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Plants really do make us feel better

When we bought our mini-farm in 2010 I found a great place to learn about plants through the Chicago Botanic Garden.  The Master Gardener Program is offered through the University of Illinois Extension Office, and each county has its own division.  I attended a once a week seminar from January until March in 2011 and volunteered my 60 hours time at the Chicago Botanic Gardens between Evening Island and the Green Youth Farm. I felt that the terrain of the Evening Island was very similar to our land; water features, grasses, fields, shrubs and bulbs.  The CBG rents land in several places and hire inner city children to work four hours a day at minimum wage to teach them organic gardening, how to harvest the vegetables, and sell them, and also how to prepare yummy meals.

During an annual conference, CBG brought in many speakers to tell us about some of the recent projects around how plants influence our lives.  In an apartment complex in Chicago, for instance, more people would gather around the trees growing on the grounds. Children who lived just a couple of miles from Lake Michigan had never even been to the lake. Even photographs or prints with scenes of nature have a profound affect on office buildings, especially where there is no view to the outside world as in a basement or completely bricked siding. In Britain a study of children who spent time in nature saw increased math and reading skills.  Besides calming our mood when we are stressed, breathing oxygen rich air that plants provide can have many benefits to our health and sense of well being.

Bach Flower Remedies were created while Dr. Bach noticed how the mood of patients changed when they were exposed to the floral fragrance molecules in a garden setting.  Peppermint Essential Oil was used in scientific research for its ability to improve athletic performance and found to be very effective.  A 2014 study that was reported in the Journal of Phytomedicine, and in 2013 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine both stated the benefits of ingesting just a few drops of Peppermint oil in water before exercise enhances the athletic performance by increasing oxygen flow as the components in peppermint oil relax the smoothe muscles of the body.  What is more is it also reduces lactate levels, which contributes to soreness after exercise.

Basil plants emit a wonderful aroma that repels mosquitos; they don’t like it one bit.  The essential oil of the Basil plant benefits humans, however, including anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and high in anti-oxidants.  Basil is the King of plants. Most savory herbs like Basil, Thyme, Oregano, black pepper and Clove, to name just a few smell wonderful when we use them in cooking, and add delicious flavors to our food.  They are the primary medicinal herbs that many cultures use for health benefits like Basil. As a long time herbalist, I would rather use a natural herb or essential oil to get my vitamins and healthy nutritional intake compared to supplementing with pills.

Growing herbs at home can be very satisfying and picking your own fresh herbs for the kitchen is the best way to add flavor to your home cooked meals.  Check out the publication from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on “Savory Herbs: Culture and Use.”  A new concept among Master Gardeners is the Edible Garden.  Grow flowers along with savory herb plants, and vegetables and within this “companion” garden comes many benefits.  Herbs ward off certain insects and disease and deter predators that might otherwise invade your vegetable garden.  Plus the aromas when you walk through your garden will add to the beauty and charm of your experience.  I have Idaho Blue Tansy growing near my wooden bench swing, along with other flowers and trees.  It is a beautiful cluster of yellow flowers that sends a relaxing aroma into the air when I am out at my swing relaxing with my favorite book and repels mosquitos, too!

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Idaho Blue Tansy stands very tall with yellow flower clusters on top. Very fragrant and the essential oil has a blue color; hence the name.

While we distill Tansy and make a beautiful essential oil from the plant, we can benefit from its light fragrance in the garden by just crushing some leaves between the fingers and applying it on the skin.  Have you ever taken the Rosemary leaves and crushed them to enjoy their fragrance?  I love when restaurants plant a barrel full of savory herbs out front for their visitors to enjoy!  A little rosemary, some basil, perhaps a thyme or parsley!  Wow, my word is complete!

I also think growing the flowers and herbs in a vertical garden right outside your back door is the absolute best way to let nature help improve our mental and physical well being.  There are lots of designs, some made of wood and others made from cinder blocks, that are inexpensive and easy to make.  I have a wooden one that I fastened to the wall on the back of my home.  There are no windows there and I even added a water collector to the design.  The planters can be removed and replaced each year with varieties that you either plant every year, or bring in to the green house and keep enjoying during winter.  My basil is a prime example; I love love love pesto.  I make up a batch and put it in ice cube trays with a silicone bottom and freeze.  Pop them out and place into a freezer bag and add a few to dishes for the wonderful basil flavor that is very fresh and delicious.

Water is an important feature to the outside garden that helps add a unique quality of adding oxygen and negative ions from a bubbler into the air for improved mental health and relaxation.  When water explodes over the surface and on rocks it releases particles we call negative ions.  These help lift our mood because we inhale them easily.  Plants natural emit negative ions especially on a warm sunny day through their process of phytosynthesis; take a walk in nature and along babbling brooks or create your own water feature in your garden to enjoy the benefits of negative ion therapy.

Being close to nature also keeps us grounded. What does this mean for our health? Being grounded means we are not “flighty” and we stick close to the moment in our experience with life and living. I use a grounding technique, Grounding essential oil, and I enjoy fresh air daily to help me stay grounded.

Touching the earth is the absolute best way to get grounded.  Negatively charged particles that are emitted from the ground are in essence blending and neutralizing the excess particles floating around in our body, those pesky free radicals, and bringing our body back into balance in our internal electrical field. Touching the earth means to go barefoot occasionally on either ground, or very old concrete and maybe asphalt, but especially a beautiful yard of green grass.  What is even more impressive is these free electrons that boost our health are, well, free!

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Doc Wah

Mind Body Medicine

From a very early age I saw evidence that the body reacted to the emotions and our thoughts could dictate our state of health, or disease.  I saw it first hand with my mother who had a mental illness that went misdiagnosed for decades.  I lived in a dysfunctional household where she would be fine and smiling one day, and the next day she would be a terror.  I did NOT want to live in that family with that household, but I knew there was absolutely no way to leave there; I was eight years old.

So when Deepak explains the science that has developed around Mind Body Medicine and how our bodies react to our thoughts and experiences I am in total agreement.  Here is what so called Western Medicine has decided to ignore; that our body reacts in a chemical way to our surroundings.  We understand very little really about what to do with this fact.

Trauma is an extreme example, and one that I would like to address because I think it is an experience that we have all been faced with at one time or another.  I understand how the pain nerve fibers react from an automobile accident even when there are no broken bones, torn skin or loss of limb.  But why do the pain fibers continue to fire when we seem to be fully recovered?  And what about the trauma of someone who angers you or scares you? How does our body process these emotional upsets that in turn signal chemical changes in our bodies?  I want to know how we can deal with all types of trauma, and I want to know in what ways can we get back to normal?

I think touch is the answer.  As a health practitioner and bodyworker I see patients who are in pain from no particular incident other than they “moved the wrong way” and now they are in pain.  I also see patients who went the normal route of medication for pain and muscle tension, a practice that is far too prevalent in the emergency room, and went to physical therapy and were told they would never be their old self again.  I treated that same patient with tender care, evaluating where the tension was affecting their body, the musculoskeletal system, and more importantly their emotions.  How is it that after a year of the “standard of care” they made no recovery, but with my skilled hands and gentle heart, they were able to return to their “pre-accident” state within six weeks?

When we think of Mind Body Medicine, there is another component that is not ever discussed; the healing quality of touch from another.  In the book, Psychology of Yoga, they discuss how simple touch can have many physiological benefits as well as emotional benefits.  A young woman with seizures that are not well controlled with medication saw dramatic results in just a few weeks of gentle massage. I saw a young child who having been born addicted to heroine was finally able to relax spastic muscles after just a few minutes of CranioSacral Still Point.

If we are to speak of Mind Body Medicine, then we should also include in this discussion the idea that energy is also shared between people especially if the intent is to share compassion and love for another human being.  I think there is agreement among providers that trauma victims lose sight of their self.  Being able to reconnect to their true self is difficult, but when we experience the touch of another compassionate soul there can be a shift.  Healing Touch has been taught to nurses and other bodyworkers as a non-invasive modality to help bring energy back to the body, mind and spirit of anyone willing to receive.

Trauma-sensitive yoga therapy is very aware of the disconnection between the body and the mind and uses yoga postures to guide the individual back into the awareness state of the body; to speak to the Inner Physician that Dr. Upledger identifies when working with the body. The dialogue between the tissues and the subconscious mind happens between the individual and their inner self to reconnect their body and their mind in a more healthy relationship.

Being consciously aware of our body is the first step to enlightenment.  How many of us are aware? Our jobs seem to be so much more important than our bodies and we neglect the basic needs like drinking water, exercise or relaxation. That is how our American society is expected to act; do your job and your day is about getting the work done and who cares about what your body needs.  A difficult dance, I admit, but it is a sad state of affair.  I once was fired from a job because the owner caught me reading a book on Grieving that I used to keep me calm after my mother died.  He did not ask me what I was reading or what it was for, just that I was taking time at my desk to read something not work related.  That was really dumb and stupid on his part and I was happy to leave.  I never went back to another “job” after that and have remained self-employed; thank God.

Listen to the video with Deepak Chopra and the scientific search for Body Mind Medicine:

 

My own idea about trauma goes deeper than most.  I have experienced many life-altering traumatic experiences; drowning, automobile crash, loss of loved one, emotional trauma, and even disease which can also be traumatic. I think we have forgotten or may not even be aware of how connected our thoughts are to our body and how powerful they can be if we use them as the vehicle to change the chemical process that our body undergoes; change your thought and change your life. Not really hard to understand for some, but very foreign to many.

In What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, Daniel Chamovitz talks about the chemical messengers in plants that help it thrive and survive.  Even messengers that are spread from plant to plant through space, they emit chemicals that warn other plants of predators making them less appealing.  We all know how wonderful a green salad can be, but did you also know that the anti-oxidant properties are enhanced when you tear the lettuce?  This is the plant’s automatic healing process; to emit chemicals to begin the wound repair and thanks to them we can eat the anti-oxidants they produce to help our own bodies heal.

When I first got into Mind Body Medicine as a massage therapist and nutritionist, I used hair analysis.  I could not work with a lab back then, and the hair is really accurate in showing how our bodies are using the food we eat or reacting to the drugs we take.  Hair has become a gold standard in determining if someone is a drug user; it is registered and stored in the hair shaft and stays there until you cut it off.  We used the first inch from the scalp as a sample for the lab to test.  The lab I worked with would send me back a report on the metabolic markers so that I could then determine what imbalances in their diet needed to be corrected.  It was the only lab that would also tell me their metabolic type: slow, mixed, or fast.  I think this is similar to the Dosha type in Ayurvedic Medicine: Vata, Pita, or Kapha.  Our goal in either case is always to locate the cause of the imbalance, treat it temporarily to reduce symptoms, but inevitably to find the missing link, remove the underlying cause, and regain our health.

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Chronic Infection and Inflammation

Hello and Happy New Year for 2016 from Doc Wah!

