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  • Eat Your Greens

    Cruciferous vegetables are packed with phytochemicals that have health giving power.  In last week’s Forward Thinking we discussed how cruciferous vegetables prime our immune system and thereby protecting our body from pathogens and disease.

    This week we focus on cruciferous vegetables’ ability to up-regulate our body’s transcription of Phase 2 Enzymes.  In layman’s terms, these wonderful vegetables stimulate our genes to produce specific enzymes (called P2Ps) that support the detoxification of our blood by the liver.

    James et al. (2012), in “Novel Concepts of Broccoli Sulforaphanes and Disease,” update us on evidence supporting Phase II enzyme induction by sulforaphanes.  Their conclusion was that the overall weight of evidence currently available supports a Phase 2 antioxidant enzyme-related function for broccoli and provides a strong argument for increasing the intake of broccoli.

    Reference: James et al., (2012). Novel concepts of broccoli sulforaphanes and disease:  Induction of Phase 2 antioxidant and detoxification enzymes by enhanced-glucoraphanin broccoli. Nutrition Reviews, 70(11), 654-665.

    Take a look at our Cruciferous Sprouts as the Product of the Month.

    Clinical Notes:

    This is why we choose cruciferous sprouts as our source material for our cruciferous vegetable supplement because sprouts yield a many fold increase in the precursor molecule for sulforaphane—the glucosinolates.  Pilot studies on sprouts were able to show a 2.6 fold increase of Phase 2 enzymes by human liver cells by taking 2 capsules a day.  Each capsule is filled with broccoli sprouts, daikon radish sprouts, red radish sprouts, water cress sprouts, kale sprouts, mustard spouts and cabbage sprouts.

    See here the Cruciferous Sprout Complex

     

    The Planet just had its warmest September on Record.  Global warming is happening and we are the causative agent.  What can we do?

    The Pacific Islanders in Micronesia are doing something as they are witnessing their very homes, their atolls losing land mass yearly as the oceans are rising.  See this link to 350.org about The Pacific Warriors who are traveling tomorrow from 12 Pacific Islands to Australia, to take the fight to save their homes directly to the fossil fuel industry.  Using traditional canoes, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors are going to paddle into the oncoming path of coal ships in an effort to shut down the world's biggest coal port for a day.

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  • How Cruciferous Vegetables Aid the Immune System

    How Cruciferous Vegetables Aid the Immune System

    How does food behave as protective medicine? Exciting evidence demonstrates the immune stimulating power of cruciferous vegetables, and the value of greens supplements that harness that power.During a normal lifetime 60 tons of food passes through our gastrointestinal canal.  In a healthy state, the absorption of small sugars (e.g., glucose), fats, proteins and other essential nutrients proceed through the intestinal wall and circulate throughout our body.  Simultaneously, damaging substances from unhealthful bacteria, incompletely digested food, toxins, or chemicals are largely prevented from being absorbed.But here is the challenge to our health:  If we stretch out the GI tract membrane, it will encompass a surface area as large as one full tennis court!  That is a lot of area to defend, and adding more difficulty to a large space, the GI tract is only one cell layer thick—that is to say there is only one thin gut membrane between the outside world in your gut canal and the inside world of your body. For many years I have written about protecting the integrity of the gastrointestinal system the importance of protecting the integrity of the gastrointestinal system, and each year we become more knowledgeable of the complicated process and the different foods the body needs for protection against pathogens and toxins.

    Imagine this:  Skin is the surface that separates our bodies from the world. In the same way, the one cell layer thick membrane of the GI tract, like the skin of our body, separates the inside of the body from the content of the GI tract, which is part of the “outside world.”  On the basal surface, the GI membrane that faces the inside of our body, resides 70% of our immune system. On the apical side of our GI membrane, the side facing the lumen of the gut, reside 100 trillion microorganisms, mostly bacterial.  You might say that a healthy GI tract membrane is sandwiched between a healthy fully functioning immune system and a healthy and friendly bacterial population, together protecting the GI tract and enabling it to function well.

    How do cruciferous vegetables help our body? 

    New research has shown that some of the immune cells most intimately associated with our gut, the Intraepithelial Lymphocytes, have receptors (the Ah receptor) on their cell surfaces that are specifically designed, in a lock and key fashion, to receive a certain molecule derived from cruciferous vegetables (3,3-di-indolylmethane—DIM). When this type of molecules click into the receptors, the lymphocytes are turned on to stimulate other foot soldiers in the immune army to be alert for possible pathogens and toxins.

    In this manner, cruciferous vegetables prime the immune system to be alert, ready, and able to neutralize or kill any possible pathogens and toxins that are accompanying the passing food through the GI tract. Greens supplements provide a powerful boost to this function when broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other members of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables do not feature regularly in our daily dining habits.

    I was glad to see Dr. Greger bringing our attention into this favorite topic of mine in his NutritionFacts.org. Do watch “The Broccoli Receptor:  Our first line of defense,” a worthy topic and great information.

    References from Dr. Greger’s talk:

    • Emmanuelle Moens and Marc Veldhoen, Epithelial barrier biology:  good fences make good neighbours, Immunology 2012 135:1-8.
    • Brian Sheridan and Leo Lefrancois , Intraepithelial Lymphocytes:  To Serve and Protect, Curr Gastroenterol Rep 2010 12:513-521
    • Hilde Cheroutre, IELs:  enforcing law and order in the court of the intestinal epithelium, Immunologic Reviews 2005 206:114-131
    • Elina Kiss and Cedric Vonarbourg, Aryl hydrocarbon receptor A molecular link between postnatal lymphoid follicle formation and diet, Gut Microbes 2012 3:6, 677-682.
    • Lora Hooper, You AhR what you eat:  Linking diet and immunity Cell 147, Issue 3, Oct 28, 2011 pages 629-640.

