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A Reason To Be Concerned About Imported Garlic

By Ashuri

***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

There are not many foods that give the same mouth-watering delight than garlic. Garlic is not only delicious and used in almost every recipe one can think of; it is also a powerful super-food. Garlic has been used around the world for centuries for cooking and because of its effective medicinal properties. Garlic is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and many other trace minerals that are vital for healthy immune function. The most popular compound found in garlic is allicin, which is what gives it that lovely flavor and its powerful antioxidant punch. Studies have shown that garlic has the power to prevent colds and flu and reduce the length of time these viruses are in the system by roughly 70 percent. In addition, garlic has been shown to reduce high blood pressure, reduce high –bad- cholesterol, improve the immune system, remove parasites from the GI tract, and work as a natural antibiotic in all areas of the body.  

With that being said, should you be concerned about where your garlic comes from? Well, YES! Although the information about the dangers of imported garlic  has been available for decades, the concerns have recently popped up again, and I’m here to shed some light on them.

 Here’s the quickie

Other countries produce about 75 percent of the world’s supply of garlic. In 2017, the US imported approximately 225 million pounds of garlic, both fresh and dried. It is estimated that the FDA only catches about 2 percent of imported hazardous produce before it makes its way in to the USA. 

Some countries have virtually no regulations on the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers used in farming. If that isn’t scary enough, the food handling safety, sanitation and hygiene regulations in some countries are even worse. 

Imported garlic is often grown in sewage water and human sewage is specifically used as an inexpensive fertilizer.  It is then sprayed with chemicals to prevent sprouting, bleached with chlorine to make it look white, and, by law, fumigated with methyl bromide, according to Henry Bell of the Australian Garlic Industry Association. High doses of methyl bromide can cause respiratory and central nervous system damage. According to the UN, it’s 60 times more dangerous than chlorine.

Every time imported garlic from a specific country is tested, it tests positive for toxic chemicals, pathogens and heavy metals including: lead, arsenic, chlorine, methyl bromide, melamine, E Coli, and the list goes on. 

*This applies not only to raw garlic, but also to garlic powder and garlic oil. 

*Check your spices and pre-made sauces! 

How can I tell the difference between US grown garlic and imported grown garlic?

This is a picture of garlic grown in the US.  It has roots:

How To Identify Imported Garlic:

Lack of roots. It is required by the FDA that all roots be removed from imported produce to prevent soil-bornepathogens from entering the US. This is not a requirement for US garlic farmers so they often leave the roots attached. If the bottom of a garlic bulb has a bare, concave surface where roots would naturally be, it is most likely imported.  This is a picture of imported garlic...

 

Lack of soil stains. It is completely naturally for garlic to have soil stains. Imported garlic is heavily bleached to remove soil stains and has an unnaturally white color.

Sprouting. Garlic bulbs naturally sprout and will sometimes grow little green shoots. Again, the heavy bleaching of imported garlic will kill the garlic and prevent this from occurring. If there are shoots coming from the top of the bulb, you are good to go. 

Weight. Imported garlic contains more water so by the time it makes it to US supermarkets much of the water has evaporated making it much lighter and less firm than US garlic. Check for weight and density. 

Taste. Imported garlic has a more metallic and bitter taste due to a lower concentration of allicin and higher concentration of chemicals and heavy metals. 

 

A Note About Pet foods *  (For those of you who have the very good fortune of sharing your life with an animal companion, even the US has poor regulations for what goes into our pet food. Many of the popular-name pet food companies, even the ones sold at your Vets office, get their ingredients from other countries. Pet food ingredients  have been found time and time again to contain some of the most despicable ingredients that you should never give to your pet, including: formaldehyde, plastics, cardboard, other non-edible materials, petroleum, lead, arsenic, feces, melamine, mercury and more).

