Let's Talk Health

Let's Talk Health


In my younger years I worked as an officer in a  facility for the detention of juvenile delinquents  (Ages 6 - 16). 

With over- crowded conditions the job had its challenges.

Several times each week, the facility allowed visitations by families.
The families were allowed to bring food to the young inmates. Needless to say, what they brought was a conglomeration of the worst junk food available. The fare was mostly candy, cookies and other assorted 'junk'
After visiting hours we counselors suffered through hell. When I say that I mean that the kids literally began bouncing off the walls. Total chaos!
There was no mistaking it since the same reactions were observed time and time again after each visiting hours.
It did not take long to put two and two together to connect the wild behavior with the consumption of the junk food and its resultant hypoglycemia.

Upon entering professional school I began research on my first investigative paper which I  entitled "THE NUTRITIVE FACTORS IN DELINQUENCY". It was published in The National Chiropractic Association Journal March, 1961..

Is it coincidence that just this morning in 'WASHINGTON WHISPERS' what I reported way back in 1961 is now finally being recognized; http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/04/22/vegan-celebrity-trainer-bad-diets-partly-responsible-for-school-shootings?s_cid=rss:washington-whispers:vegan-celebrity-trainer-bad-diets-partly-responsible-for-school-shootings

Now, more than 50 years later this research is finally becoming relevant. You might ask "can the food we eat actually affect our behavior?" Research definitely proves the connection.
It is from these papers that we present our findings. My findings were later corroborated by other studies several years later on a much broader scale. It was described thus:

( Alexander Schauss M.A;  .Yearbook of Nutritional Medicine1984- 85. Pp.71 - 92

The important issue as mentioned above was the consistency of the findings where the antisocial behavior was consistently reduced 36% to 59% when sugar was removed from the diet.
In scientific studies two factors are very important. The studies were "double blind" and "crossover". Double blind means that a test or trial is one in which any information that may influence the behavior of the tester or the subject is withheld until after the test. That means further that neither the tester nor the subjects knew about the test.
Crossover means that the object of the test i.e. sugar was first withheld and then added back without the subjects knowledge.
You will remember in a previous column we wrote several weeks ago that dealt with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

Some of the symptoms from low blood sugar you will recall are:
All of them were easily recognizable symptoms in the youth who were being detained there for various acts of anti social behavior. The antisocial behavior was everything from murder to robbery and mayhem to persistent fighting etc.
As mentioned in numerous nutritional texts, another factor involved is a deficiency of the B vitamins which enter into the equation because of their importance as neurotransmitters (serotonin and acetylcholine) in the brain.
The important point we want to make is that any interruption in the supply of glucose will be manifested as recognizable symptoms in the brain as well as in the muscles if we know what to look for.
As I mentioned in my paper THE NUTRITIVE FACTORS IN DELINQUENCY when blood tests were taken on the apprehended delinquents, most were indeed suffering from hypoglycemia.
It would behoove us all to recognize these symptoms in ourselves then relate them to our diet.
For example, if you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself did you just have an overload of sugar or caffeine? You will soon learn that these are foods you must avoid.
Hence, to answer our question, dietary factors can indeed affect our behavior.

In future columns we will discuss the effects of hypoglycemia on such things as divorce, auto accidents and anger in general.


"Hypo" means ‘low’ glycemia means 'sugar in the blood'. Put together it simply means LOW BLOOD SUGAR.

Virtually all of the carbohydrates we eat are converted to the simple sugar called glucose.

Glucose is the sugar that circulates in our blood. Both the brain and the muscles rely on a constant supply of glucose.. Glucose is carried by the blood to virtually every cell of the body supplying both brain and muscle with this energy food.

The exact opposite of this condition is called "hyperglycemia, otherwise known as diabetes.

You've heard of athletes "hitting the wall", running out of steam. This occurs when there is not enough glucose in the blood to supply the demands of the muscles. http://www.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/running/training/hitting-the-wall.htm

The brain, too, is reliant on a constant supply of this energy source http://www.ehow.com/info_7805062_brain-uses-glucose.html

but what happens when the brain does not receive its supply of glucose?

There will be no physical symptoms, but there can be a variety of "mental" symptoms.

