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  • Is Organic Food Really Better?

    Is Organic Food Really Better?

    In a most recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2014), titled “Higher Antioxidant and Lower Cadmium Concentrations and Lower Incidence of Pesticide Residues in Organically Grown Crops: a Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analyses,” authors Baranski, Srednicka-Tober, Volakakis et al. carried out meta-analyses based on 343 peer-reviewed publications that indicate statistically significant and meaningful differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops.

    Baranski et al. found that concentrations of a range of antioxidants, such as polyphenolics, were substantially higher in organic crops as quantified in their phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes, flavones, flavonols and anthocyanins being an estimated 19%, 69%, 28%, 26%, 50% and 51% higher respectively.

    Baranski, Srednicka-Tober, Volakakis et al. (2014) Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. British Journal of Nutrition: 112. 794-811 (read the whole article)

    Clinical Notes:

    Our Therapeutic Food Supplements are wild crafted or organic.  In our analysis of Phyto Power which contains three species of wild-crafted rosehips, 4 species of wild-crafted blueberries, and 4 species of wild-crafted dandelions, the polyphenolic phyto chemicals were dramatically more densely packed into the plants than in conventionally farmed rosehip, blueberry and dandelion.

    The following charts - an excerpt from our 2012 article that you can read in full here - show the difference in phytonutrient between of the Phyto Power wild-crafted rosehip and conventionally grown dog rosehip from Europe:


    Rosehip Nutrient ComparisonWhen it comes to rosehip, the European Dog Rose (Rosa canina L.) has been considered to be the most potent and is used as the standard by which others are measured. 

    As you can see to the right here in the bar graph nutrient comparison of the wild crafted Alaska Rosehip to the Dog Rose, the Alaskan produce is much more potent (with the darker red being the Alaskan and the lighter red the Dog Rose).

    When we look at the catechins specifically the difference is 2 to 1 in favor of the Alaskan Rosehip, with the Alaskan Rosehip containing in mg/g:

    • Rosehip 1 572.05 catechin
    • 67.50 epicatechin
    • 0.93 gallocatechin
    • 0.45 epicatechin gallate
    • 0.25 catechin gallate

    While the Dog Rose contains in mg/g:

    • 35.70 catechin
    • 33.70 epicatechin
    • 0.86 gallocatechin
    • 0.15 epicatechin gallate
    • 0.02 catechin gallate.

    The total in mg/g is 141.20 for the Alaska Rose and 70.20 for the Dog Rose.  The rosehip has everyone of the catechins except EGCG which you find in tea.

    Regarding the Organic Acids comparison in mg/g:

    Alaska Rosehip

    • rosehip 2 248.30 Ellagic acid
    • 7.85 Gallic acid
    • 1.54 p-Coumaric acid
    • 0.97 Protocatachuic acid
    • 0.38 Caffeic acid
    • 0.30 Chlorogenic acid
    • 0.22 Salicylic acid
    • 0.06 Ferulic acid

    Dog Rosehip

    • 5.25 Ellagic acid
    • 0.14 Gallic acid
    • 0.16 p-Coumaric acid
    • 0.18 Protocatachuic acid
    • 0.00 Caffeic acid
    • 0.05 Chlorogenic acid
    • 0.14 Salicylic acid
    • 0.09 Ferulic acid

    The total difference in mg/g between the Alaskan and the Dog is 59.62 to 6.01.

    Let's compare the difference in Flavonoids, again in mg/g:

    Alaska Rosehip

    • Rosehip 3 210.50 Quercetin
    • 3.03 Hyperoside
    • 1.62 Kaempferol
    • 0.78 Isoquercitin
    • 0.56 Phloridzin
    • 0.42 Isohamnetin
    • 0.26 Naringenin
    • 0.16 Rutin
    • 0.06 Nothofagin
    • 0.02 Luteolin
    • 0.02 Biochanin A

    Dog Rosehip

    • 1.05 Quercitin
    • 4.30 Hyperoside
    • 0.00 Kaempferol
    • 3.51 Isoquercitin
    • 1.49 Phloridzin
    • 0.00 Isorhamnetin
    • 0.15 Naringenin
    • 0.67 Rutin
    • 0.07 Nothofagin
    • 0.01 Luteolin
    • 0.00 Biochanin A

    In summary there is 17.40 mg/g of the Alaska to 11.27 mg/g of the Dog.

