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End Game of Health

Raw FoodThe end game of health is health right? Well, that is what you think. The end game of Big Business regarding your health is dependency. The end game of your health as seen by surgery is you getting surgery. The end game of Big Junk Food regarding their bottom line is you addicted to there “offerings.” They do not care how they do it and they do not have many limits to attaining that end. The end game of the FDA is to take money from big payers and to protect them under the guise of protecting our public interests or good. You may see the above as a quagmire of subtle and not so subtle attacks on your pocket book and health. You would be right.

How can you survive in a world where moderation is encouraged? What is moderation? It is the idea that a little of a lot of poisons or irritants are not then toxic or life threatening. This is a marvelous concept but it makes no sense what so ever. If it was true, a little dirt would make you clean, a little black would make you white, and little hot would make you cold, a little up would be down and a few yeses would be a no and vice versa.

The best we can do to protect our health is to know what it is. What is it is simple it is a thrust to survive and we do not survive better by being a little dead. If awake an unaffected is our goal, how do we get there? We embrace the antithesis or opposite of death which is life. We embrace foods that are alive not recreated to mimic life. We do not eat foods that come from bags or boxes we eat foods that come off trees and plants. You may have noticed I offer a book called the Ancient Raw Food Diet. It is the pinnacle of perfection and answers exactly what we should be eating that supports the health and healing of our body.

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Cleansing to improve immunity

Cleansing to improve immunity

With the seasons changing, and colder weather approaching, itís time to prepare for the cold and flu season! You can look at cleansing in two different ways. First, what do you do on a daily basis to keep yourself free of the toxins of modern life? And, second, what do you do when a major detox is required?lemon-water-cucumber

For ongoing, daily maintenance, we suggest three detox support strategies:

1. Warm Lemon Water
Drinking†warm lemon water†upon rising and continuing throughout the day can help flush out toxins and maintain a healthy immune system. For a natural boost of anti-viral action, add a dash of cayenne or cinnamon to the water and consume daily. Lemon, with its high concentration of vitamin c, can help boost your immune system. Despite the citric acid they contain, lemons are alkaline when metabolized in our bodies, and will help balance pH. Lemons can also aid in releasing toxins from your digestive tract.

2. Dry Skin Brushing
This Ayurvedic practice of dry skin brushing will support your lymphatic system, which is the bodies sewage system, in releasing toxins that lead to sickness.

How to skin brush:
* Brush skin with a dry brush before you shower or bathe
* Always brush towards your heart, with the flow of the lymphatic fluid.
* Begin at the soles of your feet, and then move up your legs, brushing in circular motions. Brush your chest and shoulders towards your heart in long strokes. Then start at the fingertips and brush towards your body. Use small, circular strokes in your armpits.
* It is suggested you move in a circular motion counterclockwise on your stomach to respect the direction of digestion and encourage detoxification.
* Follow with a shower or bath using an all-natural soap such as Dr. Bronner’s.

3. Drinking Tea
Tea can boost the immune system and cleanse the body, especially during the winter season. Drinking herbal teas provides wonderful support to the body through detoxification. Be sure to let your tea steep for at least 5-10 minutes, and then consume hot or make into iced tea.
Here are some excellent teas to try:
* To combat inflammation: nettle and chamomile
* To help with constipation: senna, flax tea, and aloe vera
* To cleanse the blood: burdock or red clover
* For liver support: dandelion, pau d’arco and milk thistle

But when a major detox is needed, what do you do? Our bodies get polluted from the accumulation of impurities in our food, water and air. The negative effects these impurities can cause on the body is staggering. Experts recommend periodic inner cleansing to loosen up and dissolve these impurities. To not do so is flirting with disaster.

Herbs Can Cleanse carries herbal products made by Pure Body Institute. Our Whole Body & Colon was formulated to help support the natural structure and function of your body’s elimination. When your elimination is healthy and functioning optimally, your body can more easily remove the impurities it is exposed to in daily life. Done twice a year, the Whole Body and Colon Cleanse Program will help eliminate accumulated impurities and keep you looking and feeling delightfully alive and refreshed.

Internal Cleansing is simple. Support your body daily with the above suggestions and you will be amazed with the results. All of the suggestions are safe, natural and effective.

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Picking the fruit that’s best for you

A lot of the fruit in grocery stores has ripened and ready to eat. As a result what you buy in the store doesn’t always hold up at home. When shopping for fruit it’s important to conceder a few simple things.fruit-stand-hcc

Once ripe, fruit doesn’t last long. But the life can be preserved if refrigerated.

Avoid fruits with scrapes and especially bruises. These spread rapidly throughout the fruit.

