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The plastic in the Freshlife Sprouter is safe!

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Many popular kitchen appliances such as blenders and juicers are made with plastics. Since the BPA scare, we are all more mindful about the safety of these plastics. So I decided to take a closer look at the plastic used for the growing barrels of the Freshlife Sprouter (the part that touches the sprouts). Like many kitchen appliances, it is made of Styrene Acetylonitrile Resin (SAN). I researched 3 areas related to SAN: 1) the safety of the material; 2) How it is being used; and 3) the overall impact of plastics and similar pollutants on our environment.

Safety

For the record, I am totally opposed to BPA in our food. I am convinced that it is a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen. It can affect the prostate, the breasts, the testes, the mammary glands, the pancreas, and who knows what else. I do not trust the studies that say it is rapidly detoxified and eliminated and is therefore not a concern. BPA is used on the inside of most food and beverage cans and infant formula bottles. It should be banned.

SAN is the main plastic used to make the Freshlife sprouter. Although it is not BPA, it is not good enough just to say that SAN is “approved for food consumption” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many of us have lost faith in that government agency. I, for one, prefer an independent review.

I am not a chemist, but I can tell you that even for chemists, the differences between the various permutations of the plastics used in our foods and the safety issues around them is complex. It gets even more complex when the chemicals are compounded. Therefore, research teams are the best way to investigate whether specific chemicals or compounds of them are going to have an impact on human health. This approach was done for Bisphenol A. Nevertheless, the results were disputed by other scientists and groups with vested interests. So if you can’t get the scientists to agree, how are the rest of us expected to get clarity!

The good news for the Freshlife Sprouter and other SAN containing kitchen appliances is that I could not find any relationship between SAN and BPA. Sure, I asked the manufacturer first and I could have just taken their word for it, right? But no, I wanted to find out for myself. I could find no evidence of BPA in SAN.

However, I am going to share my sources with you so that if you desire, you can review the data for yourself. I am not an expert in this field and again plastics are complex, highly controversial, and discerning between the different kinds truly requires the skills of a chemist.

One of my most trusted sources was the independent consumer watchdog the Environmental Working Group, www.EWG.org. In my opinion these folks are better at protecting us from environmental hazards than the U.S. government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). My review of their data on SAN and even on the independent chemicals that make up the SAN compound came up clean. I could not find a relationship between BPA and SAN nor its components styrene and acrylonitrile.

I also researched SAN and BPA with the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) http://www.epa.gov/iris. This is a U.S. EPA database and it is quite extensive. I searched for styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) as well as its components styrene and acrylonitrile. I could not find any connection for these products to BPA. Keep in mind, SAN is not polystyrene, not polycarbonate, not ABS, nor acrylamide. Some of these do indeed have connections with BPA. But all these are different plastics made from different chemicals. When researching BPA or anything else, you cannot lump the various plastics together.

I also researched SAN in five consumer health and safety databases. I looked at The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) for their toxicological profile for styrene. I also found the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to be very helpful. They produce a Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet that is very helpful. Check it out at: http://web.doh.state.nj.us/rtkhsfs/factsheets.aspx

And I reviewed the OSHA database. This is the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They are the U.S. Government agency that adopts and enforces health and safety hazards. Similarly, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) was very helpful. They publish guidelines on Threshold Limit Valuesfor exposures to workplace chemicals. And I spent time researching SAN at NIOSH. This is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. They conduct studies of workplace hazards and make recommendations to OSHA. All of these agencies have collected enormous amounts of data on SAN and other plastics used by consumers and workers with the explicit task of evaluating threats to public health.

Plastics are used everywhere in our society. SAN (styrene acrylonitrile) is used mostly in consumer goods and appliances. SAN resins have a glass-like clarity and their products are dishwasher safe. Its qualities include: high impact strength,

dimensional stability, heat resistance, and the ability to be washed at and withstand high temperatures. That is why if you look, you will find SAN not just in your Freshlife Sprouter, but also in several other products likely hanging around your kitchen and your home.

Finding no BPA connection with SAN itself, I decided to investigate the two components that make up SAN independently, styrene and Acetylonitrile. I did this knowing that the compound has different qualities than the independent ingredients. Nevertheless, I reasoned that if BPA is in the elements of the compound, then there is concern that it could be in the compound, too. To my relief, I found no BPA connection in the independent chemicals.

A word about the independent chemicals. Styrene is a clear, colorless liquid. It is used as a component in everything from food containers and packaging materials to cars, boats, computers, and video games. In other words, you’ve been using it and touching it for a long time. It is remarkably strong, flexible, and light-weight. Although the styrene used in these products is synthesized in petrochemical plants, I was surprised to learn that styrene also occurs naturally in the environment and is in fact present in many common foods including coffee, strawberries, and cinnamon!

For what it is worth, two Canadian government agencies Health Canada and Environment Canada concluded in 1994 that styrene “does not constitute a danger to human life and health” and “does not constitute a danger to the environment on which human life depends.”

In addition, I read an assessment on styrene risk by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. They also concluded that there were no concerns for the general public, either from environmental or consumer exposures to styrene. But I was not able to determine who financed the study. Was it Harvard or was it a chemical industry group? Sadly, neither research nor science is immune to the influence of money.

