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Many people will expect this series to be about normal, prescription diabetes medications, but these do not treat the root causes. So, instead, the natural foods and herbs which send accurate messages of support and positive-change are preferable for diabetics to use, along with regular meds (if you and your doctor think this is best). I have always used the natural medicines at hand: food in good ratios and choices, movement, clean air, pure water and sunlight, alieviating stress by viewing Nature and other natural methods; all these are the tools of real Health.

I have been introducing you to 10 importqant herbs which can positively impact healing your diabetes: turmeric, garlic, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, chili pepper, cinnamon, ginger, basil and lavender. Turmeric is a member of the same botanical family as ginger is. Both are ant-inflammatories, and diabetes has an inflammatory component.

Dr, Mercola lauds turmeric and it is well-respected in the ancient health system of India, Ayurveda, humanity’s first formal system of medicine. You can buy turmeric on its own, but most of you will have had it when you use curry powder; it colors it naturally, and although it does not have the wonderful flavor of ginger, it’s neutral and is really a powerful food ally and healer.

In a recent email, Dr. Mercola said:

‘What makes turmeric so sought after and even revered by those who use it? Well, not only is turmeric a popular spice, but it has also become one of the most thoroughly studied nutrients for Health. Turmeric and its active compound curcumin affect more than 700 genes and 100 different pathways inside each of your cells. (Em: this is a potent example of epigenetics at work.)

What that means for you is this  is turmeric supports a normal immune response, healthy joints and bones, optimal digestion, blood and liver functions, and so much more. Liver health is critical for diabetics, as it is in the liver that the opposing hormone, which counters insulin excess, glycogen, is made and stored.

The turmeric rhizome also acts as an adaptogen – which is a substance which modifies your stress response – bringing it “down” if you are too anxious, and raising your response if you are lethargic or out-of-energy.

Turmeric is also a phenomenal antioxidant which helps your body defend against free radicals, providing support for your eyes, skin, and and all your cells. ‘

So, start investigating ways to add either curry powder or just turmeric to your recipes. Alone, turmeric doesn’t have a hot, spicy flavor (it can be bitter if using too much)(I’d say no more than 1 Tablespoon for a large soup-pot of food, at least until you know your tolerance for its flavor).  Also know that its rich color does stain! Curry powders do come in mild to hot. You can even start to make your own mix, as most Indian home-cooks do. It’s not hard!

If you suffer from GERD (Gastric Esophogeal Reflux Disease) or if you take Warfarin or Coumadin, ask your doctor about guidelines for amounts to use. If you are on anti-depressants, realize that turmeric does affect neuro-transmitters like serotonin and noradrenalin in positive ways, so you may not need as much medication with regular turmeric use; discuss this with your physician.

If you are just using normal food amounts, rather than curcumin supplements, the spice should be safe during pregnancy and probably is fine for the conditions just mentioned, too.

Just make sure that you start incorporating this wonderful food into your life.

Best to all — Em

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For some healthy recipe ideas, see these at Eating Well.

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As “Indian Summer” brings its reprise, here are some herbal recipes for beating-the-heat, and they are helpful alternatives for diabetics. Many herbs are effective in ameliorating symptoms and causes for diabetic reactions. This series has been highlighting some of the best. The first recipe helps to make ice-cream just a bit more useful — as the Lavender is a stress-reducer. ===========================================================================================

MURPHY’S LAVENDER AND WHITE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

2T lavender flowers 500ml spring or filtered water
1T liquid organic honey
65 g sugar [[Em: use organic brown sugar and I've halved it already, to start]]
5 organic egg yolks
200 ml organic milk [NOT ultra-pasteurized]
80 g white chocolate [dark chocolate is far healthier, so consider it]
240 ml organic cream
1/4 teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract
(stevia, as needed)

___   Cook the lavender flowers in the water over a low heat until the water reduces to 1/10th of the original volume. This makes an infusion. Remove from the heat and strain. Stir in the honey and set aside, covered.
___   Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, over water.
___   Beat the sugar and egg yolks together just until pale yellow. Meanwhile …
___   Bring the milk to a low simmer, and watch it the whole time. If you have one, using a cast-iron plate for the burner distributes the heat better and protects from hot-spots which can burn the milk.
___   Remove the milk from the heat and beat the milk into the egg and sugar mixture in a slow stream. Pour the mixture back into the pot and place over low heat. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. But, at this temperature, you have not got a pasteurized egg mix.

To pasteurize the eggs: heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, and definitely keep stirring! Don’t over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs! Immediately remove from the heat, and then cover and place in the freezer to cool slightly, as the custard must still be warm to mix with the chocolate — so aim for about 70C.

___   The chocolate and the custard must both be warm when you mix them so they emulsify well. If not, the chocolate will clump at first when you add the liquid, but if you keep adding liquid and stirring, it will come smooth. Add only small amounts each time.  It is now safe to taste the product and add stevia, if needed.

___   Allow to cool, then mix in the vanilla and strained lavender water.
___   Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume; it should have soft peaks. Don’t over-whip! Next, fold the cream into the custard using a gentle motion to stir (with a vertical, slicing, circular motion).
___   Taste the cream-base now, again,  and adjust with stevia and vanilla.
___   Freeze using a home ice cream machine, or cover and place in a shallow tray or cake pan  in the freezer, stirring every few hours to break up the ice crystals (my father used to make ice-cream this way 60 years ago!).

If you’re using a home ice cream machine, then transfer the mixture to a freezer-proof covered container when the ice cream has just achieved a semi-solid consistency (around 15 minutes). Place it back in the freezer, and let it continue to freeze until it is solid. Clean your machine — it did its job.

