Spring Cleaning

Welcome to March!

Can you believe we are almost to spring again? If you are like me you are itching to get out in your yard, garden, patio, or community garden space

Young Plant in Spring

and get your hands into some beautiful dark soil!  Why do we as humans crave such beauty in dirt? The feel of that soil in your gloved hand, the carefully prepared mulch and compost that you’ve been saving for months for just the right time.  Ummm, spring, planting and new growth.  

Many of us use spring for cleaning our interiors, our office space, our email accounts,  and especially our bodies!  Here is to all of your fresh green starts this spring!  I thought you might be intereste
d in some of my spring projects, maybe it will motivate you to get your spring on!  

While my husband and I strive to have a clean eating lifestyle all year long ( when my kids were young there favorite complaint was  “Do we have to have salmon again?”)

Once a year in February or March depending on our work/travel schedule we step up our routine.  I am not a fan of fads and I refuse to drink only lemon water and cayenne pepper or to only drink green juice for days in the hopes of cleansing out all my prior errors!  

Here is what one of these restart months as I like to call them looks like for us:

One month of MORE  organic vegetables, fruit, berries,  beans, sustainable fish, nuts, chia, flaxseed, Greek yogurt, coconut water, and lots of specialty teas and my favorite pure sparkling water with fresh lemon, cucumber, or lime slices!  Doesn’t that sound delicious?

I am not going to innumerate what we “don’t eat” because it doesn’t matter, after a week of eating exclusively like this, my skin feels better, my energy is up, and I’m sleeping better than ever, so really it doesn’t matter what I can’t eat, we are full and satisfied, usually with every meal.

Don’t get me wrong, anyone who knows me understands that this list is missing my favorite indulgence, Wine! But one month of giving some love to my liver is the least I can do for all the work it does for me!  

Also since I have a strong history of inflammation my supplement regimen also gets an uptick with extra doses of Priority One’s Priority Lipo, Vitamin D3 3000 (this pale skin of mine is a reminder that yes we live in the #PNW) EPA/DHA, and my go to favorites that I never leave town without Hypo Gest, and Priority Zyme.  The last two are life saviors for me.  I will not travel without them, actually I don’t leave for the office (3 minutes from my house without them)  Look for upcoming posts on my essential tips for healthy travel coming up.  

All this internal cleansing really motivates us, I’ve already printed my vegetable garden plan (gardenplanner.seedmoney.org) Love this app! I’ve even braved the snow and pruned my roses, and grapes!

No matter what or where you find yourself in your health journey you can start fresh today. Every day can be your new spring beginning!

Good Health to You!

Danielle S. Baumgart, President

 

NUNM stands for National University of Natural Medicine

NUNM stands for National University of Natural Medicine formerly NCNM (National College of Natural Medicine)

Priority One has a long standing relationship with NUNM and continues to support the efforts of the naturopathic students seeking an education as a naturopathic physician.

NUNM
NUNM

This school was founded in 1956 and is the oldest North American program accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education. NUNM is one of 7 accredited naturopathic schools which meet both federal and academic standards. For over 50 years they have been offering ground-breaking naturopathic medical education.

NUNM is located in the #pacificnorthwest city of Portland, OR  just a hop, skip and jump away from our headquarters in WA.

Many well respected physicians that are today’s leaders are the alumni of the NUNM program. They have proven their ability to heal and paved the way through a time period in history when they were not as respected as today. They are now protecting naturopathic medicine by educating the next generations. Their ‘pearls of wisdom’ will be passed down. One of the ways they are accomplishing this is through the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project www.foundationsproject.com supported by NUNM. Priority One was the first company to embrace this project and supported it annually for many years. We look forward to the final textbook that will be essential to all naturopathic students to come, passing on these pearls of wisdom. Proven, Paved, Protecting, Pearls = #WiseNDPearls

Priority One has sponsored many events and continues to be a silver sponsor of NUNM, continuing our support to advance NUNM for future generations. For decades #NiftyDude George Bynum represented Priority One on campus and was privileged to meet and work with many of you. He truly is honored to be apart of the naturopathic community. We are proud to have him represent us for over 25 years.

