False Flag Being Rigged for 2018 Super Bowl? Dicey Stuff Going On

This week there was a change in the companies handling security for US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which will be the site for the 2018 Super Bowl to be held on Feb. 4. The new company taking over is G4S Secure Solutions. The company claims to be the world’s leading security contractor with operations in more than 100 countries and very lucrative contracts with the U.S. federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security. They are headquartered in City of London.

Additionally Cathy L. Lanier, former chief of police for D.C., was appointed to NFL security in September of 2016. Lanier unexpectedly resigned in August 2016 after the Seth Rich case escalated. Lanier’s role in the Rich case is more complex and beyond the scope of this article, but researchers can follow that trail here.

One of the leading companies involved in “crisis management” simulations (providing crisis actors) and exercises, is Crisis Cast. It lists G4S as one of its top clients. This is a screen shot of those clients that has now been removed [source].

SMG, which runs venue management for US Bank Stadium, also manages events at Manchester Arena, the site of the Ariana Grande concert “bombing” on May 22. SMG’s clients may be found on their website. 

Lax Security at US Bank Stadium from the Outset? Ideal Situation for a False Flag?

At US Bank Stadium, operator SMG abruptly terminated the contract with provider Monterrey Security one year into its three-year contract for sloppy record keeping, as well as inadequate training and background checks, officials announced Tuesday.

In moving to deny the license renewal, Minnesota Private Detective and Protective Services Agency Board chairman Richard Hodsdon said Monterrey had “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of individuals performing security functions” who weren’t properly trained or licensed to perform the jobs under Minnesota law.

The report even included a photograph of a felon wearing a Monterrey uniform standing on the field, checking security credentials, during the Vikings game against the New York Giants game last year. That man, Ricky Pouncil, was sentenced to 13 months in an extortion case involving a man who was having an extramarital affair and killed himself.

Opportunity to hard wire the whole stadium with explosives? May be an fiat accompli?

The Twin Cities offer plenty of potential Super Bowl false-flag patsies due to the presence of about 25,000 Somalis.

Background on G4S the New Super Bowl Security Company

G4S was contracted to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but it proved a rough experience. Reports said the company was only able to provide a portion of the 10,400 security guards it promised, forcing the UK Ministry of Defense to deploy additional troops to compensate for the shortfall.

G4S’ previous claim to fame in the conspiracy theory space was its role as the employer of alleged lone shooter Omar Mateen, who carried out the Orlando Pulse massacre shooting on June 12, 2016. G4S come under scrutiny for “clerical errors” in their security assessment of Mateen as an employee. Mateen worked for G4S for nine years and up to the night of his alleged death at Orlando Pulse. Ultimately, the company was fined $151,400 for use of false psychological forms.

Meanwhile, there are work crews on site repairing about 30,000 square feet of metal panels at US Bank Stadium. Listen to the reporter at minute 1:40 in the video below state that the question of who is paying for the repairs is a mystery. Why is that? The stadium is heavily tax-payer funded, and they’ve made other cost disclosures throughout the process.

Also note the major use of glass in this stadium, which was finished in summer, 2016.

TNN Takeaway: Rancid as hell. Wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the Super Bowl in Minnesota. Be prepared for an event large enough to change the whole equation.

Here is a scene of Tom Cruise in the movie “The Last Super Bowl.” Predictive programming?

About this “RV deal”… (and sort of a Poofness, sort of a IDC, sort of a Steve Beckow at GAoG)…

Quite some time ago, after buying a bit of this, a bit of that, currency-wise (and that could mean any one of, or any combination of, IqDs, Iranian so and so’s, VNDs, Indonesian/ Malaysian/ Antarctican whatevers), it became very clear to me that I was not going to do anything more, nor do any particular planning, nor pay anyone anything for post-RV financial advice, until after it (the RV) had happened. Nothing.

The Guidance was (for myself) to just wait until I knew it (RV) had happened, and go from there. The other Guidance I received was that there is still a possibility that “the RV” would not even be a part of the overall re-prosperity-izing of the planet.

So I’ve given nothing to Zap’s fund, nothing to Yosef’s fund (usually he posts on ICD=Intel Dinar Chronicles), nothing to anybody’s “fund, trust, deed, RV-401K”… or anything like that.

When I view some of the dinar-RV-type sites’ posts, it seems there is quite a bit “out of place”, energetically (for me, at least). My observations are that Zap’s messages tend to often be mixed up with parts that are anti-Muslim, anti-anything-to-do-with-Islam, Yosef’s tend to often be mixed up with parts that are anti-anything-to-do-with-Trump, and many of the other “Dinar gurus” seem to be continually at odds with each others’ messages. Perhaps “Dinar Guru ‘wars’” are a sign of the end times. At least Steve Beckow and GAoG sometimes present things in a more “level” manner than any of the others.

So I am not paying much attention to any of them anymore. And am not participating at all, or viewing, the “Dinar Wars”, “Dinar Soap Opera”, series.

Bottom line, if the intent for helping humanity is there, maybe it doesn’t matter. In the end, I am “Following my own Higher Guidance.”

Below are links to three posts about this which will give a tad of a flavor for these RV messages, which you may or may not wish to read. Feel free to use one’s own Guidance.

Office of Poofness (10-1-17 by Zap et al.)

“Atone” GCR Sitrep (10-1-17 by Yosef)

What We Here Can and Cannot Say about Financial Situations (10-1-17 by Steve Beckow)

Filed under: apocalypse, energies, new energies, partners in contrast Tagged: currency revaluation, Office of Poofness, RV, Steve Beckow, Yosef, ZAP

What Is Coralberry?

By Dr. Mercola

A beautiful member of the huckleberry family of plants, the ornamental coralberry appears in many open wooded areas, sometimes by streams and riverbanks and often where post oak trees thrive. Rather than propagating through seeds, they grow in “colonies” as their roots form nodes under the ground, forming shrubs with arching branches that reach as high as 6 feet.

With its musical-sounding botanical name of Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, coralberry falls under a wide umbrella that encompasses other plants, including the Ardisia crenata. It also goes by the moniker of buckbrush, as well as Indian currant, wolfberry and waxberry. Magenta-hued berries grow in sputnik-like clusters that can be collected in autumn and winter by shaking the branches so they fall onto drop cloths. Their tiny seeds can be extracted by macerating them in water. As a woodland plant, according to Wildflower.org:

“To keep it at a low height, cut it back to knee high every 5 to 10 years. If it gets too leggy, it can be cut back to the ground and it will come back bushier and with more berries the next year.”1

Birds love eating them and, as expected, research has found that a substance in the leaves of this plant, identified as FR900359 (FR), is very effective at preventing bronchial muscles from contracting, with great potential for treating asthma. Asthma is considered a chronic disease from lung inflammation, which narrows airways. Breathing can become difficult and symptoms are often severe and life threatening.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) advises sufferers to take an active role to control their asthma, in part, by avoiding triggers for long-term control and using quick-relief or “rescue” medicines when necessary.2 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 18.4 million adults and 6.2 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma.3

Up until very recently, coralberry plants were ignored as a medicinal source, which is interesting since they can be found growing prolifically in eastern parts of the U.S., as well as in Texas, Colorado and South Dakota, with some strains native to Asia.

Leaves From the Coralberry Effective as a Medicinal

Folklore has it that coralberries were used by Native Americans for treating eye problems, as well as for a mild sedative. There may be something to that, as the plant’s dried roots, known as devil’s shoestrings, came in handy for stunning fish to catch them. According to Science Daily, research at the University of Bonn, conducted in collaboration with asthma specialists from the U.K. and subsequently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found:

“FR900359 is very effective at preventing the bronchial muscles from contracting. Asthmatics regularly suffer from these pronounced contractions preventing adequate ventilation of the lungs. The resulting shortness of breath can be life-threatening.”4

The compound made from coralberry leaves was found to relieve such spasms more effectively than the common asthma drug salbutamol. In fact, study co-author Dr. Michaela Matthey commented that FR900359 achieved “a much greater effect” than traditional drugs,5 and it lasted longer as well, The People Post6 noted.

