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I’ve created this blog because so many people are having major health issues and are told that drugs are the only thing that can help them. I totally disagree with this. Drugs do not cure anything, they only treat symptoms. I believe God put everything here that our bodies need to heal themselves. Because we have gotten away from eating healthy and what is now being done to our food (GMO’s, picking produce too early, etc.) our bodies are not only starving for proper nutrition but are being slowing poisoned.

Everyone is searching for information and I thought, as I research, I would put the best of what I find (articles, recipes, products, etc.) here, as well as links to each source so you can learn even more from them. Some of my favorites are Food Babe, Against All Grain and Gluten Free On A Shoestring. Whatever your challenge is, there is a food that can help.

 

Summer Minestrone Soup

This looks delicious!

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ThisSummer Minestrone Soup recipe looked and sounded so delicious, I just had to post it for you. It comes from myrecipes.com and is loaded with all kind of veggies. Super healthy, especially if you go organic and non-GMO. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Diane Morgan, Cooking Light

AUGUST 2015

summer-minestrone-soup-ck Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil (preferably organic)
2 cups thinly sliced leek, white and light green parts only (about 2 leeks)
1 cup thinly sliced carrot 
1 cup thinly sliced celery 
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
8 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson) (or make your own)
1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained (preferably dice fresh)
1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, and divided (preferably organic)
2 cups chopped yellow squash
2 cups chopped zucchini
1 cup…

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Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

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The group is growing! I didn’t know when I started it last year that it would be this successful. Come join us. https://www.facebook.com/groups/453816168084705/

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Where are they hiding the healthy bread?

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bread-aisle-grocery1I don’t know about you, but I get very frustrated trying to find a loaf of healthy bread at the grocery store. The bread aisle is huge and runs the gauntlet on types of breads. None of them healthy. The list of ingredients on every kind and brand is mind-boggling. Most of the ingredients I can’t even pronounce. And yet, people are loading up their carts with this junk. I don’t eat a lot of bread but I do like it occasionally and I would like to be able to buy some that wasn’t going to give my immune system a nervous breakdown. (And no, I’m not up to baking my own.)

After begging, pleading, and finally threatening, my local grocery store finally started carrying two varieties of Ezekiel Bread. They only stocked a few loaves and they would sell out quickly. Most of the time I was out-of-luck. I was about to resign myself to the fact that bread was going to be a mere memory, when I made a discovery that definitely put a grin on my face.

Dave'sThree words – Dave’s Killer Bread – “the best bread in the universe.” They make and sell a complete line of 100% organic, non-GMO, project verified, whole grain breads. This was music to my ears. And they have so many choices. There’s Power Seed, Seeded Honey Wheat, Blues Bread, Spelt, and Rockin’ Rye. They even make many of these in a thin-sliced version.

Dave’s also has something called the Sin Dawg. The name alone makes you want some. While it has all the whole grain nutrition, it is described as having an ooey gooey cinnamon and molasses center. It’s to die for! What a perfect treat for a Sunday Brunch.

Thanks to Dave’s, I’m a happy camper again. Check the out!

My favorite fruits and their benefits

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Fruit is one of the joys God gave us. Not only is fruit delicious, it’s healthy. Because of the heavy use of pesticides, it is important to buy organic whenever possible. One thing we need to learn here in America is that fruit is seasonal. If you want a particular fruit year round, it is better to freeze or can it when it is in season rather than buy it off-season from another country where it may be GMO fruit. I have a NutriBullet and make the best smoothies. Fruit-it does a body good!

CANTALOUPE

10371952_457786474356536_401677077590127870_nI love cantaloupe! Since cantaloupe is 89 percent water, it’s also the perfect fruit to help with hydration during those hot and sticky summer months (when it can be easy to become dehydrated). Researchers have recently measured the carotenoid contents of six different California-grown cantaloupe hybrids and discovered that their beta-carotene content can reach levels as high as 3,138 micrograms (per 100 grams of fresh weight). That’s about 30 times higher than the beta-carotene content of fresh oranges. They still don’t beat out carrots in beta-carotene though! http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=17

CHERRIES

10488294_478895052245678_8912815622031813461_nFor those who suffer from arthritis and gout, you will be relieved to find out that adding cherries to your diet can greatly decrease the intense pain associated with those ailments. Excess uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind the excruciating pain that causes swelling, tenderness and inflammation.  A study done by the USDA found that uric acid can be reduced by as much as 15 percent by eating 2 cups of Bing cherries. Cherries can also help reduce painful inflammation by decreasing the amount of C-reactive protein produced. So add a little zing to your diet by choosing Bing (cherries). http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/09/5-health-benefits-cherries/

RASPBERRIES

raspberries460x276Wonderfully delicious, bright-red raspberry is among the most popular berries grown all over the world. They are rich source of health promoting plant-derived nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Delicios raspberriess are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/raspberry.html

 

PINEAPPLE

pineapple_1_1_1_1Pineapple is one of my favorites. I love it in smoothies or just to eat plain. Fresh pineapple is low in calories. Nonetheless, ii is a storehouse of several unique health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pineapple.html

 

STRAWBERRIES

1557537_10201890081593842_841949103_nRipe strawberries should always be deep red, inside and out. There should never be any white. Once picked strawberries do not ripen further. The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you. These potent little packages protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/nutritional-benefits-of-the-strawberry

 

MANGO 

images (1)Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean you skin, and make the perfect snack. Here are 17 healthy reasons why you should be eating a mango every day. http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/17-reasons-why-you-need-a-mango-every-day/

It’s been five months…

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CAM00430-003I was thinking, it’s been five months since I received my diagnosis and started my quest to change my lifestyle in order to treat my disease naturally, as opposed to the conventional drug therapy. It meant researching foods that would address my problems and provide the nutrients my body needs in order for it to heal itself naturally. It hasn’t been easy because not only do I have to find the right foods but they need to be certified organic and non-GMO as much as possible. It can also raise havoc with your food budget. However, over the months I have leaned how to read labels, especially for hidden bad stuff, find the stores that sell what I need, and haunt farmer’s markets. Some things I even buy online.

