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  • NUTRITIONAL APPROACHES SUPPORT THE BODY AGAINST VIRUSES

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD virus nutritional approaches

    Fred Liers PhD virus nutritional approaches

    "Flu season" is here. It's hard to escape it—as evidenced by sick friends and coworkers—and maybe yourself or family members. Not to mention exhortations to get flu shots in the media and elsewhere.

    Flu indeed dominates health news during the winter. This year it coincides with massive media coverage on the Ebola virus.

    Are flu shots worth taking to protect against viral illness? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits the flu shot may not be effective this year.

    In fact, the flu vaccine may offer offer little protection. There are simply too many influenza strains to cover. This year's vaccine was in production when CDC realized the vaccine does not include the most virulent strain of the season.

    What about protection against other viruses? There are thousands. Yet, there are many things you can do to ensure your body can defend itself.

    From a perspective of natural healing, the best—and perhaps only—thing to do to combat viruses is establish good health and strong immunity, and then maintain them.

    More specifically, natural nutritional approaches supporting the body against viruses include:

    1) Establish solid foundational nutrition and optimal nutrients intake though diet and nutritional supplements

    2) Build immunity by natural means, including specific immune-enhancing formulas.

    3) Take appropriate natural antimicrobial (e.g., antiviral) supplements, including certain herbs, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients.

    The list of approaches is not comprehensive. There exist other natural means supporting the body against viruses that are not specifically nutritional. For example, infrared saunas, hydrotherapy, and various forms of exercise support strong immunity and optimal health in the body. Many approaches are discussed in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program (see below) other than nutrition.

    The Rejuvenation Program addresses various health-building practices, including preventing toxicity and detoxification (including related products like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula and Hepa Plus) that can powerfully support good health. However, this article primarily focuses on nutritional approaches supporting the body defending itself against viruses.

    ESTABLISH POWERFUL NUTRITION SUPPORTING THE BODY AGAINST VIRUSES

    Establishing and maintaining good nutrition is perhaps the highest priority item when seeking to build optimal health. The kind of health necessary to keep the body and its immune system strong when exposed to viruses.

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    THE HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

    HPDI offers ideas and suggestions for establishing and maintaining good health and strong immunity that can help you fight viruses.

    Many of the ideas and programs are found in detail in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. (You will hear a lot about that in this article.)

    First and foremost, we believe health begins with diet and nutrition, including Foundational Supplements. This is the first part of the Rejuvenation Program.

    HEALTHY DIET: WHOLE FOODS & SUPERFOODS

    This article will not address diet in detail. However, the HPDI Rejuvenation Program generally emphasizes a balanced, varied diet, consisting of whole, high-density foods, including many vegetables and other plant foods. It favors organically grown and pesticide- and chemical-free foods. A certain level of raw foods is desirable.

    The Rejuvenation Program is not prescriptive about what any given individual should eat. Individuals have different dietary needs depending on many factors, including age, level of exercise, blood type, metabolic type, food sensitivities, etc.

    Certainly it is best to avoid consuming processed foods, refined foods, as well as high-sugar and other nutritionally depleted foods. In addition, the foods produced by industrial agriculture (i.e., foods containing synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified (GMO) foods are best avoided. In addition, ingredients like artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, as well as deleterious additives, fillers, excipients and other non-nutrients or anti-nutrients.

    Important dietary recommendations in the Rejuvenation Program include consuming fresh vegetable juices and smoothies, high-density foods (like chia seeds), and relatively high levels of dietary nucleic acids (like those found in Rejuvenate! superfoods).

    In summary, the HPDI Rejuvenation Program recommends:

    – A Balanced Diet

    – Organic and Wild-Crafted, Nutrient-Dense Whole Foods

    – Fresh Juices & Smoothies made with Organic Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

    – Dietary Nucleic Acids (RNA, DNA) from natural sources like chlorella

    – Superfoods, especially Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (high-RNA formulas)

    – Sufficient Dietary Fiber (also see Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula)

    – Alkaline-Forming Diet (high in plant-based foods)

    – Eating Right For Your Blood Type (O, A, B, or AB)

    – Appropriate routines for individuals, including exercise, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, as well as relaxation/meditation/biofeedback.

    IMPORTANCE OF FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    What distinguishes HPDI's Rejuvenation Program from other health and wellness programs,  supplement systems, diets, or detoxification protocols is its emphasis on a complete system of nutritional supplements and a comprehensive approach to supporting optimal health and well-being.

    MAJORITY OF PEOPLE NUTRITIONALLY DEFICIENT

    Many people take a daily multivitamin or essential fats, for example. Yet, the fact remains most people do not obtain all the nutrition they require either from foods or from supplements. One reason is that many people do not know which supplements or group of supplements they should take that constitutes a complete nutritional supplement program. Or they may not know the deficiencies from which they suffer.

    The majority of people are deficient in magnesium, iodine, vitamin D, Vitamin E, B vitamins, nucleic acids, and other critical nutrients. Only a minority of individuals realize they are deficient, and even fewer take advantage of the availability of supplements to correct deficiencies, including those related to diet and nutrition.

    HPDI system of Foundational Supplements rests on four pillars: 1) Multivitamins, 2) Antioxidant/Vitamin C formulas, 3) Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) formulas, and 4) Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (providing therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids, which Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserts are nutrients essential for health).

    HPDI offers multiple products in each category, all designed to provide high levels of essential nutrients. Among multivitamins, HPDI offers the Mighty Multi-Vite™ as a premier formula, but also offers products like Multi Two Tabs (which more economically provide similar levels of nutrients).

    Likewise, HPDI offers Ultimate Protector and PRO-C™ as our premium antioxidant & Vitamin C formulas. Yet, we also offer Buffered-C (tablets) and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) capsules that offer economy and potency.

    foundational supplements viruses HPDI Foundational Supplements are multivitamins, antioxidants/Vitamin C, essential fats, and Rejuvenate! superfoods.

    Dietary nucleic acids are considered by many to be essential nutrients for health. HPDI currently offers three versions: Rejuvenate! PLUS, Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). Rejuvenate! superfoods are discussed in greater detail in Part Three and Part Four of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. (Note: Rejuvenate! PRO and Rejuvenate! Strawberry–Peach Protein Plus are not currently available.)

    The Greens Continuum Rejuvenate superfoods chlorella RNA viruses Rejuvenate! superfoods vary in taste and ingredients, but all offer high levels of dietary nucleic acids.

    These four types of foundational supplements provide a base for good health by giving the body the nutrients both required for establishing basic health and for supporting optimal health beyond a good diet. That is, they help ensure complete nutrient intake regardless of the type of diet a person consumes.

    It is known that established government standards for nutrient intake are minimal at best (i.e., not optimal for human health). In addition, the principle of biochemical individuality shows that different persons require somewhat different levels of various nutrients. HPDI formulas are designed to offer maximal levels of essential nutrients safely and effectively. The intention behind the formulation of HPDI Foundational Supplements is supporting the optimal health of the invididual.

    When individuals consumes the four basic foundational supplements, they gain a greater chance of meeting their unique nutritional needs. They also thereby provide the nutrients their body requires not only to sustain itself and create health, but also to defend itself by supporting optimal cell defense and immunity.

    Learn more about the HPDI system of Foundational Supplements (http://www.integratedhealth.com/foundational-supplements/foundational-supplements.html).

    BUILD STRONG IMMUNITY (AGAINST VIRUSES)

    Building powerful immunity depends substantially on how well the body is nourished. That is, how completely the body receives the nutrition required to support its general good health and enable it to defend itself . But that is not all.

    When it comes to defending the body against viruses, two specific types of formulas can play important roles beyond diet and foundational supplements. These are 1) immunity building formulas that include specific substances/nutrients known to support a robust immune system and 2) Formulas that include nutrients/herbs/substances acting as antivirals and antimicrobials in the body.

    Many specific immune-building formulas/nutrients, as well as formulas acting as antivirals are included among HPDI's Enhancement Formulas. These formulas include Immune-Assist™ (medicinal mushrooms), olive leaf extract, Cordyceps, Vitamin D3 Plus, Nascent Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, silver (SilverBiotics Polyvalent silver), and magnesium formulas. Some of these formulas are described in detail in Part Five of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program, as well as below.

    Other immune-building foods/herbs and antiviral substances like echinacea and garlic are also part of the Rejuvenation Program. For example, echinacea is considered in Part Five, and garlic is discussed in Part Six as its own supporting protocol. Other supporting protocols include hydrotherapy and sauna therapy. Thus, most of HPDI's immune-building and antiviral type formulas fall into either the category of Enhancement Formulas or Supporting Protocols. In a few cases, certain supplement formulas or recommended foods/herbs both build immunity and act directly as antivirals (e.g., garlic).

    Note: there are other important nutrients like glutathione, quercetin, and certain liposomal forms of nutrients (e.g., vitamin C) that we won't go cover in this article, but that can be useful for immunity against viruses. While this article is not intended to be comprehensive, our goal nevertheless is to provide resources that can help anyone seeking optimal health.

    IMMUNE-BUILDING FORMULAS

    As mentioned, immune-building formulas in the HPDI system usually fall into the category of Enhancement Formulas. Enhancement Formulas are the "next-level" of defense built upon the Foundational Supplements.

    That is, after individuals have established high nutrient intake using foundational supplements, we typically recommend Enhancement Formulas next because of their unique capacities to support and build health.

    While not all Enhancement Formulas specifically build immunity, most of them support health in ways that strengthen immunity. (Note: Another category of HPDI supplements is Specific Condition Formulas designed to address a specific problem or issue.)

    While there are various immune-building formulas in the HPDI system, we focus on a select few in this article.

    SELECTED ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

    IMMUNE-ASSIST™

    Medicinal mushroom are proven immune boosters. When various species are combined in a single formula, the product provides the benefits of each type of mushroom. HPDI offers several medicinal mushroom formulas, including Immune-Assist™.

    Immune-Assist™ contains a combination of more than 200 different polysaccharides, derived from the enzymatic breakdown of complex organic plant material from six different species of medicinal mushrooms. These include Agaricus blazeiCordyceps sinensis hybrid, Lentinula edodes (shiitake), Grifola frondosa (maitake), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), and Coriolus versicolor. Immune-Assist™ contains 500 mg per vegetarian capsule and is made in America using only USDA-certified organic materials.

    Immune-Assist™ is similar to other mushroom-based polysaccharides in that it is formulated through an enzymatically activated process whereby complex cross-linked polysaccharides from vegetable sources are converted to biologically active immunomodulators composed of simpler sugars (such as arabinose and xylose). However, Immune-Assist™ offers significant advantages.

    medicinal-mushrooms viruses Immune-Assist includes Maitake, Cordyceps, Agaricus, Lenticula edodes, Coriolus versicolor, and Ganoderma lucidum.

    While Immune-Assist™ contains simple polysaccharides, it also contains more complex polysaccharides, including cross-linked beta mannans and beta-glucans, and hetero-polysaccharides which combine both alpha-bound and beta-bound monosaccharides in the same molecule. These complex polysaccharide compounds are not found in earlier-generation, bran-based supplements like AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound). This is the reason Immune-Assist™ shows such a greater range of immuno-modulation bioactivity than AHCC and other bran-based supplements.

    Immune-Assist™ contains not only arabinoxylane, but also lentinan, grifolan (Dr. Nanba’s original Maitake D-Fraction), PSK and PSP, and active hemicellulose correlated compound (AHCC). There is about three times more arabinoxylane per dose of Immune-Assist™ than there is in MGN3, and four times more AHCC than in the ImmPower brand of AHCC.

    Immune Assist viruses Immune-Assist™ Daily Formula

    Immune-Assist™ truly is a new and unique immune-boosting supplement. It has been tested in a number of different clinical trials. The results of one clinical trial indicate that mixed polysaccharides of medicinal mushrooms protect the hematopoietic (i.e., blood formation) function of bone marrow, induce the action of the digestive tract, boost the immunity of the cells, and increase the activity of the NK cells, LAK cells, and the ratio of Th to Ts cells.

    Learn more about Immune-Assist™ (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/immune-assist-daily-formula.html)

    Another useful mushroom that is contained in Immune-Assist™, but which is effective on its own or used in conjunction with other immune-supporting substances is Cordyceps sinensis. HPDI carries Pure Cordyceps Capsules that can be used to support powerful immunity and provide a wide range of other benefits.

    OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

    About a year ago, Fred wrote an extensive blog article title "Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder" in which he described many benefits of olive leaf extract (including its antiviral effects), as well as some of my personal experience with this formula. Check out that article for an extensive discussion of the benefits of olive leaf extract.

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    HPDI's Olive Leaf Extract formula contains 500 mg of the highest-quality patented olive leaf extract in a vegetarian capsule. This unique patented olive leaf extract is not inactivated by a blood protein due to its precise molecular rotation.

    Olive leaf extract has a long history of strengthing health when microorganisms may be present. In recent years, a drug company discovered that in vitro (test tube) an extract from olive leaf (calcium elenolate) was effective in helping to control a very broad range of organisms.

    The problem with using it in the body was that once in the blood, a protein combined with it and caused it to be inactivated. An American company in 1995 found that if the active molecule in olive leaf extract was rotated around a specific axis by a precise amount, the blood protein no longer inactivated it.

    Olive leaf extract products without this unique molecular rotation are minimally effective in the body because they are inactivated by a blood protein after a short period of time (approximately 15 minutes).

    Olive-leaf-extract viruses HPDI's Olive Leaf Extract provides molecular rotation for maximal effectiveness.

    Many people report higher energy levels when using olive leaf extract. It has been shown to be extremely safe and non-toxic (even in large doses). See Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker for further information on its effectiveness and full range of applications.

    Learn more about Olive Leaf Extract (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/olivex.html)

    Read Fred's blog article Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder (http://www.healthproductsdistributors.com/blog/olive-leaf-extract-antimicrobial/)

    VITAMIN D3 PLUS

    Every week it seems, new studies report more information on the importance of Vitamin D for health. Among its many benefits: immunity boosting effects. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the incidence of seasonal flu, for example. (See Vitamin D Abstracts in the resources section below.)

    But it does so much more. That's why we include it as an HPDI Enhancement Formula and have designed our own product that includes vitamins A and K2 (as MK-7) known to improve utilization of vitamin D in the body.

    Vitamin D3 Plus is an advanced Vitamin D formula providing high-dose Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the natural form of Vitamin D produced in the body from sunlight and is the form best used for therapeutic purposes.

    One softgel capsule of Vitamin D3 Plus provides 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 derived from highly purified and molecularly distilled fish liver oils. In addition, the product contains 1,000 IU of Vitamin A also derived from highly purified and molecularly distilled fish liver oils and 10 mcg of Vitamin K2 from menaquinone-7.

    Vitamin D3 Plus includes synergistic nutrients known to enhance absorption and use of Vitamin D3 in the body. These nutrients include Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) (10 mcg), which which works together with Vitamin D to help boost bone density, improve cardiovascular health, and boost immunity.

    Vitamin D3 Plus also provides 1,000 IU of Vitamin A, a nutrient known to work powerfully with Vitamin D to help create optimal health. As dosages of Vitamin D increase, ideally your dosage of Vitamin A also will increase, and vice versa. The formula also includes natural Vitamin E as an antioxidant.

    vitamin d3 plus doctor hank liers original viruses Vitamin D3 Plus includes vitamins A and K2 (as MK-7).

    Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin increasingly known as a nutrient essential for health and well-being. Recent studies show that almost all body systems benefit from adequate Vitamin D intake/production. Therefore, it is important that the body receive optimal amounts in order to build the best health.

    In fact, recent studies indicate that 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 is an ideal amount for daily intake. What is notable about this amount is that the body does not gain the full benefits from Vitamin D until it reaches this “threshold” level of 5,000 IU While the body stores Vitamin D, it must first be given an adequate supply.

    Vitamin D deficiency currently is a worldwide epidemic with more than one billion people at risk for diseases associated with low Vitamin D status. Vitamin D is proven safe and effective for a wide range of health conditions (see above and below). There are various reasons for this epidemic, including a significant portion of the world's population living in northerly latitudes (where sunlight is inadequate during many months of the year), sun avoidance, time spent indoors, etc.

    Vitamin D3 Plus provides only the Vitamin D3 form of Vitamin D. We avoid the use of Vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 has greater potential for toxicity, poorer absorption, and reduced effectiveness.

    Learn more about Vitamin D3 Plus (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/vitamin-d3.html)

    NASCENT IODINE

    Nascent Iodine is the ideal form of iodine, rapidly absorbed and used by the body when taken as a nutritional supplement. Iodine is associated with a wide range of benefits, not limited to supporting thyroid function and regulating metabolism, boosting energy levels (when iodine is deficient), supporting and maintaining detoxification systems and processes, supporting immune system function, fighting infections (natural antiseptic), and many other healthy benefits. Because of its antiseptic properties, it also can be used effectively to purify water for drinking. One drop provides 400 micrograms of Nascent Iodine in a base of certified Biodynamic® grape alcohol.

    Biochemically, Nascent Iodine  is consumable iodine in an atomic form rather than a molecular form. It is highly bioavailable as a pure atomic iodine supplement in an energized state. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whence it gradually loses energy over a 2–3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is used by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body. As noted, this particular form of iodine is unique and well known to offer beneficial effects unlike any other form of iodine.

    nascent iodine formula viruses Nascent Iodine supports immunity, thyroid health, and provides many other benefits.

    Partly due to the fact that iodine supports (and is required for) thyroid function, the uptake of adequate amounts of iodine helps the body produce substantial levels of energy for metabolic processes. It is notable that twenty-five percent of the iodide ions found in the human body are found in the thyroid gland.

    It is estimated that more than 90% of Americans suffer from a deficiency of iodine. There are many causes for widespread deficiency among the population. Some significant factors include diets lacking in ocean fish or sea vegetables (e.g., seaweeds), high intake of bromine (which is added to commercial breads and baked goods), and vegetarian or vegan diets (see more below), all of which may contribute to lower than optimal levels of iodine.

    Moreover, it is known that toxic halides, including chlorine, fluorine (e.g., fluoride in toothpaste), and bromine (e.g., in breads) compete for uptake with iodine in the body, thereby contributing to iodine deficiency.

    Iodine deficiency can lead to the development of many adverse health conditions (and a wide variety of symptoms) because the entire body (i.e., all organ systems) depends upon iodine for the critical roles it plays energy production, healthy metabolism, and overall support of health.

    The importance of iodine to the biological function of the body traditionally focused on the role of iodine in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones, and the regulation of metabolism.

    However, as the understanding of this nutrient progresses, we have come to understand that the roles of iodine in the body far surpass those roles it has been believed to fulfill. Iodine is not only necessary for overall health, but also is a crucial component of detoxification processes critical for sustaining life and health.

    Learn more about Nascent Iodine (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/nascent-iodine.html)

    POLYVALENT SILVER

    Colloidal silver is a proven antimicrobial. It is highly effective against a broad range of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. It can help you combat these microbes.

    HPDI offers a Silver Biotics® product made using a patented method to produce nano-silver particles suspended in a medium of highly purified water. The Silver Biotics® particles have been defined as a metallic nano-silver particle with a thin coating of polyvalent silver oxide.

    silver-biotics polyvalent silver viruses Polyvalent silver supports and maintains health naturally.

    The patented production method supercharges the silver particles using 10,000 volts AC, whereas other colloidal silver solutions are typically only charged with 100 volts DC. This supercharging results in 2 electrons being removed from the outer shell of the silver atom giving it a +2 ionic charge compared to a +1 ionic charge for other colloidal silvers.

    Because the ionic charge is one of the primary mechanisms by which silver particles work, the Silver Biotics® particles are significantly more effective than conventionally produced colloidal silver.

    The patented production method used in creating Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver produces a unique electron configuration that gives the silver particles the catalytic ability to recharge and regenerate themselves over and over again. This gives each silver particle in the Silver Biotics® solution the ability to be used multiple times as opposed to the one time use of the particles produced by most other colloidal silvers.

    Research also shows that conventionally produced colloidal silvers have a bioavailability of 15–65%, whereas the Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver has a bioavailability of over 99%. The ability of the Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver particles to be used multiple times along with the high bioavailability means that the Silver Biotics® is significantly more effective than other colloidal silver products even at the lower concentration of 10 ppm.

    The silver particle size range in Silver Biotics® is between 0.005 and 0.015 microns. The particles are suspended in a solution of double distilled water. Our manufacturer has chosen a safe FDA approved plastic container for the Silver Biotics®. Research studies have shown that glass containers cause the polyvalent silver particles to plate out or precipitate from solution and reduce the product's effectiveness by about 50%.

    Tests performed at multiple research laboratories have shown that Silver Biotics® is highly effective against a broad range of bacteria, fungi (including Candida albicans), and viruses. Because Silver Biotics® does not target specific mechanisms, receptor sites, or metabolic processes, it is unlikely that mutations of the microbes will produce resistant strains (as antibiotics often do)!

    In addition to its antimicrobial properties, Silver Biotics® has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, there is powerful evidence that Silver Biotics® improves the state of the body's immune system.

    Silver Biotics® can be applied topically or taken internally. Also, it can be used as a topical disinfectant. Studies have demonstrated that it is highly non-toxic, even at high levels of ingestion (5g/kg of body weight). Furthermore, research studies by major research groups have shown that Silver Biotics® solutions are not cyto-toxic and do not kill friendly probiotic bacteria.

    Learn more about Silver Biotics® Polyvalent Silver (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/silver-biotics-polyvalent-silver.html)

    MAGNESIUM, ESPECIALLY MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE (MgCl2)

    Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for health. It offers so many benefits that it would be difficult describe them briefly. However, suffice it to say that magnesium supports immunity, energy (ATP) production, vascular health, and total body wellness. Yet, nearly everyone (greater than 90% of Americans) is deficient.

    HPDI offers several types of magnesium supplements. We offer a full range of Ancient Minerals topical magnesium chloride products, including magnesium oil, as well as flakes and gel. We also offer Myo-Mag, a unique combination of magnesium, malic acid, and synergistic nutrients.

    Topically applied magnesium chloride formulas are among the most effective at rapidly elevating magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium provides significant health benefits to the body, including immune-boosting effects.

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    Magnesium is necessary for the production of energy (ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate) in the body. When the body receives adequate amounts of magnesium, it can produce the levels of energy required to sustain the body and enable it to thrive. It is precisely because energy (as ATP) is required for the health of human organism that the critical role magnesium plays in energy production is gaining increased recognition by individuals interested in nutrition and natural health. All organ systems depend on energy. A mineral nutrient (i.e., magnesium) that can increase cellular energy thereby has the capacity to improve the health of the entire human body (i.e., all organ systems) via providing the energy for sustaining them all.

    Magnesium is critical for cell metabolism. It helps to transport other minerals across cell membranes and affects cell mechanisms controlling muscle and nerve cell activity.

    Magnesium specifically 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. As noted, magnesium is important in energy metabolism and the synthesis of proteins. The majority of magnesium within the nucleus of cells is closely connected with nucleic acids and mononucleotides. In fact, magnesium helps to maintain the structural integrity of DNA.

    Unlike any other form of magnesium, magnesium chloride is a known infection fighter. As early as 1915, the French surgeon, professor of clinical surgery, and French Academy of Sciences member Dr. Pierre Delbet (1861–1957) used magnesium chloride solution to cleanse wounds in soldiers injured during the First World War. He had searched for an antiseptic that could disinfect wounds, but would not damage tissue (and thereby encourage mortification) as did other antiseptics then available. He reported that magnesium chloride was superior to traditional antiseptics not only in its effectiveness in treating wounds, but also because it did not harm body tissues.

    Dr. Delbet discovered that magnesium chloride solution increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis (i.e., the destruction of pathogenic microbes) when applied externally (i.e., used transdermally). He performed numerousin vitro and in vivo studies using magnesium chloride solution. These experiments led to his discovery that magnesium chloride was a potent immune stimulant whether applied externally (i.e., transdermal application), injected intravenously, or taken by mouth (i.e., consumed orally). He termed this immunity boosting effect “cytophilaxis” (a cytophylactic is a substance that protects cells and encourages their healthy growth). In this regard, he observed increased phagocytosis (the engulfing of pathogens by white blood cells) by up to 300 percent. That is, white blood cells were three times more effective at destroying microbes than before administration of magnesium chloride.

    The pioneering efforts of Dr. Delbet were followed in the 1940s by fellow French physician Dr. A. Neveu. Dr. Neveu confirmed the immuno-stimulant effects of magnesium chloride, and he successfully tested magnesium therapy for wide range of conditions. These conditions included colds and flu, throat infections of the tonsils and pharnyx, lung and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal inflammation (stomach flu), skin infections, septic wounds, and many common childhood conditions. More recently, other physicians such as Dr. Raul Vergini in Italy have confirmed the results reported earlier by Dr. Delbet and Dr. Neveu. Dr. Vergini reports excellent results using small quantities of orally administered magnesium chloride solution (2.5 percent magnesium chloride) both for proven applications developed by Dr. Delbert and Dr. Neveu, and for a broad range of other health conditions.

    magnesium oil 64 ounces viruses Magnesium oil provides an ideal means to increase magnesium levels in the body.

    Additional benefits of magnesium oil include greater energy, more relaxed muscles (and stronger connective tissues), better sleep, improved mental function, headaches reduced (or eliminated), arterial health, better reproductive function, and better hormonal balance for men and women (and reduced PMS). In addition, magnesium maintains the flexibility of cell membranes for improved intercellular communication, greater uptake of bioactive substances (e.g., micronutrients, neurotransmitters, and hormones), and detoxification of toxins and metabolic waste products. Magnesium oil also acts as an effective full body tonic. Dr. Sircus asserts that transdermal magnesium therapy is among the very best ways to improve human health.

    Learn more about topically applied Ancient Minerals magnesium chloride (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/magnesium-oil.html)

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    Myo-Mag synergistic magnesium and malic acid formula.

    Other useful minerals for supporting immunity include selenium and zinc. HPDI offers Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) and Double Zinc Plus to cover your needs for these important minerals.

    VITAMIN C

    Vitamin C is a Foundational Supplement in the HPDI supplement system. That is, we consider it more fundamental than an Enhancement Formula, and so ideally everyone takes Vitamin C daily as part of a set of foundational supplements. I'm discussing it here because it plays a significant roles as immune-booster, and because the body may benefit from additional amounts of Vitamin C as a means of supporting health when fighting viral infection.

    If you're not already taking Vitamin C as part of your daily basic (i.e., foundational) supplements, then be sure either to add it to your supplement regimen or at least increase your intake during times you're likely to be exposed to viruses.

    Never forget the power of Vitamin C to benefit health, including support for strong immunity. Nobel prizewinner Dr. Linus Pauling documented the manifold benefits of this essential nutrient. If you read his research (in his books like How to Live Longer and Feel Better), you will see there is good reason why Vitamin C is classified a "vitamin" because without it we cannot survive.

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    Dr. Pauling extolled the efficacy of Vitamin C in his many books, including How to Live Longer and Feel Better. We highly recommend this highly accessible work (even it that's the only one you read) as he wrote it for a general audience. Or peruse his landmark Vitamin C and the Common Cold for additional perspective.

    We include Vitamin C in our HPDI Foundational Supplement system precisely because of its critical role for basic health, healing, and wellness. HPDI offers a range of Vitamin C products.

    These formulas include our premier PRO-C™ super antioxidant formula and Ultimate Protector Nrf2 antioxidant formula. We also offer Buffered C tablets and powder, as well as ascorbic acid capsules.

    ultimate-protector-sm viruses Ultimate Protector Nrf2 activator formula provides vitamin C, antioxidants, and Nrf2 activators.

    SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS

    The HPDI Rejuvenation Program includes various other means for supporting the body, including the immune system, against viruses and for good health generally.

    As noted, one of the Supporting Protocols is the Garlic Program. Yet, other subprograms discussed include hydrotherapy and saunas, massage, acupuncture, and yoga.

    We include these because building strong immunity almost always involves more than just diet, nutritional supplements, and a positive outlook. Incorporating various forms of exercise, relaxation, mindfulness and meditation, and traditional healing arts are proven means to support good health. And help to support immunity in ways that can help fight the viruses and other microbes that take advantage of weak immunity and undermine our health.

    CONCLUSION

    There are many things individuals can do to support powerful immunity that can help protect the body against viruses. In fact, there are many additional nutrients we haven't discussed here. Suffice it to say that there are many natural nutrients, herbs, and other substances that can effectively support immunity and wellness in the face of exposure to viruses.

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

    FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    HPDI Foundational Supplements

    Why You Need Foundational Supplements

    Ultimate Protector and the Role of Foundational Supplements for Health

    Foundational Supplements: Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

    Vitamin C — An Amazing Nutrient by Dr. Hank Liers

    Questions & Answers about Ultimate Protector

    Review of Scientific Research on Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC)

    HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

    HPDI Rejuvenation Program

    RELATED HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

    HPDI Radiation Protocol

    Why Nutritional Supplements are Vital for Optimal Health by Hank Liers, PhD

    Dietary Nucleic Acids – Dr. Benjamin S. Frank, Part 1 by Fred Liers, PhD

    Dietary Nucleic Acids – Dr. Benjamin S. Frank, Part 2 by Fred Liers, PhD

    Immune Strengthening using Medicinal Mushrooms by Hank Liers, PhD

    Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder by Fred Liers, PhD

    Vitamin D3 — Superstar by Hank Liers, PhD

    A Vitamin Medicine Timeline by Fred Liers, PhD

    Vitamin D for Health (Review) by Fred Liers, PhD

    Vitamin D Abstracts

    BOOKS & READING

    How to Live Longer and Feel Better by Dr. Linus Pauling

    See HPDI's List of Recommended Reading

  • IN THE KITCHEN WITH DR. HANK LIERS

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD in the kitchen hpdiI love spending time in the kitchen coming up with new recipes that optimize nutrition and taste good. One of my favorite ways of getting excellent nutrition into myself and my family is through the preparation of exotic egg dishes. Although I enjoy eggs by themselves, I much prefer to prepare combinations of eggs with vegetables.

    Whenever possible I use vegetables grown in my garden with the use of rock dust, worm castings, compost, and special fertilizers. Please see my blog post entitled "Gardening for Super Health" to learn more about my gardening methods!

