Who is in Control Now?

Who is in Control Now?

About 15 years ago I started going to a homeopath who really knows what she is doing.  I wasn’t sure of it at the time.  I could see her weaknesses but she was kind.  She didn’t show her cards and she didn’t separate herself from me.  She didn’t do what I did with myself and she hooked me up with great marketing which was she rubbed my feet and she valued what I said and knew.  We helped each other.   I had been hiding from my problems and wanted myself to be “tidy”.  I wanted to look and feel like I had it together.  She could “see” but we were both learning too.

What I learned from her was how badly I treated myself and how easy it really was to overcome being out of control, be overwhelmed, and weak in body and brain.  I learned that I would need a lot more “strength” to get through the mess I had created, then more strength to lift into a better life and then MORE strength to help others without sinking my own boat.

When I came through for myself, I looked and felt great: really good.  People would comment on my skin or my muscles or my energy, or talk quietly to themselves to figure how I did this. They even asked me, “How do you look so good?”  I told them.  “I have sacrificed.”   When I looked at her, I knew that what I had done was given things up that others would consider comfort to get where I wanted to go.   It’s true but I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing at the time.  I was taking steps and following my intuition and also looking at things that I wasn’t willing to look at before.  I was looking at what my body needed.

Here is the gem: what I had learned, was to look.   I was making a plan to get somewhere.   I wanted to feel better.  My friend showed me what was in the way. I changed and I felt a little bit better, I changed more, and felt better but through holding those changes and making those steps, I had a goal.  I had a vision and I held it.  As I got better, my inner connection grew stronger and with that my goals got better and clearer and my guidance from within myself became truer.  I didn’t just get better, I got “world class” better.

I emerged as a very bright shiny, light filled person who had transformed into a healthy person. The oddest part is that, I was doing it to get somewhere: I did it for my vision.  My vision of myself wasn’t always entirely wide enough to grasp a big picture.   So much of the time I was holding a small light in a big world.  I knew, that if I wanted to get there, I would have to be stronger so if I didn’t quite know where I was going, I would at least be committed and accumulate the strength that I needed.

When my vision waned, I would wobble.  I would also get weaker and although it isn’t a “straight-line process”,  I would get discouraged at the back-sweep.  Even with all I knew about the waxing and waning of the moon, the breath, yoga, and my cumulative strength I still didn’t enjoy the down-turn because I felt that I was supposed to be growing and it was always supposed to be summer.  Instead, I became satisfied with riding that “edge” of me and my body’s awareness, the head and the gut working together like two eyes, tempered by the heart.  This process was right.  It seemed to be where I was supposed to be.  This process made me feel alive!

What I had been needing was to paying attention to my body’s function and not just make myself comfortable.  I was delighted by the parts of me that showed up in the light.  It was my own rendition of Bambi directed by the tough girl who grew up in New Jersey. (with the Sopranos)  I needed, to hear from my gentle side and give it a chance to tell me what was really needed.  That’s when I began to get well.  I stopped being hard on myself, took care of myself, and began to respect the things that happened to me and my creativity.

I went into training with my diet. This gave me two advantages, first I learned to be committed to myself and second, while I was learning, I was using the practice of eating well to make my body stronger.  My plan was simple.  Eat vegetables and get stronger.  Eat protein and make muscles!  I wasn’t focused on looking good or body shape.  I was looking for  energy, life essence and soul in my food to give to my body.  I began to eat unrefined food that didn’t run away and “appreciated being eaten” (like most plants) and that my body felt good about having.   I was learning to do things for my body and the planet like to respect matches that were for my blood type.  After giving myself the lighter food that I needed, I found that I was feeling much better.  I also took green drinks and protein powders in-between my meals to keep my blood sugar stable.  This gave my body less work to do just keeping balanced.  Who stops and asks how their body is doing?  Really?  Am I mad?  No!  I made more forward movement in my life because I wasn’t making it hard for myself.  I wasn’t  getting trashed and having lots of hard work clean up.  I grew in self respect and finally learned to allow others to give me respect too.

Slowly and surely I drew my focus on one thing at a time.  The single focus had lots of power and attentiveness so I had the strength I needed to get each undertakeing done.  It was more than that for me, it was a process of using the energy that I wanted in my life to build my life.  Most of the time, I had been running on empty and looking to others to somehow give me peace and abundance.  Peace and abundance didn’t come from competing, scrambling, and snatching it from everywhere I could find it.  It comes from holding my energy, being decisive and giving to others while holding a very strong regard for loving myself which was symbolized by my “body’s needs”.

Regardless of the nature of the task, I was adding accumulated strength for the next one by eliminating the load, one task at a time.  All this had a self-perpetuating reward because I realized I was showing up for myself and I was getting stronger!  I learned that what I needed was to stay happy and buoyant.  If I got depressed, I built some nutrition that gave me my balance.  Then I literally built a better formula than I could buy, for a quarter of the price.  This began working on so many levels.  I saw what I needed, I gave myself what I needed and I held my energy by not overpaying.   I looked for the most elegant solutions.  I did the super hard things first and often, the other things that used to be hard were getting easier and my ability to be joyful, focused and get things done fell into place.

Regardless of how stuck I was when I started, I ended up with skills.  I was no longer running  away, running on empty, or looking for validation.  I was looking at the true need, I was doing my best, I was giving to myself as best I can and becoming independent about receiving what I needed. I now have an inner dialog that says, “I have what I need” coming from the body.

I don’t think that people understand how important it is to care for the body.  Our cells communicate at an astounding rate!  We can hear/sense it!   A million times per second, times billions of cells give a “ping” to see if their needs are met and they get a report of their status. If I make a tiny, tiny movement in the right direction, my body responses and reporting goes CRAZY!  If I acknowledge my body’s thirst signal and get water, I get sooo many points for that.  If I help my body to feel better, I am so heavily rewarded!  My body changes gears and says it is on-course.  That is a lot of noise to change with very little effort.  The response continues and gets bigger.  I am happy!  It’s a positive, forward moving, balanced and wonderful way to live.  For this I eat vegetables, drink green juice and drink water, etc.  The medium of exchange has found a successful negotiation and its working: energy, health, vibrance, happiness, abundance.

Maintaining an positive cellular status will do wonders for how drained you are.  I have the earth, my food from the earth, and the village that supports each other, I use kindness and use my own personal brand of gifts and talents to give. This is all very helpful and satisfying.  This is the foundation of me and what I want to express and how I want to live.  When I feel lonely, I give more and I look for the channels of communication that I may have shut down while I was focused.  Usually, it just needs to get opened up and all the love comes back in.

I am very glad to share with you what I have learned from this very profound healer who kept it all quiet while she was teaching me.  I don’t think I could have handled it with all the overwhelm but she was always happy to acknowledge what worked and now we work together with clients.  I look at the undercurrents of what is under the functioning and she finds great solutions and we pick out the best ones.  (use your gifts to give to others!)  We can both test for the right one and we hold the energy together to lift each other.  It also helps to have two people to lift the negativity off of others.

Now I want to address something that is very, very difficult about this process of looking at our needs.  This one topic strongly gets in the way of myself and the people I meet and gets in the way of them having what they want.  It is such a big “hot button” that people don’t like to talk about it because they glaze over like a Dunkin’ Donut.  It’s an area that is difficult to win in and no one wants to talk about their defeat. They just want to pretend that it is not there.

The topic is “stress eating” to feed our need for comfort.  Instead of really looking, we slip and slide all the way back to the bottom of our discipline until “lack of discipline” is the norm and we don’t even seem to mind!!  Sleepy consciousness however doesn’t bring success.  The “want of success” has woken many and got them to transform from sinking to swimming and we all can, if we have “cellular responsiveness” strength.  What I learned about being successful was modeled on working with my body responsiveness.  This created success at the cellular level and that grew until it exploded out of me as success on the outer level.    When the body is successful, much like a cheering stadium, the responsiveness and positive messages echos up in mass through the crowd and accumulate enough to bring affect to the whole surrounding area.  It would be like the whole town hearing the message or it would be the person’s conscious awareness becoming aware.  Its very exciting on a body level and we can feel it!

To be successful in the body you must listen and give.  If you listen you will adopt practices of internal cleaning that seem silly but layered together they make a big difference.  If you give, you extend yourself and all your pours open up and the love comes in.  Want to feel better?  Give!!!   Serve!!! Open your heart and make something work for your surroundings.

Here is how you can serve your body. (writing it down helps you to see it happening)

  1. First thing in the AM drink a glass or two of distilled water to take out the metabolic acids.  This gives you a huge head start because you don’t have to clean before starting your day.
  2. Alkalizing green juices calm and clarify the body and get the best performance everyday.
  3. Special foods and mushroom tea that actually add strength to the body which effects endurance.  I use Chaga Tea used by olympic athletes as a natural plant steroid.  I love it!!
  4. Minerals, minerals and more minerals get the gears turning.  A few days without can do harm to the success system.  Use food based, and green vegetables for minerals.  Popeye.
  5. Happiness occurs when the water flows.  I imagine a stream tumbling, bubbling and joyful.  If I am not laughing, I am not drinking enough of this joyful substance that my body needs.
  6. Vitamins.  They are small but make a huge difference.  Like a roofing job with labor, ladders & shingles but no nails.  Vitamins make everything work.  If your details are missing so are your vitamins.  If you are detailed and you don’t supplement, you are drawing from the bones and making yourself vulnerable to slow breakdown and have a slower recovery.
  7. Make sure your food and supplements fit your body like a glove.  They should be comfy.
    Its easy to fight them.  Not take them.  Inner complaining.  This means you are loosing the inner communication battle and your bad microbes are winning. (They are weakening you!)
  8. Oils are needed when they are healthy, fresh and balanced.  Not too much, not too little.  When oils are too much, it can thin the blood and sometimes it can catch on fire or become inflammation.
  9. Greens and proteins.  Small meals ever 2 hours will stabilize blood sugar saving tons of digestive energy and channel your energy into focus and forward movement.

If this seems like a lot of work, look at your goals for forward movement and start small!  If you  feel great and make it easy, pretty soon your life works.  Build it to be cheaper and easier and keep building.  Review, get specific and keep going.  This is a practice.  It’s like taking music lessons.  There is always more elegance and ease to acquire.  Like exercise, the act of stopping can loose the ground that you just built.  If my expanded energy shrinks, I shrink!  My energy levels shrink.  It  deflates my super powers!  This is inconvenient when my life is built on the new expansion it’s like a duck doing a belly flop water landing.  Keep building, don’t use EVERYTHING I HAVE, that deplete your energy for sleep and renewal.  Balance and take  mastery of your new expansion before I depend on it.

With a solid diet that your body can depend on you.  You stop flying into the walls.  You start to wake up to what you need to understand.  You stop sliding around.  If you have been hurting yourself and you actually stop it becomes joyful.  “Oh look at me!!!  That’s new!”

You become more efficient.  This is very helpful.  You begin to gather helpful habits and the ones that don’t serve you start to fall away.  “Oh look at me!!!  That’s new!”

Are you still listening?  This is when you really start enjoying the gifts being handed to you but to make this happen, your heart has to take in the gifts given from all around you.  Its everywhere!  And you are finally landing them!!  Receiving is as important as giving.  “Oh look at me!!!  That’s new!”

This is a time when the diseases lift off.  You are strong, clear and can let go of the old emotions that don’t serve you.  The patterns crumble because their pillars fell.   You let go of the clutter of what you don’t need. Inside and out and you let go of old insecurities.  “Oh look at me!!!  That’s new!”  Your appearance looks younger and brighter.  Goodness is happening all around you and from within you because you are organizing it.

As your disease lifts off, you pick off the easy ones because the microbe colonies have to be dealt with as they show up in layers.  The harder ones, they don’t feel good.  They are made of lots of undigested emotions that you have been able to sidestep.  This comes from our basic fight or flight mechanism being abused.  We are able to put our feelings aside and run from the occasional “tiger”.  However, in this day and time, we spend too much time living like there is a tiger on our tail.   Thus our emotions get trained into denial and avoidance patterns.  I wish I could just say it over and over until you realize that it is essential to deal with your feelings and that our lives need to be slowed down and made much more simple and easy, if not somewhat boring but also polite and respectful.  Our bodies are still cave men.  They need to stretch and rest and they aren’t so very brainy.  Enjoy nature a little, your DNA loves that.

I wish I could tell you over and over again how important it is to take a full breath and walk out under the trees and take in what is around us.  Instead, our norm is to over work.  How else are we to get to success?  We believe in beating ourselves and we are unsuccessful.  We can’t eliminate all the stress and opposition to get to success.  It’s the other way.  We pull in more and more of what is like us: beautiful, graceful, and abundant.  We help each other.  The best of us have such as the gentleness and kindness and have simple ways to allow ourselves to be ourselves and to heal.  We need to digest our reality, our food, our love and our lessons.

