Whey Protein Gold Isolate Powder in capsules?

Question: Dr. Ettinger,

I prefer whey protein isolate capsules to the powder form. Could you recommend a high quality capsule that would compare to your Whey Protein Gold Isolate Powder

Thank you so much


Answer: Steve,

1 scoop of powder would add-up to about 30-40 caps (estimate). I don’t think that there is anyone out there that is selling whey isolate in caps. It may be easier and cheaper to go to a health food or on-line and buy the largest caps you can find, and fill your own. Why not just mix in with some strawberries and raspberries or add a banana. That will really hid the taste. Sorry I can’t help more.


Marcus Ettinger BSc, DC

Does flax seed oil contain lignans?

Question: Hi,

I use your products and have been very satisfied. I do have a question though, my research on flax seed oil has lead me to believe that the oil (unlike fresh ground flax seed) does not contain the lignans. This is one reason why I buy it fresh and ground it myself. You advertise it as high lignans. Do you have any research to back this up?

Thanks for your time.


Answer: Terri,

Thank you for being a loyal customer and do appreciate getting questions and being able to clarify nutritional misconceptions that fill the internet. Please understand that this question is not meant to be an attack but the start of a fair and analytical conversation. That said, Do you have any research to back-up your statement? where did you get your data? Is it from a peer-reviewed journal or biochemist?

I’ve been doing this since 1995 and have been a doctor for 22 years. I have been confronted with hundreds of questions from well-intended people, based solely on hearsay (from a neighbor, health food store employee, readers digest…), and in some cases very angrily. I too hear a lot of conflicting data on many subjects. Before I ever buy into it, I will do my due diligence and seek-out the truth.

The statement that flax seed oil “products” do not contain lignans can be false or true depending on the processing. How much lignans contained in the oil is a matter of processing and filtration. There is standard, low to no lignan flax seed oil (100% pure oil, highly filtered) and there is high lignan flax seed oil (lightly or non-filtered). It’s the particulate matter that contains the lignans. It’s just like in olive oil and wine. There are those manufactures that filter their finished product and those that leave it unfiltered. It’s up to the customer to decide which they prefer.

Is this what you read?

I have noticed that there are two different kinds of flax oil, regular and high-lignan. What is the difference between the two? Which one would you recommend to purchase?

Flax oil, regardless if it is regular or high-lignan, contains only the oil portion from the seed. It does not contain protein, lignans, fiber, and any other substances from the seed. With that being said, consider these points:

1. In the entire flax industry, not one standardized methodology of plant lignan extraction and measurement testing has been settled upon. Therefore, you will never know if it is high-lignan or not. It is like comparing apples to oranges.

2. High-lignan flax oil is usually more expensive than regular flax oil. So, are you better off purchasing high-lignan flax oil? Since the lignan amounts cannot be verified, it has less omega-3 fats, and is more expensive, you would be better off consuming regular flax oil and adding ground flaxseed to your diet.

Dietitian Jane Reinhardt-Martin

I wish I knew where Jane was getting her data because any first year chemistry student will tell you that if you assay a specific substance you will be able to determine its chemical composition and purity.

This is taken from the assay report of our product:

Amounts of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated fats and lignans (per serving)

Linolenic Acid (Omega-3)……….55%
Linoleic Acid (Omega-6)…………..14%
Oleic Acid (Omega-9)………………19%
Other (Saturated)……………………..12% of which 1.5% is the lignans

Organic flax particulate matter (source of lignans)


Please let me know if you are satisfied with this response and if it adds clarity to the topic.


Marcus Ettinger BSc, DC


Thanks for the information. I read in one of my books that I usually rely on but at the moment I can’t remember which one. I have to find it because I usually use my books to cross reference info. I have a strong interest in health and I do a lot of reading. Some things stick in my head and that was one of them. It was by no means a dig at your products. I happen to like CAOH company.

I truly appreciate your detailed response. I am use to pretty much not getting one when I request info from other companies.


How does your Absolute Mangosteen compares to Xango’s mangosteen juice?

Question: Hi,

Can you tell me how your Absolute Mangosteen compares to Xango’s mangosteen juice re: effectiveness.  I have taken Xango’s for many years but it is very expensive, so I am shopping for something new.  I have fibromyalgia, pre-diabetes & hypothyroidism.

Thank you for your help,


Answer: Susie,

Mangosteen Elixir may be better for you. After 22 years of practice , I will have to say that, there is more going on within you then this or any other single product will handle. There is help though (see below).

This link will take you to all the posts I’ve written that relate to Xango: http://caoh.com/liquid-vitamin-blog/index.php?s=xango
This post may be the most specific to your question, but please go through all of them (above): http://caoh.com/liquid-vitamin-blog/xango-or-absolute-mangosteen-absolute-mangosteen-wins-again/

If you really want the Rolls Royce treatment, I offer a distance patient program where I can will help you with the (fibromyalgia, pre-diabetes & hypothyroidism). These conditions are not hard to treat, we just need to pinpoint the underlying deficiencies or excesses. If you want help to design a customized program that will get you back to where you were when you were at your best, I’m here to help. Follow this link for more information: http://www.advancedhealing.com/images/pdf/distance_patient_program.pdf

To Dr. Ettinger,

Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). My energy level was extremely low and I had lost interest in doing the things I had previously enjoyed, as well as everyday necessary work. I discontinued my volunteer work at my church and my country western dancing. I had to literally drag myself to the gym to curb my increasing weight.

Today I am back dancing. In fact, I am taking another type of dance class weekly. I am scheduled to resume my volunteer work and have plans to start a new outdoor hobby. My workouts at the gym have returned to being fun, re-energizing and feeling positive and healthy.

My outlook on life, myself and my future have changed so dramatically I can’t believe it’s me. It’s like I found the old me again and I am certain I can attribute all this to you and your guidance.

Huntington Beach


Marcus Ettinger BSc, DC

Does CAOH have sun dried acai berries

Does CAOH have sun dried acai berries??  I would like to get some if you do.



There are no sun dried acai berries. Acai berries are not like a blueberry or raspberries (see acai pictures)…. There is no flesh, just a pit, fiber and a millimeter’s worth of skin/flesh. It’s that millimeter, mixed with water that makes the juice (Acai Max). The Absolute Acai Powder is as good as anyone can get to pure acai.


Dr. Marcus Ettinger

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil for Dry Eye Syndrome

Question: This product (Pure Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil) was recommended to me for dry eyes. Does it help this condition, and if so, how?  Thank you.

Emma Reid

Answer: Emma,

Research has shown that Sea Buckthorn Oil may help relieve symptoms of “dry eye syndrome”. Sea buckthorn is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

In one study, researchers recruited 100 adults with symptoms of “dry eye syndrome”, a condition that occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough to tears to stay properly lubricated. For three months, participants took two grams of sea buckthorn oil or a placebo each day. By the study’s end, those who’d taken sea buckthorn oil showed a reduction in several dry eye symptoms (including redness and burning).

In my practice I have found that increasing one’s intake of essential fatty acids has helped ease dry eye symptoms. I like a combination of Pure Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil and our Ultra Omega 3-6-9.

Please let me know how this works out for you. Give it at least 3 months, and make sure you also drink your 8 glasses of water each day.


Dr. Marcus Ettinger

TheraAloe Mixed with Goji Fusion Tastes Great

Hi Dr. E,

Could you tell me what the taste of TheraAloe is like.




TheraAloe and aloe in general tastes a little funky, but worth the effort. When mixed in juice (I like cranberry/Goji Fusion combo), it’s pretty good.


Dr. Marcus Ettinger

Good to know….

I’ll add it to my order.


A World Class Organization

Hi, Dr. Ettinger

I’d like to thank you so much for the outstanding supplements and nutritional advice that i have received throughout the years.

California Academy of Health is a world class organization.

Happy holidays and the very best for the new year.

P.S. One question – I read so much about the benefits of lemon juice as a detox agent and an overall cleanser. Is this something that I should add to my regimen?

Thank you


Can You Cook with Lecithin Granules?

