Sugar's gift to you: Blackstrap Molasses

The ABCs of Biotech for Christians - Third in a series - B is for Blackstrap Molasses

Though we may think of unfriendly and scary things when we think of biotech, it also encompasses the world of beautiful plants and their derivatives in relation to human health and other fields.

Molasses is the concentrate or residual remaining after beet (from sugar beets) or cane (from sugar cane) is cooked to refine it, and the Blackstrap version is the most concentrated form, distilled only from cane sugar. Where the name originated is uncertain but it is a good description of the product, black and loopy like a strap.

White, refined, crystallized sugar is warned against by many health and medical authorities as the main cause of obesity, hair loss, allergies, hypertension, diabetes and many other ailments. Molasses is hailed as a remedy for many diseases and a supplement for healthy hair, skin, joints and even mental-emotional deficits.

Cancer research has shown that people who eat sugary foods have more advanced stages of cancer and that these foods cause cancer growth. Yet blackstrap molasses may help to reverse cancer growth. These are things are easy to look up on the internet.

A clinical trial to discover if cancer may be a single disease with a multitude of manifestations is described on the National Center for Biotechnology Information subsite of the National Health Institutes website. A regimen of health supplements was used to treat patients who had many different types of cancer, and blackstrap molasses gets the first mention.

Our working hypothesis was that by re-supplying critical nutrients to cancer patients in an oral nutritional supplement cocktail and simultaneously cleansing the digestive and excretory systems by using the described methods of past centuries of medicine, we might cure a wide range of or perhaps all types cancers. Essential ingredients of the supplement include blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar, sulfur, quinine, rose oil, folic acid, vitamin B12 and molecular iodine [patent pending]. This supplement is currently being tested in a variety of stage III-IV cancer patients refractory to current therapies.

In conclusion, this paper presents the case that multiple, concurrent nutritional deficiencies may play a fundamental role in tumorigenesis and suggests that the disease process could be reversed by re-supplying the required nutrients in adequate amounts. In addition, a new approach to cancer is advocated that would unify our traditional mechanistic, physico-chemical methodologies with subtle energy-based concepts, under the umbrella of contemporary rigorous scientific testing methods. (ref)

Blackstrap molasses is called a “diabetes-friendly” sweetener because it is digested slowly. On the internet we even find that it may even cure diabetes (ref) and help with weight loss (ref). It contains calcium and magnesium to help guard against osteoporosis and potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure.

Sugar cane molasses is under study to produce a nutraceutical for iron deficiency which is a serious health problem that debilitates about 1.6 billion people globally every year. (ref) It is also being researched for a treatment in inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Depending on how energetic you feel, you can either make your own Blackstrap Molasses Coffee Alternative or grow your own sugar cane and make your own molasses.

Did biotech cause autism?

The ABCs of Biotech for Christians - Second in a series - A is for Autism

Autism often is referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since it manifests in various ways, from few disabilities to many. Wikipedia defines autism as “a developmental disorder characterized by troubles with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two or three years of their child’s life.”

What would cause this change in the young child’s health? What caused the fogging of the child’s natural abilities?

An article on the National Center for Biotechnology Information subsite of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website names immunoexcitotoxity as a major cause of autism, and indicts fluoride and aluminum as two agents that may play a role in the tragedy. An abstract of the article on PubMed led me to the full article. PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the NIH.

Since medical research articles are necessarily complex, it may be best for this blog post to simply reference the article and encourage anyone seeking more information to delve into it. You could start by breaking apart that long word:

immuno-
representing immune, immunity, or immunology
excito-
very active
toxicity-
poisonous
excitotoxicity-
a destruction of nerve cells by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters such as glutamate and similar substances

A neurotransmitter is a chemical that is made by nerve cells and used to communicate with other cells, including other nerve cells and muscle cells.

Glutamate is a pivotal transmitter in the brain, the crucial link in circuits involved in memory, learning and perception. Too much glutamate leads to seizures and the death of brain cells. Excessive glutamate release is also one of the main reasons that people have brain damage after strokes. (ref)

If you want to find out why glutamate could cause a fogging of the brain, try eating food that has a lot of MSG. You very well may feel dizzy and find it hard to think straight. MSG or monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer that you can read much more about on the internet.

Putting all the pieces together that the article presents may be too difficult for the average layperson. Getting the gist of it, that fluoride in a water supply, and aluminum (A13) in vaccines must be addressed, may be the best we can do.

This paragraph sums up the research findings— Be brave and read it!

Chronic activation of the brain's immune system increases extracellular glutamate levels sufficiently to trigger the excitotoxic cascade, which in conjunction with inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins, magnifies the damaging effects of both. This mechanism explains most of the features of the ASD, including the behavioral difficulties, language problems, repetitive behaviors, intellectual delay, and episodic dyscontrol of anger. In addition, these mechanisms explain the pathological findings as well, including the changes in the cerebellum, abnormalities in connectivity and the widespread activation of microglia and astrocytes. It also explains why ASD has not disappeared despite the removal of mercury from most childhood vaccines, since excessive immune activation is the initiating and sustaining event in ASD. Evidence is presented that the abundance of fluoride added to the water worldwide and the widespread availability of aluminum particularly to infants and young children through aluminum containing vaccinations, singly or together as aluminofluoride can be potent factors in producing the condition of immunoexcitotoxicity that leads to the pathological changes seen in ASD. The vaccination program should be evaluated to reduce the excessive stimulation of immature immune system and to replace Al3+-adjuvants.

Inventing vaccines that comprise aluminum as an adjuvant (something added in) for whatever reasons, is clearly biotech and so is adding fluoride to water. Fluoride's ability to damage the brain is one of the most active areas of fluoride research today. Over 300 studies have found that fluoride is a neurotoxin (a chemical that can damage the brain). (ref)

Since these things are done, can biotech find ways to reverse their effects? It is heartening to think about biotech healing biotech hurts.

As Christians we can pray for good research studies to affect medical practice, and for autistic children and their families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 59 children in the U.S. has ASD, and it is four times more common among boys. ASD prevalence increased from 6.7 percent per 1,000 children in 2000 to 16.8 percent in 2014.

To find more information on autism and research currently being done, visit ClinicalTrials.gov, and search for autism. Just typing that in the “Condition or disease” text-box will produce a number of suggested studies that you can pursue. You can also search by city, state and country to find out if there is a clinical study near you.

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