Newsletter v3n18

Newsletter v3n18
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The DOCTOR YOURSELF NEWSLETTER (Vol. 3, No 18) August 5, 2003 "Free of charge, free of advertising, and free of the A.M.A."

Written and copyright 2003 by Andrew Saul, PhD, of , a free online library of over 350 natural healing articles with nearly 4,000 scientific references.

ANNOUNCING: THE NEW "DOCTOR YOURSELF" BOOK! Click on and there is my new book, DOCTOR YOURSELF: NATURAL HEALING THAT WORKS. Why, there's even a picture of the cover.

I do not have any copies for sale yet. The book comes off the presses in September, and will reach your bookstore in October. You can email me to reserve a copy if you want to, but do NOT send me any money at this time. You can also "further the cause" (and get shelf copies to thumb through, to see if you like it) by telling your local health food stores and book stores to check out the link above. Their advance order may be placed with my publisher, Basic Health Publications, Inc., 8200 Boulevard East, 25G, North Bergen, NJ 07047. Phone: (201) 868-8336. (Orders Only: 1-800-575-8890) Fax: (201) 868-2842.

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DOCTOR YOURSELF BOOK PROMOTION TOUR You can be sure I will be on the road with the DOCTOR YOURSELF book in the Fall. I am planning my itinerary now.

1) If you would like me to appear on your local TV station, please send me the station's complete contact information and be sure to INCLUDE THE TV STATION'S EMAIL address. I will be fielding a lot of these requests, and you can easily understand that it simply HAS to be done by email.

2) If you think your local radio station call-in show would benefit from a little self-reliant "doctor yourself" controversy, please send me the radio station's email address. As I will be doing radio interviews by telephone, these are easy to arrange.)

3) Your local health food store or bookstore's **email** contact addresses would also be helpful if, for some reason, you want to meet me in person at an author signing.

4) "DOCTOR YOURSELF, THE MOVIE" will be premiered in New York on . . . no, just kidding about the movie. For now.

But all the above info on the book is indeed true.


Yes, as you might expect, my last book, PAPERBACK CLINIC: A Simplified Manual of Natural Therapeutics, is now out of print. (Aw, gee!) PAPERBACK CLINIC is out of print. Much of its content was revised, expanded and updated and appears in my 2005 book, FIRE YOUR DOCTOR.

CARNIVORE CONTROVERSY: CORNELL'S DR. COLIN CAMPBELL REPLIES "Heart disease is very low in China as was the dairy and meat intakes at the time of the study. Not only are (some ambiguous) results non-significant but they are relatively meaningless at such low levels because of the mathematical instability of low numbers.

"I am presently writing a book where I discuss how the China Study data and other similar studies should be interpreted. My main point is to use specific correlations between cause-and- effect VERY carefully, especially with a study such as this. Rather, it is the collective effect of large groups of food that makes the most important difference, an idea that others are now beginning to embrace as well.

"I don't know who wrote the Weston-Price comment, but clearly they are being very simplistic and wrong. For a summary of our work, I would suggest the following:

1. Campbell, T. C. and Chen, J. Diet and chronic degenerative diseases: a summary of results from an ecologic study in rural China. In: N. J. Temple and D. P. Burkitt (eds.), Western diseases: their dietary prevention and reversibility, pp. 67-118. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 1994. 2. Campbell, T. C. and Chen, J. Diet and chronic degenerative diseases:perspectives from China. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 59: 1153S-1161S, 1994. 3. Campbell, T. C. and Chen, J. Diet and chronic degenerative diseases:perspectives from China. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 59: 1153S-1161S, 1994. "Hope this helps. "T.C. Campbell"


"A woman of age 82 had a decayed lower incisor tooth removed by her dentist about 4 p.m., and was sent home with two gauze packs to apply to the socket if needed to control bleeding. Five hours later she was seen in her home by Dr. Riordan due to uncontrolled bleeding estimated at the time as 1 to 2 mL/min. Obvious signs of extensive bleeding were apparent in her bathroom where she had been for the entire period. A loose suture was suspected, but none was found. The patient then stated that no suture was used. Blood was oozing not only from the socket, but from a broad area of local gum tissue, particularly posteriorly. Her blood pressure was satisfactory, 160/86.

"Direct pressure applied with several gauzes did not slow the continuous oozing. The woman was a Christian Scientist opposed to the use of drugs and medical treatment, but she did allow the application of a gauze dusted with buffered vitamin C powder. The gauze initially contained roughly 0.1 g of the vitamin (which contained 19 mg calcium, 11 mg magnesium, and 4 mg potassium per 100 mg vitamin C in the form of carbonate or bicarbonate buffers, pH 6.8 in water). The bleeding slowed significantly with this treatment. Then the entire bleeding surface of her gums was dusted with about 0.25 g of the powder. After the third application of a similar amount, the bleeding stopped.

"She was next asked to dissolve slowly in her mouth a zinc lozenge; it contained 12 mg zinc as aspartate, 150 mg vitamin C, 1000 IU vitamin A, 100 mg propolis, and 25 mg slippery elm in a base of goldenseal and fructose. A beautiful fibrinous clot, 3 or I cm in length, formed along the inner surface of her gum within three minutes.

"At this time it was noticed that she had extensive petechiae (pinpoint-sized hemorrhages in the skin) over her arms, evidence of vitamin C deficiency. She agreed to take 1 g of the buffered vitamin C twice daily in fruit juice and to use two zinc lozenges daily. The woman slept overnight without bleeding. She felt weak the next day, but felt well one day later, still with no further bleeding. So far as we are aware, treatment of prolonged dental bleeding by topical ascorbate has not been reported previously. It raises the question of whether topical ascorbate and zinc lozenges may be useful in other, similar cases. It is hoped that interested dentists will try this treatment and report their findings."

Reprinted with permission from the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine 1991, 6(3-4).

(Editor's note: I do not provide product recommendations, nor do I provide information on how to locate suppliers of particular health products. A "Google" internet search with can efficiently do that for you.)

READERS ASK: "Concerning your webpage , I have to ask: Over 35,000 mg? Really? Per day?

"Back when I began taking additional amounts of vitamin C a gram would give me the 'too many prunes' syndrome. I can now take as much as 8 grams with no observed problems. But 35-40 grams? How does the stomach and intestines handle all that acid? I was under the impression that levels over a certain amount had to be injected."

Sick bodies need, and hold, much more C. Ascorbic acid vitamin C is about as acidic as Coca-cola. A calcium buffer makes it even easier. Divided, very frequent oral doses can approach the effectiveness level of injected "C." I have collected and written a considerable amount of material on these and the other points you asked about. At my website, the best way to get information there is to do a search for "vitamin C" (and then stand back!) from the top of the main page, or a more detailed search from Below are some other websites that are very valuable: Linus Pauling and colleagues show that vitamin C and the amino acid lysine may prevent and cure atherosclerosis. Dr. Pauling's complete 1968 paper on megavitamin therapy. A 1974 Pauling paper on the same subject.

A large number of full-text papers on curing illness with vitamin C are posted at . You will find classic papers by Drs. William J. McCormick, Frederick R. Klenner, Irwin Stone, Hugh D. Riordan, and other very important researchers. This site has Robert F. Cathcart, III, MD's papers on vitamin C as an antibiotic, antiviral, and more. When I taught college, I took so much anti-C heat from other faculty that I chose to tell my students to absolutely NEVER, EVER visit Dr. Cathcart's site, under ANY circumstances. (Wink, wink!) The Vitamin C Foundation and C For Yourself are great sources of megavitamin-C information.

PRACTICAL PAULING PROSE: "When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect, but do not believe him. Never put your trust in anything but your own intellect. Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or has lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel Laureate, may be wrong. The world progresses, year by year, century by century, as the members of younger generations find out what was wrong among the things that their elders said. So you must always be skeptical: always think for yourself."

(Linus Pauling, speaking to university students on the eve of receiving his first Nobel Prize, December 10, 1954,)

CAFFEINE AND OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER by Ruth Whalen, MLT Reprinted with the permission of the author.

(Editor's note: This article is effectively a continuation of Ms. Whalen's other caffeine articles, which are posted at and

With toxicity progressing, simultaneously or after manifesting as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), ongoing caffeine anaphylaxis continues poisoning the brain and generates the repetitive, obsessive behavior noted in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder commonly affects persons diagnosed with ADHD.

Several factors are involved with OCD. First, caffeine anaphylaxis poisons the prefrontal cortex. Obsessive- compulsive disorder is due to dysfunction of the prefrontal area.1-3 Caffeine, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), generates an increase of catecholamine (noradrenaline, adrenaline, and dopamine) production and delays catecholamine reuptake. Dopamine activity,4, 5 including an increase in dopamine activity,4 is believed involved with OCD. Due to caffeine's MAOI properties, caffeine delays serotonin breakdown. A deficiency in serotonin metabolism is involved with OCD.6, 7

Caffeine anaphylaxis reduces cerebral oxygen. Anaphylactic shock causes circulatory failure, resulting in decreased blood flow and oxygen. Caffeine reduces cerebral oxygen, 8, 9 and hyperventilation, a symptom of anaphylaxis,10-12 contributes to oxygen deprivation. Commonly patients diagnosed with OCD suffer a decrease in cerebral blood flow.13-15

Ongoing caffeine anaphylaxis encourages a person to repeat thoughts. An overly stimulated poisoned brain generates thoughts of small dilemmas, generally not catastrophic, revolving repetitively in the mind. The caffeine allergic individual almost never suspects a toxic brain. The chemical reactions of caffeine anaphylaxis masking allergic symptoms, and brain poisoning prevent a caffeine allergic person from recognizing symptoms of caffeine anaphylaxis, and memory impairment prevents the ability to recognize repetition.

Repetitively tying a sneaker until the loop seems perfect, a caffeine allergic person may think, "Not good enough, have to fix this loopĆ³make it equal the other one. Not good enough...." A person may obsess about a relationship, or even an action that goes against the individual's principles. Like amphetamine and cocaine users, an allergically toxic person repeats actions. Similarly, persons diagnosed with OCD dwell on issues which mentally healthy individuals may consider insignificant. They also repeat actions.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder usually begins in early adulthood and affects approximately 5 million Americans.16 Comorbidity between OCD and the other mental disorders exists. Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects patients with anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Researchers believe that adolescents and young adults diagnosed with OCD who have previously used stimulants are more likely to develop bipolar disorder.17 Perhaps persons should consider caffeine anaphylaxis as a cause.

Symptoms of OCD accompany several physical disorders. Obsessive compulsion can accompany brain injury,18-20 and drug toxicity.21 Obsessive compulsive behavior affects stimulant users.22, 23 A high percentage of the world's population ingests caffeine in quantities that can produce substantial effects on the organs, including the brain. A toxin, caffeine presents a risk for generating psychological disorders. And chronic exposure to a drug presents the risk of developing an allergy.

Caffeine anaphylaxis fight or flight toxicity is a recently discovered disorder that generates a cascade of chemical imbalances. This cascade of imbalances accelerates neurotransmission, poisons the brain, and causes a progressively deteriorating dementia, which includes obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

