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


Q. Would you have any suggestions or solutions to the fibrositis, or more commonly called cellulite (orangerind syndrome)? It seems to be prevalent in females only. I have it on the upper thigh, which seems the most common. Medical doctors don't seem to know too much about the condition or its cause (or care to know about it when it is cosmetic). I am a natural food oriented person, take ample vitamin supplements, and get plenty of exercise. It is very unsightly looking, and I would appreciate any information or suggestion relating to this, particularly the cause. - J.V.B., Franklin, Mass.

A. I think you are confusing fibrositis with cellulite. They are quite different conditions. Fibrositis is an excessive growth of fibrous tissue, usually due to an injury or inflammation, such as that which takes place about a shoulder involved in bursitis, or like a tennis elbow. Cellulite is an excessive growth of fatty tissue, although sometimes both fibrous and fat tissue can be combined.

The exact cause of excessive cellulite buildup is not known, but most experts agree that the primary cause is excessive caloric intake, especially in the form of fat, oils, and fatty foods. The secondary cause could be hormonal imbalances, especially the excess of female sex hormones. Thyroid insufficiency can also be involved.

The only truly workable solution is eating less, i.e., eating less calories than the body burns daily, forcing the body to consume its own fat deposits. Especially, all fat-containing foods should be practically eliminated. Naturally, all refined sugar and white flour products, which are easily changed into fat in the body, must be avoided. In addition to the dietary restrictions, vigorous massage of affected areas, possibly with a powerful vibrator, daily dry brush massage, sweat baths, and lots of indoor and outdoor exercise are extremely important.

Poor Sexual Response

Q. I have always read your column with great interest, and have been hoping for a discussion of my problem, but none has been forthcoming.

I am in my early sixties, and had a complete hysterectomy about 12 years ago because of a growth. I am in good health, take a full complement of vitamins, am happily married, and lead an active life. During the past five or six years (I don't recall exactly, although I am sure it did not immediately follow the hysterectomy), I have found that my sexual responses are very poor most of the time, and even when I feel aroused emotionally there is never a vaginal flow at the time of intercourse. I use one of the petroleum jellies on the market, but this obviously is not ideal either for me or my husband. Incidentally, I find the petroleum jellies irritating, and wonder if anything else could be used instead.

Is the change that has taken place in me irreversible, or is there anything that could help at all? I've felt too inhibited to discuss this with my doctor, and would appreciate a response in your column. - S.A., New York, NY.

A. It is rather common that with age, the vaginal lubrication is diminished. This is due to several factors, but lowered estrogen levels is the most likely factor in your case. At the end of the reproductive cycle, the hormone producing glands, such as the ovaries, become inactive. Also, the lowered levels of other endocrine hormones, such as thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal hormones, can contribute to diminished sexual interest and/or response. Likewise, dietary lack of the following vitamins or the body's inability to utilize them properly, can contribute to the symptoms you describe: vitamin B, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin A.

A. The lack of hydrochloric acid is a common cause of mineral deficiencies in older people. It is also known that severe deficiencies of calcium and magnesium can, result in shriveled sex glands and loss of sex interest. Needless to say, chronic fatigue, depression, boredom, and mental and physical stresses can drive away the ecstasy from the bedroom and contribute to vaginal dryness.

To answer your question whether your lack of sexual response is permanent, or if it can be corrected, I am inclined to believe that if you build up your physical and mental health to the optimum level, and will continue to show warmth, tenderness, and love towards your husband, and meet without inhibitions his sexual and emotional needs, your body will respond with normalizing all its functions and secretions.

Hulled vs Unhulled Sesame Seeds

Q. There is a report that unhulled (brown) sesame seeds are harmful in the diet because they contain oxalate of calcium. Do you prefer the hulled (white) sesame seeds, even though they have a lower calcium content? Please comment.- R.M.; Santa Monica, CA.

A. The report to which you are referring is correct. I have never recommended eating unhulled (brown) sesame seeds because the sesame seed hull is not only difficult to digest, but the calcium oxalate crystals it contains may be harmful and toxic to the body, possibly contributing to mineral depletion and kidney stones. Even though hulled (white) sesame seeds do contain less calcium, they are preferable to the unhulled ones. Unfortunately, until recently, the hulling of sesame seeds involved the use of strong, caustic chemicals such as lye, neutralizing acids, and bleaches, as well as high temperatures. Now, however, a new process of de-hulling has been developed, which does not involve the use of toxic chemicals. Such superior quality sesame seeds, produced by a chemical-free de-hulling technique, are now available in most health food stores.