Researchers further noted that “chronic exposure to receptor-activating medications results in desensitization.”7 For people with severe asthma, there’s a concern regarding long-term usage of medications, especially coupled with the fact that the disease is not really controlled and the fact that a sub-group of patients don’t respond to current therapies to a meaningful degree.

How the Compounds Work to Alleviate Asthma Symptoms

Study leader Daniela Wenzel, Ph.D., explains that the mechanism is the inhibition of critical signaling molecules in cells, called Gq proteins — dependent signaling cascades — that are involved in numerous important processes in your body, including those that occur in the airway. As Medindia explains:

“In the airways, Gq-coupled G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are thought to play an important role in controlling the tone of airway smooth muscle. FR works by specifically inhibiting Gq thereby inhibiting it from further triggering contractions.”8

When the mechanism is inhibited in this way, it doesn’t, however, completely prevent contractions like those experienced by patients with severe asthma. Because various contracting signals “converge” on Gq proteins and trigger airway spasm, inhibiting the mechanism first results in greater effectiveness in preventing the contractions.

In mice studies, which went “exceptionally well” as there were no serious changes in their heart rate and blood pressure, the researchers were able to prevent asthmatic reactions to allergens such as dust mites, Wenzel explained. There were hardly any side effects, as the active pharmaceutical ingredient could be applied via inhalation so only small quantities were absorbed into the bloodstream. However, it is not known whether the substance the scientists used is suitable to use in humans:

“Although the scientists have already been able to show that human bronchial muscle cells in a petri dish and isolated human airways react in a similarly promising manner, further tests, which could take years, are required prior to its application in people.”9

Asthma Causes and Possible Approaches to Improve Symptoms

It’s interesting that, in children, eating more fermented foods and eggs, meat and raw (unpasteurized) milk is associated with lower rates of allergy incidence, including asthma. Researchers also noted that when pregnant women take probiotics, or include healthy bacteria in their diets, their children have a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies. 10

What this may indicate is that when your gut microflora are unbalanced, allergies may be one of the results. Some fermented foods, such as raw, grass fed yogurt and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kefir, supply about 100 times more good bacteria than probiotic supplements, which is what makes eating them so beneficial for augmenting your gut flora.

Raw milk is another example of an unpasteurized food that contains beneficial bacteria, the reason being that it hasn’t undergone pasteurization that kills off microbes indiscriminately. In fact, one study showed that among more than 8,000 school-aged children in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, those who drank raw milk were 41 percent less likely to develop asthma.11

The aforementioned dust mites happen to be one of the most common causes of asthmatic episodes, but one study showed that being exposed to them more often actually reduces incidence. In fact, young children’s exposure to a little dust-mite activity reduced the allergy incidence by 63 percent.

Numerous studies indicate that rather than keeping everything your children touch 100 percent squeaky clean, being exposed to the dirt they might encounter by having a pet, for example, or playing outside, may make their immune systems stronger and their risk of allergies such as asthma dramatically lower.

Your Immune System and How It Protects you

Your immune system works in two ways to protect you from developing allergies. The first one is through white blood cells called Th1 lymphocyte. When your blood cells come under attack and become infected, T1 tackles them to take them out of commission.

The second ones, predictably known as Th2 lymphocytes, aka allergen-reactive type 2 helper T cells, are deployed into your system before infection has a chance to settle in by producing antibodies that effectively block undesirable microbes at the outset. It’s a strategy that drives allergic responses to foreign organisms.

Studies suggest that at birth, babies’ immune systems rely most on Th2 until their Th1 kicks in a little later. However, Th1 appears to require the “exercise” of fighting off infections and harmless microbes to stimulate the strength needed to react against allergic responses. It’s known as the hygiene hypothesis, a premise based on the fact that allergies are exacerbated by a loss of healthy bacteria. One study notes:

“Interestingly, the Th1 cytokine interferon-gamma has recently been shown to act concurrently with Th2 cytokines in maintaining the chronic inflammatory response in allergic diseases, particularly in asthmatic airways.

