Welcome to my autumn newsletter. Please welcome Sophia Lee Presnell, beautiful daughter of Veronica and Toby Presnell to earth! Sophia burst into the world at 1:30 a.m. on August 23, a mixture of fire and earth, which also happens to be the birthday of my twins, Veronica and Sean! Words cannot describe my gratitude to be present at this magical home birth at the parents’ home. Needless to say, Nana Lita (my new name) has been a bit distracted. As well, I am inspired now to provide more information on homebirth, natural remedies for babies and so many other subjects having to do with our wonderful earth! In my next issue, I will present some of my findings.
In this issue I will talk about the difference between natural and synthetic — one of my favorite topics — and present natural alternatives to synthetics! I’ll also give you an update on natural flu remedies and other tidbits. Plus I’m introducing a wonderful Ayurvedic herb, Ashwagandha.
Enjoy your beautiful autumn weather and the upcoming holidays!
To your health!
Lita aka Nana Lita
Nutri-Con: Campaign to Promote Food-based Vitamins and Supplements from the Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is providing consumer information about the difference between synthetic versus food-form vitamins and the false labeling of many of these products as “natural” when they contain synthetic chemicals. OCA does not claim that synthetic vitamins are all useless. Like other pharmaceutical drugs, some of these synthetics have their place in emergency health situations. But many of these synthetics are unhealthy. Naturally occurring vitamins and minerals found in organic foods are much better. Consumers have a right to know if the vitamin or supplement they are purchasing is synthetic or truly made of naturally occurring ingredients. Two main categories of vitamin supplement products are available in the market today.
Naturally Occurring Vitamin Supplements
This vitamin supplement category represents a truly pure, food inherent, organic supplement with assayed vitamin, mineral and nutrient potencies derived only and directly from food and botanical extract sources. No synthetic vitamins (USP), minerals or nutrients have been added to these supplements (either directly or indirectly).
Supplements containing synthetic or inorganic substances:
Supplements containing USP man-made synthetic vitamins or nutrients combined or not with some natural extract or base. This category represents the majority of supplements available.
“Food Grown” or “Food Based” supplements. These vitamin or nutrient potencies are produced by embedding synthetic vitamins, inorganic minerals or synthetic nutrients in a base such as yeast, algae or another medium and then using that artificially spiked “food” base for the complete or partial potency label claims of the product.
Botani is the first company recommended by OCA that offers 100% organic and hypoallergenic vitamin and mineral supplements derived exclusively from pure food and botanical extract sources. (Note: I have no commercial interest in this product; I am reporting my findings to you.) There are other natural herbal tonics available as well, such as Biostrath Herbal Tonic or Thera-zyme ELXR.
Sources: http://www.alohabay.com/botani/index.html; http://www.organicconsumers.org/nutricon.cfm. This site will provide many articles on synthetic versus natural substances.
A History of How We Went from Natural (Food-Based) to Synthetics in Vitamins
I abstracted this article from Vaccination News Home Page, but could not find the original article on this website. If you want the entire article, please email me and I will send it to you.
Vitamins are whole foods, not individual molecular compounds. They are complex biological substances, and vitamin activity only takes place when all co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together. Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells.
Dr. Royal Lee, M.D., was a pioneer researcher in the field of whole food vitamins. He said, “A vitamin is a working process consisting of the nutrients, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants and trace mineral activators.” (Royal Lee, “What Is a Vitamin?”Applied Trophology, Aug. 1956). The FDA persecuted Dr. Lee for challenging the efficacy of synthetic vitamins, and he was ordered by a court to burn his research of 20 years. Dr. Lee was kept in courts for years, fighting to keep the right to advertise his vitamin products because he was a threat to the synthetic vitamin manufacturers.
Dr. Bernard Jensen reported how the tobacco industry and food giants like Coke were indirectly behind the legal persecution of Dr. Lee. Cigarette ads in the 1940s and 1950s showed medical doctors promoting the digestive benefits of smoking Camels. The ads for Coke and other refined sugar foods stated that “science has shown how sugar can help keep your appetite and weight under control.” Oh, my!
