Natural Vs. Synthetic
The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 7 – February 2008
Welcome to this month’s BioNews. We must learn to free ourselves from the control that others exert over us. As we learn we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self defense in wellness, I call “The Martial Art of Wellness.” And as we practice we become Wellness Ninjas.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul, and therefore, if the head and the body are to be healthy, you must begin by curing the mind. This is the first thing. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured. For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that physicians first separate the soul from the body.”
THIS ISSUE’S TESTIMONIALS:
…never seen in 20 years…
This month I want to report a case in progress in the hope of demonstrating the powerful nutritional support that BioSuperfood can provide. This is the case of a Daniel, a 53 years old man diagnosed in October 2007 with pancreatic cancer. Daniel has requested that we respect his privacy in order to protect him from his oncologist and health insurance.
Daniel was told at the time that he had 3 months to live, to pack his affairs. Yet, he was also urged by his oncologist to follow aggressive chemotherapy treatments. He has followed since the advises of his oncologist.
On November 15th, 2007, a CT-SCAN of the abdominal and pelvis region found an hypodense mass in the pancreas with a size 3.3 X 2.2cm, and multiple hypodense lesions in the liver; the largest measuring 20mm, and at least 12 other involving every segment of the liver and measuting less then 10 mm.
This CT-SCAN shows clearly that the cancer had also progressed (metastized) to the liver.
At that time, out of desperation Daniel decided to take as an adjunct the BioSuperfood supplements at a rate of one half capsule each 30 minutes of his wake day, approximately 20 to 24 times per day. Because he was also medicated for a high blood pressure condition, the BioSuperfood program was started gradually and has remained at the half capsule dose as opposed to the full capsule.
When he started the BioSuperfood program, he was suffering from the many side effects of chemotherapy; depression, low energy, appetite loss, etc. Within one week of taking BioSuperfood he began to feel better, to feel energy, his appetite and capacity to function returned. In late December of 2007 his physician stopped the high blood pressure medication because there was no more high pressure.
As of February 17th, 2008, he has maintained his energy, appetite, and general well being and capacity to function. He has followed his oncologist treatments to the letter and remains fearful of not following his oncologist’s advice. Yet he has also been discipline and continues taking half capsule of BioSuperfood each 30 minutes of his wake day.
On February 4th, 2008, a CT-SCAN of the abdominal and pelvis region found an UNCHANGED hypodense mass in the pancreas with a size 3.3 X 2.2cm, and MARKED REGRESSION of the liver lesions; the largest lesion is still seen and measuring 20mm. The other 12 hypodense lesions are not identified anymore.
In essence, this CT-SCAN shows a clear STABILIZATION and a certain REMISSION of the cancer. The oncologist admitted to Daniel that he has never seen in 20 years of practice such positive results.
I hope that you do not misread this partial description of the case. Pancreatic cancer is statistically the deadliest cancer. Daniel’s battle is not over. But so far he has easily doubled his given 3 months ticket on life, and there are clear signs that he will live through this year and beyond.
SUPPLEMENTATION – PART I OF IV (Natural Vs. Synthetic)
After the beginning of the industrial revolution, researchers identified ways to replicate molecules of vitamins normally occurring in nature. With that the supplementation industry was born. Today many vitamins can be synthesized from substances ranging from corn syrup to coal tar. It is with these synthetics and the help of thousands of promotional articles published daily in hundreds of publications, newsletters and other media, that the multi billions dollars supplements industry capitalizes on the failure of the pharmaceuticals industry.
This industry has become so complex to be blinding even for the experts. From hundreds of supplements offered, results thousands of choices for the consumer with variants in regulations, ingredients, sources, mixes, labeling, quality, manufacturers, confusing descriptions, and outrageous claims. At the rate that new molecules and their metabolic functionality are identified, like COQ10, alpha lipoic acid, selenium, etc, hundreds of supplements are introduced annually in your vitamin store, or on the Internet.
After many years of using and learning about supplements, in the process realizing their inefficiency and potential danger, I abandoned all non food supplementation for myself and my clients eight years ago. Fortunately one alternative solution had been there all along; “Natural Supplementation”. This simple yet powerful solution eliminates 95% of supplements, and cuts right through complexities and confusion about supplementation.
Over the next several issues of BioNews, in a series called “Supplementation”, I will shed light on this important health topic. My goal is that you too will be delivered from the grasp of the supplementation industry.
