Year: 2013

What Makes Food Therapeutic?

December 23, 2013

Dear Friends

What Makes Food Therapeutic?

Definitely a question Dohrea and I asked ourselves in the creation of BioImmersion and the Therapeutic Foods line.

Isn’t it amazing over the past few years or decades, depending on how old you are, how the answer to this question has profoundly evolved.

 

We are going to have a lot of fun with this question in 2014 as we will be rolling out a webinar series entitled, “What Makes Food Therapeutic?  Treatment Protocols.”

I will share the specifics for you next week so you can get the webinar dates in your calendar.  The webinars will also be archived on our website.

Today, we don’t just talk about macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil and fiber to enhance our diets, we are all becoming increasingly sophisticated in the utilization gleaned from the growing body of research on the use of phytochemicals for therapeutic purposes.

Today, we don’t just conceive of a stereotypic human body and its generalized consumption needs to be healthy.  We’ve come to understand, from the Human Genome Project’s completed mapping of the human genome, that many gene variants exist, which may predispose certain individuals to certain diseases and certain dietary needs.

Today, we don’t just think of our fate as being determined by our genetic map, but we’ve come to understand the epigenomic reality.  Whether or not a genotypic potential will be expressed depends upon a complex interplay amongst external factors, diet,  and the molecular components that regulate gene expression.

Nutritional genomics is the study of the interactions between our genetic makeup and the foods we consume and the health outcomes that may occur.  This growing body of nutritional research provides the forward thinking platform for utilizing food as medicine.

To all of you our good friends and customers we thank you!  And, wish for all of you a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! 

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Notes:

Dr. Robert Anderson MD has produced in 2011 the most wonderful little book entitled Stories of Healing: A Family Doctor’s Journal. Each chapter is roughly a page or two and tells a delightful and insightful experience with a patient and what he learned from the experience.  This book would be a great present to give yourself.

Years ago I noticed that Dr. Anderson began regularly purchasing our Wild Blueberry Extract.  I gave him a call as I was honored to have him as a customer, and wondered why he was ordering this product on a regular basis.  He told me that his grandmother on his mother’s side had died with Alzheimer’s and that his mother had died of Alzheimer’s.  He knew the value of blueberries from the research, and liked the looks of our product.  It made sense to him and has been a regular customer for years.

For preventive supportive from Alzheimer’s the dose is generally one capsule daily.

The Last Quiz Answer:

 

The fossa is the largest predator on Madagascar.  They are closely related to the mongoose family.  It’s main food source are lemurs, which means it is a very agile preditor. There are now only about 2500 individuals living in their shrinking forest habit due to deforestation practices.  There has been little research conducted on these animals in the last 15 years.  They can weigh over 20 lbs and with their long tail they are over 5 feet long.

Wanted:  People who are fearless and imaginative.  People who want to save the world, have fun and make money.  This could be the advertisement for individuals suited for work at RMI.In the following link RMI’s Founder Amory Lovins and its CEO Jules Kortenhorst discuss the excitement and importance of their work in energy transformation.  Beginning the transformation of the industrial sector, automotive sector, commercial real estate sector, electrical sector, semi conductors, and data centers.  Jules entered the RMI team as its CEO, leaving an executive position with Shell Oil and the Dutch Parliament.

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Dear Friends

If you can guess the name (genus/species) of this gorgeous creature on the right, I’ll give you one of our products.  Look carefully, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Slow down the aging process!  “Slow down the development of aging associated diseases- cardio-vascular ones, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases!”

Who doesn’t, amongst your patients who are “baby boomers”, want to slow down the aging process?  L Rossi et al, in their peer reviewed paper, Benefits from Dietary Polyphenols for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Neurochem Res 2008, Volume 33 Issue 12 pp 2390-2400, add to the mounting body of scientific evidence the awareness that diets rich in polyphenols are preventative and can even reverse the aging process.

The researchers summarized the characteristics of the most studied food polyphenols which were shown to have potential anti-aging and brain protective activities.  Foods that due to their polyphenolic content were able to scavenge free radicals, chelate redox metals, down regulate inflammatory activities and of course have components that cross the blood-brain barrier.  Their bottomline: Eat a wide variety of polyphenol rich food.

This is where the Therapeutic Foods line of products can really help.  That is what they were designed for.  And this diversity not only includes our functional foods choices but diversity in probiotics as well.

Last week we talked about daily consumption of Phyto Power, Wild Blueberry Extract and High ORAC Synbiotic Formula.  This week we will present Phyto Power, Wild Blueberry Extract and change up the probiotic offering with the No. 7 Systemic Booster.

See the difference between the High ORAC and the No. 7 in the Clinical Notes.

 

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

 

Clinical Notes:

What are the differences and similarities between the High ORAC Synbiotic Formula and the No. 7 Systemic Booster?

Both are synbiotic formulas (synbiotic being a product that has probiotic and prebiotic). Both contain lactic acid bacteria that are human medical research pedigreed species. The High ORAC organisms come from our American collection and the No. 7 good bugs come from our Bulgarian collection.

High ORAC contains: L. acidophilus and B. longum.
The No. 7 contains: L. acidophilus and B. longum plus L. casei, L. helveticus, B infantis, and supernatant which is the metabolites of L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus.

The High ORAC contains: wild blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, tart cherry, cranberry and prune.
The No. 7 contains pomegranate extract and whole, cranberry extract and whole, tart cherry and pineapple.

The High ORAC is in a capsule and contain a little bit of inulin as a carrier for the good bugs.  There is a 25 Billion bug count per capsule with an ORAC value of 1500.
The No. 7 is a powder and offers more fiber per dose (4 grams per tsp) in the way of inulin.  The dose is one teaspoon a day with a good bug count of 6.33 billion and an ORAC of 1000 per dose.  But don’t forget their is the supernatant which provides the enzymes, B vitamin, bacterocins, biosurfactants of L. bulbaricus and S. thermophilus. Not to mention the added D3, folate, carnitine,carnosine, fructoborate, and blood sugar lowering compounds within the No. 7.

The key here is a variety of choices to choose for your body.  And, they all are good.

The Last Quiz Answer:

 

This creature is Durrell’s Vontsira, a Madagascan mammal in the family Eupleridae of the order Carnivora.  Yes, it is a carnivore, most closely related to the brown-tailed mongoose.  It was discovered by a conservation biologist working for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is the Lac Alaotra marshes of Madagascar.  The future of this newly discovered species is very uncertain because the Lac Alaotra marshes are extremely threatened by agricultural expansion, pestisides, burning and invasive plants and fish.  It is likely to be one of the most threatened carnivores in the world.

 

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The Fossil fuel companies have in their reserves five times as much carbon as what would be necessary to take us pass 2 degrees celsius if they carry out their business plan. Climate scientists have long warned that if the average global temperature rises by 2 degrees celsius, the environmental consequences will be severe.

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Dear Friends

Restore and protect the neuronal health of the brain and the Gastrointestinal Tract.

High ORAC Synbiotic is a power filled tool to help restore and protect the nervous system. Find our protocol for improving brain and gut function in Clinical Notes.

The brain contains the most nerve tissue, while our gut is considered to be the “second brain” as it contains even more neurons than the spinal cord.   Phyto Power, Wild Blueberry Extract, and High ORAC Synbiotic are concentrated polyphenolic foods that improve and protect the cognitive functioning of the brain and the neuronal integrity of the gut through their abundance of flavonoids and anthocyanidins. The High ORAC even augments the functioning of the neuronal health of the second brain—the enteric nervous system of the gut— by providing two medically pedigreed lactic acid bacterial probiotics with its fruit bowls worth of berry extracts.

And, this product is the High ORAC Synbiotic Formula

High ORAC

What are the deliverables for the High ORAC?

  • Provides per capsule 25 billion CFU of pure reference cultures of pedigreed Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifido longum.
  • Provides a literal fruit bowel worth of berry extracts from Wild Blueberry Extract, Grape and Grape Seed Extract, Raspberry and Raspberry Seed Extract, Wild Bilberry Extract, Cranberry, Tart Cherry and Prune.
  • Designed for inflammatory conditions in the GI tract such a IBS and IBD by down regulating COX-2 and NF Kappa B.
  • The berry extracts protect the enteric nervous system of the gut as well as crossing over the blood brain barrier to protect the brain by reducing oxidation and inflammation.
  • The pedigreed probiotics protect, counteract and neutralize dietary toxins, mutagens, carcinogens and infectious organisms.
  • They detoxify dietary mycotoxins, enterotoxins, exotoxins and carcinogens.
  • They turn on the immune system increasing the production of SigA.

 

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

 

Clinical Notes:

High ORAC Synbiotic is used successfully after antibiotic therapy. Take two capsules with meals.

For brain function (foggy brain, memory issues, and different forms of cognitive decline), the blueberry has found to reverse and heal our neurol tissues: Take two Phyto Power with meals in the morning. To add to the therapeutic phase of healing, add one Wild Blueberry Extract and one High ORAC. For maintenance, switch between the two blueberry (Phyto Power and the Wild Blue) products regulary and keep taking the High ORAC, one capsule daily, for its melody of berries and fruit.

For GI therapy (pain, inflammation, Crohns, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation): Two capsules of High ORAC until pain is reduced considerably. Add to this regime the Phyto Power, one capsule. When the gut is functioning with more ease you can lower the dosage to one capsule of each therapeutic foods.

The Last Quiz Answer:

 

The red-crested tree rat, a rodent about the size of a guinea pig, has been sighted for the first time in decades. The relatively unknown creature made a casual reapperance in a Columbian nature reserve after over a century. The Last recorded sighting was in 1898 when two of these beauties were found and studied, and were the subsequent source of all information about the rat until now. The rat’s reapperance has been credited to the work being done by Fundacion ProAves, a conservation organization founded in 1998 to save endangered species in Colombia.

 

 

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arcticquips University of Virginia environmental scientist Howard Epstein, warning that changes in the Arctic reverberate around the globe.

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Berries Protect the Brain

December 12, 2013

Dear Friends

According to food researchers Elizabeth Devore ScD, Jae Hee Kang ScD, Monique Breteler MD/PhD, and Francine Grodstein ScD greater intakes of blueberries and strawberries were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.  Additionally, in further supporting evidence, greater intakes of anthocyanidins and total flavonoids were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline. Good news for all of us “baby boomers” if we choose to take this ever growing body of knowledge seriously into our dietary habits. Their summary statement couldn’t be clearer:  Higher intake of flavonoids, particularly from berries, appears to reduce rates of cognitive decline in order adults.

(Devore EE, Kang JH et al, Dietary Intakes of berries and flavonoids in relation to cognitive decline. Annals of Neurology, volume 72, Issue 1, pages 135-143, July 2012.)

To face this cognitive dilemma of old age, or any added stress on the brain bring into your diet the anthocyanidin and flavonoid power provided in two Therapeutic Foods: Phyto Power and Wild Blueberry Extract.

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The blue (anthocyanins) in Phyto Power comes from four wild-crafted Alaskan Vaccinium species- Blueberry, huckleberry, lingonberry and Bilberry.  Their anthocyannin percent is unmatched for a whole food:  4-6% standardized.

The red comes from a blend of rosehips from wild Arctic Rosa species.  Hand picked in Alaska’s pristine wilderness.  The flavonoids of interest include luteolin, quercitin, hyperoside, phloridzin and organic acids that include ellagic, chlorogenic and photocatechuic.  These phytonutrients occur at ten times the levels compared to the nutritional and medicinal gold standard for European rosehip.  It also possesses 1.7% lycopene and related carotenoids, vitamin C average 300% DRI and niacin is 73% RDI.

The green is a propriety whole herb blend of four Taraxacum species (meadow dandelion).  The whole plant and roots contain a long list of bioactive flavonoids.  Phyto Power supplies the roots, leaves and flowers.

In our Wild Blueberry Extract supplement, we have concentrated the phenolics.  A typical C of A results show 65% total phenolic, 19% anthocyanins and 5.8% chlorogenic acid with an ORAC of 7000 umole/gram.  It takes us one cup and one-quarter of the Nova Scotia wild blueberries to fill one 500 mg capsule.  The color is so blue that it is almost black.  It provides much antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuro-regenerative punch as documented over the years by our doctors with their patients.  I hear quite frequently from our clints that they have tried the product on their animals with amazing results. After all it was, in part, the therapeutic success in animal research that made the case for possible successful outcomes for us humans.
Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

 

Clinical Notes:

Wild Blueberry Extract: For optimal brain health (foggy brain, memory issues, dementia, cognitive dysfunction) take the therapeutic dosage of one to two capsule daily, then build up as necessary after a week. Remember, it is intensely concentrated food but it will take a little time. Build up the dosage until brain function improves, then readjust dosage downwards for maintainance.

Phyto Power: For optimal brain and nervous system it faciliates the bioavailability of the Wild Blueberry Extract, and can be used on its own. Start with two capsules for thereapeutic dosages and build up. As with the Wild Blueberry Extract, after brain function improves, readjust the dosage downward until you arrive to the maintainance stage.

Example: For Dohrea’s PhD studies, we have created a routine of two Wild Blueberry Extract capsules plus three Phyto Power capsules. Taken every morning when she has to write papers (which is now all the time). At break time, between terms, we lower the amount to one a day of each product.
The Last Quiz Answer:

The gastric brooding frog (Rheobatrachus vitellinus) is the only amphibian known to raise their young in their stomachs.  They were discovered in the undisturbed rainforests in Austrialia.  The female swallows her fertilized eggs, which then hatch in her stomach.  When they become fully developed tadpoles the mother vomits them out into the pond where they will develop into adult frogs.  How is the mother’s stomach acid and pepsin kept from digesting the tadpoles?  Good question  but these studies which might have led to important new insights for treating human peptic ulcers could not be continued because this species is now extinct. This information was gathered from a phenomenal book by Chivian and Bernstein, Harvard Professors and MDs, entitled Sustaining life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, published in 2008.

Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  It is a beautiful movement worldwide.  Check them out.

         

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Dear Friends

Can you idenitify this beautiful creature?

Can you identify this beautiful creature?

What disease conditions warrant the use of Phyto Power?

This basic, practical, straight forward, condition specific question was asked of me today by a young doctor during our business lunch.

My answer:  For a healthy functioning brain and nervous system (4 species of blueberries). For a healthy digestive tract, liver, kidneys, and eyes (4 species of dandelion, the whole plant, including roots and flowers).  The three species of rosehips plus their seeds give you the power of catechins, carotenoids, organic acids (yeast reduction) and vitamins which provide protection against cancer, diabetes, CVD, inflammation and the diseases of aging.

It is the power of the green, red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple potent foods.

Now lets take a look at the ingredients:

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Now let me ask you a question:

Why does our USDA recommend The 5-to-10 a Day Fruits and Vegetable Program for all Americans?

It is because the scientific evidence demonstartes that a healthy diet of live foods gives the body what it needs to heal, repair and defend itself. Health in large part is a matter of feeding the body a diversity of fresh high active foods with rich nutrient density—the body will sort it our from there.

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

Their conclusion:

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

So on a supremely fundamental level our Therapeutic Foods line is about the basic feeding of our bodies with foundation food based nutrients it needs to heal itself.  And, it isn’t about large amounts, it is more about the frequent and regular consumption with small portions of a diversity of high active foods.

For the added benefis of the phyto power and wild blueberry (a different species, in extract form) see Clinical Notes.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

 

Clinical Notes:

Wild Blueberry Extract:  For optimal brain health (foggy brain, memory issues, dementia, cognitive dysfunction) take the therapeutic dosage of one to two capsule daily, then build up as necessary after a week. Remember, it is intensely concentrated food but it will take a little time. Build up the dosage until brain function improves, then readjust dosage downwards for maintainance.

Phyto Power: For optimal brain and nervous system it faciliates the bioavailability of the Wild Blueberry Extract, and can be used on its own. Start with two capsules for thereapeutic dosages and build up. As with the Wild Blueberry Extract, after brain function improves, readjust the dosage downward until you arrive to the maintainance stage.

Example: For Dohrea’s PhD studies, we have created a routine of two Wild Blueberry Extract capsules plus three Phyto Power capsules. Taken every morning when she has to write papers (which is now all the time). At break time, between terms, we lower the amount to one a day of each product.
The Last Quiz Answer:

 

To get into moose country one really needs to go up north to the circum-polar Boreal Forest, also known as the Taiga—the Great North Woods of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway.  The Boreal, the Amazon, the Belgion Congo are the lungs of the earth.

This young bull appears to be perhaps a friend of the family.  Here’s a video of a young tame female moose in Russia.  She’s very cute.

Have you tuned into The Global Oneness Project?  You really should!
Check out their films, documentaries, interviews. They connect culture, ecology and beauty.  They open the mind and quicken the heart.

In this short documentary, Among Giants, one activist saves a portion of the giant redwoods, with trees from 200 to 1000 years old, from sure destruction.

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