The Filipino scientist who found the switch

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

IN THE field of health and wellness, Pinoy pride is swelling in the hearts of those who know Dr. Alfredo Galvez. Even if you’re not Pinoy. This molecular biologist discovered a natural peptide in soybeans that could be the long-awaited cure for cancer.

Dr. Galvez, of San Fernando, La Union, started to get interested in genetics at 12 years old. This interest was so strong that he attended college at the University of the Philippines-Los Banos to pursue a degree in Plant Physiology and Genetics and later his Master’s degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding. A full scholarship enabled him to take up a doctorate degree at the American Research University. He chose to obtain a degree in Molecular Genetics at the University of California at Davis.

While working in the laboratory of Associate Professor Benito de Lumen at University of California Berkeley, Dr. Galvez accidentally discovered the biological activity of lunasin. Borrowed from the Tagalog word lunas i.e., cure, lunasin was found to possess a unique epigenetic mechanism that “interferes at the very early stages of the carcinogenic process.” Experiments on laboratory mice showed that lunasin caused developing cancer cells to die but did not affect regular cells.


In order to understand how lunasin works in our system, it is best to understand what “epigenetics” means. The standard example that Reliv (lunasin’s distributor) gives to us laymen is that “who you are is written in both pen and pencil. Things written in pen you can’t change. That’s DNA. But things written in pencil, you can. That’s epigenetics.” Our body’s cells all contain DNA, half of which come from Mom, half from Dad, making up our genetic blueprint that makes us who we are. Scientists thought for a long time that our inherited genes could not be controlled.

Recently though, it was found out that there was much we could do to affect those genes. Inside our cells is the epigenome. This is the boss of the cell and could order the genome which genes to turn on or turn off. That’s why different cell types in our bodies can have the same DNA but can perform different functions. Think of our eye cells, our skin cells, our liver cells, bone cells, muscle cells, etcetera, etcetera. If the epigenome can determine how well a cell functions, then we can pretty much determine our health results. The correct lifestyle choices we make turn the healthy genes on and turn off the unhealthy ones. Conversely, bad health choices turn on unhealthy genes and turn off the good ones. And you can guess how that affects your health, too.

Dr. Galvez found the switch that can turn on our healthy genes and turn off our unhealthy ones. This major breakthrough in disease prevention showed that lunasin disrupts cancer cell division by blocking cancer pathways and prevents tumor formation. At the Reliv-sponsored talk at L’Fisher Hotel last January 28, Dr. Galvez himself showed us how lunasin affects our cells and how it tackles serious illnesses such as cancer, leukemia, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

Lunasin, offered under the Lunarich X brand, is especially effective for reversing macular edema in diabetic patients. (Macular edema is the swelling of the macula which is the part of the eye essential for vision.) Lunasin has antioxidant benefits, improves immunity, maintains our overall cellular health, and lowers bad cholesterol, blood sugar and inflammation. What’s exciting about Lunarich X is that it is food for the body and not considered as medicine.

Dr. Galvez is a recipient of the 2010 Philippine Development Foundation Award given by President Aquino for science and technology as an outstanding Filipino-American. He was honored as outstanding alumni of the University of the Philippines for his discovery of lunasin (2013 Distinguished Awardee for Molecular Biology at the General Convention and Assembly of the UP Alumni Association of America in Las Vegas.)

Lunarich X, in turn, was named a winner in the People’s Choice Stevie Award for favorite new consumer product in the 11th Annual American Business Awards. My friend Clarissa Araneta (0918-2292918) is a Reliv ambassador who could explain more about lunasin. Her husband Philip is an equally enthusiastic partner. Let this couple educate you about good health the natural way.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 30, 2014.


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