Detoxification has become a necessity of modern life

Liver Support

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Dr. Michael MurrayOur environment is full of toxic chemical compounds. If we could see the harmful chemicals we would probably freak out. It can be mind-numbing to consider the scope of the problem. Most of us are powerless to change our circumstances so that we could somehow escape exposure. The baby boomers are the first generation to grow up during the chemicalization of America. It has only gotten worse, much worse. The children being born today already have over 100 chemicals in their systems at birth. Exposure just continues to grow from there.

The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce your exposure to the many chemicals in our lives. We can also support our natural detox systems in the body. So the big idea is to live cleaner as best you can, improve nutrition to support health, and help your body detox by regular and periodic cleansing.

In this interview Dr. Michael Murray will discuss the issues related to detox and cleansing. How does the body get rid of and/or neutralize harmful chemicals? Our bodies are amazing in the ways in which we deal with the many forms of assaults we face daily. What are the risks from a lifetime of exposure to hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals? It is bad enough to understand the risks of one chemical in the body, but what about the synergistic effect of many chemicals together? No one knows. How many of today’s health challenges are made worse by this exposure? Being naturally healthy requires that we consider how to avoid those toxins in the first place and how to get rid of the ones we have.

A toxin is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure.

  • Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic
  • Phthalates are found in plastics
  • Acrylamide is a chemical in starchy fried foods such as french fries
  • Industrial chemicals like dioxins, furans, PBDEs (fire retardants) and PCBs
  • Chlorine in drinking water
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Pest repellents
  • Disinfectants
  • Volatile organic compounds (solvents)
  • Tobacco smoke byproducts

We must face the fact that we are swimming in a sea of toxins. The best we can do is avoid what is possible for us to avoid and help our bodies to purify. Our body is always cleansing, detoxifying and purifying. Imagine your home if you did not get rid of waste in a timely and efficient manner? What if garbage and waste were allowed to accumulate? The result would not be a pleasant place to reside. If your body does not efficiently eliminate toxins, then your internal environment becomes more and more toxic and a risk to your health. This is why we detoxify on a regular basis.

Dr. Murray will discuss the Purify products from Enzymedica. When you are looking for cleansing products make sure your understand the distinctions between products and how they work. Like everything else in the supplement world, not all cleansing products are the same. So choose wisely. It is also critical to remember that the body has several ways to eliminate toxins and waste. Your liver is the primary organ for detoxify chemicals. Your kidneys filter our toxins. You release toxins through your breath, skin, kidneys and bowels. All of these avenues of elimination are important and you can support their functions independently.

Dr. Murray created the Purify program to offer a comprehensive programs that aids cleansing and detox throughout the year. There is the Complete Body Cleanse which is a 10 day program which is good to do several time a year. Purify Liver Detox will assist your liver with the heavy lifting of eliminating the toxins such as those in the above list. To truly support the body’s detoxification processes, you must support the health of your liver. This is more of a long-term lifestyle decision. This is particularly important because once the detox system becomes overloaded, toxic metabolites accumulate and we can become progressively more sensitive to other chemicals, even ones normally considered not toxic.

The Long-Term Approach to Detoxification
Stay away from:

  • Bad oils such as corn, safflower, soy and anything hydrogenated
  • Refined sugar foods and beverages
  • Diet soda
  • High mercury fish
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Reduce exposure to chemicals whenever possible.

Load up your diet with foods that are rich in components that help protect the liver from damage and improve liver function. These include:

  • High sulfur-containing foods (garlic, legumes, onions, and eggs
  • Good sources of water-soluble fibers (pears, oat bran, apples, and legumes)
  • Cabbage family vegetables (especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage)
  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Dandelion
  • Many herbs and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger

Here is the payoff: Your ability to detoxify is closely tied to how you feel. So if you want to feel more energetic, have greater clarity of thought, more happiness, and a greater passion for living, then these are some of the potential benefits of detoxification. The potential for living longer and healthier if greater when you are well nourished and eliminate waste and toxins efficiently.