Try fruits your family hasn’t tried before. For example, tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit add variety, color, and excitement to a snack or dessert. Tropical fruits take longer in transit and are often shipped when the fruit is still green. They may soften but are not truly ripened as sugars and flavors have not yet been developed within the fruit. Let them rest in a brown paper bag on your kitchen counter (not the refrigerator) for a day or so.

Pick fruit that is heavy for its size. They are the ripest. I have found that my local Farmer’s Market always has seasonal fruits that keep longer than store bought fruits.

Many fruits are high in fiber. Try avocados, apples, or bananas for a boost of energy and a good amount of fiber. Other fruits are rich in antioxidants. Watch for dark, rich colors such as those you find in blueberries, cherries, or cranberries.

Frozen fruits are great to have around for hot summer days. Add them to smoothies or just blend for a homemade “icee.”

When your family wants a sweet, have fruit on hand! It’s much better for them than candy, pastry, or ice cream. However, if you must have the ice cream then fruit such as frozen strawberries make a delicious treat.

In his book, Detox Diet, Elson Haas explains further why we need to include fruits in our diet.

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Plant based diet – Fiber

Plant based diet – Fiber

In our last blog we discussed protein content of certain ancient grains. This time, let’s look at fiber! Fiber plays an important role in your diet, and may help bowl-popcornreduce cholesterol and prevent type 2 diabetes. Fiber also helps us maintain digestive regularity and aids in cleansing your gut. Of course, some of our grains double up in this arena, being high in both protein and fiber. Quinoa is one of these!

Others include

Oats: Described by some as the healthiest grain, oats (look for steel cut oats because they are minimally processed) more than 8 grams of fiber per half cup of uncooked oats. Even steel cut oats are easy to cook of you know a few tricks, such as soaking them overnight.

Popcorn: When you reach for a snack, try popcorn! Containing 14.5 grams of protein per 100 gram serving, this is very satisfying. Beware of adding a lot of butter and salt. Instead, try nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and a small amount of health fat to boost flavor if you desire.

Chia seeds: These tiny black seeds that are immensely popular in the natural health community. They are highly nutritious, with lots of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium. And each ounce contains 10 grams of protein!

High fiber legumes include split peas (1 cup contains over 16 grams of fiber), lentils (15 grams of fiber per cup), and black beans (15 grams of fiber per cup) are all easy to store and cook, and are very versatile.

Other delicious, high fiber foods include sweet potatoes (approximately 4 grams of fiber per serving), avocados (10 grams of fiber plus a lot of heart healthy fats), pears (6 grams of fiber per serving), blueberries (4 grams of fiber).

It’s easy to see how you can increase fiber in many ways while also providing a variety of flavors and qualities! Even dessert can be high fiber.

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Plant Based Diet Meal Ideas – Supper

By now, you’ve had a chance to try some breakfast and lunch plant based meals. You’re probably learning that these meals can provide all the nutrition your family needs, and taste great too!

Today, let’s tackle dinner! Bring your family together at dinner time to share a healthy meal. It’s a time to unwind after the daily activities, and refocus on dinner-with-familyeach other! And, what family doesn’t like burgers? Some of our pantry staples come together to make a great, meat-free, plant based burger that all ages will enjoy. You’ll need one cup each of cooked quinoa, cooked, mashed chickpeas, finely minced (you can use your food processor) veggies such as kale, onion, and carrots (think color, texture, and flavor), a teaspoon of curry powder, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and some salt and pepper. Just throw all of these ingredients in a large bowl, combine well (adding a dash of water to help bring it together) and form into 6-8 burgers. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook burgers until each side is brown. Serve on your favorite paleo bun with a side of lacto-fermented pickles. As a side, consider oven-roasted sweet potatoes or cauliflower.

Busy parents love a one dish casserole for dinner. Let’s try a brown rice and broccoli casserole to bring some fresh ideas to the old standby. First, make a simple sauce by toasting one cup each of nutritional yeast and rice flour (or other flour of your choice) together over medium heat for about four minutes, just until it smells toasty. Transfer to a medium saucepan and whisk in 2 cups of vegetable broth (or other broth of your choice), 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder until smooth and well-combined. Bring to a boil, and simmer until thickened. If you prefer a thicker sauce, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water, and whisk that into the sauce prior to cooking. Next, combine 4 cups cooked brown rice (more or less depending on how many people you’ll be serving) with 3 cups steamed, chopped broccoli (add other vegetables for flavor and color, if desired) in your casserole dish. Pour your sauce over the rice and broccoli, and stir until everything is incorporated. Sprinkle gluten free Panko breadcrumbs over the top, and finish under the broiler. Yum! Serve with a dark green salad.

These are just a few ideas for simple, satisfying, healthy main dishes for dinner! Once you learn to use the various components of a plant based diet, you can play mix and match, depending on your individual taste.

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Starting the shift toward eating a plant-based diet

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More and more people are turning to plant foods to increase their health and avoid certain diseases and illnesses. You’ve probably heard of at least one celebrity who follows a variation of this diet! This means that more and more popular press will focus on plant-based foods and diets, more and more manufactures will try to support this trend to gain sales, and we (the consumer) will have easier access to quality foods!

But, once you decide to include more plants in your diet, how do you get started? It’s easy!

Here are some ideas.

First, focus on whole or minimally processed foods. This could mean something as simple as buying whole potatoes and prepare them yourself instead of getting the easy to prepare instant mashed potatoes! It takes only 5-10 minutes more to get the potatoes in the pot, and then the rest is easy. When you make them yourself, you control the amount of salt and fat you include. Instead of adding butter and cream to the potatoes, try boosting flavor with crushed garlic and a bit of parsley for color.

 

Or, if you already cook your own potatoes (for example) but you’re beginning to worry about the questionable nutritional value of the basic russet, you might shift to sweet potatoes instead! With their deep, rich color, sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and fiber. They are in excellent next step in your plant-based diet journey.

 

Another idea to increase fiber and nutrition would be to replace rice with quinoa or riced cauliflower. If you tolerate them well, you might also replace (either completely or partially) white or brown rice with your favorite legume.

 

Second, shift the balance of what you put on your plate. Vegetables, grains, and legumes should occupy three-quarters of your plate. Follow your grandmother’s advice, and make sure you see lots of color variation in the foods you’re eating. If you still want to include meat, use it as a seasoning in cooking (for example a bit of pork belly in with the beans or chicken wings in a big pot of broth) rather than 8-10 ounces of steak on your dinner plate. If you want eggs and dairy, limit these foods to 1-2 times a week.

 

As you plan your meals for the week, think about these ideas! Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, choose one meal to focus on this week. How can you replace the animal products with satisfying, healthy plant-based foods? Enjoy being creative! In our next blog, we’ll start going meal by meal with some handy, tasty, and simple recipes and menu ideas.

 

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Healing through a plant-based diet

Healing through a plant-based diet

Over the last five or so years, people have begun to talk about following a plant-based diet. This diet can refer to anything from what we used to call veganism all the way to a diet that is partially vegetarian, but may include fish, poultry, or other animal meats, and everything in between. But, it represents a shift in focus from the some-times political discussions that veganHealing-through-a-plant-based-diet or vegetarian diets often provoke. Instead of focusing on problems in the food production and supply chain, it focuses on what you can do to improve your health by shifting your diet.

What is a plant-based diet?

Any diet rich in plant foods can be referred to as “plant-based.” At some point around 2011-12, more and more dietitians and other health care professionals began to refer to a range of diets this way to help them focus on health benefits with their patients. It also gives us the opportunity to implement gradual changes, which (for many) may be much simpler than a sudden, dramatic change. Our bodies adjust better with slow and steady change. When you follow a plant-based diet, you shift your own focus to thinking of foods as sources of health and wellness, and your food choices are one way to heal yourself! You can begin the healing process by choosing more of the plant foods you love!

What are the health benefits?

A study published in The Permanente Journal in 2015 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315380/) showed that a plant based diet may decrease the risk of coronary artery disease. Following such a diet may also aide in weight loss (http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S2212-2672(14)01763-8/fulltext). So, just simple changes to your diet may help you avoid certain types of heart disease and loose weight! But, an earlier study also found that following such a diet was associated with a reduction of up to 20% in the risk of type 2 diabetes! (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4907448/).

We are also learning from these studies that the quality of the foods makes a difference. These studies have shown that choosing an apple over 8 ounces of apple juice is a more healthy choice. Avoiding refined grains such as white rice, and replacing with riced cauliflower or quinoa are also healthier plant-based choices.

Where are you on the spectrum? Still eating mostly meat and potatoes? Somewhere in between? In our next blog, we’ll learn about easy choices to make on a daily basis to help you make healthier dieatary choices!

 

 

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Zombies R Us!

Zombies are popular storyline in fiction today. The undead are popular in fiction today too. But why? Why are we so fascinated by twisted forms of life or lack thereof? What are we looking for, look at such things?zombie

Mankind is fascinated with living on the edge. He does not seem to be satisfied unless he has been to the precipice of death and come back. Yet we also admire those who went a tad bit too far. We are an odd lot are we not?

We can blame advertising for our addiction problems, yet we have a lust for chimerical alteration that runs so deep we will risk our lives to achieve such a high.

Advertising knows this and plays on our weakness. Big Business knows the game and they are playing it with gusto. We are deeper in the rainfall of addiction than we know. Few of us know anyone who is not a regular caffeine user. Is caffeine really so bad? Is it?  We can ask Coca Cola. They know. Do you think it is a coincidence that they chose to replace Cocaine in the drink in 1904 with its chemical equal, caffeine? No, they knew exactly what they were doing.

