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Dear Lady Gaga,
Sorry to hear you have had to cancel your tour because your FM has flared up so badly. The pain, fatigue and brain fog can be SOOOO debilitating!
We have such sympathy because so many of us in our Health Pursuits group have been through the FM diagnosis (a collection of symptoms, not a disease). Unfortunately, it didn’t really help us figure out what to do for ourselves.
Luckily, we put our heads together, studied hard and figured out some successful strategies that we would be very happy to share with you. Our web site goes through the four areas we studied — Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet.
Our first step is always our Nutrient Test Kit because it can tell us a lot about:
– the state of our digestion,
– our adrenal capacity to mediate blood sugar, blood pressure, immunity and stress tolerance,
– thyroid requirements,
– calcium uptake and utilization,
– mitochondrial energy production,
– inflammation
and much more. All those things can affect pain, fatigue and brain fog. Pretty amazing. We have found no substitute for our test kit. We have even developed a kit that we can mail to people.
After the biochemical balance has been addressed, then we know what else to look at.
Movement and Exercise was important for so many because old injuries, bad habits and inappropriate exercise choices were factors in pain. Hopefully, you have a really good manual therapist who knows osteopathy and exercise very thoroughly. Just the right treatment and exercise training can make all the difference.
Environment might be very important for you because of plane flights, pressure of performances,and exposure to cosmetics, to perfumes, and to many people. Lots of chemicals have made health difficult for our members.
Diet could be a factor too. Food allergies and sensitivities, repetitious diet, antibiotics and many other factors messed up our nutrition and intestinal bacteria. The diet that helped all of us was a rotation diet after food allergies had been taken into consideration. Rotation helps the gut bacteria too.
We hope you recover soon and get back to the music you love. We would be happy to send you a test kit to try.
It can be a lot better.
Diane and all the Health Pursuits group members
Today a woman did a retest after 3 weeks of working on the original test results. She had one day of remarkable change and then things reverted to previous symptoms.
What does this mean?
I remember a functional medicine doctor (Was it Abram Hoffer or Jeffery Bland perhaps?) who said if you can have one good day, that is a sign you can have many more. You just have to figure out what factors caused the good day.
Many times, adding in a nutrient can change the whole balance. Today, as we compared the results from the previous test to today’s, it was obvious that much had changed.
Nutrients went from positive to neutral which is always a hopeful sign. When magnesium goes from positive to neutral, you have to like it.
Other nutrients went from neutral or slightly positive to more positive. This is a sign that cofactors, which were not as in demand before, are now required.
One nutrient changed from the regular B vitamin form to the more bioavailable form which usually means that the person’s enzyme variation cannot keep up with demand. This happened to me too.
Fine tuning is now required to keep the healing process on track. Add a little here. Subtract a little there.
Not everyone has the patience and the determination to complete the process. Anyone who does is definitely one of us. The founding members all had what it takes to keep on keeping on until they were satisfied they had done what they could to improve health.
I know of strategy, other than our NST, which allows a person to observe their own progress so easily.
Even after years of monitoring nutrient balance, things can change but I can test myself and see what is going on.
We all have to go some time but I would like to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible!
It always amazes me when a person’s scent test shows that just one nutrient is deficient.
A recent test showed up just Vitamin A as needed while beta carotene (provitamin A) was not, often a sign that conversion is slow.
Scratching my head, I turned to Dr. Alan Gaby’s, ‘Nutritional Medicine’ to read his section on Vitamin A.
Vitamin A deficiency might be the cause of the person’s skin condition, psoriatic arthritis, since skin and immune system are both affected by Vitamin A. Yay! An answer.
But wait! What is the cause of the deficiency –diet or enzyme variation causing a slow conversion of beta carotene? Or wait more! Gaby explores the liver problem that may actually cause Vitamin A deficiency.
How to solve the puzzle?
First step might be, go to the pharmacy with one’s ten medications and look for the cause there! I’m not kidding.
Step two might be, check the diet for vitamin A foods.
Step three might be supplement very carefully at the lowest level and retest frequently to see what changes happen.
Everyone is different. The joy of the scent test is that it actually shows that and gives a person clues to follow.
Keeps my brain working hard too!
I feel sad when a person, who was offered the Nutrient Scent Test over a year ago, died this week from a heart issue. No idea whether we could have helped or not … but will never find out now.
Mitochondria within our cells produce energy for the heart muscle. Coenzyme Q10, magnesium, l-carnitine and oxygen are nutrients that support mitochondrial energy production.
L-carnitine is found in abundance in meat so if meat is in the diet it is unlikely that l-carnitine is low except, of course, if it is not being digested. In that case, stomach acid support and digestive enzymes may help.
As well as energy for the heart muscle, magnesium helps send the message to relax to muscles and so blood vessel walls and so lowers blood pressure.
Coenzyme Q10 is depleted by many heart and diabetes medications and so can lower energy production for the heart.
Oxygen can be reduced by asthma or sleep apnea and so exercise to improve oxygenation may be beneficial. Oxygenation can be easily checked by your medical practitioner.
A friend ,who was visiting the ER every week because of a crisis with cariodmyopathy, came by one day to deliver something. I quickly asked her to scent test magnesium and coenzyme Q10. Both smelled good. I subsequently even gave her a bottle of each. After taking the supplements, she no longer was going to the ER every week and felt much better.
Just thinking about her better health makes my day. Thank you to Lendon Smith and John Kitkosky for discovering this principle. Thank you to all the Health Pursuits group members who helped me persevere in researching it.
Get the Nutrient Scent Test book and have it handy to help your friends, family and yourself. Hoping to have an ebook version eventually on Amazon. I’ll let you know when that happens.
Happy 2018 to everyone. Hope your strategies for surviving the holiday season in good shape have worked.
A really wonderful chance meeting happened yesterday with a couple who had done the NST 12 years ago! That was when we were just 3 years into the adventure and knew a fraction of what we know today.
The man told me that I had said he must be having some liver problems. The P5’P had come up for him. He had bought it and within days the nasty feeling of a mouse nibbling his middle had gone away. He took it regularly for awhile and now, every time he indulges in a rich diet, he gets that feeling and goes back to the P5’P.
His wife told me that she takes her B vitamins faithfully and does not have the pain that she suffered for years before the NST. Like many of you, she has told many of her friends and family about the NST but they didn’t go for it.
Both were delighted to see the NST book which will make it much easier to explain to other people. They bought 2 copies on the spot.
In addition, they want to do the test again with their daughter and a sister.
It makes me very happy that our ‘simple’ test could have such a positive effect for such a long time. Whenever I start to have self-doubts and a flagging of energy, it seems a story like that comes up to reinforce my determination to get the word out.
Thank you for being an ambassador for good health as well. We can do wonders together. Make a gift of your time for a year on the Board.🎄🎄🎄
It was a super time, on Monday the 11th, connecting with so many I have known from Health Pursuits. Thanks to everyone who came. I know that every book that goes out will help many people. Share the knowledge!
On Tuesday, Dec. 19, there will be another chance to meet at Sigrid’s between 11 and 4. As owner Matt said, “The more information people have about nutrients, the better.” The more information you have about your needs, the better.
A practitioner has emailed me to say ‘the book is impressive’ and ‘practical steps to help people.’
Hope you saw the article in the Frontenac News by Jeff Green. Thank you to Jeff and the Frontenac News.
A woman came to our group with a lot of symptoms – low energy, pain, indigestion, bloating, poor sleep, etc.. Sound familiar?
She was in a rush so she only did the scent test with the sample of betaine hydrochloride with pepsin which is where we always start.
The betaine smelled good so we told her that low stomach acid might be contributing to her problems and a tablespoon of lemon juice before meals might help.
We did not hear from her for a year. Then she came back to do the rest of the test! Apparently, just that one strategy helped so much that she was anxious to see what else might help — and she had enough energy to contemplate doing more.
If you aren’t digesting well, then all the good food and vitamins in the world will have a hard time helping.
You can read about the Nutrient Scent Test (NST) for digestion in the new book. Case studies, cofactor nutrients to test, and strategies for improving digestion are all included in that section. (Hint: the biotin sample can help tell if your intestinal bacteria are doing okay.)
What if every retirement and nursing home had just that one sample to test residents before meals— and had lemon juice handy for those who needed it! Quality of life might be greatly improved.
The celebration is at Isabel Turner Library, December 11, 12:30-5 pm.
Frontenac News is publishing a piece today if you receive that paper. I hope that community event listings in other papers will also appear.
Books are available at Sigrids, Novel Idea and Truesdales in Sydenham. Sheena has also offered to supply books to anyone who wants one that way. The ebook version for Amazon will be out in a few weeks.
Over $1300 worth of books have been sold already so the information is getting out there which is the goal after all. How many people can we help? Tons, I hope.
Founding members still check their supplements by scent test, especially when their situations seem to change.


