Tuesday, October 4, 2016

100% Pure and Genuine Top sellers | Windrose Aromatics Essential Oils

Evidence Based Clinical Aromatherapy Materia Medica

NAME | Botanical Name | Brief look at Key Properties
  1. BERGAMOT FCF | Citrus aurantium var.bergamia  | cleansing, purifying, deodorant, calming, balancing, refreshing / bath, diffusor, skin and scalp care, lotions, spritzers.  Hint:  Bergamot FCC  is for internal use
  2. CHAMOMILE Roman | Anthemis nobilis | antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, rejuvenative, nervine, soothing, restorative, wound healing, balancing / skin care, massage, inhalation, compress, sport blends, baths
  3. CINNAMON Bark | Cinnamomum cassia | antimicrobial, warming, anti-diarrheal, antidepressant (caution: skin sensitizer)
  4. CLARY SAGE |Salvia sclarea | antispasmodic, nervine, euphoric, sedative, estrogenic, deodorant / massage, compress (PMS), baths, skin care treatments
  5. EUCALYPTUS | Eucalyptus globulus | respirant, anti-infectious, rejuvenative, expansive, invigorating / diffusor, massage, inhalation, sport & cellulite blends, spritzers, liniments, chest rub
  6. FRANKINCENSE  | Boswellia carterii | anti-inflammatory, analgesic, cleansing, purifying, healing, rejuvenative, meditative, protective, replenishing, clarifying / fragrance, skin care treatments, inhalation, massage, lotions, baths, salves & ointments
  7. GERANIUM | Pelargonium graveolens | astringent, healing, cleansing, purifying, rejuvenative, balancing, insect repellant, hypotensive / skin care, fragrance, baths, diffusor, massage, lotions, spritzers
  8. GINGER Root | Zingiber officinale | anti-inflammatory, febrifuge, adrenal stimulant, cleansing, purifying, rubefacient, rejuvenative, tonic, aphrodisiac / dyspepsia, liniments, massage, sport & cellulite blends
  9. HELICHRYSUM | Helichrysum angustifolium, Helichrysum italicumOrganic  | “bumps and bruises eraser,” strong analgesic, rubefacient, purifying,  antispasmodic, rejuvenative, balancing, renewing / compress, massage, salves & ointments
  10. LAVENDER | Lavandula vera | anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, soothing, relaxing, balancing, wound healing, rejuvenative, anti-fungal / bath, inhalation, mouthwash, skin care, massage, sport blends, diffusor, spritzers, compress, lotions   NEW Study - Lavender for Menopausal flushing
  11. PEPPERMINTMentha piperita | stomachic, rubefacient, carminative, antispasmodic, toning, invigorating, energizing, balancing / dyspepsia, inhalation, mouthwash, compress, partial body massage, foot treatments, liniments, spritzers, sport blends, salves & ointments
  12. PETITGRAIN Bigarade | Citrus aurantium var. amara  | nervine, anti-depressant, antiperspirant, clarifying, refreshing / skin care, fragrance, bath, inhalation, massage, spritzers, diffusor, lotions
  13. ROSEMARY | Rosmarinus officinalis | detoxifying, treats muscle pain, gout, rheumatism, respiratory complaints, liver and gallbladder problems, fatigue, headache, colds and flu, insect repellent skin care: acne, dermatitis, bacterial and fungal infections
  14. TARRAGON | Artemisia dracunculus  | carminative, revitalizing, regulating, purifying, hormone balancing, anti-cancer / dyspepsia, compress, cellulite massage blends
  15. TEA TREE | Melaleuca alternifolia | Organic |  cleansing, purifying, balsamic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal  / scalp and skin care, inhalation, salves & ointments, diffusor, spritzers, compress, massage, mouthwash
  16. THYME | Thymus vulgaris, Thymus satureioides (Borneol) | respiratory complaints, asthma, cystitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, colds and flu, infectious diseases, muscle aches and pains skin care: insect bites, lice, scabies, bacterial and fungal infections (caution: Thymus vulgaris is a skin sensitizer - choose a low thymol chemotype such as Thyme Borneol or Thyme Linalool for skin application)
  17. YLANG YLANG  | Cananga odoranta genuina | Organic | regulative, hypotensive, balancing, aphrodisiac, euphoric / fragrance, skin care, massage, baths, lotions, spritzers, inhalation, fixative
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A New Drug-Resistant Killer Yeast

From an article from ANH (Alliance for Natural Health)

The article is about an emerging strain of yeast (fugi): Candida auris, which has become drug-resistant.  This is in addition to another species which the CDC has been tracking called C. glabrata.  The referenced article has a good discussion about the spraying of fungicides on crops and the C. auris may be a new species - meaning very little is known about it.

But can it be ‘tamed’ by natural means?

By John W Jones, MD

Ultra 4x6 ProbioticsAs the article also points out, there are natural ‘treatments’ for yeast.  At the top of the ANH list is probiotics. 

Probiotics are very important because these organisms keep the Learn about Ultra Monolaurintotal GUT biota in healthy balance - good bacteria do keep the bad influences in check.  I highly recommend Ultra 4x6 Probiotics which contains 6 probiotic strains with a 4 billion potency.

