Friday, July 3, 2009

SURTHRIVAL with Daniel Vitalis + Gnosis Chocolate

(Daniel Vitalis and Vanessa Barg.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Skeirik - more images here)

VERY COOL is how I'd describe SURTHRIVAL- a recent event in New York City, hosted by the lovely Vanessa, founder of Gnosis Chocolate, with a special lecture by Daniel Vitalis. It was packed!

(The Flyer)

Vitalis, the creator of ElixirCraft (the first codified synthesis of ancient and modern herbal/medicinal/nutritional drink preparation techniques) has been portrayed as a fierce and perhaps even scary-ninja-like, and though I am sure he is, he is also quite warm and sunny. Vitalis has been deeply immersed in raw foods, super foods, herbalism and live food nutrition for 15 years and my hat goes off to him for sharing the benefits of spring water with everyone. His wealth of knowledge runs deep via chemistry, physics and anatomy, in addition to alchemy and astrology.

Due to his vast research, Vitalis no longer follows the dogma of raw food and veganism. He has found that in order to thrive versus just surviving he had to add back in some "animal" products into his diet.

(Vitalis telling us how to thrive)

Before I go further, I must say Vitalis was not putting down raw food or veganism. He was just pointing out how both can be dogmatic ("this and only this") and wanted us to try to be open minded and hear him out. I recently told a friend, I thought the essence of veganism was a noble choice and she reminded me, "it is one choice, based on individual beliefs and choices that many share and many do not." Well put. I think it is easy to get caught up in it all and we must remember everyone's path and choices are different- and we may agree or we may not.

During the two hour lecture, Vitalis shared an abundance of good information. His focus was on immunity and hormones- which I think really got people thinking. For those of you that don't know, 80% of our immunity lies in the gut. We need to have good gut flora, or an abundance of Lactobacillus Acidophilus in our systems (we are made up mostly of this bacteria) in order to thrive. Eating fermented/cultured foods daily is key to making this happen, as well as taking good probiotics. Vitalis warned against being too "alkaline" as the flora in our systems thrive in "acidity" (a note to alkalizing fans).
Two products Vitalis mentioned and now sells on his site, are Colostrum Powder and Immortal Velvet- Deer Antler Velvet. I summarized a bit about them with information from his site, below.

Colostrum is the "immune milk" produced by all mammals for only the first few hours before and after they give birth. It apparently is supercharged with 97 immune factors and 87 growth factors.... essentially nature's "first food". It's adaptogenic properties enhance rejuvenation and regeneration while strengthening the immune system and has potent anti-aging benefits and broad spectrum probiotics in whole food forms. Surthrival's colostrum is from organically raised cows and harvested after the new born calves get their share. Vitalis told us that the above claims have been found by Cornell doctors who have been studying the benefits.

The Immortal Velvet- Deer Antler Velvet is from New Zealand and has been humanely harvested. According to Vitalis, velvet antler is the only mammalian organ that completely regenerates and grows at almost a rate of 2cm daily. The biggest benefit lies in it's "concentrated growth factor"- which increases your ability to produce more red blood cells that help deliver oxygen to your muscles which aid in both muscular endurance and muscle injury recovery. Clinical research also shows the ability for this extract to produce more immune system aiding white blood cells. These are essential for aiding in the combat of free radical cellular development which are the main proponents of muscle degeneration and wasted work out sessions.

I tried samples of both and we purchased the Colostrum to experiment with further. The Colostrum Powder is sweet and milky tasting, while the Immortal Velvet is sort of spicy. Both are taken in small quantities. Please visit Vitalis' site for more information and if you get a chance to go to one of his talks I highly recommend it. Whether or not you agree with all, some or none of his ideas- one would definitely find it interesting. You know allot of research is behind them and it gets you thinking. Plus, he is a great speaker and has lots of positive charisma to share.

(Females love charisma!)

(Mr. Mueller pointing out all the people)

The rest of the night was filled with dancing, 2 elixir drinks for each of us, a plate filled with raw food snacks and an unlimited amount of Gnosis chocolate to indulge in. A special thanks to Vanessa, Gnosis Chocolate and Daniel Vitalis.

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