Combat Malnutrition withColor

Anemia (Iron Deficiency)

Even though iron in the right amount is good for you, viruses love to feed on this metal. Almost all cases of anemia are caused by a low-grade viral infection. You should therefore avoid iron supplements that are not plant-based. 

Increase your iron naturally by eating the following:

  • Spinach
  • Barley Grass
  • Swiss Chard
  • Squash
  •  Pumpkin Seeds
  • Asparagus
  • Sulfur-free dried apricots
  • Other vegetables and fruits with relatively high amounts of iron.​

Topical Capsaicin For Osteoarthritis Pain
An unusual treatment for pain comes from hot chili peppers. You don't have to eat them. Their "hot" ingredient, capsaicin, is mixed into a cream that is applied to the skin over the painful joint. Inside the nerves, this strategy is like fighting fire with fire. A brief stinging sensation stimulates the pain nerves and then shuts them down as capsaicin depletes a chemical called substance P, which nerves use to transmit pain signals. This is an old pain remedy, having been used as long ago as 1850 to treat toothaches. In controlled studies, patients report that capsaicin reduces osteoarthritis pain by more than 70%. Because it is used topically, it has no drug interactions and no serious toxicity. The main side effect is a mild to moderate burning sensation on the skin that lasts about 2 hours after application during the first 10 days or so of use. The painkilling power continues to increase week by week, presumably as substance P is being used up, although you will notice most of the benefit within the first 2 weeks of use. It is most useful for people with one or 2 painful joints and can be used for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. You will find Capsaicin in drugstores under the brand names Dolorac and Zostrix.

Experimental work by Strivastava et al. (1995) has indicated that turmeric extract exerts its anti-inflammatory effects by decreasing eicosanoids synthesis. The study concluded that turmeric inhibits joint destruction while also blocking a protein responsible for inflammation. Clinical studies using turmeric extract have been limited but have shown some useful results. One study using a turmeric extract in a formulation with other compounds reported a decrease in the pain of knee osteoarthritis (Kulkarni et al., 1991). 

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Popular Flavorings

If you don't already, you may want  to start getting into the habit of reading labels and avoiding artificial flavors and emulsifiers. Why? Because, as reported via EcoNews, some of the artificial flavors are toxic poisons that are powerful enough to cause liver, kidney, and heart disease, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, hay-fever, hyperactivity, and more.

  • Strawberry flavor is benzyl acetate, a synthetic chemical that tastes like strawberries. This substance is a nitrate solvent and is extremely dangerous and can cause vomiting and diarrhea
  • Vanilla flavoring is peperonal or vanillin. Peperonal is a chemical used to kill lice. Vanillin is made from the wastes of wood pulp and has no relationship to the vanilla bean. Natural vanilla (which is pureed vanilla beans or vanilla extract) is much more expensive than artificial vanilla. 
  • Pineappleflavoring, also known as ethyl acetate is used to fool our taste buds. It can cause liver, kidney, and heart damage. It is also used as a cleaner for leather and textiles. Its vapors have been known to cause chronic lung, liver, and heart damage. So, as long as we don't breathe when we are eating, according to the manufacturers, it is ok to eat????
  • Banana flavoring is amylbutyrate. This chemical is used as an oil paint solvent. 
  • Cherry flavoring is Aldehydec 17, which will burn your senses. This inflammable liquid is used as ananiline dye in the manufacture of plastic and rubber.  
  •  Nut Flavoring is butraldehyde, one of the ingredients in rubber cement. Next time you are repairing your shoes, just think of the consumers eating their butternut or crunchy nut ice cream.
  •  Nearly all artificial food flavors and food colors come from coal tar.  This is a substance in coal and also petroleum. Coal tar is notorious as a causative agent in producing cancer of the stomach, bowel, kidney, liver, and other organs. 
  •  Stabilizers make ice cream smooth; and emulsifiers make it stiff, so that it can retain air. Some of the chemicals used by large manufacturers include: propylene glycol (also used in antifreeze), glycerin, sodium carboxyl methylcellulose, monoglycerides, diglycerides, disodium phosphates, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, polysorbate 80, and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.
     disodium phosphates, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, polysorbate 80, and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.

Addressing Adrenal Fatigue

Each of your meals should ideally contain a balance of potassium, sodium, and sugar. Understand that we're talking about natural sugars from fruit (certified organic fruit), the type that contains critical minerals and nutrients, unlike table sugar or lactose, the sugar present in dairy. Some examples of great meals for healing your adrenals include: 

  • A date (potassium), two celery sticks (sodium), and an apple (sugar)
  • Half an avocado (potassium), spinach (sodium), and an orange (sugar)
  • A sweet potato (potassium), parsley (sodium), and lemon squeezed on kale (sugar)

The examples above needn't be substitutes for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner; rather, they can serve to keep your blood sugar levels steady in between those bigger meals.

Beyond eating frequent light meals, there are specific foods you can eat to restore your adrenal glands. The following are among the top foods to eat to bounce back from adrenal fatigue: 

  • Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Wild Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Red-skinned apples

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Healing our Bodies...

starting with our Food

Healing Foods

The following list of fruits and vegetables are the best ones to incorporate into your diet (listed in rough order of importance). Try to eat at least three of these foods per day - the more the better - rotating your consumption so that in a given week or two, you get all of these foods into your system. Remember to purchase certified ORGANIC fruits and vegetables!

  • Wild Blueberries: help restore the central nervous system and flush neurotoxins out of the liver.
  • Celery: strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut and provides mineral salts to the central nervous system.
  • Sprouts: high in zinc and selenium to strengthen the immune system.
  • Asparagus: cleanses the liver and spleen; strengthens the pancreas.
  • Spinach: creates an alkaline environment in the body and provides highly absorbable micronutrients to the nervous system.
  • Cilantro: removes heavy metals such as mercury and lead.
  • Parsley: removes high levels of copper and aluminum.
  • Coconut oil: antiviral and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Garlic: antiviral and antibacterial.
  • Raspberries: rich in antioxidants to remove free radicals from the organs and bloodstream.
  • Lettuce: stimulates peristaltic action in the intestinal tract and helps cleanse viral infections from the liver.
  • Papayas: restore the central nervous system; strengthen and rebuild hydrochloric acid in the gut.
  • Apricots: immune system rebuilders that also strengthen the blood.
  • Pomegranates: help detox and cleanse the blood as well as the lymphatic system.
  • Grapefruit: rich source of bioflavonoids and calcium to support the immune system and flush toxins out of the body.
  • Kale: high in specific alkaloids that protect against viruses.
  • Sweet Potatoes: help cleanse and detox the liver from viral byproducts and toxins.
  • Cucumber: strengthen the adrenals and kidneys and flush neurotoxins out of the bloodstream.
  • Fennel: contains strong antiviral compounds. 

What NOT to EAT

when you are in the process of healing from a chronic condition

–Used to be one of the fundamental sources of nourishment on earth as a raw food.
–Technology of GMO has turned corn into inflammatory food products.
–Try to avoid ALL PROCESSED corn products.
–Includes foods such as corn chips, taco shells, popcorn, corn cereal, and anything that clearly incorporates corn syrup or corn oil (soda, gum, high fructose corn syrup).
–It is okay to enjoy a fresh, organic corn on the cob. 

–Has suffered a similar GMO fate as corn.
–Most soy products on the market have GMO contamination or added MSG and other inflammatory chemicals.
–Be cautious when eating soybeans, edamame, miso, soymilk, soy nuts, soy sauce, textured vegetable protein (TVP), soy protein powder, artificial meat products made from soy, and much more.
–Safest options: plain, organic tofu or tempeh, or the highest quality nama shoyu.

•Canola Oil
–Is mostly GMO at this point in time.
–Regular consumption may result in systemic inflammation.
–Especially damaging to the digestive system, potentially scarring the linings of both the small and large intestines, and is considered to be a major cause of IBS.
–Used in many restaurants and in thousands of products, often as a low cost alternative to olive oil. For this reason, eating out can trigger pain episodes for people who are struggling from chronic inflammatory disorders.

–Humans have eaten eggs for thousands of years. Eggs where once an amazing survival food for humans to eat in areas of the planet where there were no other food options at certain times of year. However, this changed with the turn of the 20th century, when the auto-immune, viral, bacterial, and cancer epidemics began.
–The average person eats over 350 eggs a year. This includes whole eggs and also all the foods with hidden egg ingredients
– People battling cancer, cysts, fibroids, tumors and nodules are advised to avoid consuming eggs.

- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), breast cancer, or other cysts and tumors are advised to avoid eggs altogether.
–May cause systemic inflammation and allergies.
–Encourages the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, Candida and other fungus systemically.
– Has been found to trigger edema in the lymphatic system.

–Dairy fat may be mucus producing, and a major cause of inflammation and allergies.
–Hormones, antibiotics, GMO corn and soy and gluten are fed to cows, goats, and sheep. Thus, people struggling with chronic illness are advised to avoid eating diary while attempting to heal.

•Processed Pork
–Patients with systemic inflammation disorders are advised to avoid ALL forms of processed pork. For example, ham, bacon, lard and so on.

•Farmed Fish
–Because farmed fish are often raised in small enclosed spaces, farming fish breeds algae, parasites, and other diseases – so breeders give fish antibiotics and treat the water with toxic chemicals.
–Safest fish to eat are wild ones, such as salmon, halibut, and haddock.
–Avoid Swordfish, tilapia and farm raised tuna because of high levels of mercury.

-As a general rule of thumb, only purchase fish labeled "Wild Caught".

•MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
–A food additive that’s used in tens of thousands of products and restaurant dishes.
–A salt that occurs naturally in glutamic acid (a non-essential amino acid).
–Typically builds up in your brain, going deep into your brain tissue.

- Has been shown to cause inflammation and swelling, kills brain cells, disrupt electrical impulses, weaken neurotransmitters, burn out neurons, make you feel confused and anxious, and even may lead to micro-strokes.
–Has been shown to weaken and injure the CNS.
–Often “hidden” on labels because of its bad reputation.
–The following terms usually mean that MSG is an ingredient: Glutamate, hydrolyzed, autolyzed, protease, carrageenan, maltodextrin, sodium caseinate, balsamic vinegar, barley malt, malt extract, yeast extract, brewer’s yeast, corn starch, wheat starch, modified food starch, gelatin, textured protein, whey protein, soy protein, soy sauce, broth, bouillon, stock, and seasoning.

•Natural Flavors
–Any ingredient with a name like natural flavoring is a hidden lab modified chemical.
–Natural Cherry Flavor, Natural Orange Flavor, Natural Lemon Flavor, Natural Fruit Flavor are not fruit extracts.

-Same goes for smoke flavor, turkey flavor, beef flavor, natural peppermint flavor, natural maple flavor, natural chocolate flavor, natural vanilla flavor, and all their “natural” and “flavor”-ful cousins. 
–Is allowed into thousands of health food store products that are advertised as good, safe, and healthy for your and your children.

- General rule of thumb avoid products with "flavors". Choose products with "extracts" instead.

•Artificial Flavors
–Represents any of thousands of chemicals that were birthed in a lab.
–People are advised to avoid chemical additives for obvious, well-known reasons.

•Artificial Sweeteners
–Have been shown to disrupt neurons and the overall CNS.
–Have been shown to kill good bacteria in the gut, resulting in disruption of the brain-gut axis.
–Long-term consumption may result in neurological breakdowns and strokes in the brain.
–If you crave sweets, eat fresh, raw fruit. Fruit fights disease and have powerful antioxidant properties.

•Citric Acid
–Has been shown to be irritating to the lining of the stomach and the intestinal tract, resulting in systemic inflammation and discomfort.
–Citric Acid (the additive) is not the same thing as naturally occurring acid in citrus fruits. It is important not to confuse the two.
–Citrus fruits itself can be very healing. The isolated ingredient citric acid, however, is often corn derived.

Healing From Rheumatoid Arthritis

The following lists natural anti-inflammatories (listed in rough order of preference) that will help alleviate pain and promote healing. 

  • Curcumin: component of turmeric that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. 
  • Nettle Leaf: herb containing alkaloids that can reduce inflammation. 
  • Turmeric: root that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. 
  • N-acetyl cysteine: amino acid that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. 
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): compound that reduces inflammation and relieves joint pain; restores nerves that have tightened up from inflammation to a healthy level of pliability and flexibility.

Use cold and hot packs. Place a cold pack on painful areas for about half an hour a day to reduce inflammation and speed healing, and place a hot pack on the same areas for about ten minutes a day to loosen up any muscle tension that might be developing around the damaged joints. 

Healing Herbs and Supplements

The following herbs and supplements (listed in rough order of importance) can further strengthen your immune system and aid your body in healing.

  • Cat's Claw: herb that reduces viruses and cofactors such as strep A and strep B. 
  • Silver Hydrosol: lowers viral load. 
  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and/or adenosylcobalamin): repairs and strengthens the central nervous system. 
  • Licorice root: lowers viral production and strengthens the adrenals and kidneys; helps balance the body's levels of cortisol and cortisone; very effective at impairing the ability of virus cells to move and reproduce. 
  • Lemon balm: antiviral and antibacterial. Kills viral cells and strengthens the immune system.
  • 5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate): helps strengthen the endocrine system and central nervous system. 
  • Selenium: strengthens and protects the central nervous system; restores damaged nerves near the skin.
  • Red marine algae: powerful antiviral that removes heavy metals such as mercury and reduces viral load. 
  • L-lysine: lowers viral load and acts as a central nervous system anti-inflammatory; impairs the ability of virus cells to move and reproduce.
  • Spirulina (preferably from Hawaii): rebuilds the central nervous system and eliminates heavy metals; contains high levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and chromium, which reinforce adrenal strength
  • Ester-C: strengthens the immune system and flushes toxins from the liver; this form of vitamin C lowers inflammation and soothes adrenal glands that have become enlarged from overexertion
  • Nettle Leaf: provides vital micronutrients to the brain, blood, and central nervous system; reduces pain and inflammation of rashes.
  • Monolaurin: antiviral; breaks down viral load and reduces cofactors. 
  • Elderberry: antiviral; strengthens the immune system. 
  • Red clover: cleanses the liver, lymphatic system, and spleen of neurotoxins. 
  • Star Anise: antiviral; helps destroy viral infections in the liver and thyroid. 
  • Curcumin: component of turmeric that helps strengthen the endocrine system and central nervous system.​ 
  • California poppy: reduces inflammation and calms nerves, which helps stop nerves from swelling or going into spasm.
  • Zinc: lowers inflammatory reactions to neurotoxins produced by viral infections.
  • Feverfew: reduces inflammation in the nervous system.
  • Kava Kava: calms the central nervous system and reduces stress (great to combat depression)

Start a Food & Pain Journal

Start documenting the date/time and food items that you eat. At the end of every day, log your pain level for that day. After a month, cut out certain foods that are known to cause pain, and see how your pain levels are affected. Do this until you have ruled out all of the foods that exacerbate your pain levels.