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Did you know that thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism are still mysteries to medical science and research? Their true cause and therefore the steps required for healing are not yet known. Although they have the best intentions at heart, medical doctors and other health practitioners are giving recommendations about these conditions and many others without knowing what’s really behind them. As a result, people are being given inaccurate diagnoses and they don’t have the correct knowledge and information they need to truly heal. Below I will share what’s really behind these conditions. You can also read more about them and over a hundred other symptoms and conditions in my book Thyroid Healing.
Knowledge is Power
The first thing to recognize is how powerful it is simply to know the truth behind your symptoms or conditions. If you have been given a confusing autoimmune diagnosis and have been told that your body is attacking itself, you may already feel disempowered and hopeless. I am here to share with you that your body is not attacking itself. Your body is on your side and is fighting for you every day. It never attacks itself. This is a misguided theory that has become a belief that is pervasive today and it’s damaging to your health and your loved ones health. You can learn more in Thyroid Healing. I am also going to tell you the true cause of your thyroid condition. When you know the true cause of your symptoms, only then can you truly begin to heal, recover your health, and gain your life back.
For almost all cases of Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, the true cause is a pathogen in the body that’s attacking the thyroid. That pathogen goes by the name Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Therefore, your thyroid is not behind your symptoms. It’s the virus that’s infected your thyroid and creating problems and not your body turning against your own thyroid, which is what medical communities mistakenly believe is the cause. The thyroid is not the cause; it is another victim of the true cause—the virus. And your body is not attacking itself, but it is wisely attacking the virus that is creating the symptoms you are experiencing.
When you finally understand that your body is fighting for you, not against you, and that you have an unwanted pathogen in your system, your immune system kicks into gear and begins acting even more efficiently for you and your well-being. This is critical to understand because of all the misinformation floating around today that is preventing people from healing. Simply knowing and understanding deep within your being that your body is on your side and is fighting a virus, not itself, is the very first powerful step toward achieving true health. This is why knowing the truth is so powerful and essential for your healing.
Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s
When you experience symptoms from Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism, they’re not caused by the thyroid as I just shared. Rather, it’s EBV causing these symptoms. When the thyroid itself is functioning properly, there are actually very few and minor symptoms that result, such as temperature fluctuations. This is because T3 and T4, the only known hormones in the thyroid, are not actually as important to our overall physical well-being as the medical world believes. T3 and T4 are currently, and incorrectly, considered to be the hormones that sustain our livelihood. However, even when some people have normal hormone levels, they still experience symptoms that are associated with Hashimoto’s such as weight gain, weight loss, hair falling out, aches, pains, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, and fatigue. It is not the hormone levels that are of ultimate concern, although, of course, it is important to maintain healthy levels of T3 and T4. The real reason behind these symptoms is the Epstein-Barr virus causing a low grade infection that’s not detected by medical communities. All of the above symptoms and many more are actually viral symptoms—some of them symptoms of the virus still living back in another organ such as the liver—not thyroid-caused.
In Thyroid Healing, I explain in great detail about the two thyroid hormones that are yet to be discovered. These hormones, R5 and R6, are vastly more important to our health and well-being than T3 and T4. I also explain how EBV comes to infect the liver and other parts of the body and create these symptoms.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a more advanced version of hypothyroidism. While some sources will say it’s the other way around—that Hashimoto’s causes hypothyroidism—that’s not the case. And what you have going on in your life, from other stresses on your immune system to diet to the triggers I share in Thyroid Healing, will determine how fast the virus may move from hypothyroidism (slight damage to and underperformance of the thyroid) to full-on Hashimoto’s (a severely inflamed, more damaged thyroid). Childbirth is an especially common trigger for Hashimoto’s, which is why you’ll hear of many new moms developing the disease either directly after giving birth or even up to one to three years later.
When someone has hyperthyroidism, EBV is specifically going into the thyroid, which eventually accelerates tissue growth. EBV is attacking the thyroid so feverishly that the gland grows more tissue to protect itself, and, as a result, to produce more hormones. When you understand that this is actually a protection method and what’s causing the symptoms, you can then take the steps needed to eliminate EBV from your body and begin healing. It is often thought that those with hyperthyroidism cannot gain weight, yet there are many people with this disease who are living with unwanted pounds. They are often told they are an anomaly. However, it is not uncommon. Those who gain weight with hyperthyroidism do so because they have a different variety of EBV, possibly more than one variety, that is sitting in their liver. Over time the liver becomes sluggish due to viral matter and toxic build up. It’s important to understand that it is this sluggish liver that causes the weight gain, not the thyroid.
Now that you are aware of the true cause of Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, you can focus on the steps to take for healing. In my book Thyroid Healing, I explain triggers to avoid and healing foods for these conditions. In my article and webinar called Foods that Heal Thyroid, I give examples of powerful foods that fight EBV, restore and protect the thyroid, and keep the thyroid balanced. I also have an article and radio show also called Thyroid Healing in which I talk about how to eliminate EBV and support the thyroid. In this post, as well as in the supplements section of my book.
If you are not ready to start including healing foods into your diet, either for monetary reasons or simply because you are anxious about including things in your life you are unfamiliar with, I understand. Just knowing that your body is fighting a pathogen and not attacking itself is such a powerful step forward. Your body loves you unconditionally and is working for you, not against you, every single day. When you read Thyroid Healing, you will have even more information that can aid in your healing, Just remember to have compassion for yourself and remind yourself every day that your body is on your side.