I also recommend Ultra Monolaurin.  While there are no ‘studies’ to ‘prove’ it is effective against these particular strains, it has been proven to be effective against other strains of candida.  In particular, Ultra Monolaurin contains Monolaurin and its vital medium chain fatty acid  (MCFA)  companions; Monomyristin, Monocaprin and Monocaprylin.  They are all biologically active.  This makes Ultra Monolaurin

Caution: not all monolaurin contains all the MCFAs

There are also preventive measures you can consider.  As you know, I actively promote the Low Carbohydrate lifestyle.  One of the reasons this is an effective way to deal with yeast infections is that this diet deprives them of the sugar they so happily use to multiply and thrive. 

One huge advantage to this natural approach is that you do not promote the unintended consequence of drug-resistance tor the kinds of problems caused by yeast infections.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Flossing | Does it do any good?

by Marilyn Sidwell, Nutrition Pure and Simple
I caught a message on TV recently questioning the effectiveness of flossing - and it reminded me of an article by Alan Gaby, MD, published in the TOWNSEND LETTER for DOCTORS & PATIENTS -APRIL 2006.  With his permission, (and for your laugh-of-the-day) I share it with you.

Evidence-based medicine takes a fall     

To determine whether parachutes are effective in preventing major trauma related to gravitational challenge, a systematic review was performed of all studies examining the effects of using a parachute during free fall.  Data sources included Medline, Web of Science, Embase, and the Cochrane Library databases. The main outcome measure was death or major trauma, defined as an injury severity score >15. The authors were unable to identify any randomized controlled trials of parachute intervention.  They concluded that the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by randomized controlled trials.

Comment: Advocates of evidence-based medicine have criticized the acceptance of interventions that have been evaluated only by observational studies.  The use of parachutes during free fall is one such unproven intervention.  The authors of this report suggest that everyone might benefit if the most radical proponents of evidence-based medicine organized and participated in a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of the parachute.

Smith GCS, Pell JP. Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BJM. 2003:327:1459-1461. | http://www.bmj.com/content/327/7429/1459

Question and Comment about the above by Dr Gaby:

  1. Question: Would any of the evidence-based ‘scientists’ participate in a study to test parachutes?
  2. We have to ask why, if the doctor tried a nutritional approach and it worked is that not valid evidence?
Dr Gaby's website: http://www.doctorgaby.com/ 

So, the next time you hear a report about a way to help a patient that uses a procedure or method that lacks a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study (and is therefore NOT VALID) - remember the 'parachute' challenge.

For a website FULL of products which lack double-blind cross-over studies we invite you to visit NutritionPureAndSimple.com

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Thursday, July 28, 2016


An Excerpt from Dr Jones' Nutritional Protocol | Athletes - Performance, Injuries & High Energy Activities.

!!!   WARNING !!!

BEWARE: Name Changes are made to fool you!

Aspartame seems to be especially dangerous for young athletes, high energy persons, and those drinking ‘diet’ pop.  Aspartame breakdown products release norepinephrine, epinephrine dopamine, and free methanol.   Aspartame fosters other problems, such as excessive insulin release.  Aspartame adversely affects previously well individuals, such as pilots, drivers and athletes.

H.J. Roberts, MD, FACP, FCCP, wrote a paper wherein he highlights the many athletes who are dropping dead.  Aspartame can and does interact with medications as well as with other natural substances.  Be wary!

“Over 460,000 people annually die of a disorder called sudden cardiac death” (CDC statistic).  This condition strikes otherwise healthy people who have experienced no obvious symptoms of heart disease prior to their abrupt deaths.  This includes an alarming number of young athletes and professional athletes.  A mechanism has been proposed ... the excitotoxin damage caused by food additives and aspartame is ignored, despite growing evidence that excitotoxin plays a major role in cardiac disease.

Low magnesium, high calcium, low fatty acids plus excitotoxins under conditions of strenuous exercise, especially in extreme heat, along with the use of carbonated drinks, leads to a deadly result. 

Young people live on junk foods, and several studies have shown that the levels of excitotoxic additives in this food is equal to those that cause damage in experimental animals.  Humans are 5 times more sensitive to these toxins than any animal.

In a previous BLOG we covered Sweet Poison | Aspartame.
Aspartame has a new name: AminoSweet.

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Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins

Don’t Waste Your Money on Nutritional Supplements

This is a true statement - as far as it goes.

At Nutrition Pure and Simple we care deeply about the Quality of our Products.  But what does that word ‘quality’ mean in this context?

Revised July 2017
Food for thought:
  1. Many supplements are not potent enough to be of any use to a nutritionally-starved body - Check out Ultra Vites for a multi that has high levels of nutrients instantly available to the body when the veggy capsule melts.
  2. Often manufacturers use cheap materials - to keep the cost low, naturally.  Ultra Omega Linic uses Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon for our fish oil product.
  3. Supplements with colors, flavors and preservatives provide toxins rather than nutrition.  Ultra Monolaurin is a 90% Pure distillate of coconut oil.