False advertising is still readily available by ghostwriters (paid to lie) sponsored by the industry selling the food, supplement or drug. I have written about this practice in previous newsletters (To Your Health, July 2004 and July 2006. For example, Dr. Ray Peat has described the current mega-buck estrogen industry sponsored campaign against natural progesterone. See www.raypeat.com and To Your Health newsletter, July 2006 for a surprising glimpse of this campaign. I get daily emails from my clients asking me why there is so much “controversy” and why what I say is the opposite of what they read online.
The FDA also continues to persecute purveyors of natural substances while taking no stand against toxic substances. Compare the FDA battle against the natural sweetener Stevia while allowing toxic fake sugars such as Aspartame (NutraSweet) and Splenda to remain on the market despite thousands of complaints. The paragraph below from the Organic Consumers Association briefly summarizes this battle, one of many against non-toxic, natural substances.
FDA Cracks Down on Stevia, a Natural Herbal Sweetener
“The FDA, under pressure from the powerful sugar and artificial sweetener lobby, has issued a warning letter to Celestial Seasonings for using a popular natural sweetener in some of its teas. The letter indicates the FDA classifies the herb stevia as “unsafe,” even though it is a main staple sweetener in countries like China and Japan and has been used without negative health effects by indigenous people for at least 400 years. In the FDA’s letter to Celestial Seasonings, the agency aggressively condemns the use of the herb, noting that ‘enforcement action may include seizure of violative products.’ The FDA claims no evidence has been provided to the agency regarding the herb’s safety, but federal records reveal the FDA has received over a thousand scientific studies regarding stevia, and all but one of them verify the safety of the herb. In sharp contrast, nearly half of the studies provided to the FDA regarding the artificial sweetener aspartame, previously owned by Monsanto, indicate serious health concerns, yet it is one of the most commonly used (and one of the most profitable) sweeteners in the U.S. The OCA has also verified the FDA has strengthened enforcement of stevia imports at the borders. Last week, the agency updated a document that mandates detainment of imported food products containing stevia.”
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_7140.cfm. Source: ORGANIC BYTES #118, 9/20/07 Organic Consumers Association; http://www.organicconsumers.org/organicbytes.cfm
Have you ever wondered how the FDA attained its present position as support for the drug companies and junk food manufacturers? The precursor of the FDA was the Bureau of Chemistry. Up until 1912, the Bureau of Chemistry was headed up by a man named Dr. Harvey W. Wiley. Here’s a quote from Dr. Wiley that illustrates where his interests lay:
“No food product in our country would have any trace of benzoic acid, sulfurous acid or sulfites or any alum or saccharin, save for medical purposes. No bleached flour would enter interstate commerce. Our foods and drugs would be wholly without any form of adulteration and misbranding. The manufacturers of our food supply, and especially the millers, would devote their energies to improving the public health and promoting happiness in every home by the production of whole ground, unbolted cereal flours and meals” (The History of a Crime Against the Pure Food Law, 1912).
Dr. Wiley filed suit against the Coca-Cola Company in an attempt to keep their artificial product out of interstate commerce and off the market. But he was eventually replaced by Dr. Elmer Nelson, and in his words we get an idea of the change in philosophy that marked the transformation of the Bureau of Chemistry into the current FDA:
“It is wholly unscientific to state that a well-fed body is more able to resist disease than a poorly fed body. My overall opinion is that there hasn’t been enough experimentation to prove that dietary deficiencies make one susceptible to disease” (Elmer Nelson MD, Washington Post, 26 October 1949).
Whole vs. Fractionated
Vitamin C is used as an example in this article but this situation is equally true of all vitamins. Vitamin C is not ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, natural vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen and other components such as mineral co-factors in proper amounts.
If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C and no vitamin activity. When some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to make up the differences, so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present. Ascorbic acid is merely the “antioxidant wrapper” portion of vitamin C; ascorbic acid protects the functional parts of the vitamin from rapid oxidation or breakdown.
The word synthetic means manmade and occurs nowhere in nature.
It’s important to understand the difference between vitamins and vitamin activity. The vitamin is the biochemical complex. Vitamin activity describes what the vitamin does physiologically — the biological and cellular changes that occur in the body when the vitamin is consumed in a whole organic food source.
