3 Secrets Behind Social Media Health Advice

Some of the most popular social media influencers regularly offer health advice to their followers.  They share great stories of personal success or even health transformation, thanks to a new product they have begun using.

The stories are compelling, and the products are alluring because of the influencers who share them.  But there are good reasons you should consult your healthcare professional before buying a new product promoted on social media.

Secret #1: Influencers aren’t the experts they appear to be

Most social media influencers are well-intentioned and often have compelling information about a new product and it’s benefits.  Informative data from someone you admire is a powerful combination, which is exactly what influencers sound like experts.  But the truth is they aren’t healcare professionals and rarely have formal training or education around the health products they promote.  So, they probably aren’t qualified to objectively evaluate products, much less give health advise to others.

Secret #2: They are being paid for what they say

Most health products promoted by influencers are backed by venture capitalists or private equity firms whose primary goal is to make money.  It’s a proven formula: they leverage huge marketing budgets to pay influencers to talk about their products on Instagram and TikTok.  That strategy attracts new customers like you (many of whom sign up for ongoing subscriptions), which generates more money for the sponsors.  In the best case, the products are high-quality but way more expensive than they should be.  In the worst case, they are poor products that only look good thanks to great marketing.

Secret #3: They don’t actually care about your health

Social media allows you to feel connected to well-known public figures.  It feels like you know them because they have given everone access to parts of their lives.  But that’s purely a one-way street; influencers often usually don’t care about you and certainly don’t know your health situation.  So even if they believe in the product they’re promoting (as opposed to only promoting it for money), they might be selling you a health product you don’t need or that could hurt you.

Your healthcare professional is a uniquely valuable resource: they are an expert who knows you, is committed to making you healthier, and only dispenses the high-quality products you need to achieve your health goals.  It’s hard work, but it’s worth it – because your health is at stake.

That’s something no social media influencer can do.

Please stop in, call 781-893-3870 or email Gary@naturalcompoounder.com or Alora@naturalcompounder.com with any questions.

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Wireless Technology and it’s Health Effects

Dr. Cindy Russell MD, executive director for Physicians for Safe Technology presented a webinar on current research, what is happening to our bodies, and what can be done about it.

Almost every minute of our day involves wireless technology, even our cars are emitting emfs. Children at a younger and younger age are using technology, placing cell phones under their pillows at night, putting them in the clothes.

We all need a better understanding of what wifi is, and how to protect ourselves from over exposure to it.

Many people find when they use their cell phone, they don’t feel well, or when they get near a room with many computers, routers, they can feel a change.

Genetically many of us may be predisposed to the effects from the emf from wifi. This can involve the calcium channels.

EMF Protect Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses.

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Functional lab testing available for our clients

Functional lab testing can be a helpful way of helping assess the needs of your body.  They can be very helpful for understanding the “why” you have symptoms and shed light on where imbalances may be.

Functional laboratory testing use blood, stool, urine, saliva or hair samples to provide information about a variety of systems. This type of testing can be helpful for issues such as:

  • metabolic imbalances
  • hormonal issues (female, male, adrenal, thyroid)
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Detoxification
  • Stress/anxiety/sleep
  • DNA snps that can affect your metabolic pathways

At Johnson Compounding and Wellness, we offer many functional lab tests for our clients.

Below are some of the more common tests we have available for our clients

Dutch Adrenal

The DUTCH Adrenal provides free cortisol patterns that parallel saliva with the addition of metabolite measurements for an improved marker for total cortisol production. This test is run on LC-MS/MS: the most accurate way to test cortisol and metabolites!

This kit includes:

  • Easy directions and filter paper collection strips
  • Requisition form for patient information, pertinent supplements, medications, hormone replacement and a health questionnaire
  • Sealable return mailer (Domestic Only)

The results include:

  • Daily free cortisol pattern (4)
  • Daily free cortisone pattern (4)
  • Cortisol metabolites (a-THF, b-THF)
  • Cortisone metabolites (b-THE)
  • DHEAS
  • Graphical representation of results

View sample report:  female   male

Dutch Complete

The Dutch Complete™ is Dutch’s  flagship product. This test is a comprehensive assessment of sex and adrenal hormones and their metabolites. It also includes the daily, free cortisol pattern, organic acids, melatonin (6-OHMS), and 8-OHdG.

