Stuart Lindsay is a pharmacist who contributed an article to orthomolecular.org entitled “Confessions of a Frustrated Pharmacist”. He wrote about his frustration of being ostracized from members of the medical community as he became aware of how drugs weren’t working to ‘cure’ much of anything. Stuart was observing people on pharmaceutical drugs not getting better, and he was hearing vitamin users talk of their improved health conditions, even as he managed a pharmacy in Austin, Texas.
He began reading more about supplements and questioning his superiors at the pharmacist’s graduate school he was attending and from which he graduated.
Then he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and went on numerous drugs prescribed by his doctor. Not to spoil the rest of the article, Lindsay moved away from the pharmaceuticals and developed his own protocol for helping with diabetes.
The Frustrated Pharmacist Forms His Own Protocol
Realizing the pain pills for his feet and other drugs prescribed by his doctor wouldn’t help his condition, Lindsay decided to go with his non-mainstream medical research and use supplements instead.
After researching several studies, especially UK Dr. Paul Thornalley’s theory of diabetes as an acute thiamine deficiency, Stuart started taking 300 mg of benfotiamine three times a day with other supplements. Benfotiamine is a fat soluble form of thiamine (vitamin B1).
He told his doctor that if it didn’t work out, he’d succumb to the doctors list of prescribed drugs, which included painkillers and statins. But that didn’t happen. Within a week, the intense foot pain was gone, and within three weeks all peripheral neuropathy sensations had ceased.
Neuropathy symptoms would return when he stopped taking the supplements, but he wasn’t suffering from the side effects of expensive drugs. Stuart states, “If you go to PubMed and enter the keywords “thiamine deficiency” and “diabetes” you will get dozens of references that describe how many symptoms of diabetes are caused by a thiamine deficiency it generates.”
Dr. Dach Comments
Dr. Jeffrey Dach, a holistic MD based in South Florida, concurs with Stuart’s decisions except for one item, Stuart’s rejection of Metformin, which Dr. Dache asserts is a rare “good drug” for diabetics.
He lists the supplements used with Lindsay’s nutraceutical approach:
- Benfotiamine thiamine – 300mg 3X daily
- Pyridoxal-5-phosphate – 100 mg daily
- Magnisium citrate – 300 mg 3X daily with meals
- Acetyl-L-Canitine – 1,000 mg between meals daily
- Buffered vitamin C – 2,000 to 3,000 mg with meals
Dr. Dach added a few of his own recommendations:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Vanadium with Chromium
- Dietary Fiber
- Tocotrienol Vitamin E
- Exercise and weight reduction program
Both Stuart Lindsay and Dr. Dach refer to ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes), a five year study failure that proved the opposite of their stated aim, which was to test rigid, intense blood sugar lowering as a cure for diabetes symptoms. Several test subjects died and the whole thing was called off.
Essentially, they’re both saying diabetes or its symptoms are not completely handled by mainstream medicine, and that nutritional medicine does at least handle the symptoms that even lowering blood sugar does not.
Disclaimer: This story is for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice.