(Note: For more on this topic, see “What Not to Eat.”)
Hank Santini, Hillary Gibson and Vincent DaSilva all have Pompe disease (acid maltase deficiency) and say they’ve benefited enormously from the advice they received on nutrition and exercise from metabolic endocrinologist Alfred Slonim, now at Columbia University in New York.
Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, remembers clearly a patient he saw more than a decade ago, when he first began specializing in metabolism and nutrition.
The patient was an 8-year-old boy who had rapidly become weak and eventually almost completely paralyzed after exercising. His muscles were breaking down, spilling a protein...