Notes: The pot in which you melt the chocolate must be completely dry or the chocolate can clump. Vanilla essences vary, so make sure you taste the custard and are happy with the flavor before you freeze it! =====================================================================================================
Next, an effective diabetic-friendly beverage to slake your thirst effectively, especially in the hot dog-days of Summer. It’s a traditional American drink, now making its way around the world. When the farmers were bringing in the harvest under the hot American sun in the early 1800s, they couldn’t drink the copious amounts of water they needed not to become dehydrated as that amount would have bloated their stomachs and made it uncomfortable to work … and springs were sometimes far away, too.

So, building on a much older tradition (from approx. the 1600s), a new version of the Oxymel drink from Medieval times. The new drink was called “Haymaker’s Punch” and also, later, “Switchel“.

As the hay is about to be brought in during the next few weeks, this is the perfect time for this refreshing, satisfying Summer drink!

Not only will the apple cider vinegar help with blood-sugar control (as shown in many studies), but it will help with weight-loss and purportedly also help with better sleep and more comfortable GI tract.

The maple is actually a good sweetener for diabetics, if in small portions. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and that’s important for diabetics, too.

Haymaker’s Punch is a healthy beverage, especially in comparison to modern commercial beverages.

Here are a couple of recipes and I may share more next week. The essential ingredients are:
___   Bragg’s or Spectrum’s organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother of vinegar). Only use these brands, not Heinz etc.,
___   filtered or spring water, never tap water
___   organic honey or organic Grade B maple syrup
___   organic blackstrap molasses (in some recipes)
___   fresh, grated ginger

======================================================================= DAVE’S PORTLAND SWITCHEL WITH STEVIA

2 C filtered or spring water, chilled
1 T Bragg’ apple cider vinegar
1/4 t stevia extract ( PureVia or TrueVia) **
1/8 t ground ginger*

For a 5-cup thermos bottle, use about 3 T ACV, 3/4 t stevia, and 3/8 t dry ginger. Then add chilled, filtered water to the top.

Coconut vinegar has got an amazing flavor, and this is a healthy experiment:
3 T coconut vinegar (I think Whole Foods carries it)
3/4 t stevia powder
3/8 t ground ginger *
1/8 t ground cinnamon
all in a 5-cup thermos bottle, then fill to the top with chilled, filtered water

Dave says “The hint of cinnamon really perked up this drink. It’s now sort of like drinking a spiced vanilla cookie with a slightly tangy spark”.

* Food.com says 1/8 teaspoon of powdered ginger is equal to about 1 Tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger, but it notes that “the flavor of ground ginger can be significantly different from fresh”. If using fresh ginger, slice it thinly or grate it. Put into about 4 cups of water and bring to simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and squeeze out the solids (you can still use them in cookies).

** If you are trying liquid stevia, then use 1 dropperful per 10 – 12 fl.oz of water and per 1T apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar. ============================================================== Best to all — Em

REFERENCE: to access more of the series: Diabetic Herbs The extra page links to the whole series are on that page.

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With the radiation jeopardy in Japan looming on the horizon and poised to spread into our air, water and soil, I want to share 2 emails and an article I received to help people make educated choices, for themselves and most importantly, for their children, who are even more at risk because of their much more active thyroids.

The two scientists who sent the information are:  Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD and Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD, representing their colleague and supplement formulator Dr. Isaac Eliaz, PhD. at Advanced Bionutritionals in Northern California. And the recipes are from Jim Healthy at http://MyHealingKitchen.com

Dr. Fuchs discusses some research to show an individual’s Environmental Toxic Load and how that applies to Diabetes. She informs us:  ‘with an epidemic of diabetes in America, scientists now believe they have found out (one) of the reasons why’.

I think this hearkens back to what I’ve mentioned about Dr. Vickery‘s theories in the past fortnight. When our bodies are NOT properly nourished, they cannot DO the detox they are meant to do and are normally capable of doing. (Look for those articles in the sidebar … and later, in the archive.)

Dr. Fuchs reports: scientists tested 2,016 Americans for the presence of 6 toxins known as POPs (persistent organic pollutants). The researchers then compared the levels of these 6 toxins in the participants’ bodies to their history of blood sugar problems and diabetes.

This is what they discovered:  the people with the highest levels of these 6 toxins were 38 times more likely to have diabetes compared to the people with the lowest levels!

These toxins can destroy the beta cells in your pancreas (which produce your insulin, the hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels).

These toxins can also interfere with the cell receptors that carry glucose  to your muscle and fat cells. And the toxins can limit your cell receptors’ ability to use insulin. When your cells have a hard time accepting and using insulin, then your blood sugar rises, automatically.

Dr. Vickery’s protocol is designed to help you overcome this illness and debilitation body-wide cycle, in a total-Health aiming process using Platinum Plus and his seaweed-based supplement. These will build your body’s Health, not just help you to effectively detox. See those supplements at supernutrient.com .

Whereas, Dr. Fuchs’ suggestion will deal just with the immediate problem, radiation exposure and generalized detox.

Dr. Fuchs informs us that the good news is, PectaSol® Chelation Complex by Advanced Bionutritionals can help you safely and easily eliminate these dangerous environmental toxins from your body before they can destroy your health.

The heavy metals  everyone talks about most are mercury, lead and aluminum. But, now, when we talk about “heavy metal toxicity” we must include uranium — the heaviest heavy metal there is — and its spewing out of those Japanese nuclear power plants along with Iodine 131, a dangerous isotope of Iodine instead of the healthy Iodine form our body needs.

The best solution she has found to remove uranium is an oral chelation product made from modified citrus pectin and sodium alginate: Pectasol Chelation Complex. The specific pectin in this formula is the only one studies show to effectively bind to heavy metals and remove them. The sodium alginate comes from brown seaweed, long shown to bind to toxins in the intestines.

This works for environmental exposure and for those undergoing radiation treatments for cancer.

Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD adds that potassium iodide, which the media are discussing as preventative, is NOT good enough and we’ll talk more about why next time. And, for heaven’s sake, DON”T think that iodized table salt is going to protect you. It won’t. It doesn’t have enough Iodine in it, and your blood pressure will go up eating it more than usual.

