Redox Signaling and Health, Shawn Burke

Redox signaling weaves the fabric of one of the most fundamental cell communication networks that exist in nature.  We have examined, in this blog, how cell communication networks coordinate and orchestrate the activities of life on the cellular level for all types of life on earth.  When redox signaling networks are working, living tissue can maintain its own healthy state.  When something threatens the health of our cells and tissues, the cells talk among themselves and work out how to repair or replace the damaged communities of cells.  This is how healing is done on the cellular level.

We have available an external liquid source of these redox signaling carriers that in over 22 years with over 30 good studies have proven to be extremely safe and effective.  I have personally run analysis that shows the stability of this redox signaling source in simulated gastric fluids that allows them to survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach and be absorbed.  Dr. Nieman, a sports physiologist from the North Carolina Research Institute, Appalachian State, has run studies that show shifts in metabolism in human athletes that prove that the active components of this redox signaling liquid is absorbed, passes through the stomach and cell membranes with measurable effects over 24 hours after ingestion.

The following video presentation is from a dedicated, accomplished athlete, health coach and veteran Shawn Burke, that explains in his own language how applications of this redox signaling have made a difference for himself and some of the athletes he trains.  If maintaining health is important to you, then what he has to offer is well worth the time it takes to listen.  Many thanks.






Autism and Redox Signaling Webinar

The webinar this month was on Autism.  Dr. Samuelson and Maria Corral (leader and contributor to several organizations in the Autism communities and mother of three autistic children) offer their knowledge and experience with Autistic Children and how redox signaling can factor into this complex issue.  Hope you enjoy it, it runs about 1hr 24min and is packed with information.


The Future of Human Development

What are in the Final Chapters of human development?
I believe and hope that due to the importance of adaptation, we will eventually find a way to thrive with an evolving system that has the power to adapt the new and emerging technologies to our benefit. The realization of this vision is already in the air. We hear conversations all the time among informed people that involve sustainable green environment, diet, recycling, organic, health solutions, etc., and the need for answers to global problems. We are all are inherently concerned and feel the need for solutions as the problems come closer and closer to home. Products that offer even just the slightest perception of health, like vitamin waters, are growing into multi-billion dollar industries overnight while there are sharp declines in consumption of sugary, carbonated beverages. There is a real shift towards healthy sustainable solutions.
As a whole, we are ready for the technologies that offer real solutions. The fuse is lit. And the truth of it is that many of these solutions already exist and have been shown to work but are not yet widely available or accepted on the market (for reasons we have already discussed). We are primed for a literal explosion of health and agricultural technologies. As soon as we have adapted an open reliable way to prove out emerging technologies so that we can compare results and advertise available options, there will be a literal explosion of health solutions, similar to the personal computing markets of a generation ago. I imagine industries emerging overnight to answer the demand for necessary technologies and systems. Unlike the information technology explosion, though, there is a psychological element involved in motivating people to change lifestyles that will need to be addressed, as well as local agricultural solutions for organic foods, possibly even produce grown in the home. These things are doable and certainly more alluring than the consequences we face if we cannot find solutions.
The technologies that offer this type of advancements to the world will be based on the laws of health, exercise, nutrition, restorative rest, and hydration. They also will be built on our knowledge of how natural, safe solutions function in cellular biology. Imagine that after you have been diagnosed with a health problem, you could go to the Internet and have access to data for millions of people, comparing different solutions they have used for similar problems, like we can do when shopping for a computer or cell phone today. Suppose we could compare prices, safety, and efficiency for these different solutions. Active competition between them gives you the best price and increases the efficiency of these solutions so that they are effective and affordable. Imagine viewing advertisements from health care organizations constantly claiming better success rates, prices, and service for their customers. Imagine that an explosion of solutions was available for almost all health problems that exist. There are quite a few things that we could have with a little imagination. Imagine what all of this would mean for the quality of your life.
Imagine a world where you wake up after a great sleep to fresh, clean air and walk down to your little personal greenhouse, filling your lungs with oxygen. You sprinkle some nanonutrients into the fish tank, check your solar panels, check the pump that circulates the fish water through your garden trays, and reach over to pick a few of the fresh veggies and fruits growing there to juice for breakfast. You drink your Redox water and nanonutrients and smile knowing that cancer and infectious and degenerative diseases are a thing of the past as your body heals so quickly now that none of these have a chance to take hold. Your family gathers around. “Happy 95th birthday”, grandchildren and great-grandchildren say as they call you. You pick up some tennis rackets and go out to exercise with your spouse and friends. You have the luxury of taking off work as you have small grocery bills and your environment, power, and heat, is self-sustainable. What will you do with your free time? Maybe write a book or go skydiving? If this is not the future you imagine for yourself, then what is?


All in the Genes — Redox Signaling

Nothing in life can be attributed to just one thing alone, the same can be said for the genes. When we think of genes, the most common perception is that genes are responsible for eye and hair color, bone structure, body shape and the chance of having certain health issues. This is a very limited view. The genes are much more than just a static blueprint that is perhaps needed only during the formative years. In reality genes are expressed millions of times a minute inside each of our 10’s of trillions of cells. Genes in cells are very active all the time. What is gene expression and how are the genes expressed?
Genes in a cell are like apps on a cellular phone or a computer. When you want an app to start, you touch or click on an icon button, this starts up the app, or in genetic language starts the “expression” of the app. Each app is programmed to do something different just as each gene in your cells is programmed to do something unique. If you want to make a phone call on your smart phone, you press the phone app, for example, this brings up a dialer that lets you look up a name or dial a number. Inside your body’s cells, the genes (apps) have coding that makes specific molecules called proteins out of amino acids (lego-like building blocks). The proteins that are made can be used to build parts of the cell, like muscle fibers, or can be used to do something, like make antioxidants or hormones.
Every time you blink an eye, think a thought, feel a breeze, twitch a muscle, feel the sun, or take a breath, genes are being expressed to help it to happen. Genes are very active. And just like cell-phone-apps, these genes require something to press the buttons to start them or express them. A smart phone or computer has lots of buttons, keyboards full of them, each button “expresses” a different app to do something. If you do not press the buttons on your device, generally nothing will happen. The cells in your body are the same, if nothing presses the gene buttons, not much will happen. Thousands of the gene buttons are being pushed in your cells every second. Your cells have close to 20,000 genes and about as many “buttons” that start these genes to do their work. The question might come to mind, “How does a cell know which of all the gene buttons to press (express) to keep everything working correctly in our cells?” The answer might surprise you.
Almost everything in the environment of the cell pushes genetic buttons (expresses genes): molecules from the food we eat, the thoughts we think, the muscles we flex, the things we see and feel, the hormones, the nerves, the temperature, the water, the air, all body systems, the blood, cell signaling messengers, messages coming from surrounding cells, and so on. Just a few examples: sugar in the blood sends messages to express the “insulin producing” genes in pancreatic cells. The Insulin, in turn, pushes the buttons to burn more sugar, convert sugars to fats and store fats. Even visual stimulation expresses genes. When looking at something beautiful, our mind pushes the buttons to make “feel good” hormones in our brain, or when looking at something scary, it produces stress shock hormones in the brain. If we pay attention, we can certainly feel and experience the effects when these genetic pathways as they are activated, these experiences are very common in our daily life.
The study of what pushes the genetic buttons is called “epigenetics” (beyond genes) and it is a very hot topic in biology. Biotech companies, such as Affymetrix, have created little microchips that can measure the genetic buttons pushed in most all of our genes. From a blood sample, each microchip can monitor 10’s of thousands of the genetic expressions. This is a great tool that allows us to peek inside the cells of our body and monitor which gene buttons are being pushed. Since there are so many buttons, the analysis of these data can take some time and requires vast experience and large databases. Many genetic databases have been compiled over the years and we are using them to see how our genes respond to different foods, supplements and environmental factors.
Recently an Affimetrix panel was run by a credible genetics lab on 60 people to determine what happens to human genetic expression (which gene buttons are pushed) when people drink a certain safe formulation of redox signaling molecules. An experiment was designed to determine which genes are expressed when these signaling molecules are orally ingested. A group of people (25) drank only salt water (the placebo group), another group (25) drank the redox signaling molecules with salt water (the study group), and a third, smaller group (10), did not drink anything different than the usual (the control group). The people did this over a period of 8 weeks.
