The healing power of chicken soup

When most of us start feeling like we are coming down with the sniffles, a cold or the flu, one of the very first things thought of is chicken soup. Whether mom, dad or grandma made it for you as a kid when you didn’t feel good, it is warm, comforting and delicious. Somehow, magically, it does seem to help.

Is it the power of the mind and suggestion? Or is there really something healing about this homemade fusion of meat, vegetables and spices?

Though it is not known exactly why this soup is so powerful there is some science to back up the claims.

HOW Chicken Soup Helps

  1. It has a proven anti-inflammatory effect which can help decrease upper respiratory infections.
  2. It helps to increase the movement of nasal fluid which allows the body to shed the germs, bacterial or viral load faster and more efficiently.
  3. Because it is a hot soup, it raises the body temperature allowing the body to help more efficiently burn off the illness.

 

How to make “Seriously Healing Chicken Soup” – A big thank you and recipe credit to Shannon of http://www.nourishingdays.com/.

Ingredients (organic preferably)

  • 2 tablespoons butter (grass fed if possible)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 whole head of garlic (at least) plus 3 extra cloves
  • 1 dash of ginger
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (at least) plus extra to finish
  • diced chicken (optional)
  • chopped leafy greens or other vegetables as desired
  • splash of vinegar or lemon juice
  • pink salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add diced onion, celery, carrots, and a pinch of sea salt. Saute for about five minutes, or until onions are translucent. Meanwhile chop up all of the garlic, setting aside 3 cloves that are finely minced. Add garlic to vegetables, saute one more minute, and add stock, thyme, and chopped leafy greens or other vegetables. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cooked chicken if using, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, and season with sea salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and taste the broth for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. For those who are under the weather add the remaining finely minced raw garlic and sprinkle in some extra thyme for good measure. Serve piping hot.

 

Each and every ingredient alone serves a purpose in healing and nourishing the body.

 

Grass Fed Butter: Packed with Vitamin K2 which helps clear arteries.

Onions: Contains a molecule known as quercetin – which works as an antioxidant

Celery: Contains antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin K, folate and potassium

Carrots: Contain beta-carotine and Vitamin A – anti-cancer and very healthy for eye health

Garlic: Anti-biotic/Anti-viral

Ginger: Has been shown to help boost immunity and help lessen nausea

Chicken Stock/Chicken:

Thyme: Has been shown to help stop coughing, boost immunity and acts as an anti-fungal

Greens: They are a good source of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which help prevent arthritis and maintain healthy eyes, hair, and skin

Vinegar: full of proteins and enzymes that help with gut bacteria health and over all wellness.

Lemon Juice: High in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus

Pink Salt: Contains all 72 trace minerals

Pepper: Helps the body more readily absorb nutrients in food.

 

Combined – they can work wonders!
So enjoy a bowl of soup no matter how good or badly you are feeling – it will do your body good!

 

 

Resources:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/the-science-of-chicken-soup/?_r=0

http://www.nourishingdays.com/2011/02/seriously-healing-soup-and-the-healing-properties-of-garlic-thyme/

http://exploreim.ucla.edu/wellness/an-inside-scoop-on-the-science-behind-chicken-soup-and-the-common-cold/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270678.php

http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme

http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger/

http://authoritynutrition.com/grass-fed-butter-superfood-for-the-heart/

http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

 

 

Lil’ Dog needs knee surgery

Hi everybody. My name is Bailey. I’m a spunky loving 10 year old Lhasa Apso who lives in Sunny Florida.  After I was given up for adoption by my original family, my Sarah adopted me. She loves me more than anything in the entire world.  My life is wonderful, but lately my little back knee really hurts a lot. I am having trouble walking.

I didn’t want to say anything or tell Sarah cause she would worry about me, but I can’t help limping and she took me to the vet.

He says I need surgery. I have somehow torn my ACL and damaged my meniscus. This scares me and Sarah says it’s very expensive. I would get a job and help, but well… I am a fuzzy little dog.  My talents encompass napping, rolling around and moaning, eating things, going for walks and snuggling. No one is hiring for this.

My Sarah’s company got bought out a couple of months ago and she is only working part time so this is bad timing in our house.

I hate to bother the humans… as I know you need money to buy your own snackie things… but if you are so inclined to help a little dog out both I and my Sarah would be forever thankful.

