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September 2015 Newsletter – Back to School and Vaccine Education

Well, it’s that time of year – Back to School, the transition to Fall, and the start of the NFL! I tend to look forward to all of them. My kids are back to school – Zach is starting his Senior year at Madison and Mollie her Sophomore year at Northeastern. Seems just yesterday they were starting at Montessori! Later this month I start my own “Back to School” with a Standard Process training (Back to School for Doctors) in Denver and next month a Physica Energetics training (Concordia) in Santa Barbara. I always look forward to learning new, exciting, and cutting edge information and sharing it with you and my clients.

Back to School also brings up the Vaccine Wars. I have learned not to post too much stuff on Facebook about vaccines as it usually winds up getting ugly. It is the one topic that really pushes people’s buttons. From all I’ve read I’ve come to the conclusion that vaccines are neither as effective nor safe as the medical and government authorities would like us to believe. Also, I would question the total number and timing of the current vaccine protocol.

This quarter’s edition of Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation has many articles on the topic, so I will share links and summaries of some of those articles below. The basic argument seems to be individual rights and choices versus what is perceived to be best for society and what happens when these seem to be in conflict. I invite you to read and decide for yourself.

Vaccine Education

The current issue of Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation features many articles on vaccines. These articles highlight the risks versus the benefits; discuss how the debate has taken shape; describes the ingredients in vaccines; and offers suggestions for pre- and post- vaccination.

As usual, Sally Fallon, President of the Weston Price Foundation gets right to the point. She challenges the medical establishment with facts. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/caustic-commentary-summer-2015/

You may remember Dr. Stephanie Seneff from my glyphosate articles. Well here she is again with another interesting twist to the topic. This position also makes a lot of sense to me. It looks not only at the impact of vaccines, but the impact of other environmental factors, such as the toxic overload that now exists. One of these key toxins is glyphosate from RoundUp. The glyphosate has two major impacts. First the antibiotic action disturbs the gut. It creates an increase of pathogens in the gut which increases the uptake of aluminum (from the vaccines) by the cells and transports it into the brain. Second the chelation property of the glyphosate interferes with the clearing of the glutamate (from the vaccines) as the detoxification systems of the body are disturbed. Chelation causes manganese not to be available for the detoxification cycle. Excess glutamate also affects the functioning of the brain. For all the details click here for the full article: http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-we-need-to-reexamine-the-riskbenefit-tradeoffs-of-vaccines/

This next article is where one would ask the most logical question – what is in the vaccines – and are the ingredients safe? This article tells you what these ingredients are, where they come from, and what they do in your body! http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccination/adjuvants-in-vaccines/

Unfortunately it is getting more and more difficult for parents to choose not to vaccinate. This article explains why, but does offer some suggestions to protect your rights as parents. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccination/parens-patriae-and-mandatory-vaccinations/

This document gives some quick vaccine facts. Of course one of the scariest of these is the autism rate. In the 1980’s it was reported as 1 in 10,000. Today it is 1 in 68 and higher for boys. The “argument” is that we are better at diagnosing it today. If that is true, as another health expert said, then where are all the 40 year old autistic people hiding? I think that is a good point. To see this document click here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/WAPFVaccinationIndex.pdf

If you’d like a PDF of the full issue click here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/Summer2015.pdf

And of course for those of you wanting even more, there is the infamous Dr. Rand Tent video on YouTube that I have referenced before, The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHRMjVHggI

End of Summer Cleanse

With the end of summer and the beginning of fall approaching, no better time for the 21 day purification program!

August 2015 Newsletter – Yours Truly Attacked by GMO Seed Rep

As some of you may be aware, I write a monthly nutrition article in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic. Several weeks ago I experienced a first. My article about the dangers of pesticides, particularly glyphosate as found in RoundUp was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline read, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products! Of course he failed to mention that little point in his attack on me and the scientist whose work I shared.

As I wrote in my original article, now several months ago, the more I read about it, the more I am convinced that it is the pesticides, perhaps even more so than gluten, is behind so much of the increase in chronic health problems we see today. This issue of the newsletter contains my original article, Mr. Monsanto’s letter to the editor, my reply to him, and some additional reference articles on the dangers of pesticides.

On another note, it’s almost been one year since the most impactful training of my nutrition career – studying advanced muscle testing with Dr. Joe Teff. What I learned from him has not only transformed my practice but has helped an ever growing client population achieve greater health. Thanks again to Dr. Teff. Muscle testing has helped many people and below is the story of the recent Men’s Wimbledon Champion and his personal experience!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

As I mentioned above my recent article in the News Graphic was attacked by a local Monsanto seed dealer. This link contains a link to my original article, the attack, and my response to the attack. It is a bit long, but worth the read. For those who want the quick version I’ll provide that below. Again, for all the details and the full drama click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=10.

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer.

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.


More Scary Stuff About Pesticides and Glyphosate

Here’s two additional solid articles about the dangers of pesticides and glyphosate.

The first one is from GreenMedInfo.com. This is a great website. Did you know that there are bacteria in the sky? This article explores the possibilities that the same bacteria killing properties of the pesticides on earth (remember glyphosate is also an antibiotic) are impacting the bacteria in the clouds and possibly contributing to the draught conditions being experienced in California. To read this article click here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/california-drought-surprising-cause.

The second article is from Natural News. This article explains how glyphosate is used as a wheat crop drying chemical to speed up harvesting. So, in addition to being soaked up by the plant in the ground, there is extra being applied directly to the wheat prior to harvest. I guess that’s our bonus dose! To read this article click here: http://www.naturalnews.com/050583_glyphosate_wheat_bread_crop_contamination.html.

The Power of Muscle Testing

Novak Djokovic is one of the biggest stars in Men’s tennis. After recently winning Wimbledon he is ranked number one. How did he go from good to great? In a recent book he explains it was a result of a dietary change discovered through muscle testing! To read the article click here: http://edgytruth.com/2015/07/13/holistic-dr-has-diet-secret-for-wimbledon-tennis-star-it-worked/#.

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

This past week I experienced a first. One of my monthly nutrition articles in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic, was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline reads, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products. The irony is that the article is limited by space so I could only get so much in. My rebuttal to his attack will allow me to publish additional points. Hopefully the news paper will publish it, but if not, it is here on the web!

This might be a bit long, but is well worth your time to read.

Here’s his letter followed by my response. For the original article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=16

His letter:

Rosen column based on faulty science To the Editor

I recently had a chance to read your column on glyphosate by Bernard Rosen in which he discusses “research” on the negative health effects of glyphosate. This column is filled with inaccuracies and bad science. From the article: “As a side note, this is how Roundup kills bugs. It blows their guts up!” Roundup is a herbicide; it kills weeds, not bugs. The author may be confused with BT protein that is used as an insecticide, that protein does kill bugs by disrupting their guts. Interestingly, BT protein is commonly used as an insecticide in organic food production.

The rest of the author’s conclusions seem to be based on the “research” of Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. Dr. Seneff has her doctorate in electrical engineering. It appears her “research” is based on two laughable methodologies. First, she assumes all correlation equals causation. Roundup has seen a large increase in use at the same time that many diseases have increased, so Roundup must be the cause. You could use the same faulty argument to claim that the increase in autism the last 20 years must be caused by the huge increase in cell phone use. Celiac disease can be explained by the large increase in hybrid cars, or even the large increase in organic food sales. The increase in one variable at the same time that another variable increases does not mean the one causes the other.

The other methodology used seems to be that if glyphosate can disrupt certain bacteria, it must disrupt the bacteria in our guts. This argument again comes from an electrical engineer who didn’t actually do any biological research.

Don’t believe me, take the author’s advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff. You will find many articles debunking her wild claims. I think the best is on the Huffington Post (not a big supporter of Monsanto) titled “Condemning Monsanto with Bad Science is Just Dumb.”

