A Path To Peace

Melanie Figeley

 

My husband and I recently had a rare date, which included a delicious meal and concluded with entering a new big box store to redeem a gift card he received for Christmas. As I strolled through aisles lit by stadium-bright lights I came across a sign that I believe summed up one of the biggest lies in our culture today. GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO HUSTLE. As a bonafide hustle junkie in recovery, I get a pit in my stomach every time I see something like this. People buy into this idea that we have to, as Brene Brown says, hustle for our worthiness by perfecting, performing, and pleasing. I used to think this as well, until I hustled myself right into a stress-induced autoimmune condition. Only as I trained to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner did I learn about the serious effects of stress on the body. With the knowledge I gained as an NTP, coupled with therapeutic dosed nutrients, I was able to put out the fire that was raging in my body, and balance my body’s system. I have learned that for me personally, the line of balance is a fine one, and I need to continuously use all the tools I have gained to keep the fire at bay. Often times our story becomes our path in life and for me this has been true. Currently in my practice, I work with people who are wrestling with with the same things in life I have, and continue to, wrestle with . They may come from different backgrounds and are of different ages, but one similarity persists. They are all exhausted, pushed to their breaking point, and are feeling mentally and physically like they are never enough. Initially they may come to lose weight or sleep better, or have more energy, but in the end we focus on many of the same things, realizing that even if we eat the most organic, sustainably caught and produced whole food diet, it won’t matter one bit if we are chronically stressed out. The effects that stress can have on a body physically, mentally, and emotionally can be lasting and severe. Our goal then should be to support our body by mitigating stress and getting rid of it when we can, but also to shift our perspective so we can live with stressors, or make friends with it. There are dozens of ways to do this on a daily basis. While we support our body in finding balance we can learn from teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh who show us that indeed “peace is every step.” We just need to be present enough to see it. Supplements that may help you mitigate stress while you are on your path to peace: Cytozyme-AD™, ADB5-Plus™ and ADHS®. *Always work with a qualified practitioner who can develop a nutritional protocol that is right for you.

Brown, B. (2015). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. London, England: Penguin Books.Brown, B. (2015). Hạnh, N. (2013). Peace is Every Step. Bantam/AJP.

About the Author: Tiffany Krueger is an Nutritional Therapy Practitioner working and living in Olympia with her husband and two children. Her passion is living her best life every day and helping other women live theirs.

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Do You Have A Leaky Brain?

Melanie Figeley

 

The NIH estimates that 20% of Americans have a diagnosable mental disorder, at a cost of $201 billion per year. The most common maladies are depression and phobias. In 2014, the CDC issued a report indicating that the U.S. suicide rate reached 13 per 100,000, the highest it had been since 1986. We are beginning to look at systemic inflammation and its effect on the blood-brain barrier as a cause of neurodegeneration and, subsequently, mental health problems. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is semi-permeable and vulnerable to damage by free radicals and inflammation.  

As for the efficacy of antidepressants, a report published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics states, “Meta-analyses of FDA trials suggest that antidepressants are only marginally efficacious compared to placebos.” Because of this, researchers continue to explore mechanisms to address mental health issues. Scientists are now exploring how inflammation might decrease the firing rate of neurons in the frontal lobe of the brain in people with depression. Some believe that medications used to manage depression are limited since they do not address underlying brain inflammation.  

The term “leaky brain” is becoming more popular when describing those situations when the protective BBB is breached. When the BBB is compromised, opportunistic invaders can enter and cause a host of neurodegenerative issues. Blood tests measuring levels of occludin and zonulin can be used to detect brain (and even gut) permeability. Research supports the testing of zonulin to this end. Immunoglobulins to blood barrier proteins can also be tested. Researchers are investigating a molecule called microRNA-155, which becomes elevated with inflammation. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emerged as key regulators of pathogenic responses, with miR-155 a marker for neuroinflammation at the BBB. This molecule can create gaps in the BBB, which exacerbates permeability causing the brain’s immune system to go into overdrive, which, ultimately, leads to brain inflammation.

A recent report suggests additional mechanisms for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, and discusses the role of inflammation, redox reactions, and mitochondrial pathways on the BBB. Recent research has shown a connection between peripheral inflammation and psychiatric disorders. Pro-inflammatory cytokines become elevated and increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier. Elevated superoxide radicals, hydrogen peroxide, and other reactive oxygen species, as well as reactive nitrogen species, like peroxynitrite can damage the mitochondria and the blood-brain barrier. Microglia are immune cells in the brain. They become activated and secrete neurotoxic molecules, creating further damage. The role of microglia in neurodegeneration is supported by reports appearing in Prog Neurobiol. and in Acta Neuropathol.