NUNM Door

NUNM offers 8 community outreach clinics this truly shows how much they care for the community of Portland, and the dedication of students that choose NUNM.

Look for Priority One’s tree on campus sponsered in 2006 and growing nicely. We look forward to watching it mature on campus while it provides a natural green area.

Priority One has had a student representative on campus for many years. Our current representative for the 2016-2017 calendar year is Emma Petshow. 

If you are a student look for Emma’s tabling events on campus to get your catalog, samples and student specials. You may also fill out the student form on our website to open an account.

Newest achievements:

NUNM leading the way in research with the Helfgott Institute 

The Oregon Health Authority recognizes our Health Centers as providing “the gold standard of care”

Learn more about NUNM.

Are you interested in other checking out the other naturopathic colleges? AANMC can help.

Hazard Anaylsis – Environmental Testing


Environmental testing for microbiological bioburden hazards is an integral part of the testing program designed by Priority One. Introduction of microbial adulterants during holding or processing is monitored utilizing USP Method 1116 for continued evaluation of microbial limits in controlled areas. This method was adopted by Priority One voluntarily, from the pharmaceutical codes. Dietary supplement regulations do not require this, but we believe it is imperative for quality.

Large plantation of medicinal plants Echinacea purpurea

Organic and Whole herbs are subjected to irradiating, and ETO(a pesticide) for sterilization in many cases.  Even though irradiation is not approved by the United States and the European Union, it still is prevalent, especially in “organic “ materials due to their naturally high microbial contents.

Fresh Herbs

Priority One guarantees that all our botanical’s are radiation-free. Unlike many of our competitors, we have a standard monitoring program to insure that no radiation is used in the sterilization of our botanical’s. When sterilization is needed, we use a dry-steam technology or other non-destructive technologies. (Note: only whole unprocessed herbs require treatment, and only when their total aerobic counts are found to be out of compliance.)

Priority One was one of the first companies to recognize the danger of wild crafted herbs. We use our international sources to achieve the ultimate benefit of natively grown plant sustainably cultivated  in its natural habitat. This has lessened the use of pesticides or fertilizers. While protecting endangered herbs.

Every day worldwide 2500 acres of raw land are disturbed by man. According to GSA Today  as of 1995, ~43% of Earth’s surface area had experienced human-induced degradation (Daily, 1995). Ellis and Ramankutty (2008) concluded that more than 75% of Earth’s ice-free land area could no longer be considered wild. Of earth’s ice-free land area, 83% is likely directly influenced by human beings (Sanderson et al., 2002). Our pollutants affect plant and animal physiology worldwide (McKibben, 1989, e.g., p. 38, 58)

Needless to say the world’s gene pool of wild herbs is dwindling.  By searching out strong stable international connections Priority One maintains eco friendly sources for our formulations.  Lending our support to companies that are good stewards of the earth, such as Naturex who has a proven record of sustainability-program-principles.

We have developed an industrial networking relationship with international companies who have developed unique complex systems for animal health, environmentally responsible botanical harvesting, and 100% radiation free sterilization techniques.

Diagram of risk

70% of ALL antibiotics sold in the United States are consumed by HEALTHY animals.  56% of Australian antibiotics are consumed by their healthy animals, and while not publishing the percentage of antibiotic use for their healthy animals New Zealand’s Foodsafety.govt.nz supports the needed continued use of antibiotics for “preventative or prophylactic use”

90 % of our our glands are sourced from Denmark, and unlike Australian, or New Zealand glands, Denmark is the only country that has been antibiotic, and growth hormone free for all bovine and and porcine glands since 1998.  This means that our glands are pure, untreated, and retain the best balance of naturally occurring hormones available on the market.  The last 10% are sourced from New Zealand. See our blog on Glandular Sources for more information on Denmark’s record.

