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  • INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA – VIDEO

    Fred Liers PhD intestinal rejuvenation formula IRFAmong the most essential aspects of detoxification are the sequestering of toxins and waste from the gastrointestinal tract and its proper elimination. HPDI's Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula meets the need for an effective intestinal sweep to cleanse the entire GI tract for improved gut health and function.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (or "IRF") is our unique  product that 1) latches onto toxins, old waste, and deposits in the digestive tract, 2) binds, pulls, and absorbs these materials, 3) sweeps them from the entire intestinal tract, while 4) naturally and gently facilitating elimination.

    That's just the start! You have to experience this formula yourself to appreciate its benefits most.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula works by coating and adhering to the lining of the intestines. This unique action allows it to absorb fecal plaques and other debris, soften unhealthy deposits, and sweep them away for elimination in the stool. The IRF formula thereby neutralizes and removes hundreds of toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead. It draws out many times its weight in material encrusted or trapped in the intestinal lining. It also provides nutrients not only known to nourish the GI tract, but also that promote normal elimination functions.

    The easiest way to start using Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is to put one teaspoon in eight ounces of water. Stir or shake, then drink immediately. You can then add some additional water to the container, stir and drink. You can start at 1/2 teaspoon (or less) if one teaspoon seems like too much. You can gradually work you way up to one tablespoon in 16 ounces of water or juice.

    Note: It is important to consume the formula immediately after mixing with water to avoid the formula thickening which makes it difficult to drink. It is also important to consume sufficient water so it can swell and more easily pass through the digestive tract.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is formulated to cleanse, detoxify, purify, and heal. You and your clients will love IRF!

    HOW INTESTINAL REJUVENTION FORMULA CAN HELP

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula relieves symptoms of constipation, including gas, bloating, cramps, indigestion, and nausea caused by excessive waste in the bowel. It also soothes the intestinal lining and colon wall, and promotes a well-functioning colon. This means it can contribute to greater health not only through removal of toxins and intestinal blockages, but also by allowing greater absorption of nutrients from food (i.e., after the intestines are cleansed). It also can contribute to achieving normal weight by promoting elimination of old fecal matter (e.g., post-putrefactive deposits), and by helping to establish and maintain normal bowel function.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula acts as a wonderful soothing agent for the mucous membrane linings of the entire intestinal tract, especially the colon. This makes it an important formula for individuals experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, or any digestive tract condition causing hot, burning, irritated, or bleeding bowels and/or diarrhea. This unique healing formula is also an excellent remedy for food poisoning, because it can absorb harmful bacteria and toxins.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula also can be applied externally as a poultice to insect bites and stings (e.g., bee, ant, scorpion), snake bites, etc. The drawing power of the formula acts to pull toxins directly from wounds. Poultices are highly effective for pulling venoms, and work especially well when combined with echinacea tincture (used orally and topically) and homeopathic remedies (e.g., apis mellifera, ledum palustre, arnica montana). This application makes the formula truly unique. See directions (below) for external applications. Also, see the Insect / Bee / Snake Stings and Bites Supplement and Activity Schedule.

    WHAT INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA CONTAINS

    The ingredients in Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula make it one of the most effective products for complete cleansing of the gastrointestinal tract available today. IRF includes not only includes ingredients for binding and removing toxins and waste, but also for healing the entire GI tract.

    INGREDIENTS: One teaspoon (3.23 gram) provides the following nutrients:

    Psyllium Husk Powder (organic) – 1,000 mg
    Apple Pectin – 400 mg
    Bentonite Clay (wildcrafted) – 400 mg
    Cold-Milled Flax Seed Powder (organic) – 400 mg
    Marshmallow Root Powder (organic) – 200 mg
    Slippery Elm Bark Powder (organic) – 200 mg
    Activated Willow Charcoal (wildcrafted) – 100 mg
    Spirulina Pacifica – 100 mg
    Inulin / Fructooligosaccharides (from Chicory Root) – 100 mg
    Ginger Root Powder (organic) - 100 mg
    Natural Lemon Flavor – 100 mg
    Vitamin C (from magnesium ascorbate) – 60 mg
    Malic Acid – 50 mg
    Grape Extract (pulp, skin, & seeds) – 40 mg
    Licorice Root Powder (organic) – 40 mg
    Stevia Leaf Extract (97% Rebaudioside A) – 13 mg
    Magnesium (from magnesium ascorbate) – 4.5 mg
    Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) – 4 mg

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula
    NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

    The nutrients contained in Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula are all known to provide unique therapeutic benefits and healing properties. Consequently, the formula is carefully designed so the ingredients work together synergistically to leverage and maximize the capacities of each one. This results in a formula that is superior in action and that can far more effectively support health and healing in the intestinal tract than single ingredients or shotgun approaches (that often result in reduced effectiveness through the use of fillers, imbalanced formulation, or less than the highest quality ingredients).

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is a superior formulation representing a higher level of design expertise. This unique formula can offer significant benefits and results for individuals who wish to improve, regenerate, rejuvenate, heal, and sustain excellent gastrointestinal health.

    PSYLLIUM HUSK POWDER (organic)

    Psyllium seed husks are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when moistened. Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are used as a source of dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular gastrointestinal (GI) transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps to provide a constant volume of solid material regardless of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Recent research also shows psyllium seed husks to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.

    APPLE PECTIN

    As a dietary fiber, apple pectin is helpful in maintaining good digestive health. Pectin forms a colloidal solution in water and gels when cool. An indigestible, soluble fiber, apple pectin is a general intestinal regulator used in many healing preparations, especially as an anti-diarrheal agent. Researchers at the University of California, Davis (UCD), found that apple pectin acts as an antioxidant against the damaging portion of cholesterol in the blood stream.

    It has been established that a diet rich in apple pectin may help protect against certain diseases. Research in Japan shows that apple pectin can act as a chemopreventive agent. Apple pectin helps maintain intestinal balance by cleansing the intestinal tract with its soluble and insoluble fibers. Apple pectin tends to increase acidity in the large intestines and is advocated for those suffering from ulcer or colitis and for regulating blood pressure. Pectin is also effective in causing regressions in and preventing gallstones. There is also evidence that the regular use of apple pectin may lessen the severity of diabetes.

    Apple pectin is known to draw radiation from the body. Russian doctors have found apple pectin to be among the most effective means for protecting against radiation when consuming contaminated foods is unavoidable. Pectin, along with vitamins and minerals, eliminates radionuclides ingested from foods. This is especially relevant given recent meltdowns and radiation releases from the nuclear complex in Fukushima, Japan. Radiation from this catastrophe has contaminated (and continues contaminating) food crops across the entire northern hemisphere (and beyond), especially crops grown in North America.

    BENTONITE CLAY

    Bentonite clay has a large and varied mineral content, including over 50 minerals. Seen under a high powered microscope, bentonite is composed of extremely minute rectangular particles. The wide surfaces are negatively charged and the edges are positively charged. Therefore, its adsorptive power is many thousand times more negative than positive. It has a negative electrical attraction for positively charged particles. In the human body, various toxic poisons are positively charged. The very minuteness of the particles give it a large surface area (about 1,000 square meters per gram) relative to its volume, thereby enabling it to pick up many times its own weight (as high as 40 times) in positively charged particles.

    When bentonite clay absorbs water and swells, it stretches open like a highly porous sponge. Toxins (including pathogenic viruses, herbicides, and pesticides) are drawn into these spaces and bound through electrical attraction. The bentonite is eventually eliminated from the body with the toxins bound to its multiple surfaces. Diarrhea can be remedied through the use of bentonite clay because of its capacity to bind stools. Bentonite clay can act immediately to bind irritants in the gastrointestinal tract.

    COLD-MILLED FLAX SEEDS (organically grown)

    Flax Seeds (Linum usitatissimum L.) contain essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid), protein, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, antioxidant lignans, minerals, and vitamins. Lignans are a phytoestrogens considered to be antioxidants. Flax seeds contain among the highest levels of lignans among all plant foods.

    The unique properties of Heartland’s RCM™ Flax (Real Cold Milled) organic flaxseed provides enormous advantages over whole flax seeds, ground flax powders, and other milled flax seed products. In particular, cold-milled flax seeds offer readily assimilable omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids because of special no-heat processing that protects these delicate oils and makes them available for uptake into the body.

    RCM™ Flax cold-milled flaxseed is processed using a unique, proprietary method that preserves the delicate oils and allows for optimal uptake of the oils and other nutrients (e.g., soluble fiber) into the body. That is, flax seeds must be milled into a flour or meal to obtain maximum benefits from its oils and dietary fiber. However, typical methods of grinding or pounding flaxseeds separate the oil from the seeds (and heat the oils), thereby causing the oils to oxidize and become rancid. In contrast, cold milling is a unique process that does not involve heating delicate oils and keeps them protected within finely milled pieces of seed. Thus, cold-milled flax seed is not significantly oxidized and remains fresh for an extended period of time. Conversely, when flax seeds are harshly ground or crushed, the oils do not remain fresh because there is no inherent protection from oxidation. Cold milling allows the seed to retain and protect its oils because the process does not release the oils from the seeds.

    RCM™ Flax offers a non-refrigerated shelf life of greater than 24 months. A study conducted at North Dakota State University confirms that peroxide levels of RCM™ Flax remain exceptionally low for an extended periods. While this flaxseed retains its freshness for an extended period, when refrigerated (or consumed within several months), it provides amazingly high levels of freshness.

    The organic cold-milled flax seeds in Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula contain oil amounts varying between 38–45%, with the oil offering a high percentage (47–53%) of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and 15–18% omega-6 linoleic acid. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an essential fatty acid acting in the human body as a substratum for the transformation into EPA and DHA through the action of desaturation and elongation enzymes. The seeds also contain some omega-6 essential fatty acids and exhibit a favorable omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of 3:1. Modern diets contain too few omega-3 fatty acids.

    Cold-milled flax seeds possess 15–30% protein (typically 20%) and the amino acids of flax protein have no limiting factors in the adult diet (i.e., they are a complete protein source having all of the essential amino acids in an appropriate balance). Flax seeds are also a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. They also have demonstrated antioxidant activity. The most important antioxidants they provide are phytoestrogens known as lignans. Because cold milling flax seeds significantly reduces oxidation, this exceptional flax seed has great potential within the food industry when compared to other alpha-linolenic acid sources, such as typical ground flaxseed powders, which can exhibit rapid decomposition due to a lack of antioxidant protection from oxidation.

    The human body easily digests flax seeds. The seed’s outer layer is rich in mucilloid soluble fiber (flax seed possesses 10-15% soluble fiber) and absorbs at least 4 times its weight in water. When mixed with water or stomach juices, the seeds form a gel that creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down. The carbohydrates thereby are digested and converted into glucose (blood sugar) at a slow, uniform rate. There is no insulin surge or spike needed to lower the blood sugar level. The water-retaining capacity of the gel also maintains bodily hydration (i.e., helping level out water intake) and electrolyte balance.

    MARSHMALLOW ROOT POWDER (organic)

    Considered the king of mucilaginous (gel-like) slippery plants, marshmallow offers a unique composition of about 37% starch, 11% mucilage, and 11% pectin (including flavonoids and phenolic acids). When it reaches the colon, marshmallow gel will soften hardened fecal plaques and help to remove them from colon walls. It also acts as a soothing coating and internal moisturizer for the entire digestive tract. Like chia seeds, it neutralizes irritants often found in the intestinal system, and thereby greatly relieves irritation to the mucous membrane lining of the digestive tract.

    SLIPPERY ELM BARK POWDER (organic)

    The health benefits of slippery elm are rooted mainly in its soothing properties. This mucilaginous herb is effective when used internally for coating and soothing mucous membranes while also absorbing toxins that can cause intestinal imbalances. Slippery elm is an effective remedy for duodenal ulcers, gastritis, diarrhea, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, and heartburn. The benefits of slippery elm also extend to being a simple food. As part of a normal diet, the inner bark of slippery elm can be ground and eaten as porridge. This porridge is extremely nutritious and high in antioxidants having a consistency and taste similar to oatmeal. It is also a wholesome and sustaining food for infants and invalids.

    ACTIVATED WILLOW CHARCOAL (wildcrafted)

    Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. The use of special manufacturing techniques results in highly porous charcoals that have surface areas of 300–2,000 square meters per gram. Charcoal works to trap toxins through “adsorption.” When a material adsorbs something, it attaches to it via chemical attraction. The huge surface area of activated charcoal gives it countless bonding sites for adsorbing toxins.

    When certain chemicals pass next to the carbon surface, they attach to the surface and become trapped. Activated charcoal is excellent for trapping carbon-based substances (i.e., organic chemicals), as well as other chemicals such as chlorine. It is known to trap over 20,000 organic chemicals. Many chemicals are not attracted to carbon (sodium, nitrates, etc.) so they pass through charcoal. Because charcoal is not “digested” like food, it may remain inside the GI tract for a time, thereby continuing to actively remove toxins via the bowel.

    SPIRULINA PACIFICA

    Research has shown that spirulina promotes digestion and bowel function. It suppresses bad bacteria (including E. coli and Candida albicans yeast) and stimulates beneficial flora, including lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Healthy intestinal flora (i.e., “good” bacteria) are a foundation for good health. They increase absorption of nutrients from foods and help protect against infection. In Japan, researchers found that spirulina significantly reduces kidney toxicity caused by mercury and three pharmaceutical drugs. This suggests benefits for humans suffering heavy metal poisoning. Additional research found that rats consuming spirulina or chlorella algae eliminated seven times the amount of dioxin (a highly toxic chemical) when compared to a control diet.

    INULIN / FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES (from Chicory Root)

    Like other types of dietary fiber, inulin also has the benefits of enhancing digestive and intestinal functions, reducing cholesterol, and preventing disease. In addition, inulin has one other major health benefit: it is a prebiotic that feeds the healthy microflora that boost your immunity. Not only does inulin actively promote the growth of existing strains of probiotics in your colon, but it also encourages implantation, survival, and growth of freshly consumed probiotics. By boosting the survival and growth of beneficial probiotics in the inner ecosystem, inulin improves digestion, immunity, and disease-fighting capacity of the body.

    GINGER ROOT POWDER (organic)

    Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) is an incredibly active and effective gastrointestinal aid with the following properties: 1) Contains a digestive enzyme whose effectiveness even exceeds that of papain; 2) Stimulates the flow of saliva and increases the concentration of the digestive enzyme amylase in the saliva; and 3) Activates peristalsis and increases intestinal muscle tone. Ginger is also known to be helpful in cases of nausea.

    BIOVIN® GRAPE EXTRACT

    BIOVIN® Grape Pulp, Skin & Seed Extract (>85% OPCs): The BioVin® grape extract in REJUVENATE!™ BERRIES & HERBS is extracted by ethanol and water and contains the highest percentage of OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) of any product on the market. OPCs, a class of bioflavonoids, are one of nature’s most powerful free-radical scavengers. As bioflavonoids, OPCs help to increase the effectiveness of Vitamin C. OPCs cross the blood-brain barrier to provide antioxidant protection to central nervous system tissue. Studies have clearly demonstrated that OPCs improve and normalize capillary activity, strengthening capillary walls. OPCs bind to collagen fibers, realigning them in the process to a more youthful, undamaged structure. Elasticity, flexibility, and strength are thereby restored to connective tissue.

    LICORICE ROOT POWDER (organic)

    Licorice root soothes the GI tract and aids intestinal health. Licorice root is used effectively in those individuals suffering from peptic ulcer and chronic gastritis. It is used to soothe coughs and reduce inflammation, soothe and heal ulcers and stomach inflammation, control blood sugar, and to balance hormones. Licorice is a potent antiviral agent and can be used to treat flu, herpes, and even hepatitis. Licorice is also a strong anti-inflammatory agent.

    MAGNESIUM (from magnesium ascorbate)

    Magnesium is important for the metabolism of many biologically active nutrients and substances, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sodium, lead, cadmium, hydrochloric acid (HCl), acetylcholine, and nitric oxide (NO). It is required for more than 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes, cellular homeostasis, and activation of the B vitamin thiamin. It mediates the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems, supports proper muscle and nerve function, stabilizes heart rhythm, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and supports normal blood pressure. Magnesium is important in energy metabolism and the synthesis of proteins.

    CHLORELLA GROWTH FACTOR (CGF)

    Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) stimulates lactobaccilus (the “good” bacteria) to grow at four times the usual rate. Experiments with microorganisms, young animals, and children have demonstrated that CGF promotes faster than normal growth. In adults and mature organisms, CGF appears to enhance the functions of nucleic acids at the cellular level that relate to the production of proteins, enzymes, and energy. It also stimulates tissue repair and offers protection against toxic substances at the cellular level.

    VITAMIN C (from magnesium ascorbate)

    Vitamin C is known to perform many critical functions within the body involving detoxification, tissue building, immune enhancement, pain control, and controlling or killing pathogenic organisms. It is known to be helpful for wound and bone healing, healthy skin and eyes, infections, stress control, toxic exposure, and repairing damaged tissue of all types.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Additional Ingredients: Natural Lemon Flavor, Malic Acid, and Stevia Leaf Extract. These natural flavors and taste enhancers give the formula a pleasing taste and make it easier for individuals to consume.

    DIRECTIONS: For long-term, gentle rejuvenation of the intestinal tract take about one (1) teaspoon (about 1/3 scoop) several times daily away from food (by at least 20 minutes), or as directed by a health care professional. Place the powder in about 8 ounces of water, thoroughly mix (shake or stir), and drink immediately (before the formula becomes a gel too thick to easily consume).

    For a more rapid healing cleanse take one tablespoon (one scoop) multiple times daily away from food (by at least 45 minutes). Add the powder to about 16 ounces of water, mix vigorously, and drink.

    We recommend using a suitable container (such as a mason jar) for rapid mixing. Stir rapidly or shake vigorously (with lid attached).

    Individuals suffering from conditions of severe diarrhea and loose stools can take one tablespoon (or more) multiple times daily (five times or more) and refrain from food. Put the powder in about 16 ounces of water per tablespoon, thoroughly mix, and drink immediately. In between servings it may be helpful to take a multiple strain lactic acid bacteria formula (i.e., a soil based probiotic such as Prescript-Assist). Place the formula directly in your mouth, chew, and then swallow.

    While results can be obtained rapidly using this formula, it is most effective when used for longer-term gentle cleansing. Starting with lower doses and gradually increasing dosage often produces best results. This allows the body time to adjust to increased dosages (size and frequency) and facilitates greater therapeutic action from usage.

    Note: Taking large amounts without sufficient liquid (e.g., water) or when first taking the formula can slow bowel transit time. Therefore, most individuals will benefit from starting at lower dosage levels and ensuring adequate fluid intake when consuming the formula.

    External Applications: Make paste by mixing powder with water. Apply directly to skin or affected areas (e.g., stings, bites, wounds). Wrap with gauze, plastic, etc., and keep poultice moist. Use for up to six hours. Apply fresh poultice as needed. For more information, see the Insect / Bee / Snake Stings and Bites Supplement and Activity Schedule.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula does not contain wheat, gluten, rye, oats, corn, barley, soy, yeast, egg, sugar, dairy products, GMOs, wax, animal fats, preservatives, colorings, or artificial flavorings.

    RESOURCES

    ARTICLES

    Gut Health – Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

    Dr. Mark Sircus's blog article at www.DrSircus.com:
    "Apples – Pectin – Intestinal Formula"

    Kidney Cleansing with Juices & Herbs

    Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

    Rejuvenation Program: Part 2 (Detoxification)

    Death by One (Or Two) Thousand Cuts

    Microbiome, Diet, and Prescript-Assist Probiotic and Prebiotic

    Chemical / Environmental Toxicity Syndrome Protocol

    Super Remedies for Stings and Bites

    Insect Sting / Snakebite Protocol

    Understanding Glyphosate Toxicity: Interview with Genetic Engineer Thierry Vrain (Mother Earth News)

    BOOKS

    The Colon Health Handbook by Robert Gray

    Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life by Dr. David Perlmutter

    Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain's Silent Killers by Dr. David Perlmutter

    Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by Dr. William Davis

    PRODUCTS

    INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

    PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ Probiotic Formula
    (soil-based organisms)

    RESTORE For Gut Health

    PROLYT
    (proteolytic enzymes)

    DIGASE
    (full spectrum plant enzymes)

    Nascent Iodine

    Magnesium Oil, Flakes, Gel

  • ALKALINIZE WITH LEMONADE DIET & PH ADJUST

    Fred Liers PhD lemonade pH Adjust alkalinizing formulaSummer is here. That means lemonade! As in the "Lemonade Diet" or "Master Cleanse." The lemonade diet is famous since Stanley Burroughs wrote his classic, The Master Cleanser. Hollywood has used his lemonade diet for decades—for health and weight loss. In recent years, the lemonade diet has gone mainstream.

