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January 21, 2009

Jerry Brunetti – Food as Medicine (1/2; 7/10)


In 1999 Jerry Brunetti was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given 6 months to live. He did not submit to chemotherapy, but rather, developed his own unique dietary approach to enhance his immune system. In this informative video, Jerry shares his personal experiences and provides his recipe for healthy living. You will learn about the crucial importance of minerals, which foods to choose for your best health requirements and what to avoid. After viewing this video you’ll realize the remarkable value of food in building good foundations, and providing buffers, to keep your body healthy.

Topics of the first video include:

  1. Why we are losing the ‘war’ on Cancer
  2. Metastasis kills 90% of the cancer patients; 50% die of cachexia (wasting disease).
  3. The virtue of the immune system in combating disease, including cancer.
  4. Chemotherapy agents MOP and CHOP are derivatives of WWI mustard gas.
  5. Angiogenesis and why cutting out the primary tumor is bad.
  6. Obesity, diabetes and the sugar consumption explosion.
  7. The greatest of health threats called Iatrogenic disease – illness caused by modern medicine.
  8. The superficiality of regular medicine with regards to the US cancer patient.
  9. Negative synergy of cocktails of different toxins.
  10. Why Prunes and Eggs are healthy foods.
  11. Selenium the antidote to mercury.
  12. The benefits of resveratrol.
  13. The benefits of Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, Apples, Elderberries, Black Cherries, Lycopene, Pumpkins.
  14. How foods barely contain minerals in the US.
  15. Vegetables of the cross/cruciferous vegetables – “nr 1 vegetables in protecting against cancer”.
  16. Why antacids are not the answer to your stomach troubles.

Check out the accompanying resources page for slides and food advice.

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Video 2; Part 3of9
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Video 2; Part 6of9
Video 2; Part 7of9
Video 2; Part 8of9
Video 2; Part 9of9

Notes: (blue bold-faced emphasis is all mine)

  1. Children’s Environmental Health: Intergenerational Equity in Action—A Civil Society Perspective

    Since World War II, approximately 80,000 new commercial synthetic chemicals have been released into the environment, with approximately 1500 new chemicals released annually. Most of these have not been adequately tested for their impacts on human health or their particular impacts on children and the developing fetus. Yet, children are exposed to hazardous chemicals through residues in their food, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and through household products and contaminated house dust. Many of these synthetic chemicals are persistent and bio-accumulative, remaining in the human body long after exposure. Developing fetuses acquire toxic chemicals that have bioaccumulated in the mother’s body and readily cross the placental barrier. Babies are now born with many man-made chemicals in their small bodies. Newborns take in more through breast milk or formula. There are no tests to assess the combined impacts of the “chemical soup” to which children are exposed. WHO, UNICEF, and UNEP have reported a growing number of children’s health impacts caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals, including asthma, birth defects, hypospadias, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, autism, cancer, dysfunctional immune systems, neurological impairments, and reproductive disorders. WHO states that approximately 3 million children under the age of five die every year due to environmental hazards, and this is not limited to developing countries. All children, both in the developing and developed world are affected by exposure to hazardous chemicals. In 2004, the European Union’s Ministerial Conference on Children’s Environmental Health identified air pollution, unsafe water conditions, and lead exposure as the main culprits in the death and disabling of children in Europe. The conference found that by reducing exposure to hazardous chemicals, the lives of many children could be saved. The key issues in children’s environmental health and potential policy and management remedies are examined from both national (Australian) and international perspectives.


  2. Toxins – Introduction
    Chemicals have poisoned all of the world, harming humans, wildlife, and plant life, on land, sea and air. Approximately 100,000 synthetic chemicals are now on the market, with one thousand new chemicals are added yearly.

    There has not been a major regulation of a chemical in more than 15 years. Of the more than 80,000 chemicals that have been in commercial use since World War II, just five types are regulated: PCB’s, halogenated chlorofluoroalkanes, dioxin, asbestos and hexavalent chromium.

    Chemicals are never tested in combination, for once in the environment, compounds are altered in combination with others. Chemical companies are not required to tell EPA how their compounds are used or monitor where their products end up in the environment. Neither does U.S. law require chemical companies to conduct basic health and safety testing of their products either before or after they are commercialized. Eighty percent of all applications to produce a new chemical are approved by the U.S. EPA with no health and safety data. Eighty percent of these are approved in three weeks. The United States has the most poorly tested chemicals in the world, see http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/factfiction/testing.asp.
    POPs – Persistent Organic Pollutants

    A new category of pollutant is called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which for the first time the many existing toxic compounds it includes have been grouped together under a single label. This shift marks an important change in the way we think about chemicals, the pollution they create, and the ways in which we might we regulate them.
    POPs include many pesticides, industrial chemicals like PCBs, organochlorines, and by-products of a variety of manufacturing and waste incineration processes like dioxins. Because it is a new kind of chemical category based on health and environmental effects, not chemistry, any compound can be a labeled a POP as long as it has these characteristics:

    • It resists biodegradation and therefore persists in the environment.
    • It builds up in body fat and accumulates in ever higher levels as it migrates up the food chain.
    • It travels efficiently throughout the atmosphere and global waters.
    • Many POPs are linked to serious hormonal, reproductive, neurological and/or immune disorders. http://www.seventhgeneration.com/site/pp.asp?c=coIHKTMHF&b=84422


  3. […]

    • Organic farming is NOT pesticide free!
    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 20 pounds of pesticides are used per person per year in the U.S.
    • At least 50 of these pesticides are classified as carcinogenic
    • Many natural pesticides approved as organic are heavily refined, processed and toxic substances


    • Organic farmers claim to use a combination of techniques to avoid having to “resort” to using pesticides, such as:
      • Planting resistant crop varieties
      • Using bio-control organisms
      • Rotating crops
      • Keeping crops healthy
    • All farmers use these techniques in varying degrees and combinations
    • These techniques are only partially effective in preventing pests and/or disease outbreaks
    • The biggest difference in pest management between organic and non-organic farmers is that organic farmers generally accept higher amount of crop damage and crop loss before resorting to using pesticides


    • Organic farmers may spray ten times more pesticides than non-organic farmers
    • Why?
      • Many organic pesticides break down quickly so they are sprayed more often
      • Organic pesticides are generally less effective so they are sprayed at higher concentrations
    • Organic pesticides pose exactly the same sort of environmental and health risks as do non-organic pesticides and often pose more risks than synthetics
    • The difference between organic and synthetic pesticides is not their toxicity to pests, people or the environment, but rather their origin

  5. Synergy

    Synergy (from the Greek syn-ergo, s??e???? meaning working together) is the term used to describe a situation where the final outcome of a system is greater than the sum of its parts.

    The opposite of synergy is antagonism, the phenomenon where two agents in combination have an overall effect that is less than that predicted from their individual effects.

    Synergy can also mean:

    • A mutually advantageous conjunction where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
    • A dynamic state in which combined action is favored over the sum of individual component actions.
    • Behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately. More accurately known as emergent behavior.
    • The cooperative action of two or more stimuli or drugs.

    Drug synergy

    Drug synergism occurs when drugs can interact in ways that enhance or magnify one or more effects, or side effects, of those drugs. This is sometimes exploited in combination preparations, such as codeine mixed with acetaminophen or ibuprofen to enhance the action of codeine as a pain reliever. This is often seen with recreational drugs, where 5-HTP, a serotonin precursor often used as an antidepressant, is often used prior to, during, and shortly after recreational use of MDMA as it allegedly increases the “high” and decreases the “comedown” stages of MDMA use (although most anecdotal evidence has pointed to 5-HTP moderately muting the effect of MDMA). Other examples include the use of cannabis with LSD, where the active chemicals in cannabis enhance the hallucinatory experience of LSD-use.

    Negative effects of synergy are a form of contraindication, which for instance can be if more than one depressant drug is used that affects the central nervous system (CNS), an example being alcohol and Valium. The combination can cause a greater reaction than simply the sum of the individual effects of each drug if they were used separately. In this particular case, the most serious consequence of drug synergy is exaggerated respiratory depression, which can be fatal if left untreated.


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