Analytical and Clinical Validation

Precision Analytical’s testing methods go through a rigorous validation process to verify accuracy, recovery, and linearity. We pride ourselves in relentlessly pursuing the most accurate and precise techniques available for testing. See the data on the next page to support the analytical and clinical validation of this powerful new testing model.

The Easiest Patient Collection

Patients collect just four or five dried urine samples over a 24-hour period. Dried samples are stable for several weeks making them convenient to ship worldwide.

Effective HRT Monitoring

DUTCH testing was designed to be optimally effective for most forms of hormone replacement therapy. Unique methods are used for improved monitoring of oral progesterone and vaginal hormones.

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Dutch Cycle Mapping

WHAT IS DUTCH CYCLE MAPPING™?

For some women, testing reproductive hormones (progesterone, estrogen, etc.) on a single day is sufficient. In other scenarios, the clinical picture cannot be properly captured without “mapping” out the hormonal pattern throughout their menstrual cycle.

The expected pattern of hormones shows relatively low estrogen levels early in the cycle, a surge around ovulation and modest levels in the latter third of the cycle (the luteal phase). Progesterone levels, on the other hand, stay relatively low until after ovulation. After ovulation, levels ideally increase (>10-fold) and then drop back down at the end of the cycle. A disruption in this cycle can lead to infertility or hormonal imbalance.

WHEN IS DUTCH CYCLE MAPPING™ RECOMMENDED?

• Women struggling with infertility
 Women with cycling hormones and no menses
 Partial hysterectomy (ovaries intact but no uterus)
 Ablations
 Women with irregular cycles
 PCOS
 If the luteal phase shifts from month-to-month
 Not sure when to test due to long or short cycles
 Women whose hormonal symptoms tend to fluctuate throughout the cycle
 PMS, mid-cycle spotting, migraines, etc.

WHEN IS DUTCH CYCLE MAPPING™ NOT NEEDED? (DUTCH COMPLETE™ IS SUFFICIENT)

 Postmenopausal women
 Women on birth control
 Women with cycles that follow the expected pattern

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Dutch Plus

The DUTCH Plus® takes hormone testing to a whole new level. In addition to sex hormones and their metabolites, the DUTCH Complete™ looks at the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol, and the total and distribution of cortisol metabolites. The DUTCH Plus® adds the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) to bring another important piece of the HPA-axis into focus. 

What is the Cortisol Awakening Response and how do we test for it?

When we open our eyes upon waking, cortisol levels naturally begin to rise by an average of 50%. 30 minutes after waking, cortisol levels will still show this sharp increase. By 60 minutes after waking, cortisol levels have peaked and begin to decline. Measuring this rise and fall of cortisol levels at waking can be used as a “mini stress test”. Research shows that the size of this increase correlates with HPA-axis function, even if the sample measurements are all within range. A quick saturation of saliva swabs upon waking, and at 30 and 60 minutes after waking, provide what is required to assess a patient’s Cortisol Awakening Response.

A low or blunted Cortisol Awakening Response

This can be a result of an underactive HPA axis, excessive psychological burnout, seasonal affective disorder
(SAD), sleep apnea or poor sleep in general, PTSD, chronic fatigue and/or chronic pain. A decreased CAR has also been associated with systemic hypertension, functional GI diseases, postpartum depression, and autoimmune diseases.

An elevated Cortisol Awakening Response

This can be a result of an over-reactive HPA axis, ongoing job-related stress (anticipatory stress for the day), glycemic dysregulation, pain (i.e. waking with painful joints or a migraine), and general depression (not SAD). A recent study1 showed that neither the waking nor post-waking cortisol results correlated to Major Depressive Disorder, but the CAR calculation (the change between the first two samples) did. This measurement of the response to waking has independent clinical value showing dysfunction that may be hidden by current testing options.

GI MAP

Optimal Health — It All Starts with the GI-MAP®

Overwhelmingly, research indicates that gut health impacts overall health. The gut microbiome, in particular, plays a critical role in mediating the effects of diet and other factors on health, including digestive, immune, metabolic and neuroendocrine functions. Assessing GI health with the proper tools can help practitioners get to the root cause of chronic illness.