Question: I really don’t like the taste of the lecithin granules.  Can you cook with them and get the same benefits?


Lecithin granules won’t cook-up very well. If you blend the granules in a protein shake  (I use 2 tablespoons per shake) or with yogurt and fruit/fruit juice in a smoothie, you won’t taste them and it will act as a thickening agent (slightly).

Note: Lecithin granules are great ways to add additional lecithin to your diet. Lecithin is a naturally occurring fatty substance found in a variety of different foods such as soybeans, egg yolks, and whole grains. It helps the body utilize certain vitamins such as Vitamin A, B, E, and K. Lecithin granules also help to break-down fat and cholesterol into smaller pieces.

I hope this helps.

Marcus Ettinger BSc., DC

See: Non-GMO Lecithin Granules

The 5 Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies I See In My Practice

“These are the 5 most common nutritional deficiencies I see in my Orange, chiropractic and integrative medicine practice: Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA, DHA). I feel that these deficiencies are not just representative of my local area but are a glimpse of what the world, in general, is experiencing. Below is a brief summary for each nutrient. My ranking of nutritional deficiencies are based on dietary analysis, clinical observation and blood tests.” Marcus Ettinger BSc., DC


1. Magnesium

Deficiency: 8 out of 10 clients show clinical signs of magnesium deficiency. The average American diet only contains 50% to 60% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). According to Dr. Guosong Liu, half the population of industrialized countries have a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging.

Symptoms: Anxiety, confusion, heart attack, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD), insomnia, nervousness, muscular irritability (twitches, spasms or cramps), restlessness, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), weakness, heart palpitations, depression….

Recommended Foods: All green leafy vegetables (ex. Swiss chard and spinach), Seeds (pumpkin or sunflower seeds), Beans (black or navy beans).

Recommended Nutritional Supplements: Calm “magnesium caps” See: Magnesium and the Pathogenesis of disease (400 – 600 mg’s per day)

2. Zinc

Deficiency: 7 out of 10 clients show clinical signs of deficiency.

Symptoms: Acne, ADD/ADHD, brittle nails, delayed sexual maturity, depression/apathy, diarrhea, eczema, fatigue, growth impairment, hair loss, high cholesterol levels, immune impairment, impotence, irritability, lethargy, loss of appetite, loss of sense of taste, low stomach acid (HCl), male infertility/abnormal sperm, memory impairment, night blindness, paranoia, white spots on nails, poor wound healing, psoriasis….

Recommended Foods: Calf’s liver, beef, mushrooms, spinach, green peas and pumpkin seeds.

Recommended Nutritional Supplements: Zinc Glycinate (50 – 100mg’s per day).

3. Vitamin D

Deficiency: 10 out of 10 clients show deficiency (99.8% of all of my Labcorp, client blood tests have shown deficiency).

Symptoms: Allergies, auto immune diseases, burning sensation in mouth, cancer, diarrhea, insomnia, myopia, nervousness, osteoporosis, poor calcium utilization, rickets, scalp sweating, weight gain….

Recommended Foods: Cod liver oil, shrimp and eggs.

Recommended Nutritional Supplements: Power Vitamin D3 or Power D3 Softgels. Recommended dosage of Vitamin D3/Cholecalciferol is (6,000 – 10,000 IU’s per day for adults and 2,000 IU’s for children above the age of five. A base-line blood test should be done with a goal of achieving a blood level between 50 – 70 ng/mL ). Skin exposure to the sun, 15 minutes per day, is another great way to get adequate Vitamin D exposure. Note: living in southern California, I only take my Vitamin D during the months of October – the beginning of June. I surf a lot and as soon as my wetsuit comes off and I can get 15 minutes+ of direct sunlight, I no longer need the supplement form. In fact if if I kept taking it I would sunburn within 15 minutes. This is what your body does when the vitamin D level is sufficient.

4. Vitamin E

Deficiency: 3/10 Males and 2/10 Females show signs of deficiency.

Symptoms: Neurological disturbances (gait disturbances, poor reflexes, loss of position sense, loss of vibration sense), shortened red blood cell life….

