Why A Vitamin C Cleanse Is So Critically Important For Maintaining Optimum Health and Extending Your Life!

I was fortunate to have lunch recently with Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, the brilliant physician and molecular biochemist who created and directs PERQUE, one of the world’s most advanced nutraceutical companies. As seniors, we talked extensively about the metabolic consequences of aging, and he shared with me some of the most important information about Vitamin C, disease prevention, and premature aging that I’ve ever heard.


I have shared this information with my elite athlete patients who then did the recommended Vitamin C Cleanse. As a result, they say their sports performance has improved enormously and that they’ve never felt more healthy and vital. After the Cleanse, my actress patients say that their dry skin has been replaced by skin that has never looked more radiant and healthy, and that the fine lines around their mouth and eyes have almost disappeared. Other patients have reported similar outstanding benefits.


Now I’m happy to share this important information about the Vitamin C Cleanse with you. This email is a bit lengthy, but stay with it and you’ll see why this information is so critical for your own longevity.

You’ve probably heard about “free radicals” which are atoms, ions, or molecules that contain an unpaired electron that makes them unstable and highly reactive. When the body has too many free radicals, serious damage can occur, and they’ve been implicated in the pathogenesis of over 100 conditions including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, cataracts, and various degenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease.


Environmental factors like cigarette smoke, herbicides, alcohol, radiation, toxic chemicals, and pollution can all produce free radicals, and through oxidation, they can seriously damage a cell’s DNA, structure, and ability to function. According to Russ, “In no time in history have we marinated in so many toxins that cause oxidative stress.”


Some scientists have postulated that organisms age because free radicals cause cumulative damage to cellcomponents, DNA, and connective tissues leading to wrinkles, decreased physical capability, increased susceptibility to diseases, and ultimately, death. That’s why doctors encourage patients to take antioxidant supplements to reduce oxidative stress, the damage that results from an imbalance between free radicals and your body’s store of antioxidants.


According to Russ, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is the primary and most potent agent that protects us from free radical damage. While almost all animals and plants can synthesize their own vitamin C, guinea pigs, monkeys, and humans cannot. Guinea pigs and monkeys eat mostly fresh vitamin C-rich foods: fruits and vegetation. Non-human animals, when adjusted for size and weight, synthesize the equivalent of 5 to 15 grams of vitamin C a day, mostly in their livers when stress free. Production can more than double when the animal is distressed.


Our genetic ancestors once also had the ability to synthesize vitamin C but appear to have lost it about two million years ago in evolutionary time. We are missing one enzyme in a 6-enzyme process that converts glucose to vitamin C. Scientists estimate that without this mutation and enzymatic loss, our bodies would routinely be making from 10 to 30 grams of vitamin C a day throughout our lives when healthy, and much more when we are unwell or distressed.


Since we humans can’t make our own vitamin C, we must obtain it through our diet. It’s well known that severe deficiencies can produce scurvy and other problems, so our government (NIH) has set a “daily recommended amount” of 90 mg for adult men and 75 mg for adult women which is enough to prevent scurvy. Many knowledgeable scientists believe that these levels are scandalously inadequate, for we now have a better understanding of what the optimum levels of vitamin C should be.


Research has clearly shown that people with high levels of ascorbic acid in their blood live longer than those with low levels. Russ believes that vitamin C is the “maternal antioxidant that protects and regenerates all others. No substance is more important. No substance provides more benefits.”  Its discoverer, Albert Szent-Györgyi, felt it was equal to light and oxygen in importance.


       What I also learned from Russ is that all not all vitamin C is the same! Probably 95% of commercial vitamin C is synthetic dl-ascorbate which builds up and irritates the gut, so he doesn’t recommend it at all. Humans can only absorb l-ascorbate which is much more costly to manufacture and much more difficult to obtain.


That’s why PERQUE, his company, produces a buffered, fully reduced l-ascorbate powder the way it’s found in nature, and thus, it doesn’t irritate the gut or have any negative side effects. It’s naturally buffered with the proper balance of minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, and zinc.


Most of us eat relatively small amounts of vitamins C–rich foods. In addition, our food supply contains less and less vitamin C because of premature food harvesting, artificial ripening, and food processing . So how much of a buffered, reduced, l-ascorbate supplement do we need take daily to prevent free radical damage, oxidative stress, the resulting “diseases of civilization,” and premature aging?


According to Russ, this depends upon your personal oxidative stress levels which can vary widely from person to person. To find out how much a given individuals needs, Russ developed the Vitamin C Cleanse which involves increasing your intake of ascorbic acid until you reach your saturation level and your intestines forcefully flush out chemical toxins and infectious agents via your stool. Afterwards, most people report that their body feels completely refreshed and rejuvenated, and that they are experiencing a subjective sense of greatly improved well being. Once you calibrate the amount needed to cause the Cleanse, Russ recommends taking 75% of that amount daily.


