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www.naturalpractitionermag.com V At isit AA Us August 2015 NP A VRM Media Publication Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com davinci for info about this advertiser Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com americasfinest for info about this advertiser TABLE OF CONTENTS August 2015 VOLUME 4 NO. 5 24 FEATURES 24 Gracefully Aging Practitioners need to be aware of how nutritional support is the key to opening the doors to healthy aging--from the inside out. 30 8 30 Food Allergy Intolerance or Sensitivity COLUMNS Identifying the specific type of adverse food reaction and its underlying causes are key to determing effective management and restorative strategies. 4 Editor s Note 8 Practitioner Corner 36 Addressing Hormonal Imbalances 62 Product Focus Children s Health Hormonal imbalances are not so easy to spot. Natural practitioners help reveal symptoms and successfully address them with supplementation. 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All other issues are 10.00 each. 2 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com xlear for info about this advertiser EDITOR S NOTE Live Long and Prosper ast month my family threw a party for my grandmother in honor of her 90th birthday and we had much to celebrate. At 90-yearsyoung my grandmother lives by herself in a three-story house and is completely self-sufficient. She still cooks cleans does her own laundry and dotes on all of us when we visit her. And when she tells people her age they can t believe it they assume that she is only in her early 70s. So what is her secret My grandmother remains active by exercising daily taking walks around her neighborhood and eating a healthy balanced diet. While my entire family hopes to inherit her genes and live long healthy lives just like her--the reality for many Americans is that that isn t the case. Research shows that Baby Boomers in the United States are more likely to have a disability later in life than the previous generation. For instance a 2013 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine titled The Status of Baby Boomers Health in the United States The Healthiest Generation found that while Baby Boomers may be living longer than people approximately 20 years older they aren t necessarily healthier. The study showed that even though they are less likely to smoke or have emphysema they are more likely to be obese have diabetes or high blood pressure than the previous generation at similar ages. Further according to the The State of Aging and Health in America report chronic disease is a burden that many L older adults face as heart disease cancer stroke chronic lower respiratory diseases Alzheimer s disease and diabetes are on the rise. In addition influenza and pneumonia also continue to contribute to deaths among older adults despite the availability of effective vaccines. In this month s issue highlight The Baby Boomer s Diet Dilemma (see page 24) Ron Antriasian vice president of sales and business development for Life Extension noted that a senior s limited income may have an effect on their food choices which is directly correlated to their health. In many cases seniors on a fixed income may choose to cut back on costs they can control including fresh fruits vegetables and organic foods in favor of cheaper less healthy alternatives he explained. To stay and remain healthy throughout their aging years older adults need to realize the importance of following a balanced diet and regular exercise. According to Registered Dietitian Desiree Nielsen with proper diet and exercise regimes older adults can retain excellent health through their 60s and 70s. Choosing a nutrientdense anti-inflammatory dietary strategy can minimize damage to the body s natural repair mechanisms and provide key substrates for optimal health she said. 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Connect With Us www.twitter.com vitaminretailer www.facebook.com naturalpractitioner www.linkedin.com www.instagram.com www.pinterest.com company vrm-media vitaminretailermagazine vrm_media 4 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com naturalpartners for info about this advertiser Meet Natural Practitioner s Editorial Advisory Board In its search to provide readers with insight and perspective that will help them build and better their practices Natural Practitioner has culled together an Editorial Advisory Board of authoritative practitioners willing to do just that. You will see our Board members present in key editorial as well as each authoring their own column Practitioner Corner throughout the year that highlights their expertise and professional experiences. They will also lend us their perspective on trends and topics that Natural Practitioner will be covering in issues to come. Natural Practitioner s Editorial Advisory Board is comprised of Holly Lucille ND Dr. Holly Lucille is a nationally recognized licensed naturopathic physician lecturer educator and author of Creating and Maintaining Balance A Women s Guide to Safe Natural Hormone Health. Her private practice Healing From Within Healthcare focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care. Outside of her practice Dr. Lucille holds a position on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians board of directors and is on the faculty of the Global Medicine Education Foundation. She is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association where she spearheaded a lobbying effort to have naturopathic doctors licensed in the state of California. A graduate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Lucilles commitment to naturopathic medicine has been recognized with the Daphne Blayden Award and more recently the SCNM Legacy Award. Shailinder Sodhi ND Growing up near the Himalayas Dr. Shailinder Sodhi developed an early interest in ayurvedic plants and herbs and received his BAMS (bachelor in ayurvedic medicine and surgery) degree from Dayanand Ayurvedic College in Jalandhar India in 1985. In 1993 he received a naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University as well as a degree in diagnostic ultrasound from Bellevue College. Dr. Sodhi practices naturopathic medicine along with his wife Dr. Anju Sodhi and his brother Dr. Virender Sodhi at the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Bellevue WA which he established in 1989. In addition Dr. Sodhi serves as president of Ayush Herbs Inc. a manufacturer of high-quality ayurvedic herbal formulas is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr and has been published in several natural health magazines. Amber Lynn Vitse BA LMT CN Amber Lynn Vitse BA LMT CN majored in economics with postgraduate work in medical sciences and additional certifications in bodywork and nutrition. She is the founder and principal of AmberLynnVitale an independent producer and presenter of unique media content designed to educate the public and the medical establishment on current health trends and ethical and legislative concerns. A leading edge provider and educator of Fusion Bodyworks she practices an integrated modality of ayurvedic medicine yoga advanced bodywork and holistic nutrition. Vitse uses her 17 years of experience in integrative medical practices to provide consultation on marketing to the consumer mindset. She recently joined the Garden of Life team as its Northeast educator. Adam Killpartrick DC Dr. Adam Killpartrick earned his degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport IA. His primary practice focus has been a synergistic blend of NUCCA (upper cervical chiropractic) with Cranial Release Technique for which he has attained lead instructor status. Dr. Killpartrick furthered his education in clinical nutrition functional diagnostics and lifestyle medicine and has since successfully integrated this blend of specialized chiropractic care and functional medicine into his New Hampshire private practice. This practical experience led him to clinical consulting for numerous nutritional supplement companies. He is currently the chief scientific officer for DaVinci Laboratories. Jared M. Skowron ND Dr. Jared M. Skowron is a national expert in natural medicine for children. Author of the best-selling 100 Natural Remedies For Your Child his lifes work is dedicated to the optimal health of children. A faculty member at University of Bridgeport and founder of their Pediatric & Autism Clinic Dr. Skowron has helped thousands of children fulfill their optimal potential. He is vice president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and his expertise is in pediatrics autism ADHD and acute and chronic EENT conditions. Jacob Teitelbaum MD A recognized authority on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum is medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers nationally and does phone consultations with CFS fibromyalgia patients worldwide. He is the author of the popular iPhone application Cures A-Z and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic (3rd revised edition Avery Penguin Group) and Pain Free 1-2-3--A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGrawHill). His newest book is Beat Sugar Addiction NOW (Fairwinds Press 2010). Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America CNN Fox News Channel the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. Isaac Eliaz MD MS LAc A recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980s with a specific focus on cancer immune health detoxification and mind-body medicine. He is a respected formulator clinician researcher author and educator. As part of his commitment to the advancement of integrative medicine Dr. Eliaz partners with leading research institutes and has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers on innovative therapies for immune enhancement heavy metal toxicity and cancer prevention and treatment. He is founder and medical director of Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center in Santa Rosa CA where he and his team of practitioners pioneer individualized treatments for cancer and chronic illness. 6 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com albion for info about this advertiser PRACTITIONER CORNER Diabetes Epidemic A Toxic Type 2 By Isaac Eliaz MD MS LAc T he epidemic of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome which is striking Western nations and the United States in particular has elicited somewhat of a muted reaction. Diabesity may affect as many as 100 million Americans and nearly a billion people around the world but compare the public health response to previous epidemics--polio for example. It doesn t come close. Perhaps this is because it s a silent insidious epidemic developing over years with debilitating symptoms that seriously impact a person s quality of life. Yes we have taken some measures such as urging people at risk to improve their diet and exercise habits. This approach places the emphasis on the lifestyle choices of the individual but new research along with the skyrocketing rates of diabetes suggests that we re missing some key pieces of the puzzle. As a nation we adhere religiously to the notion of calories in and calories out. Eat less exercise more and everything will be fine. This is not entirely wrong--but it s clearly an oversimplification. We cannot pre- tend that metabolism functions in isolation sequestered from environmental influences and the delicate balance of our biological systems. So it s not a question of following the same strategies--except more vigorously. We need to look beyond the well-worn tropes that have dominated our approach to these conditions. Fortunately there s a growing body of research to help us better understand the complex factors behind metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Two factors emerging as key culprits environmental toxins and poor quality sleep. The Toxic Load While what we eat and how much certainly affect our weight and susceptibility to diabetes and metabolic syndrome this oversimplified equation ignores the body s ability to process these calories. Again there is a growing body of evidence that overexposure to environmental toxins can impair our intricate metabolic mechanisms. Numerous studies demonstrate that many of the chemical compounds pervasive today have an adverse impact on metabolism. A study published in The Lancet found a correlation between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in blood and insulin resistance.1 Another study described the different ways toxins provoke insulin resistance such as mitochondrial injury oxidative stress inflammation and debilitated thyroid metabolism.2 Research published in JAMA showed BPA found in plastics canned foods and even cash register receipts increases risk of diabetes.3 Toxins have been shown to interfere with an entire class of nuclear receptors (called PPARs) causing insulin resistance and other harm.4 Another study found that weight gain and fat storage in rats exposed to chemical toxins was completely independent of calories and exercise.5 There are dozens of studies with similar findings and they paint a toxic picture 8 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com kyowa for info about this advertiser PRACTITIONER CORNER environmental pollutants appear to scramble our metabolic signals impairing glucose management and weight control mechanisms. Clearly genes and genetic expression play a role as well but as so many have suggested Genetics loads the gun environment pulls the trigger. While it s upsetting to see that common chemicals are having such a profound impact on metabolism--and other areas of health--the fact that research is elucidating some of these complex mechanisms means we may be zeroing in on effective therapeutic targets. ingredients and supplements which are shown to reduce levels of toxins in the body. But it s important to do it right so as not to overwhelm your system or deplete essential nutrients. I rarely recommend extreme measures such as rapid detox programs fasting or colonics. Rather an emphasis on nutrient-dense whole foods and select botanicals and nutrients offers a gentle yet effective route to eliminating toxins from the body over time. Our bodies are designed with an elaborate system of detoxification mechanism incorporating many organ systems and biochemical pathways including the skin lungs liver and kidneys. The daily intake of dietary phytochemicals found in common foods herbs and nutrients provides ongoing support for the optimal functioning of our inherent detox capacities. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli cabbage kale and bok choy are well-known detoxifiers and also help promote healthy hormone metabolism. Other effective detoxifiers include green tea garlic milk thistle dandelion leaf and root onions and turmeric. One clinical study showed that broccoli sprouts helped the body detoxify a number of airborne pollutants particularly benzene. A half cup a day enhanced excretion of benzene acrolein and other toxins. There are also a variety of vitamins minerals and other nutrients that support detoxification such as L-methylfolate zinc selenium N-acetyl-cysteine glutathione and vitamin C. Alginates derived from kelp are also effective detoxifiers shown to remove heavy metals radioactive isotopes and pesticides from the digestive tract. Alginates also support healthy glucose metabolism. Another clinically proven detoxifier is modified citrus pectin (MCP). Made from the pith of orange peels MCP has a welldeserved reputation for safely binding and removing toxins such as lead mercury arsenic and others while not affecting essential minerals. MCP also binds and blocks galectin-3 an inflammatory protein that s been linked to cancer fibrosis heart disease and other conditions. Detoxification Given the quantity of toxins we face in our everyday lives detoxification plays an important role in maintaining long-term health on a number of levels. The practice of detox is an ancient one popularized in recent years with a myriad of products services and wellness retreats aimed at reducing toxic body burden and restoring vitality. Aside from the hype as well as the discrediting of detox by much of conventional medicine there are a number of foods Sleep and Metabolism In addition to overexposure to toxins there s another potential culprit in the diabetes and metabolic syndrome epidemic-- Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com emerson for info about this advertiser 10 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to naturalpractitionermag.com probioticsinternationalinfo info about this advertiser Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com genestra for for about this advertiser PRACTITIONER CORNER lack of sleep. Like industrial pollutants sleep deprivation has become a common feature of modern life. It s well known that poor sleep can lead to a host of health problems including problems with immunity cellular health digestion and cognitive wellbeing--including the ability to flush toxins from the brain. Now we can add metabolism to the list. This is not really news. There have been studies as far back as 1969 showing that sleep deprivation even for just a few days decreases insulin sensitivity and increases glucose levels. One study found that people who slept only four hours each night for six nights reduced their glucose tolerance by 40 percent prematurely aging their metabolism. The issue reversed after normal sleep was restored.6 Another study found similar results even with less severe sleep deprivation--5.5 hours per night over 14 nights.7 Other studies have shown that loss of sleep contributes to increases in certain growth hormones associated with increased glucose and cortisol.8-10 Lack of sleep has also been shown to increase the release of inflammatory cytokines which can also increase insulin resistance as well as causing other problems.11 lular function neurological health and offer other important benefits. There are a number of other natural ingredients that support sleep including lemon balm and passionflower extracts and the amino acid L-tryptophan. I also recommend calcium and magnesium. A small amount of supplemental melatonin can also promote relaxation and more restful sleep and offer powerful protective benefits. Sources 1 Jones OA Maguire ML Griffin n JL. Environmental pollution and diabetes a neglected association. Lancet. 2008 371(9609) 287-288. 2 Hyman M. Systems biology toxins obesity and functional medicine. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 13(2) S134-S139. 3 Lang IA Galloway TS Scarlett A et al. Association of urinary bisphenol A concentration with medical disorders and laboratory abnormalities in adults. JAMA. 2008 300(11) 1303-1310. 4 Griffi n JL Scott J Nicholson JK. The influence of pharmacogenetics on fatty liver disease in the wistar and kyoto rats a combined transcriptomic and metabonomic study. J Proteome Res. 2007 6(1) 5461. 5 Chen JQ Brown TR Russo J. Regulation of energy metabolism pathways by estrogens and estrogenic chemicals and potential implications in obesity associated with increased exposure to endocrine disruptors. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 1793(7) 11281143. 6 Spiegel K Leproult R Van Cauter E. Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function. Lancet 1999 354 1435 1439. 7 Nedeltcheva AV Kessler L Imperial J Penev PD. Exposure to recurrent sleep restriction in the setting of high caloric intake and physical inactivity results in increased insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2009 94 3242 3250. 8 Spiegel K Leproult R Colecchia EF et al. Adaptation of the 24-h growth hormone profile to a state of sleep debt. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2000 279 R874 R883. 9 Van Cauter E Polonsky KS Scheen AJ. Roles of circadian rhythmicity and sleep in human glucose regulation. Endocr Rev 1997 18 716 738. 10 Vgontzas AN Papanicolaou DA Bixler EO et al. Circadian interleukin- 6 secretion and quantity and depth of sleep. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1999 84 2603 2607. 11 Vgontzas AN Zoumakis E Bixler EO et al. Adverse effects of modest sleep restriction on sleepiness performance and inflammatory cytokines. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2004 89 2119 2126. The first step toward fixing sleep deprivation is recognizing the problem. This may mean convincing patients that the competitive advantages they may gain from sleeping less are more than offset by the damage they are doing to their health. The Sleep Solution The first step toward fixing sleep deprivation is recognizing the problem. This may mean convincing patients that the competitive advantages they may gain from sleeping less are more than offset by the damage they are doing to their health. Routine plays a critical role in good sleep and also helps balance circadian rhythms which in turn can benefit metabolic function. It s best to go to bed at the same time each night and embrace relaxation routines before bedtime. That means avoiding televisions smart phones and computers at least two hours before bed as well as other electronic devices that emit blue light since this disrupts melatonin production. Melatonin naturally increases in a dark environment so make sure your bedroom is free of glowing electronics and external light sources such as streetlights. There are many herbs and nutrients that can also support relaxation and good sleep. One extract emerging as a multi-purpose ingredient is honokiol derived from magnolia bark. Honokiol supports restful sleep and healthy mood is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to support metabolism cel- Metabolic Support In addition to detoxification and better sleep we can also support healthy metabolism more directly. There are a number of botanicals that help balance glucose improve insulin function and support overall metabolic function. I recommend gymnema leaf fenugreek holy basil as well as berberine-containing botanicals such as extracts of Indian kino bark and golden thread rhizome. Minerals such as zinc and chromium the amino acid taurine as well as the organosulfur compound alpha lipoic acid also work to benefit metabolic function. Like so many other chronic health conditions metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes are rooted in complex biological interactions requiring precise balance. By taking a comprehensive holistic approach we can help our patients address the multiple underlying causes of the diabesity epidemic while improving other key areas of health in the process. Isaac Eliaz MD MS LAc has been a recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980s with a specific focus on cancer immune health detoxification and mind-body medicine. He is a respected formulator clinician researcher author and educator. As part of his commitment to the advancement of integrative medicine Dr. Eliaz partners with leading research institutes and has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed papers on innovative therapies for immune enhancement heavy metal toxicity and cancer prevention and treatment. He is founder and medical director of Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center in Santa Rosa CA where he and his team of practitioners pioneer individualized treatments for cancer and chronic illness. 12 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com vitalnutrients for info about this advertiser HEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS Nutrition Researchers Develop the Healthy Beverage Index esearchers at Virginia Tech have developed a new scoring method for assessing beverage intake the Healthy Beverage Index (HBI). In a report published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics they describe how this tool can be used to more accurately evaluate dietary consumption of all types of fluids. They found that higher HBI scores were associated with more favorable lipid profiles decreased risk of hypertension and among men better C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. Water consumption is associated with numerous health benefits and beverage recommendations exist but few have evaluated overall beverage intake quality. Beverage intake guidelines have been suggested and although the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend drinking water instead of sugary drinks no tools existed that measure overall beverage intake quality. A Healthy Beverage Index (HBI) similar to the Healthy Eating Index could be used to evaluate overall beverage intake quality and to determine if improvements in beverage intake patterns are associated with improvements in health explained Kiyah J. Duffey PhD of the Department of Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise Virginia Tech University. A great deal of attention has been directed at sugarsweetened beverage (SSB) intake and a broader focus beyond just SSBs is needed. Dr. Duffey and co-investigator Brenda M. Davy PhD developed the HBI a 10-item scoring index that captures total energy from beverages total fluid requirements and recommended limits for beverage subgroups such as low-fat milk fruit juice and alcohol. They weighted some components of the HBI more heavily because of their recognized contributions to good health such as water contributing at least 20 percent of total fluid intake and others less heavily for example consuming no R more than 8-oz. of fruit juice. Using dietary and health data from more than 16 000 adults who participated in the nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (2005-2010) Drs. Duffey and Davy calculated HBIs and correlated those with cardiometabolic risk factors such as obesity overweight hypertension high fasting insulin high fasting glucose high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high CRP. The HBI score ranges from 0 to 100 with a higher score indicating better adherence to beverage guidelines and a healthier beverage intake pattern in both men and women. The average HBI score was 63 16 out of 100 for the sampled population. Their analysis considered age sex race ethnicity level of education completed marital status household size total daily energy intake and physical activity as possible confounding factors. Drs. Duffey and Davy found that people with better HBI scores had more favorable cardiometabolic outcomes. Among normal weight males a 10-point higher HBI score was associated with an average of 36 percent lower odds of having a high waist circumference and 7 percent lower odds of having high CRP levels. For overweight obese males each 10-point increment higher in HBI score was associated with 4 percent lower odds of having high fasting insulin and high LDL cholesterol levels and 3 percent lower odds of having high total cholesterol. The odds of having high CRP were also lower with each 10-point higher in HBI score in this group. Irrespective of weight status each 10-point higher HBI score was associated with 4 percent lower odds of having hypertension. Among all females regardless of weight status each 10-point higher HBI score was associated with an average 4 percent lower odds of having high fasting insulin levels an average 3 percent lower odds of high LDL cholesterol an average 5 percent lower odds of having low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and an average 3 percent lower odds of having hypertension. For the typical person there are three factors that lower the HBI score. SSB consumption of for example soda or a vanilla latte deducted 15 points. More than 10 percent of daily energy requirements coming from beverages reduced the score by another 20 points. Finally failure to meet total fluid requirements lost another three points for the typical person. Davy emphasized that There is flexibility in the system and there are some beverage categories that an individual could choose not to consume at all for example diet sodas or alcohol yet they would still receive the maximum number of points for that category. The authors would like this technique to be developed into a rapid assessment tool that might be used online to provide patients doctors and dietetics practitioners with accurate consumption information that could be used to encourage better eating behaviors. Also they will continue to refine the index over time as new information about healthy beverage choices becomes available. For more information visit www.andjrnl.org article S22122672(15)00542-0 abstract. Dr. Isaac Eliaz Joins Natural Practitioner Advisory Board the advancement of integrative medicine saac Eliaz MD MS LAc has recently Dr. Eliaz partners with leading research joined Natural Practitioner s Editorial institutes and has co-authored Advisory Board. Dr. Eliaz has numerous peer-reviewed been a recognized expert in the papers on innovative therapies field of integrative medicine for immune enhancement since the early 1980s with a speheavy metal toxicity and cancific focus on cancer immune cer prevention and treatment. health detoxification and mindHe is founder and medical body medicine. He is a respectdirector of Amitabha Medical ed formulator clinician Clinic and Healing Center in researcher author and educator. Dr. Isaac Eliaz Santa Rosa CA where he and As part of his commitment to I his team of practitioners pioneer individualized treatments for cancer and chronic illness. Each member of the Natural Practitioner Editorial Advisory Board is present in key editorial throughout the year and annually authors an article for the Practitioner Corner column that highlights their expertise and professional experiences. In addition board members lend their perspective on trends and topics that will be covered in future issues. 