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The Foundation of a Healthy Life!


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Any person who owns a home, or is attempting to build a business or train a child, knows the importance of a GOOD FOUNDATION.

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Not long ago I heard from a friend who admitted he had not had a thorough soil test done before he built his dream home. The land he had purchased was half clay, half normal dirt. Not more than five years into home ownership, he began to notice unusual cracks in some of the walls of his home—he also noticed the doors weren’t closing properly and that the ceiling molding seemed to be pulling away from the wall and ceiling. He called in an expert and the result wasn’t

pretty. He had to have holes drilled throughout half of his home so that cement pilings could be poured deep into the earth to stabilize the home and “jack up” areas that had started to sink. The outside of this house always looked good—in fact, great! The inside of the house began to show damage, but after tens of thousands of dollars of repair work, it was restored to beauty.

The bottom line is that if this man had done what he needed to do prior to pouring the foundation of his home, he would have been spared countless hours of concern and thousands of dollars in repair.

Health can be very much the same story.

You will be far ahead in terms of time, anxiety points, and dollars if you will deal with the foundation of your health—rather than try to repair damage later.

So what is the foundation of health?

A healthful diet! All other factors related to health are based upon what you take into your body—both foods and beverages. No amount of sleep, exercise, medications, or anti-stress methodologies can overcome or reverse a truly bad diet.

I’m not talking, of course, about an occasional “slip up” in eating a food item that is less than healthful. I’m talking about the tremendous damage that comes after years of routinely eating a diet that, sadly, is common to the MAJORITY of people in our nation. That diet is too high in sugar, too high in salt, too high in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, too high in artificial substances—including additives and preservatives, and way too low in quality fiber and vital nutrients.

The Two Principles for A Healthy Eating Plan

There are two main principles to establishing a healthy eating plan:

1. Eat the right foods in the right quantities at the right time.

2. Take the right, high-quality supplements in the right quantities to make up for the lack of nutrients in much of our food.

Both of these principles need to be established over time.

Let me focus on supplements in this newsletter. There are several key points to be made regarding them.

First, supplements cannot totally compensate for a bad eating plan.

Supplements can significantly help compensate for a lack of nutrients, but supplements do not replace eating.

Let us never forget that the God who designed the human body also designed the foods to sustain health in the body. The most healthful foods have a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. Whole foods—as opposed to processed or prepared foods—have the best balances and the highest quality of nutrients. A fresh, ripe, organically grown apple, for example, has far more total nutritional value than a cup of regular grocery-store apple juice that likely has been laced with sugar and diluted with water.

Supplements do not give a person license to eat a junk-food diet. Neither can supplements, taking individually as isolated nutrients, replace the total nutritional value a person gets from healthful foods.

A healthful diet will include EATING a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids and healthful fats (such as olive oil) on a daily basis. It will also include AVOIDING all environmental toxins and harmful food additives.

Why take supplements at all? Because in many cases, our foods no longer have the high levels of active nutrients they once had. Our soil is badly depleted of minerals in many parts of the United States. The washing of foods with chemicals, the gassing of foods to help them ripen in storage, and a variety of other factors can strip food of its basic value.

In many cases, cooking techniques can destroy valuable nutrients. Deep fat frying is a major crime against food, in my opinion. It destroys virtually all nutritional value of any food subjected to the fryer. Boiling foods can leech important nutrients into the water, which is often thrown away.

The best way to eat foods is to eat them whole and uncooked (making sure they have been organically grown); rinse them well in pure water and whenever possible, don’t peel them. (Bananas, pineapple, and kiwifruit are obvious exceptions, of course!) If you must cook food, do so with minimal heat. Steam vegetables rather than boil them. Avoid using harmful fats in cooking foods. Don’t overcook items on your grill.

Second, supplements must be taken in combination for maximum effectiveness.

Years ago, the media gave a great deal of attention to vitamin C and many people began to take large doses of vitamin C. Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling was a great advocate for high doses of vitamin C, and given his brilliant mind, longevity, and good health into old age, many people began to take supplemental vitamin C. Eventually, scientific researchers began to investigate vitamin C, and unfortunately, some of their studies showed that additional vitamin C in a diet had little benefit. Why did they get this result?

In many of the studies, the researchers did not know enough about overall nutrition to know that antioxidants need to be taken in combination for maximum effectiveness. Vitamin C (Health Master’s Excellent C) is certainly a potent antioxidant, but it needs to be taken with Vitamin E.(Health Master’s Super Potent E)

Vitamin C is water soluble, and it operates in the watery parts of the cells—such as the cytosol, the blood plasma, and the fluid spaces around cells. Vitamin E is fat-soluble, and it functions in the fatty parts of the cells, such as cell membranes and fat tissue. Together, the two vitamins protect all parts of the cells and other tissues.

