Touch me not” as I will react, retract. I am sensitive. I am shy. I am humble. And, I have little tiny claws that will sting you.. Talking about stings, I am snake bite venom, contain the “God molecule”, will alleviate your depression and anxiety, balance your sexual energy, and then put you to sleep. And, oh, look, I have mystical pink pom pom flowers that cheerlead life. I am considered a toxic weed but I will clean your soil. I maybe a small little plant, but I come with a powerhouse of teachings. And, so beautiful to look at and so mysterious to touch.
Mimosa Pudica, the humble sensitive plant, seems to hold a very pertinent lesson for us in today’s world. It speaks volumes in it’s tender smallness and yet arcs a lesson for us human’s that we just do not understand it all and perhaps cannot with our mind, alone. Humility will spawn electrical looking pink circles (pom poms) perhaps a symbol for power in the plant world (cats claw also has the same flowers)
I recently came across this plant in a local garden with my (almost) 2 year old grand-daughter, Kaya. She made me sit.. She gently touched the leaves beaming with delight as they retracted. “You do it” she exclaimed! WOW! Crazy, she said. Of course I laughed and felt the same intrigue she did. I collected a root cutting and seeds.
Mimosa Pudica, you are a perfect plant for today’s world affairs. And, as plant signatures and names of plants often give away their uses, you whisper a wisdom well beyond your size. Her leaves are fine acacia like. She spreads in waste areas.. Her flowers, well, they are pink pom poms! And, touch her and she’ll react. Poof!
The name Pudica in latin means shy, bashful or shrinking. Well, when you touch the leaves she responds by closing each leaf nodule in a sequential folding. It is the coolest thing ever and it leaves the observer in a sorta pleasant glee. It is also known as the “sensitive” plant. My, with a name like that I think all empaths should meet this plant as it insinuates we have a psychological treasure in this plant that crosses thresholds to eclectic understanding/wisdom. Any plant with this name must be a friend of all empaths. I wonder if it is a medicine for the empaths, especially the shy sensitive ones?
In the Amazon the plant is known as Chami Chami, which means pure, bright, beautiful, fresh, everything’s gonna be alright sorta thing. It is made into a tea for treating sleep disorders. I suppose things are alright in dream world. Women soak the leaves in the juice pressed from the roots and smear the resulting juice between their breasts and on the soles of their feet. They claim that this gives them “increased sexual power”. Considering this, it is no wonder that it is also use as snake bite venom. A water extract of the roots has shown significant neutralizing effects on the lethality of the venom of the cobra.
In Quechuan, it is know as Punyo-Sisa (Sisa I found out is slang for “yes”) and its’ leaves are placed in the pillows of elders and children, again, as a sedative and sleeping agent. In Brazil, the plant is called Jurema and is used as an ingredient in the initiatory drink of ceremony. It is claimed to contains 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT; also known as ‘5-MeO-DMT) which is the same compound found in’ ‘Toad’ medicine (Bufo-alvarius toad venom). While DMT is the Spirit Molecule, 5-MeO-DMT is considered ‘The God Molecule’. Psychoactive, snakes and toads, oh my!
In the Philippines, Mimosa pudica is regarded as an aphrodisiac for frigid women and men.. For women, they pick and boil the leaves. Apparently, just as the leaves fold together when picked, they open up again when boiled and the opened leaf is a symbol for the vagina when it is open for sexual activity.
In India, the leaves are chewed and the resulting mush is spread unto the fresh wounds to stop bleeding. In Nicaragua it is used for stomach aches, ‘cleaning the womb’, to stop menstruation and for gonorrhea. In Mexico is it know as: “Dormilona” and translated means “Sleepy head”. The root is used as a temporary birth control.
Mimosa is known by a lot of names.
And, finally, Mimosa pudica has shown to produce an antidepressant-like profile similar to two tricyclic antidepressants: clomipramine and desipramine Depression and anxiety are among the world’s greatest public health problems. Perhaps this is the connection to the sensitive empaths?
It seems this little shy, bashful, sensitive, pure, bright, beautiful fresh smiling plant is traditionally a very important herb having many important pharmacological activities…. analgesic, antidiarrhoeal, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective activity, antiasthmatic, anti-ulcer, antioxidant properties with emphasis on antidepressant and anxiolytic activity and it contains the “God Molecule”. WHEW!
But, the good news doesn’t stop! From a gardening point of view, this shy plant is a nitrogen fixer.which is a vital element for plant growth and reproduction. It has also been tested in phyto-remediation of arsenic polluted soils. Mimosa pudica significantly extracted and bioaccumulated the pollutant out of the soil and into its leaves. It will also extract heavy metals such as copper, lead, tin, and zinc from polluted soils. This allows for the soil to gradually return to less toxic compositions.
Although this little plant is loaded with medicine for human and nature alike, what intrigues me the most lies in the concept that plants don’t have brains, however, this little plant has a learning and memory capacity. A study done with drops of water dropping on the plant showed that over time, it learned the water did not harm and therefore it stopped retracting its’ leaves. And, this memory stayed (was not forgotten). (link) Somehow the plant also transferred this “information” to other plants who did not have the experience so neighbours understood too.. My question is isn’t memory and learning a cognitive process and intelligence can be described as the ability to solve problems? So, this plant has movement, learning abilities and the ability to communicate. It is theorized this retraction of the leaves is a transfer of minerals…a flash capacity….a charge of minerals. That intrigues me even more! The electrical universe has a lot to reveal to us humans!
There is still a mystery surrounding where and how our human memories are stored. Could it be the same kind of machinery or energy that the Mimosa is utilizing? Is it an invisible electric energy with intelligence? And, as the “lesson” (being water isn’t harmful) was transferred to other plants, is it possible that there is an disembodied intelligence and the presence of a spirit we have yet to fully comprehend?
I agree that humans are special in regards to the fact as we are able to discern and debate.about intelligence. But it’s the quantity, not the quality of intelligence that sets us apart. We do exist on a continuum with the Mimosa, the radish, and the bacterium.
This little shy plant shares with us that intelligence is a property of life, I believe there is plant intelligence. It’s not like animal intelligence. It is not like artificial intelligence. In fact, I feel like it’s more like a hive or swarm mentality in that each cell or individual part of the plant contributes to the overall intelligence. I believe it is electrical and magnetic. Which is why you can so easily clone plants; the part that was separated has its own “mind” after separation and can grow into a new identical plant. I meet Mimosa Pudica and the mystery just proves to be more amazing.
For one little plant with tiny little pink pom poms to create such a stir as to the questions of what is intelligence and cognitive ability, is it possible that the sensitive mimosa is the perfect plant for empaths? Perhaps the most troublesome and troubling query for all humans is in the “thinking” about life and what is “consciousness.” We tend to define consciousness as an inward awareness of oneself experiencing reality—“the feeling of what happens”. If so, then we can (probably) safely conclude that plants don’t possess it. But if we define the term “consciousness” simply as the state of being awake and aware of one’s environment—“online,” as the neuroscientists say—then Mimosa Pudica may qualify as conscious beings. And, that changes everything.
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
Welcome to my garden Shy Sensitive Plant!
When you link the sense of smell and taste to the sense of sight, you begin to see an underlying magic.
The vast spectrum of natural colour in food is astounding! And, colour also happens to be a very useful indicator (and constant reminder) of the many magical health benefits colourful food. The deep greens, vibrant reds, deep purples, bright oranges & yellows that we see in common and widely available foods provide far more than just “a rainbow” of colourful visual stimulation. Colours are associated with micronutrients and minerals and so consuming a meal with a variety of colours included will theoretically ensure the adequate consumption of nutrients for the day. It’s an easier way for people who do not have enough knowledge about nutrition to obtain their micronutrients and minerals for the day. And, the science backs it up.
Whilst there’s no one particular food or nutrient that gives us everything we need, likewise, no *one* colour provides all the available nutritional power either. Every colour found in food, whether it’s green, red, purple, blue, yellow, and even white, reveals something nutritionally quite unique.
By choosing a variety of colour in the diet, preferably at each meal, we can all be sure of enjoying a rich and varied spectrum of nutrients. For those who find nutritional science intimidating, or worse a “turn-off”, eating by the colours is not only more appealing, it’s easy as ABC. Often the best advice to give is simply to “eat the rainbow” every day!
What do the different colours represent?
Nutritionally speaking, the yellows and the oranges offer a good amount of vitamin C for your immunity and wound healing. Foods of this colour are oranges, lemons, grapefruits, yellow peppers, carrots and more.
Greens have always been the kings of the colour kingdom and probably why forests are green and give oxygen to the earth. They are great sources of vitamins A, B, C and K. Vitamin A is good for the eyes, while the B-vitamins help with energy metabolism. Vitamin C provide you with immunity while vitamin K is essential for bone development. Greens are also alkalizing, so if you have been consuming the typical acidic western diet, it’s a good idea for you to pick up on some green veggies.
Whites such as onions, cabbages and mushrooms, contain a good amount of flavonoids. They are important for preventing free-radical damage formation in your body and thus protect your body cells from damage. Not being able to control free-radical formation can lead to numerous negative health impacts, the most life-threatening one being, cancer.
The basis of this diet is to make you consume a variety of fruits and veggies so you can obtain your daily recommended micronutrients and minerals. So if you have been finding it difficult to determine whether you have been obtaining enough nutrients or not, just think if you’ve been consuming a variety of colourful foods!
For a deeper understanding, I have included a document from Functional Medicine Institute. This is an excellent overview of the colour, nutrition, science and magic of food. Enjoy!
This is a potent mix that will jump start your circulatory system, bolster your antioxidant power and here are some other potential actions of this Remedy It will break down blood clots-maintains capillary and blood vessel permeability-anti fungal-anti viral-anti bacterial-will kill parasites-assist with circulation-liver and lung support- cholesterol regulating-chelating of metals-removes toxins-can boost testosterone–can block estrogen. It opens pathways!
Grapefruit- High in Vitamin C and potassium, removes poison from the system. Aids in weight loss. Contains lycopene, a potent antioxidant known to prevent free radical damage in the body.
Onion- Contain Vitamin C, B6, iron, niacin, chromium and calcium. Onions have been used throughout history to treat asthma, as they contain a compound that helps the muscles to relax. They help loosen mucus from the body. It also contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and help fight against tuberculosis, bronchitis, and urinary infections. It also causes increased circulation, therefore increasing sweating, which is helpful in reducing fevers.
Ginger – cleanses and thins the blood and increases energy levels, helps to treat bronchitis, colds, cough, digestion problems, muscle and menstrual cramps, sore throat, poor circulation, flu and infection with helicobacter pylori in the stomach.
Juice 1/2 large Onion and 4 inches of Ginger (1 inch thick)
Peel a Grapefruit…leave the white pith…and juice.
Place the combined juice in a jar and shake.
Dosage 1 tsp at a time. This can be taken every hour or so, but I highly recommend you do not take more than a tsp. This can be stored in the fridge for 3 days.
Here is why we want the pith…the peel contains naringenin, which can stimulate the liver to burn excess fat and reduce blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol; it’s such a powerful antioxidant that it can reverse the DNA damage that causes cancer and radiation-induced damage to the cells of the body. It contain hesperidin, which studies show can reduce bone loss and lipids post-menopause. The compound that gives citrus its smell, d-limonene, likewise fights cancer, high cholesterol, and indigestion from stomach acid.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff (MIT) explains her latest research regarding how to completely destroy Glyphosate.
This is very exciting….here is a protocol to help us destroy Glyphosate (completely).
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This topic will ruffle feathers, raises hairs and tests people at intimate levels. It is a topic that is core to every human being. It is a topic which sustains us and is a fundamental right of our existence. We have forgotten to to care for ourselves in this “right” and there is a detailed agenda to control us and destroy us by a select few. The topic is diet and whether to include meat and animal products, how to nourish ourselves and how to take back the power of our most intimate relationship with the soils and earth! While this topic includes eating meat, it is also about the topic of food for humans as a whole. The sciences, arguments, manipulations and debates about eating animal products appears more and more like a cult of vigilantes – and, honestly, it is totally out of control. I believe this is intentional.
So, let’s cover some basics that, hopefully we can all agree upon. Food is a fundamental act of living and life. It is actually the most spiritual activity that everyone participates in regardless of colour, creed, politics or education. Most do it daily. The core and pain of poverty is the removal of food sources or food growing/raising abilities. We have lost of control of food since most do not know how to raise or grow food. One, it seems, either has to have money or wealth of money to reclaim that power. Fast food and manufactured food is now the focus of many’s diets and the cheapest diet available in the western culture. And, to eat otherwise is rather expensive. These realities are for everyone no matter your choice of diet.
Then we have our modern science that divides and separates all food into its’ building blocks and comes up with our current science of nutrition and food. But what is it “we don’t know yet” and how does that affect “what we do know”? And, are there new discoveries that changes what we thought in the past?
Then there is a science of food from a spiritual standpoint which is mostly overlooked or misunderstood by many, especially the scientists. Let me explain!
– We, humans, have physical-mineral bodies that is in common with the mineral kingdom. We need minerals as humans.
– We have etheric (life) bodies that is the carrier of all life and growth forces. This is related to the plant kingdom. We need plants.
– We have an astral body which is the container of our human feelings and instincts. This is in common with animal kingdom. We need animals.
Humans, apart from the other Kingdoms, also have the ego – that unique spark (and challenge) of the divinity in man. Ego makes possible self-awareness and enables human to become free beings capable of choices between good and evil. So, we require the different kingdoms of mineral, plant and animal as well as humans have an ego which sets us as unique in the kingdoms (not higher or better). Egos are also the force behind greed, power, control and manipulation.
I know my views in this article are going to challenge some. But, quite frankly, I am very fed up with the debate of diets and how nasty they get. I have met many vegans who feel strongly about their convictions, which is great. I honour those individuals and, unless I knew them intimately and was able to see a benefit to them trying out animal products, I accept their choice. But I stand against judging others for their personal health choices either at a personal or spiritual level. The tendency to judge others – get angry, criticize, and demean others for their choices – is no different than judging people for the colour of their skin, who they love, or whether they just look different.
On the other hand, I do feel we should ALL be against factory farms and harm to ANY part of Nature, together, as humans. This is a common dilemma for us all and it should not be the focus of whether to eat animal products or not. The focus should be upon a corrupt and evil structure that is determined to control us. But, this focus is often lost and diet ideologies have gone mad and entered scary fundamentalism (which I tend to squirm about no matter what the topic). Fundamentalism is a close minded sphere.
I will state that there are reasonable responses to all debates whether it be cruelty to animals, spiritual choices, nutritional benefits and environmental considerations. But, honestly, it seems the harsh attacks from vegan-militants could really use some animal nourishment (astral, gravity and grounding food). Sorry, that last comment was slightly judgemental! I apologize! Please feel free to reject or accept what I share. We always have a choice that is the gift of our ego that should always be attempting to be open to learning, compassionate and kind. The conclusion people draw are their own personal affairs and I intend not to argue about this. I am not judging…I am just speaking what I observe and it is not about diet, much is about how we are all manipulated by a circle of evil whose purpose is to annihilate us all.
When you delve into the outer and inner worlds of nature one learns how forces help our development as humans. I will state that if we would conceive of a land where there are beautiful children and beautiful old people, what kind of a land would this be? Perhaps ‘a land flowing with milk and honey? That old saying might be very true!
The arguments about whether we should eat meat or not can all be debated reasonably. I can accept both sides of the story and know that there are times where we need to refrain from animal products or not. For me, I came from a meat eating family and, for the reasons of ethics, nutrition and perhaps a young spiritual desire to grow independently, I went from vegetarian to vegan and eventually to high raw. I was raw for 5 years and although I felt wonderful in the beginning, over time, I began “wasting away”. It was a slow process and one that left lasting damage that I didn’t realize until it was too late. I was tired a lot. I was wishy washy in my brain, mind and thoughts (never mind my view of Spirituality). I can see this now, in hindsight. It was damaging to me.
Also, up until now, I have personally never campaigned for any particular “diet” for three reasons: 1) as “i” changed over the years, so did my diet; 2), each person is different (ie. blood type); 3), diets seem to have become like “cults” in our our culture. It is scary to speak your opinion nowadays lest the haters attack you. However, I am feeling a need to express my views as “food” is such a centre of our common bond. Currently, I do eat meat choosing the organic and pasture fed meats and raising animals for meat sources. I offer full gratitude to Mother Nature for this offering and the blessings it provides.
In my younger years, I was idealistic about saving the “world” and relied upon the professionals to tell me “how it is”. I studied nutrition and natural health but, in these studies, I realized that the Nutritional Science is very young and like most sciences, was missing a sacred element of consideration that even I didn’t understand and overlooked. The science is black and while and has made many mistakes (remember the blooper on butter?). As I gradually morphed towards high raw, I admit I felt amazing for a time in the beginning. Then, something happened. It was slow and undetectable at first. I felt like I was wasting away and was weak at all levels of my being. In actual fact and since I studied Ayurveda, I began to understand that that high vata (air) raw diet was causing me to become an air-head. Due to need (I was very sick), I craved and decided to included meat back into my diet. It was a reset and quite possibly saved my life. In hindsight, I damaged my body in this vegan and high raw state. Also, I now realize the crazy kerfuffle of our food systems and falsely projected food pyramids that are dangerous to many. I have gained a healthy scepticism of mind towards what is going on in regards to the governance of our food and food systems and why. There is much more that meats the eye and the hatred and fundamentalism of the vegan world is nastily out of control. I wondered if this was part of a bigger plan? If food is what binds us all, then it would be good to have the human’s arguing and dividing, never mind being undernourished and weak. Let’s look down on each other…that is the way they desire it to be. That, my friends, is NOT the way!
Frankly and collectively, we are in a mess when it comes to our food sources. I do not believe nor do I rely upon the “powers” to fix our current state of affairs. They want us in a mess. It is important to understand the “how” and “why” of the mess so we get the “what now?” We have to take back this power of our food. The picture of our current world is all about big business, big pharma, big food production that all leads back to big money. In fact, they have us in such a place that if you have no money and no gardening skills, you actually have no access to nourishment (poverty). The manipulation is a ladder of corruption that has inoculated the minds of many intelligent and gentle people. It is killing the poor. It is killing the animals, the plants, the kingdoms that should be as one. One only has to research Agenda 21 to figure this out. And, yes, this Agenda addresses meat and is against meat stating it is a cause of cancer. In fact, the powers that be (the big money) are now into promoting and profiting from vegan meats. I sigh!
The Future of Protein: Leo DiCaprio is one of many high-profile luminaries to invest in Beyond Meat. The California-based company is also financially supported by Bill Gates, along with prominent corporations such as General Mills and even Tyson Foods. The company also receives funding from several key venture capital firms, including PowerPlant Ventures, New Crop Capital, Cleveland Avenue, and Blue Horizon Group, among others. Leonardo DiCaprio Predicts Vegan Meat Is ‘The Future of Protein’ Leonardo DiCaprio, an investor in the vegan meat company Beyond Meat, believes that plant-based meat is the “future of protein.”
Here is Beyond Meat’s Vision Statement:
We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. At Beyond Meat, we want to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious meal at a time.
Folks, there are a couple of things wrong here. First, I refer you to the movie Soylent Green. This is scary! Also consider doing some research on the “investors” listed above. They are not upstanding humans or credible corporations! Beyond Meat’s vision statement is seriously flawed. Our collective environmental problem has its’ roots in plant agriculture. In the past 200 years, the use of land for agriculture has risen from 431 million ha to 1.52 billion ha. Agriculture has destroyed our soil/Tierra. Over 50% of our land mass is used for agriculture, 32% is used for meat and dairy and 67% for plant based foods. (Source) We are using MORE land for plant-food and disregarding the replenishment or fortification of this core sediment. The argument that animal-production is destroying our earth does not match the numbers here. Yes, we are growing corn for the factory farms. That sucks! Factory farms are not natural and what is fed to factory farmed animals is also big business (money) corruption. If any of the ancient religions predicted that eating meat was an evil that would destroy us, may I suggest this is the reason why! It is cruel and callous to the animals and factory farmed animals are poison to us. The truth is Cows are not designed to eat corn. Unlike humans, they have two stomachs to digest greens and grass. Does that tell you something? Yet, corn is their food in these subsidized, fully supported (by your government) big farms. And, humans are flogged with corn in our products too! Hmmmm, are they treating us the same? Back to cows…they are meant to graze. Same with lambs, goats and sheep and chickens. Their digestive systems are perfect for this diet. And, the questions arises “do we want big-business (money) mass-marketing plant protein to us now?” It is a little crazy, don’t ya think?
Let’s return to Agenda 21 for a moment! When a small group of elite (wealthiest of us all) people establish their agenda and insert their views on the masses, I am sceptical and tend to step back and ask “why?” Agenda 21 talks about “Sustainable development” and imho, is far more about population control and control of the masses that anything else. If you want to know more about the threat of Agenda 21, it is succinctly summarized in the You Tube video “Agenda 21 for Dummies.” And here is another excellent article on the danger of this Agenda from Natural News
According to Weston Price, Agenda 21 reveals that “…grass-based farmers and those seeking healthy food from nontoxic farms are facing a new political threat, foisted on an unsuspecting populace worldwide… a forty-chapter blueprint for population control and world control that emerged from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janero.” Weston Price Foundation. Basically, Agenda 21 mandate the assistance to factory farmers who are subsidized by the bankers and wipe out the grass-based farmers. I ask “if this is so, why do they want the practice of grass fed animals stopped and why are they supporting and subsidizing the poison of the factory farms? The Agenda goes as far to say the meat causes cancer. Could it be that the factory farmed cows are the cause of this concern of cancer due to the chemicals and conditions of these animals? Is this more likely to cause cancer? I think so! Organic Meat is NOT causing cancer. In fact, I live in Ecuador and the guinea pig, “cuy”, is a popular meat source. In 1940 American researchers discovered that cuy meat contains an enzyme called “Asparaginase” that prevents tumour growth. The asparaginase acts against the Amino Acid, Aspargina, Aspargina is what is connected to cancer growth. It turns it into aspartic acid, which is harmless to humans. So, Agenda 21 has it wrong unless they are talking about factory farm meat…but they did not elaborate for us. It is conniving and all amounts to a plan of population control disguised as a “protect the people” plan. It is bull shit. My eye brows are totally raised!
I think we can all agree that a nutrient dense diet is good for us…especially now as we are deep into at least two generations of poor soils and mass produced food. Let me state that vegetarian, vegan and raw diets can be healthy and necessary at some points and, imho, these diets are far healthier than the typical American factory produced diets. But, I feel these diets are to be utilized for periods of time and used to balance and adjust our health, not as a lifestyle. As a lifestyle, these diets can also be insidiously dangerous over the long term. I am proof of that!
The argument about animal cruelty is also one that we should all agree upon. We have devastatingly crossed the line with the factory farms that our governments’ support. Animals are treated cruelly. I talked about cows fed corn above. Any factory farmed animal is treated cruelly. And, I also say that plants are treated cruelly too. Plants do respond to life just in a different way than those of the animal kingdom. Their defence mechanisms is not the same, but they do defend themselves nonetheless. Plants, unlike animals, can not run away when they are about to be killed. They can’t scream, cry out loud or holler for their safety. Their emotional bodies are different. Does that make them less? Their defence mechanism is structured differently. First, consider that plants have tastes and some (actually a lot) taste of bitter and pungent. These tastes indicate “poison” and “medicine”. Animals know this and will not eat these plants unless needed. Perhaps equally as important, many plants contain anti-nutrients. For example phytic acid (nuts, seeds and grains) bind to minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc and prevent the absorption of these minerals in the body. Human’s need these minerals. So while “healthy whole grains” may contain reasonable levels of micronutrients such as iron and zinc, the argument is that the anti-nutrients prevent the absorption of the nutrients, making those foods either not healthy or even harmful to us. Another anti-nutrient is lectins (a sugar-binding protein found in legumes). Lectins cause a lot of irritation to the gut lining and maybe the main player in Leaky Gut Syndrome (and the rising peanut allergies). Lectins can potentially penetrate the intestinal wall entering the blood stream and causing all kinds of havoc due to the subsequent immune response. These protein molecules are attacked by the body as foreign invaders, resulting in inflammation and potentially systemic and chronic diseases such as leaky-gut, other gastrointestinal issues and even auto-immune disease. Leaky-gut syndrome has been linked to a host of serious diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis to autism and even depression (Chris Kresser).
As for our ancestry, there is plenty of evidence to show we have eaten meat and plants for a long time. Humans are well adapted to foods such vegetables, fruits, tubers and meat because our species has been eating them for millennia. We are not sacrificing these plants and animals. We are in relationship with them, a deep cosmological bond. There is now evidence that shows human health declined with the introduction of “agricultural” foods. Sure, our ancestors might not lived as long as we do now, but there are many other factors involved in this…it is not related to meat eating as the argument states. Genetic and cultural changes occurred to help humans adapt to an agricultural diet, and they do influence how individuals tolerate meat. This explains why some people are able to include moderate amounts of dairy, grains, and/ or legumes in their diets— especially when these foods are pre-digested by fermenting, soaking, sprouting, or leavening— without ill effect. Cooking kills the anti nutrients. Cooking also kills the enzymes. So, there has to be an understanding and blend to our diet. And now we are discovering that Kale and some crucifiers are considered a goitrogenic food, meaning that it contains substances (goitrogens) that may contribute to an enlarged thyroid. To call a vegan diet “natural” for humans, in terms of evolution, is a bit (no a huge) stretch for me. The evidence that we are meat eaters or that animal products are important for our health is very solid for me. And, I feel that animal products has an important part to play in diet and nutrition on many different levels and has so for millions of years. Our teeth, tummy and digestive knows how to digest meat. It was only in the last 100 years that we started to change our ways and this is influenced by “agriculture”. Let me say it again, agriculture is tied to big money.
The argument of the hierarchy of nature is another claim by the vegan culture against meat. As “thinking” beings (ones with egos), this does make sense as we can make the choice between good and evil. But, Nature doesn’t think like we do and is not cursed/challenged with this duality. In fact, Nature’s has more wisdom without the busyness of morality. There is not an upper and lower class of consciousness in Nature. Nature is cyclical. Everything depends on everything else. There are Spiritual Agreements so that we all survive. Steiner talks about the cosmological agreement between Chickens and Humans. Humans domesticated (as such) the chicken and they flourish as a species. This agreement provided human’s nourishment. Look at the success of the chicken on our plane! Similarly, plants have an agreement with insects. Plants learned at a very deep and Spiritual level to present flowers to the insects so insects would ensure their survival. There are many cosmological contracts that work very well and ensure survival of the species. There is a round and round in Nature…not an up and down or higher and lower.
In all earth centered cultures, the harvesting and gathering of food is inter-wound with sacred threads where the consumption of the food is a sacrament. In today’s “science-based” world, this aspect of spiritual nutrition is invisible, unmeasurable and undiscussed. We lost it. In the beginning, nutrition begins with milk from mother’s breast and perhaps in the beginning this was the same as the nourishment from the Milky Way? At one point in our incarnations, we may have been fed from the milky way but as we individualized this substance internalized into the female so she provided that milky way nutrition. Just a thought to consider!
Vegan extremists refer to the cultures of the east being vegetarian and how they have thrived. The eastern vegetarian diet, based on respect for all life, comes from India’s little-known Jain tradition. Now comparatively obscure, Jainism was the predominant cult of a large portion of India from the 5th to 12th centuries. During this time, the doctrine of ahimsa (non-violence) and vegetarianism spread widely. But Ayurveda is much more ancient than this and the texts of Ayurveda make provision for meat eaters as well as vegetarians. So while there are many good and some compelling reasons to use a vegetarian diet for medicine, Ayurveda doesn’t promote vegetarianism. If you study the Ayurvedic texts, meat was included as medicine and nourishment. In Ayurveda, food and medicine should be “satmya” or agreeable. If one detests the medicines or the food, he might not get the full psychosomatic benefit from them. So, yes, if a person is a vegetarian by faith or believe a chicken soup will make him more sick, it will. If he is non-alcoholic by faith, alcoholic cough syrups might have zero effects or side effects. This is because mind controls all body responses on conscious or subconscious level. Similarly, an active person, for example an athlete or body builder might benefit immensely from a non vegetarian diet because it is compatible to his nature. It will be unfair if he is denied his best suited diet. We are all different.
On this topic, the sacred cow in Indian cultures is a point to discuss further. The cow is the animal of digestion. It is, moreover, the animal which accomplishes digestion in such a way that there lies in its digestive processes the earthly reflection of something actually super-earthly; its whole digestive process is permeated with an astral-concept which reflects the entire cosmos in a wonderful, light-filled way. There is a whole world in the organism of the cow and that is why it is considered sacred. In our experience, everything is based on gravity, everything is so organized around this energy of gravity. A cow needs to consume about an eighth of its weight in food each day. Man can be satisfied with a 1/14th and remain healthy. Perhaps the cow needs earth’s gravity in order to fully meet the needs of its organism. Cows are designed for the gravity of matter. The metabolizing of 1/8 of it’s weight binds the cow with its material substance to the earth. This is why, I believe, the cow is an object of so much veneration for those who follow the Hindu religion. The Hindu says to himself: The cow lives here on the earth; but through this fact it creates in physical matter, subject to gravity, an image of something super-earthly.
If you scratch the surface of the diet arguments you’ll find you start questioning people. It’s not about food. It is more about an ideology, and to some degree it has become cultish. Cults are intended and manipulated (Tavistock) They are on very dangerous grounds. Personally what bothers me about the “diet” arguments are there are many (not all) emotionally hysterical vegans who use their lifestyle as an excuse to justify a vicious contempt and egotism bordering on the demonic and, two on the other side of the equation, there are self-absorbed meat eaters who have no regard for animals and gorge themselves way beyond diet necessity out of greed and sloth. Plants and animals have a level of consciousness! And, we do too!
When I look around I feel to an immense degree that nature is related to us and we are all connected. From an esoteric point of view, we can compare the human body to a plant by reversing the human (roots are our head and the leaf and flowers (sexual energy) is in our lower torso.) We have animal instincts related to our survival and flight and fight response and a “ra, ra” energetic need of the animal kingdom. If I am active, I know I require meat protein for this energetic nourishment. The human body is a microcosm of the macrocosm and it contains within all the secrets of the all the kingdoms. It is indeed true that the things we perceive inwardly — our thoughts, feelings, will, impulses and memory pictures — seen from the other side, outside in the macrocosm, can be found again in the realm of nature and they are there to nourish. We are collective.
Science does not understand this. What does science do? It analyses protein to see how much carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulphur, etc. are in it. It finds there is so much per cent of carbon and so much per cent of hydrogen in protein. Fat contains a different percentage and carbohydrates are again different. But science is completely ignorant of the fact that these substances themselves have their own energetic significance. Science only knows the percentages of the constituents. But this does not help us get anywhere.
If someone is not biologically suited for veganism (blood type) they will suffer from malabsorption and malnutrition, fatigue, spacey headedness like me. Basically their total ability to help other people spiritually will decline. This effect has a worse impact on the system as a whole, and therefore the future of mankind. That’s not an enlightened thing to do. Enlightenment is a synonym for acting on behalf on the greater good for all, imho.
Some spiritual practices require a vegetarian diet at least in the days or weeks leading up to it. Usual explanation is that meat lowers your vibration and therefore you can’t pull these maneuvers with such lowered vibes. I am not sure about that. For the same reason fasting is recommended — because the body must be made weak through starvation and malnutrition, so that the soul and spirit can more easily detach then we are more open to evil. The stronger the body, the greater its “magnetic” pull on the soul. Remember the cow and it’s relation to gravity? So, this must mean that meat imparts bodily grounding and vitality — to a degree. Thus if you need to be “here” in reality, if you need to be grounded and sharp, and if you need to have physical energy and boldness. Animal products might be the way,.
If you are going to eat, be mindful and respectful, and, please don’t support abusive farming at any level (meat or plant). Get out of the supermarket! If you are believer that there is a hierarchy to the different “kingdoms” then you would believe human’s are “above” all other kingdoms. For me, that is ego gone crazy! We are all connected. Considering we are what we eat, I feel we do need to feed all levels of our being/bodies. Balance is the key in mineral, plant and animal nourishment so that our ego can be in alignment with our Soul/Spirit. It is all connected.
Below I provide some links for your further research and some information about the nutrition in meat. I decided to include these sections as not a part of this article…but as a reference for your education and further research…..which I hope I have inspired.
Spiritual Awakening and Eating Meat
Nutritional Benefits of Meat
After water, protein is the most plentiful substance in our bodies. Without protein we cannot create enzymes, antibodies, milk, menses, skin, hair, nails, muscle, brain, heart, or organs. We require twenty-two different amino acids (building blocks of protein), of which eight are considered essential nutrients. Animal foods contain all essential amino acids. No one food of vegetable origin contains them all, but combinations (such as corn and beans) do. Each and every amino acid must be present at once in the body, and in the correct proportions, for protein synthesis. If even one essential amino acid is low or missing, even temporarily, protein production slows or stops altogether.(2) Adult women can be healthy on low protein diets; however children, pregnant, lactating, and menopausal women require high levels of protein.
Fat is the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. Found in vegetable seeds, beans, and nuts, fruits such as olives and avocados, and in all animal products, fat is vital to women’s health. Unfortunately, many American women avoid fat. A recent study (1999) found 26 percent of women deficient in vitamin E due to low-fat diets.
Linoleic, linolenic, and arachidonic fats are the essential fatty acids, but all fats, especially cholesterol, are vital for the formation of sex hormones (especially postmenopausally), adrenal hormones, vitamin D (for strong bones), and bile. Low cholesterol diets make women’s skin and vaginal tissues dry and impede the functioning of the brain and nervous system.
The belief that saturated fats elevate blood cholesterol, causing blocked blood vessels, s-trokes and heart attacks has prevailed since the mid-1960s. Yet most researchers consider this idea simplistic and without scientific justification. In the Framingham Heart Study (USA), the greater a person’s intake of total fat, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fat, the lower their risk of stroke. And, while high blood cholesterol levels were a risk factor for heart disease, fat and cholesterol intake in the diet were inversely correlated with blood cholesterol. Swedish studies confirm that saturated fats promote breast health, while vegetable oils (such as canola, safflower, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower oils) promote breast cancer.
Animal fats are more stable than vegetable oils, which become rancid within days after press-ing. (Rancid fats promote cancer and heart disease.) Hydrogenation and partial-hydrogenation slow rancidity but create trans-fatty acids that create deposits on the blood vessels. Even unhydrogenated vegetable oils are unhealthy: They flood the body with omega-6 fatty acids (the primary fat component of arterial plaque), and contribute large amounts of free radicals that damage the arteries and initiate plaque deposits.
The fundamental vitamins required by the human being are ABCD. A and D are both found in animal meat. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin A helps to produce life; symptoms of its deficiency are the drying and hardening disorgers– and night blindness. Vitamin A, in allowing in the forces of new life, acts like silver. It is useful in squamous cell cancers (hardening of the surface). The forces of vitamin D are polar to those of A, bringing light forces (D3) into bone formation; large quantities of D are also found in deep sea fish.
Let’s look at the nutritional value of organic and pasture raised meat:
- B12 (found in meat, seaweed and dirt – so you could eat dirt or copious amounts of sea weed),
- Creatine – stored in our muscles and concentrated in the brain. Creatine is an energy (endurance) source. It is not essential but it improves our brain functions.Carnosine
- Carnosine is an antioxidant that is concentrated in the muscles and brain and improves our energy levels
- Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) D3 is an essential nutrient that has many important functions that include improving brain functions and emotional happiness.
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Deficiency in DHA can have adverse effects on mental health and brain function, especially in children.
- Heme-iron Heme-iron is a type of iron only found in meat, especially red meat and it helps fight fatigue and tiredness.
- Taurine – a sulfur compound found in various body tissues, including the brain, heart and kidneys. It is not essential but acts as a antioxidant and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
Other than Taurine, all of the above has a common denominator: brain function and energy level. Take away or diminish someone’s brain function and energy and what are you left with? Then I came across evidence that eating meat was important to the development of our brains (Live Science article) in evolution. The article states we began to shy away from eating primarily fruit, leaves and nuts and began eating meat and then our brains grew. We developed the capacity to use tools, so our need for large, sharp teeth and big grinders waned. And, it seems, you can’t have a large brain and big guts at the same time – so heed this calling all you MacDonalds Fast Fooders!
During dry fasting old body water is replaced by live body water of higher quality that is synthesized by the body itself, and all negative information that entered our body is deleted. This is one of the major healing mechanisms of dry fasting.
Interviewed by Aleksandar Gerc (magazine “Letters to the doctor”)
…..the editorial office of Svjetlost magazine received a letter from Victoria Boutenko, author of the bestselling books “Green for life” and “The 12 Steps to Raw Food.” Victoria had just returned from Ukraine, where she underwent, under the expert guidance of Anna Yakuba, a course of dry fasting, or living for five days without food and water. “It was the greatest transformational experience of my life,” wrote the famous writer. We immediately got in touch with Anna; expert in naturopathy, with whose permission and recommendation we publish the interview that follows. It was first published in the Ukrainian magazine “Letters to the doctor.” The interview clearly shows why Victoria Boutenko was so thrilled with the technique of dry fasting. Why would people in their right mind and free will undergo fasting that includes no food or water and furthermore say they feel absolutely great in doing so? What does one get with dry fasting? Can anyone do it? Is it dangerous to dry fast on your own? In her interview for the magazine “Letters to the doctor” Anna Yakuba answers these questions. She leads the School for dry fasting and raw food in Ukraine, which has been attended by more than 400 people, she is also the author of the book ”School of healing through dry fasting and raw food”.
Anna, how did you come to dry fasting and with what purpose do you teach others?
I have been practicing naturopathy for more than 20 years. I have tried everything from combined diet to raw food diet, from detoxifying according to Malahov and Semenov to practicing dry fasting. In 1992 I attended School of Nadežda Semenov and after completion worked in the Ukrainian branch of her school. The dry fasting method I learned from L.A. Šenikov, and I learned about raw food from Viktoria Boutenko, Pavel Sebastjanovič, Sergej Dobrozdravina and other naturopaths. I also learned the old Slavic abdomen massage method from N.S. Nasikovski, the method of “healing impulse” from Goltis and a number of other methods. Now I myself teach about dry fasting and raw food according to my own patented method in order to help the ones in need to relieve suffering and keep their body in great shape without the use of drugs.
Why is there a need for dry fasting when there are already well known methods of fasting on water?
Dry fasting implies complete exclusion of food or water intake, not only drinking water but also use of enemas or showers or any other means of watering the body. The advantage of dry fasting is that the body is put into more difficult conditions and must actively dissolve its own fat tissue and destroy pathogens. This process increases strain to the body particularly the psyche; therefore unsupervised dry fasting at home longer than 2-3 days is especially dangerous. However short periods of dry fasting do not lead to our organism feeding of itself so many people use this method at the beginning of their regular water fast. Those who have tried this method know that dry fasting can be easier than fasting on water because of the absence of hunger. In addition water can sometimes be harmful.
In what way?
In nature there is heavy water in which hydrogen is replaced by deuterium. It was only recently shown that heavy water could be found in the human body. Water enriched in deuterium is also called dead water. It comes out of our organism more difficultly and therefore slowly poisons it. According to some scientists this happens because of the so-called information poisoning of water. Furthermore, scientists have proven that in the human body, long before any symptoms of illness appear, local water zones are created with irregular structure– we call these zones pathological zones. It is a kind of wasteland within our body where parasites rapidly reproduce. Also one has to bear in mind that in our body there is no ordinary water. Water in our bodies is structured, and our drinking water is usually chlorinated or boiled, or we drink beverages filled with all sorts of chemicals. Thus this drinking water has to be processed and that uses a lot of our energy, which causes overload to our organism, which in turn leads to pathological processes within our bodies.
However, our bodies cannot survive without water!
That is true, but in dry fasting our body uses up the surplus of body fat from which it synthesizes water – using oxygen from air. During dry fasting old, dead water is replaced by new, live water that is of higher quality and is also synthesized by our body, and all negative input that entered our body externally are wiped out. This is one of the most healing mechanisms of dry fasting. Other healing mechanisms are anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating. Without water there are no inflammations since microorganisms, viruses and parasites thrive in moist environments. Healthy and strong body cells searching for water use up the water from pathogen microorganisms. They also use up water through skin from air unlike unhealthy cells, viruses and bacteria that cannot do that. That is why it is recommended to dry fast in nature, preferably in mountainous regions near mountain rivers or waterfalls.
When there is no sufficient fat in our body, during dry fasting proteins in our body begin do dissolve…
Amino acids from proteins are primarily used by the brain and cardiovascular system. Thereby releasing huge amounts of hormones and glucocorticoids, which begin to circulate in the blood. This has a strong anti-inflammatory effect because it inhibits all inflammatory foci. Also when proteins are dissolved body temperature rises and it feels like an internal “fire”. This represents an important part of protective body reaction. When the temperature rises metabolic processes accelerate and toxins that cause disease are destroyed faster. Activity of protective immune cells rises, as does the production of interferon, and all that helps fight diseases. The blood is cleaned of all unnecessary substances. It even normalizes blood coagulation, although it would appear that lack of water would lead to it’s clotting.
Can anyone dry fast? What are the counter indications?
First of all, this healing method can be approached only voluntarily, with set goals and belief in ones own body. This requires adequate emotional and psychological preparation. Furthermore, in order to avoid negative effects, long dry fasting (7-9-11 days) and termination of fasting should be done under supervision of experts and in compliance to all individual recommendations and schedules. Counter indications are mental illness and brain traumas, cancer, tuberculosis, serious cardiovascular diseases, purulent inflammations, kidney and liver diseases, pathology of the endocrine system, weakness and low body weight, thrombophlebitis and thrombosis. In addition pregnancy and lactation and psychological unwillingness to dry fast.
Could you describe the dry fasting process?
The process begins with a period of preparation, which includes 15-30 days of raw food diet, psychological preparation, cleaning the body of parasites and other cleansing methods. Following is the fasting process that has certain phases.
1. Phase is food stimulus; it lasts 1-2 days (in the “wet” fasting method lasts 2-3 days). In this phase the look and smell of food, the sound of crockery all cause excessive salivation, stomach churning and pain below the breastbone. Sleep is disrupted, there is increased irritability and mood swings. Thirst is bearable.
2. Phase is increased acidosis, it lasts 2-4 days. During this time the body uses up reserves and intermediate tissue. This leads to the accumulation of degradation products in the body and to acidification of inner body – acidosis. This is the most important physiological mechanism that includes a number of other healing mechanisms, including the process of tissue degradation – autolysis. This cleanses the body of waste, weak and pathologically altered tissue. Here the principle of priority takes place: everything superfluous is degraded first, and then comes healthy tissue in order of importance to vital functions of the body.
What does the fasting person feel?
As soon as glycogen reserves are used up in the liver (usually during the first day of fasting) the blood begins to accumulate acidic products of the incomplete degradation of fat (fatty acids, acetone). The person might experience headaches, nausea, weakness, and malaise. On the tongue white deposits are formed, the tongue and lips are dry, mucus forms on the teeth; there is an acetone smell in the mouth, dryness and paleness of skin and thirst. This uncomfortable feeling is the result of harmful products accumulated in the blood. The highest acidification of organism occurs during acidotic crisis and in that period chronic diseases can exacerbate. If exacerbation is clearly visible, a complete cure can be expected. If exacerbation is less pronounced that means the fasting is dealing with other, more important issues in the organism. The remaining diseases will be resolved in the next fasting process. But, as long as the person who is dry fasting does not go through acidotic crisis one cannot expect the healing process to begin or increase in the body’s immune system.
What happens after that?
The third phase is called compensation or adaptation. It usually begins on the fifth day of dry fasting and ends on the eighth day. Person starts feeling better, the weakness diminish, the feeling of hunger completely diminishes, but thirst increases. This phase ends with the second acidotic crisis that takes place between days 8 and 11 of dry fasting. For the healing process to be completed one has to endure this second crisis, as it activates and increases all protective forces within one’s organism. This in turn enables curing of all “incurable” diseases. This is followed by a period of recovery that lasts three times longer than the dry fasting period.
Should one practice one day of dry fasting?
Regular one day (36 hours) dry fasting a week and three day dry fasting a month strengthens the body’s ability to self heal because it has positive effects on a persons physiology, psyche, emotions, intellect and spirituality. Here are some advices. Supply yourself with clean filtered water, fresh fruits and vegetables including lemon. One day before and one day after dry fasting eat only raw vegetables and fruits (bananas and grapes are not desirable). The fasting begins from the moment of your last water intake. For example, if you choose Friday for your one-day fasting then your last water intake is Thursday evening, and the next water intake is Saturday morning. The fasting should be incorporated in your daily activities. The day after fasting you should get up as usual, clean your tongue of deposits and slowly drink a glass of clean water with lemon juice. Then take a warm shower to relax and feel comfortable. For breakfast it’s best to drink a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice and eat a fresh apple or pear. You should drink and eat slowly, and chew slowly and carefully. Then continue your day as usual. It will surely be a good day!
Taken and translated from the magazine “Svjetlost” (“Light”), no.134, March/April 2014.
Treating Homoeopathically is very different to Herbal Medicine. The two often cause a confusion for those looking for natural solutions and remedies for healing. And the symptom is viewed very differently in the two approaches to healing too.
Most people have a hard time understanding the concept of Homeopathy as it is not like “taking a herb” for an particular ailment that has a particular symptom. We naturally look for “things” to treat ailments. This is the traditional approach to healing with plants (as well as pharmaceuticals too). The action and property of the “substance” effects the body in a particular way. Homeopathy is so very different. Remedies are not for the “disease”. They are for the person. And this is where we confuse the two healing modalities have different paths of reason.
Let’s take a scenario where 10 people who have “caught” a virus, a flu, going through the community and neighbourhood. There are “main” symptoms that are common to all the inflicted such as a fever, cough, congestion and body aches. Looking at these symptoms, we can easily find herbal remedies to reduce symptoms and improve the condition especially when we look at the actions, energies and elements of the herbs. (see “how to create a personalized herbal formula”) However, in Homeopathy, these “symptoms” are not useful in finding a remedy. What is useful is observing the person suffering and what is unique to that person. It could be the emotional response. It could be “things” that improve or worsen the symptoms such as “heat” makes worse or “cold liquids” improves. It could be a particular symptom that is very unique like a “rash on left side of body” or “wakefulness in the evening”. You are looking for “strange, rare and peculiar” responses of the person who has the “flu”. With this investigation and information (the “unique” expressions), you search for the homeopathic remedy. And that leads us down another corridor of investigation and another concept that is different – the “remedy”
Homeopathic remedies are not herbs. They are dilluted versions of herbs and the more dilluted, the more powerful it is considered. So, you can’t take “more” to increase the response or “less” to lessen the response. It doesn’t work like that. And, as with finding the “correct” remedy, the dosage is very, very important too. As the dose “triggers” the unique expression of the person, finding the correct dosage is important.
A Homeopathic remedy if taken in its’ crude form (the mother tincture) it would actually cause the symptom experienced. Let me explain this with an example: ff you had a red, itchy and inflamed rash, you might consider Rhus Toxicodendron (Poison Ivy) as a remedy. If you used Rhus Tox as a herb (mother tincture), it would cause an red, itchy, inflamed rash. This is where science of Isopathic Remedies. There are two remedy categories; sarcodes and nosodes. Sarcodes are remedies prepared from individual healthy organs or tissues, as well as from isolated bodily substances of human or animal origin. Nosodes are basically remedies from diseased tissues.
Homeopathy works on the “Law of Similars” …you treat the person with a remedy that would cause the symptom and find the correct dose. The philosophy behind this concept is that when you take a remedy that holds the energetic foot print of the symptom, the body is triggered towards healing.
I have been trained and practice Constitutional Homeopath. This really is the “bread and butter”, so to speak, of homeopathy as Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of the principals of homeopathy, practiced it. Constitutional homeopathy means finding and taking a remedy that helps your whole being, helping to heal your chronic condition.
The word “Constitutional” is known as a “government” descrition. A dictionary tells us it is the “physical character of the body as to strength, health, etc. He has a strong constitution.” The medical definition is “the aggregate of a person’s physical and psychological characteristics.” The archaic definition, but one that still works in homeopathy is a “character or condition of mind; disposition; temperament.” I recall a person who once told me that she knew people who drank alcohol their entire lives and live to a ripe old age. Some do and some don’t. Some don’t have that type of constitution.
Constitutional Homeopathy address ALL the chronic symptoms you have as a WHOLE. They might be mental and emotional, such as bad dreams at night, easy to anger, sadness, anxiety when you speak in public, etc. They can also be physical, such as cold hands and feet, excessive perspiration, monthly menstrual cramps, etc. Some symptoms encompass the mental, emotional and physical planes. These might include eating too much chocolate (or fill in the food you are currently obsessed with), biting your nails, etc. As you can see, it is hard to separate some of the symptoms into one camp or the other. Suffice it to say, they are all related if they are all packaged together in one body.
So when someone comes in and says that they would really like a remedy for their heart palpitations, but they can live with the cold hands and feet, homoeopathically you can not just help one of those symptoms. It’s all or nothing in homeopathy.
Sometimes a constitutional remedy can also help acute illnesses. If you feel like you are coming down with something, but just have common symptoms, such as a slight runny nose, or feeling a bit tired, a dose or two of your constitutional remedy in a low potency (30c or 30x) can often help ward off the symptoms and prevent them from developing further. Another time that it is helpful is at the end of an illness. When you just can’t quite shake your current symptoms, but they are common symptoms, a dose of your constitutional remedy can provide resolution.
It seems like the constitutional remedy is really useful for many circumstances, and it is. But sometimes, it doesn’t work. This often means retaking the current case and offering a remedy that is more particular. If you have a clear symptom picture pointing to a different remedy, you need to switch, even if it is temporary. Disease doesn’t happen over night and as you heal, layers also appear. So, for example, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may have one remedy to take on a daily basis, and another to keep on hand for when you have flare ups, especially if you have a history of flare ups being quite different than how you feel on a day to day basis. The goal in this situation is to not have flare ups, and to heal gradually. This is why it is very important that entering a Homeopathic relationship is an ongoing relationship.
A common question people ask about their constitutional remedy is, “do I need to take this the rest of my life?” The answer is, “maybe”. Some people get over whatever is ailing them in short order and they never need another dose or another remedy. Other people need to re-dose their remedy from time to time (if it is a remedy that is taken occasionally rather than daily). But if you need to retake a remedy every six months, only occasionally seeing the homeopath for perhaps a stronger dose, that is much easier and better than a daily medication that costs thousands of dollars each year.
Another frequent question is, how do you know what remedy to give? Constitutional Homeopathy requires, in most instances, a fairly long intake appointment and follow-up connections with your practitioner. You will be asked about your chief complaint and other things as well, such as dreams, foods you like or dislike, what it was like growing up, etc. Then the homeopath looks for a story that matches a remedy, out of 5000 remedies. Sometimes the correct remedy is really obvious. Other times it is not, and it becomes like solving a puzzle. Each subsequent appointment brings additional pieces to the puzzle.
I am very excited to offer this service to the local community and, it is a process where we will become intimate in the homeopathic walk.
It continues to amaze me how many wonderful medicine are in my garden that I yet have to learn about. Many appear as a weed; invasive and troublesome. However, I take my time to discover. One very noxious plant is a succulent that seems to grow everywhere. In fact I have about 4 different varieties. I was doing some research for a friend with breast cancer and came across an old article of the Spanish Missionaries travelling South America. One particular missionary had tongue cancer. An indigenous healer gave him a tea made from this weed and he was cured of the tongue cancer in one month.
This plant is in my garden! This plant used to be in my house in Canada adorning as pretty house plant that apparently ate CO2 at night time purifying the air.
Pakipanga is its name. It is known as Kalanchoe pinnata and Kalanchoe Serrate) and s referred to as a “miracle plant”. There are over actually 125 different varieties of Kalanchoe and it goes by many different names. Some may know it as the Air Plant, others may have heard of it as the Life Plant or Miracle Leaf. Still other names for this plant are Katakataka, Pather Chat, and Paan-futti. It is called the Maternity Plant or the Mother of Thousands as baby plants rise up all around it. It is even known as the Goethe Plant, named after the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in addition to being a writer was also a part-time naturalist. He adored the plant; he was amazed at its ability to reproduce in the most strained conditions They say that Goethe used their healing properties – he ate one tablespoon of “baby plants” of these species everyday for body rejuvenation. Finally, this plant is also known as the Wonder of the World—and that is due to its many medicinal uses.￼
Kalanchoe is widely used in folk medicine for a variety of ailments in Mexico, South America, Asia and Africa and has stories echoing cancer fighting abilities.Before there was scientific research, the peoples of South America already knew the benefits of the Kalanchoe Pinnata plant from treating cancer and inflammation to treating boils and skin ulcers, epilepsy, earaches, and even helping with childbirth. It seems as though there is nothing that this plant cannot assist with.
The healing substances provided by kalanchoe reside in the leaf and its medicinally potent juice. This botanical kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, making it a formidable foe to many sources of disease. The juice effectively knocks out Staphylococcus and E. coli. Kalanchoe blocks histamine, relieves pain, suppresses coughs, relaxes muscles and reduces inflammation. Studies support kalanchoe’s reputation as a useful agent for dealing with stomach ulcers.
The tincture is made as a bitter tonic from the leaves. It is an astringent, analgesic and carminative and relieves flatulence.
The biochemical composition of the kalanchoe’s herbage is not fully examined yet. Scientists still have a lot to be done to explain the succus healing effect on the human body. The fleshy leaves and stems have up to 94% of moisture.Moreover, the succus contains the following compounds:
- flavonoids (quercetine, kaempferol);
- organic (malic, acetic, citric and oxalic) acids;
- some enzymes (e.g. malic dehydrogenase, oxalic carboxylase);
- vitamins (including C and P);
- mineral salts, micro- and macroelements (aluminium, ferrum, magnesium, calcium, copper, silicon, manganese).
Now, it seems that scientists are finding out the truth behind this herbal remedy and are also encouraged by their findings. The flavonoid glycosides have P-vitaminic activity. It means that they exert bactericidal and choleretic effects and help to eliminate toxic and radioactive agents from the body. Tannins give to the plant binding, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and hemostatic properties. Enzymes are essential participants of metabolism, acting in it as the catalysts. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the metabolic process, particularly in the oxidation process, at the cellular level; and increases anti-infective resistance.Vitamin P (rutin) strengthens vessel walls.
Before there was scientific research, the peoples of South America already knew the benefits of the Kalanchoe Pinnata plant. From treating cancer and inflammation to treating boils and skin ulcers, epilepsy, earaches, and even helping with childbirth, it seems as though there is nothing that this plant cannot assist with.
Now science is studying this plant, One study done that shows the plant’s ability to reduce histamines. This study targeted mast cells and the key role they play in an allergic asthma attack. These mast cells were hindered by properties from the plant and did not allow degranulation. The anti-inflammatory, antiedematogenic, and antinociceptive ( ability to reduce sensitivity to pain) ability in the plant have been described as a ‘major breakthrough’. The list seems to be endless and filled with good news.
In my research, there is evidence that shows the plant is:
- anti parasitic
- anti- bacterial
Is used for treating diarrhea, vomiting, earache, abscesses, gastric ulcers, burns and insect bites. It may be effective in dissolving gallstones. It has been used to treat smallpox, otitis (inflammation or infection in the inner ear), asthma, palpitations, cough, headache, general debility and convulsion. It is also found to be useful in treating edema of the legs.One many use a leaf on his painful eye styes. He heated and placed on the eye and the stye disappeared in a matter of days.
It should be noted that one member of this family of plants called Bryophyllum pinnata is said can cause cardiac poisoning in grazing animals. However, this plant is also used in traditional medicine. The recommended dose is 1/100 of the lethal dose.
What makes this plant so very amazing is its ability to grow anywhere. If you pick a leaf of the plant and place it on the ground, in a few days it sprouts. There is no prepping or planting to do. It is a do-it-yourself plant. No wonder Goethe was so fond of gifting his friends with this plant.
So kalanchoe equals the hopes that are centered on it with the honour name “home-grown doctor.”
Some reference and articles
Medicinal use of Patharchatta or Kalanchoe Pinnata
Herbs for Healing…Using Herbs…Working with Herbs…Knowing Herbs
Have you ever talked with someone who thought that herbs didn’t work because they did little for them despite all their hype? Or have you ever taken (or given) an herb and you (or the person) not only didn’t improve but got worse? I have some friends who refused to take herbal advice because herbs “do not work for them”.
Herbs do work! In fact, they are the basis of medicine and the creative force for healing. The reason for the bad or unresolved experiences may actually be simple – the energy of the herb was not matched to that of the person or the condition experienced and so it wasn’t effective.
