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  • GENETICS, EPIGENETICS & HUMAN BIOLOGY

    Genetics, Epigenetics, and Human Biology

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD geneticsWe are entering a time in which new scientific tools are available that provide clear insights regarding the causes of poor health, as well as therapies that can be used to overcome health issues. Specifically, these tools include 1) our understanding and ability to characterize the human genome, and 2) advances in the science of epigenetics showing how environmental factors significantly influence the expression of genetics and human biology.

    For many years, my company (Health Products Distributors, Inc. – "HPDI") has been involved in Rejuvenation/Healing Programs which take multiple health modalities into consideration (for information on HPDI's Rejuvenation/Healing Programs, see Additional Resources below). Our programs have generally involved the following elements:

    1. Health-Building Nutrition
      Rejuvenation begins with nutrition in the broadest sense. That is, nutrition derived from healthy foods, superfoods, supplements, dietary nucleic acids, water and fluids, as well as via the skin. Establishing health-building nutrition is foundational to rejuvenating the body, mind, and spirit.
    2. Detoxification & Preventing Toxicity
      Individuals cannot fully experience rejuvenation without having effective means for removing existing toxins form the body, or for stopping further accumulation of toxins absorbed from foods, air, water, and skin. Such toxins include everything from chemicals in foods and water to the many toxins found in homes, workplaces, personal products, and just about everywhere.
    3. Building Powerful Immunity
      Building immunity is important for health because the immune system is the means by which the body defends itself. Yet, if the best defense is a strong offense, then having a strong immunity protects us in ways beyond just defense. Building immunity is accomplished not only by nutrition, but also by utilizing herbs, immune boosting supplements, and immune-enhancing protocols.
    4. Supporting Protocols
      Certain practices and protocols powerfully support rejuvenation. These protocols include exercise, massage, saunas/hydrotherapy,  yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and others.
    5. Attitude and Commitment to Becoming Healthy
      Attitude and Commitment are foundational to your rejuvenation/healing program because having total focused intention regarding your health is essential for success. If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, establishing that intention perspective is a great place to start.

    ADDING GENETICS TEST TO HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

    In the last few years, we have seen how healing and wellness programs can be significantly enhanced by adding genetics testing into the mix. In fact, we have joined forces with BodySync, a company with the most advanced single genetics test available. This test characterizes 45 different genes and gene variations. The Bodysync genetics test results are combined with basic lifestyle information provided by the patient to create a complete program customized for dealing with gene variations having either harmful or helpful effects.

    The insights gleaned by taking the BodySync genetics test provides new insights into reasons a person may experience health challenges that no other method can provide. The test results and action plan also provide information regarding genetic strengths, especially related to athletic performance and weight management.

    The NutriSync test from BodySync genetics

    HPDI now adds the BodySync genetics test to the list of key elements in our rejuvenation/healing programs. In fact, we are now introducing the BodySync genetic test along with consultations to our HPDI Reseller Associates—so that health practitioners (HPs) can experience the benefits of the test for themselves— and see how genetics consulting can be added to their practice. In addition, BodySync has selected HPDI as their preferred supplier of nutritional supplements supporting the recommendations provided in their Action Plans for individuals taking the test. It is exciting to be part of this breakthrough in the practice of genetic science.

    BROAD OVERVIEW OF GENETICS, EPIGENETICS, AND HUMAN BIOLOGY

    In order to give a more complete understanding of our program for attaining excellent health, we have developed a broad scientific overview of how all the key elements are related and eventually expressed as YOU.

    The diagram below provides a broad overview of genetics, epigenetics, and human biology with the goal of showing how the elements are interrelated. More discussion on the key elements is provided below the diagram.

    Genetics, Epigenetics, and Human Biology genetics

     

    GENOME

    The human genome is the sum of the body's DNA and is considered to be static for each individual—remaining the same over a lifetime. The human genome contains all the instructions needed to make the full range of human cell types including muscle cells and neurons. This includes all of the body's DNA, both the genes (the coding regions) and the noncoding DNA, as well as the genetic material of the mitochondria and chloroplasts.

    With the breakthrough in gene testing now available, it is possible to isolate relevant genes from a field of  approximately 20,000 different genes. These 20,000 different genes make up less than 2% of the total amount of DNA.

    It has been found that the underlying gene patterns can exhibit "genetic variations". Ultimately, genetic variations are caused by variations in the order of bases in the nucleotides in genes. New technology, such as that used in the BodySync genetics test, allows scientists to directly sequence DNA which has identified even more genetic variation than was previously detected by previous methods such as protein electrophoresis.

    Examination of DNA has shown genetic variation in both coding regions and in the non-coding intron (nonprotein-coding sections) region of genes. Mutation is the ultimate source of genetic variation, but mechanisms such as sexual reproduction and genetic drift contribute to it as well.

    Genetic variation will result in phenotypic variation if variation in the order of nucleotides in the DNA sequence results in a difference in the order of amino acids in proteins coded by that DNA sequence, and if the resultant differences in amino acid sequence influence the shape, and thus the function of the enzyme.

    Genetic variations/base substitutions can change a codon to one that encodes a different amino acid and cause a small change in the protein produced. For example, sickle cell anemia is caused by a substitution in the beta-hemoglobin gene, which alters a single amino acid in the protein produced.