Medicine seems divided on this subject although many books and papers have been written on it.

In just two of the books that have been written on this subject, ("Body Mind & Sugar" E.M Abrahamson M.D. and "Low Blood Sugar & You" Carlton Fredrick pHD) and also according to Web MD, a few of the symptoms of hypoglycemia may be:





Uncertainty of memory


Inability to concentrate

Incoordination for fine movements and even


So, think about it, have you ever experienced any of these symptoms?

Most of us certainly have at one time or another. But the question is how often and how severe?

Some people suffer more than others because we are all different structurally and biochemically..

Conversely to what you might think, eating more sugar is not the answer, nor is drinking coffee or cola beverages! Both can make the condition worse!.

Before we go any further, lets talk about coffee. Even if taken black, coffee stimulates the liver to release stored glucose (glycogen). It has been estimated that a cup of coffee will give you a release of glucose similar to eating one to two candy bars!

The scenario goes like this:

When the blood sugar level gets too low, you get a "craving". It can be for food or more specifically for something sweet, or for coffee or cola.

When you yield to the craving, and eat a sweet or caffeine, the sugar level in the blood goes up, but often too rapidly. The human body was never designed to handle so much sugar so fast so this is met by an over compensation by releasing too much insulin. It is the normal job of insulin to bring the blood level of sugar down. But when there is too much insulin released, it drives the blood sugar down, but often too low, and you get the cravings again. Like a roller-coaster,  you suffer from fluctuating hypo and hyperglycemia.

In fact eating sugar or drinking coffee are the worst things you can do to satisfy the 'cravings' because either will result in the release of too much insulin, which in time, forces the blood sugar levels ever lower with their resultant more drastic symptoms.

In order to get off this roller-coaster, sugars and caffeine must be stopped and replaced by complex carbohydrates (starches) and/ or protein. So, if you suffer from any of these symptoms your best bet would be to try a different approach. Carry some nuts or seeds or whole grain crackers, cheese or even hard boiled eggs to eat when you feel the symptoms, but not sugar!. The symptoms should subside in a matter of minutes. If  your symptoms are severe, you  might even consider eating snacks in-between meals. If you do this, however, you must not increase your total caloric intake or you will surely gain weight.

One final point; if you wake up in the morning in a state of hypoglycemia, i.e. needing a cup of coffee to get going, feeling depressed or nervous, best to have a glucose tolerance test to determine if indeed you have a more serious problem.

The only glucose tolerance test that will give you an accurate picture of this problem would be a 6 hour test with blood samples taken at the start of the test and then every half hour for 6 hours..

A  6 hour glucose tolerance test would look like this after drinking a glass of sugar water:

  1. mild case of diabetes.
  2. Moderately severe diabetes
  3. Extremely severe diabetes
  4. Manifest hyperinsulinism. (This patient has severe hypoglycemia)
  5. Moderate hypoglycemia
  6. Delayed  hypoglycemia
  7. Normal blood sugar (in gray area)


After the delivery, your next concern should be nursing your baby.

All too many women are discouraged to nurse for any 

number of reasons.

Even though all milk is white, all milk is not the same.  Hence, we will deal with the two main problems that many women must contend with.

These two problems are the quantity of milk you have for your baby and the quality of that milk.

These two problems are the main reasons many mothers turn to synthetic formulas. Let's take them in that order.


Too often this sets up the wrong solution, namely to give the baby a supplemental bottle. This is wrong for several reasons. The baby's suckling is an important stimulus to the mothers production of milk.

That should be encouraged even if the baby is getting very little milk.  So suckling at the breast is vital to producing more milk.  Giving your baby a supplemental bottle will further decrease your milk production and also will spoil your baby not to suckle vigorously at the breast since the bottle nipple requires little serious sucking.  In other words, it’s too easy.  By the way, vigorous sucking helps develop your baby's mouth and jaw structure.  And it is also vital for the psychological bonding between mother and baby, as well as for giving baby a feeling of security.

The production of milk quantity requires three basic nutrients; The B vitamins, quality protein and calcium.