We have cleared out so much.  Given ourselves the “right stuff”, but there are still so many sneaky things that go on.  We are right back to the beginning again.  Let’s not talk about it.  Let’s not deal with it.  Let’s just make sure that we all look good.  The discipline is too hard. It’s too weird.  It’s no fun.  We have plenty of good going on, we don’t need to deal with that.  Let’s just be comfortable.  But we can’t.  Once again we must rise up to see what we are dealing with in order to navigate to success.  There is no option to be Mr. Magoo.  There is no success in that, rather it’s once again, the microbes interfering with our process to make themselves more comfortable and to secure your body as their farm.

Issues in the Tissues

This is the mechanism as I look deeply into it.   We know to do one thing and we do another that we know not to do.  We KNOW it won’t work.  How does that even happen after all the strength we have built, talent we have, and the discipline we have added.  Let’s just say that this puzzle is in layers and this is the layer that comes off next.

In the body, these behaviors relate to real issues.  Some are bacterias, other viruses and sometimes they are environmental toxins or maybe heavy metal.  Whatever they are, you will feel the “disturbance in the force”.  (all negative thoughts are REAL toxins)  Here is the hardest thing to understand.  Deep inside, we have our own “divine tissue” which has at it’s core our own frequency.  This is what we want.  More of our own essence until we can truly express it inside and around us.

I am going to tell you something which is pretty hard to believe without seeing it with your own eyes, but our bodies fight for control at a tiny level.  Once you get past the rough stuff, there is still a struggle for control.  This is the master addiction.  It happens everywhere.  What do you believe?  Who will you vote for?  Who will you give your energy and money to?  Who are you listening to?  Am I inside or outside of your affiliation?

When things go our way, we consider ourselves a success.  I have only known this level of success on a broad scale over the last few years when I was able to build a microbiome.  I came across a product from Europe which builds an immune creating agent called GcMAF.  I was able to come back to my true essence and convert much of the confusion in my body to peace and my own essence expressing itself.  It has been a pleasure.

Here is the most important part of what I learned.  I am not fighting.  I am not exactly under control the way that I would like to be.  If I get stressed, I may start eating things that I know don’t work for me like nuts or cheese.  I know I am off.  But it creeps in and after 3 times it trips  into “I can’t stop”!   Now there are different levels of this addictive behavior,  depending on how much you don’t want to be with your discomfort.  I don’t let myself stray so it is nuts and cheese for me.  If I really listen to myself, I hear my needs and I hear the distress.  What is important is to listen to the divine essence of all of me, not just the needs.  To let the divine essence ring through in beauty, to choose to let go of the distress,  and to complete the feelings.  It’s like an inner hug.  It’s what I need.  Believe it or not, I get that from the microbiome.  It is a big feeling of happy and it takes months and months of building to get there.   Once I get there, I are un-stop-ably happy.  Everyone is on board with me.  Everything works, because I have a buoyancy which is simply present.

What happens next is along side all that.   Maybe its releasing up through or it has been under the rest but the tissue starts to reveal it’s deeper issues.  Maybe it is from virus colonies growing inside the tissues or bacterias, or parasitic colonies.  If pressed down in an act of not wanting the feelings they are surrounded by this whole action which becomes a bubble and can cause damage and even worse.  It is important to open the door and let it out at the same time as keeping your discipline and maintaining stability or slipping and sliding on the slope of your slimy bowel from eating poorly can leave us feeling unstable over just a short time.

Sugar feeds, yeast, it feeds bacteria, it feeds viruses.  These microbes hide behind thick gel walls and make their nests.  You can’t even see them.  They are there.  They want to be fed.

You will eat sugar not because YOU want to.  You know your discipline level. You know what you are supposed to do and who you are.  But this colony may be stronger than you.  They have learned to jump into your communication network (which is a type of hormone) and order themselves a pizza!   (and it really sounds like your voice and like a really good idea).  You don’t eat pizza?  Why are you eating it then?  Because the microbes can easily get bigger than you.  This is a very good reason to NOT GET STRESSED OUT.  Everyday, do some renewal.

Although this is an addiction, specially when sugar is in play, it is so much bigger and harder to stop because of our little friends.  They will store a year’s worth of sugar in their nests.  They can out last me 10 times over.  They will win every time.  What is important at first is to get used to this idea of what is happening and embrace it fully.  We are getting hacked but we are not the victims.  We are the creators.  We are holding our feelings in a little bubble.  Our immune system can’t go in cause we closed the door and put up a sign called “unwanted feelings”.  Who knew that would keep the good guys out.  Our word is quite powerful.

Feel the feelings.  With that out of the way, the nest can fall apart.  The immune system will get it if you take down your block of the feelings.  You see we set it up to be an area that was out of bounds for looking!!!  So no immune system will scan it.  Change that rule.  I am looking EVERYWHERE.  I am cleaning everywhere.  I am making every environment beautiful.  I won’t stop.

Giving your microbes what they want will NOT be good for you.  They are not on our side.  Being able to say no takes skill.  I would like to zoom in to show you how to win.

  1. The microbes take the tissue that belongs to you and they “recode” the controller to their frequency.  You must get that coding and controller back.
  2. This is actually the DNA which works like a radio station.  If your microbes have their own frequency, you have to put yours back.  This takes work.  Meditation, prayer, being one with nature or however you do it but it must be significant enough to get your full attention.
  3. My GcMAF does the job for me!!!  It goes in and gets on the mucosa or wherever and it attaches itself to the controllers of the cells….  It code it back to “ourselves” again.  Somehow these little beneficials have ability to relate to the cells controller but they just want you to be yourself and they hug you.   Feel it for yourself.  You get better fast.  Really fast.  But it’s subtle and you have to feel for it to experience it.
  4. Once you restore tissue, you are winning, continue to supply the yogurt at a comfortable rate.

Now, if you want to grow in your success, you can.  How?  You keep aligned with your highest good.  Check to see if you have the strength to take the next step.  You work with the tissue on what it really needs.  Not the messages from their nests.  Your body clears out nest by nest and your head clears, and your gut clears.  It’s an amazing experience to be able feel free of it and so sparkling clear only to see it go foggy, come back clear etc.

Getting your own “will” strong is a slow job and the slips can hurt on many levels.  Like not trusting yourself, having the communities grow past health levels, not being in control of your forward direction (very common) an mostly, disappointed in what you are putting out.  After all if they have the control of your output, you will feel like your “aim” is off.  It’s disheartening, especially when your peers are doing what you want to accomplish.

Learn this essential lesson.  LOOK.  Simple awareness is often curative.  Keep your eye on those bad feelings and get them out of those boxes and into the Light.  Let them get sorted.  Keep yourself clean, strong and doing the very hard things first.  The rest will sort easily.

If you are hearing what isn’t you, don’t be fooled. Find a way to shut down their communication.  Try doing tapping or jumping or something that will tell the body “this is what I want.”  This focus will override the other.  Focus on your ability to pay attention, to give it lots of attention.  That will get through anything if you use it all at one time on one problem at a time.

Set Your Goals

Addictions,  YES, I remember that.  Boy I am sure glad to meet another person working on addictions.  We should hang onto each other.  Make our brains strong.  Because having jelly nests of bugs inside us, that can’t be good.

Someone was there for me.  She was kind.  She didn’t show her cards and she didn’t separate herself from me.   Join me friend. Don’t separate yourself from you or me.   Hold the truth and the love and light for each other.  Leave the Light on.

🙂
Mimi

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In Their Own Words: Dr. Marco Ruggiero – Steps for Using the Ketogenic Diet, Bravo, and Rerum for Various Diseases

Steps for Using the Ketogenic Diet, Bravo, and Rerum for Various Diseases

Effective treatments for chronic illnesses such as cancer do not need to be expensive and they don’t need to have life-threatening side effects. In Part 1 of this two part article I reviewed the positive results of a research study for cancer treatment that combined the ketogenic diet, Bravo Yogurt, and a newly formulated macrophage activating factor called Rerum. Research showed that this immunotherapeutic approach has successfully reversed late stage cancer.

This same approach has proven to be effective for treating autism and neurodegenerative diseases as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and chronic Lyme.

Nutrition can account for up to 80% of the treatment in autism or in cancer, or in a number of other conditions.

Scientists have discovered a new link between sugar and tumor growth

October 17, 2017

Most non-cancerous cells in the body get their energy by aerobic respiration, a process that involves breaking down digested food into usable, energy-rich molecules through a series of chemical processes that requires oxygen, then releasing carbon dioxide as a byproduct. But not cancer cells. Even when ample oxygen is available to break down glucose and use it as fuel, cancer cells would rather get energy from fermenting sugar, which has a lower energy yield than the normal chemical reactions cells use. This phenomenon is called the ‘Warburg effect’.

The researchers behind the new study observed yeast cells in the lab, and found that their fermentation process — the same one that cancer cells prefer — actually stimulates tumor growth.

Their findings suggest that the most common cancer-causing genes, called Ras proteins, fuel aggressive tumors with their sugar intake. In short, sugar “awakens” existing cancer cells, making them multiply and expand rapidly, according to these scientists.

“The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth” lead study author and Belgian molecular biologist Johan Thevelein, a professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, wrote in a press release. 

Biologists believe this new understanding of how sugar and cancer interact has “sweeping consequences” for further research. Previous studies have suggested that cancer treatments might be able to exploit the cells’ sweet tooth with targeted therapies, and these researchers think their findings could help oncologists create new, tailor-made diet strategies for cancer patients as well.

The scientists caution that there’s more work to do though, since they’re still not sure what causes the cancer cells to act this way. Read more here…

While ketogenic diet is known to help various conditions the actual effect only continues as long as the diet is adhered to. Whether one defines that as a cure is philosophically debatable. I personally do not define that as a ‘cure’ as studies from schizophrenics and epileptics indicate that once the diet was stopped (way back when in schizophrenia) the condition returned. I do not define cure as eternal vigilance with some exogenous substance or treatment used as a ‘medicine’. I define cure when the ‘medicine’ or ‘treatment’ is stopped but the beneficial effects remain or are perhaps prevented from even happening in the first place. Since we can’t not eat and drink in order to survive ‘let they food by thy medicine’ is also appropriate. I personally followed Dr. Mark Pimentel’s and Cedars Sinai diet advice ‘everything in moderation’ because I was tired of fad diets and obsessing over food (by the way I ate at McDonald’s maybe once every ten years, my diet was never SAD, fast food is gross, my husband is Italian born and bred) that only made my condition and food intolerance worse and that is what I saw in my experience, more elimination, fewer results with people being left on the rice and bananas diet becoming the sickest of all. Vegetarians being number two. While I initially had great results on Paleo and low carb and a few others eventually I was metabolically stuck and they eventually failed to work at all. I will say I was on some pretty heavy MS drugs and steroids which I am sure contributed to my metabolic downfall (liver failure) so…. I still adhere to everything in moderation as it seems the most reasonable for me to adhere to and be able to stick with for a lifetime. I could definitely rearrange my plate so it was more reflective of guidelines but keto wasn’t a necessity for me. It helps the worst of the worst as reported by them, seizures etc. My metabolism eventually straightened out as I eliminated inflammation and I began to lose weight almost effortlessly as when I was younger. At my sickest point I ballooned to 180 lbs. A real inflamed mess.

You may not have to use other remedies [with the ketogenic diet], unless there is a clear deficiency in some vitamin. For example, as in northern England, Scandinavia, and northern Germany, since you are not exposed to the sun light for a sufficient number of hours, the levels of vitamin D3 are typically low.

The actual substances that prevented Rickets were cod liver oil, milk and sunlight. Today’s research shows that cod liver oil may actually prevent Type I diabetes if given to an infant in the first year of life, yes that is correct, not Type II, Type I so of course there is plenty of basis to consider diet as both preventative and cure.

When you drink probiotic yogurt you don’t drink microbes alone you drink microbes and their environment. When you swallow the capsule with probiotics you only swallow the microbes. Probiotics are one thing and probiotics with their environment is another.

 Dr. Ruggiero made mention of research from Canadian scientists who were testing yogurt for treating HIV AIDS in Tanzania. [8] In research published in 2010 and 2011 they found that locally produced yogurt containing cultures that the researchers provided, there was a substantial reduction in disease symptoms. Dr. Ruggiero described their findings:

Immediately after a few weeks they began to see extraordinary results. All the symptoms associated with HIV infection and AIDS, mainly diarrhea, wasting syndrome, and malnutrition, began to improve. And the CD4 count began to increase in a much higher way than what you would expect using antiretroviral drugs.

Dr. Ruggiero gives us more details. He stated:

Bravo is a yogurt that was developed with the idea of exploiting the metabolism of healthy bacteria — healthy microbes — to produce a number of molecules that would exert a healthy effect on the human body. One of these molecules was GcMAF (Macrophage activating factor). This is a molecule that had been known for about 20 years, which was known to stimulate the immune system. Bravo reconstitutes the healthy human gut microbiome and the brain microbiome.

Don’t forget that in Bravo there are about a hundred and fifty newly formed peptides. What do I mean by newly formed? I mean that you take milk, and there are a certain number of healthy peptides and molecules, and then you take the microbes and let the microbes ferment the milk. At the end of the fermentation you will find a hundred and fifty newly formed peptides that weren’t present before, and they are the product of the microbial metabolism. All these newly formed peptides stimulate the immune system. It is an indirect action. It takes a few weeks if not months, but in the end you see excellent results.

