Food as Medicine
I have a great treat for you this week: I would like to (and I am using Dohrea’s word) illuminate just a little the work my wife Dohrea has been engaged in the last few years, and share with you my delightful partner. Dohrea has been studying sociology through literature—or as she frames it: humanity’s issues through the lens literature, specifically, “the conversation” in literature about social justice issues throughout the centuries. She has always believed that a company should have a greater calling and “purpose for existence” over and above a good product line or service. Within the holistic industry we all are already engaged in a bigger and most important purpose, and yet (couple of her favorite words), we need to expand our profession into activism and education, or “enter into the conversation” by adding your voice in protest over the injustices occurring all around us. There is, after all, so much more to do. This email’s conversation then is about taking the time to reflect and possibly decide what step to take, just a little extra effort, to do just a little more.
This past weekend Dohrea and I were in Washington DC attending the Food As Medicine Seminar—billed as the nation’s leading nutrition training program for physicians, medical school faculty and allied health professionals—the best introduction to medical nutrition therapy and foods for healing in the US. It is an annual event put on by The Center for Mind Body Medicine. It surpassed its billing and tremendous on all levels—great staff, great content and great food! The irony of our holistic industry is that we go to these conferences in big hotels and the food served is mainstream—whatever the hotel normally puts out. How can we nourish society when we don’t nourish ourselves? Our functions need to be the model of what our world has to do to heal—can we model and be an example by the way we behave? Not when we allow mainstream crazy notions about food to feed us during our conventions.
Not so with the Mind Body Center. The seminar was held this year at the Capitol Hilton, two blocks from the White House, and the food was holistic, organic, fresh and wholesome—a gourmet smorgasbord. They walked their talk. Their focus was the integration of nutrition into clinical practice, medical education and community health. The seminar teaches the importance of wholesome food for the restoration of health. The attendees were mostly MDs, DOs, NDs, ARNPS, Nutritionists and Registered Dieticians—300 of them. You know what fanatics we are, and I highly recommend you check them out for their next seminar. Here is a link—The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
It has be said that 80 to 90% of the disease patterns we see in the world today can be corrected or prevented by making changes in our diets. Regardless of the countries status (first or third world, or more accurately, as I learned from Dohrea, Global North or Global South), the number one pandemic in our world today are the chronic degenerative diseases—Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, PCOS; CVD, Stroke, High Blood Pressure; Cancer(s); Digestive—GERD, IBS, CD, IBD; Osteoporosis; Neurological—PD, AD, MS, Parkinson’s; Neuropsychiatric/Mood Disorders—the list goes on. People are not well in exponentially mounting numbers. Here are a few tidbits:
So enter the conversation: how about writing to us so we can share your thoughts with everyone else? How do we in this century converse and discuss the issues of our day? I learned from Dohrea that social justice and change happened in the past when everyone was involved emotionally. They read novels, essays, and poems in past centuries, while we watch TV and go online to catch bits and pieces of news. They wrote and debated issues through literature and took their time to think through and write because adding their voice and expression meant they are doing their part in creating a better world. We are connected by wireless devices yet are too busy and therefore disengaged. But our voice is important and our mission to clean our environment and get back into a natural relationship with our earth has to succeed. How else will we gain our health and create a sane world?
Take a serious look at the Clinical Notes this week: we discuss the Wild Blueberry Extract and the Wild Blueberry Daily. The brain is the center of our universe. When it goes—we are no longer who we are. Find out why the blueberry is a therapeutic food that protects and heals the brain.
Lets take a look at what the experts say about the medicinal value of Blueberries:
What does it means?
HSP70- Members of the Hsp70 family are strongly up-regulated by heat stress and toxic chemicals, particularly heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, mercury, etc. Hsp70 was originally discovered by FM Ritossa in the 1960s when a lab worker accidentally boosted the incubation temperature of Drosophila (fruit flies). When examining the chromosomes, Ritossa found a “puffing pattern” that indicated the elevated gene transcription of an unknown protein. This was later described as the “Heat Shock Response” and the proteins were termed the “Heat Shock Proteins” (Hsp).
Hsp70 proteins can act to protect cells from thermal or oxidative stress. These stresses normally act to damage proteins, causing partial unfolding and possible aggregation. By temporarily binding to hydrophobic residues exposed by stress, Hsp70 prevents these partially-denatured proteins from aggregating, and allows them to refold. Low ATP is characteristic of heat shock and sustained binding is seen as aggregation suppression, while recovery from heat shock involves substrate binding and nucleotide cycling. In a thermophile anaerobe (Thermotoga maritima) the Hsp70 demonstrates redox sensitive binding to model peptides, suggesting a second mode of binding regulation based on oxidative stress.
The Alzheimer’s Facts from Scientific America, June 2010:
Wild Blueberry Daily contains per capsule 150 mg of blueberry extract and 350mg of the whole blueberry. The extract is the purple part where are the polyphenols are. It takes us ¾ of a cup of blueberries to fill one capsule. ORAC per capsule 2000. No excipients, flowing agent or fillers of any kind. The berries and extract are freeze-dried. Based on the work of Dr. James Joseph 150 mgs of the extract may be enough to protect human beings against neurological conditions such as AD. (Click on this link to the Wild Blueberry Dossier) in the BioImmersion Library. Take one or more capsules a day.
Wild Blueberry Extract contains per capsule 500 mg of blueberry extract. It takes us 1 and ¼ cups of blueberries to fill one capsule. ORAC per capsule is 4000. No excipients, etc. Use for treatment of neurological disease and conditions of chronic inflammation. Works throughout the body and especially the brain. Protects against cancer. Take one or more capsules a day.
The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing picture of a rhino mom and baby is from the National Geographic 2009 Best Photo Collection. Due to relentless poaching the numbers and distribution of black rhinoceros have declined by 96% between 1970 and 1992—placing them on the endangered list. They are easy targets for poachers and the horn is greatly valued in Chinese medicine. Protecting them effectivly is very expensive and requires a lot of man power. (WWF)