The GI-MAP (Microbial Assay Plus) is unique in the field of comprehensive stool testing. It relies exclusively on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested.

Who Should Have the GI-MAP Comprehensive Stool Analysis Done?

Almost every patient can benefit from a GI-MAP gut health assessment. Some patients are looking to achieve optimal health, while other patients have been chronically ill and frustrated without a diagnosis for years.

Some conditions that warrant testing are:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • IBS/IBD
  • Digestive complaints, diarrhea or constipation
  • Brain fog
  • Skin problems, like acne and psoriasis
  • Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety
  • Diabetes and weight loss issues

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Methylation Panel Doctors Data

Normal metabolism of methionine is critical for cellular methylation of DNA, proteins and neurotransmitters. Aberrant methionine metabolism can occur in anyone at any age and can be associated with numerous health consequences including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Methylation Profile provides a functional assessment of the phenotypic expression of common SNPs (MTHFR, MS, CBS) by evaluating the plasma levels of methionine, cysteine, SAM, SAH, homocysteine, and cystathionine. It also provides the important “methylation index”, a ratio of SAM to SAH.

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Methylation Panel Genova

The Methylation Panel is an innovative test designed to offer insight into the critical biochemical methylation pathway. Methylation metabolites are measured in plasma, and genetic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are analyzed via buccal swab. The results are synthesized on a front-page Interpretation-at-a-Glance (IAAG) graphic for quick methylation status assessment. Within the report, results are shown in a methylation pathway graphic to provide a clear understanding of the biochemistry involved.

What is Methylation?

Methylation is a chemical process that happens billions of times per second in every cell of the body.1 Methyl groups are transferred and donated between many different molecules which change their structure and function. Methyl groups act like billions of switches which turn genes on or off, help regulate mood, detoxify hormones, produce energy, and promote healthy aging.

Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids from the diet are needed to keep this process running smoothly. There are also genetic factors and oxidative stressors which can affect how well this pathway works.2

Why is Methylation important?

Methylation is needed to create DNA and RNA and regulate gene expression. It helps make creatine, which is needed for skeletal muscle contraction. Methylation is involved in basic energy production, fat metabolism, immune responses, vascular health, and cell membrane repair. It produces and metabolizes neurotransmitters to regulate mood. Methylation also works to neutralize toxins and hormones.

Methylation defects have been associated with many clinical conditions including, but not limited to cancer, autism, ADHD, congenital and neural tube defects, cognitive decline, depression, cardiovascular disease, and schizophrenia.3-11

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Nutreval

Genova’s nutritional profiles are breaking new ground!

The NutrEval, and its subpanels, have been redesigned and reimagined to offer even greater clinical utility!

Our nutritional profiles help practitioners identify root causes of dysfunction and treat clinical imbalances that are inhibiting optimal health. These advanced diagnostic tools provide a systems-based approach for clinicians to help their patients overcome chronic conditions and live a healthier life.

New product line features include:

  • The Metabolic Analysis Profile is being renamed “Organic Acids” – with additional organic acids – including oxalates!
  • Functional pillars with a built-in scoring system to guide therapy around needs for methylation support, toxic exposures, mitochondrial dysfunction, fatty acid imbalances, and oxidative stress
  • Dynamic biochemical pathway charts to provide a clear understanding of how specific markers play a role in biochemistry
  • Updated Interpretation-At-A-Glance pages providing educational information on nutrient function, causes and complications of deficiencies, and dietary sources
  • Nutrient recommendations for key vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and digestive support based on a functional evaluation of important biomarkers
  • Literature-cited, clinically valid support materials to aid in result interpretation

Organic Acid Test ( OAT ) GPL

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with 76 markers.  It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.

GPL Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.

If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, patients and practitioners have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.

