A few months ago a friend shared with me a book, called the Microbiome Diet, that she promised would correct and rebalance my inner microbiome. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with the word microbiome and as I leafed through the book I could see that the Microbiome Diet equates in most ways to the Pro-Terrain pH Balancing and Longevity Diet-eating program that Conscious Planet has been teaching over the years. I got very excited because I knew that with the more recent developments in scientific research and studies regarding the importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome, that I was going to learn a whole lot more about our inner world of microorganisms and how to keep them in balance. "I was ready to up my game.” I immediately went on Amazon.ca and ordered my own hardcopy. The Microbiome Diet – A Scienticfically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health. By Raphael Kellman, MD This book has been a Godsend in helping me repair my leaky gut which I have struggled with for years and has helped me restore and balance my inner terrain, my microbiome. As a result, I would like to share some key excerpts and important information from this book that may transform the health of your inner world by paying more attention to these tiny minescule organisms. What is the microbiome? The microbiome is a minature world made up of trillions of microscopic, non-human organisms that flourish within your gatrointestinal tract. These intestinal organisms digest your food, govern your appetite, control your metabolism, orchestrate your immune system, influence your mood, and even help determine how your genes are expressed. They have a major impact on whether your heart is healthy, whether your bones develop properly, and whether your brain feels sharp and clear or fuzzy and unfocused. They sustain the gatrointestinal tract so your food is properly digested delivering all the nourishment you need. They produce crucial vitamins and other nutrients. They even manufacture natural antibiotics. Most amazing of all, these non-human organisms make up a whopping 90 percent of your cells. Think about that. The vast majority of the cells within your body are not human. Within your intestinal tract lies a whole separate ecology that is inextricably involved with yours. When these microscopic organisms flourish, you flourish. When they struggle, you struggle. When they crave sugar, so do you. And when they operate at peak efficiency, so does your metabolism. That is why balancing your microbiome is the key to maintaining proper digestion and elimination. Balancing your microbiome is also the key to preventing and even reversing major illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders, autism and other developmental diseases. If you have a healthy microbiome and good intestinal health, your metabolism automatically keeps you at a healthy weight. If you have an unbalanced microbiome and poor intestinal health, you are virtually guaranteed to gain weight and suffer with leaky gut syndrome. As we are now understanding leaky gut can be repaired by creating and maintaining a healthy microbiome. Hippocrates, founder of Western Medicine, taught that all disease begins in the gut thus the obvious answer is taking care of our gut and intestinal health. A balanced microbiome regulates your immune system, three quarters of which is located within your intestines. It nourishes and sustains your gastrointestinal tract. It produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, including various B vitamins and vitamin K. It lays the groundwork for optimal mood and brain function by influencing the production of your neurotransmitters, the hormones and biochemicals your brain needs to process thought and emotion. And as mentioned before, it keeps you at your ideal weight by helping you digest your food, maintain an appropriate appetite, regulating the calories that enter your system, and keeping your metabolism working at optimal speed. So how do I know I have leaky gut, an imbalanced microbiome? Some of the common symptoms are: allergies, bloating & gas, slow metabolism, over weight and underweight, constipation, brain fog, depressed mood, difficulty focusing, fatigue, chronic inflammation, feeling too full, like food is just sitting in your stomach and not being digested, headaches, joint pain, infections, muscle pain, hair loss, swelling of ankles, tingling/numbing in hands and feet. Some of the less obvious though more serious are an overreactive immune system which leads to autoimmune diseases. So how does leaky gut happen and how can I repair it? An imbalanced microbiome will contribute to weakness in the intestinal walls. Partially digested food begins to leak through the permeable intestine walls dispersing loose into the blood stream and setting off an immune system reaction. The immune system perceives these undigested food particles as invaders and starts to make antibodies to combat some of the foods that are leaking through. Thus every time these certain foods are eaten, the immune system will create a reaction eventually causing inflammation throughout the body, insulin resistance follows along with a fat-storing metabolism cuing the body to gain weight with the threat of diabetes, disrupting hormones, digestion, elimination and nervous system as well as immune system. All of these symptoms are the result of leaky intestinal walls. To heal leaky gut firstly you will need to remove all the reactive foods from your diet, even the seemingly healthy foods that you have consistently been eating for a long time and now is seen by the immune system as a reactive food. A list will look something like this: all gluten foods, soy products, all unhealthy fats: trans fats, hydrogenated fats All inflammatory, allergenic, or reactive foods: no sugar, no eggs, no dairy all artificial sweeteners, preservatives or additives, remove from the gut parasites and the disproportionate growth of the wrong types of bacteria, known as dysbiosis, and break through the protective biofilm that protects yeast and the wrong types of bacteria. You may say, "well I’ve already done all of that and I still feel bloated and swollen and still seem to gain weight." The answer to your exclammations is to start adding foods to your diet that will support your microbiome such as friendly bacteria found in cultured and fermented foods containing live bacteria: raw sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented vegetables, goat’s or sheep’s milk kefir and fermented yogurt and for the first while you may want to supplement with a wide spectrum probiotic. Remember that the probiotic good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract will also need support from prebiotic food in order for the beneficial bacteria to flourish. Probiotics nourish the healthy bacteria in our microbiome so they can begin to outnumber the disruptive bacteria. A well-fed healthy microbiome are able to force the bad bacteria to leave to neighborhood. Consuming probiotics means microbial balance is restored. Inflammation subsides, endotoxins are averted, no more insulin resistance and no more weight gain. Good health, a healthy weight and happiness are the result. Some of the probiotic foods are the oligosaccharides – soluble plant fibers found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, jicama, and Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, radishes and tomato. In Dr. Raphael Kellman’s book he describes in extensive detail what kind of foods and supplements are needed to restore and maintain a healthy microbiome. He lays out a brilliant plan he calls the four R’s - Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair. He provides a daily eating plan and many delicious recipes to achieve your optimun healthy life style. But in order to have success with this program you actually have to make a commitment to get started. We wish you every success in your healthy endeavors.
