Favorite Nutritional Supplements

Folks are constantly asking me, “Ty, what nutritional products do you take?” So, I wanted to share 6 products that are a staple of my nutritional regimen. They are NOT in order of importance, but are in alphabetical order. 😉


Carnivora® is the 100% pure extract from the Venus Flytrap plant and was developed by Dr. Helmut G. Keller in the late 1970’s in Europe.  As a young doctor, Keller was disenchanted with the dismal success of the “Big 3” treatments and considered dropping out of oncology. By a strange twist of fate, he discovered the Venus Flytrap as he was purchasing a bouquet of flowers for his wife.  As Keller observed the Flytrap (a carnivorous plant), he deduced that it must possess an advanced immune system able to distinguish between harmful intruders and its own cells and was intrigued at its ability to recognize and digest animal protein from insects.  Dr. Keller had a hunch that this insect-eating plant could become a medical breakthrough. Turns out he was correct!

In 1988, the active component of Carnivora®, “plumbagin,” was isolated. It has proven itself to be, in vivo and in vitro (in live subjects and in the laboratory), a powerful immuno-stimulant, stimulating cytokines and also inhibiting protein kinases, thus stopping abnormal cell growth (that doesn’t belong in the human body). Several celebrities have used Carnivora® including former president Ronald Reagan, who requested that Carnivora® be sent to the White House in 1985. Carnivora® is now sold around the world. This plant is packed with 17 naturally occurring compounds with far reaching implications that are 100% compatible with the human body. Additionally Carnivora® has a very potent effect an “immuno-modulating compound. (Molecular Recognition, European Symposium, 1988 et. al.,   B.Kreher, A. Neszmelyi, K. Polos, H. Wagner)

Immune monitoring studies conducted by ZYTOGNOST GmbH in Munich, Germany reported that “the effect of Carnivora® could be characterized as immuno-modulatory.”  This means that a homeostasis (balanced harmony) occurs between the “helper and suppressor” cells of the immune system. The ratio between the “helper” and “suppressor” cells of the immune system will mean the difference between staying healthy or allowing abnormal cellular growth from the creation of “powerful immune defense.” Carnivora® is a known antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.

My entire family (including my kiddos) takes Carnivora® every day as part of our healthy lifestyle. As a matter of fact, when I yell “Carnivora time Carnivora time,” all 4 of my children will come running up to me with their mouths open, ready for me to give them their  Carnivora®. Even Charity, our 2 year old, loves taking Carnivora®. Learn more HERE. Warning: Do not take Carnivora® pure liquid extract in high doses if you are pregnant.


Each day, my family (including all 4 children) takes a supplement called LifeOne, which is a very specialized combination of natural herbal ingredients in liquid form bound in a specifically designed liposomal base. This liposomal base allows the full advantage of the active herbal ingredients to remain intact, without them being broken down in the digestive tract.  This liposomal carrier enables the herbal active constituents to exert full effect on the immune system, malignancies and viruses.

The active ingredients in LifeOne include the following natural herbs and ingredients: chrysin, coriolus versicolor, diindolymethane, resveratrol, tumeric, quercetin, green tea extract, and selenium methionine. LifeOne provides the ammunition necessary for the body to recover from cancer, HIV, and other immunodeficiency diseases. LifeOne’s mechanisms of action involve mobilization of killer lymphocytes to attack malignant cells, as well as killing many harmful viruses, and repairing the damaged immune system (which is always seen in cancer patients).  It accomplishes this by stimulating production of killer lymphocytes and other lymphocytes that increase antibody production. LifeOne has two US patents as an immune healing product. Unlike several other natural cancer therapies, LifeOne has undergone extensive testing including invitro testing on several cancer cell lines.

These tests demonstrate the effectiveness of the product against various cell lines at varying concentrations.  Dr. Valerie Beason did this testing while she was working at the NIH and NCI.  The tests showed that LifeOne did indeed kill all seven cancer cell lines tested, even though the cancer cell types were diverse.  Equally important, it also showed that it did not harm normal cells. Even though the invitro testing showed LifeOne to be effective against all seven cell lines tested, clinically it has also shown itself to be equally effective in patient treatment against hepatic cancer, renal cancer, glioblastoma multiforma, invasive ductal cell carcinoma, oligodendroglioma, lung cancer, and small cell lung cancer as well as bladder, colon, ovarian, pancreatic, melanoma, sarcomas, and brain tumors. One very strong proponent of LifeOne is Dr. Paul La Rochelle, M.D., who is an orthopedic surgeon as well as an oncological surgeon.

Dr. LaRochelle has used LifeOne on countless patients diagnosed with stage four cancers, from breast to liver and many others.  He has never failed to bring the cancer under control using LifeOne. According to Dr. Jose Benevente, “For a comparison with the LifeOne Formula, TAXOL, the number one chemotherapy ingredient in the world, is derived from a single natural ingredient that comes from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree which is then chemically reproduced in pharmaceutical laboratories and it no longer has anything natural about it. The LifeOne Formula contains more than 8 active natural ingredients obtained from around the world, all of which work synergistically in a liposomal delivery system to produce an unequalled attack against cancer. The complete story and history of the LifeOne Formula can be found at <http://www.healthpro.com.dm>. I encourage you to go to this website and pour over the vast amount of information they have available on this amazing product. The LifeOne Formula was originally conceived, manufactured, and patented as an immune system enhancer, and that is its sole intended use. The body’s immune system is every person’s most important weapon in the war against cancer.

All testing done on LifeOne was independently done with no physicians or veterinarians paid for their research.  These participating physicians did the research because they were actively looking for better methods of treatment.  Can you see a difference in this approach as opposed to the bribery and corruption that characterize Big Pharma’s drug testing? You can purchase LifeOne here. A knowledgeable health care practitioner is needed to monitor this therapy.  Dr. Jim Howenstine has lived in Costa Rica for over a decade, but traveling to Costa Rica to visit him is not necessary, as he regularly works with patients via email and telephone. His email address is dr.jimhow@gmail.com and he can also be reached via telephone at 011-506-2262-7504.


One staple of my family’s daily eating routine is our smoothies, full of yogurt, frozen fruit, and several heaping scoops of Living Fuel’s “Super Greens” and “Super Berry.” These amazing products contain concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fats, enzymes, co-enzymes, herbs, botanical extracts, and soluble and insoluble plant fibers from fresh, high-quality, mostly organic, non-GMO, nutrient-rich foods and supplements. Super Greens is a whole, raw, wild-crafted, complete, foundational “super food.”

It is a blend of organic, all natural foods that have been optimized with the most bio-available and usable nutrients. This product combines the nutrients of more vegetables and fruits than you could possibly eat. It even includes spirulina and probiotics. Another great thing is that it doesn’t taste like your dirty socks, which I can’t say about many other “green” products. Super Greens actually tastes good. Another excellent product from Living Fuel is “Super Berry” which will also provide you total nutrition and great taste, but rather than getting the greens in the “Super Greens,” the “Super Berry” contains whole organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries.  Our daily “Super Smoothies” contain several heaping scoops of both of these amazing products. Living Fuel provides you with high quality nutrition and has more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, more fiber than oatmeal, more friendly bacteria than yogurt, more protein that six eggs, and more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than a whole day’s supply of fruits and vegetables.

Those concerned about their health and those with allergies and other conditions can confidently consume either of these products because they have no GMO, no pesticides, no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no eggs, no maltodextrin, no fillers, no artificial colorings, no irradiation, no herbicides, no soy, no yeast, no whey, no nuts, no preservatives, no artificial colors, and no hydrogenated oils. In my opinion, there are no other whole food supplements comparable to Living Fuel’s “Super Greens” and “Super Berry.” Both can actually be used either as a supplement or a meal replacement, and they are both available at the Living Fuel website.


Long before the first Europeans stepped off the ship, Native Americans were making dumplings, raisins, drinks and poultices with the large, sweet bunches of grapes called “Cherokee muscadines.” In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazzano (a Florentine navigator who explored the Cape Fear River valley for France) first spotted muscadines in North Carolina. He wrote in his logbook that he saw “many vines growing naturally there.”  Also known as “scuppernong,” muscadines are bronze or a purple black color and tend to be larger, stronger and have thicker skins than traditional grapes. Found in Southeastern states from Texas to Georgia and up to North Carolina, muscadine grapes appear in all types of local recipes. Growing up outside Dallas, I remember eating muscadine jam and jelly and drinking muscadine juice many times as a young boy.

But jams and jellies and juices don’t really offer the full health benefits of the muscadine grape, since it turns out that the juice and seeds and skin and pulp all have various health benefits. This being so, it’s really prudent to have eat the entire grape (including seeds) or take a supplement that utilizes the entire muscadine (skin, pulp, seeds, and juice). Here’s something very interesting. Normal grapes have 19 pairs of chromosomes, but muscadines actually have an extra pair of chromosomes! That’s rightthey have 20 pairs! While the fact that muscadines have more chromosomes makes for some interesting trivia, the real excitement comes from the change in phytochemicals and nutrients that those extra chromosomes facilitate. Muscadine grapes flourish in climates that would kill most European grapes, and as a result, they are chock full of more nutrients and antioxidants than any other grape. So, the old maxim, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” also applies to muscadines. But that’s not all.

Muscadines are unique in that they have a different phytochemical makeup than all other grapes. In addition to having 20 pairs of chromosomes (rather than 19), muscadines also have 6x the resveratrol content of typical red grapes. I’ve written a bunch about resveratrol, which belongs to a group of components called “phytoalexins.” Phytoalexins are produced by some plants to help protect it from attacks from bacteria, fungi, insects, harsh weather, and other types of environmental stress. Resveratrol is, in effect, a natural antibiotic that plants produce to help protect from infections. Real quick, just to define some terms, plants contain a broad class of “good stuff” that is referred to as “polyphenols” (there are over 10,000 different polyphenols in the plant kingdom).

“Flavonoids” are actually a large group of components underneath the polyphenol class, while “proanthocyanidins” and “anthocyanins” and “phytoalexins” fall under the flavonoid group. OK, so back to muscadines. They also have 40x the antioxidants of red grapes and contain extremely high levels of quercetin (a healthy flavonoid) and more dietary fiber than oat bran or rice. If you search PubMed.gov, you’ll see that there have been over 2,500 studies on red wine, over 800 studies on grape seeds, and over 600 studies on red grapes.  Red wine and red grapes are incredibly healthy and the studies on heart health and longevity have been nothing short of amazing. But muscadines actually take all the health benefits of the red grape and “kick it up a notch.” Another fascinating facet of muscadines is that they are the ONLY grape that contains ellagic acid, which has been the focus of a plethora of studies due to its anti-cancer and tumor fighting properties. Ellagic acid may assist in “chemoprevention” (i.e. preventing cancer).

There is great interest in chemoprevention (not to be confused with chemotherapy) because it may be the best way to fight cancer: prevent it from growing before it reaches a level that causes problems. On September 1, 2007 the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) published the results of their study on muscadine grape skins in the Cancer Research Journal. Rather than us telling you what the study found, let’s look at some direct quotes from the study. (LINK)

  • Laboratory experiments show that an extract of the skin of muscadine grapes can inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory.”
  • Using a series of human prostate cancer cells, representing different stages of prostate cancer progression, the researchers showed that Muscadine Skin Extract (MSKE) significantly inhibits the growth of cancerous, but not normal, prostate cells, primarily by inducing a process called apoptosis, or programmed cell death.”
  • The fact that all of the cells studied, which cover the different stages of prostate cancer tumor progression, responded to MSKE suggests that the active compounds in this extract may inhibit tumor development at very early stages.
  • Although MSKE has significant inhibitory effects on the prostate cancer cell lines, it did not alter the growth variables of normal human primary prostate cells. This strongly suggests that the effects of MSKE may be specific for transformed cells, even at early stages, and that MSKE may be potentially very useful as a chemopreventive agent.

The above NIH Study shows that the ellagic acid in muscadines can inhibit the growth of cancer cells by inducing programmed cell death and resveratrol works by blocking the cell cycle. Both are important mechanisms to prevent the development of cancer. Muscadine grapes provide all the health benefits that have been associated with red wine and grapes PLUS all the benefits that come from the ellagic acid! The muscadine supplement that my family takes each day is called Nature’s Pearl. You can visit the website HERE.


It’s essential to have a high quality vitamin/mineral supplement, and we all use Youngevity’s Beyond Tangy Tangerine. Packed with an incredible ORAC Value of 5745, Beyond Tangy Tangerine® contains 115 fruits and vegetables and includes vitamins, minerals, plant minerals, phytonutrients and all-natural flavors. Tangy Tangerine does not include any artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers or preservatives so you know what you’re drinking is doing a lot of good for your body. You can learn more HERE.


 Beta glucan works by activating immune cells known as macrophages. Macrophages trap and consume foreign substances that do not belong in the body. They “trigger” the whole cascade of immune response and allow your body to produce the most complete, effective and appropriate response from your immune system. Derived from the cell walls of baker’s yeast*, Transfer Point’s Beta Glucan has been scientifically proven to support and maintain a healthy immune response. A strong immune system is vital to the preservation of good health. Transfer Point’s Beta Glucan has been subjected to rigorous studies at numerous universities, and is the most potent Beta Glucan available on the market today. I personally take this product each day.

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One response on “Favorite Nutritional Supplements


September 22, 2012 at 10:22 am

Has there been any research on Carnivora related to transplant rejection? I am wondering if it would be helpful for someone I know who is experiencing rejection from a double lung transplant.


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