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Why You Should Not Stop Taking Your Vitamins (Part 2)

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Why Most Vitamin Studies Are Flawed

There is another important thing to understand about clinical trials that review the utility of vitamins in the treatment of disease. The studies that show harm are often designed like drugs studies. For example, a study may use a high dose of vitamin E and see what happens. This is actually a prescient example also explored in recent media.

Studies recently found that high doses of vitamin E and selenium didn’t prevent prostate cancer and may increase risk. What this study didn’t explore properly was the true biochemical nature of vitamin E and selenium. These nutrients work as antioxidants by donating an electron to protect or repair a damaged molecule or DNA. Once this has happened, the molecules become oxidants that can cause more damage if not supported by the complex family of antioxidants used in the human body. It’s sort of like passing a hot potato. If you don’t keep passing it, you will get burned. Many studies simply fail to take this into account.

Nature doesn’t work by giving you only one thing. We all agree that broccoli is good for you, but if that were all you ate, you would die in short order. The same is true of vitamins. Nutrients are not drugs, and they can’t be studied as drugs. They are part of a biological system in which all nutrients work as a team to support your biochemical processes.

Michael Jordon may have been the best basketball player in history, but he couldn’t have won six NBA titles without a team.

Obesity Is Linked To Malnutrition

The tragedy of media attention on poor studies is that they undermine possible solutions to some of the modern health epidemics we are facing today, and they point attention away from the real drivers of disease.

Take the case of obesity, for example. Paradoxically, Americans are becoming both more obese and more nutrient deficient at the same time. Obese children eating processed foods are nutrient depleted and increasingly get scurvy and rickets–diseases we thought were left behind in the 19th and 20th centuries. After treating over 15,000 patients and performing extensive nutritional testing on them, it is clear to me that Americans suffer from widespread nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, folate, and omega 3 fats. This is supported by the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data on our population. In fact, 13% of our population is vitamin C deficient.

Scurvy in Americans in 2013? Really? But if all you eat is processed food–and many Americans do–then you, like the British sailors of the 17th century, will get scurvy.

Unfortunately, negative studies on vitamins get huge media attention while the fact that over 100,000 Americans die and 2.2 million suffer serious adverse reactions from medication use in hospitals when used as prescribed is quietly ignored. Did you know that anti-inflammatories like aspirin and ibuprofen kill more people every year than AIDS or asthma or leukemia?

In short, these studies often confuse rather than clarify, and they only serve up doses of media frenzy and superficial analysis. They leave the consumer afraid, dazed, bewildered, and reaching for their next prescription drug.

Please, be smart; don’t stop taking your vitamins. Every American needs a good quality multivitamin, vitamin D, and omega-3 fat supplement. It is part of getting a metabolic tune-up and keeping your telomeres long!

 

Originally published on my website, DrHyman.com.

Why You Should Not Stop Taking Your Vitamins

pale-woman-taking-vitamins_123rf.com_Do vitamins kill people? How many people have died from taking vitamins? Should you stop your vitamins?

It depends. To be exact, it depends on the quality of the science and the very nature of scientific research. It is very hard to know things exactly through science. The waste bin of science is full of fallen heroes like Premarin, Vioxx and Avandia (which alone was responsible for 47,000 excess cardiac deaths since it was introduced in 1999).

That brings us to the latest apparent casualty, vitamins. The recent media hype around vitamins is a classic case of drawing the wrong conclusions from good science.

Remember how doctors thought that hormone replacement therapy was the best thing since sliced bread and recommended it to every single post-menopausal woman? These recommendations were predicated on studies that found a correlation between using hormones and reduced risk of heart attacks. But correlation does not prove cause and effect. It wasn’t until we had controlled experiments like the Women’s Health Initiative that we learned Premarin (hormone replacement therapy) was killing women, not saving them.

New studies “proving” that vitamins kill people hit front pages and news broadcasts across the country seemingly every day.