    Now let's compare their quantitative differences in mg/g of the Vitamin content:


    • rosehip 4 225.00 Vitamin C
    • 1.09 Vitamin B3
    • 0.08 Vitamin B2
    • 0.03 Vitamin B1
    • 0.01 Vitamin B6

    Dog RoseHip

    • 10.00 Vitamin C
    • 0.19 Vitamin B3
    • 0.11 Vitamin B2
    • 0.01 Vitamins B1
    • 0.00 Vitaminl B6

    The total are 26.21 mg/g of the Alaskan Rosehip to 10.31 mg/g of the Dog Rose.

    Regarding the Carotenoids (Lycopene, b-Carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin) in mg/g:

    Alaska Rosehip

    • rosehip 5 34.89 Lycopene
    • 1.15 b-Carotene
    • 0.21 Lutein
    • 0.17 Zeaxanthin

    Dog Rose

    • 2.98 Lycopene
    • 1.53 b-Carotene
    • 0.00 lutein
    • 0.19 Zeaxanthin

    The total 6.42 Alaskan to 4.70 Dog.

    You can see in the above picture the refractance dried rosehip flakes that we mill into a powder for encapsulation.  In the coming weeks we will look at the important active ingredients within the Alaskan blueberry and the dandelion.  But, as you can see with our rosehip, this produce is quite simply loaded with actives.

    Now in regards to the second question, is there enough quantity in a capsule to make a therapeutic difference, the answer is absolutely.  Just consuming two capsule a day would be the equivalent of eating 6 whole rosehips (pericarp and all), a small handful of blueberries and a salad made up entirely of dandelion.

    Keeping our focus on the rosehip, the pericarp (the petal base) and the seeds are very bitter and astringent, but they are literally packed with catechins, and consuming a small amount can go a long ways therapeutically. According to Norman Hollenberg, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, epicatechin can reduce the risk of four of the major health problems:  stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes.  He believes that epicatechin should be considered essential to the diet and thus classified as a vitamin (Science Daily March 12, 2007; Int. J. Med. Sci. 2007, 4:53-58).

    So as you can see there is so much to consider therapeutically here.  In regards to the rosehip, not are there catachins, but there's the caratenoids, there's ellagic acid, there's Vitamin C , and so much more.  We love our Phyto Power, consider taking one to two capsules daily.


    Why the differences?

    When plants are grown organically or grown in the wilds of nature they don’t have the protection of herbicides and pesticides.  Therefore they create lots of polyphenolic phytochemicals which function as antioxidants, transcription molecules, antimicrobials to protect themselves from harmful pests and pathogens.  When we eat these nutrient rich plants we can utilize and receive the benefits of these powerful molecules to protect our own body’s cells and functioning, and support our own immune systems.

    When dosing with PhytoPower take two capsules daily.  That is like eating six wild rosehips with seeds and all, a small handful of anthocyanin rich blueberries and a small cup of dandelion salad with their roots, leave and seeds.


    Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in California.  Our mission is to connect city dwellers with fresh, organic produce through a network of urban farms, while creating living wage jobs for the new generation of farmers.

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  • Garlics effect on Probiotics

    In a recent study by Booyens and Thantsha (2013), Garlic was acknowledged as a powerful broad spectrum anti-microbial, able to kill many types of pathogens (see the many studies in references below).

    But what is the effect of garlic on probiotic organisms such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium?

    Booyens and Thantsha (2013) investigated the antimicrobial effects of different garlic preparations on five strains of Bifidobacteria and one strain of Lactobacillus.

    What Booyens and Thantsha discovered was that certain strains of Bifido where more susceptible to garlic’s antimicrobial effects than others, with B. lactis being the least effected, following by some B. longum strains (but not others) and then bifidum being the most sensitive, whilst the L. acidophilus was not effected at all.

    Some issues arise in the design of this study: the first issue is that Bifido is an anaerobe and therefore hard to study outside the body. It is exceedingly difficult to get it to grow. Some of the difficulties may be due simply to Bifido’s general sensitivity outside the body.

