Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Iodine Protocol

Iodine deficiency is a widespread problem in the US, and I grew up in the "goiter belt" which includes Michigan as Michigan along with a large swath of territory does not have iodine in the soil. As a result, the lack of iodine in this area makes locals particularly prone to getting goiters, a result of thyroid nutrition deficiency. And especially since I've had Graves Disease, I'm particularly susceptible to iodine insufficiency even now with the disease in "remission". So here's an alternative and natural treatment to help keep more thyroid problems at bay.


Apply two (2) drops of tinctured Thy-Well (brand used at Hippocrates Health Institute) iodine to the inside of the upper arm. After 24 hours, if the spot is no longer visible (or even if only slightly visible), it is an indication that the body is iodine deficient.


Mix four (4) drops of castor oil and one (1) drop of non-tinctured iodine in the palm of your hand and apply to thyroid (mid-line of the neck) each night for ten (10) days then retest on upper arm.

If gone in 24 hours or still slightly visible, in addition to the application to the thyroid, start drinking one (1) drop of iodine in 4-8-oz of water three (3) times a day. (Do not use metal utensils to stir.) Do these treatments for ten (10) days, then retest again.

Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds to Use offers more info on the practical use, purpose and efficacy of the treatment.

It needs to be said that some people have very acute reactions to iodine. Just an FYI.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Deciphering the Numbers on Produce

What does the number on a fruit sticker mean?

This is a compilation of 3 online sources by RAW EARTH LIVING. Their goal was to uncover the meanings hidden in numbers in those little stickers put on produce in the US so that the consumer can KNOW what he or she is eating ... and if it has been genetically modified, sprayed or is organic.

If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides. The last four letters of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011.

If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8″, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables trump being organic. So, it is impossible to eat organic produce that are grown from genetically modified seeds. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011

Decoding Your Produce
7 out of 10 items in grocery store shelves contain ingredients that have been genetically modified. Fruit and vegetables do not come with nutrition labels but they do have stickers (PLU – Price Look Up code) which contain pertinent information. Price Look-Up codes, commonly called PLU codes, PLU numbers or PLUs, are identification numbers affixed to produce and other products in grocery stores and supermarkets to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate. The code is a four or five-digit number, identifying the type of bulk produce, usually including the variety.

Organic produce is denoted by a five-digit number whose first digit is 9 (e.g. 94011 for organic yellow bananas); an 8 prefix indicates genetically modified food. The codes have been in use since 1990, and currently, there are over 1300 universal PLU codes assigned.

Use of PLU codes eliminates the need for grocery store checkers to identify each variety of produce visually. This advantage is especially important with the growth of the organic produce market; for example, organic and conventional oranges may look the same but have very different prices.

So, next time you decide to purchase that apple or cut a slice out of that melon, consider the PLU sticker. This sticker will tell you whether the fruit was organically grown, genetically modified, or produced with chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.
PLU stickers with 4 digits and begin with a “3″ or “4″ - produce is conventionally grown. This means that this produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides.

PLU stickers with 5-digits and start with “8″ - produce was genetically engineered (man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a larger or brighter colored food). This produce may have been chemically treated.

PLU stickers with 5-digits and start with “9″ - produce was raised organically. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.
Price Look-Up codes are generally printed on small stickers or tags, and the glue used isn't supposed to be harmful to the body.

Examples: 4139 - conventional Granny Smith apple
94139 - organic Granny Smith
84139 - genetically modified Granny Smith
Another Example:
APPLES (4173) Variety: Royal Gala
Variety Info:
Type: Global
Category: FR
North American Size: 100 size and smaller
Rest of World Size: AFW = less than 205g
If you see other variations of code on your produce, you can refer to the following website and look up the PLU code as well as other information regarding this topic: http://www.fruitsticker.com. The PLU system is administered by the International Federation for Produce Standards, an affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association.

NOTE:  the adhesive used to stick the PLU onto the fruit is edible but the sticker itself is not.
COMMENT: having some origin coding would be great for seeing how far a particular fruit/vegetable traveled but that is something still hidden in our giant supermarkets.

This numbering system is also used in South Korea. My first awareness of this cultural transference was just a couple weeks ago when I saw a huge display of big fat lemons priced at 3/₩1,000 when usually the price is 3/₩2,000 or more much smaller lemons. I bought a whole bag full, and when I got them home, I noticed the number 4???, looked up the meaning online and found out I'd bought a bunch of chemically polluted lemons. I kind of figured that when I saw those cheap beauties, but now I'm wondering how those other lemons I've been buying are classed. Hah, I didn't realize this system was in Korea. I'm gonna teach EVERYBODY!

And now that the number labeling on fruits is somewhat clear, here is an example of the nutrition of organic and conventionally grown foods. And then just speculate how much less nutritional value is actually in GMO foods than that found in the conventionally grown produce..

