Supplement FAQ: KappArest™

by Biotics Research

Why you may need KappArest™:

Pain is one of the many things we humans share. And though pain may be subjective (we cannot judge each others level of it), inflammation is not. Inflammation is our body’s response to injury, real or perceived.

The inflammatory cascade is triggered by environmental stimuli such as injury, food or environmental allergens, viral infections, exposure to toxins and emotional stress, or poor diet. This leads to the activation of something called NF-KappaB, a protein complex that acts as an intracellular “amplifier” to promote the production of direct mediators of inflammation. These include such compounds as cytokines, prostaglandins, leukotrienes, nitric oxide and free radicals. If NF-KappaB is left unchecked, it can lead to pain, inflammation and even insulin resistance, and cardiovascular and autoimmune disorders. Unfortunately, inflammation has become prevalent in our society, largely sue to the pro-inflammatory nature of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the nutritional deficits resulting from it, our high stress lifestyles, and constant environmental insults.

Why your healthcare practitioner recommends KappArest™ from Biotics Research:

Formulated in conjunction with Alex Vasquez, DC, ND, DO, KappArest™ was designed to inhibit the production of NF-KappaB. KappArest™ has been shown to have a positive impact on inflammatory mediators, and has demonstrated it ability to modulate inflammatory responses. Optimal EFAs® and Bio-D-Mulsion Forte® are two additional products available from Biotics Research Corporation that are commonly used in conjunction with KappArest™ for their synergistic action in downregulating pro-inflammatory mediators that impact systemic inflammation. Once again, Biotics Research Corporation brings you “The Best of Science and Nature.”

Click here to download the Supplement FAQ about KappArest™ from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Pain

by Dennis McInerney, BS

There is mounting evidence in medical literature to support the link between Vitamin D deficiency and pain.

The December, 2003, Mayo Clinic Proceedings listed Vitamin D deficiency as one possible cause of persistent and vague musculoskeletal pain. An editorial in the same issue, titled “Vitamin D Deficiency: What a Pain It Is” presents the mechanism by which vitamin D deficiency leads to pain. Dr. Alex Vasquez summarized this mechanism in a November 2004, Nashua, NH lecture as follows “…1) vitamin D deficiency causes a reduction in calcium absorption, 2) production of parathyroid (PTH) hormone is increased to maintain blood calcium levels, 3) PTH results in increased urinary excretion of phosphorus, which leads to hypophosphatemia, 4) insufficient calcium phosphate results in deposition of unmineralized collagen matrix on the endosteal (inside) and periosteal (outside) of bones, 5) when the collagen matrix hydrates and swells, it causes pressure on the sensory-innervated periosteum resulting in pain.”

Since early 2000, numerous studies linking Vitamin D and pain have been published. Below are three studies I found to be very interesting.

In September 2010, the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care published a study on Vitamin D status in patients with musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and headache. It was a cross-sectional descriptive study in a multi-ethnic general practice in Norway. A total of 572 patients referred by a general practitioner (GP) for an examination of hypovitaminosis D who reported musculoskeletal pain, headache, or fatigue were included in the study. Both genders and all ages were included. Vitamin D deficiency was found in 58% of patients. One-third of ethnic Norwegians had low vitamin D, while 83% of patients from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia had low vitamin D with minimal seasonal variation of levels. One in two women from these countries had a vitamin D level below 25 nmol/L. Mean vitamin D level was lower in patients with headaches compared with patients with other symptoms. Some 15% of patients with low (< 50 nmol/L) vitamin D levels reported headaches, compared with 5% of those with normal vitamin D levels. Overall, the study showed a high prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in patients with non-specific musculoskeletal pain, headache, or fatigue.

