All About Barley Juice
By Jann Abrams, R.N. and Janet Pauly, R.N.
If you’re ever on a sinking ship, grab your life jacket first and then your Barley juice! If you are washed up on a deserted island, barley juice is the only food that can supply all your nutritional needs until you are rescued. You may lose a little weight but, for as long as your Barley juice lasts, all of your cells will be well-fed and happy. If you grab your multi-vitamins instead of your Barley juice, you’d better pray for a quick rescue, because synthetic nutrients can never take the place of a whole food.
“Grasses are a complete life sustaining food. If you had to choose one food for survival, it ought to be grass. After all, grass is the primary food for domestic and wild grazing animals and pretty large ones at that – cows, horses, goats, sheep, buffalo, deer, and giraffes. Guinea pigs, chickens, rats and other laboratory animals were losing weight on our finest vegetables, but quickly reversed their downward trends when switched to grass. These animals have long known the truth about grass.” – Sportsman Steve Meyerowitz, Nature’s Finest Medicine, p. 46
Barley juice is a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals and also provides all the essential (not made by the body) amino acids which constitute protein.
“Barley juice has the widest spectrum of all the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins (amino acids) and chlorophyll of any source on earth.” – Dr. Y. Hagiwara, M.D.
“The variety of vitamins and minerals found in barley juice is unmatched by any other single fruit or vegetable.” – Dr. James Balch, M.D. urologist and best selling author, Prescription for Nutritional Healing.
“In raw, leafy vegetables, the nutrients are enclosed inside the fibrous cell walls and cannot be directly absorbed. Juicing extracts the nutrients, which are taken directly into the cells, and promptly revive cells which have become distressed.” – Dr. Y. Hagiwara, M.D.
“Regardless of the extent or length of time you have had sick cells, they will make a Herculean effort to improve when given the right nutrients.” – Dr. Mary Ruth Swope, Ph.D., nutrition educator.
Maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate derived from a fermentation process-using cornstarch, serves a vital purpose to stabilize the nutrients and prevent oxidation in barley juice powder. Barley juice powder, processed with low heat and using other precautions to keep the live enzymes intact, has a shelf life that exceeds three years! Maltodextrin is not a sugar. Therefore, it is safe for diabetics and cancer patients to use.
Barley juice is a powerful immune booster and contains potent antioxidants. One of these antioxidants is called alpha-tocopherol succinate, which may be responsible for much of the barley plant’s anti-tumor action. “Though its mechanism is unknown, laboratory tests show that alpha-tocopherol succinate seems to inhibit several types of cancer, including leukemia, brain tumors and prostate cancer. Leukemic cancer cells were exposed to dehydrated barley grass extract, which killed virtually all of them. Encouraged, the researchers then subjected brain cancer cells to the extract. It eradicated 30-50% of these cells. In the third trial, the extract inhibited the growth of three types of prostate cancer cells by up to 100%.” – Alan L. Goldstein, Ph.D., Chairman of the Biochemistry Department at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in Washington, D.C. (Note: Now a barley juice user.)
Barley juice is one of the highest natural sources of the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), a super scavenger enzyme, which destroys damaging free radicals and contributes to longevity. (Most SOD on the market is extracted from the liver of cattle.) Barley juice also contains DIGI and P4D1, which make SOD even more effective. This was discovered by Dr. K. Kabota, Chairman of Pharmacology Science, University of Tokyo. Not all barley juice products contain SOD. It takes special processing to preserve the enzymes.
Glycosylisovitexin, 2′-0-GIV, is a powerful antioxidant in barley juice, recently discovered by Takayuki Shibamoto, Ph.D., professor and former chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California-Davis. He has published over two hundred scientific papers. 2′-O-GIV is an isoflavonoid that is both water and fat soluble and is capable of preventing atherosclerosis. Studies show it may also play a preventive role in aging, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis and radiation damage. Tests showed that 2′-O-GIV was not present in a sampling of several green powders tested, so it is quite important that the barley powder you use be the highest possible quality. – Inhibition of Malonaidehyde formation by antioxidants, Ogata, Hagiwara, H. Hagiwara, Shibota, JAOCS, Vol. 73, No 5, 1996.
Barley juice is a great aid in bringing the body back into a proper acid-alkaline balance. Spinach has an alkalinity of about 39.6 and barley juice is as high as 66.4.
Barley juice is a rich source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll “increases the functions of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs. It raises the basic nitrogen exchange and is therefore a tonic which, considering its stimulating properties, cannot be compared with any other.” – Food Science for All, New Sunlight theory for Nutrition, E. Bircher, Health Research Press. “Chlorophyll may provide us with protection from low level X-ray radiation. Experiments in the 1950’s demonstrated that radiation-poisoned guinea pigs recovered when chlorophyll rich vegetables were added to their diet.” – The Influence of Diet on the Biological Effects of whole Body Radiation, M. Larbque, Experimental, 6:25, 1950 and Further Studies on Reduction of x-irradiation of Guinea Pigs, by Plant Materials, Quartermaster Food and Container Institute for the Armed Forces Report. N.R. 12-61 by D.H. Calloway, W.K. Calhoun & A.H. Munson, 1961
Barley juice is anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, lowers blood sugar levels and increases endurance according to Dr. Kazuhiko Kuboto, Ph.D. He has performed extensive research on barley leaf extract and discovered many pharmacological functions, including those mentioned above.
Into which of these categories do you fall?
1) In excellent health – Barley juice is the perfect vitamin and mineral nutritonal supplement. It will give you the competitive edge in endurance, and general vitality.
2) Marginal deficiencies of micro-nutrients, but no real symptoms – This affects your mental acuity, your ability to cope with stress, and your body’s ability to resist disease and recover from surgery.
3) Major deficiencies – Skin inflammation, diarrhea, convulsions in infants (Vitamin B deficiency), loss of feeling in arms and legs, extreme fatigue, night blindness, frequent illnesses, severe allergies.
Many drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription, interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption and increase micronutrient requirements. For example, laxatives and mineral oil deplete your body of fat soluble vitamins. Aspirin impairs the utilization of vitamin C and folic acid. Oral contraceptives deplete folic acid, vitamins B6, B12, C and beta carotene. Deficiency of folic acid and beta carotene contribute to cervical cancer.
“Many studies have been conducted on the effects of nutrients on intelligence. When children’s diets were supplemented with vitamins and minerals, their IQ’s were raised. The implication is obvious: the marginal deficiencies seen in some young children are enough to hamper neural function in these children. Other studies have shown that marginal vitamin and mineral deficiencies are associated with poor motivation, abnormalities in attention, perception and personality changes.” – Charles Simone, M.D.
Barley juice powder can be put in children’s juice or milk. Some children enjoy spooning it dry into their mouths. Barley juice can be mixed with water and put in a dropper and fed to infants. It can also be put into baby bottles. Many older children enjoy mixing barley juice themselves, using the hand blender. Some enjoy mixing barley juice with beet and carrot juice. Using a straw is fun and helps bypass the taste buds! Janet Pauly’s grandson has been eating tablespoonfuls of dry barley juice since age two, with no adverse affects.
Studies show that there is a prevalence of nutrient deficiencies in teenagers secondary to dieting for weight control, increased physical activities with physical education and sports activities, greater stress levels, rapid growth, and heavier scholastic requirements. Many teens skip meals, snack, and often eat meals away from home. About 50% of all teens report that they are not concerned about nutrition and only 33% say that they try to eat correctly. A tablespoonful of barley juice every day could help meet a teenager’s nutritional requirements, improve their stamina and coping abilities and even improve their grades.
There are well over 30 million senior citizens in the U.S. alone and this segment of the population is growing. Those who have adopted a healthy lifestyle can remain active and productive. About 50,000 seniors in the U.S. are still drawing a paycheck at age 90! Those who do not choose a healthy lifestyle will probably live the last few years of their life being cared for by others. Factors that affect seniors nutritional health are decreased caloric intake, impaired absorption, poor dentition, drug and nutrient interactions, limited activities or handicaps, low income, altered taste perception, loneliness, lack of transportation or any combination of these.
The National Cancer Institute has presented studies which show that with every five-year increase of age, there is a doubling of the incidence of cancer. The elderly often suffer from nutritional deficiencies, manifested by a weakened immune system, which leaves them prey to respiratory infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, Shingles and other serious health problems.
Because the gastrointestinal tract absorbs nutrients less efficiently with age, the elderly need more nutrients in their diet. One or two of AIM’s PrepZymes® with each meal will assure good digestions and absorption. Barley juice is particularly well suited for this age group because it requires little preparation (as quick as a cup of instant tea), is assimilated very quickly and efficiently if taken on an empty stomach, no chewing is required, is easy to store, and most of all, provides the complete spectrum of nutrients.