Most of my friends don’t really know me.  I am a woman with many talents and lots of complications in my life.  I live two hours from the clinic that I work in one day a week.  My income was decreased by two thirds when we bought this small plot of land and most days I am in construction mode.  I would love to play guitar and sing songs, paint and create crafts, and garden, but most days I have work to do on the house and there is absolutely no time for what I want to do that really makes me happy.  I feel some days that I am not being creative and it makes me crazy!

My friends also do not know that I struggle on a daily basis with chronic inflammation that came upon me several, make that many years ago.  I think it may have been when I had a raw fish salad back in 1994, but I was sick a few years before that.  I would wake up with a fever and congestion, take a long brisk walk after dropping my daughter off for vocal lessons, and I would feel better.  Exercise increases DHEA production from the adrenal glands and reduces inflammation.  I did not know that back then, but I knew I felt better, and I love to walk.

I moved to Chicago to the suburbs and after a long walk/run had a muscle spasm that developed into a trigger point that was relentless.  I could not even walk, and definitely no running.  The weight increased and very rapidly; I gained 30 pounds that year.

I enrolled in college to earn my doctorate, but I went to a gym and the water was contaminated; I got the worst ear infection of my life.  I have never been in that much pain.  Thank goodness the ENT doctor (Eye, Ear Nose, Throat) gave me a natural remedy; 1/2 apple cider vinegar (that balances pH) and 1/2 rubbing alcohol (that evaporates the ACV).  Then I follow with garlic oil.

When I got married in 1969 I was a virgin.  Unfortunately, my husband was not.  He was when we met, but he had an affair when he went away for part of a year for his military stint.  He gave me Candida.  I was so sick!  I gained weight, was a total bitch, and had reoccurring vaginal infections; for years.  After 20 years, and three failed relationships, two ending in divorce, I discovered that I had Candida infection.  I took myself off all sugar for two years; not even fruit.  I lost 20 pounds.  Then I took myself off gluten, and lost another 20 pounds!  I did not know I had that much weight on me, but I did!  Man, I felt myself again for the first time since high school!  How can someone survive such a horrific infection for 20 years, and still manage to have four healthy children and still function in life?  Sometimes I amaze even myself!

I tested myself when I was in college for my doctorate because the tests were reduced for students.  The stool analysis showed that I had zero acidophilus in my colon. And I had a strep infection.  But when I called the Infectious Disease Control department at a local hospital they laughed at me!  They said that that type of strep only infected neonatal; new babies!  No way could I have this infection.  Seriously?  And of course, I did not go see a doctor because I thought they would laugh at me, too.  So I struggled and kept trying natural remedies for many more years than I care to recount.

Then I discovered the Raw Living Lifestyle.  A miracle happened!  I expelled a worm that was about 10 inches long.  I have photos.  The digestive tract of this opaque worm was green.  I had been taking a shot of wheat grass three times a day for several days when I started the Raw Fast, and using a catheter for my water enemas.  He did NOT like the wheat grass, but I must have dislodged him with the catheter from my descending colon.  I felt much better and lost an amazing 35 pounds!  That lasted for a couple of years.

Every time I would feel cloudy, sluggish and weak, I would do the raw detox again and feel better.  It doesn’t work that way anymore.  More stuff is going on and I don’t know what.

My mother tried to commit suicide not once, but twice.  Once she took sleeping pills and a large glass of vodka.  They pumped her stomach and put her in a psych ward for 6 weeks.  She quit smoking but when she got out, Dad got her started again.  Dumb. The next time she tried to slit her wrists.  She did it the wrong way and just bleed a lot, but once again she was committed.  This time she did not start smoking again, but the damage was done.  Turned out she had a chronic infection in her lungs; her doctor called it Walking Pneumonia.  Enough to make her tired, listless and feel hopeless and resulted in the suicide attempt.  I am afraid that if I cannot get rid of this chronic infection I may try to “off” myself; I know I have had suicidal thoughts in the past. Like the time my daughter yelled at me for no apparent reason; I just wanted to throw myself in front of the next semi that drove down my street.  Whoa, put the brakes on! Nobody, not even my daughter, is worth losing my life over!  What an idiot!

I had a major major car wreck a long time ago. I had a head laceration and my whole spine was screwed up for years, and I still suffer from neck and low back disc bulges and some nerve pain and nerve weakness.  Then I had two more nearly back to back car wrecks; thank goodness they happened after I got my doctorate.  I remember the memory loss after my first major car wreck, but these last two also involved head injuries and I read that emotional problems can follow closed head injuries.  That was a big help to me, seriously.  I started to look at me in a whole new light.

I just want my friends to treat me normal, but the problem is I don’t have many friends.  Not for lack of trying.  Most people are so caught up in their own lives, their own relationships, that being my friend is the least of their worries.  This is how my mind works; no matter what I do to try to gain their trust they just see me as some complicated person that cannot relate to them.  I can’t make them like me; I just try to be myself and maybe that is wrong.  If someone has the answer, please tell me.

I read books on spirituality and philosophy for years.  I was not at all interested in anything fiction during that time.  I saw lots of clients and began to see a correlation between their thoughts and the areas of pain they were experiencing.  I published my findings called “The Psychology of Health; or Think Yourself Well.”  I gave public talks on it and shared my research.  I submitted my thesis and got my Masters in Divinity for my Ordained Minister license.  Being an ordained minister really started when I started talking to Jesus when I was very young.  Yes, I am a psychic.  Most of my friends, family and patients have absolutely no idea who I really am.  I can imagine what people are thinking; not just about me, but about themselves and their own situation.  People who have listened to me are actually amazed when I give them sincere insights into their thoughts; I may have even saved lives!  It even shocked me when the basic facts revealed themselves to me, but not to them.

My guides and teachers are Ascended Masters; Jesus, Kuthumi, and St. Germaine.  They call the work that we do, Atomic Transformation.  I channeled Jesus and he was the best friend.  He would take me to Jerusalem; we would wear those white cotton robes (Moroccan Gandora) and sandals, of course.  We would sit together on a wooden bench in a room with a dirt floor and adobe walls.  He would teach me and he really reached me.  One day he shared with me this truth; The Golden Rule.  You will be amazed to know that the wording is incorrect.  He took my hands and looked me in the eyes and said: “Love you as I have loved you, then love others.”  He did not say only love people who are white, black, or brown; or only love straight people.  He definitely did not say to make fun of people who are not like you.

How do you do that?  How can I love myself the way Jesus loves me?  Wow, that is a tall order, right?  But I really do want to love everyone like Jesus does; unconditionally.  My favorite philosopher is Gurdjieff.  He is the one who coined the phrase, The WORK; not that new age lady, sorry.  According to the WORK being yourself is a moment by moment experience; no matter what ever else happens to you in that moment.  Loving unconditionally is also about loving not only yourself, but others; and acceptance without judgement.  Aye, that can be the rub, eh?  Another lesson in the WORK involves not getting attached to the “story.” Such as the memory of a past event that causes us pain or guilt.  Memories are stories and not really true anymore.  We remember them and no one else does; nor do they care.  But we have to change the memory, the story, if we want to overcome the pain or guilt.  It’s also a technique I learned in counseling.  It really works, too.

My friends also do not know that I started out in counseling.  I loved the idea and even though I began taking courses on counseling I also found massage and went in that direction for most of my adult life.  But I never let go of being a counselor, so after I became an Ordained Minister I kept going and took Chaplain classes with Unity.  I consider myself a metaphysician, because to call myself a Christian is not really accurate.  The red letter portions of the bible are all that I ever related to, especially since I could actually speak to Jesus so I had the inside scoop, so to speak.  He actually likes to be called “J” according to the Course of Miracles, which he orchestrated.  I have never been to a regular meeting, because I can not really get it.  I like simple.

So, today I have different goals.  I think goals are like a book; first you make an outline.  Then you pick a starting point.  What can I do first? If I want something to happen I work backwards to decide what that first step has to be.  Or like making a dish; what is the first step? Do I have all the ingredients? Maybe that is my first step; to go purchase the ingredients that I need.  I can make a wonderful pie or casserole; not so much at writing books by myself.  But an article, definitely; or a speech.

I am going to get blood test results in a few days and I will know what is showing up that could be causing the inflammation; I hired an Internal Medicine doctor, finally.  I will let you know how things are going.  I definitely want to get my energy back so I can exercise again; I have all that weight to lose again.  If it wasn’t for all the knowledge I have about herbs, vitamins and homeopathic remedies, I would probably have been given prescription drugs to take.  But my new doctor is very happy with the regimen that I have made for myself and agrees that I will be okay if I just continue with my arsenal of natural supplements.  He also agrees that in the United States doctors really do not know much about parasites and that sort of infection like they do in the Asian regions of the world where parasites are a lot more prevalent and doctors who live there see this sort of infection on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, I can meditate, keep eating healthy food, fruit, and juice, and chicken soup of course.  I love my ginger tea! So, off to bed with me to get some rest.  Take care and stay tuned.

Yours in Health Naturally,

Doc Wah

 

Update on my Health Status:

Well, the blood tests are normal.  And the doctor I thought was going to be a team player just dismissed me.  I explained that I had shortness of breath when exercising, but he ordered a cardio stress test and ECHO of my heart, and dismissed the breathing problem.  He basically told me not to come see him anymore; he is done with me.

When I get stumped, and listen, I am really stumped, I go back to my own understanding of the body and I ask myself, “What would you give a patient who told you this?”  I said I felt my chest was becoming part of the problem; is this exercise induced asthma or is it pneumonia?  That made the decision for me; I will treat myself for an Upper Respiratory Infection.

When we look at the lungs they are situated in the chest.  We can access them by breathing in diffused essential oils, so I went to my Essential Oil Resource Guide and found several ‘formulas’ that I added to my diffuser.  I did this every night for a week.

I looked up Bach Flower remedies and using a pendulum, I picked out 4 very good flower essences;  add two drops each to a brown glass dropper bottle, fill mostly with pure water, and just a tablespoon of Vodka for purification.  Take this by mouth several times a day.

Herbs for the immune system are also antibiotic in nature, so I found a perfect blend of Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne Pepper and Burdock.  This will cleanse the lungs, act to kill any germs without harming the host (Me!) and assist with healing; Burdock is that pesky wild plant that puts out nasty burrs that we destroy from our gardens.

I also am drinking lemon water with Lime essential oil added to help alkaline my blood, which will help boost my immune system.

And I have recently switched to a ketogenic diet.  That is a discussion for another day, but to summarize I will get my energy from fats, not glucose and adding NAC or N-acetylcysteine will add energy, too.

Lastly, I am going to do an Asthma Regimen that I have used for a lot of patients: Natural D-Hist from Orthomolecular.  This product is wonderful for upper respiratory conditions, but the protocol must be adhered to for nearly 3 months to actually “clean” the lungs.