An October 2010 study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases looked at the association between nonspecific skeletal pain and vitamin D deficiency. In patients with nonspecific skeletal pain the mean 25-(OH) Vitamin D was significantly lower and the proportion of 25-(OH) Vitamin D deficiency was significantly higher compared with controls. There was a significantly positive association between 25-(OH) Vitamin D deficiency and skeletal pain. The strength of association varied across the groups with strongest association observed with leg pain, followed by arthralgia and widespread pain. The results of this study indicated a positive association of vitamin D deficiency with a variety of nonspecific bone pain, particularly in women.

A study published in the March 2012 issue of Pain Management looked at Vitamin D Deficiency in Women with Fibromyalgia in Saudi Arabia. The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among patients with fibromyalgia in a neurology clinic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The study was done at the neurology clinic of Bugshan Hospital, Jeddah, KSA, from January to April 2011. Thirty female patients were diagnosed with fibromyalgia according to new clinical fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria; their serum vitamin D levels were screened. Vitamin D deficiency is defined as <20 ng/mL, vitamin D insufficiency is defined as 21–29 ng/mL, and vitamin D sufficiency is equal to or >30 ng/mL. Thirty female patients were included in the study. The mean age was 34.56 ± 8.1 years. Mean vitamin D level was 4.76 ± 1.46 ng/mL. A significant negative correlation between vitamin D level and widespread pain index was found. Thirty percent of the patients were Saudi Arabian of whom 100% were veiled; 70% were non-Saudi Arabian of whom 47.6% were veiled and 52.4% wore long pants and/or full sleeved clothes. Vitamin D deficiency was equally prevalent among veiled (4.77 ± 1.37 ng/mL) and nonveiled (4.75 ± 1.68 ng/mL). Treatment with high-dose vitamin D resulted in clinical improvement in all patients. Effective treatment with high-dose vitamin D could lead to resolution of almost all symptoms.

It would make sense for those suffering persistent and vague musculoskeletal pain to check their Vitamin D status. If Vitamin D supplementation is needed, consider Bio-D-Mulsion® or Bio-D-Mulsion Forte®, the most convenient and cost effective way to raise your Vitamin D levels.

References:

  1. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care; Vol. 28, No. 3, Pages 166-171, September 2010
  2. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases; Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 340–346, October 2010
  3. Pain Medicine;Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 452–458, March 2012
  4. Mayo Clinic Proceedings; Volume 78, Number 12, December 2003

Dennis McInerney, BS

Dennis McInerney has been the Southeast operations manager for Biotics Research Corporation since 1996. He is a graduate of Moravian College with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. He has over 45 years of experience in the health care field. His in-depth knowledge of biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and how it pertains to nutritional supplementation has earned the respect as a highly regarded speaker and metabolic consultant by health care professionals of all disciplines. His experience includes several years as a research pharmacologist as well as a metabolic consultant. In 1998, Dennis founded the Health Resource Center, an educational company, dedicated to helping health care professionals understand and reverse the detrimental effects of the modern diet. Through seminars and workshops, the Health Resource Center provides functional nutritional information and the clinical tools necessary to successfully guide patients on a path to nutritional wellness.

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Supplement FAQ: Intenzyme Forte™

by Biotics Research

Why you may need Intenzyme Forte™:

Health researchers are continually discovering that inflammation and its effects are at the root of many health problems.  In fact, it can be argued that most chronic health challenges involve some degree of inflammation and inflammatory markers.  But acknowledging inflammation and addressing it are two very different entities.  Since inflammation can be caused from such a wide variety of factors – everything from physical wear and tear, diet,environmental factors, genetics, and even local or systemic allergies, it can be difficult to find an easy way to address it.  Intenzyme Forte is a potent source of both plant and animal based enzymes that are an effective combination to break down the aberrant proteins associated with inflammation, hence the term “proteolytic enzymes”.  Proteolytic enzymes are an outstanding and highly effective remedy for systemic or localized inflammation and discomfort such as muscle soreness.  The key, however, is that in order to benefit from enzymes proteolytic actions; it must be taken on an empty stomach. If taken with food, the enzyme will work as a digestive aid instead.

