*MASTER TONIC* what it is and why it's so good for you {Nature's

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*MASTER TONIC* what it is and why it’s so good for you {Nature’s “flu shot”}

Flu Season is upon us and so it is time…14492609_1126158860800502_749872313009883470_n

I talk about “Master Tonic” every season.  And inevitably, every season, there are several friends, followers, or patients that ask me, “what is it that again?” and “wait, what exactly is in it?”

Basically, it is “nature’s flu shot” (although I hate saying that).  In my family, we try to avoid anything that will compromise our immune system; We skip out on copious antibiotics, prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, vaccinations, unhealthy food choices, etc as much as we can.  Rather we prefer to strengthen our immunity naturally.  And, we believe in “food as medicine.”  Whole food supplements, homeopathic remedies, herbs too, and tonics.  So, this tonic is a really great start to boost your seasonal immunity.  We always have it on hand in the fridge so at the first sign of a sniffle or sore throat?  Yep…a shot of the tonic. One or two of these a day and you’ll be good as new in a few. img_1942

Believe it or not, nature gives us exactly what we need, when we need it.  Local, seasonal food actually does more to prevent dis-ease than most of us know – these days anyway.  Our ancestors knew it.  Ancient traditional healers knew it.  And the extensive research of Dr. Weston Price* shows us it is so.  “Master Tonic” really is the best of the best as far as immune-boosting natural medicine is concerned.

So, this is MY version.  There are many, but this one suits me best. Here ya go:

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  1. garlic
  2. ginger
  3. cayenne
  4. turmeric
  5. black pepper
  6. lemon juice
  7. apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg’s but definitely a brand that is organic & contains “the mother”)
  8. maple syrup (preferably grade-B)
  9. honey (raw & local)
  10. cinnamon
  11. onion

Preferably all organic, all raw, and all fresh.  Grated and then blended with all the pulp remaining.  If you only have powder or flakes or whatever that’s ok too, but raw organic is the BEST.

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Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup from the other night. Not ALL of the Master Tonic ingredients, but many!

Folks ask “how much of each?”  I always respond with “as much as you can tolerate.”  It should be as spicy as you can possibly make it without blowing your head off.  It will kinda taste like a sweet-and-spicy Thai chili sauce.  In fact, it is so easy to use this in soup or sauce recipes to make delicious seasonal family dinners while keeping everyone healthy!  Add even SOME of these ingredients to your regular diet and meals to boost your wellness.  If you are extremely sensitive to spicy, follow the “shot” with a “chaser” of rice, almond, or coconut milk (must be non dairy to prevent excess phlegm and inflammation).  It is much the same as how you would cool your palate with Thai tea or coconut in your curry at your fave Thai or Indian restaurant, or Horchata after spicy Mexican food.

OK, so I’m sure you are wondering how these various food items can be so miraculous.  Delicious, sure, but curative?  What exactly makes this food into medicine?  For that, follow along – here’s a little light reading…

Garlic:unknown

Historically, garlic has been known to combat sickness (and not just ward off Vampires! although you can see how that myth is seasonally appropriate as, inexplicably, illness does rise in October).  Garlic contains a compound called Allicin that has many medicinal properties.  It also contains significant amounts of  Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, & Manganese. It is good for combating high blood pressure/hypertension, and likewise improves cholesterol thus lowering one’s likelihood of heart disease.  It’s strong concentration of antioxidants prevents sickness as well as preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Garlic is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral.  Finally, it’s allyl sulfides hep prevent cancer.

for more info, go here: https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic

or here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60

Ginger:unknown-1

Not just for nausea (although it does do wonders for nausea when you’re preggers!- fresh only though – no supplements!). Ginger is shocked full of nutrients and bio active compounds that are super healthy for your body and brain.  Ginger helps with digestion, reduces nausea, and most importantly, fights the flu.  It’s natural oil, gingerol, is a bioactive compound responsible for anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects.  Because it is anti-inflammatory, ginger reduces muscle pain and soreness.  The root also boasts anti-diabetic properties by lowering sugar, helps to prevent heart disease, and reduces menstrual pain, as well as lowers cholesterol.  Studies show that gingerol has even been found to help prevent cancer.

for more info, go here: https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger/

Cayenne:unknown-3

Too hot! Hot Damn! Call the Police & the Fireman!  But really, Cayenne is a powerhouse of health.  Full of Capsaicin, the question really is, what CAN’T it fix?

Firstly we’ll start with our gut.  Capsaicin increases the digestive fluids, starting with saliva, and down on into the stomach.  By doing so, it fights bacteria that could cause an intestinal infection.  It also helps with digestions and aids in fighting diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial infection (and God knows flu diarrhea can be nasty). Capsaicin acts as an antioxidant, protecting the cells from free radicals.  Plus, Cayenne is highly effective in cancer prevention. Capsaicin is a mucus thinner, and can help get mucus out of the lungs (very good when you have the flu!). It is thought to strengthen lung tissues and help to prevent emphysema.

