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In this world, we live by reaction. We start the day with certain goals, and before we know it we get a phone call about a minor emergency, or an appliance breaks, or a client calls with an urgent request. Suddenly we’re in crisis mode—and we may not be able to leave this state for the rest of the day, because the moment one issue is resolved, a new one takes its place. All day long, every day, we’re dying out fires, large and small. This reactivity is what we need to survive the Quickening. At the same time, never winding down can set us up to be hyperreactive—like when there’s traffic when you’re already late to pick up your child from soccer practice, and without even thinking, you honk the horn at the car in front of you for stopping at a yellow light. Ginger is one of the most important tools for giving ourselves respite from a reactive state.
When you’ve been going a mile a minute from morning until night and you finally start to check out mentally and emotionally, the physical body often stays reactive, in a heightened, spasmodic state. This is how stress-related illnesses such as adrenal fatigue, acid reflux, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia, digestive issues such as spastic colon and gastritis, and chronic muscle pain can get kicked up. Ginger is the ultimate antispasmodic. A cup of ginger tea can calm an upset stomach and relax any other areas of tension for up to 12 hours. Rather than acting as a nerve tonic, it acts as a tonic for the organs and muscles, telling the body that it can let go, that everything is under control. If your throat muscles are tight from speaking or yelling too much, or from having to hold in something you wish you could say, ginger is an amazing relaxant for the area. It also helps relieve tension headaches and flush excess lactic acid from muscle tissue into the bloodstream and out of the body—because it’s not just strenuous exercise that causes the release of lactic acid; stress does, too. If you sit at a desk all day with stress pumping lactic acid through your muscles, it needs a way out, since you’re not moving around to keep it flowing on its normal path.
Ginger’s antispasmodic properties come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity. And as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, ginger deserves all the accolades it gets for promoting a healthy immune system. Ginger is also ideal for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of your body’s production of B12, and so much more. It will be 100 years before research uncovers how much ginger truly holds.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing ginger into your life:
Pancreatitis, gallstones, adrenal fatigue, spastic colon, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia, laryngitis, common colds, influenza, hiatal hernia, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, migraines, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), thyroid disease, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), HHV-6, eczema, psoriasis, anxiety, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), plantar fasciitis, Raynaud’s syndrome, radiation exposure, all types of cancer (especially thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer), celiac disease, chronic sinusitis, ear infections, fungal infections, hiatal hernia, human papilloma virus (HPV), insomnia, lymphedema, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, shingles
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing ginger into your life:
Muscle spasms, muscle cramps, ganglia cysts, muscle tightness, muscle pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, anxiousness, gastritis, bloating, stomach cramps, stomach pain, canker sores, acid reflux, upset stomach, headaches, gallbladder spasms, pelvic pain, back pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, sinus pain, congestion (particularly of the chest and/ or sinuses), cough, urinary frequency, incontinence, urinary retention, weight gain, food allergies, abnormal Pap smear results, mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, belching, diarrhea, brain fog, chronic nausea, colon spasms, cough, congestion, digestive disturbances, high cholesterol, sleeping disturbances, fatigue
Ginger is ideal for those who feel forced to hold back what they have to say. When you are silenced, there are circumstances where the right course of action is to speak up anyway, and circumstances where you get the sense that saying your piece, however valid, would make the situation worse. Ginger is for the latter. Because holding in your true sentiments can make you feel locked up and stifled—and even put you into muscle spas—it’s very important to release all that tension, and ginger performs the job beautifully.
Ginger teaches us that we don’t always have to have an insight, breakthrough, or solution in order to let go of what’s not helping us. We don’t have to process everything or stress ourselves out reliving it. We don’t have to react. There are enough other situations that require our reactions; there’s no sense in taking on extra. Just like we can turn to ginger to work the kinks out of our muscles and the knots out of our stomachs, we can let it work that antispasmodic magic on our souls, cleansing us of wounds and damage without us having to do anything other than let it.
* Ginger can be reused throughout the day. It’s fine to keep using the same ginger for multiple servings of tea.;
* Drinking ginger tea during a full moon increases the medicinal effects of the ginger by 50 percent.
* Consume ginger shortly before or during a time period when you have to make a serious life decision.
* Just before you take a therapeutic bath, drink ginger water or ginger tea to enhance the bath’s healing power
This ginger limeade is so refreshing. It will be especially helpful to anyone trying to transition off of caffeinated energy drinks. The subtle heat of fresh ginger juice makes this drink one you will come back to time and time again.
1/4 cup honey
4 cups water, divided
1 tablespoon ginger juice (from about one 3-inch piece of ginger)
1 cup lime juice (from about 10 limes)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Heat 1/4 cup of honey and 1 cup of water in a small pan until the honey dissolves completely. Set aside to cool. Juice the ginger and limes into a large pitcher. Mix in the remaining 3 cups of water. Stir in the cooled honey water and the fresh mint leaves. Refrigerate until chilled.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Learn more about the healing powers of fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices in my book Life-Changing Foods.
This item posted: 23-May-2017 - Disclaimer
Melons are so critical to the healing process that when someone is struggling with a health condition and can’t get better, the outcome may very well hinge on whether or not melon is part of her or his diet. Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, crenshaw, canary, Santa Claus, galia, charentais, casaba—they are all keys to the palace of health. Ask yourself how many melons you’ve consumed in the past year. It may be hard to figure out, because you’re probably used to having a slice here, a bite there, often alongside other food.
For most people, the answer is that over the past 12 months, they’ve only eaten one melon in total, if that. This is a major loss. Why? Because melons are made just for us by God and the Earthly Mother. They are like mother’s milk, only one step further, because melons are predigested—meaning that melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive systems barely need to process it when it enters the body, because it is so high in enzymes and certain coenzymes as yet undiscovered by science that strengthen them. The fructose in melon leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal tract, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body.
Eating melon is like getting intravenous nutrient therapy. On every level, including biochemically, melon is exactly what our bodies need. Melons are essentially balls of purified water. This highly active fluid binds onto poisons of all kinds in the body, including mold, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, flushing them out to allow the immune system to restore itself. Further, the fruit’s high electrolyte content helps protect the brain and the rest of the nervous system from stress-related strokes, aneurysms, and embolisms. Melon thins the blood and reduces heart attack risk, helps prevent heart disease and vascular issues, and can even reduce liver and kidney disease—if someone is suffering from liver or kidney malfunction, melon can mean the difference between life and death.
The water in melon is nearly identical to our blood, and its sodium, potassium, and glucose are also abundant and bioavailable, making melon one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. This hydration is critical, as it helps to lower high blood pressure, among other benefits. Melon is one of the most alkalizing foods. The fruit’s highly bioavailable and bioactive trace mineral count is responsible for driving electrolytes higher than normal, making them easily usable by the body. In return, the body’ detoxification processes become amplified, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within the organs. High in silica, melon is an excellent food to restore ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, connective tissue, and tendons. Melon is also one of the most powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing melons into your life:
Mystery infertility, Crohn’s disease, colitis, peptic ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), low reproductive system battery, aneurysm, embolism, stroke, heart attack, heart disease, liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, kidney disease, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, tendonitis, epilepsy, sepsis, osteoporosis, H. pylori infection, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Addison’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diabetes, hypoglycemia, acne, depression, anxiety, herpes infection, urinary tract infections (UTIs), transient ischemic attack (TIA), heavy metal toxicity, E. coli infection, yeast infections, mold exposure
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing melons into your life:
Constipation, low hydrochloric acid, stomach pain, upset stomach, poor circulation, accelerated aging, dental issues, food allergies, connective tissue inflammation, tremors, shakes, seizures, weakness, blood sugar imbalances, chronic dehydration, acidosis, joint pain,bone density issues, kidney pain, back pain, spasms, twitches, slurred speech, blurry eyes, inflammation, food sensitivities, anal itching, blisters, blood toxicity, insulin resistance, brain fog, body stiffness, brittle nails, chronic nausea, fever, itchy skin, leg cramps
If you are easily frightened, having a difficult time bearing bad news, or dealing with a heavy load due to emotional sensitivities or PTSD, melons can come to your aid by shifting you out of any nervousness, skittishness, anxiety, or uneasiness. And if you’re eagerly awaiting news, melons can give you the extra support and patience you need during the process. Offer melon to a friend or family member who you feel has no patience, or whose judgments and opinions are stumbling blocks. Your gift could ease that person’s energy and open up a channel so that she or he becomes more accepting.
