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Health Benefits of Filtered Water

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 27, 2019 6:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Filtered Water

Most people know very little about the quality of the water they use. Even those of us who recognize the potential health risks in tap water often choose cost-effectiveness and convenience over superior quality.

Searching for information about your local water quality and how to improve it can make you feel like you're in chemistry class! Here's primer on why you should filter water and types of filtering systems.

Prevent & Reduce Back Pain Naturally

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Prevent & Reduce Back Pain Naturally

Oh my aching back! Most of us will say this several times over the course of our lifetime. Sometimes it's a chronic issue, a deep nagging ache that impacts daily activities. Other times, it's sudden and acute and amazingly painful, the result of a "wrong move" from lifting a small child, unloading groceries, or working around the yard. Back pain affects up to 80% of Americans annually and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Reflexology for Thyroid Health

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 27, 2016 4:38:07 PM
Reflexology for Thyroid Health

Reflexology is a gentle, complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy in which pressure is placed along reflex points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face, or ears. A Reflex Map identifies various reflex points and corresponding regions or systems throughout the body. A certified reflexologist uses specific patterns of touch and pressure to stimulate these points.

The theory that underlies reflexology is that stimulation of the reflex points opens the flow of energy (referred to as Life Force or Chi) and nutrients throughout the body. It is believed that reflexology taps into the body's natural healing process by enhancing the functioning of the lymphatic system (a major part of the immune system), which helps move fluids and waste products from within the tissues into the circulatory system, ultimately for excretion from the body.

Nitric Oxide for Muscle Strength

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Nitric Oxide for Muscle Strength

Nitric Oxide Boosters

By Gene Bruno, MHS

One of the latest categories of dietary supplements for athletes is nitric oxide (NO) boosters. In short, the concept is that nitric oxide helps regulate and direct muscle physiology by stimulating vasodilatation, which results in increased blood flow to working muscles. In turn, this leads to increased oxygen transport, delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle, a reduction in blood pressure, helping to promote the repair of muscle fibers, and improvements in lactic acid clearance. So how does one boost NO levels?

Foods for Healthy Teeth

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Foods for Healthy Teeth

What you eat and how often you eat play an important role in the health of your teeth and preventing cavities. Research shows that children who have healthy dietary practices are 44 percent less likely to exhibit severe dental caries in early childhood compared to children with poor diets.1 For adults, a healthy diet can protect tooth enamel and result in fewer trips to the dentist.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health ImmunoBerry

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health ImmunoBerry

Quick Overview

ImmunoBerry™ Liquid provides immune support in a pleasant tasting liquid. Research suggests that certain herbs, mushrooms and other natural compounds have the ability to support normal immune functions such as natural killer (NK) cell activity, cytokine synthesis and the T-cell and B-cell mediated responses. The ingredients such as Elderberry, Shiitake and Wild Cherry Bark are known for their beneficial effects for maintaining a healthy immune system. ImmunoBerry™ Liquid is sweetened with glycerine and tastes great, and is ideal for both children and adults.

Natural Oral Hygiene

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 5, 2015 3:12:00 PM
Natural Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene and the Health of the Body

Years ago, a physician who suspected a patient had heart disease would probably not refer him to a gum specialist. The same holds true for diabetes and arthritis. Times have changed. The past 5 to 10 years have seen a growing body of research linking the health of your mouth to the overall health of your body. According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of people with gum disease also have a chronic health condition. What's feeding the link? Not taking proper care of your mouth results in bacterial growth, which causes inflammation that not only spurs diseases of the teeth and gums, but can cause problems for other body systems if left unchecked. Oral problems can also be a symptom of other diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

Prevent Staph Infections Naturally

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Prevent Staph Infections Naturally

MRSA: Natural Methods for Prevention

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS 

Whether you call it "staph", "staph A" or “MRSA” (pronounces mersa), it’s all the same: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a bacterial infection which is resistant to methicillin and other antibiotics in the penicillin family.1 Although staph is a common bacterium found on the skin of healthy people2 , if staph gets into the body it can cause a minor infection such as boils or pimples or serious infections such as pneumonia or blood infections. In fact, MRSA symptoms are similar to those for any type of Staph infection:

  • Skin appears red and inflamed around wound sites;
  • In serious cases may include fever, lethargy, and headache;
  • Urinary tract infections, pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and even death.3

Increase Muscle Protein Synthesis

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Increase Muscle Protein Synthesis

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Every bodybuilder knows the value and necessity of protein for supporting muscular repair and growth. Furthermore, most realize that it is some combination of amino acids in the protein that provide the actual support for growth. But which ones? The branched chain aminos, the essential aminos or all the aminos? As you might have guessed all of the aminos play some role in the supporting muscle growth, but newer research suggests that that it is the essential amino acids that play a particularly vital role in the synthesis of muscle protein. As a matter of fact, a specific blend of essential amino acids has been shown to promote up to a 400-600% increase in muscle protein synthesis.

Living with Diabetes

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 30, 2015 8:45:00 AM
Living with Diabetes

Living with Diabetes: Supplements to Make the Job Easier

There are two primary types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Both types result in high levels of blood sugar levels, which may manifest itself through any of the following symptoms: increased thirst and an increased need to urinate; feeling edgy, tired, and sick to your stomach; and having an increased appetite (but loss of weight). In addition, other symptoms may include: repeated or hard-to-heal infections of the skin, gums, vagina, or bladder; blurred vision; tingling or loss of feeling in the hands or feet; and dry, itchy skin. If left uncontrolled, high blood sugar may result in a variety of serious complications. There are nutrients and supplements that can ease some of the burden of living with diabetes.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DermAvail Renew™

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DermAvail Renew™

Quick Overview

DermAvail Renew™ is a cosmetic cream containing a comprehensive, synergistic blend of essential skin-directed nutrients along with natural stimulating factors for optimal, natural skin renewal. It is designed to deliver science-based, skin-supportive active ingredients that are proven to be topically bioavailable due to their ability to penetrate into the epithelial and dermal layers of the skin and have positive effects on the skin’s health and metabolism.

Kimchi Recipe

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Kimchi Recipe

Kimchi (aka kimchee or gimchi) is a traditional fermented Korean main dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as a main ingredient. In traditional preparation, kimchi is fermented in jars stored underground for months. Here's a kimchi recipe to try at home.

How To Live To Be 100

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 27, 2015 8:17:00 PM
How To Live To Be 100

Extending Lifespan & Reducing Signs of Aging

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas, Poet1

According to a prominent researcher of future trends: “For the first time in history, the old will outnumber the young.” 2 This refers to the aging of the baby-boomer population. Census data and projections indicate that over the next 50 years the elderly population will continue to increase more rapidly than the total population. By 2050, it is projected that one in five Americans will be elderly.3 Furthermore, depending upon the official source, the life expectancy of Americans is 78.2 or 78.3 years.4 5

Health Benefits of Grapeseed Extract

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 24, 2015 8:03:04 AM
Health Benefits of Grapeseed Extract

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Free radicals are extremely unstable substances which, in the presence of oxygen, will turn a shiny metal wrench into an ugly rusted wrench very quickly. Our bodies don't, of course, rust. In humans, however, free radicals cause irreparable oxidative damage to cells and the protective membrane linings that surround cells. This, in turn, can cause accelerated wear and tear that may lead to premature aging, lowered immune resistance, and even cancer and heart disease. Some common sources of free radicals are smoking, consumption of fats, inhalation of carbon monoxide and other environmental pollutants, chemical additives in foods such as nitrites and nitrates, overexposure to the sun and other sources of radiation.

Tonifying the Colon with Triphala

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM
Tonifying the Colon with Triphala

Constipation and improper elimination seem to be at an all-time high in many societies today. As a result, people looking for natural solutions may turn to ongoing magnesium supplementation; foods known to move the bowels, such as prunes; and herbs, such as cascara and senna. There are some potential harmful effects of using cascara and senna on an ongoing basis, as they do not address the cause of constipation. Considered "natural laxatives," they can create dependence and disrupt peristalsis (the natural contractions of the bowel).

Health Benefits of Colonic Irrigation

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Colonic Irrigation

Colonic irrigation, also known as "colon hydrotherapy," is the use of clean, temperature- and pressure-regulated water to flush out the lower intestines. This gentle flushing can aid in the elimination of toxin-containing waste in the colon, and relieve constipation by reestablishing regular bowel movements.

While the use of enemas is ancient, this particular therapy dates back to the early 1900s and has a long history of clinical evidence from physicians who routinely saw the difference it made in their patients' symptoms. It is also surrounded in controversy, as many alternative healers make wild and fantastical claims of its benefits.

Natural Treatment of Osteoporosis

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Natural Treatment of Osteoporosis

In the last 20 years Americans have been consuming more milk and taking more calcium supplements than ever before, yet the rates of the bone crippling disease osteoporosis is rising. More than 10 millions women are diagnosed with osteoporosis. And another 34 million is believed to have “pre-osteoporosis” (osteopenia). Osteoporosis is disease progressive in nature where the bones become weaker and weaker, which makes the individual afflicted with the disease extremely susceptible to bone, fractures and changes in their posture. As derived from Latin, osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” (Balch, 2006, p. 605).

Health Benefits of Probiotics

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Probiotics

With 80% of your immune system located in your gut, having balanced intestinal flora is a major factor in defending your body against disease. Balanced gastrointestinal (GI) flora is critical to the functioning of the immune system, synthesis of nutrients, and detoxification. Balanced GI flora is also necessary for regular and normal bowel movements.

Flora imbalances can be caused by poor diet, illness, use of antibiotics, and stress. Symptoms can include persistent gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. To maintain or rebalance GI flora, consider adding probiotics to your diet.

Health Benefits of Fatty Acids

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Fatty Acids

Essential & Non-Essential Fatty Acids

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Chemically, a fatty acid is an organic acid that has an acid group at one end of its molecule, and a methyl group at the other end.1 Fatty acids are typically categorized in the omega groups 3, 6 and 9 according to the location of their first double bond (there’s also an omega 7 group, but these are less important to human health).2 Now don’t panic if you’re not up on your chemistry; this isn’t going to be a chemistry lesson. I just wanted you to understand why a fatty acid might be called an omega 3 or omega 6 fatty acid.

Health Benefits of Echinacea & Goldenseal

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Echinacea & Goldenseal

Echinacea and Goldenseal are a very popular combination of herbs which can be found in dozens of brands of dietary supplements. What these two herbs have in common is that they are effective at supporting and promoting short-term immune functions.

Echinacea

Centuries ago, Native Americans collected the root of the Purple Coneflower, Echinacea. Several species of Echinacea were collected and cherished by at least 14 tribes. This herb was a favorite folk medicine wherever it grew. Currently, Echinacea has been the subject of more than 350 scientific studies. In laboratory testing, Echinacea increases the immune system’s function in a few ways. Consequently, Echinacea may have applications for certain types of infections.

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Power Up Your Gut with Fermented Foods

Fermented foods may be setting trends on The Huffington Post, but these nutrient-potent foods have been around for thousands of years in Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and German cultures. For people living without modern medicine and refrigeration, fermentation was a simple means of food preservation and a way to imbue foods with the health-enhancing properties of the live bacteria the gut needs to stay in balance. Fermented foods are a potent source of probiotics, which research has shown are essential to powering up the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract and producing antibodies to pathogens. Both are key to helping you maintain vibrant health.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DHEA

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DHEA

Quick Overview

DHEA 5 mg capsules supply 5 mg of DHEA for the synthesis of important hormones and for a variety of potential physiological responses such as healthy aging, ongoing energy and vitality, a balanced stress response as well as muscle integrity and fat reduction.* This low dose DHEA can be slowly titrated upwards as needed.

Product Description

Brought to you by popular demand…this lower dose DHEA can be slowly titrated upwards if needed.

Healthy Bowel Movements

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Healthy Bowel Movements

What Your Bowel Movements Reveal about Your Health

Unless you're the parent of a toddler who has just mastered "going potty," poop is probably not a hot topic in your household. But the composition of what you deposit into the toilet has important implications for health. Did you know the features of fecal matter--such as the size, color, shape, odor, and consistency indicate how well the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is functioning? Those same features also provide clues about how your body is (or isn't) faring against threats of infection and more serious diseases like celiac disease, hepatitis, urinary tract infections, malabsorption disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and cancer.