     

    Clinical Notes:

    When it comes to priming the immune system we have our Cruciferous Sprouts Complex. We suggest taking two capsules a day.  Cruciferous sprouts are particularly rich in glucosinolates the precursor molecule for the indole-3-carbinols which combine together to become 3,3 Di indolylmethane (DIM), the key to unlock the immune priming process.

    Read more about the Cruciferous Sprout Complex here.

     

    Taking care of the land, educating children, feeding ourselves in nutritious and delicious ways, and bringing communities together at the table:  this is the common language of Slow Food. It was the values of taste and pleasure that brought me into this movement, but it is the values of social justice and preservation of biodiversity that keep me engaged.  These are the values we need in order to live together on this planet.

    (Alice Waters, Vice President, Slow Food International).

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  • Food Diversity is Key to Good Health

    We have added a new topic to our ongoing conversation about good health. Historically, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil and fiber have been the center of nutritional advice (McDowell, 2013). But to enhance our diets maximally toward good health we must understand how to utilize phytochemicals (or phytonutrients) from plants. There is a tremendous growing body of research on phytochemicals use for therapeutic purposes.

    What we used to call Vitamin P (flavonoids), Vitamin U (glucosinolates and indoles) and Vitamin Q (ubiquinone) were dethroned from vitamin status because specific deficiency symptoms could not be established; and they were simply called phyto-chemicals and classified as secondary metabolites.  What is the definition of a secondary metabolite?

    Secondary metabolites are organic compounds that are not directly involved in normal growth, development or reproduction of an organism.  Unlike primary metabolites, absence of secondary metabolites does not result in immediate death, but rather long-term impairment of the organism’s survivability and fecundity. (Fraenkel GS. May 1959. The raison d'Etre of secondary plant substances. Science 129 (3361): 1466-1470)

    Long-term impairment of an organism’s survivability sound frighteningly like the very conditions experienced by the increasing millions of people engulfed  in the pandemic of the chronic degenerative disease—CDV, diabetes, cancer, IBD and Alzheimer’s—just to name a few.   It is now understood and acknowledged that the diminished intake of alive colorful foods, fresh fruits and vegetables which are loaded with a diverse array of phytochemicals, could be the cause. Too often, our body is quite simply not fully nourished with plant based nutrients to defend itself against chronic illness (see NutritionFacts.ORG for more information).

    Why has the USDA recommended the 5-to-10 servings-a-day of Fruits and Vegetables for all Americans?  Our plate, claim the USDA, should be half filled with vegetables and fruit at each meal.  The scientific evidence now demonstrates that a healthy diet of live foods gives the body what it needs to heal, repair and defend itself.  Health in large part is a matter of feeding the body a diversity of fresh high active foods with rich nutrient density. Your mission then is to help your body with a healthy and diverse plant based diet to fortify your body with nutrients for healthy functioning (for more news on recent research read The Guardian)

    Most Americans Eat Much Less than Recommended Amounts of Fruits and Vegetables, Guenther et al. Sept. 2006, J. Amer. Dietetic Assoc. Vol. 106, Issue 9 Pg. 1371-1379.

    “Americans need to consume more fruits and vegetables, especially dark green and orange vegetables and legumes.  Nutritionists must help consumers realize that, for everyone older than age 3 years, the new recommendations for fruit and vegetable intakes are greater than the familiar five serving a day.”

    It’s not only the baby boomers who are looking in the mirror and thinking wow, I’ve got to slow down this aging process to look and feel better.  People at younger and younger ages are experiencing the debilitating diseases of aging, including those that impair neurological functioning.

    Research by L Rossi et al., in their peer-reviewed paper, Benefits from Dietary Polyphenols for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Neurochem Res 2008, Vol. 33 Issue 12, Pg. 2390-2400, add to the mounting body of scientific evidence the awareness that “diets rich in polyphenols are preventative and can even reverse the aging process.”

    The researchers summarized the characteristics of the most studied food polyphenols that were shown to have potential anti-aging and brain protective activities.  Foods that due to their polyphenol content were able to scavenge free radicals, chelate redox metals, down regulate inflammatory activities, and of concern to baby boomers, have components that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and protect for healthy cognitive functioning of the brain.  Rossi et al.'s bottom line is to eat a wide variety of polyphenol rich foods daily.

    According to food researchers Elizabeth Devore ScD, Jae Hee Kang ScD, Monique Breteler MD/PhD, and Francine Grodstin ScD (2012), greater intakes of blueberries and strawberries were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.  Additionally, in further supporting evidence, greater intakes of anthocyanidins and total flavonoids were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.  This is good news for all of us IF we incorporate this ever-growing body of knowledge seriously into our dietary habits. Devore et al. summary statement couldn’t be clearer:  Higher intake of flavonoids, particularly form berries, appears to reduce rates of cognitive decline in older adults. (Devore EE, Kange JH et al, Dietary Intakes of berries and flavonoids in relation to cognitive decline. Annals of Neurology, Vol. 72, Issue 1, Pg. 135-143, July 2012.)

    Clinical Notes:

    Speaking of protecting the supporting the cognitive functioning of our brains, our wonderful Blueberry Extract will be back in 2 to 3 weeks.  And, not only that but over the next 2 months we are bringing in 8 to 12 new products, most of which are formulas that we have been diligently researching for two years.  We are very excited about this.  Stay tuned.