The predigestion miracle of melon teaches us that powerful processes can be in play without us even realizing. We don’t have to fight tooth and nail for every good thing in life. Sometimes good comes to us without our labor: Powerful healing takes place in our bodies, spirits, and souls, and all we have to do is let it happen. Situations made for us present themselves, and all we have to do is grab the opportunities. Allow for this type of grace in your daily life.
• To reap melon’s benefits, try eating at least half of a small melon per day.
• Predigestion is the reason that you may associate eating melon with getting a stomachache. Since melon moves so quickly through the digestive tract, it can get held up and start to ferment in the gut if eaten with denser foods, or on the same day that you’ve eaten a heavy meal. Melon is best eaten as the first meal of the day, either on its own or accompanied by fresh vegetable juice.
• Different melons take varying amounts of time to ripen. A sweet aroma and a little bit of give on the blossom end are good indications that most melons are ripe.
WATERMELON WITH MINT AND LIME
While this watermelon salad may seem simple, the combination of flavors couldn’t be more perfect. The light sweetness of watermelon sings with a burst of lime juice and a pop of fresh mint. Your mouth will be watering for this one all summer long.
8 cups diced watermelon
Lime juice (from about 2 limes)
1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
Place the watermelon in a serving bowl. Squeeze the lime juice generously over the top. Sprinkle with finely chopped mint leaves and serve.
Makes 2 servings
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 10-May-2017 - Disclaimer
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s and motor neurone disease, is one of the most misunderstood mystery illnesses today. The misinformation being spread about ALS and the incorrect diagnoses of this illness is resulting in devastating consequences for those who are told they have the condition. If you or a loved one suffers with ALS, it is important that you know there is hope. When you are handed an ALS diagnosis, it often comes with a life-threatening concern but it doesn’t have to be this way. Healing is possible. But first it’s vital to understand what’s really behind ALS.
Behind the ALS Label
The technical name of this disease in Greek means “without nourishment to muscles.” Although doctors have a label to give to people, ALS is still a complete mystery illness to medical communities. In the conventional medical world you will most likely hear ALS described as a motor neurone disease. This is almost true. Medical science and research don’t yet know that ALS is actually a viral inflammatory illness where the viruses involved are feeding off a certain level of toxic heavy metals in the system and this can affect neurons. Usually a high level of aluminum is one of the metals present in the brain and other parts of the body.
If you have been given an ALS label, you likely have a variety of heavy metals in your system, including an abundance of aluminum. As I share in my book Medical Medium, these toxic metals are the perfect fuel for viruses, and in the case of ALS, there is a severe viral infection in the body feeding on these metals. Typically there will be a severe viral infection of HHV-6 coupled with a few other herpes virus strains. When symptoms increase in severity and mild tingles and numbness turn into acute loss of muscle control, it is often due to severe brain inflammation triggered by the viral infection. If you find yourself in a wheelchair and doctors seem apprehensive about your chances of survival, it is possible that your body is overrun with viruses. Once you reach this point, you can still turn your condition around. Do not lose hope! In this instance, working with a doctor or practitioner to create a healing protocol that incorporates foods and supplements that help to naturally fight against viruses and draw heavy metals out of the body is critical.
Medical communities are still tragically unaware of the true causes of people’s suffering when it comes to most neurological symptoms and conditions. If someone gets into a car accident and endures a brain injury that is visible on an MRI test, a doctor knows the cause of his or her neurological issues. But when mystery illnesses arise, medical communities are not yet able to provide patients with accurate and adequate information. A doctor may try to blame your genes or suggest that your body is attacking itself, but these trendy ideas are incorrect and damaging. I discuss this indepth in my book Thyroid Healing.
A Reckless Diagnosis
ALS is a real illness, just like other chronic illnesses, but the unsupportive beliefs attached to the ALS label can destroy a person’s health rather than help him or her see that he or she is fully capable of rising from the ashes of this condition.
Being handed an ALS label today can have a similar affect on someone as the affect a HIV/AIDS diagnosis had on people during the 1980s AIDS crisis. This retrovirus was not the reason people were dying, but because a death sentence was so strongly associated with this diagnosis, people quickly fell into a hopeless, despairing headspace that greatly affected their overall health. Many of the people who had this virtually benign retrovirus were also suffering from terrible varieties of streptococcus that triggered pneumatic problems, a host of herpes viruses including HHV-7, HHV-8, HHV-9, and the undiscovered varieties I brought to light including HHV-10, HHV-11, and HHV-12, and/or suffered from exposure to pollutants, toxins, drugs, and toxic heavy metals. For a number of reasons, other than the retrovirus, people were experiencing the complete breakdown of their immune systems. When people were given an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the early to mid 80s, they did not even consider the possibility that they could survive, and this led many people to quickly give up and fall apart mentally and physically. The reason it appears as though very few people are dying from HIV anymore is because the sources perpetuating this damaging falsehood quieted. This is allowing people’s immune systems to strengthen and stay fortified. An ALS diagnosis seems to affect people similarly, which is why I often refer to it as a “reckless diagnosis.” It is important to understand the weight a diagnosis can have on an individual. If the person is given positive news, the relief she or he feels can be wonderful. But if that same individual is given a reckless diagnosis, the immense fear can weigh on them and panic may set in. And if a person has severe viral infections, their condition may worsen from the fear and panic.
In the medical world, diagnosing ALS is basically a guessing game. The doctor will likely observe the patient struggling with more and more symptoms as the prescribed immunosuppressive drugs, steroids, or antibiotics fail to improve the patient’s condition. If the patient continues to steadily decline, the doctor may give the patient an ALS label. Another doctor may disagree and deem it a different neurological disease that doesn’t produce as much terror and uncertainty as an ALS label does.
The current neurological testing doctors use to identify ALS is far from error-free and rarely offers information that doctors can use with complete certainty. Numerous neurologists I’ve spoken with have agreed with me on this issue. They have mentioned multiple cases where perfectly healthy patients have had worrisome results show up on neurological tests. Yet the patient had never struggled with the suggested issues and these issues never arose as time progressed. You may still want to have neurological testing done, but it is helpful to be aware of the tests’ potential inaccuracies before you move forward with the process.
Men Versus Women
Men are more commonly diagnosed with ALS than women. Although there is not a huge difference in frequency of diagnosis between genders, it is still a variation worth noting. Although men have often been considered stronger than women in various ways throughout history, when it comes to battling illness, women have consistently demonstrated a stronger will to live than their male counterparts.
Women possess a mighty will to survive, grow stronger, and bear the elements. This fiery will not only helps women bear the weight of a diagnosis better than most men, but it also helps women bear any symptoms and conditions they are up against better as well. For this reason, a woman who experiences a symptom of a chronic illness will usually be able to tolerate it reasonably well, while a man, experiencing the same symptom may struggle more both mentally and emotionally. In many cases, men quickly decline after being handed diagnoses that cause them to feel unwell or useless for a prolonged period of time. This is especially true in cases where there is a sense of hopelessness already attached to the label, such as in the case of ALS. There are some men who match women in their strong will to survive, and there are some women whose wills aren’t quite as robust as others, but in general, a woman’s will is incredible and noteworthy.
Overcoming an ALS Diagnosis
James, a client I worked with years ago, age 47, had started noticing stiffness in his hands, shoulders, and legs while working at his factory job. At first he attributed these symptoms to aging, decreased the number of hours he spent woodworking on the weekends, and tried to increase the time he spent resting. Instead of the symptoms disappearing though, new symptoms emerged alongside the stiffness, such as muscle twitching in various parts of the body. One morning while shaving, James discovered numbness in part of his face. This additional symptom prompted him to visit a doctor. The first doctor, who was unsure what label to give the symptoms, directed James to a neurologist. Tests the neurologist ran did not show anything conclusive, so the neurologist diagnosed James with ALS based off his symptoms alone. Unfortunately, this was a completely incorrect diagnosis. In actuality, James was exhibiting symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome, another mystery condition whose cause is still unknown within medical communities, but whose real cause I shared in my first book Medical Medium.
Shortly after James was handed an ALS diagnosis, he began experiencing twitches. He sought out the opinion of two other specialists, neither of whom contradicted the neurologist’s ALS diagnosis. James was given a time frame of about five to seven years. At the end of these years, the specialists did not overtly declare that James would pass away, but suggested that his body would have completely fallen apart. This news left James in a constant state of stress. He began barely sleeping and spent much of his time agonizing over his seemingly hopeless future. He started feeling useless at his job and worthless when it came to providing for his family. The lack of sleep, stress, and emotional turmoil exacerbated James’s symptoms and the muscle twitching, stiffness and numbness grew worse. This only fed James’s growing panic. Around this time, James’s wife, Julie, learned of me and sought out an appointment.
James and his wife did not reveal the symptoms James was experiencing or the label he’d been given when we first started the session. Nevertheless, Spirit quickly began to disclose what was wrong. I relayed to them that James had a herpes virus, HHV-6, in his brain as well as heavy metals, which included high levels of aluminum and copper. After this assessment, the couple remarked that they must’ve come to the wrong place because James was diagnosed with ALS. I explained to James that he had merely been given a label for his mystery illness, not a true cause. I made it clear that medical research and medical science still doesn’t understand the underlying issues for people who are given an ALS label. Once James understood that ALS was only a man-made label for something medical communities were still working to unravel, he grew more open to what I had to say.
I explained to James and his wife that a viral inflammatory condition in James’s brain was responsible for his neurological problems. Not only was his body battling HHV-6, but it was fighting against two other herpesviruses as well. These viruses, which had invaded both his brain and spinal cord, were feeding off the high level of aluminum, as well as other heavy metals that were present in his system.
Spirit recommended James return to the factory he had been working at and ask for an exposure investigation. James met with the factory foreman and an investigation took place. Upon investigation, it was discovered that aluminum oxide gas had been spewing out of a damaged ventilator pipe in the area James had been working. This aluminum dust and vapor, byproduct from aluminum work, had been silently poisoning the factory workers for months until Spirit made it known. This finding helped ignite James’s faith in the recommendations I had made for his health.
Once James no longer believed he was close to dying, his symptoms quickly improved. Gradually the mild twitching and mild stiffness he had dealt with initially disappeared as well from following the healing steps I provided him with. Part of his protocol was the heavy metal detox plan, which helped draw aluminum, copper, and mercury out of his body and brain. He also used natural antiviral supplements to fight off HHV-6 and the other herpes viruses in his system.
Instead of suffering for five years until his body completely fell apart, like specialists had predicted, James fully healed and was able to embrace the life he had been living prior to his illness.
Steps to Heal
Over the decades I’ve helped a number of other people completely reverse their ALS-labeled neurological symptoms. Many medical communities still believe that ALS is eventually a death sentence, but that’s not true and it doesn’t have to be that way. You too have the ability to put these symptoms behind you and live a full, vibrant life. Below are some suggestions and recommendations that may help you begin your healing journey.
Glucose & Mineral Salts
If you are suffering with a neurological symptom or condition, bringing ample glucose into your diet is critical. The central nervous system needs an abundance of the natural sugar found in fruits and starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes when you are working to heal from a neurological disease. Your nerves and muscles will thank you for any natural sugars you are able to incorporate into your daily meals and snacks.
High fat and protein and low carbohydrate diets are not preferable for anyone suffering with ALS, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or any other neurological symptoms or conditions. If you are healthy and do not have any chronic health issues, you may want to explore different diets, but if you are suffering with a neurological problem, a diet filled with an abundance of natural glucose from is critical.
The central nervous system also benefits from a diet rich in mineral salts. Kale, spinach, celery juice, and other mineral salt-rich foods can help play a vital role in reversing neurological conditions. The adrenal health snacks I offer on my blog would be helpful also.
Sweet potatoes and other carbohydrate-rich foods help build your muscles. This may comes as a surprise, because many people incorrectly believe protein helps build muscle. In truth though, only two things help to build up muscles: consuming carbohydrates and actually using the muscles. Glucose builds muscle quickly. If you are doubting this, just picture the muscular, three hundred pound apes at the zoo who are snacking on bananas and figs.
People suffering with neurological conditions often do not use their muscles as much as individuals who aren’t suffering with health issues. This is true for people fighting ALS symptoms, neurological chronic fatigue, and more. Some people are too sick to get out of bed let alone walk around or exercise. In these instances, it is vitally important that the person feed his or her muscles with carbohydrates. Feeding your muscles with glucose-filled foods can help you keep from wasting away as you work to combat your neurological disease. This is another reason to temporarily avoid a high protein or high fat diet like a ketogenic or paleo diet while healing from a neurological condition. Low to no healthy carbohydrate diets offered to people suffering with neurological conditions can cause rapid wasting away syndrome or disease, which can then get mistaken as the label ALS or even worsening MS when that’s not the truth.
I’ve watched people waste away faster than usual from ALS and other neurological conditions because they have been fed protein-heavy diets. If someone in this situation were to work with me, I would try to encourage them to bring avocados, potatoes, fruits, and other carbohydrate-dense foods into their meals and snacks. The abundance of lysine and the numerous amino acids found in all different varieties of potatoes can be especially powerful for helping maintain and/or strengthen muscles. If you eat meat alongside your potatoes, the animal protein may prevent the potatoes from offering their many benefits to the muscles. To obtain the maximum benefits from healing foods, it is best to separate your carbohydrate-heavy meals, such as a bowl of potatoes or dish of fruit, from any animal protein you choose to bring into your diet.
If you increase the amount of fruit and starchy vegetables you bring into your diet, and greatly reduce your protein intake, you maybe able to maintain and/or strengthen your muscles. When you supply your body with ample carbohydrates, if you reach to scratch an itch on your face or wave hello to a friend, the muscle cells and tissue will have adequate fuel to take in and use. If you perform those same movements, but have not been supplying your body with adequate carbohydrates, it will only serve to weaken your body. This doesn’t mean you need to eliminate all protein-dense foods, but reducing these options and increasing healthy carbohydrates, especially from fruit and vegetables like potatoes and squashes, when you are healing from a neurological problem can be valuable.
Filling your diet with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens is critical as you work to reverse neurological issues connected to ALS. The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in these foods are vital for healing. Dive into my book Life-Changing Foods for some top healing food suggestions.
Wild blueberries are a powerful weapon against ALS-related symptoms. It is important you bring frozen wild blueberries into your diet if you are seeking to heal your neurological problems. Pomegranates, cherries, and oranges can offer valuable support as well. The electrolytes found in melons are amazing and can aid anyone working to reverse their ALS symptoms. Aloe vera and wheatgrass are two other foods to consider incorporating. Leafy greens are important because they contain precious mineral salts, but they don’t have the caloric density of other fruits and vegetables, so when you eat leafy greens make sure to bring in bananas, potatoes, dates, mangos, dried apricots, lentils, black beans, quinoa, which is a grain that people tend to tolerate well, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or other carbohydrate-rich foods alongside your greens.
The heavy metal detox, which is detailed in my first book, Medical Medium, and discussed on my blog can be an incredible piece of the healing puzzle. Barley grass juice extract powder, Hawaiian spirulina, cilantro, Atlantic dulse, and wild blueberries are the five powerfully detoxifying components of this cleanse.
An incredible supplement for ALS is alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). Chaga mushroom can help kill viruses and is surprisingly useful for people with aluminum in their system. A high-quality B-12 that contains both adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin is a valuable supplement for someone suffering with any neurological symptom or condition. Ginkgo leaf contains an alkaloid that can help support neurotransmitters, which is particularly important for people suffering with neurological conditions and/or have been given a serious ALS diagnosis. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) helps support the central nervous system, including the myelin sheath surrounding nerves. Lemon balm possesses powerful antiviral attributes especially against viruses in the herpes family. A small amount of ionic gold can offer support as well. Although vitamin D is not as vitally important as most people within the medical world suggest, when you are healing from a neurological condition supplementing with a small amount, such a daily dose of 2,000 IUs, can be supportive. Dandelion and milk thistle can help support the liver, which usually, along with the brain, contains heavy metals. A high-quality liposomal Vitamin C can be great to incorporate into your protocol. Coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, turmeric, and curcumin can offer additional beneficial support. For high-quality supplement recommendations, check out my preferred supplements page.
If you’ve been given an ALS diagnosis, try your hardest to stay light hearted and not fall victim to the unproductive label medical research and medical science have placed on a variety of mystery symptoms. The neurological condition you are suffering from is not a death sentence and is something you are fully capable of healing from and moving past. Unfortunately, you will not hear the true causes behind ALS symptoms or the exact ways to heal anywhere except here. There is a lot of misinformation circulating, and it is important you hold onto these truths now that you have learned them. Keep coming back to this information as often as needed.
This condition may seem scary, but now that you’ve been given this knowledge, you have the power to heal! Herpes viruses and toxic heavy metals only seem scary until you shine a light on them, understand what they are, and adopt the tools and practices needed to eliminate these pesky chaos creators. When you are given the right information, you are given the power to heal, and that’s what you’ve been given today.
For humans, even those in the medical communities, the body is still an unknown world. Imagine every organ as its very own, barely-known galaxy, and know that the beautiful way in which the brain works is far from being understood. You may not comprehend every little intricacy of the body, but you can hold onto the truth that your body is always working for you. My hope is that you can move forward with life-changing knowledge, restored motivation, and a new found faith in your body’s ability to heal.
This item posted: 02-May-2017 - Disclaimer
Lemon balm, also known as Melissa because of its botanical name Melissa officinalis, is an essential herb for calming the nerves—in particular, those involved with digestion. Many people suffer from various sensitivities in the gut, with complicated and confusing misdiagnoses involved. What’s often behind these problems are nerve endings that have become hypersensitive around the digestive organs. Nerves play a role in much of the digestive distress we experience in this day and age. For instance, inflamed phrenic nerves (which control the diaphragm and therefore influence the stomach) and vagus nerves (which run through the diaphragm and govern the stomach and digestion) are sometimes behind digestive sensitivities, as are nerves that connect the spine and digestive tract.
If someone’s stomach or intestines are irritated for no identifiable reason, it’s usually due to sensitive nerves. One common occurrence is that a food (even something very easy to digest) rubs against the lining of the intestinal tract, which causes someone with sensitive nerves to feel discomfort. Nerve sensitivities can also trigger symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and a sudden urgency to eliminate when nervous. Lemon balm is a gift from God and Mother Nature to deal with our frazzling world; it’s wonderful for addressing all of these situations with its soothing properties, which come from bioactive phytochemicals such as undiscovered alkaloids that calm the nerve receptors at the digestive tract so that the nerves become less sensitized and inflammation reduces. This makes lemon balm a valuable herb for stress assistance.
And lemon balm doesn’t stop there. It is a heal-all, with a high contribution factor to almost every part of the body. Extremely high in trace minerals such as boron, manganese, copper, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, and iron, lemon balm also has large amounts of the macromineral silica. Plus it’s a B12-conserving herb—which means that it monitors your stores of this vitamin and keeps your body from using it all up. Anti parasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial throughout the body, lemon balm fights the Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, and other herpetic viruses such as HHV-6. It’s an amazing herb for tonsillitis, which is inflammation caused by strep bacteria. Plus, lemon balm detoxifies the liver, spleen, and kidneys, and helps reduce bladder inflammation, which makes it a star for alleviating interstitial cystitis and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing lemon balm into your life:
Nutrient absorption issues, laryngitis, interstitial cystitis, yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as bladder infections and kidney infections, tonsillitis, hypertension, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, shingles, HHV-6, transient ischemic attack (TIA), staph infections, H. pylori infection, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), ear infections and other ear problems, hiatal hernia, neuropathy, ringworm, anxiety, depression, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, migraines, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), strep throat, autism, nodules on bones and glands, Lyme disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), tonsillitis, rosacea, osteopenia, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Meniere’s disease
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing lemon balm into your life:
Loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, anxiousness, nervous stomach, sensitive stomach, heart palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, frozen shoulder, stomachaches, gastritis, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nervousness, fatigue, diarrhea, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, weight gain, weakness of the limbs, weak digestion, trace mineral deficiencies, tooth pain, fever, seizures, nosebleeds, inflammation, histamine reactions, brain inflammation
Stress and insecurities often cause us to feel fearful about what’s around the bend. We find ourselves lying in bed at night, wondering what will happen to us and our families. If you’re worried about what the future holds for yourself and others, lemon balm can take the worry away and replace it with a sense of peace.
Lemon balm is practically an all-purpose plant, and it teaches us that we are just as wellrounded. We’re not each here for just one reason. Within one lifetime, we have many different lives. We don’t have to live with singular focus; we have many chances to explore different gifts and serve diverse purposes—some of which we’ll discover along the way and some of which we’ll live out without ever knowing how we’re effecting change.
* Make a sun tea with fresh lemon balm by steeping it in a pitcher of water for a few hours in bright, direct sunlight. The sun extracts and upgrades lemon balm’s therapeutic properties, enhancing its nutrient profile to help you heal.
* Try using lemon balm leaves in small amounts as a culinary herb. Grow it in a pot on your windowsill so you always have some nearby to mince and add to salads for flavor and good medicine.
* Having lemon balm before bed will help calm your nerves and give you a better night’s sleep.
LEMON BALM TEA
This lemon balm tea is soothing and mild. The lemon doesn’t overpower the herbs’ subtle beauty, though if you want a stronger kick of lemon, go ahead and add more juice or zest to take the flavor to another level.
2 tablespoons lemon balm
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix the lemon balm, lemon zest, and thyme together in a small bowl. Boil 4 cups of water. For each serving of tea, use 1 teaspoon of the blend per 1 cup of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes or more. Just prior to serving, add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to each cup.
*If a stronger, more medicinal tea is desired, use 2 teaspoons or up to 1 tablespoon of the tea blend per serving.
Makes 2 to 4 cups
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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.
The phytochemicals in apples make them a true brain food, feeding neurons and increasing electrical activity. Apples with red skin contain anthocyanins and even traces of malvidin (a type of anthocyanidin), which are partially responsible for the red color. These pigments have anti-obesity properties and compounds that increase digestive strength, encouraging weight loss. Apples also have traces of flavonoids, rutin, and quercidin—phytochemicals that are responsible for heavy metal and radiation detoxification—as well as the amino acids glutamine and serine, which help detoxify the brain of MSG. This fruit helps cleanse and purify the organs, improve circulation in your lymphatic system, repair damaged skin, and regulate blood sugar.
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. Apples are also hydrating on a deep, cellular level. They provide precious trace minerals such as manganese and molybdenum, as well as electrolytes and critical mineral salts that help the body rehydrate after exercise or stress of any kind.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing apples into your life:
Kidney disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), thyroid disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, transient ischemic attack (TIA), urinary tract infections (UTIs), adrenal fatigue, migraines, shingles, mold exposure, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), osteomyelitis, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acne, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lyme disease, obesity, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), anxiety, tinnitus, viral infection, vertigo
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing apples into your life:
Ringing or buzzing in the ears, diabetic neuropathy, dizzy spells, room spins, balance and equilibrium issues, heart palpitations, acid reflux, hypoglycemia and other blood sugar imbalances, mineral deficiencies, body odor, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, rib pain, fatigue, bloating, gas, constipation, nervousness, anxiousness, frozen shoulder, weight gain, back pain, blurry eyes, brain fog, body pain, confusion, ear pain, body stiffness, brain inflammation, dandruff, menopause symptoms
The apple is an ancient food that brings us back to the source. It is one of the very first foods to have comforted us, and so apples connect us to a sense of sanctuary. This makes them ideal for when you’re feeling depressed, alienated, invalid, powerless, useless, worthless—you get the idea. If the time ever comes when you feel you aren’t being validated, eating apples can help change your course.
Apples open up a part of you and change the energy within and around you to attract happier and brighter things. They can bring back your vibrancy, elevate you, lighten your spirit, and make you more energetic. This is because for thousands of years, we’ve stored apples to get us through the winter months. The fruit is a ray of hope that puts us in touch with the good life. It’s instilled in our bodies that when the outside world seems bleak, an apple can reconnect us to life, rebirth, sunlight, and summertime.
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.
* Red-skinned apples with the most color are best.
* Try eating three apples a day. If you commit to this routine, you could see your health improve in unexpected ways.
* At least once a year, go to an organic orchard that allows you to pick apples yourself. As I discussed in further detail in my first book, the skin of fresh, unwashed, pesticide- and wax-free produce contains elevated microorganisms that are critical to the health of your gut and immune system. The act of picking fruit is also one of the most powerful, grounding meditations that exists.
Apples with Caramel Dip
This is the perfect snack to have waiting when your kids get home from school: crispy apple slices laid out alongside a gooey caramel dipping sauce. You may want to double the recipe, because this dish will disappear before you know it.
1 large apple, sliced
6 dates, pitted
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Arrange the apple slices on a plate. Blend the dates and the cinnamon with a splash of water until combined. (If working with dry, firm dates, soak them in water for 2 hours beforehand until they are softened.) Spoon the mixture into a serving cup alongside the apple slices.
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Throughout history, people have been searching for the fountain of youth. Far and wide they’ve traveled, seeking that magical spring flowing from the ground that will preserve good health. This source of youth is no myth, and it does come from the earth . . . it just happens to be readily available at the grocery store, too. That anti-aging wonder is asparagus. When were you at your strongest? When could you run effortlessly, swim in the ocean without tiring? Was it 10, 20, 30 years ago, or more? Maybe it was yesterday, or this morning. Connect with your best moment, whenever it was, that time when you felt your full life force coursing through you. That’s the same power that a spear of asparagus contains in its first few weeks aboveground. If you think about it, every piece of asparagus that we eat was once on its way to becoming a small tree. While every vegetable has its value, most of them can’t claim that same hidden potential.
When we eat young asparagus shoots, though, their propulsive energy is transferred to us. Not only does that energy keep us young, it helps with recovery and prevention of neurological disorders and symptoms. Asparagus contains phytochemical compounds such as chlorophyll and lutein that act as critical organ cleansers. They get deep into organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys, scrubbing out the toxins they find there. Chlorophyll bonded to amino acids such as glutamine, threonine, and serine provides an avenue for heavy metal detox. What’s more, some of the phytochemicals found in asparagus are toxin inhibitors (a fact as yet unknown to science). This means that once toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals have been driven out of the organs, these specialized phytochemicals stay behind and repel new toxins from taking up residence there. This toxin inhibition makes asparagus an amazing tool for battling virtually every variety of cancer.
When we’re under immense stress, we tend to lose B vitamins very rapidly. Asparagus, which is high in very easily absorbable B vitamins, helps us reestablish our proper levels of these key nutrients. Also high in silica and trace minerals such as iron, zinc, molybdenum, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and selenium, asparagus is one of the most adrenal-supporting foods in existence and excellent for bringing you back to life when your adrenal glands have been pushed to the max. And we can’t talk about asparagus without mentioning how valuable it is at alkalizing the body by flushing out unproductive acids. We live in a very acidic environment, and if we want to remain free from disease, we must constantly work to keep ourselves alkaline with help from trusted friends like asparagus.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing asparagus into your life:
Multiple sclerosis (MS), sepsis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), bladder cancer, breast cancer, bone cancer, transient ischemic attack (TIA), gout, kidney stones, lung cancer, liver cancer, migraines, vertigo, neuropathy, diabetes, hypoglycemia, adrenal fatigue, shingles, Lyme disease, anxiety, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, osteomyelitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer, low reproductive system battery, infertility, sleep apnea, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), acne, bursitis, celiac disease, connective tissue damage, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), heavy metal toxicity, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), hiatal hernia, fibroids, anemia
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing asparagus into your life:
Twitches, spasms, tingles and numbness, ringing or buzzing in the ears, slurred speech, body odor, fatigue, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, pins and needles, neuralgia, weight gain, weight loss, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, lack of motivation, listlessness, loss of libido, loss of energy, abdominal pain, menopause symptoms, urinary urgency, back pain, joint pain, neck pain, rib pain, adhesions, abdominal distension, canker sores, chronic loose stools, constipation, enlarged spleen, ovarian cysts, leg cramps, muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, inflammation
Asparagus is a very helpful food if you struggle with shyness, self-consciousness, concern over what others think of you, fear of breaking out of your shell and exposing yourself, or dread of venturing out in public. If you truly need help in these areas (as opposed to if you’re just a natural introvert who’s comfortable with who you are, despite others’ misguided opinions that you should act more like an extrovert), asparagus will come to your aid and give you the confidence to rise up and claim your place in the world.
When we harvest asparagus, it’s really just a sprout on its way to becoming a much larger plant. If we were to let asparagus fern out and go to seed, though, it would become woody and inedible. Over time, humans have learned to recognize when a spear of asparagus is at its peak for consumption. It’s a lesson that transfers to our own lives. Sometimes people push circumstances too far, aiming for more and more growth, trying to see something through to the bitter end. We don’t always have to let a full cycle play out. We can learn to recognize when a project, meeting, or conversation has reached its best moment, and to gracefully end it at that point, harnessing the power of that peak time for the best ultimate outcome.
This creamy soup is perfect for those spring nights that still have a bit of chill in the air and yet give you hope of all the renewal the season has to offer. And when fresh asparagus is unavailable, it’s the perfect comfort food to make with frozen asparagus instead. Either way, it’s a hit that’s sure to win fans from the moment they smell it cooking on the stove.
5 cups chopped asparagus
1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup almonds
Black pepper to taste
Place the asparagus, yellow onion, and garlic in a saucepan. Add 2 cups of water; cover and bring to a simmer. Steam the asparagus for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat. Drain off any excess water and transfer the mixture to a blender*. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Allow steam to escape the top of the blender as you go. *You may also use an immersion blender, if desired. Leave the asparagus in the pan and add all the remaining ingredients before blending.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
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While apples are the stuff of legend, their close relatives, pears, are considered ho-hum. People often associate pears with their bland canned form, or with rare caramelized desserts; beyond that, pears don’t factor into most people’s daily thoughts. In the back of our minds, we know they exist, and that’s about it. Same with the pancreas: We’re aware that we each have this gland, yet unless it develops an issue, we barely register that it’s there. Meanwhile, the pancreas takes much of the body’s stress. And sometimes we abuse the pancreas without even realizing it by eating a combination of fried foods, rich dishes, too much table sugar, or high-fat desserts. Heartbreak, letdown, betrayal, and other forms of broken trust, as well as fear of any kind, are also hard on the pancreas.
For pancreas protection and stress assistance, we must turn to the pear. This neglected fruit helps rejuvenate this neglected and overtaxed gland, alleviating pancreatitis and helping to prevent pancreatic cancer. Pears are also amazing for other aspects of digestion. They act as an antispasmodic; help to soothe the linings of the stomach and intestinal tract; feed beneficial bacteria; starve and kill unproductive bacteria, parasites, and fungus; raise hydrochloric acid in the stomach; help prevent intestinal and stomach cancers; and reduce the bad acids produced by mucus and pathogens such as H. pylori. They also restore linings in the gut that have become damaged and calloused from bacteria.
The little granules in a pear’s flesh are loaded with phytochemicals, trace minerals, and amino acids such as valine, histidine, threonine, and lysine. The trace minerals and amino acids combine and lock onto poisons in the body such as pesticides, expelling them from your system. Trace mineral salts make pear juice high in electrolytes, which stabilizes blood sugar. Plus, pears are a great weight-loss food and heaven-sent for the liver, helping to cleanse and purify the organ and stop cirrhosis. Bring pears into your life, and you’ll see that they’re anything but boring.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing pears into your life:
Pancreatitis; pancreatic cancer; liver cancer; diabetes; food poisoning; hiatal hernia; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO); intestinal infection of H. pylori, E. coli, Salmonella, Streptococcus, and/or mold; cirrhosis of the liver; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; hepatitis D; fungal infections; stomach cancer; esophageal cancer; diverticulitis; diverticulosis; shingles; herpes; migraines; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); hypoglycemia
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing pears into your life:
Acid reflux, high cholesterol, sluggish liver, dysfunctional liver, liver heat, liver stagnation, gas, bloating, constipation, gastritis, gastric distress, food allergies, upset stomach, intestinal inflammation, intestinal scar tissue, adhesions, insulin resistance, intestinal spasms, pancreas inflammation, appendix inflammation, weight gain, inflamed skin, diarrhea
An overburdened, overstressed, and overheated pancreas and liver are often behind someone’s unsettled emotions such as frustration, irritation, uneasiness, or lack of peace. Pears are the ideal food to remedy this situation, because they are the ultimate cooling tonic, especially for the liver and pancreas.
The pear’s simplicity is a lesson for us all. Here’s a fruit that’s not complicated in the least, not flashy, exotic, hard to find, nor hard to eat—and that doesn’t reduce its power by one ounce. Gentle, unassuming, and quietly beautiful, pears can care for your body in a particular manner that no other fruit can. They teach us that we don’t have to cry out for attention or sit in resentment of not being noticed. We, too, can hold on to our true selves and fully possess our power without any need for show.
• Each phase of a pear’s ripening process has value. When a pear is hard and crunchy, that means its fiber content is high, which lowers bad cholesterol and sweeps out mucus, pathogens, and other debris from the intestinal tract. Crunchy pear slices are a great addition to salads. When a pear is soft and juicy, its glucose levels are higher, and it’s very easy to digest. Blended, ripe pear is an ideal food for someone recovering from food poisoning or another circumstance that kept her or him from eating.
• Pears are best eaten between breakfast and lunch, or in the late afternoon (shortly before dinner). They act as an appetite suppressant and stomach tonic to prevent you from craving sweets or overeating at meals.
• As a substitute for apple, try ripe pear in your fresh green-juice blends.
Cinnamon Baked Pears with Toasted Walnuts
Tender pears filled with warm maple syrup and toasted walnuts—this dish is comforting and perfect for chilly winter days. The aroma of the cinnamon baking in the oven will fill the whole house with warmth, and the end result will leave everyone feeling cozy and full. These are incredibly simple to make and a big hit with kids and adults alike.
4 pears, any variety
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the pears in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Arrange the pear halves face up on a baking tray. Drizzle each pear half with maple syrup, brushing over the face of the pear and leaving some inside the center. Divide the walnuts evenly into the centers of the pears and sprinkle cinnamon over the top of each. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the pears are tender and cooked through. Serve warm from the oven and enjoy!
Makes 2 to 4 servings
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You may have heard about different ways our environment is polluted, but you maybe surprised to find out about some of the specific poisons in our environments that can hinder us from overcoming symptoms and conditions and slow down our healing process. These pollutants and toxins can trigger issues and keep us stuck in a place of poor health if we aren’t made aware of their presence in our lives and learn ways to fight against these various harmful elements.
Not only will this article shed light on some of the environmental toxins you may not be aware of, but it will also provide you with information on how to protect and arm yourself against these destructive forces. Your body is constantly adjusting to things in its environment and fighting against toxins it encounters. Once you have this information and begin to offer your body the foods, supplements, and protective measures it needs to thrive, you will no longer have to be a victim to the ever-changing environments you find yourself in.
Environmental Issues Inside the Home
Allergies, monthly headaches during your menstrual cycle, asthma, eczema, anxiety, fatigue, hair loss, brain fog, confusion, weakness, aches and pains, and a host of other health issues can all be exacerbated by various environmental issues. You may be wondering what is going on in your environment that is causing your unique health complications. Here are just a few of the environmental triggers you may be up against:
I’ve been discussing the issue of carpet chemicals for decades now, and addressed it once again in my first book, Medical Medium. Brand new carpet contains solvents, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals, which can trigger seasonal affective disorder-like symptoms and other conditions and symptoms connected with any active or inactive viruses you have. For example, if you have Epstein-Barr virus and you are exposed to the chemicals found in new carpets, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, aches and pains, brain fog, migraines, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis, asthma or a host of other conditions and symptoms may arise or worsen.
Using a conventional carpet cleaning service can also be problematic. A conventional carpet cleaner typically uses a large number of different solvent chemicals mixed into a single, toxic brew. People don’t realize that the freshly cleaned carpets they are padding around on barefoot and letting their children play on have been saturated in such a harmful solution. Problems can especially arise in the wintertime when people get their carpets cleaned and keep their windows shut for months at a time.
Even if you feel you’re in fantastic health, just getting your carpets cleaned could potentially set you up for your first Lyme disease diagnosis. The solvents and chemicals found inside these freshly cleaned carpets can trigger off viruses in people’s bodies such as Epstein-Barr and neurotoxins, such as those that create neurological Lyme. Lyme disease at its core is never bacterial or parasitical, it is always a viral issue. This is still undiscovered information that I brought to light in my book Medical Medium for the first time. These viruses create the neurotoxins that trigger neurological issues that are associated with Lyme. If someone has no symptoms of Lyme until they are exposed to a toxin like carpet chemicals, it means the toxin triggered the virus to worsen, resulting in the start of the symptoms associated with Lyme disease. 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.
Be mindful of how old your carpet is as well. Older carpets tend to begin breaking down and can start to harbor various levels of mold. You may not notice mold in any other parts of your home, and still be unknowingly affected by a low-grade fungus growing in your older carpets.
Depending on your specific circumstances, you may have to live in a place with carpets and face these issues. If you’re living in a rental apartment that has new carpeting, extremely old carpeting, or carpets that have been freshly cleaned with toxic chemicals, do not burden yourself with worry. There are many choices you can make in your life when it comes to foods, supplements, and other more flexible lifestyle and self-care choices that can help you combat the environmental toxins you face.
You may see people giggling as they splatter paint on each other while finishing a painting project in a commercial, television show, or movie, but this staged scene is actually highlighting a scenario that could actually be incredibly harmful in real life. The paint they are playfully splashing at each other is in fact toxic and the less exposure you have, the better.
Be cautious and mindful of painting projects inside the home. Fresh paint can have a negative impact on your health, and it takes time for the paint fumes to dissipate. If possible, use low-VOC paint, which may somewhat help in lowering the toxins you and your housemates are exposed to.
Both viral and bacterial conditions are more easily triggered when someone is living in a freshly painted rental or any environment that has been newly painted. One condition that may be triggered to worsen is a streptococcus infection, which could result in a handful of health-related difficulties including SIBO, sinus congestion, UTIs, styes, and acne. Even if you are in excellent health, regular exposure to fresh paint could still negatively impact your health.
Mold can be present in a variety of places in the home. Different types of black mold that may appear inside the walls, underneath the kitchen sink, or in a variety of other locations in the home can trigger serious health symptoms and conditions. Black mold can be a major trigger for neurological viruses that create Lyme disease symptoms, a variety of multiple sclerosis, or a host of other health-related issues. If you want to learn more about mold and the potential health risks from mold exposure, listen to my radio show Healing From Mold Exposure.
When I first began working full time with people doing readings on their health as a teenager and young adult, I lived in conditions that were far from ideal. I did not charge for consultations and could afford very little. As a result, I know what it’s like to live in a one room apartment that’s filled with harmful pesticides, toxic paint, and mold. I understand that many people do not have the financial means or the ability for one reason or another to move away from and/or modify their living quarters. The awareness of potential environmental toxins inside the home can still bring about understanding, and some of the suggested dietary and supplement recommendations at the end of this article can still be beneficial for you and your loved ones to help safeguard your health.
From brushing your teeth to washing your hands to soaking in the tub after a busy day, you are constantly encountering varying qualities of water. Many people know to avoid drinking tap water whenever possible. If you cannot afford a high-quality water filter, even a semi-decent filtration system can offer some benefit.
You may not know that you are often bathing in chlorine and fluoride when you run a bath or step into the shower. These two substances are not ideal for your health or healing. I’ve worked with a client who developed chronic fatigue largely because of their constant exposure to chlorine while showering. They hopped from doctor to doctor, were given numerous misdiagnoses, and didn’t actually experience positive shifts in their health until they filtered the chlorine out of the water they were showering in. My client, who was suffering from low-grade Epstein-Barr that gave rise to chronic fatigue syndrome, was already fighting off neurotoxins from the Epstein-Barr that were creating neurological fatigue, and the chlorine exposure in addition to the neurotoxins overburdened the immune system. After this fix, the client no longer needed to pause their day after a shower to take a nap and noted that this simple change seemed to make their fatigue disappear by 75%. If you want to address this issue yourself, consider installing a filter in the shower. You may also be interested in installing a reverse osmosis water system throughout your home, which is another option.
I always talk about the importance of little steps in the right direction. If you can decrease your exposure to environmental toxins, this may play a 5% role or more in your overall healing. Any other healing efforts, including your dietary choices, the supplements you choose to take, and the healing meditations you practice all have different positive percentages in which they impact your healing. The more of these positive pieces of healing you can bring into your life, the more results you are likely to see because it matters and all adds up.
What I’m about to reveal is negatively affecting the health of our children, our families, and our communities, but is not being openly discussed. This harmful practice is present throughout the United States and in many other countries around the world. Every state in the U.S. has areas that are specifically designated for agricultural use. In the areas that are used for farming most conventional vegetables and certain conventional fruits, workers lay down hundreds of billions of pounds of plastic throughout the rows of produce. These often white, but sometimes black colored row covers are vastly different than the row covers you may use in your backyard garden to provide protection and pest control. These toxic plastic row covers blanket thousands of acres of crops throughout the United States and elsewhere and are sprayed multiple times a week with rodenticides, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides. The barrels these chemicals come from display a unique variety of hazard label, which is a large skull and bones, and the mixture that is eventually sprayed on the crops is concocted in a massive containment unit. The people who cover these plastics in heavy quantities of these toxic chemicals have to wear hazmat suits to protect themselves. Chemicals being sprayed on conventional crops is nothing new, but this part is.
Once the conventional crops are ready to be harvested, the plastics are gathered and burned. During this process, dangerous furans take to the air. Environmental activists are understandably worried about the pollution generated by factories and certain forms of transportation, but nobody within the environmental movement is aware of this practice or is talking about the toxic plumes that arise, billow through the air, cross state lines, and wreak unparalleled havoc on people’s lives. Burning plastic by itself can be toxic, but this becomes an even greater issue because of the high levels of pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides covering these plastics. If you’re someone that follows, believes or is interested in climate change, protecting our environment, wildlife and the future of our children’s health and well being, it’s important to know that this hidden practice of burning agricultural plastic is by far one of the most damaging. It is wreaking havoc on all of us, but slips under the radar of the experts and environmentalists.
Since I first received my gift at age four, my source has always told me that this destructive practice is one of the reasons for the currently high rate of cancers. This is unknown to medical science and research. Many people are suffering from viruses such as Epstein-Barr that are creating severe fatigue and a multitude of other symptoms and conditions that you can learn about in my new book Thyroid Healing. These symptoms can be triggered off by this pollution as well. Additionally, allergy and asthma sufferers are greatly impacted by this practice. Oftentimes spring allergies people suffer from are largely due to the increase in the burning of plastics on agricultural lands during the spring season. Pollen may cause some irritation, but what could be triggering most of someone’s allergies is exposure to toxic, odor-free plumes. Because these crops are burned at different times in different areas, people can experience symptoms and conditions related to this destruction all year around.
The west coast has been especially impacted by this tragic practice, and when the winds blow, a terribly toxic soot that was created in the agricultural areas spreads throughout the west. Across the country, places have been affected by this free-flowing air pollution. This is especially true for states with warmer climates. Environmental groups are unaware of the immense harm this particular air pollution is causing and have no clue that this practice is one of the biggest reasons for air pollution-related illnesses in the world today.
Sadly, this is not even a necessary practice. Replacing these conventional techniques with organic farming practices could have a number of outstandingly positive consequences for our health. But as of right now, this destruction continues to take place.
If you are living near these agricultural lands, know that you do not necessarily need to move away from the place you call home. Even people eighty miles away from an area where burning occurs can be affected for a few days, a week or longer when a heavy period of burning takes place. Maybe you are outside breathing in polluted air and take a few steps back in your overall healing. If this happens, have faith that you will move forward once again. Instead of learning about these issues and growing fearful, I hope you can use this new knowledge to fight even harder against the things that are keeping you from embracing total health.
Besides air pollution from the burning plastics, you also need to be aware of the many chemicals falling out of the sky on a regular basis. Exhaust and jet fuel can be issues, especially for people who live near airports, but exhaust and jet fuel are not the only pollutants we need to worry about. I’m not going to expound on this topic in too much detail, but I just want to make you aware of the constant chemical fallout we are regularly exposed to. Other air pollutants include the radiation fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It maybe surprising to learn that only a small fraction of the radiation from World War II has fallen to the ground level of earth thus far.
Not only are we up against the toxins that stem from the abuse of conventional agricultural lands, but we also have to fight off other environmental toxins as well as the viral explosion, toxic heavy metals, and radiation, which comprise part of the Unforgiving Four I share in my book Life-Changing Foods and cause illnesses I share in Thyroid Healing. Medical science and research are unaware that The Unforgiving Four are responsible for most illnesses today and these environmental issues are simply triggers to underlying health problems caused by these four factors. Fortunately, we are resilient, our bodies are always working for us, and you now know the truths that can help you to truly begin healing.
If you live in a gated community, retirement complex, condo, or other communal space, know that you are most likely being exposed to rampant pesticide use. Large quantities of pesticides are oftentimes sprayed in areas of community living unbeknownst to the people and families dwelling in these areas. The hundreds of pounds of pesticides used on the lawns, bushes, and other greenery in these community spaces not only affect those who choose to live in these places, but can also be carried to other locations by the wind. This is one reason why you may unknowingly be suffering from pesticide exposure.
Golf Courses, Parks, & Lawns
If you or a loved one likes to play golf, it is important to be aware of the environmental toxins you may be exposing yourself to. Lethal fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides cover most golf courses, and most people who play on these courses will suffer some negative health consequences because of it. Not only are your feet, ankles, and legs exposed to tremendous amounts of pesticides and herbicides, but you are breathing in these toxins as well.
Parks and sports fields are also heavily sprayed with chemicals. It is unfortunate that places such as these, that bring joy to so many families, can be highly toxic environments.
If you are spraying your lawn with an herbicide or treating the inside or outside of your home with insecticide, you may want to reconsider these methods of maintenance. Unfortunately, if you discontinue these practices but still have a neighbor who continues to use these toxic chemicals you may still suffer from mild exposure. If a home down the street is treated with pesticides around its foundation, a windy day could easily blow those toxins onto your property and cause you or your loved ones health issues to arise or grow worse. In a case such as this, someone could even develop a symptom of Lyme disease .
New Cars, Furniture, & Clothes
Have you ever gotten into a brand new car and noticed that smell that tends to be in new vehicles? Toxic solvents create that “new car” smell and can linger in a vehicle and cause problems for up to six months. If you have allergies or chemical sensitives and you get a new car, know that you may suffer with these symptoms more during the first few months after your purchase. If you do experience a slight setback in your healing during this time, do not lose faith. Continue to implement the healing protocol that is working for you and your body, and remember that the healing process involves steps forward and steps back.
If you buy a new piece of furniture, be aware that it is most likely laced with fungicides and nanotechnology. It may also have a smell, which is due to the high-level of solvents typically found in new fabrics. Even if the furniture does not smell, solvents are still usually present. Due to the toxic nature of the solvents, just sitting on a new piece of furniture could slow down someone’s healing. To protect yourself while waiting for the solvents to air out, buy a new comforter, wash it once or twice, and spread it over the new piece of furniture. Sitting on top of the comforter will help reduce your exposure to the solvents and help better support you healing.
Whenever you purchase new clothes, make sure to wash them before you wear them. This is true for any blankets, towels, quilts, and other bedding you buy. Many of these new pieces have been saturated with formaldehyde, fungicide, and other toxic chemicals. Try to avoid having your dry cleaning done at traditional dry cleaners as well. The toxic chemicals used at these places can hinder healing for some.
Detergents & Hair Care Products
When doing laundry, it is important to use a natural detergent. Conventional detergents usually contain petrol oil, which is an ingredient that may play a part in retarding your healing efforts.
Being mindful of the products you choose to use is important. This is true when it comes to the creams, gels, sprays, and other products you choose to use on your hair. One past client returned to my office after a period of time because her headaches had come back after a three month respite. I asked Spirit what was happening, and Spirit said that the client was using a different, more toxic brand of hairspray. My client confirmed this was the case. I suggested she stop using this new brand and return to using her old brand, which was slightly less toxic, or refrain from using hairspray altogether. The client was initially hesitant to stop using hairspray because she worried that her hair would not hold well and she would consequently not look her best at work. But eventually, my client came to realize that if she continued to use the hairspray, she would not even be able to show up to work because of the headaches the toxic hairspray could trigger.
Perfumes & Colognes
Perfumes and colognes are harmful and should be avoided whenever possible. Chemical compounds used in perfumes and colognes have the same chemical compound construction as particular pesticides and herbicides. You maybe surprised to learn that pesticides, when freshly placed on agricultural fields, smell just like the perfumes and colognes you would find at a department store. Anyone suffering from a chronic condition or symptom should stay clear of perfumes and colognes, which can greatly retard your healing process. If you suffer with chemical sensitivity, exposure to perfume or cologne can be particularly devastating. If you are hesitant to give up your perfume or cologne, try switching these products for some high-quality essential oils. Essential oils can give you a wonderful fragrance without exposing you to toxins.
Perfumes and colognes are so toxic that just breathing in the cologne or perfume of another colleague at work on a daily basis can actually set your healing back slightly. That being said, it is important to remember that healing does not happen in a straight line and that with patience and consistently applying the healing information I share, you can eventually overcome this hindrance.
Plug-in air fresheners, like perfumes and colognes, possess the same chemical compound construction as certain pesticides and herbicides. Remove any plug-in air fresheners you may have around your home and toss any air freshener sprays you maybe using. Air fresheners are so harmful that moving into a place where air fresheners were once used can actually slow down someone’s healing for a period of time.
I’ve worked with tens of thousands of clients throughout my life. There was a more than twenty-year span where I worked seven days a week, from six-thirty in the morning until midnight. During this time, there was a five year period where I even spent the holidays meeting with the many sick people who continued to pour into my office. I say this to highlight something I’ve learned from listening to Spirit throughout the countless readings I’ve done. There are many things we are up against in our lives. Some of these things are visible and many of these things are invisible. Below are stories of clients whose healing journeys were impacted by invisible forces that they were only made aware of after Spirit highlighted the exact elements getting in their way.
One client, whose health had been improving, experienced a three or four day period where they did not feel great once again. Spirit asked if the person had recently painted a room in their house and the person confirmed that yes, they had recently painted a room.
Another client, who suffered with Epstein-Barr, returned after a few months of improved health and said that he was feeling stuck and stagnant in his healing. Spirit asked if he had switched to eating only conventionally-grown produce. The client said that he had made the switch to only eating conventional produce to try and save a little extra money. I instructed him to try and eat organic produce at least 50% of the time, or as much as possible. Once he implemented these simple changes, his healing progress came out of stagnation and continued forward. Conventional produce isn’t terrible and benefits can still be garnered, but eating only conventional produce is not ideal if you can afford to bring in some organic options as well.
Another client who had been doing amazing for two years, felt that they had stumbled backwards in their healing and setup an appointment. Spirit told me that they had gotten their carpet cleaned recently, and they confirmed that after many years they had just recently gotten all of the carpets in their house cleaned. I then explained to the client that getting their carpets cleaned had stirred up their most recent health issues. This particular client ended up replacing their carpets with hardwood floors soon after. I realize this is not always possible and it depends on the individual’s life circumstances and living situation, but for this client, it was feasible and worth the investment.
So many people are being affected by these environmental factors. These are just a few examples of the thousands of clients I have helped who have faced these challenges.
Resilience & Adaptation
It is important to remember that even though we are being bombarded with environmental toxins wherever we live and wherever we go, our bodies are incredibly resilient. Even if you only lower the level of heavy metals in your body by a small margin, or slightly decrease your viral load, it is likely your body will noticeably reward you for your efforts. For those who are not familiar with the term “viral load” that I share in my books, radio shows, blog and elsewhere, or are not sure how it’s relevant, I’ve released the truth about how viruses like Epstein-Barr and others cause multiple symptoms that make people sick without them even being aware of it. You may be more familiar with terms like “candida”, “leaky gut”, “SIBO”, “fibromyalgia”, “autoimmune disease”, “chronic fatigue syndrome” and others, but there’s more to understand about these conditions and what’s really behind them and that’s what I share in my books. This is because your body has the ability to adapt once it is given the right foods, supplements, and care, and the body’s God-given, miraculous ability to adapt is a critical part of the healing process.
Trust that if you are giving your body what it needs, it will be able to better adapt to toxic fallout, and pollution in the air, toxic heavy metals we’ve inherited and taken in during our lifetime, and the viral explosion that’s currently impacting the world. Even with all these challenges to our health, our bodies are resilient and can bounce back regardless of where you live and what environmental toxins you may be up against.
When it comes to battling against environmental toxins, some of which can be seen, like black mold, and some of which go unseen, like the tremendously dangerous furans that come from burning highly toxic plastic, it is important to be gentle with yourself and patient with your healing journey. The symptoms and conditions you are experiencing are not your fault and do not stem from your body attacking itself or letting you down in any way. The notion that the body attacks itself is a tragically destructive belief and needs to be exposed for the mistake it truly is. For an in-depth look into this faulty idea, you can pre-order my newest book, Thyroid Healing. For right now, hold onto the fact that your body is not letting you down and is doing everything it can to fight against the external forces that are trying to bring it down.
Here are a few simple tips to help begin protecting you and your loved ones:
• Conventional produce can offer health benefits, but try to bring in organic fruits and vegetables whenever you can. Organic produce can provide you with even greater healing support.
• Stay away from conventional animal products whenever possible. If you include animal products in your diet, stick to consuming antibiotic-free, grass-fed meats and free-range chicken. Keep in mind that at some restaurants you don’t necessarily know if you are actually being served high-quality animal products. If you are unsure about the quality of the animal products at a restaurant, you may want to consider a plant-based option for that particular meal.
Bring wild blueberries into your diet if you want to help protect yourself against environmental toxins. Wild blueberries are forced to fight all types of environmental elements as they grow and are the most adaptogenic food you can consume. Try out other antioxidant-rich foods including other types of berries such as cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Melons, apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, kiwis, oranges, pomelos, zucchinis and grapefruits are other powerhouse fruits to bring into your diet. While wild blueberries help protect you from pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, raspberries act as a protective shield against paint fumes. If you regularly find yourself around fresh paint, make sure to eat raspberries on a daily basis.
Incorporating vegetables is important as well. Try eating asparagus, a powerful shoot that can help to cleanse the kidneys, a pair of organs that are important for helping remove poisons from our body. Other vegetables to consider adding to your meals and snacks include artichokes, squashes, broccoli, and cauliflower. Some beneficial leafy greens include maché, spinach, swiss chard, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and romaine. Consuming romaine daily can actually help protect against radiation. Adding a little kale to your diet each day can help prevent carpet chemicals from causing you too much harm. You can read more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing properties of these foods in my book Life-Changing Foods.
The heavy metal detox which I introduced in Medical Medium and can be found on my blog can be a great addition to someone’s daily routine. Barley grass juice extract powder, Hawaiian spirulina, and Atlantic dulse, three components of the five heavy metal detox foods, are helpful for fighting against environmental pollutants. Seaweeds other than dulse can be very helpful foods to consume as well.
Hydration is an important piece of healing. Try bringing in cucumber juice when you can and include a daily lemon water to receive an extra punch of life-giving vitamin C and minerals. These hydrating drinks can help in protecting you from harmful elements. Celery juice, which is beneficial for so many health conditions and symptoms is a secret weapon when it comes to battling environmentally triggered health problems. Drinking celery juice daily for an extended period of time can do wonders for your body and overall health. If you want to include cilantro in your celery juice every so often, that combination can be supportive as well.
If you think you are exposed to an array of environmental toxins, bringing in ample vitamin C on a daily basis can be highly beneficial. Vitamin C is a powerful weapon against toxins and using it regularly and consistently can help along your healing process. Chaga mushroom and cordyceps are two mushrooms that may also offer positive support to someone suffering from an environmentally triggered illness.
If your healing has stalled, grown stagnant, or seems to be moving in reverse, consider the environmental toxins that may be having an impact on your life. Instead of beating yourself up for not healing faster, or blaming your body for the slow progress, hold on to the truth that there are so many outside forces that impact your health on a daily basis and your body is fighting for you and loves you unconditionally! These may be environmental forces discussed above, but they could also be the emotional and mental stress of a difficult situation, as well as losses, betrayals, broken trust, and more. Hopefully understanding all the variables that play a role in our health and healing can allow you to give yourself and your body grace and compassion along your journey. That being said, know that your body is resilient, and can adapt, heal, and override any elements in its way.
I hope this information, much of which is unknown to medical science and research and the general public, empowers you, motivates you, and helps to push you forward in your healing journey. Do not spend time anxiously worrying about the invisible environmental toxins that maybe playing a part in hindering your healing journey. Instead, look at your unique situation, see the places where you can make small, beneficial changes, bring in transformative foods and supplements, and know that God and the Angels are working to help protect you and want to see you succeed. I’ve seen thousands of people up against a variety of environmental toxins fully recover and live vibrant, healthy lives. Try to move forward with patience, perseverance, and faith that you can do this too!
This item posted: 11-Apr-2017 - Disclaimer
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
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