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DNA analysis-Functional Genomic Nutrition

ASSESS, ANALYZE & DESIGN SUPPORT
Exclusively for health care practitioners, Functional Genomic AnalysisTM is a proprietary, cloud-based software that maintains unprecedented analytical capabilities using genomic raw data.
Designed and routinely updated by an expert team of researchers and practitioners, the software’s analysis process  is based on our custom Pyramid approach, which has received rave reviews from functional medical doctors. The software
integrates genetic raw data, lab work results and patient symptoms side-by-side in one program. Once the software runs its complex sequence of mathematical algorithms, it automatically generates detailed reports with dynamic information.
• Gene Report – the number of SNPs/variants
• Patient/Client SNP report
• Practitioner SNP report
• Supplement report – highlights estimated needed nutritional support based on the patient’s SNPs, labs and symptom surveys, with warnings for contraindications 

Pyramid report – summarizes all the SNPs, labs and symptoms to make the most effective clinical decision

The software provides a wealth of information as to how our patients’ bodies make and use proteins and enzymes that
are critical components to rebuild and repair cells, produces antioxidants, and the ability to detoxify. We now have
the ability to take proactive, rather than reactive action in supporting our patients’ health.

Health professionals all across the country agree this program is the leading software for functional genetic nutrition analysis, as it combines genetic raw data, a symptom survey, and labs to help you decide if SNPs are being expressed.

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For more information about hour testing may be helpful for you, please contact:

Gary:  gary@naturalcompounder.com  781-893-3870 x111

Tamara:  tamara@naturalcompounder.com 781-893-3870 x104

Alora:  alora@naturalcompounder.com 781-893-3870 x 149

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Tri-Fortify® Liposomal Glutathione – Watermelon Tube

No refrigeration needed, shelf stable!

Tri-Fortify® is a clinically researched liposomal glutathione in a delicious oral delivery system, providing superior cellular absorption.

Tri-Fortify® is backed by peer-reviewed, published clinical research. Furthermore, Tri-Fortify® overcomes the common shortcomings of other glutathione supplements. We spent two years developing our unique manufacturing process to create the best liposomal glutathione supplement. Our objectives were to:

  • Provide superior intracellular absorption
  • Create a heat-stable product that does not require refrigeration.  (After subjecting Tri-Fortify® to 104°F and 75% humidity for 90 consecutive days, it still exceeded label claims)
  • Develop a flavor that both children and adults could enjoy by eliminating the strong sulfur smell and taste associated with other glutathione products.

One Product. Two Flavors. Three Mechanisms of action.

  • Bolsters antioxidant action*
  • Promotes detoxification*
  • Fortifies the immune system*

What is liposomal glutathione?

Glutathione has been dubbed the “master antioxidant” for its ability to recycle other antioxidants in the body. Glutathione’s importance in supporting overall health is documented in numerous peer-reviewed studies. These benefits include supporting healthy detoxification, promoting a healthy immune system, and moderating oxidative stress levels.*  It is also essential for brain function, metabolic and biochemical reactions such as DNA synthesis and repair, and is critical in supporting the health of organs such as the lungs and kidneys.*

Not all glutathione products are created equal

Typical glutathione capsule benefits are minimal. Absorption is fundamentally difficult due to its naturally limited bioavailability. Its unstable nature means it is often oxidized during the manufacturing processes or when exposed to heat during storage. Simply put, most products do not effectively absorb into the cells. For glutathione to be effectively utilized by the body, it must be easily absorbed.

Tri-Fortify® – The superior liposomal glutathione

To ensure maximum absorption, a liposomal solution is required. Liposomal glutathione enables greater cellular absorption in all areas of the body. Glutathione is produced by every cell; however, due to environmental stressors and toxins, the body can benefit from additional cellular support.

Peer-reviewed published clinical research on Tri-Fortify®

Penn State University conducted an 8-week human study using Tri-Fortify® to assess changes in intracellular glutathione absorption (not just plasma levels).  Researchers also looked at natural killer cell function and oxidative stress markers.

The study showed significant increases in intracellular glutathione levels after just 2 weeks of use, as well as demonstrating its ability to support healthy NK cell function and oxidative stress levels.*¹

Key insights:

Bolsters Antioxidant Action*

Glutathione is a tri-peptide composed of the three amino acids L-glutamic acid, L-cysteine, and L-glycine.

