Fred Liers PhD shingles herpes chickenpoxIf you’ve ever experienced shingles, or witnessed someone close to you experience it, then you probably know it’s a condition to avoid if at all possible. I experienced it, as have several persons I know.

Essentially, shingles is a commonly occurring viral condition caused by a reactivation of varicella zoster virus (Chickenpox). It is characterized by the development of a rash usually either on the right or left side of the body, and sometimes the face. In severe cases, vision loss may occur. One person I know lost hearing in one ear.

The rash is typically accompanied by varying levels of nerve pain and tingling sensations. The rash may disappear within one month. Yet, in some cases there may be ongoing nerve pain that can last for months or years. Shingles may reoccur. I know of several persons who have had it more than once. Others say they can feel it ‘coming on’ and take immediate steps to stop a recurrence.

I experienced what might be considered a ‘mild’ case of shingles. Still, it was probably three weeks before my symptoms mostly abated, and four or five weeks before I was felt completely normal.

First, there was a week of increased sensitivity of my skin to touch in around the affected areas, as well as tingling sensations, and pain radiating from my lower back down the back and inside of my left leg. I also experienced mild fever, malaise, and low energy. All this before any rash appeared and prior to my awareness that my symptoms were caused by shingles.

Acupuncture can be helpful for shingles pain.

Acupuncture can be helpful for shingles pain.

Then the rash started at my sacrum and ran in patches down the inside of my left leg to my ankle. The nerve pain made it increasingly difficult to walk comfortably, and I experienced major fatigue. I continued to feel intense tingling, shooting nerve pain, and sensitive skin for several weeks.

When I say I had a relatively mild case of shingles, I don’t mean to diminish my experience of pain or fatigue. But I know other people whose pain definitively was greater than mine, and whose symptoms lasted longer. In some cases, they didn’t know what condition they were dealing with for days or weeks.

Fortunately, I acted immediately after I knew I had shingles. In dealing with shingles it is important that the individual rest and take measures to strengthen and support the immune system.

I would say that the most important actions I took were to boost nutrient intake (including higher intake of vitamin C), and take the amino acid l-lysine, olive leaf extract, Immune-Assist™ mushroom extract, and Prescript-Assist probiotic & prebiotic formula (soil-based organisms).

Please refer to the table (1.0) below, which was developed by my father, Hank Liers, PhD, several years ago. He refines the protocol on an ongoing basis. Indeed, he was instrumental in supporting my recovery during the time I had shingles.

Also helpful were essential oils (lavender, lemon balm, helichrysum) rubbed directly onto the rash 2–3 times daily, as well as baths using magnesium chloride (oil or flakes). I also sprayed Polyvalent Silver, Warrior Mist, and Warrior Sleep on the rash.

Warrior Mist is formulated to stop pain. Warrior Sleep contains lavender. I often applied the Warrior Sleep at night. When I applied it during the day it did not overly relax me probably because I only applied small amounts to my leg. When seeking to induce sleep or relaxation, I usually apply larger amounts of it to my neck and face.

Regarding essential oils, be sure to follow the recommendations on the bottle. If necessary, you can dilute oils using a carrier oil (like almond or coconut oil) if your skin is particularly sensitive.

essential oils lavender shingles

Essentials oils such as lavender can be helpful for shingles.

I rested a few more hours daily for a couple weeks, and longer during peak periods of fatigue. However, I took short walks or engaged in gentle exercise whenever possible. I exposed the rash to sunshine for 10–15 minutes every day.

I had two acupuncture treatments, which significantly reduced pain. After each treatment, I noticed it was easier to walk normally. During the first treatment I felt shooting, needle-like sensations run the length of my left leg. These sensations were more intense in the areas most greatly affected. Thereafter pain and tingling was less noticeable. This reduction hastened my return to normal activity.

Several weeks after onset of the rash, I performed a juice cleanse (liver flush), which lasted nine days. I felt noticeably greater energy during and after the cleanse. I believe it powerfully supported my body’s healing process.

During the time on my juice flush, I consumed only fresh vegetable juices, and herbal teas and tinctures. The fresh, organic juice rejuvenated me, and it gave my body a break from having to digest solid food. Thus, I gained significant nutritional benefits while simultaneously cleansing and conserving energy normally required for digestion and related metabolic processes.


It probably helped I was already eating a healthy diet and that I routinely take all the foundational supplements (multivitamins, essential fats, vitamin C, Rejuvenate! superfoods) listed in the table below.

I feel that Rejuvenate! superfoods were particularly instrumental in my recovery. Whereas I regularly take 1–4 scoops of Rejuvenate! superfoods daily, I increased my dose closer to 5–8 scoops daily. I emphasized Rejuvenate! Original, yet also took higher amounts of Rejuvenate! PLUS and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs.

I consume a healthy diet that is mostly organic, relatively high in greens and vegetables, and low in simple carbohydrates. I eat lean proteins (fish like wild-caught salmon), complex carbohydrates (like broccoli), and a few whole grains (organic brown rice).

Notably during my time with shingles, I reduced my intake of foods high in arginine. I also increased my intake of foods high in lysine.

It may be that my case of shingles was relatively less severe due to the fact that my nutrition is fairly solid. For had my nutritional status and/or my immune system been compromised, I believe my ability to fight the virus would have been correspondingly lessened.

What follows below is the Table (1.0) and additional information comprising the HPDI shingles protocol, as developed by Hank Liers, PhD.


Description Morning Noon Evening Night Comments
Pro C (180 caps) ™ 2 caps
1 cap
2 caps
1 cap
2 caps
1 cap
Take with meals. Start with 2 caps per meal for the first 6 days, then reduce to 1 cap per meal.
Prescript-Assist®  (90 caps) 1 cap 1 cap Take 10–20 minutes before meals. Go to 1 cap daily after 30 days.
Multi Two Tabs (180 tabs) – Multivitamin or
Mighty Multi-Vite!
1 tab
2 caps
1 tab
2 caps
Take with meals.
L-Lysine — 500 mg 1-2 caps 1-2 caps Take 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals.
Double Zinc Plus (100 vcaps) 1 cap Take with meals.
Bone Guardian Tabs or
Bone Jour™
2 tabs
3 caps
2 tabs
3 caps
Take with meals.
Buffered Vitamin C,
Buffered C-1,000 (250 tabs) — 1,000 mg (1 gm)
or Buffered C Powder (1/2 lb) (1/4 tsp = 1 gm)
1 tab
1/4 tsp
1 tab
1/4 tsp
1 tab
1/4 tsp
1 tab
1/4 tsp
Best with meals, but other times are okay.  Start with 1 tab or 1/4 rounded tsp twice a day and add another 1 tablet or 1/4 tsp every few days until you are taking 4 tablets or 1 rounded tsp per day.
Essential Fats plus E (90 softgels) 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap Take with meals/snacks.
Complete E (60 softgels) 1 cap 1 cap Take with meals.  In addition, rub the contents of a capsule on affected area twice per day.
Olive Leaf Extract 500 mg 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals with 1 1/2 –2 glasses of water.
Rejuvenate! Plus or
Rejuvenate Berries & Herbs
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
Take as snack or in fruit smoothie.


