YOUR BODY ALWAYS EATS BREAKFAST, WHETHER YOU DO OR NOT
Every sunrise gives us the opportunity to begin life anew. Awaken early from your dreaming slumber even if you are still tired and sleepy. You will want to go to bed early that night. This is the key to having abundant energy necessary to generate happiness and fulfillment. Find the desire, duty and discipline to get to bed two to three hours before midnight, so that one can awaken with appetite and joy, returning to effortless efficient daily circadian rhythm quickly.
Our metabolic daily cellular rhythms have their original roots in the seas’ two incoming and outgoing tides, which are still 24.8 hours in duration. Our stomachs began as sponges on the reef with incoming tides bringing food, energizing building and repair with outgoing tides signaling break down, enhancing excretion and elimination of wastes.
Now that we are ‘civilized’ and living on land, missing essential cues from nature, our metabolisms default into needing 48 minutes extra each day. Sleep debt, plenty of sunlight and exercise during the day with complete darkness at bed time all help promote timely sleep, purposely shrinking our inherent longer tidal rhythm to the daily 24 hour cycle of our sun.
Begin the day with awareness and gratitude for the miracle of breath and luxuriate, stretching and soaking in the morning light. Rehydrate with mineralized water, perhaps containing green algal powder and/or take a chelated multi mineral supplement. Stretch again.
Ingest quality fuels including greens and fermented or easily digested protein like blended soaked seeds, nuts and/or grains or soft-cooked eggs between 6-8AM. This allows our programmed early morning cortisol peaks to begin to shrink the tidal daily rhythms of the homeodynamic circadian cycle to four six-hour tides keyed to the 24 hour sun cycle.
Emphasized during daylight hours are the incoming tides which provide acid-forming reductive digestion, growth and repair. They alternate with alkaline inflammatory outgoing tides which are more prominent during darkness emphasizing structural oxidative reorganization, detoxification and elimination.
With weak breakfast, the body must begin the day catabolically digesting itself, instead of preferentially programmed anabolic building and repair. Daily metabolic cycles then must start in reverse, muddying circadian rhythms, hormonal release and detoxification. Late (after 9-10 AM) or nutritiously incomplete unsustaining breakfast instantly creates a daily fat-preserving, chronically fatiguing and stressful metabolic ‘jet-lag’ without even crossing time zones.
Besides lack of sleep, unsustaining breakfast is the underlying secret stress that switches genetic response for ‘survival’ into overdrive, increases inflammatory response and is fully expressed as flabby ‘prediabetic’ metabolic syndrome (with high insulin, uncontrolled blood sugars and altered lipoproteins).
In daily rhythm, we slip and slide into our most unpleasant achy, alkaline, irritable and accident-prone peak between 3-5AM and 3-5PM. Mental lethargy lifts and activity increases as the body become more warm and acidic by ingesting protein and grains or exercising from 6-9AM to fuel morning repair cycles. At our acid peak from about 10 AM to 12noon we best begin to encourage late afternoon alkalinity by eating cooling vegetables, doing light calisthenics, singing or breathing exercises. One’s ideal nap time metabolically is 2PM, when core body temperature starts to diminish before picking up steam again at about 3:30PM.
We are strongest early evening from 6-8PM, and second strongest 6-8AM. Body temperature begins its nightly decline about 9-10PM, our optimal bedtime, and a good time to encourage alkalinity with light vegetarian fare, bicarbonates, breathing exercises, prayer, singing, chanting, or light calisthenics.
According to the most ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine, the time of optimal digestive power is 10AM – 2PM. Making the best case is the Chinese system where it is 7AM-9AM. Eating between 1PM - 3PM is also a good time. Nighttime, when most people In the US customarily eat their largest meal, is a slow time for the digestive system.
Little animal protein should be eaten after 6-7PM, since it tends to be digested slowly and its resultant acid production would conflict with dominant nighttime alkaline oxidative cleansing. Only small amounts of easily digestible food should be eaten after 8PM, or for 2-3 hours before bed time, so the liver and spleen will release white blood cells to patrol and cleanse all the body’s tubes, ducts and linings at night, instead of using them primarily for processing and detoxifying food.
Even if an overweight person does not change anything dietarily, but just fasts in the evening after 5pm (giving up dinner), that nighttime fasting causes 15% loss of body weight (in obese women on average). So even if a person consumes the same exact amount of food throughout the day but avoids late-night eating, health will improve. Some folks have become so addicted to consuming late expansive dinners and/or evening mouth-watering snack foods that this habit becomes their most critical and difficult addiction to give up.
Buddhist monks are known to have great health, living very long lives. They understand the benefits of not eating later in the day and have practiced not eating anything after 2 PM for centuries. In the Bible, the daily offering times of the Jewish people and eating times were around 8AM and 2PM.
If you feel you cannot eliminate late night meals, make it the lightest meal and not the heaviest, and by all means do not eat after dinner. If evening blood sugar is not elevated, stress hormones will have their nighttime dip, allowing the spleen to release its stored white blood cells for cellular immunity. Big evening snacks result in dropping blood sugars 2-3 hours later, which trigger nighttime release of stress hormones (disabling cellular immunity and repair).
Paul Nison (www.rawlife.com) reminds us that fasting is the greatest facilitator for healing our body. When you take a sick person’s food away and give them rest, they heal! How much more sense is it to fast every night. This pattern consistently allows the body to efficiently express its designed healing/protecting physiology without gluttony getting in the way.
Excess acid is created from hard physical exercise or from habitually shallow or compromised breathing due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Excess acid in the diet is most commonly caused by significant consumption of phosphoric acid (in colas and soda pops) or more than 100 grams animal protein per day.
Popular grains are also very acid forming (if not germinated or fermented). Alkaline minerals are used to buffer and excrete excess acid. Catabolic acidic stress states are responsively created (confounding daily hormonal rhythms) to dissolve bones and other structural tissues to free up minerals.