    While safe, effective weight loss may be its "claim-to-fame," the lemonade diet is useful as a kidney cleanser promoting the health of the kidneys and bladder system, including the entire urinary tract. The lemonade diet cleanses kidneys best when combined with kidney-specific herbs like Uva ursi, parsley, cornsilk, and juniper berry.

    A major reason lemonade is beneficial for health is that it's highly alkalinizing in the body. Lemonade itself is acidic on the pH scale. Yet, after it is in the body it acts as an alkalinizer! That might seem counterintuitive. But your health—and alkalinity—can count on lemonade to increase your pH levels.

    Acid-alkaline balance is critical for health. Your body must maintain a pH of about 7.35–7.45. If you're too acidic, then your body will find ways (even robbing your bones for minerals) to buffer acidity. Diets high in fruits and vegetables are more alkaline-forming, at least partly due to high potassium levels. High potassium levels drive higher alkalinity.

    You can—and should—measure your pH using litmus paper. Once you've got a baseline of your pH levels, you can see for yourself how dietary changes—like the lemonade diet—help move your pH toward greater alkalinity and improved acid-alkaline balance.

    Given that modern, Western diets high in meats and simple carbohydrates are acid-forming—often in the extreme—it makes sense that lemonade benefits anyone who needs to be more alkaline. Of course, I'm not talking about sugar-laden, or pre-mixed, artificially sweetened, fake lemonade drinks. I mean real lemonade—which is the only kind that works as a "master cleanser."

    I have written about the lemonade diet, as well about kidney & bladder cleansing. I often perform a 3–7 day summer kidney cleanse using kidney herbs—including tinctures and teas—and follow it with a few days of the lemonade diet.

    lemonade diet Make lemonade: squeeze fresh lemons, add maple syrup and cayenne pepper

    This summer, I totally reversed order. I started with a 15-day lemonade diet and followed it with a three-day kidney cleanse. You can gain huge alkalinizing (and kidney cleansing) benefits from lemonade alone.

    The original recipe for the Lemonade Diet:*

    2 Tbsp organic Lemon or Lime Juice
    2 Tbsp organic Maple Syrup (dark color/robust taste) (Grade A)
    8 ounces fresh water
    1/4 tsp organic Cayenne Pepper (optional)

    (* from The Complete Master Cleanse)

    Modify the recipe to suit your taste. The original recipe can be strong and sweet. However, it provides sufficient calories (from maple syrup) to live on for days, weeks, or longer. Try using lime juice for a different flavor. I often use more water—up to 16 ounces or more—for this amount of ingredients.

    Among the nutritional supplements that helps me while lemonade fasting—and especially on the longer fasts—is Rejuvenate! Original Greens superfood. It is highly energizing and nourishing. I recommend using a green superfood like Rejuvenate! Original Greens because it is highly energizing and nutritious, yet light in the body and supports detoxification. You can put it directly into your lemonade or take it separately. I prefer to stir it into my second or third serving of lemonade—so early in the day—but not in my first dose of lemonade.

    Not only does Rejuvenate! Original Greens provide powerfully nutrition, including important vitamins and minerals, it also supports detoxification processes as it contains chlorella (40%) and dietary nucleic acids (dietary RNA and DNA). The cell wall of chlorella uniquely has the capacity to grab onto heavy metals, chemical contaminants, and toxins—and sequester them for removal from the body. Dietary nucleic acids are energizing and support detoxification processes.

    I have used the "Lemonade Diet" for 20 years—in all seasons—at home and "on the road." I typically go for one to three weeks. I have successfully completed longer lemonade diets, including several for six weeks and at least one for two months. I may not take Rejuvenate! every day during a lemonade diet, but this superfood provides benefits that help turn a "good" master cleanse in a "great" one.

    MY LEMONADE DIET—AND A TWIST

    After 15 days of lemonade, I feel lighter, leaner, and totally alkaline. In fact, I am more alkaline after this lemonade diet than ever before. Why? Because I did something different this year—I added a twist to my routine.

    Instead of following my usual lemonade diet, I added a new alkalinizing supplement called pH Adjust. It is a pure, white powder that you can add to water or lemonade (or other liquid drinks) providing minerals formulated to boost alkalinity: potassium bicarbonate and glycinate, magnesium carbonate, and sodium bicarbonate.

    I sometimes added pH Adjust to my lemonade. Other times I took it by itself in water. I started at one-quarter teaspoon (1/4 tsp) daily, and worked up to one teaspoon (1 tsp) daily over the course of my lemonade diet. Adding pH Adjust to my regimen made a significant difference in my overall alkalinity by increasing my pH levels. And I could feel the difference.

    pH ADJUST

    pH Adjust is formulated specifically to alkalinize your body. I believe it can be more alkalinizing than lemonade itself. Yet, lemonade and pH Adjust work well together to increase pH levels.

    I test my pH levels daily using pH paper. I find that when compared to lemonade alone, adding pH Adjust boosts my alkalinity noticeably. I easily maintained an alkalinity between 7.4 and 8.0 for my entire 15-day lemonade diet. That is, I could more easily maintain a higher alkalinity than with lemonade alone.

    Note: If I were to continue the lemonade diet longer than two or three weeks, I would recommend reducing or stopping use of pH Adjust. That's because while you most likely want maintain a relatively higher pH level than you had before you started the lemonade diet, it is best not to maintain a pH of 8.0 for extended periods as you run the risk of too high pH. That won't be a problem for most people, but testing your pH levels using litmus paper is important. Then you will know your pH levels—and can more readily balance your pH.

    After you complete the lemonade diet and return to consuming solid foods, then it is advisable to use pH Adjust to maintain a balanced, but relatively alkaline pH of about 7.45—which is actually an optimal pH for health.

    Keeping you alkaline is what pH Adjust is formulated to do...and it fulfills that promise—easily! Now it's up to you to test your pH, get started on a more alkaline-forming diet, and feel the difference for yourself. Once you're in the proper alkaline range, you won't want to go back. And you'll be better for it!

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

    BOOKS & SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

    The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs

    The Complete Master Cleanse by Tom Woloshyn

    Acid & Alkaline by Herman Aihara

    Acid-alkaline balance: role in chronic disease and detoxification
    (Altern Ther Health Med, 13(4):62-5)

    Potassium Intake of the US Population (PDF)
    (NHANES Food Surveys Research Group, USDA)

    BLOG ARTICLES

    Got Potassium?

    Alkalinize Rapidly Using pH Adjust

    pH Adjust Alkalinizing Formula – New Product!

    Racing and Recovery with pH Adjust Alkalinizing Formula

    PRODUCTS

    pH Adjust
    (alkalinizing formula)

    pH paper
    (Hydrion litmus paper)

    Rejuvenate! (Original Greens) superfood

    Rejuvenate! product comparison chart

  • GET STARTED - NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhDRecently, we published two articles titled Discovering Nutritional Needs Through Advanced Genetic Testing and Benefits of Nutrigenomic Testing for Health detailing the benefits of nutrigenomics testing.

    In addition, we provided details of HPDI's commitment to BodySync—a company dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations with key personal genetic data and information needed to make more informed nutrition and fitness decisions. In this article, I will provide details regarding how you can get started with nutrigenomics testing.

    Before making an enthusiastic commitment to BodySync's genetic testing program, we personally took the test (me, my son Fred, Fred's wife Stefanie, and Fred's son, Olin). In another article we will discuss the results in detail. However, suffice it to say that we have been extremely pleased with the program. I specifically am impressed with how the genetic test results can be used to make important recommendations regarding diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation.

    A surprising (to me) simple test result example is the fact that regarding the VDR gene which produces a receptor that binds Vitamin D and helps regulate many functions in the body (bone formation, glucose balance, immune response, muscle formation, etc.) my test showed I had three different genetic variations that affected my bone integrity/mineral density. In view of this, it was recommended I supplement with higher levels of Vitamin D and calcium (which fortunately I already have done for a long time).

    Other surprising examples to me were the fact that my ability to detoxify chemicals in smoked meats and my ability to metabolize folic acid were genetically compromised. I have stopped eating smoked meats and have been taking folate in the form of coenzyme 5-MTHF and Folinic Acid for a long time (thank goodness!!).

    Developed by leading genetic scientists, genomic nutritionists, kinesiologists, and bioinformaticians, BodySync’s clinically tested DNA Nutrition and Fitness Systems are recognized and used by thousands of individuals, as well as health care professionals, physicians, and researchers around the world.

    Genetic nutrigenomic testing

    Based upon our personal results and recommendations from our tests, as well as the broad acceptance of the test by health care professionals, physicians, and researchers, HPDI has decided to offer the BodySync testing system to our professional clients on our reseller website (www.HealthProductsDistributors.com).

    In addition, we are supporting our professional clients during the process of getting started with nutrigenomics. Below we will review the potential benefits of nutritional genomics, and then walk you through the process of getting started.

    POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING

    The first insights of how nutritional genomics will impact personal health have already begun to be appreciated. As research goes forward, we expect a continually expanding knowledge base that promises to have extensive benefits for health care in general and personal health in particular.

    Major anticipated contributions

    • Greater understanding of the role of genetics in health and disease (particularly chronic disease).
    • More effective therapeutic interventions for dealing with existing disease.
    • Early identification of disease susceptibility and initiation of risk reduction strategies.
    • A shift within health care from a disease management focus to one of health promotion and disease prevention.
    • Identification of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the interactions among genes and environmental factors, including components in food.
    • Individualization of dietary choices based on a person’s genotype.
    • A new dimension to food, one of genes being dietary targets with food having the ability to change gene expression.
    • Changes in food choices, including: a) increased selection of functional foods that scientific research has shown to reduce susceptibility to diet-related diseases and b) isolation and purification of bioactive food components for use in the development of new functional foods or for enrichment of commonly eaten foods and dietary supplements.
    • Public health messages conveying the role of genes and environment in health and disease and the ability of food to modify the outcome of these interactions, allowing diet and health to be tailored to an individual’s genetic variations.
    • Empowerment of consumers to take responsibility for their health through enhanced knowledge of appropriate food choices for their genotype.