    The second issue is that Booyens and Thantasha (2013) used very specific strains so we cannot generalize the results to all strains of Bifido.  Third, different growing methods result in different hardiness of the microorganism. Therefore some are more susceptible than others to heat, acid, and antimicrobials.

    Forth, within the Bifido family, some species were less susceptible to garlic, but no further human studies were done to ascertain the amounts of garlic a person can take with certain species of Bifido.  This demonstrates the difficulties of studying microbiome.

    The one Lactobacillus species that was analyzed was acidophilus and it appeared to not be effected by the garlic.  This result add to the body of evidence that confirms the genus Lactobacillus a resistant to garlic.

    Overall, the conclusions we take from this research is that Lactobacillus maintains its status as resistant to garlic and therefore is a probiotic that can be taken with garlic at the same time, whereas, regarding the Bifido species selection as the authors of the research state, “Caution is therefore advised when using probiotic Bifidobacteria and garlic simultaneously.”


    Booyens and Thantsha, 2013, Antibacterial effect of hydrosoluble extracts of garlic (Allium sativum) against Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus acidophilus, African Journal of Microbiology Research, 7(8), pp. 669-677.  (See the full research)

    Clinical Notes:

    We love garlic as an antimicrobial for the GI tract.  It covers so many possible pathogens.  These include Escherichia, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus, Bacillus, Clostridium, Neisseria, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Shigella, Mycobacterium and Helicobacter— all potential poster bacteria for life threatening diseases.  (Ankri and Mirelman, 1999; Belguith et al., 2010; Deresse, 2010; Gupta and Ravishanka, 2005; Uchida et al., 1975; Cellinin et al., 1996; Sivam, 2001 respectively).

    The antimicrobial power of garlic doesn’t stop here, for it has also proven to be a very effective antifungal (i.e. inhibiting and killing Candida albicans), antiprotozoal (think of Giardia and Cryptosporidium, both dangerous infections prevented and stopped by garlic) and antiviral properties —garlic kills viruses upon direct contact, including those responsible for viral meningitis, viral pneumonia, as well as herpes infections.  (Ankri and Mirelman, 1999; Harris et al., 2001)

    Though there is substantial evidence to support the claim for pathogens, there is limited literature on its effects on beneficial bacteria, specifically probiotic bifidobacteria.  This study reveals for the first time, susceptibility of Bifidobacteria to antibacterial activity of garlic.


    Ankri S, Mirelman D (1999). Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic. Microbes Infect. 2:125-129.

    Belguith HF, Kthiri A, Chati A, Abu Sofah J, Ben H, Ladoulsi A (2010). Inhibitory effect of aqueous garlic extract (Allium sativum).  Food Sci. Technol. 37:263-268.

    Deresse D (2010). Antibacterial effect of garlic (allium sativum) on Staphylococcu aureus:  An in vitro study.  Asian J. Med. Sci. 2:62-65.

    Gupta S, Ravishankar S (2005).  A comparison of the antimicrobial activity of garlic, ginger, carrot, and turmeric pastes against Escherichia coli 0157:H7 in laboratory buffer and ground beef. Foodborne Pathog. Dis. 2:330-340.

    Uchida Y, Takahashi T, Sato N (1975).  The characteristics of the antibacterial activity of garlic.  Jpn. J. Antibiot. 28:638-646.

    Cellini L, Campli D, Masulli E, Bartolomeo DS, Allocati N (1996). Inhibition of Helicobacter pylori by garlic extract (Allium sativum). FEMS Immuno. Med. Microbiol. 13:273-277.

    Sivam GP (2001). Protection against Helicobacter pylori and other bacterial infections by garlic. J. Nutr. 131:1106S-1108S.

    Harris JC, Cottreli SL, Plummer S, Lloyd D (2001).  Antimicrobial properties of Allium sativum (garlic).  Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 57:282-286.

    Virunga on Netflix:  Leonardo DiCaprio hopes to save one of the last pristine places on Earth with moving gorilla documentary.  It centers on a motley crew of park rangers made up of an ex-child soldier, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist who are trying to protect the UNESCO heritage site from not only poachers and armed militia but oil corporations interested in the park’s resources.

