Autoimmunity – A Reversible Process by WellnessWiz Jack Tips

Can the body reverse autoimmune “diseases”?

The Central Dogma. In 1958, Dr. Francis Crick, a molecular biologist renowned for helping develop the double helix model of DNA, established the “Central Dogma” as a catchphrase for newly affirmed rules of biology. The Central Dogma governs the behavior of DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis, and the permutations of how information physically moves among them. Modern Medicine has used this Central Dogma to justify their “No Known Cause, No Known Cure” litany, and erroneously fostered the belief that “Once an autoimmune disease gets started, there is no cure, but only suppression of the symptoms.” Here we’ll celebrate the death throes of that damning limitation and revel in the new scientific findings of Epigenetics.

Why is this important? Because ultimately, it governs how our cells express health or disease. It’s the functioning of Life at the cellular level.

Thus Dr. Crick established when RNA transcribes DNA and delivers the message for protein synthesis to the cells’ organelles for expression, that the message implemented is exact and irreversible. Genetic transcription is a one-way street. Thus DNA can be copied to DNA which is called “DNA replication.” DNA can be copied to messenger RNA (mRNA) which is called “transcription,” and proteins that facilitate cellular function can be organized according to the mRNA template which is called “translation.”

Quick Review – How Cells Work. Let’s take a brief refresher moment, then we’ll move forward in this discourse. In human beings, nuclear DNA never leaves the nucleus of the living cell. It must be copied in a process called “transcription” which is performed by an enzyme called “RNA polymerase.” The purpose of transcription is to build—like building a house—the exact proteins that operate cellular and life functions whose sequences are stored in the cell’s DNA.

The fact that amino acid (peptides) operate the human body means that proteins (protein means of the first quality) are the most important of the three basic nutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrate) – they serve our lives at the inner cellular level, followed by fats that serve the cell membranes, and then carbohydrates that serve energy, healing, and cellular communications. This is is why Doc Wheelwright’s dietary research presented in the book, The Pro-Vita! Plan for Optimal Nutrition focuses on how to get optimal cellular protein nutrition for optimal health expression. www.appleadaypress.com

The RNA polymerase binds to a DNA strand at a specific sequence of the gene called a “promoter.” It unwinds and unlinks the two DNA strands and uses one of the strands as a template. It then matches new nucleotides (structural units—like bricks—of DNA with RNA) with their complements on the DNA strand (G with C, A with U.) Note: remember from school that RNA has a U (Uracil) instead of a T (Thymine).

Then the new RNA nucleotides bind together to form a complimentary copy of the DNA. This is called mRNA. This duplication process stops when it encounters a termination sequence called a “stop codon.” The single strand mRNA may have extra sequences that don’t code for protein synthesis called introns. Thus the mRNA is further processed to cut introns out, add a nucleotide “cap” to one end of the strand, and add 1-200 adenine (A) nucleotides to the “tail” end.

The mRNA transcribed from DNA is the first step of “gene expression.” Now the duplicated gene information is carried out of the nucleus through nuclear pores by tRNA (the messenger service) to the cellular organelles called “ribosomes” in the endoplasmic reticulum. Here the mRNA blueprint is implemented into the proteins that operate the myriad cellular functions.

Nine Possible Pathways Genes Turn Into Cellular Metabolic Processes. This Central Dogma process
is established to be irreversible—it’s faithful to impeccable accuracy, deterministic, and dependent upon
the original DNA sequence. Thus there are nine permutations of this foundational cellular life process.
The General Transfers occur most of the time in most cells. The Special Transfers occur only in special
circumstances such as viral replications and “retro transcriptions” as with the AIDS virus. The Unknown
Transfers are hypothetical and were not known to occur at that time.

The Unknown category accommodated what science would discover over the next 50 years: enzyme interference in the transfer, methylation silencing of chromosomes, inteins where a protein sequence detaches and reforms altering the sequence, and prions that change the behavior of proteins but don’t change the structure, so prions still fall within the Protein → Protein dogma.

This understanding established the excathedric absolute sanctity of the human genome, “What the DNA says, the body
must express. No exceptions!”

After 13 years of intensive computer work in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, and China; in 2003 scientists mapped out the entire human genome–as much as possible. Expectations were high because with successful mapping,
researchers hoped to find methods to destroy disease chromosomes. They especially hoped that drugs could be
developed that impact the genome for suppression of diseases. For example, researchers found the chromosome that causes plaque in the arteries. Limited thinking of today’s “understanding” surmised that if there were a way to shut down that chromosome, then a person could continue to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed food and chemicals and not have to pay the price of arterial disease. There is a way to shut down that disease gene, but Nature is set up for that communication to occur from plants and herbs, not drugs.

Epigenetics. Long, long ago is when our genetic code and the “epigenetic1” implementation of that code formed the foundation of health. The human genome contains massive information—so much that it took the world’s most powerful computers to map it out. Yet, that scientific milestone was met with disappointment because: 1) the
code was more basic and simple than expected (human DNA is virtually identical to that of a fruit fly, mouse, and
other species), 2) it simply discovered that all our health and all our diseases are built into that code, and 3) the
level of health we have, or don’t have, occurs according to what information we express from that code. So the key to life, to having health, is in how our bodies choose to express different facets of our genetic code and leave other facets unexpressed.

Thus the ultimate disappointment in mapping the human genome for skeptical scientists was that it pointed to the existence of the body’s innate intelligence— the ability of our cell membranes to think and make decisions—as opposed to the body being solely a mechanical machine governed by a mechanical brain (e.g. the dogma upon which the practice of allopathic medicine is founded.) Now, “disappointments” must give way and embrace the powerful, uplifting message of epigenetic ability to express health instead of disease. The light of truth keeps leaking through despite Science’s disregard of natural law. The revelation is that, genetically speaking, foods and herbs are premier healing agents, and the holistic model of human health is made manifest. Let’s look at those disappointments briefly, because out of their tenets, we can gain both knowledge and wisdom.

