Secret #1 Hidden Toxicity
Research shows you have only a 2.5% chance of selecting a nutritional product in the market place that is both nontoxic and effective
In other words, you have a 97.5% chance of selecting a nutritional product that is either toxic or doesn’t work. This was confirmed in a landmark study reported in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association (winter, 1999). How can this be? Unfortunately, toxic ingredients in nutritional products are now commonplace. We see many problems such as the use of the wrong herbal species, ingredients that are simply too old, that have been poorly grown, irradiated, fumigated or contaminated with pesticide/insecticide residues.
The Answer: Now more than ever, you can’t take a company’s integrity for granted. You must evaluate for yourself each company’s manufacturing methods. Our mission at the Premier Center is to deliver 100% nontoxic and effective products. It has taken us almost a lifetime to figure out how to do this — since there are now so many pitfalls to avoid. Read on to learn what many of these common pitfalls are, so you don’t end up with products that don’t work.
Secret #2 Routine Herbal Contamination
Our research shows over 60% of the herbs currently used in nutritional products in the U.S. have been either fumigated, irradiated or contain significant pesticide/insecticide residues — including many organic herbs.
We were shocked when we first began assaying herbs from many different growers in the U.S. Unbelievably, we found widespread contamination of most herbs, including fumigation, irradiation and pesticide/insecticide residues. This was true even of many organic herbs. Most product manufacturers do not test the raw materials used to make their products. They usually accept the Certificate of Analysis (C of A) from the suppliers. But the C of A is not enough, since it usually tests only for harmful bacteria and mold, and rarely tests for toxic contaminants.
The Answer: The key is thorough testing. At the Premier Center, we exclusively use Premier Research Labs (PRL) nutritional products. PRL endeavors to use only raw materials that have not been fumigated, irradiated or that contain pesticide/insecticide residues. PRL does not rely solely on the supplier’s Certificate of Analysis for the presence of toxic agents. PRL puts all incoming raw materials into a “quarantine area” for their own testing. Before they use any raw material, it must pass their standard biochemical and bacteriological tests as well as high-tech photo-luminescence testing and their proprietary bio-energetic analysis.
Several years ago, PRL’s proprietary bio-energetic screening protected them from using green tea that had been gamma-irradiated. Although the tea had passed routine tests with flying colors, no tests were available to detect the irradiation (and its toxic, radiolytic by-products). Unfortunately up to 70% of green tea is now irradiated.
Today, newly developed photoluminescence equipment is able to detect irradiation and contaminants in raw materials. PRL currently uses this technology to check all incoming raw material and outgoing finished product for positive identification of plant species, potency, purity and contamination.
Imagine what happens to companies that don’t have the equipment to thoroughly test their incoming raw materials – instead of alfalfa, they may be getting hay (which has a similar color and smell) – although this may not be harmful – it has no therapeutic value (we know a case where this actually happened).
Secret #3 The Grade 10 Scale
An herb’s nutrient content as well as phytochemical properties can vary drastically, depending on its growing and harvesting methods. We have found many herbs grown in the U.S. are too weak, too toxic or both, to offer the full spectrum of benefits typically quoted in the scientific literature.
Depending on the growing and harvesting methods used, a plant can vary in its mineral content by over 900% or more. Likewise, its phytochemical nutrients can range from very potent with spectacular immune properties to virtually inactive. If an herb is poorly grown, even a concentrate or extract won’t help it yield better results. How the herb is grown is of critical importance.
The Answer: To find 100% contaminant-free raw materials, PRL sources most of its food and herbal ingredients outside the U.S. — where nutrients are grown in rich, unspoiled soil with pure water. Back in 1988, Tom Brokaw reported that even by then, there were no uncontaminated drinking water sources left in the U.S. This means virtually all crops, even organic, are watered with partially contaminated water.
But buying materials outside the U.S. is not enough. PRL has devised a Grade 10 Scale (a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best) to rate all nutrients. Their goal is to use exclusively grade 10 nutrient sources. To accomplish this lofty goal, they must gather nutrients worldwide: from the deep central forests in India, to the wilds of the South American rainforests, to the pristine mountaintops of China.
Once they have located the key nutrients, they package them in rugged, HDPE drums with tamper-proof locking pins. This preserves their freshness and avoids the routine fumigation at the ports of passage on the way to the U.S. In contrast, other companies often import herbs and foods in flimsy containers, such as burlap bags, papers and cardboard boxes, which are easily fumigated and contaminated. One importer from India told us that his goods are fumigated 5 times (on average) between India and the U.S. (He thought it was a “plus” because no bugs would be in his containers.) We were horrified.
Secret #4 Infectious Prion Exposure
Animal-based organ and glandular products (from commercial animals) carry the risk of infectious prion contamination exposure as well as a greatly increased burden on the kidney and liver to metabolize them.
