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If you were ill and doctors couldn’t help you, would you have 20 years to wait before medical science discovered the true cause of your suffering and the way to get better? What would it be worth if someone could help you recover and heal—right now?
Anthony William, Medical Medium, shares revolutionary insight—much of which science has yet to discover—into the reasons we suffer and how to finally heal from more than two dozen common conditions.
Learn more in the New York Times Bestselling book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
Dates are a wondrous food for their health benefits, taste and versatility. Truly nature's candy, dates are an incredible snack alone or with other fruit, celery or cucumber sticks. They are also fantastic additions to smoothies, desserts, trail mix, cereal, as a sweetener in salad dressings, chopped into salads, and more.
The Health Benefits of Dates
Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.
Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber that has been found to help prevent colon, prostate, lung, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers. They are also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, relieve constipation, improve anemia, and prevent macular degeneration.
Caramel Fudge Squares
Today's recipe is a perfect example of just how delicious and versatile these little bites of sweetness can be. With just four simple ingredients, these Caramel Fudge Squares are surprisingly delicious. Keep them in your fridge for a sweet treat that is ready to eat anytime. It's the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth with a creamy, cold dessert that will hit the spot every time.
Pineapple and mango are favorite fruits around the world for good reason, and they blend together perfectly in this recipe. The kick of ginger adds a hint of warmth and spice while also providing a myriad of health benefits such as aiding in digestion and assimilation and helping to prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo.
Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans. You can learn more about ginger's health benefits here.
Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast or a snack. It's a crowd pleaser so you might want to make enough to share with your friends and family, or consider serving it up at your next brunch gathering!
Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
Wild blueberries are the top health tonic you can find. They don't just taste fantastic, they're incredible for immune system support, anti-viral properties, tissue repair, anti-aging, digestive cleansing, ADHD management, extraction of heavy metals from your system...and the list goes on. You'll also want these little gems in your toolkit for prevention of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Wild blueberries are frequently found in the frozen section of grocery and health food stores in many countries. Don't confuse them with their cultivated cousins, which are larger, slightly lighter in color, and still healthy, just not anywhere near as life-changing.
These wonderful berries are delicious additions to smoothies or defrosted to serve in fruit bowls. They are also perfect as the star ingredient in today's recipe.
Wild blueberries are ideal for this recipe for both the taste and nutrition benefits, but if you can't find them locally, you can use frozen organic cultivated blueberries and you'll still end up with the perfect little sweet treat.
Raw Wild Blueberry Tarts
For the crust:
For the filling:
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Asparagus is one of the most powerful vegetables in your healing toolbox. It's high in essential minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese which are vital for a strong and healthy immune system. It is also high in vitamins A, K, and B-complex including folate which is a building block for a healthy cardiovascular system and for women who are trying to conceive.
Asparagus contains aspartic acid which is an amino acid that neutralizes excess amounts of ammonia in the body that is often the cause of exhaustion, headaches, and poor digestion. It contains significant amounts of healthy fiber and protein which help to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent constipation, stabilize digestion, and stop the urge to overeat.
There's a compound called asparagine in asparagus which is a natural diuretic that breaks up oxalic and uric acid crystals stored in muscles and the kidneys and eliminates them through the urine. This natural diuretic is helpful in reducing water retention, bloating, and swelling in the body. Asparagus is also high in glutathione which is an antioxidant powerhouse and particularly beneficial for those suffering with autoimmune conditions, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It's known to help strengthen the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, and bones and it’s chlorophyll content makes it a great blood builder.
Asparagus also contains inulin which encourages good bacteria in the gut that boosts nutrient absorption and helps to keep the immune system functioning properly. Asparagus is a nutrient-packed, delicious vegetable that can be eaten raw or steamed and added to soup, salads, stews, rice, and/or veggie dishes.
In today's recipe, the asparagus is roasted and served on top of a fresh salad that perfectly merges cool and warm elements. The roasted asparagus and tomatoes warm you from head to toe, while a bright punch of lemon, tender leafy greens, and the delicious crunch of pine nuts hit all the right flavors and textures. It takes only minutes to prepare and is a clean, green way to enjoy mealtime!
Roasted Asparagus Salad
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2) On a baking tray lined with parchment paper, spread out asparagus stalks evenly. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle over with sea salt if desired. Roast for 12 minutes or until tender.
3) Place cherry tomatoes on baking tray alongside asparagus. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes until slightly puckered.
4) Divide mixed greens between two plates. Arrange asparagus and cherry tomatoes on top.
