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The Unknown That’s Killing People


The Unknown That’s Killing People


By Travis Wade

Vitamin K2

One of the most overlooked nutrients we have is vitamin K2. When I mention vitamin K2 most people don’t know what I’m talking about and others say I get it in my cruciferous vegetables. The lack of vitamin K2 may be causing a lot of the blood clotting disorders in North American. Things like angina, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, and T.I.A or mini stroke.

If you read an article on how to prevent any of these issues, I’ll put money down that you won’t read about vitamin K2. It is very commonly overlooked, however, it is the third leading nutrient deficiency in North America. Also, it takes about 18 years for medical discoveries to go mainstream.


The way vitamin K2 works is it deposits calcium in the body where it needs to be. Without it you get calcium build up in the veins and arteries or gallstones or kidney stones. When plaque builds in the lumen of the blood vessels calcium can be deposited there and hardening of the vessels happens. It is called atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. The hardening then becomes brittle and breaks off causing what is called an embolism. Depending on where that embolism gets lodged determines the disorder. If it’s in the brain then it’s a stroke, in the heart it’s a heart attack etc.

Take vitamin K2 and your calcium goes to the bones and into the cells where it’s needed. A lot of people with osteoporosis don’t have a lack of calcium. They just have a lack of vitamin K2. Cruciferous vegetables have an abundance of vitamin K1. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, yogurt, and kefir have vitamin K2.

I eat some of these fermented foods at every meal and my favourite are the yogurt and kefir. I use them as my protein supplement as well. If you’re using a supplement for vitamin K2, you need a plant derived form of the nutrient. MK-7 is the form you want.



One thing I should mention that I have heard before from Dave Asprey and heard it again tonight from Mike Adams is that North America is kinda the world’s dumping grounds for toxic foods and supplements. Other countries ban toxins in the ppm or ppb and in North America our rules are much less stringent and in some cases non-existent.

Stuff that’s considered toxic either gets sold here or on the internet. In general, stay away from food and supplements from China, India, Peru, Bolivia, and Mexico even if it’s labelled certified organic. They don’t test for heavy metal toxicity. The safest tends to be from Canada, U.S., and the continent of Australia. You can also have your stuff tested on Mike Adams’ website here.


One more thing that’s just as shocking is the source of organic fertilizer. They use human feces and toxic waste from the job site. All kinds of things go in it and then packaged as organic fertilizer which is sold at places like Home Depot and Rona. My brother saw an organic fertilizer company  come to his job site and and empty the porta-potty in their truck.

How do you fertilize then? You can use compost and you can use inorganic forms of minerals which turn to the bioavailable form of organic minerals in plants. The plants use the minerals and when you eat the plant you’re getting a form of the nutrients your body will actually use. I hate to say it but the vitamins and minerals you buy are probably doing more harm than good. Feed them to your plants then eat the plants.

I wish you lots of health, love and happiness!

Travis Wade

The only holistic personal trainer in Edmonton

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Is Your Vitamin Supplement Doing More Harm Than Good?


Are Your Supplements Doing More Harm Than Good?


By Travis Wade

The Truth About Your Supplements

Sayer Ji is an expert in vitamin and mineral supplements. It was his first love in the wellness industry and he is now well known in the wellness industry as the guy who puts it all together. At first I didn’t like this guy because he has no credentials, so I thought “Why is this guy speaking?” He’s now one of my favourite speakers to listen to because he knows his stuff better than anybody. He has the world’s largest evidence based natural health resource. Check him out here www.greenmedinfo.com



According to Sayer Ji, Centrum and Flintstones multivitamins have known toxins in them and do more harm than good. Sodium selenite, for example, is a toxin commonly found in a multivitamin. Centrum is the number one most common brand of multivitamin recommended by doctors. Flintstones multivitamin is the leading children’s multivitamin. Bauer and Pfizer are the pharmaceutical companies making these multivitamins.

In their ad, Flintstones vitamins say that 82% of children don’t eat enough vegetables and if they are not eating enough vegetables they may not be getting the nutrients they need. So you would think that taking a cheap Walmart multivitamin is better than taking no vitamins at all.

Some of the ingredients in Flintstones vitamins are aspartame, cupric oxide which is known as a pesticide, artificial colouring agents that have been banned in the European Union because of known problems with neurotoxicity and attention deficit disorder, zinc oxide which is used in sunscreen and isn’t very bioavailable, sorbitol, hydrogenated fat, and GMO corn syrup. All of the above are found in Flintstone’s vitamins.

The Top 10 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

The number one nutrient deficiency over all is vitamin D which is why I wrote an article on it. You can’t get enough sun my friends. People around the equator are getting 40,000 units of vitamin D a day. Get out in the sun and take your clothes off. Wear shorts. Not only will you get Vitamin D, but you will get infrared rays which detoxify heavy metals better than anything. The difference between D2 and D3 is D2 comes from plants and D3 comes from animals. The D3 is 87% more effective and converts to its active form 500% faster. Other sources of vitamin D are fish, beef liver, and bone broth.

The second most common nutrient deficiency is omega 3’s. I was just talking to a masters student and she was reminding me that through evolution, human brains grew massively after we starting eating fish with omega 3s. Our brains are made from omega 3s. It is true brain food but it is also the third leading legal performance enhancer. We die without omega 3s. If you want more info on omega 3’s; read my article on omega 3’s here. Common sources are the SMASH diet: sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, and herring. I’d like to add a few more of my favourites: cod, oysters, and bone broth.

The third most common nutrient deficiency is vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 makes sure calcium is being used where it needs to be used. I’ve seen people with kidney stones; it’s a medical emergency due to the extreme pain. Take your vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 also prevents calcium from building up in your vasculature preventing heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis, strokes, and other blood clotting disorders. It prevents cancer and builds strong bones. Menaquinone-7 (MK-7), is the kind of vitamin K2 you want to look for in supplements as this form is extracted from real food. The foods that have vitamin K2 are fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and grass fed butter.


#4 is magnesium found in spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, bananas, bone broth, and pumpkin seeds. I’ll get into this one in detail later.

#5 is vitamin B12 found in grass fed beef and beef liver, lamb, snapper, venison, salmon, shrimp, scallops, organic-pastured poultry, eggs, and bone broth. Vitamin B12 is involved in every process of the body and deficiencies will commonly result in lethargy, brain fog, and possibly numbness of the extremities. A lot of people will have a bacteria in their gut that steals vitamin B12 and taking an oral supplement will feed this bacteria and grow it. I take an injectable form of vitamin B12.

#6 is vitamin E found in hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, olive oil, legumes, spinach, broccoli, and bone broth. If you take a supplement, natural vitamin E is always listed as the “d-” form (d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta-tocopherol, etc.) synthetic vitamin E is listed as “dl-” forms. You want the natural forms to get the benefits.

#7 is vitamin A. Retinol is pre-formed vitamin A, found in animal products such as grass-fed meat and poultry, liver, fish, grass fed butter, and bone broth. This is the form of vitamin A your body can actually use. Beta-carotene is pre-vitamin A. You need to have a well-functioning digestive tract and sufficient bile produced by your gallbladder for the conversion into retinol. My favourite supplement for vitamin A is fermented cod liver oil. It also has vitamin D, a probiotic, Omega 3s, and vitamin K2.


#8 is iodine found in sea vegetables, eggs, spirulina, and bone broth if you use fish bones. Iodine is really important for your metabolism. Having iodized salt can help.

#9 is calcium found in leafy green vegetables and bone broth. If you want a pill form, calcium from eggshells is a great supplement.

#10 is iron found in grass fed meats, oysters, lentils, sesame seeds, spinach, and bone broth. A great resource I use to look at nutrient content of food is World’s Healthiest Foods. They used to have a website but it appears to be offline now.

Dr. Mercola and Bulletproof are where I get a lot of my supplements and health products. Things you should look for are, chelated minerals for good absorption. They are attached to an amino acid. Glycine is the amino acid commonly used to bind to a mineral for a healthy supplement.