Kidney Stones

Q. l have been plagued with kidney stones. Everyone seems to have a remedy: lime juice, Vitamin C, large doses of magnesium. Won't you please help me and publish an answer and give me some good nutritional advice finally! - J.C., Daytona Beach, Fla.

A. The following nutritional and herbal measures have been employed successfully for kidney stones:

  1. Magnesium oxide m up to 500 mg. daily.
  2. Vitamins B-6 (200 mg), A (75,000 Units), and C (up to 3,000 mg. daily) for up to three months.
  3. Specific herbs that are known to be able to dissolve kidney stones: dyer's root, catnip, and parsley.
  4. Cranberry juice or fresh or frozen cranberries.

Avoid oxalic acid-containing or producing foods, such as rhubarb, spinach, and vegetables of the cabbage family. Diet should be low in sodium, a vegetarian, low-protein diet. Watermelon is a good food to help flush kidneys. Maintenance doses of all other vitamins and minerals are taken in addition to the above mentioned.

Sourdough Bread Fiasco

Q. Dear Dr. Airola: Have you eaten the sourdough rye bread made by the recipe you have in your books? My wife fixed it and it was terrible - very tacky on adding the 8th cup of flour. The surface after baking was very hard - our dog thought it was a bone and licked it! The taste was extremely sour, totally unpalatable. The whole house smelled sour. We followed your instructions including the culture preparation. Very disappointing. Any comments? - C.S., Seal Beach, CA. P.S. Since my feedback may seem negative, I wish to stress that I have read most of your books, and value tremendously your teachings on nutrition and natural healing. Our diet and our lives have been radically changed for the better after reading your books.

A. What can I say, except that your dog apparently has good taste! If you have never seen or eaten the genuine European-type of black sour rye bread, I can understand your reaction. The American idea of sourdough rye is a fluffy white loaf made from 80% white flour and 20% white rye flour, which is raised mostly with yeast, and a minimum of sourdough culture to give the bread just a slight sour taste. The genuine European sourdough rye, as it is made in England, Russia, Germany, Poland, and Baltic and Balkan countries, is heavy, black, moist but compact, with a hard crust, and so aromatic that the first thing you smell when you enter a Russian peasant's house is the heavy penetrating sour aroma of the bread. The taste of this bread is also very heavy and extremely sour. In Finland, such bread is baked in large quantities and is hung to dry from the ceiling, then eaten over a period of several months. It becomes so hard (talk about dog bones!!) that it must be broken into pieces with a hammer and soaked before it can be eaten. Obviously, accustomed as you are to the fluffy, airy, sponge-like American idea of bread, the heavy, smelly, hard leaf you concocted didn't seem very palatable to you.

Now, what can you do to Americanize the black sourdough rye bread and make it more appetizing to your palate? You can use some baker's yeast together with sourdough culture, which will make the bread fluffier, as well reduce its sour taste. Most likely your bread didn't rise enough and became too flat and too hard. You must knead twice as my recipe specifies and also let it stand the second time until it is risen high, before you put the loaf into the oven. Adding salt to the dough will inhibit the sourdough bacteria somewhat and result in a milder taste. As for myself, I wish I had been there when you threw your hard, heavy, smelly sourdough loaf to your dog. I would probably loved it as much as he did, and may have beaten him to it.

Cigarette Advertising by Airola

Q. I found the enclosed cigarette advertising in between pages 112 and 113 of your book, Sex and Nutrition, published by Award Books in New York. How can you allow such advertising in your book? - especially when you have a chapter entitled "Can Smoking Cause Impotence?" in the same book. I (and I am sure other readers of your book) would like to know if you approved these advertisements and if you received extra money for this. I certainly hope you regard honest information about health and natural foods more important than the money from cigarette advertisements. I will continue to read your column to see if you have any comments about this. - Unsigned

A. I have received numerous complaints from readers of the latest printing of Sex And Nutrition about the cigarette advertising insert that the greedy publishers put in without my permission or knowledge. I am not surprised that this can happen (I have seen worse things done by Madison Ave. people), but I am surprised and disappointed that some of my readers can even suspect that this was done with my permission and that I was paid for it. To answer your direct questions:

  1. I was never asked for permission to insert the advertisement in my book, and wasn't aware of its presence until the letters from readers started pouring in.
  2. I immediately wrote a letter of complaint to the publisher, but received no reply.
  3. I am taking legal action against Award Publishers for using my book for cigarette advertising.