Paul A. Offit’s recent piece in The New York Times, “Don’t Take Your Vitamins,” mentioned a number of studies that suggested a correlation between supplementation and increased risk of death. Offit asserts, “It turns out … that scientists have known for years that large quantities of supplemental vitamins can be quite harmful indeed.” The flaws in the studies he quoted have been well documented. Giving large doses of a single antioxidant is known to set up a chain reaction that creates more free radicals.

But many studies do not prove anything. Science is squirrelly. You only get the answers to the questions you ask. Many of the studies that are performed are called observational studies or epidemiological studies. They are designed to look for or “observe” correlations. Studies like this look for clues that should then lead to further research. They are not designed to be used to guide clinical medicine or public health recommendations.

All doctors and scientists know that this type of study does not prove cause and effect.

Why Scientists Are Confused

At a recent medical conference, one of most respected scientists of this generation, Bruce Ames, made a joke. He said that epidemiologists (people who do population-based observational studies) have a difficult time with their job and are easily confused. Dr. Ames joked that in Miami, epidemiologists found everybody seems to be born Hispanic but die Jewish. Why? Because if you looked at population data in the absence of the total history and culture of Florida during a given time, this would be the conclusion you would draw. This joke brings home the point that correlation does not equal causation.

Aside from the fact that they fly in the face of an overwhelming body of research that proves Americans are nutrient deficient as a whole and that nutritional supplements can have significant impact in disease prevention and health promotion, many recent studies on vitamins are flawed in similar ways.

How Vitamins Save Money and Save Lives

Overwhelming basic science and experimental data support the use of nutritional supplements for the prevention of disease and the support of optimal health. The Lewin Group estimated a $24 billion savings over five years if a few basic nutritional supplements were used in the elderly. Extensive literature reviews in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine also support this view. Interventional trials have proven benefit over and over again.

The concept that nutritional supplements “could be harmful” flies in the face of all reasonable facts from both intervention trials and outcome studies published over the past 40 years. For example, recent trials published within the last few years indicate that modest nutritional supplementation in middle age women found their telomeres didn’t shorten. Keeping your telomeres (the little end caps on your DNA) long is the hallmark of longevity and reduced risk of disease. A recent study found that B12, B6 and folate given to people with memory loss prevented brain atrophy that is associated with aging and dementia. In fact, those who didn’t take the vitamins had almost ten times loss of brain volume as those who took the vitamins.

A plethora of experimental controlled studies–which are the gold standard for proving cause and effect–over the last few years found positive outcomes in many diseases. These include the use of calcium and vitamin D in women with bone loss; folic acid in people with cervical dysplasia (pre-cancerous lesions); iron for anemics; B-complex vitamins to improve cognitive function; zinc, vitamins C and E and carotenoids to lower the risk of macular degeneration; and folate and vitamin B12 to treat depression. This is but a handful of examples. Fish oil is approved by the FDA for lowering triglycerides and reduces risk of heart attacks and more. There are many other studies ignored by Offit in his New York Times piece.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

 

Originally published on my website, DrHyman.com.

5 Ways Vitamins Can Help Improve Your Metabolism

I'm really trying here.Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms in the body. As humans age and fluctuate between weights, the metabolism tends to slow down. Adding vitamin supplements to any wellness regime can give a sluggish metabolism a boost. Weight loss goals are met easier with a fully functioning metabolism.

Here are five metabolism boosting vitamins to consider.

Choline: Burns Fat

Choline can reduce overall body fat by assisting in lipid metabolism. By increasing how fast the body is able to burn fat, you can become more efficient at losing pounds and keeping them off. Choline may even prevent memory loss in old age.

Many adults receive the recommended dosage of 425 mg through their diet or multivitamin, but it’s available as a supplement too. Choline can be found in fish (specifically salmon and Atlantic cod), eggs, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and wheat germ.

Vitamin B-12: Fights Fatigue

A Vitamin B-12 deficiency can make someone feel exhausted, weak, and even depressed. Avoid these symptoms and achieve a sudden boost in energy by adding vitamin B-12 to your diet. Vitamin B-12 complements other B vitamins, such as B-5, B-6, and biotin. The increased energy level from adding B-12 to your diet makes it easier to lose weight. Red blood cell formation can even be improved with this vitamin.

