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  • WONDERS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

    Fred Liers PhD molecular hydrogen H2I drink hydrogen-infused water. You should, too. Why? Because the age of hydrogen is here. Molecular hydrogen, that is. We now know that molecular hydrogen has therapeutic potential for nearly every organ in the human body, as well as for 150 different human disease models! In addition, it is extremely safe.

    BACKGROUND

    Molecular hydrogen, also known as "diatomic hydrogen," is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas.

    Elemental hydrogen (H) is the most abundant element in the universe constituting 75% of its mass. Yet, it is absent on earth in its monoatomic form, being present in water, and inorganic and organic compounds. Molecular hydrogen is found in the earth's atmosphere at less than one part per million.

    molecular hydrogen water H2 H20 Hydrogen-infused water is a simple means to consume molecular hydrogen.

    The science regarding benefits to health of molecular hydrogen (H2) has advanced rapidly in recent years thanks to the pioneering efforts of research scientists around the globe.

    Now hydrogen science is moving quickly beyond theory to practical applications. Moreover, new products exist allowing medical professionals and consumers to leverage the health benefits of hydrogen.

    For decades,  diatomic molecular hydrogen was generally considered an "inert" gas. That is perhaps the primary reason that molecular hydrogen has been recognized as a therapeutic molecule only recently.

    Indeed, science has known about the health benefits of molecular hydrogen as early as 1798. It was only in the late 20th century (ca. 1975) that it gained the attention of medical researchers, and only in the past 10 years that the evidence for the health effects of molecular hydrogen has gained critical mass.

    There are now more than 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating the therapeutic potential of hydrogen for nearly every organ in the human body, as well as in 150 different human disease models, according to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation.

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN (H2)

    • Molecular hydrogen reduces oxidative stress as a selective antioxidant and by maintaining homeostatic levels of glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase,  and other free-radical scavenging nutrients.

    • The antioxidant capacities of molecular hydrogen are such that it is beneficial for persistent and acute oxidative stress.

    • Acute oxidative stress arises from a multitude of causes, including inflammation, cardiac or cerebral infarction, organ transplantation, heavy exercise, cessation of operative bleeding, and many other causes.

    • Persistent oxidative stress relates to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated in the body throughout life. For example, during exercise, exposure to pollutants and toxins or UV light, as well as physical and psychological stresses, and the aging process itself. As aerobic organisms, we generate ROS when breathing consumes oxygen.

    • Molecular hydrogen is effective against hydroxyl radicals (OH). The hydroxyl radical is the radical species that causes much of the oxidative damage in the body. While vitamin C, glutathione, and certain plant-based antioxidants are somewhat effective against this radical, there is no Nrf2-induced enzyme that effectively quenches the hydroxl radical.

    • This positions molecular hydrogen as a uniquely effective antioxidant against the hydroxyl radical. Notably, when molecular hydrogen quenches the hydroxyl radical, it produces water, which is non-toxic in the body.

    • Beyond this, molecular hydrogen, like other gaseous signaling molecules such as NO, CO, H2S, appears to exhibit cell signal-modulating activity that confers it with anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-allergy, and many other benefits.

    MOLECULAR HYDROGEN MEDICINE

    The scientific literature discusses the use of molecular hydrogen for many clinical applications, including:

    • Metabolic Syndrome including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and obesity

    • Ischemia/reperfusion injuries, including cerebral and myocardial infarctions, organ transplants, post-cardiac arrest

    • Neuroprotection, including applications for dementia, Parkinson's disease, depression, and anesthesia

    • Inflammation, including applications for polymicrobial sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, wound healing, and bowel diseases

    • Mitochondrial diseases

    • Hemodialysis and ventilation

    • Aging, including cognitive decline

    • Exercise, including applications for fatigue, lactic acid, recovery, and oxidative stress related to heavy exercise

    Side effects of cancer therapies, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy

    • Many other benefits

    molecular hydrogen athlete Athletes benefit from molecular hydrogen, and so can you.

    HOW MOLECULAR HYDROGEN WORKS

    According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, there are three ways molecular hydrogen exerts positive health effects.

    1.  Molecular hydrogen easily diffuses into subcellular compartments where it   scavenges cytotoxic oxygen radicals, thereby protecting DNA, RNA, and proteins against oxidative stress.

    2.  Molecular hydrogen triggers activation or upregulation of additional antioxidant enzymes (e.g., glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and others) and/or cytoprotective proteins of the body.

    3.  Molecular hydrogen may be a novel signaling molecule that alters cell signaling, cell metabolism, and gene expression. This may explain its apparent anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-apoptotic (or anti-cell death) effects.

    MOLECULAR HYDROGEN IS SAFE

    Molecular hydrogen exhibits great safety, and it is regarded as safe for use in the body. It is shown no toxicity even in high concentrations.

    Safety standards are already established for high concentrations of molecular hydrogen for inhalation because high-pressure H2 gas is used in deep-water diving gas mixtures to prevent decompression sickness.

    Notably, H2 gas combusts only at temperatures higher than 527 °C, and it explodes by chain reaction with oxygen (O2) only in the range of Hconcentration (4–75%, vol/vol). 

    Molecular hydrogen can be used for medical applications safely by several ingestion methods including inhalation of 1–4% hydrogen gas, which exhibits great effectiveness.

    All these factors mean that molecular hydrogen is safe, easy-to-use, and effective for therapeutic purposes.

    molecular hydrogen H2 infused water Hydrogen-infused water is safe, easy-to-consume, and cost effective.

    USING MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

    Methods for consuming molecular hydrogen include inhalation, oral ingestion of hydrogen-infused water, injection of hydrogen saline, and direct diffusion (eye drops, baths, cosmetics, etc.).

    An advantage of inhaled H2 gas is that is acts rapidly. In this respect, may be suitable for defense against acute oxidative stress.

    It has been shown that inhalation of 3–4% hydrogen (H2) gas reaches a plateau at approximately 10–20 μM in the arterial and venous blood in about 20 minutes. This is shown not to affect any physiological parameters (e.g., blood pressure), suggesting no adverse effects.

    According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, the consensus is that drinking H2-rich water is the easiest, and often the most effective, method for obtaining molecular hydrogen although it does not provide as many hydrogen molecules to the body as other methods.

    Some studies show consuming H2-infused water to be more effective than inhalation or increasing intestinal H2 production via lactulose administration.

    Another advantage of drinking hydrogen infused water is that it allows gastric induction of ghrelin, which is mediated via activation of beta 1 adrenergic receptors.

    Above all, drinking hydrogen-infused water is easy to do, and convenient as you can drink it at home or while traveling.

    HYDROGEN-INFUSED WATER

    Inhalation of molecular hydrogen gas may be impractical for continuous H2 consumption in daily life. In contrast, solubilized H2 (hydrogen-infused water) is a portable, easily administered, and safe means to ingest H2.

    H2 can be dissolved in water up to 0.8 mM (1.6 mg/L) under atmospheric pressure at room temperature without changing pH.

    Hwater can be made by several methods: infusing H2 gas into water under pressure, electrolyzing water to producing H2, and reacting magnesium metal or its hydride with water.

    Notably, H2 penetrates glass or plastic walls of vessels in a short time, yet aluminum containers retain hydrogen gas for a long time.

    Water ionizers produce hydrogen gas via electrolysis. This method produces hydrogen concentrations from less than 0.05 ppm to more than 2.5 ppm. Typically 0.1 to 0.7 ppm hydrogen is produced, yet most companies manufacturing water ionizers neither know the concentration produced nor understand the significance of hydrogen for health.

    In this regard, depending upon the production method much of the water containing molecular hydrogen exhibits a negative oxygen reduction potential (ORP). Yet, ORP is only a general indication of hydrogen production and is not a measurement of its concentration.

    A second method of producing hydrogen-rich water by electrolysis is by infusion. In this method, hydrogen is directly infused into filtered water within a machine.

    Another convenient method to generate molecular hydrogen is to add alkali-earth metals to water. Magnesium metal in commonly used for this purpose. This method allows for the production of high concentrations of molecular hydrogen that are generally near saturation (1.6 ppm), and therefore less water needs to be consumed by individuals drinking it.

    Magnesium sticks and tablets/capsules are available (some of which are placed in water and others that can be consumed directly) that rapidly produce 2–4 ppm molecular hydrogen concentration. Like electrolysis, adding metals to water also increased the pH of water because they reduce the concentration of H+ ions.

    Other methods exist that can produce supersaturated concentrations of molecular hydrogen with or without alteration of water pH. Advantages of these methods include having to drink a fraction of the amount of water in order to obtain an equal amount of molecular hydrogen.

    Drinking water containing molecular hydrogen is probably the easiest and most cost-effective means for most persons to obtain hydrogen.

    molecular hydrogen man drinking H2-infused water Hydrogen-infused water can be consumed using tablets, prepared H2 beverages, or ionized water.

    HYDROGEN AND YOUR MICROBIOME

    Certain types bacteria in the intestinal tract produce hydrogen gas from non-digestible fibers, which may explain how fiber-rich diets reduce inflammation, and exert cardiovascular and other health benefits.

    Diets low in dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables, or a decrease in microbiome diversity could potentially reduce production of molecular hydrogen. This could exert adverse effects on health.

    The presence (or absence) of a diverse and robust microbiome may be one of the most significant factors in terms of how much hydrogen can be generated in the body.

    Factors that influence or reduce microbiome health and diversity include antibiotic use, imbalanced diet, lack of certain fiber-rich vegetables in the diet, and consumption of herbicides, pesticides, and GMOs (that include glyphosate) that harm microbial populations and cause "leaky gut".

    As knowledge increases regarding ways we can support a healthy microbiome, the biological significance of hydrogen historically produced in our digestive tracts will be better understood.

    BENEFIT TODAY FROM MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

    The clinical applications of molecular hydrogen are impressive. One of the great advantages of molecular hydrogen infused water is that  it is easy to consume it, or make it in your own home or wherever you happen to be.

    HPDI now sells a tablet hydrogen product from Purative known as Active H2.

    Active H2 is a unique, patent-pending combination of all-natural minerals used to generate molecular hydrogen and electron-rich potential (-ORP). This distinguishes it from existing hydrogen formulas and electrolysis (water ionizers).

    Active H2 is easy to use.  Simply place one tablet of in a 1/2 liter (16 oz) container of pure water (filled to the top) and close tightly. Wait at least 5–10 minutes for it to completely disintegrate (fizz), and then drink.

    A one pint glass mason jar works well as a container for this purpose. However, you can use up to one liter (about 32 ounces) of water in a container, so a quart mason jar also works well. Consume the hydrogen-infused water ideally at least 30 minutes before food.

    Active H2 formula consists of a proprietary blend of pure magnesium, malic acid, fumaric acid, and maltose that synergistically act to generate molecular hydrogen and electron-rich potential (-ORP).

    Active H2 is the only all-natural add-in tablet providing molecular hydrogen in the amount of greater than 1.8 ppm, That is, one tablet typically generates molecular hydrogen in the concentration of about 2 ppm.

    There are other molecular hydrogen products, including tablets, sticks, and pre-infused bottled products like H2Bev. H2Bev provides about 1.2–1.5 ppm of molecular hydrogen and comes in a 12 oz coated aluminum container for excellent H2 retention.

    SUMMARY

    Molecular hydrogen sits in the unique position of providing significant, wide-ranging benefits for health with an unmatched ease-of-use, and at relatively low cost for what it delivers.

    We highly recommend the use of molecular hydrogen for its health benefits and for therapeutic applications.

    Below we include important scientific abstracts you may find helpful in understanding the benefits and applications of molecular hydrogen.

     

    SCIENTIFIC STUDIES ON MOLECULAR HYDROGEN

    Beneficial biological effects and the underlying mechanisms of molecular hydrogen – comprehensive review of 321 original articles

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26483953

    Abstract
    Therapeutic effects of molecular hydrogen for a wide range of disease models and human diseases have been investigated since 2007. A total of 321 original articles have been published from 2007 to June 2015. Most studies have been conducted in Japan, China, and the USA. About three-quarters of the articles show the effects in mice and rats. The number of clinical trials is increasing every year. In most diseases, the effect of hydrogen has been reported with hydrogen water or hydrogen gas, which was followed by confirmation of the effect with hydrogen-rich saline. Hydrogen water is mostly given ad libitum. Hydrogen gas of less than 4% is given by inhalation. The effects have been reported in essentially all organs covering 31 disease categories that can be subdivided into 166 disease models, human diseases, treatment-associated pathologies, and pathophysiological conditions of plants with a predominance of oxidative stress-mediated diseases and inflammatory diseases. Specific extinctions of hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite were initially presented, but the radical-scavenging effect of hydrogen cannot be held solely accountable for its drastic effects. We and others have shown that the effects can be mediated by modulating activities and expressions of various molecules such as Lyn, ERK, p38, JNK, ASK1, Akt, GTP-Rac1, iNOS, Nox1, NF-κB p65, IκBα, STAT3, NFATc1, c-Fos, and ghrelin. Master regulator(s) that drive these modifications, however, remain to be elucidated and are currently being extensively investigated.

    Molecular hydrogen as a preventive and therapeutic medical gas: initiation, development and potential of hydrogen medicine

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24769081

    Abstract
    Molecular hydrogen (H2) has been accepted to be an inert and nonfunctional molecule in our body. We have turned this concept by demonstrating that H2 reacts with strong oxidants such as hydroxyl radical in cells, and proposed its potential for preventive and therapeutic applications. H2 has a number of advantages exhibiting extensive effects: H2 rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect signaling reactive oxygen species; therefore, there should be no or little adverse effects of H2. There are several methods to ingest or consume H2; inhaling H2 gas, drinking H2-dissolved water (H2-water), injecting H2-dissolved saline (H2-saline), taking an H2 bath, or dropping H2-saline into the eyes. The numerous publications on its biological and medical benefits revealed that H2 reduces oxidative stress not only by direct reactions with strong oxidants, but also indirectly by regulating various gene expressions. Moreover, by regulating the gene expressions, H2 functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic, and stimulates energy metabolism. In addition to growing evidence obtained by model animal experiments, extensive clinical examinations were performed or are under investigation. Since most drugs specifically act to their targets, H2 seems to differ from conventional pharmaceutical drugs. Owing to its great efficacy and lack of adverse effects, H2 has promising potential for clinical use against many diseases.

    Molecular hydrogen in drinking water protects against neurodegenerative changes induced by traumatic brain injury.

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25251220

    Abstract
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in its various forms has emerged as a major problem for modern society. Acute TBI can transform into a chronic condition and be a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, probably through induction of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Here, we examined the ability of the antioxidant molecular hydrogen given in drinking water (molecular hydrogen water; mHW) to alter the acute changes induced by controlled cortical impact (CCI), a commonly used experimental model of TBI. We found that mHW reversed CCI-induced edema by about half, completely blocked pathological tau expression, accentuated an early increase seen in several cytokines but attenuated that increase by day 7, reversed changes seen in the protein levels of aquaporin-4, HIF-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9, but not for amyloid beta peptide 1-40 or 1-42. Treatment with mHW also reversed the increase seen 4 h after CCI in gene expression related to oxidation/carbohydrate metabolism, cytokine release, leukocyte or cell migration, cytokine transport, ATP and nucleotide binding. Finally, we found that mHW preserved or increased ATP levels and propose a new mechanism for mHW, that of ATP production through the Jagendorf reaction. These results show that molecular hydrogen given in drinking water reverses many of the sequelae of CCI and suggests that it could be an easily administered, highly effective treatment for TBI.

    The evolution of molecular hydrogen: a noteworthy potential therapy with clinical significance

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23680032

    Abstract
    Studies on molecular hydrogen have evolved tremendously from its humble beginnings and have continued to change throughout the years. Hydrogen is extremely unique since it has the capability to act at the cellular level. Hydrogen is qualified to cross the blood brain barrier, to enter the mitochondria, and even has the ability to translocate to the nucleus under certain conditions. Once in these ideal locations of the cell, previous studies have shown that hydrogen exerts antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and cytoprotective properties that are beneficial to the cell. Hydrogen is most commonly applied as a gas, water, saline, and can be applied in a variety of other mediums. There are also few side effects involving hydrogen, thus making hydrogen a perfect medical gas candidate for the convention of novel therapeutic strategies against cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, cancer, metabolic, and respiratory diseases and disorders. Although hydrogen appears to be faultless at times, there still are several deficiencies or snares that need to be investigated by future studies. This review article seeks to delve and comprehensively analyze the research and experiments that alludes to molecular hydrogen being a novel therapeutic treatment that medicine desperately needs.

    Molecular hydrogen as an emerging therapeutic medical gas for neurodegenerative and other diseases

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3377272/

    Abstract
    Effects of molecular hydrogen on various diseases have been documented for 63 disease models and human diseases in the past four and a half years. Most studies have been performed on rodents including two models of Parkinson's disease and three models of Alzheimer's disease. Prominent effects are observed especially in oxidative stress-mediated diseases including neonatal cerebral hypoxia; Parkinson's disease; ischemia/reperfusion of spinal cord, heart, lung, liver, kidney, and intestine; transplantation of lung, heart, kidney, and intestine. Six human diseases have been studied to date: diabetes mellitus type 2, metabolic syndrome, hemodialysis, inflammatory and mitochondrial myopathies, brain stem infarction, and radiation-induced adverse effects. Two enigmas, however, remain to be solved. First, no dose-response effect is observed. Rodents and humans are able to take a small amount of hydrogen by drinking hydrogen-rich water, but marked effects are observed. Second, intestinal bacteria in humans and rodents produce a large amount of hydrogen, but an addition of a small amount of hydrogen exhibits marked effects. Further studies are required to elucidate molecular bases of prominent hydrogen effects and to determine the optimal frequency, amount, and method of hydrogen administration for each human disease.

    Molecular hydrogen is a novel antioxidant to efficiently reduce oxidative stress with potential for the improvement of mitochondrial diseases

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21621588

    Abstract

    BACKGROUND:
    Mitochondria are the major source of oxidative stress. Acute oxidative stress causes serious damage to tissues, and persistent oxidative stress is one of the causes of many common diseases, cancer and the aging process; however, there has been little success in developing an effective antioxidant with no side effect. We have reported that molecular hydrogen has potential as an effective antioxidant for medical applications [Ohsawa et al., Nat. Med. 13 (2007) 688-694].

    SCOPE OF REVIEW:
    We review the recent progress toward therapeutic and preventive applications of hydrogen. Since we published the first paper in Nature Medicine, effects of hydrogen have been reported in more than 38 diseases, physiological states and clinical tests in leading biological/medical journals. Based on this cumulative knowledge, the beneficial biological effects of hydrogen have been confirmed. There are several ways to intake or consume hydrogen, including inhaling hydrogen gas, drinking hydrogen-dissolved water, taking a hydrogen bath, injecting hydrogen-dissolved saline, dropping hydrogen-dissolved saline into the eyes, and increasing the production of intestinal hydrogen by bacteria. Hydrogen has many advantages for therapeutic and preventive applications, and shows not only anti-oxidative stress effects, but also has various anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects. Preliminary clinical trials show that drinking hydrogen-dissolved water seems to improve the pathology of mitochondrial disorders.

    MAJOR CONCLUSIONS:
    Hydrogen has biological benefits toward preventive and therapeutic applications; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying the marked effects of small amounts of hydrogen remain elusive.

    GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE:
    Hydrogen is a novel antioxidant with great potential for actual medical applications. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Biochemistry of Mitochondria.

    Recent progress toward hydrogen medicine: potential of molecular hydrogen for preventive and therapeutic applications

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21736547

    Abstract
    Persistent oxidative stress is one of the major causes of most lifestyle-related diseases, cancer and the aging process. Acute oxidative stress directly causes serious damage to tissues. Despite the clinical importance of oxidative damage, antioxidants have been of limited therapeutic success. We have proposed that molecular hydrogen (H(2)) has potential as a "novel" antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications [Ohsawa et al., Nat Med. 2007: 13; 688-94]. H(2) has a number of advantages as a potential antioxidant: H(2) rapidly diffuses into tissues and cells, and it is mild enough neither to disturb metabolic redox reactions nor to affect reactive oxygen species (ROS) that function in cell signaling, thereby, there should be little adverse effects of consuming H(2). There are several methods to ingest or consume H(2), including inhaling hydrogen gas, drinking H(2)-dissolved water (hydrogen water), taking a hydrogen bath, injecting H(2)- dissolved saline (hydrogen saline), dropping hydrogen saline onto the eye, and increasing the production of intestinal H(2) by bacteria. Since the publication of the first H(2) paper in Nature Medicine in 2007, the biological effects of H(2) have been confirmed by the publication of more than 38 diseases, physiological states and clinical tests in leading biological/medical journals, and several groups have started clinical examinations. Moreover, H(2) shows not only effects against oxidative stress, but also various anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effects. H(2) regulates various gene expressions and protein-phosphorylations, though the molecular mechanisms underlying the marked effects of very small amounts of H(2) remain elusive.

    Hydrogen acts as a therapeutic antioxidant by selectively reducing cytotoxic oxygen radicals

    From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17486089

    Abstract
    Acute oxidative stress induced by ischemia-reperfusion or inflammation causes serious damage to tissues, and persistent oxidative stress is accepted as one of the causes of many common diseases including cancer. We show here that hydrogen (H(2)) has potential as an antioxidant in preventive and therapeutic applications. We induced acute oxidative stress in cultured cells by three independent methods. H(2) selectively reduced the hydroxyl radical, the most cytotoxic of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and effectively protected cells; however, H(2) did not react with other ROS, which possess physiological roles. We used an acute rat model in which oxidative stress damage was induced in the brain by focal ischemia and reperfusion. The inhalation of H(2) gas markedly suppressed brain injury by buffering the effects of oxidative stress. Thus H(2) can be used as an effective antioxidant therapy; owing to its ability to rapidly diffuse across membranes, it can reach and react with cytotoxic ROS and thus protect against oxidative damage.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Molecular Hydrogen Foundation (MHF)

    Molecular Hydrogen (H2) at the Forefront of Health Research
    by Hank Liers, PhD (from the HPDI blog)

    ACTIVE H2 (tablet formula)

  • Microbiome, Diet, and Prescript-Assist Probiotic & Prebiotic

    Fred Liers PhD microbiome health probioticsGut health is paramount to overall health. This was known in ancient times. According to the 4th-century (BCE) Greek physician Hippocrates, "All disease begins in the gut." And since our founding in 1988, we at Health Products Distributors have recognized the importance of supporting a healthy microbiome through diet, lifestyle, and the use of probiotic supplements.

    We have written blog articles on developments regarding the microbiome, including "The Advantages of Soil Based Organisms for Health" (2014) and Dr. Hank's short piece "A New View of the Role of Bacteria for Health" (2012).

    However, the scientific understanding of the microbiome continues making quantum leaps. Every month it seems there is another groundbreaking study reported, or fresh information about the human microbiome highlighting specific aspects of its fundamental role in human health.

    Gut health is paramount for good health. Gut health is paramount for good health.

    For example, studies showing the microbiome's significance for brain function, digestive tract health, leaky gut, immune system function, and lifelong health. And even more, studies revealing potential connections between microbiome status and conditions involving the gut-brain axis, such as gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.

    As exciting as the studies are on a theoretical level, one of the main benefits is that many of them point to practical applications and suggestions that can be implemented on a daily basis by individuals wishing to improve microbiome health and vitality.

    Information about means you can take to improve microbiome health is increasingly available not only in the scientific literature (which can be searched for in places like PubMed), but also in the popular media. For example, books like Dr. David Perlmutter's Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life (2015) include dietary recommendations and recipes. In addition, there are numerous books and online resources for making your own cultured foods (everything from kombucha tea to fermented condiments), as I will talk about more below.

    sauerkraut kimchi yogurt probiotic fermented food microbiome Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt are high in probiotics.

    Increasingly, individuals are speaking with their nutritionist or doctor on this topic, as knowledge of the important role of foods and nutrition in supporting a healthy microbiome.

    While at the ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) annual meeting in Las Vegas in November, I attended a presentation by Raphael Kellman, MD. He discussed the importance of the microbiome for supporting health, and the positive effects related to maintaining populations of beneficial flora, including the fact that probiotics can support positive emotions. Most relevantly, he spoke about specific prebiotic and probiotic foods he recommends his patients consume in order to maintain a healthy microbiome.

    I present a few recommendations for supporting and improving microbiome health through lifestyle, dietary choices, and the use of probiotic supplements.

    DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MICROBIOME HEALTH

    Dietary choices are among the simplest, yet most effective means for effecting improvement  in the human microbiome. Here are some dietary recommendations that are known to work.

    Consume Foods High in Probiotics, including Fermented Foods. Foods high in probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kim chee, tempeh, pickles and other pickled vegetables, and kombucha tea.

    Probiotic foods provide you directly with good-for-you bacteria that help keep your microbiome diverse and well balanced.

    Historically, many of the most important bacteria for gut health are lactobacteria and bifidobacteria. Some of the most well-recognized strains of these types include L. acidophilus, B. longum, B. bifidum, L. fermentum, and L. rhamnosus.

    Notably, studies indicate reduced levels of lactobacteria and bifidobacteria in depressed individuals. While these two types of bacteria are perhaps the most studied and well-known, there are hundreds or thousands of different types of beneficial bacteria in the human microbiome. I will talk more about some of them when I discuss soil-based organisms.

    Source probiotic foods that are organic, biodynamic, garden grown, and free-range / pasture-raised (e.g., dairy products). For pickles and relishes should preferably be unpasteurized and fermented in brine.

    Consume Prebiotic Foods. It is important to consume foods that provide non-digestible short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that support a flourishing good-for-you microbial community. Prebiotic foods include onions, garlic, asparagus, radishes, beans, oats.

    Many prebiotic foods contain relatively high amounts of inulin, which is a soluble dietary fiber and a naturally occurring oligosaccharide. Inulin belongs to a class of carbohydrates called fructans.

    Inulin selectively feeds beneficial bacteria. Major inulin-containing foods include Jersusalem artichoke (sunchokes), bananas, leeks, beets, and certain herbs. Chicory root, elecampane root, and dandelion root are especially high in inulin.

    The fermentation of indigestible complex carbohydrates like inulin (and other natural dietary fibers) in the digestive tract results in the production of short-chain fatty acids that feed beneficial microbiota.

    asparagus prebiotic microbiome beneficial bacteria Asparagus contains the prebiotic inulin.

    The three primary short chain fatty acids created by gut bacteria are acetic, butryic, and propionic acids. These fatty acids are excreted or absorbed by the colon and used for energy by cells. For example, butyric acid provides fuel for cells lining the colon and is associated with positive benefits.

    Because different bacterial species produce different fatty acids, the ratio of the different species is important for health. In particular, butyric acid is associated with positive health benefits.

    In contrast, clostridial species produce proprionic acid (PPA), which is too high quantities is known to exert adverse effects in the body, including the brain. Interestingly, studies show that autistic individuals harbor more clostridial species some of which are remarkably absent in normal populations.

    At least one comparative study showed the the microbiomes of urban, Western populations (consuming more refined foods) produce relatively high levels of proprionic acid whereas the microbiomes found in rural, non-western populations (consuming more dietary fiber) produce more butyric acid.

    Other studies indicate that the microbiome of rural populations predominantly contains bacterioides type flora (associated with lean body mass) and urban populations contain more firmicutes (associated with obesity).

    Consume vegetables, including leafy green vegetables: Diets that include relatively high amounts of greens are beneficial for feeding a diverse and healthy microbial community. This is not only because of high-nutrient density and dietary fiber, but also due to the beneficial bacteria naturally present in these foods.

    Reduce intake of sugars, especially refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup. Natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are generally better to consume because they are ingested along with dietary fiber as part of the whole food. Refined sugars and especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) test the body's capacity for dealing with sugar, stress the body, prematurely age cells (via glycation processes), and promote adverse changes that can ultimately lead to diabetes.

    Avoid foods containing antibiotics. Antibiotics in foods damage the microbiome by killing bacteria (including beneficial bacteria), reducing microbial diversity, and leaving the microbiome vulnerable to hostile takeover. Thus, consume only free-range, antiobiotic-free meats, eggs, and poultry. Avoid factory farmed meats and farmed fish.

    Avoid simple carbohydrates. Like refined sugars, refined carbohydrates and grain products are notorious culprits for producing an imbalanced microbiome. So, avoid overconsuming processed grains, especially those containing wheat.

    Avoid gluten. Wheat and the gluten it contains has been implicated in adverse conditions for the microbiome. Yet, wheat isn't the only food containing gluten. While this may sound like advice given only for celiacs or IBS patients, the picture emerging regarding gluten is that it is associated with adverse changes in the microbiome. Similarly, adverse changes in the microbiome are associated with the development of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.

    one hundred percent organic Organic and biodynamic foods support a healthy microbiome.

    Avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs). The consensus is emerging that genetically modified (or genetically engineered) foods contribute to problems in the microbiome. Herbicides used on GMO crops, such as glyphosate, harm the microbiome and contribute to states of depleted nutrition.

    Avoid artificial sweeteners. As bad as refined sugars are for the microbiome, artificial sweeteners can be just as bad or worse. Beyond the fact that artificial sweeteners tend to be toxic, they are known to produce adverse changes in the microbiome.

    Choose organic, biodynamic, pesticide-free, and garden-raised. Regarding food choices, do your best to obtain naturally grown foods and to avoid agricultural chemicals.

    LIFESTYLE CHOICES SUPPORTING THE MICROBIOME

    Avoid Antibiotics. Whenever possible, avoid taking antibiotics. These can destroy the balance in your microbiome.

    Avoid antimicrobial products. These include soaps (containing triclosan and other chemicals), antimicrobial coatings (like Microban), and antibacterial substances.

    Avoid chemicals that affect your microbiome. For example, avoid products and foods with synthetic, toxic preservatives. Drink filtered water (i.e., non-chlorinated water).

    Get Dirty. Try gardening, spend time outdoors, or just be in nature more often. Unpolluted soils are an excellent source of natural microbes needed to keep you microbiome in balance.

    PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION

    In addition to consuming probiotic and prebiotic foods, it can be helpful to take a probiotic supplement. Many of the probiotic supplements on the market provide a full complement of lactobacteria and/or bifidobacteria (often in the same formula).

    It is especially useful to take probiotic supplements after exposure to antibiotics. However, probiotic supplements can offer be an effective adjunct to a probiotic (and prebiotic) friendly diet.

    More recently, soil based organisms have garnered attention as important constituents of a healthy microbiome. These differ from lactobacteria, and in many ways are hardier and easier to get into the gut where they can thrive. It is also known that fulvic and humic acids act as prebiotics feeding microbes found in soils (soil based organisms) that support human health.

    WHAT ARE SOIL BASED ORGANISMS (SBO)?

    There are thousands of different types of bacteria found naturally in soils. These bacteria in soil and dirt historically performed many beneficial functions for us. It appears they help our bodies regulate immunity, and protect us from bacterial and fungal overgrowths in our intestinal tracts.

    Up until 100 years ago (or less for some people), soil based organisms were an everyday part of the diet. Not that long ago, our country was comprised mostly of farmers. Agriculture was more about getting dirty than about efficient machinery and chemicals inputs (i.e., industrial agriculture). At that time, almost everyone would have consumed soil based organisms on vegetables and other foods from the fields, gardens, and orchards.

    Today due to lack of exposure to soil based organisms resulting from modern food processing systems and the extensive use of pesticides that destroy the organisms, the average person has a very different composition of intestinal flora from their ancestors. There are far fewer soil based organisms, and more lactic acid bacteria. In addition, the use of antibiotics for young children has further swayed the balance away from these beneficial bacteria.

    soil based organisms carrots Healthy soils host soil based organisms. Foods grown traditionally without the use of synthetic herbicides and fertilizers provide high SBO levels.

    With a dramatic rise in research into the benefits of soil based organisms, new products have been developed that help us reintroduce them into our intestinal tracts. There they offer many benefits, including improving digestion, boosting immunity, and supporting overall good health in the intestines (with such benefits as reduced bloating, flatulence, and constipation).

    And for example, certain soil based organisms are known to secrete proteins activating the immune system, as well as stimulating the production of white blood cells and antibodies.

    BENEFITS OF SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

    Increasing evidence supports the idea that soil based organisms are essential for human health. Here are a few of the reported benefits:

    • Improved Gastrointestinal Health
    • Prevention of Gut Colonization by Harmful Bacteria and Fungi
    • Support for Intestinal Regeneration
    • Support for Balancing Gut Microbiota
    • Help Balance Colon pH
    • Increase Resistance to Harmful Bacteria and Fungi
    • Increase Absorption of Nutrients in the Intestines
    • Help Replenish Friendly Microflora in the Colon
    • Support Overall Health and Well Being
    • Enhance Metabolism in the Gut
    • Promote and Normalize Bowel Function
    • Help Reduce Gas and Bloating
    • Improve Immune System Function
    • Improve GI Tract Barrier Function
    • Many Other Benefits

    SOIL BASED ORGANISMS ARE DIFFERENT THAN LACTOBACTERIA

    Most people today either take or are aware of the benefits of probiotics containing lactic acid-based bacteria. These include commonly known strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Lactic-acid bacteria certainly are beneficial. There is a large body of research showing their high value for supporting digestion, immunity, and many other benefits. But they do have certain limitations.

    Many of the lactic acid bacteria in probiotic formulas have difficulty making it through the stomach's acidic environment. Thus, the bacteria arrive in the small intestine in vastly reduced numbers compared to the amount that must be consumed. Nutritionists therefore usually recommend taking probiotics with a large number of "colony forming units" (CFU) in order to ensure viability of the bacteria.

    In addition, the benefits conferred by taking lactic acid bacteria may depend upon continuing usage. That is, certain studies indicate the benefits of these bacteria are greatly reduced after usage ends.

    Soil based organisms offer several advantages compared to lactic-acid bacteria. First, they are extremely hardy and better able to withstand the acidic environment in the stomach. They are in fact, "endospore-forming" bacteria that surround themselves in a hard exterior that travels more effectively through the intestinal tract.

    This means soil based organisms are far more likely to arrive intact in the small intestines (where they need to be) than lactobacteria. It also means that products containing soil-based organisms can provide fewer colony forming units and still be effective. That is, probiotic supplements with soil based organisms are more efficient at getting CFUs into the small intestines. It also eliminates or reduces the need for special coatings,  manufacturing processes, or "delivery systems" that must be created as a means to improve delivery rates of lactic acid bacteria.

    Soil based organisms have also been shown to colonize the gut more effectively than lactic-acid bacteria. This may partially relate to the fact that they are hardier and make it to the small intestines in greater numbers. A major benefit is that this characteristic of SBOs may allow a reduction is dosage onto a "maintenance" level sooner without concerns that benefits of probiotic supplementation will disappear.

    PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ BROAD-SPECTRUM PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC

    We at Health Products Distributors, Inc. researched various products containing soil based organisms. We now carry Prescript-Assist™, an effective, well-regarded broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic formula.

    Prescript-Assist™ provides 29 naturally resilient strains that support your body’s natural intestinal balance. Having so many strains means that this formula better reflects the great microbial diversity of the intestines versus typical probiotic products. In fact, more than 1,000 different species of microbes inhabit the human gut. Prescript-Assist™ includes Bacillus subtilis, which is a well-proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.

    Below is a complete list of the strains of soil based organisms provided by Prescript-Assist. One 600 mg capsule of Prescript-Assist includes the following microorganisms (as well as the prebiotic Leonardite):

    Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

    The number and types of species found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be a major difference between a well functioning digestive system and immune system, and those less than optimally functional. In scientific studies, individuals exhibiting higher levels of gastrointestinal distress and gut irregularities have been found to have a correspondingly lower variety of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

    Benefits of Probiotics soil based organisms Benefits of probiotics, including SBO formulas like Prescript-Assist

    INHERENT VIABILITY

    Prescript-Assist™ is a clinically proven probiotic supplement designed to ensure maximum viability of the many organisms it provides. The formula offers inherent viability because the species it provides are naturally adapted for survival in the human gastrointestinal tract. That is, these 29 species are environmentally based (SBO) species drawn from the terrestrial microbiome where they have prospered and adapted for millenia to beneficially coexist with humans.

    Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. These organisms are resistant to acid, bile, and heat. In fact, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms it has a 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

    The inherent viability of the soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist means there are no requirements for nano-encapsulation or hard-shelled enteric-coated capsules, which both are essentially attempts to force viability of probiotic species rather than utilizing hardy strains naturally preadapted to our bodies.

    Typical probiotic formulas therefore contain the relatively low-viability lactic acid bacteria that must be protected by technologies (e.g., microencapsulation) due to their inherent fragility. These fragile bacteria have a difficult time surviving because they are readily destroyed within the acidic environment of the stomach. Although patented enteric coatings can help survival rates, the provision of high-viabiltiy organisms that reach the intestines intact due to the inherent strength of their natural spore structure makes more sense as a means to protect against degradation in the stomach and intestinal tract.

    In sum, Prescript-Assist™ provides bacteria that reach the intestines intact due to the fact that the spore structure protects against degradation or destruction by stomach acids.

    probiotics-pros-cons soil based organisms Benefits of soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist versus lactic acid bacteria formulas

    29 SYMBIOTIC SPECIES FOUND IN ORGANIC, FERTILE SOILS

    Science has shown that a baby's exposure to maternal bacterial cultures during natural birth help it to form a healthy, disease-resistant bacterial defense. Likewise, the environmental and soil-based bacteria commonly found in foods grown in fertile organic soils assist in growing and maintaining a healthy makeup of internal flora in humans.

    This is the basis of SBO (soil based organism) probiotics like Prescript-Assist.™ SBO probiotics have risen in recognition recently as clinical evidence grows to support their effectiveness. Species from the Bacillus genus, a gut-adapted spore-forming bacteria found in Prescript-Assist, have been demonstrated safe and effective in in vitro and in vivo studies (see Resources section below).

    Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Dr. Oz Show says, "Spore form probiotics are the Chuck Norris of probiotics: total tough guys. They have to be to survive splashing around in your stomach's acid bath. Wimpier types—including live cultures in yogurt—often throw in the towel."

    Among brands of SBO probiotics, Prescript-Assist offers the greatest diversity of species. It is the diversity and the resilience of the Prescript-Assist formulation that accounts for its proven success in peer-reviewed, published clinical trials.

    BROAD SPECTRUM DIVERSITY

    The Human Microbiome Project (NIH-funded five-years research study by a consortium of nearly 80 universities and institutions) confirmed that the number of microbial species found in the human intestines numbers in the thousands rather than hundreds.

    Just as importantly, the project results showed that the distribution of a variety of strains capable of performing similar tasks is more important than the individual species themselves. This information underscores the importance of broad spectrum diversity, and therefore the role that can be played by multi-strain probiotic complexes, such as Prescript-Assist.

    microbes over time soil based organisms Soil based organisms in the human microbiome change during the life cycle.

    A review article in Cell refers to the gut as a "natural laboratory for studying the 'microevolution' of humans." The authors write: "In this view, we are seen as superorganisms composed of an amalgam of both microbial and H. sapiens cells, where the survival of microbe and human is interdependent."

    With its balanced formulation of 29 beneficial strains selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets, Prescript-Assist is the only professional-grade probiotic to contain 29 species, 12 different genera, and all four of the most common phyla found in the human digestive tract, including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria.

    soil based organisms human skin Prevalence on skin sites of different types of bacteria, including soil based organisms.

    ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES OF PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ PROBIOTIC FORMULA

    SHELF STABILITY (NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED)

    Prescript-Assist offers exceptional shelf stability. It is well known that conventional probiotics (i.e., lactic acid bacteria) are readily damaged, degraded, and destroyed by heat and pressure during the manufacturing process. They are also degraded by exposure to light and by temperature changes. Because they lack shelf stability, if they are not kept refrigerated, they often cannot provide a sufficient quantity of organisms by the time of ingestion.

    In contrast, Prescript-Assist features probiotic bacteria protected by a durable seed-like structure, so that they are better safeguarded against environmental factors, including heat, pressure, light, or temperature variability. Indeed, testing confirms that the probiotic bacteria in Prescript-Assist remain 95% viable two years after their date of manufacture without any need for refrigeration.

    PREBIOTIC SUPPORT – LEONARDITE (FULVIC & HUMIC ACIDS)

    Most probiotic formulas do not contain any prebiotics, which are a food source for bacteria, and help accelerate their growth. Prescript-Assist uniquely contains Leonardite, which is a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows the beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.

    Fulvic and humic acids belong to a group of organic substances called humic substances. These are dark brown constituents of humus found in soil that contribute to the character of soil, and are precursors to fossil fuels. They are also found in peat, coal upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. Both humic acid and fulvic acid are excellent chelators and powerful antioxidants.

    Humic acid is normally found in the form of "humate" (the salt of humic acid), i.e., humic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element. Fulvic acid is normally found in the form of 'fulvate' (the salt of fulvic acid), i.e., fulvic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element.

    A substantial fraction of the mass of the humic acids is in carboxylic acid functional groups, which endow these molecules with the ability to chelate (bind) positively charged multivalent ions (Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, most other "trace elements" of value to plants, as well as other ions that have no positive biological role, such as Cd2+ and Pb2+).

    This chelation of ions is probably the most important role of humic acids with respect to living systems. By chelating the ions, they facilitate the uptake of these ions by several mechanisms, one of which is preventing their precipitation, another appears to be a direct and positive influence on their bioavailability.

    Humic acid and fulvic acid have been the subject of many years of scientific study not only because of their role in soil and plant biology, but also with respect to their chelation capabilities. That is, for their proven capacities in removing heavy metals from the human body.

    Humic and fulvic acids bind only with double valency positive cations, i.e., nutritional elements and/or heavy metal ions. It is likely that a heavy metal ion will displace a lighter, nutritional metal ion and bind with the humate or fulvate.

    Many health care practitioners recommend fulvic acid as an electrolyte (to increase cellular electrical efficiency) and supplement to take in combination with trace mineral supplements in order to assist in their uptake by the body. Fulvic acid bonds with these minerals. Because it is a small molecule and therefore easily able to pass through cell membranes, it allows delivery of the minerals efficiently into cells.

    Most products are based on processed humate, taken from high quality soil sources, containing large amounts of nutritional cations already bound into the matrix. They are therefore not likely to deplete an individual's mineral levels. As fulvic acid/fulvate is the smaller molecule, it is more easily absorbed into the cells. It is regarded as an excellent method of delivery for trace elements and nutrients into the body, as well as being an excellent chelator.

    Observed Effects of Humic Acids on Animals

    Our focus in this article is upon the effects of soil based organisms and prebiotics (e.g., humic and fulvic acids) in humans. However, it is worth noting that various animal studies show a large number of benefits. These studies show the following benefits:

    Covering mucous membrane and adstringent effects

    Humic acids can form a protective film on the mucuous epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract against infections and toxins. The macrocolloidal structure of humic acids ensures a good shielding on the mucous membrane of the stomach and gut, the peripheral capillaries, and damaged mucosal cells. As a result of this process, the resorption of toxic metabolites is reduced or fully prevented, especially after infections, in case of residues of harmful substances in foods. Furthermore, humic acids help to prevent excessive loss of water via the intestine.

    Antibacterial and virucidal effects

    Humic acids can influence the metabolism of proteins and carbonhydrates of microbes by catalytic means. This leads to a directly damaging effect against bacteria or viruses. A second mechanism is related to the interionic bonds of high-molecular protein fractions (toxins) of infectious microbes. Their toxic impact on physiological processes of mucous membrane cells can be weakened considerably or even completely blocked.

    Antiphlogical effects

    Dermal, oral, or subcutaneous application of humic acids leads to inhibitory effects on inflammation. The ability to inhibit inflammation is considered to be related with the flavonoid groups contained in humic acids.

    Antiresorptive and adsorptive effects

    As high-molecular humic acids remain in the gastrointestinal tract almost entirely following the enteral application (there is no self-resorption), antiresorptive and adsorptive effects take place where they are needed—in the digestive tract. Primarily cationoid noxes (protein toxins, toxic substances) are fixed, their resorption is reduced considerably or even prevented completely and their elimination through the bowel is promoted. As adsorption by humic acids includes not only physical and chemical reactions, but also complex-formation and ion-exchange, it is more intensive and dynamic compared to purely physical adsorbents.

    Effects on the immune system

    Humic acids stimulate the resistance forces of the body and lead to an increase in the phagocytosis activity. The inducer effect of phenolic components (groups) of humic acids is believed to be responsible for the immunological effects and is the basis for the success of the treatment of the so-called "factor" diseases in young animals.

    Ergotropic effects

    Humic acids stabilize the intestinal flora, thereby ensuring improved utilization of nutrients in foods. This leads to an increase in liveweight of the animal without increasing the amount of feed given to the animal.

     

    prescript-assist-probiotic-fsmall soil based organisms Prescript-Assist provides 29 strains of beneficial soil based organisms.

    BACKED BY SCIENCE

    Probiotic supplement formulas typically do not offer product-specific clinical studies validating their effectiveness. Prescript-Assist™ is different. It is supported by a peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, and a one-year follow-up study that verifies its long-term efficacy.

    Below is a summary of major features and benefits provided by Prescript-Assist™.

    SUMMARY OF KEY BENEFITS

    • No Need for Refrigeration.
    • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
    • Inherent Organism Viability: A matrix of superior, highly resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
    • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.
    • 29 Symbiotic Organisms: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets.
    • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over two years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C
    • Supported By Prebiotics. Includes Leonardite, a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.
    • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.

    DIRECTIONS FOR USE

    As a dietary supplement for adults, take 1–2 capsules per day, or as directed by your health care professional. May be taken with or without food.

    Storage:

    No refrigeration necessary. Store under normal conditions.

    Shelf Life:

    Routine viability testing confirms greater than 95% viability two years after date of manufacture — without refrigeration. See individual package for expiration dates.

    A VIABLE PROBIOTIC FORMULA WITH SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

    We at HPDI always strive to bring our customers the best products and formulas available whether or not we ourselves design and produce them.

    When the opportunity to carry Prescript-Assist™ arose, we were quick to recognize its many benefits and advantages. We offer this unique formula knowing that it is safe, effective, and can help improve the health of our customers and their patients.

    We also know that Prescript-Assist can be used effectively in combination with our other supplements (i.e., HPDI foundational supplements and superfoods), including formulas we design specifically for GI health like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula.

    We ourselves take Prescript-Assist™ and experience major health benefits. In addition, we personally witness and hear from many individuals (including health care professionals) who have experienced the benefits of the formula. The results reported are excellent.

    It is more important than ever to utilize our current (and rapidly expanding) knowledge about the human microbiome and its constituents to support optimal health and wellness. Science tells us that the human microbiome historically has been populated by a broad range of soil based organisms.

    Where we have moved away from nature and traditional agriculture, individuals' microbiomes can become less vibrant, diverse, and robust. Supplements like Prescript-Assist providing soil based organisms can help bring us closer to having a microbiome more closely resembling our healthy ancestors.

    Learn more about Prescript-Assist™ Probiotic Formula.

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    SOURCES AND RESOURCES

    BOOKS, ARTICLES & INFORMATION

    The Advantages of Soil Based Organisms for Health (from the HPDI blog)

    A New View of the Role of Bacteria in Health (from the HPDI blog)

    Prescript-Assist™ Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic (from the HPDI blog)

    Spore Form Probiotics Keep Your Digestive Tract Happy

    Body's Hardworking Microbes Get Some Overdue Respect (Science)

    NIH Human Microbiome Project Defines Normal Bacterial Makeup of the Body (NIH)

    Ecological and Evolutionary Forces Shaping Microbial Diversity in the Human Intestine (Cell)

    Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain –for Life, David Perlmutter, MD.

    Prescript-Assist.com

    SELECTED ABSTRACTS

    The Safety of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus indicus as Food Probiotics (J. Applied Microbiology)

    The Safety of Two Bacillus Probiotic Strains for Human Use (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

    PRODUCT INFORMATION

    Prescript-Assist™ Probiotic Formula (HPDI website)

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (HPDI website)

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

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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.

    Winter Health Tea viruses flu colds Hot herbal tea blends with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and lemon are helpful for winter flu and coughs.

    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.

    Olive Leaf viruses Olive leaf extract exhibits antimicrobial activity.

    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.

    Magnesium dead sea viruses Magnesium-rich water provides the body with rapidly assimilable magnesium.

    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)

    Magnesium chloride products comparison chart

    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.

    Tangerine Segments viruses Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, peppers, and certain berries.

    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)

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  • THE ADVANTAGES OF SOIL BASED ORGANISMS FOR HEALTH

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD 5-MTHF and Folinic Acid folate coenzymeFred Liers PhD 5-MTHF and Folinic Acid folate coenzyme

    Soil based organisms (SBO) may be among the most important things for your health. No kidding.

    Studies show SBOs confer a host of healthy benefits. While certain benefits provided by SBOs may overlap with those conferred by lactobacteria-based probiotics, it is apparent that soil based organisms offer significant advantages.

    In fact, Fred wrote an article on probiotics last year covering a new type of probiotic and prebiotic formula that provides soil based organisms. Studies on the human microbiome are revealing many surprises that give us a new understanding of the importance of soil based organisms for human gut ecology.

    Scientific research on the beneficial roles played by bacteria for human health is advancing rapidly. In 2012, Hank wrote short piece titled, "A New View of the Role of Bacteria in Health." A key point he explains in that article is the fact that the our body's microbiome contains 99 times more genetic material that is non-human (i.e., bacterial) than human!!

    microbiome_man_woman soil based organisms Microbes living on a person outnumber human cells 10 to 1. There are trillions of cells from thousands of species in the human microbiome.

    Another key point is that bacteria living on (and in) us possesses a sophisticated communication system enabling them to "talk" in both intraspecies and interspecies ways using a kind of hormone signaling language. Hank cites the 2009 TED talk of Princeton molecular biologist Dr. Bonnie Bassler who studies how bacteria communicate with each other through chemical signals that allow groups of bacteria to act as a unit, i.e., take collective action.

    Dr. Bassler's groundbreaking research holds promise as medical research, and supports the idea that probiotics, including soil based organisms (SBO) play essential roles in human health and wellness. In fact, the major implication of current discoveries regarding roles played by bacteria in the human microbiome is that beneficial bacteria are far more important for health than previously understood.

    A practical application of new knowledge regarding the human microbiome may simply be the recognition that increased consumption of soil based organisms is good for us.

    WHAT ARE SOIL BASED ORGANISMS (SBO)?

    There are thousands of different types of bacteria found naturally in soils. These bacteria in soil and dirt historically performed many beneficial functions for us. It appears they help our bodies regulate immunity, and protect us from bacterial and fungal overgrowths in our intestinal tracts.

    Up until 100 years ago (or less for some people), soil based organisms were an everyday part of the diet. Not that long ago, our country was comprised mostly of farmers. Agriculture was more about getting dirty than about efficient machinery and chemicals inputs (i.e., industrial agriculture). At that time, almost everyone would have consumed soil based organisms on vegetables and other foods from the fields, gardens, and orchards.

    Nowadays due to lack of exposure to soil based organisms resulting from modern food processing systems and the extensive use of pesticides that destroy the organisms, the average person has a very different composition of intestinal flora from their ancestors. There are far fewer soil based organisms, and more lactic acid bacteria. In addition, the use of antibiotics for young children has further swayed the balance away from these beneficial bacteria.

    soil based organisms carrots Healthy soils host soil based organisms. Foods grown traditionally without the use of synthetic herbicides and fertilizer provide high levels of SBOs naturally.

    With a dramatic rise in research into the benefits of soil based organisms, new products have been developed that help us reintroduce them into our intestinal tracts. There they offer many benefits, including improving digestion, boosting immunity, and supporting overall good health in the intestines (with such benefits as reduced bloating, flatulence, and constipation).

    And for example, certain soil based organisms are known to secrete proteins activating the immune system, as well as stimulating the production of white blood cells and antibodies.

    BENEFITS OF SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

    Increasing evidence supports the idea that soil based organisms are essential for human health. Here are a few of the reported benefits:

    • Improved Gastrointestinal Health

    • Prevention of Gut Colonization by Harmful Bacteria and Fungi

    • Support for Intestinal Regeneration

    • Support for Balancing Gut Microbiota

    • Help Balance Colon pH

    • Increase Resistance to Harmful Bacteria and Fungi

    • Increase Absorption of Nutrients in the Intestines

    • Help Replenish Friendly Microflora in the Colon

    • Support Overall Health and Well Being

    • Enhance Metabolism in the Gut

    • Promote and Normalize Bowel Function

    • Help Reduce Gas and Bloating

    • Improve Immune System Function

    • Improve GI Tract Barrier Function

    • Many Other Benefits

    SOIL BASED ORGANISMS ARE DIFFERENT THAN LACTOBACTERIA

    Most people today either take or are aware of the benefits of probiotics containing lactic acid-based bacteria. These include commonly known strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Lactic-acid bacteria certainly are beneficial. There is a large body of research showing their high value for supporting digestion, immunity, and many other benefits. But they do have certain limitations.

    Many of the lactic acid bacteria in probiotic formulas have difficulty making it through the stomach's acidic environment. Thus, the bacteria arrive in the small intestine in vastly reduced numbers compared to the amount that must be consumed. Nutritionists therefore usually recommend taking probiotics with a large number of "colony forming units" (CFU) in order to ensure viability of the bacteria.

    In addition, the benefits conferred by taking lactic acid bacteria may depend upon continuing usage. That is, certain studies indicate the benefits of these bacteria are greatly reduced after usage ends.

    Soil based organisms offer several advantages compared to lactic-acid bacteria. First, they are extremely hardy and better able to withstand the acidic environment in the stomach. They are in fact, "endospore-forming" bacteria that surround themselves in a hard exterior that travels more effectively through the intestinal tract.

    This means soil based organisms are far more likely to arrive intact in the small intestines (where they need to be) than lactobacteria. It also means that products containing soil-based organisms can provide fewer colony forming units and still be effective. That is, probiotic supplements with soil based organisms are more efficient at getting CFUs into the small intestines. It also eliminates or reduces the need for special coatings,  manufacturing processes, or "delivery systems" that must be created as a means to improve delivery rates of lactic acid bacteria.

    Soil based organisms have also been shown to colonize the gut more effectively than lactic-acid bacteria. This may partially relate to the fact that they are hardier and make it to the small intestines in greater numbers. A major benefit is that this characteristic of SBOs may allow a reduction is dosage onto a "maintenance" level sooner without concerns that benefits of probiotic supplementation will disappear.

    PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ BROAD-SPECTRUM PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC

    We at Health Products Distributors, Inc. researched various products containing soil based organisms. We now carry Prescript-Assist™, an effective, well-regarded broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic formula.

    Prescript-Assist™ provides 29 naturally resilient strains that support your body’s natural intestinal balance. Having so many strains means that this formula better reflects the great microbial diversity of the intestines versus typical probiotic products. In fact, more than 1,000 different species of microbes inhabit the human gut. Prescript-Assist™ includes Bacillus subtilis, which is a well-proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.

    Below is a complete list of the strains of soil based organisms provided by Prescript-Assist. One 600 mg capsule of Prescript-Assist includes the following microorganisms (as well as the prebiotic Leonardite):

    Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

    It is clear that the number and types of species found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be a primary difference between an optimal digestive system and immune system, and one less than optimally functional. In scientific studies, individuals exhibiting higher levels of gastrointestinal distress and gut irregularities have been found to have a correspondingly lower variety of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

    Benefits of Probiotics soil based organisms Benefits of probiotics, including SBO formulas like Prescript-Assist

    INHERENT VIABILITY

    Prescript-Assist™ is a clinically proven probiotic supplement designed to ensure maximum viability of the many organisms it provides. The formula offers inherent viability because the species it provides are naturally adapted for survival in the human gastrointestinal tract. That is, these 29 species are environmentally based (SBO) species drawn from the terrestrial microbiome where they have prospered and adapted for millenia to beneficially coexist with humans.

    Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. These organisms are resistant to acid, bile, and heat. In fact, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms it has a 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

    The inherent viability of the soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist means there are no requirements for nano-encapsulation or hard-shelled enteric-coated capsules, which both are essentially attempts to force viability of probiotic species rather than utilizing hardy strains naturally preadapted to our bodies.

    Typical probiotic formulas therefore contain the relatively low-viability lactic acid bacteria that must be protected by technologies (e.g., microencapsulation) due to their inherent fragility. These fragile bacteria have a difficult time surviving because they are readily destroyed within the acidic environment of the stomach. Although patented enteric coatings can help survival rates, the provision of high-viabiltiy organisms that reach the intestines intact due to the inherent strength of their natural spore structure makes more sense as a means to protect against degradation in the stomach and intestinal tract.

    In sum, Prescript-Assist™ provides bacteria that reach the intestines intact due to the fact that the spore structure protects against degradation or destruction by stomach acids.

    probiotics-pros-cons soil based organisms Benefits of soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist versus lactic acid bacteria formulas

    29 SYMBIOTIC SPECIES FOUND IN ORGANIC, FERTILE SOILS

    Science has shown that a baby's exposure to maternal bacterial cultures during natural birth help it to form a healthy, disease-resistant bacterial defense. Likewise, the environmental and soil-based bacteria commonly found in foods grown in fertile organic soils assist in growing and maintaining a healthy makeup of internal flora in humans.

    This is the basis of SBO (soil based organism) probiotics like Prescript-Assist.™ SBO probiotics have risen in recognition recently as clinical evidence grows to support their effectiveness. Species from the Bacillus genus, a gut-adapted spore-forming bacteria found in Prescript-Assist, have been demonstrated safe and effective in in vitro and in vivo studies (see Resources section below).

    Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Dr. Oz Show says, "Spore form probiotics are the Chuck Norris of probiotics: total tough guys. They have to be to survive splashing around in your stomach's acid bath. Wimpier types—including live cultures in yogurt—often throw in the towel."

    Among brands of SBO probiotics, Prescript-Assist offers the greatest diversity of species. It is the diversity and the resilience of the Prescript-Assist formulation that accounts for its proven success in peer-reviewed, published clinical trials.

    BROAD SPECTRUM DIVERSITY

    The Human Microbiome Project (NIH-funded five-years research study by a consortium of nearly 80 universities and institutions) confirmed that the number of microbial species found in the human intestines numbers in the thousands rather than hundreds.

    Just as importantly, the project results showed that the distribution of a variety of strains capable of performing similar tasks is more important than the individual species themselves. This information underscores the importance of broad spectrum diversity, and therefore the role that can be played by multi-strain probiotic complexes, such as Prescript-Assist.

    microbes over time soil based organisms Soil based organisms in the human microbiome change during the life cycle.

    A review article in Cell refers to the gut as a "natural laboratory for studying the 'microevolution' of humans." The authors write: "In this view, we are seen as superorganisms composed of an amalgam of both microbial and H. sapiens cells, where the survival of microbe and human is interdependent."

    With its balanced formulation of 29 beneficial strains selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets, Prescript-Assist is the only professional-grade probiotic to contain 29 species, 12 different genera, and all four of the most common phyla found in the human digestive tract, including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria.

    soil based organisms human skin Prevalence on skin sites of different types of bacteria, including soil based organisms.

    ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES OF PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ PROBIOTIC FORMULA

    SHELF STABILITY (NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED)

    Prescript-Assist offers exceptional shelf stability. It is well known that conventional probiotics (i.e., lactic acid bacteria) are readily damaged, degraded, and destroyed by heat and pressure during the manufacturing process. They are also degraded by exposure to light and by temperature changes. Because they lack shelf stability, if they are not kept refrigerated, they often cannot provide a sufficient quantity of organisms by the time of ingestion.

    In contrast, Prescript-Assist features probiotic bacteria protected by a durable seed-like structure, so that they are better safeguarded against environmental factors, including heat, pressure, light, or temperature variability. Indeed, testing confirms that the probiotic bacteria in Prescript-Assist remain 95% viable two years after their date of manufacture without any need for refrigeration.

    PREBIOTIC SUPPORT – LEONARDITE (FULVIC & HUMIC ACIDS)

    Most probiotic formulas do not contain any prebiotics, which are a food source for bacteria, and help accelerate their growth. Prescript-Assist uniquely contains Leonardite, which is a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows the beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.

    Fulvic and humic acids belong to a group of organic substances called humic substances. These are dark brown constituents of humus found in soil that contribute to the character of soil, and are precursors to fossil fuels. They are also found in peat, coal upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. Both humic acid and fulvic acid are excellent chelators and powerful antioxidants.

    Humic acid is normally found in the form of "humate" (the salt of humic acid), i.e., humic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element. Fulvic acid is normally found in the form of 'fulvate' (the salt of fulvic acid), i.e., fulvic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element.

    A substantial fraction of the mass of the humic acids is in carboxylic acid functional groups, which endow these molecules with the ability to chelate (bind) positively charged multivalent ions (Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, most other "trace elements" of value to plants, as well as other ions that have no positive biological role, such as Cd2+ and Pb2+).

    This chelation of ions is probably the most important role of humic acids with respect to living systems. By chelating the ions, they facilitate the uptake of these ions by several mechanisms, one of which is preventing their precipitation, another appears to be a direct and positive influence on their bioavailability.

    Humic acid and fulvic acid have been the subject of many years of scientific study not only because of their role in soil and plant biology, but also with respect to their chelation capabilities. That is, for their proven capacities in removing heavy metals from the human body.

    Humic and fulvic acids bind only with double valency positive cations, i.e., nutritional elements and/or heavy metal ions. It is likely that a heavy metal ion will displace a lighter, nutritional metal ion and bind with the humate or fulvate.

    Many health care practitioners recommend fulvic acid as an electrolyte (to increase cellular electrical efficiency) and supplement to take in combination with trace mineral supplements in order to assist in their uptake by the body. Fulvic acid bonds with these minerals. Because it is a small molecule and therefore easily able to pass through cell membranes, it allows delivery of the minerals efficiently into cells.

    Most products are based on processed humate, taken from high quality soil sources, containing large amounts of nutritional cations already bound into the matrix. They are therefore not likely to deplete an individual's mineral levels. As fulvic acid/fulvate is the smaller molecule, it is more easily absorbed into the cells. It is regarded as an excellent method of delivery for trace elements and nutrients into the body, as well as being an excellent chelator.

    Observed Effects of Humic Acids on Animals

    Our focus in this article is upon the effects of soil based organisms and prebiotics (e.g., humic and fulvic acids) in humans. However, it is worth noting that various animal studies show a large number of benefits. These studies show the following benefits:

    Covering mucous membrane and adstringent effects

    Humic acids can form a protective film on the mucuous epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract against infections and toxins. The macrocolloidal structure of humic acids ensures a good shielding on the mucous membrane of the stomach and gut, the peripheral capillaries, and damaged mucosal cells. As a result of this process, the resorption of toxic metabolites is reduced or fully prevented, especially after infections, in case of residues of harmful substances in foods. Furthermore, humic acids help to prevent excessive loss of water via the intestine.

    Antibacterial and virucidal effects

    Humic acids can influence the metabolism of proteins and carbonhydrates of microbes by catalytic means. This leads to a directly damaging effect against bacteria or viruses. A second mechanism is related to the interionic bonds of high-molecular protein fractions (toxins) of infectious microbes. Their toxic impact on physiological processes of mucous membrane cells can be weakened considerably or even completely blocked.

    Antiphlogical effects

    Dermal, oral, or subcutaneous application of humic acids leads to inhibitory effects on inflammation. The ability to inhibit inflammation is considered to be related with the flavonoid groups contained in humic acids.

    Antiresorptive and adsorptive effects

    As high-molecular humic acids remain in the gastrointestinal tract almost entirely following the enteral application (there is no self-resorption), antiresorptive and adsorptive effects take place where they are needed—in the digestive tract. Primarily cationoid noxes (protein toxins, toxic substances) are fixed, their resorption is reduced considerably or even prevented completely and their elimination through the bowel is promoted. As adsorption by humic acids includes not only physical and chemical reactions, but also complex-formation and ion-exchange, it is more intensive and dynamic compared to purely physical adsorbents.

    Effects on the immune system

    Humic acids stimulate the resistance forces of the body and lead to an increase in the phagocytosis activity. The inducer effect of phenolic components (groups) of humic acids is believed to be responsible for the immunological effects and is the basis for the success of the treatment of the so-called "factor" diseases in young animals.

    Ergotropic effects

    Humic acids stabilize the intestinal flora, thereby ensuring improved utilization of nutrients in foods. This leads to an increase in liveweight of the animal without increasing the amount of feed given to the animal.

     

    prescript-assist-probiotic-fsmall soil based organisms Prescript-Assist provides 29 strains of beneficial soil based organisms.

    BACKED BY SCIENCE

    Probiotic supplement formulas typically do not offer product-specific clinical studies validating their effectiveness. Prescript-Assist™ is different. It is supported by a peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, and a one-year follow-up study that verifies its long-term efficacy.

    Below is a summary of major features and benefits provided by Prescript-Assist™.

    SUMMARY OF KEY BENEFITS

    • No Need for Refrigeration.
    • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
    • Inherent Organism Viability: A matrix of superior, highly resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
    • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.
    • 29 Symbiotic Organisms: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets.
    • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over two years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C
    • Supported By Prebiotics. Includes Leonardite, a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.
    • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.

    DIRECTIONS FOR USE

    As a dietary supplement for adults, take 1–2 capsules per day, or as directed by your health care professional. May be taken with or without food.

    Storage:

    No refrigeration necessary. Store under normal conditions.

    Shelf Life:

    Routine viability testing confirms greater than 95% viability two years after date of manufacture — without refrigeration. See individual package for expiration dates.

    A VIABLE PROBIOTIC FORMULA WITH SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

    We at HPDI always strive to bring our customers the best products and formulas available whether or not we ourselves design and produce them.

    When the opportunity to carry Prescript-Assist™ arose, we were quick to recognize its many benefits and advantages. We offer this unique formula knowing that it is safe, effective, and can help improve the health of our customers and their patients.

    We also know that Prescript-Assist can be used effectively in combination with our other supplements (i.e., HPDI foundational supplements and superfoods), including formulas we design specifically for GI health like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula.

    We ourselves take Prescript-Assist™ and experience major health benefits. In addition, we personally witness and hear from many individuals (including health care professionals) who have experienced the benefits of the formula. The results reported are excellent.

    Today it is more important than ever to utilize our current (and rapidly expanding) knowledge about the human microbiome and its constituents to support optimal health and wellness. Science tells us that the human microbiome historically has been populated by a broad range of soil based organisms.

    Where we have moved away from nature and traditional agriculture, individuals' microbiomes can become less vibrant, diverse, and robust. Supplements like Prescript-Assist providing soil based organisms can help bring us closer to having the microbiome our ancestors enjoyed.

    Learn more about Prescript-Assist™ Probiotic Formula.

    Apply to become an HPDI wholesaler.

    SOURCES AND RESOURCES

    ARTICLES & INFORMATION

    Prescript-Assist™ Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic (from the HPDI blog)

    Spore Form Probiotics Keep Your Digestive Tract Happy

    Body's Hardworking Microbes Get Some Overdue Respect (Science)

    NIH Human Microbiome Project Defines Normal Bacterial Makeup of the Body (NIH)

    Ecological and Evolutionary Forces Shaping Microbial Diversity in the Human Intestine (Cell)

    Prescript-Assist.com

    SELECTED ABSTRACTS

    The Safety of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus indicus as Food Probiotics (J. Applied Microbiology)

    The Safety of Two Bacillus Probiotic Strains for Human Use (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

    PRODUCT INFORMATION

    Prescript-Assist™ Probiotic Formula (HPDI website)

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (HPDI website)

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  • Super-Tasty Morning Nutritional Drinks

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD morning nutritional drinksFred Liers PhDRecently, a Facebook follower posed to us a significant question:

    "If I wanted to jam pack as much ZING/Nutrition/Taste into a 2–3 oz shot for work every morning...WHAT ingredients would you recommend I blend together?"

    As I began thinking about his question, I realized many people could benefit from my answer. Certainly many of our customers are satisfied using HPDI's multivitamins, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods,  and other foundational supplements to create optimal nutrition. There's no question I've formulated many highly nutrient-dense antioxidant formulas, multivitamins, and superfoods.

    But his question focuses on how to blend up a shot-type concoction offering highly concentrated nutrition in just a few ounces of nutritional drink. Here was a challenge about which I felt confident we could succeed. But I had no way of predicting exactly what our nutritional drink would look like. We had to build it.

    My team set to work in the kitchen creating and sampling drinks that would satisfy these requirements. And that could provide answers to his question about how to pack nutrition, taste, and "zing" into highly concentrated shot-type drinks.

    Fast forward to today. After much tasting and tinkering, we have created a practically "perfect" nutritional drink! Now we can our provide answers to the original question.

    FORMULATING CONCENTRATED NUTRITIONAL DRINKS

    I have been creating nutritional drinks in my own life for a long time. And many of my professional formulation efforts have focused on providing super nutrition. As I see it, here are the basic requirements for this type of concentrated nutritional drink:

    • Easy Preparation
    • Nutritionally Dense
    • Readily Available Ingredients
    • Great Tasting!

    I have formulated many excellent supplements in a capsule form that can easily be opened and put into in a nutritional drink. The base for such a drink can naturally be one of my Rejuvenate! superfoods. These superfoods truly are loaded with fantastic nutrient density. Extra zing can come from organic juices. My favorites belong to Knudsen's brand of organic "Just" fruit juices available from natural foods stores nationwide.

    Dr. Hank's Morning Energy Drink

    A MODEL FORMULA FOR NUTRITIONAL DRINKS

    • Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs (1 scoop or 2.5 tbsp)
    • 2 PRO-C™ capsules
    • 2 Ultimate Protector capsules
    • 1 Myo-Mag capsule
    • 1 B-Complex-50 capsule
    • 1 Immune Assist capsule
    • 1 Prescript Assist capsule
    • 2 oz of Organic Cherry/Blueberry/Raspberry/Pomeganate/Cranberry Juice
    • 1 oz of Organic Lemon Juice
    • 1/2 cup Fresh Organic Strawberries/Blueberries/Blackberries/Raspberries/etc. (Must be blended.)
    • 1–2 oz Water (Fresh Filtered or Purified)
    • 1–2 tsp Chia Seeds
    • 2–4 drops Stevia Liquid or other natural sweetener (as desired)

    We prepared nutritional drinks several times according to my formula (using cherry juice, strawberries, and blackberries). The formula actually makes about six ounces. It tastes so good that all of it goes down easily. However, three ounces could be stored in a small glass container for consuming later in the day. I use a hand blender and glass mason jars to blend the nutritional drinks, but any quality blender will work.

    Berries for the drink

    NOTABLE NUTRITION AMOUNTS (APPROXIMATE)

    • 7 grams Protein
    • 3 grams Fat (mostly essential fats)
    • 8 grams Fiber
    • 8 grams natural sugars (mostly from the fruits and fruit juices)
    • 1.7 grams Vitamin C
    • 150,000+ ORAC5.0 units for antioxidant support
    • 195 mg Dietary Nucleic Acids (RNA/DNA)
    • Complete Multivitamin with more than twice the Daily Value for each vitamin
    • Prebiotics & Probiotics
    • Enzyme Complex (for digestive support)

    Note: For variation, you can prepare nutritional drinks using other Rejuvenate! superfood formulas.

    All Three Rejuvenates

    "YAY" & "WOW" FACTORS!!

    "Wow!" That was our first response to the drinks we concocted. The taste is there, and it we love it. The nutrition is there, and we feel it. The fact this drink is so nutritionally dense and delicious contribute marvelously to its fulfilling character. Fresh, live ingredients (like the raw berries and chia seeds) also contribute mightily to its overall satisfying taste and feel.

    This drink is enjoyable when sipped, but it's not too finicky to be downed as a shot. It's versatile. "Yay!"

    We often enjoy nutritional drinks chilled, although that may be especially the case as warmer temperatures approach. It's still winter (at least sort of winter-like here in Arizona this year) and to us this drink tastes equally good at room temperature. You can probably taste some of its finer nuances when it's unchilled. Of course, whether you chill your nutritional drink is up to you and your taste buds.

    However you choose to prepare it, the basic nutritional drink formula should provide all the taste, nutrition, and "zing" you crave! We are pleased we can provide many of the basic ingredients you'll need to create such delicious, healthy concoctions.

    So "Cheers!," "Bon appetite!," Bottom's Up!" or whatever phrase you like best. We love our nutritional drinks. We hope you enjoy yours!

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    There are many variations of the basic formula we have given for tasty morning super nutritional drinks. Don't feel compelled to make it exactly our way. Create a variation that suits your taste, or try creating different variations. In any case, there will be high density nutrition if you include most of the basic ingredients (e.g., Rejuvenate! superfoods, Ultimate Protector™, PRO-C™, Myo-Mag, etc.).

    As fast and easy as making nutritional drinks can be, you might also try preparing your drink the night before the morning you consume it. That is, just because you may not have time every morning to make the drink doesn't mean you can't enjoy it anyway. Just whip it up the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. The many antioxidant nutrients (e.g., provided by PRO-C™ and Ultimate Protector™) in the drink will keep it fresh, entact, and help preserve its nutritional value.

    As far as obtaining ingredients goes, these nutritional drinks are easy to make using ingredients easily purchased from us at Health Products Distributors, Inc. (www.IntegratedHealth.com) and your favorite local natural foods stores.

    YOUR QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME

    We love questions about creating super-nutritious drinks, how to use our nutritional supplements and superfoods, or other health and healing related questions. We can't guarantee we will answer your question, but we thrive on providing unique, innovative solutions to creating better health.

    Post questions on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or send them by e-mail (support@integratedhealth.com). We look forward to hearing from you!

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

    ARTICLES

    BE HEALTHY WITH REJUVENATE!™ BERRIES & HERBS

    PRO-C™ SUPER ANTIOXIDANT FORMULA

    ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™ AND THE ROLE OF FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR HEALTH

    REVIEWS

    “Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs is Rich in RNA, Plant Proteins” (by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger)

    “Rejuvenate!™ PLUS Superfood is High in DNA and RA with Sprouts, Chlorella and More” (by Mike Adams)

    “Superfood for Cellular Survival” (by Dr. Mark Sircus)

    PRODUCTS

    REJUVENATE! Superfoods

    ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™

    PRO-C™

    MYO-MAG (magnesium)

    B-COMPLEX-50

    IMMUNE ASSIST™ Daily Formula

    PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ probiotic & prebiotic

  • 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

    ~~~

    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

    ~~~

    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)

    Iodine: Bringing Back the Universal Medicine (e-book) (Dr. Mark Sircus)

    Fukushima Radiation Release is Worse than You Have Been Told: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself (Orthomolecular.org; May 2012)

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