Category Archives: Blog

Cleaner Air for Immune Support

With spending more time inside, why not have the cleanest possible air?
Air purifiers are a great way to have cleaner air and reduce your chances of getting sick as well as help you breathe easier if you have allergies or asthma. As an added bonus, it makes for a great white noise machine to help you sleep more soundly.
As with most things, all air purifiers are not created equal. After trying several high quality ones on the market, our favorites are the Health Mate and Health Mate Jr. by Austn Air.

Best of all, just found out that these are covered by flex spending with many medical diagnoses such as allergies, asthma and immune conditions.  There is only a little over a month left to use your flex spending, don’t let it goes to waste.

Based on proven, reliable HEPA technology, the 360° air intake of the Austin Air Healthmate cleans over 250 cubic feet of air every minute. The Healthmate uses a pre-filter for large particles, a built-in pre-filter for medium particles, activated carbon / zeolite, and a true medical-grade HEPA filter to clean the air in your home quickly and effectively. For smaller areas such as apartments and bedrooms the Health Mate Jr. is an ideal choice that offers the same great air filtration. Both offer convenient plug-and-go setup and filters that only need to be replaced every three to five years! how cool is that?

Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

As the weather changes and the days get shorter, we spend much more time inside which is the perfect vessel for spreading germs. Sugar rush from Halloween candy and the increase of alcohol and richer foods as we approach the holidays are other biggies that can quickly dampen our immune system. And lets not forget increased stress because as stress and thus cortisol goes up, it has an inverse relationship with your immune system.
How can we protect ourselves and prevent that pesky cold or flu? We know the sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose and aches and pains can definitely put a damper on your holidays so below are are some easy things you can do now, as well as things you can have on hand if you do get sick.

In past newsletters we discussed various herbs such as andriographis, mushrooms, astragalus and echinacea.

These are wonderful herbs to help boost the immune system and help your immune system fight an infection… BUT now there is more…

With our integrative and detailed blood testing, we are finding more and more autoimmune conditions in our patients. Many people have an autoimmune disorder without yet having major symptoms and thus they often go undiscovered until a lot later. By finding autoimmune conditions early, we can help balance the immune system and prevent further problems.

How does this relate to the immune herbs? The reason is that when there is an autoimmune condition, the immune system is “confused” and instead of going after infections, it actually starts attacking your own organs and tissues. This is not a good thing as you can imagine. Knowing this is very important when it comes to immune support because if your immune system is already “over” active and attacking your own tissues, raising it further to fight an infection, while it may be helpful for that infection, would also cause more of an attack on your own tissues, not good!

Many herbs that are known to “boost” the immune system such as echinacia, astragalus and most mushrooms will do just that and thus should be avoided in autoimmune conditions. The good news is that there are still very powerful and effective nutrients that we can all use to help prevent and fight infections that will not cause your immune system to over react. My two absolute favorites are Vitamin C and Silvercillin. Having an autoimmune myself, I learned this the hard way and now heavily rely on these with great success.

Vitamin C helps support the immune system without up-regulating it and fights infections by its ability to actually encapsulate viruses.  The body needs adequate amounts of vitamin C for immunity but also bone maintenance, collagen formation, and a broad range of other biological functions. Ascorbic acid levels decline with age. Other factors that reduce vitamin C levels include constant stress (vitamin C helps support healthy adrenal function), smoking, illness, injury, birth control pills, estrogen for menopause, cortisone, and aspirin. Many nutritionists argue the body’s need for vitamin C far surpasses the paltry RDA recommendations. Dr. Linus Pauling, who pioneered extensive research on vitamin C, believed optimal amounts exceed 2,000 mg daily.

We love DFH’s C + BioFizz as it offers 2,500mg of vitamin C in the combined form of ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates, which are buffered and therefore less acidic, can be beneficial for people who experience gastrointestinal problems (abdominal pain or diarrhea) with plain ascorbic acid.
During this time of year, its recommended to get 2000mg – 3000mg of vitamin C per day.  If you feel sick, you can take 500mg – 1000mg every few hours for several days to help fight the infection quicker and get better faster.

Silversillin is our other favorite because it is an incredibly powerful, non-toxic form of silver, with zero build-up in the body.  Silvercillin has been shown to provide a whole host of health benefits, from killing drug-resistant bacterial strains to inhibiting viral replication as well as stimulating stem cell production. By eradicating all types of infections, it actually helps to take the burden off your immune system which can even indirectly help autoimmune conditions.

These 2 are must-haves for every household as they super effective and completely safe for both children and adults. They can even be used in pregnancy when no herbals is allowed.

A Must-Have Topical for Every Household

Silvercillin GEL
Silvercillin Gel

Many of you already know about the amazing anti- microbial and supporting effects of silver. We are excited to announce that we just got the amazing silver compound in a topical gel.
Silvercillin Gel by Designs for Health is one of today’s miracle products with over 100 different uses. It is a highly effective, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent composed of pure silver mixed in purified water in a convenient to use topical hydrogel. Effective

against all types of bacteria including antibiotic resistant MRSA, fungi and viruses, its great for acne and all types of skin conditions, bug bites, cuts, scrapes and wounds, you can even use if for yeast infections. Must have in every household. Best of all, its is so pure you can use it anywhere on the body.

Silvercillin utilizes a technological breakthrough allowing for the production of a silver particle small enough to enter a single red blood cell, enabling the silver to travel through capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels in the body, and inactivate viruses and bacteria at the cellular level. Also, Silvercillin uses technology that permanently distributes the mineral into the structure of the water unlike colloidal silver, so it will not fall out of solution or suspension.
As a result, the pure silver in Silvercillin has been shown to provide a whole host of health benefits, from killing drug-resistant bacterial strains to inhibiting viral replication as well as stimulating stem cell production. It can be safely used both orally and topically with no known side effects.

The suggested uses for Silvercillin Liquid and Gel are vast:

from asthma, to burns and cuts, to ear aches, colds, eye issues, bug bites, tooth decay and yeast infections just to name a few.

Please click here to see the complete list of uses and specific instructions as its too long to put into this newsletter. You will be amazed at everything you can do with these wonderful products!


Have A Special Event This Summer? Get Ready In Just 15 Days!

Custom Cleanse kit
Cleanse made just for you

We are here to help you uncover the best YOU in just 15 days. Too busy for an appointment?

No Problem!

Our Custom Cleanse is here to save the day with a completely custom plan to give you just what you need without a visit.
Have a wedding, birthday, summer getaway? Look your best in 15 days!
After completing our fun and simple questionnaire, you will receive your very own custom food plan, custom shake and nutrients as well as recipes, ideas and support each step of the way.
Lose those extra pounds, improve energy, clear skin and get your digestion on track!
Check out what clients are saying and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Love shakes but tired of your same old protein? We got something new for you…

PurePaleo Protein Powder
PurePaleo Protein

We are excited to introduce a brand new protein powder – PurePaleo Protein by Designs for Health. It is a novel, great-tasting, dairy-free protein powder, yielding 21 g of protein per serving. It contains HydroBEEF™, a highly concentrated, pure beef protein, produced through an exclusive proprietary process that allows the protein to be hydrolyzed into more peptides, resulting in easier absorption and assimilation.

Yes… we know what you may be thinking ….protein powder from beef, really? We thought that at first as well, but trust us! … Its absolutely delicious and extremely healthy and hypoallergenic! It comes in Chocolate and Vanilla, YUM!

Introducing our sister company My Custom Cleanse!

My Custom Cleanse

We have been working on an exciting project to help meet the demands of our busy practice. Most of our patients come to see us to get a customized plan made for their needs. Realizing that there are just not enough hours  in a day to meet the high demand for custom health programs, straight answers, and clean products, we to do something about this problem. We wanted to allow people to get the benefit of a customized plan without necessarily having an appointment and feel that everyone deserves a plan that is right for them.

What started as an idea in 2013 has just become a reality and we are super excited to announce that after a year of compiling research, rigorous analysis and algorithm construction, My Custom Cleanse is ready!

We have crossed all of our T’s and dotted all of our I’s (twice) and is officially launched.

What is MY CUSTOM CLEANSE? is our innovative and interactive website where we create a unique 14-day cleanse plan for every individual based on their answers to highly specific series of questions we have been working tirelessly to perfect.

As you know, a cleanse can mean many things, but the common goal is always to feel better. But how can a cleanse work without getting to know YOU? Unlike most cleanses, here each product is chosen for you AND we create a detailed and customized food plan based on our science used in daily practice.

Our clients have inspired us to always continue learning to figure out the reasons behind their health concerns. We so appreciate your success stories which keep us motivated to continue solving even the most difficult health puzzles.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding on to family or friends that would be interested in getting on track with a personalized cleanse without the cost or the wait for a personal consultation.