Excessive acidity creates a nutritionally driven hyper function of the parathyroid glands which gradually wastes the bones, widening the periodontal ligament (the gomphosis joint of the teeth) and eventually creating tooth mobility. Calcium channels present in most membranes are triggered by a secondary parathyroid hormone to habitually stay open creating irritability and high blood pressure. The parathyroid is driven by the beta-adrenergic stress system which in turn, up regulates the entire group of stress hormones.
Besides fatigue and edginess, overwhelming stress results in increased risk to tooth decay, thinning skin and gums, flabby muscles, weak teeth and porous bones. Magnesium (supported with other minerals) is nature’s beta-blocker that improves memory rather than clouds it as well as a calcium channel blocker that does not cause hypertrophy of the gums or congestive heart failure, and actually reduces risk.
Best used at brunch, lunch and bed times, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a bone-building alkalizing agent that reduces the acidity of blood by the process of buffering. Bisphosphonate drugs are very strong alkalizers (that can burn) based on sodium bicarbonate benefits. Bisphosphonates slow healing, stop creation of new bone as well as slow breakdown of existing bone. A false measure of harder bone (that is now really more brittle) is created on x-rays since less new bone is formed.
Bicarbonate is the body’s most important extracellular buffer, and bicarbonate loading probably increases muscular extracellular buffering capacity as well as muscle’s ability to dispose of excess acidic hydrogen ions produced through anaerobic glycolysis. Buffering results in acid being drawn out from muscle cells into the blood due to a concentration gradient. The result is reduced levels of acidity in muscles themselves.
Lowered levels of acidity may result in delayed fatigue and increased muscle force production. A dose of 0.3grams of sodium bicarbonate per kilogram body mass creates an improvement in extreme athletic performance. That is extreme sodium bicarbonate usage. For most folks, ½ teaspoonful or 2.4 grams can be dissolved in 4 ounces water and consumed every two hours. A very large person might double the dose.
Because many of us are chronically stressed and too acid, common statements heard in alternative care are: “alkalinize or die” or “cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment.” However, for balanced healing, repair and detoxification, we need rhythm, with two strong acid tides each day (5:30AM/PM to 10AM/PM and two definite alkaline tides (12AM/PM to 5AM/PM).
Excessive alkalinity is no fun. Too much sodium bicarbonate can lead to stomach upsets. These may take the form of pain; cramping diarrhea and/or feeling bloated. Too frequent sodium bicarbonate usage can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, apathy, irritability, cramps and muscle spasms
Dr. Weston A. Price’s classic diet recommendations from 1920 barely are still relevant. Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed and organic (and contain no sugar except for bits of agave, honey or maple syrup). Eat foods grown in your native environment, emphasizing locally grown, seasonal foods.
Enjoy unpasteurized and unhomogenized dairy products (such as raw milk) and fermented foods. Eat significant quantities of raw food. Germinate seeds, nuts, grains and beans. Do not cook at high temperatures. Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including omega-3 fats, and reduce intake of omega-6 from refined vegetable oils while avoiding any hydrogenated oils.
One of the most efficient ways to increase vegetable intake is to juice. Not only does juicing help absorb more nutrients from vegetables by making them easily available and digestible, but you also avoid risk of damaging sensitive micronutrients through cooking, since heating and processing food deforms molecules by altering their shape and chemical composition. It also allows you greater freedom to add a wider variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole. This way, it is easy to work with the principle of regular food rotation, which will reduce chances of developing food allergies.
Range and grass-fed animals have a more beneficial omega-3/omega 6 fat ratio and typically require fewer antibiotics because they are not kept in crowded feed lots, and they carry less harmful E. coli. Despite mounting concern over antibiotic resistance (which is known to endanger human life) on November 25, 2008 our corporate compliant FDA revoked their earlier partial ban on animal antibiotics. A considerable body of evidence exists about the dangers of use, overuse and abuse of antibiotics both in humans and in animal use.
Organic reduces risk to prion disease (supposedly spread by feeding animal parts to ruminants). There is now clear evidence that both prion diseases are instead induced by organophosphate insecticides, not infected bone meal or hamburgers. Prions are damaged by ICI's phosmet organophosphate insecticide. Damaged prions can interact with manganese in animal feeds, and then turn 'rogue' and directly cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and nvCJD.
Even natural variations in relative environmental availability of manganese versus copper can trigger prion degradation. CJD and BSE symptoms mirror 'manganese madness', an irreversible fatal neuro-psychiatric degenerative syndrome of manganese miners in the first half of the last century. Pharmaceutical determination to hide their chemical cause of BSE and CJD is high. Awareness might expose the considerable role insecticides play in Alzheimer's disease.
Three quarters of all Americans do not eat five servings a day of fruits or vegetables. It is even worse for those cannot heal (cancer). A study of over 9,000 survivors of six different types of cancer showed that only 15-19% was meeting the minimal "5-A-Day" recommendation. That means that 81-85% were not. Even cancer fails to improve fruit and vegetable consumption.
Complete nutrition and healing inflammatory bowel helps cancer patients live better and longer. This may seem obvious, but its significance is still largely lost on cancer patients themselves. Most new patients presenting to a medical oncologist are malnourished.
Mike Adams reminds us that a tumor is not cancer; it is merely the physical manifestation of a cellular communication problem. Food is information. By crude conventional medicine parameters, 66% of oncology patients are either at risk for malnutrition or malnourished. Two out of three new cancer patients are eating badly.
The best solution is prevention, and prevention starts long before cancer. Prevention begins even before birth. Zinc deficiency during pregnancy passes a generational immune deficit to the child.