    Genetic variations can change a codon to one that encodes the same amino acid and causes no change in the protein produced. These are called silent mutations.

    Also, base substitutions can change an amino-acid-coding codon to a single "stop" codon and cause an incomplete protein. This can have serious effects since the incomplete protein probably won't function.

    In some genetic variations there may be a piece of the DNA deleted or inserted in a gene that may also lead to Present/Insertion or Deletion variation (INDEL). Since protein-coding DNA is divided into codons three bases long, insertions and deletions can alter a gene so that its message is no longer correctly parsed.

    When it comes to genetic traits, scientists look at genes and the locus where that gene or trait encodes on the chromosome. Since humans possess two copies of each chromosome, they also have two copies of each gene and locus on those chromosomes. Each of these trait-encoding genes (or loci) is called an allele. If the alleles match, the person is homozygous for that trait. If the alleles are different, the person is heterozygous for that trait.

    If a mutation occurs in just one copy of the gene then that individual is considered heterozygous. On the other hand if both copies of a gene are mutated then that individual is homozygous genotype. Many of these mutations can have undesirable health affects for an individual.

    BodySync's technology has helped to usher in the age of personalized nutrigenomics. The company has built its intellectual property and technology to support its vision of providing services in partnership with health care professionals (HP). BodySync's NutriSync (NS) genetics test consists of only the most well-researched genetic variations with direct applicability to actionable personalized health and wellness recommendations (most of which fall into the epigenetic category).

    The NutriSync genetics test has been based on evaluations of thousands of peer reviewed articles, published research papers, and human intervention studies, as well as extracting data of tens of thousands of DNA and self-reported lifestyle samples in its database.

    EPIGENOME

    The human epigenome serves as a bio-record of chemical changes that have occurred in a person's DNA and their histone proteins. Unlike the underlying genome which is largely static within an individual, the epigenome can be dynamically altered by environmental conditions. For example methyl groups from the diet can tag DNA and activate or repress certain genes as shown in the diagram below.

    The epigenome is involved in regulating gene expression, development, tissue differentiation, and suppression of transposable elements. These changes in underlying DNA and histone proteins can be passed down to an organism's offspring via transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Changes to the epigenome can result in changes to the structure of chromatin and changes to the function of the genome.

    EPIGENETICS

    Epigenetics, on the other hand, is the study of changes in gene expression (active versus inactive genes) that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence — a change in phenotype (the manifestation that is YOU) without a change in genotype — which in turn affects how cells read the genes. To be sure, epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence in our bodies, but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment/lifestyle, drug usage, and disease state.

    Epigenetic modifications can manifest as commonly as the manner in which cells terminally differentiate to end up as skin cells, liver cells, brain cells, etc. Also, epigenetic change can have more damaging effects that can result in diseases like cancer. At least three epigenetic mechanisms (two of which are shown in the diagram below) including DNA methylation, histone modification, and non-coding RNA (ncRNA)-associated gene silencing are currently considered to initiate and sustain epigenetic change.

    genetics epigenetics mechanisms

    ENVIRONMENT

    In this context the term "ENVIRONMENT" refers to all of the "external" influences we experience. In the diagram we list what are generally considered to be positive and negative factors contributing to our overall health.

    Some of these factors such as free-radicals and drug use affect our genome directly. Environmental agents such as UV light, ionizing radiation, and genotoxic chemicals (e.g. the drug thalidomide) can cause DNA damage. DNA damage is very frequent, occurring on average about 10,000 times a day per cell of the human body.

    These damages are largely repaired, but at the site of a DNA repair, epigenetic changes can remain. In particular, a double strand break in DNA can initiate unprogrammed epigenetic gene silencing both by causing DNA methylation, as well as by promoting silencing types of histone modification.

    The field of epigenetics is rapidly growing and with it the understanding that both the environment and individual lifestyle directly interact with the genome to influence changes in the way various genes are expressed. These changes may be reflected at various stages throughout a person’s life and even in later generations. For example, human epidemiological studies have provided evidence that prenatal and early postnatal environmental factors influence the adult risk of developing various chronic diseases and behavioral disorders.

    Also, research has also shown that a mother’s exposure to pollution could impact her child's asthma susceptibility and her intake of Vitamin D could change DNA methylation that influences placenta functioning. It doesn’t stop at the mother, however, as further studies support that the father has a hand in his child’s health and epigenetic marks, as well.

    Although our epigenetic marks are more stable during adulthood, they are still thought to be dynamic and modifiable by lifestyle choices and environmental influence. It is becoming more apparent that epigenetic effects occur not just in the womb, but over the full course of a human life span, and that epigenetic changes could be reversed. There are numerous examples of epigenetics that show how different lifestyle choices and environmental exposures can alter marks on top of DNA and play a role in determining health outcomes.

    The environment is being investigated as a powerful influence on epigenetic tags and disease susceptibility. Pollution has become a significant focus in this research area as scientists are finding that air pollution could alter methyl tags on DNA and increase one’s risk for neurodegenerative disease. Also, adequate amounts of B vitamins may protect against harmful epigenetic effects of pollution and may be able to combat the harmful effects that particulates have on the body.

