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MIRACLES FROM THE VAULT
ANTHOLOGY OF UNDERGROUND CURES
JENNY THOMPSON
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610R0100A3Table ofContents
Part I: Pain
Chapter 1:Ancient herb meets modern science to slash
rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in half. 2
Chapter 2: Breakthrough Chinese formula sends
drug-resistant joint pain packing 7
Chapter 3:Eliminate excruciatingkidney pain for good
with this all-in-one stone-crushing cure 13
Chapter 4: Yourglucosamine supplement could be useless…
Uncover the secret source of your joint discomfort 20
Chapter 5: One-time chargefor long-time relieffrom chronic pain… 27
Chapter 6: Soothe your pain on contact 33
Chapter 7: Want relieffrom migraine headaches?
A fewdrops under the tongue maybe allyou need 36
Chapter 8:Tibetan medicine relieves chronic leg pain 39
Chapter 9:Rawbar favorite offers arthritis relief. 41
Part II: Cancer
Chapter 1: Cancers kryptonite: HSI panelist tests
breakthrough seaweed cancer treatment 46
Chapter 2: News of astounding natural cancer killer
nearly squashed forever 50
Chapter 3: Hybridized mushroom extract destroys
cancer cells and provides powerful immune protection 53
Chapter 4: The lactoferrin miracle 57
Chapter 5: Discover the cancer-fighting potential
ofBrazils "Mushroom ofGod" 61
Chapter 6: This overlooked "wasteproduct" may be the
cancer-fighting breakthrough of the century 67
Chapter 7: The metal that shrinks tumors within weeks—
your blood will actually REPEL cancer 11
Chapter 8: "Choking" weed starves tumors by
cutting offblood supply 83Chapter 9:The magic mushroom formula that
can conquer breast cancer 90
Chapter 10:Defeat even advanced prostate cancer
with "killer" herbs 99
Chapter 11:Vietnamese medicinal herb shows promise
in healing prostate and ovarian disease 110
Chapter 12: Howyou can take advantage of the
AMAS Cancer Test 114
Chapter 13:Is it really from heaven above?
The cancer miracle that leaves healthycellshealthy 117
Part III: Heart
Chapter 1: Prevent heart attack and stroke with enzyme
that dissolves blood clots in hours 126
Chapter 2: Reverse Metabolic Syndrome—high blood
sugar,high cholesterol, high triglycerides—
with this rare Italian fruit 132
Chapter 3: Sugarcane extract rivalspopular cholesterol-lowering
drugs, without the dangerous side effects 137
Chapter 4: New hope for anyone who has ever suffered a stroke … 141
Chapter 5: The link betweenhomocysteineand heart disease 143
Chapter 6:Thesingle-ingredientformula rivalinga major
classof blood pressure drugs 146
Chapter 7: The silkworm's secret: Ease inflammation
and respiratory illnesswith this enzyme 150
Chapter 8:Ayurvedic herb fights angina,heart disease,
atherosclerosis, and more 154
Chapter 9: One miracle molecule can stop heart attack, stroke…
even pull you back from the brink of death 160
Part IV: Asthma and COPD
Chapter 1:Stamp out even the worst asthma:
A breakthrough approach to easybreathing
without devastating side effects 170
Chapter 2: Fighting asthma or COPD? Increased lung
capacity means no more wheezingand struggling for air 177Chapter 3: Cloggedlungs cleared: Stopping America's
4th biggestkiller 181
Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss
Chapter 1: Vitamin cream soothes itchy skin caused
by aging, eczema, even poison ivy 188
Chapter 2:The secret energy-boosting weapon
trusted by pro athletes 192
Chapter 3: Anti-aging therapy so easyyou can do it
in your sleep 199
Chapter 4:2 tools you can use to be a lean, clean,
weight-loss machine 204
Chapter 5: Harness the power of "young blood"
with this Chinese herbal rejuvenator 207
Chapter 6: Singleformula unlocks the 4 strongest
secret weapons of a life-extending diet 216
Chapter 7: Shrinking that spare tire has never been easier 221
Chapter 8:Ancient apple takes anti-aging technology
into the future 226
Chapter 9:Who wouldn'twant 52% more energy:
What the "Goldilocks Effect" can do for fatigue
and your immune system 233
Chapter 10: An anti-aging breakthrough that will change
the wayyou think about taking supplementsforever! 240
Chapter 11: Replenish your body's supply of this natural
moisturizer and say goodbye to wrinkles and joint pain 248
Chapter 12:Flirting with perfection: Open the floodgates
to the youth elixirin your blood 256
Chapter 13: Nature's surprising fat fighter:
You knew it was good for you…now find out how
it helps you lose weightfast! 260
Chapter 14: Erase debilitating pain and fatigue
by recharging your cells' batteries 265
Chapter 15:Turnback the clock with nature's new
fountain ofyouth—Six timesstrongerthan the
anti-aging secrets of the stars 270Part VI: Osteoporosis
Chapter 1 Build bone density and heal fractures in half
the time with the Chinese tradeshow secret 277
Chapter 2: Reverse osteoporosis AND erase
osteoarthritis with a single pill 284
Chapter 3: Addressingbone densityis not enough…
Breakthrough reverses osteoporosis
by actually rebuilding bone 291
Chapter 4: The milk-lesssecret to preventing osteoporosis 297
Part VII: Diabetes
Chapter 1:Blood sugar buster three times more
effective than top-sellingdiabetesdrugs 301
Chapter 2: Forget willpower: Overcome sugar addiction
in 21 days with a natural herb 308
Chapter 3: Cutting-edge sugar research may revolutionize
your health 314
Chapter 4:The battle is won: Maintain healthy blood sugar,
once and for all 322
Chapter 5: Dodge the sugar bullet—anddouble your
chances of beating this leading killer 331
Chapter 6: Herbal-tea extract lowersblood sugar and helps
patients lose weigh—without changes in diet or exercise 342
Part VIII: Memory
Chapter 1:Focus your mind, sharpen your memory
with Ayurvedic medicine 347
Chapter 2: Memory-boosting breakthrough proves "science"
wrong by regrowing dead brain cells 351
Chapter 3: Ancient herb can make your mind young again 359
Chapter 4: Flower power keeps your brain alive 364
Chapter 5: Regrow brain cells,fight offtoxic proteins,
and reverse the signs of Alzheimer's and dementia 370Part IX: Immune System
Chapter 1: New product focuses on skin as the weak link
in your immune system 379
Chapter 2:The Scandinavian secret to cutting colds
by 50 percent 384
Chapter 3: An immune revolution begins:
The miraculous protective yeast culture that's
been one company's secret weapon for decades 388
Chapter 4: Protect yourselffrom a flesh-eating hospital
horror with this natural life-saver 396
Chapter 5: Scientists rediscover 3,000-year-old
wound-healing marvel 403
Chapter 6: Peruvian herb completelyeliminates Lymedisease—
no matter how long you'vehad it 410
Chapter 7: Secret germ antidote knocks out Flu in 8 hours 419
Part X: Vital Health Secrets
Chapter 1: Nature's perfectfood: Discover the amazing health
benefits ofthe fruit from the Amazon's "tree oflife" 431
Chapter 2:Learn what may be causing your bladder control
problems—and what you can do about it 436
Chapter 3: The Polish mothers' secret indigestion remedy 441
Chapter 4:The key to good health is hiding in your bone marrow:
Wake up your stem cellswithout stirring up controversy 444
Chapter 5: Steam up your sex lifewith this native
secret from south of the equator 451
Chapter 6:Beat depression, migraines—and everything in
between—with this singleserotonin-boosting breakthrough 455
Chapter 7: Forget dangerous HRT… You can balance your
hormones safely and naturally—without
adding a single hormone to your body 463
Chapter 8: Stop sleep apnea in just one night—
and throw out that bulky mask 470
Chapter 9: "Nothing—and I mean nothing—has ever had
such a wonderful healing effect on my eczema" 475Chapter 10: Astonishing nutrient turns the tide on
Alzheimer's disease, dementia, even strokes! 481
Chapter 11: Thegovernmenttried to keepthislife-changing supple
ment from you… but HSIis giving you direct access 488
Chapter 12:The single herb that combats
cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and more…
exclusive access for HSI Members 497
Chapter 13: Just-discovered rare substance takes the sting
out of menopause… and so much more 503
Chapter 14:Unique protein supplement relieves
Crohn'sdisease, easeschemotherapy
side effects, heals open wounds… and more 510
Chapter 15:HSI Member's own kitchen concoction
provides option to oral surgery 515
Chapter 16:You could be just one bottle awayfrom
getting rid of your allergies for good 520
Chapter 17:Powerful antioxidant may save you
from America'sleading cause of blindness 527
Chapter 18:Believe it when you see it: 3-nutrient
eyedrop formula dissolves cataractswithout surgery 531
Chapter 19: Keepyour bladder healthy naturally
with this exclusive herb & mineral blend 538
Member Source Directory 542
References 550Parti
Pain2 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER ONE
Ancient herb meets modern
science to slash rheumatoid
arthritis symptoms in half
There's an interesting debate heating up among supporters ofCat's
Claw. On the one hand, its track record providing centuries of
relief speaks for itself. On the other, a group ofscientists has, for lack
ofa better term, dissected it—and their findings arewhat'scausing the
controversy.
In the 1970s, scientistsbeganto investigate this herb,used forcen
turies in South and Central America to treat disorders from asthma to
ulcers. They identified several components that may contribute to its
power. They cataloged at least six types of alkaloids, called oxindole
alkaloids, which they found to have immune-boosting properties.
In dozens of clinical studies since then, Cat's Claw's oxindole al
kaloids have demonstrated their ability to stimulate the immune re
sponse and increase white blood cell production, as well as decrease
inflammation.1"4 In fact, based on this research, Cat's Claw became a
popular complementary treatment forfighting cancerand AIDS.Part I: Pain | 3
Scientists isolate alkaloids responsible for
the power ofCat's Claw
Then a few years ago, a group of Austrian scientists probed a little
deeper. Theyclassified Cat'sClaw's oxindole alkaloids into two distinct
groups: pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs) and tetracyclic oxin
dole alkaloids (TOAs). Their research showed that the POAs alone
were responsible for Cat'sClaw's immune-enhancing effects—and that
the TOAs actually inhibited the positive effects of the POAs.5,6 In one
study,the author went so far as to say:"Recentstudies have shown that
the tetracyclic alkaloids exert antagonistic effects on the action of the
pentacyclic alkaloids. Mixtures of these two types of drugs are there
fore unsuitable for medicinal uses."7
But the idea that one ofthe constituents "does all the work" doesn't
sit well with a lot of people. It reminds me of the old commercial for
peanut butter cups—is it the chocolate or the peanut butter that's re
sponsible for the taste? Obviously, it'sboth.
HSI panelist Leslie Tayloris among those herbal researchers that's
skeptical about the validity of the findings against TOA. They point
to decades of Cat'sClawresearchthat demonstrates the plant's power
without specifyingTOA and POA content, and to the synergistic ef
fects of the many other active phytochemicalsin Cat'sClaw.
In fact, in a report titled, "The Cat's Claw TOA/POA Controversy,"
Taylor wrote: "I'veseen too many times where nature has provided us
with a great beneficial and biologically-active medicinal plant—and a
rich indigenous history of effective use—but some have a compelling
need to alter its chemical composition. The number of compounds
present in such plants is staggering, and their interactions are subtle;
science can only hope to understand most of them. I don't believe that
science can state, at this point, that Cat's Claw's'active constituents' are
its alkaloids (or just one group of alkaloids), extract them, and expect
them to work as efficiently as the natural form."4 | Miracles from the Vault
Could one herb slashtender joint pain in half?
The jury may still be out on TOA-free Cat's Claw. And I have to
wonder if the researchers behind it don'twant it thatway. Just recently,
astudy atAustria's Innsbruck University Hospitaldemonstrated the ef
fectiveness ofTOA-free Cat's Clawagainst rheumatoid arthritis. In this
clinical trial, doctors recruited 40 patients who fulfilled the American
CollegeofRheumatology'scriteria for RA. All ofthe patientswere tak
ing sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) or hydroxyxhloroquine (Plaquenil) for
their condition, aswell as small doses ofNSAIDs and/or prednisolone
as needed, but still suffered with painful, swollen joints and morning
stiffness.On average, the participants had been dealingwith RA symp
toms for seven years.
In the first phase of the study, participants were divided into two
groups and received either a capsule containing 60 mg of TOA-free
Cat's Claw extract or a placebothree times a day. In the second phase,
all participants received the Cat's Claw extract capsules. Phase one
lasted 24 weeks; phase two continued another 28 weeks after that.
This is where my curiosity getsaroused. If they areso confident that
TOA-free Cat'sClaw is superior,wouldn't it have made sense to have a
three-way trial—one that tested standard Cat's Claw vs. the TOA-free
variety vs. a placebo? That would have allowed them to measure any
true impact the TOA was having—negative or positive.
But back to the study they did do. At the beginning of phase one,
all the RA patients' symptoms were assessed in a number ofways: by
number of tender and swollen joints; by the Ritchie index, a widely
accepted tool for assessing RA symptoms; and by duration ofstiffness
each morning. Participants were alsoasked to use avisual analog scale
(VAS), which is essentially a long line they mark to reflect the severity
of their pain. At the end of the first 24 weeks, the Cat's Claw-treated
patients'scores had been cut in half in several significant areas. Their
number of tender joints fell from 7.7 to 3.8, and their Ritchie index
scores declined from 5.5 to 2.9. (In comparison, the placebo groupPart I: Pain | 5
went from 8.3to 6.3 respectively, and their RitchieIndex scores moved
from4.8to 4.2.) Duringphase two, the phaseoneplacebo groupbegan
takingCat's Claw, and soon theybeganreapingthe benefitsaswell. Af
ter beginningCat's Clawtherapy, the formerplacebo grouplowered its
number of tender joints to 2.7, and sawits Ritchie Index score plum
met to 1.8.Even better, the original treated group continued to see ad
ditional gainsin phase two;its number oftender joints was reduced to
2.5,and Ritchie Index fell to 2.4.8 And during the entire study period,
there were no adverse effects attributed to Cat's Claw treatment.
Ninety-eight percent of patients improved;
more energy, better mental clarity, and more
Another recentstudy, published in theBritish Naturopathic Journal
supports these findings on RA and reports on TOA-free Cat'sClaw's
efficacy againsta wide range of other health concerns.
In this clinical review, John Kule M.D. of the East Aiken Health
Center in South Carolina discussed his treatment of 60 patients with
the newformulation. Overall, Dr. Kule says that 98 percentof his pa
tients have shown clinical improvement aftertreatment. Specifically,
he highlights sevencasestudies showing that TOA-free Cat's Clawin
creases energy, improves mental clarity, decreases inflammation, low
ers blood pressure, and reduces bloodsugar.9
TOA-free formulas come at a premium
Asthe debate between the Cat's Claw camps continues, there's one
thing everyone agrees on:TOA-free Cat's Claw doesn't comecheap. In
fact, it costs about three times more than regular Cat's Claw. Its pro
ponents justifythe pricejump as necessary to cover the additionalex
pensesof harvesting and verifying the plant's alkaloid content.
Critics say the additional testing is unnecessary and consumers
can obtain the same benefits with regularCat's Claw. They point out
that it's been usedforatleast2,000 years to relieve pain and treat rheu-6 | Miracles from the Vault
matism, arthritis, swelling, and infections. And since the two have
never been tested against each other, our advice would be to let your
pain and your pocketbook decide.
On a related note, Taylor stresses the need to know your Cat's Claw
source, and make sure you aregetting Uncaria tomentosa and not one
ofthe other varieties out there. As Cat's Claw has become more popu
lar, Uncaria tomentosa has become harder to find, and some suppliers
are now substituting another Cat's Claw species called Uncaria guianensis.
Taylor recommends reading labels carefullyto ensure that you
are getting the real thing.
Whichever one you choose, the evidence is clear that Cat's Claw
is safe and without side effects. For information on how to order both
forms ofCat's Claw, see the Member Source Directory on page 542.Part I: Pain I 7
CHAPTER TWO
Breakthrough Chinese formula sends
drug-resistant join pain packing
I
could't wait to tell you."
That's how the letter began. What followed was one woman's
incredible story of her recovery from crippling knee arthritis—in a
matter of hours. So it's not surprisingthat lim English (CEOof Tango
Advanced Nutrition) madea point ofpassing the news alongto me—
adding that the brand-newproduct behind this story is without doubt
one of the most promising formulas he's comeacross in years.
So, to borrow from the amazingtestimonialEnglish received mere
daysaftersending hisfew samples out, I just couldn'twaitto tellyou—
about ArthriPhase, that is. Like all ofTango's products,it's a carefully
selected blend of potent Chinese herbs—but it's also the first arthritis
product Tango has ever distributed.
I can tellyou now: It's a perfectfit. Like everyTango product that's
made the cut before it, this isn't just any old formula. And its benefits
reach waybeyond pain relief—meaning that finally, there's a realsolu
tion for your arthritis. And one that'scompletely safe, too.
Butbefore I explain whatmakes ArthriPhase so unique,let me take8 | Miracles from the Vault
a minute to exposesomelittle-knowntruths about your arthritis pain—
and to tellyou whyso many mainstreamtreatments just don't work.
Dissecting the "disease" of chronic pain
Researchers know more about chronic pain today than they ever
have before. But unfortunately, the news isn't great. In fact, it appears
that chronic pain isn'tso much a symptomafterall—andit might actu
ally be better classified as a disease in and of itself.
This distinction has everything to do with the physiological dif
ferences that scientists have discovered between chronic pain and its
shorter, more immediate counterpart (better known as acute pain).
While the exact specifics of these differences are too complicated to
get into here, let me take a minute to explain them as simply as I can.
Normal acute pain essentially acts as your body's natural alarm
system. When tissue is injured, it prompts a cascade of inflammatory
chemicalsthat trigger your brain to signalpain. Thesepain signalsare
then carried by your body's sensory pain receptors (called nocicep
tors), which communicate with nerves in your spinal cord.
From there, the signal is transmitted to the cerebral cortex—at
which point you will feel the signal as pain, and be able to identify its
location. And this sensation is critical to proper healing and to avoid
ing injurious situations in the future.
What you may not realize, though, is that this elaborate signaling
system has a very important counterpart—and its purpose is to dull
the very same pain, by means of natural painkilling chemicals like en
dorphins and norephinephrine.
Think about it: The sensation you experience from a simple cut or
bruise subsides quickly relative to the amount of time these injuries
take to completely heal. And it's a good thing, too—if every minor
injury persisted with the same amount of pain you experienced when
it initially happened, you'dbarelybe able to function. So it'seasy to seePart I: Pain | 9
howessential your natural painkilling mechanism is—and how many
problems can arise if it somehow goes haywire.
Unfortunately, that's exactly what happens in casesof chronic pain
like fibromyalgia or arthritis. You see, nociceptorsuse the neurotrans
mitter glutamate to relay their message to your spinalcord. In smaller
amounts, glutamate only activates the receptors responsible for acute
pain (calledAMPA receptors)—but after repeated activation,or when
glutamate is released in larger amounts, a different set of receptors
(called NDMA receptors) is activated instead.
And it just so happens that this transition has some disastrous
physical consequences.
Why mainstream "solutions" just don't work
When acute pain becomes chronic pain, the entire structure of
your body's pain response is changed—and often, there's not much
that canbe doneto helpit.That's because pain receptors become more
excitable and sensitive asa result ofthisswitch—and requireless input
to receive a pain signal. Consequently, even greater amounts of input
are required to dull this signal, and over time, your natural painkill
ing mechanism will exhaust itselftrying to keep up with these over
sensitive receptors.
This extreme transformation in chemical pathways means that
your pain becomes estranged from the original injury that triggered
it. Instead, it permanently remains as partofa vicious self-continuing
cycle—in muchthesame way thatavivid memory ofa traumatic event
can continue to cause emotional distress years later.
Theresultischronicpain and inflammation—often withno identifi
able source, andwith even more resistance to conventional attempts to
relieve it. It's precisely this type ofstubborn, debilitating pain thatserves
asthemostcommon indicator ofthetwo main types ofarthritis: osteo
arthritis (OA) andrheumatoid arthritis (RA). But it's still worth noting
some of the major differences betweenthe two conditions.10 I Miracles from the Vault
Unlike osteoarthritis—which is a condition attributed to age- or
injury-related "wear and tear" in your joints—RA is an autoimmune
disease. It sets in when your immune system turns on your body, and
beginsattackinghealthytissue—a phenomenonthat leadsto a state of
near-perpetual inflammationin your body'sjoints (usuallythe smaller
ones that are closer to your hands, likeyour knuckles).
Over time, this inflammation can destroy your joints completely—
and sometimes in a matter of only a couple of years or less. Pain reliev
ers (whetherthey're over-the-counter NSAIDs or that infamous class of
drugs called COX-2 inhibitors) are powerless against this gradual de
generation—and while theymaycontrol some ofthe symptoms ofyour
arthritis, the end result remains the same.
Not that you wouldwant to relyon either of these so-called"solu
tions" anyway—you've alreadyheard the warnings. The same COX-2
inhibitors that were once hailed as breakthroughs (think Vioxx and
Celebrex) quickly revealed themselves to cause an increased risk of
heart attacks. And the NSAIDs you're left with (like ibuprofen and
naproxen) will tear up your insidesovertime.
For that same reason, the outlook isn't so much brighter if you're
suffering with the more common condition of osteoarthritis. In fact,
some research has shown that patients using anti-inflammatories to
treat their OA pain might actually experience afaster progression in
jointdamage over time.1 But whether or notthat's true in allcases, the
fact still remains that the pain, inflammation, and cartilage degrada
tion involved in both types of arthritis will almost always surpass any
treatment's ability to keep up with it.
Ask any doctor, and he'll probably tellyou that when it comes to
chronic forms of arthritis, there's not much more you can do beyond
temporarily treating the pain with dangerous medicines—or subject
ingyourselfto side-effect laden immune-modulatorslike steroids and
other marginally effective drugs.Part I: Pain | 11
The fact is, mainstream medicines contributions to arthritis treat
ment have been fleeting at best—and deadly at worst. But you know
as well as I do that the pain and physical limitationsyour arthritis im
posesaredownright impossible to ignore. Andsimply living withyour
symptoms is not an option.
10 years of pain erased in a single week
Chances are good that you've already made the switch to a safer
natural arthritistreatment—like glucosamine, chondroitin, or MSM—
one that promises pain relief and support in joint regeneration. Ifso,
maybe you've seen improvements from these supplements already.
But if you haven't seen any improvements—or if you just haven't
seen enough—then ArthriPhase is exactly what you've been looking
for. The twelve herbs that comprise the formula work in tandem to
help soothe inflammation, reduce swelling, and boost circulation—
thereby assisting in new cartilage formation.
Most notable is that more than half of the herbs in the formula
(among them, Gastrodia elata, Tang-kuei, Notopterygium, Cyathula,
Angelica Pubescens, Aconite, and Scrophularia—for a complete list,
see above) have beenshown in animal studies to act on receptors that
arespecific to chronicpainand to calmoverly excited nerves.2 And asI
discussed earlier, this action helps to restore normal painresponses—
thereby providing moreeffective, longer-term relief.
But these effects haven't been noted in animals alone—Chinese
clinical studies show that this unique benefit applies to humans, too.
Inonetrial, 310 arthritis patients received ArthriPhase for30days.
By the tenthday, a remarkable 70 percent had already reported note
worthy reductions in jointpain. At the end ofthe study, these reports
were supported by the resultsof two diagnostic blood tests—one that
measured the subjects' erythrocyte sedimentation rates (or ESR—a
marker ofinflammation), and one that measured for rheumatoid fac
tor (RF—a marker of rheumatoid arthritis).12 | Miracles from the Vault
Thesetestsrevealed that 50 percentofthe subjects had normal ESR
values. But just as impressive was that24of the 38subjects who began
the study with rheumatoid arthritis tested negative for the marker at
the end ofthe 30 days.
Similar results have been reported in Tango's dozens of rigorous
evaluations: Every tester reported greater range of motion, less stiff
ness, and reduced pain—with some, as I mentioned earlier, report
ingincredible improvements inmere hours. In fact, onesubject—who
wasdiagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis priorto beginningtreatment
with ArthriPhase—reported acomplete absence of joint painafter the
preliminary test period.
"Within one week," he reported, "my daily pain is gone"—add
ing that hisjoints only ache now from overuse or extreme cold. But
it's his final remarkthat says it all: "Overall, I feel better than I have
in 10 years."
Youcan find ordering information for ArthriPhase in the Member
Source Directory.
ArthriPhase is a proprietary blend ofthe
following time-tested and scientifically proven
arthritis-fighting herbs:
Gastrodia Elata
Tang-kuei (root)
Eucommia (bark)
Cyathula (root)
Viscum (stem and leaf)
Processed Aconite (root)
Rehmannia (root)
Notopterygium (root)
Chinese Ligusticum (root)
Scrophularia (root)
Angelica Pubescens (root)
Typhonium (root)Part 1: Pain | 13
CHAPTER THREE
Eliminate excruciating kidney
pain for good with this all-in-one
stone-crushing cure
I'll never forget it:finding my goodfriend collapsed in pain on his
kitchen floor, clutching his side, unable to move, and only barely
able to speak. After beingushered to the emergency room via ambu
lance and given a hefty dose ofpainmedication, the cause ofhis crip
plingcondition finally cameto light.
It was a kidney stone, they said.And though it was the first time I
had everseenthe devastating sideeffects ofa passage like this,youcan
believe that I know themwhen I seethemnow. Andthat goes amillion
times over for my friend who suffered through it. He said it was the
most unimaginable pain he'd ever experienced.
You might already be familiar with this nightmarish pain first
hand—and ifso, theproduct I'm about toshare with you could literally
change your life. A far cry from the mainstream's so-called "solution"
of prescription painkillers, it turns out that there is a safe, natural—
and very effective—cure.
It's called KGP Flush, and it's a brand-new formula from panelist14 | Miracles from the Vault
JonBarronthat I learnedaboutjusta few short weeks ago.
The single-herb answer to destroying
dangerous kidney stones
Ifyou've been amember for awhile now, you might remember the
first timewe toldyou about a potent Peruvian herbcalled chanca piedra—literally,
stone breaker. (It's also the main ingredient in Barron's
newformula.) This herbcaneffectively destroy kidney stones bybreak
ingthemintosmaller pieces andthereby making themeasier to pass.1
I probably don't have to tell youthat thiswill spareyou a tremen
dous amountof agony—in both the short and the longterm.
That's because the size ofthekidney stone you're passing iswhatdic
tates the level of pain you'll experience. Believe it or not, thesedeposits
(formed from calcium in the urine, mixed with a salt called oxalate, or
alternatively, uric acid) are quite common. In fact, most of us will pass
stones in our lifetimes—many ofwhich gocompletely unnoticed.
Ifthesestonesarelarge enough, however—about the sizeofa grain
of sand or bigger—you won't be so lucky. A dull, throbbing pain in
yourbackand sidewill become a sharpstabbing pain asa stonemoves
from yourkidney to your urethrato be passed. (Remember, however
smallthesestonesmayappear, theyarecomposed ofjagged edges that
tearthrough yourflesh as theymove.) This horrible process can take
hours, even days.
To make matters worse, one incident of this kind usually portends
another (ifnot many more) to come. Andiflater stones areanylarger,
the complications reach much further than excruciating pain. A stone
that's too large to be passed canblock urineflow in yourkidneys—and
ultimately leadto permanent (andpotentially deadly) damage.
In cases like these, your only real options are surgery, or a proce
dure called extracorporeal shock- wave lithotripsy (ESWL for short,
whereinShockwaves are sent through your tissueto crush the stones).Part I: Pain | 15
Either way, you're still looking at a lifetime of unpredictable attacks
and a dizzying regimen ofprescription painmanagement.
Fortunately, none ofthishasto happen—not ifyoukeep yourkid
neystones under control from the start. And regular consumption of
chancapiedrais the key.
Notonly does it break down yourstones, making themless painful
as theymove through yourbody (imagine the difference between the
consistency of gravel and a consistency more like toothpaste, Barron
suggested), but it also acts as an anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial,
and a diuretic.
Even more impressive isthefact thatchanca piedracankeep those
stones from coming back, too. Although researchers are still investi
gating exactly howitworks, theherbhasbeenshown to have a "potent
and effective" inhibitory effect on kidney stone formation—even at
very high concentrations of calcium oxalate.2
By harnessing thepower ofchanca piedra, KGP Flush provides all
ofthe herb's best benefits. But that's not all itdoes—not by along shot.
7 steps to keeping your kidneys healthier than ever
In developing this formula, Barron demanded an approach that
wasthorough andcomprehensive—one that, inhis experience, isn't of
ten assumed byyour average kidney product. As he explained it,most
kidney supplements focus solely onthe antilithic (or stone-breaking)
action—and for good reason, as that's probably the most important
aspect of kidney stone relief.
But in focusing only on that one element, you are forgetting all
ofthe essential actions that your kidneys perform. Your kidneys are
responsible for thefiltering your blood and eliminating waste, preserv
ing the appropriate amounts ofelectrolytes and water in your body,
and producing key blood-protective, bone-protective, and heart-pro
tective hormones.16 | Miracles from the Vault
And if something goesawryin your kidneys, all of these functions
can eventuallybe affected.
That's whyBarronbelieves that anygoodkidneyformula will per
form six essential duties beyond simply being antilithic. To truly ad
dress the many sources of kidney stones and the pain that accompa
nies them, a formula would also have to be diuretic (water removing),
antiseptic (infection killing), anti-hepatotoxic and anti-nephrotoxic
(liver and kidney cleansing), soothing to urinary tract tissue, anti-in
flammatory, and lastly, stimulating to renal tissue (sothat damage can
be repaired quicklyand efficiently).
In addition to chanca piedra, KGP Flush boasts a long list of 13
otheringredients, eachwithmanifold influences on the healthofyour
kidneys—and on the reliefofkidney stone-related pain.
• Hydrangea root isapotent diuretic (which lessens thelikelihood of
infection along theentire urinary tract, including thebladder and
the prostate) in addition to being antilithic. (The Native Americans
have usedthe herb in thiscapacity forgenerations.) Recent re
search hasalso shown thathydrangea rootoffers moreantioxidant
protection toyour liver thanmilk thistle andturmeric combined.3
• Gravel root is alsoa potent diuretic and antilithic agent. In addi
tion, it facilitatesthe excretion of excess uric acid (making it an
idealtreatment for goutand rheumatism too).
• Marshmallow root soothes inflamed tissues in the kidneys and
urinary tract—making stones easier (and less painful) to pass.
• luniper berry is a strongantiseptic and a naturaldiuretic that
fights and flushes out infection.
• Corn silk is another diuretic (often used to treat bladder and
prostate infections as well).
• Uvaursi has strongantiseptic, antioxidant, and antilithic prop
erties. It is especially useful in soothing, calming, and strength
ening bladder walls, protecting you against chronic infection.Part I: Pain | 17
• Parsley root is another diuretic that also clearsuric acid (thereby
preventing stone formation) and also prevents histamine release
(meaning it can help with allergies, too).
• Carrot tops help to clear infection and alkalizethe blood
(removing stress from the kidneys).
• Dandelion leaf is a traditional diuretic, antiseptic, and pain
reliever. It'salso rich in potassium—a mineral that's often lost
by excessive urination.
• Horsetail is another popular diuretic.
• Orange peel is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and fungicidal
agent.
• Peppermint soothes and relaxes the muscles in the urinary tract,
reducing pain and spasms.
• Goldenrod flushes excess water from the body—without flush
ing out essentialelectrolytes (like salt and potassium), a com
mon problem with many diuretics (prescription or natural).
Each of these ingredients taken in combination with the antilithic
chanca piedra can safely and effectively wash out your existing kidney
stones—withoutthe telltalesharp, stabbingpain you'vecome to dread.
Butjust as important isthat it keepsthose stonesfrom returning, while
healing,restoring,and regenerating damagedtissue in your kidneys—
not to mention your entire urinary tract. (In fact, this formula can
help to break down stones in your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder, too,
while flushing and restoring all of those organs—and keeping them
healthy for life.)
You may have noticed, however, that many of the above ingredi
ents are diuretic in nature—meaningthat they also have the potential
to increase any toxic effects from certain medications you may already
be taking. If you're currently on medications, you'll want to stay on the
safe side and work with your doctor while using KGP Flush.
Now you might be wondering, as you've probably come to won-18 | Miracles from the Vault
der with any formula that promises an end to otherwise untreatable
chronic pain: What's the catch? And when I tell you that KGP Flush
isn't a capsule, but a tincture (it was the only way to include all of
the necessary ingredients without compromising quality, Barron ex
plained) you might think that you've found the catch right there.
But let me also say this: As tinctures go, this particular blend is
the exception to every unspoken rule. The taste (while still bitter) is
not reminiscent of the usual overpowering foulness that assaults your
tongue with many other products—and neither is the smell. In fact, as
soon asyou open your bottleofKGP Flush, you'llinevitably recognize
the distinct woodsy aroma of gin—courtesy of the juniper berries, no
doubt. (If martinis are your drink of choice, you might even find this
tincture pleasant.)
20 years ofunbearable pain reversed in just 3 days
Like I said before, this product is brand new—so new, in fact, that
Baseline is still ironing out details as I write this. But already, reports
are coming in about KGP Flush's incredible capabilities. And Patty, a
woman who has suffered with "incurable" kidney sludgefor 20 years,
will be the first to volunteer her story. Before she began taking Bar
ron's new product, her pain wasso severe that, at one point, she had to
receive liquid Morphine every hour (a treatment usually reserved for
terminal cancer patients) just to make it bearable.
Becauseshe was diagnosed with sludge (small sand-like particles
with no larger stone as a source), neither surgery nor lithotripsy were
an option. Thedoctors told her that there wasnothing more they could
do. Several other natural remedies had already failed her—KGP Flush
washer last resort. Fortunatelyfor Patty, it was also the most effective.
Afterjust three daysof taking the formula, all of her kidney symp
toms began to disappear. The pressure in her back released, and she
wasableto urinate without anystrainingor burning. Bythe eveningof
the fourth day, her symptoms had reversed so much that she was ablePart I: Pain | 19
to completely eliminate her evening dose of pain medication—and
staypain-free for the first time in 10years. A full week later, she is still
pain-free—and overwhelmingly amazed at the way this new formula
has transformed her life. She'll continue to flush with KGP Flush once
a month—and still can't believe that her days of unbearable and dis
ablingpain might finally be behind her.
Like Patty, you'll want to mix 4 ounces of KGP Flush with a quart
of fresh apple juice (usually recommended for its taste—but any juice
you prefer is fine) and a quart of water. You'll drink the entire mix
ture over a course of four days(that's about a pint a day). Your stones
should soften enough for a painless passage in aslittle as two to eight
days. And in most cases, according to Barron, flushing with KGP Flush
only twice a yearshould be enough to keep them away for good.20 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FOUR
Your glucosamine supplement could
be useless… Uncover the secret
source of your joint discomfort
Y ou just can't figure it out. You've been taking glucosamine faith
fully, but your joints are still stiffand uncomfortable.
Turns out, you could actuallybe treating the wrong source of your
joint discomfort.
Because cartilage is not the only mechanism of action in your
joints.
Joints can start aching for a number of different reasons. We all
know one reason—the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down
and bone surfaces become less protected. So things that put weight on
your joints—even the simplest things like walking and standing—be
come almost unbearable.
But there's another cause of joint distress—one you might not have
heard ofuntil now. That's because, until now, the only way to treat this
aspect of joint health was through injections. But new research has
changed that—and now it'sone of the targets of the three-pronged ap
proach that could keep your joints moving smoothly.Part I: Pain | 21
It's all in an exclusive formula called SynerFlex—combining sev
eral joint-saversthat werenever beforebrought together.
Synovial fluid—the secret to smooth, flowing movement
You might not haveheard ofsynovial fluidbefore now,but it turns
out it'sone of the biggestfactors in joint comfort.
It's a thick, stringy fluid found in the cavities of joints. Thisfluid,
made mostly of hyaluronic acid (HA), reduces friction between the
cartilage and other tissues in joints, lubricating and cushioning them
during movement.
Of course,like so many other things,synovial fluidbreaks down as
we age. Without the "gel pack"ofsynovial fluidprotecting them, joints
and cartilage are left bare. So they rub against one another, sometimes
causing excruciating pain.
Think about that stifffeeling you get when you suddenly stand af
ter sitting for a long time—the synovial fluidhasstiffened up. It usually
takesjust a fewmoments to getflowing again.Butwhat ifit takeslonger?
Glucosamine is great for helping rebuild the cartilage that's rub
bing away, but it won't do anything forsynovial fluid.
For that, you have to replenish the very thing it's made of.
HA is present in nearly all the tissues of your body, but it'sparticu
larly important to the makeup of your skin as well as to the synovial
fluid that cushionsyour joints(where it's the primary force in keeping
joints lubricated).
It may also stimulate collagen production and plays an important
role in the tissue-repair process.
And by replacingthe diminishing HA in synovial fluid, you could
actually help keep "bare joints" comfortable.
For a long time, it was assumed that HA only worked when it was22 | Miracles from the Vault
injected directly into the site where itwas needed. Without getting too
technical on you, it has to do with the size of the HA molecules—it
was assumed that, taken orally, they would never be absorbed by the
body. Butnewresearch—and abrand newapproach to isolating HA—
is changing all that. And it's starting to showthat HA could do the job
even when swallowedin a pill.
Most HA is produced by bacterial fermentation. And it's always
done the job—if you don'tmind getting poked with needlesregularly.
Still, the team that created Hyal-Joint* figured they could do one
better. So they createda revolutionaryextraction process to create HA
that could be taken orallyand could givethe same—orbetter—results
as fermented HA.
It starts with rooster comb, which yields an end product with the
same molecular weight asthe HA naturally found in the human joint.
They found that their process, though it created a less"pure" form
of HA, actually resulted in a more effective product. Usually, the fer
mentation process breaks things down until only HA is left. But with
Hyal-Joint, the extraction process is stopped before all of the other
great stuff in the rooster comb is taken out. The collagen and glycosaminglycans—essentialto
joint health—areleft in. So you get the ben
efit ofHA as a"whole food"—ratherthan just one isolated element.
When it was put up against fermented HA in an in vitro study of
human synovial fluid, Hyal-Joint clearly came out on top. After 24
hours, the highest levels ofHA were measured in cellsstimulated with
Hyal-Joint, and the lowest levels were in those stimulated with fer
mented HA. Researchers concluded that Hyal-Joint is more active in
synovial fluid cells.1
Then it was time for human trials. One study in particular, con
ducted on 20 subjects taking 80 mg of Hyal-Joint, or a placebo, orally
over the course of eight weeks, is quite promising. By the end of the
study,the subjectswho took HA felt they had experienced statisticallyPart I: Pain | 23
significant improvementin comfort and physical function.
Researchersconcluded that Hyal-Jointappeared to be effective for
promoting joint comfort, improving physicalfunction, and enhancing
several aspects of quality of life.2
Earlier, I mentioned that this is a three-pronged approach. HA is
only the beginning when it comes to supporting your joints.
A healthy response to inflammation
SynerFlex doesn't stop at helping to replenish the HA that makes
up your synovial fluid. It also promotes a healthy inflammatory re
sponse. The ingredients in SynerFlex work together to help maintain
smooth joint movement and flexibility.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of SynerFlexcome from
boswellia, an extract ofthe Indian frankincense tree that has been used
historicallyto promote joint health. It containsvarious boswellic acids,
the most potent of which is acetyl-11-keto-boswelllic acid (AKBBA).
Any kind of boswellia will giveyou some kind of results. But it re
allyshines when it'sstandardized to contain a high percentage of AKB
BA. Then,it buildson the effects ofHA—helping to maintain flexibility.
The boswellia included in SynerFlex has been standardized to an
impressive 20%. You're just not going to see that in all other joint
supplements.
Therehavebeen several trialson howboswellia aids in healthyin
flammatory response.
In one experiment with rabbits, oral administration of boswellia
significantly reducedthe populationofinflammatory leukocites in the
knee. Theeffect appeared within 6-12 hours aftertreatment, and per
sisted for over a month.
While the number of human trials is small, they show that bo-24 | Miracles from the Vault
swellia mayhelp preserve the structural integrityof joint cartilage and
support connectivetissueby stoppingthe breakdown of glycosaminoglycans,
which help lubricate the joints.
It may also help support the healthy activity of leukotrienes, en
zymes that cause inflammation. This can help keep joints comfort
able and moving smoothly. But it doesn't stop there—an in vitro study
showed that boswellia can actually help regulate the production of os
teoclasts, cells that are involved in bone health.
So we've taken care of maintaining healthy HA levels in the sy
novial fluid and promoting a healthyresponse to inflammation—how
about joint comfort?
Soothe and comfort your joints safely and naturally
You might have heard of hops before—it showsup in various sleep
formulas. But the hops extract in SynerFlex, which is a little differ
ent and doesn't cause drowsiness, servesa very differentpurpose. And
that's helping keep joints comfortable.
One study showed that hops supported healthy COX-2 in an in
vitro model ofinflammation.
And in a human study, subjects took 500 mg of hops twice daily
for six weeks. It supported knee joint comfort and range of motion.
Furthermore, hops have been shown to have a much lower potential
for GI risk as compared to NSAIDs.
The surprise nutrient you're just not getting enough of
Boswellia, hops, and HA make up a pretty impressive joint health
formula on their own. But then there'sthe surprising addition—a nutri
ent that research suggests promotesbone strength and could help pre
vent many of the joint worries we think are just a normal part of aging.
It also could go a long way in combating the underlying cause of
joint concerns.Part I: Pain | 25
Boron isfound in fruits andvegetables—when the soil they're grown
in isboron-rich, ofcourse. Andasearly as 1963 itwas suggested that bo
ron deficiency in food and/orwater might worsen jointhealth. Surgeons
have observed that patientstaking boronsupplements have muchharder
bones, and that broken bones heal more quicklyamong those patients.
Boron was put to the test in a trial exploring its effects on bone
density in vitamin-D-depleted rats. Over the course of eight weeks,
rats treated with 35 mg of boron showed a significant trend toward
higher bone density.3
In a pilot human trial on joint comfort, 50% of patients given 6 mg
of boron per day improved, as compared with 10% of subjects given
placebo. And it'sgenerally recognized as an essentialnutrient for bone
and joint health.
In anothertrial,20subjects withjointhealthconcernstookboron for
eightweeks. Afterjust four weeks, 62.5% of the participantswere more
comfortable, and 87.5% felt less stiffness or no stiffness. And, after eight
weeks, 70.8% had more comfort, 87.5% felt less stiffness, and 77.77% had
lessmovement restriction. No serious side effects were reported.4
The problem is that, until now, there just wasn't a safe way to get a
potent daily intake of boron. Everything scientists came up with was
rather toxic,so it looked as if this bone-building miracle would just fall
by the wayside.
Until a natural form, actually present in the food chain for mil
lennia, was discovered. NorthStar snapped up this safe, food-sourced
form of boron, called FruiteX-B*, and it became one of the powerful
elements of SynerFlex.
The first product ofits kind changes
the way we approach joint health
I asked the NorthStar development team what makes SynerFlex
special. They told me it's the first formula they know of to combine26 | Miracles from the Vault
these joint-protective ingredients. They also toldme they'd first looked
into HA more than six years ago, but had been patiently waiting for
solidresearch to showthat an oral form of it really works.
And now, thanks to the innovation, quality, and research behind the
Hyal-Joint HA, they are thrilled to build a new solution for jointhealth
around it andthe otherjoint-saving powerhouses in the formula.
SynerFlex is rounded out with a bio-enhancer blend containing
ginger, black pepper, and long pepper. Ginger adds another measure
of anti-inflammatory power, andthe two kinds of pepper may also en
hance the bioavailability of anumberof nutrients, including boswellia.
Ordering information for SynerFlex is in the Member Source Di
rectory on page 542.
*Please note: HSIdoesn't acceptfeesfromoutside companiesfor editorial coverage.
However, NorthStar Nutritionals is oneofHSI's dietary supplement affiliate compa
nies. Even though wewould never recommend anyproduct wedon't believe in,you
shouldknowaboutthatrelationship when deciding whether to trytheirproducts.Part I: Pain | 27
CHAPTER FIVE
One-time charge for long-time
relief from chronic pain
In the May 1998 issue of Members Alert, HSI wrote about the FDA
ban on one of the products we had featured several years before—
a pain relieving blanket made from a fabric called Farabloc™. That's
right: It's not just vitamins, herbs, and other natural supplements the
FDA wants to get rid of—it's all alternative therapies, even items as
harmless as a blanket.
Although it demonstrated fantastic success for pain management
and had proven itself in clinical studies, the FDA removed Farabloc
from the American market. It declared that there was insufficient evi
dence to "adequatelydemonstrate the safetyand effectiveness of Fara
bloc" technology.
In addition to the clinical trials supporting it, it had also earned
enthusiastic endorsements from physicians, insurance agencies, and
consumer groups. And the feedback we received from scores of HSI
members related near-miraculous results—including the elimination
of knee pain, stiffnecks, stump pain, arthritis, hip pain, muscle sprains,
menstrual cramps, and migraines. In fact, one of our own staff mem
bers swore that the Farabloc blanket was the best—and only—relief28 | Miracles from the Vault
sheeverfound from constantlowerbackpain causedbya slippeddisk.
But, again, sometimes when a product works—reallyworks—and
the market demands access to it, things have a way of re-emerging.
AndFarabloc happensto beoneofthosethingsthatreally, trulyworks.
A newway to weather your painful symptoms
For generations, anecdotal evidence has demonstrated that people
can predict weather changes based on symptom flare-ups they feel in
their bodies. Maybe you've noticedyour ownjoints achingjust before
a rainstorm or when a cold front moves in. Well, in 1969, a German
scientist named Frieder Kempe began researching those claims to de
termine if there was any hard evidenceto back them up.
He theorized that the shifts in electromagnetic fields causing
weather changes may also be behind the physical symptom changes
peopleexperienceduring these times.Totest out his theory,he created
his own version of something calleda Faradaycageand used it on his
father, a WWII veteran who had lost a limb in combat and suffered
phantom limb pain during climateand other environmental changes.
A FaradayCageis a physical shieldthat completely blocksexternal
electrical fields from coming into contact with—or affecting in any
way—the object beneath it.
Granted, it sounds rather difficult to employ in real-world appli
cations, but it's actually used every day in nearly every hospital. MRI
machines utilize the concept of the Faraday cage as a means to keep the
room free from radiation. Theactual "cage" used for MRIsis made of an
iron-containing metal, arranged in a grid pattern, that blocks high level
electromagnetic frequencies or radiation from escapingthe tunnel.
The fabric Kempe developed for his Farabloc blanket is made in
the same way, only with a much finer grid. Of course, Farabloc isn't
protecting outside environments—it'sactually doing the reverse: pro
tecting you—and all your cells—from the impact of those electromag-Part I: Pain | 29
netic fieldsthat cause atmospheric and environmental fluctuations.
To create his first prototype, Kempe hired a Belgian-based firm to
spin fine steel mesh onto nylon thread. He then hired a German firm
to weave the fibers into cloth. The result was a thick, stiff, uncomfort
able, itchy fabric. Not exactly ideal—but it worked. When his father
tried it, he reported complete relief from his phantom limb pain.
So following his initial success, Kempe set out to create a thinner,
softer, more comfortable fabric.
He tested cotton and linen versions, but found them both less du
rable than the nylon fabric he'd originally chosen. The final version
available today, is made of microthin threads of stainless steel fibers
woven with nylon. This lightweight fabric looks and feels like linen,
and, with proper care, it can last for years.
Weaving the way to relief from phantom limb pain,
muscle fatigue, and even fibromyalgia
Since our first report on Farablocin July 1996, many studies have
been done—perhaps as a vehement retort to the FDA's position that
there wasinsufficient evidence to "adequately demonstrate the [prod
uct's] safety and effectiveness."
Most of the research has been devoted to phantom limb pain like
the kind Kempe's father experienced. However, Farabloc is also hold
ing its own in demonstrating relieffor other conditions—from arthri
tis to fibromyalgia.
One award-winning double-blind, cross-over study published in
January of 2000 examined the effects of Farablocand a placebo fabric
on a condition called delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which
occurs following strenuous exercise.
The researchers concludedthat Farabloc workedsignificantly better
than the placebo at reducing post-exercise stiffness and soreness. It also
reducedthe subsequentbuild-upoflacticacidand free-radical damage.30 | Miracles from the Vault
And I recently got a sneak peak at two not-yet-published studies
conducted by Gerhard L. Bach,M.D., professor of medicine/rheuma
tologyat the University of Munich in Germany on the use of Farabloc
to treat fibromyalgia. Although the studiesweresmall,they concluded
that Farabloc showed a strong positive effecton the pain and tender
ness associated with this condition.
As I said, these studies are so recent they haven't even been pub
lished yet—so you're among the first people to hear about Farabloc's
proven effects on fibromyalgia. There's so little available to help alle
viate this debilitating condition that these studies, and the re-intro
duction of Farabloc to the U.S. market, may revolutionize the future
of fibromyalgia therapy—and dramatically improve the lives of those
people afflictedwith it.
The faces peeking out from under this "miracle blanket"
When I spoke to Pat Winterton, president of ABC Health Solu
tions, Farabloc's U.S. distributor, I wasn't at all surprised when she
told me she had a personal motive for bringing Farabloc back into the
U.S.—her husband. After a stroke, he was left partially paralyzed and
sufferingfrom terrible nerve pain. Although she admits that Farabloc
does not help everyone and that each person's response time varies—
due to environment, lifestyle, disease, etc.—she will tell you that it's
the only thing that has truly brought her husband any relief. And Mr.
Winterton isn't the only one getting a long-sought-after reprieve from
pain. Check out what some other people have experienced:
Three years ago, Pauletta L. was diagnosed with peripheral neu
ropathy. Shesays her feetwouldget icecold,lose feeling, and generally
make it very hard for her to walkcomfortably. Her doctor told her that
there was really no treatment for the condition, but he did prescribe
her a drug that he said would relieveher symptoms somewhat.
But then, Pauletta explained, a friend gave her a Farabloc blanket
to try.Part I: Pain | 31
"I sleptwith this blanket around my feet that night," Paulettatold
me, "andas soon as I woke up in the morning and stepped on myfloor,
I could feel a difference in my feet… Myfeetstill occasionallyget cold,
but I simply wrap them in the blanket for a fewmoments and they are
OK again."
"To keep my feet feeling good I sleep with the blanket over them
two or three nights per week. I am eternallygrateful to my friend for
this gift that she gave me. I can now walk around and shop for hours
without needing to sit and put my feetup. Theyare no longerswollen
after a long day on them as they used to be."
"I was a skeptic. Even my doctor asked me if I had to put an alu
minum foil antenna on my head to get the blanket to work. I am a be
liever now. Drug free. Pain free. Swelling free. And, most importantly,
no longer freezingcold. Thisproduct worked a miracle for me."
An investment in relief
Sinceits creation, Farabloc fabrichas taken on many forms. There
are, of course, the original blanket versions, which range in size from
12 inches by 30 inches to 34 inches by 58 inches. But there are also
unique variations likesocks,mitts, cummerbunds, and even full shortor
long-sleevedjackets.You can also havean item custom-made, if you
have a particular need that the other Farabloc products don't address.
Prices range from $50 all the way up to over $550, depending on
whichspecific product and size youchoose. SoFarabloc isn'tnecessari
ly a bargain. But considering that it'sreusable(and even machine wash
able,provided you don't wring it out), it mayvery wellbe an investment
that you can continue to collectreturns from for years to come.
And there are no side effects to worry about unless you happen to
be allergic to nylon or steel.
To be quite honest, we're not sure what changed the FDA's mind
about Farabloc. They've refused to see the light on numerous other32 | Miracles from the Vault
highly effective natural products.
Butregardless ofthe reason ormotivebehindthe decision, it's great
newsfor people who have beenwithoutthis powerful painreliever for
the past six years. And, who knows? Maybe thiswill pave the way for
the re-introduction of other previously bannedproducts that couldbe
agodsend for you orsomeoneyoulove. Seethe MemberSource Direc
tory on page 542 forcomplete ordering information.Part I: Pain | 33
CHAPTER SIX
Soothe your pain on contact
Backache… sore muscles… aching joints… sprains… strains. As
we get older, it seems as if pain becomes a constant companion.
Just getting out of a chair can become challenging, let alone enjoying
simplepleasures likegardeningand strollingthrough the park. Taking
aspirin helps, but it can eventually tear up your stomach. And pre
scription drugs have side effects that only compound the underlying
problem. About 50 percent of the population is suffering from occa
sional aches and pains.1
Most medical schools don't teach pain relief
Mainstream medicine is finally becoming aware of the need to
relieve pain. Hospitals now have pain-management teams. Palliative
care—a relatively new medical specialty—was developed to address
pain relief. Pain centers are also opening across the country as more
and more people look for relief. But they all concentrate on main
stream "cures"—drugsand surgery,which are rife with uncomfortable
and even life-threatening side effects.
Unfortunately, doctors aren't receiving much training in medical
school about pain intervention. According to a survey of oncology
surgeons, 90 percent of respondents said they received 10 hours or34 | Miracles from the Vault
lessof medical-school education on palliative care and 79 percent said
they received no more than 10 hours of instruction in palliative care
during their surgical residency.2
Healed injuries can continue to flare up over time
Effective pain management is a complex issue, because your body
responds with all its defenses to protect and heal an injury.When you
injure yourself, your body sends protective fluids, such as histamine,
bradykinin, prostaglandin, and substance P, to surround and heal the
area. But they can also irritate the injury over time.
Another problem associated with pain is referred to as the "snow
ball effect." This is the result of pain caused by injury and inflamma
tion, which in turn causesdistress and, as a result, continued pain and
inflammation. This cyclicpattern snowballs and results in discomfort
even after the original injury has been healed.
While you may have done everything possible to heal an injury
for good, that doesn't mean the hurt will leave once your injury has
healed. Most people can relate to occasional flare ups from past in
juries, or subsequent pulled muscles or aching backs that come from
trying to compensate for the original injury.
Putting a stop to the pain cycle
Finding a wayto stop the pain cycle has been a goal of Health Sci
ences Institute panelistJon Barron.Several yearsago,he teamed up with
Ron Manwarren of Royal Botanicals in the development of a unique
topical pain reliever that is safe and completely free of the side effects
of dangerous pharmaceuticalpain killers. While Barron was refining a
revolutionary all-natural transport system that would send the power
of herbal extracts deep into aching muscles and joints, Manwarren was
working on a deep tissue oil based on a time-tested traditional formula.
When Manwarren brought his formula to Barron, Barron suggested
moving "tradition" into the 21st Century by combining their efforts in aPart I: Pain | 35
revolutionary newformula, available in a product calledSoothanolX2.
While over-the-counter topical products commonly contain one,
two,or three pain-relieving substances,such as methylsalicylate, men
thol, and camphor,SoothanolX2is a proprietary blend of 12 ingredi
ents that work together to fight pain on contact.
Because Soothanol X2 is an easyspreading and potent liquid, only
a few drops are needed. Soothing pain relief is delivered on contact.
In fact, we tested it informally here at the Health Sciences Institute
Baltimore office.
The scented ingredients in Soothanol X2 are mild—contrary to
the overpowering smells of most over-the-counter products. Although
cayenne can deliver a warmingor hotsensation, much of that sensation
depends on the type of injury you're treating and your sensitivity to
cayenne. Ofthe five people whotestedoursample bottlehere in the of
fice, onlyone commented that he felt an uncomfortable amount ofheat.
Because a littlegoesa longway, the cost per application isextreme
ly economical. See the Member Source Directory for ordering infor
mation. Unfortunately, this product is not available in Australia.
*Please note: HSIdoesn't acceptfeesfromoutside companiesfor editorial coverage.
However, NorthStar Nutritionals is oneofHSVs dietary supplement affiliate compa
nies. Even though wewould never recommend anyproduct we don't believe in, you
should know about thatrelationship when deciding whether to trytheirproducts.36 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER SEVEN
Want relief from migraine
headaches? A few drops under the
tongue may be all you need
Anew product called MigraSpray landed on my desk-and from
the initial reports I'm getting, it sounds like it might be the an
swer to your prayers if you sufferfrom migraines.
Acolleague ofmine hasbeen fighting migrainesfor nearly30years,
and has tried everything from pills to injections to nasal sprays. She
says her migraines are so intense, that she's willing to try almost any
thing. But unfortunately, nothing has givenher much relief—until now.
Almost immediate relief—and no side effects
So I gaveher the sample I was sent. She tucked it away, and proba
bly forgot about it. But the next time she developeda migraine, she re
membered and dug it out. A couple of quick spritzes under the tongue,
and almost immediately she could feel the pain dulling. Before taking
MigraSpray, she had been sitting in a pitch dark room, because she
couldn't stand even the light of a singlebulb.After taking MigraSpray,
she was able to turn on the lights—a simple thing that non-migraine
suffererslike me take for granted.Part I: Pain | 37
Shedidn't experienceanynegative sideeffects, either-no "rebound"
headache, no nasty taste, no stomach upset. She said she'll definitely
use MigraSpray again, only next time, she'll use it sooner, before her
headache fully blooms into a migraine.
Unique blend of four traditional
herbal medicines
So how does it work? It's a homeopathic blend of four traditional
herbs: feverfew, goldenseal, dandelion, and polyporus officinalis. The
lead ingredient, feverfew (tanacetum parthenium) is a traditional
herbal remedy for migraines and clinical studies have supported its
ability to prevent migraines and reduce their severity.1,2 Research sug
gests that feverfew's active ingredients are phytochemicals called ses
quiterpene lactones, particularly one component known as partheno
lide.Scientistsbelieveparthenolide mayrelievemigraines by inhibiting
cerebral blood vessel dilation. Parthenolide exerts anti-inflammatory
properties by inhibiting platelet aggregation and prostaglandin syn
thesis, as well as the release of serotonin from platelets.3
The other ingredients in MigraSpray are not traditional head
ache remedies, but each contributes factors that may complement
feverfew's anti-inflammatory power. Goldenseal (hydrastis rhizoma),
which contains the amebicide phytochemical berberine, has tradi
tionally been used to treat cholera. But herbal authorities also report
that goldenseal can work as a sedative and an anti-inflammatory,
particularly relieving inflammation in the mucous membranes of the
head and throat.4 Dandelion (Taraxacum denleonis) is best known as
a potent diuretic and laxative, and is a rich source of potassium. And
P. officinalis, a fungus commonly known as white agaric or larch aga
ric, is known in herbal medicine to have effects on the sympathetic
and spinal nervous systems, and is used as a remedy for spasmodic
nerve pain and epilepsy.5
In a privatestudyconducted byMigraSpray's manufacturer,41 mi
graine sufferers were divided into two groups to test the effectiveness38 | Miracles from the Vault
of MigraSpray against a placebo. Nearly 88 percent ofthe MigraSpray
group saw some level of improvement from using the spray, while
about66 percentofthem reportedfull to completeimprovement. Even
better, the average elapsed time between administration and relief in
the MigraSpray group was just six and a half minutes.6
MigraSpray is safe for most people, but the product label does
warn pregnant and lactating women not to use it. My research also
indicates that feverfew can alter clotting time.8 Therefore if you are
taking warfarin or other blood thinners, consult your physician and
get your clotting times checked. Your medical dose may need to be
lowered or feverfew may be contraindicated. Also,one study indicates
that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, can negate
feverfew's efficacy in fighting migraines, so you may want to avoidtak
ing NSAIDS together with MigraSpray (also probably a good idea in
light ofthe blood-thinning consideration).7
MigraSpray is available at many drug retailers, via the Internet, or
by phone (see the Member Source Directory on page 542 for com
pleteordering information). It's hardto sayhow long one bottle might
last, as it depends on the frequency of use. The product label recom
mends administering 10 sprays under the tongue at the first signs of
an impending headache. After administration, wait at least 30 seconds
before swallowing. If you don't feel relief after five minutes, you can
repeat the process one more time.Part I: Pain | 39
CHAPTER EIGHT
Tibetan medicine relieves
chronic leg pain
There are few things worse than losing your freedom to walk—
not being able to go where you want to go or do what you want
to do. But it's what thousands face each day, due to the often ex
cruciating pain of intermittent claudication, a condition in which a
decrease in blood to the legs brings about a reduction in oxygen to
your lower extremities (which triggers the pain). The more you walk,
the more oxygen is needed by your legs, hence, the greater the dis
comfort. This disorder can lead, if left untreated, to gangrene, and
is linked to other serious health problems, such as hardening of the
arteries and heart disease.
Mainstream medicine has little to offer. You can try a medication
like Pentoxifylline, with undesirable side effects (including extreme
dizziness and vomiting) and questionable effectiveness.1 Or, as is often
the case with Western medicine, you can opt for the ordeal of surgery.
An effective solution without side effects
But thankfully, you don't have to settle for the limited choices of
the West. Eastern medicine has a better option—one that's both ef-40 | Miracles from the Vault
fective and free ofside effects. Padma Basic is an herbal mixture from
Tibet that's quickly proving to be a powerful treatment for intermit
tent claudication. Formulated over 2,000 years ago, the preparation is
a complex combination of 19 different herbs that combine to produce
a powerful antioxidant.
While the mixturewasoriginally intendedtotreat illnesses brought
on by the overconsumption ofmeat, fat, and alcohol, its broader uses
arenow being discovered.
In a dramatic double-blind placebo study held in 1985, intermit
tent claudication patients on Padma were found to have a 100 per
cent increase in the distancethey could walk pain free. In addition, the
drug was well tolerated by the patients.2 Since then, a series ofstudies
have confirmed these original results.36
Not surprisingly, the phenomenon of Padmahas spread from the
mountainsof Tibet through Israel, Switzerland, England, and the rest
of Europe. Now, Padma Basic isavailable to HSI membersthroughthe
Econugenics. They've set up aU.S.order bank, to make it easier for our
American members to obtain this fantastic product.
The recommended dosage for Padma Basic is two tablets taken
three times a day for the first four weeks. After that, take two tablets
daily. Please be aware that it could take a minimum of three months
for you to receivethe full benefit ofthis treatment. Refer to the back of
this book for ordering information.Part I: Pain I 41
CHAPTER NINE
Raw bar favorite offers
arthritis relief
Imagine if you didn't need painrelievers everyday? Our research has
uncovered something totally new—a completely safe and natural
food extract that may be the most powerful anti-inflammatory com
pound ever discovered.
It's called Lyprinol, an active lipid fraction isolated from the New
Zealand green-lipped mussel, or Perna canaliculus. According to cen
turies-old tradition, native Maoris believethat eatingthe green-lipped
mussel leadsto a long and healthy life. And, in fact, medical statistics
show that arthritis and rheumatic disorders are unknown among the
coastal-dwellingMaori.
Scientists have now determined that the anti-arthritic properties of
the green-lipped mussel are due to the unique configuration ofcertain
polyunsaturated fatty acids (or PUFAs) called Eicosatetraenoic Acids
(ETAs). Relatedto the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, flaxseed, and
perillaoil, ETAs display more intense and targeted anti-inflammatory
and anti-arthritic activity than any other known PUFA or Omega-3
fatty acid.
Research in the 1970s and 1980s confirmed that something in the42 | Miracles from the Vault
New Zealand green-lipped mussel hadtheability to erase arthritic pain
and stiffness. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted in
1980 at the Victoria Hospital in Glasgow, England, tested a powdered
musselsupplementon 66arthritispatients.1 Atthe start ofthe six-month
trial, all of the subjects had failed to respond to conventionaltreatment
and were scheduled forsurgery to repair badly damaged joints.
At the closeof the trial, the researchers reported improvements in
68percentofthe rheumatoid arthritis(RA) patients and in 39percent
of the osteoarthritis (OA) patients. The scientists also noted the low
incidence of adverse side effects.
Nearly two decades later scientists
perfect the solution
For the next 18 years, leading scientists from universities and re
searchlabsin Australia, Japan, and France worked togetherto under
stand the secret locked withinthe green-lipped mussel. Step by incre
mental step, the scientists managed to identify the active biological
fraction of the green-lipped mussel, isolate it without destroying its
essential properties, cleanseit of impurities, stabilizeit, and standard
ize its potency for reliable results.
At every step of the way, clinical and laboratory studies confirmed
that scientists were moving in the right direction. Their excitement
mounted as each phase yielded a more potent and powerful com
pound. Even early versions of the green-lipped mussel extracts were
found to be more effective than aspirin and ibuprofen in reducing in
flammation.
But inflammation isn't the only thing it helped. In 1986, a trial of
53 RA patients, conducted by the Societe Fran< ;aise de Biologic et Dietique
(SFBD) in Dijon, France, found that the greenlipped mussel
extract reduced pain by 62 percent after six months, while those on a
placebo had a 20 percent increase in pain.2Part I: Pain | 43
Lyprinol: 200times more effective
than high potency fish oil in
controlling swelling
Ultimately, scientists zeroed in on the ETAs in the green-lipped
mussel as the active ingredients responsible for its remarkable antiarthritic
effects. This specific grouping of ETAs is not found in any
other known substance. The methods used to concentrate these active
components in a pure and stable form have been granted patents in
several countries. The final result is now available as Lyprinol.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Austra
lia, studied the efficacy of Lyprinolusing laboratory animals with adju
vant-induced polyarthritis, which is the closest model for rheumatoid
arthritis in humans.3
When administered as an oral supplement, Lyprinol reduced ar
thritis-related swelling in the animal's paws by more than 90 percent.
It was also effective when rubbed directly into the affected area.
Comparisons of Lyprinol to other natural lipids, or fatty acids,
known to be helpful in treating arthritis and inflammation, tested Ly
prinol against flax oil, evening primrose oil, Norwegian salmon oil,
and MaxEPA (a high potency fish oil product). Ofthese, Lyprinol was
the most effective in preventing arthritis-related swelling, reducing
swellingby 79 percent. MaxEPA was the next best at 50 percent. How
ever,the real story is the dosages used to achieve these results.
Achievinga 50 percent effectiveness rate required a dosage of 2000
mg/kg body weight of MaxEPA. But the effective dosage of Lyprinol
was only 20 mg/kg—or 1/100 the amount. Extrapolations from these
results suggest that the anti-inflammatory compounds in Lyprinol are
200 times more potent than MaxEPA(and 350 times more potent than
evening primrose oil).44 | Miracles from the Vault
Outperforms arthritis drugs without
harmful side effects
Researchers also compared the effectiveness of Lyprinol to that of
the prescription arthritis drug indomethacin, the mainstream drug of
choiceat the time of the study. Adosage of 5 mg/kgofLyprinol was97
percenteffective in reducing swelling, while indomethacin wasonly83
percent effective at the samedosage. Unlike indomethacin,Lyprinol is
non-toxic and essentially freeofsideeffects. In a 2000 study, research
ers found that when compared to NSAIDs, three Lyprinol was "nongastro
toxic."4
Recommendations for use
Lyprinol is recommended for the alleviation of inflammatory con
ditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and virally-induced
arthritis.
While Lyprinol appears to be the most powerful anti-inflamma
tory and arthritis pain relieveryet discovered, it still won't rebuild or
restore previouslydamaged cartilage. For the most complete healing
of arthritis, we recommend you combineLyprinol with a natural joint
building supplement containing glucosamineand chondroitin.
Recommended amounts: The amount needed for optimal results
can vary widely for each individual, but range between two and four
capsulesper day. A higher amount (up to six capsulesper day) can be
used for the first one to two weeks of use. It can take up to four weeks
to evaluatethe full benefit.In addition, the research suggeststhat rub
bing Lyprinol onto swollen and tender joints can help relievepain and
swelling. To do this, simply open the capsule and squeeze the contents
onto the affected area. See the Member Source Directory to learn how
you can order Lyprinol.Part II
Cancer46 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER ONE
Cancer's kryptonite:
HSI panelist tests breakthrough
seaweed cancer treatment
It's a weed and a slimy weed at that. But unlike the ones that invade
your lawn, this weed might actuallydo you some good. It has been
credited as a primary cause for record-low cancerrates in Okinawa,
Japan. It was used—with reported success—totreat and prevent radia
tion sickness following the Chernobyl meltdown in Russia. It has yet
to be tested in a single human clinical trial. But according to panelist
Kohhei Makise, M.D., the Japanese medical community is being in
undated with reports ofhow this medicinal seaweed has helped thou
sands of patients fight cancer.
Dr. Makise recently wrote us a long, excited e-mail discussing sev
eralnew naturalremedies that areproducing impressive results among
Japanese patients. But in this report, we decided to focus on a natural
immune builder and cancer fighter that's so new to North America
that we'd never heard ofit before.
It's called fucoidan, and it's a complex of polysaccharides (carbo
hydrates) found in brown seaweed, most commonly in an Asia-Pacif
ic variety known as kombu or Laminaria japonica. The seaweed hasPart II:Cancer | 47
been a dietary staple in Japan since the second century B.C. And in
Okinawa—which postsJapan's highest per capita rates of kombu con
sumption—it has reportedly produced considerable health benefits.
Okinawa residents who eat an average of 1gram of kombu (containing
roughly 5 mg of fucoidan) dailyenjoysome of the longestlifespans in
Japan and the single lowest cancer rate in the country.
Seaweed extract causes cancer cells to self-destruct
In the 1990s,scientistsidentifiedfucoidan as the primary immunebuilding
substance in brown seaweedand began to test it.
In one case, researchers injected female lab rats with a carcino
gen known to induce mammary tumors. They fed half of the rats a
standard diet, fed the other half a standard diet plus daily helpings of
brown seaweed containing fucoidan, and monitored the animals for
26 weeks. The fucoidan appeared to convey two substantial benefits.
First, the fucoidan fed rats developed fewer tumors than the control
rats: 63 percent developed breast cancer vs. 76 percent of control rats.
Second, the fucoidan-fed rats resisted developing tumors for longer
periods of time: control rats typically developed tumors within 11
weeks, whereas fucoidan-fed rats remained cancer-free for 19 weeks.1
In other studies, oral and intravenous doses of brown seaweed
proved anywhere from 61.9 to 95.2 percent effective in preventing
the development of cancer in rats implanted with sarcoma cells.2 One
group of researchers described fucoidan as a "very potent antitumor
agent in cancer therapy" after it inhibited the growth and spread of
lung cancer in rats.3 (That type of cancer is particularly resistant to
chemotherapy.)
Various studies further demonstrated that fucoidan combats can
cer in multiple ways:
• It causes certain types of rapidly growing cancer cells (including
stomach cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia) to self-destruct
(a process call apoptosis).48 | Miracles from the Vault
• It physically interferes with cancercells' ability to adhere to
tissue. That interference prevents thecancer from spreading
(or metastasizing) to new areas.
• It enhances production of severalimmune mechanisms,
including macrophages (white bloodcells that destroytumor
cells), gamma interferon (proteins that activate macrophages
and natural killercells), and interleukin (compounds that help
regulate the immune system).
Proof from the panelist's practice
But as Dr. Makise points out, fucoidan still needs to prove itself
in large, double-blind, clinical trialsinvolving creaturesmore evolved
than guinea pigs.
Dr. Makise believes, however, that there is compelling evidence
that fucoidan can help prevent cancer. Through his practicein Japan,
Dr. Makise has seen that fucoidan can even helppatientswho already
have cancer. Hesays that cancerpatients benefit mostbytakinga com
bination of:
• fucoidan
• AHCC or other immune-enhancing mushrooms
• antioxidants, especially largedoses of selenium
• Enterococcus faecalis—1 to 3 trillion dead bacterium (Enterococcus
faecalis is a beneficial bacterial found in the intestine.
In addition to promoting healthy digestion and controlling bile
acids that can cause colon cancer, it delivers certain immuneenhancing
vitamins—likebiotin and certain B vitamins—to the
blood stream)
• essential daily vitamins and minerals (Dr. Makise recommends
his patients take triple the recommended dailydosageof essen
tial vitamins and minerals. He saysit'sespecially important that
cancer patients take daily supplements of selenium and zinc)Part II:Cancer | 49
• ahealthy lifestyle anddietthatavoids meat, milk, andother
animal proteins and fats.
"It is very effective for cancers that already exist, even end-stage
metastases," Dr. Makise told us. "Each substance of this combination
has a different mechanism to fight against cancer, so we get synergistic
effects."
Fucoidan can be found in a product called Modifilan, manufac
tured by Fucoidan Sales. The product contains fucoidan, along with
organic iodine-shown to promote maturation ofthe nervous system
and alginate—anatural absorbent ofradioactive elements, heavy met
al, and free radicals. See the Member Source Directory at the back of
this book for orderinginformation.50 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
News of astounding natural cancer
killer nearly squashed forever
Recently, Health Sciences Institute uncovered a remarkable sto
ry about a natural cancer killer that had been kept under lock
and key for over 20 years. With this information, the future of cancer
treatment and the chances ofsurvival look more promising than ever.
There's a healingtree that growsdeep within the Amazon rainforestin
South America that could literally change how you, your doctor, and
possiblythe restofthe world think aboutcuring cancer.
Since the 1970s, the bark, leaves, roots, fruit, and fruit seeds ofthe
Amazonian Graviola tree have been studied in numerous laboratory
tests and have shown remarkableresultswith this deadly disease.
Several years ago, a major pharmaceutical company began exten
sive independent research on it. They learned that certain extracts of
the tree actuallyseek out, attack, and destroy cancercells. Because the
natural extracts themselves could not be patented, the company la
bored to create a synthetic copy that showed the same promise. After
more than seven years ofwork behind closeddoors, researchers atthis
company realized they couldn't duplicate the tree's natural properties
with a patentable substance. So they shut down the entire project. ItPart II:Cancer | 51
basicallycame down to this—ifthey couldn't make huge profits, they
would keep the news of this possible cure a well-guarded secret. But
one researcher couldn't bear that, and decided to risk his job with the
hope of saving lives.
Seven years ofsilence broken
This conscience-driven researcher contacted Raintree Nutrition,
a natural products company dedicated to harvesting plants from the
Amazon.In the course ofworkingwith Raintreeon another story,they
shared the exciting Graviola breakthrough with us. Since then, we've
been looking closelyinto the research to date on Graviola. One of the
firstscientific references to it in the United Stateswas by the National
Cancer Institute (NCI). In 1976, the NCI showed that the leaves and
stems of this tree were effective in attacking and destroying malignant
cells. But these results were part of an internal NCI report and were,
for some reason, never made public.1
Since 1976, there have been several promising cancer studies on
Graviola. However, the tree's extracts have yet to be tested on can
cer patients. No double-blind clinical trials exist, and clinical trials
are typically the benchmark mainstream doctors and journals use to
judge a treatment's value. Nevertheless, our research has uncovered
that Graviola has been shown to kill cancer cells in at least 20 labora
tory tests.
The most recent study, conducted at Catholic University of South
Korea, revealed that two chemicals extracted from Graviola seeds
showed comparable results to the chemotherapy drug Adriamycin
when applied to malignant breast and colon cellsin test tubes.2
Another study,published in the Journal ofNaturalProducts, showed
that Graviola is not onlycomparable to Adriamycin—but dramatically
outperforms it in laboratory tests. Results showed that it selectively
killed colon cancer cells at "10,000 times the potency of Adriamycin."3
Perhaps the most significant result of the studies we've researched52 | Miracles from the Vault
is that Graviola selectively seeks out and kills cancer cells—leaving
all healthy, normal cells untouched. Chemotherapy indiscriminately
seeks and destroys allactivelyreproducing cells, even normal hair and
stomach cells, causing such devastating side effects as hair loss and
severe nausea.
Grown and harvested by indigenous people in Brazil, Graviola
is available in limited supply in the United States and is distributed
through RaintreeNutrition. But now, you canbe among the select few
in the entire country to benefit from this powerful treatment. We en
courage you to consult with your doctor before beginning any new
therapy,especiallywhen treating cancer.
Graviola has been combined with seven other immune-boosting
herbs in aproduct calledN-Tense. As adietary supplement, you should
take six to eight capsules ofN-Tense per day. Graviola and N-Tense are
completely naturalsubstances with no side effects apart from possible
mild stomach upset at high dosages (in excess of 5 grams) iftaken on
an empty stomach.
If you'vebeen diagnosed with cancer, you and your doctor should
look into allthe available treatment options. Graviola could just make
allthe difference in beatingcancer. Seethe Member Source Directory
at the back ofthis book for orderinginformation.Part II: Cancer I 53
CHAPTER THREE
Hybridized mushroom extract
destroys cancer cells and provides
powerful immune protection
Until now, the only way to get access to this remarkable immune
booster was to live in Japan. For the last five years in Japan, peo
ple with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threateningillnesses—as well as
healthypeople who wantto staythatway—have been revvingup their
immune systems, destroying tumor cells, and preventing cancer and
other illnesses with a powerful extract called AHCC (activated hexose
correlate compound). Now, AHCC is available to consumers in the
United States.
AHCC is an extract of a unique hybridization ofseveral kinds of
medicinal mushrooms known for their immune-enhancing abilities.
On their own, each mushroom has a long medical history in Japan,
where their extracts are widely prescribed by physicians. But when
combined into a single hybrid mushroom, the resulting active ingre
dient is so potent that dozens of rigorous scientific studies have now
establishedAHCC to be one ofthe world's most powerful—and safe—
immune stimulators.
In vitro animal and human studies confirmthat AHCC effectively54 | Miracles from the Vault
works against and, in some cases, even prevents the recurrence of liv
er cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma, breast
cancer,AIDS, and other life-threatening conditions, with no danger
ous side effects.1 In smaller doses, AHCC can also boost the immune
function of healthy people,helpingto prevent infections and promote
well-being.
Calling up your first line of defense
Our immune systems stand between us and the rest of the world.
Without it, our bodies would be overrun bybacteria, viruses, parasites,
fungi, and other invaders,infectionswould rapidlyspread, and cancer
cellswould proliferate. Likea highly responsive and well-coordinated
army, our immune systems are composed of a variety of specialized
immune cells that identify, seekout, and destroymicrobes,pathogens,
and tumor cells.
First on the scene of possibletrouble are the phagocytes and natu
ral killer (NK) cells,which respond quickly to potential threats. Often
referred to as the body's "front-line defense," these cellsare constantly
on the lookout for any suspicioussubstances. NK cells latch onto the
surface ofsubstances or the outer membranes of cancer cells and in
ject a chemical hand grenade (called a granule) into the interior. Once
inside, the granules explode and destroy the bacteria or cancer cell
within five minutes. Itselfundamaged, the NK cellthen moves onto its
next victim. In its prime, a NK cell can take on two cancer cells at the
same time, speeding up the process.
Recent research shows that as we age, our immune systems func
tion less efficiently. In particular, the abilityof our NK cellsto respond
quickly and effectively declines with age and illness. When NK cells
lose their ability to recognize or destroy invaders, health can deterio
rate rapidly. Moderately low to dangerously low NK cell activity levels
have been found in people with AIDS, cancer,immune deficiency, liv
er disorders, various infections, and other diseases. Because measure
ments of NK cell activity are closely correlated with one's chances ofPart II:Cancer | 55
survival,anything that helps increaseNK cellactivitymay help people
treat, recover from, and/or prevent these illnesses.
Research finds remarkable immune
system boost in multiple ways
Scientific studies of the extract AHCC, published in respected
peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Immunology,
Anti-Cancer Drugs, and Society of Natural Immunity, have established
the health benefits and safety ofAHCC more conclusively than nearly
any other natural supplement.2"4 What is especially remarkable about
AHCC is that it consistently and effectively boosts immune system
function. Specifically, AHCC:
• Stimulatescytokine (IL-2, IL-12, TNF, and INF) production,
which stimulates immune function.
• IncreasesNK cellactivityagainstdiseasedcells as much as 300
percent.
• Increases the formation of explosive granuleswithin NK cells.
The more ammunition each NK cell carries, the more invaders
it can destroy.
• Increases the number and the activityoflymphocytes, specifi
callyincreasingT-cells up to 200percent.
• IncreasesInterferon levels, which inhibits the replication of
viruses and stimulatesNK cellactivity.
• Increases the formation ofTNF, a group of proteins that help
destroy cancer cells.
These dramatic immune effects translate into profound health
benefits. A 1995 clinical trial reported in the International Journal of
Immunotherapy showed that 3 grams of AHCC per day significantly
lowered the level of tumor markers found in patients with prostate
cancer, ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma, and breast cancer. This
study documented complete remissions in sixof 11 patients and sig-56 | Miracles from the Vault
nificant increases in NK cell activity in nine of 11 patients. T- and Bcell
activity levelsalso rose considerably.5
AHCC now available in the United States
After years of successful use in Japan, AHCC is available in the
United States as the active ingredient in a product called ImmPower.
Distributed by American BioSciences, ImmPower comes in gelatin
capsulescontaining 500mgof AHCC (proprietary blend).
ImmPower can be taken in preventive or therapeutic doses and
should be discussed with your personalphysician. For prevention,the
recommended dose is 1 gram per day taken as one 500mg capsule in
the morning and again at night. This dose will help increase NK cell
activityand support immune system functioningfor good health and
general well-being. For those with cancer, AIDS, or other life-threat
eningconditions, the research indicates a therapeutic doseoftwocap
sules in the morning, two at mid-day and two at night for a total of
3 grams per dayto jump start NK cell activity. After threeweeks, the
dose can be reduced to 1 gram per day (one capsule in the morning
and one at night), to maintainthe increased NKcell activity level. See
the Member Source Directory for purchasing information.Part II: Cancer I 57
CHAPTER FOUR
The lactoferrin miracle
We're on the verge of a major medical breakthrough with
lactoferrin.
Because of this unique extract, much of what we now consider
state-of-the-art medicine—such as radiation, antibiotics, and chemo
therapy—may eventually seem asprimitive asbloodletting.
If lactoferrin proves to be as powerful as it promises to be, many
deadly diseases thathauntourthoughtstoday will nolongerfrighten us.
Where does lactoferrin come from
and how does it work?
From the moment you were born, lactoferrin—an iron-bind
ing protein found in breast milk (colostrum)—was your first shield
against infection and disease andyourprimarysourceofimmune-sys
temchemicals. The primary taskofyourimmune system is to survey
yourbody—organ byorgan, tissue bytissue, cell bycell—to makesure
that only the cells thataresupposed to bethere… are. Whena healthy
immune system recognizes a foreign substance—avirus or cancerous
cell—it immediately fights to eliminateit.
Researchers discovered the significance oflactoferrin to the immune58 | Miracles from the Vault
system while researching another mysterious biological phenomenon:
pregnancy.
What's so mysterious about pregnancy?
Until recently,scientists had been baffledby the fact that a woman's
body doesn't normally reject a fetus, which naturally contains the for
eign antigens of the father. But the puzzle is beginning to unravel: Sci
ence has discovered that shortly after conception, a woman's immune
system is down-regulated.
This is why her body does not reject the fetus as "foreign" matter.
(For this reason, pregnant women should not take lactoferrin.) Im
mediatelyafterdelivery, however, her body produces colostrum, or the
first milk, which restores her immune system and provides powerful
immune chemicals to the infant. Lactoferrin is the primary immunesystemchemicalin
first milk.
Studies have shown that the mother's first milk is the only source
from which an infant can get these significant immune substances.
Synthetic formulas can't offer the same nutritional, immunological,
or physiological value,despite efforts to produce formulas that mimic
breast milk as closelyas possible.
Unraveling the healing mystery
oflactoferrin
Lactoferrin has at least two specificimmune- boosting functions:
• It binds to iron in your blood, keepingit awayfrom cancer
cells, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that require iron
to grow. The lactoferrin protein is able to sequester and release
iron as needed, under controlled conditions. This property
helps prevent harmful oxidativereactions, making lactoferrin a
powerful antioxidant.
• It activatesvery specific strands of DNA that turn on the genes
that launch your immune response. Thisis such a rare andPart II:Cancer | 59
surprising action that there is no other kind of protein like it.
Lactoferrinis in a class by itself.
Lactoferrinalso contains antibodiesagainsta wide range of bacte
rial, fungal, viral, and protozoal pathogens. In effect, the lactoferrin
protein backs budding cancer cellsor bacteria into a corner… starves
them and sends out a signal to your white blood cells that says, "It's
over here! Come and get it!"
State-of-the-art techniques in cellular and molecular biology have
recently allowed us to isolate lactoferrin from the "first food of life."
The commercially available preparation is in a form in which the food
hasn't been chemically altered.
Widely used to support recovery from
malignancies in animals
Numerous studies on rats and patient case histories have docu
mentedthe benefits oflactoferrin in helping to combat manytypes of
malignancies.1,2
Many holistic practitioners use it and achieve great effects by
combining it with other immune-enhancing natural tumor-fighting
therapies. In one case, a leukemia patient (labeled the worst case the
Mayo Clinic had seen in 20 years) had his condition reversed on
lactoferrin. Hiswhite bloodcell countrose, and his problems disap
peared. This seemingly "hopeless" case was transformed into a re
markable recovery.
Other case histories indicate that the negative effects of conven
tional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation are drastically re
duced or eliminated with supplemental lactoferrin. (The amounts of
lactoferrin used in these reported cases range from 500 to 1500 mg a
day.) Again, itshould be noted thatlactoferrin appears to be perfectly
safe,even in high doses.60 | Miracles from the Vault
What else can you use it for?
Other clinical and case studies have shown that lactoferrin…
• contains an anti-inflammatory molecule—which means it canhelp
ifyou suffer from thepain anddebilitation ofjointinflammation3
• plays a role in lessening oculardisturbance, which means it may
help with vision problems4
• actsas a potent antimicrobial agent against Candida albicans5
• shows potent antiviral activity useful in reducing your
susceptibility to viruses, including herpesand HIV6
If you're wondering how safe lactoferrin is, remember that it is
nontoxic and is well toleratedby nursing infants.
Should you take it as a daily preventive?
There are many everyday threats that wear down the immune sys
tem—such as environmental toxins, emotional and physical stressors,
andgenetic problems. Taking 100 mg oflactoferrin each day atbedtime,
however, canhelp upgrade your immune system, soyou cantake full ad
vantage ofyour natural defensesinaworld full ofpotential health threats.
Foruseincancer recovery, upto 1500 mgaday canbetaken withoutfear
ofside effects. Andunlike penicillin or othersynthetic drugs, yourbody
will not become immune to the effects oflactoferrin, because it's some
thing your body isfamiliar with andknows how tohandle.
Sincelactoferrin is a natural substance, large pharmaceutical com
panies aren't able to patent itandmake millions. But it's available from
a limited number ofsuppliers in the United States, and itshouldn't be
overlooked asa powerful toolin the fight againstserious diseases. Lac
toferrin can be purchased under the product nameofImmunoguard,
manufactured by GoldShield Healthcare Direct. For information on
purchasing lactoferrin, refer to the Member Source Directory at the
back ofthis book.Part II: Cancer I 61
CHAPTER FIVE
Discover the cancer-fighting potential
of Brazil's "Mushroom of God"
Nearly 30 years ago researchers began investigating a medical
curiosity among the people of Piedade, Brazil. Residents of
the small community near Sao Paulo enjoyed extraordinarily good
health. They developed few diseases and lived unusually long lives.
Outsiders began to wonder what was enhancing the Brazilians' im
munity and lifespan. In their quest for an answer, researchers stum
bled upon the "Mushroom ofGod."
Depending on which account you believe, it was either two re
searchers from Penn State orTaktoshi Furumoto, aJapanese farmer
living in Brazil, who solved the puzzle. He (or they) zeroed in on
a small, wild mushroom that locals ate regularly, believing it fos
tered good health. It was commonly known as Cogumelo de Deus
or Cogumelo do Sol—Mushroom ofGod or Mushroom ofthe Sun.
Regardless of who discovered it, it was Japanese researchers (doc
tors from Tokyo University and Japan's National Cancer Center, in
particular) who eventually subjected the mushroom to pharmaco
logical testing. They reported that the mushroom, which eventually
acquired the botanical nameAgaricus BlazeiMurill (ABM), couldbe a62 | Miracles from the Vault
potent immune-builder and cancer-fighter.
To date, ABM has not been used in any human clinical trials. All
research has been performed in petri dishes or laboratory animals.
However,news of this rare medicinal mushroom has already prompt
ed between 300,000 and 500,000 Japanese peopleto supplement with
ABM, hoping to prevent cancer or stop the disease from recurring.
Numerousothers consumeit regularly reportedlyto avoidinfection,
diabetes, hyperlipidemia, chronichepatitis, and arteriosclerosis.
ABM enhances the immune response
to protect you from cancer
In recent years, Japanese research has confirmed that ABM con
tains a host of health-promotingcomponents: vitaminsBl and B2, ni
acin, phosphorous, iron,calcium, protein, amino acids, and ergosterol
(which converts into vitamin D2 when the mushroom is dried). But
mostimportantly, the researchers discovered thatABM contains large
quantities of active polysaccharides—complex carbohydrates, most
commonly found in foods like wheat, rice, andpotatoes thatstimulate
the immune system to fight offbacterial and viralillnesses.1
ABM stimulatestheimmune system bytriggering theproduction of:
• T-cells, whichdirectly attackcells that have been taken over
by virusesor cancers;2
• interleukin, which bolstersthe immune systemby stimulating
the growth and activityof white blood cells;
• tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which activates white blood
cells and fights tumors;
• andmacrophages, which protect the bodyfrom infection
by consumingforeign material.3
Obviously, a listofin vitro and animal studies (with no human tri
als in the mix) is not proof that ABM is an effective cancer treatment.
Products, whether they are natural or pharmaceutical, need to passPart II:Cancer | 63
more extensive and rigoroustestingto support such a claim.
In several studies, however, ABM has stimulated animals' immune
systems and arrested thegrowth oftheirtumors. Andin the past, HSI
has documented the ability of other medicinal mushrooms, such as
AHCC, to build immunity and help people fight cancer(see the HSI
Members Alert issues forJanuary 2000 and January 2002 or search on
line atwww.hsionline.com). We don't know yet ifABM will eventually
rank with those health-promoting mushrooms. But the preliminary
evidence was compelling enough that we decided to analyze it andre
port the findings to you.
Retard tumor growth by 90 percentin just three weeks
AtJapan's EhimeUniversity School ofMedicine, researchers tested
ABM's impact on tumors. Twenty days oftreatment withcertain ABM
extracts (800 mg/kg per day taken orally) retarded tumor growth in
cancerous mice between 80 and 90 percent. The researchers deter
mined thatthetumor-retarding agent was ergosterol, a steroid alcohol
that occurs naturally in mold andyeast.
So they conducted a second experiment, giving oral doses of er
gosterol (between 100 and 800 mg/kg) daily to tumor-bearing mice
for 20 days. The treatment "significantly reduced tumor growth" in
a dose-dependent manner. Mice given the largest doses experienced
85.5 percent less tumor growth thanmice treated with placebos. The
ergosterol, however, did not destroy cancer cells directly. Instead, it
inhibited the development of new bloodvessels within the tumor—a
process that can stop andeventually reverse tumor growth. The treat
ment also produced another benefit: After 20 days oftreatment none
ofthe mice were suffering any ofthe side effects typically induced by
chemotherapy drugs.4
Using guinea pigs as guinea pigs
Cancerous guinea pigs experienced even greater recovery rates—64 j Miracles from the Vault
over 99 percent—when they were treated with ABM. Researchers
from Tokyo College of Pharmacy, Tokyo University, and Japan's Na
tional Cancer Center Laboratory injected cancer cells into the femur
(thighbone) of each pig—a procedure that normally causes cancer to
spread throughoutthe animal's body within four to five weeks.
Twenty-four hourslater (once the cancer cells were embedded in
the animals' tissue), the researchers gave the pigs ABM injections and
continued to give them daily injections for 10 consecutive days. Five
weekslater, 99.4 percent of the guinea pigs had fully recovered from
the cancer.5
Could this Brazilian mushroom hold
the secret to better chemo?
If ABM shows such promise on its own for fighting cancer, it
seemslogical to assume thatit could enhance the effects of conven
tional cancertreatments. But when it comes to your health, assum
ing isn'tnearlyenough.
At Mie University in Japan, researchers conducted a series of
tests with ABM and the cancer chemotherapy drug, 5-fluorouracil
(5-FU). Administered alone (at a dosage of lOmg/kg for 30 days),
the ABM extract moderately inhibited tumor growth in cancerous
mice. Treatment with both ABM and 5-FU strongly inhibited tu
mor growthin the mice.
The moreinteresting results, however, centered around ABM's
effects on 5-FU. First, it prolonged the action of 5-FU, which,
like many chemotherapy drugs, is only effective on its own for a
short period of time. Second, it offsetthe drastic immune-system
weakening usually caused by chemotherapy. At the end of the ex
periment, mice treated with the ABM/5-FU combination showed
"significantly increased" numbers of immune-modulating cells
compared to the micetreated with saline only.6Part II:Cancer | 65
Other scientists testedABM's ability to fight cancer by first inject
ing tumor cells in both the right and left flanks of laboratory mice.
The scientists then injected ABM fractions into the mice, but only
into their right-flank tumors. The injections inhibited tumor growth
in the right flank, and even caused regression in some cases. But the
treatment also inhibited growthofleft-flank tumors. The researchers,
who were based at Japan's Miyagi Cancer Center Research Institute,
speculated that the ABM had triggered the immunesystem to unleash
more white blood cellsto all cancerous areas, not just those specifically
injected with the extract.
Granted, that's a lot of speculation. And all of these trials may
makeyou want to give thanks you'renot a rodent livinganywherenear
a Japanese laboratory. But the dramatic resultsshown by the mice and
guinea pigs tested certainlyseem reason enough to investigate ABM
further to determine if it'sanywherenear as promising for us humans
with cancer.
Extreme growing conditions make
mushroom a rare commodity
Unfortunately, accessing supplies of ABM mushrooms or ABM
supplements has been difficult. For decades, growers were unable to
successfully cultivate this wild mushroom. It typically thrives in ex
treme conditions—intense Brazilian sunlight, humidity averaging 80
percent, and temperatures that soar to 100degrees during the day and
drop to 68 degreesovernight. It was only in the early '90s that growers
deviseda method ofproducing biologically activeABM mushrooms in
beds of pasteurized horse manure and sugar cane residue (hardly ap
petizing, but reportedly it creates a powerful growing medium).
Today, Japanese consumers purchase 90 percent of Brazil's yearly
ABM crop. Consequently, you're not likely to find fresh ABM mush
rooms in even the best produce markets in America.
A few supplement companies, however, have begun producing66 | Miracles from the Vault
ABM tablets (which are already hot sellers in Japan). No clinical trials
have yet been published about these supplements. (All the published
trials involve ABM extracts. The supplements typically contain whole
mushrooms that have been freeze-dried and powdered.) So, the exact
impact of ABM supplementation isn't known. But, again, our experi
ence with other similar supplements makes us lessskeptical.
