Our President, Danielle Baumgart & Dr. Ben Reebs in a video chat

Danielle Baumgart, President of Priority One Vitamins, joined Naturopathic Medicine Institute and Dr. Ben Reebs, to chat about #naturopathic medicine, #vitalism, and the future of #integrative medicine.

Priority One is a proud sponsor of the up-and-coming The Vital Gathering 3 conference, a #naturopathic medical conference on Fri/Sat Oct 12-13 in Norwalk, CT.

Priority One's President, Danielle Baumgart, Discusses Naturopathic Medicine with Naturopathic Medicine Institute and Dr. Ben Reebs

Danielle Baumgart, President of Priority One Vitamins, will join the Naturopathic Medicine Institute and Dr. Ben Reebs, to chat about #naturopathic medicine, #vitalism, and the future of #integrative medicine. Join us at 11:10am PST (2:10pm EST) on Thurs, 9/13, on Facebook Live TV, from http://facebook.com/naturopathicmedicineinstitute. You can click on the link to get a reminder, or you can head on over to the NMI's Facebook page to view.#PriorityOne is a proud sponsor of the up-and-coming The Vital Gathering 3 conference, a #naturopathic medical conference on Fri/Sat Oct 12-13 in Norwalk, CT.Learn more here: https://www.naturopathicmedicineinstitute.org/…/vital-gath…/From Danielle Baumgart's LinkedIn Page:"The nutritional business you could say is "in my blood" growing up the daughter of a nutritional salesman, and a health conscious mother. I started attending natural products shows when I was small enough to sit under the table and listen to the doctors speak to my father. As I got older my interest in health grew. My father started his own company with the help of several physician friends in the 1980's, as his company grew, he found he needed help on the business end. "This is where I slowly began my journey into the nutritional world. In the early 2000's I was the President of Priority One long enough to find out that trying to control the quality end of our product line was becoming my biggest concern. My husband and business partner decided it was time we controlled all of our production assuring the quality that we demanded would be consistent batch after batch. First Priority Manufacturing Inc was started in the spring of 2000, it has bloomed into a full contract manufacturing company. We are a cGMP facility manufacturing brands for retail, wholesale and well know international brands. Its been an interesting education, but its what I love, and that is a "Priority""From the Priority One website:"Priority One is a privately held company, founded and operated by the same family since 1988. We currently have three generations working together in the nutraceutical industry. We have not lost touch with you the health-care provider, and your patients. We are available to listen to you, and we value your thoughts."Visit http://www.priorityonevitamins.com to learn more.To learn more about how to become an associate of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute (NMI), visit www.naturopathicmedicineinstitute.org.Celebrate the healing power of nature with The NMI.#naturopathic #vitalism #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathy #nmi #naturecure #naturopathicmedicineinstitute #integrative #functional #functionalmedicine #medicine #healing #supplements #naturopathicdoctor #alternative #holistic #homeopathy #homeopathic #botanicalmedicine #herbalmedicine#herbs #tinctures #healthcare #health #priorityone

Posted by Naturopathic Medicine Institute on Thursday, September 13, 2018

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From Danielle Baumgart’s LinkedIn Page:

“The nutritional business you could say is “in my blood” growing up the daughter of a nutritional salesman, and a health conscious mother. I started attending natural products shows when I was small enough to sit under the table and listen to the doctors speak to my father. As I got older my interest in health grew. My father started his own company with the help of several physician friends in the 1980’s, as his company grew, he found he needed help on the business end.

“This is where I slowly began my journey into the nutritional world. In the early 2000’s I was the President of Priority One long enough to find out that trying to control the quality end of our product line was becoming my biggest concern. My husband and business partner decided it was time we controlled all of our production assuring the quality that we demanded would be consistent batch after batch. First Priority Manufacturing Inc was started in the spring of 2000, it has bloomed into a full contract manufacturing company. We are a cGMP facility manufacturing brands for retail, wholesale and well know international brands.
Its been an interesting education, but its what I love, and that is a “Priority””

From the Priority One website:
“Priority One is a privately held company, founded and operated by the same family since 1988. We currently have three generations working together in the nutraceutical industry. We have not lost touch with you the health-care provider, and your patients. We are available to listen to you, and we value your thoughts.”

