Thursday, July 18, 2013

Which Form of Supplements is Best?

by Yohanan Burket

A bewildering array of options exist in the forms of herbal and nutritional supplements, including:
  • Capsules – gelatin or plant-based encapsulated powder, good for 6 months to 1 year
  • Tablets – compacted powder with binders, good for 6 months to 1 year
  • Gel Caps    Not recommended because the oils generally contained within are rancid
  • Tinctures – liquid with compounds extracted from plants
          Glycerine – safe for children, this base (menstruum) is good for two years
          Alcohol – this menstruum has a shelf-life of 10 years
          Vinegar – rarely used as it is only useful for extracting certain herbs

  • Extracts – liquid concentrate with compounds extracted from plants

Answering the question of what is best depends upon your criteria for purchase. Do you want:
  • Lowest cost?
  • Longest shelf-life?
  • Most bio-available?

Lowest Cost Supplements

Lowest cost supplements sacrifice shelf-life and bio-availability, in general. To compare capsules to liquid extracts, a typical herb is selected: Panax Ginseng.

  1. The NOW company offers 500 mg capsules x 250 capsules = 125 grams of powder for $19.46.
  2. The SWANSON company offers a 29.6 ml (1 oz) extract at 1:1. The designation 1:1 means 1 gram of powder equals 1 ml of liquid. Therefore, 29.6 ml corresponds to 29.6 grams at $5.99.
  3. Scaling the SWANSON 29.6 grams to see what it would cost for 125 grams: (125/29.6) x $5.99 = $25.29.
  4. The NOW capsules, for an equivalent amount of powder, are cheaper ($19.46 versus $25.29, or about 25% cheaper)
  5. I checked another supplier of the NOW company's similar Panax Ginseng 520 mg capsules x 250 capsules = 130 grams of powder for $27.17. This supplier's price makes the SWANSON option less expensive ($27.17 versus $25.29 SWANSON price)! However, the more expensive supplier offers international shipping, whereas the lower cost supplier does not in this particular case.

In each case, the quality of the herb (bio-availability) is essentially the same. Thus, capsules (and by extension, tablets) are cheaper than liquid forms of a given herb or nutrient, in general. There will be occasional exceptions to the rule, due to other factors such as non-competitive manufacturers or suppliers. Both NOW and SWANSON offer competitive prices.
If pill (capsules or tablets) are used on an ongoing basis, or planned to be used within six months, then it is generally the best option, but you must shop around.
Capsules are better than tablets, as they don't contain nutritionally-useless binders.

Longest Shelf-life Supplements

The liquid forms of supplements have a longer shelf-life that can sometimes justify the somewhat higher price. If you want a medicine chest with supplements that are seldom used, then the liquid forms are cost-justified. The alcohol-based supplements are cheaper than the corresponding glycerite supplements. Alcohol supplements also have a 10 year shelf-life, compared to only two years for glycerites. Therefore, alcohol-based supplements are recommended for adult medicine chests. A few exceptions do exist, such as treatments for cirrhosis of the liver and influenza (grippe). For these exceptions, and for children, glycerite supplements are recommended.

Most Bio-available Supplements

There can be a huge difference in the quality and the type of supplement used. For example, some supplements labeled Magnesium show that it is in inferior form of Magnesium Oxide in the fine print. A vastly superior form of magnesium is Magnesium Taurate, which is more expensive at purchase. But which supplement is truly the cheapest from the consumer's point of view?
Just to throw out some numbers for illustrative purposes, let's say that Magnesium Taurate is four times more effective in the body than Magnesium Oxide. Further, let's assume that the Magnesium Taurate is twice as expensive as the Magnesium Oxide. Which is the more economical form to buy? You guessed right: the “initially more expensive” Magnesium Taurate.
A good deal of research is needed to ferret out information such as relative bio-availability, as you can see. My suggestion is simply to buy the more bio-active forms of a nutrient if it is only for short-term use.


To answer the questions poised above:
  • Lowest cost? Answer: Capsules and pills, by roughly 25% if you shop around
  • Longest shelf-life? Answer: Alcohol-based tinctures and extracts
  • Most bio-available? Answer: You must research this information for each nutrient!
Researching just the different types of magnesium is daunting, considering that there are 13 different forms on the market:

Magnesium aspartate
Magnesium malate
Magnesium chloride
Magnesium orotate
Magnesium citrate
Magnesium oxide
Magnesium gluconate
Magnesium pidolate
Magnesium glycinate
Magnesium sulfate
Magnesium lactate
Magnesium taurate
Magnesium levulinate

I've read that magnesium taurate is the best form of magnesium for the heart because of the taurine present, but haven't discovered how it compares to its rivals yet. Magnesium oxide, said to be the least desirable form, is nevertheless an excellent laxative!
According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), Magnesium gluconate exhibited the highest bio-availability of ten forms of magnesium tested in rats. See for details.
The form of magnesium also dictates what percentage of that compound contains elemental magnesium. In the case of magnesium oxide, fully 60% is elemental magnesium. But coupled to a bio-availability of only 4%, the net magnesium absorption is only 2.4% of the magnesium oxide (4% of 60%). Thus, a 500 mg magnesium oxide pill only provides 12 mg of absorbable elemental magnesium (2.4% of 500 mg).
The popular magnesium citrate contains only 16% elemental magnesium and has a bio-availability of 90%, producing 14.4% absorbable elemental magnesium. This means 500 mg of magnesium citrate contains 72 mg of absorbable elemental magnesium which is six times more than magnesium oxide.
When taking recommended daily allowances of magnesium, consider that the figures given refer to absorbable nutrients.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Solve Your Own Health Problems

by Yohanan Burket

Iodine for Internal Use
Why run to the hospital emergency room or a medical clinic every time you get a sniffle? Of course hospitals are great at patching up people who have suffered physical trauma, but why go there for minor ailments? Also, there are certain ailments that they cannot handle, such as influenza (the flu). You can recover more quickly if you stay home and take home remedies. The trick is knowing just what remedies will truly help. Contrary to what some doctors currently tell you, viruses can be killed. There was a substance called Lomatium Dissectum that protected a Nevada Indian tribe from the 1918 flu epidemic, and even cured advanced cases of pneumonia. See the article by Dr. Krebs here: 

If you have a cancerous lesion on your leg, the hospital can do nothing but apply chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Surgery is their only viable option, and it is unnecessary most of the time. Also, surgery can never get all the tumor – it always comes back because there were traces of it left after surgery. Surgery also comes with another cost, besides the one that hits your wallet, and that is scarring. If you look around the Internet, you'll discover that there are many other ways to attack cancer, some of which are truly effective. Without much research, you don't know which ones to use. Therefore, I offer you solutions that I've seen work, even on myself.

Many remedies are available that can allow you to solve your problem without surgery. One example is the Cataract Terminator drops made by Out of the Box Remedies.
To save you time looking up remedies on the Internet and then locating places to buy them, I've prepared a list of common remedies and their solutions. See the tabs on Out of the Box Remedies. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it will expand in time. Many of the suggested remedies are not even available at your local drugstore. For example, suppose you wanted to buy USP Strong Iodine Tincture to get rid of moles. Try asking for it at your local drugstore and see what happens! Or how about some colloidal silver to spray your eyes for an eye infection! I could site dozens of examples.

If you have an urgent need for a solution, you might not be able to acquire the desired remedy over the Internet in a timely fashion. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a ready medicine chest of remedies for common ailments, such as rashes or a sinus infection. My suggestion is to purchase only those items that have a long shelf life, such as tinctures or extracts, rather than pills. Pills generally are only good up to one year, whereas a glycerite tincture or extract is good for two years. Alcoholic tinctures or extracts have a shelf life of 10 years.
If you have an ongoing (chronic) condition, then pills (capsules, tablets, or gel caps) are good enough. You can order more pills on a scheduled basis that will allow you to always have some on hand.

If you plan to travel to a remote jungle in South America or Africa, it might be a good idea to bring along remedies for malaria and insect bites. If you plan to go on a picnic and you want to disinfect your hands, some colloidal silver or 3% hydrogen peroxide would be handy. Suppose you get food poisoning on the road? If you have iodine in the form offered in Hormone Catalyst, all you need to take is 6 drops in a glass of water and the pathogens are history. Suppose you get “heartburn” (acid reflux) on the road? Take a little baking soda with you. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a remedy for many ailments, cancer not excluded! Baking soda is even added to chemotherapy drugs so that the drugs don't kill the patient outright.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Which non-stick Cookware is Best?

by Yohanan Burket
Eco Asymmetry Ceramic frying pan with steel 
induction plate attached to aluminum frame. (S. Korea) 

Nobody wants to hassle with cleaning pots and pans that require arms with the strength of a gorilla. The absolute worst pots and pans are those made out of aluminum, as they are both difficult to clean and are toxic. Aluminum has been implicated in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Almost nobody makes aluminum pots and pans anymore, but they were quite popular in the ’50s, along with the aluminum percolator stems in coffee percolators.
Cast Iron Frypan
Stainless steel cookware is safe but very difficult to clean, especially after cooking eggs. Before
stainless steel cookware, cast iron cookware was popular. Although food does not stick as readily to cast iron, the cast iron cookware requires maintenance – namely greasing after washing, and you must use a lot of grease (animal fats work fine). When you first purchase cast iron cookware, it must also be preconditioned. I use the non-toxic coconut oil (containing saturated fats) for this purpose. Ordinary cooking oil is too toxic, and butter burns. Olive oil also burns too easily.

The Introduction of Non-Stick Cookware

DuPont introduced Teflon non-stick pans decades ago and was a major breakthrough in cookware. Although considered toxic by many today, I believe that is largely an exaggeration. Firstly, the coating is not toxic unless an empty pot or pan is left on a hot burner. If it is allowed to get too hot, then it will give off a toxic gas. Below that critical temperature, it is relatively harmless. Teflon is the DuPont trade name for a PTFE(Polytetrafluoroethylene) coating. In the process of making PTFE cookware, another long-named chemical called PFOA
(Perfluorooctanoic Acid) is used as a catalyst in the production of PTFE. The finished product has undetectable or nearly undetectable levels of PFOA. The major advantage of traditional, PTFE cookware is that it typically lasts seven times longer than typical ceramic cookware, according to DuPont. However, I’ve discovered that there are some premium types of ceramic cookware that outlast the DuPont PTFE.

Cookware Metals Beneath the Non-stick Coatings

Virtually all non-stick cookware has a non-stick coating on aluminum. Since aluminum is a very good conductor and low cost, it is an excellent choice. However, if the non-stick coating gets scratched, the cookware must be thrown out since aluminum is toxic.
If a glass or ceramic induction type stove top is used, aluminum is worthless because induction heating requires ferromagnetic materials (cast iron or stainless steel). To circumvent this problem, some manufacturers attach a steel plate to the aluminum cookware, such as Eco Symmetry (see first illustration). Other manufacturers use stainless steel for a base, a more expensive and unnecessary solution.

The Next Generation Ceramic Cookware

In recent years, a coating has been introduced that exhibits ceramic-like qualities. These qualities include extra hardness and heat resistance. The additional hardness over PTFE makes the cookware surface less susceptible to scratching, but more vulnerable to chipping as the coating is more brittle. Like PTFE cookware, wooden or other non-metal utensils are recommended when using it.
The disadvantage of ceramic cookware is that the food is more prone to stick to the pan than conventional PTFE coatings. Some inferior ceramic coatings are said to be without non-stick properties altogether after using for a short time.
Like PTFE cookware, there is also an upper temperature limit for its use, meaning you can destroy an empty pan left on a burner. The upper limit for PTFE is 400 °F (204 °C). In fact, only a cast iron pan can be left on a burner set to maximum without it being destroyed.

The Best Ceramic Cookware

Healthy Legend with Weilburger Greblon ceramic
I’ve discovered that there is a wide range of quality for both PTFE and ceramic cookware. The most important factor in selecting non-stick cookware is to look at the track record of specific brands.
Arguably, the best ceramic coating is the German Weilburger Greblon non-stick coating, and it has been approved by regulating authorities. Said to be the best of the best, this coating is 10 times more durable than PTFE cookware, even exceeding the durable ceramic-titanium coatings. When this coating is applied to a thick, pressure-cast aluminum base, you have nearly perfect cookware at a reasonable price. The aluminum is cast at a pressure of 250 tons of pressure! A thick and flat cast aluminum bottom on a fry pan or pot provides maximum heat distribution and warp resistance. The handle is designed to be oven-proof, along with the tempered glass lid.
The ceramic-like surface minimizes food blackening, which is unhealthy because it produces AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products) – the cause of cataracts and other health problems.
The Weilburger Greblon non-stick coating is made in a gray-blue color to distinguish it from traditional coatings, and can handle temperatures up to an oven-safe 450 °F (232 °C), which is 50 °F more than PTFE coatings.
Healthy Legend is one cookware manufacturer that uses the Weilburger Greblon coating. Some of their frying pans do not have the necessary steel plates needed for induction cooking, however.

Typical Ceramic Frying Pan Prices

I purchased a 20 cm (7.8 inch) Eco Asymmetry Ceramic frying pan that works with induction. The main material is aluminum with a steel or iron plate attached to the bottom that allows for induction heating. It is not oven safe due to the handle, and does not come with a lid. Great for cooking eggs. Price on eBay: $24.89 with free shipping.
I purchased an 8 inch (20.3 cm) Healthy Legend Ceramic frying pan with the certified Weilburger Greblon coating. This pan does not work with induction (they have other models that handle induction). The main material is aluminum. It is oven-safe because of a special handle, and comes with a temperature-tempered lid. Great for re-heating leftovers on the range or in the oven. Price on eBay: $33.95 plus $24.95 shipping.
In my opinion both products are excellent, at least for the brief time that I’ve owned them.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gas Saver Pills

FFI (Forever Freedom International) proudly presents a gas saver pill known as the MPG-Cap™:

  • Revolutionary innovation maximizes fuel savings for gas, diesel, and bio-diesel engines!
  • Boosts vehicle horsepower!
  • Minimizes air pollution because of more complete combustion!