I recently did the Cleanse myself and ended up taking 24 grams of PERQUE’s Potent C Guard  l-acorbate powder before my system flushed. Since then, I have been taking 6 grams 3x/day and I feel truly amazing! My hair and nails have grown and thickened, my skin has cleared and tightened, my joints barely ache, and I think even my vision and hearing have significantly improved.


Finding out how much l-ascorbate that your own body needs via the Cleanse is something that everyone should do. Call us at 310-474-2777 for an appointment and we’ll explain exactly how to do it and give you the all the supplies you need to be successful. This may be the greatest health return on investment that you’ll ever experience.

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Three Cooling Teas To Combat Summer Heat

As summer moves on and the warmer days continue, you will find yourself seeking ways to beat the heat. Herbal teas are a great way to cool both the mind and body. Cooling herbal teas can alleviate symptoms of excess heat and have you feeling your absolute best during these heat-intensive summer days. Check out these three herbal teas that will ensure you stay cool:

Mint, Elderflower and Rosehips Tea: The combination of mint, elderflower and rosehips makes for a soothing herbal tea. Rose hips provide a much needed boost of vitamin C, the elderflower lends its immune-cleansing benefits and the mint finishes off the tea with the cooling touch of menthol.

Lemon Hibiscus Tea: This is an herbal blend just as good cold as it is hot. Regardless of the way this tea is poured, it provides specific cooling benefits to the body. Hibiscus is high in vitamin C and combats  high blood pressure, liver disease and other ailments. Lemon has a kick of vitamin C, too, but more importantly it is cleansing, cooling, and a natural diuretic.

Iced Green Tea, Lemon and Mint: The perfect summer refresher. The combination of these three ingredients work together in perfect harmony in order to cool the body down. Packed with vitamin C, menthol and antioxidants, this is another tea that will get your constitution headed in the right direction.

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The Healing Power of Negative Ions

Negative ions may sound like something unhealthy, but in fact, recent studies suggest breathing air rich in negative ions can have a very positive effect on a person, both physically and mentally.

There are numerous health benefits to inhaling negative ions.  Once negative ions are inhaled and enter the bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that can increase the chemical serotonin, which helps manage stress and depression. Negative ions can also help increase the flow of oxygen to the brain which can eliminate drowsiness and increase alertness and mental clarity.

Negative ions are oxygen atoms charged with an extra electron. They are commonly found in natural places close to moving water and can also be felt in the air after a thunderstorm. You know that clean, fresh taste noticed near a beach or waterfall, or after a strong thunderstorm? These are all examples of negative ions saturating the air.

Negative ions can clear the air of pollutants like mold, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, dust and foul odors. They do this by attaching to positively charged particles, causing air pollutants to become too heavy to stay airborne. They then drop to the ground, which prevents them from becoming respiratory pathogens. This is why it is suggested that negative ionizers be used in your  home and office.

One of the best ways to experience the positive health effects of negative ions is to spend more time in nature. Stepping outside after a thunderstorm blows through, walking along the beach or even going for a hike in the mountains are all ways of getting exposure to negative ions that can ultimately lead to good health and a positive attitude. If none of these things are possible, adding a Himalayan salt lamp to the home is another great way to shift the mood.

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Phonophoresis for Joint and Muscle Pain

Phonophoresis is a form of treatment that uses ultrasound waves to help pass a topical medicine or herbal remedy through the skin and into the injured body part. It is commonly used to reduce inflammation in a muscle, tendon, ligament or other soft tissue in the body. While inflammation is the natural healing process that occurs after an injury, it can also cause pain, swelling, redness and increased temperature in the inflamed body part.

Physical therapists have found that phonophoresis may be particularly helpful in treating tendonitis, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), and arthritis, and there are reports that it is also effective in treating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which can occur after vigorous exercise.

The substances used most typically used during traditional phonophoresis treatments are anti-inflammatory medications, such as hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, salicylates, and lidocaine. At the Bresler Center, however, we are having even greater success using more natural remedies, such as cannabadiol (CBD) and other herbal topical agents. If you think that phonophoresis may be a treatment option for your specific condition, be sure to give us a call at 310-474-2777.

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Six Unfortunate Truths About Sugar

A study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than 70 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar. Sadly, most of us have become addicted to sugar which is often hidden in many of the foods and drinks we commonly consume. Added sugar can cause a whole array of problems that can be both short and long term. If you are experiencing health problems, lowering your sugar intake may be one of your best options. Below are 10 truths about the ugly side of sweets.

No nutrients: Refined sugar has absolutely no nutritional value and it is recommended to consume as little as possible. The first step is to eliminate sugar from drinks such as soda, juice and mixed alcoholic drinks. Large amounts of sweetener in these drinks can make them very addictive.

