Q & A: How do supplements work with irritable bowel syndrome?

Question by Jane: Is it ok to take Protandim and Nrf1 if you have irritable bowel disorder or should they take probiotics?

Answer: Thank you so very much for asking this question. As always, I will caution you, that neither NRF2, nor NRF1 protandim doesn’t cure, treat or mitigate disease. I don’t see any reason for a person with irritable bowel syndrome not to take NRF1 protandim (mitochondrial booster), I know of someone who suffers from severe irritable bowel syndrome who takes it. It is my belief that everyone with IBS, should be on probiotics, the best money can buy. I love probio, because it has 6 billion alive species from 6 different strains, contains wellmune (primary immune system booster) and it has bio-track protection, aka 60% delivery to the colon.

All the best and let’s thrive to the best health.

Q & A: Is there an issue taking NRF with other supplements?

Question by Brian:  Is there an issue with taking either of the NRF supplements with my calcium supplement? I’m not worried about a negative interaction but that I’ve been told not to take vitamins at the same time as calcium as it can block their absorption.

ANSWER: If you were told not to take vitamins together with calcium supplementation, please separate it. Please take your vitamins, either before or after calcium. The multivitamins, I have taken before, all contained calcium in the formulation, so I really don’t know how much truth in the recommendation given to you. Please make sure, that you are obtaining an organic version of Calcium supplements (calcium derived from food sources), as opposed to non-organic.

Thank you very much,

Q & A: The combination of NRF2 and NRF1

Question by Gloria: What would the benefits be if I take NRF2 and soon NRF1 together? I am on NRF2 at this moment.

ANSWER: I would not take NRF2 and NRF1 protandim together: both of those supplements are based on synergistic activation of either NRF2 or NRF1 proteins, so I will try not to disrupt the synergy of either amazing cellular and mitochondrial activators by taking then together, rather than by separating them by at least 30 minutes.

Hope that helps,

Courtesy, commitment or integrity?


As you all know by now, I have a health and wellness company, which consists of appointments, meetings, presentations and lectures.


Whenever I invite someone and they indicate that they will attend, I assume this person will follow up with the commitment. However, indeed, it’s not the case and the yield is usually 10:1. Am I upset and disappointed? On occasion I am. Whether intended or not, yes, it’s personal.  I ask myself the same question. Do I follow-up and attend when I have verbally committed to the event? And sadly enough, I have to admit to myself, and to all of you, that sometimes I don’t. Just of late, I missed attending an event that I previously committed to. I do know that the organizer was deeply disappointed with my husband and I not being there.


My business is personal to me, but not to the people I invite.  My friend’s business is also personal to her, and I when didn’t attend, I let her down. It bothered me that I let someone down. It made me wonder how I should have dealt with the situation.  Life is full and there are times when our schedules have conflicts in them. It makes me wonder how I can still show courtesy when this takes place.


So, I am asking all of you, my friends, “how do you deal with a situation like this?”  Are there times when you commit to something and you either forget, or another thing comes up, do you feel you are letting that person down?  How do you handle this situation so that you are not doing so?

What is the best way to be kind to an inviting person, polite, but also honest? I am looking forward to your comments, suggestions and so grateful to learn.

So, which is it?  Courtesy. Commitment. Integrity.

Always with love,


On a medical note: I will be starting a series of blogs about mitochondria and cellular health.


Power of positivity

IMG_1744Maximize the benefit of your efforts

It is so important to embrace what we do. When we approach work, food, exercise or medicine (conventional or supplements) with a spirit of positivity, it has a significant influence on our lives.  If I put a negative connotation before behaviours and actions, my cells get the signal of that negativity, and will not utilize the whole benefit of food or exercise for that matter.

Can a placebo effect be positive medicine?

If I stop drinking wheatgrass juice, which is an amazing nutrition power factory, because I don’t like the taste, it has a negative impact on me.  However, if I learn to embrace and fully accept wheatgrass juice with positivity, my cells are very grateful for this healthy choice. When people take pills or supplements that they honestly believe will help, I personally believe it often works. It makes me wonder if this is a placebo effect?  It could very well be that this is what it is.  In the long run, does it really matter as long as it helps a person get better and stronger.  There are times when even a placebo effect can be the positive medicine!

Positivity and love result in a healthier you 

My personal and individual belief is that eating certain nutrient dense foods or taking a supplement like probiotics or vitamin D will make me healthier and stronger.  My positivity and the embracing of it will help my cells embrace the food, supplement, and exercise. It then will positively incorporate it into my daily metabolic cycle.

There is no science in this blog, just belief in the power of positivity and love.

Pyramid of love

IMG_5780Power of belief and power of love created the perfect storm of success

I run a network marketing business.   Many of you may wonder why a doctor is involved in MLM (multi-level marketing)? I would like to share the story of my success in this, so-called “pyramid scheme” adventure.

I build pyramids: they are pyramids of love and health. I have just experienced the effect of my own team pyramid of love.

I’ve never experienced the support, help, love and sacrifice of people to make me successful, like it happened just recently.  Several people just voluntarily, without asking for anything in return, just helped me.  They lifted me up to a level of success and freedom.

I believe my dream will come true and I will reach my goal with the belief and power of people’s love and indeed, with the help of God, yes, I have reached my goal!

I express my thanks to my pyramid of love, my pyramid of teammates and friends, not only for making me successful but also for making me so full of happiness and love and for keeping my fire to help others.

My pyramid is changing the world to be a better place, how is about yours?

Q & A: Does Protandim do the same things as fish oil or Ginkgo?

Question by Stacie: If I take Protandim, do I still need to take fish oil and ginkgo biloba? I’ve noticed some positive effects from the Ginkgko. But does Protandim do the same things as fish oil or as Ginkgko? 

Answer by Dr. Silverman:  I would love to caution you that I am not a naturopathic, nor a homeopathic doctor or chiropractor and will refer you to their expertise of herbs, roots and natural remedies.

My personal opinion that you need to take essential fatty acids. You can obtain “great fish oil” from wild Alaskan salmon or sardines or krill fish. You can take fish oil, but just make sure it is not rancid and preferentially, in the capsule formulation from the best possible source. As a Vegan, I obtain my omega 3/omega 6 fatty acids from flax, hemp or chia seeds. I grind them just before I consume them, and usually don’t leave more than 40 minutes between grinding and eating them.  Again, and it is personal opinion: I will stay on both protandim and Ginko biloba.

Q & A: Are bioidentical hormones safe?

Question by Dawn:

My mom is a breast cancer survivor for 14 years now. As this has touched our family, I have become interested in what I can do to prevent this disease.  My question is this: I have read some of the Susan Somers books regarding supplements and BHRT. Does your research support BHRT? I did partake in BHRT for about 1 1/2 years and then discontinued as I didn’t see any change in my hormone levels and my family doctor advised against it. I guess I’m asking what is your opinion on BHRT?

Answer by Dr. Silverman:

I love Susan Somer’s books and read most of them and learnt from them as well. I deeply respect the doctors she has interviewed. Honestly, I don’t have an educated opinion on HRT (hormone replacement therapy), but indeed if need, personally will go for bioidentical only.

I am not concerned with my estrogen and truly leave it up to natural body path, relying on proper foods, exercise and supplementation.

There is power in cholesterol as a building block of steroid hormones and estrogens and such.  It’s important to eat proper fats and eliminate tap water, animal protein, coming from conventionally raised animals, and to stay away from plastic and aluminum deodorants. These things eliminate the abnormal estrogen, “xenoestrogen”. It is very healthy to stay fit and keep my normal body/mass/index so it eliminates the estrogen dominance.

Being menopausal, I try to obtain my estrogens from flax seeds, legumes, very rarely from tofu ( only certified organic variety), sweet potatoes and from healthy fats, like avocados, olive oil and so on and so forth.


I would love to invite you to my lecture on health and science behind oxidative stress, weight management, probiotics, and management of the above with my line of supplements, The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 27/2016 at 7 pm, 4737-25 ave NW.