14 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com scandinavian for info about this advertiser HEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS NCNM Receives 3 092 898 for NIH Research Grants he National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has awarded 3 092 898 to the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM Portland OR) for two five-year complementary integrative health (CIH) research grants. The new grants will provide funding for studies involving mindfulness-based stress reduction for people with multiple sclerosis and clinical research training for naturopathic doctors Chinese medicine practitioners as well as training in naturopathic and Chinese medicine modalities for conventional medicine researchers. The K23 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Multiple Sclerosis (Feasibility Durability and Clinical Outcomes) program is being undertaken with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Building Research across Inter-Disciplinary Gaps T (BRIDG) T90 R90 Clinical Research Training program in Complementary and Integrative Health is underway in collaboration with the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. The two NCNM research programs have been awarded a total of 672 550 and 2 420 348 respectively. NCNM and its Helfgott Research Institute have received eight NIH awards totaling 6 046 183 since 2002. The School of Research & Graduate Studies at NCNM and our Helfgott Research Institute are growing at an unprecedented pace--because there is a need. With the increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine high-quality rigorous research is essential so that CIH therapies can be accurately evaluated to help keep the public informed said NCNM President David J. Schleich. We are honored to be able to partner with our esteemed colleagues at OHSU and UW on these important projects to grow this critical field of research. The threefold aim of this program is to conduct research that will evaluate the feasibility of mindfulness-based stress reduction for people with multiple sclerosis assess the durability of outcomes over a 12-month period and understand which post-intervention activities and behaviors might support or inhibit sustainability. NCNM researchers will introduce MBSR to study participants as an eight-week program consisting of weekly two-hour classes of meditation breath work yoga self-reflection and awareness. For more information visit www.ncnm.edu.www.ncnm.edu dsom. Cyrex Laboratories Launches Array 3 yrex Laboratories (Phoenix AZ) a clinical laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity has launched its Array 3 Wheat Gluten Proteome Reactivity and Autoimmunity test panel to provide health care professionals with accurate results in identifying their patients gluten reactivity and related autoimmunity. Cyrex Array 3 is the only wheat gluten panel that assesses three antigen triggers of disorders (gluten proteins opioid peptides and tissue binding isolates) and was developed to differentiate between the celiac manifestation and the non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Based on articles published in scientific journals an astounding 50 percent of patients diagnosed with celiac disease receive a false negative test result when measuring only deamidated alpha gliadin-33-mer antibody said Dr. Aristo Vojdani pioneer of ELISA food reactivity testing and chief scientific advisor for Cyrex Laboratories. This is problematic because these gluten-reactive patients who do not respond to alphagliadin-33-mer instead may react to one or more of the other gluten proteins that are not being measured by other testing panels. This problem is exactly why Array 3 was developed. Cyrex Array 3 is unique because it accurately identifies gluten reactivity and measures antibody production against eight wheat proteins and peptides three essential enzymes (transglutaminase-2 transglutaminase3 and transglutaminase-6) and the gliadin transglutaminase complex. Array 3 is recommended for patients who have non-responsive GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms present with multiple-symptom complaints (including joint pain fatigue muscle pain brain fog hormone imbalances and chronic inflammation) and suffer from depression or neurodegenerative symptoms like peripheral neuropathy Alzheimer s disease or multiple sclerosis. The Cyrex Array 3 offers the most comprehensive analysis available for determining gluten sensitivity said David Perlmutter MD FACN and author of the New York Times best seller Grain Brain. This array has proven incredibly valuable in my practice by providing in-depth information about an issue that has wide clinical implications. For more information visit www.joincyrex.com. C Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com ayushherbs 16 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com probioticsinternational for info about this advertiser HEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS FTC to Host Workshop on Advertising of Homeopathic Products he Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a public workshop on September 21 2015 in Washington D.C. to examine advertising for over-thecounter (OTC) homeopathic products. According to the FTC during the last few decades the homeopathic drug industry in the United States has grown considerably from a multimillion-dollar to a multibillion-dollar market. In that time the homeopathic drug market has shifted from one based primarily on formulations prescribed for an individual user to massmarket formulations widely advertised and sold nationwide in major retail stores. Because of rapid growth in the marketing and consumer use of homeopathic products the FTC is hosting a workshop to evaluate the advertising for such products. The workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders including medical professionals industry representatives consumer advocates and government regulators. T The FTC invites the public to submit research recommendations for topics of discussion and requests to participate as panelists. The workshop will cover topics including A look at changes in the homeopathic market its advertising and what consumers know The science behind homeopathy and its effectiveness The effects of recent class actions against homeopathic product companies The application of Section 5 of the FTC Act to advertising claims for homeopathic products and Public policy concerns about the current regulation of homeopathic products. Public comments can be submitted electronically. Paper submissions should be sent to Federal Trade Commission Office of the Secretary 600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Ste. CC-5610 (Annex B) Washington D.C. 20580 or delivered to Federal Trade Commission Office of the Secretary Constitution Center 400 7th St. S.W. 5th Fl. Ste. 5610 (Annex B) Washington D.C. 20024. Paper submissions should reference the Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising Workshop both in the text and on the envelope. The deadline for submitting public comments is Friday November 20 2015. The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Constitution Center 400 7th St. S.W. Washington D.C. 20024. The Commission will publish a detailed agenda at a later date. For more information visit www.ftc.gov news-events events-calendar 2015 09 homeopathic-medicineadvertising. 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From July through September 2015 every time a consumer purchases a bottle of Nordic Naturals children s products the company will donate 1 to the life-changing work of BBBS for a total contribution of up to 25 000. Each year as the back-to-school season approaches we look for an organization that shares our passion for giving each generation what they need to grow healthy and strong said Joar Opheim Founder and CEO of Nordic Naturals. This year we are pleased to support Big Brothers Big Sisters and their mentoring programs that help children realize their potential and build healthy futures. BBBS provides children facing adversi- ty with strong professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. As the nation s largest donor- and volunteersupported mentoring network Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful monitored matches between adult volunteers ( Bigs ) and children ( Littles ). At the heart of the Nordic Naturals campaign is a desire to support the health and wellness of children and teens said Pam Iorio president and CEO of BBBS. We are appreciative of this generous commitment to support our nation s youth. Nordic Naturals employees will support the campaign through Build-a-Backpack Day with BBBS at the company s corporate headquarters in Santa Cruz County. This interactive activity for the Bigs the Littles and the Nordic Naturals staff will provide backpacks for the start of the school year. In addition Nordic Naturals will host a Facebook contest in August-- Mentor 4 Change --to help raise awareness about this important organization. All bottle sizes of Nordic Naturals children s products qualify for the promotion including the company s best-selling Baby s DHA Children s DHA and Nordic Berries. For more information visit www.nordicnaturals.com en back_to_sch ool one one more 1182. 20 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com quintron for info about this advertiser HEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS Metagenics to Hold Annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit etagenics Inc. (Aliso Viejo CA) will host its fourth annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix AZ on September 25-27 2015. The theme for the 2015 Lifestyle Medicine Summit is Healthy Aging--100% Vitality for Your First 100 Years Restoring and Maintaining Optimal Health. This landmark educational conference will convene leading health care professionals and researchers who are transforming lifestyle medicine with cutting-edge insights and innovations to address the most critical health issues affecting the aging population. With an unprecedented increase of older adults living longer forward-thinking strategies to protect and preserve their health and well-being are critical said John Troup PhD Metagenics chief science officer. The Lifestyle Medicine Summit offers health care practitioners across all specialties the opportunity to advance their knowledge in contemporary lifestyle medicine approaches to preserve patient vitality and help foster positive clinical outcomes for the aging population. Venerated researchers and health care professionals will share insights on how personalized diagnostics can be combined with smarter nutritional approaches and contem- M porary lifestyle medicine to make a difference in patient outcomes. Speakers and topics for this year s event include Jeffrey Bland PhD FACS CN Why the Solution to the Chronic Disease Epidemic is Personalized Lifestyle Healthcare Founder and president Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute well-known functional medicine pioneer research scientist and educator author of The Disease Delusion Charles Serhan PhD Novel ProResolving Mediators in Resolution of Inflammation and Tissue Regeneration Director Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury Brigham and Women s Hospital professor Harvard University NIH program director principal investigator of Resolution Mechanisms in Acute Inflammation Resolution Pharmacology Fabrizio Mancini DC Aging Gracefully 5 Steps to a Healthy You President emeritus Parker University author of The Power of Self-Healing and Four Steps for Living a Fabulous Life TV health expert host of the Hayhouse Radio show Self-Healing John E. Morley MB BCh Achieving Vitality Professor of gerontology and director of Geriatric Medicine St. Louis University Medical School director Division of Geriatric Medicine director Division of Endocrinology at St. Louis University Medical Center author of The Science of Staying Young Dale E. Bredesen MD Dawn of the Era of Treatable Alzheimer s Disease Director and principal investigator Easton Center for Alzheimer s Disease Research at UCLA Dara Torres Olympic Medalist Healthy Aging in the 21st Century Twelve-time Olympic medalist New York Times best-selling author of Age is Just a Number Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life correspondent CBS Sports We Need to Talk Other presenters and workshop leaders include Bridget Briggs MD Mimi Guarneri MD Robert Silverman DC Ashley Howell CHC Maryam Kavousi MD PhD FESC Chris Keroack MD Robert Martindale MD PhD Bob Rakowski DC CCN Cory Rice DO and Charles Heroux DC. Registration is 399. Early registration is recommended. For more information visit www.metagenics.com 2015summit. Rodale Institute Announces Boiron Medicinal Garden Ribbon Cutting odale Institute a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach announced the unveiling of the Boiron Medicinal Garden through a partnership with Boiron USA (Newtown Square PA). The opening event was held in June at Rodale Institute in Kutztown PA. Working with Boiron to develop a Medicinal Garden on site at the Rodale Institute is a great partnership. It allows us to share the medicinal powers of plants flowers and herbs with over 15 000 visitors who come to our farm each year said Coach Mark Smallwood Rodale Institute s executive director. At the garden flowers and herbs are showcased not just for their beauty but for their practical use as medicines. Leopard s bane garden marigold chamomile St. John s wort and many other popular medicinal plants have been placed along the garden s brick walking pathways. The space will serve to educate visitors on the natural healing R properties of plants. We are pleased to partner with Rodale Institute in creating this medicinal garden that will help educate the public on the important role plants play in homeopathy said Janick Boudazin president and CEO of Boiron USA. For centuries flowers and herbs in homeopathic form have provided natural relief for many common health conditions including aches and pain skin irritations allergies stress sleeplessness and colds and flu. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden year-round to view commonly used medicinal plants and couples can utilize the blooming space as a backdrop for wedding ceremonies. If visiting Rodale Institute isn t possible however Boiron USA will soon release an online garden. The site will recreate the Boiron Medicinal Garden featuring photos videos and information to provide visitors with a virtual tour. For more information visit www.rodaleinstitute.org or www.boironusa.com garden. Natural Vitality maker of Natural Calm announced the hire of Andreas Koch as the new vice president of marketing. Koch brings more Andreas Koch than 20 years of marketing experience with 13 of these years at Barlean s to the Texas-based company. Curt Valva is the new face at suki skincare (Northampton MA) and together with president founder and formulator Suki Curt Valva Kramer has his eyes set on expanding access to the strong safe 100 percent pure skincare solutions the brand is known for. You re Hired 22 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com fairhaven for info about this advertiser By Courtney Anaya CPT G rowing old is inevitable yet there are methods in assuaging the aging process through proper diet and health support. It s projected by 2050 that Americans aged 65 and older will amount close to 89 million people which is double the number of elderly adults in 2010. The reason individuals are living longer into their 70s and 80s even with the post-World War II Baby Boom. From January 1 2011 and on for the next 20 years approximately 10 000 Americans will blow out their 65th birthday candles making the last Boomers 65 in 2030. By then the aging population will be significantly changed. Close to 72 million people will be considered elderly that s one of every five Americans. The rising number of elderly throughout the country has stimulated advances in medical treatment prolonging the average life expectancy. Chronic diseases such as tuberculosis and syphilis were once a problem. Fast-forward 30 years heart disease cancer Alzheimer s disease and diabetes pose as the current threats. Due to this addressing the aging population s nutritional needs has become more demanding. Even when a person s situation is at its best that individual may be marred by a weakened immune system. That health decline is simply bought on by age. Not consuming enough calories and protein along with essential micronutrients further exposes the elderly population to a reduced immune system. That in turn produces a higher risk for acute illness and infection. Moving forward adopting healthy behaviors at an early age can prevent the drastic health decline down the road. For example studies have indicated that individuals who do not smoke and participate in regular activity during their youth are less likely to develop heart disease cancer and other chronic illnesses. Sadly current data regarding health-related practices for people aged 55-64 years old foreshadow a negative future for aging Americans. It s essential for the aging population to practice health-promoting behaviors. Simply becoming older does not mean that one s health should be restricted. Other factors influencing the aging population s health are economic hardships lack of accessibility to food poor food choices and physiological changes. Ron Antriasian vice president of sales and business development for Florida-based Life Extension said In many cases seniors on a fixed income may choose to cut back on costs they can control including fresh fruits vegetables and organic foods in favor of cheaper less healthy alternatives. Unfortunately the mindset of the elderly population is quantity over quality thinking that they are receiving a deal on 24 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 a food item when in actuality that food item isn t deemed healthy. Processed foods do not contain enough vitamins and minerals terming these foods as empty calories. As a practitioner one needs to be aware of these psychosocial issues because they are key players when trying to convey proper nutrition and health practices to such a vulnerable population. Nutrition101 An inadequate diet and malnutrition have been the forefront of the geriatric population. The journal Clinical Intervention Aging published a review in 2010 indicating that 16 percent of those over the age of 65 are malnourished. That number is expected to increase in the next 30 years. Malnutrition is defined by the journal as a state in which a deficiency excess or imbalance of energy protein and other nutrients causes adverse effects on body form function and clinical outcome. There are evident mechanisms of weight loss--wasting cachexia and sarcopenia--that are caused by malnutrition. The first of the three is wasting a primary indication that the body is not receiving proper food intake. This is mostly caused by physiological changes that the aging process presents. Cachexia is when there is a loss of fatfree mass or body cell mass--triggered by catabolism and resulting in changes of body composition. When this occurs there is an acute immune response where cytokines get released effecting hormone production and a spike in resting energy expenditure. An increase in gluconeogenesis is to be expected as well as a negative nitrogen balance to be present. Eventually this instigates the loss of muscle mass also termed sarcopenia. The Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care published a review indicating that 3 to 8 percent of lean muscle mass is lost per decade after 30--hypothesizing to impact 30 percent of individuals over the age of 60 and 50 percent over the age of 80. The loss of lean muscle mass is mostly due to the elderly population s decrease in activity in conjunction with a poor diet. The loss of muscle mass reduces the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway. The mTOR pathway governs muscle protein synthesis. To prevent muscle wasting from happening throughout the aging process it s recommend to intake 25 grams of protein with each meal and to participate in a daily workout regime that incorporates resistance training. The aging process also brings other physiological changes not related to weight loss. These changes are pertaining to vision taste smell cognitive function and even dental problems. Ultimately those changes will impair muscle function reduce bone mass decrease cognitive function and prolong hospital stays. The journal Clinical Intervention Aging published a review in 2010 indicating that 16 percent of those over the age of 65 are malnourished. That number is expected to increase in the next 30 years. The goal with the aging population is to follow a balanced diet including the use of supplements where it is needed. With proper diet and exercise regimes older adults can retain excellent health through their 60s and 70s. Choosing a nutrientdense anti-inflammatory dietary strategy can minimize damage to the body s natural repair mechanisms and provide key substrates for optimal health said Registered Dietitian Desiree Nielsen. Dr. Jacob Teitlebaum medical director of the Practitioner s Alliance Networks encouraged the elimination of sugary drinks such as sodas and fruit juices. Coinciding with poor nutrition habits it has also been seen that oxidative stress can cause significant damage regarding someone s health--impacting sight cognition and skin. Dr. Wendy Bazilian is a registered dietitian who recommends a diet that is not only rich in anti-inflammatory properties but also omega-3 fatty acids fiber protein antioxidants vitamins D and C and calcium. One diet in particular that fits the mold is the Mediterranean diet. The JAMA Internal Medicine conducted a study that showed a Mediterranean diet that uses olive oil or nuts could improve cognitive function. The reason is due to the omega3 fatty acids that are present within the diet. Cognitive function doesn t just pertain to memory and brain function but also balance and coordination. Boost From Supplements Even with a proper diet there is always room for an added health boost. That s where the right supplements come into play. Nielsen stated Supplement needs in an aging population will be highly individualized based on their current intake and medical history however for a well population those that target common deficiencies--vitamin B12 vitamin D calcium--and address chronic inflammation--probiotics long chain omega-3 fatty acids turmeric--may be of particular benefit. Due to the use of proton pump inhibitors there are fewer gastric secretions leading to a reduced intrinsic factor (IF). This inhibits vitamin B12 absorption. Vitamin B12 deficiency has been seen in 12 to 14 percent of communitydwelling individuals over the age of 60. A deficiency in this essential vitamin can lead to dementia anemia and an increased for cardiovascular disease. As for vitamin D it is a fairly common deficiency due not getting enough sun exposure or consuming vitamin D rich foods. Vitamin D works to support bone health improve mood and the immune system. Nielsen also recommended taking a probiotic With age the diversity of the microbiota decreases leaving older adults at risk for colonization with more proinflammatory strains leading to digestive or inflammatory concerns or even enteric AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 25 B3 that supports mitochondrial health. According to the company compared to Centrum Silver Adults 50 Two-Per-Day capsules have eight times more vitamin C 10 times more biotin and 25 times more vitamin B6--naming a few that are present in the supplement. infections such as C. difficile. Probiotics help support a resilient intestinal flora and certain strains help directly reduce gut-associated inflammation. Life Extension offers Super Omega-3 EPA DHA with seasame lignans and olive fruit extract. According to the company the supplement is made with proprietary EPA DHA technology that generates tolerable fish oil. Sesame lignans extend the stability of DHA in the body--moving fatty acids to pathways that reduce inflammation. Lastly olive fruit extracts is a powerhouse antioxidant that safeguards normal LDL levels from oxidation. The company also offers Two-Per-Day capsules. The formula contains nicotinamide riboside--a derivative of vitamin Reduce Oxidative Damage As mentioned earlier oxidative stress can cause more wear and tear within the body. Poor lifestyle habits are the ultimate trigger points for the unnecessary stress. Incorporating supplements that work to reduce the damage can help to further enhance one s health. New Zealand-based MitoQ has developed a line of supplements that are composed of antioxidants protecting the mitochondria. CEO of MitoQ Ltd. Greg Macpherson said MitoQ is a premium mitochondira-targeted form of CoQ10 that goes straight to the place that 90 percent of free radicals are generated--the mitochondria to reduce free radical leakage into the cell and the associated dam- age that it causes. MitoQ also improves mitochondrial function resulting in more energy being available to the cell so that they can do their job more effectively. From the age of 20 levels of cellular CoQ (CoQ10 ubiquinone or ubiquinol) start to drop. CoQ10 is typically taken to help support energy levels and repair cells. MitoQ 5 milligrams is different than a regular CoQ10 supplement because it functions as an antioxidant tank-- decreasing free radical damage. MitoQ Heart promotes heart and circulatory health. It s made with MitoQ antioxidants as well as l-carnitine magnesium and vitamin D--all essential hearthealth ingredients. L-carntine is needed for the production of ATP and assisting the body in moving fatty acids to the mitochondria for fuel. Lastly magnesium turns on the switch for ATP energy production. Next in the MitoQ line is MitoQ Blood Sugar that protects the pancreas kidneys liver eyes brain and heart. It has been formulated with chromium cinnamon 26 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com kamedis for info about this advertiser phosphate (P5P). Each protects parts of the body from glycation. Youthful Glow and zinc--all aiding in sugar metabolism and weight management. Studies have also shown that cinnamon backs glucose metabolism at a cell s receptor site. To get to the surface level of anti-aging support MitoQ developed Anti-aging Serum that supports collagen and elastin production. The product has been seen as an impactful anti-wrinkle remedy that diminishes wrinkles and lines fostering a firmer and denser face. Having healthy skin not only boosts confidence levels but skin is also the body s first line of defense against aging. Z Skin Systems (ZSS) in Missouri has created nutrition-focused skin regimes that contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin. Emily Frank the president of ZSS said The key ingredient zeaxanthin is a carotenoid found in foods such as green vegetables corn and eggs. Zeaxanthin protects the eyes and the skin. For the eyes it protects them from damaging sunlight and can help decrease the likelihood of developing age related eye disorders such as age related macular degeneration she continued. Method No. 2 is for clear skin made for those with sensitive skin. These products are not yet available to practitioners. Results from the study confirmed for Method No. 1 that it does improve skin radiance as well as hydration fine lines and wrinkles. The study also confirmed for Method No. 2 that it does have a positive anti-inflammatory effect--creating less spots redness and blotchiness. References Ahmed T. Haboubi N. Assessment and management of nutrition in older people and its importance to health. Clin Interv Aging. Vol 5 (207-216 2010). Paddon-Jones D. Rasmussen B. Dietary protein recommendations and the prevention of sarcopenia. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. Vol 12 (1 86-90 2009). Valls-Pedret C. Sala-Vila A. Corella D. Mediterranean Diet and Age-Related Cognitive Decline A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. Vol 175 (7 1094-1103 2015). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Aging and Health in America 2013. Atlanta GA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US Dept of Health and Human Services 2013. Three to 8 percent of lean muscle mass is lost per decade after the age of 30. The last of the Baby Boomers are expected to turn 65 in 2030. A diet that is rich in fiber protein healthy fats and vitamins and minerals will help stave off certain physiological changes that the aging process can present itself with. Certian supplements shuch as AMPK Activator can help aid the cell s environment--promoting longevity and fighting off free radicals. Twelve to 14 percent of Baby Boomers over the age of 60 in a community-dwelling setting have been said to have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Feel Younger Life Extension is a company that has been researching and distributing exclusive formulas to the health supplement market for more than 30 years. According to the company each supplement s formula is based off of clinical trials of several key ingredients. In regard to the anti-aging products Life Extension offers several products that make the inside of the body more youthful. To aid the cellular environment in the body is AMPK Activator from Life Extension. AMPK is an enzyme that is considered the master switch. It targets harmful aging factors by promoting mitochondria production and healthy blood glucose and lipid levels. AMPK Activator is formulated with Gynostemma pentaphyllum--a key ingredient that supports longevity. According to Antriasian This natural formula supports AMPK enzymatic activities required to safely support a more youthful cellular environment. A poor diet with age can cause high levels of cholesterol. CHOL-Support creates equilibrium between the good and the bad cholesterol. Composed of artichoke leaf extract and pantethine studies have shown that each ingredient can balance out cholesterol levels with out negatively impacting CoQ10 levels. When choosing to eat right healthy food can still be impacted from high cooking temperatures--producing harmful glycation end prodcuts (AGEs). This can lead to premature aging. Glycation Protection Formula is made with carnosin vitamin B1 and pryidoxal 5 - The key ingredient zeaxanthin is a carotenoid found in foods such as green vegetables corn and eggs. --Emily Frank President Z Skin Systems For the skin the antioxidant has photoprotective benefits and decreases inflammation caused from sun exposure and skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. It has been clinically shown to nourish the skin--producing a clear surface that s not flawed by daily stressors. ZSS products are different than any others on the market because it is the first to combine oral and topical components into a nutrition skin product. A 12-week placebo-controlled clinical study was also performed on ZSS products. ZSS Method No. 1 is for radiant skin-- designed for healthy skin aging. ZSS Healthy Take Aways FOR MORE INFORMATION Dr. Wendy Bazilian www.wendybazilian.com Life Extension (800) 544-4440 www.lifeextension.com MitoQ Ltd. www.mitoq.com Desiree Nielsen RD www.desireerd.com Jacob Teitlebaum MD www.endfatigue.com Z Skin Systems (866) 479-7980 www.zss-skincare.com.com 28 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com rainbowlight for info about this advertiser Identifying the specific type of adverse food reaction and its underlying causes are key to determining effective management and restorative strategies. By Cara Waters T he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that every year millions of Americans experience allergic reactions to foods ranging from mild to severe life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Frank King Jr. ND DC founder and owner of North Carolina-based King Bio manufacturer of the SafeCareRx line of multipotency homeopathic formulas for natural health care providers stated that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated four to six percent of children in the United States.1 2 According to Tamara Duker Freuman MS RD CDN food allergies affect from one to four percent of United States adults he said. However other experts such as Aim e Gould Shunney ND and Nordic Naturals advisory board member pointed out This is very difficult to quantify as many food allergies go undiagnosed and many food sensitivities and intolerances are never even considered. Incidences are on the Rise The rate of diagnosed food allergies and sensitivities are becoming more prevalent. In 2008 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a study that noted an increase of 18 percent from 1997-2007 in the number of young people under 18 experiencing these issues.3 In 2013 another CDC study showed that food allergies among children increased from 3.4 percent in 1997-1999 to 5.1 percent in 20092011.4 However Jacob Teitelbaum MD medical director of the Practitioners Alliance Network suspects that this understates the problem. What factors are contributing to the increase The evidence is mounting (at least among natural health researchers) Dr. King said that the huge increases seen across the board in food allergies and food intolerances are due to multiple factors that cumulatively compromise the immune system. I see many causes all contributing to the situation like dominoes falling cascading one after another. He added that In addition to the known stressors of modern life with our fastpaced lifestyles we also have the burden of unseen stressors such as GMO (genetically modified organism) foods X-rays microwave radiation (cell phones Wi-Fi) and EMFs which make this a challenging environment for those seeking optimal health. Genetically modified (GM) foods and human genetics may factor into the equation. Dr. John Hahn DPM ND staff physician at Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc. in Washington pointed to a reasonable correlation between the allergies and the genetic modification of our foods over the years. Beginning in 1996 bacteria virus and other genes have been artificially inserted into the DNA of soy corn cotton seed and canola plants he said. These unlabeled genetically modified foods carry a risk of triggering lifethreatening allergic reactions. In March of 1999 researchers at the York Laboratory in Great Britain were alarmed to discover that reactions to soy had skyrocketed by 50 percent over the previous year. Genetically modified soy had been recently entered into the United Kingdom from U.S. imports and the soy used in this study was largely genetically modified. With respect to human genetic factors a connection for peanut allergies in particular has been investigated. A survey of 622 families with probands of peanut allergy in the United Kingdom noted an 30 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 increased prevalence of peanut allergy in succeeding generations said Dr. Hahn. Dr. King denoted a link between heavy metals candida albicans and food intolerance reactions. Heavy metal toxicity goes hand-inhand with candida albicans overgrowth5 6 and both lead to a host of symptoms affecting digestion and more. When candida invades and compromises the walls of the intestines large particles of protein slip into the bloodstream causing allergic reactions. Candida overgrowth and general toxicity stemming from poor lifestyle and dietary choices are both factors in faltering immune systems resulting in food intolerance reactions including those that affect the brain. In fact he said modern researchers call the gut the second brain.7 The evidence for this connection has been persuasively outlined by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. 8 Adam Killpartrick DC CNS chiropractor and nutritionist at Suncook Valley Chiropractic in New Hampshire described impaired digestive health such as mucosal barrier or permeability issues hypocholorhydria and lack of adequate bacteria in the gut as main causes. Additionally the toxic processed foods prescription drug use and alcohol consumption have contributed greatly to the impairment of optimal digestion and has led to excessive immune responses to specific foods he said. Dr. Shunney presented a host of lifestyle-related causes for food sensitivities. Our bodies are burdened with processed foods that are often low in nutrition and high in pesticide residue while we sleep less work more and enjoy less down time she said. We experience widespread exposure to environmental chemicals every day in our air food and water. Our proverbial shopping carts are full and I think this figures in substantially when we look at a generation of people who seem to be unable to eat many things that their parents and grandparents ate without issue. What are the Differences How do you determine whether your patient is dealing with a food allergy intolerance or sensitivity Dr. Shunney suggested it s important to differentiate between these conditions since many patients--as well as professionals--use these terms interchangeably when in fact they are quite different. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) defines an allergic reaction to food as one in which the immune system responds to food as a threat. Upon first exposure to a food the body makes IgE antibodies to the allergen which attach to mast cells and basophils.9 These IgE-mediated immune system responses are typically acute (within two hours) to food exposure and can result in anaphylaxis. According to the FDA the top eight most common food allergies or intolerances accounting for 90 percent of adverse reactions in the United States are milk eggs fish crustacean shellfish tree nuts peanuts wheat and soybeans. The primary reported food intolerances in the U.S. identified by the NIAID are lactose food additives gluten food poisoning and histamine toxicity.10 A food intolerance explained Dr. Teitelbaum represents having symptoms caused by eating a problematic food and can occur from a wide array of causes. Clinically he has found that food sensitivities are associated with three main problems which often occur in combination 1) The first is the incomplete digestion of protein caused by inadequate digestive enzymes or stomach acid. The former largely caused by food processing destroying the enzymes and food which help digestion. The latter by the excessive use of acid blocking medications as well as aging 2) Leaky gut (increased ball permeability) caused by candida or other infections and decreased healthy gut bacteria from antibiotics and excess sugar and 3) Adrenal fatigue. Dr. Shunney described a food intolerance as a non-immunological adverse response to certain foods because you lack what you need to digest that food i.e. lactose intolerance. Food sensitivity said Dr. Shunney is a non-allergic adverse response (no IgE present) to a food. Symptoms tend to be chronic and more delayed in onset (up to 72 hours) making them more difficult to diagnose. Food sensitivities can occur due to eating a food too frequently poor gut health stress nutrient or enzyme deficiencies and other causes. measuring IgE antibody levels via a positive skin prick or blood test. Food sensitivities intolerances can be the toughest to determine since they can cause immediate and delayed responses and like delayedresponse food allergies they can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Further since this type of reaction is not an allergy per se IgE and IgG antibody levels will be normal and therefore your doctor will tell you that you have no food allergies. Mischelle Hall operations manager of Virginia-based ELISA ACT Biotechnologies noted that other approaches to food sensitivity testing such as IgG testing provides only part of the immunologic picture. With IgG testing she said only the presence and amount of antibody is measured. There is no way to determine which of those antibodies detected are provoking symptoms and which are protecting the patient. A good analogy is measles. If you have had the measles you have antibodies to the measles. That does not mean you currently have the measles or have symptoms of the measles. Only by directly measuring lymphocyte change after exposure can you be certain that the item is triggering symptoms. ELISA ACT Biotechnologies founder Russell Jaffe MD PhD has developed an ex-vivo cell culture method that allows direct observation under a microscope of live lymphocytes as they are exposed to as many as 504 different foods and chemicals. The test is called LRA (Lymphocyte Response Assay) and can be used to detect delayed hypersensitivities to foods food colors preservatives environmental chemicals molds toxic mineral metals Testing and Diagnosis Identifying and eliminating problem foods is paramount and testing should be considered said Dr. Shunney. Physicians diagnose immediate-response allergies by Three types of delayed hypersensitivity covered by the ELISA Act LRA test NATURAL PRACTITIONER AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM 31 Dr. Teitelbaum has incorporated plant-based digestive enzymes along with adrenal support and more said Hall. This test is available exclusively through ELISA ACT Biotechnologies for licensed health care practitioners. Several practitioners have had success utilizing an elimination diet as a reliable diagnostic method. An elimination and challenge diet (ECD) will uncover even the subtlest of delayed-response food allergies food sensitivities and food intolerances said Dr. Shunney. She has developed a specific implementation method that she uses and follows. Adjusting as needed as a patient progresses. Dr. Killpartrick has combined a rotational elimination diet with tests from ALCAT Alletess and Genova Diagnostics. I ve also had great success with patients that I simply implement an elimination diet removing the top eight allergens for a period of time and gradually reintroduce to assess reactions he said. Jim Fox DC MACN co-owner of Doctors Nutrition LLC in Mississippi while treating candida and other gut infections to help reverse the dysbiosis. expressed The most effective and specific testing that we have found clinically is the ALCAT blood test. The ALCAT tests by Cell Science Systems are non-IgE mediated tests for foods chemicals and other substances. Dr. Teitelbaum additionally recommended the use of applied kinesiology for diagnosis when done by a skilled practitioner. suitable for vegetarians. Physicians can select from a vegetarian base or glandular base product. Dr. Killpartrick also advocated the use of digestive enzymes. This is especially true for certain proteins which pose a problem such as those found in gluten and dairy he said. He also recommended a diet specific to food intolerances as essential along with gut repair. Once you optimize the diet specific to the patient s needs then you repair the gut. Repair includes nutrients such as glutamine for integrity curcumin for inflammatory support and probiotics for bacterial balance. Dr. Fox agreed You have to reestablish the integrity of the endothelium of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract thus changing the permeability and reducing the influx of undigested food particles into the blood stream. Dr. Teitelbaum has incorporated plant-based digestive enzymes along with adrenal support while treating candida and other gut infections to help reverse the dysbiosis. Complete gest or Similase digestive enzymes along with Adrenal Stress End are products he has used in addition to an enteric coated probiotics such as Probiotic Pearls. If not entericcoated the stomach acid will kill most of the probiotics he said. In addition to an elimination diet Dr. Shunney uses supplements to help decrease inflammation modulate the immune system heal the gut and manage persistent symptoms. She consistently recommends an omega-3 fish oil. Nordic Naturals ProOmega is a high-quality choice with Nordic Naturals Algae Omega Alleviating Food Reactions Dr. Hahn at Priority One Vitamins supports the naturopathic holistic viewpoint that allergies are often associated with weak adrenals immune and digestive functions. Our company s approach to the food sensitivity issue is holistic in that we look at the whole body s reaction to an antigenic threat and try to establish homeostasis by supporting healthy adrenal function digestive enzyme capacity and appropriate gut probiotics he said. We have specific enzyme products such as Gluten Resolve which addresses individuals that have gluten sensitivities and other food sensitivities by combining a unique ingredient profile that addresses various food components in order to reduce the antigenic capacity to create food allergies. Dr. Hahn additionally suggested that individuals who have food intolerances would benefit from taking a multienzyme product to aid the breakdown of food into easily absorbed and digested particles. Our two phase digestive enzyme Enzy-Gest supports healthy digestion its sister formula Hypo-Gest is a higher potency alternative. Our Gastri Gest is a plant based digestive enzyme These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. 32 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com biotechpharmacal for info about this advertiser being a great vegan alternative. Omega-3 fats from fish and algae are suitable for infants children pregnant women and adults at all stages of life. I would recommend 1 500-2 000 mg of EPA and DHA (which equals three to four soft gels of ProOmega) daily for adults to support immune function and optimal cellular health. GLA from borage oil is another supportive essential fat. Two soft gels of ProEPA with Concentrated GLA (another Nordic Naturals product) provide about 1 100 mg of EPA and DHA along with about 250 mg of GLA. Together EPA DHA and GLA can positively impact cellular stress she said. Turmeric I-glutamine digestive enzymes and a potent preand probiotic are some of my other common recommendations Dr. Shunney added. The health essentials Dr. King considers are outlined in his book The Healing Revolution Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life Naturally. Beyond those he said homeopathic medicine effectively reduces allergic and intolerance responses to foods and also reduces candida overgrowth and helps the body excrete heavy metals. 11 Dr. King s SafeCareRx line of products offers eight formulas related to food allergies and intolerances for dairy nuts & seeds grains & gluten shellfish & seafood eggs & meat fruits & vegetables food chemicals and nightshades. Homeopathy offers great hope for those with food intolerances and food allergies although my protocol is different he added. Our allergy products work to actually correct the allergy and desensitize the patient so he or she needs less over time and may eventually not need the products at all. For those with life-threatening allergies he advises medical supervision and with patients with strong allergic reactions advises going very slowly with his contemporary homeopathic medicine. Another approach which aids in desensitizing people to foods is the Nambudripod Allergy Elimination Technique (www.naet.com) which can be learned easily by most health practitioners said Dr. Teitelbaum. I routinely see food sensitivities intolerances resolve with NAET he said. Treating the adrenal and digestive issues in conjunction make it less likely for the sensitivity to recur. In summary Dr. Killpartrick stated The subject of food intolerances is dictated by two major factors internal functionality and external food choices. When both are addressed true progress can be made. But both factors need to be addressed. Simply removing gluten without addressing the damage that gluten may have done on the gut limits the potential for success. ronmental allergies that the options for treatment utilizing natural medicines will be increasing. I believe that manufacturers will be exploring ways to stabilize mast cells and basophils in order to prevent release of histamine bradykinin and other pro-inflammatory substances that result in symptoms of allergies he concluded. References 1 Branum AM Lukacs SL. Food allergy among U.S. children trends in prevalence and hospitalizations. NCHS Data Brief. 10 1-8 2008. 2 Liu AH Jaramillo R Sicherer SH et al. National prevalence and risk factors for food allergy and relationship to asthma results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 126(4) 798-806.e13 2010. 3 www.cdc.gov media pressrel 2008 r081022.htm. 4 www.cdc.gov nchs databriefs db10.htm. 5 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov pmc articles PMC1951024 . 6 http onlinelibrary.wiley.com doi 10.1002 jobm. 200510609 abstract. 7 www.psychologytoday.com articles 201110 yourbackup-brain. 8 Campbell-McBride Natasha MD Gut and Psychology Syndrome Medinform Publishing 2010. 9 www.niaid.nih.gov topics FoodAllergy understanding Pages allergicRxn.aspx. 10 www.niaid.nih.gov topics FoodAllergy understanding Pages foodintolerance.asp. 11 www.complementarytherapiesinmedicine.com article S0965-2299%2898%2980025-3 abstract cc y. 12 http time.com 3685910 peanut-allergy-cure . The FDA reports millions of Americans experience allergic reactions to food annually and the numbers are increasing. Elimination diets IgE blood tests ELISA Act LRA tests and applied kinesiology are helpful diagnosis tools. Both external food choices and internal functionality should be addressed in dealing with adverse food reactions. Healthy Take Aways Future Outlook When it comes to food reactions These are a major cause of the autoimmune epidemic which I think will be the most common illnesses in this century predicted Dr. Teitelbaum. Dr. King finds genomics and our recent understanding of the microbiome within to be a fascinating empowering and exciting new frontier he said citing an encouraging new study using peanut protein and probiotics.12 From Dr. Hahn s perspective he believes that as a result of the increased number of individuals experiencing both food intolerance food allergies and envi- FOR MORE INFORMATION Dr. Jim Fox (228) 897-0070 Dr. Adam Killpatrick (603) 435-6600 Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum (410) 573-5389 ELISA ACT Biotechnologies (800) 553-5472 www.elisaact.com King Bio (800) 543-3245 www.kingbio.com Nordic Naturals (800) 662-2544 www.nordicnaturals.com Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc. (800) 443-2039 www.priorityonevitamins.com 34 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com econugenics for info about this advertiser Hormonal Imbalances Hormonal imbalances are not so easy to spot. Natural practitioners help reveal symptoms and successfully address them with supplementation. By Lisa Schofield Addressing W hen most of your clients or patients think of overall health wellness and a sense of vigor they believe it s due solely to a healthy immune system. And yes of course they are right. However they should become aware that their hormonal (endocrine) status also plays a significant role in securing homeostasis and a great sense of well-being and energy. Humans produce approximately 50 hormones via 12 glands of the endocrine system creating a delicate and complex endogenous environment that can easily be affected by multifarious factors. Sara Gottfried MD author of the New York Times best-selling books The Hormone Reset Diet and The Hormone Cure explained that hormones act similar to text messages in the body sent from any of the multiple endocrine glands (thyroid to gonads to fat tissue) through blood to target cells throughout the body. Each gland synthesizes certain hormones that have specific jobs. Overall the system is quite complex with multiple feedback loops such as the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal-Thyroid- Gonadal axis she said. A good example of a key hormone is progesterone sent from the ovary or adrenals to the brain to metabolize into allopregnanolone which modulates the GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) receptor and creates a sense of calm. Hormones drive one s interests through the neuro-hormonal axis--they influence neurotransmitters and by extension behavior emotion the immune system and how food is turned into fuel. Dr. Gottfried added that when hormones are working in balance--neither too high or too low-- the person feels his her best. However she compared when they are imbalanced they become the mean girls in high school making life miserable. As Holly Lucille ND RN described The endocrine system plays one of the most important roles in health and homeostasis as it is the web that allows the hormones that it houses communicate and deliver messages throughout the entire body. Dr. Laurie Steelsmith a naturopathic physician and acupunturist agreed noting that human hormones have a significant role in health and vitality hormones exert an impact in every cell and can have profound effects on mood behavior mental clarity sexuality and sense of well-being. As a common example she offered is hormonal imbalance in women who will feel symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (fatigue cramps irritability food cravings) heavy or painful periods and lack of well being more extreme may be more easy quick weight gain low moods depression and difficulty sleeping. Mismanaged stress will exacerbate this. Even in individuals who are mostly healthy hormonal secretion and action can be greatly impacted by numerous modern lifestyle factors. A person who proactively eats a nutritious diet ensures he she obtains six to eight hours of quality sleep limits alcohol intake and exercises will keep his her endocrine system functioning optimally. Yet as practitioners you know that such a person is uncommon. Although your patients and clients endeavor to live healthier there remain many other factors not so easily controlled. In the 1990s Dr. Joseph Collins clinical advisor for Pennsylvania-based Douglas 36 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Laboratories began providing personalized care of menopause-aged women based on the type of menopause they were experiencing (documented in his book Discover Your Menopause Type). After many years of prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and working with other patients who were not satisfied with BHRT prescribed by others he realized that replacement was not adequate and that something else needed to be addressed. Exploring herbs he found that many functioned to balance specific hormonal pathways some acted as phytoestrogens others as phytoandrogens and others as phytoprogestogens in addition to herbs that helped control excessive testosterone and increased thyroid function. Just as I had found that each menopause-aged woman had unique and specific needs to allow her to function at her best I realized that each hormone had specific needs to help it function at its very best he explained. Some of these needs were helping the hormone receptors listen to the hormone and overcoming hormone resistance improving hormone production and improving hormone function by acting like the hormone. After many years of research and clinical practice I started creating what are now recognized as Hormone Specific Formulations my motivation fueled by the team at Douglas Labs. While the popularity of BHRT was telling people to replace their hormones they agreed with me that we also had to repair them. When it comes to women said Dr. Steelsmith those who burn the candle at both ends don t get enough sleep grab fast food on the run will go from hormonal harmony to hormonal havoc often ending up with more intense PMS symptoms weight gain and heavier and more painful periods. High-stress lifestyles and the habits they create (as described above) are a chief creator of hormonal havoc. And this is frequently not identified by your client patient as a source of feeling poorly or not being able to get rid of those pesky extra pounds in the middle even when good health exists. The necessity to be instantly responsive to business and personal lives via mobile devices keeping on very tight schedules dealing with social media demands all have been added to working to pay bills and save and taking care of one s family home and vehicles. This increases a sense of anxiety which causes the adrenal glands to release adrenaline (a short-lived hormone) and cortisol. Dr. Steelsmith explained Over time in women high cortisol can create hormonal imbalance. It does this through many mechanisms but most notably through its ability to impact ovulation and the release of progesterone. It can lead to infertility and a decreased ability to balance your progesterone and estrogen levels. Those who burn the candle at both ends don t get enough sleep grab fast food on the run will go from hormonal harmony to hormonal havoc often ending up with more intense PMS symptoms weight gain and heavier and more painful periods. --Dr. Laurie Steelsmith Dr. Gottfried added that when one s cortisol level is constantly high this causes increased cravings for sugar and carbs which in turn increases belly fat. Further 50 percent of people with elevated cortisol experience depression. Additionally achieving less than seven hours of sleep a night can affect cortisol levels and she pointed out that only 6 percent of the population does well with shorter sleep durations. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep keeps cortisol levels even keel which prevents the muffin top and accelerated aging. Relatedly there have been some news reports that an increasing number of women are indulging in wine to relax from a hectic lifestyle but Dr. Gottfried pointed to excessive alcohol intake as another enemy of healthy hormones it raises both cortisol and estrogen levels creates poor sleep and can lower metabolism by more than 70 percent. Asking women patients clients about their alcohol-relaxation habits may help and Dr. Gottfried suggested they refrain completely from alcoholic intake for a minimum of two weeks twice yearly. Further many women overdo it with exercise thinking the more the better and this also can throw a spanner in the works. Over-exercising can create a surge of cortisol. If this is the case Stop exercising so hard in an obsessive desire to burn calories--and start exercising smarter she advised. Diets that are heavily in favor of processed foods sugars and refined carbs and alcohol will severely impair metabolism. Dr. Gottfried explained that when a client or patient cannot lose weight trying the conventional methods her metabolism is broken and 99 percent of broken metabolism is related to hormonal misfires. Because hormones are involved in nearly all factors affecting weight gain and loss--how and where fat is stored cravings appetite food addictions and gut flora changing diet can correct these hormonal misfires to help get back on a healthy metabolism track. Outside influencers called endocrine disruptors (EDs) additionally have significant impact on hormonal activity. These include a wide variety of man-made chemicals found in building materials and products as well as xenoestrogens which Dr. Gottfried described as hijacking natural hormones having reproductive and developmental consequences. In a typical day Americans are exposed to more than 700 endocrine disruptors. These nefarious chemicals can affect men by causing gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) reduced sperm count and increased risk of developing prostate cancer. In girls they cause early puberty onset and in women they can affect pap smears and increase the risk of developing breast cancer. In all humans EDs can inhibit thyroid function. I think the modern day influences on the endocrine system are remarkable said Dr. Lucille. The chronic confounded compounded stressors along with xenobiotics and electromagnetic fields all take their toll causing imbalances in the endocrine system. Because your client or patient may come AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 37 Hormonal Imbalances to you with symptoms such as exaggerated PMS fatigue inability to lose weight etc. these conditions that are affecting quality of life may indeed be caused by hormonal imbalance and insufficiency. Hormonal imbalances may be obscure and difficult to pinpoint. Each case is different and symptoms are different for each individual and hormonal imbalances often overlap with other diagnosis like candida infections anemia chronic viruses said Dr. Lucille. Because common symptoms include fatigue weight gain sleep disturbances and blood sugar imbalances she advised it is very important is for the practitioner to have good clinical acumen and marry the clinical presentation along with the history and any confirming labs to determine best course of action. Often I will use a 24- Addressing hour urine hormone metabolite test through Genova Diagnostics to see the overall hormone web picture. Dr. Gottfried has been taking care of hormonal patients for 25 years and she still performs tests even though she can now predict which hormones are out of balance thus she emphasizes that natural practitioners perform tests as well. Because women tend to be more complicated when it comes to hormonal imbalances she suggests using her clinical questionnaires found in The Hormone Cure which identify and reveal the top seven hormonal imbalances as well as blood testing of thyroid fasting glucose and insulin IGF-1 and dried urine testing. Women patients clients who complain about not being able to lose weight or control weight gain should be given the questionnaire from The Hormone Reset Diet which will identify which of the seven metabolism hormones (estrogen insulin leptin cortisol thyroid growth hormone testosterone) are out of balance or insufficient. Men are less likely to have problems with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenalthyroid-gonadal axis and so I start with a focus on their testosterone-to-estrogen ratios she advised. For those whose issue is depression it s the same game plan. About half of people with depression have cortisol dysregulation and about 20 percent have problems with thyroid. Obesity in men and women is typically associated with alterations in hormone metabolism pointed out Dr. Collins. If the hormone changes did not cause the obesity then obesity will cause a change in hormones. So at least 35 percent of the population has some kind of hormone problem. In America that is over 100 million people. Since many people with hormone problems are not obese I expect it is even higher than that possibly 125 to 150 million. Recommended Protocols After review about lifestyle factors as mentioned above Dr. Steelsmith emphasized several botanical supplements that can help support his her body while in transition. One of her favorite supplements that supports women s health is Asensia which features chaste tree berry. It has helped thousands of women support their ability to ovulate through the herbs action on the 38 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com rlclabs for info about this advertiser Hormonal Imbalances pituitary gland. It can help to balance estrogen and progesterone levels in a woman s body thus impacting PMS and decreasing heavy or painful periods in many cases. It also affects prolactin levels which in turn decreases the breast and nipple tenderness associated with premenstrual syndrome. Another herb Dr. Steelsmith likes to support women s endocrine systems is Rhodiola rosea--a type of ginseng that not only boosts the adrenal glands ability to respond to stressors but also has positive effects on serotonin levels. To help regain men s hormonal health lifestyle changes are paramount in restoring that balance she said. In addition using Chinese ginseng can positivity impact testosterone levels through its affects on the adrenal glands and cortisol levels. When you identify adrenal related issues in men and women Dr. Lucille suggested one of her favorite formulas--Adrenaplex from EuroMedica which combines adrenal extract along with supporting nutrients and adjunct hormones like DHEA and pregnenolone. It is an all in one type of product that allows me the room to add additional things to the plan and not disturb the patient s chance for adhering to the protocol due to too many supplements she explained. In Dr. Gottfried s practice she sees quite a few individuals with high cortisol-related issues low estrogen issues and problems stemming from low thyroid. Prior to recommending specific supplements she also addresses lifestyle habits including a wholefoods diet and adopting stress management techniques. For excessive circulating cortisol Dr. Gottfried recommends the following 500 mg vitamin B5 which seems to inhibit hypersecretion of cortisol during high stress 750 to 1 000 mg vitamin which has been shown to lower cortisol release in surgical patients and children in high stress situations 400 to 800 mg phosphatidylserine which also lowers cortisol release and can help improve mood when stress exists 250 to 400 mg L-theanine which may reduce stress without sedative effects and 4 g fish oils which a study showed was the Addressing optimal dose for lowering morning cortisol levels in men and women after six weeks. Low estrogen is a condition that can be addressed through diet and supplementation. Diet wise flaxseeds which contain lignans are highly recommended as lignans are a major class of phytoestrogens. Dr. Gottfried elaborated that one study showed that eating two tablespoons of flax seeds twice per day (approximately 30 grams total) for six weeks reduced hot flashes--a key symptom of low estrogen--by half and diminished the intensity by 57 percent. Other great ways to combat low estrogen include eating pomegranate rhubarb and Shatavari Ghee (a clarified butter that is part of an ayurvedic diet) she added. For low estrogen she recommends maca shown to increase estradiol in menopausal women magnesium and red ginseng found to decrease hot flashes on the Kupperman Index and the Menopause Rating Scale. When a patient or client has low functioning thyroid she recommends minerals as the thyroid is sensitive to copper and zinc which must remain in proportion an imbalance in these two elements can result in hypothyroidism. She also recommends vitamin A at 5 000 IU daily selenium iodine and iron low iron levels can cause hair loss and hypothyroidism. In Dr. Collins viewpoint cellular health is a priority as hormones which act as messengers tell cells what to do. As such he said that this requires a high-grade multivitamin omega-3 EFAs and probiotics. Diet should include low-glycemic fruits and vegetables proteins and no processed foods. Douglas Labs provides a unique line of botanical supplements Hormone Specific Formulations that includes eight products with a ninth soon to be added. Each is an herbal combination specific to the hormone the formulation is designed to support. The line includes AdrenoMend which supports all the homeostasis regulatory systems affected by stress EstroMend which controls estrogen metabolism without raising estrogen levels EstroQuench which helps inhibits the conversion of testosterone to estrogens by supporting endogenous aromatase inhibitor function ProgestoMend which will increases production of progesterone or improves progesterone function. TestoGain which helps increase the production of testosterone and or increase the functions of testosterone TestoQuench for Men which helps to control excessive testosterone TestoQuench for Women which decreases excessive testosterone production in women and ThyroMend which supports the seven key functions required for ultimate thyroid health. Hormonal imbalances and insufficiencies are not so easily spotted but taking the time to test and uncover when they do exist is the first step in helping patients and clients on the road to feeling much better. In some cases they can then be able to lower or even eliminate some pharmaceuticals they are taking to address some of their lifestyle issues. As with the immune system when the endocrine system is functioning optimally sound health for the long-term is more assured. Hormones exert an impact in every cell and can have profound effects on mood behavior mental clarity sexuality and sense of well being. Excessive exercising can lower estrogen in women and also increase harmful cortisol. Diets that are heavily in favor of processed foods sugars and refined carbs and alcohol will severely impair metabolism. Endocrine disruptors--including a host of man-made chemicals xenoestrogens and even high electromagnetic field activity--can create significant hormonal imbalances. Men are less likely to have problems with the hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal-thyroid-gonadal axis. Obesity in men and women is typically associated with alterations in hormone metabolism and about 35 percent of the American population has this hormonal imbalance. Eating two tablespoons of flax seeds twice per day (30 grams) for six weeks reduced hot flashes--a key symptom of low estrogen--by half and diminished the intensity by 57 percent. Healthy Take Aways FOR MORE INFORMATION Douglas Laboratories (800) 245-4440 www.douglaslabs.com Sara Gottfried MD www.saragottfriedmd.com Holly Lucille ND RN www.drhollylucille.com Dr. Laurie Steelsmith www.drsteelsmith.com 40 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 2015 Company Profiles W ould you like insight on the companies offering dietary sup- Following is an index of companies participating in this year s Company Profiles section Albion Minerals .......................................................42 America s Finest Inc. ...............................................43 Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc. ........................................44 ecoNugenics Inc. ....................................................45 Emerson Ecologics ...................................................61 Fairhaven Health......................................................46 FooodScience Corp DaVinci Labs ..........................47 Kamedis LTD............................................................48 Kyowa Hakko USA...................................................49 Natural Partners.......................................................50 Natural Vitality.........................................................51 Probiotics International Ltd. (Protexin).................52 PROSymbiotics ........................................................53 Protocol For Life Balance ........................................54 QuinTron Instrument Company Inc. ....................55 Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems........................56 RLC Labs ..................................................................57 Seroyal.......................................................................58 Vital Nutrients..........................................................59 Xlear Inc. .................................................................60 NATURAL PRACTITIONER plements and natural products for you to provide your patients Interested in knowing about the extensive quality assurance measures they put in place and precise formulation techniques Looking for insight on the testing services available to you or the origins of proven branded ingredients Then look no further than the Natural Practitioner s 2015 Company Profiles. Each company in this special section has provided insight to their beginnings their products special services and quality control methods as well as contact information and key executives in an effort to more quickly connect with our readers. Natural Practitioner s Company Profiles section serves as a vital reference tool representing a strong crosssection of the companies servicing the practitioner market. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM 41 Albion Minerals 101 N. Main St. Clearfield UT 84105 Phone (800) 453-2406 Website www.albionminerals.com 2015 Company Profiles World Leader and Innovator ith corporate offices located in Clearfield UT Albion Minerals is the world leader and innovator in mineral amino acid chelate nutrition. Since the company s establishment in 1956 Albion has sought to manufacture highly bioavailable nutritional mineral forms understand their function and prove their effectiveness through third party research and clinical studies. This deep understanding and continued research has kept Albion on the leading edge of product development and application. Albion has an affiliated distribution network that reaches into nearly 100 countries. Throughout the world the company is known for its clinically researched organic mineral compounds that nourish and enhance human health including mineral nutrition for medical foods dietary supplements sports nutrition formulations fortified foods and pharmaceuticals. W Bisglycinate Chelate Zinc Bisglycinate Chelate Other Chelates Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate Magnesium Glycinate Glutamine Chelate Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate Molybdenum Glycinate Chelate Vanadium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate Zinc Arginate Chelate Complexes Bororganic Glycine Potassium Glycinate Complex Selenium Glycinate Complex Unique Blends Calci-K Calcium Citrate Malate DimaCal Iron Taste Free Dimagnesium Malate Creatine MagnaPower (Creatine Magnesium Chelate) Nutritionally functional Of ultimate glycine mineral molar ratio BSE free Non-GMO (genetically modified organism) Chemically validated (FTIR finger printed) Clinically researched Research Development and Clinical Substantiation Nearly 200 studies have been conducted done on the efficacy bioavailability and application of Albion minerals. Albion has an extensive in-house research team and works with dozens of research institutions work that has resulted in approximately 120 research papers and more than 70 clinical studies. In their ordinary form minerals are inorganic elements and difficult for the body to absorb. Albion does the body s work in advance by producing natural organic chelates that can easily be absorbed through the intestinal wall. A mineral amino acid chelate is fully reacted depending on the measurement of bonds between the ligand and the mineral. Organic mineral amino acid chelates have been scientifically proven to be more easily absorbed into the human body and to cause less gastric upset than inorganic minerals. Part of the reason for this higher tolerance and bioavailability is that chelated minerals are absorbed intact and break apart in the intestine at ideal point for absorption. With the highest quality chelated mineral ingredients on the market Albion is the world leader in mineral nutrition. Product Highlights Iron Taste-Free Iron Taste-Free is a patented ferric glycinate ingredient. It may be used effectively even in foods beverages and pediatric suspensions. Albion evaluated the buffer capacity of a number of ingredients and found that by maintaining an acidic environment and allowing it to stay in-solution in the duodenum Iron Taste-Free was better buffered and more bioavailable. TRAACS Albion is unique in that it verifies that its mineral products are fully reacted chelates through fastfourier transforming infared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. This technology identifies the bonds between the ligand (amino acid) and mineral. Albion can guarantee each batch of minerals has the molecular structure indicating that chelation has occurred. The company is proud to bring its customers the proven clinical benefits of a true chelated mineral. The TRAACS brand is your guarantee that Albion minerals are what the company says they are mineral amino acid chelates. Company History Albion was founded by Dr. Harvey H. Ashmead in 1956. As a pharmacist Dr. Ashmead brought his prevailing philosophy to help improve the circumstances of his fellow man to his fledgling company--a philosophy that still exists at Albion to this day. Dr. Ashmead believed that improvements in the nutritional status of people worldwide were sorely needed. To this end he devoted his life to researching nutritional issues and improving the bioavailability of minerals. DeWayne Ashmead worked side by side with his father Dr. Harvey Ashmead as they shared the same desire for understanding and innovating mineral nutrition. As the current president of Albion Laboratories and chairman of the board DeWayne has carried on his father s passion for the nutritional application of scientific research. Through decades of research Albion has identified crucial parameters that make minerals more effective in the body. Albion s chelated minerals are 1. Easier to absorb 2. Easier to tolerate 3. Stable and less reactive 4. Safer than inorganic minerals 5. Produced under high quality standards Advisory Board Albion has a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of top scientists on mineral nutrition as well as physicians in specific disciplines that understand the importance of using mineral nutrition supplements. They influence decisions about research product development and innovation for the ultimate benefit of human health. Members include Jonathan Bortz MD Robert J. Cousins PhD Dennis Goodman MD Bo L nnerdal PhD Robert Rountree MD Quality Assurance Albion is dedicated to the quality concerns of its customers. The company s glycinate chelates are produced in a facility that is ISO 9001 2008 certified cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) certified Kosher Halal Albion glycinate chelates are Hypoallergenic Vegetarian and vegan friendly Product List Bisglycinate Chelates Calcium Bisglycinate Chelate Copper Bisglycinate Chelate Ferrochel (Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate) Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate Manganese Key Executive Todd Johnson Director of Marketing 42 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 America s Finest Inc. 2015 Company Profiles 20 Lake Dr. East Windsor NJ 08520 Phone (732) 985-9899 Toll Free (800) 350-3305 Fax (732) 985-9851 E-mail info afisupplements.com Website www.afisupplements.com Year Founded 1992 Blending Herbal Traditions Current Scientific Research and Manufacturing Methods merica s Finest Inc. (AFI) was formed in 1992 to provide herbal and nutritional formulas that blend the rich herbal traditions of ancient cultures with the latest in current scientific research and manufacturing methods. This allows the company to provide the finest natural health care supplements to compliment a total wellness lifestyle. Where on the one hand modern health care has showed dramatic results through its emphasis on science and research ayurveda (which means the science of life ) on the other hand has shown for several thousand years that through herbal and nutritional supplements human beings can maintain or restore the body s balance for optimum wellness. At AFI the company combines the knowledge from modern health care and ayurveda. Ayurveda is the ancient medical system of India and the oldest formal health care system in the world. Ayurveda has influenced ancient medical practices in Tibet China and even those found in Europe. Sidha yet another medical modality has been influenced by ayurveda. This system is based on the use of practical knowledge to manage health in such a way that it prevents disease prolongs and improves the quality of life. Science and tradition should not be adversarial but mutually supportive assuring the consistency and efficacy of time-tested solutions to optimum health. At AFI the company provides the best of both worlds with safe innovative and beneficial approaches to personal health care. AFI products are a new class of dietary supplements designed for a modern approach to the traditional quest for optimum health. A team of researchers pharmacists and medical practitioners are involved in the formulation of this new family of products which combines science and tradition--science for proven results and tradition for optimizing health and quality of life. The company also provides training manuals which give product information formulation and ingredients. A Key Market Areas Adaptogen Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Bioavailability enhancer Blood sugar support Body weight and composition Brain and memory health Digestive health Healthy aging Healthy heart support Immune support Joint support Probiotics Sports nutrition Women s health ice next day shipping the company caters to health food stores and doctors offices. AFI uses certified products and proprietary quality ingredients from Sabinsa Corporation. What s New For joint health a unique bi-layer tablet concept approach has been adapted at AFI to bring ingredients with different synergies together. NiLitis-SR represents this approach by uniquely combining Curcumin C3 Complex (curcuma longa) Boswellin (Boswellia serrata) and ginger to together. This patented combination has a clinical study showing increased walking distance for patients. AFI has taken the next big step in curcumin supplements by offering the most absorbed metabolite tetrahydrocurcumin in the form of C3 Reduct tablets. Gone are the days of orange powder dust these white C3 Reduct tablets offer the benefits of curcumin and retain all the principle activities of curcumin in a white easily to swallow tablet. AKBBA is one of the strongest natural boswellic fractions that is reported to be mainly responsible for the health benefits of the Boswellia serrata extract. AFI s latest SKU AKBBA MAX combines two proprietary natural extracts from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) AKBBA and Boswellin PS providing boswellic acids and natural polysaccharides from Boswellia serrata co-formulated with BioPerine a natural bioavailability enhancer from black pepper fruit. Major Products Service Offerings Best sellers include AFI s Curcuminoids C3 Capsules and Tablets HGH Dopa 400 ForsLean NiLitis SR and Boswellin & Curcuminoids AFI s coleus forskholi product for building lean body mass Forslean is a branded ingredient from Sabinsa patented for increasing lean body mass while decreasing body fat. If customers are looking for the finest turmeric product on the market they can turn to AFI s Super Curcumin product. It has 1 000 mg of patented curcumin extract called Curcumin C3 Complex combined with 5 mg of BioPerine the only patented black pepper extract on the market for gut absorption. This product exemplifies how consumers should be taking curcumin extracts as it is natural and clinically validated. Services Online ordering customer serv- Key Personnel Barbara Cotton Manager AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 43 Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc. 2015 Company Profiles P.O. Box 1927 Fayetteville AR 72702 Phone (800) 345-1199 Fax (479) 443-5643 Email customerservice bio-tech-pharm.com Website www.biotechpharmacal.com Providing Quality Products for More Than 30 Years B io-Tech Pharmacal Inc. established in 1984 by Dale and Marti Benedict is a fully insured state and federally licensed FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)-registered nutraceutical (dietary supplements) manufacturer specializing in innovative high quality hypo-allergenic preventative health care products shipped to physicians clinics hospitals and pharmacies worldwide. Bio-Tech Pharmacal partners with more than 60 prestigious institutions supplying products for use in research. Bio-Tech Pharmacal has introduced many innovative products including D3-50 000 IU available in a water soluble delivery form. Bio-Tech Pharmacal is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains near the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville AR. For more than 30 years the company has been creating products that people trust. The company s friendly customer service and excellent products are what make BioTech Pharmacal the company that consumers health care providers and research organizations come back to time and time again. Commitment To Quality Bio-Tech Pharmacal is committed to producing quality products. The company complies with all applicable FDA regulations and follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs) that are designed to ensure that its products meet the highest quality standards. Bio-Tech Pharmacal s products are produced with high quality ingredients. The company works to build long-term relationships with trustworthy suppliers that consistently deliver high-quality ingredients. It tests ingredients for identity (correct ingredient) strength (quantity of active component) and contamination (limits on components such as heavy metals pathogenic organisms yeast and mold pesticides and solvents). The company utilize scientifically-valid methods and modern analytical technologies in testing. Only those ingredients that meet Bio-Tech Pharmacal s strict quality requirements are used to manufacture finished products. Bio-Tech s Pharmacal products are manufactured in a controlled environ- ment with modern equipment. The company s manufacturing facility includes physical separation between different manufacturing areas and a logical workflow to prevent cross-contamination and mix-ups. Manufacturing areas are highly controlled and require personnel to wear protective clothing masks and gloves. The company also uses properly designed qualified and maintained equipment in manufacturing packaging and labeling. All Bio-Tech Pharmacal employees receive recurrent instruction in the principles of GMP and are trained to understand the procedures that impact their role. Every employee must recognize the importance of what they do have a commitment to absolute integrity accept responsibility for their function and work as a team. Bio-Tech Pharmacal offers a large variety of quality products including The Original D3-50 000 IU (and lower doses) available in a water soluble delivery form. Vitamin D functions as a hormone a chemical messenger with widespread effects in the human body. Obtaining sufficient vitamin D from natural food sources and sun exposure alone can be difficult. For many people supplementation is necessary to meet their daily needs. D3-Plus A multi-ingredient product that contains vitamin D3 and vitamins K1 and K2 as well as minerals that are important for vitamin D absorption including magnesium zinc and boron. Endorsed by the Vitamin D Council. D3-K2 Specially formulated to contain both vitamin D3 and vitamin K2. These two vitamins work together to direct calcium deposits to bones instead of soft tissues providing support for both skeletal and cardiovascular health. MK-7 Vitamin K2 as natural menaquinone-7 (highly bioavailable). These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. 