About 13.8 Billion Years Ago…

Musings from 20th Street


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And before you read this newest edition of Musings (about the most important water on the planet), take a listen to my podcast with the eminent BEN GREENFIELD, master Biohacker. His knowledge base is extensive and deep. When you listen to his podcasts, you realize that he knows as much if not more about the subject at hand as his interviewee. That was my experience with him.

The podcast contains great info about a cheap but highly effective, little-known healing technology that I did a deep dive into a few years ago, and ended up writing a book about. I still incorporate the technology in my everyday life. And you should too. The whole world should! 

​ You can hear the podcast by clicking HERE


It took only sixty seconds: following the Big Bang that was the originating performance act of our universe, and at a temperature of 1 billion degrees, the first element was created. It was named hydrogen (whose etiology comes from the Greek words hydro and genes, meaning water forming). Hydrogen (H2) is the simplest and most abundant element in the universe, comprising about 90% of the visible universe.

So, way back when, protons and neutrons paired together to make deuterium. Deuterium is a close cousin of hydrogen, or an offshoot of hydrogen, or a rare form of hydrogen, and differs only in the number of neutrons: hydrogen has none; deuterium has one. This extra neutron makes deuterium twice as big and twice as heavy as plain ole’ hydrogen.

In the primordial soup that was forming at the beginning, all the deuterons combined to form helium. Next, this primordial matter separated into unequal parts: ¼ helium and ¾ hydrogen.

We can see, already, that creation is not a half and half/always equal split. It is uneven, maybe even sometimes unfair. So, as the universe began its cooling process, a very tiny amount of deuterium nuclei were trapped between the hydrogen and helium particles. They remained unpaired, isolated (a little like social isolation for humans). Thank the Lord, because those deuterium atoms combined 2 to 1 with oxygen atoms. Voila: WATER (aka H2O).

Water is, of course, the major constituent of planet Earth. 71 percent of Earth’s surface is water, with the oceans holding 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Water also lives in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers. And deuterium is still in all our waters: 6 drops (300 milligrams) in each liter of water.

During that long stretch of Earth becoming the earth as we know her for the next 13.799999 billion years, deuterium was doing its thing, happily staying in our water.

Eventually humans evolved. Hydrogen is crucially important for humans because water lives inside us. The most important function of hydrogen in the human body is to keep us hydrated.

As humans became curious about ourselves and our surroundings, we became scientists. Even for a long time after we became scientists, even after we first discovered hydrogen as an element, we had no idea of the existence of deuterium. That all changed in 1932, when Harold C. Urey documented the existence of deuterium, for which he won a Nobel Prize. It was a useful discovery because deuterium, which became known as “heavy water,” was the missing ingredient needed to make nuclear reactors which would then enable us to make atomic bombs.

Between the years 1934 and 1939, research of the newly discovered deuterium flourished. Over 200 studies were published on the biological effects of deuterium, and all arrived at the same conclusion: deuterium is an impairment to the healthy life of living things. In nature, deuterium helps things grow. But too much deuterium is a bad thing, for bacteria, plants and animals. But because heavy water was in demand for military usage during the war, the water became difficult to get, and research faded.

In 1953, a Soviet researcher, Gennady Berdyshev, became interested in a section of people living in the Altai and Yakutia areas of Siberia. He had noticed a striking number of centenarians living into their old age with good health and vitality. The normal rate of centenarians was 10 per one million people; yet, in these areas, the rate was 325 per one million. After much research, Berdyshev concluded that the key difference was that these people were drinking glacial melt water. And he further understood, importantly, that the glacial runoff was 15-20% depleted in deuterium.

Shortly after Berdyshev’s discovery of the health and longevity-inducing properties of deuterium depleted water (DDW), a Level 6 nuclear disaster occurred in the Soviet Union. This was the third largest nuclear disaster in our history of nuclear power. Berdyshev brought to the region the melt water, and many victims of the accident who were thought to not be able to survive did, indeed, live.

It wasn’t until after the Soviet Union fell that the details of the use of DDW as a medical treatment became known. Research on DDW had a resurgence of interest. Experiments showed that mice given deuterium enriched water died within a matter of days. And conversely, that mice given DDW had significantly increased life-spans than normally expected.

In 1974, T.R. Griffiths proposed the radical theory that deuterium might be the primary cause of aging. His theory is based on the facts that deuterium is more electronegative than hydrogen, twice as heavy, and has different atomic binding properties than hydrogen. All these properties, he proposed, result in deuterium interfering with DNA replication and repair.

In the 1990s, Hungarian researcher Gabor Somylai did extensive clinical trials of DDW with humans. He published his book, Defeating Cancer in 2001, and showed that the survivability of the test group getting the DDW was significantly better than the cancer patients who did not get the DDW. By 1919, Somylai had compiled 2222 case studies on DDW.

Berdyshev had, by this time, became a distinguished gerontologist at a university in Kiev, and established a new department of Juventology. He resumed his studies of DDW, and he and colleagues built three industrial machines to recreate deuterium depleted glacial melt water. The machines took advantage of the fact that DDW freezes at a higher temperature than regular water; the deuterium was able to be separated out from the water using multiple freeze and thaw cycles.

For those who didn’t have access to DDW, a simple home-recipe formula was given. The procedure was called the Melt Water Cure, and consisted of performing repeated freeze and thaw cycles using a regular household freezer. Although it became a popular fad, the reduction of deuterium was only 5%, not a significant enough diminution to confer better health and longevity.

In 2006, Russian Igor Pomytkin showed that the mechanism accomplishing the health benefits was happening specifically within the mitochondria. The next year, Turkish researcher Abdullah Olgun brought the understanding of how and why deuterium causes biological damage related to the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cycle (which had been discovered 40 years earlier by Paul Boyer at UCLA). The ATP molecule is precisely what creates cellular energy. When deuterium takes the place of hydrogen inside the mitochondria, however, it interferes with the cellular protein engines (which operate like tiny mechanical motors), inhibiting the mitochondria’s ability to produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This is critical because H2O2 acts as messenger molecules sending signals to regulate oxidative stress. Without the cellular engines working at full throttle, our body’s immune capacity to fight disease is diminished, metabolic problems arise, premature aging occurs, abnormal cell growth takes place, and disease ensues. With too much deuterium, this cellular log-jamming within the ATP Synthase cycle happens every 15 seconds.

Drinking DDW dilutes the heavy hydrogens out of your body. Your cells are then able to produce ample energy for maximal health. Simultaneously, DDW disadvantages cells that have become metabolically unhealthy.

Currently, there are world-wide only five producers of DDW: Vividi in Russia, called in the US Litewater; Qlarivia in Romania; Preventa in Hungary; and two plants in China.

La Casa has been carrying Qlarivia water for two years. Recently, I celebrated water maestro Robert Slovak’s 75th birthday with him. Robert has brought the Russian produced Litewater to thee US, and La Casa is now carrying it, as well. We can also drop-ship Litewater to you directly.

It is recommended that we reduce our deuterium level to below 120 ppm. It is a good idea to test your deuterium levels on a periodic basis. You can order a test kit from: https://www.ddcenters.com/become-a-client/

There are more than 56,000 listed Google references of studies on deuterium depleted water. I encourage you to delve into some of the research for more extensive information.

Respectfully submitted by:
*Licensed Psychologist
*Certified  Psychoanalyst
*Stone Carrier Medicine Woman, Native American Traditional Organization

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Based on our many online reviews, all have had fantastic times!

“My kids (14, 12, 11) and I thoroughly enjoyed the yurt. We had room to stretch out and lounge about. Interior lighting/design was stylish and photo-worthy. I appreciated the “roughing it” aspects of outdoor toilet, refreshing cold showers, very limited internet; and kids did fine with it all. Slept great amid sounds of nature and occasional rain showers. Would stay here again if ever back in El Yunque.”

                         — Keith

“Can’t beat La Casa. Jill is a gracious and kind host who goes out of her way to make the stay comfortable. The papaya room was peaceful, neatly decorated with nice lighting and large enough for two people. The sounds of the forest are right outside your windows and will lull you into a deep sleep. The shower is outdoors and a beautiful way to begin the day. Be sure to utilize the roof for yoga or chilling — spectacular views. A short car ride (5 minutes) to the main highway which has plenty of delicious food. Luquillo beach is 15 minutes away. Highly recommend staying here for full nature immersion.”

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“The night we spent at La Casa’s yurt is just AMAZING. After we came back, my husband kept talking about that night we lay on the comfortable bed and listened to the forest’s song. Greatest sleep we ever had! In the morning it started to rain, and you got to hear the rain’s song! The air was fresh, the outdoor bath and shower were very relaxing — exciting, too! This is our first time to feel so close to nature. You also gave us lots of tips for exploring the local area. The local people were amazing. Very friendly, very nice. The house does not have a kitchen — though it does have a hotplate and small toaster oven. I do not suggest to bring any food that needs serious cooking. El Verde BBQ is not too far away. You can get very good food there.”

                      — Sabrina


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On Trauma and Scarification

Now that we’re four months into coronavirus, it feels like an appropriate time to re-visit a story I wrote for Thrive Global just as corona was starting. It’s about trauma and scarification — its history and benefits.

Thrive Global is Arianna Huffington’s latest platform.

You can read “The Promise of Trauma & Ancestral Recovery in the Time of Corona” by clicking HERE.

Reasons to Love a Stinking Passionflower

The property surrounding La Casa Puerto Rico grows a wide variety of weird and wonderful plants. One of the most unusual and plentiful is the Stinking Passionflower (more formally called Passiflora Foetida). There are 400 kinds of Passiflora, but only about 60 species are edible. 

True to its name, this plant does carry a pungent and memorable smell. But it also comes with a plethora of healthy benefits for humans. 

The Robert von Rotz Roy channel on YouTube has made available a video about the plant’s many uses. You can watch it by clicking HERE

Notes On Eucalyptus

La Casa PR has a dozen eucalyptus trees growing on our property, and we use them for our ozone saunas — a triple-threat healing effect from the heat, the ozone, and the oils released from the eucalyptus leaves.

As recently noted by Mercola:

—Eucalyptus has antibacterial and antiviral properties; it also suppresses cytokine production.

—The effects of the essential oil can lower inflammation and pain after total knee replacement; it also helps lower blood pressure.

—The oil can be used topically as it helps skin conditions. It can also be used in a vaporizer or as a mouthwash or toothpaste.

—A weak immune system can increase your risk for infection; address underlying medical conditions and raise your vitamin D levels.

You can read the full Mercola article by clicking HERE


“Life-style trumps genes” is one of the most important lessons on health that I want to impart. My mother and sister were both dead of cancer long before they reached the age that I am currently (72). Pictures above are of me on my 72nd birthday, two months ago. I am healthy, have no diseases, live an active lifestyle (swim, run, do yoga), and am a 50-year vegetarian. Yet, according to genetic predictions, I should probably be dead. Statistical estimates are that I have a 16 times higher chance of getting cancer than someone without my genetic history. Rather than dying, I thrive in my lifestyle, my age, and my infinite curiosity. CURIOSITY is the CURE.

My mother was my first inspiration/lesson about the reversibility of cancer.

I created La Casa Spa and Wellness Center long before holistic medicine was widely known. My mother and I spent the 1970s seeking alternative cancer therapies because she had been diagnosed with breast cancer mestaticized to terminal bone cancer. Following sound principles of holistic health, my mother was able to reverse her cancer condition entirely, moving from her wheelchair to joyfully playing tennis again.

After my father died, my mother’s cancer came roaring back with a vengeance. I understand the resurgance of my mother’s illness to be entirely related to the loss of her one-and-only-beloved.

These experiences — of my mother getting sick, my mother fully reversing terminal cancer, and my mother’s cancer coming back after the biggest emotional loss of her life — inspired me to specialize in my psychoanalytic practice to work with cancer patients, and to fulfill the need for a holistic healing center. La Casa started as a destination holistic center in the rain forest jungle  of Puerto Rico, and then in the urban jungle of NYC. I invite my readers, and all others, to partake of the restorative and profoundly cleansing therapies that have brought La Casa world-wide recognition. A personal note: there is not a single therapy offered at both La Casas that I have not incorportated into my own lifestyle.

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