Joel's Newsletter


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;


““DOC” stands for Daily One Capsule by Twinlabs, Inc.,




Volume 2 Issue 11        



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    This issue will be devoted to problems of the nervous system, the brain and the mind– alcoholism, anorexia nervosa, autism, bipolar (manic depressive state), bulimia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, drug habituation, facial pain, fibromyalgia, headache, hypochondria, insomnia, migraine, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, nervousness, Parkinson’s disease,  schizophrenia, senility and suicide. ( ADHD< /a> has been discussed separately in ISSUE 4, and Alzheimer’s disease was discussed in ISSUE 6 .)
    Strangely enough, the most common cause of all these diseases is bad nutrition, or not following the concepts of the ABC Diet. When junk food is consumed, the first system affected is the nervous system, long before the physical manifestation of a disease appears. The occurrence of mental problems should immediately tell our physicians and ourselves that improper nutrition has been going on. At that point, we should be instructed on how to improve the diet, in addition to being warned about the dangers of further consuming junk food.
   What are the elements of a good diet which are destroyed by junk food? The vitamins of the B Complex group– thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), choline, inositol, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), biotin, folate and cyanocobalamin (B12)– along with Vitamin C, are the water-soluble vitamins; that is, they dissolve in water. Because they do dissolve in water, they tend to be washed out from the body by diuretics, those chemicals which increase the flow of fluids out of the body through the kidneys.
   What are the effects of Vitamin B Complex and C?
B1 –regulate the heart and other muscles of the body, is necessary for proper digestion, especially carbohydrates, and for the functioning of nerve tissue, providing energy by helping to use sugars properly. B1 is deactivated in the presence of antacids, causing numbness of the fingers. Eating white rice only can cause a disease called beriberi, if no other source of B1 is present.
B2 –needed to break down carbohydrates and proteins into substances the body can use at the cellular level. A deficiency will show sore, cracked lips and loss of eyesight through development of glaucoma and cataracts. A lack may also result in bedsores in inert patients. People who take phenothiazine-derivative tranquilizers often show B2 deficiency symptoms.
B3 – stimulates the blood flow throughout the body besides preventing pellagra, which affects the skin, gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. It is used to lower the blood serum cholesterol and deposits in the walls of blood vessels. It has also been used in large quantities in treating arthritis, schizophrenia and senility.
B5 – essential to the manufacture of the 45 hormones of the adrenal cortex, including cortisol, which relieves inflammation, especially of the joints It also aids the body in utilizing fats, carbohydrates and proteins, helps to regulate blood sugar, serving to modify diabetes, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. It enhances, along with Vitamins B6 and C, to prevent and treat infections.
B6 –also called the anti-nausea or anti-dizziness vitamin because of its action on the specific areas of the brain and the inner ear to prevent these symptoms. It is effective in treating Meniere’s disease. Women, who become pregnant, take estrogens or birth control pills, need this vitamin in greater quantity. Acts as a diuretic in preventing premenstrual tension and bloating. Helps to prevent Herbeden’s nodes on the fingers of arthritic patients. It is the only effective non-surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Vitamin B6 is needed to break down proteins into amino acids. Tryptophan, an amino acid, needs Vitamin B6 to be metabolized. Methionine cannot be broken down beyond homocysteine (a toxic by-product appearing in atherosclerosis and other heart diseases) to a harmless, non-toxic end product without an adequate amount of B6. It helps to prevent nausea when chemotherapy is given, to prevent B6 deficient deterioration in alcoholics, prevents and dissolves gallstones, bladder stones and kidney stone, helps Vitamin A to eliminate acne, assists A and C in fighting infections, helps prevent tooth decay, aids in the manufacture of lecithin from choline and inositol, thereby lowering cholesterol levels and preventing heart attacks, and it helps iron to be utilized in the manufacture of red blood cells.