Now that more light has been shed on this issue, I hope that it has inspired you to take a deeper look into where ALL of your food comes from. I really encourage all of you to go out and do your research into ALL matters that are important to you. There is a great sense of personal empowerment in being able to say, “I know all of the facts AND I am choosing to do it this way” VS “I’m doing what someone else said I should do”. Well wishes on your journey of living your best life… 

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A PROMISING STUDY FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS PELVIC PAIN

*PREFACE: 
I am sharing this information for my endo sisters because this particular combination of #NAC, #ALPHALIPOICACID & #BROMELAIN has been an integral part in helping to manage pain along with the cupping. Check out my highlights titled ENDO RELIEF on Instagram if you or someone you know needs suggestions. If you live in Los Angeles, I highly recommend seeing the very incredible French holistic MD Dr Dominque Fradin-Read in Santa Monica. #endometriosis #endoawareness #endometriosisawareness #endosisters
 
This article by Lete et al. from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain was published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. A total of 398 patients with a mean age of 34.6 years participated, in which 92.7% reported moderate or intense endometriosis-associated pelvic pain. For the study, patients were given a combination N-acetyl cysteine 600 mg, alpha lipoic acid 200 mg, bromelain 25 mg and zinc 10 mg for 6 months at a dose of 2 tablets per day.
The results showed a significant decrease in the percentage of patients with endometriosis-associated pelvic pain, from 92.7% before treatment to 82.7% after the 6 months treatment. In addition, there was also a significant reduction in VAS score pain scale, with severe pain reported in 40.2% at baseline to 3.6% at 6 months. Therefore, the authors concluded that N-acetyl cysteine, alpha lipoic acid and bromelain combination showed promise to improve endometriosis-associated pelvic pain. click here to read more:
 
https://www.endonews.com/n-acetyl-cysteine-alpha-lipoic-acid-and-bromelain-improved-endometriosis-associated-pelvic-pain

 

 ***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO CUP YOURSELF

Preface: I have stage IV endometriosis that I've been working on healing for 17 years.  In 2014 I was diagnosed with advanced adenomyosis.  The pain was something I never experienced.  I was bedridden up to 14 days a month and advised to get a hysterectomy.  From 2014 through most of 2018 the pain was getting increasingly worse.  I had four surgeries prior to 2010, then this past year a specialist in St Louis was going to perform the Osada procedure to remove the adenomyosis.  He made two incisions and woke me up to tell me that he was unable to operate due to all of the scar tissue and adhesions. He advised me to get a radical hysterectomy. I was losing hope. Sometimes the surgery severe pain because adhesions form wherever they make an incision and the fascia begins to clump together.  This is known as scar tissue, which causes nerve pain and the radiating pain you can feel in your lower back, ovaries, uterus, hips, buttocks and legs.  If you have endo I'm sure you are aware of this debilitating pain!. My sister began cupping me and using myofascial release in May.  Since August, I have been virtually pain free for the first time in almost five years. I invested in a cupping kit and I cupped whenever/wherever I had pain.  Each week the pain diminished.  Now I cup once or twice a week.  The cups have changed my life!  Watch my instagram highlights titled "endo relief" to learn more.  I wish I had known about this 17 years ago...

Wishing you all good health and wellness.  - Jena Covello

By Natasha M.

One of my favorite things as a little girl was watching my Grandma's healing techniques using cupping.  She was a little old lady who was known to help women heal most all of their uterine & fertility issues.  I didn’t fully understand at the time, but women came in sad and left happy. I was fascinated with the entire process and would run inside to watch her in hopes of doing the same one day! When I saw Jena's Instagram story about the success cupping had on her road to recovery with endometriosis, it brought me back to watching grandma use the same techniques helping women recover from symptoms. She also used things like frankincense, ovary adjustments, herbs & positive affirmations through prayer.  

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine in which special cups are put on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. After the suctioned cup is removed, the skin reaction is a telltale sign of problems depending on color and marks. Cupping is also revered for drawing toxins in the blood to skin surface to detox.  Prior to modern techniques, fire, alcohol and a swift hand was used to create the suction.  Still today, Cupping is used to help heal inflammation, pain, colds, scars, fertility and uterine issues, congestion, muscles, migraines and many forms of detox & blood stagnation. 

