Silymarin and Silybin from Milk Thistle

In 1968, a group of German scientists discovered the active flavonoid complex silymarin, which provides milk thistle’s medicinal benefits.

Since then, hundreds of studies have been done on silymarin, and it is approved in the German Commission E Monographs (the most accurate information available on the safety and efficacy of herbs) as a supportive treatment for inflammatory liver conditions such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and fatty infiltration caused by alcohol and other toxins.

Silymarin is used to:

  • Regenerate liver cells damaged by alcohol or drugs
  • Decongest the liver (A liver decongestant stimulates bile flow through the liver and gallbladder, thus reducing stagnation and preventing gallstone formation and bile-induced liver damage.)
  • Increase the survival rate of patients with cirrhosis4
  • Complement the treatment of viral hepatitis5
  • Protect against industrial poisons, such as carbon tetracholoride (a colorless gas that leaks into air, water and soil near manufacturing and waste sites)6
  • Protect the liver against pharmaceuticals that stress the liver, such as acetaminophen and tetracycline1
  • Antidote and prevent poisoning from the death cap mushroom, Amanita phalloides 789

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Chelation Introduction

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Chelation comes from the Greek word “claw,” meaning “to grab,” which is exactly what EDTA does. When a molecule of EDTA travels through the bloodstream and gets near a toxic metal such as lead or mercury, it grabs the destructive particle and binds tightly with it, pulling it out of the membrane or body tissue it was embedded in.

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Oral Chelation—The Strongest Natural Treatment for Your Heart, Arteries, Memory, and More!

Heart and Cardiovascular

Oral chelation therapy is a potent, safe, inexpensive and virtually risk-free blood circulation treatment.

What heart disease really does to your body … and how Oral Chelation can reverse it

If you or a loved one suffers from any form of CVD, here is the simple truth about how this disease operates. What the public tends not to realize—and what your doctor has likely failed to explain to you—is that the primary precursor to heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardened arteries) is not a localized problem. It’s a systemic condition. In other words, atherosclerosis is present not only in the coronary arteries, but also in the brain, lungs, kidneys, and legs.

What’s more, the blockages that lead to atherosclerosis can occur not only in the larger vessels—the vessels that can be seen and manipulated by surgeons and cardiologists—but in the smaller blood vessels as well. It is in these smaller blood vessels, the capillaries, that the oxygen exchange to the tissues takes place. You can protect that critical lifeline of oxygen that feeds and sustains the organs and tissues throughout your body—including your heart. There exists today a treatment that removes plaque and restores blood flow throughout the entire arterial system, treating the micro as well as the macro vessels. It’s called EDTA chelation, available via intravenous and oral supplementation. You should consider chelation therapy—safe, inexpensive, and proven effective—if you have a family history of CVD or existing CVD. You should also consider chelation if you simply want to do everything within your power to prevent CVD … and the potentially disastrous effects of the conventional medical treatments for this deadly disease.

Traditional medicine approaches heart disease primarily in one of two ways. The first is to ream out clogged arteries or flatten deposits in the vessels with angioplasty. This procedure does have some risk for heart attack or making the blockage even worse. Many of the blockages return to their original severity within a year.

The second way is to cut away the clogged section or sections of the artery and replace it with a new section or sections of arteries grafted from other places in the body. This procedure is called a coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG. According to a pivotal study published in this prestigious medical journal, CABG, compared with less invasive and risky medical therapy, “appears neither to prolong life nor to prevent myocardial infarction [heart attack] in patients who have mild angina [chest pain] or who are asymptomatic [suffer no pain] after infarction in the five-year period after coronary angiography.”

The failure of standard medical treatments to heal heart patients doesn’t really come as a surprise. Fact is, any treatment that fails to support the circulation throughout your entire body is likely to fail you—and your health—in the long run.

Meanwhile, oral chelation therapy is a potent, safe, inexpensive and virtually risk-free heart and circulation treatment … and recent research suggests it may, in fact, be the single most powerful treatment for CVD.