Article by Dr. Murray: The Minimalist’s Guide To Detoxing Your Body Using Healthy Foods at

About Dr. Murray
Dr. Michael Murray has become the Chief Science Officer for Enzymedica. Here’s what Dr. Murray has to say about this:

DoctorMurray.comMy mission in life is to not only increase the awareness of natural products, but also to act as a catalyst towards revolutionizing medicine. Over the past year there occurred a cascade of events that made it clear that Enzymedica was the best vehicle for me to achieve my personal mission in life. It is that simple.
Enzymedica now has a close, strategic relationship with the Roskamp Institute. This non-profit research organization is performing cutting edge research for organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD) and the European Union (EU) . Renowned for their team’s research on Alzheimer’s disease, Gulf War Illness, and other complex diseases, I will be working closely with the Roskamp Institute towards developing better answers for improving brain health, the human microbiome, and, of course, digestion.
The resources and expertise available to Enzymedica are now beyond that of any other company in the dietary supplement arena. Having access to these resources will be an incredible experience and allow me to create even better science-based solutions that will find their way to your shelves and in my writings.”

Dr. Michael Murray is the author of over 30 books, including “The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,” and has been recently named “The Voice of Natural Medicine” by Nutrition Business Journal.



Certain probiotics aid seasonal respiratory challenges

Allergy Support

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In this interview with Neil Levin, we are going to discuss several important topics relative to probiotics. There is so much more to the story of probiotics that most consumers know. There is also much more to story of NOW Foods probiotics and you are going to learn alot about how their probiotics are brought to the market. Why should you have confidence in NOW products? Actually why should you have confidence in any particular company? This is an important topic because the quality of your supplements is determined by the companies like NOW and the companies that supply their raw materials. This is one of the biggest issues facing all aspects of the nutritional products industry. Why should we trust a company? What do we need to know to have confidence in the quality, science, safety and effectiveness in any particular product?

Respiratory Care
We are going to explore these topics by looking more closely at a new probiotic by NOW. We will explore the science of NOW Respiratory Care Probiotic.  Respiratory Care Probiotic is a probiotic combination featuring L. acidophilus NCFM®, which has been used in over 60 scientific studies. When used alone or in combination with B. lactis Bl-04, NCFM® has been shown to support a robust and balanced immune response to seasonal respiratory challenges, as well as to support an active lifestyle. NCFM® can rapidly populate the intestine and adhere to the intestinal wall, which is helpful for use during and after temporary disruptions to intestinal microbiota. Remember, nutrients are not drugs and do not treat diseases like respiratory allergies. Supplements like probiotics are natural bacteria that provide a functional benefit that supports respiratory health. Don’t confuse nutritional support with drugs. They are not the same.

Specific strain and species
NCFM is a specific strain of bacteria. What is emerging in the research of probiotics is that each strain is unique. There are many different variations of bacteria and these differences account for the many different reported effects. NCFM has been studied and used for many years but was only available through health practitioners. That exclusive use has expired and now that specific probiotic is now available in NOW Respiratory Care. This specific combination is only available through NOW. So if you have seasonal immune issues you should consider this particular probiotic. As you look at probiotics in today’s market you will see many bacteria with specific designations. These specific strains are the ones that are being studied and you should be able to learn more about the specific strain and its specific benefits. This will become the norm going forward. These distinctions between strains may seem confusing at first but ultimately it will be valuable to consumers, to be able to understand the specific benefits of specific strains and combinations of bacteria.

Here’s how probiotics are classified: from Wikipedia:

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

  • Domain: Bacteria
  • Phylum: Firmicutes
  • Class: Bacilli
  • Order: Lactobacillales
  • Family: Lactobacillaceae
  • Genus: Lactobacillus
  • Species: Lactobacillus Acidophilus
  • Strain: NCFM – (this is where the action is.)

Laboratory and Technology
One of the surprising things that I learned about NOW is that they have their own in house labs with 150 employees. That is the type of commitment that NOW has made to the science and technology of supplement manufacturing. This is a serious operation. Companies don’t invest like this unless they are committed to the science of high quality products. As Neil describes, NOW was the first supplement company to invest in a RiboPrinter.


This expensive equipment is used in food industry to identify specific bacterial contamination. In this novel application, NOW is using the RiboPrinter to identify all raw material bacteria they use in their products. Bacteria is confirmed coming in and bacteria is confirmed in finished goods. As we go forward, with probiotics found everywhere in the marketplace, it will become more and more important that companies are able to confirm the actual strains and amounts that are in their products and perhaps as importantly, confirm that there is only the bacteria listed on the label in the product. Don’t assume that this is always true.

Shelf Stability
One of the hotly debated topics in the world of probiotics is whether so called shelf stable probiotics are somehow inferior to refrigerated probiotics. Can shelf stable probiotics be relied upon to give the full potency at the time of expiration or best by date? If some products are shelf stable and some are not, how will you know as a consumer. In this case Neil provides the answer for NOW products. In this case, NOW probiotics are tested for potency at the expiration. They are also subjected to temperature of 120 degrees and remained viable and potent. In one revealing comment, Neil stated that moisture is the big enemy of shelf stability because it is moisture that will activate the dormant bacteria. Therefore moisture resistant packaging becomes an issue.

