By Joseph Maroon Maroon, MD, FACS
December 10, 2019

Why are we hearing so much about CBD and skincare? It’s because our skin—the largest of our organs—contains a vast amount of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoid machinery. A number of excellent review papers1-3 show how endocannabinoids, along with the phytocannabinoids that work with them, affect everything from skin homeostasis and wound repair4 to skin permeability and the differentiation of skin stem cells.

We’ve seen increasing research on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) since it was discovered in the early 90s. The existence of the first two...

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Mitochondria Inner Structure
By Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD
December 05, 2019

If you are working to maintain a healthy weight, L-Carnitine is a nutrient you should get to know. You can think of L-Carnitine’s metabolic role as “shoveling biologic coal (free fats) into the mitochondrial cell furnace.” This increases both fat metabolism and cell energy. Without the “L-Carnitine shovel,” the furance stops burning fat efficiently. Your metabolism slows, fat accumulates and weight is harder to manage.

We get a constant supply of carnitine in our diet, especially if we eat meat. (In fact, the name carnitine is derived from the Latin word for meat.) Most people are...

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By Maxwell Crispo, ND
December 04, 2019

European elder (Sambucus nigra), also known as black elder and elderberry, is thought to be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of influenza and upper respiratory infections, though there is still debate as to which stage of infection it is most effective in and even what the exact mechanisms of action are that lend elderberry its anti-viral effects. American elder (Sambucus canadensis) is a fast-growing, deciduous North American shrub that can reach up to 12 feet with flowers and berries similar to S. nigra. Elder flower extracts are also used to treat...

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Genetics test tubes
By Risa Schulman, PhD
November 18, 2019

A holistic read of an individual’s health provides us with the clues needed to tailor treatment recommendations. But one of the less accessible parts of the total picture is the role of genetics. We know that SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) can affect an individual’s ability to utilize dietary supplements. Could this factor be at work when taking coenzyme Q10?

It turns out the answer is yes. There is a SNP called NQ01 that affects the body’s ability to convert coenzyme Q10 to Ubiquinol. Let's take a closer look at what happens there.

If you saw our last post “...

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Ubiquinol Kaneka CoQ10
By Risa Schulman, PhD
November 11, 2019

In our previous blog “Ubiquinol and Your Heart: The Cellular Story,” we discussed the role of Ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form of coenzyme Q10, in energy production and heart health. Given its critical role, it is important to understand its bioavailability and pharmacokinetics to aid in proper clinical use.

As you may know, coenzyme Q10 in its basic form is not highly absorbable in the body. But studies suggest that Ubiquinol has...

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By Risa Schulman, PhD
November 01, 2019

Ubiquinol, the reduced and active form of coenzyme Q10, is well known for its critical function in the production of cellular energy. But it also plays a key role in heart health, based on its unique abilities. As a person ages, these functions can be compromised, increasing the need for Ubiquinol supplementation for both heart health and overall wellness.

Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone) is naturally synthesized in the body. It is converted to Ubiquinol by the addition of two electrons in an enzymatic redox reaction. Ubiquinol is thus the reduced form of coenzyme Q10.

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By Aimee Gould Shunney, ND
October 11, 2019

The popularity and use of cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded since 2014, and the passage of the federal 2018 Farm Bill that clearly legalized hemp (and the cannabinoids extracted from hemp) has only served to skyrocket use even more. Since January 2019, CBD-rich hemp extracts are available at CVS, Kroger, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and more – not to mention the 2,000+ independent health food stores, doctors’ offices, and dispensaries that have been carrying them for much longer. Over 1,000 hemp CBD companies now exist in the retail sector and it would be a gross misconception to think they’ve all...

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By Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD
September 30, 2019

Today, at least 1 out of every 6 Americans, or 40 million people in the United States, suffer from one or more autoimmune and immune dysfunction diseases. As a result, 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.

Our immune system is designed to defend during the day and repair at night. When this pattern is upset, we enter a cycle of repair deficit (lack of repair) resulting in an overburdened immune system. An overburdened immune system can mean that our...

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Honey Bee, Propolis
By Ross Pelton, RPh, CCN
September 27, 2019

Dr. Ohhira’s Propolis PLUS® is a unique and powerful immune system supporting supplement that was formulated by Japanese microbiologist Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, who also created Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.

The immune system supporting ingredients in Propolis PLUS® are Brazilian Green Propolis, astaxanthin, vitamin E, flaxseed oil and Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic extract. The unique benefits of each of these ingredients will be discussed in this blog post.


History of Propolis

In addition to honey, honeybees make another important substance...

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By Karolyn A. Gazella

In the August issue of Natural Medicine Journal I wrote a paper on how climate change and global warming are negatively impacting food quality.1 I provided several examples showing that global warming is causing declines in protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, and some B vitamins in our food supply. Preliminary research also shows that global warming reduces plant carotenoid concentrations.

New research is adding still another valuable nutrient to that...

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