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Fasting with Spirulina and Superfood Smoothies

Published on June 10, 2010

Love at First Smell and Taste

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It is not everyday that we fall in love with someone or something. And as we get older, the experience becomes even more rare, so when it does happen, all the lights come on. Now I am a great lover of people, things and places and even certain concentrated nutritional medicines like spirulina, iodine, magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. Through the years many people have sent me gazillions of different products to study and experiment with and many of them have been fine indeed. But none of them spoke to my heart or sang the song of love on a deep enough level for me to stand up in front of everyone and sing out loud like I am going to do now. This past week I have started using Rejuvenate Plus and I am in love.

Like too many people, I have eaten a diet that is not the best and I have not paid enough attention to detoxification through fasting and eating lots of natural and raw foods such as spirulina. Spirulina has been one of the top medicinal substances in my Natural Allopathic Medicine protocols (from my book Natural Allopathic Medicine), but taking so many pills becomes tiresome when taking spirulina and other protocol substances together. Using spirulina in its powder form is great for putting in smoothies or on salads, but it is not the best-tasting stuff, especially if you’re not used to it.

So imagine my delight when in front of me appeared this jar of Rejuvenate Plus. It sat on my desk for a week attracting little attention, but when I opened it, the smell was just exquisite. Then into my juice it went and I was truly happy for it tasted so good and I knew I was going to be able to eat a lot of it. It made me happy because into my lap came a nutritional path I knew I could easily follow to protect and enhance my own health. And since I have very young children, the issue of health and life extension is really important to me.

I was going to put in a new order for fresh spirulina since I give it to my children everyday to strengthen them for all that they face in the world. It is almost impossible to achieve 100 percent nutritional sufficiency in the modern world because of agricultural methods, decreased soil fertility, heavily-processed foods and increased biological stress due to toxic poisons which surround us everywhere.

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A few years ago I published about spirulina, referring to it as Green Gold. In the world of medicine and nutrition, spirulina is the closest you can come to crystallized light, meaning it’s valuable stuff! It is actually better than regular gold because in the case of Green Gold you can eat it. My advice was to buy as much of it as you could afford. It has a shelf life of two years or more if you buy it in powder or tablet form. It will bring you a lot of security and peace of mind. It can heal you if you are sick or if you are overwhelmed by the stress of living in our current stress-ridden era. Now, instead of pure spirulina, I am calling on people to stock up on Rejuvenate.

Spirulina is the ultimate survival food as well as one of the most useful medicinal items a person can have in their home. Spirulina is a superfood and has even been shown to be effective in cases of radiation exposure as well as cancer. Spirulina offers tremendous advantages in these economically challenging times. Comprised of over 65% vegetable protein, it has proven its value in many countries where hunger has threatened the lives of many.

Health Ranger Mike AdamsOne of the greatest areas of agreement I have with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger (NaturalNews.com), is about spirulina and so it is not surprising to find out that he has endorsed Rejuvenate products, which has spirulina at its heart along with her sister, chlorella. But it goes well beyond offering a broad spectrum of life-giving nutrients from a variety of plant sources, including freeze-dried organic vegetable sprouts, alfalfa grass juice, essential fats from sprouted organic flaxseed powder, hemp protein and rice. It even includes one of my favorites, nutritional yeast.

Included are good-tasting nutrients from organic cherry and vanilla flavoring, powerful prebiotics, taste enhancers (including d-ribose, inulin, xylitol, mannitol, and stevia), an enzyme complex, lecithin, and a standardized 200:1 organic aloe vera complex. You can look at the long list of ingredients on the company’s site.[1]

This is what Adams said about the importance of the taste:The best part of this product, though, is the amazing taste! You know how high-density green superfoods often have a taste that just makes you cringe? Seriously… I’ve managed to swig down some fairly smagnamanious concoctions in my days but as I’ve gained more experience in the world of superfoods, I’ve come to realize a simple but powerful truth about my own habits: If it doesn’t taste good, I avoid consuming it. Even when I know that certain superfoods are really, really good for me, I’ve found that if they taste terrible, I just don’t drink them as often as I wish to.

“Taste matters. Superfood powders that taste great get consumed with much higher frequency in my kitchen. That’s why I go through so much Rejuvenate—it’s simply a great-tasting superfood product with an impressive nutritional profile to boot!” explained Adams.

The completeness of the ingredients distinguishes this product from others and I would have to recommend it above even pure spirulina, and that does not come easily out of the mouth of a person who has been dedicated to spirulina for so many decades. The health and medical benefits that may be achieved by consuming this formula is going to be therapeutically greater for several basic reasons. First is its broad nutritional profile and second is the ease and pleasure of its use, and this is important when it comes to food and nutrition. Even I have a hard time recommending powdered spirulina to people using my protocols since most people cannot stand it, so I recommend the tablets, which are really quite yummy.

When we talk about “green foods” we’re referring to a group of foods that include young cereal grasses like barley grass and wheat grass, as well as blue-green algae plants like spirulina and chlorella. Nutritionally, they are close cousins to dark green leafy vegetables, but offer far greater levels of “nutrient density.” In other words, an ounce of these concentrated green foods contains much more of the beneficial phytonutrients than what is found in an ounce of green vegetables.

What surprised me most was that it even tastes great by itself with just water. In all my years I have not been able to take spirulina with only water. Rejuvenate Plus is a dream with juice, so mixing it in smoothies or blender drinks with fruits, nuts, berries, and/or grains or nut milks is more than wonderful. I have been putting it on top of my Acái with granola as I write this.

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Eating great amounts of these types of fruits  provides the most wonderful way to extinguish raging fires of oxidative stress.

Super Juice Fasts

One of the greatest healing techniques is juice fasting, and when spirulina or Rejuvenate Plus or any of the Rejuvenate products is mixed in with the juices, you are providing the body with cellular rocket fuel. This allows the body to dump its toxins and can therefore be life-saving when dealing with cancer.

Many people have had a bad first introduction to fasting. And although there is a vague knowledge that fasting is good—after all, Jesus fasted—first impressions have been less than favorable. Even a few hours without food can cause some people headaches and discomfort. With long-term fasts doing all kinds of crazy things to our tongues, as our breath becomes foul, as weakness and dizziness set in, we run as quickly as possible back to the comfort of what we know best, industrial junk food. It does not have to be this way and a fruit fast on delicious high oxidant fruits is about a thousand times easier for the average person than doing pure water fasts.

There are many types of fasts: There is the water fast, the fruit fast, the rice fast, the juice fast, wheatgrass and barley juice fasts, spirulina fasts and the grapefruit fast. We even have people recommending a fast without water for the first week of a radical fasting program but this is medically insane and must be avoided like the plague because of hydration and toxicity issues. The most stringent form of fasting is taking only water; but a more liberal form of fasting includes the use of fresh juices made from fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas. All of these limited diets generate varying degrees of detoxification—that is, elimination of toxins from the body.

A liquid fast gives the body the best  opportunity to detoxify and regenerate.

Dr. Evart Loomis says, “Fasting is the world’s most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body. Within 24 hours of curtailing food intake, enzymes stop entering the stomach and travel instead into the intestines and into the bloodstream, where they circulate and gobble up all sorts of waste matter, including dead and damaged cells, unwelcome microbes, metabolic wastes, and pollutants. All organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved rest, during which their tissues are purified and rejuvenated and their functions balanced and regulated. The entire alimentary canal is swept clean. By rebuilding immunity, health is naturally restored and disease disappears.”

Fasting for the alleviation of human suffering has been practiced uninterruptedly for 10,000 years.

Fasting is a process that facilitates the body’s healing mechanisms. It is a gift to an overburdened body. It is extremely effective in creating an internal environment where the body can do what it does best—heal itself. After fasting, the body is more efficient. Digestion is better due to a cleaner colon. The colon walls have been cleansed of impacted feces, (colon cleanse is a vital part of any fasting detox program) allowing improved absorption of nutrients. Perhaps the most important benefit of fasting is that it thoroughly cleans and purifies the bloodstream.

Fasting increases the process of elimination and the release of toxins from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and sinuses, and skin. This process can generate discharge such as mucus from the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, sinuses, or in the urine. – Dr. Elson M. Haas

Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

The results of many experimental studies show that green foods have significant beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, immune response and cancer prevention. Spirulina would be like the afterburners on a military jet, pour it into the juice and everything is intensified. You could use wheatgrass and barley grass juices if you’re willing to grow, harvest and juice them on a daily basis. The simplest and most delicious way, though, would be to use Rejuvenate Plus or any of the other Rejuvenate products.

It is impossible in one essay to talk about the nutritional medicine horsepower implied in using such substances so low on the food chain; even one book would be hard pressed to cover as much nutritional ground as Rejuvenate does. To give you an idea of just one small part of this vast nutritional story let’s look at Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) as an example and the fact thatSpirulina is a concentrated source of GLA, and a 10 gram serving has 235 mg. As a comparison, a daily dose of 500 mg of evening primrose oil has only 45 mg.

Essential fatty acids such as gamma linolenic acid are converted to hormone-like substances known as eicosanoids and prostaglandins that act as messengers involved in reproduction and in inflammatory response.

In 2005 Northwestern University revealed a valuable means by which an inexpensive herbal medicine might regulate breast cancer cell growth, metastasis formation and response to chemotherapies and endocrine therapies. Dr. Ruth Lupu and Dr. Javier A. Menendez published their research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and found that treating cancer cell lines with GLA led to reduced cancer growth.

GLA, a substance in evening primrose oil and spirulina,  inhibits action of Her-2/neu, a cancer gene that is  responsible for almost 30 percent of all breast cancers.

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential fatty acid (EFA) in the omega-6 family that is found primarily in plant-based oils. EFAs are essential to human health but cannot be made in the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from food. EFAs are needed for normal brain function, growth and development, bone health, stimulation of skin and hair growth, regulation of metabolism, and maintenance of reproductive processes. GLA may assist nerve function and help prevent nerve disease experienced by diabetics (called peripheral neuropathy and felt as numbness, tingling, pain, burning, or lack of sensation in the feet and/or legs).

The crucial point is that GLA would be very helpful but ONLY if available in high enough dosages to be effective. How do we get concentrated dosages of GLA? We eat a lot of spirulina that’s what we do. Pharmaceutical companies do this, they concentrated substances they discover in nature and put them out in synthetic forms. But eating a lot of spirulina can be a drag so we turn to Rejuvenate and easily take in mega dosages of nutrients. It’s not only mega dosages of GLA we are looking to absorb but mega dosages of a full spectrum of substances that are going to make our cells and then us sing.

Conclusion

My book Natural Allopathic Medicine teaches about survival medicine for the cells. When applied to cancer tumors and general cellular pathologies the paradigm is to bombard the cells with concentrated nutritional substances. Cancer cells will respond in a totally different way than regular human cells. Spearheading the attack are three emergency room and intensive care medicines that project a potent killing field on cancer tumors. Iodine, magnesium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate together offer cancer sufferers a fundamental solution no matter what other kinds of treatments is employed. Then add high levels of superfoods like Rejuvenate and you are now supplying the body and the immune system with most everything it needs to pull itself out of its tail spin in fighting cancer and other serious diseases.

One would have to read through many of my other writings to understand this is only a partial list. Full hydration, ample sun exposure, exercise, emotional health, breathing practices and even daily magnesium massage, drinking alkaline water, taking rALA and plenty of Vitamin C are all important. In fact the list of all the good things we can do for ourselves when we are ill is endless.

