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.
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This topic will ruffle feathers, raises hairs and tests people at intimate levels. It is a topic that is core to every human being. It is a topic which sustains us and is a fundamental right of our existence. We have forgotten to to care for ourselves in this “right” and there is a detailed agenda to control us and destroy us by a select few. The topic is diet and whether to include meat and animal products, how to nourish ourselves and how to take back the power of our most intimate relationship with the soils and earth! While this topic includes eating meat, it is also about the topic of food for humans as a whole. The sciences, arguments, manipulations and debates about eating animal products appears more and more like a cult of vigilantes – and, honestly, it is totally out of control. I believe this is intentional.
So, let’s cover some basics that, hopefully we can all agree upon. Food is a fundamental act of living and life. It is actually the most spiritual activity that everyone participates in regardless of colour, creed, politics or education. Most do it daily. The core and pain of poverty is the removal of food sources or food growing/raising abilities. We have lost of control of food since most do not know how to raise or grow food. One, it seems, either has to have money or wealth of money to reclaim that power. Fast food and manufactured food is now the focus of many’s diets and the cheapest diet available in the western culture. And, to eat otherwise is rather expensive. These realities are for everyone no matter your choice of diet.
Then we have our modern science that divides and separates all food into its’ building blocks and comes up with our current science of nutrition and food. But what is it “we don’t know yet” and how does that affect “what we do know”? And, are there new discoveries that changes what we thought in the past?
Then there is a science of food from a spiritual standpoint which is mostly overlooked or misunderstood by many, especially the scientists. Let me explain!
– We, humans, have physical-mineral bodies that is in common with the mineral kingdom. We need minerals as humans.
– We have etheric (life) bodies that is the carrier of all life and growth forces. This is related to the plant kingdom. We need plants.
– We have an astral body which is the container of our human feelings and instincts. This is in common with animal kingdom. We need animals.
Humans, apart from the other Kingdoms, also have the ego – that unique spark (and challenge) of the divinity in man. Ego makes possible self-awareness and enables human to become free beings capable of choices between good and evil. So, we require the different kingdoms of mineral, plant and animal as well as humans have an ego which sets us as unique in the kingdoms (not higher or better). Egos are also the force behind greed, power, control and manipulation.
I know my views in this article are going to challenge some. But, quite frankly, I am very fed up with the debate of diets and how nasty they get. I have met many vegans who feel strongly about their convictions, which is great. I honour those individuals and, unless I knew them intimately and was able to see a benefit to them trying out animal products, I accept their choice. But I stand against judging others for their personal health choices either at a personal or spiritual level. The tendency to judge others – get angry, criticize, and demean others for their choices – is no different than judging people for the colour of their skin, who they love, or whether they just look different.
On the other hand, I do feel we should ALL be against factory farms and harm to ANY part of Nature, together, as humans. This is a common dilemma for us all and it should not be the focus of whether to eat animal products or not. The focus should be upon a corrupt and evil structure that is determined to control us. But, this focus is often lost and diet ideologies have gone mad and entered scary fundamentalism (which I tend to squirm about no matter what the topic). Fundamentalism is a close minded sphere.
I will state that there are reasonable responses to all debates whether it be cruelty to animals, spiritual choices, nutritional benefits and environmental considerations. But, honestly, it seems the harsh attacks from vegan-militants could really use some animal nourishment (astral, gravity and grounding food). Sorry, that last comment was slightly judgemental! I apologize! Please feel free to reject or accept what I share. We always have a choice that is the gift of our ego that should always be attempting to be open to learning, compassionate and kind. The conclusion people draw are their own personal affairs and I intend not to argue about this. I am not judging…I am just speaking what I observe and it is not about diet, much is about how we are all manipulated by a circle of evil whose purpose is to annihilate us all.
When you delve into the outer and inner worlds of nature one learns how forces help our development as humans. I will state that if we would conceive of a land where there are beautiful children and beautiful old people, what kind of a land would this be? Perhaps ‘a land flowing with milk and honey? That old saying might be very true!
The arguments about whether we should eat meat or not can all be debated reasonably. I can accept both sides of the story and know that there are times where we need to refrain from animal products or not. For me, I came from a meat eating family and, for the reasons of ethics, nutrition and perhaps a young spiritual desire to grow independently, I went from vegetarian to vegan and eventually to high raw. I was raw for 5 years and although I felt wonderful in the beginning, over time, I began “wasting away”. It was a slow process and one that left lasting damage that I didn’t realize until it was too late. I was tired a lot. I was wishy washy in my brain, mind and thoughts (never mind my view of Spirituality). I can see this now, in hindsight. It was damaging to me.
Also, up until now, I have personally never campaigned for any particular “diet” for three reasons: 1) as “i” changed over the years, so did my diet; 2), each person is different (ie. blood type); 3), diets seem to have become like “cults” in our our culture. It is scary to speak your opinion nowadays lest the haters attack you. However, I am feeling a need to express my views as “food” is such a centre of our common bond. Currently, I do eat meat choosing the organic and pasture fed meats and raising animals for meat sources. I offer full gratitude to Mother Nature for this offering and the blessings it provides.
