Monday, December 5, 2011

Comparative nutrition for you!

I truly never thought I'd do this on my blog but I can't help it.  I have found something that I believe in and feel the need to share it.  Let me start by reminding you that I am a scientist and as a scientist there is a certain degree of data and repetition that must go into an argument to provide sufficient "proof" for me that something works.  The other part of being a scientist (the really fun part) is experimenting and I experiment A LOT...even on myself.
Many of you are familiar with Standard Process supplements.  I absolutely love the company and use many of their products for me, my dogs, and some of the animals at the zoo. Some time ago, I ordered some Immuplex for frogs (yes, frogs).  The problem we had with the frogs ended up being related to vitamin A and carotenoids so we never used the Immuplex. 

I am one of those people that tended to get sick every time I heard someone sneeze.  One day at work I went in the lab and took some of the Immuplex along with Echinacea when I started to feel a sore throat coming on.  I was surprised the next day when I felt better so I kept taking them and continued to feel better by the end of the day.  So, I kept them both in my desk and got some for home.  Every time I started to feel sick, I took them both 3 times daily.  It worked every time.  My husband on the hand, never gets sick (I find that very annoying).  So, on Friday when he came home with a sore throat you might guess what I made him take.  Saturday morning I woke up with a sore throat and started taking both.  Sunday, we felt tired but better.  By today we were back to normal and even Danny thought we'd found a "cure". 

I absolutely don't believe it's a cure but Echinacea is a fabulous immune boosting medicinal herb that is safe for dogs and I have used it on my "kids" on various occasions.  Immuplex is a combination of minerals and vitamins, primarily Vitamin B6, zinc, and vitamin C.  The link for Immuplex is included below.  The dose we've been using for us is 400 mg Echinacea + 1 Immuplex capsule together three times daily as soon as you feel symptoms coming on.  Keep taking it 3 days after your symptoms stop.  I don't take either supplement any other time.

Sorry for the commercial but it's worked for me multiple times and when it worked for Danny, I felt it was worth sharing, especially this time of year when we are all under the stress of the busy Holiday season and all of our immune systems could use the extra ammunition.


  1. Interesting idea. I normally keep Echinacea around for when I get sick. My dad actually made a living when I was growing up by harvesting wild plants for use in pharmaceuticals. I ended up exposed to a lot of natural treatments for things.

  2. What a cool job! It's amazing how powerful some herbs and plants can be. Echinacea is great and I also keep it handy! Thanks for the comment.

  3. I've been searching for and trying the different grain/free food and now am at a loss...can you name the certain grain/free kibble that you would recommend? I was recently feeding NOW and just recently switched to Fromm Four Star, beef.

    thank you!

    Laurie Dana

  4. Laurie - There are several GF foods that I like. I suppose if I had to pick only one, my current (because companies can change their formulas) favorite is Orijen. I do like Fromm but others that I would rotate with would include: Core, Taste of the Wild, Solid Gold, Before Grain, Nature's Variety Instinct, and Evo.