Making healthy smoothies has become second nature and cutting sugar was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I am getting used to cooking with coconut oil but still use olive oil as well. I’ve learned what normal portions are. It’s amazing-when you give your body what it needs, it automatically lets you know when it satisfied.When you feed it junk, it keeps signaling that it’s hungry, trying to get the necessary nutrients. That’s why you over eat.

It was kind of in the back of my mind but now I am fully conscious of the fact that I no longer hurt. Yes, I still get stiff if I sit too long, and yes, it still hurts to walk, because of my hip mostly. But I’m no longer in constant pain. I take ibuprofen once a day, pain pill, occasionally. And I sleep all night. I used to cry most of the night because I hurt so bad and fall asleep in the morning from sheer exhaustion. That’s no longer the case.

I am convinced more than ever that giving your body what it needs for a healthy immune system is the key. Having a compromised immune system-whether from prescribed drugs or bad eating habits-means diseases can destroy your health because it can’t fight them off.

I’m looking forward to the next several months. It can only get better!

The Truth About Cancer

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Like RA, there are many lies about cancer. Conventional medicine says there are only three ways to treat cancer; chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. They also lie about what cancer actually is. The Truth About Cancer is a seven-part series that addresses all the misinformation and the part nutrition plays in treating the cause, not the symptom, and healing the body.

Honey BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

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I really miss my potato chips. I miss the regular kind, the BBQ, ripple – all of them. But I’ve found a great replacement. Give them a try!

Originally published on G-Free Foodie. They have a lot of information for those on a gluten free diet.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (or regular, if you don’t have smoked. why don’t you have smoked?)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (divided)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with a Silpat.

2. Slice the sweet potato into thin rounds using a knife or a mandolin.

3. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, 1/4 tsp of the salt, and honey. Stir to blend well. Coat each sweet potato slice. In a separate bowl, mix the spices together.

4. Lay chips flat on baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with spices.

5. Bake at 350 for 15-22 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chips. Allow to brown around edges and cook through. Sprinkle immediately with the rest of the salt.

Onion & Zucchini Flatbread

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This looks absolutely scrumptious! I’m always looking out for non-meat recipes. I’m not vegetarian or vegan but I have cut back on my meat consumption. You can use the flat bread recipe over and over with different toppings. Hope you love this recipe as much as I think you will!

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When I was young, my mom would make these flatbreads that were made out gram flour and had….for the lack of a better description a pinch like pattern on it. They were relatively very small and thicker than the regular chapatis and she would dunk it into a bowl of ghee (clarified butter) as soon as she removed them from the flame. She made the pattern with the tongs that she used to flip the bread on the flame – it was to make the ghee stick onto the bread. I liked eating those breads as is…without any toppings, without any curries.These flabreads originate from Rajasthani cuisine but I am not sure of what exactly are they called.

I used the flatbread sans ghee to create today’s recipe. The bread is stiff and holds its shape really well and this recipe is somewhat a hybrid between a tart and a flatbread. The…

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My second injection gets two thumbs up!

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Wednesday I had my second epidural injection for the pain that radiates from my right hip and down my leg. I also helps my back. The jury is in and yes, there is a noticeable difference in the level of pain, even more than the first injection. I’ve heard so many horror stories about this procedure-how it doesn’t work and the bad side effects people experience.  My doctor follows proper protocol and uses a fluoroscope to make sure that the injection is properly placed. Without it, you’re pretty much guessing where to inject. I heard many people say that their doctor uses this method. No wonder they do not experience any relief and have serious side effects. Others are also on serious medications. I don’t know if this has any effect. By going the natural route, my body doesn’t have other drugs to block or mask the effectiveness. All I know is that I feel much better. Does it hurt to walk (I use a walker right now because of my hip)? Yes. Does it hurt to exercise? Yes. But with the injection, I no longer cry at night because it hurts to even lie down, let alone turn over or to sit. I don’t have pain every minute. So, yes, my second injection definitely gets two thumbs up!

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

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Eat Local Grown

Turmeric Getting a Lot of Attention (For full article)

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

  • Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients.   [For addition curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]
  • Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.  A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes. An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model. For additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
  • Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journalActa Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model. For additional research – 5 abstracts]
  • Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journalArzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.  For additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells. For additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
  • Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines. [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer  research – 52 abstracts]
  • Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression  (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).

Turmeric Studied as Cancer Treatment

Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers.  We have two sections on our site dedicated to researching natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and while there are dozens of substances with demonstrable efficacy against these chemotherapy- and radiation-resistant cancers, curcumin tops both lists:

We have found no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.

We have identified 27 studies on curcumin’s ability to either induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.

Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in.  Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet.  [learn more at Sayer Ji’s new collaborative project EATomology]