Friday, September 7, 2012

suggested product of the day "Plant Enzyme Digestive Formula" is a combination of the most important enzymes for digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

In order to assimilate vitamins and nutrients from our food and supplements, we must be able to digest them properly. Plant Enzyme Digestive Formula is a combination of the most important enzymes for digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Applications include gas and bloating after meals, constipation, and a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food. 

Studies show that the foods in the typical American diet are devoid of natural enzymes and do little to help secrete our own production of enzymes. Thus, foods do not get digested well and nutrients from food are poorly absorbed. Poor digestive health can lead to many other disorders including asthma, osteoporosis, food allergies, depression and arthritis. 

Many health experts agree that regular consumption of enzymes and enzyme rich foods is a key to vibrant health, disease prevention, and anti-aging. Every cell in your body needs enzymes for its biochemical functions, thus a deficiency will accelerate the aging process! Plant Enzyme Digestive Formula does not contain any animal products. This formula is in vegicaps and is suitable for vegetarians.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

PaleoMeal Powder Drink Mix Vanilla 540g

PaleoMeal Powder Drink Mix Vanilla 540g
Product Description: 
PaleoMeal Powder Drink Mix Vanilla is available by Designs for Health.
PaleoMeal™ is our powdered nutrition formula designed to promote peak wellness by optimizing patients' intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and micronutrients. The ingredients make this formula ideal for patients needing support with weight control, GI health, detoxification, immune issues, heavy metals, and muscle gain. PaleoMeal™ is made with exceptional quality whey protein, which comes from herds that graze on pesticide-free, chemical-free natural grass pastures. These milking cows are never given bovine growth hormone or any other hormones (No rBST or rBGH), genetically modified organisms or injected pathogens. This whey protein is never exposed to high heat temperatures. The result is the highest quality protein supplement, rich in immunoglobulins and lactoferrin. Free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, PaleoMeal™ is available in natural vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. PaleoMeal™ is suggested in combination therapies for: 
Weight Loss 
Lipid Management 
Type II Diabetic Control 
Blood Sugar Balance 
Mercury Toxicity 
Weight Training 
Yeast Overgrowth
PaleoMeal™: Highest Quality Ingredients and Formulation 
PaleoMeal is designed to help promote an optimal intake of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed for overall wellness. PaleoMeal is made with an exceptional quality whey protein concentrate, which comes from herds that graze on disease-free, pesticide-free, chemical-free, natural grass pastures. These milking cows are not subject to any chemical, genetic or hyper-immunization influence. They are never given bovine growth hormone or any other hormones. No rBGH or rBST. They have no history of bovine disease and have never been fed any cannibalistic by-products. This whey protein concentrate is produced to maintain the fragile components naturally present in whole fresh milk including the immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and bovine serum albumin. The result is the highest quality protein formulation available.

Better than Soy 
Whey protein is nature's richest source of biologically active protein. Unlike soy protein, which is low in the amino acid methionine, whey protein contains all the amino acids the body needs in the best balance yet discovered in any food. Whey protein is derived from milk. Lactase enzyme was added to aid in the digestion of the small amount of lactose in this product. Those who are sensitive to milk products may be able to tolerate this whey protein, however, if you are allergic to milk and milk products, use PaleoMeal under the guidance of your health care practitioner. 


Q: If I have allergies to soy can I take phosphatidyl choline found in your Phosphatidyl choline powder, softgels and your PaleoMeal™? 

A: Phosphatidyl choline is a phospholipid and contains no protein parts from soy. Proteins are the part of the food that most people are allergic to. Those very sensitive to soy should try phosphatidyl choline in small doses at first to see if they tolerate the product. 

Q: I understand only the Vanilla PaleoMeal™ is unsweetened. What sweeteners are used in the other PaleoMeal™ products? 