Not only has the cupping helped women find relief with scar tissue from C-section scarring, but also with pelvic pain associated with endometriosis, ovarian cystic disease, menstruation and infertility.  A study done in 2015 in Egypt by The Department of Internal Medicine at Helena Hospital showed success in a combined therapy of cupping & cleaning the colon with herbs such as senna.  This also assisted in eradication of H Pylori as 90% of women tested positive who had uterine associated pain in the study.  Out of the 50 patients,  7/10 infertility patients, 9/10 endometriosis patients & 7/10 PCOS All 10/10 patients each with pelvic pain and scanty menstruation were relieved of mostly ALL symptoms. 

In Chinese medicine, the uterus and the liver are closely related. The liver maintains free flow of the qi & vital energy of the body. The liver, spleen, and kidney channels run through the pelvis and all can effect the uterus.  If any of these channels are blocked, congested or deficient, this will usually manifest in women as some sort of menstrual and uterine problem. It also suggests that the emotions associated with this stagnation in the uterus especially having to do with Endometriosis are fear and anger. Cupping used as a form of therapy addresses all forms of this stagnation and inflammation. The reduction of stress plays a big role as well. 

Cupping along with acupuncture therapy can help facilitate healing for both men and women alike when it comes to fertility issues. Studies done for the last 10 years in Chinese medicine showed that a combination of both therapies assisted in: 

  • Regulating menstruation 
  • Reducing inflammation and blockages in all reproductive organs 
  • Removing defects in luteal phase 
  • Balancing hormones 
  • Balancing thyroid gland 
  • Inducing ovulation 
  • Endometriosis recovery 
  • Genital infections 
  • Assisting in all scrotum functions 
  • Quality of sperm production
  • Prostate health 
  • Blood circulation in uterus 
  • Inducing healthy egg production

Whilst cupping has shown promise in many symptoms involving pain and inflammation, randomized clinical trials all over the world are being done to figure out how cupping is communicating with blood, brain and the spinal nervous system in such positive ways. So much so that it has provoked the world of alternative medicine to get involved in figuring out the ways it’s helped in the areas of: 

  • Reduction of LDL levels 
  • Removal of heavy metals and toxins from blood. 
  • Helping fibromyalgia 
  • Activating an immune response product such as interferon. 
  • Improving COPD
  • Increasing red blood cells 
  • Draining the lymph system 

Today, cupping marks are being worn proudly by celebrities and athletes, proving that this centuries old tradition really is making a positive impact on healing.  It’s no wonder all of these older generations find these techniques so precious. As they continue to work and be passed down, getting cupped is easier now more than ever. This is a therapy everyone should try so make sure to find a professional in your area or research how to safely self administer in the comfort of your own home.  Remember, healing is available to all those who seek it and if anyone ever tells you different.....tell them to go cup themselves. 

Natasha M. @simpleorganix
 ***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

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Lemon Balm Tea for Herpes, Autoimmune Disease and Pain

By Natasha M @SimpleOrganix

Let’s talk Lemon Balm. Did you know that it actually has nothing to do with lemons? Outside of its lemon scent (which is a huge Honey Bee attractor), Melissa Officinilis is an herbaceous plant found in the mint family. Records concerning its medicinal use date back over 2000 years, including a recommendation by Paracelsus (1493–1541) that lemon balm would completely revivify a man and should be used for “all complaints supposed to proceed from a disordered state of the nervous system”.

One of the reasons why Lemon Balm is so successful with the central nervous system is due to rosemarinic acid, a chemical compound with significant antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Rosmarinic acid has also shown free radical scavenging ability and suppression of allergic immunoglobulin. One of the most studied features of Lemon Balm’s rosmarinic acid is its anti-anxiety effect by increasing the availability of GABA.
GABA is one of the inhibitory neurotransmitters, used by the brain to prevent over-excitement and attain balance. It is responsible for making sure we are not stressed. It also plays a role in a healthier sleep cycle. Increasing stimulation of GABA receptors will produce a sedative or calming effect.

Another amazing compound found in Lemon Balm is terpenes, it has the ability to target the following:

•anxiety
•stress
•panic attacks
•hypertension
•depression
•high blood pressure
•heart palpitations
•pain
•Inflammation
•neurological issues
•gas & bloating

A study by Buchwald-Werner in 2014 showed that when all of these symptoms were tested, “The results demonstrate that Lemon Balm was capable of benefiting a number of aspects of mood and performance”. The only study that showed anxiety was still present was when there were artificial sweeteners found in the diet. Most all of the studies showed that when adding valerian root and Lemon Balm together, it doubled the success rate for all central nervous system functions.

The famous Swiss physician Paracelsus credited Lemon Balm as the “elixir of life.” He claimed that regular use could increase lifespan. With that said, Lemon Balm is extremely high in trace minerals which help support the entire body while at the same time detoxifying organs such as the kidneys and liver. This allows the body to be in constant regeneration.

Another studied aspect of Lemon Balm is the role it plays with the Herpes Simplex Virus. Numerous studies have linked a dramatic healing effect in all studies linked to ALL five strains of this virus which many believe causes more disease in humanity than science has yet to discover.

The name Herpes is best known as the cause of a worldwide epidemic of venereal disease.  However, this virus family plagues people of all ages and circumstances:

-The fetus susceptible to cytomegalovirus.
-The child to chicken pox.
-The adolescent to mononucleosis
-The adult pestered by recurrent cold sores & painful shingles.

Every stage of life is susceptible to The virus “waking up” from dormant sleep. Many of these viral strains are also linked to uterine, cervical and endometrial diseases of all sorts. What else is linked to uterine disease? Gut and nerve issues! This herb has separate compounds that help heal all 3 (gut, nerve , uterus) in synergy. Lemon Balm has been proven over and over again to support viral dormancy. This alone should have people’s attention.

Did you think that Lemon Balm forgot one of humanities largest problem? Cancer. A study done by Weidner C in 2015 concluded Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) extract inhibits the proliferation of colon carcinoma cells, brain gliomas and all gut cancers.

As science and natural medicine alike work on figuring out the way all of these viruses are linked to disease, another direction Lemon Balm has taken us to is the “auto immune” epidemic.

Auto Immune Diseases such as:
•Lyme
•Lupus
•Rheumatoid arthritis
•Crohns

All have shown promise and successful healing stories when bringing in anti viral herbs such as Lemon Balm and Nettle Leaf together. They work together like Batman and Robin in the world of herbs. And What do all these ailments have in common? Inflammation, which Lemon Balm also works on reducing.

Surprisingly, we can touch on almost every human function that finds a positive reaction with this particular herb.  Why isn’t it prescribed by Doctors you ask? Since this botanical extract can not be patented, its beneficial effects have been completely ignored by pharmaceutical interests. There is no money in cure.

The best way to take herbs such as Lemon Balm is through steeping dried leaves and drinking it as a tea or taking it through extraction. Once the herb is steeped or extracted, it activates its “magic”. The tongue and taste buds are equipped with receptors that signal the brain which identifies this “magic”. It then notifies the organs to prepare for dispersing. When herbs are taken orally via pills, this forces the herb to activate while trying to survive digestive enzymes and acids which intern kills most if not all of its “magic”. This method also gives you an advantage to begin purchasing herbs in bulk and saving money. Absolutely an herb to add In your daily tea regimen and begin your healing journey.

Although the information and history of this herb has been so vast, it all lead me to an old adage that states, “Do as the honey bees do”. Just like Lemon Balm is is attractive to a honey bee, it is absolutely attractive to healing. Yes, nature always knows.

Natasha M.
@SimpleOrganix

 ***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

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90% of Sea Salt Has Tested Positive For Plastic. A Reason To Choose Pink Himalayan Salt

A study analyzed 39 salt brands from 21 countries and found that more than 90 percent contain microplastics. This new study evaluated salt brands worldwide and is the first on this scale to analyze the geographical spread of microplastic in sea salt and the connection to where plastic pollution is found in the environment. Researchers believe most people consume about 2,000 particles a year in their sea salt alone. 

Why Do You Need Salt?

According to Dr. David Brownstein, author of Salt Your Way to Health, pink Himalayan salt is an excellent detoxifier and high in mineral nutrients. There are around 80 minerals and essential trace elements in pink Himalayan salt. crops are lacking in many of these because the soil has been depleted of trace elements and minerals due to pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals. Some of the major minerals included with pink Himalayan salt are magnesium calcium, potassium, and sulfate. The body requires a specific sodium-to-potassium ratio to normalize blood pressure. Low salt intake contributes to an increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, low magnesium levels and other potential health risks. Researchers found women without high blood pressure who consumed the most potassium had a 21 percent reduced risk of stroke. When your body does not have enough salt it starts pulling sodium from your bones which strips magnesium and calcium to maintain a normal sodium level. This results in a reduction in sodium excretion in sweat, substituting magnesium and calcium instead. Low sodium also elevates aldosterone, a sodium-retaining hormone, which in turn reduces magnesium by passing it through your urine. 

Why is Pink Himalayan Salt a Good Option?

All salt is not created equally. Your body needs sodium and chloride ions in salt crystals, but is unable to produce them. Refined table salt is nearly all sodium chloride with man-made chemicals.

Pink Himalayan salt has a different balance of sodium and chloride with over 80 trace elements in their natural mineral form which the body needs in order to stay healthy. The crystals are untouched by pollutants. It is mined from salt beds created long before plastic and toxic chemicals were manufactured. When the ocean beds were lifted, as the Himalayan Mountains were formed, these salt beds rose from the sea and were later protected by lava and covered in snow and ice for thousands of years.

 

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The Fountain of Youth: Glutathione

What is Glutathione?

Every cell in the body produces glutathione, a major antioxidant and molecule found naturally in your body. It is high in sulfur and can be found in all the cruciferous vegetables. Many longevity scientists believe that the level of glutathione in our cells predicts how long we will live. 

Glutathione allows your body to detoxify itself which enables you to stay healthy.  It has been coined with the term "master anti-oxidant" due to its essential role in maintaining anti-oxidants such as vitamin C & E in their active form. It is estimated that each cell in the body withstands 10,000 hits by free radicals each day. Glutathione rids these free radicals before they wreak havoc and cleans up the oxidative stress related damage that has occurred by protecting the body against disease, toxins, viruses, pollutants, radiation and drugs. It protects your DNA from damage, lowers inflammation and helps fend off heart disease, cancer, neurological decline and dementia. It neutralizes and clears heavy metals and toxins from the body. Glutathione plays a significant role in strengthening the immune system and preventing an overactive immune system which can trigger allergies and auto-immune diseases. 

Levels of glutathione begin to decline with aging as the majority of individuals in our society become more toxic and deficient. Additionally, our society has more environmental toxicity than ever before due to pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, pollution and pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, many diets are void of the necessary precursors for this critical agent. For many people, this translates to low energy, a compromised immune system and illness. We can age gracefully and slowly and possibly stop major health problems by boosting our glutathione levels. If sufficient glutathione is not available in the body, the toxins will overload the liver and lead to fat soluble toxins being stored in fatty tissues. The central nervous system, breasts and prostate are the most susceptible areas but decreased glutathione levels also contribute to endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids and thyroid dysfunction. When serious glutathione deficiency occurs, we begin to suffer from cardiovascular and inflammatory issues, liver dysfunction and age-related diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Researchers credit the increase in neurological disease and cancer to depleted cellular glutathione. The brain produces more free radicals than any other tissue and is therefore in need of more glutathione than any other organ. They estimate that a 30% reduction of glutathione is enough for cellular dysfunction to occur.

Studies have shown that adequate vitamin D is necessary for optimal glutathione production. The vast majority of our society is extremely deficient in vitamin D. Optimal vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml.  It’s important to combine vitamin D3 with vitamin K2 so that it can absorb properly. 

Glutathione precursors such as glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine should be consumed through organic sulfur, avocados, onions, garlic, turmeric, spinach and cruciferous vegetables.

How To Increase Glutathione:

  • Exercise triggers glutathione but don’t over do it
  • Unmanaged, chronic stress depletes glutathione, so meditate, listen to healing music, practice yoga and look into taking our adaptogen called holi youth, It lowers the stress hormone called cortisol. 
  • Include the supplement organic suflur
  • Include foods that stimulate glutathione production- organic garlic and onions, asparagus, avocados, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, parsley and watercress. Cinnamon, cardamom and curcumin also offer benefits.
  • Minimize your exposure to toxins by eating organic, filtering your water, use natural cosmetics and cleaning products, switch to glass for food and water storage and reheating 
  • To achieve optimal levels, look into glutathione IV drips. Not all are created equal.  Make sure your doctor or practitioner is using high quality glutathione that is not cut. I love to get mine from VitaLife in Santa Monica. Dr Dominique Fradin-Read is a phenomenal MD and holistic doctor. She was the first person in twenty years who was able to cut my insanely high estrogen levels by putting me on a high dose of melatonin and DIM. Dr Will Cole’s custom AIP diet and supplements that were tailored to my needs helped me as well. 

***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

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Why We Traded Almond Milk for Macadamia Milk (and a 2 minute recipe!)

 

By Jena Covello

Personally, almonds never make me feel well and I believe it's because they are a bit inflammatory and most are pre-treated with Monsanto's Glyphosate.

The inflammation stems from omega 6 fatty acids which are an essential fatty acid that the body needs for normal growth and development. The body needs a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Excess consumption of omega-6s can trigger the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. These fatty acids are found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, soy, peanut, and canola.

Would it be easier to simply cut out as much omega 6 fatty acids as possible?

Yes! Limit your intake of nuts. Nuts, except for MACADAMIA NUTS! Organic Oliva began teaching me all about this!  Most nuts are loaded with omega 6 fatty acids and contain little to no omega 3 fatty acids. For those of you who are skeptical of this please check out the following statistics for nuts:

Nutrition Data

Omega 3 vs Omega 6 in Milligrams

  • Macadamias – 60 vs 360
  • Almonds – 2 vs 3400
  • Hazelnuts – 20 vs 2200
  • Pistachios – 70 vs 3700
  • Brazil Nuts – 5.1 vs 5800
  • Cashews – 7 vs 2200
  • Walnuts – 2500 vs 10,100
  • Pine Nuts – 31 vs 9400
  • Pecans – 280 vs 5800

I loved almond milk but it does not agree with my body which is why I decided to look for an alternative.

My friend gave me an amazing recipe for macadamia milk and the best part is that it takes two minutes and no straining is required:

1 cup of organic macadamia nuts

2-2.5 cups of filtered water (if you use less water the milk literally feels like heavy cream and it is AMAZING)

1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup (optional)

5 dashes of cinnamon (optional)

1 dash of pink Himalayan sea salt

Place all ingredients in the blender and voila! You don't have to strain macadamia nuts because they are so low in phytic acid. Enjoy!

 

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How to Detoxify Your Body from Glyphosate

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is a pesticide/herbicide and crop desiccant. It belongs to the organophosphorus family of compounds.  It was developed and discovered by Monsanto/Bayer in 1970 and brought to market in 1974 under the trade-name Roundup.  It is used to kill weeds that compete with crops.  The crops that it is sprayed on include sugar, corn, soy and wheat.