Health Benefits of DHEA

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of DHEA

DHEA

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Over 2500 medical articles have reported the benefits of dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, a hormone secreted from the adrenal glands. As a dietary supplement, DHEA has many applications to human health. Following is a discussion of some of these applications.

How DHEA works

Aging is a gradual deterioration of our various organs and systems. It is not just "getting older." People don't simply die because they are older. Death results from failure of an organ or system.

Promoting a Strong, Healthy Immune System

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 10, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Promoting a Strong, Healthy Immune System

Promoting a Strong, Healthy Immune System

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Are you frequently the victim of the common cold or the flu? If so, you’re not alone. Each year there are one billion cases of the common cold in the United States,1 and each year 5 to 20 percent of the population is infected with the flu.2 Oh well, that’s life. Nothing much you can do about it, right? In fact, there is a great deal you can do about it if you focus on promoting a strong, healthy immune system. In part, this can be achieved through the use of specific nutraceuticals. This article will address those nutraceuticals.

Health Benefits of Bathing

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Bathing

The Science of Bathing

Water is commonly employed to affect the human body using hot baths to relax muscles or ice packs to reduce swelling. In holistic medicine, water is also used as a healing modality to restore proper blood flow and ultimately restore the health of the blood and the whole person. Water is a miraculous substance because it can carry great amounts of energy and heat. It conducts heat to and from a living system and can conform itself to any shape. The use of water to restore health is commonly referred to as hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy can be performed in many ways, but essentially it causes tissues to relax (heat) and then contract (cold), thereby moving stagnated blood and immune components, releasing toxins, easing stress, and flooding tissues with nutrients. There are many other types of hydrotherapy, such as alternating heat and cold packs, alternating hot and cold soaks on specific parts of the body, poultices, compresses, and constitutional hydrotherapy (typically done by doctor or trained staff). One powerful form of hydrotherapy you can do at home is bathing.

Supplement of the Week: Apex Energetics ClearVite-GL™

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Apex Energetics ClearVite-GL™

Product Description:

ClearVite-GL™ (K95) is based on on our popular ClearVite™ formula and is designed to offer gastrointestinal and metabolic support.* This formula includes the powerful combination of hypoallergenic nutrients, amino acids, and minerals that our other ClearVite™ products have, but excludes sources of rice and pea protein for those with sensitivities to grains or peas, or who require low carbohydrate content.* It also contains no sugars, which makes it ideal for anti-yeast diets.* ClearVite-GL™ is also intended to support liver detoxication and chemical biotransformation with targeted nutritional cofactors.* It offers a pleasant, fruity flavor.

Health Benefits of Parsley

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) - More than Just a Garnish

Often thought of only as garnish for a pretty plate, parsley is a delicious, vibrant green herb with many culinary uses and health benefits. The seed, leaf, and root all can be used in preparation of foods, teas, and medicines. It is widely used in Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisine.

A member of the celery family, parsley is a biennial plant that contains two types of unusual components that provide unique health benefits: volatile oils and flavonoids. The active mechanisms of the volatile oil components qualify parsley as a “chemoprotective” food, which means it can help neutralize certain carcinogens such as those found in cigarette smoke. Flavonoids have been shown to function in the body as antioxidants, which can prevent oxygen damage to cells.

Herbal Teas for Detox

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Herbal Teas for Detox

Herbal Teas for Detoxification

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”

How to Keep your Prostate Healthy Naturally

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM
How to Keep your Prostate Healthy Naturally

Herbs for Prostate Health

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Prostatitis is a swelling of the prostate gland, usually caused by infection. The patient feels urgent needs to urinate frequently and has a burning sensation during urination. Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate gland, common among men after 50 years of age. Among other considerations, a metabolite of testosterone called dihydrostestosterone is thought to contribute to the enlargement of the prostate in BPH. The condition is not malignant or inflammatory, but may lead to obstruction of the urethra, interfering with the flow of urine. This can increase frequency of urination, the need to urinate during the night, pain, and urinary tract infections. Since the main function of the prostate is to produce the seminal fluid, a man with BPH can become sterile, although his libido is not necessarily affected. On the other hand, the male with prostate problems often has serious problems with his sex life, primarily because of the urine retention situation and possible low grade infection.

Health Benefits of Chlorella

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella: Unlocking the Secrets of a Superfood

Chlorella is a single-celled freshwater microalgae that has flourished for nearly two billion years. Photosynthesizing its energy from the sun, chlorella is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is a natural source of vegetarian protein—about 60 percent—a very high level for a plant. Due to this high protein concentration and chlorella’s naturally rapid growth rate, after World War II, chlorella was investigated as a possible food source.

Chlorella is rich in amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals—including B-vitamins, vitamins A and D, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. This unique combination of nutrients within chlorella is a primary reason why scientists around the world are actively researching* medicinal uses for this aquatic-based superfood.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Mitochondrial NRG

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Mitochondrial NRG

Quick Overview

Mitochondrial NRG™ is a formulary blend of nutrients, nutraceuticals, botanicals, and Krebs cycle intermediates designed to support ef­ficient mitochondrial metabolism and energy (ATP) production for increased vitality.* 

Mitochondrial NRG™ was designed to support the function of the mitochondria, “the powerhouse of the cell.” This formula may be ap­propriate for anyone wishing to promote overall cellular and tissue vitality and health, including those wanting to increase energy out ­put for athletic performance.

Mussels in White Wine Broth

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 31, 2015 4:00:00 PM
Mussels in White Wine Broth

Mussels are a low-fat source of protein and provide selenium, a mineral necessary for the detoxification of heavy metals, and vitamin A, which is essential for immune function. In addition, mussels supply your body with vitamins B and C, iron, phosphorus, manganese, and zinc. Mussels are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Stick with commercial sources as mussels may collect poisonous algae that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Commercial sources are well-monitored to avoid this danger.

Natural Energy Boosters

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Natural Energy Boosters

Creatine & Ribose for ATP Production

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences 

If you’re looking for more energy to power you through your workouts, consider a dietary supplement strategy that includes both creatine, an ATP initiator, and ribose, an ATP sustainer. The combination of these two natural substances is a promising ergogenic strategy for improving athletic performance and endurance.

ATP

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a high-energy compound which is often referred to as the body’s “energy currency.” This is truly an apt term since ATP provides a primary source of energy to power muscular activity. Although the biochemistry of ATP may seem complex, its contribution to energy metabolism can be explained simply: When the body splits off one of ATP’s three phosphates, its energy is released and the muscle cells channel some of that energy into mechanical movement.1 Where an athlete is concerned, the goal of energy metabolism is to provide an adequate amount of ATP to power the muscles throughout the course of their physical activity. This requires the presence of creatine and ribose, natural substances which initiate and sustain ATP production.

Natural Diuretics

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Natural Diuretics

Herbal Diuretics To Help Lose Water Weight

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Do you have excess “water weight”? Do you want to reduce water retention? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, then you may wish to consider herbal diuretics. Herbal diuretics can help promote a healthy balance of fluids in body tissues.

The Problem of Excessive Tissue Fluid

Make no mistake, excess fluid which is stored in the tissues has nothing to do with fat weight. The fluid is strictly water weight. Nonetheless, water weight is still an important consideration regarding a total weight loss program. This is particularly the case for women to tend to retain fluids in their tissues at a much higher rate than men. Even though the fluid retention may only be temporary, many women who are trying to lose weight feel discouraged when they put on an article of clothing some morning, and it feels tighter rather than looser. Psychologically, this discouragement may cause them to give up as they;re thinking, “What’s the use in dieting and exercising? I’m fatter than I was two weeks ago!” Of course it is only water weight, but they may not realize it. Hence the value of natural herbal diuretics which can help reduce the amount of fluid retention. Now, when they try on article of clothing, there is a good chance that it will feel looser rather than tighter. This may provide the needed encouragement to continue following their weight loss program.

Health Benefits of Fish

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Fish

Fish for Your Health

Fish and shellfish are low in fat, high in protein, and good sources of iodine, vitamin D, and selenium—nutrients often deficient in the American diet. Many fish are rich in “good fats,” particularly polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The two most beneficial types of fats, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), have been shown to reduce inflammation and severity of heart and retinal diseases. Research shows that children born to mothers who ate low-mercury seafood during pregnancy experienced better functioning brain and nervous systems. Additionally, a diet rich in omega-3s has been shown to lower blood triglycerides and decrease the risk of sudden death from heart disease.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health UT Synergy

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health UT Synergy

Quick Overview

UT Synergy™ features UTIRose™, a patented, exciting and unique compound designed specifically to support the health of the urinary tract.* UTIRose™ is a patented extract of the Hibiscus species, Hibiscus sabdariffa. UTIRose™ is high in certain organic acids and polyphenols, especially flavonoids and proanthocyanidins. 

These compounds provide microbial inhibition (especially E. coli and C. albicans) and bacterial anti-adhesive properties. In comparisons with standard cranberry extract UTIRose™ showed better inhibition of microbial adherance and much better inhibition of C. albicans.

Heal UTI Naturally

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Heal UTI Naturally

Cranberry & UTI

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are no fun— especially for women who are 10 times more likely than men to have a UTI because of anatomic construction of the female urinary system. As a matter of fact, approximately 20% of women have at least one UTI in their lifetime. UTI is often marked by urinary frequency, burning, pain with voiding, and, if the infection is severe, visible blood and pus in the urine. UTI are caused by gram-negative bacteria, most commonly Escherichia coli (E. coli). The best news for anyone who is suffering from UTI, and/or who tends to experience recurrent UTI, is that cranberries are the sworn enemy of UTI.

Natural Pain Relief

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 20, 2015 3:14:43 PM
Natural Pain Relief

Herbal COX-2 Inhibitors

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences 

On September 30, 2004, the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. announced a voluntary worldwide withdrawal of VIOXX® (rofecoxib), its arthritis and acute pain COX-2 inhibitor medication. The company’s decision, was based on data from a new, three-year prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, which showed that after 18 months of use, VIOXX® increased relative risk for confirmed cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.1 Almost immediately commentary began about the potential for natural COX-2 inhibitors to fill the VIOXX® void.2

It is the position of this author that natural COX- 2 inhibitors may very well provide a viable alternative to VIOXX®. To understand why this might be so, let’s first discuss the COX-2

Mercurial World

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 19, 2015 5:09:00 PM
Mercurial World

We live in a mercurial world, and that’s not a good thing. Although mercury (Hg) is a naturally occurring element—found in the air, water, and soil—exposure to it, even in small amounts, causes serious health problems for adults and children. Mercury has toxic effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems as well as on the lungs, kidneys, skin, and eyes. It is a threat to the healthy development of a fetus and young child.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health CLA Softgels

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health CLA Softgels

Quick Overview

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid that has been shown to be useful to support proper fat burning, healthy blood sugar levels, and to modulate inflammation. CLA also has strong antioxidant properties.*

This product is a rich source of CLA, standardized to contain a minimum 78% conjugated linoleic acid as cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12 isomers in a 50:50 ratio.

Health Benefits of Basil

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Basil

The History of Basil

"Basil" is derived from the Greek word basilikon for "royal." Native to India, Africa and Asia, basil has been known:

  • As a token of love in Italy
  • An icon of hospitality in India
  • For its medicinal use in China
  • As a passport to help the deceased to enter Paradise in Egypt

Used as a botanical in embalming bodies in Egypt, basil is now prominently used in a number of the world's cuisines, including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian. It's powerful content of antioxidant flavonoids makes it an important staple in maintaining a healthy diet.

Health Benefits of Conjugated Linolenic Acid

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 16, 2015 1:16:00 PM
Health Benefits of Conjugated Linolenic Acid

Conjugated Linolenic Acid The Anti-Fat Fatty Acid

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Fat is evil. Fat is bad. Fat makes you fat. People follow low-fat diets to avoid excessive fat intake. People take supplements to help them reduce fat absorption as well as body fat. About the last thing you’d choose to do is voluntarily consume excess fat in supplement form right? Not if that fat is CLA.