How We Use The Freshlife Sprouter

One thing about sprouting is that unlike other foods, there is no cooking required. Growing sprouts does not require anything chemically aggressive such as salt, vinegar, lemon, boiling, freezing, heating, stirring, scratching, frying, nothing. The only thing that interacts with the plastic during sprouting is cold water. The heating of plastic increases the chances of its degradation and “leaching” into food. This evidence can be found in numerous tests on polycarbonate and BPA, which is how the BPA scare started in the first place, with heated baby formulas. As soon as the infant formula was heated, the leached chemical content increased dramatically. Acidic foods such as vinegars and lemon also increase leaching.

Fortunately, in sprouting we are only dealing with cold water and that water has a neutral pH –no acidity.

How Do We Measure our Contact with these Chemicals?

The U.S. EPA sets approved levels of toxic materials. Frankly, zero is the only amount I want. However, from the government’s perspective, these poisons are already in the environment and they want to know at what levels they move from being background pollution into something that can affect people’s health. When looking at chemical tolerances, I found that the EPA capped a lot of different plastics at around 30 parts per million. This means, they consider anything below that exposure to be background pollution or harmless. It’s their way of distinguishing between a scratch and a gash. Both draw blood, but one is life threatening while the other is insignificant.

Since these plastics are already in the environment and are often hanging out in our kitchens, that means we are already exposed. Well, if 30ppm is considered the boundary, what does that actually mean? If we were to convert it to seconds, we could compare a million seconds vs. 30 seconds. Everybody knows what 30 seconds is. A million seconds is approximately 12 days. That is 12 full (24 hour) days or 288 hours. For me, 30 seconds gets totally lost over the course of a even one day. But 30 seconds out of 12 days and 12 nights gives you a sense of how minuscule 30ppm truly is.

When you are discussing such low levels of exposure it forces us to look at all of our environmental risks more broadly. For example, as a devoted certified organic food consumer, I am astonished to learn that many organics contain 30ppm of different pesticides from exposure to ambient pollution in the air, water and soil that includes residues of pesticides. And what about dental x-rays, solar radiation, air pollution, and the water pollutants coming out of our showers and baths?

I am not inclined to justify any level of pollution. But sadly, we already live in a polluted environment. Therefore my question becomes: when does a background pollutant become as hazard? Is it the equivalent of sitting in front of a television tube? Or walking under overhead electrical wires, or absorbing cosmic radiation on an airliner, or ultraviolet radiation at the beach? And don’t get me started about cell phone radiation, cordless phones, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth! I’m the type of guy who holds his breath when filling up at the gas station and wears a pendant, a bracelet, and a magic button on my cell phone to protect me—hopefully—from all this invisible pollution. So how do we rank the plastics in our kitchens, computers, and cars against all this other stuff?

I truly believe that the sprouts growing in my Freshlife Sprouter barrel are not exposed to any plastic pollution from the SAN. In fact, those sprouts are actually nourishing me beyond anything I can buy at the produce stand and are enhancing my immunity and adding to my longevity. I don’t have faith in all the plastics that are out there, but filling my diet with the highest quality home-grown foods on the planet is one thing I can trust.

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7 Tips to Nix Holiday Stress

The holidays are upon us! Gifts, good spirits, and beautiful decorations abound. But as jolly as these days can be, they can easily become a little stressful.

Amidst all the love and celebration, finances can be tight, family dynamics may become taut, and wits can become stretched to their tattered ends. For many of us, the tide of the holiday season brings with it a sneaky, powerful undertow of stress. If you don’t want to get dragged out to sea, it’s important to be proactive.

CORTISOL, THE GRINCH OF HORMONES?

Sure, stress may be responsible for your nauseating tension headache at the end of the day, but stress affects more than your overworked head.

Santa Claus sitting on floor and looks frustratedWhen you’re worried, exhausted, irritated, or overworked, your brain sends out a little grumbling stress hormone known as cortisol. When the body is in homeostasis, there are certainly benefits to cortisol. It assists in blood sugar regulation, provides quick bursts of energy in fight or flight situations, and even heightens memory. However, when in consistently high concentrations, cortisol tiptoes through your body on furry, green feet and snatches up neatly wrapped nutrients, causing inflammation in its wake. It blocks the body from attaching to certain nutrients in digestion, and even sucks goodies out of your body’s private nutrient stores. If you’re chronically stressed, all that excess cortisol may be doing steady damage to your health.

Symptomatically, excess cortisol can lead to:

agitation, increased hunger, decreased immunity, hair loss, skin inflammation, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, depression, premature aging, decreased metabolism, increased fat in lower abdomen, and more…

While there is a time and a place for cortisol, we don’t want it surging through our bodies constantly. When that happens, the body falls into an agitated, inflammatory state which promotes disease. But cortisol doesn’t have to be a mean old grinch. Just like a grinch, if you treat your body more kindly and lovingly, cortisol can work for you rather than against. The secret lies in managing your stress so that your cortisol levels ebb and flow naturally.

