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  • Diversity in Diet, Important for Health

    Dear Friends

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    Does the key to our overall good health have anything to do with eating more fruits and vegetables? When the Harvard School of Public Health recommends we eat between 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, variety rules. As the article says, "More Matters,"  but why?

    Our early beginnings as a human species were spent as hunters and gatherers (foragers and scavengers).  We lived with nature and ate from her table wildcrafted roots, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Our genes, our metabolic and physiologic pathways depended on a diversity of nutrients in order for these pathways to fully reflect and manifest our full genetic potential.

    Today what do we do?  The average American eats somewhere between 1 to 3 servings of fruits and vegetable a day and this puts our population at risk to chronic degenerative diseases.  Check out Raj Patel's illuminating book, Stuffed and Starved.  There are now in the world over a billion people who are starving and a billion people who are overweight.  Both groups are basically malnourished.

    It is tough to change our diets and add 13 servings of fruits and veggies. Even harder is the fact that fast foods are addicting. Even when we eat healthy foods we have a tendency to "narrow down" and select the same foods over and over again.  But the reality is that the pathways to health can get turned on by bringing in the full spectrum of nutrients from fruits and vegetables.  And, this is another reason why we designed the therapeutic foods supplements. We felt we needed to expand our own diets! These products are meant to elegantly bring into our diets the powerful metabolic and health enhancing diverse nutrients that fruits and vegetables provide.  They are meant to make any diet more potent.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

    Clinical Notes:

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    The No. 7 Systemic Booster contains:  Organic pomegranate extract and whole, organic cranberry extract and whole, organic tart cherry whole, and organic pineapple whole plus a number of important nutrients including 5 pedigreed strains of probiotics.  There are no excipients.
    The Phyto Power contains: wildcrafted rosehip 3 species, wildcrafted blueberry 4 species, and wildcrafted dandelion 4 species.  No excipients.
    The Cruciferous Sprouts contains:  Broccoli, daikon radish, red radish, watercress, kale, mustard, cabbage- all sprouts.  No excipients.
    The Organic Chlorella contains organic chlorella- two species C. vulgaris and C. regularis. No excipients.

     

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    f you look closely you can see two sea horses strolling along.  They really do look like horses.  What do you know about them.  Not much I'll bet.  Here's are 10 tidbits:
    1. Seahorses are fish. 2. Seahorses are bad swimmers. 3.  Sea horses live around the world. 4. There are 53 species of seahorses.  5. Seahorse eat nearly constantly. 6. Seahorse mate for life. 7. Male seahorses give birth.  8. They are expert camouflagers. 9. Used in medicine. 10. Are at risk to extinction.

     

     

    Half a Million Ask EPA to Reject Expanded Agricultural Use of Toxic Pesticide 2,4-D.

    Over half a million people have submitted comments to the EPA asking the agency to reject Dow Chemical's plan to see Enlist Duo herbicide for use on corn and soybeens genentically engineered to withstand 2,4-D.  The USDA has previously warned that approval of the herbicide and it corresponding GE (genetically engineered) crops would lead to a three to seven fold increase in agricultural use of 2,4-D, a toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and other health harms. (Center for Food Safety Press Release July 1st, 2014)

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  • Food Diversity is Key to Health

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    We designed the Therapeutic Food Supplements to provide an efficient and efficacious way to bring powerful, pure and intelligent foods into our daily diet. Foods as medicine have been known for centuries as the smart way to protect our bodies from disease. Take a look at Clinical Notes for a great combo.

    Dr. William Li in his May 2011 Angiogenesis Foundation talk began his presentation by stating, There is a medical revolution that is happening all around us and it is one that is going to allow us to conquer some of societies most dreaded diseases including cancer.

    He goes on in his talk to present the angiogenesis concept which describes the growth of blood vessels within the body, and the importance of keeping this growth in balance.  Dr. Li states that angiogenesis is the hallmark of cancer- every type of cancer.

    Controlling blood vessel growth to cancer cells can stop their growth and the development of cancer..  The bottom line there is a wide diversity of foods that can help with this process, foods that Americans don't eat enough of—fruits and vegetable.

    The Therapeutic Food Supplements help us to expand the diversity of nutritious foods. We suggest utilizing the diviersity of their nutrients by alternating what you take, and switching between different probiotics. There are many combinations of the Therapeutic Foods Supplements that give us variety of phyto nutrients our body needs.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:
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    The No. 7 Systemic Booster contains:  Organic pomegranate extract and whole, organic cranberry extract and whole, organic tart cherry whole, and organic pineapple whole plus a number of important nutrients including 5 pedigreed strains of probiotics.  There are no excipients.
    The Phyto Power contains: wildcrafted rosehip 3 species, wildcrafted blueberry 4 species, and wildcrafted dandelion 4 species.  No excipients.
    The Cruciferous Sprouts contains:  Broccoli, daikon radish, red radish, watercress, kale, mustard, cabbage- all sprouts.  No excipients.
    The Organic Chlorella contains organic chlorella- two species C. vulgaris and C. regularis. No excipients.

     

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The beautiful creature is an animal.  Even though they look like plants, and come in many vivid colors the sea anemone is a meat-eating animal.  It attaches itself to coral or rocks, waiting for a small fish to swim by, stings it with its tentacles, and then pushes the paralyzed fish into its mouth.

     

     

     

    Half a Million Ask EPA to Reject Expanded Agricultural Use of Toxic Pesticide 2,4-D.

    Over half a million people have submitted comments to the EPA asking the agency to reject Dow Chemical's plan to see Enlist Duo herbicide for use on corn and soybeens genentically engineered to withstand 2,4-D.  The USDA has previously warned that approval of the herbicide and it corresponding GE (genetically engineered) crops would lead to a three to seven fold increase in agricultural use of 2,4-D, a toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and other health harms. (Center for Food Safety Press Release July 1st, 2014)

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  • Cancer prevention support

    Dear Friends

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    How do we use food to help us reduce the risk of certain cancers?

    92% of the risk of getting cancer is due to environmental and lifestyle factors.  This means that many of the steps to help reduce the risk of cancer have to do with food (Anand, 2008). Let's take a look at a couple of studies and discover how to utilize the High ORAC Synbiotic Formula.

    According to Willett (2008), in 2000 an estimated 30-35% of cancer deaths in the USA were linked to diet.  Cancer deaths varies according to the type of cancer.  For example, diet is linked to cancer deaths in as many as 70% of colorectal cancer cases.

    Most carcinogens that are ingested, such as nitrates, nitrosamines, pesticides, and dioxins, come from food or food additives or from cooking.  Heavy consumption of red meat is a risk factor for GI tract cancers.  For example, the heterocyclic amines produced during the high heat cooking of meat are carcinogens.  The nitrosamines produced in the process of making sausages are carcinogens. Several foods have been shown to activate inflammatory pathways in the gut, and chronic inflammation is a risk factor for developing not only gastrointestinal cancers but varities of other cancers.

    Anand et al. Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major lifestyle Changes, Pharm Res. Sep 2008; 25(9): 2097-2116.

    Willett. Diet and cancer, Oncologist. 2000; 5:393-404

    Let's see in Clinical Notes how to utilize some of the findings in Anand et al. (2008) and Willett's (2000) research with the use of the Therapeutic Food supplements.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

    The High ORAC Synbiotic Formula contains both good probiotic organisms which have been shown to help neutralize heterocyclic amines and nitrosamines, but also contains a whole fruit bowls worth of anti-inflammatory fruits and berry extracts that help to reduce COX-2 and NFKappB in the gut (inflammatory inciting molecules).

    The High ORAC Synbiotic Formula contains: 25 billion cfu per capsule of L. acidophilus and B. longum plus wild blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, wild bilberry extract, cranberry, tart cherry and prune and  250 mg of the prebiotic inulin derived from organic chicory fiber.  There are no excipients.

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    There are 36 different species of dolphins that have been recognized.  32 of them are marine dolphins which are those that we are the most aware of and 4 of them are river dolphins.

    This dolphin is eating.  Even though they have 100 teeth, they don't use them for eating.  They swallow the fish whole, eating up to 30 pounds a day.  Amazingly they can hold their breath under water for 30 minutes.

     

     

    Check this out:  How to Grow Your Own Food- For Health, Happiness and Community.

    It's the #1 way to improve your life and the planet.  Over 34 presentations will show you how, and the presentor list is a very cool one.  Really check this out!

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  • What constitutes a great diet?

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    What does the Yap Island diet, the Meditterean diet, the Mid-Victorian diet and the Therapeutic Foods supplements have in common?

