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Fruit Fear

Throughout the centuries, fruit has been known to be one of the most healing foods available to us on this planet. In the past couple of decades, however, you may have noticed a shift in our perception of bananas, apples, melons, and mangoes. Many people have begun to fear fruit so much so that they avoid it altogether. This incredible deviation from our historical worship of fruit is due to the lies that originate from the very top of our health industries in both conventional and alternative health. If you yourself are afraid of consuming fruit, let the information in this article set the record straight on the powerful healing properties of this food group and the countless critical benefits they can bring you and your family. 

Fruit is actually the most important food to eat when healing from disease; and yet many people are avoiding it intentionally because they have fallen prey to fruit fear propaganda, unaware that they are hurting their health by avoiding fruit. Three things are happening concurrently in this disturbing reality. First, there is more fruit available to more people than ever before. We are now able to import fruit from other countries during off seasons, and most people living in the Western world have access to at least some fruit year round. Many areas have access to an abundance of fruit all year long, something that was not available a century ago before the dramatic improvements to refrigeration and transportation systems, which has ultimately improved the lives of millions. Take advantage of the access we now have to fruit in abundance.

Second, while more people around the globe have access to fresh and even organic fruit throughout the year, people are consuming less fruit than ever before. This is due to hidden agendas and misinformation that have warned us to stay away from fruit because of the sugar content, the misleading and inaccurate tests that tell some they are fructose intolerant, and the heavy focus on trendy high-fat diets that are claimed to be healthy. Supermarkets have mountains of gorgeous fruit in February that customers are passing by because someone told them fruit should be avoided. 

Third, people are suffering from more chronic illness today than ever before. More and more people are going to their doctors and practitioners due to chronic fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, vertigo, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations, acne, gallstones, kidney stones, arthritis, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, parkinson’s, candida, eczema, hives, diabetes, acid reflux, and other unexplained symptoms and conditions. My work is dedicated to helping people heal from symptoms and conditions that are mysterious to their practitioners with the undiscovered truth about what’s behind these and countless other mystery chronic illnesses and symptoms. But research and science is decades behind where it should be in order to get people to their greatest sense of health and more and more people are becoming sicker. Over the past several years, fruit has been blamed for this rise in illness and symptoms. However, people are eating less fruit and getting more sick. 

The Anti-Fruit Movement

There is a movement at the top of our health industries, both conventional and alternative, that is intentionally trying to steer you away from eating fruit, even though fruit has been known to be healthful and necessary for our well-being since the beginning of time. It may be difficult to believe that those in the medical world do not have our best interest in mind. However, the medical industry is just that: an industry. As much as we try to think of the entire world of health care as pure in motive, it is still a business, and a massive one at that. When money is involved, especially to the degree it is in the medical industry, motivations are skewed and greed creeps in. If the population eats less fruit, the medical industry makes more money from pharmaceuticals, procedures, and care that suddenly become vastly more necessary due to the increase in chronic illness. Please know that I am not talking about the incredible doctors, surgeons, and carers we are blessed to have. Doctors and health practitioners of all kinds are life-savers and compassionate healers. They are highly intelligent people with the best of intentions and are unfortunately trapped in an industry that runs on hidden agendas. 

Fruit, on the other hand, has very little money involved. It is not an industry with lobbyists, interests groups, and heavily funded research profiting off of illness. In fact, this is why there is very little funded scientific research surrounding fruit. No one wants to fund a study on bananas because there is no money in bananas. There’s only money lost in the medical industry due to consumers eating bananas and as a result improving their health and having less medical dependence. And, unlike pharmaceutical companies and interest groups, banana farmers do not have the money to fund their own scientific research in order to convince the population to eat more of their product. It is uncomfortable to think about science and research in this way, but it is the reality we are dealing with that is dramatically and negatively shifting the way and types of food people are consuming. As a result, people are sicker than ever. 

Another major factor in the anti-fruit movement is the individuals that have been intentionally perpetuating these fruit fear lies. The idea that bananas are bad for you stemmed from one person originally, as did the idea that you should stay away from watermelon, apricots, and oranges. This person was about to release a line of fruit pills, which consumers would not buy if they were eating fruit in its natural form. This person marketed the product as a healthier alternative to fruit, which of course wasn’t true. Sadly, many people believed the clever marketing and a wildfire of misinformation started to spread. It’s easy to still be affected today by this early attack on fruit that happened in years past. The internet has since been aflame with the idea that avoiding fruit is the healthiest choice, that fruit causes health problems and weight gain, and that the sugar in fruit is the same thing as the sugar in cookies and candy. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Fruit is the healthiest and most healing food available to us and it’s essential for anyone suffering with a chronic illness or symptom. The anti-sugar movement has convinced people that cutting sugar from your diet in the forms of candy, soda, and frosting, should also including cutting out peaches, pineapple, and strawberries. 

The amount of work that has been put into the anti-fruit movement has been rewarded, and millions of people around the world are now convinced fruit is unhealthy. It is more than easy to fall for the idea that fruit could be dangerous, especially because the health industries and magazines create so much confusion around the idea. And the strongest tactic the anti-fruit movement takes is fear. They scare you with poor science and calling diets with fruit incorporated in them risky. Many people are not sure on the matter and have simply decided to avoid fruit just in case what they are currently being told is true. The trendy high-fat diets of today in particular perpetuate this mass wave of fruit fear, placing fruit and processed sugar in the same basket instead of understanding and differentiating between the two. As I share in my Fruit Fear chapter in Medical Medium, fruit contains water, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants along with its critical glucose. This is not even remotely the same as the processed and damaging sugar found in a piece of candy, chocolate cake, or ice cream cone that has no nutrient value.

The Truth About Fruit

The reason this issue is so important is because fruit is in fact the most important food group to consume in order to protect you and your loved ones from chronic illness and a lifetime of unnecessary suffering. As I will explain further below, fruit not only prevents illness, it slows down aging, kills off pathogens, and heals our bodies on a cellular level. When we are told to fear fruit, we are essentially being told to avoid the very thing that will bring us the most life. There is so much misinformation surrounding fruit that is essential to debunk for the sake of yours and your family’s health and well-being. 

Out-of-Season Fruit

There is a rumor circulating that we should avoid eating fruit out of season that has been shipped from another part of the world in which the fruit is in season. This is one of those lies that has perpetuated fruit fear. While a melon may not be in season in your part of the world, it was grown while in season in another part. This means the fruit contains all of the same vitamins and minerals as when you purchase it during your local melon season. If you can get your hands on fruit that is not in season for your area, do not be afraid of it because it is a miracle that it is in your store. In fact, this is a good reminder of the old times centuries ago in which kings and queens would have fruit delivered from exotic lands in order to keep eating fruit throughout the year to stay healthy. Royalty would have access to fruit that the peasants would not. Yesteryear kings and queens lived for much longer than peasants because of the fruit they consumed. Undoubtedly, the ample amounts of vitamin C they consumed from fruit kept their immune system stronger. Let this be a way for us to remember how grateful we should be that we have access to fruit all year long. 

The Truth About Ripening

Another fear surrounding fruit is that the fruit sold in stores is not healthy because it is not picked when ripe. However, the truth is that fruit can ripen when it is picked within the appropriate window of time. Growers and farmers are very knowledgeable about the fruit they have spent lifetimes learning to nurture and harvest. Fruit that is picked unripe, as long as it is within the right window, will ripen correctly off the tree or vine and contain all of the same nutrients as when it is picked when fully ripened. Unfortunately, this misinformation has deterred people from consuming the fruit that is available to them in stores. If you have fruit on your counter and it never ripens, which is extremely rare, it means it was picked too early and you obviously wouldn’t eat it. When a piece of fruit like a banana turns from green to yellow and spotty, that means it was picked within the right window and will deliver all of the same benefits to you as if it ripened on the tree.

The Truth about Hybridization

Many people avoid fruit due to hybridization; however, this is another example of where information went bad. Hybridization is not the same thing as GMO (genetically modified organisms). When a fruit is GMO, that means the plant was altered on a genetic level, and it is one of the most devastating things that is happening to our food right now. Thankfully, the anti-GMO movement is doing an incredible job at ensuring non-GMO foods get labeled appropriately so consumers can start to be aware of this issue, which has disastrous effects on our health. Hybridization, on the other hand, is completely different. We have been conducting hybridization for centuries, as far back as 3,500 years ago in China; and it is a perfectly natural process given to us in order to discover all of the varieties of fruits and vegetables. 

For example, when you create a new kind of apple or cross a plum with an apricot, this is not a genetic modification process. In genetic modification, genes from unrelated species are isolated, collected, and tweaked in order to produce a certain desired outcome. The processes of hybridization, on the other hand, include cross-pollination and grafting, which are perfectly natural and should not be considered dangerous at all. Furthermore, hybridization opens up new spheres of nutritional and phytochemical possibilities. Newly created fruits from cross-pollination and grafting create undiscovered antioxidants and anthocyanins that can benefit us greatly. In fact, hybridization is how we have come to where we have. It is how our own species has made it this far. A very long time ago, there was only one kind of apple. But through hybridization, we have thousands of varieties of apples growing around the world today, which has created more and more nutrients that are helping to keep us alive. 

When we hybridize, the new kind of plant changes in a way we cannot even perceive. Some roots go deeper, some roots stretch wider, some plants draw up different nutrients from the soil, and some absorb the sun in a different way. All of these characteristics not only bring a different flavor and appearance to the new fruit; it also brings that new platter of nutrients to the table. There are so many examples of the beautiful varieties of fruit we can now enjoy thanks to hybridization. The boysenberry is a hybrid between a blackberry and raspberry. The meyer lemon is a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin. The tangelo is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, or a pomelo. 

We Need Vitamin C

There are many nutrients that are not necessary for our survival, but we need vitamin C. We cannot live without it. It is absolutely necessary in order to continue living. And what are the highest vitamin C sources? All of the different fruits available to us. The question will probably be asked, if this were true, how could someone who never eats fruit be able to continue living? The answer is that a lot of people accidentally get vitamin C without realizing it because many processed foods are fortified with synthetic vitamins, or they take multivitamins that contain a small amount of vitamin C, or they simply eat a piece of fruit randomly from a blueberry muffin, slice of apple pie, or snack on an apple on occasion. 

Fruit is Antiviral and Antibacterial 

One of the biggest reasons fruit is so important to eat is because it stops pathogens in their tracks. So many people have viruses and bacteria that cause the mystery symptoms and conditions I mentioned above. This is information I brought to light in my books, Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, and Liver Rescue, and that I’ve shared with tens of thousand of people I have helped in their healing process heal over the past few decades. But the degree to which pathogens are responsible for chronic illnesses and symptoms and how many mutated strains and types there are isn’t yet known by medical science and research. In the midst of trying to heal from these conditions, fruit is our best friend because it stops viruses and kills bacteria. For example, when someone has streptococcus, which is the true undiscovered cause of SIBO, sinus pain and congestion, otitis media, UTIs, intestinal disorders, sore throats, styes, and cystic acne, the bacteria is often living in various parts of the body. When you eat fruit, it kills off the bacteria and begins to remove it from the body. However, fruit often gets the blame for the conditions mentioned here, when it is actually a pathogen that’s taken up residence and is causing the issues. When people have SIBO, they are told to stay away from sugar, including all fruit. Of course, sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup should be avoided because this will wreak havoc on your intestinal tract, especially if you are dealing with something like SIBO. Fruit, though, should be eaten in abundance to kill off the streptococcus causing the condition.

Fruit Stops Aging

We all hear that fruit has antioxidants, but what does that mean? In short, fruit stops and prevents oxidation, which is the process that ages us. Additionally, fruit prevents toxic heavy metals, which almost all of have some of in our brains (find out how this happens in Medical Medium,) from oxidizing. When toxic heavy metals oxidize, it creates a poisonous chemical pool that contaminates brain cells and lowers electrical impulse activity. This oxidation process can lead to many different neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s, ADHD, memory loss, parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. Fruit, wild blueberries especially, help prevent this oxidation and stop the brain from rotting in response to these poisons. Fruit helps not only neurological conditions, but every single one of the thousands of symptoms and illnesses people are suffering with. 

Our Cells Run on Sugar

Sugar, while it may sound like an enemy to avoid because of our conditioning, actually runs every single cell in our body, especially our brain. It’s just a matter of having the right kind of sugar that’s found in fresh fruits and high-carbohydrate vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes. You might have heard that the brain is made up mostly of fat. This is a trendy theory that is popular today, but also inaccurate. In truth, the brain is made of stored glycogen, which is primarily glucose. When you experience brain fog, it typically means your brain is not getting enough sugar to keep it running properly. In fact, if you do not have sufficient glucose getting into your cells, you will die. It is absolutely essential to keep us going. Fat, on the other hand, is non-essential for survival. If you try to cut out all sugar and carbohydrates from your diet entirely, your body will use up every bit of its glucose reserves to keep you alive but eventually you either will not live long or you will soon cave and find yourself “giving in” and eating a chocolate bar in the middle of the candy aisle before you make it to the register, pinching sweet potato fries from your friend while you eat your lettuce wrapped grass fed beef burger, or find yourself craving a glass of wine or beer at the end of each day (all of which contain sugar, although not the healthy kind.) We crave sugar and sweet things for a reason. It’s also critical to know this undiscovered truth: every nutrient we need can not be absorbed unless it is accompanied by glucose! That means that no matter how many supplements you eat or how organic or pure your food is, unless you have enough glucose to deliver the nutrients into your cells, they won’t be helping you. I discuss this in much more detail in my book Liver Rescue

What Happens with Fruit on High-Fat Diets

Many people who blame fruit for pain, discomfort, or any of the conditions or symptoms listed above (or others that may not have been listed) may simply have too much fat in their diets. This is also the case for those who think they cannot eat fruit due to “fructose intolerance.” A high-fat diet does not necessarily mean one of the trendy diets calling itself low-carb. Almost any diet can be too high in fat. In fact, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is extremely high in fat without meaning to be. Hamburgers, french fries, bacon, yogurt, milk, cheese, and chicken breasts, oil, foods consumed regularly on the SAD, have very high fat content. If someone is eating a low-carb diet, they may not realize they are actually eating high amounts of fat. Even though these diets claim to be high in protein, it’s actually impossible to eat the high-protein foods people are told to eat without avoiding the fat. Even chicken breast without the skin is loaded with fat. Additionally, if you eat a vegetarian diet, you may still consume a great deal of dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt, kefir, sour cream, ice cream, and butter, all of which are full of fat. A high-fat vegan diet is also very common with too much consumption of nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut, and oils. 