In this series, I will propose what I have confirmed and experienced personally, and like many of you, what I had known instinctively all along, that;
- nutrients left in their natural form operate dramatically better then synthesized or isolated ones, and will cause ZERO toxicity
- nutrients isolated from their natural form are mostly inefficient and often toxic
- synthesized nutrients are greatly inefficient, often toxic and dangerous
- mega dose of synthesized and/or isolated nutrients are greatly inefficient, often toxic and dangerous
I will provide you with information to help you discern between the good and the bad. I will share with you criteria with which to dissect manufacturer’s claims and promotional articles. Knowledge is power, and you will know more than most; you will be able to make intelligent decision on nutrition and supplementation. We will cover topics like:
- Synthetic Vs. natural?
- Why supplement at all?
- When is natural really natural?
- Characteristics of a good supplement
- Supplementation simplification!
Synthetic Vs. Natural
Some scientist say that synthetic vitamins have identical chemical structure as natural vitamins do; some say that they are just as effective. At one time many scientists believed the world to be flat. In the laboratory, chemists can duplicate sea water that looks chemically identical to natural sea water, but when fish are placed in this synthetic water they die.
In this series, I start with proposing that the only “real” natural vitamins are those that occur complete with their complex family of micro-nutrients (known and unknown) within the whole food in its natural state, like vitamin C of green pepper. The balance and synergy between these micro-nutrients cannot be duplicated and is indispensable for proper assimilation, cellular absorption and utilization. Natural vitamins is the best way to benefit cellular nutrition without toxicity. Synthetic and isolated vitamins not only lack the supporting balance and synergy of natural vitamins, but often will cause metabolic imbalances.
Let’s pick on Vitamin C as an example
Vitamin C as naturally occurring in citrus fruits, acerola cherries and a myriad other fruits and vegetables, comes as a complex containing vitamin P factors such as bioflavonoid and rutin, vitamin K, vitamin J, various enzymes and coenzymes plus a small amount of ascorbic acid, the antioxidant of the complex. In the supplementation industry, vitamin C is rated according to the amount of ascorbic acid it contains. Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, ascorbic acid is ascorbic acid, a fraction of the biologically utilizable natural vitamin C complex. Most vitamin C (ascorbic acid) on the market are produced synthetically. According to The New York Times, a team of British pathologists at the University of Leicester studied 30 healthy men and women for six weeks, giving them 400 milligrams of synthetic vitamin C daily in the form of ascorbic acid. They found that at this level, vitamin C promoted damage to the DNA in these individuals.
Dr. Szent-Gyorgi won the Nobel Prize in Medicine, in the 1930s for identifying vitamin C and all its many health benefits. Although he successfully isolated the molecule ascorbic acid in his research, his studies clearly demonstrated the vastly superior benefits of consuming foods rich in vitamin C. For this reason, even though he discovered ascorbic acid, he did not recommend its use! In fact, Dr. Szent-Gyorgi affirmed over and over again that the best results occurred when people consumed vitamin C in its natural food form.
Yet even with these facts known, as much as 97% percent of vitamin C supplements are calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbate or potassium ascorbate. Despite marketing claims, these laboratory-produced molecules are not natural vitamin C, far from it. They are chemically synthesized molecules manufactured in test tubes and often made from genetically modified corn sugar. These synthetic molecules mimic ascorbic acid, which is only one of the numerous life-supporting molecules found in 100% natural vitamin C.
Over the years, as the scientists keep uncovering the assimilation requirements of vitamin C, you may have noticed the marketeres of vitamin C adding those required factors. In 1970 synthetic ascorbic acid was sold stand alone as vitamin C; in the 80’s, scientists identified the need of zinc for human assimilation of vitamin c; the marketers proceeded to add zinc to their vitamin C supplement; by 2000 we know that vitamin A and E are required, in 2005 we know that bioflavanoids are required and the marketers are now adding these flavanoids to their formula. This will go on until we realize that the only way to reach full vitamin C functionality is when eating the whole green pepper. In the mean time millions of people are buying synthetic and dysfunctional vitamin C.
We are familiar with many scientific studies demonstrating vitamin C’s important health-enhancing and antioxidant benefits. What we may not know is that much of this research is conducted using foods high in vitamin C and not synthetic ascorbic acid supplements. The proven health benefits we all associate with vitamin C are actually created by the intricate interaction of numerous supportive co-factors found only in food, not in isolated, synthesized molecules. Test-tube vitamin C simply cannot re-create the magnificent synergy of whole-food vitamin C. This is a significant distinction. Unbiased scientists and healthcare providers consistently emphasize the importance of obtaining all our nutrients from mixed whole foods.