Another condition that just started happening is neuralgia.  I have a weird thing going on where my right side gets hot and burns; the nerves are somehow being affected by the muscle tension in my low back.  But it is also happening in my right shoulder and arm, and on occasion I will get both arms numb down into the elbow.  Twice I have been asked if I have Lyme’s Disease, and I am very adamant that I do not have any disease. All of this came from the infection from the strange parasitic worm and all the toxins that were bombarding my body for many years.  I am not ruling out Lyme’s Disease, of course, but I have no one to turn to for that kind of testing.

There are clinics I have found who could offer help, but I am being told I have to fork over $2,000 to $3,000 dollars just to see the doctor.  That is for the office visit and lab tests, but not for any treatments.  I am looking for a clinic who will administer blood doping; take my blood and inject pure oxygen, then put it back into my body.  Oxygen will help kill some of the bugs that will not show up on test.  Also, the doctor visits and possibly the tests may be covered by my insurance, but Oxygen or Ozone doping are not.  I am looking for an alternative to this procedure; something I can do at home, but it appears that I have to have a doctor just to prescribe it, and I am unsure if I can get one to cooperate.

What is my next step? I am doing all that I can humanly do to help my condition.  I saw my Naprapath and his manipulation of my tissues helps for about half a day.  Even now as I am sitting at the computer to write, my right side is on fire and I feel tired.

I am not sure if anyone has ever dealt with any of these symptoms, or that you would even take the time to read my blog, but I am very open to suggestions.  The world is vast, but it seems so foreign to someone like me who just wants to feel better and get healthy.

Yours in Health, Natural as Possible!

Doc Wah

Raw Living Food Lifestyle

Plants grow from seed that when nourished contain the necessary minerals, vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates and enzymes necessary for human health.  The amino acids found in plant matter help our bodies make proteins that we then use to make muscles, bones, organs, and so on.  There are no toxins in the cells of plants, fruits or grains.  The toxins consumed by the Standard American Diet come from the cooked foods, the dead meat, the refined carbohydrates that are difficult for our bodies to digest.

When I eat a raw diet I am full of energy and my cells are constantly renewed with healthy cells.  When I eat cooked food I am tired and irritable; my hair color is white (not the vibrant red that I was born with) and some little whiskers pop out on my chin.  Yikes!

Within just a few months of starting my raw organic diet, my red hair changed in texture and color.  It is now a soft strawberry blonde, and I found a blonde streak in the back.  The hairs on my chin have diminished and there are still a few long hairs but they are light and soft.  These will continue to disappear as my body detoxifies and becomes whole and strong again.

Recovering from illness requires that we maintain an alkaline environment within our body.  Remarkable things begin to happen when we ear a diet that is rich in organic fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds, and reduce the amount of cooked and processed foods.  A detoxification program will help jump start the cleansing process by removing the debris and mucous that lines the colon so that the wonderfully rich food we ingest can be absorbed better.

What of all the drugs and medications that we took over our lifetime?  These too need to be cleansed from the body, especially from the liver where detoxification takes place.  Which is why we do not ever eat the liver of another animal.  I used to eat chicken livers and calf livers and I don’t touch them anymore.  Yuck.  We de-vein the shrimp to remove that dark strip before we cook it.  My understanding is that thin dark strip is their colon and it taste better if it is removed before cooking.  I don’t eat shrimp now, but I am using this to illustrate my point.

Dr. Stanley S Bass wrote an article on What Symptoms to Expect When You Improve Your Diet several decades ago and it is still available on his website http://drbass.com/symptoms.html .  It is not the body that improves, but also our mind.  We recover quicker from disease when we eat a more whole food balanced diet.  I don’t agree with everything he suggests, but I certainly agree that our bodies heal quicker if we are not bombarded with toxins, drugs and pharmaceutical medicines.  I understand that we may need a medication to help us through a crisis from time to time, but we also need to realize that the medication can accumulate in our tissues and needs to be cleansed out of our bodies as soon as possible.  I don’t take pain killers anymore even for surgery because I have found a wholesome organic substitute for pain relievers through therapeutic essential oils.  And the medication does not have time to accumulate in my body because as these oils work to relieve my pain and swelling, they also remove the harmful drugs from my body.

Our body’s job is to repair and make new and healthier cells than the ones before.  Sometimes it requires a little house cleaning which comes in the form of a cold or flu.  I prefer not to feel that way, so I do cleansing on a daily basis and avoid taking in toxic materials and eat mostly organic food that is neither cooked or processed, and I avoid chemicals as much as possible that I can’t pronounce!

If there are toxins in our body, the first level of defense is to remove the toxins.  That means that the repair process has to wait a while.  This may also explain how our bodies break down over time with so many toxins invading our cells.  How can we expect the body to manufacture new cells, if the emphasis is on removing toxins and we constantly consume toxins; never giving our body a break.  Leonard Orr recommends doing an isolation diet once a week.  I practiced this for many years and found it very helpful.  One day a week I would pick fruit; lots of fruit and lots of variety.  One week I would pick a day where I would only eat vegetables; raw, steamed or blanced.  That was an easy way to slowly detox, I thought.

I also feel we should eat only when hungry.  If you are not feeling hungry then you may be just feeding an emotion and not really hungry.  Also, the hunger “pangs” stimulate the anti-aging hormones.  A great way to help the body cleanse itself is to only drink water when we wake up instead of automatically having a breakfast meal.  If we drink water and it quenches our hunger, then we aren’t really hungry.  If, however, you drink water and you are still hungry, then you are really hungry so eat something.  I have done this several times, and still do it often, and usually am not really hungry until one or two in the afternoon.  After I eat a regular meal I feel fine again, and I have never felt weak or irritable as long as I drank water.

There are supplements that we can take to help the body rid itself of accumulated toxins.  I found out a few of them quite by accident by treating the symptoms in an asthmatic patient.  I use a product that is made of Stinging Nettles, Quercitin, Bromelain, and N-acetylcysteine or NAC.  It is an Orthomolecular product so it is only available through a licensed doctor, and not through a health food store.  I keep this supplement on hand in my clinic and it flies off my shelf.  I have used it for upper respiratory conditions, which is why I recommended it for my asthmatic patient.  However, I kept him on the recommended daily dose of two capsules three times a day for several months.  That is what cured his asthma; his entire body was cleansed of the excess debris that was interfering with the lung expansion.  Actually, he only took three bottles before his symptoms were completely gone.

This natural decongestant can work for anyone.  It is safe for children, and adults, and can also be used as a preventative for anyone, including elderly who might be at risk for pneumonia.  I wish I had been a doctor when my grandfather died of pneumonia; he was only 82 years old.  I could do nothing for his emphysema, but I could have helped him stay alive a little longer and cured his pneumonia.

Just a note here on the word “cure.”  If you are a lay person, I don’t recommend you use this word loosely.  I, on the other hand, an a licensed health professional can use this word and my definition of the word cure is different than the allopathic doctor’s definition of cure.  My definition includes the concept that the body is healthy and requries no intervention, even from supplements. It may be necessary to take one or two vitamins or herbs indefinitely due to a genetic deficiency, but I prefer we get our vitamins, minerals and trace elements through our food.  That is why I prefer whole organic foods and stay away from dead food that is processed to make it taste good.  Why eat empty calories?

A healthy body looks healthy.  Do you know the difference?  How do you know you are healthy?  What is your ideal body weight?  What does your skin look like?  and do you enjoy life?  Your skin should have a glow with no dark circles under the eyes, no puffiness and no discolorations elsewhere.  Brown areas indicate lack of circulation to the area, even if you are dark complected.  The elderly patient may have brown skin around the ankles with blisters indicating extreme inflammation.  I usually look at arterial obstruction but sometimes it is due to food allergies.  Dark skin around the genitals in the upper thigh and inner groin could mean a hip dysplasia especially in an obese patient.

A healthy body is not fat.  I don’t care who you have talked to, it is NOT healthy to be fat and obesely overweight.  Body Mass Index is a good way to gauge what a healthy range is for your body at your age of life.  It is an easy formula to calculate, so look it up.  If it says you are obese, then you are obese. Deal with the reality, and take the necessary steps to lose the excess weight.  I recommend a Raw Living Food Lifestyle like the one taught at the Ann Wigmore Institute.

Ann Wigmore’s Principles of the Raw Living Lifestyle
1. Oxygen – fresh air every day, and water enough to equal half your body weight.
2. Sunlight – 15 minutes every day
3. Fermented food – to provide probiotics necessary for healthy gut flora and to promote natural immunity
4. Wheat Grass – to bind heavy metals, detox the liver, and provide chlorophyl necessary for tissue health and regneration
5. Exercise – lymphatic drainage through gentle vibratory exercise on the Rebounder that she calls Lymphasize. Daily exercise 30 minutes per day when possible.
6. Sprouts – and shoots to provide essential enzymes necessary to repair cell walls
7. Antioxidants – raw organic foods rich in the powerful antioxidants that help our bodies repair and reduce the chances of cancer every developing.
8. Alkaline food and drinks – begin each day with an alkaline drink such as salt water, lemon water and rejuvelac
9. Rest – allows the body to repair itself and gives our mind a break from our busy lives

OXYGEN

Water contains hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen is what keeps us alive and well. We breathe it in through our lungs, and most people breathe rather shallow. As you rest, whether through meditation or regular sleep, you breathe deeper. And air is free, although it is not as inanimate as we might think; it is as sentient as you or I and it breathes us, keeping us alive. Never take for granted the amount of air your body needs.

Take deep breaths every day. Relaxing while taking long deep breaths relaxes muscles, massages organs, and helps the body eliminate waste. The exchange of oxygen with toxic gases is very important for health and maintains an alkaline environment.

Hydrogen from the water we drink, and from the breakdown of the food we eat, helps us make energy and other molecules essential for life. Whether you drink pure water, or get water from some food, I really think tea or coffee are not recognized as liquid in your body because they contain other nutrients. Especially if you add lemon or sugar to your tea, or cream and sugar to your coffee… the body will recognize these all together and it does not translate into just plain water. I recommend half your bodyweight in water, or more imply put, drink 4 bottles a day.

Vitamin D

We get most of our Vitamin D from sunlight, which is why Ann Wigmore recommends we get sunshine every day. Taking walks outside is a good example, and it adds to the requirement of exercise as well. However, when you are in a climate that is cloudy most of the year, then adding about 5,000 mg of Vit D on cloudy days is essential. Vitamin D helps keep our bones strong, and it may even keep the lining around our nerves whole and healthy and prevent, and even cure diseases like multiple sclerosis. In any case, it helps the mood so it wards off seasonal effective disorder. And for that matter, so will eating greens.

FERMENTED FOODS – NATURE’S PROBIOTIC

I recently discovered a great website that explains so much about fermented foods, drinks and contains lots of recipes.

