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).
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.
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
“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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
For more information on HP
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 ]
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.
Watch a video on How to make a castor oil pack
|A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods
|Your body pH affects everything…
|Balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health.
The pH scale is from 0 – 14
|0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 healthy 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.
Shifting Your pH Toward Alkaline…
This chart is for those trying to “adjust” their body pH. The pH scale is from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 acidic ( low on oxygen ) and numbers above 7 alkaline. An acidic body is a sickness magnet. What you eat and drink will impact where your body’s pH level falls. Balance is Key !!!
This chart is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods.
Parsnips (high glycemic)
ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Banana (high glycemic)
Whey Protein Powder
ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Fruit Juice
Soured Dairy Products
Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14
Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.
Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
Canned or Glazed Fruits
ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
Hemp Seed Flour
ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES
ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS
ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN
ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS
Hemp Seed Oil
ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS
ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS
ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD
Beer: pH 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH 2
Coffee: pH 4
** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.
There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet. The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side. Remember, you don’t need to adhere strictly to the Alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
|* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; research is ongoing.
Here’s a chart that ranks foods from most alkaline to most acidic.
|Ranked Foods: Alkaline to Acidic
Cantaloupe, cayenne celery, dates, figs, kelp, limes, mango, melons, papaya, parsley, seaweeds, seedless grapes (sweet), watercress.
Asparagus, fruit juices, grapes (sweet), kiwifruit, passionfruit, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, umeboshi plums, and vegetable juices.
Apples (sweet), alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, grapefruit, grapes (less sweet), guavas, herbs (leafy green), lettuce (leafy green), nectarine, peaches (sweet), pears (less sweet), peas (fresh, sweet), pumpkin (sweet), sea salt (vegetable).
Apples (sour), beans (fresh, green), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob, cauliflower, ginger (fresh), grapes (sour), lettuce (pale green), oranges, peaches (less sweet), peas (less sweet), potatoes (with skin), pumpkin (less sweet), raspberries, strawberries, squash, sweet Corn (fresh), turnip, vinegar (apple cider).
Almonds, artichokes (jerusalem), brussel sprouts, cherries, coconut (fresh), cucumbers, eggplant, honey (raw), leeks, mushrooms, okra, olives (ripe), onions, pickles (homemade), radishes, sea salt, spices, tomatoes (sweet), vinegar (sweet brown rice).
Chestnuts (dry, roasted), egg yolks (soft cooked), essene bread, goat’s milk and whey (raw), mayonnaise (homemade), olive oil, sesame seeds (whole), soy beans (dry), soy cheese, soy milk, sprouted grains, tofu, tomatoes (less sweet), and yeast (nutritional flakes).
Butter (fresh, unsalted), cream (fresh, raw), cow’s milk and whey (raw), margine, oils (except olive), and yogurt (plain).
Bananas (green), barley (rye), blueberries, bran, butter, cereals (unrefined), cheeses, crackers (unrefined rye, rice and wheat), cranberries, dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney, garbanzo), dry coconut, egg whites, eggs whole (cooked hard), fructose, goat’s milk (homogenized), honey (pasteurized), ketchup, maple syrup (unprocessed), milk (homogenized).
Molasses (unsulferd and organic), most nuts, mustard, oats (rye, organic), olives (pickled), pasta (whole grain), pastry (whole grain and honey), plums, popcorn (with salt and/or butter), potatoes, prunes, rice (basmati and brown), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), soy sauce, and wheat bread (sprouted organic).
Artificial sweeteners, beef, beer, breads, brown sugar, carbonated soft drinks, cereals (refined), chocolate, cigarettes and tobacco, coffee, cream of wheat (unrefined), custard (with white sugar), deer, drugs, fish, flour (white, wheat), fruit juices with sugar, jams, jellies, lamb.
