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Starbucks Natural Stevia Sweetener Now Available

Starbucks is offering a natural sweetener with Stevia

Starbucks is now serving Stevia Natural Sweetener

I walked in to my local Starbucks yesterday to find that they are offering a natural sweetener that contains Stevia. Go Starbucks! I’m very impressed.

Starbucks is the world’s largest coffee chain. They are serving its first stevia-based, zero-calorie sweetener at over 9,000 select cafes in the U.S. and Canada.

The packets called “Nature Sweet” are produced by Whole Earth Sweetener Company.

The packets not only contain Stevia but also extracts of the Southeast Asian monk fruit and chicory root fiber. It also contains some erythritol and fructose. It is Kosher Parev (U) with no artificial chemicals and is GMO-free. Here is the ingredient list.

It’s interesting to find out that the demand for artificial sweeteners like Splenda has slowed down as consumers are now seeking out products with natural ingredients.

To quote Nick DeJulio, Starbucks brand manager. He says, “This is Starbucks first Stevia-based zero-calorie sweetener. Whole Earth Sweetener Company’s sweetener will help us address the needs of customers looking to cut back on calories without compromising on taste.”

Russ Moroz, vice president of Research & Development and Quality, Whole Earth Sweetener Company, adds, “Every sweetener sourced from natural ingredients has different flavor characteristics. Some become sweet quickly then dissipate, while others have undesirable aftertastes. The magic in Whole Earth Sweetener Company’s Nature Sweet is a premium proprietary blend of sweeteners sourced from natural ingredients that are carefully crafted to offer the same great flavor profile as sugar without the calories.”

Why this Ginseng is the Right Choice to Fight Fatigue

Are You Tired and Looking to Increase Your Energy?

More and more people are looking for a way to increase their energy.  At the same time, people are  concerned about over consuming highly-caffeinated energy drinks or supplements. People are just simply looking for a different type of energy that will not give them a jittery feeling, one often associated with taking in an excessive amount of caffeine. That’s why we recommend looking at Ginseng as a good alternative. It is caffeine-free and the effect lasts for a long time, keeping you in a good mood and feeling alert. Ilhwa’s Ginseng is a particularly reliable selection.

How Does Ginseng Absorb in Your Body?

Ginseng’s unique active ingredient ginsenosides, possess important medicinal properties. Key ginsenosides from ginseng extract are not fully absorbed until they reach the lower intestine. After Ginseng is consumed, natural ginsenosides enter the stomach and small intestines without being digested.

Absorption in the Body

Absorption: Person-to-Person

Because the key ginsenosides are finally absorbed in the colon, many people do not fully absorb ginseng and gain all the benefits.

When the ginsenosides enter the large intestines, the beneficial bacteria residing in the large intestines play a very important role in metabolizing natural ginsenosides into highly absorbable compounds.

Individual Absorption Differences

How Does GinST 15 Solve the Absorption Problem?

ginseng elixir from IlhwaAs the world leader in ginseng science, Ilwa was determined to find a solution to this problem of absorption. Through diligent scientific research they discovered the main end stage metabolite and named it IH 901. This was the key marker which Ilhwa tracks when they work with the whole balanced ginseng extract, which is not fractionalized ginsenosides. In 1999 they secured 2 patents for creating ginseng extract metabolites via human bacteria.

They have continued their diligent work developing a high yield enzyme fermentation process with their famous ginseng extract. In fact they created 2 more patents in 2009 and 2010.

Since 1981 Ilhwa created a research and development center, and they have used the best in scientific research to create breakthroughs in ginseng growth, harvesting, processing and extraction. For the past 40 years ILHWA has done continuous scientific research and development making them the World Leader in Ginseng Science.

Ilhwa uses the best that modern science has to offer in all of its research and development. They really honor the essence of the remarkable ginseng root, which has been used for 5,000 years to heal and optimize the human performance. GinST 15 high absorption enzyme fermented ginseng is the result of dedicated science that honors the integrity of nature.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Stress Management
  • Smooth energy, vibrancy, and mental clarity.
  • Optimizing your performance
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Improved Sexual Function
  • Hormone Balance
  • Regulates Sleep

We recommend that you take GinST 15 everyday to bring your body into balance. Click Here to purchase.

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

What is a GMO?