If you try ABM, let us know aboutyour experiencewith it. HSI will
continue to search for information on this promising mushroom and
for a source for the extract. Ordering information is in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.Part II: Cancer I 67
CHAPTER SIX
This overlooked "waste product"
may be the cancer-fighting
breakthrough of the century
It was one of those moments that makes working for HSI so re
warding and exciting. I had received an email out ofthe blue, tell
ing me about a new discovery with results that were nothing short
of astounding…
Stage4 cancer patients cancer freewithin two months.
Tumor metastasis reduced by 82 percent.1
A human study in which 31 percent of cancer cells were flat out
killed. In thirty days.2
In another study, mice fed this substance ended up with half the
tumors ofthe control group.3
Oh, and the incredible results weren't limited to cancer. People
with Type 2 diabetes have stopped needing shots ofinsulin. Men with
enlarged prostateshave started sleepingthrough the night.
This intriguing email was from Wendy Selvigofthe AIDS Research68 | Miracles from the Vault
Assistance Institute—a non-profit organization in Mansfield, TX. And
as much asWendy's email gotmyheart racing, it was temperedwith a
strongdoseofskepticism. WithHSI's worldwide reputationfor uncov
ering the best health breakthroughs, wereceive word of newproducts
everysingle day. Andweareextremely careful aboutchoosing onlythe
very best to introduce to you.
SoI immediately picked up the phoneand gave Wendy a call. And
the storyshetoldme—ofan all-natural disease-killing dynamo backed
up bysomevery impressive science—was astounding.
But it was the source of this miraclecure that just about made me
drop the phone.
The latest breakthrough in cancertreatment is… flax?!
Wait, wake up; I can hear you snoring. Of courseyou've heard of
flax seed. Nothing new there, right? But, this isn't the same flax seed
you've been seeing on the health food store shelves. In fact, it'snot flax
seed at all.
Thebreakthrough that takesaim at cancercells likea heat-seeking
missileis Concentrated FlaxHull Lignans.
Concentrated FlaxHullLignans are not flax seeds. Rather, they are
concentrated directly—using a special process—from flax seed shells,
or hulls, which typicallydon't make it into the bags of flax seed in the
store.
Which is a shame, because it turns out the vast majority of the
disease-fighting lignans in the flax seed are located in the hull that
encases the seed.
The nutrients contained in flax seeds are highly concentrated in
the shells—one teaspoon of Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans contains
the nutritional equivalent of two gallons of flaxseed. Yes, gallons. And
flax seed oil? Forget it. There are practically no lignans contained in
the oil.Part II:Cancer | 69
You might be wondering what these lignans are, exactly. Lignans
are a group of chemicalcompounds found in plants.They're one of the
majorclasses ofphytoestrogens (you mighthave seen that wordbefore
in discussions about soy), which are chemicals that act as antioxidants.
Flax seed is the richest source of lignans in the plant kingdom, con
taining up to 800 times more than any other plant source. There are
27 different lignans in the flax seed and scientistsbelieve they all work
together to provide their amazing health benefits.
The major lignan in flax seed is called secoisolariciresinol diglucoside
(SDG). It's actuallya lignan precursor, which means its power isn't
unlocked until it is metabolized by your body. In the intestines, SDG
becomes two lignans. Theselignans have the power to wipe out cancer,
as well as do battle against diabetes, shrink enlarged prostates, boost
the immune system… in fact, as my research went on, I found there's
not much these lignans can't do.
A new process unlocks this superfood's
disease-fighting prowess
Though scientists have known for some time that the flax seed
hulls have an amazing nutritional profile, they've been at a loss as to
how to unlock those nutrients. Finally, a farmer by the name of Curtis
Rangeloff invented a chemical-free method of mechanically separat
ing the lignan-rich hulls from the rest of the flax.
The Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans sold through the AIDS Re
search Institute boast a pure lignan content of up to 65 percent. Each
scoop of the product contains 150-300 mg of SDG per serving. That's
70 times the amount of SDG typically contained in the same amount
oftraditional ground flax seed.
In addition to their lignan content, flax seed hulls contain high
levels of omega-3s, as well as off-the-charts antioxidants. To put it
in perspective—kale has one of the highest ORAC values (this is the
measurement of a food's antioxidant content) at 1,770 per 100 grams.70 | Miracles from the Vault
ConcentratedFlaxHullLignans? They come in at a whopping 19,600
per 100grams. The hulls also contain 4.3gof fiber and 2.8gof protein
in each tablespoon.
And whilethe nutritionalvalueofConcentratedFlaxHullLignans
is certainly a bonus, the true valueof the product is in its promise as a
potent cancer-killer.
The evidence I found for SDG's effects on cancer is nothing short
of incredible. The most exciting study wascarried out in Canada on a
group of postmenopausal womenwith newlydiagnosedbreast cancer.
Each day for a month, the women in the test group ate a flaxseed
muffin containing a predetermined concentrationof SDG. After only
one month, the growth of the cancer cells was reduced by 34.2%. Even
better, 31% of cancer cellswere completely killed, and the expression
of the cancer growth receptor Her2 (c-erB2) decreased by 71%.2
Her2 is part of a family of genes that help to regulate cell growth.
Somebreast cancers,for reasonsno one reallyunderstands, undergo a
gene amplification. So, instead of having two gene copies of the Her2
gene as in a normal cell,there are multiple copies.
This results in cell growth regulation going haywire. Tumors grow
more quickly, are more aggressive, and are less sensitive to chemo
therapy. This can also occur in other cancers such as ovarian cancer
and stomach cancer. It seems that SDG is able to hinder this process
considerably.
Driving cancer cells to mass suicide
In two studies on breast cancer cells implanted into immune de
ficient mice, flax lignans again proved deadly to cancer. Both tumor
growth and metastasis were significantly reduced. In one of the stud
ies, metastasis to the lungs was reduced by 82 percent. The average
number oftumors was also considerably lower in the test group than
in the control group.3Part II:Cancer | 71
Thepromisingstudiesdon't stop at breast cancer. A study in Cali
fornia demonstrated that SDG reduced risk of endometrial cancer
in some women by 32 percent. This reduced risk was most evident
among postmenopausal women who consumed high levels of both
isoflavones and lignans.4 Other studies have shown similar reduced
risk for uterine and ovarian cancers.
A clinical trial in Canada found that higher dietary lignan intake
was linked to considerable reduction in colorectal cancer risk.5 And,
according to studies with human colon cancer cells, lignans stunt the
growth of tumor cells and actually drive them to what can only be de
scribed as mass suicide.6
Supplementation with SDG reduced tumors significantlyin mice
with melanoma. The average number of tumors in the control group
was 62,while the averagenumber in the groups of mice receivingSDG
was around halfthat. Tumor size was also decreased.3
Even the Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society, and the FDA
acknowledge the cancer-fighting power of flax lignans. The Mayo
Clinic says flax seed lignans may inhibit the growth of some breast
cancers, and the American Cancer Society cites a study in which the
growth rate of cancer cellswas slowedin men sufferingfrom prostate
cancer.
Perhaps most surprising of all is the support flax lignans havegot
ten from, get this, the FDA. Apparently eventhe FDAcan't missa sure
thing. Theyhave stated that flax seed lignans have anti-tumor activity
and are potentially the richest source of phytoestrogens, and that their
significant ability to prevent cancer is recognized by the National Can
cer Institute.7
A survivor's tale:Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans
beat back cancer for 'hopeless' cases
Personally, I find that one thing speakseven more loudly than the
many exciting studies I've talked about so far. And that is the words72 | Miracles from the Vault
straight from the mouths of people who have seen their liveschanged
as a result of including flaxlignans in their diets.
A 52-year-old woman started taking Concentrated Flax Hull Lig
nans two years aftershe wasdiagnosedwith bone cancer.At that point,
she wasonly ableto walkwith crutches,and painfullyat that. Afterjust
one month with the lignans, she stopped taking her pain medication,
ditched the crutches, and found her energy levelreturning to normal.
And then there's the story of 84-year-old Tony. Last September,
he was told his lung cancer was so advanced that he wouldn't make
it to Christmas. His daughter-in-law was distraught, knowing her
daughter's December wedding would be a sad event without him. She
learned about the Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans from a friend and
had some sent to Tony.
Come December,he wasa happyguestat his granddaughter's wed
ding. When one of his doctors found out that he had been treating his
cancer with Concentrate Flax Hull Lignans, she became angry with
him. She was convinced that the cancer had spread throughout both
lungs and his esophagus. She thought more "aggressive steps" should
have been taken.
However, the doctor had to eat her words when a scan showed the
cancer had not spread and actuallywas reduced to one tiny nodule in
his lung. This was after Tonyhad been taking the Concentrated Flax
Hull Lignansfor only six months.
These are just two of the many stories that demonstrate the incred
ible healing power of flaxlignans.
If its power against cancer isn't enough,
that's just the start
Amazingly, the scientific evidence for Concentrated FlaxHull Lig
nans doesn't stop at its cancer-fighting abilities. Diets rich in foods
containing plant lignans have long been associated with reduced riskPart II:Cancer | 73
of cardiovascular disease. In a 12-year study of Finnish men, it was
found that those with the highest intake of plant lignans were signifi
cantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than their coun
terparts who ate the leastamount offoods containingplant lignans.8
Flax lignans have also been shown to suppress the development
of atherosclerosis (chronic inflammation of the arteries due to an ac
cumulation of plaque) in a study on rabbits. The development of ath
erosclerosis in rabbits treated with the lignans was reduced by 34.4
percent. The lignans also loweredLDL cholesterol and raised levels of
HDL cholesterol.9 In a study concerning Native American postmeno
pausal women, it was found that flax seed loweredLDL cholesterolby
10%.10 Mind you, that wasjust with flaxseed, not the nutritionally rich
hulls.
There is discussion in the scientific community that flax lignans
mayhelp to lowersugarlevels in peoplewith diabetes. While there are
no specific studies to this effect, people who are living with diabetes
have been vocal about the results they've seen taking Concentrated
Flax Hull Lignans.
One woman noticed that her blood sugar has been regular, and
that she'sbeen feelinghealthier in general.
A 26-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few
yearsagohas been struggling to managehis illnessever since.Unableto
keep his blood sugar down, he watched helplessly as it regularlyspiked
to 600, despite taking 40 units of insulin with every shot. Two weeks
after he began including Concentrated FlaxHull Lignans in his diet, he
noticed a change in how he felt. Now, his blood sugar stays under 200,
and he hasn't had to givehimselfa shot in two months.
Finally, no more late-night bathroom trips
If you're living with an enlarged prostate, you know what agony
it can be. A recent study demonstrated that flax lignans could reduce
prostate size. Rats given the human equivalent of 50 mg per day of74 | Miracles from the Vault
SDG (remember, Concentrated Flax HullLignans contains up to 300
mg per serving) had significantly smallerprostatesthan those without
the SDG supplementation. The SDG didn'tjuststopprostategrowthit
actually helped reduce the size of the prostate.11
Lee, who describes himselfas havinga "bad prostate," has been us
ing Concentrated FlaxHull Lignansfor a coupleof months. He has been
making less and less trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night,
and says he generally feels better. Hiswife ishappy, too-withLee getting
so litde sleep, he'd been "arealgrouch," and shejokesthat she maykeep
him if the Concentrated FlaxHullLignans keepworking!
G.E. wrote about her husband, Hugh, who suffers from both an
enlarged prostate and irregular heartbeat. She was amazed when, after
only two weeks, there was a complete reversal in Hugh's nightly rou
tine. She said he doesn't get up more than once a night, and his heart
has been beating steadily.
Previously a candidate for a pacemaker, Hugh reports his doctor
has not mentioned the surgery since he started taking the Concen
trated Flax Hull Lignans. Rather, his doctor was flat-out astonished at
his progress, stating he'dnever seen such a dramatic improvement. At
71,Hugh is now "bouncing alongand mowingand putting up hay and
working with his horses and cattle."
Though there are no conclusive studies concerning flax lignans
and prostate cancer, there are a few that are promising. In a trial using
mice, flaxinhibited the growth and development of prostate cancer. In
a study of 25 men who were scheduled for prostatectomy, supplemen
tation with flaxbrought significant changesin serum cholesterol,total
testosterone, and the free androgen index. Researchers concluded that
flax lignans may be a very beneficial food for men battling prostate
cancer.12
Fight the flu with a super-charged immune system
All of what I've just reported was enough to convince me to buyPart II:Cancer | 75
my own supply of Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans. But, as I delved
even deeper, I began to uncover more amazing benefits to a diet that
includes flax lignans.
The effect of flax lignans on the immune system is well document
ed. The AIDS Research Assistance Institute, which sells the Concen
trated Flax Hull Lignans, is a nonprofit organization. All of the pro
ceeds from the sale of the product go to bringing it to orphanages and
clinicsin Africa, where HIV and AIDS run rampant.What they've seen
there is nothing short ofincredible. Children who were drastically un
derweight are gaining both weight and energy, and aren't getting the
colds and flu infections they once constantly suffered from, according
to Emma Fishlock, a nurse working in Swaziland. These children are
rising from their deathbeds to return to school.
In a 90-day anecdotal test on 100 people with HIV (75 percent
exhibiting full AIDS symptoms), 97 percent reported positive health
changes, with energy and appetites increasing. Most amazing is the
fact that, after 6 weeks, 28 percent had viral loads drop to non-detectible
levels. Their super-charged immune systems were fighting
the virus like they never had before.13 And it works against another
virus, too…
As an HSI Member, you know that flu shots don't actuallydo much
for preventing the flu, and at their worst are actually harmful. And
flu drugs? Forget it! The virus builds resistance almost as soon as the
drugs are put on the market. In 2005,14.5 percent of flu viruses were
resistant to major flu drugs. That might not sound like a lot, but com
pare it to the fact that only 1.9 percentof flu viruses were resistantjust
one year earlier.
Luckily, it seems flax lignans can do the same thing for influenza
that they aredoing for the HIV virus in Africa.
When a virus enters the cells of the body, it stimulates hormones
that activate the gene for p53. When this gene is activated, it actually76 | Miracles from the Vault
induces virally infected cells to shutdown, thereby preventing the vi
rus from spreading. If this is activated shortly after infection, further
viral replication is completely stopped.
Based upon recent studies, influenza virus infections can be
stopped in this way. Flax lignans, through a series ofinteractionswith
the inner workings ofthe body's cells, can increase the level of p53 in
cells. Long story short, flax lignans can actually help to both prevent
flu infections and fightthose that already exist.
And the amazingabilities offlax lignans don't end there,Canadian
study also suggests that SDG may have a therapeutic role in treating
lupus. A Dutch human study showedthat flax lignanscould be the an
swerfor men andwomen with hairloss andthinning hair. Yet another,
this one on rats, showed potential for liver protection.
If you're ready to try this wonder food, ordering information is in
the Member Source Directory.Part II:Cancer | 77
CHAPTER SEVEN
The metal that shrinks tumors
within weeks—your blood will
actually repel cancer
Imagine a cancer treatment so powerful it could bring a comatose
patient back to consciousness in a matter of days—and needing
only $70 per month to get it.
This very miracle does exist, and it'sbeen around since the 1930s,
when Dr. Hans Nieperbegan usingcesiumchloride to treathis patients
in Germany. It was Dr. KeithBrewer, though, who took this therapyto
the next level by combining it with a chemical called dimethyl sulfox
ide, or DMSO.
Cesium is nature's most alkaline metal and when it's combined
with DMSO, it directly targets cancer cells, stopping the metastasis of
the cancer, shrinking tumor masses within weeks, and stopping the
pain of cancerwithin 24 to 48 hours.
This amazing protocolis touted by many alternative practitioners
as one ofthe most effective treatments for bone and brain cancers and
other fast-growing cancers too. Read on to learn more about this in
credible cancer treatment combo.78 | Miracles from the Vault
The secret's in the water
Conventional medicine has a lot to learn from the populations of
the world that haven't yet been touched by Western civilization about
how to maintain vibrant wellness and health.
Many of these populations boast very low incidences of cancer,
and it so happens that in the environments where they live, there
are high levels of strong alkaline minerals in the water supplies. For
example, the Hopi Indians' water contains rubidium and potassium
and the Hunzas of northern Pakistan have water high in cesium and
potassium.
It's this high mineral content that keeps their blood alkaline—an
internal environment that cancer steers clear of.
Around 1900,this concept of an alkali (low-acid) therapy for treat
ing cancerwasdeveloped in the West, and though it workedquitewell
for cancer, it was forgotten about when only a few practitioners were
willingto face the opposition that the medical establishment directed
toward them.
But one brave German practitioner, Dr. Hans Nieper, believed
strongly in the use of strongalkali like cesium chloride. In fact, in his
Hannover, Germany practice, Dr. Nieper used this therapy to treat
hundreds of cancer patients, including many celebrities, executives,
and even a U.S. President.1
Dr. Nieper found that when cesium is taken up by cancer cells, it
raises the pH of the cells and killsthem. Then, they are eliminated by
the body.
Cesium chloride selectively targets cancer by taking advantage of
the fact that most types of tumor cells need much more glucose than
do normal cells. In order to get more glucose into the cancer cells, the
sodium-potassium (Na-K) pumps on the cellwalls must run 20 times
faster than normal, pumping more sodium out and more potassium in.Part II:Cancer | 79
Since cesium acts like potassium, the Na-K pump brings lots of
it into the cells. But once cesium is in a cell, it can't get out because it
blocks the channels through which potassium leaves. This buildup of
cesium then kills the cancerous cell.2
The addition of DMSO allows the cesium chloride to target the
cancer cells even more effectively since it's what is known as a supersolvent.
DMSO also has the abilityto penetrate every singlecellof the
body, and whatever is administered with DMSO tends to bind with it
and get carried to the inside of cells along with it—which makes the
treatment even more powerful.3
How the American Cancer Society dropped
the ball on this cancer breakthrough
One of the more important studies on cesium chloride was con
ducted by Dr. H.E. Sartori, who began his research in April 1981 at
Life Sciences Universal Medical Clinics in Rockville, MD. His subjects
were 50 patients with widespread metastatic tumor deposits that rep
resented a variety of cancers—including breast, colon, prostate, pan
creatic, lung, and liver.
Forty-seven of these 50 patients had already completed surgery,
radiation,and multiple courses of chemotherapy beforetrying the ce
sium. But after treatment with cesium chloride, approximately 50%
of the patients survived—including the three patients who were co
matose when the therapy was initiated. Pain also disappeared in all
patientswithin one to three days ofbeginning the cesium therapy.
Thirteen patients did die within the first two weeks of therapy;
however, autopsy results in each of these 13 showed a reduction in
tumor mass size.4
Even the American Cancer Society (ACS) concluded that "studies
conducted in several experimental tumor models in the 1980s found
that the use of cesium chloride led to less tumor growth and fewer
deaths of certain tumor-bearing mice such as those with sarcoma or80 | Miracles from the Vault
breast cancer."5 Furthermore, they noted that "recent research in rats
has shown that DMSO may deserve further study as a drug carrier
used to enhance the effectiveness of some chemotherapy agents for the
treatment of bladder cancer."
Studiesdone in animals since 1988 havefound that adding DMSO
to some chemotherapy drugs helped the bladder absorb them better.
Research has also shown that "DMSO does appear to have some effect
in reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation, as well as some other
properties that may make it useful in treating certain condition."3
What this revelation from the ACS saysto me is that (at the VERY
least) someone there has most seriously"dropped the ball," as they say.
That such a therapy—admittedly effective in animal studies and lacking
in serious side effects—would be known to conventional medicine for
so manydecades, and subsequently ignored, seems to me to smack of
someseriousnegligence (or worse) on someone's part. But,I digress…
The cesium chloride and DMSO protocol
If you decide to try it, the cesium chloride and DMSO combo can
be used topically or orally. The protocol can be self-administered, but
I strongly suggest that youopt to do it under the guidance of an expe
rienced professional.
Ifyou use the duo topically, it canbe applied to the skin in a local
ized area (such as the abdomen) via a spray bottle. You should know,
though, that DMSO is sulfur-based and has a pungentsulfuric smell
that is definitely noticeable—and not very pleasant.3
Cesium chloride supplements are also available in pill form in a
wide range of doses. Keep in mind, though, that cesium chloride in
combinationwith a high pH diet causes potassiumdepletion,so it'ses
sentialto get plentyof potassium (fromfood and supplements) while
you're on the protocol.
The recommended dosage of cesium chloride is 1 to 6 grams perPart II: Cancer | 81
day. Most patients take3 gper day, always withfood. Below isonever
sion of a cesium chloride protocol, but as always, DO consult with an
experienced practitioner beforestarting!
Breakfast: cesium chloride(1 gram),vitaminC (1,000 milligrams),
zinc (25-30 milligrams), one potassium capsule as prescribedby
a physician
Lunch: vitamin C (1,000 milligrams)
Dinner: cesium chloride (1 gram), vitamin C (1,000 milligrams)
Before bed, after eating two slices ofbread:
cesium chloride (1 gram), vitamin C (1,000milligrams)
Side effects and important notes
As mentioned above, you'll need to add potassium to your diet to
increase your blood potassium levels. If, however, your serum potas
sium gets too high, then hyperkalemia (excess potassium) can result,
so be sure to have this delicate balance of serum potassium checked
every couple of weeks to avoiddamageto your kidneys if you choose
to try this treatment.
Cesium chloride does stayin the body for a couple of months even
afteryou stop taking it, so be sure to continuepotassiumsupplementa
tion for a couple of months afteryoudiscontinue cesiumtherapy.
Sincecesium chloride and DMSO causethe death of many cancer
cells at once,your body's ability to process and eliminate the byprod
ucts ofthis massive cellulardeath maycausea "detoxification reaction"
that can involve flu-type symptoms like headache, nausea, and skin
rash. For some people,the herb milk thistle can be very helpful to the
liver in the elimination oftoxins.4
In rare cases, cesium capsules can cause perforation ofthe stom
ach or small intestine if the capsules become positioned against the
wall of either organ. This is the reason cesium must always be taken
with food. Personally, I would use the liquid form of cesium to avoid82 | Miracles from the Vault
this problem altogether.
Another condition observed after cesium therapyis a striking rise
in blood uric acid levels caused by the release of DNA from all of the
dead cancer cells (DNA is metabolized into uric acid). This has the
potential to cause decreased kidney function because large amounts
of uric acid appearing in kidney tubules can form crystalsthat block
those tubules. This can be prevented by using the pharmaceutical drug
Xyloprim (allopurinol) before and with cesium treatment, so that ex
cessivelyhigh values of uric acid do not build up.4
I must alsomention that in a smallnumber ofpeople, cesium chlo
ride has also been linked with ventriculartachycardia, a rapid and ir
regular heartbeatthat canleadto sudden cardiac death.2
Also, some physicians believe that the administration of just 0.5
g per day of cesium can actually enhance the rate of tumor growth,
since this low amount raises a cell's pH into the "high mitosis," or cell
division, range. But the data so far reveal that anyquantityof 3.0 g or
above will be effective in treating cancer.2
And one more important note for brain-cancer patients: Brain
cancer presents a difficult problem for any cancer treatment,whether
orthodox or alternative. When a cancer cell is dying, from whatever
cause, it can create inflammation in the brain, which can cause a sei
zure,soit iseven more important for youto solicit the care ofaknowl
edgeable practitionerto support you during thistreatment.
This seems like along list of caveats, but if you're interestedin try
ing cesium chloride, getting the help you need may only be a phone
call or mouse-click away. Check out the professional support from
www.essense-of-life.com or (800)760-4947. Information on where to
get cesium chloride is in the Member Source Directory on page 542.Part II: Cancer I 83
CHAPTER EIGHT
"Choking" weed starves tumors by
cutting off blood supply
Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a woman walked out of her doc
tor's office in search ofan alternative treatment. Her mother had
died of the same disease seven years earlier, and this woman's doctor
felt her chanceswere equallybleak.
So she traveled to Oklahoma from her home in Kansas, where she
met a shaman who gave her a tincture made from a common (and—
among gardeners—universally hated) plant. She faithfully used the
tincture every day. She startedto feel her symptoms melting away, and
afterayearhad passedher shocked doctor pronounced her cancer-free.
This woman, though she's never sharedher name, couldn't wait to
share her story.One day, she showed up atThe Center forthe Improve
ment of Human Functioning International, a Kansas clinic dedicated
to cancer research and treatment. She eagerly told her story, and the
team at the clinic found her tale so compelling that they immediately
began research.
But they were puzzled at first. The plant didn't seem to kill tumor
cellsor boost the immune system. It took almost four years for them
to find the answer—and, in a twist out ofthe movies, it turned out that84 | Miracles from the Vault
what made the plant so hated wasjust about the same thing that made
it a breakthrough in cancer treatment.
Miracleextract inhibits all tumors—notjust certain kinds
Gardeners and farmers absolutely hate it. Bindweed (Convolvulus
arvensis) may feature lovely flowers, but it will methodically invade,
entwine, and choke surrounding plants, costing over $350 million in
crop losses in the United States alone each year.
But,as these things usuallyhappen, there's an ironic twist.
That same choking action, loathed by farmers, is loved in the can
cer lab. Because an extract of bindweed, comprised of proteoglycan
molecules (PGMs), has demonstrated an ability to do the very same
thing to tumors.
You see, in order to survive,tumor cellshave to have a blood sup
ply. The body isn't interested in providingthem with one, so they have
to trick it by releasing chemicals that shift the body's production of
blood vessels into overdrive.
The new blood vessels help tumors to grow unnaturally fast. As
they feedoffthese new nutrient supplies, they growstronger and hard
er to fight. But PGMsbring this growth to a screechinghalf.
After finding their answer, the team at the clinic tested the extract
in animal models ofvarious tumors. In each case, it was able to inhibit
growth by 70-99.5%. Triumphantly, they classified it as an all-tumor
inhibitor, equally effective in inhibiting the progression of all tumors.
Used with an immune stimulant, it was even more impressive.
100 times more effective than
the leading natural "tumor starver"
It all comes down to angiogenesis, the process in which new blood
vessels are created from existing networks in the body. In a healthy
body, it'sa stop and go process—bloodvessels grow,and the brakes arePart II: Cancer | 85
put on before the new growth gets out of hand.
In women, this process occurs monthly during the menstrual cy
cle, asthe lining ofthe uterus isrebuilt. And in both men and women,
angiogenesis is essential to tissue repair after an injury.
But in the caseofatumor, blood vessel growth gets completely out
ofhand—cellsdivide more rapidlyand spread more quickly than they
normally should.This is because tumors secrete substances that block
the normal "braking" that should be partofthe angiogenesis process.
PGMs work on a particular chemical involved in angiogenesis.
Called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), it helps tumors'
blood vessels thrive.
Research has shown that cancer, particularly breast cancer, is
linked to too much VEGF showing up in the blood. It's thought that
this overexpression is an early stepin metastasis, astumors feed off the
new blood vessels and grow larger. Basically, the more VEGF in the
blood, the more likely angiogenesis is going haywire.
Inhibiting VEGF cuts offangiogenesis, leavingthe tumor to starve.
For a while, shark cartilage seemed to be the gold standard when
it came to naturalinhibition of angiogenesis. But the supporting data
was conflicting, and resources are limited, making it expensive. How
ever, PGMs have been found 100 times more effective than shark car
tilagewhen it comes to regulating angiogenesis.1
Researchers working on PGMs knew they were onto something
when they conducted a chicken egg chorioallantoic membrane assay.
This is away to test human tumor cellsin conditions similarto those in
the human body. In this test, PGMsinhibited new blood vessel growth
up to 73%, and cut abnormal cell growth by up to 98.6%.
In atest on mice, the extract inhibited tumor growth by an impres
sive 70% when taken orally.2 In another, the inhibition was at 96.8%,
regardless of how the dose was administered. Researchers declared86 | Miracles from the Vault
PGMs "a potent angiogenesis inhibitor" and also noted its support of
the immune system.3
Tumor growth in various studies was stunted at non-toxic doses
(you can't say that about chemo, can you?). In fact, no toxicity was
foundin testanimals in doses up to a humanequivalent ofawhopping
1,400 grams.
It is important to note, though, that bindweed does contain toxins
before the extraction process. So you can't use the whole plant—the
good stuff is in the extract.
Keep newtumors from developing
after conventional treatment
It's a frightening and disheartening pattern: A tumor issurgically
removed, the patient is declared cancer-free, and then it returns. Near
ly 50% of cancer patients experiencegrowth of metastases—andit can
be years after the original tumor isremoved.
A group of doctors at Harvard struggled for years with the ques
tion of why new tumors develop after treatment—and, more importantiy,
how to keep it from happening. They found that cells in the
body normally produce, in balance, proteins that both inhibit and
stimulate blood vessel growth. Cancerous tumors put those proteins
out of balance, turning down the inhibitors.
Directly around the primary tumor, stimulators prompt blood ves
sel growth. Both stimulators and inhibitors leak into the bloodstream,
where stimulators break down, but inhibitors reach microscopic sec
ondary tumors. Those tumors can't grow new blood vessels, and so
they he dormant.
But—remove the first tumor, and those microscopic tumors sud
denly don't have anything keeping them from growing their own net
works of new blood vessels. In one experiment on mice, researchers
removed the primary tumor from mice with lung cancer, and saw anPart II:Cancer | 87
"explosion" of metastatic growth within just five days. Within two
weeks, there were so many tumors that lung function was completely
taken over.
So, finding a substance that prevents tumors from building this
network of blood vesselsis essential to people undergoing convention
al treatment. Researchers started developing angiogenic inhibitors in
an effort to block metastatic growth.
Thisled to a fewmainstream solutions, most notably Avastin,which
puts the brakes on angiogenesis, but can lead to a whole slewof poten
tiallydevastating problems(seesidebaron the following page).
Why use the mainstream's flawed and dangerousdrugs when a safe
and natural option is available? An extract of bindweed, rich in PGMs,
is availablein a product called C-Statin.
Choke out cancer with the most effective
angiogenesis suppressor out there
Doctors and patients alike are impressed by C-Statin's ability to
choke out cancer. Dr. Freidrich R. Douwes, of the St. George Clinic in
Germany (a clinic devoted to alternative cancer treatments), is a big
supporter of C-Statin. He praises it for being the most effective sup
pressor of angiogenesis he's come across, and uses it with most of his
patients at the clinic.
JeffMarrongelle, who has been in practice in Schuylkill, PAfor 15
years, has found bindweed extract an invaluable tool in his clinic. If it
doesn't shrink the tumor, he notes, it stops the progression and growth
long enough to add other therapies. Every one of his patients who has
used it has had positive results.
Another naturopath, Mary Shackelton of Boulder,CO, reports that
her patientsfeel better and find their symptomsreduced on PGM.
Nancy Taylor, a 52-year-old woman from Arizona, has stage 4
metastatic breast cancer. Her white blood cell counts have only been88 | Miracles from the Vault
Mainstream might buy you a few
months, but at what cost?
Of course, the mainstream has theirown answer to angiogen
esis—butit invitesawhole slewofotherserious problems.
Once research showing thatcuttingoff the blood supplycould
starve tumors started rollingin, the race began. At one point sev
eralyears ago, more than 60 angiogenesis inhibitors were in clini
cal trials for the treatment of cancer.
And out ofthose trials came Avastin. Touted as a landmark in
the battle against cancer, Avastin couldn't cure cancer, but it did
increase survivalby a few months. Now it'sused to treat brain tu
mors aswell ascancers ofthe colon,rectum, lung, or breast.
Given by injection every couple of weeks, Avastin might buy
you a few more months oflife (20 months vs. 16months with just
standardtreatment in one study). But the possible side effects are
disturbing.
You may have problemswith wound healing, which could re
sult in infection. Avastin can affect fertiUty, and can also cause a
serious neurological disorder that may not show up for a whole
year after treatment starts.
And the hst of serious side effects is shockinglylong, ranging
from "vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds" to complete
ly ceasing to urinate to chest pains. And at the end of the Hst, this
shows up:"This is not a complete list ofside effects and others may
occur." There are so many serious side effects, they can't even tell
you what they all are! Not exacdy comforting, when I'm supposed
to "tellmy doctor immediately" ifanyofthese unnamed side effects
are observed.
No matter how many things like this I come across, I never get
used to it—here you have a promising angle in the fight against
cancer. And the mainstream is content to turn a blind eye to a safe
and natural treatment that does the job without side effects.Part II: Cancer | 89
consideredlow once in the past sixmonths, and she fullybelieves it is
due to taking C-Statin.
Ordering information for C-Statin is in the Member Source
Directory on page 542.90 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER NINE
The magic mushroom formula that
can conquer breast cancer
Most traditional Asian medicine is thousands of years ahead of
Western medicine… and that's glaringly obvious in the fight
against cancer.
And now, one ancient remedyhasbeenmarried with today's tech
nology,creating acancer-fighting agent so powerfulthat it cantake on
breast cancer cells before they grow and multiply—literally stopping
the disease in its tracks.
In fact, if you lived in Korea instead of the United States, this po
tent natural cure could very well be the treatment your doctor pre
scribed for cancer ratherthan chemotherapy.
Japanese doctors have also seen remarkable results: In one breast
cancerpatient, doctors sawa pingpong ball-sized tumor disappear af
ter just two months oftreatment with Meshima… a medicinal mush
room brought to a new levelby a few extremely insightful scientists.
And thanks to a man with a strongbelief in naturalmedicine, you
finally have access to the most powerful cancer-fighting medicinal
mushroom… along with other supportive natural compounds thatPart II:Cancer | 91
could help you win the fight against breast cancer, maybe even stop
the diseasein its earlieststages beforeit can fullydevelop.
MPI brings medicinal mushrooms to the U.S.
Other than as an occasionalpizzatopping or in a traditional green
bean casserole, Americans don't really eat a lot of mushrooms—and
when we do, it's the standard white button variety.
And while we can find more exotic mushrooms (like portabella
and shiitake) in the grocerystores, medicinal mushroomsarevirtually
nowhereto be found—and they stillmight be offour radar if it weren't
for the work ofMaitake Products, Inc.
Back in 1991, Mike Shirota founded MPI to bring the one of the
most powerful medicinal mushrooms on earth—the maitake—to the
United States. Since then, the company has branched out with even
more healing products… and they're now introducing one that might
just wipe out breast cancer.
Breast-Mate™ wasspecifically formulated to support healthy breast
cells—butit appears to do much more than that.
Man on a mushroom mission
uncovers potential breast cancer cure
Dr. Daniel Sliva has a mission: To let the world know about the
simplest, safest way to prevent and treat cancer. Through years of re
search, Dr. Sliva has come up with the answer, and he's got stacks of
proof to back it up. The answer is mushrooms, and it seems that cer
tain mushrooms may be able to stop cancer before it gets a chance to
start taking over.
After completing his post-doctoral work in Sweden, Dr. Sliva
set off on a research path that surprised and amused his colleagues.
"They thought I was crazy to study mushrooms," he said. "But I
went ahead, and looked to 4,000 years of medicinal mushroom92 | Miracles from the Vault
use in traditional Chinese medicine. I wanted to prove that they
worked on a molecular level."
And that he did.
For ten years, Dr. Sliva studied the molecular biology of medici
nal mushrooms like maitake and reishi—and found they could have
stunning resultswhen pitted againstbreast cancer cells. Then he came
across whatmaybe the mostpowerful cancersuppressor yet: phellinus
linteus (PL).
In one of the most stunning studies to date, Dr. Sliva and his team
found undeniable evidence in the lab that an extract of PL has a four
fold anti-breast-cancer effect:1
1.It inhibits celladhesion, meaning it keepsbreast cancer cells
from joining together to form tumors.
2. It restricts cellmigration, so breast cancer cellscan't move to
other areas of the body (known as metastases).
3. It curbs cellinvasion, meaning the PLextract doesn't let breast
cancer cellstake over healthy cells.
4. It suppressesangiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood
vessels—something tumors can'tlivewithout
By any other name…
In Japan, the mushroom got its name—Maitake, which trans
lates to 'dance mushroom'—because it's shaped like a dancing
nymph. Legend has it, though, that it got the name because when
people stumbled across this rare and precious mushroom deep in
the forest, they began to dance with joy.
Then there's its scientific name, Grifola frondosa—referring to
the mythical half-lion, half-eagle griffin, considered to be an es
peciallypowerful creature that'swell-known for guarding treasure.Part II:Cancer | 93
On top of that, the PL extract decreased cancer cell multiplica
tion by up to 78%! PLextract appears to halt the invasive behaviorof
abnormal breast cells—it can literallystop breast cancer cells dead in
their tracks.
While PL mushrooms are edible, and simply eating them might
help prevent or treat cancer, the extract contains more concentrated
biologically active compounds—making it that much more powerful
as an anti-cancer agent. And, so far, PL extract appears to be com
pletely safe.
Once PL has been confirmed as safe and effective in animal trials,
toxicology studies willbegin. Afterthat comeshuman clinicaltrials—
and hopefullya new wayto treat cancerwithout harming patients will
emerge.
And while successfully—and safely—treating cancer is critically
important, Dr. Sliva is even more focused on prevention. "Help needs
to start sooner. Signalpathwaysare activatedbefore cancer even starts.
And if we can close them down, the cancer will never get a chance to
start. That is much better than treating cancer."
PL Mushroom extract shows offits anticancer powers
It turns out that Dr. Sliva wasn't the only one who'd seen phenom
enal anticancer effects with PL extract:
• Backin 1970, a group ofJapanese researchers induced sarcoma
180 (cancerous tumors) in mice. PL mushroom extracts caused
complete tumor regression in more than half ofthe mice… and
demonstrated inhibition ratios (meaning that tumor growth
stopped) over 95%… with absolutelyno toxicity2
• In 2009, researchers uncovered yet another key component of
PL, called hispolon, that causes apoptosis (cell death) in breast
and bladder cancer cells.3
• A cultured version of PL was approved as a medicine in 199794 | Miracles from the Vault
in Korea, and has been used there as medication ever since—
sometimes in conjunction with standard chemotherapy, and
sometimes as a stand-alone treatment for cancer patients.
Building on Dr. Sliva's Success
The MPI research and development team already knew about
the powers of medicinal mushrooms, but when they learned of
Dr. Sliva's work with the meshima mushroom (the Japanese name
for PL), they knew it would become the centerpiece of their new
formula—Breast-Mate.™
With PL-fraction (the same extract used in Dr. Sliva's research) as
their key ingredient, the team sought out other supportive natural in
gredients—all proven to have anti-cancer benefits, particularly when
it comes to breast cancer. Because these natural compounds attack
breast cancer at the cellular level, they make superior preventives…
and potent treatments.
Five proven cancer-fighters join the PL fraction
While PL is the centerpiece of the Breast-Mate™ formula, it's not
the only ingredient proven to have a powerful impact on breast can
cer. In fact, all of the ingredients in this formula have been shown to
combat breast cancer—in the lab, in animal studies, and in people.
Maitake Standardized Extract PSX Fraction"' Maitake mushrooms, the
cornerstone of MPI, have a long and rich history when it comes to
fighting cancer… and that includes breast cancer. But it turns out that
a special extract, the PSX Fraction, can take on breast cancer from
another angle entirely.
For decades, scientists have been studying the maitake's anti
cancer properties, and learning about the many different ways these
mushrooms can protect you against cancer—from boosting your im
mune system function to taking on the tumors themselves.
Then in 2003, researchers discovered another important benefitPart II:Cancer | 95
these mushrooms could offer, this time using a distinct extract, differ
ent than the one they'd been pitting against cancer cells. This extract
could lowerblood sugar—even better than a prescriptiondrug.
In fact, one study found that maitake extract (in a form calledWSfraction,
which would later be concentrated and renamed SX fraction)
loweredblood sugar in mice by a full 70 points in just oneweek… com
paredto a 43-point drop with populardiabetes drug glipizide.4
Another study found that maitake SX-fraction improved insulin
sensitivity, reducing both insulin resistance and blood glucose levels,
in rats. In fact, the SX-fraction performed as well as pioglitazone (a
common diabetes drug)… with no adverse side effects.5
You may be wondering what lowerblood sugar and increased in
sulin sensitivity have to do with breast cancer—I did, too, and that's
why I asked the Dr. Cun Zhuang of MPI about the choice to use the
PSX fraction (an extract standardized to contain 18% SX-fraction) in
steadofthe proven cancer-fighting D fraction.
"It is saidthat cancer feeds on sugar, and the relationship between
high blood sugar and cancer (especially breast cancer) has been dis
cussed more and more these days. Maitake SX-fraction is out propri
etary extract that improves insulin resistance, making it effective for
peoplewith Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes."
So I looked at the research, and it turns out there's quite a lot of
evidence linking Type 2 diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome to breast
Metabolic Syndrome, a.k.a. Syndrome X
MetabolicSyndrome (which isalsoknown asInsulin Resistance
Syndrome or Syndrome X) comes with avariety ofsymptoms—all
of which can put your goodhealth atrisk. It involves such danger
ous symptoms as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high tri
glycerides, and insulin resistance.96 | Miracles from the Vault
cancer. In fact,accordingto an Israelistudy, womenwith Type2 diabe
tesappearto face up to a 20% higherriskofdeveloping breastcancer…
especiallypostmenopausal women.6
A review ofthe Women's Health Initiative found that women with
Metabolic Syndromefacednearlydoublethe risk of developingbreast
cancer.7 And an Italian study found that women with Metabolic Syn
drome were more likelyto sufferbreast cancer recurrence than women
without the condition.8
Since the maitake extract included in the Breast-Mate™ formula
is proven to lower blood sugar and improveinsulin resistance, it may
nullify the cancer-promoting effects of Type2 diabetes and Metabolic
Syndrome—givingyou a unique wayto conquer breast cancer.
Note: If you're taking any medication to lower your blood sugar,
pleaseconsultwithyour health careproviderbeforetaking anysupple
ment containing Maitake SX-fraction.
Broccoli extract
For your whole life, people have probably been nagging you to eat
your broccoli. Turns out they were offering some very good advice—
because in the fight against cancer, you definitely want broccoli on
your side.
Broccoli, like its other cruciferous cousins, contains a compound
known as indole 3 carbinol (I3C)—a compound that's been found
highly beneficial in the fight against breast cancer. In fact, back in
1995, scientists found that I3C could actually prevent breast tumors
in rodents.9
Then in 1999, researchers found that using I3C in combination
with tamoxifen (a common chemotherapy used on breast cancer pa
tients) better halted the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer
cells (known as MCF-7 cells) than the drug on its own.10
Finally in 2004, scientists figured out just how it works. It turnsPart II:Cancer | 97
out that I3C activates a pathway that stops the cycle of human breast
cancer cells (specifically, MCF-7 cells).11 It also produces a substance
called DIM (3,3'-Diindolylmethane) during digestion, and DIM per
forms a criticaljob… it convertsa potentiallydangerous hormone into
a super-safe version instead.
That's right—DIM prevents estrone from turning into its cancercausing
form, 16-hydroxyestrone. Instead, it helps the hormone turn
into 2-hydroxyestrone, a completely non-cancer-causingform… stop
ping cancer cellsbefore they can get started.
Green tea extract
Green tea is well-known around the world for its cancer-fighting
properties, along with plenty of other health benefits. And over the
past ten years or so, researchers have focused on the green tea-breast
cancer connection.
In a nutshell, several population studies have found that people
who drink green tea enjoy a decreased risk for breast cancer and can
cer recurrence. One study in particular found that women with breast
cancer who drank green tea had the least cancer spread… and that
women who drank at least5 cups a daybeforetheir diagnoseswereless
likelyto have their cancer recur.12
Green tea seems to get its cancer-fighting powers from a compo
nent called EGCG (epigallocatechingallate)… which has been studied
vigorously in the lab, with a lot of success. Back in 1998, researchers
discovered that EGCG inhibited the growth of cancer cellswithout do
ing any damage to healthy cells.13 And even further back, in 1995,sci
entists discovered that EGCG could inhibit breast cancer cells trans
planted into mice by up to 99%.14
Fast forward to 2007, when researchers learned that EGCG along
with other polyphenols found in green tea could slowdown breast can
cer tumor growth, shrink tumors, and set offbreast cancer cell death in
mice (who'd been injected with human breast cancer cells).98 | Miracles from the Vault
Andwhile it mayseem that green teaon itsown—and especially in
combination withmushroomandbroccoli extracts—can fight offbreast
cancer, the researchers at MPItook theirformula two stepsfurther.
The formula rounds out with two vitamins that have gotten a lot
of press over the past few years: vitamin D3 and folic acid. Both of
these nutrients have been studied and found to have connections
with breast cancer.
Vitamin D's role comes in prevention—women who get more di
etary vitamin D and more exposure to sunlight seem to have a sub
stantially reduced risk of developing breast cancer. But it also comes
with a treatment component, where using vitamin D to treat breast
cancer may keep tumors from growing.
Folic acid also helps lowerthe risk, especially for postmenopausal
women and women who drink alcohol. Studieshaveshown that higher
intake offolic acid is linked with a decreased risk of breast cancer—a
decrease of up to 29%.15And the benefitis even stronger when wom
en get plenty of 'folate cofactors' (other nutrients that work together
with folic acid), like vitamins B6 and B12.
Using Breast-Mate™ to take on breast cancer
Breast-Mate™ can be used for both breast cancer prevention and
treatment. (For treatment, better results may be seen when BreastMate™
is used together with Maitake D-fraction.) The recommended
dose of Breast-Mate™ for treatment is two tablets, twice per day. For
breast cancer prevention, the manufacturer recommends one to two
tablets, twice a day.
You can find ordering information for Breast-Mate™ in the Mem
ber Source Directory on page 542.I
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CHAPTER TEN
Defeat even advanced prostate
cancer with "killer" herbs
f you know someone who's suffering from prostate cancer, you'll
want to read this article right now.
Because no matter what elsethey'vetried, no matter whether their
cancer is androgen-dependent or (much more difficultto treat) androgen-independent,
this combination of time-tested and cutting-edge
formulas can turn thingsaround… even ifthe cancerhas gottento the
advanced stage.
Making a natural cancer killer even more effective
When we first introduced you to PectaSol* back in 2004, we
knew it had potential beyond what science had so far shown. And
we were right…
Developed byHSI panelist Dr. Isaac Eliaz, PectaSol (a special form
of modified citrus pectin, or MCP) showed great promise against a
varietyof cancers. In fact, one earlystudyfound that sevenout of ten
patients with recurrent prostate cancersignificantly slowedtheir PSA
doubling time (a measurement thatshows howfast prostate cancer is
growing) by using Pecta-Sol.1100 I Miracles from the Vault
But Dr. Eliaz knew he could make it even more effective. And
he did.
After years of research, Dr. Eliazrealizedthat people would be able
to absorb pectin more effectively if its molecules weren't so big. So he
developed a special process that could make those pectin molecules
smaller—and PectaSol-C* was born.
And with those miniscule molecules, more of that pectin can travel
through your bloodstream and latchon to their targets: cancer cells.
It worked. In fact, it worked so well that the newly shrunk MCP
molecules were able to take on advanced cancers, even cancers that
had spread rampantly to causeevenmore damage.
Killer citrus stops even treatment-resistant
cancer in its tracks
In August 2008, we told you about another astonishing MCP
breakthrough: In a groundbreaking trial2, PectaSol-C was shown to
work miracles for people with even advanced and treatment-resistant
cancers. The patients in the trial all had terminal cancer (of various
kinds), and almost 90% of that cancer had metastasized—and they'd
all suffered through the ineffective solutions' offered by mainstream
medicine (like chemotherapy and surgery) with no success.
Then they tried the PectaSol-C, and it literally turned their lives
around. Afterjust 16weeks, 35.7% ofthe patientshad shown a positive
response (measured in pain status,functional impairment, and weight
loss). On top of that, 28.6% of the patients remained stable after 16
weeks oftreatment.
"I believe PectaSol-C has prolonged my life."
One ofthosepatients had advanced prostate cancer, and hisresults
were nothing short of miraculous.
"I believe PectaSol-C has prolonged mylife," saidR.F. ofCalifornia,Part II:Cancer | 101
a man stricken with advanced prostate cancer.
Over that 16-weektrial period, R.E sawhis PSAdrop 50%.He also
experienced significantincreasesin clinicalbenefit,quality of life,and
decline of pain.
Theseimpressiveresults showthat MCP rivalsthe power of many
prescription cancer drugs. But what makes PectaSol-C even better is
that it doesn't appear to have any dangerous side effects or interac
tions. In fact, very few people who take MCP experience flatulence
or loose stools, due to its soluble fiber content. But this can be eas
ily managed by lowering the dose and slowly working back up to
the therapeutic level. But when you compare that to the toxic side
effects of most conventional cancer treatments, these problems are
very minor.
Now PectaSol-C brings more compelling
new cancer-fighting science to the table
It's clear that PectaSol-C can wreak havoc on prostate cancer, and
now we know exactlyhow that happens.
In a just-published invitro study3, scientists discovered that Pecta
Sol-C actuallystops the production of new prostate cancer cells, and
even brings on their apoptosis (cell death). So at the same time it'skill
ingoffold cancer cells, it's also preventing the creation of newones.
But it gets better…
PectaSol-C has the same impact on both androgen-dependent and
androgen-independent (AI) prostate cancer cells (see sidebar). That's
very good news for men suffering from AI prostate cancer, which is
much harder for mainstream medicine to treat.
So you can see just how PectaSol-C can work miracles for pros
tate cancer patients. And when it's teamed up with a second prostate
cancer-fighting formula, the results are even better.102 | Miracles from the Vault
Thirty-three prostate supporting ingredients
join forces to wipe out cancer
Dr. Eliaz could have been satisfied with the overwhelming suc
cess of PectaSol-C, but he didn't rest on his laurels. Instead, he was in
strumental in creating a prostate-specific supplement, one that would
complement the cancer-killing powers of MCP and join in its fight to
wipe out prostate cancer.
ProstaCaid* contains an impressive, comprehensive collection of
ingredients, thirty-three of the most potent prostate supporters in ex
istence. This complex blend of healing herbs and nutrients provides a
wholly integrative approach to conquering prostate cancer.
The formula helps promote and maintain long-term prostate
health—and that can go a long way toward preventing prostate can
cer from striking. ProstaCaid contains several ingredients that help
control hormone levels, especially to positively balance the estrogen/
testosterone ratio, which is critical to prostate health.
And its comprehensive antioxidant profile helps prevent DNA
damage and protect your prostate cells.
According to Dr.Eliaz, "The ability ofthisspecific combination of
ingredients to kill both hormone-sensitive prostate cancer as well as
hormone-resistant prostate cancer (the type that metastasizes) is truly
unusual. The research shows this specific combination of ingredients
can save lives, prevent prostate cancer and prolong the lives of those
suffering from prostate cancer."
ProstaCaid kills off cancer cells in just 72 hours
ProstaCaid, like its partner PectaSol-C, can stop prostate cancer
in its tracks—but it does it in a different way, as a brand new trial
demonstrated.4
This formula actually interrupts the life cycle of prostate cancerPart II:Cancer | 103
cells (a process called G2/M cell cycle arrest). ProstaCaid cancels the
cycle before the mitosis (or M) stage,the point where a cellwould nor
mally divide and replicate. Without mitosis, prostate cancer cells can
not multiply.
Like PectaSol-C, ProstaCaid alsocauses prostatecancercellsto dieby
setting off apoptosis. And ProstaCaid has the same killer effecton both
androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostatecancercells.
That's especially important, as lead study author Dr. Jun Yan tells
us."Theresultswesawwith this formulaarevery important for cancer
therapy because currently there is no effective treatment for hormone
resistant prostate cancer."
And in this trial, the formula was able to stop prostate cancer cell
multiplicationand inducecancercelldeath afteronly72hours oftreat
ment—just three days!
Even better, it only took minute doses to knock out the cancer cells.
Thesynergistic effect of the ProstaCaid formula brings on a response at
muchlowerconcentrations than you'd seewithanysingle ingredient.
The amazing killing powers of this formula come thanks to its
comprehensive range ofingredients. Butsince delving intoeachingre
dient's prowess would take an entire double issue (remember, there are
33!), we'll focus on just someof the keyplayers.
DIM slows tumor growth with no toxic side effects
Diindolylmethane (commonly called DIM) isa proven cancer-fight
ing nutrient—especially when it comesto hormone-related cancers.
There are numerous studies proving DIM's effectiveness against
prostate cancer specifically. One in vitro study found that DIM, on its
own, could cause prostate cancer cell death.5 A second in vitro study6
found that the nutrient prevented prostate cancer cell proliferation,
leading the researchers to conclude that DIM may"reduce disease re
currence." Another study7, this one involving mice, showed that DIM104 | Miracles from the Vault
inhibited prostate tumor growthwith no toxicside effects.
How does DIM get the job done? It inhibits the creation of a par
ticularlydangeroustype of estrogenknown as 16-Hydroxyestrone, in
stead producing a saferversion of the hormone.
Stinging nettle root prevents benign
cells from turning malignant
Stinging nettle may not sound like something you want
involved with your prostate, but it is a highly effectivecancer treat
ment and preventive.
In fact, nettle appearsto keepthe benigncells of an enlargedpros
tate from headingdown the path ofmalignancy and turning into pros
tate cancer.8
On top of that, an in vitro study9 showed that stinging nettle can
keep prostate cancercells from multiplying, which mayhelpkeep can
cer in check.
Chinese skullcap: treating prostate cancer for ages
Long used in traditionalherbalmedicine, Chinese skullcap (sci
entifically known as Scutellaria baicalensis) has a longhistory of be
ing usedto treat the prostate. Andmodern science hasfinally caught
up, with numerous studies supporting that traditional use.
A key compound in Chinese skullcap known as baicalin is the
main powerhouse here. This flavonoid appears to inhibit prostate
cancer cell growth, whether those cells are androgen-dependent or
independent, and stimulates apoptosis at the same time10.
Astudy11 involving mice injected withhumancancercells demon
stratesjusthowwell thisstaple ofChinese herbal medicine works. The
researchers saw a 66% decrease in tumor mass after just seven weeks
oftreatment with Chinese skullcap.Part II:Cancer | 105
Berberine knocks out tumors
and inflammation all at once
Berberineis a compound found in many medicinal herbs. And this
alkaloid substance sets off apoptosis in prostate cancer cells, whether
or not they're androgen-dependent. And, like other powerful cancer
killers in the ProstaCaid formula, berberine also keeps those cancer
cells from multiplying and takingover.12
This compound works by interrupting the prostate cancer celllife
cycle, which keeps those malignant cells from running rampant in
the prostate. At the same time, though, it had no negative impact on
healthy prostate cells—meaning it targets onlythe bad guys.
Pomegranate: a proven prostate protecting fruit
Pomegranate has it all: brilliant color, sweet-tart taste, and pros
tate-saving powers. And there are numerous studies showingjust how
effectively this fruit fights againstprostatecancer. Here are some of the
highlights…
• A 2005 study13 found that prostate cancerpatients who simply
drank eightounces ofpomegranate juiceper daysawincreased
PSAdoubling time
• In the lab14, several forms ofpomegranate (like fermented juice,
and seed oil) preventedprostatecancer cellgrowth
• A 2005 lab study15 found that pomegranate fruit extract stopped
prostate cancer cellgrowth and set offapoptosisin those cells
• Pomegranate fruit extract was shown to decrease PSA levels
and inhibit tumor growth in mice implanted with prostate
cancer cells16
Ganoderma lucidum interrupts the
cancer supply line so tumors can't survive
Medicinal mushrooms have beenfighting disease for centuries, and106 | Miracles from the Vault
the Ganoderma lucidum (more familiarly known as the reishi mush
room) is among the most powerful. The reishi has been shown to pre
vent proliferation and bring on apoptosisin prostate cancer cells17.
One way this magic mushroom defeats this disease is by cutting
offthe blood supply to prostate cancer cells18—andwithout supplies,
they simplycan not thrive and survive. It turns out that reishi can stop
a process called oncogenesis* which is the creation of new blood ves
sels, so that tumors never get a chanceto growand spread1119
In addition, the reishi mushroom prevents highly aggressive
prostate cancer cells from spreading by interrupting special cellular
signals20—a key factor in getting the cancer under control.
Pygeum boosts prostate health while
stopping cancer cells in their tracks
Pygeum bark has long been a superstar in the prostate protection
arena, easing symptoms (like frequent night-time urination) and
promoting prostate health.
In fact, even in the early days, more than twenty-five years ago,
researchers believed this pine-like tree held the answer to healthy
prostate. Backthen, scientistsconducteda placebo-controlledstudy21
which included 120patients, and found that pygeum extract signifi
cantly improved prostate-related urinary problems.
But pygeum doesn't stop with prostate support—it also actively
takes on prostate cancer cells, and keeps them from multiplying be
yond control. An in vitro study22 showed that pygeum can interrupt the
prostate cancercellcycle and preventcelldivision and reproduction.
ProstaCaid doubles the cancer-killing
powers ofPectaSol-C
You've seenjust howeffective both ProstaCaid and PectaSol-C are
at destroying prostate cancer. But even Dr. Eliaz was amazedby howPart II: Cancer | 107
much strongerthey are when theyworkas a team.
Ongoing work23 (which willbe submitted in a paper for publica
tion in the future) shows that when both products are used together,
the anti-cancer effects of PectaSol-C are doubled.
Researchers are nowstudying the impactof PectaSol-C alone, and
then theMCP combined withProstaCaid against highly invasive pros
tate cancer cells. The MCP alone, as expected, had a powerful effect,
stopping the migration of those invasive cells.
And when the research team added ProstaCaid to the MCP, they
saw an enormous decrease in that invasive behavior.
Thatremarkable discovery took place in the lab. ButDr. Eliaz saw
the incredible impactofthe combination on advanced prostate cancer
in one very sick patient.
The case studypresented byDr. Eliaz clearly shows just howwell
these two supplements work together. The patient in this case had
hormonal-resistant, metastatic prostate cancer. He suffered through
multiple mainstream therapies with no success. But the mix of Pros
taCaidand PectaSol-C lowered his PSA significantly and substantial
ly slowed his PSA doubling time—a remarkable result considering
the aggressiveness of his disease.
Protect your prostate with ProstaCaid and PectaSol-C
Your prostate can reap the benefits of these two powerful cancerfighting
weapons, especially when using both together. According to
Dr.Eliaz, though, if you plan to try onlyone, chooseProstaCaid.
With ProstaCaid, Dr. Eliaz recommends taking 6 capsules, twice
a day with food for active support. For long-term support, the sug
gested dosage is 3 capsules, twice a daywith food. And for preven
tion, Dr. Eliaz suggests taking 3 capsules once or twice daily with
food, depending on therisk level, with a recommended loading dose
of six capsulesper day (with food) for the first two weeks.108 | Miracles from the Vault
As for PectaSol-C, this needs to be taken on an empty stomach,
whether you choose the powder or the capsules. For active support,
Dr. Eliaz recommends using 5 grams of powder or 6 capsules, three
times per day. For long-term support, he suggests taking 5 grams of
powder once daily or 6 capsules.
You can find orderinginformation for ProstaCaid and PectaSol-C
in the Member Source Directory on page 542.The Complete Cancer-Fighting Roster of ProstaCaid
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extract
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CHAPTER ELEVEN
Vietnamese medicinal herb
shows promise in healing prostate
and ovarian disease
We talk a lot about traditional Chinese medicine and the in
roads it'smade as a modern approachto healing.Butwe never
focused much on traditional Vietnamese medicine until we learned
about one ofits most valuable herbs called crinum latifolium. Appar
ently, it's so revered inVietnam that it used to be reserved only for
royalty and was known both as the "Medicine for the King's Palace"
and the "Royal Female Herb."
Those traditional references actually highlight one of crinum's
most unique aspects—its ability to target both prostate and ovarian
health concerns. But crinum seems to be an equal opportunity herb.
Anditsbenefits seem to gobeyond justsex-specific diseases too.
First,let'stalk about what it can do to protect you from prostate or
ovarian diseases.
Picking upwhere PC Spes leftoff—without therisk
Although most ofthe research on crinum focuses on men, it allPart II:Cancer | 111
started whenthe Hoang family studied its effect on ovarian health.
Dr. Kha Hoang was the Chief Teacher and medical doctor for the
Vietnamese royal family. In 1984 his daughter had so many cysts on
her ovary that surgery was planned to remove it. Dr. Hoang had her
startdrinking ateamade with crinum leaves, and about six weeks later
the cysts were gone.
Today, three generations of the Hoang family are integrated med
icine practitioners. The family has used crinum together with other
supportive herbs in treating a variety of prostate and ovarian condi
tions. Biopsies confirmed 16 cases of advanced prostate cancer were
completely cured regardless of prostate specific antigen (PSA) lev
els. In fact, sometimes PSA levels go up in men taking crinum, even
though testing shows that their prostate cells are normal and healthy.
That is exactlywhat happenedto Ken Malik, the co-founder and Ex
ecutive Director of the Prostate Awareness Foundation, a non-profit
organization based in San Francisco, California.
Inhisown battlewith prostate cancer, Malikchoseto takethe natural
approach—opting for a therapeutic regimen of nutrition andexercise.
He also used the herbal supplement PC Spes for eight years and found
doing so stabilized his condition. PC Spes was marketed as an herbal
formula that had shown remarkable results in treating prostate prob
lems. Recently though, it was pulled from the market after researchers
discovered that some PC Spes products claiming tobeall-natural actu
ally contained synthetic, potentially harmful substances. Malik was one
ofmillions ofmenworldwide affected when PC Spes was taken offthe
market. When he stopped taking it, his PSA level started to creep up
ward. Sohebegan hissearch for areplacement. That ledhim to crinum.
He started taking it in January 2002, and, over the course of the
next 10 months, his PSA actually continued to go up. Most of the
time, this would be cause for concern. But Malik's most recent biopsy
showed only healthy tissue. His experience might add some support to
recent reports that claim the PSA test might not be the best indicator112 | Miracles from the Vault
of prostate cancer risk.
Malikwasexcited enoughabouthis ownexperience to organizean
informal trial with 10 members ofthe Prostate Awareness Foundation.
Participants were told to take nine crinum tablets each day for three
months. All 10 noted some kind of functional improvement.
Not everyone using crinum experiences elevated PSA levels. Some
times its benefits follow a more predictable path, like the testimonial
the manufacturer shared with me from a 58-year-old man who had
a PSA of 93 when he went to his urologist fortreatment. He'd waited
so long that his cancer had spread to his bones, intestines, and lymph
nodes. He was placed on an aggressive herbal program that includ
ed crinum. After just four months, his PSA was down to 0.9 and the
symptoms he'd been experiencing—difficulty urinating, swelling in his
legs, and extreme fatigue—had all disappeared.
92.6 percent success for BPH symptoms
Crinum isn't justfor prostate cancer or extremely advanced cases
ofprostate disease. Italso appears to alleviate the symptoms ofone of
the mostcommon male problems—enlarged prostate, or benignpros
tatic hyperplasia (BPH). The main symptom ofBPH is frequent and
sometimes painful urination. There are over 500 individual case histo
ries ofsuccessful crinum treatment for BPH. And after seven years of
research, the International Hospital inVietnam reported that 92.6 per
cent ofpatients had good results using crinum for BPH (confirmed by
measurements of prostate size andclinical evaluation byurologists).1
However, theseresults have not beenconfirmed in Western studies.
Helping your cells communicate
As effective ascrinum appears tobe, there's still no official consen
sus as to why or how it works. Researchers think it may have some
thing to do with how it affects you at the simplest level—the cellular
level. The human body contains about 70 trillion cells. With a few ex
ceptions, each ofthese individual cells is a living entity with its ownPart II:Cancer j 113
complete set of genes. Each ofthese cells maintains its own existence
and also makes avital contribution toyourlife andhealth. Butin order
for your bodyto function properly, all ofthose cells must communi
cate. Forinstance, your muscles must contract only when yourbrain
sendsa message to contractand not anyothertime.
Cells also communicate with one another to determine the cor
rect balance of cell proliferation and apoptosis, or death. Basically,
they're constantly working together to regulate how many cells you
have—and howhealthy they are—at anygiven moment. But if your
cells aren't communicating properly, apoptosis may not happen the
way it should, which means that unhealthy, even cancerous, cells can
continue to thrive and mutate. Recent experiments show that crinum
extract helps cells produce a substance called neopterin, which they
send out to communicate with immune cells, calling them into action
against cancerand other foreign invaders.2
Five more ways to knock out disease
I found a crinum supplement called Healthy Prostate&Ovarythat
also contains five other herbal ingredients—alisima plantago-quatica,
astragalus, momordicacharantia, caricapapaya leaf, and annona muricata
leaf—all known for their immune- and energy-boosting effects
as well as their abilities to regulate abnormal body functions.
Crinum is so established and widely used as a treatment for pros
tateand ovarydiseases in Vietnam that their cropsofthe herb aregen
erallyprohibited from being exported.SoHealthyProstate &Ovary is
one of the first crinum products we know of to be made available in
the U.S. See the Member Source Directory on page 542 for complete
ordering information.
If you decide to try the Healthy Prostate & Ovary formula, the
recommended dose is three 600-mg tablets three times daily. And, as
always, ifyou'rebattling canceror anyother seriousillness, pleasecon
sult with your physician before using this or any other product.114 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWELVE
How you can take advantage of
the AMAS Cancer Test
The AMASCancer Test stands for Anti-Malignan Antibodyin Se
rum test. Malignin isapeptide found in people with awide range
of cancers. If the anti-malignan antibody is detected in the blood,
it means that the body detected the presence of this peptide, and
launched an immune response against it. Clinical studies have shown
that the AMAS test is up to 95 percent accurate on the first reading,
and up to 99 percent accurate aftertwo readings.
In one study at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, the AMAS test
demonstrated amazing accuracy. Within the study group of 125 peo
ple, the test was positive for 21 people who were later confirmed to
have cancer, while it was negative for 97 people who showed no signs
of cancer. The remaining seven people produced positive readings on
the AMAS test but showed no signsofcancer; yet the study notes that
allweresymptomatic, had a family history ofcancer, or both—indicat
ing that the AMAS test may havedetected a problem that conventional
screening methods could not find.
This simple blood test can detect precancerousand cancerous cells
with up to 99 percent sensitivity. Many of our members wrote in toPart II: Cancer | 115
say they were having difficulty finding adoctor willing todothetest—
because they had neverheard of it.
At HSI, we're committed to bringing you breakthrough informa
tion on the latest health discoveries. Our research often brings infor
mation directly to you before it even reaches your doctor. We realize
there's no benefit to providing you with cutting-edge information if
you can't use it. So our team did some research to learn more about
the availability ofthe AMAS testand howyoucantake advantage ofit.
Luckily, we were able to speak directly with Dr. Samuel Bogoch,
one of the two doctors who firstdiscovered the anti-malignin antibody
and developed the AMAS test. He saidthat the test has been available
for some time, but so far, doctors haveonly learned of it through word
of mouth. Recent effortshave started getting the word out—but there
is a still a long way to go.
You don't need a doctor's permission
to orderthe AMAS test
But the good news is that ANYONE can order an AMAS test. Just
call 1-800-922-8378 and leave your name and address to receive a free
kit in the mail. The kit includes the materials and instructions you
need to complete the test, and a packet of scientificliterature support
ing its benefits. Then,take the kit to your doctor, and ask him to order
a blood sample and sign the analysis form. All AMAS tests are ana
lyzed by Dr. Bogoch's staff in Boston (overnight shipping instructions
are included in the kit). As some members have found, some labs re
fuse to draw specimens for tests that will be performed at another lab.
According to Dr. Bogoch, that's more often the case with smaller labs;
largerlabs usuallysend specimensto other labs on a dailybasis.Ifyour
doctor's lab is not willingto process the AMAS test, and your doctor is
not willingto find one that will, do some researchon your own. Check
the Yellow Pages and call around to larger labs in your area.
Some readers also asked about the availability of the AMAS test116 | Miracles from the Vault
outside the U.S. Anyone from anywhere in the world can order the
test. The onlyuniquechallenge isthe shipping. Samplessentfromout
side the U.S. may needto ship in dry ice to ensure a valid sample. The
analysis costs$165 (not including extralabfees or shippingcosts), but
the test is Medicare approved; and remember, ordering the kit is com
pletely free.
The AMAS test can detect the presence of cancerous cells, but can't
pinpoint theirlocation. Soa positive reading mustbe followed up byad
ditional testing to locate the cancer and determine itsstage. Butthe test
does come muchcloser to offering true early detection than manyother
screening methods, and does so in a non-invasive way. To learn even
more about AMAS, you can visitthiswebsite: www.amascancertest.com.
If you're interested in the AMAS test, you don't have to wait for
your doctor to hear about it. Call and order the free kit, and review
the research. If you're still interested, take the kit and the literature to
your doctor.Part II: Cancer I 117
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Is it really from heaven above?
The cancer miracle that leaves
healthy cells healthy
Cancer treatment has come a longwaysincethe use of mustard gas
derivatives in the early1900s—or has it?When doctors discovered
duringWorld WarI that mustard gas destroyed bonemarrow, theybe
ganto experiment withitasaway tokill cancer cells. Although theyhad
littlesuccess with the mustard gas, it did pavethe wayfor modern che
motherapy—which involves the most toxic and poisonous substances
anyone deliberately puts in his body. These treatments kill much more
than cancercells—they have a devastating effect evenon healthyones.
Sometimes it seemsas if onlya miracle could providea cure that's
both safe and effective. And a miracle is just what Dr. Mate Hidvegi
believed he found when he patented Avemar, a fermented wheat germ
extract. Studies have shown that Avemar reduces cancer recurrence,
cuts off the cancer cells' energy supply, speeds cancer cell death, and
helps the immune system identify cancer cellsfor attack.
A miracle in the making
Back in World War I, Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (a Nobel Prize re-118 | Miracles from the Vault
cipient in 1937 for his discovery of vitamin C) had seen the effects of
mustard gas up close and personal and was determined to find a safer
alternative for cancer treatment. His goalwas to prevent the rapid re
production that is characteristic ofcancercells. He theorized that sup
plementalquantitiesofnaturally occurringcompounds in wheat germ
called DMBQ would help to chaperone cellular metabolism, allowing
healthy cellsto followanormal coursebut prohibiting potentially can
cerous ones from growing and spreading. His early experiments, pub
lished in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA in
the 1960s, showed effects of naturallyoccurring and synthetic DMBQ
against cancercelllines, confirming his theory.
But it was then that the science community shifted its focus to kill
ing canceroutright—atanycost.Hisapproach, seen asnegotiatingwith
the enemy asopposed to destroying it outright,was castto the side.
It wasn't until the fall of communism in Hungary in 1989—when
scientistswere allowedforthe first time to pursueindependent, person
alinterests—that Dr. Hidvegi picked up where Szent-Gyorgyi left off.
But when Hidvegi's funding ran out, it seemed asif the research
would once again be set aside. He had no money, he had no prospects,
and his wife insisted he giveup hisresearch and find a payingjob.
They were desperate. Yet he did stillhaveone thing at that timefaith.
Being a devout man, Dr. Hidvegi prayed to the Virgin Mary for
guidance—and an investor.
Miraculously, the very next day a stranger wrote Hidvegi a check
somewherein the $100,000 range. With that money, he wasfinally able
to patent atechnique of fermenting wheat germ with baker's yeast. He
named this fermented product Avemar in tribute to the Virgin Mary
(Ave meaning hail and Mar meaning Mary). It became the standard
compound for research andlater commercialization because it assured
alonger shelflifewhilemaintaining itslive food status.
Avemar is supported by more than 100 reports (written for pre-Part II:Cancer | 119
sentation or publication)conducted in the U.S., Hungary, Russia, Aus
tralia, Israel, and Italy and isvalidated bythepublication ofmorethan
20 peer-reviewed publications describing in vitro, in vivo, andhuman
clinical trials.
Reduce cancer recurrence
Since 1996, over 100 studies done on Avemar have impressed
oncologists and cancer researchers. Studies have shown that when
Avemar is used as an adjunct treatment, it enhances the effects of the
standard treatment agents. It's particularly effective in reducing the
chances of cancer recurrence.
In a controlled study, 170 subjects with primary colorectalcancer
either had surgery and standard carewith chemotherapy or the same
plus 9gofAvemar taken once aday. Only 3percent ofthepeople inthe
the Avemar groupexperienced a recurrence, vs. morethan 17percent
ofthose in the chemo-only group. The Avemar group alsoshoweda 67
percentreduction in metastasis and a 62percentreduction in deaths.1
In a randomized study, 46stage III melanoma patientswith a high
risk of recurrence either had surgery and standard care with chemo
therapy or surgeryplus standard careand 9 g of Avemar taken once a
day. Those taking Avemar showed approximately a 50 percent reduc
tion in risk of progression.2
In a one-year, non-randomized trial of 43 patients with oral can
cer,21 patients received surgeryand standard care while 22 others re
ceivedthe same plus Avemar. The Avemargroup showed an 85 percent
reduced risk of overall progression. Plus, only 4.5 percent of the pa
tients in the Avemar group experienced local recurrences as opposed
to more than 57 percent of the people in the standard care group.
Avemaralso reduced the frequencyand severityof many common
side effects, including nausea, fatigue, weight loss, and immune sup
pression.120 I Miracles from the Vault
Rejuvenate your immune system
Although Avemar was born out of cancer research, it can also
help if you don't have cancer. In fact, since one of its main actions is
to keep yourimmunesystem operating atpeakperformance, there
really isn't anyone who can't benefit from it. The biological state
of aging counteracts yourimmune function, particularly after the
age of40. Many ofthe symptoms generally associated with simply
"aging" are due to the declining ability of the immune system to
differentiate between "foreign" proteins and natural ones. When
this happens, the immunesystem not onlybecomes less capable of
resisting infection and cancerbut also begins to attackthe body's
own healthy tissues.
Avemar has been shown to normalize the imbalance in the im
mune systemthat resultsfrom ageand stress. Ithas alsobeen shown
to improve the ability ofT-cells to respondto antigens and the abil
ity of B-cells to produce antibodies. And it enhances the function
ing of macrophages—the key players in the immune response to
foreign invaders like infectious microorganisms. So Avemar sup
ports and enhances overall immune strength, coordination, and
function.7 In a sense, it rejuvenates youraging immunesystem.
Cut off cancer cells' energy supply
One of Avemar's most unique benefitsis that it cuts offcancer cells'
energy supply by selectively inhibiting glucose metabolism. Cancer
cellslove glucose: It fuels the voracious growth and spread of tumors.
In fact, cancer cells utilize glucose at a 10-to50-times higher rate than
normal cells do.
Cancer cells that have a higher rate of glucose utilization have a
greater chance of spreading. It's on these cells that we see Avemar's
most dramatic effects. In fact, the greater the metastatic potential of
the cancer cell line tested, the higher the glucose utilization rate and
the more dramatic Avemar's effect.Part II: Cancer | 121
Typical cancer treatmentslike chemotherapy kill offallcells—can
cerous and healthy ones alike. But because of how Avemar interacts
with glucose, it canselectively attack cancer cells while leaving healthy
cells alone. Studies have shown that it would take a 50 times higher
concentration of Avemar than is in a normal therapeutic dose to in
hibit glucose utilization in normal healthycells.
Avemar speeds cancer cell death
The second way Avemar works against cancer isto keep cancer cells
from repairing themselves. Cancer cells reproduce quickly and chaoti
cally, producing many breaks and other mistakes in the cellular struc
ture. Because of this, cancer cells need a lot of the enzyme known as
PARP (poly-ADP-ribose) to repair breaks in DNA before the cells di
vide. Without adequate PARP, cancer cells cannot complete DNA rep
lication. When there's no PARP to repair the damage, an enzymecalled
Caspase-3 initiatesprogrammed celldeath.
Avemar has been shown to speed up the death of cancer cells by
inhibiting the production of PARP and enhancing the production of
Caspase-3.3
Researchers at UCLA also showed that Avemar reduces the pro
duction of RNA and DNA associated with the rapid reproduction of
cancer cells. It also restoresnormal pathwaysofcellmetabolism and in
creasesthe production ofRNA and DNAassociatedwith healthy cells.4
Undercover cancer cells exposed
Avemar also acts as a biological bounty hunter for disguised cancer
cells. Healthy cells have a surface molecule called MHC-1 that tells
natural killer (NK) cells not to attack. Virallyinfected cells don't dis
play this molecule, which makes them targets.
But cancer cells have also been shown to display the surface mol
ecule MHC-1, which means that cancer cells can actually hide from
NK cells. Avemarhelps the immune system identify cancer cellsfor at-122 | Miracles from the Vault
tack by suppressing their ability to generate this MHC-1 mask, which
allows the NKcells to recognize it asa targetfor attack.5
Children with cancer get a fighting chance
Possibly one of the most powerful studies on Avemar shows its
effectiveness on children with cancer. Mostforms of pediatric cancer
have high cure ratesfromchemo-therapy as compared with adultcan
cers, but one of the limiting factors in using chemotherapy to treat
children is the infectionthat can oftenoccur during treatment.
Infection often sets in because chemotherapy kills large numbers
ofthe child's infection-fighting white bloodcells and destroys manyof
the bone marrow cellsthat produce them.
Doctors aware of the immune-enhancing properties of Avemar
wantedto learn if it couldpossibly prevent the life-threatening infec
tions that often occur in pediatric cancer patients.
A recent study published in the prestigious medical journal Pedi
atric Hematology Oncology, showed that such infections and the fever
that accompanies them (called febrile neutropenia) were reduced by
42 percent in the children given Avemar after chemotherapy, com
pared to those not getting Avemar.6
Avemar has this effect because it helps rebuild the immune sys
tem, increasing the number and activity of functioning immune sys
tem cells. It's clear that, unlike conventional cancer therapy, Avemar
does not produce side effects—it reduces them. It also allowed the
children in the study to take more cycles of chemotherapy, increasing
the chance of a cure.
As toxic as a slice ofbread
As dangerous as Avemaris for cancer cells, it won't harm the rest of
your body. In fact, according to an independent panel of medical, food
safety, and toxicologyexperts: "Avemar is as safeas whole wheat bread."8Part II:Cancer | 123
In Hungary, where itwas developed andismanufactured, it is clas
sified as a "dietary food for special medical purposes, for cancer pa
tients" and is a standard therapy for patientswith cancer. It is available
as a food or dietary supplement in several other countries as well, in
cluding Austria, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Repub
lic, Russia, Israel, and South Korea.
Avemar is made using a patented process that yields a uniform,
consistent, all-natural dietary supplement. Although it is not certified
organic, it is free of chemicals and synthetics. According to our con
tacts at American BioSciences, the exclusive North American distribu
tor of Avemar, there is simply no comparison between their product
and other wheat germ products on the market because it is the only
one supported by research demonstrating its effectiveness in main
taining normal, healthy cellular metabolism and immune regulation.9
But since this is a wheat product, there is the potential for aller
gic response. Although the process of making the product removes
all gluten, the principal allergen in wheat, the product can still come
in contact with gluten-containing wheat. American BioSciences says
that Avemar should not be consumed by people who have had an
organ or tissue transplant, those who have malabsorption syndrome,
or those with allergies to foods containing gluten, such aswheat, rye,
oats, and barley.
It's also not recommended for people with fructose intolerance or
hypersensitivity to gluten, wheat germ, or any of the components or
ingredients ofthis product.
If you suffer from bleeding ulcers, you should stop using Avemar
two days before undergoing a barium X-ray contrast examination and
resume taking it two days afterthe completion ofthe examination. This
precaution is necessary becausewheat germ contains lectin, which can
potentially cause red bloods cellsto clump.
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conditions, youshould consult with yourpharmacist or physician be
fore taking Avemar.
Unique delivery system makes fighting
cancer easier—and even tasty
The Avemar product our contacts at American BioSciences offer is
an instant drink mix called Ave, which combines Avemar with natural
orange flavoring and fructose in pre-measured packets.
As a dietary supplement, the recommended usage is one packet
per daymixedwith 8 oz. ofcoldwater (or anyother beverage contain
ing less than 10mg of vitamin C). I found that the bestway to mix it
is to shake it in a closed container. When I tried it, it reminded me of
Tang, though it wasn't quite assweet.
You should consume it within 30 minutes of mixing a batch. Also
note that it's a good idea to take Ave" one hour before or after a meal
and two hours beforeor afteranydrugs or other dietary supplements.
Ifyouweigh over200 pounds,usetwopackets per day. Ifyouweigh
under 100 pounds, only use half of a packet per day. Consult with a
healthcareprofessional for recommendedusagelevels for children, for
guidance on alternative usage levels, and for use in combination with
other dietary supplements.
Most peoplewho use Ave dailynotice an effect within three weeks,
reporting improvements in appetite, energy,and general quality of life.
If you work with your health care professional to use Ave as an ad
junct cancer treatment, you should know that it will take a good three
months beforeyou willseea changein objective measurements—such
as blood markers, CAT scans, MRIs, etc. Although some people re
ported uneasiness in their stomachs during the first few days of using
Avemar, the effect onlylasteda few days. Novomiting,diarrhea, or any
other symptoms were reported.Part III
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CHAPTER ONE
Prevent heart attack and stroke
with potent enzyme that dissolves
deadly blood clots in hours
The ability of blood to coagulate can be a crucial part ofsurvival
in casesofsevereinjury. But when blood clots occur at the wrong
times, in the wrong places within the body, they can have serious—
even deadly—consequences. Unfortunately, your treatment options in
these circumstances are limited, and treatment must be administered
quickly. Which is why prevention and knowing all of your options
now—before problems occur—is crucial.
Blood clots (or thrombi) form when strands of protein called fibrin
accumulate in a blood vessel. In the heart, blood clots causeblockage of
blood flowto muscle tissue. If blood flow is blocked, the oxygen supply
to that tissue is cut off and it eventually dies. This can result in angina
and heart attacks. Clots in chambers of the heart can mobilize to the
brain. In the brain,blood clotsalso blockblood and oxygen from reach
ing necessaryareas, which resultsin senility and/or stroke.
In Japan, the levels of disease and fatalities caused by blood clots
are alarming. Researchers estimate that blood clots that diminish
blood flow to the brain are responsible for 60 percent of all senilityPart III: Heart | 127
cases in that country.1 Consequently, Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi—a Japanese
researcher doing work at theUniversity ofChicago's medical school—
began searching for a substance that could dissolve and even prevent
blood clots.
Histeam ofresearchers testedroughly173 foods, includingseveral
types of liquor, before examining a traditional Japanese food called
natto, made from boiled and fermented soybeans. The Japanese have
consumed natto for centuries under the beliefthat it fosters cardiovas
cular health.
In Dr. Sumi's lab that folk remedy turned into a clinically scruti
nized piece of modern medicine. He isolatedan enzyme inside natto,
called nattokinase, and showed that it can prevent and dissolve blood
clots and may be able to safeguard people from hardened arteries,
heart attack, stroke, angina, and senility.
Natto may help where modern medicine—
and the human body—fall short
While the human body contains severalenzymes that promote the
creationof blood clots, it producesonlyone enzyme, plasmin,that dis
solves clots, and production of that enzyme diminishes as we age.
Modern medicine includes several thrombolytic or clot-busting
drugs.Theleadingvarietyist-PA(tissue plasminogen activators), such
as activase, urokinase, and streptokinase.Eachyear,hospitals givethese
drugs to more than a millionstrokeand heart attackpatients. Thetreat
ment saves between 300,000 and 500,000 lives annually. But it's not a
perfect cure. TPAs are expensive (a dose of urokinase costs approxi
mately US$1,500) so many patients don't receive the treatment. And
the drugs' impact can be short-lived. Urokinase, for example, begins to
lose effectiveness within four to 20 minutes after administration.
But when Dr. Sumi's researchers dropped natto onto an artifi
cial thrombus (a blood clot) in a petri dish and allowed it to stand
at body temperature, the blood clot gradually dissolved and disap-128 | Miracles from the Vault
peared completely within 18 hours. Dr. Sumi commented that nat
tokinase—the active enzyme in natto—showed "apotency matched
by no other enzyme."2
The HSI network has played a key role in making thisinformation
available in NorthAmerica. Through theirrelationship aspanelists, Dr.
Martin Milner oftheCenterforNatural Medicine in Portland, Oregon,
and Dr. Kouhei Makise ofthe Imadeqawa Makise Clinic in Kyoto, Ja
pan, were able to launch a joint research project on nattokinase and
write an extensive paper on their findings. "In all my years of research
as a professor of cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine, natto and
nattokinase represents the most exciting newdevelopment in the pre
vention and treatment of cardiovascular related diseases," Dr. Milner
said. "We have finally found a potent natural agent that can thin and
dissolve clotseffectively, with relative safety and without sideeffects."
Blood clots dissolve almost 50 percent faster
with nattokinase—in as little as two hours
Nattokinase has been the subjectof 17studies,including two small
human trials.
Dr. Sumi and his colleagues induced blood clots in male dogs,
then orally administered either four capsules of nattokinase (250 mg/
capsule) or four placebo capsules to each dog. Angiograms (X-rays
of blood vessels) revealed that the dogs who received nattokinase re
gained normal blood circulation (free of the clot) within five hours of
treatment. Blood clots in the dogs who received only placebos showed
no sign of dissolving in the 18hours following treatment.
Researchers from Biotechnology Research Laboratories and JCR
Pharmaceuticals Co. of Kobe, Japan, tested nattokinase's ability to dis
solve a thrombus in the carotid arteries of rats. Animals treated with
nattokinase regained 62 percent of blood flow, whereas those treated
with plasmin regained just 15.8percent of blood flow.3
Researchersfrom three organizations—JCR Pharmaceuticals, Okla-Part III: Heart | 129
homa State University, and Miyazaki Medical College—tested nattoki
nase on 12 healthy Japanese volunteers (six men and six women, be
tween the ages of 21 and 55). They gave the volunteers 200 grams of
natto daily (before breakfast), then tracked fibrinolytic activity in the
volunteers through a series of blood plasma tests. The tests indicated
that the nattogenerated a heightened ability to dissolve bloodclots: On
average, the volunteers' ELT (ameasure ofhow longit takes to dissolve
a bloodclot) dropped by48percent within twohoursoftreatment, and
volunteers retained an enhanced ability to dissolve blood clots for two
to eight hours. As a control, researchers later fed the same amount of
boiled soybeans to thesamevolunteers and tracked theirfibrinolytic ac
tivity. Thetestsshowedno significant change.4
Enhance your body's ability to fight clots
without IV treatment
According to Dr. Milner, what makes nattokinase a particularly
potent treatment is that it bolsters the body's natural abilities to fight
Studies suggest natto may prevent osteoporosis
Some researcherssuggestthat natto might help prevent the on
set of osteoporosis.
Chemical analyses of natto have revealedthe fermentation pro
cess generates substantial quantities of vitamin K2. Natto actually
ranks as one of the richest sources of the vitamin. Animal studies
have concluded that a diet rich in vitamin K2 can prevent bone
loss.5 Japanese research has shown that people with osteoporosis
have lower K2 levels than people who don't have the disease.
Toget the benefitofvitamin K,however, you haveto eat the food
version of natto. Nattokinase supplements do not contain the vita
min. Ifyou decideto try addingnatto to your diet,talk to your doctor
first. VitaminK can interfere with the normal functioningof certain
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blood clotsin several different ways. It closely resembles plasmin and
dissolves fibrin directly. In addition, it also enhances the body's pro
duction of both plasmin and other natural clot-dissolving agents, in
cluding urokinase.
In some ways, he says, nattokinase is actually superior to conven
tional clot-dissolving drugs. T-PAslike urokinase areonlyeffective when
taken intravenously and oftenfail simply because a strokeor heart attack
victim's arteries havehardenedbeyondthe pointwheretheycanbe treat
ed by any clot-dissolving agent. Nattokinase, however, can help prevent
thathardening withan oraldose ofaslittle as 100 mga day.
Reduce blood pressure by 10 percent
Many Japanese have long believed that regular consumption of
natto tends to lower blood pressure. Over the past several years, this
belief has been substantiated by several clinical trials: In 1995, re
searchers reported that they had confirmed the presence of angioten
sin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors in natto.6 ACE causes blood
vessels to narrow and blood pressureto rise.Consequently, substances
that inhibit the production of ACEhelp lower blood pressure.
Researchersfrom two Japanese institutions—theMiyazakiMedical
College and the Kurashiki University of Science and Arts—launched
studies to test natto's impact on blood pressure in both rats and hu
mans. They administered a single dose of natto extract (the equivalent
of 25 mg of natto) into the peritoneal cavityof six male rats. On aver
age, the rats' systolic blood pressure fell by 12.7 percent within two
hours.7
The researchers then tested natto extract on humans. Five volun
teers with high blood pressure each receivedthe extract daily (an oral
dose equivalent to 200 grams of natto) for four consecutive days. In
four of the five volunteers, both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
dropped. On average, systolic blood pressure fell by 10.9 percent and
diastolic fell 9.7 percent.Part III: Heart | 131
Supplement brings Japanese discover to America
Sincenatto is traditionallya Japanese food,and one that is referred
to even there as "an acquired taste," it isn't readilyavailable in the Unit
ed States. However, Nutricology, one of the first American companies
to investigate natto, arranged to bring a nattokinasesupplement to the
U.S. market. The supplement is available through Nutricology and its
Allergy Research Group, and through Dr. Martin Milner's Center for
Natural Medicine. Contact information is listed in the Member Source
Directory on page 542.132 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
Reverse Metabolic Syndrome—
high blood sugar, high cholesterol,
high triglycerides—with this
rare Italian fruit
Imagine throwing out your potentially dangerous (but also effec
tive) medications—your statin, your blood sugar medicine—and
replacing them with a single, effective, side-effect-free remedy. One
that helpskeep your numbers in normal range,and causesno negative
side effects.
That dream is a reality—as finally there's a single comprehensive
solution for many symptomsofMetabolic Syndrome.
This bitter fruit can make your life much sweeter—
without increasing your blood sugar
In a tiny region on the southern coast of Calabria, Italy, a unique
super citrus fruit grows. This small area boasts 80%of the worlds bergamot
production—and its polyphenolic extract is exclusivelyused to
make a remarkable antidote to MetabolicSyndrome.
Bergamotis different than any citrus fruit you've ever seen. It's yel-Part III: Heart | 133
lowlike a lemon, but the size ofan orange. It's less sourthan a lemon, but
much more bitter than grapefruit. And while you wouldn'treally want
to snack on bergamot, youwill wantto make it part ofyourdaily diet.
What makes this bitter fruit so remarkable?In just thirty days,you
could see results of up to
• a 37%plunge in your LDL cholesterol
• a 49%decrease in your triglycerides, and
• a 22% drop in your blood sugarlevels
All that from a single, safe solution… instead of a handful of
potentially dangerous drugs.
Hard-to-control symptoms need a nudge from nature
Sometimes, yourbodyneeds a little helpto getthingsright.Unfor
tunately, the mainstream approach often uses a battering ram where a
gentle nudge would do the trick—and bergamot fruit can providejust
the right nudge.
For one thing, this citrus fruit helpsyour body by naturally block
ing one of the enzymes (HMG-CoA reductase) needed for cholesterol
production. Now, your body needs cholesterol—that's why your liver
makes it—butsometimes production can get a little out of control. The
powerful flavonoid compounds in bergamot help keep that in check
by inhibiting that enzyme (which, by the way gets more active when
blood sugar levelsare high).
Those flavonoids also impact high blood sugar levels in a very
positive way. By acting directly on glucose transporter proteins and
glucose-regulating enzymes, these compounds can help rein in high
blood sugar—as well as improving insulin sensitivity, a key factor in
healthy glucose levels.
In addition, these plentiful flavonoids have well-documented
antioxidant properties that contribute to your overall good health.134 | Miracles from the Vault
Bergamot is chock full of powerful,
natural healing compounds
Like virtually everything produced by Mother Nature, bergamot
fruit contains a wide range of healthy compounds, the most potent of
which include
• Naringin
• Rutin
• Narirutin
• Hesperidin
• Neoeriocitrin
• Eriocitrin
• Neoesperidin
Some of these have been the subject of extensive study (naringin,
in particular), while others quietly do their jobs without attracting a
lot ofresearch attention. And whenyouput them alltogether—as na
ture did in bergamot fruit—they combine to substantially affect your
cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar.
The bitter pill turns out to be a better pill
Bergamot gets its distinct bitterness from a super powerful biofla
vonoid called naringin. This natural compound has been put to the
test against high cholesterol, diabetes, and high triglycerides… and
come out victorious in multiple studies.
First, let's look at cholesterol. One study1 found that naringin on its
own was ableto lower LDL cholesterolby 17% and total cholesterolby
14% in patients struggling with high cholesterol.
Next, high blood sugar, another defining symptom of Metabolic
Syndrome—one that can lead to full-blown diabetes, and its many dan
gerous complications. And researchers discovered that naringin (alongPart III: Heart | 135
with hesperidin) can have a significant impact on blood sugar levels.
One animalstudy2 showed thatsupplementingwith thisflavonoid sub
stantially lowered blood glucose in mice modeled with type 2 diabetes.
And then there's the waynaringin knocks down high triglyceride
levels, which is critical to optimal cardiovascularhealth. Two animal
studies3,4 found that adding naringin into the diets of rats effectively
lowered their serum cholesterol levels.
Bergamot extract knocks down cholesterol, triglycerides,
and blood sugar in staggering numbers
When it comes to fighting Metabolic Syndrome,bergamot extract
may be your best bet. Because while a single one of its main com
pounds (naringin), its combinationofpowerfulflavonoids reallytakes
the symptoms to task.
In one stunning clinical trial5, researchers uncovered the true
power of bergamot polyphenolic extract (BPF). This 30-day placeboMetabolic
Syndrome Can Kill You
While there's no one established definition of Metabolic Syn
drome (aka Syndrome X), the basic core symptoms include some
ofthe worst risk factors for premature death:
• Elevated blood pressure • Elevated C-reactive
(130/85 or higher) protein level
• Low HDL cholesterol level • Fasting glucose level that
(Less than 50 in women, indicates insulin resistance/
lessthan 40 in men) glucose intolerance
• Elevated Triglyceridelevel • Excessive abdominal fat
This constellation of symptoms can lead to full-fledged dia
betes, and a whole host of serious cardiovascular problems—sig
nificantly increasing the risk of death.136 | Miracles from the Vault
controlled interventional study included 238 patients, all of whom
had high cholesterol, and some ofwhom also had high bloodsugar.
At the end of 30 days, most of the patients in the BPF group had
substantially lower total cholesterol—up to 38% lower! And their LDL
cholesterol plunge was justasimpressive, with an average 37% drop.
And, according to the researchers, the most impressive changes
were seen in a subgroup of patients identified as having Metabolic
Syndrome. Those patients sawa hugedip in their triglyceride levels—
up to a 49% drop—andan average 22% drop in blood sugarlevels. In
just one month!
Bergamonte
Whileyou might not want to suffer through eatingthe extremely
acrid bergamot fruit—even to get results like that—you can get its
benefitswithout taking a singlebitter bite. Bergamotpolyphenolicex
tract comes in one unique supplement called Bergamonte.