Why your healthcare practitioner recommends Intenzyme Forte™ from Biotics Research:

Intenzyme Forte™ is a broad spectrum nutritional supplement capable of exerting influence over a variety of physiological and biochemical mechanisms, including: inflammatory processes, numerous pathways of protein metabolism, hormone processing, digestive processes, food sensitivities, immune system support, and healthy circulatory system support.  Intenzyme Forte™ also has the ability to break down mucous secretions as well. For over 30 years, thousands of healthcare practitioners have relied on the safe, effective, and reliable results that Intenzyme Forte™ has to offer.  As always, you can count on Biotics Research to offer superior nutritional products that supply “The Best of Science and Nature”.

Click here to download the Patient FAQ on Intenzyme Forte™ from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.

 

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Biotics Research Announces Bio-CardioSirt BP™!

by Biotics Research

Dr. Mark Houston, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology at Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN, in conjunction with Biotics Research Corporation, has developed Bio-CardioSirt BP™!

Blood pressure increases with age as a consequence of the interaction of our environment, genetics and lifestyle including exercise and the dietary intake of macro and micronutrients. Nutrient-gene interactions and oxidative stress influences vascular biology in humans.

Bio-CardioSirt BP™ supplies a unique (patent pending) combination of 7 key micronutrients that have clinically proven to support normal, healthy blood pressure levels.

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Supplement FAQ: Bio-FCTS™

by Biotics Research

Why you may need Bio-FCTS™:

 Bioflavonoids are a class of plant metabolites usually noted for their yellow color.  They are commonly used for their wide variety of biological properties.  While bioflavonoids are most commonly referred to for their potent antioxidant properties, they have also been noted to provide positive support for the mediation of allergic and inflammatory responses.  Components of  Bio-FCTS™ are known to support immune function and protect against capillary fragility.  People with less than optimal diets or those consuming certain classes of medications including barbiturates, oral contraceptives, antibiotics, corticosteroids, or hormonal replacement therapy may have increased needs for vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

Why your healthcare practitioner recommends Bio-FCTS™ from Biotics Research:

Bio-FCTS™ is a fortified bioflavonoid product available exclusively through Biotics Research Corporation. Each capsule contains 100 mg of quercetin, 75 mg of vitamin C, and 440 mg of a proprietary blend of buckwheat culture, green tea extract (40% catechins), citrus bioflavonoids, neonatal thymus (bovine), and neonatal spleen (bovine). Although bioflavonoids are present in all botanicals, fruits, and vegetables – Bio-FCTS™ contains potent concentrations of phytonutrients and glandular sources specifically known for their bioactivity.  Once again, Biotics Research Corporation brings you “The Best of Science and Nature”.

 

Click here to download the Patient FAQ on Bio-FCTS™ from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.

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Vitamin D Levels and Allergies

by Dennis McInerney, BS

A number of recent studies show a relationship between Vitamin D levels and allergies. I found the three studies below to be most interesting.

A study published in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology tested the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) deficiency (<15 ng/mL) and insufficiency (15-29 ng/mL) and allergic sensitization measured by serum IgE levels in a US nationally representative sample of 3136 children and adolescents and 3454 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006. The study found that, in children and adolescents, allergic sensitization to 11 of 17 allergens was more common in those with 25(OH)D deficiency. The study concluded vitamin D deficiency is associated with higher levels of IgE sensitization in children and adolescents.

Another study in the December 2012 issue of Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology examined the evidence of the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and childhood asthma and allergies. The authors looked at studies over the past 2 years, both cross-sectional and prospective, that have investigated the effects of vitamin D on the inception and severity of asthma and allergies. Most, but not all, studies have shown that low vitamin D levels increase the risk for asthma and allergies. Results from small trials of short duration suggest that vitamin D supplementation decreases severity of eczema and decreases the risk for asthma exacerbations.

