How Nutritious is Your Food?

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The first U.S. soil surveys were completed in the 1920s. They all concluded that our soil was depleted of key nutrients like nitrates and carbonates, which are necessary for the growth of healthy crops and, ultimately, nutrient-dense food.

And that was way back in the 1920s.

Things have only gotten worse since then, unfortunately.

Not-So-Good Soil Interventions

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Research: Plants Cure Cancer, Not Chemicals

Plants Are The Cure For Cancer, Not Chemicals

Unbeknownst to most, a Copernican revolution has already taken place in cancer theory. Today, the weight of evidence indicates that plants and not chemicals are the solution for reversing the global cancer epidemic.

Our understanding of what causes cancer has undergone something akin to a Copernican revolution in the past decade. Biological fatalism has been the predominant force in medicine over the past half century, where most conditions including cancer were believed predestined ‘in the genes,’ and therefore impossible to reverse. Instead of looking for root cause resolution of disease (RCRD), we resigned ourselves to ‘finding it early’ and in the case of cancer, when doing so (even when it was benign), we waged war against it, quite literally using weapons grade materials (mustard gas- and nuclear materials-derived agents). Now, however, in this post-Genomic era, factors above (epi-) the control of the genes – epigenetic factors – are taking center stage; these include environmental exposures, stress, nutritional factors, and various lifestyle-based variables that are within the ambit of our control and volition, and which are often reversible.

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When An Athlete Gives Up Gluten

Search for studies on how gluten affects athletic performance, and you’ll probably come up empty-handed. Researchers just haven’t paid much attention to how gluten influences exercise. But in the real world, outside of the controlled environment of the laboratory, athletes are finding that going gluten-free seems to give them an extra edge. (more…)

Beta-Glucan Shows Treatment Promise

b1,3-glucan, a long-chain polysaccharide, is one of the compounds that stimulates the body’s antibacterial and antitumor responses. Found in mushrooms, yeast, and cereal grains, this compound increases macrophage, neutrophil, and natural killer (NK) cell activity as well as cytokine production. (Cytokines are proteins that coordinate antibody and T cell immune interactions and amplify immune reactivity.)

A 2002 pilot study conducted by Vaclav Vetvicka, PhD, and colleagues showed that a commercial, yeast-derived b1,3-glucan product (Imucell WGP Beta Glucan, Biopolymer Engineering Inc., Eagan, Minnesota) protects mice against anthrax infection and cancer. To investigate beta-glucan’s ability to fight infection, 20 mice received 7 days of oral treatment with beta-glucan. Ten received 0.2 mg of beta-glucan/kg of body weight per day, and 10 got 20 mg/kg. At the end of treatment, researchers gave these mice and 10 untreated controls a subcutaneous injection of anthrax spores. All of the beta-glucan subjects survived anthrax infection. Only 5 of the 10 untreated control mice lived.  (more…)