Most recently, evidence suggests that suppression of T-regulatory cells may contribute to the underlying immune mechanisms involved in allergy and asthma … Understanding early-life immune mechanisms responsible for atopic diseases, specifically how cytokines of T-regulatory cells act to balance the Th1 and Th2 immune response, continues to be a fruitful area of research.”12

Natural Strategies for Treating Asthma

There are a number of side effects associated with drugs prescribed to treat asthma symptoms, many of them caused by inhaled steroidal approaches, which introduce a host of problems, including doubling your heart attack risk and raising your risk of blood clots, broken bones from reduced bone density and gastrointestinal bleeding. However, there are easy strategies to decrease your susceptibility to asthma attacks naturally:

  • Increase you vitamin D3 levels, as there’s a strong link between asthma and vitamin D deficiency.
  • Exercise regularly to balance your insulin levels. It helps increase your insulin receptor sensitivity, and improves your oxygen intake, heart rate and work capacity.
  • Reduce your consumption of omega-6 fats and increase your intake of omega-3s, as the balance between them is very important for optimal health. Many people today are eating far more omega-6 fats than they should, often through consumption of processed foods like vegetable oils, and the result often shows up as asthma symptoms. In addition, the animal-based omega-3 fats DHA and EPA found in fish like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies are potent anti-inflammatories.
  • Eat a natural diet that eliminates grains, which contain lectins that promote inflammation, plus they’re known to be immunotoxic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic. With all that going on, your immune system is quickly compromised.
  • Try butterbur. If you’re interested in natural treatments like coralberry, another natural antihistamine is the herb butterbur. As far back as the 17th century, butterbur was used to treat coughs, asthma and skin wounds. Researchers have since identified the compounds in butterbur that help reduce symptoms in asthma by inhibiting leukotrienes and histamines, which are responsible for symptom aggravation in asthma.13

Scientists involved in the featured study on coralberry leaves say it could take years to complete human testing on its efficacy, but taking as many routes as possible to improve your gut health, eating more organic foods and avoiding lectins are excellent ways to support your immune system and reduce your risk of asthma.

In addition, asthmatics typically breathe through the mouth, which plays a critical role in bronchial asthma, especially exercise-induced asthma. In a study published in the American Review of Respiratory Disease, young asthma patients had virtually no exercise-induced asthma after exercising while breathing through their noses.14

Vitamin E Helps Decrease Your Cancer Risk

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with potent antioxidant activity that helps combat damaging free radicals. It also plays a role in the making of red blood cells, helps your body use vitamin K (which is important for heart health1) and is involved in your immune function and cell signaling. As with many other nutrients, many do not get enough of this basic micronutrient from their diet.

In the U.S. alone, 75 to 90 percent of the population fails to reach the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin E.2,3 The RDA for people over the age of 14 is 15 milligrams (mg) of vitamin E per day, but most Americans get only half that amount.4 Insufficient vitamin E can increase your risk for a wide variety of diseases, including immune dysfunction, cognitive deterioration, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers,5 especially prostate, colon and lung cancers.6,7

Obesity heightens your risk of vitamin E deficiency further, in part because the increased oxidative stress in fat cells increases your body’s need for vitamin E to begin with. Obesity also impairs your body’s utilization of vitamin E.8,9 Food is your best source of vitamin E, since food contain a combination of the eight types of vitamin E. If you’re using a supplement, there are key considerations that need to be heeded, which I’ll review below.

Low Vitamin E Level Again Linked to Higher Risk of Colorectal Cancer

A number of studies have looked at vitamin E’s influence on diseases like cancer. It’s important to realize that while some studies have linked vitamin E supplementation to an increased risk for cancer,10 most of those studies were looking at synthetic vitamin E, which I do not recommend using. Natural vitamin E, on the other hand, has a protective effect.
Studies assessing the anti-cancer potential of natural vitamin E found that:

  • 300 IUs11 of natural vitamin E per day may reduce lung cancer risk by 61 percent12
  • Gamma-tocotrienol, a cofactor found in natural vitamin E preparations, may decrease prostate tumor formation by 75 percent13
  • Gamma-tocotrienol also fights existing prostate cancer tumors and may inhibit growth in human breast cancer cells14

