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Skin, Hair, & Nail Health

In this article I'll share the real reasons behind skin blemishes, damaged hair, and brittle nails so you can heal your body from the inside out. Not only will you come away with better skin, shinier hair, and stronger nails, but you'll also experience better health and wellness overall.

Skin

People often turn to lotions and tonics to treat skin issues like wrinkles, blemishes, or under-eye circles, but these topical treatments won't offer the true healing people are after. Although some antiviral and anticancer skin salves will support skin issues, and some creams mildly soften and moisturize the skin, these ointments only do so much.

When it comes to figuring out skin problems, including loose skin, blemishes, and liver spots, we have to assess what's going on below the epidermis (the surface layer of the skin) and heal underlying issues.

The Liver

The health of your liver plays a huge role in the health of your skin. The more toxic your liver is, the more likely you are to develop wrinkles and other skin problems that are typically associated with aging. Many people's livers are burdened with toxins. Many of us enter the world with toxins already built up from plastics, petrol oil, DDT, toxic heavy metals, and other toxins that are passed on from our forefathers. I discuss this unknown truth and many others in my books Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Liver Rescue, and Thyroid Healing.

Many things happen inside your liver. The tremendous amount of blood that floods into the liver not only contains oxygen and nutrients, but it also has toxins the liver must filter out. Once the liver cleanses and processes the blood, it sends that blood to various areas of the body. If the liver directs blood that contains unfavorable material to the skin, you may develop liver spots, wrinkles, flabby skin, and other issues. Some people inherit incredibly toxic livers, and as a result they're forced to deal with major skin, hair, and nail issues, sometimes beginning early in life. Fortunately, there are ways to clear out these toxins and heal your skin. For more on this topic, including in-depth guidance on how to heal the liver, check out Liver Rescue.

Adrenaline

Adrenaline can create liver issues and negatively affect the health of your skin. If you've had to endure a number of acute stressors early on in life, it's likely adrenaline has negatively impacted numerous organs, including your liver. When emotionally-charged situations occur, such as the loss of a loved one or a financial hardship, corrosive adrenaline floods your system. This adrenaline hinders the liver and can impact your skin. Supporting your adrenals by grazing and using supplements and nourishing foods is a key part of revitalizing your skin.

Support for Your Skin

You can help your adrenals, cleanse your liver and support your skin with these practices:

  • Drink 16oz of straight cucumber juice daily—it's a phenomenal practice for promoting liver and skin health.
  • Avoid fried foods, eggs, dairy, gluten, pork, canola oil, corn, and soy, and keep your fat intake low. Your liver can be burdened by too much fat, and if you want healthy skin, you must support the liver. Read Liver Rescue to understand what an ideal amount of fat is and which foods to avoid or emphasize.

If you're a meat eater, reduce the amount of animal protein you consume and eat it no more than once a day. If you cut your animal protein consumption in half, it'll lower your overall fat intake and leave room in your diet for an abundance of liver-cleansing fruits, leafy greens, and vegetables.

If you eat a plant- based diet, you can reduce your plant fats by 50% also. For example, you can minimize oils, and reduce nuts and seeds to just a couple of tablespoons per day. Or if you're eating a lot of avocados, you could reduce consumption to 1/2 to 1 avocado per day.

People who notice improvements in their skin when they cut out pastries, packaged goods, fried foods, and unproductive oils will likely notice even greater improvement once they reduce their intake of fat from both animal or plant sources. The Liver Rescue 3:6:9 Cleanse in Liver Rescue would be a fantastic option to help improve skin and heal skin issues. You can do it on repeat or do it frequently if you would like to get the best results.

It's important to increase your fruits and veggies significantly no matter which fats you reduce to ensure you're still consuming enough calories. If you feel sluggish or low-energy after you reduce animal protein/fats or plant fats in your diet, it could be because you're not eating enough calories from fruits, leafy greens, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

  • Eat more beta-carotene-rich foods. Beta-carotene is critical for healthy skin, and it's found in a number of fruits and vegetables. When you provide your body with carotenes, the liver can send carotene-rich blood through the subcutaneous fat up to the skin. The liver can label and slightly alter the carotene so that it survives the trip to the dermis (a layer of skin below the outer epidermis layer). The liver is a master at manipulating chemical compounds, and it allows a completely different form of methylation than science and research are currently familiar with. When the liver knows carotenes are available to send to the skin, it fuels the delivery differently by making sure that there's ample oxygen in the blood that supplies the carotenes to the dermis. This incredible process hasn't been discovered yet. Foods high in beta-carotene include mangoes, papayas, mamey sapote, sweet potatoes, raspberries, colorful melons, and leafy greens like spinach.
  • Eat foods that contain silica. It'll be years before science and research discover that there are two different kinds of silica. One type offers tremendous support for the bones and the other is particularly helpful for the skin. This second variety of silica is in vegetables, including asparagus, artichokes, and kale stems.
  • Horsetail and nettle contain both varieties of silica, and when you ingest either herb, your liver separates out the two kinds of silica and delivers each to the area they best support. A high-quality silica supplement that supports bone health can provide a number of additional benefits.
  • Rid your liver of pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. One great way to remove these toxins is by drinking the Medical Medium Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie daily, as it contains the top five foods for detoxifying heavy metals from the body: wild blueberries, cilantro, spirulina, barley grass juice powder, and Atlantic dulse.
  • Stay hydrated. Hydration is essential for healthy skin. People who are chronically dehydrated can actually have skin that's deficient of water. Drink lemon water, celery juice, and other healing liquids, including fresh fruit and vegetable juices daily.

Hair

Just like the health of your skin, the health of your hair is largely due to issues deep below the surface.

Adrenaline & Emotional Stress

Adrenaline from emotional events and life stressors can have a major impact on the health of your hair. When you experience a painful situation or serious hardship, adrenaline floods your system, affecting your liver, skin, and hair. Under stress, your hair may develop a straw-like texture and fall out. These symptoms can occur after a hardship takes place and may continue for a period of time unless you provide your body with the nourishment and support it needs.

