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23 Wheat Free Meals for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wheat-free Breakfast Ideas

  • Fresh vegetables and fruits make a healthy breakfast or combine your favorite fruits and vegetables into a smoothie.
  • Non-wheat cereal such as steel cut oats, rice, corn, barley, rye, millet, amaranth, teff, or buckwheat can be enjoyed. You can have these grains ground or cooked as such to make a fresh creamed cereal. These hot cereals can be eaten thinned with water or milk (cow’s or goat’s milk, rice, coconut, soy, almond, or oat milk).
  • Pancakes, waffles, muffins, and crackers can be made using wheat-free flours or baking mixes.
  • Organic eggs (or a vegetable omelet) are great with wheat-free toast or almond butter on rice cakes or crackers.

Wheat-free Lunch and Dinner Ideas

  • A basic meal of cooked low-carbohydrate vegetables with beans or meat (fish, chicken, turkey, beef, etc.) or grain or root vegetables.
  • Bean soups (lentil, black bean, etc.) with cooked vegetables and leafy greens.
  • Stir-fried vegetables with meat or tofu.
  • Seafood with wheat-free pasta.
  • Broiled or poached fish with root vegetables and salad.
  • Grain casseroles, such as Indian millet with currants and/or sunflower seeds.
  • Wild rice with roasted pecans.
  • Bean dishes, such as twice-cooked beans wrapped in corn tortillas, red lentil dal, or vegetarian chili.
  • Poultry, such as fresh chicken-vegetable soup or baked, roasted, or stir-fried chicken with vegetables and salad.
  • Family favorite comfort foods can be adapted with whole food substitutes. For example, you could substitute French fries with baked white or sweet potato fries. You can create vegetable dips with active-culture yogurt. Puddings and jellos can be made with pure fed-gelatin with fruit juice.

Wheat-free Snacks

  • Japanese rice balls filled with avocado or tuna
  • Trail mix with fresh nuts and seeds
  • Wheat-free muffins or crackers
  • Baked corn or potato chips
  • Fresh fruit
  • All-natural gelatin sweetened with fruit juice
  • Fresh vegetables and bean dip
  • Lettuce roll-ups
  • Open-face sandwich on rice cakes

Even the healthiest recipes might not be healthy for you. LRA tests help you know the foods that are healthy – immune-tolerant – for you. Learn more about LRA tests at www.ELISAACT.com.

Water with unsafe lead amounts found in hundreds of schools only emphasizes need for bio-detoxification

The horrific water crisis in Flint, Michigan has sent the entire country into a tizzy as school officials around the United States are testing classroom sinks and cafeteria faucets for lead in attempt to uncover any concealed problems to reassure anxious parents. Unfortunately, the findings thus far have not been positive.

According to a recent report by John Seewer of The Associated Press, just a fraction of schools and daycare centers nationwide are required to check for lead because most receive their water from municipal systems that test at other locations, and more than 275 have violated federal lead levels, resulting in state and federal lawmakers calling for wider testing.

“Among schools and day care centers operating their own water systems, Environmental Protection Agency data analyzed by The Associated Press showed that 278 violated federal lead levels at some point during the past three years. Roughly a third of those had lead levels that were at least double the federal limit.

In almost all cases, the problems can be traced to aging buildings with lead pipes, older drinking fountains and water fixtures that have parts made with lead.

Riverside Elementary in the northern Wisconsin town of Ringle has lead pipes buried in its concrete foundation that used to leach into the tap water before a filtration system was installed. Replacing the pipes, which were installed when the school was built in the 1970s, is not an option.

“For the cost of that, you might as well build a new school,” said Jack Stoskopf, an assistant superintendent. Instead, he said, school officials decided to rip out the drinking fountains more than a decade ago and buy bottled water for students, costing about $1,000 a month.”

Apparently, buying bottled water for students has been implemented into more schools than what may have been suspected, despite the higher costs.

“Buying bottled water for drinking has been the routine at Ava Head Start in Ava, Missouri, even before lead levels spiked after the preschool moved into a new building in 2010.

