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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.


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!


* 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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2009 - Aug - Mum in hospital, recovery 053Peaks and Valleys - 3Paleolithic Pyramid - Karolinska Institute diet study h-healthhabits.wp.c 5-10-08






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

I’ve been overwhelmed this month — some for happy reasons, others for stressful, life-threatening reasons. How to survive the Peaks and Valleys and reach the balance-point that everyone, especially diabetics, need to find to be Healthy?!

I think the recipe is: stable well-thought out routines, drinking plenty of spring water, eating healthy alkaline food, using effective stress reduction techniques, having a positive outlook and  moving your body!

After the happiness of a family-wedding and family visits (which we enjoyed and needed), we were plunged into the great stress of having 2 weeks of roller-coaster rides to the ER and a 4 day hospital stay for my 86 year old Mum.

Getting out beyond her normal routine was good on the one hand, and devastating on the other. I think the disruption in diet, especially not drinking enough water on car trips and not walking enough (using her wheelchair instead) anywhere, made a huge difference.

She has had a return of blood clots in her legs which became pulmonary emboli, and those blood clots which entered her heart and lungs were / are life-threatening until her body re-absorbs them.

The emergency room doctors and internal medicine “hospitalists” were very clear:

___   if you want to keep your legs, move!

___   if you have to be very sedentary (as she is), then exercise-in-place while seated. The physical therapists gave her 5 or 6 exercises to get the venous blood moving back to the heart at a better pace and which will improve her leg muscle strength. She’s to do them at least twice an hour, if possible. Her oxygenation levels were excellent, even at rest, with the clots — amazing how your body copes.

___   even for seniors, drink at least 2 quarts of pure water a day, even if you are not “thirsty”. (Most seniors have impaired signals for thirst.) Drink by the clock, through-out the day, until you have completed at least that quota. You can start right away at that amount, unless you have known kidney disease (in which case, follow your urologist’s guidelines).

Additionally, I will mention:

___  Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD would say to drink 1 quart of pure spring water for every 50 pounds of body weight.

I’ve also seen suggestions to pre-load as much of a quart of spring water as you can while you do your morning wake-up routine. Your body has all the waste it gathered during the night to flush out or sweat out — so help!

___   If you do not have enough water every day, your body will “rob” your tissues to put more of it into keeping your blood at a flowable level. This will dehydrate your tissues and your cellular biochemistry cannot work properly without water! Diabetics are always “thirsty” for a reason!

Robbing tissues will also not necessarily be enough for the right blood viscosity, and so your blood-pressure may rise, as your heart is trying to pump “sludge” instead of easily-flowing blood!

___   Nothing else counts as fluids except water. Other “liquids” may actually be dehydrating, as tea and coffee are, or require so much water to dilute the havoc of ingestion e.g. drinking any soda pop requires  something like 50x as much more water to dilute it for your body! If you drink 8 oz. of soda pop, then it’s like you’d need to drink 400 ozs. water to get your body back to Balance and Health! Most people don’t do that. So, they keep getting more and more pH acidic. This kills your Health and takes your life.

___   Life-threatening clots can form in overly-acidic, viscous blood. Soda pop, carbonated beverages, sugar, artificial sweeteners, prescription medications, some over-the-counter medications are major causes of causing acidic pH tissues. Smoking, alcohol consumption and stress also cause acidic body pH levels.

___   If you are going to eat meat, only eat grass-fed animals — ones which are NEVER given “grains” or “finished” in feed lots. Online, you can find the Grass Fed farming’ association members at  www.americangrassfed.org . Grass-fed, organic animals are best.

___   If you are going to eat fish, make sure that it is NOT farmed! Make sure it is not endangered or over-fished (check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium site), Make sure you know about the cleanliness and safety of the waters where it was fished!    www.seafoodwatch.org

___   The Paleolithic Diet Pyramid above shows what our Paleolithic Body expects for food (it doesn’t know we are in the Space Age or Computer Age). Our body is still the same human design that its been for the past 100,000 years! It wants organic vegetable foods, grass-fed animals, clean fish, only naturally-occurring sweeteners in natural quantities, pure spring water, naturally-occurring fats, whole-foods (not fractionalized by industrial processing).

Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD. expert in Paleolithic nutrition.

Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD – website

Paleolithic Diet – discourse

Now, to the hospital realities.

___   In looking at the menus within the hospital (one of the 10 best in the US for nursing care, I might add), I saw that there was too much leeway for people to make poor choices among “healthy” foods. Even though there was a dietician available, and you were pigeon-holed as to type of diet, and each floor had a diet-host to consult with, I don’t think anyone was paying attention to our actual food orders from the “approved” menu.

That wasn’t good enough for me, on Mum’s behalf.  I was allowed to stay 24/7 and I did.

I monitored her water intake. I encouraged her to drink, when she and busy nurses weren’t thinking about it.

I insisted that she couldn’t keep having grilled cheese sandwiches, even though it was a small, easy-to-eat meal like she wanted. It just wasn’t going to help-her-heal as it was filled with denatured protein, acidic cheese and grains etc. etc.

Even when we ordered “side salads”, they weren’t big enough to combat all the pH acid-producing foods — from any sugar, artificial sweetener, dairy, grain or meat foods, all readily available on her “approved” menu.

The biggest entree salad was a healthy meal — salmon to help with Omega-3 oils to thin blood and lots of leafy veggies and anti-oxidant fruits.