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Triage Theory of Micronutrients

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In October 2009, Dr. Bruce Ames and his research team from Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, California, published the article Vitamin K, an example of triage theory: is micronutrient inadequacy linked to diseases of aging? in the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

While some insiders immediately recognized the importance of this paper, it wasn’t until February 2010, when Dr. Ames was interviewed in the nutritional supplement trade publication, NutraIngredients, that his breakthrough article finally got the attention it deserved.

What Dr. Ames and his colleagues accomplished was nothing short of amazing. First, they were able to prove that Dr. Ames “triage” theory for macronutrients—a theory that suggests the body prioritizes the use of scarce micronutrients in favor of short-term survival at the expense of long-term health—was indeed correct. Secondly, they were able to clearly demonstrate that the current recommendations for vitamin K intake needs to be increased to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, and ensure optimal human health.

Triage Theory Origin

Dr. Ames first presented his triage theory of aging back in 2006. At that time, it was just a theory and Dr. Ames did not have the clinical data to support it. But to him, the theory made perfect sense and he knew it was just a matter of time before he could prove it.

What his triage theory says is, like Robin Hood, when the body requires nutrients for short-term health and reproduction, it robs them from organs that are nutrient rich and of lesser importance in order to sustain major organs that are nutrient poor.

FDA Vitamin K Recommendations Too Low!

The FDA’s RDI for vitamin K is 90 mcg per day. However, that amount is strictly based on what is required for healthy blood coagulation and does not take into consideration the amounts required by the body to process calcium for proper bone building, osteoporosis prevention, and protect the heart from atherosclerosis.

Some scientists are recommending adult daily vitamin K doses for maintaining optimal health as follows:

  • Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) 240 mcg
  • Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) 45 mcg

In addition, it should be noted that these are still on the low end of the vitamin K spectrum. People who get no  vitamin K from their diets might consider dosages at double or even triple these amounts.

For example, Dr. Ames says, “If you’re short of iron, you take it out of the liver before you take it out of the heart because if you take it out of the heart, you’re dead. But the downside is, doing this causes long-term DNA damage, which doesn’t show up as cancer for 20 years.”1

“If you’re deficient for years your body weakens, DNA becomes damaged and you get sick and eventually die.” Dr. Ames adds, “If you want maximum life span, your micronutrient needs must be met throughout life.”

So Ames and his team set out to prove his theory and they chose vitamin K as the first place to start because they already knew vitamin K deficiency is quite widespread.

What they found was truly frightening. When the supply of vitamin K was limited, as it is in the typical American diet, the body utilizes what little it can find to protect critical metabolic functions in the liver. Unfortunately, that leaves other vitamin K-dependent proteins, the ones associated with bone building, cancer prevention, and protecting the heart from atherosclerosis, without sufficient vitamin K to function properly. The result of this leaves the body at risk for developing age-related diseases like cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, current FDA recommendations for vitamin K (90 mcg/day for adults) are based on levels to ensure adequate blood coagulation, but fail to ensure long-term optimal levels.

From Ames’ triage perspective, much of the population, and patients who are taking warfarin/Coumadin (blood thinners), are not receiving sufficient vitamin K for optimal long-term health.2

“A triage perspective reinforces recommendations of some experts that much of the population, along with warfarin/Coumadin patients, are not getting sufficient vitamin K for optimal function of vitamin K dependent proteins that are important to maintain long-term health,”wrote Dr. Ames.

What you should know about Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it is stored in fatty tissue in the body. Vitamin K is known as the clotting vitamin because without it blood would not clot.

It is important to note, that while Dr. Ames’ study looked at the body’s vitamin K usage as a whole, there are actually two forms of vitamin K, known as vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone).

Is Your Multivitamin Supplement Suffering From Nutrient Deficiencies?

Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli and spinach, and makes up about 90% of the vitamin K consumed in the diet. Vitamin K2 accounts for the other 10% and can be found in meat, and fermented food products like cheese, and natto. However, as stated before, most people do not get enough vitamin K (both K1 and K2) from food sources and most multivitamin supplements contain little if any vitamin K.

This deficiency is putting the vast majority of the population at risk for age-related disease like arterial calcification, osteoporosis and bone fracture, and cancer.

