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Just like the vegetables they would become if they grew to full size, sprouts and microgreens are packed with nutrients like vitamin A, B vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, disease-reversing compounds, and other phytochemicals. When we eat greens in this early phase of life, though, the digestion process is a fraction of what it would otherwise be to assimilate their powers. The most important role that sprouts and microgreens play is to bring back vitality to people who are always exhausting themselves for others. When you put your heart and soul into everything you do, whether at home or work, sprouts have the unique ability to support you. Sprouts and microgreens are wonderful reproductive foods. They are one of the ultimate tools for renewing an exhausted reproductive system and revitalizing a new mom who hasn’t been getting much sleep while caring for her baby. Sprouts and microgreens are phytoestrogenic and critical for rebalancing and restoring hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, and for regenerating hormone production of the adrenal glands, thyroid, and the rest of the endocrine system after a woman has given birth.
High in mineral salts that are involved with neurotransmitter chemical production, sprouts and microgreens also support the brain with amino acids and enzymes, pull toxic heavy metals from the brain, and help rejuvenate and strengthen neurons—which ultimately helps the body in reversing Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain fog, and memory loss. Sprouts and microgreens are wonderful for skin repair, and they’re also high in more than 60 trace minerals, including iron, iodine, selenium, zinc, copper, manganese, sulfur, magnesium, chromium, and molybdenum. As antiproliferatives, sprouts and microgreens stave off infection and unwanted cell growth (such as cancer). Further, they are the best possible source of the elevated biotics critical to your body’s production of vitamin B12. And in this early stage of growth, sprouts and microgreens hold thousands of phytochemicals to supercharge your body.
Choosing sprouts is like choosing friends; they all have different personalities. Do you have that friend who you know is a great person, and yet is a little edgy—you can only handle him in small doses? That describes the broccoli sprout. Strong in flavor with a bit of bite, broccoli sprouts are wonderful to strengthen digestion by raising hydrochloric acid levels. And do you have a friend whom you sometimes hold back from sharing everything with, because you know that her fiery, explosive disposition will mean she’ll leap to your defense before you’re even finished speaking? That’s the radish sprout, which is remarkable for its ability to purge the liver (an organ that’s fiery in its own right in so many of us). What about the friend who’s very gentle and laid-back, who listens to everything you say and offers words of comfort? This describes the red clover sprout, which is very soothing as it gently cleanses our lymph and blood, removing toxins and purifying our bodies. Then there’s the friend who’s very emotional and cries very easily, whether happy or sad tears.
The fenugreek sprout is all heart and soul, perfect for supporting our emotions and the endocrine system, both of which are tied up in the heart, soul, and brain. Fenugreek sprouts are especially helpful for balancing the adrenals’ cortisol production and regulating thyroid hormone production. And we can’t forget about that friend with the muscle, the person you call to show up with a pickup truck and help move you out of your house. This is the lentil sprout. Very dense energetically, high in fortifying protein that your body can assimilate with ease, lentil sprouts also give you a carbohydrate base to help propel you through whatever needs to get done. Lentil sprouts love to pass their brute strength on to you. Eating them is like getting the fortification of a Thanksgiving dinner—and yet having tremendous energy afterward, rather than wanting to fall asleep on the couch. On and on the list goes. Also keep your eye out for mung bean sprouts, sunflower greens, pea shoots, and micro-kale, among other advocates. Just like the people who support you in life, all the different sprouts and microgreen varieties have special qualities that you’ll discover as you get to know them.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing sprouts and microgreens into your life:
Human papilloma virus (HPV), fibroids, all types of cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), low reproductive system battery, depression (including postpartum), jaundice, anxiety, anemia, infertility, miscarriage, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, adrenal fatigue, Graves’ disease, eczema, psoriasis, food allergies, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, nutrient absorption issues, insomnia, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), HHV-6, HHV-7, thyroid disease, celiac disease, Lyme disease, strep throat
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing sprouts and microgreens into your life:
Abnormal Pap smear results, fatigue, lack of energy, weight gain, tooth decay, enamel loss, gum recession, hot flashes, night sweats, blurry eyes, bruising, pelvic pain, iron deficiency, memory loss, brain fog, sleep disturbances, acid reflux, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), blood sugar imbalances, belching, bone loss, bruising, brittle nails, cravings, fluid retention, gastritis, leg cramps, listlessness, stagnant liver, mucus in the stool, muscle spasms, sweets cravings, sore throat, hyperthyroid, hypothyroid
When you’re feeling a sense of loss, whether grieving for a career, friendship, or an object you’ve lost, sprouts and microgreens are exceptionally helpful. These tiny messengers of hope help you get out of a mindset of mourning and plant the seeds for new life and new opportunities.
Sprouts and microgreens are highly adaptogenic. They don’t demand the perfect environment. Even though in other circumstances these seeds would be given ample soil, space, sunlight, rain, and fresh air to take root and rise up to their fullest, when they’re cultivated in countertop gardens, they manage to grow crowded together in a jar or tray with just enough light and water to survive. All it takes is a little routine (sprouts need regular rinsing, and microgreens need regular misting), for these shoots to adapt to their circumstances. And they do so happily—if sprouts and microgreens had faces, you’d see a smile on each one. This cheerful adaptability transfers to us when we eat them. As long as we have the absolute necessities and give ourselves a bit of routine to normalize life, then even in the most difficult situations, we can take strength from our little friends and find a way to thrive.
* For noticeable benefits, eat two cups of sprouts per day.
* When growing your own sprouts, think of them like little pets: they feed off of companionship, and they pick up on the energy of their environment and whatever is said around them. Always try to approach your sprouts with happiness. Talk to them, offer encouragement, and run your fingers over their tops as you pass by. As I wrote about in the chapter “Food for the Soul,” growing your own food means that that food picks up on your individual needs and adjusts its nutrition so it will feed you in the best way possible. Sprouts and microgreens are especially adept at aligning with your specific health requirements, because they’re so adaptogenic.
* Don’t cook your sprouts if you want maximum benefit. Sprouts and microgreens are an amazing source of elevated biotics, those microorganisms so critical to gut health and production of vitamin B12. Elevated biotics only remain intact when sprouts and microgreens are eaten raw. (And when those elevated biotics are on sprouts and microgreens you’ve grown yourself, they’re geared to benefit your own flora.)
* Spraying liquid sea minerals mixed with water on your home-grown sprouts and microgreens daily mineralizes them as they develop, supercharging them for your health.
* Sprouts and microgreens such as radish, broccoli, fenugreek, kale, and sunflower should be eaten at lunchtime, because they support your energy levels during the day. Bean and lentil sprouts should be eaten at dinnertime, because they help calm and relax your nervous system in the evening.
* A juice made from cucumber, pea shoots, and sunflower greens can over time amplify a person’s ability to see at night.
SPROUT-FILLED COLLARD WRAPS WITH MANGO-TOMATO DIPPING SAUCE
These fresh, colorful collard wraps are a great way to fill your day with veggies. It’s a fun lunch option to set out a tray of sliced veggies and let people build their own. Plus, you can make a variety of dipping sauces using some of the other recipes in the book—try the cilantro pesto (page 190), the garlic tahini salad dressing (page 194), or the nori rolls’ avocado dip (page 228).
Rinse the collard leaves and trim off their stems. Set aside for later use in a soup or smoothie. Slice the bell pepper, avocado, and cabbage into thin strips. Finely chop and mash the dates to form a paste. With the stem side facing you, start at the right side of the collard leaf and fill with the sliced veggies, sprouts, and microgreens. Roll toward the left like a burrito, folding the top of the leaf in as you go. Use the date paste along the left edge of the collard green to seal. Repeat with the remaining collard leaves, filling, and paste. For the dipping sauce, blend the mango, tomato, ginger, and jalapeno, if using, until smooth.
