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Description: In This Issue: Aging Gracefully, Reproductive Health, Natural Energy, and Company Profiles

Don t miss a single issue of NP in 2017...go online to renew your free subscription today NaturalPractitionerMag.com August17 www.naturalpractitionermag.com August 2017 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 2017 VOLUME 6 NO. 5 16 22 30 FEATURES 16 Aging Gracefully Aging in a healthy manner is no simple feat but practitioners can help their patients remain healthy as the grow older. COLUMNS 4 Editor s Note 30 Supplement Science 26 Product Focus Natural Energy 22 Go Forth and Multiply Reproductive issues may become a prominent stressor in the lives of couples who want to start families. Practitioners can help provide the healthy balance to succeed. DEPARTMENTS 8 Health Industry News 12 INM Update 32 Practitioner Chat 48 Natural Health Studies 50 Natural Marketplace 51 Media Corner 51 Conferences & Events 52 Advertiser Index 33 Company Profiles The 2017 Company Profiles provide an overview of the companies that offer dietary supplements and natural products for you to provide your patients. Visit NaturalPractitionerMag.com FreeProductInfo for FREE Product Information or Samples from All Natural Practitioner Advertisers FREE Subscription (Print Digital or BOTH) FREE E-newsletter Visit NaturalPractitionerMag.com Copyright 2017. Natural Practitioner (ISSN 2331-2580) Volume 6 Number 5 August 2017. Natural Practitioner is published monthly (except for bimonthly January February March April June July and September October) by VRM Media 431 Cranbury Road Suite C East Brunswick NJ 08816 USA Phone (732) 432-9600 Fax (732) 432-9288. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce in whole or in part. 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All other issues are 10.00 each. 2 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com livon for info about this advertiser EDITOR S NOTE Practicing Self-care or as long as I can remember the idea of taking care of yourself meant the basics--eating well exercising going to the doctor regularly and giving yourself a chance to relax from time to time. And I do all of that--I try to eat a balance diet I go to the gym and work out with my personal trainer multiple times a week keep track of when I need to make appointments with my doctors and try to relax with a good book or the occasional vacation. But recently I ve noticed multiple print articles and TV news stories about self-care that go beyond what I mentioned above. As stress levels seem to be on the rise our overall health is affected. In fact stress increases the risk of heart disease stroke heart attacks and is linked to insomnia. In response some Americans are taking their health into their own hands. Often we put other people and things first before remembering to take care of ourselves. But the idea of selfcare may be as simple as what flight attendants remind us before every take off put on your own oxygen mask before you assist others. It is a reminder that if we don t take care of ourselves first we won t be able to help anyone else. And self-care essentially refers to the activities and practices we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being according to a report for students on the University of F Buffalo s website. As for how I have been incorporating self-care into my daily life after a discussion about the topic with a friend we decided to try meditating each day even if we only had a few minutes. We each downloaded an app on our phones that offered guided meditations with various time limits and set a reminder to do it each day. After checking in after a week my friend and I both felt that it helped mellow us out a bit found it to be particularly beneficial in stressful situations and it helped us to sleep better. About a month after our dedication to daily meditation my friend called me with another idea for stress relief crystal bowl meditation class. After some thought I agreed because I wanted to try something new and different. During the class our instructor played crystal bowls. The singing of the bowls is said to produce a harmonization between their vibration and that of the person. After the 70-minute class (which honestly felt like 15 minutes) my body did indeed feel like it was vibrating and I was incredibly relaxed both mentally and physically. Using the app and taking the class have not only encouraged me to try new things but has also made me adamant about making self-care a part of my daily routine. Whatever advice or recommendations you can offer your patients on practicing self-care I m sure they would greatly appreciate but don t forget to make sure that you practice selfcare yourselves. PUBLISHER DANIEL MCSWEENEY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DanM VRMmedia.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER RUSS FIELDS RussF VRMmedia.com ADVERTISING GARY PFAFF SALES MANAGER GaryP VRMmedia.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SHARI BARBANEL ShariB VRMmedia.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR NICHOLAS SARACENO NicoS VRMmedia.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR JANET POVEROMO JanetP VRMmedia.com ART DIRECTOR ROBERT CERTO PRODUCTION MANAGER RobertC VRMmedia.com PRODUCTION ASSISTANT BRYAN ZAK GRAPHIC ARTIST BryanZ VRMmedia.com CIRCULATION MANAGER ROSIE BRODSKY Rosie StarkServices.com PHONE FAX E-MAIL WEBSITE PRESIDENT VRM MEDIA 431 Cranbury Road Ste. 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Connect With Us www.twitter.com www.facebook.com www.linkedin.com www.instagram.com www.pinterest.com vitaminretailer vitaminretailermagazine company vrm-media vitaminretailermagazine vrm_media 4 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com fairhaven for info about this advertiser Meet Natural Practitioner s Editorial Advisory Board 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. 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. Amber Lynn Vitale BA LMT CN Amber Lynn Vitale BA LMT CN majored in economics with postgraduate work in medical sciences and additional certifications in bodywork ayurveda and holistic nutrition. Her journey in the healing arts developed richly as she worked for years in practices with integrative physicians acupuncturists chiropractors and nurses. Ultimately she developed an integrated modality of ayurvedic medicine yoga advanced bodywork and integrative nutrition. Vitale uses her 19 years of experience in integrative medical practices to educate on the consumer mindset and to distill these wisdoms into digestible information bytes. In 2014 she joined the Garden of Life team as their Northeast regional 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 (McGraw-Hill). 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 Dr. Isaac Eliaz is 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. Serena Goldstein ND Serena Goldstein ND is a naturopathic doctor in New York NY specializing in hormonal health concerns such as menses menopause libido and inability to lose weight. She graduated cum laude double majored in psychology and biology from Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and received her Naturopathic Doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland OR. She has been published in numerous health and wellness resources such as MindBodyGreen GreenMedInfo and Better Nutrition and appeared on multiple radio shows. Dr. Goldstein also gives talks as in most recently the American Cancer Society. Dr. Goldstein is in her own practice and volunteers at the NYUHospital Poison Control Center. 6 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com nutri-spec for info about this advertiser HEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS AOMA to Join Bastyr Community astyr University has announced that AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine will become the AOMA College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine within the university. The relationship was unanimously approved by Bastyr s Board of Trustees and AOMA s Board of Governors. Our institutions share a common mission and vision--to transform the health and well-being of our communities and train the future leaders in the health care field said Mac Powell PhD president of Bastyr University. Bastyr combining with AOMA provides significant opportunities to strengthen and expand the degree and certificate programs that we each currently offer to the benefit of the students and the communities we serve. Through AOMA becoming part of Bastyr both institutions hope that we will create a College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine that will draw the best students from around the world and produce life-changing research. B Founded in 1978 Bastyr University is a pioneer in science-based natural medicine accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). With campuses in Washington and California Bastyr offers degree programs in areas such as naturopathic medicine acupuncture and Oriental medicine ayurvedic sciences herbal sciences midwifery nutrition and psychology. The University also has clinics in Seattle WA and San Diego CA providing an array of services including naturopathic medicine nutritional counseling and acupuncture. AOMA based in Austin TX is a topranked institution offering graduate pro- grams in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Founded in 1993 AOMA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. AOMA also is one of the largest providers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Austin with two clinics in the metropolitan area. We are very excited to become a part of the Bastyr University community. We are looking forward to collaborating as we grow our educational programs and patient services as well as furthering research efforts and the advancement of the fields of acupuncture Chinese Medicine and natural medicine in its entirety said Betty Edmond MD president and CEO of AOMA. Final approval by the NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities) and the Department of Education is required before the formal affiliation can be completed. For more information visit www.bastyr.edu. AANP Releases FAQ for Consumers aturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and self-healing treating each person holistically to establish optimal health. This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) which has released a new FAQ for consumers on the definition and focus of naturopathic medicine in partnership with the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM). The FAQ describes naturopathic medicine s Therapeutic Order which identifies the natural order in which all therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage. From least to most invasive these are the therapeutic approaches employed by naturopathic doctors 1. Remove obstacles to health 2. Stimulate the self-healing mechanisms 3. Strengthen weakened systems 4. Correct structural integrity 5. Use natural substances to restore and regenerate 6. Use pharmacological substances to halt progressive pathology 7. Use high force invasive modalities (e.g. surgery radiation chemotherapy) Naturopathic doctors don t just identify N FDA Delays Rolling Out New Nutrition Facts Label he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) delayed indefinitely implementation of a new nutrition facts label that would enlarge calorie counts itemize added sugar and bring serving sizes in line with actual average portions according to Reuters. The rule which had been championed by former first lady Michelle Obama had been scheduled to go into effect on July 26 2018. In a statement on its website the FDA said additional time would provide manufacturers covered by the rule with the necessary guidance from FDA. The agency did not say how much additional time companies would be given or when it would announce the time frame saying only it would make an announcement at a later time. For more information visit www.fda.gov. T and treat illnesses we treat patients holistically to restore them to good health said Michelle Simon PhD ND. We do that by identifying the underlying causes of illness and developing personalized plans to address them. In that regard naturopathic medicine focuses on health care not sick care. Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. While many naturopathic doctors are trained in primary care like conventional medical doctors (MDs) some choose to specialize or focus their practices. Specialty associations currently exist for Endocrinology Environmental Medicine Gastroenterology Parenteral Therapies Pediatrics Primary Care Medicine Psychiatry and Oncology. The complete FAQ What is naturopathic medicine can be found at www.naturopathic.org natfaqs FAQ%202. 8 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com probioticsinternational for info about this advertiser HEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS AMA House of Delegates Approves Resolution to Help De-stigmatize Obesity T he American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has approved a resolution authored by the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) that seeks to de-stigmatize obesity and improve obesity treatment by educating physicians to engage in nonbiased dialogue. The resolution encourages physicians and health care providers to use Person-first language in all discussions resolutions and reports with regards to obesity. Person-first language places the person before the disability or disease when describing individuals affected by obesity. By approving the resolution the AMA commits to educating its members on the importance of person-first language for treating patients with obesity equipping their health care facilities with appropriate furniture medical equipment and gowns for patients with obesity and having patients weighed respectfully and without judgment. The AMA resolution augments previous efforts the OMA has undertaken to affect how various audiences communicate about patients coping with obesity. OMA partnered with several other organizations to publish the Guidelines for Media Portrayals of Individuals Affected by Obesity to ensure that all persons regardless of their body weight are represented equitably and accurately in journalistic reporting. Additionally OMA played a major role in the AMA s decision to recognize obesity as a disease in 2013. This resolution was written and introduced by Dr. Ethan Lazarus OMA s representative in the AMA House Delegates and an obesity medicine physician from Denver CO. The first step toward improving obesity care in America starts with treating patients affected by obesity with dignity and respect he said. Lazarus invited several other organizations to cosponsor the resolution including the Colorado Medical Society the Minority Affairs Section the Endocrine Society the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Unfortunately despite medical evidence to the contrary the prevailing view is still that obesity is caused solely by poor eating and sedentary behavior Dr. Lazarus said. Patients with obesity are still referred to as obese and shamed for their condition Dr. Lazarus said. He testified about a patient he treated recently who told him her primary care doctor told her she was morbidly obese. She never returned to that doctor because he reinforced her own perception that she was fat rather than a successful woman mother and wife who was coping with a disease. Similarly telling a person they are morbidly obese and that they should simply eat less and exercise more is not only of no help but is psychologically damaging reinforcing the notion they already believe which is that their obesity is their own fault he said. Using person-first language is a critical step for us to move the ball forward and begin to treat obesity like a serious disease with serious health consequences and to stop blaming patients for their health problems he said. Dr. Lazarus emphasized that the resolution does not get rid of the term obesity. It does not change diagnosis codes or billing codes nor does it change your medical charts. It simply asks us to use the term it in a sensitive way at the AMA and remember that we are treating people not diseases he said. The AMA House of Delegates convenes annually in Chicago IL at the AMA Annual Meeting to elect officers and address policy and business matters. For more information visit https obesitymedicine.org wpcontent uploads 2012 10 Guidelines-forMedia-Portrayals-of-Individuals-Affected-byObesity.pdf. Klaire Labs ProThera and Complementary Prescriptions to be Unified Under Klaire Labs Brand K laire Labs (Reno NV) parent SFI USA has announced that sister brands ProThera and Complementary Prescriptions will begin a transition to unify under a single brand moving forward Klaire Labs. As a component of this transition the company will also introduce a modernized design based on the legacy Klaire logo. Harmonization of the three originator brands demonstrates the company s renewed commitment to Klaire s founding principles of purity and potency. As such every product will now be evaluated through the highly discriminating Klaire Labs quality lens. Claire Farr founded Klaire Labs at her kitchen table with a dream to create supplements pure enough that highly sensitive individuals like herself could tolerate reliably said Ilene Buchholz RN a former colleague of Claire Farr and current technical education lead for Klaire Labs. She was truly a humanitarian as well as a consummate entrepreneur dedicated to providing the purest most potent pharmacy grade nutraceuticals. Since the acquisition by Soho Flordis International (SFI) in 2013 the three originating brands in Reno have benefited by both aligned philosophy and significant investment. The newly harmonized Klaire Labs boasts a new purpose-built 75 000square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility along with a renewed commitment to optimized quality processes advanced formulation expertise and significantly expanded manufacturing capability. We want our practitioners to know that the new facility and unification of brands are only the outward manifestations of our growth said Jeremy Appleton ND vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. Internally these changes are supported by investments in robust and streamlined quality systems experienced staff and regulatory and production expertise second to none. There have been some bumps along the way but we are confident these changes will have the ultimate effect of elevating us far above most companies operating in this channel. Such improvements tangibly support practitioners in their patient care including a pipeline of new and innovative products. As a component of the unification practitioners can expect to see a new modernized branding with a clear and respectful nod to the legacy Klaire Labs logo and labeling. The refreshed look will begin to surface in late 2017. For more information visit www.meetklaire.com. 10 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com daiwa for info about this advertiser INM UPDATE Leading Industry Organization Speaks Directly to Natural Practitioner Readers The Dangers of Men Not Going to a Doctor By Michelle Simon PhD ND ot all men are the same. Sure there s the tough independent and impassive type who wouldn t even think about visiting a doctor. Then there are those who make health checks and staying well a part of their regular routine in life. Some time ago a male friend noticed blood in his urine. Knowing this was unnatural he contacted his doctor within 30 minutes of experiencing this symptom. Later that day he was examined and within 48 hours was diagnosed with two potentially cancerous tumors in his bladder. Surgery took place the following week and now 10 years later my friend is still living a happy and in general healthy life. This is typically not the norm that a man would contact his physician within the first hour of his health issue. But had he overlooked the problem he might not be with us today. Why don t most men call a doctor upon encountering an abnormal symptom Why don t they schedule annual check-ups I have to agree that it s still considerably part of the tough guy mentality out there said Eric Wood ND at the Physical Health Complex in Fort Lauderdale FL. If you re not bleeding profusely or you can t breathe or something else dramatic hasn t happened you can tough it out. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found men are 80 percent less likely than women to use a regular source of health care.1 Other research shows that half of men ages 18 to 50 don t even have a regular source of health care.1 In fact one national survey revealed that a third of men in that age group hadn t had a checkup in more than a year and 40 percent had never had their cholesterol checked.1 Men reduce their risk of disease and death by paying more attention to their health from an earlier age and that can make a big difference said Ray Arnold former National Football League player and popular personal trainer at GB3 in Fresno CA. The body tends to bounce back more easily for men in their 20s but it takes longer to recover from poor health habits N the older men become. Doing weight bearing and cardiovascular exercises and stretching minimizing alcohol consumption eliminating smoking and eating a healthy diet with adequate amount of proteins to meet their physical needs offer many keys to maintaining good health said Arnold. According to Arnold who is in sales with a leading dietary supplement company all men should begin with a regiment that includes a multivitamin omega-3 fats ubiquinol CoQ10 and probiotics. Additional supplements like pomegranate extract prostate formulas and hormone replacement may be necessary on a caseby-case basis. Men certainly have the opportunity take better care of their health. So why don t they Men as boys aren t taught or encouraged to the degree girls are to pay attention to their bodies and tune into what they re body is telling them said Dr. Wood. Hence they generally aren t as clued-in as to what feels off what might be wrong and when it might be time to get some professional counsel. What can we as NDs do to convince men to take better care of their health For Dr. Wood it s education education education. He pointed out that investing in your health is investing in your true wealth and your family s prosperity and increasing your odds is powerful. Health is the number one determinant for achieving happiness in one s life so when you consider that shouldn t we all be paying much much more attention to it if one of the main aims of life is happiness he explained. No one truly wants to get old debilitated and suffer but if we don t take the time to care for ourselves properly in the first 50 years of our life what can we truly expect later as we get into the latter halves of our lives Preventative health goes a lot further to take care of overall health noted Florida-based Judith Thompson ND and vice president of the Florida Naturopathic Association ND s can start to focus on diet and exercise to stay physically strong and mentally focused. Preventing illness is much easier than treating disease. With the mentality of if it s not broken don t fix it the possibility for illness to develop is higher added Dr. Thompson. Dr. Wood agreed that prevention can go a long way to staying healthy. Prevention is key no matter what your gender is he said. Everyone needs to eat well sleep well and get enough sleep manage and lessen stress get active and do some regular exercise avoid risky behaviors such as drugs excess alcohol and smoking and work on regular detoxification. Men should have regular health checks because the leading causes of death among males can often be prevented. It s important to see your doctor for regular medical check-ups to help you stay healthy and to discover early warning signs of disease or illness. Cardiovascular disease diabetes and some cancers can often be found in their early stages when treatment may be more successful. According to Joseph Pizzorno ND founding president of Bastyr University and author of the recently released The 12 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com albion for info about this advertiser INM UPDATE Toxin Solution only 20 percent of disease is due to genetics. In other words our health is determined primarily by diet environmental toxins and exercise and lack of exercise low magnesium and exposure to arsenic are the primary causes of ill health and disease in men he said. We live in the chemical era and we are all to some degree getting poisoned from a lot of insidious exposures to things all the time via the air water food cosmetics cleaning products and more added Dr. Wood. As for my friend who had bladder cancer he continues to have annual checkups. Good thing he did. Last year an exam found another cancerous bladder tumor. It was removed and he quickly was on the road to recovery again. Like he s often said to me an annual doctor check-up should help keep him enjoying life a lot longer. The Institute of Natural Medicine (INM) In 1992 a leadership core of naturopathic doctors established INM as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing natural medicine. The purpose of the INM is to increase awareness broaden the public s access and encourage research of natural medicine and therapies. Among its milestones the INM counts the launch of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges as an independent organization leading California s efforts to obtain licensure for naturopathic physicians and funding graduating naturopathic medical students in studies that advance the profession. The INM has joined forces with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians serving as its charitable arm to deepen access to naturopathic care public education and research. Dr. Michelle Simon is a licensed naturopathic physician clinician educator and leader in many organizations dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of healthcare. In addition to holding a Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University she also holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Simon serves as president of the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) treasurer of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and a director of the Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute (NPRI). Dr. Simon served nine years on the Washington State Health Technology Clinical Committee which is part of the Health Technology Assessment Program (HTA) that examines the scientific evidentiary basis for efficacy safety and cost effectiveness of health care technologies. Dr. Simon has served as an Ambassador to the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) an international interprofessional organization that educates and trains clinicians in integrative health and medicine and as an invited participant for health care economics at Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public at the Institute for Medicine (IOM) in 2009. Dr. Simon also serves on the Advisory Board for Natural Partners Inc. For more information contact msimon naturemed.org. Reference 1 www.everydayhealth.com mens-health men-anddoctors-understanding-the-disconnect.aspx. Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com nutri-spec for info about this advertiser 14 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com kyowa for info about this advertiser Aging in a healthy manner is no simple feat but practitioners can help their patients remain healthy as they grow older. By Nicholas Saraceno O ne has heard the phrase being used time and time again that person sure is aging so well At times it is directed towards figures in the entertainment industry--actresses and actors--who have appeared to find the secret in altering the space-time continuum. According to a Population Reference Bureau (PRB) January 2016 report the number of Americans aged 65 and older is predicted to more than double from the approximate 46 million to 98 million by the year 2060. This age group would then represent about 24 percent of the total population compared to 15 percent currently. Even though aging healthily may not be as simple as it seems it is still obtainable as long as practitioners can successfully describe the factors associated with aging along with ways to treat these concerns. Common Health Issues Each person s case is different especially depending on gender but on a more general note women and men encounter various ill- nesses as they age. Cesilie Cocks ND a member of the College of Naturopathic Medicine s adjunct faculty at the Natural University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Oregon provided the following list of common age-correlated issues divided by gender Women Cancer cardiovascular disease diabetes osteoporosis heart disease arthritis immune dysfunction malnutrition age-related cognitive decline dementia Alzheimer s incontinence urinary tract infections Men Cardiovascular disease cancer diabetes benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH also known as enlarged prostate) malnutrition decreased immune function arthritis cognitive decline dementia Alzheimer s disease macular degeneration cataracts According to Dr. Cocks these illnesses lead to the inability to maintain proper immune function regeneration and repair of cellular structures diminishes and we produce less of multiple enzymes and vital nutrients needed for optimal function. All this is happening in the face of a lifetime of external and internal stressors and in our society these processes are accelerated by poor dietary habits sedentary lifestyles increased stress and toxic exposures. Brandon Price president of Montanabased Medicine Springs Inc. agreed with Dr. Cocks. Additionally he felt strongly about issues impacting the joints especially since his company s bath formulas can help provide natural pain relief in this area. The most common ailments associated with aging are joint conditions like arthritis which hinder one s efforts to maintain an active lifestyle he said. Historically people as they aged would visit hot springs to soak these sore joints and help relieve the joint pain of arthritis. With the majority of people not living near a hot spring or not having the time ability to drive to a hot spring every time they needed relief this was a hard practice to follow into modern times. With Medicine Springs now being an option history comes full circle. Now instead of people traveling to the hot springs for relief the hot springs travel to the people 16 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com pharmachem for info about this advertiser Perhaps from a more scientific perspective Mark Eastman founder and CEO of the CompX Research Institute in California views aging as an inevitable process that can be sped up as a result of the surrounding environment. Environmental risk factors (pollution stress overeating smoking) tend to accelerate the damage process. Controlling those factors is certainly useful Eastman noted but the underlying deterioration process is inexorable. The problem of cellular defects has plagued every complex organism that has ever existed. So evolution has had plenty of time to work out a solution. The occurrence of defects cannot be prevented but evolution did provide humans with processes that repair the damage as it accumulates. The critical distinction between these repair processes and the healing process is that these processes must be activated through physical activity. In other words the greater the amount of exercise the better one may feel health and aging wise more activity could also help to lower the risk of chronic degenerative diseases. Natural Remedies Vincent Giampapa MD FACS founder of Healthycell in New Jersey a health sciences company that stands for optimizing the body at its core (the cell) feels that the most effective natural remedies begin with those that intend to repair DNA. He even recommended a product for practitioners to pass along to their patients. The best natural compounds are those that improve DNA repair he said. Damage to DNA is the key initiating event in cell aging that causes changes in telomere length decreases in ideal gene expression patterns and is the beginning of the formation of cellular senescence. One key compound that can improve DNA repair is ac-11 which is a very specific extract of Uncaria tomentosa other- wise known as cat s claw grown in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. Its effects are backed by multiple publications in peerreviewed journals in both human and animal studies. However it s also important to keep in mind that caring for one s skin is not necessarily just about applying the proper topical medications. Rather as mentioned by Paula Simpson skin nutrition formulation expert and cofounder of Missouri-based ZSS Skincare consumers are now aware of the fact that external influences such as sun damage sleep stress and food choices can impact the extrinsic aging process--as one gets older the cells themselves have been exposed to these environmental stressors as Eastman referenced earlier. Nutrition has some effect on the mechanisms of aging of the body as a whole Simpson noted. Inhibiting these mechanisms slows down the overall aging process including the aging of the skin. As we age the physiological functions of the skin can be dramatically compromised ... When the skin is under oxidative overload free radicals can eventually break down the protein substance in connective tissue (collagen) and release chemicals that cause inflammation in the skin. It is a combination of these cellular and molecular events that leads to skin aging and the formation of wrinkles uneven skin tone and sagging skin. One form of antioxidantrelated therapy Simpson suggests that can help restore skin balance is sea buckthorn (berry oils) or marine sources which offer [a] balanced blend of omega fatty acids (3 6 7 9) and plant-based ceramides show promise in restoring epidermal bilayer and skin moisture. Resveratrol which can be found in peanuts pomegranates red grape juice and wine offers a plethora of benefits that span across multiple age groups. Experimental studies suggest that it offers a both anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects and additionally reverse obesity reduce hyperglycemia protect heart and endothelial function improve cognitive performance and increase the life span 1-3 Dr. Cocks noted. Furthermore when it comes to the relationship between aging bone and heart health Price said magnesium can help replenish the amount that some Americans lack in their everyday diet. According to researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom soaking in hot spring water rich in magnesium can boost levels by as much as 35 percent. Magnesium is important for bone and heart health and data collected by the National Academy of Sciences shows most Americans don t get enough in their diet. Medicine Springs is unique in that it contains all of these minerals in recipes designed by nature. State of the Market Although traditional and natural medication is often classified as two separate categories one could make the argument that they are actually from the same source. Dr. Giampapa finds this to be an advantage. Many people don t understand that medication (synthetically created Rx drugs) often are derived from nature. Half of the top 10 prescription drugs in the U.S. are of animal plant or microorganism origin he noted. For example without nature-derived cancer drugs like Taxol or blood pressure lowering drugs like lisinopril many people reading this right now may not be here. So it is only logical to think that the source of synthetic drugs--natural compounds--can be as powerful as the drugs themselves in some circumstance. For this reason the market for natural healthy aging products will continue to grow because people are becoming more educated. Add to this the fact that many natural compounds have less side effects than Rx drugs and you have even greater demand for natural healthy aging products. If patients are looking for anti-aging products per se this does not necessarily exist instead there are products that help treat conditions relating to aging. There are currently no anti-aging medications on the market however there are numerous medications that treat age-related diseases mentioned Dr. Cocks. These drugs include treatments for and prevention of cardiovascular disease such as statins and antihypertensive medications diabetes medications like metformin and insulin bisphosphonates for osteoporosis various cancertreatment drugs drugs to treat sexual dysfunction and hair loss and hormone replacement therapies. These are all part of the multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry that is growing rapidly. Depending on how these various medications continue to develop their progress could affect the future of research in the field. Research As we have seen aging is a process that can affect various parts of the body. Therefore the pancreas is no exception. 