Genome Disappointment #1: Our Sacred Human DNA, while profound, is basically simple and similar to many other species’ DNA. The human genome is simpler than expected. It’s not the massive, arcane, complex tome that an ego-driven, complex species expected. It did not reveal why humans are the dominant “chosen” species. It did not reveal the answer to eliminating all diseases. It did reveal that the cause of disease must be found outside the DNA in the epigenetic expression of DNA.

For an analogy, let’s hold up the world’s great religious scriptures. Many religions claim that their holy book has the sum total of all the information that’s needed to live rightly and fulfill one’s mission in life. So, according to religions, all the information that God imparts to humankind is contained in a few hundred ancient pages. This is similar to DNA being the “Book of Life” containing all the information about life and survival in one concentrated package. The information is all there—condensed, rich, meaningful, and simple.

Then, it’s up to the individual and clergies to: 1) read the scripture, 2) interpret what it means, and 3) implement its lessons. From all the varied interpretations of the same scriptural writings, the various sects, cults, dogmas, and conflicts emerge as different understandings revolve and evolve according to needs of the times. Today’s religious practices are not what they were 1000 years ago.

So our analogy here is that our DNA is the body’s “good book of all life knowledge,” but that book must be read, understood, and implemented. Like the religious interpretation of holy scriptures that adapt to the times, human epigenetics responds and evolves according to dietary, environmental, and cultural factors.


1 Epigenetics – heritable and acquired changes in gene expression that occur by mechanisms other than changes in the DNA sequence. This means that our bodies are malleable and can adapt and change much, much faster than waiting for genetic mutations to occur.

Genome Disappointment #2. Inability to control genome (not epigenomic) expression of DNA.
Now one might wonder, why would our DNA contain the genes for disease? Is this some kind of mistake? Science thinks that if we could just excise those genes, or kill them with drugs, there would be no more disease, right?

Not right! The human genetic code contains disease expressions because they are the perfect response to the input received. The body’s primary directive is “adapt and “survive.” So according to that prime directive, the body can elicit and allow diseases because they are the best that the body can do under the circumstances. A woman or man with multiple sclerosis can reproduce and ensure the survival of the species—thus fulfill the prime directive. Their offspring will not have the disease, despite the common myth that if your parents had cancer then you will eventually get cancer. Basically, blaming our genes for our diseases is simply “killing the messenger.” Yet this is the interpretation of Central Dogma that medicine has been preaching to the public for over 50 years.

So the question being begged is, “What must we do so that our bodies never settle for, or elicit, disease-causing gene expressions?” This is the lesson of Pandora’s Box. Today, diseases and pestilences are inflicted upon humanity by human ignorance of Natural Law. Call it scientific hubris if you like. The “genome disappointments” are simply Nature telling Science that it must not forget the Laws Of Nature in the quest to understand health, and a plea to first become grounded in the Natural Laws of Life and Health, before applying knowledge toward the monied interests of Big Pharma.

Further, what Science overlooked was that herbs such as curcumin and boswellia facilitate enzymes at the epigenetic level that promote healthy methylation of DNA in that they can directly turn off cancer cells2. Thus, again, it’s herbs that are Nature’s “medicines” that can arrest disease processes. It’s herbs that impart the directives to place “gene silencing” methyl molecules on the genes that allow disease.

Natural VS Synthetic Orders. Humanity is engaged in self-destruction when it seeks dictatorial suppression of disease symptoms with toxic drugs (medications that require a Drug Enforcement Administration license) that inevitably cause further disturbances to the body’s Innate Intelligence’s ability to regulate its life processes, and it obstructs the body’s innate directive to heal itself. Our human genome expressions are based on natural substances (herbs, foods, minerals, vitamins, nutriments, venoms, etc.) from the natural order rather than synthetic order. Just think back to our hunter/gatherer roots. The human body built its genetic library on the natural order. The industrial revolution is the tipping point that brought forth the man-made, processed synthetic order with its associated benefits and detriments hand-in-hand.

Genome Disappointment #3: Health Is Not All About Genetics. For decades, the Central Dogma in medicine has been that your DNA is transcribed into the proteins that govern your life and that once that process gets started, it is irreversible. This errant view is predicated on the simplistic concept that once your genes are damaged or decide to express a disease, then the transcription of that information dooms you to that disease forever and you are a victim who holds the short end of the stick. Big Pharma steps in to sell you a drug for hundreds of dollars a day, that suppresses the overt symptoms and is guaranteed to never cure you, but is guaranteed to create side effects and other diseases if you take it, and while doing so bankrupt the global economy by shifting wealth from the people to legalized drug cartels.

This errant Central Dogma interpretation by Medicine is something that can destroy the patient’s life by victimization known as the “disease of the diagnosis” when the doctors states: “You have a disease. There is no known cause, and no known cure.” Such a statement is contrary to the most elemental understanding of health and basic body processes. It is an expression of complete ignorance about how the body works and can cure itself. It stems from the
sorely limited Newtonian—completely mechanical—view of the body being a machine with the errant premise that all people emerge from the same test-tube. It ignores the quantum physics success stories of how natural therapeutic practices – acupuncture, herbology, homeo-pathy, energy work, and nutrition – serve humanity, and have more to offer for health and healing than any drug-based, symptom-suppressive model of mechanical tampering.

My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma. Thankfully, that dogma is shattered with the new understanding that environment, including diet and nurture, thoughts and emotions, radiations (ionizing and nonionizing) greatly influence how DNA is transcribed and implemented. The budding science of Epigenetics dispels the ignorance of errant Central Dogma interpretation, so Science is stating, loud and clear, what natural health practitioners have been saying for decades:

  • Just because your parents had a disease, it does not mean
    that you have to do likewise
  • If you don’t like the output, change the input
  • Thoughts, feelings, and beliefs predispose how our
    biology works
  • Foods, plants, and herbs provide input to our genome
    about how and what to express regarding health
  • People are NOT victims of the disease, but participants in
    the process
  • Environment is a major player in our health – toxins
    cause disease, detoxification eases the burden
  • Cell membranes have “consciousness”
  • Your body can heal itself.