I have to schedule another appointment to meet with the surgeon next week. The best guestimate the office staff was able to give today was $3500.

Love,

Bailey Lhasa Apso

If you can help or even just share please click here  <3 https://www.gofundme.com/baileybarendse

UPDATE!: Bailey has had his surgery. He is in recuperation mode.  He is doing very very well and the fur is starting to grow back on his leg, the incision is healing very well. Beginning to go on walks again! 🙂 Thanks to all of you for the support, both financial and in shares and love.

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8 Tips To Heal Burns Naturally

Recently a very good friend of mine had a propane tank on his gas grill catch on fire. It shot out a fireball, which engulfed his upper body, arms and face. Though burnt pretty badly, the tank thankfully ran out of gas before it could explode.

Going to the emergency room they gave him pain medication but really did not offer much advice other than the fact that it would take time to heal.

There are a few things that you can do that not only help you heal faster but also feel good and soothing while helping to prevent scars from forming.

 

#1. Soak the burned area in full fat ice-cold milk.

The fat and protein content in milk soothes burns and promotes healing. Soak the burn for 15 minutes at a time. Full fat yogurt can be used as well to help cool and hydrate.

#2. Mist Yourself! – This feels really good.

Get a small misting bottle.

Fill it with 6oz. of good clean water

Add:

30 drops of pure Peppermint Oil

20 drops of pure Lavender Oil

10 drops of Frankincense Oil

*Shake every time you use it because oil floats to the top.
**Mist liberally, you cannot use this too much. This combination of oils is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and Frankincense actually contributes to DNA level cellular repair.

 

#3. Aloe Aloe Aloe!

Aloe Vera is a wonder healer for burns.

Keep a bottle of pure aloe liquid in the refrigerator and spray or smooth on carefully as needed. *You can also add 10-20 drops or more of Peppermint Oil and or the other oils to this for cooling relief.

#4. Cool water only if you are bathing or showering. NO soaps on the burn areas, especially those that are perfumed with anything other than essential oils as they can be drying and that is the last thing a burn needs.

#5. Take extra Vitamins C & E

These not only help to boost your immune system back up, they also help with skin healing and repair.

 

#6. Eating Collagen boosting foods will help with repair

Fish, Red Vegetables (tomatoes/peppers), Dark green Vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli), Carrots, Berries, White Tea, Citrus Fruits, Protein (eggs, milks, meats), Bone broth Soups, Garlic, and even Oysters. And though it seems like an odd health suggestion – Gummy Candies.

#7. RAW Honey

Once scabbing starts RAW honey is an amazing healer. Antibiotic in nature it not only helps prevent but can actually reverse scarring. (Just not keloid scars).

Use it like a mask on the burnt area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes daily. You will begin to see results in only a few days.

#8. Rest

This aspect is often over looked.

Your body heals most rapidly when you are asleep. Burns are very taxing to your body and you will require more rest than usual until your skin is healed.

Be easy on yourself and take the time you need.

Enriching Your Life By Giving

The perception of wealth has mistakenly become all about what we have and what we can get on a material level. True wealth is measured in richness of life and of the heart. It is boosted not by what we get but by what we give and whom we help.

You don’t have to be well off financially to give of yourself. In many social experiments it has been found that those who have the least tend to give the most because they know what it is like to go without.

A few years back I came across a book that I haven’t been able to forget. “29 Gifts – How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” by Cami Walker.

One month after her wedding day, 33-year-old Cami Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and the life she knew changed forever. Cami was soon in and out of L.A.’s emergency rooms with alarming frequency as she battled the neurological condition that left her barely able to walk and put enormous stress on her marriage. Each day brought new negative thoughts:

“I’m going to end up in a wheelchair… My life is over.

“Why did this have to happen to me?”

Then, as a remedy for her condition, Cami received an uncommon prescription from a friend, an African Medicine Woman named Mbali Creazzo. The prescription was simply to give away 29 gifts in 29 days.

“By giving,” Mbali told her, “you are focusing on what you have to offer others, inviting more abundance into your life.”

The gifts, she said, could be anything, but their giving had to be both authentic and mindful. At least one gift needed to be something she felt was scarce in her life.

Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey. Not only did her state of mind improve but her health did as well.

I myself will be doing this challenge starting July 1st, 2015. I would like to invite you, our readers, to join me.

Gifts can be anything including a nice gesture – those are free and we never run out. This world needs more kindness. If we want the world to change, we have to start with ourselves.

To learn more go to www.29gifts.org

The Health Benefits of Edible Flowers

There have been many times where I have gone out to lunch or dinner in a fine dining restaurant and the salads have come with beautiful flowers either as garnishes or actually infused into the salad itself.

It has always been a fun treat either way, though sometimes I have been the only one brave or eager enough to try them. The flavors range from sweet to tart to bitter, but they are always interesting.

Why limit these experiences to just dining out?
Flowers enhance any garden or home… and if they double as edibles, all the better.

So which flowers can you eat, and which ones taste good?

This is a fairly comprehensive list along with some ideas on how to use them:

Begonia: Leaves and flowers are edible and have a sour- citrus taste. The stems can be used in place of Rhubarb.

Reported Health Benefits: Bronchitis, Skin issues, menstrual disorders, Swelling.

Carnations: Can be used in candy, wine, or as cake decorations. The petals are sweet. These petals are one of the secret ingredients used to make Chartreuse (a French Liquor).

          Reported Health Benefits: Anti-inflammatory effect, helping with hair loss, act as a muscle relaxant, and aid in the treatment of excess gas.

Chrysanthemums: Tangy and slightly bitter – they can taste like mildly peppery cauliflower. Petals can be used in salads or to flavor vinegars.

           Reported Health Benefits: Acid Reflux, Dizziness, AntiCancer, Sedative, Antispasmodic

Clover: Sweet and taste much like anise. – Has been said to help with gout, rheumatism, improves fingernails, coughs and colds. Use bright healthy flowers.

           Reported Health Benefits: Blood thinner, Uterine Fibroids, Hot flashes.

Dandelions: Sweetest when picked young. Honey like flavor. The mature flowers are bitter. They are good raw or steamed and can also be made in to wine. If serving rice mix in petals.

          Reported Health Benefits: Acne, Herpes, Liver diseases, Water Retention, Constipation, Gallstones, Age spots, Alcoholism, Anorexia.

Day Lilies: Slightly sweet vegetable flavor like lettuce. Beautiful in salads or a top cakes.

          Reported Health Benefits: Cancer treatment, detoxifies arsenic poisoning, powerful antioxidant. *May cause hallucinations in higher doses.

Daisy: These are mostly used for looks, they taste very bitter.

          Reported Health Benefits: Arthritis, cold, cough, Diarrhea, Indigestion, wound care.

Fuchsia: Slightly acidic flavor. Great as a garnish due to vibrant colors. Berries are also edible.

          Reported Health Benefits: None reported

Gladiolus: Nondescript flavor like iceberg lettuce. Petals are great in a salad or used individually as “bowls” for serving light desserts like mousses.

          Reported Health Benefits: Regular bowel movements.

Apple Blossoms: Petals can be candied or used as a garnish. *Eat in moderation. the flowers may contain a cyanide precursor.

         Reported Health Benefits: Improves digestive, remove excess fat, clears acne, lighten pigmentation, ease nerves and revitalized blood

Banana Blossoms: (sometimes called Banana Hearts) They can be cooked or eaten raw. The outside covering needs to be removed until you reach a white tender part.  It should then be sliced and let sit in water till the sap drains.

        Reported Health Benefits: Helps Lactating mothers, Great for pregnant women, diabetes, menstrual issues, weight loss.

Citrus Blossoms: Distilled citrus flower water is used in Middle Eastern pastries and beverages.

         Reported Health Benefits: Unable to find.

Elderberry Blossoms: Sweet smell and taste. Do not wash them, it will remove some of the taste. These are great for making wine.

         Reported Health Benefits: Unable to find.

Angelica: Tastes similar to licorice. Petals for salads, and leaves can be made into tea.

         Reported Health Benefits: Bloating, Pain, Endometriosis, Migraine, Colitis.

Borage: Blossoms and leaves have a cucumbery taste. They go well in lemonade, sorbets, chilled soups and dips.

           Reported Health Benefits: Auto Immune diseases, Lupus, Menopause, MS,         Bronchitis, Flu, Sore throat.

Jasmine: Traditionally used for scenting teas. *Please make sure you have the right plant if you use Jasmine! (Jasmine Officinale). The “False Jasmine” are a completely different plant. “Gelsemium” and “Loganiaceae” are too poisonous for human consumption.