The authors concluded that chronic oxidative and nitrosative stressors are associated with the development of a leaky gut. There are evidence-based approaches, which address the leaky gut and blood-brain barrier dysfunction, that have been suggested as potential therapeutic interventions for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Much of the therapy centers around healing the gut, as this research into probiotic supplementation to improve cognition suggests.

Permeability of the intestinal mucosa, or “leaky gut”, may have a connection to permeability of the blood brain barrier, according to research. Bacteria, toxic metabolites and small molecules leak into the bloodstream. This is found in celiac disease, triggered by gluten sensitivity. Nervous system involvement with celiac disease is well established. While true celiac disease is rare, leaky gut and corresponding neurologic issues are not. The article focuses on the bowel flora’s effect on inflammation and the integrity of the blood brain barrier. Authors of a different study state, “Various microbiota-improving methods including fecal microbiota transplantation, probiotics, prebiotics, a healthy diet, and healthy lifestyle have shown the capability to promote the function of the gut-brain, microbiota-gut-brain axis, and brain. It will be possible to harness the gut microbiota to improve brain and mental health and prevent and treat related diseases in the future.”

In another report, the authors suggest that the digestive system’s role in inflammation and immunity may somehow be linked to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The report proposes that changes in the proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein leads to the accumulation of the amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide. Aβ then triggers an immune response that drives neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. The authors go on to suggest that alterations in the bowel microflora and the “gut-brain axis” can affect the progression of the disease. Disruptions in the bowel flora can create intestinal inflammation, which in turn can become systemic inflammation.

In summary, if our guts are leaky, inflammation will ensue creating breaches in the blood brain barrier. Because of the research that links leaky gut to neurologic symptoms, maintaining a healthy digestive tract may be an optimal strategy for supporting a well-functioning brain.

 Related Biotics Research Products:

GI-Resolve™, KappArest™, BioDoph-7 Plus® 

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Melanie's Travel Supplements

Melanie Figeley

Caribbean is my happy place, Me loving Magen's Bay, St. Thomas

I travel a lot for work and pleasure! Recently, I was cruising the Caribbean. We had no choice but to eat on the ship. I maintained a supplement protocol and made the best choices I could by asking the right questions, mostly about cooking oils and gluten. Organic anything was out of the question! I always go for the meat and veggie option. Looking for the usual code words “crusted, crispy, marinated”, etc. I believe the cleaner one has eaten for a longer time, the easier something like a dairy based soup will take us down! Even that “Vacation Splurge Meal” will have you regretting you splurged. Whether it’s a headache or digestive upset, no one wants to not feel 100% on vacation! Not worth it!

Hanging with sea turtles in Barbados! 

With that said, here is the protocol I used to keep myself somewhat protected from anything that might get into my system.

* Gluterase® (2) with the first bite. This is Bioitcs’ wildly popular incidental gluten exposure product. The enzyme, Tolerase G, will latch itself on to proline in the gluten and start to break it down before it can be absorbed by the intestines. Disclaimer: This is for accidental or incidental exposure, not a reach for the bread basket pass. ☺

* Betaine-Plus HP™ (1-2) with each meal. This is Biotics high potency hydrochloric acid. Helps the stomach get that extra kick to break down or burn up anything that might be trying to multiply in the stomach. Not for those with ulcers or any kind of gastric lesions.

* Beta-TCP™ (1-2) with meal. A blend of taurine, vitamin C, pancrelipase, and organic beet concentrate helps in supporting healthy bile flow to bind and move toxins out of the system.

* Bromelain Plus CLA™ (1-2) with each meal. This supplemental enzyme support helps break down the proteins, fats, and carbs in foods. Also, it can be taken on an empty stomach to help fight inflammation, should you misstep and hurt your ankle or get stung or bitten by a bug!

* BioProtect Plus™ (1) 3 times daily. A broad-based antioxidant, free radical, scavenging super star supplement! Perfect for all the chemically treated shower water, non-organic produce, conventional meats, and the constant spray of toxic antibacterial chemicals in the air.

*ScentArest™ was also on hand taken as needed, provides nutrients the body needs to meet the onslaught of compounds that may trigger chemical intolerance and sensitivities, and offers nutritional support for healthy, functioning detoxification pathways, mitochondrial function, and methylation processes.