And what about Vitamin B?
In 1920, the vitamin B-1 compound was identified. By 1970, ten other members of the vitamin B complex had been identified, bringing the total number of B factors to eleven. Following the current supplementation industry principle, had you selected to take the newly isolated B-1 compound in 1920, you would have missed out on the rest of the B factors, which we know today, are all required to occur “together” in order to efficiently fight stress. Had you relied instead on a diet rich in b-complex vitamins, like fruits and vegetables, you would have gotten all the vitamin B factors known, including those still unknown that are yet to be identified!
How about famous Beta-Carotene!
Most micro-nutrients are found in families or complex like those of vitamin C and B. Another example is beta-carotene that is sold as a separate supplement. You can be certain that most beta-carotene on the market are isolated synthetic compounds made from acetylene gas. It’s no wonder that testing done with the synthetic form of beta-carotene produces mixed results, and even hazard to health. In nature, beta-carotene is part of a large family of carotenoids that never occur alone. For example, even in the carrot and tomatoes you find beside beta-carotene, other wonderful carotenoids like alpha-carotene, cantozantheen, gamma-carotene, licopene, omega-carotene, etc. And although beta-carotene is a popular antioxidant, the unknown cantozantheen is more effective as an antioxidant then beta-carotene, while the even less known alpha-carotene is at least 20 times more effective then beta-carotene. When isolating beta-carotene from its natural family of carotenoids, supposed experts or marketers are removing other beneficial antioxidants, and more importantly their synergistic power when working together. Even the American Cancer Society recommends that the best source of cancer fighting nutrients should be obtained from a diet rich in mixed fruits and vegetables.
Fortunately, more and more biochemical experts now realize that without the whole-food complex, the body does not achieve the intended nutrition. They also know that isolate vitamins and supplements lack the full complex and cannot function as claimed. On the contrary, their research is proving synthetics and isolates to cause imbalances and nutritional deficiencies, forcing the body to use its own reserves of nutrients and energy in the futile attempt to make these incomplete vitamins work.
Yet there is a greater increase in the industry promotional activities for synthetic supplements.
WWW.THEMAGICISBAC.COM ( Probiotics in BAC? )
Are there any Probiotics in BAC?
There are no Probiotics in BAC, but when consuming BAC, instead of allopathically supplementing Probiotics for life, your natural intestinal bacterial balance will be restored along with many other vital health metabolisms.
Bacteria are naturally available in our tracks by the trillion. There are more bacteria in our guts then cells in our body.
Typically, poor foods, environmental toxins, and stress conspire to acidify the body bathing it in damaging free radicals. Normally the ratio of friendly to bad bacteria in our digestive tracks should be 85% / 15%, while in America it is reversed to 15% / 85%, setting the stage for exhaustion, acidity, chronic pain, rapid aging and a host of degenerative diseases.
According to Wikepedia, Probiotics are dietary supplements containing potentially beneficial bacteria or yeasts. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, Probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.
This definition does not tell you that there are many natural ways to maintain or regain your own intestinal beneficial microorganisms, as opposed to supplementing for life, nor of any other natural sources to replenish them.
Thus the industry has cooked up a large business of selling Probiotics and no solution. The issue when you take Probiotics, is that you do not resolve the problem, you simply patch the symptoms for a while.
The smarter way to return the critical pH balance is in stopping overeating, the junk foods, the bad diet, sugars, alcohol, cigarettes, etc, and in adding fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, and other good life style changes.
When using BAC, you support the body’s return to intestinal vitality in a natural and wholistic way. BAC stimulates the pancreas to efficiently alkalize the digestive system, which promotes the return of a healthy intestinal flora and bacterial balance. Instead of just “patching” the symptoms, BAC via efficient cellular nutrition invigorates and tones the entire digestion in a gentle, and even pleasant way.
With the return of the critical pH balance comes; reduction of pain, regeneration of the intestinal lining, allowing it to hold more water and less salt; removal of carcinogenic buildup of old matter; vitality of both extremes of bowel activity; and soon there is restored micro bacterial flora of your digestive tacks.
Processed foods and antibiotics deplete the friendly microbes necessary for healthy intestinal function. BAC rapidly restores beneficial flora, so food, nutrients, and supplements are more completely digested and assimilated.
With regular use of BAC, efficient detoxification takes place, the pancreas and the liver are cleansed, nourished, and stimulated to regenerate and fully perform their critical functions.