         Reported Health Benefits: Acne, Anti Cancer, Bipolar Disorder, Constipation, aphrodisiac,

Lavender: Sweet, floral flavor with lemon and citrus notes. Can be used in lemonade, champagne,  with chocolates, in cakes, flans or custards.

        Reported Health Benefits: Grief, Rosacea, Sore throat, tooth ache, whooping   cough, Relaxation, sleep, Pain, Allergies, Anxiety.

Hibiscus: Has cranberry like flavors and overtones. Petals are great in salad, or dried and used as tea.

         Reported Health Benefits: DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT. (Abortifacient), High Blood Pressure, Abscess, Alopecia, Baldness, Burns, Cancer.

Honeysuckle: Sweet honey like flavor. Only the flowers are edible. The berries are HIGHLY poisonous.

        Reported Health Benefits: Blocked Fallopian Tubes, Cancer, Depression, Fever, Flu, Tick Bites, Gout, Infections, Blood Impurities.

Impatiens: Sweet flavor. Great in salads or floated in drinks.

        Reported Health Benefits: Used in Bach Flower Remedies to keep a positive calm state of mind.

Johnny Jump Ups: Mild wintergreen flavor. Salads, cakes, served with soft cheeses, drinks, soups.

         Reported Health Benefits: Skin diseases, Epilepsy

Lilac: Very fragrant and slightly bitter. Great in salads or crystalized in egg white and sugar.

         Reported Health Benefits: Rashes, Cuts, other skin ailments.

Marigold: Can be used as a substitute for Saffron in cooking or placed in a salad.

         Reported Health Benefits: Ulcers, Eczema, Cuts, Wounds

Pansy: Sweet grassy flavor, great in fruit salads or green salads.

         Reported Health Benefits: Skin diseases.

Peony: Boil petals and use as tea or add fresh to salads.

         Reported Health Benefits:  Cholesterol Lowering, Cuts cancer risk on certain cancers, antioxidant, diabetes.

Queen Anne’s Lace: Also known as Wild Carrot or Bishop’s Lace. Light carrot flavor, great in salads. BE CAREFUL: It looks much like Poison Hemlock. please be sure you know what you are eating.

         Reported Health Benefits: Anemia, Chicken Pox, Oily Skin, Athlete’s Foot, Schizophrenia, Stomach issues.

Roses: Flavor depends on soil, rose type, and growing conditions. Great in salads, desserts, perfumed butters or sweet spreads. Rose jelly is wonderful.

         Reported Health Benefits: Antiseptic, Astringent, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, infections, rashes, cooling, cleans blood.

Geraniums: Flavors range by color from lemony to spicy. *Note Citronella variety isn’t edible. Sprinkle over desserts, in drinks or freeze in ice cubes for a decorative touch.

         Reported Health Benefits: Dry Lips, Grief, Age Spots, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Pain, Blurred Vision

Sunflower: Unopened flower buds can be eaten like artichokes after steaming.  They have a bitter sweet flavor.

          Reported Health Benefits: Aging, Bad Breath, Bronchitis, Throat issues.

Tulips: Taste like sweet lettuce, or fresh baby peas. *some people are allergic. Do not eat the bulbs ever. Petals only.

          Reported Health Benefits: Unable to find.

Chamomile. English chamomile has small, daisy-like flowers with an apple-like flavor. If you’re allergic to ragweed, you might want to avoid chamomile.

         Reported Health Benefits: ADHD, Bloating, Bunion, Hay Fever, Insomnia, Stomach ache, MS, Bloating.

Violets: Sweet perfumed flavor. Leaves are fantastic in salads. They can also be placed on desserts or in iced drinks. They are also tasty when cooked like spinach.

        Reported Health Benefits: Cough, Headache, Esophageal Cancer, Pain.


Special notes on eating edible flowers:

  • Make SURE you know what you are eating and that it is edible.
  • No flowers are safe if not grown organically (no pesticide)
  • Wash all flowers before eating them.
  • Start with small quantities as your body is not familiar with them.
  • Remove pistols and stamens from flowers before eating them.
  • If you have allergies, introduce gradually to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
  • Don’t eat flowers from florists.
  • Don’t eat flowers picked from the side of the road.
  • Pick flowers in the morning when their water content is the highest.

