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  • LIVING WITH RADIATION: PROTECTION STARTS TODAY

    Dr. Hank Liers, PhD radiation Fukushima detoxification

    UPDATE: January 6, 2014 - My colleague, Mark Sircus, published an article today concerning the status of the Fukushima situation. In his article, Mark states: "A public health official detected increased radiation levels on a California beach showing radiation levels at approximately 500% of normal levels. On the beach is exactly where you do not want to go and it looks like the further from the Pacific Ocean you are the longer you are going to live."

    Mark's article continues: "Michael Snyder was saying last week, 'The west coast of the United States is being absolutely fried by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the mainstream media is not telling us the truth about this. Most models display that the western coast and the middle belt of the U.S. will get the brunt of the radiation.'"

    In light of the current situation, including recent reports regarding the possible meltdown of Fukushima reactor three, we believe it is important for everyone to familiarize themselves with methods to protect their health against the effects of radiation coming from Fukushima. In August 2013, I published an extensive updated article on the ways in which this can be done and have included it below. I highly recommend that our readers become familiar with the details I have presented. – Dr. Hank Liers

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    UPDATE: August 30, 2013 - Recent critical developments in Fukushima, Japan have revealed the release of massive quantities of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. An article published in National Geographic magazine on 8/21/13 provides details concerning the latest radioactive leak. These revelations make it necessary for everyone to remember that effective action can be taken to protect yourself and your loved ones from the damaging effects of released nuclear radiation. I wrote the following article (which includes a radiation protocol) and first published it on the HPDI blog in July 2012. Today's version is significantly revised and expanded. I include a discussion of Ultimate Protector™ and how its Nrf2 activators help heal DNA damage from ionizing radiation. – Dr. Hank Liers

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    Since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crisis in Japan, I receive many inquiries about emergency preparation, protection from radiation, and detoxification. These questions typically focus on the means to maintain health during catastrophic events. I’m pleased to offer suggestions depending on individual needs. However, my recommendations always start with the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program. The program is the foundation on which to build and maintain excellent health under all circumstances. It starts well before radiation exposure is an issue.

    More recently, it has become clear that the nuclear reactor situation in Fukushima, Japan is actually far worse than has been publicly acknowledged. According to physicist Michio Kaku PhD, the threat from the spent fuel pool in reactor building number four is near the tipping point. A small earthquake, another pipe break, or another explosion could tip it over, and we could have a disaster many times worse than Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

    Dr. Kaku explains that just in the last few weeks it has been reported that reactors two, three, and four have been shown to be in a very dire situation. Reactor two is completely liquefied, something that’s never been seen in the history of nuclear power. Reactor four, on the other hand, has an even worse problem because it is a spent fuel pond that is totally uncovered because of a hydrogen explosion that took place last year. Dr. Kaku concludes we have a worldwide catastrophe in the making. Unfortunately, the probability is high that this catastrophe may happen.

    In view of the above, I have prepared this special adaptation of our Master Rejuvenation Program. It provides insight and practical advice about how you can prepare for such a catastrophe, as well as protect yourself, your family, and your community.

    MY SUGGESTED PROGRAM
    (ADAPTED FROM HPDI'S MASTER REJUVENATION PROGRAM)

    1) COMMITMENT

    Your commitment to yourself, family, and community to remain healthy during this potential catastrophe is the crucial first step to being successful. I have observed many naysayers claiming that this event represents the end of humanity. However, there are many sources of wisdom and knowledge in the area of radiation protection that can provide solutions for remaining healthy. I will review some of these below.

    One of the critical lessons learned from how people and organizations (including governments) react during crisis is that you must take responsibility for yourself because no one else will do it! This involves your learning about the problem and solutions and implementing your own personal plan. We will support you in this process.

    2) PREVENT TOXICITY

    With regard to radiation, there are some important issues usually not present in most non-radiation prevention programs. In the situation in Fukushima Japan, radiation from toxins such as iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium are the major issue. These radioactive particles blow through the air where they can be inhaled, attach to skin and clothing, fall onto food that is either eaten directly or indirectly from the food chain, and settle on the ground and structures where they accumulate and continue to emit radiation for long periods of time.

    It may be wise to have access to the radiation data measured in your locality so that you have some idea of the magnitude of the problem you are facing. In this regard we recommend that you use a computer to visit the following website: http://radiationnetwork.com/. This website, home of the National Radiation Map, depicts environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute. This is the first web site where the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at any time.

    The first step in this program is to avoid contact with radioactive particles as much as possible. This means that you need to avoid to the extent possible exposure to outside air. I recommend using a mask that can filter out the radioactive particles from inhalation. The clothing you wear is also important; consider wearing long sleeve shirts, hats, and long pants to cover your body. The clothing should be changed immediately upon entering your home and it should be kept in a separate room from normal indoor living activities. Clothing should be washed frequently. I also suggest that you take frequent showers to wash radioactive particles from your body.

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems should be configured in such a way that all outside air is adequately filtered so that it cannot contaminate your living/working spaces. The filters should be changed as necessary to avoid the excessive buildup of radioactive particles.

    Before consumption, all produce and other foods exposed to radiation should be washed and rinsed in vinegar solution and then in baking soda solution so that you avoid eating the radioactive particles to the greatest extent possible. It will be impossible to avoid ingesting some radioactive particles. I therefore recommend taking HPDI’s Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula on a regular basis as long as a radiation risk is present. This formula contains ingredients such as charcoal, bentonite, psyllium, and apple pectin known to latch onto radioactive particles and allow them to pass through the GI tract and into your stools.