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If you’re concerned about regulating blood sugar, turn to kiwis for support. Kiwis are an amazing food for diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hyper- glycemia. Whether your blood sugar levels are too low or too high, eating this fruit will bring you back to center as it simultaneously lowers fat in the bloodstream. Imbalanced blood sugar levels also often tie into moodiness, OCD, depression, and difficulty controlling emotions. Kiwis are the ultimate companion in these situations, because they offer a high-quality sugar source—that is, valuable bioavailable glucose to feed the neurons in your brain and alleviate your distress. Kiwis are an amazing food for stress assistance.
With over 40 trace minerals, kiwis are an excellent source of nourishment. Kiwis also possess a powerful vitamin C that’s bonded to isothiocyanates and anthocyanins; this compound works in congruence with the phenolic acid compounds in kiwi seeds to remove radiation from the body and inhibit viruses.
Kiwis are also fantastic to help alleviate digestive disorders and discomfort, including acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, gas, abdominal pain, and bloating—conditions and symptoms that are often related to low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach. Kiwis’ plethora of amino acids (including serine, leucine, and lysine) raise those hydrochloric acid levels to provide welcome relief. Further, the amino acids are bonded to enzymes and coenzymes, helping to strengthen the digestive system even more, so it can keep unproductive bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast, mold, and other disruptive fungus at bay.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing kiwis into your life:
Knee bursitis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus, athlete’s foot, prostatitis, adrenal fatigue, Barrett’s esophagus, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, mitral valve prolapse, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, endometriosis, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Salmonella poisoning, jaundice, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), H. pylori infection, eye infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), sepsis, neuropathy
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing kiwis into your life:
Anal itching, belching, bloating, abdominal pain, acid reflux, gastritis, constipation, flatulence, blood in the urine, diarrhea, tongue issues, ringing or buzzing in the ears, moodiness, pinched nerves, dandruff, fatigue, seizures, appendix inflammation, sacroiliac joint pain, pins and needles, heart palpitations, nerve inflammation, loss of libido, low cortisol, high cortisol, joint inflammation, low hydrochloric acid, intestinal spasms, inflamed spleen, inflammation, fluid retention, chronic loose stools
Offer kiwis to a friend or loved one who you wish would be more appreciative and considerate. And when you’re trying to bring those qualities out in yourself, kiwis are a go-to tool. When you’re working with someone whose mood changes are unpredictable and problematic, bring along a few kiwis for the two of you to snack on. If you’re the only one who partakes, you’ll still serve the situation, as the kiwis will feed your enthusiasm and vibrancy to help influence and override your co-worker’s emotions.
It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives. We put blinders on that block out a larger sense of what’s around us, distance ourselves from a true sense of who we are, and our worlds become shallow. Kiwis counteract all that.
The next time you slice a kiwi in half, study what you see inside. It’s like looking at an image of outer space! During growth, a mother kiwi vine (the female vine that bears the fruit) channels the universe’s energy, depositing a snapshot of our greater surroundings into each growing kiwi. No other food contains a miraculous picture of the stars, planets, mysteries, and miracles of the world—of which our earth is just one tiny part.
Meditate on this when you enjoy kiwis. This fruit with the humble outward appearance that opens to reveal a galaxy opens us up, too. Consciously and subconsciously, we can disconnect from the annoyances that keep us mired down and closed off. We can remember the vastness of the universe, the depths we ourselves contain, and shock ourselves out of the shallows of our daily lives so that we can find our purpose and connect to the secrets of existence.
* To feel the full effect of what this fruit can do for you, eat kiwi three times a day for one week. Think of it as an emotional, physical, and spiritual supplement, taking one at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. For those seven days, journal the changes that occur: the differences you feel, the epiphanies, and all the other revelations.
* Keep your kiwis in a bowl on your nightstand. This will enhance the emotional aspects that the kiwi can impart. Sleeping beside the ripening fruits will intimately connect them with your being, deepening their effects on every level so they can have the most life-changing results.
KIWI SKEWERS WITH STRAWBERRY-DATE SAUCE
These beautiful kiwi skewers are easy to make and a hit with both kids and adults. They’re fun and festive and perfect for any occasion. The strawberry-date sauce is the perfect way to take the sweet perfection of this pretty snack over the top.
1 mango, cubed
1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries
1 cup dates, pitted
8 wooden skewers
Peel and slice the kiwis. Arrange the kiwi slices, mango cubes, and raspberries on skewers as desired. For the sauce, place the strawberries and dates in a blender and blend until smooth.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 26-Nov-2017 - Disclaimer
Whether you love garlic or take pains to avoid it, one thing’s for certain: garlic deserves to be heralded as medicine for our world today. Used to enhance vitality since ancient times, garlic is more important for our well-being now than ever before. To give garlic its proper due would take a book on its own. Suffice it to say that like its relative the onion, garlic is multifaceted, playing many different roles in protecting a person’s health, and has substantial reach in what it can do for someone. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal (including anti-mold), anti-parasitic, and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulfur compound that prevents disease.
Contrary to some mistaken theories, garlic does not kill productive bacteria in the intestinal tract. It only kills unproductive bacteria, which runs on a positive frequency. Don’t confuse this with the term gram-positive, which doesn’t actually refer to electrical charge. Both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria that are harmful to humans run on a positive frequency. On the other hand, productive, beneficial bacteria (regardless of whether they’re gram-negative or gram-positive) run on a negative frequency, the same frequency that humans run on. Not to be mistaken for negative, unfavorable energy, this negative charge is a good thing; it’s our source of grounding. Unproductive bacteria, worms and other parasites, fungi, and viruses all run on a positive charge. When they take hold in our systems, they drain our batteries, and we lose our grounding. Then along comes garlic, which has anti-pathogenic properties that are positively charged. This like fights like, and garlic rids us of the pathogens that were harming us. Because beneficial bacteria in our guts and other microorganisms that benefit us are negatively charged and grounded, garlic doesn’t wipe them out.
While there is a certain abrasive aspect to garlic, it is abrasiveness that’s to your bene t. Rest assured that garlic does not disrupt anything that shouldn’t be disrupted—it does not hurt you. On the contrary, it’s perfect to fight colds, us, strep throat, pneumonia-causing bacteria, and viral-related cancers. It also extracts toxic heavy metals in the colon and gives you a powerful immune boost.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing garlic into your life:
Strep throat, vaginal strep, strep-induced acne, other conditions related to Streptococcus A and B, yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as bladder infections and kidney infections, staph infections, edema, sties, low reproductive system battery, ear infections, sinus infections, chronic sinusitis, immune system deficiencies, H. pylori infection, common colds, influenza, bacterial pneumonia, breast cancer, laryngitis, intestinal cancers, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, migraines, sleep apnea, Lyme disease, psoriatic arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), HHV-6, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ulcerative colitis, chronic bronchitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing garlic into your life:
Swelling of the lymphatic system, inflammation, Bell’s palsy, earache, postnasal drip, headaches, digestive distress, canker sores, enlarged spleen, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), appendix inflammation, trouble breathing, back pain, bad breath, cough, chest pain, congestion, chest tightness, eye oaters, excess mucus, fever, fatigue, liver stagnation, headaches, neck pain, sinus pain, Candida overgrowth
When you’re at a fragile point and you feel vulnerable and exposed in your workplace, at home, or in a new relationship, turn to garlic. It’s the food to bring into your life when you need protection and shelter.
Before it can be harvested, garlic needs plenty of time to rest. It thrives on that time of nesting and quiet, covered over by the soil in the garden bed, when it can absorb nutrients and build up its own immune system against the pathogens that go after plant life, such as mold and other fungi, worms, and bugs; it strengthens during the growing season so it can pass on that strength to us. Take a cue from garlic, and stake out your own nesting period each year. In order to build up our physical reserves and spiritual immune systems, we all need a periodic time out from pollutions, pathogens, stress, and those people in our lives who drain our energy. Renewed, we can be better prepared for our own growing seasons.
* Take a look at a bulb of garlic. It is perfectly packaged in little self-sealed doses—that is, cloves. This is God and Mother Nature’s way of providing you with easy-to-take medicine to keep you healthy. Treat a bulb of garlic as if it were a bundle of premeasured medicinal supplements, and try to get into a rhythm where you consume one clove per day. Don’t worry that the cloves are different sizes—smaller cloves have higher concentrations of nutrients, so each “dose” is comparable.
* Although roasting or otherwise cooking garlic is delicious and valuable, garlic is most effective when consumed raw. Try mixing raw garlic into your favorite dips, salad dressings, chilled soups, and other dishes.
* If you feel like you’re coming down with something like a sore throat, cold, or u, mince one raw clove of garlic and mash it into half an avocado, banana, or some cooked potato. Repeat this three times daily until you feel better.
GARLIC TAHINI SALAD DRESSING
It’s easy to make a big batch of this salad dressing and keep it in your fridge all week long. The classic Mediterranean flavors of olive oil and tahini blend wonderfully with garlic and the subtle sweetness from the dates. Enjoy this dressing atop any greens of your choice or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies.
1⁄4 cup raw tahini
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 medium dates (or 1 large date), pitted
1⁄2 cup water
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over your favorite salad greens and enjoy.
Makes 1 to 2 servings
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 25-Nov-2017 - Disclaimer
It doesn’t get more simple and delicious than this picture perfect raspberry tart. And it’s so full of amazing ingredients that you can even eat it in the morning for breakfast! This dessert takes less than 15 minutes to come together, is fat free, and full of bright flavor.
Raspberries are one of the top antioxidant fruits and are an essential food for optimum health. Raspberries are rich in vitamins C, A, E, K, and B-complex and minerals such as iron, copper, calcium, and magnesium. They are also high in ellagic acid which is a medicinal compound that helps to prevent cancer as well as benign and malignant growths.
Raspberries have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-aging properties making them particularly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, heart disease, scleroderma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, and colon, breast, prostate, stomach, and lung cancer. They also contain a compound called raspberry ketone that has been shown to increase the metabolism of fat cells which provides benefits for those trying to lose weight.
In addition, raspberry ketones have also been shown to improve insulin balance and blood sugar regulation making it a great food for those who have type 2 diabetes. Raspberries have the ability to cleanse mucus and toxins out of the body and to help balance the endocrine system, reproductive system, and neurological system. They are also excellent for cardiovascular, circulatory, and cognitive health. Raspberries are an easily digestible and completely assimilable fruit which ensures ultimate absorption of its healing and nutritive properties.
Raspberry Jam Tart
5 cups dates, divided
2 cups dried mulberries
4 cups raspberries, divided
¼ cup lemon juice
1. For the crust, place 4 cups of the dates and the dried mulberries in the food processor and process until well combined.
