Dietary Supplements

  • Studies on Vitamin D and Fish Oil | Natural Health Newsletter
    Don't believe new studies that claim to show that neither fish oil nor vitamin D lower the incidence of heart disease or cancer.
  • Tariffs and Supplement Prices | Natural Health Newsletter
    Make no mistake: imposing tariffs on dietary ingredients, as currently proposed, will result in a significant financial burden for consumers like yourself.
  • 2/18/2018
    When you are healthy, over 100 trillion microorganisms, from some 400 different species, flourish in your intestinal tract, aiding in digestion, absorption, and the production of significant amounts of B vitamins and enzymes.
  • When Medications & Supplements Expire | Health Blog
    Do those expiration dates stamped on your meds really mean anything? Does it matter if your pill is a few months or a few years past its prime? And if it turns out that all your old medications should be tossed, exactly how should you dispose of them?
  • Herbal Remedies Under Attack | Natural Health Newsletter
    There is a continuing attack against proven alternative health remedies through the use of highly publicized, but deeply flawed studies.
  • Consumer Reports Attacks Supplements | Health Newsletter
    Consumer Reports released a report identifying 15 supplements as “potentially” harmful with “insufficient health benefits to justify the risk. It's based on bad research, bad scholarship, and bad science.
  • Pros and Cons of 5-HTP for Depression | Mental Health Blog
    5-HTP (short for hydroxyl L-tryptophan) is a chemical that the body produces as it processes the amino acid tryptophan in the foods you eat. Once tryptophan becomes 5-HTP, it converts again to serotonin—a key neurotransmitter that supports good mood and sleep. You need naturally produced 5-HTP to maintain your sunny disposition, but if you’re stressed, it could be in short supply. The touted benefits of 5-HTP are many, but then again, so are the warnings about taking it. What’s the real story?
  • Government Regulation on Supplements, Devil's Claw, Attorney General, DNA Barcoding
    A coincidental, opportunistic lining up of forces and events is about to significantly impact your ability to purchase the supplements you want.
  • Media Attacks Supplement Safety | Natural Health Newsletter
    The headlines have not been kind to dietary supplements over the last several weeks.
  • Carotenoids Benefit Our Eyes | Health Blog
    Eating foods such as carrots that are rich in carotenoids may offer some protection from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of vision loss in older people.
  • Why Take Vitamin D after Menopause | Natural Health Blog
    Consuming enough vitamin D may be able to reverse the muscle loss that most women typically experience after they go through menopause.
  • Biotin Health Benefits
    Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin known as vitamin H or B7. Biotin is considered part of the B complex group of vitamins, which help the body convert food into fuel. Biotin's main functions in the body include metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids, as well as regulating DNA formation.
  • Ginkgo Biloba For Hearing Loss vs Hearing Aids -- Health Blog
    One third of those aged 65-74 have hearing loss, and by the time you reach age 75, it's a much surer bet, with two-thirds in the hard-of-hearing club.
  • Vitamin D, Obese Teenagers, Child Obesity, Fearmongering, Stressing the Liver
    Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines: Vitamin D may be harmful to obese teenagers.
  • 7/6/2015
    What happens when testosterone and the adrenal hormones go awry--which begins happening as men and women enter their early 30's?
  • How to Buy Dietary Supplements--What to Trust | Natural Health Newsletter
    Jon explains why supplements are under attack, why the attack is mostly nonsense, and how to buy supplements that actually work.
  • Lack of Sunlight Linked to Pancreatic Cancer | Alternative Cancer Remedies Blog
    People residing in locations that have little regular sunlight may be more likely to eventually develop pancreatic cancer.
  • NY Attorney General & Supplements
    The New York Attorney General accuses major retailers of selling herbal supplements that do not contain the labeled substance, or which contain ingredients not listed on the labels.
  • Answers to Email Questions by Jon Barron
    We receive thousands of questions every month at The Baseline of Health® Foundation, not to mention the numerous questions received by Baseline Nutritionals.
  • Dangers of Too Much Folic Acid | Natural Health Blog
    Women who have an excessive intake of folic acid during gestation may give birth to daughters who are at an elevated risk of developing diabetes and obesity as adults.
  • 2/23/2015
    So what is the story with antioxidants? Do they make a difference or not? If you listen to the buzz, you end up more confused than ever.
  • 12/15/2014
    This formula has the ability to encourage states of relaxed alertness, being in the zone, satiety, de-stressing, and just plain feeling good. It turns out, they’re all connected.
  • q&a with jon barron
    We receive thousands of questions every month at The Baseline of Health® Foundation, not to mention the numerous questions received by Baseline Nutritionals.
  • 6/17/2014
    Both the timing and frequency of introducing a vegetable to a baby appear to be integral to achieving success in the child developing a taste for that particular item
  • 5/22/2014
    Heightened levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may cause some of the plants we consume to have notably reduced concentrations of both iron and zinc compared to their present state.
  • cGMP Quality Control
    Despite its costs and deficiencies--and they are large and many--being cGMP compliant for supplement manufacturers, retailers, and testing laboratories is important.
  • St Johns Wort For Depression
    If you look closely enough, nature seems to have an answer for everything. Even more surprising is just how much our ancestors knew this to be true. Case in point: one of the most common herbs used for depression in the United States today is St. John's wort.
  • cascara sagrada tree
    If you have ever suffered from constipation, you are not alone. 63 million people in North America suffer from constipation and if not treated, it can lead to a host of other health issues. For some people, adding fiber to the diet is not enough. Are there other natural remedies? Turns out, there are!
  • red habanero chili
    Rated one of the hottest peppers on the Scoville chart, this spicy, citrusy fruit continues to grow in popularity. And, not surprisingly, this little pepper is more than just a way to heat up a dish. Habaneros also have a number of great health benefits as well.
  • Cooked Meat
    Is a vegetarian diet automatically healthier? Not necessarily. Some people actually do better when they include small amounts of meat in their diet—although, to be sure, a balanced vegetarian diet appears to offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.
  • A Cup Of Coffee
    If you forgot to drink your coffee with breakfast this morning, here's something that may jog your memory in the future. A new study has found that drinking coffee may help you to not only avoid getting Alzheimer's, but actually reverse it.
  • 3/15/2014
    If you've seen the headlines in the news and on TV over the past several months, you have no choice but to conclude that not only are supplements useless, but in fact, they're downright dangerous.
  • pumpkin pie sweetened with fruit
    It's certainly no surprise to any literate, health-minded person that fresh fruits and vegetables benefit health, but, considering the negative press dietary antioxidants received earlier this year, it's nice to see studies come out that drive the point home.
  • flax seed with scooper
    Flaxseed is considered by many to be one of the most powerful foods on the planet. According to history, this may have always been the case.
  • 9/16/2013
    Alfalfa has been eaten for centuries by people seeking a rich source of minerals and vitamins. The leaves and seeds are both used to make an herbal supplement.
  • 9/16/2013
    Clay minerals are one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents known, capable of absorbing up to 40 times its weight in fecal matter.
  • 9/16/2013
    In humans, zeaxanthin has been shown to inhibit the growth of various types of cancer cells such as those affecting the lungs, stomach, cervix, breast, bladder, and mouth.
  • 9/11/2013
    For anyone suffering from progressive cartilage damage, reprogramming the immune system with undenatured type II chicken collagen as found in UC-II is an essential component of his or her joint repair regimen.
  • 8/12/2013
    Flower Pollen benefits a wide array of functions and strengthen immunity. A powerful supplement, flower pollen extract is more efficient and cleaner.
  • Stevia Leaf Extract
    Stevia leaf extract has been gaining popularity as a sugar substitute in the Western world. Learn all about stevia liquid extract and its benefits.
  • 7/26/2013
    Calendula is a native Mediterranean plant that belongs to the daisy plant family Asteraceae. Natural healers have found calendula ointment uses for many of years.
  • Dangers of Calcium Supplements
    Although researchers are not exactly sure how it does it, ever mounting data indicates that high calcium intake increases the risk heart attacks and death.
  • How to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
    It's been almost seven years since I devoted a newsletter to Alzheimer's disease (AD). During that time, researchers have learned a great deal--most of which confirms what I proposed back then.
  • Acetyl-l-carnitine Supplements
    A recent study on L-carnitine has some people worried about using supplements that contain Acetyl-l-carnitine. There is no reason to be concerned for a number of reasons.
