Systemic Thinking

Dear Friends

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!!!  Thank you for being our friends and our cherished customers.  May next year be a wonderful year for us all.

Sincerely yours,

Seann and Dohrea Bardell

Clinical Notes

Here’s to your health:











Green Facts:

Globe_Home 3Here is your free online Permaculture Design Course with WorldClass Sustainability Teachers.  Perhaps in 2016 we can all get involved in some way with Permaculture.


Happy Thanksgiving 2015

November 26, 2015

Dear Friends

It was Albert Einstein’s 100th year celebration yesterday, as I am sure you noticed, and here’s a great quote from him that he shared for us all in 1949:

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us—universe—a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassions to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

That sure is the task at hand, don”t you think?

Green Facts

The amazing youtube video of Anna Breytenbach working with a black panther.  She has dedicated her life to “interspecies communication”.

Dear Friends,

Do you  know that blueberries are a rich source of fiber? As a matter of fact, bifidobacterium love blueberries and grow well when they’re fed a mixure of the berries.

A repeated-measure, crossover dietary intervention on human volunteers was designed to study the effect of a six week consumption of a low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) drink, versus a placebo drink, in modulating the intestinal microbiota.

The results obtained suggest that regular consumption of blueberries can possibly modulate the composition of the intestinal microbiota. The Bifidobacteria appeared to be selectively favored suggesting an important role for the fiber present in low bush blueberries.

Joseph et al. 2007. Fruit polyphenols and their effects on neuronal signaling and behavior in senescence.  Ann NY Acd Sci; 1100:470-85.

Vendrame et al. 2011. Six-week consumption of a wild blueberry powder drink increases Bifidobacteria in the human gut. J. Agric Food Chem; 59(24):12815-20.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

Our Phyto Power contains the 4 species of blueberry, 3 species of rosehip and 4 species of dandelion all from the wilds of Alaskan.  They are wild-crafted (picked in the wild),  and are exceptionally loaded with polyphenols and fiber.

But the berries do more: As we look for ways to reduce age-related decline in neuronal function, or explore methods to retard or reverse the age-related neuronal deficits, we find that the regular consumption of polyphenolics in high active fruits continues to rise to the top of the list. Blueberries are still thought of as one of the very best. The Blueberry Extract along with the Phyto Power is a winning combination.

Take two capsule daily of the Phyto Power.  This is equivalent of eating six of the rosehip (seeds and all), a small hand full of the blueberries, and a small cup of dandelion salad.

Add one capsule of the Blueberry Extract for a boost. This is equivalent of eating a cup plus of blueberries.

Green Facts

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“I would like to enter a dialogue with all people about our common home.”  So begins the encyclical delivered to the world last week from Pope Francis.
It was so beautiful.  He spared no words, and here you have the link to the whole talk in its title:  Revolution needed to combat climate change.

Dear Friends

The 2014 Food Revolution Summit hosted by John and Ocean Robbins begins online tomorrow morning at 8:00am PST.  It will be broadcast worldwide and we all can join in for FREE from anywhere on earth.

It is a very big deal!  Something we should all get behind and actively promote.  It will go on for 9 days.

We will be learning from 25 visionary speakers (Dean Ornish MD- Add Years To Life & Life To Years, Brenda Davis RD- How To Truly Thrive On A Plant-Strong Diet, Raj Patel PhD- Eating For An End To Humger, Marion Nestle PhD- Standing Up To The Food Industry, Neal Barnard MD- Power Food That Help You Thrive, Mark Hyman MD- How To Detox, Burn Fat and Thrive, Saru Jayaraman JD- Behind The Kitchen Door, and many more).

Get the truth about GMOs and dangerous chemicals—and how carbs, gluten, fat and sugar affect our weight, energy, sleep and the planet.

To join in just click on the link at the top or Click Right Here.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Notes:

Add to your diet this strong phytonutrient and probiotic protection of Therapeutic foods:

Organic Chlorella- 2 to 4 capsules daily
Phyto Power- 1 to 2 capsules daily
No. 7 Systemic Booster- 1 tsp daily
The Last Quiz Answer:

This is the Giant Kingfish in the Indo-Pacific ocean off the east coast of South Africa near Mozambique.  It is a supreme game fish, very strong and some species are as large as a 6 foot person.  They are in the jack family of fish.  I seen these awsome fish when diving in the lagoons of Yap Island in the Western Pacific.  They are fast and powerful and preditors of other fish.


President Obama’s announcement that his final decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline will be postponed indefinitely was a major win for the health of our biosphere.  It is because of activists like you will see in the video of a march onto the National Mall in Washington three days ago.  Watch this powerful video of the Reject & Protect opening ceremony.



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Dear Friends

It’s Spring and nature is in full bloom here in the Northwest.  Not that these two lovers to the right are from here, they aren’t.  They’re from latitudes far to the south where it is perpetually Spring or Summer. Any guesses what they are, and where they’re from? If you can give me their common name, genus and species, and specifically where this wild breeding pair calls home, I’ll gift you one Therapeutic Foods products of your choice.

Condo Garden (2) 2013

At any rate our modest little condo garden is planted and taking hold, as you can see; with the agreement, amongst our fellow condo dwellers, that next year we will create a raised bed garden, in the tradition of the French Intensive Method. This will greatly raise our garden’s level of productivity.

I’ve personally experienced the magic of Biodynamic/French Intensive Farming from the master himself- Alan Chadwick, the man who brought this method to American in the 70’s from France (see the link above).

The skin of the Earth must be approached with great sensitivity. It is alive and it contains a spirit. It is easily bruised or damaged. In some respects, it is even more delicate than the bloom on the surface of a plum. Approach it without sensitivity, or at the wrong time, and you will damage it- Alan Chadwick

This brings me to the point of this week’s newsletter.  How is the microbiome of the human gut like a garden? How do principles for creating a healthy productive garden apply to creating a healthy gastrointestinal environment? I will focus on ideas posited in Catherine Lozupone et al’s research paper published in Nature Sept 13, 2012, entitled Diversity, stability and resilience of the human gut microbiotia.

For starters, both are ecosystems, and therefore applying sound ecosystem principles that makes for a healthy, productive, resilient ecological community will benefit both your garden and your gut. Let’s look briefly at two:  diversity and redundancy.

  • Diversity
    When we look at gardening it has become increasingly clear that having a diversity of species woven intelligently into a garden plot creates a hardy, resilient ecosystem and eliminates the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect against pathogens.  This has been repeatedly proven through gardening technologies such as those employed by eco-agriculture, permaculture, biodynamic, and organic farming.Regarding diversity in the human gastrointestinal tract, we are referring to an ecosystem within a healthy gut of around 100 trillion microbes representing approximately 1000 species—a diversity of beneficial enterotypes providing important GI tract functions.  As an example, let’s take the capacity of a good bug to colonize the GI tract membrane, thereby protecting it from invasive pathogens.  Having multiple beneficial organisms able to protect the mucous membrane in this way enables the function to be maintained if one is wiped out by a phage attack or an antibiotic.  Resilience of functionality is maintained.
  • Redundancy
    “To date, the most powerful studies tend to combine SSU rRNA profiling to determine taxon abundance (the microbiota) with shotgun metagenomic probing to understand the functions present (the microbiome).” What has become very clear is that redundancy of functionality is of utmost importance. That there are multiple good guy organisms capable of producing the same enzymes enables the ecosystem of the gut to maintain functional resilience in the face of pathogenic challenges.

Praise must be given to the advances in technology made possible through the Human Microbiome Project and Meta HIT. These analytical tools have made it posssible for us to focus on communities as a whole rather than just focusing on individual bacteria. We are beginning to see the forest from the trees.

Sincerely yours,
Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

Probiotics and Polyphenols are receiving today much research interest within the scientific community for their health giving properties.  At BioImmersion we believe that providing a diversity of these items in our diet on a daily basis is very important towards attaining robust health.

Why not try the following on a regular basis for three months and see how your body responds:

Energy Sustain (one scoop a day), Phyto Power (2 caps a day), Organic Chlorella (4 tabs a day), Wild Blueberry Extract (1 cap a day), Ultra Minerals (4 caps a day), Cruciferous Sprouts (2 caps a day), Fructo Borate (two caps a day), Organic Garlic (1 cap per day) Supernatant Synbiotic (1 cap per day), Beta Glucan (1 tbl. per day).

Let me know what your experience.

The Last Quiz Answer:
This great fisher is the tall, long-legged great blue heron. It is the most common and largest of North American herons. Their average life span is 15 years. They can be over 4 feet tall with a wing span of 6 feet. They can fly effortlessly at 20 to 30 miles per hour. Though they are best known as fishers, mice constitute a large part of their diet. They also eat insects.

The Environmental Working Group makes it very easy for us to take action politically.  The senate will start voting in just a few days on the 2013 farm bill subsidies.

Provisions tying crop insurance subsides to sustainable farming practices are included in the farm bill.  Healhty food comes from healthy land, and we need you right now to tell your senators to support these provisions and other healthy farming amendments.

Click here to take action today.