Now Science understands that our genes only slightly influence our health outcomes. In Natural Medicine we call this “predispositions” and “miasms.” This refers to chromosomal expression changes due to acquired pathogens such as gonorrhea, syphilis, tuberculosis, rabies, as well as cancer and environmental factors.

Those and other pathogens/environmental factors can be passed forward to adversely affect future generations’ health by making them more susceptible to expressing diseases from their genetic codes. It could well come to pass that Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s concept of “miasms” or “taints” are simply the altering of optimal genetic expressions via altered histone and methylation processes. We’ll talk about this a little more in this discourse.

We do understand that it’s harder for the body to heal itself once genetic switches are thrown (but not impossible!) Yet, known, but unrecognized, factors are quite weighty in influencing health outcomes. These factors are diet/nutrition, plants/herbs, stress relief, environment, thoughts/emotions or what has been known for 90 years as the unfairly ridiculed “holistic model.”

Unfortunately since it’s discovery, the Central Dogma has been erroneously interpreted by Modern Medicine to emphatically state, “Once an autoimmune disease gets turned on, there is nothing that can turn if off.” Such an
interpretation inadvertently insults the body’s Innate Intelligence, and invalidates all the many (thousands) of people who have reversed autoimmune diseases. It’s not that the dogma is wrong, it’s that the body has other mechanisms that govern health and healing other than a Newtonian interpretation of Central Dogma. One such mechanism the, Innate Intelligence, has a very powerful say or choice over what information is replicated. If the choice changes, then the outcome changes. So there is always a “plus” element in life. Not just for “miracles,” but for quantum changes based on resonance.

The Central Dogma has struggled for many years to hold its validity. It keeps proclaiming that the DNA and parents pass to their children is “all set.” If the genes you inherited are prone to cancer, then you will have cancer. If not, then you won’t. But such over-simplistic concepts have never been satisfactory in light of identical twins who have the same genes, but one gets cancer and the other one doesn’t.

The Innate Intelligence operates according to laws and processes as well. These are called the Natural Laws of Health. Here we find that Love is a healing influence. Belief is a power that affects health outcomes. Thoughts and attitude govern the rate that the body can change. Peaceful surroundings cause an infant’s brain to develop centers of higher learning—art, math, music, etc. Fearful surroundings cause the infant’s brain to develop its reptilian
survival modalities. Physical touch (licking) by the momma mouse allows neonatal mice to thrive; failure of the mother to lick results in stunted development, even death.

If the body is only viewed in the Newtonian- Western Medicine model of being a complex machine that functions solely on molecular cause-and-effects (action/reaction gear work), then interpreting the Central Dogma to say, “You are doomed once you develop an autoimmune disease and there is no cure possible,” holds credence in that limited perspective.

But the Newtonian Physics model is not the only model that operates the human body. In fact is the least important influence because it only governs the mechanical, molecular processes, but does not account for paranormal processes, feelings (forgiveness), thoughts, gut instinct, religious experiences (Newtonians have tried to associate prayer with the neurotransmitter, dopamine, but can’t account for why that can be curative), and so forth.

Another model is found in the principles of Quantum Physics. Here is where Science respects “The Body Electric” and how the body responds to invisible energy fields. In the Quantum model we find particle and wave interactions of energy and matter. Electrons can be in more than one place at the same time. Here we find validity for acupuncture, homeopathy, and systemic herbology. Cells have “antennae” that receive messages from the etheric environment, and even miniscule resonances can have a profound effect on what occurs within the cells and cell nuclei. Here, “Energy is Everything!”

We might say, “Garbage in, garbage out,” and even better, we might say, “Healthy-vital information in, healthy-vital information out.” Not only is this a case in point for “attitude is everything,” it’s a case in point that allows
changes in gene expression based on energy frequencies. It certainly means that nutrition impacts the cells to elicit healthy gene expression via the Newtonian principles, but even small amounts of nutrition can “turn on health” in more cells than there are molecules – a salute to Quantum Physics where the cells work together as a team without molecular messages shared.

Variables In Genetic Expression. Within the cell’s DNA are factors that “stack the genetic deck” and thus help determine what genes are expressed. One factor is methyl molecules that silence chromosomes by attaching to them. When this occurs, the cellular “Xerox” copy machine (transcription process governed by the Central Dogma) can’t see that information and so it is not expressed. Methyl molecules silence disease process expressions and can be supported nutritionally with the Systemic Formulas MoRS (Methyl Donors) formula. [See Research Report Methylation: The Molecule That Unlocks The Body’s Healing Response at www.openbookhealth.com

Another factor that exerts control over gene transcription are eight alkaline proteins called “histones” which are responsible to fold DNA. Histones are the forks that twirl up the entire bowl of spaghetti, they twirl the DNA into a compact space. The DNA in a cell, if unraveled would stretch out 10 feet, so it’s a lot to manage. Histones fold it up so it fits in the microscopic cell nucleus. If histones fold it a certain way, then the most accessible information to transcription is health-building sequences. If the folding gets jumbled up, then the most accessible information can be confusion or disease-expressive sequences.

So now we have two variables that influence what the Central Dogma expresses within the scope of its dogma. But what influences methyl molecules and histones to regulate genetic expression? It’s a combination of Newtonian and Quantum mechanics found in “epigenics” – the budding science that studies what causes genetic expressions that change (not irreversible!) without the need for a genetic mutation or overt change in the DNA gene sequences.

Epigenetics introduces a wild card factor into the genetic expression equation because science is finding that many internal and external influences impact epigenetic expression. Sure, transcription can be labeled as a “one-way street” but epigenetics determines what one-way street is driven and what is delivered from that one-way street.
Thus, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, electromagnetic frequencies, nano-molecules, heavy metals, pesticides, foods, plants, and herbs all can instruct the epigenetics about what to express. So out of epigenetics comes the proof that whole foods from Nature including herbs are the human being’s true medicine. (Just had to repete because here is the validity of herbology, acupuncture and homeopathy!)

Weston Price and Francis Pottenger: Disproved the Central Dogma in 1936

“Humanity has suffered beyond comprehension from Big Pharma & Medicine’s failure to align with Truth of the holistic model.”