But it was not until February, after another round of high test results, that state regulators told the preschool to use bottled water for cooking and cleaning the toothbrushes for the 59 children, ages 3 and 4.

“The cost is not an option,” said Sandra Porter, Ava’s cook and water operator. “We’re just doing what we have to.”

Schools required to conduct lead testing represent only about 1 of every 10 schools in the country. Those receiving their water from city-owned systems — an estimated 90,000, according to the EPA — are not required by the federal government to do so.”

According to the report from The Associated Press, the average age of school buildings dates to the early 1970s. It was not until 1986 that lead pipes were banned, and it wasn’t until 2014 that brass fixtures were ordered to be virtually lead-free.

This major concern facing the entire country only emphasizes the general need for bio-detoxification. Simple steps that could go a long way in reducing the effect of this toxic burden that basically involve limiting the uptake of toxins-whether pollutants, pesticides or heavy metals, and enhancing their safer removal from the body.

Below is a video about D-penicillamine in toxic metal detoxification from Dr. Russell Jaffe:

Here are a few other beneficial resources to read:

Get The Lead Out Safely & Naturally
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New study supports link between Omega-3 supplementation and reduction in depression

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart, brain, and joint health, yet most Americans don’t get enough in their diets. Omega 3s (especially EPA and DHA) are necessary for  robust cellular function. Many research reports have pointed to Omega 3 supplementation for reducing inflammation, decreasing the risk for blood clots, decreasing “bad cholesterol,” supporting healthy brain function, and slowing down the progression of osteoarthritis. EPA and DHA supplementation  that is derived from nitrogen distilled, heavy metal free marine lipids is most helpful.

A new study published in Translational Psychiatry supports the link between Omega-3 supplementation and reduction in depression. This analysis included 13 studies with 1,233 participants and each showed a benefit for EPA and DHA comparable to effects reported in meta-analyses of antidepressants, according to the authors.

“This new meta-analysis nuances earlier research on the importance of long chain omega-3s in MDD management”, said Dr. Roel JT Mocking, the study’s lead author and researcher at the Program for Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “Omega-3 supplements may be specifically effective in the form of EPA in depressed patients using antidepressants. This could be a next step to personalizing the treatment for depression and other disorders.”

A new test from ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies makes it easier than ever to know your Omega-3 levels, to ensure that your heart, brain, and joints are functioning optimally. Message us for more information.

Alkaline Diet: 7 Principles of Eating “The Alkaline Way”

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Eating healthy is difficult to achieve for many Americans. With the food choices given to us, it’s paramount to stay focused on what’s important –  your health! There are seven principles of eating “The Alkaline Way”. Incorporate these principles to create and enjoy a delicious and healthy Alkaline Diet.

1) Eat a Wide Variety of Fresh, High-Quality, Whole Foods

Your first consideration for eating the Alkaline Way is to eat predominantly whole foods (better even when grown organically or biodynamically). This is the basis of eating the Alkaline Way.

Your focus should be on eating plant-based, what we call “life-ly” foods—including fresh vegetables and fruits, lightly toasted nuts and seeds, lightly steamed vegetables, sprouts of grains and beans, fermented foods, freshly squeezed fruit juices, and vegetable juices. These foods retain active enzymes that enhance digestion.

For maximum health benefit, eat a wide variety of whole foods. Eating the same foods repeatedly limits digestive and nutritional variety and also increases the likelihood of becoming reactive to those foods if digestion is weak, stressed, or compromised. Diversify your choices for those foods that are easy for you to digest, assimilate, and eliminate. Experiment with new flavors—and often get a health bonus as well.

2) Eat 60-80% Alkaline-Forming Foods

Principle two is to select predominately alkaline foods. If you are already in good health, we recommend eating at least 60% alkaline-forming foods. If your immune system is compromised or reacting to something or your health needs to be restored in any way, we suggest an 80% alkalinizing diet, to help calm your immune system and support digestion.

Refer to the Food & Chemical Effects on Acid/Alkaline Body Chemical Balance chart (AACHRT. PERQUE.COM) to learn about acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods. Those foods that are alkalinizing and that you most enjoy will become the cornerstones of your shopping lists—the staples of your personal healthy eating plan. You will refer to this chart frequently when creating shopping lists.