    Recently I prepared an exotic egg dish and shared it with Bob, our webmaster. Bob also loves to prepare and consume high-quality foods and commented that he would surely go to any restaurant that would prepare a dish such as this. He suggested that our blog readers would enjoy it as well. So here it is!!

    HANK'S EXOTIC EGG DISH

    INGREDIENTS

    1) Organic greens from the garden including red kale, lacinato kale, cabbage leaves, broccoli leaves, beet greens, and parsley.

    2) Onion (organic)

    3) Yellow zucchini (organic)

    4) Tomato (organic)

    5) egg plant (organic)

    6) Green peppers (organic)

    Hank's Ingredients kitchen organic vegetables Delicious, fresh organic ingredients in the kitchen from the chef's own garden!

    7) Spinach (organic)

    8) 7 organically grown eggs (from local farmer ideally)

    9) 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil

    10) 1 tablespoon of organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

    11) Spices including garlic, black pepper, turmeric powder, and sea salt

    12) Optional – turkey bacon, shiitake mushrooms, butter.

    HOW TO PROCESS IN THE KITCHEN

    1) Begin by cutting items 1–6 into bite size pieces

    2) Put coconut oil into a 10–12" skillet (I prefer salad master cookware) and heat with low-medium setting.

    3) Add the cut vegetables and cook until partially done (not too much!) and add the spices in amounts that please your taste buds.

    Hank's Ingredients all cut up kitchen Ahh! The smell of all of this organic goodness cooking might attract the neighbors!

    4) Then add a good amount of spinach on top (I use 1/2 bag of Trader Joe's spinach) (about 3 ounces).

    5) Now crack open the eggs and add them on top of the spinach. Put the skillet top on and increase the heat just a bit.

    6) When the egg albumin begins to turn white, use a spatchler to break up all of the egg yolks and thoroughly mix them into the vegetables.

    7) Put the cover back on and continue to cook – mixing occasionally until the consistency is firm, but not overdone.

    8) Remove from heat and sprinkle the olive oil on top and gently blend into the dish.

    SERVE AND EAT!!!

    Hank's Delicious Egg-Citement! kitchen Serve and enjoy! Be sure to invite your webmaster if you have one!

    REJUVENATE RECIPES

    As you might guess, I am a big consumer of our Rejuvenate! products and equally creative in the kitchen when looking for new ways to enjoy them.  Here are a few of my recent concoctions using Rejuvenate! superfoods.

    1) PEACHES WITH REJUVENATE! BERRIES & HERBS AND KNUDSEN 'Just Aronia' and 'Just Concord Grape' Juices

    I recently picked several hundred organic peaches from my super productive peach tree. I took a few peaches (2–4) and sliced them into a bowl. I then sprinkled 2 scoops of Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs on top of the peaches. I added about an ounce or two of Knudsen's 'Just Aronia' and 'Just Concord' juices and mixed everything with a spoon. You could use any of the other Knudsen Just Fruit juices (cranberry, pomegranate, blueberry, tart cherry, etc.) Then I enjoyed this tasty, highly nutritious treat!! :=))

    2) REJUVENATE! BLEND WITH MIXED JUICES

    This week I put about 1 oz each of 'Just Aronia' and 'Just Concord' grape juice in a quart jar along with 1 oz of Santa Cruz Organic Lemon juice. To this I added 2 scoops of Original Rejuvenate!, 2 scoops of Rejuvenate Plus, and 1 scoop of Berries and Herbs. I added enough water from my water ionizer to fill the jar, put on the cap and shook vigorously. This was a good portion of my food intake for the afternoon and evening.

    3) REJUVENATE! DRINK FOR MY GRANDSON

    In a one-half-quart jar, I add 2 oz of organic unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of Rejuvenate Plus, 1 scoop of Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, the contents of a PRO-C capsule, the contents of a Multi Two (multivitamin) capsule, a little chipped ice, and enough ionized water to fill the jar. I cap the jar and shake it vigorously. My 6-year-old grandson Olin happily drinks this super-nutritious concoction with a straw! He drinks about three of these drinks daily – lucky guy!!!

    Olin kitchen drinks rejuvenate My grandson Olin raises his glass to cold Rejuvenate! drinks in summer.

     

     

     

  • KIDNEY CLEANSING WITH JUICES & HERBS

    Fred Liers PhD kidney cleansing rejuvenation program hpdiKidney cleansing is an important part of maintaining health. It is not difficult to cleanse your kidneys periodically. This supports good kidney health and overall health. It also can prevent bigger problems related to the kidneys from developing into health-threatening issues. Healthy kidneys are essential for vibrant living. Kidneys serve many functions,  including filtering blood. They are organs of elimination and detoxification. As such, taking care of them via kidney cleansing is not unlike changing the oil in your vehicle. Regular maintenance is far easier than the dealing with the consequences of doing nothing to support kidney health.

    Kidney cleansing is part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. It falls under the category of detoxification, like liver cleansing. I’ve written about liver cleansing in previous articles, e.g., see Liver Cleanse with Juice & Herbs. In fact, kidney cleansing shares much in common with liver cleansing. Yet, the differences are significant.

     KIDNEY CLEANSING BASICS

    There are various types of kidney cleanses available. At its simplest, kidney cleansing revolves around consuming lemon or lime juice in water. I've written at length on that topic in articles like Rejuvenate! Lemonade  – Delicious & Satisfying and The Summer Lemonade Diet. Drinking lots of freshly made organic lemonade or limeade (with or without superfoods like Rejuvenate! or chlorella) goes far in supporting and maintaining healthy kidneys. But kidney cleansing goes well beyond consuming lemonade.

    A complete kidney cleanse usually involves specific herbal kidney teas and tinctures in addition to a citrus drink (i.e., lemonade). Also, there exist more potent protocols for naturally cleansing kidneys when dealing with issues such as kidney stones or other problems specific to kidneys. I'll address a few of those, too.

    How often? I typically perform three to five days of kidney cleansing every four months. That is, about once per season. And that's almost always in addition to my "normal" consumption of fresh, organic lemonade for health.

    Here is a basic lemonade recipe for a kidney-bladder flush:

    1. KIDNEY CLEANSING LEMONADE

    INGREDIENTS: JUICE OF ONE MEDIUM LEMON AND ONE MEDIUM LIME (OR TWO OF EITHER ONE), 16–32 OUNCES PURE WATER, CAYENNE PEPPER (PINCH), MAPLE SYRUP (OPTIONAL)

    Mix these ingredients in a one-quart mason jar or pitcher. Consume the entire drink within a few minutes. Then about fifteen to twenty minutes later, drink two cups of kidney-bladder tea along with one-dropperful of kidney tincture per cup of tea.

    You can obtain commercial kidney teas at natural foods stores. One good commercial kidney tea is Yogi Tea's Peach-Detox Tea. Perhaps my favorite prepared loose tea for kidney cleansing is Dr. Richard Schulze's K-B Tea (available from American Botanical Pharmacy: www.herbdoc.com). You can also make your own kidney tea with loose herbs you obtain yourself from natural foods stores or herb suppliers like Pacific Botanicals (see resources section below). If you decide to make your own kidney tea, here is a basic recipe:

    2. KIDNEY CLEANSING TEA RECIPE

    A) UVA URSI AND JUNIPER BERRY (MIX EQUALLY; THIS WILL BE 50% OF YOUR TEA)

    B) THE OTHER 50% CONSISTS OF EQUAL PARTS: CORNSILK, PARSLEY ROOT, DANDELION, HORSETAIL, GOLDENROD, HYDRANGEA ROOT, GRAVEL ROOT, MARSHMALLOW

    Use one rounded tablespoon (or more) of kidney cleansing tea per sixteen ounces of boiling water for this tea. Pour water over tea and let steep. You can also add fresh carrot tops or watermelon seed and rind at the time you make the tea. Drink two cups of this tea about fifteen minutes after you drink the lemonade drink. Ideally, you will also drink one or two cups of this tea in the early afternoon and early evening. If you require greater stone-dissolving power, you can increase the hydrangea and/or gravel root to as much as 25% of the second part of the tea mixture. Or you can try the four-day stone dissolving program (outlined below).

    It's fine to make one or two servings of kidney cleansing tea at a time. But I typically prefer to make larger amounts and simply re-heat it during the day. For example, I usually place six tablespoons of kidney tea into 60 ounces of water in a steel or glass pot (yielding six cups for the day). I usually do this the night before I plan to make the tea allowing the tea sit in the water overnight.

    Then in the morning while I make my lemonade drink, I bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for a minute before turning off the heat. 15–20 minutes after consuming the lemonade drink, the kidney cleansing tea has cooled a bit (but remains warm). I drink two cups (16 ounces) of tea at a time. I strain the herbs when making the tea and then add them back into the pot.

    At the end of the each day, I add more fresh dried kidney tea and fresh water into the pot (usually six more tablespoons of tea and 60 ounces of water (i.e., one tablespoon of kidney tea per 20 ounces of water) and repeat this process the next day. After three days, I discard all the "used" kidney tea herbs, rinse the pot, and re-start the process with fresh dried kidney tea.

    While the combination of lemonade drink and kidney tea is powerful by itself, greater effects are obtained when a kidney tincture is used with the tea either placed directly into it, or consumed separately. I consume approximately one dropperful of tincture per cup of kidney cleansing tea. Kidney tinctures can be found commercially, including the one I like best, Dr. Schulze's organic K-B tincture.

    Here is a basic recipe for a kidney tincture if you decide to make one yourself using organic or wildcrafted herbs from a supplier like Pacific Botanicals:

    3. KIDNEY TINCTURE/TONIC RECIPE

    A) 50% OF AN EQUAL MIXTURE JUNIPER BERRIES AND UVA URSI LEAF.

    B) EQUAL MIXTURE OF CORNSILK, HORSETAIL HERB, AND BURDOCK HERB. (GOLDENROD FLOWER TOPS AND PIPSISSEWA LEAF OPTIONAL)

    Place all herbs in a blender with vodka. Blend thoroughly. Place blended mixture into a mason jar. Label it clearly and include the date made. Let sit for at least two weeks, but preferably one month or longer. Then pour into a large bowl using a T-shirt (or cheesecloth) as a filter. Pour the filtered liquid back into the mason jar. Discard the solids. Ideally you would create the tonic on the new moon and strain on a full moon. As noted, use one dropper (35 drops) of kidney tincture per cup of kidney tea. Because ideally you will drink 4–6 cups of kidney tea daily, you will use 4–6 droppers total (one per cup) of kidney tincture.

    START KIDNEY CLEANSING

    A basic kidney cleansing program (i.e., kidney cleanse) can be as little as five days long. As I mentioned, it can be as simple as drinking a few glasses of freshly made lemonade and a two or three cups of kidney tea daily. However, I find that reserving at least five days for a dedicated kidney cleanse works best. That doesn't mean you can't do a Master Cleanse type lemonade diet for a few days or weeks. It just means dedicated kidney cleansing provides complete support for optimal kidney function.

    WHAT TO EXPECT DURING KIDNEY CLEANSING

    Periodic kidney cleansing with vegetable juice and kidney herbs not only cleanses and detoxifies the kidneys, but also the entire body. For example, a kidney cleanses benefits the entire urinary (renal) system, including the bladder and ureters. It will dissolve mineral buildup and is known to dissolve kidney stones of various sizes. The kidneys main job is to filter and cleanse blood. What this means is that kidney cleansing will help your kidneys do their job of filtering blood. This ultimately improves the health of your blood cells, and thereby the health of your entire body.

    Kidney cleansing provides many of benefits, including providing a significant amount of hydration to the entire body. This high level of hydration will help support proper fluid and electrolyte balance in your body. One of the most important aspects of proper kidney cleansing with lemonade, herbs, and vegetable juices is that it gives the digestive system a break, and allows for simultaneous rejuvenation of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. A program for kidney cleansing can include a subprogram for bowel detoxification, which is considered by many to be a foundational aspect of detoxification. I will provide a complete kidney cleansing program (below) that includes bowel cleansing herbal formulas and routines.

    There are additional benefits. Kidney cleansing is a great place to start your efforts toward overall body detoxification (i.e., detoxifications programs) because the skills learned and developed in implementing it are also applicable to liver cleansing (the subject of previous blog articles) and other modes of detoxification.

    KIDNEY CLEANSING IS FUN

    Another fact to consider. Kidney cleansing is fun!! Okay, it's serious business when it comes to kidney health. It can transform you health and your life. But fundamentally, you will eventually find yourself in a state of bliss during your cleanse. I always do!! This kidney-cleansing–induced state of bliss not only relates to doing something supremely good for yourself, but more practically, it so amazingly improves your nutritional status, your alkalinity (pH), the health and vibrancy of your kidneys, your brain function, and so much more...that you simply bliss out. That's a fact for the vast majority of people.

    EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR KIDNEY CLEANSING

    There isn’t much equipment you will need, but these items are useful:

    • Citrus Juicer (manual) (steel, glass, or ceramic) for juicing lemons and/or limes.

    • Citrus Press (e.g., Orange-X) (optional) for faster juicing of lemons and limes, especially for larger amounts.

    • Juicer (e.g., centrifugal, twin gear, masticator, single augur, etc.) for vegetable juices.

    • Blender or Vitamix (optional) for blender drinks.

    • Pot (steel or glass) for boiling hot water for herbal kidney tea.

    START YOUR DAY WITH LEMONADE

    A kidney cleanse involves consuming the kidney cleansing lemonade drink (see recipe above) in the morning. The lemonade is followed 15–20 minutes later by a hot (or warm) herbal tea containing kidney herbs plus an herbal kidney tincture formula (see recipe above). In addition to the kidney tincture, other useful tinctures include echincea tincture or detoxification herb tincture (see resource section below). You will again consume the tea and kidney tincture several times during the day. That is, drink two cups (16 ounces) of kidney tea 15–20 minutes after the kidney drink, and then drink an additional 1–2 cups twice during the day. Make sure to take a dropperful of kidney tincture per cup either in the tea itself or separately, if you prefer.

    Fresh vegetable juices and superfoods are consumed after the lemonade kidney drink, kidney tea, and kidney tinctures. Drink at least 64 ounces (two quarts) of fresh vegetable juice daily in divided doses mixed with superfoods. Consume up to 128 ounces (one gallon) of fresh juice daily.

    You can do a kidney cleansing program for as little as three days or for as long as three months (or longer) depending on individual needs. At longer durations, one week of kidney cleansing can be alternated with one week of liver cleansing or bowel cleansing.

    After a long period of kidney cleansing (e.g., two or three weeks) it may be desirable to take at least a short break from herbs and tinctures. Continue with fresh vegetable juices and superfoods, and any additional protocols you may decide to follow.

    You can initially aim for five to seven days of kidney cleansing. This can include one day of raw foods at the start and another day of raw foods at the end. Thus, a five day kidney cleanse might start with a day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures) followed by three days of only juices, teas, and tinctures, and then finish with another day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures). This schedule can work for individuals on the job, because it can start on a Thursday and end the following Monday.