Makes 1 to 2 servings
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In this world, we live by reaction. We start the day with certain goals, and before we know it we get a phone call about a minor emergency, or an appliance breaks, or a client calls with an urgent request. Suddenly we’re in crisis mode—and we may not be able to leave this state for the rest of the day, because the moment one issue is resolved, a new one takes its place. All day long, every day, we’re dying out fires, large and small. This reactivity is what we need to survive the Quickening. At the same time, never winding down can set us up to be hyperreactive—like when there’s traffic when you’re already late to pick up your child from soccer practice, and without even thinking, you honk the horn at the car in front of you for stopping at a yellow light. Ginger is one of the most important tools for giving ourselves respite from a reactive state.
When you’ve been going a mile a minute from morning until night and you finally start to check out mentally and emotionally, the physical body often stays reactive, in a heightened, spasmodic state. This is how stress-related illnesses such as adrenal fatigue, acid reflux, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia, digestive issues such as spastic colon and gastritis, and chronic muscle pain can get kicked up. Ginger is the ultimate antispasmodic. A cup of ginger tea can calm an upset stomach and relax any other areas of tension for up to 12 hours. Rather than acting as a nerve tonic, it acts as a tonic for the organs and muscles, telling the body that it can let go, that everything is under control. If your throat muscles are tight from speaking or yelling too much, or from having to hold in something you wish you could say, ginger is an amazing relaxant for the area. It also helps relieve tension headaches and flush excess lactic acid from muscle tissue into the bloodstream and out of the body—because it’s not just strenuous exercise that causes the release of lactic acid; stress does, too. If you sit at a desk all day with stress pumping lactic acid through your muscles, it needs a way out, since you’re not moving around to keep it flowing on its normal path.
Ginger’s antispasmodic properties come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity. And as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, ginger deserves all the accolades it gets for promoting a healthy immune system. Ginger is also ideal for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of your body’s production of B12, and so much more. It will be 100 years before research uncovers how much ginger truly holds.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing ginger into your life:
Pancreatitis, gallstones, adrenal fatigue, spastic colon, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia, laryngitis, common colds, influenza, hiatal hernia, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, migraines, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), thyroid disease, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), HHV-6, eczema, psoriasis, anxiety, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), plantar fasciitis, Raynaud’s syndrome, radiation exposure, all types of cancer (especially thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer), celiac disease, chronic sinusitis, ear infections, fungal infections, hiatal hernia, human papilloma virus (HPV), insomnia, lymphedema, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, shingles
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing ginger into your life:
Muscle spasms, muscle cramps, ganglia cysts, muscle tightness, muscle pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, anxiousness, gastritis, bloating, stomach cramps, stomach pain, canker sores, acid reflux, upset stomach, headaches, gallbladder spasms, pelvic pain, back pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, sinus pain, congestion (particularly of the chest and/ or sinuses), cough, urinary frequency, incontinence, urinary retention, weight gain, food allergies, abnormal Pap smear results, mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, belching, diarrhea, brain fog, chronic nausea, colon spasms, cough, congestion, digestive disturbances, high cholesterol, sleeping disturbances, fatigue
Ginger is ideal for those who feel forced to hold back what they have to say. When you are silenced, there are circumstances where the right course of action is to speak up anyway, and circumstances where you get the sense that saying your piece, however valid, would make the situation worse. Ginger is for the latter. Because holding in your true sentiments can make you feel locked up and stifled—and even put you into muscle spas—it’s very important to release all that tension, and ginger performs the job beautifully.
Ginger teaches us that we don’t always have to have an insight, breakthrough, or solution in order to let go of what’s not helping us. We don’t have to process everything or stress ourselves out reliving it. We don’t have to react. There are enough other situations that require our reactions; there’s no sense in taking on extra. Just like we can turn to ginger to work the kinks out of our muscles and the knots out of our stomachs, we can let it work that antispasmodic magic on our souls, cleansing us of wounds and damage without us having to do anything other than let it.
* Ginger can be reused throughout the day. It’s fine to keep using the same ginger for multiple servings of tea.;
* Drinking ginger tea during a full moon increases the medicinal effects of the ginger by 50 percent.
* Consume ginger shortly before or during a time period when you have to make a serious life decision.
* Just before you take a therapeutic bath, drink ginger water or ginger tea to enhance the bath’s healing power
This ginger limeade is so refreshing. It will be especially helpful to anyone trying to transition off of caffeinated energy drinks. The subtle heat of fresh ginger juice makes this drink one you will come back to time and time again.
Heat 1/4 cup of honey and 1 cup of water in a small pan until the honey dissolves completely. Set aside to cool. Juice the ginger and limes into a large pitcher. Mix in the remaining 3 cups of water. Stir in the cooled honey water and the fresh mint leaves. Refrigerate until chilled.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Learn more about the healing powers of fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Melons are so critical to the healing process that when someone is struggling with a health condition and can’t get better, the outcome may very well hinge on whether or not melon is part of her or his diet. Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, crenshaw, canary, Santa Claus, galia, charentais, casaba—they are all keys to the palace of health. Ask yourself how many melons you’ve consumed in the past year. It may be hard to figure out, because you’re probably used to having a slice here, a bite there, often alongside other food.
For most people, the answer is that over the past 12 months, they’ve only eaten one melon in total, if that. This is a major loss. Why? Because melons are made just for us by God and the Earthly Mother. They are like mother’s milk, only one step further, because melons are predigested—meaning that melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive systems barely need to process it when it enters the body, because it is so high in enzymes and certain coenzymes as yet undiscovered by science that strengthen them. The fructose in melon leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal tract, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body.
Eating melon is like getting intravenous nutrient therapy. On every level, including biochemically, melon is exactly what our bodies need. Melons are essentially balls of purified water. This highly active fluid binds onto poisons of all kinds in the body, including mold, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, flushing them out to allow the immune system to restore itself. Further, the fruit’s high electrolyte content helps protect the brain and the rest of the nervous system from stress-related strokes, aneurysms, and embolisms. Melon thins the blood and reduces heart attack risk, helps prevent heart disease and vascular issues, and can even reduce liver and kidney disease—if someone is suffering from liver or kidney malfunction, melon can mean the difference between life and death.
The water in melon is nearly identical to our blood, and its sodium, potassium, and glucose are also abundant and bioavailable, making melon one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. This hydration is critical, as it helps to lower high blood pressure, among other benefits. Melon is one of the most alkalizing foods. The fruit’s highly bioavailable and bioactive trace mineral count is responsible for driving electrolytes higher than normal, making them easily usable by the body. In return, the body’ detoxification processes become amplified, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within the organs. High in silica, melon is an excellent food to restore ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, connective tissue, and tendons. Melon is also one of the most powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing melons into your life:
Mystery infertility, Crohn’s disease, colitis, peptic ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), low reproductive system battery, aneurysm, embolism, stroke, heart attack, heart disease, liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, kidney disease, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, tendonitis, epilepsy, sepsis, osteoporosis, H. pylori infection, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Addison’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diabetes, hypoglycemia, acne, depression, anxiety, herpes infection, urinary tract infections (UTIs), transient ischemic attack (TIA), heavy metal toxicity, E. coli infection, yeast infections, mold exposure
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing melons into your life:
Constipation, low hydrochloric acid, stomach pain, upset stomach, poor circulation, accelerated aging, dental issues, food allergies, connective tissue inflammation, tremors, shakes, seizures, weakness, blood sugar imbalances, chronic dehydration, acidosis, joint pain,bone density issues, kidney pain, back pain, spasms, twitches, slurred speech, blurry eyes, inflammation, food sensitivities, anal itching, blisters, blood toxicity, insulin resistance, brain fog, body stiffness, brittle nails, chronic nausea, fever, itchy skin, leg cramps
If you are easily frightened, having a difficult time bearing bad news, or dealing with a heavy load due to emotional sensitivities or PTSD, melons can come to your aid by shifting you out of any nervousness, skittishness, anxiety, or uneasiness. And if you’re eagerly awaiting news, melons can give you the extra support and patience you need during the process. Offer melon to a friend or family member who you feel has no patience, or whose judgments and opinions are stumbling blocks. Your gift could ease that person’s energy and open up a channel so that she or he becomes more accepting.
