Year: 2010

The Diversity of Life

December 22, 2010

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

A heart felt hug from Dohrea and I to you all, a big Thank You, and a wish and a prayer for blessings for you in the new year—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

At BioImmersion we celebrate the diversity of life. As a Zoologist I have a special love for animals life, and have choosen some special creature photographs for you to enjoy.

The first is this beautiful little bird here that was sent to us by Patricia Waugh. Patricia said that she had been trying to capture a picture of this little guy for a long time, and finally got him.

The second is the amazing creature we highlighted last week. Only two people guessed what it was, and that’s for good reason because this particular creature (see picture below in the Last Quiz Answer) was only recently discovered in a remote mountain range in New Guinea in 2009—that’s right, in 2009! Isn’t that amazing. This beautiful animal is a tube nosed fruit bat.

The tube-nosed fruit bat along with more than 200 animals and plants were revealed for the first time in 2009 by two scientific teams co-ordinated by Conservation International in partnership with Papua New Guinea’s Institute of Biological Research and conservation oranization A Rocha International. These discoveries were the result of their two months of exploring in a remote region of the Nakania and Muller mountain range in Papua New Guinea. The diversity and adaptation of life is amazing, don’t you think?

Here are some more of the creatures seen for the first time by the outside world thanks to this expedition.

The white-tipped tail mouse and the pink eyed katydid (cricket) are so different from other known species that they each represent an entirely new genus. This was also true for many of the frogs, spiders, snakes and other animals discovered.

Life given a chance evolves into splended diversity.

Finally, I saved perhaps the most amazing personal photos for the last. They were taken by friends of our family on a trip into Africa. This sequences speaks for itself. The little impala unbelievably walks away from this encounter.

As was told to us, this young band of brothers had recently eaten—good news for the young impala.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Therapeutic Foods Platform

The Therapeutic Foods perform as a foundational platform for health. The introductory combination that I have been suggesting of late is to regularly consume the following:

  • Wild Blueberry Daily- 1 capsule a day
  • Cruciferous Sprouts Complex- 1 teaspoon or 4 capsules a day
  • Organic Chlorella- 4 to 6 tablets a day
  • No. 7 Systemic Booster- 1 teaspoon a day.

With this combination you are adding to you diet the antioxidant/anti-inflammatory power of red pigment (pomegranate, cranberries, tart cherry, red radish), blue-purple pigment (blueberry), yellow pigment (pineapple), green pigment (chlorella, kale, watercress, daikon radish, broccoli, mustard), probiotics, fiber, and much more. It is an important start as your body receives the much needed ORAC protection (external and innate), improves the functions of many systems in the body such as the GI tract, cardiovascular, urogenital, osteoskeletal, and immune system. And of course it feeds the brain, and nervous system.

The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is a tube-nosed fruit bat. The beautiful bat along with more than 200 animals and plants were revealed for the first time in 2009. Dr. Martin Kaonga of the A Rocha International said, It’s very important that we find these new species, because it’s only when you know what species exist in an area that you may be in a position to understand how to manage that given area.

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The Total ORAC Test

December 15, 2010

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

I’ve wrapped up four gifts for you in this newsletter—it is the Christmas season! Gift number four is in Green Facts so please don’t miss it! Here are my gifts to you:

Gift Number One

To really get into the Christmas spirit rent the DVD, A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge, made in 1999. We saw it last weekend, and it is truly fantastic. As you know, Charles Dickens wrote the novella in 1843. Our friend Keri recommended the movie to us since Dohrea has never seen it, and their book club is studying the book. The movie’s main focus is a warning to Scrooge and us that we wear the chains we’ve forged in life; that the common good should be our business; and, that if we change our actions now, the future can change.

I was struck at how the message of this Christmas story classic is pertinent for us today. The starving masses of 19th Century London are living with us today in the filth and squalor of cities all over our world—one billion of our neighbors are starving because of the too many numbed, unaware and/or overwhelmed hearts by the task of feeding the hungry. So gift No. 1 is to get you in the spirit of giving to those in need. To open it click on A Christmas Carol.

