- DEAR FRIEND:
- Modern society is really quite
remarkable in its ability to fill virtually any consumer demand that can be imagined.
If you have a need (or just want new goodies) and there is profit to be made,
someone somewhere will be there to take your money.
- Although we would like to
believe that the noble professions would be above such profit mongering, and administer
only genuine help for genuine needs, such is not the case. Though requiring rigorous
training and commitment, and controlled by license and regulation to assure quality of
service, the professions have increasingly become protected trade organizations with
seemingly only one ultimate purpose - profit.
- This is not to say that people
don't start out with noble intentions, for example, when they begin medical school.
It is not to say that there are not instances of philanthropy, selflessness,
compassion, and competency. But in the main, as an industry, modern medicine is not
driven by compassion, but rather by the profit motive.
- Take, for example, the case of
the Ft. Lauderdale mother who is being charged with child abuse because of the 200
hospitalizations and 40 surgeries she subjected her 8-year-old daughter to over the course
of her life. Doctors took the mother's diagnoses at face value and obligingly
removed the child's gallbladder, appendix, part of her intestine, etc., to the tune of
some $2 million in medical bills. Now the evidence suggests the child likely needed
none of it.
- True, the mother deserves
blame, but what about the physicians who took the money? In what other field can you
victimize customers (children) to this degree and not get slapped in jail?
- But this is just an egregious
example of what almost everyone in society believes to be the right thing to do. You
know the sayings that a doctor should never treat himself, or that a lawyer who takes
himself as a client is a fool. Such trite little pieces of advice are nothing more
than marketing slogans designed to make the public feel as though they are absolutely
dependent upon "experts" and "professionals."
- A medical community that takes
millions to saw people apart to "fix" diseases that could be prevented with
nutrients costing a few cents a day, or attorneys who rake in hundreds of thousands in law
suit liability cases such as from spilt coffee or improper automobile paint jobs, do not
represent society's interests, but rather their own.
- Become your own expert by
gaining the knowledge necessary to direct and care for your own life. No one will
ever care as much about you as you. Trusting that money will somehow buy that kind
of care from others is a sure road to misery.
Today, Wednesday April 17, 1996: 3A
- EATING WHAT AILS YOU
- Long before there were
immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory drugs, people found folk remedies very effective
for a variety of maladies. But since what is new is supposed to be better, many of
these time-tested solutions to health problems have been left by the wayside.
- A folk remedy for
rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease wherein the bodys immune system attacks
its own joint cartilage, is the consumption of chicken cartilage. Research since
1911 has demonstrated the effectiveness of oral tolerance therapy - eating the very
proteins that are being attacked in the body - to be an effective treatment. Some
people find the consumption of chicken cartilage to be the only thing that helps them with
their rheumatoid arthritis in spite of having tried every modern pharmaceutical
- The reason oral tolerance
therapy can work is because of a natural mechanism that occurs within the intestinal tract
each time we eat. When the digestive system is exposed to foreign protein, instead
of attacking this foreign protein and then setting about producing immune cells such as
killer T-cells or T1-cells that could then attack the bodys own tissues which
contain similar proteins, there are mechanisms that turn these normal immune reactions
off. Whereas if a protein were injected into the body the immune system would
swiftly attack it and perhaps even attack related proteins within the tissues causing an
autoimmune reaction, proteins in the digestive tract are tolerated. If this were not
so, the theory is we simply would not be able to survive because every time we ate we
would experience an immune reaction to the foods and our immune system would then set
about attacking our own tissues which contained similar proteins.
- So, by consuming proteins that
are similar to those being attacked in autoimmune disease, such as cartilage proteins in
rheumatoid arthritis, insulin in juvenile diabetes, and nerve tissue in multiple
sclerosis, the digestive immune suppression mechanism is triggered, thus decreasing the
bodys reaction to its own tissues and suppressing the autoimmunity.
- Pharmaceutical researchers are
busily trying to isolate specific proteins which can be used for oral tolerance therapy.
Targeted autoimmune diseases include lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis,
multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, uveitis and rheumatoid arthritis. An
alternate to waiting for pharmaceutical companies would be to choose foods that target the
problem such as cartilage for arthritis and specific desiccated food organs matching the
organs that are diseased.