    3) DETOXIFY

    It is well known by healers around the world that a well functioning GI tract is critical for good health. This means the food you ingest is quickly and properly broken down into nutrients that your body needs, and unabsorbed food components and body waste from your liver quickly pass through your bowels. It also means that you maintain healthy intestinal flora (“good” bacteria population). In fact, it is believed by many, that 80% (or more) of human health problems initially arise from improper GI tract function. Commonly, the first step a healer will implement in a program is to cleanse and detoxify the GI tract.

    Constipation is an extremely common problem in our society and dealing with this issue is the most important starting item. In this regard, Intestinal Corrective Formula #1 (cathartic formula) should be used to keep your bowels active. I recommend that you start with one capsule just after dinner and increase by one capsule daily until the desired effect is reached (i.e., three bowel movements per day). This product can be purchased from American Botanical Pharmacy (800.437.2362). An alternative/complementary method I recommend for increasing movement of bowels is to use Buffered C powder (one or more heaping teaspoons several times daily) and/or Myo-Mag (three or more capsules several times daily).

    Once the bowels are moving correctly, I suggest using HPDI’s Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula. Use this bowel drawing, healing, and detoxification tonic every day to keep your bowel clean. This one-of-a-kind formula powerfully supports the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It cleanses the entire digestive tract by drawing toxins, clearing blockages, and supporting natural movement. It works by coating and adhering to the lining of the intestines. This action allows it to absorb fecal plaques and other debris, soften unhealthy deposits, and sweep them away for elimination in the stool. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula neutralizes and removes hundreds of toxins, including heavy metals (e.g., mercury and lead) and radioactive particles. It draws out many times its weight in material encrusted or trapped in the intestinal lining. It also provides nutrients known not only to nourish the GI tract, but also promote normal elimination functions.

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula acts as a soothing agent for the mucous membrane linings of the entire intestinal tract, especially the colon. This makes it an important formula for individuals experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, or any digestive tract condition causing hot, burning, irritated, or bleeding bowels and/or diarrhea. This unique healing formula is also an excellent remedy for food poisoning, because it can absorb harmful bacteria and toxins. Intestinal villi cells are particularly vulnerable to the effects of radiation because they turn over very rapidly. In this regard, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can protect these cells from severe radiation damage.

    I strongly recommend that you carefully review and implement many of the recommendations of my protocol Chemical/Environmental Toxicity Syndrome on the HPDI website. Here you will find many specific recommendations and references for further exploration that can help you to refine your program.

    4) THE FOOD PROGRAM

    I advise consuming as much organic raw food as possible. This includes vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and soaked or sprouted beans and whole grains. Eat fresh organic produce, preferably in season and locally grown. It may not be possible to eat even as much as 50% raw organic foods under conditions of radiation exposure. However, it is important nonetheless to consume as much raw, organic, locally grown food as possible. It is important to ascertain whether any fresh produce you eat has been exposed to significant amounts of radiation and to decontaminate it (e.g., by washing), if necessary. I also suggest that you consider growing sprouts from seeds indoors (such as broccoli, clover, alfalfa, etc.)

    An interesting finding from Chernobyl is that milk from cows fed grass grown on soil enriched with rock dust contained little or no radiation even though milk of nearby cows fed grass grown on soils not enriched with rock dust contained radiation (see: http://remineralize.org/blog/magazine/from-chernobyl-to-japan-treating-radiation-sickness-with-rock-dust). This finding demonstrates the importance of ingesting foods containing significant amounts of trace minerals. Unfortunately, food (even organic) harvested from land not remineralized may not contain the amounts of trace minerals needed by people for good health. Means of getting obtaining mineralized plant foods include purchasing foods grown biodynamically (see: http://biodynamic-farming.com/) or by growing your own vegetables using rock dust, worm castings/tea, compost, etc. (See: http://www.fertilizeronline.com/rockdust.php).

    I strongly suggest that you consume at least four scoops per day (e.g., two scoops in the morning and two scoops in the afternoon or evening) of Rejuvenate!™ Plus, Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs, or original Rejuvenate!™. The RNA in these superfoods is highly effective in regenerating and repairing tissues damaged by radiation. The chlorella and spirulina in most of these superfoods can remove toxic metals (such as Cesium-137, Strontium-90, and Plutonium) from your body. Please consume the following nutritional drink (mix in a blender): blend 16–32 ounces of vegetable juice (made fresh in your juicer) and one scoop of Rejuvenate!™ (any formula). You may add garlic cloves, ginger root, and fresh cayenne peppers for additional therapeutic benefits. Try adding 2–3 capsules of PRO-C™ to the drink.

    You should drink 32–64 ounces of fresh vegetable juice daily. Buy a juicer if you don't already have one (as it can save your life!). I recommend the Green Power twin gear juicer, the Hurom slow juicer, or Breville Elite juicer (all available online).

