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Notable and Quotable: Turmeric Compound Boosts Regeneration of Brain Stem Cells and More
Some spices are clearly more useful than others, and one “star player” within Nature’s pharmacy is turmeric, a yellow-pigmented curry spice often used in Indian cuisine. Turmeric also has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
Curcumin – one of its most well-studied bioactive ingredients – exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including potent anti-cancer properties. Curcumin is also capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is one reason why it holds promise as a neuroprotective agent in a wide range of neurological disorders.
Researchers have previously investigated curcumin for its potential role in improving Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke damage. It can also promote brain health in general, courtesy of its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
One of the ways it works, which is similar to vitamin D, is by modulating large numbers of your genes. But unlike vitamin D that influences thousands of genes, curcumin has been shown to influence about 700 genes.
What’s New At Living Tree
Jujubes are back! Some call them Chinese date apples. A pleasant, refreshing taste!
We are introducing yet another Oregon honey. It’s called Spring Nectar. Its flavor is alive with intimations of spring blossoms. Delicious in chutneys, tea, chai and borscht. Replete with traces of pollen and propolis. Produced in the wondrous fertile Williamette Valley in Oregon.
We thank you for your response to our breakfast muesli. We call it Breakfast in Berkeley. It includes organic quinoa puffs, blueberries, cranberries and Kona Gold, Wilelaiki Blossom Honey. For people on the go! For lunch and dinner also! Try it with almond milk or warm spring water.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to Spirit of Berkeley: Quinoa, Cherry, Maca Bar.
Our October Sale features Berkeley Buzz Butter, Pecan Butter, Alive Cashew Butter, Tomato Almond Pesto and Walnut Pesto.
In our World Mind we invite you to join us in pondering – 6-Year-Old Stares Down Bottomless Abyss Of Formal Schooling.
Jujubes – Alive, Organic Chinese Date Apples
Ziziphus jujuba is here!
Experience a refreshingly pleasant flavor. They’ve been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years.
Jujuberries are red outside with a crispy texture, edible skin, and a sweet-tart flavor.
Jujuberries contain a wide array of nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron.
Grown by Judith Redmond at Full Belly Farm in Northern California.
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Oregon Spring Nectar Honey
We call it Spring Nectar. Its flavor is alive with intimations of spring blossoms. Delicious in chutneys, tea, chai and borscht. Replete with traces of pollen and propolis. Produced in the wondrous fertile Williamette Valley in Oregon.
|Breakfast in Berkeley Muesli||
Breakfast in Berkeley Muesli – For Lunch and Dinner too!
For people onthe go! Pour on the almond or coconut milk and celebrate vitality! Organically with quinoa, almonds, sundried raisins, cranberries, blueberries, flaxseeds, and chocolate blended with Kona Gold Wilelaiki Blossom Honey.
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Spirit of Berkeley – Quinoa Cherry Maca Bar
We’ve combined dried fruit, nuts and seeds and added maca and cacao for energy, almond oil and vanilla for delight. This bar is quite stable, it won’t melt even in hot weather. Gluten free!
10% off, Additional 20% discount for 3 jars
[or any multiple]
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6-Year-Old Stares Down Bottomless Abyss Of Formal Schooling
“I don’t want to go to school,” Bolduc told his parents, the crushing reality of his situation having yet to fully dawn on his naive consciousness. “I want to play outside with my friends.”
While Bolduc stood waiting for the bus to pick him up on his first day of elementary school, his parents reportedly were able to “see the wheels turning in his little brain” as the child, for the first time in his life, began to understand how dire and hopeless his situation had actually become.
Basic math – which the child has blissfully yet to learn – clearly demonstrates that the number of years before he will be released from the horrifying prison of formal schooling, is more than twice the length of time he has yet existed. According to a conservative estimate of six hours of school five days a week for nine months of the year, Bolduc faces an estimated 14,400 hours trapped in an endless succession of nearly identical, suffocating classrooms.
Letters From You
In our previous issue we ran an article extolling the benefits of cayenne. Dr. Dave Klein, the Editor of Vibrance magazine, took exception. Here are his comments:
There are many substances in common use as articles of diet, such as spices, cayenne pepper, salt, old cheese, etc., which are indigestible, irritating and injurious. They serve no physiological purposes and are best omitted from the diet.
-Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, Natural Hygiene: Man’s Pristine Way Of Life
So, what’s in chiles, cayenne (powderized chiles) and black pepper? Here is an extract from Dr. Bruce Ames’ landmark paper, Dietary Carcinogens and Anticarcinogens – Oxygen radicals and degenerative diseases; 1983; Science 221; 1256-1264:
“Safrole, estragole, methyleugenol and related compounds are present in many edible plants. Safrole, estragole and methyleugenol are carcinogens in rodents, and several of their metabolites are mutagens. Oil of sassafras. which had been used in “natural” sarsaparilla root beer is about 75 percent safrole. Black pepper contains small amounts of safrole and large amounts (close to 10 percent by weight) of the closely related compound piperine. Extracts of black pepper cause tumors in mice at a variety of sites at a dose of extract equivalent to 4 mg of dried pepper per day (about 160 mg/kg per day) for 3 months; an estimate of the average human intake of black pepper is over 140 mg per day (about 2 mg/kg per day) for life.”