What is CLA?

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a free fatty acid that may prove to be essential to our diet. Studies show that CLA can play a vital role in reducing body fat and improving muscle tone. In the past, it was readily available in beef and dairy products, but today, it is no longer present in great quantities. To obtain about 1000 mg of CLA in food you would have to consume three pounds of hamburger, twenty-five slices of American cheese or half a gallon of ice cream. Of course the adverse effects of eating these high saturated fat foods might eclipse the benefits obtained from the CLA. Consequently, the use of a CLA supplement is a sensible alternative and may even help you reduce body fat. Researchers think that CLA helps reduce body fat deposits by promoting apoptosis (programmed cell death) in fat cells.1

Nutrition for Healthy Hair

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Nutrition for Healthy Hair

Have a “Good Hair Day"

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Having a bad hair day? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their hair. In some cases, this might be because they are experiencing hair loss, slow growing hair, dry, brittle, or otherwise poor quality hair, and prematurely graying hair. Although the use of external products, such as shampoos, conditioners and hair “tonics” of various sorts common approaches to these problems, the internal use of certain nutrients and other natural substances may do much to support the appearance of healthy and beautiful hair. Before discussing these nutrients/natural substances, let’s first review some background information about hair, hair problems and hair loss.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Tegricel Colostrum

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 11, 2015 5:59:00 PM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Tegricel Colostrum

Quick Overview
Tegricel® uses the latest technology to produce a pure, potent colostrum that supports optimum immune function and intestinal health. It provides a perfect combination of immune and growth factors including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), amino acids, and other important nutrients. 

Unlike other brands, Tegricel® Colostrum comes from healthy, nutritionally supplemented cattle raised in the U.S. on USDA and FDA certified dairy farms. These cattle are carefully fed a scientifically designed diet that contains the proper balance of legumes and grasses, along with minerals and trace minerals to ensure consistently high potency colostrum.

The Health Benefits of Colostrum

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits of Colostrum

Colostrum 

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Colostrum is the first milk that a mammal produces after pregnancy. This secretion of colostrum does not last for long; rather, it is created for the newborn to give it vital nutrients, antibodies, and other factors it needs right after birth. Therefore, after a few short days, the production of colostrum all but stops.1

So what makes colostrum special for adult individuals? In fact, through hundreds of years of use and over 1,000 clinical studies, colostrum has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for a variety of clinical conditions. These include viral illnesses, allergies and autoimmune diseases, heart disease, cancer, weight-loss programs, athletic stress, leaky gut syndrome, wound healing, and muscle repair and growth.2 In short, the most important components of colostrum can basically be broken down into two major categories: immunity modulator and growth factors.

Nutrition for Healthy Eyes

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Nutrition for Healthy Eyes

Eye Disorders

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

There are a number of different common disorders of the eye. These include cataract, conjunctivitis, macular degeneration and night blindness. Following is a brief description of each.

Cataract

The term cataract refers to any cloudiness or opacity of the normally transparent crystalline lens of the eye. A cataract may or may not cause a loss of vision, depending on the size of the opacity, its density, and its location. Severe cataracts are a major cause of treatable blindness throughout the world. Oxidative damage caused by free radicals is considered to be an important factor in aging and the development of chronic diseases, including cataract formation. For this reason, many of the dietary supplement recommendations focus on antioxidants which can neutralize the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Twice Daily Multi

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Twice Daily Multi
Quick Overview
Twice Daily Multi™ contains optimal amounts of many nutrients not easily obtained in most diets. It uses higher quality ingredients than most multivitamins, including vitamin E as high gamma mixed-tocopherols, our proprietary NatureFolate™ blend of active isomer naturally-occurring folates, and TRAACS® true amino acid chelate minerals for optimal tolerance and absorption. These exceptional ingredients are combined in an up-to-date, science-based formulation to create a truly superior multi.*

Product Description

Health Benefits of CoQ10

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Although structurally related to vitamin K, coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) is not a vitamin, but rather coenzyme that helps to utilize oxygen as part of its important role in cellular energy metabolism. Research has also shown that CoQ10 functions in a number of other beneficial ways including free radical scavenging.1 Following is a brief review of that research.

Free radicals

Chemically, free radicals can be defined as a molecule with an unpaired electron. In the process of trying to balance itself by gaining or losing an electron, the free radical causes oxidative damage on a cellular level. CoQ10 has the unique property of being able to accept or donate an electron without itself becoming a free radical. By doing this CoQ10 can help neutralize free radicals and the oxidative damage they cause. This is significant since numerous disease states are thought to be due to excessive oxidative stress of free radicals, including hydroxyl radical, peroxynitrite, superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide. In addition, CoQ10 may inhibit certain enzymes involved in the formation of these free radicals.

Supplement of the week: Apex Energetics Electro-pH™ Complex

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Feb 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Supplement of the week: Apex Energetics Electro-pH™ Complex

Product Description:

Electro-pH™ Complex supports the body's fluid electrolytes through key minerals, including potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. The potassium and sodium are in bicarbonate form for nutritional alkaline support.‡ Additionally, the formula utilizes trace minerals (zinc, selenium, and molybdenum).

Suggested Use

Mix 1 scoop with up to 8 ounces of water. Mix well before drinking. Use once a day, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Storage instructions: Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Keep this bottle tightly closed.

Healthy Energy Sports Drinks

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Feb 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Healthy Energy Sports Drinks

Energy Sports Drinks

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

The longer an event lasts, the greater impact nutritional factors have on performance. In events lasting less than an hour, there is little need to consume extra fluid, electrolytes or calories during the physical activity. However, in longer events, problems such as glycogen depletion and hydration can occur.1

Glycogen depletion

When liver and muscle stores of glycogen are depleted, any demanding physical activity comes to a halt. This is primarily due to a lack of readily available calories necessary to maintain blood sugar levels. As blood sugar levels drop, fatigue sets in. Low blood sugar is not immediately life threatening like dehydration but it does slow down performance.2 Carbohydrate loading in the days prior to the event will help store extra glycogen, but in long term events this must also be supplemented with some immediate form of calories 2-4 hours before exercise.3

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Feb 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon:
A Supplement for Diabetes, Body Composition, Cardiovascular Health & Antioxidant Protection
By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Don’t you just love the smell and taste of cinnamon in a warm, gooey cinnamon bun? As it turns out, the cinnamon may actually provide you with some significant health benefits (although the same can’t be said of the gooey bun; sorry). So let’s take a closer look at cinnamon.

Background

The use of cinnamon for health is not new. In fact, cinnamon bark has been used for several thousand years in traditional Eastern and Western systems of medicine, for such purposes as anorexia, bloating, dyspepsia with nausea, flatulent colic, and spastic conditions of the GI tract.1 Cinnamon also has a history of traditional use in Korea, China and Russia for treating people with diabetes.2

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Feb 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne
(Capsicum annuum; C. frutescens)

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Background:

Cayenne or Capsicum consists of the dried fruit of Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum annum, or a large number of hybrids of these species and varieties within the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family that are capsaicin rich. Because these plants have been cultivated for such a long time, peppers from them differ widely from one another in size, shape, and potency. They are not true peppers but were misnamed by the early Spanish explorers who confused their pungency with the pepper they were used to, namely black pepper (Piper nigrum) in the Piperaceae family.

Supplements Good for Detox

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Dec 10, 2014 5:23:00 PM
Supplements Good for Detox

Detoxification: Dietary Supplements to Support & Promote the Process

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”

The good news is that the body was designed to detoxify and excrete xenobiotics. The bad news is our bodies may not always be equipped to handle the volume of modern, environmental pollutants and toxic substances. This problem may be exacerbated by the fact that the refining of many of our foodstuffs has caused them to provide considerably less of the nutrients that are essential to the detoxification process.1 2

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 7-Keto 60 capsules

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Dec 9, 2014 5:55:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 7-Keto 60 capsules

Quick Overview

7-Keto® is a registered trade name for the compound 3-acetyl-7- oxo DHEA, a stabilized form of 7-oxo DHEA. Once ingested, acetyl-7-oxo DHEA is cleaved to 7-oxo DHEA, a DHEA metabolite naturally found in the body. Although 7-oxo DHEA is similar to DHEA, it does not convert into estrogenic or androgenic hormones.

The Natural Appetite Suppressant CCK

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Dec 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM
The Natural Appetite Suppressant CCK

CCK: The Natural Appetite Suppressant

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a very interesting neuropeptide that has a great benefit to anyone who is trying to lose weight. CCK is produced by special cells in the intestinal wall in response to a meal that contains some fat. Basically, it causes bile and pancreatic enzymes to be released for fat digestion. Besides helping fat digestion, research has demonstrated that CCK also causes a reduction in food intake in several species, including humans.1 In other words, it helps you to control your appetite; clearly an advantage if your trying to eat less and reduce body fat.

Dietary Supplements for Depression and It's Treatment

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Dec 5, 2014 9:30:00 AM
Dietary Supplements for Depression and It's Treatment

Depression: A Role for Dietary Supplements in It’s Treatment

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Are you depressed? If so, you’re not the only one. In fact, approximately 20.9 million American adults have a mood disorder, and approximately 14.8 million experience major depressions1; the primary cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15- 44.2 Another 3.3 million Americans suffer from chronic, mild depression.3

Supplement of the week: Design for Health NeuroCalm

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Dec 4, 2014 5:12:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Design for Health NeuroCalm

Quick Overview

NeuroCalm™ is designed to promote activity of GABA and serotonin, which may help support healthy mood, cravings, and feelings of calm, satiety, and satisfaction.* NeuroCalm™ contains PharmaGABA™, a form of GABA naturally manufactured via a fermentation process, which is considered more effective than chemically produced synthetic forms. Support for the production of calming neurotransmitters is also provided by L-theanine and taurine.

Herbal Relief for Colds, Flu and Sinusitis

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 28, 2014 4:30:00 PM
Herbal Relief for Colds, Flu and Sinusitis

Colds, Flu & Sinusitis: Herbal Relief 

By Gene Bruno, MHS, RH(AHG)

Cold, influenza (flu) and sinusitis are three common upper respiratory conditions that affect a great many people. Besides being upper respiratory infections, they also have in common that three herbs (Andrographis, Eleuthero and Echinacea) have been shown to be effective in their treatment. This article will discuss the research associated with these herbs on the aforementioned conditions. First, however, let’s have a brief review of the conditions

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health GI Revive

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 24, 2014 2:05:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health GI Revive

Quick Overview

GI Revive™ offers comprehensive support for optimum gastrointestinal health and function. The lining of the gut must have proper permeability and integrity so it can not only absorb nutrients, but also to prevent toxins, allergens and microbes from gaining access to the blood stream. Maintaining gut health is the key to maintaining overall wellness.

GI Revive™ is available in capsules and powder. The powder, which is sweetened with xylitol, can be mixed into any beverage or functional food powder and used as part of a health program for achieving optimal GI health and regularity.

Health Benefits of Cat's Claw Plant

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 24, 2014 11:56:00 AM
Health Benefits of Cat's Claw Plant

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)  

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Background:

Cat’s Claw is a woody vine that winds itself around trees, upwards of 100 feet, in the Peruvian rainforests. Hook-like thorns adorn the leaves, resembling the claws of cats, hence the name. For hundreds of years, local Indians, medicine people, and shamans have stewed the inner bark and roots of Cat’s Claw to prepare medicines to treat a variety of illnesses.

There are actually over 30 species of Uncaria, however the two species of medicinal interest are U. guianensis and U. tomentosa. Although both species produce similar benefits, U. tomentosa has been more thoroughly researched, has a greater range of uses, and is hence preferred in the American market.

The Best Test for Mineral Deficiencies

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM
The Best Test for Mineral Deficiencies

The Best Test for Mineral Deficiencies
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

The RBC Erthrocyte Blood Test can determine if you have mineral imbalances or toxic metal poisoning.

Essential minerals are necessary for life, assisting in the production of energy and other important biochemical processes.

