De-Evolution of Planet Earth

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Last week Dohrea and I were in Hawaii, lovely Hawaii—Maui to be exact, and brought back with us a wonderful treat for your delight, a few seconds of Maui’s heavenly sounding ocean.

On the surface Hawaii looks and feels great, seems healthy to the casual tourist, but we know better, one only needs to look closer.  Scientists estimate that unless we take immediate action we could lose up to 70% of coral reefs by 2050 (The Nature Conservancy, 2012).  Hawaii has already lost much of theirs.  The coral reefs are the tropical rain forests of the oceans, home to most of its species.  This is just the beginning of the nightmare.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch flows from southern California, to Japan, just barely missing Hawaii to its south—for now.  It is twice the size of Texas, a river filled with plastic debris.  Just like the acidification of our oceans that is killing our coral reefs, the warming of our planet which is melting our glaciers and raising sea levels worldwide, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch River is filling our oceans with a 100 million tons of plastic garbage that finds its way into the bellies of young birds.  It is the result of our unconscious, thoughtless consumerism that’s littering our planet with toxic waste.  This young albatros (in the picture to your right) died not on the shores of Laguna Beach but in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on Midway Island.  An island that should be a tropical paradise but has become a garbage dump for cigarette lighters and plastic bags, all courtesy of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch River.  Ten thousand dead birds can be found on Midway.  This tragedy is chronicled by photographer Chris Jordon’s film, Midway: Message From The Gyre. Click on this!  You’ll get some great information and links.

But this is just the beginning of our discussion, isn’t it?  There is so much more to say.  The US currently has more that 85,000 chemicals in commerce.  There are approximately 2500 high production volume chemicals which are manufactured at a rate of more than one million pounds annually with nearly 45% of these chemicals lacking adequate toxicological studies to evaluate their health effects on humans and wildlife.  Most of these toxins find their way eventually to the oceans. Three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans and one-half the worlds population live within a stones throw of the oceans.

Maui wave videoHere’s Maui’s beautiful ocean’s song to us.  Just click on the picture:
Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:
“….everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission.  This is the Indian Theory of existense.”  Christal Quintasket (1888-1936) Salish.

We are presently, through our collaborating partners, making major inroads into relationships with the Native People of Alaska and the First Nation Peoples of Canada. Their elders intimate knowledge of the traditional use of the native plants is beyond exciting.  It is enlightening.

And, their attitude towards life, as expressed by Chief Seattle, bring healing to our souls:  “Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.  If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.  This we know:  the earth does not belong to man—man belong to the earth.  This we know.  All things are connected like the blood that unites one family.  All things are connected.”

The Last Quiz Answer:

This little collection of young female goats is part of a 400 head herd of organically raised goats. They are very tame, very curious and well loved.  They have a laid back life style, migrating through different meadows for their food. Each goat is free of pesticides, herbicides, growth hormone and antibiotics. They produce a wonderful, high quality, nutricious milk and colostrum. We are working on our business agreement with their parents, who are very wonderful people.  Will share soon.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a very important environmental group to get to know.  For 50 years TNC has helped protect environmentally precious areas in the world using the simplest possible method.  It buys them.  It buys land at market prices, making it offlimits to environmentally damaging uses, such as development  or logging. (Made to Stick 2007)

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Happy Fourth of July to you! We are half way through 2012, and I propose a new tradition—to have a Fourth of July resolution. We produced the Therapuetic Foods with a resolution to promote the restoration of our soil and food through organic farming.

Transforming our world’s food system to one that mandates farming practices such as permaculture, biodynamic farming, and the One Straw Revolution will without question transform our world to one of abundance. It is a worthy goal, an imperative for our very survival as a species. It’s that simple, it’s that urgent.

It makes sense for our 4th resolution to be something like, what can I do better for America, or perhaps better yet, what can I do for freedom. How would you answer that?

I’ll share with you my brief thoughts, and the thoughts of two of my favorite activists: Anne Leonard and Chris Hedges.

As you know from our weekly newletters we have a passion for issues of social justice. To us that is what America is supposed to offer the rest of the world—a beacon of light. We have a long, long, long ways to go to make that become a reality. In fact, much of the hardship of the world today is our direct doing. But we still have the freedom to make our voices heard. So my Fourth Resolution is to strengthen my acitivist spirit through finishing my book by December, so that I can use it in 2013 as a platform to promote the Therapeutic Foods paradigm (see Clinical Notes below).

Annie Leonard, the author of The Story of Stuff, wrote in her 4th of July website’s message:

Cicero said: ‘Freedom is participation in power.’ The Declaration of Independence wasn’t forged so we could be free to sit on our couches, free to choose from hundreds of TV channels, as climate change worsens, industries keep churning out toxic pollution and income inequality hits record highs. The Declaration of Independnece was created so we could participate in our own governance and build a better future. So, let’s do it. Let’s execise those citizen muscles.

To read Annie’s full 4th message and see her up and coming new film, The Story of Change, click on the link above.

Chris Hedges has just come out with his most recent book, which he wrote with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. It is called, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012). Hedges and Sacco traveled to the most depressed pockets of poverty in the US. He calls them “sacrifice zones” where corporate capitalism (corporate greed) has run amuck. It is an extremely impacting book. Here is a link to an interview with Chris Hedges about his book. Here’s a quote from the interview:

The sacrifice zones are growing all across the country because when everything becomes a commodity, the natural world becomes a commodity, human beings become a commodity, that are exploited until exhaustion, we collapse. We are destroying human capitol and we are destroying the natural world.

So my good friends what is your Fourth of July Resolution? I would love to hear them.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

What is the Therpapeutic Foods Paradigm?

Our bodies are so bombarded with pollution, pathogens and stress that they desperately need to be fed real food, sustaining food, energizing food, organic food with high actives.

Even if we eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, it’s good but it is not enough, we need powerful organic food, food that doesn’t add more pollutants to our body burden, but food that impacts our bodies therapeutically and makes them strong.

Here is the link to read further about the Therapeutic Foods paradigm.

Also, read about the World Today, the reason we need to fight for a clean environment.

The Last Quiz Answer:

This beautiful creature is a hummingbird. They are found only in North and South America. South America has the largest variety of hummingbirds with Ecuador having 163 different species. They range in size, some not much larger than a bumble bee, with the giant hummingbird being 8 inches in length, about the size of a large blackbird—amazing isn’t it? Hummingbirds are not only the smallest bird but are the smallest animal with a backbone. In normal flight they beat their wings 80 times per second. However, they can fly up to 60mph, with wings flapping 200 times per second. This happens during their courtship dives, they’re charged up!

On July 17th Annie Leonard and her team at The Story of Stuff Project are coming our with their newest movie (video): The Story of Change. Check out this trainer. The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world..

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Yes, you have read about sugar before, and we all know how bad it is for our health. But it is all around us, and global habits are tough to change. So read on! And then plug into our Energy Sustain, you’ll find it below in our Clinical Notes. Tune in to this unique product. Lets roll-up our sleeves now and talk about sugar!

It is very clear, the diseases of the world today are chronic degenerative in nature with etiologies that can be distilled down to pollution, pathogens, stress and life style choices. We live in a global world where China’s pollution is our pollution, Africa’s pathogens are our pathogens, and our fast food franchises and big box processed food chains are the world’s health problems. In today’s email I want to talk about one shining factor in processed foods and fast food restaurants that is clearly driving the diseases of obesity, hearts disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and many cancers—added sugar.

America is the fattest nation on earth. Nearly 80 million Americans over 20 are obese, and another 12.5 million children and adolscents are obese (CDC 2012). What makes us Americans so special? Do we have less will power than the rest of the world in terms of our personal management of life style practices, i.e. in the way we eat and exercise? Not at all! In fact the rest of the world is rapidly catching up with us. So, what’s the problem?

The short answer is to watch this video: Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Its presenter is Robert Lustig, MD., a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a crusader against simple sugars being added to our foods. He maintains that they are poisons to our bodies and the prime causes for the pandemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic sydrome and many cancers. They must to be regulated like alcohol, drugs and cigarettes.

The following, for your convenience, is a summary of a few of the points from his talk:

  • Dr. Lustig is not talking about the carbohydrates inherant in natural whole foods. They are our source of glucose—the energy of life. The problem is the addition into our highly processed foods and drinks of sugars: sucrose and fructose (with an emphasis on fructose).
  • In nature, fructose, sucrose and other simple sugars are mixed in with fibers and when consumed are thereby digested in a modulated fashion. That’s as nature intended it and is good and necessary for our health.
  • The problem is with our commercial food industry where they have put added sugar in every processed food one can image. All are laced with sugar.
  • Americans now consume 150lb/year per person of sugar. That is one-third of a pound per day.
  • The liver gets overloaded with fructose and converts some of it into fat, causing fatty liver and obesity. Some of that fat ends up in the blood stream and helps generate dangerous small density LDLs (VLDLs). These molecules can load within the blood vessel walls and form plaques and are causative with heart attacks.
  • Sugar activates the brain like cocaine and people build up a tolerance like they do with drugs and the more you eat the less you feel the reward. The result is you eat more than ever.
  • Fructose does not inhibit ghrelin, the hormone from the stomach that says to your brain, I’m hungry. Fructose also doesn’t stimulate leptin the hormone that tells your brain, I’m full. So we binge on sugar.
  • Men should consume no more than 150 calories per day of added sugars (remember we are talking about added sugars here not the normal carbohydrates that are natural in whole foods). And women just 100 calories. that is less than the amount that is in one can of soda.
  • The answer is to get the added sugar out of our foods.

In summary Dr. Lustig says it is a battle we must all fight. The problem is that what has been good economically for the food industry, adding cheap sugar, is bad for us. There is no middle ground. If one looks at the S&P 500 during these economically stressed times, corporations such as General Mills, Kraft, Proctor and Gamble, Conagra are all doing well. But why? Because food taste good with sugar and it’s cheap, it is that simple. We need to take responsibility for a global change, in our minds first, and then in the way we eat (especially when we go out), and then in the way we teach others about food and sugar. These companies, amongst many others, are the creators of sugar in our foods and the dealers of these foods around the world. 25% of our US exports are in these foods. It is as bad as drug dealing. What to do? A global policy to reduce sugar consumption?
Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

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The Last Quiz Answer:

Chameleons are a distinct and highly specialized clade of lizards. What’s a clade? It’s a group consisting of species, past and present, that represent a branch in the Tree of Life. There are approximately 160 species of chameleons in the world, ranging from Africa to Spain, from south Asia to Indian, from Hawaii to California and Florida. Many keep them as household pets. Of course, as their name implies many can change their color to match their environment. Here is an amazing You Tube video of such a changling-The multi-colored chameleon.

On July 17th Annie Leonard and her team at The Story of Stuff Project are coming our with their newest movie (video): The Story of Change. Check out this trainer. The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world..

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Not counting the microbial world, and just looking at the plant and animal world, how many species would you estimate that there are on mother earth?

The rough estimate would be around 10,000,000.

Determining how many microbial species there are is a tough task, for several reasons.  For one, most microbes cannot be grown in culture, which makes it hard to determine their genetic identity.  We use the nucleotide sequences of the 16S rRNA gene to determine species. These sequences are unique for each species, and have remained a constant, which means they are highly conserved for each species (they do not change), thereby providing their fingerprint over the last millenium.  These sequences also show how closely related one species is to the next and what  ancestor they may share in common.
The Tree of Life has changed its look.  It has become a molecular sequence-based phylogenentic tree, with the concept that genetic base sequences can be used to relate organisms’ evolutionary path. This was first proposed by Carl Woese in 1990.

As you can see there are three domains— Bacteria, Archaea and Eucarya.  The bacteria and archaea are prokaryotes (organisms without nuclear membranes), and the eukaryotes posses a nucleus with a nuclear membrane.  Thus from the bottom group you have the protozoa (microscopic), fungi (some microscopic), plant and animals.

From the Tree of Life diagram it appears that the bacteria/archaea world will have much more biodiveristy than the eucarya world.  And, this is certainly true, many times more.  Using the new genetic testing technologies scientists are combing the earth, taking samples from the deepest ocean floors to volcanoes, from the Dead Sea to the Great Salt Lake, from Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone to Lake Vostok which is buried under Antarctic ice.  They are finding bacteria and archaea, and are coming to grips with just how incredibly vast the microbial world is.

The number of individual microbes on Earth is thought to be as high as 4 to 6 times 10 to the 30th power, most of them are thought to live in subsurface layers of the land and the oceans.  But no one really knows how many microbial species there are, even to the nearest order of magnitude (estimates run from ten million to as high as one billion distinct species).  In a single cubic meter of soil alone, there may be millions of different microbial species, and yet only 6,000 species of bacteria and archaea have been formally named. (Sustaining Life, Eric Chivian & Aaron Bernstein 2008)

In the beautiful Sustaining Life, which is must read for all medical professionals, Chivian and Bernstein make the point that our very survival is dependent on biodiversity and that the rate of species loss to extinction is a harbinger to the next mass extinction. The present rate of loss of species is a thousands times above the baseline before Homo sapien came on the scene.  There was only this rate of loss in deep time before the past five mass extinction of the biosphere. They clearly make the point that this present loss of diversity is caused by our actions and that it is in our hands to reverse it.

Next week we will look at how does loss of species diversity affects our lives?

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

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The Last Quiz Answer:

This amazing bird is a cross-beaked finch.  They live in the boreal forest, even in its most northerly reaches. Their beak’s unusual cross over shape gives them the ability to pry open the hard outter plates of the spruce cones and dine on the inner seeds.  The different shapes of the beaks of finches around the world in the multitude of habits spawned the genesis of his natural selection hypothesis.  There is a wonderful book, The Beak of the Finch, by a team of Princeton scientists who, based on their 20 year study, confirmed Darwin’s thesis.

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Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

We are beginning to wake up.  We desperately need fresh air!

We are awakening to the understanding that life on earth has the power, in the way that it behaves, to alter the very composition of the gasses that make up the troposphere (the troposphere being the blanket of air covering the earth where all the weather takes place).

Furthermore, being the self-conscious, reflective animals that we are, we’ve come to understand that the way in which we have conducted ourselves on earth since the industrial revolution, has brought us into a crisis point that in all likelyhood, unless we get a hold of ourselves, will lead us to our very extinction, along with that of most other higher, high oxygen requiring creatures—the Sixth Mass Extintion.
When comparing the atmospheres of our closest neighboors in our solar system, Mars and Venus, to the earth’s atmosphere, Dr. James Lovelock (founder of the Gaia Hypothesis)  contends that, the Venusian atmosphere yielded figures of 95-96% carbon dioxide, 3-4% nitrogen, with traces of oxygen, argon and methane. The same analysis for Mars returns 95.3% carbon dioxide, 2.7% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, only 0.15% oxygen and only 0.03% water. In comparison the Earth’s atmosphere at present is 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen with traces of carbon dioxide, methane and argon.

Chemically speaking, life enables the atmosphere to exists in a state far from equilibrium.  Conversely, if there was no life on earth its atmosphere would resemble that of Mars and Venus with levels of CO2 well over 90%, and oxygen being negligible.  Basically, reaching a state of equilibrium.  Life exists far from equilibrium.

So, the rising CO2 levels are very alarming, especially since they haven’t been at 380 ppm since 2 million years ago.  The more they rise the hotter the planet gets, the hotter the planet gets, the more the ice caps melts, the oceans rise, and the higher species die.  We’ve been here before, five times. This time, extinction, will be of our own doing.

Fortunately, we see help coming from all corners of the earth.  It is literally happening all around us, and the goal with our Forward Thinking is to help connecting the dots of positive movements so we can be encouraged and motivated to participate in quickening the change.  The following are a couple more points of light for us to know about:

Number One:  It’s happening in our very own neighborhoods.

Bullit 1 2On Tuesday afternoon Dohrea and I drove to Seattle to one of our new favorite food coops, the Madison Market.  As we arrived to our destination I noticed right across the street the most gorgeous wooden office building going up. I had to take a picture, so I took out my trusty cell phone and took these two shots. As you can see in the second picture it says the Bullitt Center.  Would you like to know what the Bullitt Center is up to?  It’s very exciting!

Their goal is to be the greenest commercial building in the world. They have entered into the Living Building Challenge.  To be certified as a Living Building a structure is required to be self-sufficient for energy and water for a least 12 continuous months and to meet rigorous standards for green materials and for quality of its indolor environment.  The Living Building Challenge requires a project to meet 20 specific imperatives within seven performance areas.

For the Bullitt Center, meeting the imperatives will include the following:

  • bullitt 2 7Site:  The location will support a pedestrian, bicycle, and  transit-friendly lifestyle.
  • Water:  Rainwater will be collected on the roof, stored in an underground cistern and used throughtout the building.
  • Energy:  A solar array will generate as much electricity as the building uses.
  • Health:  The building will promote health for its occupants with inviting stairways, operable windows and features to promote walking and resource sharing.
  • Materials:  The building will not contain any “Red List” hazardous materials, including PVC, cadmium, lead, mercury and hormone-mimicking substances, all of which are commlonly found in building components.>
  • Equity:  Unlike many office buildings, large operable windows will offer fresh air and daylight to all the people who work in the Bullitt Center.  The goals of Seattle’s Community High Road Agreement will guide selection of the construction team.

Their website is trendously informative, an important resource.  It will take you into a whole new world of enlightened building design.  Click here or above at the Bullitt Center.

Number Two:  It is happening all over the world. is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.  They have a fabulous educational site, that will arm you with all the information you needs to grasp and to speak on behalf of the issues regarding global warming.

Maldives 4They just completed an online project called where people from all over the world took videos and photos of climate changes occuring in their part of the world.  Check out the link.  Communities gathering from all over the world—Brazil, London, Florida, Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, Micronesia, etc—it’s grassroots and people are getting involved.  I will let these links do the talking.

The coral reefs of our Maldivian island is bleaching and breaking apart because of climate change, threatening our community, country, and culture. Photo By: Mohamed Fahumee.  These islanders are standing on the dead coral at low tide.  Very sad.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

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The Last Quiz Answer:

Lynx are masters of deep snow and cold winters. In Washington, they are at home among the boreal habitats in Okanogan County, where winter persists for much of the year.

Their down-like fur protects them from the cold, and their large paws (the size of a cougar’s foot) and small weight (similar to a 25-pound bobcat) enable lynx to float on the deep fluffy snows of the high elevations of northern Washington. These large feet act as snowshoes for lynx to pursue their primary prey, the snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus).

Excessive numbers of fires in the past decade may be a threat to the species’ survival in Washington … In the past decade, more than 50 percent of these spruce and subalpine fir forests along the northeastern Cascades have been burned. (from a talk by Gary Koehler, wildlife research scientist, Washington Deparment of Fish and Wildlife).

I just picked up a book, that just came out, at our new food coop in Bellevue called Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.  It has received some very high endorsements from authors I respect.  For example John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman (a must read) said, This long awaited book is a masterpiece and a field guide to a much needed journey into creating the kind of economy our children will be happy to inherit.  Future generations will praise Local Dollars, Local Sense as one of those seminal works that helped transform human societies.