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|

Ever wonder what is in a Flintstone vitamin?

The Bayer company tells us: “During the active, growing years of childhood, it is important to ensure that children receive all the vitamins and minerals they need every day. Since the body does not store all essential vitamins and minerals, some have to be supplied on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many Americans have poor eating habits which can make it difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need from our food. To supplement your diet, Flintstones can be taken to help assure adequate nutrition.”

Well… you’ll get a smattering of vitamins, and a lot more…. including:

INGREDIENTS (taken from the Flintstone website):
Sorbitol, Mannitol, Fructose, Sodium Ascorbate,
Ferrous Fumarate, Silicon Dioxide, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavors,
FD&C Red #40 Lake; Less Than 2% Of: Aspartame, Beta-Carotene,
Cholecalciferol, Cyanocobalamin, D-Calcium Pantothenate,
dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Lake,
Folic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,
Riboflavin, Soy Lecithin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate. Contains: Soy.

Sorbitol is a synthetic sugar alcohol. The ingestion of higher amounts have been linked to gastrointestinal disturbances including irritable bowel syndrome.

The ‘vitamin C’ listed as ascorbic acid is most likely produced from GMO corn. If my vitamins are genetically modified, I would like a warning on the label. How about you?

While it is impossible to die from consuming iron from food (spinach), ferrous fumarate is an industrial mineral not found in nature as food. Ferrous fumarate is so toxic an accidental overdose of this form of iron is “a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6.” The manufacturer further warns:
Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Natural and Artificial […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Vitamins|

Vitamin Recommendations for Adults

My Personal Recommendation
Many people ask me about whether they need to take a daily multivitamin. I hem and haw, because it would be ideal for all of us to get our nutritional needs from food.

The CDC reports that only 32% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day in 2009, and just over 26% ate vegetables three or more times per day. As a reminder, an optimal diet for a mature adult would be ¼ of the plate with protein, and ¾ vegetables. Children should have more starches than adults such as rice, bread and noodles. The grains should be organic and non-GMO (no genetic modification), but that is another story…

If a person isn’t going to eat their vegetables or must eat food that isn’t optimal (institutional food), they may need to take a multivitamin. The best ones are from a food source. The Purium LOVE super powder and Power shake are two examples of these food based vitamins and minerals.

Everyone in Boise needs Vitamin D supplementation in the winter. We just don’t have enough sunlight in Boise in the winter. Elderly people may not convert much Vitamin D from their skin regardless of the season. Tanning beds are an option for adults if the beds emit Vitamin D producing UVB light. Do not tan in beds with only UVA light.

Vitamin D needs to be combined with Vitamin K. We have the combo in one capsule at Metta Health. For children: 0 to 2 year need 400 to 1000 IU per day, from 2 and above 600 to 1000 IU per day. Adults should take 1500 to 2000 per day, although I personally take 5000 IU per day in the winter. If […]

By |December 10th, 2015|Vitamins|

Airborne vs Emergen-C

Airborne has splenda and acesulfame potassium, both of which are neurotoxins. I cannot recommend anyone take this product. Airborne is 49 cents a packet.

Emergen-C has no MSG, aspartame or neurotoxins. Their fructose is not from corn. Nonetheless, the company cannot claim their product is GMO (genetically modified) free. Emergen-C is around 50 cents a packet.

For quick (non-GMO) Vitamin C, I mix up 1000 mg of Vitamin C crystals for about 7 cents.

We carry now Vitamin C crystals at the clinic.

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!

Radiation Protection

What We Can Do:
There are ways to mitigate the effects of this dangerous radiation. One is to take supplements that prevent the radioactive elements from settling in our bodies. Here’s a link to an article that explains why protecting ourselves BEFORE radiation exposure is so important:

I recommend that you acquire some supplements in advance ‘just in case’, because it is important to saturate our bodies with minerals before we encounter any radioactivity. We carry the following supplements in our office. Call 208 658-5570 to order.

To prevent Iodide 131 from settling in the body, use Iodoral, a non-radioactive iodide supplement. An adult can take one tablet a day. SSKI, a liquid source of iodine, is perfect for infants and children. SSKI needs to be ordered from a compounding pharmacy.

Cesium 137 is similar to potassium, so taking Iodoral, which contains some potassium, can help prevent absorption. Mega-Min has potassium as well. You can also buy Morton’s Salt Substitute, which contains potassium chloride, and use this as you would use salt in cooking and seasoning.

Use calcium supplements, or non-radioactive Strontium, to prevent absorption of Strontium 90. Mega-Min has calcium in protective amounts.

Mega-Min also contains Selenium, which is protective against cancer in general.
Be Prepared:
In the event of a nuclear meltdown, I recommend the following supplements/dosages:

Adult Daily Dose:

2 Mega-Mins
1 Strontium
1 Iodoral
Vitamin C 1000mg 3 times a day
Vitamin D 5000iu per day

Note: Cancer patients can take 6 Mineral 650 (a supplement that does not contain copper or iron), 1 Strontium, and 1 Iodoral per day.

Keep the Morton’s salt substitute handy and sprinkle it on food.

Call the office at 208 658-5570 to order the above supplements, or if you need a recommendation to a compounding pharmacy.

Gearing up for Cold and Flu Season

Now that cold weather has arrived, use these quick tips and remedies to help your body defend itself from colds and flu:

Wash your hands 20 times a day
Get 8 hours of sleep each night
Take immune-boosting supplements, such as the ones listed below:

Note: We carry top-quality brands of all the following supplements in our pharmacy. Call our office at 208.658.5570 to place a pick-up or drop-ship order.

Garlic – In addition to providing many health benefits, garlic wards off some of the worst microbes, even antibiotic-resistant strains! Studies show that garlic juice shows significant activity against pathogens. Curious about other great benefits you can get from garlic? Here’s just a few.
Echinacea – Did you know that echinacea has been proven to reduce the risk of getting a cold by 54 percent? It can also reduce the duration of a cold by 1-4 days. Echinacea is commonly used to battle colds, flu, bronchitis and all types of infections. Here are some great echinacea remedies to try.
Gammadyn Cu – This remedy provides a type of oligotherapy that furnishes the body with ions that are essential for enzymatic functions. Use it to give your body that ‘extra boost’ when you feel a cold coming on.
Nucleo-Immune – This supplement provides nucleotides necessary for cellular rejuvenation and immune support. Among other benefits, it promotes cellular vitality and boosts energy levels.


Intelligence in Children Linked to DHA Levels

DHA (docosahexanoic acid) is an omega 3 essential fatty acid which may be critical for maximal intellectual functioning in children.

Low levels of DHA were found in children from 7-9 years old with behavioral problems, poor memory and poor reading.

Infants who were supplemented with omega 3 fatty acids outperformed unsupplemented infants when they were retested between 3 and 5 years on rule learning, vocabulary and intelligence testing.

DHA provides the building block for neurological functioning in the fetus. A woman needs to supplement during pregnancy to provide optimal nutrition for her unborn child. We cannot produce omega 3 fatty acids, and they must be obtained from the diet. Optimal sources include wild fish, liver and brain. The best fish is wild caught Alaska salmon.

Finally, to enhance thinking in the later years and as a prevention to Alzheimer’s disease, supplementation with 900 mg of DHA can enhance cognitive function.

Sometimes, the easiest way to enhance your omega 3 fatty acids is to take a supplement.

We have essential fatty acids in our pharmacy from Genestra which are caught off the coast of Peru, and contain no mercury contamination. They may be taken liquid (orange flavoring), in gel capsules or in chewable Pediaburst for children which provide a convenient way to assure optimal mental functioning at any age.

By |August 22nd, 2013|Children's Health, Vitamins|

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.

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