In my younger years, I was idealistic about saving the “world” and relied upon the professionals to tell me “how it is”. I studied nutrition and natural health but, in these studies, I realized that the Nutritional Science is very young and like most sciences, was missing a sacred element of consideration that even I didn’t understand and overlooked. The science is black and while and has made many mistakes (remember the blooper on butter?). As I gradually morphed towards high raw, I admit I felt amazing for a time in the beginning. Then, something happened. It was slow and undetectable at first. I felt like I was wasting away and was weak at all levels of my being. In actual fact and since I studied Ayurveda, I began to understand that that high vata (air) raw diet was causing me to become an air-head. Due to need (I was very sick), I craved and decided to included meat back into my diet. It was a reset and quite possibly saved my life. In hindsight, I damaged my body in this vegan and high raw state. Also, I now realize the crazy kerfuffle of our food systems and falsely projected food pyramids that are dangerous to many. I have gained a healthy scepticism of mind towards what is going on in regards to the governance of our food and food systems and why. There is much more that meats the eye and the hatred and fundamentalism of the vegan world is nastily out of control. I wondered if this was part of a bigger plan? If food is what binds us all, then it would be good to have the human’s arguing and dividing, never mind being undernourished and weak. Let’s look down on each other…that is the way they desire it to be. That, my friends, is NOT the way!
Frankly and collectively, we are in a mess when it comes to our food sources. I do not believe nor do I rely upon the “powers” to fix our current state of affairs. They want us in a mess. It is important to understand the “how” and “why” of the mess so we get the “what now?” We have to take back this power of our food. The picture of our current world is all about big business, big pharma, big food production that all leads back to big money. In fact, they have us in such a place that if you have no money and no gardening skills, you actually have no access to nourishment (poverty). The manipulation is a ladder of corruption that has inoculated the minds of many intelligent and gentle people. It is killing the poor. It is killing the animals, the plants, the kingdoms that should be as one. One only has to research Agenda 21 to figure this out. And, yes, this Agenda addresses meat and is against meat stating it is a cause of cancer. In fact, the powers that be (the big money) are now into promoting and profiting from vegan meats. I sigh!
The Future of Protein: Leo DiCaprio is one of many high-profile luminaries to invest in Beyond Meat. The California-based company is also financially supported by Bill Gates, along with prominent corporations such as General Mills and even Tyson Foods. The company also receives funding from several key venture capital firms, including PowerPlant Ventures, New Crop Capital, Cleveland Avenue, and Blue Horizon Group, among others. Leonardo DiCaprio Predicts Vegan Meat Is ‘The Future of Protein’ Leonardo DiCaprio, an investor in the vegan meat company Beyond Meat, believes that plant-based meat is the “future of protein.”
Here is Beyond Meat’s Vision Statement:
We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. At Beyond Meat, we want to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious meal at a time.
Folks, there are a couple of things wrong here. First, I refer you to the movie Soylent Green. This is scary! Also consider doing some research on the “investors” listed above. They are not upstanding humans or credible corporations! Beyond Meat’s vision statement is seriously flawed. Our collective environmental problem has its’ roots in plant agriculture. In the past 200 years, the use of land for agriculture has risen from 431 million ha to 1.52 billion ha. Agriculture has destroyed our soil/Tierra. Over 50% of our land mass is used for agriculture, 32% is used for meat and dairy and 67% for plant based foods. (Source) We are using MORE land for plant-food and disregarding the replenishment or fortification of this core sediment. The argument that animal-production is destroying our earth does not match the numbers here. Yes, we are growing corn for the factory farms. That sucks! Factory farms are not natural and what is fed to factory farmed animals is also big business (money) corruption. If any of the ancient religions predicted that eating meat was an evil that would destroy us, may I suggest this is the reason why! It is cruel and callous to the animals and factory farmed animals are poison to us. The truth is Cows are not designed to eat corn. Unlike humans, they have two stomachs to digest greens and grass. Does that tell you something? Yet, corn is their food in these subsidized, fully supported (by your government) big farms. And, humans are flogged with corn in our products too! Hmmmm, are they treating us the same? Back to cows…they are meant to graze. Same with lambs, goats and sheep and chickens. Their digestive systems are perfect for this diet. And, the questions arises “do we want big-business (money) mass-marketing plant protein to us now?” It is a little crazy, don’t ya think?
Let’s return to Agenda 21 for a moment! When a small group of elite (wealthiest of us all) people establish their agenda and insert their views on the masses, I am sceptical and tend to step back and ask “why?” Agenda 21 talks about “Sustainable development” and imho, is far more about population control and control of the masses that anything else. If you want to know more about the threat of Agenda 21, it is succinctly summarized in the You Tube video “Agenda 21 for Dummies.” And here is another excellent article on the danger of this Agenda from Natural News
According to Weston Price, Agenda 21 reveals that “…grass-based farmers and those seeking healthy food from nontoxic farms are facing a new political threat, foisted on an unsuspecting populace worldwide… a forty-chapter blueprint for population control and world control that emerged from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janero.” Weston Price Foundation. Basically, Agenda 21 mandate the assistance to factory farmers who are subsidized by the bankers and wipe out the grass-based farmers. I ask “if this is so, why do they want the practice of grass fed animals stopped and why are they supporting and subsidizing the poison of the factory farms? The Agenda goes as far to say the meat causes cancer. Could it be that the factory farmed cows are the cause of this concern of cancer due to the chemicals and conditions of these animals? Is this more likely to cause cancer? I think so! Organic Meat is NOT causing cancer. In fact, I live in Ecuador and the guinea pig, “cuy”, is a popular meat source. In 1940 American researchers discovered that cuy meat contains an enzyme called “Asparaginase” that prevents tumour growth. The asparaginase acts against the Amino Acid, Aspargina, Aspargina is what is connected to cancer growth. It turns it into aspartic acid, which is harmless to humans. So, Agenda 21 has it wrong unless they are talking about factory farm meat…but they did not elaborate for us. It is conniving and all amounts to a plan of population control disguised as a “protect the people” plan. It is bull shit. My eye brows are totally raised!
I think we can all agree that a nutrient dense diet is good for us…especially now as we are deep into at least two generations of poor soils and mass produced food. Let me state that vegetarian, vegan and raw diets can be healthy and necessary at some points and, imho, these diets are far healthier than the typical American factory produced diets. But, I feel these diets are to be utilized for periods of time and used to balance and adjust our health, not as a lifestyle. As a lifestyle, these diets can also be insidiously dangerous over the long term. I am proof of that!
The argument about animal cruelty is also one that we should all agree upon. We have devastatingly crossed the line with the factory farms that our governments’ support. Animals are treated cruelly. I talked about cows fed corn above. Any factory farmed animal is treated cruelly. And, I also say that plants are treated cruelly too. Plants do respond to life just in a different way than those of the animal kingdom. Their defence mechanisms is not the same, but they do defend themselves nonetheless. Plants, unlike animals, can not run away when they are about to be killed. They can’t scream, cry out loud or holler for their safety. Their emotional bodies are different. Does that make them less? Their defence mechanism is structured differently. First, consider that plants have tastes and some (actually a lot) taste of bitter and pungent. These tastes indicate “poison” and “medicine”. Animals know this and will not eat these plants unless needed. Perhaps equally as important, many plants contain anti-nutrients. For example phytic acid (nuts, seeds and grains) bind to minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc and prevent the absorption of these minerals in the body. Human’s need these minerals. So while “healthy whole grains” may contain reasonable levels of micronutrients such as iron and zinc, the argument is that the anti-nutrients prevent the absorption of the nutrients, making those foods either not healthy or even harmful to us. Another anti-nutrient is lectins (a sugar-binding protein found in legumes). Lectins cause a lot of irritation to the gut lining and maybe the main player in Leaky Gut Syndrome (and the rising peanut allergies). Lectins can potentially penetrate the intestinal wall entering the blood stream and causing all kinds of havoc due to the subsequent immune response. These protein molecules are attacked by the body as foreign invaders, resulting in inflammation and potentially systemic and chronic diseases such as leaky-gut, other gastrointestinal issues and even auto-immune disease. Leaky-gut syndrome has been linked to a host of serious diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis to autism and even depression (Chris Kresser).
As for our ancestry, there is plenty of evidence to show we have eaten meat and plants for a long time. Humans are well adapted to foods such vegetables, fruits, tubers and meat because our species has been eating them for millennia. We are not sacrificing these plants and animals. We are in relationship with them, a deep cosmological bond. There is now evidence that shows human health declined with the introduction of “agricultural” foods. Sure, our ancestors might not lived as long as we do now, but there are many other factors involved in this…it is not related to meat eating as the argument states. Genetic and cultural changes occurred to help humans adapt to an agricultural diet, and they do influence how individuals tolerate meat. This explains why some people are able to include moderate amounts of dairy, grains, and/ or legumes in their diets— especially when these foods are pre-digested by fermenting, soaking, sprouting, or leavening— without ill effect. Cooking kills the anti nutrients. Cooking also kills the enzymes. So, there has to be an understanding and blend to our diet. And now we are discovering that Kale and some crucifiers are considered a goitrogenic food, meaning that it contains substances (goitrogens) that may contribute to an enlarged thyroid. To call a vegan diet “natural” for humans, in terms of evolution, is a bit (no a huge) stretch for me. The evidence that we are meat eaters or that animal products are important for our health is very solid for me. And, I feel that animal products has an important part to play in diet and nutrition on many different levels and has so for millions of years. Our teeth, tummy and digestive knows how to digest meat. It was only in the last 100 years that we started to change our ways and this is influenced by “agriculture”. Let me say it again, agriculture is tied to big money.
The argument of the hierarchy of nature is another claim by the vegan culture against meat. As “thinking” beings (ones with egos), this does make sense as we can make the choice between good and evil. But, Nature doesn’t think like we do and is not cursed/challenged with this duality. In fact, Nature’s has more wisdom without the busyness of morality. There is not an upper and lower class of consciousness in Nature. Nature is cyclical. Everything depends on everything else. There are Spiritual Agreements so that we all survive. Steiner talks about the cosmological agreement between Chickens and Humans. Humans domesticated (as such) the chicken and they flourish as a species. This agreement provided human’s nourishment. Look at the success of the chicken on our plane! Similarly, plants have an agreement with insects. Plants learned at a very deep and Spiritual level to present flowers to the insects so insects would ensure their survival. There are many cosmological contracts that work very well and ensure survival of the species. There is a round and round in Nature…not an up and down or higher and lower.
In all earth centered cultures, the harvesting and gathering of food is inter-wound with sacred threads where the consumption of the food is a sacrament. In today’s “science-based” world, this aspect of spiritual nutrition is invisible, unmeasurable and undiscussed. We lost it. In the beginning, nutrition begins with milk from mother’s breast and perhaps in the beginning this was the same as the nourishment from the Milky Way? At one point in our incarnations, we may have been fed from the milky way but as we individualized this substance internalized into the female so she provided that milky way nutrition. Just a thought to consider!