Gift Number Two

The second is to introduce you to Parker Palmer—an educator, philosopher, activist and another one of those friends of the soul, like John O’Donohue, to whom I introduced you two weeks ago—May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. Your soul will resonate in what you will hear from Palmer’s interview with Bill Moyer—the Interview in Bill Moyers Journal.

Parker is the founder and senior partner of The Center for Courage and Renewal. Parker gives us a road map for real change. Something we can all learn and a place where we can learn it. He gives us the tools to create the grass root movement necessary to bring about a more equitable, holistic, compassionate world. Check out what he’s saying!!!

Gift Number Three

The Total ORAC Test

There are five major types of free radicals of concern to humans: peroxyl, superoxide anion, hydroxyl, singlet oxygen and peroxynitrite.

  • Peroxyl Radicals are reactive oxygen species that targets lipids by taking their electrons, thereby damaging the cell. Highly unstable and readily reactive to molecular oxygen. Peroxyl radical are associated with cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis.
  • Superoxide Anions are precursors of all other reactive oxygen species— sometimes referred to as the mother of free radicals. They are highly toxic and contribute to lipid and DNA damage. Antioxidants that scavenge superoxide anions also help prevent the formation of radicals such as hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl. Superoxide anions have been linked to hypertension and cardiovascular damage and mitochondrial diseases.
  • Hydroxyl Radicals are the most reactive of the ROS and incapable of elimination by the body’s endogenous enzymes. They can damage virtually all types of macromolecules: carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids, and amino acids. Hydroxyl radicals are linked iwth DNA damage and cancer. In the skin, hydroxyl radicals are created by UV exposure.
  • Singlet Oxygen Radical- In the skin, singlet oxygen is generated by UV radiation. Singlet oxygen is highly unstable and durable. They are linked to eye diseases (e.g. macular degeneration), cholesterol problems and cardiovscular diseases.
  • Peroxynitrite Radicals are reactive nitrogen species that are particularly harmful to proteins. They have been implicated in the development of certain cancers, hepatitis, and chronic inflammation. In the skin, peroxynitrite contributes to the breakdown of vital proteins, such as collagen.

Efforts to identify the activity of antioxidants on all five types of free radicals discussed above have been constrained, however, by limited testing procedures. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) assay, the industry standard assay, was developed to test the antioxidant capacity in foods. While valuable, the ORAC assay can only measure the peroxyl radical. Peroxyl radicals are lipid radicals. Extremely common and very reactive and therefore dangerous to organic molecules in the body. Its measurement is certainly significant but not the whole story of what we need to know. The original ORAC test thus presents an incomplete picture of precisely whether and how antioxidants defend against the full range of damaging free radicals.

Fortunately, technology moves along and a comprehensive new testing method called the Total ORAC assay has been developed. This new testing protocol measures antioxidant activity against not only the peroxyl radical, but all five of the major free radicals found in the body. The Total ORAC is composed of the following assays: ORAC for the peroxyl-targeted antioxidants, SORAC for the superoxide anion-targeted antioxidants, HORAC for the hydroxyl-targeted antioxidants, SOAC for the singlet-oxygen-targeted antioxidants and NORAC for the peroxynitrite-targeted antioxidants.

This is great news and next week we will delve into the Total ORAC scores on a variety of foods.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Therapeutic Foods Platform

The Therapeutic Foods perform as a foundational platform for health. The introductory combination that I have been suggesting of late is to regularly consume the following:

  • Wild Blueberry Daily- 1 capsule a day
  • Cruciferous Sprouts Complex- 1 teaspoon or 4 capsules a day
  • Organic Chlorella- 4 to 6 tablets a day
  • No. 7 Systemic Booster- 1 teaspoon a day.

