"When I wrote many papers early in my career, they were considered pretty
good as long as they did not say anything, like most psychiatric papers
today." (Dr. Abram Hoffer)

The DOCTOR YOURSELF NEWSLETTER  Vol 2, No 10  March 24, 2002
"Free of charge, free of advertising, and free of the A.M.A."
Written by Andrew Saul, PhD, of http://www.doctoryourself.com , a free
online library of over 300 natural healing articles with nearly 4,000
scientific references.

"One of my complaints about hospitals is that, on the rare occasion when my
patients are admitted, they promptly stop my whole (nutritional) program,
place them on other medication, take away their vitamins, and when they are
discharged and returned to me, I have to start them all over again. A few
determined patients have had their families smuggle the vitamins to them and
a few patients have surreptitiously taken them on their own. One of the
patients hid them in his boots so that he could take them when alone."
(Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD)

Editor's Note: To read half a dozen megavitamin therapy papers by Dr.
Hoffer, just do a search for "Hoffer" at

If you or a loved one must hospitalized, be sure to take your supplements
while you're there. Do not be intimidated by hospital staff. When they try
the following  bogus arguments, you'll be ready:

Unacceptable Reasons for Stopping Vitamins:
a. "Vitamins will interfere with your tests." Just have the words "takes
vitamins" added onto any paperwork. Interpretation can readily be made. If
there is a specific and essential test or procedure that clearly requires
suspension of vitamin supplements, you can stop the day before and resume
immediately after it is over. This way you only lose a day.

b. "Vitamins will be dangerous after surgery."
Since all nutrition textbooks indicate a substantially increased need for
vitamins during wound healing, this is illogical. Some patients have been
told that their blood-thinning medications (like "Coumadin" brand warfarin)
are incompatible with vitamins, especially K, C and E. First of all, your
supplements do not contain any vitamin K, because your intestinal bacteria
make it for you.

Vitamin C may lessen clotting time, and vitamin E may increase it. Taking
both allows the body to achieve a natural balance. If you are given
Coumadin, your prothrombin time should be monitored. Since they are
constantly taking blood for some reason or other anyway, your "pro-time" can
be checked often. Instead of reducing your vitamins, doctors can simply
adjust the amount of their drug.

c. "Vitamins are unnecessary if you eat right."
I say, long hospital stays are unnecessary if they FED you right. Since they
don't, supplements are the simple answer. If you find a hospital that feeds
you a vegetarian, three-quarters raw food diet (blended or juiced for some
patients, as needed) then I will lighten up. Until then, "hospital food"
will continue to deserve its almost pathogenic reputation, and supplements
are completely justified.

IT MAY BE THEIR BUILDING, BUT IT IS YOUR BODY. Accept nothing without an
explanation that is satisfactory to you. If the nurse or doctor or aide or
clerk or orderly or anyone else "says so," ask for a supervisor. If the
supervisor "says so," ask to see the hospital administrator. If she or he is
"too busy" for such contact, leave. There are other hospitals. If this sound
like shopping for a new car, well, it very nearly is. Only this is more

Remember: all bureaucracies are most sensitive at the top. Schoolchildren
(unfortunately) know that the principal is more likely to be understanding
than the teacher they just talked back to. The Board of Education will be
even more attentive. Do not argue with a nurse, doctor or hospital staff
member. DEMAND TO MEET WITH TOP AUTHORITY if there is any unresolved
problem. No hospital executive wants another lawsuit. If it takes a call to
your attorney to make your point, then do it.

Perhaps, after a tirade like this, you expect me to grab my broomstick and
wail, "I'm melting!"  I have no apology to make for asserting your right to
assert your rights.

Here's more on specifically what to do:

How to arrange to have a lifesaving intravenous vitamin C drip:

And while we're at it, here are instructions for your doctor on how to make
up and administer the vitamin C I.V.:

It shook me deeply to see my father have to crawl to the bathroom to vomit.
Dad was only in his mid 50's and was already using a cane to stand up, when
he could stand at all. He had a really bad case of Meniere's Syndrome, a
miserable collection of symptoms including recurrent ringing in the ears,
dizziness, and nausea.  Perhaps it proved to be a defining moment for me.
Seeing your father reduced to helplessness is enough to make anyone want to
know more about getting well. When you look this one up, the treatments you
come across, whether pharmaceutical or surgical, are primarily aimed at the
symptoms, because the cause of the illness is pretty much unknown.

Enter natural healing.

By trial and error, I have found that there are some drugless, scalpel-less
options for Meniere's. While the solutions shed some light on the cause, I
am interested in results.  I have seen success with what follows:

CHIROPRACTIC or osteopathic adjustment of the upper cervical (neck)
vertebrae is worth trying, first thing.

Some 20 years ago, I met a young man so dizzy that he could not read or even
watch TV without having to lie down.  Meniere's, aptly described in the
Merck Manual as "prostrating," certainly is capable of flooring a person.
Such was the case with Lowell, a college dropout.  He had a gentle but
persistent series of manipulations which restored his life.  He was able to
read again, to return to school, and live again.  How so? The practitioner
discovered that his two top neck vertebrae, the atlas and the axis, were
practically at right angles to each other, and to the skull as well.  This
seemingly impossible state of affairs turned out to be due to a summer job
Lowell had a few years before: he was a sparring partner for boxers in
training.  He had almost literally had had his block knocked off.

The closest to such an experience my father had was when he was knocked out
of the box, figuratively speaking, while in training to become a New York
Yankee pitcher.  Well, he did not quite make it to the farm team. Still, my
Pop struck out the guy who would become the Commissioner of Baseball twice,
and in one game no less.

But I digress, as usual.

Pa refused to go to a chiropractor until his Meniere's was so bad he could
not take it any more.  He'd been on various ineffective medications from
various ineffective physicians, none of whom gave chiropractic the time of
day.  But I managed to get him to a D.C. for a visit or two.

Pa said it did not help one bit.

He then began taking vitamins, notable the B-complex in fairly high doses.
Pa had no praise for that, either.

But over a period of months, his specialist-diagnosed Meniere's went away.

I had persistent suspicions that the natural approach had helped him.

Since then, I have come across references showing that niacin (vitamin B-3)
was used for Meniere's syndrome since the 1940's.  In long term therapy,
improvement has been obtained with only 150-250 mg daily (Bicknell and
Prescott, The Vitamins in Medicine, 3rd ed., p 379).  This may explain why
Pa's improvement was so gradual, yet in the end, profound.

I think that Meniere's syndrome, and perhaps a number of other
difficult-to-tag neurological problems, could be a manifestation of
untreated, long-term B-12 deficiency. I discuss this, and what to do about
it, at http://www.doctoryourself.com/nasal.html

My Dad never drank anything with aspartame in it.  However, the late Lendon
H. Smith's newsletter "The Facts"  (October 1991) mentions that aspartame
("Nutrasweet") may "trigger or mimic" a Meniere's attack.  Dr. Smith
specifically lists nausea, vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus as symptoms
that say, "Stop using aspartame."

A low-fat, low-sodium, no alcohol and especially NO SUGAR diet may help a
wide variety of illnesses.  Meniere's seems to be closely connected with
chronic low blood sugar, sometimes diagnosed as hypoglycemia or Type II
diabetes). Caffeine may aggravate the condition, as might manganese
deficiency. (Balch and Balch, Nutritional Influences on Illness, p 239-240)
Zinc supplementation and moderate additional amounts of B-6 (pyridoxine) are
also worth a several-month therapeutic trial. (Werbach, M. Textbook of
Nutritional Medicine, p 475-482)

For uncomplicated simple ringing in the ears, dizziness or nausea, a 6X
potency of Kali Phos. may be surprisingly helpful.  I have personally used
this remedy for 30 years, as I have a motion sickness problem that my flight
instructor has insisted cannot be matched.  If it were not for Kali Phos, I
think I would have thrown up right in the FAA examiner's lap at Batavia

For what it's worth, these can't-hurt-to-try-them approaches may help
someone you love stop crawling, and start living.

My Dad, fully recovered from Meniere's, would walk four miles a day for the
rest of his life.  His dizziness and nausea were gone for good. His sense of
humor was not, however.  If you ever asked my father how his hearing was, he
'd invariably shout back at you:


But he did it smiling, and standing up straight.

Here's some fast, free, non-technical ways to tell if you are living a
healthy lifestyle. by looking at the way you live at home, room by room.

Kitchen: How long does it take you to wash your dishes?  The longer it
takes, the more greasy, cooked foods you are eating. Save time at the sink:
be a near-vegetarian.

Bathroom: How long does it take you to have a bowel movement?  The longer it
takes, the more you need fiber in your diet. Instant fiber solution: be a
near vegetarian.  Meatless diets usually contain at least 3 to 5 times more
fiber than most carnivores get from their McNothing meals.

And while you are in the bathroom, hop on that dreaded bathroom scale! Read
it, but don't weep: meatless menus are automatically low fat.

Bedroom: How long does it take you to fall asleep at night? High complex
carbohydrate diets help calming dietary tryptophan literally get into your

Living Room: How many ashtrays can you spot? If the answer is more than
zero, you need to stop someone from smoking. Immediately.

Garage: How many beer or soft drink bottles do you have to return for a

Car: While you drive, are you drinking caffeine or eating sugar foods?  Are
you impatient in traffic?  Pull over and buy some cashews, which are nature'
s alternative to "Prozac."  No kidding.
( http://www.doctoryourself.com/prozac.html )

Did you know that "gymnasium" is from the Greek, meaning  "to exercise
 naked"? When we were kids learning to swim, that's pretty much how it was
both at school and on Saturday mornings at our YMCA. Join me in reliving
some  favorite exercise phobias at

Touch your toes.  If you can't, you aren't.