Some forms will give you problems and if it does then you obviously have to try a different form. Oxides for any supplement tend to have a low bioavailability. Bioavailability is the ability of the body to absorb and use a substance. Citrates tend to cause toilet destruction. Not a great form either.

Get Your Nutrients From Food

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In reality, I do my best to get all nutrients from food because it will be much more bioavailable and beneficial. Most food will have much more than the specific nutrient you are looking for and a lot of times those other nutrients will help the nutrient you are looking to absorb. When the nutrient isn’t possible to get with food is when I look for supplements.

I personally use creatine because I will not eat the amount of meat required to get what I need from meat. I use a collagen peptide supplement, glycine, melatonin, a couple different kinds of magnesium, L-glutamine, vitamin D, and a few others as I see needed.

Dr. Longo recommends a multivitamin every 3 days instead of every day. Dr. Longo did 30 years of research to come up with what he calls the longevity diet. It’s a great book that explains fasting as well.

I avoid some supplements altogether like omega 3 supplements. Omega 3s are poly-unsaturated meaning there are lots of double bonds with hydrogens “missing” all over it. Poly-unsaturated fats will get oxidized easily, meaning they go rancid very quickly. What you will likely be taking if you take an omega 3 pill is rotten fish oil. Rancid fish oil is a toxin that causes all the problems you are trying to cure by taking omega 3s in the first place. Please read my article on omega 3s.



Magnesium is the number one leading mineral deficiency in our society. It’s not in the soil anymore and the toxins in the environment deplete our minerals. When I say environment I mean the air, water, things we eat, things we touch, and our inner environment in our bodies.

Things like heavy metals such as mercury or phthalates and other things like glyphosate  bind to our minerals and deplete them even more. All kinds of things deplete our magnesium including stress. Magnesium is the first thing to be released from our cells when we are stressed. Not just mental stress but physical stress too.

Jane Goodall (famous anthropologist), has talked about the decline of nutrients in the soil and how the soil has dozens of nutrients, but we use 3 nutrients to fertilize our soil; nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The lack of nutrient in the soil is the number one reason why magnesium is the most deficient mineral in our society.

I’m just saying you may need to take a magnesium supplement. It’s needed for over 300 processes in the body. It’s recommended by Wendy Myers, to take a variety of magnesium supplements. Meaning take magnesium that is bonded to various substances. Stay away from oxide. When bonded to oxide, magnesium has a 3-4% absorption rate. Citrates are also terrible for absorption but they are great for destroying toilets; be careful with them.

Wendy Myers recommends magnesium glycinate which raises red blood cell magnesium, magnesium malate which helps with detoxification, and magnesium threonate is the only magnesium that can cross the blood brain barrier. As we get older we become more deficient of magnesium in the brain. It helps memory and cognition and in the mitochondria it helps make energy. You need about 5x your body weight (lbs), in milligrams for dosage.

Mineral Deficiencies


Everyone Wendy Myers (detoxification expert), has tested has been mineral deficient. The good news for me is that meat is very rich in minerals. Lamb and bacon are high in selenium. Unless you’re actively doing something about it, you’ll likely be deficient in selenium. If you don’t like bacon then fish, beef, turkey, chicken, and eggs are other great sources.

Selenium also detoxes the body from mercury which we all tend to have. Selenium needs to be taken in the form of se-methylselenocysteine. Or bacon. I stay away from Brazil nuts because they can have a mold toxin that is a very powerful neurotoxin called aflatoxin.

Chromium is another very common deficiency along with sodium and potassium. Sodium isn’t the big enemy we thought it was. The ratio of sodium to potassium is much more important and according to Dr. Joseph Mercola we should be taking 5x as much potassium as sodium. Thallium is a heavy metal found in gasoline that blocks our usage of potassium which prevents us from producing hormones. We all breath in massive amounts of thallium if you live in an urban area.

Trace mineral supplements can have heavy metals bonded to them. Wendy advises against taking them unless you are working with a qualified practitioner doing a toxic metal detox. For more help with minerals and your heavy metal detoxification you can go to www.liveto110.com

I know doctors and our health care system have their place, but so does proper diet and exercise. A lot of the things I talk about are cutting edge topics in the health industry and some stuff you probably never heard of before, so I encourage you to do your own research. A couple of resources you can and should use are google scholarNational Library of Medicine, and pubmed. Pubmed is a government agency that shows you the research that has been done. You can look all this stuff up yourself and make your own decisions on what’s right.

I wish you lots of health, love and happiness!

Travis Wade

The only holistic personal trainer in Edmonton

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Heavy Metal Detoxification

heavy metal toxins

Heavy Metal Detoxification

These are the secrets manufacturers keep!

heavy metal toxins

Do you know what your allostatic load is? Don’t sweat it if it sounds Portuguese to you. Allostatic load is just a fancy way of saying all the stresses on the body combined. The three main stresses are mental stress, toxins, and microbiome.

We all know what mental stress is, and there are many ways to reduce it. The microbiome is the bacteria of the body. To put it simply, the more good bacteria you have, the less bad stuff you’ll have. Grow your good bacteria instead of killing them off with antibiotics. Antibiotics should only be used in case of an emergency.

The third factor of the allostatic load is toxins, which we are focusing on today. Heavy metal toxins, to be more specific.

The Heavy Metals


Heavy metals are just one more son of a kitchen health hazard we have to deal with. However, I do have some good news, (bad news as well). Because I can’t ask which you want first, I’ll start with the bad. The bad news is we are all exposed to heavy metal toxicity.

The good news is, if you choose to detoxify, you will have much more energy, a better ability to gain muscle, and a better ability to lose weight. This article will talk about specific heavy metals, how they ruin our lives, and what to do about them.

Mercury and Copper

Mercury is the number one heavy metal toxin that interferes with so many of our metabolic processes and causes so many health issues. I would love it if you had a look at this video from the University of Calgary, showing what minimal amounts of mercury does to our neurons.

Many people can’t gain muscle because mercury poisons the enzymes that transport amino acids into the enterocytes (absorptive cells of the small intestine). In other words, people are not effectively able to absorb proteins through the gut lining. The number one way people get mercury in their system is from dental fillings.

Copper will block nutrient receptor sites in the gut to prevent the absorption of nutrients in general. Many females and vegans are copper toxic, which also leads to adrenal fatigue. Beans are high in copper, and when there is a lack of minerals from meat to detoxify the copper, we get copper toxic.

Trivalent Toxic Metals

There’s a special group of metals that prevent us from having energy, which makes us not want to exercise. This group of metals are called trivalent toxic metals. They include aluminum, arsenic, tin, thallium, cesium, and antimony.

Trivalent toxic metals poison enzymes that transport nutrients into our mitochondria. Mitochondria make our energy (Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP). If your mitochondria doesn’t have the raw materials to make ATP, your metabolism will suffer, causing fatigue.

Aluminum is found in tap water, deodorant, flour, salts, and cheap cookware in restaurants because they are very disposable. We all have some level of aluminum toxicity. Tin is in tin cans and dental fillings.

The Thallium Story

The thallium story is a prevalent story that gets repeated with many harmful toxins such as trans-fats. Here’s the story…

Petroleum companies used to put lead in fuel, but people complained so much that the government felt the need to do something. So they took the lead out of fuel but not before they found a replacement. (Clear throat), enter thallium.

Nobody is complaining about thallium in gas because no one’s even heard of it. Thallium is just as bad, if not worse, than lead. Thallium binds to the body’s receptor sites for potassium, and it’s added to gasoline to prevent knocking in car engines.


Arsenic blocks our ability to lose weight and decreases our energy levels. It poisons an enzyme that transports triglycerides from fat cells, which makes it difficult to lose weight. Arsenic is found in water, pesticides, and conventional chickens because it’s in their antibiotics.

Most people that have trouble losing weight have arsenic toxicity, and if you have uranium toxicity, you can’t get rid of your arsenic. Uranium is another offender often found in water, and it interferes with blood sugar control.

Estrogenic Chemicals


Estrogenic chemicals are one of the biggest problems that interfere with our metabolic function. The more estrogen you have, the more fat you will retain. Xenoestrogens in our environment are the estrogens I’m worried about. Xenoestrogens are foreign estrogens and can be man-made or natural. The phytoestrogen found in soybeans is a natural xenoestrogen.

Some man-made estrogen mimetics are in BPA, PCBs, and the number one being phthalates. Phthalates are in everything; fragrances, cosmetics, detergent, personal care products, plastic softeners like your rubber ducky or shower curtain, nail polish, hair spray, plastic bags, microwaveable containers, safety gloves, printing ink, varnish, and paper coatings.

I have to tell you about the frogs! Frogs are considered an indicator species because they live on land and water. Frogs are sensitive to any changes in our environment or ecosystem. With three thousand new toxins created every year, there are so many xenoestrogens that we barely get any male frogs anymore. They are becoming female frogs. I know, it’s sad.



Minerals and metals occupy the same binding sites in the body. When we are deficient in certain minerals, we accumulate more heavy metals. For instance, if you don’t eat grass-finished red meat, you will likely be deficient in zinc. Zinc is used in the body to repair connective tissue like your skin. If there is an absence of zinc, your body uses cadmium, which causes cancer. When cadmium steals the receptor sites to repair arteries, it makes the arteries very brittle and hard, contributing to atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Heavy metals replacing minerals happens in many other instances where you have a deficiency in a mineral. That’s why grass-finished meat, bone broth, and juicing vegetables are important.

By detoxifying and re-mineralizing the body, the cellular metabolism will work better, making it easier to lose weight and control blood sugar. Mineral deficiencies and heavy metals reduce your ability to regulate blood sugar, which leads to type 2 diabetes.

How To Test For Toxins

hair analysis

There are three different tests for toxins. The first one is a hair mineral analysis to customize a detox for someone. The next is a urine test for more metals, and the fecal test will test for even more. These latter tests are needed because some metals don’t show up in the hair, like thallium.

There are many options to get a hair mineral analysis, but the one I used was Wendy Myers’. I had to cut off a lock of my hair and mail it in for analysis. They use hair because a blood test will only tell you what’s in your blood at that time. Hair will tell you what’s been in your system over the past three months.

Unfortunately, we accumulate chemicals a lot faster than we can detoxify them. Medical school teaches doctors that we have detoxifying organs, and they work fine, and we are detoxifying all the time. Every year three thousand new toxins are being created. Our organs can’t keep up.

How to Detox

detox diet

Start heavy metal detoxification by having a nutrient-rich diet filled with grass-finished meat, raw egg yolks, bone broth, and juicing vegetables.  Secondly, use BioSil (silica), six drops a day in orange juice or pineapple juice; any citric acid juice helps it absorb better. BioSil (silica) will displace the aluminum, arsenic, tin, and thallium from the bones and the brain and other hard to reach areas to be detoxed. You can use up to 10 drops a day, but that may increase fatigue.

Also, you need a binder that’s going to bind to all these metals. I use citrus pectin such as PectaSol-C 5g a day and activated charcoal. That will absorb the metals mobilized by the BioSil and other metals as well. Do not take these two together. They will bind together and go right through you. I take Biosil first thing in the morning and then PectaSol-C a few hours later. It takes about two years to remove these heavy metals.

An Infrared sauna is one of the best ways to detox the hundreds of toxins in our bodies and kill off infections by raising body temperature. Experts recommend using one every day for 30 minutes for 2-3 years, then at least 2-3 times a week after that to keep the heavy metal toxins low.

Some other supplements that can help detoxify from heavy metals are cilantro extract, N-acetylcysteine, glutathione, sodium R-lipoic acid, curcumin, and garlic. Alkalinisation can help as well. For more information, you can check out Wendy Myers at https://liveto110.com/

I wish you lots of health, love and happiness!

Travis Wade

The only holistic personal trainer in Edmonton.

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