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Freedom From Illness:
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May 2015
Welcome to the monthly Freedom From Illness wholistic e-newsletter from Russell Louie and Margaret Auld-Louie at Optimum Choices. This newsletter is sent to all our customers. If you wish to unsubscribe, see the bottom of this e-mail for instructions. To receive this newsletter by e-mail, click here: Subscribe Newsletter.


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LORAZEPAM: Avoiding Addiction, Part 2
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Because of our low, mail order, Internet prices and the amazing demand for our "wholistic" consulting and revolutionary products, we limit every inquiry (e-mail and telephone) to 15 minutes in order to help all those in need. After the first 15 minutes we charge our normal consulting fee. Please make use of all the free resources available 24 hours/day, by clicking on the buttons in the left-hand menu of every product page (Ingredients, Usage, FAQ, etc.). Thank you in advance.

Pet Food Recalls

The pet food recalls continue. The best "wholistic" suggestion to prevent danger to your pet is — STOP feeding dry kibble dog food. In our "wholistic" opinion, dry kibble dog food is the least nutritious form of food to feed a carnivore. Furthermore, a majority of all pet food recalls is with dry food. Canned food, freeze-dried food and raw food have a much lower percentage of recalls.

To read more on our "wholistic" philosophy on pet food, go to the following links:

Pet Food Recall
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For a very revealing report on pet food, click the link:

What Pet Food Companies Don't Want You to Know



LORAZEPAM: Avoiding Addiction, Part 2
by Russell Louie

In Part 1 of this article I discussed why, as a wholistic scientist, I decided to take the highly addictive anti-anxiety drug, Lorazepam. The medical recommendation is to only use Lorazepam for a maximum of 2-4 weeks because of its high addiction rate. Because I was suffering from extreme sleep deprivation brought on by the mTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) symptoms, I could not reverse this downward spiral by myself with holistic methods. I ended up taking Lorazepam for 6 months. In order to avoid addiction, I developed a self-prescribed protocol of taking Lorazepam only Sunday-Thursday nights because those were the days I needed a good night’s sleep in order to work the next day. Because I did not have the benefits of Lorazepam on Saturday and Sunday, I had withdrawal symptoms. (Margaret said those where the worst days to be around me L) After 6 months the following withdrawal symptoms and side effects became unbearable:

  1. Increased anxiety and depression.

  2. Irritability.

  3. Loss of memory, trouble concentrating.

  4. Muscle pain in neck and shoulders, teeth and jaw.

  5. Gastrointestinal problems.

  6. Hypersensitivity to sounds.

  7. Visual disturbances (blurred vision, hypersensitivity to light, seeing spots, sore eyes, dry eyes).

  8. Balance problems (instability when getting up too quickly).

  9. Feelings of tightness in chest, palpations.

  10. Nightmares.

  11. Paranoia

Since I was off Lorazepam on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day, I decided to also skip Monday since I did not have to work. After making it three days without Lorazepam I decided to start my voluntary withdrawal program to see how far I could go. I ended up going ‘cold turkey,’ although I probably should not have, since the next month was hell (as Margaret will tell you). I feel the reason I could accomplish this amazing feat from such a highly addicted drug was that I used holistic nutrition to rebuild and regenerate my damaged brain cells while taking Lorazepam.

While drugs do a great job in eliminating the symptoms quickly, they rarely do anything to balance the original cause of the condition. Our “wholistic” philosophy when taking drugs is to use them only as long as necessary and subsequently look for holistic means to get off them as soon as possible by balancing the body through nutrition. I learned early in my mTBI treatment that the brain is one of the last frontiers in Western medicine. Current treatment includes medication to treat anxiety, depression, improve focus and concentration but nothing to help the brain produce more amino acids, balance chemical deficiencies and regenerate damaged brain cells. That is why I chose a holistic-minded medical doctor to help me recover. My holistic M.D. prescribed the following nutritional brain supplements (based on my blood test) to help my brain rebuild itself:

  1. NeuroReplete (5-HTP, Lysine, L-Tyrosine)

  2. NAC (N-Acetyl-1-Cysteine)

  3. Custom Amino Acid Base

  4. Glycine Powder

  5. Kavinace (Taurine, 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid HCl)

In addition to all the above, I also used our own products BioSuperfood, ALPHA-G, MindWise™ and NingXia Nitro™ to nourish and balance my brain.