3) Eat Immune System Friendly Foods (Based on Your LRA by ELISA/ACT™ Test Results)

The third Alkaline Way principle for healthy eating is to avoid any foods to which your immune system reacts. Use the list of reactive foods from your LRA by ELISA/ACT tests results if you have had testing for delayed allergies; if you have not yet been tested, it is highly recommended. See www.ELISAACT.com.

Most overweight people lose weight effortlessly (even if they eat more calories) and enhance metabolism when they substitute nonreactive foods for those that cause them reactions and eat the Alkaline Way. Conversely, many underweight people gain healthy weight, because protein synthesis and repair are enhanced through a health-promoting diet.

4) Eat 60-70% Plant-Based, Complex Carbs; 15-20% Protein; 15-20% Healthy Fat

Our fourth Alkaline Way principle encourages a healthy ratio of complex carbohydrates to proteins to fats.

Recommended Ratios:

* 60–70% of calories from whole food (plant-based) complex carbohydrates
* 15–20% of calories from protein
* 15–20% of calories from healthy fats (including plenty of omega-3 fats)

Whole Food (Plant-based) Complex Carbohydrates:

Unless your health care practitioner instructs you differently, your Alkaline Way eating plan should be rich in complex carbohydrates from vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans, peas and lentils), as well as seasonings, spices, and herbs. These should comprise about 60-70% of your food intake.

Quality Protein:

Proteins should be approximately 15-20% of your total calorie intake. Approximately 50 to 60 grams of protein per day is a good amount for most people. Sources of protein may include organic eggs and dairy products, whey protein, as well as deep cold-water fish such as mackerel, sardines, tuna, herring, and salmon. Additional protein sources include nuts and seeds, sprouts, nutritional yeast, blue-green algae, miso, and mushrooms. You may also create “complimentary proteins” (by pairing grains with beans, and/or gains with dairy). Protein requirements may be higher if you are pregnant, recovering from chronic illness, exercise intensively, or have other specific needs. Be sure to work with your health care practitioner if you have special circumstances.

Healthy Fats:

Fat should be 15-20% of your daily calories. Be sure to focus on healthy omega-3 essential fats, which enhance your body’s energy production, protein production, and tissue repair. Food-based sources of protective omega-3 essential fats are found in fresh nuts and seeds as well as cold-pressed organic oils such as avocados, olive oil, safflower, flaxseed, walnut, sesame, peanut, and pure deep-sea fish oils.

Other sources include borage, black currant, grape-seed and evening primrose oils, and Udo’s oil™. Unless you eat line-caught, oily, deep-water fish more than three times per week, omega-3 supplements are recommended. When selecting omega 3 supplements ensure they are obtained from uncontaminated sources and are not contaminated or oxidized during processing. PERQUE EPA/DHA Guard  is the recommended Alkaline Way omega-3 supplement.

Food Pairing to Create Complete Proteins:

Unlike animal proteins, plant proteins lack some essential amino acids. By pairing foods based on the amino acid supplied, you are able to obtain a complete protein. For example, brown rice and cooked beans each lack an important amino acid and are incomplete proteins when eaten alone; however, when eaten together, they complement each other and provide a source of complete protein.

Some food pairings that make a “complete protein”:

* Beans and rice or corn
* Legumes with grains, nuts, seeds or dairy
* Grains with dairy
* Dairy with nuts, seeds and legumes

As described in Francis Moore Lappé’s bestseller Diet for a Small Planet and updated more recently by Michael Polen, complementary proteins are as ancient as agriculture. These are reflected in many contemporary dishes, including:

* Corn, beans, and rice
* Rice and Indian dal
* Brown rice with chopped walnuts
* Bulgur wheat dishes with garbanzo beans
* Whole wheat bread with almond butter

Avoid Trans Fats and Hydrogenated Oils

“Trans” fatty acids are handled by the body as if they were natural saturated fats like butter or coconut oil, but these types of fat are more harmful. Trans fats cross the placenta, are stored in fetal tissue, and can cause long- term problems with cell membrane function. Unfortunately, “trans” fats are found everywhere—in fried foods such as French fries, in many processed foods, and in everything from conventional name-brand cooking oils to bakery goods and candy.

