Paavo Airola - Nutrition Forum - Let's Live - June 1977 Index

Yogurt Lover

Q. Being very fond of yogurt, I sometimes eat two of the 8 oz. servings each day. Can this much upset the intestinal flora?

A. No danger at all, if your diet is balanced otherwise.

Hypoglycemia Specifics

Q. Your comprehensive discussion of the use of teas as a beverage makes my question somewhat redundant, but: what would you recommend as a hot morning drink for a borderline hypoglycemic who gave up coffee? Would you recommend cereal-type coffee substitutes in preference to herb teas?

My second question: Please discuss the use of bran by a borderline hypoglycemic. - W.E.F., Ventura, CA

A. Regarding your first question: I would recommend herb teas. Licorice root tea is especially beneficial for hypoglycemia, but any of the more common herb beverages may be used. I am against cereal-type coffee substitutes because of the harmful substances that develop during roasting (burning) of cereals used in the substitutes.

Regarding your second question: hypoglycemics may use raw bran moderately. It is virtually undigestible by the human digestive system, and is mainly used as "roughage" to facilitate normal elimination processes.

More On Tannin

Sometime ago in Nutrition Forum, I answered a question regarding Dr. Julia F. Morton of the University of Miami, whose research showed that regular tea, and even some herb teas, contained excessive amounts of tannin, which has been linked with a greater incidence of cancer among heavy tea drinkers. Doctor Morton also said that alfalfa tea interferes with the body's utilization of vitamin E, which I dismissed as Dr. Morton's unsupported speculation.

I received a communication from Dr. Morton, in which she presented actual scientific studies showing that her statement was, indeed, true. In studies on encephalomalacia in chickens by Singsen, et al. and by Pudelkiewicz and Matterson [1960], it was found that alfalfa contained an ethanol-soluble fraction which interfered with the absorption of vitamin E - in chicks! To my knowledge, no human studies were ever conducted to see if alfalfa has a similar effect on vitamin E in human metabolism.

I wish to repeat my advice given in the December Nutrition Forum:

Make your herb teas weak - one tsp. of dried herbs or one capsule of powdered herbs per cup. And, always drink herb teas with milk - milk neutralizes the effect of tannin and other acids in both tea and coffee. Dr. Julia Morton agreed with me on the milk advice, writing: "I am glad to see your recommendation that milk be added to herb teas as well as to ordinary tea, for there are some commonly used herb teas which contain excessive tannin. Bearberry leaves (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) for example, may contain as much as 27.5%. Blueberry leaves are also rich in tannin. Tannin content of peppermint ranges from 6 to 12%."

My Books

Q. I have been reading Let's LIVE Magazine for only a few months, but I think it is great. I wish I had known about it long ago. I think your "Nutrition Forum" is extremely helpful. I notice in your writings that you often refer to one or another of your books. Since I had never heard of you before I began reading Let's LIVE, and I haven't read your books, would you please tell me how many and what kind of books you have written and where I can buy them. K.I.M., Kalamazoo, Mich.

A. Thank you for your compliments on Let's LIVE and Nutrition Forum. So far, I have ten books published, namely:

You can buy my books from most health food stores. If your store doesn't carry them, you may write to the publisher:

Health Plus Publishers, PO. Box 22001, Phoenix, AZ. 85028.

Are Lecithin and Bran Perishable?

Q. I buy lecithin granules produced by the non-acetone extraction method. Should the package be refrigerated when I purchase it, and always be kept under refrigeration? Will these granules ever spoil and become harmful? Also, concerning raw, unprocessed bran: how long will it keep under refrigeration? - Mrs. C.M.B., S. Burlington, VT.

A. Both lecithin granules and bran are exceptionally stable, do not turn stale or rancid easily, and can be stored with or without refrigeration, although refrigeration is always best. You ask: will lecithin granules ever spoil? Of course they will - but not for several months. This also applies to bran. In the refrigerator, raw, unprocessed bran will keep for months, since it is virtually free from oil. This cannot be said about oil-rich wheat germ, which turns rancid very rapidly, even when refrigerated.

Vitamin C - Cholesterol Comment

Q. I have admired you for years and benefited enormously from your writings. But your answer to the question concerning the vitamin C cholesterol controversy in the March issue seems incomplete. The facts seem quite simple. An English study shows that vitamin C takes excess cholesterol from the insides of the arteries and veins. In time this lowers the serum cholesterol. But since the cholesterol must travel through the blood stream to be broken down, the short-range effect of taking vitamin C is the rise in serum cholesterol. But the long range effect is the lowered serum cholesterol. This occurs after the arteries and veins have been cleared. - Larry Rude, Ellensburg, Wash.