Additional nutrients that may be helpful include Echinacea (as drops or capsules), N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 500 mg (100 caps) NAC (2 gms per day), and Immune-Assist™ (2 capsules 3 times per day).

Rub essential oils such as helichrysum, lemon balm, frankincense, and lavender and/or spray Silver Biotics Polyvalent Silver (16 oz) solution several times daily on the affected areas.


Consume a diet relativley high in lysine and relatively low in arginine.

Consume high fiber foods such as organic vegetables (including 16 oz per day of fresh juices from carrot, celery, beets, cabbage, etc.), organic fruits, whole grains (e.g., brown rice, millet, and quinoa), beans, nuts and seeds (sunflower, chia, flax, pumpkin, almond, walnut and sesame in small amounts are good).

If you consume animal products, eat only organic lean meats, organic poultry and fish, including salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, and bluefish (all of which are high in omega-3s.

Try eating Hank’s Vegetable Soup several times a week. Avoid sweets (sugar), processed/refined food (white bread and pasta), preservatives, artificial flavors and colors.

If you have a Rife machine available, then use the shingles and antiviral codes on a daily basis.

Take baths with Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil/Flakes/Gel (1 cup) and baking soda (1 cup).


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Fred Liers PhD chlorellaRejuvenate!™ superfoods are the world’s first superfoods formulated specifically to provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleosides, and nucleotides). HPDI currently offers three versions: Rejuvenate! Original, Rejuvenate! PLUS, and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs.

All three Rejuvenate! formulas provide at least 340 mg of dietary nucleic acids per serving. The pioneer nucleic acid researcher, Dr. Benjamin S. Frank studied the beneficial effects of nucleic acids on humans and animals during the 1960s and 70s.

Dr. Frank concluded that dietary nucleic acids are essential nutrients for health. He advised consuming a range of 300–1,500 mg daily. However, he noted that healthy benefits are apparent at levels as low as 75 mg.

Hank Liers, PhD formulated the Rejuvenate! line of superfoods to leverage the powers of dietary nucleic acids for health. These superfood powders are nutrient dense, tasty, easy to consume, portable, and powerfully healthful.

While all Rejuvenate formulas contain dietary nucleic acids from a variety of sources, Rejuvenate! Original and Rejuvenate! PLUS contain chlorella, known to contain the highest levels of nucleic acids among all foods.

Chlorella also provides many benefits beyond nucleic acids. In this article, I will explore chlorella as an important ingredient in Rejuvenate! superfoods, as well as a superfood in its own right.


Chlorella provides more dietary nucleic acids than any other green superfood ingredient.


Chlorella is a single-celled, fresh-water aquatic plant, named so after the Greek word chloros meaning “green”— because it contains large amounts of the green phytonutrient chlorophyll. Millions of people take chlorella every day (many in East Asia) because it is a highly nutritious superfood.

Researchers who’ve studied chlorella extensively say it’s nature’s “perfect food.” In fact, NASA studied it as a food for astronauts. Chlorella provides a broad spectrum of nutrients, including protein, essential fats, fiber, chlorphyll, vitamins, and minerals, including trace minerals.

Chlorella also provides the highest levels of dietary nucleic acids among all foods. Dietary nucleic acids (e.g., RNA) are now recognized as powerful, natural substances that provide supernutrition, rejuvenate, heal, and help create optimal health.


Chlorella can help you look and feel younger. Studies confirm what people taking chlorella have long experienced—the anti-aging effects of dietary nucleic acids on skin, eyes, hair, hands, and other visible parts of the body. Skin typically becomes smoother, tighter, and clearer. Deep lines, wrinkles, and “crow’s feet” are often reduced.

Even acne and foot calluses can clear up as skin becomes softer and healthier. Hair color may return and its texture may become richer and thicker. These changes are more than skin deep. They reflect inner changes created by the nutritional powers of dietary nucleic acids for optimal health.

According to pioneer nucleic-acid researcher Dr. Benjamin S. Frank in Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet: Eat and Grow Younger (34), individuals can look and feel five, ten, or even fifteen years younger. That is the little-known power of dietary nucleic acids for health.

Dr. Frank saw those results with his patients consuming dietary nucleic acids (from fish and yeast sources). The anti-aging effects were so evident, he wrote: “It shows on your face.” He saw it happen with nearly all his patients. Dr. Frank emphasizes that such changes in appearance aren’t just “skin-deep” and in fact aren’t even “cosmetic” at all (from a medical standpoint), but stem from deep-down improvements in health (6).

After years of experience with thousands of patients, Dr. Frank concluded that dietary nucleic acids could “revolutionize the appearance of most Americans, because most…are in poor health…aging faster than necessary” (Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet, 34). Dr. Frank cared about his patients and knew dietary nucleic acids could help them be healthier.

What Dr. Frank did not know about was chlorella, which is at least 10 times higher in dietary nucleic acids than nutritional yeast or seafoods. If he had known about chlorella, he would have advocated for its consumption to realize the benefits of its dietary nucleic acid content.

Because chlorella is a rich source of nucleic acids, you can expect the type of results reported by Dr. Frank regarding his patients. The benefits of chlorella add up over time—helping people looking and feeling younger—far longer than experienced by those consuming typical (SAD) diets.

In my own experience, I saw myself “growing younger” after consuming chlorella for about three weeks. My rejuvenation hasn’t stopped—I look and feel youthful for my age, and it’s nice having plenty of energy. I’m compelled to share my knowledge about chlorella so other people can benefit from its dietary nucleic acids and other healthy nutrients.

There is a powerful connection between our inner health and outer appearance. When we meet our body’s needs for nutrition and for the energy to carry out its tasks, we can experience glowing health. The dietary nucleic acids in chlorella can help everyone look and feel their very best.


• Heart Health. Chlorella’s nucleic acids help rejuvenate your entire body, including your heart. Chlorella also contains essential fatty acids (i.e., “good” fats), including omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid). These fatty acids combine with chlorella’s proven ability to lower cholesterol, as well as the rejuvenating and energizing effects of nucleic acids to support excellent cardiovascular health.

In addition, the strengthening and anti-inflammatory actions of polysaccharides, and chlorella’s ability to remove toxic heavy metals play significant roles in reducing the stiffness ness of vessel walls, thereby improving their resiliency and elasticity.

• Breathe Easier. Nucleic acids vastly improve cellular oxygenation and oxygen utilization in the body—enabling far more efficient use of oxygen, including the ability to function better with less. This is a truly remarkable benefit to anyone who wants improved breathing capacity, living in polluted environments or at high altitudes, and for aerobic exercise of any kind.

Studies show nucleic acids dramatically boost exercise performance via increased breathing capacity, greater stamina, and ability to perform physical tasks faster and longer.

Individuals with sufficient dietary nucleic acid intake are less “winded” while walking, running, hiking, swimming, climbing, kayaking, playing tennis, yoga, etc. Even people already in great shape will usually see noticeable differences. For example, gaining greater endurance and reserve capacity. The ability to go farther with less “huffing” or “puffing.”

• Mental Sharpness. The nucleic acids in chlorella greatly improve oxygen utilization, which can greatly improves your mental performance. The capacity of chlorella’s cell wall to help the body eliminate toxic metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium) also plays a role in increasing mental acuity.

• Blood Sugar Stabilization. Chlorella helps stabilize blood sugar levels by supporting and balancing the liver and pancreas. When these organs do their jobs effectively, blood sugar levels naturally become better balanced. In addition, chlorella can reduce cravings for carbohydrates and sweets.

• Liver Support. Chlorella rejuvenates and cleanses the liver (and other detoxification organs). Nucleic acids directly stimulate cellular repair in liver tissue while improved elimination functions reduce cholesterol and fats in the bloodstream. This helps the liver be more efficient and keep the body healthier.

• Intestinal Health. Supports growth of healthy intestinal flora (“friendly” bacteria) in the digestive tract, aids bowel elimination, and deodorizes.

•Alkalinizing Effects. Chlorella brings balance to body pH by creating alkaline conditions — counteracting the effects of acid-forming foods and substances. This helps create greater health.

• Feel Great. Chlorella’s benefits act synergistically. When all body systems repair and heal, they work better together. Health is more than the absence of disease. When all parts function optimally — in a natural, healthy way — the result is often feeling great due to good health.

Nature has blessed us with chlorella, a superfood with countless health benefits. That is why we include chlorella in Rejuvenate!™ superfoods.

chlorella drink

Consuming a daily green superfood drink with chlorella is a healthy habit.


The ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates famously exhorted, “Let food be your medicine.” Yet individuals and society don’t always embrace this truth.

Low levels of nutrition offered by the so-called “Standard American Diet” (SAD) are implicated in the rise of degenerative diseases and other conditions of poor health. Ironically, our age is a time of great food abundance and great malnutrition. A time when food quantity often exceeds food quality.

Facing significant declines of nutritional values in modern foods (due to processing, refining, toxic additives, soil degradation, agricultural chemicals, etc.), as well as the nutrient-depletion in our bodies related to factors like high-speed/high stress lifestyles, poor food choices, and lack of education about nutrition, why should a nutritious superfood like chlorella go overlooked?

Times are changing. People increasingly want nutrition facts about healing foods and super nutrition offered by whole foods like chlorella.


Chlorella is often considered “nature’s perfect food” because there’s no single food like it. It offers a unique profile of beneficial nutrients, including:

  • Nucleic Acids, including RNA, DNA, and nucleic acid derivatives — a sort of “fountain of youth” providing energy for your cells.
  • Chlorella Growth Factor (GGF) — health-building nucleotide-peptide complex that boosts immunity and speeds healing.
  • Essential Fatty Acids (omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs) — an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid.
  • Richest Source of Chlorophyll of any plant, 4%–7% or greater. 10 times more chlorophyll than alfalfa. Chlorophyll is an amazing healing phytonutrient that powerfully heals, purifies, cleanses, and detoxifies.
  • High-Quality Plant Protein (62% or more) — vegetable protein that’s easy to digest and assimilate.
  • Antioxidants, Enzymes, and Phytonutrients, including naturally occurring beta-carotene and lutein.
  • Vitamins, including vitamins A, C, D, E, and K1; all major B vitamins, and vitamin B12.
  • Minerals and Trace Elements, including iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iodine, zinc, manganese, and others.
  • Polysaccharides — protecting your vascular system, strengthening connective tissues, and building immunity (by stimulating interferon production).
  • Fiber (11% insoluble) — promoting heart health, detoxification, easier elimination, and appetite control.

These are some of the nutrients chlorella provides. Let me tell you a little more about chlorella’s dietary nucleic acids because they are responsible for many of the benefits of chlorella.


While chlorella contains many valuable nutrients, one group of nutrients stands out as exceptional: its high content of nucleic acids. In particular, RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).

Nucleic acids are involved in many bodily processes, especially energy production and communication within cells (i.e., they enable cells to use energy effectively for greater health). In the cell nucleus, RNA carries out instructions coded in DNA—instructions containing information critical for cell structure and function—which are essential for the lives of our cells.

When our cells receive proper directions and energy to carry them out, they have the resources to help keep us youthful, or at least not age prematurely. Chlorella’s nucleic acids provide us basic materials for repairing and replacing our RNA and DNA, thereby giving us potentially greater energy, vitality, and longevity.

Our bodies naturally make nucleic acids. However, with increasing age we gradually lose our capacity for synthesizing them. This is where nucleic acids from foods can make a difference for health. As noted, pioneer RNA researcher Dr. Benjamin S. Frank discovered that dietary nucleic acids not only improve health, but also slow down and even reverse the aging process.

Many decades of research led Dr. Frank to conclude that nucleic acids are not only improve health, but they’re actually “essential nutrients.” In particular, he describes RNA as “the anti-aging factor.” His research laid the foundation for understanding the effects of all high-nucleic acid foods, including chlorella.

In his books, Dr. Frank predicts nucleic acids will be the “medicine” of the future, but says that everyone can benefit right now — by eating high-nucleic acid foods. In fact, his best-seller Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet is a guide for helping people learn about consuming foods high in nucleic acids for optimal health. Yet, he’s hardly alone in his enthusiasm for nucleic acids from foods.

Dr. Frank has plenty of company in his praise for dietary nucleic acids. In a classic, groundbreaking book titled Chlorella, Jewel of the Far East, natural healer Dr. Bernard Jensen focuses on the health benefits of chlorella and its nucleic acids.

Dr. Jensen states, “Eating foods high in nucleic acids provide the material for the repair and production of human nucleic acids…the breakdown of DNA and RNA in the cells [is]…one of the main factors in aging and in degenerative diseases” (83).

He spent his life traveling the world searching for secrets of health and longevity. He was impressed by the “mind blowing” effects of dietary nucleic acids on human health, especially the effects of chlorella.

Dr. Jensen marveled at chlorella’s nutritional characteristics. He understood then that it would take time to study and understand the mechanisms behind chlorella’s evident benefits. However, he was clear in stating that while science takes time unraveling chlorella’s mysteries, anyone can benefit from consuming it right now—without waiting for the day when modern science fully reveals how it makes us healthier.

He also states, “We know from studies, from experiments and the experiences of many people that chlorella protects the body and restores health, without undesirable side effects” (85).

Nutrition science already reveals the foods highest in nucleic acids. These foods include fish, organ meats, beans, brewer’s yeast, and most of all chlorella. Yet, foods and superfoods aren’t typically promoted for their high nucleic acid levels. Most doctors and nutritionists know little about the importance of dietary nucleic acids.

Yet, nothing prevents individuals from consuming high-nucleic acid foods right now, as Dr. Frank and Dr. Jensen advise.


Chlorella’s nucleic acids help you become healthier. Studies prove the remarkable powers of nucleic acids to heal, rejuvenate, rebuild, restore, improve quality of life, and even prolong life.

Nucleic acids are known to increase energy levels and cellular oxygenation, boost physical stamina and lung power, and augment overall health and well being. They also smooth skin, reduce wrinkles, increase lean muscle mass, lower cholesterol, support cardiovascular health, aid metabolism, stabilize blood sugar, and even help regulate body temperature (for example, they can increase body warmth for greater comfort in cold climates).