The manufacturer recommends a therapeutic dose of two to four
Bergamonte capsules daily, before dinner, on an empty stomach for
the first thirty days.After that, they recommend a maintenance dose of
one capsuledaily (stillbeforedinner, on an empty stomach).
You can find ordering information for Bergamontein the Member
Source Directory on page 542.Part III: Heart I 137
CHAPTER THREE
Sugar cane extract rivals
popular cholesterol-lowering drugs,
without the dangerous side effects
Amid reports of health problems and deaths caused by statin
drugs, we've learned that an extract of a commercial crop—sug
arcane—can lower cholesterol just aseffectively.
As we've told our readers over the past couple of years, cholesterol
isn't the primarycause of heart disease… homocysteine levels are. Nev
ertheless, cholesterol does play animportantrole in coronary health, and
any good program for reversing heartdisease must address that aswell.
So you can imagine how excitedwe were when our researchers discov
ered thatasugar cane extract could dramatically reduce cholesterollevels.
While it's drawn from the same plant that produces table sugar,
policosanol doesn't affect blood sugar levels when ingested. Cuban
scientists, however, have discovered that it can have a cholesterol-re
ducingeffect1 without creating the uncomfortable and even dangerous
side effects associated with statindrugs.2,3 Statin drugs lower elevated
cholesterol by limitingcholesterol production in the liver, but they also
have side effects ranging from heartburn to potentially fatal cases of
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topped $14 billion last year—includes the brand names Lipitor, Lescol,
Zocor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Prevastatin, and Baycol (which was
recalled after being linked to over 40 deaths).
In several studies that compared both cholesterol-lowering meth
ods, policosanol surpassed the performance of statin-drug therapy.
One Cuban study compared the effects of policosanolto Pravastatinon
patients who had elevatedcholesterollevels and were considered to be
at high riskfor coronarydisease. Patientstook 10mgofeither policosa
nol or Pravastatin with their dinners for eight weeks. The group taking
statins saw their LDL levels fall by 15.6 percent and their total cho
lesterol by 11.8 percent. But those in the policosanol group exceeded
those numbers, and dropped their LDL levels by 19.3 percent and their
total cholesterolby 13.9percent. The HDL levels ofthe statin test sub
jects remained the same, while the policosonal group increased their
HDL by 15.7 percent. Because HDLcholesterol aids in the removalof
fat from arterial walls, an increase in these levels is beneficial.
Thousands of people struggle with cholesterol problems, and the
chance of developinghigh cholesterolincreasesas we age. Aswe grow
older, our hormone levelsdrop, making it easier for cholesterol levels
to rise in our bodies. Researchers believe policosanol may be a safe
method of reducing and regulating LDL. In a clinical trial involving
244 post-menopausal women with high cholesterol, researchers first
attempted to bring down elevated lipid levels through six weeks of
a standard lipid-lowering diet. When this proved unsuccessful, they
gave the women 5 mg of policosanol daily for 12 weeks, then 10 mg
dailyfor another 12weeks. Researchers found that the supplement was
effective in significantly lowering LDL levels (25.2 percent) and total
cholesterol (16.7 percent). In addition, the women experienced a 29.3
percent increase in HDL levels.4
Extract relieves painful leg cramps
One of the common—and debilitating—side effects of high choles
terol is a syndrome known as intermittent claudication—a crampingPart III:Heart | 139
pain in the calves. This is often linked to poor circulation and the pres
ence of arterial fat deposits (atherosclerosis).Intermittent claudication
occurs only during certain times, such as after walking. Removal of
arterial fat deposits has been found to decrease claudication.
Researchers at the Medical Surgical Research Center in Havana,
Cuba tested policosanolpatients who suffered from moderately severe
intermittent claudication. In this two-yearlong study, 56 patients were
randomly assigned to receiveeither policosanol or a placebo.
Researchers determined if the policosanol wasrelieving the clau
dication by conducting treadmill walkingtests on each subject before
the study and again on 6,12,18, and 24 months after beginning treat
ment. Although both test groups showedsome progress during the in
terim tests,the final resultsindicated that policosanolhad a significant
benefit for sufferers of intermittent claudication. After two years of
treatment, patients in the placebogroup wereableto walk a maximum
of0.15mileswhilethe group takingpolicosanol could walk0.40miles
before having to stop. The 21 people taking policosanol increased
their walking distance by at least 50 percent. Only five members of
the placebo group showed a similar improvement.5
And it's possible that policosanol could do more than alleviate the
risk of heart disease, circulatory problems, and other ailments com
monly associated with high cholesterol…
A possible defense against Alzheimer's
Dora M. Kovacs, Ph.D., a researcher at Massachusetts General
Hospital, recently received a $200,000 research grant to study the side
effects of cholesterol on the development ofAlzheimer's Disease(AD).
Shefound that even normal levels of cholesterol may increase the risk
of senility-causing plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain,
which are associatedwith the developmentand progress of AD.6
Dr. Kovacs' researchisfocusing on the developmentof drugs that
inhibit the production of ACAT, an enzyme that enables cholesterol140 | Miracles from the Vault
and other lipids (fats) to enter cellsand form solid lipid droplets there.
Those droplets can hinder the normal functioning of the cell.They can
also increase amyloid beta production, which is associated with the
progressof mind-robbing plaquesand tangles. When lipid droplet lev
els increase, amyloid beta production increases… and so does the risk
of Alzheimer's. Dr. Kovacs and her research team believe that ACATinhibiting
drugs are the keys to halting the process of cholesterol and
lipid buildup that results in AD. But the related research is in its early
stages. Dr. Kovacs plans,but has not yet started, to test ACAT inhibi
tors on mice speciallybred to haveAD. Other researchers have devel
oped a potentially safe classof ACAT inhibitors to treat atherosclero
sis. But it may be another five to 10yearsbeforethis familyof drugs is
thoroughly developed, tested,and made available to the public.
There may be an alternative therapy available right now, however.
In an interview with Emma Hitt, Ph.D. for the Reuters news service,
Dr. Kovacs indicated that severalstudieshaveshown that patients who
take statin drugs have lower rates of AD and other types of demen
tia. Cholesterol-lowering statins do not appear to hinder the ACAT
enzyme, but the act of maintaining low cholesterol levels lowers the
risk of dementia. Since statin drugs can induce serious side effects,
policosanol mayprove to be a betteralternative. In double-blind trials,
policosanol produced mild, short-term side effects—such as insom
nia, headache, diarrhea, nervousness, and weightloss—in less than 1
percent of testsubjects. Sopolicosanol mayprove to be an efficacious
mind-saver as well as a life-saver.
Caution: Researchers warn that policosanol can interact with
blood-thinningdrugs. Soifyou try policosanol (afterconsulting your
doctor), your dose of blood-thinningmedication may have to be ad
justedwith careful medical monitoring. If youwouldliketo purchase
policosanol, seeyourMember Source Directory on page542. Ifyou're
already takingcholesterol-lowering drugsor beingtreatedforanyoth
er health condition,you shouldconsultwithyour doctor beforetrying
policosanol or discontinuing anyprescription drug.Part III: Heart I 141
CHAPTER FOUR
New hope for anyone who has ever
suffered a stroke
Tocotrienols not only lower cholesterol levels naturally but also
keep the blood thin and flowing freely; furthermore, they have
shown the ability to actually dissolve dangerous arterial plaque that
canlead to a heart attackor stroke. They are also exceptional antioxi
dants, protecting cells throughout the body from oxidation that can
leadto malignancyor damaged blood vessels.
Recently, the medical community was electrified by a study that
ledto dramatic improvements in stroke patients. The studyusedaspe
cial tocotrienol preparation distilled from palm oil, called PalmVitee.
This ultra-pure andhigh-potency formula is produced in Malaysia ex
pressly for use in scientific research. Because of the very limited sup
ply, it has never been availableto consumers.
The 50 subjects in this trial had each suffered a first, mild stroke.
At the beginning of the study, the degree of blockage of their arteries
(measured by ultrasound)ranged from 15percentto 79 percent. With
out making any other changesto their diet or medications, halfofthe
subjects began taking240 milligrams a dayof PalmVitee tocotrienols;
the remaininghalf receivedplacebos. After 12months, researchers re-142 | Miracles from the Vault
peated the ultrasound examinations—with startling results. Among
those taking placebos,40 percent showeda progression of the disease,
with increased blockage of the arteries. The other 60 percent were sta
ble: no worse but no better. None showed any improvement.1
For those taking PalmVitee, it was a much different story. An as
tonishing 28 percent had improved: Their arteries were actually less
obstructed. Sixty-four percent remained stable, with no further pro
gression. Only 8 percent experiencedprogression of their disease.
As one research analyst remarked, "PalmVitee may not reverse
atherosclerosis in every patient, but it is a very good insurance policy
(92 percent effective) against its progression and actually reversed the
disease for one in four patients. Thisis very exciting in light of the lack
of available medical options."
How to get PalmVitee
Although the results of this trial were stunning, the findings are
consistent with previous researchdemonstrating the positive effect of
tocotrienols on cardiovascular health. However, the unique attributes
of PalmVitee may havebeen a factor in the exceptional outcome.
Other palm-derived products are produced from refined palm oil,
from which much of the tocotrienol content has been stripped. Palm
Vitee, on the other hand, is made from a tocotrienol-rich derivative of
the crude oil calledPFAD (palm fattyacid derivative). The result is an
exceptionally pure and potent product that has not been excessively
refined and processed. With further clinical trials on stroke patients
still pending, we cannot assume that other tocotrienol products will
produce identical results. For ordering information, see the Member
Source Directory at the back of this book.Part III: Heart I 143
CHAPTER FIVE
The link between homocysteine and
heart disease
The truth is that cholesterol is NOT the deadly threat you may
think it is. Aside from the fact that it's necessary for everything
from the production of sex hormones to bile synthesis… it does not
clog your arteries unless it hassomething to attachto: a tear, a rough
surface,a ridge, a sharp turn.
When the homocysteine levels in your bloodbecometoo high, the
perfect conditions are created for plaque buildup. An amino acid, ho
mocysteine, promotes the growing of smooth muscle cellsjust below
the inner wall of the artery. Multiplying rapidly, these cells create a
deadly bulge that protrudes into the artery itself. On this bulge, cho
lesterol, blood products, and calcium begin to accumulate. These are
the blood traps that lead to problems like impotence, poor memory,
heart attacks, strokes, and even death. And research indicates that you
shouldbejustasconcerned—ifnot moreso—over yourhomocysteine
levelas you are over your cholesterollevel.
Destroys arterial walls
A team of Seattle researchers showed that injections of homocys-144 | Miracles from the Vault
teine rapidly caused early signs of arteriosclerosis in baboons. The re
searchers reported that in their test, the cellsjust beneath the animals'
artery walls were mutating and reproducing at a wild rate, and this
growth was destroying the arterial walls.
Afterjust one weekof high levels of homocysteine in the baboons'
blood, 23 percent of their artery walls werelost. The researchers found
that the higher the level ofhomocysteine and the more severely injured
the inner artery wall,the more severethe signs of arteriosclerosis.1
Homocysteine can kill—if you don't
know how to control it
Your body forms homocysteine when you eat food containing an
amino acid called methionine, which is present in all animal and veg
etable protein. As part of the digestive process, methionine is broken
down into homocysteine. Aslong as certain helper nutrients are pres
ent, homocysteine subsequently converts back into one of two harm
less amino acids.However, when these helper nutrients aren't present,
homocysteine levels become dangerously high.
Research shows that vitamin B6 is one of the key helper nutrients
necessaryfor normalizing homocysteine levels. In a study at the Uni
versity ofWisconsin, participants given daily supplements ofB6 (2mg/
day) experienced dramatic drops in their homocysteine levels. And
at the Titus County Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Texas, pa
tientsgiven vitaminB6 were able to reduce their riskofchestpain and
heart attackby 73percent.2 Moreimportantly, they livedan average of
eightyears longerthan thosewho didn'ttakethe supplements!
Unfortunately, the typical American diet is lowin vitaminB6 and
high in methionine. And because of food processing, it's almost im
possibleto get enough B6in the North American diet.
Recent research has uncovered similar links among homocysteine,
folic acid, and B12 and has found that you need all three nutrients to
keep homocysteinelevels down.3Part III: Heart | 145
Here'swhat you need to do TODAY!
You can't ensure healthy, effective levels of B6, B12,and folic acid
through diet alone. Americans are so deficient in these nutrients that
even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for
Disease Control in Atlanta (CDC) have launched campaigns to in
crease your intake through supplementation.
Unfortunately, we've discovered that most multivitamin formulas
fall short. They simply don't have enough B6, B12, or folic acid to be
effective in reducing homocysteine levels.
There are a number of specialized formulas now available that
specifically address the homocysteine threat. Checkyour local healthfood
store, or, you can try a high-quality supplement called Cardio
Total that is based on the latest homocysteine research. Each tablet
provides 800 meg of folic acid, 500 meg of B12, and 25 meg of B6. In
addition, the formula includes beneficial components that aid in the
metabolism of these crucial heart protective nutrients. For informa
tion on ordering CardioTotal, refer to the Member Source Directory
at the end ofthis book.146 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER SIX
The single-ingredient formula rivaling
a major class of blood pressure drugs
Inmany cases,you can control your blood pressurewith some simple
diet and lifestyle changes. But unfortunately sometimes drugs are
necessary. Necessary because some cases of dangerously high blood
pressure stay that way no matter what you do to try to lower them.
And unfortunately because the only drugs that seem to work come
with a nastylistofsideeffects. Sowealways keepan eyeout for natural
hypertensionalternatives forthoseofyouwhoneed that helpinghand.
Thelatest one to cross our desksis calledVasotensin, a product formu
lated from a single ingredient that appears to rival one of the leading
classes of hypertension drugs—butwithout the potential risks.
Japanese fish alleviates hypertension
Vasotensin is made from a substance called bonito peptides. That's
it—one ingredient. But the manufacturer, Metagenics, claims that bo
nito peptides have been shown to have such significant effectiveness
as a single ingredient that there's no need to add any others. So what
exactly are bonito peptides? Well, in general, peptides are short chains
of amino acids. Specifically, bonito peptides are amino acid chains iso
lated and extracted from the bonito fish, which is a member of thePart HI: Heart | 147
tuna and mackerelfamily.
Bonito peptides have been shown to inhibit Angiotensin Convert
ing Enzyme (ACE) activity. ACE spurs the formation of angiotensin
II—a potent compound responsible for blood vesselconstriction. ACE
also has a negative effect on a substance called Kinin, which lowers
blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. So, in other words, bonito
peptides seem to slow down the process responsible for high blood
pressure.1
Now, it must be some powerful stuff—but I wondered just how it
was discovered. It turns out that it was a case ofone man's (well, in this
case, one industry's) trash being another'streasure.
Fish food finds its way to the research lab
The type of bonito peptides used in Vasotensin is actually a by
product of the Katsuobushi manufacturingprocess.
Katsuobushiis a traditionalJapanese seasoningthat has been used
in soups and other dishes for over 1,500 years, and it'smade from the
flesh ofthe bonitofish. To geta betterunderstanding of howthe Kat
suobushi industry is connected to Vasotensin, it helps to know a bit
about howKatsuobushi is processed. The Readers Digest version goes
something like this: the fish meat is heat-treated in water and stirred.
The result is the seasoning and the remaining residue. Yet it is from
this residue that (typically discarded or used as organic fertilizer) we
get this promising compound because one creative (and curious) re
searcher, Dr. Masaaki Yoshikawa of Kyoto University, decided to take
another look at its potential. He discovered that this part of the bo
nito fish's muscle has strong ACE-inhibiting properties. Apparently,
through careful purification and separation, nine active bonito pep
tides have been identified and sequenced.
But you can'tget the anti-hypertensive response by simply eating
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As Dr. Yoshikawa's research uncovered, there are actually nine spe
cificactive peptides that contribute to bonitos' ACE-inhibiting effects.
The research I read focused on two of them, one called LKPNM and
one called LKP. On its own, LKPNM only slightly inhibits ACE. But
when ACE interacts with LKPNM, it gets converted into the peptide
LKP, ACE-inhibitory activity of LKP is eight times higher than LK
PNM. This unique property gives it a longer sustainable effect; acci
dentally skipping a dose would not produce a quick spike of blood
pressure.
But in order to be "activated," these peptides are dependent on spe
cific enzymatic reactions. Theproblemis,our bodiesdon'tproducethe
right enzymes to separate the active parts from the rest of the fish, so
the only way to get those blood pressure lowering benefits from the
bonito peptides is to have them separated from the fish for you. In
other words,you need to take a supplementlikeVasotensin to get the
ACE-inhibiting effect.
Limited—-but promising—results
In a human study out of Japan, researchers tested the anti-hyper
tensive effects of bonito peptides against a placebo in 61 borderline
and mildly hypertensive subjects for 10weeks. For the firsthalfof the
trial, 31 subjects (group 1) took 1.5 gramsper day of a bonito peptide
mixture. The other 30 subjects (group 2) received a placebo. In the
secondfive-week period,the orderwas reversed: group 1subjectstook
the placebo and group 2 subjects received the bonito peptide mixture.
During both phases, the placebo group failed to showanysignificant
decrease in blood pressure. And researchers reported that the anti
hypertensive activity was demonstrated withoutanysideeffects.2
I also managedto get myhands on a studythat showed how boni
to peptides stackup to mainstream hypertension drugs. In thisstudy,
researchersexamined the anti-hypertensive activityof LKP, LKPNM,
and Captopril (a common prescription ACE-inhibitor) in rats. The
group fed LKP showed an immediate response, but the bloodpressurePart III: Heart | 149
started to go back up after two hours. But in the group fed LKPNM,
the anti-hypertensive effectwasalmost the same as Captopril. And the
effects lasted over six hours.3
Thebottom line on Vasotensin is it has potential. Eventhough the
majority oftesting seems to have beendone bythe manufacturing lab
in small, short-term studies, all results were positive and showed no
bad reactions. Of course, you should keep in mind that it is an ACEinhibitor,
and with these types of products there is always a possibil
ity of potassium buildup and kidney problems. So you still need to
work closely with your doctor to regularly monitor your potassium
and blood pressure levels, aswell asyour kidneyfunction.
Thedosage recommendation istwo tablets twice daily withmeals.
See the Member Source Directory at the end ofthis book forordering
information.150 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER SEVEN
The silkworm's secret:
Ease inflammation and respiratory
illness with this enzyme
Atsomepointoranother, you've probably seenanature film show
ing acaterpillar turninto abutterfly: Itweaves acocoon around
itself, and eventually it breaks through the hardened chrysalis, having
sprouted wings and changed form almost completely. In the case of
the silkworm, thereis a specific enzyme called serrapeptase that helps
breakdown the cocoon, letting the newly-transformed moth emerge.
Serrapeptase works by dissolving non-living tissue. This abil
ity captivated researchers around the world, who have subsequently
studied its effects in the human body. Some ofthe claims made about
serrapeptase (also known as serratia peptidase) may be stretching it
just atad—we've heard reports that ithelps with rheumatoid arthritis,
ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, uveitis (eye inflammation), allergies, and
mayeven help fight some forms of cancer. While some ofthose claims
make sense logically, we haven't found enough clinical evidence just
yet to tell if they'revalid.
But many studies do verify serrapeptase's ability to perform two
key functions: it dissolves dead tissue and reduces inflammation. AndPart III: Heart | 151
those functions can ease numerous medical conditions. In human tri
als overseas, people using serrapeptase have found relieffrom inflam
mation, carpal tunnel syndrome, bronchitis, sinusitis, and other ear,
nose,and throat ailments. According to one alternative medicineprac
titioner in Germany, it may even dissolve arterial plaque.
Surgical patients treated with serrapeptase
experience rapid reduction ofswelling
In Europe and Japan, clinical studieshaveshown that serrapeptase
induces anti-inflammatory activity, anti-edemic activity (thelessening
offluid retention), and fibrinolytic activity (the dissolution of protein
buildups).1 Consequently, physicians and patients in Japan, Germany,
and elsewhere around Europe have begun takingserrapeptase to ease
inflammation.
In a multi-center study involving 174 patients, Japanese research
ers tested serrapeptase's ability to ease post-operative swelling. One
day prior to surgery, 88 of the patients received three oral doses of
10milligrams ofserrapeptase. The evening following surgery, they re
ceived one dose. Then for the nextfive days, they received three doses
per day. The other 86 patients received placebos. The researchers re
portedthat "thedegree ofswelling in theserrapeptase-treated patients
was significantly less than the placebo-treated patients at every point
ofobservation after the operation up to the fifth day." None ofthe pa
tients reported any adverse side effects.2
Ease respiratory disease in three to four days
Researchers in Italy tested the impactof oralserrapeptase on 193
people aged 12to 77whowere suffering from acuteor chronicdisor
ders of the ear, nose, or throat. In a multi-center, double-blind, pla
cebo-controlled study, subjects took 30 mg ofserrapeptase a day for
seven to eight days. "After three to four days' treatment, significant
symptom regression was observed in peptidase-treated patients," the
researchers reported. In particular, thetreatment eased pain, fever, na-152 | Miracles from the Vault
sal obstruction, difficulty in swallowing, and anosmia (reduced sense
ofsmell).3
Serrapeptase knocks out carpal tunnel
and varicose veins 65 percent ofthe time
Not surprisingly, researchershave also tested serrapeptase'sability
to ease other disorders involving inflammation, fluid-retention, and
buildup of fibrous tissue. Carpal tunnel syndrome and varicose veins
may seem as unrelated as two conditions could get. But as different
as they are,symptoms of both havebeen dramatically reduced using
serrapeptase.
The painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are caused pri
marilyby inflammation. At the SMS Medical College in Jaipur, India,
researchers tested serrapeptase on 20 patients with carpal tunnel. Af
ter assessing the subjects' conditions, they instructed the patients to
take 10 mg of serrapeptase twice a day for sixweeks, then return for
reassessment. Sixty-five percent of the patients showedsignificantim
provements.No one reported any adverse side effects.4
Fluid retention in and around the veins of the legs causes varicose
veins. Researchers in Federico, Italytestedserrapeptase on another 20
people with this condition. The patients took two serrapeptase tab
lets three times a day (for a total daily dosage of 30 mg) for 14 days.
The supplement generatedgood to excellent improvement also in 65
percent of the subjects. It reduced pain in 63.3 percent of cases, fluid
buildup in 56.2 percent, abnormal skin redness in 58.3 percent, and
nighttime cramps in 52.9 percent.5
Few participants in clinical trialshave reportedsuffering from any
side effects from serrapeptase. In the varicose vein study, one patient
experienced diarrhea,which was alleviated bytemporarily decreasing
the daily dosage. In othertrials, there have been at least two reported
cases ofserrapeptase-induced pneumonia. However, patients in both
cases fully recovered. Serrapeptase is a blood-thinningagent. Conse-Part III: Heart | 153
quently, it may impact anticoagulant therapy and other medications.
To avoid any potential complications, consult your doctor before tak
ing serrapeptase. Serrapeptase is available from a number of Internet
sources, including the Green Willow Tree. Ordering information is
listed in the Member Source Directory on page 542.154 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER EIGHT
Ayurvedic herb fights angina, heart
disease, atherosclerosis, and more
Once in a blue moon, HSI uncovers a supplement that does so
many things, it's hard even for us to believe it's real. Such is the
case with arjuna. The Terminalia arjunatree isfound throughout In
dia, and its bark has been pulverized and used for heart conditions
for over 2,700 years. Researchers are nowinvestigating other diseases
that may benefit from thisIndian herb, but it's already a well-proven
cardiovascular "cure."
Ifyou're under a doctor's care ortaking prescription drugs for any
cardiovascular condition, you should consult with a practitioner be
fore supplementing with arjuna. Because theherb isso potent andef
fective, the combination of arjuna and drugs may causetoo sudden or
too severe an effect.
Lower LDL cholesterol by at least 25 percent
Although vitamin E has been shown time and again to be an ef
fective supplement for controlling cholesterol levels, the antioxidant
capacity of arjuna outperformed the vitamin in a recent randomized
placebo-controlled trial in India. After only 30 days ofsupplementa-Part III:Heart | 155
tion witharjuna, the testgroupdecreased itsaverage LDL ("bad") cho
lesterol levels by 25.6 percentwith a corresponding 12.7 percent drop
in total cholesterol. The groupsreceiving either the placebo or 400 IU
ofvitaminE had no significant change in eithermeasurement.1
AtSMS Medical College in India, scientists gave 500 mg of arjuna
per dayto a groupofrabbits suffering from highblood-fat levels. After
60days oftherapy with the herb, the rabbits' average total cholesterol
dropped from 574 to 217 and their LDL levels dropped from 493 to
162.2 A group ofrabbits receiving only 100 mg of arjuna also experi
encedlower cholesterol levels, although the drop in cholesterol levels
was not assignificant.3
Reduce angina attacks without
the side effects ofdrugs
More than 6.2 million Americans suffer from angina (chest pain)
due toaninsufficientsupply ofblood totheheart. While nitroglycerin
is a drug often prescribed for this condition, its effectiveness is reduced
with each use. Arjuna, however, can continue torelieve angina regard
lessof how long it'sused.
Researchers at Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India,
tested arjuna against ISMN (Isosorbide Mononitrate), a nitroglycerinbased
drugcommonly prescribed for stable angina. While ISMN was
effective over a 12-week period, it didn't perform as well as arjuna.
The arjuna group had a 30 percent reduction ofangina attacks, while
the grouptakingISMN had a 27percent reduction. While this isnot a
significant difference, the performance ofarjuna is considerable when
you take into account thepossible side effects ofISMN—lightheaded
ness,dizziness, a rapid pulse rate, and blurred vision. Scientists found
none of these side effects with the group taking the herb.4 And, of
course, arjuna can be used without fear that it'llstop working when
you need it most.
Another study found that 15 stable angina sufferers taking arjuna156 | Miracles from the Vault
for three months experienced a 50 percent reduction in angina epi
sodes. A treadmill test administered before and after the subjects took
the herb showed that angina symptoms were significantly delayed after
supplementation. Subjects also reduced their systolic blood-pressure
levels, had a marked decrease in their body-mass indexes —which
indicates weight loss—and experienced an increase in HDL("good")
cholesterol levels. The researchers concluded that treating stable an
ginapatients witharjunawas an effective way to relieve symptoms.5
Patients with congestive heart failure
improve in just two weeks
TheNewYork Heart Association has developeda classification sys
tem that helps doctors determine the appropriate treatment depend
ing on the severity of a patient's condition. Classes I and II are mild,
classIII is moderate, and classIV is severe and sufferers are completely
incapacitated. In a recent double-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled
study, 12 class IV patients with refractory chronic congestive heart
failure received arjuna for twoweeks in addition to traditional medi
cation. The placebo term of the trial included only traditional medi
cation. During the short treatment with the herb, the patients were
reclassified as class III patients due to improvements in a number of
cardiacfactors. Theresults wereso impressive that during a later third
phase of the study, the same patients continued supplementing with
arjuna for 20 to 28 months in addition to conventional medications.
Theirconditions continuedto improve, and theywere able to tolerate
additional physical effort.6
Protect yourself from ischemic heart disease
If heart disease runs in your family and you'd liketo take preven
tive measures, arjunamay do the trick. Scientists gave laboratory rats
a supplement containing theherb for 60 days, and after that timegave
them isoproterenol, a synthetic chemical that causes an irreversible
destruction of heart tissue. Researchers found that pretreating the
subjects with arjuna offered "significant cardioprotection." They alsoPart III: Heart | 157
found thatthere was a remarkable reduction in theloss ofhigh-energy
phosphate (HEP) stores, a protective factor against ischemia.7 (Isch
emia is a reduction in the supply of oxygen to an organ.)
Keep your arteries flowing free and clear
Ifthe cholesterol circulating in your bloodstreamisn'tremoved on
a regularbasis, it can deposit on the walls of your arteries. While this
happens to everyone to a certain extent, thicker cholesterol deposits
reduce thevolume ofblood flowing through your vascular system and
decrease the oxygen reaching your organs. Blood vessels with signifi
cantdeposits become inflexible andhard, which iswhy atherosclerosis
is alsocalled"hardeningofthe arteries." This can causea deterioration
of tissues and organs. Your arteries also deteriorate from the accumu
lation ofcholesterol. Ifleft untreated, atherosclerosis can kill you. But
arjuna has beenshown to turn around thislife-threatening condition.
In one study, rabbits were fed a cholesterol-rich diet to create ath
erosclerosis and then divided intothree groups to compare the effects
of cholesterol-lowering supplements. One group of rabbits was treat
ed with arjuna while the other two groups were supplemented with
pharmaceuticals proven to lower cholesterol levels. In a comparison
of all three groups, arjuna was pronounced as "the most potent hy
polipidemic agent" and proved to induce "partial inhibition of rabbit
atheroma."8 These findings indicate that arjuna may help prevent the
buildup offat deposits inyour arteries and possibly correct the deadly
effects of atherosclerosis.
The same herb may fight cancer
as readily as bacterial infections
One oftheunique benefits ofherbal therapies istheir adaptogenic
property. Many times, a single herb can conquer diseases and medi
cal disorders with seemingly different origins and mechanisms. (Drug
therapy is much more targeted and thus limited.) Doctors prescribe
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types of drugs to fight cancer. Although bacteria and cancer seem to
startandspread by different means, arjuna hasbeen shownto success
fully fight both.
According to the Entomology Research Institute of Loyola Col
lege in India, E. coli, which is a dangerous food-borne pathogen, is
no match for arjuna. Researchers tested 34 traditional tribal plants
of India and found that arjuna had "significant antibacterial activity"
against E. coli as well as the bacteria responsible for pneumonia, cysti
tis (abladder infection), and pyelonephritis (a kidney infection).9
Salmonella typhimurium is the culprit behind paratyphoid fever,
which is a milder form of typhoid fever, aswell assalmonella gastro
enteritis, a type of food poisoning. Butresearchers found that ellagic
acid, one of the constituents of arjuna, is quiteeffective against it and
stops it from mutating, thus preventing the spread of disease.10
While antibacterial drugs have not been proven to work against
cancer, it appears arjuna can live up to this double duty—and without
the damaging effects of chemotherapeutic drugs. Many of the side ef
fects of prescription drugs, especially those used to treat cancer, may
damage organs or have a serious negative impact on general health.
Butaccording to studies attheUniversity College of Medical Sciences
and SMS Medical College, both in India, researchers have not found
liver orrenal damage in either humanoranimal testsubjects receiving
arjuna.11,12
While no one drug or therapy works against all types of cancers,
arjuna mayhelp fill in the gap for some forms of the disease. Accord
ing to scientists at the Department of Botanical Sciences at Guru
Nanak DevUniversity in India, arjuna has cancer-fighting properties
and maybea promising agent for stopping cell mutation13—believed
to be one of the first steps in cancer development. By preventing this
initial process, arjuna maycutoffone ofthemostcommon routes used
to convert normal cells into cancerous ones.Part III: Heart | 159
In research conducted by the NationalInstitute of Bioscience and
Human Technology in Japan, even osteosarcoma, a typeofmalignant
bone tumor, was found to be no match for arjuna. By inhibiting the
growth ofosteosarcoma cells, arjuna may beable toprevent thegrowth
and spread of this type of cancer.14
T. arjuna is not only effective—it's inexpensive!
Scientists still don't fully understand the many disease-fighting
mechanisms of arjuna, soresearch on this herb continues. We've only
scratched the surface ofthis incredible tree and will continue to keep
youupdated asnewusesforitarediscovered. T. arjunaisavailable from
Himalaya Herbal Healthcare under the name of "Arjunam – Cardiac
Tonic." Refer tothe Member Source Directory onpage 542 for ordering
information.160 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER NINE
One miracle molecule can stop
heart attack, stroke… even pull you
back from the brink of death
I Ar. Scott Chirault's grandmother was literally atdeath's door.
At 99 years and 11 months old, she became feverish and un
responsive, and was brought to the emergency room. With adeclin
ing heart rate, barely registering blood pressure (70/30), and acase of
pneumonia, all hope waslost.
Mawmaw, as she was called,did not want IV medications to keep
her alive. But just a few days earlier, Dr. Chirault had received asam
ple of aunique new supplement, and he believed it could help turn
things around.
He placed a dissolving tablet in her mouth, then went out to the
nurses' station. Just 40minuteslater, the nursecameto gethim—Mawmaw's
bloodpressure was increasing, along with herheart rate.
A few hours later, Mawmaw woke up…sat up… talked to her
grandson. And since they didn't know how long this would last, he
called the family into see her. They came, and she got to see and talk
with everyone she loved.Part III: Heart | 161
After a couple ofweeks, she asked to stop taking the supplement.
Andjustfive days later, she slipped into a coma, and then she died.
And while this supplement did not save her life—it couldn't cure
the pneumonia—it gave her twomoreweeks to spendwithherfamily,
and a chance to saygoodbye to everyone sheloved.
One amazing molecule can
turn everything around
That supplement did one simplething: increaseMawmaw's nitric
oxide levels.
It's justonelittle molecule, butit hasthe power over life and death.
Ifyourbodyisflooded with toomuch ofit, therecan be toxic effects.
If you don't have enough, your body starts to break down, becoming
ever more vulnerable to coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke,
diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and so much more.
And this amazing molecule can literally pull someone back from
the brink ofdeath.
But that's not all it can do.
Prevent horrible health problems & reverse
existing damage with NO
Nitric oxide didn't win "Molecule of the Year" for nothing. Here
are just a few of the very important ways it keepsyou alive.
• Stops artery-clogging blood clots from forming
• Reverses arterial plaque build-up
• Prevents high blood pressure
• Lowers C-reactive protein
• Slashestriglyceride levels
And with that protection, NO reduces your risk of heart attack and162 | Miracles from the Vault
stroke… two of the top three killers ofAmericans. On top of that, the
miracle molecule can reduce yourriskofdevastating diabetes compli
cations, includingkidneydisease, blindness, and amputations.
How does one molecule do so much
to keep you alive and well?
Nitric oxide sendssignals between the cells in your body, and ex
tremely prettyimportant signals atthat. In fact, there's not a single cell
in your body that isn'tsending or receiving messages via NO. But its
most important workis in your circulatory system… and shouldthose
messages go haywire, the consequences can be deadly.
It all centers around your endothelium (the cells that line every
blood vessel in your body) which have the critical job of producing
NO. The NO enters the smooth muscles of your arteries, and signals
those muscles to relax (the technical term is vasodilation). That lets
your blood flow increase to healthy levels, giving your body its full
supplyof oxygen and nutrients.
When youdon't have enoughNO to go around,your arteriescan't
relax, they remain smalland tight.And whenyour blood has a smaller,
cramped space to flow through, it forces your blood pressure high
er. That high pressure can cause some serious damage to your artery
walls,allowing dangerous plaques to move in.
And once this cycle kicks off, your risk of heart attack and strokes
increases dramatically.
Lack of NO has other consequences, too. In addition to setting off
a plaqueattack,it alsoleadsto verydamagingchronic inflammation in
your arteries. Then, oxidative stress sneaks in. On their own, inflam
mation and oxidation are bad. Together, they help plaque burst open
to release its toxins which can trigger blood clots in your arteries.
But restoring your NO levels can stop this from happening at all.Part III: Heart | 163
NEO40 Daily™ brings back the NO
Dr. Nathan Bryan knows a little something about nitric oxidehe's
been studying itfor more thantenyears. Andwhen he realized its
role in disease prevention, he knew he had to come witha way to help
people (especially thoseof us over 40) improve their NO status.
So he, along with Dr. Janet Zand, started screening hundreds of
herbs and foods for their NO content. They took the best of those,
and formulated a lozenge called NEO40 Daily. ThenDr.Bryan and his
research team set out to learn just how well their new NO-boosting
supplement reallyworked.
First, theytested the NEO40 lozenges to make suretheycould re
ally generate NO. To do that, theyhad some people test the lozenges.
The researchers drew blood to get a baseline level, then the subjects
each let one lozenge dissolve in their mouths. After five minutes, the
post-lozenge bloodtesting began. Andwhenallthe datawas in, nitrite
levels (a keyindicatorofNO levels) had doubled.1
And when they took their research to the next level, they found
even more good newsthan they'd expected.
Reduce triglycerides by up to 55%
while increasing your NO
The next phase of their study2 lasted30 days, and this time includ
ed subjects with at least known cardiovascular risk factors (like high
triglycerides, high blood pressure, and diabetes, for example). Every
day, these subjectstook either a NEO40lozengeor placebo twicea day
for 30 days.
Asexpected, in the NEO40group that led to a substantial increase
in their blood levels of nitrite and nitrate, meaning more NO. Thepeo
ple in the placebo group actually saw a slight decrease in their levels.
But that's not all that happened. The NEO40 supplements also had164 | Miracles from the Vault
made quite a direct difference in some veryimportant cardiovascular
risk factors.
• 72% ofsubjects withhightriglyceride levels sawthat drop dra
matically
• Triglyceride levels (fasting) plummeted by up to 55% (with an
average drop of 27%)
• Up to 37% reduction in C-reactiveprotein (CRP)levels in sub
jects with elevated CRP
• An average 7 point drop in systolic blood pressure (in subjects
with hypertension), and a 2.7 point drop in diastolic pressure
• Plus, more than halfthe subjects reportedfeeling more ener
getic and less anxious
What's more, nearly 80% ofthose participants saidthat theywant
ed to keep taking NEO40 lozenges.
NEO40 can help you cut back on
pharmaceutical drugs…and their side effects
While the studies offer up a lot ofimpressive numbers, you really
need to knowhowtakingNEO40 Daily canhelpchange yourlife. And
the most dramatic impact may be that you'll be able to cut back on—
and maybegetoffof—pharmaceutical drugs.Especiallywhen it comes
to blood pressure medication.
In fact, one of the first people to enjoy that was Dr. Bryan's fa
ther, who had very poor circulation due to a car accident that left him
paraplegic. He'd been taking three different drugs to manage his blood
pressure, along with metformin for his diabetes. So Dr. Bryan (work
ing with his dad's cardiologist) started his father on the lozenges. Over
a period of months, his blood sugar normalized, and he began to wean
offthe blood pressure drugs—nowhe only needs one.
And then there's Dr. Zand's father (remember Dr. Zand, one of
the researchers working with Dr. Bryan). Her 90-year-old father wasPart III: Heart | 165
also taking threemedications to control hisbloodpressure. Butwithin
sixweeks of startingthe NEO40 lozenges, he didn't need any of them
anymore.
Impressive—but they're far fromthe onlytwowho've experienced
this miracle. Elizabeth Shirley, compounding pharmacist for the Peo
ple's Pharmacy, has seen it happen time and again. In fact, that's one
reason people go to her, to get off pharmaceutical drugs and avoid
their negative side effects. And withNEO40 lozenges, she's been able
to help many customers reduce their dependency on blood pressure
medication.
In fact, she advises anyonetaking blood pressure medication who
starts usingthe lozenges to monitortheir blood pressure regularly and
to work closely with their doctors. Chances are,the doseswill need to
be loweredto make sure pressuredoesn'tdrop down too far.
She does advise us of one pretty common side effect, though. In
creasing your NO with NEO40 Daily will probably increase your sex
drive, too.
NO side effect: a much better sex life
You've heard of Viagra, no doubt. Well it works by increasing cir
culation to the penis…by increasing NO, albeit in an unnatural way.
When you take NEO40 Daily, you increase NO, and improve cir
culation everywhere. That's right, when you let a lozenge dissolve in
your mouth, it will kick offa chain reaction down below. And even if
it's been a while since you've been able to achieve an erection on your
own, those days will be over.
But NO isn'tjust for the men, ladies.It also playsan important part
in female sexual desire and performance. So if you haven't been inter
ested lately, NO can help turn that around.
Becausesatisfyingsex reallycomes down to blood flow, and you'll
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formula that makes up NEO40 Daily.
Hawthorn and beet root boost NO
and total heart health
Theformulastarts witha proprietaryherbalblendwhichincludes
hawthorn and beetroot, both of which increase NO activity. When
Dr. Bryan and his team were testing all those herbs and foods, these
two scored the highest when it came to nitrate content (which your
bodyuses to generate NO). But that's not where these two stophelp
ing your heart.
Hawthorn does so much for your cardiovascular system, it's no
surprise theyincluded it in theNEO40 formula. Andunlike many tra
ditional remedies, this one has tons ofscience to back it up. In fact,
this herb
• cuts down on angina attacks3
• treats atherosclerosis byshrinking plaque andlowering cholesterol4
• improves circulation to theheartbydilating coronary bloodvessels5
• lowerblood pressure6
• prevents heart attack7
And then there's the beet root, which in addition to its nitrate
content has been shown to lower high cholesterol8 and lower blood
pressure.9
But the NO-producing formula doesn't stop there.
Four NO-boosting ingredients
round out the NEO40 formula
NEO40 Daily also includes magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B12,
and L-citrulline. Together, along with the herbal blend, these ingre
dients work to provide your body with a source of nitric oxide when
your endothelium just can't product enough.Part III: Heart | 167
Magnesium is an essential mineral with a huge impact on your
cardiovascularsystem. Among otherthings, magnesium helps directly
counteract atherosclerosis10 and provides serious protection against
heart attack and stroke.
Vitamin Cpromotesthe availability ofNOin yourbody, soyoucan
use itmosteffectively. Italso strengthen yourarteries, andprotectstheir
structural integrity11. Andlike magnesium, it canhelp prevent heartat
tack and stroke.On top of all that, let's not forget that it'sa potent anti
oxidant, withverypowerful free radical scavenging capabilities.
Vitamin B12 plays a very important role in your cardiovascular
system: youcan't make redbloodcells without it (in fact, vitamin B12
deficiency can causeanemia).
L-citrulline is directly involved in NO production. It doesthat by
naturally converting to L-arginine, a form that's much easier for your
body to use than if the L-arginine comes from supplements. Plus, Lcitrulline
has been shown (in an animal study) to reversethe progres
sion of atherosclerosis.12
With this unique blend ofNO-increasing ingredients, all ofwhich
do doubleduty to directlyprotectyour cardiovascularsystem, NEO40
Is low NO killing dialysis patients?
Dialysis patients have an especially high death rate from car
diovascular events, and Dr. Bryanthinks he might know why. His
theory: Dialysis decreases NO. And this soon-to-be-published
study backs it up.
You see, low concentrations of nitrite and nitrate in the blood
and salivatranslates to lower NO in the body.So Dr. Bryan and his
fellow researchers measured nitrite and nitrate levels in dialysis pa
tientsbefore, during,and afterthe procedure. And theylearnedthat
dialysis could remove up to 90% of the patients' nitrite and nitrate,
which in turn could have a profound negativeon their NO levels.13168 | Miracles from the Vault
lozenges may just save your life.
Take NEO40 Daily to prevent—maybe even
reverse—cardiovascular disease
NEO40 Daily can improve your NO status and help prevent car
diovascular problems…even if you're riddled with risk factors. And
according to both careful research and customer response, it's very
likely that youwill feel betterinstantly whenyou use it.
The manufacturer recommends taking one NEO40 lozenge once
or twice a day. Put the lozenge on your tongue (move it around) and
just let it dissolve—don'tchew or swallowit!
And for those of you who like to see exactly howwell something
isworking, you can.There's a verysimple NO measurement strip that
can help you find out your NO status, and literally watch those loz
enges work to improve it.
One little thing: the lozenges can make you burp (usually right
afterit's dissolved). That's totally normal, and actually makes a lot of
sense. After all, nitric oxide is a gas, so that's one wayto see it's really
working.
You can find ordering information for NEO40 Dailylozenges and
the nitric oxide test strips in the Member Source Directory on page
542.Part IV
Asthma and COPD170 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER ONE
Stamp out even the worst asthma:
A breakthrough approach to easy
breathing without devastating
side effects
I doubt I need to say too much to sum up the terrors of asthma—
the pressure of thatinvisible elephant that's permanently parked on
yourchest, the persistent but unproductive cough, the wheezing that
keeps you awake like some never-ending nightmare. Then, as if all
thatweren't enough, there's the panic that tags along with all of these
symptoms.
But I'llbet I also don'thaveto tellyou thatthis isone case in which
the "cure" is a whole lot scarier than the culprit. Steroids are not the
kind of thing that anyone would consider safe for daily use—and yet
that's just what many doctors might prescribe for you following an
asthma diagnosis. And the real kicker is thatthey don't even fix your
condition—theysimply cover it up, while packing on the pounds, in
terfering with your adrenal function, andmanhandling your immune
system in the process.
With the FDA attack on ephedra,naturalmedicine doctors scram-Part IV: Asthma and COPD | 171
bled to find another effective herbal supplement that would control
asthma. One doctor didn't stop until he discovered Phytocort.
Brand new to the market (and freeof the super-dosing side effects
thatgot its notorious predecessor into trouble) this blend offour Chi
nese herbs ispoised to break through the all-too-common prednisone
prison-not onlysafely, but just assuccessfully.
Works as well as prednisone—
and benefits the immune system, too
Dr. Ba X. Hoang, working withtheAllergy Research Groupin Al
ameda, California, has made the research of natural asthma alterna
tives a lifelong mission, always staying on the lookout for the latest
studies and continually scouring sources for potentialbreakthroughs
in product development. Itwas ayear ago nowwhen he andhis associ
ates came across an all-too-rare published studyofthe effects ofherbal
treatment on asthma symptoms.1
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was per
formed atWeifang Asthma Hospital in Chinabetween 2003 and 2004.
Ninety-two nonsmoking patients (43 menand49women) between the
ages of 18 and 64with symptoms ofmoderate to severe asthma were
recruited to participate in the study. Acombination ofthree herbalex
tracts—all of which are the main components of another formula that
has been used to treat asthma in China for decades—was pitted against
prednisone in a four-week measure ofasthmatic symptom relief.
The final results of the study showed that the herbal extract sig
nificantly reduced the participants' symptom scores, increased lung
function as measured by forced expiratory volume/second (FEV1)
and peak expiratory flow (PEF), and reduced the patients' use of an
emergency inhaler. There was also a marked reduction of peripheral
blood eosinophils (the white blood cells that often accompany allergic
responses) and in levels ofserum IgE antibodies (the immunoglobulin
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While lung function intheextract-treated group was notashigh as
lung function in the prednisone group, the herbal treatment's perfor
mance was comparable to the corticosteroid (the use ofwhich is meant
tomimic a class ofhormones produced in theadrenal cortex) in every
other category. Butwhat's even morestriking isthat the herbalformula
actually hadan immune-boosting effect on thepatients taking it.
Cases ofasthma often involve animbalance inthetypes ofimmune
responses your body has. Typically, the T-helper 2 (Th2) response,
which is associated with hyper-reactive allergic conditions, domi
nates. The other type of immune response, called T-helper 1 (Thl),
doesn't produce these sorts ofdrastic reactions, but ifyour body's Thl
response isn't asstrong as itshould be, you'll windup with anynum
ber of allergic reactions, or, in this case, an asthma attack. Prednisone
worksby suppressingoverallimmune function, which, in turn, lowers
the Th2 response. But it also lowers the Thl response even further—
digging the hole deeper and not really solving the problem. But the
herbalformula used in the study actually boosted Thl response, bal
ancing out the immune system.
The formula also increased the participants' Cortisol levels—the
suppression ofwhich isyet another pitfall of prednisone. Regular use
of corticosteroids can do irreversible damage to your adrenal glands
over time, ultimately leaving your body unable to produce enough
Cortisol on its own.And this sideeffect isseriously bad news: LowCor
tisol levels can lead to a spike in pain and fatigue, often accompanied
by a hefty dose of depression and difficulty in dealing with emotions
in the face ofstress.
The missing link between epilepsy and asthma
With years of clinical experience behind him, Dr. Ba knew that
he and the team at the Allergy Research Group could replicate this
formula—improve upon it, even. Which is exactly how they ended
up with Phytocort. It wasn't sheerluck—in fact, Dr. Bahad begun his
studies of the keyherb, Sophora flavensis, nearly 10years ago.Part IV: Asthma and COPD | 173
It's this component, he tells me, that holds the lion's share of re
sponsibility in Phytocorts formula—though the reason behind its use
might come as a bit of a surprise. As it turns out, Sophora flavensis is
commonly used to treat another frightening and potentially danger
ous condition: epilepsy.
Dr. Ba believes that the similarities between these two diseases,
asthma and epilepsy, are strong—even if they appear to have nothing
in common. We have all grown accustomed to hearing about asthma
as being strongly related to the allergic responses mentioned earlier—
a nastybyproduct of some inherent or acquired immune imbalance.
Butwhilethose allergies are indeedtriggering factors, Dr. Baexplained,
it isn't an immune modulator that we need the most—it's something
calledan excitatorymodulator.2
Excitatory modulators calm overexcited neurons—the unruly
electrical activity of which is responsible for many of the symptoms
of epilepsy. Cellsignals run amok, and synapses fire in an abnormally
synchronized manner,resulting in the volatile jerking motions com
mon to even the mildest seizure. Accordingto Dr. Ba, the non-neuronal
cells in our airways react in much the same way in the throes of
an asthma attack—be it mild or severe. And the culprits behind these
uncontrolled motions are your cells' ion channelsgone haywire.
As it turns out, these ion channels don't just exist in your brain
cells—theyalso exist in cells from other places throughout your body,
including the lungs. And relatively recently, scientists also found that
a specific type of receptor normally thought of as strictly part of the
central nervous system, called the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)
glutamate receptor, is also present in the lungsand airways. According
to the research paper I read, the NMDA glutamate receptor "might
be an important, previously unrecognized mechanism of the airway
inflammation and hyper-reactivity found in asthma."3
Exactly how all this works is extremely complicated. We're talk
ing molecular physics and biology here—not topics you're likely174 | Miracles from the Vault
to encounter at your next dinner party. And after trying to wade
through and make sense of the science enough to explain it to you,
I can see why. So, fair warning: The following paragraphs might be
tough to wrap your head around. Butlet's give it a try.
Soothe aggravatedairways by
resting your stressed cells
Much like a battery, all neuron membranes must maintain a certain
charge composition in orderto keep up the electrical charge that's nec
essary forenergy andmotion-and even for life itself. Voltage-gated ion
channels in the cell's membrane are essential to thisprocess—acting as
a "velvet rope" ofsorts, allowing the entrance ofonlycertainionsbased
on their charge. At rest, our nerve cells have more potassium (nega
tively charged) inside of them, and more sodium (positively charged)
outside of them, a condition maintained by your ion channels, when
such oppositecharges would normallyseekto diffuse each other.
The balance begins to shift away from this charged state when
somestimulus(in the case of epilepsy, it couldbe somethingassimple
as flashing lights) causes the two amino acids glutamate and aspar
tate to be set into action. They activate the NMDA glutamate recep
tor, which opens the ion channels back up again—but this time to let
sodium in and to usher potassium out. This exchange continues until
there's an explosion of electrical energy—the official starting point for
any of your body'sthoughts or movements.
Needless to say, if those ion channels aren't functioning properly,a
whole lot oftrouble breaks loose.
Toomuch sodium in a nervecelltoo oftenwillprovokehyperexcitability—meaningthat
even the smallest stimulus will create unwanted
synaptic movements. Much as you would feel when you're burning the
candle at both ends, these stressed cells suffer from a lack of energy
accompanied by a desperate need to keep moving. But there's no end
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sodium isbeing expelled to return theneuron to itsoptimally charged
resting state.It's a viciouscycle.
Such is the case with asthma, claims Dr. Ba, when the NMDA
glutamate receptors in the airways are activated (and in this case, the
finger might be pointed at prolonged exposure to certain toxins—the
polluted air we breathe or the preservatives we eat every day). This
excitability leads to an increase offluid in the lungs and a constriction
of the airways.
That's why severe asthmatics are so unresponsive to conventional
treatment, suchasprednisone orsome otherallergy-oriented medica
tions—they merely address inflammation without digging to the root
oftheproblem. Andthat's exactly why Sophora flavensis issuch an ef
fective treatment. Research has shown that two alkaloids found in the
herb—matrine and oxymatrine—act as excitatory modulators, treat
ing hyperreactive asthmatic airways.
These alkaloids have a relaxing and analgesic effect on the central
nervous system. They have tranquilizing properties, promoting the
influx of relaxing neurotransmitters (gamma-aminobutyric acid and
glycine) and inhibiting the overactive NMDA receptors that result in
suchunwanted responses asseizures, tremors, hypertension, and asth
ma attacks. With the action potential diffused, aggravated cells—both
neurons and non-neurons alike—are finallyable to rest.
A balanced formula to help you breathe easier for good
With Sophora flavensis as the lead herb in Phytocort, Dr. Ba and
his associates included the two supporting herbs in the original clini
cally testedformula foradditional allergy and immunesupport,aswell
as a fourth, balancing, herb:
• Ganoderma lucidum is a medicinal mushroom with a wide
range of uses,noted for its strong anti-inflammatory, immune
strengthening, and general healing properties.176 | Miracles from the Vault
• Glycyrrhiza uralensis, orlicorice root, offers support as an
expectorant, an anti-spasmodic, an anti-inflammatory, and a
soothing agent, also enhancing theeffects of naturally occurring
cortisone in the body.
• Morinda citrifoliay also known as noni, was added for itskidney
supportanddiuretic qualities, to eliminate anypossibility of
bloating that could accompany licorice root.
Therecommended initial dosage ofPhytocort isthree capsulesthree
times aday, with amaintenance dosage oftwo capsules twice aday. And
Dr. Ba tells me that, unlikeephedra, which can poserisks to cardiovas
cular andnervous function whentaken inverylarge doses, thisformula
is considered safe for long-term usein anyasthma patient.
While Dr. Ba has found that many asthmatics will experience a
calming of their symptoms within two weeks, he advises that three to
six months be allowed for the best restorative results. He recommends
that you start with the maximum dosage, work with your doctor, and
consider a gradual tapering offof prednisone useby 2.5 to 5 mg every
two to threedays untilyouhave eliminated it altogether. Given enough
time, eventhe most difficult-to-treat patients may eventually be able to
toss awaytheir steroids for good.Part IV: Asthma and COPD I 177
CHAPTER TWO
Fighting asthma or COPD?
Increased lung capacity means no
more wheezing and struggling for air
It's a disease that still has the mainstream scratching their heads.
They don't have a cure, or even an effective treatment, for COPD.
But that doesn't keep them from trying to make a buck offit—so they
throw inhaled steroids at the problem. Nevermind the fact that those
drugsdon'treally workforCOPD… or the fact theycanraise yourrisk
of heart attack or stroke by 58%.
And of course,those arethe samedrugs they throw at asthma, put
ting your health at severerisk.
Of course, I wouldn't be writing this if I didn't have an answer for
you. And, as we often find here at HSI, the natural, steroid-free an
swer to COPD,asthma, and other lung conditions (including allergies,
colds, and sinus headaches) lies in a formula that was stumbled upon
purely by chance.
23 recently rediscovered herbs proven by centuries ofuse
As the CEO of a telecommunications company, Tom Long never
thought he'd find himselfmarketingthe latestbreakthrough in respirato-178 | Miracles from the Vault
ryhealth. But that was before the owner ofhis company got sick. Unable
tobreathe and fearing aheart attack, hechecked himselfinto the hospital.
The doctors ran the usual tests andsaid there was nothing wrong.
Buthe knew theywere missing something—he felt awful and couldn't
believe the pain in his chest was "nothing."
A friend suggested he seean acupuncturist and herbalist in Chica
go. The herbalist knew what the problem was right away—he couldn't
breathe properly. Stress anda lack ofexercise contributed to theprob
lem, leaving his lungs "locked up." And then he gave himsomething
that startedworking almostimmediately.
Theherbalist let him in on the secret—Resprin. It's a formula made
ofablend of23 herbs, specially formulated tosupport clear breathing.
Theherbsfalls into three categories:
• Vaporizing herbslikepeppermintand schizonpeta herba.
• Expectorant herbs that flush out mucus and dust—these
herbs includedginger, licorice, and poria.
• Soothing herbs,likebupleurum and ligusticum wallichii,
that help bronchial irritation.
Through the action of these three categories of herbs, the lungs
physically have more space in which to take in more air with each
breath. Because whatitreally comes down to isinflammation. Resprin
actually relaxes the lining of the bronchial tubes, allowing more air
flow into the lungs.
Increase your lung capacity by almost 40%
This iswhere Tom entersthe story. The ownerofhis company was
so amazed with Resprin that he brought it in for Tom to try. He im
mediately noticed he couldbreathe more deeply. And he knew he had
to share it with others.
Tom started sharing Resprin with peoplewho werehaving troublePart IV: Asthma and COPD | 179
breathing—asthma, COPD, sinus problems—nothing could stand up
to Resprin. They were ontosomething big… sotheyput it to the test.
Before heading down the road of human trials, Resprin was put
through an in vitro testin the lab. Normal airway tissue aswell as air
way tissue from asthma patients was tested. The tissue was exposed to
a chemicalirritant that is known to spur inflammation.When Resprin
was introduced to the tissue, it proved itsanti-inflammatory effects by
loweringbiomarkers ofinflammation.
Of course, that wasn'tenough for Tom and the rest of the team at
Resprin, Inc. Hewanted proofthatResprin would workforreal people
suffering from real breathingproblems.
So they commissioned a trial in an independent lab. The trial had
three phases, and Resprin proved that it worked almost immediately.
During the first phase, participants were given justonedose ofResprin.
Even withjustthat onedose, peakairflow improved nearly 6%.
By the third phase, the results were looking even better. Participants
tookResprin every dayfor a month, and by the end of the month, the
average improvement in peakairflow was 37%. Nearly halfof the par
ticipantssaidtheyfelt theirenergy levels andneedforrescue medication
were exceptionally improved, and another 28% felt they'd seen signifi
cant improvement. Mostofthem saidtheywouldkeep usingResprin.
Harness the lung-boosting power
trusted by marathon runners
Marathon runners are serious about lung capacity. If they can't
breathe, they can't run. So it's no surprise that one of the top runners
in the world relies on Resprin (though it's labeled as AirAide) to give
him an edge.
Kenyan runner Benson Cheruiyot was able to shave a remarkable
2.5 minutes off his personal best marathon time using Resprin. Of
course, we'reno marathon runners. You're looking for something that180 | Miracles from the Vault
will have you taking those deep, life-giving breaths without struggling
and wheezing.
Wayne hasbeen singing the praises of Resprin because of its effect
onhis wife Jeanne. The mainstream hasn't even been able toidentify the
disease that has been deteriorating her lungs. ButResprin has slowed
the deterioration andhashelped herto lead amoreactive life.
Debbie had been looking for a natural alternative to her asthma
inhaler. She was skeptical when she received asample of Resprin. But
once she'd taken a few, she found it works just as well as herinhaler,
without the risk ofside effects.
Sam's had asthma for 15 years and had gotten used to carrying an
inhaler with him everywhere he went. Like Debbie, he was skeptical
before tryingResprin. Knowing hehadhisinhaler as abackup, hetook
Resprin and set out for a workout.
When he stoppedto catch hisbreath atthe top of ahill,he noticed
something different. He was breathing heavily, sure, but there was
no diminished function in breathing. He says he hasn't breathed that
well in 15 years, andthathe spent the rest of thatday walking around,
breathing deeply and smiling. When he explained his experience to
Tom, he said, "the chains have been cut."
Even if you're notsuffering from aserious lungcondition, Resprin
can help you. Chris was stuck at work with a horrible sinus headache
and congestion that left her barely able to breathe. Within minutes
of taking Resprin, her headache was completely gone and she could
breatheagain. She saysshe always keeps some on hand.
And the makersof Resprin haveheard from countless people who
swear by it for dealing with coldsand allergies.
Ordering information for Resprin is in the Member Source Direc
tory on page 542.Part IV: Asthma and COPD I 181
CHAPTER THREE
Clogged LungsCleared:
Stopping America's 4th Biggest Killer
When one of our contacts called us about a product he referred
to as "truly bizarre," I thought "How but there' can it really
be?" After all, we come across some pretty unique and complex stuff
almost daily in the course ofourresearch. But in this case, therereally
is no other word to describe the novel treatment for cystic fibrosis,
chronicobstructive pulmonarydisease, and other respiratoryailments
that he told me about: Bizarre sums it up nicely.
It's a liquid formula of DNA called Mucolyxir that, applied sublingually,
helps dissolve airway-blocking mucous. That's right—DNA
under yourtongue to help you breathe better: See what we mean by
bizarre?
But not only does it appear to be safe and effective, it also costs
much lessthan you might expectfor something this revolutionary.
Ancient theory meets modern science
One of the primary theories explaining respiratory diseases is that
much of the mucous blocking the airways is a result of the immune
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Mucolyxir's developers, John McMichael and Allan Lieberman,
tookthattheory andfurther hypothesized thatsuch activity, over time,
could result in hypersensitivity thatwould exacerbate the problem of
mucous accumulation. To address thisproblem, theyturnedto the an
cient homeopathic concept of "likecureslike."
As you'll see below, much of the mucous build-upinvolved in re
spiratory illnesses like cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmo
nary disease (COPD) is caused by accumulated DNA. So McMichael
and Lieberman chose the "like" cure—DNA—as the basis for their
Mucolyxir formula.
DNA therapy interrupts vicious cycle
Inside the lungs, the scenario might gosomething likethis: Bacterial-DNA
induces the production of various interleukins (such as IL-
8),which areassociated withinflammation. The presence ofIL-8 sends
out a distress signal through yourbody. In turn, responding immune
cells attack and destroy the invaders by engulfing them in mucous.
But as the immune cells respond, they spill their own DNA, which is
interpretedas an enemyinvader in the respiratory environment. This
sparks another signal for help, establishing a vicious and continually
amplified cycle asthe immune cells are repeatedly called intoplay.
Mucolyxir interrupts thiscycle byreducing theproduction of"sig
naling" interleukins in order to decrease the productionof the protec
tive mucous, which is often more harmful than helpful. It does this in
two ways: by regulatinganti-DNAactivityof the immune system,and
byclearing mucous to eliminate matterclogging the airways.
Mucociliary clearance involves the movement ofthe cilia(the tiny
arm-like fibers on the cells lining the bronchial tree), secretion of mu
cous, and movement of water into and out of epithelial cells. In plain
English, that means that the tiny fibers in your lungs are stimulated,
causing mucous secretion and movement of water, which, basically,
forces you to "cough up" the material clogging your airway. TheDNAPart IV: Asthma and COPD | 183
in Mucolyxirstimulatesthis process.
The DNA that McMichael and Lieberman used in creating Muco
lyxir was extracted from salmon, but it's important tounderstand that
there isnogene transfer with this method ofDNA use. Inother words,
you won't suddenly start showing characteristics of salmon. I spoke
to Dr. Lieberman to ask how we can be sure that there's no risk ofthis
happening: Afterall, youdon't need gills orfins.
He explained that Mucolyxir uses a microdose of DNA, meaning
thatthereis not evenone full genome present in the product. He point
ed out that we eat foreign DNA all the time: When you eat a sardine,
you are eating the complete sardine DNA, yet you don't take on any
characteristics of a sardine. Fortunately, it justdoesn't work thatway.
Dr. McMichael noted that, based on his observations, Mucolyxir
appears tobe"helpful inthetreatment ofsevere respiratory conditions
like chronic bronchitis and COPD. People treatedwith it demonstrate
significant improvements in objective parameters such as improved
pulmonary function leading to better blood oxygenation efficiency
and exercise ability. This product has been formulated to address an
unmet medical needthat affects alarge numberof people worldwide."
And that "large number" is growing every day. While cigarette
smoke and work environments (such as textile manufacturing and
mining) are the mostcommoncauses ofCOPD, it's not justthe smok
ers, miners, and manufacturers at risk. A new generation in respira
tory trauma is on the rise, onebrought on by irritants like toxic mold
found inside-possiblyeven in your own home. These conditions can
lead to cases of asthma and COPD.
While pinningdown andeliminating these factors is obviously the
best solution, that may not always be possible—especially before the
onset of respiratory problems. But the good news is that although the
formula was originally developed to treat cystic fibrosis (CF), research
also supportsMucolyxirs potentialfor stimulatinganimmune response184 | Miracles from the Vault
that canprotect against or reduce symptoms ofasthma andCOPD.
Real-world results for conditions
from CF to chronic sinusitis
This allstill sounds a little like science fiction, but the applications
ofMucolyxir are certainly showing real-word results. While it doesn't
curesevere respiratory disease, it doesmake the symptoms more man
ageable, in turn, improving quality oflife. And although there areno
controlledclinical trials at this point, there are some remarkable anec
dotal accounts.
Considerthe casestudyof 23-year-old twin brothers, both afflict
edwith cystic fibrosis. Each had a history ofhospitalizations for lung
clearance andsecondary infections diagnosed asbeing associated with
theircystic fibrosis. Each brother began therapy with oneortwo drops
(0.0006 mg/drop) ofDNA sublingually per day.
For almost seven years since beginning DNA therapy, neitherhas
been hospitalized. In addition, follow-up evaluations byphysicians re
vealed a 30to 45percent increase in airflow in each patient. Andthat's
not all: Forced vital capacity, a common measure oflung capacity, and
the extent of mucous clearance in the lungs increased from 60 to 90
percent in each patient.
After approximately one year of therapy, one of the brothers
stoppedtakingthe DNA drops. Hiscondition steadily worsened, with
increased mucous viscosity, decreased lung capacity, and reduced
expectoration. When he resumed taking the DNA drops at the pre
scribeddose, he immediately improved once again.
Another example of Mucolyxir's potential is that of a 48-year-old
womanwith chronic sinusitis and bronchitis characterized by chron
ic head congestion, nasal obstruction, and coughing. She also began
treatment with one drop per day of DNA. After just a few days, she
noted a dramatic improvement in sinus and chest drainage. Again,
when she stopped takingthe DNA drops,her condition regressed. Be-Part IV: Asthma and COPD | 185
ginning therapy again caused a similar increase in drainage and relief
of congestion she'd experienced previously.
Our medical adviser, Dr. Martin Milner, also told us that people
with acute or chronic asthma who have excessive mucus production
could also be helped by Mucolyxir.
Recommended protocol
When I spokewith Dr.Lieberman, I alsoaskedhim to explainwhat
exacdyisinvolved in usingMucolyxir. Hetold me that it is administered
sublingually (under the tongue) in doses ofjust one drop at a time.
The single drop should be applied on the floor of the mouth, be
hind the lower teeth, and you should refrain from swallowing for 15
seconds. To avoid dilution, you should also avoid eating or drinking
for five minutes after application.
He emphasized that all patients, regardless of diagnosis, are ad
vised to employthe "rush technique" on the first day of using Muco
lyxir. This technique involves taking one drop every 15 minutes for
one hour. After the first hour, take one drop everyhour until bedtime.
On the second and third days of treatment, take one drop four
times daily: one aftereachmealand one before bed.Beginning on day
four, useonlyas needed—more drops on days with severe symptoms,
feweron good days.
Now, what about cost? A formula basedon DNA certainlysounds
likeit wouldbe expensive. But, at about$38, Mucolyxir is actually fair
ly affordable, especially considering the cost, in terms of potentially
dangerous side effects, associated with the mainstream treatments—
like bronchodilators, antibiotics, andeven lungtransplants—currently
used for cystic fibrosis and COPD.
The drops are stable whether they're refrigeratedor at room tem
perature, so you can carry them with you, for quick easy access, in
your pocket, purse, or briefcase withoutworry.PartV
Anti-Aging, Energy,
and Weight Loss188 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER ONE
Vitamin cream soothes itchy
skin caused by aging, eczema,
even poison ivy
When Marilyn Strube caught the chickenpox from her 2-yearold
daughter, she thought she would go crazy from the itch.
Her doctorwasn't very helpful, telling her to wait it out. But after sev
eral sleepless nights, she had to do something. She tried many differ
ent types of lotionsand creams, with no results. Then, to hersurprise,
one cream she tried relieved the itch almost instantly. She'd bought
it months before at her local drug store, but when she went back to
buy more, shelearned that it was no longer beingmanufactured. That
didn't stop her;a research biologist by education, Strube used her sci
entific knowledge to investigate the activeingredientsin the discontin
ued skin cream. She determined that vitamin D was the secretingredi
ent that had brought her itch relief.
So Strube developed her own formulation of a vitamin D cream
and conducted her own informal placebo-controlled clinical trial
among her friends and family. Those who used the vitamin D cream
reported almostinstantrelieffrom persistently itchy skin, while those
usingthe version without vitamin D reported no effect.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 189
The vitamin your skin depends on
Vitamin D is called the "sunshine vitamin," because it's formed in
the skin during exposure to sun- light. When the sun's ultraviolet rays
hit the skin, they trigger vitamin D's precursor, 7-dehydrocholesterol
(also called provitamin D3) to convert into vitamin D. The vitamin
is then circulated throughout the bloodstream, playing vital roles in
many physiological processes that are critical to good health.
Vitamin D is fat-soluble, so most people should be able to absorb
enough sunlightduring the summer months to storeup enoughvitamin
D for the whole year. However, research has shown that many people,
particularlythe elderly, are vitamin D deficient. There are a number of
reasonsforthisdevelopment. Thebody's abilityto createvitaminD upon
exposure to ultraviolet lightweakens withage. Byage70,the body's abil
ity to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight is reduced by as much as 70
percent.(You might havenoticedyour own skin becoming dryer—and
itchier—as you get older.) Widespread use of sunscreen to protect the
skin fromultraviolet rays reduces the skin's ability to synthesize vitamin
D. And any number ofillnesses and allergies can upset the biochemical
balance requiredto convertand usevitaminD optimally.
But what about that itch? Researchers have found that patients
with severely itchyskin haveabnormallyhigh concentrations of phos
phate ions in their skin cells.1 One ofvitamin D'sprimary responsibili
ties is to regulate phosphate metabolism. Ideally, the phosphate ions
are dissolved in skin cells. Butwithoutenough vitamin D to facilitate
the process, the phosphateionsbuild up in the skin cells, causingitch.
Additional research hasshown that vitaminD plays a roleas a regu
latorofcellular growthand tissue differentiation. In skin cells, vitamin D
triggersthe differentiation ofepidermal cellsto formthevariousskinlay
ers. In thisway, vitaminD deficiency isthoughtto contribute to psoriasis,
whichiscausedbyinappropriate differentiation ofepidermalcells.2
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treatment, which boosts vitamin D levels, to relieve the intense itch
ing of psoriasis. It worked—but it was expensive, inconvenient, and
exposed the patients to increased risk of skin cancer. But it was the
best wayto directly bring vitamin D to the skin, as previous attempts at
topical vitamin D preparations were also very expensive and available
only by prescription—until now.
All the benefits ofvitamin D right at home
The vitamin D cream I told you about earlier (the one Marilyn
Strube formulated) became known as DermaVive®, and Strube has
been spreading the news about it eversince. The patented formula has
brought relief to people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, jock itch,
chickenpox,poison ivy, sunburn, insect bites,contact dermatitis—even
itching caused by healing wounds and burns. And many people have
found relieffrom the general itchinesscaused by aging skin.
Just listen to some of the testimonials from satisfied DermaVive
users:
"I havea long history of very severe atopic dermatitis. Sometimes
my itch was so bad thatI would cry andscratch at my skin until
I drew blood. I tried DermaVive and it controlled the itch within
seconds afterapplying it after a bath. I wasamazed!… NOTHING,
NOTHING else stops the itch, sothis certainly issensational!"
—Y. Nagano, AZ
"I've had a recurring rash on my back that was so itchy that I
couldbarely continue working. I visiteda dermatologist whopre
scribed several itch creams that weren't effective. I finally had
to start taking UV light treatments to stop the itch, because it
was the only thing that worked. Then I tried DermaVive and it
workedsofast and effectively, thatI wasableto stop the UV light
treatments. I apply DermaVive twice a day and never have to
put up with the itch again!"
—Teri, MOPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 191
"I have hadchronic hivesfor 7months now… I orderedDermaVive,
more assured because of the money back guarantee. I have been
using it regularly when itching sets in, and it works wonderfully.
DermaVivegently andcomfortably relieves the itch andfeels nice to
the skin. And the longer I use itthe better itworks."
—Lisa, OH
Reliefwithout steroids or antihistamines
Today DermaVive is available at selected retailers in Washing
ton and Oregon, or directly from Strube via fax and Internet order.
(See the Member Source Directory on page 542 for complete order
ing information.) It's completely free of steroids, hydrocortisone, an
tihistamines, and numbing agents, contains no fragrance or dyes and
is entirely hypoallergenic. Plus it comes with a complete 100 percent
satisfaction guarantee—if it doesn't work for you, simply return the
unused portion of the jar and they willrefund the purchase price plus
shipping and handling. So you've really got nothing to lose—except
that annoying itch.192 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
The secret energy-boosting weapon
trusted by pro athletes
Few people are in better shape than professional football players.
After all, they have teams of experts—from nutritionists to per
sonal trainers—to whip them into shape—and several million reasons
to want to stay there. But even with all this ready access to the best
resources, sometimes NFL players still run out of steam. You wouldn't
know that to look at them though: They keep at it every week and
somehow manage to plow through the fatigue. How do they do it?
Well, we recently learned one of the ways some players get that ex
tra boost: with an all-natural energy-boosting supplement not many
people know about. And if this secret weapon can help pro athletes feel
energized, just imagine what it might do for you.
No more short-term "kicks":
Create more energy from the start
Most energy-boosting supplements "work" by stimulating the ad
renal glands to produce more adrenaline. This does give you a shortterm
kick, since adrenaline causes your heart to beat faster, sending
more blood to your muscles,which then tighten up and make you feel
more alert or energized. But "short-term" is the key phrase here. ThePart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 193
effects wear off as soon as the supplement passes through your body,
and you can end up feeling even more tired than before.
But the product wejust learned about, called NT Factor, works by
enhancing the actual energy-creating process in your body. And that
starts with your mitochondria.
Mitochondria are like microscopic organs inside nearly every cell
in the human body. They are responsible for energy production and
cellular respiration, a process by which they convert nutrients into en
ergy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a nucleotide
that serves as cells' primary energy source and is required for RNA
synthesis.
Through this process, mitochondria are responsible for creating
more than 90 percent of the energy needed to sustain lifeand support
growth in the body. In addition, these tiny structures are also respon
sible for amino acid synthesis and the breakdown and oxidation of
fatty acids. They accomplish this staggering array of tasks using their
unique double-membrane structure.
Scientists have devoted entire books to the subject of mitochon
drial function, but just from this brief explanation you can see how
critical mitochondria are to your health. As we age, our cellsfunction
with fewer and fewer mitochondria—and the ones that are left may
not do their job as effectively as they once did. If their membranes
get damaged, the mitochondria can't function as well—meaning they
produce less energy and you wind up feeling run down. So the key
to keeping your energy levels at peak performance is to protect your
mitochondria from damage. And the key to doing that appears to be
phospholipids.
Keeping your energy makers from getting sacked
Phospholipids are fat molecules with one or more phosphate
groups attached. They'recritical to the efficient structure and function
of cellmembranes, including the double membranes of mitochondria.194 | Miracles from the Vault
Phospholipids are particularly important to protecting membranes
from free radical damage; they are responsible for activating antioxi
dant enzymes on cell membrane surfaces.
Think of it like this: If each of your cells is its own football team,
the mitochondria are the quarterbacks and the phospholipids are the
linemen protecting them from getting sacked. So the more phospho
lipids you have on the job, the better chance your mitochondria have
ofstayinghealthy, which translates into more energy for you.
The best food sources of phospholipids are egg yolks and organ
meats. But unless you're going to eat large amounts of those foods at
every meal,you probably aren't going to getall the phospholipids your
cellsneed through diet alone.
Animal studies have shown that treatment with supplemental
phospholipids can improve mitochondrial function and even halt or
reverse the damage done by prior mitochondrial dysfunction. In one
study,scientistsstudied the effectsofsupplementalphospholipidtreat
ment on rats with age-related hearing loss. They found thatrats treated
for six months with lecithin, a major phospholipid, had "significant
preservation of hearing sensitivities" as compared with untreatedcon
trols.1
Basedon the encouraging results ofthis and other animaland lab
oratory studies, researchers set out to develop a phospholipid supple
ment for humans. Today, there are several available, but NT Factor
stands out because it has at least three published clinicaltrials behind
it. NT Factor is a proprietaryblend of phospholipids,including phos
phatidylcholine, glycolipids, and other polyunsaturated phosphatidyl
nutrients,along with probiotics like bifidobacterium, L. bacillus, and
L-acidophilus.
And all of the research supports its effectiveness against fatigue
caused by aging, chronic fatigue syndrome, andeven chemotherapy.
"Just make sure I don't run out ofthis stuff…"Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 195
I spokewith JimShortt,M.D., a doctor in privatepracticewho rec
ommends NT Factor products to many of his patients, which include
some ofthose members ofthe NFL I mentioned earlier.
"The players that I treat tell me that after eight weeks of the sea
son, they 'hit a wall'offatigue," Shortt said. He began using NT Factor
about a year ago,and, after a fewweeks of treatment, his NFLpatients
told him, "Don't let me run out ofthis stuff?'
He's also used it with greatsuccess in patients with chronic fatigue
syndrome. "100 percent of my patients on NT Factor have reported a
gradual lessening of fatigue," said Shortt. "It's not overnight, but they
slowly feel better."
Reduce fatigue by more than 35 percent in just 12weeks
But NT Factor isn't just for athletes or people battling chronic fa
tigue. In one study, researchers assessed the effects of NT Factor on
20 healthy people all over the age of 60. Participants all reported "per
sistent, intractable fatigue," with conditions consistent with the Piper
FatigueScale (PFS), the acceptedassessmenttool for analyzingfatigue
conditions, where zero is no fatigue and 10 is severefatigue. The par
ticipants were divided into groups based on their PFS score: Those
with scores in the 1-4 range were assigned to the mild fatigue group;
scores between 4 and 7 fell into the moderate fatigue range.
The participants took three tablets of NT Factor twice daily for 12
weeks. Blood tests were taken at the beginning of the study, at four
and eight weeks, and then again at the end of the study. Then they
returned again after 24 weeks for a follow-up assessment.
Afterjustfourweeks oftreatment,the average fatiguescoredropped
20 percent. The scores in the moderate group continued to improve
steadily, with a 33 percent reduction at week eight and a 35.5 reduc
tion by week 12. The most improvementwas seen in participants with
fatigue scores in the moderate to severe range; thosein the mild fatigue
category were least affected.196 | Miracles from the Vault
The researchers also assessed mitochondrial function throughout
this trial through blood testing. After 12 weeks of taking NT Factor,
the study participants' cells looked similar to those of healthy young
adults' cells. Overall, the scientists concluded that 12 weeks of NT
Factor treatment resulted in a 23.7 percent increase in mitochondrial
function in the moderately fatigued group.2
Another study of healthy adults showed similar results: 34 people
with an average ageof about 50had moderate to severefatigue (scores
of 6-10 on the Piper Scale). Participants with PFS scores in the severe
range (7-10) took three doses of Propax, a comprehensive supplement
containing a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients,
along with NT Factor, daily for four weeks; those who had moderate
fatigue, or a PFS score of 6, took two doses per day for four weeks.
After four weeks, the average PFS score had improved 33 percent,
goingdown to 6.1 from the baseline average of 7.9. Aftereightweeks,
it dropped further, to 4.7. Overall, female participants' PFS scores im
proved 35 percent and men's improved 29 percent.3
75 percent of cancer patients get relief
from chemo side effects
Researchers also conducted a study in which they assessed the ef
fect of Propax, on cancer patients.A placebo-controlled, double-blind
study of 36 patientswas run concurrently with an unblinded trial in
volving 16 patients. All participantswere undergoingoutpatient che
motherapy for cancer, including cancer of the colon, rectum, pancreas,
breast, ovaries, and some types of lung cancer.
In both the blinded and the unblinded arms of the study, both
patients and the nurses who cared for them reported significant im
provements in the severity of chemotherapy side effects after three
months of Propax treatment. In the unblinded study, 81 percent
reported overall improvement in quality of life indicators; nurses
reported that 68 percent of the participants suffered less chemo-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 197
therapy-induced toxicity after taking Propax. In the blinded study,
75 percent of the nurses and 63 percent of the patients reported an
improvement in side effects overall. Both arms of the study showed
particular effectiveness in improving appetite and nausea.4
Professional formula now available direct to you
As I said before, there are several products on the market that
claim to improve mitochondrial function through phospholipids. But
this wasthe onlyproduct I found that had both animal and human tri
alsbehind it, publishedin major medicaljournals. I spokewith Robert
Settinari, M.D., a nutriceutical research consultant and co-author of
one of the human trials of Propax, about what makes NT Factor differ
ent from the other choices on the market.
Settinari pointed to the probiotics in the NT Factor formula, which
can help improve absorption of both the supplemental phospholip
ids providedin NT Factor, aswell as other nutrients. "NT Factor sup
ports the entire biodelivery system," he said. The probiotics support
the digestive tract and displace the pathogens which are competing
forspace. It prepares the digestive tract to absorb nutrients better, and
phospholipids are absorbed in the gut."
Whatever the secret, all kinds of people are benefiting from NT
Factor, from pro athletes to chronic fatigue syndrome patients. And
now it'savailable direct to you,too.
NT Factor has been available to doctors and other health care
professionals for some time.Just recently it becameavailable direct to
consumers in two different formulas. The first is Propax, which was
used in several of the studies I cited above. As I explained, Propax
is a comprehensive mix of NT Factor along with an extensive list of
vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. The dosage is pre-dispensed
in packets of four tablets and one softgel capsules; the recommended
dosage is one packet three times a day. But while Propax has shown
great results, many people interested in NT Factor are already on a198 | Miracles from the Vault
comprehensive supplement program and don't want or need all that
Propax contains.
Now there's also a new formula available direct to consumers
called Mitochondria Ignite,which contains allthe power ofNT Factor
along with a shorter list of additional nutrients: calcium, phosphorus,
magnesium, carnitine, creatine, and panetethine. Mitochondria Ignite
comes in 300 mg tablets; the recommended dosage is one tablet three
times daily. See the Member Source Directory on page 542 for com
plete ordering information.
Constant, unremitting fatigue can be a sign ofserious health prob
lems. If you are feelingtired allthe time, and nothing seems to help, be
sure to discuss the problem with your doctor to rule out any serious
health issues.
If everything checks out, but you're still feeling run down, give
your body the extra phospholipidsit needs to improve cell membrane
efficiency and optimize your mitochondrial function. Those little tiny
quarterbacks inside your cellscan have a huge impact on how you per
form.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 199
CHAPTER THREE
Anti-aging therapy so easy
you can do it in your sleep
It's not just the racing thoughts and worries that keep you lying
awake at night when you're stressed. There are actual physiolog
ical reactions going on in your body preventing you from falling
asleep. Stress causes your body to release adrenal hormones—the
same ones responsible for the "fight or flight" response we all have
in extreme situations. And now we know that curtailing, or at least
reducing, this physiological reaction to stress will not onlyhelp re
lieve yourinsomnia but it could also help you combat aging.
Insomnia and the hormonal domino effect
Specifically, insomnia has a direct relationship with the hormone
Cortisol.1 Dr. Milner, HSI medical adviser, explained to me that Cor
tisol levels are naturally highest in the morning, reduce throughout
the day, and are lowest during sleep. But studies suggest that levels of
Cortisol increase withage. The elevated Cortisol level keeps you up and
also causes negative changes in hormone activity—such as reducing
the production ofsex hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and pro
gesterone. Declining levels ofthese hormones are oneofthe primary
causes ofphysical and mentalaging.200 | Miracles from the Vault
Curbing excess Cortisol production and getting a good night's
sleep obviouslywon't reversethe natural, gradual decline of hormones
that causes changes like menopause. Yet, it might help to normalize
hormones depleted by the natural aging process, such as DHEA. So
controlling your Cortisol levels just might help you head off some of
the other side effects that often accompany aging like memory loss,
fatigue, and even weightgain.
Lower stress, better sleep
So combating insomnia by controlling your Cortisol levels might
be one of the crucial keys to anti-aging. Boosting levels ofsleep-sup
porting substances like serotonin and melatonin will have a further
natural relaxing effect. This not only helps you rest easier, but it also
combats the stimulating—and aging—effects ofCortisol.
We've tracked down two natural formulas that address these fac
tors directly: Seditoland tryptophan. Lets start with the one that tar
getsthe main insomnia culprit,Cortisol.
87 percent ofinsomniacs report relief
Seditol was formulated specifically to address excess Cortisol in the
body, according to Bob Garrison, the CEO of Seditol's manufacturer,
Next Pharma-ceuticals. It'sa blend of two herbal ingredients—magno
lia and ziziphus.
I spoke to Garrison, who told me that, like many other supple
ments, Seditolwas born out of unexpected benefits found during hu
man trials. Nexthas a patentedproprietary blend of magnolia, which
it originally intended to market solely as a stress reliever. Magnolia
bark has traditionally been used as a general anti-anxiety agent, so its
benefits typically center on controlling stress and anxiety. But new
er claims are emerging that link magnolia's anti-stress benefits with
controlofCortisol. Magnolia bark is rich in twobiphenolcompounds,
magno-lol and honokiol, which are thought to contribute to the pri-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 201
mary anti-stress and cortisol-lowering effects of the plant. Thesecortisol-lowering
effects go beyondstressreliefthough, as Nextresearchers
discovered when testing their proprietary extract.
During onestudy on thisblend, theyfound theywere consistently
getting feedback not only on reduced anxiety but participants also re
portedthat theyhad improved sleep. So Next switched gears and de
veloped its magnolia extract as a sleep aid, adding ziziphus—which
has been used to induce sleepin traditional Chinese medicine for over
2,000 years—to the mix.
This past August, theresults ofa small trial onSeditol conducted by
an independent research facility in New York showed some impressive
results. Participants were asked to try Seditol for 14 days as a nightly
supplement. Ultimately, this study highlighted the importance of tak
ingSeditol regularly asa supplement. In otherwords, Seditol isn't a pill
you pop for occasional help with sleeping. Instead, it isa long-term so
lution to a specific cause ofsleeplessness—excess Cortisol. The subjects
that took Seditol as directed reported the following encouraging results:
• 87percentsaidSeditol reduced the fatigue they felt as a result
of lack of sleep
• 83percentsaidSeditol helped ensure a sound night's sleep
This product's action may be slower than typical over-the-counter
sleep aids, buttheendresult isa natural, gradual change.
The suggested dosage is365 mgnightly, andyou should notice re
sultsin one to twoweeks, asyourCortisol level normalizes.
Seditol isavailable through varioussupplement retailers. Checkyour
local health food store tosee ifthey carry it. Ifnot, the store manager can
contact Next forinformation about becoming a distributor.
Despite bad press, tryptophan is available and safe
One of the key brain chemicals required for sleep is serotonin.202 | Miracles from the Vault
Serotonin is produced in the brain by the essential amino acidtrypto
phan. So if you're not getting enough tryptophan, you're not making
enough serotonin, and odds are, you're not getting enough quality
sleep.
You mightremember the bigscare 15 years ago when tryptophan
was linked to an outbreakof eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS), a
serious illness characterized by symptoms like muscularand abdomi
nal pain, weakness, mouthulcers, and skinrash. The FDA enforced an
involuntary recall that made splashy headlines, created a panic, and
bankrupted manytryptophan suppliers. The fact thatthe outbreakwas
later tracedto acontaminatedbatch from a singlemanufacturerfailed
to make the same headlines as the original allegations. As a result,
manyconsumers were deprived oftryptophan, despite years of useby
millions without incident.
Due to the bad press surrounding the recall, most supplement
manufacturers have shied away from producing tryptophan. Even
though theFDA never officially banned it, there are very strict guide
lines manufacturers must adhere to in order to make and distribute
tryptophan. It's a challenge many companies just aren't willing to be
subjected to.
But we found one supplier with a tryptophan product that does
meetthose purity requirements. In fact, even though it's an oral sup
plement, it also meetsthe standards for pharmaceutical-grade intrave
nous medications. These guidelines are even stricter than those set up
for oral medications. You can get this particular tryptophan formula
from acompany called Lifespan. For more information, check outthe
Member Source Directory on page 542.
Absorption of tryptophan is optimized when you take it at least
20 minutes before meals that contain protein or apart from protein
completely.2
If you're taking prescription antidepressants be sure to consult aPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 203
physician before trying tryptophan. Like SSRIs, tryptophan also in
creases the productionofserotonin, socombining the twocouldcause
problems.
Reverse age-related sleeplessness
and rediscover youthful rest
Now, backto whatI was saying earlier aboutsleep and anti-aging.
Researchers say that, particularly for older adults, a good night's sleep
may bea natural form ofhormone therapy, which haslong been tout
ed for its anti-agingbenefits.
Onestudy of 149 menages 16 to83 found thatage-related changes
in sleep quality were linked to specific changes in several hormones.
Assleep qualityand quantitydeclined, levels ofCortisol increased.
In later years, a new sleep pattern emerges in which men get less
sleep overall and levels ofCortisol go up. These sleep-pattern changes
accompany some negative changes in other hormonal activity. Lead
researcher Dr. Eve Van Cauter oftheUniversity ofChicago concluded
thatthese connections between hormones andshifting sleep patterns
suggest that maintaining sleep quality throughout life may have im
portant health benefits.3,4
This particular study didn't elaborate onthose benefits, butyou al
ready know that waking up after agood night's sleep can go along way
inhelping you feel better physically andemotionally. And now thatthis
evidence points to rising Cortisol levels as themain culprit behind in
creasing instances of insomnia, it's nice to know that there are some
simple, safe, all-natural options for reversing this aspect ofaging.204 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FOUR
2 tools you can use to be a
lean, clean, weight-loss machine
I knowyou don'twant to start the newyearwith a lecture on weight
loss—you'll get more than yourfill of that from the ads blaring at
youassoonasyouopenyoureyes on January 1.But instead ofbeating
ourselves up overour holiday overindulgences, let's think ofJanuary as
a regeneration period. Your body wants to be healthy. It wants to feel
light, full ofenergy, and operate with quick steady efficiency.
The bestway to startoutfresh isto ringin the new year byringing
out the old parts ofyou—toxins and accumulated fats. Detoxifying not
only cleanses your body andsets thestage for improved overall health,
but new theories also consider it critical forsuccessful weight loss.
We've found two productsthat can helpyouwithboth.
Wipe out "cottage-cheese thighs" while you detox
Most weight loss formulas break down stored fats so they can
be processed for elimination from the body. But fat cells also act as
store-houses for cellulartoxins,both from your own metabolicwastes
and the environment. As you start to lose weight, large quantities of
these harmful chemicals are unleashed. Unless they're neutralizedPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 205
and eliminated, many people find the resulting side effects, including
headaches, weakness, and depression, cause them to give up before
reaching their final goal.
To deal with this problem, HSI panelist Hyla Cass, M.D., recom
mends a specialized fat-reduction enhancement formula, CelluDetox,
as anessential component for any successful weight loss program. Cel
luDetox delivers ablend of herbs—ginkgo biloba, red clover, butcher's
broom, and cayenne—that enhance circulation, bringing nutrients to
the fat cell and flushing outthetoxins. Then thebody's "detox factory,"
the liver, can break them down intoharmless compounds that can be
safely eliminated from the body.
CelluDetox also contains the powerful detoxifying compound,
milk thistle seed extract, orsilymarin. More than300 clinical andlabo
ratory studies show how silymarin protects theliver from highly toxic
compounds by increasing liver levels ofthe powerful antioxidant glu
tathione byupto 50 percent. Silymarin also stimulates protein synthe
sisto rebuild and regenerate liver cells.
Theotherliver-supporting nutrient inCelluDetox islecithin. Cho
line, the main constituent in lecithin, is essential for normal liver func
tion in humans. Lecithin has been shown to normalize bile secretion
and contains essential fatty acids that help keep membranes around
the liver cells healthy.
But more than internal cleansing, CelluDetox has a very popular
"side effect." Cass also told me that not only does CelluDetox defend
and help cleanse your system, but it's microcirculation-enhancing ef
fects also aid in replacing theorange-peel lookof cellulitewith smooth,
elastic, young-looking skin.
For maximum weight loss, Dr. Cass recommends combining the
detoxifying and circulation-enhancing effects of CelluDetox with the
appetite-suppressing and fat-burning effects of herWeight Manage
ment Formula containing, among other nutrients, green tea, gymnema
sylvestre, chromium, garcinia cambogia, kola nut, and glutamine.206 | Miracles from the Vault
Combat those detox- and diet-destroying cravings
Lastbut not least,there's X-Craving. It containsnutrients that sup
port insulin regulation, blood sugar normalization, and the metabo
lismof calcium, which helps to sustain an appropriate metabolic rate.
Together, these nutrients support a reduction offood craving andthe
body's ability to burn fat rather than storeit.
Specifically, X-Craving is composed ofvitamin C,vitamin D3, vi
tamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, boron, and Llysine.
The two standouts in this listofingredients are calcium and vita
min K. Calcium has been getting a lot of attention lately—primarily
promoted by the dairy industry—as a facilitator offat loss, excretion
of dietary fat, reversal of gradual weight gain, prevention offat stor
age, and raising metabolism: all keys in detox-style weight loss. And
vitamin Kis an essential part ofsupplementing withcalcium because
itstimulates the kidneys to absorb it andkeeps it in theblood, where
it can do its job.
X-Craving is a powder formula, and the suggested dose is one
heaping spoonful mixed in eight to 12 ounces ofcool water taken be
tween meals.
A fresh start to a fresh year
No matter how you detox your body, it's a good starting point
to achieving significant, lasting weight loss and overall good health.
Keep in mind, though—as even the product developers insist—these
approaches are only meant to give you extra help along the way as a
supplement to a healthy lifestyle. But make this theyear to take some
time to better understand what your body needs and take action to
clean out years ofaccumulated muck from your system. Give yourself,
yourbody, andyourweight a fresh start.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 207
CHAPTER FIVE
Harness the power of "young blood"
with this Chinese herbal rejuvenator
Mr. Lee walked into Dr. Dexin Yan'soffice because he was out of
options. At only 45 years old, hehad been experiencing mem
oryloss, muddled thinking, high blood pressure andcholesterol levels,
dizziness, chest pains, buzzing in his ears, numbness in his arms and
legs, and purple lips. Five years ofprescription drugs had only made
his problems worse. Dr. Yan specialized in treating blood and circula
tory disorders and was gaining a reputation for hissuccess with dif
ficult cases like Mr. Lee's.
Mr. Lee's blood pressure was 180/110, his pulse was weak, and
blood samples showed that his triglycerides were frighteningly high at
1,150 (the normal level is less than 150). Dr. Yan prescribed a special
izedherbalformula he'd developed called Vital Cell.
Afterjust 45 days, Mr. Lee reported that all ofhis previous complaints
and symptoms had improved. And the numbersshowed it: His blood pres
sure fell to 170/90, and histriglycerides dropped almost 900 points(to 253).