Use unsaturated, non-hydrogenated “expeller-pressed” and preferably organic or biodynamic oils such as olive, grapeseed, coconut, and peanut, along with exotic oils such as avocado, almond, and mustard seed. Avoid solid cooking fats such as margarine, hydrogenated vegetable oils, lard, and Crisco. You’ll also want to pass up deep-fried fast food.

Hydrogenated oils can interfere with liver enzymes and are associated with higher cholesterol levels. These artificial oils can also have a negative effect on immune function and are known to promote certain types of tumors.

5) Include Probiotic and Fermented (Cultured) Foods and Drinks

The fifth principle of The Alkaline Way is to make a habit of consuming a wide range of probiotic (cultured or fermented) foods and drinks. The term probiotic means promoting life. A healthy gastrointestinal tract is home to a plentiful variety of beneficial (probiotic) bacteria responsible for keeping our bodies and immune systems in balance. Poor diet, stress, illness, and antibiotics can deplete these beneficial bacteria, giving pathogens free rein to proliferate. We consume probiotics to colonize the gut with beneficial bacteria.

Consuming probiotics in food or drink form is ideal, since this provides the highest levels and variety of probiotics. Additionally, probiotic supplements, such as PERQUE Digesta Guard, are highly beneficial. We recommend 2-4 capsules with each meal.

Some Probiotic-rich Foods and Drinks

* Kombucha (fermented tea)

* Kefir (fermented milk)

* Yogurt (dairy or nondairy, with live cultures)

* Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage)

* Kimchi (a spicy fermented cabbage common in the Korean diet)

* Tempeh (fermented soybeans)

* Microalgae (freeze dried)

* Hatcho Miso soup

* Pickles

* Olives

* Natto (a fermented soybean)

6) Eat Plenty of Fiber and Water

Plentiful water and fiber intake make up the sixth Alkaline Way principle. Americans, as a whole, consume far too little water and food fiber. Traditional cultures that remain free of Western degenerative diseases consume 40-100 grams of dietary fiber daily from whole, lively foods. By contrast, Americans typically consume 10 grams.

We recommend a daily fiber intake of at least 40 grams. The beneficial “roughage” from fiber makes the stool bulky and soft and helps to maintain a shorter transit time—the time from food consumption to waste elimination. Adequate fiber encourages wastes to be eliminated easily and comfortably on a regular basis. Keeping your body clean and clear means it is less likely that toxic waste matter will be reabsorbed back into circulation.

A healthy transit time ranges from 12–18 hours. This reduces the opportunity for unhealthy bacteria and yeast to dominate in the body. (To learn to measure your transit time, see “Transit Time: From Consumption to Elimination” or visit TTIME.PERQUE.COM).

The Importance of Water

Plentiful water intake is key to health—especially when consuming a high-fiber diet. Waterhelps fiber do its job of efficiently moving wastes through the body, and every system of the body depends on water to function. When following The Alkaline Way program, we recommend consuming at least one 8-ounce glass of purified water 8 times daily. For every 5-8 ounces of caffeinated beverages, add a glass of water. Take a rest from drinking water 20-30 minutes before and after meals to assist the body’s digestive process. If you must drink at these times, make it small amounts of room temperature or hot water (or healthy tea)—cold water can really slow down digestion. Fresh lemon juice, lime juice, and/or ginger act as digestive aids and alkaline enhancers while enhancing the taste of water.

7) Eat Healthier Food Combinations

Smart food combining is an integral component of the Alkaline Way and is our final principle. The way we combine foods together during mealtime can have a tremendous impact on digestion, and therefore overall health. Just as the typical American diet is unhealthy, the American meal—usually represented as meat (protein) and potatoes (starch)—combines foods in the least effective manner.

