Natural Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer: Part 1

  • 30 Jun, 2017
by Jonathan V. Wright, MD (ND, hon)
At present, we all live on planet Earth, which circles a small star – the Sun – which shines on us very often when we’re outdoors (except here in Seattle and a few other places). Anthropologists and archaeologists have found that our remote ancestors were born in the very sunniest regions of this Earth and spent nearly all their days outdoors – although for most of that time, there were no doors to be “outdoors” of!
The Bible says the Garden of Eden was in a sunny tropical area, too. In the beginning, Adam and Eve didn’t even need to wear clothes! Whether evolved or created, this much is clear: as descendants of the original human inhabitants of planet Earth, our bodies are “built for sunshine”! The sun is actually good for us unless we ignore our senses and allow ourselves to get sunburned.
It’s summer here in Seattle and you’ve likely been hearing you should cover yourself and your family with SPF-maximum sunscreen so you won’t “get cancer.”
Think about it – have you seen proof that sunscreens actually prevent skin cancer? Where are all the TV commercials showing that more sunscreen use leads to less cancer? In fact, the situation is just the opposite. In the 1920s, well before sunscreen use “took off,” skin cancer incidence was low. If you draw a line on a chart following the rise in skin cancer in these United States since the 1920s, you’ll see steady upward progress every year, every decade… which also precisely describes the growth in use of sunscreen! The two lines parallel each other on the chart!
No, a chart showing “more sunscreen use, more skin cancer” doesn’t prove that sunscreens cause cancer – it could be a coincidence, for example, or both could be caused by some third factor – but it suggests that sunscreens really don’t prevent much skin cancer at all.
Let’s look for the real cause of most skin cancers. Dr. Niva Shapira has given us the facts to do that! Nutrition Reviews1 published her research review – 7½ pages, with an impressive 149 references – which point directly to the major culprit behind the large majority of skin cancers: poor diet! Yes, there’s yet another health problem to add to the long, imposing list of poor-diet-related ailments and diseases.
Greece – yes, sunny Greece – has one of the lowest rates of the worst sort of skin cancer – melanoma – on Earth. But Greeks who emigrate to Australia and transition to a “Western” diet (instead of the native Greek “Mediterranean” diet) develop a “Western” disease pattern – including much more melanoma. Dr. Shapira writes: “Adherence to a Mediterranean diet has been shown to decrease melanoma incidence and increase survival among populations in non-Mediterranean countries, such as the United States and Australia.”
By contrast, Australians of Greek ethnic background who consume the “standard Australian diet” (SAD) which is just as bad as the “standard American diet” (also SAD) have one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world. Dr. Shapira tells us, “This suggests that the dietary benefits, as well as the disadvantages of non-adherence [to the diet], may be geographically transferable.” Translated to simpler English: “It’s not where you live, it’s what you eat that keeps you healthy – or contributes to illness.”
What aspects of the Mediterranean diet appear to be the most protective? Fish, shellfish, high consumption of vegetables (particularly carrots, tomatoes, and cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and others), fruits (particularly citrus), tea, and low alcohol consumption. By contrast, dairy products, butter, and alcohol allow for significantly more ultraviolet-associated skin damage and cancer.
While getting our nutrients from what we eat is always best, supplements can also protect against UV-related skin damage and skin cancer. In an experiment at the Baylor College of Medicine, two groups of rabbits were regularly exposed to ultraviolet light. One group was given a “balanced diet” without vitamins, while the other group was given the same diet with added vitamins A, C, and E. After twenty-four weeks, none of the animals in the diet-plus-vitamins group developed skin cancer, while 24% of the animals in the diet-alone group developed skin cancer.2
In addition to vitamins A, C, and E, there’s a more extensive list of nutrients found to reduce UV-associated skin damage and cancer. Carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene have been found to protect against UV-associated skin damage individually and as components of diet. These three carotenoids also reduce the degree of skin redness associated with sunshine overexposure.
Beta-carotene specifically reduces melanoma risk and works together with vitamins A, C, and E for a “multiplier effect.” Lutein protects skin cells against both oxidative damage and genetic damage. UV-exposed skin protected with lutein actually shows less cell loss, less damage to the membranes of cells, and less damage to elastic tissues. Lutein also combats suppression of the immune system. Lycopene content of skin is directly associated with skin roughness: more lycopene in the skin, less skin roughness; less lycopene, more skin roughness.3
According to Dr. Shapira, one group of researchers found that an oral lycopene supplement reduced the count of sunburned cells by 83% compared with no lycopene intake for the same duration of sun exposure. She cites another research group reporting a 40% reduction in sunshine-caused redness in individuals consuming just 16 mg of lycopene (found in three tablespoonsful of tomato paste or in many supplements) and two teaspoons of olive oil per day.
Beta-carotene is found in the highest concentrations in carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkins, spinach, kale, collard greens, and nearly any other yellow or orange vegetable. Lutein levels are exceptionally high in spinach and kale, and relatively high in peas, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, pistachios, broccoli, and corn. Lycopene is the red pigment found in tomatoes, and is actually most bioavailable from tomato paste, tomato sauce, and ketchup (sugar free, please). There’s also a high lycopene content in watermelon, pink guava, and papaya.
Next month in Part Two of “Natural Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer,” we will dive deeper into the nutrients that specifically protect against cancer formation induced by UV radiation. In the meantime, follow a high vegetable diet with a focus on bright yellows and deep greens, and be sure to read your body’s signs and seek shade when your skin starts to turn pink in the sunshine. See you in August!
Excerpted from Dr. Wright’s “Green Medicine Newsletter”,

A Harvard University and University of Michigan graduate, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright is a pioneer in the field of nutritional biochemistry. He established Tahoma Clinic in Washington State in 1973, dedicated to treating health conditions by natural means with protocols developed from over 50,000 medical articles on natural substances and energies. Dr. Wright has authored (or co-authored) thirteen books, with two texts achieving best-selling status, and numerous medical articles.
1. Shapira N. “Nutritional approach to sun protection: a suggested
complement to external strategies.” Nutr Rev 2010; 68(2);75-86.
2. Black H S. “Effects of dietary anti-oxidants on actinic tumor induction.” Res CommChemPath Pharmacol 1974;7:783.
3. Darvin M(1), et al. “Cutaneous concentration of lycopene correlates significantly with the roughness of the skin.” Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2008 Aug;69(3):943-7.
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Delaney Dvorak, Sound Outlook Copy Editor

As you roam through Marlene’s bulk food department and acclimate to the cool, yet refreshing refrigerated air, you may find yourself wondering, “Who in the world is seasoning these roasted pumpkin seeds to perfection?” or “Whose hand can I shake for providing this organic and locally-milled flour for my family’s allergen-free diet.”

Marlene’s bulk department head, Carolynne, and I set out for Eugene, Oregon, to tour a few of the family businesses we buy from and get to the bottom of these pressing questions. Upon arrival, we were immersed in the history of some of Oregon’s most driven farmers and devoted workers, as well as a tenaciously active community rooted in sustainability. This opportunity enlightened us to what makes Marlene’s so special too: simply, our personal relationships with passionate people.

This particular story of hardworking individuals begins in the early 1950s when Everett and Ellen Hunton established their family farm in the fertile and friendly Willamette Valley near Junction City, Oregon. Their primary crops included forage and turf grasses, clover, meadow foam, and other various vegetables and cover crop seeds. It wasn’t long until they gained an exemplary reputation as a large-scale cultivator for the surrounding farming community.
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Nicole Wirth, LMP

In the modern world, breast cancer is quite common. Either you know someone, have a family member or are yourself currently fighting the good fight. The sad truth is that many allopathic doctors advise removing lymph nodes when cancer is detected for fear of the cancer spreading.

Lymphatic nodes have vessels leading to and from them. Once they are removed, the inactive vessels can hold on to toxic material and need to be cleared out to avoid further complications. Unfortunately, it is not always expressed how surgery will impact the lymphatic system until the system is already horribly compromised and the patient is diagnosed with lymphedema.

