Support Your Liver

November 29 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health information, Natural health supplements

I don’t know about you, but anything I can do to help my liver handle the toxins coming into my body better, the more efficiently I know everything else will function.  Read on to find out how to support your liver better

Support Your Liver


The haze of pollution encompassing Auckland City. We all need to support our liver better living in this.

Living in the big smoke of Auckland, I know that my general consumption of toxicity is a lot greater than if I lived in a rural area.  Yes sure, there will be pollutants from sprays and pesticides in the country, but it will be nothing like the haze of pollution that encompasses Auckland and the surrounding areas.


Why should you Support your liver?

Our poor liver!  It is constantly bombarded with toxins from the food we eat, the liquids we drink, the pharmaceuticals we take and the air we breath.  One of the body’s primary self-defence mechanisms is the conversion and neutralization of these metabolic products and toxins into soluble and safe by-products, which can then be eliminated.  All ingested and microbially produced toxins are presented to the liver, the body’s primary detoxification organ for clearance.

What does our liver do with toxins?


Phases of Detoxification in the liver

The liver has two related processes known as Phase 1 and Phase 2 in its ability to detoxify pollutants and associated chemicals.  Associated with each phase are a number of reactions, which are reliant on certain nutritional vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  It is common that generally, people will have low levels of one or more nutrients, or an accumulation of toxins, which will slow down the overall detoxification pathway.

When we rapidly destroy and remove, from our bowel or body organs, certain microbial pathogens – such as yeast, Candida albicans, parasites, viruses and other bacteria, we do this by breaking down their cellular wall (endotoxin) as part of the removing process.

Certain vitamins and minerals, as well as different phyto or plant nutrients, can help support the liver during this time.  These are not always essential, but at times helpful to assist with the eliminative process.  Phyto-nutrients are plant substances found in various fruits and vegetables, which support detoxification pathways and promote general well-being.  These nutrients exert powerful nutritional and antioxidant actions and are useful modulators of toxic reactions.

Foods to increase in your diet, to reduce toxic reactions and support detoxification

  • Broccoli and watercress – these vegetables contain powerful activators of phase 1 & phase 2 detoxification pathways
  • Lemon and lime – the peel and pith of these citrus fruits contain limonene, which activate phase 2 enzymes
  • Soya bean isoflavones – assist in cholesterol clearance & the hormonal metabolism associated with detoxification
  • Green Tea – helps neutralise free radicals, which could contribute to toxic reactions of liver cleansing
  • Spices turmeric and ginger –contains important components that activate phase 2 enzyme detoxification
  • Beetroot, carrot, garlic and grapes – all possess valuable phyto-chemicals, which support detoxification

Food choices to support detoxification

These foods have small amounts of naturally occurring beneficial phyto-chemicals, which help support the detoxification process.  Purchasing organic foods helps the process and, if organic produce is unavailable, then it is recommended that fruits and vegetables are washed thoroughly, and, where possible during the program, should be peeled.  As well as the ones above, they include, but are not limited to:

  • Vegetables and fruits: Asparagus, Red Cabbage, Pumpkin, Lettuce, Sweet Potato, Capsicum, Parsley, Chives, Tomato, Mango, Kiwifruit, Tamarillo, Pawpaw, Banana.
  • Protein Foods: Skinless Chicken and Turkey, Fresh Fish, Tuna, Salmon, Lean Lamb, Whey Protein
  • Fat Foods: Avocado, Flax Seeds, Olive Oil, Macadamia, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds
  • Other foods: Almonds, Buckwheat, Garlic, Lentils, Sea Salt, Rice, Millet, Corn

Herbs to help with better liver function and detoxification

The main herbs used to help with better liver function are Milk thistle, Dandelion, Burdock, Schizandra, Artichoke, Perilla and Wild Yam.

The amino acids Taurine, Glycine, Methionine. N Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and Glutamine are vital to help increase your body’s production of glutathione, your premier liver antioxidant.  You can read more about Glutathione here.

Vital Water


Water the Elixir of Life

It is vital to ensure you stay well hydrated and assist your eliminative organs to flush the toxins away.  As well as this, water is vital for supplying oxygen to the body, which helps combat toxins and enrich the blood.  Water is also a medium for the removal of waste in the body.  It only makes sense to drink ample water every day, to help the detoxification process.  Start the day by having 1/2 a lemon squeezed in a large glass of water.