Folate –essential in preventing macrocytic or megaloblastic anemia. It is important in manufacturing red blood cells, preventing and treating severe depression, senility and mental retardation, such as Alzheimer’s disease, treating suspected spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, mouth and leg ulcers, aiding in slow wound healing, and decreasing the susceptibility of infants to illness by administering sufficient amounts of it to pregnant women. Folate is responsible for normal cell division.
Biotin –important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. A deficiency may cause trouble in the form of poor growth, skin problems, diabetes, and nerve problems including depression, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, muscular cramps and various sexual gland disorders. Nursing mothers, who have insufficient biotin in their diet, pass the deficiency on to their offspring, thus causing seborrheic dermatitis and desquamative erythroderma in the infants. The use of antibiotics in cattle and poultry to ward off disease and increase yield, has decreased the amount of biotin available from beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Choline and inositol –With the help of a liver enzyme and Vitamin B6,
these two B vitamins form lecithin, which prevents and removes cholesterol and plaque buildup in the walls of blood vessels and, with the aid of unsaturated oils such as safflower oil, reduces serum cholesterol significantly. This reduction would be extremely helpful, in conjunction with the ABC Diet and exercise, in heart disease and in cases of diminished blood supply to the brain due to clogged arteries, thus making it useful in preventing stroke and various diseases of senility. Lecithin would also help in circulatory problems of the kidneys, prostate, uterus and limbs. These two B vitamins are important factor in treating liver diseases, reducing fatty infiltration of the liver and treating cirrhosis and amyloidosis. They inhibit certain cancers, help to repair or prevent nerve damage in muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Choline is the essential ingredient of acetylcholine, the substance transmitting the impulse from the nerves to the muscles which stimulate the latter to contract. Indeed, it may be the lack of acetylcholine, due to the lack of choline in the diet, which may be responsible for the vast increase of these nerve disorders. Lack of inositol may cause insomnia and speed up the process of balding. Both of these B vitamins play an important part in the functioning and repair of both the liver and the kidneys. In conjunction with the ABC Diet and exercise, they may well prevent the increasing need of dialysis and kidney transplants. Finally, I recommend mother’s breast milk because it contains lecithin, and cow’s milk does not. The choline is helpful in establishing babies’ immune systems, protecting them against disease.
PABA – enables folic acid and B6 to be used, helps proteins to break down into amino acids, assists in the production of red blood cells, helps to prevent or relieve sunburn, helps, along with the ABC Diet, in the treatment of a skin disease called vitiligo, which is characterized by loss of pigmentation over increasingly larger areas of the skin.
B12 – helps to prevent pernicious anemia, increase energy, aid growth and appetite in children and maintain the nervous system.
   All these B vitamins are most effective if taken together, called Vitamin B Complex. I really don’t expect people to take them separately. Skin diseases such as lichen planus or tinea versicolor are successfully treated by the B Complex, provided that the ABC Diet is adhered to.
Vitamin C – necessary to maintain body cells, connective tissue, blood vessels, wound and burn healing, along with resistance and recovery from infectious disease. It serves, along with calcium, to protect us from harmful substances in our environment, such as heavy metals, tobacco, alcohol, solvents, insect sprays, toxic chemicals, excessive sunshine, and side effects from drugs such as aspirin, cortisone, anticonvulsants, pyschotherapeutic agents, sulfa and antibiotics. C helps to strengthen tooth enamel, converts blood sugar into energy, helps to prevent blood clots in the heart, lungs and brain, and it helps to prevent gall bladder, kidney and urinary bladder trouble. C also helps the utilization of iron in the manufacture of hemoglobin, strengthens the entire endocrine gland system, including the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal and sex glands. In this manner we are guarded against diabetes, obesity, cancer, impotence, stunted growth, arthritis and many other diseases. C relieves the symptoms of colds and cough if given in large doses immediately upon the onset of symptoms. Vitamin C should always be taken with other members of the C Complex family, namely, hesperidin, bioflavonoids, rutin and acerola, because these help to prevent capillary fragility in the blood vessels, including stroke, heart disease, aneurysms, phlebitis, hemorrhoids, broken blood vessels in the eyes, arms or legs due to cortisone therapy and leukemia.