With this combination you are adding to you diet the antioxidant/anti-inflammatory power of red pigment (pomegranate, cranberries, tart cherry, red radish), blue-purple pigment (blueberry), yellow pigment (pineapple), green pigment (chlorella, kale, watercress, daikon radish, broccoli, mustard), probiotics, fiber, and much more. It is an important start as your body receives the much needed ORAC protection (external and innate), improves the functions of many systems in the body such as the GI tract, cardiovascular, urogenital, osteoskeletal, and immune system. And of course it feeds the brain, and nervous system.

The Last Quiz Answer: This sleeping beauty is of course a Koala—called the sweatheart of Australia.

The Koala is the only member of the Phascolarctidae family. The Koala’s scientific name Phascolarctos cinereus means ‘ash-coloured pouched bear’.

Some people refer to the Koala as a Koala Bear. Although it looks like a small bear, the Koala is a marsupial mammal. Female marsupials have pouches to carry their babies. Other marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, and opossums. The Koala’s closest relative is the wombat.

Gift Number FourGift Number Four brings the hoped for future into the present. ECHO is a non-profit, inter-denomenational Christian organization located on a demonstration farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO exists for one major reason, to help those working internationally with the poor to be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture through teaching sustainable, localized, organic agriculture in the world’s poorest areas. ECHO teaches the very technology that is needed to right, not only the food system in the poorest parts of the world, but in the world as a whole—that is to eat locally and to eat organically. Give them a thorough checking out. I have it from a very good source that a visit to their Florida farm is a totally inspiring experience.

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Phytochemicals (plant components in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains) are physiologically active compounds. They are not considered essential nutrients in the diet. Still, many of these substances provide significant health benefits. For instance, numerous studies show reduced cancer risk among people who regularly consume fruits and vegetables. Researchers surmise that some phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables block the development of cancer. Some phytochemicals also have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. (Wardlaw, Perspectives in Nutrition, Eight Edition)

We often find ourselves in a love-hate relationship with the established, mainstream medical thought because of their reluctance to admit to their own excellent research that illustrates the power of food for health. The above quote is from the current textbook used at the University of Washington for an undergraduate 300 level nutrition/science course. The book has beautiful and helpful illustrations and charts but doesn’t fully grasp the power of food as good medicine.

Because we are a company of activists for wholesome, healthy foods, with the purpose of advancing the tradition of food for health, let me in this communication expand on the fact that phytonutrients are in fact not only essential, but a must in today’s toxic environment.

Some times the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. For as mainstream university and medical school nutritional classes are doddering along when it comes to phytonutrients relevance to health, governments worldwide are now urging their citizens to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. For that matter, our own government, via the USDA and the CDC, has initiated the 5 to 9-a-Day Program—meaning we need to eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to protect ourselves from the onslaught of chronic degenerative diseases.

How many of us eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day?

It is obvious to us that nothing is more fundamental to achieving good health than consuming healthy foods on a regular basis. It is a biological, non-negotiable imperative. The best way to turn on the body’s pathways for defense, repair and good health is simply to consume whole organic foods, properly grown and prepared, and yes, 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Wow, you’ve got to admit that is a lot!

But the Therapeutic Foods Line was developed for precisely this reason, as we were overwhelmed with the idea that to protect ourselves we must eat up to nine servings of veggies and fruits. It takes a lot of planning and time to eat that many servings of produce a day! Each of the products has in mind our 9-5 mandate so as to create a platform that nurtures our bodies with the phytochemicals we need for daily protection. As a matter of fact, it is easy to get the 5 to 9 nutrients with the Therapeutic Foods. I will show you how in the Clinical Notes below.

Now let’s review phytochemicals for a minute. Do read, as you will get excited about eating more veggies and fruits, grains and wholesome food. Somehow when we know that something is good for us, we do seem to heal faster!

