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Health Benefits of Adaptogenic Compounds

The people of the Caucasus Mountains of Siberia, in the former Soviet Union, sparked the interest of research scientists in the years following World War II because of their extreme longevity and vibrant health. Gerontology researchers from National Geographic determined that 25 times as many people there live to be 100 years old as here in the United States. Amazingly, these people were still enjoying vibrant health, were still sexually active, and maintained all their mental faculties well into their 100s. Contrast that to our own health statistics and you'll discover that if you're fortunate enough to achieve the age of 80 here in the United States, you are frequently suffering from chronic illness, debilitating disease and a very low-quality of life. Much of the blame lies with our living conditions and eating habits. Our immune systems are burdened by stress and poor nutrition. Our elimination systems are overloaded by processed foods, resulting in sluggish bowels that allow poisons to leach back into our bodies as well as hamper the proper absorbtion of the nutrients we do get. Now mix in the toxins from our environmnet such as heavy metals from cookware, paints, fuel, pollution, etc., and you have a heavily-burdened immune system that can no longer function properly or synergistically -- you now have an unhealthy body.

What's the difference between 100-year-old healthy villagers living in Siberia and 80-year-old sick and dying people in the United States and other areas of the Western World? It's true, the people of Siberia have far less stress as well as cleaner air and water, but those Soviet researchers discovered something else -- the native plants of that region are incorporated into the daily diets of those villagers and those plants have very special protective and restorative qualities for human health. After some 45 years of research, the definitive answer to the secret of their longevity is a compound the scientists call "adaptogens" -- a naturally occurring compound that allows your body to fight off the effects of stress and strengthen your body's own innate healing powers.

Taking the proper formulation of adaptogens can help reverse the damage of stress and environmental toxic overload and, over a period of time, your body will begin to function properly and come into balance or homeostasis. Some people are very sensitive to the active ingredients in adaptogens and feel them within a few hours, but most notice a gradual improvement over the course of 6-8 weeks after which the pace seems to accelerate. As adaptogens are completely non-toxic and do not interfere with any pharmaceutical medications, it is recommended that you begin by taking a triple-up dose for the first couple of months to kick start your body's natural healing abilities. The adaptogenic formulation that we recommend has a standard daily dosage of 1 oz. per 150 lbs. of body weight, so a triple-up dose would be 3 oz. per day, taken 1 oz. before each meal. As your health problems begin to come under control, you will probably find that you are able to reduce or completely eliminate prescription medications, although you may want to do so with your doctor's knowledge. After the initial loading period, you can reduce the daily dose of adaptogens to the standard 1 oz. per 150 lbs, however anyone who lives under high stress situations including physical stress, mental stress and emotional stress, will benefit greatly from continuing at the higher dosage. As do the villagers of Siberia, you will probably want to consume these beneficial adaptogenic compounds for the rest of your life.

The adaptogenic formula we recommend contains the highest quality and most potent adaptogens presently available, in a pleasant tasting liquid base that has been taste-adjusted to hide the extreme bitterness of the adaptogens -- the predominate flavors are pomegranate and raspberry. There are no preservatives, added sugars, colorings or artificial ingredients and the manufacturer offers an unconditional 60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee on up to 8 bottles (2 cases) of their product. This allows sufficient time for the adaptogens to begin working on your particular health challenges; some are easier to deal with then others. For example, blood pressure or insulin problems respond very quickly to adaptogens. Over the course of the last 2 years, we have seen significant benefits in over 85% of the people who use this product; however, if after 60 days of use you do not feel that the product is helping you, you can return it to the manufacturer for a full refund of everything except the return shipping costs.



Click on any of these items to learn more about how adaptogens may be of benefit: AllergiesAlzheimersArthritisAsthmaBipolarBrain FunctionCancerCelluliteConstipationCrohn's DiseaseChronic FatigueDepressionDetoxificationDiabetesErectile DysfunctionHigh Blood PressureHigh CholesterolIBS - Inflammatory Bowel SyndromeInsomniaJoint InflammationLow EnergyMemoryNight Vision and AcuityObesityPhysical VitalityPoor ConcentrationPsoriasisPTSD - Post Traumatic Stress DisorderScarsSexual VitalitySportsStressThyroid and Hashimoto's

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The statements on this website and this web page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. FDA laws do not allow any nutritional product to claim relief from or curing of any disease; only FDA approved drugs can make statements or claims of disease cure.




Allergies

Although I don't really know the mechanism at work here, adaptogens seem to be surprisingly effective in reducing allergies, often in as short a time and one or two weeks. This includes a wide spectrum of allergies, including dogs, cats, poison oak and most seasonal pollens. Most people will notice a significant lessening of their allergic response and many others experience total relief from their allergies. Not only do adaptogens greatly boost the immune system, thus allowing your body to fight the allergens naturally, but they also do an incredible job of reducing inflammation. Whatever the physiological explanation, adaptogens seem to mitigate the body's allergic response.

