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Patient Heal Thyself

Excerpts from Jordan Rubin's first best-selling book, "Patient Heal Thyself"

Chapter One of Patient Heal Thyself

Everyone flocks to see today's heroes play music to thousands of adoring fans, or dunk a basketball with thunderous power, or glide their way to Olympic gold in the downhill skiing finals. We see these modern day heroes, musicians, athletes, and actors at their best, at their shining moments, standing on the crest of the mountain looking down at the rest of us. But think for a moment. These heroes each put in thousands of hours of sweat, toil and failures with no screaming fans to encourage them. They made sacrifices far beyond what any of us have made. They swam hundreds of laps in cold pools in the wee hours of the morning while we were still asleep. They played music in dingy clubs to a handful of people who weren't even paying attention to them. They practiced day in and day out, even when their friends were out having fun. The common denominator in the lives of these superstars was an insatiable drive and determination to succeed. The truth is that the chance of any one of us becoming a rock star, or an all-star basketball player or an Olympic gold medalist is smaller than winning the lottery.

I believe that the process of overcoming an incurable illness is much the same as training for and winning the Olympics. The individuals who have the courage to take charge of their own health, have the unending determination and make the near impossible sacrifices it takes to be one of the select few who beat illness and choose life are today's true heroes. My own healing journey from death's door to a return to super health was not an easy one. I made a lot of mistakes along the way. But I know in the end that my journey produced lasting changes in my life, and I hope that by sharing what I have learned with you, you can take charge of your own health and realize your body's phenomenal potential…

Jordan began suffering from constant diarrhea, fatigue, chronic systemic infections and acute weight loss while working as a camp counselor during summer break from his studies at Florida State University where he was an athletic/scholarship student. He returned to FSU that fall and tried to deny he was sick. But within a short time, he became so ill he had to return home.

The very next morning, my father and mother took me to the emergency room. It was the first time I had ever been in a hospital. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be my last. I was hoping it would be a quick visit. I'd get some "cure all" medication and be on my way back to school.

My "quick visit" lasted two weeks. During this period, I would lie in bed with an IV pole attached to each arm, delivering intravenous antibiotics and nutrients, and watch TV. I got even more depressed because this was the time of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The doctors prescribed antibiotics and antiparasitic drugs that had to be given intravenously for maximum effect. To add to this, my body was so overridden by infection that it had become terribly inflamed. To combat this, I was prescribed two heavy-duty, highly toxic steroid medications, hydrocortisone and prednisone. I was given every kind of test imaginable. I got more x-rays in those two weeks than most people get in a lifetime. Both my upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts were scanned-and believe me, these weren't the usual short bursts of radiation you get with dental x-rays. I felt like radiologists were conducting an in-depth tour of my gut.

I was told that I had Crohn's colitis. Crohn's disease is a condition primarily involving the small bowel and proximal colon that causes the intestinal wall to thicken and cause narrowing of the bowel channel, blocking the intestinal tract. The result is abnormal membrane function, including nutrient malabsorption. I had an even worse variation of the disease. The doctors noted I had marked duodenitis, an inflammation of the duodenum, which is at the beginning of the small intestine, coupled with widespread inflammation through my large and small intestine. Although less than one percent of Crohn's disease patients specifically experience duodenitis, it appeared that I was one of the chosen few with both duodenal and total colonic inflammation.

Neither his doctors' best intentions nor their medical drugs helped. Jordan's weight dropped from 177 pounds to 104 pounds. It was doubtful he would survive his illness. He became wheelchair bound. At one point, doctors suggested a newly introduced but still experimental surgical removal of a portion of his colon. Such extreme measures led Jordan to realize no answer for his woes would come from modern medicine. Thus, he began to seek answers in the field of alternative medicine. It was an odyssey filled with hope and disappointment.

I estimate that over the course of about two years my father spent $150,000 on natural health treatments. I took dozens of probiotic formulas, as well as enzyme, fiber, anti-candida and antiparasitic formulas. At one point I was taking upwards of six bottles a day of extremely expensive probiotics; one of these products sold for two dollars a capsule and was delivered in a special oil matrix carrier. I remember using two bottles of powdered acidophilus a day, two bottles of bifidus, and two bottles of bulgaricus-mind you, every day. One product alone, the two-dollars-a-capsule oil matrix product, was at a dosage of thirty capsules a day. I wanted to get better. I wanted to end the pain. So I was willing to try anything and everything.

My search for an answer for my Crohn's disease sent me further and further from home. I traveled to clinics all over the world, oftentimes in a wheelchair. As I mentioned, I went to the offices of 70 health professionals from seven different countries-in Europe, South America, Mexico, and Canada. As my search grew more frantic and desperate, at times I was grasping for straws. I tried two or three treatments that no rational person would consider. I know what it's like to be desperate, willing to try anything. I tried almost 500 different "miracle" products. I was the victim-and I choose that word carefully-of many well-meaning network marketing distributors of health products who made outrageous and unfounded claims. So much of what passes for scientifically validated nutritional supplementation is shamelessly promoted through network marketing or multi-level marketing and truly has little, if any, scientific substance.

Sometimes help comes from the unexpected. For Jordan, devoutly religious, help came from his Creator.

So what else was new? It was early 1996. My father had just gotten through telling me he had spoken to an eccentric nutritionist on the phone. My father didn't want me to get my hopes up so he had investigated the man's program himself. The nutritionist told my father he believed I was ill because I was not eating the diet of my ancestors, based upon Biblical principles.

