Month: September 2017

Durk and Sandy- Arginine for Pain: Sickle Cell Disease

The Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®
Life Extension NewsTM
Volume 20 No. 2 • March 2017


ARGININE FOR PAIN: SICKLE CELL DISEASE

 

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Preliminary clinical studies are showing promising results in the treatment of pain in patients with sickle cell disease. Pain is the hallmark of sickle cell disease, with some patients in pain all of the time. Arginine has been found in these preliminary clinical studies to be effective against the pain due to vaso-occlusive blood clots. “Phase II clinical trials of arginine therapy for sickle-related pain are underway and a Phase III randomized controlled trial is anticipated in the near future (Bakshi, 2016).”Sickle cell disease is described as an “arginine deficiency syndrome (Bakshi, 2016).” The “global arginine bioavailability ratio” (GABR) was developed to assess the state of arginine sufficiency as expressed in the ratio of arginine to arginine metabolites (ornithine and citrulline). The GABR is low, not only in sickle cell disease, but also in diabetes. Moreover, a low GABR “has been shown to be a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and early mortality in general (Bakshi, 2016).”

Arginine can be found in our Muscle Memory™, with each serving containing 6 grams of arginine. Suggested use is 1 to 3 servings a day on an empty stomach—at bedtime, upon awakening, or before exercise.

Reference

Bakshi and Morris. The role of the arginine metabolome in pain: implication for sickle cell disease. J Pain Res. 9:167-75 (2016).

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Time Is On My Side-LEF News Sandy Shaw

The Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®
Life Extension NewsTM
Volume 20 No. 2 • March 2017


TIME IS ON MY SIDE … YES, IT IS

by Sandy Shaw

The difference between drug use and addiction or eating and metabolic diseases is time. The amount of time we take a potentially addictive drug determines whether we become addicted; this is also true for eating—eating for only a limited period of time can prevent the development of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes type 2 (Hatori, 2012).

An example of how time can determine the result of eating: a recent study of male mice fed a high fat diet found that restricting feeding to only eight hours a day WITHOUT REDUCING CALORIES as compared to being free to eat at any time prevented metabolic diseases (such as obesity, hyperinsulinemia, fatty liver, and inflammation).

Dopamine is required for the estimation of time by the internal clock. “Interval timing, the ability to discriminate durations in the seconds-to-minutes range, is a form of temporal cognition that requires an optimal level of dopaminergic function in cortico-striatal circuits in order to control time sharing and regulate clock speed.” A time interval is initiated by cortical oscillators in the ventral tegmental area of the brain by a burst of dopamine accompanied by a burst of theta power, which act as the “start gun” (Kononowicz, 2015).

The internal clock is critically controlled by dopaminergic agonists and antagonists. Dopamine agonists such as cocaine and methamphetamine (“speed”) have been shown to increase the speed of the internal clock, while dopamine antagonists such as haloperidol and raclopride have been shown to decrease the speed of the internal clock (Cheng, 2007).

In another study (Sysoeva, 2010), researchers found that there is an association of serotonin (5-HT) related genes with time perception. In their experiment, forty-four Russian Caucasian males (right handed and with a mean age of 22) compared two durations (they had to indicate which of them was shorter) on a computer monitor. “Many studies have reported an association between duration representation parameters and personality, specifically impulsivity and psychoticism.” Unsurprisingly, other studies have found psilocybin, a 5-HT (serotonin) receptor agonist, to affect time perception (Sysoeva, 2010).

“Despite the evidence … suggesting the centrality of DAergic [dopaminergic] modulation in mediating the drug-induced euphoria and timing distortions reported here, this explanation is likely an oversimplification of the processes underlying the individual differences observed in this study. Neuromodulators such as serotonin, GABA, glutamate, and norepinephrine, have also been found to influence time perception and to interact with DA [dopamine] in complex ways (Lake, 2013).” Another neuro­transmitter with important effects on drug addiction and incentive-motivated behaviors is acetylcholine (Lester, 2010).

WHEN TIME SLOWS DOWN

You’ve all experienced it—the times when sudden danger appears, such as your car is about to hit a tree, and time slows release of adrenaline as you rapidly close in on the tree. As explained above, stimulants such as methamphetamine cause a large release of dopamine and this increases the speed of the internal clock. A hypothesis proposes that the reason this feels like time is slowing down is that your brain sees time as the amount of information it processes—the more bits of information is counted as a longer period of time compared to the usual number of bits you experience as “regular” time (Eagleman, 2005).

In a similar fashion, seeing an event in “slow motion” causes observers to believe that more time had passed than actually had (Caruso, 2016). Thus, time is under­estimated.

A very recent paper (Soares, 2016) reported how mice judged the passage of time (judging the duration of intervals). Using a pharmacogenetic method to suppress dopaminergic neuronal activity in the substantia nigra pars compacta, they found that “[s]ituations in which DAergic [dopaminergic] activity is elevated naturally, such as states of high approach motivation, response uncertainty, or cognitive engagement are associated with underestimation of time. Conversely, situations that decrease DAergic activity, such as when fearful or aversive stimuli are presented are associated with overestimation of time.”

The bottom line: “… pleasurable events boost dopamine release, which should cause your internal clock to run faster … so that short intervals seem longer than they are (Simen, 2016).”

FLOW

Time stands still if you go fast enough.

—Stephen F. Kaufman, marial arts professional (Ch.
19 in his book “The Way Of The Modern Warrior”)

Who hasn’t experienced FLOW? The trick is being able to produce it when you want it.

Flow is often described as a state of effortless concentration so deep that people who experience it lose their sense of time. It gives you a sense of acting without conscious awareness, of time slowing down, of perceiving yourself to be moving through a dreamlike state.*


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We knew a highly skilled champion racecar driver (Mickey Thompson) who told us that using a BLAST family formulation of ours had, in a very long off-road auto race (the BAJA 1000, when it was 1000 miles rather than 1000 kilometers) resulted in time slowing down, with everything happening exactly right and without any conscious effort on his part. He said that it felt like the flow he had experienced in his best races.

The formulation that Mickey took was one of those we designed for our own use that contains the amino acid phenylalanine. Phenylalanine can be converted into tyrosine (which is then converted to dopamine) but also into phenethylamine (also called phenylethylamine), a neuromodulator that provides mental energy like caffeine, but also acts as a stimulus barrier (helps to filter out distractions). Phenylalanine is found in our BLAST formulas.

Caffeine provides mental energy in a different way than phenylalanine (see above). Phenylalanine is a natural compound that increases dopamine (via conversion to tyrosine) but, unlike caffeine (a xenobiotic), it does not mimic the effects of amphetamine and cocaine, like caffeine can do at 4-5 times the average human consumption of coffee. At high doses (300-800 mg), caffeine can increase feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Caffeine does NOT have addictive potential at the usual level of human consumption (50-300 mg or 1-3 cups of coffee), but induces feelings of well-being, alertness, energy, and ability to concentrate. Most of the effects of caffeine are reported to take place at adenosine receptors, where caffeine is an inhibitor (Nehlig, 2000). There are other changes, though, which include a 26-30% increase in the densities of cortical muscarinic and nicotinic cholinergic receptors; the evidence supports significant alterations in adenosine, adrenergic, serotonergic cholinergic, and GABAergic systems (Shi, 1993).

NUTRIENTS THAT MODIFY THE SPEED OF THE INTERNAL CLOCK

The amino acid tyrosine is precursor to dopamine, that is, converted to dopamine. (The amino acid phenylalanine is converted to tyrosine, so it is an indirect precursor to dopamine.) As noted above, dopamine agonists increase the speed of the internal clock (Cheng, 2007; Meck, 1987). This feels like time is slowing down. (Interestingly, “flow” is a process in which time does feel as though it is slowing down.)

WHEN PLEASURE BECOMES A HABIT

In the scientific literature, addiction is often called habit formation. Habit formation differs immensely from goal-directed activity. Where goal-directed activity is influenced by the outcome of performing an action, addictive activity is not—a negative outcome does not influence it.** If an action is habitual, “then devaluation should have no effect on performance, since habits are elicited by antecedent stimuli which are not affected by devaluation. “… habitual behavior is not controlled by the action-outcome contingency … (Yu. 2009)”

This can be seen in lever pressing by experimental animals. “At first lever pressing is goal-directed and sensitive to manipulation like outcome devaluation. Under certain conditions, it can become more habitual and impervious to changes in the value of the outcome … Studies in flies, mice, rats, horses, monkeys, and humans have shown some version of this transition from more flexible and goal-directed behavior to inflexible and habitual behavior.” (Yu, 2009)

It was purely the feeling that had captivated me, made me sacrifice everything to it, gladly, joyfully. It was a seashell’s pristine whisper in my ear, warm sun rising in my heart, fireflies winking in the nerves.

—Will Bohnaker, Haunts of The Aardwolf, on the allure of caffeine

EATING: DELAY DISCOUNTING

A recent paper (Johnson, 2010) points to a proposal that “deficits in reward processing may be an important risk factor for the development of obesity, and that obese individuals may compulsively consume palatable food to compensate for reward hyposensitivity.” This is another way of saying “self-medication.”

The dopaminergic nervous system is critically involved in the perception of pleasure from eating and sex. In fact, “the degree of pleasure from eating correlates with [the] amount of dopamine release (Stice, 2008).” The chronic overeating of high fat and high sugar foods causes a decrease in the sensitivity of dopaminergic neurons as a result of downregulation (reduced signaling). Animal studies have found similar effects from overeating and also in response to chronic drug use. Both overeating and the use of addictive drugs cause downregulation of dopamine D2 receptors and decreased D2 sensitivity.

A deficiency in the release of dopamine in the dorsal striatum may also be seen in individuals with a certain variant (allele) of the D2 dopaminergic receptor gene, the Taq1A A1 allele; it is interesting to note that this allele is involved in impulsivity, which is defined as “the relative preference for a smaller reward, sooner in time, compared to a larger reward, later in time … (Eisenberg, 2007)” This is called delay discounting—and “non-human research suggests that corticostriatal mesolimic substrates mediate delay discounting performance and that dopamine is the critical neurotransmitter involved.” (Eisenberg, 2007) The famous marshmallow experiments were a particularly notable example of delay discounting.

MONOAMINE OXIDASE A (MAOA) AND IMPULSIVITY

Monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) is a gene importantly affecting impulsivity. “… the risk imparted by the specific genetic variation studied here [MAOA] contributes to the impulsive dimension of this complex behavior [aggression].” The monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene, is of two types—MAOA-L (the low expression variant) and MAOA-H (the high expression variant). MAOA-L is associated with an increased risk of violent behavior. “Arguably, the clearest link between genetic variation and aggression exists for monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) … a key enzyme in the catabolism [breakdown] of monoamines, especially serotonin.” The enzyme catabolizes dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, reducing their availability for signaling at neuronal synapses (Meyer-Lindenberg, 2006). Hence, reduced catabolism, as with the MAOA-L variant, will not decrease the availability of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine for signaling as much as the MAOA-H variant.

Goal-directed dimensions of aggression have been associated with psychopathy, often accompanied by diminished empathy and remorse. In their study (Meyer-Lindenberg, 2006), the researchers found that “men, but not women, carrying the low-expression MAOA genotype showed increased [emotional] reactivity during retrieval of negatively valenced emotional material.” Interestingly, men have only one allele (copy) of the MAOA gene, whereas women have two. The reason for this is that men have only one X chromosome (where the MAOA gene is located), while (of course) women have two. Interestingly, estrogens have been shown to affect the expression of MAOA in the brain (Meyer-Lindenberg, 2006).

Higher dominance has been associated with the low expression variant of MAOA (MAOA-L) and aggression in males in studies of primates.

SEROTONIN AND IMPULSIVITY

As noted above, serotonin deficiency is associated with impulsive behavior. This can be corrected by taking tryptophan, the amino acid that is converted to 5-hydroxytryptophan by the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase and then to serotonin. However, some individuals are unable to make this conversion in sufficient amounts because their version of the enzyme lacks adequate potency. A way to overcome this is to take 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which bypasses the need for tryptophan hydroxylase. We suggest taking 25 to 50 mg of 5-HTP at bedtime. We get ours from our Serene Tranquility with 5-HTP.™

DELAY DISCOUNTING MEETS THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT


The Ant and the Grasshopper

Another experiment on delay discounting (like the marshmallow experiments) was performed in human subjects, who made a series of choices between early and delayed monetary rewards while they were examined by fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) (McClure, 2004). As a result, the researchers developed a hypothesis for how the brain decides between the early and later rewards. “… we hypothesize that short-run impatience is driven by the limbic system, which responds preferentially to immediate rewards and is less sensitive to the value of future rewards, whereas long-run patience is mediated by the lateral prefrontal cortex and associated structures, which are able to evaluate trade-offs between abstract rewards, including rewards in the more distant future.”