I recently came across some information on the web promoting ‘Natural’ over ‘Synthetic’ vitamins.  It reminded me of an article in the Townsend Letter for Doctors written in 1988 by Philip Zimmerman, Ph.D.

I’d like to recap it for you.   First he defines common terms. 

For instance, many people believe the term ‘natural’ describes a substance from some source in nature which has not been modified by the manufacturer.  In the nutritional supplement world nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, there is no ‘official’ definition of ‘natural’ anywhere. 

A potential definition for a ‘natural’ vitamin is that the body recognizes the chemical structure of the nutrient and rejoices because it finds something it can use.  In that sense, what we eat and drink are recognized as ‘chemicals’. (or not)

When you look at the label on a bottle of supplements and it says that it contains 50 mg of a substance, whatever the source, that substance has been standardized by the manufacturer.  Otherwise they could not put that exact amount on the label.  (It is not ‘natural’, but has been ‘standardized’)    For more on this topic read this excellent discussion about the Standardization of Herbs, courtesy of our Manufacturer, Time Laboratories.  This is an example of an informative label.

Another problem with the term ‘natural’ (from nature) supplements is that there are NO naturally-occurring high levels of individual nutrients.  Why does this matter?  For many years it has been known that folic acid may prevent birth defects.   Our multi Vitamins for adults contain 800 mcg of Folic Acid.   If your supplement has high levels of individual nutrients, especially B Vitamins,  it is not ‘natural’.

Despite the current rage to have ‘organic’ and ‘organically grown and certified’ food, there is not an equivalent for the labeling of supplements.  If a nutrient contains carbon it is organic.  Vitamins are organic and minerals are inorganic.  Another common term is ‘Artificial’.  An artificial ingredient is  NOT found in nature.  These are the substances found in supplements and our food supply that the body is not equipped to deal with.  ‘Artificial’ substances may potentially be harmful to human beings and animals.  This is not the same as a substance that is chemically identical (or bio-identical) but is made in a laboratory.  Man-made colors, flavors and preservatives are ‘artificial’ and not recognized by the body.

Dr Jones has written extensively on the sad state of our modern diet.  I saw another comment on the web about how our current food supply contains a much lower level of nutrients than it did about 50 years ago.  In the mid 1980's I read a book written by Dr Emanuel Cheraskin wherein he described the huge loss of nutrients (at that time) from the plant in the ground to the shipped, processed, and over-cooked meal on the table.  This is why Dr Jones so strenuously promotes his researched, quality-controlled multi Vitamin called Ultra Vites.

So what should you want to know about a supplement before you buy it?
  1. Because there is so much hidden from the consumer by manufacturers, you must deal with a well-known, well-respected company.  Your best assurance is its reputation in the industry.
  2. A Question you may ask yourself is this: Is the product performing according to your expectations?    If you are buying it to relieve joint pain - is it?    You need to measure how the substances(s) perform in the body.
  3. In the ingredients list you need to know if any ingredients include milk, yeast, sugar or any substance to which you are allergic.
  4. Know this: manufactures buy raw materials from the same USDA approved sources.  Some ingredients cost more than others, so cheaper products simply contain cheaper ingredients.
I want to summarize with a quote from Dr Zimmerman
     “If it were possible to obtain high potencies of vitamins from nature,  most of us would prefer such vitamins.  As a rule of thumb, the following may be stated:  'The most important aspect is not whether a vitamin has been derived directly from a natural source, but whether the vitamin is the equivalent in molecular structure to the same vitamin as found in its natural state.'

     In most cases, with prudent label reading, it is possible to obtain the desired vitamin level of the various nutrients in a state which is equal to that found in nature".

Our manufacturer, Time Laboratories, has been in business since 1973.  Their expertise and commitment to quality ensures products that you can purchase with confidence.

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Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Acne - Oh, NO! Not ANOTHER ZIT?

     Inflammation is a very large contributor to Acne problems.  Redness and soreness is made worse by these big dietary contributors:  Red meat, Milk, Bread and (most of all) Sugar!  Not what you thought it would be?  Say 'Hello' to Arachidonic Acid (ARA).

     At the same time you are enjoying your 6 cans of pop or candy bars or gallons of milk (and other milk products), you avoid oily fish and other beneficial fats in your diet.  It is a Fact: our Western diet is characterized by excesses, leaving behind a deficit of all the essential nutrients.

     Recent studies confirm what has long been suspected: Dairy Products & Sugar CAUSE Acne.

     Drugs and topical applications may make pimples temporarily disappear, but a change in diet is more effective and long lasting.

    Large clinical trials found that cow's milk (and dairy products) increased both the number of people who get acne - as well as the severity of the outbreaks.  High sugar intake (foods with a high glycemic index) had similar study results.  Milk has a high sugar content (lactose is a sugar).  Skim milk (low in fat) has a higher glycemic index than whole milk.

     All dairy products are high in many harmful hormones.  In particular, they increase the serum levels of testosterone and other androgens (male hormones).  These hormones contribute to Acne.  Dairy products also increase insulin levels.  Lactose milk sugar (not fat) stimulates insulin production which often leads to insulin resistance and type II diabetes.  In fact, a high sugar and refined carbohydrates diet, also known as a high-glycemic index diet, CAUSES  Acne.

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Fish oil supplementation sometimes makes acne better - but sometimes makes it worse.

John W Jones, MD, MPH has a theory about that.

     Fish oil products (and fatty, oily fish) provide omega 3 fatty acids (nick-named EPA and DHA).  These compete in the metabolic pathways and help lessen the inflammatory effects of AA.  In order to have a natural way to counteract the inflammatory effects of our Western diet we MUST add a supplement which provides both GLA (Gamma Linolenic acid) and fish oil.  The usual sources of GLA are Primrose Oil and Black Currant seed oil.   For Ultra Omega-Linic,   Black Currant seed oil was chosen because it has a higher amount of GLA by percent than does Oil of Evening Primrose.

     When you combine the modulation of inflammation from AA by adding EPA and DHA from fish oil with the ANTI inflammatory effect of GLA the improvement in Acne is impressive.

     Add Ultra Omega-Linic to your daily routine, cut back on milk, milk products and sugar for an Acne-clear,  beautiful complexion.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

They say Wisdom comes with Age - but sometimes Age just shows up by itself!

Tips and Tricks for Healthy Aging

Links to Dr Jones' articles on NutritionPureAndSimple.com
  1. Aging Does NOT mean growing OLD!
  2. Don't worry - you can have Healthy Bones
  3. Stimulate Human Growth Hormone (hGh)
  4. Pain Relief, Help for Depression, Help for Sleep
  5. More Nutrients that promote Healthy Aging
  6. Start with glowing, healthy Skin
Enjoy a couple more of my favorite 'sayings':

Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.   --Tryon Edwards

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.  --Arabian Proverb

Aging can carry with it many problems.  The goal of these topics is to present a variety of nutritional suggestions that minimize the problems    While various health conditions are not limited to the older population, they are more likely to complicate the aging process.  For more recommendations see Dr Jones' other protocols:  Osteoporosis, Macular Degeneration, Heart Health, Homocysteine Elevation, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

You just need to eat right - part 2

A revolutionary Idea:

In the early 1980's, when I began selling nutritional supplements, I had the great fortune to hear Oscar Rasmussen PhD (in nutrition) lecture.  One of his presentations was on the subject of food choices.  Let me share this thought with you:

  • He said "Make a list of the foods you really like.  
  • Put a checkmark next to the ones you have every day."  
Did you make your list?  Did you put checkmarks?

To paraphrase Dr Rasmussen -  Chances are good that if you have health problems the source is in that list.    I am not a betting person, but I'd be willing to bet (a nickel) that your list is no longer than 10 or 15 foods.

What does that prove, you ask?  

We are creatures of habit.  We get so busy with what we have to get done each day that eating - food choices - devolves into 'habit'.


 A typical day's meals:

So we have the same things for breakfast - EVERY DAY.  What is yours?  Cereal (with milk, maybe fruit, maybe yogurt).  Or is your breakfast more elaborate? Bacon & Eggs, toast with butter & jelly (of course), coffee with milk & sugar.  Ah, hash brown potatoes.   I get it - you work hard at your job and need the fuel.

Lets look at lunch, then.  A hamburger (bun, meat, and condiments).  Or a sandwich.  French fries or chips, milk shake.  Or, if you are 'health conscious' (not) you have sugar free pop!

Forget lunch.  Dinner!  Steak (one of the meats), potatoes, a roll (with butter).  Maybe corn or another veggy.  What, eat a salad?  No way!.

How typical of your day are these food choices.  Where is the variety?  Where is a food that is not processed, (created by one of the 6 companies) or that is raw and Organic?

Oh, and we must not forget sugar-rich dessert!  Cake, cookies or pie - with ice cream?  Ah, yes - Obesity here we come.

Yet, if you think about your last visit to the market, you may remember that there were many fresh food choices.  More markets everywhere are making organic foods available.  How many different ones do you put in your cart?

And have you thought about what you can choose from at the fresh meat and seafood bar?

You could choose a different protein source (fish or meat) and different plant food (veggie) for EVERY meal for the coming 7 days of the week.  Ditto grains.  Ditto fruit.   Our ancestors never had it so good.

Another Challenge:

How long has it been since you have tried a NEW food - or one that you have not eaten in a long time?   Hmmm?

Many of my Facebook friends publish really great information on the value of different foods and herbs.  I love the recipes that appear, too.  If you introduce variety into your diet you will take advantage of the huge benefits from nutrients available by consuming different foods.

And remember what your grandmother used to tell you - Eat all things in moderation. 

Not gonna happen, you say!  We recognize that reality.

You are not like that, you say?

A number of years ago Dr Jones found statistics from nationwide food consumption studies conducted by the USDA.  They found that approximately 60% of the individuals surveyed were consuming only 70% of the daily minimum requirements of six essential nutrients.  Those surveyed were people who made an effort to eat (and thought they were eating) a balanced diet.  The deficient nutrients  were vitamin B6, folacin, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium.  There is no reason to believe this situation has improved.  In fact, it has more likely gotten worse.  For instance, it has been reported that GMO foods contain less nourishment than foods grown conventionally.