Pregnant and Nursing Mothers
Pregnant and nursing mothers require nutrients in greater amounts than the Recommended Daily Allowance. Unfortunately, many of these women do not have a sufficient intake. Healthy cells with healthy DNA result in healthier sperm and ovum, which in turn produces a healthy baby. Janet Pauly’s daughter, Michelle, took only barley juice as a prenatal supplement and delivered a healthy 8 lb. 4 oz. baby boy. Her midwife looked at the ingredients in barley juice and assured her that this was all she would need. When Michelle pumped her breasts, her milk looked like Half-and-Half, with a quarter inch of cream on top that would have to be shaken and mixed before giving to the baby. Michelle quit taking barley juice for one week and the appearance of the milk changed drastically. It looked like skim milk with fat globules suspended in it and it had no cream on top. When she resumed the barley juice, her milk returned to cream. Mom’s who use barley juice have contented babies!
The eleven million diabetics in the United States have an increased need for vitamin and mineral supplementation. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations. When glucose rises to levels above 160 to 170, as it does frequently in even well controlled diabetics, it acts as an osmotic diuretic. This overwhelms the body’s system, causing a substantial loss of water-soluble nutrients, that pass out of the urine. Consequently, diabetes and its complications are as much a result of nutritional wasting as of elevated blood sugar. Taking barley juice will significantly protect from the ravages of diabetes. Alpine garlic offers special protection to a diabetic’s kidney. Many Type II diabetics report healthful drops in blood sugar levels when they take barley juice faithfully. Some Type I diabetics have reported being able to cut down on their insulin.
Countless millions of people have an increased nutrient need because of stress. Nutrient intake should increase when you are under stress. If you normally take small servings of barley juice (2-4 teaspoonfuls daily) then increase to an additional 2-4 tablespoonfuls, if you are under unusual stress.
Whenever the total caloric intake of a dieter drops below 1400 calories per day, it is almost impossible to obtain most vitamins and minerals in adequate amounts. Your nutrient requirements remain the same despite your caloric intake, even during total fasting. Dieters not taking supplemental vitamins and minerals are at risk for nutrient deficiencies. Dieting in the form of skipped meals or fad diets is common and almost guarantees inadequate intakes of necessary nutrients. Because barley juice contains all the nutrients necessary to support life and is low in calories, it is the ideal choice for those trying to lose weight. It is also the perfect liquid supplement for fasting. When nutrient needs are completely met on a daily basis, cravings diminish.
People with Chronic Illnessess
There are an estimated thirty-one million people in this country with serious chronic illnesses. This group is at risk for inadequate nutrient intake because of interactions of medications with micronutrients or because of the effects of various diseases themselves. About thirty-six million people are hospitalized yearly and the nutritional status of seriously ill hospitalized patients is very poor. Their disease or injury increases their nutritional needs, which can precipitate malnutrition and impair the immune system.
A hospitalized patient should talk to their physician and explain that barley juice is a whole food concentrate and they would like to be able to take it during their hospital stay. If the doctor refuses for no medical reason, it would be out of ignorance. Remember, the more serious your health problem, the more barley juice you need to take. Two tablespoons of barley juice powder four times a day is a prudent amount for a very ill person.
People with Feeding Tubes
Barley juice can be mixed with water, poured into a large syringe and pushed into the feeding tube. Every time the patient is given water, two teaspoons of barley juice can be added. Barley juice can also be added to any liquid nutritional supplement. Be sure to flush the tube with water after giving barley juice.
People with Infections
Approximately five million people are in the hospital yearly with infections. The majority of these people have little or no appetite. Infections, even mild ones, increase metabolic losses of a number of vitamins and minerals. At the same time, increased immune response requires increased nutrients. To make matters worse, acute or chronic infections of the gastrointestinal tract impair the absorption of nutrients. Most of these people are on a high dose of antibiotics. This leaves them with no friendly bacteria in the colon, when they need them the most, to aid the immune system in it’s fight against infection. Barley juice is essential to provide nutritional support so the body can heal itself.
People Undergoing Surgery
There are twenty-three million people who undergo surgery every year and their nutritional status is compromised by the trauma of surgery. Some operations interfere with ingestion, digestion and absorption of food. Trauma and wound healing require an increased amount of nutrients. Barley juice should be taken in large amounts for several weeks prior to surgery a
and during the recovery phase. Pre-menopausal women preparing for breast surgery should only have the surgery during the last two weeks of her menstrual cycle, when progesterone levels are highest. Studies have shown substantially better long term success when progesterone levels are higher.
Osteoporosis is the disease that American women are most likely to develop as they age. Every year more than 1.5 million Americans sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture of the hip, spine or wrist. Hip fractures are the most devastating, affecting one-third of all women and one-sixth of all men. Two-thirds of these patents never regain their former level of activity. Half lose their ability to walk independently and one-fourth die within a year of the hip fracture.