Great concern and fear over “mad cow” disease has now been reported in animals around the world, including the U.S. Mass animal exterminations have been carried out in numerous locations worldwide in an attempt to curtail outbreaks of the disease. Products made with constituents from commercial animals (such as as organs and glands) may carry the risk of contaminations with prions (infective particles which transmit the disease).
The Answer: Due to the widespread risk of prion contamination in commercial animals, we believe the wisest advice is to avoid nutritional products made with constituents from commercial animals (including beef, sheep and pork) as well as avoiding gelatin capsules made from hooves of commercial animals.
PRL is the first company to design effective nutritional products that can target and support a specific organ or gland in the human body without using animal by-products, thus avoiding the risk of prion contamination. Their unique organ and gland complexes are made with 100% quantum-state herbal and food concentrates and presents a novel approach to target and transport nutrients critical to the body’s own health and rejuvenation systems.
Another threat of prion exposure is from animal-derived digestive enzymes which may also contain other toxic tag-along chemicals. In contrast, PRL uses 100% pure, non-animal digestive enzymes (called Quantum Digest), which are specially derived from aspergillus. Unlike other enzyme sources, these enzymes are ultra-purified and filtered by special Japanese technology (not available in the U.S.), so they are free of fungal residue — a common problem in other enzyme products which can elicit allergic-type reactions. PRL’s unique enzyme process uses no heat, which ensures the enzymes are fully biologically active over the broadest range of gastrointestinal pH exposure — a feature starkly missing in enzyme products extracted with heat.
Secret #5 The Calcium That Works
Most calcium products promote mineralization of bone only, neglecting the tremendous need for adequate mineralization of soft tissue (which includes all the body’s organs and glands). In addition, most companies do not provide a means of testing the body’s mineral reserves (via the pH) for regular monitoring.
Although providing minerals is of critical importance for bone physiology, little emphasis is typically given to replenishing minerals for soft tissue. However, adequate soft tissue mineral levels are critical for optimal organ and gland function. An individual may have adequate bone repletion while the soft tissue mineral levels are poor. In addition, most common sources of calcium are inadequate as agents to quickly replete bone and are unable to replete soft tissue.
The pH Trio. We offer the pH Trio, a package of 3 products to deliver ionized calcium and magnesium to support an alkaline pH, a key ability many other mineral products don’t have.* pH testing allows you to test your own mineral status using pH paper. The pH Trio includes:
Coral Legend, a complete mineral formula with a unique, highly ionized source of calcium and magnesium from Sango marine coral, is the first member of the Trio.
Recommended Use. Take 1/4 teaspoon, 2 times daily, mixed in water or other liquids. For special programs recommended by your practitioner, up to 12 individual servings may be taken daily. For superior results, mix with Quantum Aloe daily. (1 serving = 1/4 teaspoon)
Quantum Aloe Powder, the second member of the Trio, is mixed with the Coral Legend. This combination helps transport the minerals which may promote the manufacture of MCH (microcrystalline hydroxyapatite) calcium. More importantly, ionized calcium and magnesium may help support the levels of the elusive but essential mono-ortho calcium phosphate, the soft tissue form of calcium. This soft tissue calcium plays a key role in tissue oxygen, an important foundation of good health at the cellular level*. Mono-ortho calcium phosphate may also play a key role in flexibility of the body’s joints.
Recommended Use. Mix 3/4 teaspoon in 1/4 cup of water or juice, 3 times daily. For superior results, mix 3/4 tsp. Q. Aloe Powder and 1/4 teaspoon of Coral Legend in 1/4 c. water, 3 times daily. Drink Immediately.
The third member of the pH Trio, Quantum Cod Liver Oil, is premier quality, pure U.S.P. grade cod liver oil (available in capsules or liquid). Our source tests free of mercury, while non-U.S.P. grades may not.
Recommended use: Take either 2 capsules or 1/2 tsp. once/day to assure sufficient levels of vitamin D3, an essential vitamin for calcium utilization for almost every cell in the body. Most Americans do not get an adequate amount of sunlight to make enough vitamin D to properly metabolize calcium. Without sufficient vitamin D3, the body cannot properly use calcium.
Each player of the pH Trio works together to provide significant support for efficient mineral uptake (especially calcium and magnesium) for good bone health.* Each member of the pH Trio has been thoroughly tested. You can monitor your pH by testing your first morning urine pH. Ideally, it will be in the 6.4 to 7.0 range.
Secret #6 Toxicity of Isolated Vitamins and Minerals
When a product containing isolated vitamin and mineral nutrients is taken long term, it may induce problems that are difficult to identify and correct.
A person taking a formula with isolated vitamins and minerals may receive help at first, but later may begin to react to the imbalance of too much of a specific mineral or vitamin. A good example of a toxic overload from taking isolated vitamin/mineral formulas is a prostate formula containing 15 mg or more of zinc. It may be beneficial when taken during the first few weeks, but over time, zinc levels that have become too elevated may burden the body, imbalancing other mineral levels such as copper, which may trigger a cascade of new problems. The consumer may not associate these new problems with a product that initially seemed to help.