However, herbs can also not work. When a “fad” is going around (like a flu virus) everyone seems to catch it. It doesn’t work that way!
The energy of herbs is extremely important to consider when choosing herbs. Some herbs are cooling, others warming; some are drying, others moistening. Some drain while others build.
Like plants, people have energetic constitutions, too. Some folks have coldness, or heat; others dryness or dampness. Some have an excess state (too much of something – think about how you feel after eating too big of a meal for example). Other people are weak, deficient, or depleted. These should be primary considerations when choosing personalized herbs for healing.
Herbs you choose depends not only on its own energies but also that of the person taking the herb. If the person has a condition of coldness, for instance, they need herbs with a heating energy. If they are dry, they need moistening herbs. And if they’re weak, they need herbs that build strength, immunity, or blood. If herbs are not energetically matched to the person in this way, either they’ll have no results or else problems can arise.
For example, when I mention the herb, turmeric, what first comes to mind? That it’s great for pain and inflammation? That is true, but for some it actually might make you dizzy instead. How about maca? Think it’s mainly great for hormones? Think again. It may help some but others might experience no benefit at all. And how about feverfew? Use it for headaches? It might work, but it only treats one type of headache. Since there are as many as five or more causes for headaches, each requires a different herbal energy and feverfew may not match that. If someone is weak, tired, or perhaps even anemic, you wouldn’t want to give them elimination therapies as those would only weaken them further.
We need to be careful with herbs because sometimes it can be like be like adding more cars to rush hour traffic.
I learned the importance of the energy of herbs very early when I first started using herbs. Like many beginner herbalists, I began with the typical allopathic approach, that is, “this herb is good for that condition.” We call this looking at the “actions” of the herbs. This is a good study, but it is only a small part of true herbal healing.
One day I got a very bad flu. Someone recommended garlic, so I took garlic. I got much worse. I was curious why and soon learned that my flu was a condition of heat (high fever, sweating, feeling hot) and garlic itself is a heating herb. Taking garlic meant I only got hotter and my symptoms intensified.
Let’s take turmeric again as another example since it’s such a popular herb today. Because it’s the best anti-inflammatory available to forestall heart and brain problems and to treat pain, many people consume it regularly. Turmeric helps some folks, others actually have reactions they don’t even realize occurred because of the turmeric. This is because turmeric is warming and drying in energy. That means it’s perfect for folks who have pain and swelling from heat and dampness such as heavy, swollen joints, yellowish and smelly diarrhea, urinary tract infections with pain and even bleeding, herpes, or yellow leukorrhea for example. But those who have dryness, anemia, with such symptoms as dry cough, stools, skin, mouth or nails, dizziness, blurry vision, night sweats or heat flushes, can get worse since the cooling, drying turmeric only depletes these substances more. If taken for extended periods or overdosed, it can lead to insomnia, burning in the hands and feet, hypertension, or heart palpitations, for starters.
Note: Turmeric tubers cooling while turmeric rhizome is heating. Both promote the Blood flow, but the rhizome treats painful obstruction (arthritic conditions) while the tuber does not. Both herbs relieve gall bladder jaundice, but the tuber is stronger than the rhizome. Turmeric found in the grocery store is probably the rhizome.
Each herb has specific energies that determine its true use.
Start observing the energy of herbs and the conditions they treat rather than using one herb for a specific condition. Giving herbs allopathically and based on on “actions” of herbs regardless of the energy of the herb or the person taking it is what causes others to believe that herbs don’t work. Even worse, it gives herbs a bad rap. Learn to use herbs energetically and you’ll more efficiently and effectively experience the wonder of herbs and their healing powers.
I have created a simple way to formulate herbs and create a synergistic formula that corresponds to the person and the energies.
To benefit and feel the healing properties from herbs is so much more intricate than just taking a herb for a condition. It is an art! This art is combining harmony “notes” to create a song or “colours” to create a perfect picture that matches you, your body, emotions and characteristics. However, like a musician creating beautiful music, creating a herbal formula that sings perfectly for you takes some investigation and enquiry.
The “action” of the herb is only one component of understanding herb’s potential. There are elements, qualities, tastes and what we call “Doshas” both in the “person” and in the “plants”. It is not an easy process to find herbs that truly match you and your ailment and perhaps this is why many people say “herbs don’t work for me” . Herbs do work! And, it requires a synergistic blending.
I have created an effective and relatively easy formula you can use in conjunction with this website to match YOU synergistically with herb(s). First, though, creating formulas is a deeply intuitive process that strengthens the more you know yourself and the herbs you are working with.
This website lists all our our herbs by Body Systems, 3 Doshas, 5 tastes and the herbal actions as seen in the tabs below. You will be referring to there tabs in your artistic, investigative creation. Have fun!
Assignments for Herbs
TAB A Herbs Assigned To Body Systems
TAB B Herbs Assigned to Doshas (Elements) and Tastes
TAB C Herbs Assigned to Herbal Actions
So, let’s get started on how to formulate your perfect healing tincture…
To start, please get a blank piece of paper and make 6 columns as follows
1 2 3 4 5
My Ailment Description Dosha Taste Herbs
Column 1 My Ailment
Here you will record what is ailing you; what body organ, system or tissues do you wish to effect?
We will work on ONE ailment at at time. (Blends can be made for multiple ailments, but we suggest you start with ONE for the first time). Use the Tab A ( above) to help you assign a body system. Sometimes two body systems are involved. If you are familiar with Herbal Actions, you can review Column C tab above.
OVER to Column 5 Herbs
You going write at least 8 (or more) herbs listed in the “body system” category you choose and reviewed (Tab A). Each body system lists all the herbs available at the end of the article. At this point, just choose the herbs that resonate with you. You do not need to read about the herb at this point…and it is probably better you do not do so. This is mostly intuitive. There is no need for perfection at this point, If you are familiar with “actions” you can also choose herbs from these categories too but it is not that important.
Column 2 Elemental Description
In column 2, we identify the “core element” of your ailment. These are “basic” descriptive terms as listed below. For example, if you have congestion in the lungs, you might describe it as hot, wet, heavy and loose. Choose your descriptions from ONLY from this list below.
Dry or Wet/Oily, Moist
Cold or Hot/Warm
Heavy/Oily or Light
Sharp or Dull
Constrictive or Loose
Column 3 DOSHA
Now we are going to identify the Dosha with the Element in Column 2. The list is below. For example, if you identified “Hot” as an element, you would write “Pitta” in column 3. A sample is shown below.
Dry, Light, Cold, Sharp = VATA
Hot, Sharp/Warm, Light, Constrictive = PITTA
Cold, Heavy, Wet, Oily, Loose, Dull = KAPHA
We have identified the ailment with its’ elements and Dosha qualities. Last column to complete is the Tastes
Column 4 Tastes
In column 4, you will identify the “tastes” based on the Dosha identified in column 3 (these tastes pacify/decrease the dosha). So, next to Vata, you will write Sw, Sr St in column 4.
Vata = ￼ Sweet Sour￼ Salty (Sw, Sr, St)
Pitta = Sweet Bitter Astringent (Sw, B, A)
Kapha = Pungent Bitter Astringent (P, B, A)
Now add up the “tastes” you have recorded like in this sample and put the totals of each taste at the bottom of the column.:
The tastes have been identified, listed and added up
This gives you a good overview of the herbal “taste” you require. The top 2 are the most important to you and your “ailment”.
Back To Column 5
This is a list of the original herbs you recorded at the beginning and added to your “Wishlist” and in Column 5.
Now armed with the information you have recorded in the other columns, you have a good idea of what works for YOUR ailment in regards to tastes, elements and actions. Now lets do our research.
Read about your original herbs listed in Column 5 by going to your “Wishlist” and clicking on the herbs.. All of our herbs on this website have been assigned elements, Doshas, tastes. Next to each herb, put a check for every “marker” found corresponding to your chart attributes.
Another way: You can do a search (box is top sidebar) on the “elements”, “doshas” and “tastes” you have recorded. In this search, if the herb in your list appears, put a marker next to it. For example, type “hot” or “pungent” or “Pitta” into the search box and see if your herbs in column 5 are recored in the list.
The top 4 to 5 herbs (the ones with the most markers) will make a wonderful remedy for your ailment.
You have created your perfect, synergistic herbal formula.
The Formulation identified in for this sample is Cayenne, Lemon Grass, Strawberry Leaf and Calendula. The markers were added after reading the herbs attributes that matched the chart.
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Fennel and Comfrey are abundant in the gardens of Ecuador.
A simple combination of Fennel seed and Comfrey root is more effective than most recommended for sty eye or eye stress or any eye irritation (including welding flash or scratched eye ball). This is wonderful for puffy eyes.
The eye wash needs to be made fresh as the decoction will start to grow bacteria after 3 days or so, but it is easy to make as required and needed.
Make a decoction by simply taking 1 tsp of Fennel seeds and 1 tsp of cut & sifted Comfrey root and put into a small pot with ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes, turn off heat and cool. Strain through silk or tight muslin making sure all “bits” are removed. Sometimes a coffee filter is the best.
Wash the eyes using an eyecup 2-3 times a day.
Store excess in refrigerator. Replace with new decoction every 3 days. [this is a living herbal formula and will grow bacteria, so make it, use it, replace it, every 3 days].
Freedom is a personal and intimate relationship that, in the end, is for the future generations so that they will be holders of the wisdom of the past for their own measures. This is to increase their degree of autonomy and self-determination so that they represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way and act upon their own authority as nature intended. Let’s keep the magic alive.
For the interest of personal freedom and the right to choose our own medicine, I embark on this journey to stay out of the throws of “organized” medicine and in the ancient realms of teaching and mentoring the way of alchemy.
I am concerned at the state of our “health” and “health care” and that concern is enough for me be and become a rebellious gardener speaking out to that which is dark and evil. I grow my own plants and take pride in the life of all my green friends. My apothecary begins in the seeds that takes years to mature and travels to my kitchen for blending. I give space and time the freedom to develop relationships with this green way so that the “medicine for the people” stays alive. I am the new generation of plant lovers who is being asked by the plants to become a rebel for the connection of plant and humans by remembering and harnessing the past so that I give to the future the magical seeds.
Most of us know we are deep in the clutches of a controlling arm of state-controlled medicine. The game is played with the movers causing unnecessary “fear” in our views on healing. The chess players tell us they “protect” us, the people. The rules and regulations appear as “noble” for our benefit. The practitioners find themselves “paying” for their right to be healers joining boards and paying dues to a system that has no intent on healing. We are hobbled by bureaucracy and organized control and as such, we have moved far from the tenants of true health and healing.
“They” (the system) don’t want us to know or tamper with our materia medica. They tell us it is dangerous. They plant fear in our hearts. And, we are losing the song of stories the plants sing that has been handed down for generations. “They” want to dismantle the song into parts and pieces and label them drugs. They don’t want us to make our own medicine. They want our money. They want us to be “good” men and women and follow the standard rules. When we can’t recommend a fruit because that means we are dispensing medicine, gosh, it has gone too far. And, we have agreed to this on many levels.
I am at a point in my life where I get any participation in that “system” is my acceptance of that “system”. You can’t be half in and half out. Frankly, I don’t accept it. So, I choose to stop and be a rebel. For me, it is a human rights issue that has taken the “kind” out of our ability to heal ourselves. It is an issue that causes us (wants us) to forget and neglect the wisdom of grandmother/father healing. It is intricately related to our freedom of choice. However, this principle of freedom of choice extends beyond the relationship with your “healer”. Herbal Medicine is the indigenous traditional healing system and a folk Medicine. It is the medicine of the people. And, whether we understand or acknowledge it or not, we are are being duped and we are in danger of loosing it.
There are many plants that legally have been nominated for “practitioner use only” – once again denying the public a freedom of choice. Unless you have sat in a classroom for 8 years plus, you can’t have a recognized patient/healer relationship. Patients are clients and you are “educating” them. You can not prescribe. You are not recognized. And, you are underground if you choose otherwise.
Let’s consider the freedom of choice of future generations. I don’t know how long the Empire of the Capitalist bureaucrats can sustain itself, but it’s already shown itself to be vulnerable and one day, (if we have learnt anything from history), fall it certainly will. What are we going to do then? Have we merged too intimately with the pharmaceutical monster? Will we remember our own medicine?
Do we have a choice? Well, we do! That choice is a personal one and one needs to be outside of the systems and “taken back”.
I am very blessed to have the resources to grow and make most of my own medicine. I am blessed to know the plants…to work with them daily. I am blessed to feel their characters and Spirit and intimate with them. I am also fully aware of how “the system” bites deeply into the heart of healers taking away their connection and demanding the “be clinical” way.
Herbal Medicine’s great and enduring strength is that it can function to a high degree of sophistication on spectacularly low technology. That doesn’t mean it isn’t an amazing “art”. It takes much wisdom and time to understand the plants and it definitely is not taught in classrooms. The ancient art of alchemy will have a come back..but that come back will happen in our gardens and kitchens.
Humbly, I feel I am one of many custodians of this priceless knowledge and I am determined to protect it and keep it safe, come what may. I continue to learn. I have lots to learn. I am blessed to be in a situation where I can dedicate most of my waking world to learning. My garden and kitchen are my laboratory.
Many of you may not truly realize how wonky our state controlled system is. After many years of discovering the claws of organized health care, I have learned that I do not want to be a state-controlled. That means I can not call myself a “healer” in the world of business. I am simply a gardener teaching others what I know. But, I also know that what I am doing is crucially important for so many levels of healing from the health of the soils, the life of the plants, the reclaiming of the alchemy of making medicine for the protection and force of future generations. I intend to pass on this to my daughter and my daughter’s daughter so that they are infused with the power of the sacred world of plants.
However, I am very concerned for the fate of herbal medicine as a whole. I am convinced that modern medicine is a runaway train careering towards disaster.
Herbalists are by nature people who choose freedom – we don’t like being organized. But, if you turn aside from the “organization”, you are deemed a criminal. You are feared into “being a good person” and “playing the game presented”. Herbalists out there are suffering – they’re not doing well. There is a pouring out graduates from the various universities and schools of texted book teachings that have little to do with a garden. And, we are doing precious little to help them gain a living understanding of their work.. Instead all we have is the fond hope that once we’re registered, they will find work. You must be joking! Herbal medicine is about the garden, first and foremost. It takes years of labour in the garden to even have a small understanding of healing.
So an even greater priority is for us to place a hand on the reins of self empowerment and get back to the garden and kitchen. At this point, we need to be prepared to sacrifice so that what we gain is a remembrance that this is “the people’s medicine”. If you don’t take courage and grasp the nettle of the medicine of the people, it will be forever lost.
I get that many do grasp this loss of our medicine, but they are also operating within the system because of fear. They have been bullied to be “politically correct” and participate in that system. We have been manipulated to have a “picture” of what healing looks like that has been drawn from the corridors of hospitals and doctor’s offices. We have placed our trust in this white coat environment and have made gods out of the practitioners. After all, they studied long and hard in the white classrooms and lecture halls. I wonder how many nurses and doctors have sat in their own garden surrounded by the plants they grew and deeply listened. Sure, some “doctors” and “nurses” are gardeners…but do they get it? I wonder how many have seen a plant at the side of a road, stopped, took a sample and spent hours and hours studying it (meaning smelling, touching, tasting, making elixirs, drinking, infusing, feeling)? I wonder if health care is more about money than healing.
I am also gaining more and more shitty understanding that we, the people, are being plagued with unnatural disease. The medicine of our future will be coming from those who have intimately understood the mineral and electro-magnetic power of the plants to protect us. Alchemy will make’s its’ comeback in a future magic required to protect us from biological warfare. Now, this is an other story and I will present on this too in the future. It has been on my mind and in my heart for a long time.
So here is my little presentation of our “rights” to use the “medicine of the people”…presented from my garden with my medicines cheering me on….
It is the right of all people to use plants for their sustenance and healing. It is our essential freedom to seek advice from those who have devoted themselves to the knowledge and application of the health-giving properties of garden and plants.
Herbal Medicine is the indigenous natural healing tradition of the ALL Peoples. It is a living tradition that has adapted and remained relevant through all times. It is more about the chemical parts of the plant.
We, the gardeners, are charged as custodians of this living tradition, for the benefit of all who would choose it and for generations to come.
We conjoin with indigenous traditional healers throughout the whole world in seeking to protect our plant heritage and maintain the practice of all such natural therapies. This medicine can not be regulated by office workers or contained to articles of legal tampering.
We are determined to keep this aspect of our knowledge alive for ourselves and future generations as an integral element of a healing planet.
Thank you for listening so patiently. Now it’s over to you….it is a choice!
A little bit about our products:
We take enormous pride in gathering our medicines from our garden or the local wilds. The “garden” is the holder and gifter of these medicines. To view herbs for specific ailments, please see the side bar!
We sell our herbs in dried form (for teas), tinctures and seeds (so you can grow your own)
Our tinctures are the apothecary’s treasures. The liquid nature of a tincture adds to its advantages. Liquids do not need to be digested, therefore making them more absorbable. Tinctures do not require any daily preparation (as teas do) and have a much higher concentration resulting in lower dosages. Tinctures of different herbs can also then be mixed not only to create a personalized tonic, but to target individual’s needs. Tinctures offer us a convenient and effective method to extract and utilize the active compounds in medicinal and fragrant plants, and are just as useful now as in centuries past.
We are most happy to make personalized compounds for our clients. Tinctures can be taken alone, diluted in water or other teas, lozenges; drops can be applied in compresses, oils, ointments, suppositories, foot soaks or enjoyed in a hot bath!
All our bottles are labeled with a ratio of weight to volume. The first number represents the weight of the herb, or marc, and the second number represents the volume of alcohol solution, or menstruum. All our tinctures are at a 1:2 ratio macerated in at least 50% distilled alcohol. Some tinctures are double extracted (water and alcohol) to retain the water and alcohol soluble medicines.
Herbal medicine extracts can be made from fresh or dried herbs, and from any part of the plant. Varying alcohol percentages are matched with different constituents of interest.
Alternatives to alcohol
Tinctures are most commonly made in alcohol so it may be a concern for individuals of young age, with religious beliefs or with health conditions. We an make alternatives such as vinegar (Apple Cider) . However the shelf life is much lower and the extraction process is not as efficient (yielding a less potent tincture) as in alcohol based tinctures. We can also create Cacao Bars with your favourite herbs.
I know the gardens hold a secret to our survival…at culinary, medicinal, emotional, organization and psychological levels. If we look to nature to discover how to “operate”, I think we will have perfect and commonsensical answers. So, I began this article by searching “plants power” assuming those plants that thrive despite human eco-destructive ways might be good teachers. In this search, the results of the “images” showed ALL “power plant” pictures of the industrial world. My gosh, how far down the rabbit hole have we gone? The machine is grand!
Recently, I was invited into an apparent “good” opportunity to have increased “clinical” prestige in regards to the “work I do”. These offers always make we stop and think. What is IT I am doing? And, once again, my decision was clear…. to stay in the garden. It is not always the most “accepted” approach as “the profits” monetary are small and tiny, the “idea” is lost or hidden from many’s views and it almost appears “unreasonable” in a power and successful hungry world. But, I stayed true to my heart and belief that healing arts always and forevermore starts in the garden and should always have that connection. It should never, ever be about money. And, taking a personal stand for the true “value” and essence of healing is one way I know, deep within, we can and will survive the machines of mankind that have almost suffocated our rational minds.
This amounts too “I have an anarchist approach and my garden approves”.
My current medicine garden here in Ecuador appears like a council of varying countries. The circle is quite eclectic and represents many cultures and countries. I’ve harnessed and nurtured the creative spirits from my past living spaces and I have surrounded myself with these old friends. The garden holds the wonky northerners, the crazy singing easterners and the wild westerners who dance with the southerner’s sultry growths. The green house holds the “royal herbs” who require a little extra attention and tendering. I have taken great measures to make sure they are all happy, healthy and feel welcomed.
And, in return, the give back! The magic of alchemy is one answer to locating and harnessing a “freedom” well beyond the current concept we have of “natural” and “wholistic” medicine. Acutally, “natural” medicine is not really that “natural” anymore.
Let me explain ….just as with every plant in the garden, every tincture jar I make holds a story. Each plant, medicine jar tell stories of the dying ecosystems and places gone forever. The plants with a little help and care have very self-resistance-voices and speak out against the our concept of “natural health”. If you give it a chance and a little encouragement, the plants are our allies.
For people not lucky enough to roam throughout the wilds or have time, energy or interest in creating a productive garden you can purchase herbal preparations such as tinctures and teas that cradle the healing properties echoed at length in plant healing. But too many have lost interest in going deeper than “a purchase” for their health. Actually there are far more who “pretend” to be nature lovers…or would like to see themselves as such. I have an uncanny and empathic gift to see right through these people. Sometimes it feels more like a curse, but it is also the energy that drives me to “speak out”. Too many are concerned about their social status: see my pretty garden? Some are more concerned about the small town gossip..”.I will hang out at the social hub more often than my garden”. And, a common view is “money is the tool towards healing”. This last concept has infiltrated all our avenues and ways of living. I will tell you loudly and boldly: my time spent in the garden and in the kitchen alchemizing is worth a trillion times itself to the future of our children. I hold that with honour I will not (ever, ever) buy in to the industrial, machine way.
We all know we are in a consumerist society and have been manipulated to accept certain “ways” a “dealing” It is easy to ignore the connections between a bottle on a shelf and a living, growing plant out in the garden. It can be hard to know if that bottle contains plants that grow a mile away or on another continent. It is difficult to marry the relationship of the soil, bugs, air and water within that bottle of medicine.
For me, this is far more about educating ourselves about the plants we use to nourish and heal. If you have a bottle of medicine, you should be able to visit the plant in that container. That relationship needs to be desperately re- awoken.
In this connection, we ARE able to build a whole new system of healing that isn’t about regulations and retardations. It is one that can support our movement away from the corporate power structure that medicine has become and back to the garden where it all begins.A medicine cabinet should always be next to the garden. Anyone in the business of healing and who sees money as the primary force (maybe even the need) should take a good hard look at themselves. They are not natural beings and their integrity to true healing is misguided.
The development of a new medical system, or the recovery of ancient models, is a future link in our safety net when industrialism fails. Rest assured, it will and is failing. However, at this time, those who “get this” and choose another way will be seen as the rebels…the rebels of the future medicine. It is not an easy path as it requires you oppose the current system and in some ways, go underground for the time-being.
On the flip side, we all have access to industrial medicine and many will excuse their participation/use of this form of “fake” medicine because it offers a fast, temporary relief. However, as I see over and over, the results are a feedback loop that actually causes more problems. The real work (natural way) is not so immediate in relief..and it does mean that suffering is part of the healing process. You are forced to look at all levels of healing in that suffering. The result is it will re-establish our connection to the real medicine that is a direct line from the Earth and the Mamma who feeds us.
This goes for all so called “natural medicines” too. Herbal medicine that is popular these days is presented to us by the media, so-called green capitalists, profiteers and lawmakers. It really has brought with it very little true and deep healing. Ultimately it is a failure….and is crumbling before our eyes. The plants and herbs are reduced to capsule form or worse, to their “active ingredients”. They become just a tool to work with in the same body-machine that industrial medicine sees people as being. They become no different than pharmaceutical drugs or a scalpel blade. that messes around with the parts. They are ultimately less effective because the herbs have been taken out of the system of healing (garden) in which they have their strength.
Sometimes and sadly when the marketers of herbal products get their hands on a new “miracle cure,” it can mean extinction for the plant. This is especially sad when so many living creatures go into useless products or are wasted on conditions that they don’t treat. (eg: have you heard of Echinacea shampoo?) Many herbs I wildcrafted 20 years ago are now close to extinction in the wild. I fear this will happen to “chaga” in the near future too.
There is also the “fads” of miracle herbs and we tend to believe everything we read and hear online without looking at or researching the “qualities” of the plant. A great example is Frankincense essential oil. The healing properties and amazing compounds of Frankincense are found in the resin acids and make up the heavier resin portion of the oleo gum resins. In distillation, these resins are left behind. For this reason, it is not physically possible for there to be anything but trace amounts of Boswellic acids in the essential oil of Frankincense no matter what the company reps tell you! It is safe to say that all the literature and information that claims Boswellic acids are found in the essential oil of Frankincense are written and disseminated by essential oil companies who seek to boost their sales of Frankincense essential oils. We need to know and research our medicine like it was to be our best friend.
I believe there is an alternative to the so-called “alternative medicine.” Michael Moore, herbalist and author said it best in one of his lectures: “… the herb business mostly revolves around recently marketed substances with new research, and it comes from them to us. Whereas we’re trying to establish as much as possible (in this “lower level” if you will) the fact that we need to create a practice and a model that’s impervious to faddism. We’re trying to practice in a way that derives from practice rather than from marketing. Not from above to below but from below around….Keep it local. No centralization because centralization kills everything.”
So, indeed, we need to localize. I also feel we need to rid ourselves of the concepts of “clinical settings” and “proper” set ups. A healers home and garden is the scene for the healing. Healing is most ancient model on earth to date. We knew it before we were people. Animals know how to use plants to medicate themselves. Plants play the same game. We are far too afraid to be in wonder in the natural setting. We have full resources available at our fingertips. There are millions/trillions of books. We have people who “know” how are eager to teach, mentor and train. A herbalists garden is far more healing than an “office”.
This Ol’ n New way of healing needs to be subtle and requires a lot of self-knowledge, or at least self-awareness. It uses intuition as a diagnostic tool. It uses the senses and plants as guides. It beckons us into relationship from the garden alchemized medicine. When we take herbal medicine (or food for that matter) we are taking in part of the plant’s growing environment; everything it ate and drank and experienced has formed the medicine you’re depending on.
When we are healed by plants, we owe it to them to look out for their kind and the places where they live. Traditional plant-gatherers often have a prayer they recite before they take anything from the wild or they return gifts in a form of gratitude (tobacco being a favourite) Personally I say “OK, plant. You heal me and I’ll look out for you. I got your back because I know you got mine. No one’s gonna build over you, or log you, or pick too much while I’m around and I will ensure you have all power to grow stronger and better and bigger” So this true herbal healing system has at its heart a deep environmentalism and a commitment to the Earth. It is a conversation.
The bioregional concept is important to this model of healing. Plants’ actions in our bodies are really quite limited by the chemicals they can produce from sunlight and soil. For every big-name herb on the market cut from the rainforest or dug from the mountains, there is most likely a plant with a similar action growing in your watershed. Some of the best medicines to maintain good health grow in vacant lots and neglected gardens around the world.
I intend and I am creating a little village of people who are responsible for their own health. We gather or grow our own medicines and food and is a primary “rule” of the village purpose. These days we are far too dependent on the power structure of industrial health care – the secret society of the doctors, the white-male-dominated medical schools, the corporate decision makers with their toxic pharmaceuticals and heartless greed and labs full of tortured beings. That dependence is one more thing keeping us tied down and bound to the “state” and “system”. . With a new system of healing, based on self-knowledge and herbal wisdom, we will be that much more free.
People who have some background in herbal healing can be a great help to those of us just learning. Healers who are working to form this new model, whether collectively or through their individual practices, should keep in mind that commitment to the Earth and a decentralized form of operations are central to truly revolutionary medicine. It is hard to resist the machine…it will allure you with false promise. But, truly, money is a fake medicine.
In these times of change, everything is being examined and either destroyed, rebuilt, or created from our hearts. Industrialism has affected every aspect of our lives – we are just starting to realize how much has been lost. Medicine is just one part of the machine that we have to take back and re-create into a form that works for the society we will become. Every herb, pill, and procedure should be judged on its sustainability and accessibility to small groups of people. People really need to get back to the garden. We can start with ourselves, within our communities and circles, but should never stop expanding outwards until industrial medicine rusts in a forgotten grave, a victim of its own imbalances. It takes integrity to take a real good look at true healing.
I am honoured to have known and live with the special plants in my garden and to have studied their uses as medicine. I am honoured to have them within this new land and space. And, I see myself as one of many guardians re-developing a new system on ancient ways in a corrupt environment for future benefit. I am a garden anarchist.
You are welcome to visit my garden!
“Orthomolecular medicine.” is a fancy word for – you guessed it – nutritional therapy -the practice of taking large mega doses of vitamins to cure disease. Personally, I prefer to receive vitamins and minerals from herbs and food. However, sometimes specific therapies for specific purposes are good for short term and tailored healing. The Niacin Flush Protocol is one of those therapies Niacin is water soluble and anything above your body’s requirements will be flushed out through the kidneys. This is what makes this therapy safe. However, there are some side effects, as with all supplemental therapies, it is not a “cure-all” and while the pathways to healing are opening, the work is still yours to do.
