Paavo Airola - Nutrition Forum - Let's Live - September 1976 Index

Cell Salts

Q. Please let me know where I can get cell salts. My nature food store does not have it. I am using sea salt, are they the same? Mrs. I.H., New Haven, Conn.

A. No, sea salt and so-called cell salts are two completely different things. Most health food stores carry them both. Cell salts are also some times called tissue salts. If your health food store doesn't carry cell salts, check the advertisements in this magazine (also in the Classified Ad section where they are usually advertised). I had a section on Cell Salts in the November, 1975 Forum [ which is unavailable ].

Over the Hill

Q. I am a gentleman of 63 years of age, and find my sex vigor does not last long enough to complete the act. Have you come across any given substance that could enhance the vigor at my age? I am healthy; my last complete physical showed no impairment anywhere in my body. I have been told it is mental, but I don't believe it. Would appreciate an honest answer: Am I over the hill or not? E.J., Cicero, Ill.

A. You are never too old, or "over the hill", when it comes to sex, although the frequency of sexual activity and the ability to sustain an erection usually diminishes with age. Impotence at any age is more often than not a mental problem: a few unsuccessful attempts result in fear of new failures - and, when it comes to the male sex, the fear of failure tends to produce failure. You may try treatment at one of the many sex clinics that are so popular now - ask your doctor for the address of one. Or, you may try biological and nutritional programs for male impotence that are described in detail in two of my books: How To Get Well, and Sex And Nutrition. You also may try this formula taken from How To Get Well:

Pep-Up Cocktail
(makes 2 glasses; perhaps your wife can use - and may need one)

Grind all seeds first, then blend everything in a blender. Drink one glass in the morning and one in the evening for a few weeks (must always be made fresh just before you drink it), and you just may be pleasantly surprised at the results. Also, take: in addition to all regular supplements, every day. Note: Since I am currently doing research in this area for a forthcoming article, I will appreciate it if readers, who try the above program, as well as the virility programs outlined in my books, will let me know of the attained results. All correspondence will be treated with strictest confidence, of course.

Allergic to B's

Q. I cannot take any of the vitamins B, either together or one at a time. I develop diarrhea and nausea. Is there some vitamin or other chemical missing in my digestive system? Is this a common problem? I can take brewer's yeast, and at the present time am taking vitamin B12 shots once a week. I have read that it is not wise to take only one B vitamin. I am 46 years of age, and in good health. I have asked various doctors about this, but have received no answer. C.H., Rison, Ark.

A. I've come across a few people who are allergic to vitamins, and usually it is B vitamins that cause the most trouble. You are fortunate that you can tolerate brewer's yeast. Instead of B12 shots, I would advise taking two or three tablespoons of brewer's yeast powder, which has been fortified with B12, each day. Take it in some sour juice and always on an empty stomach like one hour before a meal. This will give you all the B vitamins you need, since you are in good health. Also, take three to five tablets (or one tsp. powder) calcium lactate to balance powder) calcium lactate to balance the excess phosphorus in that much brewer's yeast.

Lupus Erythematosus

Q. My 32-year-old daughter is doctoring for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. The doctor has her on Prednisone - at one time she was taking 45 mg. daily but is now on 5 mg. She has some pain on 5 mg., but doesn't want to take more than necessary. Could you please suggest dietary supplements to help her. She is taking 3,000 mg. vitamin C, licorice capsules, 400 mg. niacin, B complex, desiccated spleen, yucca tablets, vitamin E, and a multiple formula. This is just by guessing and reading books. I would appreciate your help. Mrs. M.D., Seminole, Fl.

A. I would suggest gradually getting off Prednisone, or at least reducing the dosage to as low as possible, beginning with 2.5 mg. In your vitamin program one of the most important vitamins for your daughter's condition, vitamin A, is missing. She may take up to 100,000 units for 3 months, then reduce to 25,000 units. Also, manganese supplement and cod liver oil would be beneficial. Carrot and celery juice should be taken daily. Generally, she should follow the Optimum Diet with emphasis on raw foods, sprouts, and an abundance of organically grown raw vegetables and fruits.


Q. Please tell us how many B vitamins there are, and if it is wise to take isolated B vitamins separately without B-complex. K. R. J. , Phoenix, AZ.

A. There are over 20 known (discovered and identified) B vitamins at present, and new ones are being discovered at a fast rate. It is, indeed unwise to medicate yourself with large doses of individual B vitamins for prolonged periods of time as this would increase the need for other vitamins from the B-complex, and eventually lead to imbalances and deficiencies. Isolated B vitamins, even in mega-doses, may be taken, of course, on recommendation of nutritionally trained doctors, as a part of a doctor-supervised course of treatment. But, even then, I would suggest that in addition to prescribed B vitamin, the patient be given simultaneously the whole B complex, preferably in natural form. He should also be advised to supplement his diet with one to three tablespoons of brewer's yeast, the richest natural source of all B vitamins. For those who take B vitamins in high potency on their own, I would advise the use of 100% natural B-complex brand made from brewer's yeast or other natural sources.