Teaching old blood cells new tricks
Vital Cell heals the body by going straight tothe source ofso many208 | Miracles from the Vault
aches and pains—the blood. Combining modern science withChina's
rich herbal tradition, Dr. Yan's groundbreaking formula has helped
thousands of patients recover their health and energy by recondition
ing blood cells and improving circulation tolevels normally seen only
in the very young.
When you hear someone mention circulation, you probably think
oftheheart and major arteries—and for good reason. Circulatory dis
orders, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclero
sis (hardening of the arteries) are major risk factors for heart disease,
heart attacks, and strokes. But there's more to it than that. With all
the attention on the heart and arteries, it's easy to overlook serious
health problems affecting the smallest components of the circulatory
system—microscopic blood vessels called microcapillaries, where the
critical exchange ofoxygen and nutrients actually takes place. Ifblood
isn't flowing through this web properly, it can trigger all sorts ofhealth
problems—many ofwhich may not seem related tocirculation at all.
A number of factors contribute to poor circulation as we age. Ar
teries andveinsbecomestiffandcongested as cholesterol andcalcium
plaques accumulate and restrict blood flow. Spasms in the smooth
muscles surrounding thecirculatory arteries and veins can also choke
off circulation. These same processes also occur in ourmicrocapillar
ies, reducing microcirculation and impairing the critical exchange of
nutrientsand gases in tissues andmajor organs.
This problem only gets worse as we get older because of changes
in the composition and structure of blood cells. As you reach mid
dle age, the blood starts tothicken and congeal as platelets and blood
proteins make cells sticky. Plus, the spleen, the organ responsible for
removing old, damaged blood cells from circulation, begins to slow
down with age, which means new, healthy blood cells are replaced at a
sharply reduced rate. Andto make matters even worse, as blood cells
age, they become stiffand no longer appear round and evenly shaped.
Thismakesit harder for them to pass smoothlythroughthe capillaries.
Infact, theangular, jagged shape ofthe old cells can damage the fragilePart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 209
microcapillaries even further.
Eventually, these age-related changes take their toll on the micro
capillaries, reducing circulation to the tissues and blocking the flow
of nutrients and oxygen. Removal of carbon dioxideand other meta
bolicwaste products is alsohindered. This leads to a slowbuild-up of
metabolic garbagethat can graduallybury the cellsin their own waste
products. In time, the cells, poisonedby their own metabolicbyprod
ucts,begin to waste away and ultimately cease to function altogether.
The combined effect of poor circulation and old blood contributes
to a host ofsymptoms, includingdeepfatigue, fuzzy thinking, frequent
infections, and lowered sex drive—all conditions usually considered
just "normalparts of aging." If circulation doesn't improve, it can lead
to more serious conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks,
strokes, diabetes, and arthritis. Butgiving your body a fresh supplyof
healthyblood may target all of these problemsand more.
The connection between blood and aging
As a professor and physician,Dr.Yan had receivedextensivetrain
ing in both Westernand traditional Chinesemedicine (TCM).And in
Chinese medicine "blood stagnation" is considered to be the primary
underlying cause of many conditions characterized by pain. When
blood stagnation occurs, the body's internal organs don't receive their
normal nutrients, and waste products aren't carried awayat a sufficient
rate. This stops the organs from performing their functions, resulting
in weakness, disease, and aging.
Dr. Yan recognized that the Chinese view of blood stagnation had
a strong corollary in Western medicine—especially in the case of dia
betes. In diabetes, chronically elevated blood sugar levels damage the
microcapillaries and impair blood flowto the retinas, kidneys, and pe
ripheral nerves. Eventually, that can lead to blindness, kidney damage,
and potential amputation oflimbs.
Basically, diabetes can be thought of as a sped-up form of the typi-210 | Miracles from the Vault
cal aging process in the wayitrelates to blood composition and circu
latory disorders.
Noting the similarrole circulation plays in aging and in diseases
like diabetes led Dr. Yan to theorizethat many of the health problems
he observedin his older patients might be caused by poor circulation
and underlying blood disorders. He believed these problems were
damaging vital tissues and organs, just like the damage seen in ad
vanced cases of diabetes.
Dr. Yan joined with other leading medical researchers at the
Shanghai Medical Hospital to form a new research team called the
Blood Stasis and Aging Research Group. Trie research group gath
ered blood samples from both young and elderlyvolunteers for eval
uation. They quickly noticed that blood samples from young adults
were thinner and had a brighter red color than the samples from
the older adults. Intrigued by this simple visual correlation between
blood stagnation and aging, the researchers wanted to test the ben
eficial effects of a number of natural herbs on blood and microcapillary
function.
After eight years ofgathering clinical dataon microcirculationand
evaluating changes in blood flow, Dr. Yan's team arrived at a formula
made up of 10 powerful herbs that were shown to restore healthy cir
culation.
Vital Cellcontains astragalus, Atractylodes,San-Qi ginseng,dongquai,
safflower, southern Tsangshu, Lycium Chinense, Codonopsis,
red-rooted sage, and Chinese licorice. In addition to their circulationboosting
effects, the ingredients in Vital Cell also support endocrine
and central nervous system function and enhance protein metabolism.
By enhancing circulation, nourishing cells, and eliminating waste
products, Vital Cell contributes to overall improvements in memory,
energy, and health while preventing the onset of a wide range of agerelated
illnesses.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss { 211
The key to younger tissues
After numerous animal studies established the safetyof the formu
la, researchers measured the actual effects of Vital Cell on the health
of various organ tissues in two groups of 10 rabbits. One group of 10
rabbits received normal food, while the other 10 received food that
had been supplemented with VitalCell. After two years, the research
ers gathered tissue samples from therabbits. They also prepared tissue
samplesgathered from six-month-old rabbits of the same breed.
The researchers examined samples of tissues from the thymus
glands, hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys,spleens, brains, and sex organs.
Theuntreated animalsshowedallthe typicalsignsof aging: Bloodves
selwallswere thick, clogged and streakedwith plaque, while liver cells
were shrunken, misshapen, and full of clotted blood. Sex organs were
shriveled and had poor cell structure, and kidney cellswere ruptured,
essentially reduced to mush.
On the other hand, the animals that had been given Vital Cell
barely showed any signs of aging at all. In fact, when the researchers
compared the treated rabbits with the young ones, there was virtually
no difference between them.
The most notable improvement was in the thymus gland. This
gland is the key regulator of the immune system. It usually shrinks
dramatically with age, and the loss of thymic tissue is thought to be
one of the main reasons for the loss of immune function in the el
derly. When the researchers looked at the thymus glands of the old,
untreated animals, the signs of aging were clear. They had shrunk to
lessthan one third of the size ofthe younger animals' glands, and most
of the tissue had been replaced with connective tissue and fat cells. By
comparison, the thymus glands of the old animals treated with Vital
Cellwere twice the sizeof the untreated animals' glands, and the tissue
wasidentical to that in the young animals,with no loss to fattyinfiltra
tion or connective tissues.212 I Miracles from the Vault
You can slow down the aging process
With such impressive results in rabbits, the researchers moved on
to humans. In the first study, 50volunteers, ages 50to 77, received Vi
talCell for30days, withblood samples gathered at the beginning and
endofthe testperiod. Researchers found thatVital Cell hadessentially
reconditioned the volunteers' blood, restoring its properties to those
usually seen in adults in their mid-20s.
A second study showed dramatic improvement in circulation in
eventhe smallest vessels ofthe body—all the way to the fingernails.
Afterstudyingthe effects ofVital Cellon elderly patients with cir
culatory problems, the study authors commented, "From the results
reported here, it appearsthat the Vital Cellformula is not only capable
of possiblyslowing the agingprocess, but may also exert beneficial ef
fects on disorders that involve the blood."
In the largest test conducted with Vital Cell, Dr. Yan's team en
rolled 150patients in a clinicalstudy. The testsubjects, ranging in age
from 55 to 89, each took Vital Cell for one month. At the end of the
trial the researchers found significant improvements in many com
mon symptoms of aging, such as the following:
• chest pains
• heart palpitations
• coughing
• shortness of breath
• dizziness
• swellingof the legs and feet
• lack of appetite
• poor mood
• poor skin complexion
• high blood pressurePart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 213
• decreased capillary microcirculation
• suppressed immunity
The study results indicated that Vital Cell can expand arteries in
the brain and lungs, raiseT-cell immunity, and promote the synthesis
and metabolism of proteins.
The researchers concluded that Vital Cell would offer significant
benefits for elderly patients—even those recovering from serious ill
nesseslike coronary heart diseaseand chronic bronchitis.
Clinical results in the real world
In 1989,after eight yearsof clinicalstudy on Vital Cell,Dr. Yan was
honored at the International Symposium on Geriatricsin Shanghaifor
his groundbreaking research. Around the same time, Dr. Yan began
prescribing his formula to patients across China. Mr. Lee, whom I
mentioned earlier, was among those patients, but there are thousands
more who have experienced some impressive results.
Some of Dr. Yan's case studies that our contacts at Tango Advanced
Nutrition gave us show the wide range of conditions users say Vital
Cell has been shown to benefit.
Mr. B., 45, had suffered from debilitating daily headaches for 10
years as a result of severe head injuries he'd suffered in a car accident.
Bythe time Mr. B.went to Dr.Yan, he wastaking prescription sedatives
three times a day to control his pain. Dr. Yan prescribed Vital Cell and
slowlyweaned Mr. B. off all sedatives over a three-week period. As his
pain subsided, Mr. B. continued to take Vital Cell. After three months
he reported that his headaches weregone and that he was pain-free for
the first time since his accident.
Mr. W, 37, suffered from severe arterial inflammation and blood
clots in his lower right leg, which would occasionally cause him to be
paralyzedfrom the waist down. Even though he sought medical help
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toes turned purple and werecold to the touch. Aftertaking Vital Cell
for four weeks, Mr. W reported that his symptoms had disappeared
and that he was able to return to work for the first time in a decade.
Mr. C, 68, was admitted to the hospital because of severe chest
pain due to advanced atherosclerosis. He was treated with both tra
ditional Chinese and Western medicines, but his pain continued. As
Mr. C's condition worsened, Dr. Yan began to administer Vital Cell.
Only three dayslater,Mr.C. reported that his chest pain and the other
symptomshad eased.Afterthree months of taking VitalCell, all of his
symptoms disappeared. And for the last five years, he has shown no
further sign of illness or symptoms of heart disease.
Mr.Y, 74,sufferedfrom serious cognitive decline.Ashis condition
worsened,he became anxious and confused, and he couldn'tsleep. He
would forget conversations, dates,places, and names. His gait was un
steady, and he had frequent falls. The family had tried Western medi
cines but hadn't gotten good results and hoped that traditional Chinese
medicine could restore his health. When Dr. Yan first saw him, the
patient was absent-minded and talked nonsense to himself. His pulse
was weak, his breathing wasshallow, and tests revealed that impaired
circulation was making his dementia worse. But less than a month af
ter he started taking Vital Cell, all his symptoms disappeared, and he
was able to take care of himself again.
Breaking study reveals the power of"young blood"
New research is continuing to uncover the potential healing effects
ofhealthyblood. In fact,25 yearsafterDr.Yan began his research,a new
study has shown that blood mayhold the keyto the entire agingprocess.
The study, published in the Feb. 17, 2005, issue of Nature, reveals
that young blood may be the key to health and longevity. In the study,
led by Thomas Rando, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at
the Stanford UniversitySchoolofMedicine, researchers studied special
ized stem cells called satellite cells, which are found spread throughoutPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 215
muscle tissue. Satellite cells normally lie dormant until muscle tissues
are injured. Then they suddenly come to life and begin building new
muscle cells to repair the damage. In older people, these cells are still
present, but they don't respond when musclecells are damaged.
Rando and his group attached old mice to younger ones in a way
that allowed the two mice to share a blood supply. Then they induced
muscle damage in the oldermice. Totheir amazement, the satellite cells
in the old mice suddenly came to life in the presence of the younger
blood,and the damagedmuscles healednormally. In contrast,when the
young mice were injured in the presenceof the old blood, their satellite
cellsfailed to respond, and the muscle cellsdidn't heal.
The group also examined the livers of older mice connected to
their younger lab-mates. The cells that help liver tissue regenerate are
less active in older animals, but again, the cells responded more ef
ficiently when the livers in older mice were exposed to the younger
blood. Clearly, something in the youthful blood was reviving the re
generative cellsin the older mice's muscles and livers.
Rondo observed that "We need to consider the possibility that the
niche in which stem cells sit (blood) is as important in terms of stem
cell aging as the cellsthemselves."
In other words, it may be the health of the blood surrounding the
cells, rather than the cells themselves, that lies at the center of human
aging. That means that keeping your blood young and healthy may
keep you young and healthy at the same time.
The Chinese anti-aging secret now available in the U.S.
Untilrecently, VitalCellwasonlyavailable in China. Nowit'savail
able through limited sources in the United States.
Based on the study results, Vital Cell appears to be mild and non
toxic and maybe taken for extended periods of time with virtuallyno
sideeffects. Therecommended dosage is one tabletthree timesa day.216 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER SIX
Single formula unlocks the
4 strongest secret weapons of a
life-extending diet
The Mediterranean diet has gained nearly universal acceptance as
the world's healthiest. Based on centuries of observation, not to
mention a truckload ofmodern research, it'san undisputable fact that
people who live in the Mediterranean area and follow the diet have
one ofthe highest life expectancies in the world. This longevity is due
at least in part to the remarkably low rates of coronary heart disease,
certain cancers, and many other potentially life-threatening diseases
residents ofthis area experience.
But you don't have to completely changethe way you eat—or move
to the Mediterranean—to receive the health benefits of this diet, in
cluding alongerlife.In fact, it could be aseasyastaking two pillsaday.
Although olive oil may be the most famous aspect ofthe Mediter
ranean diet, it turns out there are four other elements that are actually
more powerful when it comes to promoting good health. Dr.Arnold J.
Susser from Great Life Labstook those four elements and put them all
in one formula called Botanical Vitality 200+.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 217
These ingredients have been shown to lower blood pressure and
cholesterol and to protect against premature aging, Alzheimer's, heart
disease, and cancer—just to name a few of the benefits. And two in
gredients in particular—red grapes and pomegranates—contain what
Susser refers to as "miracle-like molecules."
Uncorking the secret to longevity
The French put their own spin on the Mediterranean diet with
what is known as the French paradox—the whole "eat, drink, and be
healthy" concept. The French eat a notoriously fattydiet, yet they have
an extremelylow rate of heart disease. In 1992, investigative scientists
found out why. The secret is in the wine.
Studies show that people who drink wine regularly have lower
rates of cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.1 The true benefits of
red wine, though, don't come from the alcohol, but from the grapes
themselves. Resveratrol, one ofthe miracle molecules in Botanical Vi
tality, is a strong antioxidant found in red grapes. Research has shown
resveratrol to have a widevarietyof benefits:
• It's good for your heart. It inhibits blood clotting and helps to
prevent bad cholesterol from depositing plaque into the arteries,
two of the main problems that lead to heart disease.2
• It promotes balanced hormones. As a phytoestrogen, resvera
trol has all the benefits of estrogenwithout the harmful effects.
Assuch, it can helppreventdiseases likebreast cancer, prostate
cancer, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.3
• It's an anti-inflammatory and appears to be a safe, natural
COX-2 inhibitor.4
• It has antiaging effects. Resveratrol has the abilityto "turn on"
a familyof survivalgenescalledsirtuins. When sirtuins are
activated, there is an increase in the productionof an enzyme
that prolongsthe time a living cell has to repair DNAgenetic
material.5218 I Miracles from the Vault
Although there hasn't been a study on humans, researchers intro
duced resveratrol to variousplants and animalsand found that it tricked
each organism into switching on its anti-aging sirtuin gene. Doing so
caused the organism's cells to live an average of70percentlonger.6
Heart-healthy benefits that are skin-deep
Another benefit of red grapes is found in the substance that gives
all dark colored berries and grapes their color, anthocyanins. Red
grapes and mulberries are full of these potent antioxidants.Anthocya
nins are extremelypowerfulprotectors ofyour arteries—strongerthan
even vitamins C and E. They work by preventing the plaque buildup
on your artery walls that can lead to heart disease.7
According to Dr. Susser, "Because anthocyanins are vasoprotective,
particularly in the microcapillaries, they are valuable to people
with circulation-related diseasessuch as diabetic retinopathy, macular
degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and varicoseveins."."8
The anthocyanins in red grapes and mulberries could also help
treat arthritis and other degenerativejoint conditions because of their
anti-inflammatory properties.9
Power-packed pomegranates
Studies continue to reveal the healing potential of pomegran
ates. They are a powerful source of antioxidants, they help lower bad
cholesterol, they help lower high blood pressure, and they help fight
against cancer. In fact, they are even more powerful than green tea and
blueberry, cranberry, and orange juices.10
One study, published by the European Atherosclerosis Society,
showed that after two weeksof consuming pomegranate juice, patients
with high blood pressure reported a 5 percent drop in systolic blood
pressure, thanks to a 36 percent reduction in angiotensin converting
enzyme (ACE). This allows the blood vessels to relax, which lowers
blood pressure, increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart,Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 219
and reduces strain on sensitive blood vessels in the brain, heart, and
kidneys.11
A study published in the June 2004 issue of Clinical Nutrition in
volved patients with carotid artery stenosis, a pre-stroke condition
marked by lack of blood flow to the brain due to clogging of the ca
rotid artery. After one year of daily pomegranate juice supplementa
tion, carotid artery swellingwent down by as much as 30 percent. An
tioxidants increased by 130 percent, and systolic blood pressure was
reduced by 21 percent.12
The specific"miracle molecules" in pomegranate extract are called
hydroxylated polyphenols (which break down into polyphenols and
ellagicacid). As Dr. Susserexplained,"Hydroxylatedpolyphenols have
shown great promise as powerful antioxidants helping to protect us
against premature aging associated with free radical damage."
Ellagic acid has been shown to be effective in both treating and
preventing cancer. It treats cancer by binding to carcinogens and ini
tiating apoptosis (programmed cell death). It prevents the disease by
binding to healthy DNA and acting as a shield against attacks from
carcinogens.13 Studies show that ellagic acid is even effective in people
who are geneticallypredisposed to the disease.14
In addition to fighting cancer,hydroxylated polyphenols also help
protect against premature aging by helping fight free radical damage
and by preventing the oxidation of bad cholesterol.15
Every little bit helps
The remaining compounds in Botanical Vitality all have unique
benefits of their own. Quercetin, an additional antioxidant found in
red grape skins, has also demonstrated a broad range of therapeutic
activity—from antihistamine to anti-inflammatory properties. As an
antioxidant, it protects from damage caused by the effects of bad cho
lesterol. Quercetin is also considered to be a phytoestrogen and was
found to inhibit breast cancer cells in one study.16220 | Miracles from the Vault
Soy lecithin, an extract from soybean oil, reduces the amount of
pure cholesterol in the bloodstream. It'salso an essential source of cho
line, one of the main components of all membranes.17
Finally, phytic acid, which comes from rice bran extract, is a natu
ral plant antioxidant. Research has shown that it is the most potent
natural iron chelator and that it has strong antibiotic and antioxidant
effects. This also makes it anticarcinogenic.18
Support for the long haul
Botanical Vitality200+ decreasesarterial plaque buildup, supports
healthy circulation allowingbetter utilization ofnutrientsfor increased
energy, supports healthy blood pressureand cholesterollevels, and re
duces oxidative damage. With all of these healthful benefits, it is not
hard to imaginethat it couldhelpyouadd a few extrayearsto yourlife.
Ifyou decide to try BotanicalVitality 200+,you can expect to notice
results within one month. Although results do vary, many people say
they experience increasedmental clarity and an increasedenergylevel.
There are no reported safety issues or contraindications with Bo
tanical Vitality 200+. Recommended dosage is two capsules daily.
Susser also encourages you to show the product label to your physi
cian and to always maintain regularmedical careifyou havea medical
condition or are taking any medications.
To find out more about Dr. Susserand Botanical Vitality, go to his
website, www.drsusser.com.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 221
CHAPTER SEVE
Shrinking that spare tire has
never been easier
It seems impossible, doesn't it? Because no matter how much time
you spend at the gym or how many dry salads you choke down, it's
still there. Abdominal fat is the hardest fat to get rid of.
Well, it was. Until now.
Participants in a recent 12-week trial whittled their waistlines and
shed pounds—while the controlgroupactually gainedweight.
The best part? Nobody in the study counted a single calorie!
Because theyweretakingthe first naturalproduct of its kind proven
toshrink the "impossible-to-lose" visceral fat thatbuilds up in yourbelly.
It's clinically proven to reducewaist circumference and abdominalfat.
Weall know that's good for your vanity. But more and more scien
tists are starting to agree—shrinking that spare tire could actuallysave
yourlife.
Even at a normal weight, hidden fat could kill you
Metabolic Syndrome is a pretty new idea—so new, you might not222 | Miracles from the Vault
yet have heard of it. It's a condition in which blood lipids, blood glu
cose,and blood pressure are poorly controlled. And it'sgaining recog
nition as a major indicator of some pretty frightening diseases. Coro
nary artery disease, heart attack, diabetes, stroke—even cancer.
It turns out; the strongest indicator of metabolic disease is visceral
fat. Not total body fat—I'm talking about the deep body fat that col
lects around the vital organs in your abdomen, resulting in a large
waist circumference (that "spare tire").
Even normal-weight women with increased visceral fat have in
creased blood pressure, insulin, triglycerides, free fatty acids, oxi
dized LDL, petin, and increases in inflammatory and cardio disease
risk factors.
A study of 387normal-weightpeople showedthat men with waists
measuring 40 inches double their risk of dying prematurely, and wom
en with waists measuring 35 inches were 79% more likely to die than
women with 28-inch waists.
Brand new researchadds another frighteningeffect to the list. Pre
vious studies havesuggestedthat peoplewith diabetes have a 1.5times
higher chance of experiencing dementia than people who don't have
diabetes. In this study,people with high blood sugar performed poorly
in three cognitivetasks.Researchers concluded that higher blood sug
ar levelsare associated with lower cognitive function.1
Researchers first recognized the link between visceral fat and
Metabolic Syndrome when, in a preliminary study, visceral fat was
surgically removed from aging rodents. The rats' insulin levels were
reduced to those of young rats. Therewere dramatic results even with
rats genetically predisposed to develop diabetes—removing visceral
fat delayed the onset.
There isgoodnews—even modest reductionsinvisceralfatcanhelp
reverse the effects of Metabolic Syndrome. Vitamin Research Products
(VRP)has the solution with a newsupplementover 10yearsin the mak-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 223
ing.It's calledGlabrinex, and it's proven to shrink that sparetire.
No more belly fat—break it down
before it has a chance to collect
Researchers at VRP screenedhundreds of food ingredients before
finding the perfect one for Glabrinex. And so, out of something that's
been consumed for over 4,000years—black licorice—comes the latest
and greatest in the battle of the bulge.
Licorice root contains a flavonoid called glabridin. In addition
to containing antioxidants and demonstrating blood-sugar-lowering
properties, it's this flavonoid that'sbeen shown to decrease deadlyvis
ceral fat.
It does this in severalways. Glabridin increases the activity of en
zymes responsible for the breakdown of fat tissue. It also stimulates
the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver—effectively increasing your
body'sfat-burning ability.
It lowers the level ofplasma and livertriglycerides—the main con
stituents of fat. This puts the brakes on your body's fat-forming pro
cess. As if this weren't enough, it also produces a positive signaling
effect on DNA, changingthe wayvisceral fat cells mature.
Animal studies and human clinical trials have both demonstrated
that glabridin can reduce the amount of visceral fat, helpingto elimi
nate the biggest causeofMetabolic Syndrome.
Banish that impossible-to-lose fat
without a single sit-up
In several studies on both animals and humans, the effects have
been stunning. Glabridin has been proven to:
• reduce body weight
• reduce waist circumference224 | Miracles from the Vault
• reduce abdominal fat
• help control blood glucose
• suppress the formation ofvisceral fat and shrink
visceral fat deposits
In one study, obese rats fed a high-fat diet were treated with lico
rice-root extract. Even on that high-fat diet, the extract significantly
decreased the weight ofthe rats' abdominal fattissue.2
A similar study, in which diabetic mice were fed a high-fat diet,
further demonstrated the extract's effect on fat. It significantly de
creased body-weight gain, weight of abdominal fat tissue, and blood
sugarlevels as compared with the control group.3
Yet another study on obese mice fed a high-fat diet took it a bit
further—glabridin actually shrank abdominal fat cells and improved
the fatty stateofliver cells.4
In one human trial, researchers found that 900 milligrams of gla
bridin per day resulted in significant decreases in body weight and
body mass index (BMI) afterjust four weeks. Patients on 900 mg per
day alsolost visceral fat aftereight weeks.
While results were most impressive at 900 mg, that same test
showed significantdecreases in fat mass when patientstook 300,600,
or 900 mg per day.
Another clinical trial demonstrated the effectiveness of glabridin
at 300mg per day. All subjectsin the trialwere moderately overweight,
with BMIs between 24 and 30 (the designation of "overweight" is 25-
29.9).
Subjects on a placebo gained weight—an average ofover 2 pounds
per week—while those taking glabridin lost weight. Interestingly
enough,the studywasconductedduringthe Thanksgiving and Christ
mas season—and participants weren'trequired to changetheir eating
habits. They also weren't required to exercise.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 225
Over the course of 12weeks, over a quarter of the participants tak
ing glabridin lost 2 pounds or more. Their BMIswere also significantly
reduced.
Researchers determined that the change in participants' body
weight wasspecifically due to a reduction in body fat. Though glabrid
in showed impressive effect without any lifestyle changes, researchers
speculate that it could be even more effective when paired with mild
dietary restriction and/or physical activity.5
The flavonoid has also been shown to exhibit direct anti-inflam
matory activity and cardiovascular protective functions. Additionally,
it inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin, so it may help combat mild to
moderate depression.
Clinical safetytesting proved that Glabrinex is safeeven up to 1200
mg/day.6 Ifyou want to take the 900mg per day I mentioned above,the
chief science officer at VRP recommends taking four soft gels before
breakfast and five beforedinner. Of course,you can stick to taking the
suggesteddose of 300 mg per day, since that wasproven effective.
Get ready to start tightening that belt
The chiefscience officer at VRP is a Glabrinex user himself—he's
seen resultstaking 300mg/day. I heard about another man who started
seeing results after sixweeks on 300mg/day. After eight weeks, he had
dropped 10%of his body fat and one belt notch. Since then, he's taken
the belt down another notch!
Glabrinex is not a quick-loss diet pill. It's about changing your
body composition, finally getting rid of the deep-seated visceral fat
that puts your lifeat risk.Thismight resultin only a 5-10% lossofbody
weight, but will do wonders for your health.
Ordering information for Glabrinex is in the Member Source
Directory on page 542.226 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER EIGHT
Ancient apple takes anti-aging
technology into the future
I t s visibly erasing my crow's feet, and there were no bags under my
A eyes when Iwoke up. And itworked so fast—I saw anoticeable dif
ferencewithin the firstweek… and it wasn'teven a regularweek, I was
traveling, which usually makes my eyesworse."
That glowing endorsement comes from our very own Jenny
Thompson… and she isn'teasyto impress with new products. Still, she
bought thisrevolutionary anti-aging productassoon as I told her about
it."Ireally lovethis product," shetold me. "I ordered morelastnight."
With the hundreds ofanti-aging beauty products on the market—
ranging in price from dime storeto diamond ring—it takes something
pretty special to interest HSI. And the CSI (Cosmeceutical Sciences
Institute) line has just that: a wide range of products with scientifi
callyproveningredients—including anextremelyrare, naturalwrinkle
eraser that plays a starringrolein CSI Anti-Aging Fruit Stem Cell Se
rum—the very product that Jennywas raving about.
Believeit or not, this anti-aging wonder serum allstartswith a Swiss
apple with incredible anti-aging properties. And this now-rare apple—
there are only three treesremaining—brings us one ofthe most power-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 227
ful wrinkle removersever seen outside of the operating room.
The Uttwiler Spatlauber apple tree was cultivated a few hundred
years ago because of the amazingly long storage properties of its ap
ples—a very important issue back beforethey had refrigerators. Sure,
the apples didn't taste great, but they remained fresh and vibrant and
unwrinkled months longer than other apples did.
When modern scientists tried to figure out what kept these rare
fruits fresh, they stumbled upon their secret: especially long-living
stem cells.
Everything starts with stem cells. And, basically, stem cells have
two major functions: They can replenish and renew themselves (re
pairing injured tissue, for example), and they can generate differenti
ated cells (meaning they start out as blank slates, and can become any
kind of cell necessary).
Your skin, being the largest organ in your body, has special stem
cell needs. That's because skin cells shed constantly, and need to be
replenished continuously. But as we age, that turnover process slows
down. When that happens, skin cells die off more quickly than they
can be replaced… and that can make your skin start to look older, fast.
Enter Mibelle Biochemistry—a company that found natural
way to make your skin look years younger. Their scientists created a
unique technology that revolves around plant stem cells—a technol
ogy that's been shown to have exciting applications for more beauti
ful, younger looking skin. And that's where the Uttwiler Spatlauber
comes in.
Rare Swiss apple extract visibly reduces
crows feet—by 15%—in just 28 days
The secret to cell longevity appeared to be hidden in the extraordi
narily long-lasting—but rare—UttwilerSpatlauber apple. So scientists
came up with a way to take a tiny stem cellsample from the plant, and228 I Miracles from the Vault
Avoid The Paraben Problem
with CSI Products
Most ofthe personal care productsavailable today—from antiaging
skincare products to underarm deodorants—contain pow
erful antimicrobial preservatives called parabens. In theory, this
is a good thing, as these preservatives help keep products from
spoiling and becoming contaminated. But they come with a very
big downside: cancer.
A few years ago, a group of British researchers found that 18
out of 20 breast cancer tumours contained intact parabens. What
does that mean? The researchers believed that the parabensdidn't
getthere through the digestive system wherethey would havebeen
broken down, but instead were absorbed directly into the skin in
their original form. Basically, they entered with full-strength, caus
ing maximum damage.
Luckily, parabens are very easy to spot in ingredients
labels… and therefore very easy to avoid. The most commonly
used forms are:
• Methylparaben • Ethylparaben
• p-Propylparaben • Isobutylparaben
• n-Butylparaben • Benzylparaben
At least they aren't cleverly disguised names that would make
them nearly impossible for consumers to detect!
You'll find these potentially toxic chemicals in literally hun
dreds ofskincare products, from drugstore brands (like Olay Regeneriste)
to high-end and department store brands (like Estee
Lauder).But you won't find them in any CSI products—not now,
not ever.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 229
grow more in the lab.
The researchers at Mibelle used that processwith this apple—and
they set out to prove their theory that this unique fruit extract could
produce an anti-aging effect on human cells.
When Mibelle Biochemistry tested their PhytoCellTec™ Malus
Domestica cream against crow's feet, the results were simply beauti
ful. During the four-week trial, the 20 subjects saw their wrinkles
begin to fade away after applying the cream just twice a day to their
crow's feet.
And while the difference was visibly noticeable to the partici
pants, it was also scientifically measured using the PRIMOS system
(a standardized three-dimensional, high-resolution method used for
measuring wrinkle depth). After just two weeks, wrinkle depth was
reduced by 8%… and by the end ofthe study—just 28 days—wrinkle
depth decreasedby a full 15%.
In addition to that, the cream was shown to boost human stem
cell production in vitro. In the lab, PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica
was added to a culture of human stem cells (derived from umbilical
cords), and the number ofstem cellsincreasedby 80%. Not only that,
adding the appleextract also appeared to protectthose stem cellsfrom
ultraviolet (UV) light.
The researchers decided to test the extract's protection factor to see
just how well it could shield your skin. So they hit the cultured stem
cells with UV light,justlike your skin getsexposed to it every time you
go outside. The cells in plain growth medium (the control cells) didn't
fare so well—almost halfofthem died.
But the protected cells, the ones shielded by fruit extract, expe
rienced only a miniscule loss… less than 10%. The researchers con
clusion: PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica appears to protect stem cells
from damaging UV light.230 | Miracles from the Vault
In addition to the apple stem cell cultures, CSI Anti-Aging Fruit
Stem Cell Serum contains hyaluronic acid and chondrus crispus ex
tract (from seaweed)—both of which bring their own unique skinbeautifying
properties to the formula.
Hyaluronic acid brings more
wrinkle-reducing power to the serum
Hyaluronic acid (HA) may be now be a staple among anti-aging
creams, but it wasn't nearly so common when HSI first wrote about
it back in 2002. Since then, HAhas become a shiningstar in the antiaging
industry, backed by an impressive body of evidence.
It's really no surprise that many anti-aging compounds contain
this crucial skin-smoothing ingredient. HA is a naturally-occurring
chemical in your body—with more than half of that supply (56% to
be exact) found in your skin. And one of its main functions is to keep
your skin hydrated and supple.
But as we age, our HA stores decline… so much that by age 60,
many of us have none left in our skin at all! Luckily, applying HA to
your skin can make up for that loss. It can help your skin retain more
moisture, improving elasticity and helping diminish the formation of
wrinkles… perhaps even minimizing their appearance.
Specifically, HAkeepsmoisture in your skin, and acts as a lubricant
between your skin's connective tissues. Your natural supply dwindles
with as you get older, though, and that can contribute to the visible
signs of aging. But simply applying HA to your skin topically can make
all the difference—andthere's plenty of science to prove it.
• One study found that HA helps your skin retain the perfect
amount of water in its connective tissue, improving your skin's
elasticity (and loss of elasticityis a major contributor to the
appearance of wrinkles)
• Another study found that most people lose ALLof the naturalPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 231
HAin their skin byage 60, and that mayexplain the outward
signs of aging (likewrinklesand sagging skin)
• Anecdotal evidence shows that topically applied HA may slow
down premature skin aging, including damage that'scausedby
UV radiation
The HA adds another dimension of wrinkle-reduction to the for
mula, alongwith a generous helping of added moisture for your skin.
But the serum's benefits don't end there…
Chondrus crispus brings power-packed
nutrients to the formula
Chondrus crispus is a red seaweed that is found exclusively in the
waters off the Atlantic coast. Also known as Irish sea moss, Carra
gheen, and Pearl moss, this briny ocean delicacy comes jam-packed
with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids—all of which can benefit
your skin.
This nutrient-rich seaweed can help nourish your skin with its
widevariety of healthful constituents, including an abundance of ben
eficial mineral salts:
• iodine • bromine
• iron • calcium
• manganese • magnesium
• phosphorous • potassium
• sodium • copper
• zinc • selenium
• mucilage • carrageenans
• amino acids • beta carotene
• vitamin K • folic acid
• vitamin B2232 | Miracles from the Vault
Chondrus crispusextract is very versatile, and it's used in a broad
range of products, from creamy foods (like puddings and yogurts) to
facial moisturizers and eye gels. It acts as a thickening agent, giving
anti-aging potions their creamy textures, and quite a bit more. It can
helpmoisturizeand softenyourskin,andit's gentle enoughto apply to
the sensitive area around youreyes withoutcausing irritation… unlike
cheaper, syntheticthickeners usedin lower-quality products.
The seaweed extract used in CSI Anti-Aging Fruit Stem Cell Se
rum is specially designed to contain substantially more seaweed than
water,maximizing the nutrient content… which means more nourish
ment for your skin. And the natural pH ofthe extract also minimizes
the risk ofirritation.
This skin-smoothing (and soothing) combination of ingredients
comes together to bring you more radiant, younger-looking skin…
and fewer wrinkles. By simply applying a tiny amount of this serum
to your skin just twice daily, you can get rid ofwrinkles around your
eyes—and help combat the clock by helping protect the longevity of
your skin's stem cells.
CSI Anti-Aging Fruit Stem Cell Serum is just one of the highquality
natural anti-aging products in the CSI line, a collection of
cosmetics that offers some very distinct advantages—not the least of
which is affordability. The products are formulated with the highestquality
ingredients, contain no synthetic preservatives, artificial colors
or fragrances. These cosmetics are also 100% paraben-free, which (as
explained in the sidebar above) may help you avoid a higher risk of
certain types of cancer.
Ordering information for CSI Anti-Aging Fruit Stem Cell Serum
is in the Member Source Directoryon page 542.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 233
CHAPTER NINE
Who wouldn't want 52% more energy:
What the "Goldilocks Effect" can do
for fatigue and your immune system
We wade through so much dense science every day that when
someone came to us recentlyand wanted to talk about Goldi
locks, it was a welcome change of pace. But you'dbe surprised just how
closely related science and Goldilocks really are—especially when it
comes to your energy levels.
Remember her unwaveringdedication to finding things that were
"just right" for her needs? Well, the new product HSI recently learned
about takes this lesson to heart, and, as a result, provides significant
reliefof fatigue in over 90 percent ofthe people who try it.
It's called COBAT and it was originally developed by cancer re
searchers. Unlike toxic chemotherapies that are designed to destroy
cancer cells, COBAT, a combination of two amino acids, taurine and
beta-alanine, is a type ofimmunotherapy and is designed to stimulate
the patient's immune system into anti-cancer activity. This can be a
risky proposition for the patient: Sometimes stimulating the immune
system cancreate other problems, such asallergic reactions or autoim
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didn't simplystimulate the immune system, it normalized it. It'sactu
ally an immune modulator.
Another way to describe COBAT's effect is "adaptogenic." An
adaptogen is a substance that the body uses as it is needed. Instead
of having one specific effect, adaptogens allow the body to adapt to
various conditions, bringing it into a state of normalcy. For example,
an adaptogenic substance that helpsregulate temperature wouldn't be
limited to making you either hot or cold but would cool you when
you're too warm and warm you when you're too cold. COBATseems
to have this kind of effecton the immune system.
Not your average energy booster
And it'sthese immune-regulating effects that make COBAT so dif
ferent from other energy boosters.
To combat fatigue, most people choose some type of stimulant,
whether it's caffeine, an herbal supplement, or sugar. Those inclined
to natural products might buy herbal stimulants, long-distance truck
drivers and late-studying students favor mild over-the-counter stim
ulants, and some folks take their chances by abusing legal or illegal
drugs. Overall, Americans spend over $100 billion dollars a year on
"pick-me-ups."
But all of these substances generally address one or more of the
same mechanisms to alleviate fatigue. They stimulate the central
nervous system, which increases blood pressure and heart rate; they
stimulate the endocrine system to produce more adrenaline, which,
in turn, stimulates the central nervous system; they elevate blood
sugar; and/or they alter brain chemistry. These approaches do yield
short-term results but often have long-term side effects. They stress
the body and can eventually lead to a variety of illnesses-and, ironi
cally, increased fatigue.
COBAT, on the other hand, goes directly to the cause of fa
tigue: irregularities in your immune system. Of course, that begsPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 235
the million-dollar question:
What does the immune system
have to do with fatigue?
Fatigue can seem to result from a number of causes: blood sugar
disorders, chronic infections, allergies, and toxicity. But all of these
affect, or are affected by, a group of chemicals called cytokines. Cy
tokines are proteins produced by various types of white blood cells
that make up the immune system. Theyact as messengersbetween the
cells, enabling them to work together. Cytokines also stimulate cells
to produce other cytokines, resulting in "cytokine cascades." Cancer
researchers studying the immune system havelong known that an in
crease in certain cytokines can cause a "cytokine syndrome" offatigue,
fever, brain fog, musclepain, and depression.
At the 38th annual meeting of the American Academy of Environ
mental Medicine in 2003, Aristo Vodjani, Ph.D., of ImmunoScience
Laboratories, presented studies on 2,500 patients with chronicfatigue
syndrome, fibromyalgia, and Gulf War Syndrome—all fatiguing ill
nesses. Dr. Vodjani showed that these patient groups exhibited sur
prising similarities in cytokine patterns. It appeared that the body, in
trying to protect itselffrom infection and other stressors, established a
cytokinepattern associated with lowerenergy and pain. While it'sob
viouslycriticalto deal with underlyinginfectionsand stressors,it also
makessense to consider balancingthe cytokines directly.
This is where Goldilocks comes into the story
Not too many. Not too few. Justthe right amount of cytokines.
According to researchdone at the University of Maryland,COBAT
increases the production of some cytokines and decreases others, and
this altersexisting cytokine patterns that apparently are a major cause
of fatigue.
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the "Goldilocks effect": Not too much, not too little, but just the right
balance of cytokines.
Another member of the research team, Thomas M. Dunn, M.D.,
noted that COBAT's key effect might be the change in calcium flux it
induces. Calcium flux, the movement of calcium ions in a cell, is the
primary activationsignalfor immune cells that leads to an amplifying
cascade of immune stimulation under the appropriate conditions.
Safety proven in homeopathic trials
COBAT is basicallya combination of the amino acids taurine and
beta-alanine. (COBAT is short for the chemical name "carbobenzoxy
beta-alanine- taurine.") Taurine and beta-alanine perform numerous
biological functions. Taurine helps regulate the heartbeat, maintain
cell membrane stability, and prevent brain cell overactivity. Beta-ala
nine is a constituent of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and coenzyme
A, both of which play important roles in various metabolic reactions.
COBAT is similar to garlic,alpha-lipoic acid, MSM, and N-acetyl
cysteine in that it contains a sulfur compound. However, while these
substances and amino acids are usuallyadministered in doses of up to
a gram or more, COBAT's therapeutic dosageis measured in billionths
of a gram. Toget to those tiny dosage amounts,COBAT is prepared in
the same wayas homeopathic preparations, diluting it by a factor of 10
six times ("6X" in homeopathic nomenclature).
These miniscule amounts are one reason COBAT is considered
nontoxic and* extraordinarily safe. One animal study found that rats
tolerated 2,000 milligramsofCOBAT per kilogram of body weightfor
14 days with no adverse effects. The normally prescribed dosage of
COBAT is 1 billion times lower than this level. Other animal studies
found no signs of toxicity, no increase in mortality, and no abnormal
findings when COBAT wasadministered at thousands and millionsof
times the prescribed dosage.
In March of 2001,39 normal volunteerscompleted the first homeo-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 237
pathic proving trial for COBAT. In this case,the term "normal" means
random, in that the volunteers were not chosen because they had spe
cific conditions, as was done for other trials.
The study was conducted by DavidRiley, M.D., associate clinical
professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, edi
tor in chiefof the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies inHealth
andMedicine, and co-founder of the Integrative Medicine Institute.
The volunteers were given one or two drops of COBAT in 6X or 8X
strengths for at least one month.
In this double-blind trial,92percentofthe patientsgiven COBAT
reportedsignificant reductions in fatigue, versus 26 percentof the pa
tients given a placebo. A fewvolunteers felt better in minutes, the ma
jority felta difference in days, and a fewnot at all.
Dr. Riley told me that in all of the trials similar to this one that
he's been involved with, "COBAT produced the strongest effects." An
other measureof howsignificant theseresultsare camefrom Dr.Taub,
whoverified the significance ofthese results, saying that "standard al
lopathic treatments for fatigue are effective lessthan half of the time."
But, as mentioned before, those positiveeffects come complete with a
varietyof side effects and compromises—unlike COBAT.
Trials show a number ofother benefits
Reduced fatigue was not theonlybenefit foundin thehomeopathic
trial. Othersymptoms addressed byCOBAT in thisstudyincluded ap
petiteabnormalities, coughs and colds, headaches, digestive problems,
uterine fibroids, headaches and muscle aches, neurological problems,
and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
One patient, a 55-year-old female with lung cancer, entered the
study forfatigue and allergies. In addition to less fatigue and less fre
quent and severe allergy symptoms, she reportedthat COBAT helped
with her recovery from chemotherapy byhelping to maintain herap
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In a trial held in 2002, all but one of 16 patients diagnosed with
cancer, hepatitis C, or chronic fatigue syndrome reported significant
improvements. COBAT was four to 10times more effective than con
ventional drug therapies in reducing fatigue in CFS patients. The rest
of the subjects reported an average 52 percent improvement in their
energy levels. Therewere no other interventions or changesin diet and
activities, and about half of the improvementwas noted within four to
10 weeks.
Again, patients reported positive effects on other health com
plaints, citing improvement in memory, and decreases in depression,
headaches, allergies, pain, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Severalpa
tients also entered the trial with elevated liver enzymes, a sign of liver
disease. Allof their readingsdecreased to normal during the trial.
Effective against mild fatigue in healthier people
Normally, weshouldexperience fatigue onlyas a signthat it's time
to goto sleep, afterextraordinary physical or mentalexertion, or when
we have serious health conditions, like the patients in the studies out
lined above. These days,however, fatigue affects manyof us evenwhen
we seem to be in otherwise good health. Everyone wants more energy,
and COBAT appears to be unequaled in its effectiveness, safety, and
ancillary benefits.
So after all the formal resultswerein, Stephen Levine, president of
the Allergy Research Group, was curious about how COBAT would
work on people who are generallyhealthy but describe themselves as
having "mild" fatigue. He recruited a few friends and co-workers to
try COBAT. These anecdotal comments don't compare to the scientific
evidence, of course, but they are interesting.
A co-workerwith fibromyalgia saidthat afterfive dayson COBAT,
she "awoke feeling like a completely different person." Her twin sister,
who has chronic pain from an unsuccessful shoulder operation, said
"aftertwo weeks, I started wakingup feeling refreshed and had a bet-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 239
ter ability to concentrate." A menopausal woman noted that COBAT
"decreasedbrain fog and increased my mental clarity… I slept soundly
and awoke refreshed and relaxed." And one person (lucky enough to
have no health complaints), said "COBAT… creates no buzz or edginess,
yet it provides energy for both physical and mental work. It al
lowed me to stop drinking caffeinated coffee for the first time in my
adult life."
Where to get COBAT and howto use it
COBAT is sold under the brand name Taurox 6X. While the full
dose is 12drops daily, many of the test participants gained full benefits
with less. In fact, the labelsuggests trying "half or even fewer drops."
If you do, you can stretch a half-ounce bottle into more than a onemonth
supply.
Dr. Levine told me that "each patient should determine his or her
best dose—the fewest drops that produce the desired benefit without
any symptoms." He went on to comment that patients who start with
the 6Xwho get headaches or findthemselves with "too much energy"
should use fewer drops.
The manufacturer warns that Taurox 6X should not be taken with
immunosuppressive agents, or by patients who have had an organ
transplant. People with autoimmune diseases should consult with
their doctors before using it.
Because of a lack of testing, Taurox 6X is not recommended for
pregnant or nursing women or children under 15.
Taurox does run on the expensive side: The 6X preparation av
erages about $47 for 13.5 ml. (See the Member Source Directory on
page 542 for complete ordering information.) But keep in mind that,
as an adaptogen, odds are it mighthelpimprove other aspects ofyour
health too, by regulatingyour immune system's cytokinelevels. In oth
er words, Taurox couldgo a longway in helping you reach your own
personal"just right." Goldilocks wouldbe proud.240 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TEN
An anti-aging breakthrough that
will change the way you think about
taking supplements forever!
When world-renowned physician and author Dr. Mitchell Ghen
was askedto create a revolutionary anti-aging supplement, his
agreementhad a few conditions.
It had to be spectacular, it hadto be like nothing elseout there,and
it had to be good enough forclinical use without the headache ofsort
ing through countless bottles.
So he opened up his own medicinecabinet andtook alook atallthe
nutrientshe wastaking everyday… andthe wheelsstarted turning.
What if he could put allofthose anti-agingmiracles into one bot
tle? It was a majorundertaking, to be sure—to put every single nutri
ent you need to fight the ravages oftime into one product?
But if anyone was up for the challenge, it was Dr. Ghen. With 29
years of experience under his belt, he knew exactly what the formula
needed.
So he identified four essential areas in which he feels the battlePart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 241
against aging is fought—free radicals, inflammation, hyperviscosity,
and mitochondrial DNA (don't worry, I'll explain all of these later).
By addressing those four areas (and by throwing in a ton of oth
er nutrients the body needs to keep running smoothly), he ended up
creating the first truly serious,head-to-toe, everything-you-need antiaging
powerhouse: RegeneCell.
It packs absolutelyeverything you need to arm your body against
aging—in one scoop a day. And there's just one place you can get it…
again, more on that later.
First, let'sbreak down those areas of aging.
Antioxidant superstars "seek and destroy" free radicals
Ifyou'vebeen reading the Members Alertfor a while now,free radi
cals are nothing new to you. The free-radical theory of aging is based
on the idea that highlyreactive substances (free radicals) damagethe
body's cells and speed up the aging process.1
It's been shown that antioxidantscan chemically prevent this dam
age. This may help prevent disease and protect our bodies against the
signs of aging.
Dr. Ghen estimates that the average person gets only about 1,200
ORAC units of antioxidantsper day, but researchers estimate we need
more like 3,000 – 5,000 to really do the job. You'd have to eat at least
10-12 servings of fruits and vegetables to get that. And let'sbe honest:
How many of us are reallyeating that much fruit?
RegeneCell is chock-full of antioxidants ready to fight those free
radicals. Vitamin C, for example, is one of the most potent antioxi
dants in human blood, and research suggests it plays a major role in
protecting against damage caused by oxidativestress.2
It's needed for tissue growth and repair, proper adrenal-gland
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tion wreaks havoc on your body, vitamin C can help protect you
from the effects.3
You'veheardtime and again that green teais good foryou. Its anti
oxidant powerhasbeen demonstrated in quite a few studies. In one re
cent study, subjects were exposed to benzene, a chemical that induces
the formation of free radicals at the same time it reduces the activity
of antioxidant enzymes, leaving the body with less protective power.
One groupdrank six cups ofgreentea perday for six months—the tea
was able to cut most of the toxic effects of benzene. It also increased
antioxidant-enzyme activity in red blood cells.4
The man behind the formula
Dr. Mitchell Ghen has 29 years of experience in anti-aging and
holisticand integrative medicine. He is the co-authorofthree text
books:The Advanced Guide to LongevityMedicine, The Ghen and
Raines Guide to Pharmaceutical Compounding, and the Anti-Ag
ing Physicians' HandbookofCompounding Pharmaceuticals.
In addition, he has authored dozens ofarticlesin peer-reviewed
journals. He hasbeen a host and guest on hundreds of radio and
television programs, where he has been featured as an expert in
alternative health.
Dr. Ghen, in addition to being a physician, holds a Master's
Degreein BiomechanicalTrauma and has a Ph.D. in nutrition and
psychoneuroimmunology. He is an international lecturer on top
ics about oral and IV nutrition and stem-cell transplantation.
"Dr. Ghen is among the top 20 anti-aging/regenerative medi
cine clinicians in the world practicing this new science today," ac
cording to Ron Klatz, M.D. President of the A4M, representing
22,000 physicians and scientists from 100 countries who know ag
ing is no longer inevitable.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 243
The antioxidant punch provided by RegeneCell is rounded out by
beta-carotene, vitamin E, carnosine, and a handful of other powerful
free-radical scavengers.
Keep inflammation in check
Almost everything that can go wrong as we age can be linked to
inflammation.Sure,inflammationis a normal and healthy responseto
damage—it's how you know your body is working to heal itself—but
the trick is to keep it from gettingout of hand.
Dr. Ghen has packed RegeneCell with the top nutrients for pro
moting a healthy inflammatory response. Among them is curcumin,
which he says is among the best substances known to man for this
purpose. Ifyou're a curry fan, you've had your share of curcumin—it's
a compoundfound in turmeric. Turmeric hasbeen traditionallyused
for ages in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory.
Curcumin actually offers greater protection against certain free
radicals than vitamins C and E. In addition to its antioxidant activity,
curcumin can helpsupportjoint health. It alsohas been shownto help
keep blood flowing smoothly andto promote a healthy inflammatory
response.5
Curcumin isjoined byseveral othersubstances that can help keep
your body's inflammation response healthy and productive. Querce
tin, a flavonol derived from plants, has recently been shown to help
manage pro-inflammatory signaling in vitro.6 Royal jelly, which is se
creted by honeybees for the development of the queen bee, has been
foundto have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.7
Feed every system in your body with free-flowing blood
As we age, our blood actually becomes more viscous—this causes
sluggish blood flow and meansless oxygen getswhereit'sneeded.Our
bodies startto make more fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting,
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This hyperviscosity is actually linked to many health concerns our
bodies face aswe age. Think aboutit—if allofyour body systems need
oxygen to survive, what happens when you cut back on that supply?
Studies have shown a rise in blood viscosity with age and a decreased
blood flow to the brain.8
So, ifblood flow is so important to our bodies' functions, how
do we keep our minds sharp,our hearts pumping, and everything else
working in tip-top condition?
Did you really think Dr. Ghen wouldn't include his answer in
RegeneCell?
For that answer, he once again turned to something he was taking
every day—nattokinase.
It's an enzyme inside natto,a traditional Japanese food made from
boiled and fermented soybeans. The Japanese have consumed natto
for centuries.
Culinaryuse aside, nattokinase hasdrawnmuch interestin the sci
entific community forits abilityto aidin the breakdown of fibrin. This
helps keep blood from getting too viscous.
Nattokinase has actually been reported to have about four times
the activity of plasmin, a natural bodily enzyme that plays a role in
healthy dissolution of clots.9
A clinical trial in China found that nattokinase was able to promote
healthy blood flow. This trial was conducted on a very small group—
fourmen—and it'sunclearhow much nattokinasethey consumed, but
it does contribute to the growing body of research proclaiming the
benefits of nattokinase.10
Nattokinase's effect on blood viscosity could even have effects
on the entire body, including helping keep the heart healthy—and
RegeneCell packs even more powerwhen it comes to helping keep
your heart pumping and your blood flowing.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 245
In addition to vitaminE,magnesium, and flavonoids, RegeneCell
contains CoQIO,well-known for its heart-healthy action.
Keep your "cellular power plants"
churning out energy
I promised I would explain mitochondrial DNA—and why it's so
important to take care of as we age. Mitochondria are in most of the
cells of your body, and they are sort oflike little power plants. They
make energy for cells, in addition to being involved in controlling cell
death and growth.
Mitochondria make energy by creating adenosine triphosphate
(ATP), which stores and transports chemical energy within cells for
metabolism. It's continuously recycled, and a healthy body turns over
its own weightin ATP each day.
Keeping themitochondria healthy could be the keyto winning the
battle against aging, asmitochondrial DNA canbedamaged byoxida
tive stress.11
A study in mice suggested that mitochondrial DNA mutations can
actually lead to prematureaging.12
The answer to this, Dr. Ghen believes, lies primarily in D-ribose.
It's a kindofsugar that's actually a fundamental building block ofATP.
Studies have shown thatribose supplementation canhelp enhance ener
gylevels in theheartandmay support thebody's antioxidant defenses.13
Otheringredients inRegeneCell cansupport theaction ofD-ribose.
Magnesium is critical to the activity of ATP. And acetyl-L-carnitine is
an amino acid that helps transport substances across the membrane of
mitochondria—this plays a role inenergy production within the brain.14
From your bones to your brain to your
immune system—RegeneCell has it covered
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RegeneCell formula—but the power doesn't end there. RegeneCell truly
contains everything you may needto address everysystemofyourbody.
It can help your bones stay strong thanks to vitamin D and cal
cium, both shown in many studies to benefit bone density.1516 Bones
can also get a lift from magnesium and zinc.
Want to keep your mind sharp as a tack? Research at the Linus
Pauling Micronutrient Research Center at Oregon StateUniversity es
timates that 10-15% of people over 60 are deficient in vitamin B12.
Such a deficiencycan leadto decline in brain function.17
RegeneCell contains B12, as wellas boron. People deprived of bo
ron actually showed poorer performance in assessments of attention
and short-term memory.1.18
Another brain-boosterfeatured in RegeneCell is acetyl-L-carnitine
(ALC). This amino acid has been shown to have a positive effect on
cognitive and memory function. It's thought that it may helpenhance
energy metabolism in the brain, benefiting cognitive function.19
Several trials have demonstrated its positive effect, including one
small study in which 30 subjects showed statistically significant im
provements in memory and verbal fluency after taking 2 g. of ALC
every day forthree months.20
Certain aspects of the immune response change as we age. And
that's where probiotics come in. They enhance the beneficial bacteria
in the gut and havebeen speculated to help keep yourimmune system
in top condition. Probiotics may enhance gut-barrier function, which
promotes ahealthybalance of beneficial bacteria.
Vitamin E and selenium can also contribute to helping keep your
immune system running atthe top ofits game.
Of course, all of these benefits mean nothing if your body can't
access them. And that's why RegeneCell packs nutrients especially
geared toward yourdigestive health.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 247
Improved digestion means
you get all you can out ofRegeneCell
The digestive support offered by RegeneCell actually helps
increase the digestibility of the other nutrients in the formula.
Fibersol-2™ is a digestion-resistant maltodextrin made from
corn starch. It consists of 90% dietary fiber. In addition to this fiber,
RegeneCell provides digestive enzymes that promote good digestion
and enhancethe absorption of nutrients. They've been shown to help
in the management ofoccasional bloating, stomachache, and nausea.21
Arabinogalactans, from larch-tree extract, are consideredprebiotics.
These are substances that are fermented in the colon by probiotic
organisms. They've been shown to helpstimulate the growth of these
beneficial bacteria. Because of the way they're structured, arabinoga
lactans are fermented at a slower rate than other carbohydrates and
mayactually contribute to a larger increase in probiotic population.
There's so much more I could say about RegeneCell—there is
something here to optimize your body's systems and help arm every
one in the fight against aging. You'd probably have to take 20 pills a
dayto get close to the benefits ofthisrevolutionary supplement. With
RegeneCell, allittakes isa scoop ofpowder mixed intoa glass ofwater.
Now, I want to warn you—when you turn to the Member Source
Directory on page 542 forordering information, youmightbehit with
a bit of "sticker shock." RegeneCell is not cheap. But when you con
sider all that you're getting out of it (and the rows and rows of bottles
it will replace), I think you'llfindit's a bargain.
*Please note: HSI doesn't acceptfeesfrom outside companiesfor editorial coverage.
However, NorthStar Nutritionals isone ofHSVs dietary supplement affiliate compa
nies. Even though we would never recommend anyproduct we don't believe in, you
should know about that relationship when deciding whether to try theirproducts.248 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER ELEVEN
Replenish your body's supply of this
natural moisturizer and say goodbye
to wrinkles and joint pain
The promotional material reads like an Oil of Olay commercial:
"Reduce wrinkles and visible signs of aging" with a dietary sup
plement used by the porcelain-skinned beauties of Japan. Yes, natural
medicine—that wholesome realmof herbalists, naturopaths, and health
nuts—has gone "glam" andproduced a"cosmaceutical."
But heck, if natural medicine cangenerate productsthat boost the
immune system, lower cholesterol, and ease hypertension, why can't it
formulate products that combat wrinkles too?
A new wave of supplements containinghyaluronic acid—a com
plex carbohydrate thathas been described as "nature's moisturizer"—
are purporting to nurture smoother, younger skin. And anecdotal evi
dence suggests they mayalso support more limber, less painful joints.
Further, some limited clinical experience indicates that hyaluronic
acid supplements prevent bruising and accelerate wound healing—a
property thatbenefits diabetics in particular.
But overwhelmingly, HA is a beauty supplement. Over the yearsPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 249
at the HSI Symposia, we've metsome of the youngest 70-, 80-, and
90-year-olds you can imagine. And since a lot of youlet us knowthat
youwantto lookasyoung asyoufeel, we decided to digress from our
usual roster ofstories about hardened arteries, cancer threats, and fiver
disease, and devote a few pages to the pursuit ofyouth—naturally.
The key here is naturally. There are plenty of ways to get rid of
wrinkles, but whether those products and procedures are safe is an
other issue entirely. The newest trend involves injecting the toxic
substance (an FDA-approved toxic substance, but toxic nonetheless)
Botox, into the face. Despite the obvious dangers associated with in
jecting poison into the body, women around the countryhave started
to abandon Tupperware and bridge parties for Botox parties. We kid
you not. Women are inviting friends over to have a strain of the botu
lism virus, which literally paralyzes the muscles, injected below their
eyes, around their mouths, anywhere they have wrinkles—all while
munching onchips andsalsa andgossiping about theneighbor's affair.
We were, quite frankly, very disturbed by this trend and decided to
explore a natural alternative. We found onein hyaluronic acid (HA).
When was the last time someone told
you how"Toki" you look?
There is actually some science and research to demonstrate that
hyaluronic acid can help you look younger. To get to the science, we
had toget past alot ofthe cosmetic-counter-style marketing lingo. But
we just can't move on without sharing a taste ofit.Toki, for example,
is amultiple-ingredient beauty supplement that includes HA. InJapa
nese, Toki means "skin of a porcelain doll," writes the product's North
American distributor, Lane Labs. "The highest compliment a woman
can receive in Japan is that she islookingToki."
Nobody saidbeautycomes easily. To understandhowHAcan fos
ter younger skin (and produce a few other health benefits) you first
have to understand how yourskin, joints, and soft tissue function at
a cellular level. It's a little complicated. One senior educator with a250 | Miracles from the Vault
formulating company told us that shehas a particularly difficult time
educating sellers about herHA supplementsimplybecause the science
behind HA is so much more compUcated than the science behind a
vitamin or herbal formula. So we've tried to make the science a little
more digestible.
Hyaluronic acid isagel that isfound in soft tissue throughout your
body. Its function istolubricate and cushion tissue whetherthattissue
is part of yourskin, joints, eyes, cartilage, bloodvessels, heart valves,
whatever. It accomplishes that function in a coupleofways:
• HA isamajor component of your extracellular matrix (the liquid
between your cells). There, HAretains water, hydrates your cells,
and provides amedium to carry nutrients to cells and waste away
from them. In short, it keeps yourcells healthy andresilient.
• HA is also a primary constituent ofsynovial fluid (theliquid
that fills each jointcavity). There, itserves as a shock-absorber
for your knees, ankles, elbows, etc. HAalso serves as the pri
mary source of nutrients for your cartilage. (Cartilage isn't con
nectedto the blood system, consequently it can't getnutrients
from the blood stream.)
• HA supports the formation andmaintenance of collagen. As
the principal protein in human skin, bone, cartilage, tendons,
and connective tissue, healthy collagen levels are critical to skin,
joint, andbone health.
• Finally, HA contains glucosamine—a carbohydrate thatsup
ports joint health and has become an effective supplement for
manyosteoarthritis sufferers. (In fact, it's so common you can
probably find itright next totheaspirin in your grocery store.)
HAs impact onyourskin isobvious, keeping itsmooth and moistur
ized. Italso helps your skin resist and repair bruises and cuts byhelping
cells moveto newtissue sites. Inless obvious ways, HA provides exactly
the same benefit to joints, eyes, and other parts of your body.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 251
Asweage, however, our bodiesproducelessHA.Production starts
to lag around age 20. By 40, diminished supplies of HA leave us with
thoseaches, pains, and wrinkles we've always thoughtwere "unavoid
able parts of aging." Soallwe have to do issupplement our HAlevels,
right? Unlike many of the natural remedies you've readabouthere, it
just wasn't that easywith HA. But todayit's possible, thanks to some
new advances.
HA supplements: Two decades in the
making thanks to two big challenges
Mainstream medicine began studying and using hyaluronic acid
20yearsago. It developed a few products to heal wounds, burns, sores,
andsurgical incisions, to speed recovery from eye surgery, and to ease
the symptoms of advanced osteoarthritis. But researchers ran into two
problems whentheystarteddeveloping HAtreatments. First, it doesn't
last long inthebody(so you have totake itfrequently). Second, intheir
natural state, HA molecules are so large that they can't pass through
the intestinal tract and into the blood stream. In other words, raw HA
cannotbe effective whentaken orally.
Consequently, HA hasn't yielded many convenient treatment op
tions. Osteoarthritis sufferers, for example, have gottensubstantial re
lieffrom HA treatment.
(HA provided better pain relief than naproxen in one study.1)
However, the regimen involves getting injections in thejoint (usually
theknee) five times a week. Not surprisingly, thepain andinflamma
tion caused bythe treatment was sometimes assevere as the pain and
inflammation causedby the disease!
Mini molecules offer big benefits
Alternative medicine researchers, however, claim they can now
access the benefits of hyaluronic acid through a dietary supplement.
Deanne Dolnick, an educator with Soft Gel Technologies in Califor-252 | Miracles from the Vault
nia, says researchers have found a way to reduce the size of HA mol
ecules so that they can pass through the lining of the digestive system
and deliverpotent HA to the blood stream.
"Thereare scientists in Japan who have patentedan enzyme-cleav
ingtechnique," Dolnick says. "What theyhave doneistheyhave made
hyaluronic acidinto smaller polymers so that it's a smaller version of
the original without chemically altering it.Itfunctions in thebodyjust
as hyaluronic acid would." Right now, the evidence showing that HA
can be effective as an oralsupplement islimited. Butsomedoes exist.
Wounds heal 5 days faster
In one test, researchers anesthetized lab rats and gave them each
identical skin wounds. The animals were divided into three groups:
Onegroup received 3,000 mg/kg oforal HA daily (in the form of In
juv™ supplements), the second group received an oral placebo daily,
the third group received daily topical doses of a commercial woundhealing
ointment. Researchers measured thewounds each day for ten
days and concluded that oral HA dramatically reduced healing time.
Rats fed HA healedwithin 13 days—five days faster than placebo-fed
rats. In addition, the HA delivered almost as much benefit as the com
mercial wound-healing ointment. Rats treated with theointment took
10.6 daysto heal.2
Over 80 percent ofstudy participants
report "greatimprovement"
Healing wounds onrats was apromising start. But researchers still
needed to determine if HA could improve the skin of creatures that
aren't covered in fur. So researchers at Ohtsuma University in Japan
conducted a small trial with humans. They monitored the impact of
oral HAon 96women, aged 22 to 65. Every dayfor 45 days, the sub
jects consumed six capsules ofInjuv. Each capsule contained 6.3 mg
of hyaluronic acid, for a total daily dose of 37.8 mg. More than 80
percent ofthewomen reported "great improvement" in skin moisture,Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 253
smoothness, and firmness on their faces, hands, elbows, knees, and
heels. More than 70 percent noticed significant relieffrom stiffshoul
ders and joints.
According to Dolnick, hyaluronic acid has not triggered any ad
verse sideeffects in people using Soft Gel's HAsupplement. (Extracted
from roosters' combs, the product could theoretically trigger allergic
reactions in people sensitive to chicken or eggs. But so far, none have
been reported.) The product has also passed an oral toxicity study in
which 10 rats (five male and five female) were given 5050 mg/kg daily
forfour days. The high dose triggered diarrhea in some animals, but
no other side effects. Researchers found no abnormalities when they
later euthanized and autopsiedthe animals.3
Wrinkle reduction in a lemon-flavored drink
Obviously, some results posted from skin care studies are inevi
tably subjective. When it comes to determining how dry a person's
skin feels, researchers often must rely on the impressions of the test
subjects. Butresearchers can measure changes in wrinkles and other
visible skin conditions. Lane Labs, conducted a small scale human trial
ofToki—that all-naturalsecret ofJapan's porcelain-skinned beauties—
and obtained some impressive results.
Toki isa different kind ofsupplement. Sold in powder form, Toki
is mixed with cold water to create a drink that tastes like generously
sweetened lemonade, and contains several ingredients that can pro
mote skin andjoint health—hyaluronic acid, collagen, calcium, vita
min C, glucosamine, and seaweed extract.
Iron out wrinkles in as little as two weeks
Researchers asked 38 women ages 35 to 65 to take Toki for eight
weeks (three times a day for the first two weeks toachieve a "loading
dose," then twice a day for the remaining six weeks). Each woman's
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focusing particularly on wrinkles, puffiness, and sagging around the
eyes. Researchers re-examined each woman every two weeks for the
duration ofthe study. They documented significant reduction ofwrin
kles and othersigns offacial aging after justtwo weeks ofsupplemen
tation, and dramatic improvement bythe end of the study. Through a
series ofbloodtests, theyalso determined thatparticipants' bloodcol
lagen levels actually increased anaverage of114 percent after 30 days
ofsupplementing with Toki.
One-third of the women experienced mild to moderate side ef
fects fromthe treatment(primarily itching and gastrointestinal upset).
However, those conditions disappeared quickly and did not prompt
any women to discontinue the supplement. After all, remember, wom
enare injecting poison into their faces toget similar results. So what's
a little gasor scratching?
Laugh lines might not be all you lose…
The women in Lane Labs' study also reported one unexpected ef
fect. They lost weight. On average, each participant lost two pounds
during the study, although some women dropped as much as seven
pounds. "We're notpromoting it as aweight-loss product," says Jenni
ferNissen, N.D., Lane Labs' manager ofnutritional research. She sus
pects Toki's collagen content was responsible for the incidental weight
loss. "Collagen isa protein and protein helps level outyour blood sug
ar, decreasing blood sugar crashes and sugar cravings. Protein is also
filling, soifwomen drink itbefore ameal, they may eatless."
Beauty.-.ataprice
Regardless ofwhether it's new and alternative, Toki holds true to
one old adage: Beauty doesn't come cheap. Abox containing 60 pack
ets of Toki sells for $195 plus shipping. That means younger skin is
going to cost you roughly $200 a month (and closer to $300 in the
first month when the recommended dosage is higher).Butthen again,
Botox treatmentsstart at about $300 per injection. And a smallbottlePart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 255
(1.7 ounces) of Clinique's "anti-aging serum" will set you back more
than $50. Any way youlook at it, the fountain of youth comes with a
steep price tag.
Please refer to the Member Source Directory to find out how to
order this product.256 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWELVE
Flirting with perfection:
Open the floodgates to the
youth elixir in your blood
There's ahormone inyour body; theprimary function ofwhich isto
make you beautifulandstrong.
It's no joke! In fact, this hormone has the ability to make you so
stunningly strong and vital that as soon as thebodybuilding industry
got wind ofit, itbegan researching ways toenhance its production!
Thishormone is called, simply, growth hormone (GH). Despite its
simple name, GH does alotmore than stimulate growth. Itcauses tis
sue to grow and stored energy (fat) tobeconsumed.
The problem is, however, that nature played acruel trick on us. As
we age, our bodies make less and less ofthis magic chemical!
When you were apreteen, growth hormone stimulated your skel
etal growth. In your teens and early 20s, itreduced stored fat and in
creased muscle andtissue mass. Sadly, whenyouhit yourmid 20s, GH
production started to slow…and itcontinues toslow to this day.
But you can still tap into it…and turn your body into ayouth ma-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 257
chine designed to tone you down to your most trim, energetic, and
healthy form.
Before we tell you about thedifferent ways tostimulate GHproduc
tion—including through the use ofa new, safe, and powerful GH-stimulating
supplement—we want towarn you about theGHstimulants on
the market that are, in fact, dangerous.
As we mentioned before, such a powerful youth- and beauty-en
hancing chemical is of obvious interest to athletes and bodybuilders.
The sports market provided much ofthemotivation forearly research
and experimentation with growth hormone. Anabolic steroids have
beenabused for years bypeople interested inbodybuilding to enhance
their athletic performance. But the effects of overuse of artificial sub
stances have often been tragic. Another GH stimulant, synthetic hu
man growth hormone, has been available since 1986. Though it is not
nearly as dangerous as anabolic steroids, it has been linked to heart
disease, and some forms can actually cause antibodies that combat
growth hormone.
But here's a simple, safe strategy for stepping up your body's GH
production.
• Eat more cereal grains,nuts, and seeds.Althoughthese foods
contain lessarginine than do meat, potatoes, and milk, they also
contain less of the amino acids that compete with arginine to
cross the brain-blood barrier where they can act on the hypo
thalamus.
• Supplement your diet with liquid potassium. Researchershave
discovereda correlationbetweena reduction in growth hormone
and the reduction of dietarypotassium. Althoughyou can re
storeyour body's potassium levels byeatingnatural,wholefoods
(whichhavemore potassiumthan sodium), rather than processed
foods (which almost always havemore sodium than potassium),
this is often easier said than done. Liquid potassium tonics are258 | Miracles from the Vault
available in health stores.
• Snack often…aslong asyou are snacking onlow-sugar, health
ful foods! This will keep your blood-sugar level stable. Main
tainingstable blood-sugar levels keep yourpancreas from
producing excess insulin. When there'stoo much insulin in
yourblood, yourbodyreacts byproducing a chemical called
somatostatin. Somatostatin suppresses insulin release…but it
also suppresses GHrelease! This is also a goodreason to avoid
sugary sweets (especially before bedtime): Highsugar snacks
prevent the release of GH!
• If you enjoy exercising, be sureto avoideating at least two
hours before you begin. To make the best of the small, exerciseinduced
release of GH,yourblood-sugar level must be stable.
• Make sure you don't eat (again, especially high-sugar foods)
within two hours ofsleep: In adults, the largest dailysecretion
of GHbegins aboutan hour after the onsetof deepsleep.
• Take the dietary amino acid arginine. Asstated before,it has
been shown to act on the hypothalamus, which producesa
growth-hormone-releasinghormone (GHRH).
HSI Panelist Dr. Allan Spreen told us that arginine is one of the
best-known stimulants of the formation of growth hormone by the
human body.
As he pointed out, "The injectable HGH (human growth hor
mone) is risky, as it causes the body to make less of its own, while
arginine is the antithesis of that—it causes the body to make more of
its own. Growth hormone is a wonderful youth agent,' and we make
less as we age. The effects of rejuvenating the body (its skin, muscles,
energy, what-have-you) apparently have been shown to extend to the
immune system also."
Thissafe, proven plan can help you reverse aging, eliminate obe-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 259
sity, and even, according to some experts, convert your bodyto the
Tarzan or Jane musculature into yourseventh, eighth, ninth, andeven
10th decades!
An important aside
You're probably already familiar with your body's needs for the
essential fatty acids found in olive oil and fatty fish, such as salmon
and mackerel. Your bodyneedsthese fats in orderto maintain good
heart health, to keepyourcells properly lubricated, andto transport
the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K. Essential fatty acids make
up a major part of the membranes surrounding all cells. Unsatu
rated fats help yourbodyhandle saturated ones. A small amount of
fat is an important aspect of healthfuldieting.260 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Nature's surprising fat fighter:
You knew it was good for you…
now find out how it helps you
lose weight fast!
In a recent obesity study, a group of rats was given a choice of the
usual fare of American supermarket snack foods. Remarkably, the
animals chose biscuits, chocolates, andmarshmallows overregular nu
tritionally balanced chow.1
In 60 days, these ravenous creatures gained an average of 78
grams.. .which, for a rat, is a lot.
Yes, even a rat can be seduced by foods that are fast, simple, and
stimulating.
No one is immune to the temptations of 20th-century, fast-food
cuisine. But these foods are not only high in fat and calories and al
most devoidofany real nutrition, but alsolackinga crucialfat-fighting
nutrient—one that you simply cannot afford to be without.
Overcoming the pitfallsof our modern, fat-promoting culture can
be as simple as adding to your diet this naturally occurring nutrientPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 261
that is fat-free, cholesterol-free, calorie-free…and almost completely
missing in popularsupermarket junk foods: fiber.
It may not be new and exciting…
but it IS radical.. .and it works!
You see,we are bombarded with foods that have been processed so
extensively that theyarevirtually devoid offiber. Eighty percent ofthe
foodweconsume in thiscountryisprocessed. The morethe product is
refined, the more fiber is removed.
This remarkable nutrient naturally
blocks the absorption of fat!
When healthy adults are fed equal amounts offat in the forms of
whole peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil, more fat is absorbed
from the peanut oil than from the peanut butter, and more from the
peanut butter than from the whole peanuts. Why? Fiber blocks the
absorption offat—and hence calories—in the intestines.
The greater yourfiber consumption, the higheryourcaloric waste.
Fiber causes a true alteration in digestion and in the absorption offat.
Part ofthe fat becomes "associated" with fiber, so that it is unavailable
for digestion and increasesfat excretion.
What's more, when you consume enough fiber, both your small
and large intestines contain more waterymaterial. When your bowels
are full, you do not feel empty. You stop eating.
What happens when you remove
fiber from your foods?
Quite simply, you gain weight much more easily. Here'swhy.
There's an enzyme in your fat tissuethat has the primary function
of protecting you from starvation. As soon as any weight loss takes
place, this enzyme sends a message to your brain to increase your ca
loric intake. (Like it or not, this is how our bodies have been respond-262 | Miracles from the Vault
ingacross the centuries; areponse more suitable to anage long before
the availability of 4,000 foods in your24-hour supermarket.)
Now, when you eat a natural, high-carbohydrate food that's been
stripped of fiber.. .you're dumping too much sugar into your blood,
causing the production oftoo much insulin.
Too much insulin initiates communication between this enzyme
and your brain! In other words, when you eat foods devoid of fiber,
you are essentially sending the message "I'm starving!" to yourbrain,
setting in motion the chain ofevents that leads to slowed calorieburn
ing and more stubborn fat-storage mechanisms.
As you cansee, fiber is critical to maintaining ahealthyweight.
Buthow canyou getenough fiber in yourdiet—the40to 60 grams
required for weightcontrol—when yougetonly6 grams of fiber in five
heads of lettuce? Two grams of fiber in an apple? Very little fiber in
leafy greens? You can't!
Even worse, if you dine out often, or don't have time to buy and
prepare fresh, fiber-rich foods on a regular basis, you'll never meet
your dailyrequirement through your diet.
Butyou can manage a high-fiber intake without making major ad
justments toyour usual eating regimen.
Fiber supplements contain naturally occurring plant fiber. The for
mulas are derived from plants that are basically old-fashioned foods
but arecloaked in late-20th-century technology.
Note these advantages of fiber supplementation in powder form:
• Grinding fiber into very fine particles makes it more
readily digestible.
• Fiber supplements slowdigestion, avery beneficial
metabolic advantage.
• A high-quality fiber supplement offers standardized pectin,Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 263
otherwise available onlythroughthe consumption offruits,
which maybe off-limits to those withblood-sugar problems or
those who eat out more than at home.
• Different types offibers varyin function, and supplements con
taina greater variety thanyou would ordinarily geton yourdin
ner plateevenifyou chosenaturalfoods as your meal choices.
Taking a fiber supplement on a regular basis assures an ongoing
weight-loss advantage ontwo counts. First, itmakes youfeel full, which
helps control your food consumption. Second, it adds no calories!
With supplementation, you can manage a high-fiber intake without
addingsignificant calories—a double whammy to those extrapounds!
It can't be overstated: Fiber is the only component in your daily
diet that contains no calories, no fat, and no cholesterol!
An ancient health and beauty secret revived
Two thousandyears ago, Hippocrates encouraged high-fiber diets.
Fifteen years ago, Denis Burkitt came to this country from England
and Africa to share his knowledge about fiber. No one seems to have
paid much attention to either of these men of renown.
But the Health Sciences Institute wants you to be fully aware that
the addition of a fibersupplementis in your best health interest and is
a highlyeffective wayto help loseweightsafely and naturally.
There are a few good fiber supplements available. (A good supple
ment has a blend of natural fibers.) Among them are the following:
• gums, especiallyguar gum, which moderates sugar absorption
better than any other fiber
• psyllium seed husk, which will have a beneficialeffecton your
glycemic index, your body's response to sugar, and also has
great bulking activity
• pectin, mentioned above264 | Miracles from the Vault
Start your fiber supplementation slowly. Work up very gradually
to 3level teaspoons in at least 12 ounces ofwater. The more water you
drink, the better. After two weeks, take the mix twice a day. If neces
sary, take it threetimes aday.
It's not necessary to spend a small fortune on fiber, though. You
can get a perfectly good fiber supplement containing the above ingre
dients at your local health-food store.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss I 265
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Erase debilitating pain and fatigue
by recharging your cells' batteries
Lowenergyis probably theNo. 1complaint I hearfrom my patients.
But in many cases, the underlying problem may be more serious
than"just getting older." It can actually reflect reduced energy in the
cells, much like abattery wearing down andneeding to be recharged.
And the keyto boosting cellular energy isto provide the cells withthe
fuel theyneedto function atpeak performance, theenzymeadenosine
triphosphate (ATP). How? With a simple five-carbon sugar found in
every cell of the body called D-ribose, orsimply "ribose," the cellular
battery recharger.
Ribose's main function is to regulate the production of ATP—the
majorsource of energy for all your cells. This action makesit useful for
all sortsof conditions, including heartdisease, congestive heartfailure,
and fibromyalgia. It's even good for supplying extra energy for work
outs, and restoringenergy aftersustainedexertion.
Ribose can be made naturally in the body, but it's a slow process
limited by several enzymes that are lacking in heart and muscle cells.
There are no foods containingribose in any substantial amounts. Still,
under normal circumstances getting enough ribose isn't a problem.266 | Miracles from the Vault
Butwhen the heart or our muscles are challenged from stressor lack
of oxygen for any number of reasons, they need an extra ribose boost
to restore ATP levels.
The problem, untilrecently, was that themanufacturing processes
for making ribose were so expensive that supplements just weren't a
practical—or even feasible—solution for many people. Now, though,
there is new technology for ribose production, and the resulting for
mula, called Corvalen M,offers simple solutions formanypeople who
just didn't have options before.
Two weeks oftreatment erases
debilitating pain and fatigue
Take fibromyalgia for example. It's often difficult both to diagnose
and to treat.
Until now, there have been few toolsto help these patients. How
ever, we've found that ribose can provide significant improvement,
as seen in the following case study published last year in the journal
Pharmacotherapy.l
At37, Kris, aveterinary surgeon andresearcher ata majoruniversity,
became sodebilitated from fibromyalgia she hadtogive upherpractice.
Butthen shejoineda clinicalstudyon fibromyalgia andbegantak
ing 5 grams of ribose two times per day (10grams per day). Within a
week, she felt better. Within two weeks, she was back at work in the
operating room.
Overthe courseofthe following month,shecontinuedto improve.
After a month, however, Kris stopped her treatment. Ten days later,
shewas totally debilitated again and couldno longerperformsurgery.
So she began ribose treatment for a secondtime, again with dramati
cally positive results, and hasremained symptom-free as long as she
takes the supplement regularly.
While there's no official explanation as to whyribose is so effectivePart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 267
forfibromyalgia, it could goback to itsroots in ATP production. Peo
plewithfibromyalgia have lower levels ofATP and a reduced capacity
to make ATP in their muscles.2 The effectof ribose on the production
ofATP may be the linkto reducing the strain in affected muscles and
allowing patients to returnto theirpreviously active lifestyles.
There are other nutrients that, like ribose, are necessary for ATP
production. Oneismalic acid, which also helps to combat fibro-myalgia's
chronic muscle soreness. I have beenrecommending it along with
magnesium to myfibromyalgia patients for years withrelatively good
success. But adding ribose hassparked even better results. Corvalen
M, mentioned earlier, combines all three nutrients into one powdered
formula, lending a much-needed touch ofsimplicity to this compli
cated disease.
Ribose gets to the heart ofthe matter
I've seen similarly remarkable results in people with heart prob
lems. Heart disease, heart attack, heart surgery, and organ transplants
can alllead to restrictedblood flow, calledischemiain which your cells
don'tget the oxygen theyneedto properly burn ATP for energy.
In addition, individuals who are on inotropic drugs to make the
heart beat harder then have an additional strain on the heart's energy
production.
So it is especially important that patients with congestive heart
failure, chronic coronaryartery disease, or cardiomyopathy take extra
ribose to offsettheir energy-draining effects.
Research shows that supplementation with ribose can offset this
energy drain without interferingwith the effects of any other medica
tion the person might be taking.
Side-effect free at 12 times the standard dose
One of the best parts of the ribose story is that, despite it'sbeing so268 | Miracles from the Vault
powerful, it hasalmost no side effects, with thousands ofpatients hav
ingtakenribose in doses up to 60grams per day.
How can we be so sure that ribose is safe? Well, first, ribose is made
naturally bythebody andworks with thebody's own chemistry. Glu
cose, the main sugar of the body, is converted to ribose in the cells.
Corvalen Mcontains Bioenergy RIBOSE™, which ischemically identi
cal to the ribosemade by the bodyfromglucose. Second, the amount
ofribose recommended for supplementation isvery small: only about
5 grams one to three times per day. And finally, there's virtually no
chance of over-supplementation: Your bodysafely eliminates what it
doesn't need. The onlywarning I give patients isthatitmay cause over
stimulation if taken too close to bedtime. In that case, I recommend
that theytakeit earlier in the day, i.e. not past4 p.m.
How much ribose should you take?
Nomatter what end ofthe health spectrum you're on,ribose may
help restore energy levels. To keep cellular ATP levels at theirhighest,
ribose should be taken daily.
Maintenance doses of 1 to 5 grams per day should be enough to
maintain normal ATP levels. Corvalen M comes in a powder form
than can be mixed with water: 5 grams is about 1 teaspoonful of the
powder.
If you're concerned about your cardiovascular health, you may
want to take more—perhaps 5 to 10 grams per day. However, you
should try the lower dosage first and increase as needed. For fibro
myalgia sufferers, I recommend 5 grams two or three times daily. For
you athletes: Tosupercharge yourworkout and recovery, take5 grams
before and afterwards.
Although ribose is a sugar, for those of you watching their carbo
hydrate intake, including diabetics, ribose does not act likeglucose in
raisingblood sugar. In fact, it causes a briefdip in glucose, which then
normalizes.Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 269
So whether you have fibromyalgia, cardiac problems, low energy,
or simply want to enhance yourworkouts, you can recharge your cel
lular batteries with Corvalen M's special combination ribose formula.
HylaCass, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA School of Medicine and
author ofseveral books includingNaturalHighs: Supplements, Nutrition andMindBody
Techniques (with PatrickHolford) and 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Woman's
Take-Charge Program toCorrect Imbalances, Reclaim Energy, andRestore WellBeing.
Shealsoserveson the board of VitaminReliefUSA, which providesdaily
nutritional supplementsto at-riskchildrenacrossthe country.For more informa
tion see www.drcass.com.270 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Turn back the clock with
nature's new fountain of youth—
Six times stronger than the anti-aging
secrets of the stars
Imagine if the fountain of youth really existed. Imagine if you could
wash yourself in its healingwaters and walk away feeling and look
ing like you werein your prime again. What ifyou didn't haveto worry
about cancer, hypertension, or other age-related diseases?
Just think about it…would you live your life differently? Would
you spend more time visiting friends,outdoors, or atthe beach? Would
you get started on all those projects around the house that you never
have the energy for? Would you lead a more active love life, take up a
new hobby, changecareers, or just playwith your grandchildren on the
floor once in a while?
This doesn't have to be just a fantasy. You can now slow,halt, and
even reverse the effects of aging on your body. Health Sciences In
stitute has recently uncovered what could be the most powerful antiaging
supplement ever developed. This breakthrough has been proven
to literally reverse the body'saging process by rebuildingold, damagedPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 271
cells. With this powerful, life-changing panaceayou can:
• Protectyour cells fromdegenerative ailments likeheart disease,
MS, and Parkinson's disease
• Improve chronic age-related conditions likearthritis and osteo
porosis
• Wipe awaywrinkles and liverspots
• Feel an overwhelming sense ofwell-being throughout the day
• Regain muscle mass and mobilityin your limbs
• Improve the luster and vitalityof your hair, nails, and skin
• Sleep through the night and wake up feeling alert and energized
• Boost your immune system
H-3 Plus promises all this and more. It's the next generation of
an anti-aging formula developed in Romaniaalmost 50 years ago and
heralded by the TV show 60 Minutes back in 1972. The difference is,
H-3 Plus is six times stronger 15times longer than the original Roma
nian formula…and it lasts.
This cutting-edge compound has been developed by a distin
guished think-tank of scientists and researchers—including HSI pan
elist, acclaimed author, and nutritional expert, Ann Louise Gittleman,
N.D., C.N.S, M.S. It's just been patented in the United States, so there
aren't many clinical studies yet. However, the initial results collected
by Gittleman and her associates are so astonishing, we wanted to tell
you about it immediatelyso you don't haveto waityearsfor MikeWal
lace to get wind of it.
The Romanian anti-aging miracle
similar to an ingredient every dentist uses
The story of H-3 Plus actuallybegins almost 100years ago in Aus
tria. Procaine—the primary active ingredient in H-3 Plus—was first
discovered in 1905 by biochemist Dr. Alfred Einhorn while he was272 | Miracles from the Vault
looking for a non-toxic, non-addictive anesthetic. At the time, cocaine
wasprimarilyused,but its negative characteristics werebecomingap
parent and its use wasgoingto be outlawed. Procaine (verysimilar to
novocaine) became a safe alternative anesthetic.
Nearly 50 years later in 1949, Dr. Ana Asian of the National Geri
atric Institutein Bucharest, Romania, discovered Procaine's anti-aging
properties virtuallybyaccident. Familiarwith its anestheticproperties,
Dr. Asian began to inject her elderly arthritis patients with Procaine.
To her surprise, not only did her patients experience decreased pain
and increasedmobility, they also began to experience overwhelming
physical and mental improvements.
Dr. Asian called her new discoveryGH-3 and began a massive se
ries of clinicaltrials that studied the effects of Procaine on 15,000 pa
tients between ages 38 and 62. The study included over 400 doctors
and 154 clinics, and at that point may have been the largest doubleblind
trial ever undertaken.
Procaine repairs the damage ofold age,
toxins, and disease from the inside out
Bythe time most of us reach 30, our bodies stop reproducing cells
at the rate they once did. Weliterallylose more cellsthan we gain. And
the cell membranes begin to erode and don't absorb nutrients as effi
ciently. New scientificevidence even suggests that many degenerative
diseases—such as cancer, MS, and Parkinson's—are manifestations of
damage to these cell membranes.1
Dr. Asian and her research team found that Procaine works by
penetrating old or damaged cellmembranes and repairing the erosion
caused by old age, disease, toxins, food additives, and stress. Bathed in
this powerful elixir,cellsin the body are then able to receive nutrients
and vitamins and expel toxins effectively. This makes for a healthier—
and younger—body,from the inside out.
In 1956, Dr. Asian presented her findings to the European Con-Part V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 273
gress forGerontology meeting in Karlsruhe, West Germany. Whileher
claims were initially met with skepticism, Asian's astonishing conclu
sions could not be ignored for long:
• Close to 70 percentof GH-3 patientsnevercontracted a disease
• Overall,the death rate in the GH-3 group was more than 5
times lower than the placebo group over 3 years
• Patients were less prone to infectious diseases and seasonal
influenza
• Reduction of sick days offwork by almost 40 percent
• Jointmobilityimproved in 56 percentof cases2
While not a cure to any single disease, GH-3 was proven to target
and improve manycommon chronicdiseases and conditionsincluding:
Acne
Arthritis
Decreased sex drive
Dementia
Depression
Emphysema
Excessive cholesterol
Failing memory
Heart disease
Hodgkin's disease
Hypertension
Lethargy
60 Minutes uncovers Dick Clark's anti-aging secret
During most of the 1960s, GH-3 fought its way through U.S. fed
eral regulations. Then in 1972, Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes did an inLethargy
Liver spots
Migraine headaches
Multiple sclerosis
Osteoporosis
Parkinson's disease
Peptic ulcers
Poor circulation
Rheumatism
Sickle cell anemia
Sleep disorder
Varicose veins274 | Miracles from the Vault
vestigative piece on this underground anti-aging formula and much of
the western worldfinally tooknotice. Since it was firstdeveloped, over
100 million people in more than 70 countries have used Dr. Asian's
formula. Hundreds of thousands of people weretreated with GH-3 at
her Romanian clinic, includingmanyleadersfrom around the world,
such as Mao Tse-Tung, Charles de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Winston
Churchill,and John F. Kennedy. Even manyHollywood stars—includ
ing Dick Clark,the Gaborsisters, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin,
Lillian Gish, Lena Home, CharlesBronson, Kirk Douglas, and Greta
Garbo. All traveled to Romania for Dr. Asian's GH-3 treatments.
Next generation formula issix times strongerthan the
GH-3—and without the downside
While Dr.Asiansresultswereextraordinary, her Procaineformula
has its limitations—its beneficial effects wore off too quicklyand the
market was (and is) flooded by cheap and ineffective imitations. But
now, through the HSI network, you and other members are among
the very first in the United Statesto hear about H-3 Plus, the new and
improved Procaine compound.
Accordingto Gittleman,"H-3 Plus is the most advanced and only
patented Procaine formula ever developed. It's so powerful, many
people respond to it within the first three days. I have actually had to
reduce my dosage to half a pill because it'sso powerful."
The secret to the new formula lies in the purification process. H-3
Plus is run through a highly complex filtering process—making it 100
percent bioavailable. That means all the Procaine nutrients can be ab
sorbed into the blood stream. Otherwise, Procaine leavesthe body too
quickly, providing only temporary relief.
H-3 Plus actually lasts 15times longer and is 6 times stronger than
Dr. Asian's formula, which only delivered 15 percent of the nutrients
and costs thousands of dollars to administer.
Accordingto Gitdeman, "H-3 Plusisa potent anti-agingsupplementPart V: Anti-Aging, Energy, and Weight Loss | 275
that keeps you feeling energized all day long. We have an enormous
number of success stories from people who've felt relieffrom arthritis,
depression, and lowered libido, and other chronic ailments associated
with aging. We have even seen a return ofsome patients' original hair
color. But most of all, you feel this overwhelming sense of well being."
Gittlemanadded, "It's almostlikean adaptogenic herb—itseemsto pro
videwhatever your body needs."
H-3 Plus is all-natural, and you don't
have to go to Romania to get it
Like the originalformula, H-3 Plus, nowcalledUltra H-3, isa com
pletely natural substance, and you don't need a prescription. It comes
in pillform and should be taken once or twicedaily(sixto eight hours
apart) with a glass ofwater, one hour before or two hours after eating.
For most people, taking Ultra H-3 twice a day on an empty stomach
for three months gets the best results.
Ultra H-3 can be taken with other vitamins and supplements. In
fact, your regularsupplementsmaybe absorbed more efficiently while
taking it.
Through Health Sciences Institute's cutting-edge network of alter
native doctors and researchers, members like you can be the first to
benefitfrom this anti-agingbreakthrough,and you don't haveto travel
to Romania to do so. If you want a powerful, all-natural way to slow,
halt, and even reverse the aging process—you need to give Ultra H-3 a
try. To find out what the "fountain of youth" can do for you refer to the
Member Source Directory at the back of this book.276 I Miracles from the Vault
Part VI
OsteoporosisPart VI: Osteoporosis I 277
CHAPTER ONE
Build bone density and heal
fractures in half the time with
the Chinese tradeshow secret
When you see a "made in China" sticker, it's usually on the
bottom of some sort of novelty gift: fuzzy bulldog bobble
heads, cookie jars that play "C Is for Cookie"—things like that. And
those are the types of products that Kate Ross has been traveling
back and forth to China for 20 years to buy. She had a successful
wholesale business specializing in gifts, and many of the items she
sold came from tradeshows she attended in China. Ross usually
stuck to the gift-type items featured at the shows, but she told me
she was alwaysintrigued by the myriad of other things available—
especially the herbal remedies. She didn't really explore this areaof
the Chinese market until a series of coincidences convinced her to
at least check it out.