44 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 ecoNugenics Inc. Phone (888) 570-7632 Website www.econugenics.com 2015 Company Profiles Leader in Research-based Nutraceuticals Since 1995 he maker of the only clinically proven modified citrus pectin ecoNugenics is the recognized leader in nutraceutical research innovation and development. The company s products are formulated by integrative medicine pioneer Isaac Eliaz MD LAc and are recommended worldwide for cellular health cardiovascular function immunity metabolism neurological health and more. Over the past 18 years the company has been partnering with leading universities and research institutes to publish high impact peer-reviewed studies on its patented flagship ingredients and formulas. ecoNugenics innovative line provides some of the most advanced and scientifically validated natural health solutions today and the company is proud to stand alone in the number of published studies supporting its products. When you incorporate ecoNugenics formulas into your practice you guarantee that your patients receive premium quality clinically effective health solutions. T Citrus Pectin with sodium alginates for superior heavy metal removal that is shown in clinical studies to be safe gentle and effective. PectaClear removes up to 70 percent of toxic heavy metals from the body without affecting essential minerals as most other metal removal programs do. immunity and health. Padma Basic With 35-plus Years of Clinical Research for Cardiovascular Health Padma Basic is one of the most extensively researched herbal formulas available today. More than 35 years of clinical data and more than 50 published peerreviewed studies demonstrate Padma Basic s benefits for cardiovascular and circulatory health immunity and overall wellness. Based on an ancient Tibetan formula Padma Basic s 19 botanicals form a synergistic blend of active ingredients which work to enhance the foundation of health safely and naturally. This unique formula is a rich source of beneficial compounds such as tannins flavonoids polyphenols and essential oils to support strong circulation immune function increased antioxidant activity and longterm vitality. Introducing ecoNugenics Exclusive Health Professional Product Line Clinical Synergy Professional Formulas ecoNugenics is pleased to announce the launch of its new professional line Clinical Synergy Professional Formulas. Clinical Synergy will feature ecoNugenics full line of products and research available exclusively through certified health practitioners. Enhance your practice and build business with ecoNugenics dedicated health professional brand Clinical Synergy Professional Formulas. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. Over the past 18 years the company has been partnering with leading universities and research institutes to publish high impact peer-reviewed studies on its patented flagship ingredients and formulas. MycoPhyto Complex Botanically-enhanced Medicinal Mushrooms Mycophyto Complex is a highly specialized mushroom formula made with six potent organic species that are grown on a proprietary blend of immune enhancing herbs. Mycophyto Complex has been shown in published studies to provide powerful support for breast cellular health as well as increased immune activity. With a blend of coriolus (Trametes versicolor) reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) agaricus (Agaricus blazei) cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) umbellatus (Polyporus umbellatus) and maitake (Grifola frondosa) this powerful mushroom formula provides broad-spectrum support for both acute and long term Core Products PectaSol-C The Only Clinically Proven Modified Citrus Pectin Backed by a fast-growing amount of published data PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin is shown to support safe detoxification cellular health cardiovascular wellness and immunity. The company is excited to further expand the applications of this unique nutraceutical based on a flood of published data in the field of Galectin-3--now recognized as an active biomarker in heart health and implicated as a driving factor in numerous chronic conditions. Likewise PectaSol-C MCP is becoming recognized in the literature as the most-researched galectin-3 inhibitor. ecoNugenics is actively partnering with a number of leading medical institutes to conduct further research into PectaSol-C s diverse health benefits. PectaClear PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin with Alginates PectaClear blends PectaSol-C Modified AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 45 Fairhaven Health 2015 Company Profiles 1410 11th St. Bellingham WA 98225 Phone (888) 367-2837 Fax (206) 770-6441 Email info fairhavenhealth.com Website www.fairhavenhealth.com Unsurpassed Product Quality Service and Compassion aving a baby is among the most miraculous moments in life. And when it comes to preconception and pregnancy Fairhaven Health is with you every step of the way--offering a tradition of unsurpassed product quality service and a compassion for each customer s unique journey to parenthood. Since 2003 Fairhaven Health has been providing tryingto-conceive couples with the information and products they need to conceive naturally and experience a healthy pregnancy. In the U.S. there are more than 11 million couples trying to conceive at any given time. Of those couples many will face fertility obstacles or frustrating delays and one in five will encounter some formal difficulty in becoming pregnant. Even young couples in the best of health have only a 15 to 20 percent chance of conceiving each menstrual cycle. And with couples trying to conceive later in life many couples are likely to experience issues conceiving simply due to the fact that fertility declines as we age. Fairhaven Health s mission is to develop products designed to safely and naturally promote fertility pregnancy wellness and breastfeeding success. And for years now the company has been achieving that important goal. From preconception through pregnancy and nursing Fairhaven Health is there--every step of the way--to provide clinically-proven products to help you along your journey to parenthood. As a trusted leader in the field of reproductive health Fairhaven Health products are cooperatively developed and formulated by a diverse panel of medical experts--including doctors ObGyns nutritionists and naturopaths. Noted fertility expert Amos Grunebaum MD plays a pivotal role in formulating the company s FertilAid FertileCM FertiliTea and product lines. Most importantly Fairhaven Health cares about product efficacy and quality. That s another way of saying the company cares about its customers and their special journeys. The company integrates the best of both worlds bringing together traditional Western (allopathic) medicine with clinically-supported research in herbal homeopathic fields. All of Fairhaven Health supplement products are based on clinically-established science and all manufacture is governed by H strict GMP (good manufacturing practice) standards and third-party quality testing. Significantly the company s FertilAid for Men product was tested in double-blind placebo-controlled study--and showed remarkable research-advancing results in improving key male fertility parameters like sperm count and motility. Fairhaven Health s product lines follow the natural progression from preconception to pregnancy to nursing. The company s preconception products focus on fertility awareness and ovulation prediction helping couples learn about their fertility and anticipate when they are most likely to conceive. Fairhaven Health s popular dietary supplements like FertilAid and FertileCM provide balance and support to enhanced fertility for both women and men. Once couples receive the good news products like Peapod Prenatal and Peapod Cal-Mag promote the prenatal health of a developing baby and help ensure pregnancy wellness for the mother. And the company is also dedicated to helping moms reach their breastfeeding goals and have a line of products including Milkies Milk-Saver Milkies Milk Trays Nursing Blend and Nursing Time Tea to encourage breastfeeding success. Fairhaven Health is excited to be introducing a new line of fertility supplements designed specifically with medical practitioners in mind. Based on the latest antioxidant research and in collaboration with best-infiled specialists the company plans to have this new supplement line available Fall 2015. 46 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 FoodScience Corp. DaVinci Labs 2015 Company Profiles 20 New England Dr. Essex Jct. VT 05452 Phone (802) 325-1776 Email info davincilabs.com Website www.davincilabs.com Leader of Nutritional Research Product Development and Innovation F or more than 40 years DaVinci Laboratories has been a leader in nutritional research product development and innovation from its home state of Vermont producing animal and human nutritional supplements. The company s dedication to higher integrity and insistence on superior quality are a reflection of the values of its parent company FoodScience Corporation. FoodScience Corporation is a family-owned and managed company and is always willing to assist its customers in any way possible on matters relating to nutrition including through individual consultations with the company s chief science officer. Every day DaVinci continues to set new standards for quality and product innovation so the company can keep doctors and patients as informed and healthy as possible. DaVinci is committed to finding the best delivery systems for ingredients and the most bioactive and bioavailable forms of nutrients. Recently the company has added ingredients like Meriva Phytosome to some new supplements. DaVinci also updated its formulas with folic acid to include the bioactive 5-MTHF. Raw materials used in DaVinci products are as natural as possible and are guaranteed to contain no artificial flavorings preservatives colors sweeteners or other foreign agents unless otherwise stated on its labels. Each lot of tablets or capsules is carefully assayed to be sure they meet the company s product specifications. These assays are available to any customer upon request. Customers can also request certificates of analysis for raw materials. DaVinci implements rigorous quality control measures. On its human products the company tests in-house for label claim in a Label Claim Random Product Testing Program. DaVinci tests for heavy metals on three consecutive lots. It also performs stability testing. For every free of label the company performs allergen (gluten soy dairy wheat corn) testing on each lot. In DaVinci s research and development process the company focuses on the complex relationships that exist among nutrients and the latest advancements in nutri- Every day DaVinci continues to set new standards for quality and product innovation so the company can keep doctors and patients as informed and healthy as possible. tion therapies. This focus allows the company to create innovative formulas that best serve the health needs of holistic practitioners and their patients. DaVinci recently introduced a healthy aging supplement called Telomere Benefits. Research has proven that telomere length is a prime indicator of overall health status as we age. Telomeres degrade and shorten over time and are associated with cellular aging and dysfunction. It has been reported that Astragaloside IV can help maintain normal telomere length through supporting key enzyme activation. While other regimens may come with prohibitive price tags for practices and patients DaVinci worked hard to find a way to offer the potent healthy aging support of Astragaloside IV at a fraction of the cost. Other recent innovations include Metabolic Multi a multivitamin designed to support normal insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism. DaVinci s core products include an advanced probiotic formulation Mega Probiotic-ND a potent liquid D3 10 000 IU a digestive support supplement known for its unique ingredients GI (gastroinestinal) benefits B vitamin complexes with active forms of vitamin B and the company s flagship product an immune and endurance support supplement called DMG. DaVinci s services include direct to patient ordering processes clinical consultations private labeling options with graphics and marketing support and custom formula development and manufacturing. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 47 Kamedis LTD 2015 Company Profiles Headquarters 34 Kibbutz Galuyot St. Tel-Aviv 6655018 Israel Phone 972-73-7969040 Email info kamedis.com U.S. Affiliate 9465 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 300 Beverly Hills CA 90212 Phone (855) KAMEDIS Email info kamedis-usa.com Website www.kamedis-usa.com Based on Nature Proven by Science K amedis Laboratories is a researchbased specialty skincare company dedicated to developing manufacturing and marketing clinically tested botanicalbased products designed to enhance the skin s health. Clinically Tested Effective and Safe Kamedis products are clinically tested dermatologist tested safe for long term use and proven effective in the improvement relief and prevention of visible skin symptoms. ance. Kamedis steroid and paraben free topical products significantly relieve skin symptoms such as red dry irritated itchy scaly and flaky skin. The herbs used in Kamedis products are specially grown and each formulation contains herbal extracts precisely measured and combined for optimal results. Naturopathic doctors can confidently use Kamedis topical products with their patients in addition to diet and supplement recommendations. SEBO Medis for flaky irritated dandruffprone scalp and red oily-prone facial skin Dandruff-Cleansing Shampoo Scalp Lotion Facial Cleanser and Face Cream Products in this line are suitable for adults and children aged 3 years and older and are SLS steroid and paraben free. PSO Medis for red dry scaling skin and irritated scalp Body Cream Shampoo and Scalp Lotion Products in this line are suitable for adults and children aged 3 years and older and are SLS steroid and paraben free. Dermatologically clinically tested on patients with psoriatic prone skin. AC Medis for red oily blemish-prone skin Facial Cleanser Face Cream and Spot treatment Products in this line are suitable for adults and children aged 3 years and older and are SLS steroid and paraben free Contact the company to learn more about Kamedis bio-herbal skincare the topical product lines that compliment your patient s treatment plan. Kamedis products are available for online purchase at www.buykamedis.com Professionals can purchase Kamedis products through the company s U.S. distributors--Emerson Ecologics and Natural Partners. Or order direct at sales kamedisusa.com (minimum quantities are required). Company Vision The Kamedis founders had a vision to combine ancient herbal wisdom with modern technology to develop highly effective and safe skincare products. To accomplish this Kamedis gathered scientists and renowned herbalists from around the world to find a healthy and safe solution to skincare. This team of dedicated individuals integrated two disciplines--the holistic understanding of the human body based on thousands of years of herbology and modern advanced research. The Kamedis team invested in research and development of more than 1 000 herbs and leveraged a state-of-the-art herbal extraction process to determine the most effective herbal-based ingredients for common problematic skin conditions. The result was a unique powerful and clinically proven line of effective skin care products with a high safety profile. People around the world who suffer from the most common and troubling skin conditions rely on Kamedis products. Globally naturopathic physicians and other practitioners rely on Kamedis products to soothe skin conditions from the outside-in while they work to address the underlying causes and bring their patients to a healthy state. Kamedis Product Lines Kamedis products soothe the symptoms of the most common and troubling skin conditions. The products are clinically proven to be safe and effective for patients as young as sixmonths old and contain no parabens or steroids. When a patient experiences relief from their symptoms they are more likely to comply with treatment plans. Kamedis has four product lines each dedicated to treat and relieve common skin condition TOPIC Medis for itchy dry and irritated skin Cleanser Body Cream Face Cream Calming Moisturizer and Rich Hydrating Gel Products in this line are suitable for adults children and babies aged 6 months and older and are paraben steroid and fragrance free. Dermatologically clinically tested on patients with atopic dermatitis and atopic prone skin. Outside-in Kamedis believes that the intersection of science and nature holds the key to achieving healthier skin. The right topical products can complement naturopathic inside-out treatment plans creating outside-in support. Kamedis creates skincare products that visibly soothe and moisturize even the most troubling skin conditions. Kamedis works to support the body s inherent healing abilities while providing soothing relief and improving skin appear- 48 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Kyowa Hakko USA 2015 Company Profiles New York Office 600 Third Ave. 19th Fl. New York NY 10016 Phone (800) 596-9252 Email info kyowa-usa.com Website www.kyowa-usa.com Commitment to Research Innovation & Quality yowa Hakko USA Inc. is the North American sales office for KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO. LTD a world leader in the research and manufacturing of high-quality ingredients for use in dietary supplements functional foods and beverages. For more than 60 years Kyowa has maintained a constant commitment to research innovation and quality. Key products include Setria (www.setriaglutathione.com) is a clinically studied form of glutathione that when taken orally has been shown to replenish the body s reserves which may be depleted as a result of poor lifestyle choices stress or natural aging. Called the master antioxidant glutathione helps protect cells in the body from the damaging effects of oxidative stress and toxins. Setria Glutathione is manufactured through a patented fermentation and patent pending for increasing natural killer (NK) cell activity is pure vegetarian and allergen-free. A recently published study on setria glutathione in the European Journal of Nutrition May 2014 shows for the first time that daily consumption of glutathione is effective at increasing glutathione blood levels. This long-term randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled study puts to rest the long-standing debate on the efficacy of oral glutathione. The study performed on 54 healthy adults (mean age 46 years) showed that blood levels of glutathione increased after one three and six months vs. baseline at doses of both 250 mg day and 1 000 mg day. At six months mean blood glutathione levels along with various immune markers were shown to have increased 3035 percent in the high-dose group and 17-29 percent in the low dose. NK cytotoxicity increased two fold in the highdose group versus placebo at three months. A reduction in oxidative stress in both glutathione dose groups was indicated by decreases in the oxidized to reduced glutathione ratio in whole blood. Glutathione levels were shown to return to baseline after a one-month washout period. K For more than 60 years Kyowa has maintained a constant commitment to research innovation and quality. Cognizin (www.cognizin.com) is a proprietary form of citicoline a potent brainhealth nutrient. Cognizin has been tested in numerous clinical trials to support mental energy focus attention and recall. Developed using a patented fermentation process Cognizin is a pure allergen-free GRAS (generally recognized as safe) ingredient that s stable and effective. Key studies on Cognizin include a 2008 study on healthy middle-aged adults (2008 Silveri). Researchers using the latest brain scanning technology at the Harvard-associated Brain Imaging Center at McLean Hospital observed increases in brain activity among people who had taken 500 mg Cognizin for six weeks--particularly when they performed tasks that required sustained attention or memory. The study reported that Cognizin speeds up the formation of brain membranes by 26 percent and restores brain energy by 14 percent. In another study on middle-aged women (2012 McGlade) researchers at the Brain Institute at the University of Utah found that 250 mg of Cognizin improved attentional focus and inhibition. Women receiving either the low or high dose of Cognizin citicoline produced fewer commission errors on the CPT-II compared to the placebo group. Specifically individuals in the two Cognizin citicoline supplemented groups made fewer errors when responding to non-target stimuli. Sustamine L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine (www.sustamine.com) is an excellent choice for use in clinical nutrition because it does not have the problems of poor stability and low solubility that are associated with free-glutamine. Glutamine begins to degrade when mixed with liquids but Sustamine is a unique dipeptide form of glutamine that s been designed for maximum stability. This means that patients will get the amount listed on the label when they add it to water or their favorite beverage. Sustamine is also tasteless colorless odorless and dissolves completely in hot or cold liquids--so there is no gritty texture. Sustamine is also pure vegetarian and allergen-free. Pantesin is a branded form of Pantethine a derivative of vitamin B5 that helps the body maintain a healthy cholesterol ratio. Pantesin is the only pantethine backed by 35-plus years of research. With numerous studies supporting Pantesin s effectiveness in high-risk subjects current research (2011 Rumberger) shows that it is also effective for low to medium risk individuals. This positions Pantesin as a smart addition to a heart health program for anyone concerned with maintaining healthy blood lipid levels. L-Citrulline is an amino acid that has been found to play an important role in nitric oxide (NO) metabolism and regulation. L-citrulline is converted to L-arginine in the body leading to increases in both L-arginine and nitric oxide. Increased production of NO promotes vascular dilation which helps support normal oxygen and blood circulation throughout the body. As a result interest in this nutrient is emerging in various applications for improving health and wellness in the areas of vascular health muscle protein synthesis ammonia elimination and immune function. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 49 Natural Partners 2015 Company Profiles 8445 E. Hartford Dr. Scottsdale AZ 85255 Phone (888) 633-7620 Fax (800) 862-1261 Email info naturalpartners.com Website www.naturalpartners.com Family of Wellness atural Partners was conceived of as a resource for integrated health care practitioners who were so busy caring for their patients they had no time for the logistics of ordering products and managing inventory. They understood that welcoming wellness often requires the support of foundational and condition-specific supplements. That s when the company s founder Tye Smith offered Let us handle that. You focus on your patients and your practice. And just like that Natural Partners was born. Since 1995 Natural Partners has been a resource for practitioners who strive to improve patient wellness by providing education and professional-grade products. The company has researched brands with trusted product lines and welcomed them into its family of wellness. This ensures that the company offer practitioners the quality products they need--in a way that they love--to help them provide personalized care for their patients. Natural Partners currently provides more than 14 000 premium products from more than 170 trusted brands. Natural Partners works with thousands of health care practitioners every week to help them establish and maintain an efficient seamless ordering system that ensures their patients get the supplements they need when they need them. Through the visionary leadership of the company s executive team Natural Partners believes focusing its attention shapes our world so its chooses to focus on wellness. The Natural Partners executive leadership includes Fran Towey President Tye Smith CEO and Founder Dianna Smith Chief Marketing Officer Tim Engvall Chief Operations Officer Steve Clark Vice President of Information Technology Leeta Radcliff Vice President of Talent and Culture Jim Edwards Vice President of Finance Charles Streadney Director of Quality At Natural Partners wellness is an evolving process of achieving an increasingly full healthy life. In fact walk through the company s doors and you ll see wellness is behind everything it does. This includes Providing professional products backed by solid science Lending a listening ear Expediting tracking and following up on N Since 1995 Natural Partners has been a resource for practitioners who strive to improve patient wellness by providing education and professional-grade products. The company has researched brands with trusted product lines and welcomed them into its family of wellness. everything order related Advancing and automating technology to simplify patient care Bringing together a community of key medical influencers Helping each other achieve healthy outcomes Supporting a more personalized approach to wellness Educating patients on ingredients products and health benefits Breaking into song for no reason whatsoever Today s increasingly personalized approach to wellness demands more sophisticated technology. Natural Partners has invested in developing a robust e-commerce platform with practically limitless capabilities. Through this platform the company provides expedited and consistent order fulfillment for each customer s practice or clinic. The company s platform also supports online dispensing capabilities that just aren t possible with other technologies. One call is all a practitioner needs to make to set up a new personalized product dispensary. Natural Partners product inventory combines ingredients designed to target specific treatment outcomes when properly recommended by a practitioner. The company likes to think of itself as the practitioner s goto resource for improving compliance and care. Natural Partners vets its brand partners and work with them to ensure they comply with the required regulatory requirements for quality and safety. The company also documents any additional certifications including TGA NSF and non-GMO Project Verified. During the vetting process Natural Partners also tracks and enters into its database which products include common allergens or are eligible for special diets such as gluten- or dairy-free diets and products are kosher or halal. At Natural Partners the company s commitment to caring is embodied in the 10 Core Values that drive everything it does 1. Treat others as you would like to be treated. 2. Work with a sense of integrity at all times. 3. Get the job done with teamwork and cooperation. 4. Win others over and provide excellence in client services. 5. Constantly grow and learn. 6. Be innovative. 7. Create a positive company atmosphere. 8. Be bigger than our business. 9. Find a way to create a healthy environment. 