Renovare Wellness is proud to announce that Dr. Timothy Gerhart currently working on his 5th book titled “Creating an Invincible Immune System – Empowering You to Stay Well in Challenging Times”.
Read the Introduction below that will guide you to an “Invincible Immune System”.
What is an “Invincible Immune System”? It is an immune system that easily fends off viral threats with potent anti-viral weapons. Then it quickly stops to avoid damaging healthy tissue. It is vigilant and only responds when needed and maintains the complex balance between friendly microorganisms that live in and on us and the potential pathogens that could make us sick.
When the seasonal flu, common cold, SARS, COVID or whatever virus is making its rounds, there are always those who, even though exposed, don’t get sick. They have an Invincible Immune System.
The fact is germs (viruses, flu, SARS, COVID, bacteria) don’t make us sick. If they did, 100% of those exposed would get sick every time they were exposed. Recent data on COVID 19 shows from 25% up to 50% of those exposed to the virus don’t get sick – many don’t even know they were exposed.
What makes us sick is a WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM combined with exposure to a “germ” trigger. Louis Pasteur, the famous microbiologist who discovered germs is reported to have said on his deathbed that: “The germ is nothing, the terrain (immune system) is everything”.
Our immune systems have been keeping us well since the dawn of time. Yet, many live in viral fear. Annual flu epidemics kill 250,000 – 500,000 people each year. We have a long history of viral infection epidemics and pandemics. Recent history includes:
- 1918 Spanish Flu – led to up to 100 million deaths
- 1957 Asian Flu – led to 1-4 million deaths
- 1968 Hong Kong Flu – led to about 1-4 million deaths worldwide
- 1981-present AIDS Pandemic– led to over 32 million deaths worldwide
- 1997 Bird Flu – led to 352 deaths (a lot of scare at the time, few deaths)
- 2002-2004 SARS (from a coronavirus) outbreak – led to 774 deaths worldwide
- 2009 Swine Flu – up to 575,000 deaths worldwide
- 2012 MERS (another coronavirus) – led to 862 deaths
- 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic – led to more than 11,000 deaths
- 2015-present Zika Virus epidemic – led to over 50 deaths
- 2017-2018 United States Flu season – led to 60,000 to over 80,000 deaths
- 2019-2020 Coronavirus epidemic – 149,884 deaths worldwide as of 4/17/20) (Note: Death toll may be inflated since many deaths not conclusively linked to COVID 19)
Sobering, even scary list. The list above of diseases is sobering reminder that the latest COVID 19 pandemic is not the first and certainly not the last viral disease challenge we will face. Also, that the COVID 19 pandemic is not even in the same league compared to past challenges. The Spanish Flu led to 100 million deaths, COVID 19 to April 17th just 150,000 deaths. We are fortunate to have escaped a really serious immune challenge this time around.
With this long list of disease and death, how are any of us even still alive? What is the difference between those who get sick and die and those who not only survive, but often don’t even get sick?
Our wonderous, miraculous, incredible immune system is the difference. With the COVID 19 pandemic, over 25% (and rising with more testing) of those infected don’t get sick at all! Is now a great time to start creating a more Invincible Immune System so we stay in the “over 25%” group?
This “over 25% group” is a practical example of “Invincible Immune Systems” at work. This is the opposite of weakened, stressed, beat-up, toxic, drugged, diseased immune systems.
In active practice since 1983, often treating patients who are sick, I have been exposed to LOTS of viruses and other microbes. I have learned that the most important factor to me staying well is how well I am taking care of my immune system. Using many of the approaches I describe in this book, I am very rarely sick – less than one sick day every 5 years by my count. I now understand that when I get sick, it is my own darn fault. I have let excessive stress, overwork, under-rest, and more weaken my immune system while neglecting what is needed to build my immune system. As Louis Pasteur, the famous scientist who championed the “germ theory”, reportedly said on his deathbed, “The terrain (bio terrain or immune system) is everything, the germ is nothing”. To me this means our immune health is primary – the “germ” or microbe is secondary.
Immune challenges have been mounting to weaken large swaths of our population. We are woefully unprepared for major challenges like COVID 19. Make no mistake, this is not the last of our immune challenges.
Let me guide you through this book on the journey towards creating a more “Invincible Immune System”. This involves reducing the “bad stuff” (toxic and stressful loads) that weaken our immune system while a adding the “good stuff” to support our high-level immune wellness.
Let’s start together the journey to learn how to do just that.
Renovare looks forward to keeping you informed of the future release of “Creating an Invincible Immune System – Empowering You to Stay Well in Challenging Times”.
- The shorter the label the better. The best foods have no label at all – they are fresh produce.
- If it is a long label with small print – probably avoid
- If you can’t pronounce it – don’t eat it
- Buy organic when possible
- If your Grandmother wouldn’t understand the ingredients – don’t eat it
- The less your food is “doctored”, the less you need a doctor
Ingredients to avoid
- Common Foods containing gluten or gluten cross reactors: oats, pasta, pancakes, breads, baked goods, beers, commercially made soups, soy sauce, condiments, many chips and snacks.
- Common Grains that include gluten: wheat( all purpose flour, enriched flour, cake flour, whole wheat flour, wheat berries), barley, bulgar, farina, durum wheat, semolina, kamut, farro, rye, spelt, triticale
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO). Ex: Soy, Corn, Canola oil, sugar, some produce
- Choose Organic – this has to be GMO free by Federal law
- Excitotoxins like MSG— also commonly known as: soy protein isolate, whey protein isolate, yeast extract, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, textured vegetable protein, yeast extract, natural flavoring, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, caseinate, textured protein, hydrolyzed pea protein and many others.
- Sodium nitrite and nitrate—preservatives added to processed meats
- BHA and BHT
- Potassium bromate
Dairy in all forms: milk, whey, casein – because it fires inflammation
Refined Sugar in all forms: dextrose, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates, honey, liquid fructose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, pancake syrup, raw sugar, sugar, syrup and white sugar. lactose and maltose, high-fructose corn syrup
Other names for High Fructose Corn Syrup:
- Natural corn syrup.
- Maize syrup.
- Tapioca syrup.
- Fructose syrup.
- Fructose isolate.
Artificial Sweeteners: aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), acesulfame potassium (ACE K),
Food dyes such as Yellow 5,Yellow 6 and Red 40
The Common Ingredients to Avoid: from: https://naturallysavvy.com/eat/7-scary-food-additives-to-avoid/
Recipe from www.MinimalistBaker.com
Eggnog is traditionally made from milk, egg, and sugar. Try this version that is made with dairy free milks and sweetened with maple syrup but you can try using coconut sugar or stevia.
Incredibly rich, creamy vegan eggnog that’s easy to make and perfect for the holidays! Naturally sweetened, 6 ingredients, 1 blender required!
PREP TIME10 minutes
TOTAL TIME10 minutes
Servings: 11 (1/2-cup servings)
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days
- 3 cups dairy-free milk (preferably homemade // we love a cashew-almond blend — see instructions)
- 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk (use light for lighter eggnog)
- 4–6 Tbsp maple syrup, plus more to taste (substitute up to half with coconut sugar)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more to taste
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
Optional: If making your own dairy-free milk, soak nuts of choice overnight in cool water or cover with hot water and soak for 1 hour. Then drain, rinse well, and add to a high speed blender along with desired amount of filtered water (for a creamier milk, we went with 3/4 cup (90 g) raw soaked cashews, 3/4 cup (95 g) raw soaked almonds, and 4 cups (946 ml) water as the recipe is written; adjust amounts as needed if adjusting serving size). Strain through a nut milk bag and set aside.
To a high-speed blender, add 3 cups (710 ml) dairy-free milk (as recipe is written, adjust amounts as needed if adjusting serving size), coconut milk, maple syrup (starting with the lesser amount), cinnamon, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, and cardamom (optional).
Blend on high until creamy and smooth — 1-2 minutes. Then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more spices for warmth or maple syrup for sweetness.
For serving, enjoy cold, over ice, or hot by heating over medium heat until warm (we prefer chilled, no ice). Serve as is or with coconut whipped cream and a pinch more cinnamon or nutmeg.
Transfer remaining eggnog to a jar for storing. Leftovers should keep in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days. Or freeze into ice cubes and store up to 1 month. Shake well before serving — a little separation is natural.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with unfortified cashew milk, the lesser amount of maple syrup, and without optional ingredients.
*Prep time does not include making dairy-free milk. If making your own dairy-free milk, allow time for soaking, draining, and mixing.
*We also had success using this eggnog (bourbon / alcohol omitted) as a base for Golden Milk and our Matcha Latte. Because it’s thicker than your average dairy-free milk, we recommend slightly diluting with water for best results.
Vitamin K2-7 – the little known vitamin with a large impact
Vitamin K2 (MK7 version) (also called Menaquinone or MK7 ) is a vitamin produced by intestinal bacteria and also derived from natto and other fermented cheeses.
Heart disease, various forms of cancer, diabetes, muscle spasms, neuropathy, neurodegenerative diseases, bone fractures, etc, all seem to be linked to a deficiency of Vitamin K2 (MK7) The Western diet is almost completely absent of Vitamin K2 (MK7)
Three key areas that need K2 (MK7)
- Liver: K2 activates the clotting factors to facilitate the clotting cascade can then develop a formal blood clot.
- Bone – K2 activates a protein called osteocalcin. This protein puts calcium on the bones and requires K2 for the activation of that process.
