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Also important for Cardiovascular Health

Bone Support

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In this interview Neil Levin discusses three core nutrients for both bone health and cardiovascular health. The science is compelling regarding the important benefits of calcium and vitamins D and K. However there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding these nutrients. Neil and I strive to demystify some of the confusion.

Older consumers like Neil and myself who go way back can remember when times and supplements were very different. Back in the 70s and 80s the main sources of calcium were cheap calcium carbonate, dolomite limestone and bone meal. We knew we needed calcium and these were some of the first supplement forms to become readily available. We now know much more about supplement forms, proper dosages and how nutrients work together. These nutrients has been misunderstood in the past and still even to this day. This interview will clarify some of the confusion.

What about calcium?

  • The challenge is to get adequate calcium, be able to break it down, then assimilate and utilize the calcium where it is needed (bone) and keep it out of tissues where it is not desirable (arteries).
  • Calcium is calcium regardless of the type. However not all calcium supplement forms are equal in assimilation in the body. Some calcium forms are difficult for the body to utilize and others are much easier. It is what gets into your bloodstream that matters.
  • Calcium does not function in isolation in the body. Simply taking more calcium to build bone is not likely to work. Other nutrients are also required. (Think vitamins D and K and other nutrients).
  • The amount of calcium being recommended is changing. When we account for the calcium in our diets, most of us will need to augment our diet with calcium supplements.
  • The old advice that women should just take more calcium for bone health is wrong and doesn’t solve the problems with bone loss.
  • Common current recommendations for calcium supplementation are between 500 mg and 800 mg in addition to your diet.
  • Acid blocking medications negatively affect calcium breakdown and absorption. (other minerals also)

Neil also discusses the importance of magnesium as part of the equation. Remember that most nutrients work together with other nutrients to provide multiple benefits. When considering either bone health or cardiovascular health, look at each nutrient for its particular benefit. This is why combination formulations are popular. 

What about vitamin D?

  • We just don’t get enough vitamin D. We stay out of the sun and we wear sunscreen, or we live too far north to get much D year round.
  • There are two forms of vitamin D – D2 and D3. D3 is the most common supplemental form.
  • Vitamin D is actually a hormone that is critical for health throughout the body. 
  • Currently nutritionists often recommend between 2000 IU and 10000 IU daily of vitamin D-3
  • The best way to establish how much vitamin D you need is to have your vitamin D blood levels tested. A good value would be 50 to 80 ng/ml.

What about vitamin K?

  • There are two primary supplemental forms of vitamin K – K1 and K2. 
  • K1 (phylloquinine) is found in plant foods such as spinach, lettuce and broccoli.
  • Vitamin K1 is involved in blood clotting.
  • There are two primary supplemental forms of vitamin K2 – MK4 and MK7.
  • K2 as MK-4 (menatetrenone) – this is the form of vitamin K that is found in animal foods such as meat and dairy if the animals were given vitamin-fortified feed.
  • K2 as MK-7 (megaquinone-7) – this is the form of vitamin K that is found in certain fermented foods such as natto. (Cheeses typically contain K2 as MK-8 or MK-9, which are not common supplemental forms, rather than MK-4)
  • Vitamin K2 does not tend to affect blood clotting as directly as K1 does.
  • K1 is more common than K2 in supplements, and MK-4 is the typical form of K2 used in supplements. MK-7 is always called out on labels as a specialized form of vitamin K2.
  • K2 is what your want for bone and arterial health.
  • The huge benefit of vitamin K2 is that transports calcium to the bones AND it helps keep calcium out of your arteries. It is this duel benefit that makes vitamin K2 such an important nutrient, especially for women. K2 builds bone and reduces cardiovascular risk.

Building a nutritional program that works
These three nutrients are good examples of both the potential benefits and possible pitfalls of nutritional supplementation. The benefits are that the body can repair and restore structure and function when given the proper nutrients consistently over time. You must choose wisely when picking your supplements. Choose carelessly and you will likely be disappointed in the results, if any. 

Remember, you are not treating disease. You are nourishing your body. Proper nutrition, food and supplements, allows the body to function more normally and to repair and restore. In the case of bone health, calcium provides one benefit, vitamin D another and vitamin K2 a third. It is the same with other important bone support nutrients. Each nutrient is important and unique. Added together the benefits to the body can be astounding.

About Neil Levin
Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA is the Senior Nutrition Education Manager and a product formulator for NOW Foods. He is a board-certified clinical nutritionist with a diplomat 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).


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How to discover over 500 hidden or delayed allergies.

Allergy Support

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One of the biggest and sometimes most mysterious health issue is caused by unknown food and chemical hypersensitivity. We live in an environment that is filled with chemical compounds that never existed until the 20th century. This includes industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, food chemicals and now even GMO foods. Many people live lives that are not healthy and well balanced that can make this worse.

This is a matter of how your immune cells respond to the thousands of molecules that enter your body every day. Delayed allergies and hypersensitivities reflect an immune system that is in a highly disordered state. The body fails to distinguish between some safe molecules such as food and nutrients. The body also fails to detoxify some of the many chemicals to which we are exposed. Trying to unravel the mystery of delayed allergies and hypersensitivities can take years to identify and resolve.

In this interview, Dr. Russell Jaffe discusses the importance of allergies and sensitivity testing. He discusses the deficiencies of the most popular allergy testing and screenings that don’t discover delayed allergic responses. Dr. Jaffe then discusses the best delayed allergy test, LRA by ELISA/ACT. LRA means Lymphocyte Response Assay. ELISA/ACT are the testing techniques developed by Dr. Jaffe. LRA is the gold standard in delayed hypersensitivity testing.  By looking directly at lymphocytes the LRA detects all three types of delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities to as many as 504 items.

Today, at least one out of every six Americans, or 40 million people in the United States, suffer from one or more of the autoimmune and immune dysfunction diseases. In response, chronically ill Americans spend over $300 billion per year directly for autoimmune syndrome treatments that often do not reduce their suffering or improve their health. Dr. Jaffe developed the patented LRA tests and treatment plan in 1984, enabling thousands of physicians to quickly and precisely determine the hidden causes of many chronic conditions and help their patients find sustained relief. By looking directly at lymphocytes the LRA detects all 3 types of delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities to as many as 505 items. Here is a link to the complete list of available tests.

  • Food – 238 items
  • Additives/Preservatives – 45 items
  • FD&C Color Additives – 20 items
  • Toxic Minerals/Metals – 14 items
  • Mold – 28 items
  • Environmental Chemicals – 61 items
  • Medications – 25 items
  • Dander/Hair/Feather – 10 items
  • Therapeutic Food – 46 items
  • Therapeutic Herbs – 18 items

As a consumer you can order your own LRA tests directly from There are numerous subsets of these tests so you can choose the tests you need. I consider the cost of these tests to be very reasonable. Check out the different packages from $378 for the basic test of 144 items to the complete package of 505 items tested for $1725.

LRA by ELISA/ACT tests are unique

  • The LRA by ELISA/ACT tests the lymphocytes as though they are still in your bloodstream being exposed to foreign invaders, providing highly accurate information about your delayed allergies.
  • Antibodies may be formed as a result of allergic reactions. They either protect the body or provoke symptoms. These unique LRA by ELISA/ACT tests are able to detect the symptom-provoking reactions to the substances tested. Compared to other types of tests, the LRA by ELISA/ACT is the most comprehensive and specific.

What your personalized tests include

  • A detailed report identifying nonreactive, moderately reactive and strongly reactive items
  • An easy-to-use guide explaining each reactive item, along with suggestions for substitutions
  • Individualized nutritional supplement and behavioral recommendations based on your Health Assessment Questionnaire completed prior to the test
  • A comprehensive Alkaline Way handbook explaining the LRA by ELISA/ACT program and how to easily incorporate the program into your lifestyle

When you work with your doctor to follow the LRA by ELISA/ACT program, you may notice improvements in your health as soon as a few days or weeks. Certainly by 6 months you should see significant improvements in your health status.

Defining good health
Good health means more than not being sick. When you’re really healthy, your body is strong enough to resist attacks on your immune system that can lead to the development of chronic symptoms. The following Health Assessment below is a good indicator of the state of your current health and can help you determine if you should speak to a doctor to find out if the LRA by ELISA/ACT tests are right for you.

ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies can help if you need a nutritional consultation before or after your test. If you need a nutritional practitioner your can contact PERQUE can refer you to a PERQUE trained practitioner. Here is one client testimony:
Throughout most of my life, I have suffered from chronic fatigue, stomach discomfort, headaches, frequent infections. I was amazed to learn through LRA by ELISA/ACT testing that some of the things that were in my everyday diet I had a reaction to. With help from your staff nutritionist, I removed these things from my diet and constructed an alkaline diet. After only a few weeks, I started to notice significant changes. I then began the recommendation supplements which took my quality of life to a new level. It was like I had been living with the dimmer switch on, and now everything was bright and clear. I no longer have daily headaches, fatigue, upset stomach and lingering infections. For the first time in my life, I feel amazing; I didn’t know it was possible! A patient from San Marcos, CA.