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bottled Water - SamDaSoo, Seoksu, Kirkland

After an extended vacation outside of Korea, I came back and didn't have any filtered water in my house to drink, so went to the supermarket and bought a couple of bottles, the brand Seoksu, since the "best" brand in Korea SamDaSoo wasn't available that day. Earlier in the year I had reacted to the water, with numbness in the head and arms, but I needed just a couple of bottles till I could get to a filter or get to Costco for the imported Kirkland brand, which doesn't bother me.

Well, I drank one glass of the Seoksu bottled water and my feet felt weird within seconds. I looked down and within five minutes my ankles had swollen. Needless to say, I didn't drink much of that water till I could get to the office filter the next day, but by the second glass my ankles were very swollen! That water must have had an instantaneous, and very scary, effect on my kidneys to get that kind of reaction. Thank goodness that within a few hours of drinking the filtered water, my ankles returned to normal.

So, using a couple of different water-testing spa kits, I thought I'd test the water of the two bottled waters, Seoksu and SamDaSoo (which also bothers me), just to "know" a bit more about them, I also tested straight Bragg's organic raw apple cider vinegar plus some pau d'arco made with Kirkland water and slow-cooked in the crockpot for a few hours. The raw apple cider vinegar is acidic, of course, but it supposed to have an alkalinizing effect on the body (like lemons and limes, according to the research) and the pau d'arco is a bark that is anti-fungal and who knows if it would interact and change the pH and other things of the water that was used to make it. TI should have tested the Costco Kirkland water without making it into a tea, but wasn't thinking. Ah well. The test is only for alkaline and acidity and doesn't find other minerals aspects or contaminants so it would only have been for very basic info.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Allopathic Cancer Blood Test

While at HHI, I met a lady who had breast cancer and in the long process of getting diagnosis and looking for a natural way to treat her cancer, she was introduced to a CNP / RNCP (community nurse practitioner / registered nutritional consulting practitioner). 

The practitioner did not and does not give diagnosis. What she gives is an understanding of an individual's blood pathology so that with diet and lifestyle change, alternative approaches to healing, the individual can follow and hopefully manage the pathology outcome with alternative lifestyle rather than invasive medical procedures and therapies. 

Candida will show up in the blood, so my friend shared her blood pathology write-up with me. She pointed out that different kinds of organisms have different shapes, and the pathology form has a simple drawing of each organism. Of the 25 possible organisms that her blood test was concerned with, 8 organisms showed up in larger quantities than desirable. The quantities are generally categorized on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 recorded as having severely high numbers. Her outcome was one "5", two "4s", four "3s", and one "2". The "5" outcome read:
"RBC Bottle Caps - Membrane damage. Free radical damage from environmental toxicity. Poor fat digestion, low EFA's, minerals. Low energy, poor circulation."
Because my candida is now over a five-year-long issue and because I've read tons and tons on the Internet and tried tons and tons of natural therapies and made huge lifestyle changes but my candida yet remains, my friend recommended that I find a specialist who could give me this kind of pathology. With the pathology and specialist to see areas of focus I as yet don't know about, I could have a 6-month follow up for another analysis to monitor progress or lack of progress. Not a bad idea! Now I just have to find someone who can do such an intensive blood analysis. It's kind of hard in Korea finding a nutrition specialist, and absolutely no one I have asked knows of anyone who does blood testing even remotely related. 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hidden Gluten in Products

Sources of Gluten
Wheat, barley, and rye are all glutinous and for those with celiacs disease and autoimmune diseases, eliminating gluten is essential in order to manage one's health effectively. Not all people allergic to gluten register sensitivities, but for those who do, a variety of symptoms may be displayed, including the very frequent appearance of skin rashes around the neck, arms and legs.

Wheat, barley, and rye aren't the only grains with gluten, although they are the most common. To the left is a listing of other grains that contain gluten; many of these grains originated from the big three--wheat, barley and rye. 

What is not on the list is oats. Oats does in fact have gluten too, but not in the quantities found in the big three. Also, some oats which are labeled as being gluten-free have been grown and processed with wheat derivatives, therefore, making them toxic to people with gluten allergies although the labeling seems to suggest that those oats are just fine for any to consume.

