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While pistachio might not be your first thought when it comes to making a raw pie crust, you will not be able to get enough of this amazing pie once you try it. This pie is sweet and tangy and nutty and rich. The strawberries and pistachio are accented by the flavors of lemon zest and basil that will keep you coming back for more!
Strawberries are a sweet, delicious fruit that are also a nutritional powerhouse and an all around amazing superfood. They are packed with Vitamins A , B-complex, & E and minerals such as manganese, iron, and zinc. They are rich in antioxidants which boosts their ability to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body.
They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory which makes it an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, colitis, COPD, IBS, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, guillain-barre syndrome, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Loaded with Vitamin C they help to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections. They are also well known for being beneficial for age related macular degeneration and vision related issues. Strawberries contain ellagic acid and flavonoids which are good for cardiovascular health and can help prevent heart disease, stroke, and and help to lower cholesterol.
They are also fantastic weight loss food as they are low in calories and high in nutritional compounds that are vital for optimal health. During the summertime, look for locally grown strawberries for the most nutritional and health benefits.
Strawberry Basil Pie with a Pistachio Crust
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If you feel out of touch with miracles, then reacquaint yourself with honey. Unprocessed honey in its raw, living form is nothing less than a miracle from God and the earth. Honey has saved human life during drastic times of starvation, and it will become critical again in the future as a food for our survival. You don’t need to be in dire circumstances to benefit from honey, though. Take a moment to think about what this wild food really is: nectar. It is liquid gold that can turn your life around.
For those who are afraid that honey is just pure sugar and therefore should be avoided, put your worry aside. If you turn your back on honey, you’re missing out on its amazing health benefits. The sugar in honey is nothing like processed sugar—don’t confuse it with table sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Rather, because bees collect from plant species far and wide, the fructose and glucose in honey are saturated with more than 200,000 undiscovered phytochemical compounds and agents, including pathogen-killers, phytochemicals that protect you from radiation damage, and anti cancerous phytochemicals. When drawn into cancerous tumors and cysts, this last class of phytochemicals shut down the cancerous growth process— meaning that raw honey can stop cancer in its tracks.
Honey’s highly absorbable sugar and B12 coenzymes make it one of the most powerful brain foods of our time. Plus, raw honey repairs DNA and is extremely high in minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. Our immune systems are constantly adapting to whatever microorganisms we encounter—which is why raw honey, one of the most adaptogenic foods on the planet, produced by bees, one of the most adaptogenic beings on the planet, is so important for supporting immunity. Honey in its raw form is a secret weapon against infectious illness.
When you’re dealing with weakened immunity and feel like you’re extra susceptible to catching colds, flus, stomach bugs such as norovirus, and food poisoning, raw honey assists your body in keeping a strong first line of defense by strengthening neutrophils and macrophages so they can fight off pathogens. (It’s not yet documented by medical science that these and other white blood cells feed off of immune-stimulating phytochemicals.) These properties also make raw honey anti-inflammatory—because it inhibits pathogens from procreating and thus releasing toxins that elevate inflammation. Honey is truly medicine for our planet.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing raw honey into your life:
Sinus infections, ear infections, diabetes, hypoglycemia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), allergies, sties, eye infections, MRSA, staph infections, mystery infertility, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), low reproductive system battery, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, colds, influenza, norovirus, all types of cancer, bipolor disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, all autoimmune diseases and disorders, parasites, food poisoning, respiratory infections, colds, influenza, bronchitis, laryngitis, thrush
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing raw honey into your life:
Sore throat, postnasal drip, inflammation, canker sores, sleep disturbances, bacterial infections in the gut, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), body odor, dry skin, cysts, eye dryness, dizzy spells, earaches, ear pain, eye floaters, fever, headaches, hot flashes, joint pain, lack of energy, loss of libido, fatigue, memory issues, memory loss, sinus issues, shortness of breath, stomachaches
Honey’s sticky nature isn’t just a physical trait; it also applies itself on an emotional level. If honey is in your life, then when you experience something good—something that lifts you up and feeds your soul—that memory sticks to you, and you don’t lose it among the negative experiences that threaten to distract you.