7 LIFESTYLE TIPS TO MANAGE HOLIDAY STRESS

By managing your lifestyle more mindfully this season, you can better prepare your body for the hectic holidays ahead. Here are a few tips to ensure that you are giving yourself everything you need to stay happy, healthy, and relaxed this season:

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Drink green juice. With cortisol latching on to nutrients and preventing their absorption, it is important not only to reduce stress levels, but also to replenish your nutrient stores. Drinking low-sugar green juices can provide support by filling your body with plenty of living nutrients, especially after a night of festivities or a stressful work day. For some great, low-sugar recipes for you and your loved ones, take a peek at Sproutman’s Power Juices and Super Drinks. In the meantime, don’t forget your daily wheatgrass!

Get some sleep. Your body can’t regulate anything if you’re not getting enough sleep. Aim to get 7 to 9 hours a night regularly. This allows your body to rest, heal, and replenish after a long day and promotes hormonal balance. If you have trouble falling asleep, try the meditation technique known as progressive muscle relaxation to refocus your mind and deeply relax your body at bedtime.

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Nourish your body. The holidays are a time of eating delicious yet mostly nutritionally empty foods. Make a conscious decision to eat living, nourishing foods daily to keep your organs churning properly throughout the party season. What kinds of living foods you ask? Sprouts! Sprouting grains, beans, and seeds makes them more bioavailable and nutritionally dense. They can also support your liver in processing excess hormones (including cortisol), which can become imbalanced during stressful times.

Limit sugar. As they say, STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards. Look, no one is going to blame you for indulging in a few too many cookies at that holiday party. But, in your day to day, avoid hopping on that raging sugar caboose. If you notice a grumpy hankering for the hard, sweet stuff in mid afternoon, that is a sure sign it’s time to cut back on your sugar intake. Instead, opt for some cleansing raw veggies. Drink a green juice. Have a detoxifying glass of water with lemon. You’ll feel more balanced and relaxed if you limit your daily sugar intake. Plus, your body will function better and that warm holiday cookie will taste so much better when you do decide to enjoy it.

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Move your body. We all like to move it, move it, but as winter’s shorter days creep upon us, there is a tendency to become more sedentary. While overexercising can increase your body’s stress load, moving and working your body every day is essential for proper circulation, immune function, and hormonal balance. Don’t let winter get you down. Keep up a gentle yoga practice through the winter to keep up your strength and mobility while also supporting healthy stress levels.

BREATHE. If you’re stressed, don’t reach for the cocktail just yet. Give your body what it needs—oxygen. Practice deep, conscious breathing each morning and night. Deep, calming breaths signal to the nervous system that it can chill out and work on healing.

Take a tech break. Technology may be the number one cause of our increase in modern stress. Email, phone calls, texts, social media—they’re incessant! Do yourself a favor and unplug for a day, an afternoon, or even an hour. Go for a walk outside and remember how it feels to live in the physical moment… without staring at a screen. Seriously, your poor eyes!

And don’t forget to have fun and do things you love once in a while. You deserve it, and nothing quells stress better than a little self-love and compassion. The holidays should be a time of love and joy for all. Be healthy and happy this holiday season, and don’t let stress get you down–no one likes a grinch.

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Juicers vs. Blenders – Which Is Better?

Isn’t the juice I get from my Vitamix the best?

I get this question a lot. The Vitamix is an impressive high performance machine, but it is a blender, not a juicer. (That goes for the NutriBullet, too…)  So the more accurate question to ask is…

Juicers vs. Blenders – Which is Better? 

Blenders include the whole food, including the pulp and all its fiber, and we definitely need fiber in our diet. I’m a big proponent of a whole foods diet. I mean using fresh vegetables, whole grains instead of flour, fruit instead of sugar, basically everything except what comes in a can or a box.

What About Fiber?

We need fiber in our diet because it keeps our intestines moving. Stagnation and congestion are early causes of disease. It’s the corporate food industry diet of highly processed food–with its high percentage of flour, dairy, and sugar–that is contributing to our society’s high rate of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel conditions.

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Therefore, I am in favor of smoothies (made in your blender) because when you put an apple, banana, strawberries and blueberries in your blender, you are consuming fresh fruit with all its nutrition and fiber. Smoothies made from either fruits or vegetables are a wonderful way to increase the percentage of whole natural foods in your diet.

The Pros & Cons

But everything has its advantages and disadvantages, and that is the case for juicing and blending. Think of blending as eating without the chewing. The blender is liquefying your food. When you blend the apple and banana you still need to consume and digest them even though you didn’t chew them. Juicing, on the other hand, is the water extracted from fruits and vegetables. That water extract doesn’t require digestion.

Eating A Pound of Carrots

I like carrots, but one carrot in my salad is enough. The idea of consuming a pound of carrots with my meal would be impossible. However, when I juice a pound of carrots it condenses down to 8 ounces of carrot water. I am drinking the nutrient concentrate from a pound of carrots. That water extract requires no effort to digest. Just like drinking any water, no hydrochloric acid is required, no pepsin, no pancreatin, your
liver remains at rest. That pound of carrot nutrition bypasses your stomach and goes right into your bloodstream. It sneaks through easily without requiring anything from your liver, gall bladder, stomach, or pancreas. When you drink a clean vegetable juice, your digestive organs can take a vacation.
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The Most Nutrition

And that is, of course, one of the primary benefits of juice fasting. You’re being super-nourished by a large volume of vegetables while your digestive system is completely at rest. Experts say 80 percent of our energy resources are spent on the process of digestion and elimination. And that is also true for smoothies or anything you put in your blender. But not with juice.

We choose to make fresh squeezed juice because we want to assimilate the nutrition from a large volume of vegetables without spending effort to digest them. Juice bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into your bloodstream. That’s as close to 100% absorption as you’ll ever get.

Sadly, none of us has a digestive system that is 100% efficient. I never get 100% assimilation from all the Food Combining and Digestionorganic food I eat and spend good money on. In fact, experts say that for most of us, our livers function at barely 50 percent capacity, meaning that half of what we consume does not get fully processed. Sure, food goes in and comes out, but that doesn’t mean it gets assimilated!

Most of us regularly overwhelm our digestive organs with too much food.

In my book, Food Combining & Digestion, I talk about the concept of eating half of the volume we normally consume and being even healthier. Why? Because we’re putting less stress on our digestive system and we’re only getting half the nutrition we consume anyway!

That’s the big advantage of juicing. You get as close to 100% assimilation as you’ll ever achieve. And secondly, you get a volume of vegetable nutrition that you could never consume by eating. Concentrated high volume nutrition and nearly 100% delivery into your bloodstream. That’s pretty special. That’s why we juice.

 

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Get Out Your Sprout Bag. Autumn Is for Sprouting!

Summer is always an exciting season of bounty. Eating healthy becomes incredibly easy with so many local, seasonal greens at our fingertips. But, just because summer is behind us doesn’t mean our plates should become bland and veggie-less. Sprouting has the power to keep every kitchen full of fresh, nutritious greens year round. As autumn sets in, now is the perfect time to get back on track with your sprout garden.

A BRIEF REFRESH ON THE BENEFITS OF SPROUTING

Before we get started, let’s remember why sprouts are so wonderful, in case you forgot in a small bout of summer amnesia:

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Beautiful Sunflowers growing up in the Freshlife 3000.

Sprouting is easy, affordable, and balancing.

For anyone, especially those following a vegan or raw lifestyle, the nutritional boost sprouting can offer is tantamount to nature’s greatest multivitamin. Sprouts are simply a healthy, affordable addition to anyone and everyone’s diet. The act of sprouting can make a huge nutritional difference. They are a source of living food, rich in a diverse variety of vitamins, minerals, colors, and flavors. Seeds are little treasure troves of nutrition, and sprouting is your key to unlocking their potential…

Sprouting increases nutrient density.

Not only are sprouted foods easier to digest, but they unlock nutrients that plants store under lock and key. To hold on to their precious nutrients, plants contain natural failsafes called anti-nutrients. When consumed, anti-nutrients (like phytic acid, lectins, and saponins) bind to minerals (such as zinc, calcium, and iron), rendering them indigestible. In fact, anti-nutrients can sometimes steal minerals directly from your body’s stores! Thieves! But you can hold on to all of your hard-earned nutrients! By soaking and sprouting your foods, you can drastically reduce anti-nutrient content and increase your food’s nutrient density.

Sprouting drastically improves digestibility.

For some of us, digesting grains, legumes, and seeds is difficult and can cause inflammation. Once a plant is sprouted, however, it unlocks certain enzymes that make digestion much easier. According to research, sprouted grains have higher quantities of absorbable protein, total sugars, iron, and B vitamins. Our bodies are better able to absorb nutrients throughout all stages of digestion when foods are sprouted.

Studies have found that even those with diabetes may have an easier time breaking down sprouted grains and legumes, due to the increased enzymic activity of sprouts. In fact, consuming sprouts regularly has the potential to help those with blood sugar issues better break down carbohydrates in the long term.

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Growing wheatgrass too laborious? Get it delivered to your doorstep, ready to juice.

That’s just a small taste of how wonderful sprouts are! Yes, it’s easy to get sidetracked over the summer when the sun is shining and farmer’s markets are overflowing with vibrant and healthy greens. But now that autumn has returned, you may be missing your sprout pals. If you have been a little neglectful or uninspired over the summer, carpe diem! Today is the day to sprout.

Break out your trusty sprout bags, rinse the cobwebs off your automatic sprouters, and start replenishing your kitchen with fresh, delicious, and supremely nutritious sprouts! If you are a little rusty or have any questions, check out our helpful tips or contact our customer service team. The more sprouts we can get into this world, the happier we’ll be!

TOO MANY SPROUTS? NEVER!

