Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Healthier, Happier You

Regular exercise not only supports a healthy lifestyle, it also provides a host of other benefits, including a more positive mental outlook, less stress, and a more positive body image.

Exercise helps you feel good about yourself when you see that you're dedicated and disciplined enough to put yourself first and spend some time regularly exercising your body. You'll feel stronger and more fit, not to mention reap the benefits of endorphins – the powerful chemicals produced by the brain that are natural painkillers and responsible for what is known as the "runner's high", a feeling of euphoria and general state of well-being often experienced by exercise enthusiasts.

When you look better, you feel better, and exercise assists you with both. Regular physical activity not only helps to maintain optimal weight and body composition those who regularly exercise enjoy significantly decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, among others. And these benefits are more than just short term; those who regularly exercise are sick 30% less often than non-exercisers, and fit people generally enjoy longer lives than their less fit counterparts.

When you exercise, focus on how you feel and you'll likely stick with your exercise program. If the thought of dragging yourself to the gym for weight loss isn't motivating to you, maybe it's your body's defense mechanism, encouraging you to love yourself the way you are. When you exercise, seek activities that are fun and leave you feeling strong and empowered, whether it's a challenging spinning class, a relaxing yoga session, or a brisk walk on the treadmill. Your body will thank you for taking good care of it, and you'll reap the many rewards of a healthier body and mind.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Strontium for Bone health

STRONTIUM is a mineral which is closely related to calcium and metabolized in the body in similar ways.  For this reason, strontium and calcium should be supplemented at different times of the day because they compete for absorption.  Almost all of the 300-350mg of strontium found in your body is in your bones or teeth.  We usually get about 2mg daily in our food such as spices, seafood, whole grains, root and leafy vegetables, and legumes. 

 Strontium stimulates new bone growth by improving bone turnover rather than inhibiting it as do many of the osteoporosis medications. It does this by stimulating osteoblast formation (the bone building cells) and inhibiting osteoclast activity (the bone breakdown cells). There have been several clinical double-blind placebo-controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of strontium in supporting bone growth. Strontium Ranelate, a particular salt form of strontium is available by prescription in Europe and the UK. The results of a larger clinical trial were published in 2004 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study evaluated the progress of 1649 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

 The treatment group received 2 grams daily of Strontium Ranelate plus calcium and vitamin D. After 3 years those taking the strontium had increases in bone density of 14.4% in the lumbar spine, 8.3% in the femoral neck of the hip, and 9.8% in the total hip. Also, those taking strontium had 41% fewer spine fractures over the 3 years than those in the control group. Other studies have reported benefits with a 1 gram daily dose. Some have concluded 1 gram daily as ideal for prevention and 2 grams daily for the treatment of osteoporosis.

 Many forms of dietary supplement strontium are now available such as carbonates, citrates, chlorides and so on. Though all act similarly regarding bone metabolism, no studies have been done comparing them
For more information, see my "BONE HEALTH" newsletter

Thursday, November 17, 2016

D- Ribose Help for People Suffering from Low Energy Levels, Chronic Fatigue & More

 D-Ribose is a complex 5-carbon carbohydrate used by the body’s 70 trillion cells to produce the energy molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP).  In fact, without D-Ribose, the cells in the body can’t make enough ATP for sustainable energy.
All functions of the body are powered by ATP. These include: Brain, heart, circulation, nervous system,  & all metabolic functions.
ATP also powers your:
  • Physical energy levels
  • Ability to think clearly
  • Muscle strength
D-Ribose is used to enhance gains in muscle size & strength and also helps fortify the heart muscle as discussed in the book, “Reverse Heart Disease Now” written by two Cardiologists.  For more information on D-Ribose & the heart, see my newsletter “Nutrients For A Healthy Heart”.
D-Ribose is necessary for DNA & RNA to be able to give the cells, tissues and organs the genetic information needed to carry out their normal functions.

The body’s ability to make D-Ribose or extract it from the foods we eat diminishes dramatically as we age.  By the time most of us pass 40, our cells are actually starving for this important energy molecule.
If you are suffering from fatigue with no apparent cause, you may be deficient in D-Ribose.
It can be supplemented with this tasty powder, on sale now.
PRISCILLA SLAGLE, M.D. or Cathy Jones, Assisitant
Email: thewayup@dc.rr.com                          
Phone: 1 (760) 322-7797
Fax: 760-322-7608


Friday, November 11, 2016

Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans & Olive Extract

Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans & Olive Extract features AlaskOmega®  a pure, fresh fish oil made from sustainably harvested Alaska Pollock and that has earned the International Fish Oil Standards’ (IFOS™) highest 5-star rating. Inspired by the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, this superior formula also contains olive extract, sesame lignans, and natural lemon flavor, making it the most comprehensive omega-3 supplement for heart and cognitive health support on the market.

