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These potato pancakes come out of the oven perfectly crispy and satisfying, and then they’re topped off with light, refreshing Cucumber Radish Salad that takes them over the top. Feel free to try other toppings. If you have hungry kids in your life, they may like to try their potato pancakes topped with mashed avocado or black beans!

In Liver Rescue, I share how the star ingredients in this recipe can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…

Potatoes: Abundant in amino acids that specifically inhibit viral growth. Potatoes are high in glucose that provides substance to the liver, as it’s precisely what the liver relies on to keep strong. It also helps build up glycogen storage, the very resource that protects us against blood sugar problems, weight gain, fatty liver, and dirty blood syndrome. Potatoes keep the liver grounded and stable, giving us a good constitution. They’re also shunned for being a nightshade, when in truth they have the ability to reverse many varieties of chronic illness.

Radishes: A strong medicine for our livers. The pungent, biting nature of radishes comes from a compilation of chemical compounds, many of them undiscovered, that act as disinfectants to the liver, stopping pathogen infection and boosting the liver’s personalized immune system by increasing its white blood cells’ ability to fight and destroy invaders.

Cucumbers: Allies to the liver due to their ability to hydrate it. Your liver’s always in need of living water that’s filled with minerals and other nutrients, because your liver keeps your blood hydrated. It relies on sources such as cucumber for that living water. This minimizes dirty blood syndrome by helping reduce fats and toxins inside of dirty blood. Phytochemical compounds in cucumbers act as anti-inflammatories to the small intestines and colon. Cucumbers have a gentle blood-thinning ability, too, allowing for detox to occur naturally, without obstruction.

Potato Pancakes With Cucumber Radish Salad

Ingredients:
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
½ teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
6 radishes, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons raw honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon dill, minced
¼ cup chopped chives
¼ teaspoon red pepper (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the potatoes, arrowroot powder, and ¼ teaspoon sea salt in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Line two baking trays with parchment paper. Drop the potatoes onto the parchment paper by the ¼ cup and shape them into circles approximately 3 inches in diameter, using your hands or a cookie cutter as a mold. Press them down until they are approximately ¼ inch thick. Bake the potato pancakes for 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and flip the pancakes over by carefully grasping the edges of the parchment paper and flipping the entire sheet. If needed, peel any stuck potato pancakes carefully off the parchment paper and stick them back into the oven on the unlined baking trays for 5 minutes more.

While the potato pancakes are baking, make the Cucumber Radish Salad by combining the sliced cucumber and radishes with the honey, lemon juice, dill, chives, remaining ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, and red pepper in a mixing bowl, tossing gently to combine. Serve the potato pancakes piping hot and garnished with Cucumber Radish Salad.

Makes 2 servings

Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, check out my bestselling book, Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 11-Oct-2018 - Disclaimer

We are dealing with an epidemic of sluggish liver today. Nine out of ten people, children included, have a sluggish liver without being aware of it. It might surprise you, but a sluggish liver is at the root of countless symptoms and conditions, including skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne; weight gain; type 2 diabetes; chemical and food sensitivities; seasonal affective disorder; anxiety; depression; varicose veins; SIBO; bloating; and more. (A sluggish liver, by the way, is different than a fatty liver, which is a topic I’ll cover another time).

If you’re dealing with any health condition right now, the information I provide in my book Liver Rescue and here can help you heal. And if you’re not dealing with a condition, it can help you for the future. Even if you just have a minor symptom or two, the undiscovered information in Liver Rescue can help you. As I shared above, the liver is the crux of so many issues and medical science and research aren’t aware of this. Helping heal your liver is—without a doubt—one of the best and most critical things you can do for your health and wellbeing.

The Liver’s Essential Roles
First of all, it’s important to know that your liver is a serious workhorse. It works really, really hard for you, and it’s responsible for over 2,000 undiscovered critical chemical functions in the body.

