Monday, January 31, 2011

Glucosamine Loading Doses received a question: What do we have to take a double does of some (or all) joint products for the first two weeks?

You have to remember that you can never be sure of the potency, purity, dissolution and bio-availability of the the Food Grade product you buy off the shelf, therefore in as a marketing strategy if you use more of the product up front (e.g..Loading doses") then you'll need to buy your next month's supply two weeks early. And the double dose may be required in order for you to even get close to the recommended single doses level that your body can use because the product has problems in meeting potency, or it's not bio-availability is not up to the body using he product.

Any pharmaceutical grade product will have earned that USP certification because it's meets measurable standards for potency, purity (free of toxins), dissolution and bio-availability,...and, will not see loading doses on the label.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Healthy Home

I have long lived by a saying "You Don't Know, What You Don't Know". This can pertain to any subject. When it comes to your health and working within the chair of health, most people are unaware of the hidden toxins and dangers under their own roof. Everyone should at least spend 2 minutes and 12 seconds and watch the video below to get an idea on what threats they are facing.

The Healthy Home, by Dr Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz, is now available and serves as a great educational tool and reference for us to be aware and reduce these dangers. This is they say about the subject:

We are bombarded with toxins and dangerous chemicals every day. And our own home is likely the most dangerous place of all. Everyday products and behaviors of any modern family pose surprising health risks. Whether it's the personal-care products we put on our skin each morning, the household cleaners we use every day, or the mattresses we sleep on at night, countless damaging toxins are taking a dangerous toll on our bodies.

But it doesn't have to be that way. For additional information and to learn simple solutions to protect your family from hidden household dangers, please visit or like us on Facebook at

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Don't Ignore Your Bodily Pains

I ran across this article on Yahoo! Health - Healthy Living, written by the Editors of Prevention magazine, from which you can set up to receive e-mail health bulletins. This article reminds us that our body's talk to us - it's up to us to listen.

Seven Pains to Never, Ever Ignore
Healthy LivingSaturday, January 22, 2011
by The Editors of Prevention

Usually a headache is just a headache, and heartburn is nothing more than a sign that you rang the Taco Bell once too often. Except when they're not.

Pain is your body's way of telling you that something isn't quite right. More often than not, you have some idea of what's behind it. But when it comes on suddenly, lingers longer than usual, or just seems different, it calls for medical attention--and the sooner, the better. According to our experts, all of the following pain conditions should be considered red flags

1. Chest pain
“If patients were to become well versed in what I think of as the subtle language of the heart, many could avoid needless worry and expense,” notes Arthur Agatston, MD, a preventive cardiologist. "Studies have found that women experience a wider range of heart attack symptoms than men do." In Agatston's experience, there are three good indicators that something isn't right, and they can occur in either gender. They are chest pain that doesn't go away, varied shortness of breath, and any upper body pain that hasn't occurred before. If you experience any of these symptoms, he says, you should call your doctor or 911 immediately.

2. Severe head pain
Chances are, it's a migraine. But if it isn't accompanied by other migraine symptoms (such as a visual aura), sudden, severe head pain can signal a brain aneurysm. "A burst aneurysm can cause brain damage within minutes, so you need to call 911 immediately," advises Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Center for Women's Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

3. A throbbing tooth
It's likely that the tooth's nerve has become damaged, probably because the surrounding pearly white enamel is cracked or rotting away. Unless you get it patched up quickly, bacteria in your mouth can invade the nerve. And you definitely don't want that breeding colony to spread throughout your body, says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist outside St. Paul, Minnesota. If your tooth is already infected, you'll require a root canal, in which the tooth's bacteria-laden pulp is removed and replaced with plastic caulking material.

4. Sharp pain in your side
You may just need some Beano. But if you feel as if you're being skewered in your right side, and you're also nauseated and running a fever, you could have appendicitis. For women, another possibility is an ovarian cyst. Typically these fluid-filled sacs are harmless and disappear on their own. But if one twists or ruptures, it can cause terrible pain. In both cases, you're looking at emergency surgery. “If you don't remove an inflamed appendix, it can burst," says Lin Chang, MD, a gastroenterologist and co-director of the Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women's Health at UCLA. A twisted cyst also needs to be removed right away, as it can block blood flow to the ovary within hours.

5. Abdominal discomfort with gas or bloating
For the past month, you've felt gassy and bloated more days than not, and it takes fewer slices of pizza to fill you up than it once did. If the symptoms are new, the worst-case scenario is ovarian cancer. In 2007, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation released the first national consensus on early symptoms of this form of cancer: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulty eating. If you start experiencing them almost daily for more than two or three weeks, consider it a red flag. Schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn to discuss your symptoms.

6. Back pain with tingling toes
If you've just helped your cousin move into her new fourth-floor apartment, anti-inflammatories should banish the pain. But if they don't work, hobble to an orthopedist. "One of your discs (the spongy rings that cushion the bones in your spine) could be pressing on the spinal nerve," says Letha Griffin, MD, an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Atlanta. Without proper attention, you risk permanent nerve damage.

7. Leg pain with swelling
Your calf is extremely tender in one location, noticeably swollen, and red or warm to the touch. You might have deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), commonly known as a blood clot. Resist the urge to massage the area or to try walking off the pain. If the clot breaks free, it can travel through your veins up to your lungs and cut off your oxygen supply. Instead, see your doctor right away. He or she will do a CT scan or ultrasound to check for a DVT. If that's what you have, you'll need to take blood thinners--sometimes for up to a year--to dissolve it, says Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of women and heart disease for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

A Tale of Two Ricks - both with Bad Knees

I'm calling this post a "Tale of Two Ricks" because about seven weeks ago I called to two gents both named Rick, both with aching knees, about trying our products for two months to see if they could make a different.

Rick R., who is in his early 40's, likes to run but lately hasn't been running due to pain and some swelling in both knees. I told him my story about trying off the shelf joint products for almost 20 years without result. He had the same experience using several food grade supplements without any discernible change in his pain. Anyway, Rick R. agreed to try our daily Nutritional Supplement and Glucosamine product. I caught up with him a couple days ago and asked him how he was doing on the product. Rick R. told me he is in his sixth week of taking them, feels great and has been running again for a week without pain. He also told me he dropped seven lbs in those six weeks because he doesn't feel hungry very much. I told him I often hear that from clients and I believe its because you are providing your body with high doses of nutrients therefore you body doesn't crave nutrients nearly as much. I told him it wouldn't help him with a sweet tooth, ha ha.

Now the other Rick, Rick T., who is a little younger than Rick R. also has knee problems primarily going up and down stairs. I also talked to him about the products, and he received the same information as Rick R., but this Rick told me he doesn't believe in "pills or vitamins". As I was leaving the building, just after talking to Rick R., I saw Rick T. walking in and asked him "Hey Rick, your knees still aching?". He said they were. I just kept walking by and said "Hey maybe you ought to talk to Rick R., he's doing something different and his knee pain is gone."

This just goes to show you that people have different priorities. I would think that if your knee pain (or your general health) is not good, then a person would certainly do something different. The definition of insane is sometimes put as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results." Well, I guess that sometimes works with lottery tickets.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

You Are What You Eat - Food Matters

I have been asked by a couple of my clients to comment on the Food Matters site and their DVD. I have posted their trailer for their movie below.

From the Food Matters site, you learn that Food Matters is a feature length documentary film informing you on the best choices you can make for you and your family's health. In a collection of interviews with leading Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Scientists, M.D.'s and Medical Journalists you will discover:

How to use food as medicine
Who needs vitamins?
Is organic better?
How safe is our food?
Natural treatments for lowering Cholesterol
Foods that fight Anxiety and Depression
Natural therapies for Cancer
Which drugs might do more harm than good?
The best ways to detox, lose weight and keep it off!

You can see their site and order their DVD here:

The Nutritional Company I have partnered with has long said that the best way to get your required nutrients is through whole foods. Indeed you have to get Iron from whole foods as when Iron is contained within a Nutritional supplement it interferes with the body's ability to absorb other nutrients.

My position concerning foods is two fold: 1) one leg of our chair of health is to eat goods and abstain from bad foods and, 2) while nutrients from whole foods is highly desirable, it is almost impossible to achieve, hence the need for high quality, high doses of nutritional supplements. Again, we believe you simply cannot eat enough foods to give your body the nutrients it needs for a healthy functioning immune system. For instance we believe that each person must consume 450 IU of Vitamin E each day. To obtain 450 IU from whole foods you would need to eat 4.5 lbs of Wheat Germ,...or 3.0 lbs of Almonds,....or 38 lbs of Spinach. I think you see my point.

Don't make of mistake of placing "pharmacuetical grade" nutritional supplements in the same category as the pharmaceuticals that Food Matters mentions. Over 106,000 people a year die from complications associated with the side effects of prescription pharmaceuticals, while "pharmaceutical grade nutritionals" refer to the standard of manufacturer and quality of the products where you get exactly what is advertised and can rest assured that bio-availability, efficacy, dissolution are the best that can be made and are guaranteed, and you are also free of any possible toxins or impurities.