For most scientists taught to believe in the fallacy that DNA is predestined destiny, the discovery that plants and foods alter genetic expression and thus health of our grandchildren is an eye opener.

Dr. Francis Pottenger, Jr., conducted a nutritional experiment on successive generations of cats that proved an irrefutable link between nutrition and epigenetic inheritance. In his milestone study, he fed one group of cats—along
with their progeny—an unnatural diet of cooked meat and milk. He fed another group their natural diet—raw meat and raw milk. The results were spectacular. While the raw-food cats remained in perfect health through generations, the cooked-food cats experienced progressive debilitation “including bone malformations, disease, and mental deterioration.” By the third generation in cats became disease-ridden and sterile.

Dr. Weston Price traveled the world to find indigenous populations in the process of switching from their traditional whole-food diet to one of modern, processed foods such as refined flour and sugar.

Though ailments such as cancer, diabetes, and other “diseases of civilization” were previously unknown in these cultures, they soon appeared after the adoption of processed foods. People who made the switch began giving birth to children with greater tendency to physical defects (documented in their teeth and dental arches) and mental disorders—just like the offspring of Pottenger’s cooked-food cats.

The message was clear: altered food molecules are an inheritable disease. Now we know why. Processed foods—devitalized and deficient in essential nutrients—alter epigenetic expression. By eating defective food, we are introducing viruses into our genetic software. And that’s before the insidious altering of food genetics to make them pesticide ready!

Food = Genetic Destiny. “Foods, especially herbs, bioenergetically communicate with our genes to
repair and maintain tissue integrity.”- A.S. “Doc” Wheelwright, 1986

The Price-Pottenger research findings are paradigm shifting. If people continue to eat processed foods, they also compromise the health of their descendants. Such activity fits the definition of a crime against humanity. Further, if successive generations also continue eating denatured, man-altered foods, and are lacking in the vegetative genomic influences, then they would compound the problem until one day, like Pottenger’s cats, the human species might become so sick and malnourished that it can no longer reproduce itself. By the way, infertility is an alarmingly growing concern in the 21st Century. (1 in 6 couples have difficulty.)

With processed foods dominating the human diet for multiple generations, some people are on the fourth and fifth generation of their own version of the Pottenger Cat Experiment. As Price/Pottenger stated, and as Wheelwright foreshadowed, our diseases and miseries are rampant in the 21st Century. Children are born with increasing rates of defects and degenerative illness. Where are the diseases? In the damaged mitochondrial and nuclear genetics, and the epigenetic expressions of genetic information.

But it’s not too late. We can still reverse this catastrophic trend if we eat the Pro-Vita! way established by
Doc Wheelwright to provide the body the most complete and comprehensive whole-nutrient intake possible. [The Pro-Vita! is available at www.openbookhealth.com ]

Doc Wheelwright predicted that humanity’s impoverished nutrition could push the species beyond the point of no return. He taught that everyone must have a garden if they want to express optimal health and created the “Food Factory” so people could grow food anywhere.

Epigenetics is promising to be the death knell for the faulty Central Dogma interpretations that have doomed people into believing an entire litany of fallacies that Science, Big Pharma, and Medicine have promulgated to Big Pharma’s benefit. Here’s a few fallacies. See you’ve been mislead into believing any of the statements, and if you have, then endeavor to eradicate them by reading and understanding this Report because what you believe has a powerful influence over what your manifest into your life.

• Fallacy #1: “If your parents have a disease, then you will get it too.” Translation: “You are doomed to get breast cancer, so let’s do a mastectomy now before you get into trouble. I mean, you’re already 18 years old. The time bomb is ticking.”

• Fallacy #2: “There’s no known cause to this chronic disease.” Translation: “Of course there is a clear cause to this disease—just look at the 40,000 studies on pesticides and heavy metals—but Big Pharma hasn’t developed a drug yet, so there’s not a proven cause.”

• Fallacy #3: “There is no known cure for this disease.” Translation, “Big Pharma has not developed a toxic, $300/day drug that effectively suppresses the symptoms (but won’t correct the cause).”

Now, having covered a small but key facet of science history, let’s address the reversal of autoimmune diseases. Here we have a push-pull situation.

Autoimmunity. The “push” toward the disease is all the factors that damage DNA and detrimentally
impact epigenetic expression. Negative thoughts; limiting beliefs; environmental toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals; denatured diet, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, electromagnetic emanations); suppressive drugs; genetically modified food; lack of nurture; and lack of varied plant material in the diet are chief factors that present instructions to the epigenetic processes.

The “pull” away from disease is all the factors that positively influence the body to express optimal health. Examples: the Innate Intelligence, whole organic foods, raw organic foods, love, laughter, joy, positive thoughts and beliefs, prayer, exercise, detoxification, and the nutriments and remedies from knowledgeable natural health practitioners.

Because of pioneering metabolomics researchers who specialize in combining nutritional factors with herbal “genome activators,” natural health practitioners have quick access to cutting-edge formulas that provide a decisive edge for people to “pull” out of disease expressions – ones that help the body make powerful changes at the cellular, epigenetic level.

Autoimmune Diseases Start In The Intestines. Further autoimmune diseases most often start in the
intestinal lining. The cytokines (cell signaling, immune-modulating molecules) released by distressed enterocytes can cause the immune system to get riled up all over the body with the results that the immune system starts attacking other cells (which are probably also experiencing damage and inflammation due to environmental toxins), and this is the process of “self-attack” or hyper-immunity, autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.

When the body was developing before birth, two nervous systems were created out of the same tissue: 1) the brain/central nervous system, and 2) the enteric nervous system. These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve (the 10th cranial nerve) and influence each other. This is how stress and worry interfere with digestion, and how digestive upsets can affect mood and hormones throughout the body.

The enteric nervous system (the “second” brain), communicates with the “first” brain, (the cranial brain between your ears) as well as practically every other organ and gland in the body. It carries bioenergetic and biochemical messages from the probiotics, fibers, herbs and plants that you consume about how to regulate and elicit optimal health throughout the body including mental, emotional, and physical health.

