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2. Protein deficiency caused by poor absorption
3. Protein assimilation and premature aging
4. The healing properties of amino acids
5. How to heal your gut with quality digestible proteins
6. Quality protein: The Foundation Formula
7. What's wrong with popular protein products
8. Why healthy digestion is the cornerstone of good health
9. The second brain
10. Why conventional medicine fails
11. Who benefits from Foundation Formula?
12. Healing cancer, slowing aging
13. Healing childrens' health
14. Reviving liver function
15. Holistic healing with nutrition
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In this exclusive NaturalNews interview, Mike Adams interviews Tom Staverosky, president of ForeverWell (www.Foreverwell.com) about a unique fermented protein product that shows benefits for migraine sufferers and people with digestive disorders such as IBS. Adams was not paid for this interview and earns nothing from the sale of the product discussed here.
Protein deficiency caused by poor absorption
Mike: Let us start from the top. You have an interesting product that has a multitude of uses and is based on fish protein. What is this product, how did you come up with it, and what are some of its applications?
Tom: In my study of natural medicine over the last fifteen years, one of the things that inspired me was the number of doctors who told me 80 percent of the people walking into their offices -- regardless of what disease they had -- were protein malnourished. Not because they weren't eating adequate protein, but because they were not digesting and absorbing it properly.
In order to try and improve that situation, digestive enzymes or probiotics were used, but a lot of the doctors felt their patients still needed supplemental protein. However, when they used the various protein powders, shakes, and other protein sources that are available in the marketplace, they found that they had little therapeutic value.
They could get some therapeutic benefit from individual amino acids or amino acid blends, but essentially what I learned was the real frustration amongst the natural medicine community relative to protein metabolism issues in all kinds of ill patients. I, for a variety of reasons, happened to come across research in the critical care arena.
Protein is a main component of the body. If you take the water out of the body -- which is about 70 to 80 percent of the body's weight -- what is left is about 70 percent protein. Protein plays a role in every function of the body: hormones, tissue repair agents, and enzymes are all protein derivatives.
I became intrigued by this possibility that protein malabsorption was a real problem for a wide variety of conditions. I went to the library and looked for books on how the body digests, absorbs, and utilizes protein. I dug in the medical literature looking for it and really could not find much. The only thing I could find that seemed to be of real scientific value was studies done in the body building and the athletic markets, which did not seem to have a lot of implications for the chronically ill.
Mike: Let me ask you a question about that, because many people reading this article might think that protien concerns only apply to body builders, not to the average person. They may think they get plenty of protein in beef or soy or whatever protein source they consume. Isn't it true that many of us, even in industrialized nations, are eating protein but not absorbing it?
Tom: Absolutely. The old saying, "You are what you eat," ought to be replaced with, "You are what you digest, absorb, and assimilate." It seems that the rampant digestive dysfunction that doctors see in so many chronically ill patients -- I do not care what disease you are talking about, the doctors will say that whether it is diagnosed or not -- is playing a role on these diseases. In particular, the body's ability to digest, absorb, and utilize protein. It does not matter how much protein we are eating. The question should be, are we absorbing and assimilating it?
Mike: I want to add that, of course, DNA is made of protein chains or protein bonds, and there are proteins surrounding DNA that also control how DNA is expressed, correct?
Tom: Yes. What was fascinating was that it was difficult to find any good, clear medical research on protein utilization. You can learn more about how a chicken digests, absorbs, and utilizes protein than you can a human being. Why? Because we raise chickens for money.
I was finally guided to some information in critical care research. This is an area where you might think, "Well, what does critical care have to do with arthritis or migraines or athletes trying to recover from a serious workout?" or other applications where protein seems to play a role in our daily lives.
Well, interestingly enough, in critical care they are concerned about bacterial translocation and maintaining the integrity of a gut wall. Those are protein metabolism issues. Essentially, when people are in critical care, it is because they have gone through some surgery or trauma, and they are being tube-fed directly into their stomachs. The doctor's main focus is getting protein nutrition into the patient, because if you cannot provide outside sources of protein, then the body will start to break down. The body will begin to break down muscle protein and other proteins within the body for essential needs.
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