    As to the above discussion on secondary metabolites that this is the whole point of the Therapeutic Food Supplements.  To enable you to give your body what it needs in the way the phytonutrients to support its healthy functioning.

    My typical morning supplementally starts with:

    • 4 tabs of Organic Chlorella
    • 2 capsules Phyto Power
    • 2 capsules Cruciferous Sprouts
    • 4 capsules Ultra Minerals
    • 1 capsule Fructo Borate
    • 1 capsule Blueberry Extract
    • 1 heaping tablespoon  Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula

     

    Taking care of the land, educating children, feeding ourselves in nutritious and delicious ways, and bringing communities together at the table:  this is the common language of Slow Food. It was the values of taste and pleasure that brought me into this movement, but it is the values of social justice and preservation of biodiversity that keep me engaged.  These are the values we need in order to live together on this planet.

    (Alice Waters, Vice President, Slow Food International).

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  • Ultimately, what's stopping the Green Movement?

    The vision of The Green Movement is a noble one:  To feed a starving world with the restoration of our world's ecosystems, as pollution is reduced, drinking water cleansed, and green houses gasses lowered. The result of this balanced stewarding of environment and people will benefit all creatures and plants with increased health. For humans the pandemic of chronic degenerative diseases will cease.

    For this green ecological mission we have many allies in the form of concepts, people and organizations. Last week we looked at Food Sovereignty, Via Campesina, and Agro-Ecology. In the future we will examine many more:  Permaculture, Biodynamic Farming, the One Straw Revolution, etc.- all amazing and powerful forces for the healthy transformation of our earth.  They are the rising tide of the green movement.

    But this week I want for us to focus on the roadblock, and ask one critical question: what is stopping us from succeeding in our goal?

    I turn to another of our friends, a giant in our movement, Ken Cook for one of the answers.

    John and his son Ocean Robbins interviewed Ken Cook last April in their week long phenomenal 2014 Food Revolution Summit.

    Who is Ken Cook?  Ken is president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group and is widely recognized as one of the environmental community's most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, US food and farm policy and the nation's broken approach to protecting families and children from toxic substances.

    Ken said in his interview that our food problem is really a political problem, and at the end of the day, our politicians are holding the keys as to which of the green approaches will succeed: the chemical industrial green revolution or the ecological green movement? Ken Cook urged the audience to become more political.  It is time.  Congress men and women are constantly being lobbied by corporate interests (ie Big Farma); and therefore, we also need lobbiest, and more.

    The problem with our food system originates in Congress.  How are they voting???  To this end EWG has created the Food Policy Score Card, that clearly rates how our elected officials have voted over time.  The EWG is involved with many issues from feeding starving people in our own country, to healthy school lunches, to farm subsidies, to factory farms, etc.  How has your/our politicians voted on these things?  They created the Food Policy Action Group where these comprehensive score cards are listed, and they inform us of the most important votes based on the judgements of some of the most expert lobbiests working on our side of green. Visit EWG and get involved with one of the most fundamental and important aspects of our green movement.

    Clinical Notes:

    We are projecting 8 to 10 new products over the next two month, many of which we have been working on for over two years.  We are planning to roll out the new products at our dinner for doctors in New York City, the first week in November, and of course through our website as we bring them in between now and then.  One of the first of the new products will be our new and improved Blueberry Extract, that you have been so patiently waiting for.  This should be in by the first week of October.  I will detail you on it next week in my second email.

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    Talk about symbiotic relationship in nature between the monkey, known as the Northern Plains gray langurs, and this gorgeous deer, called a Chital.

    Predators of the chital include wolves, tigers, Asiatic lions, leopards, Indian rock pythons, etc- there are a host of them, and even though they can run up to 40 mph, it's good to have friends like the langurs.  Langurs have good eye sight and serve as tree top lookouts, while the Chitals have a good sense of smell to sniff out their mutual enemies.

    The EWG will be bringing out their revolutionary food data base which will give us easy to  understand ratings of more than 80,000 foods (more than 1,500 brands) based on nutrition, hazard concerns and degrees of processing.  EWG needs our support to launch this Revolutionary food data base book.

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  • Will the Second Green Movement feed the world?

    We’ve looked at the first Green Revolutions and seen how it has missed the mark when it comes to feeding the world. In fact, many think it is one of the reasons for our worldwide problem of obesity and starvation.Let's discuss the second Green Movement, an important and needed movement that promotes farming with nature, organically and eco-agriculturally.  Yet it is failing, so far. Why is it failing to fix the world’s food problem, global and local environmental issues, and ultimately our health issues?

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

    What is ecological farming and how would this green movement succeed in feeding the malnourished and starving, as well as reverse our self-imposed path toward global ecological mass destruction.

    For starter, and there will be more, here are some key words for us to get a handle on: Food Sovereignty, Via Campesina, and Agro-ecology.

    Food Sovereignty now appears as one of the most powerful responses to the current food, poverty and climate crises. (Via Campesina website)

    The worldwide pushback against the-industro-agro-food-cartel's farmland and food system global takeover is seen in the 200,000,000 peasant strong revolt called La Via Campesina.

    The main goal of the movement is to realize food sovereignty and stop the destructive neoliberal process. It is based on the conviction that small farmers, including peasant fisher-folk, pastoralists, and indigenous people, who make up almost half the world's people, are capable of producing food for their communities and feeding the world in a sustainable and healthy way.

    So what is agro-ecology, the official farming method that Via Campesina's chooses to follow?