As a Certified Raw Food Chef, I include fermented foods in my classes. It is essential for getting the probiotics into our colon that help keep our bowels clean, and improves health overall. When making fermented food or beverages, there are boutique blends of probiotics one could add to the batch, or you can just let good old Mother Nature make them for you. Fermented foods can contain trillions of healthy gut bacteria, much more than you can get in pills and much cheaper. A good batch of my red cabbage slow takes about 5 heads of red cabbage at a cost of just $15.00. Well worth the time and effort if it saves you money and gives a more biologically available form of probiotics for health, wouldn’t you agree?

WHEAT GRASS

Good fresh wheat grass shots contain so much chlorophyll and other life-giving ingredients that it is important to include a few shots a day into your Raw Diet. Other countries are not so lucky as we are here in the US. In Europe for instance they offer only one tablespoon a day, where at the Ann Wigmore Institute you might get three shots a day, plus a few ounces to add to your implant after your enema, and more ounces to add to your bath. I personally love the sweet taste of fresh wheat grass, rather than powdered or frozen varieties. Growing it is cheap and easy, if you have the space and patience. Spring Creek Holistic serves wheat grass to all our enrollees during the detoxification weekend. I especially like the energy boost it gives, and I like to chase it with fresh squeezed orange juice. Very delicious and nutritious, too.

Every detox starts with cleansing the colon. Why you ask? So that when the toxins start pouring out of the liver they have a path to exit the body. Otherwise the toxins back up into the other organs and a headache results. We once had a patient attend our detox program and she did not understand the instructions prior to attending. Stop drinking coffee over a few days before the weekend, because we don’t serve coffee during a detoxification program. Well, she had such a headache it made her eyes squint. So we gave her a cup of coffee that set her right and she was able to continue the program without a hitch. Please read the instructions and follow them completely prior to attending our detox weekend. Good advice.

EXERCISE

When I mention exercise what pops into your mind? A gym membership, driving to the gym, buying clothes to cover up, all those people watching me, what if I can’t lift the weights, what if I can’t do the yoga pose, and on and on it goes. The exercise I am referring to is gentle movement, probably on a mini-trampoline, or a 30 minute walk outside (weather permitting), or bouncing on an exercise ball. Sounds more gentle, doesn’t it? The idea for exercise is to get the blood pumping in a gentle steady rhythm for long enough that the lymphatic vessels can cleanse the body of toxins and the blood can circulate them for elimination. One of my friends loved her rocking chair, so she created “Rocking Chair Aerobics.” Keep your feet on the ground and begin rocking back and forth. She was having knee problems and it helped her knees so much that she quit using her wheel chair and graduated to a walker. After a time, she began to “stand up” for a second with each “rock” and it really improved her standing and walking. And any activity that is consistent, even rocking, is considered aerobic, so it improves heart function.

So when you think of exercise, think “gentle.” If you want to walk on a treadmill, then do it gently and just set a pace that you can handle and still keep talking. Walk out in the sunlight and you have accomplished two of the principles of the Living Food Lifestyle.

SPROUTS

Enzymes are the building block for proteins, and sprouts contain the highest concentration of the enzymes we need. Most sprouts are seedlings that we make from tiny seeds like alfalfa, clover, broccoli, radish, and cabbage. We soak them, and drain them, and let them breathe in a jar much like a tiny terrarium. When the first green leaves are visible, they are ready to eat. Other seeds can be sprouted for adding to dishes or for snacks; seeds of mung, sunflower, and almond are good examples.

Shoots on the other hand are seeds that have been grown in a medium and we are eating just the tiny plant. We still want a set of green leaves, but we don’t allow them to grow much more because we want them when they are young and tender. Sunflower seeds also make good shoots, but we really appreciate the taste of pea shoots, buckwheat, and soy. (I never eat any soy products, except for soy sprouts or shoots.) Watercress is another easy to find shoot, but growing them is as easy as growing wheat grass, and I use the same medium.

When adding shoots or sprouts to your green smoothie you only need 1/8 to 1/4 cup. A little goes a long way. I add them to salads, sandwiches, and as garnish to various raw dishes like Raw Lasagna.

ANTI-OXIDANTS

When oxygen is missing an electron it is called a Free Radical and can do damage to your DNA. These molecules are not bound so they are unstable, and they zing through your body and into your cell actually cutting through the DNA in the nucleus. Cancers develop when DNA is cut by free radicals and join in an unnatural way. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals making them harmless to your body.

When you want a good anti-oxidant think COLOR. Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, but mostly red foods contain lots of anti-oxidant capabilities. As with enzymes a little goes a long way, so a small portion of red pepper, for instance, can add a large amount of anti-oxidants to your smoothie or salad. The blue or purple color of blueberries signifies their intense content of anti-oxidants and B Vitamins, like B-12 or cyanacobalamin.

B Vitamins are necessary to help with nerve function, mood regulation and brain function as in cognitive function, and even dementia. I once heard of a man who was suffering from what his doctors termed dementia, yet when he started taking a supplement of B12 his functions returned. But of course his son had already moved him into the home with his wife and children and there was no getting him back to his own home, because they sold it. Oops!

ALKALINE DRINKS

By breaking your fast you can start your day with an alkaline drink. Salt water is a very quick and inexpensive drink that is easy to make. Rejuvelac is a fermented drink made from sprouted grains like quinoa and makes an excellent drink for any time of the day, but especially full of probiotics to start your day with. Lemon juice is also very alkaline, or you might like to use lemon essential oil that does not contain the acid to erode the teeth. Each of these drinks will alkalinize the body. Cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment. Our organs and our healthy probiotics thrive in an alkaline environment. Our classes show you how to make Sal Sole, or salt solution, Rejuvelac and how to prepare sprouts to make the fermented drink.

REST and RELAXATION

I have been a meditator since an early age. I did my own walking meditation when I was around 10 years old, and studied Silva Method in 1979. My favorite form of meditation is Primordial Sound Meditation, where a mantra is repeated during the relaxation. I learned PSM at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad California; a requirement for all students of the Vedic traditions taught there. Whatever sort of method you use to relax, do it every day if possible; consistency will give you the rewards you desire. Don’t worry about what type of relaxation technique you use; there is no wrong type. Rest about 20-30 minutes. If at first you need to read a book, that is just fine. Perhaps you fall asleep. That is perfect; it means you were tired so honor yourself with a little nap.

I say a mantra while I meditate. If my thoughts wonder, I know I can release them by going back to my mantra. Your mantra can be a word, a phrase, or statement; anything that is easy to remember and gets your brain to focus on the present moment. You might find that saying it aloud at first helps you to focus better. After a few minutes you can begin repeating it silently in your mind. See what happens. Dr. Father Thomas Keeting taught me Contemplative Prayer when I was studying for my ordaination. He calls the statement or mantra, a Sacred Word. So when I first started my mantra was the word “clear.” I imagined a blackboard and I erased all the words so that the blackboard was clean, or the words were cleared off. I would also imagine me using the eraser and my arm moving back and forth erasing the words, much like a Qi Gong movement. And that worked for me.

Rest is when your body is doing repairs, building cells, laying down new linings of your intestinal tract, and you are breathing. All this important work is difficult to accomplish when you are busy with your day to day life, such as work, sitting in front of a computer, preparing dinner, and so on. Rest is very important to your healing process and should not be taken lightly. Give yourself permission to do nothing for a few minutes every day.

RAW FOOD KITCHEN

Now that you understand the principles of the Raw Living Food Lifestyle, you can begin adding a few raw foods to your diet every day. I call this the transition stage of changing your lifestyle. Look through your cupboard and your pantry and decide what things you can eliminate that contain unhealthy ingredients. You can donate some of the food to your local pantry or non-profit organization. After removing unhealthy food stuffs, you will gradually increase the raw ingedients you will need to prepare raw dishes based upon the recipes you decide to try. There are lots of free recipes on the websites such as sadtoraw.com, rawfamily.com, greensmoothiegirl.com and so on. Raw Food Lifestyle is becoming more popular so check out some of the “cookbooks” that contain a variety of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Whatever you do, you will need to add a few additional appliances to help in food preparation

Here is a list of the kinds of appliances that help with raw food preparation:
VitaMix
Quisinart
Juicer
Extraction Juicer
Madeline
Zester
Ninja
Dehydrator

It may take you a few months of shopping as you begin to switch from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a Living Food Diet or Alkaline Diet and the Raw Living Food Lifestyle. The more raw foods you can incorporate (and I am NOT talking about raw meat) the better your health will become.

Practice the 9 Principles and come to a weekend training at the Spring Creek Holistic Center where all the meals are prepared for you and you learn how to prepare some meals for yourself. Your body will appreciate the break from cooked food and the stress of everyday life, so you can better concentrate on what makes you happy.

Our guests arrive at 5 pm on Thursday for orientation. Each guest is assigned a dorm room, or you can camp at the nearby State Park, Lake-Le-Aqua-Na or on our land. We meet at 6 pm in the classroom to discuss the agenda for the weekend and answer questions. We take guests on a first come basis and just a few at a time. If you have a diagnosis such as cancer, or diabetes, we need a referral from your primary care physician before you arrive. We work closely with your medical treatment plan and it helps us to know a little about your medical history. Each guest will fill out a health questionnaire and we will do our best to make you comfortable and welcome while you are here.

Our guests stay until Monday afternoon. You are welcome to stay more than once, but the program is only conducted from Friday to Monday once a month. Come visit any time you like; the dorms are available for weekend or weekday guests. There are wonderful things to do around the area at different times of the year and we always have gardens that need volunteer hands to keep going, plus the yoga classes that all our guests enjoy.

Be well, Naturally,
Doc Wah

Vegetarianism, Vegan or NOT?

Should we eat animals that have a face?  There was recently a debate that aired on WBEZ FM with four men on the panel, each talking about their view of either pro or con.  I think they each were quite well researched and recited their speech well.  I enjoyed listening to the supporting research that each one presented and tried to listen with an open mind to each argument.

However, there is one thing missing in each of their arguments.  I think we all agree that if you do plan to eat meat it should be free of antibiotics, and the animals should not be fed GMO feed products, like chicken by products.  Why would we feed an herbivore meat anyway?  Even my puppy gets her vegetables, but she is a mixed omnivore and so the vegetables really should be part of her overall diet.  Have you ever seen what dogs eat when they have been released out into the wild?  They eat little animals, of course, but they also eat berries, roots and twigs.  Maybe there is something there for us to learn, too.

Eating cooked meat is especially bad, as the heat causes the release of carcinogens when cooked at high heat.  We really are not designed to eat raw meat, but I know a few people who decided to eat raw ground meat, beginning with a teaspoon and gradually increasing their consumption.  I don’t recommend that.

However, I do advocate eating fresh whole foods in the form of plants, and their fruit.  If you decide you like to eat certain kinds of meat, then always eat in moderation, around 3-4 ounces at a time, and eat a variety.  Slow cook the meat so that the juices are retained, and add wonderful aromatic spices… that kill germs and increase your own body’s immune system starting with your digestive juices.

One argument that was presented at the debate was concerning the amount of B12 that may be missing from a vegetarian diet.  I don’t think that is a logical argument for eating meat. Sunflower Sprouts for instance are loaded with B12, and their enzymes increase when planted and grown in soil (which we then call shoots).  First of all, we only need trace amounts of B12 for our nervous system to function in a healthy manner.  We have bacteria in our colon that produces B12 from the raw whole foods that we eat, and then we assimilate this.  There is our problem: assimilation.

Detoxification is a must in our lifestyle today.  It helps clean the colon wall and rid the entire body of mucous and toxins, so that we are capable of absorbing and assimilating the necessary vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that we need in order to stay healthy.

But there is one aspect that continues to be overlooked in all diet plans, and in all discussions about what is good for us.  That is the microorganisms that have invaded our bodies like worms, flukes, parasites and bacteria.

Microorganisms

There are pros and cons about the beneficial affect of microorganisms in our bodies.  Yes, some of them are there to help make some of the vitamins we need, and we have a synergistic and symbiotic relationship with microorganisms.  However, what if we suddenly experience an overgrowth of these relatively harmless microorganisms?  They become opportunistic and they produce more toxins than our bodies can handle, making us sick and depress our immune systems.  We have a hard enough time removing toxic residue from our bodies just from day to day metabolic processes where cells move their waste into the interstitual fluids that flow throughout our body.  The excess amount of toxins that are added to that fluid bath need to be removed through a detoxification regimen.

Detoxification

When we remove the toxins that these microorganisms have deposited into our body fluids, it makes it harder for us to heal and depresses our immune system.  What does that really mean?

It means that these toxins will degrade healthy cells and healthy tissues, eating away at our joints or causing holes in our colon, and interrupting normal metabolic pathways, like the Krebbs Cycle where we get energy.  It robs our body of necessary nutrients by blocking some necessary receptor sites, and interrupts the normal metabolic processes that are necessary for us to live healthy, productive lives.

Have you ever heard of the Brain Fog?  That is one of the side effects of candida albicans overgrowth.  This is one of the parasites that definitely become opportunistic if allowed to overgrow.  When we eat too much sugar, which feeds them, they grow in number.  If we don’t wash our food with a good vegetable wash, we are bringing in extra colonies of candida albicans to increase their numbers in our gut.  However, if we eat good pre-biotics that can increase the number of our healthy gut bacteria colonies, we can keep candida from overgrowing and causing us health problems

Pre-Biotics

Fructooligosaccharides are a specific type of sugar found in vegetables like asparagus, tomatoes and fruit, and also in garlic and onions.  The small microbes, or beneficial bacteria in our colon, will thrive and grow when we eat small amounts of fructooligosaccharides.  They also disperse small amounds of nutrients in our colon to help us digest and assimilate our food.  Seaweed is a good source of FOS and also trace minerals, so I add a little Dulce in every smoothie; you cannot taste it and it adds health benefits to our diet.

Pro-Biotics 

When the bad bacteria has overgrown then we need a probiotic.  But we need a BENEFICIAL probiotic found in herbs and foods.  There are powerful herbal compounds that help kill bad germs in our body, like cayenne and goldenseal.  I have used this combination for decades, ever since 1990 when I suffered from chronic flu-like symptoms.  But children can’t really stand the heat from cayenne pepper, so we use a different blend of mullein and lobelia.  Whatever the blend, I also add garlic oil capsules and the dose is similar to the medical pharmaceutical prescription of taking the supplement three to four times a day.

A powerful Aromatherapy essential oil blend is Thieves, Oregano, Frankincense with perhaps some Peppermint.  I found these to be quite helpful in killing germs and helping with the pain or aches from influenza.  Knocks it out in a few days as well; we are all looking for a quick fix, right?

Enzymes

One thing that is missing in the diet of most people are enzymes, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise eat meat.  Enzymes are the most beneficial nutrient for our bodies and they are only found in raw uncooked sprouts and greens.  If you had a fall-out shelter, the best thing you could stock are seeds for sprouting.  That way you would always be able to eat your greens, and prevent a multitude of health problems.  If sailers knew how to sprout their seeds, they would never have experienced scurvy.

Sprouting is very easy.  Soak the seeds for a short time, depending upon the size of the seed, with a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to prevent spoilage.  Drain the seeds, and keep a mesh screen over the top of the jar, placing the jar at a 45 degree angle so the seedlings get air.  Rinse them with fresh pure water 2 or 3 times a day, until they sprout a little tail.  Keep this process going until you see the first leaves appear.  Now you have a wonderful source of enzymes and chlorophyl to help grow a healthy body, clean the liver, and add protein to your diet.  You only need a small amount so add 1/8 cup of sprouts to every batch of green smoothie you make.

Carcinogens in Cooked Meat

Cooking meat at too high a temperature will turn the fats into a carcinogen that will promote cancer.  These are the Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when muscle meat is pan fried or grilled.  It is difficult to avoid the formations of these carcinogens when meat comes into contact with metal.  For this reason, I usually use a glass baking dish to pan sear my meat, then add a little water and continue baking at a lower temperature.  The meat comes out juicy and fully cooked.  Try this with a great pork shoulder roast; use your favorite dry rub, and baste with the water to keep it moist.  I make a sauce to serve over or with it, and we are all enjoying the healthy benefits of pork, but without harmful chemicals.  The same is true for chicken.

Does it have a face?

What do you think?  Do plants have a face?  They can feel, and sense our presence.  American Indians have prayed to them, thanking them for sacrificing themselves for our health, giving back some tobacco or cornmeal.  Are they scentient beings?  Maybe, but this is a question for your own moral dilemma.  Personally I respect plants and I ask them if it is okay to pick them, thanking them for their sacrifice for my life.  I love them and nurture them as they grow, sing to them, and give them nourishment so they will grow into the best delicious vegetable or fruit for the taking.

Animals definitely have a face, but I think nature has told us which ones are really intended for humans to consume.  These are the wild animals like rabbits and deer that grow in huge amounts and really need to be controlled by regular hunting.  I also like to dehydrate and make jerkey out of the venison or bison which involves no cooking actually, but preserves the wholesomeness of the meat and makes it actually healthier to consume.

I really enjoyed the panel discussion about eating a vegetarian diet versus eating food that first had a face!  I think we all need to listen to our bodies.  I am an O positive blood type and should be eating meat, but it does not agree with me.  I can’t eat chicken, beef, bison, or turkey, but ham or pork is okay with my body.  I am gluten free but I take it a large step upward and include not eating rice, garbanzo beans, potatoes, and legumes (unless they are raw sprouted that is).  That is me.  I hope that we all find a happy medium that will help us live long, happy and healthy lives.

Yours in Health Naturally,

Doc Wah

Lemonade Diet

The Master Cleanser Diet was first made popular by Dr. Stanley Burroughs in the book “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment” published in 1973.  I became aware of it in 1979 when I met an alternative medicine doctor who practiced the three modalities listed in his book: VitaFlex Therapy, Color Therapy and the Master Cleanser Diet.  Over the years the Master Cleanser Diet has become a unique detoxification program that has been used by thousands of people.

The Lemonade Diet is just another name for the Master Cleanser Diet because the diet consists of drinking lemonade every day.  The uniqueness of this drink is the maple syrup used to sweeten it, along with the scant amount of Cayenne Pepper.  I usually recommend putting just the dash of cayenne on top of each glass, rather than adding it to the lemonade that is refrigerated.  This prevents it from being too hot.  If you decide to add the cayenne to the lemonade it will get infused with the juice and become a Hot Lemonade, so be careful!  Being from Texas, I happen to like it a little hot. Cayenne will also help increase the body metabolism, which helps break down fat.

I am not giving away any secrets by sharing the recipe for the Lemonade, because it is easily available on line if you search Master Cleanser.  But I would like to explain why we use maple syrup instead of other sugars for the sweetener.  And I would also suggest you consider adding a drop of Lemon Essential Oil to each glass, and any other essential oils that you like for flavor as they have extremely beneficial actions for your health.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is concentrated from the sap of the sugar maple tree and other maple trees.  It is a natural sugar that comes from the xylem sap of the tree.  When the sap runs out it is mostly water and needs to be boiled to evaporate the water leaving the thick syrup.  There is a higher concentration of manganese and zinc in the syrup than in other sugars.  And the concentration of fructose to glucose is about 50/50.  This means that 50% of the sugar will be processed in the liver and the other 50% will help give the brain energy and offer fuel to the rest of the body.  The processing of sugar through the liver is important; it helps with detoxification.  The only other sugar I am aware of that helps with this is Yacon syrup, which has begun to increase in popularity for its ability to aid in weight loss.

The truth is that Maple Syrup or glucose is recognized as FOOD in our bodies.  This explains why we don’t get hungry on the Lemonade.  Just be sure to use organic lemons, and a good quality of Maple Syrup and pure water.

Weight Loss

Speaking of losing weight, some people will lose weight with the Lemonade Diet, but this is not always the case.  I never recommend this form of detoxification if you are already on the slender side or skinny and never to men over the age of 45 or 50 because they will lose muscle mass which can be detrimental to their health.  But if you have excess fat mass you want to shed or excess fluid then this is a good diet for you.  Another thought is to add more maple syrup so that you do not experience weight loss if that is not your goal, but I don’t think that is advisable.  Instead, add a few snacks each day that will not be difficult to digest and keep you satisfied. Good snacks are celery with almond butter, apple with lemon juice, pineapple chunks with chocolate sauce (see recipe below), soaked almonds with nutritional yeast, sweet potato chips; just keep the serving sizes to a minimum.

Snacking

The Lemonade Diet consists of drinking the lemonade all day long, and absolutely no food.  I recommend that you do this for at least four days, so a long weekend works great.  The first time I did it was Thanksgiving many years ago.  I made a complete Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and dressing.  My dinner was on the smallest plate I could find; a saucer.  I had a tablespoon of each dish and that was all.  I completed the four days and felt great!  But what about snacks?  Well, I think they will be okay.  Our mouths are not used to not chewing and they feel sad when we have nothing for them to do!  So, grab a stick of celery or put a teaspoon of tuna on a cracker.  If you are going to do the complete diet it takes about 10 days, so about one week into it, eat a salad.  Just don’t do large amounts or huge meals.

Breaking the Diet

Do not under any circumstances eat food for at least a day following the end of your Lemonade Diet.  Instead, drink broth and other juices, even green smoothies, but wait a day or two before asking your body to digest food again.  Enjoy a bowl of Chicken Soup where the vegetables are cooked and no noodles please unless they are gluten free.  I make a delicious bone broth that is nutritious and helps settle your appetite, plus it is easy to digest and contains glucosamine.