Recent research has enabled scientists to group phytonutrients into classes on the basis of similar protective functions as well as individual physical chemical characteristics of the molecules. They are the following:

The Terpenes

The Terpenes are constituents of essential oils. They are found in green foods, soy products and grains. Terpenes comprise one of the largest classes of phytochemicals. The most intensely studied terpenes are carotenoids.

The terpenes function as antioxidants, protecting lipids, blood and other body fluids from assault by free radical oxygen species including singlet oxygen, hydroxyl, peroxide, and superoxide radicals. Terpenoids are dispersed widely throughout the plant kingdom, protecting plants from the same reactive oxygen species that attack human cells.

The Carotenoids

This terpene subclass consists of bright yellow, orange and red plant pigments found in vegetables such as tomatoes, parsley, oranges, pink grapefruit, spinach, and red palm oil. There are more than 600 naturally occurring carotenoides. Fewer that 10% have Vitamin A activity. Amongst the carotenes, only alpha, beta, and epsilon carotenes posses vitamin A activity. Beta-carotene is the most active.

The above mentioned carotenes, along with gamma carotene and the cartenes lycopene and lutein, which do not convert to Vitamin A, seem to offer protection against lung, colorectal , breast, uterine and prostate cancers. Carotenes are tissue specific in their protection.

Overall protective effects are therefore greater when all cartenes are taken together. Carotenes enhance immune response and protect skin cells against UV radiation. They spare the glutathionine Phase II detoxification enzymes in the liver that we rely on to safely eliminate pollutants and toxins from the body.

The Limonoids

This terpene subclass is found in citrus fruit peels, appears to be specifically directed to protection of lung tissue. It helps in clearing congestive mucus from the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In animal studies, results suggest that the chemotherapeutic activity of limonoids can be attributed to induction of both Phase I and Phase II detoxification enzymes in the liver.

The Phytosterols

Although green and yellow vegetables contain significant amounts, their seeds concentrate the sterols. Phytosterols compete with dietary cholesterol for uptake in the intestines. They have demonstrated the ability to block the uptake of cholesterol and facilitate its excretion from the body.

The Phenols

These phytochemicals comprise a large class that has been the subject of extensive research as a disease preventative. Phenols protect plants from oxidative damage and perform the same function for humans. Blue, blue-red and violet colorations seen in berries, grapes and purple eggplant are due to their phenolic content. Wild blueberries for example are exceptionally high in a diversity and quantity phenolic anthocyanidins and are a dark blue-red in color. One outstanding phytonutrient feature of phenols is their ability to block specific enzymes that cause inflammation. They modify inflammatory prostaglandin pathways and thereby protect platelets from clumping.

The Flavonoids

This phenol subclass comprises over 1500 members—flavones (flavonoid found in chamomile), flavonals (quercetin, rutin, ginkgoflavon glycosides), and flavanones (hesperidin, silybin).

The biologic activities of flavonoids include action against allergies, inflammation, free radicals, hepato-toxins, platelet aggregation, microbes, ulcers, viruses and tumors.

Anthocyanidins, a subclass of flavonoids, provide cross-links or bridges that connect and strengthen the intertwined strands of collagen protein. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, making up soft tissues, tendons, ligaments and bone matrix. Its great tensile strength depends on preservation of its cross links.

Anthocyanidins are water-soluble and therefore scavenge free radicals they encounter in tissue fluids. This powerful ability is especially beneficial for athletes and others who exercise, because heavy exercise generates large amounts of free radicals.

The Isoflavones The phenolic subclass comes from beans and other legumes. They block enzymes that promote tumor growth. Best-known isoflavones are genistein and daidzein found in soy products. Cultures who consume traditional diets rich in soy foods rarely experience breast, uterine and prostate cancers.

The Thiols

This phytonutrient class is of sulfur containing molecules are present in garlic and cruciferous vegetables. Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, facilitates detoxification of heavy metals, and is important in cardiovascular health. The cruciferous vegetables are foundational in protecting the cells against oxidation and carcinogens, increases the production of phase II enzymes (aids in liver detox) and protect stem cells, nerve cells, and endothelial cells.

