You are Never Too Old 4Play

“Use the best of the best – you deserve it!”

Nature’s 4Play personal body lubricant was designed to bring peace of mind. Pleasure should bring intimacy and joy, and not worry or concern whether the ingredients are safe for long term use. Most people don’t give it a second thought as they lather their bodies most sensitive and permeable regions with lubricant, though for safety sake they should.

Nature’s 4Play was designed by a naturopathic doctor after examining the lubricants promoted as natural. It turned out that the ingredients were not safe, even of those products directed to the natural health industry. The most popular lubricants contain nothing that is natural, and attempt to discredit safe and natural ingredients. The original purpose of a lubricant is to add moisture and to prevent friction, rubbing and discomfort to an act that should be enjoyable and pleasant.

Lubricants are particularly beneficial for women, as—mainly during sex—they provide short-term relief from vaginal dryness and increased pain that could occur with prolonged sex. Water-based lubricants have the advantage of being non-staining and water soluble. An internet-based, double-blind, prospective study found that water-based lubricants are associated with fewer genital symptoms in women, compared with silicone-based lubricants. Vaginal moisturizers are to moisturize the mucosa, mainly for the water to adhere to the mucosa. The best ones contain plant-based polymers such as aloe vera, which helps to heal the sensitive vaginal and/or anal tissues.

Natural lubricants have safety in mind concerning emollients and preservatives in order to prevent bacterial contamination. It is recommended to choose a product that is optimally balanced in terms of ingredients, and that both osmolality (concentration) and pH is similar to natural vaginal secretions.

Personal body lubricants are widely used products and for good reason: they are effective at reducing discomfort at the time used. When applied vaginally or rectally, they increase lubrication but health professionals and researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible health risks with their long term use. Unfortunately, in many cases not enough care has been taken in their design with the products’ main concern being the overcoming of dryness and not other, health related ones.

Vaginal lubricants are normally gel-like substances designed to add moisture to offset vaginal dryness, or when the body’s natural lubrication is inadequate, which results in discomfort or pain for an act that should give pleasure. Vaginal dryness is experienced by many women, especially from situational and health related conditions such as:

• aging and menopause,• stress,
• breastfeeding,
• hormonal imbalance—due to a lack of progesterone
• glandular deficiencies such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
• diabetes and
• side-effects of several medications

When surveyed, over 65% of women in the United States reported using some form of vaginal lubricant in the previous month. Are some lubricants toxic? This is dependent on how the lubricant was formulated. The sensitive areas of application such as the vagina and anus are highly permeable, and anything that is applied topically can quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream. The design of most lubricants does not consider how the ingredients will affect long term health; most of the ingredients have no certification of their origin to ensure they are safe for internal use. We must consider the chemical stabilizers as well, as many (e.g. parabens, a very common preservative) are known carcinogenic. Parabens can affect estrogen levels within the body by creating a hormone imbalance, and effect reproductive health. Then there is the need to match the lubricant pH balance to the body’s pH balance; if too acidic or too alkaline, it could lead bacterial growth and vaginitis, which is painful and discomforting.

There are several factors to consider, mainly the preservatives and chemical stabilizers, dyes and colours and ingredients to alter pH levels, as well as disrupt hormones, since they can be harmful, especially for long term use.

Here is a list of ingredients to avoid :

Parabens: weak estrogenic compounds that may disrupt endocrine balance. They have been detected in breast tumors, but there is no conclusive evidence if they are associated with carcinogenesis or significant toxicity. Further research is needed.

Propylene glycol: may cause tissue trauma and possible damage to veins. The risk of dermatitis, arthralgia (joint pain) and polyneuropathy (peripheral nerve damage) has been reported in about 10% of patients.

Dimethicone: (polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS) is a silicone-based polymer. Generally considered safe, possible side effects may include dryness, slight irritation, and allergic reactions, in severe cases burning, stinging, redness, or irritation may occur.

Phenoxyethanol: preservative used in cosmetics to limit bacterial growth. It can cause skin and lung irritation and is possibly toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver. Repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage.

Isopropyl palmitate: An ester product of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid (palm oil, which may be sourced from animals, according to PETA). Because it is alcohol based, with long term use it may dry out the skin.

Tetrasodium EDTA: a chelating agent made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It is classified as a known human carcinogen. EDTA is a known chelator and may bind to certain mineral ions to inactivate them, and may affect the passage of other chemicals into the skin. Based on the available data, these ingredients are safe as used in cosmetic formulations.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): synthetic antioxidants and preservatives. BHT can act as a tumour promoter in certain situations. Limited evidence suggests that high doses of BHT may mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and prevent expression of male sex hormones, resulting in adverse reproductive affects.

Fragrance or perfume: over 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. There is evidence suggesting that exposure to perfume can exacerbate asthma, and perhaps even contribute to its development in children.

PEGs (polyethylene glycols): petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide (a known human carcinogen which can harm the nervous system) and 1,4-dioxane (a possible human carcinogen).

Petrolatum: either a mineral oil or jelly, used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to

PAHs: including skin contact over extended periods of time—is associated with cancer.

