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Volume 10 Number 8

Guy R. Schenker, D.C.
August, 1999

Dear Doctor,

     You enjoy reading case histories which illustrate the 
amazing power of metabolic balancing with NUTRI-SPEC.  The 
case histories presented in this Letter are both 
informational and motivational.  Seeing what power is 
easily at your disposal with NUTRI-SPEC gives you the 
motivation to get into your office and really help some 
people in a way you haven't helped them before, and in a 
way that no one else can.

     A case history also concretizes the abstract 
principles of NUTRI-SPEC.  The philosophical premise that 
metabolic balancing is the only long-term effective way to 
increase your patients' adapatative capacity is brought to 
life in very real terms when you can envision the 
application of NUTRI-SPEC to a person that resembles in 
every detail dozens of patients in your own practice.

Case Study #1:

Amy came to us as a 46 year old school teacher with major 
complaints which included:

- elevated cholesterol and triglycerides (for which she     
  was taking Lipitor)

- weight gain

- depression (for which she took Prozac fairly regularly)

- fatigue, lethargy, and muscle weakness

- poor memory and inability to focus

- night sweats

     The patient's primary motivation for seeking NUTRI-
SPEC was to lower the cholesterol and triglycerides and
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lose weight.  The impetus here was the fact that her 
father had died at an early age of cardiovascular disease 
associated with extreme atherosclerosis.

     This patient had been on Lipitor for several years 
with minimal improvement in her cholesterol and 
triglyceride levels.  She diligently followed the low fat, 
high complex carbohydrate diet recommended by the 
physician who had prescribed the Lipitor.  After several 
years of monitoring her blood fats every couple of months 
and seeing them hardly budge, she was intelligent enough 
to realize there was something fundamentally wrong with 
her medical treatment regimen.  She had been referred by a 
relative (who had tested parasympathetic) who had been put 
on a relatively high fat, low carbohydrate diet, and had 
experienced a dramatic turn-around in physical and 
emotional symptoms.  Amy was thus in our office with an 
open mind, prepared to have her basic premises regarding 
health and diet turned completely upside down.

     We didn't disappoint her.

     Her initial NUTRI-SPEC testing revealed electrolyte 
stress and anaerobic imbalances.  We explained to Amy that 
the metabolic imbalances we found through our objective 
testing system revealed that she had already taken several 
giant steps down the same road her father had traveled.  
We also assured her that it was not too late to completely 
reverse course and not only prevent the further advance of 
cardiovascular disease but to restore excellent 
cardiovascular health.  To do so, however, would require 
that she completely abandon the ultra low fat diet she had 
been following.  We explained how her metabolic imbalances 
were the cause of her early stages of cardiovascular 
disease and certainly the cause of her weight gain, not to 
mention her many other symptoms.  We also explained that 
these metabolic imbalances were not only not helped by a 
low fat, high carbohydrate diet, but were actually 
exacerbated by that diet.

     Amy listened eagerly as we explained what she would 
have to do.  We chose for her the supplements indicated by 
the Quick Reference Guide for her two metabolic  
imbalances.  We gave her the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet 
along with the specific dietary recommendations for her 
electrolyte stress and anaerobic imbalances (including 
smothering everything she ate with olive oil).  We 
modified the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet just slightly, 
since weight loss was one of her primary goals.  Instead 
of giving her the protein to carbs ratio of 4:40 we 
changed the ratio to 4:32, giving her a little less carbs.
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     Then, we went one step further in altering the 
NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet.  Since she clearly understood 
and was receptive to the idea of switching from high carb 
low fat to the exact opposite, we explained to her that 
she could jump-start the weight loss aspect of her 
NUTRI-SPEC regimen if she would go on a 10 day period of 
even more carbohydrate restriction -- with a 4:8 ratio or 
less.  We suggested that she pick a 10 day period when she 
knew she would not be encumbered by social events that 
would make it very difficult to abstain from carbohydrate.