Cayenne is full of beta carotene and antioxidants that support your immune system.  It raises your body temperature and thus increases the activity 0f the immune system. And, it is full of Vitamin C to further prevent infection.
Cayenne also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E, both antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, the spice prevents allergies and their associated symptoms (which are similar to flu symptoms right?). It has anti-fungal properties that can prevent systemic Candida and thusly prevent joint pain, further digestive disorders, and a weakened immune system.
Lastly, Cayenne boosts metabolism, improves energy levels, aids in weight loss, can help with eczema, repairs damaged skin, and reduces migraine pain (flu headaches are the worst!).
for more info, go here: https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/

or here: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/capsaicin-topic-overview

Turmeric:unknown-2

I know!  All the rage now!  Everyone is talking and tweeting about the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. The “Golden Latte” is on the tip of many westside hipster tongues. Well, it is true. This spice has amazing anti-inflammatory qualities! Here’s the scoop:

Turmeric is what turns curry yellow and has been used in India for thousands of years. The thing that makes it medicinal is it’s compounds called curcuminoids, most notably, curcumin; The famed antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.  But what is MOST important and many folks don’t know, is that you MUST consume turmeric in conjunction with black pepper.  The black pepper contains piperine, which increases your blood’s ability to absorb the curcumin by as much as 2000%!  Also important, and why the ‘golden milk’ works well as a delivery system, is that turmeric is fat soluble, so it should be consumed with a fatty meal.

160608coachturmeric2What else is cool about this hip spice? It helps to improve brain function and lowers the risk of brain dis-eases such as depression and Alzheimer’s.  How? not to get too sciency, but many brain disorders are linked to decreased levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF).  Curcumin can increase levels of BDNF, therefore delaying and/or even reversing age related decrease in brain function as well as common brain diseases.  Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier, which is the reason that it is believed to aid dramatically in the prevention and reverse of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the characteristics of this vastly unstudied disease, is a buildup of proteins called Amyloid plaques.  Studies show that curcumin is helpful in the removal of these plaques. Oxidative damage and inflammation play a major role as well, both of which are beneficially affected by the curcumin in Turmeric. As it aids in the brain, curcumin is also thought to just plain make you smarter.

Oh and btw, as it is anti-inflammatory, curcumin helps with arthritis, even rheumatoid arthritis.

As you may or may not realize, inflammation is your body’s way of insulating itself when it is damaged, but it also causes pain. So why is turmeric good for preventing/recovering from the flu? um, decreases your inflammation, duh.

*Oh and on a healthy side note*…You may have heard about the recent recall.  If not, now you do. Elevated levels of lead have been found in six brands of powdered turmeric, all from the parent company Gel Spice: Spice Select, Market Pantry, Gel (2 lots), Clear Value, Lieber’s, and Spice Supreme (For more on that go here: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/08/six-brands-of-turmeric-added-to-recall-for-excessive-lead/#.WA7e-qOZPR1). Suffice to say be aware of your product and from whom you are purchasing.

For more info re the benefits of turmeric, you can go here: https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/

Black Pepper:images

So, above we mentioned how this spice works in conjunction with turmeric, but it also has many medicinal qualities of it’s very own and is used frequently in Ayurvedic medicine. In addition to the afore mentioned piperine, black pepper also contains iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, chromium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.

As with it’s bestie curcumin, piperine increases the bioavailability of many other nutrients namely Vitamin A, C, selenium, and beta carotene. It also helps to stimulate digestion and as a result can help prevent or colic, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, and constipation (all horrid flu symptoms). It’s antibacterial qualities prevent intestinal bacteria and aid in a healthy gut biome. Studies show that piperine speeds up your metabolism, suppresses fat accumulation in the body, promotes urination, and perspiration, and as a result aids in detox as it helps to remove toxins from the body (just sweat it out).

for more info, go here: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/top-10-health-benefits-black-pepper.html

Lemon Juice:

No…not lemonade, not “from concentrate,” not reconstituted, and most certainly not from a plastic lemon-shaped bottle! Raw, fresh-squeezed and organic if you please.

First off, Lemons are packed with vitamin C, and not just a little, they have 187% of the daily value, so super-duper for your immune system! Together with the flavonoid glycosides esperetin and naringenin, free radicals haven’t much of a fighting chance.

Additionally, lemons contain thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and copper, folate, and potassium. The more healthy minerals in you, the healthier you are. Lemons contain Vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants like alpha, and B-carotenes, B-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein all of which are antioxidants.

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Surprisingly, lemons are NOT acidic (weird I know!) they are actually alkaline and work to balance your body’s pH. Most sickness cannot exist in an alkaline environment, notably cancer. Their alkaline nature relieves the body of excess acid, reducing pain in the joints, muscles, and fibrous tissue.

“There is often misunderstanding of lemon’s pH outside the body versus inside the body.  Let’s get this straight and expound on 10 benefits of regularly taking lemon juice with warm water (note: NOT equal to lemonade!)

Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is below 7).  This is a non-issue. Everyone knows this.  It’s a citrus fruit.

Inside the body however, when lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue (pH above 7 is alkaline).  Please notice the difference.” (http://www.vitalitylink.com/article-holistic-health-2055-lemon-juice-acidic-alkaline-body-water)

And one last interesting fact.  We all know that staying hydrated when you’re sick is essential (especially when you’re loosing bodily fluids literally in all directions!).  Interestingly enough, “a small amount of lemon juice will quench thirst more effectively than many times the amount of water. Experienced travelers declare that when they add lemon juice to ordinary drinking water, in various localities, it acts as an antiseptic and prevents illness due to allergy to different water supplies.” (http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/health/physical-health/hidden-health-secrets-of-lemons.aspx?p=9)

for more info, go here:

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/10-Reasons-Lemon-Juice-Good-You-14860617

or here: http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/health/physical-health/hidden-health-secrets-of-lemons.aspx

or here: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lemon.html

or here: http://www.vitalitylink.com/article-holistic-health-2055-lemon-juice-acidic-alkaline-body-water

Apple Cider Vinegar:

To start, let’s quote Patricia and Paul Bragg from their book “Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System:”unknown-4

“Research worldwide supports and commends what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) found and treated his patients with in 400 B.C. He discovered that natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV)* is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, “a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria” for a healthier, stronger, longer life!

The versatility of ACV as a powerful body cleansing agent is legendary. It’s been traced to Egyptian urns as far back as 3000 B.C. The Babylonians used it as a condiment and preservative, while Julius Caesar’s army used ACV tonic to stay healthy and fight off disease. The Greeks and Romans kept vinegar vessels for healing and flavoring. It was used in Biblical times as an antiseptic and a healing agent and is mentioned in the Bible. In Paris during the Middle Ages, it was sold from barrels by street vendors as a body deodorant, healing tonic and a health vinegar drink.

Even Christopher Columbus and his crew on his voyage to discover America in 1492 had their vinegar barrels for prevention of scurvy as did the soldiers in the American Civil War. For centuries in Japan, the feared Samurai warriors drank it for strength and power. ACV has been used for thousands of years not only for health reasons, but also as a cleansing agent to remove bacteria, germs, odors, and even stains and spots.”

purchase the book here: http://bragg.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=22

But really, ACV is redonk good for you.

Starting with its Antimicrobial properties…yes! it is good for CLEANING. Your house, your hair, your face, but more importantly, your CELLS. The organic acid (primarily acetic acid, passes into your cell membranes to kill bacteria lurking there. And um…Buh Bye bacterial infection! Naturally, foods that have been fermented with ACV have a powerhouse of antimicrobial organic acids (amino acids) including not only acetic but also lactic, ascorbic, citric (no not from citrus), malic, propionic, succinct, and tartaric (not found in steak tartar, snigger).  “One study found acetic acid to be lethal to even E. coli O157:H7, while other research has shown substances such as acetic acid, lemon juice, or a combination of lemon juice and vinegar to be effective against salmonella.”

You might have guessed that like many of the “Master Tonic” ingredients, ACV has its own load of antioxidants, some of which include catechin, epicatechin, and gallic, caffein, and chlorogenic acids.

And it helps with heartburn and acid reflux (both common with the flu right?) Did you know that acid reflux ironically is a result of TOO LITTLE acid in your stomach? Adding all the above to your belly will relieve all that.

Be sure to get an ACV that is organic and be CERTAIN that is has the “Mother” in it. yes. that gooey globular slimy thingy in the bottom. That is SOOOPER good for you. it is an amino-acid based substance made from acetic acid bacteria.  That stuff helps reduce muscle damage caused by inflammation. Weird huh?

for more information go here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/14/vinegar-health-properties.aspx

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Maple syrup is DELICIOUS! But, believe it or not, is also incredibly nutritious! Of course, we are not talking about Mrs. Butterworths, okay? I mean 100% pure maple syrup…you know, like from a Maple tree? (Didn’t ya’ll read the “Little House on the Prairie” books? remember Pa gets it from the ACTUAL trees in the forest in Vermont?) As for nutrients, it contains water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. Wait, protein? yes, protein.  And the minerals, tho! Full of calciumironmagnesiumphosphorus sodiumpotassium, and zinc. As well as vitamins! thiamin, riboflavinniacin, and B6.

You guys know about antioxidants obvs, so I won’t get into it AGAIN, but suffice to say that maple syrup, surprisingly, has antioxidant properties that are highly important for the body. Primarily it is the Manganese present in the maple syrup that supplies superoxide dismutase (an oxidative enzyme) to help rid the mitochondria of free radicals that occur during normal metabolic function.

Maple syrup contains not only Manganese but Zinc as well, both of which help boost the number of white blood cells in to support the Immune System and help fight infection.images-1

Again I must insist on 100% pure organic. And preferably Grade B if possible, as it is less filtered/refined and will contain many more of its natural goodness (As a rule, it is always best to go for the less processed of anything really).  A couple of easy to find brands that I trust are Spring Tree (which can be found at most organic grocers or coops), Simple truth (if you shop at Ralph’s – although your money does go the Koch Bros when you shop there so there’s that), or Trader Joe’s has a great one or two and maybe sometimes even the Grade B!

for more info, go here:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/maple-syrup.html https://draxe.com/maple-syrup-nutrition/

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The ancient liquid gold! No, really!

“Health benefits of consuming honey have been documented in early Greek, Roman, Vedic, and Islamic texts and the healing qualities of honey were referred to by philosophers and scientists all the way back to ancient times, such as Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) and Aristoxenus (320 BC).”(http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php)

In fact, bee barf packs an arsenal of antioxidants including disease-fighting antioxidant flavonoids pinocembrin, pinostrobin and chrysin, all polyphenols that significantly boost one’s immune system. “Raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include ironzincpotassiumcalciumphosphorousmagnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. In addition, the nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralize damaging free radical activity.” (https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/)

It is exceptionally good for sleep (god knows we all need SLEEP when we have the horrid flu!) and if you don’t get worn down in the first place, then you won’t get sick. To quote Dr. Axe…

“Raw honey promotes restorative sleep in two ways. By consuming honey before bedtime, it restocks the liver’s glycogen supply and prevents the brain from triggering a crisis search for fuel, which can wake you up. Secondly, eating raw honey fosters the release of melatonin in the brain by creating a small spike in insulin levels, which stimulates the release of tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan converts to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin.

Melatonin also boosts immunity and helps rebuild tissue during periods of rest.”

Did you know that honey actually helps with seasonal allergies? Yes! Because the raw honey is made from the very blossoms that cause you to sneeze and have itchy watery eyes. The delicious delivery system provides your body with a sort of inoculation against your local seasonal pollen. Of course, it’s gotta be from a local hive or the pollen won’t have it’s effect, and also of course, the honey must be raw in order to retain traces of the offending flora and fauna.

And finally, honey is a miraculous cough suppressant. “Raw honey has been shown to be as effective in treating coughs as over-the-counter commercial cough syrups. Increasing scientific evidence shows that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs. In one study, honey was just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, common ingredients found in over-the counter cough medicines.”images

In fact, “The World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend honey as a natural cough remedy.

A 2007 study by Penn State College of Medicine suggested that honey reduced nighttime coughing and improved sleep quality in children with upper respiratory infection better than the cough medicine dextromethorphan or no treatment

(http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php)

for more info, go here: https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

or here: http://therawnakedtruth.me/raw-local-honey-natures-cure-for-seasonal-allergies/

or here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php

Cinnamon:unknown-5

OK, so cinnamon is another one that is super good for you in so many ways! To start, it can lower bad cholesterol, help treat type 2 diabetes, is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, can help manage Polycystic ovarian syndrome, and has anti-carcinogenic properties (prevents cancer). Traditional  Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have depended on cinnamon for thousands of years to treat colds, indigestion, and to promote higher brain function, lessen cramps, and for it’s anti-clotting properties. Cinnamon is believed to improve energy, vitality and circulation.

You see cinnamon is made of what is called cinnamaldehyde, which is why it has antifungal and antibacterial properties.  As well, it has a very high concentration of antioxidants (there’s that word again!), which reduct inflammation and protect the body from free radical damage.

It is important to note that there are several kinds of cinnamon; Know that *Ceylon cinnamon* is the one to look for. Don’t fall for Cassia or Chinese cinnamon (ironic, I know, considering the recommendation from Chinese Medicine right? be wary…). Also, know that too much cinnamon may cause digestive issues as the spice apparently cannot tell the difference, once in your gut, between good and bad bacteria. It is advised that if you are using copious amounts of cinnamon (please no more than 6 grams daily!), you should add probiotics to your diet to encourage the good gut flora (but you know you should be doing this anyway, right?).

summarized from the following: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html#

for more info, go here: https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon/

Onion:images-3

Where to start? These epic orbs are like little bombs of health! Along with all of the items on this Master Tonic list, onions have been used for thousands of years by almost all cultures and societies. They are indomitable!

Ok, why? well, onions have significant amounts of Vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, potassium, and Manganese, as well as the phytochemicals known as allium and allyl disulphide (which become allicin) that are the powerhouse of the bulb. Onions are anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, diabetes-preventing, blood pressure lowering, and coronary artery disease preventing.

Significant amounts of polyphenols (another phytochemical in onions) and an antioxidant flavonoid called quercetin account for the reputation onions have for disease prevention. Quercitin has proven anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic functions, helps prevent histamine release, and prevents the inflammatory processes associated with asthma. Polyphenols also play an important role as a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention. Prebiotics are indigestible to you, but they help nourish beneficial bacteria in your body. These beneficial bacteria in turn assist with digestion and absorption of your food, and play a significant role in your immune function.

Luckily, cooking onions in soup doesn’t diminish their quercetin value – it simply transfers to the broth. The flavonoids in onions are more concentrated in the outer layers, so discard as little as possible. (As you can imagine, French onion soup is shock full of the good stuff!)

the above is summarized from: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/04/health-benefits-onions.aspx

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/onion.html

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Pumpkin soup by Dr. Eric the other night. You’d be surprised how many of the tonic ingredients are in here. we LOVE seasonal remedies!

Blah Blah Blah Blah….Wait, did you finish? You read it all? Really? No skimming? Golly, that was quick. I mean, it took me, like, two months to write it! All those summaries of each ingredient, jeez! tedious! But super important. for reals.

So now do you see why Master Tonic is the real deal? Why it is so EPIC for you? Did you notice a recurring theme? (*hint: antioxidants! anti-inflammatory! immune-support!*) I sure hope I have been convincing. Because we’ve got to give our immune system a good, running start! We are now in the thick of flu season and no one wants to be under the weather for the holidays. At the very least, I know my rantings have influenced the habits of a few of my neighbors, lol. In fact, Dr. Eric was home with the flu just this weekend (you bet I was feeding him shots of this stuff)! And right on cue, our neighbors Tim & Vicki say, “Master Tonic!” I LOVE that. It makes me so happy. Because really, food IS MEDICINE. And sickness can be prevented if we are knowledgable and careful in our food choices.  As you can see from some of the photos here, use it in your cooking too! An easy way to make your food deliciously seasoned, AND super healthy. Combined with your homemade bone broth/chicken stock, you are good to go!

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“Faux-Pho” from last month – full of many of the master tonic ingredients! and made with homemade bone broth too. an immune support powerhouse!

Hey, I sure hope you guys don’t get sick. And if you do, hope this helps!

Big hugs,

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

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Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts

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Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? all that junk inside your…

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Dahlstrom Pumpkin Magic 2014! (I kind of feel like the one on the top right.) The BEST thing about carving pumpkins is the ROASTED SEEDS! A GREAT anti-oxidant (and who doesn’t need more of those after All Hallows?)

Happy November!  

(Translation: Welcome to Junk Belly Central and Gut Healers R US)

The great thing about November is that now we get to eat HEALTHY stuff!  Yep. I’m comin’ at ya with yet ANOTHER post about #bonebroth! (insert eye roll here)

No but really, last month we had so much fun learning how to make it, preserve it, & how it was healthy!  Now guess what?  Yep!  We all can be super grateful that we did!  Gut healing here we come!…

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Let’s address firstly, some of the Dangers of Halloween.

No not witches, bats & goblins.  Rather all the crap that gets ingested and why it is horrendous.  How we got Junk Belly…

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All organic all veggie chili cooking away on the stove in prep for the big fright night.

Right?  I mean, who else is suffering from post-halloween coma?  Wow, fun really costs me these days.  And my family too.  Goes to show how well we really do eat normally, that a few days of pizza, ice cream, soda, cupcakes, and store bought halloween candy can send us all into a tailspin.  Although I am proud to say that I only ate 3 pieces of halloween candy – specifically fun sized peanut m&m’s, Almond joy & Snickers – and only 1/2 a piece of pepperoni pizza (bleck).  For me, rather it’s the gluttony of too much *spirit* lol.  As far as food goes, we really go all out trying to be certain that everyone gets a healthy meal before the fright night begins.  Every year Dr. Eric & I host a full chili bar with all organic homemade chilis, both meat and all veggie, complete with a full scale mostly gluten-free topping bar.  Nothing but the best before the kids bust a gut later.

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The chili topping bar this year…just realized I forgot to put out the cliantro and parsley in my race to the death! damn.

My son is only now recovering from his NASTY bout with *IBS* (a stupid anagram to describe the junk belly that comes along with eating a standard American diet).  Yep, because he’s a kid, and he thought he could get away with it (or maybe he just didn’t think at all), there was loads of unsupervised Halloween candy, pizza, soda, bread, muffins.  In short, binge eating.  He is the son of a nutrional counselor and he knows better.  But truly, he was just being a kid.  Poor thing.

Some succint words about Halloween Candy (aka poison from the devil meant to induce long term disease and reliance upon perscription medication in order to benefit the economic prosperity of a very privilaged few who eat none of it likely).  OOOPS!  sorry!  I didn’t mean to get political.  It just slipped out.  Forgive me.

The thing is, store bought Halloween candy is just so incredibly nasty bad for you in every way imaginable!  To list only a precious few:

1) Partially Hydrogenated Corn Syrup (a fancy way to say Trans Fat).  I mean if the FDA is considering removing Trans Fat oils from the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list?  Come on!  Not safe for human consumption?  Why put that s*#t in kids’ candy?  Lord have mercy.  Trick indeed – No treat.

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Dr. Eric’s potion of death….

For more info click here: http://www.naturalhealthadvisory.com/daily/natural-health-101/why-are-trans-fats-bad-even-the-fda-agrees-they-are-worse-than-expected/

2) High Fructose Corn Syrup.  HFCS represents more than 40% of caloric sweeterners.  They “contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose and are derived from corn, a heavily subsidized (read: cheap) crop. Manufacturers love HFCS because, especially when compared to regular sugar, it’s cheaper, sweeter and produced in abundance.  But studies have shown that chronically high consumption of fructose in rodents leads to [liver and systemic] insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and high blood pressure.”  It is not the same thing as cane sugar.  Not by a longshot. 

For more info click here: http://www.sott.net/article/288056-The-evils-of-High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup-It-really-is-that-bad-for-you

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#brainfood – what? eating brains doesn’t make you smart?

3) HFCS from GMO Corn.  Uh-oh, she said GMO.  Why worry?  That’s a whole encyclopedia of hot topic.  but I’m guessing that if you are here on Dr. Eric’s blog, you kinda know why.  Sum it up with this:  If the corn is biologically & genetically changed on the cellular level so that it will kill the insects who eat it, why would YOU want to eat it?  On that note, the way that it kills said insects is eerily similar to the way that it kills rats in laboratory studies, by causing cancer, diet related diseases, gastro-intestinal disorders, allergies, etc.  Again, why wouldn’t you also be killed?  Finally, if it is genetically created to resist the herbicide/pesticides that are sprayed onto it to further resist pests, then that means that that same corn is COATED in pesticice that is again, meant to kill pests.  If it will kill pests, it will KILL YOU TOO.  Stop buying GMOs and you can stop buying pink bows in October. No brainer.

4) Carrageenan. Never heard of it?  If you have, wait, isn’t that “organic?”  Well, yes.  It is derived from red-seaweed so there is nothing “fake” about it, therefore it qualifies as organic.  But does that translate to “good for you?”  Nope.  What is it for?  Why do they put it in there?  It is a filler.  For consistency.  Usually added to milk, milk products, and non-dairy milk substitutes, carrageenan creates a creamy thicker fuller consistency while similtaneously thinning out the actual product making it more cost effective.  Cheapskates making a profit off of your tummy trouble.  Carrageenan has been shown to cause serious inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and liver as well as intestinal abnormalities.  Recently, “the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Research Council of the United States have deemed carrageenan to be a carcinogen” (ie: causes cancer).

For more information click here: http://bodyunburdened.com/carrageenan/

And for a list of Carrageenan free companies click here: http://t.co/Vetw41LkZm

5) Child Slavery.  Nope, not a costume.  This is real.  “Most chocolate sold in the U.S. comes from cocoa farms where farmers work in unsafe conditions, receive below poverty wages, many of them children under 14 years old who are forced to work and denied education…The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest cocoa producer, providing 43% of the world’s cocoa…A 2002 report from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture about cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and other African countries estimated there were 284,000 children working on cocoa farms in hazardous conditions. U.S. chocolate manufacturers have claimed they are not responsible for the conditions on cocoa plantations since they don’t ‘own them’.”  So, if you are going to consume chocolate, or let your CHILDREN eat chocolate, please don’t do it at the cost of other childrens’ well being.  Buy Fair Trade.  

For more information click here: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/the-bitter-truth-about-chocolate.html

For a list of Fair Trade chocolate brands click here: http://orgcns.org/1shlX7Y

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minidrdahl “When LIfe Gives You Lemons…” I wish he’d make a bit more lemonade instead of eating pretzels!!!

And yes, you may have heard about companies like good ol’ American Hershey’s commiting to fair trade chocolate only (more info here: http://fairtradeusa.org/…/hershey-21st-century-cocoa…).  While it is true that they have publically stated a commitment to fair trade, those kinds of changes in multinational food coorporations take decades to actually take effect.  In the meantime, my bet is that they are hoping to increase they’re profit margin by jumping on the fair trade bandwagon and children are still suffering.  Require proof.  Be safe.  Be kind.  Buy fair trade.

Oh, and on a lighter note, well, maybe not lighter on your belly….

6) Wheat/Gluten.  Surprised?  I bet.  Why on earth would you need gluten in candy?  For the same reason you need it in baked goods.  A binding agent.  Or sometimes as barley malt for that malted flavor.  Just a handfull of the many candies that contain gluten?: any licorice (including twizzlers, sour punch candy straws, etc.), kit-kat bars, whoppers, twix bars, crunch bars, & milky way bars.  As I mentioned above, even if you do NOT have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, gluten is just plain bad for happy gut health.  Over time it can cause all kinds of stomach, intestinal, or systemic disorders including IBS, leaky gut, celiac disease, thryroid issues, or many different auto-immune disorders.  Wheat/Gluten can also seriously effect brain chemistry causing depression or any number of brain imbalances.

For more information, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUgcLQOUSA&noredirect=1

and another good one is here: https://t.co/dBAo5TRZPJ

Wait!  We didn’t even get to the MOST BASIC of all the many bad ingredients…

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This one is enough sugar for me. My Cali-cat. Yep, she got a belly ache too. She just complains less.