The predigestion miracle of melon teaches us that powerful processes can be in play without us even realizing. We don’t have to fight tooth and nail for every good thing in life. Sometimes good comes to us without our labor: Powerful healing takes place in our bodies, spirits, and souls, and all we have to do is let it happen. Situations made for us present themselves, and all we have to do is grab the opportunities. Allow for this type of grace in your daily life.
WATERMELON WITH MINT AND LIME
While this watermelon salad may seem simple, the combination of flavors couldn’t be more perfect. The light sweetness of watermelon sings with a burst of lime juice and a pop of fresh mint. Your mouth will be watering for this one all summer long.
Place the watermelon in a serving bowl. Squeeze the lime juice generously over the top. Sprinkle with finely chopped mint leaves and serve.
Makes 2 servings
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s and motor neuron disease, is one of the most misunderstood mystery illnesses today. There is misinformation being spread about ALS and many incorrect diagnoses of this illness that are resulting in devastating consequences. If you or a loved one suffers with ALS, it’s important that you know there is hope. Healing is possible once you understand what’s really behind ALS.
Behind the ALS Label
The technical name of this disease in Greek means “without nourishment to muscles.” Although doctors have a label to give people, ALS is still a complete mystery illness to medical communities. In the conventional medical world you will likely hear ALS described as a motor neuron disease. This is almost true. Medical science and research don’t yet know that ALS is actually a viral inflammatory illness where viruses are feeding off toxic heavy metals in the system, and this can affect neurons. Usually a high level of aluminum is one of the metals present in the brain and other parts of the body.
If you’ve been given an ALS label, you likely have a variety of heavy metals in your system, including an abundance of aluminum. As I share in my book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, these toxic metals are the perfect fuel for viruses. In the case of ALS, there’s typically a severe viral infection of HHV-6 coupled with a few other herpes virus strains feeding on these metals. When symptoms increase in severity, and mild tingles and numbness turn into acute loss of muscle control, it’s often due to severe brain inflammation triggered by the viral infection.
If you find yourself in a wheelchair and doctors seem apprehensive about your chances of survival, it’s possible that your body is overrun with viruses. Once you reach this point, you can still turn your condition around. In this instance, it’s critical to work with a doctor or practitioner to create a healing protocol that incorporates foods and supplements that naturally fight viruses and draw heavy metals out of the body.
Medical communities are still tragically unaware of the true causes of people’s suffering when it comes to most neurological symptoms and conditions. A doctor may blame your genes or suggest that your body is attacking itself, but these trendy ideas are incorrect and damaging. I discuss this in-depth in Thyroid Healing.
A Reckless Diagnosis
ALS is a real illness, just like other chronic illnesses, but the damaging beliefs attached to the ALS label can destroy people’s health rather than help them understand that they’re fully capable of healing.
Being handed an ALS label today can have a similar effect on someone as the effect a HIV/AIDS diagnosis had on people during the 1980s AIDS crisis. This retrovirus was not the reason people were dying, but because a death sentence was so strongly associated with this diagnosis, people quickly fell into a hopeless, despairing headspace that greatly affected their overall health. Many of the people who had this virtually benign retrovirus were also suffering from terrible varieties of streptococcus that triggered pneumatic problems; a host of herpes viruses, including HHV-7, HHV-8, HHV-9, and the undiscovered varieties I brought to light, including HHV-10, HHV-11, and HHV-12; and/or suffered from exposure to pollutants, toxins, drugs, and toxic heavy metals.
For a number of reasons other than the retrovirus, people were experiencing the complete breakdown of their immune systems. When people were given an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the early to mid 80s, they did not even consider the possibility that they could survive, and this led many people to quickly give up and fall apart mentally and physically. The reason it appears as though very few people are dying from HIV anymore is because the sources perpetuating this damaging falsehood quieted. This is allowing people’s immune systems to strengthen and stay fortified.
An ALS diagnosis seems to affect people similarly, which is why I often refer to it as a “reckless diagnosis.” It’s important to understand the weight a diagnosis can have, and how beliefs about a diagnosis can lead to immense fear or panic. If a person has severe viral infections, their condition may worsen because of these emotional responses.
In the medical world, diagnosing ALS is basically a guessing game. The doctor will likely observe the patient struggling with more and more symptoms as the prescribed immunosuppressive drugs, steroids, or antibiotics fail to improve the patient’s condition. If the patient continues to steadily decline, the doctor may give the patient a diagnosis of ALS (or another neurological disease).
The current neurological testing doctors use to identify ALS is far from error-free and rarely offers information that doctors can use with complete certainty. Numerous neurologists I’ve spoken with have agreed with me on this issue. They’ve mentioned multiple cases where perfectly healthy patients have had worrisome results show up on neurological tests. Yet the patient had never struggled with the suggested issues and these issues never arose as time progressed. You may still want to have neurological testing done, but be aware of the tests’ potential inaccuracies.
Men and Women
Men are diagnosed with ALS a little more frequently than women. Although men have often been considered stronger than women in various ways throughout history, when it comes to battling illness, women have consistently demonstrated a stronger will to live than their male counterparts.
Women possess a mighty will to survive, grow stronger, and bear the elements. This fiery will helps women bear the weight of a diagnosis as well as symptoms and conditions better than most men. In many cases, men quickly decline after being handed diagnoses that cause them to feel unwell or useless for a prolonged period of time. This is especially true in cases where there is a sense of hopelessness already attached to the label, such as ALS.
Overcoming an ALS Diagnosis
James, 47, a client I worked with years ago, started noticing stiffness in his hands, shoulders, and legs while working at his factory job. Then he started to experience muscle twitching and numbness. A neurologist diagnosed James with ALS based off his symptoms alone. This was a completely incorrect diagnosis. James was actually exhibiting symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome, another mystery condition. (I share the true cause of Guillain-Barré—which is unknown to medical communities—in Medical Medium).
Shortly after James was handed an ALS diagnosis, he began experiencing twitches. He sought out the opinion of two other specialists, who didn’t contradict the ALS diagnosis and who suggested that in about five to seven years his body would completely fall apart. This news left James in a constant state of stress and emotional turmoil. All of this exacerbated James’s symptoms, feeding his growing panic. Around this time, James’s wife, Julie, learned of me and sought out an appointment.
I relayed to them that James had a herpes virus, HHV-6 in his brain, as well as heavy metals, including high levels of aluminum and copper. After this assessment, the couple remarked that they must’ve come to the wrong place because James was diagnosed with ALS. I explained to James that he had merely been given a label for his mystery illness, not a true cause.
I explained to James and Julie that a viral inflammatory condition in James’ brain was responsible for his neurological problems. Not only was his body battling HHV-6, but it was fighting against two other herpes viruses as well. These viruses, which had invaded both his brain and spinal cord, were feeding off the high level of aluminum, as well as other heavy metals that were present in his system.
Spirit recommended James return to the factory he had been working at and ask for an exposure investigation. Upon investigation, it was discovered that aluminum oxide gas had been spewing out of a damaged ventilator pipe in the area James had been working. This aluminum dust and vapor, byproduct from aluminum work, had been silently poisoning the factory workers for months until Spirit made it known.
Once James no longer believed he was close to dying, his symptoms quickly improved. Part of his protocol was the heavy metal detox plan, which helped draw aluminum, copper, and mercury out of his body and brain. He also used natural antiviral supplements (for supplement recommendations and dosages, see Liver Rescue) to fight off HHV-6 and the other herpes viruses in his system.
Instead of suffering for five years until his body completely fell apart, like specialists had predicted, James fully healed and was able to embrace the life he’d been living prior to his illness.
Steps to Heal
Over the decades I’ve helped a number of other people completely reverse their ALS-labeled neurological symptoms. Below are some suggestions and recommendations that may help you begin your healing journey and live a full, vibrant life.
Glucose & Mineral Salts
If you’re suffering with a neurological symptom or condition, bringing ample glucose into your diet is critical. In order to heal, the central nervous system needs an abundance of the natural sugar found in fruits and carbohydrate-rich vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes.
High-fat, high-protein and low-carbohydrate diets are not preferable for anyone suffering with ALS, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or any other neurological symptoms or conditions. A diet filled with an abundance of natural glucose is critical in these cases. If you’re concerned about eating fruit, check out my chapter on Fruit Fear in Medical Medium.
Sweet potatoes and other carbohydrate-rich foods help build your muscle. This may come as a surprise, because many people incorrectly believe protein helps build muscle. In truth though, only two things help build muscle: consuming critical clean carbohydrates (read all about this in Liver Rescue) and actually using the muscles. Glucose builds muscle quickly. If you doubt this, picture the muscular, 300-pound apes at the zoo who snack on bananas and figs.
People with neurological conditions often don’t use their muscles as much as individuals who aren’t suffering with health issues. Some people are too sick to get out of bed, let alone walk around or exercise. In these instances, it’s vital to feed your muscles with glucose-filled carbohydrates to keep you from wasting away as you work to combat your neurological disease.
This is another reason to avoid high-protein or high-fat diets, such as ketogenic or paleo diets, while healing from a neurological condition. A low-carbohydrate diet can cause rapid wasting syndrome, which may be mistaken as ALS or worsening MS.
Instead, bring potatoes, fruits, and winter squashes into your meals and snacks. The abundance of lysine and the numerous amino acids found in all different varieties of potatoes can be especially powerful for maintaining or strengthening muscles. If you eat meat alongside your potatoes, the animal protein may prevent the potatoes from offering their many benefits to the muscles. To get the most benefit from healing foods, separate carbohydrate-heavy meals, such as a bowl of potatoes or fruit, from any animal protein.
If you increase the amount of fruit and starchy vegetables you bring into your diet, and greatly reduce your protein intake, you may be able to maintain and strengthen your muscles. Liver Rescue Mornings and the other healing guidance in Liver Rescue is critical.
Filling your diet with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens is critical.The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in these foods are vital for healing. Dive into Life-Changing Foods for healing food suggestions.
For high-quality supplement recommendations, check out my preferred supplements page.
If you’ve been given an ALS diagnosis, try your hardest to stay light hearted. ALS is not a death sentence. It’s something you’re fully capable of healing from and moving past. You now have the information and tools to eliminate herpes viruses and toxic heavy metals. My hope is that you can move forward with this life-changing knowledge, restored motivation, and a newfound faith in your body’s ability to heal.
Lemon balm, also known as Melissa because of its botanical name Melissa officinalis, is an essential herb for calming the nerves—in particular, those involved with digestion. Many people suffer from various sensitivities in the gut, with complicated and confusing misdiagnoses involved. What’s often behind these problems are nerve endings that have become hypersensitive around the digestive organs. Nerves play a role in much of the digestive distress we experience in this day and age. For instance, inflamed phrenic nerves (which control the diaphragm and therefore influence the stomach) and vagus nerves (which run through the diaphragm and govern the stomach and digestion) are sometimes behind digestive sensitivities, as are nerves that connect the spine and digestive tract.
If someone’s stomach or intestines are irritated for no identifiable reason, it’s usually due to sensitive nerves. One common occurrence is that a food (even something very easy to digest) rubs against the lining of the intestinal tract, which causes someone with sensitive nerves to feel discomfort. Nerve sensitivities can also trigger symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and a sudden urgency to eliminate when nervous. Lemon balm is a gift from God and Mother Nature to deal with our frazzling world; it’s wonderful for addressing all of these situations with its soothing properties, which come from bioactive phytochemicals such as undiscovered alkaloids that calm the nerve receptors at the digestive tract so that the nerves become less sensitized and inflammation reduces. This makes lemon balm a valuable herb for stress assistance.
And lemon balm doesn’t stop there. It is a heal-all, with a high contribution factor to almost every part of the body. Extremely high in trace minerals such as boron, manganese, copper, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, and iron, lemon balm also has large amounts of the macromineral silica. Plus it’s a B12-conserving herb—which means that it monitors your stores of this vitamin and keeps your body from using it all up. Anti parasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial throughout the body, lemon balm fights the Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, and other herpetic viruses such as HHV-6. It’s an amazing herb for tonsillitis, which is inflammation caused by strep bacteria. Plus, lemon balm detoxifies the liver, spleen, and kidneys, and helps reduce bladder inflammation, which makes it a star for alleviating interstitial cystitis and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing lemon balm into your life:
Nutrient absorption issues, laryngitis, interstitial cystitis, yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as bladder infections and kidney infections, tonsillitis, hypertension, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, shingles, HHV-6, transient ischemic attack (TIA), staph infections, H. pylori infection, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), ear infections and other ear problems, hiatal hernia, neuropathy, ringworm, anxiety, depression, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, migraines, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), strep throat, autism, nodules on bones and glands, Lyme disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), tonsillitis, rosacea, osteopenia, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Meniere’s disease
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing lemon balm into your life:
Loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, anxiousness, nervous stomach, sensitive stomach, heart palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, frozen shoulder, stomachaches, gastritis, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nervousness, fatigue, diarrhea, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, weight gain, weakness of the limbs, weak digestion, trace mineral deficiencies, tooth pain, fever, seizures, nosebleeds, inflammation, histamine reactions, brain inflammation
Stress and insecurities often cause us to feel fearful about what’s around the bend. We find ourselves lying in bed at night, wondering what will happen to us and our families. If you’re worried about what the future holds for yourself and others, lemon balm can take the worry away and replace it with a sense of peace.
Lemon balm is practically an all-purpose plant, and it teaches us that we are just as wellrounded. We’re not each here for just one reason. Within one lifetime, we have many different lives. We don’t have to live with singular focus; we have many chances to explore different gifts and serve diverse purposes—some of which we’ll discover along the way and some of which we’ll live out without ever knowing how we’re effecting change.
* Make a sun tea with fresh lemon balm by steeping it in a pitcher of water for a few hours in bright, direct sunlight. The sun extracts and upgrades lemon balm’s therapeutic properties, enhancing its nutrient profile to help you heal.
