitine taken twice daily for three months reduced the curvature and pain of Peyronie’s disease.

Additional resources

I hope you’ve found this extremely condensed version of the Wright-Gaby Seminar, “Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice,” to be interesting and useful.
As you read last month, there’s a somewhat longer but still easily readable condensed version, the book Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness, also by Dr. Gaby and me. In it, you can find a review of 50 of the most common disease problems and their treatment with diet, vitamins, minerals, and botanicals, each described in a five- to six-page chapter.

As noted above, the entire seminar is available at www.meridian­valleylab.com in an on-paper and recorded version.
And for really dedicated scholars, there’s Dr. Gaby’s textbook Nutritional Medicine, 1,326 pages fully indexed with over 14,000 references!

Next month, we’re back to our more routine format. JVW
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