    These diets along with the Therapeutic Foods supplements dramatically reduce the risk of chronic degenerative diseases plaguing the industrialized world today.

    The U.S. Peace Corps "went to paradise" in 1966, and I was part of that initial group.  My assignment was to live with the Yapese people for two years as a public health official. Yap was truly a tropical paradise, crystal blue lagoons teaming with all kinds of sea life, vibrant fruits and vegetables picked right out of the lush jungles and small horticultural garden plots. No fast foods, no herbicides or pesticides, just what mother nature provided with intelligent traditional stewarding by the Yapese people.

    My job as a public health official was to conduct a census of each household and determine the health status of all individuals, amass the data, and implement disease irradication programs.  What do you suppose I found?

    They had some worms, some lice, some filariasis, some TB, but they had very little of the chronic degenerative diseases we deal with  today.  They were a very fit, long living people.

    My conclusion:  the active physical life of the Yapese people + a daily diet filled with real live unadulterated vibrant diverse foods. Food that by nature had high actives = a life free of chronic disease.  I would label the diet a true therapeutic foods diet, would you?

    The Meditterean Diet is attributed to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and the whole host of the chronic diseases.  This is well established and we are honored to have a Meditterrean diet expert on our Board of Advisors for BioImmersion—Dr. Artemis Morris who is an outstanding physician in private practice and also a professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.

    Dr. Morris is of Greek heritage, in fact, her family roots come from the Island of Crete. Artemis is conducting ongoing clinical and ethnographic research on the Mediterranean Diet of Crete and its medicinal plants and foods as well.  In 2012 she authored the article Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle: an Ethnographic Case Study for Eugeria, Health, and Longevity for NDNR.  Here are a few quotes from the article:

    Keys et al. found that compared to American men, men from Crete had half the cancer death rate, one-twentieth of the mortality rate attributed to coronary artery disease and the lowest all cause mortality rates in their epidemiological research study of 579 men aged 40 to 59 years from 7 countries. In 1991, thirty-one years after the beginning of the study the Social Health Sector of the University of Crete undertook a medical checkup of the study cohort and found that approximately 50% of the participants from Crete were still alive, in contrast to the other 6 participating countries, where there was not a single survivor.

    The free radical scavenging effect of foods and beverages in the Mediterranean diet may account for their benefits in health and longevity....There are a variety of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and nutrient-rich foods in a traditional Mediterranean diet.

    Artemis goes on the describe the life and diet of her great-aunt Argyro who passed away in 2011 at the age of 107.... Argyro's diet for most of her life was characteristic of the Mediterranean diet, with an abundance of plant-based foods and meat eaten once a week, if they were lucky. It's a beautiful account of her life and factors to be cleaned from a very healthy diet and overall life style.

    What the heck can we say about the Mid-Victorian Diet?  Well, you've got to read this article by Paul Clayton, March 2009 in the Int. J Environ, Res Public Health, 6(3):1235-1253, entitled How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died.  Here's a few quotes:

    Analysis of the mid-Victorian period in the U.K. reveals that life expectancy at age 5 was as good or better than exists today, and the incidence of degenerative disease was 10% of ours. Their levels of physical activity and hence calorific intakes were approximately twice ours. They had relatively little access to alcohol and tobacco; and due to their correspondingly high intake of fruits, whole grains, oily fish and vegetables, they consumed levels of micro- and phytonutrients at approximately ten times the levels considered normal today.

    The mid-Victorians, with their far greater intakes of fruits and vegetables, which were organic and in many cases contained significantly higher concentrations of phytonutrients than our intensively grown crops do [80–85] were consuming ‘pharmacological’ levels of these valuable and protective compounds. This would explain why they were so effectively protected against cancer, and heart disease, and all the other degenerative, non-communicable disorders. And it would also explain why, with our very low ‘physiological’ intakes, we are so terribly prone to these largely avoidable diseases.

    We are in the process of expanding our Therapeutic Foods Supplement line with more foods and plants to boost and augment a basic diet. In today's toxic world, we need a powerful diet filled with fruits, vegetables, fermented foods, plants, grains, seeds and nuts. We utilize concentrated whole foods, plants, seeds, grains and probiotics in the Therapeutic Foods supplements to create the foundation for a great diet as well as to provide a base for different therapeutic protocols.

    See Clinical Notes.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

     

    Cruciferous
    Consider the following as a part of your regular daily routine:

    And see how your body feels after six months.

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    This is the biggest of the grizzleys, the Alaskan Brown Bear.  We think that they survive on fish, but they love a Mediterranean diet too.  Much of their time is spent grazing in the fields of wild berries (crowberries, loganberries, Jacobberries, blueberries, etc) , gobbling them up along with roots, grasses and fungi.

    Did you Know?  Grizzly bears have a better sense of smell than a hound dog and can detect food from miles away.

     

     

    Check this out:  How to Grow Your Own Food- For Health, Happiness and Community.

    It's the #1 way to improve your life and the planet.  Over 34 presentations will show you how, and the presentor list is a very cool one.  Really check this out!

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  • Chlorella, a great source for chlorophyll

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    Most plant pigments comprise only a small percentage of common foods; thus it may require ingestion of concentrated supplements to achieve biologically active levels for some health therapies (Mary Ann lila 2004).

    We have seen a great promotion to increase the consumption of the diversity of colorful plants and vegetables in our diet by the USDA, the CDC, the WHO (World Health Organization), just to name a few. Yet 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is difficult to consume.

    The foundation of our Therapeutic Foods supplement line takes this into consideration, and that is why we frequently reference the high actives in the fruits and vegetables selected for our products.  Our sourcing in key to our powerful products and the reason for their ability to truly support ones health.  They are the base note of good nutrition, the foundation of any therapeutic modality, and can be taken for a whole life time.

    Let's look at the pigment chlorophyll as an example of how we achieve a supportive therapeutic food dose.

    Chlorophylls in green foods are credited with numerous interventions in human health maintenance including reduction of blood pressure, blood sugar control, brain activation, antimutagenic and anticlastogenic effects and more (Bailey, 2003).

    However, in order for one to get a therapeutic amount of chlorophyll in their diet one needs to consume multiple servings of green and leafy vegetables (Delgado-Vargo 2003).  We encourage eating a diverse diet.  Additionally, our Organic Chlorella tableted supplement (a microscopic green algae) provides the richest source of chlorophyll in the plant kingdom.  Chlorella contains ten times the amount of chlorophyll than is found in alfalfa.

    In Asian countries, the dietary sources for chlorophyll-rich foods are far more extensive than in Western diets, as an abundance of sea vegetables are commonly eaten.  One of the most treasured food supplements regularly consume by Japanese and Chinese cultures is chlorella powder and tablets.

    Read more about the Organic Chlorella in Clinical Notes.

    References

    Mary Ann Lila (2004) Plant Pigments and their Manipulation:  Annual Plant Reviews. Vol. 14. Chapter 8 pp. 263-266

    Bailey et al. (2003) Green Foods in Japan, Nutraceuticals World, 6, 22-24.

    Delgado-Vargas et al. (2003) Natural Colorants for Food and Nutraceutical Uses. CRC Press Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

    Clearly Chlorella has potential with its high levels of chlorophyll to act as a chemopreventive compound in humans.  For example, research has shown that chlorophyll is capable of deactivating potential carcinogens in the digestive tract where heterocyclic amines which provoke coloractal cancer are nutralized by chlorophyll thereby preventing their absorption (Lila, 2009).

    But also, and this is the benefits of consuming whole concentrated food sources as medicine.  The chlorophyll in Chlorella is accompanied by carotenoids for which Chlorella is a rich source. Carotenoids are best recognized for their antioxidant capacity, especially in the membranes, since they are pigments located within membranes.  Carotenoids are considered the most potent of biological quenchers of singlet oxygen (Lila, 2009; Boileau et al., 1999) and can react with virtually any radical species likely to be encoutered in a biological system.

    Each bottle of Organic Chlorella contains 120 tablets of broken cell C. vulgaris and C. regularis.  Each tablets contains 500mg of pressed dried chlorella.  There are no excipients of any kind in this product.  We believe in pure product.  Take 4 tabs daily.

    Lila, M. A. (2009). 8 Plant pigments and human health. Plant pigments and their manipulation, 248. Chicago

    Boileau, A. C., Merchen, N. R., Wasson, K., Atkinson, C. A., & Erdman, J. W. (1999). Cis-lycopene is more bioavailable than trans-lycopene in vitro and in vivo in lymph-cannulated ferrets. The Journal of nutrition, 129(6), 1176-1181. Chicago

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The red wolf of Ethiopia is the only species of wolf found in Africa. The largest concentration —about 350 animals—lives in Bale Mountains National Park. Their minuscule population give them the distinction of being one of the world's most endangered canids, and they are on the endangered list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

     

    Our weather patterns are directly related to the health of our relationship with the natural world around us (aka Mother Nature).  We abuse her, and we abuse ourselves.