In her book "Let's Have Healthy Children" world famous nutritionist Adele Davis (my friend for many years) quips (tongue in cheek) ", "If you take enough brewers yeast, you can make milk come out of the side of a barn."  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1546386.Let_s_Have_Healthy_Children

Literally, the quantity of milk is determined by several nutritional factors., Vitamin B, calcium, and protein are key. These are found in the wonderful food supplement called ‘brewers yeast’.  In essence, it is a by-product in the production of beer.  The old adage advised by many ‘old timers’ years ago, "If you want to have more milk for your baby, drink a glass of beer," was good advise then.  Fortunately—or unfortunately—beer contains alcohol, and no longer contains brewers yeast.  It is filtered out.  But you can still buy attenuated dry powdered  brewers yeast since European breweries still sell it.


 To be sure you are getting the real thing, which seems to be one of the few things that really work, look for the key word when buying it;  'debittered.’  If you see that on the label, it should be the real thing. Unfortunately, 'food yeast' or ‘nutritional yeast’ that you find in most health food stores does not seem to work. There are two other supplements that have a similar but not as dramatic effect these are Blackstrap molasses and rice hull polishings.


In other words the quantity of milk is sufficient but the quality of the milk is lacking.

Let me reiterate.  It may look like milk; it may even taste like milk. But all milk is not the same.  Its nutritional quality is directly related to the mother’s diet. This holds true whether we are talking about human milk or cow's milk.


If a  nutrient is not in your diet, it will not be in your milk.  Hence, it is imperative that you eat quality food and supplement your diet.

This unfortunately does not include soda pop and potato chips nor the dozens of what we call "junk foods".

I list the important supplements in my book "THE SECOND DILEMMA"

pp. 52 & 189.  (amazon.com)

It turns out that one of my recommended supplements the Omega III fatty acids specifically DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) has now been recognized to be important in the brain development of infants as well as influencing the baby's I.Q..


At this point, I should mention colostrum which is the first milk created by mother. It is very important for several reasons. First, it contains a high concentration of nutrients, but of even greater importance is the fact that it contains large amounts of antibodies called secretory immunoglobulin (IgA) as well as white cells called leucocytes which protect the infant from harmful bacteria and viruses.


Next, let's assume that for one reason or another you absolutely cannot nurse your baby.  Should you resort to commercial infant formulas in stores?  My suggestion is "no"!  My reasons for this opinion are several.  First, you need only read the ingredients on a label to see that one of the main ingredients is sugar.

Read my chapter on "The Immune System" and you will learn how detrimental sugar is to your baby and how dangerous it is to use, especially with newborns.

Of interest here, I will mention my daughter..  She adopted her second child literally from the moment of birth.  She obviously did not have mother's milk for he baby and, knowing this beforehand, she asked if I could find a quality commercial infant formula.  After considerable shopping I did not like anything I saw.  I was determined to create an infant formula of my own.  Her child is now 8 years old, having used only this all natural  formula for a full year while still supplementing it until the present. The toddler is solid as a rock, and seldom gets sick.

You will find this formula in my latest book "THE SECOND DILEMMA"

If you write to me at <ftrapani@charter.net> I will be happy to share this formula with you.



I want to give you something amazing!

Truly, I have nothing to gain except to be blessed by God for sharing the gift He gave to us.

We call it the "Lemon Drink", It has been my answer to antibiotics for my family and my patients for more than 40 years but it doesn't contain any lemon juice!

I believe firmly that antibiotics are way overused…to the point of becoming ineffective.  I have used this so-called lemon drink for acute health problems for more than 40 years and it is time to share it!

It started when my wife gave birth to our second child. Almost immediately she developed a severe breast infection in the hospital. They called it "Hospital Staph"

They had no antibiotic to control it. I rejected the plan they proposed and discharged her from the hospital. Her fever at that time was 104.5 F.

Without going into too many details, I was "inspired" to feed her the white rind of lemons. Using only the lemon rinds, I blended the rinds of several lemons in water and gave it to her with 3,000 units of vitamin C.  After repeating that at one hour intervals from 5:00 PM until 10:PM, her fever dropped to 100.5!

After a good night's sleep, we continued this procedure the next day. With hot breast compresses, she again started breastfeeding. She was entirely cured by the end of the second day.

I have used the lemon drink successfully for many years with family and patients since then with no failures!