And following is a list of processed foods that often have gluten disguised.
  • bouillons and broths
  • breading (such as the coating on breaded chicken cutlets, etc.)
  • brown rice syrup (frequently made from barley)
  • cake flour (made from wheat)
  • caramel color (occasionally made from barley)
  • communion wafers
  • couscous
  • creamed or breaded vegetables
  • dextrin (a rare ingredient that may be made from wheat; maltodextrin is OK)
  • dry roasted nuts (processing agents may contain wheat flour or flavorings, and frequently flour is dusted on the rollers to keep nuts moving smoothly through bagging operations)
  • fried chicken
  • french fries (if they've been coated in flour)
  • gravies and sauces (including some tomato and meat sauces)
  • imitation bacon, crab, or other seafood
  • luncheon and processed meats
  • malt or malt flavoring (usually made from barley)
  • marinades
  • matzo
  • modified food starch (most food manufacturers now specify the source of this ingredient; e.g., modified cornstarch, which is OK, or modified wheat starch, which is not)
  • nondairy creamer
  • pastas
  • salad dressings
  • seasonings (pure spices are OK, but check seasoning mixes for gluten-containing additives)
  • some herbal teas and flavored coffees
  • soup mixes and canned soups
  • soy sauce and soy sauce solids (they may be fermented with wheat; don't use them unless you verify they're OK with a dietitian)
  • spreads, soft cheeses, and dips
  • stuffings
  • thickeners
  • udon noodles
  • wheat-free products (many wheat-free cookies and breads contain barley or rye flour, which contain gluten, and other gluten-containing ingredients)
  • yogurts with wheat starch
Be on the lookout for possible cross-contamination. 
Even when eating or preparing foods that are gluten free, if these foods come into contact with foods that contain gluten, there is a risk of cross-contamination. For example, crumbs from regular wheat bread can find their way into jams, spreads, or condiments if people aren't careful to use a fresh knife or utensil each time. Keeping condiments in squeezable bottles and using separate jams and spreads for people with celiacs disease is a great idea. It's also wise to keep a separate toaster for gluten-free bread.
If you bake with products that contain gluten, thoroughly clean appliances, utensils, and work surfaces before preparing gluten-free products. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and often when you're cooking and preparing food.
In restaurants, tell the server or the kitchen staff about your condition and make sure that they know that it's important to provide food that does not contain any gluten or related ingredients.
Most grocery stores carry some gluten-free bread, cereal, baking mixes, cookies, crackers and other products. Health food stores and natural food markets may have wider selections of these foods. It's not a good idea to use gluten-free products from bulk food bins because of the risk of cross-contamination. And a precaution for those using gluten-free packages: the  cake, cookie and other packages of gluten-free ingredients is usually high in starch (potato, corn, tapioca, etc); starches have no nutritional value but they do create a surge in sugar and over time many people on gluten-free diets have additionally become diabetics ... because of these packaged dietary choices.
Even if you take precautions, chances are you may accidentally ingest gluten at some point. That's OK — a single small amount of gluten ingestion may cause mild inflammation in the gut but probably won't cause any immediate symptoms. Normally, the lining of the small intestine completely renews itself every 3-4 days, so after a single incident the damaged cells are quickly replaced with new ones. However, repeated exposure to gluten will lead to ongoing damage of the intestinal lining.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wheat Grass, the Complete Food

What is wheat grass?
  • One of the richest natural resources of vitamins A, C, D, K and B-complex ... also a natural source of Laetril (B-17)
  • The richest source of chlorophyll, which is the "blood" of plants, with a molecular structure that is almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule of the human blood.
  • Contains beta-carotene, which is found in red, green, and yellow pigmented fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene acts as a scavenger against harmful molecules flowing naturally through toxins inhaled from cigarette smoke, air pollution, or other environmental toxins.

What it will do for you:
  • Drinking wheat grass and green juices helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every single cell.
  • Chlorophyll helps wash drug deposits from the body, purifies the blood and organs, and counteracts toxins. Wheat grass helps remove toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminum) that have become stored in the tissues.
  • Wheat grass juice helps to increase the enzyme level in our cells, which aids in the rejuvenation of the body.
  • Wheat grass is one of the most direct and highly concentrated forms of the sun's energy, and is the optimal energizer when it is juiced. Just 2 ounces of wheat grass juice is nutritionally equivalent to 4-5 pounds of fresh vegetables and contains 103 vitamins and minerals.
  • The juice made from wheat grass is 70% chlorophyll and oxygenates the white blood cells of the body, in turn boosting the immune system.
  • Wheat grass is also very beneficial for people who wish to lose weight. Just 2 ounces of wheat grass juice a day can increase your metabolism and make you feel great in every way.