About Dr. Jaffe
Dr. Russell M. Jaffe received his BS, MD and Ph.D from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1972. He completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (1973 – 1976), remaining on the permanent senior staff until 1979. He is board certified in Clinical Pathology and in Chemical Pathology. On leaving NIH Dr. Jaffe began a journey that sought to support the emerging field of Integrative and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Jaffe is CEO and Chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH). His dedication to the application of primary prevention and his commitment to providing superior nutraceuticals and autoimmune testing with clinical evidence of superior efficacy has made him a sought after speaker and leader in his chosen field.




239 – The Adrenal Stress Connection – My Interview with Dr. Marita Schauch

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When we live in a state of constant stress our adrenals are working overtime. If this is you then this should tell you two things: that you need to seek balance in your life and you need to nourish your adrenal glands. This starts when you examine your life and health status and determine that stress is a likely component of your health challenges. If you have the kind of stress the can’t be mitigated by lifestyle choices and let’s be honest, none of us can easily walk away for the stressors in our life. This suggests that we really need to work on the nutritional component. And if you need nutritional support, then the only way to supply those nutrients is through food and supplements.

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238 – Nutrition for Autism Spectrum Disorder – My Interview with Dr. Betul Hatipoglu

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This is such an interesting and inspirational interview. This is a message of optimism for every parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Betul Hatipoglu’s son has autism. After exhausting all conventional medical options she was desperate to understand her child’s condition and what she could do. This is the story of her journey. Her success can potentially be yours.

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237 – Nutrition for Calm, Focused Attention – My Interview with Gabriel Williams

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Does your child suffer with any of the following: lack of focus, aggression, irregular sleep patterns, social anxiety and/or social withdrawal? These are common concerns for parents who children deal with Autism Spectrum Disorder sometimes referred to as Pervasive Developmental Disorder. This is increasing in the US at an alarming rate. Parents are rightly concerned especially since there is no good medical solution. The good news is that scientific and clinical studies are showing that certain nutrients and herbal extracts are able to lead to positive changes for children with these challenges.

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236 – Managing the Pain of Arthritis – My Interview with Dr. Anurag Pande PhD

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If you have osteoarthritis then managing pain and reducing inflammation is critical. Doing this naturally is certainly possible but is not always easy. Especially if you don’t understand your options and why different nutrients provide different benefits. Every nutrient is unique and your benefits are unique to you. It is helpful to have some understanding of the science. This is one reason to experiment with different products until you discover what products and protocols work best for you. In this interview we will explore some of the emerging science regarding the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis.

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235 – Whole Food Hemp Complex – My Interview with Dr. Jason Mitchell

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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 bodies 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.

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234 – Predictive Biomarker – Omega-3/6 – My Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe

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In this interview, Dr. Jaffe will discuss the issues and challenges with getting adquate omega-3 in our diet and maintaining a healthy omega-3/6 balance. Your omega fatty acid profile is an important predictive biomarker. What is your status and how do you know if your level is optimal? It is the Omega-3 Home Blood Spot test. This is the only way I know. Do the test once and see what your status is. Let the results and your health concerns determine your course of action.

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233 – Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil (MTC) – My Interview with Dr. Alvin Berger

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In this interview we will discuss the explain the uses and benefits of MCTs. Dr. Berger tells the story of his son who has type 1 diabetes. MCT oil provides energy without needing insulin. This may even help reduce the amount of insulin needed by an individual. This is what happened to Dr. Berger’s son. This is both a professional and a personal journey for Dr. Berger.

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232 – CBD Oil, An In-depth Exploration – My Interview with Dr. Hector Lopez

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In this interview Dr. Hector Lopez will discuss the science, biology and application of PlusCBD Oil from CV Sciences. Not all CBD products are the same so remember that our discussion is only referencing this particular CBD.
The first part of our interview we discuss how CBD exerts its effects in the human body. Part of this discussion is on the endocannabinoid system. What is this system and what is the difference between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids from hemp. What are the differences between CBD from hemp and THC from marijuana?
Secondly we will discuss the various applications for CBD for the average consumer. Perhaps one of the most important applications is for balancing neural health. It is the delicate balance between our nerves being calm and excited. It seems that CBD helps to normalize this balance.

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