5) Top salad with pine nuts, a generous squeeze of lemon, and cracked black pepper.
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Cauliflower is an incredible vegetable to include in your diet in both its raw and cooked forms. It's full of nutrients and is excellent for supporting a strong immune system and optimum health.
Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as boron, calcium, molybdenum, and tryptophan. It is also a good source of high quality protein that is easily assimilated into the body. There are powerful anti-cancer compounds in cauliflower such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane which are particularly beneficial for helping to prevent breast, cervical, ovarian, colon, stomach, and prostate cancers.
Cauliflower contains a compound called Di-indolyl-methan (DIM) which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical dysplasia. It also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties due to its omega-3 and vitamin K content and is an essential food for those trying to prevent chronic inflammation as in fibromyalgia, hepatitis, arthritis, cardiomyopathy, cystic fibrosis, IBS, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cauliflower has also been found to help protect the lining of the stomach which is vital for preventing bacterial overgrowth of H. Pylori in the stomach. It's also known to be an effective detoxifier for the liver and spleen and can aid in cleansing toxins from the blood, lymph, tissues, and organs. Learn why supporting your liver is essential for good health and quality of life in Liver Rescue. Raw cauliflower is an excellent alternative to white rice and can be made by placing cauliflower into a food processor and grinding until it reaches a rice-like texture.
In this dish, cauliflower rice is topped with a spice-filled, beautiful salsa made of tangerines and tomatoes. Paired with chopped fresh herbs and warming Indian flavors, this recipe is a wonderfully unique, nutritious and richly-flavored twist on traditional Indian fare. Enjoy it as a meal anytime. Eat it wrapped in lettuce cups, topped with avocado, alongside a fresh green salad, or even cook the cauliflower rice by steaming it for 3-5 minutes until warm and tender. The possibilities are endless!
Cauliflower Rice With Indian Spiced Salsa
1) To make cauliflower rice, pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor until rice texture is formed. Do not over crowd the food processor. Pour cauliflower rice into a serving bowl and set aside.
2) To make the salsa, place garlic, ginger, red onion, and sage into the food processor and pulse 3 to 4 times until roughly chopped.
3) Add tangerines and tomatoes, continue pulse blending until a chunky salsa is formed.
4) Over a bowl, strain the salsa into a nut milk bag or cheese cloth and gently squeeze to remove moisture. Place dry salsa back into the food processor. Save the liquid, it’s delicious!
5) To the salsa in the food processor, add all remaining spices and pulse 3 to 5 more times until well combined.
6) Top cauliflower rice with salsa and enjoy!
- You can always add avocado if desired!
- The salsa will keep for three to four days, but the cauliflower rice is best made fresh.
- If you have a family to cook for, try tossing cauliflower florets in a little coconut oil and all of the dry spices. Roast in a 400° oven for 25 minutes, flip halfway through. Pair it alongside brown rice and avocado for a great dinner bowl!
Until recently, few people had even heard of Candida. By the late 1990s, however, Candida diagnoses had spread from the alternative to the conventional medical world. In reality, however, few cases of Candida overgrowth are strictly a Candida problem. Candida in and of itself is harmless. In fact, we can’t sustain life without it in our intestinal tract, and it helps protect us by consuming debris from poor quality food and toxins. In the process, this helps reduce the food supply available to truly harmful pathogens that would otherwise feed on this debris.
In other words, Candida cells intentionally consume food waste and poisons to prevent harmful bugs, such as E. coli, C. diff, and Streptococcus, from feasting on these things and building their armies. Candida can also co-occur with conditions such as Lyme disease, shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes, diabetes, and more. Thus, a large build-up of Candida can serve as a warning sign that something else in your body requires attention—but Candida is often the scapegoat. For instance, a vaginal Streptococcus infection could go unnoticed by doctors, while yeast that’s also present is blamed for the patient’s symptoms. Once you put an end to the primary issue, Candida levels will naturally return to normal.
Fat vs. Fruit
If you have been diagnosed with Candida, odds are you have been advised to cut all processed foods from your diet, avoid sugar like the plague (including fruit), and to consume a high-protein, high-fat diet. While it is indeed critical to avoid sugar-laden and processed foods such as doughnuts, cakes, cookies, candy, popcorn, pastries, croissants, scones, and bagels, strictly avoiding fruit is unwarranted. Candida does not feed on sugar unless it is from a grain such as corn or wheat, and it does not feed on natural fruit sugar.
Importantly, the natural fructose in fruit is bonded with beneficial compounds, including antioxidants, minerals, phytochemicals, and even cancer-killing micronutrients that help kill pathogens such as strep, E. coli, C. diff, staph, and viruses that are likely responsible for your increased Candida (again, increased Candida levels are actually a defense mechanism designed to prevent these pathogens from proliferating). Thus, fruit is your anti-Candida secret weapon because it is your “broad-spectrum” anti-pathogen secret weapon!
If you’re still fearful of fruit, bear in mind that the sugars from fruit leave your stomach in about three to six minutes, and the sugar doesn’t reach the intestinal tract. What does reach the intestinal tract is the skin, pulp, and fiber in fruit, which actually helps to clear the intestines of things like SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and other pathogen-related conditions. Apart from fruit, other forms of sugar—cane sugar, beet sugar, agave nectar, corn syrup, etc.—do feed Candida and other pathogens, so you should indeed avoid these things.
Another misconception about Candida is the notion that a high-protein, high-fat diet starves Candida cells, but in reality, both protein and fat feed Candida! Even if your symptoms initially improve, ultimately this approach can backfire, as excess protein and fat in the gut provides a feeding ground for bacteria, cancer cells, viruses, etc. which can trigger Candida growth as your body attempts to combat these things. Thus, the best approach is to eat a lower-fat diet that includes fruits and their pathogen-killing nutrients. It’s not that healthy fats (such as avocados, nuts, seeds) are bad for us, it’s just that it is best to keep fat intake in check.
This is true regardless of the type of diet you eat. For example, if you eat a vegan diet, reduce the amount of fat you take in from things like nuts, nut butters, seeds, oils, and avocados. If you are ovo-lacto vegetarian, cut back on eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, oils, avocado, etc. If your diet includes animal products, cut back to one serving of meat per day, as even lean animal protein contains some fat. In addition to reducing fat and including fruit, it is also important to consume ample quantities of leafy green vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and arugula, and to avoid processed foods and grains.
While these recommendations may contradict everything you’ve heard about Candida, if you are one of many who has endured restrictive diets, denying yourself even a small handful of blueberries—without the reward of symptom relief—it may be time to try something new.
To learn more about Candida, check out Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
A sweet, creamy smoothie, like the recipe I have to share with you today, makes for the perfect breakfast. It's delicious, energizing, refreshing, and full of nutrients to get you through your morning.
This smoothie is particularly special because of its very high antioxidant content. The raspberries and strawberries, like all berries, contain a huge amount of anti-aging antioxidants. Then add a touch of two of the most healing spices available to us and you boost the flavor and healing properties even further. Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant strength of all food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable!
You can even add wild blueberries for a twist on this recipe and even more of the critical antioxidants we need for our health. It's really just an added bonus that this smoothie tastes so wonderful!
Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, lunch or a snack. It's also a perfect addition to the 28 Day Cleanse from my book Medical Medium.
Banana Berry Spice Smoothie
If you are looking for more smoothie recipes, try these these fun variations on my blog:
It's hard to find someone who doesn't like fries. Piping hot potatoes dipped into cool, tangy ketchup is an inviting combination which has made them a much loved junk food in many countries. In more recent years, sweet potato fries have become popular too.
But we all knows fries aren't good for us. The potatoes are often coated in a gluten-based flour or batter, fried in processed oils, and served with ketchup made with refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup and chemical additives.
Instead you can make healthy fries at home that taste delicious, provide comfort and satiation, and also deliver you the tremendous healing benefits of potatoes and tomatoes.
Today's recipe is for sweet potato fries, but you can use any kind of potato. Try it out with all the different varieties and colors that sweet potatoes, yams and potatoes come in. This recipe can be prepared very quickly and is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Ketchup
For the fries:
sea salt to taste
For the ketchup:
Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C. Line 1-2 baking trays with parchment paper. If you can't use parchment paper, lightly coat the tray with olive or coconut oil.
Cut the sweet potatoes into fries (you can peel them first if desired) and place on the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until just slightly browning on one side. Flip and bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes. Cooking time will depend on your oven so it's best to check them.
While the fries bake, blend or whisk the ketchup ingredients together until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Serve the fries with the ketchup and enjoy. These won't last long!
It is widely held that the primary instigator of diabetes is sugar, which has led to recommendations to eat a low carbohydrate diet and avoid sugar at all costs, including fruit. Sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates from things like pastries, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and candy are indeed bad for us and should be avoided. However, our bodies need healthy carbohydrates to function, which can be found in foods such as butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, lentils, black beans, berries, apples, and other fruits.
