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May 7, 2016

Optimal Health Network Parasite Cleanse

This parasite cleanse is a 30-day regimen using several types of antihelminthics (anti-parasite/anti-worm medications). The key product for this cleanse is Wormwood Complex. Professor Kerry Bone of MediHerb developed this product on contract from an Australian company that wanted a naturally based lice shampoo. It was so successful that it became Australia's #1 lice shampoo. The active components, minus the shampoo, are effective for internal worms and parasites too.

Call us at 608-242-0200 if you wish to discuss your parasite cleanse program or place an order for any Standard Process or MediHerb products.

  1. For the first 10 days, take 4-6 tablets per day of Wormwood Complex and 4 tablets per day of Andrographis Complex to boost immune system function. Optionally, also take 2 tablets per day of Vitanox away from the Wormwood Complex (at a different hour of the day). Vitanox is an antioxidant complex, but is also high in tannins, which will burst parasite eggs. For really stubborn cases, you can also add 3 tablets of garlic (5000 mg).
  2. For the next 10 days (days 11-20), take just the Andrographis Complex (4 tablets per day).
  3. For the final 10 days (days 21-30), repeat what you did for the first 10 days (see above).
  4. Twice (on non-consecutive days) during the first 10 days and twice (on non-consecutive days) during the last 10 days, take 2-6 tablets of Colax before bed. This will cause a very loose stool the next morning, which will mechanically purge the dead worms and egg material. (Yuck is right!)
  5. It is also wise to take an enema series 2-3 times a week during this 30-day process. (If you'd rather skip the laxative effect of the Colax, you can use the enema series on those days instead.)

Basically what you're doing is creating a hostile environment for the worms and attacking their eggs for 10 days. During the break (days 11-20) you may get some more hatching and some of the tough guys may still be around, then you hit them for another 10 days. This is a safe treatment program and scientifically proven to work if worms are present.


Once again, please call us at 608-242-0200 if you wish to discuss your parasite cleanse program or place an order for any Standard Process or MediHerb products.

We offer a Gastrointestinal (GI) Health Panel which evaluates gastrointestinal function and health in order to assist you to overcome digestive disorders such as Candidiasis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and colitis as well as seemingly unrelated symptoms such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. The Gastrointestinal Health Panel is often recommended for those people who have traveled abroad extensively, have unresolved digestive problems, have a sudden change in bowel habits, and/or are using probiotics to address their digestive health. LEARN MORE

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March 24, 2016

Research by the NIH Supports the Dietary Guidance in Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health

Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets: A Randomized Trial

Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH; Tian Hu, MD, MS; Kristi Reynolds, PhD; Lu Yao, MD, MS; Calynn Bunol, MS, RD, LDN; Yanxi Liu, MS; Chung-Shiuan Chen, MS; Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH; Paul K. Whelton, MD, MSc, MB; and Jiang He, MD, PhD

Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(5):309-318.

Background: Low-carbohydrate diets are popular for weight loss, but their cardiovascular effects have not been well-studied, particularly in diverse populations.

Objective: To examine the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet compared with a low-fat diet on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors.

Design: A randomized, parallel-group trial.

Setting: A large academic medical center.

Participants: 148 men and women without clinical cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Intervention: A low-carbohydrate (<40 g/d) or low-fat (<30% of daily energy intake from total fat [<7% saturated fat]) diet. Both groups received dietary counseling at regular intervals throughout the trial.

Measurements: Data on weight, cardiovascular risk factors, and dietary composition were collected at 0, 3, 6, and 12 months.
Results: Sixty participants (82%) in the low-fat group and 59 (79%) in the low-carbohydrate group completed the intervention. At 12 months, participants on the low-carbohydrate diet had greater decreases in weight (mean difference in change, −3.5 kg [95% CI, −5.6 to −1.4 kg]; P = 0.002), fat mass (mean difference in change, −1.5% [CI, −2.6% to −0.4%]; P = 0.011), ratio of total-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (mean difference in change, −0.44 [CI, −0.71 to −0.16]; P = 0.002), and triglyceride level (mean difference in change, −0.16 mmol/L [−14.1 mg/dL] [CI, −0.31 to −0.01 mmol/L {−27.4 to −0.8 mg/dL}]; P = 0.038) and greater increases in HDL cholesterol level (mean difference in change, 0.18 mmol/L [7.0 mg/dL] [CI, 0.08 to 0.28 mmol/L {3.0 to 11.0 mg/dL}]; P < 0.001) than those on the low-fat diet.

CONCLUSION: The low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet. Restricting carbohydrate may be an option for persons seeking to lose weight and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.

Also read the New York Times article: A Call for a Low-Fat Diet that Embraces Fat

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March 23, 2016

Using Fleet Enemas for Your Colon Cleanse? Think Twice!

Fleet® enemas do not cleanse the entire colon.

Fleet enemas clean only the rectal area and (if you are lucky) the sigmoid area of the colon, so I do not recommend them firstly for this reason.

Fleet enema solutions pose a risk for serious health side effects!

Unfortunately, due to the broad influence of pharmaceutical companies, chemical laxative enemas are currently among the enemas of choice for most people. However, chemical enema solutions can cause serious health problems due to electrolyte imbalances, vitamin and mineral imbalances, and liver strain. This is the second reason why I do not recommend using Fleet or other chemical enemas.

On the actual product labels of these chemical enemas it states, "Since Fleet Enema contains sodium phosphates, there is a risk of elevated serum levels of sodium and phosphate and decreased levels of calcium and potassium, and consequently hypernatremia, hyperphosphatemia, hypocalcemia, hypokalemia, and acidosis may occur."

THINK TWICE before using chemical enemas. There are many safer colon cleanse alternatives available to you through the Optimal Health Network!

Reusable enema products are as safe and sanitary as single-use enema products if cared for properly.

What Fleet says about non-disposable enema kits:

"Q: What are the advantages of using a Fleet Naturals Cleansing Enema versus a reusable product?

A: Reusable enema products may not be sanitary and could be contaminated with fecal bacteria. Fleet Naturals is a hygienic, ready-to-use, single-use, pre-measured cleansing enema filled with an isotonic solution made with purified water."

Not only is reusable enema equipment more economical and less wasteful, but it is hygienic for repeated use if cleaned and cared for properly, as outlined below.


Use hot, soapy water with a non-chemical soap such as Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap or Young Living Thieves Cleaner.

To disinfect your nozzle each time, and your entire system as desired, use grapefruit seed extract and water, hydrogen peroxide and water, or any of the many other types of non-toxic disinfectants.

Prop the enema bag open. Crumple up a wash cloth or paper towel and stick it inside the bag. Take it out once the bag has dried well.

Hang the enema equipment, making sure the entire system dries out fully. Blow-dry the colon tube, hose, and bag if needed, especially in humid environments.

For added ease of cleansing, use clear tubing and silicone enema bags or stainless steel enema buckets.

Replace enema tubing frequently.

Use pipe cleaners and bottle brushes.

Inspect all enema equipment after cleaning and before next use.


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January 22, 2016

Optimal Health Network’s Supplement Advice Column

Periodically Optimal Health Network will offer a blog post about what supplements we recommend and why, our recommended source of the supplement, and guidance on the best way to take the supplement.


Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential cornerstones of human nutrition. It is essential to understand that we do not produce omega-3 fatty acids in our body, therefore we need to provide these fatty acids through diet and supplementation.

Omega-3 fats are a key family of polyunsaturated fats. There are three main omega-3s:
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) come mainly from fish, and are called marine omega-3s.
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the most common omega-3 fatty acid in most Western diets, is found in vegetable oils and nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds and flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables, and some animal fat, especially in grass-fed animals. The human body generally uses ALA for energy, and conversion into EPA and DHA is very limited.
Omega-3 is an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affects the function of the cell receptors. These healthy fatty acids provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, support healthy brain function and cognition, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.

Optimal Health Network recommends a minimum of 750 mg per day of combined EPA/DHA as a good place to start for all adults. Higher dosages of fish oil supplements need to be considered for issues such as high triglycerides (2000-4000 mg), depression (10,000 mg), Crohn's disease (4000 mg), and lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (6000 mg).

With over 10,000 published studies in the last three decades, omega-3 from fish oil is among the most researched natural ingredients available, and has a long history of safety and efficacy.


If you need individualized support with your supplement protocol, call us at 608-242-0200 or set up a personal consultation.

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July 24, 2015

Death Begins in the Colon

"You are an active member of the Earth's microbiome."
~ Dr. David Perlmutter

In January 2006 I published my book, Ten Days to Optimal Health. Now, nine years later, science is catching up with the reality that "death begins in the colon." A book entitled Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life, by Dr. David Perlmutter, does a fantastic job explaining what "death begins in the colon" means through cutting edge science and why our microbiome is crucial to our personal and collective health. Dr. Perlmutter also explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain's destiny for the better.

Dr. Perlmutter's scientific examples include:
  • A 2013 report shows that since 1979, death due to brain disease increased 66% in men and 92% in women in the United States, which is connected to an unhealthy microbiome.
  • In the ten wealthiest nations, deaths from brain disease - which largely reflects deaths from dementia - have risen dramatically over the past 20 years, which is connected to an unhealthy microbiome. The United States leads the way in dementia deaths.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders are on the upswing, which is connected to an unhealthy microbiome. About 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. About 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from depression.
Do you want to dramatically improve your health? Work through a home nutritional and colon cleanse program using Ten Days to Optimal Health and Brain Maker, with a home enema series process to optimize your microbiome. For support, contact the Optimal Health Network. An excerpt from Ten Days to Optimal Health: "This internal cleansing provides the intestinal tract and the immune system with a fresh start, since the water flushes out tremendous amounts of toxins, bacterial wastes, and decaying particles residing in the colon. Frankly, most people feel so physically refreshed that they are motivated to start eating well for these first ten days, in order to maintain that good feeling."

For a complete explanation, read Chapter 7: Colon Hydrotherapy in Ten Days to Optimal Health.

Your healthy microbiome sustains you. An unhealthy microbiome kills you.

Kristina Amelong


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