The three major myths about osteoporosis:
1. It is a calcium deficiency disease. Most are getting plenty of calcium in their diet.
2. It is an estrogen deficiency disease. This is a fabrication of the pharmaceutical industry with no scientific evidence to support it.
3. It is a disease of menopause. Osteoporosis begins anywhere from five to twenty years prior to menopause, when estrogen levels are still high.
To prevent or reverse osteoporosis, eat a health promoting diet. Consume fresh and simply prepared foods, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. Foods today contain far less vitamins and minerals than in the past, due to changes in farming practices and food processing. This results in chronic, low-level deficiencies of a wide range of micronutrients. For those with osteoporosis, a minimum of two tablespoonfuls of barley juice every day will help ensure adequate nutrients and good bone mineralization. Eating too much concentrated protein, such as meat and dairy, will accelerate bone calcium loss, to the extent that no amount of calcium supplementation can compensate. (Carbonated beverages are also an issue.)
There is no substitute for the use of natural progesterone cream, which will allow new healthy bone to be created. This is vitally important. John Lee, M.D., a foremost hormone researcher, uses 1/16 tsp (10 mg) of progesterone cream every day to protect himself against prostate cancer. Men whose treatment for prostate cancer includes castration or chemical castration are at high risk for osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercises such as walking are essential for both men and women.
“All studies using vitamins and minerals….(along) with chemotherapy and radiation, show the same effect: increased tumor killing and increased protection of normal tissue.” – Charles. Simone M.D. Breast Health, Avery Pub 1995, p. 83
We know that forty percent or more of cancer patients die of malnutrition and that chemotherapy and radiation can exacerbate (hasten) this condition. Barley juice can be given dry under the tongue ¼ table spoon every few minutes or put into a raw juice drink every hour. This is high-octane nutrition, easy to assimilate and will not tax a weakened digestive system.
We know someone who because of metastatic cancer had became so weak that she was bedfast and needed assistance with personal care. She had been so nauseated for fourteen weeks that she could not even swallow water without vomiting. She had a feeding tube directly into her stomach, through which liquid supplement with synthetic vitamins were given several times a day for nourishment, yet her condition was worsening rapidly. We suggested dry barley powder ¼ tsp every fifteen minutes under the tongue (while awake), which she began immediately. The most amazing part was that she experienced no nausea with the barley juice. Within a couple of days, she could drink water and eat solid food again. Within a week, she was able to resume a moderate activity level unassisted! Isn’t it amazing what the body can do with real nutrients and live enzymes! Another victory for barley juice.
There is good evidence that antioxidant supplements can prevent or ameliorate many of the side effects associated with chemotherapy. Tumor cells do not absorb antioxidants as well as normal cells, therefore therapeutic levels of these substances make chemotherapy more selective in targeting cancer cells. Whether or not you choose to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation, it is essential that you protect yourself.
The program outlined below provides a generous amount of protective nutrients, including antioxidants, that will help your immune system and give a more favorable outcome. This program applies to any serious health problem.
You must do everything possible to nourish the body, thereby enhancing the immune function. (Barley juice, two tablespoons, four times a day.)
Your detoxification system also needs to be functioning optimally so the body can excrete pharmaceutical chemicals and metabolic debris from tumor breakdown.
A fresh, whole food diet, as raw as possible, primarily vegetarian without additives. Include a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
Balance your hormones with natural progesterone (both men and women) Men: 1/16 tsp. every day, apply to thin skin and rotate sites. Women: see directions on further in document.
Drink at least eight to ten glasses of Prill water everyday (Best in the early morning and between meals.)
Soak in the bathtub at least three times a week with ¼ cup of Cell Wellness Restorer added or use a foot tub. Soak your feet for twenty minutes to help your body handle damaging stress and to promote rest.
Exercise so that the nutrients will circulate to the cells. If your condition permits, exercise on a rebounder for five minutes, five times a day, to aid the lymphatic system. Walking is also good, even if it is just through the house, several times a day. Do some form of exercise, no matter how little initially.
Other important things: sunshine, fresh air, rest, peace of mind and trust in God. (Meditate on the Word of God, read scriptures concerning healing throughout each day. Find faithful people who will pray for you.)
We know of a sixty-seven year-old lady who chose chemotherapy, but faithfully followed the program above. She did not become anemic, have sores in her mouth, lose her hair or become extremely weak. She maintained a normal, active life throughout her chemotherapy. She did, however, rest more and did simplify her life during this time. It has been two years and she continues to enjoy a very active life. She is thankful for the products that helped support her through her therapy.
