Be Prepared-Disaster in Japan

With the uncertainty of what is happening in Japan, we want to assure you that we have what you will need in the advent of a disaster that may affect us all. If there is another event like Chernobyl in 1986, we need to be prepared for it to affect us in the US. When unfortunate events such as the horrific earthquake occur, it does resonate throughout the world, not just one country. Leaking radiation will circle the globe, and holistic practitioners will be the first line of defense for the population. We understand how radiation affects the human body and what can be done to prevent any illness or remove any radiation that is absorbed by the body. Along with specific iodine products, Lamonica is the foremost product in that line of defense. Taking iodine when not needed can be detrimental to one’s health, according to NBC’s medical advisors. Lamonica is a physician prescribed product that cannot be purchased in any store. We have increased our stock to be prepared for all our patients and students.

What is Lamonica?

Lamonica is a predigested Brown Algae Super-Concentrate.  It has been proven to balance thyroid function, and detoxify the body from heavy metals and radiation. Specifically formulated for human consumption it is safe for vegetarians, vegans and diabetics.  Lamonica contains the vital properties of: Alginate, a natural absorbent of heavy metals and Laminarin, a Polysaccharide.  It contains Beta 1.3/1.6 glucan and Fucoidan, another Polysaccharide. It stimulates the immune system and heavy metal detoxification, including Mercury, Lead, Uranium, Strontium.

But what is Fucoidan? Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide which is found in brown seaweed such as mozuku, wakame, and kombu (Laminaria japonica). It is a common element of kelp (general name for brown seaweed) and other sea plants. The “slimy” component of seaweeds is a rich source of fucoidan, which is a general term referring to a group of polysaccharides containing sulfated fucose – an essential sugar. Numerous studies have found that polysaccharides, a class of dietary fiber contained in brown algae, have many health benefits. In Japan, fucoidan extracted from brown seaweed has been clinically shown to increase natural killer cell activity as well as improve activation of macrophage, T-cells and B-cells. Scientific research proposes that many health conditions could be positively impacted by the regular consumption of fucoidan.

Among the conditions that can be affected are: immune system modulation, cancer, heart disease, rheumatism and arthritis (types of inflammation), high blood pressure, infectious disease, gastrointestinal function, and more. Modulation is a term used to describe the process of reducing the extremes of cellular activity – either stimulation or inhibition. Immune modulating substances have the ability to work in both directions. They can boost the immune system when it is depressed (referring to conditions such as chronic fatigue) and can also suppress the immune system when it is over-stimulated (such as in the case of autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis). Most immune modulating agents work by improving inter-cellular communication. One way that cells communicate is by presenting on their surface complex, information-rich protein (glycoprotein) macromolecules linked with molecules of saccharides or sugars (polysaccharides). An inter-cell “message” depends on the structure of saccharides. For example, one message might tell a cell to start producing specific chemicals, and another message might tell a cell when to divide. Cells have glycoprotein receptor molecules, which can read messages from other cells and respond accordingly. The immune system depends heavily on this kind of communication to co-ordinate cellular defense, apoptosis, cell attack and repair processes. When any of saccharides required to build capable glycoprotein – and thereby to pass on a correct message – is missing, the quality of that communication is jeopardized.

It has been shown that a dietary supply of certain saccharides from brown seaweed improves the integrity of glycoprotein production. Fucoidans provide an abundant supply of fucose, one of the necessary saccharides, and also provide smaller amounts of several other required sugars. This is likely to be one mechanism which enables the fucoidans to have their immunomodulatory effect.

Fucoidan may also prove helpful in eliminating harmful cells through a process called apoptosis. Apoptosis is a term for the programmed process of a cell “bursting” and dying. Sulfated polysaccharides like fucoidan have been shown to assist in inducing appropriate programmed apoptosis, which is a natural process where living organisms eliminate harmful cells. The ability to induce apoptosis is desirable, for example, when attempting to kill tumor tissue.

A study done in the early 1960’s seems to confirm the traditional belief that sea vegetables have an antibacterial effect in the intestines. Moreover, in the test tube, seaweed extract was shown to be an effective antibiotic drug against common food poisoning bacteria. Sea vegetables have even been shown to inhibit the growth of herpes virus in test tubes.

As a result of this research, a few new medicines have been developed from this underwater harvest, such as laminin, which is used to reduce blood pressure. The most important discovery about sea vegetables for modern living, however, is their ability to cleanse the body of toxins. This powerful cleansing action has been linked to a substance called alginic acid. Alginic acid is a polysaccharide that is abundant in those sea vegetables classified as brown algae, including kombu, hijiki, arame, and wakame. Scientific researchers, including a team led by Dr. Tanaka at McGill University, have demonstrated that alginic acid binds with any heavy metals found in the intestines, renders them indigestible, and causes them to be eliminated. So, any heavy metals, such as barium, cadmium, lead, mercury, zinc, and even radioactive strontium, that may be present in the intestines will not be absorbed by the body when alginic acid is present.

Doctors Seibin and Teruko Arasaki, Japanese scientists who have published several books about sea vegetables, also report this cleansing property of alginic acid in their book, Vegetables From the Sea. They conclude, “Heavy metals taken into the human body are rendered insoluble by alginic acid in the intestines and cannot, therefore, be absorbed into body tissues.” What’s more, Dr. Tanaka’s research has shown that the alginic acid in sea vegetables actually helps bind and draw out any similar toxins that are already stored in our bodies, thus “lowering the body’s burden.”

Brown algae’s natural affinity for binding with toxic non-organic heavy metals may soon be exploited by industry. Research conducted over the last decade has shown that treating heavy metal-bearing industrial effluents with brown algae is an effective and economical way to detoxify industrial waste. The process, called “biomass biosorption,” is particularly effective for lead and cadmium.

One Response to “Be Prepared-Disaster in Japan”

  • Debbie:

    Good morning, Dennis, and thank you for a very informative article. I wonder if you could share what the daily dosage is for Lamonica and how you would recommend using it (i.e. start right away or wait until the effects of the tragedy in Japan are obviously taking place here)? Also, can you tell us how to get this product and how much it costs?

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