    Drink only purified and/or ionized water (I like the TyentUSA or Jupiter water ionizers) with a pH of about 9.0. If you do not have a water ionizer, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per 8 oz water several times daily to raise your pH. You also can alkalinize your body by consuming organic herbal teas (non-caffeine) and vegetable juices. Do not consume milk or milk products (cheese, yogurt, butter), most animal products, alcohol, coffee, or refined sugar. You may find it helpful to drink 8–12 oz of Chia Gel daily. Chia Gel is both hydrating and energizing.

    You will enjoy eating (as well as drinking the broth of) "Hank's Vegetable Soup." This is a great-tasting addition to your cleansing program. It will flush your system of unwanted salts and acids while giving you concentrated vitamins and minerals.

    5) THE BLOODSTREAM AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

    Take Dr. Schulze's Detox Formula (tincture) (available from the American Botanical Pharmacy) and Super Echinacea. Use two (2) droppers full (70 drops) of the tonics four (4) times daily. In addition, I recommend that you take Immune-Assist™ (at least six capsules) on a daily basis. Immune-Assist™ is derived from six organically grown medicinal mushrooms and contains over 200 polysaccharides known to improve immune function. It is the best immune system modulator I have found. It can rapidly increase your body’s natural killer cell activity. This is especially important because your immune system must clean up tissues damaged by exposure to radioactive particles.

    6) NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM

    It is important to include foundational supplement formulas as essential elements in your nutritional supplements program. Foundational formulas include a therapeutic multivitamin, Vitamin C/antioxidant product (e.g., PRO-C™ and/or Ultimate Protector™), and an essential fats product. These formulas along with high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide the basic nutrients required for the body's metabolic systems (digestion, energy production, detoxification, enzyme production, etc.) to work properly. We discuss these formulas in detail in our Foundational Supplements Program.

    Damage occurs in two ways when people (or animals) are exposed to high levels of radiation (also see: Fukushima Radiation Release is Worse than You Have Been Told: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself): 1) only about 20% of the damage occurs from the direct action of the radioactive particles on the DNA and other cellular structures and 2) the remaining 80% of the damage occurs from oxygen free radicals that occur when the radioactive particles impinge on the water in your body (you are about 60% water).

    Using this knowledge, Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa in Japan found that when individuals are pretreated with Vitamin C at the level of about 10 grams daily along with other antioxidants such as selenium, alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, etc., then they are protected from genetic radiation damage when exposed to large dosages of radiation.

    Dr. Yanagisawa also discovered that even after individuals are exposed to large doses of radiation and suffer genetic damage, this genetic damage can be reversed by this same protocol of taking about 10 grams of Vitamin C daily along with other antioxidants. Interestingly, this is the same protocol used by many people to prevent or retard aging. This knowledge is important for anyone exposed to large dosages of radiation, such as could be released if the Fukushima reactor situation worsens. Given this information, I recommend taking PRO-C™, which contains Vitamin C and the other antioxidants (i.e., selenium, r-alpha lipoic acid, glutathione) mentioned above, is an ideal supplement for protection against radiation. For more information on Vitamin C and how to determine the most effective dose please see my blog article "Vitamin C – An Amazing Nutrient."

    A new nutritional supplement that complements PRO-C™ in its action against radiation is the Ultimate! Protector™ Formula. Ultimate Protector™ is a cell protection formula that provides high levels of non-GMO Vitamin C, a full spectrum of high ORAC5.0 antioxidants, and multiple sources of protective Nrf2 activators from polyphenols.

    Ultimate Protector

    Nrf2 is normally bound in the cytoplasm of cells to a protein, however, when an appropriate phytochemical agent attaches to a kinase receptor on the cell wall a phosphate group is released that causes the Nrf2 to be released. The Nrf2 then migrates into the cell nucleus and by binding to genomic antioxidant responsive element (ARE) sequences causes antioxidant enzymes to be fabricated and released. These endogenously produced enzymes (such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, etc.) then protect the body against ROS, electrophiles, and other toxic agents. A recent study provides robust evidence that Nrf2 activators protect cells from ionizing radiation and induces DNA damage repair through direct binding to the 53BP1 promoter region harboring ARE sequences.

    In practical experience, it has been found that a combination of multiple polyphenols works significantly better than single ingredients. In fact, in one experiment it was found that a combination of five ingredients all known to be Nrf2 activators was 18 times more effective than any single ingredient. Furthermore, it was found that this combination of five ingredients was able to increase levels of SOD by 30% and catalase by 56% after 120 days of taking the combination.

    Ultimate Protector: NRF2 Activator

    Ultimate Protector™ contains polyphenols and Nrf2 activators from 29 different fruits and vegetables. These include Wild Blueberry, Wild Bilberry, Acai, Black Currant Extract, Sweet Cherry, Raspberry, Elderberry, Blackberry, Aronia, Black Soybean Hull Extract, Blue Corn, CoffeeBerry®, Curcumin (standardized extract with 95% curcuminoids from Turmeric), Trans-Resveratrol (98% from Giant Knotweed), Grape Seed, Cranberry, Tart Cherry, Prune, Raspberry Seed, Strawberry, Quercetin, Broccoli, Broccoli Sprouts, Tomato, Kale, Carrot, Brussels Sprouts, Onion, and Spinach.

    We recommend Nascent Iodine (20 drops daily or more in divided doses) and Vitamin D3 Plus (5,000–10,000 IU daily) because almost everyone is deficient in iodine and Vitamin D. These nutrients are needed for detoxification, energy production and utilization, immune enhancement, and protection against major illnesses. In the event of a radiation catastrophe, it is likely you will receive less exposure to sunlight and therefore will make less of your own Vitamin D. It will be therefore be important to supplement with adequate amounts of Vitamin D.