    NOW START JUICING

    After consuming the morning lemonade drink, herbal tea, and tinctures, wait at least 15 minutes before consuming juice and superfoods. As noted, you can drink up to four quarts (one gallon) of juice daily (and two quarts minimum), so don’t hesitate to get started consuming fresh juice. Drink juice as often you like and whenever you feel hungry. Spacing your juice intake during the day may work best to keep up your energy. You may experience lulls in your energy levels. This is normal during kidney cleansing. Fortunately, more caloric energy is available in the form of fresh juice, so drink up!

    Many people enjoy their superfoods added directly into their juice. Others prefer to drink superfoods separately in water. Because you will be consuming plenty of fresh juice and pure water, experiment to see what you like best. Superfoods can be very energizing, which also means they work well with vegetable juice to provide energy. You may wish to take most of your superfoods earlier in the day (e.g., between 9 am and 1 pm) in order to avoid over-energizing yourself as the day winds down.

    WE RECOMMEND REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

    We recommend taking Rejuvenate! superfoods during kidney cleansing. I primarily use original Rejuvenate! because it provides the most chlorella, which is highly cleansing and detoxifying for the entire body. All Rejuvenate! superfoods taste good (yet everyone has their favorite). I prefer Rejuvenate! (original greens) for purposes of cleansing and detoxification, but all of them provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids. Few people get adequate levels of nucleic acids in their diet.

    Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserted that nucleic acids are essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. I personally feel the difference when I consumer sufficient dietary nucleic acids (about 300 mg daily minimum for me). That’s about the amount of nucleic acids provided by one scoop of Rejuvenate! (any version since they all provide about the same amount per serving). 300 mg (the amount of nucleic acids provided in one scoop of Rejuvenate! original) makes a noticeable difference in my energy level, feelings of well being, and improved appearance.

    I recommend taking three to six scoops (or more) daily because the benefit continue to accrue at higher levels. 1,500 mg (the amount of nucleic acids in five scoops of original Rejuvenate!) seems to be an optimal amount to take per day. More than that amount doesn’t appear to give me any additional benefits, but I definitely notice a corresponding decrease in benefits when I consume smaller daily servings.

    rejuvenate original kidney cleansing Rejuvenate!™ original greens provides 42 servings per container

    FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS & ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

    I always recommend taking four foundational supplements daily. The four supplements are a high-potency multivitamin (like Mighty Multi-Vite!™), essential fats, antioxidant / vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), and a Rejuvenate! superfood. I have discussed the importance of foundational supplements in other articles, including Rejuvenation Program: Part Four.

    During kidney cleansing, simply continue taking your supplements with juice. HPDI also recommends seven enhancement supplements important for building and maintaining optimal health. Enhancement supplements include: CoQ10 (ubiquinone) or ubiquinolMyo-Mag (magnesium & malic acid), Hepa Plus (liver support formula), Nascent Iodine, echinacea, and Immune-Assist. HPDI offers all of these formulas. Your use of enhancement supplements will depend upon your individual needs, but most individuals will gain significant benefits from taking them. To learn more, see Rejuvenation Program: Part Five.

    ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT PRACTICES

    Other important practices you may wish to include during the remainder of the day after a morning kidney lemonade drink and kidney herbal tea include: 1) bowel cleansing herbs (no need to take a break from these herbs); 2) liquids (other than kidney tea), including herbal teas and pure water (try to drink at least a few quarts in addition to vegetable juices during the day), 3) exercise (preferably one hour) (at the intensity of your choice, but walking and yoga are good, especially for moving lymph fluid), 4) meditation, affirmations, prayer/mantras, deep breathing exercises, journaling, etc. to relax and center the mind.

    If there is a particularly affected area of the body that you wish to heal, you may include hydrotherapy (e.g., hot and cold showers), sauna therapy, castor oil packs, or poultices (e.g., a drawing poultice). I have detailed some of these important practices in my articles on the Rejuvenation Program, including supporting protocols for rejuvenation. I won't go into much detail here, but you can refer back to my series of ten blog articles on the Rejuvenation Program, and to the Rejuvenation Program page itself, which is on our main website.

    If there are any practices or protocols that are important to you, then definitely consider adding them into your kidney cleansing routine. I make many suggestions, but you may know (or learn) what works best for you in terms of practices that will make your kidney cleansing experience better. Please include them!!

    I won't go into much detail at this point regarding many important practices that can support successful kidney cleansing. But I will address the beneficial role of parsley, garlic, and watermelon, as well as the topic of bowel cleansing. I have discussed bowel cleansing in previous posts (see Rejuvenation Program: Part Two), but I feel it is particularly valuable during kidney cleansing.

    SPECIAL ROUTINES FOR KIDNEY CLEANSING

    Beyond the basic kidney cleansing regimen I discuss above, there are several other routines that can boost kidney health. You can find ways to incorporate these routines or practices into the lemonade-based kidney cleanse, but they also work very well on their own. And for individuals who require kidney cleansing beyond the basic lemonade- and kidney herb-based routine, these special routines may be the very ones that make the difference in terms of kidney health.

    PARSLEY JUICE

    Consuming fresh parsley and drinking parsley tea are great for kidney cleansing. The most therapeutic form of parsley for kidney health is fresh parsley juice. Run it through your juicer. The best juicers for leafy green vegetables are twin gear (like Green Star), masticator (Champion), and single augur (Hurom). Common centrifugal juicers won't juice parsley quite as well, but if that's all you have then by all means use it.

    Tip: If you're using a centrifugal juicer for greens, then consider running the fresh pulp through the juicer a second time. This will help maximize the amount of green juice you obtain.

    Garlic is another great herb not just for kidneys, but for the entire urinary tract and indeed the whole body. One neat thing I discovered is that if you juice fresh garlic with fresh parsley, then the parsley removes nearly all the garlic smell and taste. I have juiced a huge, spreading parsley plant from the garden along with an entire bulb of garlic. And you'd never know there was any garlic in the juice. Just use good judgement. If you're just juicing a handful of parsley, then maybe just juice a a clove or two of garlic. Another tip. Put the garlic through the juicer first, and then add the parsley. That way the parsley deodorizes the garlic.

    WATERMELON

    Consuming watermelon is healthy for kidneys and urinary tract. If you eat one or two medium- to large-sized watermelons in a day, then you will definitely benefit from it. But like all the other foods I've talked about, juicing watermelon is really the most therapeutic. This is largely because it is the watermelon rind that provides significant benefits. It is much easier to juice the rind (since most people won't eat it) right along with the red, meaty parts and the juice still tastes good. The rind also contains bioavailable minerals (like natural sodium) that are beneficial to kidneys.

    Also note that watermelon seeds are beneficial for kidneys, so try to eat and juice varieties that are not seedless. Seedless varieties undoubtedly offer benefits, but watermelon seeds–like the rinds–provide uniquely therapeutic substances.

    ADDENDUM

    FOUR-DAY PROGRAM FOR ELIMINATING KIDNEY STONES

    Okay, I'm including a special program for individuals who are already dealing with kidney stones. There are times when the basic lemonade-based regimen is not the most effective place to start kidney cleansing. As I mentioned, kidney cleansing should be simple and easily done routinely (i.e., once every three or four months). But kidney cleansing can't be routine if you have large numbers of stones. That is, a lemonade-based kidney cleanse has adequate power to dissolve small stones while cleansing kidneys and the entire urinary tract. When there are a significant number of stones already present in the kidneys, it is best to first use an herbal formula specifically for removing stones. Here is a formula for dissolving kidney stones and a four-day program for eliminating them.

    4. HERBAL FORMULA FOR DISSOLVING KIDNEY STONES

    2 Ounces Hydrangea Root

    2 Ounces Gravel Root

    1 Ounce Marshmallow Root

    DIRECTIONS

    Preferably use all organic ingredients. Take a total of five ounces of these combined roots, either cut or powdered. Take two quarts of freshly squeezed apple juice. Place half the herbs (2.5 ounces) into each quart of fresh apple juice. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain the herbs from one quart of it. Drink the entire quart during the first day consuming about 2.5 ounces each hour. Also make sure to drink an additional two quarts (32 ounces) of water the first day. Let the other quart sit in a cool, dark place and shake it a few times daily. The next morning, strain it. Then drink this (second) quart at one ounce per hour (during the hours that you're awake) for two days. On the days you should also consume two quarts of water and two quarts of fresh vegetable juice. On the fourth day, you should aim for a juice fast totaling 64 ounces of purified water and 64 ounces of fresh vegetable juices.

    During the entire four-day period, you should consume only pure water and freshly made juices (including the strained apple juice with herbs). The idea is to gradually increase fluid intake daily. Thus, note that the first day you drink up to one additional quart of fluids, then two additional quarts on days two and three, and finally up to four quarts on the fourth day. Fasting the entire four days consuming only the fresh juices and purified water produces best results.

    If you opt not to fast, then the diet should be totally raw and vegan (100% plant based) consuming only fruits, fruit juices, vegetables, and vegetable juices. Good juices include orange, cranberry, watermelon, and vegetable juice combinations such as carrot, parsley, garlic, and ginger. Also good are purified water with lemon and/or lime juice and and kidney and bladder tea (see above) at the rate of two to six cups daily.

    Most people won't need this four-day program for dissolving stones. That is, the basic kidney-cleansing lemonade program is quite effective on its own. But I feel obligated to include it for individuals who will benefit from it. For these persons (and maybe you're one of them) dissolving stones is an important first step in the process of kidney cleansing. Once the stones are dissolved, then you can use the lemonade-based kidney cleansing regimen at any time.

    I promised (above) to include a complete discussion about bowel cleansing, which is important for detoxification under any circumstances. Bowel cleansing can be performed during kidney cleansing, liver cleansing, or separately all by itself.

    BOWEL CLEANSING

    A BOWEL CLEANSE IS IDEAL WHILE KIDNEY CLEANSING

    Many natural care practitioners say that all cleansing begins with bowel cleansing. I believe they say this partly because their experience shows that just doing a complete bowel cleanse can significantly improve their patients' health and "cure" many maladies. Certainly, cleansing the bowel before kidney cleansing is a good idea, and will help prepare the body for it. Bowel cleansing itself no doubt is powerful. But when combined with kidney cleansing, bowel cleansing can facilitate the cleansing process, and support processes of detoxification, rejuvenation, and creation of optimal health. So, it is always a good idea to spend at least some time during kidney cleansing to perform a bowel cleanse. It can easily be done simultaneously or separately.

    A basic juice flush usually acts to cleanse the bowel. However, the ultimate goal is to facilitate the body's creation of health by engaging in practices that act synergistically to support the most complete cleanse possible. With respect to bowel cleansing, we recommend several excellent formulas that can be used while kidney cleansing. These formulas include HPDI's own Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, which acts to sweep the entire gastrointestinal tract.

    INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

    We recommend you take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula up to three times daily (away from food or juice) mixed with at least 12–16 ounces of water). Initially, you might just take it once daily at the level of one teaspoon. Eventually, you can work your way up to one teaspoon three times daily. It is important to make sure your bowel works well at the initial levels (1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons) before increasing the dose. The reason for starting at lower levels is that some people can experience constipation (or reduced bowel transit time) initially due to increased fiber. The body eventually adjusts to it, and then the formula will help facilitate bowel action.

    HOW IT CLEANSES THE BOWEL

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula attaches onto materials in the digestive tract, helping to move them through the digestive system for elimination. The formula sweeps away blockages, debris, hard to remove materials, and even helps clear bowel pockets. The formula includes ingredients (like slippery elm and marshmallow root) known to coat and soothe gastrointestinal membranes. It not only sweeps away hardened debris, but also softens such deposits before removal, as well as protects the lining of the entire GI tract. As a consequence of its capacity to latch onto materials in the digestive tract, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is highly effective for detoxification.

    As noted, the gastrointestinal tract is often the most toxic region of the body. When blockages occur and elimination functions are compromised, the intestines can become a source of toxicity. Any blockage or reduction in proper bowel activity can create buildup of materials requiring elimination. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula helps remove blockages, so that the bowel can function normally.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula absorbs and sequesters toxins, including toxic metals (lead and mercury), industrial chemicals (PCBs), and other poisons. It thereby performs multiple detoxification functions (both physically sweeping away encrusted deposits, cleansing bowel pockets, and removing poisons that can damage the body.

    kidney cleansing intestinal rejuvenation formula hank liers original Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is one of the most effective formulas for cleansing the bowel

    AN EFFECTIVE BOWEL REGULATOR

    Notably, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is useful both for sluggish bowel action and for too frequent bowel activity. For sluggish bowels, it adds bulk and clears the digestive tract with a sweep-like action. For overly frequent bowel action (or diarrhea), it regulates flow by controlling the rate of elimination. In this latter capacity, it has been known to prevent dehydration and fluid loss from chronic diarrhea.

    As you might guess, a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can be taken regularly or periodically, and it will always act to help regulate bowels, remove toxins, and cleanse the bowel. I take it year-round with just a few breaks.

    According the the Merck Manual, the majority of Americans (and increasingly everyone around the world) will suffer from bowel pockets, if they live long enough. Most of want to live a long life with a high quality of life. Taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help prevent bowel pockets and/or help cleanse bowel pockets if they already exist. I can think of no other single reason for taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula than to keep the bowel free of pockets. But the other reasons for taking it, like detoxification, sequestering of poisons, and effective bowel regulation are equally compelling.

    We need to continue to cleanse our GI-tract throughout our lives, and especially as we age (and our metabolism slows). Taking a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help extend our quality of life as we age, and perhaps extend our lives by keeping us  healthy, regular, detoxified, and free of blockages and bowel pockets.

    TAKING INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

    The easiest way to take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is to mix it into water. I usually put it into a 16-ounce mason jar with about 12 ounces of water. Shake it vigorously until well mixed, then drink. Then you can add another four ounces of water to the jar and re-shake, then drink again. This clears the jar of any loose formula, and ensures you get the entire dose.

    EFFECTIVE FOR BOWEL SLUGGISHNESS

    Individuals with extremely sluggish bowels may require a stronger herbal formula to support movement in the bowel. In cases of extreme bowel sluggishness, we recommend Intestinal Formula #1 (available from Dr. Richard Schulze's American Botanical Pharmacy). If this your case, then take Intestinal Formula #1 as directed (usually one capsule daily with dinner) until the bowel function is normalized. After function normalizes, then shift onto Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula to obtain all the benefits of a fiber and herb formula designed for sweeping the gastrointestinal tract.

    Okay, I realize I've spoken at length about bowel cleansing in an article on kidney cleansing. It's just that important!! So please consider starting a bowel cleanse before (or during) kidney cleansing because it can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your kidney program (and detoxification programs in general).

    PERIODIC KIDNEY CLEANSING SUPPORTS OPTIMAL HEALTH

    Kidney cleansing is among the best ways to improve overall health, boost energy, detoxify the body, and increase quality of life. In fact, I believe it is now essential. Given the state of the average person's diet, the lack of proper overall nutrition, and especially the amount of toxicity in our environment (including toxicity in food, water, air, soil, and our homes and offices), there is no reason not to perform kidney cleansing regularly. That is, at least once or twice per year, and preferably once every season (spring, winter, fall, and summer).

    Kidney cleansing can be an ongoing part of your lifestyle even after a you've completed a periodic cleanse. For example, routinely consuming fresh organic lemonade, watermelon, parsley, garlic, vegetable juices, raw foods, and kidney support herbs (e.g., kidney teas containing herbs like juniper berry, uva ursi leaf, and corn silk).