Niacin or B3 is important for energy production, cellular integrity and blood formation. It plays a part in the nervous system and has been found to be effective in certain mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. Toxins and excess hormones are stored in the body through fat and the brain. Fat can even produce its own hormones, which can have an effect on a person’s reproductive system if an over abundance of hormones are circulating in the body. A niacin flush is a good way at mobilizing these toxins through large doses of a B3 vitamin followed by sweat therapy (saunas and exercise, deactivated charcoal and vitamin c (anti-oxidant). a
The benefits of Niacin Flush Therapy are many. It removes and detoxifies harmful chemicals from the body. It can help when someone wants to lose weight, gain muscle, naturally grow hair and treat depression or anxiety and reduce cholesterol. However, keep in mind it is not a magic cure all pill. When using it to help lose weight, it will not burn extra fat, but it will give the person more energy to do more reps or run just a little longer. This burst of energy is beneficial. Utilize it. This boost of energy will also help someone build more muscle by giving more energy to keep lifting. A niacin dosage will stimulate the body in producing growth hormone, but the person will still have to work themselves hard to benefit from this addition. And, while it releases toxins, it is important to help the body “clean up” those wastes.
Niacin deficiencies are not common these days because we get our daily requirement through food such as eggs, peanuts, turkey, chicken and mushrooms. The standard daily requirement is 10 to 100 mg. Although, all bodies are different and what could be a normal amount for someone, might not be a normal amount for someone else.
Flushing is an overdose of niacin with the intention of performing a detox on the body. It works by dilating the blood vessels to increase flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. This gives a person a red flushed look that can feel like a sunburn or cause itchy skin. The blood vessels dilating are what cause the slight tingling, redness and a feeling of warmth/heat.
(side note: I will do a live blood test of a before and after niacin flush and amend this article with the results)
Not all Niacin is the same. it is important to use nicotinic acid and not the niacinamide. Niacinamide is widely used in multivitamins and B-complex formulas and is considered a slow release capsule.. It has plenty of benefits, but has exactly zero effect to flush. This “no-flush” niacin is also known as inositol hexanicotinate. Nicotinic acid is what has the flush effect and what is required for this therapy. As blood cells are all throughout the whole body, this flush has many beneficial results for nearly every function in the body from metabolism to immune health.
As well as the removal of harmful chemicals, cholesterol levels improve. Niacin lowers low density lipoproteins (LDL). lower triglycerides, improves high density lipoproteins (HDL) and increases the ratio of large/small particle LDL. That last one is especially important. We now know that LDL isn’t a single molecule. It actually comes in several “flavours” or subtypes. LDL-A is a large fluffy molecule that is virtually harmless (unless it becomes damaged by oxidation). LDL-B, on the other hand, is a nasty little bugger—a hard, small, dense molecule that can definitely contribute to atherosclerosis. In other words, your LDL number itself isn’t so important. It’s what subtype you have that can make the difference. Pattern A—where most of your LDL is of the fluffy type—is good. Pattern B—where most of your LDL is the hard, dense type—is not. Niacin has been shown to shift the ratio, so you have more LDL-A and less LDL-B. And that’s way more important than just reducing overall LDL.
The flush can also help when someone wants to lose weight, gain muscle, naturally grow hair and treat anxiety. It is not a magic cure all pill but it gives the overall body more energy and this burst of energy is beneficial. It also stimulates the body in producing growth hormone. It increases the blood flow through the scalp and allow once dormant hair to grow again. The veins in the skin of the scalp will improve their circulation feeding the follicles necessary vitamins and minerals for hair growth.
The most common foods to eat to have a niacin overdose are tuna, shiitake mushrooms, raw crimini mushrooms and chicken breast.
The goal is to get about 500mg in your system a day. Any adult should be able to take 100mg of Niacin at a time. A child or teenage dose is considered 50mg. It is water soluble so it does not really store up in your body. If you don’t feel the flush from your Niacin, you either have the wrong kind or you did not take enough.
Dosage for Adults: The goal is to take 1000mg a day. Everyone is different so this is a test and trial therapy for you. You can start by taking 100mg of Niacin. If you notice no flush within a half hour, it is not enough. So the next day, take 200mg. If the flush is too much for you to handle, take 150mg the next dayr ather than 200mg. The goal is to slowly increase to the 500mg but don’t take it all at once…you manage several doses a day to equal 500mg total. For example, you might take 100mg with breakfast, 200mg with lunch and 200mg with dinner. As you take it and get acclimated to it, test your dosage level and see how much you need to get that flush. You should notice that if you used to take 200mg and get a severe flush, after two weeks, 200mg gives you a tiny flush or not much of one at all. Now you can increase your dose to 250mg twice a day. Each person is different and has different tolerance levels. You can also powder the niacin tablet. This is easily done by crushing it between two spoons. Powdered niacin on an empty stomach can result in a flush within minutes.
Here’s an example of recommended dosing for a niacin flush with an extended-release niacin supplement:
Week 1: Slowly increase towards 500 mg (as per above)
Weeks 1–4: Daily dose of 500 milligrams broken up over three times a day.
Weeks 5–8: Daily dose of 1,000 milligrams over three times a say
Female patients have been known to require lower doses than male patients to see a desirable response. If the response to 1,000 milligrams is not adequate, the dosage may be increased to 1,500 milligrams and then 2,000 milligrams each day if needed. Niacin doses over 2,000 milligrams daily are usually not recommended. It’s also recommended not to raise niacin dosage more than 500 milligrams over the course of four weeks.
A bit about the Flush Response: If you get a mild flush, you will feel a little red and tingly in various places. Your skin will turn a bit red. The elbows, and ears are very common “hot spots”. If you get a serious flush, it will feel like you got a nasty sunburn and your heartbeat will race. You will wonder if you should be calling 911, but fear not, it is absolutely harmless and it will go away in about 30 minutes. Try drinking some water. There is absolutely no harm in the Niacin flush, even though it may feel like you may spontaneously combust because you seriously overdosed.
Warning: Since niacin also acts like a statin drug, staying away from citrus fruits is probably a good preventative measure. Some people report allergy-like systems although there is no science to this.
It is believed that some people metabolize niacin more rapidly. One suggested reason other than our sex (male and female) is dehydration. It is good, as with all detoxification therapies, Increase pure water intake before and after taking the niacin.
I also recommend to take Vitamin C 30 minutes after and an evening dose of Activated Charcoal as a means to help the body remove the toxins. . Most therapies recommend either a sweat therapy (sauna or exercise) to also help the body remove the toxins creating a well rounded cleaning. All these efforts assist the body in the removal of the toxins through the body, GI tract and skin.
Most diseases are caused or aided by microbes and parasites. Due to antibiotics, steroidal drugs and chemotherapy our natural intestinal bacteria have been damaged and pathogenic microbes, especially fungi and mycoplasmas, are out of control. Commonly babies now become inoculated with pathogens already in the birth canal. Also microbes from childhood vaccinations may still be present, and there tend to be infection foci in root-canal treated teeth and possibly in scars from surgery. All of these greatly weaken our immune system and allow pathogenic microbes to invade the blood and internal organs. Now we become susceptible to frequent infections, autoimmune diseases, allergies, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Pathogenic microbes are the underlying cause of basically all chronic diseases.
A common sequence of our health deterioration is as follows: antibiotics and other drugs cause intestinal overgrowth with Candida and the conversion of its harmless yeast form into an invasive hyphal variety. This, in addition to gluten and possibly casein in A1 milk, causes inflammatory damage to the intestinal wall, resulting in Leaky Gut Syndrome and letting microbial toxins and food proteins pollute the blood. This weakens the immune system and we become prone to frequent infections and allergies. Now a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites start invading the body and affect the weakest organs, those impacted by nutritional deficiencies, stress, heritage or emotional issues. They may or may not cause obvious infections but in many cases form colonies protected by biofilms.
Biofilms are very difficult to eliminate by the immune system or with antimicrobial therapy. Frequent locations of bacterial biofilms are the inner walls of blood vessels, teeth and jawbone, hip joints or any infected bones, kidneys and bladder as well as surgical implants. Candida forms its own biofilm protection from chitin or heavy, sticky mucus adhering to the intestinal wall, in the sinuses or inner ears. Biofilm colonies may become dormant when under sustained attack, but then become active again when conditions improve.
Therefore it is best to adopt a multilevel approach for overcoming chronic conditions: improve the environmental conditions that caused an organ system to become susceptible to attack, use a long-term antimicrobial therapy, and strengthen the immune system to permanently dissolve the microbial colonies. When the immune system does attack a microbial colony you may experience inflammation and pain for a while like from an acute infection.
The following program is designed for long-term therapy but starting with low and gradually increasing doses. I have also included a full candida program. If, instead, you just want to treat an acute or serious infection then use immediately high doses of a variety of strong microbicides. In addition alkalize the body and aim for a high intake of 10 grams of sodium ascorbate or buffered vitamin C. I recommend alkalizing as well as vitamin C and MSM therapy for all serious conditions.
The ultimate cleanse needs to go hand in hand with efforts to re-establish a healthy intestinal flora. For this we reduce the pathogenic intestinal microbes with a suitable microbicide while also introducing probiotics or beneficial microbes and prebiotics – the right food for the good microbes.
SYSTEMIC ANTIMICROBIAL THERAPY
The goal is cleaning the bloodstream, lymph fluid, and internal organs of pathogenic microbes and parasites. From the wide range of available antimicrobials I have made a selection of remedies with a good track record in natural medicine, especially in regard to antifungal properties. Unfortunately most of them are under attack by health authorities in various countries, and you just need to go with those that you can obtain.
Useful remedies include borax, MMS, kerosene, gum turpentine, hydrogen peroxide, colloidal silver, electronic blood purifier, and many plant or herbal remedies such as olive leaf extract, pau d’arco extract, wormwood, garlic, ginger, moringa, turmeric, propolis, coconut oil, extract of Neem leaves, and the oils of tea tree, Neem tree, cinnamon, eucalyptus, mustard, oregano, and thyme. Lavender oil is especially effective with topical applications for fungus problems of skin and nails. You may try using 1 to 2 drops of diluted essential oil four times daily ingested or kept in the mouth. Also try direct treatment of affected areas, such as douching, gargling, enemas and skin applications.
Frequently, especially with Candidiasis, there is initially a die-off or Herxheimer reaction. You may feel weak and nauseous. In this case temporarily interrupt or reduce the intake of antimicrobials, but make special efforts to clean out your bowels. Especially helpful are psyllium or drinking a litre of water with the addition of a teaspoon of salt.
It can be helpful to alternate between different remedies in cycles from daily to weekly and longer. With this rotation it is less likely that microbes will become treatment resistant. Also, if a strain of microbes is resistant to one of the remedies it may be eliminated with one of the others. Further, instead of using high doses of any one remedy you may try moderate amounts of several different remedies taken at different times at the same day, and you may also take fresh raw garlic and ginger added to food.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms you may continue this systemic therapy at a high level for several months, or until you feel that your microbe-related problems are under control. Then continue for a much longer time with a reduced maintenance dose; in case of a chronic disease this may be necessary for years. If symptoms flare up again, possibly caused by stressful conditions, hospitalization or unsuitable diet, just repeat the high-dose systemic program.
High doses of these remedies are not suitable during pregnancy, but neither is it good if the mother has candidiasis as this causes great problems for the baby.
In the following dosage suggestions are for average body weight; overweight individuals may take more and underweight individuals or children less. Even if systemic infestations with Candida and other microbes are successfully eliminated there may still remain problems in isolated areas, such as in skin, vagina or under toenails. These should be intensively treated with local application of a strong remedy.
Borax and boric acid contain boron and are excellent fungicides with additional wide-ranging antimicrobial properties, and also chelating fluoride and heavy metals. Ingested borax tends to turn into boric acid in the stomach.
To measure the daily amount you may dissolve a lightly rounded teaspoonful (5 grams) of borax powder in 1 litre of water (no chlorine or fluoride). This is your concentrated solution. Keep this bottle out of reach of small children.
One teaspoon (5ml) of concentrate provides about 25mg of borax with 3mg of boron. Start with one dose mixed with drink or food. Gradually increase to the chosen maximum intake. The minimum effective dose when used as fungicide is about 100mg of borax.
For individuals with low to normal weight the recommended daily amount for Candida and parasite treatment is 500mg or 100ml of the concentrated solution; drink spaced out during the day. Heavier individuals may use 1 gram or 200ml of concentrated solution. Take this amount for about 1 month and then alternate with another microbicide. Continue taking a maintenance amount of 2 or 3 tsp of the concentrate daily. When using high amounts it may be more convenient to use borax powder directly mixed with food or drink, e.g. 1/8 tsp of borax powder is approximately 500mg, so for 1 gram you may use 2 x 1/8 tsp. However, higher doses have been used for longer, e.g. 2 grams of borax powder daily for 4 month to cure the autoimmune disease Lupus.
For vaginal thrush insert a capsule filled with borax powder at bedtime for a few weeks. With toe or skin fungus rub the powder into the wet skin. When losing too much hair rub it into the wet scalp. Borax is alkaline and in higher amounts has a soapy taste. You may disguise this with lemon juice.
The medium-chain saturated fatty acids in virgin coconut oil are potent antimicrobial agents, effective against Candida and other fungi, viruses and many bacteria. Gradually increase up to 70 ml or 5 tablespoons of coconut oil spread out during the day mixed with food. Later reduce this to a comfortable maintenance dose. I prefer coconut oil to monolaurin, an isolated active component in coconut oil, or undecylenic acid, a related fungicide.
DMSO is not only a microbicide in its own right, it is also highly effective in carrying other microbicides into inaccessible places and penetrate biofilms in which microbes are hiding. It is especially effective against mycoplasmas. Rub it onto the skin over infected areas. You may also add Lugol’s solution, non-acidified MMS, hydrogen peroxide, magnesium chloride and other water-soluble remedies, but not kerosene, gum turpentine, essential oils or oil-soluble remedies. For rubbing onto the skin over infected areas dilute DMSO to 50-70%. It is an effective pain reliever and also eliminates microbes from skin, joints, sinuses, inner ear, bones, infected roots of teeth, jawbones, cavitations, and may stop fungus-induced hair loss.
The minimum purity of DMSO should be 99% and preferably higher. A suitable combined oral and topical daily amount with chronic diseases may be 20 to 30ml in divided doses. Orally it may be taken in a drink together with specific supplements to enhance their absorption. However, certain microbe may cause a bad sulphur smell, more so with oral than topical use.
In addition to the following also use raw garlic and ginger.
Moringa Oleifera has many health benefits. It is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory remedy. In addition it is a strong fungicide and works well against Candida albicans and other pathogens, even when these are protected by biofilms. Moringa leaf powder is recommended for its nutrients, try 1 rounded teaspoonful per day. Good quality leaf powder has a green or grey-green colour; inferior products dried at higher temperatures may be dark brown, yellow-brown or grey. Powder of seeds, seed shells, seed pods and bark has much stronger antimicrobial effects than leaf powder, therefore you may use both.
Olive leaf can be used as tea or powder but more commonly as an extract. The active ingredient is oleuropein. Preferably use up to 1000mg of oleuropein daily for acute infections or as peak level during the systemic program. Dried olive leaf has about 30mg of oleuropein/gram.
As the tea is bitter you may use part of it as powder stirred in juice. Simmer 30 grams of dried leaves in 1 liter of water for 1 -2 hours, top up, strain and refrigerate, and drink 3-5 cups daily.
Preferably use extracts in powder form and stir half a teaspoon in water or other non-protein liquid two or three times daily and take before meals (oleuropein may be inactivated by high amino acid levels). The normal retail form is as 500mg capsules. In this case you may use up to 10 capsules daily. In powder form olive leaf extract commonly has 200mg mg/g. Most commercial liquids contain only 4mg of oleuropein per ml but may have additional effective ingredients to give good results.
Elenolic acid, one of the breakdown products of oleuropein, destroys or inhibits the growth of many kinds of roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, flatworm and parasites in addition to bacteria, viruses and fungi. Olive leaf extract is also used with cancer, HIV and AIDS. Olive leaf extract is my preferred herbal microbicide.
Pau d’arco (also called taheebo or lapacho) is a strong anti-microbial from the inner bark of a South American tree. It has the advantage of tasting reasonably pleasant. Either use extract or make tea: one tablespoon of bark or a heaped teaspoon of powder in a large cup of water. Bring to boil and let simmer or steep for 5 to 15 minutes; drink 3 cups a day. Powdered pau d’arco in capsules or cold water does not work but you may use the extract in capsules. Use 3 x 500mg in capsules or half a teaspoon of extract powder 2 or 3 times daily. Commercial products are not standardised and can be low in quality and effectiveness. Therefore I recommend pau d’arco only as an addition to a stronger remedy.
Turmeric (main active ingredient curcumin) is anti-inflammatory, a strong antioxidant, kills all types of cancer cells, and is an excellent fungicide and general antimicrobial. Take 10 grams or more of fresh turmeric a day with meals. For better absorption mix turmeric paste with freshly ground black pepper and coconut oil, see the Internet for recipes. This is preferable to taking capsules of curcumin.
Wormwood is effective against most microbes and parasites. Commonly used for Candida is Artemisia absinthium, but also Artemisia annua or Sweet Annie can be used. Both herbs have different active ingredients, and it may even be good to use a mixture of both. They should not be used during pregnancy.
To avoid the bitter taste of A. absinthium stir a rounded teaspoon of powder in some cold water or juice and drink immediately. Use a teaspoonful three times daily. However, the bitter qualities of wormwood tea stimulate the digestive system – stomach, pancreas, liver and gall bladder. It has been used as a folk remedy to cure jaundice.
Therefore, in addition to taking it in cold water, frequently drink some as tea during or after a meal. Make wormwood tea by adding 1 heaped tsp of the herb (or 1 rounded teaspoon of the powder) to 1 cup of boiling water and steep for ten to fifteen minutes. You may sweeten the tea with xylitol or stevia, and add some peppermint.
Generally, it is easiest to take by getting it down quickly and, before breathing again, drinking something pleasant afterwards. For children you may also use wormwood powder in capsules (3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily), or use only Sweet Annie.
Hydrogen peroxide is excellent for controlling intestinal dysbiosis. It is very effective against Candida and other fungi while less damaging to our good intestinal bacteria. A healthy immune system routinely produces hydrogen peroxide to kill pathogens.
You may dilute 35% hydrogen peroxide, or buy 3% or 6% peroxide from a supermarket or pharmacy. Stabilizers present in some of these products are usually harmless in the low concentrations present, although food-grade available at 35% is preferable. Best dilute peroxide for daily use to about 3% by adding 1 part of 35% peroxide to 10 parts of water. One teaspoon of 3% peroxide is equivalent to about 12 drops of 35% peroxide. Be careful handling 35% hydrogen peroxide, flush any accidental spills on clothes or skin immediately with water or immerse in water.
Start taking just a few drops of 3% peroxide in a small glass of water. Gradually increase to 1 or 2 tsp or more four times daily before meals and at bedtime. If you have a reaction temporarily decrease again. To disguise the strong aftertaste, lick some molasses beforehand to coat your tongue, swallow quickly and possibly have some coffee or cinnamon flavoured drink afterwards.
You may continue this for a month or two and then reduce the intake to only once before breakfast. In addition, use hydrogen peroxide to rinse your mouth, and gargle morning and evening. It helps with thrush and to prevent colds and other infections, and also tooth decay. With vaginal thrush douche twice daily with suitably diluted hydrogen peroxide, keep it inside for some time, and follow up by applying some probiotic.
Iodine is an excellent fungicide and has a special affinity for mucous membranes which are also an attractive hiding place for fungi. I preferred to start the systemic therapy with Lugol’s solution. However, due to pressure from health authorities it is now difficult to obtain, but there can also be genuine problems for individuals with goitre, overactive thyroid, and when on thyroid and heart medication. Therefore I now recommend Lugol’s only temporarily up to about 6 drops/day for specific problems or for a maintenance dose of about 1-2 drops daily.
Full-strength Lugol’s solution, called a 5% iodine solution, contains 10% of potassium iodide and 5% iodine. Each drop contains 6.5mg of iodine/iodide. If you have a 2% iodine solution then take 2.5 times more drops than for the standard 5% solution. Iodoral tablets available in the US have 13mg iodine/iodide per tablet. Iosol, an iodine/ammonium iodide remedy has 1.8mg of iodine/iodide per drop. Other names for Lugol’s solution are Aqueous Iodine Oral Solution BP or Strong Iodine Solution USP. Iodine Topical Solution (USP) contains 2% iodine and 2.4% potassium iodide. The following recommendations are for the standard 5% Lugol’s solution, if you use another remedy then adjust the dose accordingly.
Presently iodine solutions with more than 2.2% elemental iodine are banned in the US as they may be used to produce illegal methamphetamine, although up to 30ml of Lugol’s solution are exempt. Standard Lugol’s solution is still available in Canada and Mexico. The TGA in Australia has banned Lugol’s solution for treating humans but it may be used for purifying water. I do not recommend pharmaceutical iodine dissolved in alcohol.
Before starting on iodine therapy take a drop of iodine in liquid other than just water to test for reactions, but if you do have thyroid problems or are on stimulating drugs start with ¼ to ½ drop. Then increase gradually up to your preferred dose. Goitre and overactive thyroid tend to normalise with several drops of Lugol’s but iodine levels need to be carefully adjusted according to body reactions. A good way of taking it is in coffee (not hot) to disguise the taste, alternatively use any tea but not just water, fresh juices, or anything with antioxidants.
Several drops of Lugol’s in coffee or tea are good for eliminating microbes in head spaces and throat by swishing it around the mouth for several minutes and also gargling before swallowing. It can be used for disinfecting tick bites or wounds. Iodine also makes sticky mucus more liquid and easier to expel. Iodine, orally and through the skin, helps to prevent and dissolve cysts and tumours, and helps to regenerates tissue.
Gum Turpentine is a highly effective antimicrobial and was a trusted home remedy for thousands of years. . It has been used as a tsp of turpentine mixed with a tsp of white sugar; start with only a few drops and increase gradually. It may be used daily for a week or two and then twice a week for several weeks longer. It is especially effective for intestinal parasites. I was surprised how pleasant it tasted, like a pine-flavoured lolly. high amounts or when keeping it for a while in the mouth it can cause temporary balance problems or brain effects, therefore do not use more than 1 tsp as adult dose. Drink something afterwards to wash it down or eat a piece of fruit.
Instead with sugar it is better to take it mixed with an equal amount of paraffin oil or olive oil. I also like to use a combination of 2 parts each of kerosene and paraffin oil or olive oil with 1 part of gum turpentine, taking 1 or 2 tsp of this mixture as a dose. If you do not want to treat the intestinal tract but rather a localized infection such as in the bladder, the throat, sinuses or an arthritic joint, then you may frequently rub some gum turpentine on the affected area. For problems with the inner ear rub or dab it with a finger around the base of the ear where it is attached to the head.
MMS – Sodium Chlorite
Sodium chlorite (NaClO2) also known as Miracle Mineral Supplement or MMS, is very alkaline and stable in solution but when acidified it forms the unstable chlorous acid and the gas chlorine dioxide (ClO2) which are strong all-round antimicrobial and parasite remedies. MMS may be used for an initial clean-out, and is very effective in high doses with acute and serious infections.
Start with 1 or 2 drops of MMS and gradually increase up to 15 drops daily. Mix the MMS with five times the number of drops of lemon or lime juice or vinegar (may be white). More commonly a 10% solution of citric acid in water has been used but this tends to produce a more unpleasant and possibly nauseating taste. Three minutes after adding the acids add half a glass of water, or possibly herb tea, or juice without added vitamin C, e.g. apple or grape juice but not orange juice. Do not take any antioxidant supplements close to MMS; generally keep them 3 hours apart.
You may also mix equal numbers of drops of MMS and 4% hydrochloric acid (HCl) and dilute with water or juice 20-30 seconds after mixing. This produces a much higher concentration of chlorine dioxide but seems to be better tolerated than using citric acid crystals.
With an acute and serious infection you may immediately use a high dose, such as 10 or 15 drops. You will probably vomit and be very uncomfortable for about a day but it may immediately overcome the infection. However, for chronic conditions and general health improvement it is best to increase by 1 drop each day until you feel some nausea. It is better tolerated with some food in the stomach.
Then cut back by 2 drops and stay at this level for several days until increasing again by 1 drop a day. In this way you gradually work your way higher, reducing and then increasing again to keep nausea under control. You may reduce problems by dividing the daily dose into a morning and a bedtime portion.
To quickly stop nausea you may take 1 gram or more of vitamin C, but this also stops the antimicrobial activity. To avoid or minimize oxidative damage I recommend taking MMS only in the morning and evening or only once a day and use a combination of antioxidants, including vitamin C, at lunchtime or several hours away from the MMS. To minimize unpleasant side effects try to alkalize the body before going on a course of MMS.
The main danger after a high dose of MMS is from low blood pressure and hypoglycemic shock due to fluid loss after vomiting and diarrhoea. In this case take immediately a high dose of vitamin C to stop the reaction, lie down, and drink lots of lightly salted and sweetened water. For rehydrating after vomiting and diarrhoea drink a fluid with 6 level tsp of sugar and 1/2 level tsp of salt dissolved in 1 liter of water, or alternatively use salted rice water. Individuals with G6PD deficiency, an enzyme deficiency with a tendency to haemolytic anaemia, must avoid MMS.
Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS) is now available over the Internet as a concentrated solution of the gas in water. It is easier to take than acidified MMS and does not seem to cause nausea. As it is strongly oxidizing use it mainly short-term for acute infections. See the Internet for detailed instruction.
CDH – A New MMS Protocol: CDH means Chlorine Dioxide Holding Solution, and stands between classic MMS and CDS. It is less nauseating than MMS, causes less stomach upset, once made it does not need activation and it lasts for weeks
For making CDH use a ratio of 22 parts of water with 1 part MMS and 1 part activator. To make 240ml of CDH put the ingredients In the following order into a 250 to 300ml glass bottle with a well sealing plastic cap:
220ml purified water, 10ml MMS, 10ml of 4% HCl or 50% Citric Acid (it tastes better with hydrochloric acid than with citric acid). Immediately cap the bottle tightly so that no ClO2 gas escapes. Shake the bottle and repeat shaking later. Put the bottle in a dark place at room temperature for a day and then keep it refrigerated; once cooled it can be used and lasts for weeks.
Each ml of CDH contains 1 pre-activated drop of MMS; so just dose as usual, but instead of counting drops count mls of CDH. E.g. instead of adding 5 drops of activated MMS to half a cup of water you now put 5ml of CDH in half a cup of water. To make 4% HCl add 1 part of concentrated HCl (e.g. from a hardware store) to 8 parts of water. To avoid clashing with a frequent vitamin C or lemon juice intake have one dose after rising and another one at bedtime.
Protocol 1000 with CDH: Use 1 litre of water per day loaded with 8 to 24ml of CDH. Take one 120ml drink every hour for 8 hours. With severe life threatening illnesses, increase the amount of CDH.
The rectal absorption method is good with problems in this area, such as rectal or prostate cancer, irritable bowel, and infections, cysts and cancers of the female organs. First have a bowel movement and an enema, and then try 2 activated drops in 250ml of water. Hold for several minutes, then expel, clean again with an enema and finally insert 4 to 8 activated drops or 4 to 8ml of CDH in 250ml water and hold for a longer time or up to 30 minutes. You may also add some bicarbonate to make it less acid. Protect the anus with some fat or Vaseline. There tends to be no direct discomfort, but for several hours afterwards energy may be low, and several cleanout bowel movements may follow. You may try this once a week with gradually increasing doses.
Non-Acidified MMS: Medical-type patents describe the use of stabilised sodium chlorite in oral, topical and intravenous applications for treating autoimmune diseases and chronic infections, also hepatitis and lymphoma. This also helps to counteract the neurotoxic effect of acetaldehyde produced by Candida as it oxidizes this to acetic acid or vinegar. This is also suitable for kidney and bladder infections. In these cases the solution is not acidified! This is much less damaging to antioxidants in the body than prolonged use of acidified MMS, and the incidence of nausea will be greatly reduced.
As an average dose try 5 to 10 drops of MMS once a day after the evening meal or at bedtime in a drink. However, non-acidified sodium chlorite just like acidified MMS, does react with glutathione in body cells. Therefore use it only for limited periods, e.g. for one week every other week, and limit this program to 6 to 10 weeks (3 to 5 cycles) before a longer break of one or more months. Alternatively use it 5 days a week for 3 to 5 weeks. During breaks use other antimicrobials instead. An occasional high dose of 20 drops can destroy the bio-film protection of Candida in the intestinal tract and cause large amounts of stringy slime to be expelled through vomiting and diarrhoea.
Alkalizing: Candida tends to cause chronic over-acidity which in turn increases inflammation and pain. This can be controlled with alkalizers such as potassium citrate, sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. Use half to one tsp of bicarbonate in a glass of water on an empty stomach once or twice daily. Bicarbonate solution is also effective in direct contact with fungi such as for rinsing the mouth, sinuses or vagina, or as packs over sites of fungal infection and tumours. Potassium citrate may be used in drinks or directly mixed with food, use up to a level tsp 3 times daily.
Below I share more in detail about the “candida” diet and supplement plan that I have been refining for years to eliminate Candida. It breaks down which supplements to take, when to take them, and how to take them. You will be able to customize the cleanse for yourself as you move through the Phase 1 to Phase 2 so that you can kick candida for good!
Everyone doing the candida cleanse will be at different levels. I want to you to be patient with yourself. Maybe you feel pretty good and are being proactive, or maybe you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Respect wherever you are. I want you to honor and respect your body above all else. You are not trying to win or do this perfectly. You are trying to get in tune and in harmony with your own body. Take notes on what resonates with you and your particular health situation. You will be customizing this cleanse based on your current state of health, background, history, and goals.
Most likely you will go through a spectrum of emotions. Please know that so many others have been there and have successfully kicked candida for good and changed their lives. You will, too. I know you are busy. Respect yourself and set yourself up with success by creating the time, energy, and space to go through this cleanse, and to create a different relationship with your body. Honor it, respect it, and stop beating your body up for what it is not doing for you. You can do this!!! Plan for it to be hard but visualize how amazing you’ll feel when you get past it. Good luck on your candida cleanse journey.
Preparations for the Candida Cleanse
You are about to embark on a total health makeover. Before starting the actual candida cleanse, however, there are several steps to take to set yourself up for success:
1. Test and evaluate your current level of health with the at-home saliva test and with pH testing.
2. Familiarize yourself with the aspects of the cleanse and review the Frequently Asked Questions.
3. Obtain the supplements/supplies needed for the cleanse.
4. Plan menu(s) and shop for those items.
Candida is an opportunistic infection, so other things have to be off in order for this organism to live, thrive, and survive in your body. We are going to approach this comprehensively from all angles. You may have been suffering from viruses, or parasites, or heavy metals, or have liver issues, or many other kinds of health challenges. As you improve gut health, you improve heart health and hormonal health, and as you improve the liver, you improve hormonal health. One way to accomplish those goals is to get pH balanced. You can improve the health of the entire body when the pH is balanced. It is one of the best ways to control cellular in ammation, and so much of candida and the issues that we are dealing with in modern society are because of cellular in ammation.
For six days you are going to test the pH of your saliva with pH strips before you brush your teeth and before you eat or drink anything. See the pH test sheet. (You can order pH strips online or get them in any health food store (juice factory locally) Record the results on the accompanying pH sheet, which you will print out and keep in the bathroom along with a pen. The lower the pH number (yellow), the more acidic you are. The higher the number (green), the more alkaline you are.
You will also test your first and second morning urine with pH strips If your body is working correctly, during the first four hours of sleep, acid will be pulled out of the joints, your liver will flush, and your body will put that acid in a holding tank behind the heart to be eliminated the next morning when you have a bowel movement or when you urinate.
Many people say that they forget or don’t really want to record the second morning urine. They often ask if this second urine recording is necessary. But we absolutely need the second reading. If you are sleeping well (an important part of this equation), then you are going to be pulling acid out of the body, and you are going to eliminate it. The second morning urine should be better, showing a higher and more alkaline number than the first reading. This is how we know that we are progressing.
A lot of times when you have candida, your pH is very screwy. It is up and down and all over the place. When your pH starts alkalizing, you know that you are healing and are starting to kick candida.
You will test your pH again at the end of the cleanse. Depending on your results, you will start titrating off the cleanse at six weeks, or you might need 8-10 weeks. You will need to customize the program for yourself.
Simple at-home candida test
This is a simple, foolproof way to see how bad your candida is. This test measures whether or not you have candida by simply observing whether your saliva will sink or oat in water. I am relatively sure that your saliva will not oat on top. If the saliva sinks to the bottom, you have a lot of work to do in terms of getting rid of candida and cleaning up the gut. But don’t fret; you can do it.
Balancing your pH is a simple way to improve the health of your entire body. It will assist in cancer prevention, weight loss, reduction of inflammation, improved heart and bone health, and better energy levels. We are looking to see how acidic or alkaline your body chemistry is. The blood pH never changes, which is why we are looking at urine and saliva pH to see how hard your body may or may not be working to maintain the blood pH. Keep this sheet, along with a pen, in the bathroom for six days to note your pH balance.
Name: ____________________ Test Start Date: _____________
Upon waking, test your saliva with the pHydrion paper. Wet the end of a pHydrion test strip with your saliva before brushing your teeth, drinking, or eating. Note the color change, and write down the corresponding pH number on the appropriate blank below. The pH should fall between 6.8 and 7.2. The lower the number (yellow), the more acidic you are. The higher the number (green), the more alkaline you are.
Day 1 _____ Day 2 _____ Day 3 _____ Day 4 _____ Day 5 _____ Day 6 _____
After testing your saliva, test your rst urine of the morning between 5-8 a.m., even if you go back to bed. This is urine that has been stored in your bladder during the night and is ready to be eliminated when you get up. Urinate on a clean strip of the pH paper, note the color change, and write down the corresponding pH number. If your body has efficiently eliminated excess acid during the first four hours of sleep, this reading should be more acidic than your second reading. This number, compared with the second urine reading, will let you know if your body is doing efficient clean-up work during sleep to remove acid from the joints. Remember, the lower the number (yellow), the more acidic you are. The higher the number (green), the more alkaline you are.
Day 1 _____ Day 2 _____ Day 3 _____ Day 4 _____ Day 5 _____ Day 6 _____
Next, test your second morning urine (before eating if at all possible). This number should be the pH of your second urine after you have eliminated the acid load from the day before ( rst urine). The acids should be gone the second time you go to the bathroom, so your urine pH should ideally read from around 6.8 to 7.2. This second reading is very important because it indicates what your body chemistry is like during the day.
Day 1 _____ Day 2 _____ Day 3 _____ Day 4 _____ Day 5 _____ Day 6 _____
We are always exposed to candida, and it is always living in our guts in yeast form. We just don’t want it to overgrow, or to morph into the fungal form. Try this simple test to see if you have candida. If the saliva test sounds crazy to you, here is more information on candida along with a visual of the spit test, so you can see exactly what you are looking for.
• For six days, when you wake up in the morning (and before you brush your teeth or eat or drink anything), ll a clear glass halfway with room temperature water.
• Next work up a dime-sized amount of saliva and spit it into the glass of water.
• Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to 45 minutes. You don’t have to sit there and stare at it.
• If you have a candida yeast infection, you will see strings (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva oating on top, OR “cloudy” saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, OR cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water. Write down your results.
• If there are no strings (legs) and the saliva is still oating after at least one hour, you are probably free of candida.
Take the saliva test for six days and record your results below:
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The Candida Cleanse Diet
The importance of the diet is crucial to the success of the cleanse. Let’s talk about the diet and cheating. Nothing about The Whole Journey is about denial and willpower except for the candida cleanse. You have to starve this organism. If you cheat on this cleanse during the rst week, you’ll be fueling the re and will end up feeling worse. Do your best not to cheat on this diet. It is only 6-8 weeks of your life, but you can do it. Take one day at a time.
Foods to Avoid
Raisins, dried fruit, or sugars of any kind are not allowed. It’s boring I know, but we are going to prevent cancer and balance our hormones. You may have a little withdrawal from the lack of sugar, but you are probably going to feel better than you ever have in your life. You really need to watch salad dressing and condiments as they usually have sugar in them.
We are also going gluten free during the cleanse, which means no wheat, gluten, or semolina. Don’t worry if you aren’t already gluten free. We are going to focus on what you can have and not on what you can’t have.
Foods made with yeast are out; even Paleo bread is out (plus, it doesn’t taste very good anyway). If you are a bread person and you crave it, you can substitute with Ezekiel sprouted corn tortillas, Ezekiel sprouted regular tortillas, or brown rice tortillas. Ezekiel sprouted regular tortillas have some gluten, but it is not the modern wheat; it is ancient wheat, and because it is sprouted, your body will digest it like a vegetable and not like a carbohydrate. The tortillas are typically found in the refrigerator section of the health food store. You can also use almond our, coconut our and quinoa , but those of you who have been grain-free or Paleo, should not consume these.
Fried foods are out unless you do a light fry on your own with coconut oil.
The only fruits allowed are green apples (because they are lowest in sugar), pomegranates, all berries, lemons, limes, and avocados. They all must be organic.
The hardest part of this cleanse for most people is to cut out fermented foods and alcohol (including Apple Cider Vinegar) Candida feeds off fermentation, so we must avoid all forms of fermentation. If this is i interesting to you, look up Otto Warburg. He won a Nobel Prize for his cancer research (and how candida can be the root cause of cancer, allowing it to survive off fermentation. Even though fermented foods can be health-supporting and into their diet health-promoting, we want to exclude them on the cleanse. We are trying to restore respiratory cell energy or oxygen to the cell lining of the intestinal tract. We want to breathe new life in there. But for now, fermented miso soup, raw sauerkraut, sourdough bread, vinegar, soy sauce, Braggs amino acids, and alcohol are totally off limits. I know this will be hard for you, but it is a small price to pay in order to have lifelong health.
If your pH is really acidic, then avoid tomatoes for the first two weeks because they can be acid-forming. If your pH is within range, then you can have tomatoes from the start.
Exclude mold-containing foods like mushrooms. Peanuts and pistachios are not allowed, as they are the nuts highest in mold. All other nuts and seeds in moderation are okay.
Do not combine fruit and grains together for the rest of your life!!! We have been doing that forever with blueberries in our oatmeal and banana in cereal. They compete for digestion; the carbs cut off the fruit, and the fruit has to wait. While the fruit is waiting to digest, it putre es and creates bloating, gas, and fermentation.
All dairy products are out. You may be able to add in high-quality raw milk midway through the program for those of you that can digest it well. Raw milk has a pathogen-based killing system that can rebuild and heal the GI tract and could help those with skin issues, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, and asthma. Coconut yogurt is not allowed. You can have a little goat cheese, but I prefer it to be raw and have it only 2 or 3 times a week maximum. Goat cheese is preferred since it will digest in 20 minutes, whereas cheese from a cow can take up to eight hours to digest.
Consume only organic animal meats and eggs. We don’t need to counteract our efforts by buying mainstream animal products that have been fed additives and shot with the antibiotics and hormones (exactly what we are trying to avoid). Eat clean animal protein whenever possible.
Coffee is not allowed. Only green tea is permitted on the cleanse. Coffee forces the release of cortisol, the stress hormone, which thins the lining of the gut. Plus, coffee can be very acidic. Tecchino, herbal coffee, is not allowed either, since it has gluten and some barley in it.
What to Eat
Eat as much garlic as you can stand. For those of you who have sensitive digestion, eat it cooked. Garlic is so amazing in terms of being an antiviral and antiseptic, and it is helpful with killing candida and strengthening the immune system.
Dark-liquid stevia or Yacon can be used for a sweetener. For a sweetener, you can also try a little xylitol. Eight out of ten people can eat it in small amounts without getting symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, or headache. Xylitol helps kill candida and strengthens the enamel on your teeth, but make sure it’s the kind from the birch tree (and not the GMO kind). You can use it cup for cup as a replacement for sugar in some recipes.
When cooking grains, first soak them in water overnight and rinse them when you wake up. This process will remove phytic acid and make them more digestible. The usual ratio of grains to liquid is 1:2, e.g., 1 cup grains to 2 cups liquid. Use kombu like a bay leaf when cooking grains, beans, and soup. It will infuse them with trace minerals. If you prefer to not eat grains, you can have acorn squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and yams.
Bone broth is amazing! If you have bone broth on hand, I would love for you to cook your grains in bone broth. Bone broth is made from chicken bones that are cooked for 24 hours. Cooking the bones for such a long period draws the minerals out of the bones. If you are cooking your own broth, try to use the feet, as well, since most of the collagen is found in the feet. Bone broth is going to help you heal 30% faster, especially for those who are immune-compromised, have adrenal fatigue, and/or have leaky gut. Bone broth is your magic healing elixir.
All beans are okay except kidney beans. Most people cannot digest the protein structure of kidney beans. Be sure to add a strip of kombu to the beans if you are cooking them yourself.
All herbal teas are fine to drink, but there is one drink I want everybody to make – our Turmeric Ginger Lemonade.
This whole candida cleanse process is about inflammation, and the lemonade is definitely a great tool to help reduce inflammation. The Okinawans, one of the longest living people in the world, use turmeric daily. Turmeric helps control cellular inflammation so well that the Okinawans are measuring 25 years younger in a cellular measurement than they are chronologically. Turmeric helps support th liver so that it can produce its own powerful antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase. This will help with cellular inflammation, which means this cleanse will be more graceful for you and, thereby, reduce detox symptoms.
Aloe Vera juice kills yeast cells. You don’t want to go overboard, though. If you feel inflamed, bloated, or constipated, put 1-2 ounces in your smoothie or in a little bit of water before bed for a few weeks. It is very alkaline-forming and will help if you are getting acid reflux and similar issues. Make sure to get a good quality aloe vera.
40% leafy greens and vegetables
Getting in our greens and vegetables often creates a challenge. Try drinking your greens by making green juices or purchase Evolution Essential Greens with Lemon. You can melt a tablespoon of coconut oil and add it to the juice if you want to. Use juice as a snack. When assembling your lunch or dinner plate, half of the plate should be greens or vegetables. A serving of leafy greens or vegetables is the equivalent of 1 cup cooked or 2 cups raw.
10% carbs (root vegetables, legumes, beans, and grains)
You want to limit carbs on the cleanse. If you are really suffering from energy issues, you can have a little more. But as a general rule, have no more than 3 servings/day. Some examples of one serving are one brown rice tortilla, 1⁄2 cup brown rice, and 1 medium sweet potato. Mary’s Gone Sticks and Twigs (curry avored only) count as a carbohydrate serving.
40% clean animal meat, sh, and eggs
If you don’t have any food sensitivities, you don’t have to limit eggs. If you are sensitive to eggs, limit them to 4-6/week or omit them completely.
10% seeds and low sugar fruit
Limit the serving of fruit to one/day. However, if you have adrenal fatigue, you may have two servings of fruit to keep your blood sugar stable. This will help glucose actually get into the cell. You can cook your berries or apples to make them more easily digestible for leaky gut. A serving of nuts/seeds would mean about 15 nuts, a palmful of seeds, or a tablespoon of nut butter.
Summary of Diet
Foods to avoid:
• all sugars, sweeteners, and re ned carbohydrates: desserts, cakes, and candies; most natural and all arti cial sweeteners (sugar, agave, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, etc.); sweetened products such as breakfast cereals, ketchup, sauces, salad dressings; white rice; common wheat products; and semolina
• fried foods (unless fried in coconut oil)
• high-glycemic fruits, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrates, and dried fruits
• foods made with yeast: breads, pastas, crackers, yeast, citric acid, and MSG
• vinegar and fermented foods like salad dressings, miso soup, and soy sauce
• tomatoes ( rst two weeks) – only if your pH is acidic
• mold-containing foods like mushrooms, cheese, peanuts, and pistachios
• pasteurized dairy and fats: milk, cream, and cheese (A minor amount of raw dairy is okay – 2 servings/week.) • proteins with any antibiotic residue (Buy only organic meat.)
• fruit and grains/carbs combined together
• all caffeine, except for green tea (Caffeine thins the lining of the gut.)
• foods with gluten
Foods to substitute/ enjoy:
• sweeteners: dark liquid stevia and small amounts of xylitol that come from the birch tree (not from corn)
• gluten-free whole grains (soaked before cooking) such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, and brown rice; sprouted corn tortillas and blue corn taco shells; and brown rice pasta. Substitute Ezekiel tortillas or brown rice tortillas for bread. • all vegetables including sea vegetables
• fruits: organic green apples, organic berries, lemon, lime, and pomegranates
• sweet potatoes, yams, and butternut and acorn squash in moderation
• garlic (eat liberally) or emulsifed garlic spread
• salad dressings made with expeller-pressed oils and lemon juice.
• raw nuts (Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and roasted pumpkin seeds are best and should be stored in the fridge.)
• unsweetened coconut or almond milk (All coconut products are okay except for coconut sugar.)
• all beans except for kidney beans (Cook with kombu to assist in breaking down.)
• all organic animal products are okay – eggs, turkey, chicken, wild sh, pork, wild-caught tuna,etc. (This includes whey and goat’s whey protein powder.)
• aloe vera juice (This has been shown to boost the white blood cells’ ability to kill yeast cells. Aloe vera also promotes the healing of in amed areas/pockets in the intestines. Optional: drink 2 ounces before bed. You may mix it with water if you prefer.)
• all herbal teas • snacks
blue corn tortilla chips – in moderation and not made with canola oil or polyunsaturated fats brown rice cakes in moderation
Cleanse should include:
40% vegetables, stews, salads, leafy greens (half of your plate at lunch and dinner) 10% root vegetables, legumes, beans, grains (this equals 1⁄2 cup 3 times a day) 40% meats, poultry, FIsh, eggs 10% seeds, low-sugar fruits (only 1 serving of fruit per day and 1⁄4 cup of nuts total)
Note: If you ‘cheat’ on this cleanse, especially in the FIrst 5-8 days, the yeast will continue to live as it will be in survival mode looking for anything to feed on. If you do this cleanse correctly, you should not have to do it ever again.
• green apple with a small handful of almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds or 1 teaspoon nut or seed butter. • Oven-Roasted Kale Chips
• green apple with coconut butter and cinnamon
• whole coconut (Have it opened at the store; drink milk and eat the meat.)
• guacamole with veggies
• 1-2 hard-boiled egg(s) with olive oil, salt, and pepper and 2 tablespoons hummus
• roasted seaweed snacks (without canola oil!)
• 2 slices turkey bacon and 1⁄2 sweet potato with coconut oil
• 8 ounces Organic Pastures raw milk
• 1 cup bone broth with a peeled green apple
• Breakfast Smoothie Everyone Loves
• baked blue corn chips (without canola oil!) in moderation with an above-mentioned dip guacamole
• veggies with hummus, pesto, or guacamole • organic berries with melted coconut butter
Candida Cleanse Supplements
Phase 1 (4-6 weeks)
1⁄2 teaspoon food grade diatomaceous earth
1⁄2 teaspoon bentonite clay (If you find that you are constipated and/or only having one BM a day, decrease the amount of clay to 1⁄4 teaspoon.)
Mix in water and drink upon waking. This is your “sludgy cocktail.”
Week 2 to Week 4: (increase the dose)
1 teaspoon food grade diatomaceous earth
1 teaspoon bentonite clay or 1⁄2teaspoon if constipated. Mix in water and drink upon waking.
Note: You will not have the DE/BC combination for longer than six weeks (and only one time/year) to avoid the leaching of minerals.
First Four Weeks (probiotic):
Full Spectrum Probiotics that include saccharomyces boulardi( Take 3-4 before bed away from food.) This is a yeast-eating strain of probiotic
Additionally for Weeks 1-4 (16-day anti-fungal rotation) In addition to the instructions above, you will rotate the following anti-fungals for four days at a time. It is suggested that you write the name of the anti-fungal on a monthly calendar to keep track of the rotation. You will not take more than one anti-fungal at a time.
Day 1-4: Pau d’Arco tea (3 cups daily)
Day 5-8: Olive Leaf Extract (2 with each meal)
Day 9-12: Grapefruit Seed Extract-250 mg (2 with each meal) Look for capsules since the liquid does not taste good.
Day 13-16: Oregano Oil (2 with each meal)
Repeat the 16-day rotation. This rotation will be repeated a minimum of 2 times, but likely 3 or 4 times, depending upon the severity of your candida.
First thing in the morning, you will drink a concoction of diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay (yum!). Food grade diatomaceous earth is made up of old tiny fossils. It does not harm the human body. The DE will slice open the exoskeleton of the candida, and the clay will bind to it and draw it out. Mix the DE in water along with the bentonite clay (powdered or liquid bentonite clay, but I prefer the Health Force Nutritionals powdered brand). This is your sludgy cocktail that you will look forward to every morning when you wake up. It doesn’t taste that bad; it is just kind of sludgy. You can squeeze lemon or lime in your sludge if you want. You can have as much lemon and lime as you want on the cleanse. You will need to drink enough water so that the candida will be carried out of your body.
If you find that you are constipated, drink more water. The second thing you can do for constipation is to get ghee (clarifed butter) and melt a tablespoon of it in hot water and drink it before bed. You might also want to purchase Trifala, an ayurvedic complex from India. Trifala is a combination of three different fruits that moisten and nourish the lining of the intestines. Take 2-4 Trifala before bed.
If you are extremely constipated, you need to get the channels of elimination open, or you are going to have a really hard time on the cleanse.
If the “pipes are flowing,” you aren’t backed up, and you are having a bowel movement every day during the first week, you will double the dose to 1 teaspoon of DE and 1 teaspoon bentonite clay in the second week. After one month, you will re-evaluate with a spit test to see if you should continue with the DE/BC for another 1-2 weeks. The DE/BC should be discontinued, regardless of the results of the spit test, after 6 weeks.
Saccharomyces Boulardii (Sac B) is a yeast-eating strain of probiotics. Take 3-4 before bed only. You will repopulate the gut at night and then drink the sludgy cocktail in the morning. The Sac B must be taken away from food (30 minutes before or an hour after) so that it can implant in the lining of the intestines and start killing the candida.
Antifungal 16- day rotation
The antifungal rotation is key. Now you are clearing out the periphery layer of candida from the intestinal tract. However, we must also get deep within the layers of intestinal tissue to kick candida for good. As new skin cells come up, you have to go deep within the tissue with antifungals to kill it so that it is truly gone. Candida is a smart, opportunistic organism that wants to stay alive. We have to kill it, or it will morph into something else. This is why we rotate the antifungals.
You will take one antifungal at a time for four days. You can get all of the antifungals at a health food store or order them online. I carefully studied and constructed this 16-day rotation, so be sure to take them in order.
1. Pau d’Arco tea (days 1-4)
Pau d’Arco is an amazing herb from South America. I have it rst in the rotation because it supercharges the immune system. It also helps underlying viruses go dormant. Pau d’Arco will be really helpful for those with chronic fatigue, Epstein-Barr, herpes, and HPV. Traditional Medicinals is a good brand to use.
You should consume 3 cups/day, one cup at every meal or sipped throughout the day from a water bottle. For convenience, you may brew one really strong cup in the morning using three tea bags. Then add the tea mixture to two cups of water. Heat and drink 1 cup at each meal. If you would rather sip throughout the day, you can put the three cups of tea
into a water bottle and ll it the rest of the way with pure water and drink the entire container before the day is out. If you have an autoimmune condition or an active virus, then use 5 tea bags to make the tea stronger.
If you have been having Pau d’Arco tea regularly in your diet before starting this cleanse, then start with the Olive Leaf Extract and the other antifungals and have the Pau d’Arco for the last leg of the rotation.
2. Olive Leaf Extract (days 5-8)
This is second in rotation because a candida cleanse can be hard on the liver and the kidneys. OLE will take the burden off the kidneys, gallbladder, and liver by strengthening the immune system, again hitting it with a lower dose of antiviral. This is also a great complex for those with insulin sensitivity. Take two with each meal. Gaia Herbs is a good brand.
3. Grapefruit Seed Extract (days 9-12)
Grapefruit Seed Extract is a powerful antioxidant, which helps transport the amino acid, L-carnitine, to support the brain and the muscles. It is also a great antifungal that will give the entire immune system a boost. If you have adrenal fatigue, a form of metabolic devastation, you will feel better with GSE because it is building cellular energy and the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell. We are dealing with so much in today’s world, so having improved cellular energy is essential. Most of the time GSE is sold in tincture form, which tastes very bad. Look for it in pill form and take 2 with each meal. Grapefruit seed can make other medications ineffective, so check with your doctor and make sure grapefruit seed extract is okay for you to use.
4. Oregano Oil (days 13-16)
Oregano Oil is an antimicrobial and antiparasitic. This cleanse will kill 60-80% of parasites but not all. You may need to do additional customizing. Taking a stool test is the best way to tell if you have parasites or h. pylori.
Repeat this anti-fungal rotation 2-3 times.
Phase 2 for Gut Healing (after 4-6 weeks on Phase 1)
Now it is time to re-evaluate the effect of Phase 1. Take the saliva test again for three days in a row. Assess if your saliva is sinking less or growing less legs compared to the initial test. If your saliva still sinks or has not improved at all, stay on the DE/BC for another 7-10 days and the anti-fungals for another 16-day rotation Otherwise, stop DE/BC and move forward. You can also retest your urine and saliva pH, but keep in mind that pH improves gradually.
￼By Dr. David G. Williams
It is the hydrogen peroxide in rainwater that makes it so much more effective than tap water when given to plants. With the increased levels of atmospheric pollution, however, greater amounts of H202 react with air-borne toxins and never reach the ground. To compensate for this, many farmers have been increasing crop yields by spraying them with diluted hydrogen peroxide. Most of us started our lives on hydrogen peroxide saturated mild shortly after birth. Yes, mother’s milk contains high amounts of H2O2; the amount contained in the first milk (colostrum) is even higher. This seems only reasonable because one of the main functions of mother’s breast milk is to activate and stimulate the immune system.
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) contains one more atom of oxygen than water (H20). By now, everyone is aware of the ozone layer that surrounds the earth. Ozone consists of three atoms of oxygen (03). This protective layer of ozone is created when ultraviolet light from the sun splits an atmospheric oxygen molecule (02) into two single, unstable oxygen atoms. These single molecules combine with others to form ozone (03). Ozone is not very stable. In fact, it will quickly give up that extra atom of oxygen to falling rainwater to form hydrogen peroxide (H202).
Hydrogen peroxide is only one of the many components that help regulate the amount of oxygen getting to your cells. Its presence is vital for many other functions as well. It is required for the production of thyroid hormone and sexual hormones. (Mol Cell Endocrinol 86;46(2): 149-154) (Steroids 82;40(5):5690579). It stimulates the production of interferon (J Immunol 85;134(4):24492455). It dilates blood vessels in the heart and brain (Am J Physiol 86;250 (5 pt 2): H815-821 and (2 pt 2):H157-162). It improves glucose utilization in diabetics (Proceedings of the IBOM Conference 1989, 1990, 1991). The closer you look at hydrogen peroxide, the less surprising it becomes that it can help such a wide variety of conditions.
There are millions of people who are suffering needlessly because they either do not know about hydrogen peroxide or they have been misinformed about its use. The following is only a partial listing of conditions in which H202 therapy has been used successfully. (Many of these conditions are serious, if not life-threatening.) As always, I would highly recommend seeking the advice and guidance of a doctor experienced in the use of these techniques.)
Allergies, Headaches, Altitude Sickness, Herpes Simplex, Alzheimer’s, Herpes Zoster, Anemia, HIV, Infection, Arrhythmia, Influenza, Asthma, Insect Bites, Bacterial Infections, Liver Cirrhosis, Bronchitis, Lupus, Erythematosis, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Candida, Parasitic Infections, Cardiovascular Disease, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Vascular Disease, Periodontal Disease, Chronic Pain, Prostatitis, Diabetes Type 11, Rheumatoid Arthritis Diabetic Gangrene, Shingles, Diabetic Retinopathy, Sinusitis, Digestion Problems, Sore Throat, Epstein-Barr Infection, Ulcers, Emphysema, Viral Infections, Food Allergies, Warts, Fungal Infections, Yeast Infections, Gingivitis
While most conditions respond remarkably to oral ingestion, diseases such as emphysema etc respond better to intravenous infusion.