    • The application of ecology to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems.
    • A whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences.
    • Linking ecology, culture, economics, and society to sustain agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities.

    Sustainable agroecosystems maintain their natural resource base, rely on minimum artificial inputs from outside the farm system, manage pests and diseases through internal regulating mechanisms and recover from the disturbances caused by cultivation and harvest.  Click here for an inspiring outline of the Principles of Agroecology and Sustainability.

    We'll focus on Permaculture, Biodynamic Farming and the One Straw Revolution next week.

    Clinical Notes:

    Check out our truly Organic Chlorella.  Each pressed tablet of pure Chlorella, there are no excipients in any of our products, contains 500mg of cracked cell walled Chlorella.  It is an amazing superfood.  Chlorella is the largest selling supplement in Japan.  The above link will give you its features and benefits.

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    Talk about symbiotic relationship in nature, this monkey, the Northern Plains gray langurs (Presbytis entellus), and the deer beauty above, called a Chital, certainly have one.

    Predators of the chital include wolves, tigers, Asiatic lions, leopards, Indian rock pythons, etc- there are a host of them, and even though they can run up to 40 mph, it's good to have friends like the langurs.  Langurs have good eye sight and serve as tree top lookouts, while the Chitals have a good sense of smell to sniff out their mutual enemies.

     

     

    The World Meteorological Organization just released its latest atmospheric CO2 findings. The UN weather agency reported that the carbon dioxide levels in the world's atmosphere hit a record high in 2013.  It was the fastest rise measured in over 13 years.  Are we approaching the tipping point?

    The industrial Agricultural Complex along with our whole global food procurement system easily accounts for 40% in the CO2 emitted.  We need a sea-change here!

    Join in The Largest Climate March in History in New York City on Sept 21, 2014.

     

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  • Did the Green Revolution Fail? (Part 3)

     

    Dear Friends

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

     

    Why has the green movment failed...so far?  We have discussed the first green revolution and its focus on technology and science. The intention was to feed the whole world, but the results unbalanced ecosystems, destroyed soils, and displaced peasant farmers to urban slums.  A good example of the problematic side of the First Green Revolution was their addition of GMOs into their strategy— with the accompaning reduction in  plant and food diversity, the manditory use of herbicides and pesticides with the GMO seeds, and the sociological (legal, finanical and psychological) problems they have brought about.

    The problems are so serious that many countries have banned the use of GMO in agriculture.

    • See in Green Facts below how our own U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned their use in the national parks.
    • See in The Last Quiz Answer how bee populations are dying because of their pesticides.
    • See in Clinical Notes about our Phyto Power, a product that delivers fruit and vegetable ingredients that are far removed from these GMO and Industrial Agricultural issues; product that is grown in rich, clean, natural soils, and provides the healing power that potent foods can only provide.

     

    Today we realize the lessons and damage from the use of genetically modified seeds in agriculture. A consortium of transnational corporations (grain traders, processors, seed companies, chemical companies, biotech companies- the industro-agro-food complex at a global level) have convinced peasant farmers from all over the world to give over to these corporations their ancestral drought resistant seeds. Peasant farmers have naturally developed and saved their seeds for generations. This consortium's members, in exchange for these hardy, natural seeds, sold the farmers GMO seeds and pesticides. They have enticed the farmers with visions of modern new agricultural imputs, promised successful yields and increased profits.  (See this very important University of Hawaii lecture by Vandana Shiva).

    The GMO giants are trying through their governmental influence around the world to lobby countries to pass policies outlawing the private ownership of seeds.  Their business model is to sell their technologically enhanced seeds and collect royalties on their use.  Total ownership on seeds of life is their goal.  Get to know Vandana Shiva, an activist for the cause of "Seed Sovereignty" - the right to privately own seeds. A global movement for seed freedom.

    As Vandana Shiva relates, a PR program by bio-tech corporations was strongly put out to convince peasants to give Bt cotton seeds a try.  The campaign went so far as to tell the farmers that their particular Gods had ordained the use of these seeds; and the peasants went for it by the tens of thousands mortgaging their land to get  the seeds along with the herbicides and pesticides that went along with them. (Shiva's Hawaii Lecture)

    The first year the crops failed.  they increased their pesticde imputs and the second year was not so bad.  However, the third year was worse, causing a finanical ruin.  The seed company and the chemical company representatives came in and took the land of the peasants as a payment for their unpaid debt. The seeds were not strong as the native seeds to fight and thrive in draught conditions. They were supposed to. Unfortunately, the bio tech companies did not take any repsonsibility for their failure to produce draught resistant seeds.

    The sad facts gathered by Shiva's organization is that since the introduction of the Bt cotton into India, 270,000 farmers have committed suicide because they have lost everything. They drink the pesticides, lay down in their fields and die.

    Here are the facts Shiva found:  The hybrid seeds into which the Bt gene has been introduced, need intense irrigation and therefore due to drought conditions more crop failure occured.  And, it doesn't control pests as evidenced by a 300% increase in pests where the Bt cotton grew.  This caused a 13 fold increase in the use of pesticides.  In the soil to which the Bt seeds were grown, scientists have found a 22% reduction of the beneficial soil organisms.  Particularly killed were the bacteria that decomposed organic matter.  1900 animals were found dead who had grazed on the Bt cotton fields. (Hear the full story)

    GMO seeds were supposed to feed the starving world.  The overall results are quite another story—larger numbers of starving people, the destruction of topsoils, the destruction of biodiversity, a reliance on limited diet of 6 to 8 plants as our sole source for nutrition, the loss for thousands of indigenous peasants their farms, their seeds, livelhoods,  food sovereignty, and a worldwide food system under the control of a handful of bio-tech, chemical, and food distribution corporate giants.