Lactose Intolerance

Dr. Ruggiero addresses the concern about lactose (milk sugar) in Bravo since it is usually made from milk. He stated:

Lactose intolerance is not a problem, because Bravo is highly fermented. It takes 24 to 48 hours to ferment the Bravo and in those 24-48 hours the lactobacilli microbes have used all the lactose so in the end you will have no lactose.

Actually the Bravo is successfully used to treat lactose intolerance in children. After a few months of Bravo then they can eat cheese or drink milk with no problems.

 

That’s true for me. Eventually I began to be able to eat all foods again and it began in as little as 4-6 months. That is partly why I agree more with Dr. Mark Pimentel and Cedars Sinai on diet advice over strict elimination. I do not prefer to demonize any food when the person is in a diseased state. I prefer to eliminate important variables first as even in malnutrition syndromes microbes were shown to have more of an effect than diet in twin studies showing that microbiome health was clearly linked and malnutrition was inherent to an unhealthy microbiome and not diet (not surprising since they create the vitamins necessary for core health (evolution, you evolved to survive in both times of feast and famine), vitamins do not come from food or bottles in the drugstore. Studies have also shown that amino acid deficiency was reversed in rats in a matter of hours with certain oils. Although oils are foods, amino acid malnutrition itself would not likely be overcome in a matter of hours with oil alone. More studies are required.

Casein Intolerance

Dr. Ruggiero addresses this concern:

Caseins are proteins highly represented in milk. A great deal of caseins are metabolized during the fermentation process, nevertheless in the Bravo there are caseins. The point with casein intolerance is that caseins by themselves are not allergenic. What is allergenic is the product of the degradation of caseins in the stomach. When caseins are degraded in the stomach by the acid and the proteases, some of those peptides are allergenic and they can cause diarrhea or a number of other reactions.

The solution is rather simple. Instead of drinking the Bravo it can be used as an enema or as a suppository. Suppositories are made in Switzerland and Germany by two small pharmaceutical companies. [This provides] the entire Bravo, the entire environment. But since you introduced this rectally it will not be digested by the acids and the proteases of the stomach and therefore there will not be the formation of those products that are allergenic.

The rectal route of administration is particularly useful because all the healthy molecules in the Bravo, which of course include the Rerum and the GcMAF, will be rapidly absorbed through the rectal mucosa and they will directly go to the liver. So essentially the efficiency of delivery is equal to an intermuscular injection. Obviously you cannot inject the Bravo as a yogurt so don’t even think about doing this, but if you use the Bravo as an enema or suppository, then all the molecules will be rapidly absorbed and go to the liver with the same efficiency as if you injected them.

Upon metabolizing casein creates necessary peptides for immune activation. The actual chance of not being able to process casein without some other condition having higher influence would be slim and none. Lactose and casein intolerance do not spread at the speed of light and yet it is increasing worldwide similar to peanut allergy, something else is amiss here. Requires enzymes.

Using Bravo Yogurt to Control Human Parasites

There are alternatives to the use of chemical pesticides for killing parasites that live in the human gut. Parasites can thrive in the bodies of people who eat the standard American diet, and in bodies of those who have chronic illness. Dr. Ruggiero explains how Bravo Yogurt can be used to fight parasites.

The best way is to use their natural enemies instead of taking synthetic pills. Their natural enemies are nothing else than the microbes that constitute the healthy core microbiome. The Bravo works at two levels in fighting parasites.

On one level the microbes fight with the parasites, because they compete for territory. The territory is our gut. Microbes, like all living species, compete for territory, but they have an advantage [over parasites]. You replace the microbes by the billions every day, whereas the parasites they are always under numbered. The parasites will easily be overpowered by the Bravo microbes.

The second [mechanism of action] is the acidity of the fermented foods. This is common to all fermented foods.

Namely bifido and aceto producing probiotics (make things sour).

Hallelujah. Maybe now we can get people to stop the daily enemas in the autism community and elsewhere, enema clubs and the promotion of sticking things up our butt that shouldn’t be there, (that is not the end where you drink your coffee “I’ll have my Starbucks in an enema and make it straight up” seriously it is out there as a social event) and are actually making their condition/s worse by doing so and come to common sense about why you are not able to have a normal bowel movement or have perpetual parasites or other opportunistic infections and correct the ‘root’ problem/s which will not be found by ‘panning’ for them like gold or flushing them out (a fire hose up your butt will surely flush out a lot of things you likely don’t want to see, not indicative of anything in particular, similar to peeing out dead spirochetes or the 10,000 viruses in half a gram of feces you expel daily means virtually nothing as an indicator of  health). They have to prove they cause a disease (not a condition)……. remember? Wouldn’t we all be rich if we could walk around treating what condition our condition was in….. but that is medicine today with some very serious toxic drugs (parasite meds included) and practices. Their actual presence indicates nothing.  Anal douching included, not a good idea and shown not to be a good idea. IBS Chek, checks blood, also designed to eliminate a lot of crap, like unnecessary colonoscopies and worthless tests to keep all invaders out of your butt, including those who think it is an ATM machine. Your intestinal function does not go in that direction by design on any level, functional or chemical. Lavage is practiced by medical experts, not you. See opoid induced constipation or opoid like drug induced constipation.

I got my Lyme diagnosis, I am a card carrying member of the Lyme Club. And a few other assorted organisms. I gave it 4 months to see improvement, long enough, then when I saw the list of drugs I was likely to be on for the rest of my life I walked out the door. I’m sure if I wanted to dig up my ass far enough like they did I might find HIV too. I’m the international representative of the list of ‘conditions’ that you or I have been told ‘we’ have when the actual probability in some instances of it‘causing disease’ like cancer is less than 30%. Lyme is not a fatal disease. There was always evidence the organism itself was not in-fective, it got ignored. It is considered today to be opportunistic to the immune compromised and elderly. All vaccine trials and new Lyme vaccines in the pipeline have been cancelled by their manufacturers. Similar to AIDS vaccines, all have been considered failures. Similar to AIDS, Lyme became a self fulfilling prophecy of death by diagnosis and then prescription for many. Similar to AIDS groups, Lyme groups became increasingly more dogmatic in their beliefs with little evidence to support their claims.

What are the effects of drug induced chronic immune suppression?

• Immunodeficiency resulting in overwhelming infection.

The GcMAF and Goleic molecules that Dr. Bradstreet and other physicians used were protein based molecules that were derived from human blood. The process of their synthesis was very complex and had the risk of unintentional contamination from elements in the blood supply. GcMAF and the second generation macrophage activating factor, Goleic, had to be shipped frozen to protect the proteins from damage.

Do not confuse blood derived gcmaf with bovine colostrum derived gcmaf even if they are one and the same protein. Blood products are notoriously hard to decontaminate (gcmaf is not foreign blood derived, they used the patients own, reasonably and probably that patient would be denied even donating blood = toxic substance, what you care to read in to that about your own blood as a ‘toxic’ donor is up to you but no they were not using ‘foreign’ blood for gcmaf injections) it is expensive and the most modern methods are not as commonly used as one might hope.

 We began researching the molecules that were responsible for the health effects of the Bravo. The first that came into mind was GcMAF. Why? Precisely because we had developed the Bravo with the goal of producing GcMAF in the most natural way.

Looking for the needle in the haystack does not mean that one can separate the thing from its objective. I have seen this move criticized all over the internet. “He abandoned Bravo™ for Rerum®, now he wants to demonize one and promote the other so he can make even more money”. Impossible. He couldn’t demonize one product and promote the other in this instance when they go together like oh I don’t know peas and carrots as to influencing immune receptors. Actually what he did was overcome a lot of regulatory and inherent hurdles so it could actually help more people instead of spending years trying to get a so called ‘foreign protein’ across international nonsense barriers that confused apples with oranges. The Japanese did something similar in order to ship gcmaf products worldwide, (remember them, the ones who are credited with the discovery of gcmaf?). Whatever his goal, it worked like a charm. And compared to pharmaceuticals the cost is downright cheap so bravo to him for whatever his bank balance is. I would rather pay someone who actually produces a result that outperforms placebo for a change unlike pharma where the bar is set so low an ant could produce a drug and proclaim it effective. A long history of solid research by many preceded all. That research is pertinent, ongoing, attracts a lot of investment and interest worldwide and is helping premature infants and will help all infants who were not breastfed, like me. It is also highly relevant to SIBO and prebiotics. Do you know how many orphans there are worldwide who could see real benefit from it? Well until you do sit down and shut up.

The effects that we and others had observed with the old GcMAF and old Goleic were not due to the moiety of the protein molecules, but to the moiety of the glycosaminoglycans, the vitamin nutrients, and the oleic acid. So now we were able to by observing nature, to reconstitute the active part of the molecule without the need of the blood derived protein.

Because of this, we are now able to target those few hundred genes that are commonly altered in most chronic diseases.

Oleic acid alters gene expression, true. And by the way true genetic defects do not pop up like daisies.

Read the full article here.

Part II

Anybody who is not an idiot would have never assumed that in complex substances like cod liver oil, milk and sunlight that the actual effective substance was synthetic Vitamin D but that is not what happened 120 years ago. Dr. Russell Blaylock, brilliant neurosurgeon is not an idiot, for some reason he never advocated one substance from its whole, he apparently picked up a book or two. This is what happens when scientists make declarations they never have to prove by any objective measure before subjecting the public to harm and that is exactly what did happen. Our food got fortified. Blanket endorsements happened for no good reason. People began OD’ing on D and getting poisoned by it. Others began getting rich by opening clinics in other countries (sunny countries to boot) where they could routinely give 50,000 IU’s or greater and call it MS treatment for a butt load of money. And none of it was definitive, including the testing. FDA warnings were ignored. Epidemiology was ignored when facts on the ground began to highlight some interesting anomalies (like MS rates sunny S. America and AZ for example) and neighboring countries far north of the equator where food was fortified vs. food that was not fortified (lower prevalence in unfortified food countries). The word hypervitaminosis D which doctors had been aware of, were educated about, suddenly disappeared from medical literature and vernacular. Suddenly if you were not prescribing synthetic D you were branded as a know nothing. That is what happened. It became a battle of straw man arguments, similar to vaccines. Nobody ever said Vitamin D was not important. Today they know better but the public and medical establishment unfortunately has not caught up about this steroid hormone. I wish I could wear a white coat or be a new ager and make declarative statements for no reason that affect the whole world and call myself God to punish the dissenters but that is what happened with this as it did many times to your detriment as a patient in the end.

See France and other countries where forced supplementation of synthetic D is being given to newborns and being considered after causing death in newborns and think it has no relation to you or your child or your right to choose medical treatment that is unsubstantiated and may be entirely unwarranted. Who is starving in France and lacking milk or cod liver oil, no one. One thing is for sure, you will never find 10,000-50,000 IU’s of synthetic Vitamin D naturally occurring in food like cod liver oil unless you consume a tub of it, which no one in their right mind would recommend. I see the mentality daily, they need a drop they take a bottle, no common sense. There is a reason hemorrhoid cream says NOT TOOTHPASTE but I’ll guarantee some jack ass tried it and is probably still puckered up and carrying a sign saying it is a conspiracy and that hemorrhoid cream is actually great for teeth. People are under the illusion there are all these gateways that will eventually funnel them to the best place and I guess the most desirable place is where they don’t have to make a decision at all or think or act or be held accountable but those gateways are just not there. The opoid epidemic alone is a perfect illustration, it could NOT, it would NOT have happened unless every single mechanism in the chain failed, from beginning to end, that means systemically broken.

Read more here about the development and science behind Rerum® and perhaps you will understand how it relates to proper Vitamin D synthesis and what it actually was in cod liver oil and many other healthy oils and milk that made the difference, namely oleic acid. And you will never just assume A = B again without doing your own homework on the subject like I did for many years because it was being shoved down my throat at very high doses as an MS patient for no good reason that I could ever find. I never gave my child anything other than cod liver oil and even then only in winter because I knew enough to be prudent on the subject after doing my homework.

It reminds me of a joke that is not so funny, today I see a scientist, a doctor, new ager or a self proclaimed authority (usually wearing a white coat) from the Vitamin D Council to the AMA to the FDA to the NYT to the NEJM and I take away reason and accountability before listening to a damn word they have to say because that is where the majority rely on gateway and information. I’m not worried about the other alternative end of the funnel, they are a drop in the bucket compared to the other as to having impact on your daily life.

“Our model of healthcare is outdated. We have a separation. Mental healthcare is delivered by mental health professionals, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and so on, often in separate premises from where physical health care is delivered and that is simply wrong and we need to find ways to ever more closely integrate and train amphibious healthcare professionals who can straddle this divide.”

“Yet institutionally we use an outmoded code which separates brain disorders into psychiatric ‘f’ codes and neurological ‘g’ codes which holds back both scientific and clinical progress.”

“The immune system does produce behaviour. You’re not just a little bit miserable if you’ve got a long term condition, there is a real mechanistic connection between the mind, the nervous system and the immune system.

Depression could be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists now believe, after determining that it is a physical illness caused by a faulty immune system.

Current treatment is largely centered around restoring mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, but experts now think an overactive immune system triggers inflammation throughout the entire body, sparking feelings of hopelessness, unhappiness and fatigue.

Interferon is an immune suppressing drug. Steroids are immune suppressing drugs. Nearly all drugs linked to over inflammatory response in gcmaf treatment are immune suppressing drugs and therefore they are contraindicated.

“In experimental medicine studies if you treat a healthy individual with an inflammatory drug, like interferon, a substantial percentage of those people will become depressed. So we think there is good enough evidence for a causal effect.”

Depression is a physical illness which could be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists suggest

And yet….

Most drugs on the list of contraindicated drugs in gcmaf treatment like NSAIDS are currently termed anti inflammatory drugs.

Anti – inflammatory drugs should be avoided. (NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, Diklofenalk. Celebrex Aspirin etc should be taken in moderation.) Dr Yamamoto

“they don’t even know what they are doing,”

Nobuto Yamamoto

Who on earth can demonstrate a seemingly right conclusion yet directly produce the wrong effect in the end. Our current medical system, that’s who.

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. You don’t just put crap in your mouth because somebody said so, you haven’t done that since you were 4 years old on the playground and your friend offered you your first pile and that is all it took, so why are you doing it now before weighing current evidence of both risk and benefit? This subject of gut and immune health has no little consequence. And you my friend can not forget that Kansas exists  as you head off down the yellow brick road toward no real accountability except the consequence of living or dying with your choice.

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Go Grass Fed Organic — AGA Certified

Go Grass Fed Organic — AGA Certified

Story at-a-glance

  • Grass fed meat and dairy are better for you — higher in certain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats — than meat and dairy from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
  • While CAFOs are top sources of air and water pollution, grass fed farming regenerates the soil and maintains ecological balance without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides
  • These basic elements of animal welfare are missing from CAFOs, while animals raised on pasture are afforded the freedom to express their natural behaviors; grass fed food is also less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria
  • Look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo on your meat and dairy, which ensures the highest quality grass fed products

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By Dr. Mercola

Choosing organic foods is a straightforward way to lower your exposure to pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms), but an even better option is to look for foods, particularly meat and dairy, that are organic and grass fed. Cows are designed to eat grass, but the majority of beef and dairy products in the U.S. come from cows that eat corn and grain, perpetuating the unethical, unhealthy and environmentally devastating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that dominate industrial agriculture.

In exchange for cheap meat and dairy, we’re paying a hefty price, one that may be infinite in the damage it’s causing via pollution and damage to human health. On the other hand, farms producing grass fed meat and dairy products are able to naturally regenerate the soil and maintain ecological balance without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Meanwhile, grass fed products such as milk and cheese are valued for their seasonal variations in flavor, along with their superior nutritional profile. While the market is still small — labeled grass fed beef makes up just 1 percent of the U.S. beef market — it’s growing fast. Sales of labeled grass fed beef reached $272 million in 2016, up from $17 million in 2012 — which means sales have doubled each year.1

Grass Fed Foods Are Better for You

From a health standpoint alone, there’s good reason to go organic and grass fed as much as possible. Milk from cows raised primarily on pasture has been shown to be higher in many nutrients, including vitamin E, beta-carotene and the healthy fats omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).2 Grass fed beef is better for you too, with CLA levels increasing by two- to threefold when cattle are grass finished as opposed to grain finished.3

This is a significant benefit, as CLA is associated with a lower risk of cancer and heart disease and optimized cholesterol levels. The ratio of dietary fats is also healthier in grass fed beef. According to Back to Grass: The Market Potential for U.S. Grassfed Beef, a report produced by a collaboration between sustainable agriculture and ecological farming firms:4

“Although the exact physiologic mechanisms behind these benefits are not completely understood, grassfed beef (and dairy) can provide a steady dietary source of CLAs. The optimal ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is believed to be between 1-to-1 and 4-to-1. Seven studies that compared the overall fat content of different beef types found that grassfed beef had an average ratio of 1.53, while grain-fed beef had a less healthy average ratio of 7.6.”

Grass fed meat is also higher in antioxidants like vitamins E and A, the report noted, along with the enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase, which mop up free radicals that could otherwise hasten oxidation and spoilage. Grain feeding cows also encourages the growth of E. coli in the animals’ gut, as it leads to a more acidic environment. Grain-fed cows live in a state of chronic inflammation, which increases their risk of infection and disease, and necessitates low doses of antibiotics in feed for disease-prevention purposes.5

This isn’t the case with grass fed cattle, which stay naturally healthy as they’re allowed access to pasture, sunshine and the outdoors. In a Consumer Reports study of 300 raw ground beef samples, grass fed beef raised without antibiotics was three times less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria compared to conventional (CAFO) samples.6

The grass fed beef was also less likely to be contaminated with E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus than the CAFO meat. So while giving you more nutrition, you’re also less likely to be exposed to drug-resistant pathogens when eating grass fed food.

Grass Fed Meat and Dairy Are Better for the Environment

The CAFOs that produce most U.S. meat and dairy are among the top polluters on the planet, for myriad reasons. For starters, there’s the massive amounts of manure that collect in CAFO “lagoons,” leading to toxic air and water pollution, along with the excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides (not to mention water) used to grow the grains that the livestock eat.

U.S. CAFOs produce 500 million tons of manure annually, which is three times the amount of sewage produced by humans. This is far more manure than can be safely applied to farm fields in the U.S.7 In a report released by environmental group Mighty Earth, massive manure and fertilizer pollution churned out by meat giant Tyson Foods is blamed for causing the largest dead zone on record in the Gulf of Mexico, for instance.8

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the area of low oxygen, which can kill marine life, is nearly 9,000 square miles, which is about the size of New Jersey.9 The dead zone is primarily the result of nutrient pollution from agriculture in the Mississippi River watershed. The excess nutrients promote the growth of algae that decomposes, using up oxygen needed to support life.

Mighty Earth singled out Tyson, and another meat giant Smithfield, as top contributors to the dead zone because they have the highest concentration of meat facilities in the areas with the highest levels of nitrate contamination. In addition, Tyson’s feed suppliers are responsible for the majority of grassland prairie clearance in the U.S., which “dramatically magnifies the impacts of fertilizer pollution.”10Meanwhile, as reported by Consumer Reports, the very act of feeding livestock grains is also problematic:11

“Turning grain into meat is an inefficient process: It takes 7 kilograms of grain to produce 1 kilogram of beef. As a result, the conventional beef industry consumes vast amounts of corn and soybeans. Those crops require significant amounts of water: It takes about 1,000 tons of water to grow 1 ton of feed. In addition, nonorganic farms use synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetically engineered seed to grow the feed crops, which raises a variety of sustainability concerns.”

In contrast, raising animals on pasture using rotational or regenerative grazing approaches can increase soil organic matter, soil fertilityand water-holding capacity, while naturally reducing erosion and encouraging crop diversity. Unfortunately, as farmers increasingly plant mostly wheat, rice, soy and corn (including for animal feed), more than 75 percent of crop genetic diversity has disappeared since the 1900s, leaving fields increasingly vulnerable to pests, disease and drought.12

Grass Fed Is More Humane, Tastes Better

To be considered humane, animals should be raised without pain, injury or disease, as well as fear or distress. They should be given proper food and water as well as the ability to express normal behavior. These basic elements of animal welfare are missing from CAFOs, which keep animals confined for long periods of time without adequate space or access to the outdoors. As noted by the “Back to Grass” report:13

“Standing on dirt (or sometimes concrete) flooring, often covered with thick layers of mud and manure, can produce health issues such as foot rot (causing swelling and lameness) and digital dermatitis, a bacterial infection that can also lead to lameness and intense discomfort. In feedlots, antibiotics are used to prevent outbreaks of diseases, which spread easily from animal to animal when livestock are confined in the same area over a long period of time.

Antibiotics are also used in feedlots to prevent acidosis (a spectrum of conditions that arise when the microbes in the rumen ferment the starches in grain feed), which can produce harmful effects ranging from stomach bloat to sudden death.”

Animals raised on pasture are healthier, which means they’re not routinely fed antibiotics, and are allowed to live out their lives as cows should, grazing and feeling the sun on their backs. It’s important to understand, however, that choosing organic doesn’t necessarily mean the animals were raised more humanely. Cows produce more milk, faster, when they’re fed grain in the barn, as opposed to grazing on grass on pasture.

Industrialized organic dairies are capitalizing on this by skimping on grazing time, raising thousands of cows in veritable CAFOs, yet still gaining the USDA organic label that suggests otherwise. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not doing nearly enough to protect the integrity of its organic label, which is why I encourage you to look for The American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo, a much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown grass fed meat and dairy.14

The standard allows for greater transparency and conformity15 and is intended to ensure the humane treatment of animals and meet consumer expectations about grass fed dairy, while being feasible for small farmers to achieve.

An AGA logo on a product lets you know the animals were fed a lifetime diet of 100 percent forage, were raised on pasture (not in confinement) and were not treated with hormones or antibiotics.16 I strongly encourage you to seek out AGA-certified meat dairy products as they become available. In the Midwest, the Kalona SuperNatural brand was the first dairy brand to become AGA-certified.

Grass fed foods are healthier for you and the planet, and better for the environment, but there’s yet another reason to seek them out: their taste. “There is a growing consensus among chefs and gastronomical experts that high-quality grass fed beef not only rivals but is in fact better-tasting than grain-fed beef. It has a ‘beefier’ and more complex taste,” Back to Grass pointed out.17

Returning to Grasslands Is Key

Yet another reason to “go grass fed” is that regenerative agriculture, including converting cornfields back to grasslands and saving natural grasslands that exist, is key to fixing many environmental problems. This type of land management system promotes the reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) by sequestering it back into the soil where it can do a lot of good. Once in the earth, the CO2 can be safely stored for hundreds of years and actually adds to the soil’s fertility.

Unfortunately, since the early 1800s, grasslands in North America have decreased by 79 percent — and in some areas by 99.9 percent.18 This expansion of cropland at the expense of grasslands is tragic, as grasslands are biologically productive and support a wide variety of plant and animal life.19 As Undark explained:20

“Perhaps paradoxically, the expansion of cropland ‘may actually be undermining the very agricultural productivity it seeks to gain,’ write the authors of … [an] Environmental Review Letters study.

Compared to cropland, grasslands ‘harbor significantly greater plant, microbial, and animal diversity, and generate higher levels of nearly all agriculturally vital ecosystem services, including pest suppression and pollination.’ To break prairie, then, is to dismantle the very supply chain that underpins American agricultural abundance.”

Imports of grass fed beef, which make up 75 percent to 80 percent of U.S. grass fed beef sales by value, are another hurdle. Australia and Brazil can produce grass fed beef at a lower cost, as their climate allows for year-round grazing. U.S. consumers may not know the grass fed beef they purchase isn’t from the U.S., however, because as long as a piece of imported beef passes through a USDA-inspected plant, it can be labeled as a “Product of the USA.”

As the Back to Grass report put it, accurate labeling is imperative to “ensure that consumers are getting what they think they’re buying.”21 Not only may you be buying imported beef without knowing it, the grass fed beef you’re buying may not be as wholesome as you expect it to be, thanks to weak standards.

This is another reason why looking for the AGA logo on your meat and dairy is important, as it ensures the animals were born and raised on American family farms, fed only grass and forage from weaning until harvest, and raised on pasture without confinement to feedlots.22

Perhaps you can’t do anything about how large-scale industrial farms continue to plow up valuable grasslands, but you can make a difference for yourself, your family and community that might have residual effects. Buying grass fed or pastured animal products, including beef, bison, chicken, milk and eggs, is an excellent start to support both your health and regenerative farming methods that are protecting, not polluting, the planet.

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  • Exposure to microwave radiation from baby monitors, cellphones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, smart meters and other wireless devices causes serious mitochondrial dysfunction due to free radical damage
  • Excessive free radicals triggered by microwave exposure from wireless technologies have been linked to anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cardiac arrhythmias, depression and infertility
  • The negative effects of EMFs are particularly harmful to pregnant women, putting their child at risk for ADHD and autism, as well as behavioral, emotional and social issues
  • In addition to using wired connections for your phone and computer, strategies that may help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs include optimizing your magnesium level and eating Nrf2-boosting foods

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By Dr. Mercola

The negative effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) continue to ignite conversations and controversy worldwide. The most dangerous pollution affecting you is the invisible sea of EMFs your body swims in daily. You are exposed to EMFs all day long, not only in public but inside your home, too. Most of the radiation emits from cellphones, cell towers, computers, smart meters and Wi-Fi, to name just a few of the culprits.