Vegan extremists refer to the cultures of the east being vegetarian and how they have thrived. The eastern vegetarian diet, based on respect for all life, comes from India’s little-known Jain tradition. Now comparatively obscure, Jainism was the predominant cult of a large portion of India from the 5th to 12th centuries. During this time, the doctrine of ahimsa (non-violence) and vegetarianism spread widely. But Ayurveda is much more ancient than this and the texts of Ayurveda make provision for meat eaters as well as vegetarians. So while there are many good and some compelling reasons to use a vegetarian diet for medicine, Ayurveda doesn’t promote vegetarianism. If you study the Ayurvedic texts, meat was included as medicine and nourishment. In Ayurveda, food and medicine should be “satmya” or agreeable. If one detests the medicines or the food, he might not get the full psychosomatic benefit from them. So, yes, if a person is a vegetarian by faith or believe a chicken soup will make him more sick, it will. If he is non-alcoholic by faith, alcoholic cough syrups might have zero effects or side effects. This is because mind controls all body responses on conscious or subconscious level. Similarly, an active person, for example an athlete or body builder might benefit immensely from a non vegetarian diet because it is compatible to his nature. It will be unfair if he is denied his best suited diet. We are all different.
On this topic, the sacred cow in Indian cultures is a point to discuss further. The cow is the animal of digestion. It is, moreover, the animal which accomplishes digestion in such a way that there lies in its digestive processes the earthly reflection of something actually super-earthly; its whole digestive process is permeated with an astral-concept which reflects the entire cosmos in a wonderful, light-filled way. There is a whole world in the organism of the cow and that is why it is considered sacred. In our experience, everything is based on gravity, everything is so organized around this energy of gravity. A cow needs to consume about an eighth of its weight in food each day. Man can be satisfied with a 1/14th and remain healthy. Perhaps the cow needs earth’s gravity in order to fully meet the needs of its organism. Cows are designed for the gravity of matter. The metabolizing of 1/8 of it’s weight binds the cow with its material substance to the earth. This is why, I believe, the cow is an object of so much veneration for those who follow the Hindu religion. The Hindu says to himself: The cow lives here on the earth; but through this fact it creates in physical matter, subject to gravity, an image of something super-earthly.
If you scratch the surface of the diet arguments you’ll find you start questioning people. It’s not about food. It is more about an ideology, and to some degree it has become cultish. Cults are intended and manipulated (Tavistock) They are on very dangerous grounds. Personally what bothers me about the “diet” arguments are there are many (not all) emotionally hysterical vegans who use their lifestyle as an excuse to justify a vicious contempt and egotism bordering on the demonic and, two on the other side of the equation, there are self-absorbed meat eaters who have no regard for animals and gorge themselves way beyond diet necessity out of greed and sloth. Plants and animals have a level of consciousness! And, we do too!
When I look around I feel to an immense degree that nature is related to us and we are all connected. From an esoteric point of view, we can compare the human body to a plant by reversing the human (roots are our head and the leaf and flowers (sexual energy) is in our lower torso.) We have animal instincts related to our survival and flight and fight response and a “ra, ra” energetic need of the animal kingdom. If I am active, I know I require meat protein for this energetic nourishment. The human body is a microcosm of the macrocosm and it contains within all the secrets of the all the kingdoms. It is indeed true that the things we perceive inwardly — our thoughts, feelings, will, impulses and memory pictures — seen from the other side, outside in the macrocosm, can be found again in the realm of nature and they are there to nourish. We are collective.
Science does not understand this. What does science do? It analyses protein to see how much carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulphur, etc. are in it. It finds there is so much per cent of carbon and so much per cent of hydrogen in protein. Fat contains a different percentage and carbohydrates are again different. But science is completely ignorant of the fact that these substances themselves have their own energetic significance. Science only knows the percentages of the constituents. But this does not help us get anywhere.
If someone is not biologically suited for veganism (blood type) they will suffer from malabsorption and malnutrition, fatigue, spacey headedness like me. Basically their total ability to help other people spiritually will decline. This effect has a worse impact on the system as a whole, and therefore the future of mankind. That’s not an enlightened thing to do. Enlightenment is a synonym for acting on behalf on the greater good for all, imho.
Some spiritual practices require a vegetarian diet at least in the days or weeks leading up to it. Usual explanation is that meat lowers your vibration and therefore you can’t pull these maneuvers with such lowered vibes. I am not sure about that. For the same reason fasting is recommended — because the body must be made weak through starvation and malnutrition, so that the soul and spirit can more easily detach then we are more open to evil. The stronger the body, the greater its “magnetic” pull on the soul. Remember the cow and it’s relation to gravity? So, this must mean that meat imparts bodily grounding and vitality — to a degree. Thus if you need to be “here” in reality, if you need to be grounded and sharp, and if you need to have physical energy and boldness. Animal products might be the way,.
If you are going to eat, be mindful and respectful, and, please don’t support abusive farming at any level (meat or plant). Get out of the supermarket! If you are believer that there is a hierarchy to the different “kingdoms” then you would believe human’s are “above” all other kingdoms. For me, that is ego gone crazy! We are all connected. Considering we are what we eat, I feel we do need to feed all levels of our being/bodies. Balance is the key in mineral, plant and animal nourishment so that our ego can be in alignment with our Soul/Spirit. It is all connected.
Below I provide some links for your further research and some information about the nutrition in meat. I decided to include these sections as not a part of this article…but as a reference for your education and further research…..which I hope I have inspired.
