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Volume 9 Number 9

Guy R. Schenker, D.C.
September, 1998

Dear Doctor,

     This month you are getting the completion of what could 
be called your "NUTRI-SPEC SEMINAR LETTERS."  In the last 19 
issues of this letter, beginning in March of last year, we  
have presented all the information that we like to present in 
the second day of a NUTRI-SPEC seminar.  Here is how the 
NUTRI-SPEC seminars have been set up:

During the first half day we cover Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of "An 
Analytical System Of Clinical Nutrition."  That explains all 
the key concepts of NUTRI-SPEC ...

- Objectivity in clinical testing
- Biological Individuality
- A patient-specific as opposed to a disease-specific approach  
  to clinical nutrition
- The specific metabolic effects of each nutrient.

     The second half of day one is spent learning to perform 
the test procedures, and then how to use the Quick Reference 
Guide (QRG) protocol to determine your patient's metabolic 
imbalances and the specific individualized supplementation and 
dietary recommendations needed.

     Day two of the seminar opens up with how to use your QRG 
protocol to monitor your patients' progress visit to visit and 
make the essential changes in their NUTRI-SPEC regimen as per 
your objective findings.  That leaves the remainder of day two 
to explain each of the five fundamental metabolic balance 
systems -- the physiology and biochemistry behind each, what 
each means in terms of your patients' health, what symptoms 
are likely to be associated, and how your NUTRI-SPEC 
supplementation and dietary recommendation will correct that 

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     We then like to go beyond the general discussion of the 
NUTRI-SPEC imbalances and cover important clinical topics that 
are relevant to your daily practice such as:

- chronic fatigue syndrome                                     
- asthma                                                       
- diabetes                                                    
- cardio vascular disease                                       
- high cholesterol                                             
- depression and anxiety                                       
- various gastro intestinal symptoms                           
- pain control

     These are the prime movers of your practice.  In other 
words, these are the conditions that bring people into your 
office.  These are also conditions that respond effectively 
and, over the long term, only with an individualized patient-
specific approach to each of these conditions.  With NUTRI-
SPEC you find that any one of these symptoms or conditions may 
be expressed identically in two different people and yet have 
entirely different and even opposite causes.  That's what  
NUTRI-SPEC is all about -- finding the fundamental metabolic 
imbalance(s) in each patient that is causative in their 
symptom or condition.

     We make an attempt to cover all of this in the second day 
of a seminar -- and guess what?  We never give any where near 
as much material as we would like to.  It is with that in mind 
that we did these last 19 issues of The NUTRI-SPEC Letter.

     You have been given in these last 19 months a nice over-
view of each of the 10 metabolic imbalances.  You have been 
given a review of how to find each imbalance and how to fix 
it.  You have been given case histories illustrating the 
tremendous impact you can have on biochemistry with the high 
biological activity NUTRI-SPEC supplements at your disposal.  
Along with an over-view of each of the imbalances we have gone 
into some depth discussing the symptoms and conditions in 
which you are most interested.

     If you keep these last 19 Letters together as a package 
they make a convenient review and a nice supplement to your 
NUTRI-SPEC manual.

     [If you would like us to send you this package of Letters 
to review, we'll be happy to do so for only the 10 bucks it 
costs us to put them together and ship them to you.  Or -- 
we'll be happy to send them at no charge with your next order 
of $200 or more.]

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     We will complete the "seminar presentation" in this 
letter by wrapping up some odds and ends.

     The last three Letters emphasized the essentiality of the 
NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet and gave an in-depth explanation 
of how, with nothing more than this diet and Oxy B, you can 
eliminate the cause of the vast majority of health problems.  
This is achieved by the capacity of these simple dietary 
recommendations to a) help each patient maintain glycemic 
control, and to b) minimize free radical oxidation, while at 
the same time c) providing all the macro and micro nutrients 
needed to maintain health.  You had it hammered into your head 
that loss of glycemic control and excessive free radical 
oxidation are the causes of premature aging and virtually all 
degenerative diseases.  What tremendous power you have to help 
people with nothing more than these few simple dietary 

     There is one vital component of The NUTRI-SPEC 
Fundamental Diet, however, that we omitted.  Can you think 
what it might be?


     We closed last month's Letter by saying that as long as 
your patient has not achieved glycemic control, nothing is 
going to work.  We further said that as long as your patient 
is eating polyunsaturated oils, nothing is going to restore 
vitality.  Similarly, it can be said that as long as your 
patient does not obtain the benefits of natural light in the 
eyes, health will never be regained and maintained.