A genetically modified food is one that has had its DNA changed. This is commonly done in laboratories. The purpose is often to make crops grow faster, or change the natural structure of a plant to create a different sort of plant altogether. This is very commonly done to wheat crops. The growing demand for processed foods raises the need for gluten. Gluten is the protein in wheat. It is used as the “glue” or binder of choice. Gluten is known to damage the lining of the digestive tract. Read more… 

Untitled design (28) (1)What is the Negative Impact of GMO’s?

Altering the natural state of foods creates compounds that the body cannot easily identify or digest. These foods are linked to allergies, neurological disorders, fatigue, depression, nausea, loss of mental clarity, and even cancer. Genetically modified foods or GMO’s effect the body’s sulfur metabolism which is involved in the ability to detoxify, and make important neurotransmitters, or brain messengers such as serotonin. Serotonin effects many things including mood, sleep and appetite.

Genetically modified foods are in everything including baby formula, (especially soy-based). Soy products are incredibly high in GMO’s, and they have been linked in studies to anxiety and aggressive behavior. Genetically modified foods are also in farm-raised fish (from the grain they are fed), dairy, and many other grains.

In one study, rats fed with GMO foods were antisocial, irritable and aggressive. Those that were fed with non-GMO foods were calm, and did not express the other characteristics. Pigs were shown to contain the same type of results. When re-started on non-GMO feed these behaviors reduced significantly.

In 1999, The Lancet, which is the world’s leading general medical journal published a study on rats that were fed potatoes loaded with GMO. In less than ten days their stomach lining had become much thinner and had weakened substantially. Similar evidence has been seen in other livestock fed with GMO feed. This raises the concern of what it is doing to the intestinal tract in humans.

These symptoms are comparable to those of children on the autism spectrum. When the lining of the digestive tract is weak it is vulnerable, and therefore, easily permeated. Likely one reason why leaky gut is so common among them.

Avoid genetically modified foods. Eat organically whenever possible, and keep the lining of your digestive tract strong. Get your free guide of 15 foods to help heal your gut and 15 foods to avoid for a healthier gut and better brain function.

Authored by Karen Thomas, Founder of Healing Autism Naturally.

Karen Thomas

Perfect Pass New Products are Here

Perfect Pass is pleased to offer two new products to aid in our gut health: Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes and Perfect Pass Immune Support Capsules

Perfect Pass 2 Pack Digestive Enzyme and Immune Support CapsulesThink of your gut and immune system like “Best Friends”.

They work together to keep you healthy. You can’t have a healthy immune system without a healthy gut. Why? you ask. Well, 80% of our immune system resides in our gut.

After years of treating clients with chronic gut problems and  the diseases that stem from gut problems we decided we needed to do more. That’s why we’re so excited to offer these two new products because when used together they will work synergistically.

It is our goal to bring you a complete and supportive care system to re-establish the ecology and health of your gut, heal your digestive system and support your body’s immune system. These 2 supplements are the perfect complement to Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Perfect Pass Probiotic.

Digestive Enzymes: How will they benefit you?

PerfectPass Digestive EnzymesIt’s pretty simple.

By taking the digestive enzymes before a meal they will aid in breaking down your food. This helps your body absorb the nutrients it needs.

More good news.

Our Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes can be taken between meals to balance the gut and reduce inflammation.

This provides a healthy environment for your gut bacteria to flourish and actually allows your gut to heal.  Click here to read more about  enzymes.

Why Immune Support Capsules?


PerfectPass Immune Support Formula 360 CapsOur Immune Support capsules contain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs from organic food sources.

In addition, the herbal blend included in the formula consists of over 15 herbs derived from roots, leafs and berries which support the immune system, lower inflammation levels and strengthen digestion.

When you can’t eat the way you would like to, Perfect Pass Immune Support capsules will fill in with exactly what you need. Click here to read more about this effective Immune Support Formula.

Can you have one without the other?

Yes you can. However, since your immune system lives mostly within your gut it makes a whole lot of sense to keep these systems in balance. If your immune system is strengthened but yet you still lack a decent amount of friendly gut bacteria the effects will not be as plentiful and long term.

The best way to keep your body in a  constant state of health is to start with your gut.

First, build up your friendly bacteria. Seek out foods with natural probiotics or take a probiotic supplement. Next, strengthen and multiply those friendly guys with a fiber rich diet or a prebiotic supplement. Once these steps are in place strengthen your immune system and increase your depleted enzymes.

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Its All About Diet

Does Diet Really Matter?

It’s very interesting to note that the most recent Crohns and Colitis Foundation research includes finding a suitable model to be able to ‘rate’ patients with IBD on a continuum of severity so that they would not necessarily be subjected to harsh drugs if their condition was not that severe.