Liquor, maple syrup (processed), molasses (sulphured), pasta (white), pastries and cakes from white flour, pickles (commercial), pork, poultry, seafood, sugar (white), table salt (refined and iodized), tea (black), white bread, white vinegar (processed), whole wheat foods, wine, and yogurt (sweetened).
|More Ranked Foods: Alkaline to Acidic
|Highly Alkaline Forming Foods
Baking soda, sea salt, mineral water, pumpkin seed, lentils, seaweed, onion, taro root, sea vegetables, lotus root, sweet potato, lime, lemons, nectarine, persimmon, raspberry, watermelon, tangerine, and pineapple.
|Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods
Apricots, spices, kambucha, unsulfured molasses, soy sauce, cashews, chestnuts, pepper, kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, asparagus, kale, parsley, endive, arugula, mustard green, ginger root, broccoli, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olive, dewberry, carrots, loganberry, and mango.
|Low Alkaline Forming Foods
Most herbs, green tea, mu tea, rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, sake, quail eggs, primrose oil, sesame seed, cod liver oil, almonds, sprouts, potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard green, pear, avocado, apples (sour), blackberry, cherry, peach, and papaya.
|Very Low Alkaline Forming Foods
Ginger tea, umeboshi vinegar, ghee, duck eggs, oats, grain coffee, quinoa, japonica rice, wild rice, avocado oil, most seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil, brussel sprout, beet, chive, cilantro, celery, okra, cucumber, turnip greens, squashes, lettuces, orange, banana, blueberry, raisin, currant, grape, and strawberry.
|Very Low Acid Forming Foods
Curry, koma coffee, honey, maple syrup, vinegar, cream, butter, goat/sheep cheese, chicken, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck, triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice, pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil, spinach, fava beans, black-eyed peas, string beans, wax beans, zucchini, chutney, rhubarb, coconut, guava, dry fruit, figs, and dates.
|Low Acid Forming Foods
Vanilla, alcohol, black tea, balsamic vinegar, cow milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, goat milk, game meat, lamb, mutton, boar, elk, shell fish, mollusks, goose, turkey, buckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, farina, semolina, white rice, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan, tofu, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, red beans, aduki beans, lima beans, chard, plum, prune and tomatoes.
|Moderately Acid Forming Foods
Nutmeg, coffee, casein, milk protein, cottage cheese, soy milk, pork, veal, bear, mussels, squid, chicken, maize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran, pistachio seeds, chestnut oil, lard, pecans, palm kernel oil, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, other legumes, garbanzo beans, cranberry, and pomegranate.
|Highly Acid Forming Foods
Tabletop sweeteners like (NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal or Aspartame), pudding, jam, jelly, table salt (NaCl), beer, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, cocoa, white (acetic acid) vinegar, processed cheese, ice cream, beef, lobster, pheasant, barley, cottonseed oil, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, fried foods, soybean, and soft drinks, especially the cola type. To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.
|A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods
|Alkaline Forming Foods
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Banana (high glycemic)
Whey Protein Powder
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Fruit Juice
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
|Acid Forming Foods
|FATS & OILS
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Flour
|NUTS & BUTTERS
|DRUGS & CHEMICALS
BEANS & LEGUMES
|More Ranked Foods: Alkaline (pH) to Acidic (pH)
| Alkaline: Meditation, Prayer, Peace, Kindness & Love
|| Acid: Overwork, Anger, Fear, Jealousy & Stress
| Extremely Alkaline Forming Foods – pH 8.5 to 9.0
|| Extremely Acid Forming Foods – pH 5.0 to 5.5
| 9.0 Lemons 1, Watermelon 2
8.5 Agar Agar 3, Cantaloupe, Cayenne (Capsicum) 4,
Dried dates & figs, Kelp, Karengo, Kudzu root, Limes,
Mango, Melons, Papaya, Parsley 5, Seedless grapes
(sweet), Watercress, Seaweeds
Asparagus 6, Endive, Kiwifruit, Fruit juices 7, Grapes
(sweet), Passion fruit, Pears (sweet), Pineapple,
Raisins, Umeboshi plum, Vegetable juices 8
| 5.0 Artificial sweeteners
5.5 Beef, Carbonated soft drinks & fizzy drinks 38,
Cigarettes (tailor made), Drugs, Flour (white, wheat)
39, Goat, Lamb, Pastries & cakes from white flour,
Pork, Sugar (white) 40
Beer 34, Brown sugar 35, Chicken, Deer, Chocolate,
Coffee 36, Custard with white sugar, Jams, Jellies,
Liquor 37, Pasta (white), Rabbit, Semolina, Table
salt refined and iodized, Tea black, Turkey, Wheat
bread, White rice, White vinegar (processed).
