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With worrying updates about the incident at Fukushima still making news headlines, the threat of radiation is fresh on many people’s minds.

There’s been so much whitewashing surrounding the tragedy that it can be hard to decipher fact from pro-nuclear propaganda. The general consensus in the alternative health community is that authorities haven’t told us the whole story about how much radioactive material was leaked, and is continuing to leak, into the environment.

One thing is clear, though: the presence of harmful radiation is a very real issue—one about which we would do well to educate ourselves, so that we can take the proper protective measures.

Fukushima resurrected memories of Chernobyl, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, and reminded us of the horrific effects that ionic radiation can heap upon the body.

But these recollections do offer a bit of hope.

While cancer and radiation disease rates increased precipitously following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there were some people who seemed to be immune to the harmful effects of radiation!

One man’s story has is so astounding that it’s been covered by many news and radio outlets in the past. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was walking to work in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped only a mile away. He was so close to the impact point that the blast threw him to the ground and inundated his body with ionic radiation. Nevertheless, he survived, only to travel to his hometown of Nagasaki…where he once again was caught in the blast radius of the second atomic bomb.

Despite this horrendous exposure to radiation, Yamaguchi experienced no radiation diseases, had children without any issue, and lived until the ripe age of 93.

This experience is echoed by that of Dr. Tatuichiro Akizuki, his 20 employees, and their 70 patients—all of whom were also in a hospital 1.4km from the Nagasaki bomb drop point. Again, none of them suffered from any acute radiation disease.

So what’s their secret?

Dr. Akizuki had a theory about why he, his colleagues, and his patients all managed to avoid the fate of radiation contamination that was suffered by so many others: all of them consumed generous portions of wakame miso soup every day.

The deeper researchers dig, the stronger the connection between miso consumption and “radiation immunity” seems to be. Now a number of studies have scientifically proven that miso—a food made from fermented soy beans, rice, and salt—is powerfully radioprotective.

One study published in the journal Toxicologic Pathology found that rats given miso before being exposed to ionic radiation were strongly protected from its effects. Their miso diet also suppressed the growth of cancerous tumors—and these radioprotective effects persisted for all but extremely high, acute doses of radiation.[1]

The researchers found that, while all types of miso are radioprotective, those that have been fermented for the longest period of time are the most radioprotective (they tested miso fermented for 3-4 days, for 120 days, and for 180 days, and the 180-day-fermented miso offered the greatest level of radioprotection).

This is an important finding, because it reveals that the key to miso’s incredible radioprotective effects is the bacteria produced during its fermentation. Beneficial bacteria are what make all probiotic foods so amazingly health-promoting—and miso boasts special benefits because it also contains compounds called soy isoflavones, which have also been shown to be radioprotective on their own.[2]

But wait a minute…isn’t soy bad for you?

It is true that soy is an estrogen-mimicking food that can cause worrying hormonal imbalances (especially for women) if consumed regularly. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that most soy is produced as a GMO crop, which ensures that it’s also contaminated with endocrine-disrupting pesticides and all sorts of other toxins.

But fermented soy (the main ingredient in miso) is entirely different. The fermentation process transforms soy into an anti-estrogenic food, which therefore actually balances hormones rather than throwing them out of whack.[3] The world of beneficial bacteria—which we’ve barely even begun to understand—works in wonderful and mysterious ways.

And while the benefits of miso may be a new finding in the world of laboratory science, this healing brew has a long history as a healing food. As we mentioned above, it saved many people in Japan from the deleterious effects of atomic radiation at the end of World War II, and it (along with other macrobiotic foods) was used as a radioprotective measure after the Chernobyl incident, as well.

New studies even suggest that miso and soy isoflavones are ideal for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment, because they simultaneously protect healthy cells from radiation and increase the damage done to cancer cells.

It will probably be some time before conventional medical science is willing to admit that the intelligence of healing foods can actually trump medical technologies (such as chemotherapy and the corrupt industry that wields it). Nevertheless, you can take advantage of miso and its radioprotection now.

Just make sure to eat the right kind of miso

Before you head out to the closest restaurant that serves miso soup, though, note these words of caution. As we already discussed, the vast majority of soy is GMO. It can be very difficult to find miso that’s been produced only with organic, non-GMO soy, but anything else isn’t worth eating.

Make sure to do your research, and only purchase your miso from a coop, health food store, or trustworthy website that can verify the quality and source of their product.

Once you’ve gotten your ingredients, making miso soup is a cinch. Just mix organic miso powder with water and scallions, and bring the mixture to a boil. Some people like to add an egg, tofu, or seaweed to their soup. If you choose to do so, make sure to use organic eggs, to limit your overall tofu intake (which is almost always made from unfermented soy), and to use organic seaweed or kelp that isn’t sourced from a radiation-contaminated area of the world (many types of seaweed can sequester radioactive compounds, which then make their way into your body when you consume it).

As long as you’re careful with your sourcing, you can rest assured that your delicious, homemade miso soup will offer potent protection against radiation, without any of the negative effects of unfermented soy.


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3695331/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3800250/

[3] http://www.naturalnews.com/049769_miso_radioprotective_effects_Hiroshima_survivors.html

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Digestive microbiology is a field of immense promise.

The more we learn about the 100 trillion bacteria living inside the human gut, the more we realize how absolutely essential they are for our health.

The fact of the matter, though, is that we still know very little about this miraculously well-coordinated colony of critters known as our microbiome.

It’s made up of somewhere between 500 and 1000 different species of bacteria—and while we’ve begun to nail down the roles played by some of these species, the interactions between them are still largely a mystery. The symbiosis between all these different microorganisms is almost incomprehensibly complex.   

But here’s what we do know…

Most importantly, we know that our gut flora are immeasurably important.

Despite our limited knowledge about how our internal flora do what they do, research has revealed an undeniable correlation between a healthy microbiome and overall well-being.

Healthy people display thriving, diverse colonies of bacteria, while those who are unwell exhibit either a lower bacteria count or an imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria.

From this kind of data, we’ve been able to deduce many ways in which our gut flora help our bodies function optimally. They regulate appetite and digestion, and help digest food, so that our bodies receive all the nutrients that they’re not able to extract on their own. Gut bacteria even produce amino acids, vitamins (especially vitamins B and K), enzymes, and neurotransmitters (including serotonin).

They also greatly improve immune function, regulate insulin production, and even improve cognitive health.[1]

And studies have found that a person’s microbiome can be used to uncover much more specific facts about a person’s health too. It provides a total snapshot of your health and beyond. For example, a certain pattern of microbial colonies can indicate a certain nutrient deficiency, whether or not you were breastfed when you were a baby, and even your level of education.[2]

It isn’t unreasonable to believe that one day, you’ll be able to make positive changes to your physical, mental, or emotional health by targeting a specific, corresponding aspect of your microbiome.

So what can we do for our microbiomes today?

While we’re still unraveling many of the mysteries of our bacterial symbiotes, there’s still plenty that we can do to maintain a healthy microbiome.

Avoiding antibiotics except during absolute emergencies, avoiding conventional meat and dairy (which often contains antibiotics), ditching your antibacterial hand soap and other household cleaning products, steering clear of fluoride-contaminated tap water, and eating a diet rich in prebiotic foods are all excellent ways to keep your flora healthy and happy.

Perhaps the most popular and well-documented form of microbiome management, though, is supplementation with probiotics.

It’s commonly reported that probiotics “seed” your gut with new bacterial colonies, thus changing the composition of your microbiome. What actually appears to be happening is that probiotics change the genetic expression of your existing flora.[3]

There’s another huge problem with probiotics, though: the vast majority of them can’t survive exposure to stomach acid.  Probiotics don’t always make it through the low pH environment of your stomach into your intestines, where they are most beneficial. Typically, only a small percentage of bacteria survive.

While taking some kind of probiotic is better than nothing, you really need to do your homework if you want to ensure that your supplementation has any significant effect. Studies show that probiotics made from Soil Bound Organisms (SBO’s)  are by far the heartiest kind. They’re rich in bacterial endospores—drought-tolerant super-bacteria that are strong enough to survive stomach acid and make their positive impact.

We think that the best product out there is Mega Sporebiotic. This powerful formulation includes a perfect synergy of five different bacterial strains and beneficial prebiotics.

Its quality and efficacy is absolutely unparalleled.

This product is so effective that, until very recently, it was only available through a limited number of healthcare professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity to integrate this next-generation probiotic into your life .

