Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 10, 2017

“Blue Green Algae: Nature’s Most Potent Superfood.”

According to Dr. Daniel Pompa it is anyway.

And I would not argue with him: I began eating blue green algae in 1980, and have been a huge fan every since.

Like any whole food, this supplement is subject to degradation via all kinds of processing slip ups. That is why, after looking and working through those issues as well as cost, availability, and convenience, I wrote this Blog Post about it four years ago. Here is another Post where I put it in context (nutrition recommendations are not given in a vacuum – at least not if you are a health care professional, supposed to follow the evidence). And one more here.

Try searching “blue green algae” if you are interested because there are other Posts on it that I think are worth looking at – if you care about such things.

December 16, 2013

Blue Green Algae

wildalgae

A link to an article on the latest research.

“You can trace every sickness,
every disease and every illness
to a mineral deficiency”

Dr. Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize Winner, Twice.

I don’t know if that’s entirely true or not, but he knew a few things about a few things: mineral deficiencies would be one.

As you know if you follow this Blog much at all, we recommend JuicePlus+ for a long list of obvious reasons. It’s the number one foundational supplement we offer when a patient is not getting enough fruits and vegetables, is in a healing crisis, needs to reduce inflammation, etc,. etc.

Not everyone takes the recommendation to get on JuicePlus, for various reasons. And often improving the mineral intake will help improve the patient’s health enough to make a big difference. For that and many other reasons I recommend Blue Green Algae supplements.

I started eating Spirulina in 1980 and in the early 1990s I switched over to the Blue Green Algae from Klamath Lake, Oregon. Why? Because it’s a whole food (If you haven’t gotten the whole food story clear yet, you need to start there.)

The Blue Green Algae from Klamath Lake is the best that I know of. It contains every macro-nutrient (protein, carbohydrate and fat) and every micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) known to be essential to humans. It’s only short-coming (which we didn’t even know about in until the past 10 years or so) is a lack of all the phytonutrients found in the variously colored fruits and vegetables (one of the main reasons I originally investigated JP+).

Like all whole foods though the nutrient value of Blue Green Algae is subject to being destroyed in processing (getting it from lake to plate). So you have to be careful who you listen to in choosing the company that you buy from. This is always a very big deal and it’s another main reason why I recommend JuicePlus+ – we don’t have to think too much about whether to believe their story about processing because they have the scientific evidence to back up every claim made for the product: if they didn’t process it properly, those health benefits wouldn’t occur. If your measure of value is that cheaper is better, this is where you get off…) Almost every other product is sold by marketing Ads making unsubstantiated claims of greatness pretending to have science behind them when there is no real science back up their claims at all (but that’s another story).

IMG_1571 (P.S. They like to send you free stuff when you Order the Algae:-)

I write this Post now not just because I thought that that Linus Pauling quote needed something to go with it, or because I have had a week of people who need to boost their minerals, but because after years of being frustrated with finding a reliable source of affordable Blue Green Algae (hopefully from Klamath Lake), I have found one (I think!). (In prior years there were other sources which have either dried up or raised their prices to outrageous levels and/or in some other way gotten so silly that I don’t think they can be trusted.

Anyway, the punch line. Green Earth Naturals!

They don’t have the best website in the world (not even close), so don’t expect that (they are not in that business so we cut them some slack).

What they do have is the good stuff, processed properly, and at a decent price (buy the bulk stuff and the price is way reasonable for what you get!!). It’s probably not going to get any better.

If you want whole food nutrition, and you want something that has almost everything in it, and you want it to be of top quality, then this is the stuff I recommend. Especially if you are a woman this is the stuff for you (it has a great female-friendly profile of heavy hitting ingredients).

So if you are one of those patients having cramps, spasms and various other mineral related issues – usually in response to taking some prescription medication – this may help (The disclaimer, of course, is that you better see your doctor – if you can find one that knows anything at all about this subject)

If you are a woman you (may) need this stuff. Or an athlete. Or a kid. Or anemic. Or you need to detox. Well, you get the idea. I am a big fan. With JuicePlus+, this Blue Green Algae and some decent Fish Oil you will have the issue of supplements pretty well covered.

P.S. – if you are wondering about research on Blue Green Algae in general, or this Blue Green Algae in particular, don’t hold your breath. In this industry, across the whole spectrum, with the exception of JuicePlus+, real research that is of good quality, done by reputable researchers, and published in credible peer-reviewed journals is essentially non-existent. A leading authority told me that it “doesn’t exit” because it’s too expensive. This is just one of the things that makes JuicePlus+so special, but this Post is not about that:-)

P.S.S. – More on the Blue Green Algae from Klamath Lake…

CRYSTAL BLUE GREEEN ALGAE

Crystal Blue Green Algae is unique in all the world! It has been harvested and eaten for centuries and yet, until recently, its immense nutritional value has mostly gone unrecognized. Now, however, as science has begun to confront the problems of global hunger, shrinking resources and depleted lands, attention has finally been focused on the nutritional potential of algae. The results have been impressive enough for University of California (Irvine) scientists to call it a “superfood, capable of contributing to the achievement and maintenance of wellness.”

