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Is Kale Killing You?

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Is Kale Killing You?

 

You’d never eat rat poison — you’re a health nut!

 

But that’s exactly what the residents of California’s wealthiest county were doing, without their knowledge.

 

Sounds crazy. But Dr. Ernie Hubbard saw it day after day in his office.

 

Patients coming in with fatigue, digestive troubles, brain fog, and nausea.

 

(One poor woman had her blonde hair falling out in clumps!)

 

The culprit was a shocking neurotoxin — too much kale!

 

You see, thick leaf-vegetables like kale can actually absorb too much of a heavy metal toxin called thallium out of the ground.

 

But thallium was originally a rat poison.  That’s right, some kale leaves contain thallium — the same neurotoxin that Saddam Hussein used to assassinate his political enemies!

 

So once Dr. Hubbard’s patient stopped eating so much of it, her hair grew right back. And her other symptoms went away too.

 

You should be okay if you just have a kale salad every once in a while…

 

But be careful not to overload on it, especially if you are eating Kale from California.

 

Tip:  Never eat kale if you have a tendency to have UTI, or have had kidney problems.

 

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Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

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Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

 

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from John Hopkins University found that the drugs that treat acid reflux and heartburn (like Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium) may not be as safe as once thought. While most considered the drugs effective and relatively free from side effects, this new study shows two things: a large number of people taking the meds don’t actually need them and proton pump inhibitors (PPI) raise the risk of kidney disease from 20 to 50 percent. And those facts come on the heels of another study from last June done by Stanford University which found those medications contributed to a higher chance of heart attacks.

 

Researchers looked at the records of more than 10,000 people and found that the, “risk of the onset of chronic kidney disease was 20 to 50 percent higher in those who took the PPIs. No increased risk was seen in people who took a different class of heartburn drugs like Pepcid and Zantac, which work by blocking histamine production in the cells lining the stomach”(PPIs block the secretion of acid into the stomach).

More from the article:

“JUST AS IT IS A FALLACY THAT PPIS ARE SAFE TO TAKE EVERY DAY FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, SO IT IS ALSO A FALLACY THAT HEARTBURN IS CAUSED BY TOO MUCH STOMACH ACID, ACCORDING TO NOTED NATURAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER DR. JOSEPH MERCOLA. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS WIDELY BELIEVED, REFLUX IS CAUSED BY TOO LITTLE ACID. FURTHERMORE, TAKING DRUGS THAT SUPPRESS STOMACH ACID MERELY TREATS THE SYMPTOMS RATHER THAN ATTACKS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. IN FACT, THE MEDICATIONS ACTUALLY WORSEN THE CONDITION THAT PRODUCES THE SYMPTOMS, A RESULT THAT PERPETUATES THE PROBLEM. HE RECOMMENDS THAT PEOPLE WHO TAKE PPIS SHOULD GRADUALLY WEAN THEMSELVES OFF OF THEM INSTEAD OF STOPPING COLD TURKEY. AFTERWARDS, MERCOLA ADVISES TAKING NATURAL REMEDIES AND ADOPTING LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS.”

What many health practitioners have known for a long time is that it’s possible to treat heartburn naturally- and therefore- safely; some people use yellow mustard, many take apple cider vinegar (from the Mother is always best and either straight or in water), and still others have found success using a different type of salt, like a pink himalayan (if you use added salt in your food).

Some of those lifestyle modifications would be eating foods that help, rather than hurt and stress, your gut biome; fermented vegetables (kimchee/sauerkraut), kefir, and for those non-vegans, yogurt made from raw milk, are all great. And don’t be afraid to move your body! Exercise is good for you and will help. Then there are the more obvious things like smoking, caffeine and excessive alcohol.

Sadly, some kidney problems are irreversible and chronic kidney disease can result in kidney failure (which necessitates either dialysis or a transplant). Now, the research doesn’t prove PPIs cause chronic kidney disease but their findings should be considered serious enough to at least pay attention to and unless you really, really need them, you shouldn’t take them. In fact, it almost makes more sense to try alternative therapies first and use the PPIs as a last resort. Once you start to look at the issue, you really only have two options- treat your body better or take PPIs (and maybe play russian roulette with the outcome).

 

Please share with family and loved ones and call with all your healthcare concerns and for your personalized healthcare plan.

 

 

 

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Camp Cobbler

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Camp Cobbler

 

Folks, this is killer. For what this cobbler lacks in beauty it makes up ten-fold in taste, especially after a full day on the move. Not much mise en place when it comes to camp cooking, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Any summer fruit combination will do. I had strawberries and rhubarb on hand for this trip. I imagine peaches, plums, cherries, or blackberries will be fantastic as they come into season this summer.

 

Filling

 

2 lbs strawberries, hulled and halved

2 stalks rhubarb, sliced

1/2 cup sugar

 

 

Pastry

 

3 cups flour (I used pastry)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 cups buttermilk

 

 

At home: Mix together the dry ingredients, except sugar, and place in a bag or tupperware. Pack sugar separately. Measure out the buttermilk and transfer to a small container.

 

In camp: Set up the fire and place a grill about 4 inches above the flame. If you forget a grate (oops) create a rock formation to protect the iron from direct flame. Cut the fruit into chunks and toss with the sugar. Add the fruit to a heavy, cast-iron 5-quart Dutch oven or a deep cast-iron skillet.

 

For the biscuits, place the pre-mixed dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of small peas. Stir in the buttermilk, just until the batter comes together.

 

Drop dollops of the dough in an even layer over the fruit. Cover the Dutch oven and put the cobbler over the fire pit. Cook until the biscuits are cooked all the way through, about 30 minutes.

 

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Simple and Cleansing Kichadi

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Simple and Cleansing Kichadi

Serves 6-8

 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee

½ Tbsp. cumin seeds

½ Tbsp. mustard seeds

½ Tbsp. coriander seeds

½ tsp. ground turmeric

1 cinnamon stick

1-2 Tbsp. minced ginger (to taste)

1 large tomato, chopped (optional)

2 medium yellow onion, diced

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 small / 250g sweet potato (or other seasonal root veggie), chopped

1 cup / 200g brown rice

½ cup / 110g mung beans or brown lentils

1 tsp. fine grain sea salt

1 cup / 140g green peas, frozen or fresh

4 cups / 1L water (or more, as needed)

a couple handfuls finely chopped cilantro

lemon to garnish

 

Directions:

  1. If possible, soak the rice and pulses together overnight, or for 8-12 hours. Drain and rinse very well.

 

  1. Melt the oil in a large stockpot. Add the cumin and mustard seed and fry just until the mustard seeds start to pop. Add the remaining spices, stir and then add the tomato and ginger (if you’re opting out of the tomato, simply use a few splashes of water). Fry for a couple minutes until fragrant.

 

  1. Add the onion, carrots, sweet potato, brown rice, mung beans, salt, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, until the rice and beans are soft. About five minutes before serving, add the peas whether fresh or frozen, and cook until they are warm. Add more water for a stew-y consistency, or if the pot becomes dry while cooking.

 

  1. Serve kichadi hot, garnished with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Give thanks and enjoy.

 

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Whole Wheat Ginger Pancakes

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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 tablespoon molasses

1 egg

1 tablespoon sunflower oil (or melted butter)

3/4-1 cup milk

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 200˚ and place an oven-safe plate inside for keeping pancakes warm.

In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and give a good stir. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and pour over dry ingredients, stir just until combined.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot, take about 1/4 cup of batter and pour onto skillet. Let cook for 1-2 minutes (until the pancakes begins to bubble slightly. Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes until pancake is cooked through.

Place in oven and continue with remaining batter.

 

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Chickpea And Spinach Burger

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Chickpea and Spinach Burgers

They are simple, delicious, and have a texture I love in veggie burgers: crunch on the outside, soft on the inside, and don’t fall apart when cooked. These burgers come together rather quick and cook up just as fast. I prefer pan frying these burgers in a bit of oil (helps the crispy outside) but you can also grill them. If you’re looking to make a big batch for use throughout the month, go through the baking process, separate them with a bit of wax paper, and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chickpeas (drained, if using canned)

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1 cup fresh baby spinach, packed

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg white

1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, for frying

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine chickpeas and onion in a food processor, pulse a few times to break up the chickpeas. Add in spinach, sunflower seeds, olive oil, soy sauce, oregano, paprika, and salt; pulse a few more times.

Add in egg white and bread crumbs, pulsing until mixture comes together. Remove from food processor, run your hands under water, divide mixture into two balls, and shape into 1/2″ thick patties.

Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil, followed by burgers. Fry for 5 to 7 minutes, until the burger is browning and has become crisp on the outside. Flip, cook for another 5 or so minutes until the burger is cooked through and crisp on both sides.

 

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Turmeric Cashews

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Turmeric Cashews

2 cups raw cashews

1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus more if needed

scant 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste

half an 8×8-inch sheet nori seaweed  ( I have used Kale or spinach too )

1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds

scant 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric

 

Toss the cashews with the sesame oil and sea salt and toast in a 350F oven for 5-10 minutes, or until golden, tossing once along the way. Remove and toast the seaweed for a few minutes. Allow it to cool and crisp, then crumble it. Combine the seaweed, sesame seeds, and cayenne in a mortar and pestle, and grind together. In a bowl (one that won’t stain) toss the cashews with the sesame spices and turmeric, really go for it. If you need to add a few drops of sesame oil, do so to moisten things up a bit. Taste and adjust the seasonings, to taste.

 

Makes 2 cups.

 

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Please Stop! Eating Kraft Mac and Cheese

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In Kraft’s “Easy Mac” they use straight up Monosodium Glutamate aka “MSG” to create addiction to processed foods early in a child’s life – they don’t even try to hide it under the name “yeast extract.”

This is really shocking and to think so many kids around the nation are popping these suckers into microwaves is so sad. Please inform your friends and family – this product shouldn’t exist! Not only does it have GMOs and dyes that can be contaminated with carcinogens, but this type of Mac & Cheese requires a big fat warning label in Europe that says “May Have an Adverse Effect on Activity and Attention in Children.”

This is one of the most unethical products I’ve ever seen – especially since Kraft knows how to use safer ingredients already in some of their other products.  Even Annie’s Homegrown Mac and Cheese was bought out by Kraft Foods, and now is not a natural product.

 

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Flu is in the Air! Prevention!

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Flu is in the Air!   Prevention!

In the midst of an especially tough flu season, here’s more bad news: Researchers say it may be possible to spread the virus simply by breathing.

Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces or inhaled droplets in the air ejected by an infected person’s coughs or sneezes.

But the new study finds coughs and sneezes may not be necessary to saturate the air with flu virus.

In the study, researchers analyzed air around the exhaled breath of 142 people with the flu.

“We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing,” said study author Dr. Donald Milton, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland.

“People with flu generate infectious aerosols [tiny droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time] even when they are not coughing, and especially during the first days of illness,” he explained in a university news release. “So when someone is coming down with influenza, they should go home and not remain in the workplace and infect others.”

In fact, nearly half (48 percent) of the airborne samples captured in the air around flu patients who were just breathing — not coughing or sneezing — contained detectable influenza virus, the researchers noted.

What’s more, when patients did sneeze, that didn’t seem to add much to the viral count in the samples, Milton’s group added.

Of course certain steps — “keeping surfaces clean, washing our hands all the time, and avoiding people who are coughing,” can still help lower your odds of catching influenza, said Sheryl Ehrman, dean of the College of Engineering at San Jose State University, in California.

Helpful Hint:  Use Tilex routinely, even to spray on your hands, since this is the only product out there that kills all germs, even HIV.

But if an infected person’s breathing spreads flu virus, even those precautions do “not provide complete protection from getting the flu,” she added.

That means that if you are unlucky enough to get the flu, “staying home and out of public spaces could make a difference,” Ehrman said.

Historical Tip:   At the time of Spanish Influenza in the States, people who wore gloves and a “muff”, which covered their mouths, did not come down with the flu.

The researchers believe their findings could help improve mathematical models of the risk of airborne flu transmission and could also be used to develop better public health flu prevention measures.

For example, improvements could be made to ventilation systems in places such as offices, school classrooms and subway cars, to reduce the risk of flu transmission, the team said.

HINT:  Turn off the heat!  Open up a window, even for just 30 minutes.  Take your pillow outside in the cold and that will freeze off germs.  Sometimes washing a pillow in hot hot water first does help, but washing alone will not kill influenza germs.   Yes, you can put them in the freezer for awhile, but don’t heat them up in the dryer afterwards. 

 

The United States is in the middle of a particularly nasty flu season, with nearly all states reporting high levels of severe flu, and hospitals swamped with cases. Experts blame the severity of this year’s flu season on a particularly virulent strain of flu and prolonged periods of very cold weather. People who have had this years flu shot are more at risk of becoming sick this year.

 

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Virus + Toxins = Cancer

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Cancer is still a mystery illness, meaning it is not fully understood by medical science and research. How is medical science and research so far from understanding the real causes of cancer? It’s partly because present day cancer research tends to focus on the issue of cancer once it has developed in the body. Rarely do researchers consider all the elements that had to come together to create this disease in the first place, and the few elements they have suggested, such as genetics, are not exactly accurate.

There are two major factors that must be present in your body to create the possibility of developing cancer. The first is toxins and the second is a virus (such as EBV) or multiple viruses in your system. Most viruses don’t actually want to hurt you, they usually just want to live forever in your body, but as they are fed toxins and damaging foods, they proliferate and can cause a multitude of illnesses, including various cancers.

When toxins are present in your body, any virus you may have has food to feed on. A virologist may tell you that viruses do not eat anything, but this is incorrect. Without the fuel they thrive off, like toxins, certain foods and adrenaline, viruses are not able to proliferate. If you have toxins in your system, but do not have a virus, you do not have to worry about developing the majority of cancers (asbestos is one exception as someone can develop cancer from exposure to it without having a virus). If you do have a virus in your system, and you rid toxins you of your body, you don’t have to worry either. You can protect yourself from cancers. Having said that, these harmful substances can still cause other unpleasant symptoms and conditions to arise.

You may not think you have been exposed to too many toxins during this lifetime, but you must remember that you can also inherit toxins. Heavy metals from a thousand years ago can be passed to you through your family line, and DDT from generations ago can be inherited as well. This is not passed down via your genes, but actually occurs during pregnancy itself and can affect the egg. It is critical to be aware of the fact that we are passing down more chemicals and toxins than ever before in history and medical science and research usually wont admit to this.

If you have both toxins and a virus in your system, know that there are ways to bring down both your toxin load and viral load, so that you can help avoid the possibility of developing cancer. On the other hand, if you have both factors present in your system and toxins continue to accumulate in different areas of the body, the virus may proliferate and lead to cancer in the future.

There are endless variations and combinations within these two groups (viruses and toxins) that lead to the countless cancer diagnoses. Someone may have a few heavy metals, some pesticides and solvents, a little bit of radiation and one strain of a particular virus.  Viruses today have many strains, not just one like medical science and research admits. For example, Epstein-Barr virus has more than 60 varieties and there are 31 varieties of shingles, and these numbers are increasing. Another person may have carpet chemicals lingering in their system, pesticides, and a completely different mutated virus. The kind of virus or viruses and the type and quantity of toxins in the system will look different for each person suffering with cancer. Even if you don’t experience a host of negative viral symptoms, you may still have a virus in your body that can lead to cancer in the future. Some people may get Epstein-Barr-related mononucleosis for a brief period as a child, but never develop any other symptoms or conditions as an adult that may lead them to believe they have viral issues. However, these people can still have a virus in their system and develop cancer later on depending on their toxin load and particular life circumstances.

I’ve known some people who have smoked for fifty years and never developed cancer. In these cases, the people had toxins in their system from smoking, but did not have a virus, the second factor, which contributes to the development of cancer. However, other health issues aside from cancer can arise from smoking. Another person who wasn’t a smoker may have breathed in a lot of hairspray throughout his or her life, have a virus in his or her body and develop lung cancer at some point. Someone else may never use hairspray, never smoke a day in his or her life, and may still develop cancer because of exposure to toxins from other sources and a virus within his or her system. Everyone’s body is different. Everybody has different toxins, different viruses, and each person who develops cancer develops it because of the unique makeup of these two factors in the person’s body. Fortunately, we have the power to protect ourselves. We are not imprisoned by our genetics because it’s not true that genetics determine whether we will have cancer- despite this being the common belief in medical communities today.

Epstein-Barr Virus

As I said, there are more than sixty different varieties of Epstein-Barr. No one knew about these sixty strains before I brought that information to light. Just seven years ago, I was talking with a chemist, biologist, and immunologist about a client, and they were shocked to hear about the various Epstein-Barr mutations. Today, more people are open to that idea, which some have been trying to make known for decades. If you have Epstein-Barr, it does not mean you are destined to develop cancer. Epstein-Barr can actually be a relatively docile virus that doesn’t have to lead to cancer, but that can change if the virus is constantly given foods that fortify and strengthen it. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help combat cancer if it does become an issue.

Epstein-Barr Cancers

If you are suffering with cancer, you may be unknowingly battling a virus and harboring a lot of toxins. I do believe that all prostate cancer is related to an Epstein-Barr virus, as well as any leukemia. Some leukemias are partly caused by heavy metals in the system, but the virus component is due to an Epstein-Barr strain. A child with leukemia usually has both heavy metals, such as extremely high levels of mercury, and a variety of Epstein-Barr, typically in its mononucleosis phase.

Any kind of carcinoma is a variety of Epstein-Barr. While there are a few asbestos-related lung cancers, the majority of lung cancers are related to Epstein-Barr. Any thyroid or liver cancer is Epstein-Barr, and some brain cancers are Epstein-Barr as well. Epstein-Barr can also create pancreatic cancer. The fact that breast cancers are connected to Epstein-Barr is just now starting to be discussed, but this topic was actually address decades ago.

Viral cancer cells typically teach human cancer cells which food sources to use as fuel. With this information, mutated human cells in a tumor go after particular foods and can cause a tumor to continue to increase in size. The Epstein-Barr virus and any mutated human cells it may be influencing tend to love eggs and dairy products.

My wish is that you find hope in the truth shared here. You don’t have to be a victim to the misinformation around genetics that suggests that illness will come one day no matter what and the rug is pulled out from underneath you. Knowing the truth gives you freedom and control over your health so you can be empowered to move forward with confidence. If you are suffering with a herpetic virus, such as Epstein-Barr, and want to avoid developing cancer in the future, patience and persistence with the correct healing protocol can help bring down your viral and toxic load and offer protection for your future self. You can still have a virus and not get cancer and you can still have toxins and not get cancer. Lowering your toxins and/or viral load are the two opportunities to help yourself heal.

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