Not sure what to do with all your sprouts? Maybe you jumped back into sprouting so zealously, you now have more sprouts than you could ever hope to consume? Maybe you’ve made one too many glorious sprout salads over the summer and are feeling uninspired in the kitchen? If you’ve been looking at your overflowing sprout bags thinking I cannot possibly eat another sprout salad, never fear! Here are some ideas for using your sprouts:

  • blend up a sprouted hummus with sprouted garbanzos
  • use sprouts instead of lettuce on your favorite sandwiches
  • toss sprouts in at the end of cooking your favorite soups for nutritious texture
  • give an extravagant finish to your stir-frys
  • blend some lightly cooked crunchy bean mix into your favorite homemade veggie burger
  • make sprout bread
  • soak and sprout truly raw almonds to make a softer, sweeter, and easier to digest snack

To give your sprout-ivity a little jumpstart, here is a terrific recipe for lentil crisps. They’re tasty, crunchy, salty, and nutritious. Give them a try this week for a nutritious change of pace!
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The Lentil’s Answer to the Potato Chip (Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook)

  • 1 quart fresh lentil sprouts
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons tamari

– Once you’ve started sprouting your lentils, they’ll be ready in 5 days. On the fifth day, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, and tamari to create a sauce. Wash the finished sprouts and mix them thoroughly with the sauce.

– Let the mixture marinate in the fridge for around 24 hours. If you don’t have that much time, don’t worry; they’ll still taste delicious.

– When ready, spread the sprouts on a solid dehydrator tray and dry at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 hours (view our favorite dehydrator here). If you don’t own a dehydrator, you can set your oven to its lowest setting and keep the door slightly ajar in a pinch.

– Store in a sealed glass jar or baggie to maintain their crispiness. They will stay good for months (if these tasty morsels even last that long).

Take these little lentil crisps to parties, on a hike, or in your car for an on-the-go healthy snack. Also, feel free to experiment with other flavorings—paprika, rosemary, thyme, mustard powder—get creative!

Make every day a little bit more sproutful. Check out Sprouts: The Miracle Food and Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook for more tasty recipes. With a little inspiration, it’s easy to make your diet both deliciously creative and oh-so-good for you. Happy autumn sprouting!

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Wheatgrass Protects Against Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Although we are still a long way from curing Alzheimer’s Disease, we do know about some of its causes. Just like plaque buildup in your arteries contributes to heart disease, plaque buildup in the brain has been consistently found present in senile patients. This plaque is mostly made up of a protein called Beta-Amyloid. In addition, Alzheimers patients also exhibit high levels of oxidative stress that destroys their cells contributing to the symptoms of dementia. These malfunctions are responsible for killing brain cells and are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

Can Wheatgrass Help?

In two separate South Korean studies, wheatgrass was used to challenge both the beta-amyloid plaque and the oxidative stress. Beta-amyloid protein was injected into adult rats (in vivo) and also into cultured cells (in vitro). After injection, the rats started showing signs of cellular degradation both from DNA fragmentation and alterations in their mitochondria (which means each cell produced less energy). Basically, their brain cells were dying due to the increased presence of beta-Amyloid plaque.

Then, researchers at the College of Oriental Medicine, in Daegu Korea, fed the increasingly demented rats wheatgrass juice. The wheatgrass fed rats were better able to suppress the oxidative stress caused by the beta-amyloid and had an overall improved cellular defense. How was this possible? Wheatgrass increased the production of their glutathione which is one of the body’s best antioxidants protecting us from cellular degradation caused by free radicals. To further verify the effect of wheatgrass, the rats were also put through a water maze for 5 days to test their spatial memory and cognitive ability. The wheatgrass-fed rats found their way through the maze faster than the non-wheatgrass rats. The researchers reported “Wheatgrass effectively inhibited A beta-induced cytotoxicity….These results suggest that TALE (wheatgrass extract) may have preventive and/or therapeutic potential in the management of AD (Alzheimers Disease).” 

Phytother Res. 2010 Jan;24(1):76-84. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2871 –– Neuroprotective effects of Triticum aestivum L. against beta-amyloid-induced cell death and memory impairments.

The second Korean study focused on vascular dementia which involves blockage problems with the blood supply to the brain causing mini-strokes that are so minor they sometimes go unnoticed but over time can lead to full blown dementia. It’s the second most common cause of dementia next to Alzheimer’s and there are no drugs available for it. But scientists at the Kyungpook National University School of Medicine demonstrated that “a water extract of wheatgrass” (wheatgrass juice) and some of its phytochemical components were able to protect the myelin sheath which prevented neuron death and its deterioration into vascular dementia. In the water maze test, the wheatgrass fed rats consistently navigated their way through faster than the non-wheatgrass fed rats. “These results suggest that TALE (wheatgrass juice) and some of its components can be used as a medicinal material for the development of neuroprotective agents against vascular dementia.”

J Med Food. 2010 Jun;13(3):572-8. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2009.1242. –– Water extract of Triticum aestivum L. and its components demonstrate protective effect in a model of vascular dementia.

Although wheatgrass should not be considered a panacea, it is indeed a powerful herbal medicine that researchers are consistently proving what wheatgrass users all over the world have already known—Wheatgrass works! But you won’t find your doctor recommending it anytime soon because big pharma can’t patent grass. But don’t let that stop you. You can grow it and juice it yourself. You can drink a pleasant tasting extract of it (Supershots). You can add the dried juice powder to your smoothie; you can get the frozen juice delivered. And you can even put wheatgrass cream on wounds to speed up healing. Every form of wheatgrass does something good for you. Always keep some available whether in your medicine chest, your garden, or your refrigerator. It’s powerful medicine.