Natural vitamins are more than their synthetic fractions. The ascorbic acid you buy is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual vitamin C. Real vitamin C is part of something living, and as such, can impart life. Synthetic, fractionated chemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day and never was alive or part of anything alive. In your body it’s just another drug. Mega-doses of synthetic vitamins can have toxic effects and can increase the white blood cell count (indicating an immune response). Natural non-synthetic vitamins are only necessary in small quantities on a daily basis. Whole food vitamins are not toxic since the vitamin is complex in its integral working form, requires nothing from the body and triggers no immune response.
Scurvy is a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy is characterized by bleeding gums, slow wound healing, softening bones, loose teeth, ulcerations of the mouth and digestive tract, general weight loss and fatigue. From 1650 to 1850 half of all seamen on transoceanic voyages died of scurvy. It was discovered by ship surgeon Thomas Lind in the early 1800s that British sailors were spared the disease altogether simply by a diet rich in citrus fruits. Since limes traveled well, they were the common choice during the early years, and thus the expression “limeys” was coined to describe British sailors. It was later found both at sea and in prison fare that potatoes were equally successful in preventing scurvy, and much cheaper to obtain (Lancet, 1842).
There is less than 20 mg of ascorbic acid in a potato. Yet this small amount, since it is complexed in a food source, is all the body needs to not only to prevent scurvy, but also to cure it, even in its advanced state. Such a remedy is described in detail in Richard Dana’s amazing journal Two Years Before the Mast, written in 1840. Whole food vitamin C as found in potatoes, onions and citrus fruits is able to quickly cure any case of scurvy. By contrast, the fractionated chemical ascorbic acid cannot cure scurvy simply because it does not act as a nutrient (Lancet, 1842).
Ascorbic acid simply cannot confer vitamin activity, as taught by the discoverer of vitamin C himself, another Nobel Prize laureate, Dr. Albert Szent-Georgi. Dr. Szent-Georgi discovered vitamin C in 1937. In all his research however, Dr. Szent-Georgi found that he could never cure scurvy with the isolated ascorbic acid itself. Realizing that he could always cure scurvy with the “impure” vitamin C found in simple foods, Dr. Szent-Georgi discovered that other factors had to be at work in order for vitamin activity to take place. So he returned to the laboratory and eventually made the discovery of another member of the vitamin C complex: rutin. All the factors in the complex — ascorbic acid, rutin and the other factors — were synergists: co-factors that together sparked the “functional interdependence of biologically related nutrient factors” (Empty Harvest, p.120). The term “wheels within wheels” was used to describe the interplay of co-factors.
Most vitamins cannot be made by the body. They must be taken in as food. The best sources obviously are whole organic foods, rich in vitamins and minerals. But because of agribusiness soil depletion, mineral depletion, pesticides, air pollution and erosion, foods grown in American soil today have only a fraction of the nutrient value of organic farming. Dr. Royal Lee described the American diet as the cultivation and production of “devitalized foods.” Dr. Weston Price described these empty products as the “foods of commerce.” This is why I strongly emphasize buying whole organic foods. In the end you will spend less on supplements and drugs and you will feel well. Source: Agribusiness: NPK and Von Leibig
Following the German agricultural methods of Von Leibig in the mid-1800s, American farmers found that NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) was all that was necessary for crops to look good. As long as NPK is added to the soil, crops can be produced and sold year after year from the same soil. They look OK. But the other necessary trace minerals vital for human nutrition are virtually absent from agribusiness American soils. Many of these minerals, such as zinc, copper and magnesium, are necessary co-factors of vitamin activity. Depleted topsoil is one simple, widespread mechanism of both vitamin and mineral deficiency in American produce today. This doesn’t even take into account the tons of poisonous herbicides and pesticides dumped on crops.
Since 1983, sperm counts of men in the United States and 20 other countries have decreased by an average of 50% (reported by Danish endocrinologist Niels Skakkebaek in 1991). See my article on “Pesticide — Herbicide Legacy.”