When my father told me about all of this, naturally, I was curious. Since I had opted not to have surgery and I was still alive, I decided to try this. It fit into my belief system. In an effort to start all over, I took myself off all nutritional products and read the Bible to see what people ate thousands of years ago. I also learned that the longest living cultures in the world had one thing in common: they consumed living foods that abounded with beneficial microorganisms.

A few weeks later, I got on a plane, still bound to my wheelchair, and headed for southern California to live closer to the man who would teach me how to eat from the Bible. After integrating into that particular nutritionist's program some of my own findings about nutrition and health from the Bible I saw some improvement.

Most times promises are best kept, but, occasionally, times arise when a promise broken is best. It had been ten months since I had taken any supplements, and although my father had promised he wouldn't send me anything else to try, he decided to send me something anyway. It was a plastic bag containing black powder. I had already tried over thirty different probiotics. Now was I supposed to eat this stuff that looked like dirt?

"Forget it," I thought. My dad called on the phone and urged me to give it a try. "It may look like dirt, but it isn't," he said. "It contains healthy organisms from the soil."

An article that accompanied the package explained that these were the nutrients missing from today's pesticide-sterilized, barren soils-not only trace minerals but organisms (Homeostatic Soil Organisms ™, or HSOs ™, as I later named them). These were living organisms that had been wiped out by the pesticide treatment of America's farm lands, pasteurization of foods, and modern man's disdain for all microorganisms-even those life-supportive bugs our bodies need for great health.

I decided to include these HSOs in my daily diet, which also included raw goat's milk in the form of fermented kefir, different organically grown free-range or grass-fed meats, natural sprouted or sourdough breads made from whole grains that were yeast-free, organic fruits and vegetables, raw sauerkraut, and carrot and other vegetable juices-all "live" foods with their beneficial enzymes and microorganisms intact.

During my forty days and nights of parking my motor home close to the beach, I prayed, listened to music and planned everything around buying, preparing and eating my food. My weight went from 122 to 151 pounds. I gained 29 pounds in 40 days! The photograph of me on the beach that you see on the cover of this book was taken during this period. I was not completely well yet, but I had made miraculous strides toward full recovery. I continued to gain weight and strength, and by my twenty-first birthday, I weighed 170 pounds-practically my original weight before I got sick. I doubt if anyone in the world was happier than me.

The terrain of my body and my intestinal tract were being rebuilt, and it appeared that somehow the HSOs themselves were taking care of my underlying condition. After all, in three months, I had gained over 50 pounds.

The combination of the Biblical diet and the HSOs had restored my health. I still went through periods of detoxification every few months or so, but I continued to persevere. In December 1996, I came home to Florida. I was at my normal weight. I was ready to start my life again. I was finally healthy. Praise God!

Chapter Two of Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin

Why do we say when a performing artist, whose songs were so full of feeling, sang from his gut?

Why do performers get "butterflies in their stomach" before going on stage?
Why does indigestion produce nightmares?
Why are antidepressants now also being used for gastrointestinal ailments?
I like word games. I like definitions.

Here's one from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

The etymology of the word gut leads us back to the Middle English word guttas, which then takes us to sometime before the twelfth century to the Old English word gEotan, meaning "to pour." Your gut, the dictionary says, is "the basic visceral or emotional part of a person," also "the alimentary canal or part of it (as the intestine or stomach)," or "the inner essential parts." As we go along, keep these definitions in mind.

It turns out that both our gut and our brain originate early in embryogenesis from a clump of tissue called the neural crest, which appears and divides during fetal development. While one section turns into the central nervous system, another piece migrates to become the enteric nervous system, and thus form both thinking machines. Only later are the two nervous systems connected via a cable called the vagus nerve, the longest of all the cranial nerves whose name is derived from Latin, meaning "wandering." In keeping with its etymological origins, the vagus nerve meanders from the brain stem through organs in the neck and thorax and finally ends up in the abdomen. There's the brain-gut connection.

So profoundly influential is the state of the gut upon people's health that I have coined the term-it's a tongue twister-gastro-neuro-immunology to try and capture the essence of the link between our two brains and even our immune function.

It is from the healthy gut that we enjoy neurological and psychological as well as immunological health. This is not to discount the highly important mass of gray between our ears-the human brain. This is simply to say that the body has two brains-the brain we all know of between our ears and the second brain, our gut.

In China, the gentle art of tai chi emphasizes the lower abdomen as a reservoir for energy. Tai chi teacher Kenneth Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong (Ballantine Books 1997), explains that it's possible to strengthen the abdominals by learning how to compact qi (prana) into the belly. "From the Chinese viewpoint," he says, "the belly is considered the dan tian or 'field of the elixir,' where you plant the seeds of long life and wisdom."

Lastly, in Biblical times, the seat of emotion, which we call the heart, is actually referring to the bowels. That thought in itself conjures up an image of a young Romeo sending a love note to his girlfriend with the inscription, "Baby, you really move me."

The trouble with these modern times is that so many influences today are counterproductive to gastrointestinal health. I know: I was very likely one of the victims of one or more of these influences-including vaccinations; milk contaminated with Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis; indiscriminate overuse of antibiotics; and poor diet-and that's just a few of our modern day enemies out to destroy our gastrointestinal health.

Many people are falling victim to these influences. As a result, they are experiencing health problems that could be overcome if they knew that they centered in their gut. No wonder so many of us have poor health. We've neglected the health of our gut for far too long.

For us, the center of health is the gut-the body's gastrointestinal tract. And that's why at Garden of Life our whole food concentrates are always targeted, in one respect or another, to aiding gastrointestinal health. One of our mottos surely is that, "you are not what you eat, but what you assimilate."

But the gut is more than the second brain; it is also the seat of the body's defenses, the center of immune function. In addition to the lymphoid tissue concentrated within the lymph nodes and spleen and immune cells circulating in our bloodstream, lymphoid tissue and immune cells are also found at other sites, most notably the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and urogenital tract. Such lymphoid tissue is termed MALT or mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue. In the gastrointestinal tract, however, it's called the GALT or gut-associated lymphoid tissue. Our gut produces about 75 percent of our body's total immune system cells. So when we want to boost immunity, we must also look at improving gastrointestinal health.

So profound was Jordan's healing story, noted medical journalist Morton Walker filed an in-depth report in The Townsend Letter.

Once my story became public through the Townsend Letter, demand for these homeostatic soil organisms was incredible. I became the "hub" for anyone in the world with a gastrointestinal problem who couldn't get better and soon I began receiving thousands of phone calls. Eventually, I had to create a formula containing these organisms. I called the product Primal Defense, because I believed that what we were doing was original and primitive, closely approximating one of the truly important, beneficial influences upon our Earth's first inhabitants.

There's a good reason why Primal Defense with Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs) has become our flagship formula at Garden of Life. Every idea that we have put into action has come from the premise of this formula and the lessons it has spawned. A lot of diseases, we now realize, result from living too far removed from our microscopic allies, the beneficial bacteria in our environment.

I chose a name for the company - Garden of Life - to exemplify my belief that our Creator gave us everything we need within His creation to have abundant and healthy lives.

Chapter Three of Patient Heal Thyself

Asthma. Allergies. Irritable bowel syndrome. Rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus. Crohn's disease. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Immune disorders. All are reaching epidemic proportions.

To protect yourself from these disorders and insure long-term super health-as well as to aid your body's healing quest in the case of these and other related disorders-may I respectfully suggest you eat some dirt?

Do not be surprised by what I say. Dirt - or to be more specific, the Earth's soil - is one of your body's best friends.

Dirt or soil is so essential to health that if you or a loved one is suffering from any of the above conditions, this may be due to a lost connection with Earth.

When we were back in the era of primitive man, we got dirty. We were exposed to all sorts of microscopic bugs. Our food was dirty. But was this all bad? Not really, and it's a shame that today words like dirt or soil are such a negative concept.

Even today as children, we are meant to make mud pies, to play in the mud, to get dirty. It is as necessary to our long-term health as almost anything. Our immune systems need this kind of exposure to learn how to react later on in life to real or not so real threats to our health. You see, without early exposures to all sorts of organisms in the soil, later in life when our immune system is exposed to various benign intruders, it may overreact. Hence, we develop autoimmune diseases, some types of asthma, and allergies. And that's just one of the consequences of our lost connection to Earth. Our immune system may never truly reach its full zenith of defensive powers against disease-causing organisms or chemical toxins without re-establishing this lost connection to the Earth.

So while modern civilization proceeds full speed ahead with technology, we must not allow ourselves to become apart from Nature. It is in our best interest to maintain contact with the good Earth. Most of us don't.

Therefore one premise - one guiding light for Garden of Life - is that most of us will benefit by returning to our bodies these missing microorganisms.

In fact, society's growing separation from dirt and germs may well be the cause of the growing incidence of a wide range of maladies, says epidemiologist David Strachan, who first advanced the over-cleanliness theory in 1989 when he was at Britain's London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At that time, Dr. Strachan noticed that children belonging to large families were much less likely to develop asthma, hay fever or eczema. Dr. Strachan theorized older children coming home dirty with all sorts of resident soil microorganisms were actually protecting their younger brothers and sisters.

We need dirt, says Dr. Strachan. He may be onto something. But, in fact, the reestablishment of the HSO-body link yields far more benefits than simply aiding in cases of autoimmune disease. Overall bodily functions and immunity are greatly improved. Cholesterol levels are naturally reduced; energy levels are increased; and resistance to disease-causing organisms is enhanced. We have even seen increases in serum enzymes and normalization of serum albumin, indicating improved lymphatic flow and removal of lymphatic blockages.

With soil organisms, I was able to enhance my own body's healing response. Two of the soil organisms in Primal Defense are Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus lichenformis. In studies conducted in Germany at the University of Berlin's Max-Volmer Institute, both were shown to inactivate human immunodeficiency, herpes simplex (HSV-1 and HSV-2), simian immunodeficiency, feline calicivirus, murine encephalomyocarditis, and other lipid envelope viruses-along with mycoplasmas, fungi and bacteria. They do so by producing a potent chemical called surfactin, a detergent-like substance that dissolves the lipid membranes of lipid envelope viruses, thereby rendering them completely inactivated.

The soil organisms provide even more important health benefits. They establish colonies in the entire digestive system, starting in the esophagus and ending in the colon, by attaching themselves to the walls of these organs. Burrowing behind the putrefaction, which lines the intestinal walls, they eat and destroy unfriendly microorganisms. The decay is then dislodged and flushed out of the body in the normal evacuation process. This aids in detoxification of the intestinal tract, increases the body's ability to absorb nutrients, and, again, makes the immune system super-strong by removing mucoid plaque that covers the gut-associated lymphoid tissues, especially aiding the body's ability to fight off infectious viruses and bacteria.

The Miracle of Poten-Zyme
But there was something more that I learned from my own illness. I realized people used to get much more reliable results from herbal medicines because their digestive tracts, at one time, were far more able to utilize foods and herbs than today. Today, for most of us, our digestive tracts are damaged to greater or lesser degrees due to our overuse of medications and poor dietary habits. Many herbs and other sources of natural healing agents, such as mushrooms, are fibrous and difficult for the body to break down.

We took the fermentation process that helped heal me-what today we call the Poten-Zyme ™ process, with more than 14 species of homeostatic soil organisms and other lactic-acid producing microorganisms-and use it to "unlock" the active ingredients of our whole food concentrates and herbs.

This is important. There are records of traditional herbalism from the Orient and other cultures in the Far East dating back 1,500 years ago, which talked about herbal remedies that were used to treat a variety of ailments. In the past, they provided very predictable, very effective, very potent results. Yet today, we are not getting the same kind of healing response from these herbs. The reason people today aren't being helped is not necessarily due to the lack of healing properties in the herbs themselves - it is the direct result of an ultimate breakdown in the human digestive tract. The nutrients and phytochemicals contained in herbs are not being broken down and utilized properly by the body, primarily because people's guts have been destroyed from the overuse of prescription medications-antibiotics, corticosteroids, and other immune suppressive drugs-as well as chlorinated and fluoridated water, ambient pollutants in our environment, and an overall poor diet coupled with a steady intake of junk foods. The application of the Poten-Zyme process is a way for the body to utilize all of the phytochemicals and phytonutrients available in these herbs, with very little stress on the digestive tract. This benefit is extremely important to those people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, or those with AIDS or other immune disorders, who have very little digestive capability. This enzymatic "pre-digestion" process increases bioavailability and absorption of the medicinal compounds making them "body-ready" for everyone, even those with compromised digestion. In other words, the sickest persons, with the least ability to utilize fibrous herbs, receive a much greater boost from our nutritional formulas, thanks to the fermentation process that the whole food concentrates and herbs undergo, making their healing constituents far more available to the sickened person's body.

This ancient method of bio-fermentation incorporates beneficial microorganisms (probiotics) and their enzymes into the foods to gently break them down into their most basic elements. This is not something that any company could easily duplicate. Our fermentation, done in the U.S. Southwest and Australia, is not available anywhere else in the world. Our Poten-Zyme lactic acid fermentation process uses a "mother" culture that contains microorganisms resistant to many of the agents that kill more fragile probiotic species (such as acidophilus) - including stomach acid, heat, cold, chlorine, fluorine and ascorbic acid. We now have a rare, self-sustaining culture.

PATIENT HEAL THYSELF deals extensively with dietary habits. These excerpts share a few of Jordan's insights into what makes for a super healthy diet.

Most Americans simply do not eat the nutritious diets that our own ancestors ate to remain healthy and live long, disease-free lives.

Instead, we have strayed from the foods of our Creator, foods that at one time nourished the world's healthiest peoples. We have altered the Maker's intent, and we have allowed food to become our idol.

The old ways-the primitive ways and heeding the word of our Maker-can help us to overcome modern diseases of civilization and help to provide the nourishment that will make us strong and disease-resistant.

Many cutting-edge researchers from both major academic institutions as well as "alternative" medicine now believe that a more primitive diet is superior in virtually all ways to the modern diet. But I want you to go further. I want you also to participate in the ultimate wisdom of the Maker's or Biblical diet.

So how do you do it? How do you move from the modern diet to the Maker's Diet?

Let's look in detail at some of the components of the Maker's Diet.

Fruits and vegetables
Primitive humans ate three times more of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables than we do. Fruits and vegetables (along with legumes and nuts) provided a startling 50-65 percent of daily calories and up to 100 grams of fiber a day-five times today's level.

Grass-fed meat
Our not-so-distant ancestors consumed 35 percent of their calories in protein. The difference: their protein came from pasture-fed animals, wild game and fish, which also supply highly beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that protect against modern diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart problems.

Fermented foods
The Austrians and Germans have sauerkraut. The Japanese have pickled ginger. There is kefir and a porridge called podji. We used to have real catsup, real mayonnaise, real sourdough-real fermented foods. In one sense, for all its benefits (and there are plenty), we can also say the miracle of refrigeration has ruined the health of modern men and women. Refrigeration, at least in America, has replaced our need for fermented foods. So have modern processing methods that no longer allow for the fermentation of foods. In spite of technological advancements, our bodies still cry out for such foods.

Our ancestors ate less of the following:

Grains, cereals, pasta, bread
The over-consumption of grain products is a huge problem in our world today. Grains contain nutrient inhibitors that prevent us from utilizing many minerals. Grains also contain disaccharides, sugars which are difficult to digest and can lead to the growth of undesirable microorganisms in the gut. The over-consumption of carbohydrate foods, particularly grains, can lead to the overproduction of insulin, which may be a major cause of many metabolic disorders and other illnesses.

Refined sugar
Rather than honey and fruit, today's main sweet is 120 pounds of refined sugar a year per person. Evidence shows sugar drives up blood levels of insulin, glucose and triglycerides, known factors in diabetes and heart disease.

Processed oils
Modern processing techniques have led to a dramatic change in the types and kinds of oils we now consume. Today, we consume highly refined, nutrient-poor vegetable oils and shortening. These cause our bodies to become overloaded with polyunsaturated fats and artificially created hydrogenated and trans fats that promote cancer, inflammation, abnormal types of cholesterol and heart disease.

Part III of Patient Heal Thyself provides dietary, lifestyle and nutritional supplement protocols for conquering a wide range of so-called "incurable illnesses." Here are some of Jordan's recommendations for conquering autoimmune disease.

Therapeutic Foods (Recommended by Patient Heal Thyself)
These therapeutic foods will help you get well.

  • Cultured goat's milk dairy products: Consume 8 to 32 ounces of the highest quality cultured dairy products from goat's milk. I recommend a 30 hour fermented yogurt called Probiogurt™.
  • Grass-fed red meat: Red meat from grass-fed cattle, buffalo, and lamb is very healthy and can be eaten a few times per week. This meat is a great source of protein, minerals, vitamin B12, vitamins A and D, omega-3 fats, and conjugated linoleic acid.
  • Omega-3 eggs: Consume as many as one to three eggs high in omega-3 fatty acids each day. These eggs contain DHA, vitamins E and B12, and antioxidants including lutein.
  • Extra virgin coconut oil: This oil is perhaps the healthiest of the widely available oils. I recommend cooking almost exclusively with extra virgin coconut oil. Consume as much as two to four tablespoons per day of the oil in cooking, smoothies, or right off the spoon. It contains large amounts of lauric acid, a potent antimicrobial and one of the chief fatty acids found in breast milk.
  • Ocean-caught fish: This type of fish is perhaps the healthiest of all protein sources. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring and albacore tuna are high in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Ocean-caught fish can be consumed every day to enhance digestive and immune system health.
  • Cod liver oil: Take one to three teaspoons of plain or flavored cod liver oil each day. The amount consumed should be based upon the amount of sunlight you receive. People in colder climates generally need to consume larger amounts. Cod liver oil is a fantastic source of the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, as well as fat-soluble vitamins A and D.
    Vegetable juice: Consume vegetable juices that are low in carbohydrates, such as celery and green juices mixed with a small amount of higher carbohydrate veggies such as carrot or beet. Mix in some form of healthy fat with each glass of the juice. One to three teaspoons of cultured goat's milk, extra virgin coconut oil, canned or fresh coconut milk and cream, or flaxseed oil enhances absorption of minerals and prevents spikes in blood sugar.
  • Fermented vegetables: Consume a few tablespoons of fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut with each meal to aid in digestion. Fermented vegetables are an excellent source of naturally occurring probiotics and enzymes.
  • Stocks: It is a great idea to consume stocks on a regular basis, especially when you have a cold or flu. Stocks made from the bones of chicken, fish, lamb and beef contain minerals, gelatin, cartilage, collagen, and electrolytes from the vegetables. Stocks are an excellent source of proteins, especially collagen. They help to heal the gut lining and reduce inflammation.

Supplements (Recommended in Patient Heal Thyself)
Take these health supplements to alleviate symptoms and get well.

Primal Defense: Start with one caplet per day on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before or one hour after meals. Increase usage by adding one additional caplet per day (i.e., one caplet the first day, two the second day, three the third day and so on). Once your dosage is up to 12 caplets per day, stay on that amount for a minimum of three months or until health has greatly improved and there are no visible signs of autoimmune disease, and then begin to gradually decrease to a maintenance dosage of between three to six caplets per day. Primal Defense is best taken first thing in the morning and right before bedtime with eight ounces pure water. Primal Defense may be taken with other nutritional supplements, but should be taken one hour apart from medications. If you experience symptoms of detoxification (i.e., increased elimination, loose stools, constipation, excess gas, flu-like symptoms or fever), reduce the dosage and work up slowly to 12 per day.

RM-10: Take five caplets twice per day, morning and evening, until diagnostic markers have improved. Once improvement is noted the dosage can be reduced to two to five caplets daily. This formula may be taken with Primal Defense, FYI, or Perfect Food.

Omega-Zyme: Take one to three caplets with each meal or snack.

FYI: Take six FYI first thing in the morning and six before bed (with Primal Defense) for three to six months or until health has greatly improved, and then reduce to a maintenance level of three to six caplets per day.

Perfect Food: Take one to two tablespoons twice daily with eight ounces water or fresh vegetable juice. You may take Perfect Food together with Primal Defense, FYI or RM-10. Best taken on an empty stomach away from food.

Springs of Life: Consume at least eight, eight-ounce glasses per day of purified water mixed with 12 drops of Springs of Life living water concentrate.

Goatein: The only protein powder on the market made from organically produced goat's milk. This protein powder is partially pre-digested, low temperature dried and is usually well tolerated by those with food allergies and digestive problems. Take one to four tablespoons per day mixed in water, juice, smoothies, yogurt or can be used in baking.

Additional Therapies (Recommended in Patient Heal Thyself)
For people who have or may have imbalanced immune systems, avoiding contact with chlorinated water is of the utmost importance. That includes bathing water and drinking water. Chlorine kills bacteria, friendly and unfriendly, in the intestines. It can be absorbed through the skin. I recommend installing a shower filter to remove chlorine. Avoid swimming in chlorinated water as well.<

A Sample Meal and Supplement Plan for the Maker's Diet
Upon rising: Cleansing Drink: Dissolve one to two tablespoons of Super Seed whole food fiber blend in 12 ounces of water. Drink immediately.
  • Morning Supplements (approximately 20 minutes after cleansing drink): Drink 8 to 16 ounces of vegetable juice or purified water with two tablespoons of an organic green food such as Perfect Food. Take 1/2 of the daily serving of the recommended supplements (Primal Defense, RM-10, FYI).
Breakfast: Synergy Smoothie (recipe provided in book).
  • Supplements: one to three Omega Zyme digestive enzyme caplets.
Lunch: Grilled salmon with organic stir-fried vegetables (broccoli, onion, yellow squash, and garlic stir fried in extra virgin coconut oil).
  • Supplements: one to three OmegaZyme digestive enzyme caplets.
Dinner: Green salad with high omega-3 salad dressing and grass-fed meatloaf with roasted or steamed vegetables.
  • Supplements: one to three Omega Zyme digestive enzyme caplets.
Snack: Balanced veggie juice (recipe provided in book).
  • Evening supplements (at least one hour after dinner): 1/2 of the daily serving of the recommended supplements (Primal Defense, RM-10, FYI).
  • Bedtime supplements: Cleansing Drink: mix one to two tablespoons of Super Seed whole food fiber and a green superfood such as Perfect Food in 12 ounces of water. Drink immediately.
Beverages: Drink purified water with 12 drops of structured water concentrate per glass, a lacto-fermented beverage, or balanced veggie juice. Drink beverages between meals.

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Primal Defense Original (caplets) - Garden of Life's original probiotics contain 12 strains of true HSO (homeostatic soil organisms) within a base of sterol, sterolins, and green superfoods. Attacks the damaging yeast, fungi and parasites rampant in an unhealthy digestive tract or gut. Primal Defense is known by doctors as the "Cadillac" of Probiotics. Primal Defense is a MUST-HAVE from Garden of Life!

Primal Defense ULTRA (capsules) - THE BEST EVER! Primal Defense Ultra is Garden of Life's ultimate high potency, broad-spectrum probiotic formula, made with 15 billion live cells per day and 13 strains of beneficial cultures including soil based probiotics called Homeostatic Soil Organisms. HSO's play a positive role in digestive health by supporting a healthy lactic acid bacteria count and healthy pH levels in the gut. The key probiotics in Primal Defense Ultra can thrive in the toughest digestive environments and are undeterred by stomach and bile acids. The newest species added to the Ultra formula, Probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii is CRITICAL to combat C-DIF (a terrible bacteria!) Primal Defense ULTRA nourishes and supports healthy intestinal epithelium lining integrity, the front line for the body's defense system and promotes healthy intestinal comfort and function. A unique blend of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics promotes regular bowel function and supports immune health. Primal ULTRA capsules are 100% vegetarian and free from all chemical solvents, animal by-products and colorants found in other delivery forms. UltraZorbe capsules dissolve in the stomach, releasing the content of the capsule to support optimal nutrient absorption.

Omega-Zyme or OmegaZyme - Garden of Life Omega-Zyme (Q-Zyme) is a powerful digestive enzyme product, providing 20 different digestive enzymes. Enzymes are living catalysts and the key to good digestion. Present in all whole live foods but destroyed by cooking and processing, digestive enzymes break down foods into nutrients that your body can then readily absorb and utilize. Omega Zyme aids in the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, dairy products and the difficult to digest foods such as broccoli, nuts, seeds and beans. High in sugar digesting enzymes to handle large quantities of sugars and starches. Another must-have!

Omega-Zyme ULTRA - Garden of Life Omega Zyme Ultra is a much more potent high-activity formula provides a broad spectrum of 21 digestive enzymes specifically selected to digest the FULL range of proteins, fats and carbohydrates found in a typical meal. These enzymes work together to unlock the nutritional value of foods. OmegaZyme Ultra enables the enzymes to survive the high acid levels in the stomach and to be delivered to the small intestine in their intact and biologically active form for maximum digestive benefit. Omega-Zyme ULTRA capsules are 100% vegetarian and free from all chemical solvents, animal by-products and colorants found in other delivery forms. UltraZorbe capsules dissolve in the stomach, releasing the content of the capsule to support optimal nutrient absorption.

RAW Enzymes by Garden of Life - Our Garden of Life RAW Enzymes are whole food, plant-based digestive enzyme formulas, for men and women over 50, that deliver 22 powerful digestive enzymes with unsurpassed enzymatic activity to help your body digest the complete range of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber. Try one of the RAW Enzymes today: RAW Enzymes for Men 50 & Wiser, RAW Enzymes for Women 50 & Wiser.

Oceans 3 - Omega 3 Ultra Pure Fish Oils - Oceans 3 is Garden of Life's cutting-edge line of omega-3 supplements. Oceans 3 formulas include the essential omega-3 fatty acids needed for extraordinary health and vitality plus two powerful antioxidant carotenoids and a dynamic suite of clinically studied ingredients for specialized omega-3 formulations that will revolutionize the omega-3 supplement industry.
Better Brain Formula, Healthy Hormones Formula, Reg Omega 3 Formula, and I  also love the Minami Omega 3's which has a large variety to choose from and does not need refrigeration!

Vitamin Code RAW, Whole Food Multi-Vitamins - Vitamin Code, by Garden of Life, offers the only true RAW multivitamin made with RAW Food Created Nutrients. Going beyond vitamins and minerals, the ground-breaking technology used to create Vitamin Code multivitamins provides nutrient specific peptides for cellular delivery. Includes LIVE Enzymes & Probiotics (just enough to help your body absorb and assimilate those vitamins into your WHOLE body!), NO binders OR fillers, uncooked, untreated, unadulterated, gluten free, dairy free, no soy allergans. There are many multivitamin formulas to choose from: Women's (over puberty), Men's (over puberty), Women's 50 & Wiser, Men's 50 & WiserKids Chewables, Perfect Weight.

Vitamin Code RAW, TARGETED NUTRIENTS Formulas - Garden of Life Vitamin Code's formulas for SPECIFIC additional support for your health: Lots to choose from: RAW K-Complex, RAW Zinc, RAW Vitamin C, RAW B-12, RAW B-Complex, RAW D3, RAW E-Complex, RAW Iron, Raw Calcium, Grow Bone System , Raw Kombucha

RAW CoQ10 & RAW Resveratrol - These 2 Garden of Life products are not Vitamin Code products, but they ARE Jordan's famous RAW products. This RAW CoQ10 is better than Ubiquinol and RAW Resveratrol is amazing for your immune system. Read all about them by clicking on the page links at the beginning of this paragraph!

FucoTHIN Home Page - fucoTHIN is a natural, whole food based weight loss supplement that is made with a proprietary concentration of fucoxanthin combined with pomegranate seed oil, which naturally burns fat...especially targeting belly fat! This site is full of customer testimonies, FAQ's and the FACTS on Fuco Thin!

FucoTHIN Scientific Clinical Studies - fucoTHIN is the ONLY fucoxanthin formula with Gold Standard CLINICALLY PROVEN research on how it can help you lose weight. This site is for Fucothin skeptics that need proof to believe that Fuco Thin is the #1 diet product in the health food industry, with not just laboratory proof but HUMAN scientific proof!

RAW Organic Perfect Food Super Greens - Comes in real, RAW Organic chocolate cacao powder! Capture the power of the sun with Perfect Food RAW Organic, packed with the power of powerful nutrient-dense, RAW, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the RAW ENERGY you need every day. Just think of it as RAW organic veggie juice in a bottle. Gluten free, soy free & more!

Perfect Food Super Greens - Garden of Life's Perfect Food Super Green Formula caplets: the most potent green foods on the market, with over 45 nutrient dense "superfoods", 8,625 mg total green foods per serving - delivers the nutritional equivalent of five to 10 servings of vegetables. No. 1 green food in the industry according to SPINS, the leading market research company for the natural products industry.

Perfect Weight America - Perfect Weight America: Change Your Diet, Change Your Life, Change Your World by Jordan Rubin. This book will teach you how to eat, drink, snack, and supplement for your perfect weight, along with how to reduce toxins and exercise for weight loss with a perfect weight daily health plan, plus eating for your body type, age and gender. It has a companion journal, "Perfect Weight America Journal," to help you in this 16 week, 4 phase program. Online journal, shopping lists, recipes, a resource guide, exercise charts and demonstrations, an individualized daily diet and meal plan--as well as other tools designed to perfectly fit your lifestyle and needs as well as your weight loss goals. Get the book and the journal, below, and you are well on your way to a new YOU.

Perfect Weight America Health Supplements - Perfect Weight America by Jordan Rubin, Founder of Garden of Life recommends certain health supplements as you go through the program in your quest for vibrant health and weight loss that lasts! Plus a few of my personal recommendations, of course!

Living Vitamin C - 500 mg per serving of Vitamin C that comes from a whole food fermented (PotenZyme™) blend of acerola cherry, camu camu, and Indian goose berry. Real key is a certified organic whole food citrus blend of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime that includes the fruit, pulp, peel, and seeds. Having the organic peel included provides a wide array of bioflavanoids, and is the richest source of nutrients. The organic cereal grass juice blend is added to alkalinize and provide important vitamin, mineral, and enzyme co-factors. Organic trace mineral blend provides 70 fulvic acid based minerals in their ionic form to support the uptake and usage of Vitamin C. Also included in an antioxidant blend of whole raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, prune, and grape. These are all fruit, skin, and seed; these are ALL fermented, organic, and raw. These fruits provide a myriad of other support nutrients including antioxidants, enzymes, and naturally occurring probiotics.

Living Calcium Advanced - Garden of Life's Advanced Calcium is a whole food formula made with sea vegetables and green foods - nature's best sources of calcium. Regular calcium supplements are single-nutrient forms that, when separated from their co-factors, often fail to provide an adequate level of nutrition. Living Calcium Advanced on the other hand, contains vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K complex, iodine, zinc, magnesium, boron, copper and manganese-all the co-factors required for optimal absorption and utilization. Living Calcium Advanced is a comprehensive bone support formula that provides the recommended daily amount of calcium, along with a broad spectrum of vital minerals and nutritional cofactors, to help support healthy bone density and optimal absorption of calcium.

FYI - Joint and Tissue Food - (Originally called "FYI - For Your Inflamation.") This FYI blend of 15 potent foods, enzymes, and botanicals, is formulated to support healthy cartilage and connective tissue. Contains chicken collagen type II along with proteolytic enzymes and turmeric - provide support for normal joint function and mobility.