The art of healthy food combining is an important aspect of balanced nutrition, and lessens wear and tear on the digestive system. Pay extra close attention to food combining if you are prone to any digestive discomforts (acid reflux, bloating, leaky gut, heartburn, irritable bowel, diverticulosis, or other digestive problems).

While this guide can’t cover every facet of optimal food combining, we encourage you to read about and research healthy food combining. The main principles of healthy food combining are simplicity and compatibility. Here are just a few basic principles to get you started.

For more on the Alkalinizing for health, click here.

4 Natural Ways to Boost Mood

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Mood disorders have become epidemic. Over 40 million Americans are taking prescription drugs for depression or anxiety. Natural ways to stabilize mood and achieve mental health can often be just as beneficial as pharmaceutical agents, without causing bothersome side effects. Let’s take a closer look at four simple and effective approaches.

  1. Dichromatic green light therapy – Green light has been successful in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and is effective at regulating circadian rhythms. It is thought to affect brain chemicals associated with mood, as well as reset the body’s internal clock. Green light therapy has also had a positive effect on non-seasonal depression, sleep disorders, and other conditions.
  2. Warm Shower Followed by Cold Shower – Hydrotherapy (applying water to the skin) has been used since ancient times as a method of balancing the body and mind. Exposure to cold water is thought to stimulate the release of norepinephrine in the brain and increase blood levels of both beta-endorphin and norepinephrine – which directly and indirectly improve mood.  Warm water helps relieve stress and muscle tension. Alternating cold with warm water helps strengthen the circulatory system as well as the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, and helps remove toxins from the body. Starting your day with a cold/warm shower will get your blood pumping, your feel-good hormones flowing, and your body and mind invigorated.
  3. Salt and soda baths – Combine a half-cup of Epsom salts with a half-cup of baking soda in hot bath water and soak for 20 minutes. Since Epsom salts are another name for magnesium sulfate, this bath will not only remove toxins from your body, but it will also help to boost magnesium levels, which in turn helps to boost serotonin levels in the brain, improving mood. (Magnesium is necessary to convert tryptophan to serotonin.)
  4. Amino acids: Glycine, Methionine and Magnesium aspartate – Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in the body, and have historically been obtained from the diet. However, as highly processed, fatty foods and chemical food additives have become staples of the American diet, unstable mental and emotional health have become all too common. For optimum psychological health, the body must eliminate chemicals and toxins. Nutrient deficits reduce the body’s capacity for detoxification. Toxins and chemicals that are not properly cleared become free to interfere with the body’s own chemicals and chemical messengers, particularly neurotransmitters, which affect mood and thought patterns.

          – L-methionine is key to maintaining clear detoxification pathways in the liver and brain. In the liver, the L-methionine acts to chelate heavy metals, much-documented contributors to mental and emotional disorders. Researchers are increasingly discovering the importance of methionine in the treatment of depression. In a random, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, oral supplementation of S-adenosylmethionine significantly improved symptoms of major depression. In another study of patients with major depression, researchers found an inverse relationship between plasma levels of S-adenosylmethionine and symptoms of depression.*Glycine, used by the brain as a control neurotransmitter, regulates sleep rhythms, thereby producing calmness and aiding sleep. It also sustains the phase II detoxification pathway in the liver, neutralizing and clearing toxins.*

          – Magnesium, which is implicated in nerve irritability and mood instability, is required for nerve transmission, and maintaining normal mood levels.* Magnesium aspartate has been shown in various research studies to be an important nutrient for correcting mood swings, nerve irritability, and help with depression.*

For natural support of mood and emotional health, PERQUE Mood Guard, delivers a synergetic combination of nutrients that are necessary for mental and emotional stability. Healthcare practitioners, click here to request professional samples. To find an Authorized Distributor of PERQUE Mood Guard, contact PERQUE Client Services at 1.800.525.7372.

*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.

7 integrative sleep recommendations to achieve better overall state of health

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It’s no secret that most Americans could use an extra amount of sleep every night. In fact, nearly 8-in-10 Americans admit they would feel better and more prepared for the day if they had an extra hour of sleep. More than a third of Americans aren’t getting the required amount of sleep per night. Healthy restorative sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. The following tips on how to sleep better can make it easier to get through the day and achieve a better overall state of health.