Any antioxidant if taken alone and especially if taken in the presence of a disease that is associated with high levels of free radicals (such as autoimmune diseases and diabetes) can oxidize as it does its work, and thus become a free radical. The antioxidants must be “kept renewed” by other antioxidants.

A study done several years ago demonstrated this vividly. This particular study showed that smokers taking large doses of synthetic beta-carotene increased their risk of lung and prostate cancer. As the beta-carotene began to fight the free radicals associated with smoking, the beta-carotene became “oxidized” by its own activity. Once oxidized, the beta-carotene became yet another harmful free radical!

What these researchers had failed to understand was that flavonoids and alpha-lipoic acid play a major role in keeping vitamins in a workable state. And, they had failed to understand that synthetic beta-carotene has been shown to deplete alpha-carotene and other forms of carotenoids, which normally play an important role in protecting against lung and prostate cancer. In nature there are about 50 forms of carotenoids in foods, in addition to beta-carotene. The synthetic beta-carotene supplementation did two-fold damage—limiting the overall spectrum of carotenoids, and adding to the free radical problem. 

Furthermore, studies have shown that each of the carotenoids (Health Master’s GHI Cleanse)—such as alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, canthaxanthin, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin—have different functions and concentrate differently in various tissues. Alpha-carotene levels are highest in the breast and cervix tissues. Lycopene is very high in the liver, lungs, and breast. Lutein levels are highest in the retina, liver, and lungs.

Some of the carotenoids are converted in the body into vitamin A. Others are metabolized into compounds that are shown to inhibit cancer. Since all carotenoids are dissolved in lipids (fats) a well as water, they play a major role in protecting brain tissue. The truth is that a balanced intake of carotenoids (Health Master’s GHI Cleanse)is very helpful in fighting cancer, and promoting health throughout the body. And perhaps best of all, there is no known dose of the vitamin A generated by a balanced carotenoids supplement that is toxic, even in young children.

Some Research Is Sabotaged

Through the years, some of the studies involving various vitamin supplements have literally been set up for failure. A number of studies were conducted using funding and protocols established by pharmaceutical companies, which were attempting to keep relatively inexpensive vitamins from competing with their expensive medications.

There are two other factors that are less obvious, and perhaps more insidious.

First, many researchers investigating supplements have relied upon companies to “donate” vitamins for their research. These donated vitamins have often been synthetically manufactured, or of inferior quality.

When purchasing supplements; look for companies that make pharmaceutical-grade products. This means that the company has standards of manufacturing equal to major pharmaceutical companies. The license related to those standards is difficult to get. The more general GMP—good manufacturing practices—license means very little. A number of companies with extremely poor manufacturing practices carry that government-approved label.

Second, the researchers—as well as many physicians—have not understood that vitamins and other supplements can differ greatly in their quality and bioavailability. Some vitamins are sold as hard tablets, and these are often not dissolved in the GI tract. Also, some vitamin manufacturers add binders and fillers to their supplements to prevent breakage of the vitamins during transportation from the manufacturing site to the retail stores. If too many of these binders and fillers are added, the tablets do not dissolve.

What isn’t dissolved can’t be absorbed. And what isn’t absorbed can’t be useful to health!

Bioavailability also refers to the ability of an absorbed nutrient to reach the intended organ or tissue in a form that the tissue or cell can use. This is a very exacting science. Poorly compounded and cheaply manufactured supplements often have little bioavailability—their nutritional elements never reach the cells in a dosage that can make a difference.

Bioavailability is also related to the ways in which nutrients are mixed. For example:

• In high doses, vitamin C can destroy vitamin B-12. The two vitamins should be taken at different times of the day.

• The flavonoids in vegetables normally block iron absorption, but vitamin C (Health Master’s Excellent C) dramatically increases the absorption of iron, even when vegetables are eaten. If a person is concerned about reducing iron, vitamin C should be taken between meals. If a person needs more iron, it should be taken with meals.

High iron levels have been related to an increased risk of cancer, as well as to having a negative impact on those with diabetes, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. Iron can make a person more resistant to   chemotherapy. High iron levels also dramatically increase free radical production and inflammation. Since the iron in meats can be blocked by vegetables, a way to reduce these risks is to eat a mixed diet of meats and vegetables (rather than a meat-only or high-meat diet). 

• Flavonoids in tea—called catechins—block iron absorption in a powerful   way. Those who need iron supplementation (especially those who are anemic) are wise to stop drinking tea.

Many Dimensions to a Vitamin

Still other research has been compromised because researchers have been unaware that many vitamins have multiple dimensions.

Vitamin E has eight forms in nature—four tocopherols (alpha, beta, delta, and gama), and four tocotrienols (also alpha, beta, delta, and gama).

