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Spirulina: did you know? October 29, 2007

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Spirulina- Did You Know?

Borrowed from Glaser Farms Market

Phenylalanine and Tyrosine, which are present in spirulina in large quantities are used by the brain to construct the neurotransmitter Norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is involved in the control of food intake. Recent research conducted by scientist James G. Gibbs reveals that food intake can be controlled in Rhesus monkeys with these precursor elements. Dr. Gibbs noted (Medical World News, Feb.5, 1979) that foods rich in Phenylalanine could be used in controlling hunger. Phenylalanine has also been found to be 89-100% effective in the treatment of depression.

Spirulina is a great source of essential B vitamins; our recommended daily intake of 16 grams (2 level Tbls. Or 16 tablets) provides 30.3 mcg. of vitamin B-12, 1000% of the RDA, 40% for B-2, 60% for B-1 and 10% for B-3, niacin.

The Western Electric study conducted over a period of nineteen years with over 3000 employees determined that lung cancer was inversely related to the intake of Beta Carotene. Our recommended daily intake (16 grams) represents 1600% of the RDA for vitamin A, plus 30% of the RDA for vitamin E in a nutrient-protected highly stable form. Gram for gram, Spirulina is a richer source of vitamin E than wheat germ.

1 gram of Spirulina contains as much calcium as 16 grams of milk, 300% more calcium than found in chicken.

The recommended daily intake of Spirulina (16 grams) contains 110% of the RDA of Iron for males and 65% for females.

Spirulina is the highest source, other than mother’s milk, of the human growth factor Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). With the exception of Beta Carotene, GLA which is the precursor to the important hormone-like prostaglandins PG1 and PG2, is the focus of more intensive research than any other element in Spirulina. Prostaglandins are known to control the production and action of the immune system’s T-suppressor lymphocytes. Studies show that the prostaglandins are a key factor in solving more ailments such as heart attacks, arthritis, allergies, high blood pressure, PMS, certain specific causes of obesity, and hold more promise for help in a wider range of diseases than any other area of study. Nutritionists now recognize that vegetable oils such as sunflower, corn and safflower oil which were formerly thought to provide a source of GLA in the western diet, contain virtually no GLA forming properties. This is due to GLA’s destruction during processing of these oils.

A recent 4 year study conducted in England with laboratory animals concludes that (GLA) has the ability to rejuvenate brain tissue damage caused by alcohol abuse. This study adds to the evidence that GLA is linked to the rejuvenation processes of the body.

Spirulina is rich in potassium, an active eliminator of toxins which are taken in from the environment or produced in metabolism. Spirulina contains 350% more potassium than brown rice.

While Spirulina ranks as nature’s highest source of plant protein, it contains only 3.6 calories per gram. The ordinary protein to calorie ratio needed to achieve adequate protein intake, yet not increase weight, should not exceed 60 calories to each gram of protein consumed. Dieters may enjoy as much Spirulina as they need to keep energy and nutrient levels high, and not gain weight while remaining properly nourished.

Although Spirulina exhibits a slightly salty taste, it is remarkably low in salt content. The FDA recommends that patients with cardiac problems limit their intake of sodium to not more than 2000 mgs. per day. a pound of Spirulina contains approximately 206 mgs. of sodium.

Spirulina is a virtual storehouse of antioxidant elements which prevent or retard aging caused by free radical auto-oxidation. Spirulina is one of the highest concentrated sources of the sulfur-containing amino acid Cysteine. Cysteine is used by the body to construct the enzyme Glutathione Oeroxidase which protects our cells against peroxides formed by free radical reaction. Peroxidized fats (i.e. in Lipodial cells) are immune system suppressants, mutagens, and carcinogens. Preventing peroxidized fats helps our immune system stay strong.

One of the many reasons Spirulina is an effective aid to the gypoglycemic may be due to the amino acid Cysteine’s ability to reduce anxiety, weakness, nausea and hypoglycemic’s stress-induced headace by changing the molecular structure of insulin, thereby reducing its effects. Stimulating the pituitary to release grown hormone is another way counteract the effects of an overactive pancreas. Body builders know that growth hormone can be stimulated through high intake of the amino acid Arginine. Spirulina contains approximately 5.98% Arginine.

Spirulina is one of nature’s richest sources of enzymes and pigments. The pigments in Spirulina are important to digestion and come to the Spirulina user predigested by the algae and furnished in the form of glycol/biliproteins and blood proteins such as Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been called “natures green blood” due to its being structured almost identically to hematin which is the red pigment of blood. All of Spirulina;s biliproteins are similar to blood cells in that each are based on the porphrin pyrrole ring structure. Studies conducted with laboratory animals show a marked rise in red blood cells shortly after the ingestion of Chlorophyll.

Phycocyanin, a biliprotein found exclusively in blue-green aglae is of special interest to those who recognize Spirulina for the ultimate brain food that it is. Phycocyanin’s unusual chemical structure promotes the efficient linking of amino acids to form neurotransmitters in the brain.

Over half the carbohydrates (16.5%) found in Spirulina are in the form of Rhamnose and Glycigen. These glycosides give a much longer sustained rise in blood sugar level than disaccharides such as sucrose or fructose and are available almost immediately to the muscles and brain for energy requirements. These quick and lasting forms of energy explain in part the surge of power experienced by long distance runners and athletes who ingest Spirulina before performance.

