Kirkman® Family Environmental Health Newswatch: December

At Kirkman® we closely follow news about environmental toxins, their effects and new studies affecting supplemental care or stories related to our customers. We know you deserve the latest news, so we include this column of recent stories in each Kirkman® Family Newsletter.

New Study Suggests Association Between
Vitamin D Deficiency and Increased Risk of Death

Results from a recent study published in the BMJ found a higher risk of all-cause mortality among people with genetically low concentrations of vitamin D. READ MORE.

Coping With Holiday Stress and a Surplus of Food

Kara Reagon, Autism Speaks associate director for dissemination science, details how families can alleviate some of the stress associated with the holiday season. For autistic children, holiday foods and activities can be overwhelming. This article gives tips to make celebrating less of a hassle. READ MORE.

Arthritis Symptoms Can Improve with Proper Nutrition/Supplementation

A well-rounded diet with more than adequate nutrition can help improve painful arthritis symptoms. This article gives a couple of ideas of how people can get the nutrition they need from their food intake. Vitamin D and Omega-3 supplementation can also help. READ MORE.

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One Step Up: Kirkman’s Premium, High Performance Probiotics Are Different From the Average Supplement


By Larry Newman
Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

 Probiotics have become established as an important category in the nutritional supplement industry with more and more scientific evidence emerging suggesting probiotics can improve gastrointestinal health, improve immunity, lessen some allergic reactions and limit after-effects of taking antibiotics.

What exactly are probiotics and what do they do within your body?

Probiotics are defined scientifically as living microorganisms that, when ingested in sufficient numbers, can impart a health benefit on the host. Probiotic microorganisms are friendly, desirable and beneficial bacteria that help maintain the correct balance of good bacteria and bad (disease producing) bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract by crowding out the undesirable bacteria.  Approximately 100 trillion bacteria live in the human body, and generally healthy individuals have a ratio of about 85 percent good bacteria to 15 percent bad bacteria.  Good bacteria in the gut help to improve gastrointestinal health, improve immune response and aid in digestion. Good bacteria also break down toxic by-products of bad bacteria, which can help alleviate occasional diarrhea or constipation. 

Probiotics must be alive and viable to be effective!

It is important to remember that all probiotics are not created equal. Probiotics must be alive to be effective. Exposure to heat, moisture and oxygen are detrimental to the cultures and depending on the degree of exposure to those elements, the number of live organisms in the culture can be reduced or in extreme cases killed completely. Using a dead probiotic equates to not using a probiotic at all. When Kirkman® makes a claim on a probiotic label for a given number of colony forming units in a product, we back it up with the right operating procedures to guarantee that label claim and we perform ongoing stability studies to substantiate our best used by date when recommended storage conditions are met. 

Recently, an independent laboratory (Consumer Labs) did a survey of probiotic products in the marketplace and found that many products in the marketplace had little or no live bacteria. In fact, that laboratory found that many of the products tested had less than 1% of the claimed number of live bacteria. The lab also found that some companies don’t even make claims for the amount of live organisms present in their probiotics. Poor quality products like this are useless in supporting the gastrointestinal tract and immune functions. With Kirkman’s probiotics, you are getting what the label declares, which explains the phenomenal success rate our customers report with the use of our probiotics.

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In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: Festive Food That Incorporates Healthy Choices Into Every Meal

By Erin Meyering
Copy Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  


Happy Holidays Kirkman® Family! With each seasonal holiday comes the onset of food indulgence, and sometimes a lack of physical activity. For families with special needs children, this can be a particularly challenging time. 

Try planning ahead, bringing favorite foods than won’t overly upset the digestive system. Another important thing to remember is that if you or your child wants to indulge, pick one small thing, not the entire holiday spread. With a good diet, should also come adequate exercise.There are plenty of distractors, whether it be an over stimulating trip to the mall with bright lights and loud music, or dining away from home, where holiday food temptations may not be suitable to your or your child’s desired diet. 

Between holiday gatherings with visiting family, and the immense holiday prep that generally takes place, it is easy to become inactive during your downtime (if you have any). Good general health needs both an appropriate diet and regular exercise to thrive… especially during the holidays.  Continue reading

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Embrace a Healthier You This New Year with Kirkman’s Supplements

Nora Tarte

By Nora Tarte
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.

Ring in the New Year with a new you! Make your New Year’s resolution one you can diligently stick to all year that initiates steps to living healthier. Gym memberships and fad diets are fleeting, with tons of
data that suggest such practices are rarely carried through past February. Kirkman® offers alternative and effective ways to get healthy, with a much smaller time commitment. 

A proper supplement regimen can be the much needed first step to a healthier lifestyle. It’s always important to consult your physician before changing/adding supplements to your daily routine, but Kirkman® offers a sample regimen suggested by its chemist, Larry Newman.

First things, first:

An age-appropriate vitamin is the best staple for your Super Nu-Thera® – Hypoallergenic is one of Kirkman’s most popular supplements, offering a substantial dose of vitamin B-6, magnesium, calcium, all of the B-Complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and the other minerals present in all Super Nu-Thera® products.supplement routine. Kirkman® offers adult and children’s vitamins in a variety of forms to support overall health. 

The EveryDay™ Multi-Vitamin – Hypoallergenic is a comprehensive multi-vitamin that supports proper body functioning. With no additives, the hypoallergenic formulation is designed to support those with dietary restrictions, ensuring a much-needed dose of L-Taurine, L-Glutamine, choline and two forms of vitamin B-6.

Suggestion: Pair with a calcium product to give your regimen an extra boost.

