A disease known as subacute myelo-optic neuropathy has symptoms similar to those produced when the body is lacking in pantothenic acid. This ailment is brought on by the consumption of methyl bromide, an insecticide fumigant. It has been successfully shown that the insecticide changes pantothenic acid into another, unknown compound, thereby making pantothenic acid leave the body.
Some scientists also blame the loss of pantothenic acid as well as the overuse of preprocessed foods for the growing incidence of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The adrenal glands produce cortisone, which controls inflammation, and a lack of pantothenic acid causes a high sedimentation rate. Tests have proven that doses of the vitamin help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
As I've indicated, pantothenic acid as well as vitamins B-6 and C can alleviate the symptoms of various allergies, too, because it has an anti-histaminic action and quality. Therefore, it is a valuable substitute for antihistamines, which in excess, as Adelle Davis points out, can harm the liver, impairing that organ's ability to create its own enzyme to form histamjnase and forcing the already lagging adrenal glands to produce more cortisone.
In addition, bruxism (the grinding of one's teeth during sleep) has been found to be helped by supplements of pantothenic acid and calcium. Stress situations use up the pantothenic acid plus its coenzyme (A), responsible for making acetylcholine. Nerve transmission then falters and bruxism can occur.
Brittle diabetes (a disease wherein blood sugar falls from high to low levels in a phenomenally short time) seems to respond dramatically to supplements of pantothenic acid, too. Adelle Davis mentions that people with brittle diabetes have very high requirements for potassium, protein, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, niacinamide and lecithin—but mostly for pantothenic acid.
Gout (an accumulation of uric acid in certain parts of the body) can also be aided by pantothenic acid. If the vitamin is lacking, uric acid cannot change into urea, and the deposits occur. Vitamin A is also helpful in preventing this ailment.
Finally, the pituitary, adrenal and sex hormones are all made from cholesterol. Without pantothenic acid to help make the biochemical change, cholesterol cannot be made to resupply the glands with the necessary hormones.
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