Q & A: Can someone take Protandim during or after radiation therapy?

Question by Colette:

My friend recently underwent radiation, chemo & colostomy. She was taking Protandim prior to radiation but was advised to stop by her naturopathic oncologist as well as oncologist. She is 3 weeks post op. What could she bring to her doctors about Protandim that they might review or at least give her the go ahead to take? Do you have any compelling statements or recommend any particular studies etc? I thought it was very interesting that her naturopathic doctor put her on his supplements with turmeric etc.

Also, friends that have recovered from breast cancer have been told by the cancer clinic doctors not to take Protandim because of the milk thistle in it. How do you address this issue? thanks very much

Answer by Dr. Silverman:

Thank you so very much for your questions. Indeed, I cannot interfere with your friend’s management of colorectal and breast carcinoma.  It is my pleasure to provide you with some research and evidence on Protandim and NRF2 in colon cancer and to share some research papers in regards to milk thistle, estrogen receptors and breast cancer as well as NRF2 inducers during chemotherapy.

Research articles:

Oxidative stress’ effect on aging, disease and clear thinking

IMG_1245Everyone wants to be healthy and young.  Please show me anyone, who wants to look old? Why is it bad to ask a woman, “how old are you?” Why do we age and why are we prone to get sick as we age?

Oxidative stress is involved in different pathophysiological states, such as aging, inflammatory, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, by damaging several cellular and tissue components including proteins, DNA and fats. Over the last decade, remarkable progress has been made to realize that oxidative stress and chronic, low-grade inflammation are major risk factors underlying brain aging.

What is oxidative stress?

Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. It is linked to over 200 chronic diseases with heart disease, arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as “front runners”.

However, even healthy people need to worry about oxidative stress. It is estimated that our cells are “terrorized by” 600 quadrillion free radical attacks per day; it’s 600 with 15 zeroes!

Yes, indeed, I want to live long and happy and with clear mind.

Browsing the Internet in search of oxidative stress definition, I came across the paper: The Role of Oxidative Stress-Induced Epigenetic Alterations in Amyloid-B Production in Alzheimer’s DiseaseIt fascinated me:  Epigenetic alterations? What is epigenetic?

Epigenetics literally means “above” or “on top of” genetics. It refers to external modifications to DNA that turn genes “on” or “off.” These modifications do not change the DNA sequence, but instead, they affect how cells “read” genes. Epigenetic changes are indeed, inflicted by chemical pollutants, dietary components, temperature changes and other external stresses, aka oxidative stress.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most prevalent type of dementia with over five million people affected in the United States and 35 million worldwide.

The major hallmark of AD pathogenesis is the presence of amyloid plaques and special neuronal tangles, which leads to the loss of signal transduction between the nerve cells (neurons). In AD one possible vehicle for deposition and accumulation of this abnormal protein, called amyloid, is oxidative stress (OS), mediated by the production of free radicals. And clearly free radicals can lead to epigenetic cellular modification, leading to amyloid plaque formation.

Therapies that include a diet with high levels of antioxidants could both guard against deleterious epigenetic changes and alleviate the devastating clinical manifestations of AD.

What is the “punch line” in all of this “medical verbiage”?

Let’s prevent and fight dementia via eating nutrient dense foods full of proper fats, like plenty of avocados, coconut oil, essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 8 oils, found in wild salmon, chia, flax and hemp seeds. Let’s exercise, play puzzles and solve crosswords.

Let’s laugh a lot and be happy!

Please find attached couple papers on AD and epigenetics as well as my power point presentation with some notes.
1.The Role of Oxidative Stress-Induced Epigenetic Alterations in Amyloid-B Production in Alzheimer’s Disease
2. Epigenetics and environment: emerging patterns and implications, Nature 2012.
3. OS aging and diease, april 21 2016 no ABC

Note: Thank you Karen Spenser for giving me the opportunity to lecture on oxidative stress, aging and disease at ATCO Electric.