They allude to the metaphor of the grasshopper and the ant. The grasshopper spends its time enjoying the present and ignoring what may come later, while the patient ant works diligently preparing for the future. The authors call delay discounting the competition between the “impetuous limbic grasshopper” and the “provident prefrontal ant.” (McClure, 2004).”

In sum, the researchers suggest that “human behavior is often governed by a competition between lower level, automatic processes that may reflect evolutionary adaptations in particular environments, and the more recently evolved, uniquely human capacity for abstract, domain-general reasoning and future planning.”

Another hypothesis on the neuro­chemistry of delay discounting (Kravitz, 2012) proposes that addiction (in which the future consequences of using drugs are ignored) depends upon the interaction between dopamine D1 receptors and dopamine D2 receptors: dopamine D2 receptors counteract dopamine D1 receptors in determining the probability of performing a future action. The D1 receptors induce persistent reinforcement, while the D2 receptors induce transient “punishment” (negative signaling) for the performance of a future action. “In contrast, depression is marked by impaired reinforcement from positive stimuli and heightened punishment from negative stimuli (Kravitz, 2012).”

SPEAKING OF ANTS …

Yes, speaking of ants, a recent paper appeared in the “Research Highlights” section of the 29 Sept. 2016 Nature which reported that ants can get hooked on morphine. The ants were given access to sugar water laced with morphine. Then, over the course of several days, the amount of sugar in the water was reduced while the morphine content was increased, until eventually there was NO sugar in the water, only morphine. The ants, given a choice between sugar water and the sugar-free morphine solution, preferred the sugar-free morphine by 65% to 35%. Plus the ants’ brains showed elevated levels of dopamine, just as addicted mammals do. The authors were said to suggest that ants might make a good model for studying addiction in humans. Durk wonders why 35% of the ants DIDN’T choose morphine … Sandy suggests that maybe those ants had a different version of the D2 dopamine receptor.

HIGH IMPULSIVITY PREDICTS THE SWITCH TO COMPULSIVE COCAINE-TAKING

Rats, like humans, can get addicted to drugs. When rats are exposed to cocaine, 15-20% of them become addicted, which is similar to that observed in humans (Belin, 2008).

“… the essential feature of addiction … [is] … the persistence of drug-seeking in the face of negative consequences …” explain researchers in a 2008 paper (Belin, 2008). In their study, they found that high impulsivity “predicts the development of addiction-like behavior in rats … [and they note that, in humans,] … there is a high comorbidity between drug addiction and disorders characterized by impulsive behavior, such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.”

Low serotonin levels are thought to be a cause of impulsivity. For example, reducing serotonin levels by tryptophan-restricted diets results in more impulsive choices in experiments. A recent paper (Bevilacqua, 2010) found that a mutation in the serotonin 2B receptor predisposed a Finnish population to severe impulsivity.

Lithium may reduce impulsivity, but studies reporting this association have involved doses much higher than the low-dose form that we use. One such study (in rats) found that a “moderate” dose of lithium (20 mg/kg) suppressed impulsive behavior (Ohmura, 2012). Research involving the low concentrations of lithium found in mineral waters and in some tap water has reported reduced impulsiveness and suicide in people.

Another way to reduce impulsivity is to take tryptophan (precursor to serotonin). See above in “Eating: Delay Discounting.”

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

The Smart Lift-No Calories, No Sugar

Energy drinks, diet drinks and vitamin-enriched water certainly look like great solutions for staying healthy and increasing energy; however, they aren’t as great as people would think. These drinks can use caffeine to help provide you with a boost, but it’s not healthy. Lift, on the other hand, is natural energy and mood booster that helps curb your appetite to aid in weight loss without infusing your body with unhealthy ingredients. Lift only uses 80 mg of caffeine to get your body warmed up, and instead helps to naturally stimulate your brain to create your own natural adrenaline.

Energy drinks are designed to give us the boost we need to power through the trials and tribulations of the day, but at what cost. Most energy drinks are packed full of sugar and caffeine and these can cause us to crash later when they wear off. Also, infusing the body with vast amounts of sugar and caffeine may cause insomnia, Liftnervousness, irritability, stomach aches and in severe cases, heart palpitations. Maybe these over-hyped, over marketed products should stay where they belong, not consumed by our precious bodies.

There are countless commercials advertising the wonderful benefits of diet drinks like sodas and teas made with artificial sweeteners because they have little or no calories. With people counting calories in an attempt to lose weight, these great-tasting drinks are very appealing, but they aren’t as effective as believed. If this happens, your cravings will intensify and therefore, you would be more likely to seek out sweet food or drinks to satisfy those cravings and lead to weight gain. Are all artificial sweeteners really healthy?

One of the big market drinks on the shelves today is vitamin-enriched water. These seemingly healthy drinks promise more energy, improved memory and boost your immune system. Who wouldn’t want something with this many benefits? Unfortunately, most are predominantly sugar water with only a few vitamins and minerals included. Not so great anymore is it?

Luckily, there is a product out there that can improve energy, curb your appetite and help with dieting and increase happiness; it’s called Lift. It was developed by a scientist who has a triple major and triple minor from MIT and has been available for the past 25 years. Lift is an all-natural energy drink mix that can help the body increase energy from within. Lift uses the natural stimulators of the body to help you stay more focused and alert through the day without the caffeine and sugar infusion. In addition, Lift can help the body realize when it’s full so you don’t keep eating or pick up fatty snacks later in the day.

So the next time you’re deciding between the three drinks above, choose Lift instead. As a Lift user for the past year, I can tell you I feel more confident when I look at the daunting tasks of the day knowing I have an all-natural alternative to staying healthy and keeping myself in shape.

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Caffeine Getting You Down?

People always say adversity tells a lot about an individual. They can push through and keep going, stay satisfied with the current situation or concede. Overcoming obstacles is almost a daily activity, so people need to be mentally strong. Let’s explore how you can help yourself by helping your brain overcome obstacles!

iStock_000021022342_FullFor some, caffeine is a simple way to provide energy to power through the day and whatever life throws at you. Coffee, energy drinks and sodas loaded with caffeine all seem to provide a boost, but after a while that wears off. The effect of large amounts of caffeine consumed in a relatively short amount of time can best be described by a race analogy. The day is quite long, so why sprint as hard as you can? This will cause you to become fatigued quickly and you won’t have enough steam to finish the race. The slow and steady approach will ensure a more balanced and productive day. Of course, people can continue to consume coffee and other similar products, but each drink does less than the previous. So, what is a person to do?