Our inner faculty that oversees all this body and genetic regulatory activity is called the “Innate Intelligence.” We know that the body’s Innate Intelligence functions under the prime directive: adapt and survive. Thus the Innate Intelligence is intimately associated with our survival mechanism—not just the fight-or-flight response, but our bodies’ abilities to use fever to kill pathogens, vomiting to expel poisons, diarrhea to eliminate pathogens, lacrimation to cleanse the eyes, and coughing to expel inflammation causing organisms and molecules from our lungs. We discuss this more in the Report on “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and how, in the fundamentals of digestion, lies a primary cause of all diseases, and why Doc Wheelwright often said, “Diseases start on your plate.”

Summary. Time Magazine (Jan 2010) presented some of the first public information on epigenetics in the report, “Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny. The new science of epigenetics reveals how the choices you make can change your genes—and those of your kids.

Science is slowly catching up to what the great natural health experts have extolled for the past 75 years—food (including herbs) is your medicine. Now in the 21st Century, we need both organic food and nutritional/herbal
therapeutics to help reverse the headlong trend of chronic degenerative and autoimmune diseases that stem from human epigenetics responding to the environmental toxins, altered foods, and lack of proper nutrition to support health. As for DNA damage? The body can correct that as well because it has enzyme mechanisms in place that protect telomeres (ends of DNA chains that prevent them from unraveling, thus protecting their integrity) and repair chromosomal damage. As with epigenetics, it’s the whole, organic foods and pesticide-free herbs that facilitate the body’s self-regulatory marvels. Best Wishes in your health endeavors!

Are Metals in Food Harming Your Child’s Chance At Life? by WellnessWiz Jack Tips

Is your child becoming more unruly and uncooperative? You know, more like the neighbor’s children? Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum) and other contaminants such as pesticides (from commercially produced food) and drug hormones (from municipal tap water) in your child’s food could be adding up and contributing to aggressive or anti-social behavior, according to Neil Ward, professor of chemistry at the University of Surrey in the UK, and a world-leading researcher.

While one bite of food does not have a high amount, heavy metals can accumulate in your child’s brain causing inflammatory reactions that disrupt proper emotional responses and hormonal balance.

Toxins in food are cellular disruptors because they inflame the cell membranes, block the absorption of nutrients that make energy, stop hormone messengers from docking, c, and activate the immune system when it does not have a pathogen to fight. This is dangerous to everyone, but especially dangerous to children, according to Researcher Neil Ward.

Ward states that lead acts as an “anti-nutrient,” that hinders the utilization of magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B1. High lead levels are linked to low intelligence, inappropriate school behaviors, juvenile delinquency and violent behavior. Aluminum has also been linked to anti-social behavior.”

Each child has a different threshold where heavy metal exposure tips them into aberrant behaviors such as tantrums, attention deficit, hyperactivity, violence, and even autism-spectrum concerns. Some children are more resistant than others due to their body’s nutrition and genetics. But when the tipping point is reached, developmental damage occurs and lives are ruined.

Why Are Heavy Metals In The Human Food Supply?

Contaminants (metals, pesticides) and dangerous prescription drugs are getting into our food from the air (air pollution, car exhaust) and from water (agricultural irrigation from polluted rivers and pesticide use). Toxic food dyes spoilage resistant chemicals (preservatives), waxes, varnishes, and pesticides are often added to foods during processing. These neurotoxic chemicals all start adding up to altered behaviors in susceptible children.

The Toxic Big Three:

1. Mercury (Hg): Unlike the mercury used in glass thermometers, methylmercury, a deadly, cell-mutating form of mercury from industrial uses, has polluted the Earth’s oceans top to bottom, and comes back into the human body by eating fish or breathing the air near coastal areas where the waves churn on the beach. Mercury is a huge health risk, pregnant and nursing women, or women who may become pregnant, as mercury can harm a developing child. Today, children are being born with poisonous mercury in their brains and the amount directly correlates to the amount of “silver amalgam (aka mercury) filling in the mother’s mouth coupled with the amount of mercury-accumulated fish. One study found brain and personality disorders in children who had higher levels of mercury in their umbilical cord blood sample, including deficiencies in: motor function, language skills, memory, ability to apply their attention, and visual processes. Mercury levels have been found to be in high-fructose corn syrup – a sweetener used in many children’s beverages and snacks that is now directly linked to the rising incidence of childhood diabetes.

2. Cadmium (Cd): Linked directly to cancer, cadmium damages cellular genetics and causes inflammation which, according to Time Magazine, 2/2004, is the silent killer behind many chronic degenerative and auto-immune diseases. Cadmium accumulates in the body and can stay there forever unless detoxification agents (nutritional therapeutics) are used to purify the body. Cadmium accumulates in the bones (along with lead), kidneys, and liver where it impairs the body’s detoxification efforts. In children, cadmium causes cancer, brain damage, incompetent immune systems, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.

90% of children’s exposure to cadmium comes from food, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Low levels are dangerous, and low levels are now found in all commercially grown foods.

3. Lead: Lead is a powerful, deadly toxin that can affect nearly every system in a child’s body. Ever since lead was used in paint that children would peel and eat, we’ve seen the horrendous effects of lead poisoning—apathy, violent crimes, antisocial behavior.

50% of the children in the USA between the ages of 1 and 5 have blood lead levels greater than the government-allowed level of 10 mcg per dl of blood, according to the U.S. Center For Disease Control.

Children are exposed to lead most commonly through lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in old buildings, however another alarming avenue of exposure is food and drinks stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery, and contaminated drinking water. Lead from car exhaust, before it was outlawed and cadmium used as a gasoline additive, has settled from the air onto the Earth and is being recycle through crops that end up on the plate.

Even with new laws reducing lead exposure from the seam in canned goods, the plastic liners have a neurotoxic chemical called bisphenol-a that is a flagrant hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen and thus interferes with both male and female hormone balance.

What Can You Do To Keep Dangerous Heavy Metals Out of Your And Your Child’s Life?