Recommended Foods: Green leafy vegetables (Mustard greens, chard, spinach and turnip greens), almonds and sunflower seeds.

Recommended Nutritional Supplements: Power E Complex – d-alpha Tocopherol w/mixed Tocohperols (400 – 800 IU’s per day)

5. Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA, DHA)

Deficiency: 8/10 show signs of deficiency.

Symptoms: Diarrhea, dry skin and hair, hair loss, acne, eczema, psoriasis, immune weakness, infertility, poor wound healing, premenstrual syndrome, gall stones, liver degeneration, ADD/ADHD and depression….

Recommended Foods: Wild-caught salmon (Important: avoid farm-raised salmon because of pollutants, artificial color and lack of EFA’s), flax seed and/or flax seed oil, walnuts and sardines.

Recommended Nutritional Supplements: Ultra Omega 3-6-9 (2 – 4 caps per day) or High Lignan Flax Seed Oil (3 – 6 caps per day)

Now they say that levels of Vitamin D over 30 INCREASES risk for cancer

Dear Dr. Ettinger,

I am so confused. Now they say that levels of Vitamin D over 30 INCREASE your chances for cancer. If I back my dose back to 2,000 IU’s a day, is that going to make my levels above 30? My co-worker, Husband, and myself just stopped taking any of it because we don’t know what to do. I always thought that levels between 50 – 70 were ideal. I take the Vitamin D (Power Vitamin D3 Liquid) that you recommended. They have also stopped suggesting that we  take multi vitamins. I never took a multi, but my Husband did until this came out. He has Parkinson’s and does very well, but we don’t want to do anything to cause harm. Is there anything safe to take in your line of supplements? I told my co-worker and Husband that I would see what you have to say because I trust your opinion. We all await what you have to say.



Whatever source said that is either wrong, misinformed or interpreting the data to fit their agenda – one of the three. Go to www.vitamindcouncil.org for all your vitamin D needs. This is where you want to go to find-out the truth about Vitamin D . NaturalNews.com, is another good source for non-biased data. Personally, I will never drop my daily dosage of Vitamin D below 6,000 IU’s (accept during summer when I surf 3 days a week w/o my wetsuit). My 6 year old daughter takes 2,000 IU’s per day. Your husband is fine with 6-10,000 IU’s a day (get routine tests for proper blood levels) and should have a blood level between 50-80. His multi is also okay as well.

Marcus Ettinger BSc., DC

Dr. Ettinger,

The IOM expressed concern about excessive intake of vitamin D. But raised the Upper Tolerable Intake Levels (ULs) (above which there is a risk of harm) for vitamin D. The UL for individuals aged 9 and older was set at 4,000 IU’s/daily, up from 2,000 IU’s daily. The IOM noted that some studies showed an increase in adverse events (including overall mortality, some cancers, cardiovascular disease, fractures and falls) at vitamin D blood levels (I.e., 25-(OH)D levels) ranging from about 30 ng/mL to 48 ng/mL (75 to 120 nmol/L).

ConsumerLab.com has updated this review to reflect the IOM recommendations. For a summary of the IOM report, click here.

Linda D.


This explains everything and personally I don’t believe a word of it.  It’s a government sponsored study, very prejudiced in favor of “not promoting supplements” or true health, for that matter! Study Sponsors

  • Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Army, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Health Canada
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Institutes of Health (Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin, National Cancer Institute, and Office of Dietary Supplements), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Marcus Ettinger BSc., DC Dr. Ettinger,

If you have been taking 6,000 of D3 with no bad effects that is good enough for me. I do trust you and Life Extension a whole lot more than anything the government says. I do know that they want to regulate vitamins and make it so you can only get them by prescription. I did not look at who did the study so what you are saying makes perfect sense. If it were going to affect the liver it should show up in blood tests. I’ll start back with my 6,000 of D3 tonight! I have read so many good things about D. I did read to take it with K which I do not do. I will take supplements over drugs any day.

I really do appreciate you being there and taking your time to answer some questions.

Have a very merry Christmas!!!!


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