Dr. Kimberley’s passion for creating innovative herbal and nutraceutical formulations stems from 30 years of experience as an internal medicine specialist in integrative and alternative medicine. For the past 13 years, Dr. Kimberley has served as Senior Editor for WebMD, the leading source of medical information on the web. In that time, he has developed over 50 diagnostic and health management tools and shared his extensive knowledge of natural ingredients and their powerful effect on wellness.
Dr. Kimberley received a graduate degree in neurochemistry and biology from the University of Oregon, a medical degree from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, and completed his residency in internal medicine at UCLA’s Kern Medical Center.
As you know, one of the benefits of being associated with Q Sciences is that we have assembled some of the brightest minds in the world. One of those minds happens to be Dr. Kimberly, who as we all know has had such an illustrious career, most recently as Senior Editor of WebMD, which after many years he recently decided to retire from and focus on helping Q Sciences further our mission full time. Dr K has graciously agreed to write newsletters so that all of us can continue to further our education about health that will benefit ourselves, and families on a daily basis.
Dr K’s Q Sciences’ Monthly Newsletter
Greetings! I hope you are all well and living Qssentially! This is the first edition of a monthly Q Sciences’ Product Information Newsletter. It is intended to increase your knowledge base about our products, answer frequently asked questions, and provide insight into Q Sciences’ perspectives from the vanguard of nutraceutical supplementation. Along the way, I will share stories and give you useful tips on how to enhance the health of you, your loved ones, and clients using Q Sciences products. I will generally refrain from discussing other company’s products unless to point out certain general flaws in the standard approach to nutritional supplements. I will also explain how our products POP (Purify, Optimize, and Protect) our bodies 24 hours a day.We ALWAYS seek to “do better”, and the contrasts with the run-of-the-mill formulas are important in explaining how Q Sciences’ products work so well!
Every great story has a beginning, so let’s start there with the tale of EMPowerplus™ Q96
. I recall fondly my first meeting with Daren, Mark, Jimmy, and Bob Sandoz in my Portland clinic in September of 2012. At that time, we all agreed in principle to the process of building a truly superior supplement company one carefully designed product at a time. We also roundly agreed that the eventual product line would meet all reasonable micronutrient needs (and then some), taking the confusion, duplication, dangers and other pitfalls out of the scientific process of optimal nutrition.
The first product need was clear: a balanced, complete and carefully processed foundational multivitamin and mineral combination supplement. I started formulating, carefully, balancing the B vitamins especially along the natural needs of the body’s metabolism. Mineral balance was also crucial, but before I could finish I was asked to review Tony Stephan’s Empower Plus (Q96). I immediately saw that this was just what we were looking for, and this was before hearing the whole EMPowerplus™ Q96 story, including Tony’s experiences and the micronization and chelation aspects of processing. In other words, the formula suited our needs perfectly—even without the compelling back story and other aspects that continue to amaze everyone who gives this groundbreaking product a thorough evaluation.
So, what makes EMPowerplus™ Q96 so remarkable, and why are the results that people get from taking it so much better than from other multivitamin-mineral supplements? I can tell you that after hearing the stories from literally hundreds of individuals who have benefited from EMPowerplus™ Q96, I am a believer. It took me a while to understand exactly why this formula works so well, but I believe I have some answers! Much of the magic, in my opinion, is in the unique processing. Almost all combination mineral supplements generally available contain clunky, chunky, alkaline minerals—these are not well absorbed (if at all) as they precipitate unchanged and are flushed out of the intestines. By micronizing the minerals into nano-particles, surface area is increased exponentially. After micronizing the mixture is chelated for 96 hours.
Bear in mind that this is not the “chelation” that involves IVs and medications for detoxing from heavy metals, as chelation simply refers to the process of binding. In this type of chelation, organic ligands (links) are added to the brew, and over the 96 hours the alkaline minerals are changed into organic mineral acids that are rapidly and completely absorbed by the intestinal lining. The concepts of alkalinity and acidity can be confusing, and there is lots of misinformation about making the body “alkaline”, when in fact the tissues work best when the environment is neutral to slightly acidic.
Within an hour of taking EMPowerplus™ Q96 mineral levels in the blood rise, and this helps increase key mineral levels in the brain and other tissues. In addition, the extracellular fluid in which our cells are bathed becomes supercharged with essential minerals and trace elements. This greatly affects cell metabolism, as calcium, magnesium and other communication channels between the cells and the extracellular fluid are normalized. This in turn affects the bioelectrical polarity that is so crucial for optimal cell function. In essence, the micronization and chelation creates an organically active complex of micronutrients that the body recognizes, absorbs, and utilizes with far more efficiency than other multi-supplements.
The proprietary blend includes key herbs, such as gingko biloba, amino acids (phenylalanine, methionine), and trace elements, such as germanium. Phenylalanine and methionine, for example, are naturally occurring amino acids present in food that provide the raw material for the chemicals used for brain and nerve cell communication. This blend is clearly a key player in “catalyzing” the other micronutrients in Q96. By that I mean that they play a co-factor role that is crucial in boosting the benefits of the other micronutrients and increases their penetration across the blood-brain barrier as well as into the cell-walls.