Nail Ridges

Q. I have read (not in your book) that longitudinal ridges on the finger nails are signs of anemia. I have such ridges. I went to the doctor, and he found that my hemoglobin count was 41, which, he said meant that I did not have anemia. Doctors pooh-pooh the idea that nail ridges are symptoms of anemia. I also have seborrhea dandruff, and all chemicals seem to bother my eyes. My urine has an offensive odor. I do not eat meat, but use dairy products, take B12, yeast, wheat germ, kelp, molasses, vitamins A, D, E, C, zinc, and sometimes B vitamins, although I would rather get them in food. But, the nail ridges are still there. S. McM., Seattle, Wash.

A. Ridges in the fingernails may or may not be caused by anemia. In your case, they apparently are not. Your diet and supplements seem to be adequate, but I would include also a natural high-potency brand of B complex tablets, and also some extra B6 and folic acid - they are all involved in the growing of healthy fingernails. Make sure your vitamin A is natural, from fish liver oils. Other specifics for fingernails are: silica tablets, multiple mineral-trace element formula, and vitamin B15. Eggs contain the high quality sulfur containing amino acids that are needed for healthy nail growth. Make sure your wheat germ is 100% fresh. Rancid wheat germ may contribute to your seborrhea, and even to more serious health problems. Brewer's yeast is an excellent nutritional equivalent (sans oils and vitamin E) of wheat germ, and it never turns rancid - use more of it. Use a brand which contains B12. Also, do not forget that in addition to adequate nutrition, plenty of regular exercise is needed to oxygenate your blood, keep it healthy and red, and prevent anemia. By the way, you must have misunderstood your doctor's report. Your hemoglobin count could not possibly be 41. It must have been the hematocrit, which is normally between 37 and 47 for a woman. The normal hemoglobin count ranges from 12 to 16 gr., although many doctors would consider 12 to be a sign of anemia.

A Hair-Raising Question

Q. I am a 22 year old man in excellent health. I enjoy all sports, I do OK with the girls, I eat a very good diet (my parents are health-foodists), but I have one problem that makes my life miserable - I am losing my hair rapidly, and it looks like by the time I'm 30, I'll be totally bald, just like my father. My mother bought your book, Stop Hair Loss, which I read, and I also went to hear you speak at the health convention in September in L.A. I noticed that you have thinning hair yourself. If you are an expert nutritionist, and still don't know how to prevent your own hair loss, how come you wrote a book on the subject? I hope you aren't offended by such a question, and please don't misunderstand me, I think you're great. But, I am desperate is there any hope for me? J.P. , Ontario, CA.

A. Thanks, I needed that! I mean, I needed your question to give me a chance to explain the true cause of male-pattern baldness. My book, Stop Hair Loss, is the only book on hair problems that gives the real, scientifically proven explanation of male-pattern baldness. There have been many theories regarding the cause of baldness, but none of them have proven to be scientifically valid. Circulation problems, the pressure of hats, nutritional deficiencies, mental stress, heavy intellectual work - all these and many more theories can be dismissed by one question - why men only? Certainly women are subjected to the same stresses and nutritional deficiencies.

Why, then, is it that women don't get bald, but men do? The hat pressure was a popular theory, but now we have a whole generation of men who have grown up without hardly ever having a hat on their heads - yet, baldness is more widespread than ever!

The enigma of baldness was solved by two prominent scientists, Dr. Kessler from Germany, and Dr. Lars Engstrand from the famous Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Their research, as well as clinical work on thousands of patients, has definitely established that the male-pattern baldness is caused by hormonal imbalance. The excess of male sex hormones causes thickening of the galea, a membrane that covers the scalp, which in turn causes tension and pressure on the blood vessels in the scalp and constricts the circulation. This prevents an adequate supply of blood to the hair follicles, and results in gradual diminishing of hair growth, and eventual baldness. This hormonally caused male-pattern baldness is responsible for about. 95% of all baldness in men. The other 5% can be caused by various pathological conditions, such as seborrhea, drugs, nutritional deficiencies, poisonings, etc. These factors, which also affect women, seldom cause permanent baldness. Normal hair growth is usually restored when such conditions are corrected. But male-pattern baldness, which is caused by an excess of male sex hormones, is not directly related to nutrition nor to the general health. A man can be in top physical condition - a Yul Brynner type he-man - and still be bald. Unfair as this may seem, men with generous sex hormone production - exceptionally virile - have a greater chance of losing their hair.

Mental and emotional stresses, and excessive brain work can cause tension in the muscle tissues of the scalp and contribute to hair loss by constricting the blood vessels, but still, the excess of male sex hormones is, by far, the biggest cause of baldness in men.