A third study published in the June 2011 issue of the European Annals of Clinical Immunology titled “Is high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency evidence for asthma and allergy risks?” looked at the association between vitamin D and asthma among children, the difference in level of vitamin D in asthmatic children and control, and the effect of vitamin D on atopy markers. The study found serum vitamin D levels were lower in asthmatic than control and that Vitamin D deficiency was higher among children with asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, acute urticaria, and food allergy. In addition, vitamin D deficiency was associated with IgE atopy markers in asthmatic children more than controls.

Bases on the studies above, it would make sense for allergy suffers to check their Vitamin D status. If Vitamin D supplementation is needed, consider Bio-D-Mulsion® or Bio-D-Mulsion Forte®, the most convenient and cost effective way to raise your Vitamin D levels.

References:

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 May;127(5):1195-202. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2011.01.017. Epub 2011 Feb 16.

Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Apr;12(2):179-85. doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283507927.

Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jun;43(3):81-8.


Dennis McInerney, BS

Dennis McInerney has been the Southeast operations manager for Biotics Research Corporation since 1996. He is a graduate of Moravian College with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. He has over 45 years of experience in the health care field. His in-depth knowledge of biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and how it pertains to nutritional supplementation has earned the respect as a highly regarded speaker and metabolic consultant by health care professionals of all disciplines. His experience includes several years as a research pharmacologist as well as a metabolic consultant. In 1998, Dennis founded the Health Resource Center, an educational company, dedicated to helping health care professionals understand and reverse the detrimental effects of the modern diet. Through seminars and workshops, the Health Resource Center provides functional nutritional information and the clinical tools necessary to successfully guide patients on a path to nutritional wellness.

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Allergies

by John Crescione, DC, DICS

As we all know, an allergy involves an exaggerated  or hyper response of a hyper sensitive immune system.A defining premise of this school of thought is that allergic symptoms are always triggered by a protein.(Keep this in mind for later)

The immune system is the body’s organized defense mechanism against foreign invaders, particularly infections.Allergens are substances that are foreign to the body and can cause an allergic reaction.IgE is the allergy antibody.

Allergies can develop at any age.Your risk of developing allergies is related to your parents’ allergy history according to Western Medicine belief systems .Examples of allergens include pollens, dust mite,,trees,mold/mildew danders, and foods. It is estimated that 50 million North Americans are affected by allergic conditions.Asthma is a common symptom of an allergic reaction.The number of cases of asthma has doubled over the last 20 years IgE is overproduced in response to cat dander, pollens, and other harmless allergens.  (Harmless to who? Certainly not the people suffering!)

Where are the Allergens? Everywhere…Allergens may be inhaled, ingested (eaten or swallowed), applied to the skin, or injected into the body,like medications or insect stings.There are basically 4 types-Airborne,Ingested,Contact or Injection.We will concentrate on the first two.

In the Air-Breathing can be hazardous to your health if you are allergic. Aside from oxygen, the air contains a wide variety of particles; some toxic, some infectious, and some “innocuous,” including allergens. The usual diseases that result from airborne allergens are hay fever, asthma, and conjunctivitis. The following allergens are usually technically harmless, but can trigger allergic reactions when inhaled by sensitized individuals.Pollens: trees, grasses, and/or weeds,Dust mites,Animal proteins: dander, skin, and/or urine,Mold spores, and even insect parts.

For example,here on the East Coast,In New York-we were hit by Hurricane Sandy,a Nor’Easter, severely fluctuating hot and cold Weather,Snow Storm Nemo that dumped 2-3 feet of Snow,the Holidays and “Flu” Season all in the space of about 4 months. People are still suffering from Flu like and Allergy like symptoms as well as all kinds of upper respiratory airborne symptoms from all of the weather and it’s effects dumped into the air !!! And of course we are told tisi is the worst Flu season they ahve ever seen !

