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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.”
Hi, Everyone,
While doing an NST, I discovered something (as almost always) that was interesting. L-carnitine tested on the negative (bad) side for the person. When I looked up in Dr. Gaby’s reference on L-carnitine, he said that people with low thyroid should not take L-carnitine. It could make the situation worse.
That makes me wonder. If thyroid is low, then does this mean that digestion of meat protein may be inadequate? Does it mean that the L-carnitine in the meat would make matters worse.
Interestingly, the person I tested also had evidence of low thyroid e.g. positive test on iodine but not on manganese, B6 or tyrosine.
If you have evidence or thoughts, please let us know.
The NST book is at the printers and will be available some time in the middle of November. I will keep you posted.
The article below delves into the REM sleep deprivation issue. Although I knew about the effect of alcohol consumption on sleep, I did not know the effect of cannabis. Since cannabis is a hot topic in the chronic pain community, I read over the article carefully.
There is a subset of chronic pain sufferers and others who do not benefit from cannabis treatment.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine or pyrdoxal 5’phosphate) is very important in dream recall. Does this mean that REM sleep is disturbed by B6 deficiency? Does cannabis deplete B6? Is this why some people do not tolerate cannabis well.
Instead of just calling them ‘fraidy cats’, it would be interesting to know if B6 deficiency is the cause.
Dr. Jonathan Wright’s quick test for B6 deficiency was to try and make a flat fist. If you cannot, it may indicate deficiency. I am concerned that injuries arthroses affect this test. Of course, the scent test will help sort out status.


About 3 weeks ago, Arlene Dickinson, on Dragons’ Den, commented that despite all the advertised DNA tests, none of them really helped you know what to do about health risks.

Then I read in the paper that genetic scientists had won the Nobel prize in physiology and medicine for their discovery of ‘clock’ genes. (See link below.)

At the same time, the CBC news reported that US researchers are getting ready to recruit a million people to study how genes, habits and environment affect health outcomes. (See link below.)

To top it all off, I am reading Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, ‘The Gene’.

Just as Dr. Kerr predicted to us in 2001, the future of medicine is in dealing with genetic variations. Drug companies are busy trying to figure out which drugs will be successful with what variations of people.

We had realized that one-size fits all medicine didn’t fit any of us very well.

I am sure you know where I am going with this –our individualized approach to digestion, to diet, to supplements, to exercise, to environment, to everything really.

In a few weeks, the book on our Nutrient Scent Test research will be available for $19.95. It contains several case studies for each nutrient, considerations in testing each nutrient, cofactors to test, and strategies for increasing or lowering each nutrient too. Mailable test kits are available to go with the book and we still have the analysis of the test results growing ever more effective in our think tank.

Recently, I discovered by the scent test, that my magnesium status had improved, saving me money on supplements. On the other hand, a close friend discovered by the scent test that he suddenly needed some N’acetycysteine. As long as a person is alive, the scent test can be helpful.

Although we have done a substantial amount of work on individualizing supplements, there is still so much that could be done to help people. The book is throwing the torch to those who want to find out more.

Arlene — are you listening?

Nobel in physiology, medicine awarded to three Americans for discovery of ‘clock genes’ from The Washington Post

1 million people recruited to study how genes, habits and environment affect health outcomes –


Thank you to Nancy Miller for forwarding this.

On Saturday (Sept. 22, 2017) on Quirks and Quarks, a segment reported on research into whether jellyfish sleep or not.
Jellyfish were chosen because they are simpler organisms which would be easier to study. Apparently, these jelly fish react much more slowly to stimuli (e.g. being dropped into a tank of water) AT NIGHT.
After being disturbed at night, they are more sluggish in reactions for a couple of days.
The scientists theorize that jellyfish require ‘sleep’ to regenerate the chemicals to make their neurotransmitters function.
Years ago, I read a scientist who was doing research on sleep and he found that the flow of cerebral spinal fluid flooded in much more during the night. Cerebral spinal fluid could be removing toxins and brining nutrients.
Do you suppose that the reason we need sleep is to regenerate the neurotransmitter chemicals in our brains?
Do you suppose that deficiencies of nutrients to build neurotransmitters might cause ‘brain fog’ or other cognitive effects?
Do you suppose this is why the lack of sleep shortens life?
Check out this article.
There is a new book about sleep too that might be worth a look.
I know that I have always required more than the 8 hours a night and said so even when people boasted about needing very little sleep. According to these experts, there is no such thing as a person who NEEDS little sleep. There are lots of people who CANNOT sleep enough.
Check out your nutrients to make sure you have what you need to make neurotransmitters.


Finally someone has done a meta analysis of studies on antidepressants. Surprise! The results show that risk of death increases about a third over a decade with use of antidepressants. Link below.

Years ago, we read ‘The Schwartzbein Principle II” by psychiatrist Diane Schwartzbein. She had done work studying which nutrients would increase (or decrease) the supply of which neurotransmitter. That inspired us in our study of nutrients and the development of our test kit to monitor the balance for each of us.

For myself, I found that the more bioavailable form of B6, pyridoxal 5’phosphate made a huge difference, along with magnesium and other nutrients.

The article explains that supressing a neurotransmitter had an effect on other functions than the brain because they are used in various organs. It is not surprising that death from many causes increased because, if you mask a deficiency and suppress a vital neurotransmitter, the whole balance is going to be upset.

It is not simple. We could not have done it without the Nutrient Scent Test kit. When the book about our work is published in October, everyone, who wants, can read and be empowered. That will be amazing.