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Shingles is an illness that can produce fever, headaches, rashes, joint pain, muscle pain, neck pain, nerve pain, and other highly unpleasant symptoms. Typically, a shingles diagnosis is never made if no rash is present. In reality, however, the shingles virus is responsible for millions of people’s mystery symptoms, from unexplained rashes to neurological symptoms to migraines, and more.
The prevailing view of shingles is that a red rash or pustules always accompany it. However, this is merely the classic presentation of one type of the virus that causes shingles. There are actually 31 varieties of shingles viruses (15 of which are the most common), and they all cause different symptoms. Seven of the shingles strains do cause rashes, just not always in expected areas, while the other eight strains cause no rashes. So if you’re experiencing most of the symptoms of shingles but have no signs of it on your skin, it’s possible you have a non-rash shingles virus.
Shingles with rashes
There are seven strains of shingles that cause rashes. They’re primarily distinguished by the different types and locations of rashes they create. These include:
A misconception about shingles is that the virus resides directly under the rash, wherever it happens to be, but it actually lies much deeper, awaiting an opportunity to inflame your nervous system. In these strains, the virus releases a neurotoxin that travels to your peripheral nerves and skin. It is this neurotoxin that causes the rash and pustules for which shingles is so famous.
Shingles Without Rashes
There are eight strains of shingles that typically do not cause rashes. These include:
As with the rash-producing strains, the non-rashing strains also produce a neurotoxin. In this case, the neurotoxin travels inward to larger nerves. There is typically more internal pain and nerve injury than with the rash-causing strains. If you are diagnosed with shingles (despite the absence of a rash), your doctor may prescribe immunosuppressant medications to reduce the severity of the attack. Unfortunately, this can make the problem worse in the long run. You don’t want to suppress your immune system; you want to support it so it can fight the virus.
Rash or no rash, shingles can be excruciating. Fortunately, there are simple yet powerful remedies for beating this insidious virus and its many strains. How long this takes depends on how long the virus has been in your system, whether you’re in a healthy or a toxic environment, and the strength of your immune system. Practice basic self-care and support your immune system by eating well, exercising, and getting sufficient sleep.
Certain foods can greatly aid the body in healing from shingles with and without rashes. The ideal foods to concentrate on are:
These foods help because they contain powerful phytochemicals that can attack the different strains of the virus. This supports recovery from neurotoxin flare-ups, boosts the immune system, heals nerves, soothes inflamed skin, and helps detoxify the body.
The pain of shingles can make you feel like your life is going up in flames, but by generously incorporating these foods into your diet, you can douse the fire, and get back to living the vibrant life you are meant to have.
To learn more about how to address Shingles, check out Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
If you're like most people, when you hear the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” you think of war veterans and survivors of a traumatic event. When your life is in imminent danger, your fear triggers a fight-or-flight response that floods your body with adrenaline, so that you can respond to the threat. Once the threat has passed you may experience emotional aftershocks. This is the classic form of PTSD recognized by therapists and psychiatrists.
However, there’s an epidemic of hidden PTSD in our culture. In its true definition, PTSD involves lingering negative feelings that can result from any adverse experience—getting fired, the end of a relationship, chronic illness, or even just a time when you feel like you failed at something—and that limit a person in any way. These feelings can include fear, doubt, panic, avoidance, anger, hypervigilance, irritability, sadness, shame, vulnerability, distrust, and more.
There are no limitations to what can cause PTSD, yet even in today’s modern times of self-help, therapy, and emotional understanding, health professionals mostly reserve the term PTSD for life-or-death experiences. This ignores the numerous incidents that alter (for the worse) the way someone experiences life. Regardless of its cause or scope, PTSD negatively influences the choices we make and changes the fabric of who we are.
What is happening
On a physiological level, PTSD causes a chemical imbalance in the brain that occurs when someone experiences trauma. Glucose is a protective biochemical that provides a veil of protection for sensitive brain and neurological tissue. If there isn’t enough glucose stored in the brain to feed the central nervous system and to protect the brain from the corrosive effects of adrenaline and cortisol released during stress, emotional upheaval can create lasting effects. If someone’s glucose storage is low, she or he could get PTSD just from a flat tire, while someone with sufficient glucose storage could witness an armed robbery and tell the story to a friend over dinner that same day, unruffled.
Our culture also has a history of burying emotions with food (especially sugar), alcohol, drugs, and adrenaline-fueled activities. The problem with these approaches is that what goes up must come down. A sugar high from cupcakes means a crash later. And while an adrenaline high from running over fiery coals may feel healing and empowering in the moment, the surge won’t last.
Solutions for dealing with PTSD
One of the most powerful ways to heal PTSD is to create new experiences to serve as positive reference points in your life. These experiences don’t have to be big, or risky (nor should they be). It’s all about how you perceive each new adventure, however tame.
Keep a list of every new experience, taking notes on how you felt. For example, when you took a walk, did you see any birds? What was the weather like? What effect did it have on your state of mind? It’s all part of being in the moment. When you create new, constructive touch points for yourself—and pay attention to their positive effects—you train your brain to develop a healing response that is always available to you.
Try putting together a puzzle, painting, sketching, or drawing. These are powerful exercises that orient us in the present moment and help us pay attention to beautiful details in the world around us that otherwise go unnoticed.
Call up a friend you haven’t seen in years and ask her or him to lunch.
Adopt a pet—every day will be new and filled with love.
Start a new hobby. Choose a skill area you wouldn’t have expected yourself to venture
into, or one you always wanted to explore.
Journal about it all. It will help you become aware of the goodness life brings your way when you’re not even looking for it, and helps clear out negative experiences from your consciousness.
You can also literally nourish yourself with healing foods, including wild blueberries, melons, beets, bananas, persimmons, papayas, sweet potatoes, figs, oranges, mangoes, tangerines, apples, raw honey, and dates. These foods can create a glucose “storage bin” that helps prevent life disruptions from turning into PTSD.
You don’t have to live in a tortured state of mind anymore. By providing your body and soul with proper nutritional, emotional, and soul-healing support, you can reclaim your vitality and go back to fully living your life.
To learn more about PTSD, check out Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
Healing Broth is a powerful mineral-rich liquid that carries the essence of vitally nutritious vegetables, herbs, & spices in a way that is easy for the body to digest, assimilate, and utilize. You will find this recipe as comforting as it is nourishing. The ingredients of this simple recipe help to provide tremendous healing benefits to both the body and soul.
Carrots help to lower blood pressure, reduce edema, relax muscles, steady nerves, and balance cognitive function. Onions & garlic have powerful antiviral & antibiotic properties and can help eliminate heavy metals and parasites from the body.
Parsley & shiitake mushrooms contain an excellent bioavailable form of iron which helps to keep your blood strong and prevent anemia and are also rich in zinc which is highly beneficial for treating viral issues and strengthening the immune system. Ginger & turmeric root helps reduce inflammation and improve liver function and aids in keeps your hair growing strong and skin healthy and vibrant.
This incredibly healing broth can be made in advance & stored in the fridge. Simply heat up only what you need and place in a thermal mug for warm sipping throughout the day. This broth has the miraculous ability to be both healing, cleansing, and nourishing all at the same time and is a wonderful addition to any health regime.
Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for about an hour. Strain and sip for a mineral rich, healing and restorative broth or leave the veggies in to enjoy as a light healing soup.
Despite their prevalence, disorders of the thyroid remain relatively misunderstood. The thyroid gland acts as an energy thermostat for the body, so when your thyroid is operating smoothly, so do you. When your thyroid stops functioning optimally, multiple areas of your health can come crashing down. Common symptoms of under-functioning thyroid include fatigue, weight gain, mental fogginess, depression, hair loss, insomnia, and muscle weakness.
Conventional medicine’s explanation of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is that the immune system becomes confused and starts attacking the thyroid. However, over 95 percent of thyroid disorders stem from infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (the virus that causes mononucleosis, aka the “kissing disease”). Thus, it is EBV that confuses your system and wages war on your thyroid, reducing its ability to produce its critical hormones.
If you suspect you have a thyroid issue, have your doctor conduct thyroid hormone blood tests, including TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies. Even if your tests are in the normal range, bear in mind that your thyroid may still not be functioning optimally.
Conventional treatment involves supplying the body with extra thyroid hormones in hopes that the body will use them to replace the hormones the thyroid isn’t producing. While this may provide symptom relief for some, this approach does not address the cause of the symptoms. This is where the saying “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” really applies. Your thyroid has the ability to rejuvenate and heal itself when provided with what it needs! Certain fruits and vegetables can help your body rid itself of EBV and heal from its effects. Foods that target thyroid health include:
In addition to helping destroy EBV, these foods supply your thyroid with critical nutrients, help repair thyroid tissue, reduce nodule growth, flush toxic heavy metals and viral waste, and boost production of thyroid hormones. By providing your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive, you can reclaim the health you deserve!
To learn more about hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, check out Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
Have you hit a roadblock with your health? Have you searched everywhere for answers, with no results? Do you feel sick, tired, and stuck? If so, you're not alone. Countless people are in the same position, struggling and suffering with what I call mystery illness. I'm sure you've heard the term before, most likely in a news story about six kids in a small town who were hospitalized with unexplained symptoms. You could certainly call that "mystery illness." If we stop the definition there, though, we ignore the untold numbers of people who are visiting doctor after doctor, sometimes getting labels like chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Lyme disease—and yet don't feel better. People whose lives are on hold while they confront autoimmune disease and other forms of chronic illness. People who would give anything to reclaim their lives.
It's time for a massive wakeup call about just how prevalent mystery illness is. Migraines, depression, type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, autism, vertigo, Candida, colitis, Crohn's disease: while they may have names, they're still mysteries to the people who suffer from them and the health-care professionals who long to get their patients better. How often have you seen someone make a full recovery from one of these conditions?
Maybe you or someone you know has found temporary symptom relief. What about complete alleviation of an underlying chronic condition, though? My guess is that your answer is seldom, if ever. That's because medical science has yet to discover the secrets behind why these and other mystery illnesses are making people sick, or what these patients can do to recover. The labels aren't answers, and symptom management isn't true healing.
No Time to Waste
Patients with mystery illnesses deal with ineffective treatment or misdiagnosis and continue to live in pain. Or they suffer from a collection of symptoms that doctors can't name, and then bear the burden of thinking they've somehow imagined their afflictions. I've spoken with women who, twenty years before we met, began to experience neurological symptoms, extreme fatigue, and vertigo. They never could have imagined that two decades later, they'd still be searching for answers about how to get better. And they couldn’t have fathomed that they'd be watching their daughters go down the exact same path of illness without answers. If you're unwell, I doubt you feel that you have twenty years to waste.
Medicine has made leaps and bounds when it comes to life-saving technologies and procedures. Where would we be without emergency surgery, preventative care, and the miracles of rehab therapy? Doctors are heroes. They make the world go 'round. They just haven't yet been handed the tools to correctly diagnose and truly treat the mystery illnesses that plague so many people.
A Roadmap for Healing
There are answers to the mystery of what's making you sick—real, physical explanations for your maladies. Your illness isn't a manifestation of your thoughts; you didn't attract it. It's not in your head. Your body wants to heal, and it can heal. If you've ever heard the theory of autoimmune disease, that the body sometimes becomes confused and attacks itself, let that go. The body never attacks itself. Your body hasn't betrayed you.
Even if you feel weary and weak, your body is strong—because it has kept you alive this long. It is working hard for you, just waiting for the day when you discover the secrets of how to heal. You deserve to get back behind the wheel of your life, to move past the roadblock of illness.
That's why I packed as many health answers as I could into my new book, Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. I wrote it as a roadmap for healing, because it's time for you to reclaim your life. These are solid plans you can follow to recover, not theories that will only lead to dead ends. I've watched tens of thousands of clients turn their lives around with this information, and it's time for it reach the public. It's time for the information to reach you.
Plan for Wellness
To activate your body's healing potential, try this exercise: make plans for when you're well again. When you're ill, it's easy to despair. Pleasures of life that you once enjoyed are out of reach, and it's understandable if you project your fate into the future, fearing that you've lost those joys forever. Keep a light heart, though. When you find yourself dwelling in that place of worry, gently guide yourself to reorient your thoughts.
Picture the sights you want to see, the hobbies you want to explore, the passions you can't wait to rediscover. Read books about your interests, visit favorite websites, talk to friends and family about the fun you'll have. Make lists of all your plans. Accept the present as best you can, then meditate on your future freedom.
You aren't sick because you've had the "wrong" mindset. Getting better isn't just a matter of positive thinking. If you practice this powerful exercise regularly, though, you'll prime your body to respond to the steps you take toward getting better, and to sustain you on your healing journey.
Anthony William is the author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. Order the book today, click here.
