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Why 100 bottles of vitamins are no match for EMPowerplus

Dr. Charles Popper…testified that if the micronutrient treatment became unavailable there would be aggressive behaviour, assaults, hospitalizations, incarcerations and suicides. He testified that his patients would have to be returned to medications which lack stability and had negative side-effects. Overall, Dr. Popper testified that he would not be able to manage his practice at the level to which it had grown and he would have to refer patients away from his practice.”

~ Dr. Charles Popper is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist who has been affiliated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School since the late 1970’s.  He established and directed the Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology program at McLean Hospital for 14 years, and taught the first weekly year-long seminar for psychiatic residents in the country on child and adolescent psychopharmacology.  Dr Popper suggests that we might end up redefining how we think of mental illness-and that would be a huge change.

The following account of Dr. Charles Popper’s initial experience with EMPowerplus is taken from testimony he gave as an expert witness in Truehope’s 2006 court victory over Health Canada. He testified that up to that time, he had assisted 100–150 of his own patients and consulted with other doctors on 300–500 more patients in the use of EMPowerplus.

Dr. Popper has been using EMPowerplus in his private practice since 2000, and he published a commentary on EMPowerplus in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2001.

Charles PopperHow did you first get involved or introduced to this supplement?

Somewhat reluctantly actually. I have for my entire career been very much the sort of mainstream child and adolescent psychopharmacology psychiatrist/physician who paid, frankly, next to no attention to nutritional factors, either in my professional life or in my personal life.

Interesting new findings

One day out of the blue, I received a phone call from Dr. Marcel Kinsbourne, who is one of the leading neuropsychiatric researchers, saying that he had gotten a call from a former graduate student of his, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan. He said that Dr. Kaplan has described getting some interesting new findings on the treatment of bipolar disorder using vitamins and minerals.

Bonnie Kaplan was going to be coming to Boston around Thanksgiving, and she had made arrangements to meet with Dr. Kinsbourne to describe her new findings. The question was, would I be willing to come and listen?

And so I wound up going, and as it turned out, Dr. Kaplan came to McLean Hospital with Tony Stephan. Tony described a lot of anecdotal experience that he had had using this treatment in a fairly large number of people.

Dr. Bonnie Kaplan had some patients who had been treated under blind conditions that would increase the validity of the observations. And I heard what they had to say and it struck me as very strange.

Strike one

But as I listened to them, they made some claims about this treatment that struck me as pretty obviously ridiculous. For one thing, they said that this treatment would effectively treat around 80% of bipolar patients. 80% just struck me as wrong, inflated, unlikely. There was nothing in psychiatry that was even looking in that general direction. So, their claim of an 80% response rate struck me as bogus. False.

Strike two

Their second claim was that when they treated patients who were not previously on psychiatric medications with this EMPower stuff, that they could see clinical improvement within 5 days.

Now, we don’t have anything in psychiatry that works that fast. So, for them to say that they can start a treatment and 5 days later see an improvement struck me as ridiculous.

So, in my own mind I was thinking, “You know, that’s strike two. That’s just two strong claims they’re making that are obviously false.”

Strike three

Then they had a third claim: when you give the EMPowerplus to patients already on psychiatric drugs, the vitamins and minerals amplify the effects of the psychiatric drugs to such a degree that you had to lower the doses or otherwise the patients would get sick or side effects from their psychiatric drugs. Well, [there’s] nothing like that, no suggestive data even slightly in that direction in the field of psychiatry; nothing.

So, I had a very clear response to that one. That one to me was strike three. “And what am I doing in this room? And I’ve been in this room for an hour! And life is short. And I gotta get out of here.”

“How do I get out?”

I sat there for a minute trying to figure, “How do I get out of this small group without appearing too offensive?” So, what I said was, “Well, jeez, you know, I have a patient at 2:00.” (I didn’t; I had allotted two hours to hear these people but I had had enough.) “Could you give me a list of the ingredients just so I can sort of think about this and read up about these different minerals and vitamin effects on mental functioning?”

I figured they’d give me a piece of paper, but they said they didn’t have a copy of it. They said, “Here, why don’t you take this bottle?” I knew that the bottle cost $75. I didn’t want to trouble them wasting $75 on me. I said, “No, no, just e-mail me with a list of your ingredients and that’ll be great.” But David Hardy was pretty insistent.

Hiding the evidence

I took the bottle, said thanks, and as soon as I was outside the room, I literally took the bottle and put it under my coat because I was going to be walking through McLean Hospital, and I didn’t want people seeing this bottle.

When I got to my office, I took the bottle and stuck it behind a stack of journals because I was afraid some parent might see the bottle, or that some kid wandering around would pick up the bottle and say, you know, “Look mommy, what’s this?” or that the cleaning lady at the hospital overnight would see the bottle. I just didn’t want it in sight. So, I stuck it there and left it.

A call for help

Well, a really strange thing happened that day. That evening around 5:00, I got a call from one of my child psychiatry colleagues who said, “Could you please consult on my child as soon as possible, like, right now?” Frankly, if it was anybody else, I’d say, “Well, jeez, you know, I can certainly see you in a couple of months or three months,” but this was a colleague and a friend. I said, “Sure” and made an arrangement to see the child and both parents that evening.

A bipolar child

The child was 10 years old and had been having temper tantrums—severe temper tantrums—for two to four hours a day, every day for about four months. These were really severe tantrums; the kid spinning on the floor, not even having bodily control enough to stand up. I knew that that was a bipolar child.

I told the parents that just as they feared the child definitely did have bipolar disorder, that the treatment was going to be long and involved, that the odds were going to be very good, and that something could be done to improve the situation, but it would be still leaving a fair amount of psychiatric symptoms even after we’ve done everything we can with typical psychiatric medications.

The options

So, we started discussing the options but I explained to them that I didn’t want to start anything that day because I always insist on seeing a child a second time, at least, before starting a serious psychiatric medication.

I suggested that we could meet in a week, which the child psychiatrist knew perfectly well was the appropriate thing to do. The father said, “Isn’t there anything we can do? I mean we can’t get through another week with this.” I really didn’t want to give any because I wanted to see the kid clean and get a clean reading on what the child looked like at a different point of time.

We sat there for a few minutes with this impasse.

“Let’s give it a try”

I said, “Look, you know, I heard about this really weird treatment today, and if you want to hear about it I can tell you about it.” I went through the whole story with them. I told them about all three strikes and was very clear about my attitude about the treatment, but the parents felt, “Look, it’s something. Let’s give it a try.”

I took the bottle out from behind the journals and handed it to them. I was just thrilled to get it out of my office, just delighted. I gave them the bottle. I said “I’ll see you in a week, and we’ll see where things are.” I was perfectly satisfied that I was going get a clean reading on the kid.

Placebo effect

The father calls 4 days later and said, “The tantrums are gone! Not better, not a lot better, gone!” And that the kid wasn’t even irritable.

I thought, “The vitamins and minerals, obviously, would not have done that; no drug would have done that.” So, I said to myself, “This is a placebo, clear and simple.”

I said to them, “Oh, that’s wonderful. That’s great. Keep that treatment going and I’ll see you in 3 days and we’ll take a look.”  I figured in a few more days that placebo effect is going to wear off, I’ll get my nice clean look at the kid and see what he’s about.

A totally different child

I saw the kid 3 days later at the 7-day point, and he was a different kid. The first time I saw him, he was surly, nasty. Everything out of his mouth—if it wasn’t a curse, it felt like a curse—snarly. The second time, he was warm, thoughtful, intelligent, organized, very aware of the complexity of his feelings, very articulate about it; he was a totally different child.

So, I was floored and said to myself, “This is still a placebo. Placebos can last up to a couple of weeks in child psychiatry.” To them I said, “Isn’t that wonderful? Keep the treatment going,” and I set an appointment to see them a week later.

When I saw him a week later, he was just like he was that second time: bright, articulate, sensitive, the whole bit. Very impressive kid.

They had ordered up new bottles because the bottle that I had given them was a 2-week supply. I said, “Well, you know, I still want to follow this closely,” and I was expecting the kid to break loose within a few days.

The tantrums are back full force

The father called a couple of days later and said, “You know, we ran out of the EMPowerplus. The bottles didn’t arrive. And so, the kid’s been off.” And he called me at the 48-hour point and he said, “The tantrums are back full force.”

So, I said, “Jeez, well, you know, we can get conventional psychiatric medications going now…or if you want, you can wait for when the bottle arrives and you can retry the stuff;” although I was definitely leaning toward conventional treatment. And they said, no, they wanted to wait. The stuff had been shipped. It should be arriving any day.

Well, it was the Christmas season. The package must have gotten lost in the mail. The kid continued with these temper tantrums every day for about a week.

The family was about to go on vacation. They didn’t know what to do. The stuff hadn’t arrived. I had a list of the ingredients by that point, and I said, “Look, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to go our local health foods store and start pulling ingredients off the shelf to try to approximate some mix of what was in the EMPowerplus formula.”

It’s not that I believed it; it’s just that they were going to wait anyway, so, I may as well at least try to get some portion of that vitamin/mineral treatment to them.

A hundred bottles

I went to the health food store and frankly sort of made a scene by buying a hundred bottles to try and get the various ingredients in the right forms and to try and get a reasonable balance. I bought up the pile of bottles. I gave them to my friend and said, “You know, why don’t you try those? It’s the best we can do.” I said to myself, “This is totally ridiculous.”

So they gave the kid this…mess of pills. They called me from vacation to say, “This is not like the original formula, but he’s about 60% better than he was, and that’s making the vacation workable.”

That was the first time I began to believe that maybe there was something to this—maybe.

They came back from their vacation. The package still hadn’t arrived. He went back to school and interestingly, the teachers said that he was about 60% better, entirely on their own.

A few days after that, the package arrived. The child went back on EMPowerplus, and the father called me 4 days later and said the tantrums were gone—totally gone.

Strong evidence

That’s several reversals, and each reversal strengthens the case that there’s a causal relationship between the drug treatment and the response. So, that, at that point, was really extreme, strong evidence, and it really made me pay attention.

Over the course of time, the family decided, “This is a lot of pills. We can try lowering the dose little by little.” They got down from 32 to 24 pills, and at that point the symptoms began coming back. so they just put it back to 32 and left it there.

He stayed on [EMPowerplus] for maybe another year. Zero tantrums. Zero over that entire period. And then again, they decided, “Hmmm, so many pills. It’s been such a long time. Maybe he can do with a few less.” So again they try to lower the number, and they found that the child needed the full dose.

Every time there was a stopping or a reduction of the dose, there was a return of these obviously unmistakable symptoms, and every time he went back on the product, he improved and his symptoms were gone.

Conventional medications

A couple of years later, he decided he just doesn’t want to do the pills… And so I work with the child and the family. We discontinued the EMPowerplus. He went on conventional medications and he did not badly with them. But they didn’t work as well.

He became sort of chronically irritable; not terrible, but absolutely, unmistakably not his old self. He complained that the medicines made his mind foggy, that he couldn’t think as clearly on the conventional medications. This was a star student and he really cared a lot about his brain working as well as it could.

Back on EMPowerplus

After several months on conventional meds, he decided he wanted to go back on EMPowerplus. He made the transition back to EMPowerplus and he’s been fine ever since. No tantrums. He’s not messing with the dose. And he is a superstar student.

Experience with other patients

That was the case that got me interested. I figured, “This doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I have other patients who are not doing great on conventional medicines. I really owe it to them to at least inform them about the treatment.

I started telling certain of my patients who even on good conventional medication therapy were having a hard time. I told them about the treatment. I gave them all the provisos. I gave them all my doubts. I told them about the one case.

I said, “I don’t know, I just don’t know, but this is a choice that you can make. If you want to give it a try, we can give it a try. If you want to stick with the conventional meds, that’s absolutely a reasonable decision.”

Some of them chose to try; some of them chose not to. I began, little by little, to have some experience with other patients, converting them from their prior medication regimens to EMPowerplus.

All three strikes were true

As I began to work with other patients, seeing that it worked, and getting more experience, I found several things. One was those three strikes.

It did look like about an 80% response rate. For the people who went on EMPowerplus who were not previously on medications, they did show a response within a small number of days, faster than Lithium, faster than the drugs.

Most baffling, that when we added EMPowerplus to a psychiatric regime, that they would get flooded with side effects of the psychiatric medications that they were on, and that we really had to reduce the doses of conventional psychiatric medications.

All three strikes—the things that got me out of the room initially—all three of them were true.

Over the years, subsequently, that I’ve been working with it, those initial findings that were being described by Bonnie and Tony, they’ve all held out.

It took me a very long time to not be extremely suspicious of the treatment, but it was so consistent. The way I do it now differs very, very slightly from the method that I understand they use at Truehope. But in essence, what they were describing was absolutely right.

My own opinion

My observations are basically those of a clinician—albeit trained to sort of work with new treatments and observe the subtleties of treatments that aren’t well understood—they’re still the observations of one clinician. We don’t have any completed controlled trials. We didn’t have the kind of scientific data that would allow me to recommend to my colleagues that this is a treatment that ought to be used.

But my own opinion is that this stuff works, in many cases, dramatically and much better, for many people, than conventional medications have.

Dr. Charles Popper
Harvard Medical School

Today there are 28 Clinical Medical Journal studies independently paid proving the effectiveness of Empowerplus Q96.

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How Important is Your Water

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I’m excited to start out 2016 by sharing with you some of the exciting features and benefits of Q Sciences’ newest product-HQO. Simply replacing your water with HQO water is a great way to Purify, Optimize, and Protect your health.

On average, our bodies are over 70% water, and as we age that amount gradually decreases. Babies are 78% water, and they have healthy cells as a result. People with more fatty tissue have less water in their bodies. Better hydration can mean better cell health and tissue function, and there are many factors that affect hydration. Unfortunately, most of the water we put in our bodies is what I would term “low quality.” It may be contaminated with bacteria, toxins, chlorine, fluoride, and arsenic.
At my house we have well water, and while that helps
to eliminate the chlorine and fluoride present in most
city water, it still has small amounts of arsenic, and that increases cancer risks over the years. Water that travels in pipes may contain high levels of toxic metals, including lead from galvanized pipes and solder joints. Distilling water is not a great solution, as it takes out all of the minerals and degrades it to some extent.
Filtering is just one part of improving water quality, but there are many types of filters, and many of them are incomplete and don’t get changed when needed. Bottled water may not be a good solution either, as once it is put in plastic bottles and shipped halfway around the world in varying temperatures, the chemicals (Phthalates (DEHP) can leach into the water and damage our health in various ways. In fact, much of the potable water in the world now contains various foreign chemicals, including drugs and industrial wastes that can affect our hormonal systems, nerves, and other tissues adversely. If you are drinking eight or more glasses of water a day, as most of us should, the amount of contaminants can reach considerable proportions. If we all had a pure mountain spring in our backyards, water would not be as big a problem, but sadly, that is not usually the case!

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Next Generation Hydration

So, with all these issues, how can we safeguard and improve our “water-health?” Q Sciences has partnered with leading water experts to bring you HQO. First of all, it is essential to understand that water is much more than a static mix of hydrogen and oxygen. Water has many properties and aspects that determine how it reacts in the body. Dr. Gerald Pollack, University of Washington professor of bioengineering, has discovered that water has a fourth state: a gel-like crystalline substance in which the hydrogen and oxygen atoms line up, so to speak. This changes the way the water works in the body, making it more “reactive” with the cells and tissues, which promotes better hydration, among other things. Once you have structured the water, depending on the degree of “structure,” it immediately begins to lose those properties, most of which will be gone in a day or two, which is why you just can’t effectively bottle it and sell it in stores.
There are several ways to structure water, but the best way is to change the electrical charges on the hydrogen and oxygen atoms by electrolysis. The HQO system separates the water into an alkaline (reduced) water for drinking, and an acidic, or oxidized, form as waste or for special uses. We call the reduced restructured water HQO Water Levels 1 through 4. pH is one measurement of the restructured water. It will typically range from pH8 – pH 9.5. HQO lets you select the “power” of your water at the touch of a button. That’s very important, as not all water is created equal. Most city water is pH 7 or so. My well water can get up to pH 9 in the summer, but HQO still processes the water accordingly, filters it and splits it into 2 streams, so it works for ANY water.
Higher pH also means reduced risks for kidney stones
– which is nice! There are also a variety of uses of the
acidic water to combat intestinal infections, such as
E.coli and the helicobacter bacteria that causes ulcers. While pH is part of the equation another measurement is called ORP, which stands for Oxidation Reduction Potential. This is an electrical measurement of the water.  If it’s a

positive number it’s an oxidizing agent, if it’s a negative number it’s an antioxidant. Like a golf score, the lower the number the better. Most bottled waters, soft drinks, and mineral waters will have positive ORP of 300 or more, HQO will typically be negative 300 or more, providing you and your family with a huge amount of powerful antioxidants.

The HQO system is a patented electrolysis and state-of –
the-art filtering system that uses 14 platinum plates and 375 volts of electricity-more than any other similar system. In fact, when compared with bottled water, HQO is not only far superior in all respects, but it costs less than six cents a quart, compared to a dollar or more. Over time this adds up to huge savings and even greater health benefits, when you consider that drinking from a plastic bottle actually harms your health.
Ionizing and filtering water through this system creates, in my opinion, the best water you can put in your body.  Most

water filters remove some impurities but also remove key minerals, and if they are removed by distillation, or reverse osmosis (RO), the water becomes “dead,” as minerals help promote correct electrical charges on the water molecules. Dr. Tim McKnight, who has just joined Q Sciences as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, is an expert on water quality and a big proponent of the HQO system. He’s not only a medical doctor, but he also received his bachelor’s degree in nutrition, a master’s degree in nutrition, then went on to do his PhD in nutrition, before he went to medical school. We are very pleased to have him on board and in his excellent book, Confessions of a Skeptical Physician, he discusses his “conversion” into an ionized water system proponent. I highly recommend this book, in which he does an excellent job of explaining the importance of water quality in health promotion. Naturally, in accordance with FDA regulations, we make no specific health claims with regards to any products. Nonetheless, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist (or have a PhD in nutrition), to appreciate the immense health value that accrues from consistently drinking high quality water. After all, we are mostly water, and water has an electronic memory that continues to act in the body long after it is absorbed.

Dr. Tim puts it very eloquently on page 39 of his book:
“Bottom line: by hydrating with ionized, antioxidant-rich, and superior tissue-and cellular-penetrating water, we can bathe every cell, every tissue with the most predominant, important, and healing molecule the body can use. Nothing could be simpler or more important than this single practice!”  As you
know, oxidation is the enemy of the cells, and as we get older oxidation and free-radical damage becomes accumulative. HQO water, by its ability to donate hydrogen ions, works as an antioxidant. For this reason, it is most beneficial to take in high quality water as often as possible, as this effect can help deter the oxidative effects that accompany devitalized foods and environmental pollution. There have been many clinical studies on the health effects of “electrolyzed-reduced” water, which is another way to describe HQO. You will find summaries of over 40 studies in the back of Dr. Tim’s book.

* Liver protection:  Mice were given this water and then exposed to a powerful liver toxin and were protected compared to the control group.1

Anti-Cancer: Leukemia cells were destroyed selectively when exposed to this water2
These two studies are not in live humans, but they demonstrate the normalizing and health
enhancing effects of this water.  On one hand it protects the liver against a serious toxin, and on the other hand it destroys cancer cells. This indicates an overall benefit to health.
1Tsai, C.F., et al. Hepatoprotective effect of electrolyzed-reduced water against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage in mice. Food Chem Toxicology, 2009 August, 2031-3
 2Tsai, C.F., et al. Enhanced induction of mitochondrial damage and apoptosis (cell death) in human leukemia HL-60 cells due to electrolyzed-reduced water and glutathione. Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 2009 Feb, 280-7

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Dr. Kimberley’s December Newsletter

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Greetings, Q People! Once again, I am blessed with the opportunity to spread some wonderful Q Sciences product news. As you know, our motto and mantra is POP-Purify, Optimize, and Protect – and our brand new Q Cleanse product really helps deliver all those benefits to the body by the way of improved intestinal health.

Q Cleanse is the brainchild of Dr. Dejia Zhang, M.D., who is our Director of International Development. I worked with Dr. Zhang to dial in this formula, and not only do I heartily approve of it, but I am very impressed with the comprehensiveness and usefulness of this potent cleansing formula for the liver and intestines.Dec Cleanser
We know that the intestines, along with the bacterial “biome” they contain, are key in determining overall body health. As any gastroenterologist will tell you, the intestinal system also includes the liver and the gallbladder, and all segments work together to digest our food and help keep our bodies cleansed and free from diseases and toxins. As such, this formula addresses all those aspects, and it contains powerful herbal extracts known to benefit the liver, gallbladder, and intestines. While this may act as a mild laxative at first in some people, it is not designed just to loosen the bowels, but rather to tone them, which is an entirely different matter.
This concentrated liquid extract formula, especially when combined with Q Fiber, acts as a drawing cleanser that gently and efficiently removes undesirable toxins and waste from the body. The glycerin extract contains a very comprehensive combination of herbs. The first thing you will notice is the very bitter taste, but don’t let that stop you! In fact, it is precisely that bitterness that is the hallmark of herbs that help tone the intestines and stimulate the liver and gallbladder functions. The use of “bitters” for their value in this regard has been around for centuries if not longer, as traditional herbalists understood the value of the bitter plant essences in counterbalancing the diet and promoting health.
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Jennifer McLagan, in her book Bitter (Zen Speed Press, 2014), states: “Bitter is not simply a reaction on the tongue, but also includes many different signals in the brain. The research in this area is developing rapidly and encompasses everything from anatomy and genetics to culture.” I have used and recommended various types of bitters for over 30 years, and have found them to be an essential tool for intestinal and whole-body health. This combination is particularly concentrated, about four times more so than standard bitters that contain fewer herbs. We use glycerin extracts, not alcohol, and this is another plus as anyone can use it, including children in lesser doses of a few drops in juice.
What’s in Q Cleanse?
Aloe Vera Leaf Extract – Known to soothe the intestinal lining while acting as a mild laxative, as well as a prebiotic that fosters good bacterial growth. Aloe also helps improve blood sugar metabolism, which reduces the risks for diabetes and pre-diabetes.1
Milk Thistle Seed Extract -This marvelous herb contains silymarin, which has been shown to promote healthy liver function.2 It is perhaps the best and most well known herbal liver cleanser. It can be safely taken on a daily basis for long periods.
Cascara Sagrada – This means “sacred bark” in Spanish and this wonderful herb has been highly valued by the indigenous people in the Americas for hundreds of
years. It is still prescribed by herbalists in Mexico as the premier herbal liver cleanser and purgative (cleanser). It is a strong bowel stimulant, but does not generally cause much cramping or diarrhea at these doses, although some of that is a good thing! It has the unique ability to squeeze the gall bladder and the channels (sinusoids) in the liver that get clogged with metabolic waste. There have been some reports that cascara and aloe might increase radiation-related bowel cancer risks, but several studies have shown this not to be the case.3 In fact, cleansing the intestines reduces cancer risks as the nitrosamines and other metabolic waste chemicals have less time in contact with the intestinal lining. The dosage of cascara in Q Cleanse is small and appropriate and most certainly carries far more benefits than risks, even with longer-term daily use. Nonetheless, we recommend that Q Cleanse liquid be used one week on with one week off as this adds to its effectiveness.
Burdock Root Extract – Burdock root has been found to have significant antioxidant activity 4 that helps protect the liver. It contains compounds that scavenge harmful free- radicals, which helps reduce the risks for cancers while protecting liver cells from damage related to toxins, such as alcohol and environmental toxins.

Turmeric Root Extract – This herb has known anti- inflammatory properties via curcumins. This helps calm the intestinal lining, and if there are issues with colitis, or gluten sensitivity,5 this is a huge plus, although it helps everyone by promoting better digestion. Another plus is that it has been shown to help prevent certain kinds of cancers.

Red Clover Blossoms Extract – Red clover has been touted for its anti-cancer properties for many years. It acts with the other herbs to actually calm the emotions, and therefore the intestines by stimulating hormone receptors,6 and was revered by the Native Americans for its healing effects.

Dandelion Root Extract – Dandelion, while not appreciated in the lawn, is a tried-and-true liver cleanser with a long and venerable history. It acts along with burdock, artichoke, and gentian to purge the liver, cut inflammation, and encourage healthy liver cell growth.7
It has been proven in clinical studies to protect the liver against toxicity from acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdoses.
Cilantro Leaf Extract – Cilantro is a cleansing herb with many healing properties. This stands to reason as it contains high concentrations of antioxidants.
Gentian Root Extract – Gentian is the classic bitters herb, and many years ago the use of gentian bitters supposedly protected the Panama Canal workers from deadly yellow fever. In daily use, gentian helps lift the mood and tone the intestinal lining.
Ginger Root Extract – Ginger has too many health benefits to list. It improves the appetite as well as the intestinal biome by inhibiting harmful bacteria.
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Astragalus Root Extract – Astragalus8 is revered in Asia as an immune system tonic. Concentrated extracts of astragalus have been found to reverse damage to DNA telomeres caused by aging and disease. It is a superior herb in many respects and is best taken regularly. Regular use of astragalus has been shown to benefit diabetes,9 heart disease, herpes, and even allergies,10 and this is
just a partial list. It even protects against radiation and chemotherapy toxicities.
Artichoke Leaf Extract – Artichoke is a thistle, and like milk thistle, contains alkaloids that stimulate healing in the liver. It works even better when combined with milk thistle and dandelion root in Q Cleanse.
Oregano Leaf Oil – Oregano oil helps purify the intestinal biome, suppressing bacteria that are harmful and stimulating the mucosal lining of the bowel. It is potent and effective in small doses.
Cayenne Fruit Extract – Capsicum, present in cayenne peppers, has anti-inflammatory effects that extend throughout the body due to its ability to deplete the harmful “substance P” that is the main culprit in pain and tissue inflammation. It is particularly useful for hemorrhoids and rectal itching, and regular use excellent prevention for these common problems.
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Introducing Q Fiber
This wonderful fiber supplement is the perfect complement to Q Cleanse liquid drops. The main ingredient in Q Fiber is psyllium seed husk, combined with oat fiber, artichoke, burdock, and other important sources of fiber and phytonutrients, such as fenugreek seed. The addition of garlic, cinnamon, and other herb extracts help magnify the benefits from the cleansing extracts, plus adds the bulk that is needed for proper cleansing of the intestines. Just having this type of bulk helps absorb toxins, while helping expand the bowel and eliminate cramps that sometimes come with healthy intestinal functions.
In short, Q fiber balances the cleansing actions of the liquid formula, aiding in the elimination of toxins, which are drawn up into the sponge-like fibers. This combination is truly the much sought-after “drawing” program, which pulls metabolic wastes and toxins into the lower intestines (colon) where they can be safely and regularly eliminated.
 Tips for Using Q Cleanse:
  • Do not use Q Cleanse if you are pregnant or have a history of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, chronic diarrhea, or acute abdominal pain (which may indicate appendicitis or other underlying conditions). It is great for simple spastic colitis however.Dec new product
  • Take 1-2 full droppers in 4 ounces of water on an empty stomach. You can increase it to twice daily, so up to 4 droppers full a day. Taking it before meals helps stimulate the digestion. This can be repeated again, but give your body a chance to adjust for a few days before upping the dose.
  • Using Q Cleanse in the morning works but anytime is fine as long as you have not eaten in an hour or two.
  • Use Q Cleanse daily for one week, with a week or so break when just the fiber formula is taken. Pulsing the program like this helps your intestines retain the ability to work. Adding the Q Fiber daily is a huge benefit.
  • This is a balanced herbal formula and the laxative action is just one aspect, and no problems have been associated with long-term use of these herbs on this schedule-nonetheless, taking a week off and a week on is a good idea to keep the bowel’s ability to eliminate without added stimulation.
  • Coconut water, kombucha, and natural fruit juices can also be used and may make it less bitter. This is only for those who really can’t swallow it without some sweetness, but taking it straight in water is really best for stimulating the “bitter” receptors in the brain and body.
  • Hydration is extremely important for promoting healthy bowel movements; so drink several glasses of clear, pure water a day for good measure along with your usual liquid intake.Dec Water
Remember the bitterness is actually part of the magic, as the brain and taste buds respond well to the bitter flavors, which is part of the healing and cleansing. The liquid cleanse formula gently stimulates the smooth muscles lining the intestines, promoting full evacuations.

If you experience minor cramping or frequent loose stools while using it, that is just the cleansing power doing its thing. Taking Q Fiber daily will actually add bulk and firm things up, as well as reducing any associated cramping. Just go with it, and gradually that will be less of an issue. The bitterness goes away but the benefits stay!

Dr K


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Want Natural Pain Relief Without the Side Effects? (Dr. Kimberley’s Newsletter)

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Greetings! As many of you already know, Q Sciences introduced several new products at the Las Vegas Summit. Over the next few months, we will use this newsletter to dive into the exciting features, benefits, and science of each product. This month we will focus on our newest Q Spray—Q Relief. QRelief Pic

Dr. Spray and I have teamed up to formulate a potent, reliable combination of herb extracts and a key pain-modulating amino acid that can be used as needed and in varying amounts to combat
pain. Naturally, this is all in Dr. Spray’s cutting-edge sublingual spray delivery system, so the ingredients can be quickly and effectively absorbed and utilized without being filtered from the blood by the liver in what is called “first pass metabolism.”

If you look closely at the diagram below, you can see that there are several pathways that produce pain.  Acute or chronic pain may involve histamines and other chemicals, such as “substance,” which irritates nerve endings and sends pain messages to the brain. The key to reducing or eliminating pain lies in the blocking or modulation of these pain chemical pathways, and that is precisely what we have done with Q Relief. Keep in mind that most severe or chronic pain may be difficult or impossible to eliminate entirely, but if it can be dulled sufficiently, the body’s own healing mechanism can be brought to bear and life can be once again manageable. The worst part of chronic pain, for example, is the idea that there are no effective solutions, and that the pain is “here to stay” without hope of relief. Q Relief helps calm frayed nerve endings and stimulates the production of nerve-blocking chemicals that can put out the pain fire.

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Once again, I have the great pleasure to shed light on another stellar Q Sciences product. Dr. Spray and I have come up with a very effective spray for both acute and chronic pain relief. As you know, pain, especially chronic pain, is a major problem that may affect up to 30% of adults and accounts for billions of dollars a year in lost work and medical expenses. Chronic pain, or even Pain Diagramtemporary pain, quickly depletes our brains and bodies of essential neurotransmitters as our bodies strive to produce endorphins to dull the pain. Most standard pain treatments have their drawbacks, and overuse can lead to addiction, intestinal bleeding, and kidney failure. Injections and surgeries only add to that burden. Having a quick and easy pain solution at hand can be invaluable in many ways, as chronic pain leads to depression and other serious problems.

What’s in Q Relief?

GABA – The first ingredient is GABA (gamma- aminobutyric acid). This is an invaluable amino acid that is very effective in treating both pain and anxiety.

  • It is also used as a sleep aid, as it blocks pain messages, relaxes muscles, and calms the nervous system.
  • In fact, the prescription drug GABAPentin, which is used as an anti-seizure and chronic pain medication, was derived from GABA.
  • GABA is the main inhibitory chemical in the nervous system, and the appropriately small dosage in the spray means that it can be used several times a day without causing excess sleepiness or other side effects. When taken in this way, it helps smooth out the nerve messages, helping to make pain more manageable and relieving the anxiety that often accompanies pain.
  • It also has antidepressant effects for the same reasons. Studies show that low levels of GABA may be associated with bipolar disorder;1 so adding GABA has many benefits.
  • It can be taken long term without risks or concerns, as it is normally produced in the body.The proprietary herbal blend contains the following herbal extracts that have been shown to be useful for managing pain:• Boswellia2 – This is derived from Frankincense herb, and contains four boswellic acids that inhibit inflammation and reduce associated pain. Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid is the most potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase,an enzyme responsible for inflammation. The NIH has studied boswelia and found it to be beneficial in the management of pain. It has also been found to reduce the risks for some cancers, including prostate cancer.

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    • Cucurmin – This is derived from the herb turmeric.
      The past few decades have witnessed intense research devoted to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin3, with more than 65 studies
      at renowned research centers such as MD Anderson.
      It blocks cyclo-oxygenase in the same manner as anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects and risks. It is also anti-cancer in its effects, as inflammation is often associated with increased cancer risks. The extract used here is many times more potent than just taking turmeric in herb form.
    • Devil’s Claw – This herb (harpagophytum procumbens) is a fascinating herb that has been shown to have significant pain-relieving properties comparable to anti-inflammatory medications (Vioxx 12.5 mg). In fact, it has been used to add to the effects of morphine or other potent pain medications as a means to reduce their dosage and adverse effects4. It is very well tolerated in this dosage and has been used for centuries in Africa for pain relief, especially for back and arthritis pain.muscle man• Skullcap – This wonderful herb has been used for centuries for its calming and pain-relieving effects. It has been called a “peppermint patty for the nerves,” which is a good description of its generally healing effects on both the nerves and the brain. It also helps induce restful sleep, which is often lacking in those with chronic pain. Studies show skullcap has significant antioxidant effects, and may help protect the brain against neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, and depression5. It is even more effective when combined with anti-inflammatory herbs such as devil’s claw and white willow bark.• White Willow Bark – Willow bark contains salicin, an anti-inflammatory substance that is related to salicylic acid in aspirin, which was derived from willow bark. The Native Americans have used it for eons for fever, pain, and menstrual cramps. It has been shown to be effective for headaches and back pain6. In a well-designed study of nearly 200 people with low back pain, those who received willow bark experienced a significant improvement in pain compared to those who received a placebo. As herbs contain many “balancing” chemicals, white willow is better tolerated than aspirin, but anyone with a history of aspirin allergy should not use it.

    1- Petty F, et al. (1993) Low plasma GABA is a trait-like marker for bipolar illness. Neuropsychopharmacology. 9(2):125-32.

    2- Basch E, et al. (2004). Boswellia: A evidence based systematic review by the natural standard research collaboration. J Herb Phar. 4:63–83.

    3- Menon VP1, Sudheer AR. (2007). Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol. 595:105-25.

    4- Parenti C1, et al. Harpagophytum procumbens extract potentiates morphine antinociception in neuropathic rats. Nat Prod Res. 2015 Jul 20:1-8.

    5- Awad R, et al. (2003). Phytochemical and biological analysis of skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora L.): a medicinal plant with anxiolytic properties. Phytomedicine. 10:640-9.

    6- Chrubasik JE, et al. (2007). Evidence of effectiveness of herbal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of painful osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. Phytother Res. 21(7) 675-83.

Q SignQ Relief Tips and Precautions:

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    • Q Relief can be used from 1– 4 times a day, depending on the need. Each spray has 30 full doses of 8 sprays, but half doses (4 sprays) may also be used for milder pain.
    • Hold the spray under the tongue as long as you can, and then swallow. This will help absorption.
    • Do not use Q Relief if you are pregnant, are
      taking blood thinners, or have a history of intestinal bleeding. White willow is related to aspirin; if you have a history of aspirin allergy, do not use it. The dosage of white willow is low and should not promote bleeding any more than a baby aspirin, but caution should still be used if you are taking prescription blood thinners.

    As you can see, we have taken great care and considerable innovation in combining these ingredients into a handy pain spray. I like to keep it close at hand, with one in the car and at home, as it is best to treat pain episodes quickly, as some pain can be a runaway train if not managed promptly. The key word here is “managed,” and while Q Relief may eliminate some types of pain completely, severe or chronic pain may still be present but lessened to the extent that it can be tolerated. If you are taking other pain medications, they may be more effective when combined with
    Q Relief. The under-the-tongue spray is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, where it can both
    calm the inflammation in the nerves and other tissues, and reduce the pain response in the peripheral nerves and the brain itself.


Yours Qssentially,

Dr. K



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Are You Seeking Vitality?

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One of the great perks of being Chief Science Officer at Q Sciences is that I get to bring you the good news. And the good news in this case is healthy energy and vitality. With all the demands on our time, it’s easy to feel tired, stressed, and just plain rundown. Q Vitalize is a potent herbal and amino acid blend that fuels your body’s ability to get the most out of each day. I could easily write a book about Q Vitalize, so bear with me while I boil things down.


Seeking Vitality:
When I was 19 years old and in pre-med studies, I discovered the wonderful world of nutritional supplements. Since then I have been passionately focused on creating combinations of herbs and micronutrients to improve health and a sense of wellbeing. In 1981, after years of studying herbal medicine, I discovered amino acid therapy and gave my first grand rounds presentation at UCLA on the use of tryptophan and tyrosine for mood disorders. The idea of combining these two wonderful avenues of natural medicine has been my obsession since then, but it was not until I joined forces with Q Sciences that I had the opportunity to realize this dream with the Q Vitalize formulas. Over the years several other companies had approached me, but I did not feel that they had the same goals with regards to content, value, and quality that I found with Q Sciences.
Energy is a precious commodity for us human beings-the key is having the right amount of the right kind of energy at the right time. Too little energy during productive hours contributes to poor work performance, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and depression. Too much energy during normal times of rest leads to stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and heart disease. Unfortunately, many of the “energy” formulas available do not take that into account, and it is easy to be fooled by harmful stimulants that drain the adrenal glands and ultimately rob the body of energy and peace. Q Vitalize is designed to provide a reliable energy boost while at the same time actually reducing cortisol levels and related stress.
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Herbs as Biological Triggers:
Herbs contain far more than the usual micronutrients, and the right herb combination can trigger deep biological pathways for rejuvenation and health. Every single modern pharmaceutical drug class is derived from chemicals found in herbs. Every culture has used herbal medicine to cure and prevent illnesses, and each culture has had its “super herbs”-herbs that were found to be superior, energizing, and capable of healing many serious conditions. The herbs I have selected for Q Vitalize are all super “vitalizing” herbs, containing complex and unique biochemical compounds that profoundly affect the brain, heart, liver, and immune system. A useful term to describe this class of herbs is “adaptogens”-meaning that they enable the body to adapt to internal and external stress while remaining healthy and balanced. The remarkable thing is that the many benefits from these adaptogens are deep and long lasting, and taking Q Vitalize on a regular basis will regulate and optimize cell function throughout the body.  Each version of Q Vitalize (men’s, women’s, caffeine, caffeine free) contains eight herbs. These herbs have the ability to normalize hormone levels as well as hormone recept or responsiveness. Men and women have different hormonal and energy needs, and while many herbs work well for both sexes, some are better suited for just one gender, and have been so used traditionally for good reason.
Men’s (caffeine) – rhodiola, eleuthero, ashwaganda, green tea extract, green coffee extract, guarana, tribulus
Men’s (caffeine-free) – rhodiola, eleuthero, damiana, ashwaganda, fo-ti, sceletium tortuosum (Zembrin®), muira puama, tribulus
Women’s (caffeine) – rhodiola, eleuthero, damiana, black cohosh, green tea extract, green coffee extract, guarana, dong quai
Women’s (caffeine-free) – rhodiola, eleuthero, damiana, melissa, holy basil, sceletium tortuosum (Zembrin®), muira puama, fo ti
By limiting the number of herbs, we can use a full therapeutic dose of each and that is important in turning on the biological switches, or triggers, that set in motion the body’s own healing and rejuvenating processes. We even added quercitin (a bioflavenoid) to help boost immunity at all ages. In order to get all of that great stuff in the right dosage means that five capsules are necessary for an average dose (2,500 mg total). Over the past 30 years I have been dialing in the dosage of each component so that synergy is maximized.
Amino Acids – Building Blocks for Health:
Let’s start with the amino acid ingredients
Amino acids are the  building blocks for most of the biochemical “messengers” in the body. An insufficiency or deficiency of one or more essential amino acids can lead to depression, chronic fatigue, and an overall ‘blah’ feeling. Just eating protein is not enough to ensure high levels, as essential amino acids must compete for absorption and utilization with other non-essential amino acids. Chronic deficiencies of the amino acid based neurotransmitters adrenalin, serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine can lead to dementia and premature aging. That is why amino acid therapy is so important, useful, and effective-and also why it is better to take supplements containing key amino acids on an empty stomach (at least 15 minutes before eating a protein-containing meal) to ensure full utilization. Any energy formula without amino acid components is simply incomplete.
All Q Vitalize formulas contain a therapeutic dosage of both L-tyrosine and N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). Therapeutic means that this is a full dose and not a tiny dose, as is found in many overall wellness formulas that use too many ingredients in dose amounts that are ineffective. Tyrosine optimizes brain and nerve function by providing the raw material the body needs to create adrenalin and dopamine-two vital nerve messenger chemicals that are essential for both energy production and stabilized moods. NAC is metabolized to glutathione, which purifies the liver and other tissues as the body’s main detoxification pathway.
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Zembrin®-Miracle Herb