The recommended dose is 50 mg, and it can be found as a supplement and in meat, fish, and eggs.

Vitamin C: Metabolizes Fats

Vitamin C is commonly known to improve immune systems, but it plays a role in burning fats too. It can also help fight oxidative stress which causes weight gain. If you’re looking for medications and vitamins in the United States or Canada drugs, this over-the-counter vitamin is easily accessible.

Vitamin C is available as tablets, capsules, and drink powders, so it’s simple to add in the recommended 1000 mg to your diet. It can also be found in oranges, strawberries, cabbage, and broccoli.

Magnesium: Digests Enzymes

The National Institute of Health claims that Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diet, so it’s important to consider adding this vitamin for the overall health benefits. This powerful vitamin helps the heart function properly, strengthens bones, and supports a healthy immune system. Magnesium can also help the body digest enzymes which naturally boosts metabolism.

The recommended dose is 500 mg per day, and it can also be found in whole grains, peas, and nuts.

CLA: Targets Abdominal Fat

CLA, also known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid, aids in metabolizing fat which boosts metabolism. Scientific studies have shown that this vitamin specifically targets abdominal fat. Other health benefits include muscle growth and decreased cholesterol. If you’re looking to drop pounds, talk to your physician about adding CLA into your weight loss plan. Combined with diet and exercise, CLA is a powerful tool to jump start your metabolism.

Take CLA with a meal; the recommended dose for optimal results is 1000 mg.

A balance of the right vitamins can increase metabolism and provide other long-lasting health benefits. While you can receive some of these key nutrients through your diet, it’s important to add in the correct supplements to have your metabolism work with and not against you.

Expert Report: Vitamin D/Calcium: The Right Stuff?

The IOM expert report on Vitamin D and Calcium suggests two changes: increasing your vitamin D intake from 200IU (under age 50) to 600IU daily, or 800IU if you are 71 or older; and not supplementing with calcium.

 

The new safe daily upper limit of vitamin D is 4000IU; for calcium it’s 2000mg, which increases kidney stone risk.

 

The IOM believes this much of each is best for bone health. Much of the public and many physicians believe that vitamin D is needed for more than that. People love supplements– and almost half of U.S. adults take them.

 

Especially in Winter, especially for dark-skinned Americans, vitamin D helps the body’s own immune system fight flu virus and improve multiple sclerosis.

 

I recommend few supplements, because high quality meals can contain everything you need. But pregnant and nursing women, newborns and the elderly on restricted diets need specific supplements.

 

Few foods, except wild salmon, mackerel, herring and caviar(!) have much vitamin D; the dairy adds vitamin D to milk, just enough to prevent rickets.

 

The smartest and safest approach is to have your 25-hydroxyvitamin D level measured. Your doctor can order it, or you can with this vitamin D kit. The test uses radioimmunoassay, the most accurate testing available.

 

The IOM thinks your level should be 20ng/ml; many vitamin D experts think it should be 30ng/ml; an independent group of vitamin D researchers (not vitamin sellers) thinks 40ng/ml. Ask your MD.

 

And check out a new national federally funded Vitamin D/Omega-3 study testing 2000IU daily, for optimal health.

Big Fat DUH! Of The Day: Slimming Supplements Don’t Work

SURPRISE SURPRISE EVERYONE! That crap the Kardashians are pushing in tabloids or the shelves that promise a slimmer physique at Walgreen’s do absolutely nothing for your body in terms of losing weight. If the fact that none of them are FDA approved or have any sort of substantial evidence besides the claims their celebrity sponsors are making, Sweeden has come to the rescue with a new study:
[Dr. Thomas] Ellrott’s [head of the Institute for Nutrition and Psychology at the University of Göttingen Medical School, Germany] group tested nine popular supplements against placebo pills in a randomized controlled trial. The supplements tested included L-Carnitine, polyglucosamine, cabbage powder, guarana seed powder, bean extract, Konjac extract, fibre pills, sodium alginate formulations and selected plant extracts.
 