Caffeine is now being banned in the United States in the high density white powdered version. You might think that it was a safety measure. Actually it was presenting a problem as users were using just like Cocaine. Imagine if Columbia had no place to sell its cocaine?

We are told there is a drug war. There is a drug war, to keep the drugs flowing making glassy eyed high chasers pursue them with their last dollar.

Yes, we have become zombies and the walking dead because we have not broken our bonds to addiction. Zombies are the walking dead. So are the deeply addicted.

 

 

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CDC and DIABETES

You know Diabetes is a killer. I know Diabetes is a killer. Your friends know Diabetes is a killer. What if Diabetes was a holy a myth as Santa Claus! It is such a horrible thing being told you are sick and even worse being told from birth that you have a snowballs chance in hell of leading a normal life. What we are told by Medical Science is that the only way we can understand ourselves is via the prism they hold. Yet they can’t make heads or tails of it either as they ramble on in double speak.DIABETES

Diabetes has been growing by leaps and bounds, so we are told. Yet factually this is likely not the case if we understand how business runs. When we see ads running, it is because sales are in decline. Yet, the posturing continues as Big Diabetes says the “disease” is getting worse.

Diabetes is vacillation between thirst and urination, hydration to dehydration, repeat, repeat, repeat. The logical mind asks why? A body receiving toxins does not ask for more it tries to FLUSH THEM OUT!

Diabetes is caused by a poor diet and habits the body is trying to flush out. Now the CDC agrees with this statement. On 1 December 2015 the New York Times said that Diabetes has been in decline since 2008 and continues to crash. Why, because people are attacking it by changing their diet and habits. They are exercising and giving up coffee, junk food and drinking water. The fact that we are just now learning this is proof how much Big Diabetes was guarding this huge secret. The fact is we can heal and we have always had the power to do it. All we have to do is find the means. Whole Raw Foods allow the body to do the work of healing itself, by itself. It really is that easy.

 

 

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Change

Most talk endlessly about wanting to change in some way, from weight loss to learning French water color technique. This condition gives us various phrases we have all heard before like “walk the walk” or “action speaks louder than words.” In the end, we admire those who take action and hold them up as champions. Many live vicariously through their heroes while simultaneously “lit up” by lethargy and indecision yet based on results, with live with these flaws or weaknesses on a daily basis. How can we be so conflicted and not be on the ground flailing in despair? Perhaps the answer to the last question is hope or a short memory.3-books-bezanis

Change takes several things. As the mind in key to the process convincing it is of paramount concern. Yet how does one change their mind? We can’t feel, see, smell or taste a mind but we all have one, so how is it changed? Is a mind like a soul? Perhaps, but this is not a theological discussion. Suffice to say, the mind is similar to or the same as thought which meets the earlier outline. The most successful way to change a mind is to educate it. You have heard of “Diagnostic Face Reading and Holistic Healing,” “pH MADNESS” and “The Ancient Raw Food Diet.” These books are best described as profound and inspiring. They are heroic in their scope and dynamic in their results.

Change via educating yourself about what you want to change. You cannot build a computer unless you have a plan and understanding about what you are doing. For the past 100 years Big Medicine has worked hard to make sure that knowledge would be forgotten and more recently, completely unknown. The keys to understanding and workable plans to make those changes are fully illuminated in the aforementioned books. Read them.

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Shooting Again?

What better way to celebrate National Drug Week than by having a good old fashioned college school shooting. Shootings are never something to look forward to or kid about. The blackness of such horrible events have become clearer as we have learned more about the shooter Chris Harper-Mercer. He was by all accounts using the psychiatric drug Lithium. One of his social media handles was “Lithium Love.” It does not take a lot of digging to uncover psychiatric drugs at the root of suicides and random murders. A black eye any other profession would be crushed under, murder seems to roll of the backs of psychiatry as it keeps plugging along.shooting

Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper-Mercer as a deeply troubled, anti-religion, anti-government recluse obsessed with guns. He was just the type of person who is made more unstable when he is further poisoned with psych meds. Logical people do not randomly obsess about death, pine about religion and fume about government while collecting a small arsenal of weapons.

The U.S. Army discharged him just five weeks into basic training in 2008. Records indicate he graduated in 2009 from a high school catering to troubled and special-needs students. Chris Harper-Mercer us just another example of what happens to those who are poisoned with drugs in the name of health or mental health. When drugs are pushed as the answer, likely we are asking the wrong question. We can say it is psychiatric drugs that cause the most problems, but drugs are poisons. When we accept the ugly truth that nothing good comes from routine drugging, we also accept that any kind of declining result, from poor health to murder is an expected outcome of their use. Only the very naïve continue doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Based on continued poor results, the public is very naïve regarding the use of Big Medicine. We get what we pay for.