| Moderate Alkaline – pH 7.5 to 8.0
|| Moderate Acid – pH 6.0 to 6.5
| 8.0 Apples (sweet), Apricots, Alfalfa sprouts 9,
Arrowroot, Flour 10, Avocados, Bananas (ripe),
Berries, Carrots, Celery, Currants, Dates & figs
(fresh), Garlic 11, Gooseberry, Grapes (less sweet),
Grapefruit, Guavas, Herbs (leafy green), Lettuce
(leafy green), Nectarine, Peaches (sweet), Pears
(less sweet), Peas (fresh sweet), Persimmon,
Pumpkin (sweet), Sea salt (vegetable) 12, Spinach
7.5 Apples (sour), Bamboo shoots, Beans (fresh green),
Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage;Cauli, Carob
13, Daikon, Ginger (fresh), Grapes (sour), Kale,
Kohlrabi, Lettuce (pale green), Oranges, Parsnip,
Peaches (less sweet), Peas (less sweet), Potatoes
& skin, Pumpkin (less sweet), Raspberry, Sapote,
Strawberry, Squash 14, Sweet corn (fresh), Tamari
15, Turnip, Vinegar (apple cider) 16
| 6.0 Cigarette tobacco (roll your own), Cream of Wheat
(unrefined), Fish, Fruit juices with sugar, Maple
syrup (processed), Molasses (sulphured), Pickles
(commercial), Breads (refined) of corn, oats, rice &
rye, Cereals (refined) eg weetbix, corn flakes,
Shellfish, Wheat germ, Whole Wheat foods 32,
Wine 33, Yogurt (sweetened)
6.5 Bananas (green), Buckwheat, Cheeses (sharp),
Corn & rice breads, Egg whole (cooked hard),
Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Oats, Pasta (whole grain),
Pastry (wholegrain & honey), Peanuts, Potatoes
(with no skins), Popcorn (with salt & butter), Rice
(basmati), Rice (brown), Soy sauce (commercial),
Tapioca, Wheat bread (sprouted organic)
| Slightly Alkaline to Neutral pH 7.0
|| Slightly Acid to Neutral pH 7.0
| 7.0 Almonds 17, Artichokes (Jerusalem), Barley-Malt
(sweetener-Bronner), Brown Rice Syrup, Brussel
Sprouts, Cherries, Coconut (fresh), Cucumbers, Egg
plant, Honey (raw), Leeks, Miso, Mushrooms, Okra,
Olives ripe 18, Onions, Pickles 19, (home made),
Radish, Sea salt 20, Spices 21, Taro, Tomatoes
(sweet), Vinegar (sweet brown rice), Water Chestnut
Amaranth, Artichoke (globe), Chestnuts (dry
roasted), Egg yolks (soft cooked), Essene bread 22,
Goat’s milk and whey (raw) 23, Horseradish,
Mayonnaise (home made), Millet, Olive oil, Quinoa,
Rhubarb, Sesame seeds (whole) 24, Soy beans
(dry), Soy cheese, Soy milk, Sprouted grains 25,
Tempeh, Tofu, Tomatoes (less sweet), Yeast
| 7.0 Barley malt syrup, Barley, Bran, Cashews, Cereals
(unrefined with honey-fruit-maple syrup), Cornmeal,
Cranberries 30, Fructose, Honey (pasteurized),
Lentils, Macadamias, Maple syrup (unprocessed),
Milk (homogenized) and most processed dairy
products, Molasses (unsulphered organic) 31,
Nutmeg, Mustard, Pistachios, Popcorn & butter
(plain), Rice or wheat crackers (unrefined), Rye
(grain), Rye bread (organic sprouted), Seeds
(pumpkin & sunflower), Walnuts
Blueberries, Brazil nuts, Butter (salted), Cheeses
(mild & crumbly) 28, Crackers (unrefined rye),
Dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney,
garbanzo) 29, Dry coconut, Egg whites, Goats
milk (homogenized), Olives (pickled), Pecans,
Plums 30, Prunes 30, Spelt
| Neutral pH 7.0 Ñ Healthy Body Saliva pH Range is between 6.4 to 6.8 (on your pH test strips)
| Butter (fresh unsalted), Cream (fresh and raw), Margarine 26, Milk (raw cow’s) 27, Oils (except olive),
Whey (cow’s), Yogurt (plain)
NOTE: Match with the numbers above.
1. Excellent for EMERGENCY SUPPORT for colds, coughs, sore throats, heartburn, and gastro upsets.
2. Good for a yearly fast. For several days eat whole melon, chew pips well and eat also. Super alkalizing food.
3. Substitute for gelatin, more nourishing.
4. Stimulating, non-irritating body healer. Good for endocrine system.
5. Purifies kidneys.
6. Powerful acid reducer detoxing to produce acid urine temporarily, causing alkalinity for the long term.
7. Natural sugars give alkalinity. Added sugar causes juice to become acid forming.
8. Depends on vege’s content and sweetness.
9. Enzyme rich, superior digestibility.
10. High calcium content. Cornflour substitute.
11. Elevates acid food 5.0 in alkaline direction.
12. Vegetable content raises alkalinity.
13. Substitute for coca; mineral rich.
14. Winter squash rates 7.5. Butternut and sweeter squash rates 8.0.
15. Genuine fermented for 11Ú2 years otherwise 6.0.
16. Raw unpasteurized is a digestive aid to increase HCL in the stomach. 1 tablespoon, + honey & water before meals.
17. Soak 12 hours, peel skin to eat.
18. Sundried, tree ripened, otherwise 6.0.
19. Using sea salt and apple cider vinegar.
20. Contains sea minerals. Dried at low temperatures.
21. Range from 7.0 to 8.0.
22. Sprouted grains are more alkaline. Grains chewed well become more alkaline.
23. High sodium to aid digestion.
24. High levels of utilizable calcium. Grind before eating.
25. Alkalinity and digestibility higher.
26. Heating causes fats to harden and become indigestible.
27. High mucus production.
28. Mucus forming and hard to digest.
29. When sprouted dry beans rate 7.0.
30. Contain acid-forming benzoic and quinic acids.
31. Full of iron.
32. Unrefined wheat is more alkaline.
33. High quality red wine, no more than 4 oz. daily to build blood.
34. Good quality, well brewed – up to 5.5. Fast brewed beers drop to 5.0.
35. Most are white sugars with golden syrup added.
36. Organic, fresh ground-up to 5.5.
37. Cheaper brands drop to 5.0, as does over-indulgence.
38. Leaches minerals.
39. Bleached – has no goodness.
40. Poison! Avoid it.
41. Potential cancer agent. Over-indulgence may cause partial blindness.
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.
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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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It is an old art to make naturally fermented and cultured foods. Although not prepared with fire or heat, the elemental result is a source of fire and heat for our body. Fermenting is also alchemizing. You start with two, three or more items and fuse them into a new creation.
The most significant aspects of these foods are found in the process in which they are made. The fermentation or culturing process is more important than the foods that are fermented. When green cabbage is shredded and placed under pressure with a little sea salt, the liquids are extracted from the cabbage. In this liquid ethereal life forces and gases are freed. While the cabbage mixture increases in temperature, chemical interactions take place and substances transform. The matured and finished sauerkraut, has become an individual unique food with an inner liveliness, flavour and aroma completely its own. A whole new product has been created consisting of ‘magical’ living microorganisms and an abundance of nutritious substances and forces. The microorganisms in the sauerkraut, the lacto bacilli, create not only flavours and textures they also produce an environment wherein ‘unwanted bacteria’ can not live and therefore the foods are preserved instead of rotting.
One of our favourite protocols for our clients is a cabbage ferment. This protocol is called “heal the gut” and is a mainstay in most people’s steps to wellness.
It is relatively simple to ferment or pickle vegetable foods. They can be ready in a few hours or in a few days and others, like miso, can take years to mature. The different pickles and fermented foods have different properties, effects, flavours and consistency. Some are more sour, some salty, some crispy and some soft, some are strengthening and warming, others loosening and cooling.
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.
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.