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Health Benefits of Ghee vs. Butter

In this week’s “Ask Dr. J”, Dr. Russell Jaffe is asked about the health benefits of ghee vs. butter.

Restorative Sleep is Essential

Everyone experiences a sleepless night at some point in life. Whether it is cramming for exams, tending to an injury or illness, or just worrying yourself awake all night. If you have young children, sleepless nights are all too common. These isolated incidents certainly take their toll on your functioning for a day or so, but what happens when lack of sleep is chronic?

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults suffer from a sleep disorder. Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. The Cleveland Clinic reports that up to 22% of US adults have chronic insomnia. We know how we feel the day after a night of poor sleep, but the consequences go much further than just nodding off in a meeting at work the next day.

The human body requires sleep to function properly. This was clearly demonstrated by NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in a training exercise in which participants were kept sleep deprived for days. After one day, people tended to be a little more irritable and a little less flexible. By day two, people were making mistakes. By day three, they were hallucinating. Sleep is essential and restorative sleep is essential.

So, what exactly is taking place while you sleep?

Sleep is the body’s restorative time. It’s during sleep that the pituitary, the master gland in the brain, releases growth hormone. It is the time when your immune defense and repair system is most active. It is identifying things that have worn out and replacing them. It is identifying things that are foreign to us, that might be harmful to us, and engulfing and recycling them.

During sleep, abnormal cells we make every day get marked for destruction and turned into useful building blocks for the body. When you interfere with restorative sleep, you begin to invite those abnormal cells to multiply them within you.

Prescription medications are commonly used to help bring relief. Understandably, if you are lying awake every night, tossing and turning, a drug promising rest will seem very appealing. But for the millions of people surviving – not thriving – because of a lack of restorative sleep, we recommend physiology beforepharmacology. Prescription sleep medications do increase somnolence – they make you feel sleepy and even prolong the time you are asleep, but they can actually interfere with the normal four stages of sleep and prevent the restoration that should be occurring during sleep. As a metaphor, if someone knocked you on the head and you were out for six to eight hours you would wake up feeling groggy and not well because those hours were not restorative sleep. Frankly, that is too often what happens with prescription solutions to sleep.

What about natural solutions? We say “no” to melatonin and 5HTP and “yes” to tryptophan.

Tryptophan is the source from which the body knows how to make 5HTP and melatonin. PERQUE Sleep Guard starts with pure tryptophan, adds B6 and zinc as to enhance uptake, and delivers the tryptophan to the place in the brain where it needs to be converted into 5HTP and then melatonin. While 5 HTP may lead to quicker conversion to serotonin, tryptophan appears to be safer over long-term use. Tryptophan has fewer interactions with medications and offers more benefit for sleep than 5HTP.

Glycine , an amino acid is also extremely helpful in regulating sleep rhythm. PERQUE Mood Guard supplies l- glycine that also feeds into the serotonin and melatonin pool.

Today, people are taking melatonin supplements because they are correctly understanding from marketing literature that melatonin is important for sleep. But the body never floods itself with melatonin. Melatonin is such a powerful antioxidant that the human body restricts its production, its action, and its down regulation, that is, its metabolism within seconds. This happens in master glands like the pineal, which is deep in the brain and regulates the pituitary. When the pineal is rhythmically stable and receiving the precursors that it needs it can make melatonin in the instant that it’s needed, where it’s needed, and then metabolize that.

Applying nature, nurture, and wholeness for restorative sleep is a wholistic approach that goes beyond simply using natural sleep aids. It includes eating the foods you can digest, assimilate, and eliminate without immune burden. It means ensuring your body has the nutrients needed. And we encourage everyone to develop a sleep induction process. More simply put, spend the 30 minutes before bed preparing for sleep. Here is what we recommend for a restorative good night’s sleep.

Salt and soda bath. Start with a tub of warm water. The water temperature should have you come out pink like a baby, not red like a lobster. Add one cup of good old-fashioned Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and one cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Soak for approximately 20 minutes.

The bicarbonate makes the water alkaline. Magnesium, above all other molecules in the body, tells the micro vasculature – the tiniest little blood vessels – to relax. The magnesium contributed by the Epsom salts relaxes muscles in the tiny pores on your skin, they’re called piloerector muscles and they control the rate at which you sweat. They also control the rate at which the body can eliminate toxic waste through the skin. So, if toxic matter goes into the bath water, and if some magnesium from the bath is able to get into you, with the help of the alkaline baking soda, now your body says, “Oh, the active day is closing down and we’re getting ready for the passive but restorative time.”