There are MUCH better food sources of Iodine. I will talk about some of them at the end of the article, but we’ll finish the pectin discussion, as it will take time to order the supplement. Then, once you have the supermarket list, from the foods that I mention below, you can buy those foods, start using them, and be protected better,  TODAY!

Back to pectin — during the Chernobyl disaster in Russia, about 25 years ago, they used pectin to reduce radioactive radiation with great success. In exposed children, (the people most at-risk),  body radioactivity among children with elevated readings was reduced by over 50%.

And the Pectin Formula also removes any traces of mercury from fish and from old dental amalgams (“silver” fillings), which also poison us.

Please understand, that if you’re an average American between the ages of 58 and 92, new research shows your body is polluted with 700 synthetic chemicals as well as heavy metals like mercury, lead and arsenic.

And, if you are like me, trying to eat organic etc., for the past 40 years, you may still not have dodged-the-bullet. As Dr. Fuchs relates: Charlotte Brody had eaten organically for 20 years — BUT:

“Charlotte volunteered to have her blood tested for the presence of 210 different toxic chemicals as part of a recent scientific study, she thought her blood would be relatively clean —

Charlotte was shocked when scientists at Mount Sinai Medical Center discovered 85 different chemicals in her blood including more than two dozen types of PCBs, seven dioxins, and a banned household insecticide. “I’m proof that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t shield you,” she said after seeing the results.

Unfortunately, Charlotte’s story isn’t unique. Every person tested by Mount Sinai Medical Center in the same study was contaminated with an average of 91 chemicals each.

The evidence is clear: everyone, regardless of their lifestyle, needs to detox their body.”

Every time we eat in a restaurant or at a friend’s home, we don’t know the source of the food. Many towns have water that is not safe enough. When you were a child, you were exposed to chemical cleaners and water pipes at school etc., and meals there sourced from who-knows-where that may not have been what was best. And, don’t forget lead paint in homes, especially if you are a baby-boomer.

Just breathing the air and being stuck in “traffic” will bring in pollutants our bodies were never meant to deal with! No-one is immune. Period.

Most citrus pectin is composed of large long-chain carbohydrate molecules which are too big for your body to digest, so the pectin from the inner peels of citrus fruits simply passes through your body without binding to toxins.

The good news is, her friend and colleague Dr. Isaac Eliaz has found a way to modify citrus pectin.  By changing the size of the pectin molecules, now it becomes very easy for your body to digest.

First he broke down large citrus pectin molecules into smaller, easily absorbed pieces, while also changing the pH of the pectin molecule to make it easier for the molecule to bind to heavy metals, especially in the low-pH environment of your stomach.

The result is a patented form of modified citrus pectin called PectaSol®.  which is SO powerful, that it can trap and remove significant amounts of toxins in as little as 24 hours!

In addition to Dr. Eliaz’ patented citrus pectin, PectaSol® Chelation Complex also contains a second, natural chelating substance called alginate (from seaweed) (it’s usually in ice-cream, too).  Extensive studies at McGill University in Montreal show that alginates help prevent your body from absorbing lead, cadmium and other toxic metals.

The alginates in PectaSol® Chelation Complex bind to the toxins in your food right in the digestive tract so the toxins are eliminated before they even enter your blood stream or your tissues.

This specific pectin and these alginates were the only ones used in successful human clinical trials. This formula dropped their body levels of toxic metals by a whopping 74% on average.

Don’t just go grab pectin off the health store shelves. Go to the Advanced Bionutritionals site and see these products.

For the immediate, first-response foods to start building your body’s ability to neutralize these radiation isotopes showing up in our air, soil and water now, buy and use the following foods and the first 2 do most of the best work:  seaweed, miso (a savory Japanese fermented soybean paste) and whole soybeans (edamame)(less effective).

Japanese studies show miso strengthens people’s resistance to radiation poisoning by up to five times, and after all, the Japanese already have the most experience with radiation poisoning after America dropped 2 atomic bombs on them at the end of World War 2.

Much less effective sources of iodine, but still worth using are:  asparagus, garlic, sesame seeds, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard and turnip greens. Read more of my Iodine and seaweed articles in the Title Archive, on the upper navigation bar.

If you think you’ll have a hard time introducing seaweed to your family, just do it! You’re helping to save their lives. Hide it or serve it openly. It’s delicious and so don’t let them them intimidate you.

Seaweed comes in simple forms like at this link, Maine Sea Seasonings. They have kelp, nori and dulse, which are in shakers, which you can buy online or in good health stores (Whole Foods only sells the kelp sprinkles). You’ll never know it’s in the recipe, but all-the-while it’s bringing Health.

In fact, I just put MSS kelp sprinkles into my little grandson’s baby yoghurt last Tuesday (the first day the radiation was supposed to reach West Coast America), and he looked up at me detecting the slight difference in texture (until the kelp would have softened), but he “understood” it WAS good for him, and immediately ate it all. His body told him it was good for him; he listened.

You and your children have to over-come any false messages born of poor food choice or ignorance in the past. These are the foods you need to NOURISH yourself!

And the Iodine in seaweed is not effected by cooking, so you can put it in soups, stews etc., too.

By the way, “Brava!” to my daughter, who has often been resistant (as an adult) to the “health food” she had her whole childhood, but she was giving my 22 month old grandson and herself a green protein drink from Bolthouse Farms, which they both loved. I think it was called Green Goodness. It had blue-green algae, spirulina, dulse,  chorella, jerusalem artichoke (very good sweetener for diabetics), and lots of other delicious veggies and fruits like: broccoli (you can’t taste it), barley grass, apple, pineapple, mango puree, banana puree and kiwi juice. My grandson came back for seconds and even thirds.  It tasted absolutely delicious.

That juice would be a good choice too, in these circumstances. It’s available at Walmart — dare I say it! and for much less money — and many other markets. I may actually have to go to Walmart and buy this, if the price really stays low there. Yeah, I know, I really don’t want to help Walmart, and this would be only the second time I have bought from them, but Health comes first, and if I can buy twice as much of this particular Bolthouse juice, for the same money, then I will.

Annie Chun makes a seaweed snack and you’ll find others at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other good health stores, but eating the seaweed directly will give you MUCH more of what you are really eating it for.

Use the following link to get only organic seaweeds! Eden brand is the best sourced. You can get them at good markets and from their site.

For recipes which won the taste test for American palates, Jim Healthy at MyHealingKitchen shares the following recipes:

___ I’m drinking this delicious Miso-Ginger beverage as I write this — Jim Healthy’s recipe uses savory miso: first, fill a quart jar (or thermos) with hot water, add 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger (or minimum 1t dry ginger) with 1 tablespoon of miso (soy-based) (I am not sure if the barley-based will work the same), and enjoy it from a thermal bottle for hours. If you add a bit of kelp, or kelp sprinkles, call it a soup, and you’ve got twice the protection, as long as you eat the seaweed.

___ Nori-Wrapped Crab Rolls with Wasabi and Roasted Red Pepper or any other sushi recipe which contains seaweed
___ Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Jim continues: “Radiation causes cancer by creating free radicals molecules that damage DNA. So it makes sense to eat more foods and supplements that are rich in antioxidants. “

NOTE: I am NOT including the cruciferous brassica foods: cabbage, cauliflower, mustard greens and more as they are also goiterogens, which impact your thyroid’s ability to function. When this gland is already under siege, I am NOT going to be eating these otherwise nutritious foods for awhile.

For Vitamin C, I suggest: any citrus fruit, tomatoes, kiwi, berries, cherries, cucumber, garlic, kale, onion, parsley, organic papaya, persimmon, fresh pineapple, potato with skin, red bell pepper, organic rosehips, watercress, spirulina and sprouts!

Vitamin E foods to choose: sunflower seeds, organic, non-irradiated almonds (you can only buy these online at nutz.com), olives and spinach, avocado, organic barley or barley grass, organic Brazil nuts, carrot, organic extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil, brown rice.

For selenium, a mineral needed by diabetics and also part of the detox process, use: organic Brazil nuts, wild salmon, non-farmed, clean-sourced shrimp and organic turkey. All of these are cancer-blocking heavyweights. Let your eyes guide you: think Rainbow. The brightly-colored, fresh, raw plant foods tend to be antioxidant treasures.

You also should consume more organic brown rice, too. It is rich in fiber, phosphorus, antioxidants and selenium, all of which help escort toxins from your body.

And, Jim says, ” don’t forget herbal aid — Spanish researchers published research in the British Journal of Radiology demonstrating that nothing fights the free radicals created by radiation like fresh rosemary. Since rosemary’s essential antioxidants are fat-soluble, they provide critical protection in areas water-based antioxidants can’t reach.”

Other supplements that should be protective against radiation damage are Vitamin D (sunlight, seeds, dandelion greens, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, carrot and garlic) and Vitamin K (sprouts, carrot, cayenne pepper, ginger, grains, deep leafy green vegetables, kelp, oats, peas, potato with skin, soybeans, strawberries). Both of these Vitamins support cell “apoptosis”, which is the programmed cell-death of those tissues which accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes). Vitamin D also supports DNA repair and is critical for proper function of your immune system.

And, I encourage you to help raise money for Relief Efforts in Japan! Please do NOT give money to the American Red Cross (I have LOTS of reasons to say this). Instead, please support Nobel Peace Prize recipients Doctors Without Borders or Mercy Corps who are effectively and selflessly delivering medical aid to the Japanese people.

More next week on radiation and detox.

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My thanks to Dr. Rowen and to Dr. Fuchs for all the help as their education is invaluable, and to Jim, whose recipes are always healthy and tasty.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information”! (TM)

Thanksgiving is usually respected as a “time-out.” It’s a break from the distractions, delusions and crassness which prevent us from remembering that everything we have in this life –  every single breath, every ounce of health and every person we love — is a pure Gift.

Some of us even allow ourselves to be humbled a bit by how good we have it. How can we not bow our heads in Gratitude? Sometimes all I can do is shed a tear, because there just are no words to describe how much I appreciate those I have in my life and the talents and gifts I was given to use well. I try.

And all the financial turmoil, which we think of as travail, will help Americans and other Westerners understand and be more empathetic to those on the planet who still have FAR LESS than even the poorest among us has. In the blather of “our” nation’s financial turmoil, it is incomprehensible, but true, our “poor” are wealthier than most of the rest of the world is in their “normal” lives. All these people need help to better lives — those suffering at home and abroad. Don’t be stingy, if you have resources, please share.

This year a couple of things troubled me. I think people have to stand-up for principles. So, I’m spending part of my Thanksgiving on this Food for Thought.

A few weeks ago on November 11, in Canada, there was a hue and cry when retailer Eddie Bauer (an American company) had the audacity to tarnish Remembrance Day in an attempt to “commercialize” it with a “holiday sale”.  I hope they learned their lesson. The day is not for commercial interests; it’s for remembering those who died to help keep us free.

Are Americans going to be principleD or the usual under-thinking herd? Today, is the first Thanksgiving I can remember when commercial interests (Sears, K-Mart and WalMart, for sure) decided to open stores from around 5AM – noon so people could come “buy”. Instead of being together, helping to cook a family meal and spend time with one another, commercial interests are invading — for the good of THEIR finances.

They have made their workers give up their holiday or chance to have anything other than a haphazard celebration, with little time to dwell on Gratitude. Shame on them!