Life Priority Lift PowderLift, developed by two of the most respected research scientist Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, is a natural way that may boost energy and thus productivity.  It can provide your brain with a system of nutrients used to manufacture noradrenaline, your “get up and go juice” and L-Phenylalanine which helps to regulate your appetite and your mood. By using an all-natural approach, Lift ensures there won’t be a crash from your boost of energy. Without the infusion of vast amounts of caffeine, your body can use what’s within to promote energy and better moods to navigate the life’s daily challenges.

mindAnother potential valuable supplement for the brain is called Mind. It was also developed by Pearson and Shaw, and Mind targets the processing your brain does. It can help with increasing focus and concentration. We all have so many responsibilities and obligations but so little time. Mind can help you stay on track by calming your state of mind and helping you focus your efforts and brain function. We all wish for more productive days at some point.

Don’t let life’s trials and tribulations slow you down. Give your brain an extra boost with Lift and Mind! These two supplements can help you become more productive every day and help you overcome whatever obstacles try to throw you off course. Make the decision to fight through the tough times and come out on top.

To Your Health,
Michelle & Greg Pryor

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Get “Physically Prepared” For Another MLB Baseball Season!

Get “Physically Prepared” For Another MLB Baseball Season!- Greg Pryor

I played pro baseball for 16 yrs, and over 9 seasons in MLB.  At the end of each one of my minor league and major league seasons, I would immediately begin a physical fitness program to get ready for spring training and the next season.  An exception to that schedule took place after my first MLB season withGreg Royals 1985 the Chicago White Sox in 1979.

I married my wife, Michelle, on January 31, 1979 which was right before spring training.  Since we didn’t take a honeymoon after our wedding, right after the ’79 season, Michelle suggested that we take a 3 week trip to Europe for our honeymoon!  I was shocked that she would even consider taking me out of my postseason “routine” to travel to Ireland, England, Germany, Holland and France.  We did take our honeymoon to Europe but I went on to have my best season in MLB in ’79, so go figure.

The only player that I ever played with that did not need an off-season workout program was Bo Jackson.  In my opinion, he was the best athlete in history.  He was blessed with every physical tool that you would ever want.  Athletes in other sports were on a lower plane compared to Bo.  I was on deck when he hit the longest HR in Royals history in ’86.  His swing sucked the air out of my lungs and I about fainted! Just kidding, but Bo could simply do it all better than anyone else.

The current Royals players have their own conditioning program they follow during the off season.  They had a shorter off season than any of the other MLB players because of  their World Series victory!  I have been told that Royal left fielder, Alex Gordon, is very diligent regarding his workout regimen which, I hear, is done 12 months a year.  If that is true, that is the extreme and I commend Alex for his dedication and preparation.  Normally, after the season is over, MLB players take a few weeks off and begin a fitness program to follow by the trainer and/or strength coach, and most players do their conditioning without someone cracking a whip over their heads during workouts. When I played, I had my best workouts when I had someone with me urging me (screaming at me) to put in more effort in my exercises.

We all have a free choice as to what personal exercise program to follow whether our goal is to simply feel better, lose fat, or to compete in a sport.  Whatever exercise program we choose can increase the level of free radicals that form in our blood during the activity.  Excess free radical production can overwhelm your cells and oxidative stress rises far beyond healthy levels. Over time, this damage increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, and exercise associated muscle damage.

Our bodies naturally protect themselves against free radicals with a class of substances LifeGuard Daily Antioxidant Supplementcalled antioxidants.  Wiser people than me suggest that in order to maximize exercise, to minimize oxidant damage, and to get more blood in the muscles during exercise, a person
should use certain nutrients in adequate amounts, via supplements, PRIOR to a workouts.

Since 1994, Life Priority has been advising athletes on the importance of and proper use of certain antioxidants and other nutrients prior to workouts.  Prior to workouts, there are certain antioxidants and other nutrients to ingest that will lower potential free radical damage and will also help create better blood flow inside of the muscle.  Exercise can help you live a healthier life but using the right nutrients prior to exercise can maximize the benefit of the time that you spend doing those exercises.  Contact Life Priority at customerservice@ lifepriority.com for more information on how to maximize your workout potential!  Hey, the harder you work, the luckier you can get!

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

 

In 1994, Life Priority Established to Offer High-Quality Products

Life Priority began in 1994 with the collaborated efforts of Life Priority co-owners, Greg & Michelle Pryor and  Life Extension Scientists, Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw as an effort to offer high-quality supplements to everyone. As a former professional baseball player, I know how important physical and mental health are to daily success, and Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw developed outstanding scientific formulas to deliver the best possible nutritional products. Our goal and motto is: “Your Life, Our Priority.”

The following is Greg Pryor‘s Interview on the creation of Life Priority Inc. Designer Food Formulas with Life Extension Scientist Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw in 1994. 

Sandy:  Integrity is so important when buying nutrient formulations and vitamins.  The certified quality on the Life Priority products means that those products are being manufactured by companies we have approved to do the manufacturing and they are following our specifications on how those products are to be made in terms of quality control, where the ingredients come from, everything, because we’re taking those formulas ourselves so the quality is very important to us.

Durk:  We’re a lot stricter than the FDA’s good manufacturing practices.  Our good manufacturing practices have a lot more requirements on them then the FDA’s.

Sandy:  And it’s so true about the flavors, we’ve just been bowled over, it’s so fantastic.  Especially the Muscle Memory, arginine, choline formula.  When we tasted that we could hardly believe it, it was like some kind of a new super soft drink somebody put in a bottle, it was taking the world by storm.  It tasted great.  We prefer to use that.  It’s the best tasting arginine formula I’ve ever tried.

Durk:  If you add a little bit of club soda to it to give it a little bit of fizz, then the flavor comes out even more.  The natural fruit flavor extract that we use is that the bubbles really bring out the bouquet.  People have asked us why we use natural fruit flavoring rather than the less expensive synthetic ones and the answer is simple.  It’s the difference between a bottle of fine wine and a glass of kool-aid.  The kool-aid isn’t going to hurt you, there is nothing harmful about the synthetic flavor, its just that there is one flavor out of hundreds and hundreds of flavors that any natural fruit has.  If you’re going to drink something for the rest of your life you want to have the rich textured flavor that you’re not going to get bored with after 5 minutes.