The reason too much fat in the diet is problematic with fruit consumption, and the reason people may point the finger at the fruit, is that the sugar has nowhere to go. When your blood is filled up with that much fat nonstop, even the healthiest kinds, your liver becomes congested with fat cells from year after year of consuming a high-fat diet. Your liver has to exhaust itself creating the bile composition and amount necessary to help prevent your high-fat diet from hurting you, which is an unknown truth I explain fully in Liver Rescue, and your liver starts to break down and its reserves begin to diminish. Over time, this leads to weight gain and a whole host of illnesses and symptoms. Additionally, the linings of your intestinal tract and the bottom of the stomach become lined with fat and eventually the fat goes rancid. The fat hardens on the linings as it is putrefying; however, the liver’s bile is not strong enough to clear out the the fat so it continues to rot and stay exactly where it is, which also causes health complications.

Then when you try to eat some fruit, such as an apple, the pulp, skin, and pectin start to move the rancid fat and push it down. When this happens, you may begin to detox and purge these fats and other toxins, possibly causing you to experience discomfort, acne breakouts, indigestion, headaches, rashes, or other symptoms. If you do not detox, you may still experience discomfort because you are feeling the old fat lining move out, which is not always pleasant in the intestinal tract and stomach. However, you cannot blame the fruit for doing what it is meant to do, which is helping you to stay alive and heal you. You also can’t blame fruit for the discomfort caused by the fat still sitting in your intestine from a lifetime of knowingly or unknowingly eating high fat foods which can lead to heart attacks, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, and so much more.

The Truth About Fructose Intolerance

Many people believe they are not allowed to eat fruit because they are allergic to sugars and intolerant to fructose, according to a test they took at the doctor’s office. However, in this case, it is also the fat to blame, and not the fruit. When old fat is putrefying as it sits in the linings of the intestinal tract, or new fats are constantly filling the bloodstream every day, any sugar in the fruit you eat will be very difficult to assimilate because the sugar cannot absorb past that thick layer of fat. Thus, a breath test will indicate you have sugar in your breath because the sugar was unable to go anywhere. It was blocked by all the fat. 

Furthermore, the fructose intolerance tests administered today are simply inaccurate. I have seen people who are labeled as fructose intolerant but have no problem eating fruit. In fact, when they do eat fruit, they see their health problems go away. Fructose intolerance tests pick up on any sugar that is present in the body. Even if you ate a chocolate bar five days before, this can trigger the test. Something that almost always triggers the test is the lactose in dairy, such as a piece of cheese, which is actually loaded with sugar. For this reason, the test simply isn’t an accurate tool in the first place and is inherently flawed.

Another test that puts fruit fear in people is an enzyme test that concludes whether someone is Hereditary Fructose Intolerant (HFI). If someone is told they are HFI, the doctors cannot find an enzyme in the liver called aldolase b. However, do not be confused. Everyone has this enzyme in their liver, but it is diminished when the person eats a high-fat diet, as are hundreds of other enzymes. If you begin to eat plenty of fruit and lower your fat levels, this enzyme will return. In truth, it is not possible to have a real fructose intolerance. The tragedy is that the thing being taken away from people, fruit, is the very cure for not having aldolase b. HFI is a neglectful diagnosis.

When you bring fruit back into your diet and lower your fat intake, no matter what kind of diet you subscribe to or whether you’re paleo, ketogenic, vegetarian, or vegan, you will be able to experience healing in the liver and your so-called fructose intolerance can disappear. Fruit feeds every single one of your cells with vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals. No matter where your family line is from, fruit is meant for your consumption. Fruit from all over the world provides the most amazing healing benefits that people are missing out on due to false information about fructose intolerance. 

Tomatoes Under Attack

Currently people are developing a fear of tomatoes, even though tomatoes are one of the most amazing foods for us to eat. Tomatoes contain a special kind of undiscovered vitamin C that stops at least 20 different kinds of cancer. They also prevent fibroids, cysts, tumors, lipomas, and nodules on the thyroid from growing and are antiviral and antibacterial. Do not believe the misinformation surrounding tomatoes that is so popular today. Tomatoes are not dangerous nor should they be avoided. Tomato has always been scrutinized because it’s classed as a nightshade. The new trend of the day suggests we should remove seeds from the tomato, which isn’t helpful. This trend stems once from well-meaning experts who don’t know what causes thyroid and chronic illnesses in the first place. They are offering food advice based on outdated studies that have a “thumb on the scale” that have influenced their outcomes, which in turn can hinder healing.

Moving Forward

Before you believe information someone is about to tell you, make sure you think twice. Fruit is not the enemy. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Fruit is our savior and I have seen it save peoples’ lives time and time again. For example, bananas are another fruit that has a bad reputation due to the constant barrage it experiences from the anti-fruit movement. But I have seen people with crohn’s disease who were suffering for years and were about to get major surgery start to eat ripe bananas and celery juice and their symptoms completely healed. 

The most ironic part about people being afraid of fruit, due to the misinformation as well as the discomfort they may experience when too much fat is in their diet, is that the very thing they are avoiding is what is going to make them feel better. Fruit will not make you fat; it may help you lose weight. Fruit does not cause acne; it helps heal you from the bacteria that causes it. Fruit does not cause indigestion; it is running into the fat lining the interior of the intestine. Fruit does not cause diabetes; it is the fat that is blocking the sugar from getting into the cells and creating insulin resistance. Fruit does not cause brain fog; it can help you have a clear mind because your brain actually runs on sugar and is made of glucose. When it comes to fruit, there truly is nothing to be afraid of. It is your ally, your best friend, your healer, and your savior. 

No matter what diet you subscribe to, begin lowering your fat intake and start to bring more fruit into your diet every day. You can take it as slowly as you need. If you feel wonky or symptomatic, try dropping your fat intake even lower so you can bring more fruit in. Take it one step at a time and one day at a time. You can also read a comprehensive explanation of Fruit Fear and why fruit is so important for you in my book Medical Medium.

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Acid Reflux

Many people experience acid reflux or heartburn throughout their lives and don’t understand why they feel the burning sensation reach up through their chest and into their throat. Medical communities blame acid reflux on gastric acid and hydrochloric acid backing up into the esophagus. However, this theory of the cause is unfounded and limited in its understanding as I’ll explain in this article. The digestive system is such a mystery that most of the time when physicians treat patients for illnesses, their practices are based solely on theory. In truth, even the understanding of how enzymes, assimilation, digestion, and absorption work is all just theoretical. While all these functions exist on some level, all research and science can do at the moment is conjecture theory as to what they do and how they cooperate with the digestive process. Nobody actually understands enzymes. Nobody actually understands what happens when food enters the stomach. For example, it is possible to experience pain from gas in the intestinal tract all the way near the neck and by the top of the shoulders, which can seem baffling because you may wonder how gas can travel to that area of the body (find out more about this in my book Medical Medium where I discuss ammonia permeability.) There is so much left for science and research to discover in the area of digestion, which is one reason there is so little helpful information on understanding and truly healing acid reflux once and for all. 

What is Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, while it is in fact related to acids, is not due to gastric acids or hydrochloric acid from the stomach. If you or someone you know is experiencing acid reflux regularly, the acid is either coming from a bacteria or toxins in the liver and even the small intestinal tract, though the most common cause is bacterial. Medical communities have no idea that this is what is really behind this unpleasant condition. There are cases of acid reflux where there is an actual kink in the intestines or a hernia. However, if the cause is not a visible one, it is directly related to a weakened liver and bacterial growth. This bacteria produces an acid that mimics gastric acid and fools the physician into thinking that is what it is, when in fact it is not a stomach gland-produced acid at all.