The most easily absorbed vitamins and minerals are those biologically incorporated into plant proteins such as Spirulina. Recent research conducted at Harvard Medical School points to the iron in Spirulina as being absorbed more easily than other sources. Unlike our nation’s depleted soil, Spirulina’s growing medium is saturated with these vital minerals. As Spirulina’s 14 minerals are naturally chelated to protein molecules, this eliminates the needed metabolic internal search and link-up required when ordinary forms of minerals are taken in supplemental form.



Biological Terrain vs. the germ Theory

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The germ – or microbian – theory of disease was popularized by Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), the inventor of pasteurization. This theory says that there are fixed, external germs (or microbes) which invade the body and cause a variety of separate, defineable diseases. In order to get well, you need to identify and then kill whatever germ made you sick. The tools generally employed are drugs, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Prevention includes the use of vaccines as well as drugs, which – theoretically at least – work by keeping germs at bay.

At about the time that Pasteur was promoting his “monomorphic” germ theory, a contemporary by the name of Claude Bernard (1813-1878) was developing the theory that the body’s ability to heal was dependent on its general condition or internal environment. Thus disease occurred only when the terrain or internal environment of the body became favorable to germs.

An extremely brilliant contemporary of Claude Bernard’s was Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908). Bechamp built upon and extended Bernard’s idea, developing his own theory of health and disease which revolved around the concept of “pleomorphism.” In contrast to Pasteur’s “monomorphic” or single-formed, fixed state microbes (or germs), Bechamp had discovered tiny organisms (or microorganisms) he called “microzyma” which were “pleomorphic” or “many-formed.” (Pleo = many and morph = form. Interestingly, these microzyma were found to be present in all things whether living or dead, and they persist even when the host has died. Many were impervious to heat as well.)

Bechamp’s microzyma, including specific bacteria, could take on a number of forms during the host’s life cycle and these forms depended (as Bernard contended) primarily on the chemistry of their environment, or the biological terrain, or to put it a third way, the condition of the host. In other words there is no single cause of disease. Instead disease results when microzyma change form, function and toxity according to the terrain of the host. Bad bacteria, viruses and fungi are merely the forms assumed by the microzymas when there is a condition or terrain that favors disease and these “bad” microzyma themselves give off toxic byproducts, further contributing to a weakened terrain.

This is how Bechamp himself put it in his last book The Third Element of The Blood: “. . .the microzyma, whatever its origin, is a ferment; it is organized, it is living, capable of multiplying, of becoming diseased and of communicating disease. . . All mycrozyma are ferments of the same order – that is to say, they are organisms, able to produce alcohol, acetic acid, lactic acid and butyric acid. . . In a state of health the microzymas of the organism act harmoniously, and our life is, in every meaning of the word, a regular fermentation. In a state of disease, the microzymas do not act harmoniously, and the fermentation is disturbed; the mycrozymas have either changed their function or are placed in an abnormal situation by some modification of the medium. . .”

Thus, according to Bernard, Bechamp and their successors, disease occurs to a large extent as a function of biology and as a result of the changes that take place when metabolic processes are thrown off. Germs become symptoms that stimulate the occurance of more symptoms – which ultimately culminate in disease. A weakened terrain also naturally becomes vulnerable to external harmful microzyma – or if you prefer pleomorphic germs. So, our bodies are in effect mini-ecosystems, or biological terrains in which nutritional status, level of toxicity and PH or acid/alkaline balance play key roles.

For this and other reasons Bechamp argued strenuously against vaccines, asserting that “The most serious disorders may be provoked by the injection of living organisms into the blood.” Untold numbers of researchers have agreed with him. Nonetheless Pasteur and his like-minded contemporary Robert Koch – both being shameless self-promoters – easily won the propaganda war favoring the widespread use of vaccines – which then made boatloads of money for everyone associated. In fact, according to researcher E. Douglas Hume, if it had not been for mass acceptance of vaccines, the germ theory might very well have died a quiet death.

Decades after Pasteur’s death researchers tried to expose the fact that Pasteur liberally “borrowed”, plagarized and twisted the work of others (especially that of Bechamp) but with little effect on the practice of medicine or the way we think about disease. Instead, as Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson assert in their book Empty Harvest, “The germ theory is still believed to be the central cause of disease because around it exists a collossal supportive infrastructure of commercial interests that built multi-billion-dollar industries based upon this theory. To the scientific satisfaction of many in the health field, it has long been disproven as the primary cause of disease. Germs are, rather, an effect of disease.”

Interestingly and to this day, the whole theory of microzymas and how they operate has never been disproven – or proven false – by opposing research. To the contray, decades of research – beginning with Pasteur himself – has only served to bolster the mycrozyma theory. Not only does the germ theory remain unsubstantiated today, but Pasteur himself recanted it on his deathbed, writing the famous words: “It is not the germ that causes disease but the terrain in which the germ is found.”

For more information see the 1935 books Bechamp or Pasteur and Pasteur Exposed, both by E. Douglas Hume. In Bechamp or Pasteur? there is a description of Robert Koch, who was a contemporary of Pasteur’s and who developed his own germ theory “postulates” – themselves never proven, which are nonetheless still taught in medical schools today. Bechamp also defends himself against the shennanigans of Pasteur and allies in the last book he wrote called The Blood and Its Third Element, a portion of which can be read online: http://www.sumeria.net/books/blood.html .