    Please note that radioactive iodine-131 (eight day half life) is one of the elements released into the upper atmosphere after an event such as a nuclear power plant meltdown. It can be carried great distances on high-speed winds, and then fall into the lower atmosphere, where it can be breathed into the lungs. It can also contaminate crops on the ground and get into your body through food and drink. Your thyroid gland quickly absorbs radioactive iodine. Due to this gland’s tremendous affinity for iodine, it may absorb radioactive iodine in quantities that can injure or even destroy it.

    Taking non-radioactive iodine (i.e., Nascent Iodine) before and after exposure can protect your thyroid after exposure to radioactive iodine (as may be experienced through fallout). Non-radioactive iodine blocks radioactive iodine from being taken into the thyroid gland. In this way, your thyroid gland can be protected from injury. Taking non-radioactive iodine before exposure essentially "pre-fills" your thyroid with iodine leaving little or no room for radioactive iodine to be assimilated.

    If you are already taking the recommended dose of approximately 20 drops of Nascent Iodine (2%) (0.4 mg/drop) (see above), then your thyroid will be protected. However, depending upon the magnitude of the fallout from a radiation event, it would be wise to increase your Nascent Iodine intake to as high as 60–100 drops daily (in divided doses) both before and after exposure until the danger has passed. If the danger is of a prolonged duration (as would be the case with an explosion of Fukushima reactor four), then Nascent Iodine with its extremely low toxicity seems to be the only logical solution for protection of the thyroid. For more information on Nascent Iodine, especially as it relates to the Fukushima situation, please see our blog article on Nascent Iodine published this month.

    Nascent Iodine

    Myo-Mag and Ubiquinol-50 act as powerful metabolic enhancers that lead to significant increases in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production in the body. ATP is central to the body's capacity to function. Myo-Mag provides magnesium and malic acid that directly stimulate aerobic energy production in the body. Ubiquinol is also a very powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that prevents free-radical damage in the body's fat-soluble compartments, including cell membranes.

    The liver is the body's main organ of detoxification and will surely be taxed in the event of a major radiation event. I recommend Hepa Plus that includes milk thistle extract, alpha lipoic acid and other nutrients that help to regenerate and protect the liver cells. I also recommend that you take NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine), another key nutrient that supports liver function and is the rate-limiting nutrient in the production of glutathione (the liver’s major detoxifying nutrient).

    RADIATION PROTOCOL

    Here is a summary of nutritional supplements I recommend taking for a complete program of protection both before and after a catastrophic radiation event:

    Mighty Multi-Vite!™: 4 daily (Foundational)

    PRO-C™: 12–16 daily (Foundational)

    Ultimate Protector™: 6-12 daily (Foundational)

    Essential Fats Plus E: 3 daily (Foundational)

    Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (2–4 scoops) (Foundational)

    Nascent Iodine: 20 drops per day taken between meals before 4 pm (you may need to start with just a few drops and build slowly). The dose will need to be increased to 60–100 drops daily in the event of a major radiation event

    Immune-Assist™: 6 caps daily (minimum)

    Vitamin D3 Plus: 2 daily for 2 weeks and then 1 daily

    Myo-Mag: 3 daily (or more) (build up to bowel tolerance)

    Ubiquinol-50: 4 daily

    Hepa Plus: 4 daily

    NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine): 4 daily

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (1–4 tablespoons daily)

    7) TRANSDERMAL MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

    I suggest you take warm baths with 2–4 cups of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Flakes (mostly comprised of magnesium chloride but also includes trace sea minerals) along with 1–2 cups of baking soda. Taking these baths significantly raises your body’s magnesium levels (one of the most important therapies you can do). Magnesium baths allow additional trace minerals to be absorbed into your body helping to block the uptake of radioactive particles and alkalinizing your body (and thereby improving oxygen utilization). Additionally, I suggest that you spray Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil on your body (1–2 ounces daily) as an alternative means of increasing magnesium levels.

    8) LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

    I highly recommend any methods of massage and bodywork and other techniques that will significantly enhance lymphatic drainage (such as Swedish massage) as this can clear the body of toxins created by any radioactive particles! Some other practices I recommend include: skin brushing, walking, using a rebounder, using whole body vibration machines, and taking far infrared saunas.

    9) EXERCISE

    It is important to exercise every day. I strongly recommend activities such as yoga and tai chi. Exercise supports the body in many ways. It supports circulation of blood (to oxygenate tissues and detoxify) and lymph (which must be circulated via muscle movement or deep breathing). It also increases lung capacity, tones the cardiovascular system, builds bones, reduces stress chemicals, releases growth hormone, and more. I do not recommend you exercise outside during a radiation crisis. Exercising outdoors in such conditions can substantially increase your exposure to radioactive particles.

    MAXIMIZE YOUR PROTECTION TO PRESERVE HEALTH

    It is important to perform as many of these recommendations, practices, and techniques as possible in order to maximize your benefits. When you incorporate them into your life on a regular basis, you will not only be protected against radiation, but you will also gain other health benefits. These include faster healing and recovery, and better overall health. In fact, you will be pleased both by how quickly you can feel better, and by how effectively you can protect and maintain excellent health. That’s the power of synergy in action…creating maximum protection for you.

