Standard Process Whole Food Supplements and My Experience
Dr. Royal Lee
Standard Process is a company committed to providing the highest quality whole food supplements to improve health and nutrition. The company was started in 1929 by Dr. Royal Lee, an inventor and dentist by training. Even as a young boy, Royal Lee was interested in nutrition, keeping notebooks on nutritional and biochemical information of foods that he gathered from school resource books.
Royal Lee had many talents and interests. He had a knack for electrical and mechanical devices, and started a successful business fueled by his inventions. His inventions were used by film, sound, telephone, photographic and war industries. His career was interrupted by military service in World War I. After the war he went to dental school, graduating in 1924.
In 1929, Dr. Royal Lee combined his love of invention and his love of nutrition, by establishing Standard Process. He believed that the best nutritional supplements were from concentrated whole foods.
The Path to Standard Process
Whole foods are natural and organic foods, grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Whole food supplements are made from raw whole foods, nothing synthetic, and undergo minimal processing to be broken down into supplement form.
Dr. Lee used his passion for mechanics to invent equipment to prepare supplements from raw whole foods. His equipment made it possible to manufacture supplements at low temperatures, so nutrients would not be destroyed by heat.
Dr. Lee believed that “Americans are overfed and undernourished. We eat plenty but we are still starving.” We eat too many fast foods, drink too many sodas, and buy groceries that manufacturers process out the natural nutrients of food, and fill with them with preservatives to maximize the shelf life.
Believing that given the proper nutrition, the body can heal itself, Dr. Lee launched his first whole food supplement, Catalyn, in 1929. Catalyn is made up of thousands of “known and unknown nutrients”. Over the years, as science identified more nutrients, Standard Process researchers analyzed Catalyn, and found the nutrients already there.
Catalyn contains 15 different food sources, and is made from raw produce, whole grains, and organs. It contains enzymes, vitamins, and all of the trace minerals.
Dr. Royal Lee on Nutrition
Criticism of Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee sought to educate the public about synthetic vitamin supplements, and the refining of foods. The refining process removed crucial nutrients, and manufacturers attempted to compensate by adding synthetic vitamins. Dr. Lee’s effort to provide a better way of doing things drew the attention of the FDA. You can read a Quackwatch report on Dr. Lee and Standard Process here. Notice the review is written by an MD. Rarely have I encountered a Western medicine provider that viewed any alternative medicine practices to be of value.
Of course, conventional medicine has mountains of criticisms as well. There are books written about corruption around the pharmaceutical industry.
Standard Process Supplements
My Introduction to Standard Process
I discovered Standard Process products through my chiropractor. At my final Air Force duty station, the medical provider I was assigned to changed with the wind, an average of 2 to 3 times a year. When I first went to my chiropractor, I was on 11 prescription and over the counter drugs recommended by a doctor, as well as 3 supplements for clinical deficiencies, including B12 shots. I just felt sicker and sicker, and had no life except work and sleep. Even one of my MD providers at the time was appalled, and started decreasing my meds.
Many chiropractors and naturopaths prescribe Standard Process whole food supplements for their clients. Although Standard Process products are intended to be recommended and dispensed by a licensed provider, I have recently noticed them available on Amazon. The prices are about the same as what I pay from my chiropractor or naturopath. I’ve ordered a few products through Amazon for convenience, but keep in mind I am using products recommended by a licensed provider, and at doses recommended by them.
My Return to Health
When I started on Standard Process products in September 2006, I had no expectation of a quick fix. After all, I didn’t get to where I was overnight. Also, I had been told early on, that with thyroid disease, how you feel today is more of a reflection of what you did or what happened 3 weeks ago. This rule of thumb included medication dose changes, and had proven true for me. So best case scenario, I expected possible results in 3 to 4 weeks. Guess what? I felt better the beginning of the second week!
I gradually started reducing my prescription medications. By December 2006, my labs showed my best ever thyroid panel, and even higher B12 than I had achieved on the injections! My iron panel values also improved. And I was assigned to a nurse practitioner on base, who did not judge or lecture me about “going fringe”. She documented what I was doing, and ordered labs to check my status as appropriate.
Standard Process Products I Have Taken
The Standard Process product line is extensive. I have selected a few that I feel were instrumental in my journey to wellness, as examples of Standard Process whole food supplements. For most supplements, the website provides only brief descriptive information. These products are not marketed for direct access. They are intended to be supervised by a licensed provider, such as a chiropractor or naturopath.
Thytrophin PMG supports thyroid function. It contains thyroid gland extract from cows. Over time, and under supervision from my health care provider, I took Thytrophin PMG, in combination with other supplements, and decreased and ultimately stopped taking my prescription thyroid medication.
Prolamine Iodine supports healthy serum iodine levels and healthy thyroid function.
Adrenal Desiccated contains cow adrenal, carrot root, and calcium. It supports the adrenal glands for energy and immune function. According to Dr. Bruce Rind, adrenal fatigue is an issue for many clients with hypothyroidism, and adrenal support is a crucial part of improving thyroid function. He notes that adrenal support also serves to reduce anxiety in many clients.
Folic Acid B12 contains folic acid and vitamin B12, which support cellular health. This supplement also contains glandular extracts from cows, pigs, and sheep. Early 2006 I had been prescribed B12 shots due to low levels. After several months, my labs revealed only a small increase. My chiropractor recommended Folic Acid B12, and about four months later my B12 level was on the high end of the normal range.
Ferrofood contains iron, and vitamin C to help with iron absorption by the body. Iron is essential for healthy hemoglobin levels, and the delivery of oxygen to the red blood cells. My MD had recommended an over-the-counter iron supplement, which I took for a while before switching to Ferrofood. I achieved good lab results, without the side effects usually associated with iron, like constipation.
Zypan contains digestive enzymes to facilitate good digestion, particularly protein digestion. I take this with any protein meal, particularly meat.
Congaplex contains vitamins A and C, calcium, and magnesium to support the immune system. I take up to five Congaplex three times a day when I feel illness coming on.
Talk to Your Health Care Provider
One of my purposes in sharing this is to say there are lots of options out there. If you’re not enjoying your best health, don’t give up. If the same thing worked for everyone, we’d only need one of everything, right?
This is not the kind of thing you should pursue on your own!! Your supplements, and your health status, reflected by things such as lab reports absolutely should be supervised by a health care provider, whether that person be an MD, or an alternative health provider, such as a naturopath or chiropractor.
© 2010 rmcrayne