Aside from supplemental support I started each day with a “shot” of kraut juice, ate kraut daily, and made sure to stay well hydrated. I was surprised how amazing my digestion was while on vacation.

In my bag I did carry an all-around holistic emergency kit. This included activated charcoal powder caps and ADP® (emulsified oregano tabs from Biotics), just in-case I got into something without knowing! I am a delicate flower. ☺

My Stash!, Intenzyme Forte and NAC boxes are FULL of supplements!

An insider tip for you. Cruise ships have Mini Fridges in the cabins. I brought on two bags of kraut, butter, coconut aminos, Nut Pods, and two cases of water. Yes, the water was in plastic bottles, but it saved us a ton of money! More things I brought on were pink salt, Dandy Blend, Vital Proteins, and my own favorite organic tea. While it may seem excessive, it was really nice to have some of my staples!

 

Melanie Figeley, NTP

Customer Success Manager

Product Specialist

KBMO PNW Consultant

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Gum Tissue: A Look Into Overall Health

Melanie Figeley

Gum Tissue: A Look Into Overall Health

We all need to practice some sort of oral hygiene routine daily. Gum tissue is often overlooked as an important part of overall health. There is a lot to be learned from observing gum tissue. Here is a quick overview of gum tissue, disorders that can be associated with gum dis-ease, and supplemental support.
Gum tissue can vary in color, ranging from pink to dark pink, ideally described as coral. Gums should be even in color; too light can indicate a vascular restriction or a fungal overgrowth, too dark can indicate inflammation and gingivitis.

Gum tissue should also be firm and tight to the teeth, holding them into place and protecting the roots from pathogens and food particles. Loose or receding gums can result in severe tooth sensitivity and an invitation for invaders to move in.

White, red, swollen, receding gums that bleed easily, are an easy way to know there is something more serious going on. There are so many dis-eases in our bodies that can stem from unhealthy gums tissue. 

Bacteria and other pathogens love warm, moist environments. When sugar is consumed there can be a rapid growth in these health degrading armies. Since our mouths are a great point of entry, these armies are swallowed or absorbed and sent through the body to set up camps all over. If one is already immune compromised, this will not be tough for the pathogens to accomplish. This can lead to systemic inflammation and overall degradation of our immune systems. Down the line, possibly an autoimmune diagnosis.

Vascular health is also something that can be noticed from gum health. If gums are not the pretty shade of coral they are naturally meant to be, this can indicate a vascular issue. Diabetics and those with high blood pressure often will have a reduced or restricted vascular flow. This leads to less oxygen circulation throughout the tissues in our bodies. This will affect the nutrient delivery as well as the bacterial cleansing. 

Respiratory issues can also be attributed to gum health. Bacteria hanging out in unhealthy gums can catch a ride through nasal pathways landing in the lungs. Again, a warm enclosed space such as the lungs are an optimal breeding ground for bacteria. Bacterial lung infections can cause serious issues such as pneumonia and COPD. 

Add smoking to any person with poor oral hygiene or gum issues and you have a straight away for serious issues quickly. Smoking prolongs healing time, damages gum tissue, and pulls carcinogenic smoke in, on, and around gums. 
As we all know, nutrition plays a role in the entire body. Gum tissue is no different than any other tissue in the body. It needs to be cared for. Practice good oral hygiene daily (brush, floss, oil pull), keep unnecessary sugars out of the diet, and eat a variety of nutrient dense organic foods. Unfortunately, extra support can still be necessary for optimal gum health.

Biotics Research has a full line of products that can help support healthy tissues of the mouth.

CoQ-Zyme 100 Plus™ - Helps in supporting receding gums and gum disease by promoting circulation. In addition, it aids in healing time from traumas and dental procedures. With added co-factors to promote optimal mitochondrial function, CoQ-Zyme 100 Plus™ supports optimal periodontal health.

 
Bio-ADEK-Mulsion™ - Proactive dental and oral health. May be beneficial in the support of dental cavities, bleeding gums, sensitivity due to demineralization, and receding gums or grafting.


Bio-FCTS™ - May be beneficial in the support of dental cavities, bleeding gums, sensitivity due to demineralization, and receding gums or grafting.

Cytozyme-Trachea™ - Helpful in encouraging tissue growth and repair. Provides vascular and inflammation support for damaged connective tissues.
 