    ADDITIONAL SOURCES & RESOURCES

    HPDI CONTENT

    Chemical/Environmental Toxicity Syndrome (Supplement and Activity Schedule)

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Two (Detoxification)

    Rejuvenation Program: Part Six (Supporting Protocols)

    Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

    Fred's Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: "The Doctor"

    Ultimate Protector™ and the Role of Foundational Supplements for Health

    SELECTED PRODUCTS

    Nascent Iodine

    Vitamin D3 PLUS

    Ultimate Protector™

    PRO-C™

    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

    Foundational Supplements

    RELATED ARTICLES AND BOOKS

    Treatments for Nuclear Contamination (Dr. Mark Sircus)

    Iodine: Bringing Back the Universal Medicine (e-book) (Dr. Mark Sircus)

    Fukushima Radiation Release is Worse than You Have Been Told: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself (Orthomolecular.org; May 2012)

  • Just Label It: How California's GMO Labeling Act Supports Consumer Health

    Fred Liers PhDThis fall is an exciting time for American consumers, who may soon be reading labels on foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That is because on November 6th, California voters go the polls to vote on Proposition 37, the GMO labeling Act. This is historic because it is the first time any Americans have ever voted on their right to know about GMOs in foods.

    Consumers have demanded labels for genetically modified foods (GMOs) for years. In fact, ever since 1994 when GMO crops were commercialized on a large scale. Yet, there is no regulation of GMOs to this day in the US despite millions of signatures on petitions, numerous attempts to pass state labeling laws, and the fact the majority of consumers support GMO labeling. Indeed, most other nations have GMO labeling laws.

    This entire situation will change if Proposition 37 passes. California then will implement a labeling law that will have far reaching impacts on other states and the nation.

    A new GMO study came from Europe this month, showing absolutely horrific effects of GMOs on rats. Previous studies have come to similar conclusions, but this time the climate is far less favorable to GMOs because consumers are more educated about the potential health problems associated with GMO crops. As the scientific evidence mounts, companies like Monsanto are finding it much harder to discredit studies than they did just a few years ago.

    The GMO issue is inextricably linked to organic foods, but somewhat different. Organic foods cannot legally contain GMOs (except within tolerance levels established in the standards). So, theoretically if you consume a diet of all organic foods, GMOs aren't a problem for you.

    Of course, it is well known that organics are more nutritious than so-called conventional foods. Even the recent, flawed Stanford study showed that organics are more nutritious despite the study's counterintuitive conclusions that organic foods are no better than conventional ones. (This study has since been discredited due to its methods and because it was sponsored by agribusiness interests.)

    Just as importantly, conventional produce exhibits far higher pesticide residues than organics. That's no surprise, of course. Even if one believes false arguments that organics are not significantly better from a nutritional standpoint, there is no justification for ever higher pesticide levels on foods. Pesticides are highly toxic, and exposure to them is associated with a wide range of poor health conditions and abnormal development. So, organic foods are simply better.

    (I will discuss my personal experience with organic foods in a separate post. It is enough to say for now that I can taste the difference and feel the difference, and that I am healthliest when I consume a 100% organic foods diet.)

    The deeper problems of GMOs lie in 1) long-term mass contamination of non-GMO crops by GMOs, 2) large-scale infusion of GMOs into foods (currently unlabeled) sold across the country, 3) fundamental toxicity and harmfulness of GMOs, and 4) No regulation of GMOs (since not only are there no labeling laws, but determination of GMO safety is left to companies that make them, with the Federal Government virtually absent from the process).

    Whether or not Proposition 37 passes, the foregoing issues will not simply disappear overnight. For example, contamination of non-GMO crops by GMOs means resources will need to be directed to ensuring the purity (via testing) of non-GMO foods.

    Compliance with labeling laws may also be an issue. The companies making GMOs never wanted to allow consumers to know whether their foods contained GMOs. Testing for compliance would fall on the shoulders of food companies, the government, and possibly food distributors, or a combination of these players.

    Foodmakers would probably find it easier to drop GMO ingredients from foods (especially if they know consumer don't want them) rather than label GMO ingredients, pay for testing, and then watch sales plummet. However, given the pervasiveness of GMOs in our food system, it would represent a massive undertaking to find suitable non-GMO alternatives. 70% of US corn is GMO, for example.

    GMOs are so toxic and dangerous that few people would want to consume them, if they knew how harmful they are to human health. Labeling is just a start, but expect a mass movement away from GMO foods. This is why GMO food companies have resisted any attempts at introducing labeling laws. It is also why GMO labeling should have been insisted upon as a basic "right to know" issue from the beginning.

    As people come to realize the magnitude of danger to health (and the mass poisoning that has occurred in America during the past 18 years), they will no longer trust their food is safe, and will avoid GMOs.

    There is currently no regulation of GMOs in the US. If Proposition 37 passes, it will be the first law of its kind in the nation. This presents an interesting case because the GMO companies will likely attempt to sue the state of California. They may try to claim that no state law can preempt a federal regulation. However, no federal regulation exists, only an informal ruling.

    So there is no Federal law to preempt a US state law. The irony is that GMO companies successfully have prevented Federal regulation (through lobbying and "regulatory capture" via revolving door politics). With no Federal regulation in place, the California legislation would be difficult to defeat legally. Also, there would be a high probability that any subsequent Federal regulation would be based on the California law.

    If the Federal Government fails to enact a GMO labeling law of its own in a timely fashion after the passage of Proposition 37 (despite requests by foodmakers eager to avoid a patchwork quilt of state regulations that will no doubt be enacted after California's example), then the California law may become a de facto standard.

    As momentum would gather for a single Federal law, expect GMO companies (and other vested interests) to attempt to weaken requirements in any way possible. A similar thing happened when California organic standards became the basis for the USDA Organic Standards.

    Since the adoption of Federal organic standards, there has been an erosion of these standards as large corporations become involved. Corporations lobby for changes, amendments, and exceptions. For example, they join standards-setting boards, resulting in the allowing of exceptions to the rules (e.g., the addition of synthetic substances) to the list of acceptable ingredients. They also push for the allowance of production methods for organic products that are similar to conventional foods.

    Another instance of historic proportions was the passage of California's Proposition 65, "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986." Under this law, any product sold in the state of California must be labeled if it contains materials deemed toxic or hazardous by the state's office of environmental health.

    Unlike the organic standards, no other state or the Federal Government has enacted a similar law to California Proposition 65. That is, industry lobbyists have successfully prevented passage of such laws in other jurisdictions.

    However, due to the sheer size and economic power of California, makers of consumer products typically choose to reformulate their products using safer, non-toxic (or less toxic) ingredients to conform to the California Proposition 65 law rather than have their products labeled as containing materials known to the state to be hazardous for human health (e.g., cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm). These products are then sold nationally or internationally. This is how a California law makes products safer for people in other states and countries. In effect, this is legislative leadership.

    The passage of Proposition 37 is not guaranteed. However, if it passes, it will be a great cause for celebration. The beauty of the California initiative system is that it has the potential to accomplish what our national agencies responsible for health have so far failed to do. That is, protect our health and defend our right to know what is in our food.

    If you live in California, please vote "yes" on Proposition 37. If you do not live in California, see the resources below to see how you can volunteer, or otherwise help to support its passage.

    Resources

    http://www.carighttoknow.org

    http://justlabelit.org

    http://www.organicconsumers.org

    http://www.naturalnews.com/GMO.html

    http://www.facebook.com/labelgmos

     

  • Digase™ (Digestive Enzyme Design Rationale) Part 1: the Need for Supplementation

    Here we present our Design Rationale for Digase™, Health Products Distributors, Inc.'s plant-based enzyme supplement formula. This Design Rationale includes product background information and a discussion of the need for individuals to supplement diet with digestive enzymes to create, support, and maintain optimal health.

    Digase™ remains among our most popular digestive enzyme formulas. It is an effective, plant-based enzyme supplement providing a full spectrum of digestive enzymes plus digestion stimulating herbs.

    Digase™ provides proteases (optimized for pHs of 3.0, 4.5, and 6.0), peptidase, lipase, and carbohydrases, including amylase, glucoamylase, invertase (sucrase), maltase, alpha-galactosidase, lactase, phytase, cellulase, and hemicellulase.

    CereCalase™ is included to break down phytic acid, a substance that can prevent proper absorbtion of minerals in the diet.

    Digase™ includes three digestion-stimulating herbs: ginger root, gentian root, and caraway seed.

    Dr. Hank Liers designed Digase™ to be the most effective plant-based supplement available. Applying his understanding of digestive enzymes' modes of action to bear on the development and design of Digase™, HPDI believes this product to be among the most advanced enzyme formulas on the market today.

     

    1.0 THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

    The digestive system prepares food for use by the body’s cells. If food is not digested, it cannot reach the cells and is not in the appropriate form or chemical state. The digestive system modifies food physically and chemically through the use of exocrine and endocrine secretions as well as through the controlled movement of food through the digestive tract.

    Digestion begins when food first enters the mouth. Here the first mechanical process occurs with the act of chewing. In addition, the body’s first enzymes are added to the food with saliva. This enzyme is called ptyalin and consists of amylolytic enzymes. As the food travels down the esophagus via peristaltic action, ptyalin as well as any endogenous enzymes continue the digestive process started in the mouth.

    After the food bolus has entered the stomach, it may remain in the fundus or upper region of the stomach for as long as an hour until the food is mixed with the stomach secretions.During this time salivary amylase and food enzymes continue digestion. Research has shown that salivary amylase can digest as much as 30 to 40% of the starches present before mixing occurs.

    The stomach continues mechanical digestion through churning the bolus into a creamy chyme. Several enzymes (see Table 1) are secreted in the stomach including gastric lipase (tributyrase), gastric amylase, gelatinase and pepsinogen. Pepsinogen is the inactive form of the proteolytic enzyme pepsin which is activated via acid hydrolysis with the hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach. Thus, the stomach begins the enzymatic digestion of protein and to a limited extent fats.

    As the chyme moves into the duodenum, the pancreas is stimulated to produce additional digestive enzymes. Pancreatic secretions includes enzymes for the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Secreted proteolytic enzymes include trypsin, chymotrypsin, carboxypolypeptidase, elastases and nuceleases. Proteolytic enzymes breakdown proteins into peptides of various sizes and free amino acids. Pancreatic amylase hydrolyzes starches, glycogen and other digestible carbohydrates into di- and trisaccharides.

