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  • How We Can Eat to Prevent Free Radicals

    3815441846_7099320f76_z Image: Patrick Feller via CC License

    Do you realize that every time we eat we create free radicals in our body?

    We have known for a long time that free radicals or ROS (reactive oxygen species) are associated with a host of diseases, from diabetes (Mohanty et al., 2000), to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more (Paiifici & Davies 1991).

    If every one of our meals creates these free radicals, what should we eat?

    What foods create more free radicals and in turn these diseases, and what foods balance the generation of these ROS and help protect us from these diseases?

    The rest of the story: What should we eat to reduce ROS?

    We have known for a long time that free radicals (ROS) damage cell membranes, lipids, proteins, DNA, which is in turn associated with a host of other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, IBD (Paiifici & Davies 1991).

    The Metabolic process of turning food into energy creates free radicals. Mohanty et al. (2000) demonstrated the relationship between nutrition and ROS generation. They investigated the effect of glucose challenge on ROS generation by leucoyctes, and concluded that glucose intake stimulates ROS generation.

    Our bodies, in the process of metabolizing our most basic molecule for energy— glucose—create an overload of free radicals. It is simply the process of digesting our foods that generates so many free radicals.

    Dr. Greger (see Green Facts) argues that during our evolution there was no such thing as sugar water associated with the foods we ate. In nature, as he says, “all sugars and starches come prepackages with antioxidants.” This means that sweet foods such as fruit are balanced with important phytonutrients.

    He further states that, “this process of oxidizing carbs for energy is messy and that it generates free radicals. If we chug down straight sugar water the level of oxidation in our blood stream goes up over the next few hours. But if we drink a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice you don’t get that spike in oxidation. Why?”

    Because the fresh squeezed OJ has antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Which is it, the C or the flavonoids or both that account for the free radical neutralizing power here?

    Dr. Greger’s answer is that there is still a spike in oxidation with the combination of sugar and vitamin C.   It is not the vitamin C in orange juice but the citrus phytonutrients like hesperetin and naringenin that beat back the oxidation.

    And here is the central point. We must eat phytonutrient-rich plant foods with every meal to create a balance and bring our bodies out of a pro-oxidative state. We need more fruits and colorful vegetables with each meal.

    And, this is where the Therapeutic Food Supplements can come and make a world of different in our health today. Since the Therapeutic Foods Supplements are concentrated phytonutrient-rich plants, it is easy to bring our bodies back into oxidative balance.

    Clinic Note:

    We need to seek out plant sources with high active phytonutrients in them. And, that is exactly what we have done for you in the creation of our Therapeutic Foods Supplement line.

    Here are some of our products that offer rich array of antioxidant phytochemicals:

    Blueberry Extract: our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable. It is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract. This North American cultivar contains a phenolic profile and content that is amongst the richest of all fruit. It provides high concentrations of a broad spectrum of anthocynins.

    Suggested Dosage: one capsule a day.

    High ORAC Synbiotic Formula: this diverse synbiotic formula brings together the various qualities of blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, bilberry extract, cranberry, tart cherry and prune plus the soluble fiber inulin from chicory root and a 25 billion count of the pedigreed probiotic organisms L. acidophilus and B. longum.

    Suggested Dosage: one capsule a day

    Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic Formula: our new synbiotic formula contains 50% more viable CFU at the two year label claim- 66 billion per 2 tbl and 3 times the overage at the date of manufacture at 176 billion per 2 tbl. It also contains 10.5 grams from oat bran (high in beta glucan fibers), red beetroot and inulin. The red beet root contains betalain a very strong antioxidant.

    Suggested Dosage: from one tsp to two tbl daily.

    No. 7 Systemic Booster: this rich synbiotic formula contains also a wide selection of fruit rich in polyphenolic for high antioxidant potency. Amongst its probiotics and over nutriceuticals is contain organic cranberry extract and whole fruit, organic pomegranate extract and whole fruit, organic tart cherry and organic pineapple.

    Suggested Dosage: one tsp daily.

    Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula: our unique formula brings out the best of both cranberry and pomegranate. The former helps to provide powerful support for healthy urinary tract function, the latter aids a healthy inflammatory response and resistance to infection. They both provide strong support in neutralizing free radicals.

    Suggested Dosage: one to two capsules daily.