A. The above comment complements and confirms my conclusion in the March issue that vitamin C has nothing but a beneficial long-range effect on the overall cholesterol picture.

Honey For Boils

Q. I get so much good from your articles, and would like to tell you a little secret (if you don't already know). My friend had the starting of a boil under his belt, and it was very painful. I put a honey poultice on it, and we both completely forgot it for three days. I removed the bandage, and there was just a pretty pink skinned dent left. He had had no pain from the time I put the poultice on. I used pure unheated honey from the health food store. I also find that honey takes the pain out of small burns and skin injuries, too. - E.B., Hayward, CA.

A. Thank you for your "secret". I am sure you didn't want me to keep such a valuable secret all for myself, so I am sharing it with my readers.


Q. I keep hearing from different sources about pollen and its supposed health-promoting properties. Some claim it is almost a miracle food. What is your opinion on pollen? - K.I., Phoenix, AZ.

A. The miraculous powers of pollen were recognized by man since early history. Ancient texts from Egypt, Persia, and China refer to it. Greek philosophers claimed that pollen held the secret of eternal youth. It was revered as nature's own propagator of life.

Pollen is the male germ cells of the flowering plants. Bees collect pollen to feed the young working bees that produce royal jelly, the exclusive food of the Queen Bee. The analysis of pollen has shown that it is indeed a food for gods - it is the richest and most complete food in nature! It contains 20% complete protein, all the water-soluble vitamins (with the exception of B12), 3 rich supply of minerals and trace elements, and enzymes and coenzymes. The other vital substances are so-called deoxiribosides and sterines, plus traces of steroid hormone substances. There is much research from various countries showing that pollen possesses remarkable medicinal properties. Swedish and French researchers have used it successfully in treatment of chronic prostate inflammation, hemorrhoids, digestive disorders, constipation, asthma, allergies hay fever, and colonic infections. It has been demonstrated that pollen increases the body's own immunity and also stimulates and rejuvenates its glandular activity. It has been used as a general tonic in convalescence and in the treatment of symptoms of aging. It is considered to be totally harmless.

Pollen is now sold in most health food stores. It used to be prohibitively expensive, but now several brands of imported pollen (one from Spain and an exceptionally high-quality pollen from Australia) are very reasonably priced. There are also available Swedish pollen preparations in tablet form. Ask your health food store for pollen granules (pellets) or pollen tablets.

Herbs For Hypoglycemia

Q. In your article on Hypoglycemia in the March issue of Let's LIVE, you gave a list of beneficial herbs, which included juniper berries.

We live in a part of the country that is useless for growing anything except sagebrush and juniper trees. Now, is there any chance that these juniper berries that grow around here are the kind you are referring to? If so, how do we go about making them useable?

I am inclined toward diabetes, and have to watch my diet, so if it is possible to find help in our own backyard, it would be great. - Mrs. M.G., Alturas, CA.

A. The juniper berries used for hypoglycemia are not the regular common juniper berries, which likely are growing in your backyard, but Juniper Cedar berries. The botanical name is Juniperus Sabina Pinaceae. Make sure your herb is correct and authentic before you use it. When you buy from herbalists, give them the botanical name to avoid mix-up. Juniperus Sabina Pinaceae berries have a nourishing, regulating and stimulating effect on the pancreas and are useful in the treatment of both diabetes and hypoglycemia. Other specific herbs for hypoglycemia are: licorice root, Mexican wild yam, and golden seal. One herbal company from Utah put out a herbal formula combining all the above mentioned herbs. The formula is called HY-A. Your health food store may have it, or they can get it for you. '

Bloodshot Eyes

Q. I am grateful for your health magazine, Let's LIVE. Please allow me to request your nutrition information regarding my bloodshot eyes. - M.T.M., New York, NY.

A. Not knowing your age, health condition, nor the amount of stress to which your eyes are subjected, it is not possible to advise other than in a very general manner. In most cases of bloodshot eyes, vitamin B2 deficiency is indicated. In addition to my Optimum Diet, and the general vitamin and mineral supplementation, I would suggest taking the following vitamins that are specific for your condition:

This regimen usually clears eyes in a few weeks. And, if it doesn't you better check with your doctor for possible eye infection, which, in most cases, is characterized by itching in addition to redness.