Mineral insufficiencies, excesses, or imbalances can lead to illness.

Toxic elements, such as mercury or cadmium, may accumulate in the body due to chronic exposure and may lead to illness at very small amounts.

Some elements, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, become toxic when too many sneak into the body.

This can lead to chronic symptoms, both physical and mental. These minerals are required for the body's structural tissues and for metabolic functions, particularly enzyme reactions. However, deficiencies or imbalances among elements can lead to problems.

For Example:

What do Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia have in common?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM
What do Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia have in common?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Many doctors and researchers are convinced that Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are simply different manifestations of the same underlying disorder. In fact, many patients suffer from both conditions. While both have been acknowledged as real physical diseases, neither one has a known cause or cure. Is the lack of a cure all that the two illnesses have in common? Not by a long shot. When looking at what is known about Fibromyalgia and CFS, they appear to be more alike than they are different.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health B-Supreme

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health B-Supreme

Quick Overview

This very powerful B vitamin combination formula supplies most of the B vitamins in their coenzymated forms so the body does not have to phosphorylate them, and includes our proprietary NatureFolate™ blend of active isomer naturally-occuring folates. TMG and choline were added to support methylation.

Product Description

This very powerful B vitamin combination formula supplies most of the B vitamins in their coenzymated forms so the body does not have to phosphorylate them, and includes our proprietary NatureFolate™ blend of active isomer naturally-occuring folates. TMG and choline were added to support methylation.

Health Benefits of B Vitamins

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of B Vitamins

B-Vitamins

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

There are eleven B vitamins that are collectively called the B-Complex. The eleven vitamins include B-1, B-2 and B-6, which should be supplemented in equal strengths, as should choline and Inositol. That makes five. Rounding out the balance of the eleven are B-3, B-5, B-12, folic acid, biotin and PABA.

B Complex

B-Complex is referred to as the energy vitamins and stress fighters. They get this reputation because they are intimately involved in cellular energy metabolism, namely the glycolytic, Krebs cycle and pentose pathways. The B vitamins act as cofactors in converting carbohydrates into glucose which the body burns to produce energy.

Common Triggers of Depression

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 14, 2014 11:01:00 AM
Common Triggers of Depression

Depression: Functional Medicine Approach

By Ronald Grisanti, DC, DABCO, DACBN, MS

Depression is considered the most dreaded condition of mankind. What makes depression so awful is the sad fact that it is the one disease devoid of hope in the minds of many who suffer with this global epidemic.

Unlike debilitating diseases like arthritis, which shows it's ugly face by causing pain, depression is a silent enemy afflicting millions every year.

My goal in this article is to prepare and educate you on a few of the common triggers of depression.

These are not original thoughts on the subject of depression but are in fact documented peer-reviewed research proving the existence of a world of information kept under "lock and key" contributing to a sea of suffering and mental anguish.

Nutrition Tips for Cellulite Reduction

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Nutrition Tips for Cellulite Reduction

Cellulite Reduction

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Cellulite is more common in women than in men. The reason for this is that a layer of connective tissue is more irregular and discontinuous in women than in men.1 The dimpled, “cottage cheese” appearance of cellulite is simply fat tissue which is pressing through connective tissue. This might be compared to wearing a button-up-the-front shirt which is too small for you, and seeing your tummy press through the shirt openings where the fabric is straining against the buttons. Nonetheless, as “unsightly” as cellulite is, it is actually no different than any other type of body fat.

This is good news for cellulite sufferers since they can apply many of the same effective strategies for losing cellulite, as they would use for losing body fat in other areas. This includes the use of natural agents such oligopeptides and chitosan which reduce dietary fat absorption, as well as thermogenic agents which help promote “fat burning.” In addition, a new dietary supplement strategy is currently being promoted in our industry which purports to enhance cellulite reduction. This strategy was originated by Dr. Gianfranco Merrizi.

Health Benefits of Bromelain

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Health Benefits of Bromelain

Bromelain

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Bromelain is a proteolytic (i.e., proteindigesting) enzyme found in pineapples. Bromelain has proteolytic action on a variety of proteins, breaking them down into smaller peptides and amino acids1. Beyond its protein digesting capacity, research has shown that bromelain has anti-inflammatory activity. This is not surprising since different proteolytic enzymes, including bromelain, have been used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions including sports injury and other acute trauma. Positive results have been observed over a thirty year period in both animal models and human trials.

Effective Carpal Tunnel Treatment

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Effective Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Carpal Tunel: Effective Treatment

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

  

Just recently I had the opportunity to consult with a patient by the name of Andrea who was suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Andrea was a 47 year women who was employed as an executive secretary for a Fortune 500 company.  Her job responsibilities included typing business documents, scheduling telephone meetings and pretty much everything that is associated with this type of position.

Andrea mentioned during our first consult that the tingling and numbness in her fingers and hand, especially her thumb and index, middle and ring fingers was getting so bad that she was afraid she might lose her job. The condition was at a point that she consistently needed to “shake out” her hands after 15 minutes of typing on the computer.

Building the Immune System with Botanicals and Antioxidants

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Building the Immune System with Botanicals and Antioxidants

Building Immunity & Promoting Wellness With Botanicals & Antioxidants

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

The components of the body's immune system provide protection against the ravages of undesired invaders like free radicals, bacteria and viruses or defective cells such as those found in cancer. These dangerous entities are detected, located and destroyed by a competent immune system.1 2 A weak or sub- functioning immune system, however, cannot effectively fight off these undesired invaders. The result is more frequent illnesses such as colds or flu. Severe and debilitating disease states can also develop.

Immune system sub-function often results from a combination of poor nutrition, chronic stress and various environmental pollutants. Of these three factors, poor nutrition is probably the most significant. The broad reaching ramifications of poor nutrition were discussed in a report by former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop. The report was prompted by increasing evidence that many of the leading causes of death in the United States, as well as much of this country's burden of chronic disease, are linked at least in part to dietary excesses and imbalances.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health L-5-MTHF

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 3, 2014 2:00:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health L-5-MTHF

Quick Overview

L-5-MTHF provides a natural, biologically active form of folate. Folate is essential for cell division and growth, and also works to balance the homocysteine pathway. This formula provides a generous 5 mg per capsule of folate in the bioidentical, bioactive form, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. L-5-MTHF (the “L” signifying that it is the all-natural [6S] isomer) is the active circulating form of folate found in the body and one of the several forms found in food. In nature it is found only as this [6S] isomer, which is why DFH uses L-5-MTHF, the natural isomer, rather than the mixed (or racemic) form.

Our L-5-MTHF uses the patented folate derivative Quatrefolic®. This innovative form of folate has demonstrated high bioavailability and solubility as well as long lasting stability. Quatrefolic® L-5-MTHF helps to increase blood folate levels much better than folic acid.

Natural Breast Enlargement

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Nov 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Natural Breast Enlargement

Breast Enlargement Botanicals

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Nowadays, many women who desire larger breasts are opting for surgical breast implants. These implants are controversial, with some scientists saying they’re dangerous, and others saying they cause no harm. This gives rise to the question, “What other methods exist for increasing breast size?” In answering this question, the first place to begin is with a discussion of female hormones.

Female hormones

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health Pulmonary Revive

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health Pulmonary Revive

Quick Overview

Pulmonary Revive™ is a combination of high quality, standardized herbal extracts including CordycepsPrime™, combined with propolis, bromelain (2400 GDU/gm) and vinpocetine as BioVinca®. This unique combination of superior quality ingredients makes Pulmonary Revive™ an especially effective formula for supporting lung health.

The Health Benefits of Bee Pollen, Propolis & Royal Jelly

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 28, 2014 4:00:00 PM
The Health Benefits of Bee Pollen, Propolis  & Royal Jelly

Bee Pollen, Propolis & Royal Jelly

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

The common honey bee is a fascinating little insect that offers us humans some valuable natural foods with health-promoting benefits. These “super foods” include bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is the pollen gathered from plants by honey bees, and brought back to their hive. Bee pollen contains all of the eight essential amino acids in amounts that vary between five to seven times the level found in equal weights of traditional high protein foods. It also contains vitamins A, D, E, K, C and bioflavonoids, as well as the complete B- complex; especially pantothenic acid (B5) and niacin. The high levels of vitamin B5 are particularly beneficial for the adrenal glands which are adversely affected during stress. Bee pollen has been used traditionally as an anti-aging food, and an energy food. As a matter of fact, it has been used by a number of Olympic athletes to improve their performance.

Creating Your Own Vitamin Protocol

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Creating Your Own Vitamin Protocol

 

Basic Foundation Program

By Art Presser, PharmD & Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Huntington College of Health Sciences

Everyday our bodies make cancer. Everyday our bodies have high blood pressure. Everyday our bodies are challenged by an amazing amount of toxins. That’s the bad news. The good news is that every day our bodies make anticancer, antihypertenive, and poison neutralizing drugs. Our bodies are a living pharmacy.

Nutrient shortages

What do you think our bodies manufacture life- sustaining drugs out of? They manufacturer these natural marvels out of the ingredients stocked on their shelves; ingredients that are replenished daily from the foods taken in and processed. Each vitamin, mineral and other nutrients have a place on the shelf.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health Immunitone Plus

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 20, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health Immunitone Plus

Quick Overview

Immunitone Plus™ is an herbal formula that is designed to support healthy immune system function during cold and flu season. It contains herbs that support normal natural killer (NK) cell activity and the balance of cytokines, which are the regulatory proteins released by immune cells as part of a normal immune system response.* The standardized herbs in this formula contain optimal and consistent amounts of the most active ingredients. Immunitone Plus™ is suitable for long term use and for all age groups.

Product Desription

This powerful immune supportive formula combines herbs that have antiviral and antibacterial abilities as well as the ability to maintain Natural Killer (NK) cell activity and cytokine synthesis. Immunitone Plus is safe enough to use for chronic viral conditions, and in cases of a weak immune system and acute illness.* There is impressive research on every ingredient of Immunitone. This formula is extremely powerful yet safe enough to use in high doses for acute applications, while also being suitable for long-term use in chronic conditions. This formula contains green tea standardized to a very high level of EGCG as well as standardized Echinacea augustifolia, Andrographis paniculata, and even Goldenseal. Standardized herbs contain optimal and consistent amounts of the most active compounds.

Astragalus Root Health Benefits

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Astragalus Root Health Benefits

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous)

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Background:

Astragalus comes to us from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is first mentioned in Shen Nung Ben Cao Jing, a 2000- year-old classic as Huang Qi. Huang Qi means “yellow leader,” and astragalus is considered a most important tonic. Traditional uses include lethargy, colds, flu, appetite (lack of), stomach ulcers, and deficiencies of chi (namely, general weakness and fatigue). Other Chinese uses include diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and water retention.

The plant is native to northern China where the 4-7 year old roots are harvested in the spring to make medicine preparations. There are over 2000 types of Astragalus worldwide, but it seems that the Chinese variety has been the most studied. Astragalus gummifera, also known as tragacangth, is an old friend of the pharmaceutical industry, long used as a thickening agent.

Natural Androgen Alternatives

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 15, 2014 10:34:00 AM
Natural Androgen Alternatives

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences 

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician. 

For better of for worse (depending upon your viewpoint), as of January 2005 androgen or “andro” products are no longer available. For some athletes, this represents a significant loss in their dietary supplement arsenal. After all, whatever else you might say about andro it did have some established benefits: 

  • Some androgens increased testosterone levels

  • Some androgens increased performance

  • Some androgens increased strength

  • Some androgens promoted muscle growth  

So now that andro is gone, what viable alternatives currently exist? Following is a discussion of dietary supplement ingredients that offer similar benefits to those of andro, or perhaps better. 