7) SUGAR. I mean, haven’t you all seen that rampant viral facebook post about how your brain looks the same on sugar as it does on COKE?? (And I mean cocaine not CocaCola although that is really bad too.) You can find that here: http://mic.com/articles/88015/what-happens-to-your-brain-on-sugar-explained-by-science And here’s another more explanation of why it is so bad: http://wellnessmama.com/15/harmful-effects-of-sugars/  The point is, it’s bad.  Addictive, disease causing, and exhausting.  A quick fix and gone in an instant.  Not a good source of sustained energy or nutrition.  Just the worst.  Period.  And to top it all off, recently, studies prove that sugar, all sugar, doesn’t only worsen existant cancer, but also increases your chances of developing cancer, and wait…yep. CAUSES CANCER.  For more info on that, click here: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/13456-research-reveals-how-sugar-causes-cancer.html

 

Ok, so now that we have figured out where all the EVIL came from this past holiday & thus how my son got so SICK….Let’s get to fixing him (and me).

This week #minidrdahl was only allowed to ingest six things (GAWD was he pissed!):

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Being forced to drink bone broth…it was like pulling teeth! But, he finally admitted, it truly did make his belly better.

Peppermint tea (with raw honey), plain organic yogurt (with raw honey), brown rice cakes (seaweed ok), organic applesauce (cinnamon flavored ok), dairy free probiotics (read yokult, good belly etc.), and YEP YOU GUESSED IT!  Homemade organic chicken BONE BROTH! woot woot!  This short list consitutes some of THE FINEST gut healing rememdies known to man.  Along with some acupuncure from Dr. Dad, some gentle yoga pose instruction from Mom, and more than a few jet-propelled expulsions, minidrdahl is feeling MUCH better and was back at school today, finally.

You too can recieve this valuable assitance with Halloween Junk Belly recovery! Call for your appointment with Dr. Eric NOW! 310-207-0222 (jk but totally not).

Although…NOW, the boy says that he is having leg pain and still has a lot of sinus congestion…residual systemic reaction?  It’s not isolated in the gut folks; What you eat is what you are.  Pervasive.  BAD Allergies and a little asthma?  In my opinion it’s all a result of the BAD FOOD.  But that is me, Dr. Mom, self-diagnosing (Dr. Eric hates it when I do that…thus the title #mrsdrdahl! lol).

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The Death of me! Drink up Witches!!!”

Or maybe you are like me this week.  Sluggish, swollen, sore, and grumpy.  When the Big Event is over, the system just kinda shuts down, like, “Um, I’m done!”  I know you won’t be surprised when I tell you that my back is out, AGAIN.  I have that acursed mushy bruised feeling all over my body.  Happens every damn time!  I have “damped down” or so they call it in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) too many sweets, excessive caffine, or alcohol will do it.  Plus, although red wine is an anti-oxidant, it still makes my wrists hurt.  Its the nitriates maybe?  But prolly more than that.  There are several other obvious signs that my body chemistry has gotten out of whack.  I mean, the stress of a high pressure guest filled evening in my home, one that takes cleaning and preparations and happiness and socializing and guests and clean up?   Yep, causes depletion!  This week too, I’ve got a herpes blister on my chin, a canker sore on my mouth, and my hair is falling out.  I’m going to have to haul my own self into the office.  Gonna get me some acupuncture and cupping too!  Be like me!  Visit Santa Monica Healing Arts.  No no, really, do. DO.

 

But, why worry about gut health?  I mean, it’s just a stomach ache right?  It’ll pass.  Pop some Tums and get over it?  Not so fast fastguy…

**ooooh! time out.  Fun fact:***  did you know that Tums is ridonkulous?  (our opinion).  Tums was created to cure excess stomach acid.  But most people who suffer from heartburn actually have a LACK of stomach acid, causing digestive failure and thus leaving the food to rot in the stomach.  This rotten food creates acid which thus creates acid reflux.  Tums doesn’t fix THAT kind of acid.  What does fix that  ironically, is MORE stomach acid – to help digest that stagnant food.  Guess what?  An actual really truly great stomach acid whole food supplement is a Standart Process product called Zypan (available at Dr. Eric’s office!).  Also the kicker is that Tums’ slogan advertizes that it “is not just an antacid but also a calcium supplement!”  Well, yes, Calium Bicarbonate contains Calcium, but an non-acidic environment prevents absorbtion of calcium in the stomach.  You’d only absorb the Calcium as a supplement if the product was defective and NOT decreasing the acid in the stomach.  So if the product does what it says it does than it doesn’t do what it says it does?  Whatever.  Just don’t eat crappy food.

 

But back to our topic at hand.  Gut Health.

After Halloween, there’s no doubt that you’ve got an excess of sugar in your system.  There’s another thing that likes sugar besides my son.  YEAST.

You guys know that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut right?  So there are these YEAST populations.  They do their job by eating all the crappy sugar that you put in your face.  But guess what happens when you eat too much sugar?  Pro-biotics get eaten alive, and an imbalance ensues.  Don’t feed your yeasts!  Ladies, you all know about a yeast infection right?  UNPLEASANT.  So, a systemic yeast infection?  What is that?  When those yeasties have prevailed and have come to inhabit your entire body system causing inflammation, bloating, pain, joint pain, soreness, god knows what.  I’ve had a systemic yeast infection on a few occassions, mostly in my late 20’s & usually post Valentine’s Day when I have consumed WAYYYYY too many See’s Candies.  They suck.  God they are delicious.  So, my son and I might BOTH be having a systemic yeast infection currently.  His from straight up sugar, mine from the sugar that resides in alcohol (because I am so *good spirited!*).  For more information about candida overgrowth from sugar click here: http://t.co/w695qzy23z  It’s a BITCH I tell you.  And we should know better, but we don’t.  The struggle is REAL.

