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January 21, 2009

Jerry Brunetti – Food as Medicine (2/2; 7/9)


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 second video include:

Topics include:

  1. The virtue of Cilantro or coriander in mopping up heavy metals in your system as it’s a very effective heavy metal chelator.
  2. The virtue of salicilic acid.
  3. Why eggs are so healthy.
  4. Coconut oil, an extremely healthy and healing oil.
  5. Why cholesterol isn’t bad of and by itself.
  6. Flax seed oil, a great source of omega 3 fatty acids.
  7. The trouble with grains and the benefits of fermented grain (sourdough bread)
  8. Good milk versus bad milk; hyper immune milk and raw milk versus pasteurized and homogenized milk
  9. Good things about butter.
  10. Good things about cholesterol.
  11. Good soy (=fermented soy), Bad soy (=non-fermented soy, such as soy milk).
  12. The virtue of selenium and iodine.
  13. Natural anti-cancerous compounds.

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

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


    The emergence of new infectious diseases and existing diseases with new pathogenic properties is a growing global public health problem. AIDS and SARS are two examples. What factors contribute to the rapid evolution of viruses? Climate changes, agricultural practices, rainforest clearing, and air travel have been proposed. Nutritional status of the host has generally not been considered an important contributing factor to the emergence of infectious disease. However, it is clear that host nutritional status can influence not only the host response to the pathogen, but also can influence the viral genome (Beck et al, 2004).

    Selenium (Se) has a direct effect against RNA viruses like influenza, measles, polio, hepatitis B & C, and HIV. In a Se-deficient host, normally harmless viruses can become virulent. For example, when Se-deficient mice are inoculated with benign Coxsackie B3 virus, the virus mutates into a virulent form that causes myocarditis similar to that seen in Keshan disease (Beck et al, 1995, 1998, 2003) and mortality increases significantly if the virus is co-administered with mercury, a Se antagonist (South et al, 2001).

    Se appears to be a particularly important nutrient for people with HIV, and it has been suggested that Se deficiency, due to widespread low soil levels, is a major reason for the much faster spread of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa than in North America (Foster, 2003).


    Se strongly inhibits HIV replication in vitro, inhibits viral cytotoxic effects and the reactivation of HIV-1 by hydrogen peroxide, and inhibits necrosis factor kappa alpha and beta, which are important cellular activators of HIV-1 (Look et al, 1997; Sappey et al, 1994). Moreover, Se deficiency is a significant predictor of HIV-related mortality (Baum & Shor-Posner, 1998; Campa et al, 1999) and viral load (Baeten et al, 2001). It was found that Se-deficient HIV patients are nearly 20 times more likely to die from HIV-related causes than those with adequate levels (Baum et al, 1997). The decline in blood Se levels occurs even in the early stages of the disease and is thus unlikely to be due to malnutrition or malabsorption (Look et al, 1997). Moreover, a study of HIV-1-seropositive drug users found low Se level to be a significant risk factor for developing mycobacterial disease, notably tuberculosis (Shor-Posner et al. 2002). Selenoproteins encoded by HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the Ebola virus (which causes acute haemorrhage) have been discovered that consume the host’s Se supply, thus reducing immune response (Taylor & Nadimpalli, 1999; Zhang et al, 1999; Taylor et al, 2000; Zhao et al. 2000).

    HIV/AIDS sufferers tend to be deficient in the four major nutrients associated with the selenoenzyme, glutathione peroxidase. Professor Harold Foster from Canada argues that HIV causes AIDS by creating deficiencies in these key nutrients: Se and the amino acids tryptophan, cysteine and glutamine. He promotes his “Selenium CD4 T-cell tailspin hypothesis”, that the fall in Se and the key amino acids causes a reduction in CD4 cells (important immune cells), which in turn causes a further decline in Se. Opportunistic infections then take over (Foster, 2004). A trial is currently being conducted in Africa to test Foster’s nutritional HIV/AIDS intervention [www.hdfoster.com]

    Se also appears to be protective in individuals infected with hepatitis B or C against progression to cirrhosis and liver cancer (Yu et al. 1997; Yu et al. 1999). The Se-dependent glutathione peroxidase sequence is highly conserved in HCV genotype 1b, which is predominant in the USA and is one of the most prevalent genotypes in Australia. Significantly, HCV genotype 1b is associated with the highest risk of progression to fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer, and poor response to interferon (Zhang et al, 1999).

    There is ample evidence for the need for a nutritional/antioxidant approach to control hepatitis C [link to “Selenium and hepatitis C: a treatment role”].

    Given the high global incidences of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other RNA viruses, including measles and influenza, the public health implications of the above findings are enormous.