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Amino Acid Synergy

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 13, 2014 4:00:00 PM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Amino Acid Synergy
Product Description

Amino Acid Synergy is useful as a general supplement to diets that are insufficient in quality protein, for athletes that require additional amino acids to maintain or achieve greater lean body mass, for patients who are cachexic from chronic illness or GI malabsorption, for individuals who are in catabolic states due to stress or illness, for those recovering from surgery or tissue trauma, for people wanting better quality hair and nails and for patients who have been found to have confirmed amino acid deficiencies on metabolic testing. Amino acids play central roles both as building blocks of proteins and as intermediates in metabolism. The precise amino acid content, and the sequence of those amino acids, of a specific protein, determines the biological activity of the protein. Proteins not only catalyze all (or most) of the reactions in living cells, they control virtually all cellular processes. Humans can produce 10 of the 20 amino acids. The others must be supplied in food. Failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids, those that we cannot make, results in degradation of the body's proteins, including muscle. Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later use so amino acids must be consumed every day. Amino Acid Synergy provides a mixture of essential amino in the free-form, meaning they are immediately available for absorption and can be put to metabolic use much more readily and rapidly when compared to amino acids contained in dietary protein.

The Health Benefits of Amino Acids

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 13, 2014 3:00:00 PM
The Health Benefits of Amino Acids

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and the end-result of protein digestion. That is, the body digests protein into individual amino acids and then rebuilds them back into protein. Next to water, protein is the most abundant substance in the body. The body requires approximately twenty-two amino acids in a specific pattern to make human protein. There are eight amino acids that the body cannot make and must get through food or supplement. They are lysine, methionine, leucine, threonine, valine, tryptophan, isoleucine, and phenylalanine.

When used individually as supplements, particular amino acids may perform specific functions rather than the general function of a complete protein. For example, taking carnitine may help you lose weight; eating a hamburger would not.

Aspirin Alternatives: Salicin Containing Herbs

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 8, 2014 4:55:00 PM
Aspirin Alternatives: Salicin Containing Herbs

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences 

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

The Willow is a shrub or tree depending on its size (some can grow to 50 feet), native to England, Europe, Asia, and North America. There are 300 species of Willow, White Willow the most famous of them. Native Americans relied on Willow for its analgesic properties.

In 1829, another bright pharmacist, this time a Frenchman named H. Leroux, discovered Willow’s active chemical, salicin. In 1838, pure salicylic acid was synthesized by an Italian chemist, not from Willow but Wintergreen and other plants. Salicin and salicylic acid were widely used through the 19th century for fever, gout, pain, and inflammation. However, as usual, when you isolate chemicals from plants or synthesize them, you almost always increase their toxicity. The farther away you stray from Nature, the more likely you are to do harm. And such was the case. The high doses used routinely led to gastric irritation and vomiting.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health Lipoic Acid Supreme

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health Lipoic Acid Supreme

Quick overview

This very powerful supplement contains 300 mg of lipoic acid, along with 4 mg of pure biotin and 500 mg of taurine. Research shows that lipoic acid competes for biotin-dependent enzymes. Long term supplementation of lipoic acid may reduce biotin levels, so it is recommended to supply them together. Taurine and biotin play important roles in maintaining healthy insulin function.*

The Health Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

AIpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), also known as thioctic acid, has gained considerable attention as an antioxidant. ALA combats particularly nasty free radicals such as superoxide radicals, hydroxyl radicals, hypochlorous acid, peroxyl radicals, and singlet oxygen, thereby reducing oxidative stress. ALA is a small molecule, soluble in both water and fat. This allows it to work both inside the cell and at the membrane level, making ALA a particularly valuable antioxidant.

The Health Benefits of Aloe

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 2, 2014 2:15:00 PM
The Health Benefits of Aloe

Aloe (Aloe barbadensis, A. spp.)

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

Background:

Aloe Vera is a succulent member of the lily family, originating in Africa, where most of the genus Aloe is indigenous. The name Aloe is from the Arabic alloeh, or Hebrew halal, meaning a shining bitter substance. The inner leaf contains a slimy gel used in medicines and cosmetics. The outer leaf tissue contains the yellow bitter juice which is known as aloe drug or “bitter aloe,” and is used primarily as a laxative. Today, Aloe is commercially grown in the Southwest and Mexico.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health PaleoCleanse Plus

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 30, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health PaleoCleanse Plus

Quick Overview

PaleoCleanse Plus™ is a comprehensive, science-based nutritional program designed to support safe and effective detoxification. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways and to promote healthy liver function and elimination.* Everything is consolidated into packets to make the program easy to follow and to ensure that individuals on the program do not miss any necessary nutrients.

Detoxification Dietary Supplements to Support & Promote the Process

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Detoxification Dietary Supplements to Support & Promote the Process

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician. 

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring , Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”

Arthritis: Nighttime Support

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Arthritis: Nighttime Support

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician. 

Arthritis is characterized by an inflammation and/or pain in a joint or joints of the body. Symptoms of chronic arthritis are pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity of one or more joints. These symptoms can be particularly bothersome at night when sufferers are trying to sleep. The use of certain natural substances may help to promote sleep and pain relief, as well as joint healing during sleep.

Before describing these natural substances, however, let’s first take a look at the two most common forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health S-Acetyl Glutathione Synergy

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 22, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health S-Acetyl Glutathione Synergy

Quick Overview

Acetylated form of glutathione for optimum absorption and bioavailability

S-Acetyl Glutathione (S-A-GSH) is a unique form of glutathione, one of the most powerful antioxidants naturally produced in the body. It has an acetyl group (COCH3) attached to the sulfur atom of cysteine in the glutathione molecule. S-A-GSH is well-suited for oral ingestion, because this acetyl group protects glutathione from breaking down in the gastrointestinal tract; once absorbed and inside the cells it is removed, thus leaving the glutathione molecule intact.

This product also includes N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and vitamin B6, both of which are important for the production of glutathione.

Antioxidants: Our Defense Against Free Radicals

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Antioxidants: Our Defense Against Free Radicals

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

The terms “antioxidant” and “free radicals” are two of the most tossed around “buzz” words used in the health field today. What are they, and how do they effect our lives?

As researchers began to become interested in degenerative disease, aging, their causes, and how they can be prevented, they were lead to an interesting discovery. Our body and foods were already on the case. In fact, Hippocrates, who lived in around 400 BC, may have had the first insight. He said that in foods there are tiny substances that act on the body, and in some way change life. He went on to state that our lives depended on these changes. It amazes me, in 1996, just how “right on” Hippocrates was.

Allergies: Natural Relief

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 18, 2014 2:16:00 PM
Allergies: Natural Relief

 By Gene Bruno, MS, MH

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

Although generally not life-threatening, allergies can ruin a perfectly good day and make you miserable. An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance called an antigen which is foreign to the body, but otherwise harmless1 (e.g., pollen from grasses and flowers, etc.). In an allergic individual, the harmless antigen becomes an allergen; a substance that initiates an allergic reaction. The term allergy is of Greek origin and means “abnormal response.”

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DIM-Avail

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 16, 2014 5:24:00 PM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DIM-Avail

Quick Overview

Due to its crystalline structure, absorption of DIM is minimal when given orally (similar to CoQ10). DIM absorption can be greatly enhanced by emulsifying it with lecithin in rice bran oil, including with it compounds that hold it in solution such as beeswax, and finally adding fat-soluble nutrients that aid absorption through the gut wall. DIM-Avail™, which gets its name from its high bioavalability, is a unique combination of such ingredients. 

Research tells us that a low level of the 2-hydroxyestrone and a high level of 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone are not desired. DIM works by helping to increase 2-hydroxyestrone and therefore improves the 2/16 hydroxyestrone ratio.*

20-Hydroxyecdysone: The Pro-Anabolic, Plant Steroid

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 15, 2014 6:53:00 PM
20-Hydroxyecdysone: The Pro-Anabolic, Plant Steroid

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

With the rise of democracy and the crumbling of political boundaries in the previous USSR, many long-time Russian secrets were slowly revealed to the western world. One of these secrets used to give Soviet athletes a decided advantage—one that we can now share. It’s a plant called Rhaponticum carthamoides, and it contains a remarkable substance called 20-Hydroxyecdysone which helps promote increases in muscle mass and athletic performance.

Acne: Supplements to Help

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 11, 2014 5:11:00 PM
Acne: Supplements to Help

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Acne—the scourge of teenagers everywhere and an embarrassment to those adults who still suffer from this inflammatory skin condition. Acne is a disorder of the sebaceous glands of the skin. The sebaceous glands secrete sebum (skin oil) through pores and hair follicles, which are abundant on the face. Acne occurs when the pores become clogged with sebum. Blackheads, external plugs formed of sebum and dead cells, may be invaded by bacteria, which cause pus-filled inflammations, or pimples (aka, “zits”). The overlying skin may become stretched to the point of rupture, resulting in lesions and, in prolonged severe cases, eventual scarring. Adolescents are most prone to acquiring a case of the dreaded zits due to the increased production of androgens (male hormones) that occur during puberty, which causes increased activity in the sebaceous gland. In addition, certain foods (e.g., dairy products, junk food, etc.) may increase irritation in susceptible persons.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 5-HTP Synergy

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 10, 2014 3:10:00 PM
Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 5-HTP Synergy

Quick Overview

5-HTP Synergy™ is a synergistic formula of 5-hydroxytryptophan (50 mg) and vitamin B6 (10 mg) for supporting overall neurotransmitter metabolism by providing precursors of serotonin. 5-HTP readily enters the blood brain barrier, however conversion into serotonin requires the cofactor vitamin B6, which is included in this formula. 5-HTP Synergy™ may be used during the day to support healthy mood or appetite or at bedtime to support sleep.

5-HTP The Second Coming of Tryptophan

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 9, 2014 6:00:00 PM
5-HTP   The Second Coming of Tryptophan

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences.

 

Smart Supplementation™ is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart Supplementation™ is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

The essential amino acid L-Tryptophan has an extremely successful history of clinical use in treating depression and anxiety. As a sleep inducer, it preceded the currently popular supplement, melatonin, and almost everyone who used it got excellent results. Many women also found it to be particularly good at reducing the emotional symptoms of PMS. As a matter of fact, L-Tryptophan was probably the single most effective supplement that my wife ever used for PMS. Great stuff, L-Tryptophan.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health MagCitrate Powder

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 1, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health MagCitrate Powder

Quick Overview

MagCitrate Powder provides 300 mg of magnesium in each one teaspoon serving - a convenient delivery system in a great-tasting lemon flavored powder. 

It mixes well in water and is very easy to titrate when higher doses are needed. MagCitrate Powder helps promote bowel relaxation when fiber alone is not enough. This product also supports the ability to fall asleep, and can be taken along with our Inositol powder for a restful night’s sleep.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Vitamin D Supreme

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 28, 2014 6:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Vitamin D Supreme

Quick Overview

Vitamin D Supreme provides a clinically useful dose of vitamin D3 and vitamin K in both the K1 and MK-7 form of K2. This formula contains higher therapeutic doses than Vitamin D Synergy for situations where more aggressive repletion is required. Vitamins D and K are essential for optimal bone and arterial health and for maintaining the immune system in proper balance. The amount of vitamin D and K in this formula may be beneficial for those who do not get adequate sun exposure and/or dietary sources of these vitamins. Vitamins D & K work as a team. Thus, increasing doses of vitamin D will increase the need for vitamin K.

Krill Oil versus Fish Oil Infographic

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 18, 2014 6:00:00 AM
Krill Oil versus Fish Oil Infographic

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health XanthOmega Krill Oil

Quick Overview

XanthOmega™ Krill Oil provides a generous 12 mg per serving of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin to help achieve optimum benefits from this potent carotenoid. It would take eight conventional krill softgels to equal the astaxanthin levels in just one XanthOmega™ softgel! 

XanthOmega™ Krill Oil has a high phospholipid content, standardized to a minimum of 40% phospholipids, mostly as phosphatidylcholine. This updated version is considered to be a virgin krill oil -the purest form available. It contains higher phospholipid bioavailability, which enhances the absorption of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin. Many studies suggest that this exceptionally high level of astaxanthin offers an array of benefits, which may include powerful antioxidant properties, cardiovascular health, sports performance, eye support, skin health, anti-inflammatory and gastric health support.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health PaleoFiber

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 21, 2014 6:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health PaleoFiber

Quick Overview

PaleoFiber™ is the ultimate fiber product. It is a comprehensive product that contains 12 different types of fiber and none of the allergenic proteins or harsh, irritating components commonly found in other fiber products on the market. This product was designed with the features of the Paleolithic diet in mind, with which human physiology may be most adapted. PaleoFiber™ could be a useful tool to help support proper weight management, glucose levels, and lipid levels.  