This has been scientifically demonstrated by Dr. Engstrand. He removed the galea (which was enlarged in balding men) surgically, and 70 to 80% of his patients experienced an increased hair growth within six months. It is well known medically that the administration of female sex hormones to men will immediately result in vigorous hair growth. It will feminize them, and diminish their interest in the opposite sex, but it will give them a full head of hair. It is also well-known that eunuchs (men who have been castrated, either for medical reasons, or those who work in Oriental harems) have vigorous hair growth on the head, but no beards.

Perhaps in learning all this, you will be less concerned by your condition. And, also, stop wondering when you see my thinning hair, or when you see my good friends and well known, knowledgable nutritionists, Dr. Kurt Donsbach and John Tobe - you see, we know how we could change our hair growing pattern, but we choose to remain as we are!

Now, while hair loss in the male is a strictly hormonal question, graying of the hair is largely a nutritional question. Graying is caused by nutritional deficiencies and can be prevented (even in some cases, corrected) by nutritional means. The Optimum Diet of properly selected foods, with emphasis on whole grains, seeds and nuts, and specific supplements of brewer's yeast and such B-complex vitamins as niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, choline, inositol, PABA, and folic acid, will help your hair to retain its natural color.

By the way, the best thing I know to counteract the constricted circulation of the scalp due to enlarged galea, without endangering your masculinity, is to do one to two minute headstands 2-3 times a day. This will force the blood into the scalp and improve the feeding of the nutrition-starved hair roots.

About Vitamins

Q. What is preferable: vitamin tablets, capsules, or slide-gelatin capsules? In a tropical temperature, like Florida, is it best to keep vitamins and minerals refrigerated, or just at room temperature? - J. B.. Miami Beach, Fla.

A. All are equally useful. Manufacturers use various methods of tableting and capsuling, depending on the need and suitability of materials, as well as the best way of preserving potency and therapeutic value of supplements. Example: You cannot put oils in a tablet form, that's why they are capsuled. As a general rule, vitamins and supplements keep best when refrigerated. This is especially true in humid, tropical areas like yours.

Vitamin Dosages

Q. When one reads the popular literature on nutrition, one is constantly finding recommendations to take this or that with only occasional recommendations as to quantity. When one reads further, one finds vague suggestions that there are limits as to how much one should take, and balances that have to be preserved; and sometimes conditions under which some things ought not to be taken except in minimal amounts. Too much zinc dulls the mind. Vitamin E lowers blood sugar. Vitamins A and D have debilitating effects in large doses. Iron drives vitamin E out. Calcium drives out magnesium, etc. But, how much is too much? How much is too much choline? Too much biotin? What ought one to look for to judge his own limits? Can you tell me where, in what book, or articles, can one find this very important information about over-dosage, the signs of over-dosage, the consequences of over-dosage, and critical balances and incompatabilities. I can find nothing but spotty information. R.G., Hillsboro, N.H.

A. I agree with you that most popular health books do not state the quantity or dosage of recommended vitamins or minerals. My book, How To Get Well, is an exception. It clearly states the recommended dosages for all vitamins and supplements in the treatment of virtually all common ailments. It also contains chapters on "Why and How to Take Vitamins" and "How to Distinguish Between Natural and Synthetic Vitamins." In another specific section, "Vitamin and Mineral Guide", every vitamin and mineral (including even those that are not listed in any other current publication, such as B15, B17, B13, selenium, lithium, molybdenum) is discussed in detail as to its functions, deficiency symptoms, natural sources, MDR, the usual therapeutic doses, and possible harm from overdoses. Believe me, I hate to toot my own horn, but you asked where to get this information, so I must give you the answer.


Q. Can you give me a diet for the prevention and treatment of glaucoma? Does diet affect glaucoma? G.M.R., St. Petersburg, Fla.

A. To date, it has not been shown that any particular diet is of specific value in prevention or cure of glaucoma. It is generally believed that restoration of vision already lost due to nerve degeneration caused by increased intraocular pressure, cannot occur. However, certain nutritional and other biological factors have been associated with effective control of the condition and preserving the remaining sight. These are:

  1. Vitamin C and vitamin C-rich foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits. It has been demonstrated in Italian studies that intraocular pressure in glaucomatous eyes can be dramatically reduced by oral mega-doses of vitamin C up to 20-25,000 mg. daily.
  2. Tobacco, coffee, and tea are aggravating factors.
  3. The climate is also an important factor. Great temperature changes too cold or too hot are harmful. A temperate climate with even temperatures is better tolerated by patients with glaucoma.
  4. Prolonged eye stress, such as excessive reading or TV watching, and using sunglasses, must be avoided.
  5. The Optimum Diet, with a full spectrum of vitamin and mineral supplements, which must include rutin, vitamin A, and choline, is imperative.