    I'll give you two examples:  (1)  Our disregard for our excess green house gas emissions into the atmosphere is the driving force behind our extremes in weather today—heavy rains, droughts, hurricanes and tornadoes; and (2)  Our systematic distruction of wetlands, natures way of absorbing excess water, has caused the flooding of our cities and communities.

    I love the David Suzuki Foundation.  In their July 4th, 2014 article, Working with nature can protect us from floods, they speak to this point as they lament Alberta's flooding.

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  • Flavonoid's Brain Benefits

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    There is a growing body of evidence that dietary phytochemicals, in particular flavonoids, may exert beneficial effects on the central nervous system, by protecting neurons against stress-induced injury, suppressing nueroinflammation and by improving cognitive function (Spencer 2008).

    Flavonoids are divided into six subgroups (1) Flavonols (e.g. kaempferol, quercetin), which are found in onions, leeks and broccoli, (2) flavones (e.g. apigenin, luteolin), which are found in parsley and celery, (3) isoflavones (e.g. diadzein, genistein), which are found in soy products, (4) Flavanones (e.g. hesperetin, naringenin), which are mainly found in citrus fruit and tomatoes, (5) flavanols (e.g. catechin, epicatechin, EGCG), which are abundant in green tea and rose hips, and (6) anthocyanidins (e.g. perlargonisin, cyanidin, malvidin) whose sources include berry frutis like blueberries, bilberries and blackberries (Manach 2004).

    In the recent research by Shukitt-Hale et al., entitled Berry Fruit Enhances Beneficial Signaling in the Brain, which appeared in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2012, 60(23) pp 5709-5715, the researchers found that the intake of berries and berry extracts had a direct effect on the brain.  The extracts help prevent age-related neurodegeneration and resulting changes in cognitive and motor function.  The berry fruits mediate signaling pathways involved in inflammation and cell survival in addition to enhancing neuroplasticity, neurotransmission and calcium buffering, all of which lead to attenuation of age- and pathology related deficitis in behavior.  Their paper reviewed recent evidence for the beneficial signaling effects of berry fruits on the brain and behaviour.

    References

    Spencer et al. Flavonoids:  modulators of brain function? British Journal of Nutrition 2008; 99:pp. ES60-ES-70.

    Manach et al. Polyphenols: food sources and bioavailability. Am J Clin Nutr 2004; 79: pp. 727-747.

    Shukitt-Hale et al. Berry Fruit Enhances Beneficial Signaling in the Brain. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2012; 60(23): pp. 5709-5715.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

    High ORAC Synbiotic Formula contains:  25 billion cfu/cap of certified strains of pedigreed probiotic with Therapeutic Foods in a synbiotic formula of L. acidophilus, B. longum, and 250 mg of wild blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, wild bilberry extract, cranberry, tart cherry and prune plus 250 of inulin drived from organic chicory root fiber.  Take one capsule daily for good bugs and good flavonoids, and in particular powerful anthocyanins.

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The magnificent Bengal Tiger.  So massive, who can resist its power.  Yet, the Bengal Tiger is in danger of extinction.  In the state of Madhya Pradesh, in Central India, Kanha National Park has become a sanctuary for these tigers.    The Caspian, Bali, and Java tigers have all disappeared.  In Kanha, the Wildlife Protection Society is trying to save the Bengals.

     

     

    I absolutely love the Global Oneness Project.  At BioImmersion we are all about the greening of our planet, systemic thinking, protecting ecosystems and the healing on all levels of our global community.  The Global Oneness Project produces short films and documentaries that takes you into the heart of creating a healthy humanity worldwide. In this film the Path of Freedom you are taken into the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men's prison where a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.  It is only about 15 minutes.  It is very beautiful!

     

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  • Anthocyanins enhance our health

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    As we learned in last friday's Forward Thinking, epidemiological studies have suggested that reduction in cardiovascular disease, cancer risk and a range of other chronic disease conditions is linked to consumption of anthocyanins, betalains, chlorophylls and carotenoids (Mary Ann Lila 2004)—the primary pigments of colorful fruits and vegetables. Quite simply we need to eat 5-13 servings of vegetables and fruits a day (Harvard School of Public Health, see Green Facts below).

    Last week we looked at betalains derived from red beetroot and cactus pears and their multitude of benefits.  This week we'll look at anthocyanins and the protection they provide for a diverse array of diseases.

    Heart Disease

    Pure anthocyanins are up to seven times more effective as antioxidants inhibiting lipid peroxidation than alpha tocopherol.  Anthocyanins in red wines and grape juice contributed to the ability of these dietary sources to inhibit heart attacks, by virtue of their antithrombotic potential, and to inhibit platelet function and enhance nitric oxide release (Lila, 2014; see in her research Folts, 1998; Stein et al., 1999; Freedman et al., 2001).

    Cancer

    Anthocyanins are noted to inhibit cycloxygenase enzymes, which can be one marker for the initiation stage of carcinogenesis.  Anthocyanins and cyanidin aglycone from tart cherries reduced cell growth of human colon cancer cell lines (Kang et al., 2003). Anthocyanins and related flavonoids from berries including cranberry, lingonberry bilberry and blueberry have demonstrated the ability to inhibit not only the initiation stages of chemcially induced carcinogenesis bt also the later promotion and proliferation stages (Lila, 2014; see in her research also Bomser et al., 1996; Kandil et al., 2000, 2002; Smith et al., 2000; Schmidt et al., 2003).

    Consuming a wide range of colorful fruits makes alot of sense when it comes to giving our bodies the health benefits of the pigments.

    References

    Mary Ann Lila (2004) Plant Pigments And Their Manipulation: Annual Plant Reviews, Vol. 14 Chapter 8, Blackwell Publishing.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

    Clinical Notes:
    Phyto Power contains 200mgs from three species of wildcrafted Rosehips (the whole fruit and seeds), 200mgs from four species of wildcrafted dandelions (aerial parts 90% w/w, roots 10% w/w and flower), and 100 mgs from four species of wildcrafted blueberry (fruit >95% w/w and leaves and stems <5% w/w).  Refractory dried, encapsulated in vegetarian capsules without excipients.  Take 1 to 2 daily.

    No. 7 Systemic Booster has organic tart cherry (whole fruit), organic pineapple (whole fruit), organic pomegranate ( whole fruit and extract), organic cranberry (whole fruit and extract), vitamins, minerals, fibers, other nutriceutical and probiotics (five pedigreed strains of Bulgarian lactic acid bacteria.  Take one tsp daily.

    With just these two products, if consumed on a regular basis, you are bringing into your body six different berries (blueberry, rosehip, cherry, pineapple, pomegranate and cranberry) and one vegetable (dandelion) in therapeutic amounts.

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    This curious guy is a brown fur seal, the largest and most robust of the fur seals.  This is a South African subspecies which is on the average slightly larger than the Australian subspecies.  They are 7.5 ft long and weigh between 440 to 660 lb.  The African fur seal lives around the southern and southwestern coast of Africa from Cape Cross in Namibia and around the Cape of Good Hope to Black Rocks.  Their diet is made of up to 70% fish, 20% squid and 2% crab.

    Adults in the United States consume fruit about 1.1 times per day and vegetables about 1.6 times per day.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 recommends that Americans eat more F&V as part of a healthy diet.  Make at least one-half your plate fruits and vegetables.  Diversity of fruits and vegetables is of key importance.

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  • Beets support in prevention from IBD.

    Dear Friends

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    Epidemiological studies have suggested that reduction in cardiovascular disease, cancer risk and a range of other chronic disease conditions is linked to consumption of anthocyanins, betalains, chlorophylls and carotenoids. (Mary Ann Lila 2004)

    The combined evidence of numerous research trials indicate that a variety of different pigments in a well-balanced diet is key to prevention and therapy for a range of chronic human disease conditons. (Lila 2004)

    In this past Wednesday's Forward Thinking email we looked at betalains, derived uniquely from red beet root and cactus pear.  When we talk about betalains we are talking about a class of phytonutrients that include such phytochemicals as indicaxanthin and betanin.  Tesoriere (2013) looked at the bioavailability of these two substances and determined that both can substantially be absorbed through paracellular junctions of intestinal epithelial cells. In other words, they are "bio-available" and easily absorbed through the intenstines.

    Tesoriere in his 2014 research, looked a indicaxanthins ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules NOX-1 and NF-kB and found that it inhibits their activation and thereby prevents the increase of epithelial permeability in IL-1B exposed Caco-2 cells.  The results of this research indicates that Betalains may help control or mitigate the inflammatory response in chronic inflammatory bowel disease.  This is very encouraging as IBD is in the growing class of chronic degernative disease effecting humankind today. More research is in the works.

    References

    Mary Ann Lila (2004) Plant Pigments And Their Manipulation: Annual Plant Reviews, Vol. 14 Chapter 8, Blackwell Publishing.

    Tesoriere et al. (2013) Trans-epithelial transport of the betalain pigments indicaxanthin and betanin across Caco-2 cell monolayers and influence of food matrix. Eur J Nutr., 52(3):1077-87.

    Tesoriere et al. (2014) Indicaxanthin inhibits NADPH oxidase (NOX)-1 activation and NF-kB-dependent release of inflammatory mediators and prevents the increase of epithelial permeability in IL-1Bexposed Caco-2 cells. Br J Nutr., 111(3):415-23.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

    Clinical Notes:

    Our Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula not only contains organic red beet root betalains as an important antioxidant, it also contains the soluble and insoluble fibers of beet root, oat bran (with a concentration of the very important soluble beta glucan fibers), and inulin from chicory root— all health giving items right out of the Mediterranean diet. These are also organic prebiotic fibers, excellent fibers for the good bacteira of the gut. To this mix we have added 5 pedigreed lactic acid probiotics (good bugs).  This makes for a very effective synbiotic (good bugs and fiber) formula; a fiber rich food; a detox agent; and cholestrol lowering product (beta glucan, approved by the American Heart Association).

    See the Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula

    The suggested dosage is one tsp to one tbl daily.

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    I love these creatures.  Can you tell what they are? They are very large fruit bats, and I have a first hand experience with them.  When I lived in Micronesia, on Yap Island, at night the trees would at times fill up with fruit bats.  Bed time for the bats is a very noisey time. But they are magnificent creatures.  One of the islanders had one as a pet.  Not the most friendly pet in the world.  It had a tendency to bite.  The locals would actually eat them from time to time. They taste like chicken.  Just kidding, they did taste good though.

     

    "The question is not whether we need to act, Obama said on Wednesday.  The question is whether we have the will to act before it's to late."  This is the report concluding remarks in the Huff Post 6/25/14 article entitled Obama Rallies Support For 'The Generational Project' Of Dealing With Climate Change.  BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!

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  • Red Beet Root's health supportive effects

    Dear Friends

    Can you idenitify this beautiful creature? Can you identify this beautiful creature?

    The Mediterranean-style diet has been attributed with providing elements that reduce the risk of developing one of the all too prevelent chronic degenerative diseases today—i.e. cardiovascular diseases, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. (Ames et al. 1993; Lampe, 1999).

    The colorful fruits and vegetables in such a diet are attributed with providing the bulk of the preventative elements.  Besides the antioxidant vitamins (such as Vit. C and E), the pigments responsible for the vivid colors have been shown to be the most powerful of antioxidants, providing protection from pro-oxidant damage to DNA, enzymes, cells and tissues of the body .

    Betalains are a more recently discovered pigment antioxidant. They are unique to red beet root and cactus-pear fruit.  As anthocyanidins are to blueberries and blackberries, betalains are to beets and cactus fruit—critically important flavonoid antioxidants for our health.  Over the next couple of newsletters we will explore the efficacy of Betalains and their ability to induce Phase II enzyme transcription in human liver cells and their overall antioxidant potential.  That is to say, betalains in beets support the ability of the liver to detox and help protect the body against free radicals. Stay tuned.

    References

    Ames et al. (1993) Oxidants, antioxidants and the degenerative disease of aging. Proc Nat. Acad. Sci., 90:7915-7922.

    Lampe et al. (1999) Health effects of vegetables and fruits: assessing mechanism of action in human experimental studies. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 70:475-490.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

    Clinical Notes:

    Our Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula not only contains organic red beet root betalains as an important antioxidant, it also contains the soluble and insoluble fibers of beet root, oat bran (with a concentration of the very important soluble beta glucan fibers), and inulin from chicory root— all health giving items right out of the Mediterranean diet. These are also organic prebiotic fibers, excellent fibers for the good bacteira of the gut. To this mix we have added 5 pedigreed lactic acid probiotics (good bugs).  This makes for a very effective synbiotic (good bugs and fiber) formula; a fiber rich food; a detox agent; and cholestrol lowering product (beta glucan, approved by the American Heart Association).

    See the Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula

    The suggested dosage is one tsp to one tbl daily.

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The elephant shrew is a small-sized mammal that is found exclusively in Africa.  They are also known as the jumping shrew, as they can hop like rabbits using their long back legs.  Elephant shrews can be found inhabiting forests, jungles, grasslands and dense woodland all across Africa.  There are nearly 20 different species of elephant shrew, all of with vary in both coor and size.

     

     

    Can food be good medicine?  "Up to 2.7 million lives could be saved annually with sufficient fruit and vegetable consumption.  Low fruit and vegetable intake is among the top 10 selected risk factors for global mortality."  See the Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Initiative put on by none other than the World Health Organization2005 - 2012 BioImmersion Inc. All Rights Reserved

  • Cranberries and prostate cancer

    Dear Friends

    Can you idenitify this beautiful creature? Can you identify this beautiful creature?

    Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in the Western world.  It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men in the United States (CDC).

    MMP-2 secretion is elevated in several types of human cancers and their elevated expression has been associated with poor prognosis (Neto, 2007).

    Have Cranberries shown in research to offer any help?

    We have seen in previous research studies that cranberries contain elements that are shown to be cancer fighting, such as ellagic acid.  Joseph (2002) also reported that cranberries contain another element that is shown to help in the fight against cancer, "one of the most potent cancer fighters—EGCG" (p. 50).

    Deziel et al. sheds some positive light on cranberry's anti-cancer potential: Proanthocyanidins from the American Cranberry (vaccinium macrocarpon) inhibit matrix metalloproteinase-2 and matrix metalloprotein-9 activity in human prostate cancer cells via alterations in multiple cellular signaling pathways. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry; 111(3):742-754 Oct 2010

    For doctors and scientists: Their research suggested that in fact cranberry proanthocyanidins decreases MMP activity through the induction and/or inhibition of specific temporal MMP regulators, such as increasing the expression of TIMP-2, a known inhibitor of MMP activity; and by affecting the expression of MAP kinase, PI-3 kinase, NF-KappaB, and AP-1 pathway proteins.

    For the rest of us: This means the process that cranberries initiate in the body has a great potential to prevent the development of cancerous cells.

    The research team agreed that cranberry shows itself to be a strong candidate for further research as a novel anti-cancer agents.

    References

    Joseph, J.A., Nadeau, D.A., & Underwood, A. (2002). The color code: A revolutionary eating plan for optimum health. New York, NY: Hyperion.

    Neto, C. C. (2007). Cranberry and its phytochemicals: a review of in vitro anticancer studies. The Journal of nutrition, 137(1), 186S-193S.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

    Clinical Notes:

    The Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula contains:  organic, freeze-dried cranberry extract, organic freeze-dried pomegranate extract, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifido longum, supernatant (inactive cells of L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus plus their metabolites), D-Mannose and Inulin.

    Click on the link if you want more information

    The suggested dosage as a general probiotic supplement is 1 to 2 capsules daily.

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The three amigos.  A band of brothers making their way through the thicket on the Serregetti plains of Africa—going for a hunt.  Female cheetahs typically have a litter of three cubs and live with them for around two years. Male cheetahs live alone or in small groups, these three are littermates.  Perhaps only 7,000 to 10,000 of these big cats remain, as the grasslands they favor are disappearing to human settlers.

     

    The CDC has maintained the Thimerosal is safe and that there is "no relationship between Thimerosal containing vaccines and autism rates in children."  A 2014 study by Hooker et al, entitled Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines is Safe, challenges the CDC position as a coverup.  Sayer Ji, the Founder of Green Med Info. brings this all to our attention in his June 16th posting entitled, Study Finds Evidence for CDC Cover-up of Link Between Autism and Mercury in Vaccines.The good new is that it is not too late to stop it.  The EPA is still seeking comments from the public before it makes its final decision.  But the window closes on June 30.  Click here to sign a petition against this poison's use.  The Environmental Working Group's goal is to get 50,000 signature.  They need just 18,000 more.  TAKE ACTION.

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