Abdominal breathing/Relaxation. During your soak, do five minutes of slow, deep, abdominal breathing and then 15 minutes of relaxation or active meditation. To delve deeper into active meditation we recommend reading Active Meditation, the Western Traditionby Dr. Robert Leichtman.

Green dichromatic light. Get even more from your salt and soda bath by adding a green dichromatic light to your bathroom. These 150-watt, power 38 lights are made specifically for high chroma. They are different from all other bulbs because they don’t create just an illusion of color, they generate green wavelengths that go through your retina directly to the pineal gland. These green lights have nothing to do with vision and everything to do with a calm and rhythmic pineal gland. A resilient rhythmically harmonic pineal gland is better able to receive multiple signals and harmonize all of them.

Screen-free Oasis. Most of us have no shortage of screens in our home – cell phones, tablets, TV, computers. Those tools help us stay informed and connected, but they don’t do much to help us sleep. They have their place, but it is not in the bedroom.

Food and Drink. Keep caffeine consumption to the mornings. After lunch, stick with herbal beverages and or water. Leave 2-3 hour between your last meal and bedtime.

PERQUE Sleep Guard is best taken about a half an hour before you want to go to sleep. Add PERQUE Mood Guard for sleep supportive amino acids. Learn more about PERQUE Sleep Guard and PERQUE Mood Guard.

We have been recommending this bed time ritual for over three decades. Prepare for sleep so that you get a better quality of sleep and so you wake up rested and optimistic about the day.


Flowers Do Affect Your Mood

“Your skin and mood are an outward reflection of an inward condition”
– Melissa Crispell

Too many people are going through life over-nourished and underfed and I’m not just talking about food. It’s easy to get caught up in the race to the finish line and forget to look around and enjoy the course. Everyone, at some point in their life, has wished for the to-do list to be shorter or for there to be more hours in the day. If you’re the one wishing for more hours, please stop!

In those times of feeling overwhelmed, we can become grumpy, irritable, and even anxious. It is important to stay mindful that we are what we eat, drink, think, and do.  We can make the choice to change a situation. If you haven’t tried it, as a mood changing situation, add fresh cut flowers to your home or office (or home and office) and witness the difference.

In a 2007 behavioral study by researchers at Rutgers University(1),  the connection between flowers and life satisfaction was explored and results showed “flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods”. The team of researchers found:

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy. Now science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional wellbeing.” Dr. Haviland-Jones.

Flowers can change the brain with their color, scents, or symbolism.

Chinese healers (who have believed in “flower power” much longer than I) believe there are more benefits to flowers than just mood enhancing. They say that “the secret to using flowers to summon any power or emotion you want is in the color”.  Their belief is that different colors create different frequencies. Those frequencies produce light waves that travel through the retina and down the optic nerve to set off a chain of reactions in the body. Among those reactions are neurotransmitters being released which induce the production of hormones like melatonin, adrenaline, and serotonin.  These are our calming, stimulating, and mood-enhancing hormones.

Need to change an inward condition? Here are some tips:

Energy – Red roses

Red has the slowest vibration and the longest wavelength, it stimulates the adrenal glands, boosting energy.

Confidence – Irises

Indigo stimulates the pineal gland which regulates sleep patterns. Indigo helps to free the mind of worries, fear, and inhibition.

Alertness – Sunflowers

Yellow light waves stimulate the brain, helping you to be more alert, clear headed, and decisive. Yellow is also associated with the sun and daylight, this can help us to feel more optimistic.

Relaxation – Green zinnias

Green affects the nervous system, making us breathe slowly and deeply. This in turn slows the production of stress hormones and helps the heart relax.

Sending flowers is like getting happiness at your front door. But this is really not new information. People have been giving flower gifts since ancient times. Interestingly, gifts of fruits, candles, or even fake flowers do not elicit the same response or genuine smile that fresh flowers do. The colors are not the only part that can have a lasting impact on you.  The scent of certain flowers can change your mood as well.