We are thrilled to announce the publication of the book, ‘THE NUTRIENT SCENT: new evidence suggests testing to individualize food and supplements for optimum health.’

The celebration happens on December 11th between 12:30 and 5 pm at Isabel Turner Library. Founding Members, books, treats and the author will be on hand for the party.

Event price for the book will be $15. Retail price will be $19.50. Novel Idea already has some copies. You can see it at Green Door. You can also order from the web site.

Many thanks to Susan Hannah for donating a portion of her excellent cover and book design services, to Jane Banyard and Mika Bathurst for fine editing, to Pat Wilkinson for fun cover art and Bernie Gates for clever cover concept, to the Board and other members who helped refine the back cover text to its super conclusion.

All you users of the scent test are going to love what Siddhartha Mukherjee writes in his amazing book, THE GENE. The only parts I have inserted are between square brackets [..] for clarity to identify the noun associated with the pronoun. The rest are all his words.
p. 323 “Parts of it [the genome] are surprisingly beautiful. On a vast stretch on chromosome eleven, for instance, there is a causeway dedicated entirely to the sensation of smell. Here, a cluster of 155 closely related genes encodes a series of protein receptors that are professional smell sensors. Each receptor binds to a unique chemical structure, like a key to a lock, and generates a distinctive sensation of smell in the brain — spearmint, lemon, caraway, jasmine, vanilla, ginger, pepper. An elaborate form of gene regulation ensures that only one door-receptor gene is chosen from this cluster and expressed in a single smell-sensing neuron in the nose, thereby enabling us to discriminate thousands of smells.”
p.325 “Its [The genome’s] first gene, on chromosome one, encodes a protein that senses smelling the nose (again: those ubiquitous olfactory genes!). Its last gene, on chromosome X, encodes a protein that modulates the interaction between cells of the immune system. (The “first” and “last”) chromosomes are arbitrarily assigned. The first chromosomes is labeled first because it is the longest.”