How do you know if your probiotic is active and potent?

Probiotics are living beings. They need to usually be refrigerated. Companies may send active probiotics, but high temperatures or delayed shipping could kill the organisms.

So, how do you know if your probiotic is active and potent? You should be able use the probiotic as a starter to make yogurt. If your probiotic is not making yogurt, your acidophilus is probably not active.

My yogurt maker got a crack after 30 years of use. I searched the Internet for its new replacement. I was most in love with a unit that you poured your milk into and without further work, it heated it and chilled it and overnight made fresh yogurt. Unfortunately, the unit was made of plastic. So my current yogurt making device is to put the warmed milk in canning jars on a seed starter heating mat with a couple of towels on top for insulation. Pretty high tech, huh?

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating, Supplements|

Myer’s Cocktail

When most of us hear the word “IV”, we think of donating blood to the Red Cross, or of people who’ve been in an accident and need extra blood.
We don’t usually think of an IV as a state-of-the-art treatment that can provide our bodies with much-needed vitamins, hydration, detoxification, or other healing properties. But that is exactly what a nutritive IV can do for you.
This spring, we’re offering current medical patients an IV that can boost your immune system, improve energy and concentration, and  help with seasonal allergies. It’s called a Myer’s Cocktail, but unlike a real cocktail, this one won’t leave you hung over. It’s a combination of Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin B. The Myer’s cocktail was named after Dr. John Myers, a Maryland physician who used nutritive IV’s to treat many chronic conditions.
Why choose an IV over swallowing supplements? Substances in an IV bypass the stomach, so if you have any kind of digestive issues, you’ll receive extra nutrients by avoiding the digestive system. You can also receive more effective doses through an IV than you can take orally. For example, if you swallow more than a few thousand of milligrams of Vitamin C, you’ll typically wind up with a stomachache and diarrhea. A Vitamin C IV can safely deliver 25-75 milligrams of Vitamin C, giving your cells a much higher dose of the immune boosting vitamin with no stomach discomfort.
During March and April, Metta Health Care is offering current medical patients a chance to try a Myer’s cocktail at a discounted price.
Normally $129, each Myer’s cocktail IV during March and April will be only $99. Interested in giving this innovative treatment a try? Please call 208 658-5570 for an appointment, as our IV slots fill up quickly, […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Supplements, Therapy|

Preventing Cognitive Decline

University of California Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, is a neurologist and the founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He has developed a 36 point plan to help people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Bredesen is passionate about helping people with early Alzheimer’s disease. He helped a 66 year old man who had been having problems missing appointments, misplacing keys and had difficulty performing at work. His brain scan showed amyloid plaque which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. His memory center (the hippocampus) had a volume of just 17 percent for men his age. Dr. Bredesen recommended his plan including a low-carb/high-fat diet, intermittent fasting, supplements, a sleep schedule and other lifestyle changes. Within 3 months, his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. His family noticed improved cognitive function.

“Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the Journal of Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Dr. Bredesen evaluates nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, infections, toxins and drugs as likely culprits leading to this type of cognitive decline. His program then attacks them simultaneously. This is a novel approach to mainstream medicine’s standard of care – the one-pill approach. There were 244 clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012; all but one failed. His paper describes only 10 cases which is not enough to be considered a clinical trial but we may want to make use of his information.

Dr. Bredesen’s theory is that Alzheimer’s disease has 3 main causes: inflammation or infection, environmental toxins and/or hormonal deficiencies. There is a strong correlation between elevated blood sugar levels and Alzheimer’s disease […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Supplements, Therapy, Vitamins|

Finally something to heal leaky gut from glyphosates (Round-Up) and gluten!

Restore is the first dietary supplement to promote a healthy barrier between tight junctions in the gut wall. This product provides the communication network to support normal immune function. Restore is the first supplement on the market that functions as an antidote to glyphosate (Round-Up) and gluten and GMO (genetically modified food) injury at the tight junction. Although a person can go gluten free and avoid GMO’s, it is almost impossible to avoid glyphosates, especially since they have been found in the air and rainwater.  We probably need Restore to keep up with these mounting environmental challenges.