Glyphosate as a Cause of Many Chronic Health Problems

There are a number of studies demonstrating that glyphosate exposure to humans (and all mammals) can cause serious chronic health problems.  Exposure to glyphosate can include:

  • absorption through the skin
  • eating foods treated with glyphosate
  • drinking water contaminated with glyphosate

Glyphosate exposure usually manifests slowly over time and results in obvious dysfunctions in biological systems.

Exposure to glyphosate has been shown to have the following effects on human physiology:  2  3

  • acts as an antibiotic (glyphosate was in fact patented as an antibiotic)
  • chelates important minerals (iron, cobalt, manganese; glyphosate was in fact patented as a mineral chelator)
  • decimates the microflora and its ability to produce essential amino acids like tryptophan that converts to serotonin
  • disrupts the microbiome in the intestine, by disrupting the shikimate pathway, causing a decrease in the ratio of beneficial to harmful bacteria
  • inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes
  • disrupts sulfate synthesis and sulfate transport
  • impairs methylation pathways
  • interferes with synthesis of aromatic amino acids and methionine, which leads to shortages in neurotransmitters and folate
  • inhibition of pituitary release of thyroid stimulating hormone
  • toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines  4

Glyphosate exposure has also been associated with the development of various cancers.  The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published a summary in March 2015 that classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in humans.  5  The possible cancers linked to glyphosate exposure include:

  • non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • pancreatic islet-cell adenoma
  • renal tubule carcinoma
  • skin tumors

 

Detoxifying Your Body from Glyphosate Exposure

There are a number of different studies that claim that glyphosate accumulates in the bones, intestine, spleen, liver, muscle and kidney.

  • avoid using Roundup and other similar products
  • avoid consumption of GMO foods which are directly contaminated with glyphosate
  • avoid animal products such as milk or meat for which GMO foods were used to feed the animals
  • eat organic foods as much as possible
  • avoid living in areas where glyphosate is applied
  • use infrared sauna for sweating out toxins
  • consume probiotic foods and probiotic supplements to repopulate the microbiota which glyphosate destroys
  • eat organic foods rich in sulfur and manganese

 A study published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology found that the oral application of certain natural substances were able effectively reduce urinary levels of glyphosate.  7  The researchers used a combination of the following substances:

  • fulvic acids
  • humic acids
  • activated charcoal
  • bentonite clay
  • sauerkraut juice

The study used Schleswig Holstein cows suffering from symptoms of chronic botulism.  They were fed sequentially with 400 g/animal charcoal daily for 4 weeks (weeks 1-4 of the study), 200 g/ animal charcoal (weeks 5-10 of the study), 200 g charcoal and 500 ml Sauerkraut juice/animal (weeks 11-14 of the study), 120 g/animal humic acids (weeks 15-18 of the study) 200 g charcoal and 100 mL Aquahumin/animal (weeks 19- 20 the of study), or 100 g charcoal and 50 mL Aquahumin (weeks 21-22 of the study) followed by 4 weeks without any supplementation.

There was a significant reduction of glyphosate in urine following supplementation with a combination of 200g charcoal plus either 500 mL sauerkraut juice or humic acid.

They concluded that a charcoal-sauerkraut juice combination and humic acids reduced glyphosate excretion by urine and led to the improved health of animals.  8

An interesting study from October 2010 published in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Technology investigated the mechanism of action of liver cells exposed to glyphosate and possible protection by precise medicinal plant extracts.

Glyphosate, in the form of the Monsanto product Roundup, is able to provoke intracellular disruption in hepatic (liver) cell lines at different levels, but a mixture of specific medicinal plant extracts can protect to some extent human cell lines against this toxin. 

  • Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion)
  • Arctium lappa (Burdock root)
  • Berberis vulgaris (Barberry; the active ingredient in barberry is berberine)
  • Chelidonium majus (Greater celandine)

 

 

 Based on the scientific studies to-date, there are a number of natural substances that have shown positive results in detoxifying and reducing the toxic effects of glyphosate exposure.