I think no matter what we do for work or what we're up to in our lives, our success and fulfillment comes from alignment. By alignment, I mean living in such a way where we can honestly say we are in integrity with our core values, vision and life mission. Answer the following questions honestly. Journaling about your answers is even more powerful: Are youtruly living in alignment with your passion and values? Do youreally believe in what you’re putting out in the world or are you just doing it to pay the bills? Are youtreating your work like it's an art-form or are you just going through the motions? Are you dedicated to personal mastery with your craft or are you looking for a quick, easy payout? Do youthink longterm in your actions and planning or are youstuck in the limitations of month-to-month mode? Is who youwant to be aligned with what youare doing and how you are acting right now? Are youstretching yourself creatively in your life or are youhiding by doing things the same as everyone else? Are youclaiming your unique point of view based on your life experience and desires OR are you regurgitating what everyone else says, does and believes as a way to stay safe. When living in alignment, the journey of being human is a transformational, exciting, magical, fulfilling one (for us and for the people we touch in our wake). What is your personal practice for staying in alignment with your core passions, values and intended lifestyle? Article written by Bradley Morris. Learn more about Bradley at www.thegreatecourseadventure.com
1. The chemical name of vitamin C is ascorbic acid, meaning acid against scurvy. You can read this name off food packages, as vitamin C is an excellent natural food preserver as well. 2. The Inuit never eat fruit, but they don’t suffer from vitamin C deficiency nevertheless. This is possible because they eat a large quantity of raw meat, with high vitamin content. Most of these vitamins are destroyed during cooking. 3. Vitamin C makes the skin firmer because it plays an important role in building up collagen. Without collagen, the skin dries out, loses its firmness and it becomes prone to blemishes. 4. Smokers need a 30% higher intake of vitamin C than nonsmokers. If they don’t consume this higher quantity, they may experience symptoms of scurvy: gum bleeding and gingivitis, falling out of teeth, inflexible blood vessels, numbing of the extremities and heart failure. 5. The officially recommended vitamin C intake is 70-80 milligrams; however, the Nobel Prize scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi, the discoverer of the vitamin, took 1000 mgs daily when healthy and 8-9 thousand mgs when he was sick. The scientist never fell seriously ill; he remained vivacious and active until his death at 93 years of age. 6. In the mammal kingdom only humans, several species of apes and guinea pigs can’t synthesize vitamin C, so they have to procure it from external sources. As a comparison, a cat’s body can produce 18 thousand mgs of vitamin C a day. 7. Among all plants found in Central Europe, buckthorn berries have the highest vitamin C content, and they are situated at the 5thplace worldwide. As a comparison, 100 mg buckthorn contains 695 mgs of vitamin C, while the same amount of oranges contains only 53 mgs. 8. When Albert Szent-Györgyi first isolated vitamin C, he initially called it "ignose” or "I-don’t-know-what” sugar. The vitamin gained the name Ascorbic Acid later. 9. Vitamin C used for medicinal and food preservation purposes is mainly obtained from corn. 10. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy. This disease took its toll especially among sailors, who used to have a very limited intake of food containing vitamin C during several month long sea journeys. According to estimations, about 2 million sailors succumbed to the disease until the 20thcentury. During the Seven Year War, the Brits lost 1512 members of the navy in battles; in the meanwhile, scurvy killed about 100 thousand members of the British army. Inspired to get more vitamin C in your body? We have a special on Transcend this month!
Dehydration: Chronic dehydration also can be a cause of highblood pressure by making the body to hold onto sodium. This increases bloodvolume and thus blood pressure. Make a point of drinking a minimum of eight and preferably 10 to 12 glasses of pure, filtered water every day. How do I know when I am dehydrated? Symptoms of dehydration include the following: Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual. Dry mouth. Sleepiness or fatigue. Extreme thirst. Headache. Confusion. Dizziness or lightheaded feeling. No tears when crying. The importance of hydration Water plays many important roles within the body. Water is the major part of most of the body’s cells (except for fat cells) and it also cushions and lubricates the brain and the joints. It transports nutrients and carries waste away from the body cells. It also helps regulate body temperature by redistributing heat from active tissues to the skin and cooling the body through perspiration. Water is the main constituent of the human body: it is normally about 60% of body weight in adult males, and is slightly lower, about 50-55%, in females due to their higher proportion of body fat. The muscles and the brain are about 75% water, the blood and the kidneys are about 81%, the liver is about 71%, the bones are about 22% and adipose tissue is about 20%. Most of the water in the body is found within the cells of the body (about two thirds is in the intracellular space), and the rest is found in the extracellular space, which consists of the spaces between cells (the interstitial space) and the blood plasma. Total body hydration and the balance between input and output of water are under homeostatic control by mechanisms which modify excretory pathways and stimulate intake (thirst). The body requires water to survive and function properly. Humans cannot live without drinking for more than a few days – depending on weather, activity levels and other factors – whereas other nutrients may be neglected for weeks or months. Although commonly it is treated rather trivially, no other nutrient is more essential or is needed in such large amounts. Benefits Good hydration is essential for health and wellness. Every cell in the human body requires water. Hydration is central to the most basic physiological functions such as regulating blood pressure and body temperature, hydration and digestion. Some of the most remarkable benefits of hydration are listed below: Brain Adequate hydration is important for proper functioning of the brain. When we are well hydrated, brain cells are better supplied with fresh, oxygen-laden blood, and the brain remains alert. Mild dehydration, a 1% to 2% loss in body weight, can impair the ability to concentrate. Loss of more than 2% body weight due to dehydration can affect the brain’s processing abilities and impair short-term memory. Cells Hydration in the body is important for transporting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and