One essential fact you need to know about chlorella’s nucleic acids is that they dramatically increase energy. Nucleic acids boost energy levels in the body by significantly increasing production of the “high-energy” molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate), and thereby retard the aging process.

Our bodies use ATP in many ways. For example, cell repair, healing, metabolism, digestion, supporting the immune system, and other processes. This means chlorella is a total body healing food and a systemic healer that rejuvenates deeply from the cellular level on up, and from the inside out.

Our bodies know exactly how to use dietary nucleic acids to make energy to satisfy our needs. In this sense, RNA acts as a “smart” nutrient providing energy wherever we need it most, and thereby functions as an “adaptogen.” Precisely because dietary nucleic acids support metabolism and slow aging, many nutrition scientists consider chlorella among the top superfoods in the world.


Chlorella offers more than an incredibly high nucleic acid content. The 5% nucleic-acid rich fraction of chlorella contains a substance known as “Chlorella Growth Factor” or CGF.

First isolated by Japanese scientists in the mid-1950s, Chlorella Growth Factor is a nucleotide-peptide complex containing nucleic acids and nucleic-acid derivatives, like amino acids, peptides, nucleotides, nucleosides, polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and other beneficial substances. Most importantly, it’s natural, safe, and demonstrates potent healing powers.

CGF is best known for having powerful growth stimulating properties. In fact, in Japan it’s used to boost growth in children with growth disorders.

CGF doesn’t boost growth in adults, but instead enhances immune system response, repairs nerve tissues (e.g., especially helpful for brain and nerve disorders), and works powerfully to speed healing. Also, the body uses this growth factor to produce energy in support of metabolic processes and to revitalize cellular functioning.

Because CGF is a concentrated source of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), its constituents act synergistically to provide you with superb nutrition for optimal health.

CGF offers potent health benefits like immune support, rapid healing, regeneration, and rejuvenation. Thus, Chlorella Growth Factor is another reason why chlorella is one of most complete superfoods on the planet.


Chlorella’s energizing and healing powers are remarkable. Its nucleic acids and Chlorella Growth Factor support optimal health. Yet, chlorella also contains vast quantities of chlorophyll, the green phytonutrient found in all plants. As a superfood that gets its name from chlorophyll, chlorella’s chlorophyll content is extremely high—4% to 7%, or greater. That’s the highest chlorophyll content of any plant. Chlorophyll itself is a significant healing substance.


Chlorophyll has many proven benefits: it cleanses, deodorizes, disinfects, detoxifies, alkalinizes your body, and speeds healing (internally and externally). It has been said, “If you’re green inside, you’re clean inside.” And due to chlorophyll’s structural similarity to human blood cells, consuming it builds a high blood count.

Here’s a partial list of chlorophyll’s benefits:

• Detoxifies, deodorizes, cleanses, and purifies. Chlorophyll is nature’s greatest purifier.

• Removes heavy metals from the body, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, and other toxic metals (see Mike Adams’s Superfoods for Optimum Health, www.chlorellafactor.com 10)

Due to industrialization, polluted water, dental amalgams, and consumption of predatory fish (high in mercury), it is estimated that most Americans have relatively high levels of toxic metals in their bodies. Chlorophyll helps reduce the burden of metals on the body.

• Removes pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, and industrial chemicals.

• Aids liver function—via purification and detoxification, and supports other elimination functions in the body! (see Mike Adam’s Superfoods for Optimum Health, www.chlorellafactor.com 10)

• Can reduce pain in certain instances (see Dr. Bernard Jensen’s The Healing Power of Chlorophyll, 105.)

• Builds a high blood count and  thereby can improve anemia due to chlorophyll’s structural similarity to human blood cells. (See Dr. Bernard Jensen’s The Healing Power of Chlorophyll, 105).

Chlorophyll is a powerful healer. People take everything from parsley extracts to wheatgrass juice to obtain its benefits. But chlorella contains far more chlorophyll than these sources and provides many other health-building elements–as discussed above—a winning combination for good health.


Few foods offer as many benefits for health as chlorella. Providing dietary nucleic acids, Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fats (omega-3 and omega-6), antioxidants, polysaccharides, phytonutrients, and fiber, chlorella is an ideal ingredient to include in superfood formulas. Thus, chlorella provides users with high levels dietary nucleic acids and many other healthful nutrients that work synergistically to support optimal health.


Hank Liers, PhD formulated Rejuvenate! superfoods specifically to provide high levels of dietary nucleic acids. Chlorella is one of several significant sources of the dietary nucleic acids in HPDI’s Rejuvenate! Original and Rejuvenate PLUS. Note: Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs contains no chlorella (or any greens), but still provides therapeutic levels of nucleic acids.

Chlorella is a champion ingredient among high-RNA ingredients. Individuals interested in optimal health should consider chlorella and superfoods high in chlorella as allies providing the highest levels of dietary nucleic acids and nutrients supporting their use in the body.



Fred Liers PhD riboseAvoiding excess dietary sugars is one of the healthiest things. But there is one sugar that really is good for you. That sugar is D-ribose.

In fact, D-ribose is so healthy for you, it may be the one sugar you won’t want to live without. A little background to this amazing sugar.

D-ribose is a 5-carbon monosaccharide occurring naturally in living cells. D-ribose importantly forms the carbohydrate parts of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). That means d-ribose is the sugar essential for the biological function of all living creatures, including humans.

Supplemental D-ribose is associated with many benefits. These benefits include greater energy, less fatigue, and faster muscle recovery. These benefits relate to the capacities of D-ribose as a total body energizer because it boosts energy production (as ATP) in the body.

For individuals suffering low energy levels associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), low energy levels, and other problems related to low energy (ATP) production, D-ribose can mean a significantly higher level of energy. In cases of extremely low energy, it can mean the capacity to function more normally.

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D-ribose energizes every cell in our bodies.

Athletes and bodybuilders were among the earliest to recognize D-ribose for purposes of improving performance and recovery times. D-Ribose also exerts anti-anxiety, stress reduction, and potential anti-depressant properties. There is additional evidence suggesting that supraphysiological amounts of ribose may have cardioprotective effects, especially for the ischemic heart.

Supplemental D-ribose usually comes in the form of a sweet, crystalline, water-soluble powder. It is also available in capsules or tablets, including chewable tablets.

Humans synthesize d-ribose from foods, including glucose and various dietary sugars. But there are benefits to supplemental D-ribose. One of the major reasons is the important role of D-ribose in the production of energy (ATP) in human cells.













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D-ribose is heart healthy unlike most dietary sugars (e.g., sucrose).


The body uses D-ribose to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP).  ATP provides energy for all bodily movements and every chemical reaction in cells. ATP is the source of all energy in the body and it’s constantly broken down and recreated due to the processes of life.

The adenine portion of ATP consists of one molecule of adenine and ribose (i.e., five-carbon sugar). The triphosphate portion of ATP consists of three phosphate molecules. When a phosphate breaks off from ATP, then energy is released. The compound then becomes adenosine diphosphate (ADP), which consists of adenosine and two phosphate molecules. When another phosphate molecule breaks off, it becomes adenosine monophosphate (AMP).