Here are 7 integrative sleep recommendations from Health Studies Collegium:

1) Incorporate relaxing rituals like salt & soda baths with calming essential oils. Other modalities include abdominal breathing, active meditation to link relaxation response with  breath and dichromatic green light for 20 minutes prior to bed to improve Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) and help remove toxins. Enhancing magnesium, which is a calming and relaxing mineral,  is extremely helpful as well.

2) Keep devices out of the bedroom. Many people look at their phones, computers or tablets right before attempting to fall asleep. This isn’t a good idea. It’s important to stay away from devices in the bedroom. Some find value in turning off routers and other sources of electromagnetic fields.

3) Sleep in a room as dark as possible. Many people enjoy falling asleep while the television is on. This is not a good idea to receive the best night’s sleep. It’s important to maintain a room that is dark.

4) Consider enhanced uptake tryptophan with B6 and zinc to enrich serotonin and melatonin where they are helpful yet staying within physiology. Take 30 minutes before retiring for the night. We do not recommend systemically flooding the body with active neurochemicals that nature restricts in location and duration. We recommend physiology before pharmacology. See PERQUE Sleep Guard.

5) Do not eat within three hours of retiring for the night. Eat foods that can be digested, assimilated and eliminated without immune burden. Use LRA tests to determine delayed allergy burdens that can interfere with restorative sleep rhythms.

6) Avoid caffeinated drinks after lunch and stay hydrated with water and alkalinizing beverages instead.

7) As you fall asleep, see yourself receiving inspiration, insight and guidance during the restorative sleep ahead.

Get the lead out safely and naturally

Dr. Russell Jaffe recently posted about how you can get the lead out of your system, safely and naturally, on PERQUE. Here is the article:

Lead is a heavy, toxic mineral. After decades of documenting how harmful lead can be even in tiny amounts, there is renewed interest in what to do to avoid such increasingly common risks. There is much you can do to reduce lead uptake and enhance safer lead removal from the body. The Health Studies Collegium Foundation recommends the following 21st Century lead risk and harm reduction plan:

Ascorbates based on C Cleanse determined amount – Always 100% l-ascorbate, fully buffered and reduced

High sulfur foods as diet staples ± supplementation – ‘Make staples out of condiments and condiments out of staples’

Enhance magnesium uptake and chaperone its delivery to cells – Combine ionized magnesium with special choline citrate

Selenomethionine as a helpful and detoxifying form of selenium – Nature’s safer, preferred form of selenium

Healthier cells have enough essential antioxidant and buffering nutrients to keep a reserve of energy in the form of magnesium ATP, the currency of cell biology. Healthy cells have an ATP to ADP ratio of 100:1 or more. This means efficient transduction of electrons from membrane through cytoplasm and chaperoned through the mitochondrial cell battery without free radical electrons inducing oxidative damage.

Ascorbates protect and recycle all other antioxidants

Ascorbate can safely chaperone toxic minerals such as lead from the body when taken based on individual C Cleanse. Ascorbate wraps around minerals like lead and escorts them into the urine, stool and sweat. Health Studies Collegium estimates that each gram of ascorbate is able to help remove about 10 micrograms of toxic minerals from the body. Given the toxic mineral load of most people, several grams of ascorbate are needed just to address the daily traffic or flux of dietary and environmental (xenobiotic) sources of lead and similar minerals. Since toxic minerals cause antioxidants to be used up, larger amounts of ascorbates are needed by individuals with larger body burdens of toxic minerals, especially those toxic minerals actively in traffic within the circulation and metabolically active tissues of the body.

Sulfur and magnesium help protect from toxic minerals

In addition, healthy people make a molecular sponge known as metallothionein (MT) to soak up and safely chaperone lead (and other toxic minerals) from the body. MT is a distinct polypeptide made up of the simplest amino acid (glycine) and a sulfur containing amino acid (cysteine). In addition, zinc and magnesium bind to the peptide. MT is found in every fluid and every part of the body as long as people are in healthier elective protective mode at the cell level.

In order for the body to produce MT, there must be ample sulfur sources in the diet and the cell must be energetic enough to produce elective protective molecules such as MT. Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Broccoli sprouts and Eggs, known by the acronym GGOBE, are good sources of sulfur in the diet. We recommend these five high sulfur foods be staples of the diet rather than condiments.

In addition to MT, there are other sulfur containing molecules that can be sacrificed so that toxic metals like lead do not wreak havoc on delicate cell centers and systems. These include glutathione, cysteine, and methionine. These sulfur-containing molecules bind lead and other toxic minerals making them more water soluble and less toxic. Sulfur-containing molecules can become depleted when they bind lead and other toxic minerals to prevent them from being free and more harmful. From drinking water to seafood; from air to water, food and medicines, it is impossible to avoid toxic minerals such as lead.

How much is too much

Physicians, in the 1970s, were taught that treatment was indicated for levels of lead in the blood above 50 micrograms (µgm). The threshold for treatment has been progressively lowered several times over the decades and now is at 5 µgm in the blood, based on World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control recommendations. Reduced intelligence, mood and impulse control problems and increased risk of chronic illness are all linked to increased body burden of lead and similar toxic minerals.

Since exposure to toxic minerals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and nickel today is from 100 to 10,000 times higher than it was just a century or two ago, it seems prudent to increase the safer antitoxins such as sulfur sources in the diet, ascorbates and other compounds such as selenomethionine that can bind irreversibly and render less toxic lead and other toxic minerals while helping remove them through urine, stool and sweat.

Mechanism of action

As is true for essentially all toxic substances, it is the lack of protective antioxidants and/or buffering minerals that allows the adverse oxidative free radical burst… the allostatic and homeostatic load to occur.

Magnesium also plays an important role in toxic mineral uptake and harm. When magnesium is sufficient, uptake of toxic minerals from the intestine is largely blocked. When magnesium is insufficient, uptake of toxic minerals is enhanced.

When magnesium is sufficient, B vitamins work better and cell proton gradients allow for mitochondrial batteries to delivery both ATP and acid protons to cell cytoplasm in exchange for electrons that shuttle through ascorbate, glutathione, and nucleotides as the sources for the ATP energy.

When magnesium is insufficient, risk of oxidative harm and free radical damage for toxic metals such as lead are greater. Cell metabolic acidosis means loss of the proton gradient essential to energy production. In practice, this means that people in the lower half of the usual range for serum magnesium have chronic latent magnesium deficiency (CLMD). CLMD increases lead’s adverse effects.
CLMD also increases risk of viral or other infectious agent finding a hospitable niche in people lacking the reserves to remove toxic minerals.

D-penicillamine when needed

Ascorbates, sulfur sources, magnesium and selenomethionine form a team to protect and defend from toxic minerals. Sometimes, additional therapy is needed. D-penicillamine (d-pen) is dimethylcysteine, a more water-soluble sulfur containing aminoacid. D-pen is also a divalent cation chelator; it wraps around and chaperones any mineral with two charges. This is the basis for the d-pen provocation test. The d-pen is taken for three (3) days and a 24 hour urine collected on the second day. This specimen can be analyzed both for essential, nutritional minerals and for toxic minerals. We suggest ICP-MS as the most reliable analytic tool.

Advantages of d-pen over other chelators include it being oral, water soluble, and easily able to go across all barriers without re-depositing toxins at the blood brain barrier, the loop of Henle nor the choroid plexus. D-pen is made by bacterial fermentation. No longer made form penicillin, d-pen shows little if any cross reactivity in people who are penicillin allergic. When needed, patch tests can confirm that people do or do not have delayed reactions to d-pen. Other chelators are more selective and less effective than d-pen. Examples include EDTA, EGTA, DTPA, DMSA and DMPS.

Now more than ever there is need to get the lead out more safely and effectively. Be proactive and confirm that you are getting enough of the essential nutrients to protect from toxic mineral harm despite the toxic environment in which we live.

