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Volume 11 Number 8

Guy R. Schenker, D.C.
August, 2000

Dear Doctor,

The rationale for giving Oxygenic B and Mighty Mins to every person
you know is simply that with these products  

This is the way we have summarized our several month presentation on
the extraordinary value you give your patients with Oxy B and Mighty
Mins.  You have been given dozens of references from the scientific
literature supporting the amazing quality of these products.  You now
understand that there is real, honest-to-goodness, life-enhancing science
in these (and all your NUTRI-SPEC) products.           

Yes -- in contrast to the pseudo-science used as a marketing ploy by other
nutrition companies -- whether you are talking about the NUTRI-SPEC
system of analysis, or the NUTRI-SPEC products, you are putting science
to work for your patients.   

Not that I developed the NUTRI-SPEC system as a white lab coated
scientist in a high-tech research facility.  No, I'm just a solitary country

But, while I am a nutritionist and a chiropractor, I am more
fundamentally an engineer.  I think analytically.  That means I apply
science to solve the problems of daily living.  Specifically, I apply
physiology and biochemistry to solve the problem of finding an optimum
nutrition regimen for each and every individual.  

I am neither a physiologist nor a biochemist, but I read the scientific
literature in these fields.  I read, and I think (analytically).  I read some
more, and I look for patterns.  I read further, and through critical
thinking, separate the fragmented research from research that offers a
piece to a holistic puzzle.  I keep reading, and pieces that fall into
patterns turn the puzzle into a picture.  Then, after my own clinical
testing, as the pictures themselves  begin to follow patterns at the next
higher level of synthesis, I experience the rush of discovery -- that
engineering moment -- Yes!  It fits into a control system!   

So, while I am no physiologist or biochemist, I am an engineer with a
passion for the truth about nutrition.  I know how to read and think
critically; I know how to ask the essential questions,                               

"If this research is valid, then how can it be used to enrich people's lives

"Is there a way to use this information as part of a simple, inexpensive
clinical testing system?"                                              

"Does this research show a more powerful way to restore a metabolic 
control system with specific supplementation?"

"I" is a word you don't read in these pages often ( -- empowering you and
your patients is what this Letter is all about).  I am making an exception
this month in an attempt to give you some idea of how and why your
NUTRI-SPEC System came together.  

When I walked away from my engineering career (26 years ago   yikes!) 
it was with the express purpose of creating a system to fill what seemed
an obvious void -- the total absence of any objective approach to  clinical
nutrition.  I was, even that long ago, thrilled at the exciting physiological
and biochemical research being done that had nutritional applications --
yet, I was totally perplexed at why these applications were not being

I asked myself, "Why doesn't anyone know about this research?  More
importantly (and, in my naivete, more surprising), was that no health care
professionals had even an inkling of the valuable research that was being
done, let alone the ability to apply that knowledge clinically.  (Of course,
it wasn 't long after beginning chiropractic school that I learned precisely
why no one knew, let alone applied, the truth about any aspect of health
-- but that's another story.)  I searched in vain for the work of anyone,
anyone who had taken a systematic approach to clinically applying the
vast wealth of knowledge that was coming out of physiological and
biochemical research.  When I came up nearly empty handed, I knew
immediately what was to be my life's work. 

Now, after 26 years, the quantity of good research has increased
exponentially -- which means that the status of the empty-headed health
care professionals that fail to apply this information has dropped
So -- after 26 years, what have you got with your NUTRI-SPEC test
procedures and your NUTRI-SPEC supplements?  You have an analytical
system of clinical nutrition.  You have a system which has discarded all
the useless fragments (such as the "fact" that vitamin C is "good for
colds" -- except when it makes the cold worse), and which has
interpreted a vast amount of basic science in terms of how it relates to
the few general metabolic control systems which regulate homeostasis. 

It has become ever more clear over these many years that whenever
patients are less than healthy it is because they have lost some ability to
perform one or more of four essential functions:  

to maintain glycemic control 
to maintain normal oxidative metabolism 
to maintain ideal pH
to maintain ideal concentrations of electrolytes and biologically active

Quite simply -- if a person is healthy it is because these four essential
functions are maintained; and if a person is less than healthy it is in
direct proportion to the degree to which these essential functions are
disabled.  Sometimes the loss of essential function is the cause of the
disease, and sometimes one or more of the essential functions is lost as
a result  of a disease.  But in any case, you will not find a patient whose
health problem does not involve a deficiency in one or more of these

What is the key to maintaining these four essential functions?  NUTRI-
SPEC has defined five diphasic metabolic control systems that maintain
the four essential functions.  That is really the entire essence of NUTRI-
SPEC.  So, the broad-based beauty of NUTRI-SPEC is that it
encompasses the five control systems and the four essential functions
that relate in some way to everything you will ever see in any patient in
a lifetime of clinical practice.   In other words                                      

YOU WILL NEVER SEE A PATIENT                                                
When you look at your NUTRI-SPEC system on a more micro level, you
are delighted to discover that the five diphasic control systems present
themselves clinically as clearly distinguishable patterns of abnormal test
results which are part of an objective testing system.  That testing system
is made all the more beautiful by the fact that it can be done in your own
office, in just a few minutes, and very inexpensively.                              

Now, think of the hundreds and hundreds of scientific research studies
that went into the development of your NUTRI-SPEC test procedures and
your NUTRI-SPEC supplements.  While reading each of these studies I
simply asked myself, "What is this research showi ng in terms of the
NUTRI-SPEC paradigm of metabolic control systems?"  

When I made the comment at the top of this letter that NUTRI-SPEC
puts science on your side, I suppose what I was eluding to was that    

IN THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE.                                                
My role has been merely to compile a vast amount of information
derived from other people's work, and define and categorize it in a
clinically useful way.  (Certainly nothing in NUTRI-SPEC represents
either my opinions or my fantasies.  It is all done strictly by the numbers
-- objective and quantifiable.)  

The issue of                                                                                 

SCIENCE vs NON-SCIENCE vs NONSENSE                                  
came up recently in regard to Mighty Mins.  The story you read in the
past year about the Mountain View Project for children with behavioral
problems has been a source of both excitement and frustration.              

The Mountain View Project and all the miracles they worked on these
children was done completely independently of me.  In fact, the
Mountain View people had never even met me when they initiated their
project.  It was only after the startling turnarounds they achieved in those
terribly troubled children that they were motivated to seek me out.  They
wanted to find out all about the man who had developed the product, and
what exactly was the rationale behind the formula, and just why was it
that the product was so effective when other children's supplements had
never shown any effect on these kids.                        

Upon meeting me, the principals at Mountain View expressed their
interest in getting                                                                                 

THE FANTASTIC MIGHTY MINS STORY                                   
out to the world.  They asked for my help in writing up the study in such
a way that it would be accepted by a peer reviewed journal.  That is how
I actually ended up becoming the principal author of the study.  

Upon being presented with the data from the Mountain View Project, I
was at once elated and crushed.  I was elated at the amazing breadth of
their success -- with every child participating in the program enjoying
clinical improvement far beyond anyone's expectations.  Yet, I was
devastated to see that their study had no control group.  Of course, the
nature of their program did not lend itself to segregating the children into
two groups, one who got the treatment and one who didn 't or who got a
placebo, and that explains the absence of the control group. 

I had thought, though, that the same objective criteria used to analyze the
children (the Pediatric Behavior Scale) had perhaps been done in a prior
clinical setting by the same professionals, and that out of their clientele
prior to the use of MIGHTY MINS a control group could be put together
-- but such was not the case.     

I told the people at Mountain View that it was highly unlikely that we
could get a good journal to publish the study.  I informed them that there
are just certain minimal objective standards that have to be met to clearly
place ones work in the category of science as apart from non-science and
nonsense.  I told them that if I were the editor of a journal I wouldn't
publish this work myself. 

Nevertheless, since the project had been done, and I had written the
entire background of the study, and the statisticians had done the
statistical work, it was decided to go ahead and submit it for publication,
and to go all the way to the top, submitting it to the Journal Of
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  We took our best shot -- but
with no great expectations.  

As expected, the Mountain View Mighty Mins study was turned down by
the Journal Of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  In the peer
review process the reviewers made such comments as:                        

"This is an innovative hypothesis  "

"These are interesting and provocative observations."  

Each of the three reviewers said that the study had to be turned
down only for lack of a control group.  

          Being turned down for publication in no way invalidates the
spectacular results achieved at Mountain View with MIGHTY MINS.  It
simply means that those results have not yet been organized and
presented in a way acceptable to the scientific community.  

          Meanwhile, the people at Mountain View continue to receive
awards and press coverage for the amazing benefits to dozens of children
who were totally lost before their lives were turned around with
MIGHTY MINS as the only therapeutic intervention.                             

Will your MIGHTY MINS ever earn recognition from the scientific
community?  (Keep in mind, of course, that the use of the individual
ingredients of MIGHTY MINS are thoroughly researched and published
in the peer reviewed literature -- we are talking now about the
constellation of those ingredients in the total MIGHTY MINS product.) 
 You will be encouraged to learn that                                                  

ANOTHER STUDY IS ABOUT TO COMMENCE.                           
This one is sponsored by UCLA and is to be conducted at Mountain

Here is my understanding of how it is being put together.  There will be
16 children age 4 through 7 diagnosed with ADHD.  Each child will be
evaluated several times throughout the study with the Conners Measuring
Scale.  Three methods of therapeutic intervention will be evaluated: 
MIGHTY MINS, an essential fatty acid supplement, and behavioral
counseling.  Each of the three interventions will be administered in turn,
for 6 weeks, with a 2 week break between each.  

          There is every reason to expect MIGHTY MINS to shine once
again.  Our only question at this point has to be, will the study be
conducted in such a way that it will meet the criteria for publication.  We
will keep you posted on further developments.  

     Meanwhile, keep giving your OXY B brochure and your
MIGHTY MINS brochure to all your patients.  You can still get the
brochures FREE with your order.  ( -- that is an open-ended offer that
will always be available to you.)  Nothing you can do for any patient,
child or adult, will give them a more complete and economical nutrition
foundation than than MIGHTY MINS and OXYGENIC B.   


Guy R. Schenker, D.C.


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