Spiritual Awakening and Eating Meat
Nutritional Benefits of Meat
After water, protein is the most plentiful substance in our bodies. Without protein we cannot create enzymes, antibodies, milk, menses, skin, hair, nails, muscle, brain, heart, or organs. We require twenty-two different amino acids (building blocks of protein), of which eight are considered essential nutrients. Animal foods contain all essential amino acids. No one food of vegetable origin contains them all, but combinations (such as corn and beans) do. Each and every amino acid must be present at once in the body, and in the correct proportions, for protein synthesis. If even one essential amino acid is low or missing, even temporarily, protein production slows or stops altogether.(2) Adult women can be healthy on low protein diets; however children, pregnant, lactating, and menopausal women require high levels of protein.
Fat is the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. Found in vegetable seeds, beans, and nuts, fruits such as olives and avocados, and in all animal products, fat is vital to women’s health. Unfortunately, many American women avoid fat. A recent study (1999) found 26 percent of women deficient in vitamin E due to low-fat diets.
Linoleic, linolenic, and arachidonic fats are the essential fatty acids, but all fats, especially cholesterol, are vital for the formation of sex hormones (especially postmenopausally), adrenal hormones, vitamin D (for strong bones), and bile. Low cholesterol diets make women’s skin and vaginal tissues dry and impede the functioning of the brain and nervous system.
The belief that saturated fats elevate blood cholesterol, causing blocked blood vessels, s-trokes and heart attacks has prevailed since the mid-1960s. Yet most researchers consider this idea simplistic and without scientific justification. In the Framingham Heart Study (USA), the greater a person’s intake of total fat, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fat, the lower their risk of stroke. And, while high blood cholesterol levels were a risk factor for heart disease, fat and cholesterol intake in the diet were inversely correlated with blood cholesterol. Swedish studies confirm that saturated fats promote breast health, while vegetable oils (such as canola, safflower, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower oils) promote breast cancer.
Animal fats are more stable than vegetable oils, which become rancid within days after press-ing. (Rancid fats promote cancer and heart disease.) Hydrogenation and partial-hydrogenation slow rancidity but create trans-fatty acids that create deposits on the blood vessels. Even unhydrogenated vegetable oils are unhealthy: They flood the body with omega-6 fatty acids (the primary fat component of arterial plaque), and contribute large amounts of free radicals that damage the arteries and initiate plaque deposits.
The fundamental vitamins required by the human being are ABCD. A and D are both found in animal meat. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin A helps to produce life; symptoms of its deficiency are the drying and hardening disorgers– and night blindness. Vitamin A, in allowing in the forces of new life, acts like silver. It is useful in squamous cell cancers (hardening of the surface). The forces of vitamin D are polar to those of A, bringing light forces (D3) into bone formation; large quantities of D are also found in deep sea fish.
Let’s look at the nutritional value of organic and pasture raised meat:
- B12 (found in meat, seaweed and dirt – so you could eat dirt or copious amounts of sea weed),
- Creatine – stored in our muscles and concentrated in the brain. Creatine is an energy (endurance) source. It is not essential but it improves our brain functions.Carnosine
- Carnosine is an antioxidant that is concentrated in the muscles and brain and improves our energy levels
- Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) D3 is an essential nutrient that has many important functions that include improving brain functions and emotional happiness.
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Deficiency in DHA can have adverse effects on mental health and brain function, especially in children.
- Heme-iron Heme-iron is a type of iron only found in meat, especially red meat and it helps fight fatigue and tiredness.
- Taurine – a sulfur compound found in various body tissues, including the brain, heart and kidneys. It is not essential but acts as a antioxidant and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
Other than Taurine, all of the above has a common denominator: brain function and energy level. Take away or diminish someone’s brain function and energy and what are you left with? Then I came across evidence that eating meat was important to the development of our brains (Live Science article) in evolution. The article states we began to shy away from eating primarily fruit, leaves and nuts and began eating meat and then our brains grew. We developed the capacity to use tools, so our need for large, sharp teeth and big grinders waned. And, it seems, you can’t have a large brain and big guts at the same time – so heed this calling all you MacDonalds Fast Fooders!
During dry fasting old body water is replaced by live body water of higher quality that is synthesized by the body itself, and all negative information that entered our body is deleted. This is one of the major healing mechanisms of dry fasting.
Interviewed by Aleksandar Gerc (magazine “Letters to the doctor”)
…..the editorial office of Svjetlost magazine received a letter from Victoria Boutenko, author of the bestselling books “Green for life” and “The 12 Steps to Raw Food.” Victoria had just returned from Ukraine, where she underwent, under the expert guidance of Anna Yakuba, a course of dry fasting, or living for five days without food and water. “It was the greatest transformational experience of my life,” wrote the famous writer. We immediately got in touch with Anna; expert in naturopathy, with whose permission and recommendation we publish the interview that follows. It was first published in the Ukrainian magazine “Letters to the doctor.” The interview clearly shows why Victoria Boutenko was so thrilled with the technique of dry fasting. Why would people in their right mind and free will undergo fasting that includes no food or water and furthermore say they feel absolutely great in doing so? What does one get with dry fasting? Can anyone do it? Is it dangerous to dry fast on your own? In her interview for the magazine “Letters to the doctor” Anna Yakuba answers these questions. She leads the School for dry fasting and raw food in Ukraine, which has been attended by more than 400 people, she is also the author of the book ”School of healing through dry fasting and raw food”.