Rick Lemke Mequon

Here’s my response:

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. The first “inaccuracy” Mr. Lemke cited is my statement that Roundup kills bugs by blowing up their guts. Mr. Lemke is correct in that Roundup is sold as an herbicide which is designed to kill plants and weeds, but inherently kills the bugs that eat the contaminated plants. So, how do we get from an herbicide that kills weeds to killing bugs? Well, it turns out that glyphosate is patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic. Antibiotics kill both soil bacteria and human or animal gut bacteria. The collateral damage does not end with the destruction of the soil bacteria or killing of these bugs, but carries through the plant to the end user (humans) that ultimately consume the plant crop.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964. This means it immobilizes nutrients so they are not physiologically available to the weed. Remember a “weed” is a plant. The plant is starved of minerals it needs to survive and thus dies. It is believed the same mechanism works in humans exposed to glyphosate. Thus the claim of various nutrient deficiencies described by Dr. Seneff.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer. Earlier this year the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic.” That means it likely causes cancer. There are many studies supporting this conclusion. The web site Natural News recently had this to say, “Both Monsanto and the EPA knew full well, at least as early as 1981, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, causes cancer in mammals. Earlier studies conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s appear to have documented cancer-causing effects from glyphosate in rats, mice and dogs, though this information was buried by Monsanto with the blessing of the EPA.”

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles. Mr. Lemke continues his personal attack on Dr. Seneff calling her research “laughable” and makes other assumptions about her work. Dr. Seneff has a BS in Biophysics in 1968, a M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. Mr. Lemke was quick to dismiss Dr. Seneff’s degree in Biophysics given her doctorate degree in another area. However, these various degrees form the basis for her research interests that explore the intersection of biology and computer engineering in modeling. There are many different opinions with scientists on all sides of this discussion. Each has persuasive arguments.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds. Mr. Lemke should point out this fact. He clearly has a financial stake in this discussion.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.

I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Lemke’s conclusion. “Don’t believe me; take the author’s (referring to me) advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff.” And do more: Google Glyphosate, GMOs, Cancer, Toxicity, Countries Banning Monsanto, and Countries Banning GMOs.

Bernard Rosen

July 2015 Newsletter – Summer Means Nice Weather and Fresh Vegetables

Summer has arrived with all its glory – long days, beautiful weather, and from a nutritional perspective – the beginning of lots of fresh vegetables and fruits! While there are a wide variety of nutrition experts offering their opinions –one that most agree on is to eat vegetables! Vegetables are loaded with important nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This month’s feature article reviews the vitamins most abundant in vegetables; next month’s focuses on the minerals. With the supply of fresh vegetables it is also a great time to consider a cleanse. Even if you are not up for the full 21 days I have several 10 day versions available as well.

This past month I’ve continued my blood chemistry training and have a new software program that analyzes your results and produces supplement recommendations. More on that below.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=12

Blood Chemistry Special Offer

As I mentioned above last month I attended another workshop on interpreting blood chemistry. I find this work fascinating since we all are familiar with the story – someone doesn’t feel well, they go to their doctor and have a blood test, and are told everything is “normal.” As I’ve said before “normal” does not mean “healthy.” Normal means you are under the bell curve and within 95% of the population taking the test at that lab. In today’s world that certainly doesn’t pass for healthy.

Part of this workshop included a software package. This program looks at all the information together, rather than in isolation. It finds the patterns and makes recommendations to bring the body into more healthy balance.

This month I have a special offer – I’ll do the analysis for $50 – one half the normal cost. You can bring in a recent blood test either from your doctor or go to http://www.directlabs.com/ to get a fresh blood draw at a local lab. For more information give me a call or send an email.

Speaking of Direct Labs – this month’s special is awesome – Male and Female Health Check – includes the Comprehensive Wellness Panel plus urinalysis, hormones, and C-Reactive protein (inflammation marker).