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Why You Can’t Trust The Food Labels (GMO)

CornInjectLike most folks, I enjoy fresh, sweet corn in the summer. Most of the time I don’t even cook it. (You don’t have too!) I buy from small farmers at my local farmers market. I love to buy local, but I often wonder, how do I know it’s not genetically modified corn? Once upon a time, we only had to worry about genetically modified things like corn syrup, popcorn, tortilla chips and corn flakes, but now they’ve managed to defile our delicious fresh corn, too! Monsanto started promoting their genetically engineered sweet corn in 2011. 

What’s Wrong With This Corn?

You could say that this corn contains a “built in” pesticide that cannot be washed off. Actually, when you buy Monsanto’s special genetically altered corn seed, it is engineered to withstand the spraying of their Roundup pesticide (aka Glyphosate) while all the weeds around it die. That’s the theory…but it doesn’t work! (See why below.)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency categorizes GMO corn as an “insecticide.”
GMO Side Effects

The biotech companies claim GMO crops are safe. But Glyphosate has many verified effects on people and animals. Consider this latest research. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, performed the first GMO study on pregnant and non-pregnant women. They discovered Glyphosate in the blood of the non-pregnant women and found its metabolites in the pregnant women and their fetuses.
In a German study, researchers at Leipzig University found that Glyphosate was toxic to healthy intestinal bacteria such as Lactobacillus, Bacillus, and Bifidobacterium. They found the death of these essential bacteria promoted Clostridium Botulinum, an anaerobic pathogen that causes botulism. They suggested it would throw off our overall gut immunity making us more susceptible to infections and intestinal diseases such as leaky gut, irritable bowel, colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. This is similar to how the overuse antibiotics has compromised our immunity.

1913 – Corn is 100% Farmer Owned
2013 – Corn is 95% Corporation Owned

A Big Idea That Has Gone Bust
Monsanto figured their pesticide would kill the weeds but spare their genetically altered crops and farmers would be forced to buy their patented seed from them. However, since this pesticide is so widely used, over time nature has developed Glyphosate-resistant “super weeds” that has resulted in a dramatically increased volume of pesticide use. In a study by the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, researchers found there was a 527 million pound increase in herbicide use in the United States between 1996 and 2011. Even though GMO companies claimed farmers would use less pesticide, the opposite has been the case.

The leading GMO foods in North America are:
Soy, Corn, Cottonseed (oil), Canola (oil), Beets, Papaya, Alfalfa

How Do You Know It’s GMO?
Too bad there is no way to tell if the sweet corn or any other corn or soy ingredient you eat is genetically altered. Of course, if you live in any of 64 countries, you could tell simply by reading the label. But not in North America and not in any of its big supermarket chains such as Walmart, Kroger, and Safeway

But you would know if it was certified organic, because organic tests for GMO. Don’t be fooled by a “natural packaging” appearance or the words “All Natural” on the label. Read the package carefully for anything made with corn or soy. It’s not enough to just have the words “Non-GMO” on the package. Don’t be fooled by manufacturer’s artwork. It must say “Certified Non-GMO” or “Certified Organic” and include their official emblems.

Why Not Label?
The big food conglomerates are spending massive amounts of cash to stop grass roots efforts to label GMO foods in North America. PepsiCo spent $70 million dollars to block labeling in California and Washington State. Now they are trying quash a new initiative in Oregon. Companies like PepsiCo and Monsanto know that if Oregon’s “ballot Measure 92” passes, it would establish a precedent for other states and initiate a GMO labeling movement. The Vermont legislature passed a label law that goes into effect July, 2016 unless it loses in the courts. The state has already been sued by 4 big industry groups all financed by corporate food giants.

People have a right to know what’s in their food.

Put it on the label and let everyone decide for themselves.

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The Best Way to Rejuvenate Your Skin & the Most Delicious Wheatgrass Juice

I want to share with you one of the best wheatgrass products I have been fortunate enough to discover. I first started using Dr. wheatgrass in 2006. I had a small Basal Cell Carcinoma on my nose. After regrettably letting the dermatologist extract another spot from my shoulder, I was not about to let him go digging on my nose! That’s when I started using Dr. Wheatgrass balm. I applied a little bit several times per day. Incredibly, it worked! The sore disappeared and even the normal skin tone restored. But….it wasn’t permanent. Six months later I had to do it over and again six months after that. But this was much preferable to having the dermatologist digging around in the middle of my face!

As many of you know, I believe that wheatgrass is our finest herbal medicine. (Check out my book here.) I was first introduced to it by Viktoras Kulvinskas in 1975. Viktoras and Ann Wigmore were co-founders of The Hippocrates Health Institute which became famous for its astonishing results in reversing cancer. In those days wheatgrass was only available one way—you had to grow it and juice it yourself. Arguably, that is ideal, but it’s not for everyone and there is a whole world of people who could benefit from this natural medicine if it was more accessible.