oxygen to the cells. The cells then produce energy for the body to function. Furthermore, hydration facilitates disposal of the waste products of metabolism, enabling the right cellular chemical function. Digestive Tract Hydration plays an important role in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Water is required to dissolve nutrients so that they may be absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the cells. Insufficient hydration will slow the digestive process and chronic poor hydration can lead to constipation. Heart Fluids are important for healthy heart function and the correct regulation of water balance is essential to keep blood pressure within the healthy range. Dehydration decreases cardiac output which may lead to increases in heart rate and a fall in blood pressure. The circulatory system delivers a constant supply of oxygen to the brain, muscles and to all other tissues. Kidneys An adequate water intake is essential to keep the kidneys working well, helping them to remove waste products and excess nutrients mainly via urine. The kidneys regulate the body’s water levels by increasing or decreasing the flow of urine. The kidneys also work to control normal levels of sodium and other electrolytes. A well-hydrated healthy person’s kidneys filter approximately 180 litres of water each day: clearly most of this has to be reabsorbed to prevent excessive losses from the body. Muscles and Joints Water acts as a lubricant for muscles and joints; it helps cushion joints and keeps muscles working properly. Muscles and joints, in addition to the bones, are necessary for us to stand, sit, move and carry out all daily activities. Approximately 70 to 75 percent of the muscle is made up of water. Maintaining the right water balance is essential for optimum muscle function. Skin The skin constitutes a defence against pathogenic agents and contributes to preventing the development of infectious and allergic processes. Some people believe that good hydration helps to moisten body tissues and preserve the skin’s elasticity, softness and colouring though this has not been researched adequately. Temperature The body water has an important role as a thermoregulator, regulating the overall body temperature by helping dissipate heat. If the body becomes too hot, water is lost through sweat and the evaporation of this sweat from the skin surface removes heat from the body. Sweating is the most effective way that the body prevents itself from overheating. Let us examine some of the lesser-known yet extremely important advantages that drinking adequate amounts of water can provide. Elimination of Toxins It is important to recall that our bodies are made up of nearly 60% water, and our brains a staggering 70%. Nutrients travel to and from our cells and organs via this "water pathway" and toxic substances are similarly removed. Drinking adequate amounts of water from pure sources such as water fountains and filtered or boiled water, helps expedite the process of removing harmful toxins from our bodies. This will contribute to an overall healthier disposition, as any toxins or foreign bodies that are not removed can cause damage in both the short and long-term. Maintaining Adequate Hydration Another distinct advantage that water provides is the ability for us to retain sufficient amounts of water in our system. While this s most commonly spoken of amongst athletes or other sportsmen and women, it is just as important for the average individual. Even a small imbalance in the amount of water in our bodies can result in lessened kidney function, digestive problems, muscles that are more prone to injury and even prematurely aged skin. Although these effects may be lesser-known than the immediate effects of dehydration, over time they can cause damage to our bodies. Impaired Thinking One fundamental importance of water is to keep our brains adequately hydrated. Although this organ represents no more than 1/50th of our body weight, it utilises 1/20th of the body's supply of water and blood. Should we not drink enough water, the brain itself can suffer. The results can be a headache due to the literal shrinking of the tissue (much like a sponge when dried out), migraines and impaired levels of thinking (as the cells are not performing at optimum levels). Thus, water is absolutely critical in schools and universities where a great deal of studying will take place. It is for this reason that many such institution provide numerous water fountains across campus to allow students to hydrate themselves whenever necessary. Keeping adequately hydrated is an important part of overall heath but especially important in those with medical conditions and mental illness. Even a small amount of dehydration can exacerbate underlying conditions. For the best possible performance Mental Healthy recommends you drink 8 glasses of fluid a day and at least 5 should be pure water. These are but a handful of reasons why water is without a doubt the most essential substance on the planet. Water fountains and other public supplies of fresh water truly give the gift of life. 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Fulvic acid rapidly catalyzes the breakdown and detoxification of toxic pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides and even radioactive substances thus forming organo-metal complexes of different absorptive stability and solubility. Minerals and metals actually disappear into the fulvic structure becoming bio-chemically reactive and mobile. Minerals and metals are actually transformed into elaborate fulvic acid molecular complexes that have vastly different characteristics from their previous metallic mineral form. Fulvic acid complexes have the ability to synthesize or transmute new mineral compounds such as the transmutation of vegetal silica and magnesium to form calcium in animal and human bones. This prepares minerals to react with cells, allows minerals to inter-react with one another and increases/enhances the availability of nutrients and in all life forms. Fulvic acid has generally been used as an agricultural product as it readily complexes with minerals and metals making them available to plant roots and easily absorbable through cell walls. It makes minerals such as iron, that are not usually very mobile, easily transported through plant structures. Fulvic acids dissolve and transpose vitamins, coenzymes, auxins, hormones, and natural antibiotics that are generally found throughout the soil. Humans usually are getting this from foods grown in healthy soil. However because of soil depletion and increased toxic load on the body, supplementation is desirable if not necessary for balanced health. Zeolyte clay is a clathrate (pourus) mineral that is negatively charged and is well known to neutralize heavy metal and chemical toxins. Humic acids have a non covalent bond and are well known as the key building blocks for organic life. Experience the gift of hydration, buy your bottle of Genesis here...
The following is an excerpt from the book, Conscious Health. Written by award winning author, Ron Garner. In this article I will talk about: The true and very interesting story about the Pottenger Cats experiments and what we can learn from this study regarding our own health and disease processes Taking stock of your health situation as you start your health program How to monitor your own health by measuring your acid-alkaline balance at home Foods and drinks that should be avoided. WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE CONTROL I want to bring us back to the question: "Who is responsible for your health?” Other people might be sympathetic if you get sick or are suffering with a health condition, but it is you who is doing the suffering. It’s your life. And to get out of that suffering or improve your situation you need to understand – nutritionally and natural-health-wise – how you got there. So I am going to tell you the true story about the Pottenger Cats, which illustrates the consequences of eating food that is not natural and does not contain enough live nutrition to create health in the long term. The Pottenger cats study Dr. Francis Pottenger is one of my heroes. He was a medical doctor in California and he wanted to know the difference that eating raw versus cooked food makes to health. So from 1932 to 1942 he conducted nutritional experiments with 900 cats. He divided them into groups and fed them various combinations of raw and cooked food. But for simplicity sake we will talk about just two groups – the raw food cats and the cooked food cats. To maintain sperm consistency throughout the generations, all female cats were bred by raw-food males. Raw food cats were fed raw meat and raw unpasteurized milk. Cooked food cats were fed cooked meat and pasteurized milk. All cats were given a supplement of cod liver oil. Outcomes of this study The results were as follows: the raw food cats continued to be healthy normal cats from generation to generation. However, cooking food can denature it in several ways making it a deficient diet for complete health. Mainly, enzymes are destroyed and protein is denatured which reduces or eliminates the ability of these proteins to be properly digested. As such, the first generation cooked-food cats developed diseases, illnesses, and deficiency symptoms –similar to what we see in our human population – near the end of their lives. Emotional and nervous problems began to appear. Structural problems in their bones and teeth began to happen. The second generation cooked-food cats developed disease problems around mid-life. Third generation cooked-food cats developed disease problems at the beginning of their lives, with many dying before they were six months old. And here is the surprising part – there was no fourth generation cooked food cats produced! Either 3rd generation parents were sterile, or 4th generation cats were aborted before birth. Some people might be saying: "Interesting, but we are not cats,” and that’s true. But while later studies have found that cooking food destroys taurine, which is an essential amino acid that cats must have to be healthy, cooking food also destroys another essential amino acid, lysine, which humans must have to be healthy. (The human body cannot manufacture lysine; it must be obtained from raw or partially-cooked food, such as nuts, beans, peas, lentils, meat, eggs, and raw-milk cheese.) Cooking at temperatures over 105 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 to 48 degrees Celsius) also kills all the natural digestive enzymes in raw food. So in my opinion, we have much to take notice of from the Pottenger Cats experiment results. Where is the good news? The good news from the Pottenger Cats experiments is that when the cooked food cats were switched back to a healthy diet for cats, they gradually returned to normal health again. Depending on how many generations they had been on a deficient diet, it took from one to four generations to do this. So, what about an eating plan for us? Well, for us humans I am not suggesting that we must eat an all-raw diet. I always suggest easing in to it gradually, with the eventual objective of achieving 50% raw. And even if you get partway there it will be a great improvement because millions of North Americans eat no raw food at all and very few vegetables. Calories are misunderstood Millions of people trying to lose weight are told to watch the amount of calories they eat because more calories tend to put on more weight. That is true – partly, because it is the calories and proteins in cooked food that are the problems. In recent studies, scientists have found that cooking food increases the amount of energy or calories that it provides to your body, whereas eating raw food leads to weight loss. However, in my opinion, this is only part of the explanation. Cooking food may increase available calories but it also kills live nutrients such as enzymes and probiotics, and distorts protein molecules making them less bio-available to the human body. Further, because cooked protein molecules are changed from their natural configurations, the body sees them as foreign invaders and revs up the immune system to deal with them by increasing the white blood cell count. This does not happen with raw foods because they retain all their live ingredients in a natural form that is easily recognized and processed by the body. The body runs more efficiently with an adequate intake of raw food – both in digesting and metabolizing it, and in eliminating the wastes resulting from it. When one significantly increases the intake of raw organic ripe fruits and vegetables, the usual side benefit to feeling healthier is a shedding of some extra pounds of body weight. My conclusion regarding calories is that they certainly matter in cooked food, but have no consequence in a diet of raw food. Introducing more raw food into your diet If you are starting from a diet containing very little raw food, or if you are sick or elderly, you will need to take some time before you change over to more raw food. It is best to concentrate on nutritious soups and broths containing an assortment of cooked vegetables and some animal protein. As you gain in strength, add raw foods slowly to give your digestion system time to adjust to this new form of food. A healthy diet takes time to transition to as you begin to feel the benefits of improved digestion, elimination, and more energy. It’s not hard to do either when you are shown how. I like to say that changing over to the new healthier diet is an add-to diet, not a take-away diet. You gradually add more of the good foods to your plate and slowly reduce the not-so-good foods. In time, as your taste buds change their preferences, the good foods become more appealing and they tend to push some of the other foods off the plate. The slow and steady plan is best unless you are trying to correct a serious health situation and you don’t have much time. In this case you would want to make the transition much faster. How long does it take for changes to happen? Since we live much longer than cats do, when we change over to a nutritious diet that satisfies our physical nutritional requirements and we work to detoxify our bodies, we can usually see improvements in energy and how we feel in a fairly short time. But if you already have a disease in progress, it could take several months to a few years to completely reverse the health damage that has been done in your body during your lifetime up until now. Like the cats, it depends on how serious our health conditions are when we start, and how serious we are in making the efforts and lifestyle changes that are needed. That part is up to you. How badly do you want it?
Family rids themselves of toxic pesticides by eating organic for two weeks For most of history, food was grown from the seeds passed down from the last harvest. The produce from each year's harvest was labeled and sold as the food it was. Life was simple. Food didn't need an "organic" label to prove that it was real, and the diversity of crops abounded. Small farms were the backbone of the nation's food supply, and there was greater respect for the quality of the soil. Then came along the corporate takeover of seed genetics and the introduction of chemical pesticides and genetically modified organisms. By changing the genetic structure of the natural biology of seeds, scientists enabled corporations to patent new seed technology. The new GM seeds became the property of corporations. Not coincidentally, this genetic modification of seeds allowed the corporations to mass produce, market and sell the chemical pesticides that the seeds were engineered to withstand. With the help of government subsidies, the altered food became the model for farmers to follow. As agriculture became infused with chemicals, consumers could no longer expect the food on their plates to be pure and unadulterated. Was the corn at the grocery store actual whole corn or was it grown from a genetic seed variance and sprayed with chemical pesticides? This new genetically modified food industry was allowed to waltz into the marketplace and pretend its food product was no different than what had been grown in years past. The organic label is invented to help consumers differentiate whole food from chemically grown foodToday, many Americans see the "organic" label and think it's just a fancy term for higher-priced food with no significant value. On the surface, all the foodat the store seems the same. Why would anyone spend extra money for an "organic" label? Is it really important to eat organic or is it just a scam? Is this food really any different or healthier for the body? It's hard to differentiate betweenorganic foodand pesticide-sprayed food because no one can physically see the chemicals in food. We take food for granted, treating it all as the same. There is no label denoting the chemicals in the food. No one is ever educated on how these chemicals negatively affect hormones and fertility. They are just accepted as safe, and the amount of chemicals increasing in the body is never measured. What happens when these chemicals combine? Herbicides like atrazine have been proven to cause developmental and reproductive defects in amphibians and fish, but they are repeatedly backed by scientists, marketed as safe and sprayed on crops. Today, food is labeled "organic" by the USDA to help consumers choose food that is not grown from genetically modified seeds or doused with chemicals like atrazine. "Two weeks of organic eating helps family remove nearly all pesticides from their bodies"A study conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL chronicled what happens when a family switches from eating pesticide-sprayed food to eating only organic food. The study was conducted for just two weeks. The results were astounding, as illustrated by this 90-second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch? t=35&v=oB6fUqmyKC8 The amount of chemicals in their urine dropped drastically after they made the switch. After seeing the results with their own eyes, the family doesn't want to go back to the way it was before, no matter what the cost. Government collusion with Big Ag is at the heart of the problemOrganic food is more expensive today because federal government food policy is assisting the corporate takeover of agriculture. Taxpayer resources are subsidizing a food system that genetically engineers seeds to withstand increasing doses of herbicides, insecticides, andpesticides. If government wasn't colluding with big agriculture, this chemically-bathed food would have to go through rigorous health and safety tests to prove that it is real food after all. Consumers would be educated about these chemicals rather than fed lies about them. If government didn't invest taxpayer resources into Big Ag's chemical warfare on food, organic whole food would be more abundant, more affordable and more accessible to a population crying out for fewer chemicals in their diet. Bottomline. If you want to be a part of the solution... EAT ORGANIC. It's good for you. It's good for the planet. It's bad for the big agriculture and chemical companies. Spread the word.
It's time to put to rest the popular myth that disease is a factor primarily of chance, spurred on by "flawed" genetics. A new study published in the journalCellfound that environmental exposures, including nutrition, are what really shape the immune system, especially as a person gets older. The immune system is constantly adapting to fight off disease, learned researchers. And while some facets of immunity are passed on from parents to children, what these children encounter throughout their lives is what really counts. Immunity is gradually learned throughout one's life, in other words, and not instantly set in stone after birth. "Experience counts more and more as you get older," said Stanford University immunologist Mark Davis, the man who headed up this latest work. Davis and his team set out to determine whether immunity is more a function of nature or nurture, and they did this by comparing 78 pairs of identical twins. They also looked at 27 pairs of fraternal twins, which unlike identical twins are not a perfect genetic match. Traits shared by identical twins are said to be primarily hereditary rather than learned. Researchers took blood samples from all the twins, who ranged in age from eight to 82 years, and looked at more than 200 variables and activities associated with their immune systems. In 75 percent of measurements, observable differences between pairs of twins were found to be more than likely due to non-hereditary influences such as nutrition, previous infections or previous vaccinations. Only 25 percent of measurements, on the other hand, suggested any sort of hereditary link. This was further illustrated by comparisons made between the oldest twins, 60 and over, and the youngest twins, under age 20. The younger twins, whose immune systems had not yet fully developed, were found to be remarkably similar immune-wise, while the older twins had immune systems that were more variant. This makes sense, as many twins tend to grow apart as they get older and embark upon their own individual lives. As a result, they are exposed to different things, including different environmental conditions, different viruses and bacteria, and different medicines and treatments, all of which alter and shape the immune system. Natural exposure to germs is good for the immune systemSimilarly, when the research team administered flu vaccines to participating twins, they observed no clear signs that genetics played any role whatsoever in how many antibodies were produced. It all comes down to individual exposures, diet and other lifestyle factors that influence immunity and ultimately determine whether or not a person will succumb to disease. Even when one person in a twin pair was exposed to a virus -- in the case of this study, cytomegalovirus, or CMV -- there were obvious non-genetic variants between the infected and the uninfected to further suggest that "nurture" is a more important health factor than "nature." Of the 16 pairs of identical twins analyzed, where one twin had CMV and the other didn't, researcherS noted major differences in nearly 60 percent of the components studied. With this in mind, avoiding germs, which we are all told to do to stay healthy, may actually cause more harm than good. Early exposure to germs can help prime the immune system, much like how vaccines are supposed to work. When these exposures don't occur, immunity is weakened. "I'm a strong believer in the power of dirt," added Davis. "This [study] just says the environment plays a huge role in shaping what your immune system looks like." Original article from NaturalNews. Click here to read more... Ready to take FULL responsibility for your health? Get on the program today!