Floods, droughts, fires, and earthquakes are major causes of adulteration in the food chain.

Through our Hazard Analysis Program we are able to block natural event adulteration’s. All raw ingredients have potential risk  of contamination, bioburden, and other dangers. By identification of such risks ahead of time, the mitigation process enables us to significantly reduce such hazards.  Priority One has developed a robust Hazard Analysis Program that does just that.

Our Quality Assurance team use this program to  identify hazards in the ingredient supply chain and then develop testing protocols unique to each ingredient.  These mitigation’s create targets for testing.  Designing a minimum of 1 upstream and one downstream precaution for each hazard that is identified. Our Hazard Analysis Review post called  “A peek into our rigorous vendor approval program” provides more information on how we block adulteration’s.

We do not rely on COA (Certificate of Analysis) from raw ingredient manufacturers. We test all raw ingredients for purity, potency, and well as environmental or bioburdens that may be present before we allow any raw materials be used in our manufacturing process. All ingredients are quarantined until they have been approved and released for production.

#PNW

We realize our integrity in this regard is relied upon by yourself and your patients. With this in mind we are meticulous in our procuring, testing, verifying and producing the highest quality and clinical strength supplements, that you can stand behind with confidence.

Danielle Baumgart, President

DHEA

DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone is a prohormone produced in the adrenal glands and testes. As a prohormone, it can be converted into testosterone and/or estrogens in various peripheral target tissues throughout the body.

Blood sample for DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) hormone test
Blood sample for DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) hormone test

However, plasma DHEA decreases about 80% between the ages of 25 and 75 years. This is determined by measuring the blood marker for measuring DHEA, called DHEA-S. DHEA-S levels were found to be significantly lower in men with aging male symptoms such as decreased sexual desire and dysfunction cites a study involving 348 male patients.

DHEA supplementation in older men and women demonstrated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study were 280 healthy men and women ages 69 to 79 were given 50 mg of DHEA or placebo daily for a year. The results were that supplementation reestablished “young” concentrations of DHEA-S and modestly increase testosterone and estradiol levels. The authors of this study concluded “that 50 mg of DHEA administration over one year normalized some effects of aging but does not create “Supermen or Superwomen”

As a prohormone, supplementation with DHEA appears to be relatively safe and effective. Nevertheless, there is value in assessing blood serum DHEA-S levels for individuals planning to use DHEA regulate prick. There is a particularly important population younger than 40 years of age who are more likely to have naturally higher levels of DHEA.

References: Journal of Endocrinology. 2005; 187:169-196.; Aging 2011; 3:533-542.; Urology 2005; 66:597-601; J Clin Endocrinol Metab, September 2013, 98(9):3615–3626.

Mitigations – More From Our Hazard Analysis Program

Raw herbs
Raw herbs

Our ingredient mitigations are  determined by risk level.

Mitigations describe how a risk level is reduced by the design of our quality systems. Immediate precautions are designed to block hazards in normal conditions. Also included in these mitigations are at least one upstream and one downstream protection to block the hazard from entering the processing chain.

Blocking the Risks
Blocking the Risks

These mitigations are ingredient-specific and are added to each ingredient specification sheet, assuring that each time that ingredient is received it is reviewed and tested for its unique hazard(s). All ingredients have risks and require systems to block sources of contaminants. 

We do not rely on the supplier for your patient’s safety. Risks such as radiation contamination, heavy metals, E. coli, salmonella, staph, dangerous spores, and economic adulteration are monitored by our rigorous testing methodology. By identifying such risks ahead of time, the mitigation process enables us to block these hazards.

Antimicrobial Susceptibility
Antimicrobial Susceptibility

All finished products are tested for the heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. This is done by our primary third party laboratory that we have hand selected. This laboratory holds the coveted international ISO 17025 certificate.

