Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Vitamin
What You Need To Know
By: Christopher Barr
(reprinted from 2005)
most recent issue of a Mayo Clinic magazine for women addressed carpal
tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS always brings to fond remembrance Dr. John
M. Ellis, M.D. (retired). It was through the writings of Dr. Ellis that
I learned how very simply that CTS can be handled. I've spoken with him
from time to time through the years. The other day I called to touch
base with him one more time.
What's up, Doc?
"One with carpal tunnel syndrome should first take 200
milligrams of vitamin B-6 every day for 90 days. If there is no
response after that time then surgical options should be considered,"
Dr. Ellis told me. It was good to hear him sound so very robust at 87
years of age.
"In my experience I have found this
regimen to provide a 90 per cent success rate," Dr. Ellis said.
That is saying a lot. The experience of Dr. Ellis with CTS
goes back more than 40 years to 1961. It was then that he made the
connection to vitamin B-6. He continued with this regimen until he
retired in 1992 on the 50th anniversary of receiving his medical
degree. That adds up to more than 30 years experience with CTS and
vitamin B-6 with a 90 per cent success rate.
for the goose and gander
Dr. Ellis told me that he
himself has taken 200 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily for more than 40
years. Many of his vitamin B-6 patients have passed the 100 years old
mark. It won't surprise me at all to see Dr. Ellis do the same and will
please me greatly to see that come to pass.
His 'Vitamin B6:
The Doctor's Report' is one of my treasures. It is no longer in print
and that is a tragic shame. It is one that I never loan out for it is
too precious to risk losing. It covers far more than carpal tunnel
myself, I have never known a single case of CTS not responsive to
vitamin B-6 going back almost two decades. Part of the 100 per cent
success that I have seen might be due to not having seen as many people
with CTS as Dr. Ellis. On the other hand, the success that I have
always seen has usually been with only half as much vitamin B-6 or less
than Dr. Ellis used, and always with results seen in less than 30 days.
Dr. Ellis experience was with what is called USP vitamin B-6
(pyridoxine hydrochloride). Man makes it in his laboratories out of
petroleum. That is what is most commonly available everywhere. My
experience has been with vitamin B-6 that is grown. It is not commonly
available. There is a difference and the body knows it. Our bodies were
designed for that which is grown (food) rather than for petroleum
by-products (how about a spoonful of motor oil?).
worst instance that I ever knew of was a northeast Arkansas woman with
CTS for several years. She had been a factory worker for more than 20
years. This woman continually refused surgery. Both of her arms
required special braces to be worn at almost all times. She even had to
wear them in order to sleep. After more than five years with CTS this
woman received some relief in 30 days using 75 milligrams of grown
(food) vitamin B6 daily. She doubled her intake to 150 milligrams and
received more relief over the next 30 days. Complete relief for her
came over the next 30 days with 225 milligrams of grown (food) vitamin
B6 daily. After some time she reduced her level back down to only 75
milligrams of grown (food) vitamin B6 daily. She continues as a factory
worker in good health to this day.
Will they ever
The recent article I read on CTS noted,
"It's not understood why carpal tunnel syndrome is more common among
women." If the folks at the Mayo Clinic would just study the works of
Dr. Ellis, as well as that of another physician, Dr. Guy Abraham, M.D.
out of UCLA, they would understand very well. These two doctors showed
that both pregnancy and menstruation bring about an increased need for
vitamin B-6. Since men don't get pregnant or menstruate it should be
very clear "why carpal tunnel syndrome is more common among women". I
have always noted this important detail to women with CTS, and that
they may want to take a little extra vitamin B-6 at that time of the
month. One woman who was very happy to avoid surgery for her CTS said
she became annoyed when it suddenly started to flare up again. She told
me that she then remembered what I told her about that time of the
month. She realized that it was upon her and took a little extra
vitamin B-6. Things went right back to normal for her again.
am very thankful for the thorough work of Dr. John Ellis, and of Dr.
Guy Abraham. It is a tragic shame that their work is so little known
Christopher C. Barr writes Naturally
Speaking from Arkansas: The Natural State … naturally! You
may write him c/o P. O. Box 1147, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455 or by
e-mail at servantofYHVH@hotmail.com .