* Try using lemon balm leaves in small amounts as a culinary herb. Grow it in a pot on your windowsill so you always have some nearby to mince and add to salads for flavor and good medicine.
* Having lemon balm before bed will help calm your nerves and give you a better night’s sleep.
LEMON BALM TEA
This lemon balm tea is soothing and mild. The lemon doesn’t overpower the herbs’ subtle beauty, though if you want a stronger kick of lemon, go ahead and add more juice or zest to take the flavor to another level.
Mix the lemon balm, lemon zest, and thyme together in a small bowl. Boil 4 cups of water. For each serving of tea, use 1 teaspoon of the blend per 1 cup of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes or more. Just prior to serving, add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to each cup.
*If a stronger, more medicinal tea is desired, use 2 teaspoons or up to 1 tablespoon of the tea blend per serving.
Makes 2 to 4 cups
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
While apples are the stuff of legend, their close relatives, pears, are considered ho-hum. People often associate pears with their bland canned form, or with rare caramelized desserts; beyond that, pears don’t factor into most people’s daily thoughts. In the back of our minds, we know they exist, and that’s about it. Same with the pancreas: We’re aware that we each have this gland, yet unless it develops an issue, we barely register that it’s there. Meanwhile, the pancreas takes much of the body’s stress. And sometimes we abuse the pancreas without even realizing it by eating a combination of fried foods, rich dishes, too much table sugar, or high-fat desserts. Heartbreak, letdown, betrayal, and other forms of broken trust, as well as fear of any kind, are also hard on the pancreas.
For pancreas protection and stress assistance, we must turn to the pear. This neglected fruit helps rejuvenate this neglected and overtaxed gland, alleviating pancreatitis and helping to prevent pancreatic cancer. Pears are also amazing for other aspects of digestion. They act as an antispasmodic; help to soothe the linings of the stomach and intestinal tract; feed beneficial bacteria; starve and kill unproductive bacteria, parasites, and fungus; raise hydrochloric acid in the stomach; help prevent intestinal and stomach cancers; and reduce the bad acids produced by mucus and pathogens such as H. pylori. They also restore linings in the gut that have become damaged and calloused from bacteria.
The little granules in a pear’s flesh are loaded with phytochemicals, trace minerals, and amino acids such as valine, histidine, threonine, and lysine. The trace minerals and amino acids combine and lock onto poisons in the body such as pesticides, expelling them from your system. Trace mineral salts make pear juice high in electrolytes, which stabilizes blood sugar. Plus, pears are a great weight-loss food and heaven-sent for the liver, helping to cleanse and purify the organ and stop cirrhosis. Bring pears into your life, and you’ll see that they’re anything but boring.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing pears into your life:
Pancreatitis; pancreatic cancer; liver cancer; diabetes; food poisoning; hiatal hernia; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO); intestinal infection of H. pylori, E. coli, Salmonella, Streptococcus, and/or mold; cirrhosis of the liver; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; hepatitis D; fungal infections; stomach cancer; esophageal cancer; diverticulitis; diverticulosis; shingles; herpes; migraines; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); hypoglycemia
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing pears into your life:
Acid reflux, high cholesterol, sluggish liver, dysfunctional liver, liver heat, liver stagnation, gas, bloating, constipation, gastritis, gastric distress, food allergies, upset stomach, intestinal inflammation, intestinal scar tissue, adhesions, insulin resistance, intestinal spasms, pancreas inflammation, appendix inflammation, weight gain, inflamed skin, diarrhea
An overburdened, overstressed, and overheated pancreas and liver are often behind someone’s unsettled emotions such as frustration, irritation, uneasiness, or lack of peace. Pears are the ideal food to remedy this situation, because they are the ultimate cooling tonic, especially for the liver and pancreas.
The pear’s simplicity is a lesson for us all. Here’s a fruit that’s not complicated in the least, not flashy, exotic, hard to find, nor hard to eat—and that doesn’t reduce its power by one ounce. Gentle, unassuming, and quietly beautiful, pears can care for your body in a particular manner that no other fruit can. They teach us that we don’t have to cry out for attention or sit in resentment of not being noticed. We, too, can hold on to our true selves and fully possess our power without any need for show.
Cinnamon Baked Pears with Toasted Walnuts
Tender pears filled with warm maple syrup and toasted walnuts—this dish is comforting and perfect for chilly winter days. The aroma of the cinnamon baking in the oven will fill the whole house with warmth, and the end result will leave everyone feeling cozy and full. These are incredibly simple to make and a big hit with kids and adults alike.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the pears in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Arrange the pear halves face up on a baking tray. Drizzle each pear half with maple syrup, brushing over the face of the pear and leaving some inside the center. Divide the walnuts evenly into the centers of the pears and sprinkle cinnamon over the top of each. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the pears are tender and cooked through. Serve warm from the oven and enjoy!
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
Never underestimate the power of an apple. This fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a top pick when you’re faced with practically any illness. Encephalitis (brain inflammation), IBS (intestinal inflammation), and viral infection (which can result in nerve inflammation) are just a few conditions in which apples can play the critical nutritional role of calming your system by reducing viral and bacterial loads that create inflammation.
The phytochemicals in apples make them a true brain food, feeding neurons and increasing electrical activity. Apples with red skin contain anthocyanins and even traces of malvidin (a type of anthocyanidin), which are partially responsible for the red color. These pigments have anti-obesity properties and compounds that increase digestive strength, encouraging weight loss. Apples also have traces of flavonoids, rutin, and quercidin—phytochemicals that are responsible for heavy metal and radiation detoxification—as well as the amino acids glutamine and serine, which help detoxify the brain of MSG. This fruit helps cleanse and purify the organs, improve circulation in your lymphatic system, repair damaged skin, and regulate blood sugar.
Apples are the ultimate colon cleanser. As the pectin from an apple moves through your gut, it collects and rids your body of microbes such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, and mold. It also gathers and expels putrefied, impacted protein and debris that’s been hiding in intestinal pockets and feeding colonies of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and C. difficile. This makes apples an excellent antiproliferative for healing SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and other digestive disorders. Apples are also hydrating on a deep, cellular level. They provide precious trace minerals such as manganese and molybdenum, as well as electrolytes and critical mineral salts that help the body rehydrate after exercise or stress of any kind.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing apples into your life:
Kidney disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), thyroid disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, transient ischemic attack (TIA), urinary tract infections (UTIs), adrenal fatigue, migraines, shingles, mold exposure, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), osteomyelitis, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acne, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lyme disease, obesity, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), anxiety, tinnitus, viral infection, vertigo
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing apples into your life:
Ringing or buzzing in the ears, diabetic neuropathy, dizzy spells, room spins, balance and equilibrium issues, heart palpitations, acid reflux, hypoglycemia and other blood sugar imbalances, mineral deficiencies, body odor, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, rib pain, fatigue, bloating, gas, constipation, nervousness, anxiousness, frozen shoulder, weight gain, back pain, blurry eyes, brain fog, body pain, confusion, ear pain, body stiffness, brain inflammation, dandruff, menopause symptoms
The apple is an ancient food that brings us back to the source. It is one of the very first foods to have comforted us, and so apples connect us to a sense of sanctuary. This makes them ideal for when you’re feeling depressed, alienated, invalid, powerless, useless, worthless—you get the idea. If the time ever comes when you feel you aren’t being validated, eating apples can help change your course.