     Amy responded to NUTRI-SPEC in typical fashion.  On 
her first follow-up test the next week her electrolyte 
stress pattern was somewhat improved and her anaerobic 
test pattern was no longer evident.  We thus already began 
reducing her supplementation.

     Also on this first follow-up it was noted that she 
was already in ketosis from nothing more than the NUTRI-
SPEC Fundamental Diet.  In other words, she was already 
burning her excess reserves of body fat.  She had not yet 
done her 10 days of more rigorous carbohydrate 
restriction, but she planned to at her first opportunity.

     A couple of weeks later Amy did begin her 10 days of 
carbohydrate restricted NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet and a 
very interesting thing happened.  She felt so good both 
physically and emotionally that she decided to just stick 
with it.  And that is exactly what she did.  Instead of 
going on very low carbohydrate for 10 days she stayed on 
it pretty much continuously with only an occasional meal 
when, for social reasons, she violated it slightly -- then 
got right back on it immediately thereafter.  As the weeks 
passed, Amy maintained a state of moderate ketosis and 
continued to feel well and lose weight.

    Now, pay close attention to what happened after 7 
weeks on NUTRI-SPEC.  Her tests at that stage revealed 
absolutely no electrolyte stress and no anaerobic 
imbalance, but, a glucogenic imbalance was now evident.

     This is not at all uncommon, even among your patients 
who are progressing very nicely.  The glucogenic tendency 
existed in this patient all along and it probably had been 
her metabolic tendency since childhood.  The glucogenic 
test pattern was masked by the electrolyte stress and 
anaerobic imbalances which needed to be corrected first to 
expose the underlying glucogenic problem.  At this point 
we were able to drastically reduce and/or eliminate all

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her ES and anaerobic supplements, and add Oxygenic G plus 
the glucogenic dietary recommendations.

     That her glucogenic tendency was extreme was 
evidenced by the fact that she had already been following 
what amounted to a perfect glucogenic dietary regimen.  In 
other words, this was a person who was ideally suited to a 
high saturated fat diet and had absolutely no tolerance 
for carbohydrate.  The patient was sharp enough to agree 
that this must be the case, since she felt so good on the 
low carbohydrate diet and had felt absolutely miserable 
during the years that she followed the low fat diet.

     Amy had skipped her first bi-monthly blood test after 
having started NUTRI-SPEC.  She wanted to give it a chance 
to see what it could do for her.  So, it was nearly 4 
months after beginning NUTRI-SPEC that she nervously went 
for a cholesterol and triglyceride check.  By now she had 
confided in her M.D. that she had totally abandoned his 
plan and was sucking down eggs and fatty meat to her 
heart's content, and almost totally abstaining from sugar 
and most other carbohydrates.  Anxiously she faced her 
M.D. for his report of findings.

     She was deliriously happy to find that her 
cholesterol levels, while still somewhat elevated at 227, 
were down significantly, while her HDL (the "good" 
cholesterol) was the highest it had ever been.  Her 
triglycerides (which is a far more important parameter 
than cholesterol as a predictor of cardiovascular disease) 
had plummeted all the way from a high of 289 to a 
perfectly normal 88.  Amy was ecstatic.

     How many people just like Amy do you know?  In other 
words, how many people do you know for whom you could 
prevent inevitable cardiovascular disease, while at the 
same time powerfully impacting their physical and 
emotional well-being?

Case Study #2:

Jenny is another interesting case to illustrate just what 
you can do with your NUTRI-SPEC system.  She came to our 
office having been diagnosed with a "chemical imbalance of 
the brain" which caused severe depression and anxiety.  
This was not just your run-of-the-mill depressed 40 year
old woman.  Jenny's problems had persisted for more than 
10 years, during which time she had been hospitalized on 
several occasions.  She had worked herself off the drug 
Lithium, but was still taking large doses of both Prozac
and Xanax daily.
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     Jenny's other major complaints were seasonal 
allergies for which she used an inhaler, and PMS.  She 
also explained that all of her emotional symptoms were 
much worse during her premenstrual time.  Typically her 
emotions tended toward anger when she was premenstrual.

     In addition to her medications, the patient was 
taking truckloads of nutrition supplements daily, and was 
using a progesterone cream which she said had helped with 
premenstrual breast tenderness.

     Jenny's first NUTRI-SPEC testing revealed one 
imbalance -- a potassium excess acidosis.  She was, 
however, still under the influence of the medications and 
some of the nutrition supplements, so we considered it 
likely that she had other imbalances as well.  She was put 
on the supplement regimen for potassium excess acidosis  
along with the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet.

     We gave particular emphasis to avoiding fruit, soda, 
and juice.  Fruit was something that this patient was 
eating in fairly large quantities, thinking it was 
healthy.  Also, because of the obvious estrogenic 
component to this patient's problems, we emphasized the no 
oil aspect of the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental diet.

     On the first follow-up which was 5 days later, we got 
a much more clear picture of what Jenny needed.  Now, 
without so much drug influence and non-specific 
supplementation clouding the picture, we found an 
electrolyte insufficiency and a glucogenic imbalance.  The 
Quick Reference Guide gave us just the supplements and 
dietary recommendations Jenny needed.  (As it turned out, 
most of the electrolytes she needed for the EI imbalance 
were the same ones we had given her 5 days previously for 
the potassium excess acidosis pattern).

     We explained to the patient that she had an acid 
hypoglycemia.  We emphasized again the importance of 
avoiding sugar, particularly the acid sugars such as found 
in fruit and juice and soda.

     When we next saw the patient 3 weeks later, her test
patterns were looking much better.  She had just begun in 
the few days before that visit to experience diarrhea 
after taking her electrolytes.  As you might expect, her 
QRG analysis showed that she no longer had the need for 
most of those electrolytes.

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     What are our thoughts on this patient?  We must keep 
foremost in our mind that the patient's stated goal in 
starting NUTRI-SPEC was finding a way to get off her 
Prozac and Xanax.  We suspect that that is a possibility, 
but it is something that must be done very slowly.  After 
8 weeks on NUTRI-SPEC her PMS has already improved 
significantly, which is a good sign that on her next visit 
(in 4 weeks) we should be able to begin the drug 
withdrawal.  When we do, it will be very slowly and 
cautiously.  (Remember, this patient has been hospitalized 
with emotional crises on several occasions.)  Since she 
takes Prozac and Xanax both twice daily we will begin by 
deleting one dose of Prozac on Monday and one dose of 
Xanax on Friday as a starting point.  How quickly we can 
progress from that point is completely determined by her 
objective test results.

     Our other thought on this patient is that there may 
be a parasympathetic component to her electrolyte 
insufficiency imbalance which is being hidden by her use 
of the inhaler.  We are keeping a sharp eye out for a 
parasympathetic tendency and if that pattern ever emerges 
(even if partly hidden by the inhaler) we will pounce upon 
it with Complex P and whatever else may be indicated.

     What did you find noteworthy in reviewing these case 
studies?  You may have noted that:

- both patients had mental/emotional symptoms which 
responded very quickly to balancing with NUTRI-SPEC.

- each had sugar overload as a causative factor in her 
metabolic imbalances, and each had poor glycemic control 
as a result of her imbalances.

- each patient was literally destroying herself with a 
diet consisting of high carbohydrate and "natural" sugar, 
plus avoidance of saturated fat.

- both patients were glucogenic and had many similarities 
in their treatment regimen, yet their symptoms and 
physical appearance couldn't have been more different --
overweight vs. lean, lethargic depression vs. manic 

- each patient presented the same clinical picture as many 
of your patients -- patients whom you can and must help 


                            Guy R. Schenker, D.C.


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