It is important to remember that the medicines that can save a life on demand instantly in an emergency situation like cardiac arrest are the same ones we can use to battle the diseases that have been baffling the entire western allopathic establishment for decades. Iodine, magnesium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate, when applied frequently day after day, have a profound effect on cell life and the outcomes of our diseases. I am extraordinarily happy to be able to introduce Rejuvenate products to my protocol as being the most enjoyable way to get large quantities of spirulina, chlorella and other supercharged nutrients into our bodies.

I suggest people stock as much as they can, not only to make sure they have enough for their medicinal needs but also to increase their food stocks. Rejuvenate products have an extraordinarily long shelf life, which is normal for spirulina. I am personally using spirulina with an expiration date that came and went a year ago and it still tastes perfectly fresh. Rejuvenate products thus make an excellent survival medicine that will remain fresh for two years and beyond. Considering all the negative events we’re facing—economic collapse, severe climate change, droughts, floods, massive soil erosion and the use of food for fuel—we most likely have a catastrophic agricultural event headed our way, so it would be prudent to invest in Green Gold—not just the yellow stuff that you can’t eat.

Special Notes – Just to give you an idea of what kind of nutritional medicine we are speaking about, take a look at just the outline of just one of Rejuvenate’s backbone ingredients:

Spirulina is one of the most widely researched nutritional ingredients, and the research is continuing recently at an even faster pace. Scientists from around the world are finding new benefits for spirulina as well as further validating previous research in new studies. In just the first few months of 2010, several new studies have been published showing a variety of benefits:

  • Liver Protection when Using Acetaminophen (commonly sold as Tylenol®). One of the problems with using Tylenol and some other over-the-counter NSAIDS is potential damage to the liver. In this Japanese rodent study, it was found that spirulina can protect from acetaminophen-induced liver damage. (Lu, et al, 2010)
  • Hepatoprotective and Hyperlipidemic Effects in Humans. This human study concluded that spirulina therapy should be considered for patients with fatty liver diseases and high blood lipid profiles. (Ferreira, et al, 2010)
  • Immune System Enhancement. An animal study done in Taiwan shows further evidence to an extensive list of both human clinicals and animal studies that document spirulina’s positive effects on the immune system. (Tayag, et al, 2010)
  • DNA Protection and Antioxidant Status. This study from Korea validated previous research showing that spirulina helps prevent DNA damage through protecting cells from lipid peroxidation. (Kim, et al, 2010)
  • Immune Protection against Candida. A group of researchers from Egypt found that spirulina benefited immunity in mice with Candida albicans and another common fungal infection. (El-Sheekh, et al, 2010)
  • Liver and Kidney Anti-Toxic effect. A rodent study from India demonstrated spirulina’s ability to protect the liver and kidneys from toxicity. (Viswanadha, et al, 2010)
  • Hyperlipidemic and Antioxidant effects in Liver and Kidneys. Mexican researchers found that spirulina prevented increases in lipid levels through its antioxidant effect in the liver and kidneys. (Ponce, et al, 2010)
  • Atherosclerosis Prevention through Reduction of Cholesterol. Another study from Korea found an excellent result in rabbits: Reduced atherosclerosis by lowering LDL and triglycerides and increasing HDL. (Cheong, et al, 2010)
  • Anti-Cancer In-Vitro Study. This study found positive effects of a Spirulina extract on various cancer cell lines in vitro. (Oh, et al, 2010)

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For the sake of clarity the Original Rejuvenate, Rejuvenate Pro, and Rejuvenate Plus all contain chlorella and spirulina. However, Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs does not (although it does contain some chlorella growth factor and vegetable sprouts). Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs was formulated for those who just are unable to take green foods. To compensate for the lack of greens a complete anti-cancer cell support herbal formula was included and the ORAC was greatly increased.

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