2. Press the crust mix evenly into the bottom of an 10-inch tart pan. Place the crust in the freezer for 30 minutes.
3. Blend 2 cups of raspberries, 1 cup of dates and ¼ cup of lemon juice until smoothly combined. Pour into the tart crust.
4. Top with the remaining raspberries and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to enjoying!
This tart stores in the fridge for 3 days. The crust will keep in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.
Yields one 10-inch tart.
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This apple pie might make a beautiful finish for any holiday meal but is great to enjoy anytime of year. It takes a little work to thinly slice all those apples, but the result is well worth it. Layer on layer of tender apple slices soaked in a caramel date sauce and settled into a walnut crust with a bold hint of fresh rosemary. This dessert will please any crowd, as long as you don’t eat it all beforehand!
Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune issues such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Apples contain pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon.
Apple pectin has also been shown to bind with radioactive residues and toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury and safely remove them from the body. One more benefit of apple pectin is that it has the ability to limit the amount of fat our adipose cells can absorb by building a barrier that naturally controls the buildup of fat in the body which makes it a great choice for any weight loss program.
3 cups walnuts
6 cups dates, divided
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
½ teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1. For the crust, place the walnuts, 4 cups of the dates, the shredded coconut, rosemary leaves and sea salt into the food processor and process until combined.
2. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a springform cake pan* and place the crust in the freezer for 30 minutes.
3. Very thinly slice the apples using a mandoline or knife, should yield approximately 8 cups of apple slices. Place the apple slices into a medium bowl.
4. Blend together the remaining 2 cups of dates, lemon juice, honey, coconut milk, cinnamon and vanilla until smoothly combined into a “caramel sauce”.
5. Pour the “caramel sauce” over the apple slices. Toss the apple slices gently to combine. Place apple filling in the fridge to soak for 30 minutes or overnight.
6. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the apple slices into the pie, allowing excess moisture to drain away. Fill the pie to the top of the crust with apples and then press down gently to make sure the pie is tightly packed. Serve and enjoy!
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This item posted: 19-Nov-2017 - Disclaimer
Who doesn’t love a classic pumpkin pie? Smooth, creamy, loaded with fall flavor, this healthy take on the American classic leaves nothing to be desired. Make the full pie or just use the filling to make pumpkin pie pudding cups, either way it will be the perfect way to celebrate fall.
Pumpkin is an excellent food for aiding weight loss and for reducing cholesterol. The high amount of phytonutrients in pumpkin have been shown to help prevent the risk of cancers, particularly mouth, lung, and colon cancer. Pumpkin also contains several anti-aging benefits and the antioxidants help to keep skin wrinkle-free and radiating a healthy glow.
It also contains immune-boosting properties which can help the body stay strong and ward off common colds and flus that may be going around. Pumpkin is excellent way to replenish and restore the body after a workout as it is high in potassium which helps to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after exercise and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
1 cup almonds
1 cup pecans
4 cups dates, divided
¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup heavy coconut milk (from the separated cream on top of the can)
¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1. For the crust, place the almonds, pecans, 3 cups of the dates, vanilla bean powder, and cinnamon into the food processor and process until well-combined.
2. Firmly press the crust into a deep-dish pie pan and freeze for 30 minutes.
3. In a blender, combine the remaining dates, pumpkin, bananas, coconut milk, vanilla bean powder, and pumpkin pie spice and blend until smooth. Pour the filling into the pie crust and allow the pie to rest in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
Learn more about how to restore your thyroid in my new book Thyroid Healing
This item posted: 19-Nov-2017 - Disclaimer
Leeks, chives, ramps, scallions, red onions, yellow onions, white onions, shallots, and any other type of allium you enjoy are nature’s antibiotics. Unfortunately, people don’t often eat a high volume of onions—maybe just a wedge in soup once a month, or a slice once a week on top of salad. To truly benefit from onions’ antibacterial qualities, we have to make them more central to our lives.
Some people complain of digestive distress when they eat onions. Contrary to popular belief, though, onions are not irritants. Rather, they’re highly medicinal. An upset stomach from onions is an indication that someone has an elevated level of unproductive bacteria in the digestive tract. The onions are working to eliminate that bacteria, and the resulting die-off can translate to temporary discomfort.
One particular condition that many people deal with these days is SIBO, which is largely a mystery to the medical eld. What’s usually responsible for this small intestinal bacterial overgrowth are Streptococcus A and B, various strains of E. coli, C. difficile, H. pylori, Staphylococcus, and/or different varieties of fungus (excluding Candida, the natural fungus that we need to survive). Onions are one of the most accomplished foods on the planet for keeping down bacterial overgrowth in the body, making them a star for anyone who deals with SIBO.
This quality also enhances the body’s production of B12. If you avoid onions because of a sensitive digestive tract, try adding them back into your diet in very small amounts at first. Over time, their cleansing effect will enable you to tolerate larger servings of them.
We’d all do well to make friends with onions. The sulfur they contain (including the phytochemical allicin, other organosulfides, and sulfur compounds that haven’t yet been uncovered in research) is part of what makes onions nature’s antibiotic. It’s also responsible for ridding the body of radiation exposure, casting out viruses, and drawing out DDT and other pesticides, herbicides, and toxic heavy metals. The sulfur in onions makes them wonderful for alleviating joint pain, degeneration, discomfort, and for repairing tendons and connective tissue. If you have an iron deficiency, onions are also very helpful, because their sulfur content slows iron loss.