If you could trace your family lines back to their oldest days, you would find ancestors who subsisted on honey. Raw honey was not a survival food in the sense that it simply got people by until something better came along. Rather, it was (and still is) incredible medicinal nourishment. Honey is written into our lineage. Who we are—our souls, our DNA—in a sense derives from honey. This means that if we avoid honey, we’re shutting off a part of ourselves that connects all the way back to the beginning of human life. Trends that cut us off from honey go to show how disconnected we can really become. Connecting with honey puts us back in touch with ourselves. It prompts us to ask what else we’ve turned a cold shoulder to that made us who we are today. What else deserves reevaluation?
* Add raw honey to lemon water to enhance the honey’s bioflavonoids and give the drink an additional immune boost.
* If you feel like you’re coming down with something, take a teaspoon of raw honey before bed. This is also a good remedy to enhance a night’s sleep.
* Use raw honey in place of all processed sugar and other sweeteners you normally use. Look for wildflower honey, if you can find it.
* Applied externally, honey is great for healing small wounds and revitalizing the skin. Try it on scars where you want to speed up the healing process.
* Consuming honey prior to meditation strengthens the mind and brings about happy sensations throughout the body.
HONEY-COCONUT ICE CREAM
Fair warning: This ice cream recipe is dangerously good. It only takes a few minutes to prep with an ice cream maker, and in under an hour, you can have ice cream that is cleaner and way more delicious than anything available in the store. As a bonus, you’ll have some leftover almond milk that you can use in smoothies or enjoy cold from the fridge.
First, make the almond milk by blending the almonds, dates, and scraped seeds from the vanilla bean with 2 cups of water until smooth. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or cloth and set aside. Then, open the cans of coconut milk, being careful not to shake them. Separate off the heavy cream from each can. (See the Berries and Cream recipe for guidance.) In a medium bowl, mix the coconut cream with 1 cup of almond milk, sea salt, and raw honey until combined. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.* Serve the ice cream topped with chopped almonds, if desired, and a drizzle of raw honey.
*Without an ice cream maker, freeze the mixture in a bowl and stir every 30 minutes until set.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
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Do you suffer with cystic acne? If so, you’ve probably tried a number of topical ointments, creams, scrubs, and other products to try and clear it. Unfortunately, many of us live in cultures that place a great deal of importance on appearance, making acne even more challenging.
It’s often considered normal to be plagued by pimples as a teenager, but many people continue to battle this symptom well into adulthood. In any stage of life, there’s a reason behind the acne, and it’s not hormones (hormones are simply a trigger). I revealed the underlying cause of cystic acne decades ago and have helped many people rid themselves of this condition.
Every once in a while someone may get some clogged pores that result in a very mild case of acne, but this naturally occurring acne is rare. If you suffer from more than just the occasional clogged pore, there’s an underlying issue behind your acne. For a complete understanding of acne and how to heal, read Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease.
Acne Misconceptions and Blaming Hormones
There are two prevalent misconceptions surrounding acne. One is that the body is overproducing sebum and dead skin cells, which can lead to clogged pores. Certain medical professionals suggest that if bacteria from the skin’s surface gets into these clogged pores, these areas will grow infected and inflamed. This is inaccurate. Acne is not made up of the naturally occurring oils in your body, and these oils in no way lead to cystic acne.
The second major misconception is that hormones cause acne. Hormones seem like a likely culprit because acne tends to worsen during puberty and for many women during certain times in the menstrual cycle. Some women, who may not have even suffered from acne as a teenager, may begin to struggle with acne later in life around their menstruation each month.
Medical communities are unaware that during a woman's menstrual cycle, 80% of the immune system is redirected towards assisting the reproductive system. That means that only 20% of the immune system is left to support any other health issues your body may be working to heal. As a result, if you normally suffer from acne, migraine headaches, eczema, fatigue, aches and pains, brain fog, depression, joint pain, or any other symptom or condition during your cycle, it may reappear or worsen.
Next time pimples pop up during menstruation, recognize that it’s not your hormones. There’s another underlying cause that was already present, and the shift in the focus of your immune system is affecting the severity of your breakout.
Acne & Antibiotics
If you’ve suffered from cystic acne, it’s likely your doctor has recommended antibiotics. One reason may be that antibiotics have been recommended for virtually every health issue over the years. A second reason is that antibiotics, when they were first used to treat severe cystic acne decades ago, actually seemed to help the patients' skin. Doctor’s didn’t know why, they just knew antibiotics were linked with improvement.