So how does EMPowerplus™ Q96 purify? When cells have balanced nutrition with additional cell metabolism stimulants present in EMPowerplus™ Q96, the energy producing bodies in the cells (mitochondria) ramp up their activity. This greatly increases the rate at which toxins are flushed from the cells and tissues. Pycogenols from the grape seed extract have been shown to reduce toxicity, kill viruses, and protect cells. Over time, heavy metals, metabolic or medication byproducts, and other toxins are more effectively cleared from the system. Any system works best when it has all it needs to function, and when our bodies are starved from deficient or insufficient levels of micronutrients our function is less than optimal. EMPowerplus™ Q96 provides a complete foundation of bioavailable nutrients in perfect balance, allowing the cells, tissues and organs to work optimally—there is no other word for it! It is like putting high-test fuel in your car instead of the usual diesel.
So how does Q96 protect?
Well, all the ingredients work together to help protect the body and brain from damage and the ravages of aging. The immune system simply works better, and this helps resistance to infections, such as colds and flu. Some ingredients are worthy of special mention. Germanium, an essential trace element included in appropriate dosage, is vitally important in resistance to cancers and serious infections. Hair analysis studies show that up to 95% of people are deficient, and taking EMPowerplus™ Q96 will ensure that you have enough of this amazing element. This brings up an important issue—misinformation! If you search for Internet information on germanium you may find mention of it being “toxic”. ANY element in sufficient dosage is toxic, and the toxicity that has been seen with germanium was in germanium miners who were exposed to extremely high levels for years. The appropriate dose in EMPowerplus™ Q96 could never cause toxicity, yet I have been asked this question more than once. Please beware of dangerous misinformation, as the Internet is full of it. Rest assured that no ingredient in this formula is toxic or harmful in any way. When in doubt, ask the docs!
More and more these days we are discovering how our bodies and brains are worn and damaged from our environment and activities. Be it pollution, devitalized foods, or the sports injuries that constitute a much more serious risk to our mental and emotional health. Even minor head trauma, such as heading a soccer ball, can cause damage to the small blood vessels in the brain, causing inflammation that eats up nutrients as the brain cells struggle to survive. Past traumatic events of any kind can leave the brain at a less-than-optimal state, struggling to keep up with daily demandsand starved for nutrition. EMPowerplus™ Q96 is the best possible insurance to protect our fragile brain circuitry from damage and degeneration, as it boosts the key neurochemicals that keep the brain cells firing.
EMPowerplus™ Q96 has a stellar reputation with regards to its ability to improve and stabilize moods and mental function, but don’t overlook its benefits to the rest of the body. Protecting the organs and tissues begins with the base of micronutrient sufficiency, and EMPowerplus™ Q96 fills the bill perfectly. It is simply not necessary to take huge doses of vitamins and minerals for best effect, and in fact too much of a good thing may be harmful. Balance and dosage are key. So how many EMPowerplus™ Q96 should you be taking? That depends on many factors, and ultimately we are all individual in our responses. Qssentials packs contain four EMPowerplus™ Q96 a day (2 AM, 2 PM) and this is an appropriate average dose for most people. If you have an ongoing mental or emotional condition and feel better taking higher doses, then go for it. Some take 10 -12 capsules a day or more, but others, even with a history of mental/emotional conditions such as moderate depression, can do well on 4-6 a day. The most important factor in determining dosage is how you feel, and gradually increasing the dose until you feel your best works well.
EMPowerplus™ Q96 combines well with almost all medications and health conditions. If you are taking an antidepressant or mood stabilizer, for example, you can continue to take them with your EMPowerplus™ Q96. As you respond to the balanced and chelated micronutrients you may want to taper off some or all of your meds, but you should always make that decision with the counsel of your prescribing doctor. Your doctor will need to know how you are feeling, as that will guide the decisions. It is usually best to taper off slowly, depending on the medication. If you are increasing your EMPowerplus™ Q96 dosage, do so slowly, a capsule at a time, so you can gauge how you feel on each dosage.
As I am writing this, I received this email from Dr. Bill, who is attending the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine conference in San Diego: “You are the only ones that could possibly be as excited as myself over what is happening today at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. A psychiatrist is presenting as part of his talk on pediatric mental health disorders the research on Empowerplus™ Q96!!” This is indeed wonderful news and it confirms the well-deserved and clinically sound reputation that EMPowerplus™ Q96 has achieved among many mental health practitioners. This entirely unsolicited vote of confidence for a nutritional supplement from a leading psychiatrist is completely unheard of, and very much appreciated.
We all have a bright future with Q Sciences’ products, and EMPowerplus™ Q96 is the solid foundation on which it all rests. Rest assured that EMPowerplus™ Q96 and all other Q Sciences products are intelligently designed to work together, and that we will give you all the support necessary to achieve optimal nutritional health. Next month I will go into the QVitalize story—it’s a good one!
Dr Stephan Kimberley
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