The world is moving faster than ever before. Some of it is amazing: the miracle of robotic surgery, the blessing of instant communication with a loved one who's halfway around the world. And then there are the downsides: pollution, pathogens, distraction, overwhelm. At the same time you're listening to a news report on rising sea levels, you're fielding text messages about a computer virus at your child's school—and then a phone call comes in about a dear friend's frightening diagnosis.
I call our current era the Quickening. With everything speeding up, expectations are at their highest for humankind—and women especially bear the brunt. It can feel impossible to stay on top of it all, to protect yourself and your family. It can feel like a struggle to survive every day. And yet we don't just want to survive, do we? We want to thrive.
In order to adapt and thrive in our changing times, it's imperative to remember that no matter what else is trying to grab our attention, health is key. Think of today's cars. They're really advanced, right? Equipped with GPS, Wi-Fi, solar panels, remote starters, and cameras that show you your blind spots, these automobiles are like spaceships! They're incredible. We hear that soon, they'll even be driving themselves.
Yet every car has a major vulnerability: rubber tires filled with air. No matter how decked out the body of a car is, if it runs over a bed of nails, the tires will deflate, and it will be stuck by the side of the road. While the design of pneumatic tires has improved since their invention in the 19th century, there has yet to be a total turnaround in the conception of how cars get from Point A to Point B.
That's where we are as a society, too. While certain areas of life have seen exponential growth, we're still vulnerable at our foundation. Potential dangers are everywhere: Toxins fall from the sky and fill the air we breathe. Radiation surrounds us from past nuclear disasters. Superbugs multiply, out of control. Adrenaline surges from the stress of it all. Disease is on the rise. Our personal and global achievements—just like those features on the latest cars—are only as fruitful as what they're built on: our health.
If we end up sick in bed because life in the 21st century pushes our bodies past their limits, then what good are the advancements? Whether you're low on energy, struggling with illness, or perfectly well, you must take active measures to safeguard your health.
Here's one secret: eat wild foods. These humble edibles are packed with adaptogens—that is, they're crucial to helping our bodies adapt to what life throws at us. Wild foods not only retain the vitamin and mineral levels that nature intended, they also carry critical survival information in their cells. When we ingest them, the wisdom that's allowed them to thrive out in the elements becomes a part of us.
You don't have to spend all of your time foraging in pristine locations to eat wild. And you don't have to be distracted by the trends advertising the latest exotic, expensive superfood. Wild foods (or foods so close to their wild form that they provide the same benefits) are actually waiting for you at your local market, and they can transform your health. Here are three of the best wild and near-wild foods you can add to your routine to protect yourself:
Wild blueberries: These little gems are the top health tonic you can find. Turn to wild blueberries for immune system support, tissue repair, anti-aging, digestive cleansing, ADHD management, extraction of heavy metals from your system...the list goes on. You also want these in your toolkit for prevention of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's. Perfect in smoothies, wild blueberries are frequently found in the frozen section of your local grocery store. (Don't confuse them with their cultivated cousins, which are larger, slightly lighter in color, and still healthy, just not anywhere near as life-changing.)
Nettle leaf: Amazing for detoxification, headache relief, and support of the endocrine and central nervous systems, nettle is one of the best herbs for healing and prevention, period. Turn to nettle for alleviation of chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, and emotional distress. Its anti-inflammatory properties are astounding, and its vital micronutrients make it an essential part of your regimen. Nettle leaf is readily available as a tea herb, or as a tincture.
Dandelion greens: The tenacity that makes dandelions a rampant weed is about to make it your new best friend. Rich in protein, dandelion greens are wonderful for cardiovascular support, cleansing the blood, fighting off bugs, and remineralization. They're also a fantastic anti-radiation remedy. Add dandelion greens to stir fries and salads. You can harvest them locally if you're sure they're from a lawn or garden that hasn't been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides. Otherwise, find fresh dandelion greens in your grocery store's produce section, or buy it dried and brew dandelion tea.
Other items you can throw into the mix include thyme, oregano, rose hips, Atlantic dulse, and all (edible) varieties of wild berries. You won't hear lots of buzz out there about the miraculous health benefits of these foods—yet. Rest assured, though: if you make them a regular part of your life, incorporating at least one (preferably more) into your daily rotation, you will be taking the most powerful step you can to defend your health.
Learn more about the healing powers of wild foods in Life-Changing Foods.
I wouldn't be surprised if you could pinpoint a moment this week—today even—when someone or something you trusted let you down. Maybe you were counting on your spouse to pick up the kids from school, and you got the last-minute text: "Meeting came up. Can't make it." Or you were relying on your body to be well enough for a weekend getaway, but a migraine took hold, and you had to cancel.
Trust is the soul's precious currency. It's the gold that allows us to take risks, to reach out and grab opportunities. Trust is what lets us live and love. And yet every day, we face situations that threaten to bankrupt us. Appliances break, friends divulge our secrets, disasters play out before our eyes on the news. What we counted on falls through, and there goes some of our trust in the world. Distrust, mistrust, suspicion, skepticism, wariness, misgiving, fear, sadness, anger, lack of confidence: these shades of doubt are all signs of a trust debt. And we all risk being overdrawn—if we don't take care to replenish our trust reserves.
The Trust Bank
An experience early in life—perhaps you were that kid standing alone on the curb at school, long after all your classmates had gotten picked up—prompts an initial loss of innocence. From there, the soul's bank of trust can continue to dwindle. If your car breaks down, not only will you have to pay cash to get it repaired, you'll also likely have to cough up some trust: in the future, you may have your guard up every time you get in the car. Or maybe you suffer from mystery aches and pains. You visit doctor after doctor in search of answers, get a label like "chronic fatigue syndrome," yet still struggle to make it through each day. On some level, you may feel that your body has let you down, and you'll likely feel poorer for it.
You don't have to live like this, always losing trust and never gaining it. Think of the way your finances work. In order to avoid going broke, you don't cut off spending altogether. If you did that, you wouldn't be able to buy food or a pay for a place to live—you wouldn't be able to survive. Instead, you aim for a flow of cash. While money is going out of your account, you (and/or your partner) also earn income.
It works the same way with trust. If we cut ourselves off from trusting entirely, we'd cut ourselves off from life. Every single human interaction requires trust. Plus it takes trust to cross the street, to eat food you haven't grown and processed yourself, to heal…And so we need to bring trust into our lives, too. There's a powerful way to fill up your soul with its natural resource, and it's available to you every day.
Every evening, the sun goes down. Every morning, the sun comes up. This has happened each day of your life, and it will continue to happen every single day until you move on from this earth. You can put all of your trust in this fact. It will never betray you. Regularly meditating on this can change your life.
Here's what to do: as often as you can—whether that's once a week, three times a week, or every day—pay attention to the sunset. (Don't sun-gaze, though—that will damage your eyes.) For those few moments while the sun is going down, be present. You don't have to be on the beach, witnessing the most beautiful sunset of your life. You don't even have to be able to see the sky. You could be at your desk at a cubicle in a high-rise, with a calendar reminder on your computer as the only clue about what's happening outside. No matter. Just turn your mind to the setting sun. Remind yourself that the sun will return tomorrow. You can always count on the coming sunrise; it will never let you down. It's never going to stop rising.
Now, why am I not telling you instead to set your alarm every morning for the sunrise? It would certainly be a good meditation. It just wouldn't be the meditation to rebuild trust. Focusing on the sunset is key, because you're facing the darkness. It takes great faith to meet the fading light with the irrefutable conviction that it will not be gone forever. It trains your soul to have equal faith in life itself, to endure uncertainty and letdowns with grace and confidence, even to see the beauty in those periods of waning light. When you turn your mind to the sunset, you attune your body to the earth's rhythms, so that when the sun rises the next morning, whether you're awake to see it or not, your soul is aware that something you trusted came through for you.
Unlock Your Potential
For this meditation to have an effect on your life, you have to know why you're doing it. In much the same way that a computer can be surrounded by wireless Internet signals yet remain offline without the right password, the sunsets won't unlock their secrets for us if we don't know how. Knowing that each sunset is about trust is the password. You have to remind yourself every single time that you're doing this so you can become wealthy in trust.
Then, untold wonders can occur. You can experience the good in the world again—because there is good out there, so much good. You'll no longer have to live in fear, disappointment, and deprivation. Your body's healing mechanisms can reactivate. You'll feel secure enough to spend your trust on the risks that lead to your divine purpose on this earth, to seize the chances to become your truest self.
So go ahead and get started with this simple ritual of observing the sunset. I'm so excited for you to unlock your unique and extraordinary potential.
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