One day,out ofthe blue, she received a fax inviting her to a tradeshow
in China specifically for herbal- medicine products. She was
curious but didn't think too much of it. Then she received an e-mail
from the hotel in China where she usually stayed,inviting her to this
same tradeshow. Next, the airline sent an invitation for discounted278 | Miracles from the Vault
plane tickets to the area. And with this series of pushes, she left for
China and the tradeshow for Chinese herbal-medicine products.
From there, Ross' curiosity evolved into a brand new business
venture: bringing a 3,000-year-old bone health formula to America,
where it could fill the void left by the inadequate, even dangerous,
conventional bone-building drugs we've had to rely on for so long.
And when I say it boosts bone health, I'm not just talking about
osteoporosis: The reports I read claim that this remedy can actually
heal bone fractures in as little as three weeks—literally half the usual
healing time.
Common bone builder used
in Chinese hospital makes its U.S. debut
It wasn't long after she arrived at the show that Ross found the
ancient bone-building formula: While it's new to this country, the for
mula Ross discovered on her trip to China has been used there for
centuries. It's also routinely used in many of China's most prestigious
hospitals. Clinical trials in these hospitals yielded such remarkable re
sults that it has become commonplace.
The formula, marketed under the name Osteoking, includes astralagus
root, Asian ginseng root, safflower, tienchi ginseng root, Eucommia
bark, tangerine peel,and purifiedwater. Eventaken individu
ally, these ingredients each have their own benefits, yet combined in
the manner and ratios found in Osteoking, they appear to have a more
specialized bone-building action.
Osteoking targets the most important organ
for maintaining bone health
A lot of the material and research discussing bone health from a
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view talks about the
importance of kidney health. Ross explained to me that in TCM the
kidney is the vital Qi (lifeforce) organ. This piqued my curiosity, so IPart VI:Osteoporosis | 279
searched for a modernized explanation.
Healthy kidneys convert a hormone called calcitriol to its active
form of vitamin D. Calcitriol lets your body absorb calcium from the
foodyoueator standardcalcium supplements. Whenyourkidneys are
not working well, they start to makeless calcitriol—so even if you eat
calcium, your body can'tabsorb it.That's whenyour parathyroid hor
mone (PTH) kicksin to make sure you always haveenough calcium in
your blood. PTH is produced by several small, bean-like parathyroid
glandsin your neckwhose "job" isto tellyourbonesto release calcium
into your bloodstream. Over time, this process can actually weaken
your bones.
Understanding this important link, it makes sense that some of
Osteoking's individual ingredients—astragalus, ginseng, and Eucommia
bark—are known for their tonic effects on the kidneys. But Os
teoking also has more direct effects on bone formation.
To get a better idea of how it works, it helps to know more about
the actual structure of your bones and how they're made.
Twotypes of bone cellsare involved in the bone-building process:
osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The osteoclasts trigger bone resorption—
which means to lose substance. In other words, they're the cells that
break down existingbone to make wayfor new bone.
Afterthe osteoclasts do their work,the osteoblasts trigger the bonebuilding
that's necessary to replace the bone that has been resorbed.
From childhood until around age 30, the osteoblasts work harder than
the osteoclasts, which means more bone is built than is resorbed. Around
age 30, you reach your peak bone mass—thetime when your bones are
as dense as they willeverbe. Then the balancebegins to shift.
For a while, the osteoclasts and the osteoblasts work pretty evenly,
but around age 50, the osteoclasts (the resorbers) begin to outpace the
osteoblast (the builders), which means more bone is resorbed than is
newly made. This is what causes bone density to decrease.280 | Miracles from the Vault
Boosting basic bone-building functions
Oneofthe studies I found on Osteoking, donebyKunming Medi
cal College's Department of Orthopedics, demonstrated Osteoking's
ability to increase bone health. Researchers studied three groups of
rabbits: one group received no treatment, one received a "saline/mod
el" treatment, and the remaining group received Osteoking. In the notreatment
group, researchers noted that the rabbits' bone cells were
normal. In the saline/model group, the bone tissue deteriorated and
even showed some bleeding. But in the Osteoking group, more os
teoblasts, osteoclasts, neonatal bonecells, and cortex were seen, along
with calcium salt deposits. The bone in the saline/model group was
also soft and easily cut, while the Oseteoking groups bone was dense
and hard to cut.1
Cut your time in a cast in half
I spoke with Steven Hathaway, who works for the company pro
ducing Osteoking. He started taking it after he was diagnosed with
a condition called osteopenia, a loss of bone density that can lead to
osteoporosis. He'd been taking Osteoking for about five weeks when
he found out just how well it reallyworks. As he recalled, on Decem
ber 14,2004, he went up into his attic to bring down his parka for the
winter. He turned to come down the stairs, now blinded by the huge
parka, and just as he wassteppingdown onto the landing with the full
force ofhisweight, he stumbled on oneofthe household hazards many
of us face every day—shoes.
He severely turned his ankle on a pair of shoes left on the landing.
Immediately, the swelling began, and by the next morning, he was off
to the hospital for X-rays. He'd suffered torn ligaments and a fractured
fibula in his left ankle. The doctor put him in a cast, which limited his
mobility and was just plain uncomfortable.
Hathaway was told he would need to wear the cast for the standard
six weeks. But after just two weeks, he began insisting that the doctorPart VI: Osteoporosis | 281
do another X-rayso the cast could be removed. They reached a com
promise: At three weeks, the X-rays were repeated—andthe cast came
off. That's half the standard healingtime forfractures.
To confirm Hathaway's account, I was able to read a letter from his
doctor stating, "This is very impressive since normally it takes about
sixweeks of healingtime in a castforthis type ofinjury and you healed
in halfthe time."
Bone density improves in only six months
Another Osteoking success story happened to Helene Y. She had
been fighting osteoporosis for about four years and was taking lots of
calciumsupplementsand walking everyday to try to keep it from get
ting any worse. Yet, in July2003, she broke her hip and underwent hip
replacementsurgery.
A November 25, 2003 bone scan highlighted her fears—her bone
densitywasgettingworse. She'd heard about Osteokingand decided to
start taking it.
What happened next amazed everyone. As Helene recounts, "Six
months later, on May 25, 2004,1 had another bone scan done by my
doctor, and the results of the test were stunning. The scan showed an
increasein bone densityof 8.8percent afteronly sixmonths." Helene's
doctorsaidhe "was veryimpressed and surprisedto seesucha signifi
cant gain in bone density in such a short period of time."
I spoke to Hathaway about Helene's case. He admitted that he
couldn'trule out that the dramatic increase in bone densitycould have
beendue to discrepancies in the machines usedto do the screenings.
So he asked the president and chief scientific officer of Sutton
Medical Servicesto evaluate the results ofboth bonescans considering
the variability ofthe machines. He useda different method of analyz
ing Helene's before-and-after bone health called a T-score assessment.
Overall, Helene had an improvement in five out of sixT-scores, put-282 | Miracles from the Vault
ting any doubts about her progressto rest.
The testimonials are great—and promising. Of course, they're all
from Osteoking's distributor, whichobviously has more to gain in shar
ing good feedbackthan bad. But I was also able to turn up results from
severalhuman clinical trials that appearto backup the good reports.
95 percent improved fracture healing
I got a copy of the final report on the treatment of 60 cases of trau
matic fracture with Osteoking from the Department of Orthopedics
at the Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kunming City.
Researchers compared the results of patients taking Osteoking to a
control group using a different remedy called Wudidang. The clinical
evaluation showed that Osteoking reduced swelling by 95 percent and
improved fracture healing by over 98 percent. It also appeared to be 98
percent effective as an analgesic.2
In another study, done at the Department of Orthopedics in the
59th Central Hospital of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Chi
na, researchers studied the effects of Osteoking in 60 people, all with
traumatic fractures documented byX-rays. The fractures were caused
by various events in various bones, so we can get a good idea of how
many types of fracture can be affected.
Study subjects in the Osteoking group took 25 ml of Osteoking
every other day for 12 days.The control group subjects took four cap
sules of a formula called Yushanglingthree times per day for 24 days.
At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that "the effi
ciency rates of analgesic, repercussion, and fracture union of the Os
teoking group were more significant than those of the Yushangling
capsule group. The Osteoking formula demonstrates improved effects
on the union of fractures. It could shorten the time required for such
a union to occur."3
Starting in March 1998, the Kunming Medical College began toPart VI:Osteoporosis | 283
study Osteoking's ability to combat bone necrosis. Necrosis basically
means your bone is eroding or slowly dying.
Researchers administered the suggested dosage of Osteoking (25
ml everyother day taken at bedtime) to subjectsneeding treatment for
necrosisof the hip. Theduration oftreatment varied depending on the
state of illnessof each subject, rangingfrom 180 days to 720 days, and
was combined with a course of exercise.
Of these cases, 51 subjects had necrosis in both hips and 25 had ne
crosisin just one hip, which makesfor a grand total of 127hips that the
researchers evaluated. Among the 127 hips, 105 showed good results
from the treatment. And it seems that only three of the 15 severe cases
went on to receive hip replacement operations. While not all subjects
experiencedthese results, afterhalfa yearto one year taking Osteoking,
many showed"repair and changesaround the necrosisregion."4
The price of purity
Osteokingcomes in one-month supplies. Sinceit's a liquid formula
and is packaged in individual doses, it is a little more expensive than
most supplements—about$100for a one-month supply. But part of the
cost also goes toward ensuring the product's safetyand purity.
Both safety/toxicity studies I read showed Osteoking to be a pure,
non-toxic, natural product. The manufacturer, Crystal Natural Pharma
ceutical Corp.,explained that, to testthe safety ofOsteoking, laboratory
animalsweregiven540timesthe normal dose,and the animals stillcon
tinued to growin size, strength,vigor, and health—with no apparent ill
effects. However, you should know that it is not recommended for use
by pregnant women, those with mental disease, glaucoma, or anyone
sufferingfrom heart, lung or kidney failure, or excessive bleeding.
The recommended dose is one bottle (25 ml) every other day. In
the human studies, Osteokingwastaken at bedtime—your body's nat
ural regeneration period. And for best results, it is recommended that
you take it for at least one month.284 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
Reverse osteoporosis AND erase
osteoarthritis with a single pill
w
hen it comes to T^ad bones,' there are a lot of drugs and supple
ments out there—butnone ofthem canactually fixwhat'swrong.
That's why Jerry Stine of Lifespan Products was practically doing
cartwheels when he came across a product that actually makes a dif
ference. .. a product that helps your body grow new bone right where
it's needed. And that's practically a miracle,but the benefits don't end
there. This bone-building dynamo can actuallyimprove the quality of
your bones and joints, making the pain of osteoarthritis and the dan
gers ofosteoporosisthings ofthe past.
If you know anyone who doesn't have either osteoporosis or osteo
arthritis, consider them very lucky—as lucky as a lottery winner. Be
cause there's only a very slight chance that you won't get hit with at
least one ofthe two once you get to a certain age.
The statisticsalone can make your bones ache.
• Nearly27 million Americans are affected by osteoarthritis (OA),
including about one-third ofAmericans over age65
• About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis… and around 8Part VI:Osteoporosis | 285
million ofthose are women
• Osteoporosis causes at least 1.5million fractures every year…
including more than 300,000 hip fractures
• Almost 25% of people 50 and older who've fractured a hip will
die within one year of the break
• Neither mainstream medicine nor nutritional supplements have
successfullyfixed the problem…
Until now.
Now, thanks to Stine's workwith this remarkableproduct, you can
actuallyturn osteoporosisaround and createhealthynew bones… and
eliminateosteoarthritis pain bycreatingnewcartilage, which is crucial
for optimal joint health.
A complete bone-boosting game plan
At Lifespan Products, they focus on the aging process… and how
to stop, stall, and reverse it. It's all they do, and they won't even con
sidera product that doesn't tackle a fundamental aspectof aging.
Bone problems—like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis—are abso
lutelyage-related. Aswegetolder, the keymechanismsthat build bone
and cartilageslowdown dramatically.
At the same time, though, your old bone removal system keeps
running full speed ahead—a process called resorption. For that, spe
cial cells called osteoclasts travel throughyour boneslooking for any
pieces that need renewal. When they find one, the osteoclasts dissolve
that piece,leavingan empty space.
When your bodyworks at peak capacity, those spaces getfilled in
by anothertype ofspecialized cells called osteoblasts. Unfortunately,
this process works less efficiently as we get older—so old bone is re
moved faster than new bone can replace it.
The common 'answers' to this problem are slowing down resorp-286 | Miracles from the Vault
tion (with drugs like Fosamax), and taking bone-strengthening sup
plements like calcium and vitamin D.Butthese solutions work around
the real problem… not on it.
Ostinol helps your body grow newbone and cartilage
No other product on the market turns on the stem cell process of
growing new bone and cartilage. Some drugs and supplements may
help the process once it's started, but they can't make bone regrowth
happen on their ownbecause theydon'tcontainBMPs (bonemorphogeneticproteins)…
the keycomponentof Ostinot.
BMPsare biologically activeproteins—theyactuallystimulateyour
cells, putting them back to work.These unique proteins actually turn
on the chemical signals that trigger the healing process in your bone
tissue, telling your cells to start growing bone and cartilage. On top of
that, BMPs have shown anti-inflammatory effects, a very important
part of treating both osteoarthritisand osteoporosis.
And when you use Ostinol™ in combination with the right joint
support supplements—watch out! The BMPs work together with
thingslikecalcium, vitaminD,glucosamine, and chondroitin… help
ing you build good quality bone.
In fact, it can evenbe used togetherwith bone resorption-slowing
drugs,for better results than you'd seewiththe drugs alone.
What's more—there doesn't appear to be any downside. Stine's
clinical experience with Ostinol™ shows that the supplement is wellYou
might be losing bone…
without even knowing it
You maybe oneofthe estimated 18 million Americans have os
teopenia—low bone mass—even if you don't know it. In the early
stages, bone loss causes no noticeable symptoms, but it doesmake
yourbonesweaker, setting the stage forfull-blown osteoporosis.Part VI:Osteoporosis | 287
tolerated. In fact, none of his patients have reported any negative ef
fects. Rather, he's seen many positive outcomes… even in highly un
likelysituations.
BMPs are proven effective and safe
Stine isn't the only medical professional who's used BMPs success
fully. There are forty years of research and twentyyears of clinical ex
perience behind the Ostinol™ formula—it's safetyand efficacy are very
well-established. In fact, there have been thousands ofstudies done on
how BMPs work to form, fix, and stabilize bone and cartilage.
And since the 90s, BMPs have become a standard for use in bone
surgeries. There, a liquid extract is poured directly on to the bone to
kickstart healing… with an excellent success and safetyrecord.
More recently, BMPs havebeen studied in connection with osteo
arthritis by Ostinol™ manufacturer, ZyCal Bioceuticals, Inc. (Osteo
arthritis gets all the study funding because results are more obvious
and come much quicker.) Here's what their two in-house OA studies
found:
The pilotstudyfocused on sixpatients withmildto moderate joint
painand stiffness, whowere otherwise in goodhealth. This small group
of patients completed the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) questionnaires of
pain and stiffness, at the study's outset. They all were given one tablet
ofChondrinol* (a combination ofOstinol™, glucosamine and chondroitin),
three times daily. And by the end ofjust one week, these subjects
reported better than 50% reduction in pain and stiffness.
The encouraging (and very quick!) results from the pilot study
prompted a larger and more elaborate follow-up. The second study
(which is currentlybeing submitted for medical review and publica
tion in a major medical journal) was a Phase II, prospective, multicenter,open-label
clinical trial. The twenty-three subjects all suffered
from physician-documented moderate to severe cases of osteoarthri
tis, and no otherserious ailments. Each completed the VAS question-288 | Miracles from the Vault
naire at the start ofthe trial.
These patients were all given Chondrinol* daily (1 tablet, three
times a day), and after just one week, the group reported an average
27% decline in pain and stiffness. And by the end of the fourth week,
they reported…
• 55% reduction in pain
• 59% drop in pain frequency
• 44% increased ability to participate in recreational activities
• 38%increase in strength
"Whatever your son is giving you, stay on it!"
And while no studies haveyet been conducted on Ostinol'simpact
on osteoporosis (though some of its components have been studied),
some successstories have been reported. Likethe case of a 64-year-old
woman (whose name has been omitted to preserve her privacy) with
severe osteoporosis.
Her casewas advancedand very difficult—her spinal DEXA scans
showed 25% bone loss from 2004 to 2007. Still, she did not want to take
pharmaceutical drugs,holding out hope for a naturalremedy. Luckily,
her son was a chiropractic physician, and he knew about Ostinol.
He put his mother on a regimen of Pro-Stiminor* (a combination
Slowing down resorption
can be a very bad thing
In theory, drugs that slow down bone loss sound like a good
thing—but they're not. When you stop your body from clearing
out old bone cells, it doesn't make your bones stronger or health
ier.In fact, leaving old bone tissuein placecan causevery serious
side effects—like bone death (a.k.a. osteonecrosis) and severe in
fections.Part VI:Osteoporosis | 289
kit of Ostinol™ and Tricalcidin-3®, a blend of organic calciums), one
tablet per day. After a year of using the supplement, her bone loss rate
slowed by 25%… but she still wasn't regrowing bone.
So he had her take an Ostinol™ tablet in addition to her daily ProStiminol*—and
that brought on remarkable results. After six months
on the new regimen, testsshowed that her bone losshad stopped com
pletely. .. and that her bone densityhad actuallyincreased by 10%.
Her regular doctor was very impressed with the outcome. He told
her, "Whateveryour son is giving you,stayon it!"
The tip ofthe iceberg
Whileyoudon't need a consultation to buyOstinol™ from the Life
span Institute, Stinesays most people wouldbenefitfrom talkingwith
one of their medical professionals.
"Osteoporosis, and to a lesser extent osteoarthritis, are what I call
'tip of the iceberg' conditions," Stine told me. That's because losing
bone density maybe just the surface issue, complicated bysomething
deeper—there are a widevarietyofmetabolicdisorders and other seri
ous health conditionsthat can set the stage for osteoporosis:
• Hormonal imbalance
• Cortisol regulation issues
• Bloodsugarand insulin resistance problems
• Any inflammatorycondition
• Lowgrade infections (like periodontal disease)
• GI disorders (including food sensitivities)
• Thyroid problems (especially ifyoutakesynthetic thyroid
medication, like Synthroid)
With a more complete pictureofyour overall health, Stineand the
otherprofessionals atLifespan candevelop a customized program that290 | Miracles from the Vault
addresses your unique situation. They can also track your progress—
osteoporosis takes a very long time to correct, two years or more, and
it can seem like nothing is happening. That's why he recommends pe
riodic testing using a special urine test that can measure your bone
resorption rate, letting you see the improvement.
Andwhile Ostinol™ isbusy helpingnew bone grow, yourbody may
require additional support to make sure that bone is of the highest
quality. Stine may recommend some joint support products, a custom
calcium/vitamin D blend… or tell you that what you'realready taking
can do the trick.
The standard dose of Ostinol™ is one tablet per day, but Stine told
me that sometimes two a day may be necessary to get the job done.
You'll find ordering information for Ostinol™ as well as the Lifes
pan Products consultation program in the Member Source Directory
on page 542.Part VI:Osteoporosis | 291
CHAPTER THREE
Addressing bone density
is not enough… Breakthrough
reverses osteoporosis by actually
rebuilding bone
Ifyou're approaching orpast menopause, you're probably already pay
ingalotof attention to yourbones andyourriskof osteoporosis. And
you're probably doing everything right—well, everything we knew was
rightbefore the newest bone-health breakthrough hit the scene.
Lets run down the list:
• Weight-bearing exercise? Check.
• A healthy diet? Check.
• Calcium-regulating supplements (like TangosOsteophase,
recommended several years agoin the Members Alert—see the
December 2004 issue in the archive at www.hsionline.com)?
Check.
These can all go along way toward boosting your bonedensity.
For some time now, osteoporosis has been denned by low bonemineral
content (low bone density). So drugs treating osteoporosis292 | Miracles from the Vault
have been developed to preserve the mineral content of bones.
But it turns out that boosting your bone density is only half the
picture—in fact, if you're mineralizing your bones without addressing
the underlying structure, you could actuallybe increasing your risk of
fracture.
Thankfully, this new breakthrough supports the whole spectrum
of bone health—by actually helping to rebuild the very structure of
your bones. And it'sthe very first supplementof its kind to do so.
HSI medical adviser Dr. Martin Milner brought this one to me,
saying "Ihave neverseena natural-medicine productbetter developed
to specifically address the underlying limitations preventing bone re
modeling and osteoporosis reversal."
Why just increase density
when you can actually rebuild bone?
The strength of your bones is about more than density—it's about
the integrity of the bones' architecture—the bone matrix. In fact, after
the age of 50, the bone matrix declines before bone density, leaving
bones weak and fracture-prone.
And the continued strength of that matrix comes from a process
called bone remodeling. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being
broken down and rebuilt. Osteoclast cells remove old and damaged
bone tissue, then osteoblasts and osteocytes create a new bone ma
trix—the web-like architecture ofbone. This matrix incorporates min
erals to give bone its density and hardness. The process ensures your
bones' structural integrity. This reducesyour risks of fractures and os
teoporosis.
During your younger years, the remodeling process leans toward
bone formation, increasing bonegrowthuntilpeakbone massisreached
around age 30. In your mid-thirties, the rate of removal of weakbone
starts to exceed that of new bone formation, meaning that you're slowlyPart VI:Osteoporosis | 293
losing bone over time. The bone matrix (sort of the frame the bone is
built upon) weakens. Ifyou're takingsupplements to mineralize and in
crease bone density, this hardening of partially formed or incomplete
bonematrixmeans yourchances offracture aregreater.
Onceyouhit menopause, lower levels ofestrogen and progesterone
start to affect the process of bone remodeling. Bone tissue starts to go
throughthe turnover process at a higher rate—increasing fracture risk
bydecreasing matrix quality without having much effect on density.
Inflammatory agents that increase resorption (the breakdown of
old bone cells) and suppress bone formation are no longer kept in
check by estrogen. Because ofthis, you could actually lose up to 20%
of your bone mass in the first five to seven years after the onset of
menopause.
Up until now, women have been increasing bone density with
calcium and vitamin D supplements. But this does nothing for the
remodeling of the bone matrix. Fortifying a weak matrix doesn't
change the matrix itself—meaning bones are stillweak despite your
best efforts.
This is where Ostera comes in.
Rev up your body's bone-building cells
Recently, there's beena shift. The newthinking isthat certainbody
chemicals—scientists call them "biochemical markers"—tell us more
about a woman's osteoporosis risk. Bone density tests only measure
20% of the skeleton, but these biomarkers show what's going on with
the whole thing, as well as with the bone remodeling process. They
hint at turnoverrate, formation of bone, resorption of bone, and for
mation ofnew bone.
The level of the hormone osteocalcin (OC) is especially telling.
This hormonecontrolsthe deposit ofnewbone. As osteoclasts destroy
old bone, OC is released into the bloodstream. The more OC in the294 | Miracles from the Vault
bloodstream, the faster the turnover ofbone—and the higher your risk
of fracture.
While Dr. Milner told me it's too soon to verify bone remodeling
in his practice (Ostera is just that new!), a clinical trial, the results of
which were pubUshed earlier this year, proves how well it works by
examining the biomarkers associated with bone remodeling.
In the trial, 11 postmenopausal women—45 with Metabolic Syn
drome and 32who weregenerally healthy—participated. Both the trial
group and the control group were instructed to follow a Mediterra
nean diet and exercise aerobically 150minutes per week. Both groups
did those things, but while the trial group alsotook Ostera twice daily.
None ofthe subjectstook calciumsupplementsor a multivitamin that
might have contained calcium and/or vitamin D during the 14-week
trial period.
At the beginning of the trial, both groups had elevated OC levels,
indicatingan increase in bone turnoverrate and an increased risk for
osteoporosis. At the end ofthe trial, the levelshad gone up by 16.4% in
the control group. The trial group, however, sawa significant decrease
of 31%. Among women with Metabolic Syndrome, the increase in the
controlgroupwaseven higher(22.6%), but the trialgroupsawthe same
decrease asthe women without Metabolic Syndrome.
The other biomarkers associated with bone remodeling and osteo
porosisshowed impressive results. P1NP, amarker ofbone formation,
significantly increased with use of Ostera, and significantly decreased
in the control group. And IGF-1, a marker for vertebral fracture risk
in postmenopausal women, increased significantly with Ostera (by
21.2%), which means they faced lower risk of fracture. The control
group saw a decrease of 13.1%. An increase in IGF-j in women with
low estrogen is very impressive.
Serum vitamin D went up by 16.2% in the test groupand decreased
by 14.6% in the controlgroup overthe course of the trial.Part VI:Osteoporosis | 295
As partofthe trial, researchers also looked at estrogen levels. They
found that these levels didn't change on an observable level, meaning
that the positive effects on the bone-remodeling-related biomarkers
didn't haveanythingto do with estrogen—it wasall due to Ostera.
Overall, researchers concluded that a combination of the lowglycemic
Mediterranean diet, exercise, and Ostera positively affected
boneremodeling in postmenopausal women with lowestrogen levels.
They suggest that youcouldgaineven morepositive results withmin
eralization support and weight-bearing exercise.1
Four bone-boosting powerhouse ingredients in one formula
The benefits of Ostera come from a quartet of natural agents that
are proven bone savers.
Rho iso-alpha acids (RIAA), derived from hops, modulate sub
stances involved in bone degradation. Inhibition of these substances
has been shown to promote bone formation and prevent the inflam
mation that accelerates bone loss.
Berberine acts in a similar way. It inhibits the activity of osteo
clasts,the cellsthat take part in the breakdown of bone tissue. It'salso
been suggested that berberine can positively influence the formation
of osteoblasts, cells that build up bone tissue.
Then there's vitamin D, which you know for going hand-in-hand
with calcium. In additionto helping the bodyabsorb calcium formin
eralization of bone, it also plays a role in regulating bone turnover.
Low vitamin D intake has been linked to increased fracture risk and
increased rates of bone loss.
Finally, vitamin K plays a major role in the metabolism of bone
proteinsthat are centralto bone quality, integrity, and support ofover
all bone mass. Regular intake of vitamin K has been linked with in
creased bonemineral density; it also has been shown to have a positive
effect on bone remodeling.296 | Miracles from the Vault
The vitamin K in Ostera may interact with a common blood thin
ner,Coumadin(wayfaring sodium). If you are taking this medication,
contact your physician before starting on Ostera. Too much vitamin
K in ahigh-dark-green-leafy-vegetable dietand/orfrom supplementa
tion canexcessively thickenblood. Ifyouhave atendencytoward form
ing blood clots or need to thin your blood for other reasons such as
coronary artery disease, contact your physician before taking Ostera.
It's an all-natural formula without serious adverse effects. Com
bined, the four components in Ostera help your body actually rebuild
bone,instead of justincreasing the density of bonethat is already there.
Ordering information for Ostera is in the Member Source Direc
tory on page 542.Part VI: Osteoporosis I 297
CHAPTER FOUR
The milk-less secret to
preventing osteoporosis
In October 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first-ever
report on bone health—and the news wasn't good. Apparently, by
2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will be at risk for low bone
density andosteoporosis. Butthisdire warning did comewith a silver
lining: The risk will only increase that muchif no one takes any im
mediate action to protect her bones.
No problem—we can all handle taking action. It's figuring out
what action to take that can present a challenge. Of course, there are
the prescription drugs likeFosamax, designed tobuild bonemass, and
the dairy industry still clings toits claim that milkbuilds strong bones.
But osteoporosis drugs come with their own risks like nausea, al
teredsense of taste, andboneorjointpain. And milk justdoesn't cut it
in terms ofbone health: In fact, studies show it's not the best source of
calcium, the most crucial bone-health nutrient, and it doesn't actually
protectagainst fractures or otherbone problems.
You mayhave already made theswitch overtocalcium supplements
to protect yourself from bone loss and osteoporosis. The keytokeeping
your bones strong and healthy is to regulate the calcium in your body.298 | Miracles from the Vault
And now there's an all-natural product that can help you do that.
It's called Osteophase, and preliminary studies show that it can
reduce the loss of calcium, increase bone density, and increase bone
remodeling.
Calcium regulating superstars
that will save your bones
Osteophase is the first nutritional supplement that reliably regu
lates calcium homeostasis to rebuild skeletal bone and resolve cal
cium overload.
It's a marine-based formula made from oyster shell lining com
bined with 21 different amino acids, iron, zinc, and three specific
herbs—stragalus, Angelica sinensis root, and Coixseeds.
Theinner liningofthe oystershell contains biologically active pro
teins and enzymes that are responsible for stimulating the formation
of the hard outer shell from available calcium. The manufacturers of
Osteophase developed a method of extracting these bioactive ingre
dientsfrom the shell lining, along withcalcium from the actualshell.
When they're combined with the three herbs in the formula, the
active components oftheoystershell lining help regulate thefunctions
of calcium in the body, pulling it out ofsoft tissues where it can cause
damage, andre-directing it into thebones to strengthen them.
Research has shown that Astragalus extracts inhibit bone loss in
rats that have had their ovaries removed. This could indicate that it may
be a good bone-protecting alternative for post-menopausal women
whowere counting on hormone replacement therapy forthis purpose.
Angelica sinensis is frequently used as the main ingredient in
herbal prescriptions for bone injuries. Onestudy found thatAngelica
stimulated synthesis of a substance called OPC-1, which is a crucial
part of bone formation.Part VI:Osteoporosis | 299
Coix seeds help counteract the degeneration ofboneand cartilage.
For once you need even less than
the "experts" recommend
The dose of Osteophase used in the clinical evaluation in China
contained less than 125 mg per day of calcium. Thislevel of calcium
intakeis actually far below the 1,000 mgof daily supplementation rec
ommendedby U.S. healthauthorities to protectagainst bone loss. But
despite the lower level of calcium, the researchers found that Osteo
phasereduced the loss of calcium byup to 69percent, increased bone
density by27percent, andincreased bone remodeling by 100 percent.
These results support the notion that Osteophase achieves its
results by regulating the amount of calcium in the body—not by
increasing it.
So even though the U.S. government probably won't add it to its
list of ways to head offthe burgeoning epidemic of osteoporosis and
bone loss, it certainly looks as if Osteophase mightbe one of the best
tools for taking that "immediate action" the Surgeon General recom
mended. See the Member Source Directory on page 542 for ordering
information.300 I Miracles from the Vault
Part VII
DiabetesPart VII: Diabetes I 301
CHAPTER ONE
Blood sugar busterthree times
more effective than top-selling
diabetes drugs
Almost as soon as it was introduced, the success stories started
flooding in. Sugar levels were falling, pounds were plummeting,
and blood pressure was sinking. All thanks to an herbal powerhouse
called Syntra5™ (formerly known asDiatroxal).
But the word-of-mouth wasn't enough for the scientists behind
this diabetes beater. So it was put to the test in a randomized, doubleblind,
placebo-controlled trial—the gold standard ofscientific testing.
It turned out to be an all-out assault on diabetes. Fasting blood
sugar dropped a shocking 107 points. Triglycerides fell by an impres
sive20%. LDL cholesterol tumbled by more than 34%. And total cho
lesterol dropped over 29%.
Ifthat weren't enough, participants in the trial lost an average of
nearly 10 pounds—without changing eating or exercise habits.
Andthosewere the results after only 90 days.
It all adds up to one undeniable fact—no other product, pharma-302 | Miracles from the Vault
ceutical or natural, created to treat diabetes has been shown to be even
one half as effective as Syntra5™.
A formula so powerful, one companywas
willing to lay it all on the line to prove it
It's true. Even the top-selling diabetes drugs only drop bloodglu
cose levels by at most 36.6 points. That makes Syntra5~ three times
more effective—without the side effectsof those drugs.
It's hard to believe it took a major gamble to getthis powerful dia
betes thrasher the attention it deserves. The story starts about 10years
ago, when Ken Hampshire, the co-founder of Syntratech, the group
that developed Syntra5™, met Dr. Vern Cherewatenko, the author of
The Diabetes Cure.
Dr. Cherewatenko had turned to Ken for help formulating and
manufacturing a new product for type 2 diabetes. Together, theycre
ated Ultimate HCA, one of the first safeand effective solutions for type
2 diabetes.
Ken knew it was good, but he thought it could be even better. So
when, three years later, Dr. Cherewatenko turned his attention to an
other project, Ken startedscouring scientific journals.
Inreviewing 20 years ofresearch, hestarted seeing thesame herbal
extracts come up again and again—extracts that were able to lower
insulin resistance in the body. Extracts that no other companies had
seemed to notice.
These extracts were expertly combined to become Syntra5™. When
it was introduced, the testimonials startedpouringin. Butfor Ken, that
wasn't enough. Hewanted verifiable evidence thatitwas working.
Now, clinical trialsare expensive. Too many companies withwon
derful products simply can't afford to prove theireffectiveness. SoKen
commissioned a small study to see how Syntra5™ fared. Though there
were only 17participants, the results were verypositive—so positive,Part VII:Diabetes | 303
in fact, that Ken decided to layit allon the line.
Syntratech is a small company. So it was a bigdeal when the team
there decided to puttheir entire marketing budget into a large-scale,
randomized, placebo-controlled human clinical trial conducted at an
independent lab. If Syntra5™ wasn't proven effective, they would be
positivelyruined.
But, as you already know—it worked. In fact, the results went be
yond eventheir greatest expectations.
Top-selling diabetes drugs just can't touch it
When it comes to fasting blood glucose, a level below 100 mg/dL
isconsidered normal or healthy and 100-125 mg/dL isconsidered prediabetic
(and brings with it increased risk of cardiovascular disease).
Acount of 126 mg/dL, measured on two different days, isindicative of
diabetes.
And of course, that means big health risks. Damage to the eyes,
kidneys, blood vessels, heart, and nerves, as well as cognitive decline
and even dementia, are all linked to diabetes.
All of the participants in the trial had chronic uncontrolled blood
glucose, with fasting blood glucose counts between 160 mg/dL and
225 mg/dL.
In only 90 days, Syntra5~ broughtthose numbers down, on aver
age, awhopping 107 points. Every participant taking itsaw his or her
fasting blood glucose drop towithin the normal, healthy range.
Ifyou're watching your blood sugar levels, you're also paying atten
tion toyour two-hour glucose level. This should bebelow 140 mg/dL. A
count between 140 and200 mg/dL indicatesimpaired glucose tolerance,
and a level over 200 mg/dL goes handin hand withdiabetes.
Over the course of the trial, participants taking Syntra5™ experi
enced a 54.55% decrease in two-hour glucose levels. For participants304 | Miracles from the Vault
taking the placebo, the level rose an average of just over 4%.
A third test measures the average amount of glucose in the blood
over the 2-3 months prior to the test. It does this by measuring the
concentration of hemoglobin Ale, or glycated hemoglobin. A 1%
change in Ale reflects a change of about 30 mg/dL in average blood
glucose level.
When blood wasdrawn from participants taking Syntra5~ atthe
end of the trial, Ale levels had dropped from an average concentra
tion of 7.7% to an average of 4.66%—a highly significant 3% drop.
All of the subjects in the active group had their Ale levels drop to
5% or below.
Now, Syntra5™'s effect on blood glucose levels would be impres
sive on its own. But this herbal formula had more in store for the trial
participants.
Triglycerides, a type of fat within the bloodstream, decreased an
average of over 20% in participants taking Diaxtroxal. With placebo,
therewasan average increase of 6.6%.
Cholesterol levels were also positively affected by Syntra5™. In the
active group, participants' LDL cholesterol was lowered by over 34%,
and their total cholesterol went down by 29%.
Syntra5™ demonstrated action onblood pressure as well. Over the
course ofthe90 days, participantstaking SyntraS™ were rewarded with
anaverage 25% drop in systolic pressure, 5% diastolic.
Then there wastheweight loss. Priortothetrial, mostofthe partic
ipants had already been trying tocontrol their blood sugar levels with
diet and exercise. Buttheyweren't having muchluck. The researchers
conducting the trial toldthe participants not to make any changes in
diet, exercise or water intake.
Even without making such changes, the participantsinthe Syntra5™
group lost an average ofalmost 10 pounds. They expressed nochangesPart VII: Diabetes | 305
in hunger or appetite, and no changes in cravings for sweets.
Of course, all of these numbers are meaningful. But they become
even more important when pairedwith howthe participantsfeltdur
ing the course of the trial.
Onlytwo weeks in, 25% ofthe people in the active groupsaidthey
felt better than they had in years. After one month, half of them re
ported having more energy.
Of course, the overallresult ofthe test, reported by the researchers,
was that Syntra5™ is a verysafe and effective product for the manage
ment of diabetes.1
When the results of the study went through the peer-review pro
cess, it was noted that Syntra5™ beatthe heckout of the leading diabe
tes drugs.
The seven leading pharmaceutical drugs for diabetes lower Ale
less than 1%, and none ofthem are able to lower it to a level below 7%.
Putsimply, Syntra5™ produced morethan a three-fold greaterdecrease
in Ale than pharmaceuticals.
Andwhen it comes to fasting bloodglucose, pharmaceutical prod
ucts can't touch Syntra5™. The mostfasting blood glucose drops with
the top-selling diabetes drugs is 36.6 mg/dL. In the Syntra5~ trial, the
average was an amazing 107 points. This greatan effect was previously
unheard of.2
20 years' worth ofresearch
boiled down into one breakthrough blend
When I talked to Ken, I asked him to tell me what he considered
the "super stars" among the herbal extracts that make up SyntraS™. He
didn't have to think long.
Backwhen he wasscouring 20years'worth of research,he sawtwo
substances come up more than any others.306 | Miracles from the Vault
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and Gymnema sylvestre extract work
in a number of ways to improveglucose metabolism. While there are
quite a few studies on these components, two provide a goodexample
oftheir effect.
In a 2004 animalstudyconducted at Georgetown University, HCA
was found effective and safe as a weight-loss agent. It was alsoshown
to inhibitthe enzyme that controls the synthesis offatty acids, choles
terol, andtriglycerides. The effects were dramatic after a periodofonly
eight weeks.3
In anotherstudy (also conducted atGeorgetown) combining HCA
with chromium (which is also in Diaxtroxal) and gymnema sylvestre
extract, total cholesterol was lowered 9.5% and LDL cholesterol was
lowered 19%, while HDL cholesterol went up by 22.1%. Triglyercides
dropped by 20.5%.4
These twoingredients arejoinedbyten other active ingredients, all
painstakingly researched by Ken. And what he didn't include is almost
as important.
In manypopular naturalproducts usedto treat diabetes, you'llsee
the same ingredients pop up over and over. Ingredientslike alpha lipoicacidand
CoQ-10 were not included in Syntra5™ because Ken just
wasn't seeing the evidence that they work. Rather than following the
trend set by other companies, he has created a completely new for
mula. And the evidence speaks for itself.
Drop blood sugar, pounds, and
blood pressure in one easy step
A while ago, I mentioned that when Syntra5™ was introduced, the
testimonialsstarted pouring in. Well, theyhaven'tstopped. I wasgiven
pages and pages of them, and promised more if I needed them. I'll
share just a few.
Charles in Arizona didn't want to take drugs to control his bloodPart VII:Diabetes | 307
sugar, so hewentin search of anatural option. An Internet search led
him to Syntra5™, andhe decided to take achance. Afterjustacouple of
weeks, his energy returned andhe had started losing weight.
His blood sugar had started in the high 300s, but plunged to the
high90s. He says he's verysatisfied, but jokes that"thedrugcompanies
are probably not happywith Syntra5™ because theirbank accounts are
smaller."
Lynn in New Mexico wantedanother option when her doctor pre
sented her with a month'ssupplyof Avandia. She never even broke the
seal—instead, she found Syntra5™.
Just over three months later, she had dropped 20 pounds and four
inches in her waist. Her blood sugar had gone down from 182 to 111.
At her last checkup, her blood pressure was 110/80. Her doctor was
amazed,and told her to just keep on doing what she'd been doing.
Mike in Minnesota has also been singing the praises of Syntra5™.
His blood sugar has gone from 180 to under 120 and he's feeling a
lot more energetic these days. He unexpectedly lost 10 pounds and
"wouldhighly recommend this productto anyone."
Ordering information for Syntra5™ is in the Member Source Di
rectory on page 542.308 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
Forget willpower:
Overcome sugar addiction in 21 days
with a natural herb
Ifit's ever happened to you, you knowit's something far beyond will
power. Maybe you're driving home from work, maybe you're reading
a gripping murder mystery. Butall of a sudden yourthoughts turn to a
leftover piece ofcake inthe fridge. You're noteven hungry andyouknow
youdon't needthe extra calories, but youliterally cannot stop thinking
about it. Finally, you get to the fridge, fork in hand, and you give in. It
isn't alack ofwillpower thatgotyou, it's a full-fledged addiction.
The samebrain receptors that can lead to drugandnicotineaddic
tions also let you become addictedto sugar.1
Understanding that it's not personal weakness, but a true physical
addiction, is the first step to overcoming the cravings. Let's be hon
est: It's not easy to give up sugar. Cravings—physical and mental can
dominate your thoughts. Quitting "cold turkey" sometimes works to
curb cravings, but that can backfire. Avoiding sweets can lead to such
an uncontrollable craving for sugar that you "give in" just once—and
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Pavlov's dogs hold one key
to beating your habit
Research shows that certain activities or habits (like sitting down
to that mystery novel) maybe compelling youto eatsugaryfoods. This
goes back to the studies done by Pavlov. We all remember the story
of how he conditioned dogs to salivate when a bell rang by ringing a
bellwhenever theywerefed. Eventually, the dogsbeganto salivate just
from the sound of the bell—foodwas no longer required.
Your sugarhabit mayhave a similarpsychological connection.You
may crave sugar because of certain surroundings, smells, sounds, or
circumstances.2 If, for example, you always eat a candy bar when you
go to the movies, then viewing a film on yourVCR maystimulate the
same cravings. This sort of behavior pattern becomes an even bigger
problem when the frequency of the activity increases: You probably
watch movies at home more often than you do at the theater. If you
give in to your sugar cravings eachtime you pop a video into the VCR,
you'llsignificantly increaseyour sugarintake.
Eating sweets fuels cancer growth
One of the most devastating side effects of sugar consumption
is accelerated cancer growth. Seventy years ago, Otto Warburg,
Ph.D., won the Nobel Prize in medicine when he discovered that
cancer cellsuse glucose(sugar) for growth. Allcellshave a require
ment for glucose, but cancer cells have a much greater need. In
fact, they're unable to multiply rapidly without it.
Besides fueling cancer growth, other health problems may be
linked to eating too much sugar. In addition to causing obesity,
excesssugar intake can lead to diabetes, encourage an overgrowth
of pathogenic intestinal flora, aggravategout, and cause or exacer
bate panic attacks, hyperactivity, and depression. Not to mention
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"Just for the tasteof it" puts youbackatthe beginning
For some people, changing their behavior is all that's needed to
stop eating sugar. But, if you crave sugar because you're dependent
on it or are physically addicted to it, environmental and behavioral
changes probably won't haltthe incessant cravings. Andit's important
to note thatswitching overto artificial sweeteners won't help.
It's the sweet taste thatgenerates the release of addiction-building
brain chemicals. According to Dr.BartHoebel, a neuroscience addic
tion researcher at Princeton University, the surge of dopamine and
opioids—brain chemicals that "drive" the addiction process—occurs
regardless of the number of calories in the sweetening agent.3
Dr. Hoebel's animal research indicatesthat ratsexperiencing sugar
withdrawal displayed symptoms such asteeth-chattering, anxiety, and
"high-pitched crying." These are classic displays of withdrawal from
an addictive substance, although Dr. Hoebel claimed theywere milder
than those suffering from drug withdrawal.
Ifyour sugarcravings are linked to dependence or addiction, you
should expectto go through somewithdrawal ifyou don't eat or drink
something sweet whenyourbodysignals a need. Again, the symptoms
of sugarwithdrawal are similar to those of drug withdrawal, though
not as severe.
Don't "tell" your brain that you're eating sugar
To break the endless cycle of sugar cravings, you have to address
your physical requirement for a "hit" ofsomething sweetas wellas the
behavior that automatically makes you reach for something sweet—
even if you don't crave it at that moment.
There are different taste buds on your tongue. In order for you to
taste something, it must touch the appropriate taste receptor, or bud,
on your tongue. When the taste bud receives its "signal," it sends an
impulse to the brain—and you know what flavor you're eating. If youPart VII:Diabetes | 311
eatsomething sweet but yourtongue doesn't perceive it, it won't send
the appropriate signal to your brain.4
Gymnema sylvestre, an herb well known by diabetics for reduc
ing high blood-sugar levels, can prevent you from tasting sugar.
When gymnemacomes in contactwiththe tastebuds on your tongue,
it "binds" with the ones that receive the signal for sweet flavors and
blocks the taste ofsweet thingsfrom beingperceived by your tongue.5
Since your tongue doesn't know it's eating something sweet, it won't
signal your brain's receptors to release opioids and dopamine.
Although the brain secretionsof opioidsand dopamine havebeen
prevented, the chemistry of your brain has not been altered.6 But it
does mean you're defeating the cycle of physical addiction by stop
ping sweetflavors from "communicating" with your taste buds. It also
means your brain's addiction receptors are not receiving a sugar fix.
Thismay send you into some form of withdrawal.
Chew your way beyond the craving
Gymnema is available in capsule form at most health food stores,
but it's inconvenient and messy to open a pill and pour the herb on
your tongue whenever you want to avoid sweets. (Not to mention the
look you'd get at the Dairy Queen.)Manypeoplealso find that gymne
ma has an unpleasant flavor. The ideal solution is to find a way to put
gymnema on your tongue without all these hassles.
That's exactly what the research team at American BioSciences
has done. They'vedeveloped a product called Sugar Blockerthat com
bines gymnema with a gum base. Bychewing on one or two pieces of
the gum for 10-15 minutes, you can stop your taste buds from tasting
sweet flavors.
Of course, not tasting sweets is only part of the solution for sugar
cravings. If you don't stop the cravings from happening in the first
place, you'll find yourself chewing gum all day long and still not get
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In order to breakyoursugarcravings, youneedto retrainyourself.
Otherwise, the cravings will continue, andyourun the riskofgoing on
a sugar binge if you givein to those naggingurges.
Break the cycle for good—in less than a month
To properly retrain your brain, the researchers at American BioSciences
suggestthe following plan:
Atthe firstsignofa sugarcraving, chewone or twopieces ofSugar
Blockergum. After 10-15minutes, you'll no longer be able to taste the
sweetflavor of the gum. Thisis a signthat your tongue's receptorshave
been bound and can no longer taste sweets.
Eat whatever food you were craving before you chewed the gum.
This step is essential becauseit will "teach" you to not crave that food.
Since you can't taste sugar, you'llonly tastethe other flavors in the food
or beverage. Cookies may taste like salty boards. Both sugar and milk
sugar (lactose) will be blocked in ice cream. Alcohol will be affected
sinceit's alsoa form ofsugar. Cake, fruit,candy, gum—anything that has
a sweettaste willno longer send a sugarsignalto your brain.
When you start to eat the foods you crave, you'll notice that your
craving will disappear because the object of your craving tastes dif
ferent than what you thought it would. (Fulfillment of your expecta
tions is one of the reinforcing agents in the sugar cycle.) If things taste
different than what you thought, then you may not crave it anymore.
The purpose of the retraining process is to give you a new habit—one
that doesn't crave sweets.Since sweetswon't taste very good, you won't
want to respond to your cravings. And your brain will stop releasing
substances that drive you to eat more sweets.
HSI Members offered "first dibs"
Obviouslythere are numerous health problemsthat can come from
a sugar addiction—obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and more. If
you eat or drink a lot of sweetsand sufferfrom these or other medicalPart VII:Diabetes | 313
problems, you may be able to help clear them up orreduce their grip
by breaking your addiction to sweets. (If you're diabetic, you should
discuss your use of Sugar Blocker with your physician. It could actu
allyreduce your insulin requirements.)
Sugar Blocker is available from American Bio-Sciences through
HarmonyCompany andwe've arranged for members ofHealth Sciences
Institute to have priority over the general public,so be sure to mention
you're anHSI Member when youorder. For ordering information, refer
to the Member Source Directory on page 542.314 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER THREE
Cutting-edge sugar research
may revolutionize your health
Scientists predict that the next great frontier of researchwill center
on sugar, of all things. And their findings are likely to change the
way the world thinks about medicine and health.
It's already changing the way some forward-thinking doctors ap
proach many diseases—not to mention general preventive care. And
after reading this, it may change the way you approach your own
health, too.
The next health frontier
Now that the human genome project is nearing completion, many
scientists predict that the next big research initiative will focus on
glycobiology, the study of the role of sugarsin all living things. In fact,
some believe that "the sugar code" is even more complex than the
genome, and may have an even more significant impact on the worlds
ofscience and medicine.
HSI Medical Advisor Martin Milner N.D. clued us in to the re
search being done to break the sugar code. "Glyconutrition is a new
flourishingarea of nutritional research," says Milner. "Weare findingPart VII: Diabetes | 315
glyconutrient deficiencies associated with a large range of diseases."
That's no exaggeration. In my research for this article, I found
glycobiology mentioned in relation to everything from skin aging
to rheumatoid arthritis to cancer. That may seem like a stretch, but
when you begin to understand just what these sugar complexes are
responsible for, you can see how a deficiency in any one of them
can wreak havoc with your health—and how correcting those defi
ciencies can help relieve—and prevent—a whole host of problems.
Essential sugars may be more vital
than fatty acids or proteins
Research over the past decade or so has shown us that there are es
sential fatty acids and essential proteins (amino acids); now we're just
beginning to understand that there are essentialsugars, called mono
saccharides, as well. Specifically, the basiceight are:glucose, galactose,
fucose, mannose, xylose, n-acetyl-neuraminic acid (NANA), n-acetylglucosamineand
n-acetyl-galactosamine. Theseindividual sugars also
function as building blocks to build a virtually innumerable variety of
complex molecules calledglycans, glycoforms, or simply sugar chains.
There are two ways that these sugar chains impact our health. The
first we touched on in the April 2003 issue, when we told you about
Xlear, a xylose-basednasal spraythat clearslingeringbacteria from the
nose. Xlear is an example of sugar's anti-adhesive properties; literally,
these sugars can prevent viruses and bacteria from adhering to cellsby
taking up all their receptor sites. If the virus or bacteria can't bind to a
cell,they can't make you sick;it'sas simple as that. Turns out othersug
ar chains can work in similar ways to bind up all sorts of viruses and
bacteria in other parts of the body. In fact, pharmaceutical companies
are focusing a lot of attention these days on developing anti-adhesive
drugs to treat a wide range of conditions.
But there's another more complex role that these sugar chains play
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body, aswell asfilling upthe spaces in between cells. They actasa sort
ofinformation super highway for thebody, regulating communication
both within the cell and between that cell and other cells, as well as
other critical physiologicalprocesses.1
Breaking the sugar code
Unlike the building of DNA, RNA, or proteins, glycan synthesis
doesn'tfollow a templatethat churns out identicalcopiesoverand over
again. Instead, the monosaccharides can combine with each other in
almost innumerable ways.
That's why so many scientists refer to glycobiology as "the sugar
code." Eachofthesecombinations islike a complex code, sendinga spe
cific message to a specific target, whether it be another cell, substances
within the same cell, a circulation hormone or protein, even an invad
ing bacteria or virus. These sugarchains playa vitalrolein nearlyevery
physiological process known to man: immune system response, tissue
regeneration, cellreplication and growth—the listgoeson and on.
Thisstaggering capacity forvariation is both glycans' strength and
weakness. On one hand, according to scientists, "the potential… ex
ceeds that of nucleic acids or proteins."2 But on the other hand, one
tiny misstep in the complex glycan construction process and things
can go horribly awry.
You can't get enough from food alone
Unfortunately, there's a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong.
You see,of the eight basicmonosaccharides needed to build these com
plexglycans, most people only get enough of the first two, glucoseand
galactose. You may get a little bit of the other six here and there in your
diet, but modern agricultural methods, processing and chemical con
tamination have all but erased them from our food supply.
Think of it in the same way you think of the vitamins and miner
als your body needs to stay healthy: In today's environment, it's nearlyPart VII:Diabetes | 317
impossible to getallthevitamins you need from yourfood alone. And
while the body manages to function without supplemental vitamins,
operating under these conditions takes its toll, opening the door for
disease.
It'sthe same with these essentialsugars.When forced to, the body
is able to synthesize the missing monosaccharides it needs to build
these complex glycoforms. But the conversion process diverts energy
and attention from more urgent needs in the body—andincreasesthe
risk of critical errors in process.
Think how one little letter can completelychange the meaning of a
word, or how one pencil stroke can change one letter into another. It's
the samewaywith cellularcommunications.In building these complex
glycancodes,just one little error can completely change the meaning.
Dr. Milner explains it this way, "If one cell intends to communicate
to another cell that it is a *F*R*I*E*N*D*, yet the molecular structure
says that it is a *F*I*E*N*D* due to an imperfect conversion that re
sulted in a missing 'link,' then that cellwillbe destroyed, although it is
a perfectly healthy and normal cell." And, as you can imagine, that one
small miscommunication can lead to big problems.
Sugar's role in aging, autoimmune disease, even cancer
While much research still needs to be done to completely break
the sugar code, there is already a large body of evidence supporting
the idea that providing supplementary monosaccharides to the body
can improve cellular communication and impact a whole host of con
ditions—from things as seemingly minor as skin aging and bacterial
infection to debilitating illnesses like muscular dystrophy, atheroscle
rosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.36
Numerous studies also show how various monosaccharides and
sugar chains play a role in autoimmune diseases. For example, stud
ieshave shownthat rheumatoid arthritispatientshave an abnormally
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addition,RA patients'glycoproteins demonstrate an abnormaluptake
offucose, another essentialmonosaccharide.8 People with lupus show
a deficiency in mannose.9 And multiple sclerosis (MS) patients have
demonstrated abnormal xylose absorption and excretion levels. 10
More research has shown that cancer cells contains different gly
can structures than normal cells, structures that may promote cancer
progression. Glycans on cancer cells may promote metastasis by help
ing cancer cells bind to tissues, and maypromote cancer cellangiogenesiSy
the development of blood vessels, which helps cancer grow and
spread.11
Asyou can see from this extensive and wide-ranging list, there are
vast implicationsof this new field ofstudy. Justlast year, MIT Technol
ogyReview included glycomics in its listof "10EmergingTechnologies
That Will Change the World." Pharmaceutical companies are busily
working to try to create synthetic versions of these essential glycans
in their laboratories. The pharmaceutical companies, of course, need a
synthetic version to get their patents—and their profits.
But remember, all of these essential sugars exist in their original,
pure—un-patentable—formsin nature. That means you don't have to
wait while dozens of scientists complete decades of research to docu
ment everylast detail of the sugar code. And you don't have to wait for
a prescription to be availableto treat an existing condition.
Glyconutrients save patient from "death's door"
Dr. Milner has just started using a glyconutritional supplement in
his practice that provides all eight essential monosaccharides. After
just a few months, he'salready seen results in a patient with a chronic
skin condition calledfolliculitis, inflammation of the hair follicles. He's
currently using it in a patient with an inflammatory joint condition
similar to arthritis. And he's in the preliminary stages of planning a
clinical trial in conjunction with the National Collegeof Naturopath
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against awhole range of conditions.
Dr. Milnerlearnedaboutthis glyconutrient therapy from a patient
of his, James Macfarlane, who used the approach himselfwhen an ac
cidentcaused second andthirddegree burnsovernearly 30 percent of
hisbody.I spoketo James andheard his amazing story firsthand.
When he was first taken to the hospital after the accident, doctors
told him he would need massive doses of antibiotics to prevent infec
tion, and skin grafts in orderto healnormally. They also told him he'd
be in the hospital for at least two weeks. After treating himself with
glyconutrients, Macfarlane says he was able to leave the hospital in
under aweek, without anyantibiotics or skin grafts. Today, he says, the
skin has healed without scarring and looks completely normal.
James then referred me to Michael Schlachter, M.D., a boardcertified
internist in LasVegas, who uses glyconutrient therapy with
his patients.
Dr. Schlachter has used glyconutritional therapy on patients with
amyotrophiclateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's dis
ease), asthma, and cardiomyopathy. But his most compelling story
involves a patient he saw in a LasVegas area hospital suffering with
streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. (While toxic shock used to be as
sociatedprimarilywith tampon use, doctorsnow know that this blood
borne infection, causedby the streptococcal or staphylococcus bacte
rium, can strike anyone.)
Dr. Schlachter told me that when he encountered the patient, "He
was literally at death's door." After several weeks battling his sickness
at home, then severaldays of hospitalization and aggressive treatment
with antibiotics, the patient was deteriorating rapidly and experienc
ing multi-organ failure. Dr.Schlachter stepped in and asked the family
for permission to treat with glyconutritionals. They agreed, and ac
cording to Dr.Schlachter, just a few hours afterhe administered alarge
dose of glyconutrients through the patient's feeding tube, the patient's320 | Miracles from the Vault
condition began improving.
Have you taken your multi-glycan today?
Dr. Schlachter is convinced that glyconutrients saved this man's
life, and that they can do the sameformanyothers."Thewhole prem
ise of glycobiology, it'sso simple, it's sickening that most doctors don't
get it," says Schlachter. "I believe glyconutrients should be used as a
broad spectrum preventative therapy."
Manydoctors, including Dr. Milner, agree. Justasa daily multi-vi
tamin hasreached mainstream acceptance, glyconutrition proponents
believe that someday even conventional medicine will recognize the
benefits of a daily"multi-glycan." By takinga daily multi-glycan sup
plement, we may be able to prevent a vast number of communication
errors between cells that lead to depleted immune defenses, allergic
reactions, and even deadly disease.
But,like I said, you don't haveto wait until the mainstream catch
es up. Through Mannatech, HSI Members can now get the same gly
conutrient formula that Dr. Milner and Dr. Schlachter use with their
patients.
Provide your bodywith the glyconutrients it's missing
It's called Ambrotose, and it's a blend of essential monosaccha
rides, all derived from natural sources. Ambrotose contains glyconu
trients from the larch tree, the aloe vera plant, the Indian sumac tree,
the astragalus shrub, the bacteria xanthomonas campestris, the acacia
shrub, and even seashells—all combined to provide the building-block
sugars our bodies need.
Ambrotose is availablein both capsules and powder form. Dr. Mil
ner recommends one to two capsules two times a day or 1/2 teaspoon
of the powder dissolvedin juice or water and taken twice daily.
The Ambrotose glyconutrient complex is also available in anotherPart VII: Diabetes | 321
formula, combined with a blend of antioxidants for even more ben
efits. The Ambrotose AO formula contains the same glyconutrients in
the regular formula, as well as antioxidants like vitamin E, quercetin,
grape skin extract, green tea extract and Australianbush plum.
Forward-thinkingscientists and doctors championed the "radical"
cause of vitamin supplementation for decades before the mainstream
acceptedits benefits.No doubt glyconutrientsupplementation willen
counter similar obstacles.
But you don't have to wait until they get on board, or until some
drug company comes up with a synthetic derivative. Make glyconu
trients part of your daily preventative program now, and you can be
enjoyingthe benefitslongbeforeit ends up on everygrocery store shelf.322 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FOUR
The battle is won: Maintain healthy
blood sugar, once and for all
No matter how hard you try, you're losing the battle with blood
sugar. You worry soon your levels will creep out of the normal
range. Eating flavorless food and dealing with the dreaded treadmill
aren't helping enough. And you're afraid that some ofthe consequenc
es you've heard about might just happen to you.
Unless you find awayto maintainhealthyblood sugarlevels within
the normal range. Fast.
Luckily, you may be able to do just that, with an extraordinary
product from one of the most innovative (and controversial) doctors
I've ever come across.
And this product is a true solution, one that addresses more than
just maintaining healthy blood glucose levels—it can also help pro
tect your body from the effects of excess sugar. That sounds like an
impossible task, especially for a natural product, but this formula
(with more than half a century of science to back it up) combined
with a healthy diet and exercise, may just be able to accomplish the
impossible.Part VII:Diabetes | 323
Three sugar-busting ingredients are all you need
I've been searching for a solid, effective blood sugar product
all year—with no luck, which is why you haven't seen one in your
Members Alert. Until now.
It took medical maverick William Campbell Douglass II, M.D. to
come up with the ultimate blood sugar maintenance formula—a for
mula that contains just three sugar-bustingingredients. And while Dr.
Douglass could have included more in the mix, well, he just wouldn't.
Because stuffing the formula with more ingredients 'would just make
you take more pills and cost you more money' (I'm paraphrasing
here—Dr. Douglass uses much more colorful language.)
Bottomline:His formula contains "everythingyou need, and noth
ing you don't."
And when you learn more about the trio of sugar-managing nu
trients he chose, you'll see why GlucoComplete is indeed the perfect
choice for helping keep blood glucose under control.
But this formula doesn't stop there. Not only can GlucoComplete
help you keep your blood glucose levels under control, it may also help
protect the cells of your kidneys, heart, nerves and eyes from the rav
ages of excess blood sugar.
Hidden solution helps protect you from
the effects of high blood sugar
When you battle with blood sugarspikes, all of your cells are sur
rounded by blood that contains too much glucose. And while many
cells can just ignore that extra sugar—keeping their internal glucose
levelsnormal—some just can't.Those cellsend up with too much inter
nalsugar, and that'swhere some truly devastating problems start.
Excess sugar inside a cell creates something called reactive oxida
tive species(ROS). This leads to oxidative stress, which damages and324 | Miracles from the Vault
ages your cells and surrounding tissues.
But it turns out there may be a wayto teach your cellsexactlyhow
to handle that excess sugar and keepthem healthy. In fact,the Japanese
uncovered this solution wayback in the 1950s, and European doctors
havebeen prescribingit for decades. Sowhyaren'twe using this solu
tion by the bucket in the good ol' U.S.A.? According to Dr. Douglass,
it'sall about the money.
See,the patent on this solution has expired—andno patent means
no bigpaydayfor Big Pharma.Butit alsomeansa highlyeffective way
for you to manage your blood sugar, naturallyand safely.
The solution is benfotiamine, a special form of thiamine (also
known as vitamin Bl). What makes this vitamin different from stan
dard thiamine is the way your body processes it: benfotiamine is fatsoluble,
which means that your body can absorb and use more of this
essential nutrient than its regular water-soluble form (that passes
through your systembefore it has a chance to work).
And just a small amount of benfotiaminecan help keep extra glu
cose from damaging your cells… and has been shown through in vitro
studies to also help protect organs and tissues struggling to handle ex
cess blood sugar.
Your cells can't handle sugar without thiamine
Though you hardly everhear about it, your body needs thiamine—
especially if you have to fight to keep your blood sugar under control.
It plays a key part in carbohydrate metabolism within every cell of
your body, and that's the process that helps your cellshandle sugar.
So having adequate levels of thiamine in your body can help pro
tect your cells from the oxidative damage that can be brought on by
blood sugarspikes.
Here's the problem: virtually all thiamine supplements are watersoluble,so
your body breaksthem down too fastand they passthroughPart VII: Diabetes | 325
too quickly to really help.
Benfotiamine solves that problem.
Because of itsspecial structure, this form of thiamine getsabsorbed
much better by your body than typical thiamine supplements.1 That
gives benfotiamine more time to work with your cells, helping them
manage glucose much more effectively. While the research isstill pre
liminary(meaning weneedhumanstudies to confirmthe results), ben
fotiamine seems to act byallowing thiamine to boostthe activity ofcer
tain enzymes including transketolase. Transketolase helps your cells use
up glucose properly, instead ofletting it hangaround to cause trouble.2
When transketolase levels go up,your cells havean easiertime han
dling excess glucose, a criticalstepfor maintaininghealthyblood sugar
levels. Butbenfotiamine doesn'tstop there. Byredirectingglucoseaway
from damaging pathways, benfotiamine could help protect your kid
neys, eyes, nerves and heart cells from damagecausedby excess sugar.
You see, excess glucosein cells can actuallycause a chemical reac
tion between glucose and proteins that create AGEs (advanced glycation
end products). What are they? AGEs literally age your body
prematurely. Benfotiamine appears to enhance the activity of certain
enzymes which halt the chemical reaction that forms AGEs, sending
any excess glucose on a safer pathway—one that avoids, and maybe
even helps, repair your cells.3
And there'splenty of researchto back that up.
Study after study shows just how
protective benfotiamine can he
This super nutrient does all the work of essential vitamin Bl, only
more and better. There are many studies that demonstrate its amazing
abilityto help protect against the effects ofblood sugar spikes,but we'll
just look at the highlights.
First, when researchers reviewedbenfotiamine studies, they found326 | Miracles from the Vault
that this nutrient appears to stop sugar-induced oxidative damage in
itstracks. It does thatby calming the harmful effects of elevated glu
coselevels.4,5 Specifically, in vitrostudieshaveshown that this nutrient
may actuallyprotect endothelial cells (special cells that line the inside
of those blood vessels) from the effects of high blood sugar.6 That's
important because those special cells play a part in forming healthy
blood vessels.
But benfotiamine's protection isn't limited to blood vessels. An in
vitro study found that it could also help protect your eyes, and that
could make all the difference in preserving your vision. It turns out
that benfotiamine may help keep cells of the retina (a critical part of
eyesight!) from dyingoff after exposure to highblood glucose levels.7,8
And an animal study found that three potential damage-causing
biochemical pathways, which are activated by elevated blood sugar
levels, had been "normalized" in benfotiamine-treated lab rats. This
was most clear in the animals' eyes: their retinas were similar to nor
mal retinas. A microscopic examination revealed that the retinas of
the benfotiamine-treated animalshad been protected from the effects
ofhigh blood sugar.9
On top ofthat, anotherinvitrostudy found that benfotiamine con
tributed strongantioxidant properties in kidney cells.10 And then there
are the benefits it canbringto yourheart cells (which also needs pro
tection from spikes in glucose levels)…
• Animal studies show that benfotiamine supports cardiovascular
health.11
• One animalstudy found that atwo-week regimen ofbenfotiamine
improved heart function in mice.12
• Researchersalso found that benfotiamine treatment helped
reduce oxidative stress and helped maintain proper calcium
levels in the hearts ofmice—and the heart simply can not beat
properly when calcium levels aren't well-regulated.13Part VII: Diabetes | 327
So benfotiamine can help keep your nerves, heart, kidneys and
other vitalorganshealthybyreducing oxidative stresscausedbyblood
sugarspikes. Butwhat it doesn't seem to do is actually help maintain
healthy blood glucose levels. Which brings us to the second critical
ingredient in Dr. Douglass' GlucoComplete formula.
Apple pie surprise astonishes researchers
with its insulin-boosting powers
No blood sugarformula wouldbe complete without an ingredient
that actually worked to help support healthy blood glucose levels—
and that's why Dr. Douglassincluded cinnamon, but not just any cin
namon, as you'll learn in a moment.
Cinnamon first came to light as a potential blood sugar manager
more than a decade ago. And likemany natural remedies, this one was
discovered by accident.
When I talked to USDA scientist Dr. Richard Anderson, he told
me just how he stumbled upon this sugar-busting spice. He'd been
studying the link between low-chromium diets and high blood
sugar (more about chromium in a minute), and discovered what
turned out to be a revolutionary find. As part of the study, he had
to come up with tasty chromium-free foods… and that got apple
pie on the menu. Surprisingly, the apple pie sent insulin activity
through the roof. After finding that apples couldn't be the reason,
they looked at the cinnamon, and changed the world ofblood sugar
management forever.
"When you improve insulin function, you improve many things,"
Dr. Anderson told me. He explained that components of cinnamon
have been shown in in vitro studies to actually inhibit the kinase en
zymes, which are thought to decrease the activity of insulin receptors.
Inhibiting these enzymes, in turn, may increase your body's insulin
sensitivity, which can help support healthy blood sugar levels.328 | Miracles from the Vault
Cinnamon can help increaseinsulin activity
to help keep blood sugarlevelsunder tight control
Let's start with the facts. Cinnamon can help:
• Support insulin activity
• Boost cell receptor sensitivity, which helps your cells metabolize
sugar better
• Decrease fasting blood sugar levels (upto 29% in onestudy!)
• Maintain healthy blood pressure
One of the most important things cinnamon can do is help your
bodyuse its owninsulin to manage blood sugar more effectively, and
it does that in twoways. First, unique compounds called type-A poly
mers can boost insulin activity. One in vitro study found that these
polymers increasedinsulin activity twentytimes—that's 2000%!14
Then, an animal study15 found that cinnamon extract increased
the sensitivity of the cell receptors that handle sugar metabolism. In
thisthree-week study, rats were given either 30 mgor 300 mg (perkg
of body weight) of cinnamon extract or placebo every day. Then the
rats got glucose and insulin IVs so the researchers could follow their
insulin response. Therats in the 300 mg/kggroup sawa 33% increase
in cellreceptoractivation—meaning that the cinnamon extracthelped
improvethe waytheir bodies handled glucose.
And a randomized, placebo-controlled human study16 uncovered
even more benefits. This 60-day trial, which included 60 subjects di
vided into six different treatment groups, found that the subjects in
the cinnamon groups saw healthier cholesterol and triglyceridelevels
after40 days(avery good sideeffect!). On top ofthat, the people in the
cinnamon groups saw substantial improvements in their fasting blood
sugar levels—decreases between 18% and 29%. The capper: those low
er blood sugar levels stuck even twenty days after they stopped tak
ing the cinnamon (this was the lowest-dose—gram of cinnamon per
day—group only).Part VII:Diabetes | 329
Cinnulin PFcan help knock down fasting
blood sugar levels… and much more
Cinnulin PF is a special proprietary cinnamon extract that has
been shown to have a very powerful effect on blood sugar: boosting
glucose metabolism to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, along
with some other very beneficial effects—and that's why Dr. Douglass
decided to include this unique cinnamon extract in his formula.
In one small twelve-week human trial17, researchers discovered
subjects that were given a 500 mg daily dose of Cinnulin PF for 12
weeks reduced their fastingblood sugarlevels by 8.4%, a very substan
tial decrease. On top of that, the subjectsin the Cinnulin PF group also
sawa 3.8% decrease in systolic blood pressure and an improvement in
their body composition—less overall body fat!
With just Cinnulin PF and benfotiamine on your side, you could
start seeing some pretty substantial changes in the way your body
handles blood sugar and insulin. But Dr. Douglass knew there was
one more ingredient to add—one that no sugar management formula
should be without.
Chromium—you can't make
'glucose tolerance factor' without it
A little earlier, we mentioned chromium in passing, but this es
sential mineral deserves its own glowing review. Scientists have
known since the 1950s that chromium plays a role in blood sugar
management. In fact, your body can't make a substance called glu
cose tolerance factor' without it. And, as you can guess from the
name, your body can't properly manage glucose without enough glu
cose tolerance factor.
The most power comes from the chromium picolinate form—so,
of course, that'sthe form Dr. Douglass added to GlucoComplete.
What kind of power are we talking about? Takea look.330 | Miracles from the Vault
• Chromium works by increasingthe number of insulin receptors
in the body, also improving their performance.18
• A 2009placebo-controlled human study found that 46% of sub
jectsin the chromiumpicolinate group (taking1,000 meg daily
for 24weeks) showed "improved insulin sensitivity".19
• A 1998 review(conducted by Dr. RichardAnderson—the apple
pie guy) found that chromium boosted glucose tolerance in nine
studies and promoted healthy cholesterollevels in five studies.20
• A 2005animal study found that chromium picolinate appeared
to promote healthy kidney function in mice with elevated blood
sugar levels.21
• Researchers sawa definitive reduction in blood glucoselevels in
one 1997human study,when subjectswere given 1,000 meg of
chromium daily for four months.22
GlucoComplete can help keep your
blood sugar in balance
With these three sugar-busting ingredients, GlucoComplete con
tains everything you need—and nothing you don't—tohelp your body
keep blood glucose under control.
The manufacturer recommends taking one capsule, two times per
day, on an empty stomach. For optimal effectiveness, it's best to take
GlucoComplete about thirty minutes before meals.
You can find ordering information for GlucoComplete in the
Member Source Directory on page 542.
*Please note: HSIdoesn't acceptfeesfromoutside companiesfor editorial coverage.
However, Real Advantage Nutrients is oneofHSI's dietary supplement affiliate com
panies. Even though wewould never recommend anyproduct wedon't believe in,you
shouldknowaboutthatrelationship when deciding whether to trytheirproducts.Part VII: Diabetes I 331
CHAPTER FIVE
Dodge the sugar bullet—
and double your chances of
beating this leading killer
For years, HSI Panelist Jon Barronhad resisted suggestions that
he devise an approach for battling diabetes. His reluctance,he
told me, stemmed from his belief that using formulas to manage the
symptoms ofdiabetes without dealing with the underlying causes ulti
mately fails. The responsibleapproach, he thought, was to help people
optimize the health ofthe organs in the body that control blood sugar
levels—not to treat the symptoms afterpeople had the disease.
But the realities of the American diet finally changed his mind,
and he began to look at botanicalsthat could actuallyaccomplish both
things simultaneously,help control blood sugarlevelsand help rebuild
the organs that control those levels—not just in diabetics and pre-diabetics,
but in anyone eatinga lessthan perfect diet.
A number of herbs, including milk thistle, bitter melon, ginseng,
and aloe, are used to control blood sugar. Ayurvedic medicine offers
more than 44 different herbal therapies and formulas for diabetes.
Both fenugreekand gymnema, for example,come from this tradition.
And these two havebeen the subjectof 30 different studies ofvarying332 | Miracles from the Vault
degrees ofscientific rigor in Indian and Western literature. Only two
did not favorthe treatment being tested.
Afterinvestigating a number of botanicals, Barron settled on four.
The first two come from the Ayurvedic tradition and the third from
Japan. There is extensive research, including clinical trials, on these
three. The fourth, nopal cactus, has a folk tradition in the American
Southwestand Mexico; research on it is promising, but not as exten
sive as the others.
It's worth noting that several of thesebotanicals also impact high
blood pressure and abnormal blood lipid levels, both characteristics
of pre-diabetes, as well as blood sugar levels. Evidence suggests that
one even regenerates cells in the pancreas, which, in turn, facilitates
healthier insulin levels.
Blood sugar levels plummet by 30 percent with one herb
Seedsfromfenugreek plants(Trigonellafoenum-gracum) havelong
been used in India, Africa, and the Middle East to treat gastrointes
tinal problems, gout, wounds, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. Clinical
research dating back to 1939 suggests that fenugreek helps normalize
how the body absorbsand usesglucose. Theseedscontain a rare type
offiber that forms a gelinsidethe stomach, reducing its ability to ab
sorb sugar and fat. The gel also makes the stomach feel full faster and
longer, promoting weight loss.
On average,participants in fenugreek clinical trials have seen their
fasting blood sugar drop by 30 percent, their sugar levels after eating
drop 20 to 35 percent, and their hemoglobin A1C drop by 12percent.
(The A1C test is an index of diabetes severity that measures the aver
age amount of sugar molecules that have attached to red blood cells.)
In one study, participants experienced a 54 percent drop in urinary
glucose levels.1
Other clinicaltrials haveshownthat fenugreek can reduce total cho
lesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels, particularly in individualssufferingPart VII:Diabetes | 333
from coronaryartery disease and type 2 diabetes.2,3 In short, it mayhelp
diabetics reduceboth their blood sugarand blood lipidlevels.
However, the news isn't all good. To get those effects, some study
participants had to take large amounts-as much as 100 grams a day-of
a herb that tastes acutely bitter and makes for foul smelling sweat and
urine. In addition, fenugreek can trigger some side effects, specifically
cramping, diarrhea, flatulence and other gastrointestinaldisorders. But
a recentlydeveloped extracteliminatessomesideeffects (specifically, the
taste and odor) and concentrates the activeingredient, making smaller
doses possible. Fenugreek, however, is still contraindicated in some cir
cumstances.Because of its high fiber content, it can alter your absorp
tion of other medications (suchas anticoagulants, MAO inhibitors,and
hypoglycemic medications) and change their effectiveness.
Herbal "sugar killer" makes sweets
hit a sour note
A woody vine used in Indian medicine for over 2,000 years,
gymnema sylvestre is commonly known as the "sugar destroyer." A
peptide found in the plant blocks certain receptor sites on our taste
buds and eventually makes sugar taste, well, not sweet.4 Butgymnema
does more to easediabetes symptoms than quellour sugar cravings.
Gymnemic acid (a key active ingredient) fills sugar receptor sites
in the intestine, too, making them unavailable to ingested sugars. If
the sugaryou eat doesn'tget digested, it doesn'tfilter into your blood
stream. Clinical research also indicatesthat gymnema regenerates beta
cells in the pancreas (which are involved in insulin production), stim
ulates the release of increased amounts of insulin, and increases the
permeabilityof cells so that they absorb more insulin.5
Several clinical studies have measured gymnema's effect on both
type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics who took 400 mg for 6 to
30months sawtheir blood sugarlevels drop 52.6 percent on average.6
Most participants in an 18-month study achieved such significant and334 | Miracles from the Vault
consistent blood sugar decreases that they were able to reduce their
medication. Fiveparticipants were able to discontinue insulin use en
tirelyand maintain healthy blood sugarlevels by taking only 400 mg
of gymnema sylvestre extract daily.7
Todate,no one hasreportedexperiencing adverse sideeffects from
the herb, and it is not contraindicatedfor anycondition. No tests,how
ever, havebeen conducted to determine whether it can be safely taken
by pregnant women.
Ancient blood sugar controlling secret also
drops blood pressure and cholesterol
You've probably never heard of konjac mannan (I know I hadn't
before I started researching this article), but it's been used as a food
remedy for over 1,000 years in Japan. And it's also been tested in a
number of clinicaltrials. In a 65-daytrial, 72 patients with adult-onset
diabetes who took konjac saw their fasting blood sugar levelsdrop an
average of 51.8percent and their levels after eating drop 84.6percent.8
In an eight-week trial, pre-diabetics reported improvements in their
blood sugar and cholesterol levels. On average, their total cholesterol
dropped by 12.4percent, LDLlevels dropped by 22 percent, and LDL/
HDL ratios fellby 22.2 percent.9
Other benefits have been reported for konjac. Patients with type
2 diabetes also suffering from high cholesterol and high blood pres
sure experienced an average drop in their systolic blood pressure of
6.9 percent after supplementing with konjac mannan.10 Twenty obese
individuals who took konjac for eight weeks lost an average of 5.5
pounds even though they were explicitlytold not to change their diet
or exercise routines. They also experienced significant reductions in
their LDL and total cholesterol levels.11
At the University of Toronto, researchers concluded that konjac
mannan extract is two to four times more effective than pectin, psyl
lium, guar, oats, and other fibers at reducingcholesterol. It also provedPart VII:Diabetes | 335
to be equally effective as statin drugs at lowering LDLcholesterol and
as some conventional diabetic agents, such as Acarbose, at controlling
blood sugar levels.12
Fiber-rich Indian remedy solves prickly
problem ofsugar/fat conversion
Leaves from the nopal cactus, commonly known as the prickly
pear cactus, have long been regarded as health food by native peoples
in Mexico and southwestern United States. There's not a lot of clinical
research into the botanical's medicinal benefits, but anecdotal evidence
and severalsmall studiessuggest that eating nopal leaves with a meal
can help contain and even reduce serum glucose levels.^ Individuals
with type 2 diabetes have experienceda 10 to 20 percent reduction in
blood sugar levels after eating nopal. Researchers aren't certain how
nopal lowers blood sugar, but they suggest that its rich fiber content
inhibits the absorption of glucose in the intestinal tract.
A largerbody ofresearch indicates that nopal can reduce both cho
lesterol and triglyceride levels.14 Researchers have suggested that it ac
complishes this by eliminating excess bile acids (which eventually turn
intocholesterol) andbyinhibiting the conversion ofbloodsugarintofat.
This four-in-one solution kicks sugar and
fat metabolism into overdrive
These four botanicals make up what Jon Barron refers to as his
"sugar, lipidmetabolic enhancement formula," officially called Glucotor.
It's designed to offset the impact of high-sugar, high-fat foods. In
pre-diabetics and non-diabetics, it can help promote healthier blood
sugar and cholesterol levels…and a healthier weight. Jon told me he
takes it himself on occasion and avoids the sleepiness that follows a
fewhours after indulging in a meal that'sa littletoo rich or too sweet.
For diabetics, Glucotor may have even bigger ramifications. Al
though the formula hasn't undergone clinical trials, one physician336 | Miracles from the Vault
has tested it in his family practice in Evansville, Indiana, on diabetic
patients. According to Barron, "It produced results that the doctors
have not seen before, evenwith hard coredrugs," including dramatic
changesin blood sugarlevels.
Patients find fast diabetes and hypertension relief—
without prescription drugs
Tofind out more, I calledAnthonyHall,M.D., the physicianin In
diana. It turns out that he's in training to be a naturopathic doctor, and
he was happyto provide information on the 15patientswho agreed to
take the formula.
Three of them, he told me, dropped out of the trial due to diges
tiveproblemscausedbythe product.(The formulacan stimulatelarge,
urgent bowelmovements, so peoplejust starting the supplement may
want to take only half of the standard dailydose and givetheir diges
tive systems a chance to adjust.)
He monitored the effect of Glucotor on his patients' blood sugar,
blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, and cautions that, if you're on
medication to control any of those levels, you absolutelyshould con
sult with your doctor before trying Glucotor and arrange to have your
levelschecked regularly.
One of Dr. Hall's patients was a 56-year-old woman who had been
on varying doses of insulin and oral hypoglycemics since she was di
agnosed with diabetes in 1993. Before she began taking Glucotor, her
hemoglobin A1C levelwas 9.0. (A reading of 9 indicates severe diabe
tes,while 6 or lessindicatesa healthy, non-diabetic condition.) Over the
course of taking Glucotor for six weeks, she discontinued her insulin
and Metformin (the generic form of Glucophage, one of the most com
mon prescription drugs used to treat diabetes) and reduced her oral hy
poglycemic from 8 mg to 2 mg per day. At the end of the trial, a second
test showed her A1C levelhad fallento 5.7,a healthy, non-diabetic level.
During our conversation, Dr. Hall also told me how surprised hePart VII: Diabetes | 337
was to see dramatic changes in blood lipid levels in some of his Glu
cotor patients. One man's total cholesterol dropped from 297 to 210
and his triglycerides from 580 to 506 after four weeks of taking the
supplement. Another patient, a woman this time, had a 23.5 percent
reduction in her total cholesterol, a 32 percent drop in her LDL level,
and an 18 percent drop in her triglycerides. After 5.5 weeks of taking
Glucotor, her blood pressure dropped from 140/96 to around 115/75,
and she was able to discontinue taking Lipitor and her blood pressure
medication.
And these are just a few examples of the great responses Dr. Hall
sawin his patients.Since then, the formulahas rackedup an impressive
82 percent success rate. Most people would look at those results and
be satisfied. But Barron wasn't. So he decided to reformulate Glucotor.
The result is a new and improved version of Glucotor (Glucotor
v.2), which includes an all-natural ingredient that has been proven
to boost the body's insulin response 20-fold. This one addition to the
original formula has made the alreadymiraculous Glucotor up to 300
percent more effective than similar products without the potential of
toxic side effects.
Make your insulin receptors more receptive
Butwhyreformulate at allwhenyou've alreadygotsomethingwith
such a high success rate you literally can't keep it on the shelves? Sim
plyput, Barron says the success ratejust wasn't high enough consider
ing it's a human statistic. He couldn't seepast the 18percent of people
that he wasn't helping.
That led him on a search for other ingredients he could add to
boostGlucotor's effectiveness. And onceagain, he arrivedbackat cin
namon. But this time he found a specific cinnamon extract, called Cin
nulin PF, which eliminated the roadblocks he'd encountered before.
So just what is Cinnulin PF? Well, as Barron puts it, "it's pretty
amazing. It'sa patented cinnamon extract that operates at the cellular338 | Miracles from the Vault
and molecular levels. It actually works to make the insulin receptor
siteson your individualbody cells more receptive. If you haveenough
cinnamon every day, you can actuallyincreaseyour body's insulin re
sponse threefold. That's 300percent—and that's a big deal."
I wanted to find out more about Cinnulin PF so I went straight to
the source: Integrity Nutraceuticals Inter-national (INI). INI is a raw
material supplier of bulk nutraceuticals including amino acids, herbs,
and specialty compounds like Cinnulin PF.
All the benefit, none ofthe risks
Until recently methylhydroxy-chalcone polymer (or MHCP) was
thought to be the active compound in cinnamon responsible for the
beneficial effect on blood glucose. It turns out that early research misidentified
the substances responsible for these actions as cinnamons
MHCP fractions. The substances actuallyproviding the blood-sugarlowering
benefits are water-soluble polyphenol polymers called TypeA
polymers.15
INI created an aqueous cinnamon extract product using a process
that removes the potentially harmful compounds from whole cinna
mon while leaving the Type-A polymers intact (using no chemical
solvents). Extracts made with solvents other than water will actually
extract the lipid-soluble portion of cinnamon, which contains the po
tentially harmful fractions.
Actually, this process makes Cinnulin PF even stronger than it
would be without it: The lipid soluble portion of cinnamon has been
shown to have no effect on glucose metabolism. But in contrast, the
water-soluble portion has been proven to increase glucose uptake by
20-fold.16
Early research looks promising
In diabetes,either the body doesn't produce enough insulin or the
cellsresist it, so the sugar remains in the blood, builds up to higher andPart VII: Diabetes | 339
higher levels, and ultimatelystarts damagingprotein-based tissue and
organs. Cinnulin PF triggers receptor sensitivityto insulin and primes
the receptor for glucose uptake.
In one study, researchers tested cinnamon's effectsby using a wa
ter-based cinnamon extract similar to Cinnulin PF on 28 people with
TypeII diabetes. Patientsreceived 500mg of a formula containing wa
ter extracts of cinnamon, heshouwu, and mushroom three times per
day. Another 29 patients were givena placebo. After two months, re
searchers found that subjectsin the treatment group had a 15 percent
reduction in fasting glucose.
In another study, 60Type 2 diabetics weredivided into sixgroups:
three placebogroups and three experimentalgroups.Participantstook
1,3, or 6 grams of cinnamondaily or the placebo. After 40 days, par
ticipants in the cinnamon groups had 18 to 29 percent drops in their
fasting glucose. They also experienced 20 to 30 percentlower triglyc
erides,7 to 27percent reductionsin LDL cholesterol, and 12to 26 per
centlowertotal cholesterol levels.17There wereno significant changes
in anyof the placebo groups. However, all of the patients in the study
were also taking oral hypoglycemic (blood sugar-lowering) medica
tions, so it's hard to say for sure in this case if cinnamon was the sole
factor in the improvements.
Recently a placebo-controlled, double blind trial specific to Cin
nulin PFwasjust completed. Thestudywasdesignedto determine the
effect ofsupplementation with Cinnulin PF on changesin glucose reg
ulation, lipid profiles (cholesterol, triglycerides, etc.), and overall body
composition. Final results showed subjects were able to lower their
fasting bloodglucose byan average of8.4%. Furthermore, participants
showedsmall but significant decreases in body fat (with increases in
lean muscle mass!).
New ingredient fares well on its own
If Cinnulin PF is independently getting good results, and so is340 | Miracles from the Vault
Glucotor, imagine the combinedeffect. Here are a coupleencouraging
reports INI has gotten over the past few months from people using
Cinnulin PF:
G.P. from Springfield, OH wrote to INI saying "My wife saw an
article in Parade magazine and suggested I try Cinnulin PF. I have
been taking two capsulesdaily; the results are in the numbers. The VA
Center where I go for treatment asked for a brochure on Cinnulin PF
to post on their bulletin board. My doctor is not normally in favor of
homeopathic medicine, but she was ecstatic with my results. She had
read about cinnamon studies and believes it is a good approach."
And another letter, this one from R.J. in Sanford, FL, said: "I use
Cinnulin PF to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. It works! I have
used it for a month and I take two tablets before lunch and two before
dinner. I also recommend Cinnulin PF to all of my friends who have
diabetes."
Same size, same price, better results
Barron did note that some people have a problem digesting the
capsules quickly enough to get the blood-sugar lowering effects. The
problem, as Barron explains, is that many people, particularly as they
get older, have burned out their abilityto produce stomach acid. Once
you get to that point, you no longer have enough stomach acid to eas
ilybreak down capsules: It takes so long that the Glucotor can't get in
place soon enough to block the receptorsites. But taking the formula
out of the capsules lets you bypass that problem. So if you don't get
the results you expect, try taking the Glucotor v.2 powder out of the
capsules and mixingit with a littleapplesauce or a smallglass ofwater.
And speaking of capsules, the addition of Cinnulin PF hasn't af
fected the size or swallow-ability of Glucotor v.2. Barron actually had
to create a special encapsulation technique in order to contain the
desired dosage of Cinnulin PF along with the other proven ingredi
ents. "After a lot of trial and error and changing how we ground andPart VII:Diabetes | 341
blended the formula, we found we could get the equipment to fill the
standard capsules with the desired dose of the new formula. In other
words, we wereable to addthe Cinnulin PF without havingto change
anything else."
And that's not the onlypuzzlethey hadto solve to getthis improved
formula to you. Adding Cinnulin PF looked asif it would increase the
retail priceofthe new formula 30 percent. So Barron and Baseline Nutritionals
thought they would haveto choosewhether to raise prices or
decrease the number of capsules in each bottle. But they found anoth
er alternative—one just about unheard of in the supplementindustry:
Theydecided not to do either. Soyou're getting all the existing benefits
of the original Glucotor formula plus the addedbenefitofCinnulin PF
at no additional cost. This is just anotherindication ofthe confidence
that Barron and the manufacturers have in this formula.
The recommended dosage for Glucotor v.2 with Cinnulin PF is to
oneortwo capsules five to 10 minutes before eating. If you're currently
taking medications for blood sugar, cholesterol, or heart disease, talk
to your doctor before trying this formula.342 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER SIX
Herbal-tea extract lowers
blood sugar and helps patients
lose weight—without changes in
diet or exercise
Diabetes afflicts over 16 million Americans. The American dietprocessed
foods high in sugar, low in fiber, and virtually devoid
of nutrients—combined with a sedentary lifestyle, has caused the dis
ease to spread rapidly. But Type II diabetes (noninsulin dependent)
doesn't happenovernight. It usually takes five to 10 years before a re
curring set of circumstances repeats itself enough times and causes
enough damage to resultin diabetes.
Gerald M. Reaven, M.D., of Stanford University Medical Center,
coined the term "Syndrome X" to describe the blood sugar disorder
that leads to Type II diabetes. If you have Syndrome X, you're insulin
resistant—a dangerous situation since insulin processes the sugar in
yourblood and converts it to glycogen, which is stored in yourliver
and muscles for later use.
In the case of insulin resistance, your cells don't respond quickly
enough to insulin production and youhave highbloodsugarlevels forPart VII: Diabetes | 343
longer periods of time. Your body senses that there's too much blood
sugar and produces even more insulin.
Instead ofbeing processed bytheextra insulin, yourbodyresponds
negatively and keeps your blood sugar levels high. This is a self-per
petuating cycle that leads to increased resistance to insulin and even
higher levels ofbloodsugar. As a result, yourcells don't getthe energy
they need—leaving you tired and groggy. Your body responds to this
condition by craving more sugar for fuel. So you eat again, flooding
yoursystem with even more glucose, and heading down the road to
Type II diabetes.
Although Type II diabetics usually produce insulin, their bod
ies are unable to process insulin efficiently and would benefit from a
supplement to help transport glucose out of the blood and convertit
to glycogen forstorage. In some cases, Type II diabetics don't produce
sufficient amounts of insulin and mayrequire oral medication or in
sulin injections.
Ifyou have Syndrome X, it's very likely thatyoualso have elevated
triglyceride levels, low HDL ("good" cholesterol), high LDL or VLDL
("bad" cholesterol), high blood pressure, and the slow clearing offat
from the blood.
Factors that increase yourrisk ofcontracting Syndrome Xinclude
stress, obesity, lack of physical activity, high-carbohydrate intake, a
low-fiber diet, excessive alcohol consumption, polycystic ovaries, and
smoking. Ifyou're in thehigh-risk group forSyndrome Xanddon't do
anything toimprove yoursituation, you'll most likely endupwith Type
II diabetes. While many ofthe risk factors can be addressed through
changes inyour lifestyle, reducing blood sugar levels hasn't been very
easy if you're insulin resistant. Until now.
Banabaplant lowersblood sugarby 32 percent—
in just three weeks
The banaba is a medicinal plant commonly found in the Philip-344 | Miracles from the Vault
pines and Southeast Asia. Itsleaves were traditionally brewed to make
a tea used to counteract diabetes and high blood sugar. Researchers
found that corosolic acid was the active ingredient in the leaves, so
they standardized the extract and createda product calledGlucosol.™
WilliamV. Judy, Ph.D.,of the Southeastern Institute of Biomedical
Research in Bradenton, Florida, used Glucosol in animal and human
clinical trials to determine if its effects could help mild-to-moderate
Type II diabetics reduce their blood-sugar levels. Last year, Dr. Judy
conducted five human clinical trials (unpublished) that attempted to
reduce diabetics' elevated fasting glucose levels, which averaged 150
milligrams/deciliter (normallevels are70to 110milligrams/ deciliter).
In the first study, 22Type II diabetics were given 16,32, or 48 mil
ligrams of Glucosol per day. The resulting decrease in diabetic symp
tomswasnothing short ofastounding. Patientsreceiving 48milligrams
per dayhad the most pronounced decrease in their blood sugarlevels.
Afterjust 20 days, they reduced those levels by an average of 32 per
cent and lost an average oftwo pounds without making anychangesin
their diet or exercise regimen. Threeother studiesusing48milligrams
of Glucosol per day duplicated those significant blood sugar reduc
tions. The herb appearsto workby improving the rate at which sugar
is transported out of your blood but doesn't reduce your blood sugar
excessively.
Glucosol helps you lose weight without
disrupting normal blood sugar levels
To determine if weight loss could be experienced by nondiabetics
who take the herbal extract,Glucosol was givento 10test subjects
who did not havea history ofblood sugardisorders.Thepatients were
supplemented with 48 mg of Glucosol every day for 30 days. Bythe
end of the test period, the average weightloss experiencedby the nor
malsubjects was 2.4 pounds. Two weeks after the end of the test pe
riod, the patients had not onlymaintained their weight loss, they had
lost even more weight! Their average weight loss increased slightly toPart VII: Diabetes | 345
2.6 pounds. None of the subjects experienced any difficulty with hy
poglycemia (low blood sugar), which indicates that Glucosol doesn't
transport more sugar out of your blood than is required.