Research on protective effect of prenatal vitamin supplementation on frequency of childhood cancer concluded that "maternal ingestion of prenatal multivitamins is associated with a decreased risk for pediatric brain tumors, neuroblastoma and leukemia." Vitamin supplements reduced the chance of brain tumor by 27%. Vitamins lowered children's leukemia risk by 39%. Risk of neuroblastoma was cut in half. Clearly, prenatal vitamin supplements are very important cancer fighters (and make your child smarter).
Vitamin C 12 grams
Vitamin B3 1.5-3 grams
Vitamin B6 250 mg
Folic acid 5-10 mg
Other B vitamins 25-50 times RDA
Vitamin E 800 IU
Beta-carotene 25,000-50,000 IU
Selenium 200-500 mcg
Zinc sulfate 220 mg (150-mg elemental zinc)
Occasionally: a calcium, magnesium, or multiminerals supplement (chelated is better).
Drs Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts wrote: "Ridiculous Dietary Allowance" so people can understand the implications of RDA limits. With regulatory pretense of improving our health these guidelines actually hinder it. The same rationale for iodine was used for the RDA of vitamin C; that is the minimal miniscule amount of iodine that prevents obvious goiter or the bare dose of vitamin C to keep your teeth from falling out (scurvy, immune breakdown and death). Optimal function is not considered.
Essential iodine and vitamin D (a pleomorphic anabolic steroid hormone) are both critical for optimal function and generally required in much higher amounts than RDA. Dr. Broda Barnes found that his ‘low temperature’ patients (supplemented with porcine glandular thyroid and iodine) had ¼ the expected rate of heart disease or cancer after being followed for decades. Most often, these subjects had ‘normal’ thyroid blood tests. Keeping one’s pituitary’s thyroid stimulating .hormone in the lower third of ‘normal’ is associated with significantly lower mortality.
Controlled trials now show that supplemental cholecalciferol (vitamin D) significantly reduces all-cause mortality. Vitamin D is not just for curing rickets and osteomalacia. Vitamin D reduces cellular proliferation, induces differentiation, induces apoptosis and prevents angioneogenesis. Each is helpful in cancer treatment. Besides cancer, vitamin D deficiency is now associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall as well as chronic pain.
A strain of mice (C3H type) is very prone to developing cancerous tumors spontaneously. Some were reared separately under pink fluorescent tubes, under 'daylight' white tubes and under sunlight. The mice under the pink tubes showed cancers first, a month before those under white tubes and three months before those in daylight.
Vitamin A competes with vitamin D (and A was the one vitamin that Dr. Stanton’s high rate of tooth decay patients had plenty of). Today medical, ethical as well as legal implications exist for promptly diagnosing and adequately treating vitamin D insufficiency. Not only is insufficiency common, and probably the rule, vitamin D deficiency is implicated in most diseases of civilization. Dr. Bruce Ames notes that if modern man were replete in vitamin D, there would be 1/3 less cancer.
Eggs from free-range hens contain three to six times more vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs (and are free of salmonella). Based on Mother Earth News findings, two eggs from free-range/pastured hens could provide 63-126% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D (actually too low at 400 IU). Unnatural and inhumane conditions on factory farms give us cheap, but substandard food.
The RDA for iodine was established based on data supplied by endocrinologists regarding the minimum amount of iodine needed only for synthesis of thyroid hormones, not for whole body sufficiency. Based on research on animals who can synthesize vitamin C, Linus Pauling suggested that the optimal intake of vitamin C for humans was around 100 times the RDA. It may be the same for iodine RDAs today.
Pauling was (and still is) ridiculed by physicians for attacking the sacred cow, the RDA.
Pauling consulted with his friend, Albert Szent-Györgyi, the discoverer of vitamin C. An excerpt from his 1996 reply: “…the medical profession said that if you do not get scurvy you are all right. This is a very grave error. Scurvy is not the first sign of deficiency but a premortal syndrome.” We now understand that vitamin C depletion leads to glutathione exhaustion, which compromises energy production, halts detoxification and shuts down cellular immunity.
DNA is the genetic material of the cellular level of life and consists of 2 strands of molecules that are wound together in the form of a double helix. The strands are bound together by water-supported hydrogen bonds between the two strands. This hydrogen bonding is considered the secondary structure of the DNA, the primary structure being the arrangement of specific molecules within each strand that reflect the genetic code. Changes of components within the DNA molecule (mutations of certain classes of genes) lead to the uncontrolled growth of cancer.
Dr. Michael Schacter notes that one of Dr. Mirko Beljanski’s key discoveries was that the secondary structure of DNA in cancer cells differed from normal DNA in that it contained some permanently open loops (due to carcinogenic substances interfering with the hydrogen bonds between the intertwining strands of the double helix). These permanently separated sections allowed more carcinogenic substances to come between the two strands of the double helix and lead the DNA to uncontrollable replication and further deregulation, resulting in rapid and uncontrollable growth of cancer cells.
He referred to cancerous DNA as destabilized DNA, since the hydrogen bonds did not hold the two strands together in a stable manner. This thought created his basic research tool, called the ‘oncotest’ (basically measuring the amount of light passing through a DNA sample). Defective DNA allows more light to pass through it than intact DNA.
Beljanski discovered two tropical plants (Pao Pereira and Rauwolfia Vomitoria) whose extracts inhibited cancerous DNA, but not affect normal DNA under test tube conditions. These extracts penetrate membranes of deregulated cancerous cells where they concentrate in the nucleus and nucleolus, while they fail to penetrate normal cells.
The reason that these molecules penetrate cancerous, but not normal cells relates to the electrical charges of these molecules and the fact that normal cells and cancer cells differ in cell membrane electrical characteristics. These extracts adhere to open DNA and RNA purine bases. The cancerous cell, unable to access its own memory, just stops working properly and dies. Available from: www.naturalhealthconsult.com.
Dr. Beljanski was able to isolate alkaloids with similar molecular structures, both of which had bipolar electrical charges (one part of the molecule was negatively charged and the other was positively charged). Some alkaloids can cause cancer; some alkaloids can correct cancer.
The compound from Pao Pereira is called flavopereirine. The one from Rauwolfia is called alstonine. The molecule alstonine is somewhat larger than flavopereirine and is cannot cross a healthy blood-brain barrier and therefore of less use in brain tumors.
It is well known that radiation and chemotherapy (by altering the biofilm and suppressing bone marrow) lower white blood cell (leukocyte) counts in cancer patients leading to infection and sometimes death. Another negative effect of chemotherapy and radiation (besides brain and heart damage) in some patients is to lower the platelet count, leading to excessive bleeding.
The production of white blood cells and platelets in the bone marrow requires the presence of certain specific types of fragments of RNA called RNA primers. Individually responsive RNA is similar to and more primal than species specific DNA. RNA and DNA work together to provide one’s individual environmental response.
During experiments on the regulation of the cell, Beljanski discovered a way to reproduce RNA primers specific to stem cells necessary for multiplication of white blood cells and platelets. He extracted these RNA primers from specific strains of E.coli bacteria.
Patients receiving these RNA primers have platelet counts and WBCs rebound after dipping from chemotherapy and/or radiation. Commercially, this product is available as Real Build. The tasty sugary powder contents of the cone of Real Build are dissolved under the tongue as a nutritional support for the bone marrow (or as a stem-cell enhancing, anti-aging ploy) one to three times per week.
Beljanski found that the Pao Pereira extract combined with purine bases in cells infected with certain viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C similar to cancer cells and was able to kill these defective cells. The combination of PAO V and Ginkgo V may be beneficial as nutritional support for patients suffering from viral illnesses. Cells in patients with autoimmune diseases also appear to have deregulated ribonuclease activity and Ginkgo V may also be helpful for them as a nutritional support. To the extent that viruses play a role in autoimmune diseases, PAO V may also be useful, along with Ginkgo V for patients with autoimmune conditions.
Pancreatic enzymes from the pig are very similar to our own, which mimic many digestive enzymes seen in the bacterial and plant worlds. Enzymes warrant an entire chapter in treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, auto-immune diseases, cognitive dysfunction, digestive difficulties and anti-aging. They are also very helpful in correcting cancer and combating fibrosis.
Protein is essential for the function and viability of cells. It provides biological catalysts necessary for vital chemical reactions in the cell as well as provides critical components for cellular structure and communication.
The body runs on cellular machinery that works together according to blueprints of DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, intricate intertwining spiraling chains of amino acids stuck together with ribose sugar-glue. These proteins are linked by enzyme-catalyzed caramelization of sugars and are suspended electromagnetically in three dimensions by organized bipolar water molecules.
The fluid mosaic electromagnetic field created by the half-protein, half phospholipid membrane is the perceptive brain of the cell and eventually to our awareness. Messenger RNA provides the membrane’s interpretation of the environment, scaled from abundance to scarcity. With both memory capacity and enzyme activity, these all-encompassing free ribozymes from the ever-present ‘RNA world’ alter DNA gene response. Abundance messaging produces structural muscle and bones and scarcity or stress promotes ‘survival’ fat and flab.
Peroxisomes matrix proteins are synthesized on free ribosomes in the cytosol and are imported posttranslationally in pre-existing vesicles. Peroxisomes are found in virtually all eukaryotic cells. Prokaryotes lack peroxisomes.
The peroxisome fulfills essential metabolic functions in lipid metabolism, both catabolic (oxidation of pipecolic, phytanic and very-long chain fatty acids) and anabolic (synthesis of plasmalogens and bile acids). Moreover, the peroxisome plays a key role in free radical detoxification, differentiation as well as development. Evolutionary analysis of its proteome found similarities between peroxisomal import machinery and the endoplasmic reticulum’s protein degradation pathway (melded with a number of metabolic enzymes likely recruited from mitochondria).
Peroxisomes are bound by a single membrane that separates their contents from the cytoplasm and contain membrane proteins critical for various functions, such as importing proteins into the organelles under RNA control and aiding in proliferation of mitochondria. Peroxisomes can replicate by enlarging and then dividing.
Certain enzymes within the peroxisome, by using molecular oxygen, remove hydrogen atoms from specific organic substrates, in an oxidative reaction, producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2, itself toxic). Catalase, another enzyme in the peroxisome, in turn uses this H2O2 to oxidize other substrates, including phenols, formic acid, formaldehyde and alcohol, via peroxidation.
In the cell nucleus, DNA is transcribed into RNA or ribonucleic acid. This RNA carries the DNA's genetic message outside the nucleus of the cell where endoplasmic reticulum membrane-bound RNA ribosomes translate this message and manufacture specific proteins. Functional proteins made within the cells are responsible for building, shaping and refining everything from teeth to chemical messengers in the brain.
The deoxyribose sugar in DNA is less reactive than the ribose sugar, making DNA more suitable for genetic storage than RNA. In general C-H bonds are less reactive than C-OH (hydroxyl). RNA is not very stable in alkaline conditions, while DNA is.
Genes and DNA do not control our biology. DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts (and from our own onboard ecology of viruses, bacteria, yeasts exchanging RNA and DNA, creating sentience that motivates us to fulfill our biofilm’s needs, wishes and imperatives as we protect and carry it about).
Our maternal line of symbiotic prokaryotic mitochondria living in our collective cytoplasm has its own characteristic DNA. To further confuse our simplistic understanding of the layered multi-functional capacity of DNA, a new killer weapon has been discovered in our immune arsenal. When triggered by a bacterial invader, eosinophils explosively release (in less than a second, as if by catapult) mitochondrial DNA as a selective toxic web containing and confining toxic proteins around invading bacteria. The eosinophil lives on, depending on its nuclear DNA and fewer mitochondria.
The cell's ability to produce functional proteins based on the genetic message from DNA requires a readily available supply of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. DNA creates adaptability and many possibilities for the species. RNA creates individuality by interpreting the environment and picking DNA gene sequences to be used.
Microscopists using very high magnification of living cells have repeatedly noted a background of small particles in the protoplasm looking almost like the Brownian motion of dust particles suspended in sunlight air. Originally thought to be microspheres of fat, they are proteinaceous RNA in the form of free ribosomes or ribozymes. Many believe that a microscopic RNA world existed before RNA developed the DNA world. The RNA world still exists. Ribozymes are present everywhere in the nucleus, cytoplasm and in the surrounding serum.
RNA, the single-stranded precursor to DNA, normally expands one nucleic base at a time, growing sequentially like a linked chain. In the primordial world RNA molecules did not have enzymes to catalyze this reaction, and while RNA growth can proceed naturally, the rate would be so slow the RNA could never get more than a few pieces long (for as nucleic bases attach to one end, they can also drop off the other).
It was recently discovered that under favorable conditions (acidic environment and temperature lower than 70 degrees Celsius), pieces ranging from 10-24 in length can naturally fuse into larger fragments (generally within 14 hours). RNA fragments come together as double-stranded structures then join at the ends. The RNA fragments did not have to be the same size, but the efficiency of the reactions was dependent on fragment size (larger is better, though efficiency drops again after reaching around 100) and similarity of fragment sequences.
Such a spontaneous fusing, or ligation (which can occur readily in our acid anabolic tides), would be a simple way for RNA to overcome initial barriers to growth and reach biologically important size; at around 100 bases long, RNA molecules can begin to fold into functional, three dimensional shapes. During acid tides, previously loosened proteins are assembled and during alkaline tides (or in the peroxisome) fixed in shape.
Enzymes and the fifty or so microscopic motors that are the molecular microscopic machinery of the cell are made of RNA. One remarkable motor is the tiny RNA propeller with a solenoid that convolutes membranes creating the layered communication complexity of the nuclear and other membranes characterizing eukaryocytes (yeasts to us), our fundamental difference from prokaryotic bacteria with their simpler bag-like membranes.
Mitochondria are ubiquitous membrane-bound organelles that are also a defining feature of the eukaryotic cell. The organelle is comprised of a soluble matrix surrounded by a double membrane, an ion impermeable inner membrane, and a permeable outer membrane.
Mitochondria are the sites of aerobic oxidation of metabolic fuels, and they contribute to many important other functions including pyruvate and fatty acid oxidation, nitrogen metabolism, as well as heme and steroid hormone biosynthesis. Mitochondria (and their plant chloroplast cousins) are unique among eukaryotic extranuclear organelles in that they contain their own genetic system which works in concert with our species DNA, conducted by messenger RNA.
Intense aerobic fitness exercise that lasts more than an hour will cause the body to shift to protein catabolism as a source of additional fuel when immediate sources of energy (blood sugar) begin to decline. This typically occurs when glycogen (carbohydrate-based) energy stores become depleted. Once low glycogen store ‘stress’ signals are received by the body, it begins a catabolic or degenerative process of stripping amino acids out of muscles for gluconeogenesis (when the body makes glucose, its primary fuel source, from amino acids).
Endurance performance is extended when amino acids (protein) are consumed during prolonged aerobic exercise bouts. Athletes fed a protein-rich recovery meal showed a 25% higher testosterone level, reduced plasma creatine kinase (muscle damage marker) and decreased fatigue and leg soreness (when compared to carbohydrate-based recovery meals).
Other constituents in high quality animal protein have benefit, including creatine, conjugated linoleic acid and carnosine. It used to be thought that only carbohydrate loading was beneficial for exercise performance. Now we think protein-carbohydrate combinations positively affect athletic performance.
Our own structural proteins provide a reservoir and source of amino acids. Dietary proteins replenish the supply. Digestive enzymes made of protein add to the mix. Body protein is constantly being broken down and new protein produced in a process known as protein turnover.
Protein turnover is the synthesis (building) and catabolism (breakdown) of protein, which takes place almost continuously. Turnover provides the mechanism for the ongoing redistribution of amino acids to support immediate synthesis of proteins essential for life.
The rate of protein turnover is reduced when protein intake is deficient and is maximized with optimal protein intake. With optimal protein intake, the cellular machinery functions at full capacity and rapidly makes needed proteins, peaking about 1 ½ hours after digestion, returning to baseline at about three hours, and is refractory to restimulation for about four hours, possibly due to the pancreatic insulin cycle.
Mark Hyman, MD in ULTRA-METABOLISM reminds us that eating something every 3-4 hours will keep sugar and insulin levels in optimal ranges. Eat small snacks, generally containing protein, a palm sized portion of meat, a goat yogurt or a handful of soaked almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds along with fruit morning and evening, emphasizing berries.
If dietary protein is restricted, the body compensates for its reduced replenishment by slowing down protein turnover. This reduces the productivity of the body's factory and reduces the body's ability to respond quickly to bacterial or viral infections, injury or trauma.
Weak breakfast is a primary stressor that profoundly muddies homeodynamic circadian rhythms. Protein and amino acid metabolism in both muscle and the liver is profoundly affected by restricted dietary protein, especially early in the day. Overweight men and women burn more post-meal fat when they eat a high-protein breakfast and lunch than when they have lower-protein meals.
A study of 250 obese cancer patients revealed that patients with depleted muscle mass (called sarcopenic obesity) lived, on average, for 10 months less than obese patients with more muscle mass. Flabby participants with sarcopenic obesity were also more likely to be bedridden.
Reduced rates of muscle protein synthesis and of liver protein synthesis occur quickly under a restricted protein diet. Changes are seen in body protein distribution, with skeletal muscle becoming fleshy and flabby, especially the upper arms and with fat accumulating around the waistline.
