The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 8 – May 2009
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
“ Though scientists do not all agree till now on the relationship between illness and nutrition, but evidence is mounting and there is a general consensus that the quality and quantity of foods we consume in our affluent society and our sedentary lifestyle are the main factors causing many forms of cancer, cardiovascular and other degenerative diseases. ”
~ Dr. Earnest Wiender, Director NIH, New York
THIS ISSUE’S TESTIMONIALS:
Rheumatoid Arthritis has gone “into remission”
“ I’ve been on your Formula 2 and 3 a couple of months, the specialist I’m seeing here in New Orleans (Dr. Leonard Serebro at Ochsner Memorial Hospital) believes my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) has gone “into remission.” I am no longer taking any medication for the RA having taken myself off methrotrexate 2 months ago and more recently stopping the monthly infusions of Orencia. ”
– Deborah Reed
A Healthy Couple is Fertile
by Rodika Kiriac, ND
I believe fertility is a result of health. And the way to health is much more elaborate than just the green salad on your plate. Health involves every aspect of your life, be it eating, drinking, interacting, having fun, exercising, relaxing, even thinking.
There are so many reasons for the struggles of the contemporary couple to conceive. Is it too much emotional stress, too much work, too much exercise, too much coffee, too much alcohol, too much overindulgence? Or is it few nutrients, not enough water, iron deficiency, vitamin E or C deficiency, magnesium or zinc deficiency? Sometimes it’s hard to know, and other times it’s all about timing: that lucky spermatozoid can only be lucky when joined with an egg during the woman’s most fertile days of the month.
The truth is that if both the man and the woman are healthy and fertile, they will conceive a child eventually. Certain factors play a key role in determining fertility. In order for a woman to be fertile she must produce a viable egg from one of her ovaries and the egg must pass through the Fallopian tubes toward the uterus. In order for the man to be fertile he must be able to produce strong and healthy sperm and fertilize the egg along the way.
So, how should the future parents conceive naturally?
1. Love and indulge in each other!
Make intimacy to be about your love for each other, and not about pregnancy. Most people succeed when they forget they are trying!
2. Reduce stress, relax & enjoy life
Ah, la joie de vivre! how beautiful. We would do ourselves such a favor if we would stop worrying and just be happy! Don’t fret, wanting makes everything possible! Go for a daily walk, read a book or a magazine, get a facial, get a foot and body massage, take up yoga, start an organic garden, host dinner parties for family and friends, and if none of that works, go on a vacation – somewhere far or not so far, as long as you can turn your cell phone off, shut down your computer and enjoy each other.
3. Sleep 7-8 hours a night at regular hours
Adequate sleep is essential to fertility. Sleep deprivation impacts the mood, metabolism and menstrual cycles, leading to hormonal changes that may delay conception. All living entities, from plants to humans, have a biological clock, which is a daily rhythm of many physiological processes. This daily cycle is linked to clear patterns of body temperature, brain wave activity, cell regeneration, hormone production, including ovulation and sperm maturation. Both women and men are affected by respecting or ignoring their natural rhythms. A regular 7-8 hour sleep/wake schedule ensures a proper and needed balance to this human biological clock. Fertility and balance go hand in hand. Set for yourself a beauty sleep schedule and try to stick to it, without stressing too much about it, of course.
4. Eat and enjoy alkaline forming foods to enhance fertility
Our bodies require a certain pH balance for health – both reproductive and health in general. Disease thrives in an acidic environment and unless the body is alkaline, it cannot heal itself. Alkaline forming foods create a proper pH (alkaline-acidic) balance, necessary for conception and embryo acceptance. If cervical mucous is too acidic, it can become hostile to sperm and prevent implantation.
As a rule of thumb, most fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming. Also, eating foods high in chlorophyll is a sure way to creating an alkaline body (hint: if it’s dark green, it’s good for you!) (hint hint: read #9). Make yourself a tasty green salad a day, top it with nuts and virgin oil. Eat a few organic in season fruits a day such as apples, bananas, oranges, avocados, pomegranates, mangos, blueberries. Eat a few healthy snacks of nuts, fresh carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers. Squeeze fresh lemon juice in your water. These foods alone will add antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to your diet, as well as make your body more alkaline, healthy, and fertile.
