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Supplements Exposed: How To Ensure You Are Getting Adequate Vitamins & Minerals

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Many of us know that we probably aren’t getting all of the vitamins and nutrients we need to function at our best, and often we turn to supplements to make up for it, assuming we can get almost all of the vitamins and minerals we need through the various pills and powders we find in the drug store. Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true. There is a lot of misinformation out there about vitamin supplements, and while it may be a hard truth to swallow, for the most part, you’d be better off without them. Let me explain.

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While many of the popular vitamin brands are advertised as having 100% of your daily vitamin needs, this is only technically true. These vitamins are generally synthesized from an isolated source, which means your body has almost no idea what to do with them and just expels them through your urine, rendering them effectively useless. So even if you spend hundreds of dollars on supplements each month, if you aren’t eating a healthy, balanced diet, then there is a good chance that your body is deficient in many essential vitamins and minerals.

Why Is This a Problem?

Many supplement companies exploit people’s honest desire to do the right thing for themselves and their families by buying vitamins, profiting off of selling them useless pills. When buying synthetic vitamins, not only are you not getting access to the nutrients that you think you are, you may actually be increasing, rather than decreasing, your risk of disease. The most common synthetic compounds used in these supplements, in fact, are the vitamins themselves, and the majority of the vitamins on store shelves and those used to fortify foods, including “natural” foods, are synthetic.

Let’s take the very popular vitamin C, for example. Many of us are aware that this vitamin can help us avoid getting sick and recover from illness quickly, but this is one of the most commonly synthesized vitamins on the market. Generally, artificial vitamin C will be listed on the label as “ascorbic acid.” It is unlikely that manufacturers will be able to get more than 100mg of vitamin C from various foods into a tablet, so if you see a supplement that says vitamin C 100mg, it’s more likely to be from a natural source.

Where’s the Harm In Synthesized Vitamins?

One study showed serious side effects in adults who were taking 1,000mg of Vitamin C per day. This dosage impaired their energy systems, depleted their endurance, and weakened the mitochondria of their cells, which burn fat and sugar. It also had significant effects on the antioxidant system, which is a key immune system regulator. This study was performed on adults, so the effects on children would, presumably, be worse.

With regards to the vitamins that you may think are top of the line and that come from fruit and vegetable concentrates, well, here’s what Dr. Philip Maffetone had to say in a paper he published called “Serious Dangers Of Synthetic And Unnatural Vitamins”:

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Unfortunately, most fruit and vegetable concentrates used in dietary supplements are dried with very high heat, destroying various nutrients. They don’t supply much nutrient but are used in the supplement to make it appear natural, while all the nutrients listed on the label come from synthetic or other unnatural additions. These so-called “whole food” supplements containing fruit or vegetable concentrates have to be “spiked” with synthetic vitamins and other unnatural nutrients in order to list any appreciable amounts of nutrients. Read the supplement facts panel carefully.

Vitamin B is a big one as well, as it is one of the more popular supplements. If a vitamin B supplement is synthetic, it will most likely be listed as folic acid. To avoid this, choose active B vitamins, which are sold under the following common names :

Thiamine (B1):               Thiamine pyrophosphate; Thiamine triphosphate

Riboflavin (B2):               Riboflavin-5-phosphate; Flavin mononucleotide (FMN)

Niacin (B3):                       Nicotinamide (adenine dinucleotide)

Pantothenic acid (B5): Pantethine

Pyridoxine (B6):             Pyridoxal-5-phosphate

Folic acid:                         Folinic acid; 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate

Cobalamin (B12):           Methylcobalamin; Adenosylcobalamin

Choline:                             Phosphatydlcholine

So What Are Our Options?

If you are concerned you’re not getting adequate vitamins and minerals through diet alone, then it may be a good idea to supplement. But keep in mind that it may not be as difficult as you think to get what your body needs from food alone. Just one orange, for example, hits the recommended daily intake for vitamin C, and there are loads of other foods that you might eat on a regular basis that contain vitamin C as well. If you are eating a lot of organic fruits and vegetables, then you are definitely on the right track toward good health. A good rule of thumb is to eat a colourful diet comprised of a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables, in season when possible.