Most vitamin E sold in stores is only alpha-tocopherol. Recent research is showing, however, that gamma-tocopherol is the form that does the best job in fighting inflammation. Other studies are showing that the tocotrienols are more protective of the brain than traditional tocopherols. The tocotrienols also seem to play a major role in preventing cancer. (Health Master’s Super Potent E)

To complicate matters a bit, there is some evidence that the tocopherols may damage the tocotrienols if taken together, so the two types of vitamin E need to be taken at least three hours apart.

The form of vitamin E matters greatly. The most commonly sold form of vitamin E is dl-alpha-tocopherol. This is a synthetic product, generally made from petroleum-based oils. Only the natural “d” form has been linked to benefits from vitamin E. (Make sure you are purchasing d-alpha-tocopherol, not “dl” forms!)

Again, all is not simple. Many vitamin E supplements are packaged in capsules that have a mixture of vitamin E and vegetable oil, and that oil is usually one of the N-6 oils. These oils promote inflammation, increase cancer growth and spread, and trigger lipid peroxidation.

What about Vitamin D?

The only form of vitamin D to show significant benefit is vitamin D3. (Health Master’s Ultimate D3 5000) People with higher levels of vitamin D3 have been shown to have lower incidences of breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancer, and a significantly lower risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (which is the fastest-growing type of cancer in young adults).

Vitamin D deficiency is becoming epidemic in our society, especially with the widespread use of sunscreens and warnings about sun exposure. Many nutritionists and physicians are currently recommending supplementation of between 2,000 IU and 5,000 IU. At these doses, blood calcium levels must be checked to make sure that excessive calcium is not being absorbed. A test done one week after starting high-dose supplements is recommended; the test should be done every two months.

What about Probiotic Supplementation?

The newest trend in nutritional supplements involves beneficial probiotic bacteria. This bacterium is useful in a number of ways in the body. (Health Master’s Probiotic Blend) They help digest and absorb foods, and play a role in generating special nutrients (such as vitamin B-12 and N-butyrate). They keep the immune system functioning properly, help repair the lining of the GI tract, prevent food allergies, and suppress bad bacteria.

Your body began to colonize good bacteria shortly after birth. The bacteria adhere to the cells of the colon and play a major role in a baby’s immune system. They are vital to the production of immune proteins, or “globulins,” also called IgA. (IgA globulin protects the lining of the entire GI tract from nasal passages to anus.)

Probiotic bacteria also help metabolize hormones, especially estrogens. Women with deficient or low numbers of probiotic organisms in their colon are usually at a higher risk of breast cancer.

When supplementing with probiotics, always choose a refrigerated brand and always keep it refrigerated once you have it at home. (Health Master’s Probiotic Blend)

The Right Care of The Right Supplements

In addition to our conclusion that supplements cannot replace healthful eating, and that supplements must be taken together in proper proportions and dosages, there are two other conclusions we need to make about supplements:

Supplements must be taken in the right format—usually as a capsule or liquid. These forms of a supplement allow the nutrients to enter the system faster and with better absorption.

The capsules themselves must be made of vegetable gelatin or fish gelatin, which is the safer form and dissolves much faster. Capsules made of animal gelatin—which often have significant levels of fluoride and a risk of prior contamination—should be avoided.

I generally recommend that a person empty the contents of capsules in pure water, especially when taking magnesium supplements.

Some supplements, however, have a bitter taste that few can tolerate, if the supplement powder is taken outside the capsule. Do what you can tolerate!

Supplements must be stored properly. Both supplements and pharmaceutical drugs last much longer when refrigerated. In the world of supplements, this is especially true for probiotics, oils, and protein products. Heat destroys most vitamins, protein products, oils, and some flavonoids—and the higher the heat, the faster the deterioration. When you are at home, keep supplements in the refrigerator. If you are traveling with nutrients, keep them in a cooler.

Summing It Up...

In quick summary:

Eat right. Eat a balanced healthful diet and avoid the processed foods that are loaded with empty calories and junk ingredients.

Take supplements to enhance a healthful diet and to fill in gaps caused by nutrient absence or low potency. Make sure those supplements are of very high quality—with maximum potency, absorbability, bioavailability, and in a format that is readily dissolved and useful once ingested.

Keep your supplements fresh. Take them in the right combinations and at the right times of day.

A firm foundation for health can be established. Your health for many years will be better for it.

Of course this is just a start. Call my office for more detailed supplement guidelines.

Here’s my foundational supplements:

Health Master’s GHI Cleanse

Health Master’s Excellent C
Health Master’s Super Potent E

Health Masters Ultimate Multiple

Health Master’s Ultimate D3 5000

Health Master’s Probiotic Blend

All of these high quality supplements can also be purchased by calling my office at 1-800-726-1834.

I remain sincerely,

Dr. Ted Broer

*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither the information, nor any formula(s) mentioned are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.