The Science Behind Chaga

by: ChagaUniversity

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thank you so much for having me here once again and this is a very very interesting time in our history last time we were together the world situation wasn't quite as challenging for us in America and everywhere in the world really and the change is upon us now and I believe chaga is an intimate part of this change that's coming towards better health in America and on the planet really and that's because there is a meeting of east and west taking place at this time you know the economy of China is getting to become similar it's the second largest economy in the world and they have a whole different medical system called traditional Chinese medicine which is now beginning to be integrated into Western medicine so it's now called integrative medicine used to be called complementary and alternative medicine but now it's becoming integrated and most of you here are leaders in the field of working with chaga and bringing its health benefits to the world and to Americans and everywhere so I want you for a minute to just visualize what chaga is as a being as an energetic structure as a nutrient as a phyto botanical as a medicinal mushroom and visualize a tree growing in the northern part of the world above the 45th north latitude in the cold barren areas of Siberia and other places in the north where there are different environmental factors active and visualize that and see this mushroom that grows on a tree for 1020 years before it's harvested unlike mushrooms that grow up and that's hi this morning was meditating on what I was going to say outside of the more prepared slides to introduce it I started to communicate with this being called chaga mushroom and I recognized that it's really an individual plant it's like living on a living tree taking life forces from it serving the tree in some way but also taking the vitality of these beautiful birch trees and other trees that grows on but primarily birch trees and it's concentrating the environmental energy into something that is extremely potent in fact it's a living pharmacy it's a living energetic ecosystem that is needed now because in Western medicine drugs are starting not to work so well we're getting organisms that are resistant to some of our drugs many of the generic Western drugs are now coming out of the patent pipeline they're falling off a cliff it's at this morning a Wall Street Journal so we need new things and people are complex beings and we're finding that isolating just one or two substances out of a fight of botanical product out of a vegetable or plant often doesn't keep the synergy the interaction intact so to me what I heard and what a truly belief is that chaga is still asleep in the north and it's wakening up and it's wakening up and you are its messengers you are the people who are going to let people know about its medicinal benefits you are going to be chosen to be literally disciples of this wonderful mushroom and have it communicate health vitality you know it's its mission is to help humanity it grows in these northern climates under adversity it's been used by a people that are in the Siberian and County people and other people for four hundred years and they didn't care about the science as we are in the West but they understood that it had this Chi this vitality which ultimately in western terminology comes down to chemical interactions that in the final analysis reduced to energy flows in the form of electrons in the mitochondria the energy producing parts of the cell and so forth but these are biological response modifiers these things change the biology of cells and bring it into vitality and so you are to become stewards of chaga because right now in the u.s. we are spending two trillion dollars on health care the most in any country in the world and we're not getting the health benefits in traditional Chinese medicine we care about harmony and balance we care about the sense of self-reliance people need to do prevention in order to go forward with this and nutrition is more than just taking something in I've always told people nutrition involves five things it's ingestion what you put in your mouth its digestion how you break it down and you just saw an experiment to show nutrients you know when they conduct electricity Zoar you can I guess digest them and the third step is assimilation you have to get it into your body through the digestive system the fourth is elimination you need to have good elimination so you're not overwhelmed this is a big problem in America now as we have a real problem with weight gain and obesity and so on so we're not eliminating and we're not eliminating the toxins and the fifth step in nutrition to me is what is the purpose for it what is your incarnation your life about and the purpose is to be healthy so we can fulfill our inner spiritual soul direction and so to me chaga is a lot more than just another medicinal mushroom it's actually a very unique individual being so I'm going to demonstrate a lot of slides and I hope that you won't be put off by some of the biochemistry and some of the scientific papers they're to illustrate that when you talk to your health care providers when you talk to your doctors or acupuncturists or chiropractors or people in the community who use these alternative and complementary medicine modalities that you say there's real science behind this so that you can be authoritative in your conviction that you are going to be helping people because there's too many stories demonstrating in an anecdotal basis in science we like to do studies and we have to do studies and they simply have not been a lot of studies done on chaga yet in humans control cohort studies double-blind studies because there is no market for people to do it when they can't patent something yet it is vital that these stories also come out because they give you a stepping stone for this ultimately being done when we have a health care system that cares more about these nutritional products so it's very important also that we don't claim that it does these disease modulation things because we just don't have the data there in humans we do have a lot of animal studies and we have a lot of cell studies and chemical studies but they're no substitute for human studies so now the thing to remember is and I think this was touched on earlier by Steven to me it's actually that the epigenetics that is to say the modulation of your genome your genome is your genetic code which is 25% of its importance five percent sciences finding is the environment the environment includes the nutrition or the lack of nutrition which is really the big issue nowadays there's a