    OFFERING BODYSYNC'S "GENETIC NUTRITION & FITNESS ASSESSMENT"

    Health care professionals can order test kits directly from HPDI, as well as ordering supplements matched to Bodysync test results.

    Health professionals must first register on the BodySync website where they are approved as an HPDI-related reseller. Be sure to mention "HPDI" in your application. I will discuss more about how to do that below.

    The next step is for you to recommend this test to your patients (or take it yourself). Alternatively patients may seek a health care professional—like you—who offers the test. Patients may request their health professional to offer the test.

    Health care professionals can obtain tests directly from HPDI or Bodysync. Before ordering tests, health professionals can learn more about the test and must register on the BodySync website.

    Having obtained a test through a health professional, patients register their test online and take a detailed questionnaire covering their diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors. Then they swab their cheeks, and submit their genetic material via prepaid FedEx mailer.

    Patients use two swabs (included in the test kit) to obtain genetic material by rubbing the swabs between the cheek and gum (one minute per swab for each cheek). Patients then seal the swabs in an envelope and send via prepaid FedEx mailer to Bodysync. The mailer can be taken to any FedEx pickup station or dropped in any FedEx box within 24 hours.

    The patient can complete the entire test at home. Registering the test and taking the online questionnaire can be completed in 20–30 minutes. Swabbing and sealing swabs takes just two or three minutes.

    Bodysync Nutrisync genetic assessment nutrigenomic testingTests include swabs and patient registration instructions.

    Health professionals who provide the test gain full access to their clients genetic test results and Action Plan. This way, approved health professionals can guide their clients in terms of diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle factors so they can use their test as a means to improve their health.

    The genetic test is an ideal way for health professionals to develop and support a comprehensive plan for their clients that can help ensure compliance in diet, nutrition, exercise, and supplement use.

    Patients will readily see how they benefit from dietary and lifestyle recommendations based on genetics, and gain a clear action plan. Health professionals will find the test a useful tool for guiding their patients and for supporting their quest for better health.

    We at HPDI are excited to be working with Bodysync, Inc. to provide health professionals with test results and Action Plans that can help make a difference in their clients' health and lifestyle. We hope soon the test results will be matched to various HPDI products so that nutritional needs can more easily be met on a daily basis.

    HPDI highly recommends this test for health professionals who wish to leverage in-depth genetic analysis and a comprehensive action plan based on genetic science to help their patients achieve higher levels of health. Learn more about how you can provide the Bodysync genetic test to your patients.

    Purchase Bodysync test kits from HPDI for $249.95.

    INFORMATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    HPDI resellers wishing to purchase tests should first register as a health professional on Bodysync.com, and mention HPDI in the registration. Once approved by Bodysync to administer the test, you can purchase test kits from HPDI or from Bodysync. Below is a graphic illustrating the process:

    bodysync nutrisync nutrigenomic testing

    RESOURCES

    Articles

    DISCOVERING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS THROUGH ADVANCED GENETIC TESTING

    BENEFITS OF NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING FOR HEALTH

    Links

    HPDI Bodysync page for health professionals

    Purchase tests on HPDI reseller website

    Health professional registration and login page for Bodysync testing

    Bodysync homepage

    MyNutrisync (test kit registration for patients/clients/end-users)

  • pH ADJUST ALKALINIZING FORMULA – NEW PRODUCT!

    Dr. Hank Liers PhD pH Adjust alkalinizing mineral formulaFred Liers PhD pH Adjust alkalinizing mineral formulaToday HPDI launches a new product: pH Adjust. The new formula was created by Dr. Hank Liers, PhD. As its name implies, its primary application is to help balance pH levels in the body. That is, to support the creation of alkaline conditions — or alkalinization.

    pH Adjust HPDI's newest product, pH ADJUST, is a Dr. Liers Original formula.

    Because pH Adjust alkalinizes the body, it thereby may effectively counteract overly acidic conditions (acidosis), including acidic conditions in the digestive tract, blood, kidneys, and other organ systems.

    Given the fact that acidosis—including chronic, low-grade acidosis—is common among individuals living in industrialized nations consuming high-levels of processed foods and other acid-forming foods, pH Adjust represents a simple, yet powerful means for achieving a healthy acid-base balance in the body.

    HPDI specializes in the formulation of nutritional supplements, including vitamin formulas such as multivitamins and other foundational supplements, advanced antioxidant formulas, high-RNA superfoods, and various mineral products, including magnesium. pH Adjust may be considered a mineral product. Yet, it is different than any other HPDI formula.

    That is, pH Adjust is not primarily formulated to provide nutrients to meet nutritional needs. Rather, the formula supports optimal health by facilitating improved acid-alkaline balance in the body. It may be used to effectively neutralize acidic conditions, and help counteract the tendency toward acidosis that persists among many individuals.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF pH BALANCE

    Health experts know that pH balance is extremely important, and that acidosis in the body contributes to various states of less than optimal health. It is known that acidic conditions can lead to adverse effects in many bodily systems, including the circulatory system, immune system, skeletal system, excretory system, muscular system, and reproductive system.

    Chemically, pH stands for hydrogen ion concentration. The pH scale runs from 7 to 14, and pH 7 is considered neutral. A pH value of less than 7 is considered acidic whereas a pH value of greater than 7 is considered basic or alkaline. In the body, the ideal pH is somewhat alkaline: 7.30 to 7.5.

    For therapeutic purposes, individuals can for short periods of time (from a few days to a couple weeks) raise their pH levels to 8.0. That is, short-term increases in pH (to 8.0) can be useful for rapidly changing conditions in the body from acidic to basic (alkaline).

    DIET AND pH (ACID-BASE) BALANCE

    Herman Aihara (author of Acid & Alkaline) and others have contributed to our understanding of acid and alkaline states in the body, and the roles played by foods in creating either conditions of acidity or alkalinity. In general, protein foods are "acid-forming" foods whereas most vegetables are "alkaline-forming" foods. A table of acid and alkaline forming foods are on our website at Effect of Food on Body Chemistry.

    Thus, proteins (containing more nitrogen) tend to form acids in the body whether or not they themselves are acid, and vegetables (containing more potassium) tend for form bases in the body whether or not they themselves are basic. This fact supports the importance of vegetables in the diet not only for nutrients, but also as a means for ensuring acid-base balance.

    An excellent food that provides a high potassium content is Dr. Hank's Vegetable Soup.  This soup tastes great and can help to keep a healthy acid-base balance in the body.

    An excellent article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1998 looked at the key factors that determine acid-base balance in the body. Their conclusion was: "In summary, the results of this study indicate that in normal humans eating ordinary whole-food diets, the major determinants of differences in NEAP rate (net endogenous acid production) among subjects are differences in the protein and potassium content of the diet and that the absolute rate of net endogenous acid production for a given diet can be predicted simply from knowledge of the diet’s protein and potassium content."

    Potassium-containing foods provide the body with potassium that it can use to create alkaline conditions. Sodium can also support alkaline conditions in the body. In fact, potassium and sodium work together in the sodium-potassium pump that pumps sodium ions out of cells and potassium ions into cells using ATP, and that performs many essential functions, including nutrient transport, cell-volume regulation, and nerve conduction.

    Danish chemist Jens Christian Skou shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for having discovered this pump, i.e., the ion-transporting enzyme, Na+K+ -ATPase in 1957 while at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

    It is notable that most individuals in Western societies obtain more than sufficient sodium and often less than sufficient potassium. Excessive sodium intake is associated with adverse effects on cardiovascular health.

    In an interview with Dr. Richard Passwater in 2001, Dr. Richard Moore said: "When I looked at all the published data for both potassium and sodium in the diet—or in the urine which reflects the diet-and then looked at the incidence of hypertension, I could see that, as the K Factor (ratio of potassium to sodium in the diet) got above one or two, there was significantly less hypertension (high blood pressure). Actually a diet with a K Factor of three or above is not bad, but, for practical purposes, I think a K Factor above four is a better goal. Of course, even higher than that would be better in terms of general health. I say this based upon the fact that our ancestors had a K Factor of about 16 to 1 and we evolved having a K Factor something like that."

    Based upon this information, we have chosen a 3:1 ratio of potassium to sodium in the pH Adjust formula so that it consistent with a heart-healthy diet.

    MEASURING pH LEVELS

    The best way to measure pH levels is to use litmus paper, which HPDI offers in rolls (Hydrion brand) for this purpose. You can test salivary or urinary pH. In order to test salivary pH, simply use a small strip of pH paper to dip into a small amount of saliva. Advantages of pH paper include rapid results, ease of use, and cost effectiveness.

    pH paper pH Adjust alkalinizing formula alkaline Using pH paper is a fast, easy means to measure pH accurately

    The color of the litmus paper indicates the pH level in saliva. Most litmus paper comes with an indicator chart showing colors corresponding to various pH levels. Alkaline states will generally produce a dark green, blue or purple color (most basic). Acidic states will range from yellow (most acidic) to light green.

    Salivary pH and urinary pH are significantly affected by recent food consumption and other factors, so it it best to test pH hours after meals. We prefer to measure urinary pH since results are more consistent. Measuring urinary pH is a simple as placing a few drops of urine on the paper or dipping the paper into a sample cup.

    It is best to measure your pH in the morning before consuming foods or drinks. Salivary and urinary pH are affected by recent food consumption, so re-test several hours after eating, and additionally throughout the day.

    A consistent pH measurement of less than 7.0 indicates that you are too acidic (values less than 6.2 show extreme acidity). This indicates that you should consume more alkaline forming foods and/or take pH Adjust. A single dose of pH Adjust can change conditions in the body from acidic to alkaline within a few hours.