    What does all this mean? Not only are we losing the freedom to privately farm with our own seeds, we also find an uncontrollable rise of chronic illnesses around the world, which many scientists and physicians now believe is due to this increasingly toxic world.

    This is one of the examples why the Green Revolution is failing us.  It doesn't embrace the totality of nature, the symbiotic and systemic reality of nature.  So, what is a viable alternative to feed the world and reduce chronic disease?  I call this the Second Green Movement where farmers use technologies that embrace the biodiversity of life.  That work with nature, that don't poison nature. We have labeled these methods of farming as Eco-Farming.

    But I must ask the question, if these other farming modalities are so good why do we still have starving people, increasing numbers of chronically ill people?  Why is this system failing also?

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

    The Therapeutic Foods Supplements embrace the concept and importance of biodiversity in our diet. For example, the Phyto Power not only provides three powerful plant source of wild crafted foods but multiple species of them. In each capsule there are 100mg of 4 species of whole blueberry (including a small amount of leaves), 200mg of 3 species of rosehip (including the seed where all the catechins reside) and 200mg of 4 species of dandelion (including the roots, leaves and flowers).  Two capsules a day provides a powerful addition to your diet.  Read More

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    How important is the honey bee?  Albert Einstein said, "if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live."  Bees pollinate at least 80% of the food crops we rely on for sustenance. Without bees, many of these crops would not produce fruit, which means no more food for humans.

    For the past 10 years, beekeepers, primarily in the U.S. and Europe, have been reporting annual losses of 30% or higher, far above what is normal or sustainable. Many U.S. beekeepers have experienced losses of 40 to 50% or more.

    The cause is pesticides and herbicides and it is very serious.  In response, both the U.S. and Mexico have recently taken steps toward banning the use of pesticides and GMO crops that have been strongly linked to the widespread bee die-offs. (See Food Rev. Net.)

     

     

     

     

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that genetically engineered crops and bee-toxic pesticides known as "neonicotinoids" will be banned in National Wildlife Refuges.  This ruling impacts more than 150 million acres of federal land.

    They will begin to phase out the use of genetically modified crops to feed wildlife; by January 2016, they will be eliminated completely.

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  • Did the Green Revolution Fail? (Part 2)

    Dear Friends

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

     

    What happens when we export our Western food and farming culture?

    Before we continue with our discussion of the failing of the two green revolutions (thus far!), let us bring to view an example of the first green revolution and its unintended consequences.

    The Micronesian people, which includes the people of Yap, are suffering from chronic degenerative diseases today.

    "Vitamin A deficiency and chronic diseases are serious problems in the Federated States of Micronesia and other Pacific island countries. Nutrition education programs to address these in Micronesia have had limited success, partly due to lack of information on nutrient content in local foods."

    "Vitamin A deficiency in Micronesia was first documented in the late 1980s. It appears that the problem is new and is related to great dietary changes in the past four decades. Imported foods containing little or no provitamin A carotenoids, such as white rice, flour and sugar, have increasingly replaced local staple foods including banana, giant swamp taro and breadfruit."

    These were the observations of Englberger L.et al. in their research entitled, Micronesian banana, taro and other foods:  newly recognized sources of provitamin A and other carotennoids. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis; 16 (2003): 3-19.

    The researchers analyzed samples of cultivars (diverse varieties) of 12 banana, 13 giant swamp taro and 10 breadfruit and four other local foods for their significant levels of beta and alpha carotene.  The results highlighted the potential health benefits these multiple varieties of produce could provide.  As they stated, Epidemiolgoical evidence suggests that carotenoid-rich foods protect against some chronic disease, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and age-related macular degenration.

    Yap, the Island of Stone Money, historically had shunned the Western culture.  They were a proud people, and reluctant to adopt the modern Western ways. When I was there as a Public Health Official between 1966 to 1968, my documentations and reports showed that they were a virtually chronic disease free people. They were healthy, living off the land and the sea. Maintaining a diet of alive, diverse, plentiful, potent foods.

    But no longer. The Micronesians are experiencing the health issues associated with the Western highly processed, fast foods.  They have gotten away from their traditional fresh farmed foods.  As the scientist postulated in their above study if the Micronesians were to shift  their diet back to their rich horticultural and wild crafted heritage chronic disease would be greatly reduced.

    What a difference a decade or two can make in the health of a people. One of the consequences of the First Green Revolution is the reduction in diversity of fruits and vegetables regularily consumed as a part of the affected cultures daily diet.  We have see this problem worldwide with chronic illness becoming the new norm.

    Fortunately, this problem can be corrected and it begins with dietary changes, bringing toxin free, powerful, diverse, alive foods back into our regular dietary consumption. That is the point of the Second Green Revolution that we've labeled Ecological Farming.  And, this is the point of the Therapeutic Food Supplements.  Food can be just the right medicine to help our bodies.

    Take a look at Clinical Notes and the potent ingredients in Phyto Power.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

    Phyto Power embraces the concept and importance of biodiversity in our diet. It not only provides three powerful plant source of wild crafted foods but multiple species of them. In each capsule there are 100mg of 4 species of whole blueberry (including a small amount of leaves), 200mg of 3 species of rosehip (including the seed where all the catechins reside) and 200mg of 4 species of dandelion (including the roots, leaves and flowers).  Two capsules a day provides a powerful addition to your diet.  Read More

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    Albatross are an amazing spectacular sight.  They have the longest wingspan of any bird—up to 11 feet.  Some species mate for life.  And, a long life they can have, up to 50 years.  Mating pairs produce a single egg and take turns caring for it.  The young may fly within three to ten months. They feed primarily on squid and fish.

