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Your Nutritional Prescription

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates

 For years, I have lamented the fact that doctors get very little, if any, nutritional training in their medical school classes.  My own efforts to be current in this very important field of nutrition led me to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist several years ago.  I have felt as though I am swimming upstream, against a strong current filled with tree branches and mud, as I have championed using nutrition as a first choice therapeutic tool.

But I am encouraged!  Why?  On March 15th 2014, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “A Delicious Prescription.”

Doctors and chefs, along with dietitians and nutritionists, health care practitioners and educators are meeting together in Napa Valley, California, to discuss food and its impact on health.  At the present time, this effort is brought about from the allopathic medicine perspective, but it represents a major leap into the world of nutrition, which has largely been ignored in Western medicine.

A large full-page picture spread of good foods and their benefits are part of the article.  Some even go against the grain of prevailing medical philosophy.  Here are some highlights:

 Healthy fats:

  • anchovies with omega 3 fatty acids and selenium; low in mercury;
  • avocados with monounsaturated fat, potassium, vitamins C and K and folate;
  • eggs as a source of iron, protein, vitamins A and B and folate (notice they left out cholesterol and fats!–which caused eggs to be mislabeled as a “bad” food for years);
  • grass-fed beef with vitamins B and iron;
  • wild salmon with protein, vitamins B and D and omega 3s;
  • olive oil with monounsaturated fat.


  • organic chicken with vitamin B6, iron and protein and omega 3;
  • nuts with protein, magnesium and monounsaturated fat;
  • seeds with folate, fiber, protein and zinc.


  • carrots with vitamin A, fiber and beta-carotene;
  • dark leafy greens with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, calcium, sulforaphanes and folate;
  • parsley with folate and potassium and vitamins A and C;
  • squash with beta-carotene and other antioxidants and fiber and vitamin A;
  • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts) with fiber, vitains C, E D and folate;
  • green beans with fiber and regulate blood sugar;
  • onions and garlic with sulfur and folate.


  • berries with polyphenols and fiber, vitamin C and potassium,
  • coconut with calcium, potassium, magnesium and electrolytes;
  • stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines cherries, apricots) with vitamins C and K, potassium and beta-carotene.

 Whole grains:

  • barley,
  • buckwheat,
  • oats,
  • quinoa,
  • wheat and
  • wild rice with fiber.

Mushrooms with minerals and vitamins B and D.

You might want to place a copy of this list of magical foods in your kitchen to inspire their use in meals you prepare.

Getting in the Swim of Things

With the Wall Street Journal article, I am seeing conventional allopathic medicine start to catch up to the science of nutritional medicine.  (They now have ‘pharmaceuticals’ for fish oil, vitamin D, eye antioxidants, and folate, which are no better than a high-grade supplement but much more expensive).

 If this nutritional trend continues, I might begin to feel as though I’ve joined a pool party!  No more swimming against the current in a muddy, tricky river.  But even this venture into previously uncharted waters is merely dipping conventional medicine’s toe into the pool.

However, my assessment of this ‘big toe in the swimming pool’ of food and health is guarded.  Dr. Harlan is quoted in the article as saying, “Make no mistake.  I am an allopathic physician.  I do not believe in anything other than evidence-based medicine.  As an internist, I prescribe statins and beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors and aspirin.  I believe in them and they have a role.  Diet alone is very good.  Medication alone is very good.  But diet plus medication is synergistic.  It’s another tool in the box that physicians should have available to them.”

I’m really looking forward to the day when not only the big toe or foot is in the science-based nutritional swimming pool, but allopathic medicine takes a giant leap forward.  Maybe in my lifetime, their whole body will jump in and harness the power of nutrition to address health and disease prevention and treatment.  I certainly hope so.  In the meantime, we can all show them the difference it makes to eat wisely, and healthfully.

To your dynamic health and energy!

Dr. Stan

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Early Signs of Alzheimers

My mother is interested in ordering vitamins. She shows some early signs of alzheimer’s. Which of your supplements would be best for her?

1. Everyone should be on a potent multivitamin, about 6 per day.  If less than that, there is not enough calcium and magnesium in them, as they take up a lot of room in the multivitamin.

2.  Essential fatty acids, both omega 3 (I prefer flax seed oil) and omega 6 oils along with

3.  5,000 IU of vitamin D is a good start.

4.  Because Alzheimer’s is a brain breakdown, an additional B complex could be added, and

5.  double the typical dose of essential fatty acids.

6.  Be sure she drinks plenty of water, because dehydration is common in the elderly and looks a lot like Alzheimer’s.

6.  Consider adding high doses of phosphatidylcholine to surround the nerves with the fatty myelin sheath, which improves conduction of nerves.

7.  For dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, the following could be tried—gingko biloba, arginine (5 grams per day).

Usually, by the time symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear, brain damage has already occurred.  These steps will hopefully at least slow down the progression, and hopefully start reversing symptoms and building new brain tissue.

This site has many of the nutrients I mentioned available.  Just go to the supplements section and place your order if you wish to purchase them.  I can help you if you have questions; call the office at 801-302-5397

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Nutrition improves learning

From Medial News Today:

After twelve months, children in Australia who received the drink with the nutrient mix showed higher blood levels of these micronutrients, which means that their bodies were taking up the nutrients. In addition, they performed significantly better on tests measuring their learning and memory capabilities compared to children in the other groups.

We live in a vitamin deficient society.  It makes sense that these children were positively affected by the increase in their nutrition.

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When to Take Supplements

Question: We all know as we age supplements are very important. I take my 15 plus pills in the morning, and every time I wonder if taking them all at once is good, is this the best time of day to take them? Is there any advice on the most optimal time to take our supplements?

The best time to take most supplements is during a meal.  The body is preparing to digest and absorb nutrients that come with the meal. If the B vitamins are taken on an empty stomach, they tend to irritate the stomach lining, so they must be taken with meals. Ideally, take a bite or two, then take a supplement, and spread the supplements throughout the meal. Water soluble vitamins are excreted out the urine, so they should be taken two times per day to keep the levels high.

It is the riboflavin (B2) that causes the fluorescent yellow color in the urine. Overloading the cells with vitamins will not harm them, and if the need is great, then the cells can absorb more as needed. Each of us has different needs for the various vitamins, and since we don’t have good lab tests to assess those needs, my feeling is to use potent vitamins to permit the cells to extract all they can and need.  Your body knows how to best utilize what it is given.

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Nutritional Supplements: What to Look For

You have mentioned using “good” vitamins and herbs. Could you tell me what brand(s) you suggest? Thank you!

There seem to be an endless number of supplement companies out there, and your question is a good one. A couple of years ago, as I explored the options to make recommendations to my patients, I had the same question, which led me to personally formulate my Vital Primivia brand that is available on this website.

In making your decision, you have at least 3 issues to consider:

1. Does the supplement have in it what the label says it has?

2. Are there toxins added or not removed in the processing of the supplement?

3. Does the supplement have the ability to break down, either in the stomach or the intestinal tract, so it can be absorbed by your body?

In the case of supplements, you truly “get what you pay for.”  Generally, the higher end supplements will fulfill all these criteria.

The higher end supplement companies only sell their products to health care professionals; this is why it is difficult to find a quality product at your local store.  Some network marketing companies have quality supplements, and a few of them will sell directly to the public.

Most of what is available in health food stores falls into an intermediate category; I would term these “good,” but they are not optimal.  They are often less expensive, but do not usually have quite as good quality control.

Poor quality supplements do not break down well in the body and often contain higher levels of toxic metals–mercury, lead, aluminum. These should be avoided. Generally, I do not recommend supplements from grocery stores, warehouse stores, or pharmacies. Sometimes you can find good supplements on the internet, but it is difficult to know which are which.  (Obviously, I suggest the Primivia brand from my website 🙂  I know the quality and I know the company that follows my formulation.  Many folks are reporting excellent results, with higher energy levels, less illness, and illnesses of a much shorter duration when they are on the supplements.

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Two More Days till Your Early Christmas!

We’re pulling out all the stops to get ready for Thursday’s big launch of your Christmas gift: a bottle of Vital Primivia supplements, a gift from me.  I’ll even pay for some of the shipping and handling!  You will be able to see the enormous size of the container when you see the picture.  It’s really quite remarkable!  Plus you’ll see the awesome design of the packets, making it SO easy for you to take your supplements on a regular basis.

Why am I doing this?  Well, I’ve told you a couple of reasons in the past.  I actually have several.  So I thought I’d share a few more with you. Continue reading Two More Days till Your Early Christmas!