Salads are self explanatory, just get creative.


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Here is a delicious recipe for Strawberry-Rose Cupcakes to get you started on using flowers in your baking. *Thank you to www.myrecipes.com*

Strawberry jam and rose water are baked directly into the vanilla cupcakes to infuse delicate, fragrant flavor into these party-ready cakes. Garnish with fresh rose petals in the colors of your party.

INGREDIENTS;

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 1/2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup strawberry jam

1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water* (find with cocktail or baking supplies)

Cream Cheese-Rose Frosting (separate directions below!)

2 1/2 cups small rose petals (organically grown)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line 16 muffin cups with liners. Beat butter and sugar with a stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk; beat until well blended.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Gradually beat into butter mixture until well blended.

3. Whisk together jam and rose water to taste in a small bowl. Spread 2 heaping tbsp. batter in each liner. Top with 1 tsp. jam mixture, then another 2 heaping tbsp. batter, carefully spreading it to cover jam.

4. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted toward the edge comes out clean, 25 to 27 minutes. Let cool in pans 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting and decorate with rose petals.

To make the Cream Cheese-Rose Frosting

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

In a bowl with a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, rose water, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth.


For additional recipes and ideas I suggest google searching “Edible Flower Recipes” and poking around. You will be amazed at what you find!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_flower

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/edible-flowers/8078.html

http://www.bonappetit.com/trends/article/how-to-use-edible-flowers-in-salads-cocktails-and-more

http://www.marthastewart.com/974983/green-salad-edible-flowers

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-rose-cupcakes

http://herbpathy.com/

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/edible-flowers-list.html

http://aminsestore.com/day-lily-benefits-reviews-side-effects-and-dosage/

http://www.wildturmeric.net/2015/01/5-best-health-benefits-of-banana-flower-banana-blossom.html

https://feralbotanicals.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/lilac-flowers-an-edible-and-medicinal-treat/

http://www.zhion.com/herb/Peony.html

http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-food/rose-health-benefits.html

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/12/healing-properties-red-clover/

Origninally published on NaturalNews.com http://blogs.naturalnews.com/health-benefits-edible-flowers/

The Art of Non-Attachment

We all want the very best for friends and family. Many of us have a tendency to take on other people’s problems as if they were our own. We do it out of love, but ironically it can often lead to codependency in relationships as well as self-neglect. I speak from experience in this. My natural inclination in life has been to try and “save” the world, especially those closest to me. Unfortunately, I have found it just doesn’t work that way.

 

It is difficult to watch someone make, what you believe to be, bad decision after bad decision leading his or her life in a negative or non-progressing direction. We want to intervene, even at times – to grab them and shake them and say “what are you doing!?” and literally shove them in a better direction.

 

What we have to realize is that as much as we love or care about them that no one can make decisions for them. The only person who can rescue them… is them.

 

Why do I call Non-Attachment an art?

 

I call it an art because as easy as the concept is, it takes years, sometimes lifetimes to master.

 

It is easy to be jokingly callous and step back saying “Not my circus, not my monkeys”. But it’s heart wrenching and unnerving at times to pull back, relinquish the illusion of control, and simply allow that person and situation to be what it is and to work itself out.

Now in saying this I do not at all mean withdraw love or support.

A simple “I am still here and I love you.” Is one of the best statements of caring you can make to another person. There is no better gift than that of unconditional love. In that gift it allows the other person to know that it is ok to try – succeed or fail, you won’t think less of them and you will still be there.

 

This also allows you the mental and emotional space you need in order to take care of yourself. Getting lost in another person’s issues, regardless of love, is never healthy.

 

In order for anyone to reclaim their life and get it “Back on Track” that drive and power have to come from within. Owning responsibility for their decisions and their actions will lead them to a place of control and from that feeling of self empowerment comes both self esteem and the start of self love.

Written for: The Alberta Street News – Back on Track Column. Columnist: Sarah J. Barendse


5 Day Post Holiday Juice Cleanse!

Even the healthiest and most well intentioned of us can get derailed during the holiday season. Parties to attend, dinners to go to, celebrations, which include food and drink, are everywhere.

Now that we have made it to 2015 it’s time to reset and get back on track. One fantastic and easy way to do that is with a juice fast. Having had such fantastic results, I had a multitude of people asking me for directions. Here they are!

DIRECTIONS:

1. Upon waking
Drink (2) – 8oz glasses of water with lemon or lime added for extra detoxification.
2. Throughout the day: Drink (4) 12oz. glasses of juice
3. After each juice, drink 16oz. of water or more.

NOTES ON JUICE FASTS:

By “juice” I am referring to fresh juices made of vegetables and fruits with spices added in if you choose. (Turmeric and Ginger are two great choices). Please do not do a juice fast with store bought juices. They are not fresh and are often depleted of vitamins, minerals, and have additives as well as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and even artificial sweeteners, which are all toxic. *Please, if at all possible, use organic non-gmo fruits and veggies.

When a juice reads “natural flavors” – it can be made from just about anything – including MSG and or artificial sweeteners. This will only serve to add in more toxins and defeat the purpose of the cleanse and sabotage your results!

It is easiest to make or buy all of the juices in the morning so you don’t have to run out to get anything. Having everything prepared helps to keep you motivated and quell the urge to cheat.

I have found that juicing yourself is not any less cost than having the fruits and veggies juiced for you. If you have a Whole Foods or Organic market with a juice bar it really can save time and mess to clean up with out additional cost.

The first day is always the hardest. We are used to the routine of eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes snacks. Keeping yourself busy seems to be key in success, at least for myself.

Juicing is an amazingly powerful way to clear and clean your body.This article lists very accurately the cleansing phases and what your body goes through as the cleanse progresses.

MY EXPERIENCE:
DAY 1
1 glass grapefruit juice
8 glasses of water
1 glass of carrot juice
½ bottle of grape kombucha
1 glass of beet, parsley, celery, and cilantro

By only 1:30pm I was already experiencing detoxification symptoms. My face was hot and flushed and I felt a bit teary eyed and a little dizzy. I slept for 11 hours that evening. As your body clears itself out, rest is needed.

DAY 2
1 glass grapefruit juice
8 glasses of water
2 glasses of carrot juice
1 glass beet, parsley, celery juice, horseradish
½ bottle grape kombucha
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power

I was still very teary eyed, sniffly, and blah feeling. Again I needed more sleep than usual. I clocked in 10 hours of pillow time.

DAY 3
1 glass grapefruit juice
8 glasses of water
2 glasses of carrot juice
1 glass beet, parsley, celery juice, horseradish
½ bottle grape kombucha
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power

On the third day of detoxification I will be honest. I felt awful. It’s like having a major head cold. My tongue was coated white and even a tongue scraper would not get it all off. Though I am glad I chose to do this for my health, it was difficult to go through. I will say though – I was not hungry at all during these first days. I missed food on a habitual and psychological level only.

DAY 4
1 glass fresh squeezed orange juice
2 glasses carrot juice
1 glass celery, cucumber, parsley, apple
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power
9 glasses of water

By day 4 I was feeling better than the previous day, but I was still experiencing some detox symptoms: slight headache & watery eyes.

I have had friends ask me “Why are you doing that if it’s making you feel bad?”

My answer is that feeling like this now and allowing my body to clean itself out on a cellular level will prevent sickness and disease.
To me, it is very worth the inconvenience.

DAY 5
1 glass carrot juice
1 glass celery, cucumber, parsley, broccoli, cilantro
2 glasses of beet, apple, carrot, celery, ginger
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power
9 glasses of water
BIG SALAD!!!!

By day 5 I was still experiencing some detox symptoms so I decided to continue the cleanse, modified. I am juicing during the day and at night eating a big organic salad.
From there I will merge into eating all organic again including as much raw food as possible.

For more on detox symptoms please read my article “Is your detox making you feel sick?”

RESULTS:

My skin looks clearer and has more of a glow
My hair is shinier
I lost -7lbs
-10.5” overall
I feel better with more energy
All food cravings have stopped
My appetite has decreased and I am still pretty satisfied to drink juice all day

You would never run your car endlessly without the maintenance of a good oil change once in a while, so why do that to your body? Our bodies are intended to be self cleaning (as is the argument I hear often). I agree, however, they were not designed to deal with an an endless array of toxins in our food, air and being put on our bodies in varying ways. The majority of us are on toxic overload….. It can lead to feeling run down, ill and ultimately disease or death.

