My Personal Supplement Regime
by James South
Since 1971, at age 23, I have been pursuing the "elixir of
life" and the "fountain of youth."
I suffered many severe health
problems from infancy, including disabling allergies and asthma; severe
arthritis of the knees; motion sickness so severe I would sometimes vomit riding
in the car; and neuromuscular balance and co-ordination problems that would
frequently cause me to trip going upstairs, or even over my own feet. By the
time I reached college, I had suffered several head injuries, had suffered an
explosion and episodes of chemical poisoning in my home chemistry lab, and had
almost died in the hospital from acute alcohol poisoning. In short, I was not
exactly a candidate for a long and healthy life.
I also realized by my early 20s that standard medicine and
doctors frequently offered little help, and often made my problems worse. I resolved to
take control of my own health destiny, and achieved a "medical epiphany" in 1971
after reading Adelle Davis "Lets Eat Right To Keep Fit" and R.J.
Williams "Nutrition Against Disease" back to back.
In short order I was taking 50
nutritional supplements per day, and within weeks many of my lifelong health
problems were vastly improved. I have avoided most of orthodox medicine ever
since, and as a consequence I am overall much healthier at 51 than I was in
Since 1971, I have taken over 1,000,000 nutritional supplement pills,
including over 250 pounds of Vitamin C (8-15 grams per day). As director of research and
product formulator for Source Naturals Vitamin company from 1987 through 1995, I was able
to create many products custom-tailored for my own health needs, which I have taken ever
since. I took my first life extension drug (Gerovital-GH3) in 1980, and began regular use
of Hydergine in 1982, but did not begin my current extensive life extension/nootropic drug
program until 1989, when I first discovered overseas pharmacies to supply them.
Allergies and Asthma
My long term difficulties with allergies and asthma have been steadily
diminishing since 1971; throughout the 1990s my yearly incidence of allergy and
asthma attacks has dwindled virtually to zero. Vitamin C, guercetin, vitamin A, pycnogenol
and grape seed extract, magnesium and EPA/DHA and GLA have all helped decrease my allergic
reactivity. I began using thymus extracts in the 1970s, but have never found any as
effective as Thym-Uvocal, which Ive been using since 1993 (3-4 twice daily on empty
stomach). At the same time Thym-Uvocal has reduced my immune hyperactivity, it has
strengthened my germ-fighting ability.
I suffered frequent severe colds when younger, yet since taking
Thym-Uvocal in 1993, I have not gotten a single severe cold, and rarely get even a
mild/brief (3-5 days) cold.
Chronic insomnia has plagued me since childhood, and so I have
gradually perfected a sleep-aid program. I usually take 2-3mg Melatonin, 25mg Dilantin,
1000mg Tryptophan (or 100mg 5-HTP), 1-2 grams GABA, 2-3 grams Inositol,
1 gram Magnesium and 500mg Calcium, 1 gram Taurine, and various herbs at bedtime. Even
with this extensive program I still have my occasional sleepless nights, no doubt due to
my intensive nootropic/ neuronutrient intake.
Neuronutrients and nootropic drugs are the core of my supplement
program. I routinely take
Biotin 10-15mg and other Bs as well.
Many of the popular neuronutrients, such as ALC, ginkgo, choline and DMAE, simply
dont agree with my system, but I have found NADH, phosphatidyl serine,
CoQ10, Idebenone and Lipoic Acid to be especially helpful.
Since chronic cortisol excess is the "archenemy" of the aging
brain, and I have been hypercortisolic since youth, I continually search for
cortisol-controlling supplements. I have found Vitamin C, Melatonin, 7-Keto DHEA,
Dilantin, Phosphatidyl Serine and GH3 to be useful in minimizing cortisol excess.
