Kirkman Family Environmental Health Newswatch: October 2014

At Kirkman® we closely follow news about environmental toxins and their effects. We know you deserve the latest news, so we include this column of recent stories in each Kirkman Family Newsletter

New Study Suggests Broccoli Could
Improve Symptoms of Autism 

Results from a recent study found that the compound sulforaphane, which is derived from broccoli, helped improve several subjects’ symptoms. In the study, the compound was given to a small group of severely to moderately autistic teenage boys and young men. After being given the compound the group, in general, was calmer, more social and in some cases, more verbal. READ MORE. 

Life Expectancy Rates Continue to
Climb – People are Living Longer

The annual report on mortality rates by the National Center for Health Statistics shows life expectancy for older Americans continues to climb, but by a marginal rate compared to previous years. With people living longer, it’s important to optimize health and nutrition during the senior years. READ MORE.

Toxins in the Environment and Food can Affect Overall Health: Understanding the Microbiome Can Lead to Autism Link Discoveries 

Mounting research concerning the functions of the human microbiome can help identify links to autism, including the excessive exposure to toxins while in utero, gut bacteria health and toxic exposure from food, the environment and more. READ MORE.

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Good Cognitive Health is Ageless When You Include Good Nutrition

By Teri Arranga
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.


It’s no secret that people whose ages are going uphill are likely to have their cognitive health going downhill. It might be a good time to start more fervently supporting the health of those around you because scientists have recently released a research study that includes easy, safe and natural ways in which to support our own and our loved ones’ nutrition before someone even mentions the word “Alzheimer’s.”

New Study

At the end of September 2014, a study was published by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, titled “Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program.” This seminal study was published in the journal AGING

Cognitive decline is a pivotal issue for the senior population and those who love and care for them. Alzheimer’s disease can be a major contributing issue to the prevalence of cognitive decline in the elderly population. According to the report, more than 5 million seniors in this country have Alzheimer’s, with 30 million individuals affected globally. The authors project 13 million Americans and 160 million people globally to be affected by 2050. Furthermore, they cite Alzheimer’s as possibly being the third leading cause of death in the United States. The cost in human suffering is always the most important consideration, but they opine that the fiscal cost will also threaten the viability of the whole Medicare system. 

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UC Davis Breaks Ground on Reducing Symptoms of Autism with Early Intervention for At-Risk Infants

Nora Tarte


By Nora Tarte
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.

A recent study showed that infants at-risk of developing autism had reduced symptoms with early intervention.

The UC Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (MIND Institute) conducted a study using a small sample of seven infants, who were as young as 6 months old and who demonstrated behaviors commonly linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Baby

The study utilized at-home therapy, which was supported by one-hour weekly sessions at the MIND Institute, to determine if parent-led therapy could help mitigate the behavioral symptoms and lower the risk for an autism diagnosis.5 The program was called “Infant Start.” Continue reading

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In The Kitchen With Kirkman®: Haunting Halloween Treats

Nora Tarte


By Nora Tarte
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc. 

Photo courtesy Creative Commons. CC BY 2.0.

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means your calendar will soon be filling up with parties, trick-or-treat events and other themed holiday gatherings (if it hasn’t already). As we know, the best guests never come empty-handed. Bring a sweet treat that is sure to cause a fright (over just how delicious it is!) to your next Halloween event. To help, Kirkman® has rounded up an exciting list of themed goodies to satisfy the little ghouls in your life.

Not all Halloween snacks need to be unhealthful, they just have to taste good if you want kids to devour them. The hilarious and festive look of this first treat may help, too.  Continue reading

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Meet the Neely Family: Winners of Kirkman’s Back-to-School Photo Contest

The Neely's have two adult children and love spending time outside in their native Oregon.

The Neely family found Kirkman® five years ago when Lisa Neely was searching for a quality multi-vitamin for her son.

Her son, Rory, who is 12-years-old, was born with Down syndrome, later diagnosed with autism and also suffers from sensory processing disorder (SPD). Lisa wanted a good-tasting vitamin to mix into drinks so that compliance wasn’t an issue. She researched Kirkman® and ordered, Super Nu-Thera® with 12.5 mg P-5-P Liquid – Green Apple Flavored Concentrate to try, and she said it was the best decision she ever made. Continue reading

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Kirkman® Launches New “Stop-the-Fall” Program and Website

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seniors 65 and older in Oregon die from a fall at a higher rate than any other state. This is based on statistics showing Oregon’s death rate due to falls is 68 percent higher than the national average. Last year alone, Oregon saw more than 500 deaths and nearly 6,000 hospitalizations due to falls.

Kirkman’s manufacturing facility is in Oregon so this was especially disturbing to us. On September 23, (National Falls Prevention Awareness Day), Kirkman®, in sponsorship with Purity Laboratories (Purity) and Elite Care Extended Family Residences (Elite Care), launched a new program called Stop-the-Fall in Oregon and Washington, which will be used in all of Elite Care’s facilities. Continue reading

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Lipase and Lions: Nevada Zoo Gives Its Cats Kirkman’s Supplements

By Hailee Vance, M.A.
Kirkman Group, Inc.   


The Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno, Nevada, is one of Kirkman’s newest customers, but the supplements it purchases aren’t for the employees — they are for the animals!

The zoo’s journey to Kirkman® started when its 18-year-old male lion named Kenya suddenly became ill. After performing a series of tests, they discovered that Kenya was lacking in the enzyme lipase.

“[After diagnosis] I contacted your chemist and he pointed me towards one of your products,” General Manager Deborah Smith said. “Giving him this supplement daily and being careful to feed Kenya as lean a meat as we can obtain has caused him to regain both his weight and vigor.” Continue reading

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