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  • BASHING VITAMINS BY META-ANALYSIS – SATIRICAL COMMENTARY BY ORTHOMOLECULAR NEWS

    Fred Liers PhD vitamins meta analysis orthomolecular news serviceDr. Andrew Saul, editor of the Orthomolecular News Service (OMNS), recently wrote a satirical commentary "How to Bash Vitamins with a Meta-Analysis." This satire takes the form of a memorandum from the world headquarters of pharmaceutical politicians, educators, and reporters (WHOPPER).

    The specific vitamin-bashing meta-analysis which prompted Dr. Saul's satire is titled  "Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals for CVD Prevention and Treatment" and published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The meta-analysis finds nutritional supplements useless, or with negligible benefit, and even dangerous. These conclusions would be laughable except that it is presented to the public as based on sound science. It is not.

    Of note is the fact that the meta-analysis relies on studies using low-dose supplementation, as well as studies using synthetic forms of vitamins and not natural coenzyme forms. For example, folic acid instead of natural folates.

    Meta-analyses such as this one are tired, trite, and re-cycled every few years, as if somehow they are "news." Moreover, the meta-analysis discloses significant conflicts of interest, which not only is disturbing, but also indicates a bias against supplements that makes its false conclusions even less trustworthy.

    We re-publish Dr. Saul's satirical commentary in full below. It is important to put truth distorting meta-analyses like this one in their place on the spectrum of truth. In the case of this meta-analysis, it is literally off the chart. (Pun intended.) ~

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, May 29, 2018

    How to Bash Vitamins with a Meta-Analysis

    A Confidential Memorandum from the World Headquarters of Pharmaceutical Politicians, Educators and Reporters (WHOPPER)

    Satire by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

    TOP SECRET: Do Not Let This Get on the Internet! No Leaks!

    Distinguished members, our decades of disparaging nutritional therapy have paid off at last. The public, and their healthcare providers, are completely hoodwinked. By pushing "evidence based medicine" on the medical professions, we have elegantly slipped in our choice of evidence to base medicine on. And this is no mere journeyman accomplishment: this is high art. Mr. Machiavelli would be pleased. Certainly the pharmaceutical cartel is. We are well on our way to eliminating the competition, namely that increasingly irritating "orthomolecular medicine" faction.

    Here's how we are winning the Vitamin War: It is entirely too obvious, from our reading the nutritional literature, that vitamins and minerals are a well-proven, safe and effective therapy. Of course, anyone knows that to work they must be employed in appropriate doses, just as any drug must be given in an appropriate dose. That is the problem, but it is also our opportunity. Since high nutrient doses work all too well, we eliminate all those embarrassing positive high-dose studies simply by ignoring them. By selecting, pooling and analyzing only unsuccessful low dose studies, our conclusions exactly fit what we want the public to believe.

    We have established that research data can easily be cherry-picked and meta-analyzed to further our agenda. And, of course, the huge amount of cash we spend on advertising assures that both the medical journals and the mass media will limit discussion to what we approve of. It is now a mere step to do the same in other disciplines, including education, politics, and the social sciences. For example:

    • Using data only from poorly funded urban schools, we can prove mathematically, by statistical analysis of grade-point-averages, that inner-city kids have no academic future.
    • By collecting data as to how many 19th century women graduated from college, we can show that women then were not as qualified to vote as men are today, and overturn the 19th amendment.
    • If we assemble data on screen time and analyze actors' roles from Hollywood movies made in the 1920s and 1930s, we can demonstrate that some races are best qualified to be domestic workers, tap dancers or to operate laundries.
    • By giving a large sample of the homeless 25 cents each, we can show that higher personal income is ineffective against poverty.
    • If we tabulate inventory at Ferrari dealerships exclusively, we can prove Hondas are scarce.
    • Repeatedly taking the temperature of thousands of cadavers is justification that funeral homes do not need central heating, at least not at night.

    Here is unlimited opportunity for social engineering. It logically proceeds from our widely publicized analyses of vitamin supplementation, analyses that were (of course!) limited to studies that used low doses. Political mathematics is a wonderful thing: select your data and meta-analyze it into truth.

    Don't worry: the public will accept it. After all, we just did a meta-analysis of the words of Abraham Lincoln. What he REALLY meant to say is that you can fool all of the people all of the time.

    We shall continue to act accordingly.

    (End of memo)

    The above satirical commentary is in reply to yet another vitamin-bashing report. This particular one is Supplemental vitamins and minerals for CVD prevention and treatment. J Amer Col Cardiology 2018, 71:22.

    The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service strongly disagrees with allegations that supplements are basically useless or even harmful.

    Dr. Michael Ellis (Australia) says:

    "There are hundreds of papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and other journals which support the use of orthomolecular medicine to prevent and cure chronic disease. The paper discussed here does not take into account dosages of vitamins and bioavailability. The meta analyses are therefore biased and not accurate."

    Dr. Damien Downing (United Kingdom) says:

    "This should be a rule: never trust a study with more metadata than data. This study is a review of reviews - a meta-meta-analysis. Selecting multiple studies introduces another level of judgment, with new potential for bias. Just as peer reviewers can introduce their own bias, so can review authors; some evidence indicates that reviewers bias selection significantly in favor of their own final conclusions."

    The financial interests of the study's authors makes VERY interesting reading. To see this truly enormous list, you have to scroll way, way down at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109718345601 Interestingly, if you download the paper, you do not get the conflict of interest section with it. You have to see it online to get the whole story. How about that.

    (Andrew W. Saul has been Editor-in-Chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service for 14 years. You can watch videos where he rebuts other attacks against vitamin and mineral supplements at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88aUHMP3eN8&index=2&list=PL7YKya_R1ROuUyBFbKLeAp8iIITihxB-g and also at https://www.facebook.com/themegavitaminman/videos/265980030275194/ )

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    Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. (USA)
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    Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. (USA), Editor-In-Chief
    Editor, Japanese Edition: Atsuo Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D. (Japan)
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    Read abstract of the meta-analysis: "Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals for CVD Prevention and Treatment." J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 Jun 5;71(22):2570-2584. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.04.020.

  • BONE FRACTURES SUPPORT

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD bone fracturesSeveral years ago a customer asked me for a program that could be helpful to those suffering with bone fractures. A relative had been diagnosed with multiple bone fractures in his ankle.

    Since I have been counseling individuals regarding natural treatments for supporting those with bone fractures and injury for many years, and was able to provide a comprehensive program that could be helpful in recovery. More recently, we have introduced products and tools that can be even more supportive. Therefore, in this article we are providing an update to the bone fractures program.

    Clearly, the need for such a program is great. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about six million individuals suffer fractures each year in North America. In about 5–10 percent of cases, patients suffer either delayed healing or fractures that do not heal.

    The problem of bone fractures is especially troubling for the elderly, many of whom suffer from osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and break more easily. For an older person, a fracture affects quality of life because it significantly reduces function and mobility, and requires an extended period of recuperation.