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils for improving psychological or physical well-being. Personally, I love the smell of magnolia and honeysuckle (can you tell I’m from the south?) which both have calming and relaxation properties. When you smell either of those you can simply close your eyes and imagine the front porch on a warm day, the ceiling fan blowing cool air over head and a glass of iced tea on the side table… no matter where you are.  Lavender can relax you too, but I associate that with sleep and wouldn’t use it during the day. Other popular scents are Jasmine, used for soothing feelings of stress, relaxing muscles, help increase libido; Wisteria to aid in meditation, embrace one’s femininity, and help overcome the fear of intimacy; and of course, we can’t forget roses that help boost energy, self-esteem, and mental strength. If you like chocolate, try adding chocolate cosmos to your backyard.  They’re known for their unique reddish-brown flowers and have a light vanilla fragrance. The smell is intriguing, but the blossom is poisonous so don’t eat it!

As with all our recommendations, please start with the LRA by ELISA/ACT test. Sniffing flowers, adding them to a meal (edible flowers), to a bath (soap or bubble bath), or on your body (essential oils) can be problematic if you have a delayed sensitivity to them. Even the most detailed food log won’t pick up something that you’re having a reaction to 1-3 weeks down the road.

Don’t just slow down to smell the roses – stop an enjoy them for a moment.

Share pictures of your flowers and help brighten someone’s day by using these hashtags so we can see them as well: #PIHflowers #BrightenSomeonesDay #Smile #FlowerPower


About Melissa Crispell

Melissa Crispell is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Natural Health Provider, Certified Lifestyle Educator, Certified Wellness Coach, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. That’s just during the work day! The rest of the day is spent as mom, Abuela (Abbie for short), coach, wife, cook, chauffeur, cheerleader, marathoner and triathlete. Melissa has been published in Living Well (local health magazine), DC Practice Insights (a national magazine to help Chiropractors grow their businesses) and Acupuncture Today. In addition, she has spoken at the, Functional Medicine Success Summit, The Easter Seals Annual Caregiver Conference, and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is a Member of Health Studies Collegium speaker’s bureau, and has given classes for Naturopathic Physicians, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and other healthcare providers.

Melissa has served almost 9 years as a Clinical Training Specialist for PERQUE Integrative Health, teaching physicians and providers all over the world how to grow their functional medicine practice using medical grade supplements and functional immunology. Melissa’s mission is to empower people of all health statuses to take control of their wellness journey. Melissa believes that when we have better information we make better choices. This includes debunking myths and sharing basic health concepts that are frequently overlooked. The future of healthcare is definitely self-care and we must take responsibility for our choices.

4 Benefits of Dark Chocolate You May Not Know

Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP

It’s February: the month of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health.  Who doesn’t love a good chocolate gift?  The gift of dark chocolate will show how much you really care about your Valentine’s heart.

Let’s talk about chocolate. Once upon a time, chocolate was considered “the food of the gods”. For most of its 4,000-year history, it was used as a bitter drink, not the sweet treat that we’re all familiar with now. Mayan and Aztec civilizations found chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, a mood enhancer, and made an energizing drink from it. The Mayans reserved cacao for warriors, priests, and nobles during sacred ceremonies.

The Aztecs couldn’t grow cacao in central Mexico and began trading with the Mayans.  Cacao was so sought after and valuable, it was used as currency in some areas.  According to some accounts, Aztec ruler Montezuma drank upwards of 3 gallons (each day!) of the chocolate elixir to increase his libido.

In the 1500’s, the Spanish brought chocolate back from Mexico, instead of the gold and silver they were originally after. The Spanish added cane sugar and cinnamon to the bitter chocolate drink to make it more palatable. At that time, it was still so expensive that only the royals and elites could afford this delight.

Fast forward to modern day and it is said that the average American consumes 12 lbs. of chocolate each year, and that chocolate is a $75 billion industry worldwide.  That’s a lot of chocolate!  But is it “the good kind”? Chocolate is separated into 3 categories: white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate.  White chocolate can be eliminated because there are no cocoa solids in white chocolate – only cocoa butter, so it’s not technically “real chocolate”.  According to the FDA, milk chocolate only has to have 10% pure chocolate, 3.39% milk fat and 12% milk solids. If there is more pure chocolate, the milk causes a problem. An Oregon State University study showed that proteins in milk bound to the flavonoids in chocolate (and black tea) and weakened the antioxidant abilities. So, the milk in milk chocolate reduces the absorption of the polyphenols from cocoa (and black tea). Therefore, milk chocolate doesn’t have the same healing properties or benefits of dark chocolate.

There is no FDA standard scale for identifying dark chocolate. The general understanding is that dark chocolate is 70-90% pure cocoa.  Some say 60% is acceptable, but there is no set standard currently.  Personally, I prefer the 60-70% range but that’s just a palate thing.