    Diet has also been shown to modify epigenetic tags in significant ways. The field of nutriepigenomics explores how food and nutritional supplements and epigenetics work together to influence health and well being. For example, a study found that a high fat, low carbohydrate diet could open up chromatin and improve mental ability via HDAC (histone deacetylase) inhibitors.

    Other studies have found that certain compounds within the foods we consume could protect again cancer by adjusting methyl marks on oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes. Ultimately, an epigenetic diet may guide people toward the optimal food regimen as scientific studies reveal the underlying mechanisms and impact that different foods have on the epigenome and health.

    RNA/PROTEIN

    Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a polymeric molecule essential in various biological roles in coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes. RNA and DNA are nucleic acids, and, along with lipids, proteins and carbohydrates, constitute the four major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life.

    Like DNA, RNA is assembled as a chain of nucleotides, but unlike DNA it is more often found in nature as a single-strand folded onto itself, rather than a paired double-strand. Cellular organisms use messenger RNA (mRNA) to convey genetic information that directs synthesis of specific proteins.

    These protein molecules are the "workhorses" of the cell carrying out all the functions necessary for life. For example, enzymes, including those that metabolize nutrients and synthesize new cellular constituents, as well as DNA polymerases and other enzymes that make copies of DNA during cell division, are all proteins.

    PHENOTYPE

    Your phenotype is a description of your actual physical characteristics. This includes straightforward visible characteristics like your height and eye color, but also your overall health, your disease history, and even your behavior and general disposition. Do you gain weight easily? Are you anxious or calm? Do you like cats? These are all ways in which you present yourself to the world, and as such are considered phenotypes.

    However, not all phenotypes are a direct result of your genotype; chances are that your personal disposition to cats is the result of your life’s experience with pets (epigenetic) rather than a mutation in a hypothetical cat fancier gene.

    Most phenotypes are influenced by both your genotype and by the unique circumstances in which you have lived your life, including everything that has ever happened to you (epigenetic). We often refer to these two inputs as “nature,” the unique genome you carry, and “nurture,” the environment in which you have lived your life.

    HEALTH AND DISEASE

    Your phenotype expresses who YOU are in a multitude of ways and in particular shows your strengths and weaknesses regarding health, mental abilities, and athletic performance to name a few. By incorporating genetics and epigenetic tests and controlling your environment in positive ways your strengths can be expressed more easily and your weaknesses minimized!!

    CONCLUSION

    I have provided an overview of how genetics testing provides new scientific insights into many health issues that have previously not been well understood. An overview of genetics, epigenetic, and human biology has been provided that shows the overall relationships of these topics. Hopefully, the rationale is clear for adding genetic testing into programs that provide protocols for more successful healing regimens.

     

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    HOMOCYSTEINE GENETICS – COENZYME B VITAMINS

    REJUVENATION PROGRAM SERIES

    Rejuvenation Program Part Ten: The Yoga Program

    Rejuvenation Program Part Nine: Acupuncture. Supporting Protocols Part Four – Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

    Rejuvenation Program Part Eight: Massage. Supporting Protocols Part Three – The Massage Program.

    Rejuvenation Program Part Seven. Supporting Protocols Part Two – The Magnesium Chloride Program

    Rejuvenation Program Part Six. Supporting Protocols Part One (garlic, hydrotherapy, and sauna therapy programs).

    Rejuvenation Program Part Five. Beyond foundational supplements. Seven enhancement supplements that supercharge your health. CoenzymeQ10 and/or Ubiquinol, Myo-Mag, Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, Echinacea, Immune-Assist™.

    Rejuvenation Program Part Four. The role of foundational supplements (multivitamin, Vitamin C / antioxidant formula, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods) for health.

    Rejuvenation Program Part Three. Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleosides, and nucleotides).

    Rejuvenation Program Part Two. Foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

    Rejuvenation Program Part One. Introducing the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program and its foundational elements. The importance of Attitude/Commitment.

     

  • EFFECTIVE PAIN RELIEF STRATEGIES WITH WARRIOR MIST

    Fred Liers PhD warrior mist pain relief formulaI am excited this month to talk about Warrior Mist, which is an all-natural skin, muscle, and joint support formula. Warrior Mist is a topical formula that is my go-to-product for pain relief.

    Warrior Mist is highly effective for pain. Indeed, my father Dr. Hank Liers formulated it for rapid pain relief, naturally. Many health care professionals find it useful for their clients.

    Being applied topically on skin, Warrior Mist acts rapidly at the pain source to stop it. Topical application is an advantage when it comes to fast relief.

    Warrior Mist topical pain relief Warrior Mist comes in a spray pump glass bottle.


    WARRIOR MIST – NATURAL INGREDIENTS

    Beyond its effectiveness against pain, what I like about Warrior Mist is that it contains all-natural ingredients. What does that mean? Most of its ingredients are herbal like peppermint oil, lavender oil, and organic coconut and olive oils.

    Warrior Mist contains: DMSO (99.999% pure), peppermint oil (the source of menthol in the product), organic olive oil, distilled water, MSM, magnesium chloride, lemon oil, lavender oil, and organic coconut oil.

    Warrior Mist contains no harsh chemicals or synthetic preservatives (like parabens, dimethicone, or phenoxyethanol). What else would you expect from a formulator like Dr. Hank Liers or a company like Health Products Distributors?