While it’s nearly impossible to avoid EMF exposure completely, there are practical ways to limit it. Given the number of EMFs that bombard you all day long, getting educated about the negative effects of EMFs is imperative to your well-being. Particularly if you are dealing with a serious illness, it is well worth your time to reduce your EMF exposure as much as possible. If you have been told EMFs are safe and not a danger to humans, you may want to consider:

  • The telecommunication industry has manipulated federal regulatory agencies, public health authorities and professionals through powerful and sophisticated lobbying efforts leaving consumers confused and unaware of the health risks associated with EMFs
  • Any negative health effects from EMFs, similar to smoking, may not be immediately noticeable, but will likely develop gradually over time. Cell phones indeed are the cigarette public health threat of the 21st century.

What Are EMFs?

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, EMFs are “invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power.”1

Most agree on the hazards associated with ionizing radiation, which is why the dental hygienist covers you with a lead apron when taking X-rays. Similarly, you would expect to get sunburned if your bare skin is overexposed to the sun’s powerful UV rays. Ionizing radiation is generally believed to have enough energy to break the covalent bonds in DNA but actually most of the damage is due to the oxidative stress resulting in excessive free radicals.

The type of EMF your cellphone emits is in the microwave 2-5 gigahertz range. Besides your cellphone, electronics such as baby monitors, Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, smart thermostats and Wi-Fi routers consistently emit microwave radiation at levels that may damage your mitochondria.

Interestingly I have reviewed a number of studies that show double and single strand DNA breaks are actually higher when exposed to nonionizing microwave radiation than ionizing radiation. This is believed to be due to the excessive oxidative stress that microwave exposure induces.

Intracellular Calcium Increases With Exposure to EMFs

Martin Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University, has identified and published several papers describing the molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage humans, animals and plants.2,3,4,5,6 Many studies indicate your intracellular calcium increases with exposure to EMFs.

Pall also discovered a number of studies showing that you can block or greatly reduce the effects of EMFs using calcium channel blockers — medication commonly prescribed to patients with heart disease. Notably, it is the excess calcium in the cell and increased calcium signaling that are responsible for a vast majority of the biological effects of EMFs.

Pall discovered no less than 26 bodies of research asserting that EMFs work by activating voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), which are located in the outer membrane of your cells. Once activated, they allow a tremendous influx of calcium into the cell — about 1 million calcium ions per second per VGCC.

When there’s excess calcium in the cell, it increases levels of both nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide. While NO has many beneficial health effects, massively excessive amounts of it react with superoxide, forming peroxynitrite, which is an extremely potent oxidant stressor.

Peroxynitrites, in turn, break down to form reactive free radicals, both reactive nitrogen species and reactive oxygen species, including hydroxyl radicals, carbonate radicals and NO2 radicals — all three of which do damage. Peroxynitrites also do their own damage. All this to say EMFs are not having a thermal influence; they are not “cooking” your cells as some suggest. Rather, EMF radiation activates the VGCCs in the outer cell membrane, triggering a chain reaction of devastating events that, ultimately:

  • Decimates your mitochondrial function, cell membranes and cellular proteins
  • Causes severe cellular damage
  • Results in DNA breaks
  • Dramatically accelerates your aging process
  • Puts you at higher risk for chronic disease

Peroxynitrites, Cellphones and Spikes in Chronic Disease

Once formed, peroxynitrite reacts relatively slowly with biological molecules, making it a selective oxidant. Inside your body, peroxynitrites modify tyrosine molecules in proteins to create a new substance, nitrotyrosine and nitration of a structural protein.7 These changes from nitration are visible in human biopsy of ALS, atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, myocardial ischemia and septic lung disease.8

Significant oxidative stress from peroxynitrites may also result in single-strand breaks of DNA.9 This pathway of oxidative destruction triggered by low−frequency radiation emitted from mobile devices may partially explain the unprecedented growth rate of chronic disease since 1990.10 This, truly, is a far greater concern than brain tumors, when it comes to the hazards of cellphones.

Once you understand cellphones can contribute to these chronic diseases — not just brain tumors — you may be more motivated to limit your exposure. Although the top health threats continue to be cardiovascular disease, cancer and infections, the rates of increase noted for the following diseases and disorders is astounding. Some of them were not even public knowledge prior to 1980.11

Disease or disorder Increase since 1990
ADHD 819 percent
Alzheimer’s disease 299 percent
Autism 2,094 percent
Bipolar disease in youth 10,833 percent
Celiac disease 1111 percent
Chronic fatigue syndrome 11,027 percent
Depression 280 percent
Diabetes 305 percent
Fibromyalgia 7,727 percent
Hypothyroidism 702 percent
Lupus 787 percent
Osteoarthritis 449 percent
Sleep apnea 430 percent

Are You Affected by One of These EMF-Related Health Problems?

Since biological damage from EMFs is triggered by activation of your VGCCs, it stands to reason that tissues with the highest densities of VGCCs are at greater risk of harm. Your body tissues with the highest concentration of VGCCs (and most susceptible to damage from EMFs) include your:

  • Brain
  • Testes (for men)
  • Nervous system
  • Pacemaker of your heart resulting in arrhythmias
  • Retina

When VGCCs are activated in your brain, they release neurotransmitters and neuroendocrine hormones. Elevated VGCC activity in certain parts of your brain has been shown to produce a variety of neuropsychiatric effects. Among the most common consequences of chronic EMF exposure to your brain are:12

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anxiety
  • Autism: One of my longtime mentors, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, has linked autism in children to excessive EMF exposure during pregnancy
  • Depression

While EMFs may not be the sole cause of heart problems, it is very likely a significant factor and one worthy of further investigation, especially if you are taking a heart medication. The most common heart issues that have been tied to EMF exposure include:

  • Atrial fibrillation / atrial flutter
  • Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (associated with sudden cardiac death)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tachycardia (fast heartbeat)

EMFs Negatively Affect Reproduction

If you are a man, EMF exposure can increase your risk of infertility, especially if you routinely carry your cellphone in a pants pocket near your groin and/or use your laptop on your lap. Studies have linked low-level electromagnetic radiation exposure from cellphones to an 8 percent reduction in sperm motility and a 9 percent reduction in sperm viability.13,14

Besides those associated with reproduction, you have a number of other sensitive organs in that general area, including your bladder, colon, kidneys and liver, all of which are susceptible to damage from radiation.

If you are a woman, your risk of breast cancer is higher if you regularly carry your cellphone in your bra. Generally, the most common location for breast cancer is the upper, outer quadrant. When the cancer is located in the upper, inner quadrant, however, it’s more likely to be related to cellphone radiation (if you’ve been carrying your phone in your bra).

Ways to Reduce Your EMF Exposure

Below are some tips to reduce your EMF exposure:

Connect your desktop computer to the internet via a wired connection and be sure to put your desktop in airplane mode. Also avoid wireless keyboards, trackballs, mice, game systems, printers and house phones. Opt for the wired versions.
If you must use Wi-Fi, shut it off when not in use, especially at night when you are sleeping. Ideally it is best to work toward hardwiring your house so you can turn off the Wi-Fi at all times. If you have a notebook without any Ethernet ports it is easy to purchase a USB Ethernet adapter that will allow you to connect to the internet without a wireless connection.
Shut off the electricity to your bedroom at night. This typically works to reduce electrical fields from the wires in your wall unless there is an adjoining room next to your bedroom. If that is the case you will need to use a meter to determine if you also need to turn off power in the adjacent room.
Use a battery-powered clock, ideally one without any light. I use a talking clock that I merely press a button to determine the time and never see any light at night.
If you still use a microwave oven, consider replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food as quickly and far more safely. Next to induction stovetop burners, microwave ovens are likely the largest EMF polluters in your home.
Avoid using “smart” appliances and thermostats that depend on wireless signaling. This would include all new “smart” TVs. They are called smart because they emit a Wi-Fi signal, and unlike your computer, you are unable to shut the Wi-Fi signal off. Consider using a large computer monitor as your TV, as they don’t emit Wi-Fi.
Refuse smart meters as long as you can or add a shield to an existing smart meter, some of which have been shown to reduce radiation by 98 to 99 percent15
Considering moving your baby’s bed into your room instead of using a baby monitor, or use a hard-wired monitor. In any case avoid any baby monitor that is wireless. There are some wired options available.
Replace CFL bulbs with incandescent bulbs. Ideally remove all fluorescent lights from your house. Not only do they emit unhealthy light, but more importantly they will actually transfer current to your body just being close to the bulbs.
Avoid carrying your cellphone on your body unless it is in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode (and especially not under your pillow). Even in airplane mode it can emit signals, which is why I put my phone in a Faraday bag.
When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone at least 3 feet away from you. Seek to radically decrease your time on the cellphone. I probably am down to below 30 minutes a month on my cell, mostly when traveling. Instead use VoIP software phones that you can use while connected to the internet via a wired connection. Google Voice is a free example.

While you may think the majority of your radiation exposure comes from outside your home, most of it is very likely coming from the items inside your home and the homes of your closest neighbors. Due to their proximity, particularly if you live in an apartment or condo, it may be worth your time to educate your neighbors about the dangers of wireless technology, including cordless phones, smart meters and Wi-Fi.

Certain Nutrients May Help Protect Your Body From EMF Damage

While making changes to your physical environment is of the utmost importance, there are a few nutritional interventions you can consider to help protect your body from EMFs. My recommendations include:

Magnesium: As a natural calcium channel blocker, magnesium can help reduce the effects of EMF on your VGCCs. Since many are deficient in magnesium, I believe you could benefit from as much as 1 to 2 grams of magnesium per day.

Molecular hydrogen: Studies have shown molecular hydrogen can mitigate about 80 percent of the damage caused by EMFs because it targets the free radicals produced in response to radiation, such as peroxynitrites. You can take molecular hydrogen tablets when flying to protect you from gamma rays. It is one of several tips I shared on how to minimize jet lag.

Nrf2: Increasing Nrf2, which is a biological hormetic that upregulates superoxide dismutase, catalase and all the other beneficial intercellular antioxidants, is also helpful mainly because it lowers inflammation, improves your mitochondrial function and stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis, among other benefits.

You can activate Nrf2 by consuming Nrf2-boosting food compounds such as sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables, foods high in phenolic antioxidants, the long-chained omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, carotenoids (especially lycopene), sulfur compounds from allium vegetables, isothiocyanates from the cabbage group and terpenoid-rich foods. Performing high-intensity exercises that activate the NO signaling pathway, such as the NO dump exercise, activates Nrf2, and so does intermittent fasting.

Spices: Certain spices may help prevent or repair damage from peroxynitrites. Spices rich in phenolics, specifically cinnamon, cloves, ginger root, rosemary and turmeric, have exhibited some protective effects against peroxynitrite-induced damage.16,17

Children at Greater Risk Than Adults From EMFs

Sadly, most of our youth have widely adopted the wireless revolution and it is your responsibility to teach your children these dangers. Many kids have cellphones and wireless tablets before the age of 5 and many children sleep with their phones on or under their pillows. This is exposing them to a far more serious health threat than their grandparents had when they were smoking as adolescents.

The opportunity to experience greater mitochondrial damage over time is exponentially greater for children than it is for adults. Many kids today are growing up completely enveloped in technology. They carry cellphones at younger and younger ages, use computers and tablets beginning in the early-school years and play internet-based video games, to name just a few of their EMF-related activities.

Depending on the habits of their parents, especially their mothers, many children were exposed to EMFs even before they were born. Particularly as it relates to cellphone use, EMF radiation penetration is deeper in kids than adults since their skulls are thinner.

Regarding the use of cellphones within the pediatric population, Ronald L. Melnick, scientific adviser for the Environmental Health Trust, said, “The penetration of the cellphone radiation into the brain of a child is deeper and greater. Also, the developing nervous system of a child is potentially more susceptible to a damaging agent.”18

California’s Environmental Health Investigations guidelines concur, saying: “EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than an adult’s. The brain is still developing through the teen years, which may make children and teens more sensitive to EMF exposure.”19 It’s important to take precautions now to protect your children, especially because the damage done by EMF radiation can take years, and sometimes decades, to develop.

While there is no reliable way to predict the long-term effects on children, one study, involving more than 13,000 mothers, revealed some sobering potential effects. Upon viewing these statistics, I hope you will take steps today to reduce your EMF exposure, both for the health of your child and your own well-being. As compared to children born of mothers who did not use cellphones during pregnancy, children born of mothers who did experienced a:20

  • 49 percent increase in behavioral problems
  • 35 percent increase in hyperactivity
  • 34 percent increase in peer-related problems
  • 25 percent increase in emotional issues
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Are You Overlooking This Hidden Source of Joint Pain, Gut Woes and Thyroid Problems?