A restricted protein diet significantly affects functioning of the immune system. To effectively protect and defend the body, the immune system must respond rapidly to disease. Amino acids from protein turnover are critical in producing the cells and components of immunity, such as immunoglobulins and T-cells and constantly renewing stem cells that form our digestive barrier and renew our villi.
Intestinal villi are the sole site in the body where production of an enzyme called disaccharidase occurs. Just as lipases digest lipids (fats) and proteases digest proteins, these disaccharidases digest carbohydrate disaccharides. When villi become blunted, they lose the ability to make this important enzyme, and we lose the ability to digest disaccharides.
When we keep eating foods with disaccharides and can not digest them, they provide opportunity for explosive growth for the few pathogens that always reside in our gut, particularly species of candida. We then produce an overgrowth of candida, other yeasts, clostridia and other potent pathogens.
Pathogens often make unhealthy proteins instead of the B vitamins made by our healthy gut flora. Entero-colitis results from an unhealthy vicious cycle: poor gut flora, eroding villi, cracks in intestinal barriers, poor enzyme products, eating foods we cannot digest, worse flora, more erosion, worse nutrition, more leaking, worse and worse immune function, more and more toxicity, finally the diagnosis of auto-immunity or a neurological cognitive problem.
Therapeutic strategy is fairly simple. Restore gut flora, heal the villi, and seal the cracks. We heal the villi with the Nourishing Traditions diet with a particular emphasis on soup and bone broths, the magic gut restoring food. We restore villi with probiotic foods and probiotics and by completely avoiding all foods which contain disaccharides: grains, most beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, most sweeteners, milk (but not other cultured dairy products), and a few other foods until the gut is healed.
Other resources are the GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome) diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, which is partly derived from Elaine Gottschalls earlier Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Nourishing Traditions ideas dovetail well with the GAPS diet in many ways.
When protein turnover is reduced due to low protein intake, especially at the beginning of the daily cycle, one is more open to infections including tooth decay and gum disease as well as other environmental stress. To optimize anabolic and catabolic rhythms of the day, adequate protein intake is critical, especially early in the morning.
The number one cause of fat-preserving, pro-inflammatory as well as pre-diabetic metabolic syndrome (syndrome X) is weak or absent breakfast. Resultant abdominal excess is mostly visceral fat, which accumulates around organs during times of stress. Abundance of visceral fat is linked to a number of diseases and is integral for development of metabolic syndrome.
Two major immune cells, lymphocytes and macrophages, consume the amino acid glutamine at a high rate. Glutamine converts to citrulline as precursor to arginine, necessary for dilating nitric oxide and damaging free-radical peroxynitrite formation. Overuse of muscles contributes to decreased lymphocyte function due to overall protein and amino acid loss in heavy exercise.
The “glutamine hypothesis” states that in times of intense and prolonged physical stress, the demand for glutamine in muscle cells and other organs leaves the body in a state of relative glutamine scarcity. When supplemented with glutamine, endurance athletes reported significant reductions in illness.
Glutamine is also part of glutathione, necessary to protect the white blood cell from its own oxidative burst (used to ‘bleach’ a pathogen or toxin). Evidence points to improved neutrophil function as a benefit of glutamine supplementation.
Another amino acid, arginine, richly found in seeds, nuts, grains and chocolate, is useful for supporting suboptimal immune responses and reduces occurrence of post-surgical infections. Arginine performs this task by reducing the amount of cell adhesion molecules in native cells (thereby thwarting viral and bacterial entry) and by lowering pro-inflammatory cytokines. Arginine increases activity of natural killer cells, lymphocyte reactivity and lymphocyte activation of natural killer cells in patients with breast cancer.
Arginine is non-essential and can compete with essential lysine, which tends to be too low in the diets of vegetarians who eat few beans. Arginine is also the amino acid building block of the herpes virus. Latent herpes expresses itself via increased inflammatory humoral immune response when we disable our primary cellular immunity with poor sleep, weak breakfast or just excessive consumption of any food or drink.
Lysine is richly found in soaked beans and animal products and balances arginine signaling. Soaking and germinating seeds, nuts and grains converts some arginine to lysine.
After a person eats cooked food, one’s blood responds immediately by increasing the number of white blood cells. This well-known phenomenon is called 'digestive leukocytosis.’ Digestive leukocytosis is typically observed after a meal, and considered to be a normal physiological response to eating. No one knew why the number of white cells rises after eating, since this a cellular immune stress response, as if the body was somehow responding to something harmful such as infection, exposure to toxins or trauma.
Then it was found that eating raw, unaltered food did not cause such an immune response in the blood. It was also found that if a food had been heated beyond a certain temperature (unique to each food), or if the food was processed (refined or chemicals added), an increase in number of white cells always ensued. This is probably due to food-source glutathione being dismantled. Remember Pottenger’s cats who were healthy and robust on raw and could no longer even reproduce after three generations on cooked food.
Leukocytosis is indeed a pathologic immune response, since the body reacts to significantly altered food. Many different types of foods were evaluated and it was found that if foods were not refined or overheated, they caused no reaction. The immune system saw them as 'friendly foods'. However, these same foods, if heated too much, caused this white blood cell response in the blood (similar to when the body is invaded by dangerous pathogens or injured by trauma).
The worst stressors of all, whether heated or not, were processed foods which had been refined (such as white flour and white rice), or pasteurized (when milk is flash-heated to high temperatures to kill bacteria), or homogenized (fat droplets in milk are micro-sized and subjected to artificial suspension), or preserved (chemicals are added to food to retard spoilage or to enhance texture or taste). Toasting and roasting creates the ‘browning reaction’ which sends immune messaging of ‘forest fire’ and stressful heat shock proteins to our gastrointestinal associated lymphoid tissues.