Supplements to Support Liver Function

My Number One Liver Supporting product is Natures Way Super Thisilyn.  I LOVE this product, take it myself (every day) and recommend it to anyone who REALLY needs help with their liver.  I have seen the most dramatic changes in peoples Liver Function Blood Tests after they have taken Super Thisilyn.  I have used this product with people who have serious liver problems and I do not know 1 person who has not had at least good but usually excellent results from using it (as shown by their liver function blood test)

Other choices include:

Artemis Liver Detox Tea:  Contains a combination of organic herbs, in a loose leaf form.  It is a great addition and is especially useful when recovering from liver complaints, when undertaking a liver-cleansing regime, or when taking synthetic medication. Can be safely taken longer for maintenance, e.g each morning before breakfast for regular detoxification and is suitable for adults and children.

You can read more about Liver Cleansing Herbs here

There are plenty of other things you can do to support better detoxification and elimination and to make sure your liver is functioning optimally.  Contact one of our naturopathic team to discuss this more

Leanne James
Naturopath & Founder Ideal Health

Enzymes for Better Health

November 26 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Health supplement review

When I used to think about enzymes, I would remember the advertisement on TV about the Hungry Enzymes in the washing powder, that looked like Pac Man, that ate away at the stains on your cloths.  Now when I think of enzymes, I think of a group of essential proteins that are involved in and needed for EVERY single chemical reaction that takes place in our body.  Read on to find out why Enzymes are essential for better health.

Enzymes for better health

We stock a number of ranges of enzymes, but one of our best is Enzymedica – The Enzyme Experts.  Unlike a lot of other companies who make or supply almost every kind of supplement you can think of, Enzymedica ONLY make enzymes.  They specialise in it and produce a wide range of Vegan and Kosher enzyme combinations in Venice Florida.

What are Enzymes?


Enzymes for better health

Enzymedica tell us ” Enzymes are found in all living cells.  Enzymes are biologically active proteins necessary for all living organisms. metabolic enzymes catalyze and regulate every biochemical reaction that occurs within the human body, making them essential to cellular function and overall health”.

“Digestive enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and maximize this potential energy for use in the body.  Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes, as they are needed”.

Enzyme Sources

Enzymedica tell us that metabolic enzymes are an essential component for optimal cellular function and health.  These descriptions are not without merit.  They speed up the chemical reactions within the cells for detoxification and energy production.  They enable us to see, hear, feel, move and think.

Every organ, every tissue and all 100 trillion cells in our body depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes and their energy factor.  Without these metabolic enzymes, cellular life would cease to exist.

Digestive Enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients and waste.  Most of the digestive enzymes are produced by the pancreas.  The liver, gall bladder, small intestine, stomach and colon also play pivotal roles in the production of these enzymes.

Digestive enzymes allow the nutrients found in the foods we consume to be absorbed into the blood stream and the waste to be discarded.

Some human digestive enzymes include lipase, protease, amylase, ptyalin, pepsin and trypsin.

Food Enzymes are introduced to the body through the raw foods we eat and through the consumption of supplemental enzyme products.

Alkaline Foods

Fruits & veggies contain naturally occurring enzymes

Raw foods naturally contain enzymes, providing a source of digestive enzymes when ingested.

However raw food manifests only enough enzymes to digest that particular food.  The cooking and processing of food destroys all of its enzymes.

Since most of the foods we eat are cooked or processed in some way and because raw foods we do eat contain only enough enzymes to process that particular food, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require, unless we use supplemental enzymes to aid in the digestive process.

It is important to understand the differences between the enzyme types and make sure you are using an enzyme product most beneficial for your particular needs.

Life Cannot Exist Without Enzymes

  • Enzymes are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body
  • Enzymes are catalysts for chemical reactions
  • Enzymes are an essential part of every working organ in our body
  • Enzymes are needed by vitamins and minerals to maximise their distribution and delivery within the body
  • Enzymes are required to properly digest all foods
  • Enzymes are inevitably destroyed by cooking and processed food
  • Enzymes can prevent partially digested proteins from putrefying, carbohydrates from fermenting and fats from turning rancid within the digestive system
  • Enzymes from a plant based source become active as soon as they enter the body

Supplemental Enzyme Types

Plant-Based enzymes are the most popular choice of supplemental enzymes.  They are grown in a laboratory setting and extracted from certain types of fungus and probiotics.  The enzymes harvested from aspergillus are called plant-based or fungal.  Of all the choices, plant based enzymes are the most potent.  This means they can break down more fat, protein and carbohydrates than any other source.