To learn more about how to become an associate of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute (NMI), visit www.naturopathicmedicineinstitute.org.
Celebrate the healing power of nature with The NMI.

#naturopathic#vitalism  #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathy #nmi #naturecure#naturopathicmedicineinstitute #integrative #functional #functionalmedicine#medicine #healing #supplements #naturopathicdoctor #alternative #holistic#homeopathy #homeopathic #botanicalmedicine #herbalmedicine#herbs #tinctures #healthcare #health #priorityone

 

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Guest Blog: Our Lymphatic System

Our Lymphatic System

Our Lymphatic SystemDr. Melina Roberts

The lymphatic system is our secondary circulatory system.  It plays an important role in supporting our immune system and treating inflammation in the body.  The lymphatic system circulates throughout the entire body.  The lymphatic system is made up of lymphatic fluid, lymphatic vessels, lymphatic nodes, the spleen, the thymus, tonsils and Peyer’s patches in the gut.  The lymphatic system drains and cleans up all the tissues in our body.

Lymph nodes are biological filtering units and are distributed throughout the body.  Lymph nodes produce white blood cells called lymphocytes that defend the body against microorganisms and other harmful pathogens or toxins in the lymphatic fluid before it returns to the blood stream.

The obvious sign that the lymphatic system is congested or not flowing effectively is edema or swelling, but there is often more subtle signs such as lowered immune function, chronic infection, chronic inflammation and reduced detoxification capacity.  Reduced immune reactivity is another sign of lymphatic congestion.  The immune system can become less reactive to microorganisms or toxins if the body is in acidosis, therefore when a person says that they never get sick, it is not necessarily a good sign.

Promoting lymphatic drainage is significant in addressing inflammation. The lymphatic system removes and filters inflammatory mediators.

The lymphatic system can become congested from food intolerances, immune challenges, heavy metals, environmental toxins, surgery, scars or structural imbalances.

Food intolerances can lead to the ineffective breakdown of foods where certain proteins get caught in the lymphatic fluid.  Immune challenges such as viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites whereby the lymphatic system is working to removing and eliminate these pathogens from circulation can lead to congestion of the lymphatic system.  Heavy metals and environmental toxins will congest the lymphatic system as they overload the detoxification pathways and this leads to chronic inflammation. Scars or surgery or structural imbalances can lead to physical barriers in effective drainage of the lymphatic system.

When trying to improve lymphatic circulation, it important to also understand flow pathways of this closed internal system.  We have a superficial lymphatic system that drains our head, neck, skin and breast tissue.  Then we have a deep lymphatic system that drains all of our deep vital organs.  The superficial lymphatic system drains into the deep lymphatic system, the fluid then filters through the liver and empties out the colon.

Most typical lymphatic massages only focus on the superficial lymphatic system and without properly stimulating the deep lymphatic system, there cannot be proper drainage of the superficial lymphatic system into the deep lymphatic system.  Also if the liver is congested or the colon is not moving effectively, then can back up the system and cause congestion of the lymphatic system.

In order to support proper lymphatic drainage, the deep lymphatic system needs to be stimulated, the liver to be supported and the bowels need to be moving effectively.

 

Dr. Roberts is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the province of Alberta and clinic director at Advanced Naturopathic Medical Centre in Calgary.  She is a member of  the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), the Biological Medicine Network, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine.

 

Create an Unstoppable Morning Routine

A great morning routine is a sure way to win the day, as it sets the productive tone for the rest of your activities. Taking the “I’ll figure it out” or “I’ll get it done when I feel motivated” attitude will set you up for failure. Follow a daily routine and you will be amazed by how calm, organized and refreshed you are.