By lending a hand to your microbiome, you’ll soon feel that it’s a powerful key for unlocking radiant health…and you’ll understand why many health professionals consider microbiome management the future of nutrition and natural medicine.

 


References

[1] http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/gut-bacteria-on-the-brain/395918/

[2] https://commonfund.nih.gov/hmp/programhighlights

[3] http://besynchro.com/blogs/blog/12099793-an-owners-manual-for-your-100-trillion-gut-bacteria

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It’s getting harder and harder to deny that bacteria is our friend.

Sure, there are some species that can wreak havoc on our bodies, but it seems that there are many more that would rather live symbiotically with us.

Researchers have discovered that between 500 and 1000 unique species of bacteria comprise our gut flora—also know as our microbiome. And an increasing number of studies demonstrate a surprising fact: these little critters are absolutely essential to our well-being.

This is a pretty ironic discovery, given allopathic medicine’s crusade on microorganisms. It appears that waging war on “germs” and living in sterile conditions are not sustainable practices.

It appears that, if we wish to live optimally, we’re going to have to deepen our understanding of the relationship between humans and bacteria.

Your multi-talented microbiome

Digestive microbiology is a field that could revolutionize the way we view health and healing within the next five to ten years.

Our gut flora play an essential role in a staggering number of bodily processes, and many researchers believe they hold the key to understanding many prevalent health conditions.

Here’s just a selection of the virtues of a healthy microbiome…

It supplies nutrients by aiding in the digestion process. Your gut bacteria is able to break down certain food components that your stomach can’t take care of on its own, like fiber. These flora convert their food into all sorts of beneficial nutrients, like amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and short-chain fatty acids.

It regulates appetite and digestion not only by aiding with physical processes, but also by producing neurotransmitters (like serotonin) that affect us neurologically. Studies show that certain species of bacteria can manipulate the neurohormones, neurotransmitters, and receptors that control appetite.[1]

It improves insulin sensitivity. Many researchers even think that the health of an individual’s microbiome is correlated with their likelihood of developing diabetes.  

It boosts immune function by outcompeting harmful bacteria and pathogens. There also seems to be a more complex, little understood mechanism at work. While scientists are not yet sure what it is, they believe it explains why there seem to be more autoimmune diseases in developed nations with antibiotics and sterilization practices (which are your microbiome’s worst nightmare).  

When they’re not happy, you pay the price…

Just by familiarizing yourself with these benefits, you can probably figure out what happens when our gut flora is out of whack.

Quite simply, we get sick and fat.

Nutrient deficiency and immune dysfunction are leading causes of illness and degenerative disease, and insulin sensitivity and digestion dysfunction are a recipe for obesity and diabetes if there ever was one.

In studies of genetically identical twins, obese and diabetic individuals were found to have a significantly less diverse microbiome. Similarly, individuals with stronger immune systems (who reported getting sick less often) also had thriving microbiomes.[2]

It’s becoming clear that gut flora health is as important as diet and lifestyle when it comes to staying healthy and fit.

So how can we support our microbiome?

We still know very little about the mysterious and complex workings of our internal flora. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of steps that you can take to help them along their way (so that they can help you).

An important first step is to learn as much as you can about your specific microbiome.

In order to know what steps are best for each of us to take, we need to get a snapshot of our current gut flora. Otherwise, it will be difficult to tell whether your actions are yielding positive results.

Remember: there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to optimal health. It’s all a matter of taking health into your own hands, learning what works for you, and applying this knowledge in your daily life.

A company called uBiome makes it incredibly easy to get up close and personal with your microbiome.

They’ll mail you a kit with detailed instructions on how to send a biological sample back to them. Then they use state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technology to analyze your flora in glorious and meticulous detail. Lastly, they help you apply the resulting information by cross-referencing data (so that you know what microbiotic issues you need to take care of).

Pretty neat, huh? You can order a kit here.

And while you’re waiting to receive your results, the usual healthy-bacteria-promoting practices apply…

Avoid antibiotics, avoid conventional meat and dairy, stop using antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, stop drinking tap water, avoid chlorine-washed vegetables, take prebiotics and probiotics, and make your own probiotic-rich fermented foods at home.

By combining these practices with the personalized data that you receive from uBiome, you’ll be able to supercharge your microbiome…and it will thank you by doing its part to ensure that you stay vibrantly healthy.

 


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554020/

[2] http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/

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