   What diuretics are found most commonly associated with the body? Water, drinks which contain caffeine or theobromine and certain drugs which are used in the treatment of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. People, because of “scientific studies” which never were done, have been programmed into thinking that they must drink 8 glasses of water a day. This much water, even if caffeinated drinks and diuretic drugs were not used, would be more than enough to cause the water-soluble vitamins, found in food or in a supplement, to be washed out of the body before they have the opportunity to nourish it. Secondly, if coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, hydrochlorthiazide and other drugs are taken, there is a strong diuretic action, again prematurely ridding the body of the water-soluble vitamins. When caffeine drinks are taken, the diuretic action can remain in the body for as much as four days, starving the cells of proper nutrition.
     What minerals are destroyed by junk food? Magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, chromium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iodine, selenium and sulfur. What are the uses of these minerals and the harmful results to the body that occur with a deficiency of each of them?
Magnesium – lack of magnesium-based enzyme systems, resulting in hundreds of problems in the body, including the enzymatic breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins in digestion; dental decay; gall stones, bladder stones and kidney stones. If alcohol is consumed, five times as much magnesium is excreted from the body compared to water, which can lead to heart attacks, coronary thrombosis, tremors, nervousness, diarrhea, nausea, sleeplessness and bad dreams. If calcium is supplemented, or large quantities of milk products are consumed, without supplementing half as much magnesium, the same problems can occur (see ISSUE 12) due to more magnesium being excreted than it should.
Calcium – used with Vitamin C and PABA to protect the skin against sunburn and certain skin cancers. With magnesium, Vitamin D and phosphorous, in the right proportions, calcium builds healthy bones and teeth and prevents osteoporosis. With magnesium it helps to maintain the integrity of the heart and blood vessels. With Vitamins B6, C and E, it enables iron to be used in red blood cells. With zinc, it helps to maintain enzyme systems including pancreatic and reproductive function. With magnesium, B Complex, C and D it relieves symptoms of pre-menstrual tension, nervousness, insomnia and headache. With Vitamins C and E, it relieves muscular cramps in the legs, finger tremors and bone pain in the neck and back. With lecithin, safflower oil, Vitamins B complex and C, calcium helps to reduce cholesterol and plaque deposits in the blood vessels– provided that the poisonous substances in the “A” group of the ABC Diet have been deleted from the diet. Remember that when calcium is supplemented, half as much magnesium must also be supplemented, as in CalMag tablets, and an above average multiple vitamin and mineral preparation containing Vitamins A, B Complex, C, D and E must also be taken.
Iron – when taken with Vitamins B Complex, C, E, calcium, copper, molybdenum and cobalt, it serves as the main ingredient in red blood cells which transports oxygen from the lungs to all other parts of the body, including the skin, other organs and muscles. Iron is poorly absorbed in the absence of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, or in the presence of antacids or other alkaline material, coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, tobacco and alcohol.