  • 3/8/2013
    When it comes to health, it’s all based on odds, not guarantees. Anyone who makes health claims about the effectiveness of certain supplements to prevent cancer is making false claims.
  • Supplements That Build Muscle
    Exploring your muscles and bones is far more interesting than it first appears -- and properly taking care of them, far more involved than you might believe.
  • 9/28/2012
    Probably no other area in alternative health is more subject to over-promising and under-delivering than anti-aging. We're talking about every magic bullet under the sun from face cremes to human growth hormone supplements. Ah, if only it were that simple! The simple fact is that aging is not the result of any one single factor, but is the cumulative result of a number of factors. However, there are several steps one can take to slow down or even reverse the aging process:
  • woman with headache or migraine
    Migraines and headaches still baffle the most dedicated scientists on the subject. Fortunately, certain herbs and natural remedies can increase circulation, relieve pain receptors, regulate hormones, and reduce inflammation that often provide the underlying triggers for headaches and migraines.
  • 7/31/2012
    Similar to the immune system, chronic fatigue can be linked to so many health factors that it is difficult to provide just a few suggestions. Because chronic fatigue is so rarely linked to just one cause, we recommend a Baseline of Health® program that is designed to detox and rebuild each and every organ and system in the body.
  • 7/31/2012
    Depression does not just affect our ability to enjoy each day. Scientists are linking stress and depression with longevity. The good news is that not only can nutrition impact mood, but certain herbs and nutraceuticals can also give a safe, healthy mental lift!
  • 7/31/2012
    Although we all get colds and flus, not many know that the plain garden variety flu kills some 36,000 every year in the US alone! Unfortunately, when it comes to treating colds and viruses, modern medicine has little to offer. However, you may want to consider the power of alternative medicine...
  • 7/31/2012
    Over 20% of the population currently suffers from chronic pain. Because current pain medications can create nausea, constipation, depression, stomach bleeding, kidney problems, and dependence, many are looking for more natural ways to reduce chronic pain. Learn what works!
  • 7/31/2012
    More and more doctors are now aware of how endemic yeast infections such as Candida have become. What is candida and how can you rid yourself of this yeast-like fungus?
  • 7/31/2012
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease in which killer T-cells of the body's own immune system (most likely triggered by invading bacteria) reprogram themselves to attack joint cartilage, resulting in inflammation and joint destruction. The current treatment strategies of suppressing immunity and inflammation offer only limited success since they do not deal with the underlying causes. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is more likely the result of wear and tear or low pH, but again, standard treatments involving pain killers and anti-inflammatories address only the symptoms, not the underlying causes. In both cases, the key to success is to address the underlying causes, which automatically improves the symptoms.
  • 7/31/2012
    The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse estimates that each year, nearly 100,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with kidney failure. More than 100,000 currently have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) due to diabetes, and an astounding 7.7 million have physiological evidence of chronic kidney disease. Find out how the kidneys work and what you can do naturally.
  • 7/31/2012
    Whether you are looking to fight off a cold or would like to understand how your immune system constantly fights cancer cells, our series on the immune system will explain how to boost your immunity and destroy invaders.
  • 7/31/2012
    Jon Barron will walk you through the digestive system -- from the tip of your tongue to the outer edge of your rectum. All of this will help you understand digestive tract diseases (everything from hiatal hernia to acid reflux, from peptic ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome) and how to treat them naturally by working with your body, not against it.
  • alternative health: healthy foods and supplements
    With today's news about ineffective vitamins, many frustrated consumers are tossing them and using diet to replace deficiencies. Unfortunately, our food no longer contains the nutrient value it did 50-100 years ago. But, what can you take, how much, and when? Find out in these articles.
  • 7/31/2012
    With the environmental battles we face today, proper understanding of diet and nutrition is one of the most important keys to natural health. The poor quality of the food we put into our bodies is in direct correlation to the overwhelming increase in disease and cancer we see today. Learn how to create a healthy, balanced diet through quality organic foods and juices, healthy fats, and non-allergenic proteins.
  • 7/14/2012
    Research, which took place at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, found that women at least 65 years old who have deficient vitamin D levels experience more weight gain than their counterparts with higher levels.