Eat, and have your children eat, a healthy diet. This means shopping at health food stores and farmers’ markets here organic, transitional organic, and non-pesticided, non-chemical fertilizer foods can be obtained. Organic foods can be purchased on line and shipped to your door.

People with diets rich in organic vegetables and fruit provide their bodies with the nutrients that help the body detoxify heavy metals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that children who eat wholesome, basic foods absorb less lead from the environment. A new company, The Green Polka Dot Box, ships organic foods to your door at a cost-savings of apx. 30% or more with free shipping.

A recent study found mercury in nine out of 20 samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup. But the dangers don’t stop, as it’s associated with diabetes, obesity, and inflammation. Now that 85% of commercially raised is enetically modified (GM) scientists are concerned about the corn’s molecules damaging cellular DNA. High fructose corn syrup is used in children’s fruit drink beverages, cereals, and foods.

Wash your produce before preparing it for the table. In the book, The Pro-Vita! Plan For Optimal Nutrition, the Dr. Hazel Parcells’ recipe for cleansing food and drawing out heavy metals is helping people lower their intake of heavy metals.

Avoid using commercial breakfast cereals which are little more than starch, sugar, synthetic vitamins, and  preservatives. And now feature genetically modified grains. Make delicious smoothies with organic fruit; pure water; and non-GM, non-soy protein; and organic vegetable greens. Organic almond milk makes a tasty base for smoothies.

Future parents, both moms and pops, should do a nutrition/herbal based detoxification program before conceiving to give their baby the best start on life possible. Such a program is available at www.tipsondetox.com

Knowing that it’s impossible to avoid all health-damaging heavy metals in food, learn to minimize your and your child’s exposure to the worst. Know the “dirty dozen” foods that have massive pesticides – commercially produced apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard greens. Always buy the Dirty Dozen as organic or do not buy them at all.

Worried if your body is approaching the disease threshold of retaining toxic pesticides and heavy metals, good advice is to do an annual purification program. But caution please, such programs must be done correctly. Dr. Jack Tips (N.D., Ph.D) pioneers the concept “Detox Done Right” and stresses the importance of first building the liver, then cleansing the body, providing draining and neuroendocrine support, and then cleansing inside your cells with cellular nutrition that boosts the cell’s detoxifier and anti-oxidant called glutathione—the most protective and effective antioxidant for the brain, liver and every cell.

In this toxic world, we must all be ever-vigilant about environmental pollutants and toxins. Our children’s future depends up it. Make your vote for a cleaner world by supporting organizations that alert lawmakers and the media to potential and existing dangers of heavy metals. Together we can leave a legacy of health to future generations.

Secret Batteries In Your Body by WellnessWiz Jack Tips

“Energy is everything!” so the cliché goes, and in fact, that’s a powerfully true statement from many varied perspectives. Today, most people know that the organelles called mitochondria make a chemical energy called ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which is the body’s gold coin necessary for practically every life process. So, here’s a new one that’s a secret.

Every cell is a battery – not just because of the mitochondria or ATP, but because of photosynthesis.

“Wait just a doggone minute,” you might think if you were paying attention in biology class and the teacher was talking about eukarotic (human and plant cell) and prokaryotic (bacteria) cells and how plants make energy from the sun via photosynthesis and how chlorophyll is only one molecule different than blood, and …
Hey, wake up … you’re drifting off!

When light—such as sunlight, LED, and laser—strikes water in your cells, it polarizes the water into positively and negatively charged areas. This is what happens to plant cells when sunlight hits the leaves and photosynthesis begins. The same is true for human cells (except we don’t go down the photosynthesis road, despite a proclivity toward vegetative states. Such water in the cells is called structured water and it behaves differently than unstructured water, e.g. tap water.

The cells membranes, made of lipids (fat), are comprised of a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic side. [You are getting sleepy!] This means that one side hates water (and even has a repulsing phobia about it), and the other side loves water (and writes poems in praise of H20 in hopes that it can flower into H3O2 which is alkaline and structured).

When you take a sun-bath, the near-infrared sunrays act on the water in your cells and around your cell membranes and structures it, e.g. enlivens it and adds a sparkle. This is part of the basis for becoming energized by a little sunlight as well as for the healing impact of light therapies.

As the water in the cells becomes structured by light, the negative pole will gravitate to the cell membrane’s hydrophilic side and serve as an energy generator.

Need more energy? That’s like asking if you could use more money to good effect. Since energy is everything, here’s a way to boost your everything now that spring has sprung.

Catch some rays. A good time is around 10:00a or 4:00p for 5-10 minutes on a side (don’t burn the buns!) It’s free. It’s easy. It boosts Vitamin D3 and cholesterol sulfate (a very, very good form of cholesterol!)

Charge up your cellular batteries and dazzle people with you charismatic personality! Since energy is everything, “Energy is life!”

Real Food App!

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Can’t it be a hassle to find healthy food on the road? Don’t get me wrong–I love traveling, and I love seeing what other communities have to share in their local restaurants, farmers’ markets and natural food stores.  I think it can be a GREAT way to learn a lot about a town or city, and can be a wonderful way to meet like-minded locals.  But FINDING these locales can be a bit of a challenge sometimes.

Thankfully, this just got a LOT easier!

For $6 a year, you can download the Find Real Food App for the Weston A. Price Foundation, and get this information directly on your smartphone–YAY!

I had the opportunity to meet the wonderful couple who have spent the last 3 years developing this app, and when they told me the price, I thought for sure the cost was per month–which still seemed reasonable to me!–but when they told me it was per YEAR, I was shocked!

All you’ll need to do is enter the zip code you’d like to search, and products, restaurants and other whole food entities will pop up on your screen–and they’re even ranked on a GOOD-BETTER-BEST system, by people who care deeply about finding the highest quality foods at the Weston A. Price foundation.

So in this busy season of travel, do yourself a favor and equip your phone with an incredibly helpful tool that keeps on giving!

A Smorgasbord of Cultured Yumminess!!