Most recently, a meta-analysis15 of 11 studies concluded that patients with lower concentrations of serum vitamin E (the vitamin E level in your blood) had a higher risk for colorectal cancer. A much earlier study,16 published in 1993, also found that high intake of vitamin E helped decrease the risk of colorectal cancer — especially in those under the age of 65. As explained in the study:

“Vitamin E is the major lipid-soluble antioxidant found in cell membranes, where it protects against lipid peroxidation. In addition, like carotenoids and water-soluble vitamin C, it can also stimulate the immune system and may protect against the development of cancer by enhancing immune surveillance. Vitamins E and C reduce nitrite, compounds that induce tumors …”

Other Health Benefits of Natural Vitamin E 

Aside from its cancer-preventive potential, natural vitamin E may also:

Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke17

Help relieve symptoms associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a common obesity-related fatty liver disease

Lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly18

Boost improvements in blood vessel function that occur when a smoker quits smoking19

Delay loss of cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.20 Results showed that clinical progression of Alzheimer’s slowed by 19 percent per year in the group receiving 2,000 IUs per day of vitamin E, compared with placebo. This delay translated into just over six months of delayed progression over the two-year follow-up period. Caregiver time also increased the least in the group receiving vitamin E.

This study actually used synthetic alpha-tocopherol that was not balanced with tocotrienols or any of the other tocopherols — beta, gamma and delta. Chances are the benefits would have been even greater if the natural form was used

How Much Vitamin E Do You Need for Optimal Health?

According to one scientific review,21,22 a mere 21 percent of the people studied had a protective level of serum vitamin E, which is thought to be 30 micromol per liter (?mol/L). This appears to be the threshold above which “definable effects on human health in multiple areas” are obtained.23 Human studies have also found that achieving a level of 30 ?mol/L requires a daily intake of at least 50 IUs of vitamin E.24

A primary reason for such widespread deficiency is that most people eat a primarily processed food diet, which tends to be lacking in vitamin E and other important nutrients. Moreover, following a low-fat diet can have the undesirable side effect of lowering your vitamin E level, as your ability to absorb the vitamin E present in the foods you eat or supplements you take is then impaired.

Since vitamin E is fat-soluble, taking it with some healthy fat, such as coconut oil or avocado, can help increase its bioavailability. In fact, studies have shown your body will absorb only about 10 percent of the vitamin E from a supplement when you take it without fat.25

Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency and Why Vitamin E Is so Important During Pregnancy

Signs and symptoms of serious vitamin E deficiency include:26,27

Muscle weakness and unsteady gait

Loss of muscle mass

Cardiac arrhythmia

Vision problems, including constriction of your visual field; abnormal eye movements; blindness

Dementia

Liver and kidney problems

Deficiency during pregnancy can be particularly problematic. Worldwide, about 13 percent of people have vitamin E levels below the “functional deficiency” threshold of 12 ?mol/L, and most of these are newborns and young children. Babies deficient in vitamin E are at increased risk for immune and vision problems. Being deficient in vitamin E during pregnancy also raises your risk for miscarriage.28

Natural Versus Synthetic Vitamin E

Synthetic vitamin E is derived from petrochemicals and has known toxic effects, yet synthetic alpha-tocopherol is the type most commonly used when investigating the health effects of vitamin E. Hence, it’s not so surprising that synthetic vitamin E supplements would fail to provide certain health benefits and potentially increase certain health risks. 

Natural vitamin E includes a total of eight different compounds, and having a balance of all eight helps optimize its antioxidant functions. These compounds are divided into two groups of molecules as follows:

1. Tocopherols  

  1. Alpha
  2. Beta
  3. Gamma
  4. Delta

2. Tocotrienols

  1. Alpha
  2. Beta
  3. Gamma
  4. Delta

Tocopherols are considered the “true” vitamin E, and many claim it’s the only kind that has health benefits. Part of the problem with tocotrienols is that they simply haven’t received as much scientific attention. In my view, it’s safe to assume you would benefit from a balance of all eight and not just one. Foods are the ideal source of vitamin E, as all eight vitamin E compounds are naturally available.

Synthetic vitamin E supplements typically include only alpha-tocopherol, and research29,30 published in 2012 concluded that synthetic alpha tocopherols found in vitamin E supplements provided no discernible cancer protection while gamma and delta tocopherols found in foods do help prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers. Bear in mind that a supplement will not actually tell you it’s synthetic, so you have to know what to look for on the label.

  • Synthetic alpha-tocopherol is typically listed with a “dl” (i.e., dl-alpha-tocopherol)
  • Nonsynthetic or naturally-derived is typically listed with a “d” (d-alpha-tocopherol)

Note that when vitamin E is stabilized by adding either succinic acid or acetic acid, the chemical name changes from tocopherol to tocopheryl (as in d-alpha-tocopheryl succinate, for example). 

Guidance When Choosing a Vitamin E Supplement

I strongly recommend avoiding synthetic vitamin E supplements as they’ve been shown to have toxic effects in higher amounts and/or over the long term. Synthetic vitamin E has also been linked to an increased tumor progression and accelerated lung cancer in mice.31 So, if you opt for a supplement, make sure you’re getting a well-balanced all-natural vitamin E supplement, not a synthetic one.

Another potential problem is that if you take high amounts of alpha-tocopherol in isolation, it could potentially deplete the other tocopherols and tocotrienols from your body. This is true whether you’re taking a natural or a synthetic one, so I recommend looking for a food-based supplement that has a balance of all eight types of vitamin E (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols).

Also look for a supplement that is free of soy, soybean oil derivatives and genetically engineered (GE) ingredients (some of the most common GE ingredients found in supplements are derivatives of corn, soy and cotton seed).

Your Best Source of Vitamin E

Supplements are best taken in addition to, not in place of, a healthy diet, and only if you actually need them. One way to evaluate your need for a vitamin E or other supplements is to use a nutrient tracker, such as Cronometer.com/Mercola, which is the most accurate one on the market because of their decision to eliminate inaccurate crowd sourced data. It’s available free of charge.

Vitamin E can easily be obtained from a healthy diet, so before considering a supplement, consider including more vitamin E-rich foods in your diet. Vitamin E is synthesized by plants, and the highest amounts are found in plant oils.

However, while some health authorities recommend canola oil as a good source,32 this is actually a terrible source. Beans — which are a good source of vitamin E — may also be problematic for many due to their high lectin content. Three general categories of foods that contain higher amounts of vitamin E that will circumvent these potentially problematic sources are:

  • Leafy greens
  • High-fat foods such as nuts, seeds and fatty fish/seafood, including shrimps and sardines
  • Oil-rich/high-fat plants such as olives and avocados

More specific examples of foods high in vitamin E include:33,34

Food Serving Size Vitamin E (mg)

Sunflower seeds

1 ounce

7.4 mg

Almonds

1 ounce 6.8 – 7.3 mg

Sunflower oil

1 tablespoon 5.6 mg

Hazel nuts

1 ounce 4.3 mg

Avocado (sliced)

1 cup 3.2 mg

Broccoli (boiled/steamed)

1/2 cup 1.2 mg

Mango (sliced)

1/2 cup 0.7 mg

Spinach (raw)

1 cup 0.6 – 3.8 mg

Kiwi

1 cup 2.7 mg

Gut Bacteria a Key to Health

By Dr. Mercola

If you’ve been trying to lose weight and making serious diet cuts in all the right places for weight loss, not just maintenance, but still not making progress, there may be something at play that is effectively blocking your success. According to new research, the problem might not be what’s already there, but what’s missing — specifically the right gut microbiota. Research at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, found that the ratio between two types of gut microbes, Prevotella and Bacteroides, evidenced this premise.

For 26 weeks, 62 individuals with increased waist circumference were randomly assigned to either the typical diet enjoyed by the average Dane, or a low-fat, high-fiber diet that included fruits, vegetables and grains. At the end of the study,1 feces samples revealed that the people on the high-fiber diet with a high Prevotella-to-Bacteroides ratio (P/B ratio) lost an average of 10.9 pounds of body fat, which was 3.5 more pounds than the others.

As The New York Times noted,2 those on the regular diet with a high Prevotella ratio lost 4 pounds, compared with 5.5 pounds for those with a low Prevotella ratio, which was statistically insignificant. In short, the researchers concluded, “subjects with high P/Bratio appeared more susceptible to lose body fat on diets high in fiber … than subjects with a low P/B-ratio.”3

The key in weight loss success, as well as the difference, according to lead author, Mads F. Hjorth, an assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen, is that losing fat, rather than muscle mass, is what delivers a meaningful bottom line. Hjorth admitted that while studying the microbiome — the ecosystem of microorganisms in your gut — has, as yet, brought little in the way of practical results, their newest findings may end up being something they can use as a practical tool to aid in weight loss and overall health.

Beyond Weight Loss: Probiotics to Help Prevent and Treat Colon Cancer

Scientists in the U.K. took a hard look at how the introduction of probiotics might change gut microbiomes and found it not only may help prevent the formation of tumors but even treat existing ones.4 In fact, their research,5 published in The American Journal of Pathology, found that the gut bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri has the potential for treating colon cancer, the third most common cancer in the U.S. other than skin cancer.

Several studies, including one in Malaysia6 and at least one intensive review7 of many studies targeting the subject, had already determined there are several factors that increase incidence of colorectal cancer, such as having been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, certain genetic factors, lack of exercise, red meat intake, low vegetable and fruit consumption, whether or not you smoke, and being overweight or obese.

The upshot of The American Journal of Pathology study, led by Dr. James Versalovic, a professor of pathology and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is that your gut microbiome is a huge player in your overall health, including playing a role in the development of colorectal cancer.

While many of the mechanisms involved weren’t immediately known, research indicates probiotics can play a starring role in its prevention, with Lactobacillus reuteri, a naturally occurring probiotic in mammals, observed as reducing intestinal inflammation.

For the study, researchers administered L. reuteri to HDC-deficient mice (as well as using other mice given a placebo for comparison) to regulate their immune responses for observation. DSS, a substance that stimulates inflammation, was used along with azoxymethane, a carcinogenic chemical, to induce tumor formation. The actual mice studies took place 15 weeks later.

Study Procedures and Proof Positive for Probiotics

Using positron emission tomography to scan for tumors, scientists observed that the probiotic-treated mice had fewer tumors, and the ones they had were smaller in comparison with the placebo mice, whose tumors were larger and greater in number.
Medical News Today explained:

“In adult mice, it has been noted that the lack of an enzyme called histidine decarboxylase (HDC) made the animals significantly more susceptible to developing colorectal cancer associated with inflammation of the bowels. HDC is produced by L. reuteri and helps to convert L-histidine, which is an amino acid with a role in protein synthesis, to histamine, which is an organic compound involved in the regulation of the immune response.”8

Two more items were deemed significant in the studies: inactive, HDC-deficient strains of L. reuteri exhibit zero protective effects, and the active strain of the probiotic even decreased inflammation caused by the DSS and azoxymethane chemicals given to the mice. Versalovic summed up the trials:

“Our results suggest a significant role for histamine in the suppression of chronic intestinal inflammation and colorectal tumorigenesis (tumor formation]). We have also shown that cells, both microbial and mammalian, can share metabolites or chemical compounds that together promote human health and prevent disease.”9

In this study, too, scientists are said to be unsure about the function of histamine in humans in relation to cancer, which is interesting since among 2,113 people with colorectal cancer, data “suggested” that those with higher levels of HDC have a better survival rate. The team asserted that probiotics help convert L-histidine into histamine, which could be used to both lower colorectal cancer rates and aid treatment, and Versalovic concluded:

“We are on the cusp of harnessing advances in microbiome science to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of human disease. By simply introducing microbes that provide missing life substances, we can reduce the risk of cancer and supplement diet-based cancer prevention strategies.”10

‘Borrow’ Younger Gut Microbes to Increase Longevity

Studies on fish introduced the novel idea that gut microbes injected into older individuals might also inject more vim and vigor, while also helping them live longer. Some of the world’s shortest-lived vertebrates, turquoise killifish that swim in short-lived ponds formed by rainy seasons in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, were the lucky recipients of gut microbes from slightly younger fish — lucky because they lived longer.

A research team from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany, arranged for older killifish — middle-aged at 9.5 weeks — to ingest the gut microbes belonging to killifish only 6 weeks old. Nature reported:

“The transplanted microbes successfully recolonized the guts of the fish that ate them, and extended their lives. The median life span for these animals was 41% longer than that of fish exposed to microbes from middle-aged animals, and 37% longer than for fish that received no treatment.

At 16 weeks — old for killifish — the individuals that received gut microbes from young fish were more active than other elderly fish, with activity levels more like those of 6-week-old fish.”11

Bulletproof 360 equated the concept with cutting-edge science that wages war on aging using an “experimental technique” called parabiosis,12 an allegedly 150-year-old science that connects the vascular systems of old and young animals to see how the exchange of blood might impact their health, behavior and anything else that might change.

But rather than using blood, scientists used the contents of the guts — poop — in the killifish microbe exchange, aka fecal transplantation therapy, as they, just like humans, are full of a comparable set of good and not-so-good gut bacteria. It’s difficult to say how the fish were feeling, but they appeared to be livelier and more active upon receiving the younger microbes.

The Importance of Good and Bad Gut Bacteria

When your gut microbiome is balanced, your general function, like the fish, is one that reflects a boost in energy because all-around, you’re healthier. When your microbiome is lacking in healthy bacteria, as researchers report, you feel physically depleted and your performance suffers.

Not surprisingly, your microbiome profile can change as you age. Your body consists of around 100 trillion microbes that, when properly balanced, protect your gut, your immune system function and, consequently, your overall health. Here’s how it works:

“Gut microorganisms help you digest your food, and byproduct from the microbes eating your food (yes, it’s bizarre but it works) can be helpful to your system. Around 75 percent of your vitamin K supply is produced in the intestines by gut bacteria. Gut bacteria also help your body make its own B vitamins and absorb the B vitamins that come from food.”13

Many factors can change your gut health, for better or worse, including those listed in the table below:14

Your diet

Exposure to germs

Stress

Drugs

Alcohol consumption

Your weight

You’ll notice there’s one more factor that can affect the balance of your gut bacteria, and that’s age. You may also notice that other than age, all the rest of the above can be controlled. If you’ve ever marveled at the way a 5-year-old can tear up a playground for hours, and college students can stay up studying night after night without seeming to be adversely affected, gut microbiomes, to a large degree, can be thanked.

The fact is, the gut health of older individuals tends to be vastly different from those of people much younger, and it changes energy levels, cognitive function, muscle strength and immunity, studies say.15 The good news is that healthy gut bacteria can make all the difference in the way you age.16 Taking good care of yourself by paying attention to the items on the above table is not just wise for protecting your health now, but for your future health and even your chances of living longer.

Getting Your Own ‘New’ Gut

Your health is often a direct result of behaviors you engaged in last week, last year and even decades ago, depending on your age. Scientists have linked diseases like Parkinson’s and chronic fatigue to the microscopic organisms and bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.17,18 Taking prescription medications is another way your body can be thrown out of whack, including combinations of drugs you might be taking that often cause serious and even deadly side effects and health issues.

In fact, it’s not your genes that determine your longevity, as some believe, as in “My grandfather and my father both died of heart disease, so I probably will, too.” Research strongly supports environmental factors as being responsible for the diseases that plague so many people.

It’s the expression of your genes that counts, and that is heavily influenced by your lifestyle choices. Even up to 90 percent of a person’s cancer risk is due to changeable factors such as the items listed above, while only 10 percent can be attributed to genetic defects, one study affirms.19

Nourishing your gut bacteria is one of the most crucial steps in maintaining health, and that can be done by eating traditionally fermented foods such as raw grass fed yogurt, kefir and fermented vegetables, which you can make at home, and foods containing fiber, such as nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, and other foods to promote better digestive health.

Probiotic supplements can also be beneficial. Avoiding sugar, as well as processed, packaged foods, will go a long way toward balancing and optimizing your gut health. The more you take care to develop gut health. The more it will help increase your energy, improve your sleep, balance your stress levels, diminish your risk for cancer and other diseases and even help you lose weight. Making small changes now will pay big dividends in the way you think, feel and function.