July 28 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Mineral supplements


Xcel Health Superior Magnesium Capsules

I take a lot of supplements every day.  Its hard not to, when you are constantly reviewing products and their ingredients and the literature about these and how they work in the body.  But one of the main supplements I cant do without, is my magnesium supplement, Superior Magnesium.

If you are not familiar with this product, its a reverse ratio magnesium supplement in a capsule, that contains co factors to help you to absorb this mineral more efficiently.

It particularly contains the mineral co factors needed for magnesium absorption; that are missing in our soil here in New Zealand.  These include zinc and boron, as well as the co factors Vitamin D, calcium and the Active form of Vitamin B6, P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-phosphate).

In fact, Superior Magnesium provides 1000IU (25mcg) of Vitamin D3 in each capsule.  We have all heard about how vital this vitamin is for our immune system, for skin problems and more recently we have heard about the importance of Vitamin D for respiratory health.  As well as this, it is an important nutrient to help with the absorption of magnesium, which is why I added it to this formula.  It is predicted that a very large percentage of people have a Vitamin D deficiency, so really, it was important this vitamin was included in the formulation.

Superior Magnesium is a Reverse Ratio Magnesium supplement

Usually, when you look at a mineral formula highlighting calcium and magnesium, you will find the ratio of calcium to magnesium is 2 to 1.  So 2 parts calcium and 1 part magnesium.  This ratio, with its co factors, helps to top up calcium levels, to help with our nerves and nerve transmission, bone health, maintenance of electrolyte balance,  hormone production and a whole host of other vital processes in our body.

Our reverse ratio magnesium supplement is for helping top up deficient magnesium levels in the body and to help relieve magnesium deficiency symptoms such as muscle cramp, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, irregular heart beat & muscular pain, as well as help in conditions such as hypertension, bone spurs, insulin resistance, insomnia and panic attacks (to name a few).

What happens with a Magnesium deficiency?


A deficiency of magnesium causes muscle cramp

Henry Osiecki tells us “When a magnesium deficiency exists, excessive amounts of calcium can build up in soft tissues, tendons and ligaments; resulting in stiffness, arthritic and joint pain, vascular spasm or calcium deposits in vascular walls, kidney and gall stones”.

He goes on to say ” Magnesium deficiency alters the vascular mechanical properties in the young and may be a mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension, atherosclerosis, ventricular arrhythmia and other cardiovascular diseases”.

Henry believes that approximately 49% of the population is at risk of being magnesium deficient.

So why is this?

Most of the magnesium contained in food is lost when it is refined.  In fact, Henry tells us that 90% of the magnesium in wheat is lost with milling.

As well as this, these factors increase the demand for needing to add magnesium to your supplement regime:

If you are an alcoholic, an athlete, have arthritis, have had a bowel resection, in chronic fatigue, coffee excess, have diabetes, experience regular emotional stress, in epileptics, those with cardiovascular problems, a high cereal intake or excessive phytate intake, a high fat and sugar intake, in hyperparathyroidism, in those with kidney stones, in lactation, if you have liver cirrhosis, muscular dysfunction, don’t like noisy environments, in pregnancy, eclampsia and pregnancy induced hypertension and in prolonged diarrhoea.   This isn’t the full list, but gives you some of the main incidences.

So how much magnesium do we need each day?

Henry Osiecki tells us that the recommended daily amount (RDA) of magnesium is 400mg a day for men and 350mg a day for women and that a therapeutic dosage is between 300-800mg a day.

Remember that a RDA relates to the amount you need to maintain an adequate existing level in your body.  This means that if you are a man, once your magnesium levels are adequate,  you need to take 400mg of magnesium a day to maintain this level in your body.

Your needs for magnesium can alter each day.  The greater your output in a day, the more magnesium you will use, so the more you need on that day.  It is an alkalising mineral, so the higher an acid condition you have in your body, the more you use and need.

So if you experience regular stress, you exercise, your diet did not contain adequate whole, unrefined foods and you had an extra coffee for the day, you will need a lot more magnesium on this day, than on a day when you sit around and watch DVD’s or read and have little exertion.

I personally take a minimum of 2 capsules of the Superior magnesium a day, providing me with 400mg.  I take these after dinner, as the formula contains zinc and zinc on an empty stomach can be nauseating.

If I am feeling under pressure, if my blood pressure is higher than usual or if I get muscle cramp, I bump this up to 2 capsules after breakfast and 2 capsules after dinner.  My colleagues tell me that those who have hypertension like myself, would benefit from taking 1000mg of magnesium (in combination with its important co factors) a day.  I keep this in mind and alter my dosage, depending on how I am feeling and dependent on any magnesium deficiency symptoms I may have.

Why do you have Superior Magnesium Capsules AND Superior Magnesium Tablets?  Are they different?

When I first had this product made, I had them made at a manufacturing company here in NZ who have a tableting machine.   I went to get another batch made, but they did not have one of the ingredients in the formula.  Because of this, and because I didn’t want to run out of these, I gave my formula to another manufacturing company who have an encapsulating machine.  There were able to organise a batch quick smart, so now we had Superior Magnesium tablets and capsule.

As tablets contain tableting aids (like magnesium stearate) I decided to swap the product to a capsule form only, where I was able to add rice flour as the “filler” and nothing else but the nutrients in the formula, in a vegetable capsule.

However I have a number of customers who really prefer the tablets, so because of this, we have kept both the Superior Magnesium capsules and Superior Magnesium tablets.   Both products contain the identical combination of nutrients in them, in exactly the same form and the same milligram amount.

So Why do these people prefer the Superior Magnesium tablets?

They prefer these tablets because when they take the tablets, they notice that not only do they get the muscle relaxing and other effects from the product, but they also notice their bowel motions are softer and easier to pass.  This does not seem to happen with the capsules at all, pointing to the tableting aids, like the magnesium stearate, as the contributor to this looseness.

You can read more about the importance of adequate magnesium your diet here.

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

Fish Oil Toxic To Pregnant Women?

July 26 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: In the News, Pregnancy, Vitamin supplements

It really upsets us when we are subjected to scaremongering by the media, as we were on Friday the 22nd July, after a report aired, which was titled “Pregnant Women told Don’t take fish oil, after dramatic findings”.fish oil

They were talking about 2 separate studies done at the University of Auckland Liggins Institute, that suggested that most fish oil supplements contained oils that had significant levels of oxidation and that over 50% of these fish oils exceeded industry guidelines for maximum levels of oxidation.

Professor Wayne Cutfield from the Liggins Institute made a statement saying “So our recommendation, at this time, until there is more information, is not to take fish oil during pregnancy.

A study done by the Liggins Institute last year found most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand had gone off, so scientists did some testing of fish oil on pregnant rats.

Professor Cutfield said ” By the 2nd day of life, almost a third of the baby rats had died.  In addition, we found that the mothers, after they had stopped taking the fish oil, 3 weeks after delivery, they were more insulin resistant, meaning they were more prone to developing diabetes”.

But the rats were given oils that were highly rancid and also double the recommended dose.

Jenny Reid, for the Ministry for Primary Industries and Health said that study doesn’t prove a risk for humans.  She said ” Its really important that anybody, but particularly pregnant women know that there is NOT a food safety issue, shown in this study, in terms of the consumption of fish oil supplements.

The Ministry for Primary Industries commissioned two Dunedin-based toxicologists to produce a scientific report covering:

  • A review of the literature for more recent safety data on fish oils and oxidised fish oils
  • A risk assessment based on available data; and
  • An evaluation of whether robust safety standards for oxidation of fish oils can now be derived.

So what did the report from the Ministry for Primary Industries find with regard to fish oil?

The report found there is NO evidence of any food safety concerns for consumers of fish oils or fish oils supplements, if consumers follow manufacturers recommended dose instructions found on product labels.

It also found that fish oil contains fatty acids with double bonds and will oxidise naturally over time.  The chemical products of this oxidation process are only toxic if dietary intakes are sufficiently high.  The risk of oxidation products in the fish oils on the New Zealand market is not high enough to pose a risk to consumers.  Read more about this here.

Industry spokesperson and executive director of Natural Products NZ, Alison Quesnel, agrees it’s safe.

She says “There’s many studies showing the advantages of fish oil.  There is rigorous testing within their manufacturing and so do the processors of the actual fish oil, so we’re confident that our product meets quality expectations.”

But she adds any pregnant mother with concerns should always consult their doctor.

You can view the full article on NewsHub here

 Footnote from Leanne James

Oh Dear!

One of the main things I want to say about this is that You get what you pay for when it comes to supplements.  I know they made a comment about this, stating the price didn’t reflect whether the oil was rancid or not, however I find this hard to believe.  We recommend specialised Pre natal oil supplements for pregnant and breast feeding women, such as the Nordic Naturals Pre Natal DHA and Efamol Mother & Baby.  These are high quality supplements, from high quality manufacturers, that use the latest technology, such as Nitrogen flushing and Nitrogen manufacturing environment, preventing rancidity.

Nordic naturals specifically make this statement with regard to the quality of their products and how they prevent rancidity of their oil supplement.

As the evidence behind fish oil continues to grow and drive awareness of the crucial importance of omega-3s to good health, it’s more important than ever to understand how purity, freshness, and structure determine the overall quality of fish oil. Nordic Naturals was founded with the fundamental goal of improving fish oil quality and today Nordic Naturals’ commitment to innovation remain absolute. 

Every batch of fish oils surpasses all national and international pharmaceutical standards for freshness and purity. Nordic Naturals uses a nitrogen manufacturing environment where there is no opportunity for oxidation to occur, thus preventing rancidity (free radicals).

They also incorporate a synergistic blend of powerful antioxidants, made specifically as a natural product to stabilize fats and reduce the effects of oxidation meaning there is no fishy aftertaste.  Nordic Naturals offers a comprehensive range of fish oils which are targeted to specific functional needs and are available in wide range of tasty flavours.




Test Ketones & Glucose From Urine

July 16 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Natural health supplements, Weight loss

Announcing Accu-Chek Keto-Diabur Test Sticks, for testing ketones & glucose from a urine sample.

Now available at Ideal Health and healthyonline.

Why would you want to test Ketones or Glucose from your urine?

Dieters and especially those following a low carbohydrate diet often want to measure these levels.  They will regularly test their urine to measure the amount of Ketone bodies in their urine.

Ketone bodies are a by-product of the body breaking down fat reserves, when inadequate liver stores of glycogen are present.

As these are toxic in large amounts to tissues, the body excretes ketones through the urine.

Because of the toxic nature of extended ketosis (releasing large amounts of ketones over an extended period of time), levels of excreted ketones must be monitored daily.

When a fat loss program is being followed correctly, the ketone levels should register in the ‘trace to small’ range on the Ketostix colour scale. By staying within this range or, ‘in the pink’, one is able to visibly monitor the by-products from burning fat, which is a great motivational factor for fat loss.

In a weight reduction/fat loss program, the presence of ketones is a sign of successful fat burning.  The higher the level of ketones being released, the more stored fat is being burnt.

In a person with Diabetes, Ketone’s present in the urine may be showing of a shortage of insulin in the blood, so the body is unable to use glucose for its energy source and that the body is breaking down body fat for its energy source instead.  In Type 1 Diabetes this will show that the amount of insulin being injected needs to be altered (Increased).  If this is the case, you should see your doctor or endocrinologist ASAP for advice of how to do this.

Glucose (Sugar) in the urine is almost always a sign of diabetes.  In exceptional cases (pregnancy) glucose, may, however, also be found in the urine of persons with normal blood sugar levels.

If you are not pregnant and do not have Diabetes, but glucose registers from a urine test, you should go and see your doctor ASAP and discuss these results with them.

The ranges available with the Keto-Diabur Stciks

The ranges available with the Keto-Diabur Sticks

The "Dip-Stick" used to measure Ketones & Glucose from a urine sample

The “Dip-Stick” used to measure Ketones & Glucose from a urine sample






You can read more about Low Carbohydrate Diets Here

If you would like any information about effective fat burning, via lowering carbohydrate levels, phone any of the Naturopathic Team at Ideal Health.  We would be happy to discuss this with you.

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health



If you know anyone who has cancer, who is seeking to complement their treatment with natural products/concepts, then you have probably already heard about Salvestrols.

For years I have heard my colleagues talk about Salvestrols and how they believe these are a vitally important addition into their patient’s wellness programs and especially in the programs of those who have, or who have had cancer.

So when the opportunity arose for me to attend a talk about Salvestrols given by Rebecca Baylis from Salvacare, I became excited.  Finally I would be able to find out more about this natural substance/compounds and to hear first hand about the research done on this.

Leanne salvestrol

Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness By Brian Schaefer

At the talk, Rebecca provided us with some really great information about Salvestrols and “how they came about”, as well as heaps of information about “real life situations” where Salvestrols have been used and the outcomes of its use.  Most of this was outlined in the book – Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness.  By Brian A Schaefer

In his book, Brian starts off by repeating a statement that was made at a public lecture here in New Zealand, on February 2013.  It is

“The beauty of Salvestrols is that you don’t need to paddle up the Amazon to find them – if you grow organically you can find them in your own garden, regardless of where you live”.

I love anything like this.  Finding out about how I can add more of these super compounds into my diet, just by eating more organically grown fruits and veggies!  Yah, that sounds easy!

But sometimes we may need much higher concentrations of compounds like Salvestrols, so may need to take it in a more concentrated form, such as in a supplement.

It is the information in this book that I particularly wanted to share with you, as it is so well written and very easy to understand and as far as I am concerned, tells us all we need to know about Salvestrols.   The book is

Salvestrols. Journeys to Wellness. By Brian A Schaefer.

In this book, Brian starts off by talking about the statement that many of us grew up hearing
“Eat your vegetables!”. 

We have all heard this statement, but what is the basis behind it?  We may have been given the explanation that studies of people who have a diet made up of abundant fruits and vegetables enjoy greater health benefits and reduced risk of cancer, however this doesn’t really tell us “How this works”.

About a decade ago, Brian came across the work of a group of English cancer researchers that provided a real explanation of how this works – a mechanism that explained how eating fruits and vegetables would not just prevent cancer but could kill cancer.

Who are these Cancer Researchers?

This group consisted of Professor Gerry Potter, a Medicinal Chemist; Professor Dan Burke, a Pharmacologist/Toxicologist and Anthony Daniels an Engineer.

In the early 1990s, these men were conducting work that would facilitate their later collaboration on explaining the link between fruit and vegetable consumption and cancer.

Gerry was working at The Institute of Cancer Research in London.  The team he was involved with was interested in prostate cancer and in particular, the role of testosterone production in the hopes of slowing prostate cancer growth.

To this end, they knew that an enzyme CYP17 (pronounced ‘sip 17’) was instrumental in the pathway for production of androgens such as testosterone.  Gerry has a fantastic ability to visualize complex chemical and biochemical shapes.

He began working with CYP17 and designed a compound that would inhibit the operation of this enzyme and consequently the production of testosterone.

He developed a Breakthrough in Prostate Cancer Treatment

For this discovery, Gerry received his Third award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is the only scientist to ever receive more than one of these awards.Royal_Society_of_Chemistry.svg

While Gerry was working on the development of targeted cancer therapies in London, Dan Burke and his students were investigating another CYP enzyme at the Medical School in Aberdeen.

The enzyme was CYP1B1 (pronounced ‘sip one be one’)

They initially discovered that CYP1B1 showed up in soft tissue sarcomas but did not show up in surrounding healthy tissue.  The finding was interesting but did not cause too much of a stir.

Dan and his students were intrigued and decided to investigate other cancers.

They found the same result in Breast cancer, namely that CYP1B1 was present in breast cancer cells, but not in the surrounding normal breast cells.

They then went on to investigate a broad array of cancers and found the same result of CYP1B1 being present in cancer cells of the colon, lung, oesophagus, skin, lymph nodes, brain and testis with no detectable presence in the surrounding healthy tissue.


                CYP1B1 Gene

This cumulative body of evidence was very exciting, as it indicated that CYP1B1 might serve as a universal cancer marker and as such, could be used both as a target for cancer therapy and as a target to use for diagnostic purposes.

In short, CYP1B1 could be the Holy Grail of cancer research.  At this point, laboratories around the world started investigating CYP1B1 and it is now widely regarded as a universal cancer marker of great utility, because it shows up in the various cancers, but is absent from healthy tissue.


Anthony Daniels was working on developing methods of reliably extracting natural compounds from plant material and investigating the utility of botanical compounds for real world applications in health, agriculture and environmental remediation.

He became particularly adept at extracting compounds from herbs and foods – something that was about to become very important for the advancement of cancer research.

And Dan Burke?

Dan Burke left Aberdeen and took an academic post as Head of the School of Pharmacy in Leicester.

He then recruited Gerry Potter to his department at the University to develop a prodrug for CYP1B1.

Dan discussed his work on CYP1B1 with Gerry and outlined the problem that needed to be solved.  Following on his success with CYP17, Gerry set to work on CYP1B1 and designed a prodrug for it.

The drug was designed to be activated through metabolism by CYP1B1, to produce a metabolite that would initiate apoptosis (programmed cell death) in the cancer cell.  In this way, the drug would be absolutely targeted to the cancer and leave little room for harmful side effects.

Many discussions were held as to why CYP1B1 would be present in cancer cells and not in healthy tissue – What was its function?

The professors hypothesised that CYP1B1 must be a rescue mechanism for ridding the body of aberrant cancer cells.  Enzymes work by changing the shape, structure and often function of compounds that can bind with them.

If this hypothesis were true, then a prediction that could be derived was that the compounds for CYP1B1 to metabolise, would come from ones diet.

Dan and Gerry realized that they had seen similar compounds in plant biology.

They began a search for plant compounds that could be metabolised by CYP1B1, to see if they would have the same anti-cancer property as their prodrug.  They found some!!!!

Tests were performed and it was found that these natural compounds performed selective targeting of CYP1B1.  The natural compounds are metabolised by CYP1B1 and then the metabolite bought about the destruction of the cancerous cell.

These natural compounds were named Salvestrols.

What the professors discovered was that nature produced some Salvestrols with very high, targeted selectivity.

By selectivity we mean that the metabolite produced by CYP1B1 was able to kill cancer cells because of the presence of CYP1B1, but not kill normal cells, which contained no CYP1B1 and hence no metabolite.

Here was a specific, tested mechanism to explain how certain dietary compounds could prevent and treat cancer.

So how do Salvestrols Work in the body?


Organic Fruits and Veggies Contain Naturally Occurring  Salvestrols

We ingest Salvestrols from organic fruit and vegetables.  They are absorbed and transported through the body.

When Salvestrols encounter the CYP1B1 enzyme in cancer cells, the CYP1B1 enzyme metabolises the Salvestrols, producing a metabolite that induces the death of the cancer cell.

It is a very elegant mechanism and it provides great credibility to the hypothesis that CYP1B1 is a rescue enzyme.

It also indicates that cancer can be viewed as a dietary deficiency.  When the diet is deficient in Salvestrols, cancer cells proliferate.  When a diet is rich in Salvestrols, this rescue mechanism maintains good health of the body.

If the body has cancer cells, the ingestion of Salvestrols tend to get rid of the cancer cells and returns the body to good health.

So what now?

With this discovery of Salvestrols, came the question of how to make this knowledge available to people that were suffering with cancer.  The initial approach was to put together a diet to highlight the foods that would deliver Salvestrols.

The Green and Red Diet

Professor Potter produced what is known as the Red & Green Diet. He also got in touch with Anthony Daniels to discuss whether or not it would be possible to formulate a supplement that provides the higher levels of daily intake of Salvestrols that people would likely need if they were diagnosed with cancer.

Early on it was known that a variety of herbs were good sources of Salvestrols, but Anthony knew that changes to the regulatory framework for health products made extraction from herbs a problematic direction to take.

A program of work was initiated to screen fruits and vegetables for Salvestrols and it produced some very interesting findings.

What did their findings show?

In short, it showed that fruits and vegetables that were grown using traditional or organic methods produced significantly higher quantities of Salvestrols than those grown conventionally.

These heritage Pendragon Apples contain good amounts of Salvestrols

These heritage Pendragon Apples contain good amounts of Salvestrols

Furthermore, they found that heritage varieties (plants that have not been bred or modified to change their original characteristics) produced vastly higher quantities of Salvestrols.

Why do heritage Fruits & Veggies contain higher amount of Salvestrols than other produce?

Salvestrols are part of the plants defense against predation, particularly against fungal attacks.  They are produced in response to predation.

Consequently if a plant is sprayed with agents that reduce predation or reduce fungal attacks, the plant does not produce Salvestrols.

This is why these beneficial compounds are not part of our typical diet.

Furthermore, plants have been bred to produce sweeter fruits and vegetables in an attempt to increase their market appeal.

What do Salvestrols taste like?

Salvestrols typically have a bitter taste and therefore they do not contribute to the notion of a highly marketable fruit or vegetable.

This is why when we look at the level of Salvestrols in heritage crops, they are vastly higher than those found in modern varieties.

WOW, that is Such Interesting Information! AND It makes Sense!  If you spray the fruits and vegetables with fungicides, the plant doesn’t need to make its own fungicidal.   Common Sense!

So here is the Summary on Salvestrols

  • Salvestrols are most abundant in organically grown fruits and vegetable especially heritage varieties.
  • CYP1B1 is a universal cancer marker that shows up in all the various cancers but not in healthy tissue.
  • Salvestrols are food based compounds that when metabolised by CYP1B1, produce a metabolite that induces apoptosis in the cancer cell.
  • Salvestrols are part of the plants defense mechanism against predation such as fungal attack.
  • In the presence of a large dietary source of Salvestrols such as from organically grown heritage crops, this mechanism works to maintain good health by killing off aberrant cells.  In dietary deficiencies in which Salvestrol ingestion is chronically low, aberrant cells proliferate.  By addressing this dietary deficiency, the mechanism can return the body to good health.

Since the discovery of Salvestrols, many people have adopted dietary changes and Salvestrol supplementation, as a means of addressing their dietary deficiency after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.

Brian tells us “We have had the opportunity to work closely with a number of these individuals, to study their journey from diagnosis to recovery.  These studies cover a wide cross section of cancers: anal, bladder, breast, colon, leukaemia, liver, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, peritoneal and prostate”.

“They represent the situations of people from a number of different countries: Canada, England, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. ”

“Obviously both males and females are involved and they represent a cross-section of ages from 36-94”.

He goes on to say “Over the last year, up until February 2013, I have been conducting a follow up on these people to determine how they have got on after achieving remission”.

“The first eleven chapters of my book, Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness, document each of their situations as they worked through to remission”.  “I then go through the data obtained through the follow up, to highlight the lessons learned.  From the lessons learned, I introduce two situations that challenge our thinking about cancer and cancer progression”.

“Finally, I introduce the work that we are conducting on the development of blood tests for early cancer detection, disease monitoring and determination of treatment efficacy as these tests will alleviate a great deal of the uncertainty that accompanies many peoples journey from diagnosis to recovery”.

Salvestrol Points & what these actually mean

When we take pills or capsules, we are used to seeing the amount of a drug or nutrient given in a unit such as milligrams or international units.

This follows from a pharmaceutical model where a single active agent is being given.

Salvestrols represent a class of compounds

Salvestrols are derived from food and they constitute a class of compounds rather than a single compound.

Each unique Salvestrol compound has its own characteristic selectivity.

This fact makes it unreasonable to indicate an amount in milligrams, as the potency of the product would vary greatly depending on which mix of Salvestrols were used.

Salvestrol points have been developed as a metric of potency that can be used with any mixture of Salvestrols.

Salvestrols in a capsule

Capsules are produced that contain 100 points, 350 points, 1,000 points and 2,000 points.salvestrol bottle

After reviewing the pharmacokinetics of these various Salvestrol compounds, our best estimate is that an intake of 4,000 to 6,000 Salvestrol points per day would likely be required to overcome a long term dietary deficiency that has resulted in a cancer diagnosis.

However, much higher doses have been used with cancers of the brain and in advanced metastatic disease.

Once remission has been achieved, it is thought that a daily intake of 2,000 Salvestrol points per day should be sufficient to maintain good health.

Salvestrols are not the answer for everyoneSalvestrol book

The situations described in the book, Salvestrols Journeys To Wellness, are meant to show how this Salvestrol/CYP1B1 rescue mechanism can assist some of those afflicted with cancer in their return to good health.

They are not meant to convey a sense that these are the outcomes that everyone should expect.  Certainly people have made dietary change and utilised Salvestrol supplementation without achieving remission.

Many factors contribute to the success or failure in individual cases, including dietary choices, exercise level, psycho-social stresses, type and amount of conventional therapies and exposure to toxins in the environment.

References available.

Footnote from Leanne James
What exciting information this is! The information above is the Introduction in the 1st chapter of the book Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness by Brian Schaefer.  The rest of the book (the other 16 chapters) is all of the specific information, about individual cases, with real people and their outcome.  Well worth a read.   Also, well worth considering adding more organically grown foods into our diet.  What about planting some Heritage seeds/plants yourself?  You can purchase heritage seeds from Koanga Institute, home of New Zealand’s largest heritage organic seed collection.

If you would like to discuss any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Naturopaths in our team, who would be happy to talk to you about your health concerns.



Protect Our Future – Natural Health Products Bill

I received an email from FX Med today about a NEW video clip from Dr Guy Hatchard, prepared for Parliament and of interest to us all, with regard to the Natural Health Products Bill.

Guy has completed an analysis of the draft list of permitted substances and discusses some of the scandalous inclusions and omissions.

Did You Know?

The door has been opened to the widespread use of synthetic and artificial additives, which are already flagged by research as injurious to health.  There are also a great many well known herbs which have been banned or restricted.  He also discusses the huge costs involved both to our country and to suppliers which could effect the choice of products you are left with.

Guy has had first hand experience in the global natural products industry with risk assessment and regulatory issues – please take a few minutes to inform yourselves and share via your social media channels and your customer / client databases as it’s important this message reaches as many people as possible who have an interest in either selling or consuming their choice of natural health supplements.

Who is Dr Guy Hatchard?Dr-Guy-Hatchard

Dr Guy Hatchard is formerly the natural health products director of Genetic ID, a global food testing company. He is trained in consciousness based approaches of Ayurveda. He has travelled and lectured extensively on food safety regulatory matters. He has advised governments and businesses in India, EU, Canada, Australia, and USA. His PhD thesis covered the impact of quality of life factors on economic development and health policy.


This is the video I encourage you to watch, share and talk about to as many people as you can.  Its really important!


FX Med tell us How Else We Can Help

How can you help?

  • Donate whatever amount you can to NZ Wellness Foundation “Give a little” page. The money raised here will go towards advertising this issue to make as many people as possible aware this is happening. We are also funding lobbying. (We understand there are many causes and day-to-day living costs that require our attention. Any amount you can donate will make a significant difference)
  • Like our Facebook page
  • Sign and share our petition

You can also email  your local MP or the members of the select committee working on this Bill. Their details can be found here.

Thank you

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health