FEATURES OF BLUE GREEN ALGAE

* 100% organically grown
* Harvested wild from a pure, pollution-free ecosystem
* Naturally processed and freeze-dried to lock in precious, heat-sensitive nutrients
* Contains all the essential amino acids in near perfect proportions
* More protein and chlorophyll than any other food! Algae’s protein value is among the highest of all plants — 53 to 63 percent of its dry weight. This compares very favorable with lean beef. It is also a whole food.
* Rich quantities of nutrients, including nucleic acids, the building blocks of DNA and RNA
* An abundance of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals — including beta carotene (pro-vitamin A), now know to fortify the body’s immune system and B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B-6 and more B12 than liver). Also includes numerous other vitamins, including C, Inositol, Choline, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and more. Rich supplies of minerals (Potassium, chromium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Titanium, Copper and Calcium).

By adding the algae products to your diet, you’re taking a powerful stand for health and balance. Algae is the very basis of the entire food chain – it is largely responsible for creating and renewing all life on Earth! And this algae, harvested from the wild in its natural state, comes to you directly from the unpolluted, snow-fed Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, where it has grown to be the best that algae can be. There is no other food exactly like it on the planet!

Super Blue Green is harvested wild, unlike Chlorella and Spirulina which are artificially cultivated. It is a food that is completely organic – it has no synthetic ingredients. It contains all the essential amino acids in perfect balance for the human body and is 97% assimilatable. It is a miracle food.

September 24, 2013

Upcoming JuicePlus+ Prevention Plus Event with Dr. Phillips

09BasketofProduce800x600

We are excited to have Dr. David Phillips and Ariana Kukors on Sept. 27th in Lynnwood at 7:30pm he is a sports medicine physician and Ironman athlete, and Ariana is a Olympic swimmer. Let me know and I’ll have tickets for you.

Here is a 2-minute clip with him …he’s so engaging and keeps it fun as well as very informative.

If you would like to be healthier or more fit or just learn about the lastest in health and wellness I know you’ll be glad you came. The talk is sponsored by Juice Plus+ (concentrated fruits, veggies and berries) …he’ll share a little on that at the end. He’s so great I’m excited to have him back after about 4 years.

Call the office to let me know that you are going to attend and I will arrange tickets for you. See you there!

DrD

March 13, 2013

Priorities in Nutrition

cropped-dock-1-650x1761

This article (Damn! I lost track of the article: the rest of this still applies:-)) drives home an important point: with limited resources (we all have limited resources) which of the many important nutritional (supplements) do you spend your resources on and which do you pass on.

There is a priority that I follow and recommend. You don’t have control over everything all the time, but if you know and understand the priorities (yours might need to be a little different), than you can choose with awareness instead of being asleep at the (commercial) TV. (Keep in mind that the Chiropractic approach to all of this is to keep it simple: Physical, Chemical and Mental/Emotional: so this all fits under the heading of Chemical; the other categories have their own stories…

First comes AIR – if you can clean the air in your home and at work, more the better. If you can live where the air is relatively clean, even better. (This comes into play in all kinds of lifestyle choices. Just think about it and choose as best you can.)

Then WATER – first comes awareness, then do the best that you can. Safety first, where that is an issue; then choose for health. (We obviously favor Kangen Water for many many reasons, but filtered and distilled have their place and are incremental improvements over tap water in almost every case.)

Only then does FOOD and supplementation come into play. Here strive for a healthy diet. I won’t cover the details of that here: supporting that with WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS – namely JuicePlus+ – that provide basic vegetables, fruits, and berries comes next. (I put Blue Green Algae in this category too, and depending on a few things it may or may not come before the next item on this list, same with Bee Pollen…)

Then, and only then, would I move on to FISH OIL or an equivalent.

Then the Vitamin D issue, Magnesium, and other lesser line items.

Last and very low on the list compared to all of the above is all the individual nutrients now pushed by the media as each new “wonder drug” supplement gets sliced off and sold as “essential”. They have the buzz words down, and they know your weaknesses.

Basically, you just need good whole foods. If you can’t, won’t or don’t get them in your diet, then eat the supplements that will provide the same nutrition and Bridge the Gap between what you do eat and what you should eat.

February 29, 2012

Research

Here we have talked about supplements and about research. This Newsletter is a review of what it is to have research and reviews the current research on our favorite whole food supplements.

This is also what is meant when the terms “evidence-based” are used with regard to health care professionals making recommendations to patients. We are supposed to base our recommendations on evidence.

June 8, 2011

New MyPlate Guidelines Might Be Hard To Figure Out?

Seems Simple Enough To Me

On the radio the other day they were interviewing a guy who is an expert in these dietary guideline graphics: he has studied the graphics of 16 different countries. They asked him about the new icon’s pros and cons. They talked about how various countries icons are similar or different. But what caught my attention was his mention that in this country people might have a difficult time figuring out the icon. Huh?

Well, maybe. First let’s keep it simple and focus on the important – and easy – part: half of the food on your plate (in other words half of your daily calories, in other words half of your diet) should be made up of fruits and vegetables.