     

     

    On Sunday, September 21st, in New York City, join the largest climate march in history. World leaders will be gathered in NYC for a landmark U.N. climate meeting.  We'll peacefully flood the streets in historic numbers, both in New York City and in solidarity events around the world.  Perfect timing as we're in NYC on this date— we'll be there.

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  • Why is the Green Revolution Failing ... so far?

    Dear Friends

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

     

    Why is The Green Revolution failing ... So far?

    There are basically two Green Revolutions, one that is destroying the biosphere, and one that can potentially create natural, balanced ecology on Earth.

    In the 60s I was unwittingly part of the first green revolution as a member of the initial group of American Peace Corps volunteers sent into Micronesia.  The program was marketed as "Peace Corps goes to paradise"—and paradise it was.  I was a Public Health official with the assignment to assess the health status of the Yapese islanders (the Island of Stone Money) and to implement disease treatment and prevention measures.

    This was the time of the rollout of industrialized agriculture with its inputs of new technologies like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and mechanization to improve food production all over the world. The green movement started in the West and moved into the third world (the global South), with the worthy goal of eradicating all starvation. Our intentions were good.

    In those days we were in love with the emerging discipline of organic chemistry and industrialized farming ideas, and how together they would change the world to a better place.  Just to give you a glimpse of our "starry eyed" ignorance as to any hazards of putting toxins into our environment:  the Peace Corp gave all health officials who were sent to Micronesia a 55 gallon drum can of DDT, to use as we saw fit.

    Another example of our naiveté as to possible systemic consequences of adding toxins to our environment was displayed by a fellow volunteer, who had been traveling throughout Micronesia and arrived at my remote setting one day.  His duty, as an "Agricultural Specialist" who had been trained in part by the USDA, was to promote modern agro-industrial farming methods.  Upon viewing our lush coconut groves, he suggested, as he had been proposing throughout Micronesia, to poison every third tree as a means of enhancing the copra yields.

    Herbicides and pesticides back then were thought of as the farmer's best friend for they killed only the unwanted things—so we thought then. Of course now we know better.  Back then, we didn't grasp the toxic consequences for the biosphere as a whole and the toll it was to bring on human health in particular.

    "Though credited for saving the world from hunger.  The reality is that it produced as many hungry people as it saved.  And, this first Green Revolution led to the monopolization of seed and chemical inputs by Northern companies, the loss of 90% of the Souths agricultural biodiversity, the global shift to an oil-based agricultural economy and the displacement of millions of peasants to fragile hillsides, shinking forests and urban slums." (Food Rebellions!  Crisis and the Hunger for Justice. Eric Holt-Gimenez and Raj Patelk, 2009)

    There is so much more to say and we'll share it in digestible, bite-sized amounts.  To be continued next week.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell

     

    Clinical Notes:

    Phyto Power embraces the concept and importance of biodiversity in our diet.  It not only provides three powerful plant source of wild crafted foods but multiple species of them.  In each capsule there are 100mg of 4 species of whole blueberry (including a small amount of leaves), 200mg of 3 species of rosehip (including the seed where all the catechins reside) and 200mg of 4 species of dandelion (including the roots, leaves and flowers).  Two capsules a day provides a powerful addition to your diet.  Read More

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    This wise soul, ghostlike creature, is the Arctic tundra’s snowy owl.  They are large owls, very territorial and will defend their nests against all comers—even wolves.  Their preferred meal is lemmings and an adult may eat more than 1,600 lemmings a year, or three to five every day.  They also supplement their diet with rabbits, rodents, birds and fish.  Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.

     

    Vandana Shiva on the problem with genetically modified seeds—an interview with Bill Moyer.  Plus many other videos of this true luminary for the interconnectedness of life.

     

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  • Dr. Kessler overviews Cran. Pom. Synbiotic's possible benefits

    Dear Friends

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

    Have you seen our website lately?  Take a new look.  We are now creating changes and adding new features, such as facebook. Please like the BioImmersion page to keep up with all of our latest news and articles.  There is much more to do, but it is all in process as I speak.

    Last week we introduced you to our Medical Director, Dr. George Kessler.  If you click on George's link here you can read his bio.  Last week Dr. Kessler wrote on the Fructo Borate Complex, a product that he has used a great deal in his practice.  In this email we will learn from George how to use the Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula, as he has used it with great success.

    Dr. Goerge Kessler on the Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula:

    This is one of BioImmersion's first products. It was developed to provide powerful support for a healthy urinary tract, improve the cardiovascular system, and suppress bacterial and fungal growth.  While these are good things, the benefits of berries goes much further than this.

    There is a Biennial Symposium on Berry Health Benefits. The fifth Symposium highlights were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2014.  The Symposium showcased recent research supporting positive effects of berry consumption on human health and disease.

    The Journal of Gerontology series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences published in October 2013 studied the effects of a cranberry-containing botanical on life span and longevity. Cranberry consumption was associated with increased longevity and survival in both males and females. It was thought that cranberry promotes healthy aging by increasing stress responsiveness.

    The Journal Advances in Nutrition (November 2013)  found that the proanthocyanidins (phenolic bioactive ingredients) found in cranberries had health effects on the urinary tract, cardiovascular health, oral health and gastrointestinal epithelial (protective and functional lining of the gastrointestinal tract) health.