lot of deficiency in the soil and so there aren't the nutrient density you can analyze different foods and they can be a tenfold or more increase in the number of vitamins and minerals in those foods depending on where they're grown what kind of cultivation they had so it's what you drink what you eat the radiation that's electromagnetic which I'll talk about a little bit in the environment the pollution that is the chemicals we've released into the environment which is massive you know when we've analyzed now cord blood of babies the cord blood that is fed from the mother to the child it's loaded with different chemicals in different amounts the baby is actually getting fed in utero already some of the chemicals the mother has in her body it gets transferred across the placenta and and then of course exercise we need to keep our body moving these are environmental factors that modulate how your genome how your genetics is expressing itself and when we add something like medicinal mushrooms which are biological response modifiers to your diet over on to the skin which is the largest absorptive organ in the body you're getting this right into your body you're getting this into the cells it nourishes you it starts to change the chemistry in a subtle way and therefore we start having an opportunity to get healthy so I I always like to start with a little prayer from tick not Han but which could also be said this what might be what mushroom chaga is telling us and it goes like this may you be filled with loving kindness may you be well may you be peaceful and at ease may you be happy that simple poem that simple prayer is the prayer of this kingdom remembering that chaga mushroom is really part of the fungi kingdom which is really a separate kingdom than veg a normal or mineral and it does this now let's have a look for a minute how much money Americans spend in 2007 on out of pocket it's almost thirty four billion dollars out of which complementary and alternative medicine was only about one and a half percent but that's out of a total healthcare budget of over two trillion dollars and you can see most of this was for conventional care but still thirty four billion dollars on alternative you know got people's attention in the government and in corporations as well increasingly the importance of nutrition is being recognized it's very important now that we recognize that fish oils and for cardiovascular disease as being are being used by doctors traditional allopathic Western doctors cranberries people take for urinary tract infections probiotics for intestinal health and so on people are encouraged to drink moderately some wine because it has very spiritual in it which is a polyphenol I'll talk about those in a minute and so on so we're starting to recognize that and complementary and alternative medicine is now being taught in medical schools which is really great because doctors a new generation of doctors becoming educated and there's more increase in this scam complementary and alternative medicine and those practitioners would be a real good target if you explain to them what charger can do for them I'm very interested in active in the field called energy medicine which is part of what this whole field of CAM is is from the government website the National Center for Complementary and alternative medicine in which we have mind-body medicine manipulative medicine like your chiropractor might do and then the biologically based practices are these phytonutrients and nutritional factors and chaga really fits into two of these categories because it's both chemistry to me as well as energetic and I'll explain that so it's both a biologically based and the energy based practice is combined in one nutrient because of its unique biochemistry including its melanin content that's the dark pigment and so forth so in energy medicine we differentiate between that which we can measure which is called veritable energy medicine those are things like your electric cardiogram or when you're getting an MRI that's actually part of energy medicine and then there's the subtle energy that can't be measured so well but in Chinese medicine they feel that in your pulses when they feel your Chi they might measure our various different and new devices with new devices that have been developed in Russia and in Europe we use those for assessing the life energy in substances so chaga I believe has a special place in this complementary and alternative medicine now let's talk about energy for a minute because you know right now there is a great change taking place in the solar system that I can't get into too much but we're constantly being energized by the solar wind the energy from the Sun and when that comes into our planet it can lead in the northern parts into something called the Corona borealis or the Northern Lights here's a picture of a beautiful spiral pattern just recently in Finland and this is where these trees grow and so they're literally also interacting with the energies of the Sun through the solar wind and the Northern Lights which are a different light that also shine on them in the in the night and when the solar wind hits the earth you can see that it hits the northern latitudes that's where chaga grows and I was over inspired to tell you that it's different than what grows and the more southern latitudes now chaga was tested in Asia with various different instruments and energetic testing methods and they were found that it has a lot of high G or a lot of vitality and even the water extract and perhaps especially the water extract can dissolve many of these nutrients because of the special processing we use now it also is very able to deal with stress response because it grows in an environment that's pretty harsh climate where there are difficulties with the trees themselves being stressed trees like humans also can undergo cold stress and radiation stress and other things now here's some of the summary that you know about and I will demonstrate why it is this complex living pharmacy in Western medicine we have a drug for this and a drug for that because there are isolated compounds and they often because of having been taken out of the whole of the plant have side effects these side effects are unwanted and some people really suffer from them and we actually have a Western medicine now is acknowledged that the fourth largest cause of death is medically caused from either drug you know reactions or Hospital errors and so on so you know it's better if we can take natural things in my way of looking at it and so the antibacterial anti-inflammatory in animal and plant studies or in cell studies the anti tumour antiviral characteristics the blood sugar regulation and animals the liver protection it gives them a detoxification and the immune system enhancement these are all now known facts these are known for chaga and here's just a short review of in the last ten years studies mostly from from China from Japan from Korea from Russia demonstrate these qualities and each of these is the scientific studies I'll show you some of them to demonstrate this is not just something we think about we can actually measure so here is again a picture of chaga you know growing on a birch tree it's quite different than the other mushrooms which have other characteristics and there are many books out now about all of these mushrooms and they talk about chaga and other ones mushrooms are seen as functional they actually change our functionality our physiology in the body they have been studied by many cultures more in the east and in the West and these books you can easily get Paul Stamets book Michael medicinals Christopher Hobbs book who's an acupuncturist near where I am in California called medicinal mushrooms and a very scholarly treatise there on the right by Peter Chung if you go into the pubmed which is the publication that the government uses for the National Library of Medicine and you asked about chaga you'll find 83 scientific listed studies in there and most of these articles have really appeared because this is a modern medical database since 2000 so this is really being intensely studied now that makes it really up-to-date if you go on the internet and you type in the search where chaga mushrooms you'll find 193 thousand references obviously interesting to me how many time you know you can google something and find it if you type in the keyword I know noticeably Chris which is the traditional name the scientific name for it you'll find almost 85,000 references and you'll have a long time studying all these so you know let me condense some of what you would find ok so here's just a picture you can see it's growing this is in 2009 at the highest number of studies it has gone even higher in 2010 and 2011 today a great review article which is on the website is from a Russian shekinah which was published in 2006 which talks about the pharmaceutical chemistry it's in pharmaceutical chemistry Journal and it gives a great overview of the biochemical properties another great Chinese article came out also in 2009 called progress on research on this mushroom and I noticeably closed or chaga from the Chinese Journal for Integrative Medicine so again we're seeing they're very interested in it and you'll find that was also on the website these are just some of the names there's a pop quiz at the end for all these names you have to know these but these are the triterpene which are special molecules within chaga that have been discovered through very laborious chemistry and if you can look at one of these here for example 3 beta 22 are dihydroxy lando stain 824 dying in the short name for that is I know note all I know I know totally all sorry I know toady all so that's we're going to talk about this one triterpene a little later on because it's extremely good in helping cells who are that are out of control die it's called apoptosis it does that and we'll talk about those so this gives you just some of the chemistry they have these are all chemical names and chemical formulas other substances found in chaga include water-soluble lignans there are special types of polyphenols they have shown in cell culture studies they work against the hiv-1 virus that we know causes a condition called AIDS there's anti virus compounds Betty Lin or pleura dolphin G sterile there are beta glucans in this these are sugars I'll talk about in a minute those of high molecular weight not the small sugars they affect the one type of the immune system called humoral immunity and certain type of cells of macrophages and beta lymphocytes or B lymphocytes then there's other sugars in it they're called endo polysaccharides meaning many sugars and internally and that I'll talk about and even interestingly enough this is very important for cardiovascular kind of conditions there's even a short combination of three amino acids tri for tryptophan glycine and cysteine the sulfur amino acid when they combine together they stop platelets from getting to stuck together it's called aggregation this is what causes thrombi or heart attacks and strokes and this is in there as an anti platelet anti platelet aggregation factor so you know it has various different chemical things in there now the most important thing to recognize is a lot of these things that are in charge I haven't been fully understood yet they're still just researching this very intensely and there's many future mysteries coming about so we're going to talk about these things the polysaccharides the I know totally all the betcha linic acid the melanin the polyphenols the Tri chirpings which are anti-inflammatory and some of the other nutrients I want you to really get a sense how wonderful this extract actually is it's extremely complex and I just wanted to get a sense of that that there's much to be still discovered we're not through it yet so if we like look at these things together I'm going to talk about these five things the polysaccharides on I know totally all betcha linic acid melanin and the polyphenols primarily and the other tried terpenes you know there isn't enough time to go in it but perhaps this picture might be something you might want to remember I call these the big five you know not the sports sporting goods store but the big 5 inch agha okay there's the polysaccharides or they're also called beta glucans which are immune enhancer and helped cell communications work better there is melanin which I want to focus on a little longer today because I call it the energizer like the ever-ready bunny it really has wonderful things because it protects our genes repairs our DNA when it's broken which of course broken DNA is one of the causes that can lead cancer and other major diseases there's the polyphenols which have the primary antioxidant effect they French they quench free radicals and free radicals aren't the guys from the 60s with long hair free radicals are unpaired electrons that cause breakdown of cellular membranes they cause oxidative stress so we want antioxidants and there's I know Tony all the Llano sterile triterpene as I mentioned that helps cells die when they are out of control like cancer cells never want to die they just keep going and so at pop ptosis is a big field of research in that and then there's petrol Inuk acid which is a virus and tumor fighter that's been studied a lot in Russia and again I want to stress I'm sharing with you the cellular and the animal studies and we will find out over time how well this works in humans but in scientific research you always look at cell and animal studies first before they do human studies and down the road I'm sure if there is money for research they'll be doing human studies we want to use this product as preventative and as health giving and so never really talk about this in terms of disease it's very important however there's much to be learned from these animal and cell studies so let's first talk about these sugars the sugars that heal the polysaccharides okay and polysaccharides are primarily immune modulators they help the immune system they engage the immune system in different ways there are many different types of polysaccharides we use in our body for example starch or glycogen that you store in your liver is a kind of sugar it has many different glucose and other sugar molecules linked in a complex tree like network then there are structural polysaccharides like cellulose and trees that animals can digest but we can but it's filler and it's good for us to eat lots of roughage not too a colon cancer and so on and then there's immune polysaccharides that modulate the immune system and these are what's important in chaga the immune polysaccharides and then there's very small sugars called eight essential saccharides and they're in things like aloe vera and so on in other foods because this is often what people don't get enough of the essential sack sites so the body can break these polysaccharides these long-chain sugars down into smaller ones to make them digestible okay so these are the some of the background on what sugars are so sometimes you hear the word beta glucans beta glucans are essentially how these sugars are linked and the way they are linked whether they branch off in this way or linked together this way or twisted around is the way the chemists look at that but these polysaccharides help the cardiovascular system the immune system hormonal balances and now we see that in animals they've shown to be very helpful for various diseases viral bacterial and so on so researchers have now started to look at that one of the polysaccharides that's in in chaga is a few co glucomannan few cows is one of those simple sugars glucose there's another one and mannose so the complex fuoco glucomannan is a polysaccharide that has immune stimulating properties and remember that this is an adaptogenic herb an adaptogenic mushroom it helps the body balance what's overactive is brought down what's under active seems to be brought up that's what an adaptogen does and the water extracts have been shown in scientific studies to be extremely effective people always asked you to be an alcohol extract alcohol can extract other things but alcohol is also a kind of poison you know when things ferment they become they cannot develop alcohol and so on that's in fact how we make our alcoholic beverages so we really want to take it in a water form the way it's traditionally used because that's the tease that the Siberians brood and so forth so another thing to recognize and in the studies on polysaccharides they seem to affect the mute the humoral immune system more than the cellular immune system you have to understand that the immune system has two components when you get infection from a bacterium say the body ramps up certain lymphocytes and they start producing various types of antibodies and other things and the body remembers this and cells transform into things called plasma cells and then you have this so-called humoral defense this is like a defense against viruses bacteria and so forth there is another part of the immune system that's called the cellular immune system that the body says there are abnormal cells here and certain cells like T lymphocytes and killer cells and so on get involved and they start basically hunting down the aberrant cells and trying to destroy those and that's called cellular immunity this is very important when you do plant transplant medicine and so on because the cellular immune system has to be kept at bay not to reject say a heart that's been transplanted so there's two types of the immune system to arms and the polysaccharide seem to help more the humoral immune system and they do modulate the cellular immunity somewhat but not directly so polysaccharides are not directly tumor killing they modulate the body's immune system so it can do a better job functioning and the immune system seems to know what to do inside the body here's a study to show from 1998 that the water extract affected cancers mitotic index when cells divide and cancer cells divide very fast there is a process called mitosis and if you want to find out if certain cells have a greater cancer like activity they look at the mitotic index this showed that the water extract actually affected enzymes and did that and it was concluded that the water extract the aqueous extract actually was important in the cell studies so that's important to show that the water really extract when he does work he is a Japanese study from 1999 showing that in cell cultures and in animals that the active principle they glucans the beta glucans the head rock like hands and the protein complexes here associate with actually helped to lower blood sugar in animals so it seems to have in effect to help people with high or animals with high blood sugar we don't know fully whether it'll do the same for people because we don't have all those studies but there's a lot of interesting stories that people tell so I just want to show you what's being done in animals and in cells here is a study from 2005 and these are just illustrative again that the immune system is is stimulated again by these special endo polysaccharides that don't show any direct toxicity against tumor cells but they have an indirect anti-cancer effect with immune stimulation so that's how these particular compounds work in the body and you know what the per what animal would do in response to a tumor being implanted or a spontaneously developing like some animals are bred to have tumors that are used in in medical research for studies is to see how these special molecules would work here's a study that's from 2006 to show that the polysaccharide showed immune stimulation and the animals that got them had a four-fold increase in survival time they lived four times longer than the ones that didn't get chaga after 60 days of feeding 67% of these mice survive with no tumor incidents when they examined them but the anti-cancer effect in these animals from these polysaccharides it's not directly killing the tumor but again it stimulates the tumor so these things all reinforce this and we don't quite know the mechanism of all of this yet this is hot in study in scientific study but it just I just want to tell you that the beta glucan is a very important component of chaga but it's only one out of many and here is a book in case you're interested in these so-called glycol nutrients the sugar said heal by dr. Montoya a medical doctor that shows the benefits of these polysaccharides so it's important just to know about them there's about eight of these and they are derived from polysaccharides all right let's talk about I know Tony oh that's one of those really long chemical names but it's been isolated and it was first studied actually in Poland and most of this early work was all out of Russia and out of Poland it was isolated there in 1962 and was studied for its potential anti-cancer compounds in the former East Bloc now it's more part of Europe as you know and it effects what's called programmed cell death again I want to just give you a sense that when you have you talk to people who have cancer or you talk to animals your dogs develops a cancer what actually goes on there what goes on is that the cells don't know how to stop and they don't have something called programmed cell death they are like immortal cells they don't talk to each other it's like renegade neighbors that are all doing their own thing okay and it's not a good thing there is no community communication taking place community and communication is really what we need and so this thing called apoptosis technical name for program cell that doesn't take place so I know totally always end synthesized in in Russia in 1991 and it was shown to have very strong and tomber promoting activity in various tests and here are some examples of that a study from 2008 that I know totally all at a certain dosage prolonged the survival time and to more bearing my source of mice that already naturally developed tumors and inhibits it inhibits cell proliferation through a certain mechanisms called caspase-3 activation you know these are all technical terms that oncologists study but it really tells that there is actually a mechanism by that why this works I know totally all and the net Llano steroids that are in chaga we're studying in korea and again they showed that it has these apoptosis effects so you know that's a very important thing if we can get cells to kind of start to respond to their abnormal growth pattern you know you can win quite a bit of the war and again we are using this to prevent things we're using this as a health promoting agent not to get into the place where people get into having cancer and tumors we don't want that it's hard to stop the process it means degeneration has happened a long time inflammation has been present because inflammation is there in all chronic degenerative diseases so we don't want this now this substance I've always thought was one of the most important substances for various reasons because melanin is found throughout all the animal and vegetable kingdom and melanin is the very thing that you have in your hair and in your skin that gives you the color whether you're more red whether you're more brown whether you're tan whether you're not is because the melanin produced by your skin in the parts of the cell called melanocytes or the pigment of your skin and some people who have a condition called vitiligo where they their skin looks blotching their white patches they don't make this pigment when you're exposed to ultraviolet radiation you make more of it now melanin is what gives chaga its dark color Charlie that's what's so rich in this mushroom compared to the other mushrooms and what they found in in Russia it protects jeans and it actually repairs broken DNA isn't that wonderful you something breaks down because you're exposed to chemicals or radiation think of the people of Japan right now in 2011 who are suffering from huge amounts of radiation what could we do to help them repair their you know prevent cancer developing well you need a DNA repair er and that's what mellon does you know just think heard you can tell people who have families over there and so on so this is a complex molecule it's found in the brain it's found in your adrenal glands it's a powerful free radical scavenger in other words it again it helps the body prevent this oxidation so it's an antioxidant and I believe if this is what makes charka among other things one of the more special mushrooms that are out there now just look at this I hope you can read this at 40% of the dry weight of chaga is you know made up of these water extractable substances and more than half when you dry it of that extract which is 25% of the original material it's actually this coloring this melanin is called a chromogenic complex it's another name for it makes a dark color it's a dark color complex and 25% of this mushroom is made up out of this it's it's most distinctive feature now and again this is in that paper by shekinah that's on the website you can learn about the chemical and medical biological properties of chaga a review study translated out of russian from 2006 and this paper basically says you know there are these poly phenolic chromogenic human-like complexes president chaga in other words it's the dark stuff the dark stuff the black brown stuff in chaga would make everything look so dark which just you know put it on your skin and it looks a little darker but somehow it improves in things as we'll talk about in a minute that's what's in chaga and they studied this bub it's kiya studied this in 2002 studied this melon complex and says it protects the genes in your body now I'm going to switch hats for a minute and talk as some of you know I'm also an engineer and a biomedical engineer and I've designed equipment that we took to the top of Mount Everest and the first scientific studies on top of Mount Everest to find out why people could live up there a very rough environment because there's no oxygen there to breathe there with no oxygen your brain does isn't very happy and neither is all the cells in your body so up there there is less atmosphere and there's an awful lot of light and so I got really interested back in the 1980s when we did this kind of work with the University of California at San Diego where I was doing a postdoctoral fellowship I got really interested also in light now the visible light in the electromagnetic spectrum is only a small part and it's the colors from you know the deep reds to the purples but in this a very narrow band below that there is infrared or warmth infrared light or warmth microwaves that we use for communication are days with our cell phones and Wi-Fi and so on radio waves are even longer and then up here or what's ionizing radiation that breaks down things like ultraviolet light which is faster and frequency x-rays and gamma-rays like we get from atomic reactors and so forth so light is a very narrow part of the spectrum in what's called nanometers wavelength 400 to 700 nanometers here's another way of seeing it here's the electromagnetic spectrum visible light that your eyes respond to and your skin responds to is a narrow part of the spectrum you know here now when you look at absorption curves in the in a test tube of melanin this is what we're talking about you can see in the blue part of the spectrum over here the short wavelength which is higher energy melanin has a lot of absorption and it falls off a little bit but it's in the same region that our body absorbs also light in forms of hemoglobin when you oxygenate your blood it's also in that same region and when you deoxygenated blood when the cells take the oxygen up then you get the bluer blood which is venous blood and it's in the same region where melanin absorbs it so here is another picture of a wider wavelength this is shorter waves and these are longer wavelengths so the longer wavelengths is like where warmth is this is the visible part of the spectrum this part is the shorter ultraviolet part of the spectrum notice that water absorbs very well in in a short wavelength of high frequency and in the long wavelength that's why we can put heat into water and things boil this is also why science uses all these different types of lasers you know when they say for example want to treat you with lasers on your skin and think I want you to notice in this simply is that melanin has a very broad absorption of energy okay it absorbs light and warmth very very effectively and it modulates something in the body and melanin you can think of is very analogous to the chlorophyll that's the green stuff in plants what makes the plants green chlorophyll chlorophyll is the same molecule as hemoglobin that's in your blood except hemoglobin has iron in the center and chlorophyll has magnesium in the center it's like liquid green blood okay now melanin has the same kind of ringg structures and so on and it makes very complex structures and not all melanin czar the same as we'll talk about in a minute in fact there's somebody even studying that and wondering whether energy is directly absorbed from the melanin in your skin and transformed into energy in your body okay and they even think about could in the future and they're developing this now they're taking melanin and making batteries out of them that store energy from the sunlight directly it might in fact become a future source of how we're going to generate energy now let's get back without a little bit of physics background let's talk about melanin inside chaga and melanin inside the body so it absorbs thousands of times more electromagnetic radiation actually then chlorophyll does and chlorophyll is what we need to make proteins and sugars especially sugars in in the body it exists in many other tissues as I mentioned it's actually very important molecule in any woman who's having a baby because the fetus has all this melanin in it as I'll show you okay and it's thought to be by some people a master molecule that actually steers how the body communicates for example Frank bar a scientist wrote a whole article a whole issue of a journal called medical hypothesis saying you know melanin is such a special molecule and it's found in the babies it may have a major role in in steering things in the body in the whole regulatory system elements role in embryo logical organization that's in the baby's organization and tissue repair and tissue regeneration may be connected to the major role that it plays to balance the body that's called homeostasis in the autonomic neurons and immunological system so in other words melanin may play a much bigger role than just absorbing all this radiation and when you get it into your body it actually has a major effect on your immune system here is a picture of a one of a baby at 35 days of pregnancy and this is the eye of an embryo inside a mother it's a very tiny little thing notice that the eye is pure melanin that's an amazing picture isn't it to see all this melanin is inside and when the embryo first forms there is called the dark streak it's all melanin okay here's an example of a plant as an egg plant that has melanin in it and a genetically changed one that is no melanin in it notice the size of the two difference I mean this is an indirect indication that melanin you know directly can transduce energy in the vegetable kingdom now the body is a living matrix and you really want to get this because this is kind of part of the operating system of your body you know and I know that as we're talking about it you really have to strain a little bit to stay with me but I think it'll make some sense here that the body is actually a communication system where everything is connected to everything else and it works through light it works through light it's called bio photons and in this communication system cells have connections to other cells called integrants and electrons and light flows between cells so it's like a supercomputer your body is like a supercomputer and the skin is connected to every other part of the body kind of like a spider web where everything when you talk on one part of the spider web it connects everything else and so these cells connect to the connective tissue which the skin is part of and it all works like semiconductors now semiconductors like computer chips are made out of silicon these are living semiconductors your body is made out of this complex hyper supercomputer that figures everything out and this is what energy medicine is all about and when you put chemicals or drugs or lotions or pesticides or mercury from dental fillings that are leaking into your body then this matrix gets upset this matrix does not function the energy doesn't communicate well and this is where chaga is I believe very useful because it helps you detoxify from all of this now here's another form of radiation that's now in our environment it's called this is from 2000 from 1990 to 19 2007 this is the exponential rise of cellphone use in the United States this is the increase in 2000 to 2010 of radiation in the environment this is what we're living in here's an example I just brought one of my my little this is a meter that measures the microwave in this room that you're sitting in okay this this is measuring that you can actually hear you can hear you know the wireless I can point it exactly where the most radiation is coming from these are the communications that that is your Wi-Fi that's in this hotel this is what people are living in nowadays you know in this we don't know it because you don't feel it you don't have a sense for it you need a machine or in this case a microwave detector you know so you can see it so big I'm mentioning this is because we are changing as a species and the kids are changing have you noticed how the kids are changing in school they're not learning so well they're living with their iPads and their iPods and their cordless telephones and everything else and they're constantly being irradiated well the studies are coming out of Sweden now is showing that after ten years exposure to cordless phones and cell phones if you're under a teenager doing that you have a five-fold increase in brain tumors now this is not being generally talked about and I don't want to scare people I just want to tell you what the studies are beginning to show and highly controversial but you need to do prevention about this because everybody's using these communicators and if you read the fine print on them it says don't put closer they're one inch next to your skin read your manuals and really find point if you have an iPhone or you know if it's a blackberry it's as an inch so you know this is microwave radiation but it's modulated once as you can hear and that's what the body isn't happy about so because of this radiation there is a about now in cities between a hundred to a twenty thousand fold increase in background microwave radiation since nineteen eighty because we've put cell phone that works up now we're putting up smart meters on people's houses in California they're all using microwaves and everybody says well they're not affecting anything but we have shown studies many many scientific studies that it causes DNA breakages and the body generally repairs this DNA but if you have chaga in your on your skin I believe or in your body it helps repair this DNA breakage is more so just that reason alone I think as prevention it's a useful product to have does that make some sense to you yeah because you really you know this is what we're living in and we're kind of drowning in this microwave without even knowing it because we don't see it like light or we don't hear it like sound we don't have a sense for it and these things take a while so melanin has a high anti toxic potential and helps enzymatic processes it's a nonspecific protective asian it helps against mutation it's capable of interacting with other chemicals called xenobiotics that cause oxidation like heavy metals and other things the body gets rid of them it's one of the biggest thing and it has a photo and radio protective activity in fact animals fed Chagas i'll show you in a minute live longer when you radiate them with gamma rays those really high intensity rays that come from atomic bombs and from nuclear reactors they live a lot longer when they take chaga if done studies in animals here 35 305 days versus the control group died in 186 days now i'm not suggesting any of us yet exposed to gamma rays or whatever not healthy you know but we're living in a world that's a little abnormal it's not what your grandparents lived in and not even what your parents lived in so now should you take cultured mushrooms or should you take natural mushrooms well the natural mushrooms have a a kind of melanin that's called a low melanin whereas the natural ones whereas the cultured ones that are grown in cell cultures like are also sold they contain a different kind of melon called eumelanin so they're quite different chemically and it's much more helpful to have the natural kind because it has different effects all right so here is a study with natural medicine natural and cultural for melon UNS have rather different chemical structures and differ in biological activity so that the culture form ones cannot substitute for pigments of the natural in preparations of the medicine so this is another reason where was it grown oh yes you grew it in cell cultures well it doesn't have the same melanin in it okay very important here is in fact in a curve here is natural melanin and see this fine dotted line here that has the highest amount of absorption and then the when you change that you hydrolyze it or you change the chemical structure it has much lower absorption so there's different chemical characteristics it repairs DNA that has broken or mutated it has these high antioxidant gene protecting properties it's really needed in a toxic world I believe and it also helps you absorb more sunlight so you can make more vitamin D in your skin and now vitamin D is very very important for not developing cancer all the doctors now now giving people finally a lot of vitamin D you know who need it you can test for that now here's another study that showed the DNA effect this is a 2004 study it showed a 40% reduction in the DNA breaking apart 40% when they gave them chaga that's huge that means you're really helping the body repair its DNA and another study out of Ukraine showed that it has high antioxidant effects and again it protects against DNA linking together see what happens is the genes on your DNA are essentially in this beautiful spiral chain when they get mutations they cross link together and then the DNA doesn't work it's like throwing a wrench into the car gearbox it doesn't work in the transmission so well so you want to pretty want to heal that and here's another one now this is very interesting because it shows you that the melanin directly affects the gut what's called the mucosa which is the lining of your intestines and it induces the immune cells in your intestines called the peyer's patches and protects you against invading things so if you swallow bacteria or viruses or something like that and you have the chugga the char gab regulates the peyer's patches in the gut that's what it's shown in animals and it helps them and they find this also an Ekans then the the amount that's present so it says while melanin is present commonly in consumed vegetables it's specific activity is several orders of magnitude less than the melanin from botanicals and chaga is a botanical and here's an example this is in mice the AMIA immune globulin a production in and this was studied from with melanin in these botanicals much higher same thing here with alfalfa increases what's called interleukin 6 which is an anti-inflammatory and increases in this case gamma interferon which again all markers to show you have a more competent immune system okay so melanin roll is in fact even being rethought in medicine that you know is it really something that just absorbs sunlight or does it have does melanin have a role in the immune system in the body and is it really more of an antimicrobial kind of defense against bacteria okay so that was a long story about chaga we only have one left to go polyphenols okay polyphenols what are these polyphenols