  • Reduces allergies
  • Provides freedom from pain and inflammation
  • Reduces the production of inflammation producing cytokines
  • Plays an important role in the production of Prostaglandin (a powerful hormone-like substance)
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Improves mood
  • Improves Memory and Brain Function
  • Reduces the Symptoms of PMS
  • Promotes Eye Health

For more information see my “BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS” newsletter.


PRISCILLA SLAGLE, M.D. or Cathy Jones, Assisitant
Email: thewayup@dc.rr.com
Phone: 1 (760) 322-7797
Fax: 760-322-7608

Monday, October 31, 2016

Health Benefits of Green Tea

An ancient Chinese proverb praises the benefits of Green Tea, saying "It is better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." Used as a Chinese medicine for over 4000 years, green tea is now believed to be helpful in preventing and treating a variety of maladies from helping to raise levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL), rejuvenating aging skin, decreasing gas buildup, promoting digestive health, and maybe even helping green tea drinkers burn more fat by improving metabolism.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that are preserved because of the minimal processing green tea requires. These antioxidants eliminate free radicals that can damage cells and even DNA. Multiple studies have shown green tea's ability to prevent various types of cancer, and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Other studies have shown that green tea can help regulate glucose in the body, impeding the development of diabetes and slowing down diabetes after onset.
Results of previous studies have reported that green tea exerts a variety of beneficial effects on stress and inflammation. Kaijun Niu and colleagues, from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (Japan), researched whether green tea consumption had any effect on depressive symptoms. They studied  1,058 community living elderly Japanese individuals, ages 70 and over. The researchers measured green tea consumption and evaluated depressive symptoms via the Geriatric Depression Scale. Perhaps surprisingly, those who drank four or more cups of green tea daily were 44% less likely to have symptoms of depression, than those who drank one or less cups daily. The researchers felt this could be related to the high theanine content in green tea.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has been researching green tea as a preventive for oral cancer in patients with a premalignant condition called oral leukoplakia (white plaques, or patches in the mouth or on the tongue caused by chronic irritation such as with tobacco carcinogen exposure).  The five year survival rate of oral cancer is 60 percent.  Of those taking the two highest doses 58.8% had a clinical response.  They conclued the results were encouraging and that further longer term studies with a higher number of patients is warranted.
In Cancer Prevention Research, 6-19-09, another small sample study was promising regarding prostate cancer.  Twenty six men with prostate cancer were scheduled for radical prostate surgery.  For an average time of 34.5 days before the surgery, they took a supplement equal to 12 cups of tea daily.  Before surgery, a repeat round of blood tests was done.  The findings showed significant drops in several prostate cancer-related blood "markers". Some of the men had drops greater than 30 percent.  The tests which decreased were:  PSA, the conventional marker for prostate cancer and inflammation:  VEGF, a protein which stimulates new blood vessel growth in tumors: and HGF, a protein associated with the growth and aggressiveness of a number of cancer cell types.      
You may find additional information about green tea at Green Tea Extract ,  For even more detailed information see 10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Health Benefits of Nuts