VitaFlex

When Stanley Burroughs first shared the protocol for health in his book, it included receiving VitaFlex Therapy and color therapy, too.  VitaFlex has been seeing a revival, working with the therapeutic essential oils, in a technique known as Raindrop Technique.  The oils are applied in a layering fashion along the spine and worked into the tissue using the VitaFlex movements.  However, VitaFlex was designed to be used over the entire body.  The vibration caused by the movement of the fingers wiggling across the skin stimulates the blood vessels to open, the lymph vessels begin absorbing more toxins and the nerves begin to relax causing muscle relaxation and detoxification.  You can either attend a Raindrop Technique training or order the video to learn more about how to perform VitaFlex Technique.

Color Therapy

The third component to the protocol described in Healing For the Age of Enlightenment by Stanley Burroughs is Color Therapy.  I am sure there are very sophisticated color lamps available these days, but back then we used color gels and lights similar to those used in theater.  There are color bulbs that will work just as well, and even flashlights that have tiny color gels to change colors in the screw top.  Color is electromagnetic energy and has healing properties.  Sunlight enters our bodies through the skin and separates forming molecules under the skin, like Vitamin D.  However, by using individual colors we can specify what type of healing we require.  The colors of the rainbow are what we are looking for here.  The body has energy centers called chakras that are recognized by their color or energetic frequency beginning with Red at the base of the spine and rising up in energy along the spine until we reach White again at the top of the head.

For more information on Color Therapy and what each color represents please check out this site: http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html

One color in particular that I have worked with for pain is Yellow.  When you use a yellow bulb and shine the light over a bone fracture or painful area, the yellow color will aid in healing the bone and reducing pain.  Think of the color of foods.  Yellow foods contain Vitamin A, such as cantelope, squash or apricots. Recently I have been adding wolfberry juice, although red in color, found in NingXia Red juice to my daily regimen because it contains five different beta-carotenes and aids in tissue healing. It has a wonderful taste and when added to grape juice it will increase the immune cells known as natural killer-T cells.

Two things that all cancer patients and AIDS patients should be adding to their health regimen: Color Therapy and NingXia Red juice.  In fact, there was a clinic in Austin, Texas that offered Color Therapy to all patients in a very relaxing atmosphere.  I do not know if it is still offered there at this time, but if you have the space it would be a wonderful offering.

Color fabric can do some of the work.  I usually recommend that patients wear the fabric color for the chakra that is out of balance, which I find from my energy therapy sessions.  I also suggest they eat the foods of that color, or just imagine that color at the chakra level during meditation.  There is so much work to be done with color therapy that has been ignored for so long in healing modalities.

Colon Flush

The first thing you should do each day while on the Lemonade Diet, is a colon flush.  This is accomplished by drinking a large amount of Saline, water where salt has been added.  Add 2 teaspoons of salt to a quart of warm water and stir until dissolved.  I prefer using Himalayan Salt due to the antimicrobial properties that naturally occur in this form of salt.  Drink the salt water first thing in the morning.  If the water is warm it tastes pretty good; almost like a broth.  For this reason I usually call it Salt Broth.  Stanley Burroughs called it Salt Bathing.

How it works:  Our bodies are made up of saline, but require water for hydration.  When we drink saline, which is a heavier gravity weight than our blood, the saline absorbs excess water from our tissues.  This is the bodies natural tendency to want to remain or maintain stasis.  The saline plus the extra fluids will be flushed through the colon.  Please note: it is NOT absorbed by the body, so there is no worry about the extra salt causing a rise in heart rate.  This is an important thing to note.  However, it WILL cause a rather explosive expulsion of fecal matter and you will need to be near the bathroom.  If you are too uncomfortable with this explosive evacuation, then break it down into one glass at a time.  The bowel will move more gently and with more control on your part.

Laxative Tea should be taken the night before you begin the Lemonade Diet, and every night while on the cleanse.  A word of caution about laxative teas: If you brew a cup according to the package, please realize that this is going to be pretty strong.  So only drink half of the cup, and save the other half for the next evening.  Senna is very mild, but I still do not recommend you drink too much.  You can also take stool softeners such as Comfortone, by Young Living, or flax powder or psyllium powder.  Take the stool softeners if you are experiencing too much constipation while on the cleanse.  However, if you avoid heavy foods for a few days prior to beginning the cleanse you will avoid this side effect.  Heavy foods are things like cooked meats, dairy of any kind, and gluten foods.

Weekly Cleanse

If you find your lifestyle just does not afford an entire 4 day period to devote to this detoxification program, then do just one day a week.  In fact, you can detox your body by cleansing one day a week forever; just do one food for the entire day one day a week.  If you choose lemonade then do the entire protocol, but just for one day.  Eat light food the day before, and drink a laxative tea the night before.  Drink a glass of saline in the morning and enjoy an entire day of one food; fruit or vegetable, and no meat or gluten or dairy.

Another way to increase your body’s ability to heal is to break your fast with water.  Do not eat any late night snack (or ice cream!) and begin the day with water.  Drink only water when you feel hunger coming on.  If the water satisfies you, then you really are not hungry.  If you drink a glass of water, and the hunger sensation stays, then you really are hungry and can eat your first meal of the day.  It could happen later in the morning, at lunch, or even later in the afternoon.  Hunger pains, as we usually call them, will trigger the anti-aging hormones and help us stay young.

This became quite evident in some research done by D. Gary Young when he was researching the different ways people aged.  He found that the native peoples of the third world countries would run out of their food stores in early Spring.  They would save the food they had for the children, and the adults would essentially go into a forced fast for nearly a month, until they were able to harvest their crops.  These adults would live to be 125 years old in many villages.  But as the Western world came into their midst and food was being brought in, this forced fast has diminished.  Now these people only live to around 90 years of age.  This is evidence that detoxification is essential in living longer.

If you have questions about the diet, refer to the book.  Do NOT pay more than just a few dollars for the book; it is available on Amazon for a few dollars, and the Master Cleanser has been made available for free on line.

Adding Back Food: Breaking the Fast

After any cleanse you should be careful adding food back into your diet.  Start with broth, soups and soft cooked steamed vegetables, or fruit juice; even green smoothies will help.  But here is a terrific time to add different foods to your diet.  The first food you add back into your regular meal, especially a food you did not like!  I did this with green peppers.  I did not like them because they seemed bitter and sharp in taste.  So after one of my early Master Cleanse weeks, I added them to a veggie tray.  Guess what?  They tasted sweet and delicious to me!  So they are now in my life, and I am grateful.  I am not sure if this is mentioned in the book, but it is something I have discovered for myself and recommend to patients, especially if the food is beneficial and would be a good addition of vitamins and nourishment.

Begin with broth, soups that do not contain noodles, and steamed vegetables. Or drink other fruit juices and strained fruit.  After a day or two, have a salad with your steamed or baked vegetables or green smoothie.  Avoid breads or gluten for a few days more.  Eventually, you will be able to eat your normal diet, but it should be much better in content.  The Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet is a cleanse.  This means you will be healthier after you have cleansed.  Don’t muck up the works by going back to your old ways, the Standard American Diet is SAD.  This is a great time to switch to the Mediterranean Diet, that consists of a much more varied diet and less meat.  I would avoid red meat altogether or just eat it rarely if possible.

RAW FOOD

After you have cleansed is a great time to switch to a different lifestyle; one that concentrates on keeping your body alive with foods that maintain an alkaline environment.  Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, and our bodies are designed to live indefinitely…. if we are clean.  I suggest you do a cleanse as often as you feel comfortable; whether that be daily, weekly, or quarterly.  I do recommend as I said earlier that you try the Lemonade Diet for 4 days to begin.  Then keep it going one day at a time, until you reach 10 days. One question that I have heard from patients is how long can you safely do the Lemonade Diet?  I have done it for 30 days, and I know others who have repeated the 10 day cleanse once a month for several months.  Jesus fasted for 40 days, so it is possible to do it for longer.  When I was on the Lemonade for that long, however, I ate Salads on the weekend and had tiny snacks every day.

Bone Broth

Obtain bones from your butcher or farmer from animals you know are raised by grazing on grass and not pumped full of chemicals.  I get buffalo bones from Lester’s Bison Farm in Wisconsin.  Two large joints are enough for a batch of broth.  Place the bones in a pot of water and boil for 24 hours.  Keep the water boiling in a slow rolling boil.  It takes this long to soften the bones and release their beneficial glucosamine and calcium stores.  Allow the broth to cool and store it in freezer containers.  This is an organic broth and must be kept frozen to store it properly.  Just thaw out a quart at a time for your daily use.  I usually warm it up a little for a yummy snack.  My puppy loves it too.  I sometimes freeze it in ice cube trays, and thaw out a cube in her bowl for her to drink.  I am hoping to ward off any joint problems as she loves to jump and this could lead to bone and joint problems.  I drink it for myself for my own arthritic joints that are healing nicely!

When you remove the bones from the broth, freeze them again, and reserve them for another batch.  You may be able to boil the same bones twice or even a third time and get more of their nutrients out.  I often slice them up and give them to my dog, but just be careful.  That may be a little bit too much for them at one time and come out undigested in their stool; but the marrow is very beneficial for their health and I think it helps keep their teeth clean.

Other recipes include egg shells, crustaceans or chicken bones.  Just be sure these are from good sources, which is why I don’t add them.  But I love to add garlic, celery, onion, and spices to flavor my broth.  You don’t need to drink it every day; just a couple times a week, or daily if you have a problem that needs to heal, like arthritis or a broken bone that needs help healing.

References

Burroughs, Stanley, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment (Republished in 1993)

Mother Jones, May 14, 2011, Is Sugar Really Safer Than Corn Syrup?

World’s Healthiest Foods, Maple Syrup

Color Therapy Chart, http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html

Color Wheel of Foods, http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/fruits-vegetables.shtml

NingXia Red Juice is available through www.youngliving.org.  When you sign up, just use my member number to set up your account:  Member ID # 733286 (for both sponsor and enroller).  I suggest you set up an auto-shipment of the two pack, as you will earn extra discounts.

 

Glorious Beets

The beet is a delicious crispy root vegetable that grows just about anywhere and for most of the year from summer to winter.  It has loads of nutrient value including a little iron and primarily a good source of anti-oxidants, similar to most red vegetables.  Along with anti-oxidants, they also contain anti-inflammatory properties and aid in detoxification pathways.  This means that they promote the growth of glutathione in your colon which then is absorbed by the liver and promotes the Phase II detoxification pathway there.

In Phase II there are other nutrients being produced by your body in the liver, such as SAMe and CoQ10.  So by eating a small portion of beets every week, you will feel better.  They are not a great source of Vitamin C, which is necessary as a cofactor in most metabolic pathways, so by adding some greens and sprouts to your meal you will aid the digestion of beets and so avoid the common red urine, which could indicate that you are not digesting or absorbing your iron.

While most beets are red, and you can always associate red food with anti-oxidant properties, some beets are yellow, or striped.  The yellow beets contain more lutein in them which is very beneficial to the eyes.  Spinach also contains lutein, but much more iron, so these make a lovely pair in your salads or other dishes.  Beet greens can also be added to the salad, especially from very young beets as their greens are very tender.