Top 4 Benefits of Dark Chocolate:

  1. Antioxidant boost– As long as it’s not milk chocolate! One of the best things about dark chocolate is its high antioxidant content. Two main groups of antioxidants found in dark chocolate are flavonoids and polyphenols. Cocoa has shown to have more flavonoids and polyphenols than wine or tea. Flavonoids are the plants’ protection from environmental toxins and also help repair damage. Flavonoids are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, we receive the antioxidant benefits when we eat those foods.
  2. Better brain function– Research suggests that occasional and regular consumption of dark chocolate is associated with increased blood flow to the brain. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2009 showed the flavonoids in dark chocolate helped to improve cognitive function. More specifically, the study of a group of 2,000 participating 70-74-year-olds looked at the correlation of consuming chocolate (wine and tea as well) and cognitive performance. The conclusion of the study was “intake of flavonoid-rich food, including chocolate, wine and tea, is associated with better performance across several cognitive abilities and that the associations are dose dependent.”A scientific study presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in 2018points out that the “higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”
  3. Possible vision booster– It is too soon to list improvements to vision as an absolute benefit of dark chocolate. However, a 2018 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology concluded that “contrast sensitivity and visual acuity were significantly higher 2 hours after consumption of a dark chocolate bar compared with milk chocolate bar, but the duration of these effects and their influence in real-world performance await further testing.” One can hope that chocolate will eventually be proven to help your eyesight!
  4. Improved heart health– the cocoa bean, which isn’t really a bean but the seed of the cacao plant, is rich in flavonoids. According to the Cleveland Clinic, in addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows flavanols “have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.”

So, there you have the short history of our beloved chocolate and even more reasons to love the antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy treat. Try to remember too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. In the words of Dr. Jaffe, “You’re sweet enough as you are”.  As with all foods, I highly recommend starting with the LRA by ELISA/ACT test to find out what your hidden immune triggers are.  Believe it or not, chocolate could be on that list. 😉

Try this recipe and let us know what you think!

Joyful Almond Treats

1 ¼ C Coconut flakes
2/3 C coconut oil melted
½ C Almond butter
¼ C Almonds (chopped)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Dark Chocolate bar (melted)

1. Mix all ingredients, except the dark chocolate, in a bowl
2. Melt dark chocolate in double boiler
3. Spoon on to parchment paper lined tray
4. Drizzle chocolate on top (You can do ½ dipped, top side dipped, get creative!)
5. Refrigerate until ready to serve

Healthy Weight: What You Eat Either Nurtures or Depletes You

Russell Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN
Fellow, Health Studies Collegium

Health-conscious consumers often seek foods marketed as “healthy”. “Healthy” printed on its label or in its advertising, doesn’t mean that the food actuallypromotes health. Examine the nutrition label of every purchase carefully. Smarter consumers scrutinize labels to exclude empty calories, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and other red flags to determine whether it fits if you want to live well and long. Nature nurtures through wholeness. ‘Work-a-likes’ generally increase risk and are less healthy than standardized natural products and extracts.

Healthy weight is the product if healthy digestion, adequate essential nutrients and harmony between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Gut Nervous System (GNS) whose communication is mediated by the Vagus nerve. In addition, if you want to reverse or avoid insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome X and diabetes then your health promoting diet is based on 60% complex carbs (fiber and nutrients from plants), 20% each of protein and fat. A whole foods diet from the healthiest people on the planet has these proportions from locally grown, mostly organic or biodynamic sources. Below are suggestions of how to add quality to your life now and for your lifetime.

When we choose convenience over wholeness; when we reach for quick solutions, we often pay a heavy price metabolically and digestively, physically and emotionally. It is healthy to eat when hungry; it is unhealthy to eat out of boredom, stress or social convention.

Mind and body are tuned up with as little as 20 minutes twice daily of mindfulness exploration of ‘inner space’ and a similar amount of time moving, stretching, ambling and working parts of the body so they are stimulated to repair and renew.

When we use the body as designed, renewal and regeneration are the natural results. Experience with my father and my mindfulness mentor provided me examples of how resilient their healthy bodies were despite being 83 and 100, respectively. In both cases they recovered remarkably from vascular events known medically as middle cerebral artery strokes.

The quality of the food and beverages that fuels you greatly influences your health in both the short and long run. Being mentally and physically active is encouraged. Being grateful and with appreciation for what we have promotes health while thinking about what we lack erodes out health. Optimism can be learned with practice. Rejoicing in our portion is wisdom of Biblical proportion.