A protein-packed hair care product won't give your hair the restoration you hope for. One of the best things you can do is support your adrenals, because their health helps determine the health of your hair. Learn more about adrenal fatigue and ways to nourish your adrenals in my book, Medical Medium.

Alopecia

Medical experts incorrectly believe alopecia is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles that generate hair growth. The truth is that alopecia is an adrenal issue.

Medical research and science are unaware that adrenaline is made up of a complicated group of hormones that haven't been identified yet. If someone has alopecia, his or her adrenals are lacking one of the undocumented hormones that make up part of the 56 different blends of adrenaline that I detail in Medical Medium. Ashwagandha can help restore a trace of the missing hormone. I've worked with people who had alopecia, and once they addressed their adrenal health issues, their hair grew back.

Liver Health

If your liver is overburdened with toxins, you're more likely to experience hair problems, hair loss, and scalp issues, like dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis. Again, Liver Rescue offers critical support for these issues.

Supportive Supplements & Teas

Skin, hair, and nail formulas may have a minuscule amount of beneficial ingredients, such as horsetail or nettle leaf, but they're also usually packed with fillers and other ingredients that aren't helpful. If you want to support your hair, or if you have alopecia, consider these supplements:

Find high-quality supplements on the Medical Medium preferred supplements page.

Nails

The state of your nails can indicate more about your overall health than you may realize. Although divots or ridges in your nails may be annoying, they can be helpful signs of internal issues that need to be addressed.

Zinc Deficiencies, Adrenaline, & Liver Issues

Do your nails have white spots, divots, ridges, pockets, bubbles, or vanishing half moons? A long-standing zinc deficiency is typically part of the reason for nail issues. The second part of the problem is usually liver-related. When you experience an emotionally-charged situation, whether it's falling in love or enduring a breakup, adrenaline often surges through your system. The adrenaline can break down the body if proper adrenal support isn't in place. Frequent adrenaline rushes can harm the liver and lead to thin, brittle, unhealthy nails. Fortunately, there are supplements and foods that can help restore the underlying issues that result in poor nail health.

Supportive Supplements

When it comes to restoring nails, people often become focused on protein deficiency. Instead, shift your focus to providing your body with the vitamins and minerals that can revitalize your nails:

If you work with a practitioner to bring in these supplements and support your liver and adrenals through a diet full of fruits, leafy greens and veggies, you'll begin to notice positive changes in your nails and overall health.

The Truth About Protein

Many medical professionals believe that increasing protein consumption is the answer for better skin, hair, and nails, but this isn't entirely true. High quality protein (which can easily be procured from spirulina, barley grass juice powder, and foods like kale, spinach, lentils, black beans, and walnuts), is valuable. However, overloading the liver with large quantities of protein can actually tire out the organ and undermine the health of your skin, hair, and nails. Thousands of compounds and chemical functions play a role in the health of your skin, hair, and nails, and it's detrimental to exclusively champion protein as the most important element. Too much protein can have negative effects on your liver and therefore your skin, hair, and nails. Shift your focus from protein to the foods and supplements that offer genuine support. Learn more in my Truth About Protein article and radio show.

The Truth About Fish Oil Supplements

Omega-3 fish oil has been widely promoted as a support for hair, skin, and nail health, but this information is misguided. The highly concentrated mercury found in krill and fish oil supplements harms the body. Even products that claim to be mercury-free still contain this toxic heavy metal. Regardless of the diet you choose to follow, switch out your fish oil supplement for a plant-based omega-3. This doesn't mean you can't eat certain fish you enjoy, like salmon, because a serving of fish has less mercury than concentrated fish oil.

For more information on fish oil supplements check out the “What Not to Eat” chapter in Medical Medium.

Supportive Foods for the Skin, Hair, & Nails

The food choices you make can have an incredible impact. These foods will support your liver and adrenal glands, and therefore will improve the health of your skin, hair, and nails:

  • Red leaf and butter leaf, which can provide your body with powerful omega-3s.
  • Hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and walnuts (in small amounts) also contain wonderful omega-3s.
  • Celery juice and cucumber juice offer invaluable liver support.
  • Figs are wonderful for hair, skin, and nail health, as well as women's reproductive issues. If you can't find fresh figs, include a few organic dried figs in your diet.
  • Wild blueberries offer the most powerful support for your liver of any food in existence.
  • Cherries and other berries are also good for your liver and can support hair, skin, and nail health.
  • Figs, avocados, and bananas are rich in potassium, an essential element for the skin.
  • Bananas are fantastic at helping flush out the liver, cleanse the intestinal tract, and support hair, skin, and nail health.
  • Papayas and mangoes are particularly helpful for supporting the skin.
  • Lentils that are sprouted divide into a carbohydrate and are stored as glycogen, which offers incredible support for your skin, hair, and nails.

Moving Forward

When you want to improve your skin, hair, and nails, become curious about what's going on underneath the surface. Could your liver need support? Have your adrenals been under severe strain? Learning more about underlying issue can help you address the root causes.You can heal your body from the inside out when you know these truths, apply the correct protocol, and have patience. You'll be rewarded with the gift of better health. Reach out for support along your journey, and remember that your body is capable of true healing.

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Powerful Rose Hips

We tend to forget about vitamin C unless we’re trying to fight off a cold. Even though we’ve read in the history books about sailors who used to contract scurvy on long voyages without fresh fruit—so we’re familiar with the concept of vitamin C deficiency—it drifts off to the parts of our minds where we store information about DDT, mercury, and other dangers we think are set firmly in the past. Truth is, vitamin C deficiency is still a reality today, and it can contribute to almost any disease. Vitamin C is a critical part of how we survive here on earth—which is why you want rose hips in your life. The vitamin C in rose hips is the most bioidentical, bioavailable form of vitamin C in existence—that is, the most usable form for our bodies. Plus, the vitamin C in rose hips has the power to transform other vitamin C found in the system from other foods you eat into something bigger and better, which is why taking a vitamin C that’s enhanced with rose hips or drinking rose hip tea if you’re taking vitamin C helps to maximize its potency. Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory (and the vitamin C in rose hips is more anti-inflammatory than from any other source); helps increase our blood’s white count by strengthening our neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, and macrophages; and generally boosts the immune system against viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, and other unwanted fungus. 

Rose hips are a particularly helpful catalyst for battling virtually any type of infection. When a virus such as Epstein-Barr is active in the body, it often gives off damaging neurotoxins and dermatoxins, and in the process, a jelly-like substance called biofilm forms from the virus’s debris. This biofilm is not only like a petri dish for unproductive microorganisms such as bacteria in the body, it can also gunk up the works of critical organs. The liver acts as a sponge, absorbing this biofilm in an effort to protect the body, however the biofilm can break loose into the blood, and then, because the heart draws much of its blood from the liver, this sticky jelly residue can get caught in heart valves such as the mitral valve. This is a hidden cause of mystery heart palpitations, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, and arrhythmia. The vitamin C in rose hips can stop this from occurring. It has a dissolving effect on biofilm, helping to break up deposits of it and ultimately give relief to the person who suffers from irregular heartbeats.

Rose hips are amazing for alleviating UTIs—much more powerful at the job than cranberries—and for healing skin conditions. They also have a higher ratio of antioxidants than most healing foods, and contain a wide variety of antioxidants (many of which are still undiscovered) in addition to vitamin C. Roses’ roots go deeper into the soil than many other shrubs. Because of the depths to which they reach, they’re able to work their way into clay and loam, and draw up nearly every type ofmineral, including critical silica. Even when you grow roses in your backyard, the resulting rose hips are still a wild food. Grafting, hybridization, and cultivation cannot take the wildness out of the rose—these powers never waver.

CONDITIONS

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

Ear infections, dental issues, gum disease, gum abscesses, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as bladder infections and kidney infections, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), laryngitis, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, colds, influenza, sinus infections, acne, vitiligo, skin infections, staph infections, strep throat, sties, eye infections, MRSA, toenail and fingernail fungus, adrenal fatigue, herpex simplex 2 (HSV-2), all autoimmune diseases and disorders, chronic bronchitis, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), hemorrhoids, psoriatic arthritis, internal bacterial infections, seizure disorders, diabetes

SYMPTOMS

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

Sore throat, canker sores, heart palpitations, stagnant liver, sluggish liver, constipation, rashes, excess mucus, fever, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, arrhythmia, enlarged spleen, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), blurred vision, frozen shoulder, hot flashes, blisters, body pain, itchy skin, listlessness, brain lesions, mineral deficiencies, cough, dizzy spells, ringing or buzzing in the ears, dry skin, eye dryness, malaise, neck pain, nervousness, shoulder pain

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Have you ever felt like someone had it out for you? Like you were under psychic attack? Do others’ negative opinions affect your state of mind? Rose hips are critical to protect you against this sort of ill will. Whether people are upset that you’re pursuing natural approaches (such as natural childbirth or breastfeeding for a long period), laying down the law at work, or following your conscience when they wish you’d compromise your morals, bring in rose hips to block out the naysayers so you can pursue your path.

SPIRITUAL LESSON

The fleeting beauty of roses gets a lot of attention. What about when the petals drop away? It isn’t cause for melancholy, or reflection on how we’re at the mercy of time—it’s cause for celebration. That big, showy, fragrant blossom was just the invitation; the party really gets started once the rose fades and the flower’s fruit, the rose hip, begins to ripen. The same is true of people. Getting older isn’t a reason to mourn— our younger years are just the beginning. As we age and our experience grows, we gain our real value: fruitful wisdom that we can share and use to nourish each other. What else in your life are you writing off as an end, when really, it’s a beginning?

TIPS

* The rose hip is the rose’s soul. Before you brew rose hip tea, set the serving of dried rose hips you intend to use in the sun for five minutes (no more). This will activate the rose hips’ most powerful memory of swaying in the wind and basking in the sun on a perfect August day—which enhances the soul of the rose so it can pass on its maximum potency to you.

* Once you’ve made your tea, add a squeeze of lemon and some raw honey to make the vitamin C content highly active

ORANGE ROSE HIPS ICED TEA

When you have a spare moment to wind down, turn your mind to rose hips, and brew up a batch of this sweet, light, and refreshing iced tea. As you take time to enjoy it on your own or with a companion, bask in the drink’s benefits and the simple pleasure of nourishing yourself.

  • 2 teaspoons dried rose hips
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Boil 2 cups of water. Steep rosehips in 11/2 cups of water for 5 minutes or more.*Place the tea in the refrigerator to cool. When cool, add 1/2 cup of orange juice. Serve over ice and enjoy! 

* If a stronger, more medicinal tea is desired, use 2 teaspoons or up to 1 tablespoon of the tea blend per serving.

Makes 2 cups

Learn more about the hidden healing powers of fruits & vegetables in the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Pet Health

Like humans, our pets can encounter a number of health issues throughout their lives. Whether your pet is dealing with a neurological condition, cancer, a thyroid problem, bad breath, or anything else, there are steps you can take to support them and improve their health.

Creating Support

There are a number of health issues you have to watch out for as a pet owner. Working with a compassionate, understanding veterinarian is crucial. Some people opt for a holistic vet, while others choose a more conventionally-minded veterinarian. Today many veterinarians seem to be implementing a mix of allopathic and holistic ideas in their practices. Find someone you love and respect.