    MINERALS: POTASSIUM, MAGNESIUM, AND SODIUM

    As we mentioned, pH Adjust is not primarily formulated to provide minerals or other essential nutrients. HPDI has other products (like multivitamins and single-nutrient formulas) for that purpose.

    However, pH Adjust is a mineral providing formula. That is, it provides potassium (in the forms of bicarbonate and glycinate), magnesium (in the form of carbonate), and sodium (in the form of bicarbonate).

    And while the levels of potassium (141.6 mg or 4% daily value) and sodium (47.8 mg or 2% daily value) per dose of pH Adjust are relatively small, the level of magnesium is significant (105 mg or 26.3% daily value).

    Moreover, the levels of these minerals in pH Adjust are balanced, so that sufficient potassium is obtained relative to sodium, and that sodium remains low in the formula (for reasons previously considered).

    Note that the amounts of minerals listed (above) are obtained per dose, so additional doses will correspondingly increase the amounts of minerals. However, multiple doses should not significantly increase sodium levels. For example, more sodium may be obtained from a single salty snack than one or two doses of pH Adjust.

    pH Adjust alkalinizing formula supplement facts alkaline Supplements Facts table from pH Adjust product label.

    DOSE INFORMATION

    One dose is 1/4 teaspoon. For extremely acidic conditions, you can take 4–10 doses per day, depending on the level of acidity and using pH paper as a guide to ensure that pH levels remain balanced. That is, the goal is to balance pH and to not become too alkaline (a condition of alkalosis may occur above pH 8.2).

    INFORMATION FROM THE PRODUCT PAGE

    pH ADJUST may be used to increase salivary and urinary pH; counteract overly acidic conditions in the digestive tract, blood, and kidneys; and to supplement the body with the minerals potassium, magnesium, and sodium.  The product contains (in powder form) potassium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, potassium glycinate, and sodium bicarbonate. Each serving (about ¼ tsp) contains about 300 mg of bicarbonate, 260 mg of carbonate, 142 mg of potassium, 105 mg of magnesium, 48 mg of sodium, and 100 mg of glycine.

    NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

    The minerals potassium, sodium, and magnesium are key substances that are involved in many important functions in the body. When combined in bicarbonates (potassium & sodium), carbonates (magnesium), and glycinate (potassium) these chemicals can help to adjust and balance pH that are crucial to body function.

    The processed food diets with a high protein content consumed by many people in the US and elsewhere produce conditions in the body of acidity. This in turn leads to decreased oxygenation of our cells and a greater use of anaerobic processes in metabolism. This, in turn, leads in inadequate ATP (energy) production and the presence of unwelcome anaerobic cells and organisms.

    BICARBONATE

    Bicarbonate is a major element in our body. Secreted by the stomach, it is necessary for digestion. When ingested, for example, with mineral water, it helps buffer lactic acid generated during exercise and additionally reduces the acidity of dietary components. Additionally, it has a prevention effect on dental cavities. Each ¼ tsp of pH ADJUST contains about 300 mg of bicarbonate.

    Bicarbonate is present in all body fluids and organs and plays a major role in the acid-base balances in the human body. The first organ where food, beverages and water stay in our body is the stomach. The mucus membrane of the human stomach has 30 million glands which produce gastric juice containing not only acids, but also bicarbonate.

    The flow of bicarbonate in the stomach amounts from 24.4 mg/hr for a basal output to 73.2 mg/hr for a maximal output. Thus at least 500 mg of bicarbonate is secreted daily in our stomach. This rate of gastric bicarbonate secretion is 2-10% of the maximum rate of acid secretion. In the stomach, bicarbonate participates in a mucus-bicarbonate barrier regarded as the first line of the protective and repair mechanisms. On neutralization by acid, carbon dioxide is produced from bicarbonate.

    Effects of ingested bicarbonate: For digestion, bicarbonate is naturally produced by the gastric membrane in the stomach. This production will be low in alkaline conditions and will rise in response to acidity. In healthy individuals this adaptive mechanism will control the pH perfectly. To modify this pH with exogenous doses of bicarbonate, some clinical experiments have been conducted with sodium bicarbonate loads as high as 6 g. Only a transient effect on pH has been obtained. It is quite possible that bicarbonate in water may play a buffering role in the case of people sensitive to gastric acidity. Thus bicarbonate may be helpful for digestion.

    The most important effect of bicarbonate ingestion is the change in acid-base balance as well as blood pH and bicarbonate concentration in biological fluids. It has been studied particularly in physically active people. Among the types of acid produced, lactic acid generated during exercise is buffered by bicarbonate. In a study on sports, a dose of 0.3 g per kg of body weight of sodium bicarbonate was given (15.25 g bicarbonate for a man of 70 kg) to subjects before performing 30 minutes cycling. While blood pH was increased and then maintained constant with this bicarbonate load due to the changes in blood bicarbonate concentrations, increased acidity and decreased bicarbonate blood concentration were observed in controlled subjects.

    Prevention of renal stones: Bicarbonate also reduces the acidity of dietary components such as proteins. As an example, adding sodium or potassium bicarbonate to subjects on a high protein diet known to acidify urine and leading to hypercalciuria (high level of calcium in urine) has been shown to greatly reduce calcium urinary excretion. The effect has been observed with 5.5 g of bicarbonate supplement received daily for two weeks. A recent study highlights that a bicarbonate-rich mineral water could be useful in the prevention of the recurrence of calcium oxalate and uric acid renal stones.

    Controls water absorption: many oral hydration solutions contain bicarbonate showing the usefulness of bicarbonate to control water absorption in patients at risk of dehydration.

    Maintains blood pressure: Sodium intake is restricted in patients with hypertension, but it is demonstrated that the accompanying anion, such as bicarbonate, plays an important role. It is now well established that sodium bicarbonate does not raise blood pressure to the same extent as do the corresponding amounts of sodium chloride.

    Decreases dental plaque: Bicarbonate has been shown to decrease dental plaque acidity induced by sucrose and its buffering capacity is important to prevent dental cavities. Other studies have shown that bicarbonate inhibits plaque formation on teeth and, in addition, increases calcium uptake by dental enamel.

    CARBONATE

    pH ADJUST contains about 260 mg of carbonate (and 105 mg of Mg) in the form of magnesium carbonate. Magnesium carbonate is used as an antacid that gets converted to Magnesium Chloride (MgCl) and CO2 by stomach acid. MgCl is a well absorbed form of magnesium.

    MINERALS

    The functions of the key minerals in pH ADJUST are described below. Each serving (about ¼ tsp) of pH ADJUST contains 142 mg of potassium, 105 mg of magnesium, and 48 mg of sodium.

    POTASSIUM BENEFITS

    Potassium levels influence multiple physiological processes, including:

    • Resting cellular-membrane potential and the propagation of action potentials in neuronal, muscular, and cardiac tissue. Due to the electrostatic and chemical properties, K+ions are larger than Na+ions, and ion channels and pumps in cell membranes can differentiate between the two ions, actively pumping or passively passing one of the two ions while blocking the other.
    • Supports hormone secretion and action
    • Improves vascular tone
    • Regulates systemic blood pressure
    • Increases gastrointestinal motility
    • Required for acid–base homeostasis
    • Supports glucose and insulin metabolism
    • Plays role in mineralocorticoid action
    • Supports renal concentrating ability
    • Regulates fluid and electrolyte balance

    MAGNESIUM BENEFITS

    Magnesium levels influence many physiological processes and functions. These include:

    • Increases energy by greater production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in cells
    • Supports production and function of over 300 enzyme systems in the body
    • Relaxes muscles / reduces muscle tension
    • Boosts vitality, endurance, and strength
    • Improves cardiovascular / heart health (relaxes cardiac muscle)
    • Relieves pain, including chronic pain
    • Ideal for arthritis / fibromyalgia / joint pain
    • Improves health of skin and mucous membranes
    • Eases headaches and migraine headaches
    • In sports medicine — replenishes Mg levels for energy (combats fatigue, and
      soothes pain and sore muscles)
    • Improves mood and reduces stress
    • Increases memory and cognitive functions
    • Boosts immune system
    • Improves assimilation of calcium / builds stronger bones
    • Balances calcium and magnesium levels in cells
    • Proven antimicrobial and antiseptic
    • Raises DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) levels naturally
    • Eases menopause and premenstrual syndrome (pms)
    • Supports healthy libido (and endocrine system)
    • Anti-aging, rejuvenating, revitalizing
    • Keeps cell membranes flexible
    • Controls cholesterol production in the body
    • Regulates blood sugar levels / needed for insulin production, transport, and
      function in cells
    • Supports antioxidant systems

    SODIUM BENEFITS

    Sodium levels influence many physiological processes and functions. These include:

    • Helps to regulate fluid levels in the human body.
    • Preventing sun stroke or heat exhaustion by replacing the loss of essential electrolytes.
    • Supports brain function - the brain is very sensitive to change in sodium levels of the body; deficiency of sodium often manifests as confusion and lethargy.
    • Along with properly hydrating the body, it is also important to supplement one’s body with mineral-rich juices (including potassium, magnesium and sodium) to prevent muscle cramps.
    • Is an important hydrating product that defends against the free radicals that accelerate the aging process.
    • Helps to eliminates excess carbon dioxide in the body.
    • Helps to facilitate the absorption of glucose by cells, resulting in the smooth transportation of nutrients in the body’s cell membranes.
    • Supports acid/base balance by altering the proportions of acid-base alkali phosphates in the body.
    • Regulates fluids by balancing the osmotic pressure in the human body
    • Shares an association with chlorides and bicarbonates in maintaining a sound balance between positively charged and negatively charged ions.

    pH ADJUST PRODUCT DETAILS

    COMPOSITION: One gram (about 1/4 tsp) of pH ADJUST provides the following percentages of the Daily Value

     Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
    Potassium (from KHCO3 & glycinate)
    Magnesium (from MgCO3)
    Sodium (from NaHCO3)
    141.7 mg
    105.0 mg
    47.8 mg
    4%
    26.3%
    2%

    Other ingredients:  None

    INGREDIENTS: Potassium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, potassium glycinate, and sodium bicarbonate.

    DIRECTIONS: As a dietary supplement, take ¼ tsp in 4–8 ounces of purified water preferably away from food, or as directed by a health care professional.