I chose BioSuperfood (a bio-algae concentrates product) BioSuperfood-f3because it contains the nutrients of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, pro-vitamin A, B-complex, phycocyanin, Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) and a host of other phytonutrients all known to nutritionally enhance the function of the brain and nervous system. Here is an interesting fact: Human breast milk is the #1 source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) on the planet and Spirulina (as in bio-algae concentrates) is #2. Breast milk contains GLA because human infants need to quickly build brain mass in order to boost their chances of survival. A bigger, better brain allows a child to more quickly comprehend language, social interactions, environmental cues and interpret sensory input. Cow’s milk (not surprisingly) has virtually no GLA. Now you know why breast feeding is so important. All the above brain nutrients significantly increase the body's capacity to repair the brain and nerve tissues throughout the body. People suffering from degenerative nerve disorders typically report positive results from using bio-algae concentrates. While drugs cannot cross the blood/brain barrier food nutrients can. Since algae are food, the nutrients in bio-algae concentrates are efficient at reaching the cells of the brain’s master glands (pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus), which in turn activates the innate healing ability to repair brain cells and nerve tissue. The above nutrients have also been shown in research to nutritionally support Alzheimer’s disease, sciatica, palsy, epilepsy, seizures, multiple sclerosis, nervousness, ADD/ADHD and other nervous system disorders.

ALPHA-G is a private-label polysaccharide peptide product ALPHA-Gmade from select organic rice grains. Through a proprietary manufacturing process the rice grains are broken down into tiny molecules called alpha-glycan polysaccharidepeptides, which may be absorbed directly into the cell, providing energy to the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell. This nutrition may help balance the body's process of cellular regeneration and communication, exactly what my mTBI damaged brain needed.

MindWise™ is a fairly new nutritional brain serum from Young Living Essential Oils. MindWise™ combines the exotic MindWisesacha inchi nut oil with medium chain triglycerides (MCT), GPC (L-alpha glycerylphorylcholine), ALCAR (Acetyl-L-Carnitine), CoQ10 (Kaneka Q10) (as unbiquinone), Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and a proprietary essential oil blend to support normal brain function. I noticed within the first week of taking a loading dose that I could forgo my prescribed daily afternoon at times and not crash that evening. I had periods of more clarity and improved memory. I would suggest MindWise™ for anyone wanting to improve memory function, focus, clarity of mind and overall cognitive health and not just someone with a mTBI. This would include children and the elderly with cognitive disabilities, memory problems and the inability to focus (concentrate). You can read more on our product page: MindWise™

NingXia Nitro™ was formulated to increase mental fitness, cognitive alertness, physical acuity, enhance athletic performance/endurance, boost energy and serve as a dailywolfberries pick-me-up. One of the prime ingredients is wolfberries or Chinese Goji berries. These wolfberries come from the NingXia province in China, where 400% more people over the age of 100 live. These centenarians walk without canes, see without glasses and live without inflammation, pain or cancer. While I was specifically wanted to increase my NingXia Nitromental fitness and cognitive alertness, I will take all the other side benefits (who would not?). I took one tube every morning and a second tube on particularly stressful days and busy days that I could not take my daily afternoon nap. NingXia Nitro™ makes a great substitute for those energy-boosting caffeine drinks. You can read more on our product page: NingXia Nitro™

After 6+ months of taking all the above nutrition my brain was rebuilt enough to withdraw from Lorazepam before I became addicted. But these physical tools (nutritional supplements) were not the only tools I used. Part 3 will discuss the mental and emotional TBI coping skills I learned to prevent further addiction (to anything) plus make me a better person J

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