A Helpful Resource

Dr. Jeff Feinman is a brilliant and compassionate holistic veterinarian who offers a number of incredible resources, informative materials and online support on his website holisticactions.com. Consider joining his online Holistic Pet Care Community, where you’ll be part of empowering online meetings.

Therapy Companions

If you have a pet in your life, you probably already know in your heart and soul that they make wonderful therapy companions. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, horse, rabbit, or other cuddly critter, your pet can help you heal:

  • Pets stimulate your immune system and can play a part in helping heal disease and illness.
  • Your natural killer cells can become more responsive when you’re around your pets.
  • Your platelets are also responsive, and a pet in your life can positively stimulate platelet production if you’re struggling with a low platelet condition.
  • A pet can help your adrenals calm down and balance out.

Yes, there are temporary, infrequent moments where you’ll have frustration with your pet. But these stressors are outweighed by the countless moments where your pet brings healing for your adrenals, immune system, and more.

If you don’t have a pet, but you scratch the back of your neighbor's dog or pet your friend’s cat, you’re still stimulating your immune system. Just touching or briefly cuddling an animal can elicit positive responses in the body.

Cysts, Tumors and Nodules

Many animals develop cysts, tumors, and nodules during their lifetimes. Lipomas, which are fatty tumors, can grow quite large in both cats and dogs. Tiny tentacle-like roots extend out from the tumor in search of food. Consequently, if you feed your animals toxic foods that fuel the lipoma, its roots will draw these foods in and it will keep growing. Taking certain toxic foods out of your pet’s diet can halt the lipoma’s growth.

GMO foods are especially problematic fuel for lipomas and can trigger aggressive growth, so make your pet’s diet GMO-free if possible. If your pet has serious lipoma issues, a grain-free diet is ideal. If you can only afford to feed your pet food that contains some unproductive ingredients, don’t stress yourself out. I know you’re doing the best you possibly can.

Adding these supplements to your pet’s daily routine can help prevent and slow down the growth of lipomas:

Hot Spots

If your pet badly itches and bites their fur out in certain places, they may be suffering from hot spots. Typically hot spots are a reaction to something in the animal’s diet. Try switching your pet’s food to better choices, but know it may take six to eight weeks to notice changes. If you don’t notice any difference after this period of time, try changing your pet’s food a second time. Then reassess, and if you’re still not seeing changes, switch up the diet a third time.

Oftentimes, unhealthy food, such as food with fillers or other unproductive ingredients, plays a part in the development of hot spots. Changing up food, even if it’s clean, healthy food, can help break up the hot spot and fur loss cycle. Bringing vitamin C into your pet’s daily protocol can help heal the wounds.

UTIs & Teeth Issues

Helping your pet heal from a UTI can be challenging, and chronic UTIs can be especially painful for an animal.

  • Vitamin C is an essential preventative measure that builds your pet’s immune system.
  • Olive leaf is another powerful supplement.
  • Pau d’arco is great for UTI support and helps with teeth problems.
  • A tiny bit of propolis can be helpful for UTIs, teeth issues, and gum infections.
  • Adding small amounts of fresh oregano and parsley into your pet’s food can also help with UTIs.
  • Dr. Feinman’s online resource offers support for UTIs also.

Heart Problems

If your pet suffers from heart disease or vascular issues, it’s critical to provide him or her with coenzyme Q10 and vitamin C. From here, work with your holistic veterinarian to figure out what particular supplements your pet needs.

How I Care For My Dogs

Below I’ll share some things I do to care for my dogs. Hopefully this information provides you with some new ideas and insights, regardless of the kind of pet you own. Talk to your veterinarian about which practices would be best for your pet.

Raw Food

I’ve fed raw meat, vegetables and fruits to every dog I’ve had since childhood. Over thirty years ago, this was considered reckless and dangerous. Fortunately, this particular diet has grown immensely popular in recent years. Now raw food and dehydrated raw food line the shelves of pet stores, and almost all conventional and holistic vets praise this dietary option.

My dogs have always had good results from eating raw, grass-fed meat. Try your best to avoid factory-farmed meat, and stick with high-quality, grass-fed varieties whenever possible. Instead of purchasing ground meat, opt for a whole, grass-fed selection, which typically contains less bacteria.

In various Medical Medium resources, I’ve mentioned the seven acids that make up your stomach's hydrochloric acid. This blend is unique to humans. Dogs have their own blend, which is made up of twenty acids, and cats have a similar combination. Science and research have yet to discover the truth about our stomach’s hydrochloric acid blends.

If your pet is a carnivore, he or she may really enjoy and benefit from raw meaty bones. Marrow bones, which are loaded with minerals that are ideal for dogs, cats, and other carnivorous pets, are particularly incredible. The mineral composition inside these bones can transform the health of your pet. You can always consult your vet if you wish to feed your pets raw meaty bones. It’s important to never feed your pet cooked bones because they can splinter and be hazardous, plus they can’t be digested.

If you’ve always fed your pet cooked meat and veggies but haven’t ever encountered food-related health issues, you can definitely continue providing your pet with a cooked diet (with the exception of cooked bones). Sweet potatoes can be an especially great cooked vegetable option. If health issues do arise, you may want to try bringing in some raw food.

There are many high-quality raw food sources today, including:

  • The Honest Kitchen company sells raw, dehydrated cat food and dog food. You simply add a little water and have a tasty, wholesome dish for your pet in no time.
  • K9 Granola Factory makes fun and tasty coconut-based, grain-free treats and biscuits.

Homemade Meals

In addition to the raw meat, I give my dogs homemade meals. Around lunchtime, I make my dogs a mash by throwing an apple and two celery sticks into the food processor for each dog. I often add a little barley grass juice extract powder and a little B-12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin as well.

I try to incorporate wild blueberries into my dogs’ diet every day. I often grind a pint of defrosted frozen wild blueberries in their lunchtime mash. Sprinkling a touch of flaxseed meal or chia seed meal into your dog’s food will help protect their immune system (note that too much of either seed may cause bloating).