We’ve always understood that a few gasoline stations and a few supermarkets stayed open, and we hoped that they worked things out fairly for their staff, but this widening commercialism needs to be criticized heavily, and stopped in its tracks, economy or no economy!

It is especially egregious if the worker has to get up again on Black Friday morning and be at work at 2 am for the store to open at an insane 3am (that’s the earliest ad I saw). Ridiculous. Unsafe. Crass. And, for any consumer taking the carrot — shame on you too.

Life is not about THINGS! It is not important if you are “saving” money to bring more Things into your life or others lives. What is important is sharing yourself and making your money do Good in the world for others more desperate than you are. And, to spend your mind’s capital on THINKING how to make a better world and then acting on your ideas.

Excess is rampant in our society, except for the items that really count. Do we ever have an excess of Love? Do we have an excess of Caring? Do we have an excess of Gratitude. I think not.

What our minds dwell on, become actions or inactions, and we become the sum of that. We need quiet time to contemplate a course through Life, and time to make adjustments when necessary. Make sure you make that time. Society is not giving it to us. We must choose to find it and guard that time.

If you are under great stress, you need Your Plan in place. So start. Respect your needs. Don’t live in limbo or be tossed in the storms of others making without any choices.

So, if you are alone today, use the day well for this project. If you are with family, enjoy and maybe even see how you can support one another in these tumultuous times by a larger family Plan as well as your own.

Be sure to eat moderately for this and the successive Holidays between now and the end of the year.

And, if you are one of the diabetics who get tough news in this holiday season, especially the dreaded, silent pancreatic cancer diagnosis, I pass along some news from Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD.

Dr. Rowen’s news is particularly poignant for me, as a good friend died of pancreatic cancer about 6 years ago, and my husband and I often spent some of the holidays with her and her husband (my husband’s best university friend) for decades.

I hope you do not need this information, but Carolyn had the best care in the world (Stanford Medical School) where she was on staff, for decades, and yet, she did not have the open-minded, full-choice therapies like this one, below, and several more I know about.

A diabetic’s pancreas is hard-pressed to keep up with excessive acidic foods and drinks during the holidays. The pancreas’ job is to produce “alkaline buffers”. We can help this over-worked organ. Everyone needs to, whether diabetic or not.

Here’s Dr. Rowen’s news:

There’s a nutrient/drug combination that cures Pancreatic Cancer, which is one of the hardest cancers to cure. Traditional oncologists really have nothing to offer to treat it. (In fact, the honest ones won’t even treat you because they know they have nothing in their arsenal that will work.)

But now I know “a very simple treatment on terminal pancreatic cancer that’s just astounding”.

Case reports for 3 patients with stage-4 pancreatic cancer, involving spread to the liver or beyond, received intravenous alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and low-dose Naltrexone. Their cancers disappeared and did not return, even on long-term follow-up.

Why it works: ALA reduces oxidative stress from natural metabolism and from free-radicals. It stabilizes NF(k)B, a potent inducer of inflammation*. It encourages apoptosis in cancer cells (cell suicide) and it discourages their proliferation.   * Em: the pH acidity in tissues causes inflammation — these 2 states are the root-cause of all disease.

Naltrexone is a “narcotic antagonist”, and when you take low doses (4.5 mg at bedtime), it blocks your production of endorphins (your own self-made narcotics — Em: like the “runner’s high”). When the naltrexone wears off, your brain responds by making an incredible explosion of endorphins.

“These molecules directly talk with your immune cells.” When this happens, your brain and immune system actually become more integrated, like a greater, unified organ. This activation of your immune system may enable it to overcome the defenses cancer puts up.

Dr. Rowen says this is a very easy to do treatment that’s “quite safe”; show the protocol to any alternative physician or holistic physician. It’s not going to help everyone; no cure does that. But it sure beats the chemotherapy and radiation “poisons the conventional pundits will pump into you.”

“The dose of Naltrexone is only 4.5 mg” and it is at bedtime. Any compounding pharmacy can make it for your doctor (Em: I just saw a sign at my local Walgreen’s saying they could compound medicines; I am not sure if all branches do).  “The dose of the intravenous ALA starts at 100 mg per treatment and works up to 600 mg if well tolerated. And you have to do it just twice weekly.” Thanks, Dr. Rowen!

And, I suggest that you can also read about Dr. William D. Kelley, DDS who cured himself of Pancreatic Stage 5 cancer about 60 years ago (his protocol is online) (he is the one who found all the different Metabolic Types — to have his work stolen by his lab-tech son-in-law) and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD – Park Avenue, NYC (who was trained by Dr. Kelley and who has expanded on Dr. Kelley’s protocol); learn more at Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD.

Some more background for why this Kelley-Gonzalez alternative medicine protocol successfully treats pancreatic cancer: Dr. Jeffrey Dach, MD

Hopefully, you will always be able to be Thankful for not needing this information, but I think it is important to know about, and I am Thankful for the brave doctors out there who are insisting on cure, not cover-up, and not slash-and-burn “medicine” which favors Big Pharma, and which cost Carolyn her life. My gift, as a legacy for Carolyn, is to give you this better information.

Try to stay pH alkaline everyday. This will also help your pancreas need to produce less alkaline buffers, in addition to making insulin. Help your pancreas heal in every way you can.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

I can’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving in one week and Hanukkah begins December 1. That has really caught me off-guard. I already have a husband who’s ill with some kind of influenza, it seems, and I am trying to get him on-the-mend. Everything is always in flux; now it’s even more so. What to do? How can diabetics weather the peaks and valleys and stresses of this spate of seasonal celebrations?

I do it by being organized, which is why it’s a little more scary this year. Another thing I do is trust to my experience, which I will definitely need this year. One more tip, is that I am always paying attention and gathering through the year. I never wait until just Holiday Time.