The earth’s immune system is its soil. To be vital and capable of growing vital foods, soil must be rich in both minerals and soil-based organisms — life forms. Healthy plants naturally resist insects. Insects are like bad bacteria in the body: they are attracted to diseased tissue, though they do not cause it. Processed food composes the majority of what many Americans now eat. The only nutrients in most processed foods are “enriched” and “fortified” as described below. “There is only one major disease, and that is malnutrition” (Jensen, p. 8). Malnutrition is the natural result of the foods of commerce (agribusiness).
Whole Food Vitamins?
The best vitamins are whole food vitamins. Whole food vitamins are obtained by taking a vitamin-rich plant, removing the water and the fiber in a cold vacuum process — free of chemicals — and then packaging for stability. The entire vitamin complex in this way can be captured intact, retaining its “functional and nutritional integrity.”
Where do we get our synthetic vitamins today? China is actually one of the largest exporters of many synthetic drugs and vitamins. About 90 percent of all vitamin C (ascorbic acid) now sold in the United States is from China, for example. They also produce 50 percent of the world’s aspirin and 35 percent of all Tylenol. Ditto for the majority of vitamins A, B-12 and E. Since the United States does not require country-of-origin labels for any of our drugs, foods or supplements, there is no telling where that vitamin you are taking came from.
Red Flags: “Vitamin Enriched” and “Fortified”
The words “vitamin enriched” means adding a dollar or two of synthetic vitamins to the agribusiness product. The other red flag is “fortified.” This means that the food itself is devoid of nutrients or enzymes, it’s pumped up a little with some “vitamins.” Cheap synthetic vitamin sprays are all that is required for the manufacturer to use labels like enriched and fortified. These words are red flags — if a food needs to be fortified or enriched, you can bet it was already dead.
Vitamin manufacturers compete for customers with identical products — they all bought their synthetic vitamins from the same pharmaceutical companies. To differentiate their product, each makes claims of “high potency.” Our vitamins are higher potency than theirs, etc. But the higher the potency, the more the drug-like effects are present. Natural whole food vitamins are very low potency. Remember the 20 mg of vitamin C in a potato that was able to cure a patient of scurvy? That was low potency. Low potency is all we need. Low potency that naturally occurs in an organic whole food is enough to bring about vitamin activity. High potency overshoots the mark — the chemical is very pure and refined, like the difference between white sugar and the type of sugar that’s in an apple or an orange.
The Milligram Game Only Applies to Synthetic Vitamins
Synthetic vitamins are refined, high potency chemicals, and therefore can be accurately measured in milligrams, just like drugs. This has nothing to do with vitamin activity or nutrition.
Why is this information so difficult to find? It’s in none of the “alternative” health ‘zines or any of the mainstream media. For example, a popular alternative medicine doctor in his summer 1998 newsletter actually stated, “Synthetic vitamins and whole food vitamins are identical.”
Few know who Drs. Royal Lee and Harvey Wiley are today. Control of information in America today is one of the most sophisticated systems of influence ever devised. The simple ideas contained here are simply not available to the mass
100 years ago, if a medical doctor saw a case of cancer, he would call all his colleagues to come and have a look, telling them it was unlikely they would see another case, as cancer was so rare. People rarely died of heart attacks; in fact the term heart attack itself didn’t even exist. There was no incidence at all of atherosclerosis. Diabetes was practically unheard of. What did they eat? Meat, fruits, vegetables, butter and lard. But none of it was processed with drugs and chemicals.
In 2004 the top four causes of mortality in the United States included 1) heart disease, 2) cancer, 3) stroke and 4) lung diseases. This does not include deaths from prescription drugs. According to CIA World Factbook cited by Nicholas Kristoff in his New York Times editorial of 1/12/05, the 2004 U.S. infant mortality rate was 42. Also, the United States is first in the amount of healthcare spending per person, yet 37 in healthcare performance (World Health Organization).
What Can You Do To Prevent Disease Naturally?
Eat whole organic foods grown in living soils teaming with millions of worms and wonderful bacteria. Cook foods naturally and avoid microwave ovens. Take a multiple digestive enzyme to ensure optimum digestion. Eat a varied diet containing:
Organic animal protein from grass-fed cows, sheep, buffalo; organic dairy (milk, kefir, cheese, butter) from grass-fed cows, raw if possible; wild caught fish; free range chickens/eggs, preferably soy-free — 3 servings daily.
