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Food poisoning is rampant, and in some cases can lead to serious injury or even death. I’ve seen countless food poisoning cases throughout my years working with clients and have heard devastating stories from doctors with patients who have lost their lives. Fortunately, there are numerous protective measures I share below to help prevent food poisoning at home in the kitchen and when dining out at restaurants.
Your Unique Diet
Everybody subscribes to a different way of eating. Some people choose to eat vegan or vegetarian, while other people choose to incorporate chicken, turkey, and other meats and animal products into their diets. Different ways of eating work best for different people depending on their unique circumstances, lifestyles, and health issues.
The handling of raw animal foods can be especially dangerous if certain precautions are not taken, so it’s important to understand how to safely handle them. Did you know that each year during the Thanksgiving holiday thousands of people suffer from food poisoning caused by underdone turkey? I don’t want you or a family member to spend your next holiday at the hospital or E.R. I want you to learn how to apply the safest possible practices when it comes to preparing your own food and when dining out.
I know each person has his or her unique journey when it comes to food, and I want you to be protected the best you possibly can on that journey. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, meat eater, pescatarian, or subscribe to a completely different label than these, know that my only goal is to help protect you and support you in living the most vibrant and healthy life you can.
Food Poisoning Consequences
Food poisoning is serious and it is unfortunately very easy to contract. If someone comes down with food poisoning, various strains of E. coli may be wreaking havoc in his or her gut. This bacteria can move through the gut, drill into the linings of the colon or another organ, and may create chaos in the gallbladder and/or appendix. Some people experience ulcerative issues and/or damaged linings in the intestinal tract and colon. In certain cases, people are forced to undergo gallbladder removal surgery or an appendectomy.
Oftentimes if someone suffering with food poisoning goes to the E.R., there is little a doctor can do to offer support except to keep an eye on the patient as he or she rides out the illness. Typically, a doctor will administer fluids through an I.V. to keep the patient from dying of dehydration as the patient endures the vomiting, diarrhea, and/or pain that accompanies his or her unique situation. These symptoms can last for multiple days and time, chance, and luck play major roles in patients’ recoveries.
However, there are many things you can do to help protect yourself from contracting food poisoning. There are also steps you can take if you do develop food poisoning to help heal your body and move past the illness. These tips and suggestions below will help equip you for whatever type of eating scenario you may find yourself in.
Cooking At Home
* People usually prepare meals at home more than they eat out. Cooking at home can be enjoyable, fun, and even meditative for some. Taking these protective measures in the kitchen can ensure greater health and safety for you and your loved ones.
* Take caution when removing chicken, turkey, or any other kind of meat from a package. The packages in the grocery store containing these meats are often covered in as many as a dozen varieties of bacteria including C. diff, MRSA, streptococcus, and Salmonella. Consequently, when picking up or opening the package, harmful bacteria can easily get onto your hands. After taking the package out of the refrigerator and opening it up, it is critical you wash your hands right away. If you do not wash your hands directly after this, you may unknowingly contract a bacteria that could injure yourself or a loved one.
* Make sure your hands are clean when you pick up your knife after touching raw animal foods and their packages or the handle can become contaminated with dangerous bacteria as well. This suggestion may sound overly cautious, but this vigilance can actually keep you and your loved ones safe. Try pulling on a pair of nitrile gloves before taking meat out of its packaging. Once the meat is free of its package and ready to be prepped, you can pull off the gloves and know that you have clean hands to continue your work in the kitchen. You may also want to consider changing out your knife if you think the handle or blade has been contaminated. These are just a few initial steps you can take to help ensure greater safety in the kitchen.
* Rinsing your poultry, beef, or any other kind of raw meat in the sink before cooking it can cause dangerous bacteria to settle in the sink. If you accidentally drop any other foods into the sink while prepping, such as lettuce leaves or veggie slices, they can easily pick up some of this dangerous bacteria.
* Once you transfer your raw chicken, fish, or meat from a plate to the pan or cookware, stick the empty plate into the dishwasher or thoroughly sanitize it. Some people will put their cooked chicken, fish, or meat, back onto the same plate that once held the raw protein, but this is very dangerous. To offer greater protection for you and your loved ones, make sure to transfer your cooked animal protein to a new, clean plate.
* Do you or a family member like to glaze your meat with sauce? If so, it is important to be mindful of how you use the sauce during the cooking process. If someone brushes a raw piece of meat with sauce, bacteria from the meat may collect in the bristles. Oftentimes after this happens, the person will place the brush back into the sauce container and may continue to taste the sauce with his or her finger. He or she may also add more sauce with the contaminated brush once the meat has finished cooking. These actions could easily lead to food poisoning. Being mindful of when you choose to glaze your meat and how you use your sauce brush is critical.
* Be mindful of when you use certain utensils. If you use a fork to transfer raw meat onto a grill, make sure to retire that fork and use another clean utensil when removing the meat from the grill once it finishes cooking.
* Contaminated cutting boards constantly cause issues for people. Oftentimes people will prepare raw meat on a cutting board and then only lightly rinse the cutting board before using it again. Instead, either thoroughly wash and sanitize the cutting board after preparing your raw meat, or, if you want to be even more cautious, have a new, clean cutting board ready to go for any other prep you may need to do. In this instance, make sure the cutting board used to cut raw meat is placed in a different spot or on a different countertop so that the two boards are not confused.
* Clean your surfaces! If juices from a raw piece of meat get on a counter or cutting board and you place a clean plate on top of this area, the bottom of the plate may end up contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Although the top part of the plate is clean, the bottom, where you may stick your hands is now contaminated. When you go to pick up the plate, you can easily contaminate your hands with these raw meat juices and potentially harmful bacteria.
It is not about being a perfectionist in the kitchen, but it is about doing the best you possibly can to keep you and your family safe. I’m not trying to make your next Fourth of July cookout less enjoyable, instead, I hope to bring you greater awareness and some tips that could help protect you and your family during holiday get togethers and beyond.
Eating at Restaurants
The kitchens in restaurants are typically crazy intensely busy. The pressure is unbelievably high, there are a number of moving parts, and while there are a few kitchens that work like a well-oiled machine, many kitchens grow disorderly under the high pressure and quick pace.
Many chefs are often adorned with bandaids. Chefs and cooks cut their fingers daily in busy, stressful restaurant kitchens. Sometimes the cuts are just small nicks and other times deeper wounds. Although chefs throw on a pair of gloves if they cut themselves, after a day or two they tend to remove the gloves and continue on working glove-free. Oftentimes these older cuts, which get banged around as the chefs work and handle countless pots, pans, and kitchen utensils, can continue to seep and bleed on and off. As I’ve mentioned in other articles and radio shows, this is an easy way to catch Epstein-Barr or another virus.
Frequently in kitchens, the raw poultry, meats, and fish are washed in the same sinks as the lettuces and other vegetables. Unfortunately, this regularly leads to cross-contamination. Countertops and surfaces in kitchens are often not cleaned thoroughly, which can lead to frequent cross-contamination as well.
Tips When Eating Out
Here are a few things you can do when eating out to help you avoid getting food poisoning:
* If you are vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based, the safest strategy is to try to avoid restaurants that serve animal protein or animal products when possible. This can be a highly protective practice. However, sometimes you may end up at a place that serves these foods when you are dining out with family and friends. In these instances, I would suggest you avoid eating any raw foods. In certain instances, a chef preparing a raw salad may have just handled a raw piece of poultry, fish or meat and not thoroughly sanitized his or her hands in between. Another cross-contamination issue may occur if raw juices from a piece of poultry or meat are accidentally splashed into a vegetarian dish cooking near it. In a high pressure kitchen, these type of cross-contamination issues, although accidental, happen frequently. When eating at these restaurants, it’s safest to enjoy a cooked meal that is served to you piping hot, versus having a raw salad or other raw meal. You can read more on this below.
* If you are set on ordering a raw meal, and want to protect yourself as much as possible, add fresh lemon juice all over your meal and ask for raw onion and garlic to be added also. You can also ask your waiter if the kitchen has whole, uncut avocados. You can order one or more uncut avocados, slice them open at your table, and scoop them onto your plate for a safer raw meal option that is satiating.
* For anyone with any type of diet, avoiding eating raw dishes when dining out can be beneficial. Instead of going for a salad or raw veggie dish, stick with a cooked meal and ask for the plate to come out piping hot. Why do you want a piping hot dish? Frequently in restaurants, cooked meat is accidentally placed onto plates that have already been contaminated with juices from raw meat. When you ask for your plate to be heated up, you maybe preventing this contamination from impacting you and your health. If a chef suffering from Epstein-Barr or another virus has dripped sweat into your food or accidentally cut him or herself and bled into your food by accident, reheating the entire plate can help protect you from picking up a harmful virus or bacteria. If your plate of food arrives to the table lukewarm, politely ask if it can be sent back and thoroughly reheated.
* Always be polite when asking for meal changes or extra additions to your dish. Over the years, I’ve helped many clients who have worked in the restaurant business. I’ve heard some terrible stories about what can happen to dishes when customers are impolite or upset a waiter or chef.
* In many restaurants, chefs use squeeze-bottles to dispense sauces. Unfortunately in many restaurants, even high-quality places, cross-contamination between raw meat and these squeeze-bottles can occur. Bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli, take cover in these bottles because these bottles are frequently around raw chicken and meat and/or handled by contaminated hands. Frequently lukewarm, bacteria-laden sauce is drizzled onto a dish right before it exits the kitchen. Because of this, it is important to ask your waiter that no sauce be put onto your dish after your dish has been heated up and is ready to be served.
* Never order your meat rare. Perhaps you’ve been ordering meat rare for the last twenty or thirty years and have never suffered from food poisoning. Even so, that doesn’t mean the next time you order a rare piece of meat you won’t contract a horrible case of food poisoning. Whether you are ordering a high-quality piece of steak or just a basic burger, it is critical that you order your meat either medium or well-done.
You can now enter restaurants with a greater sense of awareness. I do not want to ruin your next fun night out with friends, but I want you to be able to arm yourself for these occasions, so that you can protect your health as best as possible.
Foods to Arm Yourself
Many different foods have amazing healing qualities. These foods in particular possess certain attributes that may help you avoid food poisoning after a meal:
Oregano Capsules: Try taking an oregano capsule before heading out to eat. Just one capsule has the ability to help prevent a food poisoning episode. If you take a capsule before a meal out with friends or family, the capsule will be ready to disperse around the food in your stomach once you begin to eat and digest. You can think of oregano as a powerful safety barrier against Salmonella and E. coli, which might have run amok otherwise.
Garlic: Asking for garlic to be added to both cooked and raw dishes when you’re out at a restaurant can be a wonderful protective measure. Raw garlic is a powerful weapon and has the ability to spread throughout the stomach and kill off bacteria.
Thyme: If you are at a restaurant, you may want to ask if the kitchen has some fresh thyme the chef can sprinkle on your dish. This might be a tricky one to accommodate, but it is worth it to ask!
Peppermint: Peppermint tea can be a beneficial drink to incorporate when dining out. Although peppermint tea isn’t incredibly anti-viral, it has powerful anti-bacterial qualities. Many restaurants have peppermint tea, but you can also bring your own tea bags from home. Sip on this drink before your food comes and throughout your meal.
Ginger: Ginger can kill bacteria in the stomach. Drinking some ginger tea before your meal and after you eat is a great protective measure. This is another herbal tea that restaurants frequently carry.
Lemon: Squeezing a lemon onto your dish can offer wonderful protection. If you choose to order a raw dish, squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice onto the meal, even in a vegan or plant-based restaurant. Trucks containing plant foods and animal products often make deliveries to plant-based restaurants so cross-contamination can occur. Therefore, it is safest to stick to cooked meals at vegan and vegetarian restaurants. That being said, if you do choose to eat a raw dish in these restaurants, or in a restaurant with animal products, lemon juice can act as an incredible antiseptic and will work wonders inside your body. You can ask them to cut lemon for you in the back, which would actually help kill off the bacteria on the knife they are using, or you can ask them to bring out a whole lemon for you to cut yourself. You may even want to drink some lemon water alongside your meal. Bottom line, incorporating lemon into your meal when you are dining out can be a valuable measure.
High-quality salt: Try adding a pinch of high-quality sea salt to your meal. This salt may actually help kill off bacteria. Ask if the restaurant has sea salt or another high-quality variety and consider adding a dash if so.
Sometimes you have to be flexible when it comes to choosing which restaurant to eat at. Fortunately, the list of foods above can be powerful weapons at any place you choose. In the past you may have unknowingly protected yourself from a serious case of food poisoning by squeezing lemon onto your raw salad for taste or ordering a cup of peppermint tea. Moving forward, you now are aware of practices that can actually make a beneficial difference. Do not feel uncomfortable about sticking an extra lemon in your purse or sliding a tea bag into your pocket before you head to a restaurant. Arming yourself with these secret weapons can be the crucial components that keep you from getting sick.