    Similar in action to salivary amylase, pancreatic amylase is several times more powerful and is the major agent in the digestion of starches and other complex carbohydrates. Fats are hydrolyzed by pancreatic lipase, cholesterol esterase and phospholipase. Together these lipolytic enzymes provide for the digestion of phospholipids, cholesterol and fats. To support fat digestion and absorption, bile is secreted by the liver. The bile salts function to aid emulsification of fat particles as well as transport and absorption of fatty acids, monoglycerides, cholesterol and other lipids through the intestinal mucous membrane.

    Upon entrance to the small intestine, additional enzymes are present to further digest the ingested foods. Peptidases, disaccharidases, and intestinal lipase are located within the brush border cells where they complete digestion thus allowing absorption. Disaccharidase enzymes include sucrase, maltase, isomaltase, and lactase and function to hydrolyze disaccharides into monosaccharides. Absorption of nutrients takes place in the small intestine.

    Having been digested into the appropriate form, monosaccharides, amino acids, fatty acids and other nutrients are absorbed across the intestinal mucosa and transported via the blood stream for use by cells throughout the body.

    TABLE 1. Overview of Enzymes in the Healthy Human Digestive Tract
    ENZYME SUBSTRATE(S) END PRODUCTS
    stomach
    amylase starch maltose, dextrins
    tributyrase butter fats free fatty acids, di-, monoglycerides
    pepsin proteins peptides
    gelatinase proteins peptides
    duodenum
    amylase* starch, glycogen, COH maltose, dextrins
    pancreatic lipase* fats (triglycerides) free fatty acids, monoglycerides
    cholesterol esterase cholesterol esters free fatty acids, cholesterol
    phospholipase phospholipids free fatty acids
    trypsin* proteins/peptides peptides
    chymotrypsin proteins/peptides peptides
    carboxypolypeptidase peptides free amino acids
    elastases proteins/peptides peptides
    nucleases proteins/peptides peptides
    small intestine
    dipeptidases peptides tripeptides, dipeptides
    aminopolypeptidase peptides tripeptides, dipeptides
    peptidases tripeptides, dipeptides free amino acids
    intestinal lipase tri-, diglycerides free fatty acids
    sucrase sucrose glucose, fructose
    maltase/isomaltase maltose glucose
    lactase lactose glucose, galactose
    dextrinase limit dextrins glucose
    * enzymes responsible for the greatest percentage of digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

     

    2.0 SUPPLEMENTAL ENZYMES

     

    Under optimal conditions, it could be argued that the human body needs no supplementation of enzymes. As the table above indicates, the human body is quite capable of producing the enzymes necessary to digest food and allow for the absorption of nutrients. However, with estimates that as many as twenty million Americans suffer from various digestive disorders, optimal conditions are not the norm for most people.

    In fact, digestive problems can cause improper digestion and malabsorption of nutrients with far reaching effects. Consequences of malabsorption may include impaired immunity, allergic reactions, poor wound healing, skin problems, mood swings, etc. Supplemental enzymes can improve the effectiveness of digestion and help assure maximum levels of nutrient absorption by the body.

     

    3.0 SUPPLEMENTATION OF NON-MAMMALIAN ENZYMES

     

    All raw foods naturally contains the proper types and proportion of enzymes necessary to digest themselves (whether in human consumption or in the eventual decomposition in the natural world). When raw food is eaten, chewing ruptures the cell membranes and releases the indigenous food enzymes to begin the selective breakdown of substrates.

    Proteases break long protein chains (polypeptides) into smaller amino acid chains and eventually into single amino acids. Amylase reduces large carbohydrates (starches and other polysaccharides) to disaccharides including sucrose, lactose, and maltose. Lipases digest fats (triglycerides) into free fatty acids and glycerol.

    Cellulase and CereCalase™ (not found in the human system) break the bonds found in various fibers. By disrupting the structure of the fiber matrices which envelop most of the nutrients in plants, cellulase and CereCalase™ increase the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.

    Overwhelming evidence shows that food enzymes play an important role in digestion by predigesting food in the upper stomach before hydrochloric acid has even been secreted. Supplementation of food enzymes is necessary in today's society due to the prevalence of cooked and/or processed foods.

    Most food enzymes are essentially destroyed at the temperatures used to cook and process food leaving foods devoid of digestive enzyme activity. Placing the full digestive burden on the body, the body's digestive process can become over-stressed and vital nutrients may not be released from food for assimilation by the body.

    Unlike supplemental enzymes of animal origin, plant enzymes work at the pH found in the upper stomach. Food sits in the upper portion of the stomach for as long as an hour before gastric secretions begin action. Several studies conducted at major universities have shown that the enzymes in saliva continue their digestive activity in the upper stomach and can digest up to 30% of the ingested protein, 60% of ingested starch and 10% of ingested fat during the 30 to 60 minutes after consumption.

    Although salivary enzymes accomplish a significant amount of digestion, their activity is limited to a pH level above 5.0. Exogenous plant enzymes are active in the pH range of 3.0 to 9.0 and can facilitate the utilization of a much larger amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat before HCl is secreted in sufficient amounts to neutralize their activity. Obviously, plant enzymes can play a significant role in improving food nutrient utilization.