means it has many different six-sided rings poly means many phenol is a six-sided ring and they're concentrated to be as powerful as vitamins and carotenoids and so on there's basically all the stuff that's good and vegetables everybody's been told you a lot of vegetables now it's because there's flavonoids phenolic acids tannins or lignans or still beans all of these are polyphenols there's many different kinds that's what gives fruits and vegetables their bitter taste or their tartness there's stringency okay the and house here's example of them they have all these rings you see these are these phenol rings and you have that gives you the color and your vegetables it's the things that gives you the tartness and grapefruit it's the quercetin and the onions and the broccoli and in your apples this is why you're eating your vegetables to some degrees all these polyphenols okay and these polyphenol compounds are primarily in the skin and the berries and these are also very rich in chaga so if you don't need all those vegetables chaga can help you know has some of that in it and they seem to reduce the risk of all these chronic degenerative diseases here's an example to show that it actually protects against premature aging they combat oxidative stress oxidation as these free radicals tearing apart your membranes you don't want that okay here's an example our results indicate that chaga anosy bleakest has the capacity to scavenge free radicals higher than at a certain concentration and that the polyphenolic compounds sets these polyphenols can protect the cells against oxidative stress and the specific polyphenol one of them is dbl has a long chemical name which I won't bother you with but that paper is also there and it actually works through inducing a common molecule called NF kappa-b a special molecule that protects your body or if it's induced it actually causes these degenerative diseases Chinese study from 2009 again showed the phenols have pretend potent antioxidant properties just to illustrate you know and this is actually the last one better linic acid this is the virus and tumor fighter is that a thirty carbon molecule called a triterpene it's found in the resin and bark of trees there's many of these I showed you earlier betcha linic acid is one of these tried Europeans it's an anti-inflammatory in the body it works against viruses like the HIV virus it seems to help in animals with eczema and so on it helps against in animals against certain cancers called melanoma very bad skin cancer and so on so I just wanted to mention these things so that bitch'll Inuk acid and Betty Lin is against effective against strains of viruses and recently we had the swine flu virus outbreak you know a lot of people worried about that well there's substances in chaga in animal cultures and in animal studies and cellular cultures actually seems to defeat these viruses okay and it's you know 100% inhibition 100% inhibition now you know if this was a drug did we prescribe every doctor but we're not using it as a drug we're using it as prevention I want you to really get this down I just want you to show how effective the substance is and we had ours tested in the University of Chicago our chaga we showed these high peaks of chaga extract against the standard you know same high activity we know that jellinek acid is in this chaga well I wanted to tell you just a few more things that are hot off the press in the last two years what we are actually finding now they're finding in mice it helps memory and learning it helps asthma in animals there was a three-fold decrease in melanoma tumor size in micing men these are all mice animals that is typically it slows down cellular aging so it has an anti aging effect it increases programmed cell death in colon cancer cells it has an anti-inflammatory effect again at lowers blood sugar in mice antioxidant properties etc so it's confirming over and over again what the earlier studies showed but even with better and better here's just some example higher brain function that you have to have the brain produce a chemical called acetylcholine and it's destroyed by an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase well chaga inhibits that so that the brain can remember better so this is all of you can't remember what I've said more chaga your memory will definitely you know potentially improve based on these animal studies we hope that this will one day happen in you as well as Matic mice retreated and it decreases the number of inflammatory cells and helps asthmatic mice melanoma tumors decreased in mice especially certain melanoma cells cellular aging pretreatment and then exposing in this case the the mice to various different types of oxidative stress and cell cultures then the cells don't die as early which is called senescence again so we have definitely seeing anti aging and you know protective effects Canadians study on the in flat anti-inflammatory effects you know in the cell culture study we started starting to understand the mechanism more of it using nitric oxide a study again showing the blood sugar lowering effect from 2010 based on four different chemicals inside chaga other ones antioxidant effect 2011 just off the press scavenges certain free radicals like hydroxyl and DP ph radicals and finally some anti-cancer effects from Korea where they grinded up similar a whole different way of delivering it this is why our aqueous extract works so well because we extract these same things and again another one showing the polysaccharides stimulating the immune system all the things I've talked about so why is chaga important today well I think you're getting the drift you know it has all these immune system boosting effect it may help certainly helps animals with cancer repairs DNA quenches free radicals increases performance and endurance helps anti aging widespread pollution and toxicity is helped by some of the chemicals and it's being studied now protects against radiation damage in animals and work synergistically in just very small amounts which is what we have in the product so there's the story where we're going I hope that the science wasn't overwhelming the important thing are remember the big five that we already know about remember there's many more things that we don't know about chaga that's just being researched now this is a hot topic people are trying to take charge our power to find the active ingredients and make medical drugs out of them I say stay with the core product stay with the way nature made it and you'll get you know really good results for prevention for a health promotion and for longevity so that's my message for today thank you

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