Breast Cancer – “The good news is that we know breast cancer is related to ovarian/hormonal activity. The bad news is that we have known this since 1896, just over a hundred years.” – R. Hoover, National Cancer Institute.
What we know: The message of estrogen (either our own or supplemental) to the cells of the uterus, ovary and breasts is to grow and proliferate. Then, in the normal monthly cycle, progesterone comes on the scene and sends the message to the cells to stop their rapid dividing, slow down, and mature.
For every month that there is no progesterone in the body, estrogen’s message becomes deadly because there is nothing to stop the rapid cell proliferation. Every month of estrogen is an opportunity for cancer to start. We believe that if every woman would start using the natural progesterone cream at age thirty, so that she would never have a month of estrogen dominance, the breast cancer rate would drop. Natural progesterone is exactly like the progesterone your body makes, and has no adverse side effects.
Peri-menopausal and Post-menopausal women, whose breast cancer rates are skyrocketing, certainly need natural progesterone. This not only helps prevent breast cancer, but to ameliorate hot flashes and sleep disturbances if they are present. Vaginal dryness can be helped instantly by applying about a tea spoon of natural progesterone into the vagina.
Still having periods: Natural progesterone 1/8 tsp, days 12-28 (apply to thin skin and rotate the sites.) No more periods: Natural progesterone 1/8 tsp. all month except for any three to five day hormone holiday each month.
Note: Synthetic progesterone is called “progestin”. An example is Provera. BEWARE! The deadly combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin like Prempro have a long list of dangerous side effects. Most brands of birth control pills in the U.S. have synthetic estrogen (ethinyl estradiol or mestranol) combined with progestin. The risk of breast cancer is up 30% with one year on oral contraceptives and quadruples after eight to ten years. This is well documented in many studies. Also, there is even more risk if the pill is started before age eighteen. – Dr. Pike, researcher and professor at UCLA; British Med. J; J National Cancer Inst. 87 (11):827-835 )1995
“All hormonal components of oral contraceptives have been found to be carcinogenic in animal models.” – Acta Oncologica 28: 857
Estrogen – Studies have shown that most women have plenty of estrogen throughout their life. Fat cells churn out estrogen. This is why obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer. The more fat cells, the more estrogen! There is a 72% greater risk of fatal ovarian cancer in women using unopposed replacement estrogen therapy for six years or more. This supports the theory that estrogen dominance significantly increased the risk of fatal ovarian cancer. – Am J. Epidemiology 1995; 141:828-835.
Please note that estrogen dominance is not limited to those receiving estrogen replacement therapy. It can occur also when women are progesterone deficient and their natural estrogen is unopposed.
Osteoporosis and Heart Disease – Don’t buy into the myth that estrogen helps either of these diseases. Natural progesterone does, estrogen does not.
Progestins (synthetic progesterone): It is a well known fact that premenopausal women rarely get heart attacks. But after menopause, they quickly catch up with the rate common to men. However, they have more cardiac spasms of the heart muscles and men have more heart attacks caused by clogged arteries.
In a landmark study done by K. Miyagawa at Oregon Regional Research Center, they set out to study the effect of hormones on coronary spasms. The monkeys on the progestin and estrogen suffered unrelenting spasm that would have caused death had they not been injected within minutes with a drug to reverse the spasm. Researchers were unable to induce cardiac spasm in the monkeys that had been treated with natural progesterone. Natural progesterone obviously protects against cardiac spasm (the biggest killer of women) and estrogen and progestin promotes spasm. Use natural progesterone and protect yourself against cardiac spasm.
Women with a progesterone deficiency also have 5.4 times the risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer and a tenfold increase in death from all malignant cancers. (Use natural progesterone.)
Understand the role of genetics. Genetic endowment is what you inherit and genetic expression is the disease you actually get. Genetics are affected by a host of variables, including diet and environmental carcinogens. The fact is that eighty percent of breast cancer patients have a negative family history. Many women live in fear of breast cancer because it runs in their family and they feel they are doomed by genetics. Keep in mind that gene expression is nutrient dependent and toxin sensitive. Genetics loads the gun and lifestyle pulls the trigger!
For example: Janet Pauly’s father died of lymphoma, the same kind of cancer she has had since 1980. He died after several years of treatment. However, Janet Pauly is still alive today, twenty years later, due to God’s grace and His leading her to barley juice and other lifestyle changes.
For those who need additional help, the only cancer doctor we can recommend is Salvadore Vargas, M.D. of Tijuana, Mexico who has been treating cancer for twenty-five years. To contact Dr. Vargas, call his clinic manager Diana Boatman at 1-888-396-3130.
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