Triclosan: mainly used as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. It can pass through skin, and may interfere with hormone function (endocrine disruption).

Nature’s 4Play has only safe ingredients that heal and benefit the body while moisturizing. The principle ingredient is organic aloe vera, with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant benefits helping to treat and heal the skin. Flax seed extract helps to minimise skin rashes, irritation and redness, and recover wounds faster. We have also added a minimal amount of vegetable glycerine, enough to help with lubrication and sweetness to the palate, while considering its versatility with the right dosage. The preservatives are completely natural, the same as we use in all our skin creams.

Use Nature’s 4Play with confidence and focus on joyful play knowing that you are using the best of the best because you deserve it!

References:
• Edwards, D., & Panay, N. (2016). Treating vulvovaginal atrophy/genitourinary syndrome of menopause: how important is vaginal lubricant and moisturizer composition? Climacteric: the journal of the International Menopause Society, 19(2), 151–161. doi:10.3109/13697137.2015.1124259
• David Suzuki Foundation. 2019. “The Dirty Dozen” cosmetic chemicals to avoid. https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals-avoid/

Drug Shortage and the Surprising Truth about What It Really Does for Your Health

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. (Sherlock Holmes)

Currently we can experience drug shortages in many areas. This is not a new situation; the issue was highly present back in 2011[1], when the number of drug shortages (mainly generic sterile injectable drugs) rose. Now things have changed but definitely not for the better. Around 60% of the cases happen due to the fact that the manufacturers and suppliers have a limited production and capacity of raw materials. This doesn’t only concern generic drugs but also supplements and nutraceuticals. However FDA has taken action to mitigate the problem, it still remains.

Another significant reason—besides the ones mentioned above—is the way how cheapness is given to people, e.g. as it happens with corn or soy that are now almost completely genetically modified (GMO). This makes sourcing non-GMO even more difficult to find, as only few are growing it. Less costs more: butter that is salted is cheaper than salt free for instance, which is crazy but true. We have to face it, we have done it to ourselves when China, India, and others had offered things cheaply and we, the society, jumped all over it putting the quality US, German and Japanese producers out of business due to the higher demand, losing our leverage. Now China controls all the manufacturing for raw ingredients for generic drugs and supplements, and at any time they can flex their muscles and squeeze the market with higher prices.

Though genetically modified tend to get some better sounding names such as “nutritionally enhanced”, it really is just a marketing move to sell the idea of GMO being safe and feeding the world, or presenting it as something with “the ability to combat chronic disease” and “make a positive impact on global human health.”[2] This is not articulated only in studies aimed to reach the scientific community but even pushed to platforms such as TED Talk where they work as a paid advertisement hidden behind educational speeches. In spite of opposition groups, GMO crops now account for more than 300 million acres worldwide and grown by over 17 million farmers in more than 25 countries, the top 5 countries are Canada, the United States, Brazil, India and Argentina.

This is a soil from which businesses can grow, claiming that they have a better environmentally friendly solution. Like the Impossible Burger[3] which is in fact a GMO food with GMO yeast that has never even been approved and declared to be safe by the FDA. Apparently, most of the things are not what they look like, especially with the surprising possibility of unexpected toxicity or allergenicity.

“The claims made for the Impossible Burger’s health and environmental credentials are at best questionable and at worst highly misleading. But the more fundamental point is that this burger, the product of poorly tested novel and synthetic ingredients and GMOs, represents the opposite of what an increasingly food-aware and environmentally conscious public wants: pure, minimally processed natural ingredients, free from GMOs, transparently sourced, and produced with as few chemical and synthetic inputs as possible.

But what does the public really want? It is easy to state that we want all natural ingredients, foods and products when in fact the majority is still not willing to pay more for those desired non-GMO and non-toxic goods. Until we start supporting ethical producers and nutraceutical suppliers not willing to compromise with raw materials, they are not going to be able to compete with corporations playing the cheap and dirty game. It’s not the other way around and it is the consumer’s choice regarding the outcome. Choose wisely.

References:

[1] Van Arnum, Patricia. 2019.

[2] Hefferon, Kathleen L. 2015.

[3] Robinson, Claire and Antoniou, Michael PhD. 2018.

The Value of Worth in a Discounted World

“Quality is never cheap or discounted; it stands based on being different from the rest.”

We just went through the Christmas holidays and entering a New Year—welcome to the new roaring 20’s! The holiday experiences are two sided: on the one hand, the blessings of being with family and friends and the spirit of giving, on the other hand, there is also the spirit of commercialism. The need and push for gifting is so heavily emphasized, to give for every single cause; and wherever you go, you are enticed to spend because you do not want to forget Grandpa Joe and Aunt Bunny. We are preprogramed and if an item is not on sale, it is quickly bypassed as the eyes focus on deeply discounted items. The fun starts in November on Black Friday while the music of Jingle Bells and the Drummer Boy are played over and over again to get you into the Christmas spirit… My god, thankfully, we survived another year.