    Cruciferous Sprout Complex: A pure mixture of seven nutrient-rich varieties of cruciferous spouts, intelligently crafted to stimulate the liver’s production of Phase 2 Enzymes that make up the pathway for Phase 2 liver detoxification, critical for keeping our blood clean and free from free radicals.

    Suggested Dosage: two capsules daily.

    Chlorella Organic: the world’s richest source of chlorophyll, derived from its green pigment. Also is a rich source of carotenoids. Chlorophyl facilitates the cleans of the blood and neutralize free radicals. Chlorella is also the world’s richest source for a complete collection of amino acids. It is truly a super food.

    Suggested Dosage: two to four capsules daily.

    Phyto Power: a wildcrafted wonder, Phyto Power brings together the whole fruit and seeds of three species of Alaska rosehip, four species of dandelions (roots, leaves and flowers) and four species of blueberry. An extremely powerful and pure broad spectrum flavonoid profile offering our a strong antioxidant profile.

    Suggested Dosage: one to two capsules daily.

    The key strategy to balance out the oxidative stress of digestion is to add a dose the Therapeutic Foods Supplements with every meal. For example:

    Before your breakfast take a tablespoon of the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic in a tall glass of water with one Blueberry Extract.

    For lunch with your meal take two capsule of the Phyto Power and 2 tablet of the Chlorella.

    And, for with dinner add 2 Cruciferous Sprouts and 1 High ORAC.

    Be creative. It is simple, easy, and yet powerful. Help your body to balance free radicals generated during the digestive process of your meals.

    Green Facts:

    Michael Greger M.D. is an amazing resource for bringing healthy eating back into a center place in medicine. Check out his website and this video: and The Minimum Recommended Daily Allowance of Antioxidants.


  • What's Missing in Your Practice?

    Food Harvest Image by Stoonn courtesy of

    What is one of the most profound actions you can do for the health of your own body, the health of your patients, your community, and ultimately the health of our world? What is the most basic, fundamental aspect of life, beyond breathing, that if we medically get it right, will set off a chain reaction resulting in health throughout the planet? This one element is the missing ingredient in the practice of medicine today.

    Let us face it. Life is one big food chain. The elements of the earth, the sun and water feed plants, plants feed animals, animals feed animals (and humans), and when plants and animals die they become foods for the decomposer s- worms, insects, bacteria, fungus, who create our rich soil for plant seeds to sprout in and once again become food for the earth. Round and round we go.

    We are intimately involved in the food chain, and as omnivores we can consume both plants and animals. It is manifestly obvious to all of us involved in integrative health that healthy foods are central and fundamental to achieving a healthy body. We know that the foods we eat can be the deal breaker as to whether we achieve the health we want for our bodies. Food as medicine is really a non-negotiable concept.

    Creating a worldwide food system—eco-farmed in rich soils without herbicide and pesticides, properly harvested and transported—enhances the nutrient density in foods. We must have nutrients dense foods to bring about the health we desire.

    In 2004, Dohrea and I set about to create BioImmersion Inc. and the Therapeutic Food Supplement line. Several things were very clear to us. In our world today the level of assault on our bodies from pollution, pathogens, stress, and bad dietary practices is so high that we need powerful medicinal foods. Our bodies after all know exactly what and how to utilize food for therapeutic purposes.

    Our Therapeutic Foods is a supplement line that is build with eco-farmed foods that are whole and potent. We also utilized ecologically smart technology to extract complete concentrations of classes of phyto-nutrients from foods. The results are foods that behave medicinally in the body. And as we have known for 2500 years, food is able to repair, heal, protect, and prevent dis-ease (Hippocrates, 400 BC).

    What is missing in your practice? We would say that it is a therapeutic food line that is potent, whole, and concentrated. Create a powerful base for your health routines and protocols with Therapeutic Foods.
    Clinical Notes

    Have you read our medical director’s essay on the Fructo Borate Complex?  Dr. George Kessler is an osteopath in New York City and not only one of the best integrative doctors in the city, but in the country as well. See his bio here. George was one of the first practitioners to immediately recognize our Fructo Borates uniqueness and potential as a therapeutic food supplement. And, he has written textbooks on the subject. This product has certain proven its value for Dr. Kessler with his patients, for almost a decade now. Fructo Borate is a very special product and is multifaceted in its uses. In case you missed it before I am linking you here to Dr. Kessler’s essay on Fructo Borate. Enjoy.