  • 7/2/2012
    The Health Ranger interviews Jon Barron at Expo West
  • 6/29/2012
    If you are struggling to determine what supplements you should be taking, this segment will eliminate your confusion. Jon reviews important keys to watch for when examining labels and help you understand natural verses synthetic ingredients.
  • 5/31/2012
    More individuals today are looking for ways to not only lose weight, but to sustain the weight loss after a diet. To lose weight naturally and without starving yourself, there are some things to consider before you start on any weight loss program. Learn more...
  • 3/15/2012
    Jon Barron guest stars in Joyce Riley's talk show, The Power Hour, and discusses the benefits of dietary supplements, overall nutrition and how it can affect a person's well-being, and the information found in Lessons From the Miracle Doctors. 
  • 1/2/2012
    This newsletter is my gift to all our media subscribers. By the end of this newsletter, I want you to walk away newly outfitted with two fundamental questions that you will henceforth be able to call upon when reporting on future studies.
  • 12/17/2011
    New research that suggests home birthing is an extremely safe option for both mother and baby. Scientists at the University of Oxford in England found that the risk of injury to the newborn was less than one percent, even in births to first time mothers.
  • 12/12/2011
    When it comes to health, it’s all based on odds, not guarantees. Anyone who tells you that if you take certain supplements you’re not going to get cancer is lying to you. And any doctor who tells you that if you get a flu shot you’re safe from the flu is lying to you.
  • 10/31/2011
    On October 12th, the researchers conducting the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial  published the results of their eight year investigation  by announcing that vitamin E supplementation not only does not help prevent prostate cancer; it actually increases your risk of getting it -- substantially. As it turns out, the study is based on false logic. It is sophistry. It is bad advice.
  • 10/25/2011
    Green tea offers health benefits; that much we have known for years. But it seems to be taking a while for the medical establishment to catch up with the natural health movement in determining just how good green tea can be.
  • 10/3/2011
    In our concluding segment on the immune system, we progressively step outside the box and draw a clear line between the medical view of the immune system and the holistic view. And ultimately, we arrive at the primary point of separation.
  • 8/8/2011
    A recent "commentary" article concerning dietary supplements, written by Bryan E. Denham, PhD was published in JAMA, thus carrying the imprimatur of the American Medical Association. If you were to hazard a guess, what side of the issue do you think the good doctor and the AMA came down on -- pro or con vis-à-vis alternative medicine and dietary supplements? Good guess!
  • 7/1/2011
    Colds and flus are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, they can also be extremely dangerous -- especially to the very young and the very old. Unfortunately, modern medicine has little to offer in the treatment of colds and flu.
  • 5/30/2011
    The May 19th issue of The Economist ran TWO stories debunking alternative medicine. The first story carried a subheading that read, "Virtually all alternative medicine is bunk." And then later on in the issue, it expounded on the same theme as the main science story of the week, with the subheading, "Alternative medical treatments rarely work. Personally, I love The Economist, but these stories are way off base and filled with innuendo, not to mention a good bit of distortion.  Learn the other side of the story...
  • 3/1/2011
    Recent research has found that antioxidants may hinder female fertility. The researchers fed antioxidants directly to the ovaries of female mice, and to their surprise, discovered that the ovaries of the affected mice produced very few eggs, and those eggs that did get produced had little viability. Learn more about antioxidant dietary supplements and fertility with this natural health blog!
  • 1/10/2011
    Recent recommendations for vitamin D are absurdly low. In this health newsletter, Jon explores how the Institute of Medicine's recent recommendations ignore the fundamental differences between vitamin D2 and D3. And because they ignore those differences: (1) their analysis of existing data is totally flawed; (2) their assessment of optimal blood levels is based on fantasy and flies in the face of mounting scientific evidence; and (3) their caution on maximum safe levels of supplementation rests on mind boggling logic. If you rely on their recommendations, you will severely compromise your health.
  • 12/30/2010
    People who smoke cigarettes might actually increase their risk of developing colon cancer by eating a larger quantity of fruit and vegetables.
  • 12/28/2010
    New research indicates that people who eat lots of dark green and orange vegetables outlive their peers by a huge margin.