Let’s face it nuts are high in both fats & calories and it is almost impossible to eat just a few.  But if you do not over indulge, nuts can definitely be part of a healthy diet. All nuts are rich in protein, antioxidant nutrients,  B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium , and most of the other minerals,  folic acid vitamin E, fiber, and  fatty acids, (the "good fats"). 
Almonds, walnuts and pistachio nuts have been the most studied for health benefits.  Walnuts contain the most omega -3 fatty acids. Chestnuts and soynuts are lowest in  calories.  Macadamia and Brazil nuts are highest in calories. Almonds are high in the amino acid tryptophan. Chestnuts, macadamia nuts and pecans have the least protein. Also try cashews,  pine nuts, hazelnuts, and peanuts. Peanuts need to be kept very fresh as they are subject to a fungus that generates poisons called aflatoxins which can also be allergenic. Peanuts and soy nuts are technically part of the legume, not nut family, but people include them when thinking of nuts, so we will too. 
Seeds are also very healthy such as sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame.  The whole nut or seed provides better health benefits and is less fattening than the oils.  Flax seeds and Flaxseed oil are also a good source of the ALA Essential Fatty Acids. Only oil from fish contains the longer chain fatty acids EPA & DHA.
On average, one ounce of nuts provides about 3-4  grams of protein, between 100-150 calories, and about 8-10 grams of fat.   
Although the health benefits of nuts are numerous, here is just a small sample:
Cardiovascular benefits:
Most nuts are rich in heart-friendly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Research has shown people who consume a small handful of nuts at least 3-4 times a week reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by half compared to those who consumed no nuts.
Individual studies conducted by the Adventist Health Study, the Iowa Women's Health Study, the Nurses' Health Study, and the Physicians' Health Study when combined looked at hundreds of thousands of individuals and found that nuts can indeed decrease the risk of heart disease.
In July 2003, the FDA approved the  heart health claim for almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans,  pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts as these nuts contain less than 4g of saturated fats per 50g.
 This claim can be used on package labels and states:
"Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of some nuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."

Cholesterol-lowering benefits:
Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats. This helps decrease the low-density lipoproteins (the bad cholesterol, or LDL) from the blood, without lowering the good HDL cholesterol levels. It is the oxidized LDL that causes plaque deposits to be formed on the inside of arterial walls, leading to atherosclerosis (hardening and blockage of arteries) and ultimately to cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

Lowering blood pressure;
Nuts contain a large amount of l-arginine  an amino acid that enhances the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide helps relax the arteries making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots.

Reducing the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes:
Eating nuts will make you less prone to diabetes.  Since nuts are very low on the glycemic index scale,  including them in your daily diet is helpful for your blood sugar.  Research suggests the risk of developing type 2 diabetes appears to decrease as nut eating increases from less than once a week, to eating nuts once or more per day.
 A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto produced findings that nuts may be a vital way to manage diabetes. Results show that nuts may improve blood lipid levels and blood sugar levels in individuals with non-insulin dependent diabetes (type 2 diabetes).
Researchers from Harvard studied more than 83,000 women for over 16 years and found that those who reported eating a handful of nuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter at least five times a week were more than 20% less likely to develop adult onset (type II) diabetes than those who rarely or never ate nuts.  This is due to the fiber and magnesium in nuts helping to maintain balanced insulin and glucose levels.  It is considered that the results apply to men as well as women.
 Other research shows that cashews can help to reduce triglyceride levels in people with diabetes.

Weight control:
Studies have shown judicious nut eating is very helpful when it comes to losing weight.
Because nuts are high in vitamins, minerals, nutritious calories, healthy fats, and protein, they help decrease your appetite providing a sense of satiation.  The fats in nuts take longer to digest, so you also feel full longer after eating them.  The  unsaturated fats found in nuts also contain the hormone adiponection which helps your body to break down fat cells.

Helps with menopausal symptoms:
A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine 2007: 167: 1060-1067 reported ½ cup of soy nuts daily for 8 weeks significantly reduced menopausal symptoms and also reduced blood pressure in those who were hypertensive

Removes free radicals:
Nuts are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin E and selenium.  Selenium has been found to be beneficial in the fight against free radicals, which contributes to premature aging, among other things.  Ridding your body of free radicals also reduces the risk of cancer and all kinds of age-related degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, arthritis, etc.  Nuts also seem to prevent the formation of gallstones due to their high magnesium content.
Hands down, nuts offer numerous benefits.   The best benefits are from raw nuts which have not been processed with oils. Organic is even better, when possible.  Oil processing also adds about 10% to the calories. You can purchase dry roasted nuts, which are preferable.  Cashews are always roasted, as they are toxic when raw.  The higher temperature of oil roasted processed nuts containing high levels of the amino acid asparagine  may increase acrylamides, a possible issue re cancer when in high levels...but this is still being researched by the FDA.
So if you prefer the taste of roasted nuts, you can roast your own at lower temperatures.

Here are the basic directions to dry roast nuts:
1. Heat your oven to 160 degrees F.
2. Spread nuts on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and fragrant.
4. Check to make sure that a test nut has the proper crunch when bitten into. It should taste toasted, not bitter or burnt.  
Note that because of their high oil content, the nuts will continue to roast after you remove them from the oven.
With all this encouraging information, be sure not to go nuts for nuts because they are so tasty!  Eat 1-2 small handfuls daily of a variety of nuts and seeds.....not a whole can or jar, so easy to do.  So, I say Nuts to you!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016


 Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.  Almost all of us know someone with cataracts. Many take for granted that if they live long enough they will develop this eye problem, but you don't have to.
By age 80, more than half of all people in the United States either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.  In the U.S. 20.5 million suffer from cataract induced vision loss.  Sadly, 50% of the 30-50 million cases of blindness worldwide result from un-operated cataracts.  Cataracts occasionally occur in infants and young children and remain one of the leading causes of legal blindness for children in undeveloped countries worldwide.
Cataract occurs when there is an abnormal buildup of protein in the lens or lens capsule of the eye. There is a gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens. This clouding prevents light from entering the eye.  It is similar to the vision blocking effect of frost or steam on a window.  The lens of the eye is directly behind the pupil and works much like the lens of a camera. It focuses light onto the retina lining in the back of the eye where an image is recorded.  This image is then passed through the retinal cells, into the optic nerve, and finally to the back of the brain where it is processed to become a visual image in the brain. An untreated cataract can also lead to glaucoma.
Symptoms of cataract can be:  increased difficulty seeing at night, reduced intensity of colors, a brownish tint to vision making it difficult to identify blues & purples,  blurred or hazy vision, increased sensitivity to glare from lights especially at night while driving, a change in the refractive error of the eye on vision testing.


Glaucoma is a group of diseases caused by increased pressure inside the eye which  damages  optic nerve and retina and can lead to progressive permanent vision loss.  This increased pressure is caused by a buildup of aqueous humor, the fluid normally present in the front and rear chambers of the eye.   This fluid normally drains from the eye through channels in the front of the eye in an area called the anterior chamber angle.  When these channels are blocked, the aqueous humor does not filter normally and pressure builds in the eye. Normal intro ocular pressure (IOP) is 10-20 mmHG.  Sometimes glaucoma changes can even occur with normal pressure.
The increased pressure of glaucoma disrupts normal blood flow in the eye, decreasing oxygen and nutrient delivery.  This leads to impaired mitochondrial function and excessive production of free radicals.  The free radicals destroy neighboring cell structures and ultimately initiate cell death which eventually leads to the blindness in glaucoma.

There is also a genetic predisposition so if family members have had glaucoma it is important to be very careful about getting eye pressure checks.

Please click this link to read the entire for informative newsletter. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Though always working in our bodies, Co-Q10 was only first isolated and described by Dr Frederick Crane in 1957.  Dr Peter Marshall won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discoveries of the mechanisms of energy transfer in the body, part of which involved the role of Co-Q10. In 1974 the Japanese incorporated it as a prescription item into their treatment for congestive heart failure & other heart disorders. Life Extension Foundation introduced Co-Q10 to the U.S. in 1983. It later became widely available as an OTC nutrient supplement.
Co-Q10 has and is still being extensively studied and is now the 3rd most sold dietary ingredient in the U.S. after the Omega-3’s and multivitamins.
Some of the research clinical trials using CoQ10 as adjunctive therapy involve myalgias & myopathies, statin induced myopathies, myopathic encephalopathies (ME), muscular dystrophy, Mitochondrial Disease, fatigue syndromes, depression, Parkinson’s Disease, Friedrich’s Ataxia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, other neurodegenerative diseases, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, heart protection during heart surgery, heart arrhythmia, angina, mitral valve prolapse, heart protection for those on the anthracycline chemotherapeutic agents, hypertension, protection in stroke, LDL cholesterol, blood vessel dilation, migraine, cyclic vomiting syndrome, asthma, age-related macular degeneration, decreased sperm count & motility, chronic kidney failure, breast & other cancers, myelodysplastic syndrome, post surgical melanoma, chronic gum disease, immune function, AIDS, aging, and skin health.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Excerpt From My "Benefits of Curcumin" Newsletter

Curcumin is a bioactive component & a main ingredient of the spice turmeric. It is the most widely studied of all the phytochemicals which are  compounds made by plants and which can impact health. A statistical analysis of over 3 million studies showed curcumin to be the most frequently mentioned phytonutrient. Why is there so much interest? Because the array of potential beneifts is amazing. Read on to learn about the remarkable healing qualities of this natural substance which has been used for several thousand years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
Although many people think turmeric & curcumin are the same, there is a significant difference between the two re medicinal purposes. It is important to understand this difference when deciding which to use. Turmeric is a spice  made from the root of the turmeric plant & is a member of the ginger family. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. Turmeric contains several types of curcuminoids, which together are referred to as curcumin.
Most Turmeric supplements are basically only the spice and contain between 2% & 6% of curcumin. This is not a large enough dose to affect your health. But concentrated high quality curcumin can positively impact your health in many ways. The strength needs to be 500 mg or more of curcuminoids per capsule.