I will not tell you to totally disregard antibiotics they do save lives, but advise you to save them only for life-threatening situations.

Through the years we have refined the "drink" procedures to what I list below.

As I have already stated I stand to gain nothing by your trying this.

I already have a ream of letters, but in appreciation for this formula I ask for only one thing…a written testimonial.

You have nothing to lose by trying it except the cost of several lemons.

You will truly be amazed. There  is apparently a factor in the lemon rind that enhances our immune systems. I have tried orange, tangerine and grapefruit, they do not work.

Blueberries seem to enhance the results, so Ihave included them in the drink.

In refining this procedure, we have found that a person need only take a third of a blended lemon rind,  (as a matter of taste, the juice need not be included) every three hours with about 1000 milligrams of vitamin C in order to achieve results.. It is important that this be given with the vitamin C every 3 hours!

 Here is a formula for the ultimate best of Lemon /blueberry drink


 One thick rind lemon

1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

Frozen Welch's purple grape juice concentrate (no sugar)

Two cups water


 Peel off the outer yellow from lemon and discard. Leave as much of the white rind as possible. Slice lemon into smaller pieces and put into a blender, seeds, rind and all.

 Put blueberries into blender.

 Put approximately one inch (from the can) of the frozen grape juice concentrate into blender.

 Add two cups of water or orange juice

 Blend thoroughly.

 This makes approximately 3 adult doses.

 This recipe can be doubled if you have a powerful blender.

 Each dose should be taken with vitamin C as prescribed.

 Good luck! and God Bless

 Copyright 2003 Dr. Francis J. Trapani


When will they get this right? It is not the cholesterol that is  killing us!

I cringe when I hear the T.V. ads stating “Now I trust my heart to Lipitor”

Scientists in “the know” will confirm my statistics that at most, cholesterol-causing plaque is responsible for only about 2% of the cardiovascular deaths. That’s all!

So if you are encouraged by your doctor to take one of the many cholesterol-lowering drugs, you’d do well to find a doctor who is up on his research.

Well then, what is the real cause of our high coronary heart disease problem?

Clots! That’s it!

If a clot forms within our blood stream, eventually, as the circulating blood, carries the clot through smaller and smaller vessels it will eventually get stuck. Whatever tissues lie beyond the clot will be starved for life- giving blood and will die.  This scenario most often occurs in one of three areas; the heart, the brain or in a lung. It will cause respectively a coronary occlusion, a stroke or a pulmonary occlusion. Any of these can be fatal. Once again depending on the size of the clot, the larger the clot, the greater the damage.

I should say here that the combined human toll taken by clots is approximately 48 % of all deaths in the U.S. compared to 2% caused by cholesterol!

Now, doesn’t that deserves looking into!

So, what to do?

On Jan.17, 2008 ,The N.Y. Times carried a story stating that Zetia , Lipitor or Vitorin . taken by millions of patients daily intended to reduce these risk factors, in some cases actually caused heart attacks and strokes. So, what’s going on here? What if I told you that the total sales of these medicine is $40 billion dollars annually! Does that give you a clue?

Cholesterol is produced in our bodies for a multitude of necessary reactions. It also accumulates from the consumption of fatty meat and hydrogenated fats (mostly trans fats) in the absence of sufficient antioxidants. But this is something that can be controlled by diet.

You should know however that the cholesterol lowering drugs do have multiple side effects. So if they do no good and may actually harm you, why take them?

What if I told you that there is a culture on earth that is virtually free from clot deaths? There is.  It is the Greenland Eskimo! They have the lowest coronary death rate in the world!

I will not take the time to explain the details here, but it is an amazing story that should be front-page news in all newspapers.

It has to do with a very unique fatty acid found in the bodies of tiny Arctic Ocean plankton. This fatty acid stops the formation of clots  It is called “the Omega III fatty acids”. ..  And it is totally natural!

If you would like to know the full story, you will find it in my latest book “THE SECOND DILEMMA” in the chapter on Coronary Heart Disease.


