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Basic Supplements for Everyone

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In order to be healthy and function optimally, the cells, tissue, and organs of the body must get the nutrients they need. First and foremost, this comes from eating nutritious food. However, because of

  • unique individual needs we each have, or
  • toxins in the body, or
  • damage to our body through the years, or
  • poor farming methods that do not keep vital nutrients in the soil and our food,

it is appropriate for everyone to take additional supplements to ‘supplement’ those nutrients.

Every body should be consuming a potent multivitamin.

Because calcium and magnesium take up so much room in a capsule or tablet, it is virtually impossible to take enough to supplement these important minerals. In typical supplements, calcium and magnesium are at low levels unless you take 4 to 6 per day of a multivitamin.

I recommend a multivitamin that has 500 mg of calcium and 500 mg of magnesium, in three tablets taken twice each day. My recommended multivitamin is also strong in B vitamins and vitamin C.

Essential fatty acids are not made in the body, so they must be ingested like vitamins. In fact, they are called ‘essential’ because the body cannot make them, just like vitamins are ‘vital’ to the body because the body does not make them either. I prefer flax seed oil to supply omega 3 oils because it contains the parent compound alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is needed in cell membranes in order for cells to function properly. ALA is broken down in the body into the downstream products EPA and DHA, which are found in fish oils. Unfortunately, fish oils do not contain ALA.

‘Vitamin’ D is technically not a vitamin because the body makes it. However, it does not make enough to give us the optimal protection with the immune system and other organ support we need. I recommend that everyone take up to 5000 IU daily, in addition to the small amount in the multivitamin. A blood level is easy to obtain and can tell you for sure if your body has enough or if it needs more.

I’ll be sending you information about different supplements and how they can be used to fortify your body against the onslaught of breakdown and disease.

For your convenience these are all available on my website, keystohealing.net. Just click on the supplement button above. You can order at a 20% discount through November 30, 2014. Just place the coupon code THANKS and the discount will be in your shopping cart checkout. We’ll be eager to ship you your top quality, highly potent vitamins!

To your dynamic health and energy,

Dr. Stan

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Eureka! I Have Found It!

Introducing a New Line of Supplements

 A supplement is a supplement is a supplement, some might say.  However, I can assure you that that is not true!  There are so many grades and qualities of supplements on the market today.  These extend from pharmaceutical grade down to capsules that pass through the body intact (you can read the brand name on the capsule at the bottom of the port-a-potty).  Lower quality supplements may be full of toxic metals (including mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum) and they may not contain what the label says they have.

For years I have used pharmaceutical grade supplements in my line, but I have been on the lookout or something that in my heart I believed to be possible–a plant-based supplement that energetically feeds our body food.  I am delighted to report that I have finally found it: Eureka!

A relatively new company has plant-based supplements of the highest grade.  In addition to being plant-based, these top quality supplements also have the following amazing benefits to add to their value:

1.These supplements have no fillers, flowing agents or binders.  This means there is no magnesium stearate and silica, ingredients that are present in almost all lines of supplements.  Although there is no evidence that magnesium stearate and silica are unhealthy, they are not native to the body, nor do they come from plant sources.  I am aware of 2 people who have reported having allergic reactions to magnesium stearate.  The compounding pharmacist of this new company contends that items to complement the main ingredient should fill the capsule, rather than “fillers.”

2.Each raw material ingredient is carefully evaluated as to its source and purity. Because this company serves clients worldwide, (including Japan, which has a much more stringent quality control over supplements entering the country compared to the US), their raw materials must be clean.  They do not import anything from China. Previous batches of supplements were not allowed into Japan because of the contaminants from Chinese raw material, so they discontinued the use of Chinese ingredients.

3.Most of the products are thoroughly researched before they are released to the public.

4.They are all gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegetarian (except ‘fish oil’ and a joint product).

5.For the detailed quality in their composition, they are available at competitive pricing.

6.All capsules are comprised of vegetarian cellulose, hypromellose, and do not contain the carcinogen Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

7.Many of the capsules have a patented Assimilation Enhancing System (AES) that is composed of plant-based digestive enzymes and mineral cofactors that all improve digestion and utilization of the product.