    The bone fracture program set forth below also works well to support the healing of other types of bone problems, including broken bones, bone surgery, osteoporosis, and wisdom tooth removal.

    THE BONE FRACTURE PROGRAM

    IMPORTANCE OF FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    The first element of the program consists of Foundational Supplements. This group of supplements ensures the body is being supplied with all of the basic elements needed for optimal function. The primary foundational supplements consists of 1) a therapeutic multivitamin and mineral formula, 2) a complete buffered Vitamin C with antioxidants formula, 3) an essential fatty acids supplement, and 4) a high-RNA superfoods formula.

    Our Foundational Supplements are described in great detail on the HPDI website where we provide a free downloadable e-book "The Need for Foundational Supplements" (.pdf). Suffice it to say that the foundational supplements are a essential part of the program that ensure healing will take place quickly and effectively. I encourage everyone to become familiar with this information as foundational supplements are basic to any wellness or healing program.

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    ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS ARE CRITICAL FOR HEALING BONE FRACTURES

    The second element of the program for healing bone fractures consists of Enhancement Formulas that strengthen the body as it relates to dealing with the damaging effects of bone fractures. These include a Vitamin D3 formula with the synergistic nutrients of Vitamin A and Vitamin K2 that are required for the rebuilding of bone as well as strengthening the body in many other ways. The HPDI Vitamin D3 Plus formula to designed to specifically address this need.

    A second Enhancement Formula in this program is our comprehensive Bone Guardian formula that is based upon micronized veal bone that provides hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2). Hydroxyapatite is the basic component of human bone that is 50% by volume and 70% by weight. Whereas the Vitamin D3 Plus formula builds the bone matrix, the Bone Guardian fills in the matrix with materials such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, boron, zinc, manganese, copper, silica, and strontium. HPDI sells Bone Guardian in both the tablet and capsule forms. The capsule form may be better for older people who are able to absorb capsules better than tablets.

    A third Enhancement Formula to the program is additional amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to participate in every step of the process of building collagen, which is a key component of bone. Vitamin C has been shown to increase bone mass density. We recommend slowly increasing your intake of buffered Vitamin C until you reach your bowel tolerance. This can be accomplished by increasing your intake of HPDI's foundational supplement PRO-C™ formula. The PRO-C has the added value of containing oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from grape seed, skin, & pulp. OPCs in the body are able to strongly crosslink and strengthen new and damaged collagen fibers needed needed to repair bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

    SPECIFIC CONDITION FORMULAS TARGET BONE FRACTURES

    The third element in the program are Specific Condition Formulas that directly address issues related to bone fractures. The first of these is the addition of a joint formula that allows the body to build and repair connective tissue and to significantly reduce inflammation in the area of bone fractures. In most cases of fractures there will be damaged ligaments and tendons as well as inflammation in the area.

    HPDI's Joint Health Formula includes the ingredients glucosamine hydrochloride, MSM, and sea cucumber (a significant source of chondroiten sulfate) in addition to anti-inflammatory substances such as turmeric extract, rutin, and grape extract (seed, pulp, and skin) that have been extremely helpful in both repairing connective tissue and reducing pain and inflammation.

    A second strongly recommended condition-specific formula is proteolytic enzymes. Because it is highly likely in the case of bone fractures and injury that there is significant tissue damage, a formula with pancreatic and plant enzymes as well as anti-inflammatories can be extremely helpful is clearing out the damaged tissue. This gives the body the opportunity to begin the rebuilding process much sooner.

    Our recommended PROLYT formula contains the proteolytic enzymes bromelain, trypsin (pancreatic enzyme), and chymotrypsin (pancreatic enzyme), and the polyphenols/bioflavonoids turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids), quercetin and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from grape extract. This formula when taken on an empty stomach between meals is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and goes to work cleaning up any damaged tissues in the area surrounding a fracture and assists in reducing pain and inflammation.

    TOPICAL MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FOR PAIN AND RAPID HEALING

    A final Specific Condition Formula that I highly recommend for healing bone fractures is to rub Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil on and surrounding the fracture area. Bones cannot heal without having adequate amounts of magnesium available. Unfortunately, many people are deficient in magnesium and even taking oral magnesium cannot easily provide sufficient amounts to an area with a bone fracture. Magnesium oil (mostly magnesium chloride) is quickly absorbed transdermally (via skin) and often can provide rapid healing and pain relief!

    BODY pH COULD BE A FACTOR IN HEALING BONE FRACTURES

    The processed food diets with a high protein and low vegetable content consumed by many people in the U.S. and elsewhere often produce conditions in the body of acidity. This in turn leads to decreased oxygenation of cells and encourages a greater amount of anaerobic processes in metabolism. In addition, when the body is acidic calcium can be taken from bones in order to balance the acidity. This can lead to poor healing of bone fractures.

    In order to counter acidic conditions in the body we recommend the use of HPDI's pH ADJUST formula. As a dietary supplement, take 1 gm (about a rounded ¼ tsp) in 4-8 ounces of purified water preferably away from food, or as directed by a health care professional.  For extremely acidic conditions, try 4–10 doses per day, depending on acidity level. Use pH paper to ensure pH levels remain balanced, and do not become too alkaline (alkalosis may occur above pH 8.2).

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

    pH Paper bone fractures protocol

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

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

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

    GENETIC VARIATIONS IN YOUR VITAMIN D RECEPTOR GENE (VDR) MAY BE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR

    The VDR gene (contained in every cell of the body) provides instructions for making a protein called vitamin D receptor (VDR), which allows the body to respond appropriately to vitamin D. This vitamin can be acquired from foods in the diet or made in the body by exposure to from sunlight. Vitamin D is involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body, including calcium and phosphate, which are essential for the normal formation of bones and teeth. One of vitamin D's major roles is to control the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the intestines into the bloodstream. Vitamin D is also involved in several process unrelated to bone formation.

    VDR attaches (binds) to the active form of vitamin D, known as calcitriol. Calcitrol is produced in the body from Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in the liver and kidneys. The interaction with calcitriol allows VDR to partner with another protein called retinoid X receptor (RXR). The resulting complex of proteins then binds to particular regions of DNA, known as vitamin D response elements, and regulates the activity of vitamin D-responsive genes. By turning these genes on or off, VDR helps control calcium and phosphate absorption and other processes.

    In recent years, genetic tests have become available that show VDR variations can cause serious conditions related to low bone density and other important body functions such a higher blood glucose levels or lower immune system function. If a person is having little success in healing bone fractures, it is possible that VDR variations are a key factor of causation.

    In such cases, we recommend having genetic testing done to determine if VDR variations are present. Recently, HPDI has teamed with a genetic testing company (BodySync, Inc.) and sells the BodySync test kits on our Reseller site. Among the genes tested for in the test are three variations of the VDR gene. Resellers can purchase the test kits directly from HPDI and retail customers can call us  (800-228-4265) to find out how we can help them get a test kit and support them with any associated counseling regarding the results.

    SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENT SCHEDULE – BONE FRACTURES

    I have included all of the above supplements including recommended dosages plus more related to having an excellent diet in the table provided below.

    Description AM Noon PM Night Comments
    PRO-C 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take with meals or with snack.
    Bone Guardian 

    Bone Guardian Caps (easier to absorb)

    3 tabs

    3 caps

     

    3 caps

    3 tabs

    3 caps

    Take with meals.

    Take with meals.

    Mighty Multi-Vite! or
    Multi Two -- Multivitamins
    2 caps or
    1 tab
    2 caps or
    1 tab
    Take with meals.
    Essential Fats plus E 2 softgel 2 softgel 2 softgel Take with meals.
    PROLYT - Proteolytic Enzyme Formula 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals.
    Buffered Vitamin C, Tablets -- 1,000 mg (1 gm) or Powder (1/4 tsp = 1 gm) 2 tabs or
    1/2 tsp
    2 tabs or
    1/2 tsp
    2 tabs or 1/2 tsp 2 tabs or 1/2 tsp Best with meals, but other times are okay. Start with 2 tabs or 1/2 tsp twice per day and add another 2 tabs or 1/2 tsp every few days until you are taking 8 tabs or 2 tsp per day.
    Vitamin D3 Plus 5,000 IU 1 softgel 1 softgel Take with meals. Reduce to 1 softgel after 2 months.
    Joint Health Formula 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals and away from Bone Guardian.
    Magnesium Oil 10 pumps 10 pumps 10 pumps 10 pumps Spray on affected area – or nearby area.
    Rejuvenate! Plus or
    Rejuvenate! (original)
    1 scoop 1 scoop Take as a meal by itself or with fruit/berries.

    ADDITIONAL NUTRIENTS FOR BONE FRACTURES

    Additional nutrients that may be helpful include pH ADJUST (to balance excess acidity in the body),  Warrior Mist™ for pain relief (rub on adjacent area several times daily), Echinacea (as drops or capsules), N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine - NAC (2 gms per day), Progesterone Cream - for women (1/4–1/2 tsp twice daily), and Prescript-Assist™ probiotics (2 capsules daily) if on antibiotics.

    PROPER DIET IS ESSENTIAL

    Consume a diet that provides good amounts of protein which is needed by the body to support the healing of bone fractures. Eat meats, poultry and fish (e.g., sardines, salmon, mackerel) in the amount of a 5–10 ounces per day. Ensure a good intake of organic vegetables, including high levels of dietary fiber. Drink 16 oz per day of fresh vegetable juices from carrot, celery, beets, cabbage, etc.

    Other healthy foods (preferably organic) include fruits, whole grains (e.g., brown rice, millet, and quinoa), beans, nuts and seeds (sunflower, chia, flax, pumpkin, almond, walnut and sesame in small amounts — 2 or 4 ounces — are good). Try eating Hank's Vegetable Soup several times a week. Avoid all sweets (sugar), processed/refined foods (white bread and pasta), preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors. Vary your diet.

    HYDROTHERAPY (WATER THERAPY) FOR BONE FRACTURES

    An additional treatment that can be useful is hydrotherapy. In particular, hot and cold showers are a very effective way to move the blood and create circulation. This can speed up both detoxification and delivery of healing nutrients to the area of a bone fracture. Here's how to do this. Once daily, take a complete hot and cold shower. You will start with hot water for one minute, then cold for one minute. Repeat this seven (7) times so the shower should last about 15 minutes.

    Another time, daily, you can perform a complete hot and cold shower routine again or a partial one just applying the water directly to or near the area where there is a bone fracture. While you are doing both hot and cold showers, pay special attention to any affected area and massage it as vigorously as is safe and comfortable. If a shower is impossible, then alternate hot packs and ice packs on the area of the bone fracture.

    BONE FRACTURES – CONCLUSION

    By following the recommendations and suggested supplement schedule, healing time for bone fractures can be significantly reduced and fractures may heal more completely with fewer complications. By ensuring your body receives the proper nutrients it needs to heal itself, and by engaging in other relevant practices (e.g., hydrotherapy), you and/or your loved ones may be able to deal with bone fractures successfully, and continue a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    REJUVENATION PROGRAM PART 6 (INCLUDES HYDROTHERAPY)

    REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS

    ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™

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  • GET STARTED - NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Genetic nutrigenomic testing

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

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

    POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING

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

    Major anticipated contributions

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

    OFFERING BODYSYNC'S "GENETIC NUTRITION & FITNESS ASSESSMENT"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Purchase Bodysync test kits from HPDI for $249.95.

    INFORMATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

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

    bodysync nutrisync nutrigenomic testing

    RESOURCES

    Articles

    DISCOVERING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS THROUGH ADVANCED GENETIC TESTING

    BENEFITS OF NUTRIGENOMIC TESTING FOR HEALTH

    Links

    HPDI Bodysync page for health professionals

    Purchase tests on HPDI reseller website

    Health professional registration and login page for Bodysync testing

    Bodysync homepage

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

  • KIDS VITAMINS – NO KIDDING!

    Fred Liers PhD kids mighty multi multivitamin chewableLooking for a high-quality, natural KIDS MULTIVITAMIN? Me, too. Do you look in vitamin stores, natural foods stores, and online marketplaces—in vain? I have.

    A couple years ago, HPDI's formulator, my father Hank Liers, PhD decided to reformulate our already excellent kids multivitamin—the Kids Mighty-Multi!—to make it better. His intentions were good: the world's best designer of adult multivitamins would improve the best children's vitamin.

    My quandary? While Dr. Hank was busy at work reformulating our kids multi, the existing—and uber-excellent—original Kids Mighty-Multi! went out-of-stock, and never came back. Suddenly, my seven-year-old son's "go-to" multivitamin was gone...indefinitely!

    I took action—kids vitamins became my obsession—because I wanted the best multivitamin for my child. I searched everywhere for high-quality kids vitamins. Leaving no stone unturned, we tried them all—including organic, whole food, gluten-free, vegan-friendly brands with glossy labels. Did we find good ones? Not really.

    What DID we find? Well, not much—and a lot. That is, not much in the way of high potency, high-purity, or advanced forms, like coenzyme vitamins. And a lot of false promises and junk ingredients. Like sugar and corn syrup and GMO ingredients—even from "reputable" brands.
    Not to mention artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, as well as toxic preservatives and fillers, which are the de facto standard in conventional products. Natural products are better—not always by as much as you'd expect.

    chewable kids mighty-Multi! multivitamin Looking for a good children's multivitamin? Look no further than chewable Kids Mighty-Multi!

    MY MULTIVITAMIN WISHLIST

    Now in label-induced miasmic SHOCK...I proposed a reversal of terms. I simply wanted a lot of good things—like complete, balanced nutrients—and not much in the way of toxic additives.