If you suffer from any type of allergy I recommend you give our adaptogenic formula an honest try -- 3 ounces per day for 60-days. The manufacturer offers a 60-day unconditional guarantee so, if you don't feel it has helped you, return it for a refund. Our experience is that about 70% of the people who try this adaptogenic formula will notice significant improvement and 50% will have total allergy relief.

On a separate note, I know of a ND in Bunnell, FL, who has a very unique technique for eliminating allergies, including food allergies. I was intensely skeptical of this but attended a treatment session for one of my granddaughters and saw an immediate improvement of a food allergy. I now know numerous people who have had their allergies eliminated by this doctor, including my son-in-law and granddaughter. You are welcome to call or email me for more information on this doctor.



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Alzheimers

This is such a cruel disease. I think there are many different causes of alzheimers including the uptake of heavy metals, especially aluminum. If you are concerned about alzheimers you should go to a reputable ND and have a heavy metal analysis done for both blood and hair. The hair analysis is wildly unpredictable because of shampoos and hair coloring but it can still be useful. The brain is a fatty tissue and uptakes heavy metal at a completely different rate than the rest of the body.

If testing reveals that you have elevated heavy metals in your body, you should find a chelation center and do a full course of IV chelation, then retest and repeat chelation as necessary until your heavy metal levels improve. Chelation pulls both heavy metals and other toxins out of your body so if you have a high level of toxicity, you should defintely consider this course of treatment as it may help you avoid alzheimers and cancer. I was heavy metal poisoned many years ago when we owned a racing motorcycle shop where I did lots of welding and cylinder grinding without wearing a respirator. I discovered the high levels of heavy metal, especially nickel, a couple of years ago and underwent a full course of IV chelation followed by 2 years of oral chelation. I have not yet been retested but expect to be repeating the chelation in the near future due to my extremely high levels. Despite the negative views of the medical industry concerning chelation, it does work and I was surprised to meet many MDs and dentists undergoing chelation at the same clinic during my treatments.

Back to adaptogens, I have seen the progression of alzheimers slow and in many cases stop when taking this adaptogenic formula. Again, 3 or 4 ounces per day for the first 60 days is recommended. Unfortunately there is no reversal of the damage but it does appear to stall further progression of the disease. Another advantage of this formula is that the Rhodiola Rosea does a great job of increasing serotonin production as well as improving the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors in the brain, providing a feeling of happiness and well-being. It can do a great job of reducing depression which is important in the early stages when the patient is still aware of the effects and prognosis of the disease. If you are the caregiver for someone with alzheimer's this formula can be equally important for you as you battle the tremendous stress and depression of watching a loved-one's decline.



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Arthritis

Some of the most impressive results using adaptogens have been seen with people who suffer from various types of arthritis. We have many retired football and sports people taking our adaptogens and experiencing relief from joint pain that they were not getting from pharmeceutical drugs, plus they aren't being subjected to the side effects of drugs.

Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may see huge benefits from adaptogens but it is not overnight; the benefits build as time goes by and the body and immune system come more into balance. Many doctors also consider stress to be a major cause of rheumatoid arthritis and these adaptogens do an amazing job on stress.

My mother-in-law is now 91 and about a year and a half ago she was in so much joint pain from osteoarthritis that she was in a wheelchair fulltime. Within 3 weeks of taking 4 ounce per day of the adaptogens, her pain disappeared. The adaptogens did not regrow her worn out joints and cartilage but it did a wonderful job of taking care of the resulting inflammation. She was able to use her walker and once again get back into the kitchen to bake bread. Escaping a wheelchair and regaining some mobility can be a major factor in an elderly person's outlook on life and will to live. Many times they seem to just give up on life when all the small joys are denied to them because of chronic pain and immobility. She takes 4 ounces per day, every day, even though she is well past the initial 60 day break-in period, because it keeps the inflammation under control.



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Asthma

Many times asthma attacks are caused by allergies. Because adaptogens work so well on allergies, they can also greatly reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks. Asthma attacks can also be induced by stress; adaptogens take care of that too. If you have asthma, try adaptogens and see if they benefit you. Take 3 or 4 ounces per day for 60-days and you should see a significant improvement in the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Of course, if you don't feel that it has helped you after the 60-day trial period, we encourage you to return the product for a full refund.