The need to remove toxins from the body immediately suggests that there has been a breach in the body’s natural lines of defense and the vast mechanisms for toxin removal have been overwhelmed. To reach this state of toxin overload, many things have gone wrong. The root injury in this situation is leaky tight junctions (the Velcro that holds the cells together to form a membrane). As gut membranes start to leak, the primary barriers are lost and toxins enter the bloodstream. Tight junction damage in blood vessels leads to toxin movement into tissue, including fat cells and the brain. As this process continues, cell coping mechanisms are overwhelmed and the body compartments actually become increasingly susceptible to more toxins creating a vicious cycle of mounting toxicity. The result is chronic inflammation and resulting diseases including diabetes, autism, and cancer.

Many people starting Restore have noted almost immediate signs of toxin clearance from the body. Urine, sweat, breath, and skin can all reveal toxin clearance. This is the result of the extremely rapid changes in the tight junction integrity as Restore gets at the root cause of body […]

Ebola – from the doctor

Ebola has spread to 4 countries. From the CDC Ebola response roadmap: As of Sept 24 the total number of probable, confirmed and suspected cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa was 6263 with 2917 deaths. There may be under-reporting of the ill and dead because the health care system has broken down.

There is fear of the people that if they go to clinics or hospitals, they will catch the disease. There is fear from health care workers that they will be infected from their patients. Families are encouraged to care for their sick relatives at home, which could lead to an under-reporting of the ill/dead. Liberia just completed a mandatory quarantine for 3 days in which time 30,000 health workers health care workers went door to door to assess the extent of the epidemic. Nonetheless, the authorities which have finally quarantined cities, have not curtailed air traffic in these countries.

The CDC claims Ebola is not currently an airborne disease among humans. There was an experiment in 2012 where piglets were infected with Ebola and put in wire cages next to monkeys and 2 monkeys were infected. There was no physical contact between these species. However, this experiment may not apply to humans…yet the ARMY’s public research documents make such a clear case that the Ebola airborne risk is here and now.

Ebola is an unusual virus in that it can be transmitted before the person feels ill. The infection’s symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle aches, and headaches. All these symptoms could be confused with the flu in the beginning stages. The incubation period could range from 2 to 21 days. This could give ample time for […]

Ladies, Do You Have Low Libido?

A technical paper investigating the use of manganese in serious neurological conditions, (, found an interesting side effect; a dose of 15-30 mg per day frequently improved libido and sexual performance in men and women.

Manganese can be found in cloves, wheat bran and wheat germ, nuts, mussels, clams, oysters, cocoa powder and chocolate. You’d have to eat a whopping amount of these foods to ingest the 15-30mg dose that appears to stimulate libido and aid performance, so consider a supplement instead. We are currently stocking manganese in the interest of a happy holiday season. Call the office at 208 658-5570 and stock up now!

Adrenal Booster and Weight Loss Helper, All in One!

Pantothenic acid is Vitamin B5, and is referred to as the “anti-stress” hormone and a “stamina enhancer”.  It assists and supports adrenal function, while also regulating the conversion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins to energy.

Yes, this means this important vitamin could help with fatigue and weight loss at the same time.  It can also help with other medical problems such as PMS, water retention, fibromyalgia, diabetes and hypoglycemia.

A prudent dose would be 500 mg twice a day, but there is a study with weight loss where panothenic acid was used in doses of 2500 mg four times a day, and this resulted in a weight loss of 1.2 kg per week.

For those who want to keep it natural, foods which contain panothenic acid are beef, brewer’s yeast, eggs, vegetables, kidney, legumes, liver, mushrooms, nuts, pork, fish, rye and wheat flours.

Vitamin D and Alheizmer’s Disease

Higher vitamin D dietary intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Women who developed Alzheimer’s disease had lower baseline vitamin D intakes (an average of 50.3 micrograms per week) than those who developed no dementia at all (an average of 59.0 micrograms per week). Journals of Gerontology, December 2012

Treating Depression

I just finished reading an old book, The Way Up From Down, by Priscilla Slagle MD.

She has a straight-forward approach to depression and stress, using amino acids and B vitamins.

All people, regardless of medications, can use B vitamins with antidepressants.

Please make an appointment if you want to use amino acid therapy with a current dosage of antidepressants.


I have learned about an interesting solution for reflux. It is sodium alginate.

The alginate combines with the stomach acid to form a gel barrier that acts like a raft on the top of the stomach contents to prevent reflux.

How could you not want to try something with that visual??

We have it at the office.

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