When we eat carbohydrates (regardless of the source), our body breaks them down into glucose (blood sugar), which becomes the fuel that keeps us going—and keeps us alive. When glucose levels rise, our pancreas secretes the hormone insulin. Insulin helps usher glucose out of the bloodstream and into our cells where it can be used for energy, and keeps our blood sugar levels stable. However, this process can go awry if the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, or if some of your cells stop responding to insulin, which is called insulin resistance. In either case, blood sugar levels remain elevated, putting you at risk for type 2 diabetes.
The Role of Fat
Contrary to popular belief, one factor that is much more likely to put you at risk for insulin resistance and diabetes than healthy carbs such as those listed above is a high-fat diet. There are several reasons for this. First, high blood fat levels put a major strain on your liver, pancreas, and adrenal glands, which work together to manage your blood sugar levels. Your liver has to shoulder the burden of processing the fat you eat, so a high-fat diet can make the liver sluggish and unable to store and release glucose as it should. Excess fat burdens your pancreas because it needs to release enzymes to aid fat digestion.
Additionally, when blood fat levels are high, the adrenals flood the body with adrenaline. While this increases digestive strength to help move fat through your system, excess adrenaline can wear away at the pancreas, reducing its ability to produce enough insulin to keep your glucose levels in check. Lastly, high blood fat levels can prevent glucose from entering cells. This is not to say that all fat, even healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocados, are bad for us and need to be completely eliminated.
Regardless of your chosen diet, fat intake just needs to be moderated to avoid excessively high blood fat levels when you are dealing with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. For instance, if you eat a vegan diet, reduce the amount of fat you take in from nuts, nut butters, seeds, oils, avocados, etc. If you are ovo-lacto vegetarian, cut back on eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, oils, avocado, etc. If your diet includes animal protein, cut back to one serving of meat per day (even lean meats contain appreciable amounts of fat).
Scaling back on fat in this manner helps ease the burden on your pancreas, liver, and adrenal glands, which goes a long way toward preventing and/or healing from diabetes. If you opt to maintain a high-fat diet (which may normalize your A1C levels in the short-term), it becomes especially important to limit your carb intake, as a diet high in both fat and carbs will tax your bodily systems that much more. Ultimately, reducing dietary fat and including healthy carbs of the kind listed above will help give you the best shot at healing from diabetes and help keep your A1C levels in a healthy range on a more permanent basis.
The Role of Adrenaline
A precursor to type 2 diabetes is hypoglycemia (when glucose levels drop below normal), which is due to a stagnant, sluggish, overburdened, or weakened liver and dysfunctional adrenal glands. In fact, both type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia typically begin with malfunctioning adrenals. When you experience chronic stress, for example, your adrenal glands secrete copious amounts of adrenaline, which is very damaging to the pancreas. Hypoglycemia can also occur if you don’t eat at least a light, balanced snack—e.g., a fruit (for sugar and potassium) and a vegetable (for sodium)—every two hours.
Skipping meals forces your body to use up your liver’s glucose storage, driving the body to run on adrenaline, which can damage your pancreas and lead to insulin resistance. Too little adrenaline can also impair your pancreas, as it forces it to work overtime to compensate. Adrenal fatigue, in which unstable adrenals alternate between producing too much and too little adrenaline, can also harm your pancreas as it tries to compensate for dry spells of adrenaline and then gets scorched by floods of it. (for more on adrenal fatigue, click here)
In addition to scaling back fat intake, it is important to incorporate healthy carbohydrates into your diet. Healing carbohydrates such as squash, sweet potatoes, other root vegetables and fruit contain critical nutrients for optimal health, and when the natural sugars in these healthy carbs are bonded to these nutrients, it does not wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels the way processed sugar does.
Wild blueberries, papayas, blackberries, apples, and raspberries are top fruits to eat if you have type 2 diabetes or hypoglycemia. Vegetables to focus on include spinach, celery, sprouts, kale, and asparagus. These foods help detoxify the liver, strengthen glucose levels, support the pancreas, boost the adrenal glands, and stabilize insulin. To keep your blood fat in check, it is best to avoid cheese, milk, cream, butter, eggs, processed oils, and all sugars except for raw honey and fruit.
While these recommendations fly in the face of conventional strategies for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes, emphasizing nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables and reducing dietary fat eases the burden on your liver, pancreas, and adrenals, helping ensure that they can perform their duties, including keeping your blood sugar as stable as possible. Make friends with healthy carbs and fruit, curtail your fat intake, and reclaim the healthy life you are meant to live!
Listen to the radio show above to learn more about the true causes of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. You can also learn more about how to address type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia in Anthony William’s book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.
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