Below are ‘packaged foods’ associated with healthyeating that are actually unhealthywhen consumed regularly. Please use this guidance when advising your clients on healthy eating habits or to personalize your own diet. While they often look like food, the more processing, packaging and synthetic ingredients, the more you want to avoid them. Aware consumers exclude them from a 21stcentury healthier lifestyle.

First, we address the difference between packaged goods and whole foods. Later, self-assessments and predictive biomarker tests are briefly discussed along with how to choose better quality and value in all aspects of your daily life.

Fat-free foods

Many foods promote themselves as “light”, fat-free, low-fat, or reduced-fat. These no- or reduced-fat options come at a high price to healthier digestion. Because fat-free foods can taste bland, fat is often replaced with sugar in various forms, resulting in higher calories. Remember that healthy fats are a necessary component of a human diet, so you don’t need to avoid whole food fat.

Diet soda

There is no evidence that calorie-free alternatives result in weight loss or prevent other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes. Despite the artificial sweeteners and other chemicals used in diet soda, a little now and then will probably not harm most people. Artificial sweeteners each adversely affect taste perception, digestion and metabolism in different ways. However, it’s best to avoid drinking diet soda in favor of better alternatives such as spring water, herbal beverages, unsweetened tea, freshly made nut milks or organic coffee.

Sports drinks

Sports drinks are loaded with electrolytes and sugar. They are marketed as replenishment after exercise. While electrolytes are beneficial for athletes, most people don’t need the extra electrolytes or high sugar content as found in sports drinks. Instead of reaching for a Gatorade™ or Powerade™ after a workout, go for plain old spring water or an alkaline mineral water such as Pellegrino™ or Gerolsteiner™ or Appolinaris™.

Gluten-free foods

People with celiac syndrome and poor or weak digestion benefit from avoiding gluten, found in all grains. A study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences(2017) found that in people without celiac disease, following a gluten-free diet did not significantly change their risk for heart disease or metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, in  2018 the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dieteticsreported that gluten-free foods are no healthier and more expensive than gluten containing alternatives. Further, refined starches used as a substitute for wheat lack nutrients, can be irritating to the intestines, can induce delayed immune responses that burden the immune defense and repair system and may result in blood sugar spikes. Bottom line: Gluten-free is good only for people who can’t tolerate the gluten in wheat products.


While the dried fruits and nuts in granola are good for you in small amounts, there is usually too much fat and sugar hidden in the granola you buy at the store. Granola can be packed with empty, nutrient depleted calories. Use granola as a condiment. Use it as a topping on plain yogurt, fruit, or salad for an added tasty crunch. You can also mix granola into lower-calorie cereal made of whole grains or grasses.

Vegan foods

People are being tempted to think that the word “vegan” automatically implies healthier. Vegan foods are made only of plants and can be very high in added sugar, calories, fats, sodium, and artificial preservatives. Examples of vegan foods to avoid include imitation meats, vegan pastas, veggie chips, and seitan (which, in excess, promotes maldigestion and dysbiosis.

Agave nectar

Agave is a plant from the hot, arid regions of Latin America and the United States. It is often processed into a high fructose syrup devoid of nutrients. While this sweetener isn’t glucose and therefore is often marketed as natural, healthy, and diabetes-friendly, fructose converts into fat in the liver and contributes to obesity and insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Dried fruits

In limited amounts, dried organic or biodynamic fruit can be good for you. It can have up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants of fresh fruit when most of the water is removed. Most dried fruits however tend to be high in calories and often with sugar added during the drying. We suggest that dried whole organic or biodynamic fruit with no sugar added is healthier and better tasting.

Processed fruit juices

While the word “fruit” sounds healthy, processed fruit juice is mostly just sugar-water with a dash of antioxidants and vitamins. Fruit juice lacks fiber that helps digestion and slows the uptake of sugar into the body. Fruit juices that are labeled “not from concentrate” or “100% pure” usually contain added sugar and flavors. For example, a 12-oz serving of apple juice can have even more calories than a comparable serving of Coke or Pepsi. Spring water and herbal beverages are better choices.

Store-bought smoothies

Smoothies sound healthy. While they may be delicious, store-bought smoothies can be high in artificial sweeteners, sugars, processed fat, and sweetened dairy products. Better choice is to make your own smoothies at home where you can control the quality and quantity of ingredients used. Home-made smoothies are less expensive and better for you.

