Why does the BBC publish unsubstantiated lies about natural food medicine and Covid-19?

[For best results read this article in an angry John Oliver voice]

You can probably read the frustration in my mind based on the title of this post. I’m not going to apologize, I’m just going to tell it like it is.

A friend, who happens to work in the pharmaceutical industry, recently forwarded me an article. Here’s a link to it. To be clear these are the unsubstantiated lies I was referring to in the title.

In a nutshell this piece of garbage references “snake oil salesmen” from the early 20th century (contrasted with the ‘highly reputable’ – and, ironically, mostly naturally derived – Vicks VapoRub) and then tries to tell you that companies selling natural products today are doing the same thing. It is incredibly poorly written, and acts as if there was no such things as science – just vaccines which are good and natural products which are snake oil. If there was ever an example of intellectually dishonest sensationalistic ‘journalism’ – this is it.

If you want GOOD information (that which is actually written by people who practice medicine and know what they’re talking about based on clinical practice and science) on natural medicine and Covid-19, may I direct you to The Weill Center FAQ

THE WEILL CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LIST

Here’s a prime quote from the BBC article “Forget kombucha and trendy vitamin supplements – they are nothing more than magic potions for the modern age.”

Okay well, let’s start with a reality check. There are literally thousands of studies substantiating various vitamins. I mean, the very reason that scientists DISCOVERED vitamins was because they were proven to be essential for various biological processes. So, other than the complete ambiquity of what a ‘trendy’ vitamin supplement is, this statement is completely FALSE.

And I could literally spend all day proving that statement. But, for once, let me not send you a weblink. Let me recommend a book. If you really want to learn whether or not natural medicine can benefit the immune system, as well as the entire human body, start with this book.

But just for the sake of the argument -let’s take a bottle of Kombucha, just for example (never mind the health promoting vitamins, minerals, plant derivatives etc. we could dive into) and work backwards on this statement that it is ‘snake oil’.

I’m drinking a bottle of GTs Kombucha right now, and this label indicates the drink has a probiotic strain called Baccilus coagulans, Reishi mushrooms, Chaga mushrooms, and Turkey Tail mushrooms. If the author of the BBC article is correct and this is a “magic potion” (which I am interpreting to mean – not actually a magic potion, but like children’s fairy tales something that has no assumed validity in the real world)…. there will CERTAINLY be no published scientific research on any of the ingredients in this magic potion, right?

So, I’ll do a simply pubmed search on Reishi, to begin with… and… look at this screen shot ! I mean, there are literally too many to name. The amount of research on the ingredients in this “magic potion” are just overwhelming. A number of them dealing with Cancer and chemotherapy support. That’s just ONE ingredient in ONE magic potion. I’m starting to wonder whether this BBC writer is an idiot or a liar or both.

So, I think you get the point. Suffice to say, there is plenty of good credible scientific research on Bacillus coagulans, Chaga, Turkey tail and MANY MANY other natural support mechanisms. I mean, that is literally the entire reason I started this blog.

What I find frustrating is that in the flow of information, more and more of it these days, things are not necessarily becoming clearer. With all this information flying around we should all be getting smarter by the minute! Why is that not happening?!

The answer, I believe, is that we are continually held back by people lying to us. Lying is very different than being wrong. Being wrong is okay, in fact, it is VERY GOOD as it means your critical thinking is on track and you have a belief system that allows you to identify mistakes and corrects them. So, I’m left with a question I can’t answer : why is the BBC lying to us about Covid-19 and natural medicine?

The Peace Meal : Plant Based Green Protein to Help the World

Recently the Food Movement Company of Illinois released a new product, an organic whole food plant based protein powder. The Peace Meal – Multi Green Protein contains protein in the form of hemp, pea, brown rice and sacha inchi protein, as well as organic alfalfa, barley, and wheat grass.

Additionally, the Peace Meal Multi Green Protein sales help to raise money for Peace Possible, an incredible charity started by natural health luminary Dr. Decker Weiss. In this way, we can feel good in a holistic way – by nourishing our bodies and helping to make a positive contribution to the world.

This is the mission of the Food Movement. To make a connection between the way we eat, they way we live and the impact our decisions have on the world. Together we are a movement for positive social change.


These whole foods contain not just protein – but a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and powerful phytonutrients like chlorophyll and essential fatty acids.