With these facts in mind, it is not likely that anyone is consuming an optimal supply of nutrients... without supplementation.   For this reason Dr Jones always recommends the multi vitamin which he formulated based upon research.   

Ultra Vites.  You won't find this formula in the big box stores.  It is rich in 25 of the nutrients you need every day - in a form that is readily available to your body.  And in a capsule form that doesn't go right-on-through to the septic tank like those one-a-day tablets that you body doesn't know what to do with.

What a simple way to cover your nutritional bases every day - while working to improve your eating habits.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Diabetes? No problem! Recommendations from John W Jones, MD

by John W Jones, MD
I have been a  medical doctor for over 50 years.   Besides my experience with patients, I also have a very strong family history of diabetes - and have been able to dodge it's negative impact on my life.  Ergo, I am well acquainted with the problems of Diabetes. 

I am not a fan of prescribing a drug to control blood sugar - unless more conservative measures fail - or unless the diagnosis is Type I Diabetes or advanced Type II.  

My recommendation for the first line of defense against Diabetes is low carbohydrate food choices.  I advise my patients to eat real (not processed and not GMO) high protein, low carbohydrate foods.   Fat is not a problem -but trans fats are to be avoided.   If they buy foods in cans or boxes patients should read labels carefully to determine carbohydrate content.  (not just calories).   A proper level of daily carbohydrate intake is 40 or 50 grams per day - and none of these carbs should come from high fructose corn syrup - actual sugar intake should be minimal.

The "side effects" of this dietary lifestyle include (but are not limited to)
  • more energy
  • less or no insulin, 
  • improved CV and other risk factors, 
  • it is easy to obtain and maintain your ideal body weight
    • proper carbohydrate restriction will result in weight loss
  • blood pressure can normalize
  • diabetic complication can be reduced (retinpathy, neuropathy, nephropahty,  atherosclerosis).
Everyone can maintain optimal health on the low carbohydrate lifestyle.

If you have Diabetes concerns, I provide natural alternatives for your consideration.  In addition, my Diabetes Protocol provides nutritional supplement recommendations proven to ....

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Eating right means getting enough of the right kind of Protein

Reviewed August 2017

  • protein
  • complete protein
  • amino acids (AA)
  • limiting amino acid
  • essential and non-essential amino acids (conditionally essential)

Protein deficiency is the most serious nutritional problem in the world.

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Protein Deficiency is less of a problem in US - except the following groups are likely to be at risk:
       Pregnant and lactating women   
       Newborn babies    
       Poor people
       Old people
       People who are Ill - especially children
       People who avoid protein-rich food

Second only to water in the body's physical makeup, protein makes up about 20% of our body weight.  Protein is necessary to the makeup of muscles, hair, nails, skin, eyes and brain - well, every part of the body.   Protein makes up the components of our immune system, hemoglobin, hormones and all bodily functions.

You must eat protein to provide the building blocks for the various amino acids required for the body to grow, function and make repairs.   Your body also needs vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to work with the various  Amino Acids.

Proteins are complex molecules which are comprised of a combination  of 22 naturally occurring amino acids (this number varies depending on the reference).  Each protein has its own unique amino acid sequence, structure and function in the body.   Essential amino acids are those which our bodies cannot synthesize - that is, they must be acquired daily in the diet.

Animal foods are considered as 'complete' proteins because they contain the 8 (or 9, depending on the reference source) essential Amino Acids (AA).  Vegetables and fruits contain adequate levels of many of the essential AAs, but may be low or lacking in others.  By definition these are incomplete protein foods.

There are some important facts about the way that the body deals with proteins.

  1. The very young, very old and very ill will have extra-ordinary amino acid needs.  This includes the non-essential AAs as well as the essential ones.  In other words, the body may not be capable of building a non-essential (but necessary for that individual) AA fast enough to meet specific body nutritional needs.
  2.  It is critical that ALL essential AAs be present in adequate amounts!  If just one is low or missing, even temporarily, protein synthesis will fall to a low level - or may stop all together.  This is one reason that persons on a vegetarian or very low protein diet are at greater risk of protein malnutrition. To obtain a complete protein meal from incomplete protein foods, one must combine foods so as to balance one with a low or missing AA with a food with an adequate amount of the low or missing AA(s)
  3. Older people are at special risk because they often prefer a low protein diet.  As a group they often have a poor appetite, don't smell aromas well and don't taste worth a darn.    If they are living alone it is likely to be too much trouble to prepare a healthy meal.  They often have digestive complaints - not to mention that many drugs interfere with digestion and absorption of the foods they do eat.  While many older people take a multi vitamin supplement, they do not often include a complete protein supplement.

Daily recommendations from the Institute of Medicine

As you can see the requirement vary by  age and amount of energy expended - as well as general health and demands of growth and tissue repair. WebMD also recommended that 10% to 35% of your daily calories come from protein.

Food labels show the percent of 50 grams based on a 2000 calorie diet for adults  The following recommendations are VERY general...
     Babies     10 grams
     Kids         19 to 34 grams
     Teen Boys     up to 52 grams
     Teen Girls     46 grams
     Men         56 grams
     Women    46 grams
     Pregnant and Lactating Women     71 grams

Note: Vegetable proteins have low biologic value for humans because each one has a  low level of  one or more essential AAs.  Examples:
                      Plant Source    <--->     Deficient Amino Acid
                      Corn                           Tryptophan, Threonine
                      Grain Cereals             Lysine
                      Legumes                    Methionine, Tryptophan
                      Peanuts                       Methionine, Lysine
                      Soybeans                    Methionine

To arrive at optimal daily requirements is a challenge because the need varies so much.
  1. The amount and kind of protein{s} one needs depends on sex, body size and activity.
  2. Age has to be factored in - as does the need of a pregnant or lactating mother.  

Signs of Amino Acid/Protein deficiencies

  1. Lack of amino acids and proteins is exhibited by growth and tissue abnormalities.  
  2. Adults may suffer from lack of vigor and stamina, mental depression, poor resistance to disease and slow recovery from disease and injury.  
  3. In fact, in times of stress, such as surgery, protein needs increase dramatically.

Which Amino Acids are important?

Essential (must be provided daily)    **Non-Essential or Conditionally Essential
   Histidine                                              Alanine
   Isoleucine                                            Arginine* (essential for growth)
   Leucine                                                Asparagine
   Lysine                                                  Aspartic Acid
   Methionine                                          Cysteine* (some enzyme deficiency diseases)
   Phenylalanine                                      Glutamic acid
   Threonine                                            Glutamine*
   Tryptophan                                          Glycine
   Valine                                                  Ornithine
                                                               Tyrosine* (some enzyme deficiency diseases)
* Starred AAs are essential in some circumstances
**Note:  this list varies by reference

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Are you taking prescription drugs - and/or Nutritional Supplements - and/or Herbs?

There are some things You Need to Know.

written by John W Jones, MD, MPH and Marilyn Sidwell
Updated March 2016

It is strongly recommended that a qualified health care provider evaluate your nutritional needs and coordinate a nutritional program with Medical considerations.

Know the Facts:

  1. Supplements can (and do) interact with each other
  2. Supplements can interact with medications and herbs
  3. Medications can interact with herbs and supplements (as well as with each other)

Nutritional Supplement Facts:

  • These are my Minimum Recommendations: Ultra Vites and Ultra Omega-Linic
  • For optimum benefit, all nutrients must be present and in proper balance daily.
  • Very high levels of fat soluble nutrients such as vitamins A or D can reach toxic levels
  • All the minerals need to be balanced, and high levels of certain minerals such as selenium can reach toxic levels
  • B vitamins are generally safe, but should be used in balance.  High levels of vitamin B6, for example, can cause neurologic symptoms and problems.
  • High levels of Folic Acid can mask a B12 deficiency.  Ultra Vites, Ultra Preventive and Ultra Preventive + Iron contain 1000 mcg of Vitamin B12 to balance Folic Acid.
  • Yes, supplements and drugs can work synergistically, but they  can have adverse reactions as well as good results.
Example of a good result: the use of a probiotic with antibiotics may decrease the instance of diarrhea and colon irritation that can be caused by the use of broad spectrum antibiotics.

Example of a bad result: the action of some nutrients can interfere with some drugs used for chemotherapy.

Drugs and Nutrients Interact. for example, Statin drugs reduce the formation of coenzyme Q10 in the body.  
     Here is an example of potential problems from the most widely used prescription drug: Statins.   The statin class of drugs, such as Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol or Crestor are commonly used to control hyperlipidemia.   Statin drugs are HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors and can reduce the formation of CoQ10.   The use of Ultra CoQ10-100 can minimize this reaction.   Where the statin drugs lower cholesterol levels there are significant side effects affecting muscle physiology.  There are noted frequent side effects from statin drugs, such as flu like symptoms, myopathy, myositis, peripheral neuropathy, and muscle wasting disease.  Consider natural remedies for hyperlipidemia.

A single vitamin or  mineral should not be used by itself: for instance, when high levels of zinc are used zinc needs to be balanced with copper and other minerals   We recommend a highly researched multi vitamin such as Ultra Vites before using a higher level of any individual nutrient.

The effects of high levels of supplements needs to be evaluated.

Example: High levels of calcium can suppress the absorption of magnesium and zinc

Common Misconceptions about nutrients

 #1: herbs are natural, therefore safe.  Herbs have been used for centuries to help people solve many health problems.  In fact, their use is the basis for modern medicine.   Herbal lore attributes different properties to different parts of plants, and many herbs operate synergistically with other herbs and nutrients.
Jean-Claude LaPraz, MD is a pioneer who promotes the concept of using the ‘wisdom of the plant’ to affect and normalize body systems.

Be aware, however, that there can be adverse reactions to herbs.  In addition, there are herb/herb, herb/drug and herb/nutrient interaction problems.

#2: herbs must be standardized.  Standardizing means manipulating an herb so that it contains a guaranteed amount of a certain botanical constituent.  Plants are very complex chemically.  They contain hundreds to thousands of constituents.  The majority of plant constituents have yet to be identified or understood by modern science.  It is the synergy of the various constituents that is responsible for the medicinal activity of herbs  “The Standardization of Herbs” from Time Labs contains more information on this issue.

#3: your doctor knows what you are taking (medicines and supplements) and knows your complete health history. 

Very often you are seeing several different doctors for a variety of health issues.  In addition, you may be getting prescriptions from different pharmacies.  It is possible, therefore, that there is no one person who is coordinating your entire medication, nutritional supplements and herbal intake.

Given what we know about nutritional excesses and imbalances, an unsupervised approach to your entire dietary intake may be contributing to your symptoms.

Here are some take-charge recommendations for you:

  • Make a list of all your doctors
  • Make sure that all of your doctors have a complete list of all of your medications, herbs and nutrients
  • Record the major Health events in your life

More Suggestions

  • Discuss everything you are taking with your qualified health care provider or pharmacist.  People taking 6 or more daily medications are more likely to have a negative drug reaction.   It is especially important that you learn the consequences of taking multiple drugs as well as potential drug/drug adverse reactions.
  • Learn the effects, good and bad, of all the medications
  • Do read the information that comes with the prescription.
These suggestions are from an article in USA Weekend, Jan 21-23, 2005. “Raise your Prescription IQ”
  • List every pill (medications, vitamins, herbs, etc), cream and ointment
  • Visit a pharmacist or doctor to review this list
  • Side effects can mimic many things, such as signs of aging
  • Drugs can Interact w/nutrients. Some nutrients can disable the effect of the drug, and some drugs can interfere with the nutrient.

For more information:

“The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs” is a book which explains how to maintain good nutrition while using prescription drugs, and the various effects these drugs have on nutrition. Paperback, by Ross Pelton, R.Ph. and James B. LaVelle, R.Ph.
  • It lists the drugs and shows how they can affect nutrients.
  • Then it lists nutrients and show which drugs affect them.
Prescription Drugs and Vitamin Depletion” from Blue Cross of Idaho had an interesting article in one of their publications several years ago.  The article started out by saying: “Some medications may affect the storage and absorption of vital nutrients you need to stay healthy.   For the most part, prescription medications do not have this affect on the body unless they are taken at  high doses for long periods of time.  However, some medications can deprive your body of specific vitamins and or minerals at any dose.”

Well Said!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"You just need to eat right". What does it mean?

Does it mean eat your broccoli raw?

By Marilyn Sidwell with oversight from John W Jones, MD

You have more control over your health than you think you have.  Not only that, but you are the most qualified person for the job.  To say it another way, if you don't do the job no one else will!

The benefits are HUGE!   For instance, you may be able to control health problems, such as diabetes, or even prevent problems with good eating habits.  Imagine having glowing skin without using expensive skin care products.  You may avoid many of the problems associated with arthritis and joint pain.

The labels on food and nutritional supplements have been created to help you make food choices - but that doesn't make it easier for you to 'eat right'.  We realize this.  And it is why we like a good multi vitamin and mineral formula that is based on scientific data.  The addition of a complete fatty acid supplement ensures that most of the essentials are in the body.

Dr Jones has often observed that getting someone to change their diet is more difficult than getting them to change their religion.  And yet, daily nutrition is the basis for health.  Keeping the body nourished is the key to prevention of heart disease- not to mention all our 'modern' problematic health issues.  You've seen the ads promoting drugs you need to cope with these 'dis-ease' problems.  What if the onset of most of these 'degenerative' problems can be delayed - or prevented?

When you were in school did anyone teach you how to combine foods for optimal nutritional value?  Me neither...  We found these interesting food survey results :
  1. Overall most people recognize the importance of good nutrition.
  2.  In fact, many Americans assume they are 'eating right'.
  3.  Other people feel confused by news reports and conflicting studies.
  4.  Many believe that healthy eating takes too much effort.
  5.  And / or that it requires them to give up the foods they love.

I have a Question for you:.  What are the 7 food groups?  No, not a pizza and 6 pack!

Several sources break foods into 5 groups displayed in a Pyramid with the minimum intake on top and the most recommended at the bottom, or widest part of the Pyramid.   With the low carbohydrate pyramid Whole Grains are at the top.  The second group is made up of Vegetable & seed Oils, Cheese & Dairy, Nuts & Legumes.  The next group is Fruits.  The next group is Vegetables.  The bottom, or widest part is made up of the Proteins.  NO added sugars or hydrogenated oils are recommended.  PS. Avoid high fructose corn syrup (sugar extraordinaire) at all costs.

The truth is we each tend to eat the same 10 or 15 foods - ALL THE TIME.   Want to make a real change in your diet?  A simple plan is to select a different group of foods every day.  A different meat or fish, a different vegetable (french fries are NOT the only vegetable) and a different grain for cereal and/or bread.   Avoid 'the weight-loss diet of the week'.  We encourage you to adopt the 'low carbohydrate lifestyle modification'

Here are some factors that affect the nutritional value of food: Fresh fruits and vegetables usually have more nutritive value than those that are cooked or provided by food manufacturers (in a can or box).   To deal with GMO and pesticide concerns learn these label codes:
  • a 5 digit code starting with 8 means Genetically modified
  • a 5 digit code starting with 9 means Organic
  • a 4 digit code starting with 3 or 4 means conventionally grown
There are also considerations of food benefits that are internal to you:   To benefit you food must be digested, absorbed, transported and used by your body, then excreted.  If any part of this process is compromised, so is your health.   Digestion Problems such as GERDS, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea are not 'normal';  they are indications that your GI system is in trouble.

More on the labels on food and supplements: What is the RDA?  Why do supplements & manufactured foods show DV?
  1. The RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance is sometimes called the Recommended Dietary Allowance.
  2. It is used interchangeably with RDI - Recommended Daily Intake
  3. These are recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council
  4. They represent the amount of nutrient and calorie intake per day considered necessary for maintenance of good health, calculated for males and females of various ages.
  5. DVs are listed on food and supplement labels as the percent of a nutrient provided by serving that food.  DVs are established to meet the needs of a healthy adult based on a 2000 or 2500 calorie diet.

How do you 'eat right'?

I have another question for you:  If the label only lists 5 or 10 items when there are RDAs for about 30 nutrients,  how do you ensure that you get them all every day?

Dr Jones and other nutritionally oriented doctors agree that the RDAs are inadequate.  Even so, many of us do not consume even the minimum amounts that are recommended.   Are you going to total up the nutritive value of each 'manufactured' food you eat today?

Here is an ice cream label with a serving size of 1/2 cup.
Be honest;  who eats just a half cup of ice cream?

So you decide to eat an apple instead.  That is a healthier choice, right?   I found nutritional information on the apple at the website SelfNutritionalData.  The apple has some Carbohydrate and Fiber information, and lists RDAs for 2 vitamins and 2 minerals.   Hmmm.  Is there another way to go about meeting your daily requirements?  How about a different kind of web search?  Search for foods high in Vitamin C.  That gives results, but you have to do that for each vitamin and mineral - not to mention the other food categories such as Calories, Fats, Protein, etc.

The 'Nutrition Almanac' published by McGraw -Hill provides a table of Food Composition that is very helpful.  It lists individual foods across the top of the page.  Down the left side it lists ingredient information, starting with a measure, which will usually conform to the serving size.    At least everything you want to evaluate is available in one place.    The Nutrition Almanac is full of invaluable information to help with your food choices.

The fact is, we don't eat right.  So how can you ensure that you will fuel this marvelous biochemical machine daily? You know, the body you live with and care for every day.  Because we have many reasons that our dietary eating habits are less than ideal, Nutritional supplementation helps fill the void.

To recap some concerns about RDAs and DVs from Dr Jones:

  1. Most doctors do not see 'well' people.  Actual RDA needs vary depending on the needs of  individuals.
  2. The RDAs are set so that most normal people will have adequate nutrition.
  3. Most social programs are based on the RDAs - which makes one suspect that they are more political than scientific.
  4. RDAs are NOT optimal levles - they are estimates for populations.
  5. The RDAs are not for the very young, the very old, those who are sick, traumatized or stressed, or injured.  Note:PREGNANT WOMEN should never take nutritional supplements without the approval of their obstetrician.
  6.  You have to eat 1100 nutrient-laden calories to ingest all the RDIs daily
  7.  A sick kidney is smarter than a smart doctor - unless it is a VERY sick kidney.  Dr Jones' recommendation - use a really good multi.  Throw in the vitamins and minerals that are essential each day - at high levels.  Let the kidney sort out what your body needs.  Dr Jones does not advocate the use of single nutrients (including herbs) until after covering the nutritional bases with a good multi vitamin and essential fatty acids.
  8. In fact, everyone will benefit from a good multi vitamin/mineral supplement plus Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). 
I know you have heard the statement - All supplements are a waste of money. Or: The only thing you get with supplementation is expensive urine'.  However, since it it is very difficult to be sure that all of the essential nutrients are supplied by your daily diet in sufficient quantities to ensure your continued health, Dr Jones considers these basic supplements essential to good health .

We present these products for your consideration as a way to provide the minimum requirement to keep your body at peak performance daily:

  • Ultra Vites and Ultra Preventive Plus Iron both meet and far exceed the RDAs.  Both products are formulated by John W Jones, MD, MPH.  Ultra Preventive is available without Iron, and Ultra Vites is formulated without Iron.
  •  Ultra Omega-Linic exceeds the requirements for fats - EFAs in particular because these pre formed fatty acids are deficient in our American diets, and their lack is implicated in many of our current diseases, such as arthritis and heart disease.
There is a lot of information promoting individual nutrients - like Vitamin C and Calcium.  Turmeric and Ginger are very popular herbal remedies.  Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes can be critically important for many people.  Regardless of the benefits of these individual recommendations, Dr Jones feels strongly that you must cover the nutritional bases FIRST.  Then the body has what it needs to work with the other nutrients.
A problem we have addressed in a future blog- how do you guarantee that you are getting adequate protein?    You can read about this problem here: Eating right means getting enough of the right kind of Protein!

For more information from Dr Jones visit his website, www.jjConsulting.net

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.