I highly recommend juice fasting once in a while! Your body will thank you!

Health Writer vs. Internet Trolls

I have received a lot of flack lately in regard to my health-based articles.

People shouting “You are not a doctor!” “You aren’t qualified!” and so on. Internet trolls are popping out of the woodwork.

They are correct. I am not a doctor. I have never claimed to be a doctor. I do not offer medical advice at all.  I am a Natural Health Consultant and Advocate, which frankly gives me a lot more room to speak the truth without fear of losing my license to practice.

I am a well-informed, well-spoken fellow human being who cares about others and over the years has amassed a sizable knowledge of health and healing practices. I WILL continue to share that knowledge.

The FDA has made darn sure that regardless if something works, if it cannot be patented and profited off of, it cannot be promoted as a “cure”. It is a sad reality of life and healthcare today in the United States of America that pharmaceutical corporations, the FDA, and many doctors do not want your health to stabilize and for you to thrive.

Health doesn’t turn a profit. Sickness does.

The articles I write are based in research, opinion, and experience.

No one “has” to follow my lead. For that matter no one “has” to even read my blog at all. In fact if you believe whole heartedly in Western allopathic medicine as the end all be all only way to go in health care, I have no idea why my articles would even interest you.

I am not discounting western medicine. It has its place – emergency medicine is vital if not sometimes miraculous and western medicine can, if used properly, complement and work along side of natural health practice, self-care and prevention.

Disease is created in the body and only from within the body, mind and soul can it be released and cured. Traditional western medicine only treats the physical. It’s an incomplete picture, an incomplete fix and often times only masks symptoms rather than treating the root cause.

My suggestion is to keep an open mind as far as alternative health practices go. Do your own research and form your own opinions. Never take anyone’s word as the gospel. That includes myself as well as your physician.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FDA Intimidation practices at work

How did we end up with a country that prohibits health information under the guise of safety?

Herbs, minerals, supplements and vitamins are all made by nature. They are God given and our birthright as humans to be able to utilize nature to heal us when needed. They are currently classified as public domain.

So far anyway,  you cannot take out and own a patent on plants, minerals or other elements found in nature. The FDA is all about patents and profit. Therefore, if something that actually works to heal the body falls outside of their grasp, they must quash it and anyone who tries to bring to light the fact that it works. The FDA has gone so far as to try and ban certain vitamins.

Their party line is very much that pharmaceuticals are the only cure, the only answer, and the only way. This simply isn’t reality. Vitamins, minerals, supplements, and herbs are natures medicine and unlike pharmaceuticals work without side effects.

In doing marketing for a Vitamin Company, due to the FDA’s government mandated and imposed rules and regulations; we are forced to mark every single bottle with the standard FDA disclaimer “This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to cure, prevent, diagnose or treat any disease.”
Somehow the FDA has named them selves the end all be all in declaring “what works”. Strangely the majority of America simply sit back and accepts their verdicts.

Example Letter from the FDA

CERTIFIED MAIL

RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

WARNING LETTER

FLA-09-25

 

December 28, 2014

 

President Name

Company

Town, State, Zip

 

This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your website and has determined that certain products are promoted for conditions that cause the products to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B)]. The therapeutic claims on your website establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.

The marketing of the products with these claims violates the Act.

Examples of some of the claims observed on your website include:

 

  • GREEN TEA: helps lower cholesterol levels. Helpful for … stabilizing blood sugar and insulin levels, and protecting the body against cancer.
  • LYCOPENE: has also shown to aid with Cardiovascular Disease. This supplement has shown beneficial in lowering high levels of LDL degeneration within the tissue. By lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol, it can help reduce one’s chances of heart attack.
  • MELATONIN: Research has shown that this supplement can aid those who suffer from insomnia by playing a role in inducing sleep
  • OMEGA3: Taking Omega 3 decreases the risk of heart disease. Omega 3 can also be used as an anti-inflammatory to relieve pain around the joints.
  • TURMERIC: This well known spice offers many benefits for Arthritis sufferers.
  • SELENIUM: Research has shown that Selenium can assist in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration.

All of the above statements are true and can be backed with scientific study. This does not matter according to the FDA.

The letter continues:

The claims quoted above are supplemented by the metatags used to bring consumers to your website through Internet searches. The metatags include: “anti-inflammatory,” “prostate cancer supplement,” “joint pain,” and “arthritis pain.”