Harms your liver: Sugar can be just as damaging to your liver as alcohol and can lead to fatty liver disease. When you consume too much fructose, your body becomes insulin resistant resulting in various problems that can cause diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Raises cholesterol: One study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that participants who ate the highest levels of added sugars also showed the biggest increases in bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and the lowest levels of good cholesterol.

A leading cause of obesity: In America, sugar is one of the leading culprits of obesity. It is estimated that 80 percent of food products in the U.S. contain added sugar. The best way to lose weight and lower your risk of obesity is to eliminate all processed foods and drinks.

Bad for your teeth: As a child, you may remember having your dentist tell you to “eat less candy” to prevent cavities. As an adult, we know it’s not only candy that will cause cavities, but sugar that is found in your favorite drinks and everyday foods as well. What’s the best way to sustain healthy teeth and gums? Cut the processed and refined sugar.

Risk of contracting type 2 diabetes: Consuming too much sugar causes glucose levels to become elevated which can be toxic to your body. When this happens, your body has a harder time producing enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal which can then lead to type 2 diabetes.

If you’re having difficulty overcoming your sugar addiction, we can definitely help. Call us at 310-474-2777.

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Why We Rave About Collagen Peptides

While topical creams and cosmetic products can improve your skin from the outside, nutritional supplements taken orally can have an impact from within the body. Consuming collagen peptides has clinically been shown to promote younger looking skin by improving epidermal moisture content which prevents skin aging.

Other studies have demonstrated that collagen peptides can prevent the formation of deep wrinkles, improve skin suppleness, replenish moisture levels in hair (increasing growth and retention), and supports stronger and accelerated nail growth.

Supplementation with collagen peptides can also protect the degradation of connective tissues in athletes which ensures the cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints.  A 2011 study found that supplementation with 30 – 70 grams of collagen peptides per day reduced the risk for muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries in athletes. Collagen peptide supplements are the perfect protein to consume before and after exercise, helping to maintain and restore the protein content of muscle.

Collagen Peptides are also a great, natural alternative to quick-fix medications for gastrointestinal problems.  Rather than simply masking symptoms, the 18 amino acids found in collagen peptide can prevent and even heal many digestive disorders by increasing stomach acid, healing stomach ulcers, aiding in digestion, and healing and sealing the gut lining.  If you’d like to know the specific brand of supplements that we recommend, please feel free to give us a call at 310-474-2777.

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How Acupuncture Can Help You Lose Weight

Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. As many as one quarter of all Americans are considered overweight. Consequently, nearly $33 billion will be spent annually on weight loss programs and almost 85 percent of those trying to lose weight will fail. There are many reasons why Americans are getting larger waistlines, but ultimately, the most common cause is related to when, what, and how much they eat and exercise.

Acupuncture is a drug-fee, safe, and effective method for helping with weight loss. A vast majority of people tend to look for the “quick fix” which usually doesn’t work in the long run. However, if a person is able to take control of their actions and make healthy decisions, then acupuncture can greatly speed up the process of  shedding pounds.

When it comes to weight loss, acupuncture helps to increase your metabolism, reduce water retention, rebalance hormone levels, regulate sugar metabolism, and reduce stress, which can lead to binge eating and other unhealthy eating habits. Acupuncture for weight loss is not a “magic bullet” that automatically cures the problem. Controlling your diet and getting proper exercise and rest are all crucial when trying to lose weight. With our support, many of our patients are able to do all these things together and as a result, they’ve had great success in losing weight when all other attempts have failed. Please call us at 310-474-2777 if we can help you, too.

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Erik Peper, PhD

David is a caring, superb clinician and educator.

– Erik Peper, PhD

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Judith Westerfield, MA, MFT, CCH & GIT

What can I say? Not only an original thinker, engaging, entertaining instructor and compassionate caregiver, David is a musician and plays a mean piano. Flawed? Yes, he can’t sing very well.

My first “encounter” with David, in the late 1980’s, was sitting with hundred’s of other students listening to him teach Interactive Guided Imagery. Struck by his humor, incredible background in science and alternative health I was hooked. As I look back, thirty-plus years later, this was life changing for me, personally and professionally.

Because David has always been “ahead of the pack” I have learned about and met some of the most innovative alternative health care clinicians, researchers and out-of-the-box thinkers long before they were popularly known. I have used the techniques and research I have learned from David to help hundreds of clients in my private practice. And as a faculty member with The Academy for Guided Imagery I have developed lasting, loving friendships and David is one of them.

– Judith Westerfield, MA, MFT, CCH & GIT

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Peter Alsop

Dr David Bresler is not only a brilliant diagnostician, but a solid and caring human being. I highly recommend him to anyone considering using his services.

– Peter Alsop

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