Keep in mind that some of these nutrients are very sensitive to heat, so eating beets raw is always the best choice.  However, when you do cook them you can keep their skins on them if you wish because they will become nice and tender along with the beet root itself.  I usually peel my beets because the flavor of the skin does not agree with my taste buds especially in my raw salads, but you be the judge for yourself.

Did you know that beets are mostly water?  Yes, they are!  About 85% of the beet is composed of water.  This may explain why there are so many B vitamins in a beet, though not a great deal, but enough to help with nerve health but especially with blood sugar regulation due to the amount of choline in them.  Of the fat content of beets which isn’t really fat like you might think, but just the oils naturally found in their cellular makeup, we find beta-carotene or Vitamin A.  Beets are a good source of Vitamin A but not a huge amount.  So not to worry with your vitamins if they also contain Vitamin A because beta-carotene is in its’ natural state and more beneficial in the long run.

More on the nutrient ingredients of beets can be found here:  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=88

Other vitamins present are great for your daily intake such as Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium. Again, they make you feel well.  If you need extra amounts of these vitamins in your body, then enjoy 1 to 2 servings of beets every week.

Raw Beet Salads

I prefer to spiral cut my beets and either with the Angel Hair spiral cut or the larger variety; they are both equally tasty.  I generally use a medium to large beet depending upon how many I want to serve but for these recipes I am using a medium red beet.

Orange Spiral Beet

1 medium beet, peeled and spiral cut, then cut into 2 inch strips

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar (Olive Tap)

2 Tbsp Pomegranate seeds (fresh or frozen)

5 drops of Orange Essential Oil

Place the lemon juice into a glass bowl and add your spiral cut beets.  Then cut them into 2 inch strips and toss with the juice.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and toss well.

Be sure to taste your salad BEFORE you add the Orange Essential Oil.  Then add a few drops and POW!  The flavors will explode!

This is a sweet version, and could substitute as a fruit salad to complement any meal.

Beet Dill Salad

I love, love, love Dill with my beet salad.  A friend made a beet salad the other day, and was disappointed that the dill changed their color.  So I decided to try dill in a couple of versions and this is what I came up with.

1 medium beet, spiral cut, then cut into 2 inch pieces

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 avocado diced pieces

Sauce:

1/2 cup sprouted sunflowers

1/4 cup Rejuvelac (made from quinoa)

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp Tahini paste

1/8 cup Nutritional Yeast

1 Tbsp Flax seed oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

4 Tbsp fresh dill, diced tiny

1 tsp fresh basil, diced tiny

Peel the beet and spiral cut.  Add to a glass bowl with 1 Tbsp lemon juice and cut into 2 inch pieces and toss.

Prepare the sauce separately.  Place sunflower sprouts into the blender and add the Tahini Paste, lemon juice (to taste), Tahini, Nutritional Yeast, Flax seed oil and garlic and blend together.  Pour this into a bowl and add the fresh spices and toss together.

Add enough sauce to coat your beets and watch it turn a beautiful pink!  This is my favorite part.  The avocados will stay green, giving it that beautiful combination of pink and green colors.

Optional Sauce:  Mayonnaise, yes it works great!  Just add mayonnaise right out of the jar (like good old fashioned Hellman’s) and add everything else together.  I use it in a pinch!  shhhh!

 

This is what I came up with tonight. I guess I just had a craving for some beets.  My puppy LOVES her beets and usually steals one from my grocery bag when she smells it and so I can’t leave my bags on the floor anymore!  She also steals mangos, but that is another story!

Good Nutrition to All, and Natural Health!

Dr. Wanona

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical Myth

Confessions of a former RX Rep 

In a video by Gwen Olsen, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, the truth comes out that Big Pharma is not in the business to get people well.  In truth, their role is to simply put “disease maintenance and symptoms management.”  In other words, they are controlling your symptoms with drugs in order to maintain your health in a perpetual state of disease, in order to insure their prosperity.

I had suspicions that this was true for many years, and appreciate Ms. Olsen coming out and stating these facts for us.  I had also heard, though cannot quote my source, that Big Pharma has a goal of getting every person, at least in the United States, addicted to 3 drugs per person.  This is evident with many people who are prescribed one drug, then having side-effects due to taking one drug are prescribed another drug and so forth.  Doctors are being trained to administer these drugs to the masses in this manner.

The main populous is being duped into believing that the doctor has their health and healing interest in mind, but that is not true either.  Doctors really are not chemists and do not understand what is happening inside your body when you take this drug and another, nor their combined side-effects.  But I am sure you hear about this in published ads on the television that the drug may help your Crohn’s disease, but may also give you some forms of cancer or heart disease.

I am sorry to say that insurance will even help the pharmaceutical companies stay in business by defraying the cost of drugs that are prescribed to maintain your illness, and will not help in any way to pay for vitamins or supplements that may help you actually heal from disease.

Never fear, there are ways that you can be proactive in your health, and it does not matter about Big Pharma, and may even help put them out of business.  First, talk to a natural health professional, such as myself, a licensed Doctor of Naprapathy or a Naturopath.  I know there have been changes in the laws recently, but there are several good nutritionists and resources to help you regain your health without your medical doctor’s approval.

Second, change doctors.  There are a few doctors who are more educated about natural resources including supplements and diets that help heal nearly a dozen diseases without the use of drugs or surgery.

Third, do your own research.  You will not have the same resources that a doctor may have, but some resources are open to the public.  For instance, you are welcome to go to the nearest medical school library and peruse the many medical journals and stacks that contain current and past research and information.  You may not be able to check out any of the books or journals, but you can read them at your leisure, make copies of necessary information, and arm yourself with good information.  Never rely on hearsay, and never just take the word of your doctor.

Finally, change your lifestyle.  This is the one key to a healthy body, mind and spirit.  Food is medicine.  Exercise is medicine. Together they will help you regain your life, and yes you can avoid taking any drugs or undergoing unnecessary surgeries.

I am very disappointed in Obama Care.  I had thought that there would be a provision to include paying for necessary supplements, vitamins and protein powders at least, and to include those that every individual is free to purchase at a local health food store, as well as those recommended to them by either a doctor or natural health practitioner.  That is unfortunately not the case.  We are being forced to purchase insurance, and Big Pharma will continue to thrive, while the citizens in the United States are subject to being guinea pigs to all sorts of research.

Well, be your own laboratory, and find out what makes your body healthy.  Noone can stop you from experimenting on yourself.  This has been my motto since I began my journey into herbalism, aromatherapy, and nutrition, some 33 years ago.  I will try something on myself, before I try it on others.  I do not practice medicine on others; I use empirical data that has been practiced by natural health professionals long before the Western allopathic physician came on the scene.

I have a few examples of success stories where patients were able to reduce and eventually remove their dependency on drugs that were prescribed by their primary care physician.  I personally view each of us as our own primary care physician and encourage everyone to begin listening to their own body, and quite putting doctors on fragile pedestals. One such story involved a woman in her 70s who was a patient of mine during my internship.  She was stooped over, on several medications for heart pressure, including potassium pills and anti-hallucinogenics due to the side effects of the heart medication.  One day she called me to say she was having pain on her right side.  She had called her PCP and was told she would need to have her gall bladder removed in one week, and to discontinue taking all medication.

I was shocked at this.  He had not given her any tests; no blood tests or ultrasounds were performed.  He had blatantly decided to use her as a guinea pig, remove her gall bladder, and who gives a damn about the woman’s health after that.  I could only imagine he was thinking of the money he would make by cutting into her.  I appreciated that he gave her the proper command to stop taking the pharmaceutical drugs, making my job a lot easier.  I asked her to come in and let me examine her.  Her symptoms were simply a pain on her right side, which does indeed indicate a problem with the gall bladder, but her doctors blatant disregard of scientific protocol was paramount to malpractice.

I suggested that she begin a three-day gallbladder flush.  It is a simple procedure and could not hurt.  I instructed her to purchase apples, and apple juice, as well as olive oil.  The Gall Bladder Flush involves eating apples throughout the day, along with water, and to avoid caffeine or other foods.  Then in the evening take 1/4 cup of olive oil in 1/4 cup of apple juice before bed.  The body enjoys the apples and they dissolve any stones that may have formed.  The olive oil lubricates the valves to allow passage of the smaller stones and works in about three days.  She began her flush right away, but thinking she would be undergoing surgery had started making meals for herself that she would freeze and have for later.  However, by the third day she felt a small pang as if a gas pain in her right side, and noticed that she was feeling very much better.

To my surprise, she called her doctor and canceled the surgery, then called her son and scheduled a plane trip to go visit him.  Well, that was more than I could have asked for.  She felt great.  Not only did she avoid surgery, but she had her doctor’s permission to get off the medications.  When she returned from her visit she scheduled a follow up visit with her PCP and he found that her blood pressure was normal, and she did not resume taking any medications.  The Naprapathic treatments that she was undergoing were beginning to remove the tension in her spine, and thus the unusual pressure on the baro-receptors in her neck, helping to regain the normal heart health.  She was standing taller than ever, and was a great deal more alert now.

I saw her for regular visits for a few more weeks and she continued to improve.

Drugs are toxins.  If you are taking prescribed medications, you need to be asking yourself what harm are they doing?  Is there an alternative that will help your body heal from the condition, or are the drugs just maintaining your diseased state?  How do you feel when you are taking the drugs, and is it possible you would feel better if you were taking a more natural substance?

Toxins need to be flushed out of our systems on a regular basis.  How often is your PCP telling you to employ a detoxification regimen?  I doubt that they even understand the process.  We should detoxify our bodies regularly.  Not because we take drugs, but because waste happens every day.  Our cells excrete waste daily and bacteria feed upon waste.  Waste causes an acidic environment within our body tissues, and causes illness and disease. Our bodies must remain alkaline so that we can fight off disease, and taking drugs contributes to the acid environment.  The least you can do for yourself is to detox your body whenever possible if you are not strong enough to stop taking the drugs.

If you need help, please let me know.  I can guide you through a program that is not difficult, and will help you live longer and live a healthier life.  I promise.

Warm regards, in health,

Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN

 

Drink Your Greens

Digestion starts in the mouth.  If you chew your food until it is liquid, then drink it, you will have added the important amylase enzyme from your saliva that begins the digestion process of food.  Conversely, you should chew your liquids, also mixing them with your saliva before swallowing.

Another easy way to start digestion is to take a bitter substance just before eating, like Goldenseal Root.  Take a capsule and open it and put just a dot of the green powder on the end of your tongue, then take it in and taste it.  This bitter sense will begin the communication between your saliva glands and the stomach lining to start the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach.

In Ayurveda, we stress that you should also have other taste sensations in your meal, and hopefully with every meal.  These include sweet, bitter, salty, pungent and astringent.  Most herbalists use these taste sensations when considering which herb to use for healing as well.  But I prefer food as our healing modality, and specifically healthy organic whole food from living food like greens, vegetables and fruits.

