Glossary

ALA, alpha-lipoic acid, is found in every cell in the body and plays an important role in detoxification. ALA can cross the blood-brain barrier, so it helps release toxins from the brain. In a process known as chelation, ALA binds to heavy metals so they can be excreted through the liver, kidneys and skin. ALA also supports the liver’s ability to eliminate toxins during detoxification.

ATP is adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the body’s currency: the cells spend what they need and deposit the rest in the bank, the liver, where it is stored until needed to power various body functions. To produce ATP, mitochondria combust oxygen, in much the way your automobile engine burns oxygen to release the energy in gasoline, though in a far less explosive fashion. As we inhale oxygen, it is transported through the bloodstream to the mitochondria in cells throughout the body, where they convert energy from the food we eat into ATP.

Autophagy, Greek for “self-eating,” is the garbage collection service inside the cells, the process by which cellular waste is broken down, and dead and damaged mitochondria are recycled to harvest proteins, the building blocks of new cells.

BDNF, brain-derived neurotropic factor, is a hormone that triggers the growth of new neurons and stem cells in the brain, repairing crucial brain structures.

Clostrium difficile, or C-diff, is a debilitating form of colitis. It is linked to an imbalance in the gut caused by antibiotic use.

Coconut oil, while not a nutritional supplement, is jet-fuel for the brain. It is a medium-chain triglyceride, which means it goes through the intestinal wall without causing an insulin spike and enters the mitochondria inside cells. Take 2 tablespoons daily, 1 tablespoon in the morning and 1 tablespoon mid-afternoon or at night before starting your 18-hour fast. After your detox, you can add coconut oil to soup and tea.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, activates the genes that turn on powerful antioxidants in the brain.

DHA-EPA, docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, are omega-3 fatty acids important for brain health and preventing Alzheimer’s. They’re found in fish, nuts, seeds, and certain oils, but supplements are recommended.

DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid that is extremely important for brain health; in fact, it makes up 40 percent of the brain. Breast milk is nearly 50 percent DHA. DHA works closely with another omega-3 fatty acid, EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid. Both are found in fish, nuts, seeds, and certain oils. Since the body doesn’t make DHA-EPA, it’s recommended that you take 3 grams daily as fish oil or an algae derivative. The best DHA comes from krill. Researchers have noted an 85 percent reduction in the risk for Alzheimer’s among people with high levels of DHA in their diet. [1]

DMT, or dimethyltryptamine is a psychedelic compound that has been referred to as “the spirit molecule.” DMT is chemically analogous to Serotonin which is also known as the “feel good” or “happiness” hormone.

The East direction of the Medicine Wheel is associated with the eagle and condor. This direction teaches that everything that appears to be outside of our lives is actually inside. Owning our projections allows us to come into a proper relationship with them and create the world of our dreams. The same is true of the “back doors” in our lives which siphon our vital life force and prevent us from making our dreams reality.

GSTM1 gene is necessary for making glutathione, and nearly half the world is missing one or more of the genes necessary to produce enough glutathione.

Gene expression refers to the process by which DNA is used to make proteins that perform essential functions in the body.

Glutathione is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. And as a detoxifying agent, it serves as a sort of lint brush, picking up toxins in the body and carrying them to the liver for processing. Glutathione boosts your immunity and helps you build and maintain muscle.

HPA axis or the fight-or-flight system, consists of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, pea-sized structures in the brain, and the adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys. When you sense danger, perceived or real, the brain launches a distress response in the HPA axis, reducing the blood flow to your prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that can see possibilities.

IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) is a protein closely associated with insulin, and a growth factor we need when we are young and are growing fingers and toes. But as adults, high levels of IGF-1 are associated with pathological growth.

Illumination is a practice of shamanic energy healing used to remove imprints from the Luminous Energy Field.

Ketones are jet fuel for the brain. Consuming healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, and olive oil fuels the brain in the form of ketone bodies—chemicals the liver makes from fatty acids when we have to burn fat instead of glucose.

Ketonogenic diet is one high in plant foods and healthy fats.

Luminous Energy Field (LEF) is an invisible matrix that informs the anatomy of the body. It contains a template of how we live, how we age, and how we die. When there is no imprint for disease in the LEF, recovery from illness happens at tremendous speed. By the same token, imprints for diseases can depress the immune system, and it can take an extremely long time for us to regain our health during an illness. When we erase the negative imprint that caused the onset of illness, the immune and repair system can rapidly eradicate the disease.

The Medicine Wheel is a teaching tool that originated with ancient indigenous people of the Americas, but is integral to all earth-based spiritual traditions. These traditions honor the feminine principle, the Mother archetype, and the relationship with Spirit.
Though the practices associated with the medicine wheel vary among the different indigenous groups of the Americas, I was taught by my teachers in the Amazon to begin in the South, then move clockwise to the West, the North and the East.

MicroRNAs are single strands of plant genetic material which circulate through our bloodstream, switching genes on and off. [2] These microscopic strands regulate our cholesterol levels and direct the destruction of invading viruses and bacteria. MiRNAs are the ultimate social networkers, sending messages quickly to individual genes. They have the power to switch on the genes that create health and to switch off the genes that create cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many of the other ailments of civilization.

Mitochondria are the power centers of your cells. Inherited only from the mother, they represent the feminine life force. Not only are mitochondria the body’s fuel factories, metabolizing oxygen to produce the fuel for life, but they are also the keepers of the body’s death clock, controlling the process of cell suicide, or programmed cell death, known as apoptosis. When the death clock is running properly, old cells know exactly when they need to die to be replaced by healthy new ones. But when the death clock is off, cells don’t know they need to die, and the result is cancer. Or they die off too quickly, and the result is accelerated aging.

The North direction of the Medicine Wheel is associated with the hummingbird, and the gift of the North is insight. Just as a hummingbird makes the seemingly impossible migration from Canada all the way to Brazil, we too can embark on the epic mythic journey when Spirit calls. Although we don’t know where we’re going or how we’ll get there, we learn how to follow the soul’s guidance to the sweetest nectar to sustain us on our way. The Way of the Hummingbird teaches the shaman’s practice of Invisibility and how to step outside of linear time and into sacred time in the infinite. There, we can heal the past and chart new destinies to become self-referencing and assume the role of author of our own story, to burn all of our limiting roles.

Power animal is an emissary from Spirit, come to guide you in taking the next step in your development. Power animals are protectors and teachers.

Pterostilbene, found in blueberries and grapes, has been shown to lower cholesterol and glucose, and reduce blood pressure. Working together, Pterostilbene and trans-resveratrol prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses. Trans-resveratrol works upstream, regulating the genes that activate apoptosis—programmed cell death, or cell suicide—while pterostilbene works downstream, turning off the genes that allow cancer cells to grow and proliferate.

ProAlive Probotic resettles healthy flora in the gut and facilitates digestion. Take 5 drops in water. (You can order ProAlive Probiotic at www.ascendedhealth.com.).

The South direction of the Medicine Wheel. The South is considered the domain of the serpent: in indigenous cosmology, the Milky Way is the Sky Serpent. In all cultures the serpent archetype represents sexuality and the life force. Eastern traditions associate the serpent with kundalini, a vital force often depicted as a snake coiled at the base of the spine. The serpent represents the instincts and literal thinking: everything is just as we see it, without nuance or ambiguity, summed up in the expression, “It is what it is.” In this mode, feeling and emotion are not involved. Like the cold-blooded serpent, we act unsentimentally.

S-Acetyl Glutathione is the first truly bioavailable form of glutathione, which scavenges free radicals. It protects DNA from damage and is crucial for energy metabolism and optimal mitochondrial function. [3] It also supports detoxification of the liver, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. [4] Take 1 gram daily for one week.

SOD, or superoxide dismutase, is the ultimate antioxidant, an enzyme that neutralizes free radicals in a ratio of over a million to one—one molecule of SOD kills one million free radicals. You can upgrade your body’s ability to manufacture SOD by taking supplements of trans-resveratrol and turmeric. You can also boost SOD by adding pterostilbene-rich foods to your diet—eating more blueberries and grapes, for example—or by taking a pterostilbene supplement.

Turmeric, a spice identified as a superfood, increases levels of SOD, or superoxide dismutase, and glutathione—two antioxidants important to brain functioning that are described in detail in Chapter 6, Resetting the Death Clock. The dosage is 1 gram a day of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

Trans-Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, red grape skins, and certain berries, turns on longevity genes and triggers the production of antioxidants. Resveratrol also boosts SOD and glutathione, the brain’s super antioxidants.

Vitamin C is essential for detoxification processes. Take 2,000 milligrams (mg).

Vitamin B12 is essential for liver detoxification and for repairing the myelin sheath around neurons. It is also needed for preserving the integrity of DNA for cell reproduction and for production of neurotransmitters. Most Americans are B12 deficient. Take sublingual methylcobalamin B12—a more concentrated form—2,000 micrograms (mcg) a day.

Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D that the body manufactures when it’s exposed to sunlight. But even if you spend a great deal time outdoors, it’s unlikely you’re getting enough vitamin D3. Fish and fish liver oils are almost the only dietary sources of vitamin D, although egg yolks, beef liver, fortified milk, and cheese contain small amounts.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to seasonal depression, diabetes, dementia, and autoimmune disorders. Individuals who take 600 international units (IU) or more of vitamin D3 show 50 percent less dementia and Alzheimer’s than control groups. [5]

The West direction of the Medicine Wheel. The West direction is associated to the jaguar and where one explores inherited ancestral and karmic patterns that propel you toward a certain destiny. The promise of the West direction is to feel at home and safe regardless of any danger that surrounds us, and to live free of chronic disease. Doing the work of the jaguar, we discover that life provides everything we need. Jaguar imparts the confidence to step out and boldly explore, sure that we’re headed where we need to go and that we’re moving in synch with our life’s purpose.


[1] Morris, M.C., et al, “Consumption of Fish and N-3 Fatty Acids and Risk of Incident Alzheimer’s Disease,” Archives of Neurology 60, no. 7 (July 2003): 940–46.
[2] Hervé Vaucheret and Yves Chupeau, “Ingested Plant miRNAs Regulate Gene Expression in Animals,” Cell Research 22 (October 25, 2011): 3–5.
[3] Parris M. Kidd, “Glutathione: Systemic Protectant Ag ainst Oxidative and Free Radical Damage,” Alternative Medicine Review 2, no. 3 (1997): 155–176.
[4] Jeffrey D. Peterson, et al, “Glutathione Levels in Antigen-presenting Cells Modulate Th1 Versus Th2 Response Patterns,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 95, no. 6 (March 17, 1998): 3071–6.
[5] J.S. Buell, et al, “25-HydroxyvitaminD, Dementia, and Cerebrovascular Pathology in Elders Receiving Home Services,” Neurology 74, no. 1 (January 5, 2010): 18–26.

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