5. Eat organic as often as possible!
Exposure to pesticides diminishes chances of conception. There has been over a 50% decrease in sperm counts in the last 50 years. Interestingly studies show that organic farmers have had increasing sperm counts, as opposed to farmers who use chemicals (who have had a large drop in sperm counts). In study published in the journal Biology of Reproduction doctors found exposure to the manmade chemical methoxychlor (a member of the DDT family) reduced testosterone levels, which may, in turn, reduce male fertility. In a new study released by Yale University, researchers found this same pesticide – which is used to kill flies, mosquitoes, and other insects – can also impair the function of a woman’s reproductive system. Eat organic, or even better, go back to #1 and start yourself an organic garden!
6. Walk every day for at least 30 minutes
Walking is a low impact aerobic exercise that can also be a natural fertility treatment. It enhances mental wellbeing: improves mood, relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. Walking increases metabolic function, thus helps control body weight and reduce body fat. Excess body fat can increase the amount of estrogen in your body, throwing the female fertility cycle out of balance. Exercise helps to burn off this excess body fat, allowing hormone levels to return to normal. Find a route that you enjoy and walk after your meals, replace half an hour of TV time with walking time, take the stairs, switch driving for walking whenever you can. Walk with long strides, swing your arms, and breathe deeply to bring more oxygen to your blood and do it daily!
7. Avoid coffee and alcohol
Both caffeine (as little as one cup of coffee per day) and alcohol is known now to reduce fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol are acid forming to your body (#4 explains the need for a proper pH balance).
8. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas
Every single cell in our entire body depends on water for proper functioning. Water, as a critical component of blood, takes part in transporting nutrients and oxygen to each cell and flushing out wastes and toxins out of every cell. A healthy body is properly nourished and properly cleansed. Water is also a critical component of cervical mucus – a body fluid that helps guide spermatozoa through the cervix towards the egg around the time of ovulation. If your body is not adequately hydrated, then it can be difficult to produce enough cervical fluids.
9. BSF for health and fertility
Health is something we should strive to pass along to our children, but we can only pass along what we already have! In your search for higher health we would like to share with you BioSuperfood (BSF) – a unique algae blend that my father and researcher has developed. In the 13 years that the blend was researched on livestock, the following results were obtained pertaining fertility (although fertility was not the aim of the study, but simply the outcome of healthier animals):
- Increased viability of donor’s embryos and resulting fecundity
- Increased spermatozoid count and motility (4-5 times)
- Increased instances of multiple births (twins)
- Increased viability of newborns
- Increase survival rate of newborns
- Increased fertility
- Spermatozoid count and its motility became more elevated in most species tested.
People, when consuming BSF, report a sense of increased energy and vitality. There have been many cases of fertility and so many other benefits reported anecdotally by people using BSF:
- Couples having difficulty getting pregnant, reported successful pregnancy and resulting birth
- Women and men report increased libido
- Men report increased erectile function
- There is normalization of the level of testosterones and other hormones
I would like to share with you Kate’s testimonial, which is one of many happy pregnancy stories that people have so kindly shared with us after using BSF.
My Story with BSF
“I am writing this letter to you marking one year that I have been using the BSF products. I began using them last fall because I had been on birth control since college using Depo-Provera, and I had not gotten my period for over seven years. At the time it was a wonderful thing (not getting my period and all of the female things associated with it) but after going off the birth control, six months had passed and my cycle had not returned. After starting with the BSF formula, within a few days I felt a difference in my energy, my regularity and my overall health. By the time I had been on the product for 3 to 4 weeks, what a difference. The energy level and overall health-well being were to me 100% better. With the continued use of BSF, my cycle became regular in May. I have been thrilled with the progress my body has made over the past year. My cycle is regular to the day, my female hormones have adjusted and are now secreting properly and I truly feel as if my body’s core is stronger and healthy. Not to mention the fact that I am a teacher around many, many children who carry hundreds of germs that I now continually fight off avoiding those awful sicknesses I used to get prior to BSF.
I highly recommend this product to any woman going through fertility issues or menopause and all the not fun side effects, hot flashes, no energy, not sleeping, and just the overall attitudes and emotional ups and downs. I can’t say enough good things about this product and I’m so very thankful for having been given the opportunity to take this product and experience the wonderful overall change in my health.”
– Kate B., Denver, Colorado
PS1 “I became pregnant soon after this testimonial and gave birth to a beautiful daughter in October 2005.”
PS2 “I became pregnant again in 2008 and gave birth to a beautiful boy in April 2009.”
Food & Fertility, Sleep & Fertility, Pesticides & Fertility
REALITY CHECK ( Demythtifying Water )
This year in each month’s BioNews I have committed to demythify either a substance, a supplement or a certain concept of health. This month I have chosen to demythify “water” which has become such a huge affair. I hope to simplify your life and save you money with the brief discussion that follows.
