Best Sources For Important Supplements & Related Health Items

Thrive-JeffBell_Close_Cropped_Headshot_10-29-2013In this section you will find the best sources we have been able to research for a number of important supplements, herbs and related natural health products.  They are not listed in any particular order, so you will have to scroll up and down a bit.

 

 

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Vitamin C– Vitamin C is one of the most important supplements you can take.  It is one of the very few absolutely essential nutrients that our bodies cannot make.  We literally cannot live without it.  And for most of us, we cannot even come close to optimum levels through the modern diet that we are pretty much confined to.  So we need to supplement.  But almost all the vitamin C formulations that we know of and that we have tested come up short.  Most of them use forms that are not quite right.  We go back to the research of Dr. Linus Pauling, (the only person in history to have won TWO unshared Nobel Prizes).  He researched and strongly recommended vitamin C in the exact form that our bodies use it:  L-Ascorbate.

The best source we have found, so far, is from Pure Encapsulations.  Here is the link to learn more about their  Vitamin C

In the interest of full disclosure, we get a small referral fee when you buy Vitamin C from this source, which we use to help support our research.

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Vitamin B-Complex Vitamin B is essential in its own right.  It is required for a healthy brain and neurological system, as well as for generation of energy and many other crucial biological functions.  Vitamin B is actually a general category, containing a number of specific vitamins.  For convenience, it is often packaged and marketed as “Vitamin B-Complex”. Different supplement manufacturers produce Vitamin B-Complex formulas with different amounts of the 9 to 12 ingredients, that have become more or less standard. They are all important, but one of the most crucial is B12, which is often even taken as a stand-alone supplement, both orally and in injection and other forms. (We don’t recommend using it in injection form in most cases. E-Mail us at jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com if you want to know why.)

B12 is commonly provided in the form of “cyanocobalamin”. Does that name set of warning bells? Perhaps it should. In this form, the B12 releases a small amount of cyanide as it is metabolized. To be sure, the amount is small, and some argue that it is therefore inconsequential. We follow the precautionary principle – why take a chance and present the body with toxins that need to be eliminated if you don’t have to? The problem is that the few B-Complex formulas that do not include the form of B12 that contains even trace amounts of cyanide are somewhat more expensive. We think it is worth it. Look for your B12 in the form of: methylcobalamin.

The best source we have found, so far, is Pure Encapsulations.  Here is the link to learn more about their Vitamin B-Complex

In the interest of full disclosure, we get a small referral fee when you buy Vitamin B-Complex from this source, which we use to help support our research.

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Vitamin D– There is tremendous interest in both the conventional and the alternative medical communities in the role of Vitamin D these days.  In fact, Vitamin D is not truly a vitamn.  Rather, it can be thought of as a hormone, in that it regulates a number of functions in the body, including major elements of the immune system.  In fact the latest research confirms that having a “high-normal” Vitamin D level is critical to a healthy immune system.  The best source for Vitamin D is a healthy exposure to sunlight.  However, given the realities of our working and living styles dictates that most of us need some form of Vitamin D supplementation.  When supplementing it is important to use Vitamin D3 rather than other forms.  Furthermore, the form of that supplement is important in terms of both effectiveness and absorbability.

The best source we have found, so far, is from Global Healing Center in Texas.  Here is the link to learn more about Vitamin D Serum

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Calcium with Magnesium– The latest good research on calcium supplements indicates that most are not well absorbed.  And in some cases there is reason to be concerned that taking them could lead to calcium deposits in areas where they do not belong and could cause problems.  Yet, most of us are deficient in calcium due to the advent of commercial agriculture, which lowers the bioavailable calcium in our food supply.  This problem gets worse for most of us as we age.  An answer is to take calcium in the form of Calcium Orotate, which is an easily absorbed, bioavailable calcium salt.  Furthermore, for proper absorption and utilization the calcium should be combined with Magnesium, which should also be in the form of Magnesium Orortate.  The Calcium and Magnesium need to be in the proper ratio.