Around dinnertime, I give my dogs larger-sized, raw, meaty, marrow bones. I let them chew on the bones a bit, rip off some meat, and lick out some of the marrow. After that, I push the rest of the marrow out of the bone with my thumb and give it to them. I try to ensure they don’t crunch too much of the bone because it could be problematic if they accidentally swallowed a large piece.

Bringing in Fruit

Fruit is incredibly beneficial for your health and your pet’s health. Whether you have a puppy or a full grown dog, try giving your pooch a few different pieces of fruit, such as bananas, papaya, berries, apples, and pears whenever you can.

Fruit can help support your pet’s nervous system, help prevent and discontinue the growth of lipomas, and assist in the prevention and reversal of cancers. The antioxidants in fruits will support your animal’s immune system, and just a little fruit each day can do wonders for your pet’s health!

Incorporating Veggies

My dogs eat veggies as well. They also love to munch on celery, which is an herb, and each of them eats around four to five sticks per day. I give them a few veggies after their morning meal of grass-fed beef and again in the afternoon after they devour their marrow bones. Cucumber is another favorite snack of theirs.

It’s alright for your dog or cat to eat a little grass if they go outside, as long as you don’t spray your yard with dangerous chemicals or live in a community that sprays. You may even want to grow a wheatgrass bed indoors for your cat. Sometimes when dogs and cats feel sick or unwell, they try to eat a large quantity of grass in an attempt to make themselves throw up, but this can actually create a dangerous blockage in your pet’s intestinal tract. Try to prevent too much outside grass consumption. Let your vet know if your pet is overeating grass outside, or seek support online with a resource like Holistic Actions.

An amazing way to bring greens into your animal’s life is to add a little barley grass juice powder into their food.

Grains and Pets

If your only choice is between low-quality, GMO dog food that contains fillers, byproducts, and chemicals versus homemade dog food that contains grains, I’d recommend the grain-containing homemade dog food. You could combine cooked brown rice with a bit of sweet potato, winter squash, broccoli, or celery and make a meal that’s significantly better than store-bought GMO food. However, if you can provide grain-free meal options, that’s ideal. I like keeping my dog’s diet grain-free, but there are some animals that are dependent on grains—it’s important to keep your unique pet in mind when creating a diet plan.

Cats, Dogs and Veganism

Some people feed their dogs or cats a vegan diet. This type of diet can be beneficial short-term if you’re trying to reverse an illness, but alongside the vegan diet it’s critical to provide wild salmon oil. Because cats and dogs are carnivores, they cannot thrive on a regular vegan diet. You can find the wild salmon oil I recommend on the Medical Medium preferred pet products page.

Deficiencies & Supportive Supplements

Addressing any deficiencies your pet may have is essential. Consider:

  • Pet Health+™ by Ambaya Gold, a great multivitamin for helping reduce deficiencies.
  • SeaMeal™, a kelp-based supplement that provides your pet with some essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Barley grass juice powder sprinkled into daily meals to help with deficiencies.
  • B-12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin can bring a positive shift in your pet’s health, and it’s especially important if your pet is suffering from neurological or nervous system problems. Just a few drops can help, though if your pet is larger, a couple more drops may be beneficial.
  • Vitamin C can support a number of health problems, including neurological and central nervous system issues.
  • A drop or two of high-quality zinc can be helpful for animals, especially those with thyroid disease. Thyroid disease in animals is similar to thyroid disease in humans. I share the true, unknown cause of Hashimoto’s disease, which is Epstein-Barr virus, and other undiscovered truths about thyroid conditions in Thyroid Healing.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin, though I’ve never seen them provide abundant support for serious joint and arthritis problems in humans, can be highly supportive in animals.
  • MSM also seems to work even more effectively for pets than humans.
  • Rescue Remedy’s alcohol-free tincture for helping to keep pets calm and cool is helpful.
  • A great skin salve may benefit some animals.

The Medical Medium preferred pet products page highlights high quality supplements, including the line of alcohol-free, veterinary herbal extracts by Hawaii Pharm.

Foods to Avoid

There are some foods pets should not eat:

  • Grapes contain a phytochemical that’s toxic to dogs.
  • Some varieties of avocado, such as those grown in the West Indies and the larger avocado varieties found in Florida, aren’t safe for your pet. (A regular Hass avocado is OK).
  • Macadamia nuts should not be fed to dogs or cats.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to cats and dogs.
  • Tinctures that contain alcohol should be avoided, unless that’s all you have to work with.

Moving Forward with Healing

Our pets mean so much to us. Some people describe their pet as their baby, child, or best friend. Our animals are some of our closest companions and have been there through the best and worst moments of our lives.

It’s important to take care of your sweet animals and provide for their health, but it’s also important to support your own health so that your pets have the healthiest, most vibrant parent possible. If you’re struggling with your own health, check out my radio shows, articles, books, and other Medical Medium resources.You and your pet can grow in wellness together.

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Obsessive Compulsive (OCD)

My heart goes out to anyone who suffers from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—this condition can feel like a brutal and lonely battle. It’s often challenging for someone who doesn’t struggle with OCD to make sense of it. In this article, I’ll explain the underlying causes. The truth can help combat negative stigma and give people who are suffering the answers they need to heal.

All Shapes & Sizes

There isn’t just one type of OCD. Medical communities are unaware that there are hundreds of varieties that manifest in different ways. Many people don’t even realize they’re suffering from a mild, hidden form of OCD. They may even be incorrectly led by a medical doctor or psychologist to believe that their unique issue stems from something other than OCD. Something as simple as having a comfort zone with specific parameters could be a mild form of OCD. If even a slight shift in a daily rhythm, routine, or habit causes you severe irritation, anger, or distress, you may unknowingly be suffering from a variety of OCD.

In the United States, between three and four million people have been diagnosed with OCD. This is far from the actual number of people suffering, which is at least 150 million in the US alone.

The Causes of OCD

There are two distinct groups of OCD. One group spawns from emotional wounds or soul trauma, such as physical or emotional abuse. The second group is due to toxic heavy metals in the brain. It’s also possible to have OCD behaviors that stem from both, and the combination can result in extremely challenging OCD.

Group One: Emotional Wounds and Soul Trauma

A severe emotional blow can trigger OCD behavior. Whether someone actually develops OCD is influenced by how he or she copes with emotional stress and his or her unique sensitivities. For some people, even mild emotional injuries can lead to OCD.

Situations that can create emotional wounds and soul trauma include the death of a loved one, betrayal, the shattering of long-standing hopes, a devastating physical injury or illness, bullying, or divorce. High stress situations or confrontations of almost any kind can also play a part. These examples aren’t not meant to point blame, rather, they’re given to highlight events that might have played a role in creating emotional wounds and soul trauma that you can begin to heal.

Some researchers and experts are already discussing the idea that, in certain cases, emotional traumas can create OCD. But what these professionals don’t yet understand is that when an individual feels intense emotional pain or repeated stress, this emotional strain can lead to certain areas of the brain overworking. In these overworked areas, intensely heated electrical charges can cause the root problems that create OCD behavior.

I’ll explain this with an example of being bullied in school. The first time you’re bullied, electrical charges in a certain part of the emotional area of the brain heat up. This heat subsides once the bullying episode ceases, although you may suffer from mild post-traumatic stress disorder. A few days later you are bullied once again. Immediately, electrical charges heat up that same area of the brain. Fortunately, this area again cools down once the bullying ceases. Perhaps bullying occurs a third, fourth, or fifth time, and the same part of the brain experiences intense heat. Continuous, intense heat to this area—without ample time for the body to heal—can lead to calloused brain tissue for adults and children.

Have you heard the term hotheaded? It may be an accurate description in certain instances.

Bullying isn’t the only situation that creates intense heat. Physical burnout can arise from a number of emotionally heavy events and result in a small area of calloused brain tissue.

The area of the emotional center of the brain in which this physical burnout occurs depends on the emotional event or stressor. The body handles each event and stressor differently, and the area of the brain that experiences this heat depends on the unique situation. The reason this type of burnout occurs in particular areas of the brain is to protect the body from suffering greater health issues.

In the areas where a thin layer of callused tissue has formed, neurons become hypersensitive and create a foundation for OCD behaviors to arise. This tiny calloused spot can hinder the billions of electrical nerve impulses that dart around your brain from traveling effortlessly to their destination. These electrical impulses carry critical information—as well as a part of your soul and will—and they’re able to think for themselves.

When an electrical impulse is unable to travel through this callused area on the first attempt, it will determinedly try again. Although technically there’s nothing wrong with the brain tissue, the thin callused layer has created a blockade that the electrical impulse cannot comfortably cross. As the electrical impulse makes multiple attempts to move through this altered region, a variety of OCD may emerge. All of this is completely unknown to medical research, and it’s decades from being discovered.

If your brain has experienced this type of burnout, you may experience racing thoughts or feel compelled to do things like wash your hands numerous times, repeatedly wash your feet, or shower with extreme frequency. If you aren’t able to perform a behavior, you may find that you feel extremely agitated or distraught. Hoarding, which is actually an unknown variety of OCD, also falls into this category. Other varieties within this group include extreme self-doubt, self-loathing, insecurities, and a lack of confidence. Medical communities are completely unaware that many of these issues fall under OCD.

Group Two: Toxic Heavy Metals in the Brain

Today everyone is exposed to some degree of toxic heavy metals. As I brought to light in Medical Medium, we also inherit toxic heavy metals from the generations of family members before us. This isn't a genetic issue. It's simply the passing on of these heavy metals at conception and in the womb. Unfortunately, OCD can arise if a certain amount of mercury, aluminum, or copper settles close enough to the endocrine glands in the brain or the emotional highway or emotional center of the brain. (Mercury is often a key component). The severity of the OCD often depends on the amount of toxic heavy metals in the brain.

As I shared above, the electrical impulses that run across neurons in your brain possess a tremendous amount of information as well as energy of your soul and will. Your desire to wake up in the morning, go to work, protect your family, breathe, survive, or save a life is all connected to your will, and a piece of this can be found in your electrical impulses.

The OCD varieties found in this group emerge when the electrical impulses running across neurons in the emotional center of the brain come into contact with toxic heavy metal deposits. Mercury and other toxic heavy metals short out electrical impulses. One reason for this is that the electricity running on mineral salts is different than the electricity that drives through metal.

After running up against the metal for a period of time, the intelligent electrical impulse will eventually decide to take a different path to get to its destination. But prior to this, the electrical impulse will repeatedly ram against the metal deposit in an attempt to follow its usual pathway. This repeated meeting of the toxic heavy metal and electrical impulse can trigger OCD behaviors, such as repeatedly locking doors or checking that the stove is turned off.

The electrical impulse is desperate to get the information it contains to the necessary destination to prevent serious health consequences, such as a stroke or mini-stroke (TIA).

Unfortunately, once the electrical impulse decides to find another path around the heavy metal deposit, it may run into other roadblocks (including callused tissue or more heavy metals) that can create new quirks in an individual.

If you’re having trouble imagining an electrical impulse running into heavy metal deposits in your brain tissue, try picturing a car driving down the street carrying precious cargo. In the electrical impulse, this precious cargo is pieces of the will, soul, and critical information for your survival. As the car zips along, it encounters a blockade of heavy metal barrels in the middle of the road. Imagine the car slamming into the barrels in an attempt to break through the barrier and carry on. After a few attempts, the driver realizes he needs to find another way and backs up. In an attempt to navigate around the barrels, the car drives onto the sidewalk. It runs over pedestrians, signs, and benches, because it’s desperate to deliver this vital information and will do whatever it takes to accomplish its mission.

Similarly, the electrical impulse will eventually try to carve out a new pathway for itself no matter how difficult it may be. If electrical impulses in your brain continually run into heavy metal deposits or a lot of callused tissue, you may lose your ability to function in other ways. A psychiatrist may suggest you take a prescription drug for your quirks or behaviors, but taking a drug isn’t always the best choice.

Tips for OCD Sufferers

Changing up your routine can be a challenging, but very beneficial strategy for healing OCD. It may feel impossible, and it may be especially difficult for someone with agoraphobia, but the slightest changes can be invaluable. Try staying at a family member’s house or friend’s home for a night. A week at a hotel is another option. Changing up your location, scenery, or routine can start breaking your OCD. When you return home or go back to your regular routine, you may notice your OCD is slightly less present.

Even after an electrical impulse has found a new route around the heavy metal deposit or callused brain tissue, the habit of the OCD behaviors alone can be challenging to break. For that reason, OCD behaviors can continue for years even after the electrical impulse has found a new pathway. It’s important to start changing up your environment and surroundings even as you work to heal the neurological issues with the foods and supplements below.

Supportive Foods

The foods you eat can have an incredible impact on your body’s ability to heal from OCD. Bring the following foods into your diet:

  • The five heavy metal detox foods, spirulina, barley grass juice powder, Atlantic dulse, wild blueberries, and cilantro. These are critical for anyone suffering from the second type of OCD. And because we’re all exposed to heavy metals, they’re helpful for anyone. Drink the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie daily, and learn more about heavy metals more on my blog.
  • Wild blueberries can help repair callused brain tissue.
  • Cantaloupe and mango are powerful fruits.
  • Blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain undiscovered phytochemicals that help repair brain tissue.
  • Papaya, a very soothing food, helps reduce OCD because its sugars feed the electrical impulses that need support.
  • Leafy greens, such as spinach, mâche, arugula, and butter leaf lettuce are important foods.
  • Sweet potatoes and squashes, including butternut, buttercup, delicata, kabocha, sweet dumpling and red kuri are helpful.

Supportive Supplements

Everybody's OCD condition is unique, and therefore each person’s supplementation protocol has to be tailored for their specific needs. It may be beneficial to work with a supportive practitioner to create the best supplement routine for you. Check out my list of preferred supplements on my website.

  • Sam-E can be incredibly helpful for people suffering from OCD, depression, or anxiety.
  • L-glutamine (talk to your practitioner about taking an ample amount).
  • 5HTP can be helpful for OCD sufferers, however if you are highly sensitive it’s possible it may bother your stomach.
  • Gingko leaf contains incredible alkaloids that help repair callused brain tissue.
  • Ashwagandha helps support the adrenals and the brain.

OCD can trigger off adrenaline, and an addiction to adrenaline can arise alongside OCD behaviors. This is why supporting your adrenals while you work to heal from OCD is essential. (Learn more about adrenaline addiction in part one and part two of my “Addictions” radio show).

Regardless of the diet you follow, bringing in some of these supplements and foods can offer tremendous support for OCD.

Moving Forward

My hope is that this information brings comfort and inspiration to those suffering from OCD and those whose loved ones struggle with this difficult condition. By reading this article you’ve already taken one step forward in your healing journey. Now you know how to support the electrical impulses running through your intricately beautiful brain. Awareness is a huge piece of healing. You have the knowledge, tips, tools, foods, and supplements needed to free yourself from the hardships triggered by emotional wounds, soul trauma, and toxic heavy metals. May you use this information to create a life of peace, joy, and wellness.

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Miraculous Ginger

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.

CONDITIONS

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

SYMPTOMS

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

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

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.

SPIRITUAL LESSON

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.

TIPS

* 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

GINGER LIMEADE

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.

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Healing Powers of Melon

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.

CONDITIONS

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

SYMPTOMS

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

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

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.

SPIRITUAL LESSON

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.

TIPS

  • 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

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Truth About ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s and motor neuron disease, is one of the most misunderstood mystery illnesses today. There is misinformation being spread about ALS and many incorrect diagnoses of this illness that are resulting in devastating consequences. If you or a loved one suffers with ALS, it’s important that you know there is hope. Healing is possible once you 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 people, ALS is still a complete mystery illness to medical communities. In the conventional medical world you will likely hear ALS described as a motor neuron disease. This is almost true. Medical science and research don’t yet know that ALS is actually a viral inflammatory illness where viruses are feeding off 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’ve 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: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, these toxic metals are the perfect fuel for viruses. In the case of ALS, there’s typically a severe viral infection of HHV-6 coupled with a few other herpes virus strains feeding on these metals. When symptoms increase in severity, and mild tingles and numbness turn into acute loss of muscle control, it’s 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’s possible that your body is overrun with viruses. Once you reach this point, you can still turn your condition around. In this instance, it’s critical to work with a doctor or practitioner to create a healing protocol that incorporates foods and supplements that naturally fight viruses and draw heavy metals out of the body.

Medical communities are still tragically unaware of the true causes of people’s suffering when it comes to most neurological symptoms and conditions. A doctor may blame your genes or suggest that your body is attacking itself, but these trendy ideas are incorrect and damaging. I discuss this in-depth in Thyroid Healing.

A Reckless Diagnosis

ALS is a real illness, just like other chronic illnesses, but the damaging beliefs attached to the ALS label can destroy people’s health rather than help them understand that they’re fully capable of healing.

Being handed an ALS label today can have a similar effect on someone as the effect 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’s important to understand the weight a diagnosis can have, and how beliefs about a diagnosis can lead to immense fear or panic. If a person has severe viral infections, their condition may worsen because of these emotional responses.