There is still good news! I’ve seen many clients with dire toxicity be restored to health through lymphatic cleansing. This healing is made possible by encouraging lymph fluid circulation around blood vessels or other tissues that have been surgically connected after being severed.

Why Should I Flush My Lymph?
It’s amazing how, despite different health concerns clients can have, there are tremendous benefits in clearing the same pathways that we all have in our bodies. Our lymph was designed to be a healthy backup to buffer all aspects of the body. However, if it’s clogged up, the whole body greatly suffers.

I liken this to when garbage collectors go on strike. Garbage (toxins) keeps coming in and piling up, becoming compacted and hard. When there is too much buildup, the garbage is unable to move out and no nutrients are able to move in and replenish the lymphatic fluid. Some consequences of this buildup tend to include: sagging skin, brown spots on the skin, chronic fatigue, and hardened lumps. Many experience foggy thoughts and find themselves overwhelmed by the unfinished projects they lack the energy to complete.

Most people’s lymphatic systems are already quite impacted, compromised, and dehydrated. People who have had any kind of surgery can especially benefit from lymphatic drainage. Before getting more surgeries to remove scars or tumors, patients should understand that the body is capable of breaking down scar tissue when lymph is properly moved around. The higher the volume of lymph moved, the faster scars get broken down; a healthy lymphatic system can move one to three liters a day! In addition to clearing and rerouting old debris, lymph drainage can accommodate the growth of new blood vessels.

How to Flush Your Lymph
When a comprehensive drainage and redirection of lymph is required, the lymphatic machine is a perfect choice. This method magnetically moves lymph to healthy nodes. I’ve successfully treated clients with scarring and sagging due to augmentation surgery, weight gain from C-sections, and chemical sensitivity issues, as well as resolved issues due to congested or removed nodes or tumors. This effectiveness of this therapy saves my clients’ time and money.

Lymphatic drainage can:
• Strengthen the immune system
• Boost white blood cell count
• Increase energy levels
• Break down belly fat
• Aid in post-surgery recovery
• Promote healthy, elastic, glowing skin
• Reduce inflammation
• Help prevent breast and prostate problems
• Relieve water retention

Nicole Wirth, LMP, helps her clients heal themselves, gain back lost energy, and live longer, more vital lives. She educates  her clients on the lymphatic system, emotions, and taking care of their bodies with reverence. In addition to her practice in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole offers a few online programs and works with clients all over the world. Contact her or learn more about her work at
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Mark Gignac, ND, FABNO

Each year in the United States, over 190,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 60,000 women are diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was founded in October of 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries - now part of AstraZeneca. The aim of NBCAM from its inception, has been to promote mammography as “the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.” Many reasonable people, however, believe that prevention, rather than diagnosis and treatment, is the best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. Unfortunately, the majority of revenue generated from “pink ribbon fundraising” goes to pharmaceutical companies involved in research on treatments for breast cancer.

Even though we are taught that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” the primary focus of attention and fundraising continues to be directed toward drug development. This seems strange in light of research indicating that 90-95% of cancers are caused by factors associated with environment and lifestyle.1

Optimal sun exposure seems to be critical for good health on multiple levels. Since the late 1980s, we have known that women with vitamin D blood levels around 55 ng/ml are over 50% less likely to develop breast cancer than the majority of women with levels less than 40 ng/ ml. We now know that vitamin D blood levels are inversely correlated with breast cancer recurrence, and survival. If this is not surprising enough, recent studies indicate that low blood levels of vitamin D may enhance tumor growth and metastasis. Vitamin D is also critical for immune function and healthy bone calcification. Unfortunately, antiestrogen treatments compound this problem by causing significant loss of bone calcium that can lead to osteoporosis.

On the other side of the equation, nighttime darkness is also critically important for healing and repair. Circadian dysregulation and inadequate melatonin production are also highly correlated with breast cancer incidence, recurrence,  and survival. The Portnov study reported a significant association between light at night and breast cancer risk, showing that women living in areas with the greatest light at night had a 63% greater risk of breast cancer compared to women living in areas with the lowest light.2

Unfortunately, melatonin has been incorrectly stereotyped as a sleep-inducing supplement. Melatonin’s most interesting  properties involve immune and hormonal regulation. Additionally, melatonin is one of the most powerful endogenous antioxidants in the body, as it is both water and fat-soluble. Not surprisingly, it also has cancer suppressing properties.