Different enzymes have optimal pH ranges at which the reaction that they catalyze will occur most rapidly. Most pancreatic digestive enzymes work best in the high alkalinity of the small intestine or peripherally in painfully alkaline inflamed areas of oxidative stress. Temperature can affect enzyme activity level. Increased temperatures (of inflammation) speed the rate at which an enzyme will catalyze a reaction, yet only up to a point, since too high a temperature (as too much acidity) will cause an enzyme to denature, destroying its activity.
Certain heavy metals inhibit the activity of enzymes by interrupting the reactions in which they are involved. These heavy metals include barium, arsenic, lead and mercury.
The enzyme bromelain has been found to increase the production of a number of different immune system messenger molecules, including cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-1-beta and interleukin-6. This enzyme found in pineapple and kiwi, increases the absorption and penetration of antibiotics (amoxicillin and tetracycline) to an infected site.
In addition, bromelain and papain (papaya enzyme) act as blood thinners, and inhibit intermediates of the clotting cascade, increase fibrinolysis (dissolution of clots), and reduce the production of inflammatory molecules such as bradykinin. Enzymes enhance the effect of warfarin, aspirin and other anticoagulant medications.
Exogenous pancreatic enzymes are retrieved intact from gut reclamation sites, transported through the bloodstream, taken up by pancreatic cells, and resecreted into the intestines by the pancreas, mixed with newly synthesized pancreatic enzymes. Oral supplementation with enzymes has a sparing effect on the body's own digestive enzymes; perhaps aiding organ regeneration, by breaking down substrates, such as foods, for which endogenous enzymes would otherwise be used, thus freeing these enzymes for other beneficial activities.
Some enzyme supplements are manufactured from animal sources while others are from non-animal sources. A popular, and effective, non-animal source of enzymes is Aspergillus oryzae, a type of fungus (Aspergillus is also used in the traditional Japanese technique of fermenting soybeans to produce soy sauce, tamari and miso).
Plasmin enhances apoptosis and can digest anything, including clots, fibrin, and damaged, dead or living cells. It keeps things moving in all tubes of the body, but it must be controlled. Plasmin is inhibited by alpha-2-AntiPlasmin. Other inhibitors include Lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] and Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1(PAI-1).
Plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) is secreted from endothelial cells. PAI-1 inhibits tPA (tissue Plasminogen Activator), which also comes from the endothelial cells. Higher PAI-1 values create less fibrinolytic activity. Diurnal variation of PAI-1 creates morning values higher than evening values. Resultant hypercoagulability partly explains why heart attacks occur more frequently in early morning hours (besides common stress of weak or no breakfast).
of cytokine secretion across the 24 hour day for women with widespread pain and
tenderness having the diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM) was compared with matched
healthy controls. Cytokine levels are
uniformly low but characterized by bursts of secretion. Bursting occurred either in singlets or in
doublets with a range from 88 to 131 min between doublets. There was an element of synchronization of these
bursts with most occurring at the beginning of sampling.
Pain patients showed a shift to increased anti-inflammatory IL-10 in the night-time compared to controls. Changes toward anti-inflammatory predominance in fibromyalgia may explain their common complaint of disturbed sleep because anti-inflammatory cytokines disrupt sleep. When we are inflamed, we feel sleepy. Normal balance favors pro-inflammatory cytokines in healthy subjects during sleep. An ‘anti-inflammatory’ sleep response occurs in fibromyalgia. Active cellular immunity should predominate at night.
Influenza epidemics, and perhaps even the common cold, are brought on by seasonal deficiencies in antimicrobial peptides, such as cathelicidin, secondary to seasonal deficiencies in vitamin D. Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D/day for one year virtually eliminated self-reported incidence of colds and influenza.
The current triple childhood epidemics of autism, asthma and type 1 diabetes (all of which blossomed after sun-avoidance advice became widespread) are likely partly iatrogenic sequela of vitamin D deficiencies (gestational or early childhood) brought on by medical advice to use sunscreen and avoid the sun.
Throughout civilization it has been the sun that has bestowed its all powerful healing energy on everything it grows (humans, plants and animals). Since earliest times, we have known that depriving people of sunlight (such as sentencing them to dungeons and/or solitary confinement in darkness) is ultimate punishment and extremely destructive to both human body and mind.
Plants and animals kept in darkness die. Clearly, man does not live by food alone. Some theories suggest that sunlight is encoded and interacts with our RNA and DNA causing and triggering certain reactions allowing health healing releases in brain and body. To deprive people of sunlight creates a state of malillumination, just as lack of food creates malnutrition.
The majority of Americans spend their working time indoors, in isolation from the sun. Even worse, they now spend much time under distorted spectrum cool-white fluorescent light. These lights are not only known to cause eye strain, fatigue, headaches, increased absenteeism, and decreased productivity, but they also emit a steady dose of radiation.
Now, add this to the electromagnetic radiation many workers are also receiving on a daily basis from the front, top, back, and sides of the computer monitors which are frequently less than two feet away them (and we do not even sit that close to our television sets!). One can easily see that these electromagnetic forces alone are just too much for the already overwhelmed human immune system to cope with. To make matters worse, one study indicates that red cells in human blood form rouleau (clump into long chains) and become oxygen-depleted after exposure to a video display terminal.
The good news is that when using radiation-shielded full-spectrum light, which is naturally absorbed by the human eye, the long chains of red cells disperse and the health-giving flow of oxygen to the cells is restored. Dr. Fritz Hollwich (in Germany) observed the reduction of hormones associated with stress when full-spectrum light was applied. Cool-white florescent bulbs have now been legally banned in German hospitals and medical facilities.
The Bates technique for relieving photophobia is called sunning, and consists simply of taking sunshine on closed lids. In this way the retina is accustomed to progressively brighter light, until the stage is reached where the eye can function efficiently over the entire range of normally encountered light intensities. The warmth of the sun and the therapeutic properties of its rays also have a profound and beneficial effect on the health of the eyes and on the ability to relax them. Book: Barnes, Jonathan. Improve Your Eyesight: A Guide to the Bates Method for Better Eyesight without Glasses. Souvenir Press, 1999.