I remember back in 1960 when I was 10 years old, my mother used to buy Vichy mineral water. It was a treat to her and the lucky one of us kids that happen to be around that day. I never knew why she bought it, but I believe she was influenced by the simple fact that it was a special spring water from “France.”
The flood of various sorts of bottled waters began in the early 70’s and has never stopped since. First came Perrier and then many others with fancy names and claims. The chlorine debate in the 80’s, gave birth to various filtration systems, and added fuel to the shower of brand waters. Today, beside bottled water there are dozens if not hundreds of variants or transformed waters; filtered, alkalined, oxygenated, organized, distilled, reverse osmosis, all kinds of exotic spring waters, even structured and blessed waters, along with pills that alter or transform your water. From a couple of brand in the 70’s to hundreds on the market today with more coming down the river, water has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
What happened to natural water from springs, streams, lakes or rain? Let me point out the resemblance to the food vs supplements phenomena, where the partly valid theories of depleted soil has lead to the advent of hundreds of supplements. Following a parallel time line as the water business, the supplement business began with Vitamin C in the 50’s and has exploded into thousands of offering today, and there too, many more supplements will be coming for the next few decades. Did you know that the alternative medicine industry along with its supplements has become a 20 billion dollar industry, with some recent statistics showing it as high as sixty billions with its derivatives! Did you know that there is no reasonable statistics showing that all these waters or supplements are helping us get healthier. On the contrary we are getting more diseased each day that passes. By the way let me be “fair” to the much more lucrative pharmaceutical industry which has also nothing to show in helping us get healthier.
Debunking the myth(s) around water would require to debunks each of the variants listed above and even each brand or providers of water for their unique claim(s) regarding source, functionality/structure, quality assurance, etc. After years of studying the many theories about pollutions of our water, the danger of bottled water, filtration systems, various water brands, water transformation, and the many claims of benefit to health, I have derived common sense observations that I hope will help some of you in your pursuit of health and maybe save you money.
When you have an hour, please study the extraordinary complexity of human digestion. Here next is an online class at Colorado State University. After studying digestion, I hope that like me, you will be enlightened as regard to what happens to water, food and/or any supplement after they enter our human digestive system, lungs or skin.
Let me summarize my observations; in essence, all ingested substances are subject to rigorous filtration and transformation by our extraordinary digestive, immune, and cellular metabolism. In other words, any visible or invisible substance, such as water, food, or vitamin C as a supplement, looses its structure as it is broken down to its molecular form by our digestive acids and enzymes, and is sorted out to be either assimilated or eliminated. For example, with most food, 99% of its fiber or bulk mass passes as stool, while the body extracts “some” of its nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals. Water, “a food” is also dis-assembled to its molecular form, mixed with stomach churn, enriched with pancreatic enzymes and other juices, while “some” portion crosses into our digestive tract, joins the blood towards the liver where it is further filtered, re-organized and distributed through the entire body via our blood circulation, and made available to each of our trillions of cells as a vastly different “substance” then what we see with our naked eye, and have agreed to call “water.”
My point at this juncture is that “water, in whatever form or structure (alkalined, oxygenated, etc), when ingested, will be transformed by the body as the body sees fit; its structure and various elements such as pH, oxygen, minerals, etc. will be completely re-organized by the transformation and enrichment of our pancreatic enzyme, bile, basic energy and liver.” If you really believe in the various theories presented by water marketers, then you should apply similar filtering and transformation concepts to your foods. More importantly if these theories hold true, then you should be transforming and filtering each breath of air that you breathe.
What is forgotten with these various marketing pitch is your own body’s innate self-regulation and resilience. Our digestive and immune system and each 100 trillion cells in your body is the most perfect filtration organism.
In my personal water strategy, I use city water that I further filter using the “Big Berky” system. I don’t waste too much money on specialized water. Instead I strive to increase my resilience and cellular vitality and self-regulation. I do not worry about changing my water pH, or oxygen, as I have faith that my body will take care of all that as it has done since my conception, and has done so in all human history.
BioSuperfood and it’s connection to water
When consuming BioSuperfood, we say it will “fire” your ordinary foods, and water too, water normally being a whole food. By that we mean that in “awakening the genius within”, or the principal regulation organs of the brain (such as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland), that BioSuperfood will increase your own capacity to filter, transform, assimilate and absorb the many nutrients in your food and water. Read more at The Magic is BSF
BioSuperfood is an extraordinary ally food that will expedite the return to balance and health. Make sure to get your copy of the newly released book AWAKENING THE GENIUS WITHIN
The Magic is BSF