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BONE FRACTURES SUPPORT

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD bone fracturesSeveral years ago a customer asked me for a program that could be helpful to those suffering with bone fractures. A relative had been diagnosed with multiple bone fractures in his ankle.

Since I have been counseling individuals regarding natural treatments for supporting those with bone fractures and injury for many years, I was able to provide a comprehensive program that could be helpful in recovery. More recently, we have introduced products and tools that can be even more supportive. Therefore, in this article we are providing an update to the bone fractures program.

Clearly, the need for such a program is great. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about six million individuals suffer fractures each year in North America. In about 5–10 percent of cases, patients suffer either delayed healing or fractures that do not heal.

The problem of bone fractures is especially troubling for the elderly, many of whom suffer from osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and break more easily. For an older person, a fracture affects quality of life because it significantly reduces function and mobility, and requires an extended period of recuperation.

The bone fracture program set forth below also works well to support the healing of other types of bone problems, including broken bones, bone surgery, osteoporosis, and wisdom tooth removal.

THE BONE FRACTURE PROGRAM

IMPORTANCE OF FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

The first element of the program consists of Foundational Supplements. This group of supplements ensures the body is being supplied with all of the basic elements needed for optimal function. The primary foundational supplements consists of 1) a therapeutic multivitamin and mineral formula, 2) a complete buffered Vitamin C with antioxidants formula, 3) an essential fatty acids supplement, and 4) a high-RNA superfoods formula.

Our Foundational Supplements are described in great detail on the HPDI website where we provide a free downloadable e-book “The Need for Foundational Supplements” (.pdf). Suffice it to say that the foundational supplements are a essential part of the program that ensure healing will take place quickly and effectively. I encourage everyone to become familiar with this information as foundational supplements are basic to any wellness or healing program.

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ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS ARE CRITICAL FOR HEALING BONE FRACTURES

The second element of the program for healing bone fractures consists of Enhancement Formulas that strengthen the body as it relates to dealing with the damaging effects of bone fractures. These include a Vitamin D3 formula with the synergistic nutrients of Vitamin A and Vitamin K2 that are required for the rebuilding of bone as well as strengthening the body in many other ways. The HPDI Vitamin D3 Plus formula to designed to specifically address this need.

A second Enhancement Formula in this program is our comprehensive Bone Guardian formula that is based upon micronized veal bone that provides hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2). Hydroxyapatite is the basic component of human bone that is 50% by volume and 70% by weight. Whereas the Vitamin D3 Plus formula builds the bone matrix, the Bone Guardian fills in the matrix with materials such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, boron, zinc, manganese, copper, silica, and strontium. HPDI sells Bone Guardian in both the tablet and capsule forms. The capsule form may be better for older people who are able to absorb capsules better than tablets.

A third Enhancement Formula to the program is additional amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to participate in every step of the process of building collagen, which is a key component of bone. Vitamin C has been shown to increase bone mass density. We recommend slowly increasing your intake of buffered Vitamin C until you reach your bowel tolerance. This can be accomplished by increasing your intake of HPDI’s foundational supplement PRO-C™ formula. The PRO-C has the added value of containing oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from grape seed, skin, & pulp. OPCs in the body are able to strongly crosslink and strengthen new and damaged collagen fibers needed needed to repair bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

SPECIFIC CONDITION FORMULAS TARGET BONE FRACTURES

The third element in the program are Specific Condition Formulas that directly address issues related to bone fractures. The first of these is the addition of a joint formula that allows the body to build and repair connective tissue and to significantly reduce inflammation in the area of bone fractures. In most cases of fractures there will be damaged ligaments and tendons as well as inflammation in the area.

HPDI’s Joint Health Formula includes the ingredients glucosamine hydrochloride, MSM, and sea cucumber (a significant source of chondroiten sulfate) in addition to anti-inflammatory substances such as turmeric extract, rutin, and grape extract (seed, pulp, and skin) that have been extremely helpful in both repairing connective tissue and reducing pain and inflammation.

A second strongly recommended condition-specific formula is proteolytic enzymes. Because it is highly likely in the case of bone fractures and injury that there is significant tissue damage, a formula with pancreatic and plant enzymes as well as anti-inflammatories can be extremely helpful is clearing out the damaged tissue. This gives the body the opportunity to begin the rebuilding process much sooner.

Our recommended PROLYT formula contains the proteolytic enzymes bromelain, trypsin (pancreatic enzyme), and chymotrypsin (pancreatic enzyme), and the polyphenols/bioflavonoids turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids), quercetin and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from grape extract. This formula when taken on an empty stomach between meals is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and goes to work cleaning up any damaged tissues in the area surrounding a fracture and assists in reducing pain and inflammation.

TOPICAL MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FOR PAIN AND RAPID HEALING

A final Specific Condition Formula that I highly recommend for healing bone fractures is to rub Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil on and surrounding the fracture area. Bones cannot heal without having adequate amounts of magnesium available. Unfortunately, many people are deficient in magnesium and even taking oral magnesium cannot easily provide sufficient amounts to an area with a bone fracture. Magnesium oil (mostly magnesium chloride) is quickly absorbed transdermally (via skin) and often can provide rapid healing and pain relief!

BODY pH COULD BE A FACTOR IN HEALING BONE FRACTURES

The processed food diets with a high protein and low vegetable content consumed by many people in the U.S. and elsewhere often produce conditions in the body of acidity. This in turn leads to decreased oxygenation of cells and encourages a greater amount of anaerobic processes in metabolism. In addition, when the body is acidic calcium can be taken from bones in order to balance the acidity. This can lead to poor healing of bone fractures.

In order to counter acidic conditions in the body we recommend the use of HPDI’s pH ADJUST formula. As a dietary supplement, take 1 gm (about a rounded ¼ tsp) in 4-8 ounces of purified water preferably away from food, or as directed by a health care professional.  For extremely acidic conditions, try 4–10 doses per day, depending on acidity level. Use pH paper to ensure pH levels remain balanced, and do not become too alkaline (alkalosis may occur above pH 8.2).

TESTING pH LEVELS: The best way to test pH levels is to use litmus paper, which HPDI offers in rolls (Hydrion brand) for this purpose. You can test salivary or urinary pH. In order to test salivary pH, simply use a small strip of pH paper to dip into a small amount of saliva. Advantages of pH paper include rapid results, ease of use, and cost effectiveness.

pH Paper bone fractures protocol

The color of the litmus paper indicates the pH level of the body fluid tested. Most litmus paper comes with an indicator chart showing colors corresponding to various pH levels. Alkaline states will generally produce a dark green, blue or purple color (most basic). Acidic states will range from yellow (most acidic) to light green.

Salivary pH and urinary pH are significantly affected by recent food consumption and other factors, so it it best to test pH hours after meals or in the morning when you awake. We prefer to measure urinary pH since results are more consistent. Measuring urinary pH is a simple as placing a few drops of urine on the paper or dipping the paper into a sample cup of fresh urine.

A consistent pH measurement of less than 7.0 indicates that you are too acidic (values less than 6.2 show extreme acidity). This indicates that you should consume more alkaline forming foods (usually vegetables) and/or take pH ADJUST. A single dose of pH ADJUST can change conditions in the body from acidic to alkaline within a few hours.

GENETIC VARIATIONS IN YOUR VITAMIN D RECEPTOR GENE (VDR) MAY BE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR

The VDR gene (contained in every cell of the body) provides instructions for making a protein called vitamin D receptor (VDR), which allows the body to respond appropriately to vitamin D. This vitamin can be acquired from foods in the diet or made in the body by exposure to from sunlight. Vitamin D is involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body, including calcium and phosphate, which are essential for the normal formation of bones and teeth. One of vitamin D’s major roles is to control the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the intestines into the bloodstream. Vitamin D is also involved in several process unrelated to bone formation.

VDR attaches (binds) to the active form of vitamin D, known as calcitriol. Calcitrol is produced in the body from Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in the liver and kidneys. The interaction with calcitriol allows VDR to partner with another protein called retinoid X receptor (RXR). The resulting complex of proteins then binds to particular regions of DNA, known as vitamin D response elements, and regulates the activity of vitamin D-responsive genes. By turning these genes on or off, VDR helps control calcium and phosphate absorption and other processes.

In recent years, genetic tests have become available that show VDR variations can cause serious conditions related to low bone density and other important body functions such a higher blood glucose levels or lower immune system function. If a person is having little success in healing bone fractures, it is possible that VDR variations are a key factor of causation.

In such cases, we recommend having genetic testing done to determine if VDR variations are present. Recently, HPDI has teamed with a genetic testing company (BodySync, Inc.) and sells the BodySync test kits on our Reseller site. Please click here to see our blog article regarding the BodySync genetic test. Among the genes tested for in the test are three variations of the VDR gene. Resellers can purchase the test kits directly from HPDI and retail customers can call us  (800-228-4265) to find out how we can help them get a test kit and support them with any associated counseling regarding the results.

SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENT SCHEDULE – BONE FRACTURES

I have included all of the above supplements including recommended dosages plus more related to having an excellent diet in the table provided below.

Description AM Noon PM Night Comments
PRO-C 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take with meals or with snack.
Bone Guardian 

Bone Guardian Caps (easier to absorb)

3 tabs

3 caps

 

3 caps

3 tabs

3 caps

Take with meals.

Take with meals.

Mighty Multi-Vite! or
Multi Two — Multivitamins
2 caps or
1 tab
2 caps or
1 tab
Take with meals.
Essential Fats plus E 2 softgel 2 softgel 2 softgel Take with meals.
PROLYT – Proteolytic Enzyme Formula 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals.
Buffered Vitamin C, Tablets — 1,000 mg (1 gm) or Powder (1/4 tsp = 1 gm) 2 tabs or
1/2 tsp
2 tabs or
1/2 tsp
2 tabs or 1/2 tsp 2 tabs or 1/2 tsp Best with meals, but other times are okay. Start with 2 tabs or 1/2 tsp twice per day and add another 2 tabs or 1/2 tsp every few days until you are taking 8 tabs or 2 tsp per day.
Vitamin D3 Plus 5,000 IU 1 softgel 1 softgel Take with meals. Reduce to 1 softgel after 2 months.
Joint Health Formula 2 caps 2 caps 2 caps Take between meals and away from Bone Guardian.
Magnesium Oil 10 pumps 10 pumps 10 pumps 10 pumps Spray on affected area – or nearby area.
Rejuvenate! Plus or
Rejuvenate! (original)
1 scoop 1 scoop Take as a meal by itself or with fruit/berries.

ADDITIONAL NUTRIENTS FOR BONE FRACTURES

Additional nutrients that may be helpful include pH ADJUST (to balance excess acidity in the body),  Warrior Mist™ for pain relief (rub on adjacent area several times daily), Echinacea (as drops or capsules), N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine – NAC (2 gms per day), Progesterone Cream – for women (1/4–1/2 tsp twice daily), and Prescript-Assist™ probiotics (2 capsules daily) if on antibiotics.

PROPER DIET IS ESSENTIAL

Consume a diet that provides good amounts of protein which is needed by the body to support the healing of bone fractures. Eat meats, poultry and fish (e.g., sardines, salmon, mackerel) in the amount of a 5–10 ounces per day. Ensure a good intake of organic vegetables, including high levels of dietary fiber. Drink 16 oz per day of fresh vegetable juices from carrot, celery, beets, cabbage, etc.

Other healthy foods (preferably organic) include 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 — 2 or 4 ounces — are good). Try eating Hank’s Vegetable Soup several times a week. Avoid all sweets (sugar), processed/refined foods (white bread and pasta), preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors. Vary your diet.

HYDROTHERAPY (WATER THERAPY) FOR BONE FRACTURES

An additional treatment that can be useful is hydrotherapy. In particular, hot and cold showers are a very effective way to move the blood and create circulation. This can speed up both detoxification and delivery of healing nutrients to the area of a bone fracture. Here’s how to do this. Once daily, take a complete hot and cold shower. You will start with hot water for one minute, then cold for one minute. Repeat this seven (7) times so the shower should last about 15 minutes.

Another time, daily, you can perform a complete hot and cold shower routine again or a partial one just applying the water directly to or near the area where there is a bone fracture. While you are doing both hot and cold showers, pay special attention to any affected area and massage it as vigorously as is safe and comfortable. If a shower is impossible, then alternate hot packs and ice packs on the area of the bone fracture.

BONE FRACTURES – CONCLUSION

By following the recommendations and suggested supplement schedule, healing time for bone fractures can be significantly reduced and fractures may heal more completely with fewer complications. By ensuring your body receives the proper nutrients it needs to heal itself, and by engaging in other relevant practices (e.g., hydrotherapy), you and/or your loved ones may be able to deal with bone fractures successfully, and continue a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

REJUVENATION PROGRAM PART 6 (INCLUDES HYDROTHERAPY)

REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS

ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™

“FRED’S FAVORITE VEGETABLE JUICE RECIPE: ‘THE DOCTOR'”

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EFFECTIVE PAIN RELIEF STRATEGIES WITH WARRIOR MIST

Fred Liers PhD warrior mist effective pain reliefI am excited this month to talk about Warrior Mist, which is an all-natural skin, muscle, and joint support formula. Warrior Mist is a topical formula that is my go-to-product for effective pain relief.

Warrior Mist is highly effective for pain. Indeed, my father Dr. Hank Liers formulated it for rapid pain relief, naturally. Many health care professionals find it useful for their clients.

Being applied topically on skin, Warrior Mist acts quickly at the pain source to stop it. Topical application is an advantage when it comes to rapid relief.

Warrior Mist topical effective pain relief

Warrior Mist comes in a pump-spray glass bottle.

NATURAL INGREDIENTS FOR EFFECTIVE PAIN RELIEF

Beyond its effectiveness against pain, what I like about Warrior Mist is that it contains all-natural ingredients. What does that mean? Most of its ingredients are herbal like peppermint oil, lavender oil, and organic coconut and olive oils.

Warrior Mist contains: DMSO (99.999% pure), peppermint oil (the source of menthol in the product), organic olive oil, distilled water, MSM, magnesium chloride, lemon oil, lavender oil, and organic coconut oil.

