DIY Tips for Maximizing Oxygen and Boosting Your Immune System

April 2019
Volume 25    |   Issue 4

IYou take over 23,000 breaths a day. And every one of those breaths delivers oxygen to your immune system. The immune system then goes on to use that oxygen to protect us from cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, colds, the flu, and other infectious diseases.

In a perfect world, we could give our immune systems all the oxygen they need just by breathing it in. Unfortunately, most of us just don’t get enough oxygen to our cells. That’s because compromised air quality and poor diets keep our bodies from using it efficiently. This is evident in the declining health and skyrocketing number of prescriptions we see in our nation. We need to do a better job of helping oxygen get all the way to the cells where it belongs. But how?

This month, I’m going to answer that question. And when I do, you’ll see how doing so also shows us how to harness oxygen to attack pathogens and even cancer cells.

But first, we need to make sure we have enough oxygen to work with. There are a number of ways to do this. Let me tell you how to make sure your cells are getting plenty of oxygen. Then I’ll tell you just how powerful oxygen can be.

Tibetans Teach Us How to Use Oxygen More Efficiently

You already know how to get oxygen into your body. (If you didn’t, you’d be dead!) But there are ways to help your body use the oxygen you inhale more efficiently – and get it to more cells.

If you’ve ever taken a trip to a higher altitude, you probably didn’t feel great the first day or two. That’s because the air gets thinner the higher you go above sea level. The sudden decrease in available oxygen can make you feel faint and nauseated. You may end up with a pounding headache or even pass out.

After a few days, your body will get used to the higher altitudes, and you’ll feel better. But you may still get fatigued easily.

However, there’s a way to avoid altitude sickness. Researchers discovered it by studying people in Tibet. They live at altitudes around 14,000 feet (compare that to the Mile High City of Denver, which stands at a “mere” 5,280 feet). Traveling to Colorado is enough to give plenty of people altitude sickness. But the Tibetans don’t suffer from it at all.

How is this possible? Well, Tibetans have about 10 times more nitric oxide in their blood than the average American. And, as a result, their blood flows twice as well. This helps keep them from getting sick by getting oxygen to every cell quickly.
Nitric oxide works by improving circulation – which is how your body delivers oxygen. Taking the right supplements before a trip to the mountains can help you avoid altitude sickness. But even if you prefer vacationing at sea level, nitric oxide can still benefit you.

This increased blood flow can boost your energy levels. It protects your memory and your heart. And by getting oxygen to the cells more efficiently, it ensures your immune system has the tools it needs to protect you.

When we’re young, we have no trouble making nitric oxide on our own. But levels decline as we age. That helps explain why we get tired more easily. And if you find that you seem to catch every bug that goes around, a compromised immune system due to decreased oxygen delivery could be the culprit there too.

How to Enhance Nitric Oxide Levels

There are several ways to enhance your nitric oxide levels. Eating beets is one. But most people would rather take a supplement. I like CircO2. The lozenge form helps deliver the nitric oxide to your cells efficiently and effectively. This supplement all by itself can help you avoid altitude sickness when traveling to higher elevations. All you have to do is take one lozenge a day and you’ll avoid many of the miseries associated with altitude sickness. It really is that easy. But it’s not the only way to increase your nitric oxide levels.

Another nutrient that can enhance blood flow and oxygen in the body is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 helps the body use oxygen effectively. It runs the electron transport chain that helps your cells’ mitochondria use oxygen to make energy (ATP). Without CoQ10, the body can’t make ATP from oxygen. It has to do it anaerobically.

The anaerobic process is a lot less efficient. And it forces the body to recruit the adrenal and thyroid glands to help. This gives you some energy. But it ultimately wears you out. You’ll start feeling fatigued and foggy.

To make matters worse, your heart will be tired. So it will pump less blood. This delivers less oxygen to the cells, perpetuating the cycle. Even worse, if the heart is too tired to pump all the blood it receives, you end up with congestive heart failure. And of course, getting insufficient oxygen cripples the immune system.

Clearly, CoQ10 is essential. So why are so many people deficient? Well, the best dietary source of CoQ10 is in red meat. And not just any red meat. Organ meat is the best place to get it. Beef heart and liver are full of it. But very few people eat organ meat these days.

You can get some CoQ10 from eating red meat in general. But some people don’t eat red meat – or they don’t eat very much. And if you are trying to get CoQ10 from red meat, you need to make sure the animal was wild-caught or grass-fed. That kind of meat can get expensive. So most people don’t eat it every day.