Try a 10 Day Cleanse

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the fresh vegetables that are abundant and to a cleanse. Perhaps the 21 day program is too much commitment with all the summer parties? Well, I have the solution – a 10 day program! I have several options for you: – a 10-day detox, blood sugar balance, female vitality, male vitality, or anti-inflammation. For more information give me a call or send an email.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

Among the few concepts that virtually everyone providing nutritional advice will tell you is “eat more vegetables!” Why? Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The most nutritious vegetables are the dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, chard) and the Cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage). These are loaded with Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc.

In this article I’ll provide a brief summary of these vitamins and how they support the body. Part 2 will summarize the minerals.

Beta-carotene is found in plant food, such as carrots, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and leafy greens (collard greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens). Beta-carotene is the plant form of Vitamin A which our body will convert. Vitamin A supports the endocrine, immune, integumentary (that’s skin), and reproductive systems along with our eyes. It is required for growth and natural repair of many body tissues, and maintains integrity of blood cells and epithelial tissue lining the gut, lungs, and reproductive tract.

Vitamin C is found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, and red bell peppers. And of course during the summer we can get plenty of blueberries, strawberries, and cantaloupe melon – also a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C supports all our cells and tissues and in doing so aids the blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. It helps to form collagen which is in our connective tissue – it keeps us together! It also facilitates iron absorption and assists in cholesterol metabolism.

Folate is found in leafy greens (collard greens, spinach), legumes (black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans), and asparagus. Folate is the natural form of folic acid used by your body to facilitate life! It is critical to the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. This metabolism is what makes everything happen in your body which is why I say it facilitates life. Folate is at the heart of methylation – perhaps the most critical function of the body. It is beyond the scope of this article but I encourage you to consult Dr. Google to learn more. In short, folate supports overall growth and development and blood cell formation and supports normal growth of the fetus.

Vitamin E is found in leafy greens (collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens), and olives. We can also get Vitamin E from almonds and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E supports a healthy immune system and proper nerve and muscle function. It is also important to the heart and supports circulation through healthy blood clotting. It keeps the skin and hair shiny and healthy.

Vitamin K is found primarily in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage. There are two forms of Vitamin K – K1 and K2 – one from plant and one from animal – and yes we need both! While it is best known for clotting, it is also involved in bone mineralization, a critical part of making bone and promotes healthy liver function.

Please note that these vitamins are found in other food sources as well. For the purposes of this article I wanted to illustrate their availability in all the wonderful fresh vegetables (and a few fruits) that are being grown locally and are now or will soon be available to you. Enjoy!

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

Something Old and Something New – June 2015 Newsletter

Greetings! This past month sure flew by quickly! Probably because it was my busiest ever! I want to thank you all for being part of that – as a client, in referring, or as a mentor. Thanks for helping my practice continue to grow and to be able to reach and help more and more people.

This newsletter features:

Something Old: I can never resist promoting a cleanse!

And Something New: more on glyphosate and my love of learning.

Now Three Different Cleanses to Choose From

I can never resist promoting a cleanse! As the weather gets warmer (hopefully that will soon occur here in Wisconsin!) there is greater availability of local produce. These foods provide the basis for the healthy way of eating that is universal to any cleansing program.

While my favorite cleanse is the “old reliable” 21 Day Purification Program from Standard Process, many of you have done that and are looking for something different. I’ve recently introduced the Opening Cellular Pathways cleanse from Physica Energetics with excellent client reviews. I also have two version of a Dysbiosis (or Gut) Cleanse – one using Standard Process products and one using Physica products. These too have received rave reviews.


Glyphosate Revisited

Right after last month’s newsletter went out I came across even more disturbing news regarding glyphosate and Roundup. First was the International Agency for Research in Cancer announcing that glyphosate was “likely carcinogenic” (that means cancer causing!). And second was something I learned at the autoimmune seminar (see below) that wheat is routinely soaked in Roundup as part of the processing. This means that any wheat product here in the US that is not organic, has likely been soaked in Roundup. If you haven’t already done so, I’d urge you to read my article on glyphosate. To do so click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=16.