The researchers bought the supplements from German pharmacies, changed the packaging and product names to make them look neutral and rewrote the information leaflet inserts to eliminate the product name from the text. They then gave 189 obese or overweight middle-aged consumers packages of either fake pills or of one of the nine supplements, each week for eight weeks, in doses recommended by the manufacturers. Some of the products came with dietary advice, while others didn’t, so the researchers provided exactly the same advice as that written in the relevant product leaflets.
 
Average weight loss was between 1 kg and 2 kg across seven of the products, depending on the supplement, and was 1.2 kg in the group getting the placebo pills. No statistically significant difference in weight loss was found for any of those products when compared with the placebo.
 
1kg to 2kg, for all us American Folk, comes out to 2-4 pounds. If you’re thinking of purchasing some "weight loss supplements", here are my ideas to lose 2-4 pounds or more:
– Stop drinking soda 
– Stop eating fast food
– Reduce the amount of animal products (dairy/meat) you consume
– Don’t drink so much beer and then gorge on pizza after midnight (this one is a personal reminder)
 
 

Are you eating well this year?

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the here and there moments of spring this month.  With the time change, we have a few more daylight hours in the evening to get out and walk, garden, take out the dog or in my case, muck the stalls one more time.  Either way it is nice to feel like spring is around the corner and life will be full of activity very soon.

If you follow me on Twitter @kathykaehler or  Facebook, both Kathy Kaehler fan page or my Sunday Set-Up™ you can see that I am all over the place with Hollywood celebrities.

Every week I am off to another celebrities kitchen to teach them how to do Sunday Set-Up™ so that their week will run smoothly with healthy snacks and nutritious meals on the table. 

Sunday Set-Up™ started a while ago at my house.  With three boys and a very busy lifestyle we were spending way too much time and money on last minute meals, take out and sometimes delivery.  We were eating at different times and not really spending  quality time at the dinner table to visit and catch up on everyone’s day.  I knew something had to change.  I started my food routine on the weekend, buying my produce and groceries and coming straight home and washing, prepping, cooking and storing.  My routine became like clockwork and I was able to finish in two hours.  I began to look forward to the time in my kitchen prepping the food and planning my week of healthy meals for myself and my family.  With the Glassloc containers my refrigerator was filled with beautiful colors of fruits and veggies, cooked brown rice, whole wheat pasta, kidney and black beans. Sunday Set-Up™ also includes boiled eggs, boiled chicken, Kathy’s Kale and a pot of the most amazing fresh vegetable chicken soup.

 Since most of my career I have been teaching people how to exercise, I spent equal amount of time telling people how I ate.  It wasn’t until 6 months ago that my routine, Sunday Set-Up™ started to be the focus of all my magazine interviews and I knew then that I had to continue to spread the word.  I reached out to my Hollywood friends to help. From Angie Harmon, Amber Valetta, Melissa Rivers, Jason Priestley, Tiffany Amber Theisen to upcoming celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa Hutchens.  Sunday Set-Up™ is taking Hollywood by storm and they love it. I think you will too.  Visit my website www.kathykaehler.net to check out Sunday Set-Up™ tips and recipes.

This month also brought me to Las Vegas for the Celebration event with Usana.  I can’t tell you how fabulous Usana is and all the people I have met who are connected to Usana. 

If you question the supplement nutritionals that you are taking or if you are not taking any type of vitamin and are looking for a quality brand, stop looking.  Nothing compares to the personalization and quality of Usana products.  I take mine everyday without fail.  To learn more about the products check out my shop on my website www.kathykaehler.net

I am doing RESET program right now and love it.  If you want to feel good, sleep well, have lots of energy, lose weight then get to Usana.  Your search is over for quality supplements.

