From: Guy R. Schenker, D.C. August, 1998 Dear Doctor, In the last two issues of this letter we have been looking closely at the Nutri-Spec Fundamental Diet that you recommend to all of your patients. IF YOU DID NOTHING MORE THAN GIVE EACH OF YOUR PATIENTS THE NUTRI-SPEC FUNDAMENTAL DIET ALONG WITH OXYGENIC B ... you would achieve more as a clinical nutritionist than all those ordinary "nutritionists" with their inane megadoses of vitamins and their herbal drugs. Remember, the essential purposes of your Nutri-Spec Fundamental Diet are quite simple but are vitally important: 1. To insure that each patient obtains adequate nutrient intake (which requires the addition of Oxy B as a source of trace minerals). 2. To help your patients achieve glycemic control -- since aberrations in sugar metabolism are a causative factor in CVD, in cancer, in allergies, in depression and anxiety, in fatigue, in PMS, and in nearly every other symptom or condition you can name. 3. To avoid the highly toxic components of the common diet -- most particularly vegetable oils and aspartame. Think of it -- these are the most critical dietary considerations for every person, regardless of what their symptomatic complaints may be. The Nutri-Spec Fundamental Diet will eliminate primary causes associated with virtually anyone's clinical complaints. Yes, Nutri-Spec gives you the analysis and the high biological activity supplements to go the giant step - 2 - further and specifically treat the metabolic imbalances associated with each of your patient's symptoms, -- but nothing is more fundamental than building your Nutri-Spec practice on the solid foundation of the Nutri-Spec Fundamental Diet. In last month's Letter you read a case history about a woman who on Nutri-Spec was able to lower her serum triglycerides from 1375 to 137 -- an astounding clinical response. (At the same time she regained all aspects of functional health -- becoming mentally alert, physically energized and reducing body fat to the level she enjoyed 20 years ago.) While it is true that the Nutri-Spec supplements, applied with specificity, worked this "miracle," it could never have been achieved without gaining perfect compliance from the patient on the Nutri-Spec Fundamental Diet. To summarize what you have learned in these last two letters: 1. The keystone of your fundamental diet (and the aspect that assures that your patient achieves glycemic control) involves eating three meals daily, each of which contains several ounces of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or dairy -- with a prescribed quantity of allowable carbohydrates in proper proportion to the animal protein consumed. We are quantifying the protein to carbohydrate ratio based on ounces of animal foods, but you now understand that it is more than the quantity of protein that is so critical in these animal foods. It is more importantly the quantity of saturated fat. 2. All polyunsaturated oils are damaging. They accelerate the aging process; they particularly accelerate aging of the brain and skin (with the production of lipofuscin); they destroy liver function; they destroy thyroid function; they potentiate the damaging effects of excess estrogen and of excess cortisol and of insulin resistance. 3. Saturated fats (including cholesterol) are some of our most important nutrients. They are essential for the development of infants (particularly the infant's brain), and for hormone production, and for the preservation of vitality throughout life, and for the delay of senescence. 4. Low cholesterol levels are associated with more problems than high cholesterol levels. - 3 - 5. If you adjust for the presence of elevated triglycerides in your statistical analysis, there is practically no correlation between serum cholesterol and CVD. Furthermore, there is no correlation between dietary cholesterol and CVD. 6. There is a major correlation between serum triglyceride levels and CVD. 7. Neither serum cholesterol nor serum triglyceride levels are elevated to any appreciable degree by dietary intake of cholesterol and saturated fat. Both cholesterol and triglyceride levels, however, are extremely well correlated with excessive carbohydrate and sugar intake. 8. Insulin resistance and elevated insulin levels are strongly correlated with both elevated blood fats and CVD (and, by the way, a predisposition to cancer and many other degenerative diseases). 9. It is insufficient saturated fat in the diet and excess carbohydrates (particularly sugar) in the diet that predispose to CVD and other pathologies. The NUTRI-SPEC imbalances most associated with this clinical picture are anaerobic, dysaerobic, ketogenic, and glucogenic imbalances as well as your patients who already show an electrolyte stress pattern upon testing. We cannot emphasize too strongly this connection between sugar intake and elevated blood fats and between sugar intake and degenerative disease. Here is another related study to consider. Back in the late 60's a biochemist named Winitz developed a diet made entirely from purified carbohydrates, fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals. This diet formulation proved able to support satisfactory health in all people. The main purpose of this diet was that since it required no digestion and contained no waste it could be physiologically digested, absorbed, and utilized as provided, with no work load on the colon. It was thus intended for use in patients with certain digestive disorders. But Winitz discovered some significant findings while experimenting with this diet. The Winitz diet was extensively tested on convict volunteers who were biochemically and physiologically monitored during a prolonged period of ingesting only this diet. - 4 - The most interesting finding apropos of what we are discussing now is that after just a few weeks on the Winitz diet the convicts' serum cholesterol dropped from an average of 220 to an average of only 150. How was it that this Winitz diet so effectively and naturally lowered cholesterol levels? As it turned out the sole source of carbohydrate in the Winitz diet was pure glucose. Here is what happened next. While the convicts found that the Winitz diet perfectly satisfied their appetite, and that they were maintained in excellent health on the diet, they did complain about the taste being somewhat dull. So, Winitz decided to replace 25% of the glucose with