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This fantastic carrot cake is all about the spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, cardamom, and cloves pair beautifully with the raisins, carrot, and walnuts for a full-flavored and delicious cake. Enjoy the carrot cake alone or top it with the cashew icing.
Carrots are a quick liver-refueling source of glucose that’s attached to minerals and vitamins. Ginger helps calm spasms in the liver and regulate liver heat. Cardamom increases bile production and brings life and beneficial, nontoxic heat back to stagnant, sluggish livers that have overheated for years and are now cooling down.
Cashew icing (optional):
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line a 9-inch brownie pan with non-stick parchment paper. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the ground flaxseeds and water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Add the almond milk, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla to the bowl. Whisk until uniform. In another bowl, add the oat flour, brown rice flour, chopped walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cardamom, and ground cloves. Whisk until uniform.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until you get a uniform batter. Stir in the grated carrots and raisins until evenly dispersed. Pour batter into prepared brownie pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until browned on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely on a cooling rack.
To make the cashew icing, combine the soaked cashews, maple sugar, coconut milk, and lemon juice in a high-speed blender and blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add a bit of water if necessary to blend. Refrigerate until needed.
When the cake has cooled, spread the icing evenly on the cake and top walnut pieces. Cut into squares and serve immediately.
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Many people battling symptoms, conditions, or chronic illness are subjected to routine blood draws and tests. How can these routine blood draws affect the body? How can you protect yourself before a blood draw, test, or donation? In the blood draw podcast episode, I uncover the truth behind blood draws, why the system is broken and outdated, how blood draws can affect the immune system, and the importance of protecting yourself.
The Immune System
In this day and age, one of the most important things we have is our immune system, and it is more critical now than ever that our immune systems are strong. When blood is being removed from the body, it is necessary to understand that a portion of the immune system is also being removed. Our blood contains white blood cells that are responsible for keeping the body strong and defending against sickness. When blood is drawn from the body, we lose many of these precious blood cells and are left with a lowered immune system and weakened defense mechanisms.
When an individual is sick with a symptom, condition, or chronic illness, they need their immune system strong. When blood is constantly being drawn for testing, this can potentially weaken the individual and slowly worsen their condition. As their condition worsens, red flags are raised for their healthcare provider and the recommendation may be to draw even more blood to find out why this person is declining. This can develop into a vicious and never-ending cycle for some and become a revolving door of blood removal, leaving the body unable to recoup fast enough. Meanwhile, the very real cause of this person’s chronic illness is getting stronger and stronger, because the immune system isn’t there at its full potential to defend against the real culprits of chronic illness. The Epstein-Barr Virus is one of these culprits.
Patients battling cancer that need an immune system at its best get large amounts of blood drawn on a regular basis, which does not allow their immune system to recuperate quick enough between blood draws. White blood cells can devour cancer cells and drawing blood diminishes those white blood cells.
It is crucial to know how to protect yourself and how best to support your body and immune system. Learn more in this blood draw podcast episode.
Blood Draws and Testing
When blood is drawn, unneeded waste can occur. Systems are set in place to remove certain amounts of blood for each type of test, regardless of the circumstances, and without consideration of what someone’s condition may be, or other variables in their life, including hardships they may be going through, what kind of resources they have, if their diet is providing enough nutrients to keep their immune system strong, or even when their last blood draw occurred. Considerations should be taken about body weight, size, and gender of the individual before blood is drawn.
For example, it is common for the amount of blood drawn from a healthy 200 pound male to be the same as the amount drawn from a 100 pound, chronically ill female, without the consideration that this 100 pound female has less blood and a chronic condition that requires her immune system to be strong. This is one of the greatest mistakes happening in modern medicine. Learn more in this blood draw podcast episode.
Donating blood can be a concern and affect the body in adverse ways, which is why it is important to know how to protect yourself, your immune system, and your wellbeing, while also helping others get the blood they need for lifesaving medicine. Learn more in this blood draw podcast episode.
How To Support Your Body
I believe in getting blood tested and in many occasions, doing so can be lifesaving. There are good doctors reading between the lines on blood tests and learning how to navigate and offer the best treatments for their patients. Balance is important and while doctors tend to order as many tests as they can with one blood draw, dividing the tests can allow less blood to be taken at once, allowing the patient to come back more often, and lessening the strain blood draws can have on their immune system. Learn more about what to ask for from your doctor when it comes to getting your blood tested in this (blood draw podcast episode).
Many people battling a chronic illness are up against routine blood draws and are not given any tools or recommendations for preparing for these blood draws. Incorporating certain fruits, leafy greens, and herbs, as well as in my opinion, the highest-quality supplements, such as micro-c, liquid zinc sulfate, liquid B12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, and magnesium glycinate, can help support, protect, and prepare the body for blood draws and recovery afterward. Learn more about how to help the body stay strong before and after a blood draw, and protect the immune system in this blood draw podcast episode.
In This Podcast Episode:
Blood testing is not a definitive, accurate, one-hundred percent clear method of providing somebody with answers for why they’re chronically ill, but it’s still important and lifesaving. Knowing the truth about blood draws and how to protect yourself, what questions to ask your doctor, and ways to support your body will be critical tools on your path to health and wellness.
You can listen to this free podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Our blood is ancient, millions of years old, and gets passed on from generation to generation. Our blood has the history of lineage, it’s a sacred, precious resource. We can’t live without it. We can’t create new life without it.
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Don’t underestimate how toxic air fresheners and scented candles are. Even if you don’t use these in your own home, it doesn’t mean you’re not exposed in stores, doctors’ offices, public restrooms, or friends’ homes.
“We think that by using an air freshener, for example, we’re creating a more pleasing environment. Once we unleash that plug-in air freshener, though, our sense of smell instantly becomes disabled. When you’re living in a home or working in an office or other environment with a plug-in air freshener spewing chemical-laden oil into the air, you may not smell it anymore become you’ve become desensitized to that scent.
These chemically scented, vaporized poisons hurt the lungs—their waxy, oily residue builds up in the lung sacs. If you’re someone who doesn’t smoke and yet you love plug-in air fresheners, you’re better off removing your plug-in air freshener and starting to smoke. That’s right; you actually have a better chance of longer-lasting health and vitality without complicated diseases if you smoke cigarettes than if you breathe plug-in air fresheners day in and day out.
The oily film also ends up in the liver when it enters the bloodstream from the lungs. Plus we swallow air freshener when we breathe it in through our mouth, and that brings it to the intestinal tract, from which it enters the bloodstream and heads to the liver, where it can reduce liver function.
When the chemicals enter our bloodstream, our natural killer cells, lymphocytes, and other white blood cells absorb them, and that instantly weakens our immune cells and even kills some off. Our white blood cells need clean, fresh, oxygenated blood; with chemical scents, our white count becomes hindered. Exposure to a heavy dosage of air freshener or scented candle, or similar scent could mean three to four days of a weakened and lowered immune system. The synthetic scent chemicals can, at the same time, feed viruses and bacteria, allowing them to prosper and reproduce, leading to further illness. Someone who’s prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), sinus infections, or flare-ups of fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, lupus, MS, eczema, psoriasis, or Hashimoto’s may experience a new flare-up following exposure.”
We can’t avoid these toxins all the time, so it’s important to know how to effectively cleanse them out of your body. You can find out how to do this in Cleanse to Heal.
Berries are rich in antioxidants, the miracle fighters of free radicals. We need these antioxidants to fight the aging (oxidation) process, and to stay alive in the face of constant threats to our health.
Berries broadcast their health value with their deep purples, blues, and blacks, which come from the polyphenols known as anthocyanins (including malvidin) and anthocyanidins. They’re also rich in dimethyl resveratrol and dozens of other phytochemicals, amino acids, coenzymes, and co-compounds that have yet to be discovered by science and are more plentiful and bioavailable in berries than in any other food.
Berries have hidden compounds that stop excess adrenaline from causing damage to organs. This makes blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, schisandra berries, and the like critical for life on earth. Wild berries, especially, pack an anti-aging, disease-fighting, life-giving punch. And wild blueberries are in a league of their own.
Berries are true brain food. Not only are they B12-enhancing; they have the power to help with stains on the brain—lesions, gray areas, calcifications, heavy metal deposits, white spots, scar tissue, crystallizations, and adhesions created by damaged, expanded blood vessels. Berries also help with all brain disorders and diseases, including brain cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, aneurysm, migraines, and any neurological symptoms or conditions.
Berries help protect heart valves and ventricles and remove plaque by dissolving hardened fat deposits within veins and arteries. Berries are also helpful for fertility.
How To Use:
Graze on berries, eat them with raw honey drizzled on top, in smoothies, fruit bowls, fruit ice cream, salads, and dressings.
For more information on the healing properties of berries and which symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
This pretty Chopped Salad looks beautiful and tastes delicious thanks to the brightly colored array of fresh fruits, leafy greens, herbs, and vegetables it showcases. It’s also easy to customize with your own favorite fresh produce picks. A fun way to serve this salad to others is as a build-your-own salad bar so each person can create their own style of chopped salad. This recipe comes from the Revised and Expanded Edition of Medical Medium.
Leafy greens create true alkalinity in the body systems, especially the lymphatic, which can become the most acidic system. Medical communities are unaware that alkalinity of the blood, organs, endocrine system, reproductive system, and central nervous system hinges completely on the lymphatic system being alkaline. Leafy greens help to expel, purge, and drain the lymphatic system of these toxins so that it can remain alkaline.
Cucumbers support digestion; they contain undiscovered coenzymes that will one day be called talafinns. Alongside enzymes that have been discovered by medical research (such as erepsin), talafinns help the body’s protein digestion process so you can get the most out of everything you eat.
The fruit acids in tomatoes help keep the gallbladder healthy, helping rid sludge from the gallbladder and even reduce gallstone size.
Place the leafy greens, cucumber, green onions, tomatoes, Atlantic dulse flakes, orange juice, medjool dates (if using), avocado (if using), bell peppers (if using), and herbs (if using) in a large bowl.
Toss until evenly combined and serve immediately.
Makes 1-2 servings
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This gorgeous recipe lets the vibrant colors of the fruits speak for themselves. Any fresh fruits of your choice can be used; simply layer them on top of each other and dig in! This recipe comes from the Revised and Expanded Edition of Medical Medium.
When someone’s intestinal tract is nervy from inflamed nerves caused by troublemakers all along the gut lining, papaya soothes those nerves, allowing inflammation to reduce. This improves the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream to head up to the liver.
Mangoes have a unique phytochemical compound that helps the liver’s immune system destroy the pockets of bacteria that create liver abscesses. They help prevent your liver from aging and cells from dying while improving bile production.
Kiwis’ fruit acid has a dissolving effect on gallstones unlike any other. It creates divots and pits inside the stones, weakening them so they can break apart.
Layered Fruit Salad
Layer the chopped fruit in a medium-sized glass bowl. Squeeze lime juice over the top and serve.
Makes 2-3 servings
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Licorice root is the ultimate anti-bug weapon against the pathogen explosion. Herpetic bugs (including Epstein-Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus, and shingles) are so often behind mystery illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, Ménière’s disease, and adrenal fatigue, as well as symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, body aches and pains, and nerve pains in the jaw, neck, shoulder—not to mention autoimmune conditions. The body does not attack itself; strains and mutations of these herpes family bugs do—which is why we need a potent ant-bug weapon on our side.
The phytochemicals and anti-pathogenic properties of licorice stop a bug from procreating and at the same time push the bug out of the body, making your system as inhospitable as possible for bugs that want to take up residence there.
Licorice root is incredible for people with low blood pressure, and it helps soothe the liver by lowering liver heat.
Licorice is the most important adrenal restorative we have today. Licorice root acts like a battery charger for the adrenals: it brings them out of a fatigued state and increases their capacity to function to your advantage.
Note that there are conflicting views out there about licorice, including many misconceptions. Try not to get drawn into the negatives—you will be cheated out of healing.
How To Use:
You can use licorice as an alcohol-free tincture or as an herbal tea. You can refer to Medical Medium Cleanse To Heal for specific supplement and dosage recommendations for over 200 symptoms and conditions, many of which include amounts for licorice tincture and/or tea. You can visit the Medical Medium Supplement Directory for the specific high-quality products I prefer.
Sesame seed fans will love these cookies! Made with tahini (sesame seed butter) and rolled in sesame seeds that toast until golden when baking, these cookies taste amazing and pair beautifully with a cup of your favorite herbal tea.
Sesame seeds strengthen the central nervous system while providing amino acids such as tyrosine and lysine in highly bioavailable trace forms that easily enter and uptake into the thyroid to improve the gland’s function and suppress Epstein-Barr virus, which is responsible for most thyroid issues.
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the tahini, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. Whisk until uniform.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking powder, oat flour, and garbanzo bean flour.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until you get a firm dough. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Place the sesame seeds in a small bowl. Using a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll into balls, then roll in sesame seeds. Place balls on prepared baking tray and press down lightly with your palm or using the bottom of a glass, until about 1/3 inch thick.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown at the edges. Let sit for 5 minutes before placing cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
Best kept at room temperature in an airtight container.
Makes 14-16 cookies
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Sweet mango, savory tomatoes, and the crunch of radishes and cauliflower over leafy greens make this a truly delicious and satisfying salad. This recipe comes from the Revised and Expanded Edition of Medical Medium.
Mangoes have a unique phytochemical compound that helps the liver’s immune system destroy the pockets of bacteria that create liver abscesses. They also help prevent the liver from aging and cells from dying while improving bile production.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a beloved nutrient that the liver admires: the liver uses it to shield itself from cell damage, plus lycopene helps the liver detox red blood cells safely, smoothly, and efficiently.
The pungent, biting nature of radishes comes from a compilation of chemical compounds, many of them undiscovered, that act as disinfectants to the liver, stopping pathogen infection and boosting the liver’s personalized immune system by increasing its white blood cells’ ability to fight and destroy invaders.
FOR THE DRESSING
Place the tomatoes, mango, green onions, leafy greens, radishes, and cauliflower in a medium-sized bowl. Toss until evenly mixed.
Whisk together the lemon juice, maple syrup (if using), and mustard powder (if using) in a small bowl. Add to the salad and toss again. Serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving
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Cat’s claw is one of the most powerful resources for helping to reverse the epidemic of chronic and mystery illness in the 21st century. Cat’s claw can aid in alleviating almost any symptom, from neurological to digestive.
Cat’s claw helps eliminate the parasite Babesia and bacteria such as Bartonella and other bugs without the so-called Herxheimer die-off reaction so common with antibiotics, because the bioactive pharma-compounds in the herb regulate the destruction of pathogens so that it’s at a level the individual person can tolerate.
Cat’s claw is also incredible at fighting viruses. Eventually medical research will discover a group of antiviral adaptogens, and scientists will realize that cat’s claw is at the top of that list.
This herb is a powerful aid for battling PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections), ALS, strep throat, MS, mystery aches and pains, and more.
Cat’s claw is also remarkable for its ability to help rid the body of the infamous strep, which is frequently misdiagnosed as yeast or Candida.
Take a bottle of cat’s claw tincture with you as part of your emergency kit when you’re traveling. Over the course of your trip, when you can remember, take small doses of the tincture. It’s a wonderful tool to protect your immunity and help guard against malaria and bacterial infections.
How To Use:
Cat’s Claw can be taken as a liquid tincture (look for alcohol-free as alcohol cancels out the beneficial effects of the herb) or drink it as a tea. You can refer to the Medical Medium Directory for preferred supplements and teas that are high-quality. Check out Cleanse To Heal for exact supplement and dosage recommendations for over 200 symptoms and conditions.
For more information on the healing properties of cat’s claw and which symptoms and conditions it can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
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