In addition to the cleanse, the site has a recipe section filled with delicious ideas that you can use at any time. We are also posting new recipes and health tips on all of our social media networks so please follow us for more ideas on tasty and healthy meals for you and your family.

Thank you so much for all of your support! You are the first to know and we invite you to try it out,  we know you will love it as much as we do. As a thank you, we are also offering 10% off and free shipping on all orders placed from now through January 1st with code TRYIT10

The site JUST launched and we are super excited to share the news. Please check it out at

Ebola in NYC

A powerful anti-microbial

We have been getting lots of emails and questions this morning about Ebola in NYC. While Ebola is not that easy to get (so please don’t panic), there are wonderful ways to boost our immune system to help protect ourselves. We love Silvercillin because it’s a very potent anti-microbial as well as an anti-viral. It has no taste and comes in a convenient spray bottle so its great for both children and adults.

Another great tool to keep in your tool box is vitamin C. When taken in higher doses, it not only boosts the immune system but vitamin C also inhibits the replication of viruses! Furthermore, high dose vitamin C can generate hydrogen peroxide which has antimicrobial properties.

Check out our C+Biofizz, a great tasting powder that can be mixed in any beverage. You get 2500mg of vitamin c in 1 teaspoon for easy dosing with no pills to swallow.

Is Niacin Safe? The Media is Confusing Us Again!

Here is a great article by Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz from Designs for Health about the recent niacin news and why the reports are so deceiving.

There has been some recent negative news about niacin based on the HPS2-THRIVE study, and now we see it again, this time in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Let’s take a closer look at all of this.  First, in the recent HPS2-THRIVE study, which examined an investigational drug from Merck, the researchers state that niacin does not provide any benefits. The drug they looked at is a combination of extended-release niacin and laropiprant, a drug which partially blocks the flushing effect of niacin.  This niacin combination was given to subjects already well controlled on statin therapy; in essence meaning that they tested a drug on individuals with no apparent need to take it. Added to this is the fact that there have been numerous studies over the years that have pointed to niacin’s benefits in heart disease, with these accolades having been supported by the National Lipid Association (NLA).

The HPS2-THRIVE study also reported that niacin caused greater harm than the statin arm.  The media picked up on this, and associated any reported adverse events (such as diabetic and GI complications) with the niacin component, which is misleading, given the fact there are documented mechanisms of harm that are actually associated with laropiprant.  In fact, this drug was pulled from over 20 countries due to these findings.

Now let’s take a closer look at niacin and liver toxicity. There are no known toxic metabolites of niacin; the stress to the liver comes from the continued metabolizing of nicotinates into useful metabolites. The concern of liver toxicity really has more to do with the dosing than the risk of niacin itself. Work in the 1990s by Pharma companies (most likely trying to discredit niacin) demonstrated that 2 g of sustained or extended-release niacin T.I.D. caused elevated enzymes. This has far more to do with the constant metabolizing of niacin than the dose (2 grams) of the niacin itself. Designs for Health’s controlled release niacin delivers niacin in a controlled rate only over a 6-8 hour period, which reduces the potential increase of liver enzyme production.

Niacin has had a long history (over 50 years) of safe use. The vast majority of research with niacin, either when used as a solo nutrient or in conjunction with other lipid-lowering drugs, shows significant benefits, suggesting that this B vitamin remains a safe and effective nutrient in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Fertility Issues? Sub-clinical Hypothyroidism may be causing your issue

A properly functioning thyroid is a very important aspect for fertility BUT unfortunately often missed in infertility workups. Most fertility clinics and reproductive endocrinologists check the basic markers for thyroid such as TSH but do not look at the actual thyroid hormones which are Total and Free T4 and Total and Free T3. Time and time again I hear endocrinologists tell patients that there is nothing wrong with their thyroid because their TSH is ok and completely ignore the actual thyroid hormones. This type of analysis is very incomplete and is one of the reasons that people have trouble conceiving and prone to miscarriages.
In our practice, we see so many patients that have unfortunately been struggling with infertility and have had multiple failed IVF’s and after further investigation, their thyroid proved to be an issue even though their TSH was completely normal. It is extremely sad to hear their stories and know that they didn’t have to suffer all this time as the fix is quite simple once the issue is properly identified.
If you are struggling with infertility, please be sure to test all your thyroid levels including Total T4, Free T4, Total T3, Free T3 and Reverse T3 to make sure your thyroid is truly functioning properly and is optimized. You can read more about how all these levels are related and why we can’t just look at TSH in this article.