Warrior Mist contains no harsh chemicals or synthetic preservatives (like parabens, dimethicone, or phenoxyethanol). What else would you expect from a formulator like Dr. Hank Liers or a company like Health Products Distributors?

For anyone who cares about NOT putting toxic chemicals on their skin, Warrior Mist is a high-purity formula worthy of consideration. It is a pure, simple, and effective formula.

Warrior Mist comes in a spray bottle made of glass, not plastic. Shake it, then spray it. Gently massage the area of application to assist absorption. That’s all there is to it.

WARRIOR MIST APPLICATIONS FOR PAIN

Warrior Mist is effective for many applications, including pain relief for joints (wrists, elbows, knees, ankles), bruises and scratches, as well as insect bites and skin irritations. I occasionally I spray it directly into my mouth for throat relief, especially in winter or during allergy season (although technically it is not for internal use).

AIKIDO

I practice aikido, which can stress joints, especially wrists. Most aikido techniques involve grips that can become throws. There are also strikes, counterstrikes, blocks, falls, rolls, wrist breaks (escapes), and other movements.

Aikido is safe when practiced carefully. Yet, many techniques can lead to bumps, bruises, strains, sprains, and soreness. Warrior Mist helps me (and others) a lot. In fact, I donated a bottle of Warrior Mist to the dojo, so it’s there for anyone who needs it.

I am not sure what I would do for routine aches and pains without Warrior Mist. Sometimes just having relief after an aikido workout makes a big difference in my day.

My eight-year-old son also practices aikido in the same dojo. I feel confident using Warrior Mist on him because it is a safe, natural product that works.

I also practice yoga. Yoga rarely results in the types of minor injuries I experience from aikido. Yet, for times when I overstretch a muscle or overdo a pose, I reach for Warrior Mist for rapid, effective pain relief.

HIKING

I enjoy hiking. We live on the edge of a desert wilderness north of Tucson, Arizona. There are cactus, thick brush, thorny bushes, and biting insects like ants and scorpions. Many hikes involve at least a few thorns, scrapes, or mild soreness. Warrior Mist helps with these.

I have used Warrior Mist for bee and scorpion stings, ant bites, scrapes, cuts, small puncture wounds (e.g., from cactus spines), as well as skin irritations of various kinds.

In fact, there are few types of pain I have found Warrior Mist doesn’t mitigate. I use it for shoulder pain, neck pain, and lower back pain when it occurs. I notice the sooner I get Warrior Mist on the affected area, the faster I experience relief.

I don’t personally suffer from headaches, but friends who do tell me Warrior Mist helps them a lot. One of the ingredients is magnesium chloride, which is known to help ease headaches, including migraine headaches. Gently rub Warrior Mist around temples, forehead, or base of the neck.

Pain relief is not always immediate when using Warrior Mist. Yet, I know from experience how much it helps. The ingredients it contains support healing, too. Be patient, give it time, and allow it to work. That is exactly what I do sometimes.

AROUND HOUSE, YARD, AND GARDEN

Warrior Mist is ideal to keep in the house for everyday bumps and bruises like stubbed toes, bruised shins, or skinned knees. We find it useful after yardwork or gardening. You can spray it directly on an area, or else spray it into your hand first (after shaking the bottle), and then rub it into an affected area.

I know of two people who use Warrior Mist for pain in the tailbone (coccyx), the final segment of the vertebral column. Tailbone pain for them was originally caused by falling. One person fell from a horse and the other off a skateboard. While these injuries are structural, Warrior Mist provides significant relief. The reduction in pain helps daily function and facilitates sleep.

WARRIOR MIST FOR PETS

Warrior Mist is safe for use with pets. In fact, it was originally formulated for pets with the help of a veterinarian. You can feel confident using Warrior Mist on pets, large and small. It is ideal for use on dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals. Many veterinarians use Warrior Mist in their clinics for effective pain relief.

If you are a veterinarian, consider using Warrior Mist for your pet patients.

PROFESSIONAL USES

My wife Stefanie is a practicing acupuncturist. She uses and recommends Warrior Mist for her clients.

She frequently uses Warrior Mist in her practice for knee pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. What she often does is mix about five sprays (pumps) of Warrior Mist with about ten sprays of Magnesium Oil along with a dime-sized amount of carrier oil (like organic jojoba oil or coconut oil) in her palm.

She mixes the liquids in her palm (for amounts up to one tablespoon), but it can be mixed and stored a small container. For greater amounts, the ratios remain the same – about 2:1 Magnesium Oil to Warrior Mist – with correspondingly higher amounts of carrier oil. This is an excellent mixture because it combines the benefits of Warrior Mist and Magnesium Oil.

There is a slight chemical reaction that occurs when Warrior Mist mixes with Magnesium Oil. It is actually a warming effect. Stefanie likes it because the mixture is then applied warm, which relaxes muscles and opens pores for better absorption. No “warm up” is necessary and clients seem to appreciate the mixture’s warmth.

The mixture (of Warrior Mist, Magnesium Oil, and carrier oil) may be applied directly on affected areas with high rates of success. Clients themselves can obtain Warrior Mist and Magnesium Oil to make this mixture at home. Using a carrier oil is helpful, but not required because Warrior Mist contains organic coconut and olive oils.

Warrior Mist Magnesium Oil effective pain relief

Warrior Mist works well mixed with Ancient Minerals magnesium oil.

Stefanie also finds Warrior Mist useful for clients suffering from headaches. In addition, she will apply straight Warrior Mist to the throat, lymph nodes, or upper chest area for clients dealing with respiratory issues. Indeed, she applies it to these areas on herself when she feels she may be fighting or coming down with something.

Use Warrior Mist on clean, dry, lotion-free skin. The DMSO in the formula acts as a solvent carrying substances on skin into the body. This allows natural ingredients in the formula to penetrate into painful areas. Wash hands and the application area (or wipe with a damp cloth) before treatment. Avoid using carrier oils with toxic ingredients (like synthetic preservatives) that could be pulled into the body.

Stefanie tells her clients not to put anything on their skin that they would not eat. That is, use only natural oils and products containing ingredients that are natural and organic. A useful resource to determine what products are most natural is the Skin Deep Database on the Environmental Working Group website (www.ewg.org).

If you are a health care professional who deals with clients requiring pain relief, please contact HPDI to request a sample bottle of Warrior Mist. See how well this effective pain relief formula works for your clients.

Warrior Mist effective pain relief

Wash hands, shake bottle, then spray on clean, dry skin. Massage area to assist absorption.

WARRIOR MIST FOR ATHLETES AND SPORTS

One group of people who love Warrior Mist is athletes, especially runners, triathletes, and other endurance athletes. Warrior Mist is useful for nearly all sports, including contact sports.

HPDI’s sponsored athlete, pro cyclist Irena Ossola, uses Warrior Mist regularly, especially during races and high-intensity training. She incorporates it into the sports massage she receives with reportedly good effects. She also states that it helps her with recovery.

Irena occasionally crashes her bicycle. This remains a hazard in her sport, she says. However, Warrior Mist has done much to help her joints, road rash and other abrasions, sore muscles, and to speed her recovery.

For purposes of athletes, the magnesium chloride in Warrior Mist can help support muscle health and recovery, and provide effective pain relief.

WARRIOR MIST SUMMARY

Dr. Hank Liers designed Warrior Mist as a natural formula containing ingredients known for providing effective pain relief. Given its wide applicability, topical application, natural ingredients, and proven history of use, Warrior Mist is ideal for personal use by consumers and in clinical settings for clients who require effective pain relief.

Warrior Mist is one of the most natural, effective pain relief products available to heath care professionals and consumers alike.

Warrior Mist comes in a 30 ml (1 oz) spray bottle which provides hundreds of applications. A single bottle typically lasts about two months.

Directions: Shake bottle before applying. Wash hands before and after use. Apply in a thin layer to a clean, dry, and lotion-free area needing support. Shave thick hair that may prevent absorption by the skin. Gently massage the area of application to assist absorption. Re-apply as needed 3–4 times daily. (Contains DMSO, a known solvent.)

BEYOND WARRIOR MIST: WARRIOR SLEEP & WARRIOR ENERGY

Warrior Mist is one of three Warrior Health products offered by Health Products Distributors. Dr. Hank Liers formulated these Warrior products, all of which are topicals requiring ultra-low doses (ULD) by design: Warrior Mist, Warrior Sleep, and Warrior Energy.

Warrior Mist Sleep Roll-On Energy effective pain relief

Warrior Mist, Warrior Sleep, and Warrior Roll-On Energy are topical formulas.

Warrior Sleep (9 ml) is an effective, natural sleep and relaxation formula having no drug-like side effects (compared to conventional sleep aids). Like Warrior Mist, you apply Warrior Sleep directly to skin (transdermal application) for rapid absorption. Warrior Sleep incorporates four natural ingredients for sleep: lavender oil, roman chamomile, magnesium, and melatonin. It uses DMSO and natural oils to carry these rest promoters into the body. Warrior Sleep contains: DMSO (99.999% pure), olive oil, distilled water, MSM, magnesium oil, lavender oil, lecithin, roman chamomile oil, coconut oil, and melatonin.

Warrior Sleep

Warrior Sleep is an effective topical relaxation and sleep formula.

Warrior Roll-On Energy (9 ml) is a unique topical roll-on energy product. It is formulated to provide five hours of mental and physical enhancement. One bottle will last 30 days when used twice daily. Warrior Roll-On Energy contains: DMSO (99.999% pure), organic aloe vera gel (inner fillet), distilled water, organic extra virgin olive oil, peppermint oil, magnesium chloride with trace ocean minerals, MSM, organic coconut oil, caffeine (80% from green tea), soy lecithin (high phosphatide and 98% oil free), glutathione (reduced), Vitamin B6 (from pyridoxal-5’-phosphate), Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), and Folinic Acid (from calcium folinate).

Warrior_Roll-On_Energy Warrior Sleep

Warrior Sleep and Warrior Roll-On Energy contain built-in roll-on applicators.

I use all three Warrior products depending on daily needs. Warrior Sleep is an effective sleep aid, but is also effective for relaxation or applied before bedtime to prepare for sleep. I apply to the neck base, upper throat, and temples. We have noticed it nourishes and smooths facial skin. This is due to its synergistic blend of ingredients, including melatonin, MSM, and organic carriers oils.

Warrior Roll-On Energy is uniquely energizing. It differs dramatically from most energy products, or coffee, tea, or chocolate. The formula utilizes ultra-low dose (ULD) technology to carry energizing ingredients (including caffeine from green tea) rapidly into the body. Yet, unlike caffeinated drinks, users typically experience no let down or rapid drop in energy after using it. Warrior Roll-On Energy provides non-jarring, sustained energy during the day (up to six hours).

Health Care Professionals: Please contact HPDI (1-800-228-4265) to request sample(s) of Warrior Mist, Warrior Sleep, Warrior Roll-On Energy, or other products in which you are interested.

RESOURCES

HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

Warrior Mist: Creating an Effective Pain Relief Formula

Super Remedies for Stings and Bites

PRODUCTS

Warrior Mist

Warrior Sleep

Warrior Roll-On Energy

Warrior Products

Magnesium Oil

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Warrior Mist™: Creating an Amazing Pain Relief Formula

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD pain relief warrior mistFour years ago I attended a business meeting in which we were discussing the subject of topical pain relief and formulas that could be used for this purpose. We were considering the use of a formula that a local doctor had developed that contained the ingredients dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), peppermint oil, and dimethylsulfone (MSM). During our discussion when it became clear that the local doctor’s formula would not be made available to our group, I quickly volunteered to develop a topical pain relief formula.

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

Over the past twenty years I had formulated and refined several hundred nutritional products, but had not developed a topical pain relief formula. However, in my kitchen research laboratory I had concocted and refined a wide variety of formulas including those for pain relief.

Warrior Mist

Ingredients I had used in developing pain relief formulas include DMSO; chlorella and chlorella growth factor; herbs such as cayenne, aloe vera, arnica, and St. John’s Wort; essential oils such as peppermint (including menthol crystals), wintergreen, lavender, and lemon; the ingredients in Dr. Richard Schulze’s deep tissue massage oil (includes olive oil, wintergreen oil, peppermint oil, cayenne, ginger root, arnica flowers, St. John’s Wort flowers, marigold flowers, and comfrey); coconut oil; MSM; and magnesium chloride.

Before selecting ingredients for the pain relief formula, I established a list of goals for it. I felt the formula should meet these goals:

  • Provide effective temporary pain relief
  • Provide longer lasting pain relief (hours versus minutes)
  • Act fast (should give pain relief within minutes of application)
  • Use natural ingredients
  • Be completely safe (in contrast to many oral pain killers)
  • Smell good
  • Feel pleasant on the skin
  • Exhibit healing qualities regarding the causes of pain
  • Have inherent antimicrobial properties

In addition, I was seeking an ultra low-dose transdermal formula. Transdermal application means the ingredients go directly where they need to go to deal with localized pain. Unlike capsules or tablets, when using transdermal application the ingredients avoid dilution in the digestive tract and processing by the liver, and immediately go to work. Because of the effectiveness of the carrier ingredients and active ingredients, you would need just a few (2–4) drops per use. This means hundreds of applications per one ounce bottle. This means both effectiveness and cost effectiveness!

Ideally, the formula would use a base starting mix of ingredients that function as transdermal carriers and in addition possess a broad range of characteristics (pain killers, antioxidants, oxygen transporters, antiinflammtories, blood flow enhancers, etc.) These could include: 1) dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), 2) Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), 3) Ancient Minerals magnesium chloride (hexahydrate) including over 50 trace minerals (found in sea water), 4) Organic extra virgin olive oil (full of antioxidants), 5) Organic coconut oil (a powerful antimicrobial), 6) Aloe vera, and 6) Distilled water.

An interesting thing about this starting mix is that the combination of ingredients are totally compatible with each other which is not obvious initially. For example, DMSO (a liquid) and MSM (a powder) mix well together and have been called an oxygen transport system in the body. Water and DMSO are totally miscible and when mixed together form a eutectic mixture that can substantially lower the freezing point of the ingredients.

The oils in coconut oil also are partially miscible in DMSO and the combination also leads to the depression of the freezing point of the mixture. Oleic acid, the primary ingredient in olive oil is totally miscible in DMSO. Thus it appears that this combination of ingredients could act as an excellent carrier of the active pain killers deeply into the tissues in a local area.

The formula should have essential oils chosen primarily for their affect on pain. These are already considered to be ultra low-dose ingredients in the field of Aromatherapy. In addition, essential oils provide antimicrobial protection to the formula. For example, my initial choice for essential oils in Warrior Mist was peppermint oil (containing about 45% menthol) and lavender oil as pain killers, lemon oil as emulsifier, and all three both as good smelling ingredients and antimicrobials. Interestingly, subsequent microbiological testing has shown that there are absolutely no microbes of any kind in the product.

Initially, I selected chlorella growth factor (CGF) as an additional ingredient that can stimulate healing on a local level using very small amounts. However, due to availability issues with this ingredient, CGF has recently been eliminated from the formula. I chose Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil as an active ingredient because it provides healing properties at the local level when used transdermally.

I chose not to add Aloe Vera to this formula as it added more volume than wanted and diluted some of the other ingredients. (I did use Aloe vera in my Warrior Energy product that I formulated later in order to reduce the sensation of burning).

THE FORMULA

All of the above ingredients are natural and extremely safe! Below I will discuss each of the included ingredients in some detail.

COMPOSITION / INGREDIENTS: DMSO (99.999% pure), peppermint oil (containing about 45% menthol), organic olive oil, distilled water, MSM, magnesium chloride (hexahydrate), lemon oil, lavender oil, and organic coconut oil.

DMSO Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a by-product of the wood industry, has been in use as a commercial solvent since 1953. DMSO is found as an ingredient in numerous foods including sauerkraut, tomato paste, milk, beer, coffee, tea and in forage crops such as alfalfa.

Furthermore, in 125 countries throughout the world doctors prescribe it for a variety of issues, including inflammation. DMSO has been used widely as a carrier in topical analgesic formulas. Laboratory studies have shown that DMSO is able to block peripheral nerve C fibers. Burns, cuts, and sprains have been treated with DMSO. Relief is reported to be almost immediate, lasting up to 6 hours. DMSO reduces inflammation by several mechanisms. It is an antioxidant, a scavenger of the free radicals that gather at the site of injury.

Studies have shown DMSO to be one of the safest ingredients known with a toxicity similar to that of water. DMSO has long been used to promote healing both in animals and humans. Those who have used it for minor cuts and burns report that recovery is speedy. Several studies have documented DMSO use with soft tissue damage, local tissue death, skin ulcers, and burns. Applied topically and repeatedly, DMSO flattens the raised, nodular, lobed liner mass of scar tissue in keloids and acne.

MSM MSM is a naturally occurring nutrient found in normal human diets. In the body DMSO and MSM, which form each other, are indistinguishable in their biochemical effects. They reach a equilibrium distribution between them that is dependent on the local body chemistry, and is independent of which one you start with.

The metabolic enhancement mechanism of MSM and DMSO is that of an exceptionally effective oxygen transport system. This system is made particularly effective by the feature that both DMSO and MSM are highly soluble in both oil and water. MSM makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and allowing wastes and toxins to properly flow out. The body uses MSM along with Vitamin C to create new healthy cells, and MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells. Without proper levels of MSM, our bodies are unable to build healthy cells, and this leads to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, hardened arteries, damaged lung tissues, dry cracking skin, digestive disorders, joint problems, and inability to defend against allergic reactions to food, animals and plants.

The applications of MSM include pain control (analgesic), inflammation control, dilation of blood vessels, increased blood flow, reduced muscle spasm, altering the crosslinking process in collagen (e.g., reducing scar tissue,) anti-parasitic effects (particularly against Giardia), and immune normalizing effects. MSM has a unique ability to pass through cellular membranes (including skin).

Peppermint Oil The primary constituent of peppermint oil is menthol (about 45%), which causes a physical reaction when inhaled or applied to the skin. Menthol produces an immediate and pronounced sensation of coolness that effects the body quite noticeably, and creates a “warming effect” as blood flows into the area of application. In this regard menthol is regarded as a counter-irritant and is an active ingredient approved by FDA in OTC topical analgesic products.

Peppermint oil can be used externally for providing relief from pain. Peppermint oil increases your immunity. It also improves blood circulation. Additional conditions for the use of peppermint oil include: acne, asthma, colds, cramps, dermatitis, exhaustion, influenza, headache, insect bites, mental fatigue, migraine, nausea, nerve pain, neuralgia, poor circulation, and respiratory disorders.

Lavender Oil Lavender oil helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. Because it induces sleep, it is often recommended for insomnia.

Lavender oil is also an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil provides relief from pain in the joints.

Lavender oil is also good for improving blood circulation in the body. The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin conditions, including acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly because it aids in the formation of scar tissues. It is also effective against insect bites. The oil also repels mosquitoes and moths.

Lemon Oil Lemon oil is powerfully astringent and antiseptic. Lemon oil is detoxifying and is therefore good for blemishes associated with oily skin. Lemon oil is a powerful antioxidant and is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system.

It’s been long known that lemon oil is anti-infective, antibacterial (especially with spores), and antiviral. It can function as a disinfectant and exerts vitamin P-like action for improving microcirculation, promotes white blood cell formation, and improves immune function. It has also been widely used in skin care to cleanse skin and reduce wrinkles.

Magnesium Chloride Magnesium chloride (hexahydrate) applied to the skin is an effective means for increasing magnesium levels in the body, and is particularly useful for relieving sore muscles and joints, and reducing pain related to functional magnesium deficiency. It is also proven for use in helping to calm “nerves” and reduce systemic bodily stress.

Because the magnesium targets muscle tissues, it is thereby especially useful for replenishing depleted soft tissues and helping restore proper function. Magnesium is necessary for the production of energy in the body. When the body receives adequate amounts of magnesium, it can produce the levels of energy required to sustain the body and enable it to thrive. Magnesium chloride is proven for use in a variety of general applications, including bruises, cramps, muscle tension, and migraine headaches.

Olive Oil Used as a base and mixed with other essential oils, olive oil makes a wonderful oil for skin health. In fact, it has been touted as one of the oldest healing and beauty techniques. A biblical reference from about 493 BCE documents the daily massage with olive oil and other oils as a part of the beauty regimen.

Coconut Oil Coconut oil is a superb skin lotion because it both nourishes skin and is naturally anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal due to its high content of medium chain triglycerides.

OUR EXPERIENCES

The first batch of Warrior Mist was made by me in my kitchen in May of 2011 using ingredients I had on hand, weighed out using a microbalance I owned, and combined in a small glass jar.

My partners and I tested the mixture and found that it worked well as a pain killer. I was able to source all of the ingredients rather quickly and soon found a company willing to produce and bottle the formula.

We produced our first batch in August 2011 and began selling the product in amber glass dropper bottles at Kiosks in shopping malls. We found that the results obtained for pain relief were exactly what we were hoping for – fast acting (usually within a few minutes), long lasting (up to 8 hours), and widely applicable to many different types of pain.

We also discovered that Warrior Mist had no side effects. None of the ingredients in Warrior Mist are known to have any side effects in regular use, especially at the lower dosages made possible through transdermal use.

Soon we were selling Warrior Mist at sporting events such as marathons and triathlons. Users were getting amazing results and testimonials were flooding in. We quickly realized that we had a very special product on our hands and moved quickly to make it broadly available through radio and TV ads.

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TESTIMONIALS

One of our earliest and most amazing testimonials for Warrior Mist is given below:

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Another early testimonial that gave us a clue as to just how effective Warrior Mist is:

“I admit to being very skeptical, however, a few minutes after applying Warrior Mist to my hands and wrists, the pain was gone! Shocking! Nothing, and I seriously mean nothing, had ever worked before. Now I can drive without pain, type without pain, do housework without pain, garden without pain, and do household repairs without pain. I’ve suffered from devastating chronic pain for 35 years. My life had become so limited. Warrior Mist will not only help me, but my husband will also be unburdened from having to do everything for me!”
Laura C., PhD/PH

Here is a testimonial from a person who manufactures Warrior Mist for us:

I have been using Warrior Mist for over a year now and it has been truly a God send. I use the Mist for my migraines and my back. I have a slipped disk and when I do certain things to irritate it, it is like disturbing a bee’s nest. I have been in bed for two days now and the only thing that alleviates the pain enough for me to stay comfortable is the Warrior Mist. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for creating this wonderful product.
Kellie K.

Here’s a representative testimonial from an online buyer:

I recently purchased the Warrior Mist Pain Reliever and found that it works great. The nice thing about this product is that it has a very pleaseant smell and doesn’t leave you feeling like your wearing a pain relieving product. Putting this product on and then going to bed really helps with a good nights sleep as I used to wake up half way through the night in pain again.
Kimberly S.

Here’s another testimonial from an online buyer:

As a retired police detective with 32 years on the job I have a lot of aches and pains in every joint in my body. My wife and I have tried every external pain reliever on the market with little to no results. My order came yesterday so I tried it on my wife who has some nerve pain in her upper back. Within 15 minutes she told me her back actually felt better. I had her put it on my lower back – always hurts after a work out. Almost instantly my back did not hurt and during the night it felt like I had an ice pack on my back.
Alan K.

Here’s a testimonial from an athlete:

I was about to compete in a race and sprained my ankle two days before. I had a cortisone shot and it didn’t work at all. I tried Warrior Mist and got instant and total relief! I was able to run the race. Great stuff!”
Jill P.,

My partner, Herb, has applied Warrior Mist to thousands of people at Kiosks, Rock & Roll Marathons, TriAthlete Events, and State Fairs. He has told me that frequently (many hundreds of times!!!) when someone came to him in pain and he convinced them to try it out, the typical reaction within just a few minutes of applying it is “It can’t be! – my pain is gone! – I don’t believe this!”

HOW TO MAXIMIZE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WARRIOR MIST

Warrior Mist LLC personnel have helped thousands of people in pain apply Warrior Mist on painful areas of their bodies. In about 99% of these cases people have experienced major pain relief within minutes. While doing this we have learned much about how to apply Warrior Mist in different pain situations in order to get the maximum benefit.

Our experience has shown us that surrounding the pain gives a superior results. By this we mean that whenever possible Warrior Mist should be applied above, below, to the sides, and behind the painful areas. The discussion below regarding a range of pain conditions gives further insight into what we mean by surrounding the pain.

Plantar FasciitisApply Warrior Mist to the area giving you pain, generally speaking where the heel meets the arch of your foot, but also surround the pain by applying it around the area and on top of the foot as well.

Knee PainMost of the time we find that sufferers feel the pain on the front of the knee or side (like a torn meniscus). Of course apply the Warrior Mist there, but we have found that surrounding the pain by applying on the back of the knee makes the pain simply disappear.

Lower Back PainSurround the pain. This means that most folks feel lower back pain in a specific spot, like the base of the spine in the lumbar. Apply Warrior Mist there of course, but also apply it across the width of the entire lower back to relieve the pain and reduce spasms that may be occurring.

SciaticaCharacterized by shooting pains down the leg, it is really important to use Warrior Mist at the root of the pain, the lower back. Apply on the lumbar, then to the side where the pain is shooting towards. It is usually unnecessary to apply Warrior Mist down the leg as this is referred pain from the lower back.

Headacheheadaches come in many forms and most folks mislabel them. Migraine is a common term but usually what we see when people come up to us at an event and complain of having a migraine it is either a tension related headache or one related to neck pain. True migraines are usually marked by seeing lines or squiggles and nausea including vomiting. If you suffer from true migraines, Warrior Mist can help if you get it on early enough, but in all honesty if you don’t the pain may be so intense that a prescription medication or injection might be in order. For the vast majority though, Warrior Mist will reduce or eliminate pain if used properly. As we always say, surround the pain. Apply to the back of the neck, behind the ears, and the temples. Relief should come on fast!

Shin SplintsSurround the pain by applying to the front of the leg, the shin itself, but also a bit behind the leg on the calf.

Restless Leg SyndromeWe have two suggestions to surround the pain and stop RLS from keeping you awake all night long. First, apply Warrior Mist directly to any pain or itching areas of your leg. Second, always apply it behind the knee as well. Customers tell us that this does the trick and they sleep all night long.

Neck PainThis one is easy; make sure you surround the pain by treating the entire back of your neck and not just one little area that hurts. Lots of neck pain is referred, meaning that you feel it in one place but it is coming from another. Also, always treat the neck when you are treating shoulder pain as well. Lots of that is referred as well.

Shoulder PainShoulder pain is hard to pinpoint because there are so many tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the shoulder. If you have a specific injury caused by, say throwing a baseball or lifting weights, then treat and surround the affected area. But, if you woke up one day and your shoulder started hurting for no apparent reason, treat the neck and then down the length of the shoulder including the rotator cuff.

Tennis/Golfers’ ElbowSurround the pain and apply Warrior Mist on the entire circumference of the elbow, inside and out to make sure to erase the pain!

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeSurround the pain by applying Warrior Mist to the carpal tunnel area itself and then around the circumference of the wrist front and back.

Hand Pain and Lack of MobilitySurround the pain by applying a few drops of Warrior Mist to the palm of your hand and the rubbing it all over both hands front and back much like old time movie and cartoon villains did. Think Snidely Whiplash in old Dudley Doright cartoon. Your hands are going to feel great in a minute and have greatly increased mobility!

Skin ConditionsThese are pretty easy to treat. Just apply Warrior Mist directly to the site of the irritation. Now, being realistic, look for immediate relief from the itching and pain, but the actual irritation make take some time and repeated applications to completely clear up. It varies from person to person.

ToothacheTip the bottle of Warrior Mist with your hand over the applicator and put one drop on the tip of your finger. Then, rub it around the base of the tooth and gum and feel the immediate relief. Oh, and it is going to taste very minty but not sweet. The taste will disappear in a minute or so but the relief will last for hours. Please remember, Warrior Mist does not cure dental disease. It is meant to relieve pain while you are waiting for an appointment with a dentist.

CONCLUSION

As can be seen from the testimonials and as we know from our firsthand experience, Warrior Mist is an amazingly effective topical pain relief formula. To me it is gratifying that I was able to meet all of my design goals for the product and that it has helped so many people deal with their pain.