But most of the meals were too heavy — especially the pastas etc., which combine all the big acidic pH producers.

The soups were well done, and were light, as well as keeping all the nutrition in the original vegetables. But saltine crackers were ever-present, even for someone on blood-pressure medication. What’s with that! Read all about my views on “salt” in the archive. It’s important!

The only dessert I allowed her when we made up the menus was yoghurt a few times — as it had the probiotic bacteria her immune system needed (80% of your immune system is in your intestines — did you realize that?) and calcium, an alkaline mineral.

You may have to sign-up for Dr. Mercola’s site before you read the following article, but it’s worth it to learn lots.

Good Bacteria Fight The Flu

I tried to have her avoid the grains as much as I could. If it had been me, I wouldn’t have had them at all. At every turn, there were grain “snacks” and “desserts”.

She also avoided the fruit juices in favor of whole fruit. This is not just good for fiber content and not spiking blood sugar levels, but it’s also imperative because you are getting ALL the nutrition, which does not happen in juicing.

___   Now, she’s back on the two-edge sword of a Coumadin / Warfarin routine. It’s really difficult. You have to be constant through the week with the ingestion of the high Vitamin K foods (which save your life, if you need to have blood-clotting).

A reasonable daily amount of Vitamin K for regular people is normally around 80 mcg (micrograms). Those on Coumadin therapy can aim for this too; what’s important for them is to have stable amounts daily, so the medication is balanced for it.

In the past, the Vitamin K charts we’d been given by the doctors just “grouped” foods into categories. This time, I got actual numbers, and there were surprises!

1C blueberries, raw = 28 mcg.

3 oz. tuna, canned in oil = 37 mcg.

1C frozen asparagus = 144 mcg. (other charts differ)

1C cooked broccoli or Brussels sprouts = 220mcg. (other charts differ)

1C boiled carrots = 21 mcg.

1C celery = 56 mcg.

1C raw cabbage = 53 mcg.

1C romaine lettuce or green leaf lettuce, raw = 97 mcg.

1C iceberg lettuce is only 13 mcg. which points out how little this “food” has of anything!

10 sprigs of parsley = 165 mcg.

1 C peas, cooked = 48 mcg.

1C spring onions / scallions = 207 mcg.

and now the powerhouses:

1Cmustard greens = 419 mcg.

1C collard greens = 1059 mcg.

1C Kale, cooked = 1146 mcg.

1C spinach, cooked = 1027 mcg.

1C spinach, raw = 144 mcg.

This spinach differential between “cooked” and “raw” values points out that raw greens are best! Their Vitamin K amounts are more likely to be bio-available in just the quantities we need, without excess.

It means that when I construct salads from now on, just a few raw leaves go a long way to helping get the nutrition we need and that there are some sneaky, non-leafy sources that we need to be aware of, so we don’t over-use them, either. A sprinkle or small portions of some foods really is all that can be used to stay close to the optimum daily goal.

Even for people on Coumadin / Warfarin, it’s important to keep the dark green leafies in your diet. Get the medicos to adjust for them. The leafies give you important sources of alkaline pH minerals, B vitamins to combat stress too. Vitamin K levels are not the whole story and people on Coumadin may become nutritionally bankrupt if they don’t eat properly from laziness or from fear.

Food List Chart for Vitamin K foods.

For recipes which are safe for people on Coumadin / Warfarin, (but you will still need to tally up your Vitamin K consumption and keep it fairly constant), use:

Dr. Gourmet’s recipes for Warfarin patients

___   After this experience, I really recommend that a family member always be in the room with a senior family member – day and night. Under stress, fearful and unwell, many seniors will not remember or absorb what’s going on — well enough or at all. Nursing staff changes constantly as does the medical staff. They only have a few minutes to assess a senior’s cognition, and I have to admit, many times my Mum seemed quite cogent and in control, when most of the time, knowing her and being with her constantly, she showed me that was NOT the case.

___   Now that she’s back home, she’s gradually settling down. That’s good. We won’t be out of the woods for weeks yet. I’m trying not to let that stress me out. All of us are eating as well as we can, getting extra rest, as needed. We’re reaching out to other family members who weren’t there for the craziness and letting them support us in various ways.

___   Keeping Mum as independent as possible, while watching out for her is primary. We’ve also instituted better in-house protocols — new, modern baby monitors in her room and portable receivers for us; new multiple walk-around phones in all the places she sits, so she can just call our cell on speed dial etc.  We found that having a loud bell at bed-side didn’t penetrate distances well enough, but we’ll keep the bell there to be loud through the baby monitor.

___   We’re doing her exercises with her when we finally get to sit and watch some TV, so we know that at least some exercise sets got done.

___   All of us were happy when we drove away from the hospital — not with the balloons flying out the window (but that’s how we felt!)(they were covered by a blanket, so not to hamper vision while driving).

Hospital was a benign jail, and just as in any incarceration, you’d better have an advocate and you’d better learn the ropes, fast!

___   I kept a spiral note-pad with me at all times and entered all the discussions, questions, procedures, who cared for her and our instructions in there. It worked out well, especially over many days and multiple ER visits.

I hope all these tips will lessen the likelihood of you ending up in the Emergency Room.

And, our thanks to all the ER personnel and Cardiac floor personnel, too.

I’m glad I no longer have to administer abdominal injections to my Mum and I’m going to try to catch-up on more of my own life within a reasonable-goal scenario.

Be sure to read my archives at the Titles Tab above, to learn more to help you.

Best to all,


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