- For many years alternative
practitioners have utilized desiccated organs in the treatment of the corresponding organ
diseases. Though normally not used as oral tolerance
therapy, this would certainly be an additional indication for their use. Desiccated
organs are available from Resource below.
Desiccated organs (glandulars) are available
from the following sources: Nutraceuticals 1-800-669-8877 or American Laboratories
News, September 2, 1995: 158
- DEATH BY EXPLANT
- Contrary to popular perception,
transplants never cure an original disease and never make a person healthy.
Transplantation is not a medical miracle, but rather an admission of medical
- Every persons organs are
highly individualistic. If transplanted into another person, the recipients
body will react against the organ just as if the organ were a disease agent. The
only way to prevent rejection is through the use of powerful immunosuppressive drugs,
antibiotics, and a host of other pharmaceuticals that often leave the recipient a mere
shadow of the whole healthy person.
- Nevertheless, there are long
lines of eager surgeons waiting for donor organs who mislead patients into trusting in
this last ditch medical elixir for saving their lives.
- Because demand for organs is
larger than supply, there is increasing political and medical pressure to harvest more
- Heres an example.
Nicholas had been hit in the head by thieves. 36 hours later he was declared
brain dead. No attempt by surgical intervention to remove the bullet
could be made, according to the press. But why didnt they try? For the
reason that surgeons feared the heart might stop and they could no longer harvest organs
out of the body.
- So Nicholas was not ultimately
killed by the thieves, but by the physicians of the transplant team. The parents
were persuaded to donate him to the medical experimentation, being convinced that their
sons organs would live on in other people and thus his death would not be in vain.
- There is in fact no instrument
capable of demonstrating the irreversible cessation of all functions of the brain and
death while the heart still beats. A case in point is that of Gary
Dockery, a 42-year-old former policeman from Chattanooga, TN who had been shot in the head
7-1/2 years ago and has unexpectedly come out of his vegetative state.
- Everyone has the right to
participate in transplantation. But everyone should become aware that it may cause
the explant donor to be murdered, and recipients will not be cured.
- Again, the solution is to live
our lives in such a way as to optimize and retain health, not rely on heroics to save us.
Winter 1996: 4
- OSTEOPOROSIS - DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT
- For most people in modern
society increasing age brings on a thinning weakness and fragility of bones. As
calcium and other minerals plus matrix whole proteins are lost from the bones (not
inevitable, as you will see), various fractures and postural deformities occur.
- Wrist fractures and hip
fractures are very common, particularly in older women. There are also crushing
fractures of the body of the vertebrae, resulting in a collapsing of the spine, causing
the classic Dowagers Hump and a loss of height by as much as 1-1/2 inches per
- As I have mentioned before in
the Health Letter, the seriousness of this is
not simply the fractures, but that 20% of those who suffer a hip fracture usually die
within one year as a result of complications. As many as 50% of elderly people with
such fractures end up in nursing homes. This is no small problem with as many as 1/3
of women developing severe osteoporosis and over 1.2 million fractures each year at a cost
of over $6 billion annually.
- Peak bone density occurs at
about the age of 35 and from there, if you follow modern living habits, it is all down
hill. Then for women, when menopause begins, loss greatly accelerates setting the
stage for osteoporotic bone fractures.
- Now if osteoporosis were just
an inevitable consequence of the years like balding or wrinkles, we might as well just
resign ourselves to it. But evidence indicates that this is one of the class of
degenerative diseases I speak of repeatedly in the Health
Letter that is a consequence of modern technological life, and thus is both
preventable and reversible.
- For example, one study has
shown that hip fractures doubled in incidence for people aged 75 years between 1971 and
1981. In another study it was shown that hip fractures doubled between 1956 and 1983.
These first two studies were in England, but another in Sweden showed that the
incidence of hip fractures in people 80 years or older doubled between 1950 and 1981.
Forearm fractures in Sweden doubled between 1955 and 1980.
- Anthropological studies in
England have shown that skeletons from the year 1729 to 1852 were much more dense than
bones from similarly aged people today.
- Bone is a living, dynamic
tissue being constantly remodeled, added to, repaired and subtracted from. It
consists of not only calcium, but of many different minerals as well as an important
organic matrix of tissue. It, like any other tissue in the body, can be no better
than how we live and what we eat. We are indeed how we live and what we eat.
