This weeks radio show is an introduction to GrassrootsHealth, a nutrient research portal for the lay public. We are partnering with this company in order to analyze your supplement intake, your health improvements, and validate them with your blood tests. The tests that GrassrootsHealth makes available are in-home, finger-stick, blood smears on specially treated cardboard strips. The Blood Analysis Kit that we are endorsing covers Magnesium RBC, Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids, and TSH.
As you’ll hear and come to understand from listening to the archive, we have found a way to work closely with one blood testing lab and use uniquely designed questionnaires that document supplements, symptoms, and results that people are achieving on our protocols. It’s the type of nutrient research that I’ve always wanted to do and that’s never been done before.
Having one lab do all the testing removes the inconsistency of having hundreds of customers using hundreds of difference labs and the variability of their test procedures. Using questionnaires that we design to cover the symptoms, conditions, and reactions that we most often see, makes them specific to our customer base. And doing monthly tracking will give us data on what’s working and how we can improve our customer outcomes even more! We can also offer the testing to regions and countries that don’t offer lab testing. For example, I can’t get a Magnesium RBC test in Maui!
Ginney and I are ALL IN!
Medical research obsessively tests only one-thing-at-a-time, completely ignoring The Commonsense Fact that the body doesn’t work like that. Every biochemical reaction in the body draws upon many different nutrient factors to achieve health. Isolating one nutrient just doesn’t make sense.
GrassrootsHealth began with a mission to prove how much vitamin D is necessary and optimum for health. They approached us when they realized the importance of magnesium in vitamin D metabolism and activation.
My concerns with lab testing began when I realized that the Serum Magnesium test was so bogus that it’s kept millions of people from knowing that they have a severe magnesium deficiency. Only 1% of the total body magnesium is found in the serum, so it’s only measuring the amount of magnesium that’s necessary to keep the heart functioning properly. When the levels drop the body will pump magnesium into the blood from storage, which make Serum Magnesium always look good but it’s useless to track real magnesium deficiency. This test has kept allopathic medicine from identifying the 65 misdiagnosed medical conditions that may actually be attributed to magnesium deficiency.
For people who are on medication or who want the validation of testing, I recommend the Magnesium RBC blood test as an alternative, although I would love everyone to have access to the Ionized Magnesium (iMg) test that’s mostly used in research labs. The Magnesium RBC test has its drawbacks, however. Most of the magnesium in a cell is working inside the 1,000-2,000 mitochondria busily making ATP energy molecules. You may be surprised to learn that red blood cells are the only cells in the body that Do Not contain mitochondria – which likely makes the cells’ magnesium content lower than other cells. However, early testing results using the home kit for Magnesium RBC indicates a correlation between the dosage of magnesium and magnesium levels – the higher the dosage the higher the Mg RBC levels. I’m very interested to see the results in our customers who are taking ReMag and the correlation with improvement in their clinical symptoms.
We do know that people taking saturation doses of ReMag do have improvement in their magnesium deficiency symptoms and we will see if there is a correlation with the Magnesium RBC test.
We choose a 6-month timing between the first and second GrassrootsHealth tests. That’s because, in the first 3 months, your Magnesium RBC test may not improve or it may even drop as your 1,000 enzyme processes that use magnesium grab all they can to keep your body working more efficiently – thus there is less in the blood and more in the cells. If we had iMg testing, we would find that extra magnesium in your cells.
Hypothyroidism has become epidemic and often goes hand-in-hand with a condition that I’ve labeled – Total Body Meltdown. Therefore, I think it’s important to follow TSH to help show that taking a multiple mineral formula (ReMyte) can improve thyroid function and thyroid symptoms.
The TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone blood test – provides a measure of the function of the thyroid and specifically the production of thyroid hormones. Some say it’s a more sensitive test for hypothyroidism than measuring T3 and T4. If the thyroid function is weakening and leading to hypothyroidism, the TSH levels will become elevated as the hormone, TSH, “stimulates” the thyroid to produce more hormones. However, if the building blocks for thyroid hormone production are not available, the thyroid will not respond. That’s when doctors, both allopathic and alternative jump in and offer thyroid hormone replacement therapy – synthetic or natural. My focus, instead, is to provide people with the 9 minerals that are building blocks for thyroid hormone production.
Both allopathic medicine and alternative medicine designate specific cut off levels for TSH. Here is how the American Thyroid Association (ATA) says that normal TSH levels should typically fall between 0.4 and 4.0 milliunits per liter (mU/L). Higher levels suggest hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, while lower levels indicate hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid.
Alternative medicine lowers the criteria for the TSH range so they can give natural thyroid hormone replacement therapy earlier. Their range averages from 0.5-2.5 milliunits per liter (mU/L). Neither branch of medicine investigates the 9 minerals necessary for thyroid hormone production. There may be some lip service paid to iodine – but often these doctors prescribe high levels of iodine, which doesn’t address the other 8 minerals.
NOTE: Our GrassrootsHealth kit includes Magnesium, Vitamin D, Omega 3 fatty acids, and TSH. If you would like you can add the “PLUS Elements” test, which includes magnesium, zinc, selenium, and copper, along with toxic minerals lead, cadmium, and mercury for an additional cost.
In my own case, I found that taking my own multiple mineral – ReMyte, allowed me to stop my many years of taking 60mg of Armour thyroid after about 8 weeks. We recommend that people wean off their medications under the supervision of their doctor.
Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed when the TSH is very low and there is a relatively rapid onset of symptoms of an overactive thyroid: irritability, diarrhea, heart palpitations, heat sensitivity, and insomnia. The treatment must be undertaken with a medical doctor and may include medications that suppress thyroid function. In my book, ReSet The Yeast Connection, I recommend further reading on this condition and the alternative treatments available.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis complicates the hypothyroid picture. It’s called an autoimmune disease with the body attacking the thyroid. I say the attack comes from the cross reaction of yeast toxins, fluoride, and heavy metals with thyroid hormone receptors. When yeast is treated; fluoride drugs, water, and dental products removed; gluten and dairy avoided; gentle detoxification is initiated; and thyroid minerals given – Hashimoto’s can be resolved. The condition does come with a high TSH as well as thyroid antibodies. Our GrassrootsHealth Home Test Kit will test for TSH but if you or your doctor suspect Hashimoto’s and if you want complete thyroid testing, you can ask your doctor for T3 and T4 tests along with thyroid antibodies and repeat the test as you follow the recommendations above and watch your thyroid antibodies decrease and your T3 and T4 increase.
Over the past decade, I’ve been concerned with people taking too much vitamin D because, in order to metabolize this vitamin into the active form you need more magnesium. Too much vitamin D can deplete magnesium and cause magnesium deficiency symptoms. The amount of magnesium required to process high blood levels of Vitamin D might contribute to more migraines, heart palpitations, AFib, and insomnia when they take vitamin D. I’ve even seen cases of people who are so magnesium depleted that a day in the sun can cause magnesium deficiency symptoms as their sunshine vitamin D is metabolized using up the little extra magnesium they have. Magnesium is so important in vitamin D metabolism that optimum levels of storage vitamin D and magnesium are much more effective in producing active vitamin D than high dose vitamin D. The paper “Magnesium, Vitamin D Status and Mortality” in BMC Medicine displays a detailed flow chart of vitamin D metabolism, which shows that magnesium is required in 8 crucial steps.
GrassrootsHealth recommends using the serum 25(OH)D measurement for vitamin D to determine vitamin D adequacy, not the dosage of vitamin D since that amount varies considerably person-to-person. Based on their testing, the GrassrootsHealth Scientific Panel recommends a level of 40-60 ng/mL (100-150 nmol/L). I’ve been recommending 40ng/mL. However the results of the project we are doing with GrassrootsHealth is to determine if we need to recommend higher levels of vitamin D intake. And perhaps the vitamin D levels may be increased with sufficient magnesium intake and less Vitamin D intake.
The vitamin D blood test measures total 25-Hydroxy vitamin D (vitamin D2 plus vitamin D3) in the blood. This is the storage form of vitamin D, which is then converted by the kidneys to the biologically active form, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol. It’s at the kidney level that magnesium comes into play and when vitamin D deficiency symptoms don’t improve, doctors may give higher and higher doses of vitamin D to try and force conversion without realizing that magnesium may be the deciding factor.
Another concern that made me question high dose vitamin D is the fact that the active form, 1,25 (OH)D is a hormone, not a vitamin. Hormone levels are regulated through a biochemical feedback system. For example, one of the main jobs of vitamin D is to grab calcium from the diet and put it in the bloodstream and then into the bones and teeth. When you have enough calcium, then vitamin D levels should go down because no more calcium is required (at that time) and vitamin D is no longer necessary. But if you regard vitamin D as a vitamin, you might think it’s not good for a vitamin to be low and you should take more of it. In our current state of too much calcium and not enough magnesium in our diet and supplements, perhaps we are supplementing a hormone that the body doesn’t need at such high levels.
There is a segment of the population that swears by moderate to high doses of vitamin D. Research swings from side to side on the issue. Therefore, we decided that with the help of GrassrootsHealth, we would find out how much vitamin D and how much ReMag would give our customers the optimum clinical benefits and be measurable on blood testing. The average levels of vitamin D in the population are 20-40ng/mL. I recommend a level of 40ng/mL. High dose vitamin D advocates recommend 40-80ng/mL. I recommend Blue Ice Roya for vitamins A, D3, and K2. The supplement also contains Omega-3 fatty acids. We are very interested to learn the vitamin D levels in customers taking this product.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
I am not in the habit of recommending fish oil supplements because I feel that they are overly processed – because otherwise they can go rancid. Supplements tend to be either highly processed oils that may contain residues of the chemicals used in processing or underprocessed oils that can go rancid quickly.
I do recommend Blue Ice Royal, which is not commercially processed. The “processing” that it undergoes is through natural fermentation of its cod liver oil and butter oil. The supplement contains omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, D3, and K2. Our ReStructure protein powder also contains 660 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. In my recipes in various books, I recommend tongal tuna and wild salmon (both are low in mercury). We want to know the levels of Omega-3 in our customers who take our products.
The GrassrootslHealth Omega-3 Index blood test measures the amount of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in red blood cell (RBC) membranes and is expressed as a percent of total RBC fatty acids. It is a long-term and stable marker of omega-3 status, and it reflects tissue levels of EPA+DHA.
We’ll be sending out more informational emails about the GrassrootsHealth Home Test Kit and how you can participate and fine tune your healing protocol and how we can help support you in this amazing process.
Please join both Carole and me on my LIVE call-in radio talk show to learn about this important research project and why you want to be a part of what we are doing! You will love hearing about the value of a scientific, consumer-driven individualized approach to research and monitoring your own specific results!