Plant Enzymes consist of bromelain and papain.  Bromelain is a proteolytic (breaks down protein) and milk clotting enzyme derived from the pineapple stem.  A concentrate of this enzyme has been known to promote a healthy imflammatory response, is used as a meat tenderizer and is used in the chill-proofing of beer.


Pineapple & Papaya are sources of  Bromelain & Papain

Like pepsin and papain, bromelain has an optimal temperature higher than normal body temperature.  There is always greater heat at the sight of inflammation than any other part of the body.

Papain is an enzyme derived from the latex of papaya.  This enzyme becomes active in an environment of 6.0 – 8.0 pH and requires temperatures above normal body temperature.  Like bromelain, it too supports the bodys natural recovery from overexertion.


Chymotrypsin, pancreatin, pepsin and trypepsin are enzymes from the pancreas, stomach and small intestine derived from animal glands and organs.  These enzymes require an alkaline pH level of 8.0 to become active.

Enzymedica products are 100% vegetarian, thus, enzymes derived from animals are not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.  Almost all of their products are suitable for vegans.

Here is a link to the Enzymedica range of enzymes we have


Leanne James
Naturopath & Founder of Ideal Health

Information copied from Enzymedica “Yeah – We have an enzyme for that” 2012.02

MEBO Ointment For Skin Healing

November 17 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health supplements, Natural skin care

I am a huge fan of MEBO Ointments for skin healing and have recommended and stocked this range for over 10 years.  I have seen first hand the incredible healing properties of these ointments, as well as read about the huge amount of research that has been done on these and especially in the area of burns, wounds and ulcers.

How did MEBO Ointments for skin healing originate?

MEBO International Group is the developer of a burn therapy that focuses on skin regeneration in vivo (within a living organism) and in situ (in its original place or position).

This new approach is aimed at treating damaged tissue organs in the skin by potentiating and stimulating stem cells in situ, directly repairing and regenerating skin tissue without the need for skin transplants.

Moist Exposed Burn Therapy (MEBT) maintains a burn wound in a physiologically optimum, moist environment through the use of the specially designed ointment MEBO – Moist Exposed Burn Ointment.

The application of MEBO initiates a systemic comprehensive treatment based on the natural pathogenesis of the burned tissue.

MEBO cleans the burned tissue by stimulating the discharge and removal of debris (liquefaction of necrotic tissues)

In addition, MEBO enhances the regeneration and repair of the burn wound with added vitality in the wound-healing process.

Accordingly, MEBT/MEBO is distinguished from conventional surgical therapy in that dryness, excision, skin grafting and scarring, as well as the pain associated with dressing changes, may no longer be a component of burn management.

MEBT focuses on healing the burned tissue and promoting tissue regeneration.

A Registered Medicine in over 30 countries, MEBO is now used in over 20,000 hospitals with more than six million patients treated to date.

The MEBO International Group, with their international head office in Los Angeles, California, hold more than 20 patents in the US, Europe, Japan and China for cell and organ regeneration.

How do MEBO ointments work for skin healing?

MEBO’s unique formulations stimulate stem cell regeneration.

These ointments promote the natural regeneration of stem cells, that are located at the bottom of the hair follicle. These cells are capable of producing not only the hair shaft,  nerve cells and sebaceous glands but also the daughter cells that create the dermis and epidermis.

Stem cells can repair injured and defective skin by restructuring and regenerating new skin according to the original skin’s physiological structure. This speeds healing as well as minimising scarring.

By stimulating these cells to regenerate quickly, the ointments are shown to support the growth of skin tissue.   Research, including results from clinical trials, have shown that the healing process is significantly faster using MEBO ointments.

How many ointments are in the MEBO range?

There are 5 products in the MEBO range – Burn Repair, Wound Repair, Skin Restore, Acne Clear and Anti Itch

Burn Repair is especially formulated to promote the natural healing of all burns, including scalds, sunburn, nappy rash, sweat rash, chemical, electrical, radiotherapy, chafing, friction, chemical peel, epilaser, dermabrasion and carbon dioxide laser therapy. MEBO Burn Repair works by helping to cool and soothe the affected area, encouraging stem cell regeneration to assist in the growth of new skin, helping to minimise scarring, moisturising and protecting the area.

Wound Repair is especially formulated to help with all skin wounds including ulcers (bedsores, diabetic, chronic), cracked nipples, shingles, chilblains, impetigo (school sores), haemorrhoids, cracked/chafed/grazed skin, and donor-site repair.