  • 10/21/2010
    In this podcast, Jon Barron looks at both sides of the FDA issue when dealing with FDA's tactics. Learn what new restrictions are being reinforced within the natural health industry and how their approach, given their staff limitations and "influences," affects their decisions.
  • 10/19/2010
    A new magnesium study recently published by doctors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that getting enough magnesium could help you ward off diabetes.
  • 10/18/2010
    Recently, the FDA has been on a tear, going after companies for making medical claims for non-pharmaceutical products. This is something the FDA does every now and then -- kind of like a locust plague -- predictable that it will happen, unpredictable as to exactly when it will be. Here are just a few examples of the latest assault:
  • 10/16/2010
    The Miracle Mineral Supplement has been marked as a toxic substance by the FDA and the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom.
  • 8/9/2010
    Researchers have concluded that calcium supplementation is associated with a 20-30 percent increase in the risk of heart attacks.
  • 7/29/2010
    The use of certain cold medicines containing zinc can lead to hyposmia (reduced ability to smell) and anosmia (the loss of the ability to smell).
  • 7/6/2010
    Those with the highest levels of B6 and methionine in their blood reduced lung cancer risk by a whopping 48-56 percent.
  • 7/6/2010
    Studies show exercise works better than antidepressants at relieving depression and anxiety.
  • 7/1/2010
    A new study indicates that lack of vitamin D may be a major factor in the development of diabetes.
  • 6/17/2010
    A Congressional investigation showed that nearly all of the herbal supplements tested contained trace amounts of heavy metals and pesticides. Learn more about heavy metal toxicity and dietary supplements with this health blog.
  • 6/14/2010
    In our last newsletter, we began an exploration of the endocrine system by examining the three endocrine glands in the brain. In this issue, we move down the body to examine the five endocrine glands found in the neck: the thyroid and the four parathyroid glands.
  • 6/12/2010
    Apparently, one out of every 200 people or so who get infected with HIV never comes down with AIDS. Learn more about T-cells and natural immune system boosters with this health blog.
  • 6/3/2010
    TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, a more sedentary lifestyle, and higher BMI. Learn more about the full significance of tv time and child development in this health blog.
  • 5/25/2010
    Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic discovered that taking vitamin D with large meals boosts its absorption dramatically. But when it comes to vitamin absorption the details are tremendously important and often overlooked. Learn more about isolate vitamins and how the body absorbs them with this health blog.
  • 5/20/2010
    In the seven years between 1999 and 2006, the use of prescription opioids increased nearly fourfold nationwide. Overdose from painkiller prescriptions has also increased dramatically. If you have chronic pain this health blog will certainly help educate you on the dangers of painkiller prescriptions.
  • 5/4/2010
    If current projections are correct, children dying before their parents is about to become the norm. Learn more about increasing rates of obesity in children and the implications of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other illnesses that create a shortened life expectancy in young adults today.
  • 4/22/2010
    A new study has found that most infants, whether bottle or breast-fed, get far too little vitamin D. This health blog discusses guidelines for vitamin D supplementation, vitamin D deficiency issues, and vitamin D toxicity for adults and children.
  • 4/6/2010
    According to research, the average American’s risk of melanoma in his or her life time increased from one in 1,500 in 1930, to one in 250 in 1980, to one in 74 in 2000, and now sits at one in 58. Whether you are interested in prevention, removal or simply educating yourself about skin cancer this health blog will bring all the pieces together!
  • 3/25/2010
    According to research at the University of California, San Diego and Harvard University, lack of sleep is contagious among teens. Why the sleep deprivation among teenagers? Read more!
  • 3/11/2010
    An evolved strain of rabies has been found in skunks and foxes in suburban areas of Arizona.
  • 2/9/2010
    A new study shows that Metformin helps obese teens lose weight when combined with exercise and a healthy diet, but are the side effects of Metformin causing more harm than good and is the study really looking at the correct issue.
  • 2/2/2010
    The more leafy green vegetables the subjects ate, the less methylation they had in their genes. Meanwhile, a simultaneous study found that drinking a cup of green tea daily has a profound impact on lung cancer prevention, even among smokers.
  • 1/14/2010
    A study, just published in Cancer Prevention Research, found 10 phytochemicals in pomegranates that seem to inhibit the growth of estrogen-responsive breast tumors.
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