  • Known as the master antioxidant because it recycles other antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.* This is why Tri-Fortify® has so much synergy with liposomal vitamin C
  • Because glutathione exists within cells, it is in a prime position to neutralize free radicals, which can build up in cells and cause damage*
  • The potent antioxidant effect of Tri-Fortify® helps keep cells running smoothly*

Promotes Detoxification*

Tri-Fortify® also helps support healthy liver function.  The highest amounts of glutathione are found in the liver and kidneys, which are responsible for the removal of toxic components.*

Fortifies Immune System*

  • Plays a critical role in the proper function of white blood cells, including T cell lymphocytes and the multiplication of lymphocytes (the cells that mediate specific immunity)*
  • Adequate function of white blood cells is essential in mounting an effective immune response

Features:

  • Published, peer-reviewed research demonstrated superior cellular absorption
  • Heat stable, no refrigeration necessary
  • Available in natural watermelon or orange flavor
  • GMO-free
  • Vegan

Patient/Doctor Experiences*

“I really love Tri-Fortify® Orange. Of all the dozens of supplements and meds I take, Tri-Fortify® is by far my favorite. I feel powerful results literally within seconds, every time I take it, I take a teaspoon…  The delicious orange taste mixes well with other liposomal supplements I take.” – Brian B.

“I spent time with Vivian and she had me take a sample of Glutathione gel [Tri-Fortify® Orange]… It had an increasingly positive effect on me. I had a business appt. at 2:00 and I actually felt alive and thinking!!!… The rest of the evening was great….” – patient of V. Kushner

Tri-Fortify® is a registered trademark of Researched Nutritionals, LLC.  All rights reserved.

[1] Sinha R, Sinha I, Calcagnotto A, et al. Oral supplementation with liposomal glutathione elevates body stores of glutathione and markers of immune function. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018;72(1):105-111. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2017.132

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ATP 360® – Peer-reviewed, clinically researched next-generation support for mitochondria

Peer-reviewed Clinical Research Published On Nutritional Supplement ATP 360® Finds “Highly Significant” Reduction In Long-term Fatigue.

ATP 360 benefits:

  • “Reduction in long-term fatigue was rapid and highly significant”
  • “Participants had more energy […] and became more active”
  • “Wellness scores improved, with highest effects on mental functioning, improved sleep, increased emotional wellness, and increased energy/vitality.”
  • “Diastolic blood pressure was reduced.”
  • “Serum levels of TNF-α were reduced.”

ATP 360® is a comprehensive formula to support mitochondria and is backed by peer-reviewed, published clinical research. ATP 360® is a formulation developed by Dr. Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH, Director of Physician Education & Clinical Trials at Researched Nutritionals®. Using powerful, researched ingredients, ATP 360® provides targeted, effective support.

Clinical human research has been peer-reviewed and published in Alternative Therapies May/Jun 2021 Vol. 27 No. 3This human study demonstrated a number of statistically significant results showing ATP 360’s ability to support mitochondria, energy, mental functioning, sleep, as well as cardiovascular and cytokine function.*

Read the press release announcing the publication of peer-reviewed clinical research on ATP 360®

Learn more

Mechanisms of Action:

  • Proprietary phospholipid matrix to promote the membrane health of mitochondria*
  • R-Lipoic Acid and PQQ support the Krebs Cycle and mitochondrial mitogenesis*
  • Antioxidants to protect mitochondria against oxidative stress*
  • Nutrients such as NADH and CoQ10 promotes a healthy electron transport chain*

Energize your mitochondria!

Mitochondria are responsible for cellular energy. A multitude of health-related and environmental factors can impact mitochondrial health. ATP 360® is formulated to provide complete mitochondrial support, by promoting normal mitochondrial growth and mitosis, supporting healthy mitochondrial membrane, and supplying the necessary cofactors for optimal cellular energy production.*

FeaturesConstituents/ActionsBenefits*
Membrane Potential™CoQ10, Riboflavin-5-Phosphate, Panmol™ (NADH)•  Supports the electron transport chain, forms ATP cellular energy & provides high dose CoQ10
Membrane Restore™Ascorbic Acid, DeltaGold™ tocotrienols•  Restores mitochondrial membranes & reduces oxidative stress
RN Lipid Concentrate™Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphatidylethanolamine, Phytoglycolipids, Phosphatidylinositol•  Maintain cellular membrane integrity
Krebs Plus Foundation™R-Lipoic Acid, Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid, Magnesium, Thiamine•  Key nutrients to support the Krebs cycle
Mitogenesis RN™Acetyl-Carnitine, PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone)•  Supports new mitochondria formation & helps increase mitochondrial mass supporting healthy function