When you have bacteria and toxin-based acid coming up and causing acid reflux or heartburn, it means you actually have a lack of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Hydrochloric acid is the good kind of acid that actually destroys bacteria, which in turn prevents acid reflux. In other words, if you have the bad acids, it means you do not have enough of the good acids. 

Acid reflux is also connected to a weakened liver. Typically weak digestion is due to an overburdened liver that cannot produce strong enough bile, which then forces the stomach to overproduce hydrochloric acid to compensate. This is extremely taxing on both of the organs and can then result in acid reflux. Find out why the liver becomes overburdened and how to heal in my book, Liver Rescue.

Bacteria builds up, sometimes in the duodenum or sometimes in the bottom of the stomach pouch, and there is not enough hydrochloric acid to fight it off. The hydrochloric acid in the stomach is actually a complex blend of seven different acids, which are yet to be discovered. Medical communities currently believe, mistakenly, that hydrochloric acid is just one acid. I shared this in my book Medical Medium. If someone has a diminished amount of three of the seven acids in hydrochloric acid, a doctor or health practitioner will not be able to spot the problem because the truth is unknown in medical science and research. 

The Three Goals for Healing Acid Reflux

Healing acid reflux is not about taking a magic pill. Just as with the other conditions I have illuminated in my books, truly healing acid reflux takes a lifestyle shift in order to heal the true root issue. When healing acid reflux, there’s three goals: build up hydrochloric acid, kill off the unproductive bacteria like streptococcus, helicobacter pylori, or e. Coli, and strengthen the liver. As I will discuss below, all three of these things can be achieved with some dietary changes. There are some really helpful supplements to take, as well, that are powerful bacteria-fighters. However, the main shift will come with diet. 

Foods to Avoid

The four most important foods to avoid when healing acid reflux are gluten, dairy, and eggs, and it can also be very helpful to lower or eliminate animal protein while you are healing. Gluten, dairy (milk, butter, cheese, cream, yogurt, milk kefir), and eggs are the favorite food source for bacteria and it will be very challenging to heal acid reflux if you are still eating them. If you hold the belief that yogurt or milk kefir heal the digestive tract because of their probiotic nature, it’s important to understand that the rest of what yogurt and milk kefir are made of still feed all unhelpful varieties of bacteria. Pathogens fuel themselves by eating, and if you remove gluten, dairy, and eggs from your own diet, you are removing the bacteria’s food and preventing it from festering. Even if you get the highest quality organic, free-range egg from a backyard hen, that egg will still feed the bacteria you are trying to fight off. It is unfortunate that so many people and well-intentioned practitioners still consider eggs as nature’s perfect food. They are in truth fueling the pathogens that medical communities are unaware are behind so much of chronic illness today. To find out more about pathogens and how they create problems, you can refer to my books Life-Changing Foods and Thyroid Healing

Please don’t be confused, this is not a biased attack on eating animal protein, but it’s helpful to lower the amount of animal proteins you consume while healing because of their inherently high fat content. All animal meats are high in fat, even if it has no skin and is not fried. This may be surprising because you might have been told for so long that eating chicken breast without the skin or “lean” cuts of meat will help you lose weight due to it being made mostly of protein. However, that is simply not true. Fat is all throughout the chicken breast and other “lean” meats, even if you make it in the cleanest way possible. By lowering your fat content through reducing your animal protein, you will give your liver the break it deserves. Having to process a high-fat and high-protein diet all day is incredibly exhausting for the liver and forces the stomach to overproduce hydrochloric acid to compensate. This applies to any diet you follow and foods you consume, not just animal protein. If you’re eating a vegetarian or plant-based diet and are experiencing acid reflux, you’ll also want to lower your fat intake by reducing the amount of nuts, oils, and other high fat foods that you consume. Lowering your fat, no matter what diet you’re on, is an essential step when wanting to heal acid reflux. I discuss the true unknown impact of our fat intake on our health and how the liver operates and responds in my book Liver Rescue.

What to Eat

When healing from acid reflux, focus on eating plenty of healthy carbohydrates from fruit, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes. You may have been told by professionals or family members or friends to avoid these foods, but fruits and potatoes are actually amazing disease fighters. Fruit is especially powerful in knocking down bacteria. If you’re concerned that fruit has too much sugar or you’re scared to eat it because you’ve been told it’s not good for you, I can’t stress enough how incorrect this myth is. Fruit sugar is not the same as processed sugars. It’s critical for your health and the health of your loved ones that you understand this. I know it can be hard to let go of what you may have been told before, but fruit has more to offer you and your health than you can possibly imagine. To find out more about why fruit is so critical and why fruit has been given such a bad rap, you can listen to my Fruit Fear radio show and read the Fruit Fear chapter in my book Medical Medium

It’s also helpful to consume plenty of salads with cucumbers and tomatoes. Tomatoes actually have their own special kind of vitamin C that can save someone’s immune system and give them extra support when fighting pathogens. Add spinach, mache, butter lettuce, or another leafy green of choice. Sprouts and microgreens are an especially amazing addition. Throw some raw onion and raw garlic into your salads for powerful bacterial-killers, and bring in as much fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage as you can for their incredible assistance in healing bacterial issues. If you enjoy avocado, you can add some slices of that too. You can read about the undiscovered physical, spiritual, and emotional healing benefits of each of this powerhouse foods in Life-Changing Foods, which also includes 50 wonderful healing recipes.

The most miraculous food to include when fighting acid reflux is celery juice, which you can learn more about and get the recipe for in Thyroid Healing. Drinking a 16oz glass of straight celery juice (don’t add anything else to it for best results) every morning on an empty stomach restores the glands in the stomach that produce the seven-blend hydrochloric acid. There are undiscovered subgroups of mineral salts in celery juice that contribute to this process and ensure the hydrochloric acid is produced. Even drinking four to eight ounces of celery juice every morning can do wonders in healing acid reflux and heartburn. If you are experiencing bad acid reflux, you can even do two 16oz glasses of straight celery juice a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon or before dinner.

Antibacterials

Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables will naturally support you in your fight against the bacteria causing acid reflux. In truth, fruit is the most amazing antibacterial and liver healing food available to us. However, there are additional things we can do to fight the pathogen, such as including the following supplements. Goldenseal, elderberry tea, cat’s claw, and oregano oil are all incredible antibacterials that can be included on a regular or semi-regular basis. You can also consider licorice root tincture or tea and olive leaf because these herbs fight bacteria and help eliminate the gas that the bacteria produces that medical communities are unaware of. Another wonderful antibacterial is aloe vera. You can make aloe vera water, which is the most powerful way to have aloe, or drink aloe vera juice, or you can even cut open an aloe vera leaf, scoop out the gel and eat that directly. 

Additionally, considering adding herbal teas like fresh thyme tea, peppermint, elderflower, and lemon balm to your daily regimen. These herbal teas are powerful antibacterials and should not be underestimated. As always, please consult your practitioner before beginning a supplement protocol to discuss dosages. And when finding the right supplement, please visit my supplement directory. I have spent many hours bringing these together on one page. These are the exact supplements I personally trust. Not all supplements are created with the same integrity and there are many supplement companies out there that do not provide their consumers with the high quality products they promise.

Moving Forward

Now that you know the truth about what’s behind acid reflux and heartburn, you can take the steps needed to reduce and heal these conditions. If you are able to do one thing to improve your health today, celebrate that success and look forward to tomorrow when you can take another step toward healing. Focus on lowering your fat intake and drink celery juice every morning as you can. Enjoy plenty of vibrant, healing fruits and delicious salads. I have helped so many people over the years heal from acid reflux and heartburn from these simple lifestyle changes, and you too can experience healing and relief from this condition. 