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Bipolar

There is a bit of an argument in the medical community concerning the actual triggers and mechanisms of bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. I don't have direct knowledge of anyone using the adaptogenic formula we recommend for bipolar disorders but I will say that in Russia these active ingredients are used with great success in treating it. Bottom line -- if I, or someone I cared about, suffered from bipolar disorder I would certainly give it a try.



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Brain Function

This is an area in which adaptogens excel, for many biological chemical reasons. They also stop the body's response to stress which enables a person to think more clearly. The Soviet Union provided adaptogens to their cosmonauts, military special forces, and Kremlin leaders in large part because their scientific research documented a significant improvement in brain function and reasoning ability when under stress. The Soviet scientists conducted over 3,000 human clinical studies involving one-half million people and noted one consistent result -- a sharpening of reasoning ability and increase in concentration, especially when they were low on sleep or under physical or emotional pressure. We have many people now reporting these same results, especially those with stressful careers such as doctors, lawyers and high-level business people. College students are also now finding that adaptogens can significantly improve their test performances even after all-night cramming.



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Cancer

Cancer is big business in the medical world and I, personally, think it is a protected industry. That is as political as I will get on this subject.

Our bodies are constantly producing rogue, unhealthy cells and it is our immune system's job to destroy those bad cells. If we (and our immune system) are healthy, then these bad cells are destroyed before they can do any damage. But an overtaxed, unhealthy immune system can be fighting a losing battle. Proper nutrition, rest, and exercise are important to sustaining a vigorous immune system but one of the most important factors is stress reduction. Medical research now estimates that 80% of all diseases are caused, in part, by too much stress on our bodies, minds and spirits. The use of a powerful adaptogenic formula can help your body cope with the inevitable stress of life and keep your immune system functioning properly.

If you or someone you love does have cancer, the choice of treatment is up to you and your doctor. I would never tell a person to abandon conventional cancer therapy but I would strongly suggest taking 4 to 6 ounces per day (split into 2 or 3 dosages per day) of this adaptogenic formula to help your body recover from the side effects of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. We have heard many reports from people who felt they had an easier course of conventional treatment with the help of this formula. And it also supports good blood chemistry, which can help with the low red blood cell count some people experience during treatment.

This formula has not been shown to have any contraindications, meaning it does not interfere with other treatments or medications, and can help boost your immune system and recovery from stressful medical treatments.



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Cellulite

Cellulite is an annoying problem for most women and has nothing to do with body weight. A woman's body has a layer of fat under the skin and when that layer of fat becomes too thick it makes the skin uneven and looks bad. I can't tell you the mechanism, but almost every woman who gets on adaptogens sees her cellulite slowly go away and now we have many spas using adaptogens and quite a few Hollywood actresses too. This is the only effective cellulite treatment that I know of and is addressing the root cause of the cellulite. You can also use the adaptogen formula we recommend topically, wiping it directly on the skin or soaking fingers in it to take care of hangnails and ragged cuticles and damaged fingertips.



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Crohn's Disease & IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

Crohn's Disease and IBS (inflammatory bowel disease) are nasty intestinal disorders that can ultimately have a severe impact on your health. Both diseases are regarded as an auto-immune disease and the normalizing effect of adaptogens on the immune system plus the unburdening of the immune system typically result in a gradual disappearance of the symptoms. It IS NOT an overnight process and many times it takes six to eight weeks to see progress. We also recommend taking the Holy Tea (see our links page) and eliminating grain and dairy from your diet. Take a quality probiotic (iFlora from Sedona Labs is a good one) and a good prebiotic can help too. Antibiotics are often where Crohn's and IBS get their start because antibiotics kill all gut bacteria, good and bad. Unfortunately it is the bad bacteria and yeasts that grow back first and then your doctor puts you back on a course of antibiotics to take care of them and the cycle repeats itself. By the time you have Crohn's and IBS your body is seriously confused and many people suffer for the rest of their lives and end up having sections of their bowels removed and lots of other unpleasant things. Spend some time on Dr. Mercola's website (see our links page) and educate yourself on this disease and definitely get started on adaptogens at four to six ounces per day split into 3 doses per day. If you get a detoxification reaction you may have to drop the dosage for a couple of weeks and then slowly raise it until the headaches and bodyaches of the detox reaction (Herxheimer reaction) go away.



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Constipation

Adaptogens help normalize the entire metabolism and we see this in action when it comes to the digestive and elimination systems. We have seen people plagued with acid reflux get relief, frequently in less than a week and we commonly see people with constipation having normal bowel movements within 10-days to 2 weeks. This is especially critical for older people taking medicines and many women also have unhealthy bowel movements. As a mammal, you should have a bowel movement each time you eat, ideally 3 times a day but at least twice a day. If you are not elimating waste that often you are "auto intoxifying" your body. That means the various body wastes and toxins are leaching back into your body from the stools that are sitting in your intestines waiting to be eliminated. We also recommend using Holy Tea (see our links page) to help clean out your intestines. While adaptogens help detoxify the body they don't clean out the intestines and there is a synergy between the Holy Tea and adaptogens that can really benefit your health.



