Hemp provides powerful nutrition for human health.

Interview with Dr. Jason Mitchell

Brain Support

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There has never been this much excitement over a food and it’s nutrients as there is currently for hemp. There is also a great deal of confusion as to what are the important facts to understand. Valid scientific research surrounding hemp is fueling the rediscovery of its importance to human health.  What this research is revealing is causing a shift in thinking as well as application of nature’s assets held inside this amazing plant.
Combined with changing state laws and laws surrounding the research of Hemp, we find ourselves in what might be considered as one of the most important advancements in nutritional and medical knowledge to date.

Hemp has been used as an important resource for centuries.Historically, hemp has been known as a fibrous resource within the textile industry. Its oils have been important to industry and used to make such things as:

  •  Clothing
  • Rope
  • Fabric
  • Biofuels…and so much more

The most important lesson here is that hemp is also food!

Industrial Hemp

Industrial Hemp

Whole Food Resource – In more recent years, hemp has been identified as a whole food resource of full-spectrum plant based nutrition, including:

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Omega Fatty Acids (Omegas 3-6-9)
  • Key Hemp Phytonutrients

Researchers believe that the most recent discoveries found in hemp oil, from parts of the plant such as the mature stalk, might be the most important. Researchers have revealed that within the amazing hemp plant contains a collection of phytonutrients and phyto-compounds that show great promise for human health in both the nutritional and medical fields.  These phytonutrients and phyto-compounds include:

  • Chlorophyll
  • Flavinoids
  • Terpenes like ß-caryophylline
  • Many other important key hemp phyto-compounds.

Our body has an intricate system of receptors located throughout it called the Endocannabinoids System (ECS). The ECS plays an integral role in the state of our well-being, by helping to regulate the communication between cells in our central nervous system and throughout our body’s immune system. Scientists have known for years that the chemicals produced in our brain result in a wide array important physiological responses and how important it is to support healthy ECS function.

Because the ECS is directly involved in so many interactions within the human body, it has been aptly referred to as the “Central Control Panel,” or what we like to call the “Master adaptogenic System.” Supporting homeostasis and balance,” within the ECS supporting both body and mind.

By gently supporting the ECS with naturally occurring phyto-compounds found in hemp and other plant-derived sources, we may support ECS balance.* It is important to point out that research is still underway and many studies are being conducted to prove the clinical efficacy of hemp science. We are still in the embryonic stages of really understanding the full complexity of how these key hemp phyto-compounds interact with our ECS. For a deeper understanding of the research and the ECS, visit, PubMed.gov or the International Cannabinoid Research Society at ICRS.co.

The Importance of Nutritional Hemp Phyto-compounds
Many of us take vitamins, eat well, find time to relax and exercise, and we still find ourselves occasionally out of balance, tired and not getting enough quality sleep. The point is, even if we do try and live a completely healthy lifestyle, we may still need to support our bodies with additional support.

It has been identified that Hemp contains powerful phytonutrients / phyto-compounds that are getting the attention of medical researchers worldwide.  This attention has been driven primarily by the discovery of unique system in the body called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a collection of endocannabinoids,  their regulating enzymes and their receptors.  These phyto-nutrients have been recognized as showing great promise in supporting human health as well as potentially revealing future applications in medical treatment due to their interaction with this Endocannabinoid System.*

Key phyto-compounds for support can be found in common foods like cloves, hops, black pepper fruit and plants like Echinacea. We can certainly eat more of these foods, but HempFusion® makes it easy to supplement your daily diet with many of these key phyto-compounds naturally derived from nutritional hemp. Unique, proprietary Whole Food, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil formulas from HempFusion help to support the ECS*. Specific HempFusion formulas are designed to support for occasional stress, more restful sleep and digestive health.*

Poor diet, lack of exercise, stress factors and a shortage of sleep may affect human health. Endocannabinoid System (ECS) research is now shedding light on the connection between the chemicals produced within our own bodies and the receptors for those chemicals located throughout our entire body that help us to maintain ECS balance. Nature provides help with plant-based Key Hemp Phyto-compounds, which are biologically similar to the ones produced within the ECS.

There are many credible sites such as PubMed.gov and NIH.gov where you can conduct your own search to find the most current information being published in real time. While more research is needed to meet the requirements of structure/function claims regarding phyto-compounds derived from nutritional hemp, many anecdotal reports and the interest from the scientific community are advancing our knowledge of the plant’s benefits.

HempFusion is a family of products based on full-spectrum hemp formulated with key synergistic nutrients and herbs. Each formula has a specific benefit and these are formulas that can be taken daily. There are specific formulas for Sleep, Digestion and Stress. Nutritional Hemp contains no psychoactive properties.

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About Dr. Jason Mitchell
Dr. Jason Mitchell is a Naturopathic Doctor certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. He is also a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and Certified Natural Health Professionals. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management/Operations from Arizona State University and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Trinity College of Natural Health. He is the Co-Founder & President of HempFusion.


Do you have bloating, belching, poor digestions or occasional heartburn?

Interview with Dr. Audrey Ross

Digestive Health

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There are a lot of people with digestive challenges that are not medically related. These are common everyday digestive issues that don’t require medical intervention. Problems such as occasional, poor digestion, gas, bloating, heart burn and stomach irritation are examples of digestive complaints that can often be addressed by good nutritional support.* Just to be clear, we are not discussing serious digestive problems that require medical intervention. For all medical concerns see your health care practitioner.

When you have digestive complaints it is a good idea to evaluate everything that may be contributing factors. You need to be a lifestyle detective and examine your life. For the best long term outcomes you have to put right that which is going wrong.

  • Diet should be the first thing you consider. What foods bother you? How do they bother you? When do they bother you?
  • Are you eating poor quality foods or beverages? Many people will feel better just by eating wholesome foods and avoiding the junk.
  • Do you have excessive stress? Digestion often suffers when people are over-stressed.
  • Are you on medications that may interfere with good digestion? If so speak with your doctor about your concerns.
  • Do you need a good prebiotic and probiotic? If you have occasional digestive issues, consider supplementing with high quality probiotics*. NOTE: High potency does not equate to high quality. Be discerning.
  • Do you practice conscious eating? If you eat on the run, gobble your food, drink excessively with your meals? This can set you up for disturbed digestion. Do you chew your food well or eat fast? Good digestion begins in the mouth.

In this interview with Dr. Audrey Ross we will discuss solutions for these common, occasional digestive complaints. We will consider Country Life Vitamins and the simple solutions that you should know about. I have personally used many Country Life products for 40 years and I am happy to tell you about these. I have confidently recommended them many times over the years.

Occasional Acid Indigestion

It seems today that the first line approach to acid indigestion and other digestive complaints is to take one of the acid blocking medications. In doing so first, we bypass the simple nutritional solutions that may be appropriate and effective. In some cases, people may even need more stomach acid. The irony is that both high stomach acid and low stomach acid can have similar symptoms.

Acid Rescue is a simple solution for occasional heart burn and acid indigestion. Acid rescue provides calcium carbonate in a tasty sugar-free chewable tablet that quickly gives relief. It’s easy to take and works right away.

Digestive Enzyme Support
Digestive Enzymes are used by the body to break down the foods we consume. Without sufficient enzymes we cannot extract the nutrients. If you feel bloated, have stomach gas, belching and food just sits like a rock in your stomach, you may consider supplementing with digestive enzymes. If you need more enzymes then a solution would be to take them with your meals.  Each different enzyme digests a specific type of food such as protein, carbs, fats, fiber, lactose and so on. Look for enzymes that digest the foods that bother you when you eat.

Papaya Digestive Support is a fruity chewable enzyme from whole fruit non-GMO Papaya. Papaya Digestive Support contains protease to support protein digestion and alpha-amylase to support the breakdown of carbohydrates.

Aloe Vera Liquid
Aloe Vera is a plant that has been used for hundreds of years for its beneficial properties. Many people know that aloe has wonderful benefits externally. In this case we are considering the use of the inner filet in liquid form. Aloe Vera liquid has been shown to support immune, cardiovascular, and digestive health.* How do we have confidence in these claims? This is a good example of the value of clinically studied ingredients.

Country Life Vitamins uses ACTIValoe®. There are over 20 published studies on ACTIValoe® showing these and other benefits for their specific Aloe Vera Liquid. If you want products that have science behind their claims then you need to expect companies to use trademarked, clinically studied ingredients. This is how consumers can have confidence in products. You should also consider the certifications that exist.

ACTIValoe® has been shown to increase the absorption of vitamins B12, C and E*. ACTIValoe® contains acemannan which works as a prebiotic.*

Aloe Plus includes ACTIValoe® plus the herbs ginger, turmeric, peppermint, sheep sorrel, burdock root, slipper elm and turkey rhubarb.

Activated Charcoal
Charcoal has been used for hundreds of years as an internal aid. Even today charcoal is used in filtration systems because of its absorptive properties. Internally charcoal is used to adsorb intestinal gas. It is this property that makes charcoal useful. Charcoal can be used in body cleansing programs. It is even now being used to brush your teeth.

Country Life Vitamins Activated Charcoal is sustainably sourced from coconut shells. It is specially processed under high steam activation.

NOTE: Charcoal may bind to prescription medications. Consult with your doctor prior to using.

It’s interesting to me that these were all known to me as natural remedies when I first studied nutrition over 40 years ago. This is a case where the simple remedies of the past have been made current and still provide very profound benefits. These products were developed because they are effective and with Country Life Vitamins, I know they are a company you can trust.