Drink 20 oz. of water

The importance of staying hydrated is greatly underestimated. Upon wakening, you haven’t had any water in 8-9 hours.  Drinking a lot of water in the morning will give you lasting energy throughout the day, as opposed to caffeine that has an inevitable crash. Added bonuses: Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and can assist in weight loss.

Meditation/deep breathing

Taking a few minutes to quietly meditate and breathe in the morning is key. When you give time to yourself to be calm and centered, you will be amazed at how much more you can give to others.  Some people even choose to wake up at the crack of dawn to create this time for themselves. This gives them a calm and serene period before the hectic day arrives or the kids wake up. The best part: meditation or a few minutes to yourself breathing deeply is an incredibly productive use of your time. Studies have shown that meditation increases focus, memory, productivity and creativity – just to name a few. Everybody wins!

Do something you love

It is very important to include something you enjoy in your morning routine. It will allow you to have something to look forward to each morning and subsequently help you to stick to this routine. If you go to a 5 am spin class or run a few miles that is great, but make sure it is something you want to be doing. You shouldn’t be dreading getting out of bed.  Make sure your routine is fit to you and what makes you happy, not what you think you should be doing. Some examples of what you could do: watch cute puppy videos, look up a inspirational video on YouTube, open up your favorite book, look at a photo album, etc.

Get creative with this one, this time is for you and can be used however you like!

Write a journal entry

This journal could be on paperwork or on an app like OneNote, Evernote, or just Microsoft Word. Include prompts such as something you learned yesterday/this week, 5 things you’re grateful for, 5 things you appreciate yourself for and what to focus on for the day.

Look at your calendar to plan out the day

Before you get into the thick of it, it is important to plan so that you can win the day. By doing this in a quiet, centered space, you will be much more likely to get everything done that you want to that day instead of rushing trying to remember everything you have to do. Having everything written down and planned out will give you a peace of mind that it will all get done.

Kevin Kruse, the author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management begins his morning with five minutes of stretches, while doing the following:

  • Mentally recitation of his personal mission statement
  • Listing three items of gratitude
  • Reminder of his three big goal areas (Health, Wealth, and Love)

The key here is to plan out what specific things you can do that to get closer to your larger goals. All you have to do is be a little bit better than yesterday. Planning out specific small steps to a larger long term goal is key, it makes the journey less daunting and more feasible.

You don’t need a lengthy meditation routine or a wide resource of expensive equipment, books, etc. Everything can be done with what you already have. Don’t get hung up on the details, this is an outcome oriented approach. You mainly need to get clear on your goals and intentions, then everything seems to work out much easier. You just need something that helps you set your mind on what you want to focus on for the day, and set your heart and mind in the right attitude.

Go out there and have an amazing day!

contributions from Julia Feindt at SCNM, Year Two Naturopathic Medical Student interested in the mental emotional, mind-body connection, psychology, fitness and helping people reach their highest potential @wholebodyheal

 

Guest Blog: SIBO – “Gut Health, Real Estate, and Too Much of a Good Thing”

 

Gut Health, Real Estate, and Too Much of a Good Thing       

Dr. Autumn W. Farr, M.S., N.D.

Our body has a natural symbiotic relationship with our environment.  We eat food and absorb nutrients, we drink water and hydrate our cells, and we interact with people and develop relationships.  A change in any of these determinants of health can shift our body into a physical, chemical, or emotional imbalance.

We also have a unique relationship with the microscopic bacteria that naturally inhabit our intestinal tract.  An imbalance in this bacteria can also cause us to experience a shift in mental-emotional-physical health.  One example of bacterial imbalance includes Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  This overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine crowds out the healthy gut flora and interferes with natural digestive processes such as nutrient absorption, waste elimination, and energy metabolism.  As a result, SIBO can lead to nutrient deficiencies, toxin overload, low energy, and a variety of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.  Bacteria can be beneficial to healthy digestion, but only under the parameters of the right type, the right amount, and the right location.