A: The "Science First" philosophy of Designs for Health dictates that we use no artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, saccharine, or Nutrasweet, as well as not use natural sweeteners like sucrose and fructose which negatively impact metabolic syndrome and other health conditions. In the sweetened PaleoMeal™ products we use only beneficial sweeteners like xylitol and stevia. Our natural flavors DO NOT contain MSG. 

Q: Will the xylitol or stevia have any effect on insulin? 

A: No 
Description of Product: Better than ever…our great tasting, Paleolithic profile meal supplement has undergone some exciting changes, and now features: More fiber per serving (3g for Vanilla and Strawberry Banana, 4g for Chocolate*) Improved texture and ease of mixing Better than ever taste NatureFolate™ and an increase in B vitamins Creatine MagnaPower® It is still available in delicious Chocolate and Vanilla flavors, and a new, great tasting Strawberry Banana flavor. And more good news – this new, enhanced formula is available at the same price as the previous product. And, PaleoMeal™ is still made with the highest quality whey protein that comes from herds that graze on pesticide and chemical-free natural grass pastures, and are hormone free (no rBST or rBGH). Please note: We have increased the serving size from 30g to 36g in order to accommodate PaleoMeal’s new higher nutrient content and delicious new flavor profiles. Servings per container: 540g = 15 900 gm = 25 (Vanilla only) * the additional fiber in PaleoMeal™ Chocolate is from the use of natural cocoa powder. Now with an impressive combination of new features: Increased fiber and the Inulin difference PaleoMeal™ also boasts a higher fiber content, and now includes the prebiotic fiber inulin, which has a subtly sweet flavor but does not impact blood sugar levels. This soluble fiber is shown to have health-promoting advantages, from helping to protect against metabolic syndrome by controlling blood lipids and blood glucose, to supporting GI health through its ability to modulate gut microbia. Improved texture and ease of mixing Because inulin is a soluble fiber, it dissolves easily in water. This makes our improved PaleoMeal™ even easier to mix and thus, helps to create an ultra-smooth texture. Better than ever taste Chocolate and Strawberry Banana: We use natural, beneficial sweeteners like chalcone (a natural bioflavonoid derived sweetener), the sugar alcohol erythritol, and the herb stevia, along with natural flavors to create a rich, great tasting chocolate flavor. Unsweetened, Natural Vanilla: We have increased the amount of natural vanilla flavor to create a rich, great tasting vanilla flavor. NatureFolate™ and increased B vitamins We have increased the amount of the major B vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and B6) from 2.5 mg to 10 mg per serving. Another important change within the B family is our inclusion of NatureFolate™ – natural vitamin folates that are found in foods such as eggs and spinach and are immediately “active” and bioavailable to the human body. Creatine MagnaPower® for energy reserves In addition, the creatine included in PaleoMeal™ is from Albion’s patented Creatine MagnaPower®, a magnesium creatine chelate which provides both creatine and magnesium. This stabilized creatine increases the body’s ability to synthesize and regenerate the ATP required for supplying the energy that is needed for muscle effort.