The liver has many responsibilities, all of which are critical to you staying alive. One of the liver’s responsibilities is to purify and filter out harmful substances. It also neutralizes poisons, which means it stops toxins from being as harmful as they really are. That way, the toxins don’t harm your body as much when they leave the liver. When the liver becomes sluggish from years and decades of desperately protecting you, it loses its ability to neutralize, and the result is that people become sick or symptomatic and start to age before their time.

The liver also holds onto and orchestrates helpful substances, like nutrients, vitamins and the right balance of hormones, among many other incredible functions.

How the Liver Becomes Sluggish
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy in today’s world for the liver to become overwhelmed. It can only do so much, after all. And we live in toxic times, where poisons from chemicals, old DDT, pesticides and insecticides are everywhere from our groceries to our carpet. We absorb those toxins through the air, through food and through our skin, and they end up in the liver.

A second category of poison is toxic heavy metals, and that includes mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, copper, nickel, steel, and more.

Pathogens—that is, viruses and bacteria—are a third major burden on the liver. Our bodies are full of undiscovered strains of streptococcus and Epstein-Barr for instance, and these viruses cause a multitude of health problems. We are exposed to pathogens in many different ways, such as sharing a drink, touching a dirty door handle and then rubbing our eyes, or through intimacy with a partner. Pathogens get into the liver and from there they feed off toxic heavy metals and other toxins and foods in the body. After feeding off these substances, they then eliminate and excrete the neurotoxins and dermatoxins I discuss in Liver Rescue. Medical communities are still unaware that pathogens feed and eliminate in our bodies, which is one of the main reasons why there is no true understanding of what really causes chronic illness in the medical and alternative health worlds.

All of those burdens—the chemical toxins, the heavy metals and pathogens—can actually be passed down the family line from generation to generation. That means a baby born today can, unfortunately, inherit some of grandma’s DDT and heavy metal exposure and great grandpa’s strain of Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, streptococcus (all of which have multiple undiscovered strains) or any other pathogens that may be in the family line. It’s important to know this doesn’t mean it’s in your genes. It’s inherited, which as I explain in my books, is entirely different to a genetic DNA issue.

In addition to the toxins in our environment, we also harm our livers through our diet and lifestyle choices. We burden the liver with medications (which of course are sometimes necessary,) recreational drugs, and alcohol. Eating a high-protein and high fat diet is also a major, unrecognized burden and as I explain in Liver Rescue, almost all of us have been eating a high diet knowingly or unknowingly since we started on solid food. If you think this isn’t true for you, it’s important to read the truths I share on this topic in Liver Rescue. Diet trends today, regardless of whether they are plant or animal based, suggest that eating lots of protein and fat is the healthiest way to eat, but this isn’t accurate. In truth, high protein and high fat diets force the liver to do a tremendous amount of work that could have been avoided. The liver is already bombarded with processing, filtering, and disarming chemicals, toxic heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, medications, drugs, and alcohol. It doesn’t need to add fat and protein to that list, but that’s exactly what it’s been forced to do since the beginning due to the way we eat today. And to add yet another troublemaker to the list, the stressful times we live in means that our adrenal glands are pumping out large amounts of adrenaline, which is corrosive in the body, and the liver has to contend with that too. For a full list of the hundreds of what I call “Liver Troublemakers,” read my chapter on this topic in Liver Rescue.

To make matters worse, many people are chronically dehydrated, and having enough hydration is critical for the liver to function properly. You can be dehydrated from the time you’re a baby, or from the time you’re three or four years old without knowing it. So sometimes people have been chronically dehydrated for years or decades, which has been making your liver’s job much harder.

It’s All Too Much
When some or all of those issues lead the liver to become sluggish, what happens is the liver’s bile reserves break down and bile production weakens. Strong bile is important because bile is one of the ways toxins are carried out of the liver. Bile carries toxins into the colon so they can be eliminated in feces. Plus, whenever you eat fat, your liver releases bile to break it down and deliver the fat to your body as an energy source. This process is a lot more complicated and vital than it sounds. The problem is that the liver isn’t meant to be producing a lot of bile all the time. And the more bile it has produce, the more it wears out the liver and makes it sluggish.

When the liver is sluggish and bile production isn’t sufficient for the amount of fat someone is consuming in their diet, the fat stores have to go somewhere. The fat ends up going to the lining of the digestive tract, where it feeds harmful bacteria such a streptococcus. Also, since the liver is overloaded and the bile can’t break down all the fat anymore, the stomach loses it’s hydrochloric acid, which is essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. That causes bloating or gut rot, and people end up with a diagnosis of SIBO, but the true reason isn’t understood. In truth, the majority of the inner workings of the liver are still unknown by medical communities. For a full explanation, refer to Liver Rescue.

Different Types of Sluggish Liver
It’s going to be several decades before science and research learns that there are actually five varieties of sluggish liver. Different symptoms result from different parts of the liver being sluggish: the middle of the liver, the bottom of the liver, top of the liver, left side of the liver, and the right side of the liver. In Liver Rescue I share the symptoms that can come when each one of these part of the liver is sluggish. Someone can have just one or all five parts of the liver be sluggish.

Now let’s take a look at a handful of conditions and symptoms someone with a sluggish liver may experience and why. It’s very important to note that these explanations are very brief and do not cover all the details behind and involved in how these conditions and symptoms develop. For a full understanding, please read Liver Rescue as I can only scratch the surface here.

Eczema, Psoriasis and Other Mysterious Skin Conditions
Contrary to popular belief, eczema and psoriasis aren’t autoimmune issues, they’re actually rooted in the liver. These and many other mysterious skin conditions are caused by a virus that’s feeding off a toxin. In the case of eczema and psoriasis, it’s usually one of the many strains of Epstein-Barr virus (or another virus) feeding off copper and sometimes mercury. The virus then eliminates what I call a dermatoxin, which the body tries to detoxify by sending it out through the skin. As it sends it through the skin, it creates irritation and inflammation.

Acne
An overloaded liver can also cause acne, though in this case it’s because streptococcus is living in the liver and has traveled through the lymphatic system to under the skin where it causes acne. In Liver Rescue, I explain why acne appears on the skin where it does and why it varies by person. Acne gets worse during certain hormonal cycles such as puberty or menstruation because the immune system drops in those times. The body is expending more energy on the hormonal cycle than the immune system, which allows the strep bacteria to strengthen and lead to more breakouts. Remember that stress too has a hormonal component, because the body pumps out certain hormones when we’re under stress. Learn more about eczema, psoriasis and acne in Liver Rescue.

Type 2 Diabetes
Science and research believe type 2 diabetes has everything to do with sugar consumption and insulin resistance. But again, it actually has everything to do with the liver. It’s not just about the pancreas because the liver protects the pancreas, and when the liver is toxic and sluggish, it can’t properly protect the pancreas anymore. You might be surprised to learn that it’s fat that should be minimized or avoided when you have diabetes, not sugar. When people start exercising and eating a diet with less fat, the liver starts recovering and they can reverse the type 2 diabetes (though they still may have a sluggish liver and need to take more steps to address that). For more on how this works, please refer to Liver Rescue.

Weight Gain
Weight gain comes down to the liver also. While two other factors, the thyroid and the adrenals, can often be involved, it’s important to know that they both lead back to the liver. When the liver gets bogged down by everything it has to process, bile breaks down also. And when bile breaks down, it can’t process fat, and so fat builds up in the bloodstream and the gut. When that happens, people can put on weight on really quickly. (Note that some people can also be skinny and still have a sluggish liver).

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
I have a whole chapter in Liver Rescue about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s actually not about the seasons so much as how people change their diet and lifestyle habits in different seasons. In the summertime your liver does better because you tend to be outside exercising, walking more, eating fresh fruit and salads and also getting more sun—and sun is one element that helps the liver. In winter, people tend to exercise less, stay indoors more and eat fewer fresh foods and more high fat, high sugar foods. These diet and lifestyle changes trigger an underlying issue that already exists in the body, which is sluggish liver due to pathogens, toxins, heavy metals, and more. The diet and lifestyle changes still aren’t the cause, but the trigger to what is already at work in the body.

As I said, these descriptions are only a hint of what’s happening to create these symptoms and conditions, To get the full truth about all of these conditions and many more in Liver Rescue. For more on these conditions plus many more, including varicose veins, spider veins, dark circles under the eyes, chemical sensitivities, SIBO, strep, gout, PANDAS, jaundice, digestive issues and so much more, please read the information I share in Liver Rescue.

The Liver Over Time
When people are younger they often don’t show the signs of a sluggish liver yet because it takes time—sometimes decades—for the liver to start to burn out and for symptoms to appear. Some people do experience symptoms when they’re young though—I’ve seen teenagers with hypoglycemia for instance. But eventually the toxin level starts to catch up with us. Whether symptoms show or not, someone can still have a sluggish liver and as you know by now, most people do.

The Liver’s Warning System
The liver has what can be described as an anti-sluggish emergency alarm response. This is a chemically induced response that brings new vital energy to break up stagnancy. The response is a liver spasm. This spasm can result in a tingle, a twitch, a slight ache, warmth, heat, pulling, bloating, a prick, a stitch in the side, or—much of the time—no feeling at all. It usually occurs quietly, with little or no discernable sensation, though it does bring renewal to that portion of the liver that spasmed and allow the liver to temporarily regain some control.

Why Deficiencies Result
Our livers are gatekeepers, and when they’re so filled up and worn down and distracted with the all the troublemakers they have to process and disarm, they can’t keep in the good things like the nutrients we need to function and thrive. Just like toxins can be passed along through our family line, so can helpful nutrients. So our livers are filled with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients from our mom, and from her mom.

The liver wants to hold onto and manage those nutrients, but it can’t if it’s preoccupied dealing with the liver troublemakers. When the liver has to release nutrients, it can lead to deficiencies.

A lot of people are getting blood work to see if nutrient deficiencies are triggering health problems. But the root of the issue—what’s causing those deficiencies in the first place—is often a sluggish liver, and this isn’t known.

How to Help Rescue Your Liver and Move Forward

I lay out all the details of how to support your liver and recover your health in Liver Rescue, but I want to give you a great start to healing and getting better right now. Here are some ways to help your liver:

Cut back on fat and protein. You don’t need as much as you think. I know there’s a trend toward high-protein and high-fat diets right now, but the truth is fat and protein bog down your liver and prevent it from effectively filtering toxins. Yes, even healthy fats. It’s best to eliminate dairy and eggs completely for the reasons I share in Liver Rescue, but if you eat animal protein like chicken, beef, and fish, try limiting your intake to a small piece once a day or once every other day because all animal foods naturally contain a lot of fat. If you eat a plant based diet, try reducing your oils, nuts, seeds, and avocado. Reducing fats no matter what kind of diet you eat is a powerful way to support your liver.

Eliminate fat from your morning meal. Focus the morning hours on fresh fruit, fresh juices, smoothies or smoothie bowls made with fruit, and vegetables. Eat as much as you’d like and graze over the morning on more fruits. One apple and one banana isn’t enough. You want to still get plenty of calories so you need to eat a lot more of these foods than you would eggs and bacon or cereal and milk for example. This break from fats in the morning gives your liver more time to do its clean up job each day.

Increase your hydration. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of lemon or lime water, coconut water, and some fresh fruit and green juices. Fresh salads, fruits and berries will help you hydrate too.

Drink pure celery juice every morning on an empty stomach. As many of you already know, this is a fundamental tool Spirit and I recommend for health and healing. Celery juice is a golden ticket to health. Drink 16oz on an empty stomach every morning. Read more about celery juice on the blog.

Read the Liver Rescue book. It has unknown information and tools that will serve you and your loved ones for a lifetime. No matter what illness or symptom you or a loved one have or if you simply want to be in the best health possible, Liver Rescue will be helpful for you.

Thank you for being here. As you take these steps to heal, know that I stand behind you. I believe in you, and I care. Take it one day at a time and know that every positive change you make and every step forward you take matters and will help. Bless your heart, bless your soul.

This item posted: 05-Oct-2018 - Disclaimer

Chips and salsa make a classic snack food, and in this version, fruit chips and a flavorful mango salsa are a unique twist on the original. This recipe includes instructions to make either baked apple chips or raw dehydrated pineapple chips. Both are equally delicious.

In Liver Rescue, I share how each of these ingredients can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…

Pineapple: Dissolves gallstones. Its highly acidic fruit acid and chemical compounds also enter into your liver easily, acting as brushing mechanisms and dispersing degreasing agents to clean up and drive out sticky, mucus-y debris, gunk, and byproduct that can build up inside the liver from a multitude of troublemakers. Pineapple can be astringent, so I prefer the bottom two-thirds for the sweetest, most balanced part of the fruit. Even if you ripen it on its side, it’s the bottom that’s best. If the astringency doesn’t bother you, you can eat the whole thing.

Mangoes: Cool a toxic, overheated liver, soothing and calming it to prevent the organ from going into spasm. The yellow-to-orange pigment in mangoes feeds liver lobules and strengthens hepatocytes and Kupffer cells, allowing them to do the jobs they need to do. Mangoes also have a unique phytochemical compound that helps the liver’s immune system destroy the pockets of bacteria that create liver abscesses. Help prevent your liver from aging and cells from dying while improving bile production.

Pineapple & Apple Chips With Spicy Mango Salsa

Ingredients:

4 red apples or 1 pineapple
2 cups diced mango
½ cup diced red bell pepper
¼ cup diced red onion
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
¼ cup finely chopped basil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ tablespoon minced ripe jalapeño (optional)

Directions:

To make baked apple chips, preheat the oven to 200°F. Thinly slice the apples into rounds no more than ¼ inch thick and arrange the slices on two baking trays lined with parchment paper. Bake the apple slices for 2 hours and then remove from the oven. The apple chips will continue to crisp up as they cool.

To make raw pineapple chips, slice a pineapple into rounds no more than ¼ inch thick and arrange on two dehydrator trays. (Remember: use the sweet bottom 2/3 of the pineapple if you have a sensitive stomach.) Dehydrate at 105°F for approximately 16 hours. The time needed will vary based on how thickly the pineapple is sliced and how humid the environment is.

To make the salsa, combine the mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, basil, lime juice, garlic clove, and chili powder in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Stir in the jalapeño according to desired spiciness. Serve the salsa alongside the apple or pineapple chips and enjoy!

Makes 2 servings

Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, check out my bestselling book, Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 03-Oct-2018 - Disclaimer

It’s hard to go past juicy apples encased in a warm, biscuit crust. Especially when the recipe is grain free, dairy free, and egg free, making it a much better choice than a traditional galette for those with a health symptom or condition. Feel free to stick to the recipe or add some additional fruits of your liking such as peaches, nectarines, or berries.

Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Apples contain pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon.

Rustic Apple Galette

For the crust:
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
3.5 tbsp water
1 1/2 cups almond flour + more for dusting
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1.5 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1-3 tbsp water
2 tbsp almond milk (optional)
1 tbsp maple syrup to serve (optional)

For the filling:
3 red apples, cored and thinly sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamon
2 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions:
Make the flax egg by mixing together the ground flaxseeds and water. Set aside.
In a food processor or bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar and sea salt. Process until combined. Add the coconut oil and flax egg and mix again, adding in the water bit by bit until the dough comes together. You may not need all of it. If you’re mixing in a bowl, use your hands to bring the dough together at the end. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and dust lightly with almond flour. Roll the dough into a 3-5 mm thick circle and place the filling in the middle, leaving 2-inches around the edge empty. Gently fold the sides up, creasing the dough as you go. You can use the parchment paper if needed so it doesn’t break. Brush the dough with almond milk and bake for 35-45 minutes, until browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Drizzle with maple syrup if needed.

Serves: 4-6

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 28-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

Apple juice with warming spices is a delicious and classic combination. But did you know that all those fragrant spices have incredible healing benefits too? These Spiced Apple Juice Popsicles are a wonderful way to get these special foods into your children’s diet or simply to enjoy yourself. You can also enjoy this same recipe as a hot or cold apple cider too instead of making it into popsicles if you wish.

