Rat Lungworm Disease Confirmed in the US

Eating and reading this one may not be a good idea! The third case of rat lungworm disease has been reported in Hawaii… Yes, rat lungworm… and it’s a real disease.. parasite caused, and difficult (at best) to treat. Click here to learn what it is and how it goes from rat to human.

Deli Meat and Cheese Recall – Listeria

First we were told to stop eating romaine lettuce, then avocados, next it was ground turkey, then ground beef, more recently sushi was added to the list and now… sounds like you may want to skip the deli counter! (click here for the details of this recall) The latest warning from the CDC involves a variety of deli meats and cheeses. The problem… listeria. The infections of the bacterium listeria monocytogenes have been reported in Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Several have been hospitalized and one death has been attributed to this listeria outbreak. It is just us, or does this food recall/warning seem to becoming the norm?

Which is better? Prebiotics + Probiotics or just a mega dose of Probiotics?

This is an interesting question and one whose answer may be more influenced by a person’s lifestyle and food choices.

Until recently,  products that contained both pre and probiotics weren’t an option… there were issues with the prebiotics and probiotics being combined in the same capsule and for that type of  combination to have the ability to survive various gut conditions. Therefore, the option was left to the specific combination, number of different strains and number of CFU’s in a probiotic formula.

If you eat a good amount of fiber – both plant and grain based – then the good bacteria in your gut are most likely well fed.  Also, if you feel that your foods are being digested and broken down well, that would be further evidence that your good bacteria are getting the food they need to prosper. This couples with daily ‘exercise’ or at least a non-sedentary lifestyle would suggest that mega (10 or more strain and 20 billion or more CFU) probiotic would most likely be your best choice.

On the other hand if you’re not a big whole grain, fruit and veggie eater and don’t move about much on a daily basis, then your gut flora would more likely appreciate some prebiotic support – and a good prebiotic and probiotic combination may serve your needs best.

After some research on natural approaches to parasite issues, I’m leaning toward Dr. Clark’s 3 ingredient kit. Was wondering how important is it that I follow her protocol?

Here’s an approach to following Dr. Clark’s protocol (recipe).  If you’re going to make your Grandmother’s famous lemon cake, but decide that you don’t have the time or the energy to mix it all by hand (as the recipe states and as you have always done).  Instead, this time you decide to use your electric mixer.  When the cake doesn’t turn out as you expected, then you shouldn’t be surprised.  Therefore, if you alter her protocol, don’t be surprised if your results are different than expected.  Click here and you’ll see her 18 day protocol.  There are also many frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) that do lend themselves to some variances in the protocol. For example… taking the Black Walnut straight up or mixing it in foods or beverages. Click here if you’d like to see some  FAQ’s.

Please note, this protocol and these FAQ’s are strictly based on Dr. Clark’s research and contents in her published books.  Before following her protocol (which is off product label instructions) and before taking  any over-the-counter product, it is always advisable to discuss its use with your primary care professional.

Dr. Clark’s 18 Para Protocol Chart

Please note, this protocol is strictly based on Dr. Clark’s research and contents in her published books.  Before following her protocol (which is off product label instructions) and before taking  any over-the-counter product, it is always advisable to discuss its use with your primary care professional.

Frequently Asked Questions – Dr. Clark’s Parasite Protocol

These frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding Dr. Clark’s parasite protocol are solely based on her research and recommendations as presented in her published books.  Before taking any over-the-counter product, it is always advisable to discuss its use with your primary care professional. These FAQ’s are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment.

Do I need to change my diet or should I expect changes in my daily routine?
Simple answer: No. Diet can remain as usual.

Should I take these products on an empty stomach or with food?
Almost all dietary supplements specify on their label that they should  preferably be taken with a meal unless otherwise directed by their physician. Please see each product label.

In Dr. Clark’s protocol, she starts the Black Walnut with 1 dop.  Is this literally 1 drop or a dropper full?  It is just one drop.. not a dropper full.  As explained, this slow approach of one drop, two drops, etc. is to introduce the unique flavor of the Black Walnut tincture.  If a person finds the flavor Ok- they may choose to take it straight up.  For those who don’t particularly like the flavor, they will want to mix it in a another beverage.  See the next question.  Do NOT take the Black Walnut Tincture if you are allergic to nuts!

Can the Black Walnut Tincture be mixed with some other liquid – or do I have to take it straight up?
Dr. Clark prefers straight up and chased with water. However, she knew that the taste may be unappealing to some and they would not be able to take it without mixing it in something that would hide the flavor. She suggests not taking any of the ingredients (but especially the black walnut tincture) with acidic juices, such as orange, grapefruit, or tomato. Mixing the Black Walnut Tincture in prune juice, apple juice or any type of yogurt smoothie is a good choice. Do NOT take this product if you are allergic to nuts.

Some of the days specify several capsules. Do I have to take them all at once?
Dr. Clark realized that not everyone can swallow multiple capsules all within minutes of one another.  For those she suggests looking at the daily capsule count and dividing it up into a twelve hour period.  Spreading them out in a way that is best for you.

I can’t swallow pills.  Any way I can still take the Cloves and Wormwood portion of this?
You can gently twist each capsule to ‘unscrew’ it and then empty the contents out.  The Cloves are the easiest to mix with foods.  Think of mixing cloves into anything that you would like cinnamon in .  Some good choice may be: vanilla and/or banana smoothies, vanilla, coconut or banana yogurt or pudding, or oatmeal. Wormwood lends itself to a heartier fare.. think tomato sauce based dishes, chili, hearty soups.  Just add after the food has been completely cooked.

The following FAQ’s apply ONLY to the Original Para Kit as it is sold by OneLifeUSA Vitamins.

Has OneLifeUSA ever changed the formula from what Dr. Clark personally and directly setup?
Simple answer: NO

Why is your Black Walnut Tincture dark green… almost black? Especially when Dr. Clark says in her book, the way to tell that the tincture is fresh and has been made from green hulls is if it is light green in color.
The instructions in Dr. Clark’s books refer to making her Black Walnut Tincture and its specified light green color is only applicable when the product is being made in a home kitchen. When the green hulls of the walnut are pressed by hand (as described in her books) – the resulting liquid is a light green color. When these same green hulls are pressed in a commercial lab using heavy  equipment, the result is a dark green colored liquid. It is very easy to add a few drops of vitamin C to the liquid and turn it a light green color. OneLifeUSA Vitamins chooses not to do this, as it is not part of Dr. Clark’s formula. We are quite confident in our Black Walnut Tincture and its compatibility to Dr. Clark’s intended standards, as she personally came to our lab to oversee the commercial manufacturing of her products and approved this Black Walnut product. Our product is a double maceration (Double strength) at a 1:1 ratio of gm herb to ml menstruum (1/2 teaspoon contains extractives from 2,500 mg fresh plant material) – just a specified by Dr. Clark herself.

Why doesn’t OneLifeUSA make the Black Walnut Tincture in a larger size? Or as freeze dried?
Making this in a larger bottle (even just doubling it to a 2 ounce bottle) would reduce the cost, but it would NOT insure fresh-full strength product. The black walnut tincture does not remain at full strength for long after it has been opened and exposed to air. Additionally, Dr. Clark was quite specific that this tincture be made in one ounce bottles with eye dropper tops (not a screw top with disposable pipettes). No freeze dried version, because Dr. Clark required this ingredient be a liquid tincture.

Do the products in OneLifeUSA’s Original Para Kit contain flow agents or fillers like magnesium stearate?
Simple answer: NO

Are OneLifeUSA labs certified and inspected by the FDA?
As GMP certified labs they must be registered with the FDA and are subject to unannounced inspections. Fully complying with FDA standards, additional work is done to help implement new FDA guidelines as they are mandated.

Are the ingredients used in OneLifeUSA’s Original Para Kit tested?
Yes. Ingredients are tested and must pass for: bacteria (including
Staphylococcus and E.coli), yeast and mold. All ingredients must pass a mineral and metal analysis. Additionally, potency verification of each  ingredient is confirmed and the fill weight of each capsule is confirmed.

I’ve completed OneLifeUSA’s Original Para Kit, what’s next?
Many choose to optimize their experience with Dr. Clark’s methodology of ‘weed and feed’. First the ‘bad’ bugs get  ‘weeded’ out (Original Para Kit). Then a feeding of ‘good’ bugs and crucial healthy liver support (OneLifeUSA’s Post Cleanse) help insure a healthy gut flora. It’s just like gardening: Once the weeds have been eliminated, the remaining good flowers and grasses need support to flourish and take over – choking out the return of the ‘bad’ weeds and creating a healthy balanced garden (gut flora)!

(summary of follow up protocols shown below).

OneLifeUSA’s  Complete Post Cleanse is the suggested follow-up to the Original Para Kit. It targets the removal of any residue (Colon Clear) plus a product for  healthy liver support (Liver Health) and a uniquely blended Probiotic formula (ProBalance) to help rebuild healthy gut flora.

Unbalanced gut flora often goes hand-in-hand with unbalanced Candida levels. If this is your experience, then you may want to consider OneLifeUSA’s Can Balance Protocol. This two product protocol applies the weed and feed approach: CanBalance (for weeding) and ProBalance probiotics (for feeding).

The weekly Maintenance Protocol is perhaps recognized as the ‘booster’ shot to the  Original Para Kit. OneLifeUSA’s Original Para Kit is the only kit that comes with enough product to complete the 18 day protocol  and one maintenance cycle. The number of maintenance cycles completed depends on individual circumstances. Maintenance protocols are available in 12 and 15 week kits.

OneLifeUSA’s Liver Health and ProBalance probiotic  products, may be great choices for your continuing as part of your daily routine.

These FAQ’s have been provided for your convenience and may also serve as a great conversation starter with your health care professional. They are not intended to replace the recommendations provided by Dr. Clark (in her books) or those provided by your health care professional.

Bed Bugs on the Rise

Bed bugs… yuck.. are on the rise in the US. Click here for the list of the top 10 cities for bed bug infestation (not a top 10 list you want to be on)! Bed bugs are parasitic and feed on the blood of humans and animals as they sleep. What to look for, how to get rid of them in your home and if you are exposed consider  a natural approach.

Record Breaking Year – 2018- for Food (poisoning!)

2018 is a record breaking year when it comes to food.. No, not food over-consumption… well, maybe that’s true too, but this story focuses on the record breaking year of food borne illnesses! The CDC would like you to believe it’s because of improved detection methods.. but no, it’s really just because there really have been an increase in food borne illnesses (ie: food poisoning from bacteria and parasites). Click here to get those details.  Romaine lettuce (the most popular type of lettuce) has been hit especially hard this year… helping to create this unwanted record breaker!

Those with pre-existing medical issues and immune disorders along with the very young and seniors are often hit the hardest.  Keeping your gut flora healthily balanced with pre and probiotics and pumping up on antioxidant and nutrient dense intakes can help keep the effects less harsh.