The Food Movement Green Protein is available now at a very reasonable $19.99, making it an affordable whole food supplement than anyone can incorporate into their daily regimen. It blends very easily into your favorite smoothie. Check out the video below for an interesting recipe using Jack Fruit and Avocado!

Thank you for supporting the Food Movement and Peace Possible!

Black Maca – a unique phenotype of super food for maximized human performance

I’m a huge fan of Maca root.  It really is one of the most energizing foods (other than things that contain stimulants, like the caffeine in coffee or theobromine in chocolate) and it is also a powerful adaptogen (balancing substance).  Some times called the “Ginseng of super foods” it helps combat fatigue, is an aphrodisiac, and is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

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Some years ago, our company The Food Movement started importing a couple of unique phenotypes of Maca root, specifically the Red and Black Maca, from Peru where it is exclusively grown. (Maca needs the high-altitude and rich volcanic soil in the Andes mountains to truly thrive).

People always ask me – what is the difference between these varieties? And companies who market the cheaper varieties (mostly conventional Yellow Maca or gelatinized powders) sometimes claim there is NO difference between different ecotypes of Maca.  Well, I can offer my opinion all day long, but when people start making assertions that are just plain false, I find a good way to balance out these differences in information is to turn to the science.

CAN BLACK MACA IMPROVE YOUR … mood? energy levels? blood sugar levels? libido? overall health status?

In this post, I want to look specifically at Black Maca. A very interesting study compared the effects of Black and Red Maca in otherwise healthy individuals.  They found some differences in chemistry, in that the levels of fatty acids and macamides (more on this in a minute) were higher in Black Maca, while the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA dominated in the Red.   Both varieties resulted in improvement in mood, energy, and health status, and reduced CMS score (chronic mountain sickness which occurs at high altitudes) but only the Black Maca reduced blood glucose.

Researchers in the journal Andrologia compared extracts of Black and Yellow Maca to try and raise the sperm count in adult mice.  They found that “Black maca administration resulted in higher concentration of sperm count in epididymis and vas deferens compared to yellow maca. ”

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One customer writing to TFMC commented “I feel like a new man taking the Food Movement Black Maca.  One tablespoon a day got me feeling good and having more energy, but when I started adding 2 or more to my smoothie — woooooo! I was hooked.  I’ll be ordering at least once a month from now on.”

There is much more research on Maca root, but I’ve given you just a couple of the studies comparing the different ecotypes of Maca. So, when someone says there is “no difference” between different kinds of Maca, they are quite misinformed according to the published research.

Which type is best for you? Only you can answer that – lately I have found very good effects from mixing more than one kind.  The really amazing benefits of what I like to call The Maca Trifecta (red, black and yellow combined) is something to be experienced.

うま味 Umami : the Fifth Taste of Super Foods

Umami, known as the fifth taste, is a Japanese word うま味 meaning “pleasant savory taste.” Are you falling into the American taste trap of too much salty, too much sweet and not enough of anything else? Well, don’t fast forward by bitter or pungent, either… but you really will benefit from exploring the savory protein flavor known as Umami.

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In 1908 Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda coined the term for his discoveries around the taste by combining the words for Umai うまい meaning delicious and mi 味 meaning taste. In 1985 Umami was recognized as the scientific term for the taste of amino acid compounds called glutamates, and nucleotides.

We now know through the work of scientists studying Umami that this taste has its own unique receptors in the human palette.  Before this discovery in the early 21st century it was largely considered to be an enhancement to other flavors or tastes. Certain amino acids, such as glutamate, react with certain nucleotides to greatly intensify the perception of this taste. Research indicates that when the Umami taste is already exhibited in glutamate rich foods, the nucleotide inosinate can increase the Umami by a factor of 8.

An article in Popular Science observes, “All those strong-flavored, highly concentrated foods, like anchovies, prosciutto, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, fish sauce, Marmite, blue cheese, miso: those are the ones that are packed with available glutamate.”

I have long been a fan of vegetable broths and soup stocks as a way to get lots of nutrition (and healing comfort) into the body in a tasty way.  One of the most savory broths is Miso, a traditional Japanese fermentation generally made from soybeans and aspergillus oryzae (Koji) and some times other ingredients such as seaweed, barley, or rice.  Miso is also one of the most Umami foods, and correspondingly – one of the richest dietary sources of Glutamate.