Let the buyer beware!,....or, let the eater beware!!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Best Water to Drink

I ran across this article on bottled water and thought I would share it with my readers. I live in an area where the tap water is tasty enough and low enough in contaminants to drink. I do buy bottled water for work as I don’t have a water source other than what I can store in my refrigerator. I ensure that I drink the recommended 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight and caution others to make sure they get enough water as well. There are many problems associated with or aggravated by people not drinking enough water……among them lethargy, headaches, poor digestion, overall poor cellular health with less than optimum functioning liver, kidneys, etc. Bottom line is that you have to have water and it needs to be fresh and free from dangerous impurities.

Best and worst bottled water brands.

By Lori Bongiorno, Yahoo! 5 Jan 2011

EWG analyzed the labels of 173 unique bottled water products and company websites to determine if companies disclose information on where water comes from, how or if their water is treated, and whether the results of purity testing are revealed. The nonprofit also looked at how effective (and advanced) any water treatment methods are. Researchers followed up by calling dozens of bottled water companies to find out which ones willingly tell consumers what's in their bottles.

The Environmental Protection Agency says on its website that consumers have the right to know where their water comes from and what's in it so they can "make informed choices that affect the health of themselves and their families." Tap water is regularly tested and consumers can find their local water info online. That's not necessarily the case with bottled water, which is not required to disclose that information to consumers. "Bottled water is a food product and every one of these companies is complying with federal law," says Tom Lauria, of the International Bottled Water Association.

More than half of the bottled water failed the transparency test -- 18 percent didn't say where their water comes from, and another 32 percent did not disclose any information on treatment or purity of water.

Only three brands earned the highest possible marks for disclosing information and using the most advanced treatment methods available - Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, and Penta Ultra-Purified Water.

On the other end of the spectrum, these six brands got the worst marks in EWG's report because they don't provide consumers with the three basic facts about water on product labels or their company website - Whole Foods Italian Still Mineral Water, Vintage Natural Spring Water, Sahara Premium Drinking Water, O Water Sport Electrolyte Enhanced Purified Drinking Water, Market Basket Natural Spring Water, and Cumby's Spring Water.

How does your bottled water brand stack up? Here's a look at the 10 top-selling* U.S. brands:

1. Pure Life Purified Water (Nestle), EWG grade = B

2. Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = C

3. Aquafina Purified Drinking Water (Pepsi), EWG grade = D

4. Dasani Purified Water (Coca-Cola), EWG grade = D

5. Deer Park Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D

6. Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D

7. Ozarka Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D

8. Poland Spring Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D

9. Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D

10. Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water (CG Roxane), EWG grade = F

Filtered tap water received the best grade (an A) from EWG because if you change your filter regularly, EWG says it is purer than bottled water, plus it saves money (bottled water can cost up to 1,900 times more than what flows from your tap). Drinking tap water also takes less of a toll on the planet. EWG offers plenty of tips for filtering your tap water so that you can drink the healthiest water possible.

What should you do when bottled water is your only option? "While our top choice is filtered tap water, when you do need to choose bottled water, we recommend brands that tell you what's in the water and that use advanced treatment technologies like reverse osmosis and micro-filtration," says Houlihan. Advanced treatment technologies remove pollutants that other methods don't. You should look for bottled water products that tell you where the water is coming from and how pure it is.

Click here for the results for all 173 bottled water brands included in the report.

The advice to drink filtered tap water can seem confusing when there are often reports about the contaminants found in municipal water supplies. Just last month, for example, EWG announced that cancer causing hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) is in 31 cities' tap water. Houlihan says chromium-6 is as likely to be in your bottled water as it is in your tap water and we need action from the federal government on this. She points out that a reverse osmosis filter can remove the worrisome contaminant. You can guarantee its removal in your home supply, but in many cases you don't know what's in the bottle you're drinking from.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Re-Directional Spending for Your Health

The question "What is Your Health Worth?" is a very intriguing question. Ask a Mother, "What's your child's health worth to you?" and you'll get an immediate answer such as "Everything!"

Ask an adult that question and you'll usually get a answer with a caveat,....such as "My health is important to me. I'm pretty fit; fairly careful with what I eat; don't drink too much,'s just that I'm not going to be a Nazi about it or worry about it all the time." I sometimes say,.."No, your right. You don't need to worry about it now,...hopefully there'll be plenty of time to worry about it when you are in your late 40's, or 50's."