Apples open up a part of you and change the energy within and around you to attract happier and brighter things. They can bring back your vibrancy, elevate you, lighten your spirit, and make you more energetic. This is because for thousands of years, we’ve stored apples to get us through the winter months. The fruit is a ray of hope that puts us in touch with the good life. It’s instilled in our bodies that when the outside world seems bleak, an apple can reconnect us to life, rebirth, sunlight, and summertime.
Apples teach us not to get burned by the frost of insensitivity from others. Unlike crops that risk damage from autumn temperatures, many apple varieties continue to grow and ripen through the cooler months, protected by their frost-resistant skin. When a cold front from a friend, lover, or colleague comes upon you, take heed from the apple and draw a protective shield around yourself until conditions improve.
* Red-skinned apples with the most color are best.
* Try eating three apples a day. If you commit to this routine, you could see your health improve in unexpected ways.
* At least once a year, go to an organic orchard that allows you to pick apples yourself. As I discussed in further detail in my first book, the skin of fresh, unwashed, pesticide- and wax-free produce contains elevated microorganisms that are critical to the health of your gut and immune system. The act of picking fruit is also one of the most powerful, grounding meditations that exists.
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
Throughout history, people have been searching for the fountain of youth. Far and wide they’ve traveled, seeking that magical spring flowing from the ground that will preserve good health. This source of youth is no myth, and it does come from the earth . . . it just happens to be readily available at the grocery store, too. That anti-aging wonder is asparagus. When were you at your strongest? When could you run effortlessly, swim in the ocean without tiring? Was it 10, 20, 30 years ago, or more? Maybe it was yesterday, or this morning. Connect with your best moment, whenever it was, that time when you felt your full life force coursing through you. That’s the same power that a spear of asparagus contains in its first few weeks aboveground. If you think about it, every piece of asparagus that we eat was once on its way to becoming a small tree. While every vegetable has its value, most of them can’t claim that same hidden potential.
When we eat young asparagus shoots, though, their propulsive energy is transferred to us. Not only does that energy keep us young, it helps with recovery and prevention of neurological disorders and symptoms. Asparagus contains phytochemical compounds such as chlorophyll and lutein that act as critical organ cleansers. They get deep into organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys, scrubbing out the toxins they find there. Chlorophyll bonded to amino acids such as glutamine, threonine, and serine provides an avenue for heavy metal detox. What’s more, some of the phytochemicals found in asparagus are toxin inhibitors (a fact as yet unknown to science). This means that once toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals have been driven out of the organs, these specialized phytochemicals stay behind and repel new toxins from taking up residence there. This toxin inhibition makes asparagus an amazing tool for battling virtually every variety of cancer.
When we’re under immense stress, we tend to lose B vitamins very rapidly. Asparagus, which is high in very easily absorbable B vitamins, helps us reestablish our proper levels of these key nutrients. Also high in silica and trace minerals such as iron, zinc, molybdenum, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and selenium, asparagus is one of the most adrenal-supporting foods in existence and excellent for bringing you back to life when your adrenal glands have been pushed to the max. And we can’t talk about asparagus without mentioning how valuable it is at alkalizing the body by flushing out unproductive acids. We live in a very acidic environment, and if we want to remain free from disease, we must constantly work to keep ourselves alkaline with help from trusted friends like asparagus.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing asparagus into your life:
Multiple sclerosis (MS), sepsis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), bladder cancer, breast cancer, bone cancer, transient ischemic attack (TIA), gout, kidney stones, lung cancer, liver cancer, migraines, vertigo, neuropathy, diabetes, hypoglycemia, adrenal fatigue, shingles, Lyme disease, anxiety, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, osteomyelitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer, low reproductive system battery, infertility, sleep apnea, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), acne, bursitis, celiac disease, connective tissue damage, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), heavy metal toxicity, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), hiatal hernia, fibroids, anemia
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing asparagus into your life:
Twitches, spasms, tingles and numbness, ringing or buzzing in the ears, slurred speech, body odor, fatigue, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, pins and needles, neuralgia, weight gain, weight loss, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, lack of motivation, listlessness, loss of libido, loss of energy, abdominal pain, menopause symptoms, urinary urgency, back pain, joint pain, neck pain, rib pain, adhesions, abdominal distension, canker sores, chronic loose stools, constipation, enlarged spleen, ovarian cysts, leg cramps, muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, inflammation
Asparagus is a very helpful food if you struggle with shyness, self-consciousness, concern over what others think of you, fear of breaking out of your shell and exposing yourself, or dread of venturing out in public. If you truly need help in these areas (as opposed to if you’re just a natural introvert who’s comfortable with who you are, despite others’ misguided opinions that you should act more like an extrovert), asparagus will come to your aid and give you the confidence to rise up and claim your place in the world.
When we harvest asparagus, it’s really just a sprout on its way to becoming a much larger plant. If we were to let asparagus fern out and go to seed, though, it would become woody and inedible. Over time, humans have learned to recognize when a spear of asparagus is at its peak for consumption. It’s a lesson that transfers to our own lives. Sometimes people push circumstances too far, aiming for more and more growth, trying to see something through to the bitter end. We don’t always have to let a full cycle play out. We can learn to recognize when a project, meeting, or conversation has reached its best moment, and to gracefully end it at that point, harnessing the power of that peak time for the best ultimate outcome.
This creamy soup is perfect for those spring nights that still have a bit of chill in the air and yet give you hope of all the renewal the season has to offer. And when fresh asparagus is unavailable, it’s the perfect comfort food to make with frozen asparagus instead. Either way, it’s a hit that’s sure to win fans from the moment they smell it cooking on the stove.
Place the asparagus, yellow onion, and garlic in a saucepan. Add 2 cups of water; cover and bring to a simmer. Steam the asparagus for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat. Drain off any excess water and transfer the mixture to a blender*. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Allow steam to escape the top of the blender as you go. *You may also use an immersion blender, if desired. Leave the asparagus in the pan and add all the remaining ingredients before blending.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Excerpt from the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
You may have heard about different ways our environment is polluted, but you may be surprised to find out about some of the specific poisons in our environments that can hinder us from overcoming symptoms and conditions and slow down our healing process. This article will show you how to protect yourself against these destructive forces. Know that there is much you can do to heal, no matter how many of these you are exposed to.
Environmental Issues Inside the Home
Allergies, monthly headaches during your menstrual cycle, asthma, eczema, anxiety, fatigue, hair loss, brain fog, confusion, weakness, aches and pains, and a host of other health issues can all be exacerbated by environmental issues.
With all of the triggers I’ll discuss, please don’t worry if you are in a circumstance where you cannot avoid or eliminate the trigger. Know that you can make the best choices you’re able to protect yourself in other ways, such as through food choices or with supplements.
Brand new carpet contains solvents, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals, which can trigger seasonal-affective-disorder-like symptoms and other conditions and symptoms connected with any active or inactive viruses you have. For example, if you have Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and you’re exposed to the chemicals found in new carpets, a host of symptoms and conditions may arise, such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, aches and pains, brain fog, migraines, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis or asthma.
Conventional carpet cleaners typically use a large number of different solvent chemicals mixed into a single, toxic brew. People don’t realize that the freshly cleaned carpets they’re walking on barefoot or letting their children play on have been saturated in a harmful solution. The solvents and chemicals found inside freshly cleaned carpets can trigger viruses in people’s bodies, such as EBV.
Another problem is that older carpets especially tend to begin breaking down and can harbor mold.
Be cautious and mindful of painting projects inside the home. Fresh paint can have a negative impact on your health, and it takes time for paint fumes to dissipate. Viral and bacterial conditions are more easily triggered when someone is living in a freshly painted space.For example, streptococcus could be triggered, which could result in a health-related difficulties including SIBO, sinus congestion, UTIs, styes, and acne. If possible, use low-VOC paint.