- Soft Tissue Calcification: Vitamin K2 activates a protein called “matrix Gla protein” which prevents calcium deposits in the body in and removes it from soft tissues such as the inner walls of the arteries. Once this supply of K2 is exhausted, the body can no longer remove calcium from the body and calcification occurs.
Let’s visit these areas in more detail.
The Liver: Top-Priority in Vitamin K2 Utilization
When Vitamin K2-7 is consumed, it is absorbed through the intestinal lining and pulled up through a portal vein directly to the liver. The liver takes first priority in Vitamin K2 utilization. If the body is Vitamin K2 deficient, it won’t perform the important clotting cascade. If this occurs, a person could die from a simple cut or internal bleeding. The Vitamin K2 that the liver doesn’t use is then sent outside the liver to utilize in other tissues.
It is important to note that since the liver uses Vitamin K2- 7 first, if a person has depletion of Vitamin K2-7– it doesn’t usually show up in the liver. These deficiencies will usually be found in other tissues and organs such as: bones, cartilage, arteries, muscles, nerves, brain and heart
Vitamin K2 and Bone health
Many of us think about Vitamin D as the essential vitamin for bone health, but it is only part of the true picture. Vitamin D3 stimulates bone building osteoblastic cells that release a bone building protein called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin starts in an inactive form called Glu Osteocalcin. Vitamin K2-7 is what actually activates osteocalcin. The active osteocalcin, called Gla Osteocalcin, then takes the calcium and basically adheres it on the bone. Vitamin K2 is critical to assist in developing bone and calcification of bone in the appropriate way.
Vitamin K2 also reduces a process called bone resorption. The body looks to bone to grab calcium to use in other things like nerve conduction, muscle contraction, etc. Vitamin K2 helps slow down this process of bone resorption which is typically at a quick or high rate in most people so tend to lose more bone then they build. If this occurs too quickly, weak bones are created.
- Soft Tissues and calcium removal
There is a protein formed known as “Matrix GLA Protein” that is the only known mechanism to remove calcium from soft tissues in the body such as the inner walls of the arteries. Calcium is an inert, hard mineral that gets into the circulatory system and if it is not properly directed it actually gets embedded into your tissue. Vitamin K2 activates this Gla protein so that it can actually undo this calcification. If Vitamin K2 is depleted, calcification of soft tissue can occur.
Areas where calcification can form are:
- small and large arteries
- heart valves
- brain, where it’s known as cranial calcification
- joints and tendons, such as knee joints and rotator cuff tendons
- soft tissues like breasts, muscles, and fat
- kidney, bladder, and gallbladder
Key Products we carry at Renovare that support Vitamin K2-7
Information from Kiran Krishnan – Chief Science Officer of Microbiome Labs, Vitamin K2 Presentation.
Pictures from Kiran Krishnan Presentation
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported a recent study showing that Vitamin D at 400 IU, 4000 IU, and 10,000 IU showed increasing loss of bone density (but not bone strength) as the dosage increased.
They tested Vitamin D alone just like a drug is tested. A flawed idea for a number of reasons. First is that Vitamin D is NOT A DRUG! It does not work in isolation and should always be taken with Vitamin K2 which directs the increasing calcium levels from Vitamin D supplementation into our bones and teeth. Without Vitamin K2 taken with Vitamin D, our calcium is deposited into our soft tissues leading to blood vessel, heart valve, and joint calcification.
The next problem was using a CT scan (lots of radiation to boot) to evaluate bone density. Bone STRENGTH is what matters, not just bone density. Fosamax, Bonivia, and other drugs of the bi-phosphonate class have been shown to increase bone density while weakening the bone leading to catastrophic bone failure and fracture for some.
The last problem is focusing on large group studies trying to find what works for “average”. In 36 years of practice, I have yet to meet an “average” patient. We are each unique.
So what works?
First, “What gets measure, gets improved”
This means testing Vitamin D and blood calcium levels first. If dangerously low, low, or even sub-optimum, we tailor a Vitamin D with K2 supplement at levels we think makes sense. We use therapeutic levels of both with the clinically effective MK7 version of Vitamin K2 at therapeutic levels above 320 mcg per day. Then we retest in 4 – 8 weeks to make sure it is working. If the retest shows levels too low, we may need to add in Vitamin A to activate the Vitamin D receptor, increase dosage, or support liver, kidney, and gut conversion of Vitamin D to it’s active form. Sunlight and photobiomodulation support this conversion.
We also use a urine test to measure rate of bone loss. When bone loss is excessive we need to solve the puzzle as to why and of course retest to make sure it works. If not improving we may need to add supplements like hydroxyapatite, choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid, biotin and others to support bone health. We may need to reduce the hormones of stress and excessive inflammation that melts away bone.