(Note: Some visitors may search for the spelling "catsclaw" or "cats claw" when searching for "Cat's Claw". These are local or regional variations on this beneficial herb.)

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Healing Power of Cherries

In this day and age, our livers are more burdened than ever before in history. With toxins in our environment and foods that stress our bodies, sluggish and fatty livers are becoming rampant. While certain liver-cleansing techniques have become trendy, a handful of cherries can do so much more. Cherries are an amazing way to revitalize this organ; they’re the ultimate liver tonic, cleanser, and rejuvenator.

Cherries promote healthy hemoglobin and are also anti-cancerous, specifically effective at addressing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma, and glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor). Cherries sharpen the mind by purifying the bowels—they’re better at alleviating constipation than prunes! They cleanse the bladder, too, and help alleviate spastic bladders and bladder prolapse. Plus, cherries are one of the best endocrine-system-boosting foods, stimulating or suppressing the appetite as needed. If it’s weight loss you’re after, cherries are your new best friend.

In the world of minerals, we’re familiar with the concept of macrominerals, which our bodies rely on in higher amounts, and trace minerals, which are just as critical to our functioning, though we need them in smaller doses. Cherries, for example, are a wonderful source of trace minerals such as zinc and iron. As anyone with anemia can tell you, a deficiency in iron is not small potatoes just because iron is a trace mineral—it’s vital no matter what.

The same concept is true with amino acids, though science has yet to focus on this. In addition to the amino acids we’re familiar with, there are minute, trace forms of amino acids that become cofactors to their macro forms—and cherries are rich in both macro and trace amino acids (including threonine, tryptophan, and lysine) that specifically work in tandem with the hormone melatonin to give your brain and body amazing stress relief. When enhanced like this, melatonin also acts as an antioxidant to help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and brain tumors.

Phytochemical compounds and agents in cherries are amazing for removing radiation and repairing myelin nerve damage. Women receive particular benefit from cherries’ cleansing properties: cherries remove toxins from the uterus and the rest of the reproductive system and help to reduce fibroids and ovarian cysts.

CONDITIONS

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing cherries into your life:

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Alzheimer’s disease, bladder cancer, lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), melanoma, bladder prolapse, fatty liver, breast cancer, autism, brain tumors, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ear infections, fibromyalgia, depression, infertility, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), kidney stones, low reproductive system battery, anorexia, alopecia, dementia, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, adrenal fatigue, acne, anemia, fibroids, bursitis, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as kidney infections and bladder infections, anxiety, connective-tissue damage, prostatitis, Graves’ disease, insomnia, dysautonomia, vertigo, blood disorders, nodules on bones and glands

SYMPTOMS

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing cherries into your life:

Nosebleeds, sprains, tooth decay, hypo- thyroid, lightheadedness, constipation, lack of appetite, overactive appetite, cravings, fever, scratching and itching, dry mouth, malaise, bruising, dizziness, chest pain, hyperthyroid, impotence, cough, phobias, sluggish liver, food allergies, myelin nerve damage, fatigue, memory loss, back pain, bad breath, blood toxicity, confusion, high cortisol, inflammation, ovarian cysts

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

If you want to cheer up friends or family members, take them some cherries and you’ll notice they’ll be tickled pink. If you or someone you know never feels satisfied with circumstances, let cherries work their magic of contentment. If you ever worry about being speechless, add cherries to your diet and you’ll feel the conversation flow. And if you’re feeling empty and deserted, cherries can point your feelings in a new direction. Simply from looking at a bowl of cherries, joy instantly enters into a person’s being. Cherries ignite enthusiasm and create positive excitement. They’re an amazing fruit to keep someone lighthearted.

SPIRITUAL LESSON

Cherries teach us patience. If you rush while eating a cherry—if you don’t take care to bite into it carefully—you may find that you injure yourself on the stone inside. In this way, cherries teach us to take our time, to be mindful and considered in our actions so we minimize mistakes and pain.

TIPS

* Cherries are so cleansing, detoxifying so many impurities, that they serve us best in limited quantities. When eating this fruit, don’t be so distracted by the delicious flavor that you forget to listen to your cutoff signal. Consume cherries in small servings portioned out daily, rather than in a large serving at one sitting.

* When selecting red cherries at the market or grocery store, look for the darkest ones. These deeper shades have the most healing benefits. If the red cherries you’re looking at are colored too lightly, it means the soil of the cherry tree didn’t have the optimal level of minerals.

SWEET CHERRY SMOOTHIE

In this smoothie, the sweetness of the cherries combines with the creaminess of the bananas and a pop of tart lemon to surprise and delight you. 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1⁄2 lemon, peeled
  • 1⁄2 cup water

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy! (Note that this mixture will gel if left to sit, so drink immediately if you’d like it fluid or refrigerate for half an hour if you prefer a pudding consistency.) 

Makes 2 servings

Excerpt form the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Miraculous Leafy Greens

When we hear the advice, “Eat your veggies,” we often think of classic dinnertime side dishes like carrots, broccoli, peas, and green beans. Leafy greens, on the other hand, are often written off as boring and lesser—the base of a salad in which all the other ingredients are much more interesting. Really, leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, mâche, and watercress deserve accolades for the power they hold to restore your health. Far from blasé, salad greens are vegetable royalty.

One common misunderstanding is that eaten raw, these greens, labeled “roughage” are difficult to digest. On the contrary, leafy greens are practically predigested and therefore require very little work on the part of your digestive system. What does occur is that these leaves scrub and massage the linings of your stomach, small intestine, and colon, loosening old, trapped yeast, mold, and other types of fungus, along with debris and pockets of waste matter, so they can be carried out, making elimination very productive. Discomfort from eating raw salads is usually due to sensitive nerves or inflammation in the intestinal tract, or the simple sensation of fiber doing its job to “sweep out the chimney.” If this describes you, add butter leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and/or spinach to your daily diet in small amounts.

Over time, leafy greens are wonderful healers of intestinal disorders. They help create a more alkaline stomach composition by raising beneficial hydrochloric acid levels, which in turn kills off the unproductive bacteria that create the bad acids responsible for GERD and other forms of acid reflux. One of the specific types of bacteria that leafy greens reduce is H. pylori, which is often responsible for stomach ulcers.

Leafy greens create true alkalinity in the body systems, especially the lymphatic, which can become the most acidic system due to a barrage of chemicals, acids, plastics, pesticides, heavy metals, and pathogens constantly entering the lymphatic passages. Medical communities are unaware that alkalinity of the blood, organs, endocrine system, reproductive system, and central nervous system hinges completely on the lymphatic system being alkaline. Leafy greens help to expel, purge, and drain the lymphatic system of these toxins so that it can remain alkaline. This is where these greens really have a critical role in our healing process.

Leafy greens also hold precious and vital mineral salts, partially composed of a group of cofactors associated with sodium, such as trace bioavailable iodine, chromium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, manganese, and molybdenum, which are critical for neurotransmitter and neuron support, and are also the fundamental basis of building electrolytes. On top of which, leafy greens are high in enzymes, vitamin A, B vitamins such as folic acid, healing alkaloids (plant compounds that fight disease), micronutrients for restoring the endocrine system, and forms of chlorophyll and carotenes that are specific to these vegetables. This unique group of nutrients works together to feed all organs and body systems, making leafy greens a foundation of our health. Leafy greens are antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-mold—and great for staving off every one of the Unforgiving Four. While they don’t have carbohydrates to sustain our energy, they cover the other side of the equation necessary to keep us alive, and to stave off disease and chronic illness.