    The book " Bioactives in Fruit" published June 2013 found that "Due to its rich content of polyphenols, specifically flavinoids, the cranberry is linked to different bioactives, including inhibition of bacterial adhesion, bacteriostatic, anti-inflammatory activities and modulation of signal transduction, which may lead to improved urinary tract, cardiovascular, oral and gastrointestinal health."

    The FASEB Journal (April 2014) found that high polyphenol content of cranberries improved glucose regulation and HDL cholesterol in healthy but overweight individual,  resulting in reduced cardiovascular risk factors.  This same journal in March 2013 found cranberry proanthocyanidins affect human prostate cancer cell growth via cell cycle arrest resulting in altered cancer cell activity.

    Cranberries contain an active ingredient D-Mannose which prevents Flagellated bacteria (the most common cause of urinary tract infections are flagellated bacteria from the rectum) from sticking to the bladder wall thereby preventing bladder infections.

    Pomegranate, another of our important ingredients like wise was found to provide many positive health effects.

    The British  Journal of Nutrition (March 2013) found phenol-rich extracts of pomegranate alleviated tissue inflammation and helped with high cholesterol (both total and LDL), microbial infections and cancer. It was helpful in glucose tolerance, increasing the pool of good bacteria in the gut, inflammation in the gut and visceral (belly fat) adipose tissue.

    The Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (October 2013) found Pomegranate Polyphenols lowered lipid peroxidation in adults with type 2 diabetes. It further stated that pomegranate improved liver function in these patients.

    The Health Sciences Research Commons of The George Washington University Library in 2013 published an article showing Pomegranate improved hypertension and cardiovascular health.

    The review article in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine October 2013 found that Pomegranate:

    1. was a very potent antibacterial agent against foreign bacteria but had, at the same time, beneficial effects on our "good bacteria".
    2. enhanced wound healing
    3. reduced oral Bacteria and reduced plaque
    4. helped gingivitis and periodontitis
    5. inhibited anti-bacterial resistance
    6. enhanced antibiotic susceptibility
    7. helped in viral infections and food born viral pathogens.

    The European Journal of Nutrition (August 2014)  found that pomegranate can improve bone health through decreased inflammation and oxidative stress in post menopausal women.

    In addition to all of the above Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic is loaded with 15 Billion cfu/cap of good and necessary "pro-biotic" bacteria helpful for many human functions along with the pre-biotic inulin which feeds these good bacteria.

    George Kessler, DO

     

    Clinical Notes:

    To health practitioners, below is the Clinical routines for this product:

    For acute urinary tract infections  use up to 2 capsules twice a day.

    To prevent infections ( as in bladder infections after sexual intercourse)  use 2 capsule before contact and 1 twice a day for a few days after contact.

    For frequent and  recurring infection use one pill daily or every other day.

    For long term use in  the other conditions discussed  try 1 capsule twice daily for an extended amount of time and have your health care provider monitor you for effectiveness and adjust your regimen accordingly

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

     

    How can you not love a rhinoceros.  Africa's black rhinos desperately need our protection.  And, the WWF (the World Wildlife Fund) is one of the world's great conservation organizations.  They've saved many species from extinction.

    To all you animal lovers, budding zoologists, and people passionate about protecting the sacredness of nature's biodiversity, the WWF is a most worthy place to plant your flag.

     

    The Central Paciific, west of Hawaii, east of the Philippines, strattling the equator to the north, has been known historically as the "playground of the Pacific".  Pristine coral atolls, blue lagoons, thousands of islands, hundreds of island cultures each with their own unique language, are all in danger of being consumed by the rising seas caused by global warming.  The Global Oneness Project, one of my most favorite of soulful websites for documentaries, essays and photography vividly captures for us the Pacific islander's dilemma in Kiribati is gone.                     

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  • Summarizing Fructo Borate's Benefits

    Dear Friends

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

    With great pleasure and joy we introduce BioImmersion's medical director - George J Kessler, DO. His 2000 book, The Bone Density Diet: 6 weeks to a strong body and mind, has received great reviews.

    In this newsletter,  Dr. Kessler writes about the Fructo Borate Complex as he has used it successfully in his practice for over nine years. Make sure to read Clincal Notes for Dr. Kessler's suggested use of Fructo Borate.

    Dr. George Kessler on boron and Fructo Borate:

    Boron is a mineral that plants access from the soil.  It is contained in the cell membranes of every plant.  If the soil is of poor quality the plants grown in it will lack boron.  The Journal of the American College of Nutirition (Feb 2014) looked at dietary vitamin and mineral consumption in the United States from 2007 to 2010 and found large parts of the population did not get adequate levels of these nutrients from the foods they ate.  They recommended taking supplements to make up for these common deficiencies.

    Boron in a natural food form such as fructoborate can be much more potent and much less toxic than synthetically manufactured boron supplements.  Boron from food sources can also be much more bioavailable than synthetic sources.

    Although boron is considered a trace mineral, it has many important and necessary functions in the human body.  To paraphrase a July 5, 2014 article published in The Journal of Trace Element Medical Biology:

    In human studies, boron is a bioactive element that beneficially affects bone growth and central nervous system function, alleviates arthritic symptoms, facilitates hormone action and is associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer. In the medical book Breast Cancer- Current and Alternative Therapeutic Modalities (2011, chapter 5, 2.1 it is stated "A diet with low boron has been found to lead to a number of general health problems and to increase cancer risk. The most common symptoms of boron deficiency include arthritis, memory loss, osteoporosis, degenerative and soft tissue cartilage diseases, hormonal disequilibria and a drop in libido.