Zinc – enhances the action of Vitamins A, B Complex, C and E and the minerals manganese and selenium, makes up part of the molecule of many enzyme systems needed by the body for proper digestion, breathing, liver metabolism, pancreatic function and proper maintenance of both the male and female reproductive system. Sufficient intake of zinc, along with listed the vitamins and minerals, would reduce the number of glaucoma, cataract, hysterectomy and prostatectomy operations presently being performed. Drinking alcohol and preparations containing caffeine causes the excessive excretion of zinc, as well as magnesium, causing fatigue; depression; loss of sense of taste, smell, appetite, sight and hearing ; sterility; poor growth; body odor; stretch marks; white spots in the fingernails; atherosclerosis; sickle cell crisis; juvenile and adult diabetes; cancer; A.I.D.S, acrodermatitis enteropathic and slow healing. However, an excess of zinc can cause a loss of copper from the body, resulting in an anemia due to incomplete iron metabolism. Conversely, too much copper in the body can cause a zinc deficiency. Taking an excess of calcium can block zinc absorption, resulting in the conditions listed above.
Chromium and copper – act with insulin in the area of the glucose metabolism of carbohydrates, in amino acid metabolism of proteins, and in the fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis in fat metabolism. These two minerals are in short supply in our diet because of the high consumption of products containing white flour and sugar, so they should be supplemented, in addition to following the ABC Diet, in order to prevent high blood sugar (diabetes) and high blood pressure (hypertension). A chronic lack of chromium can cause stunted growth in children, mental retardation and general weakness in adults.
Potassium – an element found inside every cell, regulates water balance in the body. A deficiency can be caused by intake of alcohol, refined sugar, coffee, tea, soft drinks, excessive salt, diarrhea or vomiting, thiazide diuretics, and cortisone therapy. This results in irregular heartbeat, loss of muscle motor control, diabetes, allergies, high blood pressure, heart conditions, impaired brain function and dry skin. However, too much potassium can result in loss of sensation in the arms and legs, paralysis, mental confusion, weakness, heaviness of the legs, a fall in blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. If the diet is well-balanced, including fruits such as oranges and bananas, and green leafy vegetables and unpeeled potatoes, we will receive sufficient potassium for proper body functioning.
Phosphorous -- stored in the teeth and the bones, this mineral is necessary for the utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, for muscular contraction, metabolism of certain B Complex vitamins and for hormone production. Aluminum and magnesium antacids, excessive iron and refined sugar interfere with the proper absorption and utilization of phosphorous. Protein foods such as meat, eggs and nuts are rich in it. Eliminating eggs from the diet can lead to insufficient phosphorous intake, upset of the calcium-phosphorous ratio (2.5:1), leading to such diseases as arthritis, dental problems, rickets, osteoporosis and osteomalacia, unwanted weight loss, nervousness and weakness. Without eggs, the serum cholesterol level will still remain high, unless lecithin and Vitamin B6 are added to the diet.
Manganese – plays an important role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, in proper nerve function and bone development, muscle coordination, and utilization of certain vitamins and hormones. It is used, along with Vitamin A and selenium, in reducing eye pressure in glaucoma. A lack of manganese may lead to diseases in which there is loss of muscle motor co-ordination, such as multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, back pains and disk trouble. Adhering to the ABC Diet and taking sufficient manganese will often help to relieve many of these conditions.
Iodine – plays an important role in metabolism. It is indispensable in the normal-functioning thyroid gland because it makes up an integral part of the hormone thyroxine. This hormone is responsible for proper energy level, growth rate, mental and speech ability, metabolism regulating fat deposition. A lack of iodine, characterized by retarded physical and mental development called cretinism, also causes arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), rapid pulse, heart palpitation, nervousness, obesity and slowed metabolism. Iodine was used by Max Gerson, M.D., in curing cancer patients. He discovered that table salt encourages the growth of cancer and iodine represses it. The age of highly salted “fast foods” seems to back him up– statistically, cancer has gone up from one in twenty-five deaths to one in three, just in the past fifty years or so.