If you worry about getting enough protein, fret no more. Leafy greens have the most bio-available and assimilable proteins you can find, readily available for your body to take up. Leafy greens help reverse all protein-related diseases, such as gout, kidney disease, kidney stones and gallstones, gallbladder disease, hepatitis C, lymphedema, connective tissue damage, osteopenia, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and heart disease, which all arise from protein sources that are not breaking down or assimilating, and are instead causing deterioration of the body.

The next time you hear someone refer to a salad as “rabbit food,” remember what you’ve just read. Leafy greens are anything but a joke.

CONDITIONS

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing leafy greens into your life:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), thyroid disease, celiac disease, diverticulitis, gallbladder disease, gallstones, gout, kidney disease, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney stones, peptic ulcers, heart disease, H. pylori infection, hepatitis C, osteoporosis, osteopenia, osteoarthritis, low reproductive system battery, lymphedema, dyspepsia, skin disorders (including eczema and psoriasis), nodules on bones and glands, mold exposure, endocrine disorders, adrenal fatigue, insomnia, acne, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, infertility, Lyme disease, thyroid cancer, migraines, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), diabetes, hypoglycemia, Epstein- Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, shingles

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing leafy greens into your life:

Heartburn, acidosis, iron deficiency, constipation, mineral deficiencies, trace mineral deficiencies, swelling, fluid retention, inflamed liver, weakened kidneys, low hydrochloric acid, stomach upset, muscle cramps, food allergies, spasms, bone loss, receding gums, stagnant liver, joint pain, inflammation, weight gain, menopause symptoms, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, hormonal imbalances, acid reflux, dry skin, scaly skin, calcifications, low platelet count, abdominal cramping, arrhythmia, heart palpitations, balance issues, blisters, body aches, brain fog, cavities, chest tightness, dandruff, dizziness, earwax buildup, enamel loss, jaw pain, knee pain

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

When your body is filled with toxins on a physical level, it can lead to toxic buildup on an emotional level. So many people feel stuck, stagnant, confined, lost, or otherwise held back in life. Leafy greens are a way forward. Just as they flush out physical debris, they loosen stored-up toxic emotions and guide them out of your life. Adding more leafy greens to your diet can be an incredibly freeing experience, helping you to feel clean and clear again—your rightful state of being.

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

How many times have you missed a window of opportunity? Time can slip by so fast, and before we know it, the birthday wishes we’re sending a friend are belated, or we’re getting to the beach when the tide is too high to enjoy it. Leafy greens teach us to seize the moment. Their short shelf life means that the earlier we eat them after they’re picked, the better they are for our health. Getting in tune with this awakens us to the other fleeting moments of life— the other opportunities to nourish ourselves on every level if only we have the presence of mind to recognize what’s in front of us.

TIPS 

* Create a schedule for leafy greens, so that you feature a different green in your salad (or other meal) each day of the week. This can be a fun way to ensure that you’re getting variation for maximum nutritional benefits.

* If you find raw greens too difficult to chew, try selecting one to juice along with cucumbers or celery.

* For another nutritious green drink, blend spinach with fresh-squeezed orange juice.

* Try growing your own greens. This will not only give you the chance to take advantage of their powerful natural probiotics (see the chapter “Adaptation” for more on these elevated biotics); it will also mean that they grow specifically for your benefit, as though your name becomes written into each leaf.

* When growing your own greens, try to pick some at an early phase of development. Eating them at this stage prepares your body to receive even more of the greens’ benefits later on, when they become full-grown.

* Lettuce leaves make great alternatives to tortillas. Try filling them with your desired ingredients for taco- or burrito-style roll-ups.

* If you avoid avocado because you dislike the texture, try making guacamole with an ample amount of chopped mâche and a tablespoon of raw honey. This will alter the texture at the same time that it adds the greens’ nutty flavor and the honey’s sweetness to the dish, changing your avocado experience. Over time, eating this special guacamole will alter your avocado aversion, leading you to enjoy avocado on its own.

LEAFY GREEN SALAD WITH LEMON DRESSING

This simple salad is full of flavor and perfect for lunch at work. Just keep the dressing separate until right before eating, and you can enjoy a delicious, vibrant lunch right at your desk. Make sure to look for raw pistachios if you can. They’re tender and absolutely perfect alongside the sweetness of the strawberry and the brightness of the lemon.

  • 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 8 cups leafy greens
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted raw pistachios

For the dressing, blend the lemon juice, olive oil, and honey until smooth. Toss the leafy greens with the dressing in a large bowl until the greens are evenly coated. Divide the salad into individual bowls. Top with the strawberries and pistachios. 

Makes 2 to 4 servings

Excerpt from the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Food

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Soul's Gold

Since gold was discovered, it has had a magnetic pull on us, one that goes far beyond any monetary worth.

As a child, did you ever wish for a gold star on your paper at school? It wasn’t because you could take it to the pawn shop and get cash for it. You yearned for that cheap sticker because of what it represented: achievement, worthiness, approval.

If you have a grandmother’s favorite locket or ring, again, it’s not the dollar figure behind that gold that gives it a special place in your heart. It’s the spiritual meaning: appreciation, nostalgia, loyalty, love. 

And do Olympians go for the gold because of the market value of the metal? No, they spend their whole lives training to win because of what the prize stands for: blood, sweat, tears, spirit, will, intention, and sacrifice that come together into a moment of human greatness.

When spiritual and emotional meaning are connected to a piece of gold or other treasure, its worth is on a level above price tags. The Knights Templar went searching for the Holy Grail not because of the money they’d get for this gold vessel but because of the mystical significance it was said to hold as the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. Though the knights turned up hundreds upon hundreds of gold cups, they were cast off as worthless because they didn’t hold the power. It was all about the spiritual meaning. 

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to go on an epic quest, earn anyone’s approval, inherit a family heirloom, learn to high-jump, or have an overflowing bank account in order to claim the world’s most precious treasure. Gold, platinum, diamonds, sapphires, the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s ark, even the Beatles’ lost album—none of these hold a candle to your soul’s gold and gems and jewels that you already carry inside of you.

Yes, you. I know it’s been a struggle to deal with health problems or great loss or hardship. I understand what you might have suffered as you wondered if you were aging before your time, if your thyroid was calling it quits, and if your body was giving up on you—or even working against you. I can only imagine what you’ve gone through in your search for answers.

It’s probably left you defeated at times, lonely, despairing, and doubtful of your own worth. Know this: It’s not your fault; you didn’t deserve any of it. You didn’t create your illness or imagine it. You’re not a bad person. You can heal and move forward.

All that time that symptoms were limiting you, they were giving you something, too. That compassion you gained from being vulnerable, that wisdom that came from watching life at a distance, that faith that there had to be an answer, that supreme patience of putting one foot in front of the other—these are yours to use for the rest of your life. Losses, struggles, wounds, suffering, pain, sorrow, fear, hardships, trials, letdowns, and battles are not what any of us would choose. When they visit us, though, we get our greatest tools and treasures.

Those tools and treasures can be heavy. To be in touch with the world’s suffering is not easy. Just like a bag of diamonds and gold, it can weigh you down. Which is why it’s time for you to come into the spiritual significance of your challenges—because when you attach spiritual meaning to your treasures, it makes them light as light itself.

