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Elizabeth A. Wanek, MD
- BS Chemistry Creighton University 1978
- MD Creighton University 1982
- General Surgery Henry Ford Hospital 1982-1987
- Pediatric Liver Transplantation University Texas Southwestern Dallas 1987-1988
- Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship Denver 1988-1989
- Private Practice Pediatric Surgery Greensboro 1989-1998
- Private Practice Functional Medicine The Wanek Medical Center Greensboro 1998 – Current
30 years of experience in the practice of medicine and surgery in adults and children, has taken me from the macroscopic (the anatomy that I could see, feel and fix) to the microscopic (the anatomy that is under the microscope, the part that is unseen, but nonetheless very integral to the very fabric of life). On this journey, I have always wanted to know more about how things work and how to make things better. In general, this has meant that I have applied the acquired knowledge and experience in my own life and feel much better as a result. Fulvic acid has been a key part of the process.
In the early part of the new millennium, as I worked in and learned the practice of Functional Medicine, I began informal study with a Chinese medicine practitioner, who introduced me to Wujinsan (fulvic acid). At about the same time, I had a patient in his mid 40’s with severe ulcerative colitis. He was losing weight and having multiple bloody stools on a daily basis, despite high dose steroids and maximal medical therapy. Because I knew, in my limited research, that the Wujinsan had been used to stop rectal bleeding in ulcerative colitis, I recommended the addition of Wujinsan to his therapy and within weeks, the bloody bowel movements had stopped and he started to gain weight. He remains on Wujinsan to this date, off any allopathic treatment and without further digestive dysfunction. With this dramatic result, I wanted to know more about humic and fulvic substances, so that I could serve as a better educator and advocate for my patients.
In brief, while I can only touch the surface of knowledge which takes humic and fulvic scientists lifetimes to accumulate. Fulvic acid is a component of the soil, which has a low molecular weight and is found in fresh water, broad-leafed fossilized plant material. The low molecular weight of fulvic acid allows it to cross plant and human cell membranes, essentially acting as the “bridge” between inorganic and organic life. Nutrients do not enter the human body without it and waste cannot be disposed in the human body without it.
Fulvic acid is a complex organic molecule, the structure of which is not precisely known, in part because analysis of the molecule itself alters the configuration. Fulvic acid plays a role in every single biochemical process in the body. Fulvic acid is a proton donor and a proton receiver, which is extremely important, because organic life is a constant give and take between oxidation and reduction. Fulvic acid is a chelating agent, which means that it participates in the binding and unbinding that occurs in both anabolic (building) and catabolic (recycling, repair, waste disposal) functions of daily life. It also supports the ionization of minerals in solution, which is critical to the creation and maintenance of energy in the human body and in the plant body. Fulvic acid has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. It is critical to the nourishment of the intestinal microbial environment.
There are a myriad of other functions in which fulvic acid participates, which are discussed further throughout this site. Adequate amounts of fulvic acid in soil take about three years fallow to accumulate. This does not occur in current crop turnover, never minding that humic and fulvic substances are not part of current soil amending practice. This means that the food chain is compromised and human health is therefore compromised as well.
Obtaining adequate amounts of fulvic acid therefore require amending, either in “plant” or “human” soil. I recommend fulvic acid as primary therapy in all my patients since the dramatic experience described in my first “clinical” trial and because as I have explained, the body does not function without fulvic acid. Since then I have had patients note more energy and a greater overall sense of well being, experience reduction of body pain, especially in arthritis and fibromyalgia, note hair growth and nail growth, and experience a reduction in cravings. decreases in body fat and increases in bone density.
All “fulvic” substances or “fulvic/humic” or “fulvic ionic mineral” substances are not equal, however. Fulvic acid is naturally bound or complexed in soil, which is contaminated with heavy metals. Extracting the fulvic acid component from the soil is a science unto itself. In choosing a fulvic acid product, please request certification of the purity of the product and ask for validation that the product contains fulvic acid.
ROBERT FAUST Ph.D.
Agronomy, Humic Substances researcher/Agroecologist
Robert Faust’s education includes conventional and alternative studies.
Robert Faust developed the products sold by the Mana Life Lab and is working on more innovative products .
Robert Faust attended the University of Delaware College of agriculture. His major was entomology and applied ecology. Later he received a B.S degree from University of the State of N.Y, Albany, N.Y.
His Masters of Science is in Agronomy where his thesis was field research on the use of ecological and organic methods for crop production and the use of humates and bio-based fertilizers in large-scale production in Idaho. The studies and research were under the supervision of Professor John I. Mosher who was Robert Faust’s mentor for his M.S and PhD studies.
The PhD work included studies of agro-ecological concepts and development of an integrated biological system for production of fungal biomass used for livestock feed and methods described for extraction of fungal biomass for medicines. The thesis was an original plan and concept, in detail, of solar pond technology combined with an integrated system of biomass conversion, which produced aquaculture species as well as other by-products, derived from mass fungal culture methods.
He received his PhD from Columbia Pacific University, an alternative university in San Rafael, California authorized to grant degrees by the State of California. At the time organics was in its infancy and this was the only way to pursue alternative studies like organic and biodynamic agriculture or integrated biomass conversion systems. Dr. Mosher was the head of the biology department at the U. of N.Y at Brockport, N.Y. and was an expert on biodynamic agriculture with published papers on alternative agricultural methods.
Dr. Faust was not interested in the status quo of agricultural institutions, which of course were going in the direction of chemical agriculture and the use of genetically engineered organisms. He wanted a different direction and was impressed by the Columbia Pacific University program and Dr. Mosher, who was a visiting professor at University of California at Bakersfield.
Dr. Faust lived in California and The Big Island of Hawaii for many years where he was a licensed pest control advisor and IPM specialist who advised organic farmers on soil and pest management, conducted contract bio-pesticide research, and was a commercial sales manager for Safer inc. a company that produced and sold alternative pest management products. Contract pest management research was done for Ecogen, Rhone-Poulenc, Ciba Geigy. He also conducted organic certification inspection and consulting with the organic farmers in Hawaii.
Dr. Faust is a leading expert in agroecology providing integrated services throughout the world including the United States, Egypt, Belize, Jamaica and Mexico to assist in reducing dependency on chemical fertilizers and pesticides using new biotechnology and foliar fertilizers to increase crop yields and create sustainable systems.