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  and on her website 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

Healthy travel, is it possible?

In an earlier post I promised to fill you in on some of my travel tips!  So here you are:

Chemometrics Training, Boulder CO

Healthy travel, is it possible?  Whether you travel for work, or exclusively for pleasure (grumbling road warriors insert jealously here) You know how difficult it is to maintain your healthy lifestyle while away from home.  Who of us doesn’t look forward to that beach vacation, or exploring the national parks or that dreamed of wine tour in Tuscany?  Yep wine again, it is a reoccurring theme in my life!  Anyways, we all long for that relaxation but what happens to your routine? Are you dealing with food sensitivity or worse full blown allergies?  Or even if you just strive to maintain a clean eating style it can feel nearly impossible to navigate these needs while traveling.

And yes you road warriors, we know the looks people give you when you

These are the work pictures that do not get me sympathy! Phoenix AZ

are off on yet “another trip” your fellow pleasure traveling friends and family jokingly tease you for your hard job requirements, and oh if only they could travel for work, life would be so exciting!  Exciting you repeat to yourself as you negotiate airport food courts, mediocre hotels restaurants and yet another “salad bar” while trying to maintain a semblance of health during your working day.

One of my adults  with me on a road trip to Joshua Tree National Forest! Route 66

So what is the answer?  During the past twenty years (yikes I don’t like the sound of that) my travel requirements have increased. Now most of this is my own fault, but during the early years of our business I was raising small children and the thought of being away even more from them was out of the question for me, so I strive to limit my business  travel to essential needs only.  Now that I am a proud owner of two adults (just kidding, but seriously your children are your best investment and more expensive than a mortgage) My husband and I have not only agreed to more business travel, but have thrown in much need pleasure travel in the mix.  I’ve included some of our fun highlights from the past couple of years, at the end of this post.

So what are my go to musts for healthy travel?  Here is my list feel free to reply with your tips

  1. Plan ahead. I always look to see if I can possible find a room with a small kitchenette, now this used to be almost impossible, but now days with Airbnb, and Homeaway, rarely do I have to settle for being cooped up in a blah hotel room with restaurant food being my only choice.
  2. For example in October I attended the Supplyside West Expo in Las
    Natural Products Expo Anaheim CA

    Vegas, now if Vegas is a first for you go ahead and get that neon sign flashing, casino real feeling hotel room with 24 hour everything! But if this isn’t your first rodeo in Vegas then opt for an off strip Airbnb, or studio apartment like I did. Taxi ride to the convention center was 5 minutes, I couldn’t walk from my hotel room to the convention floor in that short of time, plus I avoided all the smoke-filled casino floors during my commute!

  3. Next be savvy and look up online grocery stores before you go, it only takes a few minutes to open an account with Von’s, or Safeway, or any number of the grocery delivery places and presto food delivered to your new home away from home. Sure I still eat out but now it’s a treat! And not to mention if you are a water freak like me those water bottles on the convention floors cost 8 dollars! Bring your own and soak up the hydration and save your money for that glass of wine later.
  4. Next, plan ahead for triggers. You know what I mean, if you are on a strict gluten free diet and you are traveling chances are you are going to get accidently #glutened, or maybe you deal with inflammation from dairy, proteins, or other dietary triggers.  What can you do besides eschewing all forms of social eating and drinking? Well here is my tried and true list of products that I keep in my travel rescue pack:
  • General inflammation – Priority Zyme ( I take two to four on an empty stomach daily while traveling)
  • Gluten Exposure- Gluten Resolve taken two ways take three capsules within 30 minutes of eating anywhere you may be accidently exposed to gluten, or if you’ve been #glutened immediately take three capsules with a full glass of water. ( I see discomfort start to diminish within 15-20 minutes) I also call this product “The social life safer”
  • Indigestion – Hypo Gest This is our strongest digestive aid with two phase breakdown built in. The enzymes are released in PH sensitive phases to digest both in the stomach and the lower intestine for quick relief.  (If you are vegetarian I suggest Gastri-Gest it is an amazing fungal based enzyme for digestive aid.
  • B-12 Rapid Shot – Now this is my secret weapon for travel, it works so much better than coffee, or those terrible energy drinks. One or two of these delicious chewable tablets gives me pep for the rest of a show or late meeting.
  • And on the other side, REM if you have ever had to deal with jet lag this little number helps tremendously! Or even if you just don’t sleep well in a different bed, it really helps.
  • Bio-Vegetarian– Last but NEVER least! Germs Germs Germs! How many times have you been perfectly fine then the day after a plane ride your throat is scratchy, your nose is running and your afraid your trip is now in danger? Bio Vegetarian before and during travel will boost that immune system and stave off those unwanted symptoms!

I really mean make a rescue pack and have it ready for your carry on.  I use a travel makeup bag with a zipper.  I also include ibuprofen, band aids, natural eye drops, lip balm, and a  couple of  black tea bags, (to use on your eyes when puffy) Just restock when you get home.

The bottom line is you can be healthy when you travel, if you are traveling for pleasure your rescue bag can be packed and unpacked as needed, but take a few moments and plan ahead, it will make that next trip so much more enjoyable!  Since travel is a huge area of interest I will be updating you again on other tips I’ve found that help keep me on track even when I’m off the beaten path, until next time…..

Good Health to You!

Danielle Baumgart, President

Danielle S. Baumgart, President





Highlights as promised!

Ice Pemberton Ice Fields B.C Canada
Beijing, China Great Wall and new friends!
Yes we hiked all the way to the top!
Speaking on dietary supplement testing and GMP regulations for foreign suppliers importing the United States.
JASIS Show in Tokyo, Japan
Biking off road through Washington State (WBDR)
Husband and I on the Sea to Ski Gondola in Squamish B.C Canada

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 ( 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.


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 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 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 Analysis – 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 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.


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 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.  



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:

Find your park: 


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