Serving Size: 1 scoop (30 g)
Product Contains: Calories 94.4, Fat 1.6 g, Saturated Fat 0.65 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 26 mg, Sodium 40 mg, Potassium 260 mg, Total Carbohydrates 2.8 g, Dietary Fiber 0.8 g, Soluble Fiber 0 g, Insoluble Fiber 0.6 g, Sugars 1.7 g, Protein 17 g, Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 90 mg, Vitamin E 20 IU, d-gamma tocopherol 40 mg, d-delta tocopherol 17 mg, d-alpha tocopherol 9 mg, d-beta tocopherol 1 mg, Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Mononitrate) 2.5 mg, Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin) 2.1 mg, Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide) 4 mg, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCI) 2.5 mg, Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 6 mcg, Biotin (as d-Biotin) 100 mcg, Magnesium (TRAACS® magnesium glycinate chelate buffered) 48 mg, Zinc (TRAACS® zinc glycinate chelate) 3.3 mg, Chromium 50 mcg (TRAACS® chromium nicotinate glycinate chelate), Total Glutamine Value 3.9 g (Glutamic Acid (from Proserum) 3 g, L-Glutamine 900 mg), Flaxseed 2.5 g, Immunoglobulins (Proserum™ Whey Protein) 2.1 g, Phosphatidylcholine (from Soy Lecithin) 840 mg, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) 120 mg, Taurine 95 mg, n-zymes™ 50 mg (Amylase 2200 DU, Protease 4.5 5000 HUT, Protease 3.0 10.7 SAPU, Protease 6.0 (Concentrate) 2000 HUT, Lactase 400 ALU), Inositol 48 mg
Other Ingredients: Natural french vanilla flavor, natural creamy vanilla flavor, natural vanilla flavor.
Recommended Use: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop (30 grams) in eight ounces of water or any other beverage per day, or as directed by your health care practitioner. PaleoMeal may be blended into a shake if desired. PaleoMeal was not intended to be the sole source of calories, but used as part of an overall program of healthy eating.
This product does not contain: fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, gluten, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop (30 grams) in eight ounces of water or any other beverage per day, or as directed by your health care practitioner. PaleoMeal may be blended into a shake if desired. PaleoMeal was not intended to be the sole source of calories, but used as part of an overall program of healthy eating. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Question: I've heard that DHEA is critical in helping the body when it's under stress. Can you explain what DHEA is and its role in overall health? 

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is one of a number of muscle-building, libido-stimulating hormones called androgens. In times of stress (including injury), the adrenal glands produce more DHEA to help the body cope and repair. 

This hormone also helps rebuild injured tissue. If the adrenal glands malfunction and decrease production of tissue-rebuilding hormones such as DHEA, the body’s capacity to withstand disease and promote health becomes compromised. 

DHEA also is helpful for treating a variety of conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, allergies, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders. Optimal DHEA levels range from 200 to 400 mcg/dl for men, and 120 to 300 mcg/dl for women. Average supplemental dosages for men range from 5 to 10 mg/day, and for women 2 to 5 mg/day. 

The side effects of DHEA are minor — occasional acne or moodiness can occur. Maintaining the low doses minimizes the chance of adverse effects. However, if side effects do occur, simply lower the dose. 

Of all the bioidentical hormones I have used in my practice, the one that gives the biggest bang for the buck is DHEA. It is inexpensive and has proven to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. If I only had one adrenal hormone to use, it would be DHEA. 

Always check with a health care provider before taking DHEA as it will create hormone changes affecting estrogen and testosterone levels in the body.

Friday, August 31, 2012

NAC: Your best Cold & Flu Defense, Part I

A little-known dietary supplement maybe ne your best defense against symptoms of the flu and common cold. This supplement. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a form of the amino acid cysteine and a component of protein-containing foods. It is also one of the most potent immune boosters around. Never heard of it? Virtually every hospital emergency room in the country stocks NAC as an antidote for acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning.

Overdoses of acetaminophen, as common analgestic drug, deplete liver levels of glutathione, one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants, and lead to lover failure. Large supplemental doses of NAC restore liver glutathione levels and help the organ to break down acetaminophen.

NAC has also been used since the 1960s as a “mucolytic” agent – that is, to break down lungclogging mucus in chronic bronchitis and other respiratory disorders. Rich in what chemists call “free sulfhydryl groups,” NAC break down the disulfide bonds that make mucus thick-in essence, thinning it out.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Low Cellular Energy, Low Blood Sugar Part IV

Pancreas – Adrenal – Liver Coordination Paying Dues for Sugar Blues

Taken from article by Dr. Edward Bauman and Mary Claire Blakeman (additions and edits by Dianna Pardee, RN ND)

Besides diet, the reduction of stress is an integral part of gaining wellness. Stress is any extra burden placed on your body: anxiety,fatigue, stimulants, pollutants, chemical additives, change, injury, or surgery. Stress raise the body’s requirements for most nutrients. If these requirements are not met and sugar is substituted for quick energy, the low cellular energy pattern is reinforced, along wit its depleting side effects.