  1. Downey, Michael.  The triage theory offers a new look at aging. Natural Foods Merchandiser. Jan. 1, 2007
  2. McCann JC, Ames BN, Vitamin K, an example of triage theory: is micronutrient inadequacy linked to diseases of aging? Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Use N-Acetylcarnosine (NAC) to Prevent Cataracts

Picture of a senile cataract eye

A study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics provides further proof that eye drops containing n-acetylcarnosine, abbreviated as NAC, can slowly reverse existing cataracts and prevent new ones from forming.

This study builds upon NAC’s already impressive clinical track record for the prevention and reversal of cataracts. Since the start of this century, NAC has been used by thousands of individuals to treat age-related eye diseases like cataracts, and macular degeneration.

In this study of more than 50,000 elderly individuals, N-acetylcarnosine topical eyedrops target therapy was demonstrated to have significant efficacy, safety, and good tolerability for the prevention and treatment of visual impairment. In their conclusion, the study’s authors wrote:

“Overall, accumulated study data demonstrate that … N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops, promote healthy vision and prevent vision disability from senile cataracts, primary open-angle glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and aging. N-acetylcarnosine eyedrop therapy is the crown jewel of the anti-aging medical movement and revolutionizes early detection, treatment, and rejuvenation of aging related eye-disabling disorders.”

In a previous long-term study, these same researchers observed the changes in lens clarity over a 6 to 24 month period for 49 volunteers. The average age of the participants was 65, and all suffered from senile cataracts ranging from minimal to advanced opacification (clouding of the lens).Picture of a senile cataract eye

The patients received either a 1% solution of NAC eye drops or a placebo, as two drops twice a day in each eye. The patients were then evaluated after two months and again after six months.

The evaluations consisted of ophthalmoscopy (glare test), stereocinematagraphic (slit-image) and retro-illumination (photography). A computerized digital analysis then displayed the light scattering and absorbing effects of the centers of each lens.

Here is the outcome after six months

  • 88.9% of the patients who were treated with NAC had an improvement of glare sensitivity (lowest individual score was a 27% improvement, all the way up to a 100% improvement)
  • 41.5% had a significant improvement of the transmissivity of the lens
  • 90% showed an improvement in visual acuity
  • The patients in the placebo group exhibited little change in eye quality at 6 months and a gradual deterioration at 12 to 24 months

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Vitamin K2 is More Important than Calcium for Preventing Osteoporotic Fracture

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In human studies, 25 years of research has linked osteoporotic fracture with vitamin K insufficiency. A study published in 1984 found that patients who suffered fractures caused by osteoporosis had vitamin K levels 70% lower than age-matched controls.

This association has been repeatedly confirmed. One recent trial involving almost 900 men and women found those with the lowest blood levels of vitamin K2 had a 65% greater risk of hip fracture compared to those with the highest levels of the nutrient.

In other human research, vitamin K2 has continually shown to be an effective treatment against osteoporosis: A review study of all randomized, controlled human trials of at least 6 months duration that assessed the use of vitamin K1 or K2 to lessen fracture risk identified 13 trials. All but one showed vitamin K reduced bone loss with K2 being most effective, reducing risk of vertebral fracture by 60%, hip fracture by 77%, and all non-vertebral fractures by 81%. And remember, reducing fracture risk is the true measure of bone health.

In a 2-year study of 241 women with osteoporosis, subjects were given either vitamin K2 plus calcium or calcium alone. At the end of the study, women receiving only calcium had lost an average of 3.3% of their lumbar (lower spine) BMD, while those receiving vitamin K2 lost just 0.5%. Women taking K2 plus calcium had one-third the fracture risk of those receiving calcium only.

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Keep Calcium Out of Your Arteries!

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From assisting the development of bone, to preventing arterial calcification, to fighting off cancer and inflammation, vitamin K is the new hot nutrient and for good reason.

One of the vitamin K-dependent proteins, matrix Gla-protein (MGP) is the strongest inhibitor of tissue calcification presently known. MGP is produced by small muscle cells in our blood vessels where—once activated by vitamin K—it prevents calcium deposits.

K2 also helps promote blood vessel elasticity by safeguarding elastin, the protein primarily responsible for the elasticity of the arterial wall. Existing elastin is damaged and new production is inhibited by calcium deposition.