Avoiding Raw Meat & Fish
Certain doctors say that animal protein and animal products can kill you because they can clog your arteries, raise your cholesterol, and increase your risk of a heart attack. But there’s more to it than this. In their raw form, animal proteins such as chicken, turkey, steak, or fish in its raw form can be dangerous. It is critical you understand that If you eat these types of food raw, you could lose your life. If you want to look out for your health the best you can, eliminate steak tartare, raw fish, or any type of uncooked animal protein from your diet. If you enjoy fish or steak, cook it! This may not be the information that you want to hear, but this is the information that will help keep you safe.
I assisted a friend on a fishing boat for a period of time when I was younger. One day while on the boat, I saw a worm pop out of one of the wild fish that had been caught. I grabbed the worm, which was alive and squirming, and began to pull it out of the fish. It stretched out to six feet in length! At one point this worm had merely been a tiny egg inside the fish, but by the time I found it, it had grown to an incredible length. Six feet long worms may not crawl out of the sushi or raw fish you choose to consume, but worm eggs that could grow to this length may just be hiding out in your next raw tuna roll or salmon sashimi. If you are wanting to protect yourself from worms and dangerous bacteria, it is best to avoid consuming raw fish.
Grass-Fed & Free-Range Versus Factory-Farmed
If you choose to include meats and other animal products in your diet, choosing high-quality options can better support your health and safety.
Grass-fed beef and free-range chickens are likely to contain less harmful bacteria than chicken, turkey and other meats that come from factory farms. While purchasing your grass-fed meats from small farms can be a wonderful step towards greater safety, most small farms still have to ship their meat to a factory for processing. Some factories may handle mostly grass-fed and free-range products, but other factories handle both grass-fed and grain-fed proteins and products. In certain instances, cross-contamination between grain-fed, battery-caged products and grass-fed or free-range products may occur in the factory setting. However, if you are going to eat animal protein and products, stick to grass-fed and free-range sources because they still have less potential for containing certain dangerous strains of Salmonella, E. Coli, and other harmful bugs and bacteria.
Salmonella and other harmful bacteria can be found on the outside of most conventional eggs. By contrast, free-range eggs rarely have Salmonella and other dangerous bacteria on their shells. Be that as it may, if you suffer from viral issues, neurological problems, or have been diagnosed with any kind of autoimmune disease, it would still be best to eliminate eggs from your diet.
I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. I am here to make sure you know the facts and are protected. I want you to be aware of potential risks, so that you can make the most informed decisions possible!
My Food Poisoning Story
When I was a young child, I went out to eat at a restaurant with my family and chose a menu item that Spirit advised against ordering. I ended up getting horrible food poisoning and nearly died. I was agonizingly sick for weeks and eventually recovered after Spirit instructed I eat only heirloom pears from my great grandfather’s pear tree for a period of time. Fortunately, this protocol helped me to recover, and I became a lucky survivor of food poisoning. Many people aren’t so fortunate. I’ve witnessed hundreds of cases of food poisoning throughout the years and have heard numerous food poisoning-related stories. Sadly, not everyone who contracts food poisoning survives.
Recovering from Food Poisoning
If you take measures to protect yourself, but still end up getting food poisoning, know that there are a few things you can do to support your body as you heal.
* Hydrating yourself throughout your illness is essential. Try mixing coconut water (fresh or pasteurized) with regular, high-quality water and frequently sipping on this drink. If you are looking to quickly hydrate yourself, this maybe the secret weapon you need. Between bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, sipping on this drink can make a big difference. If you are no longer experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, and are only experiencing gut pain, continuing to incorporate this liquid can still be very beneficial.
* Lemon water and ginger water are two other drinks to consider bringing into your healing protocol. Keeping yourself hydrated by frequently sipping on these drinks can make a valuable difference in your recovery.
* If you have a terrible case of food poisoning, going to the hospital to be monitored and given an I.V. is important.
If you’ve suffered from food poisoning in the past, you may want to work to knock down old bacteria that could still be in your system. Try applying what you’ve learned in this show, incorporate the foods that act as weapons against bacteria, and listen to past radio shows for more tips and suggestions of beneficial, life-giving foods to bring into your diet. Hold onto the fact that it is possible to clean up your system and recover from damage that may have occurred during a past food poisoning episode.
Do you need to stop eating your favorite raw salad at the local vegan restaurant? No. Do you need to stop eating animal products if you feel healthy and happy? No. This information is not meant to alarm you, deter you from eating out, or in anyway cause you to stop living your life to the fullest. Instead, this knowledge is meant to empower you so that you can enter each new situation with the tools and wisdom you need to thrive.
Instead of living in fear, just put on your armor of protection by asking the right questions at restaurants, ordering and asking for what you need, bringing along items that can support you, and staying vigilant in your own kitchen when you’re cooking. I hope you can enjoy your next Fourth of July or Thanksgiving with even greater zeal, knowing that you have an awareness that can help protect you and others on holidays and every day!
This item posted: 05-Apr-2017 - Disclaimer
These pretty little rolls are so easy to prepare and even easier to eat! A perfect snack for anytime of day that pairs perfectly with an Asian inspired tomato ginger dipping sauce. Make extras because they won’t last long.
Cucumbers are a highly alkalinizing and hydrating food that are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium. Cucumbers are also packed with antioxidants and enzymes such as erepsin which helps to digest proteins and destroy parasites and tapeworms. The high chlorophyll and lignan content in the cucumber skin makes it a great anti-cancer food and can be particularly helpful in reducing the risk of estrogen related cancers such as breast, uterus, prostate, and ovarian cancer.
Ginger is one of the world’s oldest and most popular medicinal spices. It is known to greatly aid in digestion and assimilation and is widely regarded to help prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo. Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heart burn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning.
Zucchini contains phytonutrients that are important for prostate health as they can help to reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH). They also contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, cataracts, macular degeneration, atherosclerosis, diabetes, edema, multiple sclerosis, and stomach and colon cancers.
Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases.
One raw crushed clove of garlic contains the antibiotic equivalent of 100,000 units of penicillin and has been proven to be more effective than both penicillin and tetracycline in suppressing certain types of disease carrying agents. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has been shown to help significantly lower cholesterol and blood pressure by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme within the liver cells and blocking platelet clot formation in the blood vessels.
For the rolls
Any desired sliced veggies for filling (examples: bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, mango, green onion, avocado)
For the dipping sauce
1/4 cup tomato
1/4 orange juice
2 tbsp raw hulled hemp seeds
1 cup zucchini, peeled and diced
1/2 inch jalepeno without seeds
1 inch sized piece of ginger
1 garlic clove
For the dipping sauce, blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
Slice thin sheets of cucumber lengthwise using a mandolin or vegetable peeler. Starting with one end, place any desired fillings and roll towards the end, using a dab of sauce to stick in place. Make as many as desired and enjoy!
This item posted: 30-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
How much water do you drink in a day? How many fresh, raw fruits and vegetables do you consume? These are just a few questions that can help you start to evaluate how hydrated or dehydrated you might be. The majority of people today are chronically dehydrated, even if they don’t realize it or even feel thirsty.
Why are so many people chronically dehydrated? One main reason is the dehydrating effect of all the toxins and poisons you are exposed to throughout your time here on earth. Toxic heavy metals, radiation, the viral explosion, and DDT, which make up the Unforgiving Four I brought to light in my book Life-Changing Foods, can greatly impact your level of dehydration. Other pollutants you may encounter can have a dehydrating effect as well. Combine that with the food, drink, and lifestyle choices many people make, and the dehydration we come into this world with (more on this below), and you have a recipe for chronic dehydration.
You most likely have heard of the importance of staying hydrated, but do you know why hydration is so vitally important? The information shared here will highlight the many reasons why you and your loved ones need to stay hydrated and will provide you with some simple ways to begin reversing chronic dehydration and its negative effects.
How Thick Is Your Blood?
One of the reasons you should do your best to stay hydrated is to avoid developing thick blood. If you reach a certain level of dehydration, your blood can thicken and give rise to numerous health issues.
Once someone develops thick blood, it becomes much more challenging for his or her heart to draw up fresh, clean blood from the liver. The heart may also have greater difficulty providing the brain and other organs with adequate blood and oxygen. Over time, this continuous exertion can prematurely wear out the heart.
Some people enter the world with thick blood, while others develop it throughout their lifetime. As a person’s body grows more and more dehydrated, his or her blood will continue to thicken. Severe dehydration, which directly impacts the blood in the body, is often affected by the food choices people make each day.
Although high-fat diets have become increasingly trendy, they do not provide your body with the hydration it needs to flourish and thrive. If you follow a high-protein diet, you are likely to still be consuming an abundance of fat in the form of animal protein and/or animal products. By eating this way, a person can quickly grow dehydrated and begin to develop thick blood. Animal protein can still be eaten if someone enjoys it, but it’s important to reduce the amount in the diet to avoid developing long term systemic chronic dehydration and the health risks this condition brings.
If your blood remains thick for an extended period of time, you may be setting yourself up for a host of major health issues including a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart attack, liver and/or kidney problems, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol. The risk of cancer is considerably greater for people with thick blood because there is less oxygen circulating throughout the body, and the body becomes less capable of properly detoxing. As someone with thick blood ages, the risk of more health problems increases.
A person with thick blood may not reap the benefits of a detox protocol and/or exercise routine because thick blood often makes it harder for the body to flush out toxins. Even someone who appears to be in amazing shape can still have thick blood and a highly-acidic system. These hidden issues can easily lead to a stroke or heart attack in even the most fit-looking individual. In contrast, someone that does not appear extraordinarily fit, but manages to keep his or her blood thin and body hydrated through a nourishing diet and positive lifestyle choices may not be as likely to suffer from a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and/or other health issue associated with thick blood. I have heard of many cases of freak heart attacks in very athletic, fit women and men that were mysteries to doctors. Whether the people sadly passed from the heart attack or survived it, they were still mysteries. Thick blood could easily have been an unknown mystery trigger that medical science and research are unaware of.
Our Dehydrated Lineage
You maybe surprised to learn that we come from a dehydrated lineage. I am sharing this truth for the first time. Medical and alternative health communities are not aware of this fact. Widespread chronic dehydration that affected our forefathers continues to be passed from generation to generation. This information is not passed through our genes, but through our cells, and we acquire this knowledge and state of chronic dehydration along with any inherited DDT, radiation, and mercury from our forefathers. Inherited chronic dehydration can come from as far back as two centuries ago, and still have a major impact on your health and the health of your loved ones today.
Dehydration & Bugs
Various bugs, such as Epstein-Barr virus, are more able to thrive and cause trouble in a body suffering from chronic dehydration and thick blood. If you are battling a condition such as Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or MS, it is vitally important that you keep yourself as hydrated as possible. A critical mistake someone who suffers from an illness such as Lyme disease could make is to adopt an all-cooked, ketogenic diet. In this instance the person is likely to grow extremely dehydrated and develop thick blood, which are the perfect conditions for viruses and bacteria to proliferate and wreak havoc. You can read more about Lyme disease in my first book Medical Medium. Any hydration someone receives from drinking water while following such a diet will not be able to counteract the dehydration brought about by an abundance of high-fat and high-protein foods. Therefore, if you are battling any kind of virus or bug, hydration through proper food and beverage choices is crucial.
Do you have a coffee in the morning to help start your day off? Or a soda in the afternoon to help keep your energy levels up? Do you indulge in a martini during happy hour after a long day at the office, or sip on a glass of wine with dinner? Some people partake in all of these beverages, and it has become normal in many cultures to do so. Unfortunately, this pattern over time can set someone up for severe dehydration and a host of related health problems. Even if you choose to drink some water between your soy latte and nightly espresso, your body is likely to still suffer from dehydration. And, it is important to not be fooled by iced coffee and iced tea. Although these beverages may appear better for you, they are both dehydrating as well.
Even if you choose to drink only one coffee each morning and fill the rest of your day with glasses of water and a hydrating smoothie meal, you are still likely to be dehydrated and may even be on the brink of developing thick blood. While coffee is not the worst thing you can ingest, it certainly has an impact on your level of hydration.
Although coffee is not the best option for your overall health, unlike dairy products or eggs, it will not feed a virus. If you are trying to adopt healthier eating and lifestyle choices, it is more important that you cut out these virus-feeding foods (you can read more about these foods in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods). If you choose to enjoy a cup of decaf or regular caffeinated coffee every so often, that’s ok. Just take care to be especially mindful of seeking out ample hydration from the other foods and liquids you consume. This is true for any dehydrating beverage. If you indulge in a soda, alcoholic beverage, latte, or iced coffee— bringing in hydration through the other food and drink choices you make is critical for keeping your blood thin and your body running smoothly.
The Salt Factor
It is easy to encounter high-levels of salt in the foods and meals you consume each day. Unfortunately, the salt that is liberally sprinkled on dishes at restaurants and found in many packaged food items is not the salt your body needs to function and may actually be negating any efforts you take to stay hydrated.
Adequate sodium levels in the body are critical, and the sources of this sodium can be found in mineral-salt rich vegetables such as celery and spinach. Unlike refined salt, these veggies provide your body with a health-giving sodium that doesn’t dehydrate your system. While researchers know that there is salt in celery, they have yet to discover all of the life-giving sodium subgroups found in this incredible food. You can read more about the healing benefits of celery in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Snacking on celery sticks and other sodium-rich veggies is a great way to bring essential mineral-salts into your diet. If you're looking for a meal that’s rich in both sodium and hydration, try whipping up a bowl of spinach soup. Including this recipe daily can be a transformative step.
Eating a diet that is exclusively cooked can be one reason someone remains dehydrated. Cooked foods force your body to pull liquid from different organs and cells to help break them down. This doesn’t mean cooked food is bad, but being mindful to balance your intake of cooked food with raw fruits and veggies can greatly aid your level of hydration. One person might be drawn to eating mostly or entirely raw, while someone else might eat about 50% raw food and 50% cooked. Try to figure out the ratio of raw to cooked foods that feels right for you and your body. If you aren’t up for bringing any raw foods into your diet at this time, at least try to make the healthiest food choices you can and consider bringing lemon water into your daily routine as a way to provide your body with some hydration.
If you’re wanting a healing meal that is around 50% raw and 50% cooked, you could try eating a baked potato alongside a hydrating raw salad filled with lettuce, celery, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, and other chopped veggies. Another good meal option is wild rice or quinoa, steamed or sautéed veggies, and a raw guacamole with lemon, cilantro, and chopped red onion served on top of raw leafy greens. If you’re someone who enjoys animal protein, like a piece of salmon, always have it with a fresh salad to bring more hydration and nutrients into your meal. Meals such as these are great for people who are working to stay hydrated because the raw portion of the dish helps offset some of the other cooked foods that may be slightly dehydrating.
Cooked soups can be healthy and healing in certain ways, but they do not provide your body with hydration. A powerful soup to incorporate into your diet is the healing broth. Although this soup can be incredibly beneficial for the body, it still does not provide the body with hydration on its own. However, the broth, which is loaded with healing mineral salts, can help the body access the right kind of water from other, hydrating food sources you consume. The healing broth is just one example of the many foods that can be healing, but not hydrating. On a day where you have the healing broth, it would be beneficial to incorporate some hydrating foods as well such as fresh coconut water, lemon water, cucumber juice, celery juice, a raw salad with cucumber slices, and/or celery sticks.
Drinking bone broth is a current health fad, but incorporating this broth into your diet can actually be extremely dehydrating. If you want to continue to consume this liquid, there are a few things that you can do to better support your body along the way.
In general, incorporating fresh, raw juices into your diet can be beneficial, but if you drink bone broth, bringing in daily juices is critical. Try adding celery juice, cucumber juice, or a green juice into your diet once or twice a day. Lemon water and/or a hydrating morning smoothie can be beneficial as well.
In addition, try removing the vinegar from your bone broth recipe. There is a misconception that vinegar can extract nutrients from the bones better than a high-quality water. In actuality, high-quality water by itself does a better job of drawing out nutrients, and the broth itself becomes slightly more nutritious and not quite as dehydrating.
When you are making your own bone broth, forgo tap water and use high-quality water instead. Tap water contains fluoride and chlorine, which will interfere with the extraction of all the minerals that you’re trying to acquire inside the bone marrow. These chemicals cancel out the minerals you’re trying to receive and make your bone broth worthless. Make sure to simmer the bones in a solid cooking simmer, and avoid having them rest in lukewarm water. These are just a few critical tips you can implement if you wish to continue drinking bone broth that are not understood even among the bone broth experts.
Hydration for Detoxification
If you are properly hydrated, your body is able to rid the liver, kidneys, and other parts of the body of unwanted toxins and poisons. Conversely, if you are not adequately hydrated, any toxins or poisons in your system will not be as easy to eliminate. This is an incredibly important reason to try and stay hydrated.
The heavy metal detox smoothie is a great recipe because it not only contains the key foods that draw out heavy metals (unknown by medical science and research), but it provides the body with the hydration needed to make total elimination of toxins possible. Other supplements or products that are advertised as heavy metal detoxifiers are most likely not going to provide you with the adequate hydration needed to help you fully eliminate the heavy metals from your system. They likely won’t be made of the ingredients that successfully remove heavy metals either. In this instance, the poisons will most likely continue to cause problems.
Panic, Anxiety, & Depression
If you suffer with anxiety, panic, or depression it is critical that you stay hydrated. If your body is dehydrated and your blood thickens, all three of these issues can worsen. If you suffer from any neurological problem or are under intense stress, hydration is critical as well. Make sure to keep ample raw food in your diet, graze frequently throughout the day, and switch out dehydrating beverages, like coffee, for more hydrating liquids, like cucumber juice or lemon water. These practices can significantly help as you work to heal these issues.
If you suffer from chronic dehydration for an extended period of time, gallstones may begin to form in your gallbladder. A high-protein diet and the elimination of fresh fruit can also contribute to the formation of gallstones. Unfortunately, you may not even become aware of gallstone issues until you are forced to have your gallbladder removed in your mid-fifties. To prevent this from happening, make sure to include an abundance of fruit in your diet. Unlike high-protein diets, which allow gallstones to build up in the gallbladder, diets brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables can assist in breaking down and dissolving any gallstones that may form. If you enjoy animal protein but you want to avoid gallstones forming, you can simply lower your animal protein while increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you believe you already have gallstones and they are causing pain or problems, it’s best to eliminate all animal protein temporarily until the problem is addressed.
When it comes to hydrating yourself, most people know to reach for water, but make sure it is high-quality water. If there are traces of chlorine in the water it can be extremely dehydrating. Below are some more phenomenal ways to begin hydrating your body.
* Cucumber juice can be incredibly hydrating! Try slicing up a few cucumbers and running them straight through a juicer on there own. Drinking a 16oz glass of cucumber juice everyday can do wonders for your hydration. If your day tends to be filled with a variety of really dehydrating foods such as chicken, bacon, and bone broth with vinegar, including a daily glass of cucumber juice is essential. As you drink a glass of cucumber juice, know that you are helping to thin out your blood and as a result, supporting your heart and the energy it exerts.
* Try adding lemon water into your daily routine. Simply squeeze lemon into a glass of high-quality water and start to sip! You can do this once a day, twice a day, or three times a day like I do! Fresh lemon can also add an extra boost of hydration to a number of things including raw salads and herbal teas.
* Coconut water, even if it has been pasteurized, can hydrate the body!
* Bringing fresh, raw veggies into your diet can be highly beneficial. Try throwing sliced cucumbers into a salad, snacking on celery sticks, or creating a raw pasta dish with spiralized zucchini or cucumbers and pile on fresh tomatoes and red, orange, or yellow bell peppers.
* Fruit is hydrating! Fresh fruits have countless benefits and offering hydration is just one of them. If you or a loved one is concerned about incorporating fruit into your diet, check out the “Fruit Fear” chapter in Medical Medium.
When it comes to staying hydrated, know that you don’t have to drown yourself in water. However, adding some water, as well as certain foods in their whole and liquid form can be exceptionally valuable. Try to drink fresh juices, whip up a daily smoothie, bring in a living spinach soup when possible, throw in a coconut water whenever you can, and try squeezing fresh lemon or lime into your water and on your salads when it comes to mind! If you are on the search for more delicious and hydrating meals, check out some of the recipes in my book, Life-Changing Foods.
I personally try to drink around two liters of water everyday with lemon juice squeezed in. In addition, I’ll bring in celery juice, cucumber juice, and oftentimes 16 to 32 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice. These are just a few of the ways I try to keep myself hydrated. Each person’s needs are different when it comes to hydration though. An avid exerciser might want to bring more than two liters of water into their daily routine. Play around with all of these suggestions and see which ideas work best for you!
Hot herbal tea is not hydrating, but it does not dehydrate you like other beverages might and still has a host of healing benefits to offer your body. Tea can be hydrating if you make it by putting fresh herb leaves, such as peppermint or lemon balm, in a jar of water and leaving it on the countertop to steep for around 6 hours. After that, you can stick it in the fridge and drink the hydrating beverage whenever you want!
Some herbs can be dehydrating, but most common herbs used to make teas do not have this dehydrating effect. Black tea, caffeine-containing green tea, and Earl Grey tea are all dehydrating varieties. If you are hoping to increase your level of hydration, avoiding these teas for the time being maybe beneficial.
Water Drinking Contests
Warning! Never participate in a water-drinking contest. Every few years, people begin to forget about the horrors of past water-drinking contests and a new one arises. This is part of human nature— we forget about the past and always repeat mistakes from every genre that exists on the planet. Typically a poor contestant will drink him or herself to death literally. Make sure that you and your loved ones avoid these devastatingly harmful competitions.
Hydration is critical for electrolytes and thinning out your blood. It can help keep anxiety, depression, and panic at bay, and can support your body in its detox efforts. Even if you entered this world with chronic dehydration, know that there are ways to reverse what you’ve inherited.
The wonderful fact is that you can begin to heal from chronic dehydration by taking small, manageable steps. Is there something you can begin to incorporate into your daily protocol to support yourself as you work to thin out your blood and increase your hydration? Something as simple as a glass of lemon water is a great start. It takes time and consistent healing practices to make up for years of chronic dehydration, but it is definitely possible and worth it for your overall health and vitality!
This item posted: 29-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
With the bright savory flavors of sage, garlic, and lemon blended into a creamy dressing and poured over a brilliant array of chopped vegetables, this hearty salad is a stand alone meal unto itself and will leave you completely satisfied.
Cucumbers high silica content promotes strong and healthy hair and nails which has earned them the reputation for centuries as being a “beautifying” food. Fresh cucumber juice has the ability to cleanse and detox the entire body as well as help to alleviate digestive problems such as gastritis, acidity, heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers.
Bell peppers are excellent for helping to lower cholesterol levels and they contain anti-cancer compounds that can help lower the risk of prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer. Bell peppers are highly beneficial for the brain and can help to strengthen memory and concentration skills as well as reduce brain fog and confusion.
Zucchini is a highly alkaline food that is one of the mildest and easiest vegetables to digest. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese. It is high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a great weight loss food and helps to reduce constipation and bloating.
Cabbage is an ideal food for a healthy digestive tract as it is known to help reduce bad bacteria and promote good friendly bacteria (such as acidophilus) in the gut. Cabbage is particularly beneficial for the nervous system and has even been shown to help reduce buildup of plaque in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Tomatoes are are rich in vitamins C, K, A, and B-complex, as well as potassium, chromium, biotin, and beta carotene. This amazing array of nutrition makes tomatoes excellent for helping to nourish the adrenal glands, reduce stress damage, build the immune system, lower blood pressure, protect against skin damage, improve cardiovascular health, and strengthen bones.
Cashews are highly beneficial for lowering blood pressure, preventing heart attacks, preventing gallstones, reducing the frequency of migraines, providing energy boosts, strengthening bones, and promoting healthy skin and hair. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and contain a high amount of oleic acid which is a heart healthy monounsaturated fat that is great for the cardiovascular system.
Lemons are rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which is used to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer.
Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines and is an incredibly potent spice that can ward off a variety of illnesses and diseases. It has amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B-6 and minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, and iron. Garlic also contains very strong antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties.
Sage contains rosmarinic acid which is a potent anti-inflammatory compound that can help reduce swelling and inflammation and considered highly beneficial for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, asthma, and atherosclerosis. Sage has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and is an excellent natural remedy for fungal, viral, and bacterial infections.
Rainbow Chopped Salad with Creamy Sage Dressing
8 cups of chopped spinach
1/2 cup cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup zucchini, peeled and chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove
1 large leaf of sage
Build salad bowls by layering all the brightly colored veggies over beds of spinach. Any additional vegetables may be added as desired.
For the dressing, blend cashews, lemon juice, zucchini, garlic and sage until smooth. Pour over top and enjoy!
This item posted: 24-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
When was the last time you suffered from cold or flu symptoms? Some people contract a flu virus every year or multiple times a year. From a sore throat or a sinus infection to bronchitis or pneumonia, a flu virus can trigger a host of unwanted and even life-threatening symptoms and conditions. Today you will learn about the different flu varieties, the shifting flu “season", ways to prevent flu viruses from wreaking havoc, and the supplements, foods, and measures you can take to heal from the flu.
The rhinoviruses that caused the common cold have been superseded by flu viruses that are much stronger. Now, it is likely that someone experiencing cold-like symptoms actually has a mild flu variety. Another reason you may experience cold-like symptoms is because your body is doing an incredible job of fighting off whatever virus maybe trying to infiltrate your system. If you’re sneezing, sniffling, or complaining of a ticklish throat, you’re most likely dealing with a strain of the flu.
You may think of flu season as limited to the fall and winter months, but this is no longer the case. Although flus may be most rampant during the wintertime, there are now waves of flus occurring all year round. Even in the summer it is important to take protective measures because flus can abound during June, July, and August as well. During these warm months, people still find themselves dealing with sinus infections, stomach flus, bronchitis, and more.
One reason for this never-ending flu season is the rise in international travel. For example, when it is winter in Australia and flus are rampant, countless people hop on planes and travel from Australia to places experiencing summertime, such as the United States. In these instances, many people carry various flu strains along with them. This is also true when it is wintertime in the U.S. and people travel abroad to Australia and other countries, knowing or unknowingly bringing flu viruses along for the ride.
Instead of thinking in terms of seasons, try to begin thinking in terms of cycles. Typically every six weeks, there is a new flu on the horizon. Some people can catch a flu every three months, while other people catch one with each new cycle (six weeks). The timeline for each individual looks different and depends on an array of factors.
Everyone reacts to the flu differently. Some people come down with very high fevers and delirium, while others run low-grade fevers and go about their lives with little disruption to their usual activities. One reason for these varied responses may be the numerous flu varieties people can contract.
There are a number of flu strains that all appear different in shape and size. Some flus can result in bad fevers, while other strains only trigger sinus issues. Some of the varieties provoke stomach issues while others stir up both stomach and sinus problems.
Frequently people will mistake the sizable mucus buildup in their systems for the stomach flu. In these instances, people are often suffering from a flu that is mostly sinus-related and their stomach issues are due to the large quantity of mucus they have swallowed. In a case like this, a person may experience severe bloating, loss of appetite, and/or mucus-related coughing or vomiting.
Mucus, Bronchitis, and Pneumonia
In many cases, flu viruses create mucus. The mucus that’s created drains most heavily during the night. Depending on the strain of flu you contract, you may not have a cough initially. But, as the mucus drains into the chest and builds up in the lungs, there is a significant chance you will begin to develop one. After a few days, the mucus may either begin to break up, or additional sinus issues may arise and cause even more mucus to drain into the chest.
Bronchitis can arise from this mucus resting in the chest. If the mucus remains in the chest for too long, bacteria can begin to grow and proliferate as well. You might be told this bacteria is pneumonia bacteria, but this isn’t true. Pneumonia bacteria is simply the label medical communities have given the condition. Medical science believes there are 90 varieties of pneumonia bacteria, but this bacteria is still a mystery to medical communities. It’s really one or more of the dozens of varieties of undiscovered streptococcus or chlamydia bacteria that cause the symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia. Streptococcus and chlamydia are two of the bacterias (among others) that are not yet fully understood or identified by medical science and research. If the person’s system is already severely rundown, these bacteria can take hold and someone may end up with a pneumonia diagnosis.
Everybody has different varieties of pneumonia bacteria in their system, which is actually different varieties of streptococcus, chlamydia, and other bacteria. Chlamydia bacteria is usually harmless, but can cause issues if you are severely zinc deficient, consistently make poor food choices, cease practicing self-care, dealing with a lot of stress, and relentlessly wear your body down. In this situation, there is a higher likelihood that the bacteria begins to proliferate and cause problems.
It is important to know that not all sinus infections are related to a flu virus. Oftentimes chronic sinus infections are connected to chronic, low-grade streptococcus infections. If a person who has this kind of streptococcus infection contracts a flu virus, he or she may see his or her sinuses severely worsen for a period of time before returning to the usual level of affliction. This increase in sinus-related issues will likely occur every time the person catches a flu virus.
Similar to sinus infections, sore throats are not always flu-related. Sore throats can also be due to chronic, low-grade streptococcus. Unfortunately, a throat culture is not always able to accurately determine if a sore throat is strep-related. A child or young adult with a really severe case of streptococcus may have white spots on the back of the throat or tonsils that can be swabbed and accurately identified as streptococcus, but oftentimes, once streptococcus moves out of its early stages, swabbing for a culture does not accurately determine if someone has the bacteria. If streptococcus does not show up in someone’s culture, it does not mean streptococcus is not present in the body. Frequently, chronic streptococcus can get into the lymphatic system and trigger a sore throat. In this case, taking a throat culture would most likely not reveal an accurate assessment of the person's streptococcus. You can learn more about streptococcus in my radio show.
You can also suffer from an Epstein-Barr virus related sore throat. If you have Epstein-Barr in your body, it has the ability to move through the lymphatic system and arise in the throat. This is especially possible if someone lets his or her body get rundown. People can experience this type of chronic mono at different times throughout their lives. The virus can cause redness and soreness that typically emerges on only one side of the throat, but can appear on both sides in certain instances. Although the throat can be incredibly sore, you will not develop a cough, fever, mucus, or sinusitis. You can learn more about Epstein-Barr virus in my book Medical Medium. In my upcoming book Thyroid Healing, I share more in-depth essential information on this virus than ever before.
When it comes to flu viruses, you may be wondering how to avoid catching something in the first place. Fortunately, there are many preventative steps you can take to protect you and your loved ones from catching a flu bug.
If you do feel like a flu virus is starting to cause trouble in your system, quickly implementing some of these steps can help knock out the virus early before it has the chance to hit you hard.
* One important and more obvious step is to not let yourself get too run down. If you’re noticing yourself becoming more tired, frazzled, or stressed out, try to ramp up your self-care practices, including getting adequate sleep.
* Having a bottle of high-quality liquid zinc sulfate on hand at all times is essential. If you have the slightest inkling you might be starting to feel flu symptoms, squirting zinc directly into your throat and letting it coat the area can be a powerful defensive measure. If you are very sensitive to zinc, try using just a few drops. Even this can make a difference.
* Be mindful of your hands and try to wash them regularly as you go throughout your day. From shaking other's hands, to pushing shopping carts, to opening doors, there are countless ways your hands can come into contact with unwanted germs and flu viruses. If you then proceed to rub your eyes, there is a high likelihood you will catch a bug. For this reason, keep your fingers and hands away from your eyes and face whenever possible.
* Carry handi-wipes (you can use alcohol based or alcohol-free wipes) with you when you are out and about. If you visit a restaurant, take out a handi-wipe and use it before you begin your meal. Take handi-wipes when traveling as well. Airplanes are typically filled with people fighting off various flus and viruses, and handi-wipes can help keep you protected. When on a flight, wipe down your seat and armrest with a handi-wipe, try to keep your hands clean, and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. Anytime flu viruses seem more rampant than usual, opting to wear a face mask on the plane can be a valuable precaution as well.
* You never know if a cook working in the kitchen or a waiter delivering your meal is suffering from flu-related symptoms, so it is best to order piping hot dishes when dining out. The heat from an incredibly hot dish can help kill off a flu virus that might have contaminated your food. In a restaurant setting, it is best to stay away from raw dishes, such as salads, for numerous reasons, one of which is to avoid catching a flu.
These are just a few things you can do to protect yourself, and all of these simple preventative steps can work together to make a huge difference for your overall health. These measures aren’t meant to make you obsessively fearful, instead, I hope they bring about awareness and empowerment as you work to stay flu-free.
The Flu & Food
Another preventative step involves the foods you choose to include in your diet. You maybe surprised to learn that flu viruses, like other viruses, love to eat. Even many medical professionals still do not know that viruses feed off certain food sources. Instead, these professionals believe that viruses grow and reproduce through host cells, but this information is incorrect. The truth is, viruses are hungry and can proliferate when fueled by certain foods. Eventually, medical research and medical science will discover that food entering a virus is one way a virus grows and reproduces. Because of this, it is important to eliminate certain foods when are you are trying to avoid catching a flu.
Which Foods Feed the Flu?
It is important to understand that the foods you put into your body can either help prevent viruses or help feed and support viruses. Connecting with this concept and starting to make some dietary changes can help you begin to protect yourself.
Dairy products, which I discuss in both Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods, are one group of foods that can feed and strengthen viruses. You may feel fine after eating a piece of cheese or drinking a glass of milk, but these dairy products can silently create chaos in your body by feeding any virus, whether it be a flu virus, Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, HHV-6, HHV-1 or HHV-2 (you can learn more about the herpes viruses here), bacteria, such as E. coli or MRSA, and parasites or worms. If you’re looking to avoid certain health issues, including a flu virus, eliminate milk, cheese, butter, kefir, yogurt, ghee, and any other dairy product from your diet. If you already have the flu, keeping these products out of your diet can help reduce mucus buildup and may result in fewer and milder symptoms overall.
Eggs are another food to remove from your diet when you want to avoid catching a flu or you want to lessen the severity of a flu you may be fighting off. If you are unwilling to give up your traditional eggs and toast breakfast, at least bring a hearty amount of raw garlic into the meal. Even though the eggs will feed the flu virus, the raw garlic will work hard to combat the bug.
Removing chicken from your diet is another incredibly beneficial step. You maybe wondering— what is wrong with chicken? To better understand the answer to this question, you first need to learn about avian influenza.
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Flu viruses have the ability to feed off birds, and they especially love to feed off chicken. Bird flu viruses tend to feed off the bird’s adrenal glands and flesh cells and can often lead to dangerous and damaging outcomes including flesh deterioration.
You do not have to cut chicken out of your diet if you really enjoy eating it, do not struggle with any health issues, and incorporate an abundance of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables alongside the poultry, but if you are doing everything possible to avoid catching a flu, removing chicken from your diet can be advantageous. Eliminating this food can be especially beneficial if you’re hoping to avoid a stomach flu. If you wish, you can add it back in when you feel like you’re in a safe zone where you’re not seeing a lot of people developing the flu.
The Cons of Chicken Soup
If chicken feeds flu viruses, should you be eating the go-to cold and flu meal— chicken soup? The answer is unfortunately, no. You don’t have to scrap the soup altogether though! Try removing the chicken and fill the soup with a hearty amount of antiviral and anti-flu foods like onion, garlic, herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano, and mineral rich veggies like celery, cabbage, bell peppers, and mushrooms! Or, if you really want to keep the chicken in the soup, be sure to add even more of the onion, garlic, herbs, and vegetables to boost the nutritional and antiviral value of the soup.
Have you ever made chicken soup and left it in the fridge overnight? The next time you went to reheat the soup, you may have noticed a thick film of coagulated fat on top of the soup. This fat can draw oxygen out of the blood, slow down the liver, prevent oxygen from reaching the immune system, liver, and heart, and can work against the immune system as it tries to beat back whatever virus or bacteria the body is fighting off.
The chicken in chicken soup is also likely to feed the flu virus. That being said, many of the other components that make up chicken soup can be wonderful support for someone trying to fight off a flu. Garlic and onion are two components that can be especially beneficial. Other foods you may want to consider adding to a healing soup include celery, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, and any other veggies you wish. A fantastic mineral-rich Healing Broth recipe can be found here.
You maybe convinced that the chicken soup you ate the last time you were battling a flu was the reason you were able to fight off the virus so quickly. Parts of the chicken soup— namely any vegetable or herb you used— most likely provided you with the hydration and mineral salts that contributed to your healing. In contrast, the chicken in the soup actually fights against your healing by feeding whatever virus you are suffering from. If you or a loved one seem to come down with a sinus infection, stomach bug or flu multiple times a year, definitely consider swapping out chicken for other nutrient dense foods.
Zinc Shock Therapy
Around five or six years ago, I was traveling during the height of flu season. Countless people were suffering from coughs, fevers, sinus issues, and more. I was worn out from constant travel and inadequate sleep, and was feeling run down. During this time, I remember noticing a tiny tickle arise in my throat. I realized that I was coming down with a flu, and Spirit instructed me to do “zinc shock therapy.” I immediately squirted 4 dropperfuls of liquid zinc sulfate directly into my throat. I let the zinc sit in my throat and administered another dose two hours later. Just a few hours after that, I administered even more. The next morning I woke up and the subtle signs of an emerging sickness were completely gone! Because I had caught the signs early enough, I was able to fight off the virus with the help of Spirit’s instruction and the power of liquid zinc sulfate. This dosage may be too much for you but you can bare it in mind as a tool to consider or consult with your health practitioner or doctor.
Preventing a flu from arising is always ideal, but if you end up catching a virus, know that there are plenty of things you can do to help combat the bug and protect yourself from any future flus you may come up against.
Healing Herbs & Supplements
There are a variety of powerful supplements you can use as weapons against a flu virus. Try to keep zinc and some of these other supplements readily available for you and your loved ones. That way if flu symptoms do appear out of nowhere, you will have the tools to take it on right away!
Olive leaf maybe a great daily supplement for anyone fighting off an Epstein-Barr-related symptom or condition, but it can also be great for anyone who is starting to feel sick and noticing flu-like symptoms. In this instance, upping the dose of olive leaf can be beneficial.
Echinacea and goldenseal are two other supplements to incorporate when you are fighting a flu. If you are battling streptococcus, strep throat, tonsillitis, or strep-related sinus infections you may also benefit from incorporating these two healing supplements periodically.
Elderberry syrup is another incredible flu-fighting supplement. Lomatium root is a wonderful support and has been known to help with flu symptoms, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus problems, fever, and more. Not only is eyebright a beautiful herb, it is also amazing at knocking down flus and streptococcus in the system. If you are suffering with a cough, consider bringing cherry bark into your protocol. Mullein leaf, which is incredible for shingles-related symptoms and conditions, is also great for fighting the flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, and lung issues.
Propolis can be a powerful immune system support and can be a great supplement to take if you start to feel the beginnings of a flu arise. Taking a daily dose of Ester-C or liposomal C is a great practice. And, if you are starting to feel sick or are battling a flu, increasing the amount can be highly beneficial. Red root can be another helpful supplement to incorporate. When purchasing these supplements, try to find high-quality capsules or alcohol-free tinctures. You can check out the Medical Medium preferred supplements page for specific recommendations.
All different kinds of teas can provide benefits for someone suffering with flu symptoms. For even more healing-might in each mug try squeezing lemon into your teas. Steeping a deep red glass of rose hips tea and adding in ample lemon juice can be particularly powerful and incredible for sore throats.
If you are a mom trying to help keep your kiddos flu-free, try using some of the healing supplements in smaller dosages. Working with a practitioner to figure out the perfect amount for your unique child may be best.
The healing broth recipe available here is a great one to incorporate into your meals if you are working to fight off a flu. And even if you don’t have a bug, the healing broth can be nourishing, supportive, and help keep you from picking up any unwanted virus.
If you have a copy of Life-Changing Foods, check out the recipe for turmeric-ginger shots as well. This immune-boosting tonic can be powerful, but may be too strong for some people. If this shot is too intense for you, try making turmeric-ginger tea by steeping chunks of ginger and turmeric in boiling water. Drinking this soothing liquid throughout the day can shorten the length of your flu and help protect you from developing bronchitis or pneumonia.
You probably plug in and charge up your phone, computer, or tablet on a daily basis. Next time you plug in one of your favorite electronics, ask yourself how can you regularly charge up your immune system as well? Hopefully this article has given you a few ideas that you can begin to implement. The more you can strengthen your immune system, the more likely you are to avoid getting the next nasty flu that cycles through your area.
If you are already suffering with a chronic illness, battling the elements of a flu can be unbelievably miserable. Even if you are a relatively healthy person, fighting off the flu can be a frustrating challenge. Hopefully the knowledge you’ve learned here as well as the tips, tricks, and recommended supplements and foods detailed can help provide you with the tools needed to protect yourself and your loved ones. Practice self-care, try to take preventive steps when possible, and know that your body has the ability to heal from whatever nasty bug may come your way.
This item posted: 21-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
Have you ever thought about what your thyroid does for you? Medical science and research and alternative health communities all believe that the thyroid exists purely to manage metabolism and control hormones in the body. They also believe that the thyroid is responsible for producing just two hormones—thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), and managing two thyroid related hormones—thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). While these hormones play a part in the thyroid’s function, there is so much more to know about this miraculous gland, which I share in detail in my book Thyroid Healing.
If you’ve ever had your thyroid function tested, you likely would have had your T4 and T3 levels checked, along with your TSH. If results showed they were out of the normal range, you would have been told you have a thyroid problem and been given medication. If your test results came back in the normal range, you most likely would have been told you don’t have a thyroid problem and that something else is causing any symptoms you may be experiencing. Understandably, you might have left your doctor or health practitioner’s office feeling more confused about the state of your health than ever before. Either way, you would have left thinking you got a clear picture on the health of your thyroid. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s important to be aware that if you’ve had part or all of your thyroid gland removed or you’ve had radioactive iodine treatment, what you’re about to learn still applies to you. When part or all of your thyroid is removed, there’s still functional tissue remaining around the edges that is working hard to perform its true purpose for you, which I am about to share with you.
I wrote my book Thyroid Healing to share the truth with you about the thyroid’s unknown purpose and how the thyroid really functions. I also address in detail what is really behind today’s epidemic of thyroid problems, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, hyper or hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, hyper or hypo parathyroidism, goiters, hair loss, insomnia, heart palpitations, brain fog, vertigo, fatigue, depression, dry skin, anxiety, weight gain, weight loss, and other unexplained symptoms or illnesses. I bring to light the truth about thyroid medications, thyroid health and hormone tests, and break down some of the most harmful and misguided trends and belief systems existing today. And most importantly, I share how you and your loved ones can finally heal.
The information I am sharing with you in this article and my book Thyroid Healing is here to bring you real answers and clarity on what’s going on in your body and the most effective steps and tools you can use to heal. You can heal and the information in this article is here to help you do just that. If you’re an avid reader of health books and articles and you think you’re aware of the latest thyroid health information, you’re going to be more than surprised—maybe even shocked—at how much more there is to know. The information in this article and in Thyroid Healing is like nothing you have read or heard, and it will bring you true comprehension of the undiscovered inner mechanics of our thyroids for the first time ever.
What Your Thyroid Really Does
Your thyroid’s true function and purpose is actually much more interesting than the modern medical understanding of it. Truth is, your thyroid is your body’s data center. It is your second brain. In many medical and alternative health circles today, there is a pervasive theory that the gut is the body’s second brain. While the gut is tremendously important in its own right, it is the thyroid that is second to the brain as a control center for the body. Even when your thyroid has been damaged (a topic I address extensively in Thyroid Healing) or surgically removed as I mentioned earlier, your thyroid can still fulfill its true purpose as the data center. And the rest of the endocrine system is so advanced that it can fill in for what’s missing or damaged in the thyroid.
Unknown to research and science, including all medical communities, your thyroid catalogues all the markers of homeostasis in your body as the data center. In Thyroid Healing I share that your thyroid miraculously records what balance looks, feels, and acts like for you individually. Messages from every organ and every gland get delivered to the thyroid—when necessary, as complaints. Like a human resources department in a company, your thyroid fields these reports, collecting and recording data about what’s functioning well in your body, what’s not functioning, what’s toxic, and what’s not toxic.
Then, day in and day out, your thyroid uses its memory of homeostasis to send out radiolike frequencies (not yet detected or measured by medical science or research) that delegate tasks and responsibilities throughout the body to keep everything in balance. Your thyroid, which is self-powered and self-sufficient, uses its intelligence about your personal homeostasis to continuously re-create it for you, so that when one body system is overtaxed or compromised, another kicks in to compensate. As the thyroid delivers different frequencies to different parts of the body as needed, it can even provide energy to them—energy that is not yet weighed or measured by research and science. Isn’t that incredible? As you can see, the thyroid is about far more than metabolism and the known T4, T3, and TSH hormones.
The Unknown Hormones
Medical science and research believe T4 and T3 are the two main hormones the thyroid is responsible for and that testing these hormone levels will provide an accurate indication of the health of someone’s thyroid. In truth, producing these hormones is actually the least important task of the thyroid. Surprised? This truth is also unknown to science and research. These known thyroid hormones are not the most significant. If they were, the thyroid symptoms and illnesses someone was suffering with would go away when they went on hormone replacement medication, but the overwhelming majority of people do not experience this. When someone’s symptoms do improve when they go on thyroid medication, which only happens for a small amount of people, it’s usually because they also made some positive changes to their diet and lifestyle at the same time. These changes are what account for the improvement in symptoms. But this varies wildly from person to person depending on the specific ways they have changed their diet, supplementation and lifestyle and how effective these changes really are at improving their health. As a result, out of the small amount of people who do see a shift, the majority will only improve temporarily.
Science is unaware that the true functions of the T4 and T3 hormones are to keep the immune system balanced to prevent under- or overreaction to stimulus, to help keep body temperature level, and to support the pancreas. Very few actual symptoms occur when the thyroid is not producing enough of these two hormones and testing for their levels does not provide a correct analysis of hormonal or thyroid health.The thyroid-related hormones known as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) do also play their own roles, which I share in Thyroid Healing, but there are other hormones that are unknown to medical science and research which are far more critical.
What is most important about how the thyroid works is its function as institutional memory and peacekeeper among all the organs and glands—and this doesn’t require T4 or T3 or its signalers TRH or TSH. Rather, the thyroid produces two additional thyroid hormones that are not yet discovered by medical research and science that I discuss in great detail in Thyroid Healing. These two incredible hormones play a pivotal role in the radio-like frequencies that the thyroid emits in its messaging and monitoring of the body.
As these hormones are not tested for yet, let alone discovered, it shows just how far medical science and research are from being able to accurately determine the health of someone’s thyroid function. Not to mention that the true cause of most thyroid problems, which I share in Thyroid Healing, wouldn’t be detected from these tests anyway. Medical science and research are many decades away from beginning to understand what’s really happening when someone has thyroid illnesses or symptoms. My hope is that my book Thyroid Healing, which brings the truth about the thyroid and over 100 symptoms and conditions to light, will initiate research and investigation into areas of thyroid testing and thyroid problems that will actually have an outcome that is helpful for the millions of people suffering. But why wait for that to happen when you deserve to become an expert on thyroid health and how to heal now? If you’d like to discover more about the thyroid, how you and your loved ones can begin healing, and more, you can order a copy of Thyroid Healing here.
This item posted: 21-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
You may have heard of the herpes virus, but did you know there are many viruses that fall within the herpes family, all of which have multiple undiscovered strains? Although medical research and medical science have uncovered a few of the varieties, like herpes simplex 1 and 2, there are hundreds of other virus strains that are either completely unknown or misunderstood, like in the case of the Shingles and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and new viruses and strains are continuing to develop. This article will not only discuss herpes family symptoms, but also dig into the facts surrounding both discovered and undiscovered herpes family viruses, and highlight steps you can take to fight back against these intruders.
Herpes Family Symptoms
There are hundreds of symptoms connected with various herpes family viruses. Below I address a few of the most prevalent symptoms.
Fatigue is often a symptom that stems from a herpes family virus. In some cases, fatigue can exclusively arise from adrenal fatigue, but in most cases people simultaneously experience herpes related neurological and adrenal fatigue.
If you have a herpes virus in your system as well as toxic heavy metals, you may experience migraines, depression, anxiety, brain fog and/or concentration issues. Thyroid nodules and cysts, glaucoma, bulging eyes, PCOS, unpleasant perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause symptoms, breast cancer, mystery infertility, high cholesterol, and/or hepatitis C may arise if you’re dealing with the herpes virus Epstein-Barr. I cover this and more extensively in my new book Thyroid Healing.
Certain eye issues, such as eye floaters, are caused by viruses in the herpes family. If you have a torn retina, then your eye floaters many not be a virus-related issue, but it is important to note that certain herpes viruses tend to weaken the retina over a period of time. Eye issues such as a stye can also stem from streptococcus, which is a cofactor of the herpes family.
The shingles virus, which falls within this family, has numerous strains that wreak havoc. Bell’s Palsy is just one of the many conditions that can emerge from a strain of the shingles. If you suffer from edema, or swelling in certain areas of the body including the hands and feet, you may have a herpes virus in your liver. You don’t need to have a rash to have shingles as there are many undiscovered non-rashing varieties that I brought to light in my first book Medical Medium.
Medical research and science has not not discovered that other herpes family symptoms can include tightness in the chest, restless legs syndrome, aches and pains, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, headaches, restlessness, muscle weakness, twitches, spasms, tingles, numbness, heart palpitations, goiters, thyroiditis, vertigo, tinnitus, body temperature issues, Raynaud’s syndrome, MS, and sarcoidosis.
Many Undiscovered Herpes Family Viruses
All herpes family viruses are different shapes and sizes. Some viruses appear to have thorn-like edges, while others take a more wavy shape. They can appear as ovals or have leg-like protrusions. Although many of these viruses look completely different, each virus validates its connection to the herpes family. In this section you will learn more about some of the many varieties.
Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 & HSV-2)
These two widely known herpes viruses tend to grab people’s attention because of their external appearance on the mouth and private parts. The discovery of these viruses was largely due to the visible symptoms that accompany the virus. When these viruses emerge from dormancy and an outbreak occurs, tingles, numbness, and pain in the areas that have broken out, as well as moderate fatigue, may result.
Medical science and medical research have yet to discover that there are currently close to 10 varieties of HSV-1 and around 15 varieties of HSV-2. Fortunately, HSV-1 and HSV-2 only create mild harm in comparison to the pain and aggravation provoked by other herpes family viruses.
There are around three dozen different mouth-related herpes varieties other than HSV-1 and HSV-2. Canker sores do not stem from HSV-1 or HSV-2, but are created by entirely separate herpes varieties. Canker sores can appear on the mouth, but may pop up on the tongue or gums as well. Red sores, which are a type of canker sore, can also appear around the mouth. Unfortunately, medical research and medical science have yet to reveal the herpes varieties that produce canker sores, and these strains remain unidentified.
Although medical communities discuss cytomegalovirus as if there is only one variety, there are actually 20 varieties causing various health issues. This frustrating virus can trigger mild to moderate fatigue and organ-related issues. Although it doesn’t give rise to symptoms such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, which I have associated with Epstein-Barr, it is able to release neurotoxins that can cause problems in places like the kidneys, heart, and liver.
This virus, which creates an abundance of symptoms including many of the issues mentioned above, was a miraculous, accidental discovery made in 1964. I have revealed that there are currently over 60 varieties wreaking havoc on people’s health. While some varieties are fairly docile, others can be severe and tremendously aggravating. Even children are starting to endure the effects of some of the more acute strains. It’s so critical to understand this virus and exactly how it works that I dedicated a chapter to it in my first book Medical Medium and cover it more thoroughly than I ever have before in my new book Thyroid Healing. It’s essential reading to allow you to better understand today’s mystery and chronic illnesses.
One surprising condition that can arise from some strains of the Epstein-Barr virus is breast cancer. Currently, women are getting tested for BRAC1 or BRAC2 gene mutation as an indicator of whether they will get breast cancer. This isn’t a helpful or accurate indicator as breast cancer is not a genetic issue. In fact, in over 50% of breast cancer cases, the person does not have the BRAC1 or BRAC2 gene. In most cases, as I describe in my book Thyroid Healing, it’s caused by EBV.
It is tragic that medical communities haven’t yet discovered these truths about Epstein-Barr virus when this knowledge could transform the lives of those suffering. That’s why I am bringing this information to light and am so determined to get it into your hands.
HHV-6, discovered in 1986, can be an incredibly frustrating virus to deal with. Medical communities are still not aware of all the symptoms and conditions associated with HHV-6 and are blind to the fact that this virus now has over 20 strains and is continuing to grow.
HHV-6 tends to ruthlessly go after organs. It can cause major injuries and lead to death in certain cases. If you or a loved one suffers from mystery heart problems or mystery kidney disease, HHV-6 is a likely culprit. Yes, heart-related issues can arise if poor dietary choices have led to clogged arteries, but there are other problems, such as heart disease, that can surface if HHV-6 moves into this organ. If your doctor detects chronic inflammation inside the heart’s ventricles or valves, it may be a sign of HHV-6 in your system.
If you’ve been forced to go on dialysis due to kidney failure, you may have been incorrectly told that that you’re suffering from an autoimmune issue and that your body is attacking itself. This is incorrect. Your body never attacks itself! A more likely scenario is that HHV-6 is attacking the kidney and causing your kidney failure.
HHV-7 started out as a strain of HHV-6, but overtime transformed and grew into an entirely separate virus. Although this virus isn’t stirring up too many issues at the present time, it will likely cause a great deal of conditions and illnesses in the next twenty or thirty years. The reason HHV-7 has yet to start creating trouble is because it is currently in a period of rooting.
The Rooting Process
In the past, every virus that is now wreaking havoc had a moment in time where it rooted itself in its new environment. This rooting period can last for roughly 10 to 15 years. During this initial phase, the virus is ignorant to where it is and what is going on. As time passes the virus will grow stronger and angrier, provoked by poor food choices, prescription drug use, and other antagonizing behaviors. Eventually, the virus will erupt and begin to stir up chaos for the unsuspecting masses.
Each virus and its various strains have undergone this rooting process. Epstein-Barr, which is now creating chaos for so many individuals unknown to science and research it started rooting in the late 1800s. It will still be a couple decades before HHV-7 explodes on the scene, but when it does, it will be far more problematic than the Epstein-Barr virus.
Fortunately, if you begin to implement healing practices in your life today, you do not have to fret about the effects HHV-7 might have in the future. Build up your body with the right supplements and healing foods, work to eradicate harmful foods and toxins from your life, and know that if you do come up against HHV-7, you will be thoroughly prepared for battle.
HSV-8 & the Cancer Connection
This virus creates a sarcoma, but doesn’t cause any other notable issues. The reason HSV-8 may surprise you is because it points to the fact that certain cancers are related to the herpes family. If particular herpes viruses begin to feed off of heavy metals, chemical fallout, harmful foods, and/or pharmaceutical drugs, cancers may develop.
Like HHV-7, HHV-9 is beginning the rooting process as well. HSV-9 is an odd virus, but will most likely not be too troublesome. Numerous offshoots will spawn from this virus. We can expect to see more signs of the virus roughly 30 to 40 years from now.
People are walking around with HHV-10 in their systems, but it is not causing too many issues at present. As this virus nestles in the liver, it may produce a minimal amount of spirochete byproduct. You may have been led to believe spirochetes are bacteria, but this is incorrect. The misunderstanding of these viral casings just further highlight how far behind medical science and medical research are when it comes to chronic and mystery illness.
At one time the undiscovered HHV-11 was an Epstein-Barr strain, but it eventually broke off and became its own virus. It’s not presently rooting and is generally inactive. HHV-11 may draw attention to itself in the far distant future, but for now it is not one to be concerned with.
This offshoot of the shingles virus is starting to cause some moderate trouble on its own and will likely become a more visible nuisance two decades from now. It is already triggering rashes in some individuals and will continue to create more and more rashing symptoms in a larger population as a new shingles virus as times goes on.
Shingles, which falls within the herpes family, contains over thirty varieties, many of which are detailed in the “Shingles” chapter of my first book, Medical Medium, and the “Shingles Virus Revealed” radio show. The shingles fall within two categories— rashing and non-rashing. Various symptoms and conditions arise from the varieties within these categories including Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ, burning mouth, burning tongue, vaginal burning, bursitis, blurry eyes, neck pain, frozen shoulder, and neuropathy.
Many people diagnosed with Lyme disease are suffering from 3, 4, 5 or more herpes viruses. These viruses can incorrectly trigger off certain labs and tests and leave people with inaccurate data and misinformed answers. The truth is, Lyme disease at its core is never bacterial or parasitical, it is always a viral issue. These viruses create the neurotoxins that trigger neurological issues that are associated with Lyme. If this information is unsettling or new to you, check out the “Lyme Disease” chapter in Medical Medium or check out “The Unknown Cause of Lyme Disease” radio show and try to keep an open mind so you have all healing opportunities in front of you.
Healing Herbs & Supplements
You may be wondering how to arm yourself against all of these herpes viruses. One simple way to start is by bringing zinc into your daily health protocol. A rampant, global zinc deficiency is one of the reasons the herpes family exploded onto the scene and became the issue it is today. Zinc acts as a powerful weapon against the herpes family, so replenishing your zinc reserves with a high-quality zinc sulfate supplement can be an incredibly protective measure. A blood test does not account for the possibility of a zinc deficiency in places such as your ganglia, nervous system, and liver, so do not rely on a blood test to determine whether you have sufficient zinc reserves. Bring zinc into your life and work with a practitioner to figure out a dosage that is right for you.
L Lysine is another weapon that can help fight the herpes family. When it comes to battling a herpes virus, taking only 500 mg of lysine a day might not be sufficient. If you’re fighting off Epstein-Barr or another aggravating herpes variety, a fairly generous amount of lysine may be necessary. That being said, It is important to discuss the exact dosage you plan on taking with a practitioner so that you can best support your specific health issues. If you aren’t struggling with a herpes virus, but want to help shield yourself from picking up one of the hundreds of possible strains, taking a smaller dose of lysine can be a protective step.
Other herbs and supplements to consider incorporating include B-12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, 5-MTHF, lemon balm, and selenium. Licorice root can act like a glue to help prevent herpes viruses, such as Epstein-Barr, from feeding, reproducing, or moving locations.
Eyebright and echinacea can be great herbs for fighting a herpes virus. Periodically using goldenseal can be another great measure to put in place. Regularly brewing yourself a glass of thyme tea can be a supportive practice, and taking oregano oil or seasoning your meals with the fresh oregano herb on a daily basis can provide healing benefits as well.
Bringing antiviral foods into your diet is an important part of healing from any herpes virus. All fruits and vegetables are antiviral. For that reason, try filling your diet with as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can! Many herbs and spices can provide antiviral support as well. As you enjoy these foods, you can be at peace knowing that none of the herpes viruses are being fed or strengthened by these life-giving foods. Try incorporating ginger, turmeric, Hawaiian spirulina, garlic, and onion into your meals. These foods can be incredibly supportive when regularly included in your diet. I discuss some of the best foods for herpes viruses in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Removing certain foods that can feed and strengthen herpes viruses is also essential. Consider eliminating eggs, dairy products, canola oil, and corn products from your diet to support healing.
When dealing with food in a restaurant setting, stick to eating healing cooked foods that are served nice and hot! In restaurants that serve animal products, cross contamination can often occur between raw animal products and other raw ingredients, such as salad greens or fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. If you want to avoid picking up a new bug, it is best to stick to clean, thoroughly cooked dishes when dining out.
Implementing just a few of these ideas can help ignite healing in your body. If you feel overwhelmed by all of the suggestions, just start by incorporating a few that speak to you.
A Story of Fighting Fatigue
When I was younger I worked as a caddy at a golf course. One day, I was assisting a husband and wife when all of a sudden Spirit told me that the wife was suffering from fatigue. I asked the wife about this and she was shocked! She was surprised a 12-year-old could know such a thing, and admitted that she had been suffering from mystery fatigue for a decade. She had seen numerous doctors, but was never given answers to help her heal. She had even been told she was crazy and was sent to a psychiatrist.
I revealed to her that her fatigue stemmed from Epstein-Barr, a virus in the herpes family. In response, she talked about having mono for a period of time as a child. We discussed the necessary steps she needed to take to heal and she began to implement the protocol. Within a year, the woman recovered from the virus and could begin to move on with her life. Do you or a loved one suffer from EBV-related fatigue? Hopefully this story will inspire you as you begin down your own healing path.
If you’re suffering from Epstein-Barr and HSV-1, or have two different cold sore varieties as well as cytomegalovirus, know that you are not alone! Many people are fighting multiple herpes viruses and experiencing a host of aggravating symptoms. Instead of feeling hopeless or afraid, try to take simple steps towards healing by bringing in certain supplements and foods that aid your unique situation.
When someone is confused about their symptoms and conditions, and panicked and fearful about what to do, herpetic viruses tend to thrive. These viruses feed off fear, confusion, and chaos. Now that you have accurate information and healing ideas to choose from, you can face these nasty viruses from a place of empowerment and watch as these viruses begin to weaken and lose control. In the case of fighting any disease, herpes family viruses included, the correct knowledge is power!
This item posted: 16-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
Turmeric is great for just about every aspect of our well-being. Famous for containing curcumin, a phytochemical with anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a particular asset for conditions such as lupus, in which the body can get stuck in a habitual cycle of reaction, even after the invader (in the case of lupus, the Epstein-Barr virus) is no longer present. Note that inflammation in chronic illness is due to the body’s immune response to a foreign presence such as a virus—not, as many sources mistakenly say, due to the body turning against itself. Sometimes, though, once a cycle gets started, the body needs an ally to come in and break the pattern. Turmeric is ideal for this job, because it contains natural and very beneficial steroidal compounds from the curcumin as well as other aspects of the turmeric that are critical to calm down outsized inflammatory responses to pathogens.
This makes turmeric great for anything in the body that’s inflamed and causing pain, from nerves to joints to the brain. Speaking of brain inflammation, many people walk around with undiagnosed mystery low-grade viral encephalitis, a swelling of the brain on such a minute scale that it’s not detectable by medical testing, though its symptoms are sometimes diagnosed as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). (This is a tag for a mystery illness that’s the result of brain inflammation from Epstein-Barr.) Undiscovered enchephalitis results in mystery pressure in the head, dizziness, deep headaches, blurry eyes that can’t be fixed with a glasses prescription, confusion, severe anxiety, and panic.