    As I've suggested, maintaining healthy kidneys can be aided by avoiding toxins. Read Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series (see resources below). Avoid or reduce your exposure to kidney toxic foods, liquids, and substances. This includes conventional produce (containing pesticides and GMOs) and artificial ingredients (food colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and sweeteners). Avoidance of these substances reduces your toxic load and supports kidney health.

    The lemonade-based kidney cleansing program is as tasty and enjoyable as it is effective. I hope you get started on your kidney cleansing program today. And I hope you enjoy the kind of bliss that comes not only from giving your kidneys a break, but also from the improved state of health that cleaner kidneys will immediately begin providing to your entire body. Bottoms up!!

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

     HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

    The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates, and Cleanses Kidneys

    REJUVENATE! LEMONADE – DELICIOUS & SATISFYING

    Fred's Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: 'The Doctor'

    Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

    HPDI PRODUCTS

    REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

    INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

    FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    HEPA-PLUS

    SUPPLIERS

    INTEGRATEDHEALTH.COM (HPDI Products)

    PACIFIC BOTANICALS (organic herbs)

    BLESSED HERBS (herbs)

    AMERICAN BOTANICAL PHARMACY (teas, tinctures, kits)

    ADDITIONAL READING

    DR. SCHULZE'S FIVE DAY KIDNEY DETOX (pdf)

    THERE ARE NO INCURABLE DISEASES (pdf)

    HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

    Rejuvenation Program: Part One 

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Two

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Three

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Five

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

    Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Chloride as a Supporting Protocol for Rejuvenation

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Eight

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Nine

      (Note: The practices discussed in this article are for educational purposes only. They are not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before engaging in a program of kidney cleansing.)

  • LIVING WITH RADIATION: PROTECTION STARTS TODAY

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD radiation Fukushima detoxification

    UPDATE: January 6, 2014 - My colleague, Mark Sircus, published an article today concerning the status of the Fukushima situation. In his article, Mark states: "A public health official detected increased radiation levels on a California beach showing radiation levels at approximately 500% of normal levels. On the beach is exactly where you do not want to go and it looks like the further from the Pacific Ocean you are the longer you are going to live."

    Mark's article continues: "Michael Snyder was saying last week, 'The west coast of the United States is being absolutely fried by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the mainstream media is not telling us the truth about this. Most models display that the western coast and the middle belt of the U.S. will get the brunt of the radiation.'"

    In light of the current situation, including recent reports regarding the possible meltdown of Fukushima reactor three, we believe it is important for everyone to familiarize themselves with methods to protect their health against the effects of radiation coming from Fukushima. In August 2013, I published an extensive updated article on the ways in which this can be done and have included it below. I highly recommend that our readers become familiar with the details I have presented. – Dr. Hank Liers

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    UPDATE: August 30, 2013 - Recent critical developments in Fukushima, Japan have revealed the release of massive quantities of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. An article published in National Geographic magazine on 8/21/13 provides details concerning the latest radioactive leak. These revelations make it necessary for everyone to remember that effective action can be taken to protect yourself and your loved ones from the damaging effects of released nuclear radiation. I wrote the following article (which includes a radiation protocol) and first published it on the HPDI blog in July 2012. Today's version is significantly revised and expanded. I include a discussion of Ultimate Protector™ and how its Nrf2 activators help heal DNA damage from ionizing radiation. – Dr. Hank Liers

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    Since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crisis in Japan, I receive many inquiries about emergency preparation, protection from radiation, and detoxification. These questions typically focus on the means to maintain health during catastrophic events. I’m pleased to offer suggestions depending on individual needs. However, my recommendations always start with the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program. The program is the foundation on which to build and maintain excellent health under all circumstances. It starts well before radiation exposure is an issue.

    More recently, it has become clear that the nuclear reactor situation in Fukushima, Japan is actually far worse than has been publicly acknowledged. According to physicist Michio Kaku PhD, the threat from the spent fuel pool in reactor building number four is near the tipping point. A small earthquake, another pipe break, or another explosion could tip it over, and we could have a disaster many times worse than Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

    Dr. Kaku explains that just in the last few weeks it has been reported that reactors two, three, and four have been shown to be in a very dire situation. Reactor two is completely liquefied, something that’s never been seen in the history of nuclear power. Reactor four, on the other hand, has an even worse problem because it is a spent fuel pond that is totally uncovered because of a hydrogen explosion that took place last year. Dr. Kaku concludes we have a worldwide catastrophe in the making. Unfortunately, the probability is high that this catastrophe may happen.

    In view of the above, I have prepared this special adaptation of our Master Rejuvenation Program. It provides insight and practical advice about how you can prepare for such a catastrophe, as well as protect yourself, your family, and your community.

    MY SUGGESTED PROGRAM
    (ADAPTED FROM HPDI'S MASTER REJUVENATION PROGRAM)

    1) COMMITMENT

    Your commitment to yourself, family, and community to remain healthy during this potential catastrophe is the crucial first step to being successful. I have observed many naysayers claiming that this event represents the end of humanity. However, there are many sources of wisdom and knowledge in the area of radiation protection that can provide solutions for remaining healthy. I will review some of these below.

    One of the critical lessons learned from how people and organizations (including governments) react during crisis is that you must take responsibility for yourself because no one else will do it! This involves your learning about the problem and solutions and implementing your own personal plan. We will support you in this process.

    2) PREVENT TOXICITY

    With regard to radiation, there are some important issues usually not present in most non-radiation prevention programs. In the situation in Fukushima Japan, radiation from toxins such as iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium are the major issue. These radioactive particles blow through the air where they can be inhaled, attach to skin and clothing, fall onto food that is either eaten directly or indirectly from the food chain, and settle on the ground and structures where they accumulate and continue to emit radiation for long periods of time.

    It may be wise to have access to the radiation data measured in your locality so that you have some idea of the magnitude of the problem you are facing. In this regard we recommend that you use a computer to visit the following website: http://radiationnetwork.com/. This website, home of the National Radiation Map, depicts environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute. This is the first web site where the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at any time.

    The first step in this program is to avoid contact with radioactive particles as much as possible. This means that you need to avoid to the extent possible exposure to outside air. I recommend using a mask that can filter out the radioactive particles from inhalation. The clothing you wear is also important; consider wearing long sleeve shirts, hats, and long pants to cover your body. The clothing should be changed immediately upon entering your home and it should be kept in a separate room from normal indoor living activities. Clothing should be washed frequently. I also suggest that you take frequent showers to wash radioactive particles from your body.

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems should be configured in such a way that all outside air is adequately filtered so that it cannot contaminate your living/working spaces. The filters should be changed as necessary to avoid the excessive buildup of radioactive particles.

    Before consumption, all produce and other foods exposed to radiation should be washed and rinsed in vinegar solution and then in baking soda solution so that you avoid eating the radioactive particles to the greatest extent possible. It will be impossible to avoid ingesting some radioactive particles. I therefore recommend taking HPDI’s Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula on a regular basis as long as a radiation risk is present. This formula contains ingredients such as charcoal, bentonite, psyllium, and apple pectin known to latch onto radioactive particles and allow them to pass through the GI tract and into your stools.

    3) DETOXIFY

    It is well known by healers around the world that a well functioning GI tract is critical for good health. This means the food you ingest is quickly and properly broken down into nutrients that your body needs, and unabsorbed food components and body waste from your liver quickly pass through your bowels. It also means that you maintain healthy intestinal flora (“good” bacteria population). In fact, it is believed by many, that 80% (or more) of human health problems initially arise from improper GI tract function. Commonly, the first step a healer will implement in a program is to cleanse and detoxify the GI tract.

    Constipation is an extremely common problem in our society and dealing with this issue is the most important starting item. In this regard, Intestinal Corrective Formula #1 (cathartic formula) should be used to keep your bowels active. I recommend that you start with one capsule just after dinner and increase by one capsule daily until the desired effect is reached (i.e., three bowel movements per day). This product can be purchased from American Botanical Pharmacy (800.437.2362). An alternative/complementary method I recommend for increasing movement of bowels is to use Buffered C powder (one or more heaping teaspoons several times daily) and/or Myo-Mag (three or more capsules several times daily).

    Once the bowels are moving correctly, I suggest using HPDI’s Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula. Use this bowel drawing, healing, and detoxification tonic every day to keep your bowel clean. This one-of-a-kind formula powerfully supports the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It cleanses the entire digestive tract by drawing toxins, clearing blockages, and supporting natural movement. It works by coating and adhering to the lining of the intestines. This action allows it to absorb fecal plaques and other debris, soften unhealthy deposits, and sweep them away for elimination in the stool. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula neutralizes and removes hundreds of toxins, including heavy metals (e.g., mercury and lead) and radioactive particles. It draws out many times its weight in material encrusted or trapped in the intestinal lining. It also provides nutrients known not only to nourish the GI tract, but also promote normal elimination functions.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula acts as a 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 villi cells are particularly vulnerable to the effects of radiation because they turn over very rapidly. In this regard, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can protect these cells from severe radiation damage.

    I strongly recommend that you carefully review and implement many of the recommendations of my protocol Chemical/Environmental Toxicity Syndrome on the HPDI website. Here you will find many specific recommendations and references for further exploration that can help you to refine your program.

    4) THE FOOD PROGRAM

    I advise consuming as much organic raw food as possible. This includes vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and soaked or sprouted beans and whole grains. Eat fresh organic produce, preferably in season and locally grown. It may not be possible to eat even as much as 50% raw organic foods under conditions of radiation exposure. However, it is important nonetheless to consume as much raw, organic, locally grown food as possible. It is important to ascertain whether any fresh produce you eat has been exposed to significant amounts of radiation and to decontaminate it (e.g., by washing), if necessary. I also suggest that you consider growing sprouts from seeds indoors (such as broccoli, clover, alfalfa, etc.)

    An interesting finding from Chernobyl is that milk from cows fed grass grown on soil enriched with rock dust contained little or no radiation even though milk of nearby cows fed grass grown on soils not enriched with rock dust contained radiation (see: http://remineralize.org/blog/magazine/from-chernobyl-to-japan-treating-radiation-sickness-with-rock-dust). This finding demonstrates the importance of ingesting foods containing significant amounts of trace minerals. Unfortunately, food (even organic) harvested from land not remineralized may not contain the amounts of trace minerals needed by people for good health. Means of getting obtaining mineralized plant foods include purchasing foods grown biodynamically (see: http://biodynamic-farming.com/) or by growing your own vegetables using rock dust, worm castings/tea, compost, etc. (See: http://www.fertilizeronline.com/rockdust.php).

    I strongly suggest that you consume at least four scoops per day (e.g., two scoops in the morning and two scoops in the afternoon or evening) of Rejuvenate!™ Plus, Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs, or original Rejuvenate!™. The RNA in these superfoods is highly effective in regenerating and repairing tissues damaged by radiation. The chlorella and spirulina in most of these superfoods can remove toxic metals (such as Cesium-137, Strontium-90, and Plutonium) from your body. Please consume the following nutritional drink (mix in a blender): blend 16–32 ounces of vegetable juice (made fresh in your juicer) and one scoop of Rejuvenate!™ (any formula). You may add garlic cloves, ginger root, and fresh cayenne peppers for additional therapeutic benefits. Try adding 2–3 capsules of PRO-C™ to the drink.

    You should drink 32–64 ounces of fresh vegetable juice daily. Buy a juicer if you don't already have one (as it can save your life!). I recommend the Green Power twin gear juicer, the Hurom slow juicer, or Breville Elite juicer (all available online).

    Drink only purified and/or ionized water (I like the TyentUSA or Jupiter water ionizers) with a pH of about 9.0. If you do not have a water ionizer, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per 8 oz water several times daily to raise your pH. You also can alkalinize your body by consuming organic herbal teas (non-caffeine) and vegetable juices. Do not consume milk or milk products (cheese, yogurt, butter), most animal products, alcohol, coffee, or refined sugar. You may find it helpful to drink 8–12 oz of Chia Gel daily. Chia Gel is both hydrating and energizing.

    You will enjoy eating (as well as drinking the broth of) "Hank's Vegetable Soup." This is a great-tasting addition to your cleansing program. It will flush your system of unwanted salts and acids while giving you concentrated vitamins and minerals.

    5) THE BLOODSTREAM AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

    Take Dr. Schulze's Detox Formula (tincture) (available from the American Botanical Pharmacy) and Super Echinacea. Use two (2) droppers full (70 drops) of the tonics four (4) times daily. In addition, I recommend that you take Immune-Assist™ (at least six capsules) on a daily basis. Immune-Assist™ is derived from six organically grown medicinal mushrooms and contains over 200 polysaccharides known to improve immune function. It is the best immune system modulator I have found. It can rapidly increase your body’s natural killer cell activity. This is especially important because your immune system must clean up tissues damaged by exposure to radioactive particles.

    6) NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM

    It is important to include foundational supplement formulas as essential elements in your nutritional supplements program. Foundational formulas include a therapeutic multivitamin, Vitamin C/antioxidant product (e.g., PRO-C™ and/or Ultimate Protector™), and an essential fats product. These formulas along with high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide the basic nutrients required for the body's metabolic systems (digestion, energy production, detoxification, enzyme production, etc.) to work properly. We discuss these formulas in detail in our Foundational Supplements Program.

    Damage occurs in two ways when people (or animals) are exposed to high levels of radiation (also see: Fukushima Radiation Release is Worse than You Have Been Told: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself): 1) only about 20% of the damage occurs from the direct action of the radioactive particles on the DNA and other cellular structures and 2) the remaining 80% of the damage occurs from oxygen free radicals that occur when the radioactive particles impinge on the water in your body (you are about 60% water).

    Using this knowledge, Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa in Japan found that when individuals are pretreated with Vitamin C at the level of about 10 grams daily along with other antioxidants such as selenium, alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, etc., then they are protected from genetic radiation damage when exposed to large dosages of radiation.

    Dr. Yanagisawa also discovered that even after individuals are exposed to large doses of radiation and suffer genetic damage, this genetic damage can be reversed by this same protocol of taking about 10 grams of Vitamin C daily along with other antioxidants. Interestingly, this is the same protocol used by many people to prevent or retard aging. This knowledge is important for anyone exposed to large dosages of radiation, such as could be released if the Fukushima reactor situation worsens. Given this information, I recommend taking PRO-C™, which contains Vitamin C and the other antioxidants (i.e., selenium, r-alpha lipoic acid, glutathione) mentioned above, is an ideal supplement for protection against radiation. For more information on Vitamin C and how to determine the most effective dose please see my blog article "Vitamin C – An Amazing Nutrient."

    A new nutritional supplement that complements PRO-C™ in its action against radiation is the Ultimate! Protector™ Formula. Ultimate Protector™ is a cell protection formula that provides high levels of non-GMO Vitamin C, a full spectrum of high ORAC5.0 antioxidants, and multiple sources of protective Nrf2 activators from polyphenols.