    For anyone who cares about NOT putting toxic chemicals on their skin, Warrior Mist is a high-purity formula worthy of consideration. It is a pure, simple, and effective formula.

    Warrior Mist comes in a spray bottle made of glass, not plastic. Shake it, then spray it. Gently massage the area of application to assist absorption. That's all there is to it.

    WARRIOR MIST APPLICATIONS FOR PAIN

    Warrior Mist is effective for many applications, including pain relief for joints (wrists, elbows, knees, ankles), bruises and scratches, as well as insect bites and skin irritations. I occasionally I spray it directly into my mouth for throat relief, especially in winter or during allergy season (although actually we do not recommend it for internal use).

    AIKIDO

    I practice aikido, which can stress joints, especially wrists. Most aikido techniques involve grips that can become throws. There are also strikes, counterstrikes, blocks, falls, rolls, wrist breaks (escapes), and other movements.

    Aikido is safe when practiced carefully. Yet, many techniques can lead to bumps, bruises, strains, sprains, and soreness. Warrior Mist helps me (and others) a lot. In fact, I donated a bottle of Warrior Mist to the dojo, so it's there for anyone who needs it.

    I am not sure what I would do for routine aches and pains without Warrior Mist. Sometimes just having relief after an aikido workout makes a big difference in my day.

    My eight-year-old son also practices aikido in the same dojo. I feel confident using Warrior Mist on him because it is a safe, natural product that works.

    I also practice yoga. Yoga rarely results in the types of minor injuries I experience from aikido. Yet, for times when I overstretch a muscle or overdo a pose, I reach for Warrior Mist for rapid relief.

    HIKING

    I enjoy hiking. We live on the edge of a desert wilderness north of Tucson, Arizona. There are cactus, thick brush, thorny bushes, and biting insects like ants and scorpions. Many hikes involve at least a few thorns, scrapes, or mild soreness. Warrior Mist helps with these.

    I have used Warrior Mist for bee and scorpion stings, ant bites, scrapes, cuts, small puncture wounds (e.g., from cactus spines), as well as skin irritations of various kinds.

    In fact, there are few types of pain I have found Warrior Mist doesn't mitigate. I use it for shoulder pain, neck pain, and lower back pain when it occurs. I notice the sooner I get Warrior Mist on the affected area, the faster I experience relief.

    I don't personally suffer from headaches, but friends who do tell me Warrior Mist helps them a lot. One of the ingredients is magnesium chloride, which is known to help ease headaches, including migraine headaches. Gently rub Warrior Mist around temples, forehead, or base of the neck.

    Pain relief is not always immediate when using Warrior Mist. Yet, I know from experience how much it helps. The ingredients it contains support healing, too. Be patient, give it time, and allow it to work. That is exactly what I do sometimes.

    AROUND HOUSE, YARD, AND GARDEN

    Warrior Mist is ideal to keep in the house for everyday bumps and bruises like stubbed toes, bruised shins, or skinned knees. We find it useful after yardwork or gardening. You can spray it directly on an area, or else spray it into your hand first (after shaking the bottle), and then rub it into an affected area.

    I know of two people who use Warrior Mist for pain in the tailbone (coccyx), the final segment of the vertebral column. Tailbone pain for them was originally caused by falling. One person fell from a horse and the other off a skateboard. While these injuries are structural, Warrior Mist provides significant relief. The reduction in pain helps daily function and facilitates sleep.

    WARRIOR MIST FOR PETS

    Warrior Mist is safe for use with pets. In fact, it was originally formulated for pets with the help of a veterinarian. You can feel confident using Warrior Mist on pets, large and small. It is ideal for use on dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals. Many veterinarians use Warrior Mist in their clinics.

    If you are a veterinarian, consider using Warrior Mist for your pet patients.

    PROFESSIONAL USES

    My wife Stefanie is a practicing acupuncturist. She uses and recommends Warrior Mist for her clients.

    She frequently uses Warrior Mist in her practice for knee pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. What she often does is mix about five sprays (pumps) of Warrior Mist with about ten sprays of Magnesium Oil along with a dime-sized amount of carrier oil (like organic jojoba oil or coconut oil) in her palm.

    She mixes the liquids in her palm (for amounts up to one tablespoon), but it can be mixed and stored a small container. For greater amounts, the ratios remain the same – about 2:1 Magnesium Oil to Warrior Mist – with correspondingly higher amounts of carrier oil. This is an excellent mixture because it combines the benefits of Warrior Mist and Magnesium Oil.

    There is a slight chemical reaction that occurs when Warrior Mist mixes with Magnesium Oil. It is actually a warming effect. Stefanie likes it because the mixture is then applied warm, which relaxes muscles and opens pores for better absorption. No "warm up" is necessary and clients seem to appreciate the mixture's warmth.

    The mixture (of Warrior Mist, Magnesium Oil, and carrier oil) may be applied directly on affected areas with high rates of success. Clients themselves can obtain Warrior Mist and Magnesium Oil to make this mixture at home. Using a carrier oil is helpful, but not required because Warrior Mist contains organic coconut and olive oils.

    Warrior Mist Magnesium oil bottles Warrior Mist works well mixed with Ancient Minerals magnesium oil.