It is well established that ratios of ATP, ADP, and AMP are essential for regulating energy in cells. Under extreme physiological stress (e.g., high-intensity exercise), our cells cannot recreate ATP rapidly enough to supply cells with required energy. Concentrations of ADP and AMP rise causing a reduction in cellular energy. When the body’s rate of ATP use continues exceeding the rate at which it can be generated, cells “lose” nucleotides in order to restore the ratio between ATP, ADP, and AMP.

During anaerobic metabolism, AMP levels can rise within cells, thereby disturbing the ratios of ATP to ADP and AMP. The body can reduce AMP concentrations by degrading AMP to simpler end products resulting in a significant decrease in the adenine nucleotide pool. Under extreme conditions (e.g., prolonged high-intensity exercise or the diminished blood flow to tissues witnessed in ischemia), the adenine nucleotide pool may decrease by 30–50%. These effects can significantly compromise physical performance.

Here is where D-ribose supplementation works to support energy production. Supplemental D-ribose allows the body to bypass relatively slow conversion steps required for recreating the adenosine nucleotide providing critical material for ATP production. That is, D-ribose can increase the speed of nucleotide replacement. This has implications not only for sports performance, but also for general health. D-ribose is especially useful in situations where greater energy may be required, as in low energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or combating the effects of aging.


One of the most important aspects of D-ribose for health relates to the fact that it is the rate-limiting compound that regulates the activity of the purine nucleotide pathway of adenine nucleotide metabolism. As such, ribose plays a central role not only in the synthesis of ATP, but also of coenzyme-A, flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), DNA, RNA, and other important cellular constituents.

In fact, D-ribose is the only known compound the body can use for performing this critical metabolic function. Specifically, ribose administration bypasses the slow and rate-limited pentose phosphate pathway to stimulate adenine nucleotide synthesis and salvage in vivo. In addition, it has been shown that de novo adenine nucleotide synthesis in skeletal muscle is rate limited by the availability of ribose.

Specifically, human muscle cells (e.g., heart and skeletal muscle cells) do not rapidly replace lost nucleotides because of the lack of two rate-limiting enzymes in the pentose phosphate pathway metabolizing glucose to ribose-5-phosphate. Ribose itself forms 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate, a rate-limiting compound in nucleotide synthesis. As noted, supplemental D-ribose allow the body to bypass the rate-limited steps of the pentose phosphate pathway, thereby accelerating nucleotide synthesis (and salvage).


It should not take a genius to figure out that when energy production is optimized, overall health will improve. Yet, the same principle also applies in reverse. That is, there are many instances in which low energy levels can fuel lower energy levels. For example, when illness, stressors, or other factors deplete large amounts of the body’s supply of energy, they can gradually (or not so gradually) lessen the body’s capacity to produce more by overtaxing the energy production system.

This cascade of reduced energy production can become a vicious cycle in which there are few reserves left to support the body’s need for greater energy. D-Ribose is one of the only nutrients that can reverse the downward spiral in ATP production when demands exceed supply. By feeding the body’s own system for producing energy, and thereby supplying the raw material required to produce it, supplemental D-ribose can helps break the cycle of low energy levels.

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Chronic low energy? D-ribose is required for creating energy for all biological functions.


To recap the importance of supplemental D-ribose: D-ribose increases the rate at which ATP is generated. This improves exercise performance and allows for faster muscle growth. All this is possible because supplemental ribose helps the body bypass the conversion steps needed to create or re-create adenosine nucleotides.

Because replacing adenine nucleotides normally requires a certain amount of time, providing the body with D-ribose supplementally via diet can reduce rates of healing and repair in muscle cells. That is, supplemental D-ribose can increase the speed at which adenosine nucleotides are replaced by providing raw material for the creation of more ATP. That is how D-ribose improves athletic performance and supports optimal energy production, as well as optimal muscle health.

The significance of the science behind ATP production is that almost everyone can benefit from supplemental D-ribose. Whether you are an athlete requiring rapid repletion of energy, a person suffering from low energy levels or chronic fatigue, or anyone who wishes to improve energy production supporting optimal health.

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Fatigued to fantastic: a plentiful supply of D-ribose helps ensure an abundance of energy.


We at HPDI have focused our efforts on formulating the most effective nutritional supplements and superfoods. When Dr. Hank Liers formulated our original high-RNA Rejuvenate! superfood, he put D-ribose into it. In fact, all of our Rejuvenate! superfoods provide significant amounts of D-ribose.

Rejuvenate! (original greens) provides 1,500 mg D-ribose per serving (one small scoop). Rejuvenate! PLUS provides 1,800 mg per serving (two scoops). Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs provides 2,000 mg per serving (two scoops).

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All Rejuvenate! superfoods provide high levels of D-Ribose.

A major reason HPDI includes D-ribose in its superfoods–and perhaps the most obvious one–is simply that we formulate unique, high-RNA superfoods to support optimal energy production in the body. D-ribose supports that goal by various means.

D-ribose is the rate-limiting sugar for the uptake and assimilation of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleotides, and nucleosides). This is because D-ribose is actually the sugar backbone of these nutrients. As such, the body requires D-ribose in order to utilize and create (or recreate) dietary nucleic acids.

For example, nucleotides are the molecular building blocks of DNA and RNA. They are chemical compounds consisting of a heterocyclic base, a 5-carbon sugar (ribose or deoxyribose) and at least one phosphate group. They are the monomers of nucleic acids, and 3 or more can bond together to form a nucleic acid.

Nucleosides are glycosylamines consisting of a base (or nucleobase) to a ribose (or deoxyribose) ring. Some nucleosides are cytidine, adenosine, guanosine, and inosine. When nucleosides are phosphorylated in cells, they produce nucleotides (see above).

Thus, D-ribose plays important roles as an essential part of nucleic acids, nucleotides, and nucleosides; in the production of energy (as ATP); and the synthesis and salvage of nucleotides in the body.

Rejuvenate! superfoods are formulated to provide high levels of nucleic acids. D-ribose helps the body optimize its use of nucleic acids and their constituent components. Having D-ribose in our superfoods not only supports energy production directly, but also allows maximum use of the dietary RNA they are formulated to provide.

Rejuvenate! superfoods provide nutrients that boost energy levels significantly and consistently for optimal health, healing, and wellness. The inclusion of D-ribose importantly supports the powerful nucleic acid nutrition these superfoods offer, as well as supplements the body’s intake and synthesis of D-ribose.

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REJUVENATE! PLUS provides 1,800 mg of D-ribose per serving.


D-Ribose of one of the most important natural sugars for life and health. It is one of the few nutrients that can boost energy levels naturally. When taken with other important biological nutrients, including dietary RNA, DNA, nucleotides, and nucleosides, D-ribose is truly a nutritional powerhouse that can support good health and the energy levels required to live life to its fullest. We believe the best way to obtain supplemental D-ribose is to consume Rejuvenate! superfoods.