To me, this is the way of the future. Yes, if a person suffering with Crohns or Colitis is dangerously ill, then it would be appropriate to use immuno suppressant drug therapy. However, if it is mild, then why not start with dietary modifications and nutritional supplementation first?

Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohdrate Diet in "Breaking the Vicious Cycle"

Elaine Gottschall’s Specific Carbohdrate Diet in “Breaking the Vicious Cycle”

The late Elaine Gottschall remains a pioneer in her time. Imagine that she treated her daughter who had Ulcerative Colitis with diet alone so many years ago, long before we had the research and knowledge available to support her actions. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a dietary program that has helped to create, as well as maintain, drug-free remission for thousands of people suffering with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Actually, to start off it was developed in 1951 by Dr Sidney Hass M.D., gastroenterologist and then it was later popularized by Gottschall, who was a biochemist, in her book called ‘Breaking the Vicious Cycle’.

Not only are food choices very important to those challenged with digestive issues, but healthy food choices for every one on a daily basis, affects your health. It affect how you feel today, how you feel tomorrow, and how you feel in the future.

Dr Oz is a great advocate for investigating healthy eating options. He interviews Dr Mark Hyman MD on a regular basis. Both are staunch believers in how important diet is. When you combine it with physical activity, your diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of chronic diseases … be it digestive conditions, heart disease or cancer, ….and generally promote overall optimal health.

We know that unhealthy eating habits have led to an obesity epidemic in the United States. Did you know that about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese? What’s more, they have found that even when people maintain a healthy weight, a poor diet can be linked to and associated with many health risks leading to illness and even death. We can name heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer to be included in this list. So by making good food choices, you will protect yourself from these kinds of health challenges.

In a recent study  Kakodkar, S., Mikolaitis, S., Engen, P. et al. investigated the bacterial microbiome of inflammatory bowel disease patients on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Gastroenterology. 2013; 144: S552. They say

“Further evidence suggesting diet can be an effective treatment for some patients with IBD stems from the fact that diet has the potential to change the intestinal luminal environment, specifically the intestinal microbiome.  Our prior preliminary findings hint at a change in the microbiome of patients with IBD who follow the SCD. If following the SCD changes the microbiome significantly and/or reverses some of the dysbiosis reported in patients with IBD, this may be a low-cost intervention to induce and maintain remission with little or no known adverse reactions. As such, further interventional studies of SCD and diet therapies in general for IBD are urgently needed.”

Doesn’t this sound like it goes hand in hand with the thought behind the CCFA research of catogorizing patients with IBD on a continuum of severity and being able to give them a treatment plan that would, in fact, encourage their microbiome to heal?

The humans microbiome pops up as popular subject matter in journals and gut research all over the place. It’s very exciting that, literally for the first time in history, we’re finally learning enough about the properties of the human microbiome to manage treatment more completely. We now know, for example, about the importance of strain diversity. We also know which strains actually survive stomach acids. We never knew this before. We even have detailed research to show that Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidus, which are prevalent strains in most probiotic formulas, are actually contraindicated for those people who have an overgrowth of bacteria in the Small Intestine.

Genova Lab SIBO Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth Breath TestThat’s why I like to recommend the Genova SIBO test to my patients. It allows me to select the appropriate prebiotic and probiotic formulas as well as other supportive digestive supportive supplements for them, specifically, when the SIBO test is positive.

Steven Wright Specific Carbohydrate Diet Advocate

Steven Wright Specific Carbohydrate Diet Advocate

A few weeks ago, I listened to the ‘Healing Your Gut Summit’. They interviewed StevenWright, a staunch advocate of the SCD diet. His personal story of how he healed himself of IBS incorporating the SCD was fascinating to hear. Several doctors had diagnosed him with IBS.  He tried over the counter pills, high fiber, and different diets. His introductory diet experience with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet was successful and he saw results really fast. It took him 3 months to get through all the phases.

He gave lots of amazingly helpful tips but, above all, these were the gems that I went away with that I’d like to share with you today:

  • Learn to cook – just a little
  • Use fresh ingredients
  • You don’t need to say its a DIET – say its a lifestyle change
  • change your mind set – its not really restriction
  • look for curiosity
  • make subtle shifts in perspective

Here are some very beneficial support material that Steve has to offer:
SCD Lifestyle Free Quick Start Guide
SCD Lifestyle eBook
SCD Lifestyle Meal Plans

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM October 6, 2016