A great success story from my friend and previous nanny.  She had tipped the scales just over 200 pounds.  Faced reality finally and made a commitment to change.  Started a weight loss program and began walking 3 days a week and doing my original Kathy Kaehler Fitness System DVD 3 days a week.  I am happy to announce that she has dropped almost 40 pounds in 4 months and still losing.  I will post photos when she is ready. If you want to workout to my DVD visit my shop and I will autograph you a copy and also include an additional gift.

I hope you have a great month.  Make good choices.  Move your body. 
Stay connected with me as your trainer and food coach.  I am here to help.

Kathy

 

Could Marine Oil Be Alzheimer’s Silver Bullet?

While doctors are prescribing expensive drugs that can have devastating side effects to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s, new research shows it might be possible to prevent the onset of this cruel disease by something as simple, inexpensive, and safe as a dose of marine oil every day during our younger years.
 
In the US, as many as 5.3 million people live with Alzheimer’s. That number is predicted to double every 20 years.1 The latest medical thinking is that the escalating rate of Alzheimer’s disease has its roots in chronic inflammation that’s a result of the modern diet deficient in omega 3 fatty acids.
 
The first symptoms of Alzheimer’s generally appear after age 60. But according to the National Institute on Aging, the damage that eventually turns into Alzheimer’s disease can begin to occur 20 years before the first symptoms appear. Memory problems are one of the first signs that the downward slide to Alzheimer’s disease may be going on inside someone’s brain. Other symptoms include loss of motor control and problems with one’s sense of smell.
 
Prevailing medical opinion is that once the degenerative process involved in Alzheimer’s disease begins, it can, at best, be slowed. It cannot be stopped. It makes sense, therefore, to do whatever one can to prevent the process from beginning.
 
While some people have drawn a genetic short straw that predisposes them to develop Alzheimer’s disease, the latest medical research has identified chronic inflammation as the first stage in the process. For example, one team of researchers found that people whose blood carried the markers for inflammation, called cytokines, were more likely to go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease than test subjects without cytokines.2
 
Discovery of the link between inflammation and Alzheimer’s has led to research on the potential for anti-inflammatories to prevent the onset of the disease. In one study, a team of researchers tested a synthetic anti-inflammatory drug for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the anti-inflammatory drug "appeared to protect mild to moderately impaired Alzheimer’s disease patients from the degree of cognitive decline exhibited by a well-matched placebo-treated group." 3
 
While synthetic prescription anti-inflammatories may be beneficial as an Alzheimer’s preventative, the side effects of their long-term use can be serious. Consequently, doctors have been looking for safer options for their Alzheimer’s patients. One way to address chronic inflammation is by adding therapeutic omega 3 fatty acids to the diet. Eating more omega 3 rich cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna is helpful, but a better way to boost omega 3 levels is by taking a dietary supplement.
 
The best sources of omega 3 are marine oils, usually sold as fish oil capsules derived from salmon. The most potent omega 3 marine oil found to date is derived from the green-lipped mussel of New Zealand. At the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Michael Whitehouse PhD compared stabilized mussel oil with other anti-inflammatory agents, which included several prescription medications. At a dose of 5mg per kilogram of body weight, the stabilized mussel oil was found to be 97 percent effective in reducing inflammation, and 350 times more potent than salmon oil as a source of omega 3. Dr. Whitehouse concluded that the mussel oil was clearly a superior medicinal compound, because it achieved the desired result without the side effects that accompanied synthetic anti-inflammatories.
 
Since inflammation has been shown to be a culprit behind a great many conditions–from heart disease and arthritis to asthma and Alzheimer’s–it makes sense to get more omega 3 into one’s diet. High-potency marine oil, such as that derived from the New Zealand green-lipped mussel, may be the answer.
 
SOURCES:
1 2009 statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association.
2 Zaldy S. Tan MD, Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, May 29, 2007.
3 Roberts L.J. et al. Neurology, 1993; 43:1609.

Could Marine Oil Be Alzheimer’s Silver Bullet?