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Chronic Fatigue

For many years our medical system considerd chronic fatigue to be a mental disorder but has finally come around to acknowledging it as a physical disorder. We have seen adaptogens provide great health benefits to people suffering with chronic fatigue, lupus and fibromyalgia; the benefits are not fast but they are steady and usually noticeable within 3 weeks. Often the rate of improvement increases the longer you take them and your body comes more into balance.

Adaptogens work at the cellular level and can provide you with more energy. While a healthy person may notice the increase quickly, often the same day, a sick person will be slower to respond. If there is much wrong with your health and your immune system is compromised then it may take a bit of time for you to notice health improvements. If you are under a doctor's care and are having regular blood tests, the results will probably show up in your lab results before you feel significant changes.

A significantly compromised immune system can be part of the problem with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and lupus but adaptogens can help your body begin to heal itself. I've dealt with many people who suffer from these disorders and have seen improvement in over 40% of them, some even achieving total remission. Unfortunately, most of the benefits for these issues happen between the 3rd and 5th month and not everyone will stay with a health regimen that does not provide immediate benefit. But keep in mind that you didn't develop this condition overnight; it most likely happened gradually and was a culmination of many things over many years. Sometimes reversing health problems can be like turning the Queen Mary -- it just takes time and patience.

While this adaptogenic formula does carry a 60-day money back guarantee, if you suffer from chronic fatigue, lupus or fibromyalgia you will probably not notice significant benefits in that short a period of time. My recommendation would be to make the committment for 6 months. As an initial loading dose, we suggest 3 to 4 ounces per day (split into 2 doses). It's not expensive when you consider what you might gain in health and vitality.



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Depression

The active ingredients found in Rhodiola Rosea, one of the adaptogens in our formula, does a fantastic job of increasing serotonin production and increasing the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors in the brain. Virtually everyone who takes this product reports a "feeling of well-being" within 10 days to 2 weeks, unless they are in a state of clinical depression or have really severe health or mental challenges. Even those people will experience great benefits, it just might take longer than a healthier person. Adaptogens are extremely effective at dealing with depression and they do it without "turning off your emotions" the way many of the psycho-active prescription drugs do.

Several years ago, I suffered from borderline clinical depression due to extreme business and personal stress. I started taking these adaptogens and was astounded on the 10th day when it seemed as if a switch had clicked on in my brain and suddenly I felt wonderful. It's only gotten better and better in the last 3 years as I've continued to take the product.

If you are suffering from any kind of depression we recommend that you take 3 to 4 ounces per day, split into 2 doses. I have a close female friend who had PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and she finally agreed to take the adaptogens, to see if they would help. She was an emotional wreck and would cry for absolutely no reason. After 4 days on the product, she called to tell me that she had woken up that morning with no bad thoughts in her head -- she felt great and had stopped the impulse crying. Not everyone will react quite this quickly. She is a very small person and weighs under 110 lbs. Even though I recommended only 2 to 3 ounces per day due to her small size, she had decided on her own to increase it to 6 ounces per day. While this is a totally non-toxic formula we don't advise more than 5 ounces per day as more than that just becomes expensive urine. In her case though, it seemed to do the job in short order!

The base formula for this product was used extensively by Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to combat PTSD in their own troops. Similar to our Iraq veterans, about 40% of those troops returning from the Soviet Afghan wars were suffering from this disorder and adaptogens proved to be an effective treatment.



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Detoxification

The only side effect of adaptogens we've seen is not really a side effect at all, it's a great health benefit -- detoxification. As we age our bodies accumulate and hold onto all kinds of toxins, including heavy metals, pharmeceutical and recreational drugs, pesticides, artificial hormones and various chemicals. These toxins are very bad for us and put quite a load on our immune system. Eventually our immune system gets overloaded with toxins, as well as the chemical and hormonal effects of stress, and then you see auto-immune diseases and cancer occurring.

Adaptogens will help but if you are serious about detoxing your body, you need to do a full colon cleanse to remove impacted fecal matter and other toxins embedded in the walls of the intestines. Liver and gall bladder detoxes are also advisable.

I would not use adaptogens primarily as a detoxification mechanism because it is very limited in what it causes your body to cleanse. This is an important discussion because the only negative symptom people get when taking adaptogens is the Herxheimer Effect, also called Herxing out, which is a detoxification reaction. This occurs in about 5% of the people who take adaptogens and is actually a positive health benefit, but it might make you feel unwell for a few hours. The good news is that it passes quickly.