For those who need a smaller, more subtle nutrient dose, Kirkman® offers Children’s Multi-Vitamin/Mineral – Hypoallergenic, which provides broad spectrum, vitamin/mineral supplementation in vegetarian capsules. For those who may have difficulty swallowing capsules, Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Wafers (also offered in a formula with xlyitol) are available. Continue reading

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Kirkman® Family Environmental Health Newswatch: November

At Kirkman® we closely follow news about environmental toxins, their effects and new studies affecting supplemental care or stories related to our customers. We know you deserve the latest news, so we include this column of recent stories in each Kirkman Family Newsletter.

New Research May Allow Clinicians to Determine Autism Risk in Utero; Confirms Gastrointestinal Problems with Autism

Results from a recent study from a researcher with Seattle Children’s Hospital suggest an additional genetic identifier for autism and confirms gastrointestinal problems with a substrate of autism. The identifier combined with certain physical features determined by a genetic mutation help predict autism risk. READ MORE.

Low Vitamin D Levels Could Make Childbirth More Painful

According to a new study from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, vitamin D could affect the amount of pain experienced during childbirth. 93 women participated in the study and their vitamin D levels were checked before childbirth. Researchers then measured how much pain medication each woman needed during delivery. Women with lower vitamin D levels required more medication than those with higher vitamin D levels. READ MORE.

5 Nutritional Deficiencies You May Not Know You Have

There are five vitamin deficiencies that are common among people who are fifty years old or older but they may be difficult to spot. Find out what the hidden deficiencies could be lurking by reading the article, then be sure to explore Kirkman’s new line of supplements designed specifically for the aging population to help achieve 30 additional years of healthy living: 60-90 Senior EssentialsREAD MORE.

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The Country’s On Watch for Serious Viral Infections Can Nutritional Supplements Really Help?


By Larry Newman
Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

Kirkman® has always advocated strengthening the immune system as the fall and the flu season approaches. This year, however, improving our immunity requires a much more serious commitment and approach by everyone. Due to the potential of a viral illness originating in Africa spreading to a world-wide epidemic, a strong immune system could be a matter of life or death. Now is the time for everyone to take steps to strengthen their immunity and improve their resistance to viral illnesses and certain nutritional supplements can help.

Our Dynamic Immune System

The immune system is a complex network of cells, membranes, organs, a circulatory system and many other components. These entities all work together to protect us from infections caused by microbes, bacteria and viruses. The immune system also constantly scans our bodies for any signs of abnormal cell growth. 

Our body’s first line of defense against the above intruders is our skin, our body enzymes such as saliva and stomach acid and our protective epithelial cells, which line our body’s mucosal surfaces. These physical factors along with specialized white blood cells that make up our innate immune system, can help protect us from these highly contagious illnesses. 

Steps to Strengthening the Immune Response

The signs of an immune weakness are often quite easy to recognize over time. The persistence of certain health conditions is key to suspecting immune deficiencies, as are frequent illness or infections. Increasing allergic type reactions are also an indicator. Getting enough sleep and eating a well-balanced diet are the first steps in strengthening the immune response. But due to this year’s crisis, rest and diet will not be sufficient. Conscientious and continuous nutritional supplementation is a great way to bring our immunity to new levels.      Continue reading

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In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: Thanksgiving Treats and Cooking with the Kids!

By Erin Meyering
Copy Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  


Cooking with a child can be a challenge, no matter what age the child is or level of ability the child has. However, cooking promotes a multitude of skills such as motivation, independence, fine motor skills and sensory awareness. In most homes, the kitchen is an important part of daily life.  For a child, spending time in the kitchen can result in meaningful and positive educational experiences.  Plus, cooking can be fun and teach children to be confident! It can be highly satisfying for a child to start a project and see its end, resulting in a delicious, homemade treat.

Here are some general tips to help involve your child in the kitchen:

• Be sure to be patient and to encourage the child to be patient as well. It will take time, maybe lots of it, to get the process started, select or create a recipe, explain things fully and to clean up.! If your child is not accustomed to helping in the kitchen it will certainly take some getting used to, which can turn a 30 minute prep time into a longer commitment – just be prepared to spend the extra time.

Consult resources if you need them.  Your Special Chef is a website dedicated to providing recipes, tips and tons of resources to help ease the possible challenge of cooking with a child that has special needs. Although most of the recipes are not gluten and casein free, the resources offered are great. The The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, Updated and Revised: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet is also a phenomenal resource you can use. In addition, you should try to get help in the kitchen, if possible. If the child has an additional friend or family member he/she trusts, invite that person! It’s always nice to have an extra set of hands. Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) also provides several articles on cooking classes for ASD kids and lots of great gluten-, casein- and soy-free classes and recipes.

 • Use adaptive cooking tools. Your Special Chef provides a comprehensive list of common cooking tools that have been adapted specifically for special needs children. Adaptive cooking tools include spring-loaded tongs (for an easier grasp), non-skid bowls or trivets (so the cooking tools don’t slide across the surface during use) and a can drainer (to avoid spills when draining liquid out of the can). These tools can make it easier and safer for the child to grasp and use, which can further develop his/her fine motor skills and provide encouragement for the child, making it far less frustrating. 

NOTE: Cooking with a child who has special needs may not be safe. It is up to the parent and caregiver to determine the child’s abilities and decide how, if at all, the child can help in the kitchen. Children with special needs should not be handling anything with a blade, or be near the oven or stove. 

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes to Try

Don’t miss out on seasonal favorites. Thanksgiving can be a time to settle down with the family and enjoy a thoughtful meal. Try this simple, gluten-free, casein-free and vegan pancake recipe that everyone can enjoy to start the day off right. You can even freeze extras to reheat for another day.  

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