Durk:  We heard about Dr. Denam Harmon’s free radical series of aging.  Free radicals are damaging molecules with an up-paired electron.  You’ve probable heard of antioxidants like vitamins C and E and beta carotene.  Well one of the main functions of these antioxidant nutrients is to protect you from free radicals.  Free radicals play a significant role in cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, quite likely aging itself.

Sandy:  In fact, free radicals are a normal toxic waste.  They are produced naturally in your body just by the process of your being alive, every time that you metabolize food, every time you breathe.  The chemical reactions that go on naturally have the effect of creating free radicals.  Your body has a large number of defensive mechanisms to prevent those free radicals from causing damage.  One of the most important ones is the antioxidant nutrients, most of which you have to get from your diet because you can’t make them.  Things like vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta carotene.  Now it’s understood that it’s very important you get extra quantities of these materials from supplements and don’t just depend on food, because even a well chosen diet is very limited in the amount of some of the nutrients you can get.  An example is vitamin E, even in a real good diet; probably the most you’re going to get are maybe 15U a day.  Now evidence is showing 100U of vitamin E a day or more provides considerably more benefit than just the 15U you can get in a diet.

Durk:  The Vita-C2 is one of our oldest formulations we developed back in early the 1970’s.  Vitamin C is not just Vitamin C; there are a lot of different types.  For example, the most common type that you have is ascorbic acid, which is quite acidic.  Sometimes people who take an acidic tablet get diarrhea, because of inner stomach pain.  The ascorbic acid in a concentrated solution next to an un-dissolved vitamin C tablet can damage your mucus membranes.  If you doubt this, get a vitamin C tablet, stick it in your cheek pouch and I guarantee you, long before it’s dissolved that ascorbic acid tablet will have given you a chemical burn in your mucus membranes.  You have fewer pain sensors in the gut but never the less it does cause irritation and that is one of the reasons people get diarrhea when they take vitamin C tablets, particularly slow dissolving ones.  What we did to solve that problem was first, we didn’t use ascorbic acid, and we used calcium ascorbate.  This is a non-acidic calcium salt of vitamin C, made by Hoffman-LaRoche, the best vitamin C manufacturer in the world.  The calcium ascorbate is non-acidic so you don’t have to worry about getting an acid burn and it’s a very good high bio-availability source of calcium itself, so you get an extra bonus from that.  Moreover, because a lot of people have trouble dissolving the tablets we have a very simple solution.  We don’t use tablets.  The Vita-C2 is in the form of powder in a capsule and that will dissolve very reliably within ten minutes or so after you swallow it.  You may say, “What’s this Vita-C2, what’s the C2 part?”  The C2 is that there are two entirely different types of vitamin C in there.  One is the calcium ascorbate which is the water-soluble form of vitamin C that provides antioxidant protection to the watery parts of your body.  The other part is ascorbyl palmitate, the fat-soluble form of vitamin C that is a very powerful antioxidant synergist that makes other antioxidants like vitamin E function better.  Unlike the regular vitamin C the ascorbyl palmitate is the type of vitamin C that can dissolve in fatty tissues in your body.  Sandy and I have been using that ourselves for over twenty years now and we take it 4 times a day.  To get maximum benefits from vitamin C, it is important to take it more than once a day.  In fact I don’t know of a single scientific paper where any dose of vitamin C, even very large ones given once a day, provides any benefit other than curing scurvy or preventing it.  Your body can’t store large amounts of vitamin C.

Sandy:  This is true for all of the water-soluble vitamins such as the B vitamin and vitamin C.  They are excreted from your body very rapidly in the urine and in order to maintain the high serum levels that you want circulating in your blood stream you need to take the vitamin C at least 3 times a day and we take it 4 times a day for even better distribution.

Durk:  We take it once when we get up in the morning, again with lunch, again with dinner and again at bedtime.  To give you an idea of how fast the water-soluble vitamins leave your body, go to a health food store and get a 25 mg tablet of vitamin B2, riboflavin, a vitamin that is bright yellow in color.  Swallow that and in about a half an hour later your urine will be colored sort of a bright fluorescent yellow.  A couple of hours after that for after three hours your urine will be faded back to pail again.  The B2 leaves your body a little bit faster than vitamin C, but not much.  Once you take vitamin C, the level in your serum increases for a couple of hours and then it starts dropping and in about 6 hours, it’s down to about half of what it was at the peak, so its important to take these vitamins 3-4 times a day.

The One-Per-Meal Lifeguard actually has an even longer evolution, that’s an evolution from our first antioxidant nutrient supplement formula that we designed for ourselves back in 1968 after we heard of Dr. Denam Harmon’s free radical series of aging and age related diseases.

Sandy:  That’s like our combination formula; it was just vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.  We’ve learned a great deal since then.  There’s been a lot of unofficial research since that time and we now have a formulation that has about 2 dozen different nutrients in it.  It’s largely of antioxidants.  Antioxidants work together in your body.  You get more benefit from vitamin C by having other antioxidant vitamins like the B vitamins and so forth along with it then just taking the vitamin C.

Durk:  The One-Per-Meal Lifeguard is basically the most vitamin protection we can fit in one capsule that a human being can swallow.  It’s designed to be taken one per meal and an optional one at bedtime.  This is not a one per day formulation.  Don’t use it just once a day.  The reason for that is there are certain essential nutrients.  Copper, for example.  You won’t be getting the recommended daily allowance if you only take one per day.  You wouldn’t want to take 4 times the recommended daily allowance of copper, which would be too much.  So as a result, it is important to follow the instructions on the bottles of the formulations.  The One-Per-Meal Lifeguard is designed to be taken with each meal and one at bedtime, a total of 3-4 times a day.  If you don’t eat three meals a day, take one when you get up, one around noon and one at bedtime.

Durk:  The Lift is another formula that we developed, like all the products for our own personal use.  The Lift is something we designed back in the early 1980’s as a result of our experiences on the publicity tours for our billion copy best seller Life Extension of Practical Scientific Approach.  Warner’s set us out on publicity tours where we were working up to 18 hours a day and under a lot of stress, because people were asking us health questions and if we gave them the wrong answer we could really hurt somebody.