Studies of societies more primitive than ours with individuals much
more active and close to nature, but eating less calcium than modern day people, have
shown them to have far less osteoporosis.
- It doesnt take much
searching to determine what needs to be done to reverse and prevent osteoporosis if one
simply examines how modern life departs from what we are genetically intended for.
As opposed to living in nature and eating fresh whole, natural foods, today we
spend the majority of our lives not exposed to natural sunlight and exposed to an
increasingly polluted environment. We eat processed foods which have had nutrients
altered to toxins and essential nutrients stripped from them. We exercise little,
often live under high stress, in fear or with a feeling of hopelessness. We drug
ourselves with pharmaceuticals with every ill, causing a cascade of side effects without
first examining what the cause of our illness is. Then we saturate our bodies with
recreational drugs such as alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.
- Recognizing that we have
departed from our natural environmental context and placed ourselves in this new
artificial health-wrecking setting - and then taking the steps to change that - is the key
to preventing and reversing osteoporosis, as it is to preventing and reversing all of the
modern degenerative diseases.
- Reference: 5 6 7 8 10 11
1983; 1: 1413-1414
1985; 1: 150-151
Orthop Scand, 1984; 55: 290-292
Orthop Scand, 1985; 56: 158-160
1993; 341: 673-75
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1967;
Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis, Alan
Gaby, M.D., 1994, Prima Publishing
- PROSTATE SCREENING - AN UNPROVEN
MULTIBILLION DOLLAR TEST
- In the interest of equal time
for men, and with public figures being diagnosed with the condition, prostate cancer is
receiving increasing media attention. After lung cancer, prostate cancer is in fact
the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. In 1995 alone, 40,000
men died from it.
- In 1993, the American Cancer
Society recommended that clinicians test all men 50 years of age and older for prostate
cancer by means of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA, a serine protease,
is elevated in most men with clinically important prostate cancer. But although such
national screening would cost some $28 billion and at least $3 billion every year
thereafter, the test is unproven. The true sensitivity and specificity of PSA
screening are simply unknown. False positive results are common, due to the presence
of benign prostate hypertrophy or just prostatitis. Almost half of all men with
benign prostate hypertrophy have elevated PSA values.
- So what is the harm, you might
say, in a simple needle prick to draw blood to test for this antigen if it might even
remotely have a chance of saving you from getting this dreaded disease? As I have
mentioned repeatedly in the Health Letter, dont
underestimate the dangers of clinical testing. In the case of PSA, 2 out of 3 men
with abnormal results on the test will have no cancer. But think of what this means
to the 2 out of the 3. In order to determine for sure if they have cancer, they are
going to need repeat testing, ultrasonography and biopsy. The cost and anxiety of
having these tests and then waiting for the results is enough to cause disease.
- When needle biopsy is performed
to confirm or deny the results of the PSA test, about 20% of those patients have
complicating infections and about 4% have bleeding. You can bet all of them
experience significant anxiety over the test and the potential results.
- A test is meaningless unless it
means that it would be followed up by some clinical act. What good does it do to
test if there is not something you can do about the condition if the test is positive?
With a high number of false positives there can be a significant number of people
who are subjected to treatment and the consequences thereof. These are not
insignificant, as the accompanying table demonstrates.
- As you can see, impotence,
incontinence and even death (up to 2% if prostatectomy is performed) are not trivial
concerns, particularly when it is often not known whether the prostate is even diseased
enough to affect the health of the person.
- Some studies have shown that
quality adjusted survival is in fact reduced by PSA screening. In another study,
treatment, when compared to just plain observation, increases quality adjusted survival by
less than one year and decreases survival of men over the age of 70 in those with
significant prostate disease. In particular, men with a life expectancy of less than
10 years should understand that screening and treatment are unlikely to be helpful and
indeed may worsen the quality of their lives.
- In spite of what your doctor
may tell you about the advisability of having this test, Definitive evidence of
whether prostate screening and treatment improve health will be unavailable until the turn
of the century when current clinical trials will be completed.
- Unfortunately many physicians
are now recommending adding a PSA measurement to a panel of tests as if they were simply
measuring something like a red blood cell count or hemoglobin. Such advice is
inappropriate in light of the unproven nature of the test and the dangers to the
individual who receives false positives, as well as to those who are subjected
unnecessarily to treatments with serious side effects.
- If you are unsure about what to
do and are perhaps engaged in a debate with your physician on this subject, go to your
local hospital library and obtain the reference cited at the end of this article, make a
copy and present it to him/her.
Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis, Alan
Gaby, M.D., 1994, Prima Publishing
England Journal of Medicine, November 23, 1995: 1401
- VITAMIN C REQUIREMENTS REVISED
- For decades nutritionists have
stated that humans need no more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C
which is 60 mg per day. A diet containing 60 mg of vitamin C was considered to be
100% complete and balanced. Anyone taking a vitamin C supplement beyond
this level was doing nothing more than creating expensive urine.
- Now after hundreds of studies
which have shown the RDA levels to be too low, the publication of the National Academy of
Sciences, the very organization responsible for establishing RDA's, concludes that 60 mg
is too low for optimal nutrition.
- Although 60 mg of vitamin C
might prevent the deficiency disease scurvy, or at least its overt signs (not the subtle
damage to collagen throughout the body such as within blood vessels, leading to
cardiovascular disease), it is not sufficient to maintain optimal health. The
research used to establish the RDA was based upon flawed studies.
- Researchers now have found that
100 mg a day will saturate white blood cells and 200 mg will saturate blood plasma.
Researchers did conclude that doses above 400 mg daily had no evident value
and the bodys ability to absorb vitamin C sharply declines with increasing dosage,
resulting in the majority of the vitamin beyond that level being excreted.
- Scientists elsewhere, such as
at the Linus Pauling Institute, argue that although vitamin C may be excreted at higher
dosages, the vitamin exerts beneficial effects while within the body. Similarly,
they argue that a person would not want to be allocated only the amount of water that is
the difference between what comes into their home and what leaves their home. It is
what is done with the water while it is in the home that is important. They argue
the same thing can occur with vitamins. Even though a large percentage of them may
be excreted, they are exerting beneficial effects while within the body.
- So what is the optimal dosage
of vitamin C? Nobody knows in spite of any claims to the contrary. This recent
revision in the Acadamys thinking demonstrates that the only thing constant in
nutritional thinking is change.
- Although it is possible to get
200 mg of vitamin C in the diet, few people eat appropriately to obtain this and thus
supplementation would be wise for most. Whether a person decides to consume more
than the 200 mg of vitamin C is based upon each persons personal judgement after
evaluating the various arguments.
- My feeling is that since it
would be possible to consume between 500 and 1000 mg of vitamin C in a natural diet in
preindustrial, archetypal times, then at least this amount would be appropriate.
More may even be necessary in our modern day with various pollutants and stresses
which further increase demands. Also considering that vitamin C deficiency may lie
as a root cause of cardiovascular disease, which kills approximately 50% of our
population, supplementation may be indeed wise. To consume
higher levels of vitamin C, I take the food form C we have developed along with some
synthetic vitamin C as a combination.
Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, April 16, 1996
- SAVE YOUR JUNK MAIL
- I do everything I can to make
sure there is no blank, white paper of any nature that goes unused in our offices.
All of the junk mail that comes in is opened and the contents searched for paper
that is unused on one side which can then be used in fax machines and laser printers for
rough drafts of written materials.
- If you open envelopes on the
three edges so that they can be folded open, you now have a clean, white surface on the
inside of the envelope that can be used for scrap paper. The large 8-1/2
business envelopes can be opened the same way and make excellent scrap paper for office
work or for the kids at home.
- An excellent opener that can be
used to salvage the inside of these envelopes is shaped as is drawn below. It very
nicely and quickly opens envelopes.
- Then once these papers have all
the white sides used we then take them to our recycling bins.
- I know were not saving
the world by this action, but it is at least something that can be done to cut down on the
usage of natural resources and increases awareness in the staff here that we should live
responsibly by being creative with resources we have available and using wastebaskets as
only a last resort.
- BILBERRY FOR THE EYES AND MORE
- Air Force pilots during World
War II ate huge amounts of bilberry jam because it improved their night vision.
