Year: 2010

The Definition of Life

November 17, 2010

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Look at this little critter. Isn’t life just amazing! Such biodiversity.

Trillions of cells uniquely organized into tissues, organs and systems of function—the nervous system, immune system, gastro-intestinal system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, osteoskeletal system, urogenital system, detoxification system, excretory system and so on—all working together towards the survival of this species. What is its common name and scientific name for the big prize? Many people have them as pets south of the equator.

We’re no different are we? Maybe a few more cells, around 10 trillion for the human body. But, it’s the same story, trillions of cells working together for our survival. So it is cells that are the basic building blocks for life itself—from one celled bacteria and plants to complex higher critters like ourselves and the creature above.

Cells are the engines that drive all life. The creation of a membrane separating the inner milieu of the cell from the external world—taking in substances selectively from the environment outside itself into its inner world, transforming it into useful molecules for energy, for work, for repair, for reproducing its own kind, while excreting its waste back into the external world for use.

Primarily, the microbial world had figured out the biological processes necessary to make the molecules of life, and these primitive pathways of metabolism drive our highly evolved human bodies today.

All body functions operate through metabolic pathways. Proteins are the building blocks of these pathways. Each of the millions of pathways within our body requires a unique sequence of proteins in order to function in a healthy way. It is in fact proteins that provide the structure and function for all biological organisms.

Here is a collection of illustrations of how pathways are constructed and how they work:

If the cell is the engine that drives all life, then what drives the cell—tells the cell when to produce proteins, how many to produce, and when to stop? Is it the DNA, the Genes—whose function is to produce proteins?

We used to think so, but the thinking has changed with the understanding about life coming from the emerging scientific discipline of Epigenetics. Under this new paradigm of thought genes are merely the blueprint for the production of the over 30,000 different proteins required for the different structures and functioning within our body. Who or what directs and orchestrates a gene to open up and produce (transcribe) its unique protein? That direction comes from the cell membrane, traveling through metabolic pathways within the cell’s cytoplasm to the cell nucleus—dictating the unfolding of the genetic blueprint to produce particular proteins.

To help us visualize the mechanical nature of a cell, I will share with you quotes for your contemplation from two wonderful books—Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman and Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert.

Lipton and Bhaerman created an illustration of a cell with metaphorical parts—a set of gears, driven by a motor, controlled by a switch and monitored by a gauge.

A switch controls the function by turning the mechanism on and off. The gauge is a feed back device that reports on how the mechanism is functioning. Turn the switch on, the gears move and the function can be observed by monitoring the gauge.

The gears are the moving parts—in cells these are proteins. Proteins are physical building blocks that assemble themselves and interact to generate the cells behavior and functions.

The assemblies of protein gears that provide specific biological functions are collectively called pathways. A respiratory pathway represents an assembly of protein gears responsible for breathing. A digestive pathway is a group of protein molecules that interact to digest food. A muscle contraction pathway consists of proteins whose interactions produce the body’s movements.

The motor represents the force that puts the protein gears in motion. The motor is necessary because the primary characteristic of life is movement. Therefore life derives from the forces that put protein molecules into motion and thus generate behavior.

The switch is the mechanism that tells the motor to put the protein into motion. In living organisms the switches that reside in the cell’s membrane represent a conductor that harmoniously controls and regulates the cells various functional systems.

Biological gauges convey information via sensation.

Genes are simple blueprints used to make protein parts. The nucleus is the functional equivalent of the cells gonads, its reproductive system.

The coordinated activity of membrane switches enables the cell to sustain its life by orchestrating metabolism and physiology in response to an ever-changing environment.

Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in living organisms to maintain life. These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures and respond to their environment.

The brain is actually the cell membrane, not the cell nucleus. Built into the membrane are protein switches [receptor sites] that respond to the environmental signals by relaying their information to internal protein pathways. A different membrane switch exists for almost every environmental signal recognized by a cell. Some switches respond to estrogen, some to adrenaline, some to calcium, some to light waves, etc.

Candace Pert in her book, Molecules of Emotion reminds us that:

If the cell is the engine that drives all life, then the receptors are the buttons on the control panel of that engine, and a specific peptide or other kind of ligand is the finger that pushes the button and gets things started.

There are three kinds of ligands: neurotransmitters, steroids and peptides.

The ligand-receptor system represents a second nervous system…. It is a system that is indisputably more ancient and far more basic to the organism….. The receptors and their ligands have come to be seen as information molecules—the basic units of a language used by cells throughout the organism to communicate across systems such as the endocrine, neurological, gastro-intestinal and even the immune system.

Thus the new science of epigenetics says that environmentally derived signals activate membrane switches, sending secondary signals into the cells nucleus. Within the nucleus, these signals select gene blueprints and control the manufacture of specific proteins. This is far different from the conventional belief that genes turn themselves on and off. Genes are not emergent entities, meaning they don’t control their own activity. Genes are simple molecular blueprints and it is the receptors sites in the cell membranes through protein built metabolic pathways that directs the genetics within the cell.

Pathways are built with proteins. Receptor sites are make up of proteins. Cytokines and chemokine and the majority of communication molecules are protein or at least peptides. I think we can all agree, proteins are very very very important toward the functioning of our body.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Power of the Therapeutic Foods Platform.

Protocol Number One: basic protection

  • Wild Blueberry Daily- one capsule daily.
  • Organic Chlorella- four to six tablets daily.
  • Cruciferous Sprout Complex- Two to four capsules daily.
  • Number Seven Systemic Booster- one-half to one teaspoon daily.

The ingredients: see last week’s Forward Thinking

It’s the Fall/Winter season and we’re all seeing colds and flus around us, knocking on our door. The above platform along with a good diet keeps me strong. However, if I have a hint of something like a soar throat coming on, I simply add a couple of capsules a day of our organic garlic, for a couple days, and that almost 100% of the time escorts any sore throat right out the door. Try it, it’s good.

PS open the garlic capsule in water, let them react for a minute and swig it down. IT will coat the whole esophagus.

The Last Quiz Answer: The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. Inhabiting the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, it is rarely seen by humans. They live at depths where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy. Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats by in front of it. Blobfish can be caught by bottom trawling with nets as bycatch. Such trawling in the waters off Australia may threaten the blobfish in what may be its only habitat. It is currently facing extinction due to this practice (Wikipedia).

Food Democracy Now is a great website to enable us to efficiently participate as activists in the cause for good food for all people. This week it focused on the importance of the passage of the Tester-Hagan Amendment that will be voted on by congress this week. Its importance has brought out two of the biggest voices in the sustainable food movement to lend their support for family farmers.Yesterday food experts and authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser released a statement urging swift action in passing the food safety bill and the Tester Amendment:

S.510 is the most important food safety bill in a generation. The Tester amendment will make it even more effective, helping to ensure food safety while protecting small farmers and producers. We both think this is the right thing to do.

After years of following these issues, meeting with hundreds of farmers and victims of food safety outbreaks, both Pollan and Schlosser are convinced that these important provisions are needed to improve food safety and protect family farms.

If you click on the Food Democracy link above, you will be able to add your voice and vote towards its passing.

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Happy Halloween! What do you think of this ghoulish creature? Identify its genus and species correctly, and I’ll send you a treat—pick one of the four products in the Therapeutic Foods Platform we are highlighting below as your gift. Do watch the Beauty of the Ugly in the Last Quiz Answer segment. For extra credit: what does this creature have in common with the de-evolution of the biosphere?

Higher animals, such as amphibians, reptiles and mammals, are now listed as endangered or in the imminent thread of extinction due to the load of toxins, pathogens, the effects of global warming on habitat, and ecosystem destruction. But what about humans, we are mammals. Have we reached the tipping point, the point of no return for higher animals? We’ve done so in the past when you look through the window of Deep Time.

Do you recognize this creature? Probably not.

It’s a Gorganopsian and it lived a quarter of a billion years ago! The Gorganopsia are a major group of Tetrapods that includes the mammals. Though more than thirty genera have been described, in all sizes from the size of a dog to that of a bear, they are all extinct except for one of their species that survived and evolved into what we now classify as mammals. Gorganopsians were warm blooded creatures, the dominant predators of the late Permian. The Permain period ended 248 million years ago along with these marvelous creatures.

In our Forward Thinking, see the archives—scroll down to Feb 3rd 2010, we highlighted the work of Dr. Peter Ward, Astrobiologist and Paleontologist. Dr. Ward maintains that there have been at least five major extinctions over the last five hundred million years. Each extinction manifests as a resurgence of the microbial slime world of bacteria, algae, molds, jellyfish, etc., creatures that can survive in a low oxygen environment, over the more complex, oxygen dependent species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, bird-like creatures and mammal-like reptiles (the Gorganopsians)—most all of these higher phyla became extinct.

This brings the urgency of our present situation into focus. Green house gasses are rising, dead zones (hypoxic zones) in the oceans and seas are spreading, one species after another must be placed on the endangered list. For example, one-third of the world’s frogs will be lost within the next several years because of toxins and pathogens. Isn’t that frightening! We too are suffering.

Last weekend we were at the WANP 2010 Fall Conference entitled, Clinical Focus on Environmental Medicine and Detoxification. We were there on Saturday and heard lectures by Marianne Marchese ND, Lyn Patrick ND, Bonnie Nedrow ND, and Owen Miller ND. They all gave absolutely superb and important talks! Well worth your getting the tapes. Their titles were: Endometriosis and Breast Cancer; The Tsunami of Fatty Liver Disease: Naturopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease; Preconception Detoxification; and The Cleanse and Resolving Chronic Disease.

Dr. Lyn Patrick showed us a photo of BP’s Senior VP, looking very much like a deer caught in the headlights, when asked why BP used the dispersant Corexit, when it knew that Corexit was much more toxic to all forms life than the oil itself. The consequences of using Corexit, as a dispersant, in the Valdez oil spill spelled this out all too clearly.

I talked with Dr. Patrick after her lecture and she told me of marine toxicologist Dr. Riki Ott and her book Not One Drop, documenting the Valdez disaster. I did some research of my own on Dr. Ott and found my newest environmental hero. Dr. Ott asked herself and important question regarding the Valdez oil spill: I know enough to make a difference, do I care enough? Her story and her answer to this critical question is absolutely inspiring and illuminating. I have inclued the following interviews of Dr. Ott—one relative to the Valdez spill and one on the Gulf spill. I guarentee they will wake you up and I hope inspire you. Take a moment to watch them.

A few facts for you to consider from the lectures:

To date, we have 83,000 chemicals in circulation and nine new ones are being patented daily. These chemicals are rushed to the market with almost no safety testing in as little as 90 days from patent application. 287 of 413 chemicals tested were found in the average American’s blood. That is 69% of all chemicals tested.

If we applied that to the 83,000 chemicals that exist, we could be carrying 57,000 chemcials in our bodies, and we don’t know how toxic each of these chemicals are.

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health estimate that 42 billion pounds of chemicals enter American commence daily, representing enough chemicals to fill up 623,000 tanker trucks each day.

Current policy, unchanged since 1976, has allowed the EPA to require testing for a mere 200 of the 83,000 chemicals currently registered in the U.S. .

Even if all chemicals were banned today, the impact of persistent pollutants would continue to harm our health and the environment for many generations to come.

Non-Alcoholic fatty liver Disease (NAFLD) is now considered to be the primary hepatic complication of obesity and insulin resistance. NAFLD is recognized today as the most prevalent liver disease in the Western population, with estimated prevalence rates of 13-34%.

6.5 million children in the US have fatty liver disease with the overweight and obese children accounting for 81% of the fatty liver cases.

Let’s focus on obesity for just a moment and take a look at the CDC’s 2010 report:

The Obesity Epidemic– More than one third of U.S. adults— 72 million people— and 17% of U.S. children are obese. From 1980 through 2008, obesity rates for adults have doubled, while rates for children have tripled! During the past several decades, obesity rates for all groups in society, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education level, or geographic region, have increased markedly.

The health consequences of obesity are cornonary heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, cancers such as endometrial, breast and colon, high blood pressure, high total cholestrol or high levels of triglycerides, strokes, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, degeneration of cartilege and underlying bone with a joint (osteoarthritis) and reproductive health complications

We have a crisis here—we are becoming less viable as a species, and it is directly attributable to the load of toxins in our environment and therefore in our bodies, and to the foods that we consume on a daily basis.

All the speakers agreed when it comes to protecting ourselves we need: to clean our homes, detox our bodies, and eat a protective diet.

Throughout the seminar I spoke with many doctors about activisim, the need to include in our daily routines a small activist component of their choice, and inspire the people within their communities to do the same. The Therapeutic Foods Platform is not only a powerful way to catalyse the transformation of our diet into one that is protective and healing, but is also a statement about food as medicine, and the fact that it takes the effort and awareness of the whole world to grow healthy foods. Pure, clean, vital foods is imperative to all life forms.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Power of the Therapeutic Foods Platform.

Protocol Number One: basic protection

  • Wild Blueberry Daily- one capsule daily.
  • Organic Chlorella- four to six tablets daily.
  • Cruciferous Sprout Complex- Two to four capsules daily.
  • Number Seven Systemic Booster- one-half to one teaspoon daily.

The ingredients: see last week’s Forward Thinking

Because the protocol is about using foods therapeutically, the dosage can be increased or decreased as needed. Always think of the platform as food to guide you in the dosages. This coming week we will look at the biological pathway involved, how these foods interact with our genes, what the top food scientists have to say regarding these ingredients and much more.

The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is a Condylura cristata a star-nose mole. At only 4 to 5 inches long, the star-nosed mole has one of the strangest noses in nature. Its 22 fleshy tentacles are super-sensitive to touch. The star-nosed mole hunts worms and insects, and its specialized nose allows it to capture and eat its prey 14 times faster than any other mole. In fact it is the fastest eater in nature. See this mole in action.

Well it was the end of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) season, and this Tuesday was the last of our weekly shipments. For next Spring check out a CSA in your area. Here is a very easy way to do it: Go to our website, click on the Meatrix link in the Green Facts at the bottom home page, once in on the left click on the Eat Well Guide where you will be able to find a CSA in your area.

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Ok, it is almost Halloween and the creatures are getting increasing goolish, unless of course, you are their mother or father or a zoologist. But, if you can name this creature, I will send you a prize of our new Organic Chlorella. And, if you have already won and received the free Chlorella, then pick a different member of the Therapeutic Foods Platform that I am highlighting in this email. Good Luck! What is the specific Genus and species of this creature?

We are activists for good, healthy food. Our purpose with the Therapeutic Foods is to teach the power of food so we can all remember and activate the tradition of food in medicine.

Bioimmersion Inc. is a global company working in collaboration and partnership with many scientists, manufacturing experts and farmers from all over the world. For the past 30 years we have been a part of the global call and dialogue for change and have worked hard towards the betterment of our earth, our resources and fellow human beings.

Here is what Dohrea said in our World Today segment:

We know very intimately the hard and often overwhelming work physicians deal with everyday. Healing and preventing disease has become an enormously tough job to perform and it is getting worse. The reality of our world today is alarming and it will take global heroic efforts to bring about change.

Now I don’t want to get us all depressed here, because as the forces of bleakness increase all around us, so too do the forces of correct thinking and action that can right our world. And, that is what our Publishing Blog and the Forward Thinking weekly newsletter are dedicated to—bringing into view the rising movement all around the world that is on the side of social equity, environmental quality and economic sustainability.

I think we are all of one accord when I say that the dietary habits of the world today are a major causative factor in the pandemic of chronic diseases that are plaguing human kind. Governments worldwide recognize this fact as they have adopted the 5-A-Day slogan—to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The USDA has upped the ante to the 5 to 9 a Day program.

Amazing, isn’t it. But, the fact of life is that the bio-accumulation of xenobiotics (drugs, metals, industrial chemicals and pollutants) along with increasingly virulent and resistant pathogens have overwhelmed our immune systems. We need real food, whole food, clean food—organic fruits and vegetables every day, hormone and antibiotic free meat and dairy, fermented foods and wholesome organic grains, nuts and seeds.

We all know this, of course, but it is hard to break the bad habits we all have gotten in to; let alone getting your patients to change to diets. However, the fact remains the same—nothing turns on the body’s pathways for defense, repair and healthy cell turn-over like whole organic foods properly grown and prepared. We need help to get this accomplished and this is the reason we developed the Therapeutic Foods Line.

Technology properly used is an important key.

The Therapeutic Foods Line is a new medical framework, built with advanced technologies that maintain the wholeness of foods while utilizing the exact science of molecular concentration for therapeutic purposes. The result is food that behaves medicinally in the body.

Because of technology, we are able to be 90% paperless in our offices, marketing practices, manufacturing and distribution…. We conserve resources as well as practice a utilitarian life and work style while using technology to create, evolve and grow. (Dohrea Bardell, BioImmersion President)

Green Technology

Green Technology enables us to capture fresh, raw, organic high active fruits and vegetables from anywhere in the world at the height of their desired phytonutrient production. It requires good communication channels with trustworthy individuals employing high technology. Bring plants, vegetables, berries and berry extracts into a vegetarian capsule without the use of any excipients, while maintaining 100% phyto-nutrient potency, requires the use of distinctive advanced technologies—from Real Time Sourcing to flash freezing on site; from proprietary pure water extraction to sublimation technology (freeze-drying); from HPLC analysis to encapsulation in facilities that are GMP and HACCP compliant, Kosher and QAI certified and audited by AIB International annually. The Green Technology practiced at BioImmersion to create the Therapeutic Foods Line is indeed exciting!

Microbiome Technology

The microbiome is the full collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses) that naturally exist within the human body. (National Institute of Health definition)

Partnership with the major growers of bacteria and other organisms is essential to move forward. At BioImmersion we cherish our relationships with all the major commercial growers of bacteria, as well as relationships with the world’s leading bacterial repository. The ATCC repository in Virginia is the world’s largest bacterial repository. Their bacteriology collection is the most diversified assemblage of prokaryotes in the world, containing nearly 18,000 strains in more than 750 genera. Every prokaryotic physiological group is represented. They are the Gold Standard for microbial classification, identification and preservation. We are licensed to receive certified pedigreed strains of bacterial mother cultures from ATCC and are bringing forth globally recognize and scientifically authenticated probiotic organisms.

BioImmersion utilizes microbiome technology to secure highly researched and authenticated pedigreed strains of lactic acid bacteria with 40 years of proven effectiveness and ATCC confirmed molecular identity. A proprietary growing method enables the bacteria to be especially hardy and therefore able to pass through the acid and bile barriers of the stomach and duodenum, reaching their respective sites intact and vital. Sublimation technology properly applied freeze-dries bacterial cells, maintaining their strength and viability while in stasis. And of course, manufacturing facilities are GMP compliant, HACCP compliant, Kosher certified, QAI Certified, Audited by AIB internationally annually.

Patented Technology

Bioimmersion Therapeutic Foods products have unique worldwide patents for manufacturing processes and molecular structure. The patented molecules of the Fructo-Borate Complex and the nucleoside/nucleotide ligand bound tri-valent chromium of the Chromium, Bio-organic with Beet are the result of the discipline of organic chemistry combined with technological advances in manufacturing practices. The beauty of patented technology is the ability to create food substances that have exact molecular structure for the body to receive and easily route to the desired receptor site. Molecules such as the hydrocolloidal oat beta-glucan, in our Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula, is the result of a patented heat shearing technology that cracks the endosperm of the oat bran, liberating its soluble beta-glucan fibers. The patented process of barley sprouts extraction starts with a rigidly monitored malting process. The all-natural patented process removes some of the insoluble fiber and further concentrates the small molecular weight nucleotides and nucleosides. These are plant cytokinins with the ability to reduce excess blood glucose levels and help overcome insulin resistance (see the No. 7 Systemic Booster). As science and technology move ahead we are able to create natural, healthy yet extremely potent therapeutic foods that help the body overcome and thrive.

Thus far we have created 15 Therapeutic Foods Products. They are foods and can be creatively used in many combinations. Because we are advocating the use of foods as medicine, we have developed a variety of protocols. Over the coming weeks in Clinical Notes we will devote each week to a specific protocol. This week’s protocol we call: Basic Protection. We will also accompany each week’s written protocol with a flash, one-minute, video presentation relative to the protocol. The video part will start next week. See you then!!!

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Power and Elegance of the Therapeutic Foods Platform.

Protocol Number One: basic protection

  • Wild Blueberry Daily- one capsule daily.
  • Organic Chlorella- four tablets daily.
  • Cruciferous Sprout Complex- four capsules daily or every other day.
  • Number Seven Systemic Booster- one teaspoon daily.

The ingredients:

Wild Blueberry Daily

  • 150mg blueberry extract and 350 mg whole blueberry (freeze-dried).
  • Vegetarian capsule (cellulose and water).

Organic Chlorella

  • 500mg tablet of cracked cell wall Chlorella vulgaris and regularis.
  • No binders, fillers, flowing agents, excipients in any of our products.

Cruciferous Sprouts Complex

  • Broccoli, daikon radish, red radish, watercress, kale, mustard and cabbage sprouts.

Number Seven Systemic Booster

  • Traditional Bulgarian Strains of L. casei, L. acidophilus, L. helveticus, B. longum, and B. infantis– 10.5 billion per tsp.
  • Supernatant- inactive cells of L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus and metabolites.
  • Organic tart cherry (whole), pineapple (whole), cranberry (whole and extract) and pomegranate (whole and extract). All freeze-dried.
  • Organic fiber- inulin derived from organic chicory root fibers- 4 gm per tsp.
  • Nucleotides from barley sprouts for healthy blood glucose levels
  • Calcium Fructo-Borate for bone health, joint health, hormone health.
  • L- Carnitine and L- Carnosine as cell rejuvenators.
  • Vitamin D3- 1000 IUs per tsp.
  • Folate- 400mcg per tsp.


As you can see there are quite a lot of nutrients in this protocol to discuss, and it’s a very important discussion as it is foundational to our understanding of foods as medicine. Therefore, we will devote next weeks Forward Thinking entirely to this powerful protocol. We will look at the biological pathway involved, how these foods interact with our genes, what the top food scientists have to say regarding these ingredients and much more.

The Last Quiz Answer: This strange little creature is a baby Brazilian tapir. Nearly always found near water, the Brazilian tapir is a good swimmer and diver but also moves fast on land, even over rugged, mountainous country. It is dark brown in color and has a low, erect mane running from the crown down the back of the neck. Using its mobile snout, this tapir feeds on leaves, buds, shoots, and small branches that it tears from trees, fruit, grasses and aquatic plants. The female gives birth to a single spotted and striped young after a gestation of 390 to 400 days. Its range is Colombia, Venezuela, south to Brazil and Paraguay. Its conservation status is vulnerable.

Slow Food is a beautiful movement. There will be gathering in Italy of over 5000 people united to promote sustainable local food production in harmony with the environment while respecting knowledge handed down over the generations. Over 500 delegates from the US are attending. Click here, Slow Food, to check them out further.

The Marian Institute

October 14, 2010

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

This week email will focus on the amazing good work of the Marion Institute. You will be thrilled with the tour of their website, getting to know who they are, and what they do. Indeed, there are wonderful groups around the world, endeavoring to bring sanity and rightness back to our existence.

The Marion Institute is dedicated to identifying and promoting programs that seek to enhance life for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Let me guide you though their website and blow your mind just a little. Click here: The Marion Institute. You are on their home page. Now click on the butterfly and Connecting For Change—a Bioneers by the Bay Conference. Who are the Bioneers? I will get into that in just a minute, but I’d like to quickly expose you to the feel of this group.

Greg Mortenson, author of 3 Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined with many other fabulous presenters like Annie Leonard The Meaning of Stuff, whom we conversed about in our Aug. 13th, 2010 Forward Thinking. But scroll down a bit on the page and click on the streaming video entitled, 2009 Bioneers By The Bay Conference. You will feel the spirit of this coming event and this wonderful movement that is spreading around the earth.

Now back at their home page, notice seven little pictures. Each of these is link to a program that The Marion Institute sponsors and promotes.

The picture on the far left takes you into the Biological Medicine Network and Dr. Thomas Rau (last weeks Forward Thinking). Click on the picture called Future Primitive: The Future Primitive.

Future Primitive is a podcasting website that presents intimate conversations with authors, visionaries and innovators from around the world. Listen to this community of voices who speak about our connection and partnership with the living Earth.

While at the Biological Medicine Conference two weeks ago, I had the joy of meeting and later interviewing the Executive Director of the Marion Institute—Desa Van Laahaven:

The Marion Institute was founded in 1993 by Michael and Marge Baldwin. Michael is an entrepreneur and an investor. Be sure to see the Green Facts below where I link you to his investment firm. He was one of the first socially responsible investors. Michael and his good friend Paul Hawkins (author of Natural Capitalism and 12 other books) came up with the idea of a Socially Responsible Investments (SRI). The Baldwin’s firm has presently two portfolios—one is High Water Global, and the other is called What if? (Coincidently, one of our earlier topics in our publishing blog by Dohrea Bardell is titled:
What if?

High Water has 42 different companies in it. They are funds that have very strict criteria in which each company has to adhere to, including the institute’s 3 Ps—People, Profit, and Planet. The good news is that these are investment opportunities that promote corporations that are the hope for a future clean world, where social equity environmental quality and sustainable economy reign. The bad news is that both these portfolios require sizable investment dollars to get in. However, staying true to their beliefs in accessibility, diversity, and root cause solutions, they are in the process of creating a portfolio that in much affordable to invest in. Isn’t that exciting to be able to invest in winning companies that are the future of the emerging Second Industrial Revolution—the clean, sustainable, system revolution.

I asked Desa to explain the Marion Institute relation to the Bioneers. She explained that the Bioneers were founded, twenty years ago, by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel. They were trying to bring innovators, scientists, and solution-based thinkers together for a conference, and it grew from there. They started to beam their solutions over to the Marion Institute, so that the Marion could help them connect the dots. The Bioneers have become one of the Marion Institutes seven programs.

The Marion Institute has 7 programs and 13 serendipity projects. The programs are completely run by Marion through their paid employees. Serendipity projects represent organizations that receive funding from the Marion Institute. The Institute gives away around 900 scholarships a year.

This is a wonderful group to get to know and be apart of.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

The Bioimmersion web site is full of amazing (if I may say so) information for you and your patients Those who read it become very excited about what we have produced in our Therapeutic Food Line. By the same token we are all looking for quick and efficient ways to encapsulate our message and take in new information. To that end we have decided to create what we are calling The One Minute Protocol. Look for it in the weeks to follow Forward Thinking. It will be a streaming video format giving to you a protocol in a minute or less. Each week will be a different protocol.

The Last Quiz Answer: Congratulations! Quite a number of you got this one right. This amazing animal is a New World Saki monkey (Pithecia pithacia).

The Saki Monkeys are primarily found in Northern and Central South America from Colombia to Peru and even into Bolivia and Brazil. The species is diurnal, meaning they are active during the day and they sleep at night. The Saki Monkey is known to live in the trees of the rain forests and it is the rare occasion when they are actually found walking on the land. They are omnivore and eat a wide variety of things that they find in the rain forest such as fruits, flowers, insects, leaves, and even rodents and bats. The monkeys are adept hunters and they generally take what they can get.

For those of you who guess this weeks animal the prize is our new Organic Chlorella.

Click here for the Baldwin Brothers Investment website. Read here what the Huffington Post article says about them.

Dear Friends,

Can you name this Beautiful Creature?

Last week we were in Dartmouth, Massachusetts attending a three-day medical seminar put on by the Marion Institute’s Biological Medicine Network (BMN). The seminar was entitled Biological Medicine: Advanced Approaches to Difficult Diseases. The presenters were Thomas Rau MD and Frank Pleus MD/DDS. They were from the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland.

For those of you who don’t know Dr. Rau’s work, he is a world-renowned practitioner of the medical paradigm known as biological medicine. For decades people have been coming from all over the world to his Paracelsus Clinic to detoxify and rejuvenate their bodies, and to prevent and cure diseases.

Rather than seeing health primarily as a war that pits your body against outside invaders (i.e. germs, viruses and other pathogens), we believe the healthy body is in balance with itself and with the physical world in which it exists. Illness arises from within when that equilibrium is breached.

In April 2007 Dr. Rau authored a book entitled: The Swiss Secret To Optimal Health. The book not only describes in detail a special diet and form of nutrition, but also about a very deep-healing form of biological medicine and a healthful way of living.

I got a signed copy. It is a fantastic book. Here is the link to Dr. Rau’s work, book and Swiss Paracelsus Clinic (See you there?).

At the heart of this medicine lies the most important variable over which only the patient ultimately has control: nutrition.

  • Eat plenty of raw and lightly cooked leafy greens; root vegetables; other vegetables, such as green beans and peas; and fruits— fresh, organic, and in season whenever possible. These provide the bulk of the diet. They metabolize alkaline.
  • Whole grains, such as spelt, oats, quinoa, and amaranth for protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • At least two tablespoons of good fats, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, flax seed oil, sesame oil, pumpkin seed oil, and grape seed oil every day.
  • 2 to 3 liters of un-carbonated, non-chlorinated spring water and herbal teas daily between meals.

How does the Therapeutic Foods interact with the biological medicine approach?

The Therapeutic Foods Platform says:

  • Take care of your brain, and nervous system with one capsule of Wild Blueberry Daily each day- equivalent to ¾ of a cup of blueberries. Very alkalinizing.
  • Take care of your liver, and heart with one teaspoon or four capsules of Cruciferous Sprouts Complex daily. Again very alkalinizing. Kicks Phase II liver detox into gear, where the Blueberry stimulates phase I. Both protect against cancer.
  • Take care to detoxify your body with four tablets of Organic Chlorella per day. It is the greenest of all plants. Highly alkalinizing. Both the Chlorella and the Sprout provides a rich source of the total essential amino acids. Chelates heavy metals in the gut, liver and throughout the body.
  • Take care of your bones; balance your hormonal state with one to four capsules of the Fructo Borate Complex, which gives you boron as it is found in food—tightly bound to carbohydrate. For protecting against osteoporosis, arthritis, and low levels of steroid hormones. Enhance SOD-antioxidant power.
  • And last, but definitely not least, take care of your gut with the selection of one of our seven synbiotic formulas for daily probiotic supplementation. Along with the Chlorella, the good bugs chelate heavy metals and create a healthy protective flora, which is one of the most important factors to accomplish for a patient.

Again Swiss Biological Medicine teaches (from Dr. Rau’s book):

  • The fluids that flow through the body—blood and lymphatic fluids—as well as the interstitial fluids that surround every cell must be slightly alkaline in order to counter the acidity that is a natural by-product of cell metabolism
  • The intestinal flora (bacteria) must be intact and healthy.

Without such fertile soil illness arises sooner or later when the balance tips and the person loses his or her regulatory powers, usually as a result of several insults to the system. This we call the toxic load. The goal of Swiss biological medicine is to remove those toxins and get the body back in balance to allow your natural defenses and vitality to thrive.

We have been talking about the gut and the evolution of bugs and the interaction between humanity and the bacterial world. Eating good food, taking pure supplementations, detoxing in saunas, exercising, and doing something we love each and every day is the way to build Dr. Rau’s milieu.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell

Clinical Note:

This is supposed to be the coldest winter that we have had in the large fifty years. Get lots of our organic garlic. It is very potent against bacteria, protozoa and viruses. Remember each capsule contains 4 to 5 cloves of garlic. The alliin count is around 26,000 ppm- that is alot of bad bug killing potential.

Also remember that the High ORAC Synbiotic Formula is excellent for the cold session. It contains good bugs and berry extracts which provide ellagic acid amongst others, a strong broad spectrum antimicrobial, and 25 billion cfu per capsule to protect the gut.

The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing creature is an Aye-aye found only on the island of Madagascar. These rare lemurs may not look like primates at first glance, but they are related to chimpanzees, apes, and humans. Many people native to Madagascar consider the aye-aye an omen of ill luck. For this reason they often have been killed on sight. Such hunting, coupled with habitat destruction, have made the aye-aye critically endangered. Today they are protected by law.

Only two of you were able to identify the Aye-Aye. What about this weeks animal above, can you name it? If you can I’ll send you our new organic chlorella as a prize.

A big part of the practice of Swiss biological medicine is the use of the German Sanum Isopathic/homeopathic remedies. On February 25th and 26th, 2011 in San Diego Terra Medica (the company which distributes these products in America) presents the Pleo-Sanum Conference bringing together four luminaries in this methodology, teaching together for the first time—Dr. Thomas Rau MD, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD/PhD, Dr. Byron Braid MD and Dr. Ara Elmajian DDS. I know well all of these phenomenal teachers and practitioners—it will be highly worth your time. Besides San Diego, in February—a nice place to be. Contact Nick Fransen, the medical support manager for Terra Medica—cell: 435-503-5193 and phone: 408-414-7436.