The Glucosinolates

A class of thiols that block enzymes that promotes tumor growth, particularly of the breast, liver, colon, lung, stomach and esophagus.

The Indoles

Indole complexes bind chemical carcinogens and activate detoxification, mostly in the gastrointestinal tract.

The Isoprenoids

Isoprenoids neutralize free radicals in a unique way. They have a long carbon side chain, which they use to anchor themselves into fatty membranes. Any free radicals attempting to attach to membrane are quickly gab and passed off to other antioxidants.

Tocotrienols and Tocopherols

Appear to inhibit breast cancer.

Lipoic Acid and Ubiquinone

Lipoic acid and ubiquinoned are important antioxidants that work to extend the effects of other antioxidants. Lipoic acid is an efficient hydroxyl radical quencher, its sulfur bond being the reactive part of the molecule. In addition to hydroxyl radicals, it scavenges peroxyl, ascorbyl and chromanoxyl radicals. It protects both Vitamin E and Vitamin C. It also protects SOD, catalase, and glutathione.

A common theme when we overview the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables is their collective abilities to neutralize free radicals and to reduce inflammation—critically important features for health to be attained in the world we live in today.

A quiz for next week: Are you clear on the different kind of free radicals there are and how they specifically must be neutralized in order that they don’t contribute to disease? Can you define the following five major types of free radicals?

  • Hydroxyl
  • Peroxyl
  • Peroxynitrite
  • Singlet oxygen
  • Superoxide anion

Most all of you are aware of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Adsorbent Capacity) testing. But most likely you are unaware that the traditional ORAC test only analyzes for peroxyl free radicals and none of the others. However, there is a new Total ORAC free radical test that analyzes for all five categories. This is very exciting news.

In next weeks Forward Thinking we will define each free radical types, look at the Total ORAC Test and look more specifically at the antioxidant foods that can quench each of these reactive species.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Therapeutic Foods Platform

Of the 15 different Therapeutic Foods there are many combinations one can come up with to perform as a platform for health. One that I have been suggesting of late is to regularly consume the following:

  • Wild Blueberry Daily- 1 capsule a day
  • Cruciferous Sprouts Complex- 1 teaspoon or 4 capsules a day
  • Organic Chlorella- 4 to 6 tablets a day
  • No. 7 Systemic Booster- 1 teaspoon a day

With this combination you are adding to you diet the antioxidant/anti-inflammatory power of red pigment (pomegranate, cranberries, tart cherry, red radish), blue-purple pigment (blueberry), yellow pigment (pineapple), green pigment (chlorella, kale, watercress, daikon radish, broccoli, mustard), probiotics, fiber, and much more.

This platform can make the 5 to 9 mandate become a reality within ones lifestyle and bring about the corresponding health benefits, while protecting us from environmental harm.

The Last Quiz Answer: Squirrels are familiar to almost everyone. More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world, with the notable exception of Australia.

The tiniest squirrel is the aptly named African pygmy squirrel—only five inches (thirteen centimeters) long from nose to tail. Others reach sizes shocking to those who are only familiar with common tree squirrels. The Indian giant squirrel is three feet (almost a meter) long!

This squirrel is obviously a tree squirrel, an eastern gray squirrel.

We know intellectually that honoring all life around us is the right thing to do. As John O’Donahue expressed in last weeks Forward Thinking’s Green Fact: “tuning into nature can heal the soul.” In the following video clip you will see evidence of the healing power of Mother Nature with individuals in prisons.Connecting Prisons with Nature

The Sustainable Prisons Project is a partnership of The Washington State Department of Corrections and the Evergreen State College. Their mission is to reduce the environmental, economic and human costs of prisons by training offenders and correctional staff in sustainable practices. Equally important, we bring science into prisons by helping scientists conduct ecological research and conserve biodiversity through projects with offenders, college students and community partners.

ATP: The Currency of Life

December 1, 2010

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Did you stuff yourself Thanksgiving, like our creature friend here? We hope you had a good Holiday.

Two weeks ago we lightly conversed about how almost all functions within the body operate through metabolic pathways, and that proteins are the building blocks of these pathways. Today we will investigate this fascinating topic further through looking at the creation of the ultimate fuel that runs our bodies, and no, it is not coffee, but ATP.

ATP is the currency of life. Our body makes ATP from food, and without ATP our body would die. It is the fuel that gives our body the energy to move, that sets our protein gears—the pathways, in motion to do their designed job. It is the animating fuel of life. Let’s go over the pathways of ATP creation within our body.

We produce ATP through a process called cellular respiration, which has three components: glycolysis, the Krebs cycle, and the electron transport chain. Cellular respiration is an enzyme-mediated reaction (remember that all enzymes are proteins).

A method to learn and understand the basics of ATP synthesis can be grasped by understanding the simple line-circle-line diagram below. Part 1 illustrates the basic skeleton for glycolysis (the vertical line), the Krebs cycle (the circle) and the electron transport chain (the horizontal line). Part 2 illustrates the line-circle-line ATP flow. Part 3 and 4 Illustrate a manner in which additional information can be added to the line-circle-line skeleton—such as the various co-factors of vitamins and minerals that are crucial in each step.

Glycolysis happens in the cytoplasm of each cell where glucose (a 6 carbon molecule) is split in half to form 2 pyruvate molecules (3 carbon molecules). The process is fueled initially by 2 ATPs, setting in motion the protein gears to generate 4 ATPs along with 2 NADHs. The 2 NADHs will be used later in the electron transport chain to produce more ATPs. Consequently, there is a net gain of 2 ATPs plus 2 NADHs that are produced for the body’s energy needs. Check out the ten enzymes that catalyze the glycolysis pathway to produce pyruvate—an interesting visual explanation: Glycolysis.

Next the pyruvate is converted into either acetyl-CoA or lactic acid depending on first, whether oxygen is sufficiently present, and second, if there are enough specific vitamins and minerals present for the process. If there is enough oxygen and co-factors, then the process enters into the mitochondria and the Krebs cycle is activated. If there is not enough oxygen, lactic acid is the by-product and ultimately no more ATP is produced.

Assuming oxygen is present, within the inner membrane of the mitochondria the pyruvate is oxidized to 2 carbon molecules called Acetyl CoA, which is joined with the 4 carbon molecule oxaloacetic acid to form the 6 carbon molecule citrate or citric acid—and the Krebs cycle begins. Again, all of this and everything that follows is conducted through enzyme pathways.

This next video clip is an excellent lecture on Glycolysis and the Krebs Cycle. It spells it out beautifully. One of the by-products of the Krebs cycle is CO2. Each cycle produces 3 CO2. There are 2 cycles per glucose; therefore 6 CO2s are produced, accounting for the 6 carbons in the glucose. The beautiful cycle of life between plants and animals. We take in plant as food, taking in 6 carbons in one glucose molecule, using the glucose to produce the energy molecules NADH, FADH and ATP, and then return the 6 carbons in our exhalation to the atmosphere where plants can breath the carbon back in to create structure and food for us to eat.

Energy is captured by the generation of NADHs and FADHs and ATPs. The NADH and the FADH get oxidized in the electron transport chain to produce more ATPs. The bottom line is that one glucose molecule can result in the production of 38 ATP molecules when all three component (glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain) are taken into account. Here is a great video on the proteins involved in the Electron Transport Chain. And, finally this video is on the large protein, ATP Synthase that makes ATP

Acetyl CoA is the general catabolic intermediary that can enter the Krebs Cycle and generate ATP, whether our fuel is carbohydrate, fat or protein, and it is all mediated through enzymes/protein pathways. The quality of food consumed does affect the quality of energy produced. To have our body operating well, we need to think of food molecules as the vehicle to building and supplying the necessary tools for metabolic pathways to function properly. We need to detox, to purify our blood, to oxygenate, defend, build up immunity, lubricate, and of course, think clearly. All is accomplished best with the correct foods—organic, clean, full of nutrients, healthy foods.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note: The greenest food—Chlorella.

I have updated the Therapeutic Foods-Help Your Body Chart with the addition of our new organic Chlorella. As you can see we’ve placed it in the category of Oxidative Stress Defense. I definitely think it belongs there don’t you? You can find as page three in our catalogue. Just go to our Home page, click on the library tab, and then on the BioImmersion Catalog.

The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is commonly called the Shining Cat. It has a Latin name that suggests it is a cat— Ailurus fulgens. It is not, being more closely related to bears and raccoons. They are similar to the more famous Giant Pandas, but sufficiently distinct so as to have their own family name, Ailuridae. It is more correctly named —the Red Panda.

The red panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It eats mainly bamboo, but is omnivorous and may also eat eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. The shining cat is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.

Isn’t it amazing that it is in the panda family. It is now considered a species that is vulnerable.

John O’Donohue: A Friend of the SoulJohn O’Donohue is a mystic, a lover of life in the fullest sense. See him live commenting on the soul’s journey in illness. It’s beautiful. Get his book: Anam Cara. His poems connecting us deeply with nature around us: A Blessing of Solitude.

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Happy Thanksgiving! May this holiday bring joy as you gather around the table to break bread, and partake in the traditional thanks-giving ritual.

Without a doubt, oxidative stress is an important issue to understand and balance, and what better way to do so with the kinds of foods we eat? So as we head into the holiday season, laden with sumptuous foods and drinks, lets take a moment and go over the process of oxidative stress and how we can ease its impact on our body—with healthy food that is worthy of celebration.

Every cell has chemical reactions involving the oxidation and reduction of molecules. These reactions or redox pathways can lead to the production of free radicals.

A useful acronym to encapsulate the meaning of the oxidation/reduction process is: OIL RIG (Oxidation Is Losing electrons and Reduction Is Gaining electrons). When a molecule looses electrons, it enters into a state of possessing one or more unpaired electrons and becomes a highly unstable molecule that has electrons available to react with various organic substances.

When free radicals react with key organic substrates such as lipids, proteins, DNA and cell membranes, the oxidation can damage and disturb the normal functions and contributes to a variety of disease states, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, IBD, autoimmune disease—basically the diseases of aging.

Many naturally occurring processes can influence the level of free radical production within our body. Let’s list a few:

  • When cells use oxygen to generate energy, free radicals are created as a consequence of ATP production by the mitochondria.
  • When pathogenic bacteria, yeast, or protozoa attempt to invade our bodies they use free radicals as part of their weaponry.
  • Our immune system counters these assaults by generating its own arsenal of free radicals such as hypochlorus acid to kill the invaders.
  • Environmental stimuli such as ionizing radiation, environmental toxins from industry and auto exhaust, atmospheric conditions generate free radicals.
  • Lifestyle stressors such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known to affect levels of free radicals.
  • An overload of psychological stressors can shift the brain into intense metabolic activity thereby generating excessive free radical production.
  • Unhealthy eating patterns are obvious sources for free radicals.

The preponderance of oxidizing agents in our world today, increased psychological stress, poor life style choices and dietary practices have overwhelmed our body’s ability to neutralize their potential damaging and disease causing effects. This is the very reason that we must fully arm our body’s Antioxidant Defense System.

The Antioxidant Defense System includes enzymes and antioxidants to prevent the start of oxidative damage and/or control its spread. There are also enzymes to repair oxidative damage, and mechanisms to target damaged molecules for destruction and replacement.