European bilberries and their American cousin, the huckleberry, are rich in
anthocyanosides. These antioxidants and the pigments in the berry have an affinity
for the color producing apparatus in the retina in the eye, and can speed up the
production of rhodopsin which affects night vision.
- Those who are exposed to high
contrast lights such as computer screens, and those who work a lot at night may not be
able to produce sufficient rhodopsin. Bilberry may help.
- Bilberry extract, like most all
natural remedies, has a long list of ancillary benefits as well. It is interesting
that pharmaceutical drugs have at most one benefit (if that) and then a long list of
contraindications that can ruin your health.
- Here are some of the other
benefits of bilberry, usually taken as a 25% extract at a dosage of 160 mg to 480 mg per
Stopping the progression of cataracts.
Decreasing the inflammation of arthritis.
Decreasing the hardening of arteries by
inhibiting calcium build-up in atherosclerotic plaque.
Relieving leg cramps and pain from
peripheral vascular disease.
Decreasing pregnancy problems such as
varicose veins, hemorrhoids and also assisting in abnormal menstrual cycling.
against ulcer formation by increasing the secretion of gastric mucus which protects the
lining of the stomach.
di Ottalmologia e Clinica Oculistica, vol. 115, 1989
di Ottalmologia e Clinica Oculstica, vol. 114, no. 4, 1988
Farmaco, vol. 42, no. 2, 1986
Revelations, October 1995: 3
- HYDROGENATION AND APOLIPOPROTEIN (A)
- Cholesterol takes different
forms such as LDL, VLDL and HDL. Lipoprotein (a) is another form in which fat is
carried within the body. As I have mentioned in previous issues, this particular
lipoprotein that has a specific apolipoprotein (a) (technically a glycoprotein that is
covalently linked by disulfide bridge to the lipoprotein), has a strong relation to
- Lipoprotein (a) is influenced
strongly by genetics and is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Some believe it is the most significant of all risk factors.
- Recent research has
demonstrated two important things. One is that children who receive breast milk have
lower levels of lipoprotein (a) than those who receive formula. Secondly, adults and
children who eat hydrogenated fats containing trans-fatty acids have higher levels of
- Yet another reason to keep
infants off of the granddaddy of all junk foods, formula, and to keep yourself and your
children away from all hydrogenated fat containing products.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March
- VITAMIN E NEGATES CHOLESTEROL
- Although mainstream medicine
and public opinion are persuaded that lowering cholesterol is the way to prevent heart
disease, that doesnt make it so. While conventional thinking debates about how
to lower cholesterol, be it by diet or pharmacologic agents, we need to question the basic
thesis that cholesterol is public enemy number one.
- I have repeatedly emphasized
through many years of the Health Letter that it
is the oxidation of cholesterol and other lipids that is one of the root causes of
cardiovascular disease. In corroboration of this, a recent study of 64 men who had
their first myocardial infarction (blockage of a heart coronary artery) before the age of
45 were studied relative to their blood lipid levels, and their oxidation and antioxidant
- This study showed that for
those who had a low level of the antioxidant vitamin E within their LDL cholesterols, a
greater risk for development of stenoses (blockages) of coronary vessels was present.
- By eating foods in their whole,
raw form as much as possible, antioxidant vitamin levels will automatically climb in your
tissues. But as an insurance policy it is wise to increase particularly the three
most significant antioxidant vitamins in supplemental form, vitamins C, A (beta carotene)
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March
- VITAMIN A AND BIRTH DEFECTS
- A study of 22,748
pregnant women demonstrated that those who consumed 10,000 IUs or more of supplemental
vitamin A before the seventh week of gestation were at significantly increased risk of
carrying a child with a birth defect.
- Preformed vitamin A in the diet
comes from animal sources such as dairy products and liver. It is also supplemented
in some foods and taken as a direct dietary supplement as a part of multi vitamin/mineral
tablets and as a vitamin alone. The RDA for vitamin A is 2700 IUs per day, but many
supplements contain more than this and of course people have the ability and sometimes the
inclination to take more than the recommended number of tablets of any dietary supplement.