Sneezing as the result of being exposed to a bright light is known as the photic sneeze reflex. A sneeze is typically triggered by an irritation in the nose, which is sensed by the trigeminal nerve, the dentist’s cranial nerve also responsible for facial sensation and motor control. The trigeminal has an ophthalmic branch in close proximity to the optic nerve, which senses, for example, a sudden flood of light entering the retina. As the optic nerve fires to signal the brain to constrict the pupils, the theory goes, some of this explosive electrical signal crosses over to the trigeminal nerve and mistaken by the brain as a nasal irritant, triggering a reflexive sneeze.
Sun gazing--also known as solar healing, solar gazing, sun staring, Sun Yoga, Surya Yoga and Solar Yoga. All terms refer to the practice of staring directly at the sun in order to receive nourishment, healing and spiritual enlightenment. The gazing is done only during the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset, when the sun’s rays are most gentle to the eyes.
Converting solar energy to physical nourishment is not a new phenomenon but the rediscovery of an age-old healing ritual. Sun gazing originated in India more than 2,000 years ago with the teaching of Lord Mahavir of Jain (also known as Mahavira or Vardhamana). Sun gazing was also practiced by ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, Mayans, in Tibetan Yoga and some traditions of Qigong, Tai Chi, and by some Native American tribes.
Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) was born in 1937 in Bodhavad, India, and was raised in Calicut, Kerala, India, where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala. After graduating, he joined his family’s spice trade business before retiring from that in 1992 to pursue his life-long interest in sun gazing.
Sun gazing creates better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. HRM claims they discovered his brain’s gray cells were regenerating and that his pineal gland was expanding, rather than shrinking (which is typical after the mid-fifties). In a group of sun gazers, the most common physical/mental/spiritual experiences reported from sun gazing were bliss/joy and peace/calm. Not one person reported a decrease in physical health. All participants reported their health was the same or improved. Persons who had sun gazed for at least a year, at least 4 times per week, were far more likely to report a decreased need for solid food.
For the first three months, Manek instructs sun gazers to begin sun gazing by spending a maximum of 10 seconds on the first day looking directly into the sun during the safe hours, which are defined as within one hour after sunrise or within one hour of sunset. While sun gazing, it is important if possible to stand on warm, bare earth. This helps to ground you and enhances sun gazing benefits.
On the second day, look for 20 seconds. Add 10 additional seconds every day thereafter. So, after 10 days, you will be looking at the sun for 100 seconds (e.g., one minute and 40 seconds). In this first phase, it is common to begin experiencing a more positive mindset, less negativity, more confidence, more compassion and less fear.
At the end of three months, gazing time will be about 15 minutes. This is when many people begin to find their physical diseases subsiding. HRM also states that 70-80% of energy synthesized from food is used by the brain to “fuel tensions and worries”, and after three months, these tensions go away, leaving this newly freed energy available for more productive use. One might also find need for food decreasing.
At 30 minutes duration, he states you will be “slowly liberated from physical disease” since, by then, your organs are all receiving their necessary breath of Prana, or life energy, directly from the sun. The body needs energy, not necessarily food.
Food is actually our “secondary energy source,” according to HRM. The human body does not convert sunlight into energy in the same way plants do, with chlorophyll, but through a different photosynthesis process, like a photovoltaic cell. HRM states: “You are your own master at the end of 6 months.”
After 6 months, you will start to utilize the original form of “micro food,” which comes from the sun. This has the additional benefit of having no toxic waste attached to it. At around 7.5 months, or 35 minutes per day of sun gazing, expect your hunger to start decreasing appreciably. Hunger results from the energy requirements of your body, which is a must for your existence. Conventionally, you are getting the sun energy indirectly by eating foods that are a by-product of sun energy. Now, you are getting the energy directly.
Between 8 and 9 months (44 minutes), HRM says you can expect your hunger to be pretty much gone. If it isn’t, he says it is because you don’t have enough belief in the process, and it will take you a little longer, but it is still achievable. More importantly, at this stage, your energy levels are very high and you will have a very deep sense of well-being.
After nine months, one should discontinue solar gazing for the sake of eye care. Your eyes have reached the limits of what they can safely take. However, your body will eventually become “discharged,” kind of like a battery, and must be recharged. Recharging is accomplished by walking bare-foot, on bare earth, preferably in the sun, since the bare earth contains a great deal of sun energy.
This works, HRM explains, because the act of walking stimulates your pineal gland. As is described in reflexology, your foot is a microcosm of your entire body, and the big toe is connected with your pineal gland. The other toes are connected to the other major glands of your body. The recommended walking schedule is, walk for 6 consecutive days once you have completed your nine months of sun gazing, for 45 minutes per day. Just walk at a relaxed pace, no need to walk briskly or jog.
Then, walk regularly (he does not give a minimum or maximum) for a year, always for 45 minutes. After a year of “recharging,” if you are satisfied with how you feel, you can discontinue bare foot walking. But if you want to strengthen your immune system, memory and intelligence, then continue the walking.
There is definitely potential danger to staring at the sun for any significant length of time anytime after a couple of hours after sunrise or a couple of hours before sunset, and particularly at high noon and during early afternoon, but even then, with pupils narrowing and pain-driven protective reflexes like blinking, the harm would likely be minor or temporary.
There is some significant danger from staring at an eclipse for even a short length of time, since the widened pupil may be tricked by the apparent low light intensity into allowing too great an influx of solar radiation at harmful wavelengths into the eye.
The potential for serious eye damage from sun gazing at sunrise or sunset is small. One can always gaze through closed lids or squint at bright blue sky or indulge in water’s reflection. About the only way you could seriously damage yourself would be to stare at the full sun at high noon while your pupils were dilated by some kind of drug. (Many nasal decongestants and other common drugs, as well as exposure to some pesticides, dilate the pupils.)