References: 1. Papageorgiou C, Rabavilas A, Liappas I, et al. Do obsessive- compulsive patients and abstinent heroin addicts share a common psychophysiological mechanism? Neuropsychobiology 2003; 47: 1-11. 2. Leocani L, Locatelli M, Bellodi L, et al. Abnormal pattern of cortical activation associated with voluntary movement in obsessive-compulsive disorder: an EEG study. Am J Psychiatry 2001; 158: 140-2. 3. Mac Master FP, Keshavan MS, Dick EL, et al. Corpus callosal signal intensity in treatment-naive pediatric obsessive compulsive disorders. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 1999; 23: 601-12. 4. Oades RD, Ropcke B, Eggers C. Monoamine activity reflected in urine of young patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis with and without reality distortion and healthy subjects: an explorative analysis. J Neural Transm Gen Sect 1994; 96: 143-59. 5. McDougle CJ. Update on pharmacologic management of OCD: agents and augmentation. J Clin Psychiatry 1997; 58 (S12): 11-7. 6. Molina V, Montz R, Perez-Castejon MJ, et al. Cerebral perfusion, electrical activity and effects of serotonergic treatment in obsessive-compulsive disorder. A preliminary study. Neuropsychobiology 1995; 32:139-48. 7. Bastani B, Arora RC, Meltzer HY. Serotonin uptake and imipramine binding in the blood platelets of obsessive-compulsive disorder patients. Biol Psychiatry 1991; 30: 131-9. 8. Perod AL, Roberts AE, McKinney WM. Caffeine can affect velocity in the middle cerebral artery during hyperventilation, hypoventilation, and thinking: a transcranial Doppler study. J Neuroimaging 2000; 10: 33-8. 9. Mathew RJ, Wilson WH, Tant S. Caffeine-induced cerebral blood flow changes in schizophrenia. Eur Arch Psychiatry Neurol Sci 1986; 235: 206- 9. 10. Stewart AG, Ewan PW. The incidence, aetiology and management of anaphylaxis presenting to an accident and emergency department. QJM 1996; 89: 859-64. 11. Theissen JL, Zahn P, Theissen U, et al. Allergic and pseudo-allergic reactions in anesthesia. I: Pathogenesis, risk factors, substances. Anasthesiol Intensivmed Notfallmed Schmerzther 1995; 30: 3-12. 12. Revenas B, Smedegard G, Arfors KE. Anaphylaxis in the monkey: respiratory mechanics, acid-base status and blood gases. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 1979; 23: 278-84. 13. Busatto GF, Buchpiguel CA, Zamignani DR, et al. Regional cerebral blood flow abnormalities in early-onset obsessive- compulsive disorder: an exploratory SPECT study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2001; 40:347-54. 14. Lucey JV, Costa DC, Busatto G, et al. Caudate regional cerebral blood flow in obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and healthy controls on single photon emission computerised tomography. Psychiatry Res 1997; 74:25-33. 15. Crespo-Facorro B, Cabranes JA, Lopez-Ibor Alcocer MI, et al. Regional cerebral blood flow in obsessive-compulsive patients with and without a chronic tic disorder. A SPECT study. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 1999; 249:156-61. 16. Ratey JJ. Shadow Syndromes. New York: Pantheon, 1997; 283-286. 17. DelBello MP, Soutullo CA, Hendricks W, et al. Prior stimulant treatment in adolescents with bipolar disorder: association with age at onset. Bipolar Disord 2001; 3:53-7. 18. Berthier ML, Kulisevsky JJ, Gironell A, et al. Obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic brain injury: behavioral, cognitive, and neuroimaging findings. Neuropsychiatry Neuropsychol Behav Neurol 2001; 14: 23-31. 19. Childers MK, Holland D, Ryan MG, et al. Obsessional disorders during recovery from severe head injury: report of four cases. Brain Inj 1998; 12: 613-6. 20. Max JE, Smith WL Jr, Lindgren SD, et al. Case study: obsessive-compulsive disorder after severe traumatic brain injury in an adolescent. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 1995; 34: 45-9. 21. Bick PA. Obsessive-compulsive behavior associated with dexamethasone treatment. J Nerv Ment Dis 1983; 171: 253-4. 22. Koizumi HM. Obsessive-compulsive symptoms following stimulants. Biol Psychiatry 1985; 20: 1332-3. 23. Kotsopoulos S, Spivak M. Obsessive-compulsive symptoms secondary to methylphenidate treatment (letter). Can J Psych. Feb. 2001. URL: [Cited June 2003].

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