    Ultimate Protector

    Nrf2 is normally bound in the cytoplasm of cells to a protein, however, when an appropriate phytochemical agent attaches to a kinase receptor on the cell wall a phosphate group is released that causes the Nrf2 to be released. The Nrf2 then migrates into the cell nucleus and by binding to genomic antioxidant responsive element (ARE) sequences causes antioxidant enzymes to be fabricated and released. These endogenously produced enzymes (such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, etc.) then protect the body against ROS, electrophiles, and other toxic agents. A recent study provides robust evidence that Nrf2 activators protect cells from ionizing radiation and induces DNA damage repair through direct binding to the 53BP1 promoter region harboring ARE sequences.

    In practical experience, it has been found that a combination of multiple polyphenols works significantly better than single ingredients. In fact, in one experiment it was found that a combination of five ingredients all known to be Nrf2 activators was 18 times more effective than any single ingredient. Furthermore, it was found that this combination of five ingredients was able to increase levels of SOD by 30% and catalase by 56% after 120 days of taking the combination.

    Ultimate Protector: NRF2 Activator

    Ultimate Protector™ contains polyphenols and Nrf2 activators from 29 different fruits and vegetables. These include Wild Blueberry, Wild Bilberry, Acai, Black Currant Extract, Sweet Cherry, Raspberry, Elderberry, Blackberry, Aronia, Black Soybean Hull Extract, Blue Corn, CoffeeBerry®, Curcumin (standardized extract with 95% curcuminoids from Turmeric), Trans-Resveratrol (98% from Giant Knotweed), Grape Seed, Cranberry, Tart Cherry, Prune, Raspberry Seed, Strawberry, Quercetin, Broccoli, Broccoli Sprouts, Tomato, Kale, Carrot, Brussels Sprouts, Onion, and Spinach.

    We recommend Nascent Iodine (20 drops daily or more in divided doses) and Vitamin D3 Plus (5,000–10,000 IU daily) because almost everyone is deficient in iodine and Vitamin D. These nutrients are needed for detoxification, energy production and utilization, immune enhancement, and protection against major illnesses. In the event of a radiation catastrophe, it is likely you will receive less exposure to sunlight and therefore will make less of your own Vitamin D. It will be therefore be important to supplement with adequate amounts of Vitamin D.

    Please note that radioactive iodine-131 (eight day half life) is one of the elements released into the upper atmosphere after an event such as a nuclear power plant meltdown. It can be carried great distances on high-speed winds, and then fall into the lower atmosphere, where it can be breathed into the lungs. It can also contaminate crops on the ground and get into your body through food and drink. Your thyroid gland quickly absorbs radioactive iodine. Due to this gland’s tremendous affinity for iodine, it may absorb radioactive iodine in quantities that can injure or even destroy it.

    Taking non-radioactive iodine (i.e., Nascent Iodine) before and after exposure can protect your thyroid after exposure to radioactive iodine (as may be experienced through fallout). Non-radioactive iodine blocks radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland. In this way, your thyroid gland can be protected from injury. Taking non-radioactive iodine before exposure essentially "pre-fills" your thyroid with iodine leaving little or no room for radioactive iodine to be assimilated.

    If you are already taking the recommended dose of approximately 20 drops of Nascent Iodine (2%) (0.4 mg/drop) (see above), then your thyroid will be protected. However, depending upon the magnitude of the fallout from a radiation event, it would be wise to increase your Nascent Iodine intake to as high as 60–100 drops daily (in divided doses) both before and after exposure until the danger has passed. If the danger is of a prolonged duration (as would be the case with an explosion of Fukushima reactor four), then Nascent Iodine with its extremely low toxicity seems to be the only logical solution for protection of the thyroid. For more information on Nascent Iodine, especially as it relates to the Fukushima situation, please see our blog article on Nascent Iodine published this month.

    Nascent Iodine

    Myo-Mag and Ubiquinol-50 act as powerful metabolic enhancers that lead to significant increases in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production in the body. ATP is central to the body's capacity to function. Myo-Mag provides magnesium and malic acid that directly stimulate aerobic energy production in the body. Ubiquinol is also a very powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that prevents free-radical damage in the body's fat-soluble compartments, including cell membranes.

    The liver is the body's main organ of detoxification and will surely be taxed in the event of a major radiation event. I recommend Hepa Plus that includes milk thistle extract, alpha lipoic acid and other nutrients that help to regenerate and protect the liver cells. I also recommend that you take NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine), another key nutrient that supports liver function and is the rate-limiting nutrient in the production of glutathione (the liver’s major detoxifying nutrient).

    RADIATION PROTOCOL

    Here is a summary of nutritional supplements I recommend taking for a complete program of protection both before and after a catastrophic radiation event:

    Mighty Multi-Vite!™: 4 daily (Foundational)

    PRO-C™: 12–16 daily (Foundational)

    Ultimate Protector™: 6-12 daily (Foundational)

    Essential Fats Plus E: 3 daily (Foundational)

    Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (2–4 scoops) (Foundational)

    Nascent Iodine: 20 drops per day taken between meals before 4 pm (you may need to start with just a few drops and build slowly). The dose will need to be increased to 60–100 drops daily in the event of a major radiation event

    Immune-Assist™: 6 caps daily (minimum)

    Vitamin D3 Plus: 2 daily for 2 weeks and then 1 daily

    Myo-Mag: 3 daily (or more) (build up to bowel tolerance)

    Ubiquinol-50: 4 daily

    Hepa Plus: 4 daily

    NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine): 4 daily

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (1–4 tablespoons daily)

    7) TRANSDERMAL MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

    I suggest you take warm baths with 2–4 cups of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Flakes (mostly comprised of magnesium chloride but also includes trace sea minerals) along with 1–2 cups of baking soda. Taking these baths significantly raises your body’s magnesium levels (one of the most important therapies you can do). Magnesium baths allow additional trace minerals to be absorbed into your body helping to block the uptake of radioactive particles and alkalinizing your body (and thereby improving oxygen utilization). Additionally, I suggest that you spray Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil on your body (1–2 ounces daily) as an alternative means of increasing magnesium levels.

    8) LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

    I highly recommend any methods of massage and bodywork and other techniques that will significantly enhance lymphatic drainage (such as Swedish massage) as this can clear the body of toxins created by any radioactive particles! Some other practices I recommend include: skin brushing, walking, using a rebounder, using whole body vibration machines, and taking far infrared saunas.

    9) EXERCISE

    It is important to exercise every day. I strongly recommend activities such as yoga and tai chi. Exercise supports the body in many ways. It supports circulation of blood (to oxygenate tissues and detoxify) and lymph (which must be circulated via muscle movement or deep breathing). It also increases lung capacity, tones the cardiovascular system, builds bones, reduces stress chemicals, releases growth hormone, and more. I do not recommend you exercise outside during a radiation crisis. Exercising outdoors in such conditions can substantially increase your exposure to radioactive particles.

    MAXIMIZE YOUR PROTECTION TO PRESERVE HEALTH

    It is important to perform as many of these recommendations, practices, and techniques as possible in order to maximize your benefits. When you incorporate them into your life on a regular basis, you will not only be protected against radiation, but you will also gain other health benefits. These include faster healing and recovery, and better overall health. In fact, you will be pleased both by how quickly you can feel better, and by how effectively you can protect and maintain excellent health. That’s the power of synergy in action…creating maximum protection for you.

    ADDITIONAL SOURCES & RESOURCES

    HPDI CONTENT

    Chemical/Environmental Toxicity Syndrome (Supplement and Activity Schedule)

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Two (Detoxification)

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Six (Supporting Protocols)

    Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

    Fred's Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: "The Doctor"

    Ultimate Protector™ and the Role of Foundational Supplements for Health

    SELECTED PRODUCTS

    Nascent Iodine

    Vitamin D3 PLUS

    Ultimate Protector™

    PRO-C™

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

    Foundational Supplements

    RELATED ARTICLES AND BOOKS

    Treatments for Nuclear Contamination (Dr. Mark Sircus)

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  • The Health Benefits of Garlic

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhDGarlic is one of the most effective and versatile therapeutic plants in the world with a broad range of health benefits. Indeed, it not only is a food, but also a proven medicinal herb, and supports powerful health via many modes of action. It has a long history of health-enhancing and culinary uses, making it an ideal example of a food that can be used for therapeutic purposes.

    We include the use of garlic (in addition to medicinal mushrooms, echinacea, astragalus, and olive leaf extract) as a part of building powerful immunity in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program because of its effectiveness in providing the body with a highly diverse range of health benefits. For example, it acts as a powerful broad-spectrum antibiotic. It also exhibits antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. In this regard, it has been proven to rid the body internally and externally of nearly any antigen or pathogen.

    Garlic has also been found to be an Nrf2 activator and as such is able to stimulate the body's endogenous production of key protective antioxidant enzymes (such as superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase). Natural compounds normally provided by fresh garlic cloves include: alliin, allicin, thiosulfinates, gamma-glutamylcysteines, and sulfur. In addition, garlic is a rich source of organic selenium. Selenium is an important antioxidant and key component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase.

    THE LONG HISTORY OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS  OF GARLIC

    Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as when the Giza pyramids were built about 5,000 year ago. Its use in China dates back to 2000 BCE where it formed part of the daily diet, particularly when consumed together with raw meat. In Chinese medicine garlic was prescribed to aid respiration and digestion, most importantly diarrhea and worm infestation.

    During Greek and Roman times, Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the health benefits of garlic for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. A leading physician during the latter part of the 12th century, the Abbess of Rupertsberg, St. Hildegard von Bingen, gave garlic a prominent role in her medical writing. Garlic's antiseptic properties were verified by Louis Pasteur in 1858. The British used garlic in World War I when they ran out of sulfa drugs and during both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene.

    Garlic Hank Liers

    RESULTS OF GARLIC RESEARCH STUDIES

    In the last 50 years garlic has been the subject of over 1,000 research studies. These studies have investigated garlic’s: 1) antibiotic effect, 2) cardiovascular effects (including cholesterol lowering), 3) anticancer effect, 4) effect on blood sugar, 5) effectiveness as a heavy metal antidote, 6) potential alleviation of intestinal problems, and 7) other biological and chemical effects.

    These research studies have shown that:

    1) garlic lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL-cholesterol,

    2) garlic reduces the “stickiness” of platelets, making blood circulation more efficient,

    3) garlic causes a mild reduction in blood pressure,

    4) garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, and exerts action against organisms causing yeast infection,

    5) regular consumption of garlic is associated with lowered risk of stomach, lung, brain, and colon cancer as well as many other types of cancer.

    6) garlic is a powerful immune booster that stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production.

    ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF GARLIC

    Some additional not-so-well known benefits of garlic include, 1) effectively treats hair loss, 2) clears acne, 3) prevents and treats colds, 4) soothes psoriasis, 5) helps control weight, 6) functions effectively as an aphrodisiac, 7) helps remove splinters, 8) treats athlete's foot, 9) treats ear infections, 10) helps keep mosquitoes away, 11) treats cold sores, 12) helps fix hairline cracks in glass, 13) de-ices sidewalks, 14) can be used as a natural pesticide in the garden, and 15) can be used as fish bait.

    USING GARLIC THERAPEUTICALLY

    We recommend that you consume three (or more) large cloves of fresh, organic, raw garlic every day. Garlic can be eaten raw, swallowed whole, chopped up and mixed with food, or juiced with other vegetables. The best garlic is the hottest, and, of course, organic. Raw garlic is the most therapeutic, but cooked garlic will still provide certain benefits. Garlic supplements can be used whenever fresh garlic is not available or desirable, or as adjuncts to fresh garlic. Enterically coated garlic supplements provide the highest potency and the greatest total allicin potential.

    Allicin is the component of garlic responsible for most of its health benefits. Allicin is formed when the garlic enzyme alliinase comes into contact with alliin (the principal active phytochemical/component in garlic). This occurs when garlic is chopped or crushed, as occurs when chewing. The more garlic is crushed, chopped, or chewed before it’s eaten, the greater the amount of allicin is formed. In addition to chewing it well, this means it may be beneficial to use a garlic press, food processor, or other kitchen gadget to crush, mince, or finely chop the garlic before you eat it.

    If (or when) you cannot consume fresh, raw garlic, then supplements can ensure you get your daily dose. In this regard, it is important to note that stomach acids destroy alliinase. This means that garlic powders (in capsules) subjected to stomach acid are ineffective. Enteric coatings that break down in the small intestine at higher pH (but not under the acidic conditions of the stomach) are required to gain maximum benefit from a garlic supplement.

    If you decide to take supplements, then look for a high-quality, enteric coated garlic supplement. There are several very potent products that are convenient, easy to use, and odorless. For example, try to find a 500 mg tablet providing 6,000 mcg (minimum total allicin potential) equivalent to 1,500 mg of fresh garlic.

    There are many ways to use garlic as a food. We often use garlic cloves along with other therapeutic herbs such as ginger and parsley when making  liver cleanse juices  and other vegetable juices in our juicers.

    Here is one of my favorite recipes for a therapeutic pesto sauce using garlic, ginger, and parsley:

    DR. HANK’S REJUVENATION PESTO SAUCE

    Dr. Hanks Pesto Ingredients garlic Ginger, garlic, and parsley give Rejuvenation Pesto high nutritional value & therapeutic properties.

    Our pesto recipe meets the challenge of achieving zest and flavor for salads and whole grains, and provides outstanding nutrition. Ginger and garlic are excellent foods with high sulfur and vitamin/mineral content, but they can be difficult to consume in therapeutic quantity because of their strong flavors. Parsley is often used as a garnish, but also has high nutritive value and tastes good. Marinating minced ginger, garlic, and parsley in a high-quality oil softens the bite of garlic and ginger. This pesto offers high nutrition, good color and texture, and it tastes great!

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 lb. organic ginger root
    • 2-3 oz. organic garlic
    • 1 bunch organic parsley
    • 2 cups organic sesame oil
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

    Dr. Hank's Pesto Sauce

    Directions: Prepare the ginger root by peeling the outside skin and cutting out brown spots. Peel the garlic and wash the parsley. Put the ginger, garlic, and parsley in a food processor and finely mince. Place the minced ingredients into a bowl and add the sesame oil and sea salt. Stir until well mixed and allow to marinate for 15 minutes. Serve over salad, rice, noodles, pasta or any of your other favorite grains. Do not consume too much at once because it may upset your stomach.

    Other oils such as flax, safflower, sunflower, pumpkin, walnut, and olive may be used as substitutes.  Additional spices (such as curry and cayenne) may be added to change the flavor. Be creative!

     GARLIC RECIPE BOOKS

    For garlic recipe books see: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=garlic+recipe+books&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Agarlic+recipe+books

    REFERENCES

    BOOKS

    Koch HP, Lawson LD, GARLIC: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium sativum L. and Related Species, 1996.

    Jensen, Bernard, PhD. Garlic Healing Powers. Dr. Jensen's Health Handbook Series, Vol. 8. 1992.

    ARTICLES

    Ackermann RT, Mulrow CD, Ramirez G, Gardner CD, Morbidoni L, Lawrence VA. Garlic shows promise for improving some cardiovascular risk factors. Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:813-824.

    Alder R, Lookinland S, Berry JA, et al. A systematic review of the effectiveness of garlic as an anti-hyperlipidemic agent. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2003;15(3):120-129.

    Ashraf R, Aamir K, Shaikh AR, Ahmed T. Effects of garlic on dyslipidemia in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2005;17(3):60-4.

