By Daniel Belt
SkyWatch TV’s new organic supplements line Edens Essentials began with a vision to return health to “the Garden of Eden.” That vision was to restore the covenant of good stewardship between our land and people. The place that God created for man to live was inside of a garden. This is not coincidence. It was the place we were able to live closest to God free from infirmity and suffering. Edens Essentials, the name itself implies that there are things that God has created that we cannot live without, that in fact, our blessings are tied to them. Freedom from illness, a properly functioning body, good land that nourishes us and keeps us energized to perform our duties and live happily. Then there is the feature that almost everyone overlooks: a complete bond with our Creator involving all three human aspects- mind, spirit and body.
When we started out, our brainstorming sessions sounded like a flock of birds trapped in a car with all of us tripping over each other to get our ideas out. It was born of our shared dream. For each of us, our varied experiences had led us to the same path and a common mission. Too long had we watched with a knowing eye the direction that health, wellness, food security and so many of the bedrocks that are necessary for basic human dignity and happiness be compromised. Thus, Edens Essentials was created.
Our Bodies: The Vessel from the Garden
Our bodies are our gifts from God. This beautifully and wonderfully made vessel that we inhabit is the vehicle by which we perform all things. It allows us to work, to be good parents and siblings, to honor our fathers and mothers by helping to take care of them, to be able to protect our families. How we honor this gift has so much to do with the outcome.
Human biology (as we people describe it) are the laws by which we are created and these are the rules. Rules not up for debate. When we betray the laws set forward, the end result is suffering. People are starting to awaken to the fact that we have allowed God’s covenant between earth and man to go astray. The reality that corporate control over our food and environment has been an utter and dismal failure is beyond calculus and we truly have relinquished our responsibilities as being good stewards of God’s earth. This has led to so much of the suffering we see, not just in one’s health, but at the foundational levels of our society.
The premise by which I approached this endeavor came from the question of “How are we meant to be fulfilled?”.
This seemingly is a pretty straight forward question on the surface but is in fact a very difficult problem to try and ascertain. The challenge comes from trying to distill down all of the wide ranging and very complicated information on health and wellness into knowledge and language that people can use and understand. Personally, I believe that God does not want to shelter wisdom from any of his children and thus makes wisdom simple so that everyone can have it. Things such as: do not eat more than your share, don’t eat poison, apologize and mean it, get good rest and good sleep just to name a few. While the basis of these principles is simple, achieving this state is not if you are unaware and have not been taught about it. To this end, we now embark on the mission of providing the knowledge and the tools that can be used to help one get back their birthright, a healthy, functioning body and mind.
In launching our supplement line, the standards that we set were first and foremost about nutrition. Whatever we were going to sell needed to be as close to the original design as possible, in other words, it had to be real food. Not only did it need to be actual food, it needed to have been grown in a way that nourished the soil and the plant so that it would have all the nutrients it requires. Our soils have been so incredibly depleted that our food has but a fraction of the nutrients it once had. The food you eat today is not like the food of your ancestors.
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The second parameter that had to be observed was cleanliness. When I started this endeavor of figuring out who is honest and clean within the industry, one gets the feeling that only a divining rod could know what these companies are really up to. Fortunately, I know which questions to ask after 20 years of dealing with this very clever industry. The strength of a food or supplement is directly related and proportional to the health of the soil which encompasses it. Bacteria, mycelia, organic acids and worms, among other things, are essential to creating a vibrant, living community. When we spray poisons on our plants and fertilize the soil, it breaks down the natural ecology required to grow healthy food. Furthermore, it blights the land and further destroys the ecosystem that is needed to sustain a healthy environment. There are more organisms in a tablespoon of healthy soil than there are humans on this planet. Those organisms are our partners in making us and the world vibrant and vital. Without them and a strong relationship, there is only disease and dysfunction.
Excipients and Fillers
Another part of the cleanliness equation is what they use in the products such as excipients and fillers that are not nutrition based. Excipients are also known as flow agents. They are used to help the raw material be able to be processed through the machinery without it caching up or being otherwise compromised. Common flow agents such as magnesium stearate are found in today’s supplements with disturbing regularity and contribute to biofilms and compromise the mucosal linings of the bowel. There are other possible consequences of the overuse of magnesium stearate that require further study.
Fillers are generally used to take up space but also can be exploited to hide the true amounts of ingredients. This practice needs to be done sometimes, however, it matters that it is done in a most scrupulous way and then only when necessary. Edens Essentials encapsulated products are made with 100% solvent-free vegetable capsules and vegetable-source soft gels. These capsules are superior to their solvent-based or gelatin counterparts and ensure a healthier, safer product for our customers. Sadly, other manufacturers often use inferior vegetable capsules (solvent-tainted) as well as tablets and animal-based gelatin capsules (animal based protein), all which may create problems if consumed over time. By their nature, tablets need glues and binders to hold their ingredients together and gelatin capsules may be hard to digest, temperature-sensitive and typically contain chemical preservatives in their shell. In contrast, our 100% solvent-free vegetable capsules dissolve rapidly (regardless of temperature) and provide excellent absorption of nutrients.
Our manufacturing partner conducts the most stringent scientific laboratory testing of raw materials and finished products as well as proprietary bioenergetic testing of all ingredients. They have pioneered the use of bioenergetic testing to ensure the customer is consistently getting the best quality worldwide. In addition, they use the most advanced lab equipment and test methods, including HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) to assure the potency and reliability of every ingredient. Our partners incoming raw materials are tested with pioneering photoluminescent technology to ensure our raw materials fall in our selected “circle of confidence” and are free of contaminants. Our manufacturing partner operates a full, in-house, state-of-the-art scientific lab dedicated to the use of advanced analytical methods, including high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and high performance crystal spectroscopy, to ensure our products meet label claims for potency, purity and identity. Now, these methods are a real mouthful to say and at the end of the day they are all just fancy names for “we take this with the utmost seriousness.”
An important thing to note is, supplements are tools. They are not meant to replace a good diet, active lives, sleep or true friendship. We know that in truth, not everyone is going to do ALL of the things just how they are meant to be done. I have many family members who are not going to eat green leafy vegetables on any day. While it is certainly better to eat clean fresh food, having a really great organic green food supplement is the next best thing. Supplements are the tools that we have been given to help us receive the things we are missing in our lives as well as tools for helping us deal with certain situations and conditions. Our future endeavors are certainly pointed to restoring health to the land and our people, in the meantime, we are committed to providing the best tools available. We will remain diligent in our efforts to shine the light of truth on health and wellness and are honored to serve you in this regard. This includes—starting very soon—weekly free programming!