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Dr. Audrey Ross, ND
Dr. Ross works for Country Life Vitamins  and Biochem Science by Nature as their Senior National Educator. She has a PhD in Naturopathy as well as a degree in Marketing. Dr. Ross ran a naturopathic consulting practice in Texas and worked with medical doctors, providing nutritional consultations for patients. Dr. Ross has a passion for teaching and has conducted seminars on nutrition, weight loss, stress reduction, etc. She co-authored a book on female hormone management in 2000. Her passion and knowledge bridges the divide between allopathic and naturopathic health care.




302 – Emerging Trends in Probiotics

The probiotic category is a hotbed of research and as a result new products are emerging at a rapid rate. The science of probiotics is revealing the unique benefits of genetically identifiable strains. This is leading to more specifically targeted products. It also means that consumers must continue to gain more understanding in order to sort out the products and the claims. There are a lot of good companies making good probiotics. There is also way too many products that are inferior in some way or another that is not always obvious.

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301 – Meshima Mushroom Supports Breast Health for Women

“Meshima, (Phellinus linteus) whose name literally means “Women’s Island,” is a mushroom that grows on mulberry trees on an island of the same name southwest of Japan. Meshima is becoming increasingly known for its remarkable women’s health benefits.* In groundbreaking studies, US researchers recently confirmed that an extract of Meshima mushrooms demonstrates potent activity in helping to maintain healthy breast cells.*” source: Mushroom Wisdom

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300 – What You Need to Know in 2018 – My Opinion – Steve Lankford

Every 100 shows I take time to distill my thoughts on what I have learned or observed since the previous anniversaries. I have a perspective on the health industry that spans over 4 decades and I have seen the growth and the changes. I suggest that you revisit episodes 100 and 200 and read the blogs that I wrote at those times. It is interesting because much of what I covered then remains relevant today.

As always a lot has changed, but much also remains the same. Changes can be challenging to manage but it also means new opportunities. In times of change, one has to understand and adapt to that change. In this podcast, I will give my overview of how my thinking has evolved and how best to move forward.

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299 – The A-List Diet – Look and Feel Younger

Prior to opening his own practice, for five years, Dr. Pescatore was the Associate Medical Director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine working directly with Dr. Robert C. Atkins. What we have learned over the decades from Dr. Atkins and Dr. Pescatore is that fats in the diet are not the cause of obesity. We have learned about the importance of the types of fats in the diet and that some fats are better than others. We learned that refined carbs and too many carbs is a major factor in the obesity epidemic.
Dr. Pescatore’s newest book The A-LIST Diet (2017) is designed to go beyond Atkins and Paleo diets. Dr. Pescatore improves on these popular diets by boosting protein, protein rotation, reducing inflammation and alkalizing the body. Dr. Pescatore takes a fresh look at everyday choices and helps you customize his strategies for your unique needs.

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298 – Maintaining Intestinal Probiotic Balance

There is no product that has as much traction in the marketplace right now as probiotics. The understanding that probiotic bacteria have a profound beneficial effect on human nutrition has crossed over into the main stream. Probiotics can be found in many different products, even foods and beverages. One might even assume that all probiotics are good for human health and that you can take as much as you want. People assume that one probiotic may be equally good as any other product. Most people don’t realize how much modern life can adversely affect your probiotic balance.

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297 – Nutritional Support for Digestive Challenges

Digestive complaints are one of the most common health issues. Common digestive problems include poor digestion, upset stomach, acid stomach, irritable bowel, gas, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, and probiotic imbalances. Those are the common ones. More serious digestive issues include Crohn’s, C-diff infections, leaky-gut, Celiac disease, and so on. The number of people who chronically use acid-blocking drugs is skyrocketing. The long term use of these medications has profound nutritional consequences.
In this interview Neil E. Levin discusses the challenges throughout the digestive tract. It’s important to have as clear an understanding of your situation as you can. The more you understand the more likely you will be to find an effective solution. Neil explains some of the distinctions between problems and discusses which nutrients you can consider. Remember the best products are the ones that work best for you so be open to experimentation.

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296 – The Power of Fermentation for Foods and Supplements

You are likely already consuming fermented foods than you realize. Some common fermented foods include yogurt, beer and wine, vinegar, tempeh, sauerkraut, pickles, olives, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso and sourdough bread. There are others. Fermented foods are easy to digest and they are gentle on the stomach. Almost any food can be fermented. In this interview Yolanda Fenten we discuss the value of fermented foods. We also discuss Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea 100% Organic Fermented Greens and Protein. 

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295 – Is Your CBD Safe and Effective? What to Look For.

I have preached this many times: In order to find the best products, you have to first find the best companies. Companies who pass the tests and produce products you can trust is what you are seeking. This is perhaps the most important thing in this exploding market of CBD. How do you know which products and companies are worthy of your trust and dollars?

Consumers assume CBD is CBD, without distinction except perhaps for milligram potency. But there is so much more to the story. In this interview with Stuart Tomc, we are going to discuss many of the important distinctions that tell the story of traceability, transparency and so on. We are using CV Sciences’ PlusCBD Oil as our model. If you have followed our interviews on PlusCBD Oil then you already have a good foundational background. If not you can find those interviews here.

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