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health OmegAvail Synergy

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 16, 2014 3:00:00 PM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health OmegAvail Synergy

Quick Overview

This unique omega 3-6-7-9 formula contains a blend of wild deep-sea sourced fish oils containing the omega-3 fats (EPA/DHA) in the TruTG™ form, the most important omega-6 fat (GLA from borage oil), the omega-7 fat palmitoleic acid and omega-9 fat oleic acid from certified virgin organic macadamia nut oil. EPA helps keep GLA metabolism in an anti-inflammatory mode. In addition, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) plays as many important roles in human health as EPA, along with promoting brain wellness.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Adrenotone

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 23, 2014 6:00:00 AM
Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Adrenotone

Quick Overview

Adrenotone™ is a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known for rejuvenating the adrenals. This product is designed to promote healthy cortisol levels, hypothalamic and pituitary function (HPTA axis), and catecholamine production (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine).* Adrenotone™ does not contain glandulars.

Diet Direction (Part 1)

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 17, 2013 6:00:00 AM
Diet Direction (Part 1)

Original Article By Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Establishing a diet direction is a way to organize the amounts and varieties of foods one chooses to consume in order to achieve a specific effect. Our lives, as with everything else in nature, run in cycles. We have daily, monthly, and seasonal cycles, as well as progressing stages of life. Learning to eat to support our nutritional requirements for all of these can help us achieve healthful eating patterns and prevent us from getting into nutrition ruts.

How To Make Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 26, 2013 6:00:00 AM
How To Make Sweet Potato Pancakes

I previously shared a recipe I learned in Costa Rica for making Grain-Free Yucca Buns. Also on that trip to Costa Rica I came accross sweet potato flour. This is a grain-free (gluten-free) alternative to traditional pancakes. And the sweetness of the flour makes what I think is a far superior pancake to the old-school flapjacks. Try this recipe at home, you won't be disappointed!

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

The 10 Pillars of Primo Health: Eat Real

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 24, 2013 6:00:00 AM
The 10 Pillars of Primo Health: Eat Real

I recently went through a very stressful period in my life. My last semester in grad school coupled with some other unexpected changes sent me for a bit of a tailspin. My body doesn’t respond well to stress. And having an autoimmune condition, stress is a major trigger for my disorder and my body began to exhibit the toll the stress was taking on my body.

The 10 Pillars of Primo Health: Introduction

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jan 11, 2013 6:00:00 AM
The 10 Pillars of Primo Health: Introduction

Welcome to 2013! It's a new year and I'm motivated in my directives and encouraged about the work that I do. Click to read an email I sent out recently called You Are What You Eat In 2013.

To start off this new year I will be working on a new series called The Pillars of Primo Health. By pillars I mean foundational supporting parts that are key to achieving optimal health (Primo Health). I've adapted some of these from my studies and from the work of other colleagues. But this final list is my own. I've concluded that there are 10 Pillars of Primo Health.

6 Foods For Healthy Brain

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 20, 2012 6:00:00 AM
6 Foods For Healthy Brain

On a previous post Health Brain Healthy Body I shared 7 tips for maintaining a healthy brain. Having a healthy brain is essential to having a healthy body. Low fat diets and junk food diets do little to feed the brain what it needs to maintain healthy neurological function, memory and emotional well being. Environmental toxins like heavy metals as well as alcohol and drug abuse contribute greatly to loss of brain function and mental health.

This blog post will focus on eating right for your brain. Those of you with issues like anxiety, deppression, brain fog, memory loss, attention deficit disorder, dementia, autism, and addictions cannot ignore the impact of nutrition on the brain. Everyone knows the importance of nutrition when other organs of the body are ailing. But interestingly enough, nutrition for the brain and the ailments of the brain goes all to often ignored. I don't care what other treatments you may be using to deal with your brain issues, you cannot forget to eat foods for a healthy brain! 

Supplements For Healthy Brain Function

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 18, 2012 6:00:00 AM
Supplements For Healthy Brain Function

We are born with more brain cells than we will ever have again in our lives. As we age, we lose brain cells, and as far as science can tell at this time, our bodies cannot regenerate the neurons in the brain. To preserve health and brain function, it is essential that we protect, nourish and exercise our brains. This is the topic of discussion for my Healthy Brain series.

Although our brains are unable to regenerate dead neurons, scientists have discovered that the brain has an amazing way of overcoming this downfall in order to preserve memory and brain function. This process is called neurotropism. When a neuron (brain cell) dies, there's a gap left between the cells on either side of the dead cell. Nerve transmissions usually travel from one neuron to the other much like electricity does. The healthy neurons surrounding the dead space where the cell once was will reach out with their extensions (dendrites) and stretch across that dead space to create new connections with surrounding neurons. This phenomenon maintains the function of the brains cells so that messages are able to travel across those divides without disruption. You can see some cells in neurotropism in the video below.

The Health Benefits Of Glutathione

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 3, 2012 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Glutathione


Glutathione is known as the "Master Antioxidant." Without antioxidants, nature's free radicals would cause endless damage to our bodies and living healthy would be quite difficult. Fortunately, we have a built in system of antioxidant power that when operating optimally, the dreaded effects of aging can be thwarted and youth preserved.

Glutathione is revered because of it's amazing power over free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in our body that cause damage to our tissue and organs because of their erratic behavior. Glutathione, like other antioxidants, grab on to the unruly free radical and remove an electron, the bad influence on the free radical, and render it harmless. Glutathione is our most abundant antioxidant found in our cells and livers, and even stored in our protein. Science has observed that when there is marked illness, glutathione levels plummet. It is crucial to maintain adequate levels of glutathione, especially for those with chronic disease and autoimmune conditionsThose with autoimmune conditions are often low in glutathione levels.

Top Ten Supplements For Primo Health

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 12, 2012 6:00:00 AM
Top Ten Supplements For Primo Health

Taking vitamins and supplements without consulting with a nutrition professional can lead to unwanted health issues, and can end up being a waste of your money. It is best to do some sort of nutrition assessment like the Primo Blood Chemistry Analysis in order to identify any deficiencies or potential health issues related to nutrient deficiencies.

Grain-Free Yucca Buns Recipe

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 10, 2012 6:00:00 AM
Grain-Free Yucca Buns Recipe

I can't lie and say that I don't miss eating bread on my grain-free diet. I am Latino and Italian, both of which are great bread eaters. My family in Costa Rica made bread for the whole town of Puriscal for decades. Bread is in my blood. I've probably eaten enough bread for two lifetimes if I was honest about my previous consumption. Nonetheless, I experience health problems when I eat grains or foods made from grain flours. So I've had to adjust my life in order to feel better and live longer.

On my last trip to Costa Rica early this year I discovered that they make many non-grain flours there. I was suprised to learn that a traditional cheese bread eaten in many Latin American countries is actually grain-free! Pan de Yuca (yucca buns) are a delicious grain-free cheesey bread that can be eaten on a grain-free diet. It may not be for the strict Paleo Dieter because it is somewhat processed and does have cheese. But I've made adjustments to the recipe to make it healthier and less allergy provoking.

Saline Sinus Flush For Better Health

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 1, 2012 1:30:00 PM
Saline Sinus Flush For Better Health

Recently I was approached by a representative of Arm & Hammer's Simply Saline Nasal Care line. They sent me a free Neti Pot Kit so that I could test out their product and write a review if I felt compelled to do so. Since I had suffered with sinus congestion and infections for many years, I agreed to do the review of the product.

Nasal irrigation is used clinically to flush out mucus and eliminate bacteria. A recent STUDY showed that certain bacteria are significantly eliminated by this procedure. Several bacterium species were significantly reduced, but not the H. influenzae that is responsible for a wide range of clinical diseases. Nonetheless, this study supports the claims of those that use such practices to reduce the complaints of sinusitis and allergies.

The Health Benefits Of Vitamin D

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 1, 2012 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Vitamin D

Modern lifestyle and diet have made the "d" in the vitamin D stand more for deficient than for anything else. The 2003 National Institute for Health (NIH) conference on vitamin D reported "a growing prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in the U.S. population." Previous concerns over vitamin D toxicity along with a modern sun-phobic America are probable causes of this growing trend towards a lack of something good.

Growing concerns over skin cancers and aging skin have forced many of us out of the sun and into the dark about vitamin D. Dramatic increases in sun protection are suspiciously coinciding with decreases in blood vitamin D levels. But is this correlation really that mysterious? Not if one knows that sun exposure is the body's main source of vitamin D production. The Vitamin D Council website states that "the high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D..."

The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Oct 7, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Is that a sweet potato? Or is that a yam? Good question! I was confused myself for so long. But now I know there is a distinction. That orange colored flesh of the picture on the left is the sweet potato, though it is often labeled as a "yam." It comes from the plant family known as Convovulaceae, or Morning Glory. It is very different from the yam that comes from the Caribbean, which is an edible root of the Discorea genus. The true yam is rough and scaly. And its nutrient content is much different from the sweet potato. There are several varieties and colors of the sweet potato. To make matters even worse, the sweet potato is not a potato either!

SWEET POTATO'S NUTRITIONAL VALUE

The sweet potato is considered one of the most nutritious vegetables around. It is nutritionally unique from the potato and the yam. It is very high in beta-carotene, providing several times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A. This root vegetable is also packed with potassium, manganese and copper. It is a good source of vitamins C and B6. The sweet potato is high in fiber but you have to eat the skin!

The white potato is a species belonging to the nightshades. These are foods that cause inflammation that are especially a problem for those with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Other nightshades include tomatoes, eggplant, capers and peppers. Fortunately, the sweet potato is NOT a nightshade. In fact they contain quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 3

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 29, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 3

We have been examining the function and disorders of the thyroid gland, the butterfly shaped gland just below our skin and surrounding our throat. As we get older we become more susceptible to disorders of the thyroid. Unfortunately, most thyroid conditions are not diagnosed early enough to prevent deterioration of the gland and its function. A dead or dying thyroid will impact the quality of one's life. Identifying and preventing damage to this gland will ensure healthy thyroid function.

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 1

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Sep 9, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 1

The butterfly shaped organ that wraps around our throat is called the thyroid gland. This seemingly indescript organ can actually have a tremendous effect on our health. It's function is somewhat complicated, and disorders of the thyroid are very often overlooked or downplayed. This occurs in spite of the prevalence of thyroid disorders in our society.

The Health Benefits Of Pastured Eggs

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 31, 2011 6:17:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Pastured Eggs

No nutrient rich food I can think of has been given a worse reputation than chicken eggs. Well, maybe raw milk is getting the boot now, but eggs are right there with them. The poor chicken egg has been blamed for high cholesterol, high fat and bacterial poisoning. But this stigma is rightfully and hopefully disappearing while the truth about eggs prevails.

Eggs are a storehouse of nutrients all contained in a built-in protective package. Unless you've chosen a vegan/vegetarian approach to food, I highly recommend incorporating eggs into healthy diet. But not just any eggs, as you will see below, but the highest quality eggs you can find. And let me explain why.

Finding Your Optimal Nutritional Needs

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 26, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Finding Your Optimal Nutritional Needs

As humans we share many commonalities, starting with our genetic code found tangled up in our DNA. It is common for us to try to prescribe practical measures towards things like health and nutrition that we try to apply to everyone. However, the concept of biochemical individuality has taught us that in spite of our many similarities, each one of use has a uniqueness that deserves a less general approach to our health and well being. We each are biochemically unique and have unique health requirements.

The Health Benefits Of Quinoa

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 24, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Quinoa

You may be surprised to see an article about quinoa by a grain-free guy like me. But in actuality quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain but a seed. It is one of the least problem-causing "grains," can be  tolerated by most gluten sensitive individuals and is even accepted by some Paleo eaters (those who stretch the rules). It is a gluten-free grain that is versatile and has many health benefits with its strong nutrition status.