Turmeric is the ultimate antidote. At the same time that it attends to inflammation, turmeric’s powerful agents and compounds increase blood supply to areas of the body that need enhanced circulation, which makes this an ideal spice for those who have chronic histamine reactions, or toxic blood due to a sluggish liver or poor circulation. Turmeric’s high level of manganese combined with its curcumin make it great for the cardiovascular system—it lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol, helps inhibit tumors and cysts, and can prevent virtually any type of cancer, especially skin cancers. Plus, the manganese activates curcumin’s ability to extract toxic heavy metals from your system.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing turmeric into your life:
Allergies, lupus, encephalitis, anxiety, high cholesterol, tumors (including brain tumors),polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, all types of cancer (especially skin cancers), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), influenza, colds, sinus issues, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), eczema, psoriasis, heavy metal toxicity, bacterial pneumonia, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, celiac disease, cerebral palsy, chronic bronchitis, eating disorders, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), emphysema, endometriosis, heart disease, insomnia, lipoma, adrenal fatigue, glaucoma, Lyme disease, Graves’ disease, migraines, obesity, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, parasites, Raynaud’s syndrome, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sciatica, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, yeast infections, worms
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing turmeric into your life:
Rashes, hives, congestion, brain inflammation, joint inflammation, nerve inflammation, poor circulation, cysts, sluggish liver, liver heat, mineral deficiencies, dandruff, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, hyperthyroid, inflammation, pressure in the head, dizziness, deep headaches, blurry eyes, confusion, panic, congestion, sore throat, cough, body aches and pains, body stiffness, calcifications, enlarged spleen, chemical sensitivities, depersonalization, disorientation, dyskinesia, emotional eating, excess mucus, frozen shoulder, histamine reactions, hormonal imbalances, low hydrochloric acid, intermittent vaginal bleeding, jaw pain, outbursts of anger, leg cramps, low cortisol, menopause symptoms, muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, roving aches and pains, sinus pains, hypothyroid, weight gain
For those who have trouble acknowledging their own self-worth, turmeric is ideal. If you find that you downplay your contributions to projects or relationships, are constantly down on yourself, or have trouble accepting compliments, bring turmeric into your life to help you appreciate just what a valuable, shining human being you are, and all the positives you have to offer.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are so potent that they’re meant to give us pause and consider what else in our lives could use calming. Inflammation doesn’t just occur on a physical level. We can also become inflamed mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. This often takes the form of judgment, blame, rage, or perpetual dissatisfaction. Like physical inflammation, it can feel very uncomfortable. It could be that the reason for your initial distress is long past, and you’re stuck in a habitual feedback loop that makes you relive your pain over and over. The next time you feel a bout of existential inflammation coming on, honor whatever past experience has brought out this reaction, then take a cue from turmeric and gently try to end the cycle.
* If you’re dealing with congestion, cough, sore throat, cold, flu, and/or sinus problems, try juicing fresh turmeric and ginger together to make a small dose of concentrated serum. Periodically throughout the day, take tiny sips. The juice will act as an expectorant and help speed up the healing process.
* After a workout or any heavy labor, try to consume turmeric. It doesn’t matter in what form—whether as a spice on food, juiced, as tea, or as a supplement—just as long as you get some into your body. Turmeric can shorten recovery time for muscles, ligaments, and joints after exercise, and it also acts as an antiinflammatory for any minor injuries you might not have noticed that have the potential to turn into trouble otherwise.
These fiery, immune-boosting shots are a tasty variation on the turmeric-ginger serum I mentioned above. A go-to option for the first sign of a cold, these shots will help your body fight back against anything that tries to come against it!
4 inches turmeric
4 inches fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves
One at a time, run each ingredient through the juicer, keeping the juices separate. Combine 1 teaspoon turmeric juice, 1 teaspoon ginger juice, 1/4 teaspoon garlic juice, and 1/4 cup of orange juice in a small glass. Stir to combine and drink immediately.
Note: the amount of ingredients necessary will vary greatly based on the juicer that is used.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
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This item posted: 08-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
Taking proper care of your oral health is critical, but with so much conflicting and inaccurate information available, it can be confusing and overwhelming to know what’s truly helpful and what’s not. Some of today’s main oral health issues are discussed below along with some suggestions for reclaiming the health of your gums and teeth.
In today’s world, it’s common knowledge that mercury fillings are not ideal. But contrary to popular belief, the best answer isn't necessarily to have them removed by your dentist. There’s some critical information you must know when dealing with mercury fillings that can help protect your health.
Firstly, unless a tooth with a mercury amalgam cracks, breaks or decays, it’s best to not remove your fillings. The mercury is contained and will be far less detrimental to your health if they’re left alone. If a filling is damaged by a tooth breaking or decaying, that’s when it is helpful to remove the amalgam. If you are someone who already struggles with a host of health issues, such as memory loss, heart palpitations, brain fog, deficiencies, a heavy viral or toxic load, sensitive nervous system and many more, it’s particularly important to leave them where they are so the removal doesn’t trigger even more sickness. It’s tragic to see people, who were already experiencing health issues, remove all of their fillings at once and then experience a collapse of their health and well-being. Thankfully, you now have the knowledge to prevent this from happening.
If you’re insistent that you want to remove your mercury amalgams or they’re broken and you have several of them, it’s important you do not remove them all at once. Instead, try to visit a well-equipped biological, holistic, or trusted conventional dentist and have them removed one at a time every month, every three months, or even every six months depending on your overall health. As a filling is removed, mercury in the amalgam can vaporize, enter the bloodstream, and weaken the immune system. Spacing out the removal process of each amalgam allows the immune system to recover from the release of the mercury and helps minimize the impact on your health. This is especially important if you already struggle with neurological symptoms, sensitivities, or illness.
The removal of these fillings and the subsequent vaporized mercury act as a trigger, and when the immune system is in a weakened state, viral and bacterial infections such as Epstein-Barr virus and streptococcus can easily take root and grow stronger by feeding on the mercury released into the bloodstream. Many people suffer from neurological symptoms and conditions such as severe anxiety, depression, tingles, numbness, brain fog, memory loss, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, MS, ringing in the ears, vertigo, dizziness, fatigue, and many other mystery symptoms after having their fillings removed all at once because of this. This process can also trigger lyme disease, which I discuss in more depth in my first book, Medical Medium. In my new book Thyroid Healing, I share a detailed list of neurological symptoms and exactly what causes them that’s important for everyone to understand.
If you’ve already removed your fillings all at once, do not be disheartened. You can still recover! It’s time to dive into the heavy metal detox I discuss in my book Medical Medium and in my Heavy Metal Detox blog post. It’s imperative to practice the heavy metal protocol while building up your immune system to help your body to restore. This is helpful even if you’ve had only one removed.
Conventional and alternative medical communities often blame root canals for countless mystery symptoms and illnesses people are experiencing. In truth, root canals are not to blame. Viruses, heavy metals, chemical exposure, MSG exposure, aspartame exposure, mold exposure— these agitators are the real reasons for symptoms and mystery illnesses. Root canals do have their issues, but when a cavity is at an advanced stage you either have to remove the tooth completely, or undergo a root canal procedure. Root canals can age, wear down and sometimes small amounts of bacteria can accumulate, but these tiny amounts of bacteria are not causing the major health issues people are experiencing. If you do have a severely infected root canal and abscessed tooth or gum, then removing the tooth could be a wise choice, otherwise leaving your teeth as is might be the best option.
Sometimes people get their root canals, and even perfectly normal teeth removed, because of jaw pain. In most cases, the jaw pain and trigeminal nerve pain remains even after the removal. That’s because the pain is not connected to teeth issues, but is caused one of the many varieties of the shingles virus. I discuss the issues this virus causes in my book Medical Medium.
Instead of getting a root canal, another option is an implant. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks to implants, and a root canal surgery still might be the better choice. Although the titanium used in implants is typically not as toxic for the body as other metals, some people are still very sensitive and can’t handle the interaction well. That’s why I would usually suggest choosing a root canal over an implant.
Instead of opting for a root canal or implant, some people choose to play it safe and just have the teeth removed. Living without several teeth is an option that can work best for some people.
There are a number of reasons people struggle with receding gums, but fortunately there are many ways to help prevent further gum recession.
Compromised gut and intestinal health is one reason people struggle with receding gums. When the stomach loses most of its hydrochloric acid, toxic acids takeover and while you are sleeping, these bad acids come up from the stomach and destroy the gums, causing them to recede. Low hydrochloric acid is extremely common today. The best way to restore hydrochloric acid is to drink 16oz of straight celery juice daily on an empty stomach.
A second issue that impacts gum health occurs when your body is unable to break down the food that you eat and it rots in the gut. This rotting food produces ammonia which rises into the mouth and eats away at the gums and teeth.
Lastly, poor food choices can lead to gum recession. Cutting out or drastically minimizing your coffee and processed food intake can help curb gum and teeth problems you may be experiencing. It’s also important to remove the damaging foods I list in my books, Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods.
Is Fruit Bad for You?
This is one of the greatest and most detrimental misconceptions of our time! No, fruit is definitely not bad for you! You do not have to fear fruit. Fruit does not feed bacteria, it kills it. Fruit, rich in antioxidants and minerals, can stave off disease in the mouth while allowing your gums time to heal. Biting into raw fruit massages the gums and delivers oxygen. Dentists are absolutely correct about staying away from candy and processed sugars, but an abundance of fruit in your diet will only benefit you and your dental health.
Dental Health Questions & Answers
Q: Can a broken filling contribute to a thyroid disorder?
A: No, broken fillings do not contribute to a thyroid disorder. A root canal, gum disease or any other dental issue is not responsible for a thyroid issue. All thyroid problems stem from the Epstein-Barr virus. I explain this in great detail in my new book Thyroid Healing.
Q: Is charcoal powder for teeth safe to use?
A: Yes, charcoal powder is safe to use on your teeth, but do not swallow it. Make sure to spit it out and rinse well.
Q: Are dental issues related to the Epstein-Barr virus?
A: In some ways dental issues may be connected. An example of this is when a handful of dental amalgams are removed all at once and the vaporized mercury from that procedure enters the bloodstream and significantly weakens the immune system. At that point, a pre-existing underlying Epstein-Barr virus infection can grow stronger and cause new symptoms or worsen existing symptoms. Fortunately, there are many healing measures you can take to overpower Epstein-Barr, which I discuss in my books, Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods, and in my radio show called “Epstein-Barr Virus Revealed.”
Q: Are tooth issues related to lyme disease?
A: Similar to Epstein-Barr’s relationship to dental issues, viruses that cause lyme symptoms might flare up and overwhelm the system if several dental amalgams are removed due to mercury triggering any underlying issues you already have. Other than that, tooth issues and lyme disease are not related.
Taking Care of Your Gums and Teeth
Using an electric toothbrush is great for dental health. Two great electric toothbrush brands to checkout are Oral-B and Phillips Sonicare. The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator is another great device that allows oxygen to reach the gums.
Nature’s Answer has a line of products including Perio-Brite Mouthwash, Perio-Brite Toothpaste, PerioRub for gum and tooth discomfort, and PerioCleanse oral cleansing concentrate which can be used with the Hydro Floss oral irrigator for maximum results. Lucky Toothpaste is another good product that not only remineralizes the teeth and gums, but also rebuilds enamel. This organic Brushing Rinse is a wonderful addition to your oral health routine. If you have advanced dental issues or want some other high-quality oral care product options, Living Libations produces very high quality oral health products including a great toothpaste, tooth powder, gum gel, enamelizer, gum drops, and tooth serum. All these product recommendations and more can be found on the personal care recommendations page on the Medical Medium website.
Hawaiian spirulina is an incredible supplement that will help pull heavy metals like mercury out of the intestinal tract, while also remineralizing teeth and gums. It will not pull mercury out of any silver fillings you might have, it will only draw out the mercury that’s been creating havoc in your system for years. Sovereign silver helps fight against bacterial issues and is an overall excellent support for the gums and teeth. Check out Liposomal C or Ester-C for two great sources of vitamin C, which is incredible for both gums and teeth. If a dentist indicates you may have a low-grade infection, increasing the amount of Vitamin C you are taking can be very beneficial. Coenzyme Q10 and a probiotic are two other supportive supplements. A helpful herbal tea to try out is peppermint.
Aloe vera helps prevent gum recession and tooth decay. On my blog, there are instructions on how to prepare aloe water and the incredible benefits of adding this into your diet. Papaya, like aloe vera, helps fight back against ammonia in the gut. And like celery juice, it helps raise your hydrochloric acid while protecting the teeth and gums. Radishes, apples, leafy greens, celery, onions, scallions, chives, cucumbers, sesame seeds, tahini, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ginger, and garlic can all support your oral health as well.
For many people struggling with mystery symptoms or illness, visiting the dentist can be challenging, and recovering from a visit may take time and self-compassion. Space out your visits and recognize that a visit to the dentist won’t always be such a difficult task as your body begins to soak up the healing protocols you put into place. With time and consistency, your dental health and overall well-being can grow vibrant once again!
This item posted: 07-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
In the first radio show on addictions, I revealed the two foundational roots that play a role in any addiction you may battle. The first root has to do with glucose. If you provide your body with sufficient glucose from fresh fruits and vegetables, you are much less likely to develop addictions. And, if you are battling an addiction, reversing glucose deficiency can be a powerful step towards recovery.
The second foundational piece discussed in the first “Addictions” radio show was adrenaline. Your own adrenaline can be highly addictive, and likely plays a large part in other addictions you may be struggling to let go of including an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or unhealthy sugars. Did you know you can even become addicted to danger because of the adrenaline rush dangerous activities entail? In certain instances, addiction to adrenaline can become an even bigger issue than the addiction to the actual substance or behavior you’re attempting to free yourself from. Becoming aware of the role adrenaline can play in your addiction can bring about a profound shift towards freedom as you work to recover.
Some people might struggle with a few small addictions, while others might battle major, life-threatening addictions during their lives. Whatever your addiction, the sooner you can start to understand it, and put into practice the protocol you need to recover, the easier it will be to find freedom from the problem. If you address smaller addictions quickly, you maybe able to get ahead of larger addictions that might have arisen later on. Having the knowledge I am sharing with you today can be an incredible weapon whenever you are feeling lost or hopeless. That being said, you may also want to seek support or spiritual guidance from a counselor or mentor, which can be a helpful part of someone’s healing journey.
If someone is battling an addiction, there comes a point where that person may fall victim to the addiction and feel deeply entrenched in the destructive behavior. Although it is definitely possible to come back from this breaking point and recover, if you can find helpful tools to hold onto to keep yourself from nearing this breaking point, it will aid in preserving the inner strength that can help you find freedom from your addiction.
Firstly, If you are struggling with a really destructive addiction, every little step you take towards recovery matters, whether it’s coming to understand your addiction better through accurate information, making healing dietary changes, reaching out to friends and family, seeking out a counselor, support group or rehab, or adding in pieces of a healing protocol that speak to you. Collect all the tools, big and small, that can help you combat your addiction and continue to implement them as best you can.
Often times people struggling with addictions tend to turn away from getting the help and support they need. Hopefully the truth I share here resonates with you and helps you to feel less alone in your battle. Arming yourself with this information can give you a shield of protection as you fight to reclaim your freedom from whatever addiction you are up against.
Chocolate as a Tool
Certain people have trouble tolerating chocolate because it contains neurotoxin, even though it can have some health benefits. If you struggle with nervous system issues or neurological problems, it would be best to avoid chocolate for the time being. If you are really healthy, you maybe able to get away with indulging in a chocolate treat every so often, but if you suffer from confusion, brain fog, neurological shakes and tremors, neurological aches and pains, tingles, numbness, migraines, neuropathy, migraines, fibromyalgia, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, or any of the symptoms described in the Healing Your Neurological System article, consider taking a break from chocolate while you heal. In my new book Thyroid Healing, I share a detailed list of neurological symptoms and exactly what causes them that's important for everyone to understand.
That being said, chocolate can be a helpful tool for someone healing from certain addictions. If someone is working to overcome an opioid addiction, whether it be to prescription or nonprescription drugs, chocolate can be extremely helpful. Once the person is working to stay drug-free, eating chocolate periodically may help prevent them from turning back to the destructive substance.
When I was working with clients at an office twenty-five years ago, I kept a stack of large high-quality, dark chocolate bars on hand. Spirit had instructed me that, under the right circumstances, these chocolate bars could help save someone’s life. Around that time, a 19-year-old boy named Cole came into the office with his parents. Cole was struggling with a severe opioid addiction and had already been in and out of rehab multiple times. The addiction was destroying the lives of the whole family and the parents were in agony and broken from watching their son suffer. The father was missing work and both parents were beginning to suffer from severe depression. Spirit immediately suggested Cole use chocolate as a weapon against his addiction. Cole was working with a doctor to wean off the drugs, and I suggested that he try eating a sizable portion of chocolate anytime the weaning process felt unbearable. I offered him a chunk of chocolate during the consultation and he remarked on its tastiness and smiled. His parents were surprised to see a smile from their son, who they said hadn’t smiled in years. The parents were also surprised at Cole’s sudden optimism towards recovery as our session progressed. Using chocolate as a crutch during this trying time worked, and my client rapidly weaned off the drugs, within three weeks was clean, and went on to live a drug-free life. When Cole had first walked into my office, Spirit said that he would most likely not make it if the family left feeling confused or uncertain about the protocol he needed to implement. I say this to underscore the significance chocolate played in this particular man’s life and healing story.
Do you know someone who can never seem to get enough salt? If someone is suffering from a sodium addiction, they are most likely desperately in need of mineral salts for their adrenal glands and the neurotransmitters in their brain. This addiction can arise if someone is overtaxing their adrenals, which can leave their neurotransmitters craving an abundance of the mineral salts that offer protection for the adrenal glands. Unlike refined salt, sea salt, or Himalayan salt, the mineral salts found in certain fruits and vegetables can play a significant role in helping break an adrenaline addiction and revitalize the adrenals. Celery, spinach, and other leafy greens are just some of the many foods rich in undiscovered varieties of sodium that help to deeply nourish the body. Although you do not have to cut Himalayan salt or high-quality sea salt out of your diet completely, try to use a moderate amount and make sure your diet is brimming with foods naturally rich in mineral salts. Supporting and protecting your adrenals is a critical step for anyone seeking to break an addiction or avoid falling prey to one. If you are working to heal from a salt addiction, try incorporating adrenal snacks into your daily diet. Eating a small meal, such as an adrenal snack, every hour to hour and a half throughout the day can be incredibly beneficial.
Anorexia & Bulimia
When mercury and other heavy metals interfere with neurotransmitters in certain parts of the brain, bulimic or anorexic behaviors are more likely to arise in certain individuals. If these heavy metals are removed through a heavy metal detox or if brain tissue develops in a particular way that bypasses the heavy metals, you may still struggle with an addiction to your own adrenaline that manifests itself as an eating disorder. In the case of bulimia, one of the reasons it can be so hard to break is because of the adrenaline surge people experience before they purge. This adrenaline rush can be similar to a powerful drug in its euphoric quality. Someone who is struggling with a variety of anorexia may experience a surge of adrenaline when they look at food, especially if they’ve suffered abuse around food in the past. In this instance, the surging adrenaline acts similar to a drug and the person may quickly lose their appetite. This information on adrenaline and adrenaline addiction hasn't yet been discovered by conventional or alternative medicine, research and science. I brought it to light for the first time in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods and here in this article and in my radio shows.
While many people blame eating disorders on emotional or sexual abuse, it is important to know that emotional or sexual abuse only act as severe triggers for these behaviors. One of these triggers may cause someone to develop an eating disorder, but it is usually a combination of heavy metals in the brain and an addiction to the adrenaline that surges each time an eating disorder is acted on that causes people to continue to struggle. If you or a loved one struggles with bulimia or a variety of anorexia, knowing that adrenaline addiction maybe playing a major role and how to address it could potentially save you or your loved one’s life.
Sugar Addiction & the Role of Fat
Your brain and liver need the glucose found in fruits and vegetables to survive and thrive. Unfortunately, some people turn to refined sugar-filled treats instead and wind up struggling with an addiction to unhealthy sugars. People stay addicted to these unhealthy sugars partly because of the unhealthy fat most of these sugary treats contain. An example would be ice cream, which contains not only unhealthy sugar, but a large amount of unhealthy fat as well. Foods that are high in unhealthy fat don’t allow the sugar it contains to flood the places it most needs to go, including the cells, muscles, heart, brain, and liver. If you feel addicted to sweets and treats, you most likely are needing to replenish the healthy glucose in your brain. If you continue to fill your body with unhealthy, sugary treats you will never be satisfied and may even exacerbate the addiction. If you switch your treats out with enough healthy glucose-rich foods such as dates, apples, and raw honey, your brain will start to receive the right kind of sugar it’s been seeking and your addiction to the wrong kind of sugar will likely disappear. Carrying a bag of dates or dried apricots or figs with you can be very helpful to conquer any cravings that may arise when you’re away from home.
That being said, it is important to not eat too much of the wrong kind of fats either. The wrong kind of fat or even too much healthy fat can halt the restoration of glycogen deposits in the brain and liver. Omega 3s are important, but receiving them from the right sources is critical for proper glucose absorption in the body. There is misinformation being spread that the brain is largely made of fat, but this is a complete misconception. The truth is that the brain is largely made out of carbohydrates and only contains micro deposits of fats. These micro deposits of fats are made up of omega 3s and other oils, many of which medical science and medical research have yet to discover. One of these oils medical research and medical science have uncovered is squalene. You can get the omega 3s and all of the other micro fats you need from certain foods such as watermelon seeds, hemp seeds, butter leaf lettuce, blackberry seeds, sesame seeds or tahini, and tomato seeds. Turning to these foods can help keep you from losing the glucose reserves in your brain. Not only can the loss of these reserves lead to addictions, but they can also set you up for Alzheimer’s disease and other unwanted health problems. If you are trying to break any kind of addiction, it is important to keep the fats in your diet low regardless of whether you are a meat eater, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan. Try bringing the foods mentioned above into whatever diet you subscribe to and know that you are flooding your body with the micro omegas that best support your brain and body.
Addiction to Cigarettes
Are you or a friend looking to break your smoking addiction? While nicotine is an addictive drug and is partly why many people are hooked on cigarettes, there are a few other reasons it can be challenging to break this addiction. First off, it’s important to know that you are likely smoking in part because of the adrenaline that floods your system when you’re an active smoker. Even before you put a cigarette to your lips, the anticipation of a cigarette can cause adrenaline to rush through your body. The more time you wait in anticipation of your next cigarette, the more adrenaline flows through the system. Often when people quit smoking their appetite appears to ramp up. This is largely due to the fact that cigarette-activated adrenaline surges finally begin to calm down. Another reason someone may become addicted to smoking is because it actually makes the smoker alkaline for a very brief moment while they are smoking. This maybe extremely surprising to learn, but it is a truth that has yet to be uncovered by science. As the tobacco in a cigarette turns from fresh tobacco to burnt tobacco, a chemical compound develops. Once the chemical ignites it goes straight to the brain and gives you a brief alkaline hit that is far more addictive than the nicotine found in cigarettes. Unfortunately, following this short wave of alkalinity, your body becomes incredibly acidic. As a result, you are likely to crave another cigarette soon after to receive an additional alkalizing hit.
The Medical Medium Cigarette Pack Trick
This trick includes high-quality chocolate, which is not always the best food choice, but may come in handy for people who are working to quit smoking cigarettes. Take two packs of cigarettes, empty one pack entirely and fill the second pack with a smaller amount of cigarettes than you normally smoke. Break apart a high-quality chocolate bar and fill the emptied pack with small pieces of chocolate. Whenever you would take your usual cigarette break and you feel an adrenaline rush coming on as you ready yourself for a smoke, take a piece of chocolate out of the empty pack and pop one or two of the small pieces into your mouth. Do not chew or swallow them right away, try to leave them in your mouth until they completely melt. It is interesting to note that because nicotine is aromatic, If you’ve put the chocolate pieces in the cigarette box ahead of time, the chocolate will have soaked up some of the nicotine. During your next break, you can have a cigarette from your box of less cigarettes. Try to keep both packs on you throughout the day and continue to cut down on cigarettes at a pace that feels manageable for you. If you want to start with fifteen cigarettes in the second pack rather than less, that is a positive place to start as well.
Walking Off Your Smoking Habit
A second trick to try when quitting smoking is to only smoke when you are walking outside. Because you are walking, you will most likely take less drags of your cigarette and won’t be getting as many addictive hits of nicotine. You will be taking in more oxygen because you’re walking and you may even experience greater calm due to the gentle movement. The adrenaline flooding your body from the cigarette will also be better used when you’re walking as opposed to when you stand and smoke. It’s also a little bit more challenging to walk and smoke versus stand or sit and smoke, and you may be less inclined to pick up a cigarette as frequently.
Try out these two powerful techniques, bring in foods and supplements that support your healing like the five heavy metal detox foods which include Hawaiian spirulina, barley grass juice extract powder, Atlantic dulse, cilantro, and wild blueberries, California poppy, PharmaGABA, magnesium threonate, lemon balm, passionflower, 5HTP, and ALA. Lean on the positive support of family and friends and know that it is possible to break this addiction! If you don’t smoke, but have a loved one who does, share these simple, life-changing techniques with them as well.
The Spiritual Side of Addictions
Although we won’t go too in-depth into this topic, it is important to know that spiritual energy can play a role in someone’s addiction. While you are fighting to overcome an addiction it can be invaluable to call on some of the angels for guidance and support. There is an entire chapter dedicated to angels in both Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods, and some of the angels detailed in both can truly extend miraculous support when called upon for help. In the simplest of terms, there are negative energies in the universe that enjoy being involved with addictions and delight in watching people trapped in destructive behaviors. These negative energies may affect us on a very mild level, but it is important to be cognizant of this and work to remove them from our lives. As you strive to overcome an addiction, try asking the angels to help you fight against any negative energies that might be affecting your recovery efforts.
Planet earth is a beautiful place, but it can be a stressful place to live in the 21st century. Stress, along with any hardships or losses you’ve had to endure, can play a role in the addictions you face. But, know that you are not alone in your healing journey. You can regain your strength, put on the armor of this truthful information, seek support from loved ones, and conquer whatever battle you may be up against. Hopefully this information and the information found in the first “Addictions” radio show can offer you hope, encouragement, and strength to keep going! You can do this! I believe in you and support you every step of the way.
This item posted: 07-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
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