 
My goal in this article is to have you broaden your thoughts when assessing the health of the person in front of you. We do look at skin, eyes, and hair for signs of dis-ease in the body. How often are you looking in their mouths? Next time there is a missing link, have them open wide or ask about their gums; perhaps there will be a clue?

 

 


Melanie Figeley, NTP
Biotics Research NW
Product Specialist
Blood Chemistry Fundamentals


Photo Credit:East Keilor Dental.

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Pregnenolone Steal

Parker Sing

Quick video today about Pregnenolone Steal!

A rare condition to run into with surprisingly easy support! Pregnenolone Steal refers to the condition when your body converts pregnenolone into cortisol instead of sex hormones. Overtime this can cause a range of issues to our hormones so early detection and support is recommended. If you have blood work available the first indication will be low DHEA. If you run into this I recommend running a test called EPMHP from Diagnostechs to get an accurate picture of hormones. If the steal is occurring instead of loading them with more pregnenolone instead support adrenals as it’s the only organ that regularly uptakes this precursor.

 

To regulate the adrenals our two main products for support are ADHS™ and ADB5-Plus™. To determine which will be more effective determine if the issue is related to circadian rhythm or if the organ itself is overworked. ADHS™ for the rhythm at (2) upon rising and (2) at noon, for supporting the gland give ADB5-Plus™ (2) upon rising and (2) at noon.

 

Hope this helps and I'll see you all soon!

 

Parker Sing, NTP
Blood Chem Specialist
Biotics Research NW, Inc.

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Optimal Colon Function, Yes!

Melanie Figeley
Optimal Colon Function, Yes!

With the Holidays in full swing, we are living it up eating and drinking things we typically would stay far away from. One or two treats here and there are no big deal. Next thing you know platters of goodies appear at the workplace and holiday parties are filling your calendars. Most notice the digestive distress these treats produce before anything else; gas, bloating, irregularity, and so on start plaguing you daily. 

 

Biotics Research has formulated a wonderful product to keep digestive distress at bay. Colon Plus™ is a blend of natural ingredients specifically designed to keep your colon performing optimally. Colon Plus™ comes in a powder form and, also a gel cap. Originally, Colon Plus™ was released as a powder. Due to lack of patient compliance (having to mix and taste), Biotics Research started producing this formula in capsule form, and  patient compliance increased. Typical dosages are as follows: Use one teaspoon of the powder in a glass of warm water in the a.m. and p.m. or five capsules, three times a day, just before meals.

 

Colon Plus™ has a proprietary blend of peppermint and anise that relieve flatulence. Substances that relieve irritants and inflammation (aloe vera and flax seed) and natural laxative properties. These natural laxatives are not the same as say, senna tea.

  • Psyllium seed powder acts as a bulking agent, keeping waste in the colon hydrated and well formed for easier passing.
  • Prune powder, which is known for aiding in eliminations.
  • Mannitol, along with natural laxative properties, has a non-enzymatic reaction, with free radicals providing some antioxidant protection. 


Included in the blend is also Calcium Ascorbate and Kelgin. These are both heavy metal detoxing agents. Hello aluminum foil and food coloring! With that said, we find many practitioners adding Colon Plus™ into their heavy metal protocols. Keeping the colon steadily moving and supporting a healthy epithelium is a major factor in keeping toxins from re-entering the system. The bulking agents added into the blend are also important for detox. The apple pectin and psyllium both create a gel-like bulk, trapping toxins and carrying them out with elimination.

Enzymes also have a role in colon health. Bromelain, a well-known proteolytic enzyme, has proven useful in supporting bowel issues specifically inflammatory in nature. Peppermint is included in the mix. It has a dual purpose, encouraging digestive enzymes and providing naturally occurring chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been used to ease constipation and is a popular bowel detox.

Last, but certainly not least, Colon Plus™ provides bowel flora support. Biotics Research understands the importance of healthy gut flora. Including Lactobacillus acidophilus into the mix ensures your flora have extra helpers to support the colon in a time of need. Do keep in mind, for those who are extremely dairy sensitive, Lactobacillus acidophilus is derived from dairy; an ultra-trace amount equaling <.001 ppm of milk constituents are used during the fermentation of probiotic ingredients should be fine for the masses, I just wanted to bring it to your attention. This product was formulated long before the concept of prebiotics becoming popular, but certainly, with the addition of Lactobacillus acidophilus this is truly a prebiotics and probiotic product.  

During the holidays it is probably not a bad idea to keep a bottle of Colon Plus™ handy for those times when you know you're going to indulge in your favorite holiday treats. Happy Holidays and I hope this finds you in good digestive health.


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Melanie Figeley, NTP
Biotics Research NW
Customer Success Manager
Blood Chemistry Fundamentals
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Not-So-Well-Known Product Series: TMG Powder™

Parker Sing

Hi Again!!

Today we discussed TMG Powder and its various benefits! Primarily used to increase methylation it also a few other side benefits. If you have a client that is low in Carnitine,TMG can be used to help increase the numbers. A positive association has been linked between using TMG and lowering mild despair. One of the most practical uses is for those with elevated homocysteine levels, mild TMG supplementation can help lower that range. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and ill see you all on Monday!

 

Parker Sing, NTP
Blood Chem Specialist
Biotics Research NW, Inc.

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Supplements for Kids!

Parker Sing

Hey Everyone!

Today I talked about some considerations to take when dealing with child supplementation. In general all of our protocols are effective for the little ones in our lives however if they are under 100 pounds the safest thing to do is cut the protocol in half. Overall abiding by this rule will limit chances for complications. We also discussed some products that would work well in certain situations.

Aqueous Multi Plus™: Our liquid low potency multi-vitamin. Tastes like orange tang and is easy to coax them into using.

Bio-Trophic Plus™: Low potency multi-vitamin in capsule form. Uses all natural food sources so is easy to include for those not getting enough nutrition out of their food.

Nitrogreens™: Fussy eater? Difficult to get dark leafy greens in the diet? Put a couple scoops in water with a squeeze of lemon and you have a tasty nutritious drink.

IAG™: Aside from being as loud as possible most kids are walking petri dishes of foreign bacteria. If you or the little one start to get sick have this on hand to knock it out immediately. One spoonful in water every few hours will get you both out of a cold much faster.

 

Hope these tips help! See you all later!

Parker Sing, NTP
Blood Chem Specialist
Biotics Research NW, Inc.

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Identifying Bacterial and Viral Infections in Blood Work

Parker Sing

Hey Everyone!

 

Quick video today on how to spot viral and bacterial infection in bloodwork! Find the Neutrophil and Lymphocyte score on the test. If the two ranges are 30 or more points apart you are most likely looking at a bacterial infection, if they are within 10 points its viral. Underlying infections such as these can seriously rob the body or resources and can manifest and blood sugar or adrenal symptoms. We have two easy protocols to regulate that each require one month of supplementation.

Bacterial:

ADP™ (2) 3x each day
IAG™ (1-2) spoonful’s 2x each day
Bio-Immunozyme Forte™ (2) 3x each day
Bio-D Mulsion Forte™ (2) drops each day

Viral:

Ultra-Virx™ (2) 3x each day
Bio-Immunozyme Forte™ (2) 3x each day

Cytozyme-THY™ (2) 3x each day
Bio-D Mulsion Forte™ (2) drops each day

 

Consider a round of probiotics after these protocols as they can be draining on gut bacteria. Enjoy the day!

 

Parker Sing, NTP
Blood Chem Specialist
Biotics Research NW, Inc.

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Great American Smokeout! Products to help smokers!

Parker Sing

Hey Everyone!

Today we talked about the Great American Smokeout campaign to try and reduce the amount of people that still smoke cigarettes. To help those on this difficult transition I thought it would be a good time to share a couple products that can help make the transition easier!

 

CoQ Zyme 100 Plus™: Often overlooked is the neurological damage that can happen to smokers over time. CoQ10 works to improve neurological function.

 

Mixed Ascorbate Powder™: Vitamin C has had an interesting history when it comes to helping smokers. Originally touted as a smokers best friend, the claim was that as long as you took vitamin C the negative effects of smoking would be nonexistent. Obviously this is not true however recent studies of vitamin C has shows that taking large dose for a brief period after someone quits smoking blood circulation improves faster. However after that initial loading no dose additional vitamin C has no effect.

 

Dopa Tropic Powder™: I personally used this product to reduce smoking cessation. Put one spoonful under the tongue to kill a craving!

 

Resvera Sirt-HP™: Resveratrol is a fantastic vasodilator. To increase blood flow consider having your client take this product if they often have cold hands or feet.

 

See you all on Wednesday!

 

Parker Sing, NTP
Blood Chem Specialist
Biotics Research NW, Inc.

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