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Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress

In the normal course of metabolism, your body produces small, high-energy particles that have a single electron in their outer shell (such molecules are unstable because electrons prefer to be paired).  These are called free radicals, and they can be very damaging in their search for another electron.  If too many of them are produced, their extremely high energy can also be damaging to normal tissues.  Free radicals disrupt the normal production of DNA, the genetic material, and alter the lipids (fats) in cell membranes.  We are also exposed to free radicals that are found in the environment or generated by exposure to environmental chemicals.  One way to protect yourself from free-radical damage is to take dietary supplements.  Specifically, vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene; the trace minerals selenium and zinc; and accessory food factors, such as bioflavonoids and coenzyme Q10.

The Vitamin Revolution in Health Care

Michael Janson, MD

Dr. Gardner’s comments:  The name given to the process of free radical damage in the body is called oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress is at the root of most degenerative disease and is part of all inflammatory and pain conditions.  Proper diet and antioxidant supplements can help reduce oxidative damage in your cells and body.  A new supplement on the market, ASEA, improves antioxidant efficiency by 5 to 8 times.  You may contact me for further science and explanation of this amazing discovery at  Please put ASEA in the subject line, and our team with get back with you immediately.

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Cholesterol: What Matters, and What Does Not

Please provide ways to lower cholesterol (LDL) through diet and other means (not medication). I must lower this number by 5 points within the next few months. Thank you.

The total cholesterol in your blood is the aggregate of many subtypes of cholesterol, of which LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) are the 2 major components. Although conventional medicine places heavy emphasis on total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, there is no correlation between total cholesterol levels and heart disease. Let me repeat that–there is no correlation between total cholesterol levels and heart or vascular disease, heart attacks or strokes.

Besides that, cholesterol is an important precursor for our natural corticosteroids, testosterone, estrogens, aldosterone (to regulate salt and water in the body); even vitamin D comes from cholesterol. In fact, cholesterol is an excellent anti-oxidant, and offers significant anti-oxidant protection at the cell membrane level. It is the potential for the LDL component of cholesterol to oxidize that gives it its bad name. But, if your other antioxidants are at good levels, there is no concern.

Those points having been made, if you do want to raise your HDL levels and lower your LDL levels, there are safe ways to do that:

1. Red yeast rice

2. Green tea extract

3. Niacin (in the inositol hexaniacinate form). These can be obtained from your local health food stores.

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The Greatest Health Discovery in a Century

I would like to share with you what I believe to be the greatest health discovery in a century.  The more I learn about what this does, the more convinced I am that the science and effects on our health are truly transformational.  Fact: 500% increase in antioxidant efficiency.  Fact: 12% increase in ventilatory threshold.  Athletes are singing its praises.  It has to do with our cells’ efficiency in function and communication.  I have personally seen it work wonders.

May I tell you about it?  Either write to me at or visit this website and leave your contact information (name, email and phone number).  I will make sure to personally answer your questions, to see how I may best serve you.

Here’s the site again:

Please, don’t miss this opportunity to help a loved one, or yourself, to obtain its health benefits. At least it is worth learning about, and getting your questions answered.

With love,

Dr. Stan

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Chlorella and Spirulina

Hi Dr. Stan: I am taking Chlorella and was wondering if adding Spirulina was necessary. Do they have different properties and would one need to take both.

I’m not sure why you are taking Chlorella, but I use it as an herbal detoxifier for toxic metals (as with chelation therapy).

The other herb that is useful for this is Cilantro, and I would recommend using them in combination if you are using them for chelation or toxic metal removal.  Spirulina is a healthy algae with excellent antioxidant properties, but has no chelation properties.

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Milk Thistle

Hello Dr. Gardner,

I am so grateful for all your helpful Health Secrets you send to my Inbox, and your willingness to share your knowledge.  You are an awesome man!  I highly respect your thoughts and opinion – I have a request for you concerning Milk Thistle.  I have been taking a combination of herbs for my immune system (cancer…) since December that includes Milk Thistle that I would very much appreciate hearing your opinion on.  There is an ABC Primetime Special clip on that explains what I’m taking.  Perhaps you saw it when it aired in 2005?
I would very much appreciate your time if you could please take a moment and review this and let me know your thoughts.
Thank you so much

I deeply appreciate your kind comments.  Thank you.

Milk thistle is one of the best herbs on the market for strengthening the liver, which is the detoxification organ of the body.  Alpha lipoic acid is the other product that is good for liver support. The other product you are on, Protandim, is an outstanding product, stimulating the anti-oxidant enzymes and reducing free radical damage.

A number of other juices have also been touted (rightfully so) as strong anti-oxidants with the ability to cause a reduction of free radicals and their damage.

The product that excites me the most in this whole ‘oxidative stress reduction’ field is ASEA.  It has the capability of enhancing all of the antioxidant effect in the body, while providing the advantages of oxidation, which is to strengthen the immune system and improve the signalling messages inside the cell and between cells. Anyone with chronic illness would benefit with an improved immune system and reduction of oxidative stress.  I believe that ASEA will help you.  Please let me know.  I care.  Dr. Stan

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma. I am wondering about alternative approaches to fight this cancer. Also are there known food that help fight this cancer. I assume ridding the body of sugar would be a good thing to do and adding many more veggies to the diet.

Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that, fortunately, does not metastasize, but grows locally. This certainly gives you time to try alternative approaches rather than immediate excision.

You need to start with being basically healthy–eat real food (no sugar, processed, soda pop), take supplements, sleep and exercise.

Then you may want to build your immune system.

1. shaitake and maitake mushrooms as supplements,

2. curcumen

3. Resveratrol, Green tea extract, antioxidants (vitamins C, E), vitamin D.

Locally you may want to try a new product that has both killing power on cancer cells and builds the immune system, called ASEA.  This can be sprayed locally on the lesion.  You can obtain the spray bottle through this website.  ASEA for internal use is a powerful tool, and can be obtained at this website:

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Chia (Yes, Chia!) Seeds

Dr. Gardner, my daughter in law told me about chia seeds as a way to get omega-3.  According to what I have read on the Web, it’s higher in O3 and easier to use since the seeds don’t have to be ground.  Can you give me your take on it?

Your daughter in law is absolutely right! Chia seeds are excellent for omega-3 oils and high in anti-oxidants. This is why they don’t go rancid (oxidize) like flax seed oil. And, yes, they don’t have to be ground. I’m not sure why they have not taken off big-time in the alternative market.

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Swine Flu Vaccines and Immune Deficiencies

I have a 7-year-old son with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD). I am concerned about the swine flu, as he usually gets seasonal flu with pain, fever and sore throat. Should he get the swine flu vaccine?

G6PD is the most common enzyme deficiency in the world. As you know, when he is exposed to certain drugs or infections, he can develop Continue reading Swine Flu Vaccines and Immune Deficiencies

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Macular Degeneration and Nutritional Supplements

B Vitamins May Benefit Eye Health

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal reports that age-related macular degeneration is the major cause of blindness and poor fine vision in the elderly. Long thought to have no cure or treatment, the use of B6, B12, and folic acid in a group of 5000 Continue reading Macular Degeneration and Nutritional Supplements