How Financial Stress Impacts the Immune System

By Kristen Schepker

What do the stock market and the immune system have in common? More than you might think.

Researchers tracked a small group of finance professionals during a highly stressful period of extreme market volatility. They showed that the heightened stress led to marked shifts in important immune system biomarkers. Participants’ physiological reactions to market-related stress resembled the immune defenses typically triggered by physical health threats like infections.

If the body’s infection defense system responds to financial crisis as if it’s a disease, the implications for personal health are vast.

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“Core” Values: How to Help Patients Build Strength and Improve Balance

Written by Stacy Collier, Contributing Writer

Balance is an essential concept in holistic medicine. The word is everywhere: we talk about work-life balance, balancing hormones and neurotransmitters, keeping an ideal acid-alkaline balance. All of those are important. But the reality is, many people struggle with the much more basic issue of physical balance. Especially as people age, the ability to stay […]

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It "Should Be Like Masks” Resolution Urges Congress to Recognize Value of Vitamin D

Written by Erik Goldman

Vitamin D “should be like masks. Everybody should know about it. The government agencies should be pushing it that way,” says Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI). Grothman, representing Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district, wants to see vitamin D become part of the nation’s COVID control efforts. Last month, he introduced a resolution urging the federal agencies to […]

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A Revolution in CoQ10: Advancing Energetics through Cellular Metabolite Optimization

Written by Erik Goldman

Co-enzyme Q10 is among the most widely purchased dietary supplements worldwide. Yet many people who take it don’t get the optimal benefits they seek from this important metabolic cofactor. 

New research suggests that Geranylgeraniol (GG), a naturally-occurring substance in the seeds of the Annatto plant (Bixa Orellana), can increase the body’s natural production of CoQ10, improve its absorption by cells, and optimize the effects of CoQ10 supplementation.

Clinically, the combination of GG and Ubiquinol can reverse skeletal muscle damage, restore muscle function, ameliorate the adverse impact of statin drugs, and improve energy production in the heart and other organs with high metabolic rates. 

In this webinar, Barrie Tan, PhD, one of the world’s experts on annatto-derived compounds, explores new insights into the biochemistry of Ubiquinol, Geranylgeraniol, and the ways in which the combination of these two compounds represent paradigm shift in the way we view CoQ10 and cellular energetics.


Dr. Barrie Tan earned his PhD in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand and spent several years as a professor at UMass. Credited with discovering a form of vitamin E called tocotrienol in three major sources – Palm, Rice, and Annatto, Dr. Tan was dubbed the “Tocotrienol King” by cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD.

Dr. Tan is currently the President of American River Nutrition, a natural health R&D company he started with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1998. His research focuses on lipid-soluble nutrients that reduce and slow chronic conditions.

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