Diet and food quality can also play a critical role in the prevention or initiation of breast cancer. We are exposed to numerous estrogen mimickers and carcinogenic compounds through our diet. Compounds such as BPA, plastics, antibiotics, hormones, glyphosate, etc., have been shown to be associated with increased breast cancer risk.

Additionally, compounds such as lectins, which are naturally present in some foods, can weaken immune function and compromise the gut microbiome and intestinal barrier. All of this havoc increases the risk of multiple health problems, including cancer. On the other hand, certain foods such as cruciferous vegetables have been shown to be associated with a significant reduction in breast cancer incidence. Sulforaphane is one of the most interesting compounds derived from cruciferous vegetables. It has been shown to suppress cancer stem cells.

Mark Gignac, ND, FABNO, has studied natural medicines for the past 35 years. He is a graduate of Bastyr University with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. After graduating, he developed the course curriculum and taught the History of Medicine and Naturopathic Philosophy to Bastyr medical students. Dr. Gignac has also served as Director of Medicine at Seattle Treatment and Wellness Center for 17 years and continues to give lectures locally and nationally. For more information, visit

1. Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes. Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 25, No 9, September 2008.
2. Light at Night and Breast Cancer Incidence in Connecticut. Sci Total Environ. 2016 Dec 1; 572:1020-1024.

By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Steve Fry, CHFS and Sherry Fry, NTP, CHFS

“Properly prepared, nutrient-rich, whole foods.” What do these six words mean to you? To us, these are critical words. For over three decades, my wife and I have attempted to live these six words and teach these six words. For in them lies profound wisdom and healing for the nations. A full respect and implementation of these six words can beat breast cancer, expose the GMO lie, and educate the world on food values like fair trade, organic, and sustainable agriculture.

At Common Sense Nutritional Therapy, we have six other words as well, and they are synonymous with the above six: “Health is fragile, handle with food.”

My parents were subject to a new phenomenon in their 20s when I was born in 1952. This new invention was sensational, exciting, and trusted as a source for the latest, greatest news on everything. It was called the television. There, my parents learned that formula was better than breast milk, margarine was better than butter, and a certain cigarette brand was doctor recommended. There, white refined sugar was put forth as a health food, and convenience foods were put forth as better tasting, easier to prepare, and healthier than Mom’s cooking.

Although these things are known to be false now, there is a whole new set of current day “truths” that I believe we will one day see to be just as ludicrous.

So, where can we find the truth? Where can we go for untainted information?

As practitioners who use whole foods and whole food concentrates to move people back to optimal health, we go to the old masters’ works left behind for us to use. The works of people like Dr. Francis Pottenger, Dr. Melvin Page, Dr. Royal Lee, Dr. Weston A. Price, and the like. Definitely look these people up! My wife and I have taught the class “Health is Fragile - Handle with Food” for over twenty years now. You might ask: “How can this address breast cancer, GMOs, and issues like organic, fair trade, and sustainable agriculture?” It’s a legitimate question.

We all vote with our dollars. Every time we buy, we vote. The food providers are watching how we vote. Furthermore, they are polling “we the people” as to why we vote the way we do. If you want to make real change, choose to buy foods that truly support your health. It promotes true sustainable health for you and those you teach. We believe that it is extremely important for you to teach others what you learn, as these types of true solutions are far too absent in current teaching environments. In our class, “Health Is Fragile - Handle With Food,” we teach a broad spectrum of Old World nutritional fundamentals and how to implement them in a modern day glut of “nutritional information,” which is questionable, at best, and downright fraudulent, at worst.

The bottom line is this: we need to return to a nutrient-rich, properly prepared whole food diet that implements age-old, tried and true information that has sustained disease-free groups of people for thousands and thousands of years. It can be done!

Steve Fry, CHFS and Sherry Fry, CHFS, NTP of Common Sense Nutritional Therapy at Rody Chiropractic Massage & Health, help their clients understand and reverse the unsuspected effects of the modern diet. Contact them through rody-massage. com/nutrition,, or by calling 360.477.1930.
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Joseph Mercola, MD

In Part One of “Effortless Healing,” we discussed how processed foods and poor lifestyle choices can gravely affect our health. With diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other life threatening illnesses on the rise in America, there is no better time than now to start ditching those unhealthy habits.

How to Reverse Insulin Resistance
The good news is you can turn insulin resistance around fairly quickly and easily by following these simple steps:

• Eliminate added sugars and sweeteners from your diet. Most processed foods (anything in a jar, can, bottle, bag, or box) contain added sugars, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Don’t be tricked by artificially sweetened “diet” foods and beverages. Despite their lack of calories, research has clearly shown that artificial sweeteners promote insulin resistance just like sugar.

• Eliminate grains, especially wheat, barley, oats, and rye, as these not only raise your insulin and contribute to insulin resistance, they also contain gluten, which triggers inflammation and can damage your intestines. Better grain alternatives include almond meal, buckwheat groats, coconut flour, and sweet potatoes; they won’t spike your blood sugar like grains do.

• Replace eliminated carbs with healthy fats like avocado, butter made from raw, grass-fed, organic milk, cheese, raw dairy, organic pastured egg yolks, raw nuts, grass-fed meats, and coconut oil.

Sitting Takes a Profound Toll on Your Health
More than 10,000 studies show that prolonged sitting is devastating to your health. It actively and independently promotes chronic diseases, including obesity and Type 2 diabetes, even if you exercise frequently. Unfortunately, you cannot offset 8 to 10 hours of stillness with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, even if you exercise every single day.

Molecularly, the human body was designed to be active all day long. When you stop moving and sit still for extended periods of time, it’s like telling your body to shut down and prepare for death. As soon as you stand up, a number of molecular cascades occur that promote and support healthy biological functioning.

Within 90 seconds of standing up, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol — which are mediated by insulin — are activated. All of these molecular effects are activated simply by carrying your bodyweight upon your legs. These cellular mechanisms are also responsible for pushing fuels into your cells and, if done regularly, will radically decrease your risk of diabetes and obesity.

The remedy is simple: Avoid sitting and get moving more often. Ideally, aim to sit less than three hours a day. Also consider walking more, in addition to your exercise regimen. Rest is supposed to break up activity — not the other way around. Walking appears to be really foundational for optimal health, and if you’re currently inactive, this is the place to start, even before you get going on a workout routine.

Effortless Healing Is Possible
Health is easier to maintain than you might think. Just make small, gradual shifts in what you eat and how you live your life. One thing’s for sure: the body is remarkably efficient when it comes to healing and regenerating itself when fed and cared for properly. Besides food, which can rightfully be viewed as medicine, you also need physical activity — both non-exercise movement and more regimented, higher-intensity exercise.

Other healthy lifestyle components include getting sensible sun exposure, and becoming more grounded. These are health-promoting lifestyle habits that cost little to nothing. The same can surely not be said for prescription drugs and conventional medical treatments, so it seems foolish to forgo them.

Joseph Mercola, MD, is creator of the number-one rated natural health website in the world,

By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Robert Scott Bell, D.A. Hom

Millions of Americans are waking to the dangers of antibiotics and steroidal treatments and turning to natural alternatives like silver hydrosol, probiotics, and medicinal plants.

Humans carry both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in our guts, and intestinal balance is imperative for good health. When the bad guys multiply too fast due to poor diet, antibiotics, chlorinated water, food poisoning or drugs, a condition called dysbiosis develops, which can lead to Crohn’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Addressing dysbiosis in its beginning stages or even preemptively is a huge advantage to maintaining overall health and avoiding complications such as malabsorption, dangerous metabolic shifts, and obesity.

When the bad bugs take over in cases of gut dysbiosis, inflammation, or Candida overgrowth, the finger-like villi responsible for nutrient absorption are damaged and nutrient absorption becomes highly impaired. Pathogenic (bad) bacteria and fungi begin to retard the healing process and inflammation and indigestion intensify.

Hidden health costs of pharmaceuticals
Doctors typically prescribe prednisone and/or strong antibiotics in such cases, but for every symptom these powerful drugs suppress, additional collateral damage is the price paid by your intestinal lining. Prolonged use of antibiotic drugs can lead to colonies of multidrug resistant organisms forming, and wreaking havoc on your intestines. The reality is that “side effects” are actually direct effects of a drug. They are simply labeled in such a way as to minimize patient resistance to taking them.

Bring on the healing
New research on silver hydrosol confirms its ability to benefit gastrointestinal health. Although silver can eradicate beneficial bacteria, it does not allow colonies of multi-drug-resistant organisms to form (unlike antibiotic drugs). In fact, silver is essential for more than its extraordinary anti-microbial activity. Its anti-inflammatory and tissue regenerative properties are equally, if not more, important for recovery from chronic intestinal diseases. For anyone suffering from gut dysbiosis, a thorough cleansing with silver should be considered.*

Silver is found naturally in human breast milk in measurable trace amounts and two receptor sites for silver have been identified on the myelin tissue surrounding the nerve cell. An argument could be made that it is indeed a necessary trace element. Used clinically, silver provides all the antimicrobial power of drugs without the side effects.*

In conjunction with silver, a quality pre- and probiotic helps eliminate pathogenic microflora, assisting the body on its journey back to perfect balance by soothing with its inflammation modulation activity, cleansing and regenerating healthy new tissue at the site of infection and injury.

The synergy of three
I always treat chronic gut dysbiosis issues with a three-part protocol that includes a silver hydrosol, a high-quality aloe vera juice (taken away from meals), and an intensive probiotic regimen. All are essential for a thorough cleansing. The silver-aloe-vera probiotic combination has powerful synergy, especially in carrying the active silver further along the GI tract where it is needed.

I have found that silver greatly facilitates epithelial tissue and villi recovery without inflammatory side effects or creating microbial resistance, making it a great frontline health defender. After intestinal recovery, a sublingual maintenance dose (one to three teaspoons per day) can help protect the body against falling back into bacterial disarray.

Got yeast?
Candida albicans is the most common type of yeast found in the human body. When left unchecked, Candida can become a very destructive fungus. Research confirms that the active ingredient trifecta of aloe vera juice, silver hydrosol, and probiotics support immunity, digestion, and elimination by targeting viruses and bacteria. Aloe also helps combat Candida overgrowth by balancing pH (which decreases yeast overgrowth in the large and small intestine) and by supporting intestinal regularity. I’ve found that silver, followed by a quality pre- and probiotic, easily helps to eliminate all pathogenic microflora, assisting the body on its journey back to perfect balance.

*Silver is preferable to antibiotics for many but not all conditions. Antibiotics have a lifesaving role in numerous medical conditions, but unfortunately they have been overused to the point of creating dangerous resistance within the microbial world. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist before stopping or starting any drug therapy.

Robert Scott Bell is a homeopathic practitioner and an expert in silver therapeutics. After using natural healing methods to overcome 24 years of chronic illness, he dedicated his life to revealing the healing power within us all. His podcast The Robert Scott Bell Show airs every weekday from 4 – 6 pm. Learn more at
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT, Host Defense Education Director

It’s October already! The kids are back to school, sports, and extracurriculars. On top of the regular demands of work and home, parents are moving into high gear doubling as homework helpers, personal shuttle drivers, and more. Older children may be heading off to college as their parents support them through the uncertainty and feelings of anxiety that come along with this big step. Autumn is a time of major transition in so many different ways.

It’s also the last chance many will have at being outdoors before inclement weather settles in. But outdoor activities in autumn come with ragweed and leaf litter, which can mean more sneezing, itchy eyes, and general malaise. Stress and strain from all these changes can take their toll on our health as well.

So how do we not just manage all of these transitions, but flourish? You guessed it…mushrooms! Yes, mushrooms can help us rise to the challenges faced by our immune systems and support our brain power, mood, and energy.