When doctors stumbled upon this supposed cure, it ignited the trend of using antibiotics of all kinds to treat acne. The reason antibiotics seemed to help is that acne and cystic acne are related to streptococcus and are bacterial in nature. However, that doesn’t mean antibiotics are a true or lasting solution.
Medical communities aren’t aware that streptococcus is the cause a number of health issues, including acne, UTIs, pneumonia, SIBO, yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, migraines, styes, and sinus problems. Even if you don’t have any other streptococcus-related symptoms and feel fairly healthy overall, you may still have chronic, low-grade streptococcus sitting in different areas of your lymphatic system stirring up acne.
If you suffered from strep throat as a child, it’s likely you’ll notice acne arise as a teenager or adult. It may not be a severe case, and it may only appear every so often depending on the severity of streptococcus in your system.
If you frequently suffered from bronchitis or pneumonia as a child, you may end up battling severe acne later in life as well. Other health issues as a child that may be a sign for acne later in life include tonsillitis and/or frequent styes. Medical science and research aren’t aware that streptococcus is the cause or a factor in any of the conditions.
When streptococcus is in your body it can move from the liver to your lymphatic system. Your body may be able to keep the streptococcus under control for the most part, but there might be times where the bacteria reaches the derma and works underneath it, which can lead to cystic acne. For this reason, if you continuously run yourself down by making unproductive food choices, leading a stressful lifestyle, and lacking self-care practices, your immune system will have a difficult time managing any chronic strep in the lymphatic system. Because of this, the streptococcus is more likely to push through to the surface of the derma.
Lymphatic channels are all over the body, and consequently acne may arise in a number of places. You may notice acne appear on your chest, shoulders, neck, face, head (top, back, sides, or crown), hairline, breasts, armpits, legs, groin, and/or underneath and around the butt. If you suffer from both acne and eczema, you may not only have strep, but a heavy viral load in your liver as well. (The true cause of eczema is a complete mystery to medical communities. Learn more about eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea in Liver Rescue).
It’s challenging to truly eliminate streptococcus bacteria. Lymphocytes, which play the biggest role in managing and lowering strep in the system, need a sufficient amount of zinc, other supplements, and supportive foods to best control and fight back against strep. Without proper fuel, the lymphocytes won’t be able to prevent streptococcus from reaching the derma. I include recommended supplements and dosages in Liver Rescue.
Doctors prescribe antibiotics for some of their patients who suffer from cystic acne. What these doctors don’t realize is that their patients’ cystic acne is due to antibiotic-resistant streptococcus building up and creating scar tissue underneath the derma. In these instances, the body creates pus-filled cysts above the derma in an attempt to fight against the bacteria while lymphocytes underneath the derma are trying to hunt down rogue streptococcus bacteria.
The Growth of Streptococcus
Decades ago, there were just two groups of streptococcus with a small number of strains connected to each. Antibiotics at the time were able to knock down these basic strains of streptococcus (and therefore, improve acne). Unfortunately, these groups of streptococcus have grown increasingly antibiotic resistant, and now groups A and B have turned into groups A through Z with a number of mutated strains offshooting from each group. (Research and science are aware of groups A through H at this time).
Although antibiotics were useful for cystic acne sufferers in the past, that isn’t always the case today. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary, but frequent overuse of antibiotics has led to numerous antibiotic-resistant streptococcus strains.
Streptococcus strains can be picked up on doorknobs, on toilet seats, in restaurants, and other public places.
If you’re using a public restroom, flush the toilet prior to using it, even if the water looks clean, and place paper on the seat as well.
Wipe your hands with handi-wipes after touching public surfaces or doorknobs.
Note that streptococcus can be passed through kissing and sexual contact as well.
This information is not meant to make you more fearful of things in this world. Rather, I hope it brings you a sense of empowered awareness. If you pick up a strain of streptococcus or are battling chronic streptococcus from childhood, know that you can build up your immune system, fight off this bacteria, clear acne (or any other condition caused by streptococcus), and move forward.
The reason antibiotics are unlikely to work is because once you ingest antibiotics, they usually sit in your liver and can feed low levels of streptococcus. This is true even if your cystic acne seems to improve for a period of time. If you want to truly heal acne and eliminate the underlying cause, your best option is using natural antibacterials (refer to Liver Rescue).
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to naturally fight off streptococcus and start to heal acne:
The more fresh fruits and vegetables you eat, the more fuel you’ll have to lower the levels of streptococcus in your liver and lymphatic system. Help make this dietary shift by lowering your intake of meat and animal foods if you eat them and lowering your intake of grains, seeds, and nuts if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. (Learn how to properly support your liver in Liver Rescue).
Foods To Avoid
Some foods fight against streptococcus, but others actually feed the bacteria. Here are a few of the most important foods to avoid while healing cystic acne:
Eggs: Eggs feed all different bugs, including streptococcus. This is the number one food to avoid if you’re battling strep. Streptococcus loves eating eggs. Also, when you eat eggs, your lymphatic system fills with mucus and is forced to try and clear this mucus out. If you put raw egg in a petri dish with any strain of streptococcus and observe it under a microscope, you’ll see a feeding frenzy take place.
Gluten: Gluten also feeds streptococcus.
Dairy Products: If you have streptococcus in your system, avoiding dairy products such as cow’s milk, goat’s milk, cheese, butter, ghee, kefir, and yogurt for an extended period of time can be highly beneficial and even essential. You have to eliminate these foods for a lengthy period of time because streptococcus can take a while to clear out of the system. If you’ve eaten dairy products up until now, it’s likely you have deposits of dairy products in your liver and other parts of your body. The streptococcus will eventually look for old deposits of dairy products that can be found in crevices of the intestinal tract and elsewhere in the body. But over time you can clear out these old, damaging deposits.
Canola Oil: It feeds streptococcus, and it’s highly inflammatory.
Corn Products: Corn feeds streptococcus in your system. Avoid corn and corn products.
It usually takes some time for acne to completely clear, but have patience and know you’re fighting off the true underlying cause.
Healing Supplements and Teas
High-quality supplements can support your immune system and help you heal. For supplement and dosage recommendations, see Liver Rescue. For the highest quality supplement recommendations, see the Preferred Supplements page.
For more healing tips, check out Liver Rescue.
If you’re currently on an antibiotic to help control your cystic acne and want to change your protocol, it’s important to work with an understanding doctor or practitioner who can help you safely transition to a new protocol.
Streptococcus has never built up a resistance towards any fruit, vegetable, herb, or spice. With the correct foods and supplements, you can build up your immune system, kill off any streptococcus or other havoc-wreaking bugs, and live your life free from cystic acne.
While working to heal your cystic acne, take one day at a time and do not lose hope. Healing streptococcus may take patience and persistence, but you are on the way to embracing a life free of acne. As you incorporate more and more pieces of the protocol, you are healing more than just your acne. These healing suggestions can transform your health in countless ways and leave you thriving!
Historically, people who lived in northern climates became extremely deficient in vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium during the winter. That’s because all they had to eat after a certain point in the year were dairy, eggs, grains, and some meat—with a paltry amount of vegetables remaining and even less fruit. Before truck deliveries of produce became a mainstay of modern life, townspeople would crowd around trains that were rumored to carry the rare crate of oranges from a southern land—although when citrus was on board, most of it would go to wealthy families and town selectmen. If a stray orange did get into the hands of a less fortunate townsperson, it would be worth its weight in gold. That’s because people of the time valued oranges for what they were: miracle fruits. Today, oranges have lost their luster in the public eye.
Now people worry about citrus allergies, and dentists warn that the acid is bad for tooth enamel. Don’t get caught up in the orange outrage. The truth is that oranges (and their cousins, tangerines) are full of the coenzyme glutathione, which goes into activation because of their high content of flavonoids and limonoids. This is a relationship medical research has not yet tapped into, and one that makes oranges and tangerines a key to healing the 21st century epidemic of chronic illness. Together, glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids fight off viruses, protect the body from radiation damage, and deactivate toxic heavy metals in the system. Oranges and tangerines are also abundant in a form of bioactive calcium you can’t get anywhere else. The body instantly absorbs this calcium, which means that these citrus beauties actually help regrow teeth, not destroy them. Their acid content is not destructive; rather, it works for you by dissolving kidney stones and gallstones.
It’s time to reconnect to that period when we appreciated oranges’ and tangerines’ true value. These citrus fruits are life giving, and they should be a foundation in the diet. The next time you walk by a navel, blood orange, Valencia, mandarin, honey Murcott, clementine, or Minneola tangelo, think about what it might have meant to an ancestor in the early1900s and rejoice that progress has given you the opportunity to bring its sweet nectar into your life.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing oranges and/or tangerines into your life:
Gum disease; kidney stones; strep throat; gallstones; osteoporosis; diabetes; hypoglycemia; mold exposure; adrenal fatigue; mystery infertility; posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); anxiety; depression; urinary tract infections (UTIs); arteriosclerosis; stomach and intestinal cancers; acne; hypertension; low reproductive system battery; HHV-6; cytomegalovirus (CMV); shingles; HHV-7; the undiscovered HHV-10, HHV-11, and HHV-12; chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); fibromyalgia; multiple sclerosis (MS); lupus; Graves’ disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); vertigo; lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s); Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis; Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; human papilloma virus (HPV); Huntington’s disease; herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1); herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2); bursitis; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis; colds; nodules
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing oranges and/or tangerines into your life:
Constipation, fatigue, roving aches and pains, blurry eyes, acid reflux, tingles and numbness, weakness, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), gastritis, listlessness, melancholy, mood swings, nervousness, jaw pain, water retention, food allergies, skin discolorations, hormonal imbalances, blood sugar issues, ringing or buzzing in the ears, sensations of humming or vibration in the body, back pain, backache, body aches, body stiffness, bruising, cold sores, dehydration, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, ear pain, hot flashes, loss of energy, tremors, sore throat, hyperthyroid, hypothyroid
The juice of an orange or tangerine is like liquid sunshine. If you often feel sad, weepy, glum, or down, oranges cut through the gloom and shine a light on your life. They are the perfect food to eat when you feel sun deprived and lonely, as though there’s an empty void that needs to be filled. Oranges take out all the chill and fill you with warmth instead.
Oranges and tangerines remind us that we sometimes overlook the most important ingredients in our lives. Every now and then, we have to think about what we push aside or forsake and reevaluate whether all of it deserved to be devalued. In the case of these fruits, you may drink only the occasional orange juice (and feel guilty when you do), snack on a clementine once a year, or try an infrequent spread of orange marmalade on toast—whereas oranges and tangerines should rightfully be a centerpiece in your diet. As you make them a bigger part of your life, look around. What else is worthy of a second glance
* For optimum realization of the benefits of oranges and tangerines, consume four per day.
* As a snack, drizzle raw honey over slices of orange or tangerine. The honey will increase the citrus pectin’s ability to kill off and eliminate mold, yeast, viruses, and unproductive bacteria in the gut by 50 percent.
* For a predigestive aid, try adding a squeeze of fresh orange or tangerine juice over your favorite salads and dishes. It will help ensure that you digest your meal at the best level possible.
Spanish Orange & Olive Salad
With juicy oranges and satisfying olives and avocado, this sweet-savory dish is perfect when you’re looking for a meal that feels light and filling at the same time. Plus, it’s a stunner, with vibrant colors that offer both health benefits and eye appeal. Enjoy this salad on its own, over salad greens, or in a wrap.
Cut off the top and bottom of each orange. Then, resting each orange flat on the cutting board, cut down and around the sides, removing all of the peel. Slice the oranges horizontally into disks and arrange on plates. Top the oranges with the remaining ingredients, serve, and enjoy!
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Life-Changing Foods
Was there ever a time, maybe in your childhood, when you got in trouble for someone else’s mischief—when you were judged as guilty by association? Then you understand the plight of the potato. Potatoes have gotten a bad rap for far too long. As victims of the war on foods mistakenly categorized as “disease-producing,” potatoes have been blamed for ills they never caused. Potatoes are wrongly accused of contributing to obesity, diabetes, cancer, Candida overgrowth, and many other conditions, while in truth these miraculous tubers can reverse these illnesses. That’s right! Potatoes are actually good for people with diabetes, because they help stabilize blood sugar.
One common misconception is that potatoes are poisonous because they’re nightshades. Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and other edible nightshades do not aggravate conditions such as arthritis; you can put aside the worry that potatoes are inflammatory. (For more on this, see the chapter “Harmful Health Fads and Trends.”) Truth is, the toxic oil that potatoes are fried in, the cheese sauce ladled on top, and the butter, milk, and cream mashed in are what have the world convinced that potatoes are bad for us. The frying process and the highfat/high-sugar content of dairy products are the real instigators of insulin resistance and A1C levels that reach the diabetic zone. This combination of fat plus lactose also feeds every type of cancer. Potatoes don’t cause health issues; the other ingredients served with them do. We should also be careful not to lump potatoes in with the fear of grains and processed foods.
If you’re avoiding “white” foods such as white rice, white flour, white sugar, and dairy products (such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and cream), don’t cut out potatoes! After all, a potato in its whole, natural state isn’t white—it’s covered in nutrient-rich red, brown, gold, blue, or purple skin. This skin of the potato is one of the best nutrition sources on the planet—it’s a miracle of amino acids, proteins, and phytochemicals. Only once you cut into a potato might you see a white interior—which doesn’t mean it’s lacking in value. After all, we don’t think of apples, onions, or radishes as white and therefore useless, even though when you cut into them, they’re devoid of color. And a cultivated blueberry is colorless inside (whereas wild blueberries are saturated with color inside and out); this doesn’t mean it shows up on white food lists. Instead, we picture these foods in their whole forms, which is exactly how we need to start thinking of potatoes.
The entire potato, inside and out, is valuable and beneficial for your health: potato plants draw some of the highest concentration of macro and trace minerals from the earth. Potatoes are also high in potassium and rich in vitamin B6, as well as a fantastic source of amino acids, especially lysine in its bioactive form. Lysine is a powerful weapon against cancers, liver disease, inflammation, and the viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles that are behind rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, autoimmune disease, and more. Potatoes will be your allies if you’re looking to fight any chronic illness—to fend off liver disease, strengthen your kidneys, soothe your nerves and digestive tract, and reverse Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, or peptic ulcers.
In addition to being antiviral, they’re antifungal and antibacterial, with nutritional cofactors and coenzymes plus bioactive compounds to keep you healthy and assist you with stress. Further, potatoes are brain food that helps keep you grounded and centered. As a kid, did you ever do that science project where you stick some toothpicks in a potato, balance it in a cup of water, and watch it sprout on the windowsill? How many other foods can transform and thrive like that, coming to life before your eyes? That’s the power of a potato—a power that’s not to be underestimated—and we witness it firsthand as children. How does it happen that when we’re adults, we’re taught that it’s a weak, empty, ridiculous food, as though we’re supposed to forget the miracle we witnessed way back when? What we should really be saying about potatoes is, “Where would we be without you?” They are that vital to our existence.
Maybe you’ve steered clear of the potato misinformation all these years. If that’s the case, your body thanks you for it—and now you have even more reason to appreciate potatoes. On the other hand, if you’ve been led to believe that potatoes are nothing but starch that will add to your waistline, it’s time to see this root vegetable in a whole new light. If you’re bold enough to overcome the conditioning of popular food culture to appreciate the potato in its unadulterated form, you will give yourself one of the greatest gifts on this earth.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing potatoes into your life:
Heart disease; colon cancer; breast cancer; pancreatic cancer; prostate cancer; liver disease; liver cancer, kidney disease; kidney cancer; hypoglycemia; diabetes; obesity; arthritis (including rheumatoid); peptic ulcers; hemorrhoids; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); Crohn’s disease; celiac disease; colitis; small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO); all other intestinal conditions; insomnia; depression; Graves’ disease; Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; low reproductive system battery; herpes; endometriosis; mystery infertility; shingles; anxiety; Addison’s disease; all autoimmune diseases and disorders; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); ear infections; eye infections; inflamed uterus, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing potatoes into your life:
Inflammation; fungus; fatigue; brain fog; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; ringing or buzzing in the ears; diabetic neuropathy; tingles and numbness; malaise; listlessness; hearing loss; hypothyroid; canker sores; restless leg syndrome; food allergies; anxiousness; skin discolorations; frozen shoulder; Candida overgrowth; Bell’s palsy; hyperthyroid; loss of libido; spasms; twitches; cold sores; central nervous system sensitivities; inflamed gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, and/or colon
Potatoes offer us foundation and strength when we’re feeling blurred, dizzy, foggy, troubled, or adrift in our lives. If your ego is consuming you, potatoes can tap into the humble confidence within, overriding the toxic emotions that keep you from succeeding in the areas of life that truly matter. Potatoes reorient us, help us to feel pleased and gratified by our experiences, and guide us to make choices not based on ego but out of true grounding and stability.