    Berthold HK, Sudhop T. Galic preparation for prevention of atherosclerosis. Curr Opin Lipidol. 1998;9(6):565-569.

    Berthold HK, Sudhop T, von Bergmann K. Effect of a garlic oil preparation on serum lipoproteins and cholesterol metabolism. JAMA. 1998;279.

    Dillon SA, Burmi RS, Lowe GM, et al. Antioxidant properties of aged garlic extract: an in vitro study incorporating human low density lipoprotein. Life Sci. 2003;72(14):1583-1594.

    Dorant E, van den Brandt PA, Goldbohm RA. A prospective cohort study on the relationship between onion and leek consumption, garlic supplement use and the risk of colorectal carcinoma in The Netherlands. Carcinogenesis. 1996;17(3):477-484.

    Dorant E, van den Brandt PA, Goldbohm RA, Hermus RJ, Sturmans F. Garlic and its significance for the prevention of caner in humans: a critical view. Br J Cancer. 1993;67(3):424-429.

    Durak I, Yilmaz E, Devrim E, et al. Consumption of aqueous garlic extract leads to significant improvement in patients with benign prostate hyperplasia and prostate cancer. Nutr Res. 2003;23:199-204.

    Fleischauer AT, Arab L. Garlic and cancer: a critical review of the epidemiologic literature. J Nutr. 2001;131:1032S-1040S.

    Fleischauer AT, Poole C, Arab L. Garlic consumption and cancer prevention: meta-analyses of colorectal and stomach cancers. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000;72:1047-1052.

    Fugh-Berman A. Herbs and dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Prev Cardiol. 2000;3:24-32.

    Hassan ZM, Yaraee R, Zare N, et al. Immunomodulatory affect of R10 fraction of garlic extract on natural killer activity. Int Immunopharmacol. 2003;3(10-11):1483-1489.

    Heron S, Yarnell E. Treating parasitic infections with botanical medicines. Altern Complement Ther. 1999;8:214-224.

    Isaacsohn JL, Moser M, Stein EA, et al. Garlic powder and plasma lipids and lipoproteins: a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(11):1189-1194.

    Josling P. Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double blind, placebo-controlled survey. Adv Ther. 2001;18(4):189-193.

    Kannar D, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Savige GS, Wahlqvist ML. Hypocholesterolemic effect of an enteric coated garlic supplement. J Am Coll Nutr. 2001;20(3):225-231.

    Koscielny J, Klubendorf D, Latza R, Schmitt R, Radtke H, Siegel G, Kiesewetter H. The antiatherosclerotic effect of Allium sativum. Atherosclerosis. 1999;144:237-249.

    Levi F, Pasche C, La Vecchia C, Lucchini F, Franceschi S. Food groups and colorectal cancer risk. Br J Cancer. 1999;79(7-8):1283-1287.

    Loy MH, Rivlin RS. Garlic and cardiovascular disease. Nutr Clin Care. 2000;3(3):146-151.

    Mantle D, Lennard TW, Pickering AT. Therapeutic applications of medicinal plants in the treatment of breast cancer: a review of their pharmacology, efficacy and tolerability. Adverse Drug React Toxicol Rev. 2000;19(3):223-240.

    Markowitz JS, Devane CL, Chavin KD, et al. Effects of garlic (Allium sativum L.) supplementation on cytochrome P450 2D6 and 3A4 activity in healthy volunteers. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2003;74(2):170-177.

    Milner JA. A historical perspective on garlic and cancer. J Nutr. 2001;131(3s):1027S-1031S.

    Munday JS, James KA, Fray LM, Kirkwood SW, Thompson KG. Daily supplementation with aged garlic extract, but not raw garlic, protects low density lipoprotein against in vitro oxidation. Atherosclerosis. 1999;143(2):399-404.

    Ngo SN, Williams DB, Cobiac L, Head RJ. Does garlic reduce the risk of colorectal cancer? A systematic review. J Nutr. 2007;137(10):2264-9.

    O'Gara EA, Maslin DJ, Nevill AM, Hill DJ. The effect of simulated gastric environments on the anti-Helibacter activity of garlic oil. J Appl Microbiol. 2008; 104(5):1324-31.

    Pinto JT, Rivlin RS. Antiproliferative effects of allium derivatives from garlic. J Nutr. 2001;131(3S):1058S-1060S.

    Rahman K. Effects of garlic on platelet biochemistry and physiology. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007;51(11):1335-44.

    Rahman K. Historical perspective on garlic and cardiovascular disease. J Nutr. 2001;131(3s):977S-979S.

    Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP. Aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension: a randomised controlled trial. Maturitas. 2010 Oct;67(2):144-50.

    Salih BA, Abasiyanik FM. Does regular garlic intake affect the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in asymptomatic subjects? Saudi Med J. 2003;24(8):842-845.

    Scharbert G, Kalb ML, Duris M, Marschalek C, Kozek-Langenecker SA. Garlic at dietary doses does not impair platelet function. Anesth Analg. 2007;105(5):1214-8.

    Siegers CP, Steffen B, Robke A, Pentz R. The effects of garlic preparations against human tumor cell proliferation. Phytomedicine. 1999;6(1):7-11.

    Silagy CA, Neil AW. A meta-analysis of the effect of garlic on blood pressure. J Hypertens. 1994;12:463-468.

    Sobenin IA, Pryanishnikov VV, Kunnova LM, Rabinovich YA, Martirosyan DM, Orekhov AN. The effects of time-released garlic powder tablets on multifunctional cardiovascular risk in patients with coronary artery disease. Lipids Health Dis. 2010 Oct 19;9:119.

    Spigelski D, Jones PJ. Efficacy of garlic supplementation in lowering serum cholesterol levels. Nutr Rev. 2001;59(7):236-241.

    Steiner M, Khan AH, Holbert D, Lin RI. A double-blind crossover study in moderately hypercholesterolemic men that compared the effect of aged garlic extract and placebo administration on blood lipids. Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;64:866–870.

    Stevinson C, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Garlic for treating hypercholesterolemia. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(6):420-429.

    Superko HR, Krauss RM. Garlic powder, effect on plasma lipids, postprandial lipemia, low-density lipoprotein particle size, high-density lipoprotein subclass distribution and lipoprotein(a). J Am Coll Cardiol. 2000;35(2):321-326.

    Wang HX, NG TB. Natural products with hypoglycemic, hypotensive, hypocholesterolemic, antiatherosclerotic and antithrombotic activities. Life Sci. 1999;65(25):2663-2677.

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  • Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

    Foundational Elements in HPDI's Master Rejuvenation Program

    Fred Liers PhD rejuvenation programThe HPDI Rejuvenation Program provides practices, protocols, and recommendations proven over 26 years. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health.

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

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

    In Part Four of the Rejuvenation Program series, I presented key roles played by four foundational nutritional supplements, which I also refer to as "foundational" (or sometimes "core") supplements. These nutritional supplements are critical to success in creating powerful health by establishing optimal nutrient status in the body. We regard foundational supplements to include 1) Multivitamins, 2) Antioxidants / Vitamin C formulas, 3) Essential Fats, and 4) Rejuvenate!™ High-RNA superfoods (and/or other sources of dietary nucleic acids).

    The four types foundational supplements are the most important supplements regardless of what other supplements you take. We particularly recommend our HPDI supplement formulas, primarily because they incorporate the latest science, and provide the highest-purity and highest-quality nutrition, cutting-edge design, and uniquely effective ingredients (e.g., coenzyme form B vitamins). Perhaps most importantly, they are designed to work together synergistically as part of our system of foundational nutrition.

    Our multivitamin formulas include Multi Two (tabs and capsules) Hank & Brians' Mighty Multi-Vite!™, and the Mini Multi (contains no fillers, excipients, or additives). Our essential fats formulas include Omega Plus and Hank & Brian's Essential Fats Plus E. Our Antioxidant / Vitamin C formulas include Ultimate Protector™PRO-C™, OPC-C™,  Buffered Vitamin C 1,000 (tabs) and Buffered C (powder).

    Among the topics treated in Part Three of the Rejuvenation Program series, I discussed foods recommended in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. Recommendations include consuming foods high in nucleic acids (RNA and DNA). High-RNA foods include many beans and legumes, vegetable soups (and broths), many fish (e.g., sardines) and seafoods, and high-purine vegetables like onions and spinach. These are wonderful foods for health. However, richer sources of nucleic acids include chlorella (ten times more RNA than sardines) and Rejuvenate!™ superfoods.

    Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide high levels of RNA not only because all of them (except Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs and Rejuvenate! Strawberry-Peach Protein Plus) contain chlorella, but also because they include other high-RNA foods such as nutritional yeast, RNA extracts (from yeast), and chlorella growth factor (CGF) (an RNA-rich extract of chlorella). This allows for a broader spectrum of nucleic acids and for higher overall levels of nucleic acids per serving.

    While Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide high levels of nucleic acids (for rejuvenation, revitalization, and superior health), they also include supporting nutrients (e.g., d-ribose, coenzyme B vitamins) that facilitate efficient uptake and utilization of nucleic acids in the body, and thereby help to optimize their healing effects.

    In fact, HPDI designs Rejuvenate!™ superfoods to include specific ingredients that leverage therapeutic benefits of nucleic acids and provide superior overall nutrition. For example, d-ribose (as mentioned above) is a rate-limiting nutrient for the uptake of nucleic acids. D-ribose is the molecular backbone of nucleic acids, and it is therefore needed in the body to utilize them. In short, the body uses nucleic acids most effectively when optimal amounts of d-ribose are readily available.

    B-vitamins are known to significantly enhance the effects of nucleic acids. Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide coenzyme forms of B vitamins, which are the natural forms most easily recognized (and used) in the body. The pioneering nucleic acid researcher Dr. Benjamin Frank showed that B vitamins increase certain beneficial effects of RNA during nucleic acid therapy with dietary nucleic acids. Because the body utilizes coenzyme form B vitamins most efficiently, the benefits of nucleic acids relating to B vitamin intake can be realized more rapidly.

    While therapeutic levels of nucleic acids are desirable in themselves, the fact that Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide valuable supporting nutrients means that the body will be better equipped to assimilate and use nucleic acids to support processes of rejuvenation. This can significantly improve health, naturally.

    HPDI offers five versions of Rejuvenate!™, including Rejuvenate!™ (original greens), Rejuvenate!™ PRO, Rejuvenate!™ PLUS, and Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs and Rejuvenate! Strawberry-Peach Protein Plus. Rejuvenate!™ PLUS and Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs are the most comprehensive formulas our line. Both provide delicious taste, therapeutic levels of dietary RNA, nutrients that support the body's use of nucleic acids (e.g., d-Ribose), a complete multivitamin, essential fats, fiber, and high levels of protein.

    In Part Five in the Rejuvenation Program series, I presented what we consider the seven most important supplements for rejuvenation beyond foundational supplements. These include Coenzyme Q10 and Ubiquinol, Magnesium (including magnesium chloride and Myo-Mag), Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, the immune-supporting herb Echinacea, and Immune-Assist™ mushroom-polysaccharide complex. Each of these supplements plays a major role in our Rejuvenation Program.

    SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS FOR REJUVENATION
    (PART ONE OF THREE PARTS)

    In this month's article, I discuss three supporting protocols, including the Garlic Program, Hydrotherapy Program, and Sauna Program. These are major supporting protocols in the Rejuvenation Program, which is our complete program for creating vitality and health. There are additional supporting protocols, which I will consider in forthcoming articles.

    THE GARLIC PROGRAM

    THREE RAW CLOVES PER DAY OR SUPPLEMENTAL EQUIVALENT

    Garlic is one of the most effective and versatile therapeutic plants in the world. Indeed, it not only is a food, but also a proven medicinal herb, and supports powerful health via many modes of action. It has a long history of health-enhancing and culinary uses, making it an ideal example of a food that can be used for therapeutic purposes.

    We include the use of garlic as its own supporting protocol because of its effectiveness in providing the body with a highly diverse range of benefits. For example, it acts as a powerful broad-spectrum antibiotic. It also exhibits antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. In this regard, it has been proven to rid the body internally and externally of nearly any antigen or pathogen.

    Garlic also is a superb source of the mineral sulfur. In addition, garlic is a rich source of organic selenium. Selenium is an important antioxidant and key component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase.

    There have been over one thousand research studies on garlic during the last 40 years [1]. These studies have investigated the following effects of garlic: 1) antibiotic effects, 2) cardiovascular effects (including cholesterol lowering), 3) anticancer effects, 4) effects on blood sugar, 5) effectiveness as a heavy metal antidote/chelator, 6) potential alleviation of intestinal problems, and 7) other biological and chemical effects.

    Research studies show that garlic lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol (i.e., the "good" cholesterol). It reduces the "stickiness" of platelets, making blood circulation more efficient. In addition, it causes a mild reduction in blood pressure. This makes garlic an ideal component or adjunct in programs/regimens for heart health, cholesterol reduction, circulation (throughout the body), and blood pressure reduction.

    As noted, garlic exhibits potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic effects, and exerts action against organisms causing yeast infection. In this regard, it provides excellent support in programs/regiments that involve infections and for building immunity.

    In addition, when regularly consumed, garlic is associated with lowered risk of stomach and colon cancer. In fact, garlic has been proven in hospitals and laboratories worldwide to destroy cancer and break up tumors. Garlic can be used externally an "herbal surgeon" (so use care when using it externally).

    Considering all the beneficial effects of garlic from thinning blood to normalizing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, it becomes apparent that garlic benefits the entire body. Rather than targeting a single organ or health condition, it works systemically to improve the overall health. Garlic is therefore ideal both for improving specific conditions (i.e., the health of the heart and circulatory system) and helping to create and maintain excellent health. This partly relates to the fact that it acts a powerful preventive to counteract health concerns (e.g., elevated cholesterol) before they lead to major conditions (like heart disease).

    HOW TO USE GARLIC

    Consume three (or more) large cloves of fresh, organic, raw garlic every day. Garlic can be eaten raw, swallowed whole, chopped up and mixed with food, or juiced with other vegetables. The best garlic is the hottest, and, of course, organic. Raw garlic is the most therapeutic, but cooked garlic will still provide certain benefits. Garlic supplements can be used whenever fresh garlic is not available or desirable, or as adjuncts to fresh garlic. Enterically coated garlic supplements provide the highest potency and the greatest total allicin potential.

    Allicin is the component of garlic responsible for most of its health benefits. Allicin is formed when the garlic enzyme alliinase comes into contact with alliin (the principal active phytochemical/component in garlic). This occurs when garlic is chopped or crushed, as occurs when chewing. The more garlic is crushed, chopped, or chewed before it's eaten, the greater the amount of allicin is formed. In addition to chewing it well, this means it may be beneficial to use a garlic press, food processor, or other kitchen gadget to crush, mince, or finely chop the garlic before you eat it.

    If (or when) you cannot consume fresh, raw garlic, then supplements can ensure you get your daily dose. In this regard, it is important to note that stomach acids destroy alliinase. This means that garlic powders (in capsules) subjected to stomach acid are ineffective. Enteric coatings that break down in the small intestine at higher pH (but not under the acidic conditions of the stomach) are required to gain maximum benefit from a garlic supplement.