Some of the products add unique components I have not been able to include in any of my other products:

  • ·       Mobility Complex adds pain-relief herbs to the glucosamine and other factors that build the joint.
  • ·       Total Body Detox has at least 2 herbs to purify and detoxify each of the 5 detoxification organs—skin, liver, kidney, lung, colon.
  • ·       Herbal Calming Blend has all 3 calming herbs instead of just 2, and adds lavender to the product.
  • ·       PhytoEstrogen has a nice blend of several products that help with PMS and menopausal symptoms; not just one product that may or may not help.

Another benefit that appeals to me is the energetic ‘fingerprint,’ or the energy that a product imparts to the cells around them.  In supplements, the energetic fingerprint may be stronger in a plant-based extraction than a synthetic made in the laboratory.  It does not make sense to me that the number of cells in a product, whether medication or supplement, actually perform all the functions of the product.  It makes more sense that the energetic frequency of the molecules release energy to the surrounding tissue, which opens the door so the function takes place.

I will continue to offer the other products presently on the supplement site, unless one of these products clearly replaces all of the benefits at a comparable price.  Always remember that your diet is still the most important part of a healthy lifestyle, and taking supplements does not give you permission to eat poorly and expect to get the maximum results from supplements.  Remember to eat right, to focus on healthy vegetables and fruits as your core source of nutrition, and feed your self healthy thoughts to make everything nourish your body and mind.

To your dynamic health and energy,

Dr. Stan

Nutrition

Your Nutritional Prescription

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates

 For years, I have lamented the fact that doctors get very little, if any, nutritional training in their medical school classes.  My own efforts to be current in this very important field of nutrition led me to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist several years ago.  I have felt as though I am swimming upstream, against a strong current filled with tree branches and mud, as I have championed using nutrition as a first choice therapeutic tool.

But I am encouraged!  Why?  On March 15th 2014, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “A Delicious Prescription.”

Doctors and chefs, along with dietitians and nutritionists, health care practitioners and educators are meeting together in Napa Valley, California, to discuss food and its impact on health.  At the present time, this effort is brought about from the allopathic medicine perspective, but it represents a major leap into the world of nutrition, which has largely been ignored in Western medicine.

A large full-page picture spread of good foods and their benefits are part of the article.  Some even go against the grain of prevailing medical philosophy.  Here are some highlights:

 Healthy fats:

  • anchovies with omega 3 fatty acids and selenium; low in mercury;
  • avocados with monounsaturated fat, potassium, vitamins C and K and folate;
  • eggs as a source of iron, protein, vitamins A and B and folate (notice they left out cholesterol and fats!–which caused eggs to be mislabeled as a “bad” food for years);
  • grass-fed beef with vitamins B and iron;
  • wild salmon with protein, vitamins B and D and omega 3s;
  • olive oil with monounsaturated fat.

Proteins:

  • organic chicken with vitamin B6, iron and protein and omega 3;
  • nuts with protein, magnesium and monounsaturated fat;
  • seeds with folate, fiber, protein and zinc.

Vegetables:

  • carrots with vitamin A, fiber and beta-carotene;
  • dark leafy greens with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, calcium, sulforaphanes and folate;
  • parsley with folate and potassium and vitamins A and C;
  • squash with beta-carotene and other antioxidants and fiber and vitamin A;
  • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts) with fiber, vitains C, E D and folate;
  • green beans with fiber and regulate blood sugar;
  • onions and garlic with sulfur and folate.

 Fruits:

  • berries with polyphenols and fiber, vitamin C and potassium,
  • coconut with calcium, potassium, magnesium and electrolytes;
  • stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines cherries, apricots) with vitamins C and K, potassium and beta-carotene.

 Whole grains:

  • barley,
  • buckwheat,
  • oats,
  • quinoa,
  • wheat and
  • wild rice with fiber.

Mushrooms with minerals and vitamins B and D.

You might want to place a copy of this list of magical foods in your kitchen to inspire their use in meals you prepare.

Getting in the Swim of Things

With the Wall Street Journal article, I am seeing conventional allopathic medicine start to catch up to the science of nutritional medicine.  (They now have ‘pharmaceuticals’ for fish oil, vitamin D, eye antioxidants, and folate, which are no better than a high-grade supplement but much more expensive).

 If this nutritional trend continues, I might begin to feel as though I’ve joined a pool party!  No more swimming against the current in a muddy, tricky river.  But even this venture into previously uncharted waters is merely dipping conventional medicine’s toe into the pool.

However, my assessment of this ‘big toe in the swimming pool’ of food and health is guarded.  Dr. Harlan is quoted in the article as saying, “Make no mistake.  I am an allopathic physician.  I do not believe in anything other than evidence-based medicine.  As an internist, I prescribe statins and beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors and aspirin.  I believe in them and they have a role.  Diet alone is very good.  Medication alone is very good.  But diet plus medication is synergistic.  It’s another tool in the box that physicians should have available to them.”

I’m really looking forward to the day when not only the big toe or foot is in the science-based nutritional swimming pool, but allopathic medicine takes a giant leap forward.  Maybe in my lifetime, their whole body will jump in and harness the power of nutrition to address health and disease prevention and treatment.  I certainly hope so.  In the meantime, we can all show them the difference it makes to eat wisely, and healthfully.

To your dynamic health and energy!

Dr. Stan

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Congestive Heart Failure

A reader writes: Can you describe congestive heart failure..its signs and symptoms..what causes it and what is the best treatment. What questions should I ask my doctor?

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a diagnosis given to the condition when the heart cannot pump blood efficiently to the body. The heart becomes enlarged and blood fluid backs up in the body. If this is prominent on the left side of the heart that takes blood from the lungs and supplies the body with blood, fluid will back up into the lungs causeing shortness of breath, poor sleep, and perhaps a cough. If it is the right side of the heart in failure, the blood backs up in the body and swelling of the lower extremities (edema) is seen.It may back up into the liver and intestinal tract causing nausea or abdominal pain.

Chest X-ray confirms the enlarged heart and may see the fluid backing up into the lungs. We use echocardiography, which is non-invasive, to assist in the diagnosis of this condition. Treatment consists of:

  •  Reducing possible causes, including high blood pressure, nutritional deficiencies, reducing salt intake if salt sensitive
  • Supplements to increase ATP production so the heart muscle can work harder-CoQ10, carnitine
  • There are often nutritional deficiencies of magnesium and thiamine with congestive heart failure
  • If high blood pressure, add arginine and hawthorne berry.
  • A last comment–I don’t like the term ‘failure,’ as it implies something worse than it often is. For the most part, CHF is treatable.
Nutrition

Early Signs of Alzheimers

My mother is interested in ordering vitamins. She shows some early signs of alzheimer’s. Which of your supplements would be best for her?

1. Everyone should be on a potent multivitamin, about 6 per day.  If less than that, there is not enough calcium and magnesium in them, as they take up a lot of room in the multivitamin.

2.  Essential fatty acids, both omega 3 (I prefer flax seed oil) and omega 6 oils along with

3.  5,000 IU of vitamin D is a good start.

4.  Because Alzheimer’s is a brain breakdown, an additional B complex could be added, and

5.  double the typical dose of essential fatty acids.

6.  Be sure she drinks plenty of water, because dehydration is common in the elderly and looks a lot like Alzheimer’s.

6.  Consider adding high doses of phosphatidylcholine to surround the nerves with the fatty myelin sheath, which improves conduction of nerves.

7.  For dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, the following could be tried—gingko biloba, arginine (5 grams per day).

Usually, by the time symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear, brain damage has already occurred.  These steps will hopefully at least slow down the progression, and hopefully start reversing symptoms and building new brain tissue.

This site has many of the nutrients I mentioned available.  Just go to the supplements section and place your order if you wish to purchase them.  I can help you if you have questions; call the office at 801-302-5397

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Heart Disease

My friend, who recently had a quadruple bypass, said her sister told her a symptom of heart disease is that a line forms on your earlobe. She also said that since her surgery, and recovery, the hair on her legs grows faster, and her fingernails no longer have ridges on them.
Are these really signs of heart disease? If so, then I guess I need to do something, because I have all three.

Nail growth (and ridges in the nails) and hair growth require a broad range of nutrients. However, biotin and zinc are the most important of all of them.

Although one cannot be sure until conducting a thorough physical exam, my best guess for the increased growth of nails and hair after bypass surgery is that there was a generalized compromise of oxygen (and other nutrients) because of the vascular disease in the vessels to the heart. The blood could not flow like it should to all the body, including the hair and nails.

This was possibly resolved after the bypass surgery and the hair and nails started growing. However, you need to be aware that the hair and nail conditions you describe are not the typical signs of heart disease, but of nutrient deficiency.

You should be sure you are on a potent multivitamin and essential oils, then add extra biotin (5 to 10 mg per day) and zinc (50 mg per day) for a few months.  If you stay on zinc for more than 3 months, be sure to add more copper also, as copper and zinc compete for the same transporter in the intestines, and taking either one long term will cause a deficiency of the other one.

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Causes of Thinning Hair

Female thinning hair? I am 65 & have noticed my hair thinning a LOT. Webmd suggested it was hormone related. What do you think & what can I do about it? I have had a stroke so I’m not on HRT. I recently quit herbal hormone tablets since they didn’t seem to help my hot flashes, now I’m wondering if that is why my hair is falling out?

There are 2 treatable conditions that contribute to hair falling out:

1. Low thyroid. If your free T3 (which is only rarely obtained in conventional medicine) is at the middle of the ‘reference range’ or less, you are probably hypothyroid. Iodine and thyroid hormone may stop the hair from falling out.

2. Poor nutrition, especially with the minerals zinc and biotin. In addition to eating good food, you need a potent multivitamin and essential fatty acids (and vitamin D).  In addition to that, extra amounts of zinc and biotin can be added.

If there is no improvement in a few weeks, then that is not the problem. Because zinc and copper compete for the same transporter in the GI tract, zinc without extra copper cannot be used long term. If you are having menopausal symptoms, you should at least try progesterone, which is not part of the controversy over HRT and vascular disease.

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Adult ADD

Adult ADD – Can’t get anything accomplished even though I am not working now! I am a 53 yr. old female. Please help!

All neurologic challenges, including ADD, have certain core elements that must be attended to in order to support the neurologic system.  These include the B vitamins (almost all of them) and the omega-3 and omega-6 oils.  Take a B complex-50 or -100, along with flax seed oil 1 to 3 teaspoons and borage oil 5 gm per day.

Your diet needs to be good–real natural whole food, and no sugar and processed food.  If that is insufficient, you need to see a practitioner like myself that can look at toxic metals in the brain, and use other supplements and look at neurotransmitters in the brain that cannot be done on your own.

Additionally, stress can play a big part in causing symptoms that are akin to ADD.  This can be temporary or ongoing.  Either way, it is wise to see a professional practitioner who can help you with perspective on the causes of your symptoms and a way towards more dynamic health.

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When to Take Supplements

Question: We all know as we age supplements are very important. I take my 15 plus pills in the morning, and every time I wonder if taking them all at once is good, is this the best time of day to take them? Is there any advice on the most optimal time to take our supplements?

The best time to take most supplements is during a meal.  The body is preparing to digest and absorb nutrients that come with the meal. If the B vitamins are taken on an empty stomach, they tend to irritate the stomach lining, so they must be taken with meals. Ideally, take a bite or two, then take a supplement, and spread the supplements throughout the meal. Water soluble vitamins are excreted out the urine, so they should be taken two times per day to keep the levels high.

It is the riboflavin (B2) that causes the fluorescent yellow color in the urine. Overloading the cells with vitamins will not harm them, and if the need is great, then the cells can absorb more as needed. Each of us has different needs for the various vitamins, and since we don’t have good lab tests to assess those needs, my feeling is to use potent vitamins to permit the cells to extract all they can and need.  Your body knows how to best utilize what it is given.

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Check Out This Fascinating School Lunch Blog

I read snippets from this interesting blog, written by an anonymous blogger who has eaten school lunches each school day for a year…and is dying to tell about it!  Here’s the link: http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com/

I’d love your thoughts…