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Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health ImmunoBerry

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on May 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: immune health, smart supplementation

Prevent Staph Infections Naturally

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on May 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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
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Topics: immune health, infectious disease

Tonifying the Colon with Triphala

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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).

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Topics: immune health, herbs & botanicals, smart supplementation

Health Benefits of Colonic Irrigation

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: immune health, lifestyle

Health Benefits of Probiotics

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: immune health, smart supplementation

Health Benefits of Echinacea & Goldenseal

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: immune health, herbs & botanicals, top posts

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: whole foods, immune health, herbs & botanicals

Health Benefits of DHEA

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: cardiovascular health, anti-aging, immune health, degenerative disease, endocrine health, smart supplementation, lifestyle

Promoting a Strong, Healthy Immune System

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 10, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: micronutrients, immune health, herbs & botanicals, smart supplementation

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Tegricel Colostrum

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Mar 11, 2015 5:59:00 PM

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.

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Topics: whole foods, immune health, smart supplementation