In What We Ingest- Food  reactions may begin with tongue or throat swelling and may be followed by tingling, nausea, bowel cramps.diarrhea, or stomach cramps. Nasal breathing difficulties or skin reactions may also be seen. Please keep in mind-the reaction doesn’t have to be as severe as eating a strawberry or peanut by accident and you are rushed to the hospital.

The two main ingestible groups that are  are Foods and Drugs (when taken by mouth), for example, antibiotics and aspirin.  The IgE antibody is responsible for allergic reactions. IgE antibodies are present in everyone. In a properly functioning immune system, the genetics contain enough information to enable the lymphocytes to distinguish between threatening and non-threatening proteins.

In an allergic person’s immune system, the lymphocytes can’t tell that the protein ingested as part of a meal containing shellfish isn’t invading the body.(Very important fact to keep in mind !) The B-cells of an allergic person, cause the production of large quantities of IgE antibodies that attach themselves to mast cells and basophils throughout the body. This is known as the sensitizing exposure.

Mast cell – a type of cell containing histamine and other allergy mediators instrumental in the allergic response. Basophil – a white blood cell containing histamine and other allergy mediators. Histamine – a chemical present mainly in mast cells that, when released, causes many of the symptoms of allergy

Injected into Our Body-  allergy shots/vaccines,medication,venom,bug bites/hormones

Touching Our Skin -allergic contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that is caused by a local allergic reaction. The majority of these localized skin reactions do not involve IgE, but are caused by cells of inflammation. The rash produced is similar to that of a Poison Ivy rash.Touching or rubbing a substance to which you were previously sensitized can trigger a skin rash.

Western Science has these suggestions to deal with allergies-.Avoidance-Medication-Immunotherapy.

So what are you gonna do on your end? First HCL Plus™ or Gastrazyme™ becuase if the body is seeing it as undigested protiens,you will need more acid and GI function to break down the “hamburger” you are breathing in.The Immune system is on HAYWIRE mode,so C,D, E, B12 and Co Q 10 are all imperative to start to clean up or inhibit the IgE response.Then add Immunozyme Forte™ and HistoPlex® or GSH Plus™ and the most obvious one: Cytozyme-AD™. Finally,get them off all high Histamine and Inflammatory foods and that is really going to be difficult—Ice Cream season is coming!

The rebuild the Immune system with ImmuAnother important contributor to the rising prevalence of allergies may be nutrition. Countries with high rates of asthma and allergic rhinitis have lower blood levels of certain vitamins, including vitamins C and D.  Other nutrients that may be beneficial to allergy sufferers include vitamin E (shown to reduce IgE levels in humans), Coenzyme Q10 (found to be low in 40% of patients with allergies according to a small study conducted by Folkers and Pfeiffer), Vitamin B12 (shown to reduce physiologic manifestations of allergy in ovalbumin-sensitized mice), and Bioflavonoids (shown to stabilize mast cell membranes and reduce the liberation of histamine). – See more at: http://blog.bioticsresearch.com/2012/03/05/pollen-counts-will-soon-be-rising-its-time-to-think-about-allergies

Another important contributor to the rising prevalence of allergies may be nutrition. Countries with high rates of asthma and allergic rhinitis have lower blood levels of certain vitamins, including vitamins C and D.  Other nutrients that may be beneficial to allergy sufferers include vitamin E (shown to reduce IgE levels in humans), Coenzyme Q10 (found to be low in 40% of patients with allergies according to a small study conducted by Folkers and Pfeiffer), Vitamin B12 (shown to reduce physiologic manifestations of allergy in ovalbumin-sensitized mice), and Bioflavonoids (shown to stabilize mast cell membranes and reduce the liberation of histamine). – See more at: http://blog.bioticsresearch.com/2012/03/05/pollen-counts-will-soon-be-rising-its-time-to-think-about-allergies


John Crescione, DC, DICS

Dr. John Crescione is the former chiropractor for the NY JETS football team, and for a select number of players from the NY ISLANDERS hockey team and New York State GOLDEN GLOVES boxers. He maintains a family oriented practice, as well as specializing in sports injuries, women’s health issues and hard to treat chiropractic cases. He was voted International Chiropractor of the year for 2004 and is the past President and Vice President of SORSI on numerous occasions. He is a Diplomate in Craniopathy and is also the Chairman of the SORSI Chiropractic College Committee. Dr Crescione has trained in both China and Hong Kong. His practice utilizes SOT™ Methods, A.K., Cranial Sacral Therapy, Diversified Full Spine Technique and Activator. He also incorporates Chinese Medicine, electric Acupuncture point stimulation, visceral manipulation and organ reflex therapy as well as Eastern and Western Nutrition concepts.

 

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Supplement FAQ: IPS®

by Biotics Research

Why you may need IPS®:

IPS® is a comprehensive Intestinal Permeability Support supplement. With a total surface area larger than the size of a tennis court, the intestine represents the major interface between the body and the environment. This huge area is designed to assure efficient uptake of nutrients and paradoxically, it must simultaneously exclude many substances such as microorganisms, toxins, food allergens, and endotoxins in order to maintain health. As the largest immune organ with a full compliment of immune cells (T cells, B cells, mast cells and macrophages), the intestine secretes large amounts of a specific antibody, secretory IgA (sIgA), which binds specifically to antigens and microorganisms and prevents their uptake in the gut.  Imbalanced immune function can alter intestinal permeability due to inflammation, decreased sIgA, stress, and decreased nutritional status. When the intestinal epithelium becomes injured or compromised, leaks or gaps in the mucosa may develop.  These gaps may allow allergens and foreign proteins to leak into the bloodstream, and allergic symptoms or chronic health challenges may result.

Why your healthcare practitioner recommends IPS® from Biotics Research:

IPS® is a unique formula that was designed to address the specific issue of altered intestinal permeability, supplying a comprehensive array of nutritional factors to support healthy intestinal function.  L-Glutamine is an amino acid which plays a major role in the health of the immune system and the digestive tract.  D-Glucosamine sulfate is an amino sugar which is a key building block in connective tissue and the lining of the intestines.  In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, glutathione levels are linked with healthy (anti) aging and proper immune function.  Gamma oryzanol supports the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract and helps balance pro-inflammatory mediators.  Tillandsia  helps to support healthy intestinal mucosa, and Jerusalem artichoke is a fructooligosaccaride which has been shown to promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.  Collectively, the components of IPS not only promote gastrointestinal health, but they also are beneficial to overall immune system function.  As always, you can count on Biotics Research Corporation to offer superior nutritional products supplying “The Best of Science and Nature”.

 

Click here to download the Patient FAQ on IPS® from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.

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Supplement FAQ: IAG™

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Why you may need IAG™:

Arabinogalactan is a unique polysaccharide from the cell wall of several different plants, but it is especially prevalent in the inner bark of the larch tree (a variety of pine tree). It has long been noted for its use as an effective prebiotic and dietary fiber, but more and more studies are showing that it deserves mention for its ability to promote the health of the immune system. It has been demonstrated to have immune modulating effects and it also stimulates natural killer (NK) cell activity, which has been linked in medical literature to be physiologically decreased in a number of chronic conditions, particularly those of viral or autoimmune natures. Pediatricians frequently recommend arabinogalactans to provide targeted dietary support for children who have frequent episodes of otitis media.

Why your healthcare practitioner recommends IAG™ from Biotics Research:

Despite the fact that it is derived from trees, IAG™ is a mild, slightly sweet tasting powder.  It readily dissolves into water or juice and is a convenient choice for a wide variety of people, including young children and seniors who may be prohibited from taking pills or immune supportive herbal formulas.  In fact, IAG™ is so palatable, that if a child doesn’t see it being mixed into their juice – they usually won’t be able to detect its presence. Each bottle of IAG™ from Biotics Research Corporation contains 50 servings of arabinogalactans, making it both convenient and economical.  Once again, Biotics Research Corporation brings you “The Best of Science and Nature.

