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By vitalhf, Apr 22 2019 04:58PM

By Jonathan M. Sasser, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.


Perhaps one of the best answers to the question, “Why whole food supplements?” comes from Catalyn, the original multivitamin created by the Standard Process’ founder, Dr. Royal Lee. Lee created Catalyn in response to the declining health of family and friends, that followed the increased prevalence of refined and processed foods, especially grains. At the time, Lee simply asked, “What piece is now missing that wasn’t missing before?”. Catalyn was the answer. To create Catalyn, Lee combined wheat germ (the part of the wheat berry that is removed from wheat during the refining process) with a number of other plant and animal products that he knew to possess great health benefits. To this day, we are still discovering nutrients essential to human function, and Catalyn contains all of them (over 2000).


So how is it possible that a supplement created nearly a century ago already contains all of these nutrients?


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By vitalhf, Apr 17 2019 02:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


In our quest for greater brain clarity, we need to understand that it is never normal to have brain fog, poor concentration, or lack of cognitive clarity, even as we age. While blamed on “you’re just getting old”, we know that isn’t true, as 20 and 30 year-olds, younger and older, have the same complaints. While poor memory could be age-related, before the age of 90, you should be seeking other reasons for these issues.


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By vitalhf, Apr 10 2019 01:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


Many people complain of “brain fog”. Some define it as an inability to concentrate or easily getting distracted, while others say they go about feeling like their head is stuffed with cotton and they feel sleepy. To eliminate it, many resort to coffee to try to focus, or on sweets to stay awake. Both just make the problem worse.


As always, looking for the underlying culprit goes far in remedying it. Since there are many causes for brain fog, we need to do some investigative work. Blood work is rarely helpful in identifying a cause for two reasons: First, brain fog isn’t considered a medical condition, therefore, there is no medical protocol for discovering a cause, much less a treatment for it. Secondly, blood work mostly identifies diseases, and unless the disease is drastic enough that follow-up testing reveals an underlying pathology, the protocol will be based on a disease model at that point, not a health model. So, where do we start?


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By vitalhf, Apr 3 2019 01:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


In Part I Hormone Replacement – Encouraging Laziness, information was given about how taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) encourages organ laziness. We didn’t discuss how to change that.


There are many forms of HRT. We take exogenous hormones (hormones that are produced outside of the body and fed to the body) versus supporting the endogenous hormones (hormones made by the body itself) in many forms. Pills, creams, injections, sublingual tablets, etc. We take hormones produced from organs/glands such as thyroid hormones, pineal hormones (melatonin), adrenal hormones (DHEA), sex hormones (birth control pills, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), pancreatic hormones (insulin), etc. While it appears on the surface to be beneficial to supplant hormones the body isn’t sufficiently producing, in the long run, it may be more beneficial to support the organ that is supposed to be producing it in the first place.


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By vitalhf, Mar 27 2019 01:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


Hormone replacement is so common today, you’d think we can’t live without it. For some, that’s true. But what have we done for thousands of years before we started hormone replacement? Is there truly more of a need for it than there was for thousands of years until now, and if so, why? When you look at some of the risks, we have to question the wisdom of forcing man-created hormones on our delicate bio-feedback network that plays such a critical role in the balance of our endocrine (hormonal) system. Does hormone replacement therapy (HRT) encourage laziness in a system that strives at all costs to be balanced?


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