Foods

  • Raphanus sativus (Radish)

Probiotic foods and supplements

  • Sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice

Minerals

  • Sulfur (Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM))
  • Manganese
  • Fulvic acid
  • Humic acid
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Charcoal and Clay

  • Activated charcoal
  • Bentonite clay

Herbs

  • Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion)
  • Rhamnus frangula (Alder buckthorn)
  • Raphanus sativus (Radish)
  • Carduus marianus (Silybum marianum; milk thistle)
  • Arctium lappa (Burdock root)
  • Berberis vulgaris (Barberry; the active ingredient in barberry is berberine)
  • Chelidonium majus (Greater celandine)

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FIVE WAYS TO NATURALLY BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND AVOID THE FLU

1. Avoid foods and drinks that add stress to the immune system: sugar, processed foods, dairy, gluten, soy and alcohol.

2. Drink 2 liters of filtered water per day. 

3. Increases organic produce and herbs, including organic garlic and ginger.

4. Be sure to get enough rest.

5. Take the following supplements to support the liver and immune system by supplementing with high-quality vitamin C, turmeric, probiotics, vitamin D3 with K2 and zinc.

***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

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IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS CHECKED

***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

In honor of breast cancer awareness, Have your vitamin D levels checked.  Vitamin D3 should be taken with vitamin K2 to properly absorb.  Several studies show that higher vitamin D levels are protective against many forms of cancer, particularly breast cancer.  Women with vitamin D levels above 60 ng/mL have a much lower risk of breast cancer than those below 20 ng/mL.

Research has shown that once you reach a minimum serum vitamin D level of 40 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), your risk for cancer diminishes by 67 percent, compared to having a level of 20 ng/ml or less.4

Research shows most cancers occur in people with a vitamin D blood level between 10 and 40 ng/mL, and the optimal level for cancer protection has been identified as being between 60 and 80 ng/mL.

Vitamin D also increases your chances of surviving cancer if you do get it,5,6,7,8 and evidence suggests adding vitamin D to the conventional treatment for cancer can boost the effectiveness of the treatment.9

Several studies also show that higher vitamin D levels are protective against breast cancerspecifically. Importantly, a 2005 study10 showed women with vitamin D levels above 60 ng/mL have an 83 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those below 20 ng/mL, and I cannot think of any other strategy that can offer that kind of risk reduction. Mammograms certainly cannot.

More recently, a pooled analysis11 published in June 2018 of two randomized trials and a prospective cohort study came to a near-identical conclusion. The objective was to assess whether there are any benefits to having a vitamin D level above 40 ng/mL, as most studies do not venture into these higher levels.

Indeed, mirroring the 2005 findings, women with vitamin D levels at or above 60 ng/mL had an 82 percent lower incidence rate of breast cancer than those with levels of 20 ng/mL or less.

Pooled data were analyzed in three different ways. First, incidence rates were compared based on vitamin D levels ranging from 20 to 60 ng/mL. Next, statistical analysis using Kaplan-Meier plots were done. Third, multivariate Cox regression was used to examine the association between various vitamin D levels and breast cancer risk. According to the authors:

"Results were similar for the three analyses. First, comparing incidence rates, there was an 82 percent lower incidence rate of breast cancer for women with 25(OH)D concentrations ≥60 vs <20 ng/mL.

Second, Kaplan-Meier curves for concentrations of <20, 20–39, 40–59 and ≥60 ng/mL were significantly different, with the highest proportion breast cancer-free in the ≥60 ng/ml group (99.3 percent) and the lowest proportion breast cancer-free in the <20 ng/ml group (96.8 percent). The proportion with breast cancer was 78 percent lower for ≥60 vs <20 ng/mL.

Third, multivariate Cox regression revealed that women with 25(OH)D concentrations ≥60 ng/ml had an 80 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women with concentrations <20 ng/mL, adjusting for age, BMI, smoking status, calcium supplement intake, and study of origin …

Higher 25(OH)D concentrations were associated with a dose-response decrease in breast cancer risk with concentrations ≥60 ng/mL being most protective."

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