So, I took my husband to the clinic 2 days ago and will bring him back today.  Hopefully, the physician will see some progress, as we really want to avoid him getting pneumonia from the grungy, small cough that appeared 2 weeks ago, just after he got his flu shot.  It has just slowly progressed to show some lung changes on Wednesday’s  x-ray. So, yesterday, I made him a mighty healing soup.

I am including the recipe here, as I do not want you to get ill if you stress or obsess over the holidays. My soup recipe will help give your immune system the ammunition it needs to kick into high-gear.

My husband is not diabetic, but has other health issues which I have to be careful of, too, which share diabetics’ usual “concerns”.

As Hippocrates said, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine“. That’s a treatment your body knows how to use and you have to be knowledgeable these days or get counsel. I have been taught by family experience and my own use of Food As Cure has been for multiple decades. Now that I am without medical insurance, it’s even more critical knowledge.

One consistent place to find a tradition of using Food As Cure, is in the Chinese Culture. You will be able to find many recipes, some of which may have been used as food cures for thousands of years. I have many Chinese Food Cure books on my shelves, and hopefully you have some family traditions, too.

Many of the things called “old wives tales” in the past are being shown to have a solid basis when science catches up. The grandmothers and mothers of the past were the Healers, and they were good at observing what worked. Even what we think of now as “witchcraft” and “herbalism” were female scientific endeavors which males either didn’t understand or didn’t like handing over any Power to a woman. That’s true, let’s face it.

But, now, it is everyone’s responsibility to be a Healer — and that’s especially true when American medicine and much of western medicine is going in the wrong direction, becoming a spineless shill for Big Pharma. If you can find a more holistic physician, you are lucky.

I’ll be suspending my series about a few of the good doctors out there while we talk about the holidays, and I may resume the series sometime on the New Year. I will return to a couple of the first few physicians, too, Dr. Timothy Harlan, MD, especially, who is just starting to produce a TV series, so he may get wider exposure as “Dr. Gourmet”.

Pay attention to whom you get counsel from, but be proactive and DO learn what you need to know.

Now, on to today’s recipe.

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Em’s Mighty Healing Soup

For 4 servings — in a large soup pot, combine:

1 1/2 cartons of free-range, organic chicken broth – about 1 1/2 quarts

1 medium sweet potato, scrubbed, peeled, diced in 1/2″ slices

1 medium Yukon Gold potato, scrubbed well with peel on, 1/2″ dice

3 large beet leaves and stems, shredded, then diced 1/2″ lengths

about 1/2t  each of dried: garlic powder*, turmeric, oregano, thyme

1/4 C Turkish red lentils, rinsed

1 large piece of kombu seaweed (Eden brand)

1 large piece of Nori seaweed, (Eden Brand)

Add these and bring to the boil, then immediately reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

Then add:

1/2 C well washed organic quinoa

(1)  20+ ounce can organic diced tomatoes (Muir Glen Brand^)

Cook another 10-15 minutes once the pot has returned to heat. You may have to turn it up to boil again and immediately return it then to a good simmer.

Because I kept the heat low for most of the time, I did not need to stand and stir the soup. In fact, I just kept an eye on it while I did more things in the kitchen.

At the end, place the following in a bowl:

about 1 t – 2t of organic extra-virgin olive oil (bowl size determines how much to use)

same amount of Organic, apple cider vinegar with the “mother” enzymes (Eden or Bragg’s or Spectrum Brand)

a tiny pinch of Celtic Sea Salt

splash of lemon juice

about 1/4t Kelp Granules (Maine Sea Vegetables Brand)

Pour in the desired amount of soup and enjoy!

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* I will be explaining why I use each ingredient, and I want to say that I will also be adding fresh garlic cloves next time, and I had wanted to add finely diced fresh onion as garnish, but had used my last one! Onions provide quercetin, an important factor.

If you take coumadin or warfarin or another blood thinner, then pay attention as seaweed will affect your numbers. Seaweed is Nature’s blood thinner. You will need less medicine if you use seaweed regularly. See my previous articles about Seaweed, and Iodine, in the Titles Archive, above.

Many of the ingredients that you can’t find in your local stores, especially if you live outside the United States, you can buy at the companies’ websites.

___ Free-range Organic Chicken Broth – is the best form of “Jewish penicillin”. Science has found many immune-stimulating or modulating substances in chicken soup — as Jewish Mamas have always known!

___   organic sweet potato - this is a very alkaline pH food which will help to “neutralize” some of the pH acidic tissues which is where pathogens hide. Viruses and bacteria require an acidic pH environment to live. If you remain pH alkaline, you are not a host. Sweet potatoes also have good fiber to try to help the gut keep moving even though you may not be physically active as much, if unwell. They are filled with pro-Vitamin A phytosterols which help your body to fight (and protect your eyes).

___   organic Yukon Gold Potato (or white potato) - again, another pH alkaline food, if eaten with the skin and there’s actually a fair amount of Vitamin C in them, too.

___   organic beet greens - these dark green leafies have lots of Vitamin B’s to help us handle stress, which being ill certainly is. They also have lots of Vitamin A which is being covered up by their dark color. I was also hoping that there’s still naturally-occurring nitrates in the leaves and stems, not just the beet bulb. Natural nitrates help to produce nitrous oxide, needed to dilate your vascular system which means more oxygen can be brought deeply into tissues. Oxygen is another “killer” of most pathogens – which tend to be anaerobic organisms. (Natural nitrates are very different as opposed to man-made ones in deli meats, which are cancer-causing.)

___   specific dry herbs: garlic, thyme, oregano and turmeric are all either antivirals, antibacterials or both.  Don’t underestimate the power of these plants. They’ve been used by herbalists for millennia because they work. Science is now just catching up. Fresh herbs are best, but you can use dried to lesser effect.

___   Turkish red lentils - these are acidic pH, as all beans are, in varying degrees, but I needed to add more protein to help tissues repair themselves in the battle with the pathogens, so the pH alkaline foods will help neutralize these beans, too. I chose these lentils because they cook very quickly, but true French green lentils have some remarkable qualities, due to the volcanic soil they are grown in, so I might consider using them, too.

___   organic seaweeds — I used kombu and nori – large leaf portions. They provide Iodine, an essential anti-viral and anti-bacterial and also the full range of minerals. The key here is to use a brand like Eden which is fastidious about the cleanliness and safety of the ocean water where these are harvested. Do not buy Chinese products.

___   organic quinoa — a high protein food to aid tissue renewal and it’s a very alkaline food to help raise pH to levels where pathogens cannot survive. It is also the original alkaline fast-food, as it cooks in about 10 minutes. Use it as a substitute for grains, all of which are pH acidic foods.

___   organic tomatoes — source of lycopene and lutein — important phytonutrients to help with immunity and eye health, and there’s some Vitamin C, but, again, that’s being lost when exposed to heating — so I try to keep the cooking temperature as low as possible and add the Vitamin C foods as late in the process as possible. ^ I use Muir Glen because it has an enameled interior to the can. Most companies use Bispenol A treated liners for canned food, especially tomatoes, which are sub-acidic fruits and can corrode the can. Bisphenol A is now banned in Canada and should be, everywhere. Children, especially, should not be exposed to Bisphenol A.

___   olive oil — source of important essential fatty acids and it’s a healthy food to help with joint pain and heart health — both of which are stressed when dealing with the flu. I prefer organic, but that can be hard to find. Make sure the oil is in a dark glass bottle, and buy a small size. Keep refrigerated or in a cool spot.

___   organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother of vinegar” enzymes — it leaves alkaline ash, so it is considered to bring alkalinity in your body. It is the only vinegar which does this. This vinegar is very good for diabetics and it it aids digestion, so the food value is more available with less work for the ill person

___   Celtic Sea Salt — supplies the full range of ocean minerals, and it is the only one which is assured to have been harvested in truly pristine ocean waters. Get it at Trader Joe’s or from the original preferred source – The Grain and Salt Society. Look them up in Asheville, NC.

___   splash of organic lemon juice – again, lemons may have citric acid, but they leave alkaline ash after metabolism is complete, so they are an alkalizer. Of course they are also a source of Vitamin C, but it is best not exposed to heat. You’re better off having a  real, organic lemon squeezed into pure spring water to drink before your soup or along side – sweeten with a little stevia.

___   kelp granules — more iodine in an easy to use anywhere, anytime format. Even though heat does not deactivate Iodine, I wanted some fresh, just at serving. Iodine is a potent pathogen killer.

Put some of my Mighty Healing Soup into a thermos to take to work if your co-workers are hacking and coughing. And, if you decide to take an Echinacea preparation, which IS effective (contrary to the “science” “reported” in the media where it is being “studied” for “off-label” uses), then be sure to take Echinacea for a maximum of 2 weeks on, then 2 weeks off. Your thymus has to rest and not be constantly stimulated. The traditional use adheres to that timetable and Russian research confirms that wisdom.

Well, I hope you stay well, and we’ll see if I get a post done next week — maybe on Friday. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Best to all — Em

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Yes, you need a garden and there are choices to make so that you can fully enjoy its Health benefits, especially if you are a diabetic. Diabetes is definitely helped by eating more fresh, low-glycemic, pH alkaline vegetables. What are those?

I have charts to help you understand in the Archive Tab above. But, today, as promised a fortnight ago, here are the plants which Oprah’s group chose to help save $800 on a family food bill by growing their own food. For every $1 invested in seed, fertilizer, potting mix, there was a $9 value return in the food produced.

Using mostly seed, they planted:
___ Arugula: With 5 square feet and $1, you can grow 10 pounds, worth $40.

___ Basil: With 5 sf and 50 cents, you can grow 4 lbs, worth $20.
___ Beets: With 5 sf and $2 , you can grow 40 plants, worth $40.
___ Bell peppers: With 10 sf and $3, you can grow 20 lbs, worth $40.

___ Butternut squash: With 5 sf and 50 cents, you can grow 10 plants, worth $20. This can be stored.

___ Chard: With 10 sf and $1.50, you can grow 25 lbs, worth $50.
___ Green beans: With 15 sf and 50 cents, grow 10 lbs, worth $20.

___ Spinach: With 10 sf and $20 (probably used transplants here), you can grow 30 lbs, worth $90.

___ Strawberries: With 45 sf and $10, you can grow 25 pints, worth $50. Again, they must have purchased plants. Strawberries are the least alkaline pH berry.

___ Tomatoes: With 15 sf and $3, you can grow 100 lbs, worth $320.
___ Turnips: With 5 sf and $2, you can grow 40 bulbs, worth $20.
___ Yellow squash: With 10 sf and $3, you can grow 20 lbs, worth $40.
___ Zucchini: With 10 sf and $3, you can grow 25 lbs, worth $50.

By spending $36 and using 150 square feet, you’ll grow $800 worth of fresh vegetables!

Now, lets discuss this Plan.

___   Firstly, most of these veggies are on the pH alkaline side of the charts, in varying degrees. That’s good.

If they had chosen them, snow pea pods and peas would be on the pH acidic side, as would be dried beans and dried peas (black-eye peas are the least acidic). Carrots are also high acid pH.

However, the spinach they chose IS mildly pH acidic, as are zucchini squash, chard and fresh green or wax beans. The regular tomatoes are also quite pH acidic unless you grow the sweeter varieties like grape tomatoes.

___   In this garden, they used no seaweed fertilizer which is organic and very pH alkaline. They also did not grow the most pH alkaline vegetables: onions, white daikon icicle radish, burdock root, sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, kale, parsley, endive, broccoli, (asparagus in Spring), garlic or parsnip (not low glycemic).