Danielle Baumgart, President

 

Danielle S. Baumgart, President
Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc

Centennial Parks

National Park Service
National Park Service

We are amazed we are here already, the centennial of the US National Parks Service. #NatlParkService

North Cascade National Parks
North Cascade National Parks

We are so proud to have these parks!

 

 

They enable us to collect memories with our family and friends. They really are our memory makers. Are we not thankful that we have these open spaces reserved for the wildlife, plants, and natural landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Thank you Theodore Roosevelt! 

Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park, California

These parks offer us the ability to conserve for the future and preserves history through historical sites. To enjoy recreation in a natural setting, which encourages a healthy mind and body.  

#unplug
#unplug

 

These historical sites encourage us to learn from the past and inspire the following generations to improve the future. Our US National Parks encourage coming generations to unplug from electronics and get back to nature. With 58 US National Parks combined with city and county parks, the opportunities are endless. There is a park in everyone’s backyard.

#NiftyDude @ #GrandCanyon #Bio-Vegetarin
#NiftyDude @ #GrandCanyon #Bio-Vegetarin
The amazing view of Havasu Falls from above the falls after a hot, long, hike through the desert.
The amazing view of Havasu Falls from above the falls after a hot, long, hike through the desert.

When we get out and feel the air on our faces through a hike, run, job, paddle, bicycle, unicycle, skateboard, or even rollerblading we feel free. We get to see amazing natural beauties that remind us what life is about.

Heard of Buffalo at Yellowstone National Park
Heard of Buffalo at Yellowstone National Park

We can sneak away for those little moments to enjoy with our loved ones, friends or maybe even a solitary moment to regroup, refocus our goals and reevaluating where our life is leading us.

family enjoying hiking in gorgeous redwood national park
family enjoying hiking in gorgeous redwood national park

 

 

We hope to bring you pictures and enjoy the beauty of the pacific northwest #pnw where #PriorityOneVitamins is located. We live in a magnificent area and would like you to come along for the journey this year as we celebrate the US National Parks in our backyard. More posts to come of parks in our backyard.

Mesa Arch at sunrise in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
Mesa Arch at sunrise in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Not only does the park service offer you a glimpse of where your park adventures may lead you, their website offers valuable history, pictures, and educational opportunities.

 

 

Check them out at: https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

Find your park: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm 

 

Thank you #NPS #findyourpark #NatlParkService  @NatlParkService

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Understanding Glandular Sources and Animal Health

First,  90% of Priority One’s glandular’s are sourced from Denmark, and unlike Australian, or New Zealand glands, Denmark is the only country that has been antibiotic, and growth hormone free for all bovine and and porcine glands since 1998.  This means that our glands are pure, untreated, and retain the best balance of naturally occurring hormones available on the market.  glandular-sources-2014

Second, we source farm to processor, this means that not only do we have the ability to trace our glands to the country, but we retain all of the veterinarian release forms, that trace each and every animal to the farming region, and processor in which they were obtained from.  This not only assures us that the glands are indeed from Denmark, but it also assures us that the glands are handled in a timely fashion, allowing them to retain the optimal freshness before processing.  Most companies can not trace their glands beyond the country or region of origin.

Antibiotic prescription.
Antibiotic prescription.

Third, The link between antibiotics in the food chain and human resistance is striking, look at this quote: from a recent CBS report on Denmark and their success in removing this danger from the food chain.

” I think the Danish and European experience indicate that there will be real and measurable public health benefits,” she said. “There’ll be improvements in food safety and actually in the prevalence of drug resistant infections in people.”   says Dr. Ellen Silbergeld

Finally, here is the link to the Australian viewpoint on antibiotics in their meat processing, and food chain, just as an excerpt, it clearly states that they feel it is highly unlikely that antibiotic resistance can develop from antibiotics in the food chain, and that farmers use antibiotics for the health of the animals. Australia’s viewpoint on antibiotic use in animals in the food chain.