In short, we need to SOLVE THE PUZZLE for each patient to support strong, healthy bones for a lifetime. Rarely can you solve the puzzle with one drug or supplement. We need to discover the root causes of the problem and adjust our lifestyle – including supplements – to fit our unique needs and measure to make sure it works. There is no AVERAGE at Renovare. Everyone is unique & special and deserves to be treated as such.
Nitric oxide is a critical signaling or messenger molecule. In fact, it is one of the components that will determine how long you are going to live. NO is linked to heart health and sexual health. Nitric oxide is critical to healthy blood flow to the brain, brain health, formation of new synapses in the brain, and protecting brain blood vessels from vascular damage.
It causes arteries and bronchioles to expand, allows brain cells to communicate with each other, and causes immune cells to kill bacteria and cancer cells. Nitric oxide production is important in protecting the heart, brain, liver, and other organs from low oxygen damage.
Nitric oxide expands the blood vessels, increases the blood flow, and decreases plaque formation and blood clotting.
However, when the body senses high toxic emotional stress, overwork, under-exercise, or smoking it releases less nitric oxide and then atherosclerosis begins to develop.
Penile erection also depends on the release of nitric oxide. Viagra and other drugs like it that reduce erectile dysfunction cause enzymatic reactions that increase Nitric Oxide.
Atherosclerosis and impotence are closely related. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of nitric oxide deficiency and correct them. Do NOT ignore Erectile Dysfunction – it is a sign of serious heart disease.
On the average, we lose 10 percent of our body’s ability to make nitric oxide for every decade of life. By the age of 40, studies show that we make 50% less Nitric oxide than we did as a teenager.
Being sedentary leads to less Nitric oxide production because your body is not stimulating its production; production is stimulated during exercise. Eating foods that are low in nitrates and nitrites also leads to decreased Nitric oxide production. Your body can only create Nitric oxide if it has the necessary precursors or building blocks. There are three isoforms of the NOS enzyme:
- Endothelial (eNOS): a signaling molecule that increases blood flow and artery health.
- Neuronal (nNOS): a signaling molecule that increases brain health
- Inducible (immune system) (iNOS): a signaling molecule which can be cytotoxic. Helpful during acute infection but extremely damaging to our blood vessels if it stays elevated. We use Nitric Balance to decrease this form and elevate eNOS and nNOS.
Another problem is the presence of fluoride. When fluoride is present, it converts nitric oxide into the toxic and destructive nitric acid. Nitric oxide will react with fluorine, chlorine and bromine to form nitrosyl halides, such as nitrosyl chloride which is harmful.
Accelerated aging, along with chemical and metabolic stresses damage eNOS. The resulting endothelial dysfunction creates a host of vascular disorders including diminished circulation of oxygen & nutrients, hypertension, and occlusive arterial disease.
Symptoms that may indicate low Nitric Oxide:
- Fatigue or low energy levels
- High Blood Pressure or decreased heart function esp. congestive heart failure
- Anxiety, irritability, or depression
- Insomnia & other sleep problems
- Loss of libido (sex drive) or Erectile Dysfunction (E.D.)
- Declining stamina
- Decreased workout potential or less energy at the gym
- Less stamina / endurance
- Declining Memory or Concentration
- Asthma or poor lung function
- Weakening bones – esp. osteopenia or osteoporosis
The depletion of nitric oxide also depletes endorphins and dopamine, which are the feel-good hormones in the limbic system. As a result, we become susceptible to Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, and dementia.
How do I get tested for Nitric oxide deficiency?
We use the simple and painless Nitric Oxide test in our office. This $10 test includes gathering saliva in your mouth, collecting the saliva (with your finger or a wooden tongue depressor), and placing it on the strip. It takes about 10 seconds for the results. The testing strip will indicate whether you are deficient, low, or normal.
Nitric Oxide testing is also useful for monitoring your levels over time. After 1 month of supplementation, it is important to be rested in order to ensure that your levels are back up to normal. Each person will require different amounts of dietary nitrates, supplements, and exercise. You should be sure to monitor your levels, especially if symptoms return or any of the signs mentioned above begin to occur (high blood pressure, poor heart function, erectile dysfunction, etc).
How do I increase my Nitric Oxide levels if my test shows they are low?
- Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves nitric oxide, blood flow, and energy in the brain is emerging as one of the most effective tools for cognitive enhancement.
- Take a Nitric oxide supplement such as Nitric Balance
- Exercise (Cardio or Fat Burning Exercise) & lose weight
- Increase dietary nitrates and nitrites
- Beets and dark green leafy vegetables, celery, kale, spinach, bok choy, leeks
- Avoid stomach acid reducers
- Decrease use of mouthwash which kills healthy mouth bacteria that make NO