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Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 1997, Volume 12, 2nd Quarter

This link will take you to a copy of the report published by Dr. Lit-Hung, M.D. in 1997 concerning the effect of vitamin B5 on acne vulgaris and obesity. The report is posted on the website for the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine is the official journal of the International Society of  Orthomolecular Medicine. This society focuses on the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body.


Dr. Jeffrey Dach, MD spent the first 25 years of his career as a Radiologist, and is now a strong advocate on the subject of nutritional medicine. His work with vitamin B5 in the treatment of acne led to what may be a significant advancement in the formulation of vitamin B5 supplements. This formulation incorporates the use of L-carnitine, which appears to act as a booster agent significantly reducing the daily dosage of vitamin B5 required. This website contains a wealth of information on nutritional subjects, along with many medical references.
After navigating to the website, enter "Acne" or "B5" in the search window to read Dr. Dach's article titled "B5 Pantethine and L-Carnitine for Acne".

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

This link will take you to a report published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology that discusses the use of L-Carnitine topical treatment to reduce sebum secretion.

British FSA Vitamins Report

This link will take you to a report published by the British Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA commissions studies using independent scientific committees for the purpose of providing advice to the British public on the subject of nutrition. The report is a scholarly 360 page article which addresses vitamins and minerals. On page 66 of the report, under the heading “Risk Assessment”, it states that “no side effects have been reported with pantothenic acid supplementation at levels up to approximately 2000 mg/day, for periods varying from several days to several weeks. The report also mentions that high doses of of calcium pantothenate (10 grams per day for ten weeks) may cause “diarrhoea and gastrointestinal disturbances” and that these are typically the only side effects observed.


This link will take you to a detailed description of pantothenic acid posted on the website for the Thomson Physicians Desk Reference (PDR).


This link will take you to a useful glossary of acne-related terms posted on the AcneNet website.

Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine - 1979, Vol. 8, 4th Quarter

This link will take you to an interesting article that describes the sometimes unfortunate aspects arising from the interdependent relationships among pharmaceutical companies, medical journals, and medical practicioners. The article was written by a person with direct experience in the medical publishing industry.


This link will take you to a website set up by Mr. Jack Dreyfus, founder of the Dreyfus Mutual Funds. The website is supported by a charitable foundation he created to educate people on the many beneficial uses of a prescription drug called Dilantin. Here you will find a lengthy discussion on how prescription drugs come to be approved by the FDA, and what he calls "Flaws in the System".