    Stefanie also finds Warrior Mist useful for clients suffering from headaches. In addition, she will apply straight Warrior Mist to the throat, lymph nodes, or upper chest area for clients dealing with respiratory issues. Indeed, she applies it to these areas on herself when she feels she may be fighting or coming down with something.

    Use Warrior Mist on clean, dry, lotion-free skin. The DMSO in the formula acts as a solvent carrying substances on skin into the body. This allows natural ingredients in the formula to penetrate into painful areas. Wash hands and the application area (or wipe with a damp cloth) before treatment. Avoid using carrier oils with toxic ingredients (like synthetic preservatives) that could be pulled into the body.

    Stefanie likes to tells her clients not to put anything on their skin that they would not eat. That is, use only natural oils and products containing ingredients that are natural and organic. A useful resource to determine what products are most natural is the Skin Deep Database on the Environmental Working Group website (www.ewg.org).

    If you are a health care professional who deals with clients requiring pain relief, please contact HPDI to request a sample bottle of Warrior Mist. See how effective this topical pain formula is for yourself and your clients.

    Warrior_Mist_Usage Wash hands, shake bottle, then spray on clean, dry skin. Massage area to assist absorption.

    WARRIOR MIST FOR ATHLETES AND SPORTS

    One group of people who love Warrior Mist is athletes, especially runners, triathletes, and other endurance athletes. Warrior Mist is useful for nearly all sports, including contact sports.

    HPDI's sponsored athlete, pro cyclist Irena Ossola, uses Warrior Mist regularly, especially during races and high-intensity training. She incorporates it into the sports massage she receives with reportedly good effects. She also states that it helps her with recovery.

    Irena occasionally crashes her bicycle. This remains a hazard in her sport, she says. However, Warrior Mist has done much to help her joints, road rash and other abrasions, sore muscles, and to speed her recovery.

    For purposes of athletes, the magnesium chloride in Warrior Mist can help support muscle health and recovery, as well as provide pain relief.

    WARRIOR MIST SUMMARY

    Dr. Hank Liers designed Warrior Mist as a unique, natural pain formula containing ingredients known for their effectiveness. Given its wide applicability, topical application, natural ingredients, and effective history of use, Warrior Mist is ideal for use in clinical settings and for clients who require relief from pain.

    Warrior Mist is one of the most effective natural pain relief products available to heath care professionals and consumers alike.

    Warrior Mist comes in a 30 ml (1 oz) spray bottle which provides hundreds of applications. A single bottle typically lasts about two months.

    Directions: Shake bottle before applying. Wash hands before and after use. Apply in a thin layer to a clean, dry, and lotion-free area needing support. Shave thick hair that may prevent absorption by the skin. Gently massage the area of application to assist absorption. Re-apply as needed 3–4 times daily. (Contains DMSO, a known solvent.)

    BEYOND WARRIOR MIST: WARRIOR SLEEP & WARRIOR ENERGY

    Warrior Mist is one of three Warrior Health products offered by Health Products Distributors. Dr. Hank Liers formulated these Warrior products, all of which are topicals requiring ultra-low doses (ULD) by design: Warrior Mist, Warrior Sleep, and Warrior Energy.

    Warrior Mist Warrior Sleep Warrior Roll-On Energy Warrior Mist, Warrior Sleep, and Warrior Roll-On Energy are topical formulas.

    Warrior Sleep (9 ml) is an effective, natural sleep and relaxation formula having no drug-like side effects (compared to conventional sleep aids). Like Warrior Mist, you apply Warrior Sleep directly to skin (transdermal application) for rapid absorption. Warrior Sleep incorporates four natural ingredients for sleep: lavender oil, roman chamomile, magnesium, and melatonin. It uses DMSO and natural oils to carry these rest promoters into the body. Warrior Sleep contains: DMSO (99.999% pure), olive oil, distilled water, MSM, magnesium oil, lavender oil, lecithin, roman chamomile oil, coconut oil, and melatonin.

    Warrior Sleep Warrior Sleep is an effective topical relaxation and sleep formula.

    Warrior Roll-On Energy (9 ml) is a unique topical roll-on energy product. It is formulated to provide five hours of mental and physical enhancement. One bottle will last 30 days when used twice daily. Warrior Roll-On Energy contains: DMSO (99.999% pure), organic aloe vera gel (inner fillet), distilled water, organic extra virgin olive oil, peppermint oil, magnesium chloride with trace ocean minerals, MSM, organic coconut oil, caffeine (80% from green tea), soy lecithin (high phosphatide and 98% oil free), glutathione (reduced), Vitamin B6 (from pyridoxal-5’-phosphate), Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), and Folinic Acid (from calcium folinate).

    Warrior Roll-On Energy Warrior Sleep and Warrior Roll-On Energy contain built-in roll-on applicators.

    I use all three Warrior products depending on daily needs. Warrior Sleep is an effective sleep aid, but is also effective for relaxation or applied before bedtime to prepare for sleep. I apply to the neck base, upper throat, and temples. We have noticed it nourishes and smooths facial skin. This is due to its synergistic blend of ingredients, including melatonin, MSM, and organic carriers oils.

    Warrior Roll-On Energy is uniquely energizing. It differs dramatically from most energy products, or coffee, tea, or chocolate. The formula utilizes ultra-low dose (ULD) technology to carry energizing ingredients (including caffeine from green tea) rapidly into the body. Yet, unlike caffeinated drinks, users typically experience no let down or rapid drop in energy after using it. Warrior Roll-On Energy provides non-jarring, sustained energy during the day (up to six hours).

    Health Care Professionals: Please contact HPDI (1-800-228-4265) to request sample(s) of Warrior Mist, Warrior Sleep, Warrior Roll-On Energy, or other products in which you are interested.

    RESOURCES

    HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

    Warrior Mist: Creating an Amazing Pain Relief Formula

    Super Remedies for Stings and Bites

    PRODUCTS

    Warrior Mist

    Warrior Sleep

    Warrior Roll-On Energy

    Warrior Products

    Magnesium Oil

    HPDI Products: Pain Management

  • SHINGLES RECOMMENDATIONS & SUGGESTIONS

    Fred Liers PhD shingles herpes chickenpoxIf you've ever experienced shingles, or witnessed someone close to you experience it, then you probably know it's a condition to avoid if at all possible. I experienced it, as have several persons I know.

    Essentially, shingles is a commonly occurring viral condition caused by a reactivation of varicella zoster virus (Chickenpox). It is characterized by the development of a rash usually either on the right or left side of the body, and sometimes the face. In severe cases, vision loss may occur. One person I know lost hearing in one ear.

    The rash is typically accompanied by varying levels of nerve pain and tingling sensations. The rash may disappear within one month. Yet, in some cases there may be ongoing nerve pain that can last for months or years. Shingles may reoccur. I know of several persons who have had it more than once. Others say they can feel it "coming on" and take immediate steps to stop a recurrence.

    I experienced what might be considered a "mild" case of shingles. Still, it was probably three weeks before my symptoms mostly abated, and four or five weeks before I was felt completely normal.

    First, there was a week of increased sensitivity of my skin to touch in around the affected areas, as well as tingling sensations, and pain radiating from my lower back down the back and inside of my left leg. I also experienced mild fever, malaise, and low energy. All this occurred before any rash appeared and prior to my awareness that my symptoms were caused by shingles.

    Acupuncture can be helpful for shingles pain. Acupuncture can be helpful for shingles pain.

    Then the rash started at my sacrum and ran in patches down the inside of my left leg to my ankle. The nerve pain made it increasingly difficult to walk comfortably, and I experienced major fatigue. I continued to feel intense tingling, shooting nerve pain, and sensitive skin for several weeks.

    When I say I had a relatively mild case of shingles, I don't mean to diminish my experience of pain or fatigue. But I know other people whose pain definitively was greater than mine, and whose symptoms lasted longer. In some cases, they didn't know what condition they were dealing with for days or weeks.

    Fortunately, I acted immediately after I knew I had shingles. In dealing with shingles it is important that the individual rest and take measures to strengthen and support the immune system.

    I would say that the most important actions I took were to boost nutrient intake (including higher intake of vitamin C), and take the amino acid l-lysine, olive leaf extract, and Immune-Assist™ mushroom extract.

    Please refer to the table (1.0) below, which was developed by my father, Hank Liers, PhD, several years ago. He refines the protocol on an ongoing basis. Indeed, he was instrumental in supporting my recovery during the time I had shingles.

    Also helpful were essential oils (lavender, lemon balm, helichrysum) rubbed directly onto the rash 2–3 times daily, as well as baths using magnesium chloride (oil or flakes). I also sprayed Polyvalent SilverWarrior Mist, and Warrior Sleep on the rash.

    Warrior Mist is formulated to stop pain. Warrior Sleep contains lavender. I often applied the Warrior Sleep at night. When I applied it during the day it did not overly relax me probably because I only applied small amounts to my leg. When seeking to induce sleep or relaxation, I usually apply larger amounts of it to my neck and face.

    Regarding essential oils, be sure to follow the recommendations on the bottle. If necessary, you can dilute oils using a carrier oil (like almond or coconut oil) if your skin is particularly sensitive.

    essential oils lavender shingles Essentials oils such as lavender can be helpful for shingles.

    I rested a few more hours daily for a couple weeks, and longer during peak periods of fatigue. However, I took short walks or engaged in gentle exercise whenever possible. I exposed the rash to sunshine for 10–15 minutes every day.

    I had two acupuncture treatments, which significantly reduced pain. After each treatment, I noticed it was easier to walk normally. During the first treatment I felt shooting, needle-like sensations run the length of my left leg. These sensations were more intense in the areas most greatly affected. Thereafter pain and tingling was less noticeable. This reduction hastened my return to normal activity.

    Several weeks after onset of the rash, I performed a juice cleanse (liver flush), which lasted nine days. I felt noticeably greater energy during and after the cleanse. I believe it powerfully supported my body's healing process.

    During the time on my juice flush, I consumed only fresh vegetable juices, and herbal teas and tinctures. The fresh, organic juice rejuvenated me, and it gave my body a break from having to digest solid food. Thus, I gained significant nutritional benefits while simultaneously conserving energy normally required for digestion and related metabolic processes.

    FOUNDATIONAL NUTRITION

    It probably helped I was already eating a healthy diet and that I routinely take all the foundational supplements (multivitamins, essential fats, vitamin C, Rejuvenate! superfoods) listed in the table below.

    I feel that Rejuvenate! superfoods were particularly instrumental in my recovery. Whereas I regularly take 1–4 scoops of Rejuvenate! superfoods daily, I increased my dose closer to 5–8 scoops daily. I emphasized Rejuvenate! Original, yet also took higher amounts of Rejuvenate! PLUS and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs.

    I consume a healthy diet that is mostly organic, relatively high in greens and vegetables, and low in simple carbohydrates. I eat lean proteins (fish like wild-caught salmon), complex carbohydrates (like broccoli), and a few whole grains (organic brown rice).

    Notably during my time with shingles, I reduced my intake of foods high in arginine. I also increased my intake of foods high in lysine.

    It may be that my case of shingles was relatively less severe due to the fact that my nutrition is fairly solid. For had my nutritional status and/or my immune system been compromised, I believe my ability to fight the virus would have been correspondingly lessened.

    What follows below is the Table (1.0) and additional information comprising the HPDI shingles protocol, as developed by Hank Liers, PhD.

    THE SHINGLES PROTOCOL

    Description Morning Noon Evening Night Comments
    Pro C (180 caps) 2 caps
    1 cap
    2 caps
    1 cap
    2 caps
    1 cap
    Take with meals. Start with 2 caps per meal for the first 6 days, then reduce to 1 cap per meal.
    Prescript-Assist®  (90 caps) 1 cap 1 cap Take 10–20 minutes before meals. Go to 1 cap daily after 30 days.
    Multi Two Tabs (180 tabs) – Multivitamin or
    Mighty Multi-Vite!
    1 tab
    2 caps
    1 tab
    2 caps
    Take with meals.
    L-Lysine -- 500 mg 1-2 caps 1-2 caps Take 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals.
    Double Zinc Plus (100 vcaps) 1 cap Take with meals.
    Bone Guardian Tabs or
    Bone Jour
    2 tabs
    3 caps
    2 tabs
    3 caps
    Take with meals.
    Buffered Vitamin C,
    Buffered C-1,000 (250 tabs) -- 1,000 mg (1 gm)
    or Buffered C Powder (1/2 lb) (1/4 tsp = 1 gm)
    1 tab
    or
    1/4 tsp
    1 tab
    or
    1/4 tsp
    1 tab
    or
    1/4 tsp
    1 tab
    or
    1/4 tsp
    Best with meals, but other times are okay.  Start with 1 tab or 1/4 rounded tsp twice a day and add another 1 tablet or 1/4 tsp every few days until you are taking 4 tablets or 1 rounded tsp per day.
    Essential Fats plus E (90 softgels) 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap Take with meals/snacks.
    Complete E (60 softgels) 1 cap 1 cap Take with meals.  In addition, rub the contents of a capsule on affected area twice per day.
    Olive Leaf Extract 500 mg 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals with 1 1/2 –2 glasses of water.
    Rejuvenate! Plus or
    Rejuvenate Berries & Herbs
    1 scoop
    1 scoop
    1 scoop
    1 scoop
    Take as snack or in fruit smoothie.

    TABLE 1.0

    Additional nutrients that may be helpful include Echinacea (as drops or capsules), N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 500 mg (100 caps) NAC (2 gms per day), and Immune Assist (2 capsules 3 times per day).

    Rub essential oils such as helichrysum, lemon balm, frankincense, and lavender and/or spray Silver Biotics Polyvalent Silver (16 oz) solution several times daily on the affected areas.

    GENERAL SUGGESTIONS

    Consume a diet relativley high in lysine and relatively low in arginine.

    Consume high fiber foods such as organic vegetables (including 16 oz per day of fresh juices from carrot, celery, beets, cabbage, etc.), organic fruits, whole grains (e.g., brown rice, millet, and quinoa), beans, nuts and seeds (sunflower, chia, flax, pumpkin, almond, walnut and sesame in small amounts are good).

    If you consume animal products, eat only organic lean meats, organic poultry and fish, including salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, and bluefish (all of which are high in omega-3s.

    Try eating Hank's Vegetable Soup several times a week. Avoid sweets (sugar), processed/refined food (white bread and pasta), preservatives, artificial flavors and colors.

    If you have a Rife machine available, then use the shingles and antiviral codes on a daily basis.

    Take baths with Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil/Flakes/Gel (1 cup) and baking soda (1 cup).

     

  • Rejuvenation Program Part Nine: Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Stefanie Lischer Liers LAcThe HPDI Rejuvenation Program provides practices, protocols, and recommendations proven over 26 years. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health. This article discusses the role of acupuncture within the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program.

    The Rejuvenation program emphasizes establishing basic nutrition, foundational supplement formulas, and high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods and other sources of dietary nucleic acids. The program rests on six elements: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

    The six foundational elements remain powerful individually, but act synergistically when combined to support optimal health. The results are greatly improved capabilities for your body to heal, regenerate, rejuvenate, and restore its vitality.

    In Part Eight of the Rejuvenation Program series, we discussed the Massage Program (part three of four sub-articles on supporting protocols), which is an important supporting protocol in the Master Rejuvenation Program.

    SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS FOR REJUVENATION

    In this article, we present another supporting protocol in our Master Rejuvenation Program: the Acupuncture Program. We include acupuncture in our Rejuvenation Program because it offers proven modalities for healing based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These modalities include acupuncture, but  encompass an entire system of medicine designed to maintain balance for mind, body, emotions, and spirit through the use of specific recommendations for diet, exercise, herbs, meditation, and more.

    acupuncture program

    TCM is a complete system that is designed to promote the flow of life energy (Qi) and to remove blockages that adversely affect its flow. It is the unrestricted, yet balanced flow of energy that promotes harmony in the body, and thereby helps create health. Like massage, acupuncture and other TCM modalities can improve the flow of energy, blood (circulation), and lymph, and therefore prevent or treat problems relating to blockage, statis, or lack of proper flow.

    THE ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM

    Acupuncture involves tapping into energetic meridians or pathways in the body using needles. There are 12 primary meridians and 8 extra meridians that are categorized according to yin (cool, internal, passive, etc.) and yang (hot, external, active, etc.).

    While imbalances in the yin organs potentially result in hot, irritable, dry symptoms, imbalances in yang organs potentially result in cold, weak, pale symptoms. (One common example of a yin deficiency of the kidneys is menopause, during which a woman can experience feelings of heat, dryness, difficulty sleeping, or irritability.)

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced in China for around 5,000 years. It involves not just acupuncture, but also Qi Gong (moving meditation), Tui Na (massage), and herbal and dietary prescriptions for bodily constitution and seasons.

    One basic premise is that it is the individual's responsibility to keep themselves in balance through the use of food and plants as daily medicine, and the practice of Qi Gong or Tai Ji. The practitioner's job is to educate the patient and assist when needed using acupuncture and other methods.

    According to Chinese Medicine, aging happens as we lose Qi (or Energy) and Jing (or Essence) in the body. Western lifestyles can contribute to the loss of Qi and Jing. Methods to conserve essence and energy involve the "Four Pillars of Health":

    • Proper Eating: Moderate amounts of foods for a person's constitution and the season.
    • Proper Rest: Resting when tired and not pushing oneself when fatigued.
    • Proper Thoughts and Emotions: Positive thoughts and meditation, and avoiding extremes of emotion.
    • Proper Exercise: Daily moderate exercise including brisk walks and avoiding strenuous daily exercise.

    Practicing Qi Gong is an important way to replenish Jing/Essence after it has been spent. This involves both movement and visualization. For example, imagining light coming in to fill the lower part of your abdomen as you 'Gather the Qi' with your arms. Acupuncturists can recommend certain movements to keep energy flowing along a meridian.

    Foods and herbs are an important part of staying well and maintaining Qi and Essence. In China, eating a balance of the five flavors (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, acrid) is important at every meal. Depending on the season and your body constitution, you may need more of one flavor than another. For example, bitter foods are recommended in summer because they are cooling and cleansing. But if you are feeling deficient and weak, these may not be the proper foods for your constitution. In cooler winter weather, foods that are more warming/nourishing or acrid are generally more appropriate. This is one reason why consuming soups with root vegetables, hot peppers, and small amounts of red meat can be so satisfying during winter months.

    How can acupuncture benefit you? If you experience symptoms indicating that your body is out of balance, then acupuncture can help to alleviate those symptoms without the need for pharmaceuticals. The number of sessions it takes to resolve an issue depends on the amount of time you have been out of balance. For example, if you have back pain that began yesterday, you may feel relief after one session. However, if your back pain has persisted for years, then it may take weeks or months to return to balance, and you may also require treatment with herbs.

    Acupuncture is not just for musculoskeletal issues. It can be used to treat many health issues, either alone or in conjunction with western medical modalities. One of the advantages of acupuncture (and TCM generally) is that it works well with other elements (including Supporting Protocols) in our Rejuvenation Program. That is, the methods used are intended to help create health by nourishing the body, removing blockages (and/or toxins), promoting flow (i.e., energy, blood, lymph, etc.), and supporting health holistically (mind, body, and spirit).

    Even if you are feeling pretty well balanced, acupuncture can help during the change of the seasons to keep you in balance, in much the same way that regular maintenance on your car helps prevent problems.

    Remember, acupuncture is most effective when you feel a resonance with your practitioner. Your results will be best when you can be fully relaxed with someone who you trust and feel good about.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Insight-Healing

    REJUVENATION PROGRAM SERIES

    Rejuvenation Program Part Eight - Massage. Supporting Protocols Part Three - The Massage Program.

    Rejuvenation Program Part Seven. Supporting Protocols Part Two - The Magnesium Chloride Program

    Rejuvenation Program Part Six. Supporting Protocols Part One (garlic, hydrotherapy, and sauna therapy programs).

    Rejuvenation Program Part Five. Beyond foundational supplements. Seven enhancement supplements that supercharge your health. CoenzymeQ10 and/or Ubiquinol, Myo-Mag, Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, Echinacea, Immune-Assist™.

    Rejuvenation Program Part Four. The role of foundational supplements (multivitamin, Vitamin C / antioxidant formula, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods) for health.

    Rejuvenation Program Part Three. Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleosides, and nucleotides).

    Rejuvenation Program Part Two. Foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

    Rejuvenation Program Part One. Introducing the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program and its foundational elements. The importance of Attitude/Commitment.

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