    For extremely acidic conditions (pH consistently less than 6.2), try 4–10 doses per day, depending on acidity level. you may take multiple 1/4 tsp doses at once—we ourselves often take 1 tsp in a single dose. Use pH paper to ensure pH levels remain balanced, and do not become too alkaline (alkalosis may occur above pH 8.2).

    DOES NOT CONTAIN: wheat, gluten, rye, barley, oats, corn, yeast, egg, dairy, soy, GMOs, sugar, wax, artificial preservatives, flavorings, or colorings.

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

    Acid & Alkaline by Herman Aihara

    PRODUCTS

    pH Adjust

    Hydrion litmus paper (roll)

    VIDEO

    https://youtu.be/TyLoccGXeBQ

  • BENEFITS OF NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING FOR HEALTH

    Fred Liers PhD ACAM 2016 College Advancement MedicineA few months ago, my father Hank Liers, PhD wrote "Discovering Nutritional Needs Through Advanced Genetic Testing." His article details the potential of nutritional genomics for identifying nutrient deficiencies that may be corrected using diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements.

    HPDI is collaborating with Bodysync, Inc. whose genetic tests provide detailed information to individuals regarding their genes. Individuals are tested through their health care professionals. By working together, health care professionals and their clients/patients can effectively integrate the genetic test results into a total plan for achieving optimal health.

    In this regard, Bodysync, Inc. has developed a comprehensive genetic testing system. Their test not only provides detailed genetic results for an individual, but the test results are matched with lifestyle and diet information provided the individual to create a complete Genetic Nutrition and Fitness Assessment.

    Thus, Bodysync's system offers genetic test results and targeted recommendations for diet, nutrient intake, and exercise that are based on a review of the results of genetic testing and information provided by clients regarding lifestyle and diet.

    Benefits of BodySync Action Plan Proven benefits of the Bodysync Action Plan include lower fasting glucose levels and BMI stability related to improved compliance.

    HPDI and BodySync, Inc. are collaborating in order to provide recommendations for nutritional supplements that best help patients meet their nutritional needs (and correct deficiencies when necessary) using the genetic information provided by BodySync's nutrition and fitness assessment.

    Using BodySync's Action Plan, health professionals can provide specific recommendations for supplements that match the nutritional needs of patients, according to criteria established in BodySync genetic and fitness assessment, which is based on established science.

    CLIENTS CAN APPLY THEIR GENETICS FOR BETTER HEALTH

    The BodySync genetic test results report provides a list of 45 different gene variations according to their location and genotype, as well as the presence of insertions or deletions in three instances.

    Individuals tested receive their genetic test results as part of their Action Plan. Health care professionals receive their client's test results, as well. The genetic test results report look like this:

    body sync genetic test results report The Genetic Test Results Report provides information on 45 genes.

    The Bodysync genetic test targets well-researched genes. It focuses on key genetic variations having implications for determining which nutrients and specific exercises may benefit patients, based on genetic science.

    Specific genes and groups of genes known to affect various measures of health are analyzed and result in a comprehensive report that utilizes scientific knowledge regarding genes to make recommendations for diet, nutrient intake, exercise, and other lifestyle factors.

    BodySync's testing system is impressive because it gives you concrete steps you can take to improve health based on science.

    One notable benefit is that different members in a given family can compare test results to see which genes they have given or inherited, and develop diet and lifestyle plans unique to themselves designed to optimize their health based upon their individual genetics.

    I took their test, and so did my wife, my son, and my father, Hank Liers, PhD. It turns out that I am very similar genetically to my father. Yet, my son has more genetic genetic traits in common with my wife than he does with me.

    We therefore have gained insights into how we can better our health and the recommendations vary considerably between us. This gives us improved understanding of how we can best support each other in the process of optimizing our diets and lifestyle as individuals.

    One size does not fit all. I better recognize that factors supporting the optimal diet and lifestyle of another person may be very different from those that support mine. And knowing those factors helps me support their efforts to create the diet and lifestyle that optimizes their health.

    executive_summary bodysync genetic test Bodysync's Action Plan provides an executive summary tailored to the individual based on scientific analysis of their genetics and lifestyle.

    The NutriSync Action Plan interprets the scientific research on each patient’s genetic variations to set specific lifestyle goals for that individual. These goals are compared with online NutriSync lifestyle survey answers provided by patients.

    Based on this comparison, patient Action Plans provide individuals with an actionable guide in order to help increase the potential effectiveness of their diet and exercise programs. Another advantage of the NutriSync Genetic Test results is that they meet the high-quality standards demanded by rigorous regulatory oversight.

    dna_assessment_summary DNA Assessment Summary provides a snapshot of lifestyle and BMI relating genes to nutrition, diet, and exercise.

    The Gene Guide indexes genes having an impact on specific body functions. It then provides recommendations for diet, supplements, exercise, etc. that support those body functions optimally.

    bodysync__nutrisync_gene_guide The Gene Guide indicates genes with impact for an individual and identifies dietary and nutritional actions to support genetic potential.

    The DNA Primer describes specific genes and their variations and how this affects recommendations for the individual in term of diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

    dna_primer genetic test bodysync nutrisync The DNA Primer pinpoints genes and gene combinations and describes lifestyle modifications specific to an individual.

    TEST RESULTS INCLUDE NUTRITION REPORT

    The test results include a detailed nutritional and lifestyle report that shows the patients' current status relative to their optimal nutritional and lifestyle goals. This report includes sections on B Vitamins, Antioxidants, Bone Integrity, Glucose Balance, Cardiovascular, and Detoxification.

    All sections of the Action Plan provide specific recommendations for nutrients and lifestyle changes based on a patient's specific genes and gene combinations, as well as current intake amounts reported on the diet and lifestyle questionnaire. Below is screenshot of the section on glucose balance in the Nutrition Report.

    glucose_balance_bodysync

    OFFERING THE TEST

    Health care professionals can order test kits directly from HPDI, as well as ordering supplements matched to Bodysync test results.

    Health professionals first register on the BodySync website where they are approved as an HPDI-related reseller. Be sure to mention "HPDI" in your application. I will discuss more about how to do that below.

    The next step is for you to recommend this test to your patients. Alternatively patients may seek a health care professional—like you—who offers the test. Patients may request their health professional to offer the test.

    Health care professionals can obtain tests directly from HPDI or Bodysync. Before ordering tests, health professionals can learn more about the test or register on the BodySync website.

    Having obtained a test through a health professional, patients register their test online and take a detailed questionnaire covering their diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors. Then they swab their cheeks, and submit their genetic material via prepaid FedEx mailer.

    Patients use two cotton swabs (included in the test kit) to obtain genetic material by rubbing the swabs between the cheek and gum (one minute per swab for each cheek). Patients then seal the swabs in an envelope and send via prepaid FedEx mailer to Bodysync. The mailer can be taken to any FedEx pickup station or dropped in any FedEx box within 24 hours.

    The patient can complete the entire test at home. Registering the test and taking online questionnaire can be completed in 20-30 minutes. Swabbing and sealing swabs takes just two or three minutes.

    Bodysync Nutrisync genetic assessment Tests include swabs and patient registration instructions.

    Health professionals who provide the test gain full access to their clients genetic test results and Action Plan. This way, approved health professionals can guide their clients in terms of diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle factors so they can use their test as a means to improve their health.

    The genetic test is an ideal way for health professionals to develop and support a comprehensive plan for their clients that can help ensure compliance in diet, nutrition, exercise, and supplement use.

    Patients will readily see how they benefit from dietary and lifestyle recommendations based on genetics, and gain a clear action plan. Health professionals will find the test a useful tool for guiding their patients and for supporting their quest for better health.

    We at HPDI are excited to be working with Bodysync, Inc. to provide health professionals with test results and Action Plans that can help make a difference in their clients' health and lifestyle. We hope soon the test results will be matched to various HPDI products so that nutritional needs can more easily met on a daily basis.

    HPDI highly recommends this test for health professional who wish leverage in-depth genetic analysis and a comprehensive action plan based on genetic science to help their patients achieve higher levels of health. Learn more about how you can provide the Bodysync genetic test to your patients.

    Purchase Bodysync test kits from HPDI for $249.95.

    INFORMATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    HPDI resellers wishing to purchase tests should first register as a health professional on Bodysync.com, and mention HPDI in the registration. Once approved by Bodysync to administer the test, you can purchase test kits from HPDI or from Bodysync. Below is a graphic illustrating the process:

    flowchart_bodysync_2

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Q: Who can provide Bodysync/Nutrisync genetic tests?
    A: Only approved health professionals registered on the Bodysync website. Mention HPDI during the registration process so your account can be associated with HPDI. HPDI offers the kit for $249.95.

    Q: As a health professional should I order test kits from HPDI or Bodysync?
    A: You can order from either HPDI or Bodysync by website or phone.

    Q: Will I have access to my patient's or client's test results?
    A: Yes, you will receive full test results for your clients at the same time or before they receive it. You will have complete access to their test results and Action Plan.

    Q: Can my clients order test kits themselves?
    A: Patients and clients must have their test administered by a health professional registered by Bodysync. Any retail customer who orders a test kit (i.e., not through a health professional) still must go through the standard testing process via an approved Bodysync health professional. Health professionals who wish to provide/carry the test should register on the Bodysync website.

    Purchase Bodysync test kits from HPDI for $249.95.

    RESOURCES

    HPDI Bodysync page for health professionals

    Purchase tests on HPDI reseller website

    Health professional registration and login page for Bodysync testing

    Bodysync homepage

    MyNutrisync (test kit registration for patients/clients/end-users)

  • GUT HEALTH – EFFECTS OF GLYPHOSATE AND ANTIBIOTICS

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD leaky gut glyphosateFred Liers PhD leaky gut glyphosateWe recently added a category of products for Gut Health to HPDI's foundational supplements program. We did this not only because there is a documented increase in gut-related health issues, but also because we hear about gut health issues from our clients and resellers. They desire effective means for solving the gut health problems prevalent today.

    One of the biggest gut health problems we see today is leaky gut syndrome. The syndrome goes by other names and encompasses various symptoms. These symptoms broadly encompass food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.

    Yet, the symptoms can also include low energy, fatigue, immune disorders, as well as obesity and blood sugar issues. It also encompasses celiac disease and certain brain disorders.

    In fact, most these gut-related conditions and symptoms today go beyond what was historically meant by "leaky gut syndrome." Today leaky gut and the conditions associated with it largely seem to relate to a combination of factors, including modern agricultural methods, use of antibiotics and certain other pharmaceuticals, and toxic chemicals in foods and the environment.

    glyphosate herbicide spray Studies show the herbicide glyphosate adversely impacts gut health.

    TOXIC INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE

    Agriculture was not so long ago an organic affair. Chemical fertilizers were unknown, soils were healthier, and crops were at least non-GMO.

    Things got worse with the introduction of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. The green revolution of the 1960s brought more changes, including the rise of monoculture crops and more dependence on chemicals.

    Chemicals used in agriculture destroy soil microbes. These chemicals induce plant growth without simultaneously improving the quality of the soil. Consequently, the result is depletion of nutrients in soils. This has been proven by measurable declines in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in food crops.

    When soils are continuously depleted and are nutrients are not replaced or augmented (as in Biodynamic agriculture, for example), soils have fewer nutrients. Eventually crops grown in these soils will be nutrient-poor and therefore not optimal for health. Nutrient declines in soils are significant, and soils continue to be depleted of nutrients.

    The combination of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides has created an unsustainable system of agriculture that does not produce nutritious food crops. Herbicides such as 2,4-D and atrazine, and pesticides like DDT (which remains in soils) are examples of chemicals that can significantly harm human and environmental health.

    The introduction of genetically modified (GMO) crops has accelerated the negative effects of industrialized farming methods. This is especially true in terms of the lowering soil-quality and adversely impacting soil microbes, reducing nutrient levels in crops, and both directly and indirectly harming human health.

    GMO crops have not been properly tested for safety. The dangers of GMO crops are significant. Bt corn is a crop whose genetic modification is associated directly with gut health issues (see charts below). Bt corn was created to damage the intestines of insects, but that also damages the health of the human gut.

    When combined with specialized herbicides designed for use on GMO crops, the dangers of GMOs increase significantly. The primary herbicide used for GMO crops is glyphosate, which is a mineral chelator, endocrine disruptor, and biocide with antibiotic effects that kill bacteria (beneficial and harmful) indiscriminately leading to an imbalanced human microbiome.

    Glyphosate appears to be associated with an increasing number of adverse health conditions partly because many health problems can be caused or exacerbated by nutrient deficiencies, endocrine disruption, microbiome imbalances, and other toxic effects. These health conditions include leaky gut syndrome which not only may result from an imbalanced microbiome, but also from a loosening of the necessarily tight junctions in the gut wall that protect us from exposure to foreign proteins not unlike the blood-brain barrier protects our brain.

    TOXIC GLYPHOSATE

    Use of the herbicide glyphosate has increased dramatically in recent years. Glyphosate is the primary (but by no means the only) ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp.

    Glyphosate kills plants including weeds, and it does this partly by acting as a mineral chelator that prevents the uptake of nutrients by plants. This starves the plant until it dies. However, plants genetically modified to withstand glyphosate still contain fewer nutrients and are therefore less nutritious.

    Moreover, any glyphosate you consume acts as a chelator in your body that  blocks your uptake of minerals and nutrients. This will not be good, especially if the GMO foods you consume are already nutrient deficient. Glyphosate also interferes with how you uptake and process nutrients (like manganese) in ways that guarantee depletion in the body, as will be discussed further below).

    gmo_crops Source: N. L. Swanson, "Genetically Modified Organisms and the Deterioration of Health in the United States" (2013)

    A major reason for increasingly larger applications of glyphosate on crops is the rise of glyphosate-resistant "super weeds." This was not predicted to happen, but clearly it is happening. Thus, the "solution" to the development of supersedes has been simply to apply more glyphosate. This means greater amounts of poison in crops, and of course, greater profits for the herbicide company.

    The problem is that glyphosate is extremely toxic. If there were a perfect storm scenario for herbicide use, then glyphosate would be one component of it. Many scientists are concerned about it, including former genetic engineers like Thierry Vrain, who now advocates growing and consuming organic foods (see more below).

    Increased use of glyphosate will in turn accelerate the rise of super-resistant weeds, and accelerate damage to the health of those who consume it.

    Not to mention the unknown health risks of the genetically modified (GMO) crops themselves, which are sprayed with glyphosate. How would you be able to tell which is more damaging to health, the toxins embedded in GMO crops or the sprays that soak both GMO and non-GMO crops alike. None have been properly tested, or test results are hidden or suppressed.

    Beyond all this, non-GMO crops like wheat, oats, barley, beans, and nuts are routinely sprayed with glyphosate at the end of the season as a means to dry these crops to make harvesting easier. So much for trying to eat verified non-GMO.

    You're likely getting a lot of glyphosate in your diet...unless you eat 100% organically grown foods that are not contaminated with glyphosate by direct spraying, spraying for the purposes of drying, or from drift related to nearby spraying.

    And with increased levels of spraying to apply more of this herbicide, the likelihood is you're getting glyphosate not only from foods, but also from a contaminated water supply (wells, rivers, streams), and from rainfall (with more than 65% of rain samples testing positive).

    GLYPHOSATE ADVERSELY IMPACTS HEALTH

    A noteworthy article on the topic of glyphosate and genetically modified organisms (GMO) is N.L.  Swanson's "Genetically Modified Organisms and the Deterioration of Health in the United States" (2013). This was originally published as a series of articles on the Seattle Examiner website.

    Scientists may disagree on the level of veracity of the article, and quibble over the finer points of statistical correlation. Meanwhile, people are getting sicker, not healthier. And that is the point.

    If indeed glyphosate is impacting human health adversely at even a fraction of the levels argued by Swanson, then individuals should reduce their consumption of GMO foods as much as possible to avoid health consequences.

    Foods containing GMOs should be clearly labeled, like they are in many other countries. Consumers have a right to know if foods contain GMO. There is no valid objection to labeling since many other (and far less harmful) ingredients in foods are labeled. This is a transparency issue. It is the least consumers deserve.

    In July 2016, the US enacted the so-called DARK Act, which requires labels for GMO products. However, this fast-tracked law is far weaker than the Vermont law that preceded it. The US law preempts state laws. It represents a poor attempt to address consumers' desire for labeling of GMO foods. It offers no standard labeling requirements, nor any means to enforce compliance for companies that fail to label. And while some may consider the US law progress for consumers, consider that in Europe GMO labeling went into effect back in 1997 – nearly 20 years ago.

    In addition, proper scientific testing of the health effects of GMOs and in particular the herbicide glyphosate, as well as the adjuvants and surfactants contained in glyphosate-containing products—and how these ingredients act synergistically—must be carried out. Consumers should never be guinea pigs when science is available that can protect them and help them make informed decisions.

    Not unlike tobacco companies that suppressed and downplayed the harm of their products, today's purveyors of agricultural chemicals (and especially GMOs and glyphosate) are not particularly concerned about the adverse health effects of their products. In fact, it appears to be just the opposite, as studies indicating harmful effects frequently have been suppressed.

    Several of the studies used to indicate safety of GMOs were short-term studies (three months) conducted by companies that make and sell the products themselves without peer review or release of data. Whereas longer-term, independent studies indicate probable harm to health, therefore showing the precautionary principle was disregarded in approving GMOs for human consumption.

    In order for consumer to protect themselves, GMO labeling is a minimum measure. Most nations already either require clear labeling or ban GMOs.

    AVOID ANTIBIOTICS IN FOODS AND ELSEWHERE

    The use of antibiotics in livestock results in a tainted food supply. This means that foods ingested contain antibiotics that damage and destroy beneficial microbes in the human gut. This contributes to reduced microbiome diversity and paves the way for a takeover by harmful bacteria.

    Then there is the overuse of antibiotics in human medicine. The use of antibiotics significantly damages microbiome health and diversity. The importance of the microbiome for human health is such that antibiotic use that kills beneficial bacteria and imbalances the gut flora is proven to reduce overall health and can contribute to major health problems throughout life. This is especially true when antibiotics are used in childhood when the microbiome is establishing itself.

    Glyphosate is not considered an antibiotic per se, but it exerts antibiotic-like effects. That is, glyphosate destroys microbes by acting on the Shikimate pathway, and therefore acts like an antibiotic. This pathway is not present in human beings, but is present in plants and most microbes important for the health of the human gut.

    Glyphosate interferes with the synthesis by gut bacteria of aromatic amino acids (including tyrosine and tryptophan) as well as methionine. This leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin as well as folate.

    There is evidence to show that glyphosate produces resistance to antibiotic drugs, just as overuse of antibiotics themselves contributes to the increase of so-called "superbugs," or bacteria resistant to most or all antibiotics. This fact is another reason glyphosate contributes to the health problems relating to antibiotic use and to gut health issues, in particular.

    The overuse of antibiotics both in humans and animals is an ongoing problem with many authorities calling for a reduction in use so that antibiotics are not rendered useless by the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

    Current policies regarding antibiotics virtually guarantee that not only will microbiome health be harmed by the consumption of antibiotic tainted foods and by the use of antibiotics too easily prescribed, but also that harmful bacteria will become stronger rendering antibiotics less useful in applications where they are truly needed.

    An interesting fact in this regard is that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a gram-negative bacteria, is a major problem in hospitals today due to its resistance to multiple antibiotics. It is one of only three bacterial species that can break down glyphosate. However, it produces formaldehyde as a by-product. Formaldehyde is a well-established neurotoxin. It is likely that the growth of this harmful bacteria is stimulated by the presence of glyphosate in the gut.

    Avoidance of antibiotics in foods and when not medically necessary are ways individuals can help keep themselves healthy.

    ENDOCRINE DISRUPTION

    While this article deals primarily with the topic of gut or gastrointestinal health, it is noteworthy that glyphosate is considered to be an endocrine disruptor.

    Endocrine disruption is associated with birth defects, reproductive problems (like infertility), breast cancer, and developmental problems in babies and children before and after birth, as well as a host of other health effects.

    Endocrine disruptors are common in the environment, and we have written about them in previous posts. Glyphosate's role as an endocrine disruptor is important not only because it is another harmful element among its many dangers, but also simply because of its ubiquitousness in the environment.