SYMPTOMS

SIBO symptoms can present in a variety of ways.  The overpopulation of intestinal bacteria can cause digestive complaints such as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, nausea, constipation, or diarrhea.  The shift in energy metabolism and the depletion of nutrients can contribute to headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and a generalized thought that you don’t quite feel like “yourself.”  Weight changes, skin breakouts, and musculoskeletal pain are also part of the SIBO symptom profile.  Due to the broad range of symptoms, other diagnoses are often pursued before arriving at the correct diagnosis of SIBO.

DIAGNOSIS

The bacteria in the digestive tract produce hydrogen gas and methane gas.  Breath tests are used to measure and analyze the gases that are produced by the bacteria.  These breath tests can be used to diagnose SIBO as well as to guide treatment plans and to monitor outcomes.  Stool tests can show the profile of organisms in the digestive tract, allowing for targeted treatment of the specific bacteria that contribute to the imbalance.

TREATMENT

Treatment of SIBO often involves a strict nutrition plan and appropriate supplementation as well as promotion of healthy bowel elimination patterns and prevention of SIBO recurrence.  The beauty of naturopathic medicine is the commitment to discovering the cause of an imbalance in health.  The cause of SIBO may be an underlying imbalance in gut chemistry, nutrition, lifestyle patterns, and environmental factors.  Structuring an appropriate treatment plan with therapeutic nutrition, supplementation, and elimination patterns may help to relieve symptoms.  Determination of the original cause of SIBO overgrowth in each individual will be vital to preventing recurrence.

BALANCE

The intestinal lining of our gut is valuable real estate.  Ideally, we want to fill that space with organisms that are beneficial for our body as a whole.  Imbalance or overcrowding can compromise the structure, the function, and the integrity of that area.  This is an excellent reminder for us to be mindful of our own personal “real estate” of body, mind, and spirit.  True health begins when we make a conscious decision to fill our time, our space, and our mind with meaningful relationships, healthy nutrition, and mindful lifestyle practices.

PREVENTION of SIBO:

  • Work with professional medical providers to optimize your nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices.
  • Restore your digestive tract so that you can feel happy, healthy, and balanced.
  • Make space in your life for healthy choices, a healthy lifestyle, and healthy relationships.

Dr. Autumn W. Farr is a board-certified naturopathic physician with a medical practice in Bellingham, WA. She uses a unique combination of nutritional biochemistry, constitutional homeopathy, and naturopathic modalities to help people to feel their best.


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Biofilms role in today’s health.

What is a BioFilm?

Biofilms are little communities of organisms in your body that join forces to avoid elimination. The protective coating they form is officially called a polymer matrix, which is like a “force field” or barrier that keeps drugs like antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals or any other antimicrobial from being effective in removing them. They are a huge concern in the medical community at the moment, however, many patients and physicians don’t even know about them. 

Biofilms are capable of adapting to many environments and thus can be found in all parts of the body. These areas include teeth, sinuses, tonsils, eustachian tubes of the middle ear and the intestines. Biofilms in the intestines can lead to chronic digestive and allergic responses often seen in difficult cases.

Immune Imbalance

The immune system is responsible for attacking, controlling and eliminating biofilms. In healthy individuals, this happens regularly, however, in susceptible individuals, biofilms can take hold and begin to wreak havoc on the whole body, specifically the immune system.

T-Cells

By launching an attack on the biofilms via immune cells (macrophages, natural killer cells, cytotoxic T cells and T lymphocytes) the body also creates a significant amount of inflammation. What happens then is the immune system shifts to what we call a TH2 dominant state with the TH1 cells in a lowered state. By shifting to TH2 dominance, the body is then unable to launch a full TH1 attack and eliminate the biofilm. It is most likely constantly battling the biofilm, but simply doesn’t have enough strength to eliminate it.

A TH2 dominant state is very common in many conditions. The TH2 dominant state is what we find in many people with traditional allergies. If you have an overactive TH2 dominant system, you will tend to have food allergies and sensitivities or airborne allergies and an increase in histamine release. This may even be confused with histamine intolerance. Some things that may push someone towards TH2 dominance include genetic predisposition, toxic substances and heavy metal exposure.