Organic fruits and fruit juices — 3 servings of each daily.
Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut juice — use as you like in cooking. The fat in breast milk is very similar to the fat in coconut oil, so it must be good for everyone!
Organic vegetables — raw carrots are excellent, but please cook your cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) to destroy the thyroid inhibitors.
Sea salt — eat to taste. Always buy white sea salt. If it’s colored, the colored substance is dirt or worse, a possible toxin. For example if it’s orange, it probably contains toxin synthetic iron.
Food Sources of Water Soluble Vitamins (B-Complex, C):
The water soluble vitamins are best obtained through organic produce grown in mineral-rich soil. B-complex vitamins and vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day. These vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage and preparation.
The B-complex group is found in a variety of foods: meat, poultry, eggs, fish, milk, legumes and healthy grains (the safest are oats, rice, corn and the heirloom grains) and fresh vegetables.
Orange juice, limes and potatoes are good sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin B-12 is found only in animal foods: meats, liver, fish, oysters, shellfish, eggs, milk and milk products.
Food Sources of the Fat Soluble Vitamins (A, E, D and K)
Food sources of fat soluble vitamins include fish (especially salmon, sardines, shrimp, cod and tuna), meat (especially liver), milk, eggs, avocado and coconut.
Food Sources of Minerals
Minerals primarily make their way into our bodies by way of the foods that grow from the ground and the animals that live off the land. These and others are the primary sources of the minerals our bodies need to survive. So all whole organic animal foods, dairy, fruits and vegetables contain minerals.
Annual Flu Season Nutritional Support List
Because so many people have nearly died from the adverse effects of flu shots or from getting a severe case of influenza following vaccination which required hospitalization, I am summarizing my nutritional program for normal support and function in people who may be exposed to the flu. Take the formula(s) you need that will relieve your particular symptoms. Each year I provide this handy dandy list for you newcomers, plus I update this list. If you need more information, please call Lita’s office (503-775-2251) or email her.
The multiple digestive enzyme you usually take (PAN, Stm, HCL, Bil, VSCLR or DGST).
Thera-Zyme TRMA — enzymatic nutritional support during infections, 4 caps between meals 3-5x/d until well.
Thera-Zyme Rsp — enzymatic nutritional lung support during bronchitis, infection, wheezing, etc., 3-4 caps as needed until relieved.
Thera-Zyme Kdy — enzymatic nutritional lymphatic support for swollen glands, 3 caps between meals 3-5x/d until relieved. Good for allergies.
Thera-Zyme SvG — enzymatic nutritional support for a sore throat, 4 caps 3-5 x/d until relieved.
Thera-Zyme Nsl — enzymatic nutritional nasal support for a stuffy/congested nose, 4 caps 3-5 x/d until relieved. If more help is needed, add the Citricidal Nasal Spray.
Thera-Zyme Opt — enzymatic nutrition support for a runny, drippy nose, 4 caps 3-5 x/d until relieved.
Lagundi — Ayurvedic herb for flu and lung symptoms (fever, sore throat, aches and pains, lung congestion bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma), 1-3 caps 3x/d until relieved. See article on Lagundi.
Lagundi Spray — Ayurvedic herbal tincture spray for clearing the throat and the irritation from the flu or the mucous from allergies. It also improves breathing when you are congested.
Citricidal tabs — natural antiseptic from grapefruit pulp and seeds. 2 tabs per meal 3x/d. During active infection, take 1 tab every hour until you feel better. Or, use Citricidal Liquid. Four drops are equivalent to one Citricidal tablet. See article on Citricidal - A Natural Botanical Extract.
New Zealand Colostrum Powder or Caps (from Sedona Labs) — a total body immune system support food that is baby’s first food of life. Good for humans of all ages and also your pets! See article on Colostrum.
Aspirin — good for inflammation and pain. See aspirin article in To Your Health newsletter, October 2003. Did you know that fruits and fruit juices are naturally high is salicylates, part of the aspirin molecule? That’s why I recommend them.