This article is taken from Ron Garner’s most recent book: "The Disease-Free Revolution." Ron Garner is an award-winning Author of "Conscious Health” – The Complete Owner’s Natural Health and Healing Manual. He won the Nautilus Award in 2007 for best health and healing book."In Conscious Health, myth-buster Ron Garner offers new science and alternative insights revealing that it is lifestyle, not genetics, which primarily determines our health.” HEALTH IS LOST OR WON IN THE GUT What you are about to read is life-changing because it explains the basic cause of most of the disease conditions our society suffers from. The majority of this information is sourced from Douglas Wyatt, founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, and from the book, Peptide Immunotherapy: A Physician’s Guide, by Dr. Andrew Keech. In medical terminology, the word ‘gut’ refers to the intestines. Many health practitioners use the phrase ‘disease begins in the colon.’ This is true because when rotting and stagnant fecal matter becomes congested in the colon, toxins are formed which begin to congest and reduce the efficiency of other organs. But that is only part of the story. What is not widely recognized, and is overlooked by many medical practitioners, is what happens upstream from the colon in the small intestine. Hippocrates, who lived in ancient Greece and is recognized as the father of western medicine, stated that, "All disease begins in the gut.” The problem influenced by poor lifestyle choices, the small intestine can develop tiny holes or perforations in its mucus lining, thereby becoming leaky. The small intestine is not supposed to have these perforations. However, when they do develop, the gut’s protective walls become weak, which allows incompletely-digested proteins, fats, toxins, and bacteria to leak through into the blood stream, causing inflammation in various areas of the body. This condition is called Leaky Gut Syndromeand it is the basis for chronic disease. It is estimated that at least half the adult population and many children in the United States have Leaky Gut Syndrome. A situation similar to leaky gut occurs with allergies. Allergens are able to enter and cause problems in the body due to weakened membranes of the skin, nose, sinus, throat, lungs, or intestines. Irritation and inflammation cause microscopic holes to develop and although very small, they are large enough to allow protein particles from pollen, animal dander, food, or other contaminants to gain entrance into the bloodstream.Acting in the interest of survival, the body’s immune system works to eliminate these foreign substances. This results in inflammation, mucus discharge, itching, irritability, and reduced immune function. Inflammation is present in most disease conditions.As an immune system response to irritation or damage, inflammation is the initial phase of the body’s healing.When intestinal inflammation and leaky gut become chronic, healthy areas of the body become susceptible to damage as well. Leaky gut can be a problem for people of all ages. It can be the root cause of many health disorders and autoimmune conditions ranging from: indigestion, bowel disorders, malabsorption and deficiency of nutrients, chronic fatigue, memory problems, allergies, Candida, and skin problems such as eczema, to asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, and numerous other autoimmune disorders. The main causes of leaky gut include: overuse of antibiotics, meats containing antibiotics, over-the- counter and prescription pain medications, steroids, gastro-intestinal drugs, birth control pills, pesticide-laden foods, mold, Candida yeast overgrowth, bacteria, excessive ingestion of wheat products, GMO foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, some food additives, and chronic stress. Adults who were not breast-fed as babies also have a compromised gut system which originated in infancy. Allergies and autoimmune disorders Allergies and autoimmune diseases are almost always associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. The connection between Leaky Gut Syndrome and (many) autoimmune conditions is that the antibodies created by the body, in response to the toxic substances and undigested fats and proteins that leak into the bloodstream and attach themselves to various tissues throughout the body, create an allergic response, trigger destruction of tissues and organs, and create inflammation. In the case of allergies, the immune system becomes hypersensitive and reacts to an outside substance that it would normally ignore. With autoimmune conditions, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues and begins attacking them as if they were foreign invaders; it produces antibodies against its own tissues. Under the conditions of increasing toxicity and chronic inflammation in the gut, the immune system becomes overactive and confused and can no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissues and antigens; it produces a response that destroys healthy normal tissue. The specific type of autoimmune disease that develops depends on the predominant location of the inflammation. Since the gut immune system contains 70 to 80% of the body’s immune cells, it is obvious that this is the area of our body that needs assistance if we wish to improve our health. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Modern Epidemic with an Ancient Solution? Center for Nutritional Research. The solution – bioactive colostrum It seems that any time we stray too far from Mother Nature’s way of caring for our bodies we run into difficulties. Altered foods, chemical drugs, preservatives, and pollutants are not natural to the human body and sooner or later they force body systems out of balance.It should be no surprise to us that nature had the prescription to being healthy from the beginning of our lives, and nature also offers the possible solution to correct health problems as we grow older. When mammals are born, their first food is colostrum from their mothers. This first milk, or actually ‘pre-milk,’ is very special because it transfers the all-important immune and growth factors plus nutrients from mother to infant. The newborn gut is unique in that it has not completed maturation at the time of birth and needs the growth factors and other components of the mother’s colostrum to complete its development. This incomplete development of the gut is of benefit to the newborn as it allows large proteins, such as immunoglobulins, to easily enter the body. Immunoglobulins in colostrum and mother’s milk bind to disease-causing pathogens on the mucosal surfaces of the GI tract, thereby preventing them from colonizing and causing infection. This modulation by the immune system creates passive immunity for the infant. Shortly after ingesting immune-strengthening colostrum, the porous openings in the infant’s gut close to provide a protective barrier so that large protein particles from food, plus viruses and bacteria cannot enter directly into the bloodstream. This protective barrier remains intact until one or more of the factors mentioned above cause the small intestine to become injured and porous.Fortunately for us, when we consume colostrum it can provide the same healing benefits and immune fortification that infants who are breast-fed this first food receive. Not only can colostrum heal holes in the gut, but it can also repair mucus lining perforations throughout the rest of the body that cause allergic reactions. Of course as adults we do not consume colostrum from human mother’s milk, but there is a wonderful alternative.Colostrum produced by cows –bovine colostrum – is bioidentical to human colostrum, yet it contains significantly higher levels of the immunoglobulin IgG, which can neutralize microorganisms, many of which are now resistant to present-day antibiotics. It contains powerful antibacterial and antiviral factors. Therefore, as an immune enhancement, bovine colostrum is even better than human colostrum. Bovine colostrum contains hundreds of thousands of components, of which only a few hundred have been identified and studied, that enhance the human body’s functioning by two primary mechanisms. First, the numerous immune factors and natural antibiotics in colostrum provide strong support for optimal immune system performance. Second, colostrum’s growth factors offer a broad-spectrum boost for optimal health and tissue healing. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Anti-Aging Benefits of Bovine Colostrum. vital Health News. www.centerfornutritionalresearch.org The gland in our bodies responsible for producing T cells, which are major components of the body’s immune response to foreign invaders and infections, is the thymus. The thymus gland is located behind the sternum in our chest just in front of the heart. This gland grows to the approximate size of an orange until we reach puberty, and then begins to shrink. By the time we are 70 years old, the thymus gland has reduced to approximately the size of a pea. This is one explanation of why we have weaker immune systems as we age. I Bovine colostrum is able to restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capacity and correct an underactive immune system. According to Doug Wyatt, who has been working with physicians for over two decades, people who have been supplementing with bovine colostrum consistently and over time, report that they do not get colds or the flu anymore. And, people who start taking colostrum when they are already sick with a viral or bacterial infection report greatly accelerated healing and recovery times. Dr. Donald Henderson, MD, and Professor of Medicine at UCLA, stated:Colostrum is the ideal solution for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Its components prevent and heal GI damage. Unless the gut is healed, the body cannot begin the process of repair. Benefits of consuming colostrum Bovine colostrum is not a medicine or a drug; it is a super- food that is whole and natural. It is able to stimulate an underactive immune system or modulate an overactive one. It is also able to increase growth hormones in the body to restore a more youthful functioning of many physiological processes and promote growth of body tissues. Thousands of clinical trials have proven colostrum to be safe and effective, with no known drug interactions or adverse side effects. It is the perfect food to assist in the recovery from all disease conditions. Researchers have found that nutrients in colostrum are directly responsible for the production of stem cells in our bone marrow. "When they measured the before and after stem cell counts in the blood, virtually none are detected prior. Within a week of consuming, trillions of stem cells can be found.” Nothing other than colostrum has been clinically proven to stimulate the production of stem cells. The only food that was designed to heal, protect, and make our gastro-intestinal tract perfect is colostrum.When this first pre-milk food, containing high levels of its active components, is regularly consumed and the leaky gut situation is healed, many health benefits can start to be realized. I Some of the main health benefits include: improved digestion and bowel function, increased energy and feelings of well-being, faster healing after injuries, repair of DNA and RNA, regulated blood sugar levels, increased infection control, improved memory, building of lean muscle and bone density, increased endurance, reduction of body fat, more youthful skin appearance, and improved sexual function. Active bovine colostrum has been referred to as the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. As we age, it can give us a renewed lease on life. In addition to active bovine colostrum as a solution to leaky gut sydrome, Conscious Planet has a family of products that can also address leaky gut issues that start to happen with poor digestion, poor assilimlation and chronic elimination problems. Remember, "digestion is the major starting point to health” and "disease begins in the colon, " a phrase used by many natural health practitioners. The array of Conscious Planet products that will assist in mending leaky gut issues includes: Genesis – Bioactive Ionic Mineral Elixir. Make sure you are getting your minerals. Transcend – Vita Mineral Fruit & Greens. Reducing inflammation thus reducing the tiny holes in the mucus lining of the small intestine. Catalyze – digestive enzymes to support every catalytic function in the body,from breaking down food molecules to removing waste. Colonyze – Probiotic Flora Blend. Offers full intestinal tract support to pursue pathogenic invaders that are one of the causes of leaky gut. Eliminate – Bowel restorative that will break down impacted waste and repairing bowel wall, replenishing with essential nutrients. Visit Conscious Planet today to get on your health program and heal your gut health... If you wish to learn more from Ron Garners book, the Disease-Free Revolution, you can find it onAmazon.ca. For everything you need to know to stay healthy and happy.
Concentrated green superfoods found in green superfood drinks are the real deal when it comes to nutritional health benefits. Green superfood drink health benefits range from being an easy, tasty alternative for getting your daily greens to helping your body purify your blood, aiding with digestion, enhancing your immune system and boosting your energy. LETS EXPLORE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREENS IN THE MORNING: ANTIOXIDANTS Many of the ingredients in green superfood drinks are nutrient rich antioxidants. It's the green pigment /phyto-chemicals and chlorophyll that give them their antioxidant powers. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals (loose cannon cells) that get in the way of normal cell functioning and growth, which can lead to cancer, heart disease and even premature aging. Your green drink will boost your immune system and protect you! MORNING CARBS -- BRAIN POWER AND METABOLISM BOOSTERS Taking your super greens in the morning is a great way to get your carbs in veggie form without having to eat broccoli for breakfast! Having your green drink in the AM will help your body’s ability to metabolize your meals and provide your body and brain the energy it needs to function properly. This will help you think more clearly and maintain a lean body (or shed body fat). REDUCES APPETITE When you eat healthy, balanced meals, your body is able to absorb carbs steadily and burn them as energy instead of storing them as fat. This keeps your body from going into starvation/low blood sugar mode. A green drink in the morning is one of the keys to keeping your metabolism and blood sugar steady so that you're not starving your body of the essential nutrients it needs to feel your best. DETOX AND CLEAN BLOOD The chlorophyll green superfood ingredients alkalizes and cleans the blood. Having "clean blood" means that you have plenty of red blood cells to carry oxygen in (essential for brain and cell functioning) and metabolic waste out. This is essential to keep your health and energy levels high. KEEPS YOUR BODY IN IDEAL ALKALINE PH STATE The chlorophyll in most of the awesome superfood drink ingredients helps keep a healthy alkaline PH in your body. If your body gets too acidic, it's easier for inflammatory diseases to come in the picture, like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and respiratory problems. SKIP THE COFFEE AND STILL GET AN ENERGY BOOST Forget those quick-fix energy drinks like Red Bull and even coffee! Green superfood gives you the same energy boost without all the sugar, caffeine and other unhealthy stimulants. That means, no sugar or caffeine crash. Many foods that we regularly eat are highly acidic, like meats and milk products. We need to offset this with alkaline foods, like leafy greens, grapefruit, and some nuts and seeds. Green superfood drinks are completely alkaline and are great at restoring the PH. GET YOUR GREENS IN YOUR BODY Try it. Start every day with greens in your body. If you’re already do it, then up your dosage to twice per day (morning and late afternoon). Get your greens withour Transcend Greens Formula. Order yours’ today and feel the difference your greens can make!