So this interview covers a lot more than just respiratory health. It touches on aspects of probiotics that you don’t normally think about. Part of our purpose here at is to help you learn about the distinctions in the marketplace. The more you know, the better choices you will make. Better choices lead to better outcomes. You always have options so seek to develop a nutritional program that works for you. The best product is the one that works for you. Be diligent in your research, choose wisely, and commit to learning about your health, your medicine and your nutrition.

About Neil Levin
Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA is the Senior Education Manager and a product formulator for NOW® Foods. He is a board-certified clinical nutritionist with a diplomate in advanced nutritional laboratory assessment. The U.S. Natural Products Association (NPA) presented Neil its Industry Champion Award in 2008 for “people who have made notable individual contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond what is expected to achieve commercial success.”

Neil’s interviews and articles are published in magazines and newspapers. He has been featured in many radio interviews and television news reports. Neil blogs at; is on Facebook (Honest Nutrition) and Twitter (neilelevin).


229 – Understanding the Acid/Alkaline Balance – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

Maintaining an internal acid alkaline (pH) balance in the optimal range supports your bones and your body. Bones are the body’s “mineral storehouse”. Not only do bones provide strength, but they also house our mineral reserves and allow us to maintain optimum pH levels. Increasing the intake of alkalinizing minerals through an alkalinizing diet is the most fundamental and effective way to keep your pH within that all important health restoration zone (6.5 – 7.5).

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228 – Boost Your Brain Power at Any Age – My Interview with Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue

Cognitive brain issues are not confined to the elderly. We now know that brain health can affect a wide range of issues at any age. At any age we need to think clearly. In this interview, Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue (Dr. Kate) will discuss some of the most important nutritional and lifestyle issues that can improve cognitive health. One needs to always consider certain lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, positive mental habits. Dr. Kate discusses 4 of the important nutrients for cognitive health support.

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227 – The Next Generation of Probiotic and Prebiotics – My Interview with Dr. Jason Mitchell

What is a Probiotic?
The word Probiotic, according to the WHO (World Health Organization) means:
“Probiotics are living microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”
Pro means “For”
Biotic means “Life”
Probiotic means “Pro-Life”
In other words, probiotics are “good bacteria”. Your native intestinal micro flora is your indigenous probiotics. Probiotic supplements provide beneficial living bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobactia, that help to support digestive balance and digestive health.

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226 – Predictive Biomarker – Homocysteine – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

In this interview Dr. Jaffe will discuss homocysteine. The bottom line takeaway is that as your homocysteine levels increase, your odds of living 10 more years goes down. As with some other biomarkers there is a range of values with risk increasing as blood levels increase. Understanding homocysteine is especially important if you have cardiovascular risk.

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225 – Vitamin K for Bone and Cardiovascular Health – My Interview with Jolie Root

In this interview with Jolie Root we will cover some of the clinical studies and what they reveal. We will also discuss the various forms of vitamin K so that you will understand the distinctions. Like most nutrients, there are differences in various forms of nutrients and the often unique benefits. We will discuss the specific forms of vitamin K2 that were used in the studies.

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224 – Nutritional Support for Male Sexual Health – My Interview with James LaValle

There are many things which can interfere with sexual pleasure. One needs to do a careful and comprehensive look at what could be influencing factors. For an obvious example, there are many medications which can interfere in one way or another. Smoking and alcohol consumption can be a factor. Stress, anger, fear can certainly intrude and make it more difficult to sustain desire and performance. The point is that you have to consider other factors in your life and deal with them as well. A good nutritional product can help, but it cannot fix the other issues that are under your control. Strive to understand what are your influences and make changes where you can.

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223 – Predictive Biomarkers – Hgb A1c – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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222 – Nutrition for Healthy Eye Support – My Interview with Neil Levin

There have been numerous scientific and clinical studies that have revealed the benefits of certain nutrients for eye health and specifically AMD and the history of some of these studies is revealing. The studies that more experts refer to is called AREDS and AREDS-2. (Age-Related Eye Disease Study). These two studies were sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So these are serious studies. In a nutshell the studied revealed “Taking the formulation reduced the rate of advanced AMD in people at high risk by about 25 percent over a 6-year period.”

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