    Green Facts

    Ecosystems collapsing, habitats vanishing, species going into extinction at a rate we have not seen for millions of year. In fact, according to geological records not since 65 million years ago before the 5th Mass Extinction occurred and the time of the dinosaurs dramatically came to an end. Many biologists believe we are rapidly moving toward the 6th Mass Extinction, possibly in as soon as 100 years. We believe we still can reverse this process and turn the world into a direction of light, life and abundance. But it will take us all literally to “get into the streets?"

    There are so many wonderful organizations moving us in that direction and one of the great ones is the Bioneers. Check out this inspiring 6 minute keynote speech by 14 year old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez presented at the Bioneer’s Youth Leadership Conference.

  • Blueberry Extract is Back!!

    Our blueberry extract is back and it is better than ever.

    Our brain is central to who we are, the core of our very being, and with the frightening specter of the ever rising rate of Alzheimer’s Disease and age-related cognitive dysfunction in America, we at BioImmersion are focusing on creating products supported by research that tackles this issue head on.

    The health promotion properties of Blueberry Extract’s phytochemicals are many. Research has demonstrated for years that Blueberry Extract is a powerful supportive super food when it comes to the protection from neuro-degenerative diseases, cancers, and diabetes, to even functioning as a prebiotic—supporting the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.

    The phenolic content/profile of the North American blueberries used in the production of our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable and the fact that our extract perfectly corresponds to the profile of the fresh blueberries is a testament to the richness and purity of the extract. This is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract.

    We utilize leading technology[1] to assess polyphenolic levels of our North American blueberry cultivar. Our analyses demonstrate a phenolic profile and content that is among the richest of all fruit.

    Two major researchers into the world of plant’s phytonutrients and into Blueberry and Blueberry Extract in particular are Dr. James Joseph and Dr. Mary Ann Lila.

    The research of Dr. James Joseph was highly influential on blueberry extract as a protective and corrective food in regards to cognitive decline. As the past Director of Research at Tufts University's USDA Anti-Aging Center, he was prolific in his research using blueberry extract to prevent and reversing senility in old age, and even in reversing Alzheimer's syndrome specifically. (Joseph 2008; 2010).

    Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA et al, Blueberry polyphenols attenuate kainic acid-induced decrements in cognition and alter inflammatory gene expression in rat hippocampus. Nutr Neurosci. 2008 Aug;11(4):172-82.

    Krikorian R, Kalt W, Joseph J, et al, Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2010, 58(7), pp3996-3000.

    Click on the Blueberry Extract Monograph within the BioImmersion website library for a description of Joseph’s exciting research, taken in part from his wonderful book, The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health.   His book is very helpful for educating and motivating yourself and your patients into healthier and colorful eating patterns.

    Dr. Mary Ann Lila is the director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. She has been a major researcher on blueberries for decades. Dr. Lila and her team have been focusing not only on blueberries ability to alleviate cognitive decline, in particular of late its ability to alleviate the neuro-degeneration of Parkinson’s disease, but also its anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. She states, “Now we have the sophisticated instrumentation where we are starting to zero in what these chemicals [polyphenols] are and we can start to pin point and utilize them for human health.”  Dr. Lila is an important food researcher to get to know.

    Clinical Notes:

    Robert Anderson MD, the eminent author and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine , began purchasing our Blueberry Extract around 5 years ago. Noticing his consistent ordering pattern, I called Dr. Anderson, curious as to his experience of the blueberry. He graciously informed me that both his grandmother on his mother’s side and his mother died of Alzheimer’s and he wanted to do everything in his power to keep his mind sharp. He takes one capsule a day.

    Dosage: Take one capsule daily.

    Green Facts:

    Here's a list of our our blueberry extract’s 28 phenolic compounds:


    [1] HPLC-PDA-HR-MS: Thermo Accella UPLC along with leading edge analytical technology for measuring the total ORAC which quantifies Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity in terms of five ROS categories- superoxide (O2*), hydroxyl radical (OH*), peroxyl radical (RO2*), nitric oxide (*NO) and peroxynitrate (OHOO-).


  • 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.


    The Food Revolution Network

    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.


    David Suzuki aims to change Canada’s Constitution with Blue Dot Tour.  He planned the tour as a catalyst to try to bring about constitutional guarantees to clean air, clean water, and healthy food.  The tour has begun!  It is very exciting and already producing results.  See The Blue Dot Tour and also click on inside the very beautiful short video they produced called Shoulders

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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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