The bitter arugula is the most pH alkaline plant they grew and as I hate the taste, I would be substituting equal or better alkaline pH greens for it, like: sweet potato leaves, parsley, kale, endive and frisee.

As diabetics are overly pH acidic in their cellular tissues already, (due to metabolism and diabetic medications), it crucial to eat pH alkaline foods to start to neutralize the acids! pH alkaline waters, like Essentia, can aid this process.

___   I was disappointed that there was not much emphasis on container gardening and the more intensive gardening methods that I have shown you in this series. My methods have high yield with less physical work and less need for “space”, which you may not have in the first place.

___   But this was a worthwhile exercise to show you “yields”. A few seeds that sprout or a few transplants which survive, with care and watering can give you an amazing harvest!

___   Now, another item which disappoints me about these choices from Oprah’s staff is that a lot of these plants cannot be easily preserved in any healthy way.

So, as soon as the weather allows, choosing plants that freeze well or will not rot on a shelf are important. Freezing broccoli, pickling cabbage and storing gourds like pumpkins in a good, cool, dry place will let you have food beyond the growing season outside.

Choosing these kinds of plants needs to be part of the Plan.

___   I mostly want to eat my summer garden produce fresh! Plant accordingly or plan on sharing extra food with a Food Bank.

___   Personally, I don’t want to be canning gallons of tomato sauce when the weather may be hot. Dehydrating tomatoes is one option. That’s what the Italians chose to do with sun-dried tomatoes, but you must know how to dehydrate properly (in the sun or in a machine), so that the food will not mold from still being too moist.

___   Discussing safe, acceptable ways to freeze pureed tomato would be a question I would ask of my County Extension Agent or the Food Technology department at my state university.

___   I would have grown lots of different lettuces and cilantro, for sure, and instead of so many tomatoes, I would have included some bell peppers and eggplant. Grow just bell peppers if you don’t like eggplant, but try it, as it is a very pH alkaline veggie.

___   Potatoes should have been grown, too, in a tower. When stored properly an acre of ground can feed a family of 4 on just potatoes, for a year. They are amazing. So, putting a much smaller area in will still give you a good harvest and you can choose varieties unavailable in the store.

Potatoes are actually quite nutritious, but you must always eat them with their skin on, for them to be pH alkaline, and in moderate amounts.

___   Freezer jams might be able to be made with excess strawberries, but I would never want to use artificial sweeteners or sugar. I would ask my extension agent how to make it with lemon juice and honey or agave nectar added. This  could not work for canning, but it might work for freezer jam.

You must as the experts ahead of time if you want to do something different in a recipe, when you want to preserve food. Canning recipes are critical to follow as they are, unless you get help to change them. Each item is there in that quantity for a reason if they are truly professional recipes which give you the best chance for safety.

And, for pickling, get the proper, designated % vinegar. Too weak is not good!

___   If you are in the right climate, it is worth investing in one or more permanent bearers like: an avocado tree, a grapefruit tree (if your medications allow it), a lemon tree, an apple tree, nectarine and dark plum tree, persimmon tree and a black cherry tree. These could be dwarf varieties. All of these are alkaline fruits.

___   I would always find a way to grow one dwarf watermelon vine, supported on a trellis if needed, with the growing fruit encased in a gentle mesh bag, attached to the frame. Watermelon is the only really healthy melon. Honeydew is next.

___   And make room for berries and grapes – raspberry, then blackberry and less pH alkaline, blueberry and red grapes.

___   In reasonable quantities, all these fruits are healthy for diabetics. But, vegetables should be the foundation of any diabetic meal. About 80% of your plate should be low glycemic, pH alkaline veggies. Then a palm-size piece of protein or a couple of ounces of cheese or 2 organic eggs from veg-fed, free-range birds.

___   And the last item in every meal is healthy oils. About 2 teaspoons to 1 Tablespoon, depending on the way the menu is. Organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil and walnut oil and non-GMO, organic canola oil or macadamia nut oil are the best choices, along with hemp oil and flax oil (these last two can never be heated).

And, on the importance of olive oil, Science Daily writes:

“Everyone knows olive oil and a Mediterranean diet are associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, but a new research report published in the July 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal offers a surprising reason why: These foods change how genes associated with atherosclerosis function.”

Em: this is part of the science called epigenetics.

Continuing – “”Knowing which genes can be modulated by diet in a healthy way can help people select healthy diets,” said Maria Isabel Covas, D.Pharm., Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group at the Institut Municipal d’Investigacio Medica in Barcelona, Spain. “It is also a first step for future nutritional therapies with selected foods.”

Scientists worked with three groups of healthy volunteers.

___ The first group consumed a traditional Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil rich in polyphenols.

___ The second group consumed a traditional Mediterranean diet with an olive oil low in polyphenols.

___ The third group followed their habitual diet.

After three months, the first group had a down-regulation in the expression of atherosclerosis-related genes in their peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Additionally, the olive oil polyphenols made a significant impact on the expression of genetic changes influencing coronary heart disease.

Results also showed that the consumption of virgin olive oil in conjunction with a Mediterranean diet can positively impact lipid and DNA oxidation, insulin resistance, inflammation, carcinogenesis, and tumor suppression.

Em: so eating moderate amounts of organic, extra-virgin olive oil and the Mediterranean diet will also help diabetes, protect heart as well as other organ systems.

Continuing – ” “This study is ground breaking because it shows that olive oil and a Mediterranean diet affect our bodies in a far more significant way than previously believed,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. “Not only does this research offer more support for encouraging people to change their eating habits, it is an important first step toward identifying drug targets that affect how our genes express themselves.” “

As Hippocrates said, and the foundational premise of my approach”, “Let food be your medicine!”

All of these suggestions and actions will help you and your children and your elders have a healthier longer life. What could be more rewarding or important than that! Start planning your fall garden now! In some regions of the country, that planting will start next month.

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