As more people become familiar with how mushrooms help the immune system, it is important to recognize that the whole mushroom needs to be properly extracted or processed so that all of the important compounds can help our bodies. There are many polysaccharides in mushroom mycelium and fruit bodies that strengthen the activity of specific immune cells. Strong immune cells help us stay healthy throughout our lives, but especially during stressful ‘transitional’ times.

As the most dynamically alive part of the mushroom organism, the mushroom mycelium works to support a balanced immune response. This is especially helpful when we are exposed to environmental triggers like the change of seasons, pollen and dust or molds. Mycelia are skillful “conductors” for the “symphony” of immune system cells that help keep us healthy.

For a focus on immune support, blends of mushrooms are well regarded. Multiple mushroom formulas offer combinations that can synergistically support your immune system. At the kitchen table, you already know to choose a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole foods to ensure balanced nutrient uptake. In the same way, choosing a properly processed multi-mushroom blend means you benefit from a diversity of nutrients.

Looking for more targeted support? More people are turning to mushrooms like lion’s mane and reishi to support memory and mood, and help manage stress while gently energizing the system. They can help us respond to the day to day challenges of our lives, but also those times of transition like back to school and change of seasons. These can be critical supports as we demand greater and greater brain power and adaptation especially during start of the school year for both students and parents.

Big days ahead this fall? You may be wondering how to stay energized all day long, without the negative impacts of sugar or coffee’s “caffeine crash.” Cordyceps to the rescue! Cordyceps mushroom helps support healthy oxygenation and blood circulation and is a natural, jitters-free way to keep you alert, awake and moving throughout your busy day.

As with any herb or supplement, look for organically grown mushrooms from trusted sources. To achieve maximum benefit, you need to choose mushroom ingredients grown with care and expertise, then properly processed. With mushrooms in your regimen, get ready to face all the challenges of the season and flourish!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Jerry Angelini is the Education Director for Host Defense. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University, building a strong foundation in research and listening. Jerry gives scholastic and informational lectures including anatomy and physiology, herbal interactions, and psycho-educational topics. For more information, visit .
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Valerie Villalobos

Health begins and ends in the cell. Our bodies have an estimated 60–100 trillion cells and, together, they are responsible for every physical and mental function from our heart rate to our imagination. Whatever our bodies do or do not do well depends upon the health of our cells.

Each and every one of the cells in our bodies is surrounded by a soft, pliable cell membrane, which protects the cell’s contents, integrates nutrients into the cell, and enables cells to communicate with each other. Those membranes require fat to keep them flexible and functioning properly. Omega-3 essential fats EPA and DHA support the cell membrane’s fluidity, flexibility and speed.

The term “omega-3” refers to a family of fatty acids. EPA and DHA are two critical omega-3s that have been shown to support heart and eye health, brain function, a healthy pregnancy, child development, joint and skin health, sports performance, and healthy metabolism.

Our bodies do not make EPA and DHA efficiently, therefore, we must consume these fats through our diet. The best direct source of EPA and DHA is cold-water, oily fish. Every day, in response to our environment, our bodies use these precious fats, and once used they must be replaced.

In reality, not all fish oil is created equal. When seeking high-quality fish oil, you should look for certain features that are particularly important: freshness, purity, potency, and form.

Making sure your fish oil supplement is fresh is important for taste and product efficacy. The primary reason people resist taking fish oil is fear of unpleasant taste and aftertaste. Higher freshness levels result in better tasting fish oil that doesn’t cause fish burps. Taste and smell are good indicators of freshness. An unpleasant fishy smell, taste or burps indicate that a product is rancid (oxidized). Rancidity reduces the efficacy of fish oil. This applies to liquid and capsule forms of supplementation. Test your fish oil capsules for freshness by biting into them!

Clean fish oil is also critical. Fish oil must be purified to eliminate trace amounts of heavy metals, pesticides and PCBs. A third-party product analysis can validate both purity and freshness. Pure fish oil also consists of one that contains non-GMO ingredients. Eurofins Scientific GeneScan Division, a worldwide consortium of testing laboratories, is an industry leader with over 20 years in GMO testing. It’s a Non-GMO Project accredited lab and is a trusted scientific option for non-GMO verification.