Have you ever felt like you had so much to offer, only you remained unseen by those around you? The potato is the ultimate underdog—full of potential, yet perpetually overlooked and trampled on (sometimes literally). Potatoes remind us of all our hidden gifts, our life purposes and talents that get trapped inside, held back, stifled by the earthly traffic known as everyday life. Potatoes’ humble strength is due in part to how they grow: in clusters, surrounded by other potatoes, like a large extended family. If you come from a small family or had a difficult upbringing, potatoes will energetically pass along the grounding and sense of belonging that comes from being raised with a wide familial support network. If you come from a large, adoring family, potatoes will help you continue your connections. Potatoes come in numbers for a reason: so that, like an army of loved ones, they can fight for you.
When you feel like you’re living by an arbitrary belief system that dictates what you’re supposed to do and who you’re supposed to be, connect with the wisdom of the potato. Remind yourself that so much of who you are is beneath the surface, that you are supported and witnessed, and that you deserve to unearth your true nature and share it with the world.
* Potatoes are one instance where it’s definitely best to seek out organic if possible.
* When preparing potatoes to eat, the best way to maximize the healing benefits and keep the nutrients intact is to steam them. If you normally eat your potatoes with butter, cheese, sour cream, or the like, try avocado as a dairy replacement, either cubed or mashed on top. Salsa and tahini are other tasty additions.
* After you’ve steamed a batch of potatoes, set some aside to cool. Later, pull them out of the fridge, slice or cube them, and add them to a spinach or kale salad. The enzymes from the potatoes will enhance the healing alkaloids in the leafy greens, maximizing the medicinal power of the meal.
* If you’re dealing with a cold sore, try putting a slice of raw potato on it for relief.
* Potatoes can absorb and help diminish the negative effects of wireless Internet signals, cell phone signals and emissions, and other electromagnetic fields (EMF). They can even soak up and neutralize the negative emotional energy we sometimes pick up during the day and bring home with us. To tap into this feature of potatoes, select one to keep out in a bowl on the kitchen counter or elsewhere in your home. Discard the potato every five to seven days (don’t eat it) and replace it with a fresh one.
* Whenever you’re celebrating, make potatoes part of the meal. Whether it’s a wedding, engagement, birthday, graduation, promotion, holiday, or other festive occasion, including potatoes will support and enhance the joyful emotions and help sustain them for days afterward.
CHILI-LOADED BAKED POTATOES WITH CASHEW “SOUR CREAM”
This chili is the perfect hearty, warming meal for colder months, though it’s great eaten any time of year. While it requires some chopping and a little time, the end result is a nice big batch of chili that will feed a hungry crowd or keep well for meals all week long. Feel free to add more red pepper for some extra spice.
FOR CASHEW “SOUR CREAM”:
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Pierce the potatoes in several places with a fork. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender. Drain the beans, place in a 4-quart pot, and cover with an inch of water. Bring to a full boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook the beans for 1 hour, or until tender, adding more water as needed to keep the beans covered with liquid. Drain and set aside.
For the chili, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large pot; add the onions and garlic. SauteÅL over high heat until the onions are translucent and fragrant, adding water as needed to prevent sticking. Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, bell pepper, spices, sea salt, and red pepper flakes, if using. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, about 15 minutes. Add beans, tomato paste, and tomatoes, stirring until well combined. Cover and continue to simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
For the “sour cream,” blend all the ingredients until smooth, adding 1/2 cup water slowly (just enough to keep things moving). Halve the baked potatoes. Serve topped with chili, cashew “sour cream,” avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro.
* You may use 6 cups of salt-free canned beans, if desired.
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Life-Changing Foods.
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.
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 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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
* 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.
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
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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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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:
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:
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.
Radishes are a standout cruciferous vegetable that deserves its own time in the limelight. If the term “food as medicine” applies to anything, it applies to radishes. And what makes radishes unique from other crucifers is that they have two components, defined by different characteristics. To begin with, there is the root of the radish plant—what we think of as the radish itself. Overall, radishes are an immune-system replenisher. When consumed, the sulfur in radishes repels any type of pathogen and acts as a wormicide to kill off intestinal worms and other parasites.