Wikipedia states: “Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and long pepper, along with chavicine (an isomer of piperine). It has also been used in some forms of traditional medicine and as an insecticide.”
Chiles also contain piperine as well as capsaicin, the chemical used in pepper spray.
In our previous issue we presented a kind of “debate” involving a proponent of mass vaccination and some adamant opponents. Here are two inspired letters that you were moved to write.
Thank you again for this excellent article! It was very timely, since i was discussing this very topic last night with a friend M.D. and neuroscientist. I was shocked to discover how ignorant (or brained washed by the vaccine industry) she was about the efficacy of vaccines, and in particular the seasonal flu vaccine, for which, to this day, no study showed any positive efficacy.
Have a wonderful day and thank you again for sending us this outstanding newsletter!
Our longtime supporter and friend Joan Levin was inspired to write this thoughtful essay:
The Vaccination Debate: A Portrait of Broken Trust
I’m not a physician or biomedical researcher.
But I am a member of the “pre-vaccine” generation (or at least the generation when childhood vaccines were largely limited to DPT – Diphtheria, Whooping Cough and Tetanus – for infants and, at a somewhat later age, smallpox). I vividly remember visiting school chums as they recovered from polio – including outstanding athletes, who would never walk again, or lovely girls permanently confined to iron lungs, or those who seemingly recovered but who later in life lost mobility because of “post polio” aftereffects of this dread disease. And of course there was our president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom we knew had been afflicted with polio – although few of us knew how severely it had affected him.
When my childhood pediatrician called when I was in my late teens to let me know he had enough Salk vaccine to offer some to his recent “ex-patients” I ran, and did not walk, to take advantage of this!
Yes, there was the Cutter Labs debacle, and later there were instances of illness following the use of the newer live Sabin vaccine. But the doctors I knew when my children were young were first administering the “dead” Salk vaccine (which confers personal protection but does not prevent the spread of disease through feces) and later the arguably more hazardous “live” Sabin vaccine, with its additional public health advantages that was given to children who had “Salk” protection.
When I had kids of my own I was grateful that they did not have to live through the summer “polio scares” that kept us off the beach, away from crowds, movies, summer carnivals, etc. for fear of polio. It just wasn’t an issue. I don’t think the protesters today fully understand how present a threat this was before the polio vaccine became available.
That this debate takes place today, as we are just on the verge of eliminating polio worldwide (with just a few countries where this dreadful disease is still endemic] is particularly heartbreaking. It would be a shame to see polio emerge once again as a scourge of youth.
(And for those who insist that this disease was solely epidemic where poor sanitary conditions prevail, I can only say that children in the U.S. from areas well served by clean water, adequate sewage systems and other hallmarks of good sanitation were affected in sizeable numbers during the epidemics prior to the emergence of the Salk vaccine and that the numbers dropped dramatically afterwards, and even further after the Sabin vaccine.)
But I still have questions.
Today, whether because of expense, convenience, or fear that the patient will not return as scheduled, it seems to be common to administer the oral Sabin-type (live) vaccine without the protective Salk shot first. This strikes me as being hazardous.
I am also troubled by the current practice of administering large numbers of vaccines to infants at an age when their immune systems are not fully developed; vaccines loaded with adjuvants such as those based on mercury, aluminum, and other toxins that may present serious health challenges as well.
But even more hazardous in my view is the proliferation of populations that have eschewed immunization entirely. Hazardous, but I well understand the concerns. Not only the assault on infants with multiple immunizations, but also the use of these toxic adjuvants to enhance the their activity may well have serious problems. However, I do not have the professional qualifications to speak to this, and so just note it in passing.
What troubles me most deeply is the erosion of trust in the very agencies established to protect our health and safety – a breach of confidence resulting in large part from the untoward influence upon these agencies by the very industries they are sworn to regulate, industries which have frequently demonstrated more concern with their bottom line than with public health and safety.
As we learn more about falsified and withheld data, serious conflicts of interest, political pressure and revolving doors, it is hard NOT to distrust the Food and Drug administration and the drug companies it purports to regulate when they assert that there is no problem with these vaccines, and when they insist that these are not responsible for some of the serious conditions affecting youngsters today in unprecedented numbers.
Trust in government is essential for a well-functioning democracy. In the case of the FDA I fear that whatever public trust that may once have existed has been eroded by the activities of industry infiltrating and distorting the regulatory and informational roles of that agency.
Trust is not given; it is earned. And trust in public agencies may be viewed as a slowly renewable resource; easy to destroy and hard to replace. Unfortunately it appears that we have allowed corporate greed and official collusion to exhaust this resource for the current generation.
Ideally, the Food and Drug Administration would be able to give parents an accurate assessment of the risks and benefits of vaccines, without concern about pressure from manufacturers. Ideally the FDA could be the “honest broker” of this information. But even in the past few years there have been so many instances of breaking faith with the public in favor of an industry which now seems to be holding the reins, that it is understandable that many parents only laugh at the agency’s assertions of vaccine safety.
To make matters worse, when someone believes they have been injured by a vaccine, our government has made it more difficult to turn to civil courts for redress.
I am thankful that I am not a parent of a young child today. Frankly I’m not sure what I would do except to research each vaccine on a case-by-case basis with a skeptical eye towards anything in the press or from the government.
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