Click  Benefits of Curcumin to read the rest of this very informative newsletter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

D- Ribose Help for People Suffering from Low Energy Levels, Chronic Fatigue & More

D-Ribose is a complex 5-carbon carbohydrate used by the body’s 70 trillion cells to produce the energy molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP).  In fact, without D-Ribose, the cells in the body can’t make enough ATP for sustainable energy.
All functions of the body are powered by ATP. These include: Brain, heart, circulation, nervous system,  & all metabolic functions.
ATP also powers your:
  • Physical energy levels
  • Ability to think clearly
  • Muscle strength
D-Ribose is used to enhance gains in muscle size & strength and also helps fortify the heart muscle as discussed in the book, “Reverse Heart Disease Now” written by two Cardiologists.  For more information on D-Ribose & the heart, see my newsletter “Nutrients For A Healthy Heart”.
D-Ribose is necessary for DNA & RNA to be able to give the cells, tissues and organs the genetic information needed to carry out their normal functions.

The body’s ability to make D-Ribose or extract it from the foods we eat diminishes dramatically as we age.  By the time most of us pass 40, our cells are actually starving for this important energy molecule.
If you are suffering from fatigue with no apparent cause, you may be deficient in D-Ribose.
It can be supplemented with this tasty powder, on sale now.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


 It’s amazing any of us are healthy since we are so bombarded by toxins. But many do struggle & suffer the health consequences caused by a body burden of multiple environmental toxins.

We may think of toxic pollution as smog, polluted rivers or landfills. However, the worst toxins are found in ordinary objects we use in everyday life.

Forty two billion pounds of chemicals are manufactured or brought into the United States each day. That’s enough to fill 623,000 tanker trucks in a line that could straddle the globe three times. These toxic chemicals gradually seep into our bodies and can interfere with cellular function, even leading to cell death. Our brains are particularly vulnerable.

Even unborn children are bombarded by these toxic chemicals. In 2004, the environmental working group did a study of umbilical cord blood in 10 fetuses in the United States. They tested for 413 toxins, found 287 & there were 200 chemicals per fetus.

Researchers have also found 168 toxic ingredients in 12 personal care products used daily by women & 85 toxic ingredients in 6 personal care products regularly used by men.   Europe has banned more than 1000 chemicals for use in cosmetics but only 8 of these have been banned in the United States.

Research shows that by the time the average American reaches adulthood, their body is polluted with approximately 700 synthetic chemicals plus heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. I am regularly surprised by the high mercury & lead levels I find in my patients.   Be sure to see my previous newsletter on Mercury ToxicityThere are many known adverse effects of mercury as listed in my newsletter. Now a new study has reported that higher levels of mercury exposure in young adults increased their risk for Type 2 diabetes by 65% in later life.


Actually we all are. But some suffer more than others.

So, if you’re tired all the time, suffer from joint pain and inflammation, or are plagued by memory and brain fog, toxicity could be the reason. Dr. Sherry Rogers wrote a revealing book titled Tired or Toxic? A Blueprint for Health”

And these aren't the only toxins that may be lurking in your body.

A comprehensive survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found 148 different chemicals in the blood and urine samples of 2,400 Americans. More than a quarter of all the samples contained benzo(a)pyrene, a toxin found in automobile exhaust fumes. Nine out of ten samples contained a mixture of toxic pesticides.

National Geographic Magazine paid nearly $15,000 to test one of their reporters for the presence of 320 different chemicals as part of an undercover investigation into environmental toxins. They discovered that the reporter’s level of one flame retardant chemical was so high it would have been considered alarming, even if the reporter had worked in a plant that manufactured the chemical!

A Mount Sinai School of Medicine study found a total of 167 different chemicals in the blood and urine samples of volunteers. They had an average of 91 toxins each. They found lead, dioxins, PCBs, phthalates, as well as compounds that have been banned for more than a quarter century. Bottom line: every single person in every study was contaminated.