    “I really think we’re at a pivotal point in human history, there’s destruction going on not only in Africa but in Asia, Brazil and more, where corporate interests are now infiltrating these last pristine places on Earth."

    “A lot of people think that multi-trillion dollar industries cannot be fought, but with enough backlash from the media and the public these places can be saved."

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  • Attention! The Therapeutic Food Recipes for Health.

    Last week we began sharing our collective recipes—yours and ours—that we have shared and exchanged over the last decade. Last week we brought new research to help out in the Colds and Flu season (for immune support). Lets continue our discussion on handling a nasty cold.

    The British Journal of Nutrition meta-analysis research by King et al. (2014), demonstrated the effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults resulting in a reduction in days loss to work and school.

    For the recipe, use one of two Therapeutic Foods probiotic formulas, the Supernatant and the Original Synbiotic Formulas.

    The Organic Freeze-dried Garlic is a great partner to the probiotics.  Today we want to expand on the garlic ingredient. Let me share with you a foundational research for the use of garlic to prevent colds and also reduce the effects of a cold.

    In a 2001 trial, 146 volunteers were randomized to receive a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement, one capsule daily, over a 12-week period.  [That would certainly cover the flu and cold season].  The active-treatment group had significantly fewer colds than the placebo group- 24 vs. 65.

    The placebo group, in contrast, recorded significantly more days challenged virally- 366 vs. 111, and significantly longer duration of symptoms- 5.01 vs. 1.52.

    Peter Joslin, (2001). Preventing the Common Cold with a Garlic Supplement: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey, Advances in Therapy, 18(4): 189-193.

    Therapeutic Food Recipe for Colds and Flu:

    Supernatant Synbiotic Formula- one capsule daily
    Original Synbiotic Formula- one teaspoon daily

    Freeze-dried Organic Garlic- one capsule daily

    When you feel a cold coming on: Take the recipe twice daily. If it is especially a nasty cold, you may increase the garlic to two capsules, and open up in water (mix with probiotic if you wish), let sit for one minute (to create the allicin) and drink!

    More on Garlic next week. There are many recipes and uses for garlic as it is a powerful Therapeutic Food.


    Clinical Notes:

    We love Garlic as a therapeutic food supplement.  It has such a broad spectrum of applications, particularly as an antimicrobial.  As many of you know it was called the Russian Penicillin During WWI where garlic poultices were used to prevent wound infection.  Louis Pasteur in 1858 recognized and researched on the antibiotic properties of garlic.  In traditional medicine all over the world it has been used against bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections.


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    Toxic food is fueling epidemics of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, ill health, and environmental destruction.  Join the Food Revolution Network to get insights you can trust and support you can use, from some of the top food experts on the planet.

    Last week was the start of the Food Revolution Network’s 6-week Healthy Kitchen online class.  I joined myself and it is absolutely fantastic and will be illuminating for everyone.  It is not to late to join into it.  Just click on their website above and you’ll see how to join in.


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  • Good Probiotic for the Cold & Flu Season

    Since the cold and flu season is upon us, let me share a large study that examines probiotics use to shorten the duration of a cold!

    King et al.’s (2014) meta-analysis research on the effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults who develop common acute respiratory infectious condition found a reduction in the number of days absent from work or school in those who used probiotic to treat or prevent colds and flu.

    We would also suggest using a capsule of the Organic Garlic with the probiotics, as garlic does not harm the lactic acid organisms.

    In a brief meta-analysis on probiotic, our Medical Director Dr. George Kessler found that “the research into the relationship between our microbiome and health related issues have recently increased at break neck speed.”

    In fact, the amount of research over the last ten years on the human microbiome is enormous, demonstrating that probiotics are used for many different conditions. Yet we have only discovered the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the importance of maintaining the proper balance of probiotics.  Keep your eye on the work within the most prestigious circles of mainstream medical science, (e.g. NIH’s Human Microbiome Project) to continue to learn how to utilize probiotics in your practices.