Some nuts and grains are also considered living AFTER they have been soaked to release their enzymes and proteins.  Yes it is possible to get enough protein from a living whole food diet, but it takes common sense to know just how to prepare the ingredients to release their life giving components.

Look at the Mediterranean Diet that includes an appetizer before a heavy meal containing a sweet and salty combination like pickled onions and kiwi with salty ham slices.  Starts the juices flowing without ruining the appetite.

Ann Wigmore, creator of the Living Food Lifestyle, always stressed the alkaline diet to regain health and stay healthy.  Detoxification of waste is a key element, as are drinking fresh pure water, getting some sunlight every day and resting.  The detox program begins with three days of green smoothies and sauerkraut that feed the gut with excellent probiotics, enzymes, proteins, vitamins and minerals.  It continues with four days of adding raw food to the three meals a day of green smoothie and sauerkraut, finishing with three more days of isolated meals of just green smoothie and sauerkraut.  Adding a flushing of the colon will also help remove waste from the body, so twice daily enemas are helpful, or colon hydrotherapy which will reach well into the ascending colon.  Exercise every day is essential to keep the lymphatic system draining toxins into the bloodstream easily and naturally.  The key factor, however, that makes the Living Food Lifestyle program so much more successful than other healing programs is the Wheat Grass Juice.  Drinking at least one ounce per meal is essential in rebuilding the liver, and contains high levels of vitamins and minerals necessary during the detoxification, and it kills germs.

The Energy Soup is a great recipe created by Ann Wigmore, which I share here.  It is my favorite green smoothie and is a meal in itself.  We drink this three times a day in a 12 oz glass during the entire 10 day detox program.  There are loads of other green smoothie recipes out there, and I recommend that you try as many as you like, but for my money and time I am going to stick with Energy Soup and continue to detox regularly and easily every day.  You can vary the fruits and greens you use so there is some variations in the taste, and definitely we want the best tasting green drink.

Energy Soup

The liquid used to make Energy Soup is usually Rejuvelac, a fermented drink made from sprouted quinoa.  You may also use nutritious substitutes such as coconut drink or milk.  Please avoid dairy while going through a detox, including yoghurt.  Rejuvelac is packed full or probiotics, as is Kombucha tea, another great substitute.  Blending these in a VitaMix assures a smoothe consistency but also aids in the absorption of the nutrients of live foods.  Not only will you be removing toxins from your body, you will be rebuilding the healthy tissue of the body from the colon out.  All the ingredients of this soup make up a daily dose of vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, as well as sugars, fats and carbohydrates.

Ingredients:

Baby organic Spinach.  Contains high amounts of iron in a balanced organic green

Other greens may be substituted, added or replace.  Consider your taste and be creative.  Arugula is a nutty green taste, and kale may taste too much like grass so use sparingly.  Romain is watery but tasty and not as heavy in flavor as chard or collard greens.

Parsley, Basil and Cilantro.  These savory herbs add flavor and essential health promoting ingredients that help cleanse the blood, relax the nervous system and purify the kidneys. I use these fresh, but dried will be just as beneficial.  We like to add greens and enzymes whenever possible.

Cucumber.  This is an absolute must, and whether you eat a green drink every day, please consider eating cucumber every day.  You may need to peel the skin, or remove seeds from some cucumbers because they have been coated with a wax that you do not want to be eating.  VitaMix can blend the seeds, but the best flavor comes from the meet of the cucumber.  I prefer English Cucumber or Burpless from my garden.

Celery.  Lots of healthy benefits from celery are derived from the sodium content found in celery.  Sodium in this form is not at all harmful to anyone with high blood pressure and can help keep the eyes healthy with fluid for tears and has loads of other vitamins and minerals we need.

Stinging Nettle, Comfrey, Sorrel.  These are names of other native greens that you may or may not find in your gardens or fields near your home.  I grow these in my gardens because they are perennial plants that do not require much care and have a multitude of health benefits.  Stinging Nettle invited itself into my yard and I welcome it with open arms.  I talk to my plants and thank them for offering their nourishment to me, and I rarely if ever get stung.  Brush up on the leaves, and remove an entire stalk or the larger leaves for your smoothie.  Comfrey has lovely blue flowers all summer long and large rather scratchie leaves (that love to attach to fabric).  They are high in calcium and help heal bone, ward off osteoporosis, relax muscles and make beautiful healthy skin, hair and nails.  Sorrel is a sweet tasting green that reminds me of sheep’s sorrel, the tiny weed we are constantly pulling from our yard with clover like leaves and little yellow flowers.  I learned to eat wild plants as a child and am so thankful to find they have medicinal value.

Red Pepper, 1/4 cup.  The red color signifies the antioxidant power of red pepper, and they are sweeter than green pepper.

Avocado.  The fat from the avocado is necessary for our skin cells to stay soft and supple.  You can add 1/4 of an avocado or a whole avocado, depending on the size and your likeness.  I put a whole avocado in my smoothie because I love mine creamy.

Sprouts.  Got to have sprouts.  Not a lot, a little will do, maybe 1/8 cup, or a small pinch.  Use alfalfa for vitamins, clover for heart health, broccoli for liver, sunflower for calcium, buckwheat for vitamins, and so forth.  Just pick one for each smoothie or two is fine.  You don’t need to add every single sprout per smoothie, just eat them occasionally, and add them to salads, etc. throughout the week.

Fruit.  Here is where people get confused.  Were you aware that tomatoes are considered fruit?  So adding tomatoes is a fruit, but it is also a substitute for fruit sugars for those who are sensitive to sugar.  However, they must be vine ripened or they are considered night shade and could promote tissue inflammation, a number one underlying cause of many avoidable and curable diseases.  Otherwise, add fruit.  I love apples, pineapple, kiwi, mango, and berries.  The color of your smoothie may change from bright green to dark green with blueberries, just so you know.  If you have candida, or think you might, then just use the tomatoes, about 4 medium is fine.

Garlic.  Sounds funny to suggest adding garlic to a fruit and vegetable drink, but it is a wonderful addition, packed with loads of vitamin C and antibiotic properties.  Add 2 cloves at least, and be careful not to add too much, unless you like the taste.

Chia.  Soak these seeds before you use them, and just use 1/4 cup or so.  Save the rest for other drinks, or make a pudding.  Chia seeds are very high in potassium.  I rarely eat bananas because the sugar content is very high.  But I need potassium so I choose to eat chia seeds or kiwi, which are both a much better choice as a source of organic potassium

Dulse or sea weed.  Sea vegetation is very high in minerals.  You can certainly use the dehydrated varieties cause who wants a green smoothie that tastes like fish?  Kelp is good, too, but has a rather fishie taste, so use it sparingly.  Again, a little goes a long way so just use 1/2 teaspoon of kelp, but Dulse has a very mild taste, so use 1 Tablespoon or more.  You decide.

Spices.  Use salt and pepper for sure, but I prefer Himalayan Salt for its antimicrobial properties. However, other salts may change the flavor of your smoothie so please, experiment.  It will not change the medicinal benefit of the Energy Soup, I assure you.  Your palate will appreciate you.  Consider adding spices such as cumin (just a pinch) or your favorite spice blend.  I use Tuscan Blend from my local spice guy and I think it helps improve the flavor.  It tastes more like a soup when you add spices, rather than a green smoothie.

Oil.  Although we add avocado there are also health benefits derived from flax oil or coconut oil, so consider adding a teaspoon or two, but be sparing, because you could ruin the flavor you have worked so hard to produce.  I love flax oil for the skin, colon, and eyes.  Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties, as does the juice, so I always add some even if it is just a little.

Blend.  Let the VitaMix begin to mix the ingredients, and use the rod to push it down and get it all mixed together.  Gradually turn up the speed and once it is all mixed keep it spinning at high speed until it is warm.  The temperature will be around 105 degrees Fahrenheit; just right for eating and not too hot to destroy the enzymes or delicate vitamins.

Drink 10-12 ounces at each meal time to replace your regular meal during the 3 day detox phase, eaten along with a small portion of sauerkraut.  Or eat it any time you like.  I drink a separate glass of kombucha tea that I have made at home and added fruit for flavor.  Try some kombucha with blackberries or peaches; it brings a more pleasant taste to the somewhat vinegar taste of kombucha tea.

Please let me know how you like the Energy Soup; if you feel better, if it helps you lose weight, or helps clear your brain fog.  I look forward to your communicating your results with me.

Yours in Health,

Doc Wah

Energy Soup

This is the green smoothie that Ann Wigmore calls the Green Energy Soup.  We use it daily, though there are loads of recipes out there, this one is for detoxification.

Green Energy Soup

This Energy Soup is extremely nourishing to the body.   Our Energy soups may be drank from a glass much like a green smoothie, by adding a little more rejuvelac or filtered water.  The blending aids in digestion and absorption of the vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients found in these wonderful live foods.  Energy soup is one of the best food there is for detoxing and rebuilding our bodies. It boosts our energy levels and re-enforces our bodies ability to more efficiently handle elimination of toxins.  This Energy soup blend has everything the body needs, protein, sugar, fat, water, sodium, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.

Ingredients:

 2 leaves romaine lettuce

4 leaves turnip or collard greens

  2 leaves dark green kale or spinach

 2 stalks celery

1 cup sunflower & buckwheat greens (never use buckwheat  greens two days in a row)

 1 zucchini or yellow squash

 1 cucumber

1 large apple, or pear (may also use mango, papaya, pineapple)

1 cup fresh sprouts (alfalfa, red clover, fenugreek, mung bean, etc…)

 2 tablespoons dulse flakes (may add kelp, nori, and other sea vegetables)

2 cloves garlic

1 cup Rejuvelac

 ½ avocado – DO NOT USE BANANA – WITH THE AVOCADO

Cucumbers are the best vegetable on the planet next to celery for the vitamin and mineral content.  We should eat them every day.  Start with chopped celery and cucumber in your VitaMix.  Add about 1 cup of Rejuvelac or coconut water.  Put everything else on top of these ingredients and slowly blend together.  Allow all the ingredients to get mixed together with the VitaMix on full speed and keep it on full until the container is warm to the touch.  This will be a warm soup, ready to serve like it is, or;

Add powdered flax meal and kale at time of serving.

Vary the greens as well.  I never put all of these greens in at once or on the same day.

Vary the spices:  Salt and Pepper, Cumin, Garlic or Onion powder and other natural spice mixes, such as Tuscan Blend will make the soup very tasty.

Tomatoes can be used instead of the fruit.  Usually 4 tomatoes instead of any fruit.

I also use chia seeds, or kiwi fruit for anyone needing extra potassium for muscle cramps, muscle soreness and so forth.  Kiwi will add some sweet but not too much sugar, which is why we stay away from bananas in this recipe.

Enjoy my fellow raw foodies!

Doc Wah