Mold can be present in a variety of places. Different types of black mold that may appear inside the walls, underneath the kitchen sink, or other places around the home can trigger serious health symptoms and conditions. Black mold can be a major trigger for neurological viruses that create Lyme disease symptoms, a variety of multiple sclerosis, or a host of other health-related issues. Learn more on my radio show Healing From Mold Exposure.
From brushing your teeth to washing your hands to soaking in the tub after a busy day, you’re constantly encountering varying qualities of water. Many people know to avoid drinking tap water whenever possible. If you cannot afford a high-quality water filter, even a semi-decent filtration system can offer some benefits.
When you run a bath or step into the shower, you’re often bathing in chlorine and fluoride. These substances are not ideal for your health or healing. I worked with one client who developed chronic fatigue because of constant exposure to chlorine while showering, on top of an Epstein-Barr virus. After addressing the chlorine, the fatigue reduced by 75%.
Consider installing a filter in your shower or a reverse osmosis water system throughout your home.
Every state in the U.S. has areas that are specifically designated for agricultural use. In many of these areas, workers lay down hundreds of billions of pounds of plastic throughout rows of produce. These often white (but sometimes black) colored row covers are vastly different than the row covers you may use in your backyard garden to provide protection and pest control.
These toxic plastic row covers blanket thousands of acres of crops throughout the U.S. and in other countries, and they’re sprayed multiple times a week with rodenticides, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides. The barrels these chemicals come from display a unique variety of hazard label, which is a large skull and bones, and the mixture that’s eventually sprayed on the crops is concocted in a massive containment unit. The people who cover these plastics with those toxic chemicals have to wear hazmat suits to protect themselves.
Once the conventional crops are ready to be harvested, the plastics are gathered and burned. During this process, dangerous furans take to the air. Burning plastic by itself can be toxic, but this becomes an even greater issue because of the high levels of pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides covering these plastics. This hidden practice is wreaking havoc on people’s lives, but it’s slipping under the radar of experts and environmentalists.
Since I first received my gift at age four, my source has told me that this destructive practice is one of the reasons for the currently high rate of cancers. This is unknown to medical science and research. For more on cancer, read Liver Rescue and Thyroid Healing.
Many people are suffering from viruses such as EBV that are creating severe fatigue and a multitude of other symptoms and conditions that you can learn about in Thyroid Healing. These symptoms can be triggered by this pollution as well.
Additionally, allergy and asthma sufferers are greatly impacted by this practice. Oftentimes spring allergies people suffer from are largely due to the increase in the burning of plastics on agricultural lands. Pollen may cause some irritation, but what could be triggering most of someone’s allergies is exposure to toxic, odor-free plumes. Because these crops are burned at different times in different areas, people can experience symptoms and conditions related to this destruction year-round.
The west coast has been especially impacted by this tragic practice, and when the winds blow, a terribly toxic soot that was created in the agricultural areas spreads throughout the west. Across the country, places have been affected by this free-flowing air pollution. This is especially true for states with warmer climates. Environmental groups are unaware of the immense harm this particular air pollution is causing and have no clue that this practice is one of the biggest reasons for air pollution-related illnesses in the world today.
Sadly, this is not even a necessary practice. Replacing these conventional techniques with organic farming practices could have many positive consequences for our health.
There are also many chemicals falling out of the sky on a regular basis. Exhaust and jet fuel are one type. There’s also radiation fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It may be surprising to learn that only a small fraction of the radiation from World War II has fallen to the ground level of earth thus far.
If you live in a gated community, retirement complex, condo, or other communal space, you are likely exposed to rampant pesticide use. The hundreds of pounds of pesticides used on lawns, bushes, and other greenery in these community spaces affect people who live in these places. These chemicals are also carried by the wind so they have adverse effects on people outside the community.
Golf Courses, Parks, and Lawns
Lethal fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides cover most golf courses, and most people who play on these courses will suffer some negative health consequences because of it. Not only are your feet, ankles, and legs exposed to tremendous amounts of pesticides and herbicides, but you’re breathing in these toxins as well.
Parks and sports fields are also heavily sprayed with chemicals. It’s unfortunate that places that bring joy to so many families can be highly toxic.
For your health, reconsider spraying your lawn with an herbicide or treating the inside or outside of your home with insecticide.
New Cars, Furniture, and Clothes
Toxic solvents create that new car smell and can linger in a vehicle and cause problems for up to six months. If you have allergies or chemical sensitivities and you get a new car, know that you may suffer with these symptoms more during the first few months after your purchase.
If you buy a new piece of furniture, it’s likely laced with fungicides and nanotechnology. It may also have a smell, which is due to the high-level of solvents typically found in new fabrics. Even if the furniture doesn’t smell, solvents are still usually present. Due to the toxic nature of the solvents, simply sitting on a new piece of furniture could slow down someone’s healing.
Whenever you purchase new clothes, blankets, towels, quilts, or other bedding, wash them before you wear them. Many of these new pieces have been saturated with formaldehyde, fungicide, and other toxic chemicals. Avoid traditional dry cleaners as well, as the toxic chemicals used at these places can hinder healing.
Detergents and Hair Care Products
When doing laundry, it’s important to use a natural detergent. Conventional detergents usually contain petrol oil, which may slow healing efforts.
Be mindful of the products you use, including creams, gels, sprays, and hair products. One past client returned to my office because her headaches had come back after a three-month respite. Spirit told me the client was using a different, more toxic brand of hairspray. My client confirmed this was the case.
Perfumes and Colognes
Perfumes and colognes should be avoided whenever possible. Chemical compounds used in perfumes and colognes have the same chemical compound construction as particular pesticides and herbicides.
Perfumes and colognes are so toxic that simply breathing in the cologne or perfume of another colleague at work on a daily basis can set your healing back slightly.
If you’re hesitant to give up your perfume or cologne, switch to some high-quality essential oils. Essential oils can give you a wonderful fragrance without exposing you to toxins.
Plug-in air fresheners, like perfumes and colognes, possess the same chemical compound construction as certain pesticides and herbicides. Remove and toss any plug-in air fresheners or sprays. Air fresheners are so harmful that moving into a place where air fresheners were once used can actually slow down someone’s healing for a period of time.
I’ve worked with tens of thousands of clients throughout my life. By listening to Spirit during countless readings, I’ve learned that there are many things we’re up against in our lives. Some are visible and many are invisible.
For example, I had one client whose health was improving but then declined again for several days after they painted a room.
Another client returned after his healing started to stagnate. It turned out he had switched to eating only conventionally-grown produce to save some money. I suggested he try to eat organic at least 50% of the time, and his health began to improve.
One client had been doing amazing for two years but started to go backward after having their carpets cleaned. This particular client ended up replacing their carpets with hardwood floors soon after. I realize this isn’t always possible, but for this client, it was feasible and worth the investment.
Resilience and Adaptation
Remember that even though we’re being bombarded with environmental toxins wherever we live and wherever we go, our bodies are incredibly resilient. Even if you lower the level of heavy metals in your body by a small margin, or slightly decrease your viral load, it’s likely your body will noticeably reward you for your efforts. (Learn more about how viral load is relevant and responsible for many chronic health issues in Thyroid Healing). Your body has a God-given, miraculous ability to adapt once it’s given the right foods, supplements, and care.