Quinoa is actually the seed of an herbaceous plant related to spinach and Swiss chard. The most popular seeds are a tan or yellow color. But several varieties and colors exist from black, to red, orange purple and pink. It has a rich nutty flavor with a tasty crunch.

Alternative Treatments For Prostate Cancer

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 22, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Alternative Treatments For Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a male cancer starting with abnormal cell growth in the prostate gland that may metastasize and spread to other parts of the body.  It is typically comprised of many very small slow-growing tumors and it strikes approximately one out of six American men (“About Prostate Cancer”, 2010).  Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in American men, yet it is highly treatable and preventable (Rakel, 2007, p. 848).

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 4

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 19, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 4

This week I've dedicated my blogging to the health practice of juicing vegetables for optimal health. If you've missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, I suggest you back up and read those first.

By now I hope you're convinced you want to try juicing and you're pretty comfortable with knowing what you need to make a delicious, nutritious high quality juice. I only have a couple tips left and mostly want to help you with choosing the right equipment. If you've ever shopped for a juicer, I'm sure you know that the options are endless as are the price differences. Hopefully I can make the process of selecting the right juicer a little less daunting. But first I want to discuss something that always comes up when we discuss juicing vegetables.

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 3

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 18, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 3

I hope by now you are realizing the many health benefits of drinking nutritious fresh raw juice. I hope you've either dusted off your old juicer or are considering buying one to boost your nutrition. If you don't have a juicer yet, I will discuss choosing the best juicer in Part 4 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health. If you missed Part 2 or Part 1 of the series, please go back and read those first.

Juicing does not cancel out a bad diet. It is important to build a diet around whole foods that are clean (organic), unadulterated (non-GMO) and fresh! Juicing organic vegetables is a way to augment that diet and be able to incorporate even more healthy nutritious disease preventative nutrients found in our rainbow of vegetables. Here I'm presenting a few more tips to make your juicing experience most palatable and beneficial.

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 2

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 17, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 2

I've received a lot of interesting feedback on Part 1 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health. Mostly great feedback from people who love to juice as a part of their healthy diet. Then there are some who don't believe that juicing is a natural way to consume vegetables. The way I see it is if I can get people to eat more vegetables by juicing or by "hiding" vegetables in some of their foods (i.e., add spinach to spaghetti sauce), then I've done a great job of encouraging a healthier diet. Here is Part 2 of this series.

In Part 1 of this series I discussed what vegetables are good to start with. As you get accustomed to juicing and drinking liquid that is not sweetened, you can start to incorporate other nutrient dense vegetables.  The following are the vegetables recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola in progressive order:

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 1

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 15, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 1

One of my favorite things to show my clients is how I juice my vegetables. Juicing is an excellent way to get more of the five to nine recommended servings of vegetables we should have every day. Juicing helps to clear the skin, improves vitality, cleanses the organs and is preventive of cancer and other disease. I highly recommend everyone to incorporate raw juicing into their health promoting diet.

Why Juice?

  • Juicing helps you absorb all of the beneficial nutrients from the vegetables
  • Juicing allows you to consume optimal amounts of vegetables in an efficient manner
  • Juicing allows you to incorporate a larger variety of vegetables than you would normally eat

Drink Vegetable Juice

How To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 11, 2011 6:00:00 AM
How To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be a crippling and painful condition of the joints of the body affecting millions of Americans. It is not just a disease of the elderly, typically appearing in people from age 30 to 50. Understanding the mechanism of this autoimmune condition and known treatment options can help the sufferer cope with and possibly control its disconcerting symptoms.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the entire body, but especially the joints.  There is much evidence that RA is an autoimmune reaction, in which antibodies formed by the immune system attack components of joint tissue. (Murray, 2005, p. 761). 

How To Treat Crohn's Disease

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 4, 2011 6:00:00 AM
How To Treat Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s Disease is one of two diseases considered to be a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  It is characterized by an inflammation mostly of the ilium, or end of the small intestines. But it can occur anywhere along the digestive tract.   Characterized by intestinal pain, diarrhea and malabsorption of nutrients (Murray, 1996, p. 441).  

The Health Benefits Of Guava

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 2, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Guava

For many years I was confused about the guava fruit. My family always ate foods and sweets made from guayaba, which I always thought was a different fruit from guava. Come to find out that they are the same fruit. Guava is the American take on the name guayaba, which is the Spanish way to say it. However, they are the same fruit.

Part of my confusion is that there are different varieties of guava. Pictured above is the red fleshed variety. But like most fruits and vegetables, there are several varities with their own unique colors, shapes and characteristics. I had become accustomed to the red fleshed guava as it is used in many juice drinks. However, if you taste an actual fruit you will notice it's not as sweet as those juice bottles make us think. But it is a tasty fruit nonetheless.

Gene Tests Determine Risk For Celiac Disease

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Aug 1, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Gene Tests Determine Risk For Celiac Disease

The human genome project, which set out to map the DNA of the human being has led to many great advances in health and science. Scientists set out to identify the approximately 25,000 genes in human DNA. They've been able to pinpoint the genes and patterns responsible for how each one of us will uniquely turn out. The mapping of the genome was completed some time in 2003, years before they had expected to finish.

How To Treat Coronary Artery Disease, Pt 2

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 29, 2011 6:00:00 AM
How To Treat Coronary Artery Disease, Pt 2

This is Part 2 of a two part series on Cardiovascular Disease, specifically Coronary Artery Disease.  Click HERE to read Part 1 of this series.

Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes

Biomedical Approach

Typical treatments include invasive interventions like percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, coronary artery bypass grafting, and other surgeries. These treatments attempt to alleviate symptoms. Drugs are used to lower three risk factors: LDL Cholesterol, blood pressure and platelet function. These may include aspirin, beta blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and lipid-lowering agents (statins). Patients are urged to quit smoking as a secondary prevention measure (Rakel, 2007, p. 301-303).

How To Treat Coronary Artery Disease, Pt 1

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 28, 2011 6:00:00 AM
How To Treat Coronary Artery Disease, Pt 1

Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart and/or blood vessels. It is America's number one killer, taking almost one million American lives every year. It is primarliy a lifestyle disease that is preventable. Therefore, our greatest defense is education about heart health and prevention cardiovascular disease.  This is Part 1 of a two part series.

 

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the primary form of cardiovascular disease.  It is considered a societal and lifestyle disease and it is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.  It can be expressed as acute myocardial infraction, angina, angiographic coronary stenosis and sudden cardiac death (Rakel, 2007, p. 295).  

Tomatoes Nutritional Value And Health Benefits

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 27, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Tomatoes Nutritional Value And Health Benefits

I just came in from tending to my heirloom tomato plants in my garden. They've grown as tall as me (5ft 6in) and are filling up with their tasty sweet fruit. These tomatoes nutritional value and health benefits are numerous. So before tomato season is heavy upon us, let's discuss these benefits and even potential problems with consuming this fruit.

In the botanical sense, a tomato is considered a fruit. Because the tomato is not as sweet as other fruit, it is most often considered a vegetable. In fact the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato is officially a vegetable. You say tomato, I say to-mah-tow... it doesn't really matter how you classify it when we are looking at the nutritional value of this roundish bright colored fleshy food. I can't even specify the color or the size because there are so many different varieties of tomatoes with varying colors, shapes and sizes that I would be misleading you. The most common color, of course, is the red tomato.

The Health Benefits Of Taking Probiotics

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 22, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Taking Probiotics

If you watch television you've likely seen one of the many commercials touting the benefits of probiotics. An advertising campaign by Activia brand yogurts has actress Jamie Lee Curtis explaining the benefits of the probiotics found in their product. There are several other commercials like it. But what's all the hype about?

Are Toxins Making You Fat?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 14, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Are Toxins Making You Fat?

It's no secret that our environment is toxic. Nuclear waste, chemical pesticides, oil spills and acid rain are hardly "news", but more like "olds." Toxins are everywhere. It is estimated that almost 80 billion pounds of toxins are released into the environment every year.

The Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, has published several studies documenting the presence of toxins in the bodies of seemingly healthy families, even newborn babies, all over America.  These toxins end up in our water, ground, food and eventually into our tissues and cells. We are a toxic society.

The Health Benefits Of Flaxseeds

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 12, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Health Benefits Of Flaxseeds

The growing of, and consumption of, flaxseed (linseeds) dates back to Babylonian times. Hippocrates wrote about his use of flaxseed for healing abdominal pain. In the 18th Century it was illegal to not eat flaxseed. The early colonists planted flax when they came to America. Though not perfectly accepted in all nutrition circles (i.e., Paleo Diet community) the health benefits of flaxseeds are numerous and worthy of recognition.

18 Gluten Cross Reactive Foods

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 11, 2011 6:00:00 AM
18 Gluten Cross Reactive Foods

In our continued discussion about Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease one must discuss the large percentage of individuals that do not improve on a strict gluten-free diet. Existing amongst many of those with gluten sensitivity is a cross reactivity issue with other dietary proteins. This means the immune system will react with other proteins as if they were gluten.

Health Benefits Of Vitamin B12

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 7, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Health Benefits Of Vitamin B12

Cobalamin, also known as Vitamin B12, has a bright red color and has a high content of cobalt. It is one of the many B Vitamins, and it is essential to life. Vitamin B12 plays a significant role in many of the body's processes and functions. Though B12 is a water soluble vitamin, it is stored in our liver and other organs (unlike the other water soluble vitamins). Nonetheless, it is important to include plentiful sources of B12 in our daily diet.

The health benefits of Vitamin B12 are best derived from animal foods. The stomach secretes a special digestive agent called intrinsic factor to help absorb B12 from these foods. Though vegans and vegetarians lean towards fermented soy products like tempeh for Vitamin B12, scientists believe it is likely not a usable form of the vitamin (Weston A. Price Foundation). Supplementing with B12 would be recommended for those on non-animal diets, as deficiencies in cobalamin or intrinsic factor can lead to many health issues that we will discuss next.

8 Tips For Avoiding Gluten Cross Contamination

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jul 6, 2011 6:00:00 AM
8 Tips For Avoiding Gluten Cross Contamination

In a previous post I discussed how many gluten-free grains and seeds become cross-contaminated by gluten. But this isn't the only concern with cross-contamination for those with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity. Any gluten-free food can become cross-contaminated by gluten and ultimately cause a reaction in a sensitive individual. Sensitive individuals include those with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity or many of the related conditions and autoimmune diseases.

Not only are refined and factory produced foods in danger of becoming cross-contaminated with gluten, but homemade foods and restaurant prepared foods as well. It is important to remember that although small and seemingly insignificant amounts of gluten may seem harmless to most, these minute amounts may add up enough to cause an immune reaction in a gluten sensitive person. And this immune reaction is known to last up to six months after contact with gluten.

The Health Benefits Of Coconuts

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 29, 2011 6:54:00 PM
The Health Benefits Of Coconuts

Probably my favorite super food to talk about and recommend is the coconut! And when I say coconut, I mean in almost any form you can find it (save for candies and overly-sweetened treats). Coconut oil; coconut water; coconut milk; coconut vinegar; coconut flour; coconut sugar, coconut coconut!

This brown hairy nut is actually the seed of the fruit of the coconut palm tree. Coconuts grow in clusters of ten to twenty. Each tree will have from ten to twenty different clusters growing at one time, all in different stages of development. Once fully matured, the nuts reach a diameter of about 10-12 inches. Their hard outer shell is lined with a fleshy white meat, and the hollow center is filled with a mildly sweet juice often called "coconut water."

Hidden Sources Of Gluten

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 28, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Hidden Sources Of Gluten

For those with gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease, eliminating gluten from the diet sounds easy enough. However, upon learning the many hidden sources of gluten, it becomes clear that it takes some work and investigating to truly live a gluten-free life. For the highly gluten sensitive, even the smallest amount of gluten (about an 1/8 of a teaspoon) can trigger an autoimmune reaction that can last up to six months!