    We will share the rest of Dr. Kessler’s monograph’s recent studies into probiotics’ many uses next week.

    Reference: King, S. et al. (2014). Effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults who develop common acute respiratory infectious conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  British Journal of Nutrition. 112(1), 41-54.


    Clinical Notes:

    Two of our most basic, straight forward, and popular synbiotic formulas (remember the definition of synbiotic means a formula that contains prebiotic and probiotic) are the Original Synbiotic Formula and the Supernatant Synbiotic Formula.  Both are perfect for the cold and flu season.

    The Original Synbiotic Formula is in a powder format and contains pedigreed strains of L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, S. thermophiles and B. longum with organic inulin (a soluble fiber derived from organic chicory root).  One teaspoon delivers a cfu of 20 billion and 3.5 grams of fiber.  Take ¼ to 1 tsp daily. (cfu: colony forming units)

    The Supernatant Synbiotic Formula is in a capsule format and contains pedigreed strains of L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. bulgaricus, L. helveticus, S. thermophilius, B. infantis, and B. longum along with supernatant (see link) all carried with inulin in a vegetarian capsule make with cellulose only.  Each capsule contains a 15.5 cfu count.  Take one capsule daily.

    Both are wonderful and very effective probiotics and prefect for the cold and flu season.


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  • The Power of Good Probiotics

    When we think of food as medicine, right at the top of this list should be the health building power of fermented foods.  Our gastrointestinal microbiome thrives with the support of friendly, health-promoting bacteria that only properly cultured fermented foods and property selected and manufactured probiotics supplements can provide.  (See more)

    Yolanda Sanz et al. (2010) in “Probiotics as Drugs Against Human Gastrointestinal Pathogens” in Frontiers in Anti-infective Drug Discovery, 1, 107-123, focus on the healthy immune stimulating function that good bacteria can provide.

    Sanz et al. nicely summarize the possible mechanisms, the action of probiotics against gastrointestinal pathogens.  These categories include (1) modification of the environmental conditions, (2) competition for nutrients and adhesion sites, (3) production of antimicrobial compounds, (4) modulation of the immune and non-immune defense mechanisms of the host, and (5) regulation of the intestinal neuromuscular function.

    But there is more.

    Imbedded within Sanz et al.’s research is a leading edge concept that we have utilized in our Bulgarian collection of probiotic formulas. We will also be expanding our probiotic offering with a new synbiotic formula, with the focus on priming the immune system.

    This formula is designed to strengthen the mechanism and function of the immune system. We will share more in next week’s Forward Thinking.

    Our Therapeutic Foods Synbiotic Formulas supply wonderful, healthy bacteria that support good digestion, the elimination of toxins, regulating immunity and preventing pathogen colonization and invasion.the Product of the Month.

    Clinical Notes:

    What we call our Bulgarian synbiotic formulas are the Supernatant Synbiotic Formula, the Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula and the No. 7 Systemic Booster.  These formulas were created as the result of our collaborative work with Bulgarian and American scientists.

    It was clear from the very beginning of creating our synbiotic formulas that one of the ingredients that our Bulgarian team of scientists insisted must be in all the formulas was the supernatant.  To produce supernatant we took L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilis, put them in a broth of carefully selected foods for the growth, and then collected their metabolic byproducts—their digestive enzymes, their B and K vitamins, their lactic acid, their bacterocines, their biosurfactants and their oligoribonucleotides.

    Once these metabolites were produced we then collected this supernatant material and added to it the bulgaricus and thermophilis as dead whole cells, and the whole lot was freeze-dried.  This supernatant our Bulgarian scientist assured us had strong healthy immune stimulating properties, without over stimulating the system, more of a waking it up, yet balancing the immune response as the same time.

    Supernatant Synbiotic Formula:  take one capsule a day or as directed by your health practitioner

    Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula:  take one capsule a day or as directed by your health practitioner.

    No. 7 Systemic Booster:  take one tsp. a day or as directed by your health practitioner.


    Welcome to the Healthy Kitchen Power Hour with John and Ocean Robbins.  The goal is to make it easy to integrate your beliefs about food into your day-to-day life.  This is a free global event hosted by John and Ocean.

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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 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 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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