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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

vitalityDHEA is secreted by the adrenal glands, and also produced in the gonads (testes and ovaries), and brain. It is sometimes called the “mother of all hormones” because it is the building block from which estrogen and testosterone are produced, and is vital to health.

Thousands of scientific articles have been published on DHEA during the last 50 years, but a clear picture of its role in human health didn’t begin to emerge until the 1990’s.

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Low Serotonin Solution Without Drugs

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SunshineSerotonin, or 5-hydroxytryptomine (5-HT), was first identified over 50 years ago. Since then, scientists have found that low serotonin can be a serious problem for many people. It is responsible for a wide variety of central nervous system effects, including emotional equanimity, restful sleep, the regulation and perception of pain, sexual behavior, appetite control, and our general level of satisfaction and happiness with the world around us.

You may recognize the symptoms of low serotonin. They can affect anyone with anything from common, garden-variety malaise to serious emotional disorders. Here are just some of the symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Loss of interest and pleasure in usual activities
  • Sleep and appetite disturbances

Even worse, research indicates that low serotonin is associated with aggressive and violent behavior, as well as suicide, which appears to be on the rise.

Surprisingly, there are several inexpensive, safe, and effective nutritional approaches to enhance serotonin levels. In fact, solid scientific evidence that these nutritional approaches may actually work as well as (or even better) than Prozac® or similar types of drugs known as SSRI’s, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.

But you wouldn’t know this if you only followed mainstream information. These drugs are big, big business — reaping billions a year in profits for the big drug companies. There is a strong commercial interest in keeping them on the market, regardless of the methods and consequences.

Nobody disputes the fact that SSRI’s and other antidepressants have a place in the world. And we don’t advocate anyone terminating any subscription medication and trying alternative treatments without consulting their physician beforehand.

But we do believe, and studies have proven, that there is a place for nutritionally-based supplements in the fight against depression, anxiety, all the related illnesses, and even just for those of us who often “just don’t feel well.”

Supplements that act on serotonin levels have been proven effective in a variety of treatments:

Depression: In a series of studies dating back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, 5-HTP given to seriously depressed people was reported to produce dramatic and sudden improvements.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: L-Tryptophan was found to be effective in reducing the symptoms of OCD.

Anxiety: Ten patients with anxiety were treated with 5-HTP, and significant reduction in anxiety was measured on three different scales designed to measure anxiety. And in a study of 20 people with panic disorders, several experienced relief after receiving 5-HTP.

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Formerly known as Prosera

Preventing Migraine Headaches: One study showed that 5-HTP can reduce the intensity and duration of migraine headaches. Another study showed that 5-HTP is even more effective in preventing migraines.

Enhancing Sleep: The action of 5-HTP and tryptophan in promoting sleep without a drugged feeling or morning hangover are similar to the hormone melatonin, which is well-known for its sleep-regulating function. This is probably due to the fact that some of the serotonin produced in the body is converted directly into melatonin. Serotonin may also promote sleep by helping the brain “tune out” unwanted stimulation. One French study found that administration of 5-HTP to “mildly insomniac” people resulted in significant improvement.

Suppressing Appetite: According to a British obesity expert, among the most effective and safest candidates for drugs that genuinely suppress appetite are those that increase serotonin in the brain. Not surprisingly, one of the most common uses of SSRIs these days has been to suppress appetite with the goal of losing weight. But in one well-controlled study researchers found significant weight loss in a group treated with 5-HTP.

Fibromyalgia Relief: Two major studies in Italy demonstrated significant improvement in patients according to six different criteria.

Preventing Heart Disease: One surprising benefit of minimizing depression, anxiety and stress is a correlation with a reduction in the danger of heart disease. This has been demonstrated by a host of studies, but is far too complex a subject to investigate within the scope of this article. However, the connection is well documented.

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Magnolia is Nature’s Stress Fighter!

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If you need help in reducing your stress and anxiety levels—and most of us probably do—you should be aware of Magnolia Extract, an ancient Chinese medicine that has been proven as a powerful antioxidant, anticancer weapon, and an amazingly effective tool to combat the stress and anxiety of modern life.

To learn more about the stress-busting power of Magnolia, please read the article, Relieve Stress with Honokiol and Magnolol from Magnolia Extract!

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