Many of our patients have experienced the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits of Inflammacore by Ortho Molecular Products but were nervous when stock was running low. Please do not be alarmed as this product is still available so you can continue to see its beneficial effects. Ortho Molecular has been working working tirelessly over the last few months to improve the flavor and texture and we are happy to annouce that we now have all 3 of the new flavors which are Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Chai and Strawberry. They are truly delicious and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Have you been diagnosed with H. Pylori (a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can contribute to reflux, GERD, ulcers and may even lead to stomach cancer) and unsure if the traditional treatment approach is right for you?
Conventionally, H. Pylori is treated with heavy duty antibiotics and acid blocking medications. While these treatments can help eradicate the bacteria, we often see it return and then more antibiotics are needed. We find that natural treatments are often even more effective when done properly and can eradicate H. Pylori the first time around.
One of our favorites is Pyloricil by OrthoMolecular Products. It combines Mastic Gum which can inhibit the growth and effectively kills Helicobacter Pylori. It also has Bismuth Citrate to soothe gastric and mucosal linings and increase effectiveness of remedies for Helicobacter Pylori and Berberine Sulfate which is known for its strong anti-microbial qualities. Pyloricil is hard on the bacteria but very gentle on the digestive system and actually helps to protect the stomach lining.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as heartburn/GERD, stomach pain, nausea or gas and bloating, H. Pylori may be the culprit. You can get a comprehensive stool test or a breath test to see if you have this bacteria. Please also keep in mind that H.Pylori can be transmitted quite easily through the exchange of saliva. If a family member is diagnosed with it, it is recommended everyone in close contact with that individual be tested and treated if necessary to prevent the bacteria from passing back and forth.
We put together a protocol that can not only get rid of the bacteria but also balance the whole GI tract and microflora and aid in healing irritation to help re-balance the digestive system and keep the bacteria from coming back. Check out our H. Pylori Eradication Protocol where you will find the exact instructions using only natural methods and without the need for harsh antibiotics.
Many of you already know all the amazing benefits of probiotics, however with so many probiotics out there, how do you choose the best one for you? Of course if you have stool test results, we can customize one based on your results, but you don’t absolutely need a stool test to be able to find one that will work great for you. If you want to take a probiotic to help improve your digestion, boost immune system, help with skin conditions and balance your body after the use of antibiotics or other medications, we have some great choices for you.
If you travel and refrigerated items are not ideal, or if you just simply don’t want the hassle of refrigeration, you will love the probiotics by Orthomolecular Products. They are produced to be stable at room temperature (up to 95°F) and last at their full potency for up to 1 year making them a great choice.
The Orthobiotic is a multi-strain probiotic containing 20 billion CFU’s with 6 strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as well as Saccharomyces boulardii. It is fantastic for anyone that has mild digestive issues such as looser stool or constipation as well as mild gas and/or bloating and for anyone looking to maintain their digestion and immune function. We recommend taking 1-2 capsules per day around bedtime.
If you have more serious digestive issues or have recently been on an antibiotic and need to support your digestive system, the Orthobiotic 100 is a great choice. It provides 100 billion colony forming units of multiple strains in 1 convenient pill. We recommend taking 1 capsule per day around bedtime.
If you need to take it a step further and have been on a longer course of antibiotics (or several round of antibiotics in a short period of time) or have more serious digestive or immune challenges, the Probiotic 225 is for you. This high dose probiotic is is packed with 225 billion multi-strain organisms and comes in a convenient packet which can be mixed in any beverage. As with all the Orthomolecular Probiotics, it also does not require refrigeration.
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?
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.
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
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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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.
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!