    Reeling, I scrawled a brief manifesto or "wishlist" for my ideal kids multivitamin:

    "Great taste, high-purity, balanced nutrients at optimal levels, chewable; sugar free, non-GMO. No artificial ingredients, especially toxic sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose. No harmful additives or preservatives like sodium benzoate, BHT, or propylene glycol (no antifreeze please!); a few good-for-you functional ingredients."

    Was I asking *too* much? No way. Yet, I was giving up on finding a suitable kids multivitamin. My son instead began taking an HPDI adult multivitamin (Multi Two Caps) we scaled to his sixty five-pound weight. The taste wasn't great—so we opened capsules directly into his juices and smoothies—because he's not ready to swallow capsules or tablets whole. At best...a partial solution.

    KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI! BACK — BETTER THAN EVER!

    Then. It. Happened. Lighting struck—HPDI's Kids Mighty-Multi! is BACK! Turns out my dad finished reformulating the world's best kids multivitamin. He broke the news with a smile. Stunned and unbelieving...I took a breath. My heart skipped a beat. Then I grabbed a bottle!

    Who knew it would take two years?—and now, who cares!? This month, HPDI proudly introduces a *new* Kids Mighty Multi!. Worth the wait? Yes. Because the new version is better than ever.

    I've thrown away my wishlist. My search is over. Yours may be, too. Because no kids multivitamin comes *close* to Kids Mighty-Multi!. See the comparison chart and nutrient table (below).

    A SERIOUS VITAMIN FOR KIDS – FINALLY!

    What makes the new Kids Mighty-Multi! so good, and so much better? Let me count the ways. Here is a summary of benefits before I dive into discussing them in greater detail.

    • Kids and adults love the taste!

    • Full-spectrum of balanced, essential nutrients needed for creating, supporting, and maintaining excellent health for your child. Includes natural coenzyme form vitamins and Krebs' cycle bionutrients that work with young bodies to provide energy for metabolic processes, healing, and optimal health.

    • Bioavailable vitamin and mineral carriers the body recognizes and can assimilate rapidly. Plus, multiple carriers of individual nutrients ensure assimilation. Chewable form speeds uptake in the body.

    Variety of well-known herbal ingredients, including quercetin, grape extract, turmeric, broccoli powder, and octacosanol

    Complete, balanced supply of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein

    Functional ingredients built into every aspect of the formula, including the taste-enhancing package, herbal ingredients, and cofactors. Functional ingredients serve multiple purposes in supporting health.

    •  Flavored using only healthy, natural sweeteners and taste enhancers, including mannitol, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (from chicory root), organic beet root powder, natural fruit flavor, xylitol, and stevia leaf extract. Taste enhancers exhibiting additional positive benefits (i.e., prebiotic effects, cavity prevention, and antioxidant action).

    • NO refined sugars, no corn syrup, and...NO GMOs!

    • NO artificial colorings or flavorings, artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose), or hydrogenated vegetable oils

    • Excludes common food source allergens like wheat, corn, soy, and dairy

    • Excludes unnecessary excipients, including fillers, binders, and additives

    • Foundational formula ideal for providing basic nutrients for health. A high-quality multivitamin is the first step toward a complete nutritional supplement regimen. Formulated to work well with other HPDI foundational formulas, such as vitamin C / antioxidant formulas (like PRO-C™) and essential fatty acids (like Essential Fats plus E).

    Kids Multivitamin comparison chart

    TASTE-ENHANCING COMPLEX: FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

    Kids Mighty-Multi! tastes GREAT! Kids and adults LOVE the taste. From the perspective of your child's taste buds, that's *all* that matters.

    But I want to talk a bit about the importance of healthy sweeteners...and how the best sweeteners perform double duty as health promoters.

    WHY does Kids Mighty-Multi! taste so good? (Did I mention it contains NO refined sugars—or any artificial sweeteners or flavorings?)

    Because Dr. Liers created a natural taste-enhancing complex. This taste-enhancing package includes xylitol, mannitol, FOS (fructooligosaccharides), beet root juice powder, natural fruit flavors, and stevia leaf extract.

    Dr. Hank selected healthy, functional ingredients—as much as possible—in order to enhance the taste. That means these taste enhancers are not only NOT unhealthy like the refined sugars, corn syrups, and artificial sweeteners I found in so many other kids vitamins. But they are GOOD for you!

    Functional sweeteners and taste-enhancing ingredients in Kids Mighty-Multi! include:

    • Xylitol - Proven sweetener that is a polyol (sugar alcohol) known to fight cavities, improve bone health, and more! (see: http://xylitol.org/about-xylitol/)

    • Mannitol - Natural polyol sweetener with added benefits as an antioxidant. Mannitol surprisingly has a very powerful effect on the hydroxyl free-radical. (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9090754). Mannitol serves double duty as a healthy sweetener and important hydroxyl radical free-radical trapper.

    • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (from chicory root) - Naturally sweet with no or low glycemic index. It is also a prebiotic that supports the growth of beneficial bacteria. (see: http://www.healthproductsdistributors.com/abstracts/fructooligosaccharide.html)

    • Beet Root Powder (organic) - Naturally sweetens and colors Kids Mighty-Multi!. Beet is a functional ingredient providing methyl donors and easily assimilable iron. Moreover, Dr. Benjamin S. Frank found beets contain an amino acid the body uses to create its own dietary nucleic acids and a nutrient important to brain function (No-Aging Diet, 81).

    • Berry & Fruit Extracts / Flavors - Mixed berry, strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate. These berry extracts provide extremely good, fruity taste—bursting with berry flavors!

    • Stevia Extract - Natural sweetens with little or no glycemic value. Kids Mighty-Multi! contains a newer, improved stevia extract which is de-bittered

    • Malic Acid - Provides a naturally tart taste, supports the utilization of magnesium, and feeds into the Krebs' cycle that makes cellular energy (ATP)

    Why is choosing "good-for-you" functional sweeteners and taste enhancers important?

    Because despite what adults might wish, sweeteners still comprise the largest percentage of kids multivitamins by weight. That means your child will be ingesting significant amounts (of whatever these sweeteners are) relative to the size of their multivitamin.

    Who wants the bulk of their child's multivitamin intake comprised of sugars, corn syrup, sucralose, or worse (think aspartame)? This is the reason natural sweeteners providing functional benefits make all the difference for health.

    COMPLETENESS MATTERS – A LOT!

    Kids Mighty-Multi! is nothing if not complete. As formulated by Dr. Hank Liers, it provides therapeutic levels of all essential vitamins, minerals, cofactors, and much more.

    If you read labels (like I do), you'll see most kids vitamins are "hit-or-miss." They provide certain nutrients, but often completely miss others—usually with no rhyme or reason. (What was its formulator thinking?)

    Missing important nutrients is bad for consumers—like you and your child—because all nutrients require other nutrients to "do a body good." It's called synergy, and it's the way our cells are designed to work.

    That means if you obtain sufficient amounts of a specific nutrient, but not enough of another, you may be unable to effectively utilize the nutrient you have—because utilization requires the nutrient you *don't* have. Catch-22, huh? I'll talk more about this later.

    Do your child—and yourself—a favor: choose a complete multivitamin like Kids Mighty-Multi!.

    kids mighty multi multivitamin Kids Mighty-Multi! is nothing if not COMPLETE. (Tablets in photo appear larger than actual size.)

    ADVANCED FORMS OF NUTRIENTS...LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

    Then, there are advanced forms of nutrients, like coenzyme B vitamins. Most kids vitamins (and adult multivitamins) offer you the B complex vitamins as synthetic forms. How can you tell? Well, coenzyme vitamin B1 in Kids Mighty-Multi! is from Thiamin Diphosphate and is very different from synthetic "thiamine HCl." Vitamin B2 is from Riboflavin-5'-Phosphate is not synthetic "riboflavin." The vitamin B6 is from Pyridoxal-5'-Phosphate is not "pyridoxine HCl." And so on.

    What about vitamin B12 as toxic "cyanocobalamin"? Never. Kids Mighty-Multi! provides coenzyme B12 as methylcobalamin. Other brands sometimes use this form, but then provide synthetic forms for other B vitamins. That makes sense—NOT.

    Sure, coenzyme B vitamins cost more to source. But the truth is, your body requires far less coenzyme form vitamins because they are the natural forms found in foods—you easily assimilate and utilize them. Kids Mighty-Multi! doesn't need large amounts of coenzyme vitamins to give you big benefits.

    Meanwhile, synthetic forms are not as easily assimilated—most go through a complex enzymatic breakdown before the body can use them. In some cases (for example if your child lacks certain enzymes due to genetics), syntethic forms cannot be broken down—or used—at all!

    Case in point: Folate. Most kids vitamins give you "folic acid," which is synthetic vitamin B1. A large percentage of the population (including me) lacks the gene providing the enzyme required to process folic acid. If folic acid builds up in cells (because it can't be broken down), then it can be toxic. Solution: we use coenzyme folate—or 5-MTHF (5-methyl tetrahydrofolate) in Kids Mighty-Multi!. Problem solved.

    Recall I said Kids Mighty-Multi! is complete?—and the importance of completeness in a multivitamin? Well, for example, if your kids' multivitamin only provides synthetic vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), it won't be convertable into its biologically active (coenzyme) form without coenzyme vitamin B1 (Riboflavin-5'-Phosphate).

    Did you catch that? To convert Pyridoxine HCl (synthetic vitamin B6) to its usable coenzyme form Pyridoxal-5'-Phosphate, you need coenzyme Riboflavin (Riboflavin-5'-Phosphate). You need a coenzyme form of one B vitamin in order to convert another B vitamin to its coenzyme form!

    If you have only synthetic forms of these B vitamins, your body must go through multiple conversion processes in order to first convert synthetic Riboflavin into coenzyme Riboflavin so that you can convert synthetic vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) into its coenzyme B6 form (Pyridoxal-5'-Phosphate).

    Yes, you can *survive* on synthetic forms of B vitamins. But why make your body work so hard? Why survive when you can *thrive* (with coenzyme vitamins)?

    Why other kids vitamins don't include coenzyme forms is BEYOND ME. If other brands go with conventional (and sometimes toxic) synthetic forms, so be it. Run, and go with Kids Mighty-Multi!.

    Other advanced forms include vitamin D as D3 (cholecalciferol), vitamin K  as K1 and K2 (Menaquinone-7), and minerals using Krebs' cycle carriers (like citrates, malates, fumarates, succinates, and aspartates) that are best recognized and utilized in the body because they plug into the body's energy (ATP) production system.

    KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI!™ NUTRIENT TABLE

    NUTRIENT

    AMOUNT

    % Daily Value

    Vitamin A
    (as beta-carotene from Dunaliella salinas)
    470 IU 10
    Vitamin C
    (from potassium, magnesium, and calcium ascorbates)
    16 mg 27
    Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 50 IU 13
    Vitamin E (from d-alpha tocopheryl succinate and 5 mg natural mixed tocopherols) 13 IU 42
    Vitamin K (10 mcg as phylloquinone (K1) and 5 mcg as MK-7 (K2)) 15 mcg 18
    Vitamin B1 (from thiamin diphosphate) 1.6 mg 107
    Vitamin B2 (from riboflavin-5'-phosphate) 1.6 mg 94
    Vitamin B3 (80% from niacinamide and 20% from niacin) 12 mg 60
    Pantothenic  Acid (from calcium pantothenate) 5 mg 50
    Vitamin B6 (from pyridoxal-5'-phosphate) 2.5 mg 125
    Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 15 mcg 250
    Folate (from 5-MTHF - Quatrefolic®†) 50 mcg 13
    Biotin (pure crystalline) 30 mcg 10
    Magnesium (from malate) 6 mg 1.5
    Calcium (from Krebs cycle bionutrients) 6 mg 0.6
    Potassium (from citrate) 4.7 mg <1
    Zinc (from citrate) 1.25 mg 8.3
    Iron (from fumarate) 0.3 mg 1.7
    Manganese (from citrate) 0.3 mg 15
    Copper (from aspartate) 0.125 mg 6.3
    Chromium (from polynicotinate) 13 mcg 11
    Molybdenum (from citrate) 6 mcg 8
    Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) 5 mcg 7
    Choline (from bitartrate) 6 mg *
    Inositol (pure crystalline) 15 mg *
    N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 5 mg *
     L-Taurine 5 mg *
    Betaine HCl 3 mg *
    Quercetin (as dihydrate) 3 mg *
    Turmeric (from Curcuma longa) (root) 3 mg *
    Broccoli Sprouts Powder 2 mg *
    Grape Extract (Vitis vinifera) (from seed, skin, and stem) 1 mg *
    Lycopene (tomato extract) (fruit) 200 mcg *
    Boron (from glycinate and aspartate) 125 mcg *
    Lutein (from Calendula officinalis) (flower) 70 mcg *
    Octacosanol (from policosanol) 15 mcg *
    Vanadium (from BGOV - bis glycinato oxo vanadium) 6 mcg *

    * No established Daily Value
    † Quatrefolic® is a registered trademark of Gnosis SPD

    SCALABLE DOSING – CALLING ALL KIDS – AND ADULTS!

    Maybe the best feature of Kids Mighty-Multi! is scalable dosing. Scalability makes it suitable for children and youth of all sizes—and adults, too!

    Glancing at Kids Mighty-Multi!'s label, you might assume it's as low potency as the most kids' vitamins available in stores. Not so fast.

    Because Dr. Hank designed this multivitamin for everyone, including adults. How do I know? Because he told me: he takes these chewables himself!

    How does it work? You simply take two (2) tablets per 20 pounds of body weight—up to six tablets—for kids. But since most older kids and adults weigh more than 60 pounds, you can take 8–10+ tablets and approximate the nutrition you would get from your regular adult vitamin. How cool is that!

