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!


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Check out what clients are saying and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Healthy Foods That May Actually Harm You

Many of our patients already know that kale as well as many of the cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower can negatively affect thyroid function in their raw form. However there is another situation where these vegetables – and in this case both raw and cooked – can create issues.

There is a crucial biochemical cycle in the body called the methylation cycle. This cycle is responsible for many areas of the body including detoxification, inflammation, immune system, energy and much more. There are many enzymes that are used to bring forth reactions in this cycle and it is quite common for these enzymes to have various polymorphisms due to our genetic variations.

In previous newsletters, we talked about the MTHFR enzyme and that those with this polymorphism need to avoid synthetic folic acid and need more natural folates. However there are many other enzymes in this cycle. Another very critical enzyme is the CBS enzyme which helps to convert homocysteine, a very inflammatory compound into cystathionine which then does down the chain to form sulfate. When compounds go down that pathway, the end result leads to sulfur, and if someone has an up-regulated CBS enzyme due to genetic factors, too much homocysteine can be sent down that pathway to create more sulfites. Sulfites are actually very toxic in the body and need to convert to sulfate in a proper manner. Not everyone is able to make that conversion therefore sulfites can build up. When sulfites cannot go down to sulfate, they back up and can actually create ammonia. This can be very problematic as a buildup of ammonia can cause digestive issues, allergies, skin rashes, brain fog and even anxiety because of its link to cortisol.

How does kale and other leafy greens and cruciferous veggies relate to this? These vegetables are naturally very high in sulfur and can significantly overwhelm the pathway if it is already taxed. If your body is not able to process sulfur well, eating foods that are high in sulfur especially in high amounts in the case of green juices, can create this backup of ammonia and cause all of the symptoms mentioned above. A genetic test can reveal polymorphisms in various enzymes and even more importantly, our TRIAD test can look at the individual biochemical pathways to see (among many other things) how your sulfur is being processed.

If you think that this can be affecting your health, we highly recommend looking at the pathways with a TRIAD test to know for sure. You can also try limiting the above foods for 6 to 8 weeks to help unburden this pathway. If sulfur is part of your issue, you should see an improvement in your symptoms in a few weeks. The mineral molybdenum can also be very helpful (many people are deficient in this mineral as seen on their hair analysis) as it helps stimulate the SOUX enzyme which converts sulfites into sulfate and is another critical enzyme in the methylation cycle.

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!

It May Not Be Gluten Afterall, Glyphosate May Be Causing Your Issues

Gluten or glyphosate, what is causing your issues?
Gluten or glyphosate, what is causing your issues?

Ever wonder why wheat seems give people so many issues in this country? While gluten certainly plays a huge role, the question we are often asked is why people who are so sensitive to wheat in the US seem ok with it when traveling to other countries. It has been said that the genetic modification of wheat and hybridization plays a big role and while that is true, the new hybrid wheat has spread all over the world so it’s no longer specifically concentrated here in the US. So what is the issue?
There was a wonderful article about this in the healthy economist last month and below is a summary of what they found:

Believe it or not, it is actually a common wheat harvest protocol in the United States to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

“Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.”
According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who has studied the issue in depth, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 90s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it.  Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield:   “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff.”

While the herbicide industry tells us glysphsaphe is supposedly non toxic, there is multiple studies showing its effects on the cytochrome P450 system (which is the pathways our liver uses to detoxify). Just because it doesn’t kill us instantly, it certainly does not mean its non toxic and doesn’t have serious and long term effects.
Roundup disrupts the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut which then leads to intestinal permeability which is the breeding ground for autoimmunity. In fact, since roundup has been introduced in this practice in the 90’s, the amounts used have skyrocketed.  Interestingly, celiac disease has as well. There is a very interesting study from Dec of 2013 connecting glyphosate in roundup to many of the things that are thought to be celiac symptoms.

Celiac is associated with imbalance in gut bacteria and that can be explained in the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac diease point to impairment in many cytochrome p450 enzymes which are involved in detoxifying environmental toxins, activating D3, breaking down vitamin A and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplied to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit these enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to attached to these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methioine and selenomethionine are associated with celiac disease match glyhosate’s known depletion of these amino acids.

Furthermore, this exposure happens a little at a time over years which slowly damages the cells contributing to high levels of inflammation and inflammation is linked to a myriad of diseases. This can lead to a perfect storm where things are just enough off balance that the body is not able to self correct and leads to chronic disease.

If you do not have a wheat/gluten sensitivity but find that you don’t feel well when eating wheat at restaurants, this can be your issue. Eating organic wheat would be helpful for you as well as avoiding wheat when going out as most restaurants do not use organic wheat.

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.