You’ve been picked out of the crowd as a special person who can change the world. Because you hold power, illness tried to hold you back. You probably experienced symptoms along the way, and this may have gotten you labeled with a whole bunch of different names for what was supposedly wrong with you. Yet the plan of you being picked on backfired. Instead of being constrained, you were pushed forward and forced to grow and develop in your soul and spirit. You gained understandings and insights that brought you closer to God.

Now you get to rid yourself of your illness and all those symptoms and labels that have come with it. You get to heal, rise above, and reclaim your power—power that’s more than you know. As you bring your body back to health, you’ll be supporting it even more in taking care of your soul’s wealth—wealth you will use to spread divine light to everyone around you.

No matter who you are or where you come from, what you’ve done or think you have not done, know that through the true living words in this book, Spirit and I will always be there for you. 

Remember: You are a world changer. Spirit and I see and hear you. We believe in you. We stand beside you. And we can’t wait for you to experience what’s next. 

Excerpt from the bestselling book Thyroid Healing

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Healing Power of Cucumbers

So many people go through life with chronic dehydration, with no idea of the negative effect it’s having on their health. Cucumbers are the perfect antidote. They have a fountain-of-youth effect, hydrating us at the deepest cellular level possible. Plus, cucumbers’ cooling effect makes them excellent at rejuvenation and especially effective at cooling a hot, stagnant liver. When eaten on a daily basis, cucumbers can reverse liver damage, dialing back 10 to 15 years of toxin exposure (including from heavy metals and pesticides such as DDT) and poor diet. It makes this vegetable (really, a fruit) a particular ally in reducing bloat. 

Fresh cucumber juice is the best rejuvenation tonic in the world. It contains electrolyte compounds specifically geared toward nourishing and cooling down overused adrenal glands and kidneys that are struggling with their task of filtering out toxic debris and getting overheated from toxic uric acid. If you have kidney disease, are on dialysis, or you’re missing a kidney, drinking cucumber juice every day can be extremely beneficial. Cucumbers’ cooling effect on the glands and organs also makes them wonderful fever reducers for both children and adults. Juicing cucumbers unleashes their magical anti-fever compounds and agents that help calm a fever like water on a fire. 

Cucumbers’ traces of the amino acids glycine and glutamine, combined with their extreme and highly active content of enzymes and coenzymes, plus their abundance of more than 50 trace minerals, make them an excellent delivery system for neurotransmitter chemicals. This is great news if you’re dealing with anxiety or other neurological conditions. Cucumbers provide other critical nutrition, too, such as chlorophyll in their skins that’s bonded to B vitamins and vitamins A and C. And cucumbers support digestion; they contain undiscovered coenzymes that will one day be called talafinns. Alongside enzymes that have been discovered by medical research (such as erepsin), talafinns help the body’s protein digestion process so you can get the most out of everything you eat. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing cucumbers into your life

Kidney disease, kidney failure, missing kidney, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, migraines, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), eczema, psoriasis, transient ischemic attack (TIA), mystery infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), low reproductive system battery, colds, influenza, cytomegalovirus (CMV), HHV-6, shingles, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), dysautonomia, sepsis, yeast infections, E. coli infection, Streptococcus infection, sunburn 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing cucumbers into your life

Fever, dandruff, bloating, gastric spasms, stagnant liver, dehydration, headaches, dry and/or itchy skin, hot flashes, weight gain, menopause symptoms, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, anxiousness, neuralgia (including trigeminal neuralgia), food sensitivities, inflammation, blood toxicity, acidosis, back pain, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), low hydrochloric acid 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

There’s a reason we use the expression “cool as a cucumber.” If you or a loved one are dealing with an anger issue, bring cucumbers into the diet. Offer cucumber slices to anyone who you know can be easily infuriated, disgruntled, crabby, cranky, irritated, heated, or down-right hostile. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

Because they’re green and we eat them in salads, we often think of cucumbers as a vegetable. When we open one up, though, we remember that all those little seeds mean a cucumber is truly a fruit. It’s a powerful reminder that outside appearances and the boxes other people put us into don’t make up the full truth of who we are. Very often we, too, have a talent, quality, or gift that someone couldn’t guess just by looking at us. Cucumbers teach us to look deep inside ourselves and each other for the miracles we all contain. 

TIPS 

* For results you can see, try to eat two cucumbers daily. 

* Instead of juicing a multitude of vegetables and fruits at one time, try juicing cucumber on its own. Like celery juice, straight cucumber juice has unique healing qualities. If you drink 16 ounces of pure cucumber juice on a regular basis, it can have a life-changing effect.

* If you’re trying to keep grains out of your diet, turn cucumbers into noodles with a spiralizer or julienne peeler. Cucumber noodles are more hydrating and tastier than the more popular zucchini noodles. Try English cucumbers for best noodle results.

* When using conventional cucumbers, make sure to peel off the skin before eating to avoid consuming the toxic wax coating.

CUCUMBER NOODLE BOWL 

This clean, cool noodle bowl will leave you feeling light and refreshed. The Asian-inspired flavors of lime and sesame are tossed with cucumber, carrot, and cashews in a beautiful mix of color and crunch. This nice, mild dish can easily be made spicier by adding extra red pepper flakes at the very end to find your perfect flavor. You’ll end up with a bowl that is just as beautiful as it is delicious. 

  • 4 cucumbers
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped basil
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped cashew 

Cut the cucumbers and carrots into thin strips using a julienne peeler, knife, or spiralizer. In a large bowl, toss the cucumber and carrot “noodles” with sesame oil, sesame seeds, lime juice, and red pepper flakes, if using. Just prior to serving, top the mixture with chopped cilantro, basil, and cashews. Enjoy! 

Makes 2 servings 

Excerpt from the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods.

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Healing Acid Reflux

Many people experience acid reflux or heartburn throughout their lives and don’t understand why they feel the burning sensation reach up through their chest and into their throat. Medical professionals blame acid reflux on gastric acid and hydrochloric acid backing up into the esophagus. However, this theory of the cause is unfounded and limited in its understanding as I’ll explain in this article. The digestive system is such a mystery that most of the time when physicians treat patients for illnesses, their practices are based solely on theory. In fact, even the enzyme factor is just a theory. While enzymes do exist, all research and science can do at the moment is conjecture theory as to what they do and how they cooperate with the digestive process. Nobody actually understands enzymes. Nobody actually understands what happens when food enters the stomach. For example, it is possible to experience pain from gas all the way near the neck and by the shoulders, which can seem baffling because you may wonder how gas can travel to that area of the body (find out more about this in my book Medical Medium where I discuss ammonia permeability.) There is so much left for science and research to discover in the area of digestion, which is one reason there is so little helpful information on understanding and truly healing acid reflux once and for all. 

What is Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, while it is in fact related to acids, is not due to gastric acids or hydrochloric acid from the stomach. If you or someone you know is experiencing acid reflux regularly, the acid is either coming from a bacteria or toxins in the liver and even the small intestinal tract, though the most common cause is bacterial. Medical communities have no idea that this is what is really behind this unpleasant condition. There are cases of acid reflux where there is an actual kink in the intestines or a hernia. However, if the cause is not a visible one, it is directly related to a weakened liver and bacterial growth. This bacteria produces an acid that mimics gastric acid and fools the physician into thinking that is what it is, when in fact it is not a stomach gland-produced acid at all.

When you have bacteria and toxin-based acid coming up and causing acid reflux or heartburn, it means you actually have a lack of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Hydrochloric acid is the good kind of acid that actually destroys bacteria, which in turn prevents acid reflux. In other words, if you have the bad acids, it means you do not have enough of the good acids. 