18 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com natreon for info about this advertiser Michael Murray ND chief science officer with Enzyme Science in Florida noted that digestion can be impacted by the pancreas as a result of insufficiencies especially as one ages. He referenced a study titled Fecal Pancreatic Elastase-1 Levels in Older Individuals Without Known Gastrointestinal Diseases or Diabetes Mellitus in which 159 patients were divided (not equally) into three age groups (60-69 70-79 and above 80 with 53 20-28 year-olds serving as controls). Fecal elastase-1 level was measured from stool samples with an ELISA method. Dr. KarlHeinz Herzig professor at Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences University of Eastern Finland was the lead investigator of the study. The study published in BioMed Central stated fecal elastase-1 concentrations correlated negatively with age and were significantly lower among subjects over 70 years old compared to controls. Among the over 60 year-old subjects the fecal elastase-1 concentrations were below the cut off level of 200 g g in 23 of 106 individuals indicating pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. Of those nine subjects had fecal elastase-1 level below 100 g g as a marker of severe pancreatic insufficiency. Adam Killpartrick DC chief scientific officer for DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont put together an Aging Protocol Guide with DaVinci Labs. It describes the methylation telomere mitochondrial cycle which influences proper aging. The item even adds that each piece of the cycle drives the next and requires adequate nutritive support in order to do. Optimizing this cycle lays the foundation for long term health. However when it comes to the approach surrounding healthy aging research its evolution has undergone a 360-degree transformation. We feel the evolution is coming full circle said Price. In the age of modern medicine people relied upon a shot and a pill for health. In a more health conscience world it seems the shift is going back to a more well rounded approach to living and aging. Eat properly and exercise along with a well-balanced supplement program containing soaks like Medicine Springs are a valuable part of this new lifestyle and in healthy aging. Products like Medicine Springs Sport and Joint formulas help to control pain and soreness which allows us to get out and be more active. This then leads to a more active lifestyle which is important in healthy aging. References 1 Bradamante S Barenghi L Villa A. Cardiovascular Protective Effects of Resveratrol. Cardiovascular Drug Reviews. 2006 22(3) 169-188. doi 10.1111 j.1527-3466.2004.tb00139.x. 2 Effects of resveratrol curcumin berberine and other nutraceuticals on aging cancer development cancer stem cells and microRNAs. PubFacts Scientific Publication Data. www.pubfacts.com detail 28611316 Effects-of-resveratrol-curcuminberberine-and-other-nutraceuticals-on-aging-cancerdevelopment-cance. Accessed June 27 2017. 3 Kennedy DO Wightman EL Reay JL et al. Effects of resveratrol on cerebral blood flow variables and cognitive performance in humans a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover investigation. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010 91(6) 1590-1597. doi 10.3945 ajcn.2009.28641. THE GO TO RESOURCE FOR ALTERNATIVE & INTEGRATIVE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS NP s Upcoming Issue Highlights Sept. Oct. November 9 18 17 ad closing 10 18 17 ad closing 11 2 17 ad closing Inflammation Children s Health Digestion A4M Show Issue According to a Population Reference Bureau January 2016 report the number of Americans aged 65 and older is predicted to more than double from the approximate 46 million to 98 million by the year 2060. This age group would then represent about 24 percent of the total population compared to 15 percent currently. Cardiovascular disease diabetes malnutrition immune dysfunction decreased immune function and arthritis are some of the common age-correlated issues that women and men share. Others are gender specific. According to researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom soaking in hot spring water rich in magnesium can boost levels by as much as 35 percent. Healthy Take Aways December Natural Practitioner s Annual Sourcebook FOR MORE INFORMATION CompX Research Institute www.compxtheory.com Enzyme Science www.enzyscience.com Healthycell www.healthycell.com Medicine Springs Inc. www.medicinesprings.com Natural University of Natural Medicine www.nunm.edu ZSS Skincare www.zss-skincare.com Our 2017 Media Planner Is Available At NaturalPractitionerMag.com 2017-Media-Planner Contact One of Our Ad Specialists Today Russ Fields at 732-432-9600 ext. 102 e-Mail RussF VRMmedia.com Gary Pfaff at 732-432-9600 ext. 103 e-Mail GaryP VRMmedia.com 20 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com biotechpharmacal for info about this advertiser Go Forth and Multiply Reproductive issues may become a prominent stressor in the lives of couples who want to start families. Practitioners can help provide the healthy balance to succeed. By Lisa Schofield T rying to populate your own country by giving birth to 19 children (The Duggars) or using artificial means to have eight babies in one birth (Nadya Suleman) may be extreme but many childless couples are mentally emotionally--and they believe physically--ready to have one of their own offspring but unfortunately have trouble conceiving. Sterility in some men and women cannot be unchanged but for those relatively healthy men and women who are experiencing conception issues there is hope. Infertility said Dr. Bradley Nelson author of The Emotion Code is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse for women 34 and younger and six months if the woman is over 35 or the inability to carry a pregnancy to life birth. One in eight couples or 12 percent of married women have trouble achieving or sustaining a pregnancy now according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It s important to note how things have changed. Fertility rates around the world but particularly in the Western countries have been dropping steadily since the Baby Boom years and 1950s. Experts disagree on the reasons but everyone agrees that there are more people struggling with infertility now than any time in memory. There are some prevalent reproductive fertility issues and challenges for women and men today. A woman s reproductive system is delicate and complex said Michelle Violi PharmD dispensing pharmacists manager Wisconsin-based Women s International Pharmacy Inc. It is important for a woman s hormones to be balanced and her organs and tissues healthy in order for conception to occur. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone play leading roles however there are many other hormones that are important players in the intricate process that is the female reproductive system. Corina Dunlap ND MS of A Woman s Time in Oregon explained that for women the most challenging reproductive concerns are ovarian factor infertility caused by agerelated ovarian decline (lessened ovarian reserve) or ovulatory dysfunction primarily when ovaries are not producing and releasing eggs normally. And in today s world she said women and men are having babies at an older age than in previous times and this negatively impacts egg count quality and likelihood for ovulation. Further ovulatory health can be impacted by the increasing prevalence of cases of endocrine disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) thyroid conditions and hypothalamic amenorrhea which can impede normal ovulation and ability for an egg to grow into a healthy embryo. These problems are often correlated with environmental exposures to pollutions pesticides and plastics-- known as endocrine disruptors--which impede and pose challenges to hormone health and fertility. Chris D. Meletis ND Educational Consultant with Fairhaven Health and author of Enhancing Fertility A Couple s Guide to Natural Approaches sees several other issues that impact reproductive efficiency in women. Early use of birth control pills he said override the natural hormonal balance of a young female prior to the monthly cycle being fully established. There can be long history of non- 22 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 pituitary driven monthly cycle due to the external hormones used to prevent pregnancy. He also pointed to relative estrogen dominance and relative progesterone insufficiency. Aging causes progesterone levels to drop more quickly than estrogen levels creating more marked imbalances. This is a concern as adequate progesterone is needed for pro-gestation to help sustain and maintain the fertilized egg until the placenta is sufficiently established to take of the maintenance of the pregnancy he explained. Low progesterone levels can increase risk of early miscarriage. More recently and more controversially Dr. Meletis asserted that the HPV vaccine may also contribute to ovarian dysfunction or failure. While it makes perfect sense to wait until financial security and stability are in place before having children this achievement also comes later in life than it ever did before and as such conception attempts later in life are not as easily successful. At this point said Dr. Meletis the hormonal cycle is not as strong and eggs are not as qualitative having endured years of exposure to chemicals and stress these impact genetics and epigenetic considerations of both nuclear DNA (human DNA) but also mitochondrial DNA that fuels cellular potential of each of the cells of a developing embryo and human for a lifetime he detailed. Prudence Hall MD founder of The Hall Center in California agreed. Today women are waiting to have children later in life lessening their chances for getting pregnant easily. Life and career goals emotional maturity and fertility are not necessarily in sync. Plus stressrelated issues (like career and other forces) can also make it more difficult to achieve pregnancy. In men explained Dr. Hall the combination of increased stress fatigue and bad lifestyle habits often create a toxic environment rending them less potent. She cited one study of Desert Storm combat soldiers showing that the extreme stress they were under significantly depleted their sperm count because of a significant drop in testosterone levels. According to Dr. Dunlap sperm health--a state that includes sperm count morphology and DNA fragmentation--is impacted greatly by environmental factors diet age and frequency of ejaculation. We ve seen average sperm counts decrease over the past few decades she noted. There are more recent conditions that affect reproductive health too. Dr. Nelson believes the most common underlying causes of infertility are emotional baggage followed by nutritional deficiencies. Emotional baggage he explained is also known as trapped emotions a state where emotional energies remain trapped within the body during and after intensely emotional events. A trapped emotion consists of invisible emotional energy that can be very disruptive to the body since the body itself is a complex energy field he explained. In this case a trapped emotion in the reproductive system will interfere with the biochemical reactions and acupuncture energy flow which may interfere with a normal reproductive process. This is one of the most common underlying reasons for reproductive difficulties especially in women in my experience he noted. Today women are waiting to have children later in life lessening their chances for getting pregnant easily. Life and career goals emotional maturity and fertility are not necessarily in sync. --Dr. Prudence Hall Inadequate nutrition is the second most prominent factor interfering with fertility Dr. Nelson stated. As an example he cited a study by Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger that compared fertility ability in cats fed either a totally cooked diet or a totally raw diet and concluding that the cooked diet group was as Dr. Nelson summarized never able to get past the third generation without losing their ability to reproduce. Incorporating more raw food into the diet and supplementing any deficiencies that may have developed is critical for fertility. Promoting Fertility Clients or patients interested in preparing themselves (and their partners) for familyhood or clients or patients who express difficulty in conceiving can be guided to help ensure their next generation will be a reality. For Dr. Dunlap recommendations are individualized for every preconception fertility patient she sees but generally she recommends a healthy diet lifestyle moderate exercise stress-reducing techniques and decreasing exposure to environmental toxicity as much as possible. Patients should stop drinking alcohol and not smoke marijuana to relax instead they can reduce stress via yoga meditation or a similar exercise don t overdo it in the gym fitness reduce caffeine intake (no more than 200 mg daily) reduce sugar simple carb intake and eat organic whenever possible. Further men and women should ensure they reduce their exposure to endocrine disruptors in and around the home and office (if possible here). These include dry cleaning solvents heavy metals pesticides and plastics. Timing of intercourse can help increase pregnancy potential. Dr. Dunlap recommends frequently after day seven (when day one is first day of menses) to several days after ovulation as sperm can be viable up to five days in the womb. The best chances for pregnancy are the five days leading up to ovulation. Women should track ovulation with any ovulatory predictor kit she added. For her male patients Dr. Dunlap recommends avoiding overheating of sperm (hot tubs hot baths saunas) limit EMR-cell phone WiFi exposure (such as carrying cellphones in pockets) maintain optimal BMI (body mass index) and avoid vigorous exercise and any anabolic steroids or supplements. The goal overall said Dr. Meletis is to ensure that both male and female contributions (sperm and egg) are from optimal healthy and minimally stressed and minimally medicated parents. He recommends a clean diet that follows at the very least the avoidance of the dirty dozen foods and consumption of the 15 clean foods offered annually by the Environmental Working Group. This will lessen incoming toxins. Also avoid unnecessary prescriptions and OTC (over-the-counter) medications as there is an entire class of drugs that poison the mitochondria that can alter male and female fertility he asserted. There are quite a few supplements that may be recommended to client and patients wishing to increase their ability to create a family. Jamie Morea co-founder of Hyperbiotics asserted that Reproductive health begins with a healthy microbiome the ecosystem of trillions of bacteria. What many people trying to conceive often don t realize is that their bodies need to have plenty of beneficial bacteria (about 85 percent in a healthy microbiome) to optimize their fertility. The friendly flora ensure inhospitable bacteria and yeast that can impact fertility for both men and women don t have a chance to attach and colonize. Probiotics also help balance hormones support a healthy weight ease temporary inflammation and keep sperm healthy and normal--all crucial for fertility and reproduction. Morea recommends that women and men trying to conceive take a high-quality multistrain probiotic formula such as its PRO-15 or PRO-Moms to help them create the optimal reproductive conditions in their bodies. Additionally he added a prebiotic powder supplement that supports the growth of bene- AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 23 Go Forth and Multiply ficial bacteria--such as Hyperbiotics Prebiotic Powder--is key to encouraging the growth of and maintaining healthy populations of probiotics. Kathy McIntee vice president of the New York-based Patient One MediNutritionals noted that there are indeed common nutraceuticals that provide nourishment for the male and female reproductive systems. B vitamins (B complex) she explained are believed to assist ovaries in releasing an egg (ovulation) while vitamin B6 increases progesterone levels which is necessary to sustain pregnancy once it occurs. Vitamin C also appears to promote fertility and in men C helps to improve sperm health and motility. Another B vitamin folate (B9) is a critical supplement for women who want to get pregnant because folic acid helps the baby s neural tube close properly. That happens as early as two or three weeks after conception when some women may not even know they re expecting. Patient One offers folate as Quatrefolic an advanced pre-converted form of 5-MTHF (levomefolic acid the primary biologically active form of folate used at the cellular level for DNA reproduction). And of course women need both iron and omega-3 EFAs low levels of iron may con- tribute to lack of ovulation McIntee said and omega 3 EFAs help ovarian follicles release eggs increase blood flow to the uterus and preliminary studies show that they may also assist with fetal brain development and IQ. For men zinc is a critical nutrient for reproductive health because it helps improve sperm motility and boosts the general quality of sperm. It s equally important for female reproductive health she maintained. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked low levels of zinc to early miscarriage. To support the body s fertility in women Dr. Dunlap s favorite suggestions are melatonin to improve sleep quality and egg count quality vitamin D CoQ10 vitex and DHEA the latter to increase egg count and fertilization rates. DHEA however needs to be dosed appropriately and prescribed only in specific circumstances she cautioned. There are three aspects to increase the chances of healthy conception in women and Fairhaven Health s supplements that help support them according to Dr. Meletis. First is prenatal nutrition. Fairhaven Health s Peapod Prenatal vitamin is a small once-daily tablet that has no dyes or artificial flavors plus it contains a vitamin A source of 100 percent beta carotene. Another aspect is ensuring healthy quantity and consistency of cervical mucus the key to improving conception odds he said. FertileCM contains L-arginine and n-acetyl cysteine to help with cervical mucus production. Third is menstrual cycle hormonal support for which Fairhaven Health has two supplements. FertilAid for Women is a prenatal vitamin formula combined with ingredients such as vitex agnus castus to help correct irregular cycles. OvaBoost formulated to help improve egg quality and overall ovarian health includes myo-inositol folic acid and melatonin which Dr. Meletis assured can be particularly helpful for women with PCOS or if trying to conceive at a later age. For men Dr. Meletis added Fairhaven Health offers FertilAid for Men has been clinically shown to help improve sperm parameters such as count motility and morphology. Fairhaven Health has also introduced a clinical-grade line of supplements called FH PRO that he said can be used to support IVF protocols or for couples trying to conceive naturally. When the reproductive system is not functioning optimally it can cause great distress for would-be parents. Ensuring healthy lifestyle habits are adopted and recommending the most appropriate supplement protocol for future mom and future dad should help improve the odds of the much-desired stork visit. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse for women 34 and younger and six months if the woman is over 35 or the inability to carry a pregnancy to life birth. Fertility rates in the western world have been dropping steadily since the baby boom years and 1950s. The most challenging reproductive concerns in women are ovarian factor infertility caused by age-related ovarian decline. Women and men are having babies at an older age than in previous times and this negatively impacts egg count quality and likelihood for ovulation. Endocrine disruptors impede and post challenges to hormone health and fertility. Average sperm counts have decreased over the past few decades. The goal is to ensure that both male and female contributions (sperm and egg) are from optimal healthy and minimally stressed and minimally medicated parents. For men zinc is a critical nutrient for reproductive health because it helps improve sperm motility and boosts the general quality of sperm. Healthy Take Aways Don t miss a single issue of NP in 2017... go online to renew your free subscription today NaturalPractitionerMag.com August17 FOR MORE INFORMATION Fairhaven Health www.fairhavenhealth.com Hyperbiotics www.hyperbiotics.com Patient One MediNutritionals www.patientoneformulas.com 24 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com womensinternational for info about this advertiser PRODUCT FOCUS The Power of Natural Energy M any individuals have experienced moments of exhaustion or fatigue especially in the early afternoon when that two o clock feeling hits. 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These products are not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. 28 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Go to www.naturalpractitionermag.com newhope for info about this advertiser SUPPLEMENTSCIENCE Natural Eggshell Membrane A Nutraceutical for Osteoarthritis and Exercise-related Pain By Gene Bruno MS MHS RH(AHG)-- Huntington College of Health Sciences hen it comes to nutraceuticals that promote joint health the sky is the metaphorical limit. Choosing the correct nutraceutical for a given joint health customer is really a function of the criteria you set up as parameters. For example if you only want to consider those nutraceuticals with human clinical research to validate their efficacy that narrows the field somewhat. Now if you only want to consider those with multiple human clinical studies that narrows the field considerably more--but there are still several good ones from which to choose. If however your selection criteria also include only those nutraceuticals that have also been shown to work in healthy exercising and osteoarthritic populations your choices are limited to a select few nutraceuticals. Finally if you want the nutraceutical to provide significant results in just a few days the pickings are indeed slim. Nevertheless research suggests that there is still an excellent option that meets all these criteria nat- W ural eggshell membrane (NEM). NEM Background NEM is the thin membrane just under the shell that you sometimes have difficulty removing when you re peeling a hard-boiled egg. NEM is a sustainable food-sourced ingredient composed of fibrous proteins such as collagen types I V and X as well as other bioactive components such as glycosaminoglycans (i.e. dermatan sulfate chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid)1 and sulfated glycoproteins including hexosamines such as glucosamine.2 This combination of bioactive components may contribute toward NEM s multiple mechanisms of action which may include oral tolerance suppression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-) and suppression of collagen type II Ctelopeptide (CTX-II). Mechanisms of Action Oral tolerance refers to the phenomenon of reducing a certain type of immune response (tolerance) that results from the repeated exposure to ingested protein antigens that would otherwise cause a reaction. In-vitro research indicates that in the case of NEM this seems to occur via modulation of a transcription factor called NFB. Oral tolerance therapy has been shown to be effective in a variety of autoimmune diseases including arthritis diabetes colitis and multiple sclerosis.1 Further research on NEM s mechanism of action shows its ability to suppress TNF- a cell-signaling protein that plays a significant role in the inflammatory process.2 In-vitro research has shown that by suppressing TNF- NEM elicits an anti-inflammatory effect. CTX-II is a biomarker of cartilage turnover. In human3 dog4 and rat5 studies NEM has been shown to reduce CTX-II. This suggests that NEM helps reduce cartilage damage. Individually or collectively these mechanisms of action have demonstrated meaningful joint benefits in healthy and osteoarthritic populations. 30 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Human Clinical Research in a Healthy Exercising Population A just-completed two-week randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial6 evaluated if 500 mg day NEM (NEM Stratum Nutrition) would reduce cartilage turnover as well as reduce joint pain or stiffness both directly following exercise and 12 hours post-exercise versus placebo in 60 healthy post-menopausal women while performing an exercise regimen on alternating days. Results showed that supplementation with NEM significantly reduced CTX-II versus placebo after both one week and two weeks of exercise. In addition NEM showed a significant reduction in joint stiffness versus placebo within four days. Likewise rapid treatment responses were observed at day 14 for recovery pain and stiffness compared to placebo. The treatment was well tolerated by study participants. pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis of the knee in 67 patients. WOMAC Osteoarthritis Index as well as pain stiffness and function WOMAC subscales were used to measure efficacy at 10 30 and 60 days. Results showed that supplementation with NEM resulted in statistically significant improvements (up to 26.6 percent) versus placebo at all time points for both pain and stiffness based upon WOMAC pain and stiffness subscales. Rapid responses were seen for mean pain sub-scores (15.9 percent reduction P 0.036) and mean stiffness sub-scores (12.8 percent reduction P 0.024) occurring after A four-week randomized controlled trial7 was conducted to evaluate the effects of 500 mg day of Stratum Nutrition s NEM or placebo on chronic joint pain in 60 physically active adults. Participants also completed a weekly exercise protocol designed to challenge their irritated joint and then rated their joint pain. Based upon VAS scores results showed that participants in the NEM group reported significantly less joint pain post-exercise following supplementation when compared to those in the placebo group (p 0.0171). Researchers concluded that NEM supplementation appeared to decrease post-exercise joint pain vs. placebo. Human Clinical Research in an Osteoarthritic Population A 60-day randomized multicenter double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study8 was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 500 mg day NEM (Stratum Nutrition) as a treatment for only 10 days of supplementation. Researchers concluded that supplementation with NEM 500 mg taken once daily significantly reduced both joint pain and stiffness compared to placebo at 10 30 and 60 days. Two open-label human clinical studies9 were conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 500 mg day NEM brand as a treatment for pain and inflexibility associated with joint and connective tissue disorders. In the smaller study (which consisted of one group of 11 patients) results were that supplementation with NEM significantly improved flexibility at seven days (27.8 percent increase P 0.038) general pain at 30 days (72.5 percent reduction P 0.007) and flexibility (43.7 percent increase P 0.006) and range of motion-associated pain at 30 days (75.9 percent reduction P 0.021). In the larger study (which consisted of two group of 28 total patients) NEM pro- duced a significant improvement in pain at seven days for both groups (18.4 percent reduction P 0.021 and 31.3 percent reduction P 0.014). The significant treatment response continued through 30 days for pain (30.2 percent reduction P 0.0001) and NEM was well tolerated. A 60-day open label German clinical study10 was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 500 mg day NEM brand as a treatment for pain and inflexibility associated with moderate osteoarthritis of the knee and or hip in 44 patients. Measurements were taken at 10 30 and 60 days utilizing a 10question abbreviated questionnaire based on the WOMAC osteoarthritis questionnaire. Results showed that supplementation with NEM produced a significant improvement at 10 days (8.6 percent to 18.1 percent) and at 30 and 60 days (22.4 percent to 35.6 percent improvement) for all nine pain-related questions evaluated. In addition stiffness improved at 30 and 60 days (27.4 percent to 29.3 percent). More than 59 percent of patients rated the efficacy of NEM as good or very good following 60 days of supplementation. Treatment was well tolerated and researchers concluded that NEM significantly reduced pain both rapidly (10 days) and continuously (60 days) demonstrating its safety and efficacy as a therapeutic option for the treating knee and or hip osteoarthritis pain. Independently from the German study a four-week open-label Italian clinical study11 was also conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 500 mg day NEM (Stratum Nutrition) in 25 subjects with moderate osteoarthritis of the knee. Measurements were taken at 10 and 30 days also using a 10-question abbreviated WOMAC osteoarthritis questionnaire. Supplementation with NEM resulted in reduction in pain at 10 days (40.6 percent p 0.001) and 30 days (66.4 percent p 0.001). There was also a statistically significant reduction in analgesic use during the 30-day study period. Additionally there was a significant treatment reduction in stiffness at 10 days (22.2 percent p 0.009) and 30 days 59.7 percent p 0.001). As with the other studies the treatment was well tolerated. Researchers concluded that NEM is an effective and safe natural therapeutic option for the treatment of both pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthri- (Continued on page 52) NATURAL PRACTITIONER AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM 31 PRACTITIONER CHAT WITH SHARI BARBANEL D A Robert T. Davidson PhD Program Director Nutrition and Human Performance Logan University Phone (636) 230-1942 Email Robert.Davidson logan.edu r. Robert Davidson holds graduate degrees in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD) and Utah State University (MS) and earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Utah State University. He has additional post-doctoral training in the effects of aging calories restriction and exercise on insulin signaling in the Biodynamics Laboratory at University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as an National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Technology at Colorado State University learning physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling and computer simulations of biological processes. Before coming to Logan University Dr. Davidson was an assistant professor of nutrition at Brigham Young University in Provo UT. There are a few simple steps Americans can take that lead to a healthier lifestyle. From shopping the outer perimeter of the grocery store and avoiding processed foods to cooking meals at home and making sure your body gets enough sleep each night--these easy steps allow our bodies to receive the nutrition and rest it needs to provide ample energy throughout the day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese. What factors have contributed to the rise in obesity not just in the U.S. but also around the world There are many causes and contributors to obesity including over eating and inactive lifestyle however there are some other conditions that can contribute to obesity such as hormone imbalance (e.g. leptin insensitivity or imbalance such as hypothyroidism or low testosterone) sleep deprivation social jetlag or shift work disorders (disrupting circadian rhythms) fetal genetic programming (due to magnesium deprivation) certain viruses environmental toxins medications chronic inflammation etc. If the cause of the obesity was not simply an energy overbalance then an energy deprivation intervention will have no lasting effect. What steps do you think should be taken for obese Americans to get to a healthy weight Q A Q Several years ago we developed a successful mathematical model for computer simulations that demonstrated how the body uses fuel in different energy consumption scenarios. It revealed body composition changes based on changes in diet. It validated that a calorie-is-a-calorie but even more importantly showed that what we choose to eat does have an effect on body composition. For example a calorierestricted high-protein low-carbohydrate