How are you doing? Enjoying the winter? Winter weather in Seattle brings out the tropics in me. I just checked out last January’s Newsletter in our website’s archives and was amazed to find that the creatures highlighted were algae and coral. The amazing creatures of the last two week—both from the tropics, as is this weeks. The amazing creature this week I have some personal experience with during my years on Yap Island in Micronesia. Perhaps more on that next week.
The last couple of weeks I have shared with you the chart illustrating the supportive relationship with the various Therapeutic Foods and our body systems. If you haven’t printed out that sheet you might want to do it now, so you can follow along as I highlight some of its important components. Click on this link: Therapeutic Foods—Help Your Body.
As the title says, Therapeutic Foods—Help Your Body. Let’s discuss that.
Nobel laureate Eric Chivain in his book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity (2008), maintains that species’ extinction is occurring now at a higher rate than anytime in history. This phenomena is precisely what we have been talking about and devoting our newsletters to over that last year and a half—the de-evolution of life on our planet. The species most affected are the more highly evolved life forms— amphibian, reptiles and mammals. We are severely affected, as the worldwide pandemic of chronic degenerative human diseases serves testimony.
The cause is quite straightforward and right in front of us to correct. The culprit is a conjunction of the following vectors that are driving this pandemic: high levels of pollution, pathogens and stress; poor life style choices, and fast food/highly processed food dietary habits.
When you look at the Therapeutic Foods—Help Your Body Sheet notice that across the top you have the systems of the body, and down the left hand margin you have the different Therapeutic Foods categorized—Oxidative Stress Defense, American Pedigreed Collection, Bulgarian Pedigreed Collection, Board Spectrum Antimicrobials and Patented Mineral Formulas.
Notice on the far right column you have Healthy Aging (anti-aging), and that every one of the Therapeutic Foods has a role to play in making for our good health in old age. The diseases of aging are the diseases of chronic degeneration—cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, gastrointestinal disease, etc. These are also the diseases that account for the worldwide pandemic of chronic illness for all ages.
There is no question that our modern diet is a major part of the problem. We need to address the dietary component in an aggressive way. Our bodies need the intense nutrition of foods. Hence, the Therapeutic Foods platform.
How specifically do Therapeutic Foods Help?
Let’s take the look at the top for starters—Oxidative Stress Defense. In this grouping we have the exogenous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power of the blueberry and the endogenous antioxidant and detoxification power of the cruciferous sprouts.
What is Oxidative Stress? Oxidative Stress is when there is an excess of Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species in the body (ROS and RNS)—Free Radicals. They are generated by many processes—by the mitochondria when using oxygen in the production of ATP, by the invading pathogens, by our immune system as we fight these pathogens, by stress, by obesity, by poor food choices. The point is, free radicals are in excess today and our bodies are chronically inflamed.
Unchecked, the free radicals react with key organic substrates such as lipids, proteins and DNA creating a chain reaction of the oxidative can damage that can lead to the fore-mentioned disease pandemic our species is facing.
The Wild Blueberry Extract is an extract of the purple part of the wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). It was chosen because of its unusual diversity and quantity of anthocyanins, being rated by the USDA as having the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbant Capacity) value of any berry in North America. It takes us a cup and a quarter of the berries to fill one capsule. The pigment is where all its antioxidants and anti-inflammatories reside. It down regulates not only NF Kappa Beta but also COX-2 and isoprostane levels, which is a marker for lipid oxidation. The chlorogenic
acid component is an extremely potent antioxidant and it able to cross the blood brain barier neutraling free radicals within the brain. We never encapsulate using flowing agents or excipients of any kind. Therefore we are giving you product that is extremely concentrated and pure, that can powerfully mediate oxidative stress in the gut, globally in the body and in the brain.
With Cruciferous Sprouts there is absolutely no ORAC value. So, how do they work as antioxidants and detoxification agents? They accomplish this through their glucosinolate family of phytonutrients. When the glucosinolates are absorbed into the systemic circulation they stimulate the genome of every cell to transcribe Phase 2 Proteins (P2Ps). We measured specifically human liver cells and were able to demonstrate with our product that in 20 days at two teaspoons a day we can increase liver cell output of P2Ps by 2.6 fold. Also we trialed a group of individuals with high oxidized
LDL levels and within one month of dosing were able to reduce these levels on the average by 69%. Animal models where P2P expression is inhibited live 20% less that normal and almost 100% develop tumors. Phase two liver detoxification is governed by these powerful enzymes. Our bodies need, in the world we live in today, a robust expression of Phase 2 Enzymes to arm our Antioxidant Defense System, enabling it to cope with the high levels of oxidative stress.
The next two groupings on the left are the American Pedigreed Collection and the Bulgarian pedigreed Collection of probiotic organisms with their therapeutic foods compliment. Notice in looking at the dosages for each that some are powders and others are capsules. For example in the American Collection the Beta Glucan Synbiotic and the Original Synbiotic are in the power form. Because of this I would call these products offering fiber plus good bugs. In the Beta Glucan product you are getting per dosage (2 tablespoons) 10 grams of high quality fiber plus 25 billion lactic acid organisms. In the Original 4 grams of fiber per teaspoon plus a 20 billion good bug count. We all know that we need more fiber in our diets. Both products provide this.
The Beta Glucan Synbiotic’s collection of fibers at the 1 to 2 tablespoon daily dose support the lowering of LDLs (bad cholesterol) and raising of HDLs (good cholesterol). They promote a growth of the healthy bacteria in the gut, they prime the GI tract immune system, and ultimately are consumed as food by the good bug, converting these fibers into short chain fatty acids, such as Butyric Acid, which is critical for healthy cell turnover in the gut and a knitting the of guts tight junctions thereby reducing gut permiabilty issues. All this is accomplished by bringing in enough of these high quality fibers in the gut.
The lactic acid bacteria in both of these collections are the other part of the story. We call them pedigreed because they are well-researched strains that have been used in the fermentation of foods and used medically around the world. They protect the GI tract from pathogens, communicate and support our immune system and enteric nervous system, help with detoxification, assist in digestion, aid in mineral adsorption. They are important friends that have evolved over the millennia to be human symbiotic organisms, helping our own body cells and systems to function well.
When you see the encapsulated products within these two collections think of them as good bugs with other therapeutic foods ingredient plus a little bit of fiber (250mg of fiber). For example, in the case of the High ORAC Synbiotic Formula we add virtually a fruit bowel of freeze dried berry extracts—wild blueberry extract, wild bilberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, cranberry, tart cherry and prune. That gives you 1500 ORAC per capsule with a 25 billion good bug count. I call it bugs and berries with a little bit of fiber.
The point that I am trying to make here, as I close this newsletter, is that if you are looking for fiber and probiotics then look at our powdered formulas—the Original Synbiotic Formula, the Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula and the No. 7 Systemic Booster. Of course remember that you can combine any of these synbiotic formulas in your daily dosing pattern.
Next week I plan to give you a ten to fifteen minute streaming video of my presentation on the Therapeutic Foods—Help Your Body Sheet. In that I will cover all the products. Till then be good.
All of the above.
The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is a Dugong (Dugong dugon). Sounds very Australian to me. Dugongs are large marine mammals that like the manatees. It is one of four living species of the order Sirenia. The Dugong’s closest modern relative, Steller’s Sea Cow, was hunted to extinction in the 18th Century. These amazing creatures live up to 70 years. They are hunted for their meat and oil. Dugongs spans the water of the Indo-Pacific, though the majority of them live in the Nothern waters of yes—Australia. The dugong is a species vulnerable to extinction.
||There is a bold new movement underway in school systems across North America and around the world. Educators, parents, and students are remaking K-12 education to prepare students for the environmental challenges of the coming decades. They are discovering that guidance for living abundantly on a finite planet lies, literally, under their feet and all around them—in living soil, food webs and water cycles, energy from the sun, and everywhere that nature reveals her ways. (Smart by Nature, Michael Stone, pub 2009)