If you still feel as though you need a supplement, it is definitely worth putting in some extensive research. When purchasing, you want to make sure that the supplement is unpasteurized and coming from whole, organic foods. Choose liquids or lozenges where possible. Find a company that you can trust, and if necessary just call and ask them about their supplements. The more you know, the better. Also, there are some vitamins that support each other and work well in the body together, like vitamin D and calcium for example, magnesium and calcium, vitamin C and iron, etc. You can find liquid multi-vitamins available that are coming entirely from plant based ingredients. Something like this may be the best option for overall vitamin intake, however some of us are more deficient than others in certain vitamins. To be sure, talk to your dietician or natural health care provider, either of whom can help you determine what’s right for you and if there is anything specifically that you are lacking.

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8 Natural Alternatives For Commonly Used Antibiotics

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  • The Facts:

    While antibiotics are prescribed to be helpful, their bug-killing ability unfortunately is unable to distinguish between good and bad microbiomes. Thankfully, all medications are derived from plants, therefore there are many natural alternatives.

  • Reflect On:

    How many antibiotics do you regularly rely upon? Have you tried any of the outlined alternatives to see if they can provide you the same relief without the long-term side effects?

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections and can be life-saving. However, most people have no idea how much we are consuming and how they can negatively affect our health.

So many of us are prescribed antibiotics at the first sign of an illness, and we are eating pesticides, and antibiotics in our conventionally raised food. Also, according to many sources including Scientific American, pharmaceuticals including antibiotics are often found in our water supply.

So, What’s The Harm?

Antibiotics are designed to kill “bad bugs” however cannot distinguish between good and bad microbiomes in the body and seeks to destroy all. Leaving the immune system compromised. We see an enormous upswing in autoimmune diseases, and it seems to coincide with the massive overuse of antibiotics. If we wipe out the good gut bacteria that is involved with the strengthening the immune system, there is nothing to stop the autoimmune response which leads to inflammation and disease.

Also, according to the World Health Organization, the overuse of antibiotics is causing antibiotic resistance which is an increasingly severe threat because bacterial infections such as MRSA are becoming harder and harder to treat, which could lead to death. In 2015, antibiotic-resistant pathogens were estimated to cause over 50,000 deaths a year in Europe and the USA. The same medical journal concluded that the frequent use of antibiotics is disrupting and harming our bodies ability to distinguish pathogens from normal cells and bacteria.

Use Natural/ Plant-Based Antibiotics Instead

Most people have no idea that all medications are derived from plants and brought to a factory and created with chemicals, hence side effects. Many plants have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s time to return to tradition.

1. Honey

Honey has been used for centuries and possesses antimicrobial properties. It has been known to heal burns, and wounds and it also provides a protective shield to prevent infection. Manuka honey has a significant antibacterial effect.

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2. Oregano

Oregano fights many strains of bacterial, viral and fungal infections, sometimes better than its prescription counterparts. Oregano is commonly used to fight Streptococcus when combined with olive leaf extract. According to the Microbiology Journal, Oregano even fights intestinal bacterial infections including E.Coli and is an effective treatment for candida overgrowth. It is believed to destroy the cell membrane of dangerous pathogens to stop them from replicating.

3. Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms naturally boost the immune system and contain antimicrobial properties. These mushrooms packed with many essential amino acids are a nutrient powerhouse which also improves brain function.

4. Thyme

Thyme heals most wounds, especially in the gut. This fantastic herb treats dysbiosis and helps the body rebalance bacteria in your body. The compound found in thyme oil is called thymol which is an antimicrobial, antifungal and antiparasitic remedy.

5. Garlic

Garlic is one of the best natural antibiotics. The unique Sulphur compound in garlic helps resolve illnesses of all kinds including pneumonia, prevents food poisoning, and it improves intestinal health. Unlike traditional medications, garlic like many herbs is intelligent. Garlic is highly effective in killing off a host of gut pathogens including candida, while at the same time feeding and encouraging the growth of the beneficial microbes.

6. Goldenseal

Goldenseal has a long history of use by Native American Indians to treat a variety of infections. It is commonly used for sore throats, colds, flu, bronchitis, and streptococcus. Containing a compound called Berberine, Goldenseal is greatly useful.

7. Clove

Clove has an antioxidant and antimicrobial activity which is higher than many other fruits, vegetables, and other herbs. Clove is such a powerful natural medicine, it is believed to treat even the most stubborn staph infection.

8. Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is an old-time remedy that destroys disease-causing pathogens in minutes when exposed to small amounts, according to over 650 documents released by Larry C. Ford, MD.

FLU REMEDY – Wipe it out Quickly: Sovereign Silver, organic elderberry syrup, vitamin C, vitamin D, and l-lysine.

Please note: when fighting a more severe infection, a longer course of treatment may be required.

Bonus Natural Alternative: Echinacea

Echinacea has been used for centuries and is making a comeback in recent years. This North American flower It is highly effective in fighting infections, especially the common cold, and the flu. When coupled with Goldenseal, it’s a dynamic duo.

The Takeaway

Avoid eating non-organic, and grain fed meats and find a local organic farmer to help ensure the integrity of the food you are eating. Filter your water with a high-quality filtration system, such as Berkey. Explore natural alternatives to antibiotics with your Functional Medicine M.D. or Naturopathic Physician. They can help you explore your options and discuss the possible risks and benefits of each regimen.

Don’t take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. And, if you do take antibiotic medication, make sure to take probiotics such as ABX Support by Klaire Labs (four hours away from antibiotics). And, make sure to finish the prescription to help avoid antibiotic resistance.


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Antidepressants Cause Severe Withdrawal Symptoms Like Hallucination, Mania, & Anxiety, Study Reveals

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  • The Facts:

    Another study has emerged outlining the harmful health consequences of taking antidepressant drugs. Not only do pharmaceutical companies lie about their benefits, but they also conceal their harm.

  • Reflect On:

    There are other ways to deal with depression that are more effective than medication. Placebo, for example, exercise, a plant-based diet, meditation etc.

This article was written by Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com. Posted here with permission. You can sign up for their newsletter here.

A concerning new study published in the journal Addictive Behavior and titled, “A systematic review into the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal effects: Are guidelines evidence-based?,” reveals that antidepressants are far more addictive and harmful than previously assumed, and vindicates the long time activism on this issue spearheaded by American psychiatrists like Kelly Brogan, MD and Peter Breggin, MD.

Highlights from the paper are as follows:

  • More than half (56%) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects.
  • Nearly half (46%) of people experiencing withdrawal effects describe them as severe.
  • It is not uncommon for the withdrawal effects to last for several weeks or months.
  • Current UK and USA Guidelines underestimate the severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal, with significant clinical implications.

This study aimed to assess the veracity of the the U.K.’s current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the American Psychiatric Association’s depression guidelines which state that withdrawal reactions from antidepressants are ‘self-limiting’ (i.e. typically resolving between 1 and 2 weeks).

In order to accomplish this goal the systematic review used the following methods:

“A systematic literature review was undertaken to ascertain the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal reactions. We identified 23 relevant studies, with diverse methodologies and sample sizes.”

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The results were reported as follows:

“Withdrawal incidence rates from 14 studies ranged from 27% to 86% with a weighted average of 56%. Four large studies of severity produced a weighted average of 46% of those experiencing antidepressant withdrawal effects endorsing the most extreme severity rating on offer. Seven of the ten very diverse studies providing data on duration contradict the UK and USA withdrawal Guidelines in that they found that a significant proportion of people who experience withdrawal do so for more than two weeks, and that it is not uncommon for people to experience withdrawal for several months.”

Side effects were wide-ranging, lasting several months or longer (including permanent dysfunction), such as: 

“Typical AD withdrawal reactions include increased anxiety, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances, and hyperarousal. Dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, brain zaps, diarrhoea, headaches, muscle spasms and tremors, agitation, hallucinations, confusion, malaise, sweating and irritability are also reported (Warner, Bobo, Warner, Reid, & Rachal, 2006, Healy, 2012). Although the aforementioned symptoms are the most common physical symptoms, there is also evidence that AD withdrawal can induce mania and hypomania, (Goldstein et al., 1999; Naryan & Haddad, 2011) emotional blunting and an inability to cry, (HolguinLew & Bell, 2013) long-term or even permanent sexual dysfunction (Csoka & Shipko, 2006).”