diet resulted in more fat loss and less lean muscle loss. Note Kevin Hall working for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) recently introduced a similar computer model available at the USDA s (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Supertracker website (www.supertracker.usda.gov bwp index.ht ml). A graduate student of mine used this model to observe how the changes in diet composition reported between 1979 and 2010 corresponded to the increase in average body weight for both men and women during the same time. It showed the obesity epidemic was caused by changing the types and amounts of food we eat. This student further simulated that if we were to return to the types and amounts of food we ate in the 1970s the obesity epidemic would reverse within five years. Q A Please explain your research on macronutrient level changes and the rise in obesity. If the patient is committed to adopting a healthy lifestyle--diet exercise getting enough sleep and drinking enough water are all part of that. If there is an underlying cause of obesity the practitioner would need to identify it and treat it accordingly for there to be lasting success. Q A Q A Q A What advice do you have for natural practitioners who are treating overweight and obese patients What will it take to get a handle on the obesity epidemic One of the main causes of the obesity epidemic is that American s are afraid of fat. When fat was declared the bad guy eating habits shifted to consuming more sugar. Americans need to increase fat intake such as avocados and olive oil back to 35-45 percent of their calories. Is there anything else you would like to add There is a lot of social pressure to fit a particular body type and the ideal body changes over time--just look at famous celebrities from each decade of the last century as an example. Not everyone is bred to be a Chihuahua just like not everyone is bred to be a Great Dane. Help patients learn to be comfortable with the body they have when they have a healthy lifestyle. The Health at Every Size (HAES) movement adopted that approach early on in the obesity epidemic. Fitness levels (physically and metabolically) are more important than fat levels when all is said and done. Simply losing fat does not increase fitness by any measure of fitness. Combine fitness with an improvement in macronutrient composition and fat will come right off. 32 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 2017 Company Profiles W ould you like insight on the companies offering dietary supplements 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 Natural Practitioner s 2017 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 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM Following is an index of companies participating in this year s Company Profiles section Albion .......................................................................34 America s Finest Inc. ...............................................35 Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc. ........................................36 Daiwa Health Development ...................................37 DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont...........................38 Fairhaven Health LLC.............................................39 Kyowa Hakko USA...................................................40 Natreon Inc..............................................................41 Natural Partners.......................................................42 Pharmachem Laboratories Inc...............................43 Protexin Inc. ............................................................44 Protocol for Life Balance .........................................45 QuinTron Instrument Company Inc. ....................46 Women s International Pharmacy...........................47 NATURAL PRACTITIONER 33 Albion 2017 Company Profiles Human Nutrition Division 101 No. Main St. Clearfield UT 84015 Phone (800) 222-0733 (801) 773-4631 Fax (801) 773-4633 Email tjohnson albionminerals.com Website www.albionminerals.com Investing in Science to Help the Industry Stay Strong B alchem is a supplier of Albion Minerals highly effective nutritional mineral forms that can be easily absorbed by the human body. These special organic molecules are known as mineral amino acid chelates they are used in nutraceutical supplements and food fortification to provide complete organic mineral nutrition giving consumers the greatest chance to absorb minerals for their best biological advantage. Company History Balchem Human Nutrition and Pharma manufactures and sells Albion Minerals its brand of scientifically validated chelated minerals and VitaCholine the company s brand of the essential nutrient choline. Both brands provide premium ingredients that offer superior delivery of health benefits and are built on strong science and innovative technologies recognized worldwide for their quality efficacy and safety. Albion pioneered the use of fast-fourier transforming infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) as a validation technique of mineral chelates. This technology measures the bond energy between the ligand and mineral to ensure full and proper chelation. that can guarantee each batch of mineral bisglycinate chelates have the molecular signature indicating that chelation has actually occurred. supplements for human health by governmental educational and business interests. Core Products Ferrochel (Ferrous Bisglycinate Chelate) TRAACS (The Real Amino Acid Chelate System) Calcium Magnesium Iron Copper Manganese Molybdenum Zinc Vanadium Chromium DimaCal (DiCalcium Malate) DiMagnesium Malate CCM (Calcium Citrate Malate) Calci-K Complex (Calcium Potassium Phosphate Citrate) Creatine MagnaPower (Magnesium Creatine Chelate) VitaCholine (Choline Bitartrate) Services Customized mineral blends Contract mineral chelate manufacturing Contract spray drying Future Goals Albion will continue to increase its leadership in the future of mineral forms and delivery systems as evidenced by the expansion of the company s staff of R&D scientists investment in research and the addition of a new in-house cell biology lab. Albion sets itself apart by investing in science to help the industry stay strong. R&D Efforts Clinical Substantiation The results of past and ongoing studies conducted by Albion scientists and studies conducted by renowned third-party institutions using Albion minerals have resulted in data from approximately 200 scientific studies (in animals and humans) 85 human clinical trials and 125 peerreviewed published studies. Albion research findings have guided the use of mineral Quality Assurance Albion pioneered the use of fast-fourier transforming infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) as a validation technique of mineral chelates. This technology measures the bond energy between the ligand and mineral to ensure full and proper chelation. Albion remains the only mineral company Key Executives Marie Garnich Director of Sales Todd Johnson Senior Director of Marketing 34 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 America s Finest Inc. 2017 Company Profiles 20 Lake Dr. East Windsor NJ 08520 Phone (732) 985-9899 Toll Free (800) 350-3305 Fax (732) 985-9851 Email 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 shown 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 provide 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 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 easy-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 provide 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 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 35 Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc. 2017 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 33 Years B io-Tech Pharmacal Inc. established in 1984 by Dale and Marti Benedict is a cGMP (current good manufacturing practice)-registered and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-registered nutraceutical (dietary supplement) manufacturer specializing in innovative highquality hypo-allergenic preventative health care products shipped to physicians clinics hospitals and pharmacies worldwide. Bio-Tech Pharmacal has more than 100 research affiliations including Mayo Clinic Cleveland Clinic Emory and more. Bio-Tech Pharmacal has introduced many innovative products including D350 000 IU available in a water soluble delivery form as well as unique formulations including ReMIND a new product formulated by Dr. Jonathan Wright. Some products are kosher halal certified. Bio-Tech Pharmacal is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains near the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville AR. For more than 33 years the company has been creating products that people trust. Bio-Tech Pharmacal s friendly customer service and excellent products are what make it 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 follows 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). Bio-Tech Pharmacal utilizes scientifically valid methods and modern analytical technologies in testing. Only those ingredients that meet the company s strict quality requirements are used to manufacture finished products. Bio-Tech Pharmacal s products are manufactured in a controlled environment 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 ReMIND (new product) Formulated by Dr. Wright ReMIND is a combination of ingredients designed to support optimal memory and cognitive function. 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 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. 36 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Daiwa Health Development 2017 Company Profiles 1411 W. 190th St. Ste. 375 Gardena CA 90248 Phone (877) 4-DHD MED (877) 434-3638 Email info dhdmed.com Websites www.dhdmed.com www.dhdusa.net Developing Further Avenues of Health-related Products aiwa Health Development Inc. (DHD) is the U.S. subsidiary of Daiwa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. The parent company based in Tokyo Japan has become a leading research and manufacturing company. Striving to create new value in the field of bioscience Daiwa focuses on the manufacturing and distribution of nutraceuticals functional foods and cosmetics. Founded in 1990 Daiwa Pharmaceutical provides products and distribution to 27 countries. While respecting the laws of nature DHD applies the latest scientific methods to prove the value and safety of natural materials and attaches great importance to traditional health care wisdom and practices. This open-minded approach has positioned Daiwa to develop further avenues of health-related products in a wide range of market segments. Daiwa draws on its core commitments to research product innovation and total quality management. In addition DHD is guided by its corporate mission to improve the health and well-being of mankind. DHD believes that the true happiness we seek comes when each one of us can enjoy a healthy active life. Such happiness is achieved through the good health of our fellow human beings as part of the natural environment in which we live as well as nature itself. A core nutraceutical from DHD is Rice Bran Arabinoxylan Compound (RBAC) formerly known as Biobran MGN-3. RBAC is a unique immune modulator derived from rice bran. Biobran MGN-3 has become the gold standard immune product worldwide for people with seriously compromised immune systems as well as those who are healthy but interested in maintaining immune health. RBAC is sold in the U.S. to doctors and other health care professionals under the brand name of BRM4. It is a dietary supplement for strengthening the immune response. DHD specializes in identifying and developing science-based innovative unique natural ingredients and compounds specifically formulated to promote optimal health and healing. DHD exclu- D sively provides the following natural products BRM4 BRM4 is a dietary supplement derived from rice bran modified with an enzyme from Shiitake mushroom extract. The active ingredient is rice bran arabinoxylan compound (RBAC). The active ingredient in BRM4 is shown in extensive scientific research to strengthen the immune system by increasing the activity and the count of the white blood cells the most important element of the immune response. Scientific studies confirm that RBAC will elevate the activity of the natural killer (NK) cells and will increase the count of the B T and helper cells as well as the macrophage and cytokines. BRM4 is also shown to be an immune modulator and will not over-stimulate the immune system. BRM4 s active ingredient is further proven to be safe non-toxic and will not interact with prescription medications. Visit www.ipraxic.org or contact DHD info dhdusa.net for scientific research studies and other literature. Maintain normal blood circulation by sustaining a balance between blood clot formation and blood clot dissolution Lesson blood clot complications caused by unhealthy lifestyle prolonged travel and occupations requiring standing for long periods of time Promote optimal heart health Daiwa Krill Oil Daiwa Krill Oil is a super antioxidant composed of pure oil derived from Antarctic krill. Krill are plentiful tiny bright pink shrimp-like crustaceans. Krill oil is the only marine oil that includes a combination of three key substances the human body needs to function properly omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA) phospholipids (an important component of the cell membranes) and antioxidants including astaxanthin (a potent carotenoid that gives krill its redorange color). Krill oil provides the body s best source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. It is rich in phospholipid EPA and DHA providing greater bio-availability superior to fish and flax oils. Krill oil also delivers the fatty acids omegas 6 and 9 as well as vitamins A and E. Daiwa Krill are harvested responsibly. Daiwa Krill Oil benefits Superior source of DHA and EPA omega-3s Greater bio-availability than fish oil Promotes heart joint and brain health Source of astaxanthin powerful antioxidant Relives discomfort from PMS Eases the transition into menopause No fishy aftertaste 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. Plasmanex1 New from DHD Plasmanex1 is a break through cutting edge dietary supplement providing the innovative unique active ingredient bacillopeptidase F proprietary blend (BFPB). BFPB is a natural blood coagulation modulator derived from an isolated enzyme in natto but with much greater efficacy than natto kinase. This science-based nutrient is a natural soy enzyme extracted by using a patented fermentation production process. Scientific research has shown that BFPB in Plasmanex1 can Support healthy blood circulation Reduce the cold and numbing in extremities especially important in winter months AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 37 DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont 2017 Company Profiles 929 Harvest Ln. Williston VT 05495 Phone (800) 325-1776 Fax (802) 878-0549 Website www.davincilabs.com Leader in Nutritional Research Product Development and Innovation or more than 40 years DaVinci Laboratories has been a leader in nutritional research product development and innovation from its home state of Vermont. The company s dedication to higher integrity and insistence on superior quality are a reflection of Vermont values. DaVinci Laboratories 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 in order to keep doctors and patients as informed and healthy as possible. 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. As a demonstration of DaVinci s commitment to transparency these assays are available to any customer upon request as are certificates of analysis for raw materials. In the company s research and development process it focuses on the complex relationships that exist among nutrients and the latest advancements in nutrition 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 product that focuses on supporting healthy testosterone levels called Andro Benefits. Andro Benefits is geared specifically toward the supporting testosterone levels in both men and women. Ultimately the mechanisms of action at play extend beyond the dominant male hormone into mitochondrial energy and ATP synthesis support protection against the degradation of CoQ10 within the mitochondria itself and one of the most vital aspects to men s health--metabolic support. Other recent innovations include an F 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. upcoming skin formulation that features three branded ingredients with clinical data supporting their efficacy in supporting skin integrity and radiance. And as has been the tradition for the last four decades DaVinci continues to set the standard with its foundational products including a standout onea-day multivitamin Daily Best Ultra while also offering a targeted multivitamin aimed at supporting healthy metabolism Metabolic Multi. Rounding out the second largest category in the nutritional supplement industry they also offer a broad spectrum probiotic Mega Probiotic ND 25 as well as a high potency probiotic formulation Mega Probiotic-ND 50. As a liquid manufacturer Davinci has produced some of the most innovative liquid formulations in the industry with their liposomal technology. This format has been successfully applied to two types of products 1) those ingredients or formulas that need assistance in being absorbed (such as curcumin or CoQ10) and 2) those ingredients or formulas that need to be absorbed quickly (such as vitamin C for immune support or melatonin for sleep support). The liquids that are manufactured are not all liposomal there is also a high potency vitamin D a liquid DMG an unparalleled immune formula Acute Immune Benefits and an upcoming vitamin D3 K2 Spray featuring the soy free clinically tested Mena Q7 form of vitamin K2. In terms of novel services DaVinci has devoted a great deal of resources toward providing clinicians with the ability to offer direct-to-patient ordering processes and clinical consultations. Perhaps one of the most significant service that DaVinci has mastered is its private labeling options which feature free graphic support regulatory compliance analysis on marketing materials and customized sell sheets. Custom formula development and manufacturing has also emerged over the past decade as a service that has helped many doctors create their own formula for their patient base. 