Friday, January 19, 2018

How Long Before I Could Stand More?

After my Post-Holiday Victorycheck video, my fellow healing warrior at Energetic Fun Healing had some questions for me. This is one of them. She wanted to know how long it took me to be able to stand for longer periods of time, since I had been unable to stand more than 5-10 minutes without excruciating pain when I was in the midst of my chronic illness. And now I can stand for a much longer time.

That time varies, but during Thanksgiving I was able to stand for the whole day while I prepared a Medical Medium compliant holiday feast. I was so high from that experience! It felt amazing - I hadn't been able to stand like that in years! It's truly amazing what the body can do given the right tools and time to heal. I love celebrating every milestone along the way, every new thing I can do that I thought had been lost forever.

Standing for long periods is one of those things! It happened gradually, as healing takes time. Eventually I could stand more and more, and walk more, and I'm gaining strength as the time passes and my body gets more and more of what it really needs. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Summer Birdsong

 Bird-watching is a healing activity simply because it takes you into nature. When you truly focus on seeing and hearing the birds, though, you elevate it to one of the most enlightening meditations you can perform.

Birdsong is the most sacred form of music; birds sing the songs of the angels and the heavens. Birdsong mends a fractured soul and can reverse disease. This is because the frequency of these melodies resonates deep within our DNA, which allows it to reconstruct the body on a cell level. If you listen to the birds with respect and appreciation and don’t take them for granted, there’s no doubt that your life will start to transform.

Observing birds is powerful, too. Here on earth, our souls can become caged up and our spirits suppressed. When we witness birds’ freedom in flight “it ignites and unleashes the spirit and breaks the cage of the soul. Further, a bird lands only on an area it deems safe—and has the ability to flutter off if that spot doesn’t work out. When we pay attention to the way a bird alights on a branch or the ground, it activates our own healing and promotes a sense of safety within our souls.

If it’s healing you’re seeking, enlightenment, connection to the Divine, spirituality, wisdom, compassion, knowledge, and understanding of your greater purpose, then seek not the owl. Seek the hummingbird. Admire the owl as a blessed and beautiful creature, yet take your cue from the hummingbird, which flies by day and feeds off the nectar of the earth’s flowers, pollinating as it goes. This is the most spiritual form of eating and shows the greatest wisdom. In order to heal, it’s critical not to sleep by day as the owl does, and to instead follow the hummingbird’s teaching and sleep by night (with short naps in the day as needed).
Excerpt From: Anthony William. “Medical Medium.” iBooks.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Did I Eat the NO Foods While Healing?

In the Medical Medium books, there is a list of foods not to eat if we want to recover our health. These foods feed the pathogens that keep us sick, keep us from recovering our health. So in addition to brining in all of the healing foods and vegetables, we of course want to stay very far away from what we all call "The NO foods".

Unfortunately when someone maybe read the book originally when she had brain fog, and hadn't necessarily referred back to that particular part in awhile, she might have forgotten what one of those NO foods was, and she might have accidentally ingested some, not even realizing that is was in fact, a NO food. Well, when we know better, we do better, right?

And so our story goes. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Making Elderberry Syrup to Boost Immunity

Cold and flu season is upon us, so of course we need to do everything we can to keep our immune systems fortified to do their best work. Among my kit of healing herbs, tinctures, healing teas, foods and juices is Elderberry Syrup. I've made it every year for my family, every cold and flu season, and my family and I take it year-round to give our immune systems a boost.

This year I've changed it up a bit because this year I've gained a certain level of herbal knowledge thanks to following this Medical Medium path, and thanks to Muneeza, who has worked closely with  and also shares Medical Medium healing information with us. So my formulaton is based on this knowledge and my own intuition of what will best support my family in boosting our immunity. And I made sure that all of the herbs in it can be taken long-term, since we don't just use ours for cold and flu season. Certain herbs need to be pulsed when taking long term, as they can lose their efficacy if taken continually. Just a few, and I've chosen not to include any of those.

The information I'm going to share below is not comprehensive, for I've just taken the bits that apply to this specific purpose. I've included links to more information about these precious healing foods in the descriptions. The recipe will follow, along with the video I made about making the syrup. I will also include links for where or which brands are the best to get if you cannot grow your own or source them fresh locally.

 Elderberries: One of the most effective remedies for viral and bacterial infections such as colds and flu and can substantially shorten the duration of your illness if you get sick. They contain special proteins and bioflavonoids that have the ability to destroy viruses on contact that infect cells in the body. Elderberries also are known to have the ability to significantly enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines in the body. They also are very beneficial for bronchial and respiratory problems and can help loosen and expel congestion in the lungs.

I like Frontier
Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest, organic of course.

 GingerGinger is one of the world’s oldest and most popular medicinal spices. It is known to greatly aid in digestion and assimilation and is widely regarded to help prevent colds, flu, sore throats, and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities.

Fresh organic ginger can be found in any health food and most grocery stores.

Rose hips:  Rose hips from the rugosa rose plant are an exceptional healing fruit that grow abundantly in the wild and in home gardens. They are packed with Vitamin C, E, & K and are used to help prevent and treat infections such as respiratory, and sinus infections as well as colds and flus. Rose hips also support the thymus gland which is a specialized organ that helps your immune system to function optimally.

I like Frontier, Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest, organic of course.

Linden flowersLinden flowers have diaphoretic and fever reducing properties which makes it an excellent remedy for colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It also works very well for chronic bronchial issues such as asthma, emphysema, and COPD. Linden flowers also have calming and sedative properties that can help prevent insomnia and produce a restful night’s sleep.

I like Frontier, Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest, organic of course.

Raw HoneyRaw Honey is often referred to as “liquid gold” due to its highly therapeutic antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-aging and anticancer properties. Raw honey is not filtered, strained, or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and provides far more benefits than regular honey as it is full of active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are vital for keeping the body health and for preventing illness and disease. Raw honey contains vitamins such as B-complex and Vitamin C as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Raw honey has the power to strengthen the immune system, reduce throat irritation, fight off colds and flu, and soothe sore throats and laryngitis. 

The best way to get raw honey is to find a local beekeeper. The more local, the better. Farmers' Markets are a great place to find them, or now often they will be at your local health food store or co-op as well. 

CinnamonCinnamon is a highly prized spice that has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and healing properties. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. Cinnamon contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that kill microorganisms such as staph, botulism, aflatoxin mold, E. coli, and cold and flu germs.

Fresh organic ginger can be found in any health food and most grocery stores. I like to buy in bulk: Frontier, Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest, organic of course.  

Echota's Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

Click here for printable version

All ingredients in the recipe below are organic.)

4 cups filtered water (we use a Berkey)
1 cup dried elderberries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 large thumb of fresh ginger
2 Tbs dried rose hips
2 Tbs linden flowers
1 cup raw honey

Bring water to just before boiling (this is generally agreed to be 95C or 195F). Turn down to simmer. Add elderberries, cinnamon, linden flower, ginger, rose hips and stir to incorporate. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, keeping the heat very low so as not to boil the liquid.

When it's ready, pour the honey into a large bowl. Put a strainer over the top and pour the elderberry mixture through the strainer into the honey. Let the liquid drip through - you can even press it to strain out all the liquid. Remove the strainer and stir to incorporate. Pour into jars and you're done! It's ready to use. Keep refridgerated. I take 1-2 Tbs 2x/day for maintenance, and the same dose every couple of hours when symptoms start. 

If you make this, let me know how it turned out! I made it today and I think it's delicious! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How I Started the Medical Medium Protocols

I was asked on my Instagram account, how did you start? My answer lies within the video...

And is documented more thoroughly here.

My full Medical Medium healing journey is documented in the posts linked on this page