That’s where Dr. Wheatgrass comes in. Chris Reynolds is an Australian M.D. who got amazing results using wheatgrass with his skin patients. But most patients found it hard to grow and juice. So, Dr. Chris made an extract of wheatgrass—the same way you make an extract of ginseng, Echinacea, astragalus, etc.—and put it into a cream. Now it was readily available and easy to apply. And, because it is an extract, it is about 25% more concentrated than fresh wheatgrass juice. When I heard about all the successful cases Dr. Chris had with this new product, I immediately began importing it.

What Is the Spray Good for?

Wheatgrass can be soothingly applied or sprayed on any skin that has or is…

IrritatedInflamedCracked 
BurnsBruisesTendinitis 
EczemaAcneAthlete’s foot 
AbscessAnal fissureDiabetic foot ulcers 
WoundsPlantar fasciitisMolluscum Contagiosum 

Amazingly, wheatgrass seems to penetrate the skin and can therefore soothe inflamed muscles such as tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Watch the videos to see how well muscular impaired patients respond. And see pictures of the amazing work wheatgrass balm and spray can do even for tough cases such as molluscum. (Caution: some of these medical photos are hard to look at.) However, the progress they show indicates the remarkable results wheatgrass can achieve even for severe conditions.

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This is my favorite product. Every day, I spray a quick two pumps on my face just as an energy enhancer. It’s invigorating—a wake-up stimulant with a pure and natural essence. I also believe it’s the best after-shave lotion out there. It smells great and soothes the cells that were irritated by the sharp razor. The spray contains the most wheatgrass extract after the balm. And that means it has what used to be called by researchers back in the 1930s the “grass juice factor.” This is an active plant hormone that is responsible for cell growth and tissue repair. It stimulates the skin’s natural rejuvenation process. Most people buy the spray to treat hard to reach areas such as underarm, groin, scalp, anus, and such areas.

Use it for dry or troubled skin that is raw, chafed or cracked. It is a natural moisturizer, a blackhead cleanser and a general anti-aging treatment. Apply at least twice daily for best results. Like all herbal medicine, results generally take longer to see than with pharmaceutical products, but the benefits often have more staying power.

Simple ingredients: Purified water, natural vegetable glycerol, concentrated extract of certified organic wheatgrass (triticum vulgare), certified organic citrus extract (aurantium amara). Gluten-free.

A Quick Fix vs. Deep Healing

Most skin problems are symptomatic of a deeper problem. Many times the liver and the intestinal tract are implicated and they reveal their imbalance on the surface of the skin. In those cases, the skin is only an indicator. Drugs are typically symptom oriented. They treat the manifestation on the skin surface but not the underlying condition. Wheatgrass, on the other hand, treats the condition on a deeper level. That’s why drinking wheatgrass in addition to using it topically is the best combination. Once upon a time, you had to grow your own and juice it. Today, drinking wheatgrass is easier than ever, especially with easy-to-take, delicious Dr. Wheatgrass Super Shots.

Super Shots – Truly Super

This is a wheatgrass drink alternative. Straight wheatgrass juice is rather strong tasting and some cannot bear it. If you’re one of them, then you’re going to love this drink. Again, as an extract made from fresh, organic wheatgrass juice, it is 25-30% more concentrated. And its cost is under a dollar per shot which is less than half the cost of a fresh squeezed juice. Since you don’t have to do any actual juicing, you can grab your shot anytime, anywhere. It’s safe for children, the elderly, and even during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Kids love it and the bottles remain active for up to 2 years.

“I can’t tell you how much the wheatgrass shots have been helping me with energy and in dealing with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. A newly diagnosed co-worker saw the big change in me and I explained, she promptly purchased 12 bottles. Supershots is HOT! And I love it, because it gives me back a little bit of who I used to be.” —Linda O. New York, NY. USA

Some of the Conditions It Treats

Users have written us about their successes using Supershots for the following conditions:

  • Dr-WG-Supershots-WebAsthma and emphysema
  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cholesterol reduction
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colds and Flu
  • Energy boost
  • Glandular fever
  • Hepatitis C
  • High blood pressure
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunity boost
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Memory & concentration
  • Mood elevation
  • Eczema
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Thalassaemia major

 

 

 

 

How to Maximize Results

The best way to take the shots is to hold it in your mouth for two or three minutes before swallowing. This provides instantaneous sublingual absorption directly from the mouth to the brain. This enables much better absorption of the antioxidants, bioflavonoids, polyphenols, flavonoids, phytoseterols, and other bioactives than to simply tossing it down your throat.

Super Shot Ingredients:

Certified organic wheatgrass (Triticum vulgare/aestivum) sprout extract, purified water, fructose, glycerol, certified organic citrus (citrus aurantium amara) extract. Gluten free.

The Super-Shots saved me this Winter. Everyone around me caught at least two or three colds and I wasn’t sick once! I KNOW it was the Wheatgrass shots that kept me healthy. I love your products and use them every day. Thanks again. —Salina. P., Flint, MI. USA

Gary’s platelet count rose every day for 7 days from 61,000 to 141,000 and

the only thing we did differently was administer wheatgrass. That’s absolutely phenomnenal and it’s fully documented on the hospital record.”