If you do experience a Herxheimer reaction, you will get a headache within an hour or so of taking the adaptogens and it will last for a few hours before gradually receeding. Or you may feel like you are getting the flu, with lethargy and joint pain, that goes away but recurs with the next dose. As I said, it's a good thing because those unhealthy stored toxins are beginning to flush out of your system and your body is reacting to the "foreign" invaders that it knows don't belong there. All you need to do to minimize the negative reaction is simply slow down the rate of detox.

Cut down the dosage to 1/4 of what you were taking initially (example -- if you were taking 2 ounces, cut it back to 1/2 ounce). If the headache or bodyache does not return, stay at that reduced level for about a week then increase your dose by 1/2 again (now you're up to 3/4 oz. in our example). Stay there for another week and if you do not experience further symptoms, increase your dose again. Continue gradually increasing until you are back to the full amount. It's also VERY IMPORTANT to drink lots of water while you're detoxing. The whole point is to get these undesirable toxins out of your system and flushing with lots of fluids will help a lot.

Adaptogens also do an amazing job of preventing and dealing with hangovers. If you know you will be partying hardy, take 3 ounces before you start partying and take 3 ounces before you go to bed and typically you will not have a hangover or it will be far less severe. After all, a hangover is just leftover toxins from too much alcohol and adaptogens will help flush them out. Oh, and don't forget that water to help rehydrate your body.



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Erectile Dysfunction

The adaptogens we recommend are frequently referred to as "liquid Viagra" because of their effect on men. Oddly enough it works equally well on improving sex for women and it has made many a marriage and relationship much better. It turns out that the main problem for most men with E.D. is stress and that is what adaptogens were built for. Take care of the stress and the libido is unbridled and it is truly amazing how the old horse gets younger. On the physical side, some of the active ingredients also improve blood flow to the genitals, which also helps E.D.

On the female side it is stress that typically holds down the libido and when you remove that stress....watch out!

These effects are very common and if we had to put a number on it, I'd say about half the people taking adaptogens report a MUCH better sex life.



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High Blood Pressure

Having optimal blood pressure requires that many of the systems in your body work together properly, that you have good blood chemistry, and an unobstructed cardio-vascular system, i.e., no cholesterol build-ups in the veins, and supple venal and arterial muscle and tissues.

Stress is also a major cause of high blood pressure. It is now a widely accepted fact that the average person is under significant stress 24/7 given our lifestyles, family and work obligations, poor nutrition, ingestion and accumulation of environmental toxins, as well as the constant bombardment by the many types of man-made radiation from electronic devices (cell phones, cordless phones, etc.). Our bodies respond to these stressors with a "fight or flight response," something that is built-in to all mammals and is part of our survival mechanism.

When your body goes into this "fight or flight response," your adrenal gland fires up and manufactures cortisol as well as other hormones and chemicals that quickly dump into your blood stream, basically putting your body into after-burner mode -- your heart rate and blood pressure increase, and your senses and reaction time sharpen so you can better deal with the perceived emergency. Just like a jet engine, if you run the after-burner too long, the engine explodes. In the case of the human body, your organs become fatigued and your cardiovascular system sustains great damage, as does your brain and virtually all other parts of your body. This is why modern medicine states that over 80% of the health problems that damage and kill are derived from the effects of stress.

So how can adaptogens help? By definition, adaptogens enable you to adapt to stress, both physically and mentally, thus effectively stopping the very damaging and ever-present stress response in your body. Adapting to stress can have huge, positive health benefits because stress also places an increased load on your immune system; by freeing up your immune system it can then more effectively deal with germs and other health challenges as well as repairing existing health problems. Our bodies are, indeed, self-healing organisims IF you can control stress and toxins, and give your body the nutrition and exercise it needs.

Another aspect of increased stress is the emotional reaction of depression. Really stressed out people are typically very depressed. The active ingredients in Rhodiola Rosea are proven through human clinical studies to increase the amount of serotonin our brain produces (serotonin makes you feel mentally balanced and good) plus it increases the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors in the brain. This double benefit is why people taking these adaptogens report a feeling of well-being and relief from depression in very short periods of time, typically 2 to 3 weeks after beginning daily supplelments of a high-quality adaptogen.

My personal experience with adaptogens and blood pressure has been amazing, both on myself and my family, and with literally hundreds of people who have followed my recommendations. Blood pressure problems are typically gone within 3 weeks of beginning a regimen of 1200 milligrams per day (4 ounces) of this adaptogenic supplement. We recommend you carefully monitor your blood pressure and notify your doctor that you are trying a nutritional supplement that is known to help people with blood pressure problems. Many MDs are ignorant of nutritional supplements and some take an adverserial stance against any and all supplements, but the MDs are slowly getting more educated in the area of nutrition and health supplements, and many will now encourage you to try other ways to attain good blood pressure and reduce or eliminate blood pressure medications.

By the way, all current blood pressure medications have side effects and all are addictive; you will most likely experience mild withdrawal reactions as you reduce your dosage. A good way to wean yourself off of blood pressure drugs is to first make sure that your blood pressure is doing well and that the trend is towards a more normal level. Then cut your dosage by 1/2 for the first week and continue to monitor your blood pressure levels. If your pressure and trend remain good, you can then cut your dosage by 1/2 again for the second week, and then reduce again for the third week. It is critical that you monitor your blood pressure constantly and resume your prescription medication if you are not improving. If your blood pressure is in a dangerous range you should only change your medication with your doctor's supervision.

Many people decide to maintain a small dose of prescription blood pressure medication because they feel more secure in doing so; that is your choice. In any case, give adaptogens a fair trial of 4 oz. per day for 60-days and see how your body reacts. If you are using the adaptogenic formula we recommend, you are at no financial risk because the manufacturer provides a 60-day (from date of order) 100% satisfaction guarantee for up to 8 bottles (2 cases) of their product. You don't get that kind of guarantee with any drug or prescription.

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High Cholesterol

A common effect of taking adaptogens is better cholesterol numbers and you should see marked improvement after a few months. Having proper blood chemistry is extremely important, both to your health in general and to your cardio-vascular system in particular. I don't agree with the current cholesterol guidelines and if do your own research, you will find that the drug companies have successfully lobbied to have the "healthy numbers" lowered to the point that over half our population requires cholesterol lowering drugs.

I suggest that you research this more at www.Mercola.Com which is the website of a very outspoken physician, Dr. Joseph Mercola in the Chicago area.

Enough politics; let's leave that discussion alone and talk about how adaptogens can affect your blood chemistry, including cholesterol. The research the Soviets conducted on these adaptogens showed that they are very powerful in normalizing the various components of blood chemistry including cholesterol, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, lipid panel and homocysteine. Those last four are much more important markers than cholesterol and you should have your doctor monitor them on your next blood test. This has been born out by many people who had their blood work done immediately prior to beginning adaptogen supplements and then again a few weeks later. The adaptogens will have a huge, positive effect on all your blood numbers, including cholesterol, and it will be noticeable within the first 4 to 6 weeks and sometimes sooner.

If you are taking cholesterol drugs you really need to visit Dr. Mercola's website and research the effects of these drugs. They are extremely bad for your body. Adaptogens give you a way to improve your cholesterol and many other blood marker numbers without using drugs and their attendant side effects.



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Insomnia

Most people who experience difficulty sleeping will get relief very quickly by taking adaptogens. I don't know the full mechanism. I'm sure that stopping the perpetual stress response is a large part of it and increased serotonin production has a hand in it also, as well as other beneficial changes in body chemistry that adaptogens promote. I can tell you will certainty that about half the people who take adaptogens report that they are getting their best sleep ever.

Adaptogens will also give you more energy; not the stimulant kind you get from Red Bull or coffee or sugar, but the real, honest, deep down, steady cellular energy. Most people sleep very well when taking adaptogens but some may experience too much energy at night if they take a late afternoon or evening dose. If that's you, take the full amount for the day during the morning or in a divided dose with breakfast and lunch.



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Joint Inflammation

Please see the section on Arthritis



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Low Energy

Referring again to the Soviet Union's massive human clinical research effort, they discovered that adaptogens can drastically boost cellular energy and that is part of the reason the research and formulas were considered a Soviet military secret for many years. I have spoken to several Vietnam veterans, especially those who were in Special Forces, and they had all heard tales of the "human performance formula" that gave the Soviet squads better strength and endurance. Likewise, many of you will remember the Olympic competitions of the 1970s and 80's, when the Soviet athletes completely dominated the rest of the world and took home more than their fair share of gold medal. Again, they were all using these compounds to naturally improve their performances.

There is a lot of research relating to adaptogens and how they affect cellular energy and cellular communication. Nowadays, much of it is marketing hype and it can get pretty deep pretty quickly. Suffice it to say that the Soviets discovered that adaptogens can measureably increase your energy and ability to do physical work and also reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from extreme physical exertion. When adaptogens were first introduced in the United States by a track team, they quickly set a number of records. Today over 7 nations use adaptogens with their top Olympic athletes and it provides them a measurable physical edge.

As adaptogens become better known in the U.S. we are seeing increased use in many sports. Martial arts is now seeing widespread use of adaptogens and it is spreading into the other sports as word gets out. If you are active and engage in any sports, you should train with and use adaptogens. We have many marathoners now using adaptogens and they report a noticeable improvement in energy and endurance and much faster recovery. I have introduced many surfers to adaptogens and they tell me they don't get cold as quickly, last longer surfing, and do not feel like they've been "beaten up" the next day.



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Memory

Adaptogens are proven to greatly improve the functioning of the brain, including memory, cognitive functions and the ability to concentrate while under high stress. Because of this, the Soviet cosmonauts were among the first to use the formulas as it was imperative that they be able to function at peak mental capacity during space flights. The Soviet chess masters and leading scientists were also provided adaptogens to improve their mental faculties.

Now that these formulas are available to all of us, we have many people now reporting these same results, especially those with stressful careers such as doctors, lawyers and high-level business people. College students are also now finding that adaptogens can significantly improve their test performances even after all-night cramming. These adaptogens can also help the memory of people who are suffering from alzheimer's. Although adaptogens are not known to reverse the disease it does appear to stop the progression.



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Night Vision and Acuity

The adaptogenic formula we recommend contains the active ingredients of the Caucasian Bilberry, which is a high altitude blueberry. This plant was used extensively in World War II by the British fighter and bomber pilots to increase their visual acuity and night vision. The mechanism of improvement has to do with increasing the amount of oxygen flow in the micro-capillaries at the back of the eye and it is extremely effective.

We have heard from many people that their night vision has greatly improved, especially from women who typically suffer from impaired night vision as they age. It normally takes three to six months of taking adaptogens to really get the night vision and acuity benefits but sometimes it happens within the first 30 to 45 days. I have heard from a few people that taking adaptogens also helped their macular degeneration but we cannot list this benefit with any real certainty.

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Obesity

Whether you are under-weight or over-weight, adaptogens will help your body achieve homeostasis or balance. About half the people taking adaptogens report gradual weight loss of 3 to 5 pounds per month without changing their diet or exercise patterns. The adaptogenic formula we recommend also contains the active ingredients of Caucasian Bilberry, a high altitude form of blueberry. That plant has been used for centuries to brew "diabetic tea" which has been shown to greatly benefit the insulin system in our bodies. As we age, the effects of our SAD (standard American diet) take their toll on our insulin system and it gets very confused and damaged, thus leading both to diabetes and weight gain. The adaptogens we recommend address this problem and positive changes to the insulin system begin immediately. If you are monitoring your blood sugar daily you will see the changes the same day.



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Physical Vitality

Please see Low Energy



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Poor Concentration

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a terrible affliction both from a pain and social standpoint. The good news is that adaptogens work extremely well on this disease and people typically see improvements begin within days and often have complete relief within a month to six weeks. Toxins and a confused immune system seem to be the big players in this disease and adaptogens excel in both areas. You can also use the adaptogens we recommend topically and it works very well on skin disorders. The guarantee period is sufficient for you to find out how well the adaptogens will perform in dealing with your psoriasis or other skin disorder. Take 3 ounces per day or up to 6 ounces per day in split dosages and see what happens over the course of eight weeks. In over 90 percent of the people with skin disorders they are greatly benefitted. Stress and emotions can also have a big effect on psoriasis and those are also addressed by adaptogens.



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PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is now a name well-recognized because over 40% of our military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being diagnosed with it. This is a very serious form of depression that ruins the lives of entire families and completely wrecks the life of the person suffering from it. Many of today's homeless are Vietnam Veterans who had PTSD and could not function in society or with their families. Unfortunately, it was not recognized as a mental disorder until recently.

Conventional medicine treats PTSD by prescribing psycho-active drugs that turn off the emotions; that is not a good way to live. Psychologists and psychiatrists have not come up with a successful method of dealing with PTSD either.

I can recommend a couple of ways of dealing with PTSD that have proven to be effective, but they do take time to work. The first is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which is a unique way of reprogramming your thinking by tapping acupuncture points (nerve nexuses) while repeating affirmations. This may sound like a wacky way of reprogramming thought processes but it works well if you find a good practitioner who can teach it to you and help you find your triggers. Gary Craig developed this system and you can get more information at Dr. Mercola's website.

The other thing that can be of immense benefit is adaptogens. The Soviet Union used adaptogens to successfully treat their Afghan war veterans and it worked well. Part of what adaptogens do is to get your body to control your stress responses. They also increase the serotonin production by your brain and increase the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors. The PTSD problem is being worked at from multiple angles and it typically provides relief over the course of six to twelve months.

There are no other effective treatments for PTSD that I know of and the combination of EFT and adaptogens is your best bet but it will take some time. Still, it is better than suffering from this debilitating disorder for the rest of your life.



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Scars

This came at us out of left field for us as it was not mentioned in any of the Soviet research that I've reviewed. We have seen the healing of scars that has been totally unexpected. I have extensive scars on my chest and back from a serious accident 35 years ago. These scars were deeply pitted and itched constantly. After about 4 months of taking the adaptogens, the itching slowly stopped; after a year on the adaptogens the deeply pitted scars had pretty much filled in and now they look like freckles. That was an amazing healing with 35 year old scars!

Donna has some huge scars from the accident 12 years ago that crushed both of her legs. On her right leg she has an 18" long scar that was double incised to bone, once to put metal in, once to take it out. She had a hard, livid and raised scar line and you could feel the scar extending deep below the skin. After 2 years on the adaptogenic formula we recommend, that scar is not raised, it is not livid and you cannot feel any scar tissue at all -- it is totally amazing. We have ortho surgeons who are friends who say they have never seen anything like it.

One of our best friends in San Diego had a radical mastectomy 11 years ago. She tells us that in 9 months the scar went from a livid 6" scar to a barely noticeable scar under 1" long.

We have since had many reports of scar healings. I do not have an explanation for you but I can tell you it is real. If you have some nasty scars that trouble you, take the adaptogens for a year or so and it is likely they will show great healing.



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Sexual Vitality

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Sports

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Stress

Adaptogens are so named because they help an organism adapt to stress. That is of particular benefit to humans because we have an innate stress response that is hardwired into us called the "fight or flight response". This response causes our adrenal glands to instantly produce and dump cortisol into our blood stream. The cortisol heightens our senses and reaction times and causes many other physical changes in our blood chemistry, preparing us to fight or flee from danger. Basically this is like turning on the afterburner on a jet engine; it produces huge amounts of power but if you leave it on too long the engine blows up.

The analogy carries through with our bodies. If the cortisol and the resulting hormones, enzymes and blood chemicals remain in our body too long they stress our organs and act like battery acid to our cardio-vascular system. It also leads to emotional damage, placing a huge burden on our immune system. This is why modern medicine states that over 80% of the disease that maim and kill us can be traced back to stress and the damage it does to our minds and bodies.

This is the biggest miracle that adaptogens perform -- they coax our body into NOT responding to stress except when appropriate, when the situation is dire. This is super critical because most people in the U.S. are in some state of "fight or flight" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Part of it is due to our hectic lifestyle and some of the stress is from jobs, traffic, family, school, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, man-made radiation etc.

When you control the stress response, your immune system can get back to its real job of warding off diseases and repairing your body. Your mental outlook drastically improves and your enjoyment of life increases. Controlling stress and the cascade of positive benefits derived from that simple action is the single best reason to take adaptogens and is the real miracle of their discovery.



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Thyroid and Hashimoto's Disease

Hashimoto's Disease is regarded as an immune disorder because the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland -- which is really bad news. Even worse news is that there is no effective medical treatment available to solve this disease; the best current medicine can do is to provide daily doses of the missing thyroid hormones. This in itself is problematic because your hormone needs change constantly so you are really shooting at a moving target. People who suffer from Hashimoto's Disease usually get to experience both sides of the malfunctioning thyroid gland, hyper- and hypothyroidism, which is too much and too little of the hormones. This results in body aches and pains and lethargy during periods of hypothyroidism, and then switches to an agitated state with headaches during periods of hyperthyroidism. Taking a properly formulated adaptogenic formula has helped many people with thyroid problems, including Hashimoto's disease. It is not an overnight solution but usually over the course of four to six weeks you will see a lessening of symptoms which enables thyroid medication to be reduced and in some cases eliminated. Adaptogens can provide a better way to manage the symptoms but have not proven to permanently solve the problem; when you stop taking the adaptogens the original problem slowly returns, typically over the course of 4 to 6 months after stopping the adaptogens. The good news is that your quality of life is much better if you are using adaptogens and you typically elimate the hypo/hyper thyroidism swings. There are so many other physical and mental benefits to adaptogens that can work synergistically to achieve much better overall health and a feeling of wellbeing. If you are battling thyroid problems, especially Hashimoto's Disease, you should definitely try a high quality, properly formulated adaptogen supplement for at least 60 days and see if you benefit. If you are under a doctor's care for thyroid problems you need to make him/her aware of what you are doing and be sure to monitor your hormone levels and adjust any drugs accordingly. If your doctor is not open minded about the use of adaptogens or other non-drug treatments you should consider finding a better doctor. The new breed of MDs are learning about nutrition and herbal supplements and we are starting see the beginnings of a true wellness system in the U.S.



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