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Local Commentary -- 'Missing Link' to health, wellness

By Andrea Bright

If there was a major scientific discovery, which had the potential to support the body's ability to forestall or overcome almost any health challenge, would you want to know about it?

For centuries, we have been told "we are what we eat." Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, stated "Let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine. Never before has science validated the truth of this wisdom. The new emerging field of glycobiology, also known as glycomics, poignantly validates Hippocrates' assertion.

Glycobiology is the study of a group of saccharides commonly called glyconutrients, which are essential to proper bodily function. Researchers have learned that every cell in our body communicates by utilizing a Braille-like alphabet of eight glyconutrients. If a person is missing any of these necessary, biologically-active saccharides, the cells cannot communicate properly; the result of which is the body's inability to heal itself.

Of the 200 monosaccharides that occur naturally in plants, the body, for healthy functions predominantly uses these eight: Glucose, mannose, fucose, galactose, xylose, N-acetlyglucosmine, N-acetylgalactosamine, and N-acetylneuraminic acid. Of these eight important saccharides, only two are commonly found in the current American diet. To compensate, our body has the ability to construct the other six from these primary saccharides. However, this synthesis is susceptible to interference from inadequate nutrition, stress, existing disease, toxins, insomnia and other factors. Converting saccharides entails a sequence of enzymatic, chemical reactions, generating intermediate molecules in the process. These reactions can rob valuable energy from our daily living, which often leaves us tired and exhausted. If the body is deficient in one or more of the enzymes needed to complete the sugar conversion, (due to toxins, stress, poor diet, etc.) then the result is often severe and chronic weakness and increased susceptibility to sickness and premature aging.

Over 20,000 studies on the effects of glyconutrients and their synthesizing structure with proteins, glycoproteins, have been published in medical journals globally. Studies on the glycoproteins of cells have resulted in four Nobel Prizes awarded in Medicine and Physiology in the area of cellular communication.

Craig Hermanson has been teaching glyconutriton to health professionals for the past nine years. Craig has taught this new technology all across the U.S., Canada, and Germany. He will be conducting a public seminar in Morris. The public is invited to learn about Glycobiology and discover why many scientists and doctors see glyconutrients as "the missing link to total health."

The seminar is Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at the Old #1 Southside.

Andrea Bright is a Cyrus resident.