I have done many health presentations to people, explaining the Chair of Health - eating right, taking quality nutritional supplements, getting some physical exercise and avoiding toxins. I'll ask someone if they take nutritional supplements,...and surprisingly most people have or have in the past. They think nothing about paying $27.95 a month for some off the shelf product. When I show they the low rating of their current supplement (in the independent Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements) and show them what I take and recommend they are impressed, until they hear the price,......$44.50......I'll get replies like: "I don't know. That's alot of money for a months worth of supplements." (actually 28 days)

Now I am not allowed by signed agreement, nor it is good practice to run down other companies supplements down,.....I let the Comparative Guide speak for itself, and there are a couple other top rated supplements from different companies as well. But I will ask someone if they eat out and how often? I will always get a positive response,.."Of course I eat out, least once a week....maybe more." Then I'll ask "So you maybe spend a minimum of $100 a month on restaurants,....maybe even three times that?"

I don't know,..maybe it's an American thing where we place too much emphasis on instant gratification even though it may be short lasting,....maybe it's a educational thing where people think they are mostly impervious to disease until they get much older,......but I still find it funny that people will spend a lot of money on dinner out, usually twice as much as a 28 day supply of the highest rated daily nutritional supplements cost.

When I ask Mothers if they they are providing supplements to their children I usually get another positive response and usually the product is a store bought, chewable shaped like a cartoon character. When I show them the Comparative Guide for Children's Nutritional Supplements and show them they can provide, at around $13, a much higher rated supplement for their children, AND often this is only $5 more than they are spending for a month supply of off the shelf, food grade supplements,........they balk. So in reality the answer to the first question, "What is your child's health worth?" the answer is $7.95 a month but not $12.50

This is not only an issue of getting what you pay for, but a habit of developing re-directional spending to support your health. It crosses all product lines. Rather than a bag of Fritos, how about a bag of carrots? And if you insist a bag of both,....just make sure you eat the carrots.

I take many supplements each and every day,....wouldn't miss them for the world and I will be on them for the rest of my life,...however long God intends that to be. I take daily multi-mineral and anti-oxidant tablets along with Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids which has greatly reduced my chronic knee pain to the point where I am pain free and have the mobility I had 30 years ago when I was in my early twenties. Recently, I have added a Vitamin D supplement since studies are now coming to light that the recently upgraded RDA of 800 IU is still much, much too low for optimum benefits. This cost me roughly $110 a month, not only money well spent, but money not missed as I don't by large amounts of the crap I used to buy. But then again, everyone places a a different worth on their health.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

New Years Resolution - Get Healthier

That time of the Year again - to make New Year's resolutions. What's your? Mine is to get healthier and stay healthier. But a resolution without a plan is usually doomed to fail.

What I resolve to do is to get back into the gym on a consistent basis; make healthier food choices when I do eat out; and become more educated so I can manage my health and help others better.

I have read many good books on nutrition, the best being "What Your Doctors Don't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You", by Dr Ray Strand, and "Releasing Fat" by the same author. Releasing Fat is not about diets and losing weight, it's abut reducing the treat of diabetes for managing this degenerative disease if you have it.

My reading list for the New Year, which I plan on finishing and applying what I learn, is by the end of January 2011 to finish the books I have not yet read. I have all of them on my bookshelf, just haven;t made time to read them yet.

Anyway, my reading list counting the two books I have already read, are listed below. I think that once someone reads one of these books, they yearn for more - not such a bad thing.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Success Quotes

Some of My Favorite Success Quotes

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
Thomas Jefferson
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will."
Vince Lombardi

"Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself."

Theodore T. Hunger
"We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired to glory."

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

Frank Loyd Wright

"Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving."

Dennis Waitley
"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed."
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
"A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience".
Elbert Hubbard

"There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way."

Christopher Morley

"Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats."

A. Branson Alcott

"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows."

Aristotle Onassis
"The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance."
Owen Feltham

"Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases."

Jeremy Collier
"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is: Try to please everybody."
Herbert Bayard Swope

"Impatience never commanded success."

Edwin H. Chapin
"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well."
Henry W. Longfellow

"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."

William Shakespeare

"Try not to become a man of success but a man of value."

Albert Einstein

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Motivational Quotes

Some of My Favorite Motivational Quotes

"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us."
Samuel Smiles

"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."
Thornton Wilder

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
George S. Patton

"Storms make oaks take roots."

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
Arthur C. Clarke

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."
Johann Gottfried Von Herder

"And all may do what has by man been done."
Edward Young

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."
St. Clement of Alexandra

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Albert Einstein

"Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do."
Orison Swett Marden

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls."
Winston Churchill

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