In this episode Nigel Howitt and Dr Zach Bush discuss the new health paradigm that is emerging as a result of joining all the dots of the latest scientific medical discoveries while reminding ourselves of the broader context. The first point to note is that these days it is absolutely necessary to think outside the box and to ask root cause questions to achieve health. It is no longer satisfactory to just go along with what ever your Medical Doctor (or GP) says, because he is increasingly likely to be misinformed, if well intentioned.
Dr Zach Bush is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country – with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. The breakthrough science that Dr. Bush and his colleagues have delivered offer profound new insights into human health and longevity. In 2012 he discovered a family of carbon-based redox molecules made by bacteria. He and his team subsequently demonstrated that this cellular communication network functions to compensate for glyphosate, and many other dietary, chemical, and pharmaceutical toxins that disrupt our body’s natural defense systems. This science has resulted in a revolutionary class of dietary supplements, including the product, RESTORE.
A very brief history of medicine
A few hundred years ago it was common place to see excrement in the streets. There were no flushing toilets or running water in most cities. We learned of the necessity for clean water and sanitation, and now diseases like Cholera and Typhoid are no longer a part of everyday life. Joseph Lister (1827 and 1912) was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. He promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. His ideas brought us up-to-date with the need to keep wounds clean. Then in 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered penicilin and there began the age of antibiotics and the mass “bacteriacide” that has ensued ever since.
In 1953 Francis Crick (1916-2004) and James Watson (born 1928 and now aged 89) identified the structure of DNA and went on to win the nobelpeace prize in 1962. It was now trumpeted as all being in the DNA! The human genome project enthusiastically set about mapping our genes expecting to find about 200,000 genes since that is the approxomate number of proteins making up the human body. They found only about 20,000. This should have been BIG news, but the mainstream paid little attention.
Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene function that do not involve changes in the DNA sequence. It emerged as the science of how the environment influences the coding of our genetic expression by switching on and off specific genes. Much of what was once considered ‘junk DNA’ is also responsible for switching genes on or off as well.
In the early 2000’s there were advances in technology allowing the identification of microbes and bacteria enabling the mapping of the human gut microbiome. It was discovered in California Universities that various bacterial profiles correlated with particular diseases and cancers. A link between health and the microbiome was established.
New discoveries made by Dr Zach Bush
In 2012 Zach Bush discovered redox signalling molecules in soil and made the link that bacteria are making these molecules that are crucial for cell to cell communication and absolutely key to human health because of how they facilitate/enable cellular repair. Dr Bush has made numerous other discoveries around the microbiome and the importance of the gut. For example that breathing in airborne microbes is at least as important as diet in seeding the gut with bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
Zach Bush routinely asks root-cause questions and challenges the assumptions that many others in medical research still accept. He continues to shed new light on how the immune system keeps us in health and the central role played by the microbiome in the human gut.
We are genetically outnumbered many times over by our own mitochondria (the energy producing organelles inside human cells) plus the genetic material of all the bacteria and fungi and viruses in the human gut. According to Dr Bush our genetic expression is largely determined by these microbes. This is great news because it gives us the knowledge to exert great influence over our health outcomes by focusing on the health of our gut and our mitochondria through a variety of lifestyle choices. Health really is a choice.
Since the 1950’s soils used for food production have become less and less fertile do to the relentless application of NPK fertilisers and the abandonment of composting and crop rotation in the so-called ‘green revolution’. The reduction in nutrition for plants led to an explosion of diseases and pests. This in turn led to the production of pesticides and herbicides to combat this new ‘problem’. Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ came on the market from 1976. Its use has spread dramatically and in 1992 it began to be used as a dessicantto dry out and kill wheat crops making them ready for harvest. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and is now the most widely used herbicide on the planet.
Glyphosate is an antibiotic that kills single celled organisms and therefore kills the bacteria and other microbes in the soil. It also blocks the shikimate pathway preventing plants from making 3 essential amino acids and preventing them from making the alkaloids. Alkaloids are the compounds that give our food its medicinal qualities as Dr Bush explains in the podcast. Glyphosate residues in the food we eat and particularly in wheat then enters the human body and does more damage. It destroys the integrity of the gut lining and kills the bacteria in the gut. It has been classed as a probable carcinogen and is a known endocrine system disruptor. Glyphosta is bad news all round yet the official story inside the Matrix declares it safe!
Check out the full interview with Dr Zach Bush for the whole fascinating story that ultimately leaves us empowered to choose health using lifestyle choices and the help of a wonderful product called RESTORE in the short term.
I hope you feel as empowered as I do with this exciting information that puts us all in the drivers seat for a healthy future. Feel free to join the conversation and leave a comment below.