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NUTRITIONAL APPROACHES SUPPORT THE BODY AGAINST VIRUSES

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD virus nutritional approaches

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“Flu season” is here. It’s hard to escape it—as evidenced by sick friends and coworkers—and maybe yourself or family members. Not to mention exhortations to get flu shots in the media and elsewhere.

Flu indeed dominates health news during the winter. This year it coincides with massive media coverage on the Ebola virus.

Are flu shots worth taking to protect against viral illness? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits the flu shot may not be effective this year.

In fact, the flu vaccine may offer offer little protection. There are simply too many influenza strains to cover. This year’s vaccine was in production when CDC realized the vaccine does not include the most virulent strain of the season.

What about protection against other viruses? There are thousands. Yet, there are many things you can do to ensure your body can defend itself.

From a perspective of natural healing, the best—and perhaps only—thing to do to combat viruses is establish good health and strong immunity, and then maintain them.

More specifically, natural nutritional approaches supporting the body against viruses include:

1) Establish solid foundational nutrition and optimal nutrients intake though diet and nutritional supplements

2) Build immunity by natural means, including specific immune-enhancing formulas.

3) Take appropriate natural antimicrobial (e.g., antiviral) supplements, including certain herbs, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients.

The list of approaches is not comprehensive. There exist other natural means supporting the body against viruses that are not specifically nutritional. For example, infrared saunas, hydrotherapy, and various forms of exercise support strong immunity and optimal health in the body. Many approaches are discussed in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program (see below) other than nutrition.

The Rejuvenation Program addresses various health-building practices, including preventing toxicity and detoxification (including related products like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula and Hepa Plus) that can powerfully support good health. However, this article primarily focuses on nutritional approaches supporting the body defending itself against viruses.

ESTABLISH POWERFUL NUTRITION SUPPORTING THE BODY AGAINST VIRUSES

Establishing and maintaining good nutrition is perhaps the highest priority item when seeking to build optimal health. The kind of health necessary to keep the body and its immune system strong when exposed to viruses.

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Hot herbal tea blends with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and lemon are helpful for winter flu and coughs.

THE HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

HPDI offers ideas and suggestions for establishing and maintaining good health and strong immunity that can help you fight viruses.

Many of the ideas and programs are found in detail in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. (You will hear a lot about that in this article.)

First and foremost, we believe health begins with diet and nutrition, including Foundational Supplements. This is the first part of the Rejuvenation Program.

HEALTHY DIET: WHOLE FOODS & SUPERFOODS

This article will not address diet in detail. However, the HPDI Rejuvenation Program generally emphasizes a balanced, varied diet, consisting of whole, high-density foods, including many vegetables and other plant foods. It favors organically grown and pesticide- and chemical-free foods. A certain level of raw foods is desirable.

The Rejuvenation Program is not prescriptive about what any given individual should eat. Individuals have different dietary needs depending on many factors, including age, level of exercise, blood type, metabolic type, food sensitivities, etc.

Certainly it is best to avoid consuming processed foods, refined foods, as well as high-sugar and other nutritionally depleted foods. In addition, the foods produced by industrial agriculture (i.e., foods containing synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified (GMO) foods are best avoided. In addition, ingredients like artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, as well as deleterious additives, fillers, excipients and other non-nutrients or anti-nutrients.

Important dietary recommendations in the Rejuvenation Program include consuming fresh vegetable juices and smoothies, high-density foods (like chia seeds), and relatively high levels of dietary nucleic acids (like those found in Rejuvenate! superfoods).

In summary, the HPDI Rejuvenation Program recommends:

– A Balanced Diet

– Organic and Wild-Crafted, Nutrient-Dense Whole Foods

– Fresh Juices & Smoothies made with Organic Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

– Dietary Nucleic Acids (RNA, DNA) from natural sources like chlorella

– Superfoods, especially Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (high-RNA formulas)

– Sufficient Dietary Fiber (also see Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula)

– Alkaline-Forming Diet (high in plant-based foods)

– Eating Right For Your Blood Type (O, A, B, or AB)

– Appropriate routines for individuals, including exercise, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, as well as relaxation/meditation/biofeedback.

IMPORTANCE OF FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

What distinguishes HPDI’s Rejuvenation Program from other health and wellness programs,  supplement systems, diets, or detoxification protocols is its emphasis on a complete system of nutritional supplements and a comprehensive approach to supporting optimal health and well-being.

MAJORITY OF PEOPLE NUTRITIONALLY DEFICIENT

Many people take a daily multivitamin or essential fats, for example. Yet, the fact remains most people do not obtain all the nutrition they require either from foods or from supplements. One reason is that many people do not know which supplements or group of supplements they should take that constitutes a complete nutritional supplement program. Or they may not know the deficiencies from which they suffer.

The majority of people are deficient in magnesium, iodine, vitamin D, Vitamin E, B vitamins, nucleic acids, and other critical nutrients. Only a minority of individuals realize they are deficient, and even fewer take advantage of the availability of supplements to correct deficiencies, including those related to diet and nutrition.

HPDI system of Foundational Supplements rests on four pillars: 1) Multivitamins, 2) Antioxidant/Vitamin C formulas, 3) Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) formulas, and 4) Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (providing therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids, which Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserts are nutrients essential for health).

HPDI offers multiple products in each category, all designed to provide high levels of essential nutrients. Among multivitamins, HPDI offers the Mighty Multi-Vite™ as a premier formula, but also offers products like Multi Two Tabs (which more economically provide similar levels of nutrients).

Likewise, HPDI offers Ultimate Protector and PRO-C™ as our premium antioxidant & Vitamin C formulas. Yet, we also offer Buffered-C (tablets) and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) capsules that offer economy and potency.

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HPDI Foundational Supplements are multivitamins, antioxidants/Vitamin C, essential fats, and Rejuvenate! superfoods.

Dietary nucleic acids are considered by many to be essential nutrients for health. HPDI currently offers three versions: Rejuvenate! PLUS, Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). Rejuvenate! superfoods are discussed in greater detail in Part Three and Part Four of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. (Note: Rejuvenate! PRO and Rejuvenate! Strawberry–Peach Protein Plus are not currently available.)

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Rejuvenate! superfoods vary in taste and ingredients, but all offer high levels of dietary nucleic acids.

These four types of foundational supplements provide a base for good health by giving the body the nutrients both required for establishing basic health and for supporting optimal health beyond a good diet. That is, they help ensure complete nutrient intake regardless of the type of diet a person consumes.

It is known that established government standards for nutrient intake are minimal at best (i.e., not optimal for human health). In addition, the principle of biochemical individuality shows that different persons require somewhat different levels of various nutrients. HPDI formulas are designed to offer maximal levels of essential nutrients safely and effectively. The intention behind the formulation of HPDI Foundational Supplements is supporting the optimal health of the invididual.

When individuals consumes the four basic foundational supplements, they gain a greater chance of meeting their unique nutritional needs. They also thereby provide the nutrients their body requires not only to sustain itself and create health, but also to defend itself by supporting optimal cell defense and immunity.

Learn more about the HPDI system of Foundational Supplements (http://www.integratedhealth.com/foundational-supplements/foundational-supplements.html).

BUILD STRONG IMMUNITY (AGAINST VIRUSES)

Building powerful immunity depends substantially on how well the body is nourished. That is, how completely the body receives the nutrition required to support its general good health and enable it to defend itself . But that is not all.

When it comes to defending the body against viruses, two specific types of formulas can play important roles beyond diet and foundational supplements. These are 1) immunity building formulas that include specific substances/nutrients known to support a robust immune system and 2) Formulas that include nutrients/herbs/substances acting as antivirals and antimicrobials in the body.

Many specific immune-building formulas/nutrients, as well as formulas acting as antivirals are included among HPDI’s Enhancement Formulas. These formulas include Immune-Assist™ (medicinal mushrooms), olive leaf extract, Cordyceps, Vitamin D3 Plus, Nascent Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, silver (SilverBiotics Polyvalent silver), and magnesium formulas. Some of these formulas are described in detail in Part Five of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program, as well as below.

Other immune-building foods/herbs and antiviral substances like echinacea and garlic are also part of the Rejuvenation Program. For example, echinacea is considered in Part Five, and garlic is discussed in Part Six as its own supporting protocol. Other supporting protocols include hydrotherapy and sauna therapy. Thus, most of HPDI’s immune-building and antiviral type formulas fall into either the category of Enhancement Formulas or Supporting Protocols. In a few cases, certain supplement formulas or recommended foods/herbs both build immunity and act directly as antivirals (e.g., garlic).

Note: there are other important nutrients like glutathione, quercetin, and certain liposomal forms of nutrients (e.g., vitamin C) that we won’t go cover in this article, but that can be useful for immunity against viruses. While this article is not intended to be comprehensive, our goal nevertheless is to provide resources that can help anyone seeking optimal health.

IMMUNE-BUILDING FORMULAS

As mentioned, immune-building formulas in the HPDI system usually fall into the category of Enhancement Formulas. Enhancement Formulas are the “next-level” of defense built upon the Foundational Supplements.

That is, after individuals have established high nutrient intake using foundational supplements, we typically recommend Enhancement Formulas next because of their unique capacities to support and build health.

While not all Enhancement Formulas specifically build immunity, most of them support health in ways that strengthen immunity. (Note: Another category of HPDI supplements is Specific Condition Formulas designed to address a specific problem or issue.)

While there are various immune-building formulas in the HPDI system, we focus on a select few in this article.

SELECTED ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

IMMUNE-ASSIST™

Medicinal mushroom are proven immune boosters. When various species are combined in a single formula, the product provides the benefits of each type of mushroom. HPDI offers several medicinal mushroom formulas, including Immune-Assist™.

Immune-Assist™ contains a combination of more than 200 different polysaccharides, derived from the enzymatic breakdown of complex organic plant material from six different species of medicinal mushrooms. These include Agaricus blazeiCordyceps sinensis hybrid, Lentinula edodes (shiitake), Grifola frondosa (maitake), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), and Coriolus versicolor. Immune-Assist™ contains 500 mg per vegetarian capsule and is made in America using only USDA-certified organic materials.

Immune-Assist™ is similar to other mushroom-based polysaccharides in that it is formulated through an enzymatically activated process whereby complex cross-linked polysaccharides from vegetable sources are converted to biologically active immunomodulators composed of simpler sugars (such as arabinose and xylose). However, Immune-Assist™ offers significant advantages.

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Immune-Assist includes Maitake, Cordyceps, Agaricus, Lenticula edodes, Coriolus versicolor, and Ganoderma lucidum.

While Immune-Assist™ contains simple polysaccharides, it also contains more complex polysaccharides, including cross-linked beta mannans and beta-glucans, and hetero-polysaccharides which combine both alpha-bound and beta-bound monosaccharides in the same molecule. These complex polysaccharide compounds are not found in earlier-generation, bran-based supplements like AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound). This is the reason Immune-Assist™ shows such a greater range of immuno-modulation bioactivity than AHCC and other bran-based supplements.

Immune-Assist™ contains not only arabinoxylane, but also lentinan, grifolan (Dr. Nanba’s original Maitake D-Fraction), PSK and PSP, and active hemicellulose correlated compound (AHCC). There is about three times more arabinoxylane per dose of Immune-Assist™ than there is in MGN3, and four times more AHCC than in the ImmPower brand of AHCC.

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Immune-Assist™ Daily Formula

Immune-Assist™ truly is a new and unique immune-boosting supplement. It has been tested in a number of different clinical trials. The results of one clinical trial indicate that mixed polysaccharides of medicinal mushrooms protect the hematopoietic (i.e., blood formation) function of bone marrow, induce the action of the digestive tract, boost the immunity of the cells, and increase the activity of the NK cells, LAK cells, and the ratio of Th to Ts cells.

Learn more about Immune-Assist™ (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/immune-assist-daily-formula.html)

Another useful mushroom that is contained in Immune-Assist™, but which is effective on its own or used in conjunction with other immune-supporting substances is Cordyceps sinensis. HPDI carries Pure Cordyceps Capsules that can be used to support powerful immunity and provide a wide range of other benefits.

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

About a year ago, Fred wrote an extensive blog article title “Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder” in which he described many benefits of olive leaf extract (including its antiviral effects), as well as some of my personal experience with this formula. Check out that article for an extensive discussion of the benefits of olive leaf extract.

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Olive leaf extract exhibits antimicrobial activity.

HPDI’s Olive Leaf Extract formula contains 500 mg of the highest-quality patented olive leaf extract in a vegetarian capsule. This unique patented olive leaf extract is not inactivated by a blood protein due to its precise molecular rotation.

Olive leaf extract has a long history of strengthing health when microorganisms may be present. In recent years, a drug company discovered that in vitro (test tube) an extract from olive leaf (calcium elenolate) was effective in helping to control a very broad range of organisms.

The problem with using it in the body was that once in the blood, a protein combined with it and caused it to be inactivated. An American company in 1995 found that if the active molecule in olive leaf extract was rotated around a specific axis by a precise amount, the blood protein no longer inactivated it.

Olive leaf extract products without this unique molecular rotation are minimally effective in the body because they are inactivated by a blood protein after a short period of time (approximately 15 minutes).

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HPDI’s Olive Leaf Extract provides molecular rotation for maximal effectiveness.

Many people report higher energy levels when using olive leaf extract. It has been shown to be extremely safe and non-toxic (even in large doses). See Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker for further information on its effectiveness and full range of applications.

Learn more about Olive Leaf Extract (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/olivex.html)

Read Fred’s blog article Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder (http://www.integratedhealthblog.com/olive-leaf-extract-antimicrobial/)

VITAMIN D3 PLUS

Every week it seems, new studies report more information on the importance of Vitamin D for health. Among its many benefits: immunity boosting effects. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the incidence of seasonal flu, for example. (See Vitamin D Abstracts in the resources section below.)

But it does so much more. That’s why we include it as an HPDI Enhancement Formula and have designed our own product that includes vitamins A and K2 (as MK-7) known to improve utilization of vitamin D in the body.

Vitamin D3 Plus is an advanced Vitamin D formula providing high-dose Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the natural form of Vitamin D produced in the body from sunlight and is the form best used for therapeutic purposes.