†Hamilton, D., Jensen, G., Nutraceutical support of mitochondrial function associated with reduction of long-term fatigue and inflammation. Altern Ther Health Med. Alternative Therapies May/Jun 2021 Vol. 27 No. 3

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New Product Spotlight with Dr. Gary Kracoff and Tamara Luck RDN, Ldn

Join Dr. Gary Kracoff and Tamara Luck, RND, LDN to learn about the newest technology and advancements in the natural supplement space, including carbon technology.

These products use innovative science to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce free radicals
  • Detox on a cellular level
  • Improve energy
  • Improve mitochondria health
  • Decrease histamines
  • Help with EMP sensitivity

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Benzodiazepine Awareness with Geraldine Burns

I have known Geraldine Burns for over a decade, and have followed her work to bring awareness to the many problems people face who have been on benzodiazepine drugs.

Geraldine Burns has been a pioneer in the benzo community for over 20 years. She is the founder of the first support group of its kind on the Internet, is the host of a benzo podcast, and was a key player in the publication of the Ashton Manual.

I was honored to be a guest on her latest podcast .

Click here to listen to the interview, and to access past interviews by Geraldine on Benzodiazepine Awareness.

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Finally help to Improve Cognitive Performance, Focus, Recall, Mood and Working Memory

Neurologix™ is a non-stimulant nootropic supplement formulated with modern, clinically studied ingredients for enhanced cognitive performance.* Neurologix is designed to improve cognitive function, including sustained concentration, focus, and brain energy metabolism.* Formulated with Neumentix® spearmint extract, Cognizin® citicoline, saffron extract, and the active form of vitamin B6.

Neurologix is formulated to improve cognitive processes associated with working memory and concentration, and promote neurotransmitter levels such as acetylcholine in the brain.†* These benefits are suggested to occur through hypothesized mechanisms of action such as protecting brain tissue and neurons from oxidative stress.

The key ingredients in Neurologix have been featured in several human clinical trials demonstrating significant cognitive effects in individuals.

Neumentix® spearmint extract contains phenolic compounds, including rosemarinic acid, that improve sustained mental focus and cognitive performance and support working memory for individuals experiencing age-related decline.*

Cognizin® Citicoline helps support brain energy metabolism and fuel mental processes, enhancing frontal lobe bioenergetics and increasing a marker of ATP levels in the brain.* Human clinical studies demonstrate the ability of saffron extract to support a positive mood and stabilize mood fluctuations.*

†Memory improvement shown for those with age-related decline.*

Below is a recording of the interview. Please feel free to email me at gary@naturalcompounder.com or call 781-893-3870 x111 with any questions.

You can order online at shop.naturalcompounder.com

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Common Supplements Might Reduce COVID Severity

Here is a helpful article published in U.S. Pharmacist Journal, July 10th 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact me at drgaryk@drgaryk.com

PUBLISHED JULY 10, 2020U.S.PharmacistCOVID-19

Common Supplements Might Reduce COVID Severity

By staff

Over the past 6 months, pharmacists have been inundated with questions about the use of supplements, OTC medications, and prescription drugs in the battle against the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19. While the best evidence continues to support three behaviors as the most effective methods of reducing risk—maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet, wearing a mask, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly—some research indicates that certain supplements and common OTC medications could reduce the risk of infection or mitigate the seriousness of symptoms.

The Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and other healthcare organizations have incorporated a mix of readily available agents into their management protocol for COVID-19, while acknowledging that “there is very limited data (and none specific for COVID-19)” for the combinations.

For prophylaxis, the medical school recommends vitamin C (500 mg) and quercetin (250 mg-500 mg twice a day) with zinc (75 mg-100 mg per day), melatonin (0.3 mg-2 mg) each night, and vitamin D3 (1,000-4,000 IU per day). Famotidine (20 mg-40 mg per day) may be added to the mix. For patients with mild symptoms, EVMS recommends the same combination, with optional additions of ivermectin (150 ug-200 ug per kg as a single dose), and one low-dose or regular aspirin per day.

What’s the thinking behind recommending these supplements and medications?

Vitamin C is critical to the proper functioning of immune cells. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, which are associated with a number of diseases. Vitamin C has been used for years to reduce the symptoms of colds, about one-quarter of which are caused by other coronaviruses, and a meta-analysis of studies that enrolled more than 11,000 patients showed that it also reduced the risk of contracting colds. Perhaps the most direct evidence for vitamin C’s use in COVID-19 is a study published this February demonstrating that it reduced symptoms in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by other viruses.

Quercetin has shown preclinical benefit as an antiviral medication, and a Chinese study found that it bound with the spike protein in the novel coronavirus, reducing its ability to infect cells. Like vitamin C, it has antioxidant effects. On the downside, it has not shown significant stability or potency in in vitro experiments.

Zinc is essential for immune-cell development, and some studies have found that it reduces the risk of contracting respiratory infections. It may also reduce the number of days that someone has a cold or other respiratory tract infection. About 30% of American adults are deficient in the mineral, so taking a moderate dose of the supplement may be helpful anyway.

Melatonin is best known and most commonly used to boost sleep and reduce anxiety, both of which improve the immune system. It also blocks inflammasome activity, reducing inflammation in the lungs, and it reduces the risk of fibrosis, one of the most challenging complications for patients who have had COVID-19.

Evidence for vitamin D3 is mixed. On the one hand, several studies early in the pandemic found that countries with populations that had low levels of vitamin D on average were more likely to have serious outbreaks and higher mortality rates. Other observational studies found that individuals with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to be hospitalized in the U.S., but confounding factors could explain some of the difference as well.

In the U.S. studies, low levels of vitamin D were associated with patients who lived in nursing homes and with African American patients. Both groups also had other notable risk factors for COVID-19. “Vitamin D deficiency has also been implicated in asthma and other respiratory disorders,” according to Thomas Carpenter, MD, an endocrinologist at Yale Medicine, so it might be helpful. Excess vitamin D, however, might overstimulate the immune system, which could be damaging in COVID-19. In addition, too much vitamin D can be toxic to the heart and kidneys.

Famotidine is available OTC as Pepcid and as you’ve likely experienced, it has been in short supply in many parts of the country since an April news report stated that it reduced the risk of death or ventilator use in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. A subsequent case series published in June found that 10 people who managed the disease at home improved within a couple of days of taking famotidine. Results of a large clinical trial in hospitalized patients have not yet been published, and exactly why the drug would work remains unclear.

Aspirin reduces the symptoms of fever and aches associated with COVID-19. It may also reduce the risk of blot clots, which have emerged as a serious problem in COVID-19. Up to 70% of patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus experience hypercoagulability, and about 25% of patients admitted to the ICU with the disease develop pulmonary embolisms. A growing number of reports indicate that stroke is a common—and sometimes presenting—symptom of COVID-19.

Consequently, many hospitals put all patients admitted with the disease on a blood thinner. That doesn’t mean that everyone who develops symptoms should take aspirin, however. Children and adolescents should avoid aspirin because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome, and patients with bleeding issues should not take it either.

The antiparasitic ivermectin requires a prescription.

Any patients who believe they have COVID-19 should be tested and consult with their primary care provider on the next steps for their care, if they test positive.

The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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Exciting news from The National Center for Homeopathy

I am very excited about an interview I did with Lauri Grossman, the current president of The National Center for Homeopathy.

This organization and its members provide great educational webinars for both the professional homeopath and the general public, publish a quarterly magazine – Homeopathy Today in print and electronic version, and work tirelessly to make sure homeopathy is available for the average consumer in the United States.

They also host an annual convention, this year being a virtual conference.

National Center for Homeopathy Presents the 15th Annual JAHC2020 Global Virtual Summit
June 12-14, 2020
Pandemics and Pain

These are just of few of the benefits of membership. Listen to the interview to learn about the exciting new developments at The National Center for Homeopathy.

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