But isn’t the “Protein” portion confusing? Isn’t there protein in fruits, and especially vegetables? Well, yes there is, but actually… well let’s just say that “Where’s the Beef” has done it’s job: the meat lobby knows that people will get what “protein” is supposed to mean.

And no plate is complete without dairy, right? You might want to read The China Study before falling for that one.

Below is an excerpt from the most recent Health And Wellness Newsletter from JuicePlus+. (Copies of the Newsletter are available at our office if you are interested.)

USDA says: “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with other major health organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, have long stressed the importance of eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. In the past, they’ve expressed their recommendations in terms of numbers of servings (7-13 for adults) or numbers of cups (1 serving = 1/2 cup), and they continue to do so.

But what does a serving of broccoli look like? And how many baby carrots are in a cup? “Even the most well versed nutrition professionals don’t have all these measurements memorized,” the USDA says. So they’ve made it easier by suggesting that you “fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal or eating occasion.” [Emphasis mine – DrD.]

“Making fruits and vegetables the focal point of every meal will help you meet your recommended amount each day, and you won’t have to do all the math!”

Of course just because they’ve made it easier for you to understand how many fruits and vegetables you need to eat every day doesn’t make it any easier to actually do it. That’s why you take Juice Plus+® – to help you “bridge the gap” between that half-a-plate of fruits and vegetables you should be eating at every meal and what you’re really able to eat.

For more information about the latest USDA dietary guidelines – including the new “half a plate” emphasis – visit FruitsandVeggiesMoreMatters.org.

I like Michael Pollan’s summary statement on diet and nutrition: (1) eat food, (2) mostly plants, (3) not too much. I don’t know which book that is in, I’ve read most of a couple of his books, and all of In Defense of Food, but I don’t care for the the way he writes and find it difficult to stay interested in reading. He has a powerful, and simple, message though – and that’s the important point.

The medical doctor who did the write up for Medscape Today News concurs with the new guidelines mentioning in her first highlight: “Fill half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. Eating more of these is vital.”

She also mentioned that, though it isn’t part of the icon, a part of the “coordinated message” is to “drink water instead of sugary drinks.” You might have had to read that here to know that:-)

Eat well.

February 6, 2011

Nutritional Research or Heresay?

You really can Bridge the Gap between what you should eat and what you do eat!

Fruit and vegetable concentrate may reduce cold symptoms
By Stephen Daniells, 13-Sep-2010

Related topics: Antioxidants, carotenoids, Phytochemicals, plant extracts, Vitamins & premixes, Immune system, Respiratory health, Research

Concentrates of fruit and vegetables taken as capsules may reduce the symptoms of common cold by 20 per cent, suggests a new study from Germany.

A micronutrient-dense concentrate of a range of fruit and vegetables including cherry, apple, broccoli, cranberry, orange, pineapple, spinach, and tomato was found to reduce the symptoms for moderate and severe common cold, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Source: British Journal of Nutrition
Published online ahead of print, First View Articles, doi:10.1017/S000711451000317X
“Reduction of common cold symptoms by encapsulated juice powder concentrate of fruits and vegetables: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial”
Authors: S. Roll, M. Nocon, S.N. Willich

[All of that is a quote from another website. I am probably not supposed to copy and paste it all here, so I have given you a link so you can read the whole story. And I have given you the part that matters in case you want to save time.

I share this though because it is a good example of how people get carried away. And why you have to be careful who you listen to.

For me, this started when I got an email with an audio clip. Someone was saying “Less than 10 percent of people getting flu vaccines show any benefit.” Followed by, “JuicePlus+ is more effective: 20 percent of the people show a benefit.” Clearly, someone was getting carried away. You can see from the bold print above that reducing symptoms by 20 percent is different than 20 percent of the people… And that first quote clearly needs looking into. I’m not going to do it but if I cared enough, I might.

The point is that terms like “whole food” are rapidly being made meaningless by marketers. Every nutritional products company and all of their reps claim to have “research.” It isn’t that you can’t sort out the issues and find your way to an “evidence-based” decision (all of us health care types are supposed to base our care and our recommendations on evidence – and we are supposed to have the critical thinking skills to recognize real “research” from really good marketing).

Start by asking if they have any Primary research on the product in question.

A big shot expert in nutrition was recently at a seminar hawking products from a nutritional company (which shall remain nameless). I asked what research was available to support the use of the products. He said, “What kind of research do you mean?” I replied that bioavailability research showing that what is in the products actually gets into the body would be an example. He categorically stated that such research does not exist… because it is too expensive. He went on to say that no company has that kind of research on their products, “it’s impossible.” (With the exception of one, he is right as far as I know: not one company that I have checked into, from the latest Aloe Vera miracle cure to the berry drink in a wine bottle has any. And don’t waste your time checking on the cheap stuff that comes in buckets at the local big box store – they have inertia what do they need with research.)

Well, some products do have primary research (research actually done on the products in question – see above), of the highest standard (see above, “randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial”), done by very highly respected research institutions, and published in leading (peer-reviewed) journals. Certain benefits of eating these nutritional products are now even said to be “clinically proven” due to the high numbers of such studies demonstrating over and over the same results. Watch the video, and click on the shopping cart to order yours now.]

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: