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November 1, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

Beware Counterfeit Nutritional Supplements on Amazon!

It is well-known that many consumers turn to online retail behemoth Amazon for cheaper alternatives on many types of products that they traditionally would have bought at local brick-and-mortar stores. In addition to lower prices and enticing shipping deals, the simple convenience of items being delivered to one's doorstep is often a driving factor in a consumer deciding to shop from Amazon.

Perhaps understandably, but very unfortunately, this ever-increasing inclination to visit Amazon for much of one's shopping needs extends to nutritional supplements, which have become a riskier arena for consumers. Numerous investigations by consumer advocacy groups over the years have revealed that unauthorized third-party resellers on Amazon have been able to sell counterfeit versions of many top-selling supplements. We should not be surprised that counterfeiters are able to profit by exploiting Amazon's trust factor to sell fake products (supplements and so much more) to unsuspecting Amazon customers, because the reality is that it's very difficult for Amazon to adequately police the tens of thousands of third-party sellers who sell products through the site. Some counterfeiters are of course caught and shut down, but many others continue to operate through stealth and deceptive strategies. In chameleon-like fashion, many counterfeiters exploit Amazon's e-commerce infrastructure by shifting from one seller name to another. If one seller account gets shut down, a counterfeiter may have several other accounts to fall back on, often maintaining overall visibility on Amazon through these shifting accounts. Typically at least some of a counterfeiter's Amazon accounts may be created as "throwaway" accounts to ensure that the deception survives over the longer term.

Counterfeit supplements typically include inert fillers rather than the active ingredients that appear on the label. In many cases, products not containing what the label indicates can obviously present dangers to consumers, who may be unknowingly ingesting substances that they are allergic to, or could seriously harm them in other ways. Not all ingredient substitutions by counterfeiters are inert!

Counterfeiting has also been discovered in nutritional product lines for pets. Nutramax Laboratories, a pet supplement specialist, states that "the counterfeit products we have examined to date were essentially made of a starchy filler compound that is often used in pills, capsules, and other ingestible products... Pets are not receiving any of the needed health benefits of authentic Nutramax products. For these reasons, we are treating these counterfeit products as a threat to pets' safety and well-being."

The wellness protocols I have developed and present on the Optimal Health Network website, and recommend through my personal health consultations with clients, include a wide array of quality supplements for both humans and their pets. We take extensive measures to assess the reputation and safety standards of our supplement vendors, and all nutritional supplements sold through our website are guaranteed authentic and accurate as labeled.

One of our long-time vendors, Ortho Molecular, partners exclusively with health care providers and has been working diligently in recent years to get illegal online sellers of its products off of Amazon and other retail sites. It is a battle that Ortho Molecular fights every day as part of its dedication to ensuring and nurturing the safest channel for bringing its products to consumers: via formal dialogue between health practitioners and their patients, within a context of an individualized health assessment and the dispensing of products via an established practitioner/vendor relationship.

OHN strongly believes in doctor/patient interaction as a basis for implementing health and wellness protocols and always encourages its customers to make product purchases based on consultation with a family doctor or other medical professional. Furthermore, as a certified colon hydrotherapist and nutritional consultant, I welcome one-on-one health consultations with my clients via a secure online intake form and appointment booking system. Through these consultations and follow-up dispensing of products via phone purchase or OHN's website, I strive to ensure that my clients are receiving the appropriate individual support they need, and with clinically proven products that are accurate as labeled. While clients can sometimes find cheaper prices for my prescribed products on Amazon, this is potentially a dangerous gamble given the many documented instances of product counterfeiting by third-party resellers. Buyer beware!


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October 30, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

The Scoop on Powdered Bone Broth

When the bone broth movement began several years ago, it was a celebration of a return to traditional, nutrient-dense, healing foods.

Many of us began to recognize that the rise of disease and lack of optimal health, happiness, and energy that we're experiencing is a product of the processed, inferior foods we're buying into. So we began ditching our microwaves, TV dinners, and processed foods in favor of real, ancestral foods once again.

But, as the old adage says, history repeats itself. This is evident in the genesis of products like powdered bone broth and K-cup bone broth. That is, an attempt to take a healing, REAL food and turn it into a processed convenience food.

Here's the problem: all of the studies on the power and benefits of bone broth are done on traditionally prepared broth, not processed versions. By deconstructing bone broth, you lose the very essence of what makes it the nourishing, healing food that it is. Properly prepared bone broth is more than its individual properties:
  • bioavailable collagen
  • abundant amino acids
  • vitamins and minerals
  • glucosaminoglycans
  • healthy fats and much more!
Bone broth is a synergy of all its properties working together. Add to that the aroma, warmth, deliciousness, energy, love, and nostalgia, and you begin to understand that real bone broth is an EXPERIENCE: you can actually FEEL it nourishing your cells. I dare say you miss that experience when you drink powdered water from a blender cup in your car!

I'm not going to say there are no shortcuts in life. There are some. But bone broth is not one of them. We could take shortcuts and powder our broth. Charge less, and make a huge profit. But integrity does not allow it. In the case of bone broth, you do get what you pay for.

If you're in the market for bone broth, then you likely value your health and wellness. So do your research. Ask questions. How is it being made? Who is making it? Look at reviews and credentials.

While I do sometimes supplement with probiotics or use green powders (from companies that I've researched and vetted for myself), I do so with full knowledge that it isn't providing the same benefits as eating fermented foods or real vegetables. If a green powder manufacturer claimed I would never have to eat another vegetable again if I used their product every day, I would seriously question their ethics.

Bone broth is not a fad. It's a traditional, healing FOOD. And, if done right, it tastes freakin' good! Our commitment is to providing the best-tasting, most healing bone broth. We will continue to look for ways to make packaging and shipping easier — in ways that do not compromise our values.

To learn more about the health benefits of bone broth soup, read my book, Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health.

For those who don't eat meat, find it unpleasant to work with the bones, or do not consume bone broth for other reasons, alternatively I recommend one daily scoop of Ortho CollaGEN Powder dissolved in 8 oz of water. This supplement is formulated to nutritionally support cartilage, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and skin.


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August 25, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

The Deadly Consequences of Weed Killers

In a milestone legal decision against large agribusiness, a California jury earlier this month reached a unanimous verdict that Monsanto, manufacturer of the widely used herbicide Roundup, must pay $289 million in punitive damages to Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who claims that exposure to the product has left him terminally ill with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

This landmark case, expedited due to the plaintiff's deteriorating condition, may set the precedent for thousands of other cases filed by cancer victims against Monsanto over the controversial active ingredient glyphosate in Roundup, about 100 million pounds of which is applied to U.S. farms and lawns every year, according to the EPA. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classifies glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen". The state of California includes glyphosate on its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Johnson's lawyers argued that Monsanto has failed to disclose to the public the potential health risks of its top-selling product and that for many years the company has "fought science" and attempted to "bully" researchers who have warned about Roundup's carcinogenic properties.

The EPA considers glyphosate to have "low toxicity" when used at the recommended doses, and Monsanto lawyers contend that numerous studies have shown Roundup to be safe when used as instructed, but this plainly and frighteningly fails to account for cumulative residual effects throughout the environment and in the food supply, accidental high exposure to individuals using it, and the amplified toxic effect of glyphosate when combined with Roundup's other ingredients -- a proprietary mix of so-called "inert" solvents, preservatives, and surfactants. A recent study cited in Scientific American found that when combined with glyphosate, Roundup's "inert" ingredients (such as polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA) actually increase the product's toxicity to human cells, even at concentrations far more diluted than those used on crops such as soybeans, alfalfa, and corn as well as on residential parks and lawns.

How can you protect yourself and nurture your health with residual toxins from products such as Roundup all around us?

1) Purchase 100% organic food.

2) Thoroughly wash all produce, both organic and non-organic. Also dry and wipe down your produce. (Even after washing, herbicide residue may still remain if items are not wiped down appropriately.)

3) Peel off outer layers of produce whenever possible.

4) Consider avoiding or decreasing consumption of certain non-organic foods known to generally contain higher residual levels of glyphosate. These include soy products, corn and corn oil, canola seeds used in canola oil, beets and beet sugar, carrots, sweet potatoes, almonds, and dried peas.

5) Detoxify your body with a home-based enema series protocol. Our website offers extensive education on how to safely perform enemas, along with affordable, high-quality colon cleansing supplies for sale to help you succeed in your healing or detoxification goals!