Are you stressed out? In pain? Chronically Ill? Your problem may be "electro smog." The human body has vital needs for daily sustenance, vitality and health. Life cannot persist long without food, water, or oxygen. As you will realize in this article, there is a fourth vital need: low-level electromagnetism. The primary mode of delivery for this gentle energy is the Earth’s electromagnetic fields. These fields have extremely low frequencies and intensities and, in regards to our health, have largely escaped our notice. But in the last 130 years with the advent and proliferation of biologically incompatible man-made energetic frequencies and intensities (referred to as EMF’S or electro smog), our health has come under siege. In absolute terms there is a worldwide increase in stress, depression, insomnia, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and cancer, just to name a few. The ever-increasing presence of electro-pollution in our environment is interfering with the Earth’s low-level, natural electromagnetism our bodies need to thrive in the fullness of health. Research has shown that low energy pulsating electromagnetic fields (PEMF) within the frequency range of "the biological window” (3-25Hz), as well as the inner and outer wave patterns of the Earth’s magnetic field (7.83-11.79Hz) can produce remarkable positive changes within the body. The term "magnetic resonance stimulation” simply indicates that by applying a pulsating electromagnetic field that matches the Earth’s magnetic field, nearly all 75 trillion cells of the body can be stimulated into harmonic resonance. As a result, the pulsed frequency "charges” the membrane of every cell with energy to improve health by supporting normal cellular function. Oscillating in resonance, the cells communicate better. Thus this energy enhances the self-healing powers of the body. History – more than 3500 years ago some ancient cultures used the healing power of magnets and were used to heal different illnesses. The Egyptians have been researching the correlation and impact of the earth’s magnetic field on humans and animals for a very long time and have understood the medical importance of magnetic field therapy. More recently, there has been an explosion in scientific research pertaining to pulsating electromagnetic fields. Today there are many thousands of research articles in scientific journals worldwide reporting on the beneficial results of applications with magnetic resonance stimulation on humans and animals in the arena of health and wellness. For example, it has been reported that the first astronauts to travel into space beyond the earth’s electromagnetic field found that after a short time in space their bodily functions and organs began to breakdown without the pulsation of the earth’s electromagnetic field. Thus PEMF was first used for astronauts in their space suits with remarkable results while in space. Since then there has been so much increasing awareness of the medical applications for pulsed electromagnetic therapy that many hospitals in Europe, particularly in Germany and Switzerland use pulsed electromagnetic energy for initial treatment in their emergency and trauma rooms before patients see a doctor. So what are the health benefits of applied magnetic resonance stimulation? Magnetic field therapy has been shown to enhance cell membrane permeability, cell communication, oxygen delivery to cells, increased immune function, protein synthesis, decreased inflammation, increased circulation, lessens harmful EMF damage to the body restores vitality and intelligence to the body. You may be asking how can electrical magnetic frequencies cause so much harm and so much good? We know that the most fundamental physical force in the universe is electro-magnetism. Our bodies are electromagnetic and we are naturally connected to the earth’s electromagnetic field. We would not survive on this planet without this frequency called Schumann Waves that pulse wave energy around 8 Hz. The ancients were aware of this electromagnetic energy and called it the sacred circuit because they knew all life depended on this. What is happening today that is interfering immensely with the earth’s natural resonance, is all the higher (dangerous) electromagnetic frequencies. These higher wave frequencies are negatively affecting life on the planet. Our bodies were not meant to be in the higher Hz frequencies.For example, anxiety sits between 21.5 – 30 Hz. These EMF’s are affecting the radar of birds, bees and many other species as well as humans. If our bodies are blocked from natural exposure from the earth’s resonance wave energy (e.g. due to living and working in buildings constructed with concrete, steel and metal alloys, driving in cars on paved roads, by the electro-pollution of ultra-high frequency radiations from cell phones, microwave energy, not just from microwave ovens, wireless phone and computer networks, and radar/satellite signals,etc) we are more susceptible to illness, loss of cell membrane integrity, compromised immunity, and depression. Recorded dips in the Earth’s Schumann resonances have had strong correlations to heart attacks, car accidents, and a general increase in the death rate. (Beck 1992). I personally can give a testimony that supports the statement that harmful side effects of EMF’s, (man-made, dangerously high electrical magnetic frequencies) can be reduced and neutralized with the application of pulsed electrical magnetic therapy. Just recently Charles and I had a weeks vacation in Penticton, BC and we stayed at the Best Western Hotel a few blocks from the beach because we love Lake Skaha, and we are beach bums in the summer. On the first night we got into bed I could hear and feel a pumping sensation coming through the wall by our bed and I said to Charles I think this is going to be a problem for me. The pumping was also vibrating the floor in our bedroom. It went on all night non stop and finally I crawled out of bed at 2am and went into the other room to sit on couch and it was worse in there. Have you ever walked into a main frame computer room where you felt dirty heat, you could smell dirty electricity and your body started to vibrate, not in a good way? Well that was what I was feeling coming through the wall. I waited until 7am and then went to the front office to see if we could change rooms because our room was right next to the Mechanical Room. When I told the gal at the desk that I was feeling ill from the electricity and pool pump, she looked at me like I had a dunce hat on my head and exclaimed, that room had been rented all summer and nobody else had complained. I told her I didn’t care and that this was real for me. She was sorry there were no other vacancies and that if a room became available she would let us know. So we had to spend another night feeling terrorized. In the morning Charles took one look at me and he exclaimed, "that’s it” and down to the front desk he trotted to raise a little hot energy of his own. They moved us to another room that day, but here's the clincher…. as I’m walking back to our old room, the door to the mechanical room is open and I step inside to see what was coming through my wall for two nights. I was shocked as I stood frozen in place. There were 4 Smart Meters lined up on the other side of our bedroom wall. No wonder I was having sharp chest pains, my heart was racing, my left arm felt numb. My whole body was vibrating. I contemplated going to emergency to get my heart stabilized at one point, But then I remembered our Omnium mat. We had brought it with us, in fact, we don’t leave home without it; we take the Omnium1 everywhere we travel now. That day I laid on the mat 2 times and by evening, all my scary symptoms had disappeared. You may be wondering what is this mat thing? One of the leading companies in this technology, Swiss Bionic Solutions, has simulated the Earth’s electromagnetic frequencies in the form of a ‘lie down’ mat for home use. Swiss Bionic Solutions is based in Switzerland, where they have their manufacturing facility inventing and developing new products in the field of home health care based on the science of energy medicine. Two such devices that they've made for home use are the IMRS mat (magnetic resonance stimulation) which is Health Canada Certified as a class 2 medical device, http://consciousplanet.swissbionic.com/en/ and the portable Omnium1 mat (PEMF) pulsed electromagnetic field energy. http://consciousplanet.omnium1.com/en/ This technology has truly been and life-saver and life-changing for us and many others. (living in the city), To find out more about these remarkable home applications, please visit the above links. For further questions you can respond to Charles Holmes email at the top of the link on the home page or call Wind 604-340-9628 firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for taking the time to read the CP news.