While doctors are prescribing expensive drugs that can have devastating side effects to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s, new research shows it might be possible to prevent the onset of this cruel disease by something as simple, inexpensive, and safe as a dose of marine oil every day during our younger years.
 
In the US, as many as 5.3 million people live with Alzheimer’s. That number is predicted to double every 20 years.1 The latest medical thinking is that the escalating rate of Alzheimer’s disease has its roots in chronic inflammation that’s a result of the modern diet deficient in omega 3 fatty acids.
 
The first symptoms of Alzheimer’s generally appear after age 60. But according to the National Institute on Aging, the damage that eventually turns into Alzheimer’s disease can begin to occur 20 years before the first symptoms appear. Memory problems are one of the first signs that the downward slide to Alzheimer’s disease may be going on inside someone’s brain. Other symptoms include loss of motor control and problems with one’s sense of smell.
 
Prevailing medical opinion is that once the degenerative process involved in Alzheimer’s disease begins, it can, at best, be slowed. It cannot be stopped. It makes sense, therefore, to do whatever one can to prevent the process from beginning.
 
While some people have drawn a genetic short straw that predisposes them to develop Alzheimer’s disease, the latest medical research has identified chronic inflammation as the first stage in the process. For example, one team of researchers found that people whose blood carried the markers for inflammation, called cytokines, were more likely to go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease than test subjects without cytokines.2
 
Discovery of the link between inflammation and Alzheimer’s has led to research on the potential for anti-inflammatories to prevent the onset of the disease. In one study, a team of researchers tested a synthetic anti-inflammatory drug for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the anti-inflammatory drug "appeared to protect mild to moderately impaired Alzheimer’s disease patients from the degree of cognitive decline exhibited by a well-matched placebo-treated group." 3
 
While synthetic prescription anti-inflammatories may be beneficial as an Alzheimer’s preventative, the side effects of their long-term use can be serious. Consequently, doctors have been looking for safer options for their Alzheimer’s patients. One way to address chronic inflammation is by adding therapeutic omega 3 fatty acids to the diet. Eating more omega 3 rich cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna is helpful, but a better way to boost omega 3 levels is by taking a dietary supplement.
 
The best sources of omega 3 are marine oils, usually sold as fish oil capsules derived from salmon. The most potent omega 3 marine oil found to date is derived from the green-lipped mussel of New Zealand. At the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Michael Whitehouse PhD compared stabilized mussel oil with other anti-inflammatory agents, which included several prescription medications. At a dose of 5mg per kilogram of body weight, the stabilized mussel oil was found to be 97 percent effective in reducing inflammation, and 350 times more potent than salmon oil as a source of omega 3. Dr. Whitehouse concluded that the mussel oil was clearly a superior medicinal compound, because it achieved the desired result without the side effects that accompanied synthetic anti-inflammatories.
 
Since inflammation has been shown to be a culprit behind a great many conditions–from heart disease and arthritis to asthma and Alzheimer’s–it makes sense to get more omega 3 into one’s diet. High-potency marine oil, such as that derived from the New Zealand green-lipped mussel, may be the answer.
 
SOURCES:
1 2009 statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association.
2 Zaldy S. Tan MD, Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, May 29, 2007.
3 Roberts L.J. et al. Neurology, 1993; 43:1609.

Herbal Products And Its Benefits

 

I am wary of various herbal products and supplements that are extracts of foods or edible plants, such as ephedra, melatonin, grape seed extract, St Johns wort and so forth. Most foods contain beneficial phytochemicals, and many prescription drugs come from plants. But the major problem with herbals and over-the-counter extracts from plants started in 1994 when a law was passed in the US Congress prohibiting the Food and Drug Administration from regulating products that are made from food. Now there is no regulatory agency to protect consumers from unscrupulous entrepreneurs, and no way to tell good products from useless or even harmful ones.

Ephedra may help people lose weight, St Johns’ wort may be as effective in controlling depression as many prescription drugs, and melatonin may help you to fall asleep at night. However, who makes sure that an herbal product has inside the package what it claims on the label?