RM-10 - Garden of Life's original RM 10 has the top 10 immune-enhancing medicinal mushrooms along with cat's claw! RM10 provides nutrients specifically chosen to feed and nourish the immune system and regulates proper cholesterol levels. This was the supplement Jordan created to heal his Grandma of stage 4 cancer!!

RM-10 Ultra - RM10 Ultra from Garden of Life is the ULTIMATE immune health formula, containing a proprietary blend of organically-grown, tonic mushrooms, L-theanine, selenium, lycopene and other ingredients that promote healthy immune system function. Delivered via UltraZorbe 100% vegetarian capsules to ensure potency, eliminate the need for fillers and binders, and provide quick nutrient release through faster dissolution into the body.

Clear Energy - Clear Energy from Garden of Life is a stimulant-free blend of super tonic herbs and protective phytochemicals formulated to energize the body and enliven the mind. Some of the "super tonic" herbs relieve fatigue, build red blood cells and help fortify the immune system. Clear Energy also contains Adaptogenic herbs, which are rare species whose properties are proven effective in helping cells adapt to and resist physical, environmental and chemical stress. Discover renewed mental clarity, improved athletic performance and enhanced libido without the risk of chemicals or addictive compounds. Clear Energy contains a Poten-Zyme Vitamin B Energy complex which features essential water-soluble B vitamins (B12, B6, B3 (niacinamide) and B2) providing 100% Daily Value for your body.

Immune Balance Sinus by Garden of Life - This amazing formula combines ancient wisdom and modern science to provide multidimensional support for your immune system and trouble with your sinuses!

mykind Organics Women's 40+ Multi-Vitamins by Garden of Life - Added hormone and breast support make this Kind Organics multivitamin ideal for women over 40. Just two organic tablets daily provide a boost to nutrition without added iron. This vegan supplement contains 20 natural vitamins and minerals.

mykind Organics Men's Once Daily Multi-Vitamins by Garden of Life - In a hurry? For men who live a fast-paced life, the Kind Organics men's once-a-day multivitamin provides nutrition in a pinch. Made with Garden of Life's Clean Tablet Technology, just one tablet contains 100% of the daily recommended amounts of 15 vitamins and minerals.

mykind Organics Organic Plant Calcium Vitamin by Garden of Life - At last: a calcium supplement that isn't made from pulverized limestone! Instead, the Kind Organics organic plant calcium supplement is nutritious and food-based. This supplement contains a special certified organic plant calcium blend!

mykind Organics Women's Multi-Vitamins by Garden of Life - Kind Organics crafted this powerful multivitamin with women in mind! This twice-a-day tablet is created using a special women's food blend that's packed with the nutrients any busy, strong woman needs. This whole food multivitamin is USDA Organic and Non-GMO verified!

mykind Organics Men's Multi-Vitamins by Garden of Life - Some men may not enjoy eating their fruits and vegetables, but with mykind Organics men's multivitamin it's truly EASY! This whole food multivitamin for men contains a bounty of nutrition in just two easy-to-swallow tablets a day. Stay strong and healthy!

mykind Organics Women's Once Daily Multi-Vitamins by Garden of Life - For women on the go, Kind Organics once daily multivitamin is perfect! Its nutrient dense formula contains at least 100% of the recommended daily amounts of 15 vitamins or minerals. All this in one easy-to-swallow tablet made from real whole foods!

mykind Organics Men's Multi 40+ Vitamins by Garden of Life - Men age 40 and over need extra nutritional support when compared to their younger peers. Kind Organics men's multivitamin 40+ contains a special whole food blend that contains heart and prostate healthy vitamins! Two tablets daily can keep you at the top of your game in your prime years.

Jordan Rubin's Story, Founder of Garden of Life - Jordan S. Rubin, N.M.D., Ph.D., founded Garden of Life, Inc. in 2000 after battling a debilitating digestive disease - one that nearly ended his life. When both conventional and alternative medicines failed and left him wheelchair-bound at death's door, Jordan took matters into his own hands. Jordan credits his survival and vibrant health to an enduring faith in God and a revolutionary health program "The Maker's Diet".

Patient Heal Thyself, by Jordan Rubin - Patient Heal Thyself was the first book written by Jordan Rubin, Founder of Garden of Life. The most extensive book wiith complete protocols on how much of each supplement to take to help with the many various health conditions that plague us today. Your own "alternative medicine" guidebook that should be on everyone's bookshelf! A remarkable health program with groundbreaking clinical research.

The Maker's Diet Book and Support Products - The Makers Diet Book and Support Products by Dr. Jordan S. Rubin will take you through a 40-day health experience. Get the book and the Shopping DVD.

The Great Physician's RX for Health & Wellness - Jordan Rubin's third book after the Maker's Diet. Newer and fresher ideas for a healthy diet. In addition to an expansive guide to Highly Recommended Products and Resources (and where to most conveniently and affordably find all of them) you will get over 200 original recipes created just for this book that are wonderful! These principles aren't just for the disease-ridden; they are for ANYONE desiring to live an abundant life of health and wellness.

Live Beyond Organic - Jordan Rubin's NEW book! It was fascinating to find out the journey Jordan has been on for so many years - that he finally let us peak into his world to find out about. He teaches us HOW he learned to make these new incredible foods that started his new business, "Beyond Organic," selling foods and beverages direct from his own ranch & springs to your doorstep - plus exactly what is IN these foods that make them the healthiest foods in the entire world!

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