The results showed moderate but significant differences in genetic activity between the study group and the placebo and control groups over 8 weeks. Five gene expressions were identified as different, the results were significant and very interesting for a variety of reasons. It was found that the genetic buttons pushed by these redox signaling molecules express some of the most important signaling apps available inside the cells. Some types of genes are more important than others. The signaling genes (the ones that cause messages to be sent) are of utmost importance, just like the dialing and call transmission apps on your smart phone; they allow the cells to effectively talk to one another. The signaling channels (or pathways) in our cells can be very complex; signals are passed from cell to cell, from cells to nerve cells, from nerve cells to nerve cells, and back to cells all throughout the body. These signals in turn help express the genetic buttons that make everything in the body work the way it should. The five genes identified by the study have substantial applications to many of the most important signaling channels, they provide important components that are critical to the signaling pathways all throughout our body.
For example, the “ERG1” gene registered a highly significant response in the study. It produces an important transfer factor that connects several important cell signaling channels, including G-proteins that are critically involved in sending and receiving hormone messages between cells, such as reception of insulin to help control blood sugar, serotonin the “feel good” hormone that contributes to mental relaxation and balance, and the regulation of hormones that balance sleep and wake cycles. Among the hormonal pathways are also those which help regulate reproductive systems and metabolic balance through the ovarian and thyroid hormones. Additionally, EGR1 also connects to the NRF2 pathway that is involved in setting up the cell defense network by increasing antioxidant production. These processes help in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, which in turn helps the cells better identify the “malfunctioning cells” to switch on the genes (apps) that eliminate dysfunctional cells and repair and replace healthy cells. The ERG1 gene can be thought of as a “router” app that helps keep important networks up and running. As computer and phone networks become more prevalent, it is easier for us to understand the role and importance of these “router” genes that help keep everything connected.
If we look at some of the other genes expressed in the study there are those that help repair blood vessels and that others that create important digestive enzymes needed to break down and digest the foods we eat. Isn’t it interesting that the expression of just one signaling gene can affect so many different genes and functions in our body? The signaling pathways are complex and interconnected networks. As we study it out, it becomes clear that if just one of the signaling “router” genes goes down in our body, it will disrupt multiple systems and communication pathways as well.  If just one of the “router” genes is restored, it helps to reconnect everything again to regain functionality of systems all across the body.
Many of the results from this recent genetic study support years of prior studies that have shown indications of reduction of oxidative stress, such as the reduction oxidized glutathione and reduction of oxidized LDL cholesterol from previous human studies . Some of the results, though, open new areas of understanding, such as activation of genes that improve the elasticity and tone of blood vessels and the expression of beneficial digestive enzymes in the stomach. These new results correlate with observations made by thousands of people that are drinking the redox cell signaling supplement who report regularly that vascular tone is improving, circulation is improving and digestion is improving. We now have the added benefit of being able to better identify the genetic pathways that help explain what makes this all happen. It certainly opens our mind to the understanding that technologies that improve cell signaling can be universally beneficial to the entire body.


Out of Bounds


All of us have played games at one point or another: soccer, tennis, football, basketball, monopoly, blackjack, foot races, checkers, volley ball, it seems like the varieties are endless. Each game we play is defined by a set of rules. The rules and boundaries are set at the start, all the players understand and accept the rules and boundaries. In truth, it would not make sense or be much fun to play a game without such rules and boundaries and it often invokes anger, frustration or disappointment when an “idiot” decides to ignore the rules and boundaries or attempts to change them during play.
Not all rules and boundaries in life are made up by us. Nature imposes rules and boundaries that must be there to allow life to exist. Each of the trillions of cells and bacteria in our body are governed by such rules and boundaries. The game of life played out in every one of us is defined by these rules and boundaries. Each cell has a membrane boundary that separates the inside of the cell from outside and it has rules (such as those imposed by the receptors on the boundaries) that determine which of the molecular players are allowed to go across the boundary into or out of the cells. The DNA and messenger molecules determine which molecular players are manufactured inside the cell. All these molecules play by the rules of physics that governs them. The sum total of all of these rules and boundaries make us what we physically are.
Supernal wisdom is evident in the rules and boundaries that make us who we are. How much more fun we can have if we learn to play our best within the rules and boundaries that nature has provided. We cannot change nature’s rules and boundaries anyway. If we pretend we can, it tends to work against us. We can learn many of these rules by just playing. My mother taught me that if I ate 10 candy bars all at once I would get “sick”. She was right, I learned from experience. I suppose I did not believe at that time that she could really have known. Later on, when I had learned the rules of cellular biology, I learned that eating so much digestible sugar violates the rules and boundaries for health set by the nature of my cells. On a much sadder note, I have lost good friends who at one time tried to convince me that psychosomatic drugs were harmless and later found that some of my friends were dependent and literally were not able to live without them. A few of them did not to stay in the game of life. Others lost much of the vitality of life when they attempted to redefine the rules nature to conform to their own beliefs and pleasures.
As I study and understand the rules and boundaries of life, all this makes a lot more sense to me. There are many things we can influence, especially in ourselves and our society as we strive to understand the rules that govern life and play well within them. The more we understand these, the better we can play and enjoy the game. I have also noted that those that learn how to play the game of life well can inspire others to live up to their full potential. We are not alone in this life, we all have almost infinite capacity within our natural bounds. Let us learn how to play life within the rules and bounds that are set by nature. Why not give our bodies the nutritious food, exercise, rest and a reason to work for the greater good that it requires. We may not understand the rules and boundaries very well at first, but we certainly find out quite a bit along the way. May we be wise and aware as we continue together on this incredible journey of discovery.


What Happened in Charlottesville?

It is difficult to describe the emotional terrain of my heart right now. I moved to Charlottesville, VA only a year ago. It felt like home. I was greeted with a diverse variety of people, mostly peaceable and happy, many had dreams, influenced by the University atmosphere and Thomas Jefferson’s vision, many are well educated and somewhat opinionated. It is fertile ground for positive growth in all areas; it invited me in, it was hopeful and upbeat, promising, a great place for my family.

As I was traveling internationally the last few weeks, I saw quite the opposite as events happening in my hometown were flooding the national and international news. Faces inflamed with hate, carrying torches, driven by mob mentality, stories of mass violence that might have been written 160 years ago during the US Civil War, were coming from my town, published for all to see. Embers of hate that should have long gone out were fueled and fanned into frenzied flames. In the world eye, the small college town of Charlottesville was made synonymous with civil unrest and hatred. How did this happen?

Was this staged, was it done on purpose? The faces of the mobsters on the news were not those of the people found on the streets of Charlottesville. Was it the intention of the leaders of Charlottesville to transform our town into a showplace of racial controversy and bigotry?  If so, they did a great job; if not so then they must be ready to carefully examine the factors that allowed this to happen.  The statue of a respected confederate general that has stood in Charlottesville for generations, a simple monument to local history, not even remotely offensive to the vast majority of the local citizens, was somehow allowed to be turned overnight into a symbol of subjection and racial supremacy. Who allowed this to happen?

Last month a handful of people dressed up in sheets and pointy hats walked through the historic downtown mall of Charlottesville to protest of the plans to remove the statue. Instead of the pointing fingers, chuckles, and a few angry shouts that I would think this kind of a “protest” deserves, it was met with a large-scale mobilization of police force and crowd control that of itself is worthy of media attention. If only a few people with the embers of hate burning in their heart can gain such a stranglehold on a community by walking down a street, this only serves as an open invitation to embolden those who still carry these embers of hatred to fan the embers into a flame. Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.  Listen to this counsel.

With such an attractive invitation, hate groups came from afar in greater numbers, murder in their heart, the fuel was ignited, blood has been spilt. It will be hard to clean up the ashes. My heart is saddened. Why did we have to sacrifice our Charlottesville of all places at this time to such an awful cause.  Please, let us learn from our mistakes.

After the mobsters boarded their buses and left Charlottesville, from all exterior appearances, it is still the vibrant community it was before they came.  Let us strive to keep it that way, along with all the great communities we have built across our country.  Time to read up on history…