Edible Oils

On a final note, remember that many of these foods touted as “healthy” do contain some nutrients. Although limited intake of these items can be part of a balanced diet, regular consumption is unhealthy. When advising your clients, remember to stress moderation not deprivation.

We suggest avoiding edible oils as much as possible. Whole seeds and nuts protect the oil within. This protection is lost when the oils are extracted. Eat foods cooked with broth, water and wine. Healthier oils come from whole foods. Edible oils tend to have too much Omega 6 (linoleic acid [LA] and arachidonic acid [AA]) fat and lack Omega 3 (Eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]). A balance of both is needed for brain and body health. Fish oil supplements can help balance Omega 6 and Omega 3, Use care in selecting safer supplements based on value more than price. Damaged, oxidized or toxic mineral containing fish oils are to be avoided. Fish oils mustbe distilled under nitrogen to remove toxins and protect the delicate essential fats from air oxidation damage. When EPA and DHA are micellized in softgels, their integrity is maintained and their uptake is enhanced.

A few drops of clarified butter or organic peanut or grape seed oil to make a soufflé or stir fry or in baking make food more delicious and nutritious especially when you eat in harmony with your nature and the season of your life.

Many choices are made into habits of daily living. Now and in the future there are opportunities to be more wise and healthier about what we eat, drink, think and do.

Many common medications interfere with stomach and intestinal digestion. This can result in depletion of essential and helpful dietary nutrients. For example, all stomach acid modifiers are linked to reduced B vitamin (especially B12) and magnesium (the essential mineral electrolyte that balances calcium). Statin medications lower CoEnzyme Q10 levels needed by the mitochondria, the batteries inside cells. Antibiotics lay waste to the microbiome and their use calls for months of intensive probiotics, prebiotics and symbiotics to restore the digestive microbiome.

Investigate if you are taking any medications linked to needed nutrient loss. Add a high quality, fully bioavailable supplement composed of all natural and no synthetic ingredients. Advanced supplements do not need binders, fillers, flowing agents, and other constituents that reduce bioavailability and take up space that could contain active ingredients.

To restore and to maintain healthier digestion, include prebiotic fiber (40-100 grams/day), probiotic digestive organisms (40-100 billion/day) and symbiotics (1.5 grams recycled glutamine 2-3 times daily). Eat foods you can digest assimilate and eliminate based on results from Lymphocyte Response Assays (LRA) cell culture tests of both T and B cell sensitization. You may want to take in essentially all your calories within six hours, letting digestion ‘rest’ for 18 hours each day. It is a habit that many find helpful. You may want to start each meal with something liquid and warm, from a beverage to a broth or soup.

Self-Assessments and Predictive Biomarker Tests

You can assess your health status using the following self-assessments:

  1. Hydration Assessment
  2. Urine pH after rest– Assessment of magnesium need
  3. Transit timeAssessment of digestive efficiency
  4. C Cleanse Assessmentof oxidative burden and antioxidant need

You may also want to have your epigenetics fully assessed by just eight tests:

1. Hemoglobin A1c (Hgb A1c)
2. C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP)
3. Homocysteine (HCY)
4. Lymphocyte Response Assay (LRA)
5. Urine pH after rest
6. Vitamin D level (25-OH cholecalciferol)
7. Omega 3 Index
8. 8-Oxo Guanine

Epigenetics subsumes 92% of your lifetime health and well-being. This includes your habits of daily living. Epigenetics assessed and measured as suggested above provides opportunities to better understand our biochemical individuality and to modify both diet and supplements in light of identified needs. Genetics accounts for just 8% of your quality of life. More information about these tests and their interpretation is available from


Personalized, proactive, predictive, primary prevention practices add life to years and years to life. Healthy weight is a reflection of harmony within the microbiomes and metabolomes. Know yourself well enough to eat and supplement in harmony with your needs. Reducing exposure to anti-nutrient toxins from diet and environment is possible. Indeed, about 80% of the toxins in your body are from recent and often avoidable exposure. This allows you to have hormonal balance, neurochemical resilience, immune tolerance, dense bones, flexible joints, efficient organs and strong muscles. What we use we renew. What we do not use atrophies.

More information about what to do and what not to do is included in The Joy of Living the Alkaline Way. This is available as an e-book available to download here. We also invite you watch the short video below, “Classic Wisdom for Healthy Weight”.

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