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Why Us? Discount Code, Energy & Focus - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Natren Probiotics - Acidophilus

November 2010 - Print | Index

Welcome to our November 2010 Vitamin Express Report!

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In this month’s report:

  1. A shared training experience from our staff on energy and focus with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of “Fatigued to Fantastic”.
  2. Kellee's report on Natren, the manufacturer of Megadophilus and Health Trinity.

Energy, Focus - Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Vitamin Express staff recently enjoyed a “Fatigued to Fantastic” dinner training with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. It was refreshing to have a doctor speak to us while endorsing the benefits of nutrition.  He is very generous and personable. He suffers from Fibromyalgia himself which prompted him to investigate alternative treatments. His books include, “Pain Free 1-2-3,” “Beat Sugar Addiction,” and “Fatigued to Fantastic”.

Within the past 20 years, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have increased. Estimates are that 4-8% of the population are afflicted and 16% of this population have been correctly diagnosed. Therefore, many people are suffering and not being diagnosed.  Common symptoms include exhaustion, achy muscles and joints (where muscles attach to the joints), insomnia, sugar addiction, brain fog, loss of libido, allergies, spastic colon, weight gain (on average 32 pounds), increased infections, chronic sinusitis, food sensitivities and hormone fluctuations.

Women are predominantly afflicted. Complaining of these symptoms to their doctors, they were classified as hysterical for decades. Hysteria is derived from “hystero”, which is Latin for uterus.  Those crazy lady parts!  However, the mind-body connection cannot be dismissed. Common personality traits of these ailments include low self-esteem as a child; cannot say “no”; desire to be approved of; and taking care of others before oneself.  Gee, that should cover 95% of the female population born in the 40's and 50's! Hysterical indeed.

Fibromyalgia and CFS are energy crisis diseases.  The hypothalamus goes into hibernation, which can happen gradually or suddenly.  Three possible events for sudden onset include injury (especially to the head), pregnancy, and infection (such as a bad case of the flu). Gradual onset can occur over many years.

When sufferers talk about their symptoms, the health of their sleep is critical in determining what they are suffering from.  If they are not sleeping, they should seek help as if they have Fibromyalgia or CFS.  If they are sleeping, they may have a different ailment such as low thyroid or lupus.

Dr. Teitelbaum has seen 4 types of sugar addiction connected with Fibromyalgia and CFS. Craving sugar can result from being overworked, adrenal exhaustion, yeast/Candida, and depression/anxiety from hormonal shifts.  The body craves sugar as a fast energy source to compensate for the energy crisis it is experiencing.  If a person says “get me something to eat now or I will kill you,” they have adrenal exhaustion. Sufferers are also often dehydrated.

Five areas of treatment include the following:

S -- Sleep

H -- Hormones

I -- Infections

N -- Nutrition

E -- Exercise as able  

For sleep, Dr. Teitelbaum has developed the Revitalizing Sleep Formula.  If the Valerian in it is too stimulating at night (Valerian is a stimulant in about 5% of the population), there is a Valerian-free Enzymatic Therapy sleep formula called Sleep Tonight! This formula has cortisol reducing herbs for people who wake in the night thinking too much and find it difficult to get back to sleep.  When we sleep deeply for 8 hours, we are producing HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which aids healing and weight loss.  He recommends using Suntheanine L-Theanine only. Other products labeled theanine are actually dl-theanine and do not have a meditative effect.  People who experience the stimulating affect of Valerian at night can use it safely during the day for anxiety.  He does not recommend using 5-HTP  for anyone on antidepressants, as serotonin levels can climb too high.

For hormone balance, he recommends eating a handful of edamame (fresh soybeans) a day. For nutrition, he developed the Energy Revitalization System. Its nutrient values are much higher than the US RDA, and it includes protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and malic acid.  Malic acid is vital for energy production in the muscles where fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers feel exhaustion and pain. This powder mix is equivalent to taking 35-50 pills a day.  

For more energy production, supplement with 5 grams of D-Ribose powder 3 times a day; take 1000mg Acetyl l-Carnitine a day; 200mg chewable CoQ10 tablets a day; and fish oil unless consuming 3-4 servings of fish a week. White albacore tuna has 3 times the omegas in it than other types of tuna.  Ribose, a sugar made by the body for energy production, cannot be found in foods.  Taking the dose mentioned, people have experienced greater energy, better sleep, mental clarity and well being along with less pain. The brands of fish oil he recommends are Nordic Naturals, Vectomega by Europharma, and Eskimo 3 Fish Oil.

For CFS sufferers, at a certain phase of yeast growth, threads are produced that invade the intestinal walls causing leaky gut.  Proteins then escape into the blood stream alerting the immune system causing food allergies.  99.9% of probiotics are killed off by stomach acid so important to take enteric-coated probiotic products, such as Enzymatic Therapy's Acidophilus Pearls.  

For pain in the muscles and joints where the muscles attach (writer’s cramp or rigor mortis sensations), Dr. Teitelbaum has developed End Pain.  Use this product for 6 weeks as it takes time to build up in the system. The combination of Willowbark, Boswellia and Sweet Cherry have been proven to be more effective than arthritis medications. Curcumin on its own is difficult to absorb unless you are eating an east Indian diet daily. Dr. Teitelbaum feels that Europharma’s Curamin is a near miracle for pain.

Learn More
To find practitioners who specialize in Fibromyalgia and CFS, go to

Dr. Teitelbaum found great help for his allergies and food sensitivities at

Dr. Teitelbaum's web site is free to the public. It has a “computerized doctor” on it that he developed and patented to help people with diagnosis and treatments for various ailments.  Customers can enter their symptoms and learn more about what ailment they may have.

Natren Tried and True Probiotics

Kellee attended a Natren Training last week in San Rafael. Here is what she had to report:

It was amazing! The speaker, Doc Rob, got me very inspired about probiotics, especially Natren probiotics.

The family that started Natren began as humble yogurt-makers in Yugoslavia. They moved to California and started a yogurt company called Continental

Natren officially started in 1982. They have the largest private probiotics manufacturing facility, using proprietary full-culture and freeze-drying processes that preserve and nourish the bacteria. This amazing broth is made up of enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, etc.  This special process keeps the bacteria thriving on its original food.  Other companies add filler like FOS which can potentially feed bad bacteria and yeast.

  • Natren products are based on 3 super strains.
  • Using too many strains can cause fighting/competition
  • They offer a dairy-based and dairy-free line

The Products

1.) MegaDophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) DDS-1 or NAS

  • supports immune system
  • strengthen natural defenses
  • increase energy and vitality
  • optimize digestion

2.) Bifido Factor (Bifidobacterium bifidum) Malyoth super strain

  • stimulate regularity
  • support liver function
  • flush waste
  • repopulate colon w/ bacteria essential for health
  • great one to take before, during, and after a cleanse

3.) Digesta Lac (Lactobacillus bulgarious) LB-51 super strain

  • aid proper digestion
  • sooth upset stomach..cramps, bloating, gas
  • encourage regularity
  • minimize lactose intolerance

4.) Healthy Trinity - all three strains in a "probiotic powerhouse"

  • non-competitive blend
  • ultimate solution for total health
  • support immune
  • encourage regularity
  • support digestion
  • build general health

Natren is GMP certified.

Discount Code this month is THANKS2010. Enter this coupon code when checking out and receive free shipping on any order over $25, a $7 value! (free shipping only applies to any order shipped within the continental United States)

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.