The organosulfides in radishes also keep arteries and veins clean, creating a protective barrier in blood vessels so plaque doesn’t adhere to their linings. Radishes are incredible heart food, excellent for helping to prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular issues in part by increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. Meanwhile, the skin of the radish repels virtually every type of cancer, which makes these little root vegetables a go-to food for helping to prevent the disease. And we can’t forget that radishes are very restorative for the kidney, liver, pancreas, and spleen.
Then there are the radish greens—one of the most healing foods possible, and they’re thrown away. These leaves of the radish are the second most powerful prebiotic there is (next to wild blueberries). Radish greens hold a plethora of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and cancer-fighting alkaloids, plus the greens possess antibacterial and antiviral properties. They repair the colon and other parts of the intestinal tract that have lost the ability to absorb nutrients. Radish greens’ nutrition absorbs into the most dysfunctional digestive tracts, assimilating better than any other food, thanks to their high enzymatic profile; the greens contain various enzymes that are not yet documented by scientific study and that allow for the uptake of nutrients.
For what they offer, radish greens are really a wild food, even when cultivated in your garden bed or a farmer’s field. Radish greens help remove all of the Unforgiving Four from the body. In particular, they cleanse heavy metals to an extreme degree, removing mercury, lead, arsenic, and aluminum from your system—they hold almost as much power as cilantro in this department. Radish greens help stave off every neurological condition, including MS, ALS, and neurological Lyme. By far, radish greens are the most powerful leafy green for someone’s health.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing radishes into your life:
Brain tumors, brain cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), arthritis, breast cancer, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), hypertension, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), skin cancers, thyroid disease, thyroid cancers, intestinal worms and other parasites, nutrient absorption issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lyme disease, pneumonia, bronchitis, insomnia, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing radishes into your life:
Fatigue, dizziness, brain fog, burning sensations in or on the body, moving pain, joint pain, sleep disturbances, nutrient deficiencies, heartburn, high blood pressure, food sensitivities, inflammation, sensations of humming or vibration in the body, ringing or buzzing in the ears, nervousness, rashes, balance issues, chest tightness, congestion, cough, dark undereye circles, difficulty breathing, ear pain, frozen shoulder, gum pain, hearing loss, high cortisol, loss of energy, melancholy, neck pain
When fail is the key word in how you’re feeling—whether you feel like a failure yourself, or that someone is failing you, or that your body has failed you by developing an illness—radishes are a miracle for lifting you out of the doldrums. Because eating them shows you results so rapidly, radishes get you out of the rut of despair.
When you grow radishes, you want to harvest them when the greens and the radishes themselves are young and tender. This is when they’re at their peak, offering the most advanced nutrition you can get just about anywhere. Picking radishes at the right moment, before their skin becomes tough, their flesh fibrous, and their greens overgrown, means you have to be in tune with the plants, ready to pluck them out of the ground when your instincts say “go.” It doesn’t have to all be in one shot, though. You can practice succession planting that is, sowing new seeds every week—so that you have a continuous supply of new chances to get the harvest timing right. In this way, radishes teach us the value of choosing the right moment for important conversations and decisions. You don’t want to put something off too long and find out that an opportunity to reap a situation’s benefits has passed. At the same time, radishes teach us to persevere. As long as we’re planting new seeds along the way, there’s always another chance to seize the moment.
* Look for black radishes at the farmers’ market (or buy the seed and grow your own). Black radishes are the most powerful radish variety. They take everything we’ve just looked at about the value of radishes and radish greens to the next level.
* If you grow your own radishes, try to pick them when they’re not quite full-grown. This is when they have the best chance of advancing your health rapidly. Try to eat at least three radishes a day.
* Radishes, celery, and onions make an incredibly healing broth (one that’s especially good for those struggling with pneumonia or bronchitis) when combined.
* You can eat radish greens raw or cooked. Treat them like any leafy green. One great way to enjoy them is to chop them up and sprinkle on a salad.
This simple salad packs a health punch with the earthy radish and the light cucumber tossed in herbs, olive oil, and lemon juice. Finish it off with a sprinkle of sea salt and what results is a gorgeous dish worthy of any brunch or lunch gathering. Make sure to use the freshest, most beautiful radishes available to make this dish sing—and don’t forget to save the radish greens for use in juice, soup, and other dishes!
Place the radish and cucumber slices in a medium bowl and toss with all the remaining ingredients. Allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before eating.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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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