Skin Restore helps fade all types of scarring and skin damaged by trauma, chemicals and sun, including cosmetology, acne, chicken pox, dry/cracked skin, stretch marks and liver sports.  It can be used to regenerate the integrity and vitality of skin.  It protects and nourishes newly healed skin, as well as assisting in the cleansing and protection of new skin.   It provides a healthy environment for the natural recovery of scarred or blemished skin.  It assists in reducing skin cracking.

Anti Itch is especially formulated to soothe irritated skin – relieving itching from insect bites, chicken pox, eczema and dermatitis, providing moisture and nutrition. Helps reduce the urge to scratch, as well as provide moisture and nourishment to the skin, for skin comfort. MEBO Anti Itch also helps the natural repair of cracked, chafed or dry scaly skin and helps minimise scarring.   Repairs and protects nerve endings in the skin. Promotes epithelial repair through stem cell regeneration.  Safe with pregnancy and with young children.

Acne Clear helps clear pimples from skin.  It supports the skins immune response to bacteria and cleanses irritated & infected skin. It nourishes & protects the skin, providing rapid healing to acne.  This intensive formula is effective for daily skincare, leaving skin moist, clean and smooth.

Please note MEBO Acne Clear does not prevent pimples, but speeds up the healing process once you have a pimple. For pimples, acne, and rosacea – providing moisture, nutrition, and skin cleansing; accelerating new skin growth and reducing scarring.


The MEBO range of ointments for skin healing

What are MEBO ointments made from?

The ointment is composed of natural plant extracts dissolved in a sterile and refined sesame oil base with beeswax as the preservative. The raw materials have a long history of human usage and as a topical ointment.  MEBO has very limited systemic absorption.  Based on clinical studies and extensive clinical use, MEBO has no toxicity or side effects.  Care is recommended for people sensitive to sesame and beeswax.

Leanne James
Naturopath & Founder of Ideal Health

Help to Give Up Smoking

November 14 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review

As an ex-cigarette smoker, I know first hand how very difficult it is to give up smoking.  It doesn’t matter how much other people harp on about how you should give up, you have to really want/need to give up yourself to follow through with this. It takes a lot of determination, discipline and a plan of action to actually give up.  Read on to find out about the natural options available to help to give up smoking.

Help to give up smoking


Advertisements like this did not persuade people to give up smoking, but instead, encouraged them.

I smoked cigarettes for a good 10 years before I decided to give up.  My dad was a smoker, so I was bought up with a smoker around me. My grand parents all smoked and in those days, it wasn’t considered as bad for you as it is now known to be.

In fact, from the 20s to the 50s doctors promoted smoking to their patients, such as in this advertisement here.  This ad used an actor and not a real doctor, but still, we all know there is absolutely no way any advertising company could get away with this blatant promotion of their product by a doctor. AND, we all think/thought that what ever our family doctor told us, must be 100% correct, so if the doctor is promoting it, it must be ok.

In the mid 1930s, an advertising campaign for Philip Morris cigarettes referred to “research conducted by physicians”.

In one of their advertisements, it claimed that after prescribing Philip Morris brand cigarettes to patients with irritated throats, “every case of irritation cleared completely or definitely improved.”

I wonder how much their sales increased the week that advertisement came out.

Natural Options to Help Give Up Smoking

We have two main options to help people who want to or who are ready to give up smoking.

Now you may think this first option is unusual, but we stock a range of herbal cigarettes and rolling tobacco – The Honeyrose range, established in Suffolk in 1910.

These are made in the UK and the cigarettes look just like a taylor made cigarette. They feature 100% organic, wild crafted herbs such as clover leaves, marshmallow leaves and rose petals. These are matured in honey and fruit juices to give them their unique taste.

The tar level of these herbal cigarettes vary, with the higher tar levels giving a heavier smoke taste/feel.

Even though I am not promoting smoking at all, we have had literally hundreds of people who have given up smoking by swapping to these herbal cigarettes.

Honeyrose have a Stop Smoking Plan that they offer, to give advice as to how to swap to the herbal cigarettes completely.  Some people go “cold turkey” and swap from nicotine cigarettes straight to the herbal ones, but Honeyrose suggest a gradual process, so the withdrawal symptoms are minimal.

Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan


Honeyrose Herbal Cigarette range

This is the Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan and their suggestions on how to incorporate Honeyrose herbal Cigarettes to help you to give up nicotine

Honeyrose tell us

The Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan allows for a natural move away from both tobacco and nicotine products. Honeyrose herbal cigarettes and smoking mixtures help provide the support needed to reduce tobacco intake without removing the physically satisfying process of selecting, lighting and holding a cigarette, especially during the difficult quitting period.


Honeyrose Herbal Rolling Tobacco (Mixture) to help give up smoking

By following the Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan, established over 30 years ago, nicotine and tobacco intake may be gradually reduced and eventually eliminated. The Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan takes into account the human side of stopping smoking: the need for guidance, support, and hopefully we have created a plan that understands how people feel during the difficult times when cravings are at their worst.

They go onto tell us How the Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan Works

Honeyrose herbal cigarettes and smoking mixtures can be a reassuring way to stop smoking. The Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan offers a way to help you replace tobacco cigarettes gradually and calmly, substituting Honeyrose herbal cigarettes for tobacco cigarettes until you finally quit smoking.

You have the added comfort of knowing that all the ingredients are non-addictive and are made of pure herbs specially treated and naturally flavoured without any added chemicals. Each time you smoke a Honeyrose herbal cigarette or use our smoking mixtures you lessen your intake of nicotine, and then the next tobacco cigarette should seem less attractive. You could soon lose the desire to smoke tobacco products.

By following the Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan, you might be ready to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes in as little as three weeks.

Tips For Success

Enlist the support of family and friends – tell them what you are trying to do, they can help to keep you on the ‘straight and narrow’ road to success.

•    Think positively about your quit smoking plan.
•    Make sure the first cigarette of the day is a Honeyrose product.
•    Try and avoid situations which may tempt you to smoke tobacco. Keep Honeyrose nearby, in case you do feel tempted.
•    Stick to your quit smoking plan.
•    Walk more, take more exercise – you will feel measurably better with each additional walk and each tobacco cigarette you don’t smoke.
•    As an incentive, keep track of the money you will save when you stop smoking completely.
•    Have a ‘treat’ planned for when you have quit smoking completely.


Honeyrose Stop Smoking Plan

The followings are suggested plans, and should be adapted to take into account your circumstances and the number of cigarettes you already smoke per day.


Week 1 to 3 suggestion as to how to incorporate the Honeyrose Herbal Cigarettes to help you to stop smoking if you smoke 20 cigarettes a day.


Week 1 to 3 suggestion as to how to incorporate the Honeyrose Herbal Cigarettes to help you to stop smoking if you smoke 10 cigarettes a day.




















Withdrawal of Nicotine

It takes around 2 weeks to lose your nicotine addiction.  After that, most of what you experience is habit.  In my own experience, one of the worst parts for me were the extremely vivid dreams that I had EVERY night for 2 years after stopping.  Every night I dreamed that I was smoking and I would wake up in a panic, thinking I had blown it and that I had had a cigarette and started smoking again, only to realise that it was only a dream.  It really did take 2 years for these dreams to stop.   I also found myself holding pens, pencils and anything else that looked like a cigarette, in the same way I did my cigarette.  I would even catch myself lifting these to my mouth!

Breaking the cycle

I smoked a lot.  I smoked from the moment I got up, until I went to bed.  I always had to have a cigarette after certain things and especially after eating.  I was pre occupied with having another cigarette and it was a major part of my thought processes  – Shall I have another cigarette.  Going out as a teenager was the worst and especially when I drank alcohol, when I would literally chain smoke.  I really do wish I had never started smoking.  Interestingly, my 3 siblings all smoked too.  All but my eldest brother have given up.

Naturopharm Quit Smoke Kit

A lot of our customers have very successfully given up smoking using the Quit Smoke Kit, which contains two homeopathic remedies.

Cravings tablets are sucked every time you feel like a cigarette.


Naturopharm Quit Smoke Pack with Craving tablets & Withdrawal Spray

Believe me when I tell you, that most addictive feelings are only momentary.  If you can suck a craving tablet and distract yourself, so you think of something else, you will lose the feeling very quickly.  If possible, leave the room and in this case, do something you usually would not associate with having a cigarette – like a shower, a run or sporting activity, or visit a friend who is a non smoker.

Withdrawal Spray is used three times a day, to help with the actual withdrawal.

Good luck with your stop smoking plan!

We would love to hear about your own results and the things you did to help yourself.

Leanne James
Naturopath & 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

salvestrol bottle

Salvestrol Platinum

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

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.