Click here to download the Supplement FAQ about  IAG™ from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.

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Allergy Support

by Rachel Olivier, MS, ND, PhD

Allergic rhinitis is classified as the sixth most common chronic illness, as well as the most common chronic condition occurring in children. As a substance recognized as foreign (as opposed to self) by the immune system, an allergen exposure results in an immune reaction, which may either project acute symptoms, or more commonly, day to day symptoms, often not readily associated with allergens. Common allergens include pollen, grasses or other weeds, and house dust mites; however, numerous other unrecognized triggers are present. Frequent day to day feelings, commonly unrecognized as allergies may include cloudy thinking, inability to concentrate, lethargy, headaches, migraine, joint pain, muscle weakness, depression, and weight gain, to name a few.

Allergy issues are well recognized as components that coincide with adrenal fatigue. According to Natural News, “any person with lung problems, especially asthma and bronchitis should be checked for poor adrenal function.”[1] Aside from the obvious gastric symptoms, delayed food allergies can also manifest themselves in other ways. Medical conditions including autoimmune syndromes, migraines, asthma, ADD, autism, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and many others have been correlated with food sensitivity “triggers”. For people with these triggers, identifying and eliminating these foods results in a dramatic improvement in their health. Accordingly, adrenal support can often be beneficial to maintain allergy relief. Consider Cytozyme-AD™ or ADB5-Plus™ to support adrenal hypofunction in the allergenic patient.

In addition to adrenal support, a product like HistoPlex-AB®, may also be utilized to provide nutritional support for the allergic patient, when allergies arise primarily as a consequence of airborne allergens. HistoPlex-AB® provides select herbs with specific actions to support the respiratory system, including Chekiang Fritillary (Fritillaria thunbergii), European Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea), Baikal Skullcap (Scuttellaria baicalensis), Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis), White Mulberry (Morus alba), Platycodon grandiflorum, and Silk Tree (Albiza julibrissin). Each of these herbs has unique actions in supporting respiratory function.

Fifty to seventy percent (50%-70%) of the body’s immune system is located in the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). Consequently, gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease (CD), and ulcerative colitis (UC), can predispose one to allergy problems. Additionally, the overuse of Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can further compound the allergy issue by resulting in leaky gut. Nutrients to support gut health include L-glutamine, Gamma Oryzanol, folic acid, and vitamin D. In one animal study vitamin D was demonstrated to “maintain intestinal epithelial integrity by decreasing paracellular permeability,” resulting in a maintenance in the “integrity of the junction complexes and in [the] healing capacity of the colon epithelium.”[2]

Since allergies may result as a consequence of a number offending components, a multi-faceted product approach may be necessary. HistoPlex-AB® may be utilized as part of a comprehensive approach, which may help minimize the negative effects of allergy symptoms.

[2] Zhao H, Zhang H, Wu H, Li H, Liu L, Guo J, Li C, Shih DQ, Zhang X. Protective role of 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D3 in the mucosal injury and epithelial barrier disruption in DSS-induced acute colitis in mice. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:57.


Rachel Olivier, MS, ND, PhD

Dr. Rachel Olivier serves as a Physician Advisor for Biotics Research Corporation, a position she has held for over eleven years. As a Physician Advisor she serves to both educate and provide professional leadership for physicians and practitioners, in an effort to improve product understanding. In this capacity she serves as the main consultant, advisor and technical expert for health care practitioners. She also prepares and executes training seminars, and provides training and product support material for practitioners and members of the sales team, as well as writes technical and scientifically oriented papers for journals and trade magazines, and product literature updates. She holds a Masters degree in Molecular Biology from University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently the University of LA), along with a traditional Naturopathic Degree from Honolulu University, and a PhD in nutrition from California University.  She can be contacted at 800-231-5777 or via the website at www.bioticsresearch.com.

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