    The chapter goes on to detail the information to support this quote. Keeping in mind the various and intertwined effects boron has on the entire human body, I will try to isolate some of the individual areas that boron is important in.

    Bone Metabolism:

    One of the most researched uses for boron is in its relationship to bone metabolism, how it affects calcium, magnesium, vitamin D metabolism and bone formation and loss.  It has been shown that boron has very important and useful effects on bone health and development.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that, "Millions of Americans—54 million to be exact—have low bone density or osteoporosis.  In fact, about one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis."

    While osteoporosis is a disease influenced by many factors, mineral composition of the bone is of utmost importance.  Boron helps both the uptake of calicum and magnesium into the bones and decreases the excretion of both through the kidney.  This is very helpful in both the treatment and prevention of kidney stones and in lowering parathyroid hormone levels in some patients.

    Boron also decreases subacute inflammation, which is a factor in bone loss.  In Dec. 2013 The Biological Trace Element Research Journal printed an article stating that in human studies, boron protects the bones against inflammation disruption of the equilibrium between bone reabsorption and bone deposition.

    This same journal printed an article in July 2001 showing that boron added to estrogen "significantly increased serum Ca, P, Mg and osteocalcin concentrations" resulting in increased bone growth.  Deficiencies of trace elements slows down the increase of childhood/adolescent bone mass and accelerates bone loss after menopause or in old age" Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Medicine Aug. 2013.

    Osteoarthritis:

    The American Journal of Biomedical Sciences Oct. 2011 published an article showing that plant based boron could, in 14 days, decrease the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.  The article further found that taking boron also resulted in increased levels 1,25(OH)vitamin D.  Clinical intervention in Aug 2014 published an article that found the same relief of osteoarthritis symptoms in 14 days as found in the previous study.

    Antioxidant:

    Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology Jan 2012 found that boron played a protective role in lowering the genotoxic effects of heavy metals by its antioxidant capacity. Biological trace element Research April 2014 found that levels of boron in the 40 mg/L range could increase weight, organ indexes, and antioxidant capacities of spleen and improve the speen tissue structure.  There is a toxicity level of boron at over 640 mg/L.

    Hormone Balancing:

    Toxicology Ind. Health Jan. 2013 found boron decreased body weight, leptin, insulin and glucose levels and increased T3 (the thyroid hormone your cells actually use) and carnitine levels in plasma.

    Biological Trace Element Reserch April 2013 published an article showing that "there was a significant relationship between age and qualitative values of body mass index for each subject." This shows that there is a "reverse relationship between blood boron levels and body mass index in humans".  This means that low boron levels are associated with increased weight and that high levels are associated with lower body weights.

    The Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (March 2012) stated that the consumption of fatty acids, calcium, Vitamin D, and boron with physical activity increased levels of estradiol, testosterone and free testosterone. They also caused a strengthening and higher breaking point of bones.

    The journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology (Jan. 2011) stated that Boron possesses widespread properties in biochemistry and nutrition.  It further found that boron had significant biological effects on steroid hormones andinflammatory markers. Signficant decreases in sex hormone binding globulins, CRP, CRP-HS and TNF alpha levels.  Also found were increased levels of plasma free testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, cortisol and Vitamin D along with decreased levels of Estradiol. What this means is that not only can boron help to balance your hormones but can improve the cross talk between your various endocrine glands.

    Dyslipidemia:

    Oral resveritrol and boron supplementation showed a significant decrease in C-reactive protein, N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide and an improvement in the quality of life of individuals in the study (Nutrition July 2012).

    The Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology (April 2011) published an article showing that "added boron and copper had a significant effect on plasma high density lipoprotein  cholesterol fraction."  And went on to state that "plasma lipid contents were also decreased by addition of copper and boron in the ration."  What this means is that boron can affect blood cholesterol levels in good ways.

    This was further found in the Journal of Diabetes (Mar. 2014) which stated that boron containing compounds could result in decreased hepatic and blood levels of lipids and that this may represent a novel approach for threating diseases with aberrant lipid homeostasis.

    Anti Cancer Research:

    Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Oct 2011) found that boron could reduce cancer risk and had beneficial effects on oxidative stress, central nervous system function, hormone facilitation, immune response, arthritis, bone growth and inflammation.

    Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (May 2010) found that consumption of "boron containing compounds resulted in significant decrease in the risk for prostate and cervical cancer, and decrease in lung cancer in smoking women."  They also showed promising chemotherapeutic effects for specific forms of cancer.

    Much more can be said about boron, i.e. its ability to down regulate the immun system, its antiaging effects, its lowering of CRP, but enough said for now.

    George Kessler, DO

     

    Clinical Notes:

    To health practitioners:

    Assuming that you are doing before and after tests, a typical dosage pattern would be to begin with one capsule of Fructo Borate Complex with breakfast and one with lunch for about 2 to 4 months.  After this trial period re-evaluate the lab tests, symptoms, etc to see the change in the parameters that you are following—bone formation and loss, pain, cholesterol levels, urinary excretion of calcium and/or magnesium, parathyroid hormoes, sex and stress and hormones etc. then adjust the dose accordingly.

     

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    This wild life photographer is getting a little love from a truly wild hyena who he has been filming for many months.

    Hyenas are skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope.  They also kill and eat birds, lizards, snakes and insects.  They've got big bugs in Africa.  You can make a meal on the darn things.

     

     

    Elephants may be extinct in the next 6 years if the current poaching rates continue. And, why all this poaching? For ivory bracelets, hair pins, pendants, chopsticks, trinkets and more. 35,000 were killed in 2013. Thirty Five Thousand. We are something else!

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