    Scalable dosing works well for people who don't like swallowing capsules or tablets, or who prefer a good-tasting chewable. And who doesn't, sometimes? It is especially useful for traveling because the entire family can use it.

    In my case, I usually take four capsules per day of Hank & Brian's Mighty Multi-Vite! , which my favorite adult multivitamin, and the inspiration for creating the Kids Mighty-Multi!. Yet, there are many days when I thrill to the taste of the new chewable kids multivitamin—knowing I get a significant amount of nutritional value. That means a lot. A lot of goodness. And not much to worry about.

    Chewable Kids Mighty-Multi! multivitamin Dr. Hank Liers pulled out the stops in formulating Kids Mighty-Multi!

    CHOOSE KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI!

    You've got choices. You can go online or to your local natural market, pharmacy, or big box store and fill up on whatever kids vitamins you find. Take your chances. Or you can try Kids Mighty-Multi! to discover how good a children's multivitamin can (and should) be—a truly superior formula.

    Choose our awesome kids multivitamin. Dr. Hank did his job. We're 110% confident it meets—or exceeds—the needs and expectations of your child, and likely you, too. And definitely those of your clients, if you're a health professional.

    Of course, you've got a brain. But this choice is a "no-brainer." Go for Kids Mighty Multi!. Your kids will never go back to their old multivitamin. And they'll be healthier for it.

     

    SOURCES & RESOURCES

    Products

    Kids Mighty-Multi! Multivitamin

    HPDI Multivitamins

    References

    Coenzyme Vitamins (HPDI)

    Fructooligosaccharides Abstracts (HPDI)

    Statement on Additives (Excipients) (HPDI)

    The HPDI Difference: Four Pillars of Excellence

    Percent Daily Values (DV) Calculation Table (FDA)

    Xylitol.org

    Dr. Frank's No-Aging Diet
    by Benjamin S. Frank, MD, PhD

    Studies

    "Oxygen free radical scavenging abilities of vitamins C and E, and a grape seed proanthocyanidin extract in vitro." Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 95(2):179-89.
    (Study includes mannitol benefits)

  • ACAM 2016 REPORT

    Fred Liers PhD ACAM 2016 College Advancement MedicineI attended ACAM 2016 for three days of presentations and meetings with health care professionals from around the country and world. The annual meeting was held September 15-17 at the Hilton El Conquistador hotel in Tucson, Arizona.

    This year's event was a joint meeting of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) and American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD). We not only met naturopaths, chiropractors, and alternative MDs, but also holistic and biological dentists and allied health care professionals.

    HPDI is located in Tucson, so having ACAM here this year meant we could staff our booth with six employees, including my father Hank Liers, PhD, founder and formulator of our company.

    HPDI ACAM 2016 Hank, Jim, and I speak with holistic dentist Dr. Elysa Kliman and her sister, who is a myotherapist in their family-based dental practice in Toronto.

    We were pleased to meet ACAM officers like immediate past president Allen Green, MD of the Center for Optimum Health, and president-elect Ahvie Herskowitz, MD of Antara Medicine.

    We met dozens of doctors and dentists, and provided them with samples of many HPDI products, as well as processed reseller applications. We enjoyed extended discussions with Lenny Kundel DMD, Dennis Fera MD, Takako Yanagisawa MD of Yanagisawa clinic in Tokyo, John Staniland MD, and Michael Williams, PhD of Syense, Inc. We also caught up with our hometown friend and client, Brian Cabin MD, whose practice is based in Tucson.

    Among the highlights of the event were the opening reception in the exhibitor hall and the dinner hosted on the final evening.

    HPDI Hank Fred PhD ACAM Staffing the HPDI booth with my father, Dr. Hank Liers, PhD.

    We showcased HPDI's full line of nutritional formulas, giving samples of many foundational supplements (like multivitamins, Essential Fats Plus E, and Pro-C), gut health products like Restore™, Rejuvenate! superfoods, and magnesium formulas like Myo-Mag and Ancient Minerals magnesium chloride products.

    We provided samples of Warrior Health topical formulas for sleep, pain, and energy. These remain among the most popular products formulated by Dr. Hank. Warrior Sleep is a perennial favorite with annual meeting attendees who seek improved sleep after having travelled across the country or the globe.

    We also presented a Nutrisync genetic test that HPDI now offers to health care professionals for their patients. We have teamed up with Bodysync, Inc. to provide this simple-to-use genetic test. The test results report not only provides details regarding the unique genetic profile of a patient, but also includes a comprehensive Action Plan for clients with recommendations for diet, exercise, and nutrient intake based on a scientific analysis of their genetic profile.

    Health professionals can offer the genetic test to their patients, and use the nutrigenomic analysis and action plan to ensure compliance with dietary, supplemental, and exercise goals. For more information, read about the Nutrisync genetic test or this month's blog article on the Benefits of Nutrigenomic Testing for Health.

    HPDI Hank Liers ACAM Dr. Hank Liers (seated) explains nutritional benefits of dietary nucleic acids in Rejuvenate! superfoods to Dr. Michael Williams of Syense, Inc.

    HPDI team members Bob Simmons, Jim Bergstrom, J. Jerzyk, Roxy Brown, Hank Liers, and I spent time talking to other vendors on the ACAM exhibitor floor. These vendors included Dr. Michael Williams of Sysense, Inc., Max Weiner of Johnson Compounding & Wellness, Brandon Smith of Simply 03, Penny Sneed of Erchonia lasers, Daniel Babadzhanov of Boiron homeopathic, Emily Porter of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH-USA), and many others.

    HPDI extends special thanks to the ACAM management team, including director Veronica Haynes, association manager Liz Pullman, exhibitor service manager Zach Haynes, and meeting planner Katie VanNatta. The ACAM team did an extraordinary job this year in Tucson!!

    We at HPDI look forward to attending next year's ACAM 2017 annual meeting September 14-17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico! The meeting will feature continuing collaboration between ACAM and AAPMD.

    Resources:

    ACAM

    HPDI's ACAM page provides information about our partnership with ACAM as a preferred partner and silver level supporter for the ACAM 2016 annual meeting.

    Report from ACAM 2015 Annual Meeting

    ACAM website

    HPDI

    HPDI Reseller website

    HPDI Reseller application

    Benefits of Nutrigenomic Testing for Health - HPDI blog

    Discovering Nutritional Needs through Advanced Genetic Testing - HPDI blog

    Health professionals may request HPDI product samples by phone (1-800-228-4265) or email, or apply for a reseller account online.

     

  • RECOMMENDING HPDI FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Fred Liers PhD foundational supplements nutritionHPDI foundational supplements are designed to provide a complete range of essential nutrients that complement a healthy diet and lifestyle. They help ensure sufficient levels of nutrients required for good health.

    We define foundational supplements as basic or "core" supplements that should be part of everyone's daily regimen. They are the foundation of a complete nutritional supplement program.

    HPDI offers a three-tiered system of nutritional supplements: Foundational Supplements, Enhancement Formulas, and Specific-Condition Formulas. All three tiers comprise a complete nutritional supplement program.