A report from the University of Arkansas in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists showed that half of the supplements tested for Ephedra had a huge discrepancy between what the label claimed and what was actually measured in the product. One product contained no ephedra whatever, while another contained 154 percent of what the label stated. This is particularly disturbing because ephedra is an extract from the Chinese plant called ma huang, which contains ephedrine, a potent stimulant that raises blood pressure and makes the heart beat faster. Ephedra helps people to lose weight by suppressing appetite, but in high doses can raise blood pressure and cause strokes. There is no protectection from manufacturers who sell ma huang containing too much ephedrine that can kill you, or too little ephedrine to give you no benefit at all.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 30 percent of supplements labeled St. Johns’ wort for depression did not have the correct dose on the label and a report from MIT showed that most bottles labeled melatonin had little or no melatonin activity. The health food industry has lobbied congress hard to prevent any regulation, so it is an unregulated industry and you have no way to tell whether you are buying an honest product or you are being taken in by a fraud. I think that it would be good for the health food and herbal industry to have some government oversight so you could have confidence in the industry and know that you are dealing with honest, sincere supplement manufacturers and that the unscrupulous ones are no longer in business.

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists. May, 2000

 

 

Day 8 of My 21 Day Fast

Hiya Emerald Queen,

Today is day 8 and FINALLY I feel great!  🙂  Hubba Hubby and I had the most chillaxin’ weekend.  We hiked with our friend Julia.  Lady Julia has diamonds on the inside.  She’s a supplement expert, yogi and genuine rainbow warrior.  You’re gonna love her!  Julia will be sharing her vast knowledge with ya in a few weeks.  You seekers have lots of questions about supplements.  Good lord – do I hear ya.  It’s hard to know what’s best.  Not for long!

Speaking of supplements, in a few hours I’ll be getting the test to determine the hydrochloric acid levels in my stomach.  For some time now food just doesn’t sit well.  Burps and other air packets bug me.  My energy is low and stuff isn’t digesting.

Dot connecting time!  The procedure is called The Heidelberg Test.  My naturopath will drop a pH tester capsule down my gullet, check my levels and then yank it out.  I’m so excited!  For, real, no sarcasm.  My glorious inners are down right cool.  Getting to know them better is a joy.  How else can you change what doesn’t work?

When it’s over, I head back to the clinic (not Tree of Life) for my vitamin C IV and a colonic.  Besides the endless needles, the tick-tock-snail-passing time is tough.  4-6 hours per day gets a bit trying.  But hey, I’m on a mission so SUCK IT UP… or sneak in your laptop.

Not sure if I mentioned some of this stuff already (you can always hear it twice), but I have a few more tips for fasting.  Beside the 1/2 tsp of sea salt 2-3 times per day in water to keep your electrolytes in balance, ENZYMES are crutial.  Without them you’ll feel like garbage.  The juice makes a gas super disco.  I take 2 with every juice.  I also take probiotics twice a day – morning and night.

The Enzymes I like are made by Theramedix.  You can also explore Digest Gold from Enzymedica, or the HHI HiZymes (from the Hippocrates Health Institute)

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 Plus – is a great probiotic!  So is the Udo’s brand and Garden of Life.  In that order.

While on the fast I’m also taking chlorella, spirulina, and Marine Phyoplankton.

To move the bowels look into Natural Calm, Colon Max or even a Cal/Mag citrate supplement.  You may not need any help but if you do, it’s out there, for a limited time.  Aloe too!  AND colonics!  For those of you suffering from constipation on a regular basis my advice is pretty simple.  Cut dairy, wheat, gluten and start practicing proper food combining!

Just like life, variety is the spice that makes us sing.  So switch your recipes up to avoid mind-bending boredom!  I’ve been adding tomato and basil at night with my sea salt.  Yum.  I imagine sipping gaspacho in the mediterranean while wearing a tube top.

That’s it for now.  Hope you have the best day ever!

Peace and pH,

Kris

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