One softgel capsule of Vitamin D3 Plus provides 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 derived from highly purified and molecularly distilled fish liver oils. In addition, the product contains 1,000 IU of Vitamin A also derived from highly purified and molecularly distilled fish liver oils and 10 mcg of Vitamin K2 from menaquinone-7.

Vitamin D3 Plus includes synergistic nutrients known to enhance absorption and use of Vitamin D3 in the body. These nutrients include Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) (10 mcg), which which works together with Vitamin D to help boost bone density, improve cardiovascular health, and boost immunity.

Vitamin D3 Plus also provides 1,000 IU of Vitamin A, a nutrient known to work powerfully with Vitamin D to help create optimal health. As dosages of Vitamin D increase, ideally your dosage of Vitamin A also will increase, and vice versa. The formula also includes natural Vitamin E as an antioxidant.

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Vitamin D3 Plus includes vitamins A and K2 (as MK-7).

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin increasingly known as a nutrient essential for health and well-being. Recent studies show that almost all body systems benefit from adequate Vitamin D intake/production. Therefore, it is important that the body receive optimal amounts in order to build the best health.

In fact, recent studies indicate that 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 is an ideal amount for daily intake. What is notable about this amount is that the body does not gain the full benefits from Vitamin D until it reaches this “threshold” level of 5,000 IU While the body stores Vitamin D, it must first be given an adequate supply.

Vitamin D deficiency currently is a worldwide epidemic with more than one billion people at risk for diseases associated with low Vitamin D status. Vitamin D is proven safe and effective for a wide range of health conditions (see above and below). There are various reasons for this epidemic, including a significant portion of the world’s population living in northerly latitudes (where sunlight is inadequate during many months of the year), sun avoidance, time spent indoors, etc.

Vitamin D3 Plus provides only the Vitamin D3 form of Vitamin D. We avoid the use of Vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 has greater potential for toxicity, poorer absorption, and reduced effectiveness.

Learn more about Vitamin D3 Plus (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/vitamin-d3.html)

NASCENT IODINE

Nascent Iodine is the ideal form of iodine, rapidly absorbed and used by the body when taken as a nutritional supplement. Iodine is associated with a wide range of benefits, not limited to supporting thyroid function and regulating metabolism, boosting energy levels (when iodine is deficient), supporting and maintaining detoxification systems and processes, supporting immune system function, fighting infections (natural antiseptic), and many other healthy benefits. Because of its antiseptic properties, it also can be used effectively to purify water for drinking. One drop provides 400 micrograms of Nascent Iodine in a base of certified Biodynamic® grape alcohol.

Biochemically, Nascent Iodine  is consumable iodine in an atomic form rather than a molecular form. It is highly bioavailable as a pure atomic iodine supplement in an energized state. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whence it gradually loses energy over a 2–3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is used by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body. As noted, this particular form of iodine is unique and well known to offer beneficial effects unlike any other form of iodine.

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Nascent Iodine supports immunity, thyroid health, and provides many other benefits.

Partly due to the fact that iodine supports (and is required for) thyroid function, the uptake of adequate amounts of iodine helps the body produce substantial levels of energy for metabolic processes. It is notable that twenty-five percent of the iodide ions found in the human body are found in the thyroid gland.

It is estimated that more than 90% of Americans suffer from a deficiency of iodine. There are many causes for widespread deficiency among the population. Some significant factors include diets lacking in ocean fish or sea vegetables (e.g., seaweeds), high intake of bromine (which is added to commercial breads and baked goods), and vegetarian or vegan diets (see more below), all of which may contribute to lower than optimal levels of iodine.

Moreover, it is known that toxic halides, including chlorine, fluorine (e.g., fluoride in toothpaste), and bromine (e.g., in breads) compete for uptake with iodine in the body, thereby contributing to iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency can lead to the development of many adverse health conditions (and a wide variety of symptoms) because the entire body (i.e., all organ systems) depends upon iodine for the critical roles it plays energy production, healthy metabolism, and overall support of health.

The importance of iodine to the biological function of the body traditionally focused on the role of iodine in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones, and the regulation of metabolism.

However, as the understanding of this nutrient progresses, we have come to understand that the roles of iodine in the body far surpass those roles it has been believed to fulfill. Iodine is not only necessary for overall health, but also is a crucial component of detoxification processes critical for sustaining life and health.

Learn more about Nascent Iodine (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/nascent-iodine.html)

POLYVALENT SILVER

Colloidal silver is a proven antimicrobial. It is highly effective against a broad range of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. It can help you combat these microbes.

HPDI offers a Silver Biotics® product made using a patented method to produce nano-silver particles suspended in a medium of highly purified water. The Silver Biotics® particles have been defined as a metallic nano-silver particle with a thin coating of polyvalent silver oxide.

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Polyvalent silver supports and maintains health naturally.

The patented production method supercharges the silver particles using 10,000 volts AC, whereas other colloidal silver solutions are typically only charged with 100 volts DC. This supercharging results in 2 electrons being removed from the outer shell of the silver atom giving it a +2 ionic charge compared to a +1 ionic charge for other colloidal silvers.

Because the ionic charge is one of the primary mechanisms by which silver particles work, the Silver Biotics® particles are significantly more effective than conventionally produced colloidal silver.

The patented production method used in creating Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver produces a unique electron configuration that gives the silver particles the catalytic ability to recharge and regenerate themselves over and over again. This gives each silver particle in the Silver Biotics® solution the ability to be used multiple times as opposed to the one time use of the particles produced by most other colloidal silvers.

Research also shows that conventionally produced colloidal silvers have a bioavailability of 15–65%, whereas the Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver has a bioavailability of over 99%. The ability of the Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver particles to be used multiple times along with the high bioavailability means that the Silver Biotics® is significantly more effective than other colloidal silver products even at the lower concentration of 10 ppm.

The silver particle size range in Silver Biotics® is between 0.005 and 0.015 microns. The particles are suspended in a solution of double distilled water. Our manufacturer has chosen a safe FDA approved plastic container for the Silver Biotics®. Research studies have shown that glass containers cause the polyvalent silver particles to plate out or precipitate from solution and reduce the product’s effectiveness by about 50%.

Tests performed at multiple research laboratories have shown that Silver Biotics® is highly effective against a broad range of bacteria, fungi (including Candida albicans), and viruses. Because Silver Biotics® does not target specific mechanisms, receptor sites, or metabolic processes, it is unlikely that mutations of the microbes will produce resistant strains (as antibiotics often do)!

In addition to its antimicrobial properties, Silver Biotics® has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, there is powerful evidence that Silver Biotics® improves the state of the body’s immune system.

Silver Biotics® can be applied topically or taken internally. Also, it can be used as a topical disinfectant. Studies have demonstrated that it is highly non-toxic, even at high levels of ingestion (5g/kg of body weight). Furthermore, research studies by major research groups have shown that Silver Biotics® solutions are not cyto-toxic and do not kill friendly probiotic bacteria.

Learn more about Silver Biotics® Polyvalent Silver (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/silver-biotics-polyvalent-silver.html)

MAGNESIUM, ESPECIALLY MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE (MgCl2)

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for health. It offers so many benefits that it would be difficult describe them briefly. However, suffice it to say that magnesium supports immunity, energy (ATP) production, vascular health, and total body wellness. Yet, nearly everyone (greater than 90% of Americans) is deficient.

HPDI offers several types of magnesium supplements. We offer a full range of Ancient Minerals topical magnesium chloride products, including magnesium oil, as well as flakes and gel. We also offer Myo-Mag, a unique combination of magnesium, malic acid, and synergistic nutrients.

Topically applied magnesium chloride formulas are among the most effective at rapidly elevating magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium provides significant health benefits to the body, including immune-boosting effects.

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Magnesium-rich water provides the body with rapidly assimilable magnesium.

Magnesium is necessary for the production of energy (ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate) in the body. When the body receives adequate amounts of magnesium, it can produce the levels of energy required to sustain the body and enable it to thrive. It is precisely because energy (as ATP) is required for the health of human organism that the critical role magnesium plays in energy production is gaining increased recognition by individuals interested in nutrition and natural health. All organ systems depend on energy. A mineral nutrient (i.e., magnesium) that can increase cellular energy thereby has the capacity to improve the health of the entire human body (i.e., all organ systems) via providing the energy for sustaining them all.

Magnesium is critical for cell metabolism. It helps to transport other minerals across cell membranes and affects cell mechanisms controlling muscle and nerve cell activity.

Magnesium specifically is important for the metabolism of many biologically active nutrients and substances, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sodium, lead, cadmium, hydrochloric acid (HCl), acetylcholine, and nitric oxide (NO). It is required for more than 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes, cellular homeostasis, and activation of the B vitamin thiamin. It mediates the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems, supports proper muscle and nerve function, stabilizes heart rhythm, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and supports normal blood pressure. As noted, magnesium is important in energy metabolism and the synthesis of proteins. The majority of magnesium within the nucleus of cells is closely connected with nucleic acids and mononucleotides. In fact, magnesium helps to maintain the structural integrity of DNA.

Unlike any other form of magnesium, magnesium chloride is a known infection fighter. As early as 1915, the French surgeon, professor of clinical surgery, and French Academy of Sciences member Dr. Pierre Delbet (1861–1957) used magnesium chloride solution to cleanse wounds in soldiers injured during the First World War. He had searched for an antiseptic that could disinfect wounds, but would not damage tissue (and thereby encourage mortification) as did other antiseptics then available. He reported that magnesium chloride was superior to traditional antiseptics not only in its effectiveness in treating wounds, but also because it did not harm body tissues.

Dr. Delbet discovered that magnesium chloride solution increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis (i.e., the destruction of pathogenic microbes) when applied externally (i.e., used transdermally). He performed numerousin vitro and in vivo studies using magnesium chloride solution. These experiments led to his discovery that magnesium chloride was a potent immune stimulant whether applied externally (i.e., transdermal application), injected intravenously, or taken by mouth (i.e., consumed orally). He termed this immunity boosting effect “cytophilaxis” (a cytophylactic is a substance that protects cells and encourages their healthy growth). In this regard, he observed increased phagocytosis (the engulfing of pathogens by white blood cells) by up to 300 percent. That is, white blood cells were three times more effective at destroying microbes than before administration of magnesium chloride.

The pioneering efforts of Dr. Delbet were followed in the 1940s by fellow French physician Dr. A. Neveu. Dr. Neveu confirmed the immuno-stimulant effects of magnesium chloride, and he successfully tested magnesium therapy for wide range of conditions. These conditions included colds and flu, throat infections of the tonsils and pharnyx, lung and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal inflammation (stomach flu), skin infections, septic wounds, and many common childhood conditions. More recently, other physicians such as Dr. Raul Vergini in Italy have confirmed the results reported earlier by Dr. Delbet and Dr. Neveu. Dr. Vergini reports excellent results using small quantities of orally administered magnesium chloride solution (2.5 percent magnesium chloride) both for proven applications developed by Dr. Delbert and Dr. Neveu, and for a broad range of other health conditions.

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Magnesium oil provides an ideal means to increase magnesium levels in the body.

Additional benefits of magnesium oil include greater energy, more relaxed muscles (and stronger connective tissues), better sleep, improved mental function, headaches reduced (or eliminated), arterial health, better reproductive function, and better hormonal balance for men and women (and reduced PMS). In addition, magnesium maintains the flexibility of cell membranes for improved intercellular communication, greater uptake of bioactive substances (e.g., micronutrients, neurotransmitters, and hormones), and detoxification of toxins and metabolic waste products. Magnesium oil also acts as an effective full body tonic. Dr. Sircus asserts that transdermal magnesium therapy is among the very best ways to improve human health.

Learn more about topically applied Ancient Minerals magnesium chloride (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/magnesium-oil.html)

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Myo-Mag synergistic magnesium and malic acid formula.

Other useful minerals for supporting immunity include selenium and zinc. HPDI offers Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) and Double Zinc Plus to cover your needs for these important minerals.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a Foundational Supplement in the HPDI supplement system. That is, we consider it more fundamental than an Enhancement Formula, and so ideally everyone takes Vitamin C daily as part of a set of foundational supplements. I’m discussing it here because it plays a significant roles as immune-booster, and because the body may benefit from additional amounts of Vitamin C as a means of supporting health when fighting viral infection.

If you’re not already taking Vitamin C as part of your daily basic (i.e., foundational) supplements, then be sure either to add it to your supplement regimen or at least increase your intake during times you’re likely to be exposed to viruses.

Never forget the power of Vitamin C to benefit health, including support for strong immunity. Nobel prizewinner Dr. Linus Pauling documented the manifold benefits of this essential nutrient. If you read his research (in his books like How to Live Longer and Feel Better), you will see there is good reason why Vitamin C is classified a “vitamin” because without it we cannot survive.

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Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, peppers, and certain berries.

Dr. Pauling extolled the efficacy of Vitamin C in his many books, including How to Live Longer and Feel Better. We highly recommend this highly accessible work (even it that’s the only one you read) as he wrote it for a general audience. Or peruse his landmark Vitamin C and the Common Cold for additional perspective.

We include Vitamin C in our HPDI Foundational Supplement system precisely because of its critical role for basic health, healing, and wellness. HPDI offers a range of Vitamin C products.

These formulas include our premier PRO-C™ super antioxidant formula and Ultimate Protector Nrf2 antioxidant formula. We also offer Buffered C tablets and powder, as well as ascorbic acid capsules.

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Ultimate Protector Nrf2 activator formula provides vitamin C, antioxidants, and Nrf2 activators.

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS

The HPDI Rejuvenation Program includes various other means for supporting the body, including the immune system, against viruses and for good health generally.

As noted, one of the Supporting Protocols is the Garlic Program. Yet, other subprograms discussed include hydrotherapy and saunas, massage, acupuncture, and yoga.

We include these because building strong immunity almost always involves more than just diet, nutritional supplements, and a positive outlook. Incorporating various forms of exercise, relaxation, mindfulness and meditation, and traditional healing arts are proven means to support good health. And help to support immunity in ways that can help fight the viruses and other microbes that take advantage of weak immunity and undermine our health.

CONCLUSION

There are many things individuals can do to support powerful immunity that can help protect the body against viruses. In fact, there are many additional nutrients we haven’t discussed here. Suffice it to say that there are many natural nutrients, herbs, and other substances that can effectively support immunity and wellness in the face of exposure to viruses.

SOURCES & RESOURCES

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

HPDI Foundational Supplements

Why You Need Foundational Supplements

Ultimate Protector and the Role of Foundational Supplements for Health

Foundational Supplements: Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

Vitamin C — An Amazing Nutrient by Dr. Hank Liers

Questions & Answers about Ultimate Protector

Review of Scientific Research on Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC)

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Rejuvenation Program Part Seven: Magnesium Chloride

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS FOR REJUVENATION: MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

Fred Liers PhD magnesium oilIn this article I present another supporting protocol in our Master Rejuvenation Program: the Magnesium Chloride Program. Magnesium chloride is a unique form of magnesium that allows for transdermal (i.e., via the skin) application to the body. Products such as Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil facilitate absorption and assimilation of magnesium chloride through topical application. This means you gain benefits quickly and effectively, and the results can often be dramatic. (Note: this article is part seven in a nine part Rejuvenation Program series and the second of three articles about supporting protocols within the program.)

INTRODUCING MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is among the most important minerals for health and vitality. All living cells need magnesium. In the body, magnesium is concentrated in the skeletal system (including skeletal muscles) indicating its importance for bones, muscles, and connective tissue. Magnesium is also concentrated within cells where it plays essential roles for the production of energy (ATP) and in enzyme reactions critical for life.

Magnesium also provides specific benefits for specific health concerns. These benefits include positive effects for the cardiovascular system, strokes and head injuries, hypertension, pain, migraine headaches, hormone imbalances, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, diabetes, depression, and other conditions.

 

Magnesium specifically is important for the metabolism of many biologically active nutrients and substances, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sodium, lead, cadmium, hydrochloric acid (HCl), acetylcholine, and nitric oxide (NO). It is required for more than 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes, cellular homeostasis, and activation of the B vitamin thiamin.

Magnesium also mediates the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems, supports proper muscle and nerve function, stabilizes heart rhythm, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and supports normal blood pressure. Magnesium is important in energy metabolism and the synthesis of proteins. The majority of magnesium within the nucleus of cells is closely connected with nucleic acids and mononucleotides. In fact, magnesium helps to maintain the structural integrity of DNA.

MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY IS THE STATUS QUO

The US Daily Value (DV) for magnesium is about 320 mg per day for women and more than 400 mg per day for men. Yet, studies show that most people regularly consume about half that amount via diet.

Government studies indicate that at least two thirds of Americans fail to obtain the Daily Value, which itself represents a minimum amount rather than an optimal amount. Up to 90% (or more) of the population may therefore exhibit magnesium status that is less than optimal. Current research reveals that a lack of magnesium may put your health at significant risk because many adverse conditions relate to magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is present in foods in varying amounts. Among foods highest in magnesium are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Nuts that are good sources of magnesium include almonds, walnuts, and cashews. Legumes providing good amounts of magnesium include lentils, and beans (e.g., lima, pinto, and kidney beans). Green leafy vegetables and whole grains also provide magnesium.

A diet that includes magnesium rich foods is important. However, the fact that the majority of Americans do not receive even the minimum amount suggested for health indicates that food sources alone may not provide adequate magnesium. Even when individuals consume adequate amounts of dietary magnesium, there are factors that compromise full absorption and utilization of it.

Indeed, rates of uptake and absorption of dietary magnesium not only depend upon the amount available in foods, but also upon other factors. These include digestive health, the viability of enzyme systems, acid-alkaline balance in the body, the presence of other minerals that support magnesium uptake, levels of physical activity, stress, etc. In addition, certain substances (e.g., alcohol, caffeine, sugar) deplete magnesium in the body.

One of the primary reasons for low magnesium intake is mineral depletion of soils. It may take decades (or centuries) to replenish magnesium levels in depleted soils. Decreased levels of magnesium found in food crops grown in such soils are lowered further by food processing methods that strip nutrients. Consuming organically grown whole foods is part of the solution. However, magnesium supplementation offers an effective means by which to supply this critically needed nutrient.

Oral magnesium supplements can be beneficial. Yet, adequately replenishing magnesium levels in the body using diet and dietary supplements can take weeks, months, or longer (depending on the degree of deficiency) because when a state of deficiency pre-exists in the body, it takes longer to restore sufficient levels.

Cells depleted of magnesium produce less energy (as ATP), which is needed to pump magnesium into cells. As cellular magnesium levels rise (and ATP production increases), cells have greater capacity for utilizing available magnesium. Therefore, a state of deficiency may persist until the body can more effectively utilize available magnesium.

Magnesium is absorbed far more rapidly (i.e., than oral supplements or diet) when applied transdermally (i.e., across the skin). That is, transdermal application is more effective at raising magnesium levels in the body than most other methods (except perhaps direct injection). For this reason, transdermal magnesium therapy is a preferred modality not only for overcoming deficiencies, but also for maintaining levels of magnesium required for health.

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR TRANSERMAL MAGNESIUM THERAPY

There are distinct advantages to obtaining magnesium via transdermal application. These advantages include rapid absorption, easier dosing (because the body will only absorb as much as it needs) including the capacity to absorb large amounts of magnesium, the ability to apply magnesium to local areas (where it especially may be needed), and other benefits related to direct application (e.g., pain relief, muscle relaxation, wound healing, and support for skin health).

The most effective form of magnesium for transdermal application is magnesium chloride (MgCl2). Other forms are used for this purpose, especially magnesium sulfate (i.e., epsom salts). However, magnesium chloride is better absorbed, retained, and utilized than magnesium sulfate. Magnesium chloride is the form most easily recognized and used by the body for transdermal magnesium therapy.

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We offer three forms of magnesium chloride for transdermal use. These are magnesium oil, magnesium flakes, and magnesium gel.

Magnesium oil is ideal for use directly on skin (full strength or diluted) or in baths or footbaths.

Magnesium flakes are useful for baths and footbaths, or for making ‘oil’ on an as needed basis. Magnesium flakes are useful when traveling because they are dry (non-liquid) and easily portable.

Magnesium gel is primarily used for skin conditions (e.g., psoriasis) or other applications where magnesium is needed on the surface of the skin. The gel can be applied and then removed when convenient.

We highly recommend Ancient Minerals brand magnesium oil, magnesium flakes, and magnesium gel. Ancient Minerals products provide ultra-pure, highly concentrated magnesium chloride derived from the ancient Zechstein seabed in northern Europe.

Ancient Minerals magnesium is extremely pure because the seabed lies 1,600 to 2,000 meters beneath the surface of the earth, where it has been protected for 250 million years. It provides high levels of magnesium and trace elements from pure, unpolluted deposits found in this ancient sea.

We include the Magnesium Chloride Program as a supporting protocol in our Master Rejuvenation Program because there is no better means to rapidly and safely boost magnesium levels in the body. Individuals who follow this protocol can reap the many benefits of magnesium for greater health.

BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

Magnesium, as previously noted, is necessary for the production of energy (ATP or adenosine triphosphate) in the body. When the body receives adequate amounts of magnesium, it can produce the levels of energy required to sustain the body and enable it to thrive.

It is precisely because energy (as ATP) is required for the health of human organism that the critical role magnesium plays in energy production is gaining increased recognition by individuals interested in nutrition and natural health. All organ systems depend on energy. Because magnesium can increase cellular energy, it thereby has the capacity to improve the health of the entire human body (i.e., all organ systems) by providing the energy for sustaining them.

Magnesium, therefore, provides powerful benefits to many tissues and organs, including the heart (cardiac muscle), brain, blood vessels, skin, etc. Protocols have been developed for successfully using transdermally applied magnesium chloride to help prevent and support conditions as diverse as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, neurological diseases, and strokes.

Beyond major degenerative conditions, magnesium chloride is proven for use in a variety of general applications, including bruises, cramps (and muscle tension), and migraine headaches. Magnesium is critical for cell metabolism. It helps to transport other minerals across cell membranes and affects cell mechanisms controlling muscle and nerve cell activity. Research suggests cardiac muscle is more sensitive to magnesium intake than skeletal muscle.

Transdermal application of magnesium chloride is particularly useful for relieving sore muscles and joints, and reducing pain related to functional magnesium deficiency. It is also proven for use in helping to calm ‘nerves’ and reduce systemic bodily stress.

Because topically applied magnesium chloride targets muscle tissues (i.e., it is rapidly absorbed by muscles), it is especially useful for replenishing depleted soft tissues and helping restore proper function that may be reduced by less than adequate magnesium stores.

MAGNESIUM FOR PAIN RELIEF

One of the most significant benefits of using magnesium chloride is the relief of pain. Magnesium both works to block pain reception and also can act on the sources of pain. It thereby can positively affect the causes of pain, rather than merely relieving the symptoms of it. Such causes of pain may relate to inflammation, toxicity, cell wall rigidity, mineral deficiencies or imbalances, etc.

Some specialists in chronic pain estimate, for example, that approximately 70% of cases in which individuals suffer from muscle pain, cramps, and/or fatigue that is associated with the symptoms as varied fibromyalgia, migraines, and constipation, are showing signs of magnesium deficiency.

Dr. Mildred Seelig, a pioneering magnesium researcher at the University of North Carolina, has asserted that magnesium deficiency causes much needless suffering from pain, including the pain associated with fibromyalgia, muscle cramps, and migraine headaches (Transdermal Magnesium Therapy 279).

Muscle, joint, and connective tissue pain can be exacerbated by higher intakes of calcium, and especially when large amounts of additional calcium are taken for the purpose of strengthening these tissues. An overabundance of calcium flushes magnesium out of cells, reducing its availability for reducing pain. In addition, this mineral imbalance can significantly compromise the effectiveness both of calcium and magnesium (i.e., because magnesium is needed for the proper uptake and assimilation of calcium) (see more below).

If there already exists a state of magnesium depletion in the body (e.g., due to endemically low levels in the diet), then magnesium levels may drop to exceedingly low levels. In such extreme states of deficiency, magnesium simply is not available to block pain effectively, or to fulfill properly its many roles in the body.

Perhaps the primary reason that magnesium is highly effective for relieving pain is that it is a non-competitive antagonist of the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor site. The NMDA receptor plays a critical role in the bodily mechanisms relating to central sensitization in the spinal cord. This sensitization is involved in the establishment of chronic neuropathic pain. It is notable that a centrally positioned magnesium ion has the ability to block the NMDA receptor site.

Dr. Sircus states that NMDA receptor activation and release of pro-pain substances including substance P, nerve growth factor, brain derived nerve factor, and nitric oxide are believed to “drive the process of central sensitization” in the spinal cord (Transdermal 281).

Transdermally absorbed magnesium increases the magnesium concentration gradient between cell membranes and extracellular fluid, and thereby blocks the NMDA receptor. This is one of the mechanisms that allows magnesium to bring immediate pain relief.

While a centrally positioned magnesium ion can block the NMDA receptor site, reduced levels of magnesium inhibit the body’s capacity to block the NMDA receptor site. When the NMDA receptor site is not adequately blocked, one result can be higher levels of pain in the body.

When low levels of magnesium result in reduced capacity to block the NMDA receptor site, central sensitization of the spinal cord is more likely to occur. Under such circumstances, wherein the NMDA receptor site is not blocked adequately, it is evident that low magnesium status not only can contribute to higher levels of acute or immediate pain, but can also lead to the establishment of chronic neuropathic pain.

Abundant magnesium levels in the body provide for the relief of pain and for prevention (or mitigation) of chronic neuropathic pain by preventing central sensitization of the spinal cord. In this way, magnesium helps lessen and prevent acute and chronic pain. Transdermal magnesium therapy rapidly increases magnesium concentration between extracellular fluid and cell membranes, thereby enabling blockage of the NMDA receptor, and bringing relief from pain.

Magnesium not only can block pain at the receptor site, but it also can function to partly or completely act against the source of pain. As Dr. Sircus notes, these sources of pain may relate to inflammation, cell wall rigidity, lack of energy (ATP), or a lack of enzymes (i.e., magnesium is needed for enzyme function throughout the body). He finds magnesium chloride (e.g., magnesium oil) therefore to be an ideal solution for natural pain relief.

Transdermal magnesium therapy elevates the concentration gradient of magnesium between cell membranes and the extracellular fluid to levels necessary both to block pain reception and positively affect calcium-magnesium ratios in cells. Dr. Sircus notes that only transdermal (or intravenous) magnesium administration can rapidly elevate magnesium levels in the body in quantities large enough to relieve pain.

Because of  the safety and effectiveness of transdermal application of magnesium chloride, and the ability of individuals to administer magnesium transdermally at home, and in a cost effective way, Dr. Sircus hardly stands alone in his firm belief in the powers of magnesium chloride for pain relief and healing.

MAGNESIUM IMPROVES CALCIUM ASSIMILATION

Ever more scientific evidence points to the importance of magnesium for the uptake and assimilation of calcium. That is, whereas the proper ratio of calcium to magnesium intake once was believed to be 4:1 or 2:1, new evidence suggests that this ratio may be 1:1 or even 1:2 in order to facilitate higher assimilation of calcium.

Researchers estimate that the ratio of calcium to magnesium intake is fast approaching 6:1, which represents an all-time high whose cause is our perpetually increasing calcium intakes relative to declining (or static) magnesium intakes (Transdermal 52). In fact, calcium intake continues to rise even while magnesium deficiency grows more widespread in the US and the world.

It is notable that high calcium intakes contribute to mineral imbalances, complications from the deposition of excess calcium in body tissues, and to magnesium deficiencies, especially because magnesium intakes rarely meet or exceed calcium intakes.

Magnesium is not only essential for proper calcium absorption, but it is also an important mineral in bone matrix (Transdermal 57). The bottom line is that magnesium is a rate-limiting factor for the uptake of calcium. A higher intake of magnesium therefore likely would increase your absorption of calcium, and thereby allow this calcium to be used, for example, to build stronger bones in your body.

Magnesium oil applied transdermally is more rapidly and effectively assimilated than oral forms of magnesium. The application of magnesium chloride transdermally, therefore, is an ideal method for improving the health of connective tissues and the skeletal system through greater assimilation of nutrients (e.g., calcium) needed for the maintenance of their structural integrity.

One of the reasons for the powerful effect of magnesium on calcium is that magnesium balances calcium in the body. So not only will proper levels of magnesium assist the body in assimilating calcium, but magnesium is needed to balance the effects of calcium throughout the body

In relation to the commonly observed phenomenon of osteoporosis in modern, western society, Dr. Mark Sircus notes that it is magnesium, not calcium, that is the key to preventing and reversing this problem of epidemic proportions among women, and especially older women.

For without adequate magnesium levels, the body cannot properly process or absorb calcium, and therefore calcium may be sequestered in the body as calcifications or calcium deposits (i.e., rather than helping bones to become stronger or more dense). These calcifications potentially can be dangerous, and represent an inadvertent consequence of an overabundance of calcium in the diet (through milk or other dairy products, calcium supplements, etc.) relative to the intake of magnesium.

Moreover, calcium deposits in the body result not only from overabundance of calcium intake relative to magnesium intake, but also from magnesium deficiencies caused by chronic overconsumption of calcium.

Chronic magnesium deficiency accelerates deposition of unabsorbed calcium in the body. When magnesium no longer is available to fulfill its role in providing energy for ATPase (the enzyme that uses energy (as ATP) to pump excess calcium from cells), then calcium accumulates in cells, tissues, and organs.

As cells undergo calcification, the capacity of ATPase to remove calcium is overwhelmed by an overabundance of calcium ions. ATPase function then declines and magnesium is blocked from transport into cells. Cell membranes calcify and become rigid, blocking both transport of magnesium (and other nutrients) into cells and preventing removal of toxins (e.g., heavy metals) out from cells. The body normally maintains a concentration of magnesium within cells that is approximately 10,000 times greater than calcium (Seelig 15).

After an overabundance of calcium ions enters cells, magnesium ion concentration can precipitously decline. This describes the process of calcification of cells caused by overabundance of calcium relative to magnesium. The process may be characterized as a positive feedback loop whereby increasing levels of calcium lead to reduced cellular energy production, ineffective cell transport systems, and reduced levels of magnesium, which is then replaced by additional calcium.

When the amount of calcium increases to levels beyond the capacities for cells to remove it, deposits form that can appear anywhere in the body. This process of calcification has negative impacts upon health, including significant adverse effects on detoxification systems, antioxidant systems, cellular energy production, glucose metabolism, nervous system excitation, and acceleration of the aging process.

Abnormal deposits of calcium have significant negative consequences for health. This is because calcium that is not absorbed can freely lodge anywhere in the body and provoke a range of health conditions (Transdermal 54). When unabsorbed calcium lodges in the heart, for example, it can lead to arterial lesions. When it lodges in bones or joints it may lead to arthritic conditions. Depending upon where in the body excess calcium is deposited, other adverse effects can include high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia) (itself a known cause of magnesium deficiency), kidney stones, kidney complications, hypertension, stroke, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, mood disorders, mineral imbalances (e.g., imbalances with zinc, iron, phosphorus, and other minerals), and many other health-related conditions (Transdermal 60). In addition, elevated calcium levels interfere with the activity of Vitamin D and thereby can inhibit its protective effects in cancer (Transdermal 60).

It is well known that the tendency of the mineral calcium in the body is to rigidify or to make muscles and cellular structures more rigid, whereas the tendency of the mineral magnesium is to relax muscles or cause cellular structures to become more flexible.

Too much calcium rigidifies the body, and without the moderating and balancing effects of magnesium, may lead to a loss of proper cell function, or certainly to a less than optimal balance of calcium to magnesium (and subsequently to diminished cellular viability). In addition, a high-blood level of calcium (hypercalcemia) is closely associated with various disease states, and its primary origin most likely is a deficiency in magnesium (Transdermal 56).

It is also generally known that mineral imbalances can have significant consequences for health and well-being. While calcium is a mineral very important for health, the public (and doctors, nutritionists, and health care professionals) have not adequately been made aware of the roles magnesium plays, and especially its complex interrelationships with calcium. This lack of awareness is tantamount to a disservice to public health when it leads to ever more calls for increased calcium intake (without comparable recommendations for increasing intake of magnesium) because the evidence shows that increasing calcium by itself is not the solution to osteoporosis.

If increased calcium intake by itself were the solution to osteoporosis, then it would not continue to remain such a widespread problem, particularly for women. Magnesium, including magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium oil, can play a significant role in helping health-conscious individuals to improve their bone density and to prevent or mitigate the processes leading to osteoporosis and less than optimal skeletal health.

According to one study, higher magnesium intakes through diet and supplementation were positively associated with higher total body bone mineral density (BMD) both in men and women. It was shown that every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium results in approximately a 2% increase in whole body bone mineral density (Transdermal 57). These results are not surprising given the fact that magnesium in known to strengthen bones and teeth.

As much as half the body’s stores of magnesium are found in bones. Dr. Alan Gaby has noted the association between the lack of magnesium and abnormal calcium crystals in bones (as well as adequate magnesium levels and normal calcium crystals in bones). He also finds that low magnesium levels can cause abnormalities of calcium metabolism resulting in the formation of calcium deposits in the body (e.g., within soft tissues) where calcium is not supposed to accumulate.

Higher magnesium intakes, therefore, are warranted for nearly all adults, and especially for women, who by age seventy may only absorb two-thirds of the amount of dietary magnesium as they did earlier in adulthood. At least one study shows that the majority of women over age forty are low in magnesium.

Human bones and teeth contain about 1% phosphate of magnesium. Elephant tusks contain 2% phosphate of magnesium, and the teeth of carnivores (that require exceptional hardness for crushing the bones of their prey) average nearly 5% phosphate of magnesium (Transdermal 57). It may therefore be seen that the hardness not only of bones but also of teeth depends critically upon an adequate supply of magnesium, and upon an appropriate balance between magnesium and calcium.

Magnesium also is needed for the activation of alkaline phosphatase, which is an enzyme involved in the formation of calcium crystals within bone, as well as for converting Vitamin D into its biologically active form (Transdermal 60). It therefore may be seen that the mechanisms by which magnesium strengthens bones and teeth, connective tissues, and joints, as well as improves the health of skin, are complex and relate both to its unique relationship to calcium, and also to its relationships with many other minerals, including potassium, selenium, and zinc.

Not only does magnesium play an important role for proper calcium assimilation, it also prevents abnormal calcification of tissues. Calcification of tissues (including calcium deposits in soft tissues) has become a persistent problem partly because of increased calcium consumption in Western society.

While increased calcium consumption (whether via dairy products or nutritional supplements) is primarily a result of efforts to increase bone density and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis, the cumulative effect of greater calcium intake without correspondingly higher magnesium intake is weaker bones and abnormal calcification of tissues. This unintended consequence therefore relates directly to a mineral balance that overly favors calcium relative to magnesium.

The mechanisms behind the failure of increased intake of calcium to strengthen bones relates not only to the ability of magnesium to increase calcium uptake into bone tissue, but also to the role of magnesium in providing energy (ATP) to cells. Magnesium is required to provide ATP to pump excess calcium from cells.

When ATP levels drop and remain too low, then a lack of energy can contribute to a lower rate of calcium removal from cells. In this scenario, a positive feedback loop becomes established whereby increasingly high calcium levels reduce the uptake of magnesium. As magnesium levels gradually decrease, ATP levels can fall in lockstep, ultimately reducing the capacity of the cell to pump away excess calcium (Transdermal 96–97).

When pumping capacities of cells become compromised due to lack of energy, the body loses its ability to remove excess calcium, whereupon calcium accumulates within cells causing rigidity of cellular membranes. Cells no longer can function properly, and when this scenario is repeated over time within hundreds of thousands or millions of cells, deposits of calcium can inevitably form clusters within soft tissues throughout the body. Such deposits can constitute a significant health risk and contribute to suffering, for example, when they prevent proper movement of joints or cause fusions in skeletal components, like vertebrae.

Another significant result of the loss of pumping capacity within cells during magnesium deficiency (or relative overabundance of calcium) is that heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury, arsenic) are less effectively removed from cells. These toxic metals then bio-accumulate within cells. In this way, magnesium supports detoxification of toxic heavy metals via its role in the production of cellular energy.

When calcium levels reach the threshold where they inhibit uptake of magnesium, for example, the result is reduced production of ATP and lessened pumping capacity within cells. The body then cannot reverse the process of calcification (and rigidification) of cell membranes and reduced capacity to detoxify heavy metals, at least until adequate magnesium levels are restored.

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FOR HEALTHIER HEARTS

Beyond the roles played by magnesium in helping to prevent osteoporosis and to increase bone density, Dr. Mark Sircus notes that cultures in which the ratio of calcium to magnesium intake is low (e.g., Japan) enjoy superior cardiovascular health and relatively low rates of cardiac death. Conversely, cultures consuming the highest ratios of calcium to magnesium (e.g., Australia, USA, and Scandinavian countries) exhibit among the highest rates of cardiovascular diseases in the world.

It is clear to Dr. Sircus and others that cultures (and individuals) maintaining high magnesium intakes generally do not suffer from heart-related diseases to anywhere near the same degree in comparison to cultures (and individuals) not maintaining high intakes (i.e., those consuming relatively lower intakes of magnesium).

Dr. Sircus notes that the Japanese, for example, derive most of their magnesium from consuming sea vegetables and single-cell algae (e.g., chlorella and spirulina), and a wide variety ocean-related food sources. The daily intake of magnesium in Japan may be as high as 560 milligrams. It is also worth noting that the Japanese have among the lowest intakes of calcium from dairy products and exhibit one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.

Traditional cultures whose diets include an abundance of magnesium chloride do not appear to suffer from the high incidences of diseases of the heart that are witnessed in cultures or among peoples where modern western diets are predominant, or in places where the consumption of over-processed, nutritionally-depleted (and magnesium-depleted) food sources has become prevalent, that is, throughout much of the civilized world.

Transdermal application of magnesium chloride (e.g., as magnesium oil), however, may present the simplest and most highly effective means for most people to quickly and easily obtain optimal amounts of magnesium they require for abundant health. Magnesium is our heart’s best friend. Providing the heart with an easily assimilated form of magnesium (the mineral most needed for sustaining cardiovascular health) best promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Specific beneficial effects of magnesium chloride on cardiovascular health are well known to researchers and to health care professionals. Beneficial effects include preventing or reducing spasms within blood vessels in the heart, reducing calcium deposits in arteries (a known risk factor for artery blockages and thromboses), fighting inflammation in blood vessels (as measured by reduced levels of C-reactive protein), reducing homocysteine levels, and regulating the synthesis of cholesterol (by inhibiting the enzyme required for cholesterol synthesis). In particular, magnesium can raise HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol (Seelig 126).

MAGNESIUM REGULATES CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

Magnesium regulates blood cholesterol by playing a pivotal role in the function of the enzyme responsible for its synthesis in the body. This enzyme is known as HMG-CoA reductase (3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase). Magnesium deactivates this enzyme, which is the rate-limiting enzyme controlling the conversion of HMG-CoA (3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA) into the compound mevalonate (a fatty acid derivative).

When this first step in the mevalonate pathway is inhibited by the deactivation of HMG-CoA reductase by magnesium and ATP (magnesium-ATP complex), then cholesterol production correspondingly is reduced (Seelig 127). The final result is less formation of cholesterol.

When magnesium levels remain sufficiently high, then the body can inhibit the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase whenever necessary. However, when there is magnesium deficiency, cholesterol synthesis increases because the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate is enhanced (i.e., lacking inhibition of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase by magnesium).

Without the presence of sufficient magnesium, the body cannot prevent the synthesis of cholesterol from proceeding beyond amounts normally required for synthesizing important steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, glucocorticoids, etc.) and Vitamin D. In these circumstances, cholesterol synthesis proceeds uninhibited by enzyme deactivation (i.e., at a greater rate than would be possible if adequate levels of magnesium were available to deactivate the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase and thereby block conversion of mevalonate into cholesterol.

Sufficient magnesium levels in the body do not prevent the synthesis of cholesterol needed for health (e.g., inactivated HMG-CoA reductase can be reactivated by other enzymes, some of which require magnesium for proper function). Yet, by selectively inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, magnesium-ATP complex can prevent the overproduction of cholesterol, a known risk factor in cardiovascular health conditions.

Moreover, through its role in reducing homocysteine levels, magnesium helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol is a major problem for cardiovascular health. Given that magnesium both regulates synthesis of cholesterol itself and reduces levels of the amino acid homocysteine (thereby lowering the oxidation of cholesterol), magnesium may be regarded as an essential nutrient for optimal health of the cardiovascular system.

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE AND STROKE

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle (2007), “Magnesium is important in lowering blood pressure, keeping the heart muscle from going into spasm, and lowering cholesterol, but it can help heal the damage in the brain caused by a stroke.” Dr. Sircus states that magnesium may reduce ischemic injury by increasing regional blood flow, antagonizing voltage-sensitive calcium channels, and blocking the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NDMA) receptor.

As a non-competitive NMDA receptor blocker, magnesium inhibits the release of excitatory neurotransmitters at the presynaptic level and blocks voltage-gated calcium channels. Magnesium simultaneously exerts vascular effects, including increased vasodilation and cardiac output, and prevents cerebral vasospasm (Transdermal 168).

Dr. Sircus points out that transdermally applied magnesium chloride offers advantages over other neuroprotective agents (such as intravenously administered magnesium sulfate) for preventing strokes. These advantages include lower cost, ease of use, and lack of side effects. He not only asserts that a gallon and a half of low cost magnesium chloride “would do more to prevent strokes safely without side effects, than any other single medicine,” but also that when “used transdermally after a stroke will reduce disability; and when combined with acupuncture and other nutritional and herbal interventions will prove to be the treatment of choice” (Transdermal 169).

MAGNESIUM PROVIDES ANTI-AGING EFFECTS INCREASES DHEA LEVELS NATURALLY

The synthesis of cholesterol depends on magnesium, as noted. Despite health conditions related to its overproduction, cholesterol is a vital component of many hormones. For example, magnesium is needed for the production of aldosterone, which notably regulates the balance of magnesium and other minerals in the body (Transdermal 237). It therefore may be seen that cholesterol is the mother of hormones produced in the adrenal cortex, including cortisone, hydrocortisone, aldosterone, and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).