10. Embrace positive change. Natural Partners knows that caring for patients takes a tribe. The company thinks that sharing the caring makes it joyful. And together an even bigger difference can be made in people s health. And if it advances world wellness Natural Partners is all for it 50 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Natural Vitality 2015 Company Profiles 8500 Shoal Creek Blvd. Bldg. 4 208 Austin TX 78757 Phone (800) 446-7462 Fax (818) 847-1056 Email info naturalvitality.com Websites www.naturalvitality.com www.naturalvitalityliving.com www.organicconnectmag.com Year Founded 1995 Supplements for a Healthy Sustainable Life N atural Vitality is a purpose-driven company that believes well-chosen supplements are necessary for a healthy sustainable life. To that end the company has developed a line of premium-quality supplements based on research and formulated to produce a noticeable result. In addition Natural Vitality believes that real health also requires creating a sustainable environment and food system. To achieve these objectives Natural Vitality operates in two ways First the company produces high-quality awardwinning dietary supplements to assist individuals in achieving optimum health. And second a percentage of product sales funds Natural Vitality s Calm Earth Project environmental action initiative a program that supports organic farming and environmental stewardship. As part of this program which started in 2007 Natural Vitality works with groups such as Remineralize the Earth the Center for Food Safety and the Bionutrient Food Association a nonprofit research education and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and implementing natural ways to restore health and vitality to our soil and our food. Natural Vitality also helps educate consumers through Natural Vitality Publishing which produces free awardwinning Organic Connections magazine eBooks and eGuides (www.organicconnectmag.com). Natural Vitality believes that agriculture focused on quality rather than quantity is critical to our health. For the company s dietary supplements Natural Vitality seeks out organic plant-sourced ingredients wherever possible. All the fruits and vegetables we use are organically grown. The company s plant protein is from organic quinoa. The stevia and fruit flavorings we use are organic as well. This not only assures customers of no pesticide residues and no GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients but also provides financial support to organic farming. Additionally Natural Vitality products often contain patented forms of supplement ingredients. These are standardized for consistent potency and many are backed by clinical research. In every product ingredients--including ones that play an auxiliary role--are incorporated in amounts that provide an optimum noticeable benefit. Natural Vitality has always worked closely with health care professionals and servicing their offices has been an important part of its business since its inception. The company believes that most Americans especially women are taking too much calcium and that excess calcium combined with insufficient magnesium can lead to serious health issues. To that end all of the company s products containing calcium are balanced on a 1 1 cal- cium to magnesium ratio (or a bit higher in magnesium). Key Executives Ken Whitman President Susan Whitman Executive Vice President Justin Farmer CEO Charles Girdlestone Vice President Account Management Andreas Koch Vice President Marketing Association Memberships Natural Products Association Remineralize the Earth Bionutrient Food Association Main Products Natural Calm Organic Life Vitamins Kids Natural Calm Multi Osteo Calm (award-winning bone health) Natural Calm Plus Calcium (balanced active formula) Plant-Sourced Minerals (chelated ultra minerals) Balanced CalMag AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 51 Probiotics International Ltd. (Protexin) 2015 Company Profiles Manufactured by Probiotics International Ltd (Protexin) Lopen Head Somerset U.K. TA13 5JH Website www.bio-kult.com Distributed by International Nutrition Inc. 11655 Crossroads Cir. Ste T Middle River MD 21220 Phone (800) 899-3413 (410) 335-2802 Email ask nutrivene.com Website www.nutriviene.com The Gold-Standard Probiotic Manufacturer P rotexin a division of Probiotics International Ltd. is a vertically integrated company dedicated to producing innovative research based probiotic products for health such as the popular multi-strain probiotic range Bio-Kult. Commitment to Quality Protexin s purpose built manufacturing facility in Somerset U.K. has been awarded cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) (MHRA) and ISO 9001 2008 status. This allows the company to be in complete control over its products and manufacture to the highest quality standards. All of the ingredients Protexin uses are assessed prior to arrival at its factory so that the company knows exactly what it is receiving. Protexin controls how the product and packaging are made and test all batches produced. All of this ensures that the highest quality product reaches the market. Protexin has been awarded the Queen s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade and have been voted twice as a Best Company to Work For. ny alone. All strains are included in the European Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) list. The QPS lists were compiled by the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) to assess the compiled evidence and confirm the safety and nomenclature of the bacteria used ensuring the most stable effective and research based strains make it to the market place. Focus on Research One of the key areas of investment for us is research. A large program is in place which not only covers existing products but new products too. Protexin works with clinical research organizations leading universities and hospitals. This includes in-vitro early stage development concept exploration and human clinical trials. The Team There are now more than 100 people employed across the company. There is a knowledgeable and committed research and technical team including Head of Research Peter Cartwright who holds a wealth of microbiota knowledge. Also in the team is Medical Advisor Dr. Mayur R. Joshi technical advisor and nutritional therapist Natalie Lamb and technical and product development manager as well as Janine Barlow who leads new product development. Probiotic Strains Protexin s innovation and leadership in the market comes from developing its own research driven probiotic strains (identified with the initials PXN after each strains name) which are individual to the compa- Bio-Kult Range Protexin acquired the Bio-Kult range back in 2008 and since then the range has grown from the original multi-strain probiotic product to now include Bio-Kult Infantis for infants Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan designed to target UTIs and Bio-Kult Cand a for people prone to candida infections. process. With this technique refrigeration is not required and the live bacteria will be protected until the end of its shelf life. 2. Probiotics get destroyed by the acidity of the stomach FALSE As long as the manufacturer is advanced enough in its technology to protect the bacteria. Protexin encapsulates its bacteria during a freeze-drying process which protects the bacteria from the harsh acid environment of the stomach and ensures they are effective throughout the whole of the gastrointestinal tract. A probiotic company such as Protexin should be able to provide you with data to prove this. 3. A Probiotic should contain more than 10 billion CFU - FALSE In 2009 McFarland1 stated that there is still no consensus on the most effective dose of a probiotic. He highlighted that the range of daily doses in clinical trials has ranged from 1 x 107 (10 million) to 1 x 1011 (100 billion) a day and that a dose that is found to be effective for one probiotic strain may not be effective for another. 4. Probiotics are all the same - FALSE Each probiotic strain has unique properties and health benefits. A product should state the genus (Lactobacillus) species (acidophilus) and finally the strain (PXN 35). A multi strain probiotic should therefore exert more positive benefits for a wider range of people and conditions. A review by Chapman et al2 in 2011 concluded that multi-strain probiotics appear to show greater efficacy than single strains. References 1. McFarland LV. 2009. Evidence-based review of probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile infections. Anaerobe. Dec 15(6) 274-80. 2. Chapman CM Gibson GR Rowland I. 2011. Health benefits of probiotics are mixtures more effective than single strains Eur J Nutr. 50(1) 1-17. Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. Four Probiotic Myths 1. A good probiotic needs to be refrigerated - FALSE A good probiotic should be manufactured to the highest standards to ensure stability and viability throughout its product shelf life. Protexin s technique is to encapsulate the beneficial bacteria (with a protective coating) during a freeze drying Peter Cartwright--Head of Research (L) Dr. Mayur Joshi-- Medical Advisor Janine Barlow--Technical and Product Development Manager 52 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 PROSymbiotics 2015 Company Profiles Distributed by Naturade a division of Prevention LLC 2030 Main St. Ste. 630 Irvine CA 92614 Phone (800) 421-1830 Website www.prosymbiotics.com Prosymbiotics The Professional Line of Colostrum Products A t PROSymbiotics the company helps health care professionals practitioners and pharmacies with a variety of all natural products to accommodate their patients needs with high quality proven products for gastrointestinal and immune health. The company s professional strength products are formulated to only be administered at the recommendation and under the supervision of a health care professional. Company History Established in 1998 PROSymbiotics was the first brand to bring high quality Colostrum to the U.S. market for human consumption. As a result today PROSymbiotics is a market leader among all Colostrum brands with integrative health care professionals worldwide. The company s mission is to deliver effective health care solutions to your patients which you can recommend with confidence in efficacy supplying the highest quality health and wellness solutions. amounts present in regular colostrum. PRPs are signaling proteins with remarkable adaptability for immune modulation considered to be the most important constituent in colostrum. The high levels of PRPs and the other significant components in PROSymbiotics colostrum (Immunoglobulins and Lactoferrin) are verified per lot batch by laboratory testing. PROSymbiotics professional line of products include PROSymbiotics ColostrumPro capsules PROSymbiotics ColostrumPro Powder PROSymbiotics ColostrumPro Candida Formula PROSymbiotics ColostrumPro Immune Formula PROSymbiotics Immune Modulator Spray PROSymbiotics Nattokinase Quality Assurance PROSymbiotics colostrum is collected exclusively from USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Grade A dairies within 16 hours of birth. Each pasteurized lot of colostrum is laboratory tested and verified to meet the company s purity standards for Heavy metals Microbiological counts No pesticides No antibiotics No rbht hormones Each lot batch of colostrum is verified to PROSymbiotics Professional Strength with Immulox 20% PROSymbiotics with Immulox 20% is the Professional Strength line of colostrum and colostrum-enhanced supplements providing all the original formula benefits PLUS Immulox 20%. Immulox is colostrum concentrated to deliver a higher level of Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRPs) than the meet the company s label claims for potency of the beneficial compounds. A truly natural product PROSymbiotics colostrum may vary in taste aroma consistency and color variations are not great as our colostrum is instantized and skimmed to remove fat and oils for greater stability. PROSymbiotics colostrum is coated with a biolipid sheath comprised of sunflower oil lecithin and medium chain triglycerides. This non-soy biolipid coating enhances stability and promotes ease of digestion. All of the company s products are manufactured to the highest standards using bovine colostrum sourced exclusively from USDA Grade A dairies. PROSymbiotics colostrum is collected from the first milking only to ensure the highest content of immune factors possible (PRPs Immunoglobulins and Lactoferrin) and growth factors (IGF-1 IGF-2 TGIF-alfa and TGF-beta-2). Additionally all PROSymbiotics products are laboratory tested and verified free from hormones pesticides antibiotics and rBHT. PROSymbiotics products are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration under 21CFR111 new certified good manufacturing practices (cGMP) HACCP. Research and Development At PROSymbiotics the company continually works on research and development to bring you the highest standards of products. Several clinical studies on Colostrum are available on the PROSymbiotics Practitioner Partner s Resource Center on www.prosymbiotics.com. Future Goals Continue to bring quality products to the market through R&D. Key Executives Claude Tellis CEO Kareem Cook Chief Marketing Officer Derek Dearwater President Debbie Rutledge Account Manager These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 53 Protocol For Life Balance 2015 Company Profiles 244 Knollwood Dr. Ste. 300 Bloomingdale IL 60108 Phone (877) 776-8610 Fax (855) 833-9012 E-Mail sales protocolforlife.com Website www.protocolforlife.com Naturokinetics The Cornerstone of Quality Standards A t Protocol for Life Balance the company recognizes the pressures of an ever-changing patient care environment and apply these considerations in its development of relevant and reliable products and services. From common dispensary products like is broad range of vitamin D3 to condition specific proprietary formulations Protocol for Life Balance s portfolio spans more than 150 different products that are developed with the highest quality standards and value-priced at an average savings of 25 percent compared to leading professional brands. All of the company s products are exclusively available through licensed health care professionals and are supported with a diligently enforced minimum advertised pricing policy. From common dispensary products like its broad range of vitamin D3 to condition specific proprietary formulations Protocol for Life Balance s portfolio spans more than 150 different products that are developed with the highest quality standards and value-priced at an average savings of 25 percent compared to leading professional brands. All of the company s products are exclusively available through licensed health care professionals and are supported with a diligently enforced minimum advertised pricing policy. Naturokinetics process is the cornerstone of its quality standards and acts as a foundation for the formulation and validation of all Protocol for Life Balance products. The Naturokinetics process offers a compilation of scientific data that details how nutrients and natural substances are absorbed distributed metabolized by and eliminated from the body. Based on the same scientific principles as pharmacokinetics Naturokinetics is customized for natural products that are non-drug non-synthetic and most of which are already part of a normal healthy metabolism in the human body. The principles that form the body of knowledge referred to as Naturokinetics are L-A-D-M-E (see chart below). Protocol for Life Balance invites you to contact the company to learn more about how it can complement your practice and offer cost-effective relevant solutions to empower your patients to lead healthy happy lives. For more details please visit www.protocolforlife.com or call toll-free at (877) 776-8610. Protocol for Life Balance s technical support team offers a range of free health and wellness support services for you and your patients. Comprised of qualified experienced nutritionists the technical team is available via phone and e-mail Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The company s proprietary 54 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 QuinTron Instrument Company Inc. 2208 S. 38th St. Milwaukee WI 53215 Phone (800) 542-4448 (414) 645-4222 Fax (414) 645-3484 E-Mail customerservice breathtests.com Website www.breathtests.com 2015 Company Profiles Take the Guesswork Out of Gas Work stablished in 1962 QuinTron Instrument Company a familyowned business manufactured gas chromatographs (GC) for respiratory gas analysis in the pulmonary field. A gastroenterologist approached QuinTron in the 1970s seeking analysis of trace concentrations of hydrogen which led the company to manufacture GCs specifically for breath tests in 1978. In 1981 QuinTron introduced its first analyzer for this special application and from that time forward it became dedicated to this special field and developed multiple lines of analyzers and accessories that are marketed around the world. Breath testing with QuinTron s analyzers and patented collection devices provides economic and safe alternatives compared to more invasive procedures such as blood tests biopsies and or obtaining aspirate for culturing. E Driven by Research Guided by Science Breath tests were first used as an indicator that complex sugars were not broken down and absorbed in the small intestine during the digestion of foods. Hydrogen (H2) was measured in the breath after administering a dose of the sugar to be studied. The widest application of the test was for lactose intolerance. The hydrogen breath-test (often referred to as the HBT or BHT) replaced a blood test which was based on the absence of a blood glucose response following lactose ingestion. The blood test is not as reliable as the breath hydrogen test since it produces a greater proportion of false-negative and false-positive tests. When the reliability and simplicity of the breath-H2 test was demonstrated with lactose it was soon applied to other complex sugars like fructose (from fruits) maltose (from some starches) and sucrose (common table sugar which is rarely absorbed). It has also been used to indicate that some people are unusually sensitive to sorbitol an artificial sweetener used in dietetic candy sugar-free chewing gum and other dietetic foods. Quality Assurance Initially trace gases were analyzed only for hydrogen. As studies indicated that methane (CH4) was also an important intestinal gas to be considered QuinTron developed analyzers that measure breath samples for both hydrogen and methane. The addition of methane measurement provides practitioners with the most comprehensive information to help treat their patients with carbohydrate malabsorption and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). practitioners prefer to have a QuinTron BreathTracker on-site which allows them to have immediate information to best treat their patients. Other practitioners elect to participate in a kit program that allows them to dispense breath test kits to their patients which permits the patients to easily collect their own samples at home or work. The samples are then submitted to a facility where analysis is performed. Most Common Tests Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Lactose Intolerance Fructose Intolerance Sucrose Intolerance Xylose Intolernace Practice Options Practitioners have a choice in how to provide breath testing to their patients. Some AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 55 Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems 100 Avenue Tea Santa Cruz CA 95060 Corporate Headquarters (800) 635-1233 Orders (866) 972-6879 Fax (831) 429-0189 2015 Company Profiles The Power of Nature ainbow Light was founded in 1981 in beautiful Santa Cruz CA by a team with a passion for providing healthy nutritional supplements grounded in the power of nature. From the beginning Rainbow Light has created natural supplements that make a difference in the health and well-being of our customers while promoting sustainable practices for planetary health and contributing to the fight against global malnutrition. The company s supplements are and have always been based in nutritious whole foods. Rainbow Light carefully combines pure food and botanical extracts with nutrients to support all systems of the body at potencies appropriate for the specific health objective. Plant enzymes and probiotics are added to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption for increased energy. One of the most important ingredients in the company s line today spirulina was the first product Rainbow Light offered. Spirulina is a nutritional powerhouse derived from algae sustainably grown pure with easily digestible cell walls. Spirulina is naturally rich in vegetarian protein B vita- R mins antioxidants and omegas. Spirulina forms part of the food base in every one of the company s multivitamin products along with a customized blend of citrus bioflavanoids kale beet ginger and other targeted superfoods specific to each formula. In fact Rainbow Light s name originates with spirulina. In the early days during nutritional content testing procedures the company discovered that spirulina refracted all the colors of the rainbow under a light spectrophotometer. These rainbow colors revealed the full spectrum of nutritional constituents present in spirulina. Inspired by the power of nature viewed through the lens of science our brand name was born Quality Assurance International. The certified suite is digestion-enhanced with enzymes botanicals prebiotics and probiotics. Certified Organics enhance even the healthiest diets with organic superfood concentrates including blueberries pomegranates American ginseng spirulina milk thistle and medicinal mushrooms to support healthy liver function and cellular integrity for strong vibrant health. Vegetarian capsules can be opened and poured into smoothies or on food. Corporate Social Responsibility From the beginning Rainbow Light has been committed to fighting global malnutrition through the company s long partnership with Vitamin Angels and its involvement with the Santa Cruz Food Bank and Homeless Garden project. Rainbow Light has also taken environmental stewardship seriously from the start. The company commissioned its first packaging sustainability analysis in 1990 which indicated that plastic bottles had the lowest impact on the environment at that time. Rainbow Light s packaging has continued to evolve resulting in the company s 2010 transition-- as the first and only supplement brand--to 100 percent post-consumer recycled EcoGuard bottles that are also 100 percent recyclable. The EcoGuard conversion has reduced Rainbow Light s bottle carbon footprint by 92 percent. EcoGuard also reduces the need for virgin plastic production from fossil fuels and keeps 10 million bottles out of our oceans and landfills every year. Today Rainbow Light continues its natural products leadership with innovative formulas that deliver research-proven ingredients always safety and purity tested in its production facility in Sunrise FL. These products are formulated based on the latest nutritional science to ensure appropriate potencies and optimal combinations for absorption utility and effectiveness. Rainbow Light is proud to offer the best-selling prenatal women s men s and children s supplements and we hear from its customers repeatedly that they never felt a difference from a multivitamin--until they tried Rainbow Light. Purity and Quality Rainbow Light s Bio-balanced products are made in the USA in the company s own certified organic facility in accordance with federal good manufacturing practices (GMPs). They contain no artificial or objectionable additives. Rainbow Light rigorously monitors the purity and potency of products throughout every stage of production Raw material vendors are hand-selected for quality inspection processes include Certificates of Analysis for potency and microbiological testing and selective testing with independent labs Products comply with United States Pharmocopeia standards for quality disintegration microbiologiocal limits and heavy metals Production facility and onsite laboratory meet or exceed compliance with GMPs Independent FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)approved labs test finished products Natural Products Association s TruLabel program confirms accuracy of label potency through independent lab analysis Rainbow Light s certified suite of products are the first to deliver therapeutic proven nutrient potencies studied for long-term health benefits in products certified organic by 56 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 RLC Labs 2015 Company Profiles 29455 N. Cave Creek Ste. 118-629 Cave Creek AZ 85331 Phone (877) 797-7997 Fax (480) 513.8952 Website www.getrealthyroid.com Pioneering In Endocrine Treatment Dedicated to natural and comprehensive hypothyroid treatment for more than 75 years. History The company now known as RLC Labs began life in 1932 under the name Western Research Laboratories. It was founded by Dr. William McClymonds who built a strong foundation establishing Naturally Desiccated Thyroid (NDT) Westhroid as a principal treatment for hypothyroidism and establishing the importance and benefits of natural (thyroid) hormone for proper metabolic cycle. Since 2006 RLC Labs has continued to provide its signature prescription thyroid medications Nature-Throid Westhroid and WP-Thyroid as well as professional dietary supplements for synergistic endocrine health a-Drenal and i-Throid. Hypothyroidism An underactive thyroid has plagued individuals for centuries. However increase in negative environmental stasis are resulting in more hormone disruptors being introduced into our bodies now more than ever. The environmental factors can include increasing pollutants and toxins such as halide chemicals (e.g. chlorine fluorine and bromine) hormone disrupting chemicals (e.g. BPA in plastic) heavy metals (e.g. mercury lead arsenic) and lack of wholesome foods (e.g. processed contaminated and genetically modified). inactive T4 hormone and the active T3 (thyronine) hormone. The very factors that may cause hypothyroidism in the first place may also influence the conversion of the inactive T4 to active T3. Without the active T3 hormone patients may not be receiving the relief from symptoms of hypothyroidism. Although NDT is a natural ingredient it currently falls under the federal monograph of Thyroid USP (United States Pharmacopeia). Under Thyroid USP the desiccated thyroid gland is derived from pigs and specific levels of T3 and T4 are carefully monitored and tested to ensure consistency and reliability from batch to batch (the exact same requirements for the prescription synthetic thyroid medications). This is the primary difference between Thyroid USP medication and dietary supplements containing desiccated thyroid glands. Prescription Thyroid USP guarantees potency consistency and efficacy levels of thyroid hormones established by the USP and enforced through the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). The dietary supplement version of NDT may use desiccated thyroid gland (typically from cows or sheep) but under current federal law cannot disclose any amount of thyroid hormones that may be present. As such companies are not testing for its presence and there is no standardization of these very important hormones that are essential for proper hypothyroid treatment. The main ingredient in a-Drenal is desiccated adrenal gland. The same philosophy remains on this product as our thyroid in providing glandular therapy for sources of naturally occurring hormones. In addition to the glandular therapy there are various adaptogenic herbs such as cordyceps ginseng rhodiola along with pantothenic acid (B5) to aid in combating adrenal fatigue. The role of i-Throid is to offer iodine and iodide in a capsule versus the traditional Lugol s liquid solution. Lugol s relies on the presence of both iodine and iodide to offer full therapy of iodide and iodine (to combat the bombardment of the other negative halides and for support of healthy tissues). To address Lugol s shortcoming in not being able to precisely measure dosage the company created iThroid in a solid capsule form. These synergistic therapeutic protocols offer physicians a complete and effective approach in managing their patients endocrine health. Quality and Licensure Nature-Throid Westhroid and WP-Thyroid are prescription medications that have been in the marketplace for decades and continue to offer the same quality consistency and potency without any recalls that may have plagued other prescription thyroid medications. Both a-Drenal and i-Throid are formulated using the highest quality ingredients at their clinically effective therapeutic dosage levels. These scientifically driven formulas are unique and have set the standards for like kind-formulas since their introduction. RLC Labs possesses two Arizona State Board of Pharmacy Licenses (one in manufacturing) DEA Manufacturing License as well as being an FDA registered cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) manufacturing facility. Proven Hypothyroid Treatment The traditional treatment for hypothyroidism has been the use of naturally desiccated thyroid with historical use dating back to over a century. However since the 1960s this has been replaced by synthetic hormone (mainly the inactive T4 levothyroxine) which is now established as the conventional therapy. More recently though the use of levothyroxine has fallen out in favor and natural approaches using NDT are increasing. This is mainly due to NDT containing both the Complete Endocrine Care In addition to the focus on underactive thyroid numerous holistic physicians also have taken great care to identify and address the needs of the adrenal gland. Patients suffering from adrenal fatigue live day to day with debilitating symptoms similar in profile to hypothyroidism. In recognition of this RLC Labs introduced two dietary supplements a-Drenal and i-Throid that were designed to offer independent but complementary support to the existing principal hypothyroid treatment. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 57 Seroyal 112 Technology Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15275 Phone (888) 737-6925 Fax (877) 737-6925 Email sales seroyal.com Website www.seroyal.com 2015 Company Profiles Seroyal Dedicated to Making a Difference in People s Lives or more than 30 years Seroyal has pioneered all-natural therapeutics dedicated to your holistic approach to individualized healing. The company s expansive science-based product line rigorous manufacturing processes and unrivaled education programs are all designed to help you improve your clients health today and for years to come. F The Best in Professional Brands Seroyal offers UNDA Genestra Brands Pharmax and Wobenzym product lines. Each product is developed through the collaboration of the company s product development team with independent research advisors including naturopathic doctors medical doctors pharmacists and health science researchers. Probiotic Expertise Genestra Brands Human MicroFlora (HMF) and Pharmax Human Lactic Commensal (HLC) probiotics incorporate safe and effective strains reflecting the latest evidence-based research from human trials. These proprietary human-sourced strains have natural pH and bile acid resistance with strong adherence to the intestinal tract epithelium. quality assurance. The UNDA Genestra Brands Pharmax and Wobenzym brands go above and beyond to ensure the highest quality dietary supplements imposing rigorous manufacturing standards from start to finish. From the raw materials used for manufacturing of the products to the preparation bottling and storage Seroyal s Quality Assurance team ensures stringent process adherence. All Seroyal dietary supplements are compliant with the FDA s (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) current good manufacturing process (CGMP) requirements. The company is also NSF certified. be a pillar in everything Seroyal does. When you see the company s allergen free symbols you can be confident that no dairy allergens or gluten are included in the formula. You will also know if the formula is appropriate for vegan and vegetarians. Genestra Brands Exceptional Quality Consistency Stability and Reliability Genestra Brands supplements support individualized treatment plans with a 350-plus professional-grade product offering in a variety of formats proven safe effective and reliable for over 30 years backed by clinical or traditional evidence. Quality Control Rigorous manufacturing standards are instituted from start to finish to produce Seroyal s dietary supplements. The company utilizes only the purest most natural ingredients sourced from trusted global industryleading suppliers and avoid unnecessary agents in order to meet the needs of physicians treating patients with chemical and allergen sensitivities. These standards include the following Full label disclosure All ingredients are listed including non-medicinals standardizations of herbal extracts to indicate primary active marker compounds and minerals are listed by true elemental weight. Independent testing Validates the quality stability potency and purity of the products from manufacturing to preparation bottling and storage. Every one of Seroyal s products is tested a minimum of three times first as a raw material second during the manufacturing process and finally as a finished product. Objectivity is ensured during testing by using government-approved and or accredited independent laboratories. These testing laboratories employ some of the most precise equipment and analytical methods available in the market to validate the safety and efficacy of the products. A commitment to quality is and always will UNDA Leaders in Homeopathy for More Than 50 Years Established more than half a century ago in Belgium UNDA is renowned for manufacturing exceptional homeopathic products that use only pure materials and herbs that are biodynamically grown or wildcrafted. Fish Oil Difference Genestra Brands Super EFA and Pharmax Finest Pure Fish Oil use the proprietary NEO3 and CRYO-3 natural enrichment processes to enhance DHA and EPA concentrations. A variety of formulations (including liquids capsules and emulsions) and serving sizes are offered to support condition-specific treatment plans. Pharmax Where Nutritional Science Comes to Life Pharmax products support condition-specific treatment plans with leading-edge line of professional-grade nutraceuticals and specialty combination products highly regarded in the U.S. with more than 15 years of proven safety efficacy and reliability backed by clinical or traditional evidence. Seroyal Continuing Medical Education--Elevate Your Practice Seroyal s Continuing Medical Education program is committed to providing world-class clinically relevant information that can be immediately integrated with existing modalities for a complete holistic approach. The company s in-house medical advisors are also available for unbiased peer-to-peer discussions product information sessions practice resources and up-to-date information on promotions and new product launches. Wobenzym Keep on Moving Wobenzym is a natural enzyme formulation that has the power to help your body maintain a healthy inflammation response so it is better equipped to address occasional muscle soreness strain and other issues following exertion. Developed by leading scientists and backed by published clinical research Wobenzym systemic enzyme therapies have been trusted by health care practitioners worldwide for more than 60 years. Quality Assurance Seroyal ensures excellence through heavy investment and commitment to stringent 58 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Vital Nutrients 45 Kenneth Dooley Dr. Middletown CT 06457 Phone (888) 328-9992 Website www.vitalnutrients.net 2015 Company Profiles Good Health is Vital Company Statement Mission To provide health care practitioners patients and hospitals with superior quality nutraceuticals manufactured with unmatched quality assurance standards to ensure consistent clinically effective results ... Because Good Health is Vital. Company History Description Vital Nutrients was founded on a desire to make consistent high quality clean products that are clinically reliable. Research on existing nutraceutical companies indicated quality control guidelines were often inconsistently followed or completely ignored. Vital Nutrients is an American-owned supplement manufacturer that is widely known as the Leader in Quality Assurance. The Vital Nutrients product line includes hundreds of science-based and pharmaceutical-grade supplements. Vital Nutrients Core Values Include Quality Vital Nutrients quality assurance program far exceeds both regulatory and industry standards. Each batch of every product is tested for purity and potency by accredited independent laboratories using scientifically valid test methods. Efficacy Vital Nutrients understands that a health care practitioner s success and credibility depend on the clinical effectiveness of their treatment program. For a practitioner using nutritional supplements as part of the treatment protocol clinical success with patients depends on the quality purity and consistency of the products prescribed. Vital Nutrients quality assurance program ensures that each of these parameters is met in every bottle. Research-Based All of Vital Nutrients products are formulated by a dedicated team of health care professionals. The company s team utilizes peer-reviewed research to develop evidence-based products at therapeutic doses. Materials are carefully chosen to ensure the most bioavailable and bioactive ingredients are utilized to provide the utmost physiological benefit. ings and preservatives. Vital Nutrients products may benefit a range of health categories including gastrointestinal immune brain and cardiovascular health as well as assist with weight management detoxification sleep mood and stress resistance. In addition to system specific formulations Vital Nutrients carries a comprehensive selection vitamins minerals botanicals essential fatty acids and protein powders. and arsenic Herbicide pesticide fungicide residues-- more than 300 different chemicals Aflatoxins--carcinogenic compounds which can grow on plants during storage Industrial contaminants - including PCB s and dioxins Rancidity markers--both peroxides and anisidines (primary and secondary oxidation by-products) Vital Nutrients exclusively uses independent U.S. laboratories that have been audited and verified for scientifically valid analytical methods and ethical lab practices for all raw material and product testing. All finished products are re-tested for label claim potency microbiology contamination and stability before being approved for sale. New Introductions Vital Nutrients is excited to introduce Prostate Health Tx a patented formula developed to provide natural support for maintaining normal PSA levels while preserving quality of life. Prostate Health Tx offers a safe and proactive approach without the risk of altering testosterone or dihydrotestosterone levels. Prostate Health Tx is backed by clinical research including a human clinical trial (n 40) conducted at the University of Southern California which found PSA declines in 38 percent of participants. Learn more at www.vitalnutrients.net prostatehealthtx. Manufacturing Excellence Vital Nutrients manufactures its supplements in a clean strictly controlled facility. The company knows precisely what goes into its products and more importantly it knows what is not in its products. This allows the company to produce nutritional supplements that are free of unacceptable or undesirable additives. Vital Nutrients facility is staffed with a full-time quality assurance and quality control manager and quality control personnel to ensure consistent compliance with the company s industry leading comprehensive quality system and FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) good manufacturing practices. You can depend upon Vital Nutrients to provide the finest quality natural products. The company assures proven and verifiable quality and supply practitioners with clinically effective products and formulas. Quality Assurance While all natural product companies claim to have the best quality many may not be completing all the steps required to comprehensively ensure that quality and purity standards are consistently met for every batch of product. At Vital Nutrients no corners are cut when it comes to quality assurance. The company provides comprehensive proof and fully guarantee that its products are prepared utilizing the highest standards of manufacturing practice and laboratory quality assurance. Before production can begin all raw materials are tested for authenticity potency and microbial contamination (bacteria yeast and mold) as well as any contaminant specific to the nature of the material including Chemical solvent residues--more than 50 different solvents Heavy metals--mercury cadmium lead Services Vital Nutrients regularly offers educational events to health care professionals including live evidence-based webinars presented by leading experts. The company s webinar archive includes a library of recordings that explore a wide range of topics. In addition specialty brochures product sheets and patient handouts are available. Core Products Vital Nutrients carries a wide range of nutraceuticals designed to meet the daily demands of men and women of all ages along with special formulations geared toward pediatric patients. Vital Nutrients products are free from gluten artificial color- Key Executives Thomas Petrarca Chairman Chief Executive Officer & President Rick Liva RPh ND Chief Medical Officer & Director of Quality AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 59 Xlear Inc. 723 S. Auto Mall Dr. P.O. Box 1421 American Fork UT 84003 Toll Free (877) 599-5327 Phone (801) 492-2100 Fax (801) 492-8011 Website www.xlear.com 2015 Company Profiles Providing Simple Healthy Prevention lear Inc. (pronounced clear ) is recognized as the leading manufacturer of xylitol-based products in North America. The company s goal is simple to provide simple healthy prevention. Xlear Inc. is committed to providing consumers with the health benefits of xylitol by manufacturing all-natural health-enhancing products based on the natural sweetener which effectively draws moisture to surface tissues and has been found to have interesting effects on specific types of bacteria. X Company History A few years before Xlear Inc. was founded Dr. Lon Jones a general practice physician was treating his granddaughter for a persistent ear infection and conducting extensive research on antibiotic immunities and alter- native antibacterial treatments. His studies led him to a large volume of research done in Finland about the beneficial effects of xylitol chewing gum on upper-respiratory infections in children. Dr. Jones then determined that a more direct delivery of this agent to the sinus tissues should have an even better result. He mixed xylitol powder into a mild saline solution and administered it to his granddaughter in a nasal spray. In hours her condition improved and the infection was completely cleared in only a few days--all without the use of antibiotics. Dr. Jones soon began dispensing this solution to other patients with ear nose and throat infections and the results were astounding. In 2000 Nathan Jones Dr. Jones son founded Xlear Inc. in order to make the nasal spray commercially available. Since then the company has expanded its research product development and distribution of xylitol-based products. Since 2000 Xlear Inc. s leading product Xlear Nasal Spray with xylitol has offered a simple solution to a host of problems relating to the upper airway. Xlear Inc. is supported by a team of doctors and scientists who have reinforced the use and benefits of xylitol through continuous research. The company strives to educate medical professionals as well as their patients about the healthy properties of xylitol products. Xlear Inc. is certified ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Licensed. With adherence to strict standards and an extensive line of xylitol products it is no wonder that Xlear Inc. is the xylitol expert. Product Overview Xlear Inc. distributes Xlear a patented nasal spray with xylitol through pharmacies and natural food stores across the country. Xlear Inc. also developed other products like a neti pot nasal rinse and a kid-friendly nasal spray all using the wonders of a simple xylitol saline solution. Studies show that a xylitol has great effects on the upper airway helping reduce the risk of sinus ear and other upper-respiratory infections. Some studies have shown as much as a 42 percent reduction of ear infections when xylitol products are used. People have also experienced improvement with allergies and asthma with the use of Xlear. ENTs sleep specialists nurse practitioners and other professionals have all seen what Xlear can do and continue to recommend it to their patients. Key Executives Nate Jones President Tom MacDonald CEO Bob Astleford Director of Operations Bill Robbs Vice President of Sales 60 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Emerson Ecologics 2015 Company Profiles 1230 Elm St. Ste. 301 Manchester NH 03101 Phone (603) 656-9778 Fax (603) 656-9797 Website www.emersonecologics.com Emerson Ecologics F or more than 30 years Emerson Ecologics has been providing professional-quality nutritional supplements vitamins and natural health products to integrative health practitioners. The company is committed to the expansion of integrative health care and is focused on adapting and expanding its product portfolio of 275-plus quality brands to continually exceed the expectations of its practitioner partners. Emerson recognizes that quality-manufacturing practices are essential to the integrity and efficacy of professional-grade vitamins supplements and natural products and the Emerson Quality Program (EQP) is a rigorous quality assurance program designed to support practitioners ability to discern quality brands and products. Each of the company s EQP Gold and EQP Silver partners must complete a quality application that details their current manufacturing processes including cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) process raw material testing and final product testing. At Emerson the company is dedicated to your success as an integrative practitioner-- and it has now extended that commitment to a full suite of resources tools and services to help your practice succeed. The company is excited to launch Wellevate Emerson s Next-Generation Online Patient Dispensary aimed at elevating health and wellness. Emerson s safe customizable and secure platform can help you share customizable recommendations improve patient compli- ance and ultimately grow your practice. Emerson s Practitioner Resource Center will help you stay current on clinical research and access practice management tools. The company is committed to helping you solve your biggest business challenges and have launched the IGNITE Program to continue support you with educational opportunities including our annual conference hands-on workshops and webinars. Emerson values your partnership and welcome your suggestions for how the company can best serve your needs. Your success is Emerson s success--and the company looks forward to a continued partnership. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 61 PRODUCT FOCUS Raising Healthy Children uring the transition from childhood to adulthood adolescents establish patterns of behavior and make lifestyle choices that affect both their current and future health. Some adolescents struggle to adopt behaviors that could decrease their risk of developing chronic diseases in adulthood such as eating nutritiously engaging in physical activity and choosing not to use tobacco. August is Kids Eat Right Month when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation highlight the role everyone plays in ensuring a healthy future for children. D By Janet Poveromo An initiative of the Foundation s Kids Eat Right program Kids Eat Right Month focuses on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists to help families achieve the Kids Eat Right core principles Shop smart cook healthy and eat right. Kids Eat Right (www.kidseatright.org) offers resources including articles infographics videos and recipes to encourage nutritious healthful eating among children and families. Further Kids Eat Right supports efforts of the White House to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. And while ideally kids should get their vitamins from a balanced healthy diet given the reality of time-crunched parents those important well-rounded home-cooked meals aren t always possible. That s why practitioners recommend a daily multivitamin or mineral supplement. Below is a sampling of children s vitamins and other health products available for natural practitioners to offer their younger patients For Overall Health Ultra Preventive Kids by Doulas Laboratories is a great-tasting chewable multiple vitamin-mineraltrace-element supplement designed for children ages four and up. The tablets provide 28 vitamins minerals and trace elements in bioavailable forms and nutritionally meaningful amounts. Ultra Preventive Kids is available in grape or orange flavor naturally sweetened with purified stevia and xylitol and features higher amounts of vitamin D and added choline as research indicates both of these nutrients are important for children s overall health and well-being. Ultra Preventive Kids uses only the purest most hypoallergenic ingredients and contains no artificial colors flavors or preservatives. The suggest price is 21 for 60 tablets. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. Probiotics for Infants Pharmax HLC Baby B and HLC Baby F are probiotic supplements that may help to promote skin health and reduce incidence of skin sensitivity. HLC Baby B is designed for breastfed babies and HLC Baby F is ideal for formula-fed babies. The probiotic formula provides 10 billion CFU of Lactobacillus salivarius Lactobacillus paracasei Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium animalis susp. lactis which help to support immune function and skin health in infants. (Suggested prices HLC Baby B 0.2-oz. [6 g] pack 33.25 HLC Baby F 2.3-oz. 37.90.) These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. For more information call (800) 245-4440 or visit www.douglaslabs.com. For more information call (888) 737-6925 or visit www.seroyal.com pharmax. Children s Fish Oil Carlson Laboratories Carlson for Kids The Very Finest Fish Oil liquid provides 800 mg of omega-3s in each half teaspoonful to promote brain vision and joint health in growing children. To ensure children receive the very best Carlson closely manages its fish oils from sea to shelf. The company uses only the highest quality cold-water fish caught off the coast of Norway using traditional sustainable methods. The same day they re caught the fish are taken to a state-of-the-art Norwegian processing facility for purification and bottling. The oil is then shipped to Carlson and tested by an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)-registered laboratory for freshness potency and purity. The suggested price is 27.90 for a 200 ml bottle. For more information call (800) 323-4141 or visit www.carlsonlabs.com. Oils That Soothe the Ears North American Herb & Spice s kid-e-kare EareeZ contains powerful yet soothing fast-acting spices of cold pressed garlic oil wild black seed oil wild sage oil and wild bay leaf oil. For centuries these oils have been used for the ear. This blend was specifically formulated to be maximum strength while being safe and comfortable enough for the ear. Used topically it can be rubbed liberally on and around the ear. kid-e-kare EareeZ can be safely swabbed into the ear. Also may be taken internally and or under the tongue. The suggested price for a 1-oz. bottle is 29.99 and the manufacturer offers private label options. For more information call (800) 243-5242 or visit www.northamericanherbandspice.com. 62 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Arctic Cod Liver Oil Kids everywhere love Nordic Naturals strawberryflavored DHA Junior. Made entirely from Arctic cod liver oil these products are rich in the omega-3 DHA. DHA is essential for the proper development of the brain eyes and nervous and immune systems. Easily swallowed or chewed by children over three DHA Junior also contains healthy levels of 100 percent natural vitamins A and D. DHA Junior supports brain and visual function for children ages 3 and is a vailable in strawberry-flavored liquid and chewable soft gels. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. Natural Nasal Spray Xlear Nasal Care s Kid s Xlear Nasal Spray (suggested price 6.99 box) by Xlear Inc. is a kid-friendly nasal spray that contains xylitol--a natural ingredient that cleanses and moisturizes. Normal saline nasal sprays can dry out the nasal passage actually leaving it more irritated and susceptible to external contaminants. But with the addition of xylitol Kid s Xlear will moisturize and cleanse the child s nose and sinuses. It does this by pulling water to the tissue surface thus diluting the mucus and also by inhibiting bacteria from sticking to cell surfaces. Xlear also offers Kid s Spry Tooth Gel with xylitol. For more information call (877) 599-5327 or visit www.xlear.com. For more information call (800) 662-2544 or visit www.nordicnaturals.com. Black Elderberry Syrup Gaia Herbs GaiaKids Black Elderberry Syrup is an all-natural syrup made from certified organic black elderberries with no artificial flavors colors preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Acacia honey offers a soothing child-friendly taste. Children can use the formula daily or on occasion. Featured herbs include black elderberry recognized for antioxidant and immune supportive properties and acerola to support healthy respiratory function. GaiaKids products deliver potent herbs in alcohol-free concentrate formulated just for kids. The suggested retail price 19.99 for a 3-oz. bottle three-pack (three X 3-oz. bottle) is 56.37. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. Berry Well Immune Support Berry Well Immune Support (suggested price 15.40 90 g) is a uniquely concentrated botanical extract formula containing elderberry extract. This formula provides enhanced levels of natural compounds that provide immune system support. Studies have shown that the properties of elderberry extract and arabinogalactan maintain healthy immune function and promote well-being. Berry Well contains pineapple powder and xylitol and is easily mixed in water juice or apple sauce. The company offers a private label option. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. Fore more information call (855) 972-0529 or visit www.shop.gaiaherbs.com. For more information call (888) 328-9992 or visit www.vitalnutrients.net. Kids Calm Multi Kids Calm Multi by Natural Vitality is a topselling multi with 24 organic fruits and veggies sustainably sourced omega-3 fish oil vitamins minerals Natural Calm magnesium and calcium balance and quinoa plant protein specifically formulated for children s nutritional needs. The 2 tablespoon per serving gluten-free non-GMO (genetically modified organism) 30-oz. liquid formula with ionic minerals plus coenzymated B2 B6 and B12 provides fast and efficient absorption with a delicious organic steviasweetened and kid-approved fruity splash flavor earning multiple awards. The suggested price is 34.95 for a 30-oz. liquid. For more information call (866) 446-7462 or visit www.naturalvitality.com. Bio-Kult Infantis Bio-Kult Infantis by Probiotics International Ltd. is an advanced multi-strain probiotic formula for babies toddlers and young children. Each easy to use sachet contains seven probiotic strains prebiotics vitamin D3 and is high in omega-3. The formula does not contain artificial colors flavors or preservatives is non-GMO (genetically modified organism) and does not need to be refrigerated. Recently in a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health the seven probiotic strains were shown to significantly improve symptoms in infants suffering with colic. The suggest price for 16 sachets is 19.95. For more information call (800) 899-3413 (410) 335-2802 or visit www.nutriviene.com. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 63 PRACTITIONER CHAT WITH SHARI BARBANEL J JoAnn E. Manson MD DrPH Chief Division of Preventive Medicine Brigham and Women s Hospital Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women s Health Harvard Medical School Email moconnell conecomm.com oAnn E. Manson MD DrPH is an endocrinologist epidemiologist and principal investigator of several research studies including the Women s Health Initiative Clinical Center in Boston MA (since study inception) the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) the cardiovascular component of the Nurses Health Study and the newly-launched COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS dual PI with Dr. H. Sesso) the world s largest dietary intervention study to evaluate the health benefits of cocoa flavanols and a multivitamin. Her primary research interests include the roles of lifestyle and nutritional factors on health including vitamin D omega-3s and cocoa flavanols in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease diabetes cancer and cognitive decline. Dr. Manson has received numerous honors including the Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women s Association the American Heart Association s (AHA s) Population Research Prize the AHA s Distinguished Scientist Award election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the 2013 Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women s Health. vate partnerships I have an understanding of the critical role these collaborations play in advancing population health. In fact during my panel discussion--Food for Thought - Brain Initiatives I had the opportunity to announce a five-year landmark study the world s largest dietary intervention study of the long-term cardiovascular health benefits of cocoa flavanols. The Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) which I will co-lead with Dr. Howard Sesso is the result of an innovative public-private partnership among Brigham and Women s Hospital Harvard Medical School the Seattle WAbased Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center the National Institutes of Health Mars Incorporated and Pfizer Inc. The trial will also assess the potential role of multivitamins in reducing the risk of cancer. This study may provide clues about healthy aging and the role of diet and nutrition in reducing the risk of chronic disease and promoting wellness as we age. Ancillary studies will focus on a broad range of potential benefits of cocoa flavanols on brain health including memory decision-making skills mood and cognitive performance as well as metabolic health. A Q A Why did you decide to take part in The Future of Food Summit The Future of Food Summit which was co-hosted by global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier and Mars Incorporated focused on the vital connections between food and health. The panel discussions were intended to bring to the forefront the role food plays in health nutrition and wellness and to enhance awareness of the opportunities for collaboration among experts innovators and policymakers. I decided to take part in The Future of Food Summit because my passion is public health and my major research interests are centered on the role of lifestyle and nutritional factors including vitamin D omega-3s and cocoa flavanols in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease diabetes cancer and cognitive decline. In essence the nexus of food and health is at the core of what I do every day and the impetus behind my participation in the Summit. As a principal investigator of a number of trials that are the result of public-pri- The link between food health nutrition and wellness is profound and inextricable. Poor nutrition inhibits the health and well-being of individuals and populations. Further even moderate degrees of nutrient deficiency can have devastating consequences for individuals across generations and in turn for populations across the globe. The burden of nutritional inadequacy extends beyond personal health and risk of chronic disease to include loss of national economic growth productivity and societal prosperity. Malnutrition is an acute public health issue made more challenging in a society that is aging faster than ever before. By 2050 21 percent of the worldwide population two billion people will be over 60 years old. In the United States eight in 10 seniors (60-plus) will be living with one or more chronic health challenges. As elderly populations grow and length of life increases the impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing should be a global priority and public health focus. What was the panel s opinion regarding food sleep and brain development The panel I participated in at the Future of Food Summit offered stimulating discussion. Dina Fine Q What is the link between food health nutrition and wellness Q A 64 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Marion health and medicine editor at Scientific American kicked off the panel noting the many complex health issues involving the brain and that while we ve come a long way in understanding factors that influence brain health we still have a long way to go. Scientists have linked sleep disruption to accelerated aging increased risk of obesity immune dysfunctions and cardiovascular dysfunction. Yet we still lack answers to many questions about mild concussions Alzheimer s disease ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and Parkinson s disease. Dina moderated our panel and engaged each of the panelists in intensive discussion including Dr. David Dinges from the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Dr. Philip Rubin from Yale School of Medicine and senior advisor to the President who works on the White House BRAIN Initiative (aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human mind and uncovering new ways to treat prevent and cure brain disorders) and myself. We explored how food and sleep impact the development and functioning of the brain and we discussed how the BRAIN initiative is helping answer pressing questions such as How do you have a healthy brain for life Why does the brain make certain decisions about food and what are the factors that influence and control this It was a compelling look into the future of brain health and how preventive measures may reduce health risks. Prevention holds the key to achieving optimal health and extending health span in addition to lifespan. Although it s never too late to adopt healthier behaviors and practices beginning early in life holds the greatest promise. DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet incorporate a whole-food type of diet and components such as olive oil nuts and fish--may reduce risk of both heart disease and stroke. Women s Health Initiative the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) the Nurses Health Study the Women s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study and others I am excited by the promise of scientific research to provide answers to advance population health and reduce the risk of major scourges such as heart disease stroke cancer diabetes and cognitive decline. Q A Why is preventive health so important Prevention holds the key to achieving optimal health and extending health span in addition to lifespan. Although it s never too late to adopt healthier behaviors and practices beginning early in life holds the greatest promise. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle plays an important role in reducing risks of many chronic diseases of aging. A healthful diet--lots of vegetables fruits legumes whole grains and minimal intake of processed foods--together with a physically active lifestyle are the pillars. Several dietary patterns including the There s increasing evidence that what s good for the heart is also good for the brain. Our research group has an interest in rigorously testing promising dietary patterns and nutritional interventions for reducing risks of heart disease stroke diabetes and cancer. The DASH and Mediterranean patterns of eating are linked to improvements in cholesterol levels blood pressure and blood glucose regulation so it makes sense that the heart and the brain may benefit. In addition to this research examining the role of cocoa flavanols in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline is a promising and exciting research direction. Our new COSMOS trial builds on a decade of scientific evidence indicating that cocoa flavanols improve blood vessel function metabolic health and cognition. There have been previous small-scale trials involving cocoa flavanols with fewer than 100 individuals but the next logical step is to move forward with a large-scale randomized trial that can assess effects on clinical outcomes such as heart attacks and strokes. Thus we re pleased to be launching the COSMOS trial which will enroll 18 000 men and women nationwide. As one of the lead investigators on several health studies including the Q A What have you learned about food and brain health Q A Based on scientific research what dietary changes could people make for better health Having a healthful diet and regular physical activity are fundamental to good health. It s preferable to obtain the nutrients we need from food whenever possible as opposed to relying on supplements. We discussed how an optimal diet includes plenty of vegetables fruits legumes whole foods and minimal intake of processed foods--taking supplements will never be a replacement for a balanced diet. That said some individuals may benefit from moderate supplementation if they have greater requirements or if their diets are lacking in certain areas. For example moderate supplementation with calcium and vitamin D may be helpful for bone health folic acid supplementation is important for women of child-bearing age and some individuals may need supplementation with B12 or other vitamins minerals. Regarding physical activity it s so important that I ve often taken out my prescription pad to write specific recommendations for brisk walking or other types of exercise for my patients. AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 65 NATURAL HEALTH STUDIES Vitamin D Supplementation Shows Promise for Crohn s Disease N ew research published in the journal United European Gastroenterology (UEG) suggests that supplementation with vitamin D may impact on the intestinal barrier dysfunction associated with Crohn s disease (CD) and could have a role in the treatment of the condition. The study is by Professor Maria O Sullivan and Tara Raftery Department of Clinical Medicine Trinity Centre for Health Sciences St. James s Hospital Dublin Ireland. Incidence of CD varies across Europe with up to 10 cases per 100 000 population per year. Generally case rates are higher in northern and Western Europe than Southern and Eastern Europe. There is emerging data that vitamin D supplementation may prolong remission in CD however the clinical efficacy and underlying mechanisms remain unclear. In this new research the authors aimed to determine changes in gut barrier function (as determined by intestinal permeability and antimicrobial peptide concentrations) as well as disease markers in CD in response to vitamin D supplementation. In a double-blind randomized placebocontrolled study the authors assigned 27 CD patients in remission to 2 000 IU day vitamin D supplementation or placebo for three months. They found that patients treated with the supplementation were more likely to maintain their intestinal permeability whereas this deteriorated in the placebo group. Increased intestinal permeability is considered a measure of gut leakiness which is shown to predict and precede clinical relapse in CD. In addition patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin D had signs of reduced inflammation (measured by C-reactive protein and antimicrobial peptides) and these patients also reported better quality of life. This is the first reporting of effects of vitamin D supplementation on intestinal permeability and antimicrobial peptide measures in a CD cohort The authors concluded. Whilst the data requires further confirmation it broadly supports evidence from previous experimental studies that suggest a role for vitamin D in maintaining intestinal barrier integrity. While the data is promising the authors highlighted that in order to understand its translation into treatment for CD further larger randomized controlled trials will be required. (Source United European Gastroenterology-- June 2015) Is Dietary Supplementation Appropriate for Children With ASD hildren with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often picky eaters which can lead parents to suspect that their children might not be getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. This sometimes leads parents of children with ASD to try nutritional supplements and dietary regimens such as gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) diets without professional supervision. In the largest study of its kind published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics researchers report that these well-intentioned efforts can result in both insufficient nutrients and excessive nutrients. Despite supplementation children with ASD still were deficient in calcium for example while some were consuming excessive amounts of vitamin A and other nutrients. A total of 368 children aged 2-11 were recruited from five AS ATN sites at Cincinnati Children s Hospital University of Arkansas University of Colorado University of Pittsburgh and University of Rochester. All had been diagnosed with autistic disorder Asperger disorder or pervasive developmental disorder as defined by the DSM-IV. Three-day food records were completed C for the children by their caregivers. A registered dietitian nutritionist trained the caregivers to record the amount of all foods beverages and nutritional supplements consumed including brand names and recipes used for food preparation. In the case of nutritional supplements photographs of the labels were taken to insure that ingredients were accurately recorded. Registered dietitian nutritionists verified these records and immediately called families if clarification was needed. By examining these detailed eating records investigators found that the children were consuming similar amounts of micronutrients as children without ASD. They also had the same deficits in vitamins D E calcium potassium and choline as the general pediatric population. Although ASD children are given supplements more often (56 vs. 31-37 percent of the general population) even after supplementation 40-55 percent were lacking in calcium and 30-40 percent were lacking in vitamin D. Children on the GFCF diet consumed more magnesium and vitamin E. This may be due to the substitution of soy and nutbased products. Children on this diet were more adequately supplemented with vitamin D. Calcium supplementation was equally inadequate in those on and off the diet. Despite different eating behaviors children with ASD received much of their needed micronutrients from food consumption. This might be due to the high levels of fortification in the modern food supply where vitamins and minerals are often added. This fortification may also be responsible for the overconsumption of certain nutrients by children with ASD. For the supplement users in this study many exceeded the tolerable upper limit for safe intake levels of vitamin A folic acid and zinc. (Source Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-- June 2015) 66 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 High Fat Sugar Intake May Relate to Loss of Cognitive Function study at Oregon State University (OSU) indicates that both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet compared to a normal diet cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of cognitive flexibility or the power to adapt and adjust to changing situations. This effect was most serious on the highsugar diet which also showed an impairment of early learning for both long-term and short-term memory. The findings are consistent with some other studies about the impact of fat and sugar on cognitive function and behavior and suggest that some of these problems may be linked to alteration of the microbiome--a complex mixture in the digestive system of about 100 trillion microorganisms. The research was done with laboratory mice that consumed different diets and then faced a variety of tests such as water maze testing to monitor changes in their mental and physical function and associated impacts on various types of bacteria. The findings were published in the journal Neuroscience in work supported by the Microbiology Foundation and the National Science Foundation. It s increasingly clear that our gut bacteria or microbiota can communicate with the human brain said Kathy Magnusson a professor in the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator with A the Linus Pauling Institute. Bacteria can release compounds that act as neurotransmitters stimulate sensory nerves or the immune system and affect a wide range of biological functions she said. We re not sure just what messages are being sent but we are tracking down the pathways and the effects. Mice have proven to be a particularly good model for studies relevant to humans Magnusson said on such topics as aging spatial memory obesity and other issues. In this research after just four weeks on a high-fat or a high-sugar diet the performance of mice on various tests of mental and physical function began to drop compared to animals on a normal diet. One of the most pronounced changes was in what researchers call cognitive flexibility. The impairment of cognitive flexibility in this study was pretty strong Magnusson said. Think about driving home on a route that s very familiar to you something you re used to doing. Then one day that road is closed and you suddenly have to find a new way home. A person with high levels of cognitive flexibility would immediately adapt to the change determine the next best route home and remember to use the same route the following morning all with little problem. With impaired flexibility it might be a long slow and stressful way home. This study was done with young animals Magnusson said which ordinarily would have a healthier biological system that s better able to resist pathological influences from their microbiota. The findings might be even more pronounced with older animals or humans with compromised intestinal systems she said. What s often referred to as the Western diet or foods that are high in fat sugars and simple carbohydrates has been linked to a range of chronic illnesses in the United States including the obesity epidemic and an increased incidence of Alzheimer s disease. We ve known for a while that too much fat and sugar are not good for you Magnusson said. This work suggests that fat and sugar are altering your healthy bacterial systems and that s one of the reasons those foods aren t good for you. It s not just the food that could be influencing your brain but an interaction between the food and microbial changes. (Source Neuroscience-- August 2015) Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Children With Kidney Disease M aintaining normal vitamin D levels helps preserve kidney function in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings indicate that vitamin D may be a useful addition to treatments for safeguarding kidney health in children with mild to moderate CKD. Blocking the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) which is a complex hormone system that regulates blood pressure and fluid balance is a cornerstone of therapy in CKD. Unfortunately patients may experience a limited response to drugs such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) that target the RAAS over time and intensifying treatment with these drugs can lead to side effects. Patients may experience benefits from adding other therapies that can augment RAAS blockade and clinical trials in adults with CKD have shown that vitamin D may have such an effect. To determine whether vitamin D levels influence CKD progression in children Rukshana Shroff MD PhD (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children London U.K.) and her colleagues analyzed long-term data on 167 children from a clinical study called the Effect of Strict Blood Pressure Control and ACE Inhibition on Progression of CKD in Pediatric Patients (ESCAPE) trial. Children with lower vitamin D levels had higher levels of blood markers related to kidney dysfunction as well as greater kidney function loss over time. Five-year kidney survival was 75 percent in patients with vitamin D levels 50 nMol L at the start of the study and 50 percent in those with lower levels. Nutritional vitamin D supplements like cholecalciferol have a wide therapeutic window. Thus clinical trials with cholecalciferol a safe and effective vitamin D supplement with minimal need for monitoring are recommended in children with CKD said Dr. Shroff. (Source Journal of the American Society of Nephrology-- June 2015) AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 67 NATURAL HEALTH STUDIES Chocolate for Your Heart ating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk finds research published online in the journal Heart. There doesn t seem to be any evidence for cutting out chocolate to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease conclude the researchers. They based their findings on almost 21 000 adults taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk study which is tracking the impact of diet on the long term health of 25 000 men and women in Norfolk England using food frequency and lifestyle questionnaires. The researchers also carried out a systematic review of the available international published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular disease involving almost 158 000 people--including the EPIC study participants. The EPIC-Norfolk participants (9 214 men and 11 737 women) were monitored for an average of almost 12 years during which time 3 013 (14 percent) people experienced either an episode of fatal or nonfatal coronary heart disease or stroke. Around one in five (20 percent) participants said they did not eat any chocolate but among the others daily consumption averaged 7 g with some eating up to 100 g. Higher levels of consumption were associated with younger age and lower weight (BMI) waist hip ratio systolic blood pressure inflammatory proteins diabetes and more regular physical activity--all of which add up to a favorable cardiovascular disease E risk profile. Eating more chocolate was also associated with higher energy intake and a diet containing more fat and carbs and less protein and alcohol. The calculations showed that compared with those who ate no chocolate higher intake was linked to an 11 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25 percent lower risk of associated death. It was also associated with a 9 percent lower risk of hospital admission or death as a result of coronary heart disease after taking account of dietary factors. And among the 16 000 people whose inflammatory protein (CRP) level had been measured those eating the most chocolate seemed to have an 18 percent lower risk than those who ate the least. The highest chocolate intake was similarly associated with a 23 percent lower risk of stroke even after taking account of other potential risk factors. Of nine relevant studies included in the systematic review five studies each assessed coronary heart disease and stroke outcome and they found a significantly lower risk of both conditions associated with regular chocolate consumption. And it was linked to a 25 percent lower risk of any episode of cardiovascular disease and a 45 percent lower risk of associated death. This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn. And the researchers point out that food frequency questionnaires do involve a certain amount of recall bias and underestimation of items eaten. Reverse causation--whereby those with a higher cardiovascular disease risk profile eat less chocolate and foods containing it than those who are healthier--may also help to explain the results they said. Cumulative evidence suggests that higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of future cardiovascular events the researchers added. They also pointed out that as milk chocolate which is considered to be less healthy than dark chocolate was more frequently eaten by the EPIC-Norfolk participants the beneficial health effects may extend to this type of chocolate too. This may indicate that not only flavonoids but also other compounds possibly related to milk constituents such as calcium and fatty acids may provide an explanation for the observed association they suggested. There does not appear to be any evidence to say that chocolate should be avoided in those who are concerned about cardiovascular risk. (Source Heart-- June 2015) 68 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2015 Increased Anxiety Associated With Sitting Down L ow energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with an increased risk of anxiety according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Further understanding of these behaviors and how they may be linked to anxiety could help in developing strategies to deal with this mental health problem. Many studies have shown that sedentary behavior is associated with physical health problems like obesity heart disease type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. However there has been little research into the link between sedentary behavior and mental health. This is the first systematic review to examine the relationship between anxiety and sedentary behavior. Anecdotally--we are seeing an increase in anxiety symptoms in our modern society which seems to parallel the increase in sedentary behavior. Thus we were interested to see whether these two factors were in fact linked said Megan Teychenne lead researcher and lecturer at Deakin University s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) in Australia. Also since research has shown posi- tive associations between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms this was another foundation for further investigating the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety symptoms. C-PAN researchers analyzed the results of nine studies that specifically examined the association between sedentary behavior and anxiety. The studies varied in what they classified as sedentary behavior from television viewing computer use to total sitting time which included sitting while watching television sitting while on transport and work-related sitting. Two of the studies included children adolescents while the remaining seven included adults. It was found in five of the nine studies that an increase in sedentary behavior was associated with an increased risk of anxiety. In four of the studies it was found that total sitting time was associated with increased risk of anxiety. The evidence about screen time (TV and computer use) was less strong but one study did find that 36 percent of high school students that had more than two hours of screen time were more like to experience anxiety compared to those who had less than two hours. The C-PAN team suggests the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety could be due to disturbances in sleep patterns social withdrawal theory and poor metabolic health. Social withdrawal theory proposes that prolonged sedentary behavior such as television viewing can lead to withdrawal from social relationships which has been linked to increased anxiety. As most of the studies included in this systematicreview were cross-sectional the researchers say more follow-up work studies are required to confirm whether or not anxiety is caused by sedentary behavior. It is important that we understand the behavioral factors that may be linked to anxiety--in order to be able to develop evidencebased strategies in preventing managing this illness Teychenne said. Our research showed that evidence is available to suggest a positive association between sitting time and anxiety symptoms--however the direction of this relationship still needs to be determined through longitudinal and interventional studies. (Source BMC Public Health-- June 2015) AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 69 NATURAL MARKETPLACE NATURAL MARKETPLACE PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT NEW PRODUCTS AVAILABLE TO THE NATURAL HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. ALL STATEMENTS CLAIMS AND PRODUCT INFORMATION ARE PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER. NATURAL PRACTITIONER DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY PRODUCTS INCLUDED IN NATURAL MARKETPLACE OR ATTEMPT TO CORROBORATE ANY CLAIMS MADE BY THE MANUFACTURER. 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AUGUST 2015 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 71 CONFERENCES AND EVENTS August 5-8 AANP Annual Conference 2015 Oakland CA The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) will host its 30th annual conference and invites naturopathic doctors and students licensed acupuncturists and doctors of osteopathy to register and attend this year s event. Dr. Tori Hudson will lead the event that brings together participants and attendees to interact and network while learning about the most up-to-date information in natural medicine. For more information visit www.naturopathic.org. 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