     Do you have any patients suffering from depression or  
anxiety?  Chances are, inadequate light intake is a part of 
the problem.  Do you have any patients with osteoporosis?  
They undoubtedly need more sunlight on their skin for vitamin 
D, but even more importantly in their eyes to regulate the 
hormonal and biochemical systems it controls -- related to 
mineral metabolism in general and osteoblastic activity in 
particular.  Do you have any patients suffering from chronic 
fatigue?  Adequate sunlight can be an important part of 
increasing their vitality.  Do you know of any children (or 
adults) with attention deficit disorder?  This condition is 
strongly correlated with unnatural light entering the eyes.

     You see, when the light hits the optic nerve it is 
carried to other parts of the brain in addition to the vision 
centers.  Particularly it is carried to the hypothalamus where 
it is an essential nutrient to regulate hormone balance and 
autonomic nerve balance.

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    It has been shown beyond all doubt that the depression and 
lethargy associated with seasonal affective disorder is 
nothing more than inadequate natural light and/or excess 
unnatural light.  I think it is reasonable to conclude that 
virtually all cases of depression and lethargy include some 
element of "seasonal affective disorder."  Think of the 
millions of poor souls that are dependent upon Prozac and 
other feel-good drugs just to make life tolerable.  How many  
of these people spend at least 22 out of 24 hours either in 
darkness or in un-natural indoor lighting (not to mention the 
hours spent in front of the TV or computer monitor)?  Suppose 
you get these people on the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet to 
restore glycemic control.  Are you going to have an impact on 
their depression, anxiety, and lethargy?  You betcha.  Now, 
suppose you also get this person to take their eyeballs for a 
walk in the sunlight for a couple hours a day?  You will have 
lifted the dark cloud that surrounds them and distorts their 
view of life.

     One modern American sociological problem that 
particularly irks me is that nearly three million children in 
American public schools are now being given Ritalin, an 
amphetamine, for a condition called Attention Deficit Disorder 
(ADD).  It seems that ADD can mean whatever you want it to 
mean.  In other words, any child who does not perform up to 
either teacher or parental expectations (in other words is not 
a perfectly model American socialist robot) is tagged with 
this label and drugged into submission.  (I find it amusing to 
ponder how many of my elementary school teachers would have 
wanted to put me on Ritalin, had it been available.)

     Most of these children and their parents are never 
informed that fully 25% of the children tagged ADD soon 
develop the symptoms of manic depression, which requires 
additional medication.  Neither are they told that the very 
common long-term side effect of Ritalin is bed wetting that 
persists through the teen years and on into early adulthood, 
many years after going off the drug.

     Many of these children do have real problems.  But 
consider this -- how many of these children begin their day by 
filling their belly with sugar, artificial flavors and 
artificial colors?  How many of them proceed to spend their 
entire day under fluorescent lights or in front of a TV or a 
computer monitor?

     Upon NUTRI-SPEC testing the majority of these children 
test as glucogenic with a strong sympathetic compensatory 
response.  What is happening here?  They are all in a hypo-
glycemic crisis with a valiant attempt by their over- 
stimulated sympathetic nervous system to maintain blood and
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brain sugar levels.  These kids are therefore continuously 
dealing with the neurological effects of crashing brain sugar 
accompanied by the neurological effects of excess 
catecholamines.  Is it any wonder they cannot focus?

    How is it that so many NUTRI-SPEC practitioners achieve 
such success with ADD children?  They do so only when they can 
get parental compliance on the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet, 
and, when they can get the parents to turn off the TV and kick 
the kids out the door where they can get some sunlight.

     Here is just one interesting study to illustrate the 
amazing metabolic effects of natural light.  This study was 
done on hamsters and was concerned with the effect of a high 
sugar diet on tooth decay.

     The experiment was done in two phases.  Phase one divided 
the  hamsters into two groups.  One group was given their 
normal diet; the other group was given a high sugar diet.  
Guess what happened?  The high sugar hamsters developed a lot 
of rotten teeth.  No surprise.  In the second phase of the 
experiment they divided hamsters into two groups and gave both 
groups the high sugar diet.  The difference was they put one 
group in natural light and the other group in fluorescent  
lighting.  Guess what happened?  The hamsters in the unnatural 
light developed five times as many caries as the sugar eating 
hamsters in natural light.

     So -- let me ask you, is sunlight an essential part of 
the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet?  Absolutely.  Advise your 
patients accordingly.

     There is one other component of your NUTRI-SPEC 
Fundamental Diet that it seems requires further elaboration.  
That is the proper place for meat in the diet.  We talk 
repeatedly about the importance of meat, fish, poultry, eggs 
and so forth in the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet.  We talk 
about it so much that many of you have concluded that 
NUTRI-SPEC recommends a "high protein diet."  Nothing could be 
further from the truth.  In fact, the amount of animal protein 
we recommend is probably less than a lot of your patients are 
presently eating.  Furthermore, The NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental 
Diet -- as the foundation from which your specific dietary
recommendations are put together for each patient -- allows 
flexibility in the amount of animal foods eaten.  The 
requisite 3 ounces of meat, fish, or poultry can be considered 
a minimum for your glucogenic and parasympathetic patients, 
and a maximum for your ketogenic and sympathetic patients.  
That is about the level at which experience shows that 
everyone can maintain glycemic control.
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     You also know that it is not the protein in the meat so 
much as it is the saturated fat that is important.  Yes, the 
protein is important for reversing excess catabolic effects in 
the body.  It is also essential because of its specific 
dynamic effect by which it accelerates metabolism 30% compared 
to the same number of calories consumed as carbohydrate.  
Nevertheless, it is the saturated fats in the meat, fish, 
poultry, and especially eggs that are so critical -- for all 
the reasons discussed in the last few Letters.                  