    The amount of glyphosate spray in the US and the world in extraordinary. As weeds have become resistant to glyphosate (leading  to the rise of super weeds), the solution has been to spray more of it. Therefore, the amounts to which individuals are exposed have skyrocketed along with the increase in its application on crops and elsewhere.

    Also, as noted, the practice of spraying glyphosate as a desiccating agent on non-GMO crops (such as wheat, oats, sugar cane, and peanuts) contributes significantly to human exposure. So too does "household" use in gardens and use by municipalities for spraying to decrease "weeds" in public places, such as parks and schools.

    NUTRIENTS, HORMONES, AND NEUROTRANSMITTERS DISRUPTED BY GLYPHOSATE

    Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a leading researcher in the area of the harmful effects of glyphosate. The following YouTube presentation by Dr. Seneff and Dr. Sachin Patel (interviewer) provides a wealth of information for the reader and is highly recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpoGUPwe40c

    In Dr. Seneff's presentations she has pointed out that the following nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters are disrupted by glyphosate:

    1. Folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and cobalamin (Vitamin B12).
    2. Aromatic amino acids and methionine
    3. Iron, manganese, cobalt, selenium, zinc, and sulfur
    4. Serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, epinephrine
    5. Melanin (skin tanning agent), thyroid hormone
    6. NAD, glutathione (key antioxidant defenses)

    Clearly it would be wise to take in foods and nutritional supplements that could replete the body with these  substances.

    In order to compensate for these effects of glyphosate Dr. Seneff recommends the following supplements:

    1. Curcumin (see HPDI CURCUMIN C3 COMPLEX)
    2. Garlic
    3. Vitamin C (see HPDI PRO-C™ and Ultimate Protector™)
    4. Probiotics (see Prescript-Assist™)
    5. L-5-Methytetrahydrofolate (see HPDI 5-MTHF)
    6. Vitamin B-12 (see HPDI Methylcobalamin)
    7. Glutathione (contained in HPDI GLU-NAC Plus)
    8. Taurine (contained in HPDI Hepa Plus)

    GLYPHOSATE DISRUPTS PROTEINS AND ENZYMES RELYING ON GLYCINE

    Recently, Dr. Seneff and collaborators have identified the fact that glyphosate – a glycine amino acid based molecule – can disrupt a large number of enzymes in the body by inserting itself into proteins during the synthesis process where glycine would normally be inserted. When this happens, the function of the enzyme is completely negated. For further details see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snNRfAfSeUk

    LEAKY GUT AND BT TOXINS

    Another class of worrisome genetically modified crops are Bt corn and other Bt crops (cotton, potato, and soy). Note that there are also glyphosate tolerant/resistant strains of corn (maize), so all types of GMO corn are potentially hazardous to health.

    Bt corn is a variant of maize genetically altered to express proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. Thousands of different Bt strains exist that produce proteins toxic to insect pests. Particular strains are chosen to target specific plant pests, such at the European Corn Borer (ECB).

     When an insect consumes Bt-containing plant tissues, one or more Bt proteins become activated in its gut, creating toxins that paralyze its digestive system and form holes in its gut wall.

    Bt toxins bind to receptors in the insect's gut. This causes the  gut wall to break down and allows toxins, as well as normal gut bacteria to enter the insect's body. Toxins and bacteria proliferate in the insect's body causing death.  Notably, many insects have developed resistance to glyphosate, just as have weeds.

    It has been noted by commentators that the human digestive system appears to be damaged in a similar way by proteins in Bt corn. In any event, as the number of acres planted with Bt corn increases, it appears that human digestive disorders also increase.

    irritable bowel syndrome gut health leaky gut Source: N. L. Swanson, "Genetically Modified Organisms and the Deterioration of Health in the United States" (2013)

    Disorders of the digestive system associated with Bt toxins not only include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation, but also Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

    inflammatory bowel disease crohn colitis gut health leaky gut its Source: N. L. Swanson, "Genetically Modified Organisms and the Deterioration of Health in the United States" (2013)

    While the effects of the Bt toxin are different than those of glyphosate and other chemicals in glyphosate-containing crop chemicals, the fact is that evidence shows that the Bt toxins appear to adversely impact gut health.

    KEY TAKEAWAY: CONSUME 100% ORGANIC DIET

    Among key takeaways from examining the literature of problems associated with antibiotic use, as well as with the chemicals associated with modern agriculture and genetically modified foods (i.e., glyphosate and other herbicides, pesticides, and various surfactants and adjuvants used with them): Choose to eat organic foods as much as possible for best health.

    Only by consuming organic foods can individually significantly reduce the amount of glyphosate, pesticides, antibiotics, and other harmful chemicals in the diet to support good health in general, and gut health in particular. Organic foods are also more nutrient dense, and therefore more nutritious.

    After it is understood how current industrial agricultural methods contribute to damaging human health, then organic foods can be seen as a solution helping ensure avoidance of most or many of harmful elements in foods.

    Organically grown foods may be tainted by drift or by toxins in the soil existing before the adoption of organic farming methods. Yet, the amounts of such toxins will be significantly reduced overall by consuming organic foods. The longer-term solution is adoption of organic methods (and corresponding reductions in use of chemicals and GMOs in agriculture) that will result in a cleaner, safer food supply for all.

    Some say that organic foods are no better, or cost too much, or do not improve health. But the truth is that they are better, should not cost more, and are far more sustainable for human and planetary health. In fact, at this point in time, consuming organic foods may be the only practical solution for avoiding health problems, especially gut-health problems, associated with industrialized, chemically based agricultural methods.

    Growing food yourself is another option, as is purchasing organic or locally grown organically grown produce at your Farmer's Market. These foods will not be sprayed with toxins and will not suffer the same level of nutrient declines found in conventional produce.

    Between consuming foods you grow, purchasing organic or non-sprayed produce locally or at natural foods stores, emphasizing grass-fed, free-range animal products (e.g., eggs and meats), and reducing meals at restaurants that serve conventional foods, you can largely bypass or reduce the toxicity and gut-health issues associated with the toxins and GMOs in foods sold in grocery stores and ubiquitous in our food distribution system.

    A 100% organic diet is recommend, entirely possible, and at the very least a worthy goal. It will pay dividends in terms of good health and how you feel.

    Others recommend to detoxify from glyphosate by consuming an organic diet.

    AVOID WHEAT, GLUTEN, AND SIMPLE CARBS

    Wheat stands out as a singular food to avoid. It been hybridized beyond all recognition with many genes being added because wheat genes are additive. The wheat protein gluten has been linked to many types of health problems.

    Gluten has long been a problem for gut health. Now with glyphosate being sprayed directly on wheat crops (as well as oats, sugar cane, and peanuts) as a desiccating agent, it seems that opening tight junctions in the gut and then having exposure to gluten is a prescription for disaster.

    glyphosate wheat leaky gut Glyphosate increasingly is sprayed on wheat (a non-GMO crop) for drying before harvest. How does poisoning wheat this way make sense?

    Some commentators (like Wheat Belly author William Davis, MD) show that gluten is linked with obesity, diabetes, celiac disease, and many others.

    Avoidance of wheat, gluten, and other simple carbohydrates is a good idea if you would maintain and retain good gut health.

    celiac glyphosate wheat leaky gut Celiac disease has significantly increased with the practice of spraying glyphosate on wheat.

    HEALTH EFFECTS LINKED TO GLYPHOSATE

    In the article "Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases," Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel state that there are many pathologies to which glyphosate may contribute:

    "The pathologies to which glyphosate could plausibly contribute, through its known biosemiotic effects, include inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations." (Entropy 201315(4), 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416)

    SUMMARY

    Industrial agriculture, including the practices associated with the cultivation of GMO crops, harms the soils and human health.

    Dangers to human health from industrial agriculture and GMOs includes harm to gastrointestinal health. This encompasses many conditions, including Leaky Gut Syndrome.

    Leaky gut does not always result from a single cause, but can involve multiple factors, including exposure to glyphosate (and its adjuvants), Bt toxins, depleted nutrient levels, wheat and wheat protein (gluten/gliadin) exposure, microbiome imbalances or disruption, antibiotic use or consuming foods containing antibiotics, other chemical exposures, and additional factors.

    Ways to avoid leaky gut: 1) Consume a 100% organic diet, 2) Avoid GMOs, 3) Avoid antibiotics, 4) Maintain a healthy microbiome, 5) Avoid wheat and simple carbohydrates (and simple sugars), 6) Improve nutrient levels through diet and dietary supplements, 7) Use specific supplements that help restore and maintain gut health 7) Detoxify on a regular basis using juices, herbs, and other practices.

    We will continue writing articles for blog series on the topic of gut health. In coming months, we will write about various means for improving gastrointestinal structure and function. These means include restoring tight junctions in the gut using Restore (lignite formula).

     

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

    Center For Food Safety (CFS)

    Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT)

    The Detox Project (Glyphosate Portal)

    ARTICLES & STUDIES

    "Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines"

    "Genetically Modified Organisms and the Deterioration of Health in the United States", N. L. Swanson, MIT

    "Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases"

    "Plants have a microbiome just like humans — and it could transform how our food is produced"

    Understanding Glyphosate Toxicity: Interview with Genetic Engineer Thierry Vrain (Mother Earth News)

    HPDI-RELATED ARTICLES

    Gut Health – Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

    Amending the HPDI Foundational Supplement Program

    Microbiome, Diet, and Prescript-Assist Probiotic and Prebiotic

    Kidney Cleansing with Juices & Herbs

    Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

    Rejuvenation Program: Part 2 (Detoxification)

    Death by One (Or Two) Thousand Cuts

    Dr. Mark Sircus's blog article at www.DrSircus.com:
    "Apples – Pectin – Intestinal Formula"

    BOOKS

    Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life by Dr. David Perlmutter

    Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain's Silent Killers by Dr. David Perlmutter

    Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by Dr. William Davis

    VIDEOS

    PRODUCTS

    INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

    PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ Probiotic Formula (soil-based organisms)

    RESTORE For Gut Health (lignite formula)

    PROLYT
    (proteolytic enzymes)

    DIGASE
    (full spectrum plant enzymes)

    Nascent Iodine

    Magnesium Oil, Flakes, Gel

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