The one thing, though, you will not see is items of quality deeply discounted; you will not see a Ferrari being sold for the price of Kia and you will not see a Rolex at the price of a Timex. Why? Because known quality does not chase everyone, instead, it is appreciated by those who recognize its worth, and is marketed to those with the means to pay the prices asked. What about health treatment? When have you seen Viagra for the price of Aspirin or Synthroid synthetic thyroid medication sold at 2 for 1? Never. It does not happen. Those on these medications have become dependent upon the temporary symptomatic fix, their bodies function based on the stimulus of the drugs, and they pay the price asked without question because they believe their lives depend upon it. From a health professional, that is mighty strong programming.

So why are people willing to pay a higher price only for some products? If a product is replaceable and not unique, it is always decided on the price, when there is a cheaper alternative price is the deciding factor. Another reason could be that they don’t understand the value of the product, thus, they don’t know why they should pay a higher price if it appears “the same thing” and cheaper. This can happen if they don’t have the information or the background knowledge which happens quite often, especially when it comes to health products.

At Doctor’s Choice® our raw material pricing goes up at least once or twice a year because the quality is USP pharmaceutical grade. This does not mean it is a drug or a pharmaceutical, it means that material is produced of the highest quality pharmaceutical standards, the same standard used in producing prescription medicines. The global demand dictates the price due to the scarcity of the material, and those wanting the quality and the therapeutic results must pay the price. On the other hand, feed grade raw material from India or China is 90% cheaper and the quality standard used in most natural supplements, the quality is suspicious, the results questionable, and not consistent as when using branded USP grade raw materials. A perfect example is the soy isoflavones used in our Progest Liposome Cream. It is 3rd party certified as being non-GMO with all testing reports and documentation provided, so we pay over $500 per kg for this assurance. Why, you might ask. It is because 95% of the world’s soy isoflavone is genetically modified, and available in large supplies and at one tenth the cost. When it comes to producing our Neurotransmitter Support with 21 ingredients, the same applies: two of the principle ingredients have been on back order for 6 months, but the product restores brain health and so we wait and when ready, make it available.

In our home my mom had this saying “we can’t afford to buy cheap, instead we buy quality once”. Quality is never cheap or discounted; it stands based on being different from the rest. It is made in a different fashion with attention to details. It may not be for everyone’s budget but it is for anyone who understands the value of health, and is willing to pay the price for a standard that is recognised around the world.

Year in a Life

“Quality always matters.”

We have reached the end of another year. Well, not just a year but a whole decade. As we are approaching the fresh unknown, it is important to look back and evaluate what we have accomplished while continuing to work and plan for the future. Here is a short review of the year 2019 at Life Choice and our plans for the beginning of the next decade.

In the first quarter of the year we won the CHFA 2019 Suppliers Sustainability Award which demonstrates exceptional sustainability leadership and operations. It is an honor to have been selected as the greenest supplier in Canada. For those 34 years in the natural health industry we have been constantly creating the best from start to finish, making sure that our products only have benefits and no side effects or disadvantages. In light of global weather and the rise of diseases due to environmental toxins our win shows our input and we are happy to continue this journey with all our social and environmental responsibility programs, and mostly with the pureness and the quality of our products.

Quality and sustainability have been a central topic that we have discussed a lot in our newsletters. We not only wanted to bring awareness to this important subject but also shine a light to our possibilities and the difference between natural and synthetic ingredients. (Quality, Sustainability, Life Choice® Series). Our aim was to reflect on the consequences that the non-natural way could bring into our lives, like the bioaccumulation of toxins, allergies (Why Are We Becoming More Allergic to So Many Things?) or even more serious health conditions. We focused on the background that hopefully helped you to navigate better through the huge amount of information to make healthier lifestyle choices when possible.

We also introduced a series based on all the reviews we received from you, about our products. It was nice to see that regardless of age, nationality, gender or health issue, Life Choice products have been there better helping everyone’s life. Or as Fred Haynes, Ph.D. wrote about us: “if you try the Life Choice regime, you may find that you have more life and more choices in your life.”
Another great accomplishment in 2019 was definitely the fact that we were selected as one of the Top 100 Health and Fitness Influencers. “The 2019 OptiMYz Top 100 Health Influencers list was compiled from many sources and reveals the amaz¬ing diversity of influences on our general health and wellness. (…) The goal of the research was to ex¬plore the many categories that help to improve the health and wellness of Canadians; and to find a selec¬tion of individuals whose values and initiatives support a healthier Can¬ada. Final decisions on the candi¬dates were made by the editors of OptiMYz.”

Last year we introduced our Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland, which is trademarked protected and research secured by Health Canada Master File, scientifically backed with clinically effective results. The product was formulated by a naturopathic doctor, manufactured under GMP guidelines using USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials to ensure therapeutic results with all safety markers in place. Though we had been aware of the fact that this product is highly important and crucial for treating your thyroid naturally, positive evaluation of our Thyrodine and recognition was important for us. Thyrodine was voted as being one of the top product picks for 2019 Launch Pad innovation award, and nomination meant a lot to us. Your thyroid is too crucial to neglect, and a safe natural solution should never be overlooked.

Another great thing we did was the introduction of our Doctor’s Corner videos on YouTube—an educational series dedicated to sharing the fundamental knowledge that may become—as we believe—the key to a much healthier nation. In these video sessions the most important information are given by building everything from the basis (e.g. how a specific organ functions, how the different elements work in our body or what are the most relevant areas that we need to pay attention to) so that after watching, everyone can form their opinion and/or do their further research on the subject. You Tube: Doctor’s Corner Video’s

We also refreshed our look this year: we think that our new label look visually highlights the uniqueness of the products within the packaging. And though the quality definitely remained the same, we hope you appreciated the fresh and clean look of Doctor’s Choice that has been providing you professional, therapeutic medicine for 34 years. Quality always matters. Cheers!

Last but not least, good things are coming your way next year in the form of our new Lithium Homeopathic, and a completely natural personal body lubricant, Natures 4-Play. Also, we have been preparing a very special thing as well on top all those products, videos, newsletters and educational sessions that you are used to.

We hope you had a great, successful year and will have an even better one in 2020. We will definitely be here, to heal and educate the nation—one person at a time.

Peace on Earth

“Together we can make a difference.”

The world as we know it seems to be divided by everybody believing that they are doing the right thing. We tend to be more reactive to situations than responsive, and while fighting for what we call our truth, many times we forget about everything else. It comes from this deeply rooted idea that “if I’m right, the other person must be wrong.” Of course, this is not entirely our fault since us, as human beings, all sort through information in a way that it supports our belief system—we choose the ones that go along with our truth and leave the rest behind. As we can see, this is not exactly the most peaceful approach. On the other hand, finding peace does not mean to relinquish our beliefs and to come to terms accepting another with compromise, either. It is about understanding that the world stretches far beyond our inner one. This way we can live and let live by realizing that despite being very similar to each other, we are also different, and that is ok, as long as we understand what is truly right.

Real wisdom never loses vision or its objective. If you believe in something, make a stand; time will prove you made the right decision the same way as it did in the past for those who made a difference as they took the pathway less traveled, were lead by conviction, not by the masses. If you know what you believe in, if you know your aim, your values and what you are capable to achieve, staying true in your everyday life becomes much less of a struggle than before, and you can become at peace with yourself, the world and everything in between. The darkest hour brings the deepest faith and the experience is priceless. When light returns, your fears will vanish because when roots are deeply planted, they can weather any storm. Peace within cannot be shaken.
But peace cannot be reached if we forget about our past, present or future. Many times one tends to be left out from the equation when in fact no balance can be attained then. Remembering the past and what we can learn from it while being aware of the present and consciously planning the future is what forms the perspective and meaning of our life, and leaves it without any fleeting negative emotions.

Finding balance is the key if we want to come to a state of calm. When our life and surroundings are in balance, the soothing harmony renders peace to our troubled souls. We take our journey through this forest we call life, where each purifying breath compliments our footsteps. This transformation renews freedom to our inner child, and within our minds’ eye the creator’s vision is restored to our thirsting souls. Our oneness with planet Earth becomes cognitive and discovery is apparent everywhere. Life’s smallest base element becomes a common thread to our very existence. Plants become recognized for the healing of the nations and for the betterment of mankind and become these amazing medicinal properties that are God given and our right to possess.
If you’ve asked for wisdom, you have asked a great thing. Only remember that wisdom is achieved through experience. Together we can make a difference and be counted among those who demonstrated the courage to stand up for what they believed in, while still acting in a peaceful manner. Trust me, it’s possible.

What Is the Health Significance of Having Dry Eyes and What Can Be Done?

“If left unchecked, your dry eyes can become a progressive disorder. It starts off just to be a nuisance but soon the irritation saps your energy.”

You have heard the saying, “there was not a dry eye in the house”. If you talk to most groups of seniors and those in dryer climates, there was not a wet eye in the group.
What exactly is dry eye disease (DED)? Dry eyes are caused by a lack of adequate tears. Your tears are a complex mixture of water, fatty oils and mucus. This mixture helps make the surface of your eyes smooth and clear, and it helps protect your eyes from infection. For some people, the cause of dry eyes is decreased tear production. For others it’s increased tear evaporation and an imbalance in the makeup of your tears.

Dry eyes make you feel tired and they may sting, burn, itch, or feel gritty—like you have a hair or a broken blood vessel, it begins to drive you mad. Plus, there is the look of red, like you were studying all night. If the eyes are the window to the soul, tongue in cheek, what does that say about your soul? You don’t want to have old looking eyes, but when you see your eyes in the mirror, it affects your entire appearance, the lines, wrinkles, and bags seem to pop like never before, and this is not just cosmetic; there is more at stake. As time progresses, your vision may become blurry or may fluctuate. Then there is the entertainment of watching floaters. With allergies it is even worse: your eyes are more sensitive to light, and you feel you need help like a new prescription for glasses or how to manage with contacts lenses.

These dry eye symptoms are red flags, pun intended, and if left unchecked, your dry eyes can become a progressive disorder. It starts off just to be a nuisance but soon the irritation saps your energy. Eye pain seems inescapable as you attempt to fix the issue with multiple eye drops. When these don’t work, the condition can affect your mind, mood and your productivity. Not to mention that our lifestyle may make matters worse when your ability to read, watch TV, use a smartphone, or drive at night become affected.

But is this disease equally typical to both men and women? Apparently, more female than male patients seek care for their DED and it is not a result of a single reason. Dry eye becomes more common and worsens with age and as women live longer, they form a higher percentage of older patients. Also, “hormonal changes beginning around the age of 40 increase the risk for dry eye disease. In my experience, women also are more likely than men to seek help for their dry eye condition” says Kendall Donaldson, MD, member of the ophthalmic community. Studies prove this phenomena too, e.g “the Women’s Health Study and the Physician’s Health Studies showed a statistically significant, age-adjusted 70% increase in risk of DED among women. The Beaver Dam Study showed that the prevalence of DED is 50% higher among women than men.”

Besides the factors mentioned before, eye surgeries (LASIK and cataract removal) and contact lens wear can lead to the development of DED as well. “About 30% of the 140 million people who wear contact lenses worldwide discontinue use due to dryness and eye discomfort. People who wear contacts are four times more likely to develop DED than those who do not.”

  • Common causes of decreased tear production include:
    • aging, thyroid disorder
    • certain medical conditions including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency
    • certain medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, and drugs for high blood pressure, acne, birth control and Parkinson’s disease
    • laser eye surgery (though symptoms of dry eyes related to this procedure are usually temporary)
    • tear gland damage from inflammation or radiation

What can be done to find a natural solution without side effects to give relief? For me, I understand the need to open up the blocked tear ducts. Here is what I do: I take about one quarter cup sea salt and heat it in a pan. Once warm, I place the salt in a hand towel, lie down and place it over my eyes till the heat departs. I repeat this process again and do it every evening. You will find that your eyes become blurry as the fat glands open up, and resume lubricating your eyes. To help combat hormone imbalance of thyroid disease, it would be recommended to take Doctor’s Choice Thyrodine Thyroid Gland. In addition, taking Doctor’s Choice Next Generation B-Complex is most helpful, as it has the nutrients to help with eye health. As for the lines and puffy eyes, it is good to use chamomile tea bags and then for the tissue health and healing I would recommend Doctor’s Choice DMAE Restorative Cream.

References:
• Donaldson, Kendall E. MD. 2018. Is dry eye different for women and men? https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/article/dry-eye-different-women-and-men
• Dalton, Michelle. 2019. Understanding prevalence, demographics of dry eye disease. https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/ocular-surface-disease/understanding-prevalence-demographics-dry-eye-disease/page/0/1

Need for Education

“I have spent my life’s mission in order to heal the people without the need of drugs.”

In today’s world it is a constant sell; it seems, everyone is a victim of some sorts, and with Christmas around the corner it is worse than ever. In Canada, we don’t have too many pharmaceutical drug commercials, at least nothing compared to the US, where they seem to be airing constantly. People are speaking openly discussing their health issues. This is not just the old. Those in their teens and in their twenties also seem to suffer from the same sort of health conditions as grandpa does. It seems like that for most of them, they pass their leisure time surfing the internet or watching television of various interests on multiple formats, where every viewing screen is filled with the same bombardment of ads to convince you to buy what’s missing in your life. We know the deal, and because we know everything concerning, our data is being tracked, and we are constantly on guard of being taken advantage of. I have to admit, I feel the same, but the real question is how does one regain their trust and still feel protected and become educated in the process when nothing seems to actually support this?

Education is the key, but what education? Winston Churchill’s statement that “history is written by the winners” says a lot doesn’t it? Healthcare is no exception; I just shake my head when I hear the horrors, the brutal treatments the poor souls are on, as they get limited relief and host of side effects. They continue because they don’t know of anything else. How do you honestly—and I use this word in its truest sense—reach these people? They have become jaded for good reason: because misinformation is everywhere and healthcare, the medical system, seems to be the only way. After all, when the real health issues appear, what can vitamins do? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Here is where the real naturopathic medicine falls in the cracks. Trust me, not all professional branded supplements are any better than the ones that are not—for this discovery you will need to do your homework in order to narrow down even this group. Knowing the landscape and understanding the need, I decided to do something about it. The best way was to speak directly from my heart and without any pretence or science jargon that could confuse. Instead, I decided to concentrate on the facts concerning holistic health, to let the listener decide if it is right for them. After all, I have spent my life’s mission in order to heal the people without the need of drugs.

I believe that a choice should be made after deliberating all possibilities, and it shouldn’t come from a feeling of fear or misinformation. In addition, to be given access to the crucial and sometimes very fundamental knowledge that no-one seems willing to talk about for this type of revelation may become the key to a much healthier nation. In my video sessions I’m giving the most important information by building everything from the basis (e.g. how a specific organ functions, how the different elements work in our body or what are the most relevant areas that we need to pay attention to) so that after watching everyone can form their opinion and/or do their further research on the subject.

Below you can find the list of our videos. Have a listen, see for yourself, and let me know what you think. For one thing, it will give you a different perspective concerning pharmaceutical drugs and nutraceutical medicines, and may help you in bringing your body into a balanced state, so that it can heal itself without dependency or side effects. Now, wouldn’t that be a merry Christmas?

List of the Life Choice Videos:

Life Choice Intro

Product Quality

L-Tryptophan

Thyrodine Thyroid Gland

DMSO

DLPA

Kava Kava

Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme

Zinc Picolinate

Neurotransmitter Support

Thymus Gland

Next Generation B Complex Part 1

Next Generation B Complex Part 2

Hgh+ Homeopathic

CLAW-OCHMB

Laktokhan Probiotic

Adrenal Gland

Progest Liposome Cream

GABA

Fiery Male

Opti Cal-Mag with K2

Where is the Government Oversight Concerning Public Health, Who’s in Charge of Caring?

“Remember, you get what you pay for: do your own research, read the labels and chose quality over what’s being promoted and assumed to be good for you.”

To live out your years and to die of old age without first succumbing to disease seems almost impossible today. It is as though we are at war. Not by an invading enemy landing on our soil but by day to day living in a hostile environment. They say ignorance is bliss but how about willful blindness? Is it that some folks just don’t want to know? The average person lives their life oblivious to the dangers that surround them. Thankfully, most new homes require carbon monoxide detectors—they have the ability to sense danger before it happens, giving advanced warnings to save our lives. What else do we have that can do the same?

Water is a perfect example: Canada has bragging rights with lots of clean fresh water—just open the taps and enjoy! But maybe we need to rethink this way of thinking with the recent discovery. In 2015, a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan, recognized the relationship between an increase in her patients’ lead levels in their blood and the city’s recent change in water supply. The ensuing public health crisis was as revealing as it was tragic. Large numbers of children were found to have blood lead levels that put them at risk for neurotoxic sequelae, and an entire community became dependent on bottled water. Now something even worse is happening as hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. The contamination is higher than they ever were in Flint. This data is based on an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results. [1]

To assume and believe all is well is a problem, we are very trusting, but isn’t trust earned? When you visit the great outdoors you fill your lungs, ah, the great mountain air crisp and clean! Could you say the same in any modern day city today? And let’s not forget our food: grocery stores packed to the brim, everything looks so amazing but is it? We could sure use detectors for our food couldn’t we? Salmon packaged deep pink, beef and pork tomato red, and what is genetically modified and what isn’t, the eyes can’t tell. I asked the butcher if they ad dyes to the meat, or is the colour natural? He smiled, and said “everything is coloured to the way we expect it to look like, otherwise it would not be appealing and would not sell.” Our produce is the same; if it isn’t marked organic, we can assume it is genetically modified. Not to mention the highly processed center aisle—god only knows what’s in it. I remember the commercial for Wonder Bread. I used to wonder how they could call it bread since we had a saying at home that the whiter the bread the sooner you’re dead. Now I wonder about everything.

The soon to be released movie titled Dark Waters stars Mark Ruffalo as the environmentally-conscious lawyer (in real life it’s Robert Bilott), who began an environmental crusade in 1998 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Bilott spent the majority of his professional career taking the fight to corrupt chemical companies. In this case, that chemical company is DuPont that had been dumping chemical waste, including an unregulated chemical compound called Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA wasn’t public knowledge at the time but during his research, the lawyer was given access to 160,000 DuPont files which revealed that the company had been using the substance since 1951. This is about chemical dumping, so you can imagine what is done with the nuclear waste and how that’s being disposed of?

How did we get to this positon, where is the oversight? The infrastructure we now have in place is based on companies taking responsibility for their actions and self-regulation, the government only gets involved when problems occur or when discovered by outside investigation, like the Dark Waters case. Yes, they do have inspections but these are booked in advance and any improprieties can easily be hidden if the perpetrator wishes so.

When it comes to our health, we can’t leave the oversight or responsibility to our doctor or any single government body; we must do our own homework, act accordingly, and take matters in our own two hands. The other collective power we have is peaceful protests in order to hold those responsible and make them accountable for their actions. We see the fruits of this power in the Canadian class action lawsuit of Monsanto and their toxic offering of herbicide glyphosate, a killer solution in a spray bottle.

We need all the help we can get. Supplements are not a luxury but a necessity for remaining healthy. Sadly, like everything else, most supplements are made from synthetic feed grade raw materials. Remember, you get what you pay for: do your own research, read the labels and chose quality over what’s being promoted and assumed to be good for you. If someone were to ask me what vitamins they should take, I would suggest covering your bases. The equivalent of a One-A-Day would be Next Generation B-Complex, one with breakfast and one with dinner and Opti-Cal/Mag with K2, two with breakfast and two with dinner. This would provide your daily essentials of vitamins and minerals. To help the body getting rid of heavy metal toxic residues, the best way is with the oral chelation treatment of CLAW-OCHMB from Doctor’s Choice. This is a program and not a daily supplement. Consider these your armour of self-defence as you battle the toxic elements, in order to remain healthy and to live a full life.

 

The best of health,

Eldon

 

Resources and Further Reading:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2757035?guestAccessKey=69c8238d-a50e-4cb3-804e-c922bc798b9d&utm_source=silverchair&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_alert-jama&utm_content=olf&utm_term=120219

  • Haynes, Todd. 2019. Dark Waters. USA, Killer Films, Participant.

[1] Mendoza, Martha. 2019.

Less Is More: Why Too Much Medical Care Is Bad for You

“The harder we look, the more cancer we find. Yet most of these extra “cancers” are less likely to affect health.”

You might think that cancer screening is a rather beneficial procedure to follow; after all it supposes to give knowledge and save our lives in the long run. This, of course, is really not always true. In fact, there are many downsides of cancer screening (e.g. PSA tests for prostate cancer or mammograms for breast cancer): one of the best-known is that in many cases they identify types of cancer that pose no risk. The very thought of having a form of cancer that is not harmful is totally unfamiliar to most folks since cancer is associated with immediate panic. As soon as cancer is diagnosed the human mind quickly visualizes the worst case scenarios, worry sets in, my life is at risk, I need medical treatment, and whatever it takes this cancer must leave my body. Tens of thousands have had their entire thyroid gland removed unnecessarily, only having non-life threatening cancer cells. I have heard their stories told in tears and the barbaric radiation treatment taken and a life dependant on anti-rejection drugs and thyroid medication, while living with constant hormonal imbalance. And same applies to having the breasts and ovaries removed based on their higher risk of developing cancer, the testing is called Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene (BRCA), a positive test result means that the patient has a mutation in one of the breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, and therefore is at a higher risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer compared with someone who does not have the mutation. Out of fear of the unknown they surrender their cancer free state of health to the system, keeping in mind that a positive result doesn’t mean you’re certain to develop cancer. Yet, there is another way, holisitic naturopathic treatment and most don’t know it exisists or too affraid of going against the acceptable medical procedues.

We must keep in mind, on its own, would not be harmful, and always get a second or third opinion before any procedures. The problem starts when these procedures lead to overdiagnosis or treatments that are either unnecessary, as stated above, that could cause more damage than benefits. The same is true for thyroid gland screening—as above, and as you might remember, we have discussed this extensively before. “Detecting cancers that would never become apparent is screwing up our understanding of risk factors,” said Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, co-author of the analysis in Annals of Internal Medicine.[1] The problem is especially clear in prostate, breast, thyroid cancers and melanoma, all of which are scrutiny dependent.

Another interesting article is targeting the affluent Americans. After examining the situation regarding those four cancers and the patients, it turned out that the affluent Americans were at particularly high risk for being diagnosed with them. It is important to mention that this higher risk comes from the fact that they are so thoroughly examined and thus overdiagnosed only because they can afford the procedure and the medications. Some people argue that overtreatment is better than undertreatment and it might be the case in situations when treatment is really inevitable and necessary but we need to keep in mind that false positives often require repeating mammograms and invasive biopsies that—among other negative effects—can cause high stress level which is by no means beneficial for anyone.

Many researchers around the world would like to improve the situation by “developing advanced imaging as a way to reduce unnecessary prostate biopsies following an elevated PSA. One, called multiparametric MRI, can reveal the size and density of a prostate cancer, and how well-connected it is to the blood supply. MRI reduced unnecessary biopsies by 70 percent”[2] and what is more, it is not missing aggressive cancers which means that it is a much safer alternative to biopsy. Although more research is required to prove the effectiveness of this method, it seems to be a good alternative to other screening techniques.

The truth is that too much of anything may not be good for us and medical care is no exception. “The harder we look, the more cancer we find. Yet most of these extra “cancers” are less likely to affect health.”[3] In reality we develop cancer cells every day and our healthy Immune system, T-cells kill these spontaneous blood cancer cells every day. It is a good thing we don’t get this news reported on an app, can you imagine this happening!

Even doctors agree that their patients receive too much medical care though the situation is not getting any better—the system itself does not operate based on common sense when money is at stake. This, again, circles back to those topics we covered before and shows that the health care system really is broken and in need of repair.

References:

[1] Begley, Sharon. 2018.

[2] Begley, Sharon. 2017.

[3] Welch, H. Gilbert. 2017.

Myths and Truths: Does Dietary Cholesterol Matter?

“Before any treatment for any health condition, one must first consider the body as a whole.”

How often the discussion changes concerning one’s diet? One study says butter is bad and then good and another says margarine is good, and I can smell a skunk even when hidden in a study, P.U.  The tastiest things turn out to be bad for your health, and wouldn’t you know it, turnips are good for you. Maintaining one’s health and following a holistic diet is hard enough but, when you do everything right and things still appear out of range, what’s next?

Cholesterol seems to be a contentious issue; it changes according to your age, weight and gender. Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in blood and produced in your liver, and it is necessary for maintaining life. We also get cholesterol from our foods, especially animal products like meat, eggs, butter, cheese, and milk. The brain weighs 2% of the body weight and comprised of 20% cholesterol, so if you’ve ever been called a fat head, scientifically it was 20% accurate. Cholesterol is defined as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)—often referred to as “bad cholesterol”.

LDL is the most prominent within the body. HDL is considered good for you because it absorbs cholesterol and carries it back to the liver to flush it safely from the body. Plus, high levels of HDL cholesterol can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke and equalize your LDL for your overall cholesterol levels. On the other hand, high LDL levels can build up on the walls of your blood vessels, though this is not always the fault of fat but could be from the buildup of plaque caused by inorganic calcium deposits. In conjunction, your blood vessels build up plaque over time and begin to narrow your blood vessels slowing the flow to and from your heart and other organs. When blood flow to the heart is blocked, it results in angina (chest pain) or heart attack.

Doctors test cholesterol levels in a subclinical manner, when there are no direct clinical findings or symptoms. Although they may be below the surface and undetectable, they monitor early based on these guidelines using an acceptable range. This mass testing approach works in general for certain age groups but it has limitations and the prescribed treatment is not for everyone. Without first knowing a total overview of the entire cardiovascular system, a patient’s diet, lifestyle and any genetic predisposition, medical assessment may not be accurate. If doctors feel they are out of range LDL of 4 or higher, they immediately recommend medication, namely statin drugs which once prescribed they are normally taken for life. Before any medication is considered, a complete assessment must be taken that aligns with your vital organs, your cardiovascular system, including your liver for non-alcoholic fatty disease (NAFLD).

Out of curiosity, I like to examine the money trail—sales statistics explain so much. As we have previously discussed in other newsletters, medical doctors are not properly trained to make dietary recommendations or prescribe based on holistic health treatments. Instead, they are trained by pharmaceutical sales reps (and given selected studies in order to convince the physician) that their medication is the one to use. In the case of treating high cholesterol the drug of choice is Pfizer’s Lipitor. For a decade Lipitor was one of the company’s top blockbusters, with record-high revenues of approximately 13 billion U.S. dollars in 2006. One must be suspicious when national screening is performed and a golden child treatment is recommended across the board, money has a way of corrupting the most innocent discoveries.

What about our diet? A lot of research has been conducted, especially on eggs. Eggs are one of those foods that taste so good, are a significant source of dietary cholesterol, and as you remember, thought to be bad for you. But according to several trusted studies, the opposite might be the case.

[…] eggs may even help improve your lipoprotein profiles, which could lower your risk. One study compared the effects owhole eggs and a yolk-free egg substitute on cholesterol levels. People who ate three whole eggs per day experienced a greater increase in HDL particles and a greater decrease in LDL particles than those who consumed an equivalent amount of egg substitute. However, it’s important to note that eating eggs may pose a risk for those with diabetes, at least in the context of a regular Western diet. Some studies show an increased risk of heart disease in people with diabetes who eat eggs.[1]

I see no issues eating up to 4 eggs per week but I do recommend only selecting organically feed chicken or duck eggs because the feed given for commercial chickens if full of contaminants, hormones and antibiotics.

The “cholesterol hypothesis”—stating that people with high cholesterol are more at risk of dying and would need statin drugs to lower their cholesterol—seems to be shaking. Collecting the findings from past studies involving more than 68,000 participants over 60 years of age, it looks like that “bad cholesterol” has nothing to do with elderly deaths. In fact, older people with high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C), live sometimes even longer, than their peers with low levels of this same cholesterol. “We found that several studies reported not only a lack of association between low LDL-C, but most people in these studies exhibited an inverse relationship, which means that higher LDL-C among the elderly is often associated with longer life,”[2] said Diamond, one of the members of the research team. What’s more, it appears that having low cholesterol is linked to a higher risk of death from cancer, respiratory disease, and accidents in adults aged 80 and older.

There are, of course, natural treatment options for treating cholesterol after dietary considerations. S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAM-e) is one of the only safe and effective treatments for treating NAFLD that affects 40% of the population, and is known as the silent killer. The other option is chelation therapy with EDTA—this one safely removes built up plaque and heavy metal accumulation within the arteries. There are two options: the drip intravenous done by certain medical doctors or the treatment from Doctor’s Choice called CLAW-OCHMB. It is based on a person’s age, one bottle for every ten years of life, e.g. a fifty year old would require five bottles, and the treatment would last 5 months.

Red yeast rice used to be an effective treatment option but the active natural occurring ingredient was removed because this cost effective approach was not patentable or habit forming. Although it is sold in health stores under the same name but like a eunuch it lacks the potency, and can’t perform the tasks required.

Before any treatment for any health condition, one must first consider the body as a whole and instead of medicating the symptoms treat the complete system beginning with the core of health issues. Remember to always get a second opinion: my recommendation would be to see a naturopathic doctor to consider your options.

References:

  • McDonell, Kayla. 2019. Why Dietary Cholesterol Does Not Matter (For Most People). https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dietary-cholesterol-does-not-matter
  • David M Diamond, Uffe Ravnskov. 2015. How statistical deception created the appearance that statins are safe and effective in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology. 8 (2): 201.

[1] McDonell, Kayla. 2019.

[2] David M Diamond, Uffe Ravnskov. 2015.