The Joy of Learning

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is that there is always more to learn! It keeps things interesting! And, the more I learn, the more I can help my clients. It also seems that every time I attend a workshop I hear exactly what I need to help an existing client or someone who just happens to call right after I’ve returned from the training.

Two of the areas I’ve recently learned more are blood chemistry and autoimmune disease. I’ve been doing blood chemistry analysis for the past several years. It is a great way of determining what nutrients may be lacking and to help bring the body back into balance. Last month I attended a seminar and later this month I am going to another. To learn how blood chemistry analysis can benefit you click here: http://brwellness.com/individual_services.htm.

There are hundreds of different autoimmune diseases and many of them have a nutritional component. During early May I attended one of the best seminars I’ve ever experienced. It was given by Dr. Michael Gaeta. He is a wealth of knowledge. I was so impressed I even purchased a package of his recorded seminars. Now of course I need to find the hours to listen to them – I’m sure they are well worth it! And I’m sure as I listen to each I’ll match what I learn to a client who can benefit. Dr. Gaeta has a very informative web site, so if you are interested click here: http://gaetacommunications.com/site/.

And, I have additional training coming up. In September is the Back to School for Doctors in Denver. This is where I learn more about using Standard Process products. In October I’m attending my first Concordia which is a 4-day event in Santa Barbara featuring the Physica Energetics products. That is the new product line I began carrying this year and have seen incredible client results with! Not only do these seminars provide a great opportunity to learn more about the products that I use in practice, but I also meet top practitioners from across the country in attendance. Many of them are willing to be mentors and encourage me to send them questions. This way the learning continues even after the conference.

Important Update to Glyphosate article

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Glyphosate deemed “probably carcinogenic.” A working group of experts from 11 countries classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans: in a recent meeting at the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France. As if we needed to know more!!

To see the original article click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2015/04/glyphosate-most-dangerous-substance-you.html

May 2015 Newsletter The Most Dangerous Thing You Are Likely Unknowingly Eating

Happy May! Hopefully you’ve all survived Spring Break and are ready for the final push before summer. Here at home, Mollie returns from Boston on Saturday after finishing her first year at Northeastern and Zach will be back in a few weeks from his European Tour better known as Semester Abroad! Mollie is all set with a job for the summer, but Zach is still looking – trying to find an internship as great as his last summer with the Washington Nationals! So, if anyone knows of any sports internships, let me know!

This month’s newsletter features the fourth and final installment of articles based on the book Body by Science. So far we have discussed the overview of the book, the cardio myth, and the hormonal implications of exercise. This last segment looks at genetics and how that impacts how your body responds to exercise and particularly muscle building.

But, even more important is the article on glyphosate. This is the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup®. It may be the most dangerous chemical we are consuming and is linked to many health risks. It is used heavily in GMO foods – particularly corn and soy. If you look at what food most people are eating they are loaded with those two ingredients. It is tricky because it doesn’t always say corn and soy on the label, rather it lists things made from corn and soy. To put it more bluntly this glyphosate is probably in almost all processed foods! That’s pretty scary.

Glyphosate: The Most Dangerous Substance You May Be Consuming

Glyphosate. Ever heard of it? Probably not. So let me introduce it to you – it is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup®. The more I learn about it, the more I am concerned. The more I learn about it, the more I am convinced that it may be the number one enemy of good health and the main pathway to so many of the modern diseases we now experience. And if nothing else, it is a great reason to eat organic.

The information I am sharing is from highly respected researchers – MIT PhDs. They have conducted their own studies and reported on others that link the increase in the use of glyphosate with the increase in many modern diseases, including celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and cancer. When we understand what glyphosate does in our bodies we see how specific nutrients are depleted and the subsequent negative impact on specific biological processes essential for good health. My purpose here is to provide a summary of the findings. If you want to research this more I suggest you search Stephanie Seneff, PhD.

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=16


It’s In Your Genes: Ten Factors That Influence Exercise Outcomes

I have recently introduced you to the book Body by Science by Doug McDuff, MD and John Little. This book offers a clear explanation of the actual science of exercise, how activity relates to hormones, and how this determines what happens in your body. In short, it answers the question I am frequently asked. “Why am I gaining weight when I am working out every day?”

In the introductory article I summarized his key points. In this article I will address one of those key points. Genetic expression plays a major role in our physical appearance. People can do similar types of exercise but in the end their genes determine how their physical activity is expressed in their body.

One of my favorite parts in Body by Science is the discussion of genetic expression. Quite simply there are certain things that are meant to be and they aren’t going to change. They show a picture of a forest of the same type of tree, yet one is significantly taller than the others. If you only saw it, you’d assume it was the norm, but in fact it is the exception.

These same basic principles apply to the human body. Some people are the way they are simply because of genetics. Two people could do the exact same workout but based on their genes one can emerge as a championship body builder and the other will not.

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=17

Glyphosate: The Most Dangerous Substance You May Be Consuming

Glyphosate. Ever heard of it? Probably not. So let me introduce it to you – it is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup®. The more I learn about it, the more I am concerned. The more I learn about it, the more I am convinced that it may be the number one enemy of good health and the main pathway to so many of the modern diseases we now experience. And if nothing else, it is a great reason to eat organic.

The information I am sharing is from highly respected researchers – MIT PhDs. They have conducted their own studies and reported on others that link the increase in the use of glyphosate with the increase in many modern diseases, including celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and cancer. When we understand what glyphosate does in our bodies we see how specific nutrients are depleted and the subsequent negative impact on specific biological processes essential for good health. My purpose here is to provide a summary of the findings. If you want to research this more I suggest you search Stephanie Seneff, PhD.

The article I read focused on celiac disease, its main symptoms, and glyphosate. The main symptoms of celiac disease are: weight loss, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, anemia, nausea, skin rashes, depression, and nutrient deficiencies. As you know these symptoms are not unique to celiac disease. They are experienced daily by many people and likely share common origins and roots with celiac disease – one of these being glyphosate consumption and exposure.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®. We are told it is not toxic to humans. Yet multiple scientific research studies draw links to obesity, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, infertility, depression, and cancer as well as celiac disease. The bottom line is that the actions of glyphosate in our body have negative impacts on our health.

One of the major signs of celiac disease is damage to the microvilli of the intestine. This prevents proper digestion and assimilation of many vital nutrients and triggers an autoimmune response. A study on fish exposed to glyphosate showed the same defects in the small intestine lining as seen in humans diagnosed with celiac disease.

Now let’s take a look at some of the specific biological process disrupted and nutrients depleted by glyphosate. There are many more than discussed here, but I selected the major ones to support the main point of this article.

Gut bacteria: Glyphosate disrupt our gut bacteria. They inhibit growth of the good bacteria such as Enterococcus, Bifidobacteria, and Lactobacillus; while allowing the growth of pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and Clostridium difficile (C-Diff). The pathogenic bacteria cause damage to our gut lining and lead to “leaky gut.” Evidence of this has been seen across poultry, cattle, and swine populations. This is why Probiotics are often suggested to be used in cases of celiac disease or other intestinal discomfort.

As a side note, this is how Roundup® kills bugs. It blows their guts up!

CYP enzymes for liver detoxification: CYP enzymes are essential for the detoxification of specific substances in our liver. CYP enzymes are also required to produce bile acids and process cholesterol. Studies show correlations between liver damage, gall bladder dysfunction, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver, kidney damage, pancreatic damage, and esophageal damage connected to glyphosate. In short, when the detoxification process in the liver is compromised it creates the pathways for damage to these other organs.

Nutrient deficiencies: Many nutrient deficiencies are associated with glyphosate.

Cobalamin (B12) deficiency causes elevated levels of homocysteine which is inflammatory in nature. Cobalamin is derived from cobalt which glyphosate is known to chelate (bind with), thus the shortage. Anemia may result from cobalamin deficiencies, but also folate and iron. Glyphosate interferes with iron assimilation as well.

Molybdenum, a trace mineral, is needed for two key enzymes. Sulfite oxidase which converts sulfite to sulfate (a more stable form) and xanthine oxidase which produces uric acid from xanthine and hypoxanthine. Too much sulfite and uric acid leads to oxidative damage and inflammation in the body. Glyphosate interferes with molybdenum assimilation.

Selenium is required for many processes, including thyroid hormone production, immune system functioning, sperm production, and protective against oxidative cellular damage. Glyphosate inhibits selenium uptake into plants, thus limiting its availability in the foods (such as wheat) where it is supposed to be present. Evidence of the association between thyroid disease and thyroid cancer and the use of glyphosate is documented.

Glyphosate has been shown to disrupt the production of tryptophan. Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin. Serotonin plays many roles among them activating the immune response and inflammation in the gut and mood regulation. Depression is often linked to serotonin shortages.

This is a brief synopsis of one of many articles on the subject of glyphosate. As I stated earlier, the more I read about this herbicide, the more I do believe it is at the source of many of our health problems today. It is not the only cause, but in combination with other factors our bodies our under assault from environmental factors that we have never before experienced as a human race.

The solution to avoiding glyphosate is simple. Eat organic plants and animals. That will greatly decrease your chances for exposure.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

It’s In Your Genes: Ten Factors That Influence Exercise Outcomes

I have recently introduced you to the book Body by Science by Doug McDuff, MD and John Little. This book offers a clear explanation of the actual science of exercise, how activity relates to hormones, and how this determines what happens in your body. In short, it answers the question I am frequently asked. “Why am I gaining weight when I am working out every day?”

In the introductory article I summarized his key points. In this article I will address one of those key points. Genetic expression plays a major role in our physical appearance. People can do similar types of exercise but in the end their genes determine how their physical activity is expressed in their body.

One of my favorite parts in Body by Science is the discussion of genetic expression. Quite simply there are certain things that are meant to be and they aren’t going to change. They show a picture of a forest of the same type of tree, yet one is significantly taller than the others. If you only saw it, you’d assume it was the norm, but in fact it is the exception.

These same basic principles apply to the human body. Some people are the way they are simply because of genetics. Two people could do the exact same workout but based on their genes one can emerge as a championship body builder and the other will not.

Here’s a look at ten genetic factors that come into play.

1. Somatotype – a fancy word for body types. There are three main body types for humans. Endomorphy is the tendency towards soft and round body contours. Mesmorphy is the tendency towards being more muscular. Ectomorphy is the tendency towards being skinnier. What you are is what you have to work with. The ectomorph will have a hard time becoming an Olympic weight lifter!

2. Muscle length determines how long a muscle can become, which will ultimately determine how large it can be.

3. Muscle fiber density determines the mass potential for the muscle. If it can have more fibers, it can become larger.

4. Skeletal formation – this will also impact how large a muscle can become based on how and where it attaches to the bones.

5. Neuromuscular efficiency – how wells nerves and muscles communicate will impact how well the muscles can develop.

6. Myostatin – this is a protein produced due to gene GDF-8 (growth and differentiation factor 8). This protein stops the muscles from becoming too large. So, a particular expression of this gene will allow muscles to grow larger than the might ordinarily be.

7. Interleukin-15 – this gene has various combinations which has associations to how one’s muscle size will respond to exercise.

8. Alpha-Actinin-3 – this is a protein component of fast-twitch muscle. Eighteen percent of the population lacks it while all champion athletes have been found to have it.

9. Myosin Light Chain Kinase – this is an enzyme that supports how your muscles build. Some people experience more muscle damage with exertion so should have a longer recovery time meaning they should train less frequently to maximize results.

10. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme – an enzyme that determines vascular tone. This influences exercise endurance.

So there you have it. What does it all mean? Set realistic expectations and goals around your exercise program. Accept who you are and the exercise you can perform. Some areas are out of your control and pushing beyond your body’s genetic design is not going to get you anywhere.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.