“We Believe in Tomorrow”
 “We believe we have the power to make tomorrow different from today.
   We believe that poverty need not be permanent and that man need not learn war forever.
 We believe in Man, despite all that we know about him.
 We believe that there can yet be a time of peace and a time of justice, a time of brotherhood and a time of tranquility, for all who live on earth.
   We believe that we can have a share in bringing that day closer by the way in which we live.
   The world may smile at our dreams... but no matter, we still believe.”
        -The above  quote, author unknown, serves as a watchword of my life.

   WE NOW BRIEFLY REVIEW what we learned in Issue #1, a discussion of chronic disease, what causes them, how to remove the symptoms or postpone their return for much later, and how “optimal” nutrition, in the form of the ABC Diet, can start the ball rolling to improved health. The following few paragraphs will refresh your mind:
  Chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer– those which take a long time to develop and usually stay with us until we die, are most often caused by the combination of two factors– heredity and environment. If we attempt to disrupt this combination, either by changing our genes– genetic manipulation, still in the experimental stage, or by improving our  environment through nutrition and daily exercise, we stand a good chance of preventing or postponing the onset of these diseases,  until people reach their nineties or older.
    What is “optimal” nutrition?  THE ABC DIET:
 “A” for Avoiding chemical substances, normally considered harmless, but which are really harmful to everyone’s body;
 “B” for Be Sure to Eat some raw, uncooked fruits or vegetables, with each meal; and
 “C” for Complementing (or supplementing) our diet with a beneficial supplement, or supplements, to modify a disease or diseases of which we already show symptoms.
  “Optimal” nutrition, then, is following the ABC Diet strictly, for maximum benefit to the body.
    No health improvement can really take place without the fourth ingredient, Exercise, which will be discussed in ISSUE 3.

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Discussion From an Independent Viewpoint

All opinions expressed in this Newsletter are mine alone, based on over thirty years' experience in the Nutrition field.   Those who would like to follow what is recommended here, do so at their own risk, and keep in touch with your doctor.


Shorthand: “A-E” stands for the ABC DIET + Exercise;


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Volume 2 Issue 2         THE ABC DIET

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 is prevention, the abc diet + Exercise



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     Caffeine, due to its destruction of B Complex, causes a decline in the level of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) in the body. It is necessary for the production of the 45-odd hormones of the adrenal cortex, including the naturally-formed cortisone called cortisol.
     A lack of this hormone brings on symptoms of arthritis in individuals from arthritis-prone families, for example. Therefore, the consumption of preparations containing caffeine, coupled with insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals, can lead directly to arthritis and other related conditions, such as lupus and gout. In addition, caffeine causes mental distress, jangled nerves, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease,  female genital diseases, prostatic enlargement, migraine headache, birth defects, cancer and emphysema, and in combination with sugar, it encourages the development of all types of infections.
     Based on many years of assisting people with their nutritional problems, I have come to the conclusion that caffeine, of all the antinutrient, negative elements of nutrition, represents the most dangerous, far-reaching threat to our health. It is the common denominator, the item found most often in ill patients’ diets, far surpassing tobacco and alcohol.  It is this reason why I have devoted almost two pages to the subject in this Issue.
    No one should ever use coffee (even the non-caffeinated kind), tea, soft drinks, tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwashes, artificial substances, sugar and excessive amounts of salt.

    What is the most poisonous combination of toxins to the body? TOBACCO with caffeine (or chocolate) and sugar.  Why? The first three are vasodilators, causing the blood vessels to shrink; the sugar clogs  so that less nutrition can pass through them to feed each living cell.
    One can expect to see elevated cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides, cancer  and other types of heart, brain and  kidney blood vessel failure  in a person who has a high intake of the “A” items.
    This is why, although many people have quit smoking but not caffeine or chocolate, there are still numerous cases of lung cancer.

   ALCOHOL, beer, wine or hard liquor. Alcohol destroys the liver, heart, brain and kidneys. Stifles the digestive enzymes because it excretes magnesium five times faster from the body than water. It leads to abnormal, violent, risky behavior, such as accidents and immoral family destruction, physical and mental illness.

   CHEMICALS, legal drugs, in the form of prescription and non-prescription medicine,
 illegal drugs, the “street” kind like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, morphine, Ecstacy, PCP
 artificial sweeteners– saccharin (Sweet n’ Low©), aspartame (Equal©, Nutrasweet©),
 artificial food coloring agents– some are Yellow #5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11; Orange #4,5; Red #3, 4, 6, 7, 17, etc.; Violet #2; Green #3, 5, 6, 8; and Blue #1 and 2,
 artificial preservatives– sodium and potassium benzoate, sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, sulfites,
 artificial flavoring agents– vanilla, caramel, grape, banana, cherry and apple, MSG.
 insecticides: never allow a professional (or amateur) exterminator to spray the inside of your dwelling, or your garden, or field monthly to get rid of insects. There are mouse and insect glue traps available to kill pests in the house without being toxic. Pests sprays are toxic to the liver and cause cancer.
  Quite a few years ago, during my Pharmacy practice, one of my clients was a little boy named Scotty who was playing under his bed when the exterminator came and sprayed. Scotty inhaled it and irreversible brain damage occurred almost immediately.  The family was faced with a lifetime of giving him epilepsy drugs and others, with no hope for improvement.

 WHITE FLOUR, the flour used in most baked goods, after 26 vitamins and minerals have been removed in the bran milling process; “enriched” white flour replaces 4 to 6 of the vitamins and minerals, of the original 26. Whole grain flour is far more healthful than white flour,

 FLUORIDES, salts of deadly hydrofluoric acid which is used to etch glass, found in most toothpastes, mouthwashes and in rat poison, destroys vitally needed enzymes, resulting in cancer, diabetes, hyperglycemia.

 SALT, necessary in small quantities for the body to make hydrochloric acid in the stomach, but  toxic in excessive amounts; a chronic overdose interferes with the sodium-potassium balance in cell nutrition, leading to cancer; also raises blood pressure, especially in the presence of caffeine and chocolate.

 SUGAR, known to cause diabetes and a variety of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicidal tendency, A.D.H.D., cancer and cardiovascular diseases. According to statistics, the average person in the United States consumes more than 160 pounds of sugars a year. For non-diabetics and those without apparent any mental disease, the reward of a sugar-loaded product once in a while probably would do little harm, other than symptoms of allergy, a runny nose, itchy eyes, headache, temporary hyperactivity or pimples on the face or the upper torso. There is a vast difference, however, between eating cake, cookies or ice cream and getting allergic symptoms, and consuming 160 pounds of sugar a year, leading to both acute and chronic diseases. This year I’m making a resolution to follow the “1/100 rule,” if everybody consumes 160 pounds of sugar, this year, I’m going to consume 1.6 pounds!
   Also see ISSUE 15, “How to pay our own way.”

   There are three primary elements which make up food for living beings:

    The first of the three main dietary components necessary for life. Carbohydrates serve mainly to provide energy for the body. They are classified as sugars, starches and fiber.
   Simple carbohydrates include fructose, galactose, lactose, maltose, sucrose and honey, each containing one or two sugars in the molecule. With the exception of honey, none of these contains vitamins or minerals. Simple carbohydrates which have vitamins and minerals are found in vegetables, fruits and milk products. Those which do not have vitamins and minerals, called refined or processed sugars, are found in table sugar, cake, candy, syrups and soft drinks. They are called “empty calories” and can lead to weight gain or, ultimately, obesity.
   Complex carbohydrates, those with three or more sugars in the molecule, also called starches, include bread, cereal, starchy vegetables, legumes, rice and pasta. Complex carbohydrates usually release the sugar more slowly, in the process of digestion and absorption. Too much carbohydrate leads to obesity; too little leads to increased intake of fats or proteins to make up the total calorie intake, a very dangerous measure. I recommend that about 66% of total caloric intake should be from carbohydrates, preferably from starches, whole grains, beans, peas, seeds and nuts; and from naturally occurring sugars-- fruits and vegetables.  The balance of calories should come from fats (about17%) and protein (about17%).
    Wherever possible, one should buy certified organic fruits and vegetables. Although they are more expensive than non-organic, one can use the money saved by not buying the items found in the “A” list to buy the organic kind.

Issue No. 1
Introduction to
   Health Issues

Issue No. 2
The ABC Diet

Issue No. 3

Issue No. 4

Issue No. 5
   American Health

Issue No. 6

Issue No. 7

Issue No. 8

Issue No. 9


Issue No. 10

Issue No. 11
Nervous System
   and Mental
   Health Problems

Issue No. 12

Issue No. 13

Issue No. 14

Issue No. 15
Our Nation's
    Health Care

     The  “A” section of THE ABC DIET                                              Among the most toxic substances which we should avoid in our diet are the methylxanthine derivatives. These are also known chemically as xanthine derivatives and alkaloids. They are:
 caffeinecoffee, tea,  and many energy and soft drinks,  chemically 1,3,7 trimethyl xanthine.
 theophylline– used to treat asthma, COPD, emphysema and other bronchial conditions, chemically 1,7 dimethyl xanthine.
 theobromine – chocolate, called by some,” the food of the gods,”   chemically 3,7 dimethyl xanthine.

   What are the harmful effects of these substances on the body? One of the main dangers is their destruction of the stimulatory messages normally transmitted throughout the body from the intricate endocrine network throughout the body from the intricate endocrine network called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (h.p.a.) axis. This destruction results in the suppression of production of the hormones, manufactured by various endocrine glands, which normally keep the body healthy.  One of these glands, the adrenal (located just above the kidney), consists of an outer area called the cortex, where some 45 different hormones are produced  when nutrition is adequate, and an inner area called the medulla, where a few other hormones are produced in certain situations.
   When the body is given caffeine in food, drink or medicine, the adrenal medulla is stimulated to produce hormones called catecholamines, epinephrine (or adrenalin) and nor-epinephrine. Hormone production of the cortex is sharply reduced or stopped entirely. Other endocrine glands (pancreas, pituitary, thymus, thyroid, parathyroid and sex glands), are also affected, resulting in bloating, weight gain, and a reduction in the following: energy levels, mental ability, digestion of food, prevention of cancer,  sexual desire and virility, metabolism and growth in height, to mention just a few.
    Epinephrine enables the body to possess greater strength than usual. We have all heard of the naturally-induced ”fight-or-flight” reflex, in which individuals, whose “adrenalin is really working” (due to autonomic stimulation), stand up against overwhelming odds, or run away from danger very rapidly; or when a mother picks up an automobile with superhuman strength to rescue her child trapped underneath. Naturally induced epinephrine is a very valuable hormone to have, once in a while when we really need it.
    The drug caffeine, however, artificially induces the “fight-or-flight” reflex, giving the body false stress signals, causing the adrenal medulla to manufacture the catecholamines when they are not really needed, when there is no immediate emergency. What happens if we push the “over-ride button” (manufacture epinephrine and nor-epinephrine) too often, by taking caffeine once or several times daily, in any form?  We pay the awfully expensive price of acute, then chronic ill health. As indicated above, the flow of beneficial endocrine hormones stimulated by the H.P.A. axis is reduced or stopped, and the adrenal medulla is stimulated to manufacture the catecholamines. This combination causes the body to age more rapidly. Chronic diseases, usually expected to occur with advanced age (80, 90 or 100), begin to appear at a much earlier age (20, 30, 40 or 50).
    Epinephrine, for example, causes first an increase, then a decrease, in insulin production by the pancreas, resulting in a hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) level for many hours, possibly for a day or more. This high level in a diabetic person results in harmful changes in the blood vessels of the eyes (retinopathy), in the nerve tissue (neuropathy) especially in the extremities, and in the kidneys (renopathy or nephropathy). These changes occur even though diabetics are taking the correct amount of insulin and have their blood sugar level “under control.” Insulin resistance, or insulin sensitivity, is a physiological condition where insulin, the natural hormone, becomes less effective at lowering blood sugars, especially in the presence of caffeine.
    If epinephrine is manufactured in excessive amounts, due to the need for constant central nervous system stimulation, as in a nerve-racking job (naturally induced), or from taking caffeine in any form (artificially induced), sooner than later, the cells of various tissues and organs of the body begin to be destroyed. Then synthetic hormone preparations must be taken because the naturally-produced thyroid, male or female hormones, cortisol, insulin, growth factor or other hormones are no longer being manufactured in sufficient quantity.
    Drugs which serve as heart regulators, antihypertensives, beta blockers, to block the effects of the catecholamines, bronchodilators, antibiotics, diuretics, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory agents must be given as the need for them arises. Finally, in an attempt to save the patient’s life for a while, operations, such as organ transplants, coronary bypasses and cancer surgery and/or radiation and chemotherapy are performed.
    If nor-epinephrine is over-produced, due to caffeine’s effect on the adrenal medulla, to make catecholamines, then Parkinson’s, and quite possibly, Alzheimer’s disease are likely to occur. However, Alzheimer’s most likely will not occur except in the presence of aluminum and fluorides in the body (see ISSUE 2).
   TEA is doubly harmful because it contains kidney-damaging tannates as well as caffeine.
   Soft drinks and energy drinks are harmful because they contain large amounts of sugar, aspartame, phosphoric acid, artificial coloring, flavoring and preserving agents in addition to the caffeine. Even the new no-caffeine soft drinks contain many of the antinutrient ingredients just mentioned. When sugar, fat and excess protein are found in the diet, caffeine is the catalyst that increases the rate of cholesterol and plaque formation on the walls of blood vessels, ultimately leading to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, hyper-cholesteremia, congestive heart and renal failure, stroke and so on.
    According to the New England Journal of Medicine (308:1454, 1983), there is a direct relationship between the quantity of caffeine ingested and the cholesterol buildup in coronary blood vessels, leading to thrombosis.
     When aluminum is present in the lifestyle, its deposition in brain tissue is speeded up by the catalyzing action of caffeine or nicotine. Show me an Alzheimer’s Disease patient and I’ll show you a chronic caffeine-user or a smoker.
    Caffeine causes many vitamins and minerals (including the B Complex vitamins, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc) to be removed from the bones and soft tissue, resulting in heart trouble, osteoporosis, mental disorders (including the tendency toward epilepsy, depression, suicide, alcoholism and other drug addictions besides caffeine), and various skin diseases.   It has been recently stated that the major cause of death today is not heart disease or cancer but drug abuse. Caffeine, as probably the most addictive, toxic drug, should most certainly be considered a major contributing factor. One kind of drug abuse or addiction often leads to another.


     Also called lipids, they serve as the source of extra energy in the body, as well as being the vehicle for transporting and utilizing the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats serve as the raw material for many endocrine hormones, including male and female hormones, cholesterol for healthy nails, skin and hair.

    There are two classifications of fats: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats mainly come from animal products, such as butter, shortening, palm oil and coconut oil.  They are solid at room temperature, while unsaturated fats, including mono-unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, usually come from plants, such as olives, corn, sunflower, soybean, peanut or cottonseed and are liquid at room temperature.

     An over-consumption of fats leads to elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, diabetes, kidney and liver damage, and cancer. Too little dietary fat leads to a deficiency in the fat-soluble vitamins just listed, and a deficiency of vital endocrine hormones.   



Protein is derived from either animal sources, such as red meat, fish, eggs, milk and cheese, or from vegetable sources, rice and beans, soy protein or a blend of pea, rice, or potato protein, rice bran, corn bran, apple and oat fiber, mushroom extract and other ingredients. Proteins serve as building blocks for the body.

Fortunately for the body, where good nutrition is present and through chemical processes, carbohydrates, fats and proteins may be transformed from one to the other when needed. Enzymes, made up mostly of protein, are catalysts, substances which help chemical reactions to be created, or speeded up, by providing a substance which itself is not changed in the process. In order to digest proteins, the enzymes pepsin, trypsin, proteolytic and certain liver enzymes must be present. We must eat fresh sources of exogenous enzymes, found mostly in raw vegetables and fresh fruit, on a daily meal-to-meal  basis, to enable the body to manufacture its endogenous enzymes to do its job of living-- pumping blood, breathing, thinking, muscle-moving, digesting, excreting, and so on.

     When moderate amounts of protein are eaten, the stomach enzymes begin the process of digestion, the pancreatic enzymes continue the process along, and liver enzymes finish the process. The proteolytic enzymes, manufactured in the pancreas to break down proteins into amino acids, serve another function which will be discussed in detail in ISSUE 5.

    I don’t believe in the “low carb” fad, the Atkins Diet, currently going around, nor do I believe in the High Fat diet either. Overweight people must shed their excess pounds. How? By eating sufficient calories to live on, following the formula of 2/3 carbohydrates, 1/6 fats and 1/6 proteins, plus daily exercise to lose the weight. No regular or diet soda. There is no easy, pill-taking, way to lose weight. See the ISSUE 13 on Obesity.

     What liquids may we drink, and how much?  Water: purified, spring or reverse osmosis filtered, but usually not tap water or distilled; freshly-squeezed fruit juices or freshly-squeezed vegetable juices, but not from cans, bottles or cardboard containers, nor fruit and vegetable juices mixed together. Exception: freshly-squeezed carrot and freshly-squeezed apple juice may be mixed and enjoyed together. Never drink soft drinks or diet cola.

     For many years, we were advised to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. Recently it was discovered that no scientist had ever done any research to justify such a large consumption. Indeed, more damage has been done in the ensuing years by consuming such a large quantity. As with caffeine and other drugs, excessive amounts of water act as a diuretic, washing out vitamins and minerals in the urine and the feces before the nutrients can serve to feed the body at the individual cellular level.  Probably about three to four glasses would be suitable to maintain proper kidney function, blood plasma and transportation of nutrients.


                      The “B” section of THE ABC DIET

“B” stands for “Be Sure to Eat” raw, uncooked fruit or raw, uncooked vegetables with each meal. It is probably better that we eat fruit with breakfast and lunch, and salad with supper. In addition to the raw, uncooked variety, we may also eat cooked vegetables or fruit, if desired.  Some examples of raw fruit are bananas, apples, avocados, pears, melons, strawberries and other berries. Uncooked vegetables may be lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, arugula, red or green peppers, celery, and carrots.  Some of these may be eaten as cooked vegetables, in addition to other dark green, leafy varieties, squash, white and red potatoes, and so on. It is also necessary to eat a substantial amount of grains in the daily diet, such as oats, rice, corn, wheat, barley, and couscous, millet, spelt and kaput.   

Beans, such as legumes, lentils, navy, lima, adzuki, mung, cow-pea, chick-pea, soy and peas should be included in a good diet. Seeds, such as sunflower, safflower, apple, pear, squash, apricot, peach and nectarine are also necessary because they are good sources of protein, DNA and RNA; they help to protect against sickle cell crisis and cancer. Disregard what some people say about the danger of eating bitter seeds containing small amounts of cyanide; this same cyanide, found in  no more than a handful of seeds for a serving, attacks cancer cells and helps to destroy them. Pumpkin seeds are very useful in treating an enlarged prostate condition.

In summary, according to what the Macrobiotic Foundation has advised, the diet should be made up of approximately 50% grains, 25% vegetables, 5% fruits, 5% beans, 5% seeds and nuts, and 10% all other foods, including soups made from fresh ingredients, not canned or bottled.

For optimal health, about 1/6 (17%) of the total daily calories may be derived from protein, 1/6 from fat, and a little more than half should be from carbohydrate sources. Bear in mind that all protein foods contain some fat as well. When some nutritionists allow the diet to contain as much as 30% protein, they, by far, misjudge the amount of protein that the endogenous enzymes can safely break down.

Why do I emphasize raw fruit and raw vegetables? They are our only usual source of fresh enzymes.  Exogenous enzymes, those from outside the body, must be eaten so that the body can produce endogenous enzymes, those manufactured in the digestive tract and so vital for a healthy life.

These endogenous (within the body) enzymes, like pepsin, amylase and trypsin, now known as carbohydrases, proteases and lipases, help in the process of digestion. Carbohydrases transform starches to sugars, lipases split up fats to fatty acids and glycerol, while proteases are found in both the stomach and the pancreas. Pepsin is the protease secreted in the stomach; trypsin and other proteolytic enzymes are manufactured in the pancreas.

Not all fruits and vegetables are for everyone. In a later ISSUE,  we will discover that some produce contains salicylate compounds which may lead to symptoms of A.D.H.D.  In general, however, each meal should contain some kind of raw fruit or vegetable.


          The “C” portion of THE ABC DIET

“C” stands for “complementing” (or, more commonly, supplementing) our diet with the proper supplements, to prevent or postpone disease, or to modify a disease for which we already show symptoms. Four good examples of how complementary items help reverse a disease are:

ARTHRITIS, Royal Jelly in Honey, one teaspoonful daily one hour before breakfast or at bedtime; and Vitamin C Complex in larger dosage;

SICKLE CELL DISEASE, a handful of apricot seeds and a multiple vitamin and mineral preparation, but no soft drinks, fluorides, chocolate, sugar, artificial substances or caffeine;

DIABETES, B-Complex, C, zinc, chromium and copper; or DOC which contains these, and no caffeine or fluorides.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES, Lecithin and DOC. No caffeine, sugar or fluorides.

The greater the disease symptoms, the greater is the need to take vitamins, minerals and other supplements to help reverse the symptoms.  The one exception to this rule is cancer. We will discuss this in ISSUE 8.

In the next Issue, the other very important ingredient-- Exercise-- to modify Disease, will be discussed.