Carrots directly from Tonopah Rob's All-Natural Farm

Beautiful carrots from the farmer’s market

 

I was so pleasantly surprised to see not just one, but two, posts on Facebook today about one of my favorite foods…salad!  Clearly, my friends and I are like birds of a feather, because as I looked at the wonderful deliciousness of the grilled summer squash salad from my Canadian compadre, and the farmer’s market melange by way of my Austin, Texas ami, it was very clear we could have made one another’s salads–no problem!

Humble beginnings to a homemade kraut Photo courtesy of Vera Almann

Humble beginnings to a homemade kraut

And then, to come to my email Inbox today and find another mention of salad, this by one of my favorite companies, Cultures for Health, well, it just felt like the salad days of summer!  No doubt about it–this summer has delivered on a bumper crop of great produce all over the country, and folks are making the most of it.

Veggies on top of chopped tomatoes, ready to blend it all together!

Veggies on top of chopped tomatoes, ready to blend it all together for a fermented salsa!

So, if you have your own wonderful produce you’re wishing to toss in a bowl and create something wonderful, then do check out this article from Cultures for Health…it is FULL of great recipes of cultured foods you can make at home that are a GREAT addition to your salad fix’ins, which will elevate your salad experience to a whole new level!  And for good measure, here’s one of my old favorite recipes, Avocado and Papaya Salad–yum!!

Papaya, avocado, pumpkin seeds and cayenne topping fresh greens from our spring garden.  Absolutely heavenly drizzled with walnut oil and fresh lime juice.  Home-brewed kombucha or raw apple cider vinegar would work great, too!

Papaya, avocado, pumpkin seeds and cayenne topping fresh greens from our spring garden. Absolutely heavenly drizzled with walnut oil and fresh lime juice. Home-brewed kombucha or raw apple cider vinegar would work great, too!

 

 

Study on the Effect of Sourdough Fermentation on…Gluten!

OK, friends, get ready to nerd-out with me…this gluten and sourdough study demonstrates what I have been extrapolating simply from the basics of understanding what fermentation does…it cleaves out the more complex to the simpler, taking complex protein structures and delivering on simpler peptides and amino acids (and even smaller bits), and breaks down complex carbs into simpler sugars.

And, since gluten is a protein structure, why is it that long fermentation couldn’t break that troublesome substance down to smaller, easier-to-manage components?

The dough rising in my 36-hour fermented Water Kefir Bread recipe

The dough rising in my 36-hour fermented Water Kefir Bread recipe

Well, this little study demonstrates that what I THOUGHT was happening (and is bore out by the positive response many have had to my water kefir bread recipe, when they can’t handle organic, whole wheat or even sprouted breads from the grocery) is happening–

But don’t throw caution to the wind and go hog-wild if you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac, or have found you have a significant sensitivity to gluten–each person is different, and there may be bigger issues that fermentation won’t iron out for each of us.  But this is a VERY promising study on helping people bring more “forbidden” foods into their diets–this is what I teach in my course, Fresh, Fun and Flavorful in The Funky Kitchen, which is always available for learning when you’re ready!

Dr. Jack Tips on the Wellness of Our Bellies and Our Bodies and Our Minds

Dr. Jack Tips speaks volumes and with passion about the importance of keeping our biome healthy and happy!  Excellent presentation with Underground Wellness.  Click here.

Some Basic Wellness Tips for a Tough Viral Season

A beautiful sunset shot from our neighborhood school where we lost one of our sweet first graders this week.

A beautiful sunset shot from our neighborhood school where we lost one of the sweet first graders to illness.

This week held a tremendously sad event for our community, where we lost one of our little first graders to a very serious respiratory illness.  In the wake of that, and the ensuing communication I received from parents and patients, I decided to pull this short list of wellness suggestions together…there are hundreds of other things I could include, but this is a very solid start that is very reasonable to attain.

Here is the letter I posted on Facebook:

Hello my friends. As many of you know, we lost one of our own yesterday afternoon after a tough battle with a very serious respiratory infection. He was a little first-grader right here at our kids’ school across the street. With the communication I’ve had with parents yesterday and today, I wrote the following post for our local communities–but, with the positive feedback I’m getting on the post, I’m going to post it here for everyone, as we definitely seem to be faced with some virulent pathogens right now. Blessings and well-wishes for you and your loved ones–take good care and take care of one another.

I’d like to just share some natural ideas you can use at home as you look to keep everyone well:

1. Keep the sugars down in the diet–it is incredible the impact sugar has on the immune system–it is no accident that the cold and flu season officially gets underway the week after Halloween. Sugars include the obvious choices, but also fruit juices, sports drinks, granola bars–read the sugar content of the foods you’re eating and make changes as appropriate.

2. Get some sun–without sunscreen. Balanced exposure of our skin to the sun is not only integral for natural Vitamin D production, but also the production and use of sulfur in our bodies. Don’t get burned, but 10 minutes or so of mid-day sun (just go walk around the yard and smell the flowers), in a tank top, a couple times a day, will be a huge boon to your wellness.

3. Drink only water–juices are full of sugars, and while they may have some nutrient value, you’re better off having an orange, with its fiber and raw nutrients, then a pasteurized, concentrated version. Put a healthy squirt of lemon or lime juice into your water for some fresh Vitamin C.

4. Eat foods that are rich in naturally-occurring probiotics, a huge benefit to the immune system. Kombucha, water kefir, raw sauerkraut (not the jarred stuff from the grocery aisles–that’s pasteurized), plain yogurt and plain milk kefir–these are all great sources of naturally-occurring probiotics. Note that I mentioned PLAIN–sweeten and flavor with fresh fruit and Stevia extract to sweeten.

5. Rest–if you feel like sleeping, sleep–our body heals much more efficiently in deep sleep. Not a time for pressing on with caffeine, which taps the adrenals and can set someone up for a big challenge on the immune system.