    When combined properly, these three tiers of nutritional supplements help create optimal health. This month, I explain how to use HPDI foundational supplements, the base or bottom tier of the system (see cone diagram below).

    The HPDI supplement system can be visualized as a cone or pyramid having a base of Foundational Supplements ascending toward an apex of Enhancement Formulas and Specific Condition Formulas.

    foundational supplements HPDI system The HPDI Supplement System includes six types of Foundational Supplements forming its base.

    USING HPDI FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    My intent is to guide health care professionals and consumers to decide the foundational supplements that are best for their purposes, and that provide the most effective results.

    For anyone new to HPDI's Foundational Supplements system, we recommend six basic types of supplements. The six categories are: 1) multivitamin formulas, 2) vitamin C / antioxidant formulas, 3) essential fats, 4) high-RNA foods (Rejuvenate! superfoods), 5) gut health formulas, and 6) hydrogen formulas.

    We established the original three types of foundational supplements about 1988. We have always suggested that clients and health professionals take and/or recommend multivitamins, vitamin C and antioxidants, and essential fats.

    About 10 years ago, we added high-RNA foods (like Rejuvenate! superfoods) as a fourth type of foundational supplement because research indicates dietary nucleic acids are essential nutrients—see our blog articles on nucleic acids, Benjamin S. Frank, MD, PhD, and about Rejuvenate! superfoods (Original, Plus, and Berries & Herbs).

    Two categories of foundational supplements are new: gut health formulas and hydrogen formulas. Hank wrote an article (Amending the HPDI Foundational Program) about these changes in April. We added these two categories after much consideration regarding their benefits, and have written extensively about them in this blog (see resources section below).

    The entire HPDI supplement system is depicted (above) as a cone. The six types of foundational supplements form the base of the cone. Enhancement Formulas and Specific-Condition formulas sit above toward the apex.

    ultimate protector foundational supplements Ultimate Protector Nrf2 formula is a foundational supplement in the vitamin C / antioxidant category.

    HOW I RECOMMEND HPDI FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    I recommend using all six types of HPDI foundational supplements. I personally take the following supplements (below) and present them here as an example of how they can be integrated into a complete supplement regimen. Foundational Supplements I take:

    1. Multivitamin: Hank & Brian's Mighty Multi-Vite! (4 per day in divided doses)

    2. Vitamin C / antioxidants: PRO-C (6-8 per day) and Ultimate Protector Nrf2 activator (8-12 per day)

    3. Essential Fats: Essential Fats Plus E (4 per day)

    4. Rejuvenate!™ superfood: All three Rejuvenate! superfoods (2-8 scoops per day)

    5. Gut Health: RESTORE For Gut Health (1-2 ounces per day) and Prescript-Assist™ probiotic (soil-based organisms) (1-3 per week)

    6. Hydrogen: Megahydrate (2-6 per day)

    Taking one supplement from each of the six foundational supplement categories builds, supports, and maintains optimal health.

    We at HPDI recommend everyone take one of each type of foundational supplement. That is, we suggest an individual select for personal use a multivitamin, vitamin C/antioxidant formula, essential fats formula, Rejuvenate!™ superfood (or other high-RNA superfood), hydrogen product, and at least one gut health product (depending on their gut-health needs).

    Similarly we suggest health care professionals recommend for their clients one of each of the six types of foundational supplements.

    The other two categories in the HPDI nutritional supplement system are Enhancement Formulas and Specific-Condition Formulas (see cone diagram). These are not foundational supplements. However, I include the supplements I take in these categories for the sake of completeness, as well as to show how Enhancement and Specific-Condition Formulas integrate with Foundational Supplements to form a complete supplement program providing a wide-range of essential nutrients required for health.

    Enhancement Formulas I take include: B-Complex-50 (B complex), Myo-Mag (magnesium/malic acid), Ubiquinol-50, Bone Guardian, and Vitamin D3 Plus.

    Specific Condition Formulas I take include: Joint Health Formula, Allergy Support Formula, Eye & Vision Formula, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, and Warrior Mist (pain topical), and Warrior Sleep (sleep topical).

    While I take supplements from all three categories (Foundationals, Enhancements, and Specific-Condition) in the HPDI supplement system, I always prioritize foundational supplements—I take them first—because they are base on which my personal supplement program rests.

    Foundational supplements should be the base on which your supplement program—or those of your clients—rests, as well.

    We have seen the results of taking a complete set of foundational supplements. They work because the nutrients they provide are needed by everyone.

    foundational supplements multivitamin Muti Two Caps is a high-potency multi with coenzyme forms for optimal utilization in the body.

    FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: RESULTS

    Individuals who take all types of foundational supplements do best in terms of optimizing health. The reason is that all six types provide nutrients required for good health.

    I can attest that HPDI Foundational Supplements are effective for improving or maintaining good health. In addition, I have witnessed numerous instances where individuals benefit most greatly when taking all four–and now all six–types of foundational supplements.

    Each of the six categories of foundational supplement provide unique benefits. Yet, each performs functions required by the human body for good health. That is one reason when they are combined they exert synergistic effects for health going far beyond the benefits of using, one, two, or three of the types of foundational supplements.

    WHEN FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT PRIORITIZED

    I talk to people who may or may not take a multivitamin. And they may or may not take vitamin C. Yet, they may take calcium for their bones, glucosamine for their joints, and lutein for their eyes. Or they may take a low-potency, off-the-shelf multivitamin providing merely the RDA for all nutrients.

    There is nothing wrong with individuals taking supplements they regard as important or useful. But that cannot guarantee that a wide range—and sufficient levels—of nutrients necessary for health are available to the body on a regular basis.

    In fact, I regard the supplement intake programs of most persons to be "hit-or-miss." They may consume nutrients important for a few functions in the body, yet fail to obtain other essential nutrients required for the nutrients they take to work most effectively. We have written extensively on this topic on our website and in blog articles (see below).

    Not taking regularly a complete set of foundational supplements likely means key nutrients (and key levels of nutrients) go missing. Over time, this means fewer and lower levels of nutrients available to support the body's needs for them at levels known to sustain the good health.

    The best way to ensure a sufficient range of nutrients at plentiful levels is to take foundational supplements. After a baseline of nutrients is established by taking foundational supplements, additional supplements can be added, as necessary.

    rejuvenate superfood foundational supplements High-RNA foods like Rejuvenate! PLUS superfood provide dietary nucleic acids important for health.

    A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF SUPPLEMENTS, INCLUDING FOUNDATIONALS

    After obtaining sufficient levels of basic nutrients required for health, then a person can add (or you can recommend) specific nutrients or formulas that target certain problems or issues. This is the basis for HPDI development of Enhancement Formulas and Specific-Condition Formulas.

    Nutritional supplements in the categories of Enhancement Formulas and Specific-Condition Formulas therefore "stack" on top of HPDI's Foundational Supplements (see cone diagram above). In this way, a complete nutritional supplement program begins with the most essential nutrients and continues with customizations based on the unique needs of an individual.

    ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

    Enhancement Formulas in the HPDI system are supplements we regard as falling into the next tier in terms of importance, at least for most people. They do not necessarily provide essential nutrients, and yet many people (including myself) benefit significantly from them.

    Enhancement Formulas include: magnesium formulas (topical and capsule), Vitamin D3 Plus, Nascent Iodine, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin), mushroom-based products (like Immune-Assist™), Prolyt (proteolytic enzymes), Digase (plant-based enzymes), and Warrior Mist (topical pain reliever), and many other formulas.

    SPECIFIC-CONDITION FORMULAS

    In the HPDI system, individuals can add (in a modular way) various formulas and single nutrients designed to support a particular set of needs or a target a specific condition.

    We offer a complete range of supplements (almost 100) including a range of supplements formulated to address specific conditions. These include Joint Health Formula, Eye & Vision Formula, Blood Sugar Support, Allergy Support, Prosta Plus, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, and many other formulas.

    ONE SYSTEM. THREE TIERS. HPDI SUPPLEMENTS.

    HPDI Foundational Supplements collectively form the base tier of a complete nutritional supplement system comprised of three tiers: 1) Foundational Supplements (six types), 2) Enhancement Formulas (or simply "Enhancements"), and 3) Specific-Condition Formulas.

    Foundational Supplements are necessary because they provide nutrients foundational to health. Taking them daily or recommending your clients take them daily can help mean big differences in health, nutrition, and quality of life.

    We at HPDI design our nutritional supplements to be the most effective dietary supplements available. HPDI products are known for: 1) Advanced Formulation (including use of superior forms of nutrients), 2) Ultra-High Purity, 3) Avoidance of Harmful Ingredients, and 4) being made with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). For more details, please see The HPDI Difference and our Statement on Additives (Excipients).

    At least 40 of HPDI's products are formulated by Dr. Hank Liers. They fall in all categories in HPDI's supplement system. They can be found under "Dr. Hank Liers original formulas."

    omega plus foundational supplement Omega Plus provides exceptionally well-balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

    FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

    We frequently get questions from HPDI clients and resellers regarding foundational supplements. These questions include:

    "Why did you add gut health and hydrogen products to your foundational supplements program?"
    We found it necessary to add categories for gut health and hydrogen because they provide nutrients that are support the body and help ensure the foundational supplement system supports health most effectively. You can read more in previous blog articles (see below).

    "Which is the better multivitamin: Multi Two or Mighty Multi-Vite!™?"
    It depends on whether you need more B vitamins or antioxidants. Multi Two provides more B vitamins and Mighty Multi-Vite™ provides more antioxidants and cofactors. I take a separate HPDI B-Complex-50 formula, so I take Mighty Multi-Vite!™ as my primary multivitamin.

    "What are the differences between Rejuvenate!™ Original, PLUS, and Berries & Herbs superfoods?"
    They each provide about 340 mg of dietary nucleic acids. Original is the "greenest" with a large percentage of dietary nucleic acids coming from chlorella and spirunlina. PLUS is our most popular and 30% is identical to Original with more protein and a built-in multivitamin complex. Berries & Herbs contains no greens, yet more nucleic acids (390 mg), protein, and a built-in multivitamin. See our Rejuvenate! comparison page for more information.

    "Should I take a vitamin C formula with antioxidants like PRO-C or one with Nrf2 activators like Ultimate Protector?"
    Both provide vitamin C and Nrf2 activators, but Ultimate Protector provides more types of Nrf2 activators. Ultimate Protector capsules are smaller than PRO-C capsules, so a daily dose may require taking more capsules.

    "How important are hydrogen supplements?"
    Very important for energy production, recovery, antioxidant functions, and gut health. Hydrogen supplements like Active H2 and Megahydrate ensure high levels of hydrogen are available in the body.

    What are your best products for supporting gut health?
    It depends on your needs: cleansing (Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula), probiotic/microbiome support (Prescript-Assist™), or tightening tight junctions in the gut (RESTORE)? We offer products for all these purposes.

    These are just a few questions frequently asked about HPDI foundational supplements. If you need more information about products, please contact the HPDI office (800-228-4265) or email support@healthproductsdistributors.com.

    You can also contact Fred Liers, PhD (520-400-0155) or Hank Liers, PhD (formulator) with questions you may have regarding specific products, single nutrients, or formulation.

    SOURCES AND RESOURCES

    Foundational Supplements

    HPDI Full Product Overview

    The Need for Foundational Supplements (.pdf)

    The HPDI Difference (4 Pillars of Formulation)

    HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

    Amending the HPDI Foundational Supplements Program

    Foundational Supplements Remain Fundamental

    Vitamin C / Antioxidants

    PRO-C and Ultimate Protector Comparison

    Questions and Answers about Ultimate Protector

    The Amazing Healing Potential of Natural Nrf2 Activators

    Ultimate Protector™: First Impressions

    Ultimate Protector™ Brunswick Labs ORAC5.0™ Test Results

    Preventing Free-Radical Damage Using Ultimate Protector™

    Description and Comparison of ORAC Tests for Well Known Plant Ingredients and Ultimate Protector™

    Ultimate Protector and the Role of Foundational Supplements for Health

    Natural Phytochemical Nrf2 Activators for Chemoprevention

    New Directions for Preventing Free Radical Damage

    "Review of Scientific Research on Oligomeric  Proanthocyanidins (OPC)" by Dr. Hank Liers

    "Vitamin C - An Amazing Nutrient" by Dr. Hank Liers

    High-RNA Superfoods

    Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs: Ingredients for Optimal Nutrition

    “9 Things to Know About Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods”

    “High-RNA Rejuvenate!™ Superfood”

    “Natural Phytochemical NRF2 Activators for Chemoprevention”

    Review of Scientific Research on Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC)

    DIETARY NUCLEIC ACIDS – DR. BENJAMIN S. FRANK, PART 1

    DIETARY NUCLEIC ACIDS – DR. BENJAMIN S. FRANK, PART 2

    Super-Tasty Morning Nutritional Drinks

    Hydrogen

    The Science Behind Megahydrate

    Hydrogen for Optimal Health

    Wonders of Molecular Hydrogen

    Gut Health

    Gut Health – Effects of Glyphosate and Antibiotics

    Gut Health – Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

    PRODUCTS

    Vitamin formulas, including multivitamins 

    Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs

    Rejuvenate!™ PLUS

    Rejuvenate!™ (Original)

    Rejuvenate! Superfoods: Product Comparison

    Ultimate Protector™ Nrf2 Activator (vitamin C/antioxidant)

    PRO-C (Vitamin C/Antioxidant formula)

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (gut health)

    Restore For Gut Health (lignite formula)

    Active H2 (hydrogen)

    Megahydrate (hydrogen)

    Prescript-Assist™ (probiotic/prebiotic)

    HPDI FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

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