It is hard to pick just one herb to review here, as any one of these has a story that could fill a book. Suffice it to say that all of these have been used and revered by indigenous cultures as “royal herbs” for healing and longevity, so adding them all together in the right amounts results in a super-royal combination. That being said, let’s focus on Zembrin®, an extract of the South African herb sceletium tortuosum. This herb has the ability to significantly increase the levels of serotonin, adrenalin, and dopamine, and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of clinical depression and chronic fatigue. It is rather unique in that while it increases energy it also reduces stress by calming and cutting levels of harmful cortisol.  But that’s not all. It also increases nitric oxide blood levels, which optimizes cell function, improving circulation, healthy sexuality, and enhanced mood and mental functioning. Having higher nitric oxide levels not only makes you feel great, but it also helps protect against heart attacks and strokes as well by increasing the ability of blood to carry oxygen to the tissues. The balanced effects of this herb are what make it so special. Each daily dose of Q Vitalize Caffeine Free contains a full therapeutic dose of Zembrin®. This is the costly-patented dry extract used in the clinical studies and available in this combination exclusively from Q Sciences.
It’s reasonable to ask that if this herb is so wonderful why is it only in the Q Vitalize Caffeine Free? The answer is that the caffeinated version works very well and already includes some strong energy components (green coffee, green tea and guarana), so it makes sense to replace those with the Zembrin®. Many people (including our own Dr. Bill and Jimmy Kossert) swear by the caffeine versions of Q Vitalize, so I urge you to try them both and compare.
Consider the following facts about the other herbs in this stellar group and you will see why I am so excited about Q Vitalize.
  • Rhodiola optimizes brain function, improving mood and increasing physical stamina by up to 35%.
  • Rhodiola has been shown to effectively reduce symptoms of both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, with no side effects.
  • Green coffee extract helps purify the liver, while green tea phenol chemicals protect against bladder and liver cancer.
  • Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) helps purify the blood, increasing immune function, and even protects against radiation exposure.
* Fo-ti optimizes and rejuvenates, used traditionally as a longevity herb.
Now that Q Vitalize is available as a standalone, you can dial in the dose and schedule to meet your particular needs.
Q Vitalize Tips:
* Start experimenting to find your ideal Q Vitalize schedule, taking note of how you feel on each dose.
* For example, if you are sensitive to energy herbs in general, you may want to start out with 2-3 capsules in the morning.
* If you need more energy later in the day, then shift the bulk of the capsules to the afternoon, but no later than 5:00 PM as these are energizing.
* If you opt for the caffeinated version, note that the whole plant sourced caffeine is in essence time-released, so expect a smooth and steady boost lasting 6-8 hours with each dose, depending on the number of capsules you take.
* If you feel over-energized or too hyper for your taste, then back off on the number of capsules.
* Note that how you react can change somewhat from day to day, depending on your stress levels, sleep, 
diet etc., but you should be able to dial in an ideal dosage in a few days.
* If you have an increased need for energy or are feeling down or stressed, you may want to boost the dosage until that passes.
* It is OK to take up to 8 or even 10 capsules daily-that is too much for most people, but there is a considerable variation in response and some may need that extra boost at times.
* Generally, five capsules is a standard dose-taken either in the morning as one dose or spread out into two doses.
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Frequently Asked Questiones:
Even though it is common knowledge that EFAs are good for you, there are still many who are hesitant to start regular supplements because of misconceptions.
  • What about mixing Q Vitalize with other products?
    First of all, Q Vitalize blends beautifully with the other Q Sciences products, including EMPowerplusTM Q96, QBiotics, eQuivalent+ with Xanthones, and the QSprays. EMPowerplusTM Q96 is the foundation and adding other products, including Q Omegas, just makes it all work even better.
  • What about mixing Q Vitalize with medications? As far as medications go there should be no problems with interactions with any specific medication. If you are already taking an antidepressant medication you may be able to adjust your dosage down, as with EMPowerplusTM Q96, but that is a discussion you should have with your doctor as your symptoms and needs change.
  • Who can take Q Vitalize? Q Vitalize is safe and effective for males and females over age eight, although the dosage should be adjusted down for younger folks. I would not use the caffeine version for children unless your child is already familiar with caffeine (sodas, tea, coffee) and tolerates it well.
  • How much caffeine is in the caffeinated Q Vitalize? Approximately 100 mg per five capsules, or the amount in a cup of coffee. Remember, caffeine in its natural form has many benefits, including protecting the brain against deterioration and dementia.  While formulating Q Vitalize, I made sure that there was a balanced effect, meaning that this is not just about increasing energy, but also about instilling a sense of peace and mental alertness. Not everyone will feel a boost every time they take Q Vitalize, but rest assured that everyone benefits in ways that are more subtle. Here are a few examples.
  • NAC helps purify the liver, enhancing the breakdown and removal of toxins, pollutants, and medications.
  • Tyrosine optimizes communication between brain and nerve cells, preventing harmful deficiencies of key neurotransmitters.
  • Eleuthero helps protect against the development of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
  • Damiana optimizes sexual function in both men and women.
  • Fo-Ti helps protect against aging of the endocrine/ adrenal system.
  • Quercitin helps protect against infections by viruses and bacteria.
Remarkable Value:
Consider this: if you were to buy all of the ingredients in Q Vitalize separately it would cost many times more than a bottle of Q Vitalize. This is no exaggeration, as a month’s supply of sceletium (Zembrin®) alone is $30 and that is one of some 15 ingredients. The value of having all of these amazing herbs and amino acids perfectly combined, in the right dosage, and in easy-to-use capsules, is considerable to say the least. That, plus the extra shelf space you would need for all those bottles.
Q Vitalize is a complex and potent formula, and you won’t know how you respond until you try it. While many will feel immediate benefits, it may take a week or two for full effects. Be patient and remember that whether you feel it every day or not, this formula is working 24/7 to keep you purified, optimized and protected. Daren Hogge called me the other day to tell me that he was taking Q Vitalize Men Caffeine Free and was not feeling much immediate effect. I suggested that he take the full five capsules at once in the morning. The next day he called and said, “NOW I get it. I feel fantastic.” This is a great example of the trigger or switch effect-once the switch is on, it stays on, and you will have fun experimenting to find what dosage works best for you.
Thanks, all, for your support and hard work. I have waited over 30 years to realize this dream and am so pleased that you can now experience the magic of these natural gifts firsthand. Dial in your dosage and see how great you will feel.
Yours Qssentially, Dr K.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.