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From Fatigued to Fantastic (excerpt) by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

D-Ribose technical information (Vista Chemicals)

Enhancing Cardiac Energy with Ribose (LEF)


The Use of D-Ribose in Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (J Altern Complement Med.)

D-Ribose Aids Advanced Ischemic Heart Failure Patients (Int J Cardiol.)

D-Ribose, a Metabolic Substrate for Congestive Heart Failure (Prog Cardiovasc Nurs.)

D-Ribose as a Supplement for Cardiac Energy Metabolism (J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther.)

Ribose Accelerates the Repletion of the ATP Pool During Recovery from Reversible Ischemia of the Rat Myocardium (J Mol Cell Cardiol.)

Significance of the 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate pool for cardiac purine and pyrimidine nucleotide synthesis: studies with ribose, adenine, inosine, and orotic acid in rats (Cardiovasc Drugs Ther.)

Stimulation of Myocardial Adenine Nucleotide Biosynthesis by Pentoses and Pentitols (Pflugers Arch.)

The Role of Ribose on Oxidative Stress During Hypoxic Exercise (J. Med. Food)

D-Ribose Benefits Restless Legs Syndrome (J Altern Complement Med.)



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HPDI’s sponsored women’s pro elite cyclist Irena Ossola is busy all summer racing, including multiple top 10 finishes at the Prairie State Cycling Series this week in the Chicago region. Irena raced in June with Team Cloud in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In May, she competed in the US Elite Pro Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Yet, Irena hasn’t been too busy to keep up her nutrition program, take HPDI foundational supplements, or make smoothies with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. Just the opposite. Time spent competing in top-level races and traveling widely means keeping up intake of important nutrients for high performance.

This month Irena offers up a recipe for one of her favorite Rejuvenate! smoothies, and a few choice words about how she creates it.

As an elite athlete, Irena places great demands upon her body and mind that most people cannot too readily imagine. When HPDI began sponsoring her in March, it was because it was a good fit for her and us. Irena had already tried Rejuvenate! superfoods on her own finding they improved her recovery times. Rejuvenate! superfoods provide dietary nucleic acids (like RNA and DNA), which support optimal athletic performance, recovery, well-being, and health.

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Irena’s busy race schedule means greater needs for superior nutrition.

Indeed, Irena requires superior products supporting her nutritional needs as she requires super-nutrition for training and racing. In return, we get to test our advanced formulas on a working pro athlete whose performance and progress give us ideas about making our products and rejuvenation program better. And how best to incorporate our products into complete programs for athletic performance and improved results for athletes in all sports.

HPDI nutritional supplements Irena uses include: Multi Two Tabs (multivitamin), Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 activator formula), Myo-Mag (magnesium formula), Omega Plus (essential fatty acids formula), Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, Rejuvenate Plus, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). That is, she incorporates both foundational supplements and other advanced HPDI formulas in a complete supplement program supporting her needs for optimal nutrition.

We at HPDI hope you enjoy Irena Ossola’s Rejuvenate! smoothie recipe. We encourage you to try it. Maybe you will improve your performance whether you cycle, run, swim, hike, walk, or just live life to its fullest!! Tell us how you like it!! ~



• FROZEN FRUIT: Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, and Raspberries and/or Blackberries (As Desired)

• BANANA (One Or Part) (Optional)

• COCONUT FLAKES (Dried, Unsweetened) (To Taste)

• GREENS: SPINACH AND/OR KALE Leaves (1–2 Handfulls)

• FLAX SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• CHIA SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS (PLUS, BERRIES & HERBS and/or Original): 1–2 Scoops



• YOGURT (As Desired)

• ICE (As Desired)


Mix all ingredients in a blender. Then serve and enjoy!!


“As a full time athlete I train every day and sometimes multiple times a day. To keep in top form and fuel myself to sustain high energy and perform well, it is important that I maintain a healthy diet and provide my body with the proper recovery after every training session or race.

Whether or not you are an athlete in training, or using HPDI’s Rejuvenate! superfoods to feel better and fuel your body, my smoothie recipe combines the proper ingredients for your health and it tastes great!!

I mix in a combination of these ingredients (above) and adjust them to taste depending on availability of ingredients and desire for variety.

If the smoothie tastes too ‘green’ for you, then I suggest adding more banana as it will sweeten things.

If you like berries in your smoothies, yet also wish to reduce sugars, then try eliminating the banana.

I love adding protein powder to a smoothie. The protein adds a smoothness and lessens the icy texture from ice or frozen fruit. Chia seeds and flax seeds add a solid, filling consistency and they are really good for recovery.

I tend to use unsweetened almond milk (instead of milk or soy milk) because it usually has higher levels of protein and essential fats.”


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Rejuvenate! superfoods are foundational elements of my nutrition program & Rejuvenate smoothies.


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Be creative with ingredients when you make Rejuvenate smoothies.



Any blender will do. In seconds you’ll have my Rejuvenate! smoothie.


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Rejuvenate smoothie ready to drink!!



Bearing down at Nationals Time Trial in Chattanooga, TN. I’m powered by Rejuvenate! superfoods.



Fred Liers PhD avoidance toxins thousand cutsI’m not too much of an alarmist. Or a sensationalist.

But lately I’ve been thinking about how to build optimal health. I’ve written and edited a series of articles about Rejuvenation, including the topics of detoxification and avoidance of toxins. I’ve  also blogged on liver and kidney detoxification, intestinal cleansing, and juicing for health.

I agree with individuals (nutritionists, herbalists, and others) who say, “the strongest defense is a good offense.” Meaning that when you start implementing many healthy practices, they tend to build health in ways that mere avoidance cannot. For example, when you combine regular juicing with a great diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and a powerfully positive outlook.

However, today I’m thinking about avoidance. About defense. About how difficult it can be for many people to avoid the very things in their environments that undermine health.

Knowing what things to avoid is a matter of education. But it’s also about vigilance, establishing healthy routines, and developing a mental filter that emphasizes “natural” thereby supporting a systematic system of avoidance that centers on natural living.

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Preventing exposures to toxins is one key to optimal health.


One might well ask why avoidance is so necessary. It’s probably the least enjoyable and most difficult aspect of creating optimal health. It’s not even fun to talk or write about. Because who wants to spend their time thinking about things to avoid?

It’s obvious that avoiding toxic pesticides is desirable. But it’s not so much fun asking your neighbor not to spray 2,4-D on her lawn. Or finding out which ingredients in snacks at your child’s school or camp are genetically modified (GMO). Yet, these are often very essential things.


Another way to view avoidance is to take the analogy of your body as a automobile. You routinely spend time taking care of it, changing the oil and other fluids, rotating the tires, etc. You never wait until the oil is degraded, the tires go bald, or the timing belt is about to break before taking the actions necessary to keep your vehicle in good operational order.

But then you find yourself facing bad roads, potholes, extreme temperatures, bad weather, and other challenges. Some challenges are expected and that’s part of the reason you take good care of it. The conditions of the road are rarely under your control even if you can select your route. But that doesn’t mean you drive recklessly or pretend real dangers don’t exist. They do. And once your car lies stuck in a ditch, it’s much harder to get it out than simply preventing it from going there in the first place.

Keeping your car out of the ditch is the essence of avoidance. Because just preventing your vehicle from getting stuck in a ditch gives you far more options for taking evasive actions. Most of which will help keep your vehicle operational.

Avoidance of toxins is prevention. It’s taking care to ensure your “vehicle” (i.e., body) is kept as clean and pure as possible in a toxic world. It’s defensive driving at its finest.


The title of my article may sound extreme. But what’s more extreme is the actual situation we face in our toxin-laden, industrial civilization. The truth is that there are toxins prevalent in our air, water, soil, homes, and in foods that make it nearly impossible not to have a significant level of exposure and contamination.

The toxins I’m talking about include everything from pesticides and GMOs to heavy metals, VOCs, plastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, halogens like fluoride and chlorine, as well as toxin-laden household and personal products.

There are many reasons why we face toxic exposures not just daily, but continuously. And that’s the problem. Each toxin we face may be mildly harmful, dangerous, or even deadly by itself (especially in large quantities or when a person is acutely exposed).

But when the effects of these toxins are considered together, they act synergistically in ways that can be complex and not always easily measured by studies that focus solely upon one of them.

That’s a problem with traditional toxicity studies. A particular chemical may exhibit moderately toxic effects, but when combined with one or more other toxins may result in a “cocktail” that is many times more toxic than (would ever be guessed by looking at the data for) any one of them. Moreover, when toxins combine in such mixtures, they interact in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixtures can exhibit exceptionally adverse effects.

Furthermore, toxic substances affect different individuals in different ways (depending on things like biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, previous exposures, and even blood type).

For example, it is now known that contaminants (e.g., endocrine disrupting chemicals) interact with genes in ways that traditional scientific analytical methods used to assess toxicity did not acknowledge. These interactions can occur even at extremely low levels.

While toxins harm everyone, unborn children as especially at risk. That is, exposures in the womb can set in motion health conditions that will play out over the course of a lifetime.

One thing is certain: our bodies are under assault. In fact, studies show the blood of the average person (including babies) contains hundreds of synthetic chemicals, including hormone disruptors like bisphenol A (BPA).

The effects of exposure to the many toxins prevalent in our homes and offices, as well as in the air, water, and soil are not always cumulative effects resulting in death, as they are overall reductions health, vitality, and wellness.

Adverse effects may include weakened immunity, toxicity in the body, reduced capacity to detoxify, allergic responses, nutrient deficiencies (e.g., due to increased requirements for nutrition), and other health-harming effects.


One of the foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program is “self responsibility.” That is, if you really want to become healthy, then you must take it upon yourself do whatever it takes to become healthy. That means focusing on what creates health. And that almost always means “natural.”

Self-responsibility doesn’t mean you don’t learn from others (of course, you will!!), but it means self-reliance in the sense of discovering the truth about what works best for you. Again, that will almost always mean “natural.”


Just one US state has passed anything resembling comprehensive legislation regarding toxic chemicals, for example. That law is California’s Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act). It covers about 800 chemicals and substances known to the state to cause certain types of harm (cancer, reproductive health issues, etc). There are plenty of things it doesn’t cover (like GMOs). Other states and the Federal government should follow the lead of California, and go even further with the intent to protect consumer health.

The failure of the federal government to go beyond banning or reducing “acceptable” levels of specific substances (think asbestos or leaded gasoline) to pass comprehensive legislation with respect to toxics underscores the reason taking responsibility for your health is the only choice when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from the onslaught of environmental poisons we face every day.

For the most part, governments and corporations are simply not looking out for your health. Things are changing for the better (in many instances), but there is a long way to go.

For example, experts guess that there are approximately 50,000–80,000 unregulated chemicals in the United States. Many have been in use for decades with no safety testing. In recent years, there has been increased discussion about comprehensive testing for toxicity, yet only about 300 have been tested. And just a handful restricted for use as a result of testing. It has been noted that higher standards in Canada and Europe show about 10–30% of US chemicals require a stricter level of control. That adds up to at least 5,000–10,000 chemicals requiring restrictions (or bans) on their use.


A major problem is that US Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) has little power to regulate toxic chemicals. Most of the chemicals that were already in use at the time were considered “safe.” Under that law, a chemical must be proven to be harmful in order to restrict its use instead of needing to be proven safe. Essentially, if there is no requirement for testing, then chemicals cannot be proven unsafe. Certainly, chemicals once presumed “safe” should be tested, and their use restricted if testing shows them to be unsafe.

Lawmakers agree TSCA is ripe for reform and negotiations are ongoing in the US Senate and House of Representatives. A major problem is that attempts to enact stringent “safe chemical” laws face strong opposition from the chemical industry both at federal and state levels. This results in compromise bills that appear to improve safety, but in many ways are weakened to such a degree as to render them ineffective for the purposes of significantly protecting health.

Environmental advocates point to the difficulties in revising US chemicals policy at the federal and state levels as indicative of competing interests hindering the process of developing and enacting comprehensive chemicals policy reform. At the state level, environmental groups see revisions to the California Green Chemistry Initiative (CGCI) as eliminating and weakening important provisions that would make the law effective for regulating toxic substances.

Avoidance of toxins would be easier if our laws did not permit a wide range of toxic chemicals to be used without proper regulation.

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Genetically modified foods (GMOs) (soybeans above) are the most heavily sprayed of food crops.


Toxins to which we are routinely exposure abound and surround us daily. (That sounds alarmist, and perhaps it is!!). It almost seems like a conspiracy (and perhaps that’s true, too!).

What I mean is that when one looks around and examines the toxins to which we are exposed routinely, it begins to appear that we are being poisoned intentionally. I don’t mean to suggest that someone decided we all needed a certain amount of poison daily (not unlike King Mithridates intentionally exposing himself to poisons in order to immunize himself from them in A.E. Houseman’s poem “A Shropshire Lad”).

Instead, it appears that high-level decisions made in the past (and some in the recent past) based on then-current knowledge (or no knowledge) have not been reviewed in the wake of newer, more current knowledge. That is shameful, harmful, and unnecessary. We thereby are exposed to toxic substances known to cause harm and in mixtures magnifying adverse effects in unexpected ways.

Here is a partial list of toxic substances to which routinely we are exposed:

• GMO foods and seeds (e.g., soybeans, corn, canola)

• Pesticides

• Herbicides (including RoundUp and 2,4-D)

• Fluoride (toxin halogen)

• Chorine (another toxic halogen)

• Bromine (halogen used in brominated flame retardants and certain foods)

Pthalates (plastic softeners used in vinyl, cosmetics, and thousands of other applications)

Plastics (endocrine disruptors) (especially avoid consuming foods or liquids from plastic or plastic-lined containers)

• Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame / Nutrasweet, Splenda / Sucralose, Saccharin)

• Brominated Vegetable Oils (BVO)

• Household Chemicals (containing too many toxins to list individually)

• Lawn and Garden Chemicals

• Fracking Chemicals (typically not required to be disclosed)

• Food Additives (including artificial colorings, flavoring, and preservatives)

• Toxic Foods. A list of toxic “foods” may differ depending on individuals’ sensitivities, but for many people these are commonly toxic: wheat and/or wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, soy foods, etc. There are a few recent instances where harmful “foods” or ingredients have been banned (think partially hydrogenated oils), typically years after scientific studies indicated their toxicity.