    If you decide to take supplements, then look for a high-quality, enteric coated garlic supplement. There are several very potent products that are convenient, easy to use, and odorless. For example, try to find a 500 mg tablet providing 6,000 mcg (minimum total allicin potential) equivalent to 1,500 mg of fresh garlic.

    GARLIC PROVIDES POTENT ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION

    Garlic, of course, has a long history of therapeutic use and has been studied extensively for decades. Yet modern research continues to discover additional benefits of garlic and reveals the mechanisms behind its therapeutic effects. For example, it was widely known that garlic provides powerful antioxidant protection. But the mechanism of its antioxidant activity was only recently shown to relate to sulfenic acids that form when allicin breaks down within the body [2].

    Sulfenic acid acts far more powerfully and rapidly to quench free radicals than any known antioxidant. As allicin breaks down into its components, the sulfenic acids that form can immediately react with free radicals to neutralize them. The speed of this reaction is limited only by the rate at which the molecules come into contact. No other antioxidant substance reacts as rapidly as sulfenic acid from garlic.

    What also surprised researchers is that garlic exhibits high antioxidant activity, but does not contain substances associated with high antioxidant activity, including proanthocyanidins (from grapes), catechins (from green tea), or other bioflavonoids. It is clear is that sulfenic acids in garlic largely account for its powerful antioxidant properties. In fact, sulfenic acids may be the most potent biological agents in terms of their capacity to prevent oxidation.

    Another recent study indicates that sulfenic acids are not the only substances in garlic that acts as antioxidants. It was demonstrated that garlic significantly increases the activity of various important antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase [3]. Garlic also lowers blood levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a key biomarker for lipid peroxidation. MDA levels provide a measurement of the levels of oxidation of fats in the body. The capacity for antioxidants in garlic to reduce lipid peroxidation indicates that garlic offers surprisingly powerful antioxidant protections that make it one of the healthiest foods available.

    One of the greatest advantages of garlic is that its therapeutic benefits can be enjoyed alongside its delicious flavor than adds character to many different foods (especially if you like garlic). Individuals who do not enjoy the taste of garlic (or who wish to avoid any hint of "garlic breath") can try a potent, enteric coated garlic supplement, such as One-A-Day Garlic Tabs.

    THE HYDROTHERAPY PROGRAM

    ALTERNATING HOT-COLD SHOWERS

    Hot and cold showers are a very effective way to move the blood and create circulation. Once daily, take a complete hot and cold shower. You will start with hot water for 1 minute, then cold for one minute. Repeat this seven (7) times so the shower should last about fifteen minutes. If starting out with hot water is too intense for you, then start with warm water. Likewise, if your cold water is extremely cold, then start with slightly cool water. As your body adapts, you can adjust the water temperature both to make it hotter and/or colder. Ultimately, using water temperatures as extreme as you can tolerate will produce stronger therapeutic effects.

    On a different occasion daily, you can re-take a complete hot and cold shower again, or do a partial one just applying the water directly an affected area where there is pain or dis-ease. While alternating hot and cold water during the shower, pay special attention to any affected area and massage it vigorously. If no shower is available to you, then alternate hot packs (e.g., a hot water bottle) and ice packs.

    ALTERNATING HOT-COLD SHOWERS STIMULATES POWERFUL CIRCULATION

    Alternating hot and cold showers effectively stimulates circulation and improves heath and healing. This is because alternating hot and cold temperatures to the body acts like a pump to drive circulation. It works like this. Hot water visibly brings blood flow to the surface of the skin. Cold water drives blood deep into the body (resulting in a pale complexion). Applying hot water again brings the blood to the surface, and then cold water drives it deep into tissues. After alternating hot and cold water seven times (for a total of seven complete "cycles"), your circulation will really be moving. This supercharges your circulation.

    The key reason that improved circulation helps heal and regenerate the body is because an injured, weakened, or even sedentary body often lacks circulation in some or many areas. Increased circulation restores normal function. In addition, reduced circulation brings less oxygen and fewer nutrients to cells, and reduces the ability of the body to remove cellular wastes and detoxify.

    An equally important reason improved circulation is critical for rejuvenation because improved circulation overcomes blockages. For example, an injured or dis-eased area may experience reduced circulation due to blockages of blood flow relating to many causes. For example, these causes may include damaged tissues, impaired vessels or capillary trauma, scarring, abnormal cell growth, clots, conditions that reduce and/or weaken blood cells, liver disease, anemia, and others.

    Stimulating circulation with external means (i.e., alternating hot and cold water) helps the body overcome blockages and significantly increases blood flow. Because blockages reduce blood flow and contribute to dis-ease, the action of increasing circulation simultaneously acts to reduce or eliminate blockage, improve flow, and helps the body to heal, regenerate, and create powerful health.

    The hydrotherapy program works well with other supporting protocols, especially the magnesium chloride baths that are part of the Magnesium Chloride program.

    THE SAUNA PROGRAM

    FAR INFRARED (FIR) SAUNA THERAPY

    Sauna therapy is a safe, effective, and enjoyable modality that detoxifies and heals the body. Saunas have been widely by many civilizations and cultures, including the US in the 19th century. Sauna use reemerged in the US in the late 20th century as a means for removal of toxins from the body.

    The popularity of saunas increased after the introduction of infrared saunas, which are more enjoyable for many individuals, and are more effective for detoxification. We highly recommend using saunas, especially far infrared saunas, for their powerful health benefits [4]. There are many brands of far infrared saunas available. We prefer the upright type that is usually constructed of wood.

    Saunas are powerful for detoxification because they help eliminate organic chemicals, excess metals and minerals, biological toxins, and other sources of toxicity. A full exploration of how saunas detoxify and build health is beyond the scope of this article. However, I will address the unique capacities for detoxification facilitated by far infrared sauna therapy.

    BENEFITS OF FAR INFRARED LIGHT IN SAUNA THERAPY

    The far infrared (FIR) sauna is a very useful detoxification tool. Far infrared saunas provide all the benefits of conventional saunas, but add additional benefits, including deep tissue healing and enhancing the activity of water molecules in the body.

    In a far infrared sauna, the radiation heats our bodies from the inside out (much as the sun does to our skin on a sunny day). The thermal effects within the deeper layers of tissue cause the blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting increased circulation and removing metabolic wastes and toxins through sweating.

    Infrared light also activates water molecules in the body by vibrating them at infrared frequencies. Vibrating water molecules become more active as they are ionized into hydrogen and hydroxide ions that release gases and other toxic materials. This is one means by which infrared light decouples toxins from water molecules in the body, and liberates them for elimination through skin.

    The act of decoupling toxins from water molecules also reduces the surface tension of the body's water to support hydration and tissue oxygenation. An additional response to infrared light is that cell mitochondria also increase energy (ATP) production, thereby raising the metabolic rate.

    Infrared activation of water molecules in the body provides major benefits through multiple modes of action: facilitating cellular processes, increasing metabolism and energy, and liberation of toxins so they can be removed via the skin. These benefits exert reciprocal effects to allow the body's detoxification processes to become increasingly effective.

    For example, decoupling of toxins makes them available for removal; greater energy allows cells to process toxins more effectively; improved metabolism allows for faster excretion of toxins through skin. These synergistic effects mean that a far infrared sauna can induce far greater rates of detoxification than conventional saunas.

    Far infrared saunas also demonstrate significantly increased detoxifying effects because the heat they generate can penetrate deeper tissues. A key benefit: when using a conventional sauna, it is estimated that sweat contains about 2% toxins and 98% water. In a far infrared sauna, the ratio increases significantly to 20% toxins and 80% water.

    We recommend setting the sauna air temperature to about 125–135 degrees Fahrenheit and remain in the sauna between 20–35 minutes. Do this several times per week (or every day for three weeks for more intensive detoxification). As your body adapts to sauna therapy, you can gradually increase time spent in the sauna. However, always be aware of your limits, and do not push yourself beyond the point you can tolerate safely. Adjusting to higher temperatures and longer durations takes time.

    DETOXIFICATION OF CHEMICALS, METALS, AND BIOLOGICAL TOXINS

    Saunas improve the health of the body via multiple modes of action. These modes include: increased circulation, greater tissue oxygenation, improved delivery of nutrients to cells, deep muscle relaxation, and other benefits. However, one of the primary benefits of sauna therapy relates to detoxification of organic chemicals, excess metals and minerals, and biological toxins.

    I discussed detoxification as a foundational element of rejuvenation in Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series. Effective methods for removing toxins can be found in our Rejuvenation Program. These methods include protocols for detoxification, for example, a juicing program combined with certain herbs and supplements, including Rejuvenate!™ superfoods, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, Edible Earth, Nascent Iodine, and Hepa Plus (a liver-specfic herbal supplement).

    My treatment of sauna therapy is no less relevant than other methods or modalities for detoxifying. Indeed, we include far infrared sauna therapy as one of the supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program precisely because of its effectiveness and ease of use. Skin is an amazing organ both for taking in nutrients (e.g., sunshine, air, transdermally applied magnesium chloride) and for eliminating toxins. As noted, sauna therapy leverages our capacity for eliminating toxins through skin to increase rates of removal. It is the modality of choice for removing certain toxins. When combined with other modalities (e.g., juicing and consuming therapeutic clays like Edible Earth), the rate of detoxification substantially increases.

    Sauna therapy detoxifies from the body at least three major categories of toxins: 1) organic chemicals, 2) toxic or excess metals and minerals, and 3) biological toxins.

    DETOXIFYING ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS

    Tens of thousands of toxic chemicals exist in our environment. They make their way into our bodies, burden detoxification organs, impair cellular function, and damage health. Most of these chemicals are not tested for safety. They range from industrial and household chemicals (including petrochemicals) to various solvents, additives, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, fluoride, chlorine, chemicals in fire retardants, and in metabolized wastes of pharmaceutical drugs found in the water supply, just to name a few. Some of the more common toxic chemicals include PCBs, trichloroethylene and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, pthalates, and phenols (including bisphenol A). In addition, many of these toxic chemicals are endocrine (hormone) disruptors (xenoestrogens).

    While most of toxic chemicals have not been tested for safety, it is often possible to test an individual for specific chemicals. However, testing is expensive, and testing for thousands of chemicals is impractical, even when tests exist. However, it is known that when tests are conducted, subjects typically show positive for about half of the chemicals in a given test. Yet, when testing indicates the presence of toxic chemicals in the body, the current medical system offers few options for detoxification. In this regard, sauna therapy is probably one the most effective modalities for helping to remove existing toxins.

    DETOXIFYING METALS AND MINERALS

    Toxic metals and minerals/elements present another set of toxins that require detoxification. Like toxic chemicals, toxic metals are ubiquitous in the environment, persistent and highly damaging to biological systems, and often difficult to remove from the body. Toxic metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. Other metals can become toxic depending on their form or deficiencies in other metals. These metals include iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. Common toxic minerals/elements include chlorine and fluoride, but can include excessive amounts of minerals required for good health.

    Symptoms and conditions associated with metal and/or mineral toxicity are many and varied. These include weakened immunity, mental impairment, cognitive dysfunction/learning disabilities, hypothyroidism, diabetes, joint pain, cancer, and various behavioral and emotional problems. Far infrared saunas are particularly well suited for removing toxic metals and excess amounts of vital minerals.

    DETOXIFYING BIOLOGICAL TOXINS

    Other toxins that can be cleared by sauna therapy include biological toxins. Biological toxins are often related to chronic infections, including powerful toxins released by bacteria and fungi. It is interesting that bodies weakened by exposure to toxic chemicals or metals are predisposed to chronic infection. Removal of toxic chemicals and metals through far infrared saunas will improve individuals' capacity to fight infection. In addition, saunas address infection-related biological toxins directly by increasing circulation, heating the body, and employing other means that can reduce or eliminate chronic infections.

    TWO PHASES OF SAUNA THERAPY

    In general, saunas exhibit two phases in which distinct physiological effects occur. Distinguishing the two phases is important because it is necessary to experience both phases for maximum health benefits.

    Whereas the first phase typically lasts for 10–30 minutes, inception of the second phase depends on various factors. These factors include how frequently an individual uses a sauna because as the body adapts, phase one time may decrease to ten minutes.

    In the first phase, body temperature remains at about basal level and sweating is not profuse. The temperature of the body does not increase greatly because heat is dissipated by increased circulation, shunting of blood to surface tissues, and sweating. However, important effects of this phase include inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system, improved tissue oxygenation, dilation of peripheral blood vessels, muscle relaxation, and pain relief.

    After 10 to 30 minutes, the body's capacity to dissipate the sauna's heat diminishes. The body shunts blood to surface tissues with greater force. There are increases in body temperature, heart rate, circulation, and sweating. In fact, body temperature may rise 1–4 degrees Farenheit (F). This sauna-induced hyperthermia provides many beneficial effects.

    An important phase-two effect is hastening the death of weak cells, i.e., the destruction or disabling of relatively weaker cells and/or heat-sensitive cells. Examples of weakened cells that can be destroyed include cells 1) infected with viruses, 2) with damaged DNA, 3) holding radioactive minerals, 4) burdened with chemical toxins, 5) with high levels of toxic metals (e.g., mercury, lead, cadmium). In addition, other weak cells that can be destroyed during this phase include cancer cells, bacteria and spirochetes, as well as fungi and other parasites.

    As I mentioned previously, a unique benefit of far infrared saunas is deep tissue healing. Far infrared radiant energy penetrates skin and heats tissues to a depth of approximately 1.5 inches. This greatly facilitates sweating when compared to conventional hot air saunas that heat only the surface of the body. This deep penetration of heat allows sweating to occur at lower ambient temperatures. For many individuals, this is an advantage that makes far infrared saunas relatively more comfortable while offering equal or greater therapeutic effects.

    SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS ARE NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL REJUVENATION

    Supporting protocols are a major part of HPDI's Rejuvenation Program. These protocols work together powerfully with the other foundational elements of the Rejuvenation Program to create health. Indeed, they often work directly to detoxify, prevent toxicity, boost immune function, leverage the benefits of a solid nutrition program, and build vitality.

    You may not always be able to follow all supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program, yet the more you can do, the better. Because each supporting protocol supports the body in a different way, the cumulative effect is to create favorable conditions in the body that support, build, and maintain great health, naturally.

    When you combine the supporting protocols with the other primary elements in the Rejuvenation Program, the results speaks for themselves: rejuvenation, regeneration, healing, and health. We hope you benefit from our recommendations.

    Notes
    [1] An in-depth reference edition that presents many findings from decades of garlic research: Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium sativum L. and Related Species. 2nd ed. Heinrich Koch, PhD, M. Pharm. ed. and Larry D. Lawson, PhD. Williams and Wilkins, 1996. Trans. of Knoblauch, 1988.
    [2] Vaidya, Vipraja, Keith Ingold, and Derek Pratt. 2009. "Garlic: Source of the Ultimate Antioxidants - Sulfenic Acids." Angewandte Chemie 2009, 121 (1): 163-166.
    [3] "Health Benefits Of Garlic Traced to Acid Produced In Decomposing Organic Compound," Medical News Today, Feb. 2nd, 2009.
    [4] For additional information, see Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing by Lawrence Wilson, MD. Wilson Consultants, 2006.

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