With Glucosol, diabetes doesn't have to be
the road to serious health problems
Glucosol andinsulin supplements work indifferent ways. The risks
you experience with insulin supplements—either too-low or too-high
blood sugar levels—don't happen with Glucosol. Available without a
prescription, thisherbal extract canhelp yougetcontrol ofyourblood
sugarlevels and avoid the seriousconsequences of diabetes.
Glucosol isavailable asSugarsolve.™ For ordering information, see
the Member Source Directory.346 | Miracles from the Vault
Part VIII
MemoryPart VIII: Memory I 347
CHAPTER ONE
Focus your mind, sharpen your
memory with Ayurvedic medicine
Year after year, the car keys seem to go missing more often.
Names of distant relatives and household gadgets don't jump
to mindthe instant you need them. Memories of family events grow
hazy. Tasks like balancing thecheckbook orpreparing aholiday meal
become more challenging and more prone toerrors. Andone day you
start wondering if you're edging down that pathtoward dementia.
Practitioners of Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine, how
ever, have identified several herbs capable of preserving memory and
mental acuity and even reversing some age-related cognitive deficits.
Practitioners saythese herbs, which have been used for centuries, can
offset the prime causes of memory loss, namely disease, nerve cell
decay, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.
It's a nasty biological fact that our capacity to maintain a sharp
memory diminishes as we age. On average, individuals lose nerve
cells at a rate of 1 percent a year after age 25. Consequently by age
70, we've lost more than one-third of the cells critical to memory
functions. Memory loss can be exacerbated by other factors: stress,
depression, disease (including diabetes and hypothyroidism), nutri-348 | Miracles from the Vault
tional deficiencies (especially of vitamins Bl and B12), and certain
prescription medications. Trauma, strokes, and heart attacks can re
duce oxygen flow to the brain, killing cells andcausing memory loss.
Sadly, Alzheimer's disease also causes extremememory lossin one in
10Americans over the ageof65.
Several Ayurvedic herbs, however, support the brain directly. Bacopa,
for example, affects higher-order cognitive processes by rejuve
nating nerves and brain cells.1 Gotu kola helps maintain microvessels
in the brain,improvingmemory and attention span.2 Mucunais a nat
uralsource of levodopa which optimizes performance of the nervous
system, including the brain.3
Others bolster cognitive function by strengthening the nervous
system. Ashwaganda (orIndian ginseng) fights stress, improves mem
ory, and helps rejuvenate people suffering from general debility, exThe
right diet may preserve your memory
There are a number of things you can do to regain some lost
mental function and improve your concentration. Daily exercise is
anexcellent way to increase circulation, which helps relieve mindnumbing
stress and increase oxygen flow to the brain. Herbs like
ginseng and Ginkgo biloba have been used for centuries in many
cultures and appear to increase the amount of oxygen-rich blood
to the brain. Supplements likephospha-tidylserine andNADH are
more recent discoveries that have been found to keep the brain
sharp and functioning at its peak. Finally, adiet that includes ample
raw fruit andvegetables (the bestsources ofantioxidants),sufficient
protein (which helps maintain nerve cells and healthy blood sugar
levels), andcold-water fish (which contain Omega-3 fatty acids and
reduce the risk ofstrokes, blood clots, and heart attacks) protects
against manydiseases that impair cognitive function. Adding 500-
1,000 mg of 1-carnitine greatly helps transport these essential fatty
acids into cells.Part VIII: Memory | 349
haustion, orstress-induced fatigue.45 Salep orchid isa nerve stimulant.
And Morning Glory is an anti-aging remedy that improves memory
and intellect byeasing nervous debility.
Afew herbs also help individuals suffering from memory loss or
concentration problems brought on bystress. Muskroot, for example,
is a nerve tonic known for its calmingeffect on the mind.6
Now studies indicate that certain Ayurvedic herbs might even
offerpositive results for severeconditions like Alzheimer's disease and
amnesia.
Laboratory tests reveal potential to treat
amnesia and Alzheimer's
Scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience
in Bangalore, India, investigated the ability of one formu
la to treat amnesia. MindCare, a formulation by Himalaya Herbal
Healthcare, contains all of the herbs mentioned above as well as In
dian valerian (a calming agent) and two herbs that protect against
memory-damaging diseases: Guduchi (a tonic that bolsters natural
immunity) and Triphala (a combination of three Ayurvedic herbs
high in vitamins B and C, which can be depleted by stress). The
scientists administered MindCare to laboratory rats suffering from
amnesia induced by electroshock therapy.7 In the medical journal
Probe, the researchers reported that MindCare "enhances cognition
against… amnesia."8
Researchers at the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu
University in India found that lab rats suffering from cognitive de
cline due to Alzheimer's disease also responded positively to Mind
Care supplementation. After two weeks ofsupplementation, the rats
experienced a reversal of cognitive deficits.9 The researchers discov
ered heightened concentrations of acetylcholine in the rats' brains—
a condition thatimproves cognitive processes and memory.350 | Miracles from the Vault
Ease the anxiety that can cloud memories
and impair concentration
In other studies, MindCare has demonstrated abilities to ease the
stress andanxietythatcanexacerbatememoryandconcentration prob
lems. At the Baranas Hindu University in Varanasi, India,researchers
gave rats MindCare for seven days. Afterward, therats received adrug
that increases tribulin—a marker in the brain that indicates the subject
issuffering from anxiety. The researchers found thatpretreatment with
MindCare attenuated the effects of the anxiety-causing drug.10
Doctors at Varanasi's Institute of Medical Sciences in India con
ducted a memoryand anxiety test on 20 individuals age 15 to 65. In
their study, which was published in the medical journal Probe, test
subjects received either two placebos or two MindCare tablets twice
a day for 12 weeks. The subjects then took a word test to determine
thesupplement's effect on short-term memory. The individuals taking
MindCare showed a 10-point improvement over pre-treatment mem
ory tests. The placebo group improved byapproximately two points.
TheMindCaregroup registered a similarimprovement in anxietytest
ing. Researchersfound "there was astatistically significant decrease" in
anxiety after taking MindCare, butthe group taking placebos showed
no improvement in their anxiety levels.11
MindCare is available through Himalaya Herbal Healthcare.
Orderinginformation isin theMember Source Directory on page 542.Part VIII: Memory I 351
CHAPTER TWO
Memory-boosting breakthrough
proves "science" wrong by
regrowing dead brain cells
First, it's forgetting where you put your glasses… and then finding
them sittingon yourhead.
Then it's missing an appointment because you forgot itwastoday…
or being unable to come up with the name ofthat acquaintance you
ran into at the grocery store.
For years, mainstream medicine has been telling usthese frustrat
ing and sometimes embarrassing "senior moments" are an unavoid
able part of getting older. Just accept it, they tell us, because there's
nothing you can do about them.
They arewrong.
It turns out a single breakthrough—a unique combination of five
natural brain-boosters—can have you remembering more tomorrow
than you do today… thinking faster today than you did yesterday…
delaying and possibly even entirely preventing the frustrations ofse
nility. There's more—this special supplement may even beaknockout
blowin the fight against Alzheimer's disease.352 | Miracles from the Vault
It's called NGF and its ability to stop and even reverse cogni
tive decline is due to one amazing quality. You see, NGF does the
impossible.
NGF accomplishesscience's'impossible* dream
by regrowing brain cells
I think it was in Mr. Wilson's sixth grade class that I heard it for
the first time: Brain cells don't regenerate—if you lose them, they're
just gone forever. For as long as I can remember, scientists believed
whichever brain cells you were born with, well, those were the only
ones you'd ever have. Turns out all ofthose scientists are being made
to eat some crow these days.
You see, we allnaturally lose braincells aswe age. Along withthe
cells go theneurites (thelong root-like branchesthatextend from your
brain cells). Neurites make up the network that lets your brain cells
communicate with each other.
Losing the neurites disrupts your brain's communication system
and your brain cells just can't communicate as efficientiy or rapidly
anymore. This causes all kinds ofcentral nervous system troubles, in
cluding cognitive, memory, andbehavioral issues. In short, those un
welcome senior moments.
But groundbreaking research shows thatyour brain cells can re
generate, and you can regrow your neural connections… as long as
the conditions are right. All it really takes is a specific set ofpremium
nutrients and phytochemicals, and your neurites can be replenished.
That's a crucial new understanding, because more neurites means
stronger brain function.
NGF uses a unique blendoffive potentbrain-building ingredients
to actually regrow your neurites, keeping your neural connections in
tact and functioning optimally.Part VIII: Memory | 353
Five natural brain nutrients working together
to keep your mind crystal clear
NGF impacts brain function so stronglybecauseit approaches the
problem of decreasedbrain cellcommunication in four unique ways:
renovatingvital brain cell structures, producing and preserving criti
cal neurotransmitters, supporting the delivery of vital nutrients and
oxygen to your brain, and shuttingdownbeta amyloid plaquebeforeit
can destroyyour brain cells. NGFcombines thesefive important brain
ingredients in a singlepowerfulsupplement:
• Acetyl carnitine increases the effects of nervegrowth factor 100
times, allowing your body to regrowbrain cells at any age.
• Acetyl carnitine arginate neutralizes the brain protein believed
responsible for Alzheimer's disease, and actssynergistically with
acetyl carnitine.
• Uridine supports the regrowthof neurites,which prevents
memory loss while improvingmemory retention.
• Gotu kola improves mental abilities by stimulating neurite
growth in key areasof the brain.
• Gingko biloba extract has strong antioxidant qualitiesthat
protect brain cells from free radicaldamage, and improves
blood flow and oxygen supplyto the brain.
Combining these five brain-boosting ingredients has a dramatic
effect on improving your brain power. That's exactly the purpose
of NGF—improved brain-cell health and neurite regrowth can in
crease your thinking power, restore memory, improve concentra
tion, inspire creativity, boost your mood, even improve your hear
ing and vision.
Each of the five active ingredientsplays a unique role in how NGF
works, as you're about to see.354 | Miracles from the Vault
Nerve growth factor is 100 times more effective
with acetyl carnitine
Nervegrowthfactoris a proteinproducedin your brain—andit has
a hugeimpacton overall brain cell healthand vitality. Butuntilrelatively
recently, no one really knewhowto stimulate or regulate itsproduction.
Then in 1991, some scientists discovered that a nutrient called ace
tyl carnitine increasedthe effects ofnervegrowthfactorby 100times…
making this naturally produced protein 100 times more effective. At
the time, this was considered merelyan interesting observation, with
no real-life applications.1
Then, a few years later, scientists discovered that another form of
acetylcarnitine, acetylcarnitine arginate, mimicked the effect of nerve
growthfactor, and couldactually cause neurites to grow.2 Basically, the
acetyl carnitine arginate did the same thing as the body's own nerve
growth factor! This simple nutrient actually stimulates brain cell re
generation all on its own.
Here's the bonus: When acetyl carnitine arginate and acetyl car
nitine were tested together on brain cells, they boosted each other's
performance.3
Turns out the first one stimulates the production receptors for
nervegrowthfactorand the secondone takesadvantage ofthat to pro
duce more brain cells.
This duo has some serious potency. While acetyl carnitine alone
boosted neurite growth by 5.6 percent in brain cell cultures, the com
bination increased neurite growth by 19.5 percent. That's over three
times more brain power for you!4
Preventing Alzheimer's disease and brain aging
The benefits of acetyl carnitine arginate don't stop at its amaz
ing ability to restore brain cells. It turns out it may be your greatestPart VIII: Memory | 355
weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's disease (AD). As you know,
scientistsbelieve the main culprit behind this debilitatingcondition is
beta amyloid plaque. This plaque is often found in huge quantities in
brains afflicted with AD.But instead of expensive drugs that may come
with their own side effects, the answerto protecting yourselffrom this
plaque maybe as simpleas ACA… acetyl carnitine arginate.
Acetyl carnitine arginateliterally protectsyour neurons againstthe
brain cell damage caused by beta amyloid plaque.5 In fact, one study
found that simplyadding this nutrient into the mix could wipeout the
effects of the plaque all together. When scientists added beta amyloid
to healthy human brain cell cultures in the lab, cell death occurred
within eight days. Butwhen they added acetyl carnitine arginate at the
same time, the cells didn't die, not at all. The nutrient completely pro
tected againstbeta amyloid toxicity byinterrupting its negative impact
on healthy brain cells.5
But the success doesn't end in a lab sample. Human trials testing
acetyl carnitine havealso shownvery promising results, like
• less pain and improved nerve regeneration in patients with
diabetic neuropathy.6
• noticeable improvements in patients with mild cognitive
impairment and earlysymptomsof Alzheimer's disease.7
• reduced fatiguecaused by chronic fatiguesyndrome and
multiple sclerosis.8
Uridine increases memory retention
Uridine is a natural substance found in foods. Scientists used to
believe only infants needed it, but new research is showing that it's
critical for optimal brain health. More and more research is demon
strating that we need uridine for growth and development through
out our lives.9
It turns out that that uridine (which we get mainly from milk)356 | Miracles from the Vault
is our main source of cytidine. Cytidine, in turn, creates phosphaticylcholine,
a precursor for the neurotransmitter required for proper
memory function and muscle coordination.10 Phosphatidylcholine
levels naturally decline with age, and that decline seems to playa key
role in memory loss.
I know there are a bunch of ten-cent words up there, so let me cut
to the chase: By simply addingmoreuridineto your diet,memoryloss
can be transformed into memory retention.
Studies into the uridine-human brain cell connection began in
earnest in 2000. One study found that uridine was directly responsible
for braincell regeneration in thelab.11 Andin 2005, anotherstudycon
firmed that uridine increased the numberofnewneuritesper cell and
stimulated neurite branching—two events critical for memoryreten
tion. Simply by enhancing phosphatidylcholine production, uridine
wasable to foster brain cellgrowth.12
Gotu kola, the "brain herb" from India,
repairs damaged cells
Gotu kola,a plant native to India,has been used in Ayurvedic tra
ditional medicine for thousands of years. Traditionally, this healing
herb hasbeen usedfornervous disorders suchassenility and epilepsy,
and as a brain tonic to improve memory. But its brain benefits don't
end there. New research indicates Gotu kola…
• May increase alertness
• May improve cognitive function in Alzheimer'spatients.
• May ease anxiety.
• Has been found to increase attention span
• Appears to improve concentration
• May alleviatedepression, stress, and insomnia
• Appears to boost learning abilityand memoryPart VIII:Memory | 357
• May boostthe power ofnerve growth factor to stimulate the out
growth of axons (keystructural components of neurons)
Scientific research into Gotu kola extracts and their impact on the
brain onlybeganin earnestin the pastfew years. The studies have fo
cused particularlyon howGotu kolaextractsimpactedbrain function
and structural changesin brain cells.
One of the most important of these studies demonstrated clearly
that Gotu kola promoted higher brain function in mice. In that study,
Gotu kola extract was given to baby mice, and it stimulated physio
logical actions that resulted in higher brain functioning… essentially,
smarter mice.13,14
Another landmark study showed that Gotu kola alcohol extract
added to human brain cells (in the lab) caused a striking increase in
neurite growth.And when the extractwasadded to the drinking water
of old rats, they demonstrated more functional recoveryand increased
neurite regeneration. The study authors concluded that Gotu kola ex
tract could be useful for speeding up repair of damaged brain cells.15
Ancient herb may reverse the onset ofAlzheimer's disease
Ginkgo biloba has been used for many centuries to enhance mem
ory and cognitive function, but modern research on the value of GBE
(gingkobiloba extract) didn't begin until the late 1950s. In 1965 gink
go biloba as we know it today was introduced to the European market
where it has been widelyused for more than 30 years to treat circula
tion problems and cerebral disorders, including Alzheimer's disease.
Over the past 40 years there have been more than 300 clinical tri
als of ginkgo biloba, and the evidence from those trials is overwhelm
ing: GBE's excellent antioxidant qualities protect cellsfrom free radical
damage, and GBEimproves blood flow and oxygensupply to the brain
and throughout the body. For most people this results in improved
cognitive abilities.358 | Miracles from the Vault
And the results get even better: In October of 1997 the Journal of
the American Medical Association reported on a study that tested gink
gobiloba against Alzheimer's disease anddementia. That study lasted
52weeks andincluded309 patients. The conclusion: ginkgo biloba is
capable ofstabilizing andin manycases improving the cognitive per
formance of demented patients. In the study, this herbwas shown to
actually stop and even reverse the onset ofAlzheimer's disease.
Though there's a large body of research on the individual ingredi
entsin NGF, therehaven't yetbeenanytrials performed on this partic
ularcombinationor usingthis supplement. But basedon the research
that is out there, you may notice results in as few asthree weeks. And
you canboost the power of this already powerful brain-boosting sup
plementby eating a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet and reducing your
stresslevels asmuch as possible.
NGF is available from Vitamin Research Products—you'll find the
ordering information for NGF in the Member Source Directory. And,
as an exclusive benefit for HSI Members, Vitamin Research Products
has agreed to giveyou a 20% discount off your order.
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CHAPTER THREE
Ancient herb can make
your mind young again
New research has led to a breakthrough in the treatment and
prevention of brain aging. It's a compound called huperzine A,
extracted from the Chinese club moss, or Huperzia serrata. Used in
traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat fever and inflam
mation, this compound has now been shown to bring about significant
improvements in cognitive and intellectual performance in patients
with Alzheimer's diseaseand age-related cognitivedecline, and it may
improve memory and learning in healthy patients as well.
Alan P. Kozikowski, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology at George
town University's Institute of Cognitive and Computational Sciences
in Washington,D.C., stated that "according to animal research, it [hu
perzine A] can actually slowthe progression of Alzheimer's disease. In
other words, huperzine A has neuro-protective activity, which is really
exciting. It makes this supplement really stand out from other treat
ment modalities."
Researchers at Beijing's Institute of Mental Health conducted
a four-week study on huperzine A, administering it to 101 patients
with age-associated memory impairment. At the beginning of the360 | Miracles from the Vault
four-week study, none ofthe patients was within the normalrange for
memory. At the end of the four weeks, however, over 70 percent of
those in the huperzine-treated group had improved to within normal
memory limits.1
How does huperzine A work?
Huperzine A is similar in action to the drugs currently used to
treat Alzheimer's disease in that it is a powerful acetylcholine ester
ase (AchE) inhibitor. AchE is an enzyme that destroys the neurotrans
mitter acetylcholine and terminates the nerve signal after it has been
transmitted. Acetylcholine, which is released at the synapse between
two nerve cells, facilitates memory and learning.In some memory dis
orders, such as Alzheimer's disease, the memory nerve impulse is de
stroyed beforeit has been received by the adjacentnerve cell. Thus,by
inhibiting AchE, the memory nerve impulseislengthened in duration,
resulting in improved memory and cognitive function.
According to researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences in
Rehovot, Israel, and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.,
huperzine A is superior in the following ways to the leading drugs li
censed for the treatment ofAlzheimer's:2
• Huperzine A improves learning and memory in mice better
than does tacrine.
• Huperzine A acts specifically on AchE in the brain rather than
on the AchE found elsewhere in the body.
• Huperzine A does not appear to bind to receptors in the central
nervous system, which can cause negativeside effects.
• Its effects last 10to 12times longer than those of
physostigmine and tacrine.
• Huperzine A is less toxic than the leading drugs, even when
administered at 50 to 100times the therapeutic dose.Part VIII: Memory | 361
A marriage ofancient wisdom and leading-edge science
Huperzine A has been used as a prescription drug for treating de
mentia in China for years. Butwe've found an innovative formula that
augmentshuperzine with other brain-specific nutrients.
Brain Protex by Nature's Sunshine combines three powerful anti
oxidants which cross the blood-brain barrier to protect the brain cells.
It also contains two nutrients that act as "brain food," namely Ginkgo
bilobaand phosphatidylserine.Together, the antioxidantsand the nu
trients protect the brain from damagingfreeradicalsand boost mental
capacity.
Nutrients found in Brain Protex
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is an essential fatty acid that is necessary
for optimal brain functioning. It keeps the membranes of the brain
cells fluid and pliant, allowing the cells to absorb nutrients more ef
ficiently. It also stimulatesthe activity of neurotransmitters, the "mes
senger" chemicals that relay nerve signals from cell to cell, literally
helping you think. More than two dozen controlled clinical trials have
demonstrated that supplementation with PSgreatlyimproves learning
and memory.
In a recent study of 149people,age50 or older,who had "normal"
age-related memory loss, some study participants took 100 mg of PS
three times a day for 12 weeks while the others took placebos. By the
end of the experiment, the people taking PS benefited from a 15 per
cent improvement in learning and other memory tasks, with the great
est benefit coming to those with the greatest impairment. Further
more, these significant benefits continued for up to four weeks after
the patients stopped taking PS. Clinical psychologist Thomas Crook,
one of the study's authors, said the study suggeststhat PS "may reverse
approximately 12 years of decline."3
In another 12-weekstudy,51 people (averageage: 71) took PSsup
plements and improved their short-term memory. They could better362 | Miracles from the Vault
recall names and thelocations ofmisplaced objects. They remembered
moredetails ofrecent events and could concentrate more intently.4
Ginkgo biloba isawell-known botanical remedyusedin the treat
ment of circulatory diseases, with particular value in the treatment of
brain aging. Ginkgo increases circulation to the brain and is a potent
antioxidant, helping to prevent free-radical oxidation in the brain.
Rhododendron caucasicum, also knownasthe "snow rose," grows
at altitudes ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 feet in the Caucasus Moun
tains of the Republic of Georgia (formerly part of the Soviet Union).
Manyscientists believe Rhododendroncaucasicum, whichisregularly
consumed in the form of Alpine Tea, is a primary causeof Georgians'
remarkable longevity. (One census oftheRepublic's 3.2millionpeople,
identified nearly23,000 citizens overthe ageof 100.) Foreign hospitals
haveused this plant to treat heart disease, arthritis, gout, high choles
terol, blood pressure problems, depression, neuroses, pychoses, and
concentration problems.
In the 1950s, Soviet scientists began vigorously researching Rho
dodendron caucasicum. Over the next four decades, numerous clini
cal trials exploredthe therapeutic values of the extract. It proved to be
an excellent free radical scavanger (an "ultra-antioxidant" according
to some researchers), capable of protecting the body from cell muta
tions that can weaken the immune system and cause heart disease,
cancer,strokes, kidney failure, and emphysema. It exhibited a tremen
dous ability (stronger than grape seed extract or pine bark extract) to
purge harmful bacteria from the body, while allowing good bacteria
(probiotics) to remain.
Rhododendron caucasicum,however, demonstrated specialabilities
to protect and treat the brain. Researchersdiscovered that its extract bol
sters the cardiovascular system, increasing blood supply to the muscles
and especially the brain. Studiesalsodemonstrated that Rhododendron
caucasicum increases the brain's resistance to unfavorable chemical,
physical, and biological imbalances. At the First Lenin Medicinal Insti-Part VIII:Memory | 363
tute in Moscow, researchers treated 530 patientswith various forms of
neuroses and pychoses withRhodendron caucasicum. Within 11 weeks
of treatment, the majority of the patients regained normal conscious
thought and demonstrated heightened mental abilities.
Lycopene isa powerfulantioxidantfound in tomatoes,pink grape
fruit, apricots, and watermelon. Observational studies have produced
evidence that diets high in lycopene may reduce the risk of cancer,
especially tumors in the prostate,colon,stomach,lung, or mouth. Re
searchers also believe lycopene may help prevent cataracts and macu
lar degeneration (a gradual loss ofvision which is the leading causeof
blindness among older Americans).
Alpha-lipoic acid is a sulfur-containing fatty acid found in every
cellof the body. It isa keycomponent ofour metabolicsystem, helping
to convert glucose (blood sugar)into energyto serve the body'sneeds.
It is also a universal antioxidant, capableof eliminating free radicals in
water and in fatty tissue.
Lipoic acid has been most commonly used (particularly in Ger
many) to treat nerve damage caused by diabetes. One randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 503 individuals concluded
that intravenous lipoicacid helped relieve symptoms (pain, numbness,
extreme constipation, and irregular heart rhythms) for three weeks.
Researchers now believe lipoic acid may also help retard cataracts
and neuro-degenerativediseases, includingParkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Brain Protex can be ordered through The Herbs Place.The recom
mended dose is two capsules at mealtime twice a day. (See the Member
Source Directory at the back of this book for ordering information.)364 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FOUR
Flower power keeps
your brain alive
In Alzheimer's patients, chemicals in the brain, called neurotrans
mitters, go haywire. Neurotransmitters aid communication among
brain cells andhelpelectrical impulses jump the tiny gaps (called syn
apses) between nerves.
In the 1970s, researchers discovered that people with Alzheimer's
disease (AD) have low levels of a key neurotransmitter called acetyl
choline (a-see-tull-KOH-leen). Not only does acetylcholine help brain
cells communicate, but it also plays avitalrole in memory,learning, and
othercognitive functions. In advanced AD patients, acetylcholine levels
plunge by 90 percent. At that point, eventhe personality is affected.
Acetylcholine is produced in an area ofthe brain called the basal
forebrain. Unfortunately, these cells naturally deteriorate with age and
areamong the first damaged in the earlystages ofAlzheimer's disease.
When these brain cellsdie, acetylcholine levels drop dramatically—af
fecting a patient's memory and capacity for learning.
The problem is compounded in AD patients when an enzyme
called cholinesterase is introduced. Cholinesterase cleans up unused
acetylcholine in the brain by breaking it down into its componentPart VIII: Memory | 365
parts. In a healthy person, this is a natural process. But in AD patients,
it can add insult to injury and cripple an already impaired memory by
further reducing already lowlevels of acetylcholine.
The current medications for AD, known as "cholinesterase inhibi
tors," work primarily by stopping the damage of cholinesterase to op
timize the levels of acetylcholine. Aside from harsh side effects, such
as liver damage, seizures,and depression, their biggestdownfall is that
they lose their effectiveness within one year.
Does the snowdrop plant hold the key
beyond the temporary relief of drugs?
Working with researchers at Life Enhancement Products, a pio
neering nutritional development and research company, we've uncov
ered dozens of recent clinical trials on a natural flower extract that
surpasses the effectiveness of prescription drugs.
Galantamine,an extract from the snowdrop flower, daffodil, spider
lily, and other plants, has been traditionallyused in Eastern Europe to
treat a variety of minor ailments. Current research shows its greatest
promise is its ability to bring the progress of AD to a virtual standstill
and rejuvenate cognitive function.
Like prescription drugs, galantamine blocks the action of cholin
esterase—allowing for greater levels of acetylcholine—and boosts the
production ofnewacetylcholine neurotransmitters in the brain.1
Furthermore, animal studies have found that galantamine does
something else no other drug currently being prescribed can do: It
stimulates acetylcholine receptors, called nicotinic receptors, in the
brain—over an extendedperiod of time. In AD patients, these recep
tors wear out and the brain isn't able to transport acetylcholine from
one cellto another. In addition, when nicotinic receptors are healthy
and active, they're thought to inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid
plaque deposits, a hard, waxy substance that results from tissue de
generation and is often found in the brains of AD patients.2 While366 | Miracles from the Vault
the current AD drugs initially help stimulate the nicotinic receptors
as well, the effect isn't long-lasting. Nicotinic receptors appear to be
come desensitizedto most drugs overtime—often within a year—thus
making them ineffective in thisrespect. UnlikeAD drugs, galantamine
stimulates nicotinic receptorswithout appearing to cause desensitization
when used for an extended period of time.3
Increase memory and cognitive function—and keep it
Scientists in Auckland, New Zealand, found that AD patients in
severalstudies (with 285to 978patientstaking 24milligramsof galan
tamine per day for three to six months) achievedsignificantimprove
ments in cognitive symptoms and daily living activities as compared
to a placebo-treated control group. They also found that galantamine
delayed the development of behavioral disturbances and psychiatric
symptoms. After 12 months of treatment, patients using galantamine
maintained their cognitiveand functional abilities.4
Researchers in Belgium conducted a study with 3,000 AD patients
enrolled in one of five randomized, controlled, double-blind groups.
Various levels of galantamine were tested (16, 24, and 32 milligrams
per day) against placebos, and in every study the galantamine-treated
patients maintained their cognitive abilities while the placebo-treated
subjects experienced significantdeterioration.
Prior to entering each of the five studies, patients were evaluat
ed according to the cognition portion of the Alzheimer Disease As
sessment Scale. Each subject's performance was assessed in 11 areas
measuring memory and orientation. A score of zero meant the pa
tient made no errors, while a top score of 70 meant he suffered from
profound dementia. Results from the patient evaluations showed that
moderately severe AD patients treated with galantamine had a sevenpoint
advantage over similarly afflictedsubjects in the placebo groups.
Researchers found that the optimum dosage of galantamine was 24
milligrams per day. Groups treated with 32 milligrams demonstrated
no additional improvement in their cognitive abilities.5Part VIII: Memory | 367
In another multicenter, double-blind trial, galantamine delayed
the progress of the disease throughout a full-year study. Conducted
at the University of Rochester Medical Center, 636 patients with mild
to moderate AD were given galantamine or a placebo for six months.
At the end of the period, patients taking galantamine experienced im
proved cognitive function in relation to the placebo group. Patients
taking 24 milligrams of galantamine improved by 3.8 points. Addi
tionally, based on clinician and caregiverinterviews, the galantamine
group performed significantly better in the completion of daily activi
ties and exhibited fewer behavioral disturbances. Moreover, the bene
fits of galantamineare long-lasting. Baseline cognitive scoresand daily
function continued to be high when retested at 12months for patients
taking 24 milligrams of galantamine.6
Not only that, but researchers have also determined that galan
tamine regulates the release of the neurotransmitters glutamate, gamma-aminbutyric
acid, and serotonin—all of which play a vital part in
proper memory function.7
Galantamine fights mental deterioration and
increases memory and cognitive abilities—
even in Alzheimer's victims
A recent series of comprehensive clinical trials unveiled some ex
citing new potential for galantamine, not only for treatment but also
for prevention and overall cognitive function.
Researchers once thought AD patients who inherited two copies
of the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE genotype) believed to cause AD
wouldn't benefit as much from cholinesterase inhibitors as other AD
sufferers. In four international placebo-controlled clinicaltrials lasting
from three to 12 months, researchers at the Janssen Research Foun
dation in Belgium studied 1,528 AD subjects with two copies of the
APOE genotype and tested the efficacy of galantamine. While those
with two copies of the specific gene had an earlier onset of AD symp
toms, they received equal benefit from galantamine supplementation368 | Miracles from the Vault
as compared with those who had AD from other gene types. So re
gardless of the genetic origin of AD,galantamine improved cognitive
abilities and capacity to handle normal day-to-day activities.8
In addition to forgetting things and not beingableto draw on previ
ous learning experiences,AD patients have an impaired abilityto learn
new tasks. In recent animal tests, researchers found that galantamine
modifies the nicotinic receptors so there's an increased release in the
amount of acetylcholinein addition to acting as an acetylcholinesterase
inhibitor.Scientists concludedthat dailyadministration ofgalantamine
over a period of 10 days results in an increase of conditions that are
known to augment learning opportunities in AD patients.9
Put all these characteristicstogether,and the overall result for AD
patients—as dozens of clinical trials prove—is that the disease slows
dramatically and the victim'smemory can stabilize and even improve.
The latest studies add to the growing body of evidence on the preven
tative potential of galantamine and its abilityto rejuvenate your overall
learning and performance.
Rescue your brain—cell by cell—starting today
The proof of galantamine's effectiveness in treating AD is so im
pressive that it's already being put to use around the world. Under the
market name Reminyl,* it has been used widely in 15 European coun
tries. In 1999,Janssen Pharmaceutica submitted Reminyl to the FDA
for approval; the FDA sanctioned it for use in AD patients the begin
ning of March 2001.
But approval by the FDA is only the first step on a long path to
getting help for the patient. According to the National Academy of
Sciences' Institute of Medicine, important research discoveries can
take as long as 17years before information about them filters down to
doctors and hospitals. And even if your doctor knows about a supple
ment or drug, your HMO or insurancecompanymight not approve it
because of the expense.Or they mayfeel you don't have sufficientneedPart VIII: Memory | 369
for a particular drug. Regardless of the potential benefits, mountains
ofred tape and bureaucratic nonsense might prevent you from getting
the products you need.
The good news is you don't have to wait.While the pharmaceuti
cal giants, insurance companies, and HMOs fight to get their extracts
packaged, marketed, and distributed, you can protect your memory
and intellect and put a stop to the advanceofAD with the natural form
ofgalantamine.
It's currently available from Life Enhancement Products in a for
mula called GalantaMind*,whichcombines galantamine with vitamin
B5 and choline. Referto page 542 for purchasing information.
Galantamine does have a few minor side effects: nausea, vomit
ing, and diarrhea. However, they canbe significantly reducedand even
eliminated by taking smallerinitial dosages and working up to the full
dosageover a week'stime.
The mountain of evidence on the benefits of galantamine for Al
zheimer's patients is undeniable. Anyone battling this difficult disease
should consider asking his/her doctor about it.370 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FIVE
Regrow brain cells, fight off toxic
proteins, and reverse the signs of
Alzheimer's and dementia
By the time symptoms start to appear, it's too late. The damage is
done. Alzheimer's disease is insidious, sneaking up on you with
stealth, then taking awayeverythingyou hold dear.
But this cruel disease can be held off, and some function can be
restored. More importantly, you can keep it from ever taking hold in
the first place.
With a single safe, natural substance, you can protect the brain
cells you have, and maybe even replace some of those that have been
lost. What's more, this remarkable brain saver has been helping people
suffering from the worst neurological diseases, both preventing and
treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Memory ofa lion, nerves ofsteel
With its cascading snowy white tendrils, this mushroom literally
looks like a lion's mane—and that's where its name comes from. An
ancient staple of Chinese medicine, Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)Part VIII:Memory | 371
is relied on for its brain enhancing powers.
In fact, traditionally,Lion's Mane is believedto bestow the memory
of a lion and nerves ofsteel.
Scientifically, Lion's Mane has been found to contain unique ac
tive compounds that combat memory loss and decreasing cogni
tive powers often associated with aging. Specifically, this medicinal
mushroom may:
• Improve memory function
• Enhance mental clarity
• Stimulate coordination
• Boost the immune system
• Promote production of NGF (more on this in a moment)
• Regeneratebrain cells
That's right—thatlast point says that Lion's Mane,and particularly
a specific patented extract ofthe mushroom,can help regeneratebrain
cells, which may be the key to its success in treating Alzheimer's and
dementia patients.
100%ofdementia patients had
improvement in daily functioning
Let's start right in with the meat and potatoes here. A small Japa
nese study1 looked at the benefits of Lion's Mane in fifty elderly dis
abled patients (with an additional fifty patients as controls). Of those
fifty, seven suffered from dementia.
After consuming 5g dailyof Lion's Mane for six months, all seven
dementia patients—100%!—showed improvement in basic functions
based on an objective assessment called FIM (Functional Indepen
dence Measure), which measures everyday activities like eating, get
ting dressed, and walking around.372 | Miracles from the Vault
On top of that 100%success rate, six out of the seven also showed
improvement in some pretty important ways: They recovered some
crucial cognitive powers, like better memory, understanding, and
communication.
Those results are nothing short of incredible.And we'rejust getting
started.
Substantial improvement in cognitive function
with Lion's Mane
A small 2009 study2 saw noticeable improvement for patients
with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The patients were split into
two groups: One group took yamabushitake (the Japanese word for
Lion's Mane mushroom) three times daily, while the other group
took placebos. That part of the study lasted for sixteen weeks, and
the patients had their cognitive function tested several times during
that period.
Byweeksixteen, 71%of the Lion's Mane group had improved by at
least three full points on the thirty point scale(that'sconsidered a huge
jump). And another 21% of that group had seen a two-point increase.
In fact, only one of the subjects in the mushroom group was consid
ered unchanged,'compared to nearly87% in the placebo group.
Butthe study didn't end there. Fourweeks afterthe study wascom
pleted, the patients were tested again. And this time, the scores in the
mushroom group dropped substantially. That lead the researchers to
conclude that patients would need to take the Lion's Mane continu
ouslyto keep its effects going.
So we know that Lion's Mane can reversesome cognitive decline—
even help people regain some independence in their lives. That alone
would make it worth trying, but some very dedicated scientists fo
cused on harnessing the mushroom's capabilityin an even more pow
erful form.Part VIII:Memory | 373
Powerful extract sparks brain power by growing
newbrain cells and stopping lethal toxins
Backin 1991, a dedicated scientist named Dr. Hiokazu Kawagishi
was hunting for compounds that could get brain cells growing again.
But he hit a barrier—the blood brain barrier (or BBB), that is. You see,
your brain is highly protected, and very few things can get past the
BBB. That makes it very difficultto boost brain power.
Then Dr. Kawagishi stumbled across compounds called hericenones,
and found that (at least in the lab), they could stimulate a very
special protein called NGF—the very protein that's responsible for
growing brain cells.Even better, those compounds, which come from
Lion's Mane, were able to cross the BBB.3
As he kept working with Lion's Mane, Dr. Kawagishi discovered
Aricept: Are the risks worth it?
Aricept (according to the Aricept website) is considered suc
cessful if the Alzheimer's patient doesn'tgetworse, or if his decline
slows down—meaning he'sstillgetting worse, but moreslowly. And
a verylucky few mayactually see slight improvement in symptoms.
But that minimal improvement comes with a very disturbing
downside in the form of pretty scary adverse reactions. Common
adverse reactions (taken straight fromAricept's prescribing infor
mation) include thingslike extremely slow heartbeat and fainting,
gastrointestinal bleeding,bladder obstructions, and convulsions.
It gets even scarier when you look at the less common reac
tions: congestive heart failure, bone fractures, intracranial hemor
rhage (that's bleeding in the brain!), strokes (a form called TLA),
collapsed lungs,and kidneyfailure.. .just to name a few.
When you considerthe benefits you might seecomparedto the
risks, is it reallyworth it?374 | Miracles from the Vault
yet another brain-protecting agent, this one called amyloban. And this
fraction does something truly amazing: It protects your brain cells
from the toxicdamagebrought on bybeta amyloidpeptide—themain
component of the brain-destroying plaque that develops in patients
with Alzheimer's disease.
Scientists also isolated another active compound from amyloban,
known as DLPE (dilinoleoyl-phosphatidylethanolamine). DLPE has
shown some very powerful brain cellprotection invitro by inhibiting
something called ER stress, which is known to destroy brain cells.4
With these three activesubstances—onethat protects against toxic
plaque, one that protects against deadly ER stress, and one that pro
motes new brain cell growth—Alzheimer's disease and dementia can
be fought on three critical fronts.
So Dr. Kawagishi joined forceswith Dr. Cun Zhuang, and together
they developed a standardized extract (called Amycenone) that con
tains both hericenones and amyloban (which, by the way, is patented
as an anti-dementia agent in Japan).And that proprietary extract is the
key component of a supplement calledAmyloban 3399.
One woman's journey from dementia to
healthywith Amyloban 3399—a case study
Lin S. was an 81-year-old woman who'd struggled with depression
and declining cognitive function for years. After several hospitaliza
tions over severalyears,she made her wayto the clinicof Dr.Inanaga…
and her lifewas immeasurably improved.5
He started her on Amyloban3399(added to other medications and
herbs she was taking). And afterjust two months, he saw notable clini
cal improvement.' On a clinical scale, her dementia rating went from a
score between 20 and 22 (borderline dementia) to 29—a normal score.
And the changesin her everyday lifeare even more compelling:
• Four years earlier, she struggled to name even four vegetables,Part VIII: Memory | 375
but after Amyloban 3399treatment she can name as many as
she's asked to without hesitation.
• She couldn't cook before, and now she can.
• She can now solvedouble-digit subtraction problems, which she
couldn't before Amyloban 3399.
• Scary dreams have vanished.
• And she handles separation from her husband much more easily,
whereas before treatment she became anxious if he spent more
than ten minutes bathing.
While increased scores on scales are impressive, what really mat
ters is every day life. And that'swhat Dr. Inanaga saw improved for his
patient: A true change for the better in her quality of life.
Amycenone takes on Aricept.. .and wins
Though individual results with Amyloban 3399 are quite remark
able, research on the extract is just getting started, with extremely
promising results. Like in this animal study6, where the Lion's Mane
extract was pitted against one of the world'smost popular Alzheimer's
drugs—donepezil, better known by its brand name, Aricept.
Scientists started with Alzheimer Type Dementia model rats, and
gave them either donezepil, a medium doseofAmycenone (the equiv
alent' to how much amyloban extract a person would take), a high
dose of Amycenone, or nothing. Then the rats had to fend for them
selves in something calledthe Morris WaterMazeTest.
The rats taking either dose of amyloban extract performed much
better than the untreated rats,showing hugeimprovementsin learning
memory and recognition. Plus, the rats in the high dose Amycenone
group did at least as well—and sometimesbetter—than the rats taking
donepezil.
And when it cameto increasing NGFlevels in their brains, the rats
in the high dose Amycenone group beat the pants offall the donezepil376 | Miracles from the Vault
group in every test. The medium dose amyloban group did very well,
too. In all ofthe tests, NGF levels were significantlyhigher in the highdose
extract group than in the drug group. In fact, even the mediumdose
extract group had higher NGF levels in half the tests.
Treating dementia and Alzheimer's disease
with Amyloban 3399
Amyloban 3399 can protect your brain from cognitive decline and
even help turn things around if a slide has already begun.
The recommended therapeutic dose of Amyloban 3399 is three
tablets, two times daily. For maintenance or prevention purposes, the
suggested dose is lower: two tablets taken twice a day.
You can find ordering information for Amyloban 3399 in the
Member Source Directory on page 542.378 | Miracles from the Vault
Part IX
Immune SystemPart IX: Immune System | 379
CHAPTER ONE
New product focuses on skin as the
weak link in your immune system
At the Health Sciences Institute, members and affiliates of our
international network regularly send us information on break
throughs for everything from preventing cancer to fighting head
aches. Just when we think we've seen everything, something comes
across our desks that makes us take a long second look.
Over the years, we've featured several products designed to help
you build a stronger immune system, the first line of defense in
fighting most diseases. What makes this product, CellAid, so dif
ferent is the part of your body it focuses on—your skin—and how
that can help you build up immunity to some of today's most deadly
diseases.
When your skin is in top shape, it can help your liver, thymus,
and other immune components fight illness. When it's not, you may
be leaving yourself open to infection and even life-threatening mi
crobes. Researchers have discovered that closing the skin's diseasefighting
gaps, which are too frequently overlooked, may be a major
way to level the playing field against infectious diseases.380 | Miracles from the Vault
Bolstering your skin can recharge
your ability to fight disease
There are three main ways your skin helps fight disease. The
first is with antibacterial peptides, which neutralize deadly organisms
that come in contact with the skin and may protect you from bacterial
invasion.1
Another important role of skin is to provide a home for T cells,
which are the "footsoldiers"ofyour immune system in the fight against
disease.In fact, half your circulatingT cellsare located in the skin's epi
dermis. Keeping your skin healthy helps maintain your T cells' ability
to fight illness and aids the maturation process of some immune cells.
Your skin also regulates skin-cell turnover. Proper cell turnover
means dead cells arebeing replacedbynewonesat the correct rate.Ifthe
replacementprocessgoesawry, cellreplacementmaybecome overactive
or underactive.Overactiveturnover meanstoo many new cellsare being
made and can result in conditions like psoriasis. Underactive turnover
occurs when cells are dyingfaster than they can be replaced. Either one
of these conditions can preoccupyyour immune system and prevent it
from properlycombatinginfections or other health problems.
Nutrients that target the skin and are specific to its immune sys
tem tasks may be able to strengthen your abilityto fight disease,but it
can be difficult to get enough through food. But now,researchers have
discovered a wayto use plant-basedproducts that augment the body's
cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that are part of the immune system
and help prevent the spread of invading organisms.
Nourishing skin for fighting disease requires
more than just beauty creams
Most skin-care products, such as emollients, wrinkle removers,
and sunblocks, temporarily improve the skin's appearance but usually
don't nurture the skin's immune response. Products containing nutri
ents, such as vitamins A, C, and E, may help repair skin damage, butPart IX: Immune System | 381
they may not boost or increase immune cells.
CellAid, a product used for the past 10 years in Europe and the
Middle East has just become available in the United States.It'sa threepartsystem
containing an oral liquid and two topical creams that helps
the skin (and the entire body) in its immune-system duties.
CellAid shows "complete inhibition"
of a cancer-causing virus
An independent in vitro analysisconducted by University of Cali
fornia biochemist Kathleen S. Hall, Ph.D., found that CellAid shows
"complete HPV-11 inhibition."2 Human papilloma virus (HPV) is
most frequently associated with cancers of the cervix. It is, however,
also implicated in other types of cancers, especiallythose affectingthe
head and neck area. If you have HPV in your mouth, your risk of get
ting oral cancer is up to 4.7 times greater.3 HPV has also been associ
ated with cancers of the lung,4 sinus cavity,5 and nasal area.6
Increase your body's natural tumor killers
CellAid contains significant amounts of interleukin-12 (IL-12), an
important tumor fighter, according to Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., M.T., of
Immunosciences Lab,who conducted an independent chemical anal
ysis of the constituents.7 Dr. Vojdani claims that raising your levels
of this substance may increase your resistance to infectious diseases,
spur the activity of your natural killer cells, and stimulate production
of your T cells. Dr. Vojdani also identified a number of other types
of immune reinforcers in Cell-Aid, including IL-la, IL-lb, IL-2, IL-4,
IL-5,IL-6,IL-10,interferon-alpha and gamma, and TNF alpha (tumor
necrosis factor), and TGF beta (transforming growth factor). This ap
pears to be the first time these cytokine-like immune proteins have
been extracted from a plant-based product.
Rasha Yousef Khalil, professor of immunology and head of the
immunogenetic and transplantation unit at the Ain ShamsUniversity382 | Miracles from the Vault
Specialized Hospital in Cairo, found that CellAid increases the initial
immune response by up to 306 percent!8
This three-part synergistic program may
help protect you from serious diseases
To be honest, using CellAid seems a little daunting at first. And
if you're someone who can't remember to take your vitamins every
day, it may not be for you. Unlike other immune boosters, CellAid is
a complete system that must be used together. The liquid is taken and
the creams are applied every morning and evening. It is essential that
all three components be used to achieve the synergisticeffect.
Although this is not as quick as swallowing a few pills, it takes just
a couple of minutes to go through the entire regimen.
The liquid, which has a mild licorice flavor, contains 12 active in
gredients, including herbal extracts like ginger root, clovebuds, cinna
mon bark, and hibiscus flower. It also contains fenugreek seeds, which
have anti-inflammatory properties and are shown to produce 70 per
cent inhibition of tumor-cell growth in animals.9
One teaspoonful is taken twicea day on an empty stomach 30 min
utesbeforeeating.Hold the liquid in your mouth for one minute before
swallowing, allowing the cells in your mouth to absorb the nutrients
and thereby get a jump-start on delivering them to your bloodstream.
The topical ointments—Skintrinsic SkinGeland Antioxidant SkinSerum—are
used alternately. SkinGel contains, among other things,
echinacea and panthenol. For the first three weeks, a dime-size por
tion of SkinGel is applied twice a day, at the same time you take the
liquid. Rub in the cream gently and wait for it to absorb, which can
take 10-15 minutes.
After the first three weeks, switch from SkinGel to SkinSerum.
SkinSerum contains 16 ingredients, including inositol, lipoic acid,
maritime pine, and quercetin. Applythe SkinSerum for one week, fol-Part IX:Immune System | 383
lowing the same procedure mentioned above for SkinGel.
The manufacturersuggests using CellAid for a minimum of three
and up to six months to help build up your body's immune response.
They also recommend taking a two-week break from the product ev
ery three months, which will allowyour body to continue responding
to the formulation instead ofbecoming used to it. After the initial sixmonth
period, you can use CellAid three or four months throughout
the yearor whenever yourimmune system is low,such asduring times
ofillness or stress.
One of the most important factors in supplement use is knowing
whether the productisworking.Some peoplemay experience temporary
immune responsesin the first month they take CellAid.These responses,
if they occur, are anormalsignof immune systembalancing and usually
go awayaftera week or two. Such responses may include a rise in body
temperature, fatigue, oranincrease of discomfort in areas ofpre-existing
painorinflammation. If the response feels too strongfor you, simplyde
crease the amount ofCellAid, or stop taking it for a fewdays.
In some people with high blood platelet counts, high blood pres
sure, or hyperthyroidism, CellAid may elevate these conditions. This
response is usually temporary and the body adjusts. However, if you
haveany ofthese conditions, you shouldbe monitored by your doctor
and should initiallytake CellAid only every two to three days (and in
lesser amounts than indicated). If you are diabetic or on blood thinning
medications (including regular aspirin therapy), you should have your
blood monitored regularly as the medication may need adjustment.
And, again, please work closelywith your physician.
CellAid is not cheap. It's available from Herba-ceuticals only as a
completesystem, so its components cannotbe purchased separately. In
order to follow the manufacturer's recommended three to six month
treatment regime, an initial investment anywhere from $300 to $600
is necessary. Refer to the Member Source Directory on page 542 for
ordering information.384 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
The Scandinavian secret
to cutting colds by 50 percent
It's that sniffling, sneezing, coughing, headachy, "just go lie on the
couch and feel crummy" time ofthe year again. And that creates a
treatment dilemma for alot of people. You can take popular cold med
ications, but they don't always provide adequate relief. You can take
antibiotics, but ultimately that helps breed drug-resistant bacteria. So
the Health Sciences Institute has researched a natural cold remedy/
preventivethat promises to be an effectivealternative.
Andrographis paniculata, a shrub extract commonly referred to
as Indian Echinacea, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic (tra
ditional Indian) therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat
everything from isolated cases of the sniffles to full-blown outbreaks
of influenza. It was credited with halting the spread of disease dur
ing the 1919 Indian flu epidemic. More recently, andrographis (under
the brand name Kan Jang*) has outsold all other cold medications in
Scandinaviafor 12yearsrunning. It wasnamed Product ofthe Yearby
the Swedish Association of Health Food Producers. And researchers
have accumulated considerable data documenting its effectiveness.Part IX: Immune System | 385
Asian herbal extract strengthens your immune system
Andrographis is not an antimicrobial agent. It does not kill the
organisms that make you sick—atleast not directly. Instead, it boosts
your immune system and stimulates your natural antibodies.1
Your body makes some very powerful disease-fighting enzymes.
If you become ill easily or don't recover quickly from colds and the
flu, it'spossible that your production of these antioxidant enzymes has
been compromised. Andrographis protects those enzymes2 and conse
quently enhances your natural disease-fightingability.
Recover faster and reduce your colds by 50 percent
Chilean doctors tested the effectiveness of andrographis in a
three-month, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
in a rural school. Fifty-four students received either two placebo
pills or two Kan Jang tablets every day for three months. (Each
Kan Jang tablet contains 300 mg of andrographis and no other coldfighting
agents.) A clinician evaluated the students each week to de
termine if they had symptoms of the common cold. Over the course
of the three-month study, 62 percent of the placebo group got colds,
while only 30 percent of the Kan Jang group got sick. Researchers
concluded, "Kan Jang tablets have a preventive effect against com
mon colds."3
Scientists at the University of Chilein Santiago conducted a larger
study involving 158 adults. It was also a placebo-controlled, doubleblind,
randomized clinical trial, but it was administered for just five
daysto determine ifKanJang couldhelppatients recovermore quickly
from colds. Patients suffering from cold symptoms took either four
placebo pills or four Kan Jang tablets a day (a total of 1,200 mg of
andrographis daily), and did a self-evaluation of their symptoms at
the beginning of the study, after day two, and again after day four. Re
searchers reported the Kan Jang group experienced a significant de
creasein intensity ofsymptoms (especially fatigue, sleeplessness, sore386 | Miracles from the Vault
throat, and nasal secretion) by day two. Byday four, they experienced
a significantdecrease in all symptoms.The researchersconcluded that
Kan Jang"had a high degree of effectiveness."4 Theyalso noted that no
participants experienced adverseeffects from taking four tablets a day.
Meanwhile, doctors in the Hallehalsan Clinic in Sweden conduct
ed two trials of Kan Jang. Theyfound that cold sufferers experienced
significantrelieffrom "throat symptoms" after taking the herbal medi
cation. Even though one of the studies treated patients for only three
days, doctors saw "highly significantimprovement."5
Kan Jang reaches maximum potencywithin two hours
One criticism of herbal treatments is that it often takes a long pe
riod of supplementation to generate a benefit. Antibiotics and other
prescription drugs work much faster. But,of course,they can also gen
erate some unwanted effects, such as killing beneficial bacteria and
creating stronger, disease-causing organisms.
Andrographis isdifferentfrom most herbal supplements.It reaches
maximum levels in the bloodstream 1.5to 2 hours after it is ingested.
Andrographolide, which is the active constituent of andrographis, is
"quicklyand almost completelyabsorbed into the blood,"according to
researchers conducting animal tests at the Guelbenkian Research and
Drug Quality Control Laboratory of ADMTA in Yerevan, Armenia.6
Andrographolide doesn't remain in the body for extended periods of
time, which may account for its lack of harmful side effects. According
to some researchers, 80 percent of andrographolides are removed via
the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract within eight hours, and approxi
mately 90 percent is eliminated within 48 hours.7
Andrographis shows other medicinal properties
Andrographis appears to do more than bolster your disease-fight
ing enzymes. Researchers at the Tongi Medical University in China
found the herb can prevent myocardial ischemia (inadequate blood cir-Part IX:Immune System | 387
culation in the heart usually due to coronary artery disease) in dogs,8
while scientists at the National University in Singapore discovered that
diabetic lab animals treated with andrographis developed lower blood
sugar levels.9 Research has also shown that andrographis can lower sys
tolic blood pressure in lab rats bred to be spontaneously hypertensive.10
Furtherresearch hasdemonstrated that andrographolide treatment can
prevent decreased liverfunction in laboratory rodents which were given
drugs that would ordinarilyimpair liver function.11 Researchers at Ye
revan State Medical University in Armenia also found that androgra
phis could inhibit theformation ofblood clots.12
Such research is very preliminary and limited to animal experi
ments at present, so the herb's potential to influence these conditions
in humans isn't yet known. Extensive human trials of Kan Jang have
only measured the product'simpact on cold symptoms and occurrenc
es.Those trialshave never identified any adverseside effects. However,
you should consult with your health care practitionerbefore supple
menting with Kan Jang, especially if you suffer from high or low blood
pressure, a blood-sugar disorder, or vascularproblems.
Swedish HerbalInstitute, the formulator ofKan Jang, recommends
that you take one tablet four times daily to fight colds or the flu. If
you're suffering from allergy symptoms or have sinus problems, you
can also use Kan Jang for relief, but at a reduceddosage oftwo tablets
daily. For orderinginformation,refer to the Member SourceDirectory
on page 542.388 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER THREE
An immune revolution begins:
The miraculous protective yeast
culture that's been one company's
secret weapon for decades
Itwas a little over two years ago now when executivesat a small, fam
ily-owned animal feed ingredient supplier in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
put two and two together and came up with an answer that's poised
to take the supplement industry by storm. And believe it or not, it all
started with an outcry from the company's manufacturing plant work
ers—disgruntled, because they hadn't gotten sick. At least, not nearly
as often as they deserved.
A workweek's worth of perfectly good days off had gone to waste,
year after year—and, they insisted, it just wasn't fair.
If you thought this was going to be a losing battle—and, like me,
I'm sure you did—you'd be mistaken. In response to what might be the
oddest personnel protest in history, the plant workers finally got their
way. They'd be able to use those five complimentary days at their own
discretion—because, as it turns out, they had a very good point.
As years passed, many administrative and sales employees of thePart IX:Immune System | 389
company submitted your typicaldelugeof medical bills,easilypiled up
from a bad caseof the fluor one of those nasty seasonalsinus infections
that it seems likejust about everyonegets.But the plant workers?Well,
they didn't register so much as a blip on the radar. And because of it,
Diamond V'sinsurance premiums hadn't budged—evenwhile national
rates skyrocketed up a colossal 11.2percent.
Mysterious?Maybe to some. But to Paul Faganel, the unfolding of
events was a little less unlikelythan anyone might have thought.
Insurance premiums-and debilitating
diseases—stopped in their tracks
Faganel, now the president of EmbriaHealthSciences, was among
the first to pick up on the baffling trend. In 2004, he was working on
the operations side of Diamond V Mills, with access to the health in
surance records, as well as the payroll, which reflected the surplus of
unused sick time in question. But it didn't stop with paperwork and
insurance premiums—the stories floating around the plant bordered
on the unbelievable, too.
Takethe plant's manager, for one. Half of a pair of fraternal twins,
both he and his sister had been diagnosed with macular degenera
tion. After 30 years at Diamond V his own vision is still amazingly
intact, while his sisters vision has suffered substantially, registering
in at only 20 percent—leaving her practically blind. Another long
time employee was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before she
joined Diamond V—and in her 14years at the plant, the disease has
not progressed at all.
The company was ridinga stroke ofluckthat lookednothingshort
ofheaven sent. Butas it turns out,thiswas a different kind ofguardian
angel atwork: the company'sflagship fermentedyeastculture.Theidea
seemed odd, but not unthinkable—after all, the super substance had
been keeping farm animals healthy since the family business started
in 1943.390 | Miracles from the Vault
Yeast: the secret weapon of farmers everywhere
You probably alreadyknow a little something about yeasts. They're
single-celled, microscopic fungi, best known for their crucial role in
making bread and beer. But you may not have known that farmers
have been feeding yeast to animals for years—initiallyin the form of
farm-produced "mash" (maybe the term "slop" sounds more famil
iar)—only to discover that this unusual food was actually keeping
their livestock healthy.
We see it all the time—fermented grapes create wine, for example,
which has benefits that compound and surpass those of the grapes
alone. Over the course of the fermentation process, mediums such as
grains or grapes willtake on a wholenew nutritional value—becoming
enriched with B-vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other metabo
lites that are necessaryto a sturdy constitution.
But to reallyget to the bottom of yeast's benefit to Old MacDonald,
let'sreview a fewhighlights from Farm Feed 101. (Warning—ifyou al
readyaced this course,you might find these next few paragraphs a little
tedious.) Cattle,among the most common of the barnyard animals,are
known as ruminants, and their digestive systems are far different from
other animals. They have an additional organ, called a rumen, where
most of their digestion takes place. Unlikehumans, who naturally pro
duce digestive enzymes in their smallintestines, a cow's rumen acts as
a fermentation vat. The naturally occurring beneficial bacteria living
in the rumen produce the necessary enzymes to break down food—
especially cellulose, the primary cellwall of green plants (a big part of
the cow's diet, for which no mammalinnatelyhas a digestive enzyme).
Up to 80 percent of the cow's daily requirement for energy results
from this fermentation process. That's why including yeast culture in
its diet helps encourage the naturallyoccurring rumen bacteria to do
a better job of digesting the cow's food. For this reason, yeast culture
supplementation helps cows absorb morenutrition fromthe food they
eat and produce the maximum amount of high quality milk.Part IX: Immune System | 391
The product that sets Diamond V apart from the pack
Diamond V was founded by a former farmer who saw a market for
producing and selling this type of product on a large scale. But more
than that, he had a very differentmethod for manufacturing his prod
ucts—one that, in his experience, was a lot more effective than your
run-of-the-mill slop.
According to Faganel, most animal nutrition companies simply
mix dry active yeast (similar to what you would buy at a grocery
store) into cereal grains as feed. In this case,the yeast cells are young,
and though they are still a good source of nutrition (rich in beta glucans,
a polysaccharide known to stimulate immune function), they
only just begin to ferment by feeding offof the nutrients and oxygen
available in the grains. While the fermentation process has started to
occur,boosting the nutrient content to a degree,there reallyaren't any
substantial biochemical changes in the feed.
Diamond V, however, was the first to bring the yeast culture to
the market, an aromatic granulated substance that contains both the
metabolites that result from the fermentation process and the nutri
ents inside the yeast cells themselves. In their product, the yeast cells
achieve full fermentation with a proprietary nutritional medium—the
specifics of which are a well-guarded businesssecret—before they're
ever added to the feed.
Mother Nature might be smarter than you think
Ifit's been a whilesinceyoubrokeout the chemistrybooks (I know
it had for me), the differences here might be looking a little murky. So,
I'll do mybest to explain the process to yousimply. Anaerobic fermen
tation begins when yeast cells have run out of oxygen and nutrients.
When the yeast cells are added directly to a medium, they continue
to feed on that—growing and reproducing exponentially—for some
time. But as their oxygen and nutrient sources begin to wane, they
sense their impending death and begin to secrete a varietyof byprod-392 | Miracles from the Vault
ucts under the stress ofsurvival—all of which are imparted to the me
dium, accounting for its fermentation.
In manufacturing their yeast culture, Diamond V lets the yeast
cells reach full fermentation in their secretmedium first, allowing all
of the nutrients to develop completely. Both the cellsand the medium
are then dried. Theresult is a complex substancethat goeswaybeyond
the typical nutritional profile of regular yeast and contains loads of
undefined nutrients.
Those undefined nutrients—birthed by the secret proprietary fer
menting medium and preserved by a patented drying process—make
this particular yeast culture downright impossible to imitate, as one of
literally thousands of unique combinations. As it turns out, Diamond
V'sproducts not only work to aid digestion in ruminants like cattle,but
they also support the health of other animals—like chickens, pigs, or
even fish. And of course,as companyexecutives ultimatelydiscovered,
humans are no exception. As consulting director Dr. Stuart Reevesso
bluntly put it: "Mother Nature is not stupid." And it appears that some
of her gifts truly are universal.
The ultimate immune modulator that's
better than berries at fighting free radicals
Shortlyafter Diamond V dodged the bullet ofmounting insurance
premiums, company executives knew it was time to investigate future
possibilities. Based on the anecdotal accounts he'dheard, Faganel had
been pressing for this all along.
Once the paperwork was in place to back up the stories, he knew
that they had the makings of a revolutionary product. The first order
of business was to conduct a preliminary study to find out what—if
any—benefits were actually brewing in the bodies of Diamond V's
plant workers.
Ten employees of the manufacturing plant participated in the
study, along with a control group of 10 other gender and age-matchedPart IX: Immune System | 393
subjects that had not been exposed to the company's immune-boost
ing yeast culture. The study, which included blood and saliva samples
from each of the 20 participants, yielded astonishing—though not al
together surprising—results
The samples of the 10 plant employees exhibited a number of sig
nificant differences. Blood tests revealed higher-activity natural killer
(NK) cells, despite being lower in their actual numbers. The num
ber of CD-8 (immune suppressor) cells was lower, accompanied by
a higher ratio of CD-4 (immune helper) cells. There were also no
tably lower levels of the immune complexes that are common cul
prits behind inflammation and tissue damage. A closer look at saliva
samples—to measure salivary IgA, the immunoglobulin that builds a
barrier in your body's mucosal tissue—spawned comparable observa
tions. The plant employees had a salivary IgA levelthat was 68 percent
higher than the unexposed study participants.
When researchers looked at the yeast culture itself, it also showed
some impressive characteristics. Most notable was its score on the
oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) test, which measures
the antioxidant power of any given substance. The yeast culture had
a value of 613. That's a formidable number, making such antioxidant
powerhouses like blueberries and raspberries pale in comparison—it's
a value nearly 300 percent higher than either of those fruits.
Subsequent in-vitro studies and a brief 30-day single-dose study
reinforced all of the above findings—and the connection between the
yeast culture and a quantifiably heartier immune system moved well
beyond the status of mere suspicion. But I wondered: Diamond V's
plant workers weren'tactuallyeating the stuff. How, then, did they ar
rive at a recommended human dosage?
Faganel explained that the 500 mg dosage decided upon for each
capsule was a pound-per-pound estimate based on the typical effec
tive dosage for other, larger animals. And what was deemed effective
for animals was based on over 60 years of research within the feed394 | Miracles from the Vault
industry. While tests measuring the particulate matter in the air of the
manufacturingplantshowed that employees wouldhaveingestedonly
around 10 mg of the yeast per day, Faganel suspects that its positive
effects were cumulative—based on daily exposure over the course of
at least a decade.
Exhaustive safety studies on the yeast culture also demonstrated
that the product is completelynon-toxic, won't interfere with drug me
tabolism, and doesn't cause gene mutation or cell proliferation.
With more concrete proof to support a foray into the nutritional
supplement world, Faganel launched Embria Health Sciences. This
spin-off is devoted to exploring the vast potential of their parent com
pany'syeast culture on the human health market. Embria'smain task—
and arguably the most important one—was to hone in on and maxi
mize the antioxidant and metabolite profile of Diamond V's original
yeastculture to maximizeits benefitto humans. EpiCor* is the fruit of
that labor.
And according to Reeves, now a consulting director at Embria,
even more studies are underway to solidify the company's body of
evidence, "including a slightlylonger term clinicalstudy," he told me,
"and an in-house human study."
A preventive approach that upholds lifelong health
Thisextensive researchis one of the manyqualitiesthat make Em
bria's yeast culture unique in its niche of preventive health. But as Fa
ganelpoints out, the niche itselfis enough to set EpiCorapart from the
pack. "A lot of the supplements out there are indication-specific," he
notes. "But if you take EpiCor when a cold is coming on," he empha
sizes, "it'sjust too late—itwon't help."
"It will be about three to four weeks before you'll see any improve
ments,"he told me. "And then you'll notice that if you do get sick, you
recover much quicker."Part IX: Immune System | 395
According to Faganel, after enough time taking EpiCor, a good
night s sleep is usually all it takes to knock out a cold or the flu. And
Faganel canvouch for that personally, havingbenefited from the initial
samplecapsules that the companyhasbeen using in itsresearch. Since
his college days, not a yearhas passed without a sinus infection crop
ping up like clockwork. But, he tells me, the two years that he's been
taking EpiCor have been absolutely free of sinusitis—a shocking feat
as, he admits, his overall habits are far from the healthiest.
Butthere are lotsofstories within the company to matchhis—even
from the die-hard skeptics. Faganel told me that the Vice President of
TechnologyResearch, atough-to-convince scientist with a penchant for
marathon running, noticed that he stoppedgetting cold sores after his
grueling training sessions—a common occurrence when your body's
underunusual amounts of physical stress. When he stopped takingEpi
Cor, they immediately came back—and, Faganel tells me, the runner
wasfirst in line for a refill of hissamples.
Another Embriaemployeebrokehis arm whilewaterskiing, sever
ing enough nervesto loseuse of his righthand—doctors saidthere was
achance that he would neverregain function. But,to theirsurprise, he
recovered—and fast. When he returned for his six-week follow up,his
bone had healed and he had already regained half of the function in
hisinjured hand. His doctor toldhim that, within sixweeks, hisbody
hadaccomplished sixmonths'worthof healing—and then invitedhim
to participate in a study that he was planningto conduct on a collec
tion ofextraordinarily resilient patients.
It's hardnot to wonder what kind ofimpact a product like this will
have in an age where antibiotics are handed out like candyand irra
tional fears of pandemic flu outbreaks abound. One thing's for sure: If
EpiCor is even halfas effective as allofthe stories (and studies) around
it suggest, these signs of the times aren't likelyto lastlong.396 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FOUR
Protect yourself from a
flesh-eating hospital horror
with this natural life-saver
Imagine this: You go into the hospital for routine surgery, expecting
to be home in just a couple of days, no problem. Next thing you
know, one nurse is too busy to wash her hands between patients, and
you're staring down the superbug of the century: MRSA.
You've seen it in the news, but new studies are revealing it's be
coming more common than ever. Antibiotics don't kill it, and MRSA
infection can result in some really horrifying stuff—like flesh-eating
pneumonia. It's enough to give you nightmares and make you swear
offhospitals forever.
Nancy Rattigan's story starts normally enough. In February 2007,
she had hip-replacement surgery. Not a big deal, she thought. She'd
had her other hip done in 2000. A self-described "can-do girl," she
knew she would recover in time to take her granddaughter to Disney
World in June.
But two weeks afterhersurgery, Nancy started feeling like she had
the flu and what felt like an arthritis flare up. She chalked it up to thePart IX: ImmuneSystem | 397
pain medication. And the fact it had been 7 yearssince the first opera
tion—she wasn't getting any younger. Nothing to worry about. After
all, her recoveryseemed to be goingwell.
A weeklater, she was shocked to find she couldn't get out of bed.
Nancy was weak and disoriented. Something wasn't right. The inci
sion from her surgerywasn't lookingso good—certainly not likeit was
healing.
At the hospital, her doctor found that Nancy's white blood cell
count wasover 100,000 (normal is 5,000-10,000). The surgicalsite was
looking worse and worse. Her doctor ran some tests. And that's when
the nightmarebegan—one that wouldlast for more than a year.
The hospital won't protect you—
your health is in your hands
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). If you've
been following the news, thosewords are enoughto stop your breath.
But you might not know that MRSA's actually quite common—the
bacteria can lurk on the skin and in the nose and throat of a healthy
person without ever causingan infection.
There areactually twokindsofMRSA: hospital-acquired (HA) and
community-acquired (CA). CA-MRSA is easyto pick up in placeslike
schools and gyms—combining sharedgym equipmentand unwashed
hands, for example. It most often shows up as a swollen, painful skin
infection. Since it usually amountsto a surface infection, its more eas
ily treated than HA-MRSA.
HA-MRSA, on the other hand, preys on those with weakened im
mune systems, which is why it can spread like wildfire through hos
pitals and long-term care facilities. Sure, hospitals have sanitary pro
cedures, but overworked and tired staffdon't always follow them. If
HA-MRSA getsinto the bodythrough a woundor through the siteof
an invasive medical device like an IV or catheter, it can attack internal
organs. Or worse—MRSA-related necrotic ("flesh-eating") pneumo-398 | Miracles from the Vault
nia and blood poisoning are associatedwith high death rates.
If that's not scary enough, it's becoming increasingly difficult to
treat. Because they're on an evolutionary"fasttrack," bacteria that sur
vive antibiotic treatment quickly pass on their resistant traits, at the
same time learning to resist other antibiotics. Now think about the
antibiotics that find their wayinto our food and water, and about doc
tors' eagernessto whip out the prescription pad—we've basicallybeen
breeding these superbugs.
This antibiotic-resistance is what turned Nancy's infection into a
major ordeal. When she tested positive, it was assumed that surgeons
would clean out the surgicalsite and that wouldbe that. On the morn
ing of the cleanup surgery, she feltoptimistic.
Until she felt that the hospital bed was wet—her incision, which
had taken 66 stitches to close, had opened. Imagine Nancy's horror
at finding a large abscess goingall the waydown to the joint! Shewas
rushed into surgery, and part of the implantwasremoved.
An ominous yellow isolation notice was taped on the door of her
room. The same notice appeared on four of the 20 doors in the jointreplacement
recovery area. As the nurses came in and out with their
disposable instruments and gloves, Nancy wondered howmanyof the
16others would be back to haveyellow cardsslappedon their doors.
But she didn't have much time to think about it, being awakeonly
about six hours of the day. The antibiotic Nancy was given was so caus
tic it could actually burn her veins. The drug had to be pumped di
rectly into her arteries.
For all the danger to her body, it didn't even work. Nancy could
feel the fluid building up at the surgical site again. There was talk of
amputation. Nancy's doctorcouldonlyinsertimplants, soshewas sent
to specialists who gave her a difficult decision to make. The replaced
joint had to come out. Otherwise, she couldloseher leg. But the sur
gery itselfcould kill her.Part IX: ImmuneSystem | 399
Nancy spent her birthday in surgery. And then 10weekswithout a
hip, artificial or otherwise—she had to wait until the MRSA infection
wasclearedbeforea new implant could go in.
Tenweeks after her surgery, Nancyhad that new hip. But her fight
wasn't over yet—it would take a blown knee, 10 weeks in a special
brace, months of physical therapy, and a mix of conventional and al
ternative medicine before Nancy considered herself well again. And
she'llnever be declaredfully MRSA-free.
Even now, she has good and bad days. Thepain in her joints some
times gets so bad she can't carry a load of laundry up the stairs. And
there's herimmune system—ravaged byMRSA, itisweakened forgood.
Still, she considers herself a survivor. Over the past year, Nancy
correspondedwith others in similarsituations. About half the people
are still alive. The odds aren't good when it comes to MRSA. But de
spite the threat of a medical meltdown, not much is being done to
protecthospital patients. Asusual, it's allleft up to you.
A common leafsucceeds
where conventional medicine fails
If this doesn't sound like an impending epidemic, I'm stumped.
A 2007 report shows that the number of MRSA cases nationwide had
morethan doubled since 1999. Then, therewere 127,000 reportedcas
es of MRSA infection. In 2005, there were 278,000. Deaths rose from
11,000 to 17,000. And the numbers are only going up. It's estimated
thatin the United States alone 95 million people carryStaphylococcus
aureus, with 2.5 million carrying MRSA.1
Not scary enough for you? Well, a study reported by the Mayo
Clinic estimated that 46 out of every 1,000 hospital patients are in
fected or colonized with MRSA.2 While hospitals in some countries
have minimized the spread ofMRSA byscreening incoming patients,
the CDC has not followed suit in the United States.400 | Miracles from the Vault
It's getting so bad that hospitals are turning to some very dangerous
drugs. The primary type of antibiotic used to treatMRSA, called glycopeptides,
can cause kidney damage. And no matter how powerful the
drugs, it's a losingbattle. The new MRSA strains are almost four times
more deadly and areresistant to more anti-bioticsthan paststrains.
So what is one to do? If you're planninga hospitalstay, or if some
one you love lives in a nursing home, you need to build up protection
now. And there's one particular weapon you'll want to arm yourself
with.
Grown as far back as 3000 B.C., the olive tree is called the "tree of
life"—and for good reason. It's been used for thousands of years as a
treatment for colds and flu.
Olive leaf's active components were isolated in 1969, and when
researchers for the American Society for Microbiology tested those
components, they inhibited or killed off the more than 50viruses,bac
teria, fungi, and protozoathrown atthem.3
Those powerful components, phytochemicals including oleuropein
and hydroxytyrosol, keep pathogens from replicating. They also
disable infectionslong enough for the immune system to find and kill
them. By supporting the immune systeminstead of tryingto replace it,
olive leafsucceeds where conventional antibiotics fail.4
So how does it work? It is thought that oleuropein inactivates mi
croorganisms by dissolving the outer lining ofthe cell. Once they get
their "in," the other components ofolive leaf work together to weaken
the unwelcomeguest. Oliveleafalso helpsto build the immune system
by stimulating phagocyte (cells thatingest anddestroy foreign matter)
production.5
A 1999 study demonstrated the "broad antimicrobial activity" of
the polyphenols in olive leaf, leading researchers to conclude that it
could be a potentialsource ofantimicrobial agents.6Part IX: ImmuneSystem | 401
It's shown promise against chronic fatigue syndrome, breast and
prostate cancer, HIV, and arthritis. And then there's MRSA. Olive leaf
has worked so well against MRSA that it is used in hospitals in Hun
garyas an official infectious-disease remedy.5
One brand retains the power ofthe whole olive leaf
Search "olive leaf" on any popular online pharmacy and about200
items pop up. Mostofthese products have one thing in common—the
original leafhas been altered to pump up the oleuropein, only oneof
the phytochemicals in the oliveleaf.
But, as I described, oleuropein doesn't work alone to wipe out in
vaders. And there's one company, working under the motto "Nature
made itright," thatpreserves all ofthedisease-fighting components of
the olive leafin a 100% pureorganic extract.
Seagate is an unusual company. Instead of developing a formula
and then outsourcing production to the cheapest bidder, they do ev
erything themselves—from the production of the rawmaterials to the
finalbottling.
Inthe case ofthe olive leafextract, the leaves are harvested by hand
from local olive trees, and the extract is produced by cold-press extrac
tion. This freshwater method uses absolutely no chemicals. The goal?
To preserve the delicate structure and balance ofthe olive leaf.
In independent testing, Seagate's olive leaf products killed offall
introduced MRSA colonies within the first hour. The nasal spray gave
particularly impressive results, killing off all colonies in 15 seconds.
Other nasties were also wiped out—Strep, Candida albicans (which
causes dangerous fungal infections in chemotherapy and transplant
patients), and E. coli—among others.
Before putting the olive leaf extract on the market, Seagate per
formed a "challenge" test required by the FDA. At an independent lab,
very high concentrations ofbacteria, fungi, and mold were injected402 | Miracles from the Vault
into the Seagate Olive Leaf Nasal Spray (simply the liquidform of the
powdered leafextract) and testedoverthe course ofone month.
99.9% of all bacteria colonies were killed within 60 seconds, with
all of the bacteria dead by the time a second sample was taken six
hours later. It was the same story with fungi and mold. Every time
more bugs were introduced, the olive leafkilled them. These results
exceeded FDA standards.
Unlike antibiotics, there are no toxic effects associated with olive
leaf extract, even when taken in large amounts.
When I asked Richard Lentz, the founder of Seagate, what he
would recommendfor someoneplanninga hospitalstay, he suggested
taking Seagate's olive leafextract caplets ahead oftime, generally two
to fourcapsules per day. Hesuggests doubling up withthe nasal spray,
which kills pathogens in the sinuses.
Richard also recommends oliveleafextract for use before traveling
on an airplane or going into other crowded environments. It is effec
tive against colds andtheflu when taken atthefirst sign ofillness, and
his daughter got rid ofa badcase offood poisoning in about a day by
taking 10olive leafextract capsules every two hours.
Ordering information for Seagate's olive leafproducts canbefound
in the Member Source Directory on page 542.Part IX: Immune System I 403
CHAPTER FIVE
Scientists rediscover 3,000-year-old
wound-healing marvel
Until just a couple ofweeks ago, my experience with honey was
strictly culinary. A spoonful in my evening cup of tea, or driz
zled over English muffins in the morning. Then I came across a small
yellow tube of WoundHoney. What I learnedafterthat has made me
lookat myfavorite sweet treatin a new light.
Conventional wound treatments leave a lot to be desired. Who
hasn't winced as a bandage has torn away delicate newskin around
a wound? And, even worse, most of the antiseptics used in modern
medicine actually cause tissue damage, leaving behind ugly scars or
even preventing wounds fromhealing properly.
You need something better to heal your wounds—quickly and
safely. While modern medicine tries to convince us that the secret is
in a lab, it actually rests in a remedy that's been around for thousands
of years.
Revered acrossmanyculturesfor centuriesasa medicine and salve,
honey shows up in themost ancient ofwritings. Around 350 B.C., Ar
istotle wrote thathoney is "good as a salve for sore eyes andwounds."
Dioscorides (ca. 40-90), an ancient Greek pharmacologist, declared a404 | Miracles from the Vault
local honey to be "good for all rotten and hollowulcers."
The Koran describes bees being taught to build hives to produce
"a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for mankind," and the
prophet Mohammed stronglyrecommended honey for healing. For
over 3,000 years,there's been a lot of respect for honey in traditional
medicine.
Of course, once modern medicine started taking over,"old"came to
mean"bad," and honey's medicinal usefaded away. Still, someresearch
popped up here and there. In 1892, researchers isolated honey's anti
bacterial properties. The fact that those properties are increased when
honeyisdiluted, aswhen applied to a wound, was reported in 1919.
But it wasn'tuntil about 70years later that honey reallystarted get
ting the recognition it deserves. In 1989, an editorial writer for New
Zealand's Journal ofthe Royal Society ofMedicine argued that the "thera
peutic potential of uncontaminated, pure honey is grossly underuti
lized." The article goes on to urge conventional medicine to "lift the
blindsoffthis'traditional remedy' and give it itsdue recognition."1
Researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand heard
this call to action and formed the HoneyResearch Unit in 1991. Their
research focused on the naturalhealing properties ofhoney, especially
those of one very specialvariety.
Honey beats conventional treatment
in fighting all kinds ofwounds
Manuka honeyhas been used for generations as naturalmedicine
by the Maori of New Zealand. It's produced when honeybees gath
er nectar from the flowers of the manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
shrub, which is native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. The
honey is darker and richer thanmost ofthe honey you'll find on the
shelfat the grocery store. And it just happens to have extraordinary
antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties.Part IX:Immune System | 405
Before I tell you about what makes manuka honey special, let's
back up for a moment. All kinds of honey actually demonstrate anti
septic ability. Though people didn't know it when they were slather
ing honey on wounds a couple thousand years ago (theyjust knewit
worked—and that'swhatmatters, right?), there are several factors that
go into the healing power of honey.
Honey's viscosity provides a protective barrier that prevents new
infection. It also draws fluids from tissues, lifting bacteria, dirt, and
debris away from the healing tissues. This osmotic effect also helps to
create a moisthealing environment, which helps newtissue growand
prevents scabbing. With conventional wound treatment, a moist envi
ronment can invite bacteria. Butbecause of its other healing proper
ties, this is not a danger with usinghoney.2
Many strains of bacteria need water in order to multiply. Butthe
sugarmolecules in honeyinteractstrongly withwatermolecules, leav
ingveryfew H20 molecules free for bacteria to use. The sugar content
of honey has another benefit. Bacteria will feed on glucose in pref
erence to amino acids. This produces lactic acid instead of the foulsmelling
byproducts of the use of amino acids. The bad odor associ
ated withsomewounds justfades away.
In most honey, the most effective healing property is the produc
tion of hydrogen peroxide. When honey is made, bees secrete an en
zyme called glucose oxidase into the nectar. When honey is diluted
(as in a wound), this enzyme reacts with water and oxygen, releasing
hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known and effective antiseptic, but
in recent yearsthere's been a backlash against its use. You see, it has
a tendency to cause inflammation and tissue damage. The concentra
tion of hydrogen peroxide produced by honey is about 1,000 times
less than that in the 3% solution found in drugstores. It's still strong
enough toheal, butdoesn't cause thesame problems asbottled hydro
gen peroxide.406 | Miracles from the Vault
When it's diluted in a wound, honey produces a "slowrelease" of
hydrogen peroxide, meaning the antiseptic power lasts longer. The
hydrogen peroxide released by honey also promotes anabolic me
tabolism, prompting cell growth.3
Honey also speeds up the healing process by encouraging granu
lation in wounds. Granulation tissue is the connective tissue that re
places the fibrin clot in healingwounds. Itaids the healing process and
protects against pathogens. A doctor in one studyobserved that gran
ulation occurred at a remarkable ratein wounds treated with honey.
All of this makes for a pretty impressive natural healing agent.
Clinical studies have shown that honey can be diluted up to 10 times
its original strength and still kill the seven species of bacteria most
commonly involvedin wound infection.2
I can't help but wonder why honey still isn't accepted by conven
tional modern medicine. Takethe study of 59 cases ofwounds and ul
cers. Despite various conventional treatments, thesewoundshad gone
unhealed from one to 24 months. When treated with honey, all ofthe
wounds were sterile in one week. New tissue developed rapidly, and
there were no adverse effects.3
In one particular case study, a patient was suffering from a deep
pressure sore that was notresponding toconventional treatment. When
dressed with honey, the woundhealed completely in sixweeks.4
The "wow" moments kept coming as I read through more and
more reports of successful trials. In one, honeywent up against silver
sulfadiazine, the most widelyused agent to clear infections in burns.
Afterseven days, 91% oftheburnstreated withhoneywere completely
sterile. In the same amount oftime, infection was merely controlled in
71% ofthe burns treated with silversulfadiazine. The patients treated
with honey had better pain reliefandless scarring.3
In another study, nine infants with large, infected post-surgical
wounds that weren'trespondingto intravenous antibiotics were treat-Part IX:Immune System | 407
ed with honey. After 21 days, all of the wounds were closed, clear, and
free ofinfection.4
One unique variety packs a double dose
of potent antibacterial action
Whenthe Honey Research Unitstartedtesting honey, theyquickly
discovered something special about manuka. When the enzyme catalase
was added to destroy the hydrogen peroxide in honey, only ma
nuka showed any significant antibacterial activity. Because catalase is
presentin the tissues and serumofthe humanbody, the bacteria-fight
ingpower ofhydrogen peroxide canonly lastsolong. Manuka honey,
on the other hand, can keep fighting infection evenwhen it can'tpro
duce hydrogenperoxide.
Manuka honey doesn't require oxygen to activate the full scope of
its antibacterial properties. So it can wipe out infection in deeper tis
sueof the body. It can also be used with all kinds ofwound dressings
without fear of weakening its power.5
Unlike othervarieties, manuka demonstrates strong antifungal ac
tion. Antibiotics areineffective against fungal infections, making them
difficult to treat. In studies treating fungal infections, manuka honey
did the job when other varieties could not. Less dilution was needed to
fight fungal infection than bacterial infection, making manuka honey
ideal for treating drier surface infections.2
Ofcourse, aswithanynaturalfoodproduct, thereisvariation from
cropto crop. Oncethe news ofmanuka honeybroke, manycompanies
started selling inferior varieties, some with undetectably lowlevels of
antibacterialactivity.
So how can you tell if the manuka honey you're buying really
works? To determine the non-hydrogen peroxide antibacterial levels
ofmanuka honey, the team at theHoney Research Unitcame up with
a grading system called "unique manuka factor" (UMF). The UMF
number corresponds to the concentration of phenol (a common con-408 | Miracles from the Vault
ventional antiseptic) that has the same antibacterial activity. So a ma
nuka honey product labeled "UMF 15" has the same power as a 15%
concentration of phenol.
Most professionals use honey designated as UMF 10 or above,
as this is the only kind to yield consistent results in clinical studies.
In studies using UMF 12 honey, widespread serious skin ulcers have
healed rapidly. And we're talking ulcers that simply hadn't responded
to modern conventional treatment. Somepeople in one study had been
in intensive care for nine months. Treated with honey, their wounds
healed at an astounding rate.Three separatestudieshaveproven UMF
12 honey's ability to healMRSA-infected wounds. Many wound types
are countedamongthe success stories: venous legulcers, diabetic foot
ulcers, pressure ulcers, unhealed graftsites, boils, andsurgical wounds.3
Heal ulcers and sores in days with Wound Honey
With memberships in the American Podiatric Medical Associa
tion and the American Sports Medicine Association, Dr. Randolph
Nordyke is no stranger to treating pain. He's spentthe pastfew years
perfecting awound-healing formula thatcombines UMF 12+ manuka
honey with aloe vera and vitamin B to soothe wounds as they heal.
Dr. Nordyke has usedWound Honey on more than 100 patients, with
some incredible results.
When I visited the WoundHoney website, I found images ofa foot
with a very large andpainful-looking diabetic ulcer. This foot belongs
to Adrien Goldbaum, who applied Wound Honey to the ulcer after
having no luck with othertreatments. It healed completely in only a
few days. Otherimages show similar results witha large wound on the
bottom of another patient's foot.
Another user of Wound Honey, N.W of California, wrote to Dr.
Nordyke about a post-surgical ulcer with a "horrible odor." After N.W.
used Wound Honey for about eight days, the ulcer was completely
healed. N.W. says Wound Honey is"nothing shortofamazing."Part IX: Immune System | 409
Doctors using Wound Honey on their patients echo that amaze
ment. Dr. Scott Roberg, DPM, notes that he would not have believed
the effectiveness of Wound Honey had he not seen it himself. He uses
it on all of his wound-care patients, and callsit an "incredible success."
WoundHoneycanbe usedon allkindsofwounds, largeand small,
for rapid healing. Unpasteurized organic manuka honey makes up
98% of the formula. The rest? Aloe vera soothes the wound and de
creases inflammation. Panthenol, a nonirritating form of vitamin B,
moisturizes the area ofthe wound.
When I got my hands on a tube of Wound Honey, I didn't have
any reason to try it. One of my cats,Bartleby, decided to help me out
in that department. Agitated by a stray cat hanging out on the deck,
he turned and sank his claws and teeth into my leg. After cleaning
the cuts (including one where he really dug in), I smoothed on some
Wound Honey.
I didn'thave a bandage wide enough to cover allof the damage, so
I put a Band-Aid over the deepest scratch. Of course, Wound Honey
isverysticky. Soon, myother legwas smeared withhoney. You'll need
somekind of dressing with WoundHoney.
Because the scratches were so spread out, I continued putting
WoundHoneyonlyon the deepest one. Now, aboutfive days afterthe
"attack," there's hardlya traceofthat wound, whilethe smalleronesare
red and scabbed.
Granted, the wounds I'm treating are nothing compared with the
serious ones Dr. Nordyke's patients are healing with Wound Honey.
But it just goes to show that Wound Honey could be a practical ad
dition to any household. If you'd like to try it for yourself, ordering
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CHAPTER SIX
Peruvian herb completely
eliminates Lyme disease—no matter
how long you've had it
It sounds like a bioterrorist attack: A hard-to-detect microbe that
embeds itselfin your heart and brain,potentially causing dozens of
easily misdiagnosable symptoms. A microbe that can change shape,
so your immune system can't identify and kill it. And it's believed to
already infect as manyasone in sixpeople on the planet.
The bacteria that causes Lyme disease (which is called Borrelia
burgdorferi, or Bb) may sound like a science fiction villain—but it's all
too real, veryeasily spread, andnearly impossible to diagnose and cure.
With mainstream methods, that is…
Because there is a natural cure for Lyme disease, one that comes
from the depths of the Peruvian rainforest—a vine called uncaria
tomentosa, more commonly known as cat's claw. And a special and
very rare type of this Amazon plant may be the onlyway to knock
out Lyme disease once and for all… once it's been correctly diag
nosed, that is.Part IX: Immune System | 411
The 'Great Imitator' hides behind misdiagnosis
When you think Lyme disease, you probably imagineits hallmark
sign: the bullseye rash. But what youprobably don'tknowisthat many
people (and some researchers believe up to 90% of people) infected
with Lyme don't get that rash at all… and that's the first step toward
misdiagnosis.
Step two: misdirection. Instead of claiming symptoms that could
define the disease, it mimics other ailments to throw off accurate di
agnosis. The attack starts with fever, weakness, and lack of energy,
which most doctors write offas a simple case of the flu. And because
the flu is a virus, they don't prescribe the antibiotics that could actual
lyget this bacterial infection under controlbefore it getsout of hand.
And while B. burgdorferi causes symptoms very much like other
ailments, it acts very differently than other bacteria. It's not like your
garden variety salmonella or E. coli. In fact, it's a spirochete (meaning
it haslong, heavily coiled cells thatlook like spirals) in the same family
as the bacteria that causes syphilis.
Spirochetes aggressively embed themselvesin tissue—muscle, ten
dons, even heart and brain. In fact, these spirochetes can penetrate
intoyourbrain in asfew asthreeweeks after you've been infected with
the Lyme disease.
AndLyme disease, like syphilis, gets harderand harderto wipe out
as the infection progresses.
Ticks get all the blame
It's common knowledge that Lyme disease is caused by deer
ticks. But, unfortunately, they are not the only ones spreading it.
Otherticks, mosquitoes, fleas, andbot-flies canallalso carryLyme
disease. And the disease is now known to spread by human-tohuman
contact as well.412 | Miracles from the Vault
Three stages ofLyme disease triple
your risk ofserious symptoms
Lyme diseaseisn'tjust a one-shotillness. Rather, it has three distinct
stages, each with its own set of debilitating symptoms. And sincethese
stages can occurmonths—even years—after the initialbite, they're of
ten diagnosed as somethingelseentirely, and treated incorrectly.
Stage I starts with the infection itself (whether by bug bite or
through human-to-human contact), and develops symptoms within
two or three weeks. If you're "lucky" enough to get the telltale symp
tom, the bullseye rash, you maybe amongthose diagnosed and treated
correctly and quickly.
But the other Stage I symptoms—the ones that are much more
common than the hallmark rash—are very easilywritten off as other
things(like the flu, or normalsigns ofaging). These symptomsinclude:
• Fatigue
• Joint pain (especiallyin your knees)
• Muscle pain
• Headache
• Fever
• Lymph node ailments (like swollen glands)
Stage II symptoms can show up weeks, even months, after the
initial bite. Again, these symptoms are usually misdiagnosed, as they
seem to have no clear cause. But the joint pain (officially known as
arthralgia) and muscle painthatshow up at thisstage canbecome de
bilitating—and theymaypersist untilthe Lyme is cured.
And then there's Stage III, whichappearyearsafter the original in
fection. So even if you think your Lyme disease is gone, its symptoms
can still affect you years later. The most common Stage III symptom
issevere, erosive arthritis of your largejoints, particularly your knees.Part IX: Immune System | 413
But Lyme diseasedoesn't stop there.
You may be struck with occasional vomiting, back pain, muscle
weakness, nerve pain, and sudden chills. Or perhaps you'll end up
with a stiffneck,insomnia, nightsweats, or heart problems.Somepeo
ple even get symptoms that look just like Parkinson's disease or ALS
(amyotrophiclateralsclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig disease).
And because these symptoms come so long after the initial infec
tion, and seem completely unrelated, there's a strong probability that
you'll remain misdiagnosed, mistreated, and very ill—all because of
one very tough bacteria that has quite a fewtricks to play.
Bb hides in plain sight, evading
antibiotics, and biding its time
B. burgdorferi is different than mostbacteria—and not just because
of itsspiral shape. This bugfollows a veryunusual (and dastardly) life
cycle. Bbactuallygoesdormant and hides inside other cells, sometimes
in a cyst-like form whereit's protected against antimicrobial agents.
For one thing, standard treatment is a two-to three-week course of
oral antibiotics, which may kill offsome of the bacteria but can't even
come close to the hidden Bb cells.
Those Bb bugs can hide out anywhere from two weeks to eight
months,just biding their time until they can strike again.
And whenyour bodyis understress, those cysts burst out of their
hiding places, andstormback intoyourbloodstream where theyonce
again take their spirochete form.
That's when they resumetheir damaging ways… but it's alsowhen
they're once again vulnerable to attack.
Finally, a proven cure for Lyme disease
Believe it or not, thereisa complete cureforLyme disease—it just414 | Miracles from the Vault
takes time, patience, and stealth to eradicate every single spirochete.
And one remarkable rainforest herb can do the trick, without caus
ing undue harm to your body (unlike some powerful antibiotics).
In a moment, we'll talk about just how this miraculous extract
works to wipe out Lyme disease once and for all. But first, let's take
a look at some real results that prove just how completely effective
this herbal medicine—called Samento—can be.
Because when doctors put Samento to the test, their patients saw
dramatic improvement… and many of them werecompletely cured.
Back in March 2002, Dr. John Kule started using Samento in his
practice—and wrote aboutthe results in a report for the British Natu
ropathic Journal. He treated sixty patients (some of whom were diag
nosedwith Lymedisease) with the cat's claw extract… and59of them
showed 'distinct clinical improvement.'1
Many patients reported increased energy and reduced inflamma
tion, two hallmark symptoms of Lyme disease, among other things.
Only very few mild and transient side effects were reported, though
some patientsexperiencedwhat's known asthe Herxheimerreaction
(see sidebar).
Then in 2003, renowned cardiologist Dr.William Lee Cowden
Beware the Herxheimer reaction
When yourbody isriddled with bacteria, killingoff that mul
titude of microbes can occasionally cause something known as a
Herxheimer reaction.