• Endocrine Disruptors: A major health hazard is consuming foods or liquids from plastic or plastic-lined containers. Everyone knows about the dangers of bisphenol A, but that is just one of many of ingredients in plastics and resins exhibiting hormone mimicking effects in the body. In fact, endocrine disruptors are everywhere in our environment.

We are routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors not only because of the ubiquity of plastics, but also because many other substances (pesticides, heavy metals, phthalates, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) (e.g., in non-stick cookware) disrupt endocrine function. This is just one of 800-pound gorillas sitting in the room. Science has shown the dangers of endocrine disruptors, but minimal efforts have been implemented to act upon this knowledge.

Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, et al. is a tour de force examination of the scientific studies proving the adverse effects of endocrine disruptors. Lindsey Berkson’s Hormone Deception offers practical steps you can take to protect yourself from them endocrine disruptors.

• Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). As the world becomes ever more wired, studies are conclusively showing the adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields on human health. This topic is large enough to be subject of a future blog article.

However, there are things you can do to reduce EMF exposure, including: limiting mobile-phone use and talk time, using a speaker phone or headset for extended conversations, keeping routers and hotspots far away from users, disconnecting networks when not in use, keeping bedrooms free from electronic devices (e.g., at night), and avoiding use of devices while they download large amounts of data.

You can test the field strength of computers, laptops, “smart meters,” and wireless devices using a TriField Meter (or similar). Many different types of devices exist for homes, offices, and mobile devices that are designed to counteract the adverse effects of EMFs. Consider trying one to reduce the adverse effects of EMFs.


I re-emphasize that by themselves, any one of these substances may only be mildly toxic. But when you add them up and consider their combined effects (which better reflects the reality of the environments in which most people live), they are a major force adversely affecting health. They contribute to a lack of optimal well-being, dis-ease, reduced quality of life, shortened lifespan, and earlier than necessary decline (e.g., disability, dis-ease, dementia, death).

The lack of consideration regarding the total toxic load to which the average person is exposed from unregulated chemicals and GMOs to toxins in air, water, and soil is one of the travesties of our time. Future generations will probably look at the 20th- and early 21st-century as a dark age filled with ignorance with respect to the widespread use and distribution of substances harming health.


There are several important steps you can take to avoid exposures to common toxins, and thereby reduce the total load on your body and detoxification organs.

• Consume Clean Foods and Water. This means eating 100% organic (or whenever possible), avoiding GMO foods, and usually shopping at natural foods stores or growing your own foods. It also means limiting processed foods, which are usually nutrient-depleted and filled with preservatives, additives, and fillers.

My list (above) includes many items you should avoid, but artificial sweeteners are absolutely to be avoided at all costs. This means no diet sodas containing aspartame and other artificial sweeteners (as if I needed to repeat this information). Stevia and certain sugar alcohols (polyols) like erythritol are healthier alternatives, if you must use a sweetener.

Water should always be filtered. Use an undersink, countertop, or whole-house filter or filtration system to remove/reduce chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, industrial contaminants, and other chemicals found in tap water.

Avoid plastic containers and cookware. Use glass, ceramic, stainless steel, or wood. Never use non-stick cookware. Avoid aluminum cookware.

• Clean Green. This means throwing out toxic household chemicals, including toxic cleansers and degreasers, tub and tile cleansers, glass cleaner, laundry detergents and fabric softeners (and chlorine bleach), kitchen and bathroom chemicals, etc. Replace these chemicals with natural substances baking soda, borax, vinegar, and lemon juice. In many instances, you can replace commercial products with natural products found in natural foods stores.

Read labels carefully. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient, it probably isn’t very natural and is most likely something to avoid.

• Take Care of your Body. Avoid toxic commercial personal care products. This includes most commercial soaps, shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, etc. Replace with non-t0xic equivalents found in natural foods stores or available online.

For example, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps offers personal care products that are much better than conventional commercial products. Uncle Harry’s Natural Products makes non-fluoridated toothpaste, organic toothpowders, and other natural products.

Use a shower-head filter, faucet filter, or whole-house filter to remove chlorine and other chemicals from shower and bath water.

• Home, Garden, and Garage. Throw out your pesticides and herbicides. Use natural alternatives like cedar oil (e.g., Red Texas Cedar), boric acid, diatomaceous earth, vinegar, or cayenne pepper (fresh, powder, or tincture). Weed by hand or use a weeder. Avoid gasoline fumes from mowers or leaf blowers. Instead use electric-powered tools and appliances.

Store paints, solvents, and automotive chemicals in minimal quantities and (as far as possible) away from where people and pets are likely to be exposed.

Place spa/pool water filters on garden hoses. A good spa/pool water filter will remove chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, and industrial contaminants from the water you use in your yard, garden, and for pets. It will help preserve the quality of your soil. I purchase PreFresh spa/pool filters by the case and these work nicely for all purposes. (Note: If you already have a whole house filter, you may not require additional filters attached to garden hoses. But it won’t hurt, either.)

• Think ‘Natural.’ While I’ve discussed foods, household cleaners, and personal products, I haven’t covered every conceivable instance where toxic exposure require avoidance. The key is to “think natural” and to apply a “natural” mindset toward every type of product, appliance, chemical, or item you purchase, use, or store. Ask questions like “Is this something potentially toxic?” and “Is it the most natural?”

Thinking “naturally” and applying a mental “filter” that emphasizes natural (e.g., versus untested, unregulated, synthetic chemicals) among the best means to help you to maintain the most natural lifestyle possible, and systematically avoid toxins. In fact, consciously “thinking natural” can help you more than almost any type of education (especially because most of us will never take a toxicology course) in keeping your life as natural as it can be.

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Avoid toxins in commercial household products by choosing natural alternatives.


Avoidance works extremely well when properly implemented. Today there are so many toxins in our environment that just avoiding toxic foods, household products, lawn and garden chemicals, and personal care products can mean significantly greater health for you and your loved ones.

Simply substituting natural foods and natural substances (e.g., simple, non-toxic cleaners like baking soda and vinegar) can means big differences in how you (and your loved ones) feel, look, perform, and live.

Avoidance is just one part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. The Rejuvenation Program is comprised of a series of practices, protocols, supplements, and health-building elements that together are designed to help create and support optimal health, healing, and well-being.

I hope you find this information useful and applicable. Avoiding and removing toxic substances from your life is one of several important foundational practices upon which stronger health can be created and maintained.


Preventing Toxicity: Rejuvenation Program, Part Two

HPDI Rejuvenation Program

Chemical & Environmental Toxicity Syndrome (supplement schedule)

Foundational Supplements

Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods

Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 formula)

Dr. Hank Liers Original Formulas

HPDI Main Site


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Our Stolen Future: Revisited 15 Years Later (video)

Hormone Deception

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DIY Natural Household Cleaners

Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors (EWG)