One of the most important lessons to learn when starting a gluten-free diet is that there are many hidden sources of gluten. There are many ingredients that may be derived from gluten containing sources. If you do not know what to look for you may miss some gluten containing foods and trigger a response by your body. For a gluten sensitive person it is important to eliminate ALL possible sources of gluten in order to improve the health and to restore the gut.

The Benefits Of Vitamin A

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 23, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Benefits Of Vitamin A


The benefits of Vitamin A are numerous. My intention is to highlight some of the important blessings our bodies derive from consuming this nutrient. 

Vitamin A was the first nutrient recognized as fat soluble. Fat soluble vitamins do not easily dissolve in water. They are absorbed in the intestines with the help of fats. There are four fat soluble vitamins: Vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins tend to be stored in the body and accumulate in the liver and fatty tissues. Because of this, it is possible to over-consume Vitamin A. However, this is more common when taken in supplement form than from whole foods.

Health Benefits Of Dandelion Greens

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 22, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Health Benefits Of Dandelion Greens
"A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I live in a part of California where dandelion greens grow like weeds. In fact if I didn't keep my yard tended to, it would be full of these flowering plants. The name actually comes from a corruption of the French for "tooth of the lion" (dent de lion). The Latin name for dandelion is Taraxacum officinale, or remedy for disorders. While many consider this plant a nuisance, herbalists and nutritionists rever the dandelion as a valuable herb.

Gluten Intolerance Versus Celiac Disease

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 21, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Gluten Intolerance Versus Celiac Disease

Much has been learned in recent years about the dangers of gluten for those with Celiac Disease. But more importantly scientists have been able to distinguish between the more commonly known Celiac Disease, and the now understand issue of Gluten Intolerance (in the absence of Celiac Disease).

Celiac Disease (CD) is one possible complication of being gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive. Celiac Disease is characterized by enteropathy (damage) to the intestinal villi. These are the small hairlike projections of the intestinal tract that help us to absorb nutrients from our foods. Those who develop CD appear to show genetic risk factor as well. The DQ2 and DQ8 gene have both been identified as being a high risk factor for developing CD. Those who carry either of these genes are at much greater risk of developing CD. It is believed that about 1 out of 133 people in the US have Celiac Disease.

How To Balance Blood Sugar Naturally

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 15, 2011 6:00:00 AM
How To Balance Blood Sugar Naturally

Diabetes is a health condition where the blood sugar is constantly elevated. There are two types of Diabetes. Type One Diabetes is typically an autoimmune condition and results from the body not producing enough insulin. The islet cells of the pancreas that produce insulin are targeted by the immune system. Type Two Diabetes is typically caused by lifestyle and genetics, and results in the body not properly producing or using insulin.

The Nutritional Value Of Cashew Nuts

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 14, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Nutritional Value Of Cashew Nuts

I'll never forget being a young child in Costa Rica traveling with my grandfather. I remember him signaling the bus driver to stop the bus. He jumped off for a few minutes and returned with a bagful of "semillas de marañon." This literally translates to seeds of the marañon. The marañon is an unusual fruit that is native to the coastal areas of Northeastern Brazil. Although the fruit can be eaten and its juice enjoyed, our topic of discussion today is the seeds of the fruit that protrudes strangely from the bottom of the cashew fruit.

Choosing The Best Nutritional Supplements

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 9, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Choosing The Best Nutritional Supplements

It has been found that the quality of nutrients contained in supplements is the most important factor determining if a product will deliver the desired results for health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention. Only the highest quality of available “raw materials”, and a closely monitored production process, creates pure and effective supplements and formulas.

The Eat Like A Caveman Diet

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 8, 2011 6:00:00 AM
The Eat Like A Caveman Diet

The Paleo Diet, often called the "caveman's diet," is an approach to eating that is growing increasingly popular. The premise of this plan is to only eat foods that would have been available to ancient man before agriculture. The foods recommended are ones that can be hunted or gathered. But foods that need to be cultivated and harvested are strictly prohibited.

The (modern day) Paleo Diet then consists mainly of grass fed, wild caught meats, game and fish (vegans cringe here). Eggs are permitted as are all vegetables and fruits. However, starchier and sweeter types are avoided or saved for athletic training. Healthy animal fats, coconut oil, seeds and nuts complete the meal.

Candida Symptoms And Treatment

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Jun 1, 2011 8:50:00 PM
Candida Symptoms And Treatment

Many people have heard of yeast infections, and maybe even something called Candida Albicans. Candida Albicans is a type of yeast that lives in our digestive tract. We actually have many types of bacteria like the yeast living in our intestines making up what is called the gut flora. In fact, we have more bacteria living in our gut than we have cells in our body. The average human carries from 3 - 5 pounds of bacteria in the gut.

Choosing The Best Liver Detox Program

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 26, 2011 8:16:00 PM
Choosing The Best Liver Detox Program

I have many friends who have done the Master Cleanse as part of a routine liver cleansing program.  I know many that have had good results as well.  However, I find that this cleansing program, which is basically a fast, is often abused and not used as intended.

The Master Cleanse is a fast that uses a drink made from lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and filtered water as a replacement for food.  It is to be carried on for 3 or more days. Some have gone as long as a month or more.  The intention is to give the body a break from food so that the liver can use more energy to detoxify the body of unhealthy toxins.

Gluten Cross Contamination Of Grains And Seeds

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 20, 2011 6:04:00 AM
Gluten Cross Contamination Of Grains And Seeds

As if going gluten free wasn't hard enough, a study published in June of 2010 suggests that even foods and grains that are thought to be gluten free can be contaminated by gluten. This is worrisome to those of us who have a serious gluten sensitivity issue or Celiac Disease. Gluten is everywhere!

The study found that out of 22 sample of inherrantly gluten-free grains tested, only 9 were not contaminated with gluten.  The rest had at least 8 parts per million (8ppm) and went as high as more than 2,000ppm.  These are foods that do not have gluten in their molecular makeup.

Signs Of Nutritional Imbalance Evident In Blood Chemistry Analysis

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 18, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Signs Of Nutritional Imbalance Evident In Blood Chemistry Analysis

As we continue our series on Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, I wanted to point out what sorts of recommendations may result after a careful evaluation of blood tests. Note also the signs of nutritional imbalance that should alert one to pursue health assessment and testing with a trained practitioner.

Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Vs Regular Blood Testing

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 17, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Vs Regular Blood Testing

When interpreting blood chemistry lab results, there is a Functional Range and a Pathological Range. Test values that fall between the Functional Range and the Pathological Range are considered subclinical and can indicate the beginning stages of disease. They should be used as markers, indicating something that is not as good as it should be; or they can be a sign of a developing condition that is not bad enough to treat medically…at least not yet.

What can a holistic health coach do for you?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 14, 2011 6:00:00 AM
What can a holistic health coach do for you?

The following are some of the main skills a well trained holistic health coach is able to offer you when seeking out their services.

Develop a comprehensive nutrition profile, including nutrition lifestyle goals.

A holistic health coach will assist you in developing a comprehensive, confidential nutrition analysis. Specialized training enables a holistic health coach to ask you pertinent questions necessary for defining personal health goals and providing you a customized nutrition program.

What Is A Holistic Health Coach?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 12, 2011 6:00:00 AM
What Is A Holistic Health Coach?

A holistic health coach can come from different educational backgrounds.  Many receive training in the nutrition arts.  Others have a certificate or degree in health coaching.  Or there can be a combination of these along with other complimentary or alternative modalities.  It is important that a hired health coach will explain his or her qualifications and training.

A holistic health coach is trained to recognize the need to consult with other qualified professionals in other specialties. When your needs require assistance in those areas of expertise traditionally and legally set aside for others, a holistic health coach will encourage and support you in seeking other qualified help.

What Does It Mean To Be Gluten Free?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 11, 2011 6:00:00 AM
What Does It Mean To Be Gluten Free?


May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  You may be hearing talk about Celiac Disease or gluten as you move along your way this month.  I often cringe when I hear people talking about going gluten free and how great they feel.  Celebrities talk about this new diet and how it's caused them to lose weight.  Chelsea Clinton had a gluten free wedding cake on her special day.  Everywhere you turn now you can find gluten free options to commonly glutenous foods.  So why do I cringe?  I cringe because I don't believe people really understand what it means to be gluten free for someone with Celiac Disease.

What is Holistic Nutrition?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. May 10, 2011 6:00:00 AM
What is Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic Nutrition is founded on an understanding of the big picture as was discussed in my previous blog post "What is Holistic Health?." It addresses the different aspects of the whole person and how the different parts may be affecting overall health.

Holistic nutrition understands that the we need to be fed emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. And what we are fed has a direct impact on who we are: You are what you eat! A holistic nutritionist acknowledges the bodyʼs need for pure, unadulterated, whole, natural, nutrient rich foods and water.

The Fattening of America's Latino Child

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 27, 2011 2:00:00 PM

The following is a presenation I created for a final in one of my graduate school courses.  It is a bit rough, but the information is valuable and I wanted to share.  Obesity in America is a growing problem, but even moreso amongst the Latino community.  About 11% of Latino youth are obese, compared to 8% overall.  This is an issue that must be addressed.

What Is A Leaky Gut?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 6, 2011 6:00:00 AM
What Is A Leaky Gut?

A new buzzword in the health world you may have heard is "leaky gut." Sounds crude and descriptive, but actually it's right to the point. A leaky gut, or Leaky Gut Syndrome, is a condition when the lining of the digestive tract becomes compromised and larger food particles than normal can pass through to the blood stream.

I enjoyed learning in my nutrition classes that food passing through your digestive tract is actually outside of your body, not inside. Sounds funny, but it's true! Food you eat goes through your digestive tract but it is not actually IN your body. It's a long tunnel that passes through your body.

Eat Heart Healthy Fats

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 5, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Eat Heart Healthy Fats
Yes it's true, fats can be healthy for you! That's notwhat I believed twenty years ago. Back then it was very popular to eat "fat-free" foods. We were told by the mainstream diet proponents that it was fat that was making us fat. I believed this and made it my mantra to avoid fats at all cost. I strived my best to get the fat content of my meals as close to zero as possible. It's no wonder I've had so many health issues since then.

The Benefits of Mindful Exercise

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Apr 4, 2011 6:00:00 PM
The Benefits of Mindful Exercise

I was at the gym this weekend running on the treadmill and minding my own business. But then I noticed a gentleman on the machine in front of me. He caught my eye because I noticed he was talking while barely jogging. He was talking on his cell phone through his wired headset. Nothing out of the ordinary these days. However, seeing this really bothered me. I shouldn't care how he's doing his exercise, but something kept nagging at me. Then I remembered what I had learned in my "Moving and Sensing" class in grad school and I realized why his behavior was bothering me.

In this class we studied movement and learned that movement is life. If we don't have movement, if we don't move, then we are basically dead. If our blood stops moving through our veins; if our lungs stop moving the oxygen in and out of the air we breathe; if our heart stops moving - we die! I was reminded of this abruptly this weekend. My father's heart was taking four second pauses and causing him to go unconscious. His heart was resting when it should have been "moving." He's fine now after inserting a pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat. But this experience was a keen reminder of the importance of movement to life. We need to move!

Is the Gluten Free Diet Just a Fad?

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Mar 16, 2011 6:00:00 AM
Is the Gluten Free Diet Just a Fad?

I think it's funny that when I buy a new car I start to notice everyone else that has that same car. I often wonder why so many people are now driving my car. Of course, it's more probable that I'm now more aware of this car than I was before. It's amazing how the mind works.

Ever since I was told I had Celiac Disease I feel like that's all I ever hear now. I immediately notice what foods are labeled gluten-free and I feel like everyone I meet has the same condition. Some of this awareness is comparable to my notice of those driving my Toyota Matrix in my neighborhood. But I also know that gluten and Celiac Disease have become very popular subject matter, especially the gluten-free diet.

Greetings From A Health Nut

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Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. Feb 18, 2011 6:04:00 PM
Greetings From A Health Nut
I wanted to take the opportunity to tell a little bit about my story. I would like to share highlights of my journey to becoming a holistic health and nutrition educator. I'm hoping that by getting to know me a little better, you will more easily understand my perspective on health and wellness.