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Dr. John's Favorite Health Products

As with any dietary supplement or healthcare product, consult your healthcare practitioner before using any of these products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or under medical supervision.

When I am looking for the best price on products, I always check Amazon.com.
With several companies selling the same item, many prices may be lower than the manufacturer.



Dr. Bronners Organic Pure Castile Bar Soap
Dr. Bronners Soaps Organic Pure Castile Bar Soap
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.drbronner.com



The Original Backnobber II by the Pressure Positive Company
The Original Backnobber II by the Pressure Positive Company
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.pressurepositive.com



The Knobble II by the Pressure Positive Company
The Knobble II by the Pressure Positive Company
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.pressurepositive.com


Himalayan Institute
Original Neti Pot

Himalayan Institute Original Neti Pot
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.himalayaninstitute.org



BioFreeze Pain Relief Gel
BioFreeze Pain Relief Gel
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.biofreeze.com



Nelson Bach Rescue Remedy
Nelson Bach USA - Rescue Remedy
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com


Kiss My Face Moisture Shave
Kiss My Face Moisture Shave
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.kissmyface.com



Kiss My Face Vitamin A & E Moisturizer 16 fl oz
OO
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.kissmyface.com



Nutribiotic - GSE Liquid Concentrate, 4 fl oz
Nutribiotic - GSE Liquid Concentrate, 4 fl oz
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.nutribiotic.com


Oreganol - Wild Oregano Oil P73
Oreganol - Wild Oregano Oil P73
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.p-73.com



KAL - Apple Pectin Fiber
KAL - Apple Pectin
Product info at Amazon.com




Thisilyn 2X - Milk Thistle Extract
Thisilyn 2X - Milk Thistle Extract
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.naturesway.com


Garden of Life Primal Defense - Probiotics
Garden of Life Primal Defense - Probiotics
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.gardenoflifeusa.com



Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor
Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.hamiltonbeach.com



Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.buythebullet.com


Isokinetics Deluxe Balance Board
Isokinetics Deluxe Balance Board
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.isokineticsinc.com



Isokinetics Exercise Balls
Isokinetics Exercise Balls
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.isokineticsinc.com



Isokinetics Exercise Disc / Balance Cushion
Isokinetics Exercise Disc Balance Cushion
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.isokineticsinc.com


Adjustable Heel Lift
Adjustable Heel Lift
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.footsmart.com



Men's / Women's 3/4 Length Leather Arch Insoles
Mens / Womens 3/4 Length Leather Arch Insoles
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.footsmart.com



Gel Heel Protectors
Gel Heel Protectors
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.footsmart.com


Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner
Product info at Amazon.com




Urban Rebounder Trampoline
Urban Rebounder Trampoline
Product info at Amazon.com




Health Plus - Colon Cleanse
Health Plus - Colon Cleanse
Product info at Amazon.com



Symbiotics Colostrum Plus
Symbiotics Colostrum Plus
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.symbiotics.com



KIND Fruit & Nut, Walnut & Date, All Natural, Gluten Free Bars
KIND Fruit & Nut, Walnut & Date, All Natural, Gluten Free Bars
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.kindsnacks.com



Nature's Bounty Turmeric/Curcumin
Natures Bounty Turmeric Curcumin
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.naturesbounty.com


Chinese Red Panax Ginseng
Chinese Red Panax Ginseng
Product info at Amazon.com




The Ginger People Original Ginger Chews
The Ginger People Original Ginger Chews
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.gingerpeople.com



Kyolic Garlic Formula 100 Original Cardiovascular Formula
Kyolic Garlic Formula 100 Original Cardiovascular Formula
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.kyolic.com


Sublingual Vitamin B12
Sublingual Vitamin B12
Product info at Amazon.com




Bromelain
Bromelain
Product info at Amazon.com




Total Gym 1800 Club
Total Gym 1800 Club
Product info at Amazon.com



Culligan Inline Shower Filter
Culligan Inline Shower Filter
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.culligan-store.com



Culligan Faucet Filter
Culligan Faucet Filter
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.culligan-store.com



Whole Body Cleanse with Drinkable Luscious Lemon Fiber Mix
Whole Body Cleanse with Drinkable Luscious Lemon Fiber Mix
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.enzymatictherapy.com


Completegest Digestive Enzymes
Completegest Digestive Enzymes
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.enzymatictherapy.com



Resveratrol-Forte
Resveratrol-Forte
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.enzymatictherapy.com



Perfect Food Super Greens by Garden of Life
Perfect Food Super Greens by Garden of Life
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.gardenoflife.com


Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.nordicnaturals.com



Ultimate Omega - Fish Oil by Nordic Naturals
Ultimate Omega - Fish Oil by Nordic Naturals
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.nordicnaturals.com



Carlson Labs E-Gems Natural Vitamin E
Carlson Labs E-Gems Natural Vitamin E
Product info at Amazon.com
or www.carlsonlabs.com

WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS

Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds. Vitamins are biological complexes. They are multi-step biochemical interactions whose action is dependent upon a number of variables within the biological terrain. Vitamin activity only takes place when all conditions are met within that environment, and when all co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together. Vitamin activity is even more than the sum of all those parts; it also involves timing.

Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells. When isolated into artificial commercial forms, like ascorbic acid, these purified synthetics act as drugs in the body. They are no longer vitamins, and to call them such is inaccurate.

A vitamin is " a working process consisting of the nutrient, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and trace minerals activators."
- Royal Lee "What Is a Vitamin?" Applied Trophology Aug 1956

WHOLE VS. FRACTIONATED

OK, natural vs. synthetic. Let's start with Vitamin C. Most sources equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing. They're not. Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen, and other components as shown in the figure below:

__________ A s c o r b i c A c i d ___________
ascorbinogen
bioflavonoids
rutin

tyrosinase

Factor J
Factor K
Factor P
________________________________________
A s c o r b i c A c i d
________________________________________
V I T A M I N C

In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in proper amounts.

If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C, no vitamin activity. When some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to make up the differences, so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present. Ascorbic acid is described merely as the "antioxidant wrapper" portion of vitamin C; ascorbic acid protects the functional parts of the vitamin from rapid oxidation or breakdown. (Somer p 58 "Vitamin C: A Lesson in Keeping An Open Mind" The Nutrition Report)

Over 90% of ascorbic acid in this country is manufactured at a facility in Nutley, New Jersey, owned by Hoffman-LaRoche, one of the world's biggest drug manufacturers. Here ascorbic acid is made from a process involving cornstarch and volatile acids. Most U.S. vitamin companies then buy the bulk ascorbic acid from this single facility. After that, marketing takes over. Each company makes its own labels, its own claims, and its own formulations, each one claiming to have the superior form of vitamin C, even though it all came from the same place, and it's really not vitamin C at all.

DEFICIENCY

Scurvy is a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy is characterized by bleeding gums, slow wound healing, softening bones, loose teeth, ulcerations of the mouth and digestive tract, general weight loss and fatigue. From 1650 to 1850 half of all seamen on transoceanic voyages died of scurvy. It was discovered by ship surgeon Thomas Lind in the early 1800s that British sailors were spared the disease altogether simply by a diet rich in citrus fruits. Since limes travelled well, they were the common choice during the early years, and thus the expression "limeys" was coined to describe British sailors. It was later found both at sea and in prison fare that potatoes were equally successful in preventing scurvy, and much cheaper to obtain. ( Lancet . 1842)

We find that there is less than 20 mg of ascorbic acid in a potato. Yet this small amount, since it is complexed in a food source, is all the body needs not only to prevent scurvy, but also to cure it, even in its advanced state. Such a remedy is described in detail in Richard Dana's amazing journal Two Years Before the Mast, written in 1840.

Whole food vitamin C as found in potatoes, onions, and citrus fruits is able to quickly cure any case of scurvy. By contrast, the fractionated chemical ascorbic acid has been shown to be insufficient in resolving a scurvy condition, simply because it does not act as a nutrient. ( Lancet 1842)

Ascorbic acid simply cannot confer vitamin activity, as taught by the discoverer of vitamin C himself, another Nobel Prize laureate, Dr. Albert Szent-Georgi.

Szent-Georgi discovered vitamin C in 1937. In all his research however, Szent-Georgi found that he could never cure scurvy with the isolated ascorbic acid itself. Realizing that he could always cure scurvy with the "impure" vitamin C found in simple foods, Szent-Georgi discovered that other factors had to be at work in order for vitamin activity to take place. So he returned to the laboratory and eventually made the discovery of another member of the vitamin C complex, as shown in the diagram above: rutin. All the factors in the complex, as Royal Lee and Dr. Szent-Georgi both came to understand, ascorbic acid, rutin, and the other factors, were synergists: co-factors which together sparked the "functional interdependence of biologically related nutrient factors." ( Empty Harvest p120) The term "wheels within wheels" was used to describe the interplay of co-factors.



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