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Detox, Health Evaluation, Natren Probiotics, Toxguard, NAC

May 2007 - Print | Index

Our bodies are in a constant process of detoxification. It is a metabolic necessity. From the first acquisition of oxygen through the lungs and release of carbon dioxide, to the complex chemical exchanges within the body, detoxification is continually removing toxic byproducts.

If the body is not efficiently cleansed, internal organs develop stagnation, inflammation and disease. The main cleansing organs of the body, blood and lymphatic fluids are the liver, kidneys, and lower gastrointestinal tract. These organs can be overworked, and if failure occurs, artificial techniques -- such as dialysis -- can sometimes maintain life. Healthy organs are what keep you healthy.

The benefits of cleansing have been recognized since the earliest of times. Cleansing can involve bowel cleansing and colonics, dietary changes, fasting, healing waters, and saunas.

Our bodies not only deal with toxins produced by internal processes, but we are also exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and all that surrounds us. Insecticides, disinfectants, fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, bactericides, virucides, antibiotics, preservatives, additives and synthetic hormones all put us at high risk. Industrialization has changed the picture of detoxification protocols. Parasitic infections appear to thrive in this new environment, putting us at further risk.

Modern industrialization has been blamed for causing Leaky Gut Syndrome, an insidious condition where the intestine allows microbes, harmful chemicals and undigested food to enter the blood and lymph, which are then circulated throughout the body. This puts added stress on the liver, kidneys, gall bladder and all the body's systems. Antibiotics are one of the main causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome, and the best defense we have is to replenish the friendly flora of the intestinal tract, using what are called probiotics.

Probiotics are supplements containing strains of beneficial bacteria, which, when ingested, implant and colonize in the intestines and help protect the jejunum and colon from leakage and infection. They are soft pillow-like cells that literally build brickwork around the villi of the intestines, creating a protective barrier against harmful environmental conditions.

There are many nutrients that can aid detoxification, such as N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), Glutathione, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Burdock Root, Dandelion Root, Boldo Leaves, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Beta Glucans to name a few. Fiber is also an important tool in the detoxification process. It stimulates bile flow, provides bulk and stimulation for the digestive tract, and aids in the absorption of certain harmful chemicals. If one is experiencing abdominal pain or diarrhea, one should consult a health professional and read whatever one can find about the subject. Reading is nurturance for the mind, health is the foundation of life and information is power.

Our National Health

The great historian Will Durant wrote, “The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.”

National Public Radio aired a lecture by Stephen Bezruchka, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington, medical doctor and emergency room physician in Seattle, Washington. He listed some very shocking but accurate appraisals of our current health status in the United States:

  • "The United States spends half of all the money paid in the world for health care. Yet we represent less than 5% of the population of the world. For 2005 we spent 15.6% of our very gross national product on health care, close to $7,000 per person or about $1.94 trillion dollars."
  • "The increase in health care costs from 2000 to 2005 amounts to 24% of our economic growth during that period. During the same period our health, compared to that of other countries, declined. In 2003 there were 27 countries that were healthier than the US when considering average number of years lived...we are even worse compared to other countries in infant mortality, maternal mortality from childbirth, or in measures of well-being or happiness. Our happiness as a society has been declining slowly for the last 40 years, with the decline greatest in women. We are healthier as a country than fifty years ago, but if we compare ourselves to more than 25 other countries, our health improvements have lagged behind them during this period."

Access to Bezruchka’s transcript can be found at www.AlternativeRadio.org.

Everyone is aware of the high costs of medical care and its failures. This is probably the major reason alternative medicine and nutritional supplementation has become more important and widespread. Unfortunately, the industrial medical complex seeks every way possible to maintain its control over what is available to individuals. True health care reform can only be realized when science and economics are used to seek the common good. Excellent health of the nation can be accomplished when wealth and power do not falsify information to control public policy for their own benefit regardless of its negative impact on the general public.

The health care industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are in need of great reform. Johnathan Emord has written an excellent article on the FDA Violation of the Rule of Law, which historically follows the FDA’s consistent favoring of drug manufacturers even to the extreme detriment of public health. It is an indictment of the FDA’s reversal of Congressional laws seeking the availability of nutritional health information and the FDA’s actions to impede access to complementary medicine and nutritional supplements. His article is at http://www.emord.com/events/speeches/fda_violation.htm.

In this issue:

  • Probiotics from Natren
  • NOW Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Liver Guard™ from Source Naturals
  • Detox products from Jarrow
  • 30th Anniversary deals from SuperNutrition

Check out our Quarterly Flyer (PDF file, 163 kilobytes) for products on sale for May and June.

Natren -- Probiotic Pioneers

Natren is the leading manufacturer of Probiotics worldwide. Internationally recognized for its pioneering work and research in the nutritional supplements industry, Natren produces the finest quality Probiotics, or "beneficial bacteria", available for human consumption.

Bifido Factor® works in the large intestine to keep it healthy and help deter undesirable bacteria.

  • Bifidobacterium bifidum produces B vitamins that help the body complete the digestive process.
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum assists in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Bifidobacteria lives on the intestinal wall, where it discourages undesirable bacteria from taking up residence and helps the large intestine dispose of unused foods.
  • Helps to minimize elimination concerns.
  • Natren®’s milk-based formula contains natural Lactulose, a specific food for the Bifidobacterium bifidum which has been found to maximize liver support and proper elimination.
  • The powder begins working in the mouth and gives benefits all throughout the digestive tract as well as the large intestine.
  • Japanese researchers consider Bifidobacterium to be the most important beneficial bacteria for human health.

Digesta-Lac® contains Lactobacillus bulgaricus, the natural microorganism found in selected Bulgarian style yogurt that helps the body digest food more efficiently.

  • Nutritionally helps to deter yeast overgrowth (candida) from the large intestine up into the small intestine.
  • Helps to stimulate regularity.
  • Aids in lactose metabolism and enhances the digestion of milk products.
  • Encourages an acidic intestinal environment which strongly inhibits less desirable microorganisms.
  • Contributes to the growth and viability of the beneficial resident microorganisms (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium. bifidum, etc.) by supporting their growth and activity.
  • Helps the body digest complex carbohydrates and proteins. Bulgaricus is very proteolytic, therefore it can easily break down proteins.
  • Helps to increase the bio-availability of minerals, especially calcium. The absorption is doubly important in lactose-intolerant individuals who may also experience a deficiency of dietary calcium.
  • May also produce antimicrobial substances antagonistic to various bad bacteria.

Life Start® 2 is a goat milk formula containing live, active B. infantis NLS super strain bacteria.

  • Recent research has proven Bifidobacterium infantis, the bacteria used in Life Start 2, has major benefits for all ages, especially IBS sufferers.
  • Cultured in goat’s milk to facilitate easy digestion – particularly important for people with intestinal inflammation.
  • Helps relieve constipation, gas, diarrhea, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Enhances the absorption of calcium, vitamins and other nutrients.

Megadophilus® provides more than 2 billion cfu of viable Lactobacillus acidophilus per serving size and is available in powder (dairy and dairy free), capsule and vegan vegetarian powder formulas.

  • The Lactobacillus acidophilus super strains used in Megadophilus® reside along the wall of the small intestine, where most of the digestive process takes place.
  • In the powder form it begins working in the mouth and provides benefits throughout the entire digestive tract.
  • This beneficial bacteria super strain produces natural substances such as hydrogen peroxide which are particularly helpful in guarding against certain harmful bacteria, regulating yeast and detoxifying the G.I. tract.
  • It produces soothing lactic acid, which lowers the pH of the small intestine, promoting a healthy environment in the digestive tract.
  • The DDS-1 super strain and the NAS super strain are substantially more potent than regular acidophilus powders or capsules when grown according to exact scientific specifications by using Natren®’s proprietary formula.

NOW Alpha Lipoic Acid

This powerful metabolic antioxidant is unique in that it is both fat and water-soluble, which means it can travel to any cell in the body. It is therefore one of our most readily available oxidation destroyers. The commonly called the "universal" antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid (or ALA) remains one of the most widely used and trusted free radical fighters to date. Naturally enhancing to the way our body uses B vitamins, ALA is also vital to the production of energy from the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats we take in each day. ALA protects the DNA in the cell nucleus, and bolsters the cellular levels of glutathione, which helps protect cells against oxidation. Available in 100mg, 250mg and 600mg dosages.

Source Naturals' Liver Guard™

Liver Guard™ from Source Naturals is a Bio-Aligned Formula specially formulated to provide nutrients essential for the five main functions of a healthy liver:

  • Cleansing and Restoration: as one of the primary organs of detoxification, the liver is exposed to a vast array of chemicals, drugs and pollutants, especially in our modern world. LIver Guard™ contains N-Acetyl Cysteine, Dandelion Root, Silymarin and Turmeric, which have all traditionally been used to promote the flow of bile, cleanse, detoxify, and restore the liver.
  • Fat Metabolism: the liver is the primary metabolizer of fats and cholesterol, so it is particularly important to keep these substances circulating freely. Liver Guard™ contains Choline and Inositol, which are lipotropic agents that mobilize lipids and remove excess fats from the liver.
  • Antioxidant Defense: in the process of its metabolic and detoxification functions, the liver generates and is exposed to many free radicals. Liver Guard™ contains Coenzyme Q10, N-Acetyl Cysteine, alpha-Lipoic Acid, Silymarin, Turmeric, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which are antioxidant compounds that help protect the protein, lipid and DNA of the liver from free radicals.
  • Antioxidant Production: the liver synthesizes the antioxidant L-Glutathione and the antioxidant enzyme Glutathione Peroxidase, perhaps the most important antioxidants made by the body. Glutathione Peroxidase contains four selenium atoms. It catalyzes the oxidation of glutathione, present in all animal cells at high concentration. Cysteine is the rate-limiting factor for glutathione synthesis. These two molecules safeguard cells against oxidation and maintain the integrity of red blood cells.
  • Energy Generation: the liver requires a tremendous amount of energy to perform its diverse metabolic functions, which include maintaining a normal blood glucose concentration, forming cholesterol and phospholipids, and synthesizing amino acids, plasma proteins and other important compounds. It also converts vitamins into their active co-enzyme forms and breaks down and excretes drugs and hormones. The following nutrients are provided by Liver Guard™ for the liver's energy needs: Coenzyme Q10, alpha-Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6 and B-12, Folic Acid, Niacin and Niacinamide

Detox Products from Jarrow

Toxguard™ Heavy Metal Detox contains PectaSol® Chelation Complex, a complex of modified polyuronide dietary fibers (citrus pectin and alginate) that have been specifically designed to tightly bind heavy metals and increase their clearance from the body while having a reduced affinity for most nutritionally essential elements. PectaSol's modified citrus pectin (MCP) has a unique chemical structure and optimized molecular weight that allows for maximized absorption, systemic chelation of toxic metals, and facilitation of their removal. PectaSol's modified alginate complements MCP by chelating toxic metals within the digestive tract and preventing their reabsorption.

N-A-C Sustain: N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant amino acid and a precursor to the critical antioxidant glutathione perioxidase and is excellent in preventing the ill-effects of chemotherapy and radiation. It eliminates free-radicals, heavy metals and other toxins, and helps create T-cells and other immune factors. It protects bone marrow, lung tissue, the liver and the kidneys, and its immediate use can counteract damage caused by an overdose of acetominophen.

Jarro-Dophilus EPS™ is also still on sale through the end of June. Learn more about this great probiotic in our Quarterly Flyer (PDF file, 163 kilobytes).

SuperNutrition's 30th Anniversary Sale!

Here are the products from SuperNutrition that are on sale for May:

Menopause Multi is a complete multivitamin/multimineral for women going into menopause and after, with extra levels of nutrients especially important during these years. A 30-day supply in both regular and iron-free formulas is 20% off.

PreNatal Blend: a complete, high-potency easily digested food-based prenatal/postnatal nutritional system, including papaya for sensitive stomachs and 1200mg of Calcium for better newborn's bone density. Safe and gentle. Available in 90 Tab and 180 Tab sizes, both 20% off.

Women's Blend: complete food-based daily vitamins balanced for a woman's system, with 1000mg Calcium, 1000mcg Folic Acid, 100mg of 5:1 Vitex, 213mg Silica, 100mg GLA and an uplifting flower petal blend. Available in regular (90 Tab and 180 Tab sizes) and iron-free (90 Tab and 180 Tab sizes) formulas, all 20% off.

The Opti-Pack multi -- one of our customers' favorites -- is still on sale for 35% off! See our Quarterly Flyer (PDF file, 163 kilobytes) for pricing information.


The BEST of health to you!
Michael LeVesque, President

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.