Sandy:  Also, we had to answer very, very quickly when we were asked a question and there wasn’t anytime to spend thinking about things.  We had to have the answers right at the tip of our tongues, and had to be able to answer very difficult questions in language that was simple enough that a general audience could understand and we were very good at that, but we found that over the course of a long day of doing that, wiped us out.  We were exhausted and just drained by the end of the day.

Durk:  When we got back from the first publicity tour we knew that there would be more so we did research in the National Library of Medicine to find out what makes your get up and go, get up and go and how far it went to.

Sandy:  We just looked at the various important substances that are made in your brain and that are used there for things like energy and fast recall and all the things you need to be able to do in order to function at a high level.

Durk:  One of these is a neurotransmitter called noradrenaline.  This is not a drug, it is a natural substance made by certain nerve cells in your brain from nutrients in your diet that’s used to transmit messages from one nerve to another which is why it’s called a neurotransmitter.  Noradrenaline is your brain’s version of adrenaline.  Its nature’s get up and go juice.  When a frog gets excited it releases a bunch of noradrenaline, it really hops to it, the same thing happens with human beings.

Sandy:  That’s what is giving a lot of energy when you get excited about something and when you’re doing a lot of work on something that you’re getting rewarded for, that you feel good about doing and you can just keep on going.  You don’t have an unlimited supply of noradrenaline and after you’ve been at this hard work for a certain period of time you just get pooped out, you just kind of burn out.

Durk:  Especially if you’re not eating well, not eating right or eating irregularly, you just run out of the nutrients that your brain needs, so a lot of people at that point take a cup of coffee.  Everybody who uses coffee knows that the first cup of coffee in the morning really makes you bright eyed, bushy tailed and gives you a lot of energy and get up and go.  The second one doesn’t do as much as the first and the third one does less that the second and the fourth less than the third and by the end of the day additional cups of coffee just sort of make you feel spaced out and jittery.  What’s going is pretty simple to understand.  Two major effects of caffeine are 1) it causes you to release more noradrenaline and 2) it causes you to become more sensitive to noradrenaline.  The problem is, it doesn’t help you make anymore so its sort of like burning your candle at both ends, gets you up in the morning faster, but you end up more wiped out in the afternoon because it hasn’t helped you to make anymore.  What Lift is, is a combination of 80 mg of caffeine, the same amount of caffeine you have in the average cup of coffee plus a system of nutrients that your brain can use to make more noradrenaline.  It’s a long lasting version of coffee.  You might say the thinking mans type of coffee because it can give you a lot of get up and go.   If after a long hard day you can drink a cup of coffee at 9:00 at night and fall asleep at 10:00, don’t think you can do that with the Lift because, by the end of the day you have used up a lot of noradrenaline and that cup of coffee doesn’t help to replace it so you don’t have a lot of noradrenaline for the caffeine to activate.  If you try taking a glass of Lift at 9:00 at night there is a real good chance you’re not going to get to sleep until the wee hours in the morning, on the other hand if you have to drive all night that could be a real lifesaver.

Sandy:  Its not that it’s going to make it safe to be driving all night as if you were driving during the day but it is certainly an advantage over not having nutritional support when you’re doing something like that.

Durk:  The time you most notice the effect of the Lift is really when you’re most fatigued, when you’re most wiped out.  If you take a glass of it Sunday morning you may not notice a whole lot happening, on the other hand, if after getting home from work on a Friday evening and you’re all wiped out from a hard week’s work and the long commute home and you’re about to fall asleep in front of the TV set, take a Lift and you’ll really notice the difference.  Remember when you’re introducing your friends to Lift make sure that it is at a time when they are really feeling tired and fatigued because they’ll notice the benefits of it the most under those conditions.

Sandy:  Be sure you are using it too because they’re going say to you, “Wow where did you get all of that energy from, how come you’re all full of energy and I’m all pooped out.”

Durk:  Whenever you go out to sell these formulas make sure you’re full of Lift.  One thing to keep in mind about Lift is that in order for one of the nutrients, the essential nutrient amino acid called phenylalanine that’s contained in the Lift, is something that your brain can use to make noradrenaline, and for this to get into your brain you don’t want to compete with other proteins.  If you take Lift along with a meal that has a lot of protein in it, very little will happen.  If you take it when you don’t have a lot of protein in your stomach you get much better results because more of that phenylalanine can get in the brain.  The competition between different amino acids from the food can get in the brain.

Sandy:  Proteins are made out of amino acids linked together and they get broken down in your stomach and absorbed.  As Durk said, different amino acids compete with one other to get into your brain.  They all sort of hop on to the same ferry that’s taking them across from the general circulation into the brain and these ferry’s can only hold so much, so they compete with one another and that’s the reason why with certain formulas like the Lift its good to take it on an empty stomach, but when you haven’t been eating protein.

Durk:  The Mind is another formula that we have been using ever since we came up with it back in the early 70’s, however for the first several years it was the most foul tasting stuff you could imagine.  We loved what it did for our mind.  The Mind contains choline and complimentary nutrients that your brain can use to make more acetylcholine, another neurotransmitter, and one that’s involved in focus, concentration, attention, verbal behavior and memory.  Any time you’re dealing with words you’re using up acetylcholine.  It is also what makes your muscles contract.  We like the effects of this so much that even though it tasted sort of like dog vomit smells or like fish it really did good things for us so every morning we literally held our noses and gagged it down.

Sandy:  One day we looked at each other and said, “Hay, we don’t have to put up with this, we know a lot about flavor chemistry.  Let’s design our own flavor and make this taste good.” We are sick and tired of hating it every time we take it.

Durk:  We’re gourmets, we’re scientists, we’re flavor chemists, members of the Institute for Food Technologists, we got a shelf full of books on flavor chemistry, by golly we ought to be able to figure this one out and if we can solve this problem we can solve anything.  We came up with the Mind formula which tastes good, in fact its’ so good an amateur gourmet chef  friend of ours pours it over shaved ice to make a sherbet appetizer at the start of some of his homemade gourmet meals.  That says a whole lot about something that once sort of tasted and smelled like rotten fish.

Durk:  The combination of the Lift and the Mind is really excellent.  They work together. They are two different sets of nutrients that activate two different neurotransmitter systems.  The Mind gives you the acetylcholine, the Lift gives you the noradrenaline and together you got get up and go, focus concentration and the ability to direct all of that energy.  You will also find that it really helps you to talk too.  If you go out there and try to sell these formulas, do yourself a favor; be full of Lift and Mind. We wouldn’t do a talk like this or a lecture without having some of that in us.

Sandy:  We wouldn’t write an article either.  That’s the general preparation, is to use the Mind and the Lift about a half an hour to an hour beforehand.  From a very long experience we found that it makes us able to talk longer, to be at our best longer and our writing has increased not only in quality but also in quantity.

Durk:  Now protein doesn’t prevent the active ingredients in Mind from getting into your brain.  It slows down the absorption from the gut a little so it doesn’t come out quite as fast.  It will still work just as fine if you take it on top of a big steak.

Durk:  The Willpower Tea was another formula that we developed because of a problem we had.  Mainly when we went out on these publicity tours, we had a million copy best sellers and Warner Book Company treated us like platinum rock stars.

Sandy:  They had limos driving us around and they even had us tell them what hotels we wanted to stay at.  We got to choose the hotels.  Naturally we said, “Well some hotels have the really terrific restaurants, why don’t you put us at those.”  That is just what they did and boy did we eat good food. When food is really good you eat much more than you need to be full.  You just keep on eating and eating.

Durk:  After five weeks of three or four appetizers and a seven course main meal and three or four desserts, I gained 22 pounds, Sandy gained about 10, and at that point we realized we’d either have to forgo all this yummy free food, this was back in the 80’s we were putting away about $200 worth of gourmet food a day on Warner’s credit card.  They didn’t mind at all because unlike platinum rock groups we weren’t tearing up hotel rooms or anything like that or getting arrested.

Sandy:  They figured if they treated us well we would do a good job and that was true, we did a real good job and at the end of the day, after we had put in a real hard days work we would go and have these fantastic gourmet meals.

Durk:  They don’t have scales in the bathrooms of hotels with gourmet restaurants for pretty obvious reasons.  We were really shocked when we came back.  We started doing a literature search in the National Library of Medicine database to find out what it is that made some people fat and why other people eating the same amount of foods and getting the same amount of exercise stayed thin.  Why do some people, even on low calorie diets remain very obese and other people can eat like pigs and stay skinny.  It’s not just a matter of calories that you eat and it’s not just a matter of how much exercise you do.  We developed the Willpower Tea as sort of a technological fix to help us be able to be sedentary middle aged gourmets without turning into great big balls of fat.

Sandy:  That was something that we had to do all right.  As a result of doing all that research though to figure out how to be able to enjoy all of that food and not get fat, we got enough material and we actually wrote a best selling book, The Life Extension Weight Loss Program.  That book is out of print now but it is available in a lot of libraries and occasionally you find it in used book stores.  The Willpower Tea has done for us exactly what we wanted it to do and today we weigh the same as we did in our early twenties.  We don’t have to skip the eating, the things that we like to eat, and that’s the good part.

Durk:  There is a lot more in the Willpower Tea than just the herb that we use in it as well.  There are a lot of antioxidant vitamins and other nutrients that modify the effect of the herb.  That herb has been used for over 5000 years of recorded history, so it’s been around for quite a while.  However, it is important that you read the instructions on the bottle of Willpower Tea.  There are people with certain medical conditions such hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiac arrhythmia’s taking certain unusual types of prescription drugs like MAO (monoamine oxidase)  inhibitors who shouldn’t be using it.  All that information is on the back of the bottle, but please read it before you use it.   Just because something is as natural product doesn’t mean that it’s perfectly safe for everybody under all conditions so please read the instructions.  We’d very much appreciate that.

Durk:  The Muscle Memory is a formula that we started working on back in 1976 and started doing experiments on ourselves with it in 1979.  I really wish we could tell you a whole lot more about it, but unfortunately about 98% of what we have to say about it the FDA would consider medical health claims and the FDA thinks it has the right to violate the First Amendment and that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to them.

Sandy:  Remember that the First Amendment is the amendment that guarantees freedom of speech and of the press and it doesn’t say anything in there about excepting the case of health products.  There is a lot of very important information that researchers have found out about nutrients, things that in some cases have been known for many years that you simply can’t say anything about in any ad or on any label of a nutrient supplement formula which is really quite tragic, because it means that many people who could benefit from nutrient supplements are not using them.  They don’t realize that they could benefit.

Durk:  About all that we can tell you is that it is a favorite of world class athletes of all sorts and that if you take the Muscle Memory about a half an hour or 45 minutes before you go out and do your workout or engage in a vigorous sport you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised about what happens over the next few months when you do that.  If you work out real hard and normally get a lot of aches and pains, you’ll be real surprised what happens the next morning when you wake up.  We really can’t tell you too much about it but I’m sure that people who have had personal experiences with it, other than us, people who are not the designers, like Greg for example, they can tell you person to person, not in the general phone call, exactly what it can do.

Sandy:  If we went out of our lawsuit that we filed against the FDA for violations of the First Amendment Rights of Americans, then it will be possible for people to provide any truthful information about a nutrient supplement or any product that’s regulated by the FDA, not the way it is now, where the only things that you can say about nutrients in the way of health plans is that Calcium supplements may reduce the risk of osteoporosis and folic acid supplements, 400 mcg a day, may reduce the risk of neural tube defect babies.  Although those two things are true, there is still a lot more known about nutrients then those two things.

Durk:  In fact, believe it or not, the FDA has actually made it illegal to say that 400 mcg of folic acid a day from a supplement is more likely to provide protection against these neural tube birth defects like spina-bifida, than 100 mcg of folic acid from food.  You know there is not one scientist on this planet that would agree with that.

Sandy:  That’s one of the things that we’ve charged in our suit and its being taken very seriously by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and we’ll see what happens.

Durk:  Some people have asked us if the formulas consist of natural or synthetic ingredients.  The flavors are all natural.  The vitamins, some of them are synthetic and some are natural.  One of the things to keep in mind is that it is the structure of a molecule that determines its function.  A molecule of vitamin C does what a molecule of vitamin C does because of the way it’s shaped.  Because the pattern they are put together in and it makes no difference whether it came from a rose hip, from an orange or from a stainless steel and glass factory.

Sandy:  That’s one of the things that Linus Pauling had to say.  He didn’t want people to think that they would have to pay for very expensive vitamin C that was called natural vitamin C as compared to the much less expensive synthetic vitamin C which is the same exact molecule.  If you look at the studies that have been done on the health benefits of nutrients, the scientific research has been done almost exclusively with synthetic versions of vitamins, simply because those are pure.  In the case of natural products you have small amounts of other impurities so you do not have a perfectly pure product unless it is very, very expensively purified and that makes it a very expensive product.

Durk:  One time a friend of mine came up to me several years ago and said, I think I’m allergic to vitamin C.  Every time I take vitamin C, I get these lumps on my arms that itch, these hives and I get all itchy and scratchy.  What am I going to do; I’m allergic to vitamin C.”  I said, “I don’t think it’s theoretically possible to be allergic to vitamin C.  I think you’re allergic to some impurity in there.  What are you taking?”  He said, “I’m taking vitamin C from rose hips.”  I said, “Do you realize, for example, are you allergic to anything like goldenrod?”  He said, “I’m very allergic to goldenrod.”  I said, “What do you think happens if a bee lands on a goldenrod and then lands on the rose flower that’s going to make the rosehip?  You get some of that pollen in there.  Try some synthetic vitamin C.  I don’t think you’re going to have any hives anymore and that is exactly what happened, he was allergic to something that was in his natural vitamin C.”  He had no problems with the synthetic material.

Live Long & Prosper               Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

When I turned 40 – 25 years ago – I reached a major turning point in my life.  I was not too many years from finishing a 16-year career in professional baseball, but I was also married with three young girls and was in a new career.  Tougher than dealing with all of that was the fact that, for the first time in my life, I was faced with feeling the physical and mental aging process.   I had less mental energy; I was losing my muscle mass expanding out of my size 34 jeans.  I started getting frequent mouth ulcers.  I got debilitating flu at least 2 times a year.  Luckily, in 1991, things changed for the better.

I was introduced to two nutritional research scientists, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, whose lives’ work was to find out how to slow the aging process. Durk and Sandy shared truthful, scientific information with me about how using certain nutrients in adequate amounts could have a dramatic effect on my health.  My wife, Michelle, and I have been sharing this information through our company, Life Priority, since 1994.

As we all age, our risks of getting heart disease, high blood pressure, cancers, dementia, and other diseases increase.  In the case of men, there is also a chance for getting prostate cancer.

Since September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month, every year I dedicate an article to helping educate men about simple steps for how to improve the health of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, with an estimated 239,000 men diagnosed in 2013.

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Here are my 4 simple tips to promote prostate health:

  • Get a yearly physical, including a prostate exam, with a healthcare professional.
  • Set lifestyle goals! Educate yourself about what certain nutrients and foods promote overall health, especially prostate heath.
  • Exercise! Be concerned about excess belly fat.
  • Take high-quality dietary supplements! These supplements are formulated to help insure against the gaps in your diet.

For overall health and to encourage a healthy prostate, consider consuming the following list of nutrients that should be in your diet, especially men that are 40 and older:  lycopene, zinc, vitamin D-3, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and Co-Q 10. 

It is often difficult to get enough of these nutrients from your diet.  You can get most of the nutrients listed above from Life Priority through our One-Per-Meal Lifeguard, Omega-3 Priority, Prostate Priority, Sunlife, 3-Way Calcium, Magnesium Priority, and CoQ Priority products.

I personally use all of the Life Priority supplements listed above every day.  I am almost 65 and I do not take any medications. I no longer get colds, the flu or mouth ulcers.  I have great mental energy and focus.  Most of us can’t get everything that our body needs from the diet, so we hope you’ll reach your own turning point like I did!

Treat yourself to a healthier, more energetic life. Please investigate the information on each product listed above.  For a free, personal, nutritional counseling session with me, send me an email to customerservice@lifepriority.com or call me at 1-800-787-5438. 

Using some baseball terminology, I feel like I can “touch all of my bases” through the use of the 4 different Life Priority supplements below.   All men who want to “score” with their health, including the prostate, can hit a “Grand Slam” by using these 4 supplements every day:

  • One Per Meal Lifeguard™ – First Base – You can’t get to first base nutritionally without using a great multiple vitamin/mineral (multi) after  every meal to fill in the nutrition gaps lacking in your diet. One Per Meal is a potent, research-based, multi with a great blend of all of the B vitamins and potent anti-oxidants.  Take one capsule of One Per Meal Lifeguard™ 3 times a day after meals for a solid “base hit”.
  • Omega-3 Priority™ – Second Base – Get in scoring position with our Omega-3 Priority.  Omega-3 Priority is a pharmaceutical-grade, concentrated fish oil product that is good for both heart and brain health and the prostate.  Getting the essential omega-3 fatty acids in adequate amounts in the diet is difficult.  Researchers believe fish oil helps lower heart disease risk through several mechanisms: It mildly thins the blood, helps prevent arrhythmias, lowers triglyceride and homocysteine levels, and protects the cardiovascular system from inflammation. A 2011 study, a low-fat diet plus a hefty 5-gram daily dose of fish oil slowed prostate cancer cell proliferation in patients awaiting surgery. Another new study found that in healthy young people, fish oil lowered not only inflammation markers, but also anxiety.
  • Prostate Priority™ – Third Base – You are ready to score now with Prostate Priority.  Prostate Priority is a special blend of nutrients combined to support a health prostate.  These nutrients include saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum, pumpkin seed oil extract, vitamin D3 and zinc.  Lycopene is a carotenoid found in tomatoes, papaya, and other reddish foods, Lycopene appears to increase antioxidant activity in the body protecting against DNA damage according to a recent study. The study also indicated that lycopene lowered heart disease risk factors like hypertension and C-reactive protein (CRP). Some research links high lycopene blood levels with protection against prostate and other cancers; eating lycopene-rich diced tomatoes or tomato paste also appears to protect against UV skin damage.
  • Sunlife™ – Home Plate – You will score with Sunlife.  You will get stranded on third base if you do not get adequate amounts of vitamin D3 in your diet.  One capsule of Sunlife provides 2,000 iu of Vitamin D3 in each capsule.  Despite a flood of recent research news supporting the values of vitamin D3 for the brain, bones, muscles, and the immune system, most people are deficient.  In several studies, low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with increased heart disease risk.

I have my nutritional bases covered… Do you?  Don’t get caught looking at strike 3! An out of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Greg Pryor
MLB Player 1971 – 1996
President of Life Priority, Inc.

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.