    In addition to protease, amylase, lipase, and cellulase, it is important to provide a concentrated source of the disaccharidases Lactase, Invertase and Malt Diastase. Disaccharide intolerance occurs when insufficient levels of disaccharidase enzymes are secreted in the small intestine causing malabsorption and physical discomfort. Lactase deficiency is the most common and well-known form of carbohydrate intolerance.

    Lactase digests lactose (milk sugar) into glucose and galactose. Most mammals, including humans, have high intestinal lactase activity at birth. But, in some cases, this activity declines to low levels during childhood and remains low in adulthood. The low lactase levels cause maldigestion of milk and other foods containing lactose.

    It is estimated that approximately 70% of the world's population is deficient in intestinal lactase with more than one third of the US population presumed unable to digest dairy products. Supplemental lactase has been found to decrease the symptoms of lactose intolerance associated with consumption of dairy foods.

    Invertase is another disaccharidase that works to break down sucrose (refined table sugar) into glucose and fructose. The prevalence of processed and highly refined foods in the Standard American Diet (SAD) means Americans consume a large amount of this sugar, which can contribute to excessive digestive stress. It is theorized that unrecognized sucrose intolerance is a contributing factor in many allergies. Supplemental Invertase can increase the assimilation and utilization of this sugar.

    The additional supplementation of the carbohydrase Malt Diastase augments the breakdown of starch into glucose molecules, allowing greater absorption of this energy-giving sugar. Inclusion of these sugar-breaking enzymes gives Digase™ a broad base for improving nutrition.

     

    Also see Part II of the Digase™ Design Rationale.

     

    Other HPDI formulas supporting digestion and intestinal health:

    Prolyt (proteolytic enzyme formula with bioflavonoids)
    Polydophilus (probiotic formula plus fructooligosaccharides)
    Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (intestinal cleansing formula)

  • Exploring The Inner Ecosystem: A PolyDophilus Primer (Part 1 of 3)

    ProbioticsAcidophilus is the term generally applied to the body's resident one-celled, lactic acid-producing bacteria. Lactic acid bacteria are also known as "friendly flora" or probiotics (meaning "in favor of life"). These bacteria are essential tenants of the digestive and vaginal tracts promoting mucosal immunity and better nutrition.

    Probiotics are defined as "a live microbial supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance" (Fuller, J App Bacteriology 66: 365–78, 1989). Friendly flora produce lactic acid and other compounds, including natural antibiotics (also called bacteriocins). They help protect the intestinal and vaginal mucosal tissues from harmful fungus (e.g., yeasts) and displace putrefactive and pathogenic bacteria that can cause diarrhea, vaginitis, and other conditions associated with dysbiosis or flora imbalance.

    While some species or strains (subspecies) of friendly flora "implant," i.e., adhere to the intestinal and vaginal mucosa, others are transient. Transient flora may reproduce while moving through the large intestines, yet do not implant and so they  exit via the stool.

    Multiple Probiotic Species in PolyDophilus

    There are over 400 different probiotic species, and thousands of strains of organisms inhabiting the human gut (Moore and Holdman. App Microbiology 27: 961–79, 1974). The intestines harbor a complex ecology of probiotic-friendly flora (the lactic acid-producing bacteria) along with not so friendly coliforms, bactericides, yeasts, pathogens, etc.

    Given this complex environment, PolyDophilus was formulated with guidance from microbiologist Edward Brochu, PhD, to provide representation from the two most important of the four genera (groups) of lactic acid-producing bacteria. The four genera are: 1) Lactobacilli, 2) Bifidobacteria, 3) group N Streptococci and 4) certain group D Streptococci (also called Enterococci). Bifidobacteria are the most numerous in overall count in the large intestine, while Lactobacilli and Streptococci are more numerous in the small intestines.

    1) Lactobacilli: This genus includes species such as L. acidophilus*, L. rhamnosus*, L. plantarum*, L. casei*, L. bulgaricus and L. lactis. "L" stands for Lactobacillus, the genus name. L. bulgaricus (found in yogurt) along with L. lactis, are transient, non-implanting flora, while certain strains of L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, and L. casei can implant.

    2) Bifidobacteria: Over 30 bifidal species have been isolated. The species most often found in humans are B. longum*, B. breve*, B. bifidum*, B. adolescentis and B. infantis. They are strictly anaerobic (and therefore fragile) and require more complex sugars such as lactose and dextrins or fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to grow and multiply.

    3) Group N Streptococci: Also called "lactococci," this genus includes S. lactis and S. thermophilus. These species are commonly used in the fermentation of yogurt (S. thermophilus) and cheeses. They do not implant, but are found in the intestinal tract as long as they are ingested.

    4) Group D Streptococci: This is a Streptococci subgroup known as Enterococci. E. faecium (previously named Streptococcus faecium) is a normal inhabitant of the human gut. It is found throughout nature and often in foods. E. faecium/S. faecium is prolific and produces high levels of lactic acid. It is, however, controversial and no longer favored for human supplementation.

    Each probiotic species tends to colonize its own separate regional ecological niche in the intestines. These niches reflect differences in pH, nutrient availability, aeration (oxygen level), peristalsis (wave-like intestinal motions that move food through), sloughing of intestinal cells, and secretion of mucia (a mucous-like protective barrier from the large intestine's goblet cells).

    It may be seen that with respect to probiotics, your intestines support a complete ecosystem of lactobacteria. Keeping gut populations of probiotics healthy and strong is a major key to good health.

    * strains included in PolyDophilus

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