Chocolate and coffee (which contain excess caffeine), tobacco, and alcohol, all cause stress on the body. Their relation to low cellular energy is like that of sugar and white flour. Craving any of these substances indicates a low cellular energy condition, which is only temporarily relieved and then worsened by partking of these “treats”. Toxins formed by yeast organisms and reabsorbed from the bowel also act like sugar to over stimulate the pancreas. This is why overeating carbohydrates of any kind causes problems. Exposure to allergens and chemicals does the same kind of overwork to the pancreas, adrenals, and liver.

If you suspect you suffer from low cellular energy, consult a Naturopathic Physician. Begin to make improvements. Don’t worry – it only aggravates the condition. 

By heeding the signal of low cellular energy and responding positively, you can correct this pattern, and save yourself more serious health problems later in life.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Low Cellular Energy (Low Blood sugar), part III

Low Cellular Energy (Low Blood sugar) 

Pancreas – Adrenal – Liver Coordination Paying Dues for Sugar Blues
Taken from article by Dr. Edward Bauman and Mary Claire Blakeman (additions and edits by Dianna Pardee, RN ND)

When these glands, which are important in handling stress, can no longer do their job, the cortex becomes worn out. At this point, low cellular energy affects the mind. Brain waves become abnormal, the person becomes more sensitive to noise, becomes depressed, and often is unable to relax or sleep. Insufficient cellular energy in the blood contributes greatly to neurotic behavior. 

Other symptoms include nervousness, exhaustion, dizziness, and hunger. In extreme cases, convulsions and come may occur. 

Low cellular energy may remain at an undetected yet mildly troublesome level for years, growing steadily worse, until it can no longer be ignored. Medical authorities disagree on the incidence, but some estimates put the number of sufferers at one in five Americans, with higher figures in children.

Dietary suggestions for low cellular energy included high, complete protein foods taken frequently in moderate portions; fresh, low-carbohydrate vegetables; whole grains; legumes; unsaturated fats (in seeds, nut, and cold-pressed oil); occasional fresh fruit; and a complete vitamin/mineral supplement program, strong in the b-complex group. When preparing a diet program, remember that hidden sugar is almost always present in commercial, canned, frozen, or restaurant food. 

Commercial salt usually contains a sugar-like dextrose. When you read labels, know your sugar words; any word ending in –ose: fructose, dextrose, sucrose, lactose, maltose, glucose, corn sweetners, date sugar, sucanat, cane sweeteners, invest sugar, corn syrup, honey, sorghum, rice bran syrup, and molasses, ect. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Low Cellular Energy, part II

Pancreas – Adrenal – Liver Coordination Paying Dues for Sugar Blues

Taken from article by Dr. Edward Bauman and Mary Claire Blakeman (additions and edits by Dianna Pardee, RN ND)

When a blast of glucose enters the bloodstream, the pancreas responds by secreting the hormone insulin to get the cells to absorb excess sugar. This action stimulates the liver to take the glucose from the blood, in order to return the insulin level to normal for that person. If there is a continual intake of refined carbohydrates, the pancreas becomes overactive, and then deplete. The adrenal glands which make the stabilizing hormones for the pancreatic function become depleted, too. A pattern is created in which the pancreas releseas to much insulin, leading the rapid energy drops throughout the day and/or night.

At such a time a person feels weak, shaky, or tired, and so s/he may reach for a candy bar, cup of coffee, or a sort drink, in hope of a quick pickup. (According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 158 pounds of sugar per year.)

Ingesting sugar in a low cellular energy state is like pouring gasoline on a dying fire. The result is a brilliant, but short-lived blaze, and subsequent exhaustion.  The sufferer craves sugar, but the more s/he eats, the worse the symptoms become, and the further the system is thrown out of line. Not only are the pancreas and lover effected, but adrenal cortex glands.