6. Make chicken soup–from a whole chicken, using only water, salt, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, black pepper, and a splash of apple cider vinegar, or the juice of 2 lemons. Don’t use prepared broth or bouillon cubes–you won’t need them with the flavor from the chicken. Put into a crockpot for the easiest method. Chicken soup helps to loosen the phlegm that arises in the chest, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Consider using medicinal grade essential oils to support the immune system.  Oregano, thyme, tea tree, lemon, basil, frankincense, lavender, orange, clove, rosemary.  These are oils that have shown very good effect in supporting the immune system as it rallies against viruses and bacteria.
Please consider these suggestions–if they seem a good fit for your needs, use them–if not, that’s OK, too. I just wanted to share what I’m sharing with others, and how I’m taking care of our family. If you have more questions, you can contact me at sarica@naturallylivingtoday.com.

Blessings, love and peace to you all!

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Detoxify and Cleanse…Safely and with Vitality!

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As the summer moves closer, many of us think of  doing some internal Spring Cleaning…by way of the many detox plans and recipes out there.  While I think this is a great idea as a way to revitalize after a long winter’s nap–possibly shedding a few pounds in the process–doing so safely is the name of the game.

Easy Ways to Lighten the Load

There are countless ways to lighten the load on the body.  Simply eating less is a terrific place to start, maybe opting to fast for a slightly extended period, from say, 5 PM to 9 AM the next day.  Doing so allows the body to use some of the energy it would otherwise use for digestion–and it takes a LOT of energy to digest a meal, with loads of free radicals generated in all that feasting and loading up on calories–to instead heal the body of under-the-radar injuries and cope with low-level pathogens.  And while this may be too long of a period for some to endure, a “fast” of this length is reasonable for many.

Another way to go lighter–while not going cold turkey on food–is to simply eat less at each meal.  Let’s be honest–many of us overeat at most meals.  Filling your plate or bowl to 70% of what you would normally eat is a safe thing for most of us to do.  Let me be clear–I’m not talking about cutting calories.  What I AM talking about is not putting such a strain on the digestive tract.  That being said, if you were to use vegetables as your base for a wonderful marinara sauce–rather than noodles or garlic bread–you’d further lighten the burden and would be giving yourself a blast of inflammation-calming antioxidants in the process.

Another option is to fast on a mono-diet for a short window of time, where the body is receiving nutrition, but it is not overwhelmed by large, complex meals.  One of my favorites to consider is a delicious and nutritious bone broth fast.  While some may use this fast for a few days, especially when looking to reset the GI Biome by dying down all the bacteria in the gut (including the “good” guys), it can certainly be used on a smaller scale.  You could set aside a day for only bone broth, or you could choose it as a selection for only one of the three meals in a day.  In any case, it is a great way to deliver on minerals, amino acids and cell-healing fats, while cutting out carbohydrates.

A Few Good Detoxification Herbs

Another way to approach detoxification is to use supplements to support the “exit” pathways of the body.  There are countless herbs and supplements that have been used for generations to help the body cleanse itself.  One fantastic herb is milk thistle, which has been proven in human studies to offer liver protecting benefits.  There is a component in the milk thistle plant, silymarin, that protects the liver from attacks on its cell integrity and function.

Another great herb that has traditional use in detoxification is slippery elm.  Most often sold in powdered form, this plant is a mucilage–meaning, it creates a slick gel when combined with water.  This gel coats and soothes the digestive tract, and has been used for centuries to calm and heal the pain of heartburn, IBS and Crohn’s Disease.  Given that it coats the lining of the digestive tract, just be mindful to take occasional breaks from it if using it for more than a couple of weeks, as this coating may inhibit nutrient absorption over time.

Dandelions are another great support to the liver’s function.  Simply including dandelions from your garden (just make sure they’re not contaminated with yard pesticides or other concerns!), or from your farmer’s market, is a fantastic way to help increase the liver’s bile production to emulsify fats.  Dandelions are traditional “bitters,” which help to stimulate digestion.

Similarly, including a bit of shredded, raw beets and their thinly sliced greens to every salad you consume (and hopefully that’s at least once a day!), will offer additional support to the liver.  Beets have been used traditionally to heal the liver and to support the removal of toxins by the liver.

Structured Supplementation for Detoxification

In addition to the techniques and herbs listed above, there are more involved detoxification protocols that are on the market.  While each will have its advantages, my favorite is one that I share with my patients and wellness clients.

The detoxification package I offer is a multi-stage system that takes into account the need to make sure the exit pathways–colon, liver and kidneys–are functioning optimally before undertaking deeper detoxification.  It will only cause pain–and can be downright dangerous–if a person begins killing pathogens and clearing debris from the body before these exit pathways are open.

After there has been support to these organs, then the next level of detoxification is to clear the body of the the extracellular matrix debris.  While this may sound strange, it’s a very real part of all of us,  a carbohydrate-based sludge where latent pathogens such as bacteria, virus and fungi reside.  These low-level pathogens keep our immune systems in a constant state of firing, a process that leads to inflammation and wears down our vitality.  Using systemic enzymes and anti-pathogenic supplements, this matrix is broken down and the residing “gribblies” lose their viability.

The final stage of this system next goes more deeply into the body’s functioning, helping to restore cellular integrity by healing the cell membrane and the cell’s receptors, as well as offering a shower of anti-oxidants for inflammation both within the cell and outside of the cell.  This final phase allows for healing of the cell, so that all the substances we have in our bloodstream–glucose, insulin, hormones to name a few–have an ability to communicate more effectively with our cells.  And, when our cells receive the information that our body has to share, we are vitalized.

The beauty of this system is that it is completely customizable to your specific needs, whether that be extra support for sex hormones, adrenal health, thyroid function, digestive disturbances or other concerns.  Like all of the care I offer my patients and clients, this is a detoxification protocol that can be designed to fit your unique needs.

If you have any questions about this program, or if you’re interested in using it in your own Spring Cleaning, please use the contact form below and I’ll be in touch to help craft you a plan that meets your specific needs.

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20 Life-Changing Minutes

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If you ever notice that I become incredibly uncomfortable when I see kids eating donuts, or Doritos and Gatorade being handed out as a snack…if you take 20 minutes to watch this video, you will have an excellent understanding of why. This is why I do what I do and why I post what I post. Please take 20 minutes for a deeper understanding of the issues we face…This video will put the information right in front of you in an easy to understand format that is life-changing.