High in the trace minerals zinc, manganese, iodine, and selenium, onions help rejuvenate the skin and protect the lungs. If you’d like your skin to look younger, it’s a great idea to eat onions daily. Same goes if you used to be a smoker, and you’d like to repair some of that damage to your lungs. Onions are very helpful for addressing colds and us that cause bronchitis, and for bacteria-caused pneumonia. They’re also the ultimate anti-inflammatories for the bowels, helping to heal ulcers, eliminate mucus from the stool, and soothe the intestinal tract.
In old folklore, garlic was used to keep ghosts and ghouls away. Onions should share a similar reputation—for keeping pathogenic ghouls away. Making them part of your diet will give you a powerful immune boost and safeguard against the pathogenic world. The next time you go out to buy cough syrup or decongestant, pick up a few different types of onions at the same time— though they may not be in the same aisle, onions truly are medicine.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing onions into your life:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); emphysema; breast cancer; bone cancer; diverticulitis; ear infections; influenza; conjunctivitis; sties; hypertension; leukemia; migraines; prostate cancer; ringworm; rosacea; staph infections; small intestinal bacterial over- growth (SIBO); halitosis; Lyme disease; liver disease; fatty liver; herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1); herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2); HHV-6; HHV-7; the undiscovered HHV-10, HHV-11, and HHV-12; urinary tract infections (UTIs); colds; Epstein-Barr virus (EBV); yeast infections; transient ischemic attack (TIA)
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing onions into your life:
Bad breath, heartburn, canker sores, iron deficiency, joint inflammation, tendon inflammation (particularly Achilles inflammation), eye issues, cold hands and feet, scars, snoring, joint pain, joint discomfort, shortness of breath, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, poor circulation, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), restless leg syndrome, gastritis, body stiffness, body aches and pains, dizziness, dry skin, enlarged spleen, hot ashes, inflammation, jaw pain, knee pain, tremors, weakness, mineral deficiencies
When you’re dealing with chronic frustration, anger, and aggravation—whether toward other people, events, or yourself—it’s critical to bring onions into your routine. Onions purge anger from the body, helping to loosen up resentment, fury, vexation, and disappointment so you can be free to live your life
Onions are wrongly blamed for bad breath. In fact, the opposite is true—onions help alleviate bad breath. What’s really responsible for halitosis is unproductive bacteria in the gut that rises up to the mouth. Because onions are antibacterial, they help combat this problem, so that your breath becomes sweeter-smelling over time. Right after you eat an onion, there may be a lingering scent—this is just the onion’s natural sulfur, and a sign that it’s doing its job. While we focus on different toothpastes, mouthwashes, and breath mints as the answer for halitosis and scorn the onion as the enemy, it’s really our savior.
Have you ever seen this phenomenon take place in your life, where someone who worked hard to alleviate a problem mistakenly got the blame for creating the issue? It happens so often, from a supervisor at work whom employees disrespect even though that supervisor is saving their jobs, to a parent who gets flak from a child for pointing out a mistake on homework, when learning the right answer will be a key to the child’s success that semester. The next time you’re in a situation where you’re quick to point a finger, keep in mind the plight of the onion, and take a moment to analyze every angle.
* Avoid the tip you’ll hear out there to rinse or soak onions to make them less pungent. This technique lowers onions’ potency, because it dilutes the medicinal properties that kill off bacteria and boost your immune system to keep you healthy.
* Whenever you eat a food that you know isn’t a healthy choice, incorporate some onions to counteract the detrimental effects. (This doesn’t mean you should order a plate of onion rings. Dipped in bad batter and fried in bad oil, onion rings are not advisable. Rather, if you’re eating a hot dog, pile some chopped raw onion on top.)
* When you’re eating out at restaurants and are concerned about picking up u viruses, norovirus, or food poisoning, order something with onions. For example, if you order a salad, get it with onion to kill off any contaminants.
* When picking out onions at the market, make sure each onion is rm and doesn’t cave in when you squeeze it. Try to avoid onions that are sprouting new green tips. (This is different from buying a fresh-picked onion with its greens still attached—those onion greens are very beneficial.)
* Experiment with different varieties of onions in different dishes. Try chives in guacamole, scallions in hummus, red onions in salads and stir-fries, leeks in soups, or try steamed yellow or white onions.
* If you’re dealing with sinus congestion, cold, or u, try placing chopped onion in a bowl of warm to hot water, draping a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhaling. This is a great technique for breaking up mucus and loosening congestion.
* If you get chilly easily, have difficulty warming up, always have to wear a sweater, and/or struggle with cold hands and feet, try to incorporate onions into your daily routine to increase circulation.
ONIONS STUFFED WITH MASHED POTATOES AND MUSHROOMS
These beautiful baked onions look like a restaurant-quality dish and are surprisingly easy to make. They look stunning on any dinner table and worthy of any party occasion. If you don’t enjoy mush- rooms, feel free to get creative and substitute the sautéed vegetable of your choice.
8 large onions
8 cups diced potatoes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
8 cups chopped mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prep the onions by cutting off the top quarter of each. On the opposite end of each onion, cut off the root so that the onion can rest on a at surface. Do not peel. Place the onions in a large baking dish and add an inch of water. Bake until the onions are cooked through, checking periodically, 45 to 60 minutes. (Onions are done when they are soft and fragrant.) Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Peel the onions, then carefully remove the inner layers using a fork until only 2 layers remain, forming a cup. Reserve the insides of the onions for later use.
Fill a large sauté pan with an inch of water and bring to a boil. Place the potatoes in the pan, cover, and steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally and adding more water if needed to prevent sticking. Place the potatoes in a food processor with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1⁄2 teaspoon of rosemary leaves. Process until the potatoes are smooth. Set aside.
For the mushroom filling, sauté the mushrooms and garlic in 1 teaspoon of olive oil until the mushrooms are tender and juicy, adding water as needed to prevent sticking. Transfer all but 1 cup of the sautéed mushrooms to a food processor with 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, and 2 cups of the reserved onion. Process until the mixture is roughly combined.
Fill the onion cups with alternating layers of mushroom filling and mashed potatoes. Top with sautéed mushrooms and pine nuts. Serve and enjoy!
Makes 4 to 6 servings
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
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Cranberries are well known for their profound antiseptic role in healing urinary tract infections and yeast infections. That power comes from cranberries’ ability to fight Streptococcus bacteria—because most of the time, chronic strep infections are behind these conditions. (Even though in yeast infections, the origin of the problem is misdiagnosed as fungal, really, the yeast is secondary.) And that’s the least of what these powerful little berries do. Out of all the foods on the table at Thanksgiving, that dish of cranberries is by far the most nutritious. Even if your cranberry sauce is canned and saturated with syrup, the medicinal factor of the cranberries overrides the downsides of the added ingredients.
Cranberries are one of the ultimate foods for reversing gallbladder disease. If you’re dealing with gallstones, there’s nothing more powerful for dissolving them. Cranberries are also one of the most powerful liver cleansers on earth, and they’re extremely helpful when you’re trying to pass kidney stones with ease. They can even dislodge earwax buildup and help bring back hearing.
Not to mention, cranberries are high in the antioxidants (such as anthocyanins) that help heal cardiovascular disease and arteriosclerosis. They also hold phytoestrogen compounds that disarm invading estrogens from outside sources such as plastics, environmental pollutants, pesticides, and other synthetic chemicals. Cranberries destroy these toxic hormones that are responsible for so many of women’s health conditions.
Filled with compounds and agents that draw radiation out of your body, amino acids that protect connective tissue, enzymes that specifically detoxify your organs, and more than 50 trace minerals to address deficiencies you may not even know you have, cranberries also have anti-proliferative compounds that help halt the growth of bacteria, viruses, and anything else harmful that may be growing inside of you. At the same time, cranberries provide potent stress assistance during your times of need.
And if you’re trying to lose weight, cranberries are another of your strongest allies. Consuming a bowl of cranberries daily will suppress your appetite and help you shed those extra pounds.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing cranberries into your life:
Seasonal allergies, migraines, hiatal hernia, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hypertension, cervical cancer, yeast infections, carpal tunnel syndrome, arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, miscarriage, leukemia, ovarian cancer, Streptococcus infection, bladder infections, obesity, pneumonia (all varieties), conjunctivitis, renal failure, staph infections, gallbladder disease, gallstones, kidney infections, kidney stones, anemia, anxiety, shingles, diabetes, gout, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus (CMV), nodules, Lyme disease
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing cranberries into your life:
Memory loss, muscle cramps, nail biting, hypothyroid, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, weight gain, bloating, flatulence, dyspepsia, jaundice, mania, confusion, intermittent vaginal bleeding, tremors, hearing loss, calcifications, bruising, cravings, dizzy spells, earwax buildup, blisters, hyperthyroid, inflammation, blurred vision, anxiousness, foot pain, scar tissue
Cranberries promote a cheery disposition. Whenever you’re feeling foggy on an emotional level— unclear about what decisions to make, confused about your direction in life—eating cranberries can light your path. When disorganization flusters you, colors how others see you, and impedes the way, cranberries (which grow in a very orderly fashion) can help you sort matters out and move on.
Cranberries also help when neurons and receptors are stuck in a pattern of criticism. Whether you’re criticizing others too much or on the receiving end of reproach, cranberries will help. Regular consumption of cranberries can relieve feelings of rejection and humiliation. And if you’re ever experiencing a sense of alienation, cranberries can help you change course and get reconnected with community.
As we settle into adult life, we learn that it isn’t always safe to come out and play. Sometimes responsibility requires our full attention and seriousness—or we’re in company that will take advantage of us if we open up and expose our true selves. In much the same way, the cranberry vine has an instinct to stay low to the ground, protecting itself from cold and windy conditions. It can be difficult to even see the small red berries when it’s in this self-shielding mode.
Sometimes we get stuck in this mentality, afraid that taking a moment for delight makes us vulnerable and means we aren’t working hard enough. Yet growing up doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to suppress our joy all the time. Joy is essential to who we are. Just as the cranberry plant takes advantage of the right warm and sunny moments during ripening season to perk up, play in the wind, and dazzle in the light, we can learn to recognize moments that are safe for us to express our true vitality, essence, and glory. We do get our days to stand up and shine, to dance in the sun. It’s just a matter of balance—and there’s no better teacher on the subject than the cranberry.
* Frozen cranberries can be a great way to get your hands on this fruit. Try cooking them into your oatmeal or incorporating them into smoothies.
* If you’re not making your own fresh cranberry juice, look for juice that’s made 100 percent from cranberries—with no added sugars, preservatives, or other additives.
* If you don’t like the tart nature of cranberries, eat them with a handful of walnuts.
* If you really dislike cranberries, it doesn’t mean they can’t help you. Weekly, set out a bowl of cranberries in your house. Just having them out on the kitchen counter to look at will help you (and anyone else passing through) reap their emotional benefits as the berries’ properties enter into you metaphysically. And if you take a moment each day to touch the cranberries, running your fingers over them or resting a few in your palm, you’ll also receive the fruit’s physical benefits.
RAW CRANBERRY RELISH
When you think of cranberries, you may envision a gelatinous blob on the table at Thanksgiving dinner. This raw cranberry relish is anything but boring. The fresh cranberries are chopped with bits of apple, orange, and coconut sugar that offset the cranberries’ natural tartness. This simple side dish is a great accompaniment to any holiday meal, or is perfect on top of a salad any time.
1 cup cranberries
2 cups roughly diced apple
1⁄2 cup orange sections
1⁄4 teaspoon orange zest
4 tablespoons coconut sugar
3 mint leaves
Pulse-blend all the ingredients in a food processor until roughly combined. Store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
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Pomegranates are popular, known especially for being high in antioxidants. What doesn’t get enough attention is what a godsend this fruit is for dissolving gallstones and kidney stones, nodules, calcifications, and small cysts such as ganglia cysts. It also has anti-tumor properties. Each of the fruit’s many jewellike, juicy capsules (technically called arils, though better known as seeds) inside a pomegranate contains a universe. Pomegranate seeds freshly broken open—whether between your teeth or in a juicer—release the full power of each of those tiny universes to come to your aid.
When you consume fresh pomegranate, a chemical reaction occurs whenever the fruit’s acids (which are filled with phytochemicals such as anthocyanins) come into contact with the types of unhealthy hardenings formed from bile, protein buildup, and toxic forms of calcium. Immediately, they start to break down. Bringing pomegranate into your life on a regular basis is especially beneficial if you suffer from PCOS.
Pomegranate is a great blood builder, as it strengthens both red and white cell counts. It serves an important role in blood sugar, too, by restoring precious glucose reserves to the liver, so that the liver can release this glucose into the bloodstream as needed. This process in turn protects the adrenal glands—because if you go for several hours without eating and your liver doesn’t have glucose reserves, then your adrenals are forced to pump hormones such as cortisol into your blood to keep you going, leading to overactive adrenal glands and eventual burnout. So if you’re looking for adrenal balance and blood sugar stabilization, turn to pomegranates. Pomegranates’ high-quality glucose also makes them a brain food, helping with focus and concentration.
Further, pomegranates contain trace minerals such as iron, manganese, potassium, and chromium that are very bioavailable and easily assimilable. Plus, consuming pomegranates helps unclog pores and hair follicles, encouraging hair growth where it’s needed and helping the skin and scalp overall. Pomegranates are amazing for regulating hormones, because they flush out toxic ones such as unproductive estrogens that contribute to cancers. This fruit also helps detoxify DDT and other pesticides, eliminate unproductive lactic acid buildup in the muscles, and clear out earwax and minimize new production of it.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing pomegranates into your life:
Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, dementia, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, hypoglycemia, earwax buildup, alopecia, gallstones, kidney stones, mold exposure, nodules, calcifications, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, adenomas, autism, plantar fasciitis, Lyme disease, Morton’s neuroma, tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing pomegranates into your life:
Brain fog, memory loss, confusion, cysts, calcifications, disorientation, trouble focusing, dandruff, weight gain, persistent hunger, hair loss, muscle cramps, leg cramps, blood sugar imbalances, myelin nerve damage, trigeminal neuralgia, scar tissue in the liver, back pain, frozen shoulder, body pain, ear pain, eye oaters, foot drop, rib pain, foot pain, head pain, hives, inflammation, itchy skin, liver heat, neuralgia
Pomegranates are a critical food for the per- son who struggles with impatience on a daily basis—and doesn’t believe her or his impatience is the problem, but rather everyone else is to blame. If you know someone like this, offer her or him a pomegranate. It will shift the energy and point your companion in the direction of composure, compassion, and patience. If you feel that someone’s impatience is directed at you and it’s throwing you off your game, turn to pomegranates to help you keep your equanimity and focus.
When you’re dealing with a pomegranate, there’s not much you can do to contain the mess. As careful as you may be, inevitably an aril bursts at just the wrong moment, and you end up with red stains on your carpet, clothes, countertop, walls, or fingers. We’ve all learned not to wear a silk blouse or tie when excavating a pomegranate. Opening a pomegranate requires us to put on our old jeans and a ragged sweatshirt—creative wear, the same clothes we’d wear if we were going to paint—and to approach the activity knowing it’s going to get messy (and that it’s well worth the reward). Consider this the next time a situation presents you with the opportunity for creativity and a rewarding outcome. Are you thinking of walking away because it could get messy? Or are you about to jump in head first without being prepared? Pomegranates teach us both to brace for mess and embrace it, if we want to get the most out of what comes our way.
* Eat one or more pomegranates daily to reap the most benefits.
* Get creative with how you use pomegranates. You can sprinkle the little seeds anywhere—on salads, hummus, guacamole, or even on top of a stir-fry you’ve just cooked.
* If you’re concerned about excessive hunger, overeating, and/or weight gain, eat pomegranate seeds before a meal as an appetite suppressant.
Heaps of juicy pomegranate seeds and a smooth layer of creamy chocolate go together beautifully in this treat. Offer it as a gift, or make it for those moments when you’re craving an indulgence you can feel good about.
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (at least 60 percent cacao)
1⁄4 cup coconut oil
1⁄4 cup maple syrup
2 cups pomegranate seeds
Stir the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture is melted and combined. Add the maple syrup. Spread an even layer of melted chocolate on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press the pomegranate seeds firmly into the chocolate layer. Place in the freezer and allow to set for at least 30 minutes. Break apart and enjoy!
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Learn more about the hidden healing powers of fruits & vegetables in the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
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While traditional nachos may involve chips, these soft and golden "Nachos Style" Baked Potatoes from my book Thyroid Healing leave nothing to be desired. Cooked perfectly in the oven until crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, then piled high with the familiar flavors of avocado, tomato, onion, and cilantro, these potatoes will disappear fast, so you may want to make a double batch.
Not only are these "nachos" incredibly delicious and satisfying, they're also packed full of healing ingredients! Let's take a look now at some of the ingredients and their undiscovered healing properties that I share in Thyroid Healing.
Potatoes are frequently labeled as a “white” food that’s devoid of nutrition, but potatoes are actually one of the most powerful anti-EBV foods. High in lysine, they also contain tyrosine, a chemical needed to produce thyroid hormones.
Avocados contain phytochemicals that protect the lining of the digestive tract from EBV’s cofactor, strep bacteria. They also contain an easily assimilable form of copper that helps balance T4 and T3 thyroid hormone production. Avocados’ form of natural glucose calms sensitive nerves throughout the body that have been irritated by viral neurotoxins.
Tomatoes contain their own variety of vitamin C that’s bioavailable to the lymphatic system and liver, supports the immune system to keep it strong against EBV, and prohibits the virus from traveling through the body with ease. This vitamin C is also a support to the thyroid’s own immune system in the neck area. When growing, tomatoes absorb and collect the moonlight’s frequency at night, just as the thyroid collects the sun’s rays during the day (as you’ll read about in Chapter 25 of Thyroid Healing. This means that when consumed, tomatoes strengthen the thyroid’s undiscovered radio-like frequencies, helping to create balance and homeostasis with all of the body’s organs and glands. Find out more about the unknown true purpose of the thyroid in Thyroid Healing.
Onions and scallions are a fantastic resource for their sulfur content’s ability to confuse and knock down EBV while it nourishes the gland itself. As with cruciferous vegetables, that pungent quality is exactly what gives them their value. Onions are a big deal for fighting EBV—bottom line, a potent antiviral.
Cilantro is a miracle worker for EBV. Critical for binding onto the toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead that feed the virus. Also binds onto the EBV neurotoxins that, when loose in your system, can cause tingles and numbness, aches and pains, inflammation, depression, and anxiety.
Lemons and limes improve digestion by raising levels of hydrochloric acid (good acid) in the gut. They tone the intestinal lining, cleanse the liver, and offer replenishing calcium to prevent osteoporosis when EBV prompts nodule formation throughout the body, which uses up calcium stores. Lemons and limes also balance sodium levels in the blood, which allows for electrolytes to become active and improves the neurotransmitter activity that has been hampered by EBV neurotoxins causing brain fog and other neurological symptoms.
Garlic is an antiviral and antibacterial that defends against EBV by killing off virus cells. It slso kills off strep, the EBV cofactor, allowing for fewer UTIs, sinus infections, and opportunities for SIBO. Garlic helps flush toxic viral and bacterial waste out of the lymphatic system.
Learn more about the foods that support healing of thyroid problems and many other symptoms and conditions in Thyroid Healing.
"Nachos Style" Baked Potatoes Recipe
6 medium potatoes
2 teaspoons coconut oil
½ teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 avocado, diced
1 cup diced tomato
1 cup diced onion
½ cup cilantro, chopped
½ jalapeño, minced (optional)
¼ cup Garlic Cashew Aioli (optional, recipe also from Thyroid Healing)
Garlic Cashew Aioli ingredients:
1 cup cashews
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ to 1 cup water
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Peel and slice the potatoes into rounds that are ¼ inch to ½ inch thick. Toss them with the coconut oil and ¼ teaspoon of the sea salt. Arrange the potatoes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Leave space so that they are not touching or overlapping. Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes, flip, and then bake for 10 more minutes.
While the potatoes bake, combine the avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and the juice of both limes in a small mixing bowl.
Make the Aioli by combining the cashews, olive oil, garlic, juice of two lemons, and sea salt in the blender with ½ cup of water. Blend until smooth for a thicker aioli. For a thinner consistency, continue to stream in another ½ cup of water while blending.
Arrange the potato slices in a pile on a serving plate. Top with the avocado salsa and lightly drizzle the Garlic Cashew Aioli over the top if desired (save the rest for topping other meals). Finish the nachos off with the remaining sea salt and enjoy!
* Experiment with different varieties of potatoes for different nutrients, flavors, and textures.
* For a make-ahead trick, try peeling and slicing the potatoes in advance and storing them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge. They will keep well for up to three days this way; just change the water daily and enjoy having potatoes ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Makes 2-3 servings
Learn more about how you can heal from over a hundred symptoms and conditions and get more fantastic healing recipes in Thyroid Healing.
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