30+ other facts about wheat grass:
  • Wheat grass juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available and is the basis of all plant life.
  • Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more light energy than any other element.
  • Wheat grass juice is crude chlorophyll and can be taken orally and as a colon implant.
  • Wheat grass is high in oxygen, like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment. Disease cannot exist in an alkaline and oxygenated body.
  • Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.
  • Dr. Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheat grass juice and uses up very little body energy.
  • Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.
  • Chlorophyll (wheat grass) rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4-5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.
  • Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheat grass is superior because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the known 102 minerals from the soil.
  • Wheat grass has what is called the grass-juice factor, which has been shown to keep herbivorous animals alive for a longer period of time.  
  • Dr. Ann Wigmore and institutes based on her teachings have been helping people get well from chronic disorders of more than six decades using wheat grass.
  • Liquid chlorophyll gets into the tissues, refines them, makes them over.
  • Wheat grass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr. Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of wheat grass is equivalent to 350 pounds of carrot, lettuce, celery, and other nutritious vegetables.
  • Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.
  • Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body.
  • Chlorophyll helps purify the liver.
  • Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.
  • Wheat grass juice acts as a detergent in the body and is used as a body deodorant.
  • A small amount of wheat grass juice in the human diet helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Wheat grass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will help eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.
  • Gargle with wheat grass juice for a sore throat.
  • Drink wheat grass juice for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
  • Wheat grass juice keeps the hair from graying.
  • By taking wheat grass juice, one may feel a difference in strength, endurance, health, and spirituality, and experience a sense of well-being.
  • Wheat grass juice improves the digestion. Wheat grass juice is high in enzymes.
  • Wheat grass juice is an excellent skin cleanser and can be absorbed through the skin for nutrition. Pour green juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
  • Wheat grass implants (enemas) are great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls. The implants also heal and cleanse the internal organs. After an enema, implant 4 ounces of wheat grass juice. Try to retain for 20 minutes or longer.
  • Wheat grass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels regular.
  • Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power". He said, "Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs."
  • Wheat grass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
  • Wheat grass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
  • Wheat grass juice can remove heavy metals from the body.

When drinking wheat grass, drink slowly, allowing the juices to mix with saliva. Drink the fresh juice within 15 minutes for maximum benefit to the body as the juice becomes oxygenated which reduces the juice's effectiveness and nutritional benefits.  

If storing wheat grass in a refrigerator because of time inconveniences in making fresh wheat grass juice both morning and evening, it is best to store the wheat grass in a glass container. Dark glass also minimizes light exposure which may also help extend the nutritional life of the juice.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Toxic Metals Affecting the Body

A large reason for eating raw food—organic, organic, organic—is to not only nourish the body but to also boost the immune system. By eating as pesticide and chemical free as possible with all the high doses of fiber for scouring the body and vitamins and minerals for nourishing it, heavy metals can gradually be “washed” away. Unfortunately, even organic food has pesticides in it. We share one planet, and rain and dust don’t bother with passports and visas when entering other countries or “restricted” spaces. Therefore, all humans are exposed to pollutants, heavy metals being just one of the large categories, but it’s the high exposure of heavy metals—not typical to the raw food diet—that causes the most havoc on the body.

Lead is contained in paints, insecticides, pottery, toothpaste, plastic, gasoline, batteries, newspaper, canned foods, chocolate, etc. It accumulates in the brain, liver, bones, kidneys and spleen. It can alter behavior and intelligence.

Nickel can be found in stainless steel cutlery, pots and pans, and dental fillings. It accumulates in bones, kidneys, sinuses, the brain and the immune system. Chronic nickel toxicity can lead to skin conditions.

Arsenic is in cigarette smoke, laundry detergents, beer, seafood, drinking water, wine, clothes, and wallpaper. It accumulates in the liver, kidneys and lungs.

Cadmium is found in soft drinks, pesticides, fungicides, plastics, rust-proofing, rubber, cigarette smoke and water softeners. It accumulates in the kidneys, prostate and eyes.

Uranium can cause cancer and birth defects. Since Hiroshima, Chernobyl and now recently Japan, this toxic radioactive dust ends up in all of us since we all share one atmosphere. As the number of x-rays and CT scans performed on people has soared, these imaging tests now are responsible for about 50% of the radiation North Americans are exposed to—up from 15% in 1980. (The New York Times)

Aluminum is used in water filtering, flocculation (to remove dirt), which it also does to our blood, causing stroke and heart attack as it tries to remove our white and red blood cells. It accumulates in our bones, kidneys and breasts and causes anemia. It is found in deodorants that glue our sweat glands so toxins cannot get out, which in turn leads to breast cancer. Aluminum in pots, pans and foil can cause Alzheimer’s.

Toxic man-mined debris:

Toxic man-made elements are very difficult to get rid of because they become part of our body at a cellular level. They look like familiar minerals, so the body tries to use them like a nutritional element, for instance:

Mercury ------->  Selenium
Lead  ------->  Calcium
Cadmium  ------->  Zinc
Aluminum, Nickel, Uranium  ------>  Magnesium

Also and so very ironic because medical science is aware of the havoc that heavy metals have on the body, a large majority of "immunizations" have toxic metals in them, mercury being the most common. And the link to serious health concerns is seriously raised by the presence of these heavy metals.

(notes from a lecture at Hippocrates Health Institute)