     Furthermore, meat is a very high nutrient density food 
and the only source of trace minerals in our diet since     
livestock is supplemented with trace minerals that have been 
depleted from our soils and therefore are not obtained from 
any vegetable source foods.

     So -- if meat is a high nutrient density food that helps 
us maintain glycemic control and prevents excess catabolism in 
our body as well as giving us the saturated fats we need to 
maintain youthful vitality of our brain, skin, and other 
tissues -- are there any problems with eating meat?  The 
answer is yes and no.


There are three potential sources of problems when eating 

1.  The meat is over-cooked.

2.  The meat is processed and thus contains nitrites,           
    monosodium glutamate and all manner of other chemical       

3.  The meat contains polyunsaturated fat.

A brief explanation of each of these three points:  First, 
cooking meat de-natures the proteins.  The temperatures used 
in cooking (and microwaving) cause the nitrogen to be split 
off from the protein, thus totally destroying the amino acid.  
The essential amino acid methionine is particularly heat
labile.  Two other important amino acids which are largely 
destroyed at cooking temperatures are glutamine and taurine.
These amino acids are critical to so many metabolic processes.

     The bad news associated with cooking does not stop with 
protein destruction.  The other thing that happens when you 
cook meat is that the fatty acids are split off into free 
fatty acids.  The fatty acids are then further de-natured by 
undergoing cys trans isomerism, such that the natural cys
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isomer of the fatty acid is converted into the unnatural 
deadly trans isomer.  This change in the fatty acid structure 
of the meat creates a tremendous amount of free radical 
oxidative tissue destruction in the body.

     You must advise your patients to decrease the cooking 
time of their meat.

     The second potential problem that comes from meat is that 
a lot of meat has been adulterated by the food processing 
industry and includes particularly the toxic nitrites and 
monosodium glutamate.  These could be a discussion that would 
take up an entire Letter.  Suffice it to say for now that 
everyone is better off to minimize the amount of sausage, 
bacon, luncheon meats, and canned meats that they eat.  Stick 
to fresh, natural meat.

     The third and final consideration with respect to meat 
has to do with the type of fat in meat.  The common wisdom of 
our day (which we all know is a lot of bunk) would have us 
avoid meat because it is high in saturated fat.  We at NUTRI-
SPEC know that quite the opposite is true.  That is the number 
one reason why we should eat meat.  It is saturated fats that 
are healthful and polyunsaturated fats that are deadly.

     It turns out, however, that the fat in meat is a problem 
precisely because so much of it is polyunsaturated.  
Polyunsaturated fats in meat?  Yes.  As you probably know, 
Agri Business raises meat, fish and poultry by force feeding 
animals to fatten them in a hurry.  And, their feed consists 
largely of soy and corn.  Soy and corn are loaded with soy oil 
and corn oil.  So as a result, much of the fat in meat and 
poultry (as much as 30% or more) consists of rotten deadly 
polyunsaturated corn and soy oil -- precisely the oils that we 
have made such a point to avoid.

     So, what do you do when a patient begins the NUTRI-SPEC 
Fundamental Diet and claims they do not feel well eating "so 
much meat?"  As long as the patient is eating the amount of 
meat, fish and poultry recommended in the NUTRI-SPEC 
Fundamental Diet (including the additional quantitative 
considerations associated with any Glucogenic/Ketogenic or 
Sympathetic/Parasympathetic tendency they have), the reason 
for not thriving on the indicated quantity of meat almost 
certainly relates to the three problems described above.

     Since we are limited in what we can do about the excess 
polyunsaturated fats in our meat, all we can do is be certain
that our patients minimize the amount of cooking time and
minimize the quantity of processed meats.  This will eliminate
most patient reactions that may appear to be a reaction to
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meat per se but which are actually a reaction to the 
adulteration of meat by cooking or processing.

     You now know everything you need know to maximize the 
dietary component of healthful living for yourself, your 
family, and all your patients.  Add to that the knowledge from 
the total over-view in the last 19 months of your NUTRI-SPEC 
patient-specific objective approach to clinical nutrition --
and there is no symptom or condition whose nutritional 
component you cannot correct.


                               Guy R. Schenker, D.C.


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