Potency is another key factor. How much omega-3 one needs depends on the individual’s unique nutritional requirements. To understand how much EPA and DHA is provided in the product, you must read the amounts of EPA and DHA on the back of the label, not the total omega-3 count on the front. EPA and DHA are the bioactive omega-3 fats that are responsible for benefits associated with the omega-3 fat family.

Finally, it’s important to choose supplements in triglyceride form, particularly when selecting a concentrate. Many concentrates are in an ethyl ester form, a form rarely found in nature. Research suggests that triglycerides are more stable, which protects these fats from oxidation. Lastly, scientific evidence suggests triglycerides have an absorptive advantage over ethyl esters.

Valerie Villalobos is the former educator for Nordic Naturals.
By Marlene's Market & Deli 01 Oct, 2017
by Jerome R. Black, founder of Herbs America and Maca Magic

Ancient Wisdom Prevail
Maca root was domesticated during the pre-Inca, Arcaicia Period sometime around 3800 BC, with primitive cultivars of maca being found in archaeological sites dating back to 1600 BC. It continued to be cultivated by the Incas centuries ago as a valuable, nutritious dietary staple and medicinal commodity.

Soon after the Spanish conquest in South America, the Spaniards found that their livestock were reproducing poorly in the highlands, and the local tribes recommended maca root. So remarkable were the results that the Spanish chroniclers wrote in-depth reports, saying that maca improved the reproductive health of their horses. It was considered so valuable that in 1572, the Chinchaycochas used maca for bartering, and colonial records indicate that tribute was demanded in the form of nine tons of maca.

For the Andeans today, maca root is still a valuable commodity that is frequently traded with communities at lower elevations for rice, corn, green vegetables and beans. It is also an important staple in the diets of the indigenous peoples, because it has the highest nutritional value of any food crop grown in the region.

Strength of Mountains – How Maca Helps Us Overcome
Often hailed as ‘Peruvian Ginseng’ – and considered a legendary adaptogen – maca root easily finds its home in the medicine cabinet while still being considered a whole food supplement. For an herb to be considered an adaptogen it must be a natural substance that is safe to the body and raises an individual’s ability to restore multiple body systems to equilibrium when disrupted by stress. The intelligence of this root works in harmony with the human body to help you maintain a balanced everyday rhythm while supporting your mind, body and spirit.

• Maca is known to promote healthy estrogen and progesterone levels. Research has shown that maca root contains no plant hormones, but its action relies on plant sterols, which are chemical triggers that help the body produce a higher level of hormones appropriate to the age and gender of the person taking it.

• It is believed to increase energy, stamina, and boost endurance in athletes. In the past, Spanish chroniclers noted that Inca warriors would consume boiled maca roots before battle to increase their strength, as well as using it to bolster their reserves for endurance activities. Today, it is still employed as a general tonic and fatigue fighter to counter lethargy, memory loss and other disorders resulting from depleted energy stores.

• Maca root has the highest source of nutrients growing in the Andean region. It’s known for its abundance of amino acids, complex proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids, essential nutrients (especially iodine and iron), as well as carbohydrates.

So… how do I use it?
The delicious, malty-butterscotch flavors of maca will have you zinging and singing with inspiration of all the ways you can bring it into your everyday diet. In fact, the peoples of Peru sun-dry the roots to eat later in winter months by soaking and boiling them into meals. Today, you can easily blend maca root powder into a shake or smoothie, add an extra boost to your morning beverage, experiment with it in your favorite baking recipes, or explore the benefits of maca by way of capsules, extracts, and compound-formulas.

Jerome R. Black is the founder of Herbs America and Maca Magic. He was the first cultivator and distributor of live maca root in the United States, and began his own germplasm collections of maca in the Peruvian Andes in 1994. He is a published ethnobotanist with a history of traveling the world to work with a variety of plant species, as well as a seasoned lecturer, sharing with others his research in new and rare foodcrop development. For more information, please visit
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