But, basically, when you’ve thrown your body chemistry all out of whack in so many ways, what you need to do is CLEANSE.

Bummer, but yes.  Cleanse.  Start with only the above mentioned happy gut foods, or even fewer and under a Dr.’s supervision, and slowly, very slowly add back in one gentle food at a time.  Keep away from excess wheat, dairy, spicy, and otherwise complex foods.  You will be able to recognize what is tolerable and also learn what is displeasurable to you system so that you can avoid it in the future.  BTW, Dr. Eric is really good at this kind of assisted cleansing and helping you track your food patterns to find problems.  He has all the whole-food supplements to assist your body and great Metagenics detox products as well.

Poor #minidrdahl was PISSED to limit his food like this, and we didn’t even do a prolonged cleanse, only two or three days.  I told him “Guess what?  Sometimes what you don’t like doing makes you much happier than what you do like doing.”  Weird, I know, but true.

If you have celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance, then click here for more info re gluten recovery: http://t.co/RE9q7MJGvY

In summary, if you’ve screwed yourself up, or even if you haven’t…WHAT YOU GONNA DO WITH ALL THAT JUNK, all that junk inside your …trick or treat bag?  Assuming the ENTIRE bag hasn’t already been consumed, you have some options.

First:  BURN IT.  Not suitable for human consumption.  Especially those less fortunate or in a stressful life threatening situation – they deserve better.  But since our world doesn’t yet work like that…

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Who you callin’ Witch?

Two:  Call on the Switch Witch with your children (and yourself).  Convince them to “trade” their candy with her.  If they leave it out in a bowl with a note, the Switch Witch can be convinced to come in the middle of the night and swap it out for a non-candy gift that they have really been hoping for.  Magic.  Then burn it!  Or, trade it into a buy back program or operation gratitude – see below.

Three:  Ask your kids to donate it, and then take them to a health food store like Rainbow Acres or Whole Foods to buy “replacement candy.”  Be sure to decide before you enter the establishment how much money you are willing to spend on this “replacement.”  Teach as you go, showing them why one sweet is better than another and what is acceptible to you.  A GREAT teaching moment.

Four:  There are many Dentist Buy Back Programs wherein your local D.D.S. will pay $1 per lb. to “buy back” the candy in order to prevent cavities associated with sugar (wow, we didn’t even get into those issues!)  The dentists then usually ship the candy off to the troops with Operation Gratitude.images

images-2Five:  There are many ways to donate your candy to the Troops if you decide to do so.  A couple of such programs in addition to Operation Gratitude (you can find that one here: http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/) are as follows: Any Soldier (http://www.anysoldier.com/index.cfm), Operation Stars & Stripes images-3(http://operationstarsandstripes.org/?page_id=26), or Operation Shoe Box (https://operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/candy-donations/).images-1

Six:  Look into the Ronald McDonald House (because the toxic clown likes to give back to attone for the damage he’s done to kids).  You can find your local branch here: http://www.rmhc.org/volunteerrmhcLogo

Seven: Local Shops, Food Pantries, Pediatric Wards, Homeless Shelter, Retirement Homes, and Nursing Centers.  Try to find your local Meals on Wheels here: http://www.citymeals.org/

Eight: Local Churches, Synogogues, and other places of worship.

 

And us?  Well, we’ll be ok.  Things are already on the mend.  We just slurped down some more broth.  And honey, I’ve got junk in the trunk all day long that ain’t goin nowhere nohow.  

And minidrdahl?  I just caught him sneaking a bag of pretzels in his room…DOH!

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’till death do us part…

Stay sweet, Sugar!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

for

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Mustard is WISE…

WOW! #mustard is #trendingworldwide today! who knew? WE DID! 

(and those French as well…huh huh huh…so savvy!)

Some of the many benefits of MUSTARD/mustard seed:

“Speeds up metabolism

Stimulates digestion

increasing saliva as much as eight times more than normal

Inhibits cancer cell growth and possibly prevents other types of cancer as well

Treatment of skin diseases through the application of sulfur found in mustard

Reduces in the severity of asthma

Decreases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Lowering of high blood pressure

Prevention of migraines

Facilitation of gastric juices which aids digestive problems and gives digestive aid

Soothing of sore throats, bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia

Disinfectant qualities

antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

For more info here are (count ’em) 3 articles from today’s social media promoting the stuff:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Mustard-for-Health—Speed-Up-Your-Metabolism-and-Improve-Digestion&id=718352

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/26/remove-odors-from-bottles-mustard_n_2762496.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/26/herbs-and-spices.aspx?np=true

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
Providing Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture in Santa Monica since 1999 (http://santamonicahealingarts.com). Check out our 5-star Review on Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/santa-monica-healing-arts-santa-monica) or find us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Monica-Healing-Arts)