Here now is a compendium of related heart disease facts:


Factors that increase your risk of cardiovascular disease:

  • A high fat diet
  • Rancid fats
  • “Trans” fatty acids
  • Constipation
  • Ionizing radiation (which can be received from X-rays or even high altitude flights)
  • Chlorinated water
  • Homocysteine


Factors that reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease:

  • Omega III oils from Cold-water fish
  • B complex vitamins especially B6, niacin, and riboflavin
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Minerals including zinc, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, copper, magnesium, and chromium.
  • Cytokine, an amino acid available in eggs and other complete protein sources
  • Beta carotene
  • Garlic
  • Fiber
  • Yogurt
  • Beans
  • Alfalfa seeds and sprouts
  • Vegetables
  • Exercise
  • Lycopene, one of the carotenoids found in tomatoes
  • Monounsaturated fats (olive oil)
  • Heparin (released during fasting)
  • Tocotrienols (part of the vitamin E complex)
  • These facts all come from authentic studies.

For Your Health,

Dr. “T”

Would you like to know if you are deficient in certain nutrients?


It isn’t necessary to undergo expensive tests to determine if you are low in certain nutrients.

Here is an easy, inexpensive way to determine which nutrients you might need.

The best way to make these determinations is for you and a friend to match these pictures with what you see in your mirror or in each other.

Study the pictures carefully and try to determine if any of these symptoms match with your own.


vitamin A.

This nutrient is involved with all coverings of the body, from your skin to the outer  coverings of your eyes, your digestive tract, urinary tract and respiratory tract.

Of course we cannot see all of the internal parts, but we can see our skin  so let’s begin there:

With the skin, the condition is called “KERATOSIS PILARIS”

It is recognized by feel and by sight.

The most obvious place to feel this is on the back of the upper arms.

Using your entire hand, run your hand lightly from the elbow toward the shoulder. It should feel smooth. If it doesn’t, look closely at the places where the hair comes out from the skin. You are looking to see if at that point, the skin is puckering up around the hair shaft.  This below would be mild to moderate cases. In the stage before this, there would be less redness, but still rough to the touch.


When looking at a closer view of the picture, notice that at the base of the hair shaft you might even see what looks like some white pus or just a thickening of that skin:


 Bear in mind that we are dealing with a deficiency of vitamin A. This is not communicable or catching. But is easily treated with sufficient natural vitamin A in the form of fish liver oil capsules.

My recommendation is to always use the natural forms of the vitamins. In this case your best bet is fish liver oil vitamin A capsules. An average dose would be 20,000 I.U’s per day until the skin clears and then drop to 10,000 I.U’s .

Vitamin A is a ‘fat-soluble’ vitamin and can be stored in the bodies’ fat cells.

It will take on the average about 2 months for the condition to mediate. The roughness will remain longer, but I recommend taking a long hot bath and when the skin softens, rub it briskly with a loofa sponge, then repeat that daily until the skin is smooth.
Another more subtle deficiency sign of a vitamin A deficiency is called Bitot's Spots

This second area to look for a vitamin A deficiency is in the eyes. In particular, in the whites of the eyes right at the “blink-line” on either side of the iris. That is where both the upper and lower lids touch. With a long-term vitamin A deficiency, a thickening will be seen in the white of the eyes at the blink-line. In advanced cases the results are a condition known as Bitot’s spots, which again are a manifestation of an epithelial tissue problem caused by a vitamin A deficiency. Invariably, the thickened “sclera” will become yellowish as it thickens and worsens. This “thickened sclera” as well as Bitot’s spots occurs only in long-term vitamin A deficiencies! .Where keratosis can develop in a relatively short time, such as 6-8 months, the eye-signs can take several years to develop. The question that many patients ask is 'can this problem be corrected?' My answer is “yes” if one takes a natural supplement like fish liver oil. However, it will take several years to see changes in  the eye signs.It looks likethis:

Vitamin B

Where vitamin A is a ‘fat soluble vitamin, vitamin B is water soluble and does not store long in the body. For good health it should be in the diet daily.

Deficiencies can be seen easily in two areas; the whites of the eyes and on the tongue.

The whites of the eyes should be bluish white. This is generally seen in young babies and well nourished adults.

 A normal eye should look like this:


Mild injection indicates a mild to moderate B vitamin deficiency:

This suggests an severe B vitamin deficiency



Notice the”road map” appearance where the capillaries are enlarged and tortuous.