Glutamate is a neurotransmitter which is one of the most abundant molecules, and most common excitatory neurotransmitters, in the brain.  It is also a precursor to the inhibitory neurotransmitter amino acid GABA, which is often found to one of the greatest factors in relaxation and mental focus.  The metabolism of glutamate is critical to both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters.

Glutamate is also used by the body to help excrete excess nitrogen, and to produce energy as part of the citric acid cycle, being involved in the metabolism of pyruvate and alpha-ket o glutamic acid.  This process is an intrinsic part of the creation of energy at a cellular level.

The taste of Umami, whether from a rich seaweed miso broth, from fermented fish, or from mushrooms, can be correlated with not just delicious taste; but potentially also great health benefits.  A small number of individuals may have an allergic reaction to glutamate rich foods, and to glutamate rich food additives such as MSG (mono-s odium glutamate) which is sometimes added to foods as an intense flavor enhancer. For the majority of us, glutamate rich foods can be an important way to get our savory souper foods!

Whole Earth Radio Episode 3

So you say you want a revolution? The battle for the heart and soul of natural living rages on.  Which side are you on and which side will you choose?  The ensuing battle isn’t just about how we SHOP, it is about how we LIVE – and in result about the fate of our PLANET.  What more important revolution could there possibly be? All right! All right!

Listen to Whole Earth Radio now :

WHOLE EARTH RADIO Episode 3

Moringa : Super Foods Best Kept Secret

Have you heard of Moringa, known as ‘the Miracle Tree’? If not, you’re not alone – but this may be a super food you really want to look into.  Known as the “miracle tree”, it may be one of the best kept secrets in health food in the US – but its impact has been felt all around the world.

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The plant, latin binomial Moringa oleifera, is native to India, and is now grown on many continents.

The Food Movement began importing Moringa in 2011, and since that time demand and presence in the US natural marketplace has steadily grown.  One of the reasons for this is that of all the ‘green foods’ one can choose as a supplement – Moringa has some really unique phytochemical benefits beyond the usual suspects of chlorophyll and vitamins.  The leaves provide a source of complete protein, and are an unusually rich source of nutrition.

A 2017 review in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine concluded ” ..due to its high nutritional value and several medicinal properties, this tree may act as a nutritional and medical alternative for socially neglected populations.”

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Another review in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that “A rapidly growing number of published studies have shown that aqueous, hydroalcohol, or alcohol extracts of M. oleifera leaves possess a wide range of additional biological activities including antioxidant, tissue protective (liver, kidneys, heart, testes, and lungs), analgesic, antiulcer, antihypertensive, radioprotective, and immunomodulatory actions. A wide variety of polyphenols and phenolic acids as well as flavonoids, glucosinolates, and possibly alkaloids is believed to be responsible for the observed effects. ”

Due to these unique properties it has been labeled “the miracle tree” and groups like Trees for Life have planted millions of the plant across starvation-ravaged African nations.  In addition to providing nutrition and medicine from the leaves and pods, the seeds of the Moringa tree can also be used to purify brackish water and are recommended for such purposes by the World Health Organization.

The Food Movement has sought to combine these benefits – the unique health-giving properties of the tree – along with the beneficial social and environmental impact; by selling organic Moringa in the US to raise money for groups like Trees for Life.  Whether your interest is in Moringa’s ability to combat hunger and lack of clean drinking water on a global scale; or if you’re just looking for health benefits for yourself – Moringa can be a true miracle.

 

Whole Earth Radio : Episode 2

Did you say you wanted a free radio show (podcast as it were) that talks all about natural health, the environment and the inter-connectedness of it all?  Join me as I explore the Philosophy of Health in a rambling, gambling journey through life in general.

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And if you don’t have time to listen to the whole episode, make sure you check out some various ways to Save the Monarch Butterfly 

Whole Earth Radio Episode 2

Food Movement Fights Hunger Globally and Locally

The Food Movement Co is an Illinois-based company manufacturing and distributing organic super foods and bioactive dietary supplements.  Part of the Food Movement’s mission is also to donate to hunger relief groups.

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In 2015, for the first time, the Food Movement decided to support both a local group (Chicago Food Depository) and Trees for Life, a group working globally to stop famine in Africa and other important locations.  Every purchase you make from the Food Movement  helps to support this mission.

For more information on the important work behind these groups http://www.treesforlife.org and http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer visit them online and find out how you can further support their work.  Long live the Food Movement!