It is known that reduced levels of the natural steroid DHEA (also known as the “youth and health hormone” and the “mother of all steroid hormones”) relate directly to magnesium deficiency. DHEA is considered a multi-functional steroid because it is involved in an extremely broad range of health-related biological processes, including supporting optimal metabolism, endocrine function, immune function, and stress response (Shealy 23).

The great importance of DHEA for human health is indicated by the fact that it is one of the most abundant steroids in the body and exerts antioxidant activity in vivo (Shealy 22). DHEA helps aging men and women improve muscle strength, lean body mass, retain youthful vitality, and feel better (Transdermal 237).

DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands, ovaries (in women), and is synthesized in small quantities de novo in the brain. DHEA is known to act directly upon androgen receptors. DHEA also acts upon androgen receptors via its metabolites (i.e., androstenediol and androstendione) that the body ultimately converts to testosterone, estrone, and estradiol. DHEA is therefore a pro-hormone for natural sex steroids.

Among other symptoms of deficiency, low levels of DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, the sulfate ester of DHEA) in men is associated with sexual dysfunction (Transdermal 237). DHEA-S has been shown to improve sexual desire and overall quality of life (237).

While synthetic DHEA is a popular nutritional supplement, evidence points to the greater safety and effectiveness of naturally produced (i.e., endogenous) DHEA, including lower risks from adverse effects (Transdermal 238). Enhanced natural production of DHEA is associated with physical exercise, adequate sleep (in accordance with circadian rhythms), stress reduction programs, meditation, acupuncture, caloric restriction, and natural progesterone supplementation (Shealy 28). In addition, magnesium chloride contributes to increased DHEA production in the body. However, unlike synthetic DHEA, the natural DHEA produced in the body when magnesium levels are high will not carry the risk factors associated with synthetic DHEA.

Dr. Norman Shealy reports that magnesium chloride gradually increases natural DHEA levels, especially when applied transdermally. He suggests that when the body is provided with adequate levels of magnesium at the cellular level, it naturally begins to produce higher levels of DHEA and DHEA-S (Transdermal 238–39). Because the body can convert DHEA to testosterone, many benefits of increased DHEA production likely are due to the effects of testosterone.

Optimal testosterone levels play an important role in many body functions, including maintaining muscle mass and bone density, regulation of blood sugar, uptake of oxygen by cells, immune system function, red blood cell production, maintaining cardiac muscle, neurological function, and sexual desire (and performance) (Transdermal 240). Testosterone, for example, is the hormone most closely associated with healthy sex drive in men and women. Increased libido in women is among the reported effects of transdermal magnesium therapy.

DHEA protects the entire body against the aging process. Low levels of DHEA are linked to aging and difficulties maintaining good health. Deficiencies of DHEA are known to correlate with maladies as diverse as chronic inflammation, immune dysfunction, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, type-II diabetic complications, excess body fat, cognitive decline, heart disease, and osteoporosis (Transdermal 241).

Dr. Sircus asserts that the role magnesium plays in the transmission of hormones (insulin, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA), neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin) and mineral electrolytes is significant. That is, studies show that magnesium status is the factor that controls the potential of cell membranes. Therefore, it is the status of magnesium that controls uptake and release of hormones, nutrients, and neurotransmitters (242).

Because DHEA is one of the primary biomarkers of aging, the long-term effects of large amounts of magnesium (administered in a readily-usable form such as transdermal magnesium chloride) is the significant elevation of DHEA levels and the reversal of many of the symptoms of aging. DHEA provides natural protection from age-related conditions and from premature aging due to hormone imbalances. DHEA (like magnesium) is depleted by chronic stress. It is important that high levels of magnesium be sustained in order to gain the optimum benefits it provides in terms of DHEA production and balance in the endocrine system.

When the body is provided with an abundant supply of essential nutrients (including magnesium) that it needs to produce, regulate, and balance its own hormones (and that are known to support healthy endocrine function), then it is more likely that irregularities and deficiencies and the health-related problems that accompany them will decline or disappear. That is, proper nutrition that supports healthy endocrine function provides a foundation upon which good hormonal and reproductive health can be established and maintained.

Studies indicate the importance of magnesium for reproductive health not only in supporting reproductive organs and systems throughout life (for both genders), but also its importance in healthy pregnancy (from conception to birth) for mother and child, and maintaining the health of the reproductive system into middle age and beyond (236). The body requires sufficient levels of magnesium in order to achieve optimal health during the entire life cycle.

Given the fact that natural DHEA synthesis (i.e., endogenous production) in the body declines with advancing age (and the association of low DHEA levels with various health-related conditions, including diminished sex drive and performance), it appears that providing the body with the nutrients it requires to ensure optimal DHEA synthesis is a highly useful adjunct for supporting good health.

Transdermal application of magnesium chloride is an ideal means to provide the body with abundant levels of magnesium required to ensure optimal DHEA production. In turn, optimal DHEA production provides for natural synthesis of sex hormones and wide-ranging benefits throughout the body.

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE A PROVEN ANTISEPTIC

Unlike any other form of magnesium, magnesium chloride is a known infection fighter. As early as 1915, the French surgeon, professor of clinical surgery, and French Academy of Sciences member Dr. Pierre Delbet (1861–1957) used magnesium chloride solution to cleanse wounds in soldiers injured during the First World War. He had searched for an antiseptic that could disinfect wounds, but would not damage tissue (and thereby encourage mortification) as did other antiseptics then available. He reported that magnesium chloride was superior to traditional antiseptics not only in its effectiveness in treating wounds, but also because it did not harm body tissues.

Dr. Delbet discovered that magnesium chloride solution increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis (i.e., the destruction of pathogenic microbes) when applied externally (i.e., used transdermally). He performed numerous in vitro and in vivo studies using magnesium chloride solution. These experiments led to his discovery that magnesium chloride was a potent immune stimulant whether applied externally (i.e., transdermal application), injected intravenously, or taken by mouth (i.e., consumed orally). He termed this immunity boosting effect “cytophilaxis” (a cytophylactic is a substance that protects cells and encourages their healthy growth). In this regard, he observed increased phagocytosis (the engulfing of pathogens by white blood cells) by up to 300 percent. That is, white blood cells were three times more effective at destroying microbes than before administration of magnesium chloride.

Dr. Delbet’s discovery that magnesium chloride solution has tonic effects when consumed orally eventually led him to conclude that magnesium chloride has numerous beneficial effects on the whole organism. He went on to use magnesium chloride successfully in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. These included colitis, bladder problems, temors and muscle cramps, Parkinson’s disease, acne, eczema, psoriasis, prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems, asthma, hay fever, uticaria, and anaphylaxis. He also notes that hair and nails become healthier.

Dr. Delbet later investigated the use of magnesium chloride on abnormal tissue growth. He ultimately wrote several books, including Politique Préventive du Cancer (1944), in which he presents the results of his studies on magnesium chloride. Dr. Delbet considered magnesium a “miracle mineral.” He is remembered today for his groundbreaking studies of magnesium chloride and its health benefits, as well as for his advocacy of using it to improve health.

The pioneering efforts of Dr. Delbet were followed in the 1940s by fellow French physician Dr. A. Neveu. Dr. Neveu confirmed the immuno-stimulant effects of magnesium chloride, and he successfully tested magnesium therapy for wide range of conditions. These conditions included colds and flu, throat infections of the tonsils and pharnyx, lung and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal inflammation (stomach flu), skin infections, septic wounds, and many common childhood conditions.

More recently, other physicians such as Dr. Raul Vergini in Italy have confirmed the results reported earlier by Dr. Delbet and Dr. Neveu. Dr. Vergini reports excellent results using small quantities of orally administered magnesium chloride solution (2.5 percent magnesium chloride) both for proven applications developed by Dr. Delbert and Dr. Neveu, and for a broad range of other health conditions.

MORE BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

Additional benefits of magnesium chloride include greater energy, more relaxed muscles (and stronger connective tissues), better sleep, improved mental function, headaches reduced (or eliminated), arterial health, better reproductive function, and better hormonal balance for men and women (and reduced PMS). In addition, magnesium maintains the flexibility of cell membranes for improved intercellular communication, greater uptake of bioactive substances (e.g., micronutrients, neurotransmitters, and hormones), and detoxification of toxins and metabolic waste products. Magnesium oil also acts as an effective full body tonic. Dr. Sircus asserts that transdermal magnesium therapy is among the very best ways to improve human health.

HOW TO USE MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE IN TRANSDERMAL MAGNESIUM THERAPY

We offer and recommend three forms of magnesium chloride: oil, flakes, and gel. Each of these forms offers the same ultra-high purity magnesium chloride. Yet, each of the forms provides unique characteristics and advantages for use.

MAGNESIUM OIL

Magnesium oil can be added into a bath, footbath, or directly on skin (diluted, undiluted, or mixed into an oil base, such as massage oil).

For a bath or footbath, we recommend 4–8 tablespoons (2–4 ounces) or more placed directly into the water. Soak yourself (or feet) for a minimum of 20 minutes, but preferably 45 minutes or longer. We recommend soaking in your magnesium bath on a regular basis for best results.

While two ounces is a desirable starting level, higher doses (4 to 16 ounces) used in a bath may produce better results. While you may use the spray pump (16 pumps equals approximately 200 mg of elemental magnesium), for baths and footbaths it may be easier to uncap the bottle and pour the magnesium oil either into a measuring cup or directly into bath water.

You can also rub magnesium oil directly onto your skin and into sore muscles. Start with palm-sized amount (one ounce) per day (in a single application or divided applications) and then adjust your dosage as needed. We recommend daily usage (at least until the magnesium levels in the body are fully restored). If using the spray pump, try using eight pumps for your upper body and 8 pumps for your lower body. Eight pumps (1/4 teaspoon) provide about 100 mg of elemental magnesium.

Individuals vary in their requirements for supplemental magnesium due to biochemical individuality. Therefore, we suggest starting with up to 1 ounce per day (for full-strength topical application) and increasing the amount applied until you discover the dosage that best suits your body’s needs. After 30 to 45 days of daily usage, or after cellular magnesium levels are restored or attain a high level, you may find that you can apply it less frequently, perhaps two-to-four times per week (or whenever necessary).

Try adding magnesium oil to your favorite skin lotion. Some individuals report favorable results (and less skin irritation) when using magnesium oil in a lotion. An excellent body lotion may be made using 1/3 magnesium oil, 1/3 organic coconut oil, and 1/3 organic aloe vera gel (whole leaf). Mix these in equal parts into a shaker bottle. Shake well. Apply liberally to skin whenever desired.

MAGNESIUM FLAKES

Magnesium flakes can be added into a bath, footbath, or mixed with water to create magnesium oil. Flakes are especially convenient for travel because they are dry (non-liquid) and portable.

Add 1–2 cups (4–8 ounces) (or more) of flakes in the bathtub or footbath, and then soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. While 1–2 cups is a desirable starting level, higher doses (up to 32 cups or 8 pounds) may be used in a bath to obtain therapeutic results.

For therapeutic application in cases where there is severe depletion of body stores of magnesium, it is recommended that an individual take two baths per week for four weeks using eight pounds of flakes.

In order to facilitate high levels of usage, we offer the flakes in a 6.5 lb (128 oz) recyclable plastic container, which is approximately 16 cups of flakes. We also offer a 32-pound package, which consists of four eight-pound tear packs of flakes. This large size is ideal for families, sports teams, and individuals interested in high levels of usage. This large size is favored by health care professionals, who can repackage flakes into smaller containers or directly use eight-pound tear packs for clients.

For best results in a bath using magnesium oil or flakes, the water should be warm (101 degrees F to 105 degrees F) rather than hot. Hot water (over 105 degrees F) reduces the rate of absorption. When you add the oil or flakes to warm water, your skin will absorb the magnesium more efficiently. Some people prefer to start a bath with hot (or very warm) water and remain in the bath as the temperature drops into the warm range in order to gain maximum benefits. As noted, longer bath times can increase the amount of magnesium absorbed.

MAGNESIUM GEL

Apply magnesium gel your skin (including head, feet, dry areas, etc.). Leave on skin for as long as it is convenient. In cases of broken skin, users may experience some stinging or burning after application of gel. For maximum benefit, we suggest leaving gel on skin for as long as possible before washing or rinsing off the body. Individuals having sensitive skin may apply a small amount of gel on a less sensitive area (e.g., back of the hand) as a test before applying it to other areas of the body.

THE SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS: HIGHLY IMPORTANT FOR REJUVENATION

Supporting protocols are a major part of the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program. They work together powerfully with the other foundational elements of the Rejuvenation Program to create health. Indeed, they often work directly to detoxify, prevent toxicity, boost immune function, leverage the benefits of a solid nutrition program, and build vitality.

You may not always be able to follow all supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program, yet the more you can do, the better. Because each supporting protocol supports the body in a different way, the cumulative effect is to create favorable conditions in the body that support, build, and maintain great health, naturally.

Like other supporting protocols, the Magnesium Chloride Program plays an important role in building and maintaining health. When you combine this program with other supporting protocols and the six primary elements in the Rejuvenation Program, the results speak for themselves: rejuvenation, regeneration, healing, and health.

TABLE 1. MAGNESIUM COMPARISON TABLE. Comparison of different uses and features for selected Ancient Minerals Magnesium Products. 

ANCIENT MINERALS MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS
FEATURES Oil Oil Ultra Gel Lotion Lotion Ultra Flakes
Magnesium Chloride Content 33% 25% 29% 11% 10% 50%
Elemental Magnesium Content 8% 6% 7% 3% 3% 13%
Applied Directly To Skin
Applied By Bath/Footbath
Restores Magnesium Levels
Itchy/Sting Potential
MSM Added
MSM Content 19% 11%
Aloe Vera Concentrate Added
Useful for Inflamation
Useful for Muscle Spasm
Useful for Pain
Useful for Relaxation


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Products

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Oil ULTRA (with MSM)

Magnesium Flakes

Magnesium Lotion

Magnesium Lotion ULTRA (with MSM)

Magnesium Gel