Danish Porcine Producers and Food Safety

Danish Porcine Industry Quality Manual pg-116-117

Danielle Baumgart, President
Danielle Baumgart, President

Priority One Nutritional Supplements, Inc. 

Full Label Disclosure

R.E.M.Priority One is the only company on the market with a complete label
disclosure policy.  

This means we require our raw material suppliers to provide us with flow charts and full disclosure of process materials so that we in turn can disclose this to you the customer!  If a supplier chooses not to submit these documents our quality control personnel reject these incoming raw materials and they are not allowed in our Priority One product line.

Adrenoplex label PriorityOneVitamins
Adrenoplex label PriorityOneVitamins

Most companies limit their disclosure to only ingredients actually added at the time of manufacture, this as you will learn in later posts is not the whole picture, allergens, glutens, animal products and preservatives have all been found by our quality control department at the review stage and these ingredients have been rejected for use. Does your supplement company have this type of commitment to quality?

Priority One Vitamins Labeling
Priority One Vitamins Thyroid 65mg Labeling

Priority One does not try to mislead the physician or patient in the labeling of our supplements. Since we manufacture in house and source our own raw ingredients we are able to know exactly what is in our products and make sure you do also!

For a label to label comparison I will be updating this post in the next few weeks so stay tuned, and you will see examples of what other supplement companies are refusing to show you on their labels!

danielleDanielle S. Baumgart, President

Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc

A Peek Into Our Rigorous Vendor Approval Program

We call it a Hazard Analysis Review

Raw herbs
Raw herbs

Because no matter how good your sources are all ingredients and companies have inherent hazards and it is our duty to protect our customers from these, and to provide the best ingredients available from the best sources.

 

Risk Level
Risk Level

Priority One maintains a robust hazard analysis program that reviews the potential for risks associated with each manufacturer of ingredients following NSF guidelines.

First, four members of our quality team review the quality program of a potential vendor, utilizing physical audits, interviews, testing method validations, and background checks for past or current regulatory issues.

Next, all compiled information is brought to a classification session. During this session, a review of the documents and ingredients supplied by the potential vendor is conducted.

Diagram of risk
Diagram of risk

Potential hazards are proposed such as country of origin, inherent ingredient hazards (mold, E. coli, Salmonella…) or economical adulteration potentials.

After all potential hazards have been agreed upon and classified, the probability of such hazards occurring is determined, using a classification from frequent (1 in 5 purchases) all the way down to extremely unlikely ( 1 in 10,000 purchases). These are determined by scientific methods, observations, real-life testing protocols, and industry inside knowledge of economically generated adulterations. Last, using the severity and probability, a risk level is determined.

By determining the risks and risks levels of a potential vendor we can identify testing protocols and mitigations even for the best of vendors to ensure that they maintain their quality standards, and by validating their quality before they are approved for use we are able to eliminate substandard vendors and their ingredients from our process.

Remember your end result is only ever as good as the sum total of the quality of your ingredients.

danielle

Danielle S. Baumgart, President

Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc

We offer tours of our Quality! I mean factory……

Businessman with an open hand ready to seal a deal

When I say quality is an action word, I really mean it.  This isn’t a glossy advertisement it is quality at work everyday with every product, and every employee.  I am proud to say we are a third generation privately held company, and our family would love to show you what we do every day that makes us different than our competitors.

front-of-our-facility

Yes we have an open door policy, we recommend touring and visiting our facility. We find that this helps physicians and students become more familiar with the manufacturing process as well as the terminology that comes with the manufacturing process. We feel it gives physician’s a strong voice in answering their patient’s questions. Such as where their supplements come from and details of the manufacturing process. We would be happy to familiarize you with CGMP or current good manufacturing practices, and labeling guidelines. As part of their education many students have toured our facility.

bastyr-touring-studentsStudents, from Bastyr University, NUNM, and SCNM as well as many many practitioners have already enjoyed visiting us yearly, please we extend you a warm welcome……be our guest.

 

 

Danielle S. Baumgart, President

Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc

danielle