The best source that I have found for a combined Calcium and Magnesium Orotate supplement is The Global Healing Center in Texas.   Here is the link to learn more about their IntraCal formula:

IntraCal Calcium Orotate with Magnesium Orotate

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Probiotic– The most effective and healthiest probiotic we have been able to find is Global Healing Center’s Latero-Flora. We have been using it for several years with good results. A number of our clients use it and also report good results. It is reasonable in price and easy to store. It does not need to be refrigerated. Here is the link to order or to learn more:

Latero Flora Probiotic

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Colon Cleanse– The Oxy-Powder® supplement from Global Healing Center forms the foundation of the best colon cleanse protocol that I know of.  In fact, it is more than a colon cleanse, in that it helps to clean the small intestine, as well.  Whereas most “colon cleanses”, even colonics, clean only the last several feet of the colon.

Here is the link to order Oxy-Powder or to learn more:

Oxy-Powder Colon Cleanse Capsules

If you do order these and you don’t want to spend a lot of time wading through the instructions on the Global Healing Center site to learn how to use it properly, feel free to e-mail Jeff Bell: jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com  and request a complete, compiled guide for doing the colon cleanse.

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Liver Cleanse– The Livertrex liver and gallbladder cleansing supplement from Global Healing Center easily earns rave reviews. Like their Colon Cleanse, this is a detailed process that yields exceptionally thorough results.

Please be aware that this liver and gallbladder cleanse should only be done after the Colon Cleanse referenced immediately above. It is best to do them in series – do the Colon Cleanse first. After you have completed that, let several days elapse for your body to stabilize in its new, clean state and to recover from any short-term stress from the Colon Cleanse. Then start the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse. Detailed instructions for this Liver and Gallbladder cleanse are available on the Global Healing Center site. Here is the link to order or to learn more:

Livertrex

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Colloidal Silver– Colloidal Silver is a terrific anti-pathogenic agent. Properly used, it is very safe and can be extremely effective. There is a lot to know about using it safely and effectively. And it is critical to either get good quality colloidal silver from an excellent source, or to make your own using good water and equipment, and carefully following the correct procedures. Using bad colloidal silver can be dangerous and is almost certain to be ineffective.

Global Healing Center provides a good quality colloidal silver at a reasonable price. Here is the link to order or to learn more: Silver Fuzion®.

The recommendations for using this colloidal silver that are on the site are quite complete and pretty clear. If you have questions feel free to e-mail jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

Also, for those wishing to make their own colloidal silver, Jeff can provide guidance. He has been generating and using colloidal silver with excellent results for many years.

The next section lists the colloidal silver generator we recommend. If you are going to be using colloidal silver for any appreciable length of time, or in large quantities even for a short period of time, I highly recommend that you get a good colloidal silver generator and learn to make your own. It is actually pretty easy to make colloidal silver that is very high quality. This is both convenient and highly cost effective.
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Making your own colloidal silver:

If you have a good quality, well-designed colloidal silver generator, making your own colloidal silver is easy.  If you use colloidal silver on an ongoing or prolonged basis, or in larger amounts, making your own is a great way to control the quality and save a lot of money.

I have built several colloidal silver generators to learn how they work and to be sure I really understand the science and design considerations involved.  I have also tested at 5 of the better colloidal silver generators on the market.  In each case I have returned to the generator system from The Silver Edge.  In fact, I like it so well that I have 2 of them.  I highly recommend them for generating any colloidal sliver intended for health use.  Use the link below to purchase your colloidal silver generator at a substantial discount:

The Silver Edge Colloidal Silver Generator

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Cinnamon, Chinese Cinnamon Bark, (cassia) – Lately there has been a lot of buzz about taking cinnamon to help stabilize and balance blood sugar levels.  There’s only one problem:  Most of the references that I see neglect to mention that there are several varieties of cinnamon, and that only the “Chinese Cinnamon” otherwise known as “Cinnamon Cassia” is effective for this purpose.  Not only that, were you to take other varieties of cinnamon in large enough amounts to address blood sugar issues you would run the risk of a toxic reaction after not too long.  This could occur as soon as a few weeks or less for some individuals.

The right variety of dried cinnamon bark, properly used, can be highly effective in helping to balance and regulate blood sugar.  It will not take the place of eating sensibly, but it will help those who eat appropriately for their health status to enjoy a more stable and healthy blood sugar level.

The best source I have found, so far at a reasonable price, is from Pure Encapsulations.  Here is the link to learn more about their: Cinnamon WS

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Please visit this page often, as we add new resources as we learn of them and are able to complete a thorough evaluation of them. We never list products or materials here that we have not first tested and whenever possible thoroughly researched.
Please feel free to e-mail with questions, comments, or if you find a superb natural or natural health resource that you’d like to recommend.

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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7 Comments

  1. Jeff Bell
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Weeds episodes? Color me puzzled. I don’t know anything about Weeds, nor do we even have TV in our home. Are you sure you meant to post this here on this blog, which is dedicated to Holistic Health? Oh well, I guess some unsolvable mysteries in life are inevitable and probably serve some purpose in the larger scheme of things…

  2. Melia Jacques
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    What are you using for digestive enzymes, yeast and parasite cleanse, lymphatics, and then heavy metals?

    I’ve done a basic round of cleansing now I’m fine tuning.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted April 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Melia,

      Thanks for asking some great questions. Unfortunately, I do not think that generic answers will be helpful. I know that a lot of my colleagues in natural health practice tend to learn some specific protocols and methods for cleanses, for improving digestion, etc. Often they will have some initial success with a client or a few clients. That is all well and good. But then things go off track, at least in my opinion and experience. Based on a rather limited experience with one or just a few clients they over-generalize and think that those protocols are appropriate for everyone.

      I just have not found that to be the case. In fact, it seems to me that in such cases these natural health practitioners are falling into just about the same trap that is one of the main problems with allopathic medicine. They end up subscribing to the “one-size-fits-all” approach to natural health. In my many years of experience I have not seen that work any better in the natural health arena than it does in the conventional or allopathic medicine arena.

      We are all unique individuals and our health challenges and needs are correspondingly unique. So although there are some general measures that we can count on to be beneficial for nearly everyone, for example, supplementing with Organic Sulfur to make up for the universal dietary deficiency due to the advent 70 years ago of artificial fertilizer, (nitrogen based instead of sulfur based – and its been all downhill, health-wise ever since), these “universal measures” that are good for everyone are few and far between.

      So, to get back to your question: I have about 15 different cleanses that I have in my “natural health toolbox”. I am very careful to match the cleanse to the person. So which one I would recommend depends on the overall state of your health, what chronic issues you may have, your age, your typical diet, and some other factors, as well. I would also want to know what specific toxins you may be carrying. Same for parasites since you mentioned them. I would want to know something about the bacterial population of your GI tract, how you maintain it, etc.

      The above principle of matching the specific protocol to the person applies to digestive enzymes, as well.

      So the bad news is that I cannot give you specific recommendations based on the very little I know about your health status right now.

      The good news is that I offer a completely complimentary health consult to anyone who wants it so that I can see if I am the right person to help them, and so that he or she can make a similar determination – am I the right person for he or she to work with. This session is done by phone, and typically lasts about 30 minutes. Everyone who does one with me always gets some good value from it, regardless of whether or not they do more work with me. So that would be my recommendation. If this sounds like something you would like to take advantage of, then please e-mail me so we can line this up for you. My direct e-mail is: jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

  3. Jeff Bell
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. I am honestly not too sure if my RSS feed is even working. I know a little about web sites, but it is hardly my area of expertise. Holistic health is my field. So I often have to get help when web site issues or questions come up.

    To your great health!

    Jeff Bell

  4. Jeff Bell
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your kind words about my work. Too me, it is not a matter of effort. Finding good health information that may not be readily available elsewhere, and then doing what I can to share it in an accessible way is a big part of my life’s mission. So I am happy to spend whatever time it takes to do this. And I also occasionally develop or refine specific health protocols and then share those, as well.

    Of course, I also work with people one-on-one to help them solve their most pressing health problems.

    To my, it is an honor to be able to do this work.

    To your great health!

    Jeff Bell

  5. Luis Tovar
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Love your recommendations on supplements… I take vitamin C powder from Perque (corn-free)..not a huge fan of any corn products

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted April 7, 2015 at 12:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Luis,

      There are several good powdered vitamin C products on the market. However, I now use liposomal vitamin C, which I think is even better as it gets absorbed into the cells much better than other forms. I use LivOn Labs Lypospheric vitamin C. When I am feeling good and am well I take one packet a day. If I start to get sick, or just am not feeling terrific I increase that up to 4 packets a day.

      Best,
      Jeff

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