sucrose. As soon as this was done the convicts' serum cholesterol immediately returned to the pre-diet levels. What is the difference between glucose and sucrose? Glucose is the 6 carbon monosaccharide that makes up the majority of carbohydrates we eat. Sucrose is a disaccharide combining glucose and fructose. It is the fructose (also known as fruit sugar) that does the most severe damage in terms of stimulating excess insulin response and triggering the whole chain reaction that leads to so many degenerative diseases. The truth about the damaging effects of fructose is difficult for many of you to swallow. I know this is true because this is a subject about which many of you have asked questions. Some of you have contacted Nutri-Spec in absolute disbelief that I could claim that eating fruit is not necessarily healthful (and, in your Glucogenic/ Parasympathetic patients in particular can be quite damaging). Others of you have heard the natural food industry propaganda about fructose being the "good sugar" -- the one that does not stimulate an excess insulin response and create problems with glycemic control. This misinformation about fructose and glycemic control must be addressed right now. I have well over 100 pages of scientific literature showing the falsity of the favorable claims about fructose. As is so often the case, the truth is exactly opposite to the establishment propaganda. If, as I say, fructose actually increases the insulin response and decreases one's capacity for glycemic control -- how is it that others can show you scientific studies "proving" that fructose is the good sugar. - 5 - Here is how it happened. The glycemic index of a food is determined by the reaction the body shows upon ingesting it in terms of changes in serum glucose levels and serum insulin levels. Glucose is the standard. Everything else is compared to glucose. There is a well established sugar and insulin response to ingesting a specified quantity of glucose in the fasting state. If a person in the fasting state consumes fructose instead of glucose, the blood sugar and blood insulin levels do not respond as dramatically. The initial studies on fructose that demonstrated this were hailed as a major breakthrough showing that fruit sugar was a more healthful alternative to sucrose (which is only half fructose and half glucose). The processed food industry ran with this and immediately began to produce tons of processed food and barrels of processed beverages sweetened with fructose. The gullible public sucked it up with delight -- telling themselves that all these sugary treats were healthy. No one bothered to inform the general public that immediately after these initial studies on fructose were done they were completely blown out of the water. It turns out that fructose shows its slightly less damaging effect than other sugars only when consumed as the sole source of calories and only when fasting. When fructose is consumed as a part of a meal that includes other carbohydrates plus fats and proteins, the effect of fructose is much much worse than the effect of glucose. The physiological/biochemical reasons for this damaging effect of fructose have been pretty well explained in the literature but are beyond the scope of this discussion. For our purposes just understand that the average person -- your average patient -- consumes over 100 pounds of sucrose every year. That constitutes an amazing 20% of their caloric intake in the form of concentrated sugar. You must help your patients understand the unavoidable health consequences of this pernicious practice. You must also help them understand that the sugar in orange juice and honey is every bit as damaging as the sugar in candy. Do you think you can have an impact on your life, the life of everyone in your family, and the lives of all your patients if you are to enable them to decrease this sugar consumption to sane levels? Furthermore, knowing what you know about the damages of polyunsaturates, do you think you can have a major impact on peoples' lives if you can get them to eliminate these toxic oils? - 6 - The nice thing about the Nutri-Spec Fundamental Diet is that restoring sugar consumption to sane levels and eliminating toxic oils is really not difficult at all. Hard to believe? Think about it -- most people's cravings either for fried foods or for sugary foods can be 90+ percent eliminated if they eat adequate quantities of saturated fats. Remember that saturated fats have amazing satiety value. So -- getting everyone of your patients on 21 meals a week, each meal consisting of the requisite amount of animal foods (containing a high content of saturated fat) with carbohydrate in proper proportion, you will find that the cravings for junk foods is much easier to control than you would imagine. The NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet is not at all complicated. 1. Stop shooting yourself in the foot -- cut the deadly oils and the aspartame, and get a lid on the sugar. 2. Provide all the nutrients with Oxy B and 21 meals weekly of high nutrient density foods -- meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and mountains of vegetables. That much alone will prevent almost all health problems and guarantee a person a long, high vitality life. (To specifically address health problems that a person has already acquired requires that you go the additional step and do NUTRI-SPEC testing to determine specific metabolic imbalances -- then fix them with your high biological activity supplements.) But the basic foundation, using the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet (plus Oxy B), is so simple yet so critical. Another way to phrase this is to say that as long as your patient has not achieved glycemic control, nothing is going to work. Even NUTRI-SPEC supplements will yield a less than satisfactory response. Similarly, as long as your patient is eating poly- unsaturated oils, nothing is going to restore vitality. The skin will age a little extra each day; the brain will die a little extra each day; free radical damage will take a little bigger toll each day. Consider the folly of taking all the powerful anti-oxidants in your NUTRI-SPEC supplements, then destroying them with fatty acids. Now consider the essentiality of the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet for yourself and for everyone you know. Sincerely, Guy R. Schenker, D.C.