Your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and therefore, the products are “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)]. New drugs may not be legally marketed in the U.S. without prior approval from FDA as described in section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)].

You should take prompt action to correct the violations described above and prevent their future recurrence. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action without further notice. The Act authorizes the seizure of illegal products and injunctions against manufacturers and distributors of those products [21 U.S.C. §§ 332 and 334].

Essentially if you attempt to inform, educate, and boost people’s health you will be found to be in violation and possibly subject to having your inventory seized.

Access to truthful natural health information is important. Not all of us are walking encyclopedias of herbal and vitamin knowledge.

By limiting the publics access to information on specific products by way of censoring what producers are allowed to say they are taking away your right to information.

Without information there is no further learning and without the ability to research for yourself your options become more limited – and so does your ability to stay healthy.

To learn more here is a great book written on the subject:

Fight For Your Health:

Exposing the FDA’s Betrayal of America

by Byron J. Richards,

Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

http://www.wellnessresources.com/books/fight_for_your_health.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is natural health becoming more and more about ego and money?

Is natural health becoming more and more about ego and money as time progresses?

As people fall away from believing solely in western allopathic medicine more and more seeing the destruction long-term pharmaceutical use can cause they are turning, rightly, to nature for relief and healing.

It’s hard to know who to listen to.

With western “approved” medicine and medical treatments there was always the illusionary safety net of being able to depend on FDA approval, medical boards, and reputable doctors who graduated from well-known universities. But so many of those avenues have been contaminated no longer having humanities best interest at heart. Much of it has turned in favor of big pay offs and kick backs that people are now searching for alternative healers, body workers, doctors, speakers and writers who share information in order to ease their ailments rather than following traditional routes.

I think most of us can agree that the majority of those who get into Natural Health, Healing, Body Work, and even those that go to medical school do so because they want to help others to live happy health lives. It does seem though that with all of the contradictory informational confusion, especially with the invent of the internet combined with the desperation of those living in pain who search for help, healing and direction, an off shoot of what the market is producing is a certain percentage of high profile self promoting self proclaimed self help gurus whose main goal is padding their bank accounts.

Though much of the information coming forth is sound, there seems to be a growing emphasis on showmanship, ego and personal career boost vs. really helping the people they proclaim to want to help.

Time and time again it is feeling like the same story as a re-run with a different cast of characters. Scams are prevalent either with products that do not work as promised or even when the products do work or are of good information there are those that prey on others who are willing to fund, support and jump on their well intentioned band-wagons only to lose out in the end.

This makes it increasingly more difficult for those who are well intentioned and do business honestly and to get people to believe in them and what they are promoting, which often times could very likely help improve their quality of life, yet they may pass on an opportunity and miss out as the trust level is being degraded.

Becoming informed, aware, and knowledgeable about health is no small feet especially as more and more information comes to light on a daily basis with previous conceptions and misconceptions changing as well.

We as human beings are intricate puzzles. I fully believe that all health issues can be solved and healed if we work with our bodies rather than fighting against them. Finding the core issues and allowing healing is vital as the mental, emotional and spiritual manifests in the physical. Getting to a level where you not only understand this on an educational level but on a root level of core belief takes time, study, personal clearing and often investment in ones self.

 

When choosing to devote your life or energy towards a mission of helping others along their path to health of course you do deserve payment for your time and effort. It is work. As much as many of us would love to simply volunteer our time, talents and knowledge I do understand that we have bills to pay and lives to maintain just like everyone else. I am not saying it’s wrong to make money in your chosen field. Money is nothing but an energy exchange. It keeps Universal balance flowing.

So how do you tell the difference between someone who is genuine in their desire to help humanity and someone who has gotten wrapped up in their own ego and is in it for the attention and the money?

I wish I could give you an easy answer. Having been duped myself a couple of times the best advice I have is to listen to your intuition and your feelings. If something feels off or wrong, don’t push that aside. Never listen to anyone above your own inner voice no matter how persuasive they may be.

Along with that if you have become involved in something or with someone that you later find isn’t all that it was cracked up to be, stand up for yourself as well as others if you see an injustice taking place.

 Greed, Money, and Ego have completely contaminated Western Medicine in our society….. Lets not allow the same thing to happen in the field of Natural Health.

Originally published on hcbl.com