Anna, how did you come to dry fasting and with what purpose do you teach others?
I have been practicing naturopathy for more than 20 years. I have tried everything from combined diet to raw food diet, from detoxifying according to Malahov and Semenov to practicing dry fasting. In 1992 I attended School of Nadežda Semenov and after completion worked in the Ukrainian branch of her school. The dry fasting method I learned from L.A. Šenikov, and I learned about raw food from Viktoria Boutenko, Pavel Sebastjanovič, Sergej Dobrozdravina and other naturopaths. I also learned the old Slavic abdomen massage method from N.S. Nasikovski, the method of “healing impulse” from Goltis and a number of other methods. Now I myself teach about dry fasting and raw food according to my own patented method in order to help the ones in need to relieve suffering and keep their body in great shape without the use of drugs.
Why is there a need for dry fasting when there are already well known methods of fasting on water?
Dry fasting implies complete exclusion of food or water intake, not only drinking water but also use of enemas or showers or any other means of watering the body. The advantage of dry fasting is that the body is put into more difficult conditions and must actively dissolve its own fat tissue and destroy pathogens. This process increases strain to the body particularly the psyche; therefore unsupervised dry fasting at home longer than 2-3 days is especially dangerous. However short periods of dry fasting do not lead to our organism feeding of itself so many people use this method at the beginning of their regular water fast. Those who have tried this method know that dry fasting can be easier than fasting on water because of the absence of hunger. In addition water can sometimes be harmful.
In what way?
In nature there is heavy water in which hydrogen is replaced by deuterium. It was only recently shown that heavy water could be found in the human body. Water enriched in deuterium is also called dead water. It comes out of our organism more difficultly and therefore slowly poisons it. According to some scientists this happens because of the so-called information poisoning of water. Furthermore, scientists have proven that in the human body, long before any symptoms of illness appear, local water zones are created with irregular structure– we call these zones pathological zones. It is a kind of wasteland within our body where parasites rapidly reproduce. Also one has to bear in mind that in our body there is no ordinary water. Water in our bodies is structured, and our drinking water is usually chlorinated or boiled, or we drink beverages filled with all sorts of chemicals. Thus this drinking water has to be processed and that uses a lot of our energy, which causes overload to our organism, which in turn leads to pathological processes within our bodies.
However, our bodies cannot survive without water!
That is true, but in dry fasting our body uses up the surplus of body fat from which it synthesizes water – using oxygen from air. During dry fasting old, dead water is replaced by new, live water that is of higher quality and is also synthesized by our body, and all negative input that entered our body externally are wiped out. This is one of the most healing mechanisms of dry fasting. Other healing mechanisms are anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating. Without water there are no inflammations since microorganisms, viruses and parasites thrive in moist environments. Healthy and strong body cells searching for water use up the water from pathogen microorganisms. They also use up water through skin from air unlike unhealthy cells, viruses and bacteria that cannot do that. That is why it is recommended to dry fast in nature, preferably in mountainous regions near mountain rivers or waterfalls.
When there is no sufficient fat in our body, during dry fasting proteins in our body begin do dissolve…
Amino acids from proteins are primarily used by the brain and cardiovascular system. Thereby releasing huge amounts of hormones and glucocorticoids, which begin to circulate in the blood. This has a strong anti-inflammatory effect because it inhibits all inflammatory foci. Also when proteins are dissolved body temperature rises and it feels like an internal “fire”. This represents an important part of protective body reaction. When the temperature rises metabolic processes accelerate and toxins that cause disease are destroyed faster. Activity of protective immune cells rises, as does the production of interferon, and all that helps fight diseases. The blood is cleaned of all unnecessary substances. It even normalizes blood coagulation, although it would appear that lack of water would lead to it’s clotting.
Can anyone dry fast? What are the counter indications?
First of all, this healing method can be approached only voluntarily, with set goals and belief in ones own body. This requires adequate emotional and psychological preparation. Furthermore, in order to avoid negative effects, long dry fasting (7-9-11 days) and termination of fasting should be done under supervision of experts and in compliance to all individual recommendations and schedules. Counter indications are mental illness and brain traumas, cancer, tuberculosis, serious cardiovascular diseases, purulent inflammations, kidney and liver diseases, pathology of the endocrine system, weakness and low body weight, thrombophlebitis and thrombosis. In addition pregnancy and lactation and psychological unwillingness to dry fast.
Could you describe the dry fasting process?
The process begins with a period of preparation, which includes 15-30 days of raw food diet, psychological preparation, cleaning the body of parasites and other cleansing methods. Following is the fasting process that has certain phases.
1. Phase is food stimulus; it lasts 1-2 days (in the “wet” fasting method lasts 2-3 days). In this phase the look and smell of food, the sound of crockery all cause excessive salivation, stomach churning and pain below the breastbone. Sleep is disrupted, there is increased irritability and mood swings. Thirst is bearable.
2. Phase is increased acidosis, it lasts 2-4 days. During this time the body uses up reserves and intermediate tissue. This leads to the accumulation of degradation products in the body and to acidification of inner body – acidosis. This is the most important physiological mechanism that includes a number of other healing mechanisms, including the process of tissue degradation – autolysis. This cleanses the body of waste, weak and pathologically altered tissue. Here the principle of priority takes place: everything superfluous is degraded first, and then comes healthy tissue in order of importance to vital functions of the body.
What does the fasting person feel?
As soon as glycogen reserves are used up in the liver (usually during the first day of fasting) the blood begins to accumulate acidic products of the incomplete degradation of fat (fatty acids, acetone). The person might experience headaches, nausea, weakness, and malaise. On the tongue white deposits are formed, the tongue and lips are dry, mucus forms on the teeth; there is an acetone smell in the mouth, dryness and paleness of skin and thirst. This uncomfortable feeling is the result of harmful products accumulated in the blood. The highest acidification of organism occurs during acidotic crisis and in that period chronic diseases can exacerbate. If exacerbation is clearly visible, a complete cure can be expected. If exacerbation is less pronounced that means the fasting is dealing with other, more important issues in the organism. The remaining diseases will be resolved in the next fasting process. But, as long as the person who is dry fasting does not go through acidotic crisis one cannot expect the healing process to begin or increase in the body’s immune system.
What happens after that?
The third phase is called compensation or adaptation. It usually begins on the fifth day of dry fasting and ends on the eighth day. Person starts feeling better, the weakness diminish, the feeling of hunger completely diminishes, but thirst increases. This phase ends with the second acidotic crisis that takes place between days 8 and 11 of dry fasting. For the healing process to be completed one has to endure this second crisis, as it activates and increases all protective forces within one’s organism. This in turn enables curing of all “incurable” diseases. This is followed by a period of recovery that lasts three times longer than the dry fasting period.
Should one practice one day of dry fasting?
Regular one day (36 hours) dry fasting a week and three day dry fasting a month strengthens the body’s ability to self heal because it has positive effects on a persons physiology, psyche, emotions, intellect and spirituality. Here are some advices. Supply yourself with clean filtered water, fresh fruits and vegetables including lemon. One day before and one day after dry fasting eat only raw vegetables and fruits (bananas and grapes are not desirable). The fasting begins from the moment of your last water intake. For example, if you choose Friday for your one-day fasting then your last water intake is Thursday evening, and the next water intake is Saturday morning. The fasting should be incorporated in your daily activities. The day after fasting you should get up as usual, clean your tongue of deposits and slowly drink a glass of clean water with lemon juice. Then take a warm shower to relax and feel comfortable. For breakfast it’s best to drink a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice and eat a fresh apple or pear. You should drink and eat slowly, and chew slowly and carefully. Then continue your day as usual. It will surely be a good day!
Taken and translated from the magazine “Svjetlost” (“Light”), no.134, March/April 2014.
To benefit and feel the healing properties from herbs is so much more intricate than just taking a herb for a condition. It is an art! This art is combining harmony “notes” to create a song or “colours” to create a perfect picture that matches you, your body, emotions and characteristics. However, like a musician creating beautiful music, creating a herbal formula that sings perfectly for you takes some investigation and enquiry.
The “action” of the herb is only one component of understanding herb’s potential. There are elements, qualities, tastes and what we call “Doshas” both in the “person” and in the “plants”. It is not an easy process to find herbs that truly match you and your ailment and perhaps this is why many people say “herbs don’t work for me” . Herbs do work! And, it requires a synergistic blending.
I have created an effective and relatively easy formula you can use in conjunction with this website to match YOU synergistically with herb(s). First, though, creating formulas is a deeply intuitive process that strengthens the more you know yourself and the herbs you are working with.
This website lists all our our herbs by Body Systems, 3 Doshas, 5 tastes and the herbal actions as seen in the tabs below. You will be referring to there tabs in your artistic, investigative creation. Have fun!
Assignments for Herbs
TAB A Herbs Assigned To Body Systems
TAB B Herbs Assigned to Doshas (Elements) and Tastes
TAB C Herbs Assigned to Herbal Actions
So, let’s get started on how to formulate your perfect healing tincture…
To start, please get a blank piece of paper and make 6 columns as follows
1 2 3 4 5
My Ailment Description Dosha Taste Herbs
Column 1 My Ailment
Here you will record what is ailing you; what body organ, system or tissues do you wish to effect?
We will work on ONE ailment at at time. (Blends can be made for multiple ailments, but we suggest you start with ONE for the first time). Use the Tab A ( above) to help you assign a body system. Sometimes two body systems are involved. If you are familiar with Herbal Actions, you can review Column C tab above.
OVER to Column 5 Herbs
You going write at least 8 (or more) herbs listed in the “body system” category you choose and reviewed (Tab A). Each body system lists all the herbs available at the end of the article. At this point, just choose the herbs that resonate with you. You do not need to read about the herb at this point…and it is probably better you do not do so. This is mostly intuitive. There is no need for perfection at this point, If you are familiar with “actions” you can also choose herbs from these categories too but it is not that important.
Column 2 Elemental Description
In column 2, we identify the “core element” of your ailment. These are “basic” descriptive terms as listed below. For example, if you have congestion in the lungs, you might describe it as hot, wet, heavy and loose. Choose your descriptions from ONLY from this list below.
Dry or Wet/Oily, Moist
Cold or Hot/Warm
Heavy/Oily or Light
Sharp or Dull
Constrictive or Loose
Column 3 DOSHA
Now we are going to identify the Dosha with the Element in Column 2. The list is below. For example, if you identified “Hot” as an element, you would write “Pitta” in column 3. A sample is shown below.
Dry, Light, Cold, Sharp = VATA
Hot, Sharp/Warm, Light, Constrictive = PITTA
Cold, Heavy, Wet, Oily, Loose, Dull = KAPHA
We have identified the ailment with its’ elements and Dosha qualities. Last column to complete is the Tastes
Column 4 Tastes
In column 4, you will identify the “tastes” based on the Dosha identified in column 3 (these tastes pacify/decrease the dosha). So, next to Vata, you will write Sw, Sr St in column 4.
Vata = ￼ Sweet Sour￼ Salty (Sw, Sr, St)
Pitta = Sweet Bitter Astringent (Sw, B, A)
Kapha = Pungent Bitter Astringent (P, B, A)
Now add up the “tastes” you have recorded like in this sample and put the totals of each taste at the bottom of the column.:
The tastes have been identified, listed and added up
This gives you a good overview of the herbal “taste” you require. The top 2 are the most important to you and your “ailment”.
Back To Column 5
This is a list of the original herbs you recorded at the beginning and added to your “Wishlist” and in Column 5.
Now armed with the information you have recorded in the other columns, you have a good idea of what works for YOUR ailment in regards to tastes, elements and actions. Now lets do our research.
Read about your original herbs listed in Column 5 by going to your “Wishlist” and clicking on the herbs.. All of our herbs on this website have been assigned elements, Doshas, tastes. Next to each herb, put a check for every “marker” found corresponding to your chart attributes.
Another way: You can do a search (box is top sidebar) on the “elements”, “doshas” and “tastes” you have recorded. In this search, if the herb in your list appears, put a marker next to it. For example, type “hot” or “pungent” or “Pitta” into the search box and see if your herbs in column 5 are recored in the list.
The top 4 to 5 herbs (the ones with the most markers) will make a wonderful remedy for your ailment.
You have created your perfect, synergistic herbal formula.
The Formulation identified in for this sample is Cayenne, Lemon Grass, Strawberry Leaf and Calendula. The markers were added after reading the herbs attributes that matched the chart.
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Fennel and Comfrey are abundant in the gardens of Ecuador.
A simple combination of Fennel seed and Comfrey root is more effective than most recommended for sty eye or eye stress or any eye irritation (including welding flash or scratched eye ball). This is wonderful for puffy eyes.
The eye wash needs to be made fresh as the decoction will start to grow bacteria after 3 days or so, but it is easy to make as required and needed.
Make a decoction by simply taking 1 tsp of Fennel seeds and 1 tsp of cut & sifted Comfrey root and put into a small pot with ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes, turn off heat and cool. Strain through silk or tight muslin making sure all “bits” are removed. Sometimes a coffee filter is the best.
Wash the eyes using an eyecup 2-3 times a day.
Store excess in refrigerator. Replace with new decoction every 3 days. [this is a living herbal formula and will grow bacteria, so make it, use it, replace it, every 3 days].
“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.
￼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.
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|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.
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.
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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.
About 80% of clients initially report taking a daily vitamin or mineral supplementation. When I announce that I’d rather they find nutrition in real foods, most clients raise an eyebrow with “Really, but that is hard work!”. In my opinion, anything short of the whole plant always, guaranteed, misses the mark. When did humans stop relying upon Nature to provide our nutrition? How can we assume the incredible, creative force of Nature is less than a man-made pill? It absolutely baffles me!
Clients will often tell me that they experience an increase in energy and an apparent and sometimes quick relief from health challenges due to their supplementation. So, this topic can be very confusing. I will suggest that although there appears to be relief, most often what one is occuring is a shift of symptoms, satiation and/or compromised nutrition. It is not a true healing, homeostatis or the peace of true health. Getting rid of symptoms does not necessarily translate to true health (and happiness). It often means one is trading in one set of symptoms for another and they not addressing the underlying cause.
Nutrition, despite our technological advances, is actually still a very young science. We can not, not do I think should we try to duplicate the brillant, balance of nutrients found in whole, fresh plants. It is estimated that we may only be aware of 10% of the nutrients and phytonutrients (plant) in nature. Wow! We have a lot to learn. Nature packages nutrients in a precise combination that work together as cofactors. How can removing the cofactors through extraction and refining produce less than optimal results? In my opinion it can’t. It is a fragmented approach and we are not addressing why our body is lacking the nutrient in the first place.
For example, most women over 50 are concerned about calcium levels. And, as such, seek supplementation. They do not consider the foods or habits that create a loss or interference of calcium or calcium uptake. They often do not consider possible adverse effects of taking too much calcium or the bioavailabilty of one form of calcium over another. However, more importantly, they do not question taking a mineral in an isolated form. Calcium in nature comes “packaged” in a perfect blend. How can humans intelligently claim that a specific nutrient is the answer? We can’t!
Health educator T.C.Fry said “many drugs, diets, and supplements are sold with a admonition to “consult your physician” before consuming them. But is there is value in looking inot the medical profession for nutritional advice?” I find this statement ammusing and troubling. It was only in 2004 that it became mandatory for US medical schools to have a single course on nutrition. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that challenged doctors against their patiencts in a test of basic nutrition. The patients won! (source: Micehal Gregor, Atkins facts). We have to educate ourselves further. This is the only way we will find true healing.
It is important to familiarize yourself with the elements of nature and to understand that we can not duplicate or even come close to the healing power of whole, organic, raw foods. At this point in history when most diseases stem from the realization we are eating ourselves to death, this topic is very, very important to the health and well-being of mankind. We are at a critical and important time in human history. I think it is time we all started to love ourselves in a great capacity and nourish our bodies with foods that love us back. Let’s embrace “Biophillia” – the love of nature!
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.