Acid reflux is also connected to a weakened liver. Typically weak digestion is due to an overburdened liver that cannot produce strong enough bile, which then forces the stomach to overproduce hydrochloric acid to compensate. This is extremely taxing on both of the organs and can then result in acid reflux. If you or someone you love has acid reflux, it’s very important to understand how the liver really works and how to support it. I cover this in detail in Liver Rescue. Bacteria builds up, sometimes in the duodenum or sometimes in the bottom of the stomach pouch, and there is not enough hydrochloric acid to fight it off. The hydrochloric acid in the stomach is actually a complex blend of seven different acids, which are yet to be discovered. Medical communities currently believe, mistakenly, that hydrochloric acid is just one acid. I shared this in my book Medical Medium. If someone has a diminished amount of three of the seven acids in hydrochloric acid, a doctor or health practitioner will not be able to spot the problem because the truth is unknown in medical science and research. 

The Three Goals for Healing Acid Reflux

Healing acid reflux is not about taking a magic pill. Just as with the other conditions I have illuminated in my books, truly healing acid reflux takes a lifestyle shift in order to heal the true root issue. When healing acid reflux, there’s three goals: build up hydrochloric acid, kill off the unproductive bacteria like streptococcus or e. Coli, and strengthen the liver. As I will discuss below, all three of these things can be achieved with some dietary changes. There are some really helpful supplements to take, as well, that are powerful bacteria-fighters. However, the main shift will come with diet. 

Foods to Avoid

The four most important foods to avoid when healing acid reflux are gluten, dairy, and eggs, and it can also be very helpful to lower or eliminate animal protein while you are healing. Gluten, dairy (milk, butter, cheese, cream, yogurt, milk kefir), and eggs are the favorite food source for bacteria and it will be very challenging to heal acid reflux if you are still eating them. If you hold the belief that yogurt or milk kefir heal the digestive tract because of their probiotic nature, it’s important to understand that the rest of what yogurt and milk kefir are made of still feed all unhelpful varieties of bacteria. Pathogens fuel themselves by eating, and if you remove gluten, dairy, and eggs from your own diet, you are removing the bacteria’s food and preventing it from festering. Even if you get the highest quality organic, free-range egg from a backyard hen, that egg will still feed the bacteria you are trying to fight off. It is unfortunate that so many people and well-intentioned practitioners still consider eggs as nature’s perfect food. They are in truth fueling the pathogens that medical communities are unaware are behind so much of chronic illness today. To find out more about pathogens and how they create problems, you can refer to my books Life-Changing Foods and Thyroid Healing

It’s helpful to lower or remove animal proteins while healing because of inherently high fat content. All animal meats are high in fat, even if it has no skin and is not fried. This may be surprising because you might have been told for so long that eating chicken breast without the skin or “lean” cuts of meat will help you lose weight due to it being made mostly of protein. However, that is simply not true. Fat is all throughout the chicken breast and other “lean” meats, even if you make it in the cleanest way possible. By lowering your fat content through reducing your animal protein, you will give your liver the break it deserves. Having to process a high-fat and high-protein diet all day is incredibly exhausting for the liver and forces the stomach to overproduce hydrochloric acid to compensate. This is not a biased attack on eating animal protein. For example, if you’re eating a vegetarian or plant-based diet and are experiencing acid reflux, be sure to lower your fat intake by reducing the amount of nuts, oils, and other high fat that you consume. Lowering your fat, no matter what diet you’re on, is an essential step when wanting to heal acid reflux. I discuss the true unknown impact of our fat intake on our health and how the liver operates and responds in my book Liver Rescue.

What to Eat

When healing from acid reflux, focus on eating plenty of healthy carbohydrates from fruit, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes. You may have been told by professionals or family members or friends to avoid these foods, but fruits and potatoes are actually amazing disease fighters. Fruit is especially powerful in knocking down bacteria. If you’re concerned that fruit has too much sugar or you’re scared to eat it because you’ve been told it’s not good for you, I can’t stress enough how incorrect this myth is. Fruit sugar is not the same as processed sugars. It’s critical for your health and the health of your loved ones that you understand this. I know it can be hard to let go of what you may have been told before, but fruit has more to offer you and your health than you can possibly imagine. To find out more about why fruit is so critical and why fruit has been given such a bad rap, you can listen to my Fruit Fear radio show and read the Fruit Fear chapter in my book Medical Medium

It’s also helpful to consume plenty of salads with cucumbers and tomatoes. Tomatoes actually have their own special kind of vitamin C that can save someone’s immune system and give them extra support when fighting pathogens. Add spinach, mache, butter lettuce, or another leafy green of choice. Sprouts and microgreens are an especially amazing addition. Throw some raw onion and raw garlic into your salads for powerful bacterial-killers, and bring in as much fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage as you can for their incredible assistance in healing bacterial issues. If you enjoy avocado, you can add some slices of that too. You can read about the undiscovered physical, spiritual, and emotional healing benefits of each of this powerhouse foods in Life-Changing Foods, which also includes 50 wonderful healing recipes.

The most miraculous food to include when fighting acid reflux is celery juice, which you can learn more about and get the recipe for in Thyroid Healing. Drinking a 16oz glass of straight celery juice (don’t add anything else to it for best results) every morning on an empty stomach restores the glands in the stomach that produce the seven-blend hydrochloric acid. There are undiscovered subgroups of mineral salts in celery juice that contribute to this process and ensure the hydrochloric acid is produced. Even drinking four to eight ounces of celery juice every morning can do wonders in healing acid reflux and heartburn. If you are experiencing bad acid reflux, you can even do two 16oz glasses of straight celery juice a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon or before dinner.

Antibacterials

Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables will naturally support you in your fight against the bacteria causing acid reflux. In truth, fruit is the most amazing antibacterial and liver healing food available to us. However, there are additional things we can do to fight the pathogen, such as including the following supplements. Goldenseal, elderberry tea, cat’s claw, and oregano oil are all incredible antibacterials that can be included on a regular or semi-regular basis. You can also consider licorice root tincture or tea and olive leaf because these herbs fight bacteria and help eliminate the gas that the bacteria produces that medical communities are unaware of. Another wonderful antibacterial is aloe vera. You can make aloe vera water, which is the most powerful way to have aloe, or drink aloe vera juice, or you can even cut open an aloe vera leaf, scoop out the gel and eat that directly. 

Additionally, considering adding herbal teas like fresh thyme tea, peppermint, elderflower, and lemon balm to your daily regimen. These herbal teas are powerful antibacterials and should not be underestimated. As always, please consult your practitioner before beginning a supplement protocol to discuss dosages. And when finding the right supplement, please visit my supplement directory. I have spent many hours bringing these together on one page. These are the exact supplements I personally trust. Not all supplements are created with the same integrity and there are many supplement companies out there that do not provide their consumers with the high quality products they promise.

Moving Forward

Now that you know the truth about what’s behind acid reflux and heartburn, you can take the steps needed to reduce and heal these conditions. If you are able to do one thing to improve your health today, celebrate that success and look forward to tomorrow when you can take another step toward healing. Focus on lowering your fat intake and drink celery juice every morning as you can. Include the supplements I recommend if you are ready for those. Enjoy plenty of vibrant, healing fruits and delicious salads. I have helped so many people over the years heal from acid reflux and heartburn from these simple lifestyle changes, and you too can experience healing and relief from this condition. 

(Note: Some visitors may search for the spelling "catsclaw" or "cats claw" when searching for "Cat's Claw". These are local or regional variations on this beneficial herb.)

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