The body is designed to eliminate chemicals and heavy metals. Our liver, kidneys, skin & lymph system work to remove the toxins but cannot keep up. When the body is unable to break down and eliminate the overload of toxins, it stores them in the liver & in fat cells.

These toxins are eventually released from fat cells & travel through the blood to invade the brain, lungs, heart, eyes, stomach, liver and sexual organs. At this point damage can occur to organ systems.

The many problems that may be attributed to environmental toxins & heavy metals include:
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Increased allergies, asthma, eczema
  • Autoimmune reactions
  • Immune deficiency
  • Joint and tissue pain, inflammation & arthritis.
  • Chemical imbalances in the brain
  • Memory loss, migraines, and premature brain aging.
  • Blood pressure problems.
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormone imbalances such as, estrogen dominance, reduced libido and sexual dysfunction.
  • Alterations of critical systemic enzymes
  • Blood sugar problems.
  • Vision problems.
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction such as, indigestion, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Contributing to many chronic degenerative disease
  • Infertility, stillbirths & miscarriages
  • Certain cancers
  • Neurological disorders
  • Metabolism disorders
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Hearing loss

For more on the health consequences of environmental toxins see: "The Human Burden of Environmental Toxins and Their Common Health Effects" by Walter J. Crinnion, ND

Not only do low levels of chemicals build up in your body over time, but these chemicals can also react with each other in dangerous ways.

You may already know about the dangers of toxins & are doing everything you can to avoid them: such as eating organic food, drinking filtered water and plenty of it, using natural products in your home, using no pesticides on your property, avoiding cigarette smoke, reading labels to avoid food additives, etc.   If you cannot easily buy organic food, you can use a homeopathic chemical neutralizer called Ex.Chem . But what you may not know is that even if you take all these precautions, your body can still be contaminated.


Avoid toxic exposure when you can. A good daily multi vitamin mineral , extra vitamin C  , & a multi amino acid supplement support the natural detoxification pathways in your body. When there are high heavy metals Alpha Lipoic Acid  is very important for helping to keep the metals from depositing in the brain.

Scroll down to the bottom of this link to see a list of things you can do in your everyday life to minimize toxic exposure.

Apart from avoidance, periodically it’s important to do a general detox by one or another method, and there are many methods.

For periodic detoxing, I like the combination of Chlorella, & Modified Citrus Pectin .  Those with more serious toxicity might also use Ultra Clear Plus which supports the detoxification pathways of the liver.


Chlorella is a single-celled algae that grows naturally in fresh water. It’s small size and unique properties make it a very powerful detoxification tool. Its molecular structure allows it to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides to remove them from the body. This binding process is called chelation. Many chelators also remove minerals from the body, but chlorella spares minerals.

Chlorella is a nutrient-dense super food which contains 60% protein and all of the dietary-essential amino acids in excellent ratios. It is a reliable source of the essential fatty acids required for many important biochemical functions, including hormone balance. Chlorella also contains high levels of chlorophyll, beta-carotene and RNA/DNA. More than 20 vitamins and minerals are found in chlorella, including iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, E and K, biotin, inositol, and folic acid.

Chlorella is one of the most widely studied food supplements in the world. It has been the subject of medical research in the USA, USSR, Germany, France, England, Israel and Japan where it is actually one of the most widely used supplements. Over 10 million people in Japan use it regularly. It has even been studied by NASA as the one of first whole foods in space on the international space station!

Here are some of the studies:

Although chlorella is known first and foremost as a powerful detoxifying tool, it does much more.

Other benefits of Chlorella include:
  • Boosting the Immune system by increasing interferon and white blood cell response
  • Aiding the prevention of degenerative diseases
  • Relieving arthritis pain
  • Aiding weight loss
  • Assisting in Candida albicans treatment
  • Increasing “good” bacteria in the intestine
  • Aiding in the prevention of stress-related ulcers
  • Reducing radiation treatment side effects
  • Protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury
  • Helping with hormone balance (relieving PMS, regulating cycles, etc.)
  • Reducing or eliminating body odors
  • Helping to balance blood pressure,  cholesterol, blood sugar
  • Helping your heart utilize magnesium - Magnesium is essential for proper heart function.
  • Stimulating the body to produce more red blood cells thus helping to      prevent anemia.
  • Improving the digestive system by helping to eliminate bad breath, foul smelling stools & constipation.
  • Helping to balance the pH levels in the body. Our body's pH level is ideally between 7.2 and 7.4. This is considered neutral. Often this drops to an acidic level as we eat junk food or processed foods. This allows diseases to start and grow & contributes to many symptoms.. For more      information see my newsletter ARE YOU TOO ACID? BODY BALANCE OF ALKALINE & ACID IS ESSENTIAL TO GOOD HEALTH
Chlorella can also be applied directly to the skin for treating skin ulcers, rashes caused by radiation treatment, and a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis.

For more information on the numerous benefits of Chlorella see the following books:


Pectin is a carbohydrate made of hundreds of thousands of chemically linked sugar molecules. It isa type of dietary fiber found in most plants and is particularly plentiful in the peels of apples, citrus fruits, and plums. In modified citrus pectin, the pectin has been chemically altered to break its molecules into smaller pieces allowing better absorption in the GI tract. Pectin in its natural form is poorly absorbed by the body and is considered a type of insoluble dietary fiber, whereas modified citrus pectin can be absorbed into the gut and bloodstream.

MCP provides powerful nutritional support for the immune system by naturally binding & clearing immune depressing chemicals from the body.

A recent study indicates MCP promotes healthy urinary excretion of common, mild environmental exposures of heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and tin.

In another recent study conducted by USDA scientists subjects were given modified citrus pectin for six days. The scientists measured the amount of toxins excreted in the participants’ urine before taking the modified citrus pectin and 24 hours after taking the citrus pectin.

The results?
  • The amount of deadly arsenic excreted in participants’ urine increased by 130%...
  • The amount of toxic mercury excreted increased by 150%...
  • The amount of cadmium excreted increased by 230%...
  • And the amount of toxic lead excreted in participants’ urine increased by an amazing 560%
Modified citrus pectin has the ability to soak up toxins and heavy metals like a sponge, but is so gentle on your system that not a single person in these human trials reported any side effects!

It is so safe it has been tested on children as young as 5 years old who suffer from lead poisoning. Every child tested had a dramatic increase in the excretion of lead in their urine — over 130% on average.

Because it does NOT deplete the essential minerals your body needs, modified citrus pectin is safer than many other forms of detox therapy. So while it eliminates pesticides and toxic metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, it doesn't deplete your body of zinc, calcium or magnesium, as do many chelating substances. In fact, there was no change in the level of these vital minerals in patients during the study. However, pectin has an inhibitory effect on manganese uptake, so do not take it with food or mineral supplements. Take it on an empty stomach.

The many benefits of MCP include:
  • Proven Galectin-3 Blocker (Galectins are widely distributed in the body & implicated in cancer, chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease, allergic reactions, etc) Blocking excessive galectin-3 in the body is a critical component in the fight against cardiovascular disease, inflammation, fibrosis and other illnesses.
  • Slows the growth and spread of cancerous cells throughout the body. In rat studies, diets with 10% pectin reduced colon cancer risk by 50% & reduced cholesterol by 25%.
  • Activates powerful immune function
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Decreases inflammation and fibrosis
  • Safely chelates heavy metals and toxins 
  • Increases energy
  • Improves memory and focus
  • Improves joint pain and stiffness
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improves digestion and elimination

For more information see:

Ultra Clear Plus Detox Program

Ultra Clear Plus Detox Program is designed to provide the specific ingredients which assist the liver in its never-ending task of breaking down & removing environmental toxins which have been taken into the body as well as the toxic breakdown products formed by our own body processes.

Ultra Clear Plus provides research-based nutritional support for liver function, which may be beneficial during times of increased toxin exposure. It's enhanced with specific nutrients--including rice protein and antioxidants that support energy metabolism and detoxification function. Rice protein has a lower allergenic potential than many common animal or vegetable protein sources, which (along with careful formulation and manufacturing) helps make this product suitable for dietary elimination programs. This product is recommended for use with a modified elimination diet that reduces dietary chemical exposure.


You can do an intense detox periodically or long slow continuous detox.  Intense would be 1 week every 2-3 months during which time you stop all food and use 2 scoops of Ultra Clear Plus in water 3-5 time daily, as well as plenty of water, PectaClear 3 upon arising  and 3 at bedtime, and Chlorella 10 chewed well in the morning and afternoon.  For continuous detoxing, use 1 scoop of Ultra Clear Plus daily, take 1 Pectasol upon a arising and bedtime, and chew 3 Chlorella twice daily.

Until next time,

Peace, Health and Many Blessings.
Priscilla Slagle M.D. and The Way Up Staff