Caution should be noted that this can also be seen in individuals with eyes irritated by smoke or smog, or in some cases by contact lenses.

But there is another site where we can recognize a B vitamin deficiency. If these two sites correlate, we can be almost assured that we are dealing with a B vitamin deficiency.

That site is the tongue. A normal tongue should look like this:

First we want to look at the margins of the tongue. That is around the edge. Here is where we find many taste buds. Taste buds are seen as tiny, raised bumps. They are normally the same color or shade as the tongue itself   With this you can tell approximately how long you have been deficient in this nutrient.

This is an adult tongue showing fairly normal taste buds


The caution here is if you are inclined to drink very hot liquids since this will also change the characteristics of the tongue.This individual is demonstrating a severe B vitamin deficiency:

In the latter stages, the taste buds atrophy (shrink) and the tongue becomes shiny:


A sign that is relatively common in children (though not this severe) is called cheilosis and is recognized by cracking at the corners of the mouth. It is a condition commonly missed by most doctors.

Your sources for Vitamin B complex are whole grains and green leafy vegetables.
But the best sources are Brewers yeast, liver and rice hull polishings.

Vitamin C.

This vitamin helps to form the ‘glue’ that holds our millions of cells together. This glue is called collagen. This includes the cells of our blood vessels. With insufficient vitamin C our tiny blood vessels  easily break allowing blood to seep out causing red blotches under the skin.

If you have an obvious bruise, this can happen to anyone. But when you cannot even remember bruising yourself, chances are that your capillaries are too weak. The result will be red blotches under the skin. As that blood breaks down these will become bluish black until they are eventually reabsorbed.

Here are some examples from mild to severe vitamin C deficiency:

This last one was very common with seamen in the early years of sailing as part of a syndrome called scurvy.
Vitamin C is found in fresh vegetables and fruit, especially citrus fruit.

It might also be mentioned that besides vitamin C, prevention of this disease is also attributed to the intake of what we now call ‘phytonutrients’. These are factors that we get from all manner of colored vegetables and fruit.

Vitamin D
The two Typical D deficiency symptoms are bowed legs and knocked knees:


There are three factors that cause the bones to harden; Vitamin D, Calcium and parathyroid hormone. If any of these three are missing,the above may result.

Deficiency of this vitamin in conjunction with a deficiency of calcium causes the bones to remain soft and subject to deformities. The most common of these deformities is a condition called ‘rickets’. Unfortunately this is not commonly recognized until the damage is done, which cannot be reversed.

Fortunately the condition is not as common as it used to be due to the addition of vitamin D most to dairy products.

Vitamin E

This is another fat soluble vitamin which can be stored in he body’s fat cells. It is important for many functions in the body, none the least being heart health and antioxidation.An outward sign of a deficiency is called ‘keyloids’
This is a thickening of the scar tissue when a wound heals.

The best way to recognize this is to see it, so here are some pictures:

A typical prevention for this is taking around 400 I.U. of Vitamin E with mixed tocopherols daily.

This type of scar is most disconcerting to women who have had  a ceasarian section and want to wear a bikini .The best way to prevent this is to be sufficiently nourished with vitamin E, long before the surgery, giving the nutrient sufficient time to saturate the body.

However, new scars already formed can be treated by taking vitamin E orally as well as by massaging the nutrient into the scar superficially

The only vitamin E that should be used is encapsulated.d-alpha tocopherol with mixed tocopherols. The amount should be 400 I.U. to 800 I.U. per day.


 Zinc is an important nutrient in many reactions in the body.

A zinc deficiency is fairly easy to identify because it is seen in the fingernails as white flecks.

Each fingernail represents approximately six months of growth. In other words you have a record of your zinc nutriture for the past half of a year.

Besides being a deficiency of zinc, white flecks in the fingernails can also occur from a mild blow or pinch. In a true deficiency of zinc, it will generally be visible in more than one finger. In fact, by visually dividing the nails longitudinally into six sections, the flecks will be apparent at the same growth period in several nails.

Many times in women  it can occur and be seen relating to her poor nutrition during her menstrual periods, again seen in several nails at the same period of growth.
Remember it begins in the nail bed.

Dr. "T"







































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