- Provitamin A, or beta-carotene,
does not carry the dangers that preformed vitamin A does. For example, isotretinoin,
a synthetic form of vitamin A used in severe cystic acne, can increase the risk of
malformation in babies by 25 times or more. High doses of vitamin A, above 10,000
units per day, as well as Isotretinoin can cause a variety of cranial facial, conotruncal
defects, thymus abnormalities and aberrant central nervous system structures in the fetus.
Apparently the vitamin in high dosages affects the development of the embryos
cephalic neural crest cells from which are derived the various structures mentioned above
that can become abnormal.
- On the other hand, if there is
not sufficient vitamin A in the diet, birth defects can also occur. Here we have a
classic case of the dose makes the poison. At a certain level, about 8000 IUs per
day, vitamin A is health-enhancing and protects fetuses against abnormalities.
Increase that dosage and you get birth defects.
- The best way to take vitamin A
supplements is to take it as part of a vitamin/mineral supplement which includes 0.4 mg of
folic acid and no more than 8000 IUs of vitamin A, both of which will help prevent birth
defects and otherwise contribute to overall health.
England Journal of Medicine, November 23, 1995: 1370-, 1414
- RELIEVING HEARTBURN
- If you suffer from occasional
heartburn, you usually know the problem. Some dietary indiscretion makes you pay
dearly after you retire and lie down for the night. The solution here is don't do
again what you just did. If a particular food causes heartburn, but yet you really
love it and cant live without it, youre going to have to try to eat it much
earlier in the day if possible to permit digestion to occur while you are still upright.
- If heartburn is a chronic
problem, then you need to look at the possibility of such risk factors as chocolate,
caffeine, peppermint, onions, tomatoes, citrus, alcohol, smoking, aspirin, drugs that
relax smooth muscle such as Theophylline and beta agonists, birth control pills, and
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Heartburn is also a very common
problem in the obese.
- For those attempting weight
control through increasing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet, heartburn is often a
natural consequence. By decreasing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet and
increasing proteins, healthful fats and vegetables, many people experience permanent
- When I have the problem, I take
one or two 3 mg capsules of garlic oil. I either swallow these with a little bit of
yogurt, or let them semi- melt in my mouth and then swallow them. I can really stink
up the bedroom doing this, but it has been a life saver to me again and again.
- Other remedies include
bicarbonate soda or a calcium-based antacid. Avoid the aluminum products and the
sweetened products such as Maalox and Mylanta.
- One physician recommends the
following, in addition to a low carbohydrate diet, to be taken in divided doses before
- Sano-Gastril (a brand
name) - 3-6 chewable tablets
- Gastramet (a brand name)
- 3-6 capsules
- Okra Pepsin (a brand
name) - 3 capsules
- Licorice root extract -
- L-Glutamine (powder) -
of Internal Medicine, 1995;122
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 1972; 31;
Revelations, December 1995: 7
- HEADACHE TREATMENTS
- Although aspirin is often an
extremely effective treatment for headaches, some people experience stomach distress from
it and some even are subject to rebound headaches from its use. Headaches are not
caused by a lack of aspirin and therefore, it might be wise to try some alternative
- First of all, review your
recent history to see if perhaps the headache is a result of some kind of stress, chemical
or food. Caffeine, cheeses, chocolates, alcohol, hormone therapy, cigarette smoke,
medicines, artificial sweeteners and just about anything else may be the cause.
Eliminate causes when they are identified.
- To stop the headache once it
has started, you might try one of the following herbs:
Feverfew - 50-300 mg per day.
Capsaicin - sniffing this extract from
cayenne peppers may provide immediate relief.
Ginkgo biloba - this herb helps brain
circulation and should be taken at recommended label dosages.
Ginger - 500 mg of dried ginger in a
glass of water repeated every four hours as necessary has provided dramatic relief for
- As a preventive, be sure youre
eating fresh, whole, natural foods, exercising regularly, getting outside and breathing
fresh air and getting doses of sunshine. Make it a daily priority to be taking
antioxidant supplements, and a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement including
magnesium, vitamin C, the B complex and chromium. Additionally, increasing the
amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet derived from fish oils and flax seed oils can
help decrease the inflammatory prostanoids that are often responsible for headache.
The omega-3 oils work similarly to aspirin, but have many more benefits without the
potential side effects of a refined drug.
November 7, 1992
Cephalagia, 1993; 13
Medicine, 1995; 63; 219