Umcka Homeopathic Flu formula — shortens duration of the flu without suppressing symptoms. Follow directions on the label.
Ashwaghanda -- An Important Ayurvedic Herb
Ashwagandha, or Indian winter cherry, is considered one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic system of medicines. Ashwagandha is biologically known as Withania somnifera. It is a shrub, normally found everywhere in India, especially in northwestern part of the subcontinent, but is now cultivated in fields because of its great commercial demand.
This herb has been used for more than 4,000 years in India. It is a very important herb in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine. It is used for tumors, inflammation (including arthritis) and a wide range of infectious diseases. Traditional uses of ashwagandha among tribal peoples in Africa include fevers and inflammatory conditions.
Ashwagandha supports normal function and structure in the following conditions reported by researchers and Ayurvedic doctors:
Nutritionally helps reduces pain, edema, swollen glands and inflammation
Nutritional support in healing wounds and injuries
Improves memory and concentration; promotes mental clarity and wellbeing
Nutritionally supports relief of mental problems; American psychiatrists have reported that this herb is useful for nutritional support in people with manic depression, alcoholic paranoia and schizophrenia.
Increases muscular and physical endurance and stamina
Supports the immune system and is neuroprotective
Good results were reported in people with lung infections and asthma
Helps reduce depression, stress and anxiety
Nutritional support for cardiovascular system
Reported to support thyroid function
Helps reduce insomnia
Nutritional support in people with nervous, exhaustion, overwork and fatigue
Provides nutritional support for skin problems
Supports fertility and sexual function in men
Supports female health
Promotes the nutrition and strength of children
Ashwagandha is widely available from Ayurvedic practitioners and health food stores. I recently decided to add this food to my store. See Ashwagandha under Botanicals & Foods section to buy.
Sources: Dr. John Anne, http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/ashwagandha--uses-and-benefits-75185.html(Posted: 24-11-2006) and http://www.holisticonline.
Might you be the author of that very useful book on enzymes therapy and other useful matters? I read it from cover to cover. I particularly found the section on hormones to be very helpful and more practical and lucid than most articles I have read on the subject. I have very little experience with enzymes, but your book has stimulated my interest. You deserve congratulations.
AG in Maryland
I am very good. No stomach pains since I stopped the Bil! Mentally, I feel better than I have felt in so long — I just can't believe it. It took a few months, but it has to be the thyroid supplements. It is like a cloud has been lifted. A major, major difference. You are just an angel in my book. Talk soon!
ST in Indiana
(Note from Lita: This client had gastric problems, and the high protease in the Thera-zyme Bil formula exacerbated them. She switched to Thera-zyme Stm and was fine. Everyone who has gastric problems and takes a high protease digestive enzyme should know about this!)
Quotes from Abraham Hicks:
Someone asked us recently, “Is there any limitation to the body's ability to heal?”
And we said, “None other than the belief that you hold.”
And he said, “Then why aren't people growing new limbs?”
And we said, “Because no one believes that they can.”
“Find something to feel good about, get out of the way,
and allow the cells to receive what they've been asking for.
That is the key to healing.”
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, prescribe for, treat or claim to prevent, mitigate or cure any human disease. They are intended for nutritional support only. The FTC requires that we tell you that the results in case notes and testimonials published here are not typical, however, they do show what some people have been able to achieve. Individuals vary, which is why we must always consider the whole person when recommending a course of action. The third party information referred to herein is neither adopted nor endorsed by this web site but is provided for general information purposes. The listing of specific disease terms is based upon medical literature and is not a substitute for competent medical advice. If you suspect a medical condition, you should consult a physician.
Notice from Lita: I am a chemist and an enzyme nutritionist, not a medical doctor. I do not diagnose, prescribe for, treat or claim to prevent, mitigate or cure any human diseases. I do not provide diagnosis, care, treatment or rehabilitation of individuals, nor apply medical, mental health or human development principles. I do not prescribe prescription drugs nor do I tell you to discontinue them. I provide enzymes and other dietary supplements to improve digestion and to nourish and support normal function and structure of the body. If you suspect any disease, please consult your physician.