When it comes to battling environmental toxins, some of which can be seen (like black mold), and some of which go unseen (like the dangerous furans that come from burning highly toxic plastic), it’s important to be gentle with yourself and patient with your healing journey. Hold onto the fact that your body is not letting you down and is doing everything it can to fight against these factors.
Here are a few simple tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones:
Choose organic produce when possible. If you eat animal products, stick to antibiotic-free, grass-fed meats and free-range chicken.
These foods can help protect you from environmental toxins. Read more about their physical, emotional, and spiritual healing properties in Life-Changing Foods.
If your healing has stalled, grown stagnant, or seems to be moving in reverse, consider environmental toxins that may be having an impact. Hold onto the truth that your body is fighting for you and loves you unconditionally. I’ve seen thousands of people up against a variety of environmental toxins fully recover and live vibrant, healthy lives. Hopefully understanding all the variables that play a role in health and healing can allow you to give yourself and your body grace and compassion along your journey.
Food poisoning is rampant, and in some cases it can lead to serious injury or even death. Fortunately, there are numerous protective measures you can take to prevent food poisoning at home and when you’re eating out. In this article I’ll share these tips plus ways you can heal from food poisoning if you do contract it.
Your Unique Diet
Different ways of eating work best for different people depending on their unique circumstances, lifestyles, and health issues. Some people choose to eat vegan or vegetarian, while others choose to include meat and animal products. My goal is to help protect and support you and your health on your unique food journey, regardless of what dietary choices you follow.
Food Poisoning Consequences
Food poisoning is serious, and unfortunately it’s very easy to contract. During the Thanksgiving holiday alone, thousands of people contract food poisoning because of undercooked turkey. If someone comes down with food poisoning, various strains of E. coli may be wreaking havoc in their gut. This bacteria can move through the gut, drill into the linings of the colon or another organ, and may create chaos in the gallbladder and/or appendix. Some people experience ulcerative issues and/or damaged linings in the intestinal tract and colon. In certain cases, people are forced to undergo gallbladder removal surgery or an appendectomy.
If someone goes to the E.R. with food poisoning, there’s little a doctor can do other than keep an eye on the patient and administer fluids to keep the patient from dying of dehydration. Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and/or pain can last for multiple days.
Cooking At Home
People usually prepare meals at home more than they eat out. Taking these protective measures can ensure greater health and safety for you and your loved ones:
It’s not about being a perfectionist in the kitchen, but it is about doing the best you possibly can to keep you and your family safe.
Eating at Restaurants
The kitchens in restaurants are typically intensely busy. The pressure is unbelievably high and there are a number of moving parts.
In restaurant kitchens, raw poultry, meats, and fish are frequently washed in the same sinks as the lettuces and other vegetables. This regularly leads to cross-contamination. Countertops and surfaces in kitchens are often not cleaned thoroughly, which also leads to frequent cross-contamination.
Plus, chefs and cooks often throw on a pair of gloves after cutting themselves, and then remove them a couple of days later–but these old cuts can still bleed on and off.
Tips When Eating Out
Here are a few things you can do to help avoid food poisoning when eating out:
When you enter restaurants with a greater sense of awareness you can enjoy yourself while protecting your health as best as possible.
Foods to Arm Yourself
Many foods have amazing healing qualities. These foods in particular may help you avoid food poisoning:
Oregano Capsules: Take an oregano capsule before heading out to eat. Just one capsule has the ability to help prevent food poisoning. If you take a capsule before a meal out, the capsule will be ready to disperse around the food in your stomach once you begin to eat and digest. You can think of oregano as a powerful safety barrier against Salmonella and E. coli.
Garlic: Asking for garlic to be added to both cooked and raw dishes when you’re out at a restaurant can be a wonderful protective measure. Raw garlic is a powerful weapon that can spread throughout the stomach and kill bacteria.
Thyme: If you’re at a restaurant, ask if the kitchen has some fresh thyme the chef can sprinkle on your dish.
Peppermint: Peppermint tea has powerful antibacterial qualities. Many restaurants have peppermint tea, but you can also bring your own tea bags from home. Sip this drink before and during your meal.
Ginger: Ginger can kill bacteria in the stomach. Drinking ginger tea before and after your meal is a highly protective measure.
Lemon: Squeezing a lemon onto your dish can offer wonderful protection. If you order a raw dish, even in a vegan or plant-based restaurant, squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice onto the meal. Lemon juice can act as an incredible antiseptic. You may even want to drink some lemon water alongside your meal.
High-quality salt: Try adding a pinch of high-quality sea salt to your meal, as the salt can help kill off bacteria.
Sometimes you have to be flexible when it comes to choosing where to eat. Fortunately, the list of foods above can be powerful weapons at any restaurant you choose. Don’t feel uncomfortable about sticking a lemon in your purse or a tea bag in your pocket before you head to a restaurant. Arming yourself with these secret weapons can keep you from getting sick.
Avoiding Raw Meat & Fish
Certain doctors say that animal protein and animal products can kill you because they can clog your arteries, raise your cholesterol, and increase your risk of a heart attack. But there’s more to it than this. In their raw form, fish and animal proteins such as chicken, turkey, and steak can be dangerous. If you eat these types of food raw, you could lose your life. If you want to look out for your health, eliminate steak tartare, raw fish, or any type of uncooked animal protein from your diet. Raw fish, while popular, is a prime way to get a dangerous bacteria or worms.
Grass-Fed & Free-Range Versus Factory-Farmed
If you include meats and other animal products in your diet, choosing high-quality options can better support your health and safety.
Grass-fed beef and free-range chickens are less likely to contain dangerous strains of Salmonella, E. coli, and other harmful bugs and bacteria compared with meat from factory farms. Purchasing grass-fed meat from small farms can be a wonderful step towards greater safety, but most small farms still have to ship their meat to a factory for processing. Some factories handle mostly grass-fed and free-range products, but other factories handle both grass-fed and grain-fed products, which means cross contamination can occur.
Salmonella and other harmful bacteria can also be found on the outside of most conventional eggs. By contrast, free-range eggs rarely have Salmonella and other dangerous bacteria on their shells. Nonetheless, if you suffer from viral issues, neurological problems, or any kind of autoimmune disease, it’s best to eliminate eggs.
My Food Poisoning Story
When I was a young child, I went out to eat at a restaurant with my family and chose a menu item that Spirit advised against ordering. I ended up getting horrible food poisoning, and I nearly died. I was agonizingly sick for weeks and eventually recovered after Spirit instructed me to eat only heirloom pears from my great grandfather’s pear tree for a period of time. Fortunately, this protocol helped me recover, and I became a lucky survivor of food poisoning. Many people aren’t so fortunate. I’ve witnessed hundreds of cases of food poisoning throughout the years and have heard numerous food poisoning-related stories. Sadly, not everyone who contracts food poisoning survives.
Recovering from Food Poisoning
If you take measures to protect yourself but still end up getting food poisoning, know that there are a few things you can do to support your body as you heal. Hydrating yourself throughout your illness is essential.
If you’ve suffered from food poisoning in the past, you may want to apply this information to knock down old bacteria that could still be in your system.
Do you need to stop eating your favorite raw salad at the local vegan restaurant? No. Do you need to stop eating animal products if you feel healthy and happy? No. This information is not meant to alarm you, deter you from eating out, or in any way cause you to stop living your life to the fullest. Instead, this knowledge is meant to empower you so that you can enter each new situation with the tools and wisdom you need to thrive.
Instead of living in fear, put on your armor of protection by asking the right questions at restaurants, ordering and asking for what you need, bringing along items that can support you, and taking precautions in your own kitchen when you’re cooking.
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