Systemic Thinking

Communication is key

March 11, 2013
Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Dear Friends

We have been going through a major IT upgrade (changing servers, software platforms, etc.) over the past week, as many of you have discovered when trying to log in and order, and were directed to call us for your orders at 425.451-3112. It’s all good and very exciting as when completed we will have the capacity to add many wonder-ful communication technologies to our website. So, hang in there for the duration and do give us a call for an order or a chat. We are truly looking forward to connecting with all of you.

Let us share with you our heart:

RMI (the Rocky Mountain Institute) is one of my favorites.  In this link they are presenting their vision and progress towards recreating/transforming our world wide energy system, called Reinventing Fire, into a system that is environmentally friendly, and ecologically sound.  As they say they are a grass roots, think-and-do organization. RMI demonstrates in this video the very effective use of video technology, highlighting their global activities.

As we all know communication is key for everyone so we can make the wholistic, healing changes in our world that we hold dear.  Our mission at BioImmersion is to promote food as medicine and to advocate a worldwide change in our ecological practices as exemplified in agro-ecology.  I also have taken the task, a research project as Dohrea would say, to help us all get to know who is out there that is doing the good work.

You, dear friends and practitioners, are a part of this hard working group that’s efforting to change the practice of health and medicine.  I think of this beloved work (to use Dohrea’s term) as connecting the dots.  Effective use of technology is key.  Do take just a few moments to connect with one or two of these wonderful groups (links)—it will fill your soul and encourage your own work.

Our new IT platform will give us these capabilities.  Enjoy!

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

This morning why not:

  • 1 scoop Energy Sustain (organic millet, buckwheat, amarath, quinoa, chia)
  • 1 tbl organic Brown Rice Protein
  • 1 tbl Beta Glucan Synbiotic (good bugs and fiber including beet root).
  • 2 caps Phyto Power (wildcrafted rosehip, blueberry, dandelion).
  • 2 tabs  Organic Chlorella
  • 2 caps Cruciferous Sprouts
  • 2 caps of  Ultra Minerals
  • 1 cup organic pear juice, diluted with water, to make a large delicious drink.
  • 1 cap No. 4 Systemic Booster- Metabolic Balance (10 minutes before the drink).
    Bon Appetit

The Last Quiz Answer:

Monkey and Bull discussing food.

“Social justice issues are tied to every aspect of the food system.” EcoLiterate (2012) by Daniel Coleman et al, Chapter seven:  Changing the food system one seed at a time. (page 89)


Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Dear Friends

To bring about a world where all human beings understand and embrace practices/life styles that bring about social equity, environmental quality and economic sustainability requires, at its core, for us on a global scale to focus on educating our children in Systemic Thinking.  And, one of the truly inspired groups leading our way in this adventure is The Center for Eco-literacy.
A couple of newsletters ago I brought to your attention their newest and highly important book, Eco Literate:  How Educators are cultivating emotional, social and ecological intelligence.  Now the Center is offering a four day workshop from June 24 to June 28th entitled, Becoming Ecoliterate:  A new integration of emotional, social and ecological intelligence.  Here is the link to check out: Becoming Ecoliterate.
The three pronged approach (emotional, social, ecological) focuses students on self awareness and self management, social awareness and social management, and ecological awareness and ecological management skills.  With our world’s population at 7 billion and rising, and with it becoming increasingly clear that the human species is clearly in the “cat bird’s seat” when it comes to dictating the health of the whole biosphere, and that presently under our mis-guidance we are heading straight towards a future disaster that rises to the level of mass extinction, such an educational effort is something we all must get our energies strongly behind and make a monumental priority. Don’t you agree? 

Sincerely yours,Seann Bardell

Clinical Notes:
The No. 4 Systemic Booster:  Metabolic Balance offers you a powerful new tool in your arsenal to battle weight gain, and can be the perfect addition to weight manage-ment programs you already have in place.  It is made up of two components:  7-Keto DHEA (50mg per capsule) which is a downstream metabolite of DHEA, and seaweed extracts (125mg per capsule) from two different species of wild brown seaweeds—kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum) and bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus).Davidson M et al, Safety and pharmacokinetic study with escalating doses of 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone in healthy male volunteers, Clin Invest Med 2000; 61(7): 435-442.
  • 7-Keto (3-acetyl-7-oxo-DHEA) does not raise blood steroid levels:  Total testosterone, free testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, estradiol, cortisol, thyroxin and insulin levels remain within normal range.
  • 7-Keto promotes fat metabolism:  It is approximately 2.5 times as active as DHEA as an inducer of the thermogenic enzymes—mitochondrial glycerophosphate dehydrogenase and cytosolic malic enzyme.
  • 7-Keto increases anti-inflammatory molecular levels:  It enhances interleukin-2 production by human mononuclear leukocytes.  Supports reduced inflammation.
  • 7-Keto supports improvement in memory:  More effective than DHEA in improving memory in old mice.
  • 7-Keto is safe:  The acetylated derivative of 7-oxo-DHEA (7-Keto), which is devoid of androgenic activity and is not metabolically convertible to estrogens or androgens, was found to be safe and well tolerated in normal healthy adult men at doses up to 200mg/d for 28 days.
Kalman D et al, A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of 3-Actyl-7-Oxo-Dehydroepiandrosterone in Healthy Overweight Adults, Curr Ther Res 2000; 61(7): 435-442.The Method

  • In a double-blind, placebo-controlled protocol 30 adults (28 women and 2 men; mean age 44.5 ± 11.5 yrs) with a mean body mass index of 31.9 ± 6.2 were randomly divided into 2 groups of 15.
  • Group 1 received 7 Keto 100mg twice daily and Group 2 received placebo for 8 weeks.
  • All subjects participated in an exercise-training program 3 times per week.  Each exercise session consisted of 60 minutes of cross-training (aerobic and anaerobic exercise).
  • Each subject followed a diet of approx 1800 kcal/d.
  • Participants underwent serum multiple-assay chemistry testing, as well as body composition, blood pressure, and dietary analysis at baseline, week 4 and week 8.
  • Group 1 lost a significant amount of body weight compared with Group 2 (-2.88 kg vs -0.97 kg) over the 8 week period.
  • Group 1 achieved a significant reduction in body fat compared with Group 2 (-1.8% vs -0.57%).
  • The rate of change in body fat per 4 week interval in Group 1 was 3.1 times that in Group 2 (-0.88% vs -0.28%).
  • Group 1 experienced a significant increase in T3 levels compared with Group 2 over the 8 week study.
  • There were no significant changes in levels of TSH or T4 in either group.
  • Additionally, no significant changes were observed in vital signs, blood sugar, testosterone and estradiol levels, liver and renal function, or overall caloric intake during the study.  No subjective adverse effects were reported throughout the study.
ConclusionsThe results of the study suggest that 7-Keto DHEA combined with moderate exercise and a reduced caloric diet significantly reduces body weight and body fat compared with exercise and a reduced caloric diet alone.  Also 7-Keto significantly elevated T3 levels but did not affect TSH or T4, indicating that it does not adversely affect thyroid function in the short term.

Roy MC, Effect of a commercially-available algal phlorotannins extract on digestive enzymes and carbohydrate absorption in vivo.  Food Research International, July 2011 doi:  10.1016/j.foodres.2011.070023

  • In vitro the phlorotannins (polyphenol extracts) from Ascophyllum nodosum (kelp) and Fucus vesiculosus (bladderwrack) completely inhibited in a dose dependent fashion alpha amylase and alpha glucosidase with very low IC50 values compared to other plant polyphenols.
  • In vivo in animals studies, the polyphenols and phlorotannins extract was able to reduce the normal increase in postprandial blood glucose seen 30 minutes after a meal by 90% and consequently reduced peak insulin secretion by 40%.
  • Glucose absorption was prolonged in the treated group for 360 minute compared to less than 120 minutes in the control group.

The protocol tested which gave impressive results was to take 2 capsules before each of your two largest meals of the day.  But we also feel that 1 capsule twice daily will also give very good results.

The Last Quiz Answer:

This little beauty is an aardvark baby.

“Aardvark mothers give birth to one offspring at a time.  The pinkish, hairless newborn stays inside the burrow for about 2 weeks and then begins to follow its mother in her search for food.  The young first eats solid food at 3 months of age and is suckled until 4 months.

At about 6 months the young male becomes independent and goes off on its own, while the young female stays with the mother until after the next baby is born.  The young female may then dig its own burrow a few yards away from its mother but still joins her to forage for termites.” (African Wildlife Foundation)

Over 50,000 activists against the Keystone Pipeline marched pasted the White House this past Sunday urging President Obama to once and for all stop the pipeline.  It was the largest climate rally in US history. Thank you Bill McKibben and  Check out this power website for addressing the human derived factors causing our climate change.

Also in case you missed this amazingly soulful song, lamenting the tar sand’s disaster in Canada which I put into last May’s Forward Thinking, I’ve reconnected the link for you here.  Don’t miss it this time!!!  Jennifer Bereza sings her heart out in her song—My Memory Forever.

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Dear Friends

How are recent analytical advances within the field of microbiology bringing our relationship with Mother Nature back centerstage into the practice of medicine?

Part and partial to the practice of medicine is accurately understanding our relationship with the microbial world—that unseen world that became visible through the world of Louis Pasteur.  His work in the late 19th Century brought germ theory into the field of medicine.  His focus was on bad bugs and that they must be killed—pasteurization and hygeine became good medical standards of practice.

But, we have come along way since then.  NIH, through the Human Genome Project, in collaboration with scientists around the world, developed advanced analytical tools in order to map the human genome, and these tools became a platform through which they could take on the analysis of the microbial world that lives in us and on us—the human microbiome.  In 2007 NIH began the Human Microbiome Project with a goal of determining the core microbiome of a healthy human being.

In this week’s Forward Thinking we will share the insights expressed by Gevers D, Knight R, Petrosino J et al. in their paper, The Human Microbiome Project:  A Community Resource for the Healthy Human Microbiome. (2012) PLos Biol 10(8): e1001377.  In particular, we will look at two new analytical tools used in the leading edge of human microbiology—High Throughput 16S Sequencing and Shotgun Metagenomic Analysis.

The bottomline of what we are discovering in that good microorganisms in our gut and on our body are instrumental to our health and wellbeing.  They are partners in our physiological functioning, they are soldiers in our immune systems, they are crucial to our very survival.  To find out more about the tools to analyze who and what these microbial friends of ours are read more.

Dr. Petrosino teams work 2

In the above diagram, taken from Govers D et al, we can see the two methods of analysis—on the left 16S rDNA Amplification and on the right Shotgun Metagenomic reads.  The challenge had been for microbiologist to see the microbes that live in the gastrointestinal tract for example—95% are unculturable outside of the body.  With these new technologies scientists are able to identify and study the bugs in sito.

The procedures are as follows:  First, you take a sample from one of the body sites—for example, the stool which is used for determining the bugs of the GI tract.  Then, researchers pop the cells open and get the total DNA content.  In some samples there will actually be human DNA in there mixed bacterial DNA because of the nature of the body site and how the sample was collected.  Finally, through the use of PCR primers, scientists can amplify (make multiple copies) of the 16S rRNA fragments so that we can sequenced for their bases.  This provides us with the bacterial fingerprint for each organism, for 16S rRNA sequencing takes us down to the species level of bacterial identification.  Much of the work now is to achieve a complete genomic mapping of the bugs in the gut.  The HMP consortium has already completed the sequencing of 1000 organisms, resident to the gastrointestinal tract.

Next, in regards to Shotgun Metagenomic Analysis, scientists take the original sample and just shear it into little pieces.  Then, they sequences the DNA fragments into genes. The low hanging fruit that comes out of the shotgun approach is that you can get the entire gene content of the sample which allows you to map those genes back to the known metabolic pathways that exist in a bacterial cell.  This gives you an idea of the metabolic potential of a given sample.  This allows you to do a basic metabloic reconstruction of the sample.  How well does it metabolize carbohydrates, or polysaccharides, amino acids, etc.  You compare from sample to sample to get an idea of the different metabolic pathway potentials of a give sample.

How does all of the above relate us to Mother Nature?  Mother Nature is the biosphere. The biosphere is the tree of life.  Within the tree of life we are the branches of the evolutionary process and the microbial world our foundation. You could say we are its offspring.  The Human Microbiome Project is making it visibly clear just how marvelously connected we are to the microbial world.  We all Mother Nature, the microbial world and ourselves are one.

A very big hug to you all and Happy Holidays from Dohrea and me!

Sincerely yours, Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The BioImmersion Synbiotic Formulas are the Original Synbiotic formula, the Beta-Glucan Synbiotic Formula, the Triple Berry Probiotic Formula, the High ORAC Synbiotic Formula, the Supernatant Synbiotic Formula, the Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula and the No. 7 Systemic Booster. They represent the following strains:  L. bulgaricus ATCC pending, DUP 14073, L. helveticus ATCC 7994, L. casei ATCC 393, B. infantis ATCC 15697, B. longum ATCC 15707, L. acidophillus ATCC 4356, S. thermophillus ATCC 19258, L. plantarum ATCC 8014 and L. rhamnosus ATCC 7469.

We will be driving into the research on the different strains, relative to human health.

This is the season for giving and in this article collected by The Global Oneness Project called Radical Generosity, Paul Van Slambrouck explores the diversity of gift economy projects around the globe.  It is very thought provoking and inspiring.  Everyone can do it, all can participate.  Check it out.