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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.
Results
  • 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 350.org.  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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