PERQUE Can help get the lead out… Safely & Naturally

PERQUE Potent C Guard                      Based on C Cleanse

PERQUE Mag Plus Guard                    Base on 1st urine pH after rest

PERQUE Choline Citrate                      Enhance magnesium uptake & chaperone to cells

PERQUE Life Guard tabsules              40 actives including selenomethionine

PERQUE Detox IN Guard tabsules     Sulfur sources + lead-out nutrients

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Not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone

Stress, family issues, problems at home, medical issues—getting the recommended amount of sleep can be a difficult task even for the best of sleepers. In fact, according to a recent study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more than a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. You’re not alone by any means.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults 18 to 60 get at least seven hours of sleep each night in order to promote ideal health and well-being. Thirty five percent of Americans are sleeping fewer than the recommended amount of hours, resulting in higher rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and mental distress.

“As a nation, we are not getting enough sleep,” said Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Population Health.

Results of the study varied by geography, race, ethnicity, employment and marital status. The research included data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System which is a state-based, random digit-dialed telephone survey conducted by state health departments and CDC.

Here are some of the important findings from the study:

– Healthy sleep duration was lower among Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders (54 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (54 percent), multiracial non-Hispanics (54 percent) and American Indians/Alaska Natives (60 percent) compared with non-Hispanic whites (67 percent), Hispanics (66 percent), and Asians (63 percent).

– The prevalence of healthy sleep duration varied among states and ranged from 56 percent in Hawaii to 72 percent in South Dakota.

– A lower proportion of adults reported getting at least seven hours of sleep per day in states clustered in the southeastern region of the United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Previous studies have shown that these regions also have the highest prevalence of obesity and other chronic conditions.

– People who reported they were unable to work or were unemployed had lower healthy sleep duration (51 percent and 60 percent, respectively) than did employed respondents (65 percent). The prevalence of healthy sleep duration was highest among people with a college degree or higher (72 percent).

– The percentage reporting a healthy sleep duration was higher among people who were married (67 percent) compared with those who were never married (62 percent) or divorced, widowed, or separated (56 percent).

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What is GGOBE and why is it important?

Super-foods like garlic, ginger, onions broccoli sprouts and eggs (GGOBE) support healthy detoxification systems by providing the body a very special mineral — sulfur, according to Dr. Russell Jaffe. One of the most abundant in the body, sulfur is required for the synthesis of glutathione, one of our premier endogenous antioxidants, taurine that helps with the cardiovascular system and other amino acids like methionine and cysteine that aid in comprehensive detoxification.

GGOBE, especially the vegetables, also provide a nutrient called sulforaphane, an organosulfur compound. Sulforaphane exhibits anticancer, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties. These super bio-detox foods are also a rich source of IP-6 which aids in the metabolism of insulin and calcium, promotes healthy hair growth, bone marrow cell metabolism, eye membrane development and helps the liver transfer fat to other parts of the body. We suggest regularly incorporating these foods daily to add variety to the diet and to achieve that jump-start in functional detoxification.

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Milk Thistle – Not Just for Detox

Milk ThistleWith the holidays, parties, and eating splurges behind us, there is no better time than now to detoxify the body and shed some extra pounds. Your patients/clients, whether they tell you or not, are likely thinking about starting their 2016 detox. And they will have lots of company. There are many detox recommendations out there ranging from helpful to just plain silly, and even dangerous. You can help your patients sort through the information and detox safely by offering them guidance and an effective protocol to use.

One key agent to include in any detoxification protocol is Silymarin (or milk thistle). Silymarin is well known for its liver support and cleansing properties, and there is research showing it can help decrease blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. It has also been shown to improve insulin resistance – a precursor to diabetes and a huge trigger factor for weight gain. Read more.

Since regular detoxification not only removes unwanted toxins and helps with weight loss, but also strengthens the immune system, increases energy and improves skin quality, now really is a great time to detox!

Detoxification is one of five key elements of the clinically validated Well Guard training. In this presentation by Dr. Russell Jaffe you'll hear strategies for getting the bad stuff out and the good stuff in. You'll also learn about PERQUE Liva Guard Forte containing silymarin and the complete PERQUE Detox Program that provides comprehensive nutrients for a complete multi-system detoxification.