Herbs & Supplements

The variety of vitamins and natural supplements available today can be confusing and overwhelming. The NorthStar blog on herbs and supplements provides the latest updates on what's out there, what works, what doesn't and why.

  1. Do YOU need a probiotic? Here’s what the SCIENCE says!

    They’ll DISMISS you… and they’ll DISRESPECT you.

    And they’ll do it in a single word!

    Ask a mainstream doc… even a supposed expert… about a natural therapy

    And they’ll look down their nose at ya and sniff “unproven.”

    The goal isn’t just to get off the topic. It’s to make you feel like such a dum-dum… that you’ll never ask again!

    Well, friend, a new report shows who the REAL dunces are when it comes to one of today’s hottest natural therapies.

    I’m talking about a natural way to PREVENT… FIGHT… and ELIMINATE…

    • cold
    • flu
    • UTIs
    • constipation
    • mood disorders
    • …and more

    You can see why they don’t even want to DISCUSS it! It’s a direct THREAT to the mainstream’s business model.

    So, instead of an adult conversation about the science, they pretend there’s just no science out there at all.

    Now, the new study busts that myth wide open… and shows how probiotic supplements have WAY MORE science behind them than MANY of today’s leading drugs!

    The TRUTH about probiotics – and the SCIENCE behind them

    You’d have to be under a rock… or maybe behind a yogurt container… to NOT know about probiotics by now.

    They’re EVERYWHERE! I mean, people are REALLY into probiotics right now.

    And that has the mainstream absolutely LIVID.

    So, they drop the “U” word… declaring them “unproven” and, as I shared with you earlier this year, even claiming that they should only be taken as part of clinical trials.

    They ASSUME that’ll be the end of it….

    Because you wouldn’t DARE to question them… WOULD YOU???

    But that’s NOT the end of it.

    Scientists are now PUSHING BACK with a new study -- one that shows how probiotics are officially PROVEN!

    The new report doesn’t look at specific conditions… specific strains… or specific benefits. It just looks at the TOTALITY of the research.

    See, the mainstream CONSTANTLY claims that there’s just not a lot of research out there… and that we need to “wait for more studies.”

    But it turns out there are more than 1,600 clinical trials on probiotics…

    And since 2010, there have been some 100 new studies assessing these “good bacteria” supplements EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

    That’s about TWO a week!

    They found that two of the most POPULAR strains are also among the most widely STUDIED:

    1. Lactobacillus rhamnosus in 146 studies
    2. Bifidobacterium animalis in 55 studies

    Now, I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that probiotics are the be-all, end-all for anything.

    But from what I’ve seen, they sure can help – and in a lot of ways.

    They get the most attention for conditions like gas, bloating, constipation and such… but they can also do so much more.

    There’s evidence they can PREVENT UTIsBOOST immune functionENHANCE mood and memory

    And even BLOCK colds and flu, which’ll no doubt come in handy as autumn returns.

    I’d recommend starting with a general full-spectrum blend for overall good health.

    However, if you have any specific issues you’re looking to control, talk to a naturopathic doc about the best option for you.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. [SHOCKER] What’s REALLY hiding in your ‘organic’ food

    You’d think shelling out extra scratch for organics would give you BETTER… CLEANER… and SAFER food.

    You’d THINK that… but you’d be WRONG!

    In too many cases, that “ORGANIC” label screaming at you from the front of the package is little more than a SCAM – one that’s aimed at separating you from your hard-earned cash.

    In some cases, what’s inside those foods is nearly as bad as what’s in the cheap-o non-organic foods you’re trying to avoid!

    Now, a report reveals a completely ALARMING ingredient hiding in DOZENS… if not HUNDREDS… of packaged organic foods.

    The feds once admitted it SHOULDN’T be in there

    And they VOWED to order it out.

    Except they went back on that decision – and that means you and your loved ones could be at risk!

    How a promise from the government is worth ZIP

    The hidden ingredient, called carrageenan, is made from seaweed.

    So far, so good.

    It’s used to improve texture in foods and as a stabilizer in drinks. It’s found in processed foods… frozen foods… deli meats… and precooked chicken and other poultry products.

    But there’s a BIG problem with this stuff.

    Your immune system can think it’s a THREAT… and react with inflammation.

    And in some people, that can lead to serious health threats.

    According to the Cornucopia Institute, this particular form of inflammation could lead to:

    • inflammatory bowel disease (especially ulcerative colitis)
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • arteriosclerosis, or
    • cancer.

    One animal study found carrageenan in the diet can lead to colon cancer!

    But it’s not just the BIG THREATS you gotta worry about. This stuff can ALSO lead to the small-time miseries you’d just rather not deal with -- such as bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

    Some people who’ve had lifelong battles with diarrhea have found the problem VANISHES when they ELIMINATE all sources of carrageenan.

    This SHOULDN’T be an issue for people who switch to clean organics. In 2016, the National Organic Standards Board ruled that carrageenan be REMOVED from the list of acceptable “organic” ingredients.

    Except the USDA just backtracked on that.

    Call this a good reminder that slapping “ORGANIC” on any kind of packaged or processed food doesn’t magically make it better.

    In many cases, these supermarket staples are just OVERPRICED versions of the same junk you’re trying to avoid.

    Heck, many “organic” foods aren’t even from the United States. They’re shoddy imports from places like China… which aren’t held to American standards and aren’t as easy to inspect and investigate as domestic products are.

    And along with shady origins, a 2017 report found many foreign imports… including organics… are chemically FUMIGATED when they enter the United States.

    MMMmm-mmmm! Love them delicious chemical fumes! (Said no one ever.)

    And then there are the OTHER scams they pull.

    Look closely at the word “organic” on the label and you might find it really says “made with ORGANIC ingredients”… which really means that it’s only PARTLY organic.

    This doesn’t mean you should give up and buy junk. Just the opposite.

    Stick to organics -- but avoid packaged foods in general, no matter WHAT’S on the label.

    Buy FRESH… and buy LOCAL when you can.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. Is Big Pharma using coronavirus… to ROB you?!

    They ought to lock these criminals up… and throw away the key! The world is absolutely PANICKING over the COVID-19 coronavirus. Americans are DESPERATE for anything that can cure or even treat the disease. It’s SO BAD now that you can’t even buy a roll of toilet paper… as terrified shoppers stock up like the apocalypse is upon us. And...
  4. [Revealed] The flu-beating remedies they DON’T want you to know about

    Well, this has to be more than a little embarrassing for the mainstream… For YEARS, they’ve TALKED UP flu drugs as the best invention since canned beer and TV dinners. For AGES, they’ve insisted you need to take one of these things at the very first sign of a winter sniffle (and never mind that the side effects are often...
  5. [BULLETIN] Phony scare over natural heart supplement

    You don’t have to be a “Breaking Bad” fan to know the first move in the illegal drugs biz. You gotta wipe out the competition… any way you can. Well, turns out the LEGAL drug industry isn’t so different… They’re out with a whole new series of cholesterol meds… from expensive injections to cut LDL to pricey new synthetic fish...
  6. Will your next doctor appointment be INFILTRATED with MISINFORMATION?

    The room goes dark… except for a single, bare light bulb… shining directly into your eyes. “Are you taking any vitamins? How about herbs? Can you tell me about your supplements?” your doc asks. It’s an interrogation… masquerading as a “counseling session”! According to to a report in Medscape, your doc is supposed to tell you that you’re wasting your...
  7. How to FIGHT DIRTY against cancer… and WIN!

    Sometimes you’ve gotta fight dirty to win – especially when you’re fighting a dirty enemy. And inside your body, there’s no cell that fights dirtier than cancer cells. They use EVERY trick in the book to hide… grow… spread… and kill. But today, I’m going to give you the weapon you need to fight back… And it’s something that EVERY...
  8. EVERY senior needs this ‘repair kit’ nutrient to SLASH risk of death

    You have a repair kit in your closet… in the garage and/or shed… and I’m guessing one in your car, too. You no doubt have what you need to fix anything -- whether it’s a torn shirt, a broken pipe, a flat tire, or a creaky door. But what if I told you there’s a repair kit for your BODY...
  9. Dodge deadly drugs with the 3 most ‘dangerous’ natural cures

    If a SINGLE PERSON taking a vitamin suffers from a side effect, it’s treated like a national emergency. They launch a RECALL. They demand INVESTIGATIONS. They alert the MEDIA. But now, a report from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service has exposed the truth about supplements. There’s nothing safer! In fact, the three “worst” natural therapies… the “most dangerous” ones of all…...
  10. [Breakthrough] WIPE OUT pain with this ‘miracle’ oil

    It’s the latest craze in healthcare… a proven natural therapy for everything from pain to cancer. But it’s pretty much doomed already. It’s got FOUR big “problems” working against it … It’s safe. It’s cheap. It’s effective. It’s natural. Now, I know that none of that SOUNDS like a problem. Of course, It’s NOT a problem for you –  but it’s a BIG problem for Big Pharma! If it ain't...
  11. [Shocker] The only thing ‘complicated’ about your diabetes is your MEDS!

