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August 9, 2019, I was contacted by Washington Post reporter Lena H. Sun. She requested an interview, which I had to decline due to travel and speaking engagements. Instead, I asked her to send me the questions, so I could respond in writing.

Considering the biased and clearly industry-favorable reporting done by Sun and The Washington Post on previous occasions, I would not be surprised if my answers are twisted or misinterpreted to support an industry narrative, so I’ve decided to publish all of The Washington Post’s questions to me, along with my complete answers. I expect The Washington Post article to be published later this week.

The Washington Post reporters are really concerned with how much money I make selling vitamins, which is pretty funny considering their owner has admitted to selling and profiting off of FAKE supplements!  What are the chances we will see those revealing details in their sleuthing?

In my response, I also confronted Sun about The Washington Post’s concerted efforts to “dig up dirt” on me and my company, as well as her failure to publish a correction to a vaccine story in which she made a provably false claim. Below, you will find correspondence to Sun in its entirety.

As noted in an August 6, 2019, HuffPost article1 by Paul Thacker, media reporters and columnists are routinely enlisted, groomed and secretly used to disseminate industry propaganda, and Sun’s reporting bears many of the hallmarks and talking points of the vaccine industry. Her questions to me have them as well.

In his article,2 Thacker highlights another Washington Post columnist, Tamar Haspel, whose blogs and articles consistently favor the GMO industry and chemical agriculture. Haspel has also become a voice for GMO Answers (an industry front group created by Monsanto’s PR firm, Ketchum). Not surprisingly, there’s now evidence suggesting Haspel works rather closely with Monsanto and Ketchum. According to Thacker:

“For many who have been suspicious of Haspel’s relationship with agrichemical giants, the documents are further evidence that she’s too close to the industry she writes about and that her prominent column at The Washington Post provides a perch to spread misleading information about agriculture and the food we eat.”

The war on health freedom is heating up

I’ve been publishing articles about the dangers of social engineering and data collection by the largest monopolies for several years. Facebook, Google and Amazon are engaged in a dangerous attempt to control the masses through massive data collection, surveillance and censorship.

These technology tyrants are working overtime to prevent access to information that contradicts their world view and ultimate goal, driven by greed, conquest and insatiable lust for control.

While the justifications given for the current censorship on holistic health in general and vaccine safety in particular is that of “public safety,” one must question the rationale behind blocking first-hand testimony of vaccine damage, and bullying and maligning of victims of medical harm rather than supporting them and investigating the causes that allow for harms to occur on such vast scales.

Between the current online censorship and the exponential advancement of artificial intelligence, our ability to think independently is under immediate threat. Social engineering tactics are employed from every angle — the manipulation and control of a significant portion of the global population is occurring right before our very eyes.

There is a reason that data has become the world’s most valuable resource, exceeding the value of oil.3 As reported by The Economist in 2017,4 Amazon captures 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend online, while Google and Facebook between them “accounted for almost all the revenue growth in digital advertising in America” in 2016.

Facebook alone makes billions by tracking every click, image, word and GPS location of its users and then selling that information to anyone willing to pay. Google, meanwhile, has infiltrated virtually every nook and cranny of our lives.

By taking over schools, it now has the means to start its extensive data harvesting right from childhood, building the most extensive personality profiles of a generation ever conceived.

And, while current censorship and social engineering efforts are focused primarily on eliminating voices that are critical of vaccines, it would be foolish and naïve in the extreme to believe it will end there.

Ultimately, the end goal is total control — they will tell you what you need, be it a vaccine, a medication, a toxic food or any other goods or services, and you are to comply, handing over your mind, body and cash, no questions asked.

Surveillance and social manipulation through censorship and “curated content” are all required for such a nonviolent yet hostile takeover to work, and all of them are currently in play, right before our eyes, behind our backs.

Big Brother joins big tech in ‘Surveillance Valley’

As reported by NBC News5 August 8, 2019, Amazon is now “developing high-tech surveillance tools” for the U.S. police force, saying it “has a duty to help police, defense and intelligence agencies.”

While there are benefits, there are also hidden drawbacks and side effects of such partnerships, the most obvious one being the expansion of government’s ability to surveil Americans without just cause.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey Bezos also bought The Washington Post in 2013.6 Now, what could the owner of a massive monopoly, who has no newspaper experience, want with a newspaper?

Considering the power of collecting data and controlling information at the scale that this surveillance allows, logic will tell you that when you combine mass data collection capabilities with a massive media empire, you develop the synergistic ability to protect and further your goal — whatever it might be, from moment to moment.

Google and Facebook follow the same model — they collect data, control information and use artificial intelligence for social engineering purposes. I’ve been the target of hit pieces pushing industry propaganda for a long time, and I’ve been talking about the dangers of these technology tyrants for years.

We are now looking at the “endgame” for the continued existence of freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and not only your ability but also your very right to take control of your health. All of these basic human rights of autonomy and self-determination are under attack, and unless we defend them with everything we’ve got, we may well lose them all.

What follows are my responses exactly as I wrote them to Sun’s questions exactly as she wrote them for her Washington Post article, starting with my commentary on her attempts to extract information from former employees.

Confronting Sun about dirt digging and false statements

Before I answer your questions, I have a comment to make: We’ve received disturbing communications from former employees informing us of your attempts to solicit negative opinions and confidential business data from them. If you are interested in seeing the true culture at, the following video was recently produced by some of my employees to celebrate our 22nd anniversary.

Furthermore, in an October 25, 2017, story you published false information about vaccines and whooping cough, which you stated does not occur in communities with high rates of immunization. We duly sent you a correction. Your response, oddly, was to delete the false information but, to our knowledge, you did not issue a correction.

If you did publish a correction and we missed it, please advise.

This type of journalistic error being covered up and your repeated questions containing false claims and attacks on others supporting informed consent principles demonstrates a reckless disregard of the truth and adherence to fair journalism standards which include presenting opposing views and different perspectives.

Some of the claims you make about me and my company are not remotely true.

You claim that I state “my products are better than vaccines.” If such a statement is indeed found on my website, why don’t you provide the link? To allege that I claim “my products are better than vaccines,” is false, and demonstrates a reckless disregard of the truth.

You claim I “tell[s] people not to get vaccinated and to take Vitamin D instead.” That statement is twice false: I do not tell people not to get vaccinated, and I do not say to take vitamin D instead of getting vaccinated. Making either claim in any article you publish would demonstrate a reckless disregard for the truth.

You infer that I make big profits by taking on unpopular positions and getting attacked by critics. I donate a significant amount of sales to nonprofit groups — none of it earmarked — to advance individual and public health by encouraging people to take control of their health and defend their freedom to do that.

Consumers have enormous power if they have the knowledge and freedom to wield it, and I urge everyone to make informed choices that improve their health and decrease their need to rely on pharmaceutical products or medical interventions that have real risks and cause tens of thousands of deaths each year, not just in this country but in countries around the world.

The Washington Post Q&A

Question: Tell us your story, how you got into medicine and natural health.

Answer: As a child I dreamed of becoming an astronaut and began my academic studies in an engineering program before changing my major to pre-med. I graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982 and became board certified in family medicine in 1985 before starting my own practice.
I answer most of these questions in more detail in this short video.

Question: How many products do you sell and how would you categorize them? What are your most popular products? Why are your products better than vaccines, as you say on your web site?

Answer: There are more than 100 different products at that include vitamins and supplements, organic fruit and vegetable powders, biodynamic foods, Alaskan seafood, grass fed beef, organic cotton clothing and pet products.

Please provide the reference regarding the claim that “my products are better than vaccines”. That is a blatantly false and defamatory statement.

If you are referring to this video recorded by Dr. Joe Prendergast, he explains why he believes Vitamin D is more powerful than any vaccine. I can’t find anything that resembles your false accusation.

Question: How has your business evolved? What were you selling in the 90s, mid 2000s, and later? How much do your businesses make? In the natural health space, how big of a player are you?

Answer: I started my website in the late 1990’s to share information with my patients and their families. For the first three years of running the site, I supported the cost entirely from my medical practice alone and sold no products.

I eventually realized that did not scale well as the site grew in popularity. The only realistic options were to either charge for a subscription for the information, accept advertising, or sell my own products.

Subscribers wanted free information, and I didn’t want to advertise products and businesses that I didn’t trust or believe in – so I formulated, tested, and sold my own brand of products to support the website.

I have around 175 employees. It is a fairly small business in comparison to the companies that make up a majority of the nutraceutical space.
My business makes less than Jeff Bezos makes while shaving.

Question: Do you still practice medicine/see patients and if not, when did you stop practicing medicine?

Answer: I stopped seeing patients in 2009 so I could concentrate my time on publishing my research. Instead of helping tens of thousands of people in my office, I could help hundreds of millions of people nationally and internationally. My website is now published in 11 languages.

Question: How would you characterize your position on vaccines and how has it evolved, if at all?

Answer: I believe very strongly in the principle of informed consent and am deeply concerned about the enormous amounts of money spent by pharmaceutical companies to lobby federal and state legislatures. The deep conflicts of interest that exist because of public-private business partnerships between drug company giants and federal health agencies has created a revolving door that is progressively eroding consumer safety.

I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all-cradle-to-grave mandated use of liability-free vaccines because it violates individual freedoms and eliminates health care choices. I think medical policies that rely almost exclusively on indiscriminate use of prescription drugs and vaccines by children and adults does not protect individual or public health.

The revolving door between top government health officials and pharmaceutical companies is particularly disturbing. Gottlieb goes to Pfizer, Gerberding goes to Merck – the list goes on and on.

The CDC itself deceives the public by presenting disclaimers that erroneously claim no financial conflicts of interest while receiving millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies.

The pharmaceutical choices we make must remain free from any legally mandated social penalties. The pharmaceutical and pesticide industries operate essentially in the same way as criminal organizations exploiting people for financial gain. The mass media is quite friendly to industry talking points and very protective of its advertisers and advertising money.

The pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars every year advertising through media.

Question: We understand that you reached out to Barbara Loe Fisher around 2007/2008 to work with her. What prompted you to do so? Tax records show you’ve given around $400,000 a year to the National Vaccine Information Center — why did you decide to do this and what do you see as the benefit for

Answer: I personally reached out to NVIC over a decade ago because they produce accurate, referenced information and are completely aligned with my philosophical beliefs.

I can strongly assure you that being an adversary to powerful industries is not a positive for a business like mine being targeted with major discrediting campaigns and the leveraging of regulatory agencies, which is just a small part of the cost required to engage in these battles.

Question: Tax records also show you fund the Organic Consumer Association and others. Can you tell us why you decided to fund these groups. Can you also tell us more about what the Health Liberty Coalition does and why you founded it?

Answer: I support the Organic Consumers Association because of their dedication to improving food & agriculture. Good health requires good food, but we’ve polluted most of the earth’s water and depleted much of the soils. Agriculture consolidation and control is threatening the very existence of farmers, and the fertilizer / pesticide treadmill the current processed food business depends on is toxic and unsustainable.

The pesticide industry is increasingly damaging our health and deceiving people, extending their tentacles into scientific journals and media.

A Washington Post columnist’s relationship has recently been uncovered as part of a strategic relationship for the agrichemical business.

Regeneration International is an initiative I support through the OCA.

All of the organizations I support can be found in the footer of my website. They are all dedicated to protecting individual rights, the environment, and improving health by helping eliminate barriers that industry and government have created to achieve optimal health. All contributions are in the form of unrestricted grants. I believe in the mission of these organizations and ask for nothing in return.

Health Liberty was started as a way for non-profits working to empower people with information to network and share knowledge. There is massive social engineering occurring, especially by the technofascists of Silicon Valley – and I believe that everything that can be done should be done to empower individuals to take control of their health.

Question: Has NVIC helped your business? If so, what are the examples?

Answer: As stated previously, for more than a decade I have financially supported the work of the National Vaccine Information Center, a charitable organization founded by parents of vaccine injured children in 1982 to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education. I believe in their mission and their strong defense of civil liberties and human rights, including the human right to exercise informed consent to medical procedures or use of pharmaceutical products like vaccines that have risks. The information they publish is well researched and helps people make educated vaccine decisions, which is what everyone should be doing.

Publicly supporting non-profits like NVIC that are being attacked by the media for criticizing drug companies, government health agencies and medical trade associations for not doing their jobs when it comes to protecting children’s health does not help my business, but it is the right thing to do.

Question: You tell people not to get vaccinated and to take Vitamin D instead. But you also sell Vitamin D. How can people trust your motives and your credibility?

Answer: I tell people to become informed and make their own decisions. I personally would never take the influenza vaccine. Getting a flu shot every year can make some people more susceptible to influenza-like illness caused by other respiratory viral infections, as well as increase risks for influenza. In addition, the effectiveness of influenza vaccine has been less than 50% during the past decade.

Epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in children enrolled in a study of influenza vaccine effectiveness.

Increased risk of noninfluenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine

Annual Vaccination against influenza Virus hampers Development of Virus-Specific CD8+ T Cell Immunity in Children

Difference in immune response in vaccinated and unvaccinated Swedish individuals after the 2009 influenza pandemic.

CDC Seasonal Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Studies

I get my vitamin D from controlled exposure to the sun, as I tell everyone to do, because a vitamin D supplement is inferior to natural sunshine. However, especially for people who live in northern latitudes, vitamin D supplements can help maintain appropriate vitamin D levels.

Optimizing your vitamin D levels to between 40-60 ng/ml is one of the best ways to improve immune system function.
Nearly every year the flu vaccine is promoted for the elderly as a life-saving drug and yet every year it is a failure for those most vulnerable to influenza:

Flu vaccine injury is one of the most widely reported vaccine injuries, including in the federal vaccine injury compensation program that has awarded more than $4 billion to vaccine injured children and adults since 1988. It should be noted that the manufacturers of flu vaccine, like the manufacturers of all vaccines licensed, recommended and mandated in the U.S., do not have any liability in civil court when a child or adult suffers a vaccine reaction that can permanently damage health or even cause death.

You can read more about my position on influenza vaccines here. Who can people trust? It’s up to each one of us to decide who to trust and what to do about how we want to stay well. That is the point – people should have the freedom to choose.

Question: How do you respond to critics saying that you’re profiting off of bad medical advice?

Answer: It takes decades before what is criticized today becomes standard treatment of care in the future. I’ve been criticized for my positions on artificial sweeteners, appropriate sunshine exposure, excessive mammograms, glyphosate, ketogenic diets, EMF’s, cholesterol, eggs, statins, Vioxx – the list goes on and on. Over time, my positions have been proven correct more often than not.

The practice of medicine must change. Many current medical policies and practices are undergoing scrutiny by both the public and critics inside the medical profession and will eventually be discarded, but the pharmaceutical industry will continue to work to silence the critics through smear campaigns and financial lobbying to convince legislators that nothing should change so they can protect market share.

My intent is to empower individuals to take back their health. I defend freedom and autonomy. I believe that people should be allowed to identify and access simple, inexpensive and safe alternatives to the conventional medical system, which is contributing to the premature death of millions and is causing needless pain and suffering in great part because multinational corporations want to increase their revenues.

It has been my experience and observation that these multinational corporations and oligarchs will do everything in their power to control the people, control the food, the medicine and government programs so they can also control the money.

Question: State and federal regulators have warned you about false and misleading claims on your web site about your products. How do you respond to those charges?

Answer: The warning related to thermography was based on political pressure from the vastly oversold, multibillion dollar mammography industry.
I’ve been talking about this for nearly two decades. This fact has become more widely recognized.

The FTC settlement regarding my views on UVB health benefits was based on criticisms and political pressure from the American Academy of Dermatology and a position taken by a dermatologist Surgeon General, who had developed an action plan targeting UVB advocates. The AAD & Surgeon General are wrong and providing dangerous advice by saying there is no safe level of sun exposure for any skin type.

I believe it is a grave error for the American Academy of Dermatology to recommend that people completely avoid sunshine because UVB is instrumental to producing Vitamin D. There is a large industry that directs everyone of all skin tones to avoid the sun – yet indoor workers end up with the most skin cancers because of this complete misunderstanding of the importance of responsible UVB exposure. Others are beginning to recognize this mistaken advice as well.

Question: We noticed you have moved your foundation and your businesses to Florida. What’s the reason for that? We also noticed you’ve created a new foundation called the Mangrove Pines Farm Foundation — can you tell us about that and your plans for it?

Answer: I moved the business to Florida because it offered the opportunity for a better lifestyle fit for the company. Avoiding Chicago ‘s harsh winters has significant advantages for health, and the state of Illinois has serious financial problems that make it a very challenging environment for small and medium-sized businesses.

The Mangrove Pines Farm Foundation is in development and it will become an educational non-profit to teach people how to grow their own food regeneratively, without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

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Weekly health quiz: Enzymes, licorice and bacteria

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1 Enzymes are required for:

  • Digestion of fats only
  • Digestion of proteins only
  • Metabolic function only
  • All biological reactions in your body

    Your body secretes enzymes to catalyze biological reactions, making them vital to good health and longevity. Each organ has its own set of enzymes, and each enzyme has a different function. Learn more.

2 Which of the following conditions has been shown to provide prime growth conditions for Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterium typically contracted by swimming in the ocean with an open cut or scrape?

  • High blood sugar
  • High iron levels

    Iron overload may be a key factor in life-threatening necrotizing fasciitis infections. High iron provides prime growth conditions for Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterium found in seawater, and minihepcidin, an iron-lowering drug, has been shown to cure the infection by inhibiting the bacteria’s growth. Learn more.

  • High insulin levels
  • Low omega-3 levels

3 Which of the following nutrients has been shown to ameliorate the hallmarks of migraine, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, neuroinflammation, homocysteine neurotoxicity and glutamate excitotoxicity?

  • Vitamin A
  • Omega-3
  • Riboflavin (B2)

    Riboflavin — vitamin B2 — has been shown to ameliorate hallmarks of migraine, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, neuroinflammation, homocysteine neurotoxicity and glutamate excitotoxicity. Learn more.

  • Vitamin K

4 Which of the following drug ingredients is known to have anticholinergic effects, meaning it blocks acetylcholine, a side effect of which is a significantly increased risk for dementia?

  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Croscarmellose sodium
  • Diphenhydramine

    Many common over-the-counter drugs contain anticholinergic ingredients. In the case of Benadryl and many sleep aids the anticholinergic ingredient in question is diphenhydramine. Learn more.

5 Which of the following herbs has a sweet licorice flavor?

  • Anise hyssop

    Anise hyssop has a sweet licorice flavor. It’s part of the mint family, and is also known as licorice mint. Learn more.

  • Camellia sinensis
  • Lemon verbena
  • Lemon balm

6 Which of the following is a natural psychological need that every human being has?

  • Feeling you belong
  • Feeling your life has purpose and meaning
  • Feeling seen and valued
  • All of the above

    Just as we have basic biological needs for food, water and air, we also have psychological needs. Everyone needs to feel they belong, that their life has purpose and meaning, and that they’re seen and valued. Learn more.

7 Consuming acetobacter in the form of this food may help you break down glyphosate:

  • Himalayan salt
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

    Consuming organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is another strategy, as it contains acetobacter, which can break down glyphosate. Learn more.

  • Garlic


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Chlorella: What are its benefits and uses?

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You may have heard about chlorella because it’s being added to various health products. Its name is derived from a combination of two Greek words: “chloros” (green) and “ella” (small).1 If you’re curious about what chlorella actually is and how you can use it to your advantage, keep reading this article.

What is chlorella supplement?

Chlorella is sourced from a single-celled freshwater algae called Chlorella vulgaris.2,3 Manufacturers typically process the chlorella to break down its cell walls so its nutrients will become available.4,5 One particular substance that can be derived from this microalgae is a water-soluble extract6 called chlorella growth factor or CGF,7 which contains amino acids, peptides, vitamins and minerals.8

The algae often used to make chlorella powder, tablets or liquid extract9 is grown in farms in Japan or Taiwan.10 However, take note that chlorella shouldn’t be confused with spirulina. While both are algae, they differ in color. Chlorella is green, while spirulina has a blue-green hue.11

Chlorella mainly binds to heavy metals12 and helps detox the body,13 while also providing other benefits (more of this to come later). Meanwhile, spirulina is a “complete protein”14 that possesses minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium15 and is a valuable source of gamma-linolenic acid.16 Studies have also suggested that spirulina may help fight allergies17 and boost immunity.18

Health benefits of chlorella

Chlorella has been labeled a “superfood”19 because it contains these vital nutrients:

  • Chlorophyll20 It may aid in protecting your body against infections,21 alleviating constipation,22 promoting optimal blood pressure levels,23 cleansing your liver and your blood and removing molds.24
  • Antioxidants such as lutein, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, ascorbic acid and zeta-tocopherol — Chlorella extract may promote free radical-scavenging capabilities in rats induced with a chemical called naphthalene, according to results of this 2007 Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry animal study.25
  • Other nutrients — Chlorella is home to essential nutrients such as vitamin K,26 vitamin B12, folate, iron,27 omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, polysaccharides and proteins.28

Extensive research has also linked chlorella to multiple health benefits. This microalgae may help:

  • Detoxify the body — Studies have shown that chlorella may help eliminate heavy metals and pathogens from your body.29,30
  • Boost the immune system31 Chlorella supplements may help reduce the risk for immune system disorders and improve immune system function.32
  • Improve quality of life among people diagnosed with breast cancer — Subjects with breast cancer who took chlorella and chlorella extract experienced less instances of fatigue and noticed improvements to dry skin.33
  • Normalize blood sugar levels34 Chlorella supplements were effective in addressing insulin sensitivity among rat subjects, which shows its potential in improving blood sugar levels among people struggling with insulin resistance.35
  • Regulate blood pressure levels — Chlorella supplements are abundant in the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which assists in lowering high to normal blood pressure levels in study subjects.36
  • Manage cholesterol levels — In a 2014 Nutrition Journal article, researchers found out that chlorella supplements helped decrease triglyceride and total cholesterol levels among subjects with hypercholesterolemia.37
  • Counteract the negative effects of oxidative stress38 Chlorella extract helped protect rats’ bodies against liver injuries and other oxidative stress-induced changes in the body.39
  • Contribute to healthy brain function40,41 Because chlorella can combat oxidative stress, this supplement may not just enhance brain function, but also reduce risk for cognitive decline.42
  • Promote better metabolism43,44 Chlorella may prompt changes to genes that influence your insulin signaling and how fat is metabolized in your body.45

What else is chlorella used for?

According to WebMD, chlorella may be recommended to stimulate good bacteria production within your gut, and possibly assist in addressing skin lesions,46 ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted disease). Chlorella may also help:47

  • Reduce risk for adverse effects caused by chemotherapy or radiation treatment
  • Increase amounts of white blood cells in people with HIV or cancer
  • Address premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and ease fibromyalgia
  • Combat bad breath
  • Alleviate inflammation that may be a precursor for asthma attacks48

Studies on chlorella

Chlorella has been the subject of various studies for many years, and researchers concluded that it may be useful against certain diseases or conditions, such as:

  • Liver cancer — A 2009 Journal of Zhejiang University Science B study revealed that chlorella vulgaris extract inhibited the development of tumors and triggered apoptosis or cell death in liver cancer-induced rats.49
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 — A 2013 study found that people with chronic hepatitis C infection were able to tolerate chlorella supplements and had decreased ALT liver enzyme levels.50
  • Digestive disorders like diarrhea — In this February 2017 Animal article, chlorella and spirulina supplements led to good intestinal health among weaned piglets, helping alleviate digestive issues like diarrhea.51

What to look for in a chlorella supplement

If you want to take chlorella supplements, make sure that it is broken cell wall chlorella, since this type of product is the only form that allows your body to reap this algae’s nutrients. Ideally, purchase chlorella supplements produced by a trustworthy manufacturer, and ensure that:

  • It’s labeled as broken cell wall chlorella (so it can be digested properly).
  • It’s organic and doesn’t contain synthetic ingredients.
  • The product was extensively tested for its quality.

Chlorella side effects to watch out for

When taking any form of chlorella for the first time, do it gradually. Even if you believe you’re healthy, you need to start the process slowly because taking chlorella supplements can make you feel slightly unwell. Minor side effects that may occur include:52

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Stomach cramping
  • Green color in bowel movements
  • Sensitivity to the sun — This can be alleviated by restricting your time in the sun to a few minutes at a time, and by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and light clothing with sleeves whenever you go out.

Seek medical attention immediately if you develop breathing problems or allergic reactions after taking chlorella supplements.53 WebMD further advises avoiding chlorella, unless approved by your physician, if you are:54

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Taking anticoagulant medicines like warfarin, as chlorella’s vitamin K content may reduce their effect55
  • Dealing with a compromised immune system, since chlorella may increase the amounts of bad bacteria in your gut and trigger reactions
  • Sensitive to iodine, an element found in chlorella. It can trigger an allergic reaction
  • Allergic to mold

On a final note, remember that chlorella may contain iron.56 While levels of this mineral in women aren’t usually problematic because menstrual cycles cause frequent iron loss, excessive quantities are usually found in men and postmenopausal women. This may lead to health problems like iron overload, meaning you need to regularly monitor your blood iron stores, particularly your serum ferritin and GGT levels. Take note of the following ideal amounts:

  • Ferritin — 30 to 40 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) or 75 to 100 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) for adult men and non-menstruating women
  • GGT — Below 16 units per liter (U/L) for men, or below 9 U/L for women

If your iron levels are higher than the ideal recommendations, this may be problematic and should be addressed by either foregoing chlorella supplementation or by undergoing blood donations two to three times a year or via regular phlebotomies.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about chlorella

Q: Is chlorella a microalgae?

A: Yes. Chlorella is sourced from a single-celled water algae57 that’s typically grown in Japan and in Taiwan.58

Q: How does chlorella reproduce?

A: This type of algae undergoes asexual reproduction. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, chlorella reproduction occurs when autospores or nonmotile reproductive cells breach into a “mother cell.”59

Q: What are the vitamins and minerals found in chlorella?

A: Chlorella contains vitamin K60 and B12, iron and folate.61

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