The study concluded:

“We recommend that U.K. and U.S.A. guidelines on antidepressant withdrawal be urgently updated as they are clearly at variance with the evidence on the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal, and are probably leading to the widespread misdiagnosing of withdrawal, the consequent lengthening of antidepressant use, much unnecessary antidepressant prescribing and higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions overall. We also recommend that prescribers fully inform patients about the possibility of withdrawal effects.”

The researchers also noted that the rising numbers of antidepressant prescriptions used throughout the world may be fueled by the antidepressant drug withdrawal side effects themselves:

“As the lengthening duration of AD use has fuelled rising AD prescriptions over the same time period, we must understand the drivers of such lengthening use. The evidence set out suggests that lengthening use may be partly rooted in the underestimation of the incidence, severity and duration of AD withdrawal reactions, leading to many withdrawal reactions being misdiagnosed, for example, as relapse (with drugs being reinstated as a consequence) or as failure to respond to treatment (with either new drugs being tried and/or dosages increased). This issue is pressing as long-term AD use is associated with increased severe side-effects, increased risk of weight gain, the impairment of patients’ autonomy and resilience (increasing their dependence on medical help), worsening outcomes for some patients, greater relapse rates, increased mortality and the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.”

The concerning implications of this study to millions around the world who are on antidepressants were immediately recognized by the media, as evidenced by mainstream reporting on the topic with the following headlines:

Thanks to a small but courageous group of professionals who have been raising awareness of the profound, unintended adverse effects of psychiatric drugs and the abject absence of objective criteria for determining “mental disease,” not only are there already resources available to the public today to better understand the dangers of psychiatric drugs, but there are also programs and protocols in place to help those who are on them to come off of them safely and with the support of others who have done the same already. For instance, the program put together by Dr. Kelly Brogan — Vital Mind Reset — has produced powerful outcomes. Take a look at the testimony wall here to learn from the first hand experiences of those who underwent the program and came out drug-free, often with their psychiatric symptoms and comorbid conditions reduced or completely put into remission.

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Scientists Break Down How Aging Is “Plastic” & We Can Manipulate It To Slow Down Aging

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  • The Facts:

    Slowing down the ageing process is not about looks, it's about health, and feeling good. Scientists have discovered multiple healthy ways to regenerate our immune systems and repair our DNA, and caloric restriction/fasting is one of them.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we told to eat three meals a day? Why are our national food guides more of a guide towards bad health rather than health? Why have many people stopped caring about health? To change the world, we have to change ourselves in multiple ways.

Can we reverse age regression, or slow it down? Given our research into Black Budget programs, it’s clear what we know in the mainstream scientific world differs greatly from the world of secrecy. We recently conducted an interview with a neuroscientist from the University of Arizona who also makes a clear distinction between mainstream science and Black Budget science.

From a mainstream scientific standpoint, it is reversible. At least in human cells and in mice. 

This is why it’s always interesting to ponder just how advanced the world might be. The U.S. air strike against Libya in 1986 used the F-111 fighter aircraft, for instance, but not the F-117A Nighthawk. The latter was still classified at the time, and keeping it secret was more important than using it for this mission. Then there’s the National Reconnaissance Office, which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years. What type of technology were/are they using? Does the NSA have computers that are far more advanced than ours? Can we teleport? Can we travel faster than the speed of light? Is there a secret space program? Can humans be cloned?

While these questions might conflict with many people’s belief systems, they represent valid concerns. Another question worth asking is, can we reverse age regression? We have no idea what military technology is capable of, or how far beyond us it has progressed. Considering the advancements in technology in the past century alone within the mainstream scientific/technical world, these things are hardly beyond our grasp.

But let’s take a look at what we do know. We are, after all, living in a world where science fiction is becoming a reality.

Aging Is Reversible

Today, scientists are actually able to tweak genes that turn adult cells back into embryonic-like ones. For example, it wasn’t long ago that researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies reversed the aging of human and mouse cells, in vitro. The study was published in the journal Cell

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According to Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, the study’s senior author and an expert in gene expression at Salk, “aging is something plastic that we can manipulate.” In living mice, they activated what are known as “Yamanaka factors,” which rejuvenated muscles that were damaged, as well as the pancreas in a middle-aged mouse. This extended the lifespan of the mouse, who also had a genetic mutation for Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, which causes rapid aging in children.

The researchers believe that this study suggests it’s not just possible to slow the aging process, but actually reverse it.

“I fully agree with the conclusions. This work indicated that epigenetic shift is parr responsible for aging, and reprogramming can correct these epigenetic errors. This will be the basis for future exciting developments.”

– Manuel Serrano from the Spanish National Cancer Research Center In Madrid

Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by gene expression, and gene expression can change due to a myriad of factors.

But, as Scientific American points out“The study also showed how fine the line can be between benefit and harm. When the researchers treated mice continually, some developed tumors and died within a week. When the scientists cut the treatment to two days out of seven, however, the mice benefited significantly.” 

The lead author also told Scientific American that they “currently think the brain’s hypothalamus—known as the seat of control for hormones, body temperature, mood, hunger and circadian rhythms—may also act as a regulator of aging.”

According to the Telegraph, with the success of these animals studies, scientists predict human trials to commence within 10 years.

Caloric Restriction and Fasting 

Did you know that, in all animal model studies, caloric restriction reverses signs of aging, slowing it down, and reverses age-related diseases? Research has shown that it reduces what’s called the PKA enzyme, which has been linked to aging, tumour progression, and cancer.

According to a review of fasting literature conducted in 2003“Calorie restriction (CR) extends lifespan and retards age-related chronic diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast. The mechanism or mechanisms through which this occurs are unclear.”

Fasting and caloric restriction have also shown to have a tremendous effect on the brain. As an article from John Hopkins Magazine reveals:

Dietary changes have long been known to have an effect on the brain. Children who suffer from epileptic seizures have fewer of them when placed on caloric restriction or fasts. It is believed that fasting helps kick-start protective measures that help counteract the overexcited signals that epileptic brains often exhibit. (Some children with epilepsy have also benefited from a specific high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.) Normal brains, when overfed, can experience another kind of uncontrolled excitation, impairing the brain’s function.

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Fasting has also been shown to regenerate the immune system and our organs. With regards to the brain, fasting challenges it, and your brain responds to that challenge by adapting stress response pathways that help your brain cope with stress and disease risk. The same changes that occur in the brain during fasting mimic the changes that occur with regular exercise — both increase the production of protein in the brain (neurotrophic factors), which in turn promotes the growth of neurons, the connection between neurons, and the strength of synapses. This is why it’s been found to completely reverse age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

Here is an excellent  TEDx talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, and one of the foremost researchers of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

We’ve published many articles on fasting, and to find out more information on how to do it, different strategies, and more science, you can start here. Below are a select few related articles:

Neuroscientist Shows What Fasting Does To Your Brain & Why Big Pharma Won’t Study It 

The Complete Guide To Fasting & Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: A Special Inter Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

Why Researchers Are Seeking FDA Approval For Fasting & Caloric Restriction For Cancer Treatment 

Scientists Discover That Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration & Fights Cancer

Reversing the Age of White Blood Cells

Elizabeth Parris, the CEO of Bioviva USA Inc, has become the very first human being to successfully, from a biological standpoint, reverse the age of her white blood cells, thanks to her own company’s experimental therapies. Bioviva utilizes intramural and extramural peer-reviewed research to create therapies for age-related diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart-disease), and now, they have reversed 20 years of ‘telomere shortening’ in a human for the first time.

Telomeres are short segments of DNA that cap the ends of every chromosome and act as a protective feature against wear and tear, which occurs naturally as the human body ages. As we age, these telomeres become shorter and shorter as our cells continue to divide more and more. Eventually, they become too short to protect the chromosome, which is what causes our cells to malfunction and age-related diseases to start setting in.

We published a story about this early last year, and you can read more about it here:

First Human Being Has Their DNA Manipulated To Make White Blood Cells 20 Years Younger

So, as you can see, even within the mainstream scientific world, we’re not too far off from reversing aging, or slowing it down to prevent age-related diseases. This research represents just the tip of the iceberg, and at our current rate of acceleration with regards to scientific and technological advancement, who knows where we will be in 20 years?

Would age reversal be “playing God?” It’s impossible to say. Perhaps “God” meant us to discover our own intelligence and ability and use these findings for good. Perhaps manipulating our own genes is part of our natural process of human evolution and development. This, however, is a completely separate topic, worthy of another article.

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