    There’s a health crisis hiding in plain sight. Nearly EVERY doctor has SEEN it… yet almost NONE have been able to RECOGNIZE it. And even those who know something’s wrong can’t explain it. But I can… Millions of Americans with diabetes are quietly suffering from a debilitating nutritional deficiency. Docs CAN easily test for it, but almost none DO. It’s time to...
  12. The flu med your doc is pushing on you could make you SICKER

    So many people suffer needlessly every winter… And here’s why. The TOP reason so many people suffer with the agonizing symptoms for days on end… is that we don’t recognize those first warning signs. Sure, it FEELS like something’s wrong… But early on, the flu can masquerade as something more minor. By the time we realize we’ve been bitten by...
  13. New research finds omega 3s and vitamin D are vital for lupus patients

    Dear Reader, The Lupus Foundation of America calls the disease a "cruel mystery." But what's really mysterious here is how in the world two natural, safe, and effective treatments for this autoimmune disease keep being left in the dust... while risky meds continue to sell like hotcakes. One thing is very clear: If you or someone you love is suffering...
  14. The Dangers of Natural Supplements

    supplements naturalHave you seen the recent sensational headlines about natural supplements sending people to emergency rooms in staggering numbers? They certainly caught our attention. So we read more. Sure enough more than 23,000 emergency room visits are caused by supplements every single year. The headlines definitely had our attention. So we read more. They certainly got us to read their articles, I’ll concede that point and give them credit for it. But I’m also glad that I took the time to read the information presented and didn’t just take the headline at face value. Continue reading →
  15. What to Watch for When Buying Supplements

    Buying SupplementsSupplement Interactions: What to Watch for When Buying Supplements When most people decide on which supplement to take, they focus on how it can improve their health. And that’s fair. You’re taking supplements to make you healthier, after all. But supplement interactions with other drugs is important to consider as well. The last thing you need is for one of the supplements you’re taking to exacerbate another – often entirely unrelated – condition. In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the most common supplements people take – and the supplement interactions you could be facing. Astaxanthin – If anyone ever truly finds a fountain of youth, I’d be willing to bet it includes astaxanthin. That’s how amazing this anti-aging supplement is. You’re still going to want to be on the lookout for these supplement interactions, though. If you’re taking blood thinners, blood pressure, or blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor about taking astaxanthin. Because it can lower all of those on its own, it may cause unhealthy drops when combined with medications. It also has the potential to lower serum calcium levels, so use caution taking astaxanthin if you have osteoporosis, or other calcium-related conditions. Continue reading →
  16. A consumer’s guide to buying supplements

    Buying health supplementsIt seems like every time you turn around someone is touting a new breakthrough…or pitching a new product…or telling you to take this pill, or drink this powder. There are more bottles than you can count on your shelves, or in your medicine cabinet. Heck, entire stores are devoted just to selling supplements. It can be overwhelming. That’s why we've created the NorthStar Nutritionals’ Guide to Buying Supplements – to help you figure out what you need, what you don’t, and how to navigate all the options to find the best choices for you and your health. This Guide to Buying Supplements has 2 major sections, to better fit your needs. If you've never bought a supplement before, but want to, start with Section 1. In this section, you’ll learn the basics of buying a supplement from identifying what supplement you should be taking, to learning how to test if you’re actually getting anything from your morning pill. If you are only looking for specific ingredients for some of the most popular conditions, you might want to consider jumping to Section 2. We discuss 5 of the top reasons people take supplements, and what ingredients you should be looking for in order to address them. Continue reading →
  17. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    Benefits of AntioxidantsPeople, especially health professionals, talk a lot about how important the benefits of antioxidants are. You hear things like “take this supplement because it’s packed with antioxidants” and “get your fruits and veggies” and even “eat every color in the rainbow.” It’s great advice. Too often, though, doctors and nutritionists stop at the advice, without ever explaining themselves. But since we don’t expect you to follow blindly, we wanted to make sure you know why antioxidants are so important… Continue reading →
  18. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    RegeneCell IngredientsAging isn't just about getting older. There’s very little we can do about getting older, and truthfully, getting older can be a good thing. But we can fight aging – the tell-tale wrinkles, the more regular doctors’ visits, the ever lengthening list of specialists, even the physical changes. You don’t have to give into them without a fight. That’s why Dr. Mitchell Ghen developed RegeneCell – the single most comprehensive anti-aging supplement on the market. Dr. Ghen has brought together more than 70 of the most effective, most reputable anti-aging fighters to create the formula that will help you rejuvenate every system and every cell in your body! How did he do this? By identifying the 10 signs of aging – and then researching the RegeneCell ingredients you need to address every single one of them and more. Continue reading →
  19. The sunshine vitamin may help reduce blood sugar and weight

    We already knew vitamin D was a superstar, but June sure was a banner month for the sunshine vitamin. Besides being linked to better blood pressure control and dropping your risk of an early death, new research finds that D could turn out to be the key to lowering your blood sugar AND your weight. It turns out that the sunshine vitamin treatments act on the brain to improve both weight and blood glucose control in the overweight, according to an animal study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago. Continue reading →
  20. Low vitamin D linked to high blood pressure and early death

    “It’s as plain as the nose on your face.” My grandmother always delivered this little gem with a twinkle in her eye when I found myself struggling to wrap my noodle around something that should have been as obvious as…well… the nose on my face. It used to make me cringe. But I must admit that lately—when it comes to the obvious importance of vitamin D—I often feel like yelling it from the rooftops. Because, let’s be clear, low vitamin D could really affect your health. And this already obvious fact is becoming more and more obvious with each passing day. Continue reading →

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