Suggested Protocol for Oxygen Therapy Using Hydrogen Peroxide
The program outlined is only a suggestion, but it is based on years of experience, and reports from thousands of users. Those who choose to go at a slower pace can expect to progress more slowly, but that certainly is an option. The program is not carved in stone and keep in mind that it can be adapted to fit individual needs. Individuals who have had transplants should not undertake an H202 program. H202 stimulates the immune system and could possibly cause a rejection of the organ.
It is important that H202 be taken on an empty stomach. This is best accomplished by taking it either one-hour before meals or three hours after meals.
35% Food Grade H202 must be: (1) handled carefully (direct contact will burn the skin–immediate flushing with water is recommended). (2) diluted properly before use. (3) stored safely and properly (after making a dilution the remainder should be stored tightly sealed in the freezer).
One of the most convenient methods of dispensing 35% H202 is from a small glass eye dropper bottle. These can be purchased at your local drugstore. Fill this with the 35% H202 and store the larger container in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator until more is needed. Store the eyedropper bottle in the refrigerator. The drops are mixed with either 8 to 12 ounces of distilled water, juice, milk or even aloe vera juice or gel. (Don’t use chlorinated tap water to dilute the peroxide!)
Day # Drops Times Per Day
1 3 3
2 4 3
3 5 3
4 6 3
5 7 3
6 8 3
7 9 3
8 10 3
9 12 3
10 14 3
11 16 3
12 18 3
13 20 3
14 22 3
15 24 3
16 25 3
In most situations after the above 21 day program, the amount of H202 can be tapered off gradually as follows:
25 drops once every other day for 1 week
25 drops once every third day for 2 weeks
25 drops once every fourth day for 3 weeks
This can then be reduced to between 5 and 15 drops per week based on how one feels.
Those with more serious problems will often benefit from staying on 25 drops three times a day for one to three weeks, then tapering down to 25 drops two times daily until the problem is resolved (possibly as long as six months).
The Many Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide By Dr. David G. Williams, Posted July 17, 2003, (Original title: Hydrogen Peroxide – Curse or Cure?)
Hydrogen Peroxide – Grades and Stabilizers
￼Hydrogen peroxide comes in a variety of grades designed to address its varied and different functions; many of which are designed to address long-term storage properties which alter the composition of the peroxide.
In general, for the purposes of the average person, either drug store/grocery store or food grade H2O2 are the grades which will be useful.
Drug store/grocery store grade hydrogen peroxide, available in a 3 percent solution is always stabilized to increase shelf life of the product. For this reason it is not an appropriate solution for use in food preparation or the cleaning of food preparation surfaces or equipment.
It is, however, perfectly safe to use in such applications as laundry, general cleaning or applications in which it does not come into prolonged direct contact with plants, animals or humans.
Manufacturers of drug store grade hydrogen peroxide do not, as a rule, identify the stabilizers used in their product; however, it is well known that the most common stabilizer of H202 is acetanilide. Other agents known to be used as stabilizers include phenol, tin, Colloidal stannate, organophosphonates, and nitrate.
It was discovered in 1948 that acetanilide is toxic to the liver in humans if ingested, which is why it was removed from use as a fever reducing drug at that time.
Because all hydrogen peroxide is manufactured by chemical companies, the actual stabilizers used and in what concentrations are quite often stated as being ‘proprietary formulations’ which are not disclosed to the public. For this reason, it is unreasonable to assume that any hydrogen peroxide sold commercially, regardless of its grade, unless it is food grade hydrogen peroxide, is safe for consumption, food preparation or direct contact.
While decades of use have shown that the drug store variety is not harmful for cleaning up scrapes and bruises, as this is a rather infrequent and insignificant topical use, and it has been stated in recent years by drug companies and other authority sources that this store brand/drug store variety is considered safe for mouth rinsing in concentrations of 50% (relative concentration thereby being 1.5%), but if that is as far as they are willing to go, there should be considered to be a reason, and that reason is most likely the stabilizers contained in the products.
The other grades of hydrogen peroxide range from beauticians grade (bleaching) which comes in concentrations starting at around 6%, all the way to specialized rocket fuels and ultra-purified concentrations used in the space program.
Technical and industrial grades are also manufactured in concentrations ranging from 20 to 70 percent for use in industrial, chemical and manufacturing applications. Typically, these grades also contain proprietary formula stabilizers which are designed to address specific needs of industry and are not fit for use in food preparation or for agricultural or domestic home uses.
In 2007, the FDA approved a new line of 35% Food Grade peroxide products for aquaculture use which must be marketed under the brand name PEROX-AID®. Clearly, if the FDA wants to ensure that the grades and stabilizers in hydrogen peroxide used in aquaculture are safe, then it only makes sense that any peroxide used in the home kitchen be food grade peroxide.
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Why Take Your Temperature To Measure Your Thyroid Function?
This test is used to detect your thyroid status – beyond what regular blood tests like TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone); FT3 (free T3 hormone) or FT4 may have shown.
It’s based on the simple, yet scientific premise that in a sense, your thyroid is much like the thermostat in your air-conditioned home. This little device keeps track of how cold or warm it is inside the house, and aims to maintain precisely the temperature you have chosen to be most comfortable for you.
A healthy thyroid will keep your body/‘house’ at a steady 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit), never mind the external temperature of your environment. However, as your thyroid starts to fail in this major function, it’s no longer able to keep your body at this constant 37 degrees, and you’ll find that your temperature becomes persistently lower.
But Why Does The Body Temperature Need To Be At This Precise Level?
Briefly, every metabolic function in your entire body is completely dependent on enzyme function. In turn, enzyme function is highly dependent on temperature.
Therefore, if your body temperature is below normal, then all enzymes in every cell of your body will be working below par, which in turn can have a profound effect on how efficiently your cells – and hence your body – are able to function.
It’s actually as simple – but fundamental – as that. Chronic low body temperature = poor body function, which can end up causing a plethora of symptoms.
The problem is that the ‘normal’ blood tests, presently used to measure thyroid function, are in fact quite insensitive, plus their medical interpretation is also far too ‘coarse’.
End result? Many people suffering from a genuinely under-functioning (compared to mal-functioning) thyroid will not be picked up by the current medical diagnostic system.
This can have both sad, as well as grave repercussions, since people suffering from very real symptoms are fobbed off as ‘imagining’ their un-wellness, or worse, are prescribed completely inappropriate drugs for their symptoms.
Basal Metabolic Temperature Test
How A Miss-Diagnosis Can Result In A Wrong Prescription
Let’s take just one example of this type of situation. A common symptom many people with a sluggish thyroid may experience is depression. However, if your doctor isn’t able to ‘see’ the connection between your unhappiness and your thyroid – because the blood tests keep saying everything is ‘normal’ – then that doctor is also quite likely to prescribe anti-depressants.
Yet, in this example, the core reason for this patient’s depression is low thyroid function – for which anti-depressants are not really the appropriate treatment, as they won’t treat the primary cause.
Anti-depressant therapy may help that person feel better, but since it is not directly dealing with the source of the problem, it most likely means that person will also need to stay on anti-depressants for a very long time.
Hence, in order to fundamentally get rid of that ‘depression’, what they need is the correct thyroid support therapy. Then, as that person’s thyroid function comes back to true-normal, so will their ‘depression’ simply melt away.
How To Do This Basal Metabolic Temperature Test
You’ll need one of the “old-fashioned” mercury thermometers (available from most pharmacies).
In order to ‘reset’ the thermometer, shake it down the night before you plan to do the test. If you’re not sure how to do this, or how to read a thermometer, then get the chemist/pharmacist to show you when you buy it. Once shaken down, place the thermometer by the bed where you can easily reach it upon waking.
Shaking down the thermometer the night before is important, simply because the very act of all that shaking – necessary to re-set the mercury column – is like doing exercise, and will raise your body temperature. Hence, if you did this just before taking your temperature, you won’t get the lowest – or ‘basal’ – level of your body temperature!
To get a better average of your readings, the temperature needs to be taken for at least 3 consecutive mornings, before you get out of bed. This is crucial as any activity in the morning, on waking, will activate your metabolic rate, causing your temperature to rise.
However, we’re trying to establish the absolute lowest, or basal level, your body drops down to over a 24 hour cycle.
Next, place the thermometer underarm for ten minutes immediately upon waking.
For menstruating women, it’s important to take these 3 temperatures on the mornings of day 2, 3 and 4 of their next cycle (i.e. the day they start bleeding is considered the first day).
For men and non-menstruating women, the temperature can be taken on any 3 – or more – consecutive mornings.
Once you have recorded the 3 or more readings, work out the average temperature.
Yet again, a genuinely normal body temperature in a healthy human being is 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). If the average reading is below 36.5 degrees Celsius (97.7 degrees Fahrenheit), then this is regarded as – not an absolute – but definitely a good indication, along with a thorough consideration of a person’s symptom profile, that they have an under-functioning, or sluggish thyroid.
The more the average temperature is below 36.5 degrees Celsius, the more the thyroid is under-functioning. Any average temperature below 36.0 degrees Celsius, (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit) would suggest that the thyroid is starting to go into significant mal- function. In such cases, a TSH reading (done on a blood sample) is also more likely to come back as 2.0 mU/L or higher.
[ The conversion formula for changing a reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit is: °F = (9/5 °C)+ 32°
36.5 degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit: 36.5 x 9 = 328.5, divided by 5 = 65.7 + 32 = 97.7 ]
Live Blood Analysis of Adults Comparing the Weston A. Price Foundation Diet and the Conventional Modern Diet
The most easily monitored tissue that shows changes in response to nutritional status is the blood. As there are numerous differences between the traditional diet recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and the conventional modern diet, we would expect to find key differences in the blood of persons consuming these two different diets. In this exploratory pilot study, we pose the following question: How do live blood analyses for persons consuming the traditional diet recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation compare with those for persons consuming conventional modern diets?
Live blood analysis is carried out through visual examination of a small droplet of fresh capillary blood, typically taken from the fingertip, and observed under a high-powered light microscope, either dark-field or phase contrast. This method offers a qualitative visual perspective of the blood cells and state of the blood plasma at high magnification enhanced by modern optical techniques. It offers a visual perspective on the ecology of the blood, sometimes referred to as the “biological terrain.”
LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS
Live blood analysis can reveal the presence of certain nutritional deficiencies, such as iron deficiency. It also shows the coagulation and clotting processes of the blood, which are related to the inflammatory biochemical cascade. Furthermore, the speed of degradation of the blood removed from the body and observed over time is related to biological integrity. Live blood analysis has traditionally been used in clinical medicine to look for the presence of certain parasites including the malaria parasite and the spiral-shaped bacteria that causes Lyme disease. This research tool is sometimes also used in holistic health assessment.
In live blood analysis one can observe the size, shape, variability, and cellular integrity of the red blood cells (RBCs). The stickiness and aggregation of the RBCs are also noted. The presence and relative number of white blood cells and their subtypes are noted, along with the motility (movement) of these cells. The plasma is checked for platelet aggregates, the formation of fibrin, the presence of microbial and parasitic forms, as well as particulates including cholesterol, crystals, and various contaminants.
The equipment used to conduct live blood analysis includes a dark-field or phase contrast light microscope attached to a digital video camera linked to a computer monitor. Computer software is used to capture and store microphotographs and short videos for subsequent analysis. In order to avoid sample heating, the blood specimen is illuminated by means of light delivered through fiber optics. A sterile blood lancet designed for diabetic blood testing is used to collect a droplet of peripheral blood from the fingertip, which is immediately placed on a microscope slide and then covered with a glass cover slip. Oil immersion lenses at the microscope objective and condenser are used to improve and enhance the images.
A microphotograph of healthy blood is shown in Figure 1, below. This photograph shows blood soon after it is drawn. The RBCs are discrete, uniform and round, and there is no debris in the plasma. By contrast, Figure 2, below, shows a blood sample freshly drawn from an adult with cancer. Note that the RBCs are clumped together, and fibrin (white threads) has formed, indicating the activation of blood coagulation and clotting.
|Figure 1. Live blood analysis microphotograph of blood sample taken from the fingertip of a normal healthy adult.
||Figure 2. Microphotograph of freshly drawn peripheral blood from an adult with cancer.
SUBJECT OF INVESTIGATION
The following research questions were explored in this pilot study:
• What do we observe in live blood analysis of healthy persons consuming the WAPF diet over years?
• Using live blood analysis, how does the blood of healthy persons on the WAPF diet compare to the blood of healthy persons eating conventional modern diets, including diets containing organic and processed foods, with subjects in both groups matched for age?
To help recruit subjects, the Weston A. Price Foundation emailed a study announcement to its members in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over twenty people responded to the announcement, and six others were recruited by word of mouth. The twenty-six persons completed a questionnaire to ascertain their eligibility for the study. The eight best respondents, those who met subject criteria and had been consuming the WAPF diet the longest and most consistently, were invited to participate in the study. Written informed consent was obtained from subjects.
The subject criteria were as follows:
• Healthy adults over 25 years old, who self-reported “very good” to “excellent” health.
• No serious illnesses, chronic diseases, or chronic health conditions.
• No obesity; BMI (body mass index) less than 30.
• No smoking.
• No prescription drugs.
• WAPF diet consistently for at least two years.
• Presently on the WAPF diet.
• Conform to the principles of the WAPF diet at least 80 percent of the time.
THE WAPF SUBJECTS
Additional subject demographics that characterized the participants in the study were as follows:
• Age range 30 – 83.
• Mean age 51.12.
• Range of 2 to 20+ years on the WAPF diet.
• Mean number of years on the WAPF diet: 7.5 years.
• Range of 80 to 100 percent of the diet is consistent with WAPF guidelines.
• Mean percent diet per WAPF: 92 percent.
• Three nondrinkers; 5 drinkers (up to 8 drinks per week, beer and wine only, no hard liquor).
THE WAPF DIET
The characteristics of subjects’ diets are as follows:
• No processed liquid vegetable oils or partially hydrogenated oils, except for unrefined olive oil.
• No refined sugars, corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup.
• Very little or no pasteurized milk.
• Raw milk consumed by 5 out of 8 subjects; one was dairy intolerant.
• Five to 14 eggs or egg yolks/wk consumed by all, except for 1 egg-allergic subject.
• Three to 15 tablespoons of saturated fats daily; mean of 7.375 tablespoons/day.
• Consumption of conventional restaurant food 5 percent or less.
• Cod liver oil supplementation in 6 out of 8 subjects.
• Seven of 8 subjects consumed fermented foods regularly.
• All subjects prepared grains and nuts by soaking and sourdough most of the time.
The eight subjects on the WAPF diet were age-matched to six healthy adults not on the WAPF diet, but of similar demographics who self-reported “good” to “excellent” health; had no serious illnesses, chronic diseases or health conditions; no obesity (BMI <30); did not smoke, and took no prescription drugs. These six adults were consuming the conventional modern diet including some organic foods and various dietary supplements.
PROCEDURES AND METHODS
Live blood analysis was performed once on each subject in both groups on different days by individual appointment after five hours of fasting, during which time subjects drank only water as needed.
Numerous blood microphotographs and short video-clips were captured for each subject over a period of forty-five minutes since the blood was first drawn. The hundreds of microphotographs obtained are too voluminous for all the data to be shown here. Thus, only a representative sample of data will be shown for various age groups. Some graphs summarizing the overall findings are also provided.
1. COMPARISON OF YOUNG ADULTS
Figure 3, below, shows the initial blood microphotograph of the youngest subject, female, age thirty, who has been on the WAPF diet for eight years; whose diet is 90 percent WAPF; who consumes the following: 90 percent of meat eaten is from pastured animals; one quart of raw milk per week; twelve eggs per week; cod liver oil daily; six tablespoons of saturated fat daily; fermented foods three times per week; preparation of 100 percent of grains and nuts by soaking or sourdough; and no alcohol consumption.
The blood of this WAPF subject shows mostly round RBCs of relatively uniform size and without any debris in the plasma, which is characteristic of normal healthy blood, with the blood initially showing no activation of clotting or plasma debris. Compare this to the initial microphotograph of peripheral blood from a thirty-year-old female eating a modern conventional diet, shown in Figure 4, below. By contrast, this figure shows sticky RBCs aggregated into loose “rouleau” (rolls or stacks of coins) and the presence of the clotting protein, fibrin, in a network. Fibrin is seen here as white fibers that look much like a disorganized spider web. This photo shows sticky blood with activated clotting factors.
Microphotographs of blood taken at 45 minutes after blood draw for the same two 30-year-old subjects were compared. Figure 5, below, shows the blood of the female on the WAPF diet. The blood is still intact with a few areas of platelet aggregates, but no fibrin. By contrast, the blood of the female on the conventional modern diet, shown in Figure 6, below, shows that the rouleau have dissipated into smaller aggregates of RBCs, and the fibrin net is now apparent throughout the field.
|Figure 3. Microphotograph of freshly drawn peripheral blood from a thirty-year-old female, eight years on the WAPF diet.
||Figure 4. Microphotograph of freshly drawn peripheral blood from a thirty-year-old female consuming a conventional modern diet.
|Figure 5. Microphotograph of blood drawn 45 minutes after first microphotograph, above, from a thirty-year-old female eight years on the WAPF diet. Two white blood cells are also seen.
||Figure 6. Microphotograph of blood drawn 45 minutes after first microphotograph, above, from a thirty-year-old female consuming a conventional modern diet.
2. COMPARISON OF MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS
Figure 7, below, is a blood microphotograph from a fifty-five-year-old female on the WAPF diet. She has consistently been on the WAPF diet for three years; diet is 98 percent WAPF; all of the meat that she eats is from pastured animals. She also consumes the following: two quarts raw milk per week; 14 eggs per week; five tablespoons saturated fat daily; one alcoholic drink per month; preparation of 100 percent of grains and nuts by soaking or sourdough; daily consumption of fermented foods. Figure 7 shows relatively clean blood plasma with some microbial forms, no fibrin or other clotting factors, and free RBCs.
The blood of a fifty-five-year-old male eating a conventional modern diet with supplementation is shown for comparison in Figure 8, below. Most of the RBCs in Figure 8 are grossly misshapen, which indicates that the blood is already clotting. (RBCs give up their round shape to fit together like pieces of a puzzle in a blood clot to form an impervious wall of cells.) Figures 7 and 8 were taken at the same time, thirty minutes after blood draw, for comparison.
|Figure 7. Microphotograph of peripheral blood from a 55-year-old female on the WAPF diet.
||Figure 8. Microphotograph of peripheral blood from a 55-year-old male on a conventional modern diet.
3. COMPARISON OF ELDERLY ADULTS
Figure 9, below, shows the blood of an eighty-three-year-old male who consumed the WAPF diet for over ten years, with the following dietary habits: meat from pastured animals 80 percent; no milk; fourteen eggs per week; six tablepoons of saturated fat per day; cod liver oil supplementation daily; preparation of 90 percent of grains and nuts by soaking or sourdough; daily consumption of fermented foods; no alcohol. Figure 9 shows the blood of the eighty-three-year-old male initially. Only a few small platelet aggregates or other inclusions are found in the plasma; no clotting is seen.
The blood of a seventy-nine-year-old female on a conventional modern diet with numerous supplements provides a comparison. Figure 10, below, shows the blood of the seventy-nine-year-old female initially. Rouleau of RBCs and fibrin deposits manifested initially.
In addition, the blood of the eighty-three-year-old male on the WAPF diet was examined twenty-four hours after blood draw, shown in Figure 11, below. Although the RBCs are crenated (wrinkled), which is probably due to the slide drying out to some extent overnight, the RBCs are still intact with no sign of clotting, which is a sign of excellent biological integrity when stressed.
|Figure 9. Microphotograph of freshly drawn peripheral blood from an 83-year-old man on the WAPF diet.
|Figure 10. Microphotograph of freshly drawn peripheral blood from a 79-year-old woman on a conventional modern diet.
|Figure 11. Microphotograph of blood drawn 24 hours after first microphotograph,
far left, from an 83-year-old man on the WAPF diet.
4. BLOOD COAGULATION SCORES COMPARED FOR THE TWO DIETS
The blood for all subjects as observed in live blood analysis was scored for factors related to clotting and inflammation by observing the following variables and scoring them using a five-level Likert scale from 0 (none; which is most desirable) to 4 (highest possible level observed; which is least desirable):
• Stickiness of RBCs.
• Rouleau and other RBC aggregates.
• Platelet activation and aggregation, which appears as a grey sludge in the blood plasma.
• Fibrin, which appears as white threads in the blood plasma.
• Spicules, a form of fibrin that appears as very short threads.
• Shape changes in RBCs, which transform from round cells to amorphous shapes that pack like bricks to form an impervious wall in a blood clot.
Figure 12, below, shows the results from subjects on the WAPF diet. Seven of the eight subjects on the WAPF diet had coagulation scores of 1.0 or less. Figure 13, below, shows the results from subjects on the conventional modern diet. All six subjects on the conventional diet had coagulation scores considerably over 1.0.
Figure 14, below, compares the mean blood coagulation scores for the two diets. As this figure clearly shows, the mean values of all five coagulation factors—rouleau, RBC aggregates, platelet aggregates, spicules (a short-threaded form of fibrin), and fibrin—for subjects on the WAPF diet are considerably less than those for subjects on the conventional modern diet. No statistical analysis was performed due to the small sample size.
Figure 12. Graph showing data from all eight subjects on the WAPF diet, with Likert scale values of blood coagulation factors.
Figure 13. Graph showing data from all six subjects on the conventional modern diet, with Likert scale values of blood coagulation factors.
Figure 14. Mean values of coagulation factors observed in live blood, WAPF diet versus conventional modern diet.
1. The blood of subjects on the WAPF diet showed reduced blood coagulation and clotting within forty-five minutes compared to those on the conventional modern diet. This includes all observable coagulation factors seen in live blood analysis: rouleau and other RBC aggregates, platelet aggregates, spicules and fibrin, as well as distorted RBCs in blood clot formations.
2. Very little blood coagulation or clotting was observed in subjects on the WAPF diet up to one hour after blood draw in seven of eight subjects and after twenty-four hours in at least two subjects, whereas the blood of those on the conventional modern diet was largely coagulated and clotted in less than one hour.
3. Higher levels of chylomicrons (lipid transport particles) in the blood of WAPF subjects compared to conventional modern diet subjects were observed. (Note: This feature is not observable here due to the resolution of photographs provided.)
Reduced RBC clumping observed in the blood of subjects on the WAPF diet may be associated with improved peripheral blood circulation, particularly in the microcapillaries throughout the body. This finding is desirable because enhanced peripheral blood flow delivers more nutrients and oxygen to tissues while also removing wastes. Moreover, the longer blood coagulation time observed in the blood of subjects on the WAPF diet is known to be associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the number one chronic disease as well as the most fatal disease of our times. In addition, a longer blood coagulation time is associated with decreased biochemical inflammation throughout the body. Decreased inflammation is generally associated with reduced risk of chronic degenerative disease overall. That is, the results are consistent with a possible reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, and other chronic degenerative diseases for the WAPF group.
It must be pointed out that rapid onset of blood coagulation and clotting in fresh blood draws are generally associated with increased inflammation. Activation of the immune response activates the inflammatory biochemical cascade, which produces blood clotting, presumably to wall off an invading entity, such as a microbe, virus, or cancer cell. Once this process is initiated, then blood coagulation with fibrin deposits promotes even further inflammation.
However, inflammation is a double-edged sword. Whereas it is desirable to wall off and destroy invading entities, it is undesirable to have a state of chronic inflammation throughout the body. In fact, exaggerated and chronic inflammation contributes to chronic disease in numerous ways. For example, a blood clot on a ruptured atherosclerotic plaque may lead to arterial blockage, which directly causes the thrombosis responsible for a heart attack or stroke. As another example, coagulation with fibrin formation in synovial joint fluid is implicated in inflammatory types of arthritis that may lead to permanent joint damage. As a third example, repeated inflammation of tissue is a causal factor in cancer. As a fourth example, chronic inflammation, whereby one makes antibodies against and fights one’s own DNA, lies at the root of autoimmune disease.
How might long-term consumption of the WAPF diet contribute to reduced blood coagulation and chronic inflammation? One important factor in the WAPF diet is the proper ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, with small amounts of each type. By contrast, the conventional modern diet typically contains too high a level of omega-6 fatty acids while lacking a sufficient level of omega-3 fatty acids. This imbalance is known to facilitate inflammatory biochemistry.
Second, it should be pointed out that the WAPF diets contained levels of saturated fatty acids greatly exceeding the amounts recommended in official government dietary guidelines. A higher level of chylomicrons, lipid carriers in the blood, was seen for those on the WAPF diet, which is consistent with the higher saturated fat intake. Saturated fats are said to cause the deposition of plaque and to provoke inflammation, leading to cardiovascular disease. However, this preliminary study indicates that the consumption of large amounts of saturated fat does not adversely affect blood cell integrity and clotting or inflammation factors. In fact, we observed just the opposite, namely, that high levels of saturated fats in the diet seem to have a protective effect on the RBCs and to inhibit the expression of inflammation.
Third, the WAPF diet does not contain any processed foods such as soy milk or pasteurized milk with denatured components that may act to promote inflammation in the body. There are no transfats and no genetically modified organisms in natural unprocessed organic foods.
Fourth, almost all of the WAPF subjects consumed cod liver oil regularly, which provides vitamins A and D, known to provide anti-inflammatory and other beneficial effects.
Fifth, the WAPF diet is low carbohydrate, with a large part of the carbohydrate content coming from soaked or partly fermented grains, the bulk of calories coming from clean saturated fats without pesticide or herbicide contamination, which may be the least toxic and most efficient means of obtaining calories.
Finally, the high probiotic content in the WAPF diet due to the frequent consumption of freshly prepared fermented foods with living microbes assures a healthy digestive system with no leaky gut syndrome. Therefore, no antigenic substances are leaking into the bloodstream causing an immune response activating the inflammatory cascade.
The study has some limitations. It involved a small number of subjects (N=14) who were each measured only once. Live blood analysis is not a conventional blood test accepted by the mainstream, even though it reveals important visual information about the biological terrain, and blood coagulation and clotting.
Live blood analysis is a qualitative test with Likert scoring of variables that requires observing multiple sites of the blood sample on the glass slide, because one region alone may not be representative. Artifacts must be avoided by close attention to detail, including careful sample preparation. For any replication of this study, it is critical that testing be performed by a trained and experienced microscopist as was done in this trial.
Further research studies are encouraged to follow up and expand on these results. Specifically, it is recommended that blood levels of key biochemical markers associated with chronic inflammation on a population of subjects on the WAPF diet be compared to those consuming the conventional modern diet.
The results obtained in this study are visually compelling and extend our understanding about how traditional and modern diets impact our health. In short, unhealthy food, as consumed in the conventional modern diet, contains some abnormal and unhealthy substances that tell our bodies to fight, activating the immune and inflammatory responses, leading to early blood coagulation and clotting. Healthy food, as consumed in the WAPF diet, is all-natural, easy to digest and contains many protective elements, and does not tell our bodies to turn on the inflammatory cascade, as there is nothing offensive to fight.
This study was supported in part by a small grant from the Weston A. Price Foundation.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2009.
According to Edgar Cayce
Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet” of the early and mid 20th Century, recommended castor oil packs for a variety of conditions of lymphatic blockage such as cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder), poor eliminations, and epilepsy, various liver conditions such as cirrhosis and torpid liver, scleroderma, headaches, arthritis, colitis, intestinal disorders such as stricture and colon impaction, irritable bowel and leaky gut syndrome, nervous systems imbalance, neuritis, and toxaemia. Although this therapy may seem unusual, it is one of the best documented procedures of the Cayce therapies. Dr. William McGarey has applied castor oil packs to treat many conditions.
A castor oil pack is an external application of castor oil. A piece of wool flannel is saturated in castor oil and applied to the abdomen with a heating pad .
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CASTOR OIL PACKS
To Make a Pack
Take a piece of Wool Flannel and fold it into 3 thicknesses. Put it in a glass or Pyrex baking pan and pour cold pressed Castor Oil over it. Saturate the whole flannel, and leave it until it is well-saturated. When you use it, you want it saturated, but not dripping. The size you want for use is about 12 x 18 inches – about the same size as your heating pad, so that the pad heats the whole pack, but does not touch your skin. After each use, you will probably need to add a little more castor oil. You can use the pack many times. When you’re not using it, you can store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Where to Place a Pack
This will depend on what the problem is. In general, it should be on the right side of the body, extending from a little above the bottom of the sternum (breastbone) to about 4 inches below the navel. It should go from the navel around the body on the right side as far to the side as you can get it. Basically, cover as much of your right side as you can.
Using a Pack
Use the pack in the evening, as you are resting before bed. Spread out a large plastic garbage bag on the bed so that the castor oil won’t leak onto the bed. Fold a towel (that you will use only for castor oil packs, because the oil is almost impossible to wash out completely). Take the cloth cover off the heating pad. Then put the heating pad on top of the towel. We have found that using plastic wrap is even more convenient. Simply place the pack on the troublesome spot and wrap a layer or two of plastic wrap completely around the body. (Be careful not to wrap it too tight and make sure not to cover too much of the “bare body” with the wrap)
The readings say that it is important to heat the pack before you put it on yourself. One way is to heat it in the oven on a “low” temperature setting. Another is to heat it in a microwave oven (in a microwave-safe container) for about one minute. Another way is to put the pack on top of the heating pad and turn the pad on high. Let it warm up for a few minutes.
Lie down on your back on the plastic bag. Place the pack on your abdomen, with the heating pad on top and the towel on top of that. Have the heating pad control within easy reach of your hand, because you may need to adjust it so the pack is not too hot or too cold. It should be very warm, but not so hot it burns you. Be careful! If you’re not sure how hot is safe, start with a slightly warm session and work up to a warmer one. If it’s not warm enough, it may help to rest your arms and hands on the towel to press the pack onto your body.
Keep the pack on for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Have a paper towel handy to wipe the oil off your self when you get up, and be careful not to get any on the bed. Make up a solution of baking soda in warm water (2 teaspoons to a quart), and use paper towels or a sponge with the baking soda solution to clean off the castor oil. You might also want to take a shower with soap after that.
Use the pack for 3 days in a row. Then take a break for 4 days, and repeat.
On the evening of the 3rd day, take olive oil (not castor oil!) by mouth. Begin with about a teaspoon. If you feel OK, you can take up two tablespoons. This will help in the detoxing effect.
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You rise with the sun and set with the sun
presenting an aphrodisiac or a “party drug” wonder.
Regardless, you’ve become a spiritual-religious tool
from the land of the Lotus-eater,
who live on a food that comes from every kind of flower.
Surely, if your beauty is removed,
the hardened will weep with a type of withdrawal symptoms
From the mud you rise as most of us should!
In our garden, we have two large fish ponds that are deliciously decorated with the different varieties of the water lily. To meditate on the lily is auspicious and delivers an authentic boost to the shadow and light or the living experience. Her story is quite poetic in the history of man. Priests would deliver her in wine for a euphoric experience. As she rises from the mud, one has to realize her magical potential even if science is not there yet.
Sacred Water Lilly
(excerpt from the upcoming herbal apothecary manual)
Sweet, sweet Annie.
A plant we all could use for protection
from forces unseen In today’s world,
She is keen.
She portrays a delicate fern that whispers gently
But, don’t be fooled!!!
She has a punch that is pretty cool
We need wart protectors
And to dispel the snakes and serpents
They cause the tummy to gurgle
She is our digestive bitter
And, she cools Takes off the heat.
Annie is a ferny, soft plant growing in our gardens adding an aura of delicateness. But, she is not actually that delicate and her pungent bitterness is enough to ward off the most hungry snakes and serpents. Sweet Annie likes to reset gurgling tummies and expels worms and even malaria critters. She is a bit of tomboy of the plant world although she is very pretty in the garden.
Sweet Annie is available from Seeds Of Wellness Gardens as a dried plant and a tincture and is often blended with digestives, liver tonics and parasite cleanse alchemies.
Sweet Annie, The Delicate Tomboy
OUR Sweet Annie Tincture and Seeds
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We’ve all heard of herbal bitters taken for digestion, that’s a classic herbal tonic. Below are a few of my own favourite herbal tonics and healing tonic recipes…
Sweet Tart Cider Sipper (good digestive tonic)
This is a great little drink to help aid digestion, as well as helping to control excess candida yeast growth in the intestines. I love the sweet-tart flavor!
Try sipping one about 10 minutes before you have a meal. You can take this before each meal. Just don’t eat/drink more than two tablespoons total of vinegar per day, that would be excessive.
1/2 cup pure, clean water
1/2 cup brewed stevia leaf tea
2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar
1 cup pure, clean water
4 drops liquid stevia extract)
2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar
Mix everything together, pour into a glass and enjoy at room temperature, sipping slowly.
Makes 1 serving.
Ginger-Fennel-Peppermint Tonic (for gas & bloating)
Are you suffering from gas pain, flatulence or bloating after eating?
Changing your diet is the most important remedy, whether it’s candida related or not. Making proper dietary changes can take some time, so, in the meanwhile – herbal tonics this can be of some relief.
Use 1 teaspoon in a 1/4 cup of water before each meal, sipped slowly. You can also take this tonic between meals if you’re feeling gassy, followed by a glass of water.
1 inch piece organic fresh ginger root
1 heaping tablespoon organic fennel seeds
1 heaping tablespoon organic peppermint leaves (or loose peppermint tea)
1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
Roughly chop the ginger root. Put it in the blender with the fennel seeds, peppermint and vinegar. Blend thoroughly. Pour mixture into a clean glass jar with an airtight lid. Seal jar, wrap in a dark towel or cloth and store in a dark, cool cupboard for 2 weeks.
Strain liquid through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and store the tincture in dark amber bottles with dropper lids, or any dark glass bottle with tight sealing top. Dropper tops are great for ease of use.
Lemon Sea Salt Sipper
Thanks to my friend Bee for teaching me this amazingly simple recipe. The combination of fresh lemon or lime juice and sea salt forms a powerful tonic that aids digestion, re-hydrates through replenishing electrolytes, helps your body detoxify, as well as helps to pull nutrients from the foods we eat for better absorption.
Have one about 10 minutes before a meal, or any time you need
a little “pick me up”.
3/4 cup pure, clean water (a cup of water is 8 oz)
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1/4 teaspoon good grey sea salt
a tsp of yacon syrup or a few drops of liquid stevia extract to taste (optional)
Mix it all together in a glass until the sea salt is dissolved and sip slowly.
Chlorophyll Cleanser Tonic
Chlorophyll is a great cleanser. If you don’t have access to a juicer and fresh leafy greens or if you lack the motivation to make fresh vegetable-leafy green juice combinations, try this easy health tonic instead.
1 tablespoon freeze dried barleygrass juice powder, or any high quality “super greens” type of powdered mix (no added sugars please), plus
1 cup water
1 tablespoon liquid chlorophyll (made from alfalfa), plus
1 cup pure, clean water
Just stir and sip it slowly. I love the barleygrass powder.
There’s a brand called Green Magma which I find to be
really delicious, it reminds me of the flavor of milk.
Ginger-Garlic-Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
Be warned. This is a powerful yeast buster!! Begin with very small amounts, especially if you are dealing with an overly yeasty condition, to minimize die-off reactions which can make you feel really sick.
Start with 5 drops in 1/4 cup water, followed by a glass of water, a few minutes before a meal, once or twice a day. Work up from there, along with making the proper dietary adjustments.
2 inch piece of organic fresh ginger – roughly chopped
5 large cloves garlic – roughly chopped
1 cup raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar
Place all three ingredients in a blender. Blend thoroughly. Add more vinegar if necessary. Pour mixture into a small, clean jar with an airtight lid. Seal jar. Wrap in a dark towel or cloth. Keep in a dark location like a cool cupboard or pantry for 2 weeks.
Strain liquid through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and store the tincture in dark amber bottles with dropper lids, or any dark glass bottle with tight sealing top. Dropper tops are great for ease of use.
Once you’ve got the yeast situation under control through proper diet and lifestyle, you can use this health tonic recipe anytime you feel like something’s “off” about your immune system, like a cold coming on for instance. Use 10-20 drops of the tincture in a small amount of water, followed by a glass of water. Take it 2 or 3 or more times throughout the day and enjoy the results!
Five Alarm Super Cleanser Tonic
Okay, read the ingredients. This is not for the faint of heart, it’s HOT, pungent and potent! Its a great cleansing tonic and will do wonders in helping alleviate excess yeast.
Be warned. Like the ginger-garlic-apple cider vinegar tonic this is another powerful yeast buster!! I’ll reiterate what I mentioned above: Begin with very small amounts, especially if you are dealing with an overly yeasty condition, to minimize die-off reactions which can make you feel really sick.
Start with 5 drops in 1/4 cup of water, followed by a glass of water, once or twice a day, a few minutes before a meal. Work up from there, along with making the proper dietary adjustments.
Just be prepared for your mouth to feel fiery, your nose may run and your eyes are probably going to water for a minute. The flavor can linger on your breath for a while, so you might want to warn your family members or other loved ones 🙂
This health tonic recipe was passed on to me by a friend in California, she learned it at a health retreat. Whoever originally came up with this concoction surely understood the power of garlic, pungent, spicy roots & vegetables as natural cleansers, and must have been really motivated to clean out the pipes!
Everything organic if possible, please.
5 large garlic cloves
2 inches fresh ginger root
2 inches fresh horseradish root
2 habañero chili peppers
1 medium white onion
2 cups raw Unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Chop everything. Put it all in a blender with the vinegar and blend thoroughly. Add more vinegar if necessary. Pour mixture into a large, clean jar with an airtight lid. Seal the jar, wrap in a dark towel or cloth and store in a cool, dark spot like a cupboard or a pantry closet for 2 weeks.
Strain liquid through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and store the tincture in dark amber bottles with dropper lids, or any dark glass bottle with tight sealing top. Dropper tops are great for ease of use.
Parasite, fungal, bacteria and virus die off symptoms are different for every person. It depends upon the individual’s overall constitution and the health of the body’s terrain.
The term “Herxheimer reaction” refers to the “die off”, and is also sometimes called the “healing crisis” although healing crisis is also a term used to describe “Herrings Law of Cure”, a reversal of previous symptoms. In “die off” you might feel worse instead of better for a a period of time because the critters are dying. It is similar to an ant colony that is struggling. The ants become overactive, frantic to stay alive.
This reaction should be swift and short term. For some it lasts a day or two, others can experience die off symptoms for up to a week. And still others, who may be dealing with a more exacerbated immune deficiency may experience these unpleasant symptoms whenever a new dietary change is made toward reducing the amount of food available for the yeasts to thrive (more on that farther down the page).
The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment — it usually means that the treatment protocol is indeed working, maybe a little too well.
When “die off” happens in large quantities, it results in an immune reaction to the endotoxins released by those organisms as they die, causing an increase in symptoms we may have already been experiencing, and/or sometimes producing a new set of symptoms As the body works to detoxify, you may experience symptoms including dizziness, headache, “foggy” headedness, eye floaters (the little blurs in vision which can be detected when the eyeball moves back and forth), depression, anxiety, heightened anger reactions, gas & bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, exhaustion, need for more sleep, sweating, chills, nausea, skin breakouts, or other symptoms. I know, it reads like label warning on pharmaceutical drug; a bunch of symptoms from one of those commercials that ends with “side effects may include…” The truth is that die off symptoms are caused by real biological occurrences resulting in your body experiencing these reactions.
The two main factors which cause the unpleasant (and at times even debilitating) symptoms of die off are dietary changes and antifungal treatments.
Dietary Changes: When you begin to make healthy changes in your diet, you begin to starve the excess critters that have been hanging around gobbling up the extra sugars and nutrition in your blood. When there is not enough fuel for these yeasts, they begin to die off.
Antifungal Treatments: Starting on any kind of antifungal treatment will obviously kill fungus. That is why it is called “antifungal”. We prefer to use the wealth of natural antifungal agents found in nature. There are foods which are naturally antifungal, as well as special preparations of herbs or spices which have excellent therapeutic effects.
Remember, it’s very important to make proper dietary changes before beginning an antifungal treatment. There are two important reasons for this, which go hand in hand. First, if you continue feeding the fungus while taking antifungal treatments at the same time, you’re not going to make much progress, as the two actions are going to be canceling each other out. Second, if you continue feeding the fungu while at the same time taking antifungals, you increase your chance of experiencing some pretty severe die die off reactions.
Please remember that candida die off symptoms are an indication that your efforts are paying off. It’s all part of the natural healing process. Stick with the program and you will beat the yeast.
What Else Can I Do To Treat Die Off Symptoms?
Try an epsom salt bath, or a baking soda bath, to help draw out toxins.
If you have access to natural hot sulfur springs in your area, by all means have a soak!
Saunas and steam baths are great for sweating out excess toxins.
Follow a good sweat with a revitalizing, rehydrating drink.
A coffee enema will do wonders for an overstressed liver, and help immensely in flushing out excess toxins.
Castor Oil Packs also help relieve some of the discomfort.
To assist with the cleaning process, we suggest the following Tea made with local herbs.
Colon Cleansing Tea
Most colon cleanse teas on the market contains either senna or cascara sagrada, both of which stimulate the action of the lower intestines and colon.
These herbs are no joke. They’re used in some popular herbal tea blends to help alleviate constipation. If you’ve not used them before, they really do work. Start with a gentle dose.
Senna can cause painful intestinal spasms in some people, so you may want to look for a tea made with cascara sagrada. It supports normal function of the bowel, while stimulating digestive secretions in the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and stomach.
If you decide to use a senna tea start with a mild dose the first time, and see if you get the desired effect. Drink it at night before bed time, by the next morning after being up and about for a while you’ll know whether you need a stronger dose or not.
Our local Tea Blend
Aloe Vera Leaf – also supports normal bowel function, cleanses the blood, and is a liver/gall bladder tonic
Plantain leaf – helps break up mucoid plaque while also soothing to the intestines
Ginger root – relieves gas, bloating and upset stomach
Fennel seeds – relieves instestinal cramping and gas
Fenugreek seed – soothing to the intestines and promotes regularity
Peppermint leaf – stimulates liver and gall bladder, good for colon cleansing, digestion
Dandelion root – supports liver function, stimulates bile flow, help release toxins and also helps carry them safely out of the body.
This tea can be ordered from Seeds Of Wellness. A 20 cup blend is $8. This blend is also available in a 50ml tincture for $10.
To learn about our favourite recipes of Herbal Tonics for detoxing CLICK HERE
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About 80% of clients initially report taking a daily vitamin or mineral supplementation. When I announce that I’d rather they find nutrition in real foods, most clients raise an eyebrow with “Really, but that is hard work!”. In my opinion, anything short of the whole plant always, guaranteed, misses the mark. When did humans stop relying upon Nature to provide our nutrition? How can we assume the incredible, creative force of Nature is less than a man-made pill? It absolutely baffles me!
Clients will often tell me that they experience an increase in energy and an apparent and sometimes quick relief from health challenges due to their supplementation. So, this topic can be very confusing. I will suggest that although there appears to be relief, most often what one is occuring is a shift of symptoms, satiation and/or compromised nutrition. It is not a true healing, homeostatis or the peace of true health. Getting rid of symptoms does not necessarily translate to true health (and happiness). It often means one is trading in one set of symptoms for another and they not addressing the underlying cause.
Nutrition, despite our technological advances, is actually still a very young science. We can not, not do I think should we try to duplicate the brillant, balance of nutrients found in whole, fresh plants. It is estimated that we may only be aware of 10% of the nutrients and phytonutrients (plant) in nature. Wow! We have a lot to learn. Nature packages nutrients in a precise combination that work together as cofactors. How can removing the cofactors through extraction and refining produce less than optimal results? In my opinion it can’t. It is a fragmented approach and we are not addressing why our body is lacking the nutrient in the first place.
For example, most women over 50 are concerned about calcium levels. And, as such, seek supplementation. They do not consider the foods or habits that create a loss or interference of calcium or calcium uptake. They often do not consider possible adverse effects of taking too much calcium or the bioavailabilty of one form of calcium over another. However, more importantly, they do not question taking a mineral in an isolated form. Calcium in nature comes “packaged” in a perfect blend. How can humans intelligently claim that a specific nutrient is the answer? We can’t!
Health educator T.C.Fry said “many drugs, diets, and supplements are sold with a admonition to “consult your physician” before consuming them. But is there is value in looking inot the medical profession for nutritional advice?” I find this statement ammusing and troubling. It was only in 2004 that it became mandatory for US medical schools to have a single course on nutrition. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that challenged doctors against their patiencts in a test of basic nutrition. The patients won! (source: Micehal Gregor, Atkins facts). We have to educate ourselves further. This is the only way we will find true healing.
It is important to familiarize yourself with the elements of nature and to understand that we can not duplicate or even come close to the healing power of whole, organic, raw foods. At this point in history when most diseases stem from the realization we are eating ourselves to death, this topic is very, very important to the health and well-being of mankind. We are at a critical and important time in human history. I think it is time we all started to love ourselves in a great capacity and nourish our bodies with foods that love us back. Let’s embrace “Biophillia” – the love of nature!
In this age of information, words have taken over the experience of learning and discovering a garden. It is increasingly obvious there is a disconnect. There is a longing, though! Most people know something is “off”.
There is a first step…and a step most do not take. You can “know” all the “information” on a plant but, that sometimes is a hindrance to experiencing it. Take that knowledge and neatly put it away, tuck it under yourself and, quite frankly, forget it. This actually works when you want to meet Nature and Natural.
Many who love herbs and herbal medicines discover a deep connection to the plants. It is not chemistry or biology or plantology. It is not a component of chemistry or a part of a plant that causes and contains the magic. There is a deep, prayerful and connective relationship. The Spirit of the plant is the essence.
For those who love gardening, who gather plants in the wild and walk with them home to their kitchens…for those who learn to identify the local weeds plant communication eventually happens. For some, it comes as a surprise and others feel strangely uncomfortable in this imagination space. But, plants only wish to help and offer a lot more than a chemical they have produced. They do find a way to talk to us and will keep trying until we eventually hear them.
There are some really wonderful teachers today who are teaching plant spirit medicine, how to connect with that plant spirit. Many courses give you the “details” of each plants and we are blessed with some amazing websites to gather the information. For me, though, the woods, fields and water ways are the place to learn. The reading is a symbiotic experience with all our senses. I ask and invite guests to the Magical Forest to sit with a plant and just listen. Do nothing other than observe. When you develop a relationship with a plant a kind of sacred plant medicine happens without making or taking any medicine. It happens Just by working with them, they begin to speak to you and you begin to hear them. Whatever they share it is ALWAYS powerful.
It happens when you garden. You know, when people go into the garden, they transform. That’s why so many people love to garden. A magic exists in the most mundane act of weeding. We go into the gardens and begin to feel things and be different, and in a way that’s plant spirit medicine at its finest. I, myself, I am addicted to this connection although I often have a hard time getting out of my head. The plants are teaching me with enormous patience.
And, when you gather a plant to make a suave or oil or tincture or tea, it becomes magical kitchen medicine. You can not get this out of a pill (natural or otherwise). This is special!
Most people do not realize that they are able and capable of making and creating their own medicines. And, they often hold back and wonder if the natural supplement would be better. I say the medicine WE create is the most powerful. It contains the sacredness that ONLY can happen through relationship. And, relationship only happens when you give and share intention and attention. Our ancestors did it this way and it worked. And, its so potent. And people always get it. They never not get it. It’s so amazing to see. However, until they experience it, they seem to hesitate.
That’s why I do what I do and I have not gotten bored yet. I have been into herbs for over 25 years and gathered much “knowledge”. Yet, when I am in the gardens, I know the Sacred Medicine of meeting, greeting and being with plant is the most powerful medic ine ever. And, when I see it transforming people’s lives, it feeds my spirit deeply. And, I know they will pass it on too…that’s how it’s always been done over and over for many generations!
Zeolite (volcanic rock and ocean water) amazing in detoxifying the human body of the carcinogens, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and overall acid conditions that promote and cause disease! Of course it is! Look where it comes from!
Some 70,000 chemicals are being dumped into our environment, 65,000 of which are potentially hazardous to our health. We live in a virtual sea of pollutants, and carry many of these toxins within us. They can be found even in unborn children.
This naturally occurring mineral called zeolite has a unique, negatively charged, crystalline structure. It is like a honey comb. It is formed from the fusion of lava and ocean water, and combines all four elements. I feel that zeolite is an alchemical gift from Nature/God. The results of research on zeolite are very impressive:
1. It has a chelation-like effect in removing heavy metals (particularly lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic), pesticides, herbicides, PCBs, and other toxins from the body. These toxins are strongly correlated with the occurrence of a wide range of diseases, including cancers and neurological disorders such as Zeoliteheimer’s, autism, and dementia.
2. Zeolite also improves liver function, indirectly improving elimination of pesticides, herbicides, and xeno-estrogens.
3. Zeolite appears to block viral replication, and may prove to be a potent anti-viral and general remedy for all viruses. To date, 40 anecdotal cases of herpes zoster have reportedly been healed. Preliminary anecdotal case studies suggest that it may help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis C as well as the common cold and flu.
4. Zeolite’s binding power was proven during the Chernobyl disaster, when tons of it were used to remove radioactive cesium and strontium-90 before they contaminated local water systems.
5. Zeolite creates a natural buffer in the system by establishing an optimal pH level (between 7.35 and 7.45), which in turn activates healthy brain function and a strong immune system.
6. It is an effective detoxifier for prospective mothers and fathers. Anecdotal evidence and centuries of use in Asia suggest that zeolite is safe to use even during pregnancy and breastfeeding, although its safe use in pregnancy has not been proven in double-blind studies.
7. According to testimonials, zeolite promotes a sense of well-being, clarity, and happiness. It appears to do this as a consequence of eliminating toxins and also, according to preliminary research, by increasing serotonin production. One study suggests that zeolite also helps relieve depression.
8. Anecdotal reports suggest that zeolite increases energy, immune function, and general
9. Zeolite neutralizes the formation of nitrosamines in the stomach. Found in processed meats, nitrosamines are one cause of stomach cancer. Another positive effect on the stomach, according to many anecdotal reports, is relief of acid reflux.
10. Testimonials suggest that zeolite captures triggering antigens, which cause allergies, migraines, and asthma, decreasing the rate and severity of these symptoms.
11. Zeolite directly absorbs free radicals and thus decreases free radical activity and damage to the body.
By Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H) Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, Diplomate of Ayurveda, & Director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center
WHAT IS Zeolite?
As stated, Zeolite is formed from the fusion of volcanic lava and ocean water, and combines the four elements – air, earth, water, and fire. It has been used for 800 years throughout Asia as a traditional remedy to promote overall health and well-being, and for 30 years in the U.S. in animal feed.Zeolite’s negatively charged crystalline structure is what makes this possible. Its crystals act as “cages,” inside of which are positive ions. These positive ions switch places with positively charged toxins in the body, tightly bind them, and excrete them completely. One of the benefits of binding toxins in this manner is that they are 100 percent excreted. Heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides all leave the system; they do not get deposited elsewhere in the body. Forty percent of zeolite binds heavy metals in the gastrointestinal tract, and 60 percent binds toxins in the bloodstream and at the cellular level.
Theoretically, it has the rare ability to take in a tremendous amount of positively charged toxins, indirectly neutralizing their effect in causing cancer. In the process, the zeolite develops a slight positive charge. It is then attracted to and pulled right into the negatively charged membrane of the cancer cell. When the zeolite moves inside the cancer cell, the cell’s P21 gene is activated. This gene acts as a tumour suppressor through its ability to control cell-cycle progression. The activation of P21 appears to halt the growth of tumours by directly suppressing growth signals.
What we can say is that zeolite has a chelation-like effect in removing heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and other positively charged toxins from the system.
Zeolite’s binding power was proven during the Chernobyl disaster, when tons of it were used to remove radioactive cesium and strontium-90 before they contaminated local water systems. Acting primarily as a chelator, zeolite trapped these radioactive minerals within its crystalline cage structure.
Zeolite appears to remove toxins from the body in a hierarchical order. It first acts strongly to remove lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. This first phase may take one to four weeks or longer. Zeolite then removes second-priority toxins, including pesticides, herbicides, and plastics.
Zeolite appears to increase the rate of glucuronization in the liver, activating phase II of the glucuronidase function. This in turn removes pesticides, herbicides, and xeno-estrogens from the body, releasing them through the urine. Interestingly, it also appears to neutralize the aflatoxin poison.
A third function of zeolite is to trap pre-virus components, preventing the replication of viruses and their ability to make us sick. In this way, zeolite may play an important role as a broad-spectrum anti-viral.
Anecdotal testimony also reports that it is effective in alleviating or curing the flu, colds, hepatitis C, viral or heavy-metal induced multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Zeolite’s effect as an anti-viral appears to be a preventative function that builds up over time, beginning after approximately four to six weeks of use, when heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides have been mostly eliminated. There is anecdotal evidence, however, that in some cases its anti-viral effect seems to be immediate.
Zeolite also is a unique antioxidant. A traditional antioxidant works by absorbing excess free radicals into its system because it has an unpaired electron. In contrast, zeolite traps free radicals in its complex structure, inactivating and eliminating them. In this way, it acts as a complement to traditional antioxidants.
In addition, zeolite buffers the system towards slight alkalinity by establishing pH levels of 7.35 to 7.45, which is the optimum pH for the human body. The body’s pH level influences both immunity and brain function. An acid blood pH (7.34 or lower) creates a precondition for cancer. In an acid environment, brain cell function can also be impaired, causing depression, anxiety, stupor, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, or even psychosis.
Zeolite also appears to balance the immune system, either up- or down-regulating it as needed. Although the precise mechanism for this is not entirely understood, this function is clearly very important in a world in which most people’s immune systems are seriously compromised.
Because zeolite so powerfully removes various types of toxins from the body, it naturally increases energy and well-being. Users report improvements in mental clarity and a sense of peace, wellness, and happiness. These are what we term positive secondary effects. For example, clearing out heavy metals allows the body’s magnesium stores to work efficiently with adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the biological source of energy in the body. When this interaction is occurring optimally, people have more energy and experience greater well-being.
One study has demonstrated that zeolite also appears to increase serotonin level, which is known to help alleviate some forms of depression.
Zeolite shows promise as an effective detoxifier for women who plan to become pregnant. Recently, at Dr Garbriel Cousens Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, it was added to the protocol for the 10-day detoxification program for prospective mothers. In two women who just completed the program, toxins in their breast tissue dropped significantly – from 12 in one and 13 in the other to only two – in seven days. Toxins in their liver and brain tissue also dropped to an average of only two.
Based on centuries of use in Asia and anecdotal accounts of its use by pregnant women, zeolite appears to be safe even for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. However, its safe use in pregnancy has not been tested in double-blind studies, and no claims for safe use in pregnancy can be made.
Zeolite is commercially available in a purified and activated form. There are no reports of side effects, except one: because of its natural action to absorb water, zeolite can cause dehydration. It is therefore important to drink sufficient water both before and while taking zeolite to ensure adequate hydration.
There is only one contraindication: Zeolite is contraindicated for anyone taking a medication containing heavy metals, such as lithium, or containing platinum, which is found in some cancer medications. Before taking Zeolite, check check to see if your medication contains heavy metals or platinum.
Zeolite is simple, elegant, extraordinary, and vital for healthy living in today’s toxic world. I believe this most unique, natural substance is an alchemical gift from God to help us face our present-day health challenges due to ecological ignorance or, as they are called in Ayurveda, prajna prathara or crimes against nature.
Drink Plenty of Water In general, How much water should you drink each day? As a general rule, drink 1/2 ounce for each pound of body weight. A 140-pound woman should drink about 70 ounces of water daily.
Zeolite is much easier than it is with other common detoxification methods.
Dosage is dependent upon the individual and the need for detoxification. It is very, very important (due to the mind of Zeolite) to stay the full course of dosing (a month to six weeks) otherwise you are wasting your money.
I have a little routine/ritual every day and have for years. Almost all foods that we eat, after being digested, absorbed, and metabolized is released either an acid or an alkaline base (bicarbonate) into blood. Grains, fish, meat, poultry, shellfish, cheese, milk, and salt all produce acid. The mass consumption of these foods have caused our bodies to become overly acidic, which strips it of minerals. But I do love acid foods…a lot! So, I balance! Here are the secret formulas for maintaining an alkaline system (which, btw, is a system that can not harbour dis-ease)
Sodium bicarbonate was used back in the 30’s as a Cure-all tonic. The cause of most common ailments are due to too much acid in the body, headaches, colds, upset stomach, heartburn. Even cancers are known to thrive in an acidic environment. So Alkalizing the body with baking soda balances you PH levels to a neutral state thus eliminating most ailments caused by acidosis ( too much acid in the body). In 1931 Alka-Seltzer was introduced to the world. the main ingredients of Alka-Seltzer tablets are aspirin, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate. Let’s take out the Aspirin now shall we!
1. ACID DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS AND EXTREME ACIDITY FORMULA
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 glass of water taken after every meal. I am assuming you take three meals a day. So this would mean you take it twice a day. This will help the digestion and stop the constipation.
2. ALKALIZING THE BLOOD FORMULA
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda added to only 1/2 glass of water. This is taken once in the morning and once before bedtime.
3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA FORMULA
Two tablespoon of ACV plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Take this two to three times a day on an empty stomach. It gives me more energy. The pH of this formula is about 7
4. LEMON or LIME or BOTH BICARBONATE FORMULA
This simple formula will normalized many biological parameters, pH, ORP, phosphates, bicarbonates and antioxidants of vitamin C. A potential miracle water. One whole lemon freshly squeezed. Keep adding baking soda slowly bit by bit until the fizz stops. Then you will add water to one half glass. This is often taken twice a day. To be taken once in the morning and once before bedtime on an empty stomach.
To make these alkalizing formulas work, it is necessary that you drink plenty of water while you are eating any food. The water you drink will allow the food to be properly pH neutralized so that there is no “pockets” of acid that exists. Chewing and eating slowly is another thing that helps.
To allow the foods to be properly digested without unnecessary acid/base interaction in foods. Make sure you eat just one kind of food category for one meal, and another kind of food a category for another meals. It tends to bring homogeneity and less upset for the stomach. So do not eat many kinds of food in one meal.
If you want just protein, then protein for morning meal. And maybe starch for lunch meal, then finally a vegetarian meal in the evening.
Make sure the last meal of the day is a light meal so the body doesn’t need to do extra homework while it is resting during the night!
And to repeat again: drink plenty of water while you are eating. Do not try to conserve water to sacrifice pH imbalances. Water is a natural neutralizer.
Over the long haul (for those getting older and for the young to heed), those who do not balance their diet with alkaline foods (vegetables and fruits, primarily) become prone to weak bones, joints and muscles, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and a host of other health problems. In other words, long-term health and longevity have everything to do with acid-alkaline balance.
Consider the Inuit (a.k.a., Eskimos), who do not have access to many fruits and vegetables. Their diets consist largely of seal meat, fish and whale blubber. While they eat few grains, their diet is nevertheless highly acidic. Though a sturdy bunch, with healthy hearts, their bones start breaking down prematurely. Indeed, the Inuit people have the worst longevity statistics in North America .
In contrast is Okinawa, where more people live to 100 years of age, longer than anywhere in the world.
While meat, rice, soy and seafood (highly acidic foods) are squarely in the diet, so are a vast range of different vegetables and fruits, rich in anti-oxidants, as well as minerals that counteract acidity. A wealth of fascinating anthropologic and scientific evidence exists that supports the acid-alkaline theory of health and longevity; there is much information to research this further.
The typical American diet is similar to that of the Inuit in that there is entirely too much meat and not enough alkaline vegetables to balance it.
Factory farms in the US manufacture meat and animal products in unhealthy ways, leaving them loaded with toxins and inflammatory compounds. Furthermore, charring meat adds flavour, as well as cancer-causing substances.
To make matters worse, the acidity of the American diet is compounded by all the starches and sweets consumed. Many of these processed foods can be as acidic as meat, chicken, fish and seafood (colas are even more acidic), but are not nearly as full of nutrients.
Acidic foods are also generally lacking in fibre, which helps control blood sugar and improves bowel health. The friendly bacteria in the gut need fibre to function. Without them, not only does the digestive system suffer, but also the immune defences.
The problem is not so much any particular food, but rather the cumulative effect of a highly acidic diet over many decades that eats away at our health.
So, where does that leave us? What can we do to reduce the impact of an acidic diet?
For one, reduce the serving sizes of the acidic foods, while increasing the amount of greens and other alkaline veggies during a meal. This markedly reduces the total number of calories consumed, while reducing the acid impact. Learning about what foods are highly acidic or alkaline can help one balance the diet better.
Yet, to make it easy, here are a few suggestions that can help you add more alkaline foods to your diet –
- Have a big salad at least once a day using green leafy vegetables (especially collard or mustard greens, endive and kale) and add sprouts, broccoli, parsley and peppers.
- Grind black pepper on everything savoury.
- Squeeze lemon or lime juice on fish, salads or in your beverage.
- Munch on pumpkin seeds or add them to salads.
- Use sea salt (Celtic, French or Himalayan preferred) rather than regular table salt.
- Use Apple cider vinegar rather than Balsamic vinegar.
- Drink ginger tea instead of coffee.
- If you like radishes, eat them like candy.
- If you want something sweet, eat cantaloupe, tangerines, mandarins and assorted berries.
- Let vegetable juices be your summer thirst quencher.
- Quell a hunger with celery smeared with nut butter. Smear half of an avocado on toast, rather than margarine.
Green leafy vegetables and the foods mentioned above can make a major difference in the balance of things and protect the bones, joints, muscles, heart, brain, liver and kidneys. Alkaline bodies are also much more resistant to infection and cancer.
As far as diets go, these are not boring foods by any means. Indeed, there is a great variety to choose from, and hundreds of simple recipes to play with. In addition, many other healthy and tasty foods are alkaline forming, though not with the same impact as the foods listed above. There are also alkaline mineral supplements, such as the citrates of potassium, magnesium and calcium, which can have profound effects on health and well-being.
(Disclaimer: If it is suspected you have a Sulphur or Mercury (heavy metal for that matter) intoxication, please DO NOT use MSM. It can be very dangerous! Persons with kidney problems or recurrent kidney stones may not want to take MSM. Certain renal tubular defects can make a person susceptible to recurrent kidney stones. Other kidney defects include errors of metabolism in which processing of sulphur amino acids is altered . Again, such persons may wish to avoid MSM)
Within this earth’s water cycle is a special little mineral called MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) that evaporates from the ocean water to display as the “whiteness” in the clouds. This white compound rains down to earth and penetrates into all living things. The earthly journey of MSM is a beautiful amplification of its function and ability inside the human body Just as it penetrates the earthly living structures, MSM also provides the permeability for the internal cells the human body allowing for the penetration of goodness in and toxins out. Not actually a superfood, it’s powers are just as magical.
Quite simply, MSM is probably the most significant discovery since Vitamin C. It’s pretty much a miracle substance. It’s good for preventing muscle aches and sprains, general health, and a whole lot more:
MSM is an organic form of sulfur and it is as pure as spring water. It is apparently the only form of sulfur the body can assimilate. (Why garlic is so healthy: Its high sulfur content.) Sulfur is a component of bones, teeth and collagen (connective tissue). Collagen can’t be made in the body unless sulfur is present, so this means your joint cartilage can’t be repaired without sulfur. Sulfur is the 4th most plentiful mineral in the body, and so essential to life that it is found in every cell of virtually every animal and plant
So, taking an MSM is like getting back to a healthy raw foods diet.
As MSM is present in the water cycle, it should be present in all the produce we consume, unless of course the produce is grown in greenhouses. In fact, if you water your garden with rainwater, MSM will be present in the produce of your garden. If you water your garden with water from only your faucet, then no MSM will be present in your produce. However, it is easily destroyed by any heat, or processing of foods or water treatment plants. Therefore finding MSM in our readily available foods is getting harder to do. But when it is present, it is readily absorbed and utilized by our bodies.
MSM is like an escort in the human body that promotes beautification. Our bodies are constantly making new cells to replace old cells. In fact, the trillions of cells in our body are replaced entirely every 7 years. As new cells are created, the MSM is incorporated into the polypeptide bonds that make up the cells walls. The result is the creation of cell walls that are far more permeable to nutrients and goodness. It is like comparing a piece of tightly wound nylon material to a loose cheesecloth. Cells walls without MSM will be very impermeable to nutrients while cells walls with adequate MSM will be very permeable to nutrients. Obviously, permeable cells have a far great opportunity to move nutrients in and toxins out with greater ease. With more goodness escorted in and more badness thrown out, the cells are softer, kinder, happier and more at ease with their function.
When our diet lacks MSM, the cells become rigid and lose the ability to flex back. Stiff and inflexible cells are associated with aging. It is the sulfur within MSM is responsible for the flexibility and elasticity of skin. Based on this information, MSM has been used to enhance skin wellness, improve scar formation and to assist in skin health in teens prone to acne. It softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. This is how MSM lives up to its reputation of building collagen and maintaining healthy joints. This is also why MSM increases flexibility and helps relieve arthritis and other joint and muscle pain and is excellent for recovery from injuries.
Why take MSM?
It’s used in the formation of collagen — the “lattice” framework the cells fit in. Because of that, it’s required in large quantities. It’s a “macro mineral”, not a trace mineral. (Vitamin C is a “macro vitamin”, for the same reason.)
It creates the flexible bonds between cells, instead of the stiff cross-linked bonds.
That means it’s good for flexibility and prevents wrinkles.
I suspect that also helps ameliorate age-induced near-sightedness, which is essentially a stiffening of the cornea over time.
It’s very helpful for arthritis.
It produces strong, healthy nails, hair, and skin.
It promotes healing with flexible tissue. (Otherwise, scar tissue forms, which tears rather than stretches — the typical cause of re-injury.)
On the surface, wounds heal with healthy skin instead of scar tissue. Inside, muscles and tendons heal with flexible tissue instead of easily torn scar tissue.
Because recovery from a workout is essentially a building process, MSM users report “no soreness after workouts”.
How good is it? They’ve been giving it to multi-million dollar racehorses for decades to prevent sore legs and promote muscle recovery.
MSM is also an antioxidant, and it helps flush toxins.
Because the toxin flushing occurs through the skin via sweat, it’s good for the liver. (Reduces strain on the liver, promotes healing.)
Apparently, it “paints” the insides of your stomach and intestines, in such a way that it effectively prevents food allergies.
Sulfur is also a major part of insulin. So MSM improves energy levels.
I’m not sure if it’s due to its insulin activity or to its intestinal activity, but MSM appears reduce sweet tooth cravings. Could be that it is promoting the good intestinal flora. (Sugar promotes the bad ones.)
Probably because it heals the mylein sheaths around the nerves, it promotes inner calm. (Alcohol wears away those nerve coverings which produces, quite literally, “raw nerves”, irritability, anxiety, and anger.)
Perhaps more importantly, MSM is the escort for many nutrients. Co-enzyme Q10 locks with MSM, which means that in order for the body to fully utilize this nutrient, it must have MSM with it. Pantothenic acid, Vitamins A, D, and E, inter-enzymes, amino acids, selenium, calcium, germanium, collagnol and dismuzyme are just some of the things we know the body does not utilize properly unless it has MSM as an escort. A lot of the vitamins we take go through the body without being fully used. With more MSM in the body, vitamins can be utilized more effectively and therefore become much more beneficial.
There is a joke that North Americans have the most expensive urine in the world because of all the vitamins that go down the drain. Vitamin C does a lot of healing by itself, but without MSM to lock with, it doesn’t toughen capillary walls. When MSM is added to the diet and taken with Vitamin C, chronic nosebleeds, easy bruising and varicose veins may be relieved. Vitamin C and MSM work synergistically together.. Without enough MSM, the body can’t do its job properly.
The MSM source as a powdered form is often lignin from pine trees. Lignin is a molecule in plants that is part of a plant’s cell wall. Lignin oxidation in oak wine barrels results in the vanilla flavors of wines. The pine tree lignin is an ideal source.
MSM is both safe and effective but every body is different, so you would need to find what dosage works for you. One thousand (approximately 2 tsp) to four thousand milligrams per day is a typical dosage range, but some people take well above that amount. It is best to start with one thousand mg and work your way up. As MSM does detox the body, watch for signs of rash, sweating or headaches. It may mean you are detoxing too quickly. If this happens, reduce the dose and wait one week before increasing it again.
If you are taking MSM in powder, here is the proper way to consume MSM, to avoid the bitter taste. Take a large spoonful of the bulk MSM and place it on the tip of your tongue. Now quickly consume a large amount liquid. Water can be used and is how I consumed bulk MSM. However juices will mask any small taste, especially Cranberry Juice. MSM, when place on the tip of your tongue is tasteless. It is when it dissolves that the taste is so very bitter. Consuming MSM in this manner will allow nearly all of the MSM to dissolve in your stomach, far on the other side of your taste buds! Some of the excess MSM you consume will flush out of your body in about 12 hours, taking with it many toxins. (Therefore supplementation with MSM should be repeated both morning and again in the evening.)
On the minus side, taking MSM does seem to promote indigestion, even though the long term affect should be help prevent it! It’s sort of like exercise. It may hurt, but it makes you stronger. The thing is, if it hurts too much, it’s because you’re doing more damage than you can handle. So watch how you feel, and build up to the amount you need. (If you have problems, cut the amount in half. Keep cutting until you don’t have problems. Then build up by adding 10% a week until you’re where you want to be.)
MSM can be taken in capsule avoid the bitter taste, but capsules are much more expensive and as you increase your dose, you may find it that you have to take too many pills. Many people who have unsuccessfully tried MSM were not taking enough MSM.
Finally, you can also use MSM in your bathwater and it will leave your skin getting smoother and smoother — and even help eliminate minor rashes, infections and skin conditions. Use about 1 cup full of MSM in a full bathtub for a long soaking (20 minutes) bath — and don’t worry about getting it in your eyes or mouth. No problem. I have also add MSM to my hot tub.
From the cell walls of pine trees to the cells of the human body, a good MSM can contribute to good health and help beautify you from the inside out.
Cacao! Need an antioxidant? Seriously, you can not go wrong with Cacao (warning: we are not talking about chocolate but pure unadulterated Cacao)
The real truth is about to come out about RAW ORGANIC CHOCOLATE–THEOBROMA CACAO–FOOD OF THE GODS. It is a true super food and unrivalled in many areas of nutrition–especially antioxidants! The ancient Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, and Toltec Indians were really onto something.
Here are some startling and super cool facts about Raw Cacao
- is the highest known source of anti-oxidants by a factor of almost 5! It has nearly 20 times the antioxidant levels of red wine and up to 30 times what is found in green tea!*
- Over 80% of the US population is deficient in Magnesium. In nature, the primary source of Magnesium is cacao (raw chocolate beans)!** (Acute monthly cravings for chocolate amongst pre-menstrual women may be partly explained by its rich magnesium content. Magnesium deficiency exacerbates PMS. Before menstruation, too, levels of the hormone progesterone are high. Progesterone promotes fat storage, preventing its use as fuel; elevated premenstrual levels of progesterone may cause a periodic craving for fatty foods. One study reported that 91% of chocolate-cravings associated with the menstrual cycle occurred between ovulation and the start of menstruation. Chocolate cravings are admitted by 15% of men and around 40% of women.)
The ancient Indians of Central America valued cacao so much that they used it as money! Montezuma, the famous Aztec emperor, had his vaults filled not with gold but with about 960,000,000 raw cacao beans! Raw chocolate is known to have the following properties:
- Diminishes appetite and aids in weight loss
- Increases sensuality and beauty
- Helps to heal and open the heart
- Nourishes the intellect and attracts prosperity
One of the main differences between raw cacao and the chocolate typically available on the open market (cocoa- -a processed substance) is that raw cacao has all the original healthy cacao butter containing all the original essential fatty acids and amazing taste originally found in the bean.
Raw cacao or chocolate should not be confused with other substances such as coco (coconut), kola (a nut whose flavour is used in soft drinks), or coca (the leaf of the plant from which cocaine is derived). Cocoa and cocoa butter are cooked, processed substances derived from raw cacao nibs (or beans/nuts). All chocolate starts out as raw cacao beans (or nuts–they are actually the seed of the cacao fruit which grows on a tropical tree). Processing, cooking and roasting, destroy sensitive nutrients, create trans-fats, and corrupt the delicate, complex flavour of the cacao nib (bean without the skin). Raw cacao is one of the most, if not THE most, nutrient rich and complex foods known to man.
Chocolate contains more than 300 known chemicals, some of which are listed below. Caffeine is the most well known of these chemical ingredients, and while it’s present in chocolate, it can only be found in small quantities. Theobromine, a weak stimulant, is also present, in slightly higher amounts. The combination of these two chemicals (and possibly others) may provide the “lift” that chocolate eaters experience.
Chocolate also contains a natural ‘love drug’. Tryptophan is a chemical that the brain uses to make a neurotransmitter called serotonin. High levels of serotonin can produce feelings of elation, even ecstasy –hence the name of the designer drug that also works by increasing serotonin levels. While tryptophan could be considered ‘chocolate’s ecstasy’, another chemical called phenylethylamine has earned the nickname ‘chocolate amphetamine’, since it is related to amphetamines. High levels of this neurotransmitter help promote feelings of attraction, excitement, giddiness and apprehension. Phenylethylamine works by stimulating the brain’s pleasure centers and reaches peak levels during orgasm. All of these stimulants increase the activity of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) in parts of the brain that control our ability to pay attention and stay alert. But many scientists are skeptical that chocolate could produce mood altering effects in this way. Chemicals like tryptophan and phenylethylamine, which are also found in many other foodstuffs, are present in chocolate only in very small quantities.
While stimulants contribute to a temporary sense of well-being, there are other chemicals and other theories as to why chocolate makes us feel good. Several more obscure chocolate ingredients seem to act by affecting the brain’s own neurotransmitter network. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers of the brain. They work by transporting electrical signals between nerve cells. These signals cause changes in the sensations and emotions that we experience.
One of the chemicals in chocolate that makes us feel good is the lipid, Anandamide. Anandamide is a current favourite candidate for a psychoactive chocolate ingredient. Anandamide is unique due to its resemblance to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical found in marijuana. Both activate the same receptor which causes the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which leads to feelings of well being that people associate with a high. Anandamide, found naturally in the brain, breaks down very rapidly. Besides adding to the levels of anandamide, chocolate also contains two other chemicals which work to slow the breakdown of the anandamide, thus extending the feelings of well-being. Even though the anandamide in chocolate helps to create feelings of elation, the effect is not the same as the THC in marijuana. THC reacts with receptors more widely dispersed in the brain and is present in much larger amounts. Experts say it would take twenty-five pounds of chocolate to achieve a similar high to that of marijuana. Yet it’s worth noting that Noleolethanolamine and N-linoleoylethanolamine, two structural cousins of anandamide present in chocolate, both inhibit the metabolism of anandamide. It has been speculated that they promote and prolong the feeling of well-being induced by anandamide.
So, please, eat your chocolate (raw).
Seeds Of Wellness really likes to blend personalized herbs in raw cacao (and in tinctures) for unique blends of healing herbs. Raw Cacao acts as an amazing MTA (medicine transfer agent).
Pump the Lymphatic System! Did you know….
- The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day?
- The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands?
- That the skin is known also as our third kidney?
- That the skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body?
- That the skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency?
Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The dry brushing technique deals with detoxification of the skin.
Dry brushing is a way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.
Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr., Paavo Airola for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and many cancer treatment centers today. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. Dry brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:
Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing Explained:
- Removes cellulite
- Cleanses the lymphatic system
- Removes dead skin layers
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
- Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
- Tones the muscles
- Stimulates circulation
- Improves the function of the nervous system
- Helps digestion
- AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!
I have detailed all these amazing benefits below for those who desire a more thorough and scientific explanation.
Dry Brushing Technique
What You Need To Do
To dry brush, use a soft natural fibre brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. One with a removable head with a strap for your hand is a good choice. A loofah sponge or a rough towel can also be used. Most nylon and synthetic fibre brushes are too sharp and may damage skin although I found a softer bath brush with nylon bristles that seems to do the trick. The important thing is to find something that is just right for your skin. Once your skin becomes “seasoned,” you can switch to a coarser brush.
Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing:
Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head. It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.
Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.
Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. You can also dry brush areas of cellulite five to 10 minutes twice a day to achieve cellulite dissolving but the technique needs to be done consistently for a minimum of five months.
- Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.
- Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
- After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter. Add a little peanut and Castor oil to the mix if you have arthritis. Edgar Cayce says this works to take out some of the pain, and we’ve found that to be true over the years.
- Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.
Any well designed program will take about 30 days to see and experience the changes. Please be patient and keep up the program! For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.
How to Dry Brush (Easy, Fast Instructions):
- Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
- Continue brushing up your legs (always towards your heart)
- Proceed to your hands and arms.
- Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
- Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
- Lightly brush the breasts.
- Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.
Here are the verbose directions….A little more in-depth but very effective if you can master it!
- You will do most steps 7-14 times. Hang in there—it’s not as complicated as it sounds and doesn’t take as long as it seems once you get the flow of it.)
- Using your right hand, gently slide the brush along your right jaw line starting from your earlobe to the underside of your chin 7 times
- Place the brush at the hairline on your neck and gently pull around the right side of your neck to the Adam’s apple 7 times.
- Hold the brush with your right hand at the bottom of your neck (where it joins the top of your back) and bring it around your neck to the right and down along your right collar bone and end up between your collar bones 7 times
- Stroke your breastbone in a circular fashion to stimulate the thymus gland 7 times.
- Carefully brush the breast in a circular motion 7 times
- Repeat the above steps for your left side holding the brush with your left hand.
- To stimulate the pituitary gland, hold the brush on the back of your head near the base of your neck and rock the brush up and down, then side to side, both sides 14 times.
- Hold the brush in your left armpit with your right hand and rotate it counter clockwise 7 times, then clockwise 7 times.
- Repeat on your right armpit with your left hand.
- Brush upward 7 times from your upper right thigh to your right armpit.
- Repeat process on your left side. Women may need to hold their breast out of the way with their free hand
- Brush back and forth over your belly button and around your waistline 14 times (like passing a basketball behind your back).
- Brush in a circular motion over your belly-button, counter-clockwise 7 times then clockwise 7 times.
- Finish brushing the front of your body in any direction starting at the bottom and brushing all the way up 14 times. Very little pressure needs to be applied to the genitals and women’s breasts because the skin is sensitive and will redden if irritated.
- Brush up and down your spine from the base of your neck and down as far as you can 14 times.
- Finish your upper back by stroking it around toward your sides.
- Brush your spine from tailbone up as high as you can reach 14 times, holding the brush with two hands or with the detachable wooden handle.
- Finish your lower back by stroking it around toward your sides.
- Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart.
- Hold the brush in the right groin with both hands and rotate it 7 times counter-clockwise, then 7 times clockwise.
- Repeat with the left groin.
- Brush from right knee to right hip 7 times.
- Work all the way around your leg continuing to brush upwards (towards the heart).
- Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart.
- Brush around your right ankle 7 times.
- Brush back and forth over the top of your right foot from toes to ankle.
- Brush across your right toes on top and underneath 7 times.
- Brush the bottom of your right foot heel to toe 7 times.
- Now do the same with for the left foot, leg and thigh.
- Brush upward from right elbow to your armpit and shoulder 7 times.
- Brush from your right wrist to the elbow in the same manner 7 times.
- Repeat steps on your left arm.
- Lightly brush the webbing (or junction) between your left thumb and index or pointer finger on the palm side 14 times, then on the non-palm side 14 times.
- Brush your left palm from wrist to fingertips and back 7 times.
- Brush the back of your left hand the same way 7 times.
- Brush each left hand finger individually back and forth 7 times on the areas that have not been brushed yet.
- Repeat the steps for your right hand.
- After brushing, take a hot shower with soap (about three minutes in duration), followed by a 10-20 second cold rinse. Repeat this procedure three times. If the hot/cold showers are too extreme, a warm shower can be used. Follow the shower with a rubdown with either a sponge or towel to remove dead skin.
More details on the science behind the benefits
Dry brushing removes cellulite– Cellulite is a non-scientific term defined as toxic deposits of subcutaneous fat material and fibrous tissue that are not able to be eliminated and which cause a dimpling effect on the overlying skin. These deposits most commonly occur on the thighs and hips of women. Cellulite can affect men and women of any body weight or size. What causes the toxins? Well, some think that we store the breakdown product of cells as toxins in this subcutaneous tissue. Others think that toxic emotions can be stored in the subcutaneous tissue which then builds up as cellulite. Your best bets for getting rid of cellulite are dry brushing, connective tissue massage, working though the emotional issues that are causing the toxins to stagnate, eating foods that feed the skin, an alkaline diet program and a consistent/persistent exercise routine. These techniques will break down the unwelcome toxic body deposits and send them scurrying out your body through the elimination channels we discussed above. And your health will be SO much better for it! Foods that feed the skin include foods that are rich in lecithin, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants such as eggs, organ meats, a balance of Omega-3-6-9 oils like Udo’s Choice, fresh dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, berries of all kinds, and dark chocolate (in condiment amounts—like an ounce a day!)
- Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, so you can see how important this might be. Paavo Airola maintains that dry brushing is an essential part of any intestinal cleansing and healing program.
- Dry brushing literally moves the lymph containing large proteins and particulate matter that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system. If these proteins stayed in our systems outside the blood vessels, it would attract other fluid. Pretty soon we’d get swollen ankles, limbs and eventually we’d be leaking fluid out our skin (not a pretty sight.) This is called lymphedema and is why most health programs include some type of exercise and body work.So, why don’t we die if we don’t do this dry brushing thing? Well, lymph vessels themselves have their own pumping mechanism sensing when the vessels have more fluid in them or in the interstitial fluids. Lymph only goes one way because of the many one-way valves on the insides of each lymph vessel. The body is a fascinating thing. It literally pumps the lymph along its path back to the heart. Removal of proteins from the interstitial spaces is an essential function. Without this happening, we would die within 24 hours. We can help speed this process up when we dry brush or massage toward the heart, contract our muscles and move our bodies (like when we walk or exercise.)
Increased lymph flow can also be caused by high blood pressure. This is why it is so important to attend to this malady and why the doctors get into a frenzy of prescribing so many different medications for it. (Currently there are over 140 medications for high blood pressure!)
- Dry brushing removes dead skin layers. Dry skin brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal. Dry skin is a sign of detoxification. Therefore it’s good to keep the process going by removing the dead skin daily. If this does not occur, a “log jam” can happen where the person ends up with eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff
- Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during cancer and other chronic illness treatment. By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into organs of detoxification we can purify the entire system. After several days of dry brushing, sometimes you may notice a gelatinous mucoid material in your stools. This is a normal sign that the intestinal tract is renewing itself. Best of all, it feels invigorating!
- Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. Chemical analysis of sweat shows that it has almost the same constituents as urine. If the skin becomes inactive, its pores choke with millions of dead cells, uric acid and other impurities which will remain in the body putting extra stress on the liver and kidneys. People with big hips and thighs usually have low-grade bladder infections. Another sign of this is that the body gives off a distinct sickening odor. When the bladder and kidney are really sick, the calves are often swollen as well and the feet stink. So, give your kidneys a break—keep your skin clean and rejuvenated. Bathe daily and do a dry brushing before the bath to help stimulate blood flow to the surface so that toxins can more easily escape.
- Dry Brushing tightens the skin by increasing the flow of blood which, in turn moves toxins and lessens the appearance of cellulite. Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours – skin brushing removes the old top layer, allowing the clean new layer to come to the surface, resulting in softer, smoother skin.
- Dry Brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and helps to even distribution of fat deposits. This is a great technique for invalids who can’t exercise.
- Dry brushing stimulates circulation. Our skin breathes! And yet, in most people, this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity, because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated. By activating the circulation you can also prevent varicose veins.
- Dry brushing improves the function of the nervous system–Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
- Helps digestion — Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health. When you brush, the pores of your skin open allowing your skin to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. Clogged pores are not just a cosmetic concern. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.
1. Oxygen 2. Water 3. Salt 4. Potassium 5. Exercise 6. Oils
FACT – No one can live without these. Mainstream medicine too often ignores 2 & 3 in favor of selling drugs and procedures to treat the symptoms of dehydration.
FACT – Nothing kills life quicker than lack of water.
FACT – The people with the worst health drink the least water and use the most deadly diuretic drought causing drugs – caffeine and/or alcohol.
FACT – The salinity of the water outside the cells in our bodies is the same as the ocean.
FACT – In the middle ages people were put to a horrible death by salt deprivation.
FACT – Health care makes big bucks by selling a quart of water with salt in it (Saline 4) for up to $350.00 installed, but won’t tell the patients they do indeed need more water and salt in their diets.
FACT – How can you expect drug companies to do research on the importance of water in our daily lives when they can’t make money on it? Who does research to put themselves out of business?
FACT – No two substances in the Bible are mentioned more than water and salt.
FACT – The environment of an unborn baby is water and salt.