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Why I Do Not Recommend AOR Probiotic-3, A Rebuttal

This is my rebuttal to the article written October 3, 2018, by Mr. John Brisson, at FixYourGut – his original article can be found here: https://www.fixyourgut.com/why-i-do-not-recommend-aor-probiotic-3-a-review/ Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, however, this article highlights some of the misinformation regarding the pathogenic potential of strains in AOR’s Probiotic-3. First, let us start with the definition of probiotics – according to the World Health Organization and The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, the internationally endorsed definition of probiotics are as “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. This

How Stress Impacts Your Body

Most of us are aware that stress is one of the key drivers behind many of our modern health complaints. Stress is a risk factor for hormone imbalance, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer as well as mental illnesses like anxiety or depression and even brain-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Ever wondered how stress can have such a devastating impact on our body? The mind-body connection, or the stress-illness connection for purposes of this article, works in different ways. It’s useful to remember firstly that the stress response is meant to improve your chances of surviving a physical threat to your

How to Make Healthy Habits Fun for the Whole Family

Do you feel like eating healthily is a chore and enjoying food that is good for you is a challenge? If it is the case and you have children, you run the risk of passing this attitude on to them. Studies show that the children of parents with a high BMI often have similar issues. Therefore, genetics aside, it seems that kids do pick up their parent’s lifestyle habits. That is why it is important to try to build some fun into establishing healthy habits, for the benefit of the whole family.  Make It Kid-Friendly Making healthy meals fun can

Don’t Submit to Stress – Support Your Immunity

It’s Fall and everyone is “ramping up”. Whether you are a parent with a new school schedule to manage or an employee managing new projects at work, it seems that as the days get shorter, the To-Do lists get longer. Changes in schedule and workload can contribute to rising levels of stress. As a result, maybe you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, which can lead to even higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Both stress and insomnia can lead to a suppressed immune system, which can in turn lead to increased susceptibility to any colds and flu being passed around

Who Can Benefit From Supplements? Genetic Testing Provides Insights

Health Canada outlines daily dietary requirements for vitamins, minerals and macronutrients necessary for Canadians to be healthy. These values are determined according to scientific data to meet adequate nutrient levels for 97-98% of healthy individuals within a particular life stage and gender;1 however, a 2012 report by Health Canada shows that a large percentage of individuals fail to meet acceptable levels through diet alone, particularly for magnesium, calcium, vitamins D and A.2 In addition, values are meant as a general guideline for the healthy population to generally prevent deficiency and fail to provide guidelines for those that require additional amounts.

When Vitamins and Supplements are Worth the Investment

We’ve all seen media claims that supplements can be a “waste of money” while other reports illustrate the dangers of “natural products”. So how valid are these claims? It’s all in the fine print. A catchy fear-inducing headline is sure to make waves, but it’s time to break down the science – and the actual text – of this information. When are supplements actually not worth it, and when can they actually make a difference in your health? What outcomes are we looking for? The first thing you need to ask yourself is “What am I looking to achieve?” There

The Mighty Molecule: The Role of PEA in the Endocannabinoid System

Definitions PEA (N-palmitoylethanolamide): An endogenous fatty acid amide synthesized and metabolized by cells that binds to cell receptors. It influences a multitude of physiological functions and has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Endocannabinoid System: A lipid communication network that has critical physiological functions and serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being through signaling processes, homeostasis and hormone regulation. Lipids and the ECS In 1929, scientists George Oswald Burr and his wife, Mildred Burr, discovered that omega 6 fatty acids were essential for health. This kicked off science’s interest into lipids, and by the 1960s a new age of lipid

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS): What Is It, What Does It Do and Why Do I Need To Know?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is another level of security, a defence system that the body layers onto the existing security organization that is keeping us safe, whilst making sure checks and balances are in place. The ECS is a vast signalling network that communicates with other well-known systems including the nervous, immune, hormonal or the endocrine, and other networks, but also some that are rather more obscure, like the lymphatic or the enteric nervous system sometimes called the “second brain”. The ECS’s job is relaying important and timely information between these systems, but it also primes and prepares the body

Nattokinase: The Natural Cardiovascular Health Booster

When it comes to our cardiovascular health, many of us don’t have a high awareness of the prevalence and risks of cardiovascular disease – we tend not to focus on the problems that we can’t see. According to recent surveys, most of us aren’t aware, for example, that blood clots, aka thrombosis, are responsible for one in four deaths in Canada each year. The primary cause of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis, which happens when fatty plaques build up on the walls of an artery and eventually block it. Eventually, these plaques can rupture, and the resultant blood clot can deprive

Back-to-School Family Immunity Boosters

After the relaxing fun of summer, Back-to-School season is here again. Although every school year offers its share of gratification, it’s typically also a balancing act, for both parents and kids. Trying to juggle a busy schedule and the many demands of parenting while keeping the kids healthy and ready to learn can be a challenge. For kids, the return to bedtime and homework routines and new academic and social challenges can result in increased stress, which may lead to weakened immunity. These factors, combined with the increased exposure to flu bugs and other infections, can spell sick days for

Client Success Story – Laura Harris

Laura Harris is a forty-two-year-old woman living in London, Ontario who was diagnosed with osteoporosis in her lumbar spine. Known as the “silent thief”, osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. In January of 2018, Laura’s bone mass test revealed a sobering result; her T- Score was -2.5, the borderline for osteoporosis. Worried about the potential for a compression fracture in her spine that could lead to extreme pain and curvature of her spine, Laura began religiously taking AOR supplements, including Lactoferrin and Bone Basics.