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August 13, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

Microplastic Contamination in Sea Salt

An ever-increasing level of plastic pollution in the natural environment throughout the world is familiar to all of us as an ugly fact of expanding human population and activity. However, until somewhat recently much less attention was given to microparticles of plastics and other synthetic materials contaminating the food we eat and the water we drink. Not surprisingly, numerous studies of these particulates show toxicity to humans if ingested. The body of research is steadily growing, helping us better understand to what degree human health is being compromised through (often unknowing) consumption of these microplastics.
Plastics can leach synthetic additives such as phthalates, alkylphenols, and bisphenol A, which can be cytotoxic to human cells. Many compounds contained in plastics are known hormone disruptors, and microplastics in particular have been shown to attract microbial pathogens.

According to 2013 research by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University, "Everybody is being exposed to some degree [of plastic ingestion] at any given time, from gestation through death. Detectable levels of [the plastic] bisphenol A have been found in the urine of 95% of the adult population of the United States."

The sobering reality is that scientists have struggled to accurately research the impact of plastic on the human body, because they cannot find a control group of humans who have not been exposed. All humans are exposed to plastic pollution in some manner -- through oceans, lakes, rivers, rain and snow, the air, the land, our diets, and/or the products we buy and use. We are all unavoidably contaminated by the synthetics we produce.

Plastic, essentially indestructible unless burned, makes up about half of all human-related waste. The last 45 years have seen the total global output in plastic production climb from 30 million tons in 1970 to 322 million tons in 2015 -- a more than ten-fold increase. One study laments, "Hopes of closing the loop on the plastic waste stream depend on overall recycling rates, which vary widely across the globe, even among developed nations with well-established recycling infrastructure. Europe, for example, recycled 26% of disposable plastics in 2012, while the United States reported rates as low as 8.8% in the same year."
The referenced study analyzed tap water, beer, and sea salt samples for contaminants. Among all sea salt samples analyzed, a total of 461 anthropogenic (human-made) particles were identified. The vast majority (99.3%) of these were classified as fibers, while the remaining particles were identified as fragments. The average length of each fiber was 1.09 mm with a range of 0.1 mm to 5 mm. Of the 12 salt samples, 8 had one or more particles in the second filtration step for a total of 23 particles. The average length of the particles found in the second filtration was 1.05 mm, about 0.04 mm smaller than the particles found in the samples as a whole. The most common particulate color was blue, followed by red/pink, and then clear.

Sherri Mason, a professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Fredonia, believes sea salt could be more vulnerable to plastic contamination because of how it is made, through a process of dehydration of sea water.

Because sea salts have been so broadly contaminated by microplastics and other synthetic debris, Optimal Health Network no longer recommends Celtic Sea Salt as part of a colon cleansing, dietary, or fasting program. Instead we now recommend Himalayan Pink Salt as a more healthful alternative. Himalayan Pink Salt is an all-natural, mineral-rich salt that is harvested from ancient sea salt deposits located deep in the Himalayan Mountains. Once a prehistoric ocean, the water in this region evaporated and left behind pure, unpolluted crystallized salt.

Learn more: Anthropogenic contamination of tap water, beer, and sea salt

Learn more: We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?

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July 31, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

Struggling with Leaky Gut?

Would you like to optimize your gut health? Would you like to know which supplements to take when you are using enemas regularly?

Leaky Gut Support Recipe:

One scoop each of the following therapeutic powders, mixed together with water, is ideally taken either as a breakfast or at bedtime, especially on the days you take your enema series.
  1. One scoop of Ortho Biotic Powder - Probiotics can help heal leaky gut by strengthening the gut lining and replenishing your natural stores of good bacteria to reduce inflammation.
  2. One scoop of Ortho IgG Protect Powder - This pure and concentrated formula provides improved immune modulation and strengthens the gut immune barrier.

    Or, instead of IgG Protect Powder, you can substitute Ortho SBI Protect Powder, a dairy-free option which Kristina has recommended as a top product to hundreds of her clients, with astounding results!
  3. One scoop of Ortho GlutaShield - The ingredients in GlutaShield help regenerate and maintain GI enterocytes while supporting the health of the intestinal mucosal barrier.
  4. (Optional)
    One scoop of Ortho CollaGEN Powder - A superior collagen product, Ortho CollaGEN is formulated to nutritionally support cartilage, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and skin.

What can you expect from this supplement and enema program? Improved bowel movements, increased energy, improved immunity, and less to no gas and bloating! This protocol stimulates the body's normal gut repair mechanisms and helps to maintain microbial balance.

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July 25, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

Super Salve: Recommended for Healing from Anal Fissures and More!

Super Salve
Super Salve is our recommended all-natural nozzle lubricant for colon cleansing with home enemas. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, Super Salve also nourishes and heals the tissues of the anus, making it a key support product for those with hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and/or anal itching.

INGREDIENTS: olive oil, organic chaparral leaf, organic comfrey leaf, organic echinacea flower, organic hops, organic usnea moss, organic bee's wax, cocoa butter, vitamin E and almond oils; essential oils of cajuput, lemongrass, lemon, lavender, and tea tree

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"I just received the Super Salve in the mail today. I definitely felt some sensation working on the fissure. And the next time I went to the bathroom, it barely hurt at all! It's amazing how immediate that was. I think the MSM helped, but I think the broth helps everything move a lot more smoothly. I definitely knew I needed something topical though, and I'm glad I bought the salve!"   ~ Tori R.

"I've been suffering from anal fissures for years now. Almost every day, after a bowel movement, I would have up to three hours of excruciating pain. This has been an absolutely unbearable situation for many, many years. It was about a month ago when I found your website. I read about the Super Salve and was hopeful. I've been on the Super Salve for three weeks now and I no longer have my pain. My anal fissures aren't fully healed in this short amount of time, but again, I have NO PAIN and they are obviously healing. I have now started with the anal fissure healing suppositories and in just a few days have seen even more improvement. Thank you for all the information on your website. Anal fissures are a terrible affliction and I can't recommend your resources enough."   ~ Frances F.

How To Use Super Salve To Heal an Anal Fissure

Super Salve is easy to apply. Lubricate the anal area, both externally and along the inner rim of the anal sphincter. Be gentle. You can be more liberal with the amount of salve if you find that more is what works best for you. You don't need to apply the salve inside the anal cavity.

Apply the salve 2-6 times daily. The art of application frequency depends on the fissure and your activity level. Experiment.

You will need to wash your hands well after application. Our goat milk soaps work well for the hand washing. If needed, use a non-latex glove.

Take a sitz bath (a bath in which you sit in therapeutic water only up to the hips) each day to completely clean the anal area. In this water, add a premixed solution of 1/2 to 1 cup of therapeutic salt with 10-20 drops of OHN Anal Fissure Essential Oil Blend. Again, use our goat milk soap to wash the anal area. Soak in this bath for 10-30 minutes.

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June 23, 2018

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC

Common Foods that Cross-React with Gluten

If you are following a strict gluten-free lifestyle, yet you still suffer from symptoms seemingly related to gluten, you could be eating foods that do not contain gluten but your body reacts to them as if they do. This process is called cross-reactivity.

Unfortunately, some gluten-free foods such as cheese, chocolate, non-GMO corn, nuts, grains, and coffee contain proteins so similar to gluten that the immune system may confuse these proteins with gluten and react as if you just ate a bowl of whole-wheat pasta!

It's estimated at least half of those who are gluten-intolerant are also sensitive to cross-reactive foods.

Below is a list of common foods that cross-react with gluten:
  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • White and milk chocolate (not dark chocolate)
  • Coffee, except air-roasted coffee (offered by Optimal Health Network)
  • Non-GMO corn
  • Milk, cheese, and other dairy (alpha-casein, beta-casein, casomorphin, butyrophilin, whey protein)
  • Eggs, except soy-free eggs
  • Hemp
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Polish wheat
  • Potato, except sweet potato
  • Rye
  • Rice, except black rice and wild rice
  • Sesame
  • Spelt
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff
  • Yeast
  • Lentils, except black
  • Beans, except black
  • Nuts, especially almonds, but not coconut, pecan, chestnut, walnut, pine, pistachio, and Brazilian
If you are gluten-intolerant and still having health issues even after removing gluten from your diet, eliminate the above foods for at least two months and see if your symptoms improve. Make sure you've healed your gut as well. Then, after two months you may reintroduce the above foods one at a time to determine which ones are causing cross-reactions.

If you determine that there are foods that are cross-reactive for you, the treatment is to permanently remove these foods from your diet in addition to eliminating gluten.

Even though the cross-reactive foods do not actually contain gluten, your body thinks they do and therefore the inflammation and damage to your body can ultimately be equal to gluten. If you need support, consider a health consultation with me.


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