Vol. 8 Issue 8
August 31, 2009
August 30, 2009
Here I am researching ancient remedies Fulvic Acid and Shilajit and stumble across this article – not new to be sure. This is something which so threatens us all and as this article attests, the scientific world has been aware of this for years and still it goes on, unimpeded. You know, after we are dead, we won’t be “able” to do anything about it then.. . . . should we just be obediently be led to our demise on the altar of capitalistic GREED of “Agribusiness”? And here I was, just blaming Monsanto! (Monsanto, Are you Killing our Bees? (4-7-09) Jan
France – 2 July 2003
In a harrowing article, Michel Dogna, health journalist from France, sounds the alarm about what may be one of the biggest ecological catastrophes developing right under our own eyes – and no one seems to be watching.
Image credit: Sepp 5 July 2003
As the bees are being decimated by a toxic seed coating agent, our entire food supply is threatened. Plants need bees for pollination, especially the plants we grow for food. Obviously, our busy friends are not part of the equation of the global chemical and food cartels.
What a pity – good bye bees – good bye humanity!
The Bees Die…The Planet Dies
By Michel Dogna
France’s Health Freedom Journalist
The bees die… and the planet too!
The planet is the common good of humanity. Taking care of it gives life a meaning.
It is necessary to make the farmers understand what their responsibility is, but they seldom have Internet. The bees are the second factor of life on our planet. There is nothing left but our awareness which can act on the totalitarian power of money. It is necessary to react, to transmit this important message to all and to find solutions because it is as serious as the war of Iraq. This poisining is a planetary genocide.
The scandals that are appearing everywhere are nothing compared to the untold catastrophes which are being prepared because of the criminal unawareness of some world lobbies specialized in the massive poisoning of nature. The extermination of the bees by products officially declared as being non toxic is another example of this lack of responsibility.
I am speaking about the extermination of the bees – on which depends 80 % of the pollination of cultivated plants – by Imidaclopride which Bayer sells under the name of Gaucho to the farmers to coat seeds and to protect them from certain diseases…
This product paralyses insects such as bees which cannot return to the hive and they therefore die. When they do succeed, the honey which results from it is toxic (because it’s poisoned). In less than three years, 450 000 hives were thus lost and production of honey fell from 45 000 tons to 25 000 tons in France. In Alsace, bee-keepers are regarded as disaster victims because of the Bayer products. In addition, it should be known that in Europe, approximately 4 000 vegetable species have their life assured thanks to pollination by bees.
Meanwhile, Bayer remains indifferent to complaints, and does not hesitate, in it’s arrogance, to deny the facts and to claim biodeterioration (biodegradability) of its product within one year, but this one contaminates several successive harvests.
Recently, the Aventis group decided to take a share of the devil’s profits with Bayer putting on the market a similar product, Fipronil sold under the trade name Regent. Obviously, in spite of the imminent ecological catastrophe which these products are undoubtedly producing, no government refused to give them the necessary legal authorizations.
Is there a responsible organization somewhere able to demand, in the name of reason and for our children and of the planet, an injunction for the immediate prohibition of the use of these poisons?
Warning: Gaucho and Regent are also sold in the supermarket for gardens. Look at the composition of the products and do not contribute to this catastrophy.
Let us remember the words of Albert Einstein: “No bees, no food for mankind. The bee is the basis of life on this earth “.
The farmers must become aware that with Gaucho, they cut off the branch on which they are sitting. Other solutions exist. In the meantime, the thousands of decimated hives do not give their owners a right to receive any compensation. Due to this, only in the Low-Rhine area, more than 100 new bee-keepers cease their activity each year.
What next? Synthetic honey and GMO bees?
August 27, 2009
Bless Donna Gates for simplifying this really big new interest I have and I’m sure many others as well. I learned about “Super-foods” online thru the person of David Wolfe of the SunFood company and some videos I saw him in. He is quite a remarkable young man (a hunk of course and so brainy, the offspring of two physicians who chose a unique path all his own). He also spoke of raw, organic Hemp seed and raw organic Cacao nibs which I must say I am enjoying immensely in my morning shakes. I bought the Yacon syrup, but found I don’t need it – apparently my tooth is not that sweet.
I did not know about Dr. Perricone having been on Oprah and espousing this as well. That is very encouraging for I was fascinated with the few books of his which I own and read. He seems very believable. So gratitude to the fates who brought David Wolfe and Dr Perricone – that’s amazing. Personally, I feel a lot better seeing what Donna Gates has to say about all of this as this is a lady who has been through it – truly, and knows what she is talking about. Our inner ecology system is the single most important thing we must protect and enhance with all our nutritive decisions and I know of no one who teaches it better. It is my hope that people will go directly to her site and subscribe to her very helpful letters, so as not to miss any of her thoughtful teachings. I do not run all her important messages, just occasionally. Jan
Mangosteen to Maca Part 1:
The Body Ecology Guide to 5 Exotic Fruits, Berries & Roots
|Heard of all the new superfruits, like acai, mangosteen and goji berries? Or the roots, like maca root and yacon syrup? Find out the benefits AND detractors to these new superfoods and what you can do to get the most out of them.|
Everywhere you look from the Internet to the health food store, new and exotic fruits and vegetables are showing up.
Many of them come from far away islands and contain high antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. We recently met with Body Ecology founder Donna Gates to learn more about these exotic new superfoods and find out whether they live up to the hype.
In this article, you’ll learn about the new superfoods and how to best incorporate them into your healthy diet…or whether you’d best leave them out all together.
How to Incorporate the New Superfoods into Your Healthy Diet
Here are some of the most popular new superfoods and the Body Ecology solution for adding them into your diet:
The Fruits and Berries
- Acai – Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, this fruit is grown in Brazil, Central and South America, Belize and Peru. The purple berry is the size of a grape and tastes like a combination of chocolate and berries.What all the fuss is about: Acai is has ten times the antioxidants of red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins (antioxidant flavonoids that protect many systems in your body) of red wine.1Additionally, acai has an excellent amino acid profile, is rich in fiber and has valuable trace minerals, essential fatty acids and phytosterols making it a powerhouse for digestive health, anti-aging and the health of your cells, muscles, hormones and neurotransmitters (brain chemical messengers).2Where to get acai: Acai is found as a juice in health food stores or online.
Body Ecology says: The good news? Acai is a sour fruit, so like the pomegranate, you can enjoy some acai without the dangers of feeding the systemic fungal infection, candida.
However, buyer beware! Due to the natural sour taste of acai juice, many manufacturers add a lot of sugar or combine it with other sweet fruits to give it a sweeter taste. To avoid the dangers of sugar, look carefully at the ingredients before you buy acai juice. Choose the sour version and make it taste delicious by following our recipe, below.
Or, if you want to drink a juice like MonaVie, our recipe below will help you avoid the too-sweet fruits added to the juice, while still getting all the antioxidant benefits.
- Goji Berries – Also known as the wolfberry Lycium barbarum, goji berries are getting a lot of attention for their health benefits. Goji berries are small red berried that come dried, like raisins.
What all the fuss is about: Goji berries contain:3
- Rich antioxidants (especially carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin).
- Betaine (for liver health).
- Amino acids (contains 18 amino acids, including all essential amino acids)
- Minerals (including including calcium, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, germanium, and phosphorus), polysaccharides (for immunity).
- Vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, and E.
- Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Chiefly grown in the subtropical regions of the Tibetan Himalayas, China and Mongolia, goji berries have long been used in Chinese medicine for liver health, fertility, immunity, improved eyesight, appetite suppression, circulation, organ strength, emotional balance and longevity. While about 50 studies have been done to confirm the beneficial effects of goji berries, more research is needed to show scientific evidence of all the benefits.
Where to get goji berries: You can get goji berries online or at your health food store. Organic Tibetan goji berries are typically recommended.
Body Ecology says: Goji berries are too sweet! But you can still get the benefits of goji berries if you ferment them in young coconut kefir. Just make your young coconut kefir as usual and add goji berries into the liquid. The microflora from the Kefir Starter will “eat” the harmful sugars from the goji berries so that you can enjoy their benefits without the added sweetness that can create acidic blood and candida.
If you are considering goji juice, beware of the ingredients. Given that it’s already sweet, adding other sweet fruits and sugar can put it over the top. Choose a juice without added sugar and follow our recipe below to remove the damaging effects of the sugars.
Make everything from mangosteen to maca healthier (and safer!) with Innergy-Biotic. The probiotics in Innergy-Biotic can “eat” the harmful sugars in the superfoods you love AND continue to reduce sugars in your intestines. Just add 2 oz. of your favorite superfood juice to 4 oz. of Innergy-Biotic and let it ferment for 2 days. Now you can have your superfruits and super-roots without the worries of detrimental health affects. Learn more about Innergy-Biotic and try some today!
- Mangosteen – Not to be confused with the mango, Mangosteen is a tree fruit in the same family as St. John’s wort. Mangosteen is mainly cultivated in Thailand, Burma, Singapore, Malaya, India, the Philippines, parts of the Caribbean and southern Vietnam. Mangosteen has been used for dysentery and diarrhea (dried rind); thrush and urinary disorders (leaves and bark); and to regulate menstruation (root).4Mangosteen is the size of an apple, purple in color and tastes like something between a pineapple and a peach.What all the fuss is about: While the mangosteen fruit is highly prized, it is the special benefits of the rind that make it a true superfood. The rind (called the pericap) is rich in xanthones and a polyhydroxy-xanthone derivative termed mangostin, which are currently being studied for their medicinal benefits such as improved immunity and gastrointestinal health and slowing the progression of tumor growth and neurodegenerative diseases.
Animal studies have shown that panaxanthone (approximately 80% alpha-mangostin and 20% gamma-mangostin) may have a protective effect in breast cancer.5
Other studies have found that the mangosteen rind has phenolics and tannins that promoted free radical scavenging activity (the young rind has the higher amounts) and anti-acne producing bacteria (the ripe rind has higher amounts).6
If you suffer from chronic pain or arthritis, the xanthone extract, garcinol, in the rind of mangosteen may also provide a pain-relief component because garcinol blocks COX enzymes (your body’s pain pathways) and has anti-inflammatory properties.7
While studies on mangosteen and xanthones are still relatively recent and more need to be done, the healthful properties of this xanthones rich fruit are promising.
Where to get mangosteen: Unless you are in one of the countries where mangosteen grows, chances are you will only have the option of mangosteen juice.
Body Ecology says: XanGo is a popular mangosteen juice option, but before you start drinking XanGo or any mangosteen juice, here’s something to keep in mind:
Most fruit juices, even nutrient-packed superfruit juices are too sweet and can create an acidic condition in your blood and feed candida. Mangosteen juice is no exception, but there IS a way you can benefit from superfruit juices like XanGo: Add them to your favorite probiotic liquid!
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article, where we feature more superfoods AND a healthy, delicious recipe from Donna Gates that will have you enjoying the benefits of your favorite superfruit juices without the dangers of consuming too-sweet juices.
 Dr. Perricone’s 10 Superfoods. http://www.oprah.com/article/health/nutrition/life_acai/1
3 Kim, Ben, Dr. Authentic Tibetan Goji Berries:Nature’s Most Nutritious Fruit and a Super Healthy Snack Food. http://drbenkim.com/organic-goji-berries.htm.
4 Morton, J. Mangosteen. p. 301–304. In: Fruits of warm climates. 1987. http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/mangosteen.html
5 Doi, H et. al. Panaxanthone isolated from pericarp of Garcinia mangostana L. suppresses tumor growth and metastasis of a mouse model of mammary cancer. Anticancer Res. 2009 Jul;29(7):2485-95.
6 Pothitirat, W. et. al. Comparison of bioactive compounds content, free radical scavenging and anti-acne inducing bacteria activities of extracts from the mangosteen fruit rind at two stages of maturity. Fitoterapia. 2009 Jun 12.
7 Liao CH, Sang S, Liang YC, Ho CT, Lin JK. Suppression of inducible nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase-2 in downregulating nuclear factor-kappa B pathway by Garcinol. Mol Carcinog. 2004 Nov;41(3):140-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15390082
Mangosteen to Maca Part 2:
The Body Ecology Guide to 5 Exotic Fruits, Berries & Roots
(Including A Recipe to Make the New Superfoods Healthier!)
|Curious about the new superfroods, like maca root and yacon syrup? Find out the benefits AND detractors t these new superfoods and what you can do to get the most out of them…plus get a recipe to make everything from mangosteen and acai to maca even healthier!|
In part 2 of this article, you’ll learn about the new superfood “roots,” maca root, yacon root and yacon syrup. While these roots may seem like healthy “no-brainers,” they are not necessarily the best choices for your health.
But Body Ecology founder, Donna Gates, has come up with a solution for you to enjoy all the benefits with none of the health drawbacks of these superfruits and super-roots!
How to Incorporate the New Superfoods into Your Healthy Diet: The Roots
- Maca – Also called Lepidium meyenii and Peruvian ginseng (although it is not related to the ginseng family, it has similar effects), maca has been used for centuries to promote energy, libido and longevity.
This mat-like vegetable is in the same family as the wild Mexican yam and grows high in the plateaus of the Andes in Peru. Maca root looks similar to a radish.
What all the fuss is about: Maca is easy to digest and packed with nutrients, like:1
- 18 amino acids.
- Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E.
- High trace minerals (calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous and trace amounts of 31 different
- minerals) from the Peruvian soil.
- Fatty acids.
- Maca root is an adaptogen, which helps your adrenals respond to stress. It has also been used to boost energy, regulate the endocrine system, balance hormones and the menstrual cycle, support immunity and improve fertility and sexual function. Where to find maca: Maca root is typically sold as capsules or in powder form and you can find organic maca powder online or in your health food store. We recommend choosing organic maca.
Body Ecology says: Maca is a starchy root vegetable that should be combined with grains and vegetables. However, keep in mind that maca has natural sugars that can feed candida, like the sweet potato. While 1 cup of sweet potato (200 grams) has 13 grams of sugar, you might consider only using a small amount of raw maca root (5 grams or approx. 1 tsp), which has only 1 gram of sugar. Eating them with cultured veggies is great too so that the microflora eat up the sugar and these alkaline veggies help balance the more acidic maca powder.
So the amount of maca you eat is important. Look at the label of the organic maca powder you are considering to be sure the sugar content is low.
One thing you can do if you want to eat more maca is soak it for 8 hours or overnight in young coconut kefir or our probiotic liquids, like Innergy-Biotic. The healthy microflora in our probiotic liquids will eat up the excess sugars so that you can enjoy your maca with no worries.
Another option is to take maca capsules with 2 oz. of your favorite probiotic liquid.
- Yacon Root and Syrup – Another plant from the Peruvian Andes, yacon root has dark brown skin and looks like an elongated potato. A sweet tuber, yacon root is crunchy like water chestnuts and tastes like a cross between an apple and a watermelon.What all the fuss is about: Yacon root and yacon root syrup have been touted for being sweet (the sweetness comes from inulin), low-calorie and safe for diabetics.Where you can get yacon root syrup: You can get yacon root syrup online and at health food stores.
Avoid the dangers of too-sweet sweeteners with all-natural Lakanto. More and more natural sweeteners are coming out on the market, but all too often, they are too sweet and still feed candida, the systemic fungal infection that plays a role in many diseases, like diabetes. Instead, use delicious zero-calorie, zero-glycemic index Lakanto that tastes and bakes just like sugar. The Japanese Ministry of Health approves AND recommends Lakanto for weight loss and blood sugar issues like diabetes. Try Lakanto today!
Body Ecology says: Yacon root syrup may appear promising as a sweetner, but it is still too sweet and can cause acidic blood and feed candida. If you truly want a safe, healthy alternative to sugar that is low calorie, safe for diabetics and does not have the dangers of too-sweet sweeteners, we recommend you use Stevia or Lakanto.
To learn more about Stevia, read: A Brief But Interesting History of Stevia … and How It Benefits You
To learn more about Lakanto, read: Lakanto Q&A: Some KEY Questions about the New All-Natural Zero-Calorie Sweetener Answered
Body Ecology Recipe to Enjoy Your Exotic Superfood Benefits Without the Health Detractors
Here’s a recipe from Body Ecology’s founder, Donna Gates. Use this delicious recipe for a superior nutrition and energy packed superfood meal:
In an 8 oz. Ball Jar, add:
- 2 oz. of your choice: XanGo, MonaVie, goji juice or Acai juice (choose one with no-added sugar)
- 4 oz. Passion Fruit Biotic or your favorite probiotic liquid (the microflora in probiotic liquids help eat the sugars from the superfruit juices and also, eat up extra sugars in your intestines)
- 1 Heaping TBL chia seeds chia seeds (chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and slow the digestion of sugars in your body)Directions:
- Let this mixture ferment for two days in the Ball jar and then enjoy your nutrient-packed super-superfood!
At Body Ecology, we are always looking for ways to make healthy eating, well…healthier! Some foods, while inherently healthy, have a backside or detrimental affects on certain health conditions that are epidemic in our modern times. But when you pair them with the healing benefits of probiotic liquids, you can create a balance that keeps your body feeling it’s best for the long term.
NOTE: Also see Part 1 of Mangosteen to Maca: 5 Exotic Fruits, Berries and Roots
August 26, 2009
There is a giant, a true champion in the legal field who fights for justice in the field of alternative medicine and health freedom. That would be Jonathan Emord who has sued the FDA over censorship. Be encouraged, for this is really important. For more about what he does on behalf of citizen’s rights, go to: http://www.emord.com/media .
PRESS RELEASE: August 14, 2009
Emord Sues FDA: Antioxidant Vitamin Claim Suppression Violates First Amendment
Today Emord & Associates, P.C. filed a third suit in as many weeks against the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the FDA. The firm did so on behalf of the Alliance for Natural Health US; dietary supplement formulators Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw; and the Coalition to End FDA and FTC Censorship. The suit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, asking the Court to hold FDA’s June 19, 2009 decision censoring antioxidant vitamin/cancer risk reduction claims unconstitutional under the First Amendment and to enjoin FDA from preventing entry of the claims into the market.
In Whitaker v. Thompson I, 284 F.Supp.2d 1, 13 (D.D.C. 2002), U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler gave FDA the First Amendment standard it was to apply in health claim cases. FDA has not cited, let alone applied, that standard in the review of any health claims, including the antioxidant vitamin/cancer risk reduction claim. In its review of qualified health claims, FDA has often not permitted accurate representations of emerging science to reach the public. Instead, it has created a rigid construct that categorically rejects review of science that the scientific community considers persuasive, including animal studies, in vitro studies, and clinical trials (if they involve treatment of diseased populations or are deemed methodologically deficient for one reason or another). FDA thus does not in fact review the totality of scientific evidence but only a small fraction of it, erecting a straw man to either deny or saddle claims with misleadingly negative disclaimers.
Upon filing the suit, lead counsel Jonathan W. Emord stated, “This is the third time we have gone to Court against FDA for its suppression of an antioxidant vitamin/cancer risk reduction claim. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Pearson v. Shalala ordered FDA to allow the claim with reasonable disclaimers. FDA refused, and we sued the agency again. The U.S. District Court in Whitaker v. Thompson I ordered FDA to allow the claims a second time, condemning FDA’s refusal to abide by Pearson v. Shalala. We are now back a third time, demanding that FDA abide by the same constitutional law and precedent it has refused to accept for more than a decade. It is clear that FDA thinks itself unanswerable to the federal courts and above the supreme law of the land, the Constitution. We hope in this case the district court will make clear that FDA is neither.”
FDA has reinstated a regime of censorship, demanding near conclusive proof before it allows any nutrition science to enter the market. That move violates four First Amendment cases that have repeatedly demanded that FDA favor disclosure of nutrition science over its suppression as the operative rule. Rather than permit public access to accurate representations of science, FDA refuses to allow any science to reach the market unless it thinks scientific proof established to a near conclusive degree, an extremely rare happenstance.
Emord & Associates has defeated FDA in five prior First Amendment cases, including the landmark Pearson v. Shalala, 172 F.3d 72 (D.C.Cir. 1999). The firm has also filed, and obtained approval, for most of the qualified health claims now permitted by the agency.
August 22, 2009
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August 21, 2009
Begin telling the story of your desire, and then add to it the details of the positive aspects that you can find that match those desires. And then embellish your positive expectation by speculating with your good-feeling Wouldn’t it be nice if . . . ? examples.
You can say things like: Only good things come to me. . . I’ll figure it out as I go along. . .. Every time you tell your better-feeling story, you will feel better and the details of your life will improve. The better it gets, the better it gets.
Excerpted from the book “Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness”
August 20, 2009
Mercury found in every fish tested, report says
WASHINGTON — No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released yesterday. Scientists tested more than a thousand fish from nearly 300 U.S. streams and found the toxic substance in every one. But while all fish had traces of contamination, only about a quarter had mercury levels exceeding what the Environmental Protection Agency says is safe for people eating average amounts of fish.
The study by the U.S. Geological Survey is the most comprehensive look at mercury in the nation’s streams. From 1998 to 2005, scientists collected and tested the fish, including bass, trout and catfish, from 291 streams nation wide.
“This science sends a clear message that our country must continue to confront pollution, restore our nation’s waterways and protect the public from potential health dangers,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement.
Mercury consumed by eating fish can damage the nervous system and cause learning disabilities in developing fetuses and young children.
The main source of mercury for most of the streams tested, according to the researchers, is emissions from coal-fired power plants.
All but two states — Alaska and Wyoming — have issued fish-consumption advisories because of mercury contamination. Some of the streams studied already had warnings.
August 18, 2009
Diverticulitis: The Symptoms, Causes and the Body Ecology Approach to Healing
|Whether you’re on this side of 60 or the other, you need to get serious about preventing diverticulosis. Follow Body Ecology’s simple steps to increase fiber, heal your colon and keep on kicking!|
In the US, more than 50 percent of people older than 60 have diverticula, according to the Mayo Clinic!1
Here’s what you need to know about this increasingly common condition, what causes it, and the natural Body Ecology approach to prevention and treatment.
Diverticulitis is an acute condition caused by diverticulosis.
Diverticulosis occurs when small, bulging pouches (called diverticula) form in your digestive tract. But just because you have diverticulosis does NOT mean you have diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis is when those diverticula pouches become inflamed.
Symptoms of the inflamed diverticula can be:
- Abdominal pain
- Change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation)
- May feel like appendicitis, but in your lower left abdomen (instead of the right)
Doctors will use blood tests as well as CT scans and X-rays to determine if your abdominal pain is indeed diverticulitis, and then treatment depends on the severity and frequency of your inflammation.
Treatment for mild symptoms includes:
- Perhaps a liquid diet for a few days
More serious cases involve actually removing the diseased parts of your colon.
Diverticulosis: The Risk Factors
Don’t let diverticulosis (and possibility diverticulitis) creep on you. Answer these questions to determine if you are at risk.
First, how old are you?
This is a tough one to change, so anyone over 40 needs to be vigilant about preventing diverticula.
Next, how much fiber do you eat every day, on average?
Low fiber intake (thanks to processed foods with little nutrition) is seen as the culprit behind the growing number of cases of diverticulitis.
Put down the processed foods and begin to eat a whole food diet, like the Body Ecology program. Just make sure to add fiber gradually, or you may upset your stomach. Aim to eat 30 grams of fiber per day. Most people think fiber is flax and hempseed fiber, Metamucil or psyllium husks. But your best source of fiber is vegetables…and The Body Ecology Diet is a high-fiber, plant-based diet.
Finally, how much do you actually exercise?
Be honest on this one… Researchers are not sure why there is a link, but apparently people who exercise regularly are less likely to have diverticulosis than those who do not.
Perhaps it’s because exercise encourages effective elimination and a healthy colon? Regardless of the reason, 30 minutes a day will give you a head start against diverticulitis.
How Body Ecology Can Help
The Body Ecology System for health and healing is ideal for encouraging a healthy colon. So if you want to prevent or slow the progression of diverticulosis, naturally, Body Ecology is a great solution.
The Body Ecology system is great for a diverticulitis diet because it:
- Creates a healthy inner ecosystem in your intestines with fermented foods and drinks, which encourage the growth of microflora (good bacteria and yeast) that keep you healthy and strong
- Is naturally high in fiber-rich foods that taste great and help you feel satisfied
- Encourages regular cleansing to keep your colon in tip top shape
- Replaces nutrient-empty processed foods with plenty of vegetables and Body Ecology grain-like seeds
- Helps your body build up its energy stores, so your body can heal and so you can exercise.
To get started on the Body Ecology system for health and healing, be sure to read The Quick & Easy Guide to Improving Your Health on the Body Ecology Program Part I: The First 7 Steps to Great Health.
Also remember that if you have just had diverticulitis, you may need to follow a special diverticulitis diet that is low in fiber while your colon heals. Then you can begin to incorporate Body Ecology principles step by step into your life.
Other tips to help you stay healthy:
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- 1. Drink Vitality SuperGreen every day. If there is one thing you do for your intestinal health every day, let it be a dose or two of Vitality SuperGreen. This super nourishing whole food drink tastes great mixed into your favorite liquid and sets the stage for a healthy colon.
Packed with fermented vegetables, grasses, algae, sea vegetables and special ingredients like GlutImmune (a more easily absorbed form of Glutamine), Vitality SuperGreen helps soothe and rebuild the lining of your intestines.
And it is the best tasting green food on the market!
- Drink plenty of water. When you consume healthy amounts of fiber, you will need to hydrate your body more regularly. So consider getting a large water bottle and refilling it several times per day as you drink between meals.
- Go to the bathroom. When you have to go, don’t hold it. That just builds up pressure. Go as soon as you possibly can, and your body will be more at ease.
- Exercise with a rebounder! This top recommended exercise gives your body all the benefits of fitness without the strain on your joints. Rain or shine, and regardless of your fitness level, rebounding is the ideal exercise.
Let Body Ecology’s simple principles guide you to a life free from diverticulosis with lots of fiber, tasty fermented foods and drinks, regular exercise and plenty of water.
You, your colon, and your doctor will all be happy!
1 Diverticulitis. MayoClinic.com. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis/DS00070/DSECTION=1
- Copyright © 2009 Donna Gates; all rights reserved |
August 17, 2009
Beating Autism Naturally: How Body Ecology Mom, Gina LaVerde, Healed Her Son of Autism
|Gina LaVerde healed her son, Dougie, of autism by focusing on the Body Ecology diet, probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks and other healing practices. Find out how this passionate mom changed her life, her son’s life and the lives of her family.|
We recently met with Gina LaVerde, a BEDROK mom (Body Ecology Diet Recovering Our Kids) who shared her inspiring story of healing her son of autism.
Q. When did you first learn that your son, Dougie, had autism?
A. I first suspected autism when Dougie was about a year old. While he was born with some complications, he developed normally in the first year. At nine months, he was walking, talking and identifying things.
I have always known about health…I even made homemade, organic baby food for Dougie. I thought I was doing everything right.
But around age one, Dougie stopped talking.
At the time, I only knew a little about autism, so I called my aunt, who was a special education teacher and asked her to come over and help determine if Dougie had autism.
My aunt brought a colleague who was a speech therapist and while they were not certain if Dougie had autism, they suspected he did. My aunt told me that autism was not curable, but I chose not to believe her. It was then I began my journey to find the answers to heal Dougie.
Q. What steps did you take to help Dougie heal from autism?
A. I didn’t make a lot of changes at first and focused mostly on research.
But around Dougie’s last set of vaccines (he had most of the vaccines, but not the MMR) at 18 months, he got really sick with sore throats, rashes and high fever. At that time, he went on five different antibiotics for a period of five months.
It was at this time, my research led me to information about candida.
Dougie’s medical doctor didn’t really know about candida, so I continued my search until I found Diane Farr’s story about healing her son of autism on the Body Ecology website.
This is when I started working on changing Dougie’s diet and my own, because I felt that I had candida as well.
Q. Was it difficult to change Dougie’s diet?
A. It was challenging because when Dougie was on antibiotics, all he wanted to eat were foods like pizza and French fries. But we overcame that by slowly introducing fermented foods and drinks , like cultured vegetables and young coconut kefir. We also introduced healthy soups.
I started out slowly, but giving Dougie a teaspoon of young coconut kefir and then a French fry and gradually increasing the amount of young coconut kefir while reducing the amount of French fries. Within 3 days, Dougie was drinking a cup of young coconut kefir.
I was always looking for inventive ways to get Dougie (and my husband!) to eat healthy foods. Stevia was particularly useful because Dougie would eat anything with a little stevia, even his green juices.
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These days, we ferment everything from coconut water, mangosteen juice, acai juice, and beet juice to all kinds of veggie mixes, dips, sauces and salad dressings.
The probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks made a HUGE difference in Dougie’s health.
Within less than a month, he began to have eye contact. This was a big relief and we took Dougie off antibiotics, even though the doctor said he still needed them. Since Dougie and I both had the same symptoms of candida, I took him to my doctor and we used all the same remedies for Dougie that I did for myself.
Around this time, Dougie became physically well, even though he still had some behaviors of autism.
Within two months of starting the fermented foods and drinks and changing his diet, Dougie became very healthy physically and he has not been sick since January of 2006.
While Dougie was always vegetarian, I thought following Body Ecology meant we’d have to give him meat. But after learning more about Body Ecology, I realized that the Body Ecology principles were the most important and I could follow them as a vegetarian, vegan or with raw food.
These days, we focus on a vegan, high raw diet (mostly raw food diet) with plenty of vegetables, algae, fermented foods and drinks and blended foods.
Dougie also occasionally wants things like eggs and when he asks for something like this, I feel he’s doing it for a reason, so I give it to him. We are still eating low to no sugar and no gluten.
Believe it or not, the biggest challenge was with our family.
They felt like the changes we were making in Dougie’s diet would hurt him, so we had to distance ourselves from family members who did not support what we were doing.
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Q. How are things going with Dougie today?
A. Dougie is doing really well today. We have recovered his health and he shows no signs of autism.
I am so grateful for what Dougie taught me. My health, my husband’s health and even my extended family’s health has improved. Formerly skeptics, everyone in my family is now on probiotics.
My experience with Dougie changed my life. I went from doing work in advertising and freelance writing assignments that I didn’t really like, to helping people heal. Helping others is my passion and I feel like I am doing meaningful work consulting with other moms and families to heal themselves and their children.
While I have definite opinions on how to help people heal, I also value the beliefs and opinions others have for their own healing journey.
With Dougie, Body Ecology was a major part of his healing path and we also incorporated a variety of energy healing practices, like Reiki, along with dry skin brushing, baths, castor oil packs, movement therapy and sound therapy. All of these things help to relax the body to promote healing and open up the avenues for detox.
The most important thing for everyone to remember, whether addressing their own health or the health of their child is the principle of step by step. Getting well and detoxifying your body takes time and it’s important to work on one thing at a time.
And most of all, be willing to say “I don’t have to be like everyone else, I have to do what’s best for myself or my child.”
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About Gina LaVerde:
Gina LaVerde is a writer, Body Ecology/Raw Foods Nutritional Coach and energy healer. You can learn more about Gina and the healing practices she recommends by reading her blog: CertifiedOrganicWoman.com. You can contact Gina by e-mail at Gina@healartfully.com or by phone: 773-540-9328.
August 15, 2009
Nucleotides and the Paleo Diet by Mark Connell
Nucleotides are small molecules that are the building blocks of DNA and RNA. They are composed of a nitrogen-containing base bonded to a sugar and one or more phosphate groups. Nucleotides occur in all foods of animal or vegetable origin as free nucleotides or nucleic acids. Their concentration depends on cell density, which explains why organ meats are such a rich source.
Traditionally, nutritionists have dismissed any dietary need for nucleotides arguing that the body can produce them itself. This view has begun to change over the last two decades as a mounting body of research has demonstrated that dietary sources of nucleotides play several key roles.
One hint to the larger story is that the preponderance of foods with high concentrations of nucleotides are Paleo foodstuffs, such as game, organ meats (heart, liver, spleen, lungs and sweetbreads) and whole fish.1-2 Human milk also contains high levels of nucleotides.3
Research has uncovered multiple roles for dietary nucleotides, including growth and repair of the intestinal lining and liver,4-5 modulation of the immune system,6-7 and protein synthesis,8 among other functions.
While the body is able to synthesize nucleotides from scratch, dietary sources of nucleotides are now considered semi-essential nutrients9 under stressful conditions (which hamper the body’s synthesis of nucleotides), such as rapid growth, malnutrition or infection. Additionally, certain tissues, such as the gut, which have a low capacity to produce nucleotides on their own, utilize salvage of dietary nucleotides to meet much of their need.
The long recognized superior health of breast-fed babies10 is now attributed in part to the presence of nucleotides in mother’s milk.11 Several infant formula makers now add nucleotides to their cow’s milk-based infant formula in an attempt to more closely mimic nature.
The lining of the gut is subject to rapid turnover with complete replacement occurring in less than one week.4 Nucleotides assist both the continuous proliferation of cells and promote the development of the folds (villi), which allow proper absorption of nutrients.12 Maintaining the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract is key in avoiding the complications arising from leaky gut.
Immune suppression is well documented in both endurance and strength/power athletes.13 Recent studies of athletes supplementing their diet with nucleotides have suggested an improvement in immune function and faster recovery.14-15
The Paleo Diet offers an abundance of nucleotides in comparison to a Neolithic diet, which includes the newer grains, dairy, and sugar never eaten by our Paleolithic ancestors. Basing your meals on the Paleo Diet, mainly lean meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables, can help with intestinal permeability, immune function, and other functions that dietary nucleotides have been found to enhance.
Next time, we’ll take a look at how fatty acid composition may have led to a rapid increase in brain mass relative to body mass (encephalization) among human ancestors (hominins). We’ll also suggest some ways to enjoy heirloom tomatoes.
Recreating Tonight’s Dinner as Tomorrow’s Dinner by Nell Stephenson
|How many times have you made a roast chicken and picked off the pieces you want, but although you didn’t want to simply throw the rest away, you didn’t quite know what to do with the remainder?Here’s an idea that not only applies to chicken, but has many other possibilities! One night’s dinner can be vastly transformed into tomorrow’s without anyone ever guessing that they’re actually eating leftovers.For the first evening, make your roast chicken dinner as usual. Since you’re going to be stretching it out for more than one meal, buy a larger bird than you normally would. Serve it with your favorite variety of steamed, sautéed (or whatever you enjoy!) veggies and a lovely green salad.
For the next night, stick with the extra breast meat that you can easily cut off the bird, and add olive oil, fresh rosemary, ground pepper and diced red onion. Mix thoroughly and serve atop a bed of steamed kale or chard garnished with some grapes and shredded carrot.
For the third evening, you may want to prepare the soup a day in advance because soups and stews often taste better the next day! Using a large stockpot, sauté some garlic and onions in olive oil. Add chopped celery and carrots. After the veggies are soft and opaque, add water and the chicken carcass. (If you’re an athlete and you’ve got a big training day the next day, add some chopped yam or sweet potato, too!). Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer as the meat falls off the bones. Season with your favorite fresh or dried herbs and serve with some fresh veggie.
Use this way of thinking to apply to other meals as well. Start simple and then jazz it up the next day. You can always add more flavor and spice, but it’s trickier to take it away!