Biofilms and the Gut

One of the reasons you may have biofilms in the first place is due to early exposure to antibiotics. There are actually good biofilms that can be destroyed by antibiotics. These good biofilms and healthy gut flora provide a natural type of defense to foreign invaders.   Without the good biofilms as a defense mechanism, bad biofilms can proliferate and destroy the gut lining and increase permeability, a term commonly coined as “leaky gut”. With leaky gut, the intestinal barrier is compromised and allows substances to move into the bloodstream. By allowing different substances into the bloodstream, inflammation begins and things such as food allergies and sensitivities eventually alter the health of the immune system. The leaky gut will lead us to a TH2 dominant state as I mentioned above. Leaky gut also can slow down digestion, decrease toxin clearance and initiate proinflammatory chemicals.

Clinical Research

Research in gut health and immune system responses to permeable gut linings are revealing significantly new understandings into how these natural defenses work. This new research also helps us learn how to support the body’s ability to maintain a balanced and healthy gut flora.  

Dr. Paul S. Anderson is on the leading forefront of biofilm research and education.  

We are excited to announce that we have received exclusive access to Dr. Paul Anderson’s webinar on BioFilms, worth $59.00 – and are offering it to you for FREE!

Visit this page for more information.

Good health to you!

Danielle Baumgart, President

Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc.

Announcement & Collaborations

I am so excited to announce two huge collaborations for Priority One.

As many of you may know my philosophy has always been that gleaning knowledge from entrenched hands of physicians is the best way to develop and study cutting edge formulations.  We have worked with many respected physicians throughout the years on the development of some of our most beloved formulations. Continuing on this voyage we are proud to announce two exiting projects in 2017!

First we have formed an exclusive relationship with Dr. Mona Morstein for the development of her ground breaking formulation Diamend!

If you are not yet familiar with her work with patients to maintain healthy #glucose levels then please visit her website and read her Bio at http://azimsolutions.com/morstein/  and on her website www.lowcarbdiabetes.org It’s fascinating! @YourAIMSolutions @DrMonaMorstein 

She has been featured in #NDNR and will be featured in the #TownsendLetter soon discussing her support for patients striving to achieve healthy lifestyles and beat back the “American Diet”  See our website for more information on Diamend for maintaining normal glucose.

Secondly, we are pleased to announce our continued relationship with Dr. Paul S. Anderson – Medical Director of Advanced Medical Therapies, CEO as a professor who speaks worldwide he continues to share his expertise in #oncology, #chronicillness, #IVtherapy #genomicconditions #autoimmune and #infectiousdisorders.

ConsultDrAnderson is a valuable peer supported information to help naturopathic students with board exams, support for complex clinical cases and protocols, webinars, blog, and his most current research.

If these were not enough Dr. Paul Anderson has taken his expertise to another level in developing a new revolutionary industry changing conference series. Advanced Applications in Medical Practice or AAMP. Priority One is proud to be a sponser of this event in two locations this year Scottdale, AZ this month and Portland, OR in October. This new series of conferences enables physicians to elevate their educational learning to another level, beyond just the basics. This conference is offering case study discussions, evening workshops, webinars, Q&A, think tank break outs, and so much more. 

Dr. Paul S. Anderson has developed two new products for us Methyl Balance and Biofilm Phase-2 Advanced both of which have been used in his clinic. As an international lecturer on #SIBO, #oncology support and #methylation with clinical data to support his findings, he is a leader in this field of medicine.

These two amazing cutting edge formulations are just what you’ve been looking for!

Research is showing that small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a subject that many physicians are keenly interested in, and one that is sure to impact your practice and patients even more as awareness grows.  We were privileged to attend the recent SIBO convention in Lombard, Illinois where Dr. Anderson was a leading speaker on the subject.

More exciting events are coming from Priority One this spring!   We are eagerly looking forward to the opening of our newly expanded laboratory the end of this month.  Check back for pictures soon!

As always wishing good health to you!

Danielle Baumgart, President

Danielle S. Baumgart, President