Apples provide living water to support the liver’s hydration capabilities, so it can store the water and then release it back into the bloodstream when dehydration or dirty blood syndrome occurs. The fruit acids in apples help cleanse the liver by dispersing toxic films that build up inside its storage banks. Apples starve out bacteria, yeast, mold, other funguses, and viruses from the intestinal tract and liver. Great for dissolving gallstones.

Apple Juice Popsicles

Ingredients:
2 cups apple juice (if buying store bought, be sure to check the only ingredient is apples)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup raw honey, to taste

Directions:
Place the apple juice and spices in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat off and let the flavors infuse until the liquid has cooled. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and stir in the raw honey. Pour into popsicle molds and set in the freezer overnight.

Alternatively, combine all the ingredients and let the flavors infuse for 3 hours at room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and pour into popsicle molds a and set in the freezer overnight.

Servings: 6-8 popsicles

Find out more of the undiscovered properties of different healing foods in my book, Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 27-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

Baked apple roses are like apple pie filling without the crust, beautifully formed in cups and enjoyed warm right out of the oven. The filling is always the best part anyway, right?

In Liver Rescue, I share how each of the ingredients in this recipe can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…

Apples: Apples in themselves are miracles. They’re amazing for digestion: They collect and rid bacteria, parasites, viruses, and mold from the entire gut. They create a stable alkaline environment wherever needed. They also help heal diverticulitis and reduce inflammation in the stomach and intestinal tract. Apples are incredibly cleansing and healing for the gallbladder and liver. Not only do they detoxify, carefully extracting sediment from these organs; they also help dissolve gallstones.

Maple syrup: The combination of sugars and high mineral content quickly travels to the liver and becomes instant fuel of phytonutrient composition. It’s like an IV for the liver containing the best of both worlds: a vast array of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients (many of them still undiscovered) coupled with high-quality sugar on which the liver thrives.

Lemons: The rich calcium levels in lemons binds to the vitamin C within them, and both of these enter into the liver, where they waken a stagnant, sluggish, fatty liver, helping loosen and disperse fat cells. Lemons clean up dirty blood syndrome, improve glucose absorption, and even protect the pancreas.

Baked Apple Roses 

Ingredients:
4 red apples
4 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¾ teaspoon cinnamon, divided

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of the maple syrup, the lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon until combined.

Using a knife or mandolin, thinly slice the apples, and toss the slices in the maple syrup mixture until well coated.

Arrange the apple slices in 4 small ramekins. Divide the remaining 1 tablespoon of maple syrup over the tops of the ramekins.

Finish each one off with a dusting of extra cinnamon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the apples have softened and gently browned. Remove from the oven and enjoy while still warm!

Tip: This healing dessert can also be paired with the Banana Nice Cream recipe in Liver Rescue for an even more satisfying treat.

Makes 4 servings

Find more recipes and properties of healing foods and how they support the liver in my new book Liver Rescue

This item posted: 26-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

Apple Crisp

This Apple Crisp recipe is a wonderful recipe to serve up at your next gathering with family or friends. Warm, comforting, sweet, and delicious, it’s delicious all on its own or served up with the banana or coconut ice cream recipes on my blog.

Apples offer us not only physical benefits but also healing on a spiritual level. Apples teach us not to get burned by the frost of insensitivity from others. Unlike crops that risk damage from autumn temperatures, many apple varieties continue to grow and ripen through the cooler months, protected by their frost-resistant skin. When a cold front from a friend, lover, or colleague comes upon you, take heed from the apple and draw a protective shield around yourself until conditions improve.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

Filling:
4 red apples, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest

Topping:
1 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats (optional: sub 1/2 cup oats for 1/2 cup almond meal for a more biscuity texture)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F. Place the diced apples in a 11x7 baking dish (or similar). Add the cinnamon, lemon juice and zest and mix well.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix well, then place on top of the diced apples.

Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is browned and the apples cooked through. Let sit for 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Serves: 6-8

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 25-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

Apple Butter

This creamy and delicious apple butter is the perfect versatile spread to eat with almost anything! Enjoy it alone or as a dip for apples, pears, bananas, celery, cucumbers, sweet potatoes or a healthy cracker of your choice. Or try spooning it onto fruit salad, a smoothie bowl, gluten free oatmeal or the wild blueberry pancakes on the Medical Medium blog.

Never underestimate the power of an apple. This fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a top pick when you’re faced with practically any illness. Encephalitis (brain inflammation), IBS (intestinal inflammation), and viral infection (which can result in nerve inflammation) are just a few conditions in which apples can play the critical nutritional role of calming your system by reducing viral and bacterial loads that create inflammation.

Apple Butter

Ingredients:
12 medium-sized red apples, cored and roughly chopped
1 cup raw, unsweetened apple juice
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean)

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker on very low heat and cook for about 10-12 hours, until dark and reduced. Transfer to a blender or blend until smooth using an immersion blender in the pot. If you would like the mixture thicker, transfer it to a pot and cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to thickness of your liking. Let cool and store in jars in the fridge.

To cook without a slow-cooker, place all the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 hours, until dark and reduced. Transfer to a blender or blend until smooth using an immersion blender in the pot. If you would like the mixture thicker, transfer it to a pot and cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to thickness of your liking. Let cool and store in jars in the fridge.

Makes approx 3 cups

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 25-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

Full of flavor and just the right amount of crunch, this delicious salad is a great way to get more leafy greens and fruit into your diet. Massaging the kale with avocado tenderizes the green, while the apple and pecans give the salad just the right amount of crunch. This recipe would be great on a fall or winter holiday table or simply serve it up any day of the week. For a lower fat recipe, you can reduce or omit the pecans and bring in crunchy vegetables of your choice such as finely chopped celery, carrot, or cabbage.

Worried about kale if you have a thyroid problem? Don’t be—it’s amazing for the thyroid. Read more about why in my book Thyroid Healing. Apples are also amazing for the thyroid. Apples are anti-inflammatory for the thyroid because they starve Epstein-Barr Virus, which very often resides in the thyroid. When their pectin enters the digestive system, it releases phytochemicals that bind onto EBV, shrouding the virus cells so that they can’t feed and proliferate.

Kale & Apple Salad

Ingredients:
4 cups kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
1 small avocado (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 tbsp raw honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt, more if needed
1/2 tsp black pepper, more if needed
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 large red apples, such as gala or fuji, chopped

Directions:
Place the kale, avocado, raw honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Massage the avocado into the kale, then add the pecans, cranberries and apples. Mix well and serve.

Serves: 3-4 people

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 22-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

If you love a good crunch, these sweet baked apple chips are for you. They make a perfect healthy alternative to fried potato chips and crackers with unhealthy ingredients. Plus they’re fat free, which means your liver will be thanking you for the break from processing fats. With less fat to process, it can better help you to heal from countless symptoms and conditions.

Apples are the ultimate colon cleanser. As the pectin from an apple moves through your gut, it collects and rids your body of microbes such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, and mold. It also gathers and expels putrefied, impacted protein and debris that’s been hiding in intestinal pockets and feeding colonies of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and C. difficile. This makes apples an excellent antiproliferative for healing SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and other digestive disorders.

Baked Apple Chips

Ingredients:
4-5 red skinned apples, like Gala or Fuji
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 200F. Remove the stem of the apples. Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, cut the apples into 3-6mm discs.

Place a sheet of parchment paper on two large baking sheets and layer the apple slices on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger, then turn the slices over and sprinkle with more.

Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for about 1 hour, then flip the apples to the other side and continue cooking for about 1 hour to 90 minutes more, until light and crispy. Let cool before serving. Best kept at room temperature in an airtight container.

Makes about 50-60 chips

For more on the undiscovered healing properties of apples and how they can help you, check out my bestselling book Liver Rescue.

This item posted: 21-Sep-2018 - Disclaimer

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