If you cannot SEE your toes, you REALLY aren't.


I now have some more copies of the out of print 67-page Clinical Guide to
the Use of Vitamin C, by F. R. Klenner, M.D. They cost $8.00 postpaid to US
addresses; US $11.00 to Canada; US $15.00 overseas airmail.
RSVP: Please email me to hold a copy for you if you still need one. My
postal mail address will be found at the bottom of this Newsletter.

Fluoride added to public water supplies may be linked to cancer, suggests
two new studies.

"The likelihood of fluoride acting as a genetic cause of cancer requires
consideration," writes Takahashi and colleagues in the July 2001 "Journal of
Epidemiology" who found that 23 of 36 cancer sites (63.9%) were associated
positively with fluoridation status, using World Health Organization data
the U.S. Fluoridation Census.

The authors report that the National Cancer Institute provided
epidemiological evidence of a relation between cancer incidence and water
fluoridation in 1987. These findings provoked a 1990 National Toxicology
Program (NTP) study that determined fluoride could be a cancer-causing
agent. the NTP study "supplied a detailed description of the toxicology of
fluoride, not only in terms of osteosarcoma (bone cancer), but also lesions
in the oral mucosa, thyroid gland, skin and uterus...(which) prompted us to
re-test the hypothesis of an epidemiological association between water
fluoridation and cancer incidences...," wrote Takahashi, who found
fluoridation status positively correlates to cancers of the oral cavity,
pharynx, colon, rectum, hepato-bilary & urinary organs and bone cancer in

In another study, Ramesh and colleagues "propose that high fluoride bone
content might have been one of the major factors causing osteosarcoma," in
the "Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology," 2001,
Vol. 20, Issue 3. The Ramesh team analyzed bone samples of 20 Indian
osteosarcoma patients. (which) "suggest that possible adverse effects of
fluoride on the DNA of the osteosarcoma patients." Mutations in the p53
genes are the most commonly observed genetic alterations in human cancer.
Ramesh concludes "that fluoride probably causes mutations in p53."

"These new findings raise important questions about potential harm from
water fluoridation, especially when coupled with the current recognition
that ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay but has caused a massive
increase in disfiguring dental fluorosis," says lawyer Paul Beeber
( nyscof@aol.com ) of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation,
the source of this article ( http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof ).

For more information:
http://www.fluoridealert.org/f-bonecancer.htm has a number of summaries,
full-text articles, and interviews with scientists opposed to fluoridation.
http://www.doctoryourself.com/fluoridation.html is my personal take on the
http://www.doctoryourself.com/fluoride_cancer.html is the excellent paper on
cancer and fluoridation by Peter Meiers, which also appeared in the Journal
of Orthomolecular Medicine, 16:2, p 73-82.

Have you ever actually voted for, or been allowed to vote against fluoride?
Has your community ever put fluoridation of water on an election ballot?

"Is calcium ascorbate as good a form of vitamin C as ascorbic acid?"

Maybe.  Because it is non-acidic, calcium ascorbate can be just the thing
for persons with sensitive stomachs. But it costs more, and is somewhat less
"natural" than ascorbic acid, the kind of vitamin C found in foods.
Buffering good old cheap ascorbic acid with a cheap calcium tablet often
works about as well. But there is one application in which calcium ascorbate
is supreme: topical use.  It can be made into a paste with a little (very
little) water and put directly on skin or gums. (
http://www.doctoryourself.com/gums.html ) I know persons who have had
receeding gums greatly improve by using this trick.

"My multiple vitamin has a "mediciney" aftertaste. Is this due to any
vitamin in particular?

Yes, thiamin B-1.  Take vitamins with food or juice and the aftertaste will
pretty much vanish.  More easy ways to take your vitamins are posted at
Hints specific for little kids may be read at

"I have begun to take B-complex vitamins and my urine is darker
yellow-orange than before. Why?"

It is primarily due to riboflavin (vitamin B-2), an excess of which your
body is excreting.  Your body also excretes surpluses of the other water
soluble B-vitamins and vitamin C.  A surplus is good.  For example, vitamins
C and B-6 in the urine reduce the risk of bladder cancer. I debunked the old
"expensive urine" myth in Doctor Yourself Newsletter Vol 1, No 2 (Nov. 24,
2000) which you can now read at

There are close to 4,000 references posted in various bibliographies at
http://www.doctoryourself.com More than one reader has told me how hard that
is to wade through, even with a search engine. Ah, relief is only a click
away. I have compiled a short, "greatest hits" list of especially important
therapeutic nutrition papers for you at

Then you are probably built upside down.

A hiker goes to his psychiatrist because he can't sleep. "Doc," he says,
"One night I try sleeping in a canvas lean-to, and the next night I try
sleeping in a nylon dome shelter. I can't get to sleep in either. What's my

"Easy," says the psychiatrist. "Your problem is your two tents."

Ba-da, boom.

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