Basically, when medication kills off bacteria, those bacteria
may release toxins, which can send your immune system into
overdrive andmaycause someunpleasantsideeffects. So, you may
feel worse before you feel better—but that just means the treat
ment is reallyworking.Part IX:Immune System | 415
pitted Samento against antibiotics in a small pilot study2 of docu
mented Lymedisease patients. Thirteen of those patients were treat
ed with Samento, plusa regimented diet and detoxification program.
The fourteen in the control group were put on standard antibiotic
treatment. Of the fourteen in the controlgroup, three sawslight im
provement, three got worse, and eightsawno change.
But everyone in the Samento group improved dramatically—and
85% of the group (eleven patients) tested negative for the Bbbacteria
at the end of the six-month study.
Samento's unique makeup makes it
the best solution to Lyme disease
Samento is a potent and unique extract of cat's claw, a Peruvian
vine scientifically known as uncaria tomentosa (and called una degato
by local healers).
Now, being an HSI member, you've probably heard of cat's claw
before, but you've neverseenthisspecific form. Samento is made from
a rare type of u. tomentosa that's rich in POA—pentacyclic oxindole
alkaloids—and FREE oftetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (TOA).
That rare mix gives Samento its unique effectiveness against the
Bb bacteria. Because while POAs increase germ-killing, TOAs can
cancel out the POAs work. Most varieties of cat's claw (and most cat's
claw products that you'll find at the health food store) contain a mix
of POAs and TOAs—and it's anyone's guess as to how much of each
you'd be getting.
With Samento, there's no question: You're getting straight, healing
POAs withoutanypotentially blocking TOAs.
POAs help your immune system
gear up to fight Lyme disease
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system on the cellular level, in severalways, all of which help knock
out the insidious Bb bug.
First, POAs increase your body's germ-killing power by special
white blood cells called granulocytes. They got their name because
they contain minute granules that hold very powerful chemicals and
enzymes that your body uses to destroy foreign invaders.
Next, cat'sclawseems to help cellscalled lymphocytes survive lon
ger.3 Their key responsibility isspecific resistance to disease, attacking
invaders in just the right wayto killthem. ThePOAsalso seem to man
agelymphocyte production by setting offa specialcompound—some
thing that those TOAs(whichSamento does not contain) can inhibit.
Another benefit of POAs: they boost phagocyte function. Phago
cytes, also known as scavenger cells, work by engulfing bacteria and
then destroying them through a digestion-type process.
Finally, POAs act as modulators for the immune system, stimulat
ing it when necessary, then reining it back in when the job is done.
Samento contains more than just POAs
Though potent POAs (and zero TOAs) makethis cat's claw extract
special, Samentoalso contains plentyof other healing agents.
• Organic compounds (called multiple quinovic glycosides) that
unleash antimicrobial powers against Lyme disease
• Ursolic acid, which offersliver protection, antiviral activity,and
antioxidant powers
• Special polyphenols, calledOPCs(oligomeric proanthocyanidins),
which offer a whole host of health benefits including pre
venting DNAdamage to cells, keeping inflammation in check,
and boosting the powersof natural killer cells.
The combination of natural compounds in cat'sclawwork together
to empower your immune systemand destroy the Bbbacteria.Part IX: Immune System | 417
Cat's claw tackles inflammation, easing Lyme
symptoms while it knocks out the disease
And on top of its Lyme disease-curing properties, cat's claw is
known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. That's particularly
important here because the Bbvirus can set offvery powerful inflam
matory reactions.
This added benefit is partly due to the herb's antioxidant powers,
and partly because cat's claw can inhibit TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis
factor-alpha). TNF-alpha is a majorcause ofinflammation, especially
when your immune system is fighting toxins.
And one study4 found that a mere nanogram (a miniscule 1/1000
of a microgram) of cat's claw could curb TNF-alpha expression, rein
ing it in by 65%to 85%. And that translates to a much milder inflam
matory reaction—a true blessingfor Lyme sufferers.
Antibiotics can't stand up to Lyme disease
For a few peoplewho are diagnosed correctlyand quickly, and
immediately placed on a two-week course of the right antibiotics,
these drugs may knock out the Bbbacteria. Butweknow that some
of the bacteria hide, and the drugs can't touch them—so a twoweekcourse
may not wipe out the bug completely. In fact, a short
course of even the most potent IV antibiotics can't get to the dor
mant bacteria, whichmayjust build up resistance to the drugs.
To really knock out this insidious threat, you need long-term
treatment, long enough to wipe out those initially
dormant Bb when they wake up and rear their ugly heads
again. And therein lies the problem: Long-term treatment with
pharmaceutical antibiotics can be extremely dangerous, causing
many severe side effects… some that are even worse than Lyme
disease itself.418 | Miracles from the Vault
Samento goes the distance to knock out
Lyme disease once and for all
Unlikepharmaceuticalsolutions (meaningmegadoses of antibiot
ics), Samento can be used safelyfor as long as it takes to wipe out all
the spirochetes, no matter how long that is.
In fact, some researchers believe that TOA-free cat's claw formu
lations are the "best alternative treatment for Lyme disease,"5 even
going as far as possibly fixing damage to the immune system caused
by the Bbbacteria.And scientists studyingthe TOA-free form of the
herb (like you'll find in Samento) suggest that cat's claw treatment
last from eight to twelve months in order to eliminate all spirochetes
from the body.
Themanufacturer recommends putting one to fifteen drops into a
glass, then addingfour ounces ofwater. Then waitone minute before
drinking the solution. In order to avoid a potentialHerxheimerreac
tion, they suggestyou start at the lowest dose, and slowly work your
way up to the maximum dose. Start with one drop (in four ounces
of water) two times daily, and slowly increase that dose up to fifteen
drops (in four ounces of water) two times per day. It's also recom
mended that you work closely a medical practitioner as you fight
Lymedisease.
You can find purchasing information for Samento in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.Part IX: Immune System | 419
CHAPTER SEVEN
Secret germ antidote knocks
out Flu in 8 hours
In 2002, National Geographic published an article that related the
details of how the Chernobyl nuclear accident destroyed a nearby
anthrax researchlab,releasing live anthrax into the wind and affecting
villages for more than 60 miles.
What National Geographic didn't cover is what happened in re
sponseto this disaster. TheRussian militarydirectedclassified research
ers at the State Scientific Center Research Instituteof HighlyPure Biopreparations,located
in SaintPetersburg, Russia, to developprotection
against such biologicalwarfare agents.
Starting in 1980, the team studied more than 600 products. Only
one exhibited effectiveness, low cost, and high safety. The Russian mi
crobiologists discovered a special strain of lactobacillus bacteria with
powerful immune-protecting properties.Lactobacillus occurs natural
ly in your nose, mouth, throat, and intestines.
With all the recent hype about probiotics, you've probably heard
about the benefits of lactobacillus. Well, take that concept and put it
through special training and you get the powerful immune-boosting
formula developed by the Russian scientists—a formula that helped420 | Miracles from the Vault
one pharmacist givehis daughter back a normal life.
Knock out flu in less than a weekend
I recently spoke with that pharmacist, John Sichel. He told me that,
in his profession,he comes into contact with quite a fewproduct manu
facturers—and all sorts of product samples. Most of the time, this is
just a run-of-the mill part of his job. But in 1999he received a sample
of this superchargedlactobacillus formula. When Sichel's daughter, Pa
mela, came down with the flu that winter, he gave her the sample. It
completely knocked out her flu symptoms in just eight hours. Sichel
was impressed, but he didn't think much more about the supplement
again until several months later, when he received a heart-wrenching
call from Pamela.
For several years she had been experiencing symptoms of hepati
tis C—brain fog, fatigue, depression, and flu-like symptoms that would
not go away. Now, though, her doctor told her she had a viral load of
about 250,000 (a healthy person would typicallyhave a viral load of 0),
and her immune system just wasn'thandling the attack.
Sichel remembered givingher the Russian immune-boosting prod
uct to beat the flu and how wellit had worked. So he suggested she try
the same formula again, although he had no idea if it could pack the
same punch against the more serious, aggressive illness his daughter
wasfacing this time. Butto his astonishment, once again,the virus was
no match for the product. Within just a few months, all of Pamela's
hepatitis symptoms were completelygone.Shebegan taking the formu
la daily—her viral load quickly normalized, and she remains in good
health today.
This time, he was so impressed that what had been "just another
product sample"quicklybecame the new focus of his career.
After 50 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, Sichel un
derstood that unless the product became mainstream—accepted under
the watchful eye of U.S. agencies—there was a good chance that hisPart IX:Immune System | 421
daughter's deliverance would not be available to her, or anyone else, in
years to come.
To ensure that this didn't happen, he went to pretty extreme mea
sures.He learned enough Russian to be ableto effectively communicate
with the product's developers and actually traveled from his home in
Boulder, Colorado to Russia. Sichel spent the next three yearsworking
with the original formulators to devise a plan of action to manufacture
this extraordinary product in the USA.
Now, this product, known by many aliases—Lactoflor, Matrix E.,
Preparate, Extrabiolate, and its current moniker Del-Immune™—is not
onlyavailable in this country, but it's also 10times more powerfulthan
the original formulation.
Breaking down walls to build
stronger immunity
When he arrived in Russia, Sichel'sfirstpriority wasto learn as much
about the product as possible. TheRussianmicrobiologistsexplained to
him that they'd worked with scientists in Bulgaria to supercharge the
lactobacillus agent. The Bulgarians showed the Russians how to break
the cellwallsof this potent lactobacillus, because their research proved
that the immune-protecting properties in lactobacillusexist as proteins
inside the cell.
Unless the cell wall is broken, our immune systems are unable to
"see" these proteins, which are necessary for a dramatic immune re
sponse.Once the cellwallissuccessfully broken,the resultingcellpiec
es are called "cell wallfragments." Cellwallfragments have been found
to contain highlyactive proteins,amino acids,and complexsugarsthat
accountfor the effect upon the immune system. Sothe researchersused
these fragments to create a supplement by freeze-drying them, crush
ing them into a fine powder, and encapsulating them.
Small quantities of this product werebrought to the United States,
and Sichel was one of the few people who received samples. Subse-422 | Miracles from the Vault
quently, nothing cameofthistechnology until Sichel formed a partner
ship with the Russian researchers.
Fans ofthe original have even higher
praise for U.S. version
Since the manufacturing technology was transferred to the U.S.,
further refinements, involving innovative culture nutrition and pre
cisely controlledmanufacturingprocedures, haveproduced significant
improvements in potency over the original Russian product.
TheU.S.-made product isestimatedto be 10to 30times more potent
than the Russian counterpart—with three times more proteins within
the cellwalls. Thisis due to overa yearofdiligence by the U.S. team, us
ing the lab's experience in culture nutrition and modern technologyto
produce and test the product. Theypaid special attention to laboratory
analysis, DNA formatting, and the development of good manufactur
ing practice (GMP) standards. Currently, quality control using DNA
and other contemporary analysis methods ensures that every batch of
Del-Immune is pure and identical.
Sicheltold me that many of the original product users were asked
to try the new U.S.-made version and report their impressions. More
than 50,000 doses of the new Del-Immune product were evaluated in
human subjects for comparison, and the results were great news for all
of us. Sinceeach capsule is equal to more than two capsulesof its pre
decessor, many users who weretaking two or more capsulesa day were
able to cut their dose in half, saving money in the process. The higher
potency also appeared to decrease the amount of time it takes for the
product to "kick in" and start working.
He explained that typical use for Del-Immune is to provide effec
tive,reliable, safe,and immediate immune system support. Users have
provided anecdotal reports with its application in flu, WestNile virus,
colds, coughs, bronchitis, fatigue, hepatitis C, certain skin infections,
yeast, non-healing fractures, constipation, and side effects of chemoPart IX: Immune System | 423
and radiation therapies. Essentially, Del-Immune acts like your body's
specially-trained secret virus-fighting agent.
You can't get this immune boost
from yogurt alone
To understand how Del-Immune works, you need to understand
some basics of your immune system. According to James L. Wilson,
N.D., Ph.D., "The immune system comprises an innate immune system
and an acquired immune system. A portion of this elaborate network
of immune defense is functional at birth; this is the innate immune sys
tem. When called upon, it moves with great speed. A second immune
systemdevelopsas the body interacts with the environment (and reacts
to such influences as vaccination); it is the acquired immune system
and works slowly. The host is protected by both the innate and the ac
quired immune systems,working together."
White blood cells, called T-cells, are a part of the innate immune
system. The T-cells first act as a command center that issues combat
orders. Then, this part of the immune systemfights viral and bacterial
invaders directly—think of it like hand-to-hand combat.
Meanwhile, the B-cells of the acquired immune system act as the
artillery. Keeping a safe distance from the invader, B-cells deliberately
fire round after round of antibodies towardthe perceived enemywith
out havingdirect contact with it.
Del-Immune helpsthe two systems work together more effectively
in viral combat situations.
Wilsonexplainedthat he wasso impressed by this idea and his own
clinical experiences, he started investigating the scientific basis for im
mune enhancement with lactobacilli cell walls and cell wall fractions.
Of the various combinations commercially available, the cellwall frac
tions ofspecific strains of Lactobacillus bulgaricus (L. bulgaricus) ap
pear to be the most potent. One of the significant discoveries the U.S.
team made was to identify this strain using modern technological ad-424 | Miracles from the Vault
vances—technology not available totheRussian labat the timeoforigi
nal strain identification.
Wilsonexplains that the difference in performancebetween "these
immune enhancing strains of L. bulgaricusand yogurt cultures or the
common lactobacilli preparations sold for intestinal bacteria replace
ment is.. .vast."
Your secret agent in the fight
against colds and flu
I told you about Pamela Sichel's fast relief from the flu and from
hepatitis C after taking Del-Immune,but she isn't alone.I spoke to sev
eral people who swearby its protective effects.
After taking Del-Immune at her daughter's recommendation as a
quick fix for her flu symptoms, one woman began taking it as a daily
immune-support supplement. As a fifth-grade teacher, she was con
stantly battling whatever bug her students were passing around. But
since she started taking Del-Immune daily, she told me, she has yet to
bring home any illnessesfrom school.
Perhaps even more striking is 56-year-old Matthew R's story. He
told me that Del-Immune sent the reinforcements his system badly
needed to heal after major surgery and cancer treatment: "Two years
ago I had two majorsurgeries. One wasto removea tumor, and, unfor
tunately, a type of lymphoma cancer was found. Lymphoma affects the
immune system and I caught a very bad cold after leaving the hospital.
I got down to 112 pounds from 140pounds and was very weak. John
Sichel heard about my illness and offered me some packets of Del-Im
mune powder. I have taken one dose everyday since. Only once in two
years did I get sick.That was when I ran out ofit… As soon as I started
Del-Immune again,things got better. No more coldsor flu. I havemade
sure I don't run out again, as I am convincedthe Del-Immune is keep
ing my immune systemworking."Part IX: Immune System | 425
Primetime cover-up?
In the course of my research, I had a chance to watch a never-aired
documentary from a major network news program on Del-Immune.
According to the tape, it appears thatDel-Immune isnotjustforcolds,
flus, and biological pathogens; if your body's immune system needs
support, it seemsto benefitfrom this product.
In 1992, after theCold War, theproduct—no longer classified—was
used clinically in the treatment ofbreast, lung, and liver cancers, seri
oushospital-type infections, and contagious disease at the State Cancer
Hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. The product was also used to boost
theimmune systems ofpatients undergoing chemo andradiation thera
pies, allowing thepatients to complete theirtherapies without the usual
debilitating effects. Numerous Russian studies document the remark
able cancer-related uses ofthis secret agent. The doctors reported that
the patients on Del-Immune looked and felt better and had more energy.
With such promising reports and potential benefits, it's tough to
fathom why the piece never aired, but ifI had to guess, I'd say it prob
ably had something to do with the all-too-familiar red tape so many
effective natural treatments encounter when they're brought to the
public. But despite the suppressed news coverage, Del-Immune isnow
available in this country, and, as you've read, it's already becoming the
answer to many people'simmune concerns.
Fast reliefwithout the side effects
Del-Immune offers both consistent long-term support and imme
diate support. The recommended daily dose as a dietary supplement
is one to three capsules daily, or as directed bya healthcare provider.
The fast-acting remedy dose—two capsules immediately, followed by
an additional two capsules 12hours later—should be taken at the first
sign of cold or flu.
After taking Del-Immune, you can expect the boost of immune
supportto begin in approximately sbc to eight hours. Reliefis often as426 | Miracles from the Vault
fast as 24 hours but varies for each person.
There are virtually no reported side effects and it is shown to be
verysafe—even at high doses ofup to 15 grams per day. According to
themanufacturer, duringtesting, massive dosages—50 to 100 timesthe
suggested dose—caused gastric upset insome subjects. Dr. Elin Ritchie,
a medical doctor with a practice in Taos, New Mexico, remarks that, "I
haveused Del-Immunein morethan 20patientsin the lastfewmonths,
since it became available to me. None of the patients haveexperienced
any side effects."
Many of the testimonials in the never-aired documentary men
tioned that theywere especially confident in the safety ofthe product.
Andbecause it isgrown in a special media, not cultured in milk, some
lactose intolerant usershave reported theyexperience no problemstak
ing it.
See the Member Source Directory on page 542 for complete order
ing information.
HSI's immune-boosting all-stars
All too often these days, just as you find a natural alternative that
works—poof! It's no longer available, butthere arethreeothers I want
ed to mention.
These few products aren't necessarily "late breaking news," but
theyare effective in helping boost your immune system. Andin a time
where our effective naturaloptions aredwindling fast, it's more impor
tant than ever to be aware ofwhat we still do have access to.
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a naturally occurring derivative of the
amino acid cysteine. Your body uses NAC to manufacture another
compound called glutathione, which acts as a master antioxidant and
liver detoxifier. Assuch, glutathione plays a critical role in supporting
the immune system—fighting disease and protecting the vital systems
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Glutathione stores can be depleted by injury, strenuous activity,
chronic disease, or radiation exposure. Supplementing with NAC will
help restore andmaintain optimum intracellular (inside thecell) gluta
thione levels.
According to onehumantrial, NAC significantly increased immu
nityto flu infection. Over a six-month period, only 29 percent ofthose
people taking NAC developed symptoms of the flu, vs. 51 percent of
those taking a placebo.1
NAC is widely available in health-food stores and through mail
order companies.
The second featured product is ImmPower (AHCC). AHCC is an
extract of a unique hybridization ofseveral kinds of medicinal mush
rooms known fortheirimmune-enhancing abilities. Ontheirown, each
mushroom hasa long medical history in Japan, where theirextracts are
widely prescribed by physicians. But when combined into a single hy
brid mushroom, theresulting active ingredient issopotent thatdozens
of rigorousscientific studieshavenow established AHCC to be one of
the world's most powerful—and safe—immune stimulators.
Since 1987, various clinical trials conducted in Japan have demon
strated that AHCC has the ability to support normal immune func
tion. More than700 hospitals andmedical clinics in Japan recommend
AHCC as partofa regular immune maintenance program. It's available
in America as ImmPower™ AHCC*.
Typically, each soft-gel capsule contains 300 mg ofAHCC. Dosage
recommendations range asfollows: For maintenance ofgeneral health
and prevention ofdisease, 1to 3grams per day; for treatment orpre
vention ofcancer drugs' side effects, 3to6grams perday.
Our thirdstandout—lactoferrin—hasliterally beenaround forever.
Infact, lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein inbreast milk, was the very
first immune booster. Ithastwo specific functions: First, itbinds toiron
in yourblood, keeping it away from cancer cells, bacteria, viruses, and428 | Miracles from the Vault
other pathogens that require iron to grow. And it also activates very
specific strands of DNA that turn on the genes that launch your im
mune response.
Numerous studieson rats aswellas patientcase histories havedoc
umented the benefitsoflactoferrin in helpingto combat many types of
viral and bacterialillnesses, aswell asmalignancies.
The general recommended dose is 100 milligrams each day, taken
at bedtime.
For product information andhowto order, see the Member Source
Directory on page 542.430 I Miracles from the Vault
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Vital Health SecretsPart X: Vital Health Secrets I 431
CHAPTER ONE
Nature's perfect food: Discover the
amazing health benefits of the fruit
from the Amazon's "tree of life"
If you get your health guidance from the mainstream media, you'd
think the healthiest way to live is to guzzle red wineanddrown ev
erything in olive oil.
That's basicallywhat they've told usin recent years. First, itwas the
"French paradox"—the fact that the French, who generally eat lots of
cheese, cream, and butter; drink lots of wine; and smoke like chim
neys, are healthier than Americans. Scientists told us it was all in the
wine—specifically, in the anthocyanins—the antioxidant flavonoid that
gives red grapes their deep color.
Then itwas the "Mediterranean diet," thetraditional way of eating
in regions ofItaly and Spain, where olive oilisastaple. Welearned that
olive oil is agood source ofessential fatty acids that are processed right
out ofmany Americanized foods.
I'm notdiscounting the benefits ofeither ofthese phytochemicals.
In fact, in aminute I'll explain exactly why both are so important to
good health. I just question the sources recommended in the headlines.432 | Miracles from the Vault
There's got to be a better way to getthesevaluable nutrients than guz
zlingwine and drowning in oil.
As it turns out, there is. I learned about it from HSI panelist Jon
Barron. He told me about a single superfood from the Amazon that,
fresh fromthe tree,canprovide over30timesthe amountofanthocya
nins asred wineand allthe beneficial fatty acids ofolive oilin one deli
cious, all-natural package. And this isjust the beginningof thisfood's
healthbenefits. It's virtually impossible to over-do thisfood—which is
certainly not the case with red wineor olive oil.
Get the healing power ofmany phytonutrients
in one delicious package
There's no disputing the health benefits of anthocyanins and es
sential fatty acids. Both have proven tobepowerful nutritional tools in
the quest for good health.
Research has shown that plant pigmentslikeanthocyanins are po
tent antioxidants. The cardiovascular benefits are the most well known;
studies showthat anthocyanins can helpprevent blood clots, improve
blood circulation, relax blood vessels, and prevent atherosclerosis.12
But scientists have also uncovered a whole host of other powerful ef
fects from anthocyanins, including antiviral and antiallergenic prop
erties.3 Some research even suggests that anthocyanins can prevent
cancer, byblocking carcinogenesis onamolecular level andencourag
ing tumor cell death.4
Essential fatty acids have proven just as powerful. Oleic acid, a
monounsaturated omega-9 acid, and linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated
omega-6 acid, help lower LDL and maintain healthy HDL levels. They
also increase the absorption offat-soluble vitamins likevitamins A,E,
D, and K, which are essential to good health.Research has even sug
gested that oleic acid may prevent against cancer and hypertension.5
Olive oilmay be the best known sources ofthese nutrients, but it
is certainly not the only one. It's the pigment in red grapes that givesPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 433
wine its anthocyanins—and that same pigment can also be found in
other red and purple fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, red
cabbage, and purple sweet potatoes. Oleic acid is also present in pe
cansand seed oils, and linoleic acidis found in peanuts.
But there isonefood that delivers it all—plus otherhealthy nutri
ents like fiber, phytosterols, and vitamins C and E. For centuries, it's
been a staple for people in Brazil, yet virtually unknown to anyone
outside the region—until now.
Discover the health secret of generations of
Amazonian Indians
It's called acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), and it's the fruit ofa palm
tree that grows in the rainforests of the Amazon—a tree Brazilianscall
the "The Tree of Life." About 90percent of the small, round fruit is its
hard, inediblepit—butthat'sOK,becauseit's the outside skin that holds
thetreasure. That dark purple skin is what contains theanthocyanins.
The natives puree the skins, creating a treat that can be served
warm as a sauce over fruit or grains or frozen like a sorbet. They've
been eating it for centuries, passing down recipes from generation
to generation. (The native people have also passed down the story of
how acai was discovered; see the sidebar onthe following page for the
Legend ofAcai.) Because fruit itselfis perishable, its popularity never
spread beyond the region.
Then, a few years ago, two friends from California went to Brazil
on a surfing expedition and tasted acai for the first time. Before they
even knewthe health benefits, theywere hooked on the taste. Butonce
they learned that the tasty treat was also anutritional powerhouse, they
knew theyhad to find a way to bring acai to the rest oftheworld.
Superfood fights heart disease, cancer,
prostate enlargement, and more
Since then, the news about acai has been steadily spreading—and434 | Miracles from the Vault
the evidence of nutritional and health benefits just keep piling up.
Consider this: a 100-gram serving of acai contains only 90 calories,
just two grams of fat and no cholesterol. Plus, it delivers 3.5 grams
of dietary fiber, something we could all use more of in our diets. Im
proved processing of the fresh fruit is making it possible to preserve
more of the fruit's healthful attributes. Currently, the puree provides
more anthocyanins than redwineandhas antioxidant concentrations
that well outweigh blueberries.
Subsequent research has shown that in addition to anthocyanins
and essential fatty acids, acai also contains ahealthydose of plantste
rols, another class of phytochemicals that have been shown to reduce
The Legend of Acai
For centuries, acai has been a traditionalfood ofthe native people
ofthe Amazon—and part ofitsfolklore, finding its way into legend as
well as onto the table.
Once upon a time, there was an Amazon Indian girl named
Iaca, whose father wasthe tribalchief.Histribe had grown so large
that there wasn't enough food to go around. So the chiefdecreed
that all newborn babies must be killed. And when Iaca, his own
daughter, bore achild, the chiefhad hisdecree carried out.
Iaca mourned her baby's death alone in her hut for days, un
til she thought she heard a baby crying. When she went outside
in search of the baby, she saw a palm tree shooting up from the
earth, covered in fruit. Full of despair, shelaydown underthe tree
and died.
The next day, the tribe found Iaca's body under the new tree.
The tree's fruit satisfied their hunger and renewed their energy,
andthe chiefliftedhis harsh decree, declaring that the fruit would
be named for his daughter (acai isIaca spelled backwards). With
abundant food for all, the tribe grewand flourished.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 435
cholesterol, protect the immune system, and relieve prostate enlarge
ment.6 Infact, it turnsoutacai isinthesame family assaw palmetto, a
common herbal treatment for prostate enlargement. And researchers
at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have discovered that acai
extract canbe used to fight infection, like theparasitic infection schistosomosis
which affects 10 million Brazilians each year and the com
mon bacterial infection staphylococcus aureus. Itseems there's no end
to this miracle fruit's health benefits.
Thanks to those Californian surfers, acai is now available to just
about anyone. Their special recipe is based onone created by Brazil's
Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian Jui Jitsu, which is the fastest
growing martial art in the world. The recipe combines the power
ful health benefits and great taste ofacai with the sweet syrup ofthe
guaranafruit, which has long been touted for its beneficial effects on
stamina and concentration.
In some parts of the U.S., you can purchase acai in Whole Food
Markets. Or you can order direct over the phone or via the Internet.
(See the Member Source Directory on page 542 for complete ordering
information.) So instead oftrying to emulate the French or the folks
in the Mediterranean region, consider taking a cue from the native
people ofthe Amazon.436 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER TWO
Learn what may be causing
your bladder control problems—
and what you can do about it
Recently I came across some exciting information about an allnatural
supplement that is proven to help relieve one of the
most common causes of urinary urgency and pain. According to its
developers, it's completely safe with no side effects or contraindica
tions. And it's readilyavailable without a doctor'sprescription.
Because bladder control problems are so common and because
there aren't any safe, natural solutions, we decided to bring this new
product to you as quickly as possible. But, before I tell you more, I
need to shareone concern raisedbyour Medical Advisor, Martin Mil
ner, ND. When we spoke, Dr. Milner explained to me that there's still
a possibility that this compound may reduce the level ofhydrochloric
acid in your stomach and your ability to digest protein and dietary
forms of calcium.
Although the manufacturers acknowledge the importance of
stomach acid and suggest they've put this concern to rest, Dr. Milner
advises anyone trying this product todosowith discretion—on an"as
needed" basis. (Ifyou have bladder control problems, you're probablyPart X: Vital Health Secrets | 437
askingwhat "asneeded"can possibly mean. Bepatient. You'll see.)
Here at HSI, we'll follow up on these issues withDr. Milner's help.
Let ushearabout your experiences. When we learn more, we'll letyou
know.
Millions depend on Dependswaiting for realhelp
According to the Internet site urologychannel.com. about 13mil
lion peoplein the U.S. experience incontinence on some level. Some
times it's just a sudden and frequent urge to urinate. Sometimes it's
difficult or even painful urination. And sometimes that urge isjusta
little toosudden—and thenit's anembarrassment andanimpediment
to a full, independent life.
Unfortunately, too many people suffer with these problems for
years without relief. Many are reluctant to talk to their doctors about
them. Even if they did, conventional medicine doesn't offer much in
theway ofhelp. (Recently, thepharmaceutical companies have devel
oped drugs to helpwith combating an overactive bladder. Butthat's a
very specific type of problem, involving involuntary spastic contrac
tions ofthemuscles surrounding the bladder—and these drugs are far
toonew to know much about their long term safety andreliability.) If
you're among these millions, you may have just given uphope.
Ofcourse, there are many different kinds ofbladder control prob
lems with many different root causes. According tourologychannelcom.
urinary tract infections, prostate enlargement, bladder stones, urinary
cancer, and neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's
disease can all be underlying causes. Even some prescription drugs list
incontinence as a side effect.
That's all the more reason to bring this up with your doctor and
have a full checkup to rule out any undetected health problems. But
many times, the doctor can't find a reason—and that means youcan't
find relief.438 | Miracles from the Vault
Another possibility is a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. Interstitial
cystitis (IC) is defined as chronic inflammation ofthe bladder, result
ing in difficult and/or painful urination, increased urgency, and in
creased frequency ofurination. The diagnosis isfairly new, but already
authorities estimatethat as manyasone millionpeople—about90 per
cent of them women—suffer with this problem.
Ifyou've beenliving with symptoms like these, you may take heart
in having a name foryoursuffering, but unfortunately a diagnosis of
IC doesn't do much good. Because according to conventional medi
cine, the cause ofIC is unknown—and so is the cure.
Yet foryears, there's beena growing bodyof anecdotal evidence to
suggest thatsomething very basic may bebehind many ofthese unexplainable
and incurable bladder problems. Something we all take into
our bodies everyday: our food and drink.
Your diet may be sending you to the loo
Believe it or not, it may be that simple. Many people report that
certain foods and beverages exacerbate their bladder control prob
lems—particularly people with diagnosed IC. Andthe foods thatseem
to cause the most problems are those that are highly acidic: cabbage,
coffee, tea, soda,tomato-basedfoods, fruits, fruit juices, beer,and wine.
Atfirst glance, itseems like such a simple solution to such a trou
blesome problem. But when you thinkabout the reality ofeliminating
many ofyour favorite foods from your life forever, you can't help but
want a better way.
There is one. It's an all-natural formula that actually reduces the
acidin food. Andit's beenclinically proven to reduce painful and em
barrassing symptoms in people diagnosed with IC.
Works on the food, not the person
The active ingredient is calcium glycerophosphate, a dietarymineralPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 439
that combines calcium and phosphorusin a 1:1 ratio. When it isadded
to acidic foods, themineral acts as a base agent, actually bringing the
pH ofthefood toward a neutral level. According to themanufacturer,
it "works onthefood, notontheperson." (That's animportant distinc
tion, because we know that interfering with the body's natural acids
can be disastrous.) In fact, there have been no reported side effects
from using thisformula—just powerful results.
According to studies conducted by the manufacturer, calcium
glycerophosphate significantly reduced the acid level of common
foods and beverages—some by as much as 99 percent. With just one
tablet, the acid in aneight-ounce glass oficed tea was reduced 99 per
cent; a six-ounce cup ofcoffee was reduced 95 percent; and an eightounce
cola, reduced 98 percent. Three tablets reduced the acid in a
four-ounce glass ofchardonnay by 80 percent and the acid ina 1/2 cup
ofbottledpasta sauce by60percent.
Research suggests that these results translate into real relief for
real people. Urologists atGraduate Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, stud
ied the effects of the mineral-based supplement on more than 200
ICpatients. When using it, 61 percent of the participants reported a
reduction in urinary urgency, and 70 percent experienced less pain
and discomfort when eating acidic foods. 1Another study presented
to the Quebec Urological Association in 1998 tracked the results of
the supplement on200 IC patients. Using visual analog scales toassess
pain severity andurge intensity, participants reported significant relief
in both areas after using the formula for four weeks.2 These results
led theInterstitial Cystitis Association (icihelp.org) to recommend the
supplement toits membership inits quarterly publication, ICA Update.
In every study, there were no adverse side effects.
Convenient, easyto use—andno changein taste
The product is called Prelief. and it's from AkPharma, the com
pany that also developed Lactaid* for lactose intolerance and Beano*
for gas reduction.440 | Miracles from the Vault
Preliefis available in both tablet andgranule form. You candecide
which delivery methodworks best for you: You can either swallow the
tablets whole, dissolve them in your acidic beverage, or sprinkle the
granules in your acidic food or beverage. (The manufacturer notes
that the granules will not dissolve in alcoholic beverages; for these
acidic drinks, Prelief tablets are recommended instead.) Users say
that it doesn't change the taste of most foods; if anything, you may
detect aslight mellowing ofthe food's "bite" due to the acid reduction.
The amount used depends on the food or drink you're using it with;
a handy Prelief pocket guide included in the package tells you how
muchyou'll need to reduce the acid in your favorite foods.
Prelief is available at major retail, drug and grocery stores; the
website includes a search function to help you find a store near you.
You canalso order it directly either online orby phone. See the Mem
ber Source Directory for complete ordering information on page 542.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 441
CHAPTER THREE
The Polish mothers'
secret indigestion remedy
Any country that considers sauerkraut and pierogies fried with
onions as dietary mainstays needs a good remedy for indiges
tion. So for generations, Polish mothers have been mixing shredded
black radish with fresh farmer's cheese as acure for any number ofdi
gestive ailments. Itworks. Believe itor not, there's research to prove it.
ButI'mcertainly not in any hurrytowhip up abatch and chow down
the next time I have an upset stomach. It fact, the thought ofitsort of
turns mystomach. But Ifound abetterway—or at least amore appeal
ingone—to get the same benefits in asingle supplement..
It's called Raphacholin (or Raphacholin C), and it's been used in
Eastern Europe for over 45 years. It contains ablend of five ingredi
ents, each with along history oftraditional use and abevyof modern
research to back it up. But somehow, this trusted Polish remedy has
remained a secret outside the region—until now.
I spoke with Peter Karpinski, Ph.D., president of QLife", the di
etary supplement company based in New York that imports Rapha
cholin from Poland. He told me that growing up in his Polish house
hold, it was an everyday part of life. "My mother used Raphacholin442 | Miracles from the Vault
tablets regularly," he says. "Inmyhousehold, asin many Polish house
holds, Raphacholin tablets are always in themedicine chest in case of
indigestion or almostanystomach trouble."
Natural ingredients aid digestion,
reduce inflammation and protect liver
The name Raphacholin is a combination of two of the formula's
main active ingredients: black radish {Raphani sat. nigri) and cholic
acid, a bile acid. These two ingredients mimic the old folk remedy
recipe I mentioned above (the cholic acid takes the place offarmer's
cheese). The other active ingredients are artichoke {cynara scolymus),
peppermint oil, and a special herbal charcoal preparation derived
from linden tree bark.
Turns out each ofthese old world folk remedies has some real sci
ence behind it. In one animal study, Hungarian scientists found that
black radish rootgranules could effectively reverse the changes seenin
rats' colons after they ate a high-fat meal. Untreated rats experienced
a reduction in the number of enterocytes (intestinal lining cells) and
goblet cells (specific enterocytes that secrete mucous) and a prolifera
tion of inflammatory cells after eating a high-fat meal. Buttreatment
with black radish effectively nullified these effects, returning enterocyte
and goblet cell counts to normal levels and reducing the inflam
mation.1 Black radish has also been shown to have antiviral and anti
bacterial properties.2
Research also supports the traditional folk wisdom that artichoke
promotes bile secretion, protects the liver, and relieves dyspepsia.3,4
According toKarpinski, Polish workers intheviscose fiber plants used
to receive artichoke extract tablets each day at work, to protect them
from liver damage caused by poisonslike carbon disulfide, which were
everyday hazards in the factories.
Andpeppermint oilisknown to soothe the stomach and decrease
intestinal spasms; in one study, peppermint oil proved to be a morePart X: Vital Health Secrets | 443
effective anti-spasmodic agent than a prescription drug for patients
undergoing gastro-intestinal endoscopy.5
Relief from acid reflux, constipation, and more
While Raphacholin has been safely used inEastern Europe for gen
erations, some people should probably think twice before trying this
remedy. First, Raphacholin contains 75 mgof charcoal, which can ab
sorb some medications in the stomach and render them ineffective. If
you depend on regular medication, talk to your doctor before trying
Raphacholin. Also, because ofits bile-inducing effects, Raphacholin is
notrecommended for people with bile-tract obstructions, gallbladder
disease, orthose who have hadtheirgallbladders removed.
But ifthose conditions don't apply to you, Raphacholin may offer
effective relief from acid reflux, bloating, flatulence, and constipation.
QLife recommends that healthy adults take one or two tablets, one to
three times a day as needed with fluids. For laxative effects, take two
tablets inthemorning and two inthe evening 30 minutes before meals.
There are two Raphacholin formulas available today in the U.S.
with different names. QLife's product is called Raphacholin-C, and
it is imported directly from its Polish manufacturer, Herbapol. But
Herbapol also makes aprivate label Raphacholin formula called Digest
RC for a company called CX Research. The names may be different,
butboth products contain thesame ingredients in thesame formula
tion. For complete ordering information for bothRaphacholin C and
Digest RC, see theMember Source Directory on page 542.444 l Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER FOUR
The key to good health is
hiding in your bone marrow:
Wake up your stem cells without
stirring up controversy
These unsung heroes ofthe human body have finally found their
place in the sun. Unfortunately, the magnifying glass accompa
nying the research onstem cells has put them in the hot seat, as well.
Andthisseat's notjusthot—it's on fire. These days, even themost ca
sual mention can get you into trouble.
But unless you're living in a plastic bubble, you'd better get used to
it. Like it or not, this particular controversy is here to stay.
Perhaps you're wondering why I would even bother to bring up
oneofthesorest subjects intheU.S. these days. Am Itrying to rubsalt
in the country's collective wounds?
Allow me to assuage your fears. Here at HSI, we're all about heal
ing. So when a bottle ofStemEnhance landed on my desk, you'd bet
ter believe I took notice. According to the formulators of this unique
product-the very first ofits kind to debut on the alternative health
market, under a newcategory dubbed "stem cell enhancers"—the keyPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 445
togood health has been hiding inourbone marrow all along.
Packingthe punch ofamillion microscopic
healersinto one convenient capsule
StemEnhance actually evolved from another supplement. You
might recall the August 2005 Members Alert, when we told you about
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA)—the aquatic superfood from
Klamath Lake that took nutritive healing to another level. It's chock
full ofvitamins and minerals (nearly 64) and omega-3 fatty acids (ex
cellent aids in reducing inflammation), and it even contains a mol
ecule (called pheny-lethylamine, or PEA) that's known to elevate the
mood, increase alertness, andalleviate depression.
Inthat article, we also told you about some ofthe studies suggest
ing that two ofthe blue-green algae's active compounds might be re
sponsible for boosting the circulation ofyour own stem cells. Ifyou
ask Christian Drapeau, a scientist with years of AFA research under
his belt, he'll tell you that the connection between stem cell circula
tion and a turn for the better in health is no coincidence. According to
Drapeau, AFA's compounds have been tapping into what hebelieves is
the human body's innate ability to heal itself.
So he was hardly shocked by the testimony that continued topour
in—reports ranging anywhere from the recovery of old injuries and
the easing ofpainful inflammation to the reduction ofsymptoms as
sociated with the most dreaded neurodegenerative diseases. Certain
that they had hit something big, Drapeau and his colleague, Dr. Gitte
Jensen, were bound and determined to isolate the two compounds
credited with this effect, packing the punch ofa million regenerative
chameleon-like characters—your very own stem cells—into one con
venient capsule.
I wondered how a higher circulationof adult stem cells would re
sult in healing ofsuch biblical proportions. It sounded like a serious
stretch to me. Sure, adult stem cells from bone marrow are used in446 | Miracles from the Vault
therapies todayfor post-chemotherapy and radiation cancer patients.
Stem cells are harvested from the patient's marrow before the dam
aging high-dose treatments, and re-injected later to repair a ravaged
immune system. Stem cell transplants are also used inorder to replace
the defunctbloodcells ofpatients withleukemia, lymphoma, andvari
ous other genetic diseases.
Whatever the example, thecurrentuseofadultstemcells isa com
plicated and invasive process, not accessible to the average Joe, and
reserved—so far, atleast—for treating onlythe mostserious blooddis
orders. But are the possibilities really endless?
Drapeau believes that he andhis colleague have switched on our
own stem cells' superpowers with StemEnhance. And what's more, he
claims thatitcanhelp everyone with healthy marrow—no matter what
his or her condition.
Send your stem cells to work in aslittle asone hour
According to Drapeau, adult stem cells from bone marrow are
much more capable thanmost scientists would confidently claim to
day. Embryonic stem cells are widely considered the more useful va
riety, due to their ability to morph into nearly every type oftissue in
theentire body. The National Institutes ofHealth maintain that, while
studies are still underway, adult stem cells able to give rise to all cell
and tissue types have not yet been found. But Drapeau insists that
they absolutely can serve this purpose, based on tidbits ofthe latest
research that look remarkably promising, ifstill incomplete. A rebel
lious stance, for sure—but one worth considering.
Patented in November 2004,StemEnhance is a botanical extract of
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae that, as mentioned earlier, isolates two of
the algae's most essential compounds—L-Selectin ligand and polysac
charide—to make upa high-molecular-weight fraction ofAFA. What
that means in lay terms isthis: The beneficial effects that AFA con
sumption has onyour stem cell circulation can now be found in thePart X: Vital Health Secrets | 447
form ofasupplement that cuts directly to the chase. Not only does it
promote your stem cells' more rapid release from the bone marrow,
but it also increases their homing mechanism—that is, their ability to
get to the damaged tissues that need them the most.
Isolated from its algae origins in StemEnhance, the L-Selectin li
gand blocks the receptors onyour stem cells that keep themanchored
in yourbonemarrow, allowing them to entercirculation. While the ex
act function ofthepolysaccharide isunknown, it forms what Drapeau
refers to as asynergy with the ligand. According to Drapeau sstudies,
consumption ofthe two componentstogether results inapproximately
a 27 percent increase in stem cell circulation within an hour.1 And
that's about as soon as you might start seeing results, because at that
point, the stem cells have cleared from the blood and have supposedly
made their way totheir final destinations, where they take upthe task
ofrepairing yourbody.
While there's no solid evidence to back the conclusion that the
stem cells have actually gone to work at damaged tissue sites, Drapeau
believesthat this is the case, basedoh the resultsofhis studies on natu
ral killer cells in response to AFA consumption. In one preliminary ex
periment, heworked with abreast cancer patient who had just had her
brachial lymph nodes removed following amastectomy. In general, he
told me, lymphatic fluid (which is composed of red and white blood
cells and a fat-and protein-based digestive substance called chyle) is
very hardto study. Butwhen thereisadrain to collect fluid from swell
ing in this area, as after an operation, you have access to these fluids
that you otherwise wouldn't.
This gave Drapeau something to go on. When natural killer cells
have entered your tissues to fight aviral infection, they eventually re
turn to yourblood by wayof the lymphatic fluid. If, after he fed the
patient some AFA, the number ofnatural killer cells circulating inher
blood spiked and quickly cleared, he'd know that they had visited her
tissues ifthey showed up inher drain, into which the lymphatic fluid
would empty. The high number of natural killer cells that Drapeau448 | Miracles from the Vault
found in the patient's drained fluid—many more than there were be
fore sheconsumed the algae, he tells me—was in keeping withhisthe
ory. Based onthis one instance, Drapeau believes that the compounds
in StemEnhance send our stem cells-the behavior of which seems to
have mimicked natural killer cells so far-to work in the tissues as well.
New answers to an ancient problem
It's hard to say what's really happening here. Maybe Drapeau and
Jensens hunchwas correct-ifnot entirely, atleast partially. I'mremind
ed of a recent articleI read in TheNewYork Times'health pages, high
lighting the role ofstem cell research in regenerative therapy.2 While
many hail this technology as the hope ofthe future and others revile
it as repugnant to the laws of both nature and ethics, there remains
a small contingent that transcends the argument in favor of a much
more radical theory. And this one's as old astime itself: evolution.
Consider how readily the liver repairs itself. After thousands of
years of attack, whether from poisonous plants and rotten berries
when we were still a hunting and gathering species or from the air
borne toxins, preservatives, and pesticides ofthe21st century, this or
gan has mastered the art ofregeneration like no other inour body. We
know thatit can replace upto2/3 ofits own mass within two weeks, or
grow and shrink to any size in order to meet its needs. Why shouldn't
every organ follow this one's example? Could itbe that the rest ofour
bodyhassimply lostitstouch?
After all, thevery animals with which we share atleast one identifiably
regenerative gene—salamanders and zebra fish, to name a cou
ple—are capable ofreplacing everything from severed limbs and spi
nal cords to damaged retinas and hearts. But it's not because a bunch
ofstem cells rush like an army to the rescue. Onthe contrary, the cells
that are already inplace revert back totheir most primitive state, form
ing what is called ablastema, in order to reenact the birth ofthe miss
ing ordamaged piece. In short, the cells aren't taking orders from the
surroundings that remain. As ifthrough some bizarre bodily will toPart X: Vital Health Secrets | 449
power, theycreate themselves—and thegenesis oftheirnewsurround
ings follows. Could it be that somewhere hidden deep within us re
mains the memory of this power, begging to be unleashed?
The subject polarizes scientists on every possible level, and until
more is known the research will carry on and the conversation—and
controversy—will continue. While most doctors and research scien
tists swear by the limitations of adult stem cells, so much remains in
the dark. The only thing we really know is that we don't know. And
while the science behind the formulators' claims might raise an eye
brow, who's to saythey aren't true? I don't know if StemEnhanceoper
atesthe wayDrapeau says, or in some other, as yet, unknown way. But
I'daskifit really matters. Manyofhistory's greatest breakthroughshad
their roots in shockingly radicalhypotheses. Besides, at the end of the
day, actions always speak louder than words.
So all of this begs one important question: Does StemEnhanceac
tually work? Well, it would appear that the answer to this question
largelydepends on who'svolunteering it.
2 years of excruciating pain erased in 5 days
Doing my best to keep an open mind, I gave Celia Monilaws of
Calgary, Alberta a call. And let me tell you, she was more than happy
to talk with me.
Her story begins as many do—from the bottom of a steady and
heartbreaking decline. At the age of 52, Celia had suffered from fi
bromyalgia for 15 years and osteoarthritis for eight. A slow surren
der of her favorite activities left her 150 pounds overweight. Both of
her hips eventually gaveout. She had been living in excruciating pain
for nearly two years, unable to walk without two (yes, two) canes and
otherwise confined to her couch. But she continued to go to work
each day, adamantly steering clear of painkillers—except for once,
she confessed, when she took some ibuprofen at the end ofone ofher
worst days. She was on the waiting list for a hip replacement, each450 | Miracles from the Vault
day inching closer to quitting herjob.
After a close friend of hers who also happens to be a naturopath
gave her StemEnhance, she told me, herlife was completely changed.
Within five days, likemagic, sherose from bed onemorning andstood
to her feet—no canes, nothing. She's been walking—without even so
much as a limp—ever since. For now, the hip replacement islooking
like it won't even be necessary. Hernearest and dearest are in awe, she
tells me, at how she's reclaimed herlife. I asked her if anyone else she
knew had tried it.
According to Celia, everyone—friends and family alike—wanted a
bottle. After seeing herresults, they expected a miracle too. Did they
get one? Well, no. None quite like Celia. They did, however, notice
a lot of benefits: Sleep was more sound and energywasless elusive.
Blood sugar readings balanced, cholesterol levels lowered, migraine
headaches, sinusitis, and nagging aches and pains just about disap
peared. Not exactlymiracles, but if you take the results for what they
are, you'vegot to admit, it stillsounds prettyappealing.
The recommended dosage of StemEnhance is one to two capsules
twice a day along with plenty of water. Dark greens and algae can be
a significant source of vitamin K, which may not be clearly stated on
the label. According to Dr. Martin Milner, HSI's medical advisor, this
could be an area of concern in terms of drug interactions (especially
ones that thin the blood). If you're currentlytaking medication to treat
a health condition, he recommends that you check with your doctor
before using StemEnhance.
As sometimes happens with AFA, StemEnhancecan causea detoxi
fying reaction (headache, diarrhea, or skin eruptions). If you experience
discomfort, you may want to drop your dosage and increase it incre
mentally, as your body adjusts. Everybody is different, so experiences
with StemEnhance will vary. While some notice immediate results,
many find that it takes eightto 12weeksfor visible changes to occur.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 451
CHAPTER FIVE
Steam up yoursex life with this
native secret from south of the equator
s
ometimes, a name can speak for itself. Take huanarpo macho, for
example.
I probably don't have to detail the traits of this potent Peruvian
herb for you to havea pretty good idea of what it does. But I willany
way—and I'll start with a few of its unique physical characteristics.
It's a shrubby tree that grows to about 35 feet in height, adorned
with blooms of rich, red flowers. You'll find it in the Amazon's Maranon
river valley. And the young branch stems are shaped an awfullot
like, well… the aroused male anatomy.
In case you haven't guessedyet (though I'm betting you probably
have) huanarpo macho (known as Jatropha macrantha in technical cir
cles) is an Amazonian aphrodisiac—a secret love potion that delivers a
serious boost in sexual stamina. And in case you haven't also guessed,
HSI panelist (and resident rainforest expert) Dr. Leslie Taylor intro
duced it to me.
It probably seems fitting that the secret to a better sex life would
be hiding in a remote jungle somewhere. And the truth is, quite a few452 | Miracles from the Vault
of them are. We've already shared a lot ofthese with you—like muira
puama,maca, and catuaba. Butwhenit comes to increasing your sex
ualperformance, you'll probably agree thatless isn't more—and every
little bit of help you can get counts.
Obviously, I couldn't wait to share huanarpo macho with you—
not least of all because I was pretty certain you'd never heard of it
before. After all, I hadn't. And as it turns out, there was a verygood
reason for that.
The most popularlibido-booster
you've never heard of
Up until recently, indigenous Peruvians were practically the only
ones able to benefit from huanarpo macho's power. It's so popular in
its native territory, in fact, that the localgovernmenthas occasionally
been forced to restrict its harvest.This—and the almost completelack
of suppliers in the States—means that you aren'tlikely to hear much
about it outside of the jungle it grows in.
"I've known about huanarpo macho for manyyears now," Taylor
told me. "Anytime I asked another herbalist, herbal doctor, or native
healer what they used for impotency or male sexual stimulation, hua
narpo macho was usually named first, or at least in the top three."
But just as appealing to Tayloras its revered role in native medici
nal preparationswasthat factthat not a single side effect had been re
ported with the use of this wildly popular herb. In fact, there's been no
incidence of negative reactionswhatsoever in huanarpo macho's long
history of local use.
And as you no doubt already know, that's a lotmore than can be
said for the usual suspects on the erectiledysfunction drug market to
day. With their notorious listsofsideeffects (like swelling, shortness of
breath, vision changes, headaches—and even worse,painful erections)
good sex is likely to be the last thing on your mind.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 453
Packedwith plant chemicals
to help you get up—and stay up
Laboratory analysis has revealed that huanarpo macho is rich in a
number of disease-fighting, energy-boosting compounds, including sapogenins,
flavonoids, alkaloids—and aparticularlylarge number ofaclass
of polyphenols called proanthocyanidins. These compounds are widely
known fortheirability to fight inflammation and arthritis, stave offheart
disease, andscavenge cancer-causing free radicals from yourbody.
But it's onlybeen more recently that scientists have started inves
tigating the potential these proanthocyanidins might have to reverse
erectile dysfunction in men. The primary target of these studies has
beenpycnogenol, an extractofpinebarkthat's another extraordinarily
rich source of proanthocyanidins—and which has been shown not
only to restore long-lasting erections, but also to enhance fertility in
both humans and animals.1,2
In 2006, a team ofItalian researchers verified that huanarpo macho
stemscontain a comparably widerangeof these fertility-boostingpro
anthocyanidins—concluding that this finding "is in agreement with
the traditional use as an aphrodisiac of the plant under investigation."
They also confirmed that, among these plentiful compounds, proanthocyanidinB-3
is the most abundant.3 And although scientists aren't
certain yet, this distinguishing factor may hold the key to huanarpo
macho's extraordinary abilities.
Studiesshow that proanthocyanidin B-3 exerts a particularly posi
tive influence on a hormone called bradykinin, a key player in proper
physiological and cardiovascular function.4 And this relationship is
very important, because bradykinin has also been revealed as essential
to the relaxation of the penile cavernous smooth muscle—a necessary
step in the formation of an erection, and one that's often negatively af
fected by high blood pressure.5
Regulating bradykinin could put an end to this kind of erectile454 | Miracles from the Vault
dysfunction—and prompt amassive increase in thefrequency anddu
ration ofyour erections. Butthat's not the onlyvitalsexhormone that
research showshuanarpo macho extracts can influence.
In a 2003 study, researchers observed twogroupsofmice: One that
received 5 grams ofhuanarpo macho in theirwater each day, and an
other that received regular water. Atthe end ofthe 30-day test period,
study authors found that the mice that had consumed the extract ex
perienced significant increasesinblood testosterone levels. Andasyou
probably already know, testosterone plays a key role in boosting your
libido, increasing the frequency andfirmness ofyourerections, and in
giving youthe energy youneedto getgoing—and staygoing allnight.
Early reports reveal greater energy—
in more ways than one
With so much research stillyetto be done on the exactmechanism
of huanarpo macho's performance-enhancing powers, I'm sureyou're
eager to hear how the herb has fared in real-life cases. But because it's
still so new, few have even tried it.
Butthose that have used the extract report definite changes. Sev
eral experienced major boosts in energy and vitality. And the effects
seemed to be stronger withregular use. One man reported a surge in
his libido with consistent doses—and another claimed: "I don't feel as
energetic since I have not been taking it."
Still, the best testimonials remain those ofthe millions of Peruvi
ans who swear by this herb's extraordinary powers. Ask any of them,
and I'm sure you'dget the same answer: Huanarpo macho is one of the
strongest natural aphrodisiacs south of the equator.
Huanarpo macho extract is available as a liquid tincture. Taylor
recommends using 60 drops, two to three times a day as needed (be
tween meals is best). And you can take it any wayyou prefer—either
straight, or add it to juice, water, or any other beverage. You'll find
ordering details in your MemberSourceDirectory.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 455
CHAPTER SIX
Beat depression, migraines—
and everything in between—with
this single serotonin-boosting
breakthrough
sychiatrists Top Listin DrugMaker Gifts.
p That's the bone-chillingheadlinethat caught my eyefrom the
pages of The New York Times just a few short months ago. And while I
can't say that it came as a surprise, it did serve to point out how des
perately so many patients are seekinghelp—and how few of them are
actually getting it.
I'm acutely aware of someof the more common risksof antidepres
sant use: insomnia, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, constipa
tion, dizziness, memory lapses, agitation, and anxiety. I'd be willing to
bet that, as an HSIMember,you'refamiliarwith this list, too.
And if you guessed by now that I'm about to write about a new
natural treatment for depression, you'dbe right.
But here's the twist: If you guessed that I'd write about migraines,
lowsexdrive, irritable bowelsyndrome, tinnitus, or even fibromyalgia,456 | Miracles from the Vault
well… you'd be right about those, too. As it turns out, every one of
these conditions can be traced back to the same imbalance that causes
depression—and a new product calledSeratonin can alleviate them all.
The dangerous truth behind low serotonin—
and the drugs used to "treat" it
Seratonin is the life'swork of Dr. John Allocca, a medical research
scientist and pioneerin the field ofnaturalmigraine treatment. Aswas
the casewith so manybreakthroughs we've covered in the past, Dr.Al
loccadevelopedhis formula in an attempt to combathis own relentless
migraines.
Having suffered from these debilitating headaches for 40 years,
he devoted his career to finding a cure. The fruit of this research
was his inventionofthe veryfirst migraine brain chemistrymodelin
1997. What he discoveredin the course of making this model is that
imbalances of two important neurotransmitters, norepinephrine
and serotonin, are responsible for this painful phenomenon—and a
whole lot more.
Thefirstofthese neurotransmitters,norepinephrine, isa stresshor
mone released from the adrenal glands and converted into epineph
rine (adrenaline) during a typical "flight or fight" reaction. Whether
it'sthe resultofdailystress, a traumaticevent, or an injury, your body's
sympathetic reaction will always be the same, responding with high
blood pressure and pulse, insomnia, aggression, glucose release, inhi
bition of the gastrointestinal tract—and also a depletion of the second
important neurotransmitter, serotonin.
Most serotonin is produced in your GI tract and later stored in
your platelets—while there, however, it can't be used by your central
nervous system, as the molecule is too large to cross the barrier into
your brain. Instead, your brain relies on serotonin's precursor, trypto
phan, to enter the brain via an albumin carrier, where it is converted
into serotonin afterward.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 457
But there's a catch: When faced with outside disturbances (like
stress or anxiety), an array of competing enzymes is introduced, leav
ing tryptophan to be metabolized before it ever has a chance to be
transported. The result is low serotonin in your brain—and this state
has been linked to all of the conditions I mentioned earlier, including
depression, migraines, insomnia, and fibromyalgia.
The complicated tree of neuro-chemical pathwaysthat causes mi
graines and depression would be impossible to explain to you fully
here. But the general rule of thumb is this: Problems typically occur
only when reserves of norepinephrine and serotonin are exhausted at
a faster rate than they can be replaced. Without enough stores of these
neurotransmitters on hand, messages in the central nervous system
can't be relayed properly.
That's the conundrum addressed by your typical antidepressant.
After serotonin and norepinephrine are shot across your brain's syn
apses, they are reabsorbed into their original cells—an action called
"reuptake." Antidepressants inhibit this process, however, forcing
more of one or both neurotransmitters to remain active on the syn
apse while increasing levels of free serotonin and norepinephrine in
the brain.
This interrupts your brain's natural processes, though—and the
problems associated with that interruption can be very dangerous.
Some of the most sinister tragedies in recent times have been
linked to these prescriptions. Consider the shootings at Columbine…
or worse, the mass murder of 32 students and faculty members on
the campus of Virginia Tech. In both cases, the gunmen were taking
popular antidepressants. And—asrecent research has shown—in both
cases, the deaths of many might have been avoided.1
Severalstudies have now linked depression drugs to major hostil
ity events like these—and all U.S. labelscurrently list anxiety,agitation,
panic attacks, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, and458 | Miracles from the Vault
mania as possible side effects. During the course of his migraine re
search, however, Dr. Allocca came to realize that risks like these aren't
necessary evils at all—not ifyouprovide yourbrainwiththe appropri
ate blend of nutrients.
He discoveredthat it is possibleto enhance the natural function of
your brain's neurotransmitters without a single dangerous side effect.
And his new formula Seratonin does just that.
Your ultimate defense against
serotonin depletion
I've already mentioned stress as a potential cause of neurotrans
mitter imbalance. But really, there are a number of causes (some of
which you might have already guessed) that can contribute to this
problem. These include inflammation, allergic reactions, hormonal
Beware the hidden dangers on your dinner plate
Tyramine content isn't something that you'll find listed on a
nutrition label—but if you've had problems with depression, mi
graines, or mood swings, it's definitely something you want to
watch out for. Even some ofthe healthiest foods could be contrib
uting to your low serotonin levels. Some of these include:
• cheese • chocolate
• mustard • onions and garlic
• berries • avocado
• sourdough • tamari
• yogurt • soy sauce
• miso • vinegar
• tofu • smoked/cured meats
• any aged or fermented food • yeast and brewers extracts
• alcoholic beverages
(including beer and red wine)Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 459
changes, systemic candidiasis, unstable bloodsugar, and dehydration.
Balancing all of these factors obviously requires a comprehensive
approach—and all 14 of Seratonin's nutrients serve a manifold pur
pose. First, they help your brain to manufacture and maintain sero
tonin and norepinephrine.Additionally, they aid in decreasingallergic
reactions while controlling glucose levels (these are two of the most
common stressorsto your body, both ofwhich contribute significantly
to serotonin depletion).
5-Hydroxytryptophan is arguably the most important ingredient.
With the recent controversy stemmingfrom a supposed contaminated
batch of tryptophan, the real thing has becomevery hard to find (we
alerted you to one of the only sources back in November 2004). But
while the supply of true tryptophan has dwindled, this form of the
molecule—called 5-HTP forshort—enjoys a slightly wider availability.
It's extracted from the African tree Griffonia simplicia, meaning that
it's not a synthetic compound like its predecessor—and it's also one
step closer to serotonin in the conversion chain.
More important, though, is that it delivers equally profound ben
efits. A double-blind clinical trial performed by Swiss researchers in
1991 showed that it'sas effective as fluvoxamine (a popular antidepres
sant) in relieving depression, while being superior in tolerance and
safety.2 And while it has loads of research to support its effectiveness
against panic and anxiety disorders, insomnia, and migraines, more
recently the spotlight has turned on its clinical effectiveness against
fibromyalgia—with clinical studies showing that it significantly im
proves symptoms with only mild, short-lived side effects.3
The one notable drawback of supplementing with 5-HTP is that at
higher dosages (like the 200 mg you'll get in Seratonin), you could find
that it causes some temporary nausea, especially on an empty stom
ach—but taking it with food will usually help with this.
In addition to this key ingredient, Seratonin also contains a blend460 | Miracles from the Vault
of vitamins and nutrients to block serotonin depletion from every
angle:
• B-vitamins (including niacin and folic acid) arevital to the
production of neurotransmitters andalso inhibitsdepletion.
• Vitamin C and copperfacilitate norepinephrine production.
• Magnesium and calcium boost nerve transmission and
vasomotor control.
• Zinc promotes a calm mood (deficiencies ofmineral are linked
to anxiety).
• Choline increases magnesium uptake.
• Quercetin stabilizes cell walls, reducing allergic reactions
and inflammation.
• Trimethylglycine helps convert norepinephrineinto
epinephrine.
• Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant.
• Vanadium and chromiumincrease insulinreceptivity and
control glucose fluctuations.
Bynow, you might have already guessed thatreplenishing your se
rotoninsupplyisn'tas simple as justadding adaily supplementto your
routine. Paying strict attention to your diet is also essential.
That's especially true when it comes to foods containing an ami
no acid called tyramine. Tyramine displaces norepinephrine from
nerve endings, resulting in the sympathetic "fight or flight" reac
tion I described earlier (high blood pressure, insomnia, aggression,
and increased glucose release). And the result of this is a depletion
of norepinephrine, epinephrine, and serotonin reserves. (For a list of
high-tyramine foods to watch out for, see the sidebar above.)
But it's not just food that's naturally high in tyramine that's athreat.
In fact, tyraminecanincrease exponentially throughthe process of ag
ing and fermentation—meaning that even a food that's naturally lowPart X: Vital Health Secrets | 461
in tyramine, like a banana, canbecome a problem whenit's overripe.
Other foods that negatively affect your serotonin level are ones
with a high glycemic load—in simplerterms, any foods that are high
in sugar or other simple carbohydrates. These boost your insulin pro
duction, stressing your body and sparking inflammation, which in
turn depletes yourserotonin reserves. Also, youshouldavoid anyfood
that might be hiding neurotoxins (which includes just about any pro
cessed, preservative-packed product you'll find at the grocery store
these days).
The bottom line: Even while you're taking Seratonin, you want to
keep your food fresh, and low in tyramine and sugar.
Years of pain and depression reversed in a single month
None of this mayappearto be verynewor exciting—but the truth
of the matter is, Seratonin is one of the only successful treatments
(pharmaceutical or natural) that you'll find for migraines or depres
sion on the market today.
Dr. Allocca has receivedfloods of testimonials detailing how Sera
tonin has changed his clients'lives—many of whom were confined to
their beds in excruciating daily pain. But as one woman from Louisi
ana wrote in: "Within a month I was headache free for the first time
that I can remember." Shegoeson to say: "Ifeel like a new person, and
I would loveto share this with as many people as possible." This same
experience was shared by countless others, all of whom have stayed
permanently migraine-free when nothing else had worked.
But what's even more impressive is that Dr. Allocca is currently in
the process of wrapping up a large-scaleclinical trial called the Ameri
can Migraine Prevention Study. And preliminary results show that this
approach, unlike many others, actually works—although a complete
summary of the study won't be out until next year.
If you suffer from migraines, chances are good that your doctor's462 | Miracles from the Vault
orders have never reached beyond the limits of simple (and usually
ineffective) pain management. And if you suffer from chronic depres
sion, the outlook for a future ofsafe and effective solutions has become
even bleaker. The same goes for other neurotransmitter-related condi
tions, like fibromyalgia, tinnitus, orIBS—in fact, you may have been
told by more than one doctor already that you'll just have to learn to
live with them.
But it's simply not true. And if nothing else, Seratonin's lengthy
track record is proofofthat.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 463
CHAPTER SEVEN
Forget dangerous HRT… You can
balance your hormones safely and
naturally—without adding a single
hormone to your body
he hot flashes, the nightsweats, the lowenergy and mood.., T
Think you just have to learn to live with your menopause
symptoms? If you've been an HSI Member for a while, you certainly
don't want to mess around with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
(For more on the dangersof HRT, search"hormone replacementther
apy"at www.hsionline.com.)
So you've decided to tough it out—but how much longercan you
really do that?
Well, finally there's an answer. You can balance your hormones
without the dangers of HRT. In fact, this could beat even bio-identical
hormone replacement therapy in terms of safety and effect.
Because this method doesn't involve adding hormones to your body
at all. Instead, it relies upon a vegetable, revered for thousands ofyearsin
Peru,that helpsyour body to balance its own hormone production.464 | Miracles from the Vault
And it's beenrigorously tested in numerous published clinical trials
over thepast five years. These studies prove that this non-HRT approach
to menopause not only relieves the symptoms of post-menopause, but
can also go a long way tohelping your heart health andbone density.
After all, the transition to menopause should be relatively symp
tom-free. And it has been for generations of women, thanks to a di
etary staple that can only be grown in their native Peru.
The Peruvian vegetable that'sbeen beatingmenopause
for generations ofwomen
Though it's grown all over several South American countries,
only maca (Lepidum peruvianum) from Peruhasbeensignificantly re
searched andshown to have a therapeutic benefit. In fact, growers who
have tried to cultivate this miracle vegetable elsewhere in the world
have been largelyunsuccessful.
Butit's no wonder theykeep trying. Maca boasts a longlistofben
efits. Traditionally (perhaps for thousands of years), it's been used to
treat fatigue, anemia, and infertility, aswell as to enhance stamina and
as an aphrodisiac.
And that's not even gettinginto what it's been doing specifically
for women for just as long.Peruvians used (and stilldo use) it to treat
"female conditions" includingmenopausal symptoms and decreased
libido.
Modern research is backing up the many uses of maca. Studies
have shown benefits in production of sex hormones, enhanced sex
drive, stimulation of body metabolism, control of body weight, in
creased energy, stress reduction, antidepressant activity, and memory
improvement.
Maca has the powerto balance hormones without containingany
hormones itself—so it can't be lumped in with other natural meno
pause remedies like red clover, black cohosh, and soy isoflavones.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 465
Maca may target the same symptoms, but itsaction isverydifferent.1
That's because maca is an adaptogenic plant, meaning it helps
regulate and balance the body's systems, particularly hormone pro
duction. Adaptogens modulate the body's response by supporting it
in dealing witha variety ofstressors—physiological, biochemical, and
psychological.
They are among the more useful medicinal herbs, helping people
cope with fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. Otherwellknown
adaptogenic herbsareAmerican ginseng and Siberian ginseng.
However, those other herbs don't seem to have the same effect
on menopausal symptoms that maca does. Researchers theorize that
maca stimulateshormonal reserves bystrengthening the body'sability
to regain and maintain hormonalbalance in the face ofstressors.
Unlike HRT, macacanactually increase the body's ownproduction
of estrogen, instead of simply adding estrogen to the body. It stimu
latesthe hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, and ovarianglandsin order
to rebalance the body's production of hormones and treat menopause
symptoms as a whole.1
One particular formulation of maca, called Maca-GO, has proven
itself over five years of clinical trials. Research reveals an 84% suc
cessrate in the reduction of menopausalsymptoms (hot flashes, night
sweats, fatigue, mood swings, and so on); increasedbone density; en
hanced absorption of iron, calcium, and other trace elements; and a
better ability to maintain a healthy weight, optimal cholesterol, and
triglyceride levels.2
Menopause symptoms reduced by 84%
When hormone production is regulated and balanced, it's easier
for your body to achieve overall harmony. This means fewer meno
pause symptomsand an overall improvementin general health.
Maca-GO has a leg up on HRT because it works with your own466 | Miracles from the Vault
body to balance the levels of key hormones: FSH, estrogen, LH, and
progesterone—and nothingismorenatural than yourown hormones.
Maca's benefits have been reported in many publications over the
past 20 years.
It's been shown to enhance sex hormone production, stimulate
body metabolism, increase energy and vitality, reduce excess body
weight, relieve stress anddepression, improve memory, andenhance a
person's sex drive.
But in the past five years, the first standardizedmaca formulation
(Maca-GO) has been studied specifically in menopausal women.And
Maca-GO is the only formulation to demonstrate statistically signifi
cantimprovements in both menopausesymptom reliefand hormonal
balance.
In addition to relieving the symptoms of menopause, use of MacaGO
has been shown to lower total cholesterol in menopausal women,
with significant reductions in triglycerides and BMI. It's also led to in
creasesin HDLcholesterol andsignificantreductionsin LDLcholesterol.
One study was carried out in five urban gynecological clinics in
two culturally different cities in Poland—researchers wanted to see
Maca-GO's effect on awide varietyofwomen.
Use of Maca-GO led to a highly significant increase in initially
low estrogen levels after one month and again after two months. Ini
tiallyelevated FSH levels droppedsignificantly asestrogen production
normalized. After two months on placebo, two months on Maca-GO
brought significant increases in estradiol. And afterthose two months,
patients experienced a highly significant increase in HDL and a de
crease in LDL, as well as lowered triglycerides and total cholesterol.
When patients were switched backto aplacebo, menopause symptoms
and hormone levels went back to untreated levels.
Though Maca-GO benefited patients after only two months, re-Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 467
searchers noticed trends toward metabolic adjustments that could
require about three months to show any difference, such as positive
effects on total cholesterol and bone density.3
Another study, conducted over the course of three months (one
month on placebo, two months of treatment), explored the effects of
Maca-GO on women who had ceased menstruation and were not us
ing HRT prior to the study. The formulation alleviated symptoms of
menopausal discomfort, and researchers observed an overall balanc
ing effect on sex hormone levels.4
A four-month trial on women taking Maca-GO measured sever
al attributes of menopause. The women, who were all in early postmenopause,
took Maca-GO twicea daywith meals. Each month, hor
mone levels were measured and a gynecologist conducted interviews.
Patients were weighed, blood pressurewas registered,and menopause
symptoms were analyzed.
Maca-GO was shown to significantly alleviate symptoms of dis
comfort, with an 84%reduction. There weresignificant increases in es
trogen and progesteronelevels and reductionsin blood pressure,body
weight, triglycerides, and cholesterol.
Also, it was shown to significantlystimulate estradiol production,
to help regulate the thyroid, and to increasebone density.
Researchers concluded that Maca-GO could be a valuable nonhormonal
plant preparation for alleviating symptoms of menopause,
including frequency of hot flushes, incidence of night sweating, inter
rupted sleep patterns, nervousness, depression, and heart palpitations.5
Ten years ofmenopause symptoms
reversed in two weeks
Maca-GO is available in a supplement from Natural Health In
ternational called Femmenessence, which many women all over the
world are describing as a "miracle."468 | Miracles from the Vault
Linda Ackerman, a woman in California, calls Femmenessence
a "wonderful nutritional addition to my life." She's been taking it for
four months and has found that her hot flashes and insomnia have
decreased significantly. Also, withoutaltering herdietor exercise, she's
lost about 10 pounds.
Gail Kennedy, a 54-year-old woman in Australia, has been suffer
ingthroughmenopausal symptoms for 10 years. Afteronlytwo weeks
on Femmenessence, her energy picked up, she felt more motivated,
and her sex drive startedreturning.
And when women aren't speaking up about their success with
Femmenessence, their doctors are. Naturopath Peter Bablis described
a 53-year-old woman who had been dealing with menopausal symp
toms for seven years. She was experiencing night sweats, hot flashes,
fatigue, poor memory, increased weight, and a decreased libido. She
also felt depressed and had no motivation.
Her life wasmore orless controlled by her symptoms. She'd tried
all the usual medications, but absolutely nothinghad helped.
Then shestartedtakingFemmenessence. Takingone capsule twice
a day, she noticed a slightimprovement in her hot flashes in about five
days. Once she startedtaking two capsules twice a day, they stopped
altogether.
And after six weeks, her fatigue disappeared, her memory started
getting better, and she'd lost 5 pounds without even trying. After 12
weeks, things were even better. She'd lost 12 pounds, again without
dieting or exercising, and didn't feel depressed at all. To her surprise,
her libido even returned.
Naturopath and professor Tori Hudson, who has been specializ
ing in women's health for 25 years, has also seen much success with
Femmenessence. She notes that she's impressed by the level of com
mitment to research ofthe product. And in her clinic, she's seen some
pretty amazing results.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 469
She usually sees benefits in two to three weeks, though it can take
up to three months to see truly significant results. Most frequently,
there's a remarkable reduction in the number of hot flashes as well as
overall improvement in mood and energy.
There is actually a range of Femmenessence products, forwomen
in each stage oflife. There's a variety for young women seeking relief
from premenstrual symptoms, one for preparing the body for opti
mum fertility, and varieties for women dealing with pre- and post
menopausal symptoms.
Natural Health International has naturopathic doctors on staff
who can talk through anyconcerns or questions you may have about
Femmenessence.
Ordering information for Femmenessence is in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.470 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER E!GHT
Stop sleep apnea in just one nightand
throw out that bulky mask
Doyou toss and turn all night, never falling deep into sleep? Do
youwonder why you even bothered going to bed at all because
you wake every morning feeling like you got no rest at all? Do you
snore so loudly it wakes you up, or stop breathing for 5 seconds or
more as you sleep?
You could go to anexpensive sleep clinic, where they'll hook you up
tovarious machines andmonitor yoursleeping for a few nights. Acouple
thousand dollarslater, they'll probably tell you that you have sleep apnea—
acondition inwhich your breathing stops as you sleep. And then you'll be
givena Continuous Positive AirwayPressure(CPAP) machine that deliv
erscompressed airthrough a bulky mask you have to wear all night. Or
you could have surgery toremove the excess tissue blocking your airway.
Or you could start feeling reliefnow—without uncomfortable
contraptions or going under the knife—thanks to one of HSI's most
trusted sources.
Breathe easywith a formula that fights apnea at the source
Ifyou've been an HSI Member for a while, you know I'ma big fanPart X: Vital Health Secrets | 471
of Peaceful Mountain. I don't go on a trip without my Travel Rescue
kit ("Quit feeding superbugs—silver knocks out bacteria withoutcon
ventional dangers," December 2008). And when founder Steven Frank
started his new line, Nature's Rite, I jumped right on their Leg Relaxer
("Clam the gnawing of restless legs in minutes with targeted herbal
relief7' July2009).
So when he told me that praise was pouring in for their new Sleep
Apnea Relief, I knew I hadto tell you about it. Especially because ofthe
way Sleep Apnea Relief came tobe—out ofSteven's own need for it.
You see,Steven had been strugglingwith sleepapnea for five years.
He'd tried everything out there, but nothing worked. Each episode of
apnealasts about a week, duringwhich time he wouldwake every60
or 90 seconds throughout the night. Obviously, the man was getting
no rest.
Sohe decidedto do somethingwiththose sleepless nights. He read
all he could about apnea until he fullyunderstood the cause—a prob
lemwiththe signaling between the brain and diaphragm muscles dur
ingthe transition to stage 2 sleep (the intermediate stage right before
deep sleep).
Once he understood that, the search was on for an herb that would
increase the communication between the brain and those muscles. He
found that in lobelia, a flowering plant traditionally used by Native
Americansto treat respiratoryand muscle disorders.It's a relaxantthat
can soothe the nerves and ease tension.
Steven decided to add thyme, which enhances the activity of lung
membranes, to the lobeliain the hopes of getting more use out of each
breath. He took it, went to bed… and slept. He tried it the next night,
and the next, and it kept working.Amazingly, he'dhit on the right herbs
on the firsttry.Ashe told me,he was"beyondexcited" becauseit didn't
just provehis theory—itended that five yearstruggle.
That was about five years ago. In that time, he's been working on472 | Miracles from the Vault
tweaking the formula, addingmoreherbs to increase the effectiveness.
He added cramp bark, which relaxes stressed muscles. Chamomile
also has relaxing effects, and meadow sweet ensures that the other
herbs are fully absorbed.
When hewas finally happy with it, hecalled it, quite simply, Sleep
Apnea Relief, andstarted sharing theblend thathadsaved his nights.
Steven is quick to say that Sleep Apnea Relief won't necessarily
work for everyone (after all, nothing does). Some people have such
bad obstructions that they need more direct physical help. But for
MOSTpeoplesufferingfrom sleepapnea,this formulameans not hav
ing tosleep with amachine onthefloor next toyour bed, pumping air
through a maskstrappedto yourface.
Steven calls that freedom, andwants to share that with everyone
who needs it.
Evenwith the worst obstructive sleep apnea—
Sleep Apnea Relief can help
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you might be thinking your
conditionisjust too much for anyherbalformula to handle. Butdon't
resign yourselfto that bulkyoxygen machine yet.
With obstructive sleep apnea, your airway is blocked by either a
sagging soft pallet or other tissues. Even though this blockage con
tributes to yourinability to breathe through the night, it's not the real
cause of the problem.
Whenyousleep, yourbrain reduces the intensity of the signals to
yourskeletal musclessoyoudon't actoutyourdreams. Well, aswe age,
othersignals start getting reduced, too. Including the signals to your
diaphragm, whichcontrols yourbreathing rate.
Ifthesignals going from yourbraintoyourdiaphragm arereduced
too much, you can stop breathing altogether. This causes your blood
oxygen level to decrease—when it drops so low that it's dangerous,Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 473
your brain sounds the alarm, causing you to take an immediate deep
breath. With obstructive sleep apnea, this fast intake of breath sucks
the sagging tissue into your airway, causinga loud snort that disrupts
your sleep.
Soifyou takecareofthe brain-signaling problem that causes your
breathing to stop, the obstruction of the airway is no longer an issue.
Sleep Apnea Relief increases your respiration intensity so you don't
stop breathing.
Start sleeping soundly in just a couple ofdays
Are you already thinking about how good a full nights sleep is
going to feel? If the response Nature's Rite has received from happy
customers is any indication, it's goingto feel great. They've found that
manypeoplecomebackand order another sixmonths' worth of Sleep
Apnea Reliefat a time—andhavesome pretty great words for it when
they place those orders.
Annette found reliefin only two days. She used to fall asleep be
hind the wheel of her car because she was so tired during the dayaf
ter so many sleepless nights. But now she feels rested and alert. Her
daughteralsotried it—and itstopped hersnoring.
Stan had to use a CPAP for four years, but is now a firm believer in
Sleep Apnea Relief. Hesays he"won't go back to thatmachine again!"
Maybe Carol putsit best. She wrote to Steven to say: "Before Sleep
Apnea Relief neither one of us were able to sleep because of myhus
band's severe apnea and snoring,especially the snoring. Thefirst time
he tried those natural herbs all that changed! I wasso excited the first
night that I literally cried. Even our 18-year-old daughter noticedthe
change in my husband afterhe had been able to sleep and breathe at
night instead of choking and snoring. I think the person who devel
oped this herbal remedy should be awarded a Nobel Prize."
Now, you do have to make sure to take Sleep Apnea Relief every474 | Miracles from the Vault
day if you have sleep apnea every night. There is no cumulative effect
with the herbs in this formula. Some people have sleep apnea only pe
riodically—you can take Sleep ApneaReliefjust during those episodes.
Ordering information for Sleep Apnea Relief is in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.s
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CHAPTER NINE
"Nothing—and I mean nothinghas
ever had such a wonderful
healing effect on my eczema"
he'd been battling eczema for years with no reliefin sight. Some
times it burned so badly that she burst into tears.
But nothing worked—the medicine cabinet full of lotions and
creams might aswell havebeen tubesofwaterfor allthe good they did
for her burning skin.
SoClaire figured she'd just have to live with the pain. But that was
before Eczederm Rescue.
It's absolutely the only thing that's worked for her. And it works
fast—in a matterof days, the stinging pain and redness simply started
fading away.
Eczederm Rescue is an expert blend of herbs famous for their an
tifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. And it comesfrom one
of HSI's most trusted sources.
It's so effective, in fact, that it gets the seal of approval from Jenny
Thompson herself!476 | Miracles from the Vault
Once again, the mainstream offers
up nothing but side effects
There still isn't much of an explanation for eczema. Some doctors
use the term for any unidentifiablerash. It most commonly causesdry,
reddened skin. Intense itching or burning is usually the first symptom.
Eczema can lead to blisters and oozing lesions—and a whole lot of
embarrassment and discomfort.
The mainstream may not have an answer for it, but that doesn't
keep them from trying. The medical standard is to use topical cor
ticosteroids in short bursts to suppress symptoms. Long-term use is
avoided because those steroids can cause skin atrophy and lesions.
Even used short-term, they can be of little use, because as soon as
you stop using them, the eczemacan come right back.
In extreme cases,doctors prescribe systemiccorticosteroids to cut
down on inflammation. Buttheir use can lead to gastrointestinal intol
erance, weakness, muscle problems,and increased infection.
Recently, two new topicaltreatments for eczemawereapprovedby
the FDA—tacrolimus and picrolimus. Their long-term effects are un
clear, but several studies have shown an increased prevalence of skin
cancer in lab animals treated with the compounds.
The long and short of it isthis: No drug deemed effective at sup
pressing outbreaks has yet been approved for long-term use without
the possibility of side effects.
Thanks to Peaceful Mountain, however, there is a powerful herbal
answer to eczema—Eczederm Rescue.
Stop the symptoms of eczema
from interfering with your life
Eczederm Rescue is a topical cream that captures the power of herbs
withantifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, andtissue-regenerating properties.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 477
No matter the cause, or howlongyou've been suffering, it works.
From the day Eczederm Rescue was introduced, success stories like
Claire's havebeen pouring in.
When Deon in Denver, CO, developed eczema, his doctor was
completely baffled. Though Deon tried everything, nothing cleared
up the rash—and the itchingwas unbearable. The moment Eczederm
Rescue touched his skin, he knew it was different from anything else
he'd tried. It cooled the burning, and he reported that,in just days, his
eczema was well on the way to beingcompletely cleared up.
Holly, who lives in Kansas City, MO, wrote to Peaceful Mountain
to "gush over" Eczederm Rescue. A massage therapist, Hollyrelies on
her hands for her livelihood. Butfor the past five years, she's been suf
fering fromeczema so badly on onehand that nothingwould help the
symptoms.
Shewasamazed at howquicklyEczederm Rescue healed her hand.
"Ithasbeenyears since myhand haslooked thisgood," Holly reported.
The symptoms are gone and, perhaps more importantly, Holly's selfesteem
is back.
Melissa, of Mustang, OK, has been suffering from eczema for
about 20years. She'd tried prescriptions, natural products, elimination
of certain foods, and countless other treatments. At some points, the
rash has covered all of one ofher hands.
Then,as I'm sure you've alreadyguessed, she found EczedermRes
cue. Afteronlya week of using it, she reportedthat the burning, itchy
rash was 70%better, and getting better every day.
Stories like these are common at Peaceful Mountain. And they've
recentlybeen backed up by a promisingclinical trial.
Starts healing eczema in a matter ofdays
Eczederm Rescue was put to the test against a placebo in a fourweek
clinical trial conducted by an independent lab. Over the course478 | Miracles from the Vault
of the trial, participants recorded the daily severity of a number of
symptoms—sleep interference, itching, pain, overall discomfort, red
ness, crusting, and overall appearance. Symptoms were ratedon a scale
of 1-9 (from nothing at all to as bad as it could be).
Participants usingEczederm Rescue reporteda significant drop in
symptoms as compared with participants using the placebo. The most
notable differences were in discomfort, crusting, and appearance.
Atfollow-up visits afterthe studyperiod, continued improvement
was observed. Researchers concluded that there was a clear benefit
over placebo after only two weeks.1
A separate report on sideeffects concluded that Eczederm Rescue
causes minimal side effects. The most commonly reported ones were
dry skin,temporarystaining ofskin, and stinging upon application.
The stinging may have been due to applyingthe gel to open sores,
and only occurred when it wasfirstapplied. Thesameside effects were
reported by people who used a placebo in the trial.
The report pointed out that the benign nature of EczedermRescue
means it can be used as a maintenance treatment without the risks of
skin atrophyand lesions that comewith corticosteroids.2
Soothe and heal your skin with an arsenal ofherbs
All of the herbs in Eczederm Rescue have traditionally been used
for relieffrom the itching and pain of eczema, dermatitis, and rashes.
Bloodroot has been shown in several studies to have antimicrobial
and anti-inflammatory properties. Its high concentration of the com
pound sanguinarine reduces inflammation when used topically. The
antibacterial action of bloodroot has actuallywon it FDAapproval for
inclusion in toothpaste. In Eczederm Rescue, it helps to preventinfec
tion in the affected area.
Bacterialinfection is a concern if you have eczema,as it can be in-Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 479
troduced through broken skin after you scratch the itch. This second
ary bacterial infection can feed the inflammation cycle in eczema—
bloodroot preventsthe infection and quellsthat inflammation.
Used forahost ofskin conditions, pokeroot hasimmune-stimulat
ing properties. It contains tannins, which protect tissues.
Neem is an herb derived from a tree in the mahogany family. In
India, the tree is known as "Nature's Drugstore" for its many proper
ties—it's antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, andanti-inflammatory.
Neem is considered a major component in Ayurvedic medicine
andis often prescribed for skin disease. There havebeen many reports
ofsuccess usingneem for eczema—the leaves are commonly used as a
bath for eczema sufferers.
St. John's Wort adds to the antimicrobial properties of Eczederm
Rescue. It's been used with great success to treat first-degree burns.
Traditionally, St. John's Wort is used for inflammation and pain. Hyperforin,
a major constituent ofthe herb,hasbeen found to have anti
bacterial properties strongenough to kill MRSA.
Chapparal, calendula flowers, and arnicacontribute further to the
anti-inflammatory effects of Eczederm Rescue. These herbs also have
analgesic properties when applied topically—helping to soothe the
pain of eczema.
Arnica in particular has been the subject of various studies that
have demonstrated itsusefulnessin treating pain. When usedtopically
as a gel (as it is in Eczederm Rescue), it's been found to have the same
effect as NSAIDs like ibuprofen in treating the painful symptoms of
hand osteoarthritis.3
White willow bark shares arnica's pain-killing properties. In fact,
it's a precursor to aspirin. Studies have shown that it's useful against
pain caused by inflammation.
While comfrey leaf shares the anti-inflammatory properties of480 | Miracles from the Vault
other herbs in Eczederm Rescue, it reallyshines as a healing agent—it
increases the rate at which new skin can be formed, maintaining the
integrity ofskin. This isbecause it contains allantoin, a cell proliferant
that speedsup the natural replacement ofbody cells.
The herbal extracts in Eczederm Rescue are combined with several
oils (olive, avocado, macadamia nut, and kukui nut) that provide es
sentialfattyacidsas well as vitamins A and E. Additionally, vitamin C
has been added to adjust the pH and to assisthealing.
Rounding out the formula is aloe vera, known for its antibacterial
and analgesic effects. Altogether, Eczederm Rescue is a productthat's
broughtreliefto manypeople, including a few of us here at HSI.
Several days ago, one of my colleagues describedan itchyred rash
she had developed on one arm. She showed it to me, and I immedi
ately handed her the tube of Eczederm Rescue that was on my desk.
Thenext day, I askedher if it was working. "Itsmells a littlefunny," she
said, "but it works!" The rash had faded considerably, and she didn't
find herselfscratching at it nearlyas much.
And Jenny Thompson is a longtime fan of Eczederm Rescue. She
keeps it in the office so she can use it for last-minute breakouts.
Ordering information for Eczederm Rescue is in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 481
CHAPTER TE
Astonishing nutrient turns
the tide on Alzheimer's disease,
dementia, even strokes!
I t's Alzheimer's disease." That may be the scariest sentence you'll ever
ihear… and it's usually said without any hope. No chance ofacure, but
the very real possibility that your loved one will disappearright before
your eyes, everydayslidingfurther and further away from you.
Thedoctormaytell youaboutmedicationsthatmightpossiblyslowthe
disease down—but not somuch thatyou'd notice, and not enough to stop
the damage. Andhe'll probably tell you to startthinking about long-term
care, while hiseyes carefully avoid the tears streaming downyourcheeks.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Because there is real hope—
a chance to substantially slow down the disease, even noticeably im
prove quality of life and keep memories alive.
Why your doctor can't help… and HSI can
As usual, mainstream medicine takes a short-sighted, profit-driv
en approach to treating Alzheimer's disease. They focus on a single
facetof the problem, and hit it with a sledge hammer.Theyclaim their482 | Miracles from the Vault
drugs offer 'statistically significant' changes forAlzheimer's patients—
but that doesn't reallytranslate into noticeable improvement.
And, likethe vastmajority of pharmaceutical drugs,these medica
tions comewith somehighly damaging sideeffects and veryhigh price
tags, while delivering nothingofvalue. Actually, that's not true, theydo
worse than nothing. Because they offer the promise of possibility that
they simplydo not deliver.
Your doctor mayhold them out asthe onlychoice… but he's wrong.
We here at HSI have uncovered an astonishingly effective natural
medicine that does more than impact some numbers on a made-up
scale.It can make a differencein people'slives—whetherthey're strick
en with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or watching someone they lovesuf
fer through it. And if you're looking to prevent that horrible fate, this
alternative cure can help you do it.
So while mainstream medicine has nothing much to offer here—
except dangerous, expensive medications that do, well,nothing—nat
ural medicine, once again, holds the key.
The nutrient your brain can't live
without can turn AD around
Notsurprisingly, this naturalbrainprotectortargetssomeofthe same
issues as pharmaceutical drugs—but in a genderand much saferway.
The natural medicine you'll learn about here is the real deal. In
fact, some doctors have already been using this complex nutrient as
medicine in Japan to treat strokes and brain injuries. And researchers
are just beginning to understand how it can improve brain function…
even for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
This miracle nutrient is called citicoline (or CDP coline, which
stands for cytidine diphosphate choline), and it's crucial for healthy
brain function. In fact, your brain literallycan't function without it.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 483
So far, citicoline's success has been pretty amazing. And it makes
me wonder why more mainstream doctors don't know about it.
• It halts progression ofAlzheimer's disease, and even improves
quality oflife forAlzheimer's patients (helping them maintain
independence, for example)1
• Improvesbrain function of stroke patients (when taken within
24 hours ofthe stroke)2
• Citicoline improves mental function in somedementia patients
• Citicoline helps bothprevent andtreatage-associated memory
impairment
• Can improvememory, especially in people who sufferfrom
memory impairment
• Itmay even help coma patients recover morequickly
Actually, it'sreallyAmerican mainstream doctors who aren't work
ingwith citicoline. Japanese andEuropean doctors have been using it
successfully for years.
Scientists finally see (literally!) how
citicoline boosts your brain power
In November 2008, researchers published the first studythat clear
lyshowed just how citicoline impacts the brain. Using special imag
ingtechnology, these scientists were able to seeexactly howciticoline
changes brain activity, specifically in the frontal lobe.3
Citicoline keeps your eyesin tip-top shape,too
What's brainpower without eyesight? Luckily, withciticoline,
you may never need to worry about that. One 12-month study
found that the nutrient improved retinal and visual function in
glaucoma patients. And an 8-year study showed that citicoline
substantially improved vision.484 | Miracles from the Vault
Citicoline actually increases brain function in the frontal lobe,
which handles things like attention span, learning, memory, and cre
ativity. In fact,your front lobe is consideredthe management center of
your brain, and when that center gets damaged—as can happen with
Alzheimer's disease—all ofthose functions will suffer.
Some of these scientists most important discoveries explain citi
coline's success in boosting brain power. For one thing, it substantially
increases a critical brain chemical called phosphocreatine, which pro
vides extra energy and helps reduce fatigue.
The researchers also learned how essential citicoline is for brain cell
protection—it increasesspecific lipids (phospholipids) that help maintain
cell integrity andturnover, andyourbrain simply can't work without this.
Another surprising discovery: citicoline seems to increase alpha
brain waves, the ones associated with relaxation. In fact, these brain
waves are the ones responsible for getting your brain into the muchdesired
awake relaxed state. And since one of the defining symptoms
of AD is extreme agitation,boosting alphawaves can make lifefor the
patient and his caregiver much lessstressful.
And that's not alltheyfoundout—they uncovered exactly howcitico
linepowers yourbrain, andhelps keep yourmemory andcognition intact.
• Increases blood circulation to your brain
• Boosts your brain's energy reserves
• Increases efficient oxygen use
• Enhances production of acetylcholine
• Maintains optimal dopamine levels
By makingsureyour brainhas allthe blood,oxygen, and energyit
needs,citicolinecan turn memory problemsaround. And by boosting
production andmaintenance ofkey brainchemicals, it cando so much
more than that.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 485
Acetylcholine—the super brain chemical
that powers your mind
One of the key benefits of citicoline is that it increases production
of acetylcholine, the most plentiful neurotransmitter in your brain,
and one that'sresponsible for a lot of keyfunctions. In fact, acetylcho
linedeficiency isa keyplayer in Alzheimer's disease (anda bigfocus of
pharmaceutical drugs that try to manipulate the chemical artificially,
with little successbut plenty of dangerous side effects).
What can boosted acetylcholine levels do for you?
• Help increase attention span
• Improve your abilityto concentrate
• Increase coordination
• Ease depression
• Slowdown memory loss
• Maintain better sleep
In fact, youcan read this article because your brain has a healthy
amountof acetylcholine. But when someone develops AD, his acetyl
choline declines andismorequickly broken down byan enzyme called
acetylcholinesterase (AChE). And when acetylcholine levels drop so
dramatically, they can cause memory loss and decreased learning ca
pacity, among other things. Taking citicoline can help make sure that
your brain has more acetylcholine—and that means better memory,
concentration, mood, and sleepfor you.