Because of the continuous study I
do in my fields - not just nutrition, biochemistry and medicine - I have found
it helpful as I get older to utilize a broad array of nootropic drugs. These
help to maximize my memory, concentration, information-processing, comprehension
and integration abilities. They have also reduced my severe life-long writing
The brain repair produced through my neuronutrients/nootropic program
has long since overcome my co-ordination/balance problems. One of the ways I occasionally
demonstrate this to myself is to whirl around on one foot at high speed like a
"whirling dervish" then instantly stop and reverse direction in a split second,
whirling again at high speed, without even slight loss of balance or dizziness.
My current nootropic intake includes:
Piracetam (2.4grams, 2-4 times daily)
Pramiracetam (300mg twice daily)
Aniracetam (375mg twice daily)
Oxiracetam (400mg twice daily).
I also use:
Pyritinol (100-200mg daily)
Hydergine (4.5-6.75mg daily)
Vinpocetine (2.5-7.5mg daily)
on occasion, especially when writing.
One of my favorite nootropics is liquid
Citrate. I had used Jumex (Deprenyl HCL) intermittently over the years, but found that it
didnt agree with me. It often made me irritable, anxious, "uptight" and
even depressed at times. About 2 years ago Dr. Ward Dean convinced me to try the liquid
Deprenyl, and much to my surprise I found it to be qualitatively different from
find it to be an excellent mood elevator, psychoenergizer, and motivation-enhancer. It has
improved my fine neuromuscular control, and seems to be a dopaminergic
take 1-3 drops sublingually upon arising every morning. It may not be a coincidence that
Ive written more in the past two years than the previous decade.
Another major purpose of my supplements program is to optimize my
bodys antioxidant power. I routinely take C, E, Tocotrienols, selenium, zinc,
manganese, Lutein, Lycopene, Glutathione, Lipoic Acid, various Proanthocyanidins,
Silymarin and at times Pyritinol to mop up the free radical excess that is inevitably
produced both by normal metabolism and life in our toxic modern world. Having followed the
free radical/antioxidant technical literature for decades, I have no doubt that free
radical damage is one of the main, if not the main, causes of aging and degenerative
disease. And given the furious mitochondrial activity of brain cells (which inevitably
generates massive free radical release), combined with the high-levels of extremely
oxidizable DHA found in neuronal membranes, the brain is doubtless the most at-risk organ
from free radical damage. (S. Levine and P. Kidds "Antioxidant Adaptation"
and R. Bradford and H. Allens "Oxidology" are two excellent overview texts
on the subject of free radicals/antioxidants I highly recommend).
My occasional laboratory blood profiles verify the efficacy of my diet,
supplement and life extension drug program. My last test showed a total blood cholesterol
of 165mg%, an HDL level of 66mg%, and a total cholesterol: HDL ratio of 2.5. (Low heart
disease risk is below 3.5). My blood triglyceride (fat) level was also a low 55mg% (normal
= 35-200mg%). Every one of the 50 or so blood parameters measured was within normal limits
- most in the midrange of normal. And my normally low cholesterol/triglyceride levels are
maintained with a high meat, moderate fat but virtually zero sugar diet. My lifestyle is
also fairly sedentary, with walking being my main exercise. I also avoid processed foods,
junk foods and fried foods like the plague they are.
Another benefit of my supplement program, combined with my technical
knowledge and decades of careful self-observation, is my ability to effectively
micro-manage my mood, energy, healing, immune and general health status. If Im
fatigued, I can rev up my energy. If Im agitated, I can rapidly calm myself. If
Im insomniac, I can usually put myself to sleep. If Im depressed, I can
elevate my mood. If I notice even a hint of a cold trying to develop I can usually knock
it out in 12-hours or less. If Im injured I can accelerate wound-healing. Etc, etc.
It does take time, energy and discipline to continuously carry out my
health program (not to mention money!) and at times even I feel it to be a nuisance (I
take various supplements five times daily, from arising to bedtime). Yet given that
Im generally far healthier at 51 than I was at 15, on balance I think its all
rather a bargain - I never did enjoy suffering and debility all that much!