You can get CoQ10 from some fish sources as well, including sardines and red mackerel. But once again, most of us aren’t eating these foods regularly. And if you’re a vegetarian, you have no appreciable sources of CoQ10 available.

Unless you’re eating quite a bit of high-quality meat regularly, you’re probably deficient in CoQ10. Fortunately, it’s easy to supplement with this nutrient. And you’ll probably be amazed at how much more energy you have when your body can actually use oxygen to make energy. In some cases, CoQ10 is even all that’s needed to reverse congestive heart failure.

We certainly want to make sure we’re getting plenty of oxygen to our cells. But we need to be able to use it too. CoQ10 helps make that possible. The best form of CoQ10 is Ubiquinol, which you can order by calling 800-791-3395. Be sure to give them special offer code SO4219 when you call.

More Ways to Maximize Oxygen Use

Once you experience how much better you can feel when you’re using oxygen properly, you’ll probably want to keep the cycle going. So let me tell you about a few other simple ways to maximize your oxygen use.

The first is to consume antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, and E all help the body use oxygen more efficiently. You know what I’m going to say: eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting a wide variety of vitamins and other antioxidants.

Next, make sure you’re getting essential fatty acids. Vitamin F, linoleic acid, and alpha-linolenic acid help the hemoglobin in your blood carry more oxygen. Fish oils and flaxseed can help you get enough of these.

And, of course, we do need to talk about exercise. You know that you breathe harder during a strenuous workout. But did you know that you may actually be increasing your oxygen consumption by up to 15-fold by doing so? This does bring more oxygen into the body, strengthening the immune system. But it can also create oxidative stress in the body.

Basically, a workout for your muscles creates a workout for your immune system too. The good news is that this bolsters the body’s ability to deploy antioxidants. And it reduces lipid peroxidation. But you do need to make sure your body has a steady supply of antioxidants to deploy. So again, make sure you’re consuming those fruits and vegetables, particularly if you exercise regularly.

Why Vitamin C Is So Powerful

I’d like to wrap up by sharing just how powerful one particular antioxidant can be because of oxygen. You may take vitamin C at the first sign of a cold. That’s a great idea. But you probably wouldn’t think of vitamin C if you had pneumonia or cancer. Here’s why you should.

Vitamin C produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). You know that water is H2O. Well, hydrogen peroxide is basically water with an extra oxygen atom tacked on. This extra atom makes the molecule more reactive. And this reactive nature is deadly to cancer, bacteria, and viruses. Regular cells can handle the extra reactive atom. But pathogens can’t. Plus, hydrogen peroxide actually feeds white blood cells.

Now, to harness these effects, you can’t just eat an orange or two. You’ll need large amounts of vitamin C to kill the invading cells. The best way to do that is to take it intravenously. Too much oral vitamin C tends to create distress in the digestive tract. Delivering it to the bloodstream directly avoids this problem.

A vitamin C IV can raise levels in the bloodstream as much as 500 times what you could get by taking the vitamin orally. But is this enough to kill cancer and other diseases? Studies indicate that it is.

In fact, early research is even finding success using vitamin C to combat pancreatic cancer, a notoriously deadly form. Most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can expect to live no more than six months. But when researchers gave people with this cancer 50 to 125 grams of vitamin C once a week for at least 60 days, they lived a lot longer.

On average, the vitamin C increased the patients’ life expectancy by a year. And one patient actually lived for almost two and a half years.

The results are even better in more treatable cancers. In fact, another study found that IV vitamin C could reduce tumor markers in 77% of prostate cancer patients and 73% of breast cancer patients.

Even if you never develop cancer, chances are you’ll develop a condition that vitamin C and oxygen can help with at some point. Take the flu, for example. Of course, the strategies I’ve mentioned above can help you avoid flu in the first place by supercharging your immune system. But if you do end up with the flu, you want to make sure you avoid the complications that can turn it deadly.

One of the most common such complication is pneumonia. In fact, pneumonia ranks eighth on a worldwide list of deadly diseases. But intravenous vitamin C can help.

One patient, named Alan S., ended up with double pneumonia after a bout with the H1N1 virus. Alan also had leukemia. To the hospital staff, this was too much. They recommended removing him from life support.

But his family wasn’t ready to give up. They insisted that his doctors give him a high-dose vitamin C IV. After just two days, his infection had cleared up dramatically.

The hospital staff thought it was a miracle. But it was basic science. Oxygen is just that powerful.

Alan was eventually able to go home. I’m sure he was thankful for oxygen when he learned of his close call. He had some big sighs of relief to take!

I hope you never end up in a situation life Alan’s. Using the right nutrients to supercharge the oxygen in your bloodstream can help you avoid this scenario. Having a strong, oxygen-fueled immune system can help you fight off infections in the first place.

If you or a loved one does develop a serious condition, find a doctor who is familiar with vitamin C IVs. The ability of hydrogen peroxide to combat dangerous cells is extraordinary. And your regular cells will be able to withstand it – especially if you’ve been giving them sufficient oxygen for years. You’ll be able to breathe a bit easier with this tool in your toolbox.

Four Surprising Benefits of Resveratrol

If you’ve been reading this newsletter for very long, you’ve probably heard of resveratrol by now. This antioxidant is a bit of a media darling. After all, you’ll find it in the skin of red grapes (wine) and even in chocolate. It does have some powerful properties. It’s a great anti-inflammatory. And it can even fight cancer. But that’s not all this phenol can do. Let me tell you about some of the more surprising benefits of resveratrol.

A study in mice found that resveratrol may help with symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Specifically, it seems to improve glucose metabolism, high blood pressure, and inflammation in the colon.

The researchers discovered these effects by working with healthy resveratrol-fed mice and obese mice. The researchers performed a fecal microbiome transplant from the healthy mice to the obese mice. Sure enough, the obese mice improved. Even when the researchers sterilized the transplants, the obese mice still got better. This indicates that it may be the resveratrol, not just the bacteria, that’s truly having the effect.

Another exciting animal study found that resveratrol may be able to help treat depression. Researchers are constantly looking to alternatives to current antidepressants. Many current options have negative side effects. A recent review of 22 studies confirmed that resveratrol seems to be an effective treatment option for depression in animal models. The researchers recommended moving forward with human studies.

Resveratrol has a number of effects on the brain. It regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor and neurogenesis. And, of course, it decreases inflammation.

Together, these effects are very promising for lifting depression. I’m excited to see where future studies take us. I think this could be a very exciting option for people who struggle with the side effects of antidepressants.

Another exciting area of research relates to the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV infections cause a number of frustrating diseases and conditions, including cold sores. Occasionally, these infections can even be deadly. Treatment options do exist. But HSV is wily. It often mutates to resist them.

The good news is that researchers have found that plant polyphenols may be able to help. They’ve identified several polyphenols that have anti-HSV effects, including resveratrol. This is another area in which we need more human studies before doctors can move forward with confidence. But I’m excited about these possibilities as well.

Let’s move on to an area in which human trials have confirmed resveratrol’s effects: diabetes. Both pre-clinical data and results from human trials indicate that resveratrol can help diabetic patients. It seems that resveratrol may help increase glucose uptake. It can also enhance vasodilator function. Together, these effects help relieve insulin resistance.

Beyond these four areas are a world of diseases and conditions that resveratrol may be able to improve. Resveratrol reduces inflammatory markers. And it protects the body from toxins. These effects make it very powerful and valuable. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, degenerative diseases, and inflammatory disorders are all potential targets.

Of course, when you’re trying to fight inflammation or toxins, you don’t want to be consuming inflammatory or toxic substances like sugar and alcohol. So despite what the headlines might tell you, chocolate and red wine aren’t the best places to get resveratrol. Instead, you’ll want to look for a high-quality supplement, such as Advanced Resveratrol Formula. You can order it by calling 800-791-3395.

Kim T, Parajuli N, Sung M, et al. Fecal transplant from Resveratrol-fed donors improves glycaemia and cardiovascular features of the metabolic syndrome in mice. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2018 Jun 5. doi: 10.1152/

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The Simple Himalayan Remedy for Chronic Leg Pain

If you suffer from chronic leg pain, you know how frustrating it is. Every step can be excruciating. But sometimes the cure is nearly as bad as the disease. That was the case for Anna.

About six years ago, when Anna was 62, she developed peripheral vascular disease. This is a complication of atherosclerosis. Plaque filling the arteries in your leg can cause painful inflammation. This condition affects about 12% of adults over the age of 50. Many assume it’s just part of getting old. But there’s a powerful remedy that can help.

Anna’s first doctor didn’t know about this remedy. Instead, her doctor prescribed Plavix. The Plavix might have helped her leg pain. But it was hard for Anna to think about her legs when she was dealing with headaches, fatigue, bruising, and a rash. These are possible side effects of Plavix. Poor Anna had all of them.

Obviously, Plavix wasn’t a good solution. So her doctor tried enteric-coated aspirin. This was a little better. She didn’t have side effects. But her legs still hurt, especially when she went for walks. So it wasn’t exactly working either.

I knew just what to give Anna. I gave her an herbal formula called Padma Basic. It’s a blend of 19 herbs designed to mimic an ancient Himalayan remedy. You won’t hear about it on the Food Network. But it deserves to be a household name. Here’s why.

Padma has a number of extraordinary benefits. It’s great for your cardiovascular health. It reduces inflammation while regulating the immune system. It even boosts your mood. In fact, Padma has so many wonderful properties that I recently wrote an entire blog post about the formula ( You can refer to that if you want more information about any of these other benefits. Today, I’d like to focus on the chronic leg pain Anna suffered from – and many other people do to.

Padma can reduce both plaque and inflammation. It improves circulation to the legs. And by removing the source of the problem, it eliminates the pain.

Because Anna is petite (5’3” and about 100 pounds), I prescribed a low amount of Padma: two capsules, twice a day. The normal dose is three capsules, two times a day.

In fact, after just a month, Anna made a special trip to my office just to tell me how much better she was feeling. Her leg cramps had disappeared. And she’d been able to resume her two- to three-mile walks without pain.

I was glad to hear Anna was doing so well. However, I wasn’t surprised. Relieving leg pain is just one of many benefits Padma offers. But it’s the one that put it on the map, so to speak.

Padma wasn’t well-known outside of the Himalayas until a Swiss medical doctor used it to treat a high-profile patient. That patient was suffering from leg pain so intense the patient could barely walk. But after just a few weeks of Padma, he could walk pain-free.

The doctor was impressed. So he began using Padma on other patients. And he told his colleagues about it. This led to research at the Zurich University Clinic. These studies helped confirm the plaque-reducing benefits of Padma – in the legs and around the heart.

If you have leg pain, you don’t have to suffer through it. And you don’t have to suffer through a “cure” that makes the rest of your body feel worse either. Padma can help. It will also have some side effects – like protecting your heart and boosting your mood. But Anna was pretty happy about those. I bet you will be too.

You can order Padma Basic by calling 800-791-3395.


Q: I’ve just very recently been diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem, very poor or no blood flow in parts of my legs. This was found after undergoing a full body CT Angio Scan. At the same time, I was diagnosed as being an age-related diabetic. My body feels “hot” the majority of the time, as does the aching in my legs. I can walk probably one kilometer before having to rest for a couple of minutes before continuing. – R.F., via e-mail

Dear R.F.,

I would recommend beginning to do mild exercise. Continue with the walking you’ve been doing or, if that’s too painful, try something simple like swimming. Swimming is often more gentle and you may find that it’s not as painful.

If there’s a local acupuncture school, you may want to go there and receive treatment once a week for 10 weeks and see if this helps you. Many people over 65 report great improvement in their circulation with acupuncture and Chinese herbs that are well prescribed by an expert.

You also may want to try CircO2, which is great for enhancing circulation. I’ve seen a lot of patients reduce their pain with this supplement. You can order it by calling 800-791-3395. Please keep us posted as to your progress.

Q. I put on your Day Crème and later put on sunscreen that has 4% titanium dioxide and 4% zinc oxide. Will they react with each other? I feel like my face is getting darker with more black spots. Also, if they don’t react, can I use this sunscreen with your Night Treatment? – Judy K., via email

Dear Judy,

Applying the Day Crème, waiting a few minutes, and then applying the sunscreen should not be a problem. We have thousands of women using the Day Crème and Night Treatment and then applying sunscreen and we have not heard about skin getting darker with increased black spots. I think it is worth a trip to the dermatologist to find out what’s causing that.
Additionally, many of the Système 41 users find that the Vitamin C Serum underneath the Day Crème and Night Treatment will soften dark spots. Please let us know if you have any other questions. You can find all of these products at

Q. Not long ago, you had an article on vitamin K2 and the other vitamins that work best with vitamin K2. But there are different forms of vitamin K2, such as MK-4 and MK-7. Which is the better form to take? – Adrian L., via email

Dear Adrian,

Thank you for your email. Yes, you are correct. There are two types of identified K2 (the preferred form of vitamin K). These are K2 menaquinone 4 (MK-4) and K2 menaquinone 7 (MK-7). In our K2 + D3 product, we have chosen MK-7, primarily because it’s known to remain in the blood for a longer period of time. K2 + D3 helps to facilitate the movement of calcium into your bones and protects your arteries from the laying down of calcium. So the longer you can keep it in your bloodstream, the better.

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