  2. The mineral selenium proves itself as powerful anti-cancer medicine

    One of the most effective naturally occurring weapons against cancer is, like most healthy things, something many of us are not getting enough of. The mineral selenium has been shown in multiple studies to be an effective tool in warding off various types of cancer, including breast, esophageal, stomach, prostate, liver and bladder cancers. Not many people get the recommended dose of 200 micrograms a day. Most Americans only get between 60 and 100 micrograms of selenium daily from dietary sources, according to the Life Extension Foundation’s Disease Prevention and Treatment. That means daily supplements might be worth considering.

    Selenium was first used in conventional medicine as a treatment for dandruff, but our understanding of the mineral has come a long way since then. Today, research shows selenium, especially when used in conjunction with vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, works to block chemical reactions that create free radicals in the body (which can damage DNA and cause degenerative change in cells, leading to cancer).

    Selenium also helps stop damaged DNA molecules from reproducing. In other words, selenium acts to prevent tumors from developing. “It contributes towards the death of cancerous and pre-cancer cells. Their death appears to occur before they replicate, thus helping stop cancer before it gets started,” says Dr. James Howenstine in A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work.

    Selenium makes chemotherapy safer, more effective

    In addition to preventing the onset of the disease, selenium has also been shown to aid in slowing cancer’s progression in patients that already have it. According to the Life Extension Foundation, the use of selenium during chemotherapy in combination with vitamin A and vitamin E can reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy drugs. The mineral also helps “enhance the effectiveness of chemo, radiation, and hyperthermia while minimizing damage to the patient’s normal cells; thus making therapy more of a ‘selective toxin,'” says Patrick Quillin in Beating Cancer with Nutrition.A 1996 study by Dr. Larry Clark of the University of Arizona showed just how effective selenium can be in protecting against cancer. In the study of 1,300 older people, the occurrence of cancer among those who took 200 micrograms of selenium daily for about seven years was reduced by 42 percent compared to those given a placebo. Cancer deaths for those taking the selenium were cut almost in half, according to the study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    While the study concluded the mineral helped protect against all types of cancer, it had particularly powerful impacts on prostate, colorectal and lung cancers. Jean Carper, in Miracle Cures, called Dr. Clark’s findings an “unprecedented cancer intervention study” that “bumped up the respectability of using supplements against cancer several notches.”



    From 11th Edition of Encyclopedia Britannica 1910-1911 (Brownstein 2006:8)

    “In medicine, iodine is frequently applied externally … and in the treatment of many conditions usually classified as surgical. The usual doses of these iodine salts are from 300mg to 900mg. Their pharmacological action is obscure just as their effects in certain diseased condition are consistently brilliant and unexampled. Our ignorance of their mode of action is cloaked by the term deobstruent, which implies that they possess the power of driving out impurities from the blood and tissues. The following is a list of the principal condition in which iodides are recognised to be of definite value: metallic poisonings, as by lead and mercury, asthma, aneurism, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, gout, goitre, syphilis, haemophilia, Brights’s disease (nephritis) and bronchitis.”

    It is now suggested that iodine deficiency is one of the main underlying causes of many varied illnesses including thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer (including cancers of the breast and prostate) and many other health issues including fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts. (Brownstein 2006:54, 25) Animal studies show that iodine prevents breast cancer and cures fibrocystic abnormalities in their breasts. (Miller 2006)

    Iodine is the safest of all the essential trace elements being the only one that can be administered safely for long periods in daily amounts as high as 100,000 times the RDA. However, this safety record only applies to inorganic non-radioactive forms of iodine. The reduced form of iodine is iodide with an extra electron. Both forms are needed for optimal function of every organ and cell of the human body.

    For over 100 years iodine has been known as the element necessary for thyroid production, but its other functions have largely been ignored. Iodine is found in each of the cells and adequate levels are necessary for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral and anticancer properties. It detoxifies the body of heavy metals and toxic halides such as bromine, fluoride and chlorine derivatives. It is suggested that iodine is important in the process of apoptosis, (natural cell death) and in destroying cells that represent a threat to the body, like cancer cells and cells infected with viruses. (Miller 2006)

    About one third of the world’s population live in an area of iodine deficiency as defined by WHO. This measurement is likely to be the amount of iodine needed to prevent goitre (enlargement of the thyroid). For the thyroid to be saturated with iodine leaving surplus for other parts of the body to use, much more than the RDA is needed. A test of 3000 patients in the US found 95% of them to be iodine deficient.

    This deficiency is not only due to inadequate iodine intake, but also due to the increasing exposure of toxins, which means that the body’s need of iodine is increasing. This is happening while our dietary intake has decreased. Over the last 30 years (1970-2000) iodine levels in the US have decreased by 50%. This is for several reasons.

    • Iodine was added to bread as a dough conditioner. In 1980 bromine replaced iodine in bread making, not only depriving the body of iodine, but the bromine inhibits iodine uptake from other sources
    • Iodised salt is the main source of iodine in the US. For some years now people have been encouraged to eat less salt and over the last 30 years consumption of iodised salt has decreased by 65%. In addition iodine in salt is only 10% bioavailable – that added to bread was more easily absorbed. (NB Refined salt is a lifeless product that has had all of its minerals removed and has been exposed to toxic chemicals to make it white. Our bodies need unrefined traditionally harvest salt, such as Celtic sea salt or unrefined Himalayan crystal salt.)
    • Perchlorate (manufactured for rocket fuel) contamination of the US water supply is widespread and increasing. It displaces iodine in the body and damages the transport system of iodine into body cells. (NB Research has shown that a defective cellular transport system for iodine has been helped by 300mg/day of vitamin C.)

    The thyroid gland primarily uses iodide as does the skin; the breast and prostate glands use iodine; and other tissues including the kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, salivary glands and intestines can use either form.

    The first reported connection between hypothyroidism and breast cancer was mentioned in 1896. There is also a direct relationship between breast cancer (as well as goitre) and regions of the world, or within a country, where iodine deficiency is prevalent. Please read the books mentioned for details of how iodine helps.


  4. Flame retardant found in breast milk

    Published September 22, 2003

    High levels of a common flame retardant used in furniture, computers and cars have been found in the breast milk of a sample of women across the United States, according to a study by an environmental advocacy group published Tuesday.

    The report by the Environmental Working Group found that the average level of the bromine-based fire retardant in American women’s breast milk was 75 times higher than the average found in recent European studies.

    The flame retardant saves human lives from fires, but research has shown the chemicals can damage memory, learning and hearing in laboratory mice.

    Of the 20 American women whose milk was tested in the study, several mothers had among the highest levels yet detected of these chemicals, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

    The PBDEs are added to plastics, electronics, textiles, and construction materials.


  5. Fluoride Damages Your Brain!

    If you still believe the myth that fluoride is good for your children’s (and your) teeth, think again. There are a vast number of scientific research studies confirming the opposite – that fluoride is a toxin that is extremely detrimental to your body, your brain, and even to your teeth.

    One of the most active research areas today is fluoride’s ability to damage your brain. Recent human studies from China have confirmed the results of previous animal studies; that elevated fluoride exposure leads to reduced I.Q. in children.

    Cognitive ability is further reduced if your child is deficient in iodine.

    Prior to this, more than 30 animal studies produced since 1992 have reported impairment in learning and memory processes among animals treated with fluoride.

    Even at levels as low as 1ppm (part per million), studies have demonstrated direct toxic effects on brain tissue, including:

    • reduction in lipid content
    • impaired anti-oxidant defense systems
    • damage to your hippocampus
    • damage to your purkinje cells
    • increased uptake of aluminum
    • formation of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer’s disease)
    • accumulation of fluoride in your pineal gland.



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  6. Iodine as an Antiseptic

    Question – Can you please tell me why iodine solutions kill
    bacteria. What exactly does it oxidize and how does this affect the cell?

    [Answer] Whenever an oxidizing agent acts upon an oxidizable substance, the oxidizing agent is itself reduced. Thus, iodine is reduced to iodide ion — an electrolyte that upsets the cell’s ion balance. This action will lead to the death of the bacterium in which the reaction occurs.


  7. Antiseptic

    Antiseptics (from Greek a?t?anti, ‘”against” + s?pt????septikos, “putrefactive”) are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. They should generally be distinguished from antibiotics that destroy bacteria within the body, and from disinfectants, which destroy microorganisms found on non-living objects. Some antiseptics are true germicides, capable of destroying microbes (bacteriocidal), whilst others are bacteriostatic and only prevent or inhibit their growth. Antibacterials are antiseptics that only act against bacteria. Microbicides which kill virus particles are called viricides.

    Usage in surgery

    The widespread introduction of antiseptic surgical methods followed the publishing of the paper Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery in 1867 by Joseph Lister, inspired by Louis Pasteur‘s germ theory of putrefaction. In this paper he advocated the use of carbolic acid (phenol) as a method of ensuring that any germs present were killed. Some of this work was anticipated by:

    and even the ancient Greek physicians Galen (ca 130–200 AD) and Hippocrates (ca 400 BC). There is even a Sumerian clay tablet dating from 2150 BC advocating the use of similar techniques.[2]

    But every antiseptic, however good, is more or less toxic and irritating to a wounded surface. Hence it is that the antiseptic method has been replaced in the surgery of today by the aseptic method, which relies on keeping free from the invasion of bacteria rather than destroying them when present.


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