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

Selenium Selenium – this is a mineral that has anti-oxidant properties. It works, in conjunction with vitamins A, C and E to help prevent premature aging and cancer, particularly breast cancer. With manganese, A and C, it helps to prevent cataracts. By supplementing this mineral in small amounts or eating bran and wheat germ, one can prevent certain undesirable oxidative reactions from occurring in the body, such as hardening of the arteries, prostatic enlargement, diseased female reproductive organs, liver damage and poor vision or blindness due to cataracts.  

Sodium, 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; may also raise blood pressure, especially in the presence of caffeine and chocolate.
Sulfur– needed by the body to maintain healthy nails, skin, hair, carbohydrate and protein metabolism, proper emulsifying of fats, provide natural defense against bacterial infection, and to prevent or treat acne, scabies and other skin conditions. By eating enough protein foods, such as beef, dried beans, nuts and fish, we can get sufficient sulfur to satisfy our body needs.
    So, the rewards of following the ABC Diet plus exercise, are often the prevention and successful treatment of alcoholism, anorexia nervosa, bipolar (manic depressive state), bulimia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, drug habituation, facial pain, fibromyalgia, headache, hypochondria, insomnia, migraine, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, nervousness, pain, Parkinson’s disease,  schizophrenia, senility and suicide. (ADHD has been discussed separately in ISSUE 10, and Alzheimer’s disease was discussed in ISSUE 9.)
   The present-day use of drugs in treating these conditions without following A-E is almost valueless. I have seen many adult boarding homes where patients are given large daily doses of psychotherapeutic drugs to keep them under control without really improving their conditions. These patients are chronic high users of caffeinated soft drinks and cigarettes.
   Indeed, the success of tranquilizers and mood-elevator drugs, created by large drug manufacturers, lies in their ability to simulate the effects of the B Complex vitamins without being able to heal the conditions for which they are used. Many times the manufacturers, in order to get their product approved by the F.D.A., make multiple clinical tests using these drugs and publish only the results of those tests which may prove more effective than the placebo. I call this deception and contrary to what Science should be doing to promote healing.
   The secret of successfully treating all these diseases of the nervous system is to begin treatment with the ABC Diet plus Exercise immediately upon diagnosis. The cost of supplementing large doses of B Complex, C and moderate dose of vitamin E, and certain minerals to treat these ailments is minuscule in comparison to the current high cost of using largely ineffective drugs. Psychotherapy will still be necessary in many of these conditions, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, alcoholism and drug habituation, prevention of suicide, schizophrenia and bipolar disease, but the results utilizing THE ABC DIET + Exercise, along with psychotherapy, will be far more successful.
   The main problem is persuading physicians to get patients to follow THE ABC DIET and use the vitamins and minerals in therapeutic doses. Both caffeine, tobacco and sugar addictions are difficult to cure, but cure them we must, to prevent and successfully treat mental and physical diseases.
    By drastically reducing sugar consumption, and using CalMag and Vitamin B6, we will reduce dental decay, thus negating the need for fluorides in toothpaste, rinses and mouthwashes, which will, in turn, reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease, hypoglycemia and many others. Then toothpaste manufacturers will once again make safe products which clean teeth and don’t contain fluorides, a step in the right direction toward preventing and curing disease.
    Finally, a quick review of the diseases in this ISSUE and how best to treat them:

Pain, headache, migraine, facial pain– Treatment: THE ABC DIET + Exercise, a high potency multiple vitamin and mineral preparation, such as Daily One Capsule by Twinlabs, Inc., (hereafter called DOC), or the approximate equivalent; CalMag; Lecithin; Vitamin C 1000 Complex; Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol acetate) 200 I.U. capsule  taken with butter;, and Zinc 25 to 50 mg.

Hypochondria– the state of an apparently “well” person being constantly worried about his health. The hypochondriac is usually categorized by his doctor as having nothing wrong with him, only suffering from an “imagined” illness. I believe that, in many cases, the body is telling the patient’s subconscious brain that long-continued, poor nutritional habits have caused a state of pre-illness, undetectable by present medical technique. Treatment: ABC DIET + Exercise,  DOC, CalMag, Lecithin, Vitamin C Complex 1000, Vitamin E and zinc.

Alcoholism,  anorexia, autism, bipolar (manic-depressive state), bulimia,  depression, drug dependency,  nervousness, schizophrenia, and suicide tendency. Treatment: A-E, DOC with breakfast, B50 or B100 (contains all the B Complex vitamins 50 or 100 mg. strength), with lunch and supper, Lecithin, CalMag, Vitamin C 1000 Complex, Vitamin E, zinc and psychotherapy. In my opinion, psychotherapy without A-E is almost worthless. .  For best results, A-E should be started immediately upon diagnosis of the disease. Aggression found with autism may be vastly reduced with A-E plus DOC. With regard to alcoholics, they should be given a DOC capsule upon entering an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and enough DOC capsules to last until the next meeting. One should recommend that psychologists and psychiatrists give alcoholics and mentally disturbed patients a DOC capule before seeing them and, again, enough DOC capsules to last until their next appointment.
Insomnia– A-E  DOC with breakfast, Lecithin, CalMag, Vitamin C 1000 Complex, and zinc.
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), fibromyalgia (FM), muscular dystrophy (MD), multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis (MG), Parkinson’s disease(PD) and senility (dementia)– A-E as much as possible, DOC, Lecithin, CalMag, Vitamin C 1000 Complex and Vitamin E.  For best results, A-E should be started immediately upon diagnosis of the disease.

   Do I honestly believe that A-E can cure all these diseases or prevent the symptoms from progressing further? Let me tell you about one of my customers who was suffering from myasthenia gravis. I got him to give up drinking alcohol for several months and the symptoms disappeared. Then he went back to drinking alcohol and, rapidly, the symptoms reappeared.
   This is not hearsay; I saw it with my own eyes. I am grateful for my thirty-three years of pharmacy practice where I was able to experience things that others would never have seen.