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  • Plant lectins act as a built-in defense mechanism that ensures survival by triggering a negative reaction in predators; in humans they attach to your cell membranes, often wreaking havoc on your health
  • Many lectins can cause inflammation, damage your nerves and kill your cells, while some increase your blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt your endocrine function
  • While it is nearly impossible to avoid all lectins due to their presence in countless foods, if you are struggling with an autoimmune disease or other chronic health issue, you may benefit from a lectin-restricted diet
  • Among the most problematic lectin-containing foods are beans, grains, legumes and members of the nightshade family like eggplants, potatoes and peppers
  • High-lectin foods can be made safe to eat through proper soaking and cooking, as well as fermenting and sprouting; using a pressure cooker is particularly beneficial for beans

30 Tips in 30 Days Designed to Help You Take Control of Your Health

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By Dr. Mercola

Lectins can be a common and hidden source of health problems and weight gain, even if you eat an otherwise healthy diet. Lectins have been linked to autoimmune reactions and inflammation, and many are toxic to your cells and nerves. Certain types of lectins may increase your blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt your endocrine function.

If you are dealing with an autoimmune disease, you will need to be especially careful with lectins, and you may benefit from a lectin-restricted diet. That said, it is nearly impossible to avoid lectins 100 percent of the time. I do not recommend a lectin-free diet simply because you’d miss out on antioxidants and other nutrients in lectin-containing foods, including many otherwise nutritious vegetables. A better approach is to consume lectins occasionally and pay attention to how they affect you.

If you consistently experience bloating, gas and joint pain after eating beans, for example, your body may be reacting to the lectins. How you prepare lectin-containing foods makes a big difference in your body’s ability to handle them, and using a pressure cooker is by far the best approach. If you’ve been eating a whole-food diet yet find yourself struggling with unexplained weight gain and/or stubborn health problems, it might be time to limit the lectins.

What Are Lectins?

Lectins are sugar-binding plant proteins that attach to your cell membranes. They are a form of protein found in all kinds of plants and animal foods, which some consider to be a low-level toxin. Lectins provide a built-in defense mechanism that triggers a negative reaction in predators, aiding in their survival. About plant lectins, Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof.com, states:1

“There are countless varieties of lectins in nature … Plants evolved to reproduce. They actually have no interest in being a food source for you, or even for insects or fungi. Since they are not good at running away, plants developed natural pesticides and repellents to protect themselves and their seeds from hungry animals.”

Precision Nutrition shares some additional information regarding lectins:2

Lectins are abundant in raw legumes and grains, and most commonly found in the part of the seed that becomes the leaves when the plant sprouts, also known as the cotyledon, but also on the seed coat. They’re also found in dairy products and certain vegetables.

Lectins in plants are a defense against microorganisms, pests and insects. They may also have evolved as a way for seeds to remain intact as they passed through animals’ digestive systems, for later dispersal. Lectins are resistant to human digestion and they enter the blood unchanged.”

According to Healthline,3 “The ‘stickiness’ of lectins makes them prone to attaching to your intestinal wall. This is the main reason why excessive lectin intake causes digestive distress.” High levels of lectins are found in beans, grains and legumes, as well as dairy and vegetables within the nightshade family. Many other foods contain lectins, at lower and less potentially toxic amounts.4

How Lectins Can Harm Your Health

Because they resist digestion, lectins act as “antinutrients,” which means they have a detrimental effect on your gut microbiome by shifting the balance of your bacterial flora. One of the worst culprits is wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), which is found in wheat and other seeds in the grass family. I consider Dr. Steven Gundry, author of the book “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain,” to be one of the best sources of information regarding how lectins can harm your health.

He suggests some plant lectins can contribute to leaky gut by binding to receptor sites on your intestinal mucosal cells, thereby interfering with the absorption of nutrients across your intestinal wall. Compared to WGA, gluten is a minor problem, says Gundry. That’s because WGA has been shown to be one of the most efficient ways to induce heart disease in experimental animals. Due to their negative autoimmune and inflammatory effects, lectins are particularly toxic to anyone dealing with an autoimmune disorder.

If this is you, you may want to consider eliminating lectins or drastically reducing your intake. One manner in which lectins stir up trouble in your body is through molecular mimicry. For example, by mimicking proteins in your thyroid or joint spaces, lectins can trick your body into attacking your thyroid gland and contributing to rheumatoid arthritis. Part of this disease process results in lectins and lipopolysaccharides (also known as endotoxins) penetrating your gut wall, causing a strong immune response.

Should You Avoid Beans and Other Lectin-Rich Foods?

If you are struggling with an inflammatory or autoimmune condition, you may be among those who need to be careful with respect to lectin-containing foods — specifically beans and legumes, grains and nightshade vegetables. Gundry said, “My research and others suggest that lectins cause most heart disease, arthritis, dementia, diabetes and all autoimmune disease.”5 A lectin-restricted diet may be helpful if you are dealing with:6,7,8

Arthritis Diabetes
Heart disease Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Obesity Thyroid dysfunction (especially Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)

Are All Lectins Bad for You?

While Gundry declares lectins the greatest danger in the American diet, especially for those with an autoimmune disease, the truth is some lectins, in small amounts, can provide valuable health benefits. Precision Nutrition states: “Lectins are thought to play a role in immune function, cell growth, cell death and body fat regulation.”9 It seems most problems arise from overconsumption or continued consumption, even in small amounts, of certain lectins your body simply cannot tolerate.

From my perspective, it would be a mistake to assume all lectins are bad for you. One of my favorite foods, avocados, contain the lectin agglutinin (persea Americana agglutinin), but I continue to eat them regularly and would not consider them to be a food to avoid. Avocados are a healthy food, and research indicates the agglutinin found in them is devoid of specificity for carbohydrates — it interacts with proteins and polyamino acids instead.10

Although tomatoes, as part of the nightshade family, are often listed among the most problematic lectin-containing foods, the heat of cooking them brings about some positive benefits. The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes has enhanced bioavailability from heating,11making tomatoes healthy in other ways. Bean lectins, however, are accompanied by more potentially toxic or allergenic effects. Beyond their lectin content, beans also are high in net carbs.

For this reason, they are best avoided in the initial transitional stages of a ketogenic diet. As you can see, the choice for or against lectins hinges on the particular food in question and the effects lectins have on the eater. While a good deal of controversy has been stirred, the presence of lectins is by no means a sole determinant of the overall value of a particular food to your diet.

The Most Damaging Lectins to Avoid

Grains and legumes such as black beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans and soybeans contain the highest amounts of lectins. Additional potentially damaging lectin-containing foods are:12,13

  • Dairy products, especially those originating from grain-fed animals
  • Legumes — all beans, peanuts and soy
  • Nightshade vegetables, including eggplant, potatoes and peppers
  • Wheat and other seeds of the grass family, such as barley, corn, millet, oats and rye

Most lectins are proinflammatory, meaning they trigger inflammation and create advanced glycation end products. C-reactive protein is one example of the many lectins you have circulating in your body right now, and it’s used as a marker of inflammation. Lectins are also immunotoxic (capable of stimulating a hyperimmune response), neurotoxic and cytotoxic, meaning they’re toxic to your nerves and cells and may induce apoptosis (cell death).

Certain lectins can increase your blood viscosity by binding to your red blood cells. This makes your blood cells sticky, resulting in abnormal clotting. Some lectins, such as WGA, have been known to interfere with gene expression and disrupt your endocrine function.

Equally worrisome is the reality lectins promote leptin resistance, thereby increasing your risk of obesity. All of these factors can predispose you to disease. If you have any kind of health problem in which lectins are a suspected contributor, you’d be wise to eliminate the following foods from your diet entirely:14

  • Cashews, peanuts and unfermented soybean products. When it comes to soy, your best choices are fermented varieties such as miso, natto, tamari and tempeh.
  • Corn
  • Corn-fed meats. This includes most meats sold in grocery stores. You can avoid factory farmed, corn-fed meat by ensuring the meat you buy is certified grass fed by the American Grassfed Association.
  • Milk with casein A1. Casein A2 is the normal protein in milk, present in milk from buffalo, goats, sheep and some Jersey cows. Unfortunately, most cows today are casein A1 producers, and the majority of store-bought milk is A1, even if it’s organic. A1 proteins are metabolized in your gut to make beta-casomorphin, which can attach to beta cells in your pancreas and incite an autoimmune attack.

You may have mistakenly believed you’re lactose intolerant when the effects could actually be a response to the casein A1 in certain types of milk. The best milk to drink is raw milk from organic, grass fed, casein A2-producing cows. Jersey cows produce either casein A1 or A2, so you’ll need to check with the farmer to confirm the type of milk produced. Avoid milk from Holsteins because they produce casein A1.

Ways to Cut the Lectin Content in High-Lectin Foods

After eliminating the worst offending high-lectin foods from your diet, you can further reduce lectins in your diet with the following tips:

  • Peel and deseed your fruits and vegetables. The skin (or hull) and seeds tend to contain the highest amounts of lectins.15 For example, you’ll want to remove the seeds from peppers and tomatoes prior to eating them.
  • Choose white grains over brown. Gundry believes white rice is preferable to brown because “those who eat rice as their staple grain have always stripped the hull off brown rice before they eat it. That’s because the hull contains all the dangerous lectins.”16 If you want to avoid lectins, the best way to safely eat bread is by choosing organic grains and then using yeast or sourdough, which effectively breaks down the gluten and other harmful lectins.
  • Sprout beans, grains and seeds. Sprouting deactivates lectins, although there are exceptions. Do not sprout legumes; but the lectin content is actually enhanced when sprouting alfalfa.17
  • Eat fermented foods. Fermentation effectively reduces harmful lectins,18 and all sorts of vegetables can be fermented, thereby boosting their health benefits.
  • Use a pressure cooker. The best way to neutralize lectins when cooking is by using a pressure cooker. Gundry says, “If you’re cooking with beans, tomatoes, potatoes and quinoa, the pressure cooker is your best bet … But, … it won’t even touch the lectins in wheat, oats, rye, barley or spelt.”19 Avoid slow cookers since the low cooking temperatures are insufficient to remove some lectins.

Tips for Reducing Lectins in Beans and Potatoes

If you choose to eat beans, it’s imperative you prepare and cook them properly, mainly because eating raw or undercooked beans can have acute, toxic effects. The toxin phytohemagglutinin is common in many varieties of beans, and concentrations are especially high in raw, red kidney beans.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)20 states eating as few as four or five raw beans may cause phytohemagglutinin toxicity, which is often marked by extreme nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The FDA notes several incidents of poisoning with respect to the undercooking of beans using slow cookers and Crockpots.21 To make beans safer to eat, be sure to:

  • Soak the beans in water for at least 12 hours before cooking, changing the water frequently. Adding baking soda to the soaking water will further neutralize the lectins.22
  • Discard the soaking water and rinse the beans.
  • Cook for at least 15 minutes on high heat or use a pressure cooker. Many people swear by the InstaPot.23

The lectin content in potatoes, which are a member of the nightshade family, will also be reduced by cooking, although only by 50 to 60 percent. On the positive side, most potatoes contain digestive-resistant starch, which consists of complex starch molecules that resist digestion in your small intestine. These starches slowly ferment in your large intestine, where they act as prebiotics that feed your healthy gut bacteria.24

Why You Should Limit, Not Eliminate, Lectins

Some researchers, like Anthony Samsel, believe the lectin damage is related to their glyphosate contamination. Gundry and others make a strong case against lectins due to their potential to wreak havoc on your health. Given the number of lectin-containing foods, however, it would be nearly impossible to eliminate them from your diet entirely. The list of lectins within the vegetable kingdom alone is lengthy, and some lectins do have health benefits.

Many lectin-containing vegetables also contain polyphenols, which are micronutrients with antioxidant activity that play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative conditions. Polyphenols are also regarded as prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut, which is important for disease prevention and weight management.

While you don’t want to miss out on the polyphenols, it’s well worth your time to experiment and identify lectins that may be problematic for your body. Particularly if you are eating a healthy, whole-food diet but continue to have health problems, it may be time to limit the lectins. Such a change might possibly be the key to improved health and healing.

 

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New research on more effective inflammation processes

A natural plant-based alternative… an all natural elixir of ingredients that support your body’s natural anti inflammatory processes and put an end to pain… for good.

Curcumin + Ginger + DHA = Ultimate Pain Relief

Here is a snapshot of how the Micelles works:

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Structural_Biochemistry/Lipids/Micelles

Liquid Inflammation Killer:

185X MORE Absorbable

Multiple medical studies have shown that Curcumin
helps with joint aches and pains by lowering the levels
of 2 enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.

The Journal of Alternative Medicince reports..

“Curcumin supplementation can result in up to a 60% REDUCTION IN PAIN and a 73% REDUCTION IN JOINT STIFFNESS” [1]

PanMinerva Med reports…

“Can lead to a 16-FOLD DECREASE IN INFLAMMATORY MARKERS and reduce dependency on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory”
[2]

Unfortunately many people are taking Curcumin capsules and not getting the powerful benefits of this ancient healing spice because…

Curcumin, turmeric’s most active compound is notoriously hard to absorb. [3].

Various clinical studies have revealed that the concentrations of curcumin in blood plasma from capsules are extremely low regardless of dosage size [4].

So HOW can you assure you get the benefits of curcumin?