Citicoline boosts many more critical
brain chemicals to keep your mind sharp
Citicoline affects a lot more than acetylcholine, though. It also
plays an importantrole in other brain-critical compounds like dopa
mine, norepinephrine, uridine, and phosphatidylcholine (PS).
Let'sstartwithdopamine, acrucial brain chemical thatciticoline helps486 | Miracles from the Vault
your body manageand maintainmore efficiently. Dopamineis especially
important becausedeficiency of this chemical has been implicatedin Al
zheimer's—and correcting that problem couldhelptreat the disease.
Norepinephrine is another crucial brain chemical, and citicoline
seems to increaseitslevels. ManyAD patients have been found to lack
norepinephrine, so restoring higher levels could help turn the disease
around. And this neurotransmitter is well known for increasing alert
ness and attention span, and enhancing memory and learning.
Then there's uridine, which has been found to be directly respon
sible for brain cell regeneration in lab studies. It's also been found to
clearly supportmemoryretention. It also plays a keyrolein the genera
tion of phosphatidylcholine (you'll see how important that is in a sec
ond). Most important, uridine isbeinglookedat asa possibletreatment
for Alzheimer's diseasebecauseof its abilityto improvebrain function.
Phosphatidylcholine (PS) is an essential fatty acid that your brain
needs to function at its best—and citicoline increases the total amount
ofPS in the brain. In fact, it can even restore deficient levels to normal,
and that can makea hugedifference in brain power. It helpskeepyour
brain cells in peak condition, and boosts neurotransmitter activity so
that cell messages get where they need to go. And dozens of studies
showthat addingPSto the mixgreatly improveslearningand memory.
Real people are seeing real results
Citicoline—sold under the brand name Cognizin*—can do won
ders for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, but
The top three prescription medications for AD—Aricept,
Exelon, and Razadyne—are cholinesterase inhibitors. They work
by stopping cholinesterase, with the hope of leaving more ace
tylcholine for the brain to use. But they cause some pretty harsh
gastrointestinal side effects, and in rare cases, seizures and liver
damage. Plus, they alsotend to loseanyeffectiveness within a year.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 487
it can also improveeveryone's memory, mood, and cognition. Here are
just a few examples of the kind of difference citicoline can make.
Gina is a 55-year-oldretired housewife. Shesaid, "Myhusband has
been ill forseveral months and since I have been takingCognizin it's
helped me keep my husband's medications straight and deal with his
problems and his doctors, because of this Cognizin has reduced my
level of stress. I'm a little more focused and don't seem as stressed.
Plus, every once in a while I can answer a question or two on Jeop
ardy—itseems that something has come back!"
Walter, a 52-year-old corporate executive also saw his daily life
improve. "When I started taking Cognizin several months ago I al
most immediatelyfound myselfmore focusedmore relaxed. I wasable
to look at budgets and figure out percents very quickly, everything
seemed to work better. I'm more relaxed, I have more energy, and I
seem lessstressedabout things."
And then there's Patty, a 65-year-old realtor whose husband really
noticed theCognizin difference. "My husband asked methe otherday,
'What's going on? You arenot as emotional as usual and you have not
lostyourcarkeys in over a month?' I toldhim that I have beentaking
Cognizin… and you havepretty much made me believethat it is work
ingifyou see the differences. The mood swings that I was having have
reduced 95% and things justseem to bevery clear, the fog oftrying to
remember names or places has been lifted."
Cognizin® is the only reliable source of citicoline
Cognizin* is the brand-name ofthe best source for citicoline. Man
ufactured by Kyowa Hakko U.S.A., Inc. for more than 30 years, Cog
nizin* is identical to the citicoline used in the studies that show just
howeffective it is forimproving brain power.
Themanufacturer'srecommended dose ofCognizin* isoneor two250
mgtablets each day, taken with meals. You'll find ordering information for
Cognizin* Citicoline in theMember Source Directory on page 542.488 I Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER ELEVEN
The government tried to keep this
life-changing supplement from you.
but HSI is giving you direct access
Government persecution almost kept you from access to one of
the worlds most progressive healing supplements. Almost.
But a group of dedicated professionals and researchers, and one
highly committed Japanese scientist worked tirelessly to make sure
that you would not have to suffer any more. That you would not be
denied access to this unique natural substance.
Andthissingle supplement maybethe answer to justaboutevery
thing that's ailing you: osteoporosis, arthritis, atherosclerosis, kidney
stones, Alzheimer's disease, insulin resistance, and much more.
Calcium—every cell in your body counts on it
Ifthere's onething ourbodies can't dowithout, it's calcium. We need
this essential mineral for dozens offunctions, not the least of which are
cellular-energy production and nerve, brain, and heartfunctions. And
when we don't getenough calcium, every system in thebody suffers.
Most ofyourbody's calcium supply isstored in yourbones, wherePart X: Vital Health Secrets | 489
it also provides strength and rigidity to the skeleton. If there isn't
enough calcium circulating in the blood to supply the body's cellular
needs, your body will steal calcium from its "reserves" in the bone.
And if your calcium intake is chronically low, your boneswill eventu
allybecome porous, weak, and prone to fracture.
But even a sufficient calcium intake may not be enough—if you
aren't getting the right kind of calcium, a form your body can easily
workwith, it's almost the same asnot taking it at all.
The Calcium Paradox
Weakened bones is just the tip of the calcium deficiency iceberg,
though. And while that is a severe health problem, things can get a
whole lot worse, thanksto whatDr. Fujita calls the "Calcium Paradox."
When you aren't getting enough calcium, your body reacts in a
very predictable—but dangerous—way. Calcium deficiency triggers
yourbodyto produce moreparathyroid hormone(PTH). Excess PTH
stimulates a process called bone resorption, which literally leaches
the calcium outofyour bone and into your bloodstream, causing de
creased bone mass (and potentially osteoporosis) along with calcium
abundance in your blood.
But since that calcium hasn't gone through the normal digestive
process, it doesn'tgojustwhere it's supposed to… and that's whenseri
ous risk sets in.
That calcium enters your soft tissues—like your blood vessels and
your brain—and wreaks havoc. It can actually cause these organs to
deteriorate, and cause many health problems. Arthritis, for example,
can result from excess calcium deposits in the joints. Atherosclerosis
canbe brought on bycalcium deposits in yourbloodvessels. And ex
cess calcium in your brain could lead to senile dementia.
And while it might seem counterintuitive, the solution to the cal
cium paradox isto give your body more calcium. As long as you take490 | Miracles from the Vault
a highlyabsorbable supplement, that is.Then your body getsthe right
kind of calcium, and sends it to the right places, reducing or even fully
stopping that excess PTH activity and preventing the mineral from
invading your soft tissues.
This almost-banned supplement may be the true key to prevent
ing calcium paradox diseases entirely. In fact, one study1 found that it
reduced red blood cellcalciumlevels substantially better than calcium
carbonate (the most commonly taken calcium supplement—but far
from the best choice). The reason? This supplement does something
the others can't: It sends more of the mineral directlywhere it needs to
go, because your body canabsorb it better thanany otherform.
If you can'tabsorbit, your body can't use it
As nutrients go, calcium isvery poorly absorbed—only a small per
centage ofthe calcium we take actually makes itinto thebloodstream.
Experts estimate that in order to supply the body's cellular needs
and build and maintain bone stores, we need to consume 1,000 to
2,000 mgof elemental calcium every day, starting in adolescence.
Unfortunately, the average American dietonly provides about500
mg ofcalcium daily. And to make matters worse, our ability to absorb
calcium declines as weget older. Whenwe're babies, weabsorb about
70% of the calcium we take in. By the time we're adults, that drops
offto about 50%… and when we hit the senior years, we only absorb
about 30% ofthe calcium we ingest.
But Dr. Takuo Fujita found away around thatproblem, andbrought
us a real solution to the calcium paradox.
Scientific breakthrough breaks
through absorption obstacles
Dr. Fujita has dedicated a considerable part of his life to search
ing for a form ofcalcium thatcould bemore efficiently absorbed and
used by the body. Driven by his firm belief that reversing calciumPart X: Vital Health Secrets I 491
LaneLabs Trounces FTC
in Stunning Victory
When HSI first broke the AdvaCal story back in July
1999, we had no idea of the drama, intrigue, and suspense
that would follow.
Soon after we wrote about AdvaCal, LaneLabs (the product
manufacturer) got scolded by the FTC. The company responded
to an FTC consent order by agreeing to refrain from making any
claims about their health products unless they could support the
claims with scientific evidence.
Fast forward to 2006, when the FTC started picking on
LaneLabs about AdvaCal, and the (solidly backed) claims the
company was making about their one-of-a-kind supplement.
Then in 2007, the agency filed a motion against LaneLabs hold
ing them in contempt of the consentorder—and asking for a $24
million fine to boot.
Now with all the proof behind their products, you've got to
wonder why the government would pick on LaneLabs. It really
makes no sense. There were NO customer complaints about the
products—NONE. The FTC couldn't show that the products
caused anyone any harm. And even the FTC's own witnesses
wouldn'tsaythe productswere riskyorineffective. Add to thatnu
merouspublished studies thatstandbehindeverywordLaneLabs
says about their products—a wealth ofsolid science.
If this seems like a slam dunk for LaneLabs—it was, though
it took a long time to get to the basket. But in July 2009, a full
ten years after HSI first told you about AdvaCal, Judge Dennis
Cavanaugh of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey found in
favor of LaneLabs… and sent the FTC packing.492 | Miracles from the Vault
deficiency is the solution to osteoporosis, the calcium paradox, and
many other age-related health conditions, Dr.Fujitawasdetermined
to find the solution.
Thefirstbreakthrough camein the discovery ofa compound called
AACa, a unique form of calcium derived from oyster shell—but it
didn't comewithout two majordrawbacks. First, the oystershelloften
contains other heavymetals(including lead) which can remain in the
finished product. Second, oystershell contains the poorly absorbed
calcium-carbonate form ofthe mineral.
But Dr. Fujita sidestepped both of these problems with a unique
processingtechnique.
Instead ofjustbeinggroundintopowder, the oystershells areheat
ed to extremely hightemperatures (800° C!), which creates a fine ash.
This process burns offanyheavy metals that might have been present
in the natural shell… and it also breaks down calcium into a much
more digestible form. In fact, studies show that AACa is absorbed
more than twice as well as calcium carbonate.
AACa plus special algae quadruples the effectiveness
The next breakthrough took AACa to a whole new level. Dr. Fu
jita discovered that AACa's absorbability could be boosted even more
by adding a certain specially processed algae. This algae preparation
(which has been translated from the Japanese as "Heated AlgaeIngre
dient," or HAI) doesn't actually contain any calcium, but it is a highly
rich source of amino acids.
Studies conducted by Dr. Fujita show that HAI substantially in
creases the intestinal absorption of calcium, possibly because of its
amino-acid content. And when HAI is added to AACa (a combina
tion sold as AdvaCal), the result is an extremelyhigh-potency calcium
supplement that is absorbed four times better than typical calciumcarbonate
supplements.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 493
Dr. Fujita's research leaves no question that AdvaCal is far more
bioavailable than typical calcium supplements. But even more impor
tant: Can it effectively prevent and treat osteoporosis, a test that all
other calcium supplements to date have failed? To answer that ques
tion, Dr. Fujita embarked on a number of long-term, double-blind,
placebo-controlled trials… with groundbreaking results.
AdvaCal vanquishes osteoporosis… and more
AdvaCal has been proven effective over and over again—even
against osteoporosis. This miracle mineral also reduces fracture risk,
may decrease kidney stone formation, could take on Alzheimer's dis
ease, and seems to be the solution to the deadly calcium paradox.
Let's startwith osteoporosis, where AdvaCal is affecting some sub
stantial changes. In fact, every study that's everbeen done on this cal
cium supplement hasshown that it significantly boosts bone mineral
density—in premenopausal women, postmenopausal women, men,
andelderly women. Every single study! We'll lookatjusta few…
• Onestudy of58 elderly women (with anaverage age of82)
showed thatAdvaCal increased bonemineral density (BMD) of
thespine byover 3percent after two years!2 That's anastonishing
result, especially when you consider the age ofthewomen in the
study. Andbycomparison, thewomen taking standard calciumcarbonate
supplements saw onlya slight (0.6 percent) increase of
spinal BMD, while women taking a placebo lost almost 2 percent.
• Alarger studyconducted byDr. Fujita showed that AdvaCal can
not onlypreventosteoporosis, but can actually reverse bone loss
caused bythe disease. In a trialof 136 patients (ages 51 to 83)
already suffering from osteoporosis, those taking AdvaCal had
an increase in spinal BMD of8.0 percent after threeyears.3 By
comparison, the subjects taking a placebo lostabout3.5 percent.
• Another small study found that AdvaCal increased trabecular
(that's spongy bone) forearm bone density in women bymore494 | Miracles from the Vault
than 6% in just four months, whilethe women in the placebo
group sawno increase. Andwhat's alarming is that whilewom
en in the calcium carbonate group sawonly a negligible increase
in trabecular bone, they suffered a significant decrease in cortical
bone (the hard outer layer of bone).4
AdvaCal is a formidable ally when it comes boosting your bone
density. But it can do so much more.
Turn back the clock—and turn on
good health—with AdvaCal
Not onlydoes AdvaCAL dramatically increase bone mineral den
sity, it canknock down PTH levels… reduce fracture risk… inhibit kidHow
do popular calcium supplements compare?
Calcium carbonate (Caltrate, Turns) is one of the more con
centrated forms of calcium (it contains about 40 percent elemen
tal calcium). It'salso relatively in-expensive, making it very popu
lar with supplement manufacturers.
The problem withcalcium carbonate, though, isthatthisform
ofcalcium isveryhardforyourbodytobreak down anduse—and
that means onlyabout 22% ofthe mineral actually gets absorbed
byyour body. It's even worse for people with low levels ofstomach
acid(which naturally decreases aswe age), and absorption canbe
as low as 4%.
Other calcium supplements (Citracal, for example) use a
slightly more expensive compound called calcium citrate. This
form is easier for your body to break down and absorb… but
it comes with its own drawback. Calcium citrate contains only
about 20 percent elemental calcium, so you would need to take
a lot more of it to get enough calcium—and that translates to an
awful lot of pills to swallowevery day.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 495
ney stones… andmaybeeven protect you from Alzheimer's disease.
Let's start withhowdramatically AdvaCal can impact your health
by reducing your PTH levels. We already know thatcalcium deficien
cy sets off PTH, and that PTH kicks off bone-calcium theft, wreak
ing havoc on your bones and virtually every other cell in your body.
That's because too much calcium in any cell leads to decreased cell
function… and eventually cell death.
Decreased cell function isassociated with many (ifnotmost) signs
of aging: changes in your hair and skin, hearing loss, cataracts, irri
tability, forgetfulness—the list goes on. We saw earlier how AdvaCal
actually reduces red blood cell calcium levels, and that can make a
noticeable impact.
Studies also showthat AdvaCal can significantly reduce circulating
PTH levels inboth menand women—knocking them down byalmost
30% after just 5 days in one study5! But the unlucky participants get
ting placebo saw a 5%increase in their PTH levels.
Then there's the reduced fracture risk: A 2004 study6 found that
elderlywomen whogot AdvaCal for twoyears suffered fewer fractures
(thanks toan increase intheirlumbar BMD). Unfortunately, thewom
en in the calcium carbonate group fared no better than the placebo
group and saw no decrease in fracture risk.
And how about kidney stones? While the Women's Health Initia
tive found that supplementing with calcium carbonate actually in
creased the risk of kidney stones, astudy run byDr. Fujita found that
AdvaCal seemed to inhibit the formation of kidney stones.7
And, finally, research seems to point toward a the role of AdvaCal
in possibly warding off Alzheimer's disease. It appears that calcium
overload in brain cells which prompts cell death maylead to neuronal
dysfunction—like memory loss, cognitive problems, and the dreaded
'sundown syndrome' suffered bymany AD patients. In agroundbreak
ing study, researchers found that AdvaCal helped correct the evening496 | Miracles from the Vault
calciumdecline, whilethe placebo did not.And that correctionmayjust
helpturn the tidewhenit comes to sundown syndrome.8
Easy to swallow,easy to absorb
On top of its superior absorbability and its widely documented
health benefits, AdvaCal comes with yet another distinct advantage
over typical calcium supplements: it's very easy to swallow.
While most calcium supplements come as hard-pressed tablets
(a.k.a. horse pills) which canbe extremely difficult to take and digest,
AdvaCaL comesin smallcapsules, assuring that 100 percent of the ac
tiveingredients are released for absorption.
Six capsules a dayprovides 900 milligrams of highly absorbable
elemental calcium, the amount proven effective in multiple scientific
trials. According to Dr. Fujita's research, you can boost the effective
nessofcalcium therapybytaking threecapsules, halfofthe dailydos
age, at bedtime.
You'll find ordering information for AdvaCal in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 497
CHAPTER TWELVE
The single herb that combats
cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease,
and more…exclusive access
for HSI Members
I t sounds like science fiction. A simple natural substance that can
A take on cancer… and so much more. This unique herb can stand
up to Alzheimer's disease, hyperthyroidism, and manyother diseases.
It sounds too far-fetched to be real. But it is. And our own long
time HSI panelist Dr. Makise is one of the key driving forces behind
studying thisherbalphenomenon, and bringing it directly to you—be
fore anyone else in the United Stateshas access to it.
This miraculous plant isso rare, there's only one place on the planet
whereit's found, a Pacific island madeup mainlyofcoralrock… and that
addsa unique twist to thehealing powers ofeverything thatgrows there.
This powerhouse of cures is called shell ginger, and it mayjust be
the next 'superfood' you hear about.
The underground herb that's(quietly) wiping out disease
Sowhyhasn'tanyone heardaboutthe miraculous curative powers498 | Miracles from the Vault
of shell ginger?Dr. Makisetold me that scientistsare too busy picking
on single componentsto look at the plant as a whole—eventhough the
whole works much more powerfullythan the sum of its plentiful parts.
And while shell ginger may still be flying far under the radar, Dr.
Makise has been prescribing it to patients, and seeing some pretty
stunning effects.
Real people are seeing spectacular results
While there still aren't any completed formal clinical trials sup
porting shell ginger, there are plenty of case studies showing its value
in fighting disease—even against advancedprostate cancer.
JackR., a 50-year-old man riddled with prostate cancer, was about
to go under the knife when a friend told him to call a natural doctor
he knew.Jackmade the call,and wasexcitedabout trying something—
anything—other than surgery. He couldn't really afford a lot of treat
ment, but he did try one of the doctor's recommendations.
He felt the difference right away, especially when it came to uri
nation. And within just two weeks of taking this miraculous natural
remedy, Jack's doctor called offthe surgery. Twoweeks!
Rob M., a 51-year-old airline executive, had a small tumor on his
left kidney. Doctors removed the kidney surgically and treated with
interferon (a standard cancer therapy). But after all that, the cancer
metastasized to his lungs.
Instead of suffering through more chemotherapy and surgery, or
enduring radiation, Rob said no to mainstream cures. He began one
therapy, then Dr. Makise added in shell ginger and lactoferrin. Rob
began to get his energy back, and was able to work and live his life
again—which would not have happened with chemo and radiation.
And thoughscans show that he stillhaslungcancer, therehas been no
growth or change from the original scan—his cancer isunder control.
And cancer isn't the only problem shell ginger has been instru-Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 499
mental in curing…
Overactive thyroid under control in just one month
Back in April 2009, Dr. Makise met with Irene S., a 45-year-old
patient. Shelooked differentthan she had the month before,especially
her eyes. Irene told him that she didn't feel anything much, but a few
palpitations and maybe a little sweatier than usual. She'd suffered from
hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) in the past, so Dr. Makise sent
her straight to a specialist.
With a confirmed diagnosis, the specialistput Irene on Mercazole,
a common synthetic thyroid drug used around the world. She'd been
on that drug before, and it took more than a year to regulate her thy
roid properly.
About a month later, Dr.Makise prescribedshellginger… and her
thyroidwasunder controlwithina month. Thespecialist wasverysur
prised by the rapid improvement, and began to decreaseher medica
tion. Six months later, Irene was doing very well, even gaining back
some weight.
Though scientists aren't sure which compound (or compounds)
in shell ginger reduce thyroid hyperactivity, they have seen it work.
In fact, they think it may also work to restore underactive thyroid
(called hypothyroidism) aswell, since plants in the ginger family of
ten workas adaptogens, whichworkto balance systems in whichever
way they need.
Erasing eczema quickly and easily
Dr. Makise hasalsotreatedhundreds ofpatients suffering fromec
zema(officially called atopic dermatitis), withstunning results. Rather
than following the mainstream protocolofcortisone ointment—which
lose power,and can cause unpleasant side effects—he takes the "inside
out" approach,with a shellgingertwist.500 | Miracles from the Vault
For years he treated people with a focused mix of vitamins, min
erals, and herbs, which was effective, "but not perfect." Then in June
2009, he started adding shell ginger into the regimen for more than
one hundred patients—and he sawbetter results almost right away.
One reason for shell ginger's success here, believes Dr. Makise, is
its detoxification effect. Many patients starting on shell ginger notice
an immediate improvement in their bowel movements—and that's es
sential for detoxification.
"Be careful when you take the supplement of shell ginger," says Dr.
Makise, "because 60 – 70% of the patients may suffer from some ag
gravation of symptoms temporarily. And some may suffer from diar
rhea. This is due to the detoxification effectof shell ginger, and do not
worry. Reduce the dose and graduallyincrease."
Jam-packed with healing substances
for a wide range ofhealthy effects
Shellginger is packed with dozens of healing components, all with
unique curative effectson the body. No other plant contains this rare
and abundant mix of more than fifty polyphenols and plenty of biofla
vonoids—and that's why no other plant has such widespread curative
capabilities.
Take a look at some of its most powerful compounds:
• Ferulic acid has powerful antioxidant properties with wideranging
functions, from anti-aging support to improved choles
terol management to cancer prevention
• Kawain (which is the key polyphenol of Kava) enhances sleep,
relaxation, and collagen production
• Kaempferol stifles production of two cytokines that cause aller
gic reactions, giving shell gingeran impressive anti-allergy effect
• Quercetin, a potent bioflavonoid,can fight tumors, lower
blood pressure, prevent cataracts, and may even help preventPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 501
Alzheimer's disease… amongother things
• Epicatechin(best known as a component of green tea) shows
promise in controllingblood sugarlevels and preventing liver
cancer
• Chlorogenic acid seems to prevent the cell mutations that cause
cancer, and appears particularlybeneficial in the fight against
skin cancer
• Catechin helps prevent gastric ulcers, ward offviral infections,
and seems to lower the risk of gastrointestinalcancers
Shell ginger is also known to increase body temperature, just like
its cousins in the rest of the gingerfamily. Proper body temperature is
criticalto optimal enzymefunction—they just can'tget their jobs done
iftheyaren't warm enough. Andit turns out that, overall, the average
body temperature has dropped at least one degree (celsius) over time,
so we all need that warming factor.
Anotherhugebenefit ofmixed polyphenols istheir ability to boost
up your immune system and keep you in robust good health.
Can shell ginger stop Alzheimer's disease?
So far, there's no proof that shell ginger can help prevent or even
reverse Alzheimer's disease, but scientists believe that it can have a
verybeneficial effect against thislife-robbing condition.
Shell ginger contains key compounds that havebeen found useful
in combating AD, which could mean that this supplement might be
able to keep the decline from starting.
Two of its main components, known as DK and DDK, get con
vertedin the body to a substance called hispidin. Hispidin appears to
inhibit an enzyme called beta-secretase, which seems to be very in
volved in the onset of AD.
Shellginger also contains ferulic acid, which has been studied as a502 | Miracles from the Vault
cure for Alzheimer's disease. Ferulic acid can stop the destructive and
toxic properites of amyloid-betaprotein in their tracks—and amyloidbeta
protein is widely known as a cause of mental decline.
Take shell ginger every day for optimum health
While shell ginger does grow in a few places in the world, the va
riety grown on the remote Japanese island of Okinawa is the only one
Dr. Makise will work with. The soil of Okinawa is unique, as its made
of weathered coral limestone which makes the pH level a weak alka
line—the most optimal levelfor good health.
Dr. Makise has made the only shell ginger supplement containing
this special variety available in the United Statesfor HSI Members. It's
called JIPANG Ginger*, and in addition to shell ginger'splentiful and
potent polyphenols, the formula also contains astaxanthin and Vita
min K2.
To support your immune system, you can take four to six tablets
per day, about thirty minutes before going to bed. If you experience
any stomach upset (like diarrhea), decrease the dose to one capsule
daily for the firstweek, and increasethe dose graduallyby adding one
capsule per week until you reach the full dose.
You can find ordering information for JIPANG-Ginger* in the
Member Source Directory on page 542.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 503
CHAPTER THiRTEE
Just-discovered rare substance
takes the sting out of menopause,
and so much more
In a very small region in the heart of Brazil lies the secret to a
virtually unnoticeable menopause… and quite possibly the solu
tions for oddly diverse health issues, from cancer to Candida infec
tions to gingivitis.
This extremely rare and unusual substance can turn menopause
around, making dreaded night sweats and hot flashes a thing of the
past. And when paired with a proprietary herbal blend, it smoothes
out even more menopause symptoms—so you'll barely notice you're
goingthrough a change.
A life-changing encounter with a swarm ofbees
This unlikely story begins with a businessman and a swarm of
bees. The successful—but unhappy—Brazilian engineer was looking
to change his life. Little did he know that the answer would come to
him as an almost deafeningbuzz,as he and this distinct swarm of bees
mysteriously crossed paths.504 | Miracles from the Vault
In no time at all, Alessandro Esteves gaveup his old career, bought
a farm, and dedicated his lifeto beekeeping. But these weren't just any
bees. They held a secret that had caught the interest of researchers
from across the globe—red propolis.
Now bee propolis is ridiculously common. It's a key component
of every beehive in the world. But this propolis, Brazilian red propo
lis, is extremely rare—and its unique components give it distinctive
healing powers.
Getting to the source
The research team just had to discover where the bees got
that propolis, and Alessandro (with his intimate knowledge of
the landscape) joined the expedition. And discovering the botani
cal origin (dalbergia ecastophyllum) brought them closer to learn
ing its secrets.
The scientists were most interested in its red color and unique an
tioxidant and flavonoid activity, which was different than any other
propolis they'd ever seen.
In fact, studies showed that these flavonoids were actually special
isoflavones, somethingno other propolis in the worldlaysclaimto. Not
only that, but these isoflavones have a unique composition, making
them moreeasily absorbable bythe bodythan the standardvariety. And
therein liestheir powerto deliver a carefree menopauseexperience.
The aglycone difference
This Brazilian red bee propolis created by Alessandro's hives con
tains several isoflavones—some ofwhich are still unidentified because
they've neverbeen seenbefore. Butthe keyto their healingcapabilities
is well-known… the lack of a glucose ring, which is called aglycone.
This naturally aglycone isoflavone (called IsoFactor™) is much
more efficiently absorbed by the body than isoflavones with the ringPart X: Vital Health Secrets | 505
(which is virtually all others), including treated isoflavones. For ex
ample, aglyconesoy isoflavones actuallyrequire a special fermentation
process to remove that glucose ring—meaning they need to be treated
like the ones naturally found in this red propolis.
And one study1 found that aglycone isoflavones were absorbed
substantially better than those with the glucose ring intact (called
glucosides)—more than five times better (based on blood levels).
What's more, those higher blood levels remained higher even four
weeks later.
And its natural aglycone property gives IsoFactor™—the key
ingredient in a revolutionary menopause formula called EaseFemin—
a distinct advantage over other isoflavones.
Unique isoflavones balance hormones
without damaging side effects
Isoflavones, like the ones in this Brazilian red bee propolis, are
phytoestrogens—plant substances that are similarto human estrogen
in their chemical structure, but are much weaker.
When these compounds mimic human estrogen in specific sites
throughout the body, they bring on an abundance of health benefits.
For one thing, they can directly relieve troubling menopause symp
toms by creatinga balancing effect for estrogen levels. You see,the cell
receptors in your body are used to getting a steadysupplyof estrogen,
and when that declines (as happens during menopause), unpleasant
symptoms can set in.
Phytoestrogens gently balance that estrogen supply, boosting it
enoughto easehot flashes and nightsweats, withoutsettingoffa dom
ino effect of negativeeffects (asis oftenseen when women use artificial
hormone replacement therapy). On top of that, these isoflavones can
also stop 'bad' estrogen (the form implicatedin some forms of cancer)
from causingharmful effects.506 | Miracles from the Vault
And that's not all! Isoflavones and other flavonoids found in this
unique propolisare alsohighlypowerfulantioxidants. And that's espe
cially true (but not at allsurprising) here: Thanks to the very red resin
of the dalbergia ecastophyllum, the antioxidant profile is quite unique
and powerful. In fact, a DPPH test (a commonly used scientific test
that measures free radicalscavenging ability) showed 84.3% effective
ness ofIsoFactor™ againstfree radicals—a very impressive score,espe
ciallyfor bee propolis.
Asimpressive as that is,it'sonlythe beginning of the benefitsprop
olis can offer—andhas been offeringfor centuries.
The amazing protective powers ofbee propolis—
warding offinfections, fighting cancer, and more
Did you know that bee propolis has been used for healing since
ancient times? The Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians relied on this mi
raculous substances to cure any manner of ailment… and for good
reason.
Yousee, propolis is what bees use to protect their hives from, well,
everything. In fact, propolis is literally the hive's immune system, and
it keeps the entire inner environment pure and sterile. That's an amaz
ing feat, especially considering that the inside of the hive is very hot
(around 90°), making it a prime breeding ground for bacteria, viruses,
and other dangerous organisms. But thanks to propolis, the inner hive
remains pristine.
That antimicrobial power works for us, too. When we consume
propolis (or even rub it on wounds), it offers up anti-fungal, anti-viral,
and anti-bacterial powers that can protect us against a wide variety
of infections ranging from the common cold to Candida (yeast infec
tions) to gingivitis to salmonella.
And the latest research shows us that propolis also has cancerfighting
capabilities. In fact, Brazilian red propolis in particular was
tested to see just how effective it could be against one of the deadliestPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 507
diseases known to man: pancreatic cancer.
In the lab, a group of scientists studied the impact of key com
pounds in the red propolis against extremely hard to kill PANC-1 pan
creatic cancer cells2. Now this particular type of cancer is known to
be resistant to most chemotherapies, and even thrives when deprived
of nutrients. But the PANC-1 cells met their match in red propolis
extract, which 'displayed 100% cytotoxicity.' That means it was able to
kill off allof the pancreatic cancer cells.
That's pretty amazing—especially when you consider that HRT,
the old gold standard menopause treatment, is now believed to cause
some forms of cancer.
Five synergistic ingredients heighten
EaseFemin's effectiveness
While Brazilian red propolis is the star ingredient of EaseFemin,
the formula also contains a carefully selected set of nutrients and a
proprietary calming herbal blend.' Each of these ingredients was spe
cifically chosen for its synergistic effect with the red propolis, and for
its proven capabilities in easing menopause symptoms.
Because menopause is often associated with loss of bone density,
EaseFemin includes calcium and high potency vitamin D to support
bone health.
And while calcium is known primarily as a bone builder, it han
dles a lot of other tasks as well. One of those is as a mood sooth
er—and we all know that mood dips can be caused by the hormonal
changesbrought on bymenopause. Calciumdeficiency playsa prov
en role in anxiety, depression, nervousness, and irritability… so a
calcium boost can help lighten these darker moods.
The herbal blend contains three herbs well-known for their calm
ing and healing properties: valerian, chamomile, and passionflower.
This soothing trio helpstakethe edgeoffhormone-related mood dips,508 | Miracles from the Vault
as wellas easing insomnia and pains.
Valerian has a well-earned reputation as a sleep herb, mainly be
cause of its extraordinary calming powers. It's a known stress-buster,
as well as a natural antidepressant. And, of course, it helps you fall
asleepand sleep better. What you may not know about valerian is that
it's also been used traditionally to relieve painful menstruation and
cramps—and that could translate into easingsome of the pains associ
ated with menopause.
Chamomile is another well-known calming herb. This medicinal
plant has also been used for centuries to relieve insomnia, primarily
because of its sedating effecton the central nervous system—a trick
that also allows the herb to alleviate anxiety. Chamomile, like vale
rian, has some lesser known properties that can help women specifi
cally—it'sbeen used historically as a tonic for the uterus.
The final herb of this trio is passionflower, and it also combines
menopause relief with good mood support. On the emotional side,
passionflower may be used to easeanxiety, depression,and irritability.
It's also sometimes used to level out mood swings, and may help you
enjoydeepersleepwith fewer waking disturbances. On top ofthat, this
herb has been often prescribed by herbalists in Europe as a remedy for
the pains that can accompany menopause, possiblydue to its antispas
modic properties.
The proofis in the happy customers
While there aren't yet any completed studies measuring the effec
tiveness ofEaseFemin on menopausesymptoms, J LPaes-Leme (Alessandro'sbusiness
partner) told me that customers are coming back in
droves. (And that they do want to run trials with the product in the
near future—so stay tuned for more information about that.)
And while a 75% repeat sales rate sounds impressive, letters from
satisfied customers offer a better picture.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 509
W. Hargam wrote…
"I just wanted to express howpleased I am with your product. I
have taken EaseFemin for almost 30 days now. I cannot believe
howgood I feel already! I never want to be withoutEaseFemin.
It's wonderful! All post-menopause women need to be on your
product. Thank you!"
P. Smillawsaid…
"I have nohotflashes andno negative side effectsfrom EaseFemin,
andIfeel confident that taking something natural isanadvantage
to my body. It has truly improved my health and quality of life!
Thanks EaseFemin fora wonderful product!"
And Y. Lacer had this to say…
"I started this [EaseFemin] over a month ago and I ran out and
have noticed an immediate difference in myperimenopause symp
toms. Ijustpurchased a 3 month supply so I don't run out again.
Ithas truly made a difference andreduced mynightsweats within
just twoweeks oftaking the supplement"
Try EaseFemin for an unnoticeable
menopause experience
Once you start taking EaseFemin, you'llprobablynotice a vast im
provement in menopause symptoms in about six weeks (but for some
women it may take ten to twelve weeks for the full effects of the rem
edy to kick in).
And, according to J L, it's best to take EaseFemin after dinner, be
fore you go to bed.
The manufacturer recommends takingone capsule daily.
You'll find ordering information for EaseFemin in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.510 1 Miracles from the Vault
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CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Unique protein supplement
relieves Crohn's disease, eases
chemotherapy side effects, heals
open wounds… and more
ts disgusting: Pre-digestedhydrolyzed fish protein.
But it just might be the perfect solution to severe gastrointes
tinal ailments like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and 'leaky gut'
syndrome… and a whole lot more.
Because the 'side effects' of this revolutionary supplement may
improve your health in waysyou'd never expect.
Pure protein goes to work instantly
to nourish and heal your body
Pre-digested fish protein is actually not as gross as it sounds.
All it means is that the nutrients in the fish have already been
broken down by enzymes, so your body can absorb them easily and
instantly.
How does that work? While it sort of sounds like someone elsePart X: Vital Health Secrets | 511
has chewed up the fish, it's really a highly sanitary process. The fish
protein, which comes from fillets of deep-ocean white fish, is broken
down by a unique process, and converted into pure components of
protein: amino acids and peptides. And since that protein is already
broken down, your body can use it right away—it sidesteps your
body's digestion process completely.
Normally, your digestive system has to work extremely hard to
break down large protein molecules—but it doesn't always work.
And when your body doesn't completely break down proteins, you
can't absorb all the individual nutrients.
But since the protein in this supplement is already broken down
(pre-digested), your body doesn't have to do any work at all to reap
all of its benefits. Some of the specific nutrients released by the pro
cessare small-chain peptides. Peptidesare small compounds derived
from protein, and are much more easily absorbedbyyour body. And
with direct, instant access to these peptides, your body's digestive
system gets stronger.
What's more, these powerful peptides seem to bring on healing
in other areas of the body, too.
Crohn's disease symptoms eased in just three days
These healing peptides come to you in a supplement called
Seacure—a perfect name for a pure fish protein that works to help
your body cure itself.
There is plenty of science to back up Seacure'seffectivenesswhen it
comes to a wide range of GI diseases. But none of the studies—as im
pressive as they are—are nearlyas persuasive as the stories of people
whose lives havebeen forever changed bythis deep sea supplement.
Kara M. fromTexas said, "After a yearofbeingveryilland strug
gling with chronic diarrhea, I was diagnosed withCrohn's. My doc
tor suggested that I take Seacure. In onlythree days I noticed a mea-512 I Miracles from the Vault
surable reduction in activity in my gut. I was truly amazed at the
results I personally experienced in onlythree days of taking Seacure."
Janet G. from Ohio used Seacure to combat chronic gastritis and
acid reflux.
"Seacure has helped me tremendously! I have suffered from Gas
tritis and also acid reflux for the past 5 years. I was prescribed Pri
losec and had been taking it longer than I felt was safe without long
term side effects… Then I read about Seacure… I have to admit, I
was a little skeptical at first, but ordered a bottle anyway. I have been
taking Seacure a little over 3 months and have not had to take not
even one antacid!
Seacure helps cancer patients
thrive during chemotherapy
If you've ever seen someone suffer the ravages of chemotherapy,
you know it can take as big a toll as cancer itself.
And since Seacure was developed to combat malnourishment—a
very common side effect of mainstream cancer treatments—it fol
lows that the supplement could help people struggling through che
motherapy. And based on anecdotal reports, it really does.
Dr. K. Jowerd of Hawaii sees Seacure help many people through
devastating cancer treatments.
"I have used Seacure with many patients. Some of these patients
were receiving chemotherapy for cancer and taking Seacure at the
same time. Most of these individuals did very well during their che
motherapy. They experienced fewer side-effects from the chemo
therapy, i.e. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and fatigue. I
strongly recommend Seacure to anyone undergoing chemotherapy."
And Pamela T. of South Australia knows first-hand just how
much Seacure can help someone through chemotherapy.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 513
"After a mastectomy I began Chemotherapy treatment which
lasted for four months. During the treatment, the Seacure enabled
me to eat fairly normally and the nausea was largely diminished. I
didn't lose weight either. The Seacure really did enable my stomach
to work properly after the effectsof the Chemo."
Open wounds heal faster with Seacure
How can a fish supplement help wounds heal? It's the power of
pure protein, which helps your body jumpstart its own natural heal
ing process. And based on reports from Seacure users, its wound
healing properties are truly miraculous.
Perhaps the most amazing wasthe story of Benton Ludwig, a reg
istered nurse from Arkansas who nearly lost his legs, and was saved
by Seacure.
Benton had suffered from highly painful open-wound ulcers on
both ankles, brought on by poor circulation. (I saw the pictures—
they were truly horrifying.) He had undergone surgery at the Mayo
Clinic, to no avail. The ulcers weren't healing, and the severe pain
was constant.
He'd almost given up hope when he came across Seacure, and
decided to give it a try.
Within four weeks of taking Seacure, his leg ulcers cleared up…
and stayed that way.
Heal from the inside out with Seacure
Seacure's remarkable healing capabilities may just help you start
feeling better right away—especially if you suffer from a debilitating
GI condition like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis.
The recommended dosage is six capsules daily. For the best re
sults, take your Seacure before meals.514 | Miracles from the Vault
A word on the fishy smell… Seacure capsules do smell fishy, and
they're supposed to. If you can't get past the smell, put the capsules
in your freezer. That will erase the smell (and won't smell up your
freezer) without impacting Seacure's effectiveness.
You can find ordering information for Seacure in the Member
Source Directory on page 542.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 515
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
HSI Member's own kitchen
concoction provides option
to oral surgery
During a conversation with one of our members, Joe Lesky told
me that backin 1997 hisson Jim, 31 at the time,wentfor a regu
lar dental checkup only to be told his gums were in such bad shape
that his teeth either needed to be removed or they would fall out. This
situation starts with gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), which is
causedby plaque.Ifplaque isn'tremoved regularly, it growsand causes
pockets between the teeth and gums. Healthygums rest on the teeth
without any gaps or pockets, but Jim's gums had pockets that mea
sured 12 to 14 millimeters. Even half this measurement would have
indicated a need for oralsurgery. ButJimwasn'tabout to let the dentist
pull anyofhis teeth. Sohe wentfor a secondopinion—same diagnosis.
Still not ready to give up his teeth, Jim went for a third opinion,
this time to a periodontist who diagnosed him with severe gum infec
tion and periodontal disease. What disturbed Jim most was that he
had no idea that he even had gum disease. And he's not alone:Accord
ing to the American Dental Association, three out of four adults over
age 35 have some form of gum disease-and most people don't even516 I Miracles from the Vault
realizeit until the first signs of gum tenderness or some blood on their
toothbrush. It seemsthat even with the currenttooth-whitening trend,
many ofus havebeen neglectingoursmiles. Or maybe the treatments
that havebeen available to us so far are not living up to the need.
The periodontist treated him with an antibiotic for the infection,
but, even after the infection was treated, he was told he still needed
surgery to reduce the depth of gum pockets. Jim was still hesitant
about having such a major procedure, so he called his dad for advice
and help.
Joe Lesky had treated himselfwith homemade remedies for years
and has compiled an extensive file ofinformation on herbs and other
natural healers. So when Jim called him asking for advice, Joe pulled
out his herbal references, and, as he told me in our phone conversa
tion, "After much research, I combined several herbal extracts and es
sential oils, which were reported to be beneficialto gum health."
The result was a powerful herbal mouthwash that combines:
• Cayenne—fights infection, stimulatescirculationand healing,
and relieves pain.
• Bloodroot—prevents bacteria from forming plaquevia natural
antiseptic properties.
• Echinacea—boosts the immune system, relieves pain, and acts
as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent
• Bayberry—tightens and stimulates gums. Also an astringent
• White oak bark—eases inflammation, has astringent and
antiseptic qualities, tightens gums
• Tea tree oil—offers protection from harmful bacteria and
behaves as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
• Peppermint oil—stimulates circulation and freshens breath.
Joe instructed his son to mix the formula with water and rinse with
it every morning and night. Jim was skeptical, but he figured he hadPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 517
nothing to lose and might savehis teeth.
A few weekslater, he went back to the periodontist for a checkup
and cleaning. The periodontist noted that Jim's gums looked healthier
and the pockets in them had gone down a little,but he would still need
surgery. Jim bargained with the periodontist and got him to agree to
wait several more months to see if he could achieve even better results
using his fathers homemade mouthwash.
A fewmonths later,the pockets had gone down more and his gums
were pink and healthy. The periodontist waspleased with the progress
and they both agreed to hold off on the surgery indefinitely. Today
Jim's gums are still in good shape and he continues to use the solution
regularly to keep them that way.
Even reverses oral bone loss
But even more amazing than Jim's return to gum health without
surgery is that the bone loss associated with the severe infection had
completely reversed. Many times, infections as severe as Jim's end up
requiring bone grafts in order to replace lost bone. And that not only
hurts your mouth-it also hurts your bank account. But Jim avoided
this fate using the home made mouthwash, and he was able to reverse
the deterioration altogether.
Sounds great, but we need more than one son's endorsement to
cover a product in HSI. After all, this is just an herbal concoction that
someone brewed up in his kitchen once, right? Well, as a matter of
fact, Lesky wasn't just gettinggreat results from his son—he was get
ting great results and feedback from a lot of his relatives, friends, and
neighbors who had also tried his formula, and all wanted more. It
seemed that the demand had outgrown his kitchen, so Lesky took the
next step.
Coming to a store near you?
Lesky took the necessary steps of patenting his formula, design-518 I Miracles from the Vault
ing and printing a label, and working with a manufacturer to produce
2,000 bottles of the product, which he named Peri-Gum. With that,
the Lesky family hit the streets to get the word out locally. Joe, Jim,
and Jim's wife Terri went around with cases to local health food stores
telling of their successeswith the formula. Joeeven wrote an article for
his local New Jerseypaper.
Locally, Lesky received a phone callfrom a dentist detailinghow a
patient had brought in a copy of his article. It turned out that this den
tist's wife and brother were both in need of oral surgeryand wereable
to avoid it using Peri-Gum.
But getting the product out there on a national level didn't hap
pen until a representative from a national natural product distributor
heard about Peri-Gum. He alsoknewsomeonein need oforalsurgery,
and, once again, Peri-Gum offered that person effective healing with
out going under the knife. He was so impressed, he contacted Lesky
and worked with him to bring Peri-Gum into health food stores na
tionwide.
Now Peri-Gum is available across the country. And it's even been
the subject of several studies—all of which have confirmed that it
works.
Most notably,one pilot study,completed at a prominent northeast
ern dental school, showed that volunteers' gum and oral health were
significantly improved after just four weeks of using Peri-Gum. Re
searchers evaluated the subjects' progress by measuring the reduction
of gingival health scores and reduction of plaque. Overall, they found
a 20 percent reduction in the subjects' gingival health scores and a 16
percent reduction in plaque, And according to the study, Peri-Gum
was found not to harm oral tissues.
Not what you'd expect from an ordinary mouthwash
The Peri-Gum concentrate formula is so powerful that when it's
diluted with water according to the instructions, just one 1 oz. bottlePart X: Vital Health Secrets | 519
makes up to 90 ounces of actual mouthwash. For use as a daily rinse,
mix five drops of Peri-Gum with 1/2 oz. water and vigorouslywork the
mouthwash between your teeth and gums for at least 30 seconds—the
longer the better. Do not swallow.
Lesky recommends using Peri-Gum at least twice a day, especial
ly at bedtime after you complete your normal dental hygiene routine
(brushing teeth, etc.). He also suggests taking a very soft toothbrush,
dipping it in the diluted Peri-Gum solution, and brushing with that
instead oftoothpaste.
I admit, my first reaction to a mouthwash containing cayenne was
that it would burn—but I was game to at least try it. To my surprise,
it didn't burn at all. But it did clean and refresh my mouth. In fact, it
didn't just feel clean, it feltrejuvenated.
A leading developer and manufacturer of botanical extracts has
picked up where Joe Lesky left off in his kitchen and has taken over
the manufacturing of Peri-Gum, and now it's distributed across the
country. You can purchase it in various health food stores or on-line
directly through Lesky's company: Lesko Care, L.L.C. Contact infor
mation is listed in the Member Source Directory.520 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
You could be just one bottle
away from getting rid of your
allergies for good
It allstartedwhen JimEnglish got a package from one ofhis contacts
in China. In the box were several sample bottles of a new supple
ment, alongwith a note from the doctorthat said"This is great allergy
stuff?' As CEOofasupplement company, English getsboxes ofsamples
every day. So his first thought was"Oh great—another allergy remedy,"
and he promptly put it away up on the shelf. It wasn't until just over
a yearago—when he needed it—that he thought ofthe samplesagain
and got his first clue into AllerPhase's potential.
What prompted him to reach for the sample on the shelf was his
son's friend Stephen. Twelve years old at the time, he had come over to
their house to play when he started having an allergy attack. English
remembered the sample of AllerPhase up on his shelf. He called Ste
phen's mother, explained what was in the product, and asked if it was
okay to give it to her son. She told him to go ahead. So Stephen took
the AllerPhase, and English sent the boys to sit quietly for a while, to
give the formula a chance to work. Amazingly enough, about 30 min
utes later, his son and his friend saidthey wanted to go out to the park.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 521
English noticed that the swelling and redness from the allergic reac
tion had virtually disappeared from Stephen's face. He was shocked at
how quicklythe boy had recovered. English agreed to let them go and
the kidswere off—as though nothinghad happened.
Seeing Stephen's results, he realized that the bottle that had just sat
on his shelffor so long really might be "great allergy stuff?'
Herbal teamworkwipes out symptoms
AllerPhase contains 10 traditional Chinese herbs specifically se
lected for their ability to quickly and safely relieve allergic symptoms
while gently resolving the underlying immune system imbalance that
triggers allergic reactions in the first place.
The first herb on this list, Gastrodia, is one I hadn't seen before in
an allergy formula: It's commonly used in China to treat hyperten
sion, improve circulation, and resolve headaches. But it appears ex
clusively asan allergy herbin AllerPhase and islargely responsible for
the formula's ability to relieve brain fog—one of the main symptoms
ofallergies. Recent research suggests thatGastrodia aids in improving
memory by promoting blood flowto the brain. But better blood flow
also enhances the ability of other herbs to quickly reach brain tissue.
This strategy works on allergy symptoms because allergic reactions
don't justhappen in your nose, your eyes, andyourears—they're also
in your brain, since they affect your central nervous system (CNS),
which is what causes the brain fog.
Two of the formula's other herbs are also rarely seen in allergy
products: Paeonia sufruticosa and Pseudostellaria. English told me
that these herbs actually help desensitize you from allergens so they
becomelessand lessof a problem overtime.
AllerPhase's otheringredients— Centipeda, Xanthium, Angelica,
Schizonepeta, Fritillaria, Platycodon, and licorice—work together in
various groupings to target specific allergysymptoms.522 | Miracles from the Vault
• Centipeda, Xanthium, and Angelica work to clear nasal and
sinus congestion
• Schizonepetareducesinflammationresponsible for itching eyes
and irritated respiratory tissues
• Fritillaria, Angelica, Paeonia and Platycodon work together to
reduce inflammation and tissue swelling
• Centipeda, Fritillaria, Platycodon and licorice allact to reduce
fluids—running nose, watery eyes,etc.
Since manyofthese ingredients canbe found in other allergy for
mulations, what makes this product different? Well, the answer to that
goes backto theChinese doctorwho gave English the sample.
The allergy formula treated like a fine wine
First, let me tellyou—this is one elusive man. Even when English
and his partner offered him $10 million, then $15 million, to buy the
exclusive rights to the AllerPhase formula outright, he turned them
down. So theysettled forexclusive distribution rights andworked with
the doctorto build a $6million pharmaceutical manufacturing facility
in China that rivals anything in America.
The lab is used to manufacture other products as well, but when
it's time to make AllerPhase, the lab director has to clear out the staff
and turn the whole plant over for 10days to the doctor, hissons, and
the rest ofhis crew—all trained licensed doctors—so that the team can
privately go through the traditional, step-by-step process for making
this product.
It's similar to making a fine wine: They take the raw materials
(grown in a region inChina where the herbs have been cultivated for
5,000 years) andenzymatically ferment them. As each herb ferments,
themanufacturing teamcapturesthe"released volatile oils" (theactive
partpftheherb), then reintroduces them into theproduct ata specific
point in the formulation process.Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 523
Thisprocessis so rigorousthat anyslightdeviationwould result in
a completely different product,asthe doctor, histeam,and Jim English
learned firsthand.
One tiny change makes a huge difference—
and not for the better
One batch the doctor sent to English was darker than the usual
color, so he decided to do a small trial on some people who had been
using the original samples to see if it was just a variation in color—
which does happen sometimes in herbal products—or if it was some
thing more. English gave the darkersamples to a few people, and just
a few days latertheyeach came backto him and asked whathe'd given
them. The darker sample hadn't worked.
When he asked whatwas different, they all replied that the quick
reliefthey got before just wasn't there. English had no choice but to
call up the doctor and send the whole batch back. And I'm not talk
ing about a couple of bottles—I'm talking tens of thousands of dollars
worth ofsupplements. English told them itsimply wasn't what he or
dered and explained the reactions he got in hissmall trial.
Turned out that one of the doctor's sons deviated from the usual
process, and this tiny change ruined the formula. Once they knew
what had happened, they returned to the original process and have
worked diligently ever since to make sureit never deviates again.
One patient tosses her 3 inhalers in favor ofAllerPhase
Typical allergy remedies have limited effectiveness because they
tend to be more reactive than proactive: They react to the symptoms
instead ofpreventing them, which usually doesn't do much for you in
the long run. AllerPhase, on the other hand, actually goes where the
mainstream allergy remedies don't—straight to yourimmune system.
It has an immune-normalizing effect. English explains that, basically,
AllerPhase reminds yourimmune system of what it's supposed to be524 | Miracles from the Vault
doing and not doing. It actually re-trains your immune system to at
tack viruses and other harmful invaders—not the kinds of harmless
substances that trigger allergy symptoms. This is why AllerPhase is
getting such a positive response from the people who have gotten a
chance to try it—people like Rose.
For a big part of her life, Rose had been suffering from allergicinduced
asthma. She'd been using three different inhalers up to four
times a day and had been using Flonase for about 15 years. It wasn't
unusual for her to have such an extreme allergy attack that she would
end up in the emergency room.
Overthe years, shejust couldn't finda reasonable amount of relief
from any of the products she'd tried—and the costwas making it dif
ficultfor her as well. LastDecembershe decided to stop using Flonase.
Like a lot of people, Rose just wanted to feel better without the side
effects. Shortlyafter she stopped taking the Flonase, she went to visit a
friend who had cats—one of Rose's major allergens. It was no surprise
that, once again, Rose ended up in the ER.
A couple of weeks later, she ran into a girl at her local pharmacy
who had just started using AllerPhase and recommended it to Rose.
Rose gave it a chance and began to feel betterright away. Fourdays af
ter she started takingAllerPhase, Rose wassupposedto gobackto her
friend's house. Still feeling good when she arrived, she decided to put
AllerPhase to the test. She did all the things she knew would provoke
an attack:Shedrank alcohol,she ate dairy and almonds, and she didn't
avoid the cat.Not onlydid Rose not have an attack, but shedidn'teven
useher inhaleronce. Obviously, Rose's experiment falls under the "Do
Not TryThis At Home" category. If you decide to try AllerPhase, be
sure to workclosely withyour doctor and don'ttest yourlimits with
out consulting him first.
Word spreads—and so do the benefits
As impressive as Rose's storyis, I wanted more firsthand informa-Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 525
tion. SoRose introduced me to her roommate, Miranda.Asyou know,
whena productworks, people tell theirfriends aboutit—and that per
son tells a friend who then tells a neighbor, and the neighbor tells a
relative, and so on. Well, in this case, Miranda saw such a miraculous
change inthequality ofRose'slife thatshedecided to tryAllerPhase too.
Miranda hashad chronic allergies since shewas a young girl. She'd
tried various remedies over the years with some success, but nothing
had really come close to resolving all of her symptoms without any
side effects. As she told me, her most irritating problems were mi
graine headachesand stuffed-up ears.
She started taking AllerPhase in mid-January, and the first clue
thatsomething was changing came a few days intotreatmentwhenshe
realized she was starting to get a migraine. But this time it went away
in a matterofhoursinstead ofdays. Then, her hearing cleared up. She
could actually hear her own voice,unmuffled. From there, word about
AllerPhase spread to Miranda's mother, Anne.
Anne had also suffered from allergies since childhood. Because
they hadgotten somuch worse over theyears, she hadalso developed
significant lung damage. When Ispoke with herabout her experience,
she explained thatshe was plagued bymaddening skin itching andter
rible fatigue. She was dazed andhadtrouble walking even halfa block,
since her constant coughing drained her. At Miranda's urging, Anne
tried AllerPhase. Just a few days later, she realized she wasn't itching
anymore. And about three weeks later, she hada "huge leap in energy."
One bottle could be all it takes
From what I've found in my conversations with the people who
have tried it,AllerPhase's effects areunique to each person.
But while AllerPhase has different results for different people, it
does seem to help most people who try it. HSI panelist Hyla Cass,
M.D., was oneofthefirst clinicians to evaluate AllerPhase. She's given
the formula to numerous patients over the past year. As she explains,526 | Miracles from the Vault
"Even in cases where patient's allergic symptoms were severe and un
responsive to traditional and alternative therapies, AllerPhase brought
about almost immediate and profound reliefwithin 30 to 40 minutes."
The recommended dose is two capsules as soon as your allergy
symptoms start. Then take one or two capsules twice a day as needed
until the symptoms stop.
Englishtold me his own family started taking AllerPhase after his
son's friend'sexperienceand that they allswearby it. He alsosaysthat a
lot ofpeoplewho havetried it report backthat they actuallydon't need
to take anymore afterthe first bottle—theirsymptomsjust don't come
back. For ordering information, see the Member Source Directory.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 527
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Powerful antioxidant
may save you from America's
leading cause of blindness
On the shoreline of Kona, Hawaii, an industrial-sized incubator
is cultivating microscopic algae. Normally such algae would be
nothing morethan fish food. Butthis algae mayyieldone of theworld's
most potent safeguards against cancer, heart disease, and blindness.
More than 13 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from
age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). This gradual decay of the
macula—a central area of the retina that provides our most acute vi
sion—is caused by ultraviolet light, air pollution, genetics, drug use,
andcountless otherfactors thatdegrade eyecells. ARMDproduces ir
reversible visionloss andranks as the single leading cause ofblindness.
Researchers atAquasearch Inc. of Hawaii andtheUniversity of Il
linois Urbana-Champaign, however, believe they've discovered aphytonutrient
in the ocean that could prevent the onset of ARMD…as
well as lower the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurode
generative diseases.
At HSI, we've been looking for something that addresses ARMD528 | Miracles from the Vault
for a long time. This is the first promising discovery we've found, and
we thought you should know about it.
Study concludes nutrient is 80 times
more effective than vitamin £
Astaxanthin [as-ta-zan-thin] is a xanthophyll (a derivative of the
pigment, carotene). It's foundin certainvarieties ofalgae and produces
a pink tint in the flesh offishthat consume it (namely, salmon, shrimp,
crawfish, crab, lobster, and trout).
Laboratoryresearch has demonstrated that astaxanthinhas excep
tional capabilities as an antioxidant (an agentthat prevents the oxida
tion or mutation of cells)and an anti-inflammatory.1,2 In recent animal
studies at the College of Human Ecology in Seoul, Korea, astaxanthin
protected the liver fromtoxin damage and stimulated the body's own
cellular antioxidant system.3
Japanese researchers at the National Institute of Health and Nu
trition conducted a placebo-controlled study on human subjects and
found that astaxanthin inhibits the accumulation of LDL ("bad") cho
lesterol.4
Additional studies compared astaxanthin to other carotenoids and
concluded that it's twice as effective as beta-carotene and nearly 80
times more effective than vitamin E at preventing oxidation within a
chemical solution.5
Those results convinced some researchers that astaxanthin could
quite capably deliver the same benefit as other antioxidants, namely
lowerthe risk of cancer, heart diesease, high cholesterol, neurodegen
erative diseases, and other age-related ailments. Now, researchers also
surmise that it may help you keep your sight.
Carotenoids cross blood-brain barrierto protect eyes
To give youreyes extra protection, youmay already be taking eye-Part X: Vital Health Secrets | 529
specific antioxidants like lutein andzeaxanthin. Known collectively as
xanthophylls, these carotenoids are found most abundantly in corn,
kiwi, red seedless grapes, orange-colored peppers, spinach, celery,
Brussel sprouts, scallions, broccoli, and squash.6 And manypeople in
clude these foods or xanthophyll supplements in their diets to help
preventARMD and cataracts. (Cataracts, which sometimes appear to
be caused by light-induced oxidation of eye cells, currently afflict 14
percentofAmericans overthe age of40.)
Whatmakes xanthophylls special is their ability to affect the eyes.
Not all antioxidants can do that, since not all are able to cross the
blood-brain barrier (BBB). The BBB is a protective mechanism de
signed to prevent infectious organisms and chemicals from entering
the nervous system. This is an effective way to prevent illness from
spreading to areas that control life itself, such as the brain. Unfortu
nately, it also stops beneficialsubstances, like many antioxidants, from
protecting thosesameorgans. Very few antioxidants can penetratethe
BBB. Lutein and zeaxanthin can. Andso apparently can astaxanthin.
University of Illinois researchers Mark O.M. Tso, M.D., D.Sc, and
Tim-Tak Lam, Ph.D., made thiskey discovery in tests on rats. In a suc
cessful petition to patent astaxanthin, they state, "The administration
of astaxanthin also retards the progress of degenerative eye diseases
and [benefits] the vision oftheindividuals suffering from degenerative
eye diseases, suchas age-related macular degeneration."7
Astaxanthin levels differ by
800 percent in wild and farmed fish
One simple wayto benefit from astaxanthin is to include more fish
containing this xanthophyllin your diet. Salmonis the richest source.
However, not allsalmon have thesame chance to accumulate high lev
els of astaxanthin. Even though aquaculture operations supplement
their fish food with astaxanthin, farmed salmon have dramatically less
astaxanthin than do wild salmon. Different varieties ofthe fish raised
in different stretches of ocean also contain different levels.530 | Miracles from the Vault
For example, farm-raised Atlantic salmon fed synthetic astaxan
thin contain only 0.5 mg of the antioxidant in a 4-oz serving. Freerangesockeye
salmon from the North Pacific that feedon wild microalgae
containing natural astaxanthin, provide about 4.5 mg in a 4-oz
serving.8 By eating the right salmon variety, you could increaseyour
astaxanthin intake by as much as 800 percent.
Patented incubator maximizes xanthophylTs production
A potent sourceof astaxanthin isa microalgae calledHaemotoccus
pluvialis (H. pluvialis) that grows in the rocky coastal areas around
Hawaii. Scientists at Mera Pharmaceuticals, a local biotechnology
company, have harvested samples of H. pluvialis, studied them, and
created special cultivating techniques to maximize the microalgae's
production of astaxanthin.
After building high levels of the antioxidant in the microalgae,
Mera Pharmaceuticalssubjects the plant to a specialchurning process
to break open the cells and release the astaxanthin. Next, the algae are
pasteurized and driedat a low temperature, and the astaxanthin is ex
tracted and sealed in a softgel capsule. Mera Pharmaceuticals markets
the formula under the name AstaFactor. For ordering information, re
fer to the Member SourceDirectory at the back of this book.Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 531
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Believe it when you see it:
3-nutrient eyedrop formula dissolves
cataracts without surgery
Ifyou're like me, you don't like putting anything in your eye. Even
thinking about it makes me nervous. And the thought of eye sur
gery? Forget it. Butdevelop cataracts, and it's eithersurgeryor blind
ness, right? Not anymore.
Doctors in Europe have developed eyedrops with a natural ingre
dient that can safely and painlessly break up cataracts. These drops
have been used successfully in Britain since they were introduced
thereseveral years ago, and nowthey're also available in the U.S.
TV show trial sparks interest in natural cataract solution
OcuPhasecombines N-acetyl L-carnosine (a.k.a. NAC) with vita
mins AandEandappears to have theability to reverse the aging pro
cess of cells that lead to cataracts.
The formula was originally introduced inEurope byProfessor Ste
venCharles Gallant, afterhisfather's experience withcataractsledhim
to investigate NAC more closely. Gallant had been studying another532 | Miracles from the Vault
carnosine derivative, L-carnosine, for many years. When his father
developed cataracts and was reluctant to go under the knife, Gallant
remembered that the NAC form of carnosine had been proven in pre
vious studies to have positive effects on the condition.
"I tried to getsomeforhim," Gallant explained, "but unfortunately,
at the time, it wasn'teasilyobtainable. Myfather had to havethe opera
tion, whichthankfullywassuccessful. Butthat got me to thinking how
great it would be ifwe were to develop, and make readily available, a
product that could address this condition witha simple course of eye
drops as opposedto invasive surgery."
After many years of research and development, Gallant came up
with an eyedrop formula he called Bright Eyes, which is the basis for
the OcuPhase formula available here in the U.S.
In Europe, it seems to have gained popularity after being featured
on a U.K. television program called The Richard &Judy TV Trials show.1
The show conducted its own short experimental trial to see if the
eye drops could live up to their claim ofimproving vision. The four
people who triedit (including the hostess, Judy) did say they noticed
their vision had improved.
After seeing the show, hundreds of other people tried the Bright
Eyes formula. I'llfill you in onsome ofthose testimonials in aminute,
butright now let's talk abitabout themechanics behind cataracts and
what's wrongwith conventional treatmentsfor it.
Why you're not seeing clearly
The lens of the eye is made up mostly of protein and water that
combine as a clear tissue that allows light to pass through and focus
on the retina. Over time, the tissue can become damaged by free radi
cals that occur as a result of anynumber of reasons—diabetes, longterm
use of corticosteriods,heredity, ultra- violetlight, poor nutrition,
smoking, high blood pressure, aging, etc.Part X:Vital Health Secrets | 533
One of the other major causes of damage to the eye is glycation.
Glycation occurswhensugars combine withproteinsto createa whole
new type of compound called glycated proteins, which produce 50
times more free radicals than normal proteins. The end result is that
the water-soluble structural proteins in the lens of the eye clump to
gether, or become cross-linked. (They also become oversaturated with
water, creating internal pressure in the eye.) This causes the charac
teristic clouding of the eye lens associated with cataracts. Think of it
like cooking an egg white: It's clear and fluid asit hitsthe pan, but as it
becomes stressed bythe heat, it becomes opaque and rubbery.
The fix? Weneed to break down these protein cross-links, restore
transparency, and reduce internal pressure—and that's precisely what
OcuPhase eyedrops do. But before we talk about how OcuPhase clears
the eye lens, let's talk about the most common treatment option for
cataracts.
Surgery isn't alwaysa one-time solution
During cataract surgery, the damaged lens is removed and re
placed with a synthetic lensimplant. Sounds simple, but it turns out
that cataract surgery is a two-part ordeal.
The newlens implant isheld in place inside the eye bya thin mem
brane called the posterior capsule, partoftheoriginal covering ofthe
lensthatisintentionallyleft behind for this purpose. The problem is, in
up to 50percent ofpatients who have thisprocedure, the lens capsule
begins clouding up again within two years. This isn't quite the same
thingasthe cataract coming back, since the cloudy posteriorcapsule is
much thinnerthan the original cataract, andit canbe opened up with
a laser beam.
The corrective procedure is considered a "follow-up visit" and can
apparently be done in the opthalmologist's office. But to those of us
who are squeamish about this sortofthing tobegin with, having to do
ittwice ishardly a selling point—especially considering the otherpos-534 | Miracles from the Vault
sible complications, like glaucoma, detached retinas, corneal edema,
severely compromised corneas requiring corneal transplants, and in
ternal eye infections, which can allpotentially cause complete loss of
vision.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who finds this option less than
appealing.Our contacts at PureTango, Inc. alsosawa need for more
options, which is why they workedto develop OcuPhase: their own
version of the highly effective and successful British Bright Eyes
formula.
Nutrient drops work from the outside in
The PureTango OcuPhase formula contains NAC, vitaminA,and
vitamin E. Vitamin A is essential for the health and function of epi
thelial cells, the cells in the top-most layer of tissues like those in the
lens of the eye. When it's used topically in the eye, vitamin E can in
crease the survival time of corneal endothelial cells, decrease inflam
mation, speedup healing of eye tissues, regenerate gluta-thione in the
eye (which naturally decreases with age), and even prevent cataracts
in some animal studies.2"7 Add the power of NAC,which seems to act
synergistically with vitamin E, and the vitamin combination is sud
denly supercharged.8 But what exactly makes NAC so effective?
The NAC in OcuPhase acts as a time-release version ofL-carnosine.
It's important to understandthat OcuPhase isn't "just" L-carnosine in
eyedrop form. Apparently, the results from NAC are achieved safely
because ofits time-release action: It breaks down and transforms into
L-carnosine gradually. To speed up the process could ultimately cause
more damage to the eye.
What's amazing is that even though our eyes and lenses are very
impermeable, NAC is able to slowly permeate the lens structure. It's
able to do this because unlike straight carnosine, NAC is soluble in
lipids aswell as in water.9 The eyes containboth.
So after it enters the lipid componentsof the eye, NACtransformsPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 535
into L-carnosine. This small molecule performs a remarkable variety
offunctions—most notably anti-oxidation andanti-glycation.
L-carnosine actually restores the lens by removing those crosslinked
protein groups we talked about earlier. A 1999 Chinese study
demonstrated that carnosine has a 100 percent success rate on earlystagesenilecataractsand
an 80percentsuccess rate on more advanced
cases.10
Vision improves in 90 percent ofstudy participants
I found that mostofthe recent research on N-acetyl carnosine has
beencarriedout in Russia—all with encouraging results.1111-13
In a 2001 study, Russian scientists conducted two randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled trials—one for six months, one for
24 months—using an NAC eyedrop formula. A total of 49 patients
(average age 65) with cataracts ranging in severity from minimal to
advanced (butnot to the pointofrequiring surgery) were treated with
twodrops of the NAC solution per day. The team monitoredthe con
dition ofthecataracts, visual acuity, andglare sensitivity.
They found thatthe eyes treated with NAC were substantially im
proved insix months— transmissivity (the amount oflight penetrating
the lens ofthe eye) increased in 42 percent; glare sensitivity improved
in 89 percent; and overall vision improved in 90 percent of the study
participants. Even more good news: These improvements held up for
the entire 24-month duration ofthe trial. And there was noworsening
in any of the NAC-treated eyes, whereas visual acuity dropped in 89
percent ofthe controls after 24 months.14
British customers back up eyedrops' benefits
As I mentioned earlier, the OcuPhase formula has just become
available in the U.S., so there isn't much feedback on it yet. But the
verysimilarBrightEyes formulahas been available in Britainfor some
time. The following letters were written to the British distributor of536 I Miracles from the Vault
Bright Eyes after it was featured in several articles and on the Richard
&Judy TV show.
"I want to tell you about my experiences with the special eye-drops.
Atfirst I didn't think there were any real differences, but I persisted in
using the drops twice a day in the affected eye. Now after about three
months I believe thatthere are significant changes to my vision. It's been
a fairly gradual thing, which may explain why I didn't appreciate any
changes early on, but now it's obvious to me that my eyesight has im
proved. The changes are slower than I anticipated, but Ifor one am sold
on the drops!"
—C.B.S.
"Some 10 years ago I was told I was developing cataractsfrom the
outside of my eyes to the inside. Five years ago I was told I must not
drive: having never learnt I was not too upset. But two years ago I was
warned that the cataracts were just about fully formed and I needed
check-ups every six months… Ihave now been using carnosine eye drops
for six months. Irecently went to the optician and was told I only had
a bitofa cataract. Also I do not need to see an optician for two years. I
could not believe it… So very, verymany thanks. My husband went to
the optician last week, and he is just starting to form a cataract in his
right eye. Needless to say he will be using carnosine eye drops."
-J.C.
"In October 2002,1was diagnosed with a small cataract in my left
eye. Shortly afterwards a work colleague told me about the eye drops as
seen on channel 4 'Richard &Judy.'Istarted using them. In April 2004,1
had an in-depth eye test: NO SIGN OF THE CATARACT"
—M.S.
See for yourself
As a preventive, thesuggested use ofOcuPhase isoneortwo drops
in each eye every day. Those with any kind of eye problem may wantPart X: Vital Health Secrets I 537
to apply oneortwo drops several times aday. Most people report that
they start noticing positive results over a three to six month period.
Earlyintervention allows OcuPhase to work even better, since the lens
is more permeable in the early stages.
Keep in mind that even though this treatment can be done in the
comfort of your own home, it's always agood idea towork with your
healthcare providerto assure safety and tomonitor your progress.538 | Miracles from the Vault
CHAPTER NINETEE
Keep your bladder healthy naturally
with this exclusive
herb & mineral blend
There's a strange ironyin modernsociety in that the mosthushed
topics are often the ones that need the most discussion. And
bladderhealthistypically on thatlistoftaboosubjects. Solet's open
it up and talk about what you can do now to keep your bladder
strong andtonedfor thelong haul, starting with a formula available
from NorthStar Nutritionals called UroConfidence.™ UroConfidence
was specifically designed to help support bladder tone and
function. The bladder is, after all, a muscle. And just as the other
muscles in yourbodyneed nourishment, so does yourbladder.
Define "normal"
Sojustwhatis"normal" bladder function? Typically, people empty
their bladders about every threeto four hours duringthe day. And it's
not unusualto getup onceduringthe nightto usethe bathroom.Keep
in mind as well that some bladder issues—like urgency and frequen
cy—can beindications oflarger problems. These problems can only be
determined during an examination. So, as always, ifyou develop anyPart X:Vital Health Secrets | 539
ofthese symptoms orany otherserious health conditions, orifyou are
currendy taking anymedications orsupplements, youshould consult
with your health-care provider.
Power-packed plants
The natural ingredientsinUroConfidence work togethertoimprove
the tone ofthebladder wall and thesurrounding area—supporting the
bladder's ability tocorrectly and efficiently fill andempty. The two signa
ture ingredients are the herbs Crateva nurvala and Equisetum arvense.
Crateva comes from a small tree (commonly known as the three-leaf
caper) often found along riverbanks and cultivated throughout India,
whereit's traditionally usedto maintainbladderhealth.
Preliminary studies (one on dogs and one on 30 human subjects)
involving traditional Ayurvedic therapies show thatCrateva helpssup
port bladder tone and function. The Crateva used in UroConfidence
is actually a special, high-potency extractcalled Cratevox.™ Cratevox
ensures thestrength andabsorbability ofeach capsule thanks toa spe
cialized extraction method.
Equisetum arvense (more commonly known as horsetail) acts as a
mild diuretic, which issoothing to the urinary tract. Its toning and as
tringent properties make it useful for maintaining healthy urinary func
tion. Italso has antispasmodic effects, which support the bladdersphincter.
A noticeable difference
in just a few weeks
While research is preliminary, it does offer some insight into the
product's potential. A pilotstudy showed improvements forover 80%
ofsubjects in bladder frequency, leakage, urgency and bladder dis
comfort. Alarger scale placebo-controlled trial also showed improved
bladder symptoms ofincontinence, frequency, nocturia, urgency and
bladder discomfort for 85% ofparticipants. The results suggested that
the preparation was suitable and effective for both men and women.
According to the manufacturer, UroConfidence has no recorded side540 I Miracles from the Vault
The Bladder-Strengthening Exercise
You Can Do Anytime, Anywhere
You also may want to consider adding your bladder to your
exercise routine. Kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles that
control the bladders of both men and women. They can be done
anytime, anywhere(and without anyoneelseknowing).
Kegel Exercises:
• Tolocate the right muscles, try stoppingor slowing
your urine flow.
• Squeeze your muscles. Hold for a count of 10.
Relax for a count of 10.
• Repeat this movement 20 times.
• Repeat the above stepsthree to four times a day.
You may need to start slower, perhaps squeezing and relaxing
your muscles for four seconds each and doing this 10 times, three
or fourtimes a day. Workyourway up from there. It will take about
three to six months before you'll see any improvement, so don't get
discouraged.
effects and is not known to interfere with any prescription drugs or
supplements. Of course, you shouldalways consultwith your health
care practitioner for advice on any interactions. Although very un
likely, there issome evidence to indicate thatEquisetum may enhance
the effectsof diuretic blood pressure drugs.
The suggested dosage as a dietary supplement is two capsules in
the morning and two capsules at night withmeals for the first two to
three months.
About 50 percent of people notice an effect within three weeks,Part X: Vital Health Secrets I 541
but give it some time. UroConfidence's herbalingredients need a cou
pleofmonths to build up in yoursystem. Optimal effects are usually
achieved in two to three months. At that point, you may be able to
loweryour dosageby half for maintenance.
*Please note: HSI doesn't acceptfeesfrom outside companiesfor editorial coverage.
However, NorthStar Nutritionals is one ofHSIsdietary supplement affiliate compa
nies. Even though we would never recommend any product we don't believe in, you
should know about that relationship when deciding whether to try theirproducts.542 | Miracles from the Vault
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Acai, SambazonGlobalHeadquarters. 1160 CalleCordillera,San Clemente,
CA 92673. Tel: (877)726-2296; www.sambazon.com: (see website for
retail availability at Whole Foodsmarkets.)
AdvaCal, CompassioNet. Tel: (800)510-2010; www.compassionet.com.
AdvaCal costs$28.95 per bottle, but HSI Members willgetone free bottle
when they buy twowhen they mentionCodeHSICAL9Y.
AgariPure Agaricus Blazei Murrill (ABM), VirtuVites. 1550 W Evans
Ave.,Unit F,Denver, CO 80223. Tel: (800)332-5069 or (303)814-6980; Fax:
303-688-7742; www.virtuvites.com.
AllerPhase,Tango Advanced Nutrition.Tel: (866)778-2646;
www.puretango.com. A 30-capsule bottlecosts US$39.95 plusshipping.
AMAS Cancer Test. Tel: (800)922-8378; www.amascancertest.com.
Ambrotose and Ambrotose AO, Mannatech, Inc. 600 S. Royal Lane, Suite
200, Copell, TX75019. Tel: (877)877-8170; www.mannatechscience.org.
Amyloban 3399, Mushroom Wisdom, Tel: (800)747-7418;
www.MushroomWisdom.com. Amyloban 3399 normallycosts$89.95 but
HSI members will geta 10% discount andfree shipping (U.S. addresses
only) on theirfirst orderwhen theyusecode HSU 1.
Arjuna,Himalaya Herbal Healthcare. 10440 West Office Drive; Houston,
TX 77042. Tel: (800)869-4640 or (713)863-1622; www.himalayausa.com.
ArthriPhase, Tango Advanced Nutrition. Tel: (866)778-2646 or (805)504-
9563, ext. 1; www.puretango.com. Onebottle of60capsules costs US$39.95
plus shipping.
Astafactor, Mera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy.,
Suite 110, Kailua Kona, HI 96740;Tel: (800)480-6515 or (808)326-9301;
www.astafactor.com.
Av6 (Avemar fermented wheat germ extract), Harmony Co. P.O. Box93
North Vale, NI07647. Tel: (800)521-0543; www.theharmonyco.com. A box
of30 single-serving packets costs US$199.95 plus shipping. HSI members
qualify for a 10% introductorydiscount.
Bergamonte, Herbal Powers. Tel: (866)330-4372; www.herbal-powers.com.
Bergamonte costs $34.95 per bottle.Member Source Directory | 543
Botanical Vitality 200+, Great LifeLabs.Tel: (800)526-4240;
www.greatlife.com. Abottle of60 capsules (a30day supply) isUS$33 plus
shipping. All Great Life products carry a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
BrainProtex, The Herbs Place. 27Fleetwood Dr, Palmyra, VA 22963;
Tel. (434)591-1249; www.theherbsplace.com/brain.html.
Breast-Mate1", Mushroom Wisdom, Inc. Tel: (800)747-7418;
www.mushroomwisdom.com. One bottle normally costs US$59.95 plus
shipping, butHSI Members can save 15% by mentioning code HS-BM
(both online and phone orders).
C-Statin, Aidan Products. Tel: (800)529-0269; www.aidanproducts.com. A
bottleofC-Statin isUS$98.00. Mention youarean HSI Member fora $20
discountand free shipping.
CardioTotal, Gold Shield Healthcare Direct. Tel: (800)474-9495;
www.goldshielddirect.com.
Cat'sClaw (containsTOA),Rainforest Natural Products,Inc.
Tel: (305)235-9880; www.rainforestnaturalpharmacy.com.
Cat's Claw – TOA-free (Prima Una De Gato), Nutricology. 2300 North
Loop Rd., Alameda, CA 94502. Tel: (800)545-9960; www.nutricology.com.
Onebottle (1 oz) isUS$50.95 plus shipping. There isa 10 percent discount
for orders of 3 bottles or more.
CellAid, Herbaceuticals, Inc. 630 Airpark Rd., Napa, CA 94558.
Tel:(800)784-8212 or (707)251-3799.
Cesium Chloride, TheWolfe Clinic. Tel: (800)592-9653 or (250)765-1824;
www.thewolfeclinic.com/cesium.html. Call the clinic for more information
and pricing.
Cognizin, Healthy Origins. Tel: (888)228-6650; www.healthyorigins.com.
You canbuyCognizin ata discount bymentioning HSI (nocode isneeded
onthewebsite): A30-count bottle ofCognizin normally costs $19.99, HSI
Memberscan get a 35% discount. A 60-countbottle costs$35.99, and HSI
Members can get a 37% discount. And a 150-count bottle usually costs
$79.99, and HSIMembers can geta 40% discount.
Concentrated FlaxHull Lignans, A.R.A.I. Tel: (817)886-8108;
www.aidshivawareness.org/flaxhull.htm.
Corvalen M, Bioenergy Life Science Inc., Tel. (866)267-8253. A12-oz. jarof
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CSI Anti-Aging Fruit Stem Cell Serum, Vitacost.com. Tel: (800)381-0759;
www.vitacost.com. One bottle costs US$25 plus shipping.
Del-Immune V, Pure Research Products. 6107 Chelsea Manor Court, Boulder,
Colorado, 80301.Tel: (888)466-8635; www.del-immune.com. A 30-capsule
bottle costs US$19.50 plusshipping. Discounts offered whenordering in bulk.
DermaVive, DermaVive, Inc. P.O. Box 2341, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.
Tel: (503)697-7546; Fax: (877^669-1850:www.dermavive.com.
Digest RC, Netriceuticals, Inc., 3225 S. McLeod Dr., Suite 100, Las Vegas,
NV 89121.Tel: (888)852-4993; Fax:(408)847-1154; www.netriceuticals.com:
a bottle of 30 capsules is US$11.60 plusUS$4.95 shipping.
EaseFemin, Natura Nectar. Tel: (800)609-7794; www.naturanectar.com.
EaseFemin costs $29.99 per box, but HSI Members will geta 15% discount
plusfree shipping when they mentioncodeBESTALERT.
Eczederm Rescue, PeacefulMountain. Tel: (888)303-3388; www.peaceful
mountain.com. A 1 oz. tube of Eczederm Rescue is US$14.95 plus shipping.
EpiCor', Vitamin Research Products. Tel: (800)877-2447 or (775)884-1300;
www.vrp.com. Onebottle of90capsules (500mg per capsule) costs US$49.95
plus shipping.
Farabloc, ABC Health Solutions. Tel: (877)631-4551 or (253)631-8270; Fax
(253)631-8270; www.abchealthsolutions.biz.
Femmenessence, Natural Health International. Tel: (415)243-9991 or
(888)668-3661; www.naturalhi.com. One box is US$34.99.
GalantaMind (Galantamine), Life Enhancement Products, Inc. P.O. Box
751390, Petaluma, CA 94975-1390;Tel.(800)534-3873 or (707)762-6144;
www.life-enhancement.com.
Glabrinex, Vitamin Research Products. Tel: (800)877-2447;www.vrp.com.
A bottleof90 capsules isUS$49.95 plusshipping.
GlucoComplete, Real Advantage Nutrients. Tel: (888)856-1491;
www.RealAdvantageNutrients.com. GlucoComplete normally costs $49.95,
but HSIMembers are entitledto a special 20% discount. Simply use code
G655M602 when you order.Member Source Directory | 545
Glucotor v.2, Baseline Nutritionals. Tel. (800)440-3120;
www.baselinenutritionals.com. A 180-capsulebottle costs US$49.95
plus shipping.
Graviola and N-Tense, Raintree Nutrition, Inc., www.rain-tree.com.
Healthy Prostate8c Ovary, Nutricology. Tel: (800)545-9960 or (510)263-2000;
www.nutricology.com. A 180-tablet bottlecostsUS$55.65 plusshipping.
Huanarpo Macho, Rainforest Natural Products, Inc. Tel:(305)235-9880;
www.rainforestnaturalpharmacy.com.
ImmPower (AHCC), Harmony Co. P.O. Box93 North Vale, NJ 07647.
Tel: (800)521-0543; www.theharmonyco.com. US$54.95 (30 capsules-500
mg) plus US$9.95 forshipping.
Immunoguard (lactoferrin), GoldShield Healthcare Direct Inc.,
1501Northpoint Parkway, Suite 100,West Palm Beach, FL 33407;
www.goldshielddirect.com.
JIPANG Ginger. Tel: (303)719-2632; www.drmakise.com/en/mail/. JIPANG
Ginger normally costs US$60.00 plus shipping for 150tablets.
Kan Jang, iHerb. 17825 Indian St.,Moreno Valley, CA 92551. Tel:
(866)328-1171 or (951)616-3600; Fax: (951)616-3601: www.iHerb.com.
KGP Flush, Baseline Nutritionals. Tel: (800)440-3120;
www.baselinenutritionals.com. One4 ozbottle costs US$49.95 plusshipping.
You can alsopurchasethe tincture as part ofBaselines Liver DetoxKit (in
cluding Liver Tea, Liver Tincture, Blood Support, and ColonCorrective) at a
discounted priceofUS$125.00 (theoriginal retail value is$189.95)
Lyprinol,LyprinolUSA, LLC. 405 West FairmontDrive, Tempe, AZ85282;
tel. (480)829-0154; www.lyprinol.com/hsi. Special HSI member pricing:
Three60-capsule bottles costs $79.95 plus $4.95 shipping.
MigraSpray, NatureWell, Inc., 110West C Street, Suite1300, San Diego, CA
92101. Tel: (800)454-6790; www.migraspray.com. 1bottlecosts US$39.95
plus US$7.95 forshipping.
MindCare, Himalaya Herbal Healthcare. 10440 Westoffke Dr., Houston,
TX 77024. Tel: (800)869-4640 or (713)863-1622; Fax: (713)863-1686.
Mitochondria Ignite (with NT Factor), ProHealth. 2040 Alameda Padre
Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.Tel: (800)366-6056; www.prohealth.com:546 | Miracles from the Vault
One bottle of 90 tablets costs US$51.49 plus shipping.
Modifilan (Fucoidan), Fucoidan Sales. Tel: (877)516-5433 or (913)856-
0206; Fax: (913)856-0212;www.Fucoidan.net. 1 bottle of 90 capsules (90
count) costs US$29.00 plus shipping.
Mucolyxir, Nutricology Inc. 2300 North Loop Road, Alameda, CA
94502. Tel: (800)545-9960 or (510)263-2000; Fax: (800)688-7426;
www.nutricology.com. 12 ml liquid is US$38.85 plus shipping.
Nattokinase, Center for Natural Medicine. 1330 SE 39th Ave., Portland,
OR 97214. Tel: (888)305-4288 or (503)232-1100; www.cnm-inc.com.
NEO40 Daily lozenges and test strips, NeogenisLabs,Tel: (855)NEO-4040
[855-636-4040]; www.neogenis.com. One box of NEO40Dailylozenges
costs US$59.95, and one package of Neogenis TestStrips costs US$14.95.
HSImembers can get two boxesoflozenges for just US$99.96 plus a free
tube of test strips. Use code HSINE04 to get free shipping on your order.
Products are available only in the US.
NGF, Vitamin Research Products. Tel: (800)877-2447 or (775)884-1300;
www.vrp.com. One bottle of 120capsules costsUS$59.95 plus shipping.
OcuPhase Eyedrops,Smart Nutrition.Tel. (800)599-8607. A box of 2 x 5 ml
vialscosts US$41.95, approximately a one month supply. HSI Members pur
chasing3 or more boxes ofOcuPhase will receive freeshippingto anywhere
in the U.S.
OliveLeafExtract,Seagate. Tel: (888)505-4283; www.seagateproducts.com.
Onebottleof90capsulesisUS$29.95. One 1ozbottleofnasalsprayisUS$9.95.
Osteoking, CrystalNaturalPharmaceutical Corp.www.osteoking.com. A onemonthsupply
(15bottles) costs US$99 plusshipping (free shipping to USA).
Osteophase, TangoAdvanced Nutrition.Tel: (866)778-2646 or (805)504-
9563; www.puretango.com. Special HSI-member pricing: A 60-capsule
bottle costs US$45.95 plus shipping.
Ostera, Center for Natural Medicine Dispensary. Tel: (888)305-4288;
www.naturalmedicineweb.com. A bottle of 60 tablets is US$49.95.
Ostinor, Lifespan Products.Tel: (866) 856-5445; www.lifespan-ostinol.com.Member Source Directory | 547
Padma Basic, Econugenics. Tel: (800)308-5518; www.econugenics.com.
A 180-tablet bottle is US$94.95 plus shipping and handling.
PalmVitee, CompassioNet. 3 North Street, Waldwick, NJ 07463.
Tel: (800)510-2010; Fax:(201)661-6001. www.compassionet.com.
PectaSol-C, Econugenics.Tel: (800)308-5518; www.pectasol-c.com.
PectaSol-C costs $99.95per bottle, but HSI members will get a 10%dis
count on one bottle. HSI members can also get one bottle free when they
buy three, or two bottles free when they buy five. Simplymention HSI when
ordering to take advantage of these special deals. HSI members can also
download free reports by Dr. Eliazat www.mcpreport.org.
Peri-Gum, Lesko Care,L.L.C. Tel: (908)272-3081; www.peri-gum.com.
A 1 oz.bottle of concentrateis US$21.00 plusUS$4.95 shippingand han
dling. Online orders only,using PayPal. Websitealso offersindividual state
listingsof retailers carrying Peri-Gum or by mail at Lesko Care,LLC 18
Connecticut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016.
Phytocort, NutriCology, Inc. Tel: (800)545-9960; www.nutricology.com.
One bottle of 120capsules costs $45.90. Shippingisfree. A 15% discount is
available for orders oftwo bottles or more.
Policosanol, Life Extension Foundation. Tel: (800)544-4440; www.lef.org.
One bottle (60 tablets) is US$24.00 plusshipping.
Prelief, AkPharma. P.O. Box 111, Pleasantville, NJ 08232. Tel: (800)994-
4711; www.prelief.com also listswhere you can purchase Preliefin your
area; one bottle (120 tablets) is US$11.99 plus US$3.85 S/H.
ProstaCaid, Econugenics. Tel: (800)308-5518; www.prostacaid.com.
ProstaCaid normally costs $174.95 per bottle, but HSI Members will geta 10%
discount whentheybuyonebottle. HSI Members canalso getonebottle free
whentheybuythree, or two bottles free when theybuyfive. Simply mention
HSIwhen orderingto takeadvantage ofthesespecial deals. HSIMembers can
alsodownload free reportsbyDr. Eliaz atwww.prostatehealthreport.org.
Raphacholin C*, and QLife', BATORY A.M., Inc. P.O.Box 275,
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035-0275. Fax: (973)633-8410;
www.frontiernet.net/~batory/orderPRT.htm. A bottle of 30 tablets is
US$8plus shipping (free within the continental United States).
RegeneCell, NorthStar Nutritionals. Tel: (888)856-1489 or (443)353-4222;
www.northstarnutritionals.com. A 30daysupply for HSIMembers is only
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count offthe regular price of $399.95. (RegeneCell is not currently available
outsideof the continentalU.S.). AskforcodeG650M601 when ordering.
Resprin, NuCentury Herbs, Inc. Tel: (877)473-7774;
Email: customerservice(5>resprin.com: www.resprin.com.A bottle of
90 capsules is US$26.99 plus shipping.
Samento, Vitamin Research Products. Tel: (800)877-2447; www.vrp.com.
One bottle ofSamento costs $44.95.
Seacure, Proper Nutrition, Inc. Tel: (800)555-8868 or (800)247-5656.
Seacure costs $39.95for 180capsules.
Seditol, www.nextpharmaceuticals.comfor ordering information.
Seratonin, NutriCology, Inc.Tel: (800)545-9960; www.nutricology.com.
One bottle of 90 capsules costsUS$54.60 plusshipping.
Serrapeptase, The Green WillowTree.Tel: (877)968-4337 or (828)254-3220;
Fax: (208)330-2445; www.greenwillowtree.com.
Sleep Apnea Relief, Nature's Rite.Tel: (888)465-4404;
www.natures-rite-remedies.com. One bottle costs US$45.99, but HSI Mem
bers are entitled to exclusive 20%savingswhen they use coupon code HN202.
Additionally, ifyou order three or more bottlesby phone, shipping is free.
Soothanol X2, NorthStar Nutritionals. P.O. Box 970 Frederick, MD 21705.
Tel: (888)856-1489, www.northstarnutritionals.com. A 1 oz bottle is
US$49.95 plus $6.95shipping and handling ($14.95 outside the USA. Can
not fulfill orders to Australia, Germany,Austria or New Zealand). Ask for
code G650M601 when ordering.
StemEnhance, Vision Inc. Tel: (888)800-7070; www.E3Live.com. A bottle
of 60 capsules (a one-month supply) is US$59.95 plus shipping.
Sugar Blocker Gum, Harmony Company.P.O. Box93, Northvale, NJ
07647. Tel: (800)521-0543 or (866)298-9944.
Sugarsolve, Harmony Company. P.O. Box93, Northvale, NJ 07447; Tel:
(800)521-0543;www.theharmonyco.com.
SynerFlex, NorthStar Nutritionals. Tel: (888)856-1489 or (443)353-4222;
www.northstarnutritionals.com. A 30 day supply is US$39.95 plus US$6.95
shipping and handling (US$14.95 outside the USA. Additional duties and
fees may apply upon delivery. Not available in Australia,Austria, or Ger
many). Askfor code G650M601 when ordering.Member Source Directory | 549
Syntra5, Syntratech.Tel: (888)421-0374; www.syntratech.com. A onemonth
supply (180 count bottle) is US$59.87 plus shipping. Buytwo, get
one bottle free.
Taurox6X (COBAT), Nutricology. Tel: (800)545-9960 or (510)263-2000;
Fax: (510)263-2100; www.nutricology.com. A 13.5ml bottle of Taurox 6X
costs US$47.00 plus shipping.
Toki, Compassionet. P.O. Box710,SaddleRiver, NJ 07458.Tel: (800)510-
2010;Fax:(201)236-0090; www.compassionet.com. US$175.00 plus ship
ping and handling.
Tryptophan, LifeSpan Products. Tel: (866)856-5445; Fax: (415)883-9036;
www.gottryptophan.com. A 60-capsulebottle costs US$39.75 plus shipping.
A 120-capsule bottle costs US$68.95 plus shipping.
Ultra H-3, Uni KeyHealth Systems, Inc., P.O. Box2287, Hayden Lake,ID
83835Tel: (800)888-4353; www.unikeyhealth.com
UroConfidence, NorthStar Nutritionals. Tel. (888)856-1489;
www.northstarnutritionals.com. A one-month supply (60-capsules) is
US$49.95 plus $6.95shipping ($14.95 outside the USA. Cannot fulfill
orders to Australia, Germany, Austria or New Zealand). Ask for code
G650N801 when ordering.
Vasotensin, Center for Natural MedicineDispensary. 1330S.E. 39th
Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. Tel: (888)305-4288 or (503)232-1100;
www.cnm-inc.com.
Vital Cell, Tango Advanced Nutrition. Tel: (866)778-2646;
www.puretango.com. A 90-tablet bottle costs US$34.95 plus shipping.
Wound Honey, Eras Natural Sciences.Tel: (866)519-9191;
www.woundhoney.com. One 80gtube is $19.99. Mention HSI for a dis
counted price of US$15.50 (phone orders only).
X-Craving, Nutricology. Tel: (800)545-9960 or (510)236-2000;
www.organic-pharmacy.com. A 300-gram bottlecostsUS$32.80 plusshipping.
*Please note: HSI verifies allproduct information when reports arewritten: however, pricing
andavailability can change bythe time reports are delivered. We regret thatnotallproducts
and services are available in all locations worldwide.
The above statements have notbeen evaluated bythe U.S. Food andDrugAdministration. These
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