AOR’s Healthy Student Guide

Every year, university and college students assemble the checklist of items that they need to take advantage of the opportunities and experiences that higher education offers. New textbooks? Check. New laptop? Got it. But it takes more than supplies to ensure you have a successful year in school, both academically and socially. And the university/college environment can present health challenges, both physical and mental, even if you’re young and active. We’ve reviewed the science for the top daily habits as well as the vitamins and nutrients best suited to supplement the brain and overall health of students. For anyone heading

Quench Chronic Inflammation and Pain With Natural Herbs and Nutrients

Pain is a fact of life. Everyone experiences it at some point or another. As people age, the biggest concern that affects activities of daily living is the ability to move and function without pain and discomfort. However, the latest research suggests that up to 50% of the population may be suffering from some kind of chronic pain, with back pain being the most common. In many cases the pain signal is the result of a viscous cycle of structural damage, tissue breakdown and inflammation. While most people are familiar with the concept of losing cartilage as we age (which

7 Steps to Protecting Ourselves From Electromagnetic Fields

Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is not a new phenomenon but environmental exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields has been steadily increasing during the 20th century. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the growing electricity demand, ever-advancing technologies and changes in social behaviour are accountable for this ever-increasing EMF exposure. [i]  Over the course of the past decade however, some of the common sources of EMF exposure such as power lines, microwave ovens, computer and cellular mobile phones have become the object of serious health concerns and media attention, in spite of the fact that the authorities tend to minimize

Spotlight on a Silent Epidemic: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (and 5 Ways to Prevent it)

While we usually associate fatty liver with excessive alcohol consumption, there is another form of liver disease known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or NAFLD that develops in people who drink little to no alcohol. NAFLD can remain ‘silent’ for many years, with few signs or symptoms. The prevalence of NAFLD is increasing at an alarming rate. The risk of developing NAFLD in obese people is 75%. With almost 20 million obese Canadians, NAFLD is a growing health epidemic. Eating excess calories causes fat accumulation in the body. One of the locations fat is stored is in the liver. This

I take AOR’s Total E, but I am concerned about toxicity and taking too much?

The upper dosage of Vitamin E, according to the NIH is 1,500IU for a 19+ year old Male/Female. AOR’s Total E provides roughly ~400mg per softgel of a mixed tocopherol and tocotrienol blend. For information regarding the benefits of supplementing with this blend, please visit (www.aor.ca/products-page/total-e/) This is an interesting question, because I have noticed numerous new research articles that have been recently published about Vitamin E. One such study by experts at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University is titled, “Excess Vitamin E Intake Not a Health Concern”. The lead researcher, Maret Traber, an internationally recognized expert

Part 2: Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes?

It is clear that a diet high in fructose can predispose a person to multiple disease processes. Figure Two here summarizes the effects of fructose and the connection with type 2 diabetes. The ability of fructose to raise uric acid levels sheds some light on possible mechanisms in the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This may be a new area where early interventions can be used. In animal and human trials, lowering uric acid improved a number of features of metabolic syndrome, which include renal damage, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and hypertension (Nakagawa et al 2006). It seems that

Natural Options for High Blood Pressure

This month with AOR I did a webinar entitled “Promoting Healthy Blood Sugar”.  In the webinar I gave several suggestions of products that I thought and have seen clinical benefit in balancing blood sugar.  I feel that the taurine product mentioned in the webinar, deserves a closer look. Taurine (see below) is an amino acid that is different from other amino acids in that is has a sulfur group in place of a carbon group in its molecular structure and as such is not incorporated into proteins.  It is synthesized in the liver from other amino acids (cysteine and methionine)

What is Homocysteine?

This week’s blog will focus on the subject of homocysteine. So what is it exactly and why is it important? Homocysteine is an amino acid formed by the removal of a methyl group from methionine.  Unfortunately, it has been shown that homocysteine is toxic at high levels.  It has been implicated in a number of inflammatory processes in the body including increasing risk of cardiovascular, diabetes, bone and neurocognitive diseases.  A physician’s health study revealed that men with higher homocysteine levels had a threefold higher risk of coronary events. Levels of homocysteine can be measured via blood test.  Optimal ranges

Vitamin E Safety Controversy

For my first post, I thought I’d take on a topic that has been in and out of the media for the past few years, vitamin E. Initially, vitamin E was thought to have a lot of potential for general health, from heart to prostate health.  Smaller studies and in vitro work showed promise, but then some big studies over the last year had conclusions that were disappointing: “vitamin E did not affect the overall risk of HF[heart failure]”1 or scary: “Dietary supplementation with vitamin E significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men”2 How did this happen? 

Natural Therapies and Scientific Principles

Since the birth of herbal medicine, science has been the fundamental basis of determining the fate of potential herbal products. The early Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Chinese physicians utilized scientific principles for their guidance to develop natural therapies. This tradition was enhanced by the Arab and the Renaissance physicians and has continued to present day. Science is the universal language spoken and accepted by all interested parties in the development and use of natural remedies for which there is a consensus. That is not to say that there aren’t any problems with this model. After all, some randomized clinical trials

Whey Protein 101: What exactly IS Whey protein?

Whey is one of two types of proteins found in milk (the other being casein) and it is a by-product of the transformation process of cow’s milk into cheese. As we all know, protein is the building block of life but not all proteins are created equal! Whey is considered by many to be the ultimate source of protein due to its exceptional branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) profile and high biological value.  When your body converts protein, it breaks it down into amino acids. These amino acids help to repair torn muscle tissue and build new ones. The higher