—Leonard Smith, MD., Cancer Surgeon, Boca Raton, FL USA

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What is The Best Juicer?

And…Do You Really Need a Juicer to do a Juice Fast?

There is an intuitive answer here of “yes” and then also a “but it depends.” The “But” comes from the availability of juice bars near you. If you live in a big city, you may have lots of choices. If you are more rural, there may be none. And then again…not all juice bars are equal. Some are just smoothie bars using canned fruits! You want fresh squeezed raw vegetable juice. Orange or apple juices…they just don’t cut it if you are trying to cleanse. They are way too loaded with sugar. And unfortunately, they are the two top selling juices in North America. So again, pick your juice bars carefully. But if you are fortunate enough to have a good one, then you can use them instead of doing your own juicing. Just walk in with your thermos during your cleanse and ask them to fill it up.

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I have a good juice bar near me, but I still get the healthiest juices at home. When I’m trying to do some serious cleansing, I need to control both the recipe and the quality of the juice extraction. Juice bars typically use high speed juicers because of the volume of traffic they deal with. But I have a problem with these juicers.

The Problem with Mass Market Mainstream Juicers

What’s a mass market juicer? It’s one that you can buy at Walmart or any of the mass market stores. You even see them on late night television commercials. They are usually priced at the equivalent of $100-$150 US dollars. Some cost more. But even if the price is more, the defining characteristic is their high speed and centrifugal design.

These machines have circular blades that spin from 3,000 to 14,000 revolutions per minute. They are super sharp and can cut a carrot down in 2 seconds. There are many brands that function in this way. I am not interested in maligning any manufacturers. And some of these brands even carry the names of great health pioneers like Jack LaLanne and my friend Jay Kordich the “Juiceman.” So the average person would think that’s a good thing.

Why High Speed is Not the Way to Go

Fourteen thousand revolutions per minute? What’s that really? It’s a hard concept to wrap your mind around and most of us have gotten acclimated to believing that more is better. But that speed converts to the equivalent of a 140 mph wind. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans with winds of less than 145mph. You could not physically even stand up in such a wind. Can you imagine being a fragile nutrient newly exposed to air and light being walloped by such a force and then smashed with a steel blade?

Chewing is the Model

Look, food was designed to be chewed in the protective environment of your mouth. When you break apart cell walls with your teeth, they are immediately sent into your body and used. Think about exposing those fragile nutrients to the elements outside your body? Many of you ask me: Shouldn’t I drink my juice immediately because otherwise there will be loss of nutrients? Yes. That’s the idea, but in a high speed juicer you’ve already destroyed those nutrients in the violent extraction process!

So what we need is an extraction process that protects those fragile nutrients like your mouth. And they do exist. As opposed to the high speed centrifugal juicer, I call them slow speed “therapeutic juicers.” Therapeutic because you can safely extract the plant medicine from these veggies and use them for the treatment of disease.

“When you feel better in your body, you approach all your challenges with fresh energy and renewed enthusiasm.”

Augers Instead of Spinning Plates

These machines all have augers instead of spinning plates. They look like worm gears. Twin gear juicers have two of them that revolve side by side while the veggies slide between them. Single augers are more economical and crush the veggies against a screen slowly squeezing out the juice.

These augers all revolve at approximately 80 revolutions per minute (rpm). That’s about what you could crank with your arm on a hand juicer. It’s a lot closer to chewing. There are lots of these “auger style” therapeutic juicers. Sure, I have my favorites and you can see them on my website, but as a category, this is the type of juicer you want.

A Lifetime Purchase

Most of these auger manufacturers make equipment that is going to last in your kitchen for decades. You can truly think of these as a lifetime purchase. It’s not that they are indestructible, but they are solidly made and with typical household use last for decades. So, invest in a good one.

How Much More $$$?

Pricing for these therapeutic juicers may only be as little as $100 more than the high speed models from Walmart. And some of the better high speed brands cost more than some slow speed models. So, it is not a given that the better therapeutic machines always cost more.

How Difficult is it to Clean?

All of these models usually have about 5 parts that need to be assembled and disassembled. Sure, some are a little easier to assemble than others. But in general, the process will speed up for you as you get used to the routine. It’s more or less the same work regardless of which machine you buy.

The Big Factors

Here they are: Air (oxygen). Temperature (friction). Light and Time. These are the factors that influence the protection of the fragile nutrients in your juice. On high speed juicers there is so much air that oxidation (this is what ages us) is destroying the newly exposed plant cells. Temperature also destroys nutrients and although the high speed quickly cools them off, the clashing of the steel blades against the plant cells creates instant high-heat through friction. Thus oxidation and friction are the primary differences between the high-speed and the therapeutic juicers.

Shop-JuicersFor more information about juicers and the differences between the therapeutic group of juicers, tune in to future newsletters or read what I have to say in  Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Power Juices Super Drinks, and Sproutman’s 7 Day Just Juice Diet.

 “It’s easier to Stay Well, than to Get Well.”