Some essential antioxidants are made in our cells (endogenous antioxidants), and include enzymes such as the Phase II Proteins (P2Ps), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and glutathione peroxidase; and the small molecules glutathione, carnitine, carnosine, uric acid, coenyzme Q-10 and lipoic acid. Other essential antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, selenium, and certain phytochemicals must be obtained from our diet (exogenous antioxidants). Fruits, vegetables and grains are rich sources of vital antioxidants. Let’s focus on the Phase II Proteins. I’ll call them P2Ps.

Recently published studies have shown that P2Ps play an important role in the protection of stem cells, neural cells and endothelial cells. Let’s look at each type.

In adult organisms, stem cells act as a repair system for the body that maintains the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin, or intestinal tissues. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress can cause the body to use up its precious supply of stem cells more quickly, thereby shortening our life span. In animal models where P2P expression is inhibited, the life span of these animals was decrease by 20% with a high percentage dying from cancers of various kinds.

Our nervous system is under tremendous attack today due to the levels of pollutants that are neurotoxic, and pathogens that use neurotoxins as part of their weaponry. Nerve cells, along with immune system cells, have the most receptor sites in their cell membranes—in the neighborhood of two million receptors per cell. Receptor sites are a major target where toxins attach and disrupt. Remember, most receptor site are proteins, and therefore when oxidized, they change their shape, and thus destroy their function as a receptor. Recall last week’s newsletter: we talked about ligands and receptors in the cell membrane as the brain of the cell. With strong P2P protection we can lower the rising tide of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS and so on.

The endothelium is the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of blood vessels, forming an interface between circulating blood in the lumen and the rest of the blood vessel wall. Oxidized lipids, such as oxidized LDLs, traveling in the blood, can damage the endothelial cells, causing our immune system to respond, thereby initiating a cascade of events that can lead to atherosclerosis. Heart disease is still the number one killer worldwide.

Let’s look at the clinical notes to learn how the Cruciferous Sprouts lead us to healthfully balance the oxidation process. Read on—I promise you will like it!

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

Cruciferous vegetables are known for their ability to induce Phase 2 Enzyme transcription within the human body. The class of phytochemicals within cruciferous vegetables responsible for this induction is the glucosinolates.

The Cruciferous Sprout Complex is a propriety, freeze-dried blend of sprouts of broccoli, watercress, daikon radish, red radish, kale, mustard and cabbage yielding 10,000 ppm glucosinolates. That is a lot of anti-oxidant power to celebrate with!

Utilizing Green Technology, seeds that contain high glucosinolate content are selected to sprout. After three days of growth the sprouts are arrested at the height of their glucosinolate/isothiocyanate potential, blanched to kill any pathogenic microbes such as molds, and freeze-dried so as not to destroy any of their heat sensitive nutrients. The amount of glucosinolates per gram is many fold magnified in cruciferous sprouts compared to the mature plant.

We have observed the Cruciferous Sprouts increase human liver cell output of P2Ps by 2.6 times after a month dosing period. Phase 2 Enzymes are responsible for Phase 2 liver detoxification. In another of group individuals, with high oxLDL levels, the Cruciferous Sprouts were able to reduce oxidized LDL levels by an average of 69% over after a month of dosing 4 capsules twice a day. That is a powerful and sumptuous food!!

Take 4 to 6 capsule 3 to 5 days a week

The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is a Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta). It is a very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.

Many years of both legal and illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have greatly reduced these forests, and reduced the tarsier population to a dangerously small size. The Philippine tarsier may soon be added to the list of extinct species. Here is a Tarsier eating a cricket.

Rocky Mountain Institute is an amazing gift to all of us. After RMI completed an award-winning retrofit design of the Empire State Building, many other large commercial properties are lining up to follow in its footstep. Buildings are the ultimate end-users for 68% of coal and 55% of natural gas in the U.S.Here’s the owner of the Empire State Building, Tony Malkin, explaining why making the world’s most famous office building more energy efficient is good business.