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 a diagnosis of ALS (or another neurological disease).

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’ve 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 be aware of the tests’ potential inaccuracies.

Men and Women

Men are diagnosed with ALS a little more frequently than women. 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 helps women bear the weight of a diagnosis as well as symptoms and conditions better than most men. 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 ALS.

Overcoming an ALS Diagnosis

James, 47, a client I worked with years ago, started noticing stiffness in his hands, shoulders, and legs while working at his factory job. Then he started to experience muscle twitching and numbness. A neurologist diagnosed James with ALS based off his symptoms alone. This was a completely incorrect diagnosis. James was actually exhibiting symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome, another mystery condition. (I share the true cause of Guillain-Barré—which is unknown to medical communities—in Medical Medium).

Shortly after James was handed an ALS diagnosis, he began experiencing twitches. He sought out the opinion of two other specialists, who didn’t contradict the ALS diagnosis and who suggested that in about five to seven years his body would completely fall apart. This news left James in a constant state of stress and emotional turmoil. All of this exacerbated James’s symptoms, feeding his growing panic. Around this time, James’s wife, Julie, learned of me and sought out an appointment.

I relayed to them that James had a herpes virus, HHV-6 in his brain, as well as heavy metals, including 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 explained to James and Julie that a viral inflammatory condition in James’ brain was responsible for his neurological problems. Not only was his body battling HHV-6, but it was fighting against two other herpes viruses 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. 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.

Once James no longer believed he was close to dying, his symptoms quickly improved. 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 (for supplement recommendations and dosages, see Liver Rescue) 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’d 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. Below are some suggestions and recommendations that may help you begin your healing journey and live a full, vibrant life.

Glucose & Mineral Salts

If you’re suffering with a neurological symptom or condition, bringing ample glucose into your diet is critical. In order to heal, the central nervous system needs an abundance of the natural sugar found in fruits and carbohydrate-rich vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes.

High-fat, high-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. A diet filled with an abundance of natural glucose is critical in these cases. If you’re concerned about eating fruit, check out my chapter on Fruit Fear in Medical Medium.

The central nervous system also benefits from a diet rich in mineral salts from foods such as kale, spinach and celery juice. The adrenal health snacks I offer on my blog are helpful too.

Building Muscle

Sweet potatoes and other carbohydrate-rich foods help build your muscle. This may come as a surprise, because many people incorrectly believe protein helps build muscle. In truth though, only two things help build muscle: consuming critical clean carbohydrates (read all about this in Liver Rescue) and actually using the muscles. Glucose builds muscle quickly. If you doubt this, picture the muscular, 300-pound apes at the zoo who snack on bananas and figs.

People with neurological conditions often don’t use their muscles as much as individuals who aren’t suffering with health issues. Some people are too sick to get out of bed, let alone walk around or exercise. In these instances, it’s vital to feed your muscles with glucose-filled carbohydrates to keep you from wasting away as you work to combat your neurological disease.

This is another reason to avoid high-protein or high-fat diets, such as ketogenic or paleo diets, while healing from a neurological condition. A low-carbohydrate diet can cause rapid wasting syndrome, which may be mistaken as ALS or worsening MS.

Instead, bring potatoes, fruits, and winter squashes into your meals and snacks. The abundance of lysine and the numerous amino acids found in all different varieties of potatoes can be especially powerful for maintaining or strengthening muscles. If you eat meat alongside your potatoes, the animal protein may prevent the potatoes from offering their many benefits to the muscles. To get the most benefit from healing foods, separate carbohydrate-heavy meals, such as a bowl of potatoes or fruit, from any animal protein.

If you increase the amount of fruit and starchy vegetables you bring into your diet, and greatly reduce your protein intake, you may be able to maintain and strengthen your muscles. Liver Rescue Mornings and the other healing guidance in Liver Rescue is critical.

Supportive Foods

Filling your diet with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens is critical.The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in these foods are vital for healing. Dive into Life-Changing Foods for healing food suggestions.

  • Wild blueberries are a powerful weapon against ALS-related symptoms
  • Pomegranates, cherries, and oranges can offer valuable support as well.
  • Melons contain amazing electrolytes that can aid anyone working to reverse ALS symptoms.
  • Aloe vera and wheatgrass juice are two other foods to consider incorporating.
  • Leafy greens are important because they contain precious mineral salts. However, 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, mangoes, dried apricots, lentils, black beans, quinoa (a grain that people tend to tolerate well), sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or other carbohydrate-rich foods alongside your greens.
  • The Medical Medium Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie, can be an incredible piece of the healing puzzle. Barley grass juice powder, spirulina, cilantro, Atlantic dulse, and wild blueberries are the five critical components.

Supplements

  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an incredible supplement for ALS.
  • Chaga mushroom can help kill viruses and is surprisingly useful for people with aluminum in their system.
  • High-quality B-12 that contains both adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin is a valuable supplement for someone with neurological symptoms or conditions.
  • Ginkgo leaf contains an alkaloid that can support neurotransmitters, which is particularly important for people suffering with neurological conditions or 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.
  • Ionic gold, in a small amount, can offer support.
  • Vitamin D, though it’s not as important as most people in the medical world suggest, can support neurological healing. Try a daily dose of 2,000 IUs.
  • Dandelion and milk thistle can help support the liver, which usually contains heavy metals (along with the brain).
  • Liposomal Vitamin C and/or Micro-C
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Vitamin E
  • Curcumin and turmeric.

For high-quality supplement recommendations, check out my preferred supplements page.

Moving Forward

If you’ve been given an ALS diagnosis, try your hardest to stay light hearted. ALS is not a death sentence. It’s something you’re fully capable of healing from and moving past. You now have the information and tools to eliminate herpes viruses and toxic heavy metals. My hope is that you can move forward with this life-changing knowledge, restored motivation, and a newfound faith in your body’s ability to heal.

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