Study Shows: New Delivery Format Makes Curcumin Blood Levels 185x Higher

A study done by Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
compared the bioavailability of curcumin in many different forms.
[5]

23 subjects were given a single, 500-mg dose of curcuminoids in various forms. Blood samples were taken throughout a 24-hour period.

Researchers measured peak blood concentrations for total curcuminoids. Bioavailability results as compared to native curcumin came back as follows:

 

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The Result: Micelle curcumin format was 185x higher than curcumin in it’s native form and far surpassed the other formats in bioavailability.

Purathrive has captured this new delivery format and created new Curcumin Gold.  With micelle liposomal delivery it get’s curcumin INTO your cells to provide the many amazing benefits of this ancient spice.

Liposomal Micelle Curcumin Gold protects the nutrients from acids in your digestive system and transforms poorly absorbed, fat-soluble curcumin to a water-soluble phytonutrient which makes it body-ready immediately.

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Curcumin + Ginger + DHA = Ultimate Pain Relief

With a huge dose of 500 milligrams of healing curcumin per
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Pain that impacted simple, everyday tasks, let alone catching big waves…

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If YOU are tired of suffering from chronic pain you need to try Curcumin Gold today…



References:

[1] Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, Dugall M, Pellegrini L, Ledda A, Grossi
MG, Togni S, Appendino G. Efficacy and safety of Meriva (R), a curcumin-
phosphatidylcholine complex, during extended administration in osteoarthritis
patients. Altern Med Rev. 2010 Dec 1;15(4):337-44. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stefano_Togni/publication/49717360_
Efficacy_and_safety_
of_MerivaR_a_curcumin-phosphatidylcholine_complex_during_extended_
administration_in_
osteoarthritis_patients/links/02e7e5336625193bed000000/Efficacy-and-
safety-of-MerivaR-a-curcumin-phosphatidylcholine-complex-during-extended-
administration-in-
osteoarthritis-patients.pdf

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657536

[3] http://www.mccordresearch.com/sites/default/files/research
/Curcumin-Bioavailability.pdf

[4] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/biof.1042/abstract

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+oral+
bioavailability+of+curcumin+from+micronized+powder
+and+liquid+micelles+is+significantly+increased+in+healthy+
humans+and+differs+between+sexes

 

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Jing Tea: A Vitality Gem

Quite a while ago, I saw this video and it really got me motivated.

I created the Chinese herb blend and tried it out.  The herbs did what David Wolfe described.  Vitality, virility and strength.  For it to do it’s spectrum, make the tea and herbs.

This is exciting stuff.  And it’s real.

🙂
Mimi

 

 

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Sunshine Hormone

The Sunshine Hormone – Review by Donald A. Carroll, OD, NT

The Miraculous Results of Extremely High Doses of Sunshine Hormone Vitamin D3:  My experiment with huge does of vitamin D3 form 25,000 to 50,000 to 100,000 per day over a 1 year period.

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Clinical Observation of a Novel, Complementary, Immunotherapeutic Approach based on Ketogenic Diet, Chondroitin Sulfate, Vitamin D3, Oleic Acid and a Fermented Milk and Colostrum Product

Clinical Observation of a Novel, Complementary, Immunotherapeutic Approach based on Ketogenic Diet, Chondroitin Sulfate, Vitamin D3, Oleic Acid and a Fermented Milk and Colostrum Product

Michael Schwalb, Margit Taubmann, Steve Hines, Heinz Reinwald and Marco Ruggiero

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2016.91.98

American Journal of Immunology

Volume 12, Issue 4

Pages 91-98

Abstract

Here we describe the results of a novel type of complementary immunotherapy of cancer that is based on a combination of ketogenic diet, administration of an emulsion made of chondroitin sulfate, vitamin D3 and oleic acid and of a fermented milk and colostrum product. The results here reported are consistent with current knowledge concerning the biological and clinical effects of each one of the elements used in the approach described in this study. Based on our results, we suggest that, among the different approaches to the complementary immunotherapy of cancer, those strategies based on ad-hoc formulated nutritional plans and on food supplements that stimulate the immune system and fight inflammation appear to be most promising. Thus, these approaches are characterized by inherent low toxicity and the possibility to use them in conjunction with conventional anti-cancer therapies targeting cancer cells such as radiation or chemotherapies.

Copyright

© 2016 Michael Schwalb, Margit Taubmann, Steve Hines, Heinz Reinwald and Marco Ruggiero. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

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CLINICAL EXPERIENCE OF CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY INTEGRATED WITH OLEIC ACID COMPLEXED WITH DE-GLYCOSYLATED VITAMIN D BINDING PROTEIN

American Journal of Immunology 10 (1): 23-32, 2014

ISSN: 1553-619X
©2014 Science Publication
doi:10.3844/ajisp.2014.23.32 Published Online 10 (1) 2014 (http://www.thescipub.com/aji.toc)

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE OF CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY INTEGRATED WITH OLEIC ACID COMPLEXED WITH DE-GLYCOSYLATED VITAMIN D BINDING PROTEIN

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EmmaWard, RodneySmith, JacopoJ.V.Branca,

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David Noakes, Gabriele Morucci and Lynda Thyer

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Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy

Macro Innovations Ltd, Cambridge, UK Immuno Biotech Ltd, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Received 2014-02-26; Revised 2014-03-07; Accepted 2014-03-8

ABSTRACT

Proteins highly represented in milk such as α-lactalbumin and lactoferrin bind Oleic Acid (OA) to form complexes with selective anti-tumor activity. A protein present in milk, colostrum and blood, vitamin D binding protein is the precursor of a potent Macrophage Activating Factor (GcMAF) and in analogy with other OA-protein complexes, we proposed that OA-GcMAF could demonstrate a greater immunotherapeutic activity than that of GcMAF alone. We describe a preliminary experience treating patients with advanced cancers, often labelled as “incurable” with an integrative immunotherapy centred on OA-GcMAF. Patients with advanced cancer were treated at the Immuno Biotech Treatment Centre with OA-GcMAF-based integrative immunotherapy in combination with a very low carbohydrate, high protein diet, fermented milk products containing naturally produced GcMAF, vitamin D3 and low-dose acetylsalicylic acid. When the primary tumor or a metastasis could be measured by ultrasonographic techniques, we observed, on average, a decrease of tumor volume of approximately 25% in a week. We also observed a consistent increase in splenic blood flow that was interpreted in the context of generalised immune system activation and allowed to assess the degree of responsiveness of the individual patient. The results reported here are consistent with the results previously described in the experimental animal harbouring a human hepatocellular carcinoma as well as with the results reported for neoadjuvant chemotherapy. OA-protein complexes are bound to play a leading role in cancer therapy thanks to selectivity of antitumoral effects, absence of any side effects, safety and oral availability. We hypothesise that OA-GcMAF, combines the known anticancer

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1. INTRODUCTION

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of the structural features of such tumoricidal protein-OA complexes demonstrated that all these complexes exhibit a common feature that is a tendency toward protein oligomerization. Since OA-induced oligomerization has been reported for other proteins as well, it was hypothesised that this phenomenon may be inherent to many proteins (Nemashkalova et al., 2013).

It is well assessed that proteins highly represented in
milk such as α-lactalbumin and lactoferrin can bind
Oleic Acid (OA) to form complexes, which exhibit
highly selective anti-tumor activity in vitro and in vivo
(Fang et al., 2013). Recent observations seem to indicate
that OA plays the key role in the tumoricidal action of
these protein-OA complexes (Hoque et al., 2013). Study
Corresponding Author: Jacopo J.V. Branca, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Firenze,

It should be noticed that some of the milk proteins forming OA-protein tumoricidal complexes, such as

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lactoferrins, are potent modulators of the immune system (Vogel, 2012), thus lending credit to the hypothesis that the immune system is involved in the anticancer effects of OA-protein complexes.

In addition to lactoferrins, another immunogenic protein highly represented in milk, as well as in colostrum and blood, is the vitamin D binding protein. This is the precursor of a very potent macrophage activating factor that derives from its selective de- glycosylation. Since vitamin D binding protein is also termed Gc-globulin, this macrophage activating factor is known as Gc-globulin-derived Macrophage Activating Factor (GcMAF) (for review on vitamin D binding protein and GcMAF, Ruggiero and Pacini, 2011).

The potent immunotherapeutic effects of GcMAF in human tumors have been demonstrated since 2007 in a variety of cancers ranging from the most common breast and prostate cancers to the less frequent oligodendroglioma (Y amamoto et al., 2008a; 2008b; 2008c; Inui et al., 2013; Thyer et al., 2013a; 2013b).

Therefore, in analogy with other OA-protein complexes, we postulated that OA-GcMAF complexes could show an antitumor activity even greater than that of GcMAF alone. Since OA-protein complexes and GcMAF show no evidence of toxicity (Ho et al., 2012; Bradstreet et al., 2012), these complexes were selected as part of an integrative immunotherapeutic approach to advanced cancers in the context of the so-called compassionate approach. In this study we describe the preliminary experiences of treating patients with advanced cancers, some of them considered as “incurable”, with an integrative immunotherapy centred on OA-GcMAF.

2. PATIENTS AND METHODS

At the Immuno Biotech Treatment Centre, patients with advanced late stage 4 cancer, are currently being treated with an OA-GcMAF-based integrative immunotherapy. OA-GcMAF is used in combination with a very low carbohydrate, high protein diet that is known to slow tumor growth and prevent cancer initiation (Ho et al., 2011), fermented milk products containing naturally produced GcMAF, high vitamin D3 supplementation (Den Hollander et al., 2013) and low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (Thun et al., 2012). All of these approaches aim to strengthen and activate the immune system and can be considered complementary and not alternative to other anti-neoplastic therapeutic procedures that the patients may want to take into consideration.

2.1. OA-GcMAF

OA-GcMAF complexes were prepared “in-house” at immuno biotech with a proprietary procedure. Briefly,

GcMAF was purified according to the procedure previously described (Yamamoto et al., 2008b). Vitamin D binding protein was isolated from purified human serum obtained from the American Red Cross, using either 25-hydroxyvitamin D3-sepharose high affinity chromatography or actin-agarose affinity chromatography. The bound material was eluted and then further processed by incubation with three immobilized enzymes as described (Bradstreet et al., 2012). The resulting GcMAF was filter sterilized. The protein content and concentration was assayed using standard Bradford protein assay methods (Bradford, 1976). Purity was assessed by SDS-PAGE and Western Blot analysis performed after each step of the preparation procedure; only one band of the expected molecular weight was visible (Smith et al., 2013). At the end of the production process, GcMAF was checked for sterility in- house and externally by independent laboratories. Its safety and biological activity were tested in monocytes, human breast cancer cells and chick embryo chorionallantoic membrane (Pacini et al., 2011; Pacini et al., 2012; Thyer et al., 2013c). Highly purified OA (molecular weight, 282.46; molecular formula, C18 H34 O2; Acros Organics, Geel, Belgium) was complexed with GcMAF in accordance with the molecular structure described in Thyer et al. (2013c). The optimal conditions for the preparation of the complexes were established according to the principles described in Knyazeva et al. (2008).

Because of the complexing of the protein with the fatty acid hydrophobic moiety together with the well- known properties of OA as an absorption enhancer, OA-GcMAF complexes could also be administered sublingually (Cui et al., 2005; Sakata et al., 2011), as an aerosol with a common nebuliser (Lu et al., 2011), or as suppositories (Goto et al., 1991).

2.2.Assessment of OA-GcMAF Induced Immunotherapeutic Effects

Macrophage activation in vivo could be assessed by monitoring the patient’s blood pressure before and after OA-GcMAF administration. Thus, it is well known that activated macrophages release nitric oxide a compound that causes vasodilatation and seems to be responsible for some of the anti-cancer properties of activated macrophages (Stuehr and Nathan, 1989; Nathan and Hibbs, 1991; Hiroi et al., 2013). It has been consistently observed that a small but significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, e.g. from 137/84 to 122/71. In our experience, the administration of OA- GcMAF (880 ng dissolved in 5 mL saline) with a nebuliser resulted in the most rapid decrease of blood

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2.3. Integrative OA-GcMAF

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pressure with the effects clearly appreciable 1 min after the end of the nebulisation. In order to have another assessment of immune stimulation, the splenic blood flow has been monitored with an ultrasound system (MyLab25Gold, Esaote, Genoa, Italy) using the echo- colour-doppler technique. An increase in the peripheral splenic blood flow has been consistently observed after OA-GcMAF administration and it persisted for several days (Fig. 1A and 1B).

vitamin D3 at 20,000 IU per day (Den Hollander et al., 2013) with monitoring the blood levels of such a vitamin. Patients are taught to drink at least 2 litres of water (or other liquids such as herbal teas) per day.

Patients have followed a nutritional regime based on the recent scientific observations demonstrating that a very low carbohydrate, high protein diet slows tumor growth and prevents cancer initiation (Ho et al., 2011). In order to favour the compliance to this type of diet, non-glucidic food containing only 2% of carbohydrates and a relatively high protein content (Le Gamberi Foods, Forlì, Italy) have been provided.

The patients’ weight and muscle mass is monitored and they are taught the strategies to decrease the Prognostic Inflammatory Nutritional Index (PINI) score is upheld as well as strategies to avoid Cancer Anorexia Cachexia Syndrome (CACS) according to Fabris et al. (2012). The supplementation with amino acids (Master Aminoacid Patter, International Nutrition Research Center, Coral Gables, FL, USA) is also intended for this scope (Lucà-Moretti et al., 2003).

In order to exploit the well-known immune stimulating and anticancer effects of probiotic fermented milk products (Lakritz et al., 2013), a probiotic fermented milk product containing colostrum and microorganisms that are known to produce a natural GcMAF from the Gc-globulin in the milk and colostrum during the fermentation process (Bravo Probiotic, Les Alpes, Wellington, NZ) has also been administered.

The standard protocol of our integrative cancer immunotherapy is as follows:

OA-GcMAF (880 ng) has been administered daily using the route of administration that was regarded as most suitable for each patient e.g., in patients with lung cancer or metastases, the preference was to administer OA-GcMAF with a nebuliser. In patients with liver cancer or metastases, the preference was through suppositories. In other cases, the intramuscular route as originally proposed by Yamamoto et al. (2008a) was the preferred route.

2.4. Other Complementary Integrative Approaches

In order to exploit the synergistic anti-cancer properties of vitamin D3 and bearing in mind that GcMAF constitutes part of the vitamin D axis (Thyer et al., 2013c), patients have taken a nutritional supplementation of

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Increased splenic blood flow following administration of OA-GcMAF. Oleic Acid (OA) complexed with vitamin D binding protein-derived Macrophage Activating Factor (OA-GcMAF, Goleic; Immuno Biotech Ltd, Guernsey, Channel Islands), 880 ng, dissolved in 5 mL saline, was administered by nebulisation. Splenic blood flow was assessed by echo-colour-doppler ultrasonographic technique. Panel A, basal, i.e., before any administration of OA-GcMAF. Panel B, 48 h after OA-GcMAF administration. The increase in peripheral splenic blood flow is evident. This picture is representative of several others that gave qualitatively identical results

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Finally, considering the well assessed role of low- dose acetylsalicylic acid in cancer prevention (Thorat and Cuzick, 2013), patients have been receiving a 100 mg dose per day.

3. RESULTS

At the end of October 2013, patients with cancer started treatment at the Immuno Biotech Treatment Centre using the OA-GcMAF integrative approach described above. By the end of February 2014, immuno biotech had treated 30 patients. When the primary tumor or the metastasis could be accurately measured by ultrasonographic techniques, it has been observed, on average, a decrease of tumor volume of approximately 25% in a week. Although this reduction may appear dramatic, it is fully consistent with the results reported by Nonaka et al. (2012), who observed a 97% volume reduction of human hepatocellular carcinoma after 3 weeks of subcutaneous injection with GcMAF. It is also consistent with the results reported for neoadjuvant chemotherapy (Partridge et al., 2005).

Among the patients observed at the Immuno Biotech Treatment Centre, we present several cases here each as a representative of common cancers for whom this integrative immunotherapy was remarkably effective. To our knowledge, this is the first example of actual images of tumor volume reduction following GcMAF immunotherapy. In effect, so far the effectiveness of immunotherapy of cancer with GcMAF has relied upon non-specific markers such as serum α-N- acetylgalactosaminidase levels (Yamamoto et al., 2008a; 2008b; 2008c; Thyer et al., 2013a) or anecdotic reports (Inui et al., 2013; Thyer et al., 2013b).

Patient 1

A 63-year-old woman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997. A CT scan performed in April 2013 had confirmed metastases in lung and liver. The scan of the liver reported a distortion of the superior liver suspected due to pleural carcinomatosis (diaphragmatic invasion probable) and invasion of the liver surface also possible. After 2 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by alternating nebulisation and intramuscular injections, the lesion at the level of the liver, measured with ultrasonography showed a decrease of calculated volume from 13 to 6.6 mL (Fig. 2A and 2B).

Patient 2

A 62-year-old woman was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After 4 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by intramuscular injections, the monocytes almost doubled (from 0.39×109/L to 0.70×109/L). This finding is consistent with

the original observation that GcMAF stimulates the bone marrow production of the progenitor cells for extensive mitogenesis and activation of macrophages, thus rebuilding the immune system (Y amamoto and Naraparaju, 1998). The stimulation of the immune system in this case could also be determined by the increase of lymphocytes that were abnormally low before the integrative immunotherapy (0.81×109/L) and had returned to normal level in afterward (1.59×109/L). Also the total number of white blood cells returned to normal level (5.0×109/L) from previously low levels (3.3×109/L). Also the modest increase of platelets (from 187 to 201×109/L) and of red blood cells (from 3.31 to 3.48×1012/L) has to be interpreted as a consequence of successful macrophage activation. Thus, that it has been known for a long time that nitric oxide released by activated macrophages stimulates bone marrow haematopoiesis (Iversen et al., 1994; Cokić and Schechter, 2008). In addition to multiple myeloma and independently of this condition, this patient had simple breast cysts that could be visualised by ultrasonography. It has been determined that a significant decrease in the major diameter of one of these cysts, that was taken as being representative of the others. The diameter decreased from 5.4 to 3.8 mm (Fig. 3A and B). It is well assessed that breast cysts, although non- malignant, develop when an overgrowth of glands and connective tissue block milk ducts, causing them to dilate and fill with fluid (Guinebretière et al., 2005). Therefore, the observed effects of the integrative immunotherapy on the size of this breast cyst seem to indicate that this approach could be effective in controlling abnormal cell growth even when this is not frankly malignant.

Patient 3

A 43-year-old woman was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to bone and liver in February 2013. After 1 week of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by localised subcutaneous injections, the primary tumor at the level of the breast, measured with ultrasonography showed a decrease of calculated volume from 1.8 to 1.3 mL (Fig. 4A and B). This case was representative of four other cases of breast cancer that qualitatively gave similar results.

Patient 4

A 60-year-old man was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer to bone and soft tissue. After 4 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by alternating nebulisation and localised subcutaneous injections, one of the bone metastases taken as representative, measured with ultrasonography showed a decrease of its thickness from 43.3 to 37.3 mm (Fig. 5A and B).

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Ultrasonography of liver metastasis. A 63-year-old woman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997. A CT scan performed in April 2013 had confirmed metastases in lung and liver. After 2 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by alternating nebulisation and intramuscular injections, the lesion at the level of the liver showed a decrease of calculated volume from 13 ml (panel A) to 6.6 mL (panel B). This corresponds to approximately a 50% overall reduction

Ultrasonography of breast cyst.A 62-year-old woman was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After 4 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by intramuscular injections, the diameter of one benign breast cysts decreased from 5.4 mm (panel A) to 3.8 mm (panel B). This corresponds to approximately a 65% overall reduction

Ultrasonography of breast cancer. A 43-year-old woman was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to bone and liver in February 2013. After 1 week of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by localised subcutaneous injections, the primary tumour at the level of the breast, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of calculated volume from 1.8 mL (panel A) to 1.3 mL (panel B). This corresponds to approximately a 28% overall reduction. This case was representative of four other cases of breast cancer that qualitatively gave similar results

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Patient 5

A 78-year-old man was diagnosed with metastatic renal carcinoma. After 2 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by alternating nebulisation and intramuscular injections, one of the kidney lesions taken as representative, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its diameter from 33.7 to 29.8 mm (Fig. 6A and B).

Patient 6

A 36-year-old man was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. After 1 week of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by alternating nebulisation and intramuscular injections, one of the

lesions in the abdomen, interpreted as coalescent metastatic peritoneal nodes, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its length from 52.1 to 48.6 mm (Fig. 7A and B).

Patient 7

A 55-year-old woman was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the colon. After 3 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF was administered by alternating nebulisation, intramuscular injections and suppositories, one of the lesions in the abdomen, interpreted as one of the metastases previously described, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its length from 76.8 to 70.1 mm (Fig. 8A and B).

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Ultrasonography of bone metastasis. A 60-year-old man was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer to bone and soft tissue. After 4 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by alternating nebulisation and localised subcutaneous injections, one of the bone metastases taken as representative, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its thickness from 43.3 mm (panel A) to 37.3 mm (panel B). This corresponds to an approximate 14% linear diameter reduction. In this case the volume could not be fully extrapolated since the mass showed an irregular shape

Ultrasonography of kidney metastasis. A 78-year-old man was diagnosed with metastatic renal carcinoma. After 2 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by alternating nebulisation and intramuscular injections, one of the kidney lesions taken as representative, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its diameter from 33.7 mm (panel A) to 29.8 mm (panel B). This corresponds to approximate a 31% overall reduction

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Fig. 7. Ultrasonography of abdominal nodes. A 36-year-old man was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. After 1 week of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by alternating nebulisation and intramuscular injections, one of the lesions in the abdomen, interpreted as coalescent metastatic peritoneal nodes, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its length from 52.1 mm (panel A) to 48.6 mm (panel B). This corresponds to an approximate 7% linear diameter reduction. In this case the volume could not be fully extrapolated since the mass showed an irregular elongated shape

Fig. 8. Ultrasonography of abdominal metastasis. A 55-year-old woman was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the colon. After 3 weeks of integrative immunotherapy where OA-GcMAF (880 ng/day) was administered by alternating nebulisation, intramuscular injections and suppositories, one of the lesions in the abdomen, interpreted as one of the metastases previously described, measured with ultrasonography, showed a decrease of its length from 76.8 mm (panel A) to 70.1 mm (panel B). This corresponds to an approximate 9% linear diameter reduction. In this case the volume could not be fully extrapolated since the mass showed an irregular elongated shape

4. DISCUSSION

OA-protein complexes are bound to play a leading role in cancer therapy (Smith, 2013) thanks to the selectivity of antitumoral effects, absence of side effects, safety and oral availability (Artym and Zimecki, 2013; Puthia et al., 2014).

The synthesis of OA-GcMAF, combines the known anticancer effects of OA-protein complexes with the anticancer and immune stimulating effects of GcMAF. In fact, it is well assessed that GcMAF, in addition to activating tumoricidal macrophages (Thyer et al., 2013c),

directly inhibits cancer cell proliferation (Gregory et al., 2010; Pacini et al., 2012) as well as cancer cell-induced neo-angiogenesis.

On account of the natural absorption enhancing activity of OA, the complexed OA-GcMAF represents the physiological assembly of naturally occurring GcMAF. This new formulation allows GcMAF to be administered through a variety of more desirable routes that eliminate a major obstacles to its widespread use. This feature favours a treatment tailored to the individual patient’ s characteristics, with the possibility of delivering the OA- GcMAF to the sites where it can best exert its action.

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Table 1. Showing the decrease in tumour volumes (as calculated by ultrasonography measurements), with the types of cancer treated and the no of weeks treatment at the point of measurement

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Cancer presentation Metastatic colon cancer

Multiple myeloma
Metastatic breast cancer
Metastatic thyroid cancer Metastatic renal carcinoma Metastatic melanoma
Metastatic adenocarcinoma of colon

Weeks treated for observed results 2
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49.2 29.6 27.7 13.9 11.6

6.8 8.7

We are well aware that the clinical cases reported here are heterogeneous and describe patients with different types of tumors at different stages. In all cases, patients had undergone a variety of conventional and complementary. In all cases, integrative immunotherapy was initiated at late stages of tumor progression since it is understandable that conventional therapies were preferred at earlier stages. In addition, since this is an open-label, non-controlled, retrospective analysis, caution must be employed when ascribing cause and effect to any treatment outcome. However, the response to integrative immunotherapy was robust (Table 1) and, even though any statistical analysis is inappropriate in such an heterogeneous recollection of clinical stories, the absence of adverse side effects and clinical improvement supported by objective evidences emerge evident.

5. CONCLUSION

To our knowledge, the ultrasonographic images shown here represent the first direct evidence demonstrating an anticancer effect of GcMAF (OA- GcMAF in this case) in humans. They show a significant reduction in tumor size (Table 1) and are fully consistent with the actual images of tumor shrinkage shown by Nonaka et al. (2012) reporting on the effects of GcMAF in human hepatocarcinoma cells transplanted in SCID- mice. They also show a consistent increase in splenic blood flow that has to be interpreted in the context of generalised immune system activation and allows to assess almost immediately the degree of responsiveness of the individual patient. Therefore, we suggest that diagnostic imaging rather than measurement of α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase should become the gold standard to assess the efficacy of GcMAF treatment in cancer patients.

Although almost all patients were late stage 4, it was a requirement that they were well enough to travel and be active enough to cope with residency at the Treatment

Centre. All of these patients have showed significant clinical improvements. These patients will be followed up and reported on more fully at a later date.

5.1. Potential Conflicts of Interest

DN is the CEO of immuno biotech, Ltd (the company isolating and purifying the GcMAF protein). However, DN had no knowledge of the therapies being used nor of the names of any patients whose data were being analyzed. Neither he, nor any employee of immuno biotech ltd, had any knowledge of the clinical records or the patient names used in this study.

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