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. 38 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Fairhaven Health LLC 2017 Company Profiles 1410 11th St. Bellingham WA 98225 Phone (800) 367-2837 Email info fairhavenhealth.com Website www.fairhavenhealth.com Product Websites www.myisolve.com www.mymilkies.com www.fertilaid.com www.fhpro.com Committed to Helping Patients Embrace Life s Important Stages Mission Fairhaven Health is committed to helping your patients embrace life s important stages with confidence by providing science-based products to support fertility pregnancy breastfeeding and overall women s health. What Fairhaven Health Offers Fertility Clinically validated supplements ovulation prediction tools pregnancy and ovulation tests fertility lubricant and much more. (FertilAid for Men & Women OvaBoost FertileCM BFP Pregnancy & Ovulation Tests and coming in September BabyDance Fertility Lubricant made without parabens) Pregnancy Natural prenatal supplements morning sickness relief stretch mark butter plus an innovative perineal massage and postpartum comfort gel (Peapod prenatal supplements PregEase and BabyIt Pernieal Massage Gel) Breastfeeding Fairhaven Health s Milkies line of nursing products offers innovative breast milk collection storage solutions plus nursing pads vitamin supplements an organic nipple balm and more to help women reach their breastfeeding goals. (Milkies Milk-Saver Milk Trays Softies Reusable Nursing Pads and Nursing Blend) Other Products IsoFresh is an isotonic paraben-free vaginal gel to help eliminate feminine odor and properly balance pH. research and are recommended and carried by a wide variety of practitioners. We are excited to finally see a supplement that represents the current state of research pertaining to antioxidant supplementation in infertility treatment said Botros Rizk MD MA FRCOG FRCS HCLD FACOG FACS professor and head of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the University of South Alabama and author of more than 400 peer reviewed publications. Fairhaven Health s approach in obtaining and implementing feedback from leading experts practicing today in the field of infertility is a practical one. As a result they ve created a very comprehensive formula that we would feel comfortable recommending to our patients who are dealing with infertility issues. Want Samples Just send the company an email and it will be happy to send you samples and brochures with discount codes for you to give to patients. Fairhaven Health also provides special wholesale pricing to practitioners interested in reselling the company s products. to become the largest brand of fertilityrelated products trusted by pharmacies clinics practitioners and trying-to-conceive couples nationwide. All Fairhaven Health products are manufactured in the U.S. in good manufacturing practice (GMP)-certified facilities to ensure quality and efficacy. Fairhaven Health works with leading medical experts to establish--and then meet--the most rigorous benchmarks for product development supplement formulation and overall quality assurance. The company s products are formulated using the latest clinical About Fairhaven Health Fairhaven Health was established in 2003 and has grown AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 39 Kyowa Hakko USA 2017 Company Profiles New York Office 600 Third Ave. 19th Floor New York NY 10016 Phone (800) 596-9252 Email info kyowa-usa.com Website www.kyowa-usa.com Establishing Commitment 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 K Setria Setria 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 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 30-35 percent in the high-dose group and 17-29 percent in the low dose. Natural killer cytotoxicity increased two-fold in the high-dose 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. For more information visit www.setriaglutathione.com. potent brain-health 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. For more information visit www.cognizin.com. 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. For more information visit www.sustamine.com. Pantesin 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 L-citrulline is an amino acid that has been found to play an important role in nitric oxide 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 nitric oxide (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. Sustamine L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine Sustamine L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine 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 Cognizin Cognizin is a proprietary form of citicoline a 40 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Natreon Inc. 2017 Company Profiles 2-D Janine Pl. New Brunswick NJ 08901 Phone (732) 296-1080 Fax (732) 296-1075 Email info natreoninc.com Website www.natreoninc.com Science of Life Mission To bring scientifically proven ayurvedic products to the dietary supplement personal care food and beverage and medical food industries worldwide. more than 50 percent Inhibits collagen-induced platelet aggregation significantly Increases HDL decreases triglycerides FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) GRAS (generally recognized as safe) Decreases blood glucose levels especially post-prandial in type 2 diabetics when added to standard therapy. Decreases arthritic pain in dogs as well as horses. Designed to give excellent content uniformity in finished dosage forms. Better bioavailability than other forms of chromium Economical compared to other branded chromium ingredients--less than one cent per 400 mcg dose. History Ayurveda means science of life and it has been the traditional practice of medicine in India since 3500 BC. There are nearly 1 500 herbal products in this system of medicine. Ayurvedic products did not gain much recognition in the Western world until recently because these products have been made in the traditional way described in ayurveda without any scientific standardization safety studies and clinical evidence. Natreon Inc. was founded by pharmaceutical scientists to bring ayurveda to prominence in the world by using a scientific approach. Natreon Inc. is an 18-year-old company located in New Jersey with a state-of-the-art R&D facility in Kolkata India and is focused on developing and marketing ayurvedic products backed by extensive research a high degree of standardization multiple clinical studies safety studies and intellectual property. Sensoril is the bestselling ashwagandha in the market with anti-stress anti-hyperlipidemic cognition enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is derived from a unique blend of the leaves and roots of Withania somnifera and is available as organic and non-GMO. Reduces stress fatigue and sleeplessness and increases energy Experiential product with increasing market share Improves mental cognition without significant adverse events Backed by 10 clinical studies self-affirmed GRAS pre-DSHEA No serious adverse events reported in 14 years of global market history R&D Team The R&D team is headed by Professor Shibnath Ghosal a Fullbright scholar and an eminent natural product chemist with hundreds of publications in scientific journals and a group of PhD and master s-level scientists. Natreon s scientific research includes process optimization development of chromatographic analytical methods such as HPLC HPTLC GC-MS and LC-MS for standardization development of marker compounds and pharmacological studies. Safety studies are done in the U.S. and clinical studies are conducted in reputed institutes in India as well as the U.S. Product Portfolio Capros is a super antioxidant (ORACFN of 47 000 moles TE g) and an excellent cardiovascular product which is all natural derived from the edible fruits of Phyllanthus emblica organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism). Improves endothelial function by increasing production of nitric oxide and glutathione by more than 50 percent Decreases LDL cholesterol Decreases inflammation biomarker hsCRP by PrimaVie is high-quality purified shilajit from the Himalayas containing dibenzo--pyrones (DBPs) DBP-Chromoproteins (DCP) and fulvic acid. PrimaVie naturally contains several trace minerals and is a mitochondrial energy booster. Improves male sexual health by increasing total and free testosterone levels and nitric oxide levels Increases exercise endurance and overall fitness level Up-regulates genes for collagen synthesis and improves the health of skin connective tissues muscles bones teeth eyes and blood vessels (patent pending) Has an ORAC value that is better than many super fruits Decreases overall pain pain after limb manipulation and pain after physical exertion in moderately arthritic dogs. AyuFlex is a clinically proven water-soluble vegetarian organic non-GMO product for joint health. It is derived from the edible fruits of Terminalia chebula with high concentrations of chebulinic acid and chebulagic acid. Improves joint health in subjects with moderate osteoarthritis Increases pain threshold force and time in healthy subjects Adds to cardiovascular health by reducing TC LDL TGs and hsCRP while increasing HDL. Vegetarian Water-soluble Super antioxidant Small dosage form Ayuric is a clinically proven patent pending vegetarian organic non-GMO product for helping to maintain healthy blood uric acid levels. It is derived from the ayurvedic plant Terminalia bellerica with an ORACFN value of 26 645 moles TE g. Decreases uric acid levels by 27 percent in one clinical study Exhibits potent xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity Prescription gout product allopurinol (based on an in-vitro study) Vegetarian Water-soluble Super antioxidant Crominex 3 is a Chromium III-polyphenolic complex which is a safer form of chromium as evidenced by in-vitro testing. It comes as a fine powder with a 2 percent concentration of chromium which results in greater content uniformity in the finished capsules or tablets. Key Executives Sanni Raju PhD RPh CEO & Chairman Bruce Brown MPH MA President Aparna Kalidindi PharmD BCPS Technical Sales & Marketing Manager AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 41 Natural Partners 2017 Company Profiles 8445 E. Hartford Dr. Scottsdale AZ 85255 Phone (888) 633-7620 Fax (800) 862-1261 Email info naturalpartners.com Websites www.naturalpartners.com www.npscript.com Natural Partners Helps You So You Can Better Help Your Patients N atural Partners Inc. is a resource for practitioners who strive to improve patient wellness by providing education and professional-grade products to health care practitioners and their patients. For more than 22 years Natural Partners has researched trusted brands and welcomed them into their portfolio currently offering more than 14 000 premium products from hundreds of highquality manufacturers. Natural Partners is comprised of passionate and committed people who work with thousands of health care practitioners every week to help them maintain an efficient seamless ordering system that ensures their patients get the supplements they need when they need them in a way they love. The Natural Partners team has fostered long-lasting relationships (some decades long ) with manufacturers that align with Natural Partners values of high quality. Many brands are distributed exclusively through Natural Partners such as Thorne Research Enzyme Science Restorative Formulations CW Hemp and many more. In addition to exclusive brands the Natural Partners portfolio features hundreds of premier brands such as Pure Encapsulations NeuroScience Vital Nutrients and Designs for Health. Through these strong partnerships Natural Partners has become a trusted distributor for practitioners across the U.S. For more than 22 years Natural Partners has researched trusted brands and welcomed them into their portfolio currently offering more than 14 000 premium products from hundreds of high-quality manufacturers. into their cart for purchase from their practitioner s online dispensary. Plus physicians can utilize NP Script to market to their patients with customized communication tools. Through this service they can use templates to send email blasts to their database making engagement with their patients even easier. make embracing world wellness more convenient and more fun. The visionary leadership of the company s executive team focuses its attention on creating more convenient services for the wellness community. The leadership team includes Tye Smith Founder Fran Towey President and CEO Tim Engvall Chief Operations Officer Derek Lurth Chief Financial Officer Ellen Hahn Chief Marketing Officer Dianna Smith Chief Relationship Officer Steve Clark Vice President of Information Technology Leeta Radcliff Vice President of Talent and Culture Charles Stredney Senior Director Quality Assurance and Business Process Management Laura Koury Executive Assistant Natural Partners knows that caring for patients takes a tribe and the team of Natty Ps is here to help practitioners so they can more readily help their patients. Join Natural Partners in the quest to welcome world wellness NP Script Embracing the Next Evolution in Patient Care An innovative and popular service by Natural Partners is NP Script a free virtual patient dispensary that has revolutionized patient compliance for integrative medicine practitioners. Practitioners can extend their care beyond the bounds of their office by ensuring their patients are supplied with supplements that align with their treatment protocols. Under the connected care of a licensed health care practitioner patients can easily log in to their doctor s personalized storefront and order supplements under their recommended treatment plan as well as access thousands of products that cater to their wellness needs. Practitioners can send personalized recommendations directly to their patients with an E-script which is sent directly to their patient s inbox. The patient can then add their practitioner s recommendations directly The Friendly Faces Behind Natural Partners Though they have made waves as a leader in the industry there is more to Natural Partners than just supplying professional-grade products. Its commitment to unparalleled customer service building lasting relationships with leading brands to support practitioners and their patients and being an educational resource for the wellness community has helped shape the way they do business. Natural Partners listens to practitioners and strives to find solutions to meet their needs. The company is proud to provide additional services to their valued customers that help 42 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Pharmachem Laboratories Inc. 2017 Company Profiles 265 Harrison Ave. Kearny NJ 07032 Phone (800) 526-0609 Fax (201) 246-8105 International Phone (201) 246-1000 (outside the U.S.) Email sales pharmachemlabs.com Website www.pharmachemlabs.com Custom Solutions C ustom. The word forms the first two syllables of the word customer and it s what separates Pharmachem from other nutritional ingredient companies. The company develops custom solutions that meet the specialized needs of its customers. Pharmachem s customerdriven approach is the cornerstone of the company mantra-- We Make Ingredients Work Headquartered in Kearny NJ Pharmachem is a leading global contract manufacturer and supplier of high quality specialty ingredients and custom blends. The company also provides advanced ingredient processing services to the nutrition personal care and pet food industries. Since Pharmachem s founding in 1979 the company has achieved several certifications including NOP (National Organic Program)certified organic processor status. The company operates NSF cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) certified facilities throughout North America to produce the purest ingredients in a variety of forms for specific applications. Kosher and halal certifications are available. The company also has AIB superior ratings and HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) programs in place. cosmetics as well as nutritious pet foods-- Pharmachem can make it for you. At Pharmachem the company produces custom ingredient systems and consumer products with a just-in-time approach. Pharmachem manufactures products in a variety of forms from drink powders--to stick packs--to flexible packaging. The company supports new process development and optimization of ingredients from bench top through commercialization. Pharmachem will make your product competitive Ingredient Processing At Pharmachem the company offers ingredient processing services from farm to finished product. The company grows extracts granulates blends instantizes agglomerates synthesizes and crystallizes it. Imagine the possibilities Pharmachem does every day. Quality Control (QC) QC demands are getting stricter and more precise and our experts remain at the forefront ultimately ensuring your product is completely safe and uncompromised. Pharmachem s (QC) unit is comprised of leading technical experts in quality control receiving analytical chemistry and microbiology. The company s experts deploy rigorous testing to ensure that all ingredients received in its laboratories meet specifications through every stage in production testing raw materials during processing and finished product testing. Services Spray drying Spray chilling Extractions and fermentation Agglomeration Plating Encapsulation Particle sizing Purification Granulation Liquid to powder Powder to liquid Esterification New ingredient development Value added ingredients Pharmachem s QC Unit Keeps testing environment stable Ensures product purity integrity and efficacy Meets or exceeds all regulatory standards and safety requirements Enforces cGMP compliance with Chemistry Manufacturing and Control (CMC) process Manages risks and expedites your product to market. Contract Manufacturing No matter the type of product--food and beverage dietary supplements personal care and Specialty Ingredients Pharmachem admits it the company loves finding and marketing ingredients with powerful research that addresses the most widespread health concerns. Its branded ingredients are backed by solid science to ensure safety and efficacy. Pharmachem s ingredients are clinically proven cGMP certified U.S. made fully traceable and more. Here are summaries of ingredients that Pharmachem can make work for you. Phase 2 Carb Controller is the original and still number-one researched white kidney bean extract Phase 2 has more than a dozen clinical studies demonstrating clear ability to help reduce the impact of starchy foods. Probiotical probiotics feature Microbac microencapsulation technology. The strains include high quality allergen-free probiotic strains as well as proprietary formulations for the dietary supplement nutraceutical functional food and beverage industries. Prenulin for natural glucose support is a patent-pending ingredient that functions effectively as a Sugar Blocker. Prenulin is a combination formula of L-arabinose and Pharmachem s patented FoodBound Chromium yeast or Chromax Chromium Picolinate from Nutrition 21. Lactium is a milk protein hydrolysate containing a bioactive peptide for stress management. Studies show it helps alleviate the symptoms of stress and synergistically promotes restful slumber. Celadrin is an all natural proprietary ingredient designed for joint health composed of esterified fatty acid carbons and other active synergists. Studies show it helps support mobility. Cran-Max is a clinically studied all natural whole fruit cranberry extract. Studies show it has powerful bacterial anti-adhesion properties supporting urinary tract healthy function. Reducol is clinically proven to significantly lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) when consumed in different foods and dietary supplements. Further Pharmachem provides a wide array of specialty ingredients--vitamins minerals amino acids botanicals and nutritionals such as aloe vera and chia. Because the industry is more challenging in precision regulation and competition it becomes increasingly exciting to Pharmachem to meet these demands. Consumers trust the idea of self-support via dietary supplements and they are craving more. AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 43 Protexin Inc. 2017 Company Profiles 1833 N.W. 79th Ave. Doral FL 33126 Phone (786) 310-7233 Email contact protexin.com Website www.bio-kult.com U.K. to the USA ith an ongoing commitment to research and its own cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) accredited manufacturing facility Protexin is one of the U.K. s supplement industry s most established and trusted companies when it comes to probiotics and gut health. The company is experiencing rapid demand across the globe and already exports to 40-plus countries. Extensive growth is also being seen from the USA market as more and more vitamin retailers are discovering their portfolio of products and are impressed by their extensive research. This has lead to Protexin opening a subsidiary in Miami FL to help cater for this accelerated USA growth. Word is spreading around vitamin retailers about the unique probiotic products in the Bio-Kult range said Lizzie Hardy director of marketing and communications. Having our own offices and warehouse facilities in Miami means we can support our partners in the USA more efficiently and above all maintain the exceptional level of customer service we are known for around the globe. W We manufacture to pharmaceutical MHRA cGMP standards so all our customers around the world can be confident that our products are the highest quality explained Janine Barlow head of new product development. Bio-Kult Infantis contains the sevenstrain mixture used in the trial but also includes the added benefit of prebiotics vitamin D3 to contribute to the normal function of the immune system and is high in omega-3. The formula does not contain artificial colors flavors or preservatives and comes in an easy to use sachet. Brand Portfolio The Bio-Kult line-up of products has grown in recent years. The complete range of products includes the company s original 14-probiotic-strain formula that is proven to survive the high acidity of the stomach acid. There is also Bio-Kult Cand a a probiotic supplement with added grapefruit seed extract and garlic. When taken daily it can help strengthen the body s natural defenses against yeast overgrowth. BioKult Pro-Cyan contains cranberry extract two specifically selected probiotic strains and vitamin A which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and the maintenance of mucous membranes which can be found lining the urinary tract. The newest addition to the range is Bio-Kult Infantis an advanced multi-strain probiotic formula for babies and young children. Research Investment As a business Protexin invests a large amount into research working closely with leading universities hospitals and research centers around the world on a range of ongoing research programs. A newly published trial has revealed that the seven-strain probiotic and prebiotic mixture (symbiotic) found in Bio-Kult Infantis could significantly improve symptoms in infants suffering from colic without any reported side effects. The study involved infants aged 2 weeks to 4 months who had been diagnosed with colic. The infants were randomly assigned to receive a placebo or the probiotic mixture for 30 days. Parents were asked to keep symptom diaries to record the results. Infants who took the probiotic saw a significant improvement in symptoms and in some cases symptoms had completely resolved. Average daily crying time was reduced by at least half for 82.6 percent of infants in the probiotic group after seven days. Furthermore 39 percent experienced a resolution of symptoms. Protexin As a company Protexin s belief is that nature is an ideal source of effective health care solutions and that applied research and understanding can harness these solutions to the benefit of both humans and animals. Retailer Support Protexin shows a strong commitment to supporting its retailer partners. Extensive marketing strategies and point of sale support is available as well as a robust technical expertise to assist with training retail employees and their customers. Education is key to our business said Hardy. We are committed to sharing the knowledge we have of the probiotic market. We are proud of our research programs and the uniqueness of our products and we want to share that with as many people as we can. Protexin has won the Queens Award for International Trade in 2011 and again in 2016 and has been awarded a 2 rating award from Best Companies which is considered Outstanding. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease. 44 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Protocol For Life Balance 2017 Company Profiles 244 Knollwood Dr. Ste. 300 Bloomingdale IL 60108 Phone (877) 776-8610 Fax (855) 833-9012 Email 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 conditionspecific 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. dation 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 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 (CT). The company s proprietary Naturokinetics process is the cornerstone of its quality standards and acts as a foun- AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 45 QuinTron Instrument Company Inc. 2208 S. 38th St. Milwaukee WI 53215 Phone (800) 542-4448 (414) 645-4222 Fax (414) 645-3484 Email customerservice breathtests.com Website www.breathtests.com 2017 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 46 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Women s International Pharmacy 2017 Company Profiles 2 Marsh Ct. 12012 N. 111 th Ave. Madison WI 53718 Youngtown AZ 85363 Phone (800) 279-5708 Fax (800) 279-8011 Website www.womensinternational.com Helping You Meet Your Patients Unique Needs s an experienced health care practitioner you understand patients do not present with a one size fits all list of symptoms. Women s International Pharmacy is dedicated to helping you meet your patients unique needs. For more than 30 years Women s International Pharmacy has specialized in the art and science of custom compounded bioidentical hormone medications for men and women. As a compounding pharmacy Women s International Pharmacy formulates combinations of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients as prescribed by a health care practitioner into specific dosage forms such as capsules creams gels lozenges suppositories and other forms. A Preservative-free or allergen-free prescriptions can be compounded for sensitive patients. Flavoring can be added to make drops and lozenges more palatable if desired. Quality Assurance Compounding pharmacies (and pharmacists) adhere to standards and regulations set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia and State Boards of Pharmacy for quality assurance and accuracy. Women s International Pharmacy is meticulous in meeting the industry s highest quality standards of compounded medications. Women s International Pharmacy maintains stringent compounding proficiency and quality assurance standards. Compounding is completed by skilled licensed pharmacists and nationally certified technicians working under direct pharmacist supervision. All staff members complete regular training programs and competency assessments as required by state regulations and federal guidelines. Women s International Pharmacy has specially designed facilities to ensure the quality of our compounded medications. It follows all established guidelines for testing ingredients and compounds. The lab staff uses personal protective equipment and its compounding area is segregated and operates on a self-contained ventilation system. Every piece of equipment is expertly maintained. Cleaning and maintenance are well-documented. To ensure accuracy and uniformity of compounded medications Women s International Pharmacy utilizes equipment that meets established quality standards including electronic balances encapsulation equipment and electronic mortars and pestles. Equipment is evaluated for accuracy on a daily basis. An Services Women s International Pharmacy s consulting pharmacists with 350 years and counting of combined pharmacist knowledge about bioidentical hormones are there to answer questions from health care practitioners clinic staff and patients on specific formulations and or dosages for hormone-related imbalances. Educational information is also available to you and your patients upon request. Benefits of working with a compounding pharmacy include Health care practitioners can prescribe medication specific to their patient s individual needs instead of only having access to standardized commercially available dosages strengths and forms. Health care practitioners can more easily fine-tune or modify the dose or prescription as an individual s needs change or match an individual s preferences and absorption needs. Compounded prescriptions can be customized to different formulations that may be easier to administer. For example if a patient has difficulty swallowing pills the compounding pharmacist may be able to formulate the medication as a cream or gel. Multiple prescriptions can be combined into a single dosage form for convenience and to ensure better patient adherence. independent ISO 9002 and Guide 25 Registered Scale Company certifies its balances on a scheduled basis. Women s International Pharmacy uses only high-grade materials supplied from reputable sources. These materials also meet official established requirements. Each active ingredient is delivered with a certificate of analysis verifying the identity and quality of the pure drug powders. Independent testing of ingredients by an analytical laboratory also may be done. All waste is disposed of at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved facilities. At Women s International Pharmacy maintaining the quality of our preparations is of paramount importance. Therefore a continuous quality improvement process is employed. The entire staff takes an active role in our quality review and improvement process. Women s International Pharmacy is proud to have earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board s (PCAB) Seal of Accreditation for meeting and or exceeding national quality standards. PCAB Accreditation is an additional voluntary step to ensure the compounding pharmacy profession s most rigorous review and inspection measures are met. Women s International Pharmacy Cares As a health care practitioner who has the optimal health and wellness of your patients as your top priority Women s International Pharmacy is here for you. Women s International Pharmacy is committed to helping you tailor medication to meet the individual needs of your patients. It would be an honor to become your compounding pharmacy of choice AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 47 NATURAL HEALTH STUDIES Poor Adolescent Diet May Influence Brain and Behavior in Adulthood A dolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study suggests adequate nutrition in adolescence is important for the refinement of the adult brain and behavior. The structure and function of the brain continue to change throughout adolescence at the same time that teenagers gain increasing independence and begin to make their own food choices. Since high-calorie low-quality diets tend to be more affordable than healthy ones teenagers may opt for foods that lack key nutrients important for brain health such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) which cannot be produced by the human body and must be obtained from foods such as fish and vegetables. Oliver Manzoni and colleagues fed mice a balanced diet until early adolescence when some mice were switched to a diet lacking n-3 PUFAs. Mice fed the poor diet during adolescence had reduced levels of n-3 PUFA in the medial prefrontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens in adulthood compared to control mice. The low-quality diet impaired the brain s ability to fine-tune connections between neurons in these regions. (Source The Journal of Neuroscience--June 2017) Increase in Use of High-dose Vitamin D Supplements rom 1999 through 2014 the number of U.S. adults taking daily vitamin D supplements above the recommended levels increased and 3 percent of the population exceeded the daily upper limit considered to possibly pose a risk of adverse effects according to a study published by JAMA. A 2011 report concluded that vitamin D was beneficial for bone health but noted possible harm (e.g. abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood soft tissue or vascular calcification) for intakes above the tolerable upper limit of 4 000 IU daily. The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D is 600 IU d for adults 70 years or younger and 800 IU d for those older than 70 years. Using data from the nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Pamela L. F Lutsey PhD MPH of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis and colleagues assessed trends in daily supplemental vitamin D intake of 1 000 IU or more and 4 000 IU or more from 1999 through 2014. The analysis included 39 243 participants. The researchers found that the prevalence of daily supplemental vitamin D use of 1 000 IU or more in 2013-2014 was 18.2 percent in 1999-2000 it was 0.3 percent. In 2013-2014 prevalence of daily supplemental intake of 4 000 IU or more was 3.2 percent this figure was less than 0.1 percent prior to 2005-2006. Trends of increasing supplemental vitamin D use were found for most age groups race ethnicities and both sexes. In 2013-2014 intake of 4 000 IU or more daily was highest among women (4.2 percent) nonHispanic white individuals (3.9 percent) and those 70 years or older (6.6 percent). A limitation of the study is that data was self reported however participants were asked to bring supplement bottles to aid in reporting. Characterizing trends in vitamin D supplementation particularly at doses above the tolerable upper limit has important and complex public health and clinical implications the authors wrote. (Source JAMA--June 2017) Traditional Chinese Medicine May Benefit Some Heart Disease Patients raditional Chinese medicine (TCM) might be effective as a complement or alternative to traditional Western medicine for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease according to a state of the art review paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death worldwide and despite advances in Western medicine for treating and preventing heart disease unmet needs remain. As a result TCM is being increasingly looked at as a supplement to Western medicine but to date randomized controlled trials are overall of poor quality and flawed. Western scientists often reject Chinese medicine for specific reasons the formula consists of dozens of ingredients with many chemical molecules making it hard to clarify the therapeutic mechanism the medications available in China do not undergo the same rigorous approval T process as Western drugs to guarantee efficacy and safety and most trials were conducted in China by TCM physicians with medications largely unavailable in the United States. Researchers in this review looked at studies published over the past 10 years on randomized controlled trials of TCM used for patients with hypertension dyslipidemia diabetes pre-diabetes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and chronic heart failure to assess the efficacy and safety of TCM. In all certain Chinese medications showed suggested benefits for each of the cardiovascular health conditions studied. For example researchers looked at eight randomized controlled trials on TCM and hypertension. The evidence indicated that Tiankuijiangya Zhongfujiangya Qiqilian Jiangya and Jiangyabao have antihypertensive effects and a good safety profile making them a potential good alternative for patient intolerant of or who cannot afford Western medications. However whether those benefits transferred into long-term positive cardiovascular outcomes would have to be determined by long-term trials. Of note one should bear in mind that traditional Chinese medicine medications are usually prescribed as complex formulae which are often further manipulated by the practitioner on a personalized basis said Yuxia Zhao senior author of the review and a physician in the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Shandong University Qilu Hospital in Jinan Shandong China. The pharmacological effects and the underlying mechanisms of some active ingredients of traditional Chinese medications have been elucidated. Thus some medications might be used as a complementary and alternative approach for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. (Source Journal of the American College of Cardiology--June 2017) 48 NATURAL PRACTITIONER WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM AUGUST 2017 Meditation and Yoga Can Reverse DNA Reactions That Cause Stress ind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation yoga and Tai Chi don t simply relax us they can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud. The research published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology reviewed more than a decade of studies analyzing how the behavior of our genes is affected by different MBIs including mindfulness and yoga. Experts from the universities conclude that when examined together the 18 studies--featuring 846 participants over 11 years--reveal a pattern in the molecular changes which happen to the body as a result of MBIs and how those changes benefit our mental and physical health. The researchers focus on how gene expression is affected in other words the way that genes activate to produce proteins which influence the biological make-up of the body the brain and the immune system. When a person is exposed to a stressful event their sympathetic nervous system (SNS)-- the system responsible for the fightor-flight response--is triggered in turn increasing production of a molecule called M nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) which regulates how genes are expressed. NF-kB translates stress by activating genes to produce proteins called cytokines that cause inflammation at cellular level--a reaction that is useful as a short-lived fight-or-flight reaction but if persistent leads to a higher risk of cancer accelerated aging and psychiatric disorders like depression. According to the study however people who practice MBIs exhibit the opposite effect-- namely a decrease in production of NF-kB and cytokines leading to a reversal of the proinflammatory gene expression pattern and a reduction in the risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions. The study s authors say the inflammatory effect of the fight-or-flight response which also serves to temporarily bolster the immune system would have played an important role in humankind s hunter-gatherer prehistory when there was a higher risk of infection from wounds. In today s society however where stress is increasingly psychological and often longerterm pro-inflammatory gene expression can be persistent and therefore more likely to cause psychiatric and medical problems. Lead investigator Ivana Buric from the Brain Belief and Behavior Lab in Coventry University s Centre for Psychology Behavior and Achievement said Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like yoga or meditation but what they perhaps don t realize is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business. These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply MBIs cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing. More needs to be done to understand these effects in greater depth for example how they compare with other healthy interventions like exercise or nutrition. But this is an important foundation to build on to help future researchers explore the benefits of increasingly popular mind-body activities. (Source Frontiers in Immunology-- June 2017) Acupuncture Relieves Pain in Emergency Patients he world s largest randomized controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. Led by RMIT University in Melbourne Australia the study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing longterm relief for patients who came to emergency departments in considerable pain. But the trial conducted in the emergency departments of four Melbourne hospitals showed pain management remains a critical issue with neither treatment providing adequate immediate relief. Lead investigator Professor Marc Cohen from RMIT s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences said pain was the most common reason people came to emergency departments but was often inadequately managed. While acupuncture is widely used by practitioners in community settings for treating pain it is rarely used in hospital emergency departments Cohen said. Emergency nurses and doctors need a variety of pain-relieving options when treating patients given the con- T cerns around opioids such as morphine which carry the risk of addiction when used longterm. Our study has shown acupuncture is a viable alternative and would be especially beneficial for patients who are unable to take standard pain-relieving drugs because of other medical conditions Cohen continued. But it s clear we need more research overall to develop better medical approaches to pain management as the study also showed patients initially remained in some pain no matter what treatment they received. The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia and funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council involved 528 patients with acute low back pain migraine or ankle sprains who presented at the emergency departments of the Alfred Hospital Cabrini Malvern Epworth Hospital and Northern Hospital between January 2010 and December 2011. Patients who identified their level of pain as at least four on a 10-point scale randomly received one of three types of treatment acupuncture alone acupuncture plus pharma- cotherapy or pharmacotherapy alone. One hour after treatment less than 40 percent of patients across all three groups felt any significant pain reduction (two or more pain points) while more than 80 percent continued to have a pain rating of at least four. But 48 hours later the vast majority found their treatment acceptable with 82.8 percent of acupuncture-only patients saying they would probably or definitely repeat their treatment compared with 80.8 percent in the combined group and 78.2 percent in the pharmacotherapy-only group. Some Australian emergency departments already offer acupuncture when trained staff are available but further studies are needed on ways to improve pain management overall in emergency departments and the potential role for acupuncture in this Cohen said. We need to determine the conditions that are most responsive to acupuncture the feasibility of including the treatment in emergency settings and the training needed for doctors or allied health personnel. (Source Medical Journal of Australia--June 2017) AUGUST 2017 WWW.NATURALPRACTITIONERMAG.COM NATURAL PRACTITIONER 49 NATURAL HEALTH STUDIES Common Household Chemicals Lead to Birth Defects in Mice Research Finds new study at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has found a connection between common household chemicals and birth defects. Known as quaternary ammonium compounds or quats the chemicals are often used as disinfectants and preservatives in household and personal products such as cleaners laundry detergent fabric softener shampoo and conditioner and eye drops. The research demonstrated a link between quats and neural tube birth defects in both mice and rats. These chemicals are regularly used in the home hospital public spaces and swimming pools said Dr. Terry Hrubec associate professor of anatomy at the VCOMVirginia campus and research assistant professor in the veterinary college s Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. Most people are exposed on a regular basis. Dr. Hrubec investigated the effect of two commonly used quats alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride. These are often listed on ingredient lists as ADBAC and DDAC respectively and are valued for their antimicrobial and antistatic properties as well as their ability to lower surface tension. Dr. Hrubec found that exposure to these chemicals resulted in neural tube birth defects--the same birth defect as A spina bifida and anencephaly in humans. Birth defects were seen when both males and females were exposed as well as when only one parent was exposed said Dr. Hrubec who is first author on the study and holds both a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and PhD from the VirginiaMaryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The fact that birth defects could be seen when only the father was exposed means that we need to expand our scope of prenatal care to include the father. Dr. Hrubec found that mice and rats did not even need to be dosed with the chemicals to see the effect. Her research shows that simply using quat-based cleaners in the same room as the mice was enough to cause birth defects. We also observed increased birth defects in rodents for two generations after stopping exposure Dr. Hrubec added. An earlier study in Dr. Hrubec s laboratory found that these chemicals led to reproductive declines in mice. Follow-up research found that quats were decreasing sperm counts in males and ovulation in females. The research raises the possibility of quats contributing to human infertility which has been on the rise in recent decades. We are asked all of the time You see your results in mice. How do you know that it s toxic in humans Dr. Hrubec said. Our research on mice and rats shows that these chemicals affect the embryonic development of these animals. Since rodent research is the gold standard in the biomedical sciences this raises a big red flag that these chemicals may be toxic to humans as well. Quaternary ammonium compounds were introduced in the 1950s and 1960s before the standardization of toxicity studies. Chemical manufacturers conducted some toxicity studies on the compounds during this period but they were never published. Today the chemicals are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Hrubec noted that an epidemiological study could determine whether people who have a high rate of exposure such as health care workers or restaurant servers have a more difficult time becoming pregnant or have a greater likelihood of having children with neural tube birth defects but no such study has been conducted to date. (Source Birth Defects Research--June 2017) 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. To have a new product included in Natural Marketplace please send a press release and photograph to Natural Practitioner by email to ShariB VRMmedia.com. 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For more information call (800) 532-3688 or visit www.acam.org mpage 2017std. September 28-October 1 The 8th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference (IMMH) Orange County CA This conference will give practitioners a whole body approach to successfully diagnose and treat underlying issues contributing to the manifestations of neurological social and behavioral disorders. Research has revealed that many disorders such as depression bipolar disorder anxiety OCD eating disorders and autism spectrum disorders often have biomedical causes that contribute to symptoms from nutritional deficiencies to chronic infections. Patients have better outcomes when these causes are addressed and treated through a combination of specialized testing and nutritional therapies even in combination with traditional approaches. Speakers for 2016 include Mary Ackerley MD Peter Bongiorno ND Lauren R. Few PhD among others. Attendance to this conference qualifies you to join the IMMH Clinician Registry making you accessible to potential patients. For more information visit www.immh2017.com. October 21-22 The Nova Scotia Naturopathic Conference Nova Scotia Canada The Nova Scotia Naturopathic Conference is the premier annual naturopathic conference in Atlantic Canada taking place over two days. The conference is dedicated to improving patient care by providing a high caliber continuing education opportunity to naturopathic and medical doctors as well as offering a tradeshow for the conference s sponsors. In addition to the conference a cocktail hour is available for participants speakers and sponsors to mix and mingle. The 2017 conference will be held October 21 and 22 at the Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel. For more information visit www.nsnc.info. October 24-28 9th Annual Mind Body Medicine CME Conference Lenox MA AMI Meditation techniques that can relieve and prevent physician burnout will be taught at the 9th Annual Mind Body Medicine CME conference at the Cranwell Resort and Spa. Entitled The Heart and Science of Yoga the training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Education. 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Stiffness & Cartilage Turnover in Healthy Post-menopausal Women A Single Center Randomized Double Blind Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial. Unpublished (submitted for publication). 2017 21 pgs. 4 Ruff KJ Kopp KJ Von Behrens P Lux M Mahn M Back M. Effectiveness of NEM brand eggshell membrane in the treatment of suboptimal joint function in dogs a multicenter randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. Veterinary Medicine Research and Reports. 18 August 2016 2016(7) 113--121. 5 Wedekind KJ Ruff KJ Atwell CA Evans JL Bendele AM. Beneficial effects of natural eggshell membrane (NEM) on multiple indices of arthritis in collagen-induced arthritic rats. Mod Rheumatol. 2016 Dec 21 1-11. 6 Ruff KJ Morrison D Duncan SA Back M Aydogan C Theodosakis J. Beneficial Effects of NEM Brand Eggshell Membrane Versus Placebo in Exercise-induced Joint Pain Stiffness & Cartilage Turnover in Healthy Post-menopausal Women A Single Center Randomized Double Blind Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial. Unpublished (submitted for publication). 2017 21 pgs. 7 Berardi JM. Can eggshell membrane reduce joint pain Precision Nutrition. 2012 1-13. 8 Ruff KJ Winkler A Jackson RW DeVore DP Ritz BW. Eggshell membrane in the treatment of pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis of the knee a randomized multicenter double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study. Clin Rheumatol. 2009 Aug 28(8) 907-14. 9 Ruff KJ DeVore DP Leu MD Robinson MA. Eggshell membrane a possible new natural therapeutic for joint and connective tissue disorders. Results from two open-label human clinical studies. Clin Interv Aging. 2009 4 235-40. 10 Danesch U Seybold M Rittinghausen R Treibel W Bitterlich N. NEM Brand Eggshell Membrane Effective in the Treatment of Pain Associated with Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis Results from a Six Center Open Label German Clinical Study. J Arthritis. 2014 3 136. 11 Brunello E Masini A. 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