The Answer: PRL has engineered each of their nutritional complex formulas with live-source, quantum-state nutrients so they are indeed modular. That means they can be taken in any combination. These complexes can be used without fear of inducing an undesirable overdose of isolated vitamins or minerals.
Secret #7 Toxic Agents in Tablets and Capsules
In the process of tableting or encapsulating, highly questionable agents such as binders, fillers and flowing agents are the rule. When these tablets or capsules are consumed over time, these chemical agents may bio-accumulate and later create more problems.
The Answer: PRL never uses toxic binders, fillers or flowing agents in their 100% solvent-free vegetable capsules. When an ingredient is too light, it needs a sister agent to assist in the process of getting it into a capsule at high speeds. PRL has painstakingly researched the physical properties of each nutrient in order to use the most synergistic and beneficial nutrient blends to accomplish this task. In fact, during the research and development phase, PRL meticulously elucidated the physical properties of each of its nutritional formulas and has pioneered novel ways to preserve their full potency as well as enhancing their bio-availability and transport to target tissues.
A good example of synergistic nutrients assisting one another is Quantum Oleuropein, which features olive leaf extract. Olive leaf extract has a hydroscopic nature, a naturally high affinity for moisture. Within a month or so of encapsulation, it will tend to absorb moisture and become hardened, losing much of its potency. Rather than using common (and undesirable) encapsulating agents, PRL researched and found the perfect synergistic nutrients to protect the olive leaf extract from moisture damage as well as ensuring its full potency and activity. Pull apart a capsule of Quantum Oleuropein. Smell it for yourself. It will smell as fresh as the day it was encapsulated. If an olive leaf product does not smell fresh and aromatic, then most likely it isn’t. We often recommend that you use your own sense of smell and taste to assess the purity and potency of products. This simple testing provides you with an extraordinary discernment to assess the quality of any product.
Secret #8 Nondisclosure of Product Ingredients
To avoid alarming consumers about the use of undesirable tableting or encapsulating agents, most manufacturers simply avoid the problem by not listing them on their label.
Flowing agents such as talcum powder, a suspected carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), are used routinely by most other manufacturers as well as polyvinylpyrrolidone, magnesium stearate (a proven immuno-suppressive agent), waxes and many other highly questionable agents. It is disappointing to find so many manufacturers who use these undesirable agents in their nutritional products, making the choice not to inform their consumers about these hazards.
PRL did not realize how widespread this problem of “junk” additives in manufacturing was until they purchased their first high speed encapsulator. They were shocked when the company reps informed them “how to best run product,” using agents such as talcum powder. When they objected, the reps replied, “Don’t worry, everybody does it.” Of course, PRL refused.
The Answer: PRL labels honestly list every ingredient used in each product. There are no unlisted ingredients so common with other products made with tablets and capsules. In our manufacturing facilities, we have a saying: “We won’t make it if we won’ t take it.”
Secondly, PRL chooses not to use tablets to contain the precious nutrients. Tablets require processing with heat, high pressure and toxic glues, all unacceptable to us, despite the fact that a tablet costs 50% less to manufacture than a capsule. A capsule is 50% better absorbed than a tablet. PRL chose to go even one step further using 100% pure, preservative-free vegetable capsules. Vegetable capsules cost about twice as much as gelatin capsules but are 50% better absorbed than a gelatin capsule. In addition, they are free of animal prion risk as well as undesirable preservatives necessary to preserve gelatin capsules. These are critical considerations for people who take nutritional products on a regular basis.
Secret #9 Hidden Talc In Capsules
Unbelievably, many manufacturers use talcum powder, a suspect human carcinogen, in their high speed encapsulators to produce encapsulated products.
After PRL purchased their first, expensive, high speed encapsulator, the reps told them, “You can run most products the best by adding 1 to 2% talcum powder per capsule.” In fact, the reps told them that for almost all high speed capsule manufacturers, that is exactly what is done. Since PRL refused to do this, their high speed encapsulator sat idle for almost a year as they were researching new, nontoxic ways to run their products at high speed without talcum powder or other toxic agents.
The Answer: Considering how widespread this problem is, the Premier Center may be one of the few companies that offers products that do not use “junk” encapsulating agents to produce encapsulated products as well as using only beneficial, synergistic nutrients. All of our super nutrient formulas contain 100% nontoxic, premier quality ingredients
Secret #10 Consistent Clinical Testing
Many nutritional formulations available today have not been clinically tested. When you use them, you can’t be sure they will work.
The Answer: PRL clinically tests each of its products. Each proposed new formula or formula revision is tested in various ways. Through this cutting edge process, each product’s ingredients, quality, form and synergism with other ingredients are studied to find what really works the best.
PRL continuously evaluates new sources and forms of ingredients as well as new synergistic combinations of ingredients. This guarantees that now, and in the future, that you are using only the very best: