Sunday, February 25, 2018

#victorycheck - Adrenal Support FTW [Medical Medium Style]

A beautiful thing happened the other day. A beautiful thing disguised in an unpleasant, uncomfortable thing. A thing that at first felt like dread and panic, and a rush of heat in a column in my body. Usually that thing turns itself into action - action that will vindicate the feeling but later leave me wrecked and full of regret and pain. Then a crash both physical and mental where I lose myself for however long to its effects. 

But this time, no ill effects, no crash afterwards, and no pain caused for myself or others - at least nothing permanent and that couldn't be healed quickly. I was able to think enough to tell myself to step back and breathe, and I was able to recover from the adrenaline rush by dissipating it altogether. I didn't fall inti its trap. I wasn't held hostage by it while it wreaked its havoc on me and whomever was in my path at the time.

I breathed it away. I apologized for letting it get out even a sentence. I healed myself and my relationship before anything happened. For the first time in years, I was able to be in control, it didn't have me. And I owe it all to my healing. To the emotional tools and the support of the healing foods and supplements I eat daily. I am healing my life in ways I never thought possible. I am so grateful for this opportunity to grow and heal this thing that has had a hold on me for so so long. A million thank you's to Anthony William the Medical Medium and ALL of his books, blog posts, radio shows, love, healing energy, and dedication to all of us for our continued healing. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Echota's Chaga Reishi Chai Latte [Recipe]

Every morning I drink this delicious supplement, and every morning I forget it's a supplement because it's so darn delicious. It's warm, it's comforting, it's a million times better than coffee, it gives me energy, and the ingredients are healing nourishing foods. 

~ Chaga is an incredibly powerful medicinal mushroom that is highly sought after due to its phenomenal levels of antioxidants and healing properties. Chaga is rich in Vitamins A, C, B, D, and E and minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. It also contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-candida, and anti-parasite properties. Information on chaga and more about chaga can be found here on the Medical Medium blog.

~ Reishi mushroom is a prized medicinal food that has been called the “medicine of kings” and the ”elixir of eternal life” due to its astounding and powerful health benefits. Reishi has been shown to significantly boost immune system function and is an excellent cancer preventative food as it contains compounds such as canthaxanthin and beta-1,3-D glucan which can slow down the growth of tumors and help immune cells bind to tumor cells and remove them from the body.

It also is well known for helping to protect the body from radiation damage and has been shown to ease symptoms of chemotherapy such as hair loss, nausea, fever, infection, and headaches. Reishi is amazing for weight loss and can help cleanse a fatty liver and reduce edema and bloating throughout the body. WAY more about Reishi can be found on the Medical Medium blog here. 

~ Cinnamon 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.It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar.

Cinnamon is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease. It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties.

Cinnamon helps to boost memory and cognitive function, just smelling cinnamon spice or its essential oil can help make you more alert and focused. More information about cinnamon can be found on the Medical Medium blog here

~ Ginger 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, motion sickness, and vertigo. Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heart burn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning.

Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans. More on ginger can be found on the Medical Medium blog here.

~ Cardamom is a wonderful medicinal spice that has similar health properties as those of cinnamon and ginger. It is rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. It also contains antiseptic, anesthetic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. Cardamom is an excellent spice for the respiratory system and works as a natural expectorant in relieving congestion and phlegm from the lungs and sinus passages.

Cardamom is also great for the digestive system and stimulates the appetite as well as ease gas, nausea, indigestion, and cramping. It also helps to kill off any food borne bacteria in the digestive tract which helps to protect against food poisoning and gastric distress.

Cardamom also contains several compounds that helps to prevent blood clots from forming in the blood stream, making is an important medicinal for those concerned with deep vein thrombosis, lupus, strokes, or pregnancy. More about the amazing healing power of cardamom can be found on the Medical Medium blog here.

~ Nutmeg contains anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and digestive properties that are highly beneficial for the neurological, cognitive, immune, and digestive systems.

Nutmeg is commonly used for abdomen pain, liver and spleen disorders, gas, diarrhea, and general weakness. A pinch of fresh ground nutmeg in a teaspoon or two of raw honey is a wonderful natural remedy for nausea, indigestion, and gastritis. It is also great for kidney infections and for helping to dissolve kidney stones.

Nutmeg oil contains several health promoting compounds including myrsiticin, safrole, and eugnol. It is known to be good for supporting the adrenal glands and can help support the nervous system to overcome neuralgia, chronic fatigue, exhaustion, and frigidity. Nutmeg oil is also used topically for toothache relief and to support circulation thereby aiding muscles, joints, arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. Even more information on this brilliant healing food can be found on the Medical Medium blog here.

Chaga Reishi Chai Latte
Printable Recipe Here
(goes without saying that all ingredients are organic fair trade, yes?)

4 c filtered water
1 thumb-sized chunk ginger
1/4 c coconut milk
raw honey to taste
1 tsp Vimergy reishi
2 tsps Vimergy chaga
1/2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Here's how I like to put mine together. Put the water in the kettle and put the kettle on medium heat to warm. You want the water just under boiling.

Then add the coconut milk and honey to the blender. Add spices, chaga, reishi and vanilla as well. By this time for me, the kettle is usually ready, so I then add the just under boiling water to the blender container. Blend on low speed until slightly frothy. 

Pour into your favorite mugs and enjoy! Serves two. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What's Up Wednesday - Asparagus Juice Experiment [Medical Medium Style]

I'm doing a fun asparagus juice experiment inspired by Costco having organic asparagus. I bought a whole case! I'm juicing it and eating it for at least a month, provided Costco has it that long. I made a video about it, the link is in my profile. Go watch! I talk about that and the healing benefits of asparagus in the video. Go see!

From the Medical Medium blog (where there is also even more information): Asparagus is a fantastic healing vegetable that is high in essential minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese which are vital for a strong and healthy immune system. It is also high in vitamins A, K, and B-complex including folate which is a building block for a healthy cardiovascular system.

Asparagus contains aspartic acid which is an amino acid that neutralizes excess amounts of ammonia in the body that is often the cause of exhaustion, headaches, and poor digestion. Asparagus contains significant amounts of healthy fiber and protein which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent constipation, stabilize digestion, and stop the urge to overeat.

Asparagus also contains a compound called asparagine which is a natural diuretic that breaks up oxalic and uric acid crystals stored in muscles and in the kidneys and eliminates them through the urine. This natural diuretic is helpful in reducing water retention, bloating, and swelling in the body.

Asparagus is also high in glutathione which is an antioxidant powerhouse and particularly beneficial for those suffering with autoimmune conditions, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It is known to help strengthen the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, and bones and it’s chlorophyll content makes it a great blood builder.

Asparagus also contains inulin which encourages good bacteria in the gut that boosts nutrient absorption and helps to keep the immune system functioning properly.

Here's the recipe for the juice I make (printable recipe is here):

Asparagus Delight

I bunch asparagus (about a pound)
1/2 large lemon with rind
2 red apples
1 cucumber
(optional) 1 thumb ginger
Juice it all up and enjoy!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What Do I Do in Winter? (Recipe)

Winter can be so rough on our healing. Our liver function is depressed, our immune systems are a bit down, the body is more tired, lethargic, cold and flu season is everywhere.

I've learned some ways to protect myself and my family, and since sharing is caring, here we go! Tips and tricks for surviving winter on the Medical Medium protocols.

~ Immune system support: Of course we have to support our immune systems in winter. Elderberry syrup, Vitamin C, B12, Ionic Zinc, and goldenseal are just the basics, but are super important. Anthony on his Facebook live today said goldenseal should be taken 2 weeks on, two weeks off for three months, then a month off, then repeat if you're taking it long term. And always alcohol-free.

~ Liver support: castor oil packs with a hot water bottle

~ Liver supporting teas and juices: my printable recipe for liver tea, a liver juice of equal parts celery, apple and cucumber. 

~ Liver supporting foods: lemons, papaya, figs, sprouts, dandelion, cherries, celery, lettuce, spinach, arugula, pistachios, tomatoes, watercress, aloe, pears, wild blueberries, broccoli, artichokes, burdock, spirulina, red clover, oranges, dates, apples, chaga, nettle leaf, asparagus, squash, garlic, mangoes, cranberries, tangerines

~ A good humidifier with a UV filter for indoor dry air - when it gets colder, the air tends to get drier - not just inside because the heat is on, but outside, too. A good humidifier becomes a must in winter. 

~ Get the sun on your face, even if it's through a window. Fresh air is still important in winter, so try to get a few minutes a day if possible. And any time you can open windows to air out the house, do!

~ Warm showers and body butter: if you moisturize with body butter after a warm detox bath or shower, taking care to cover your whole body, it really helps seal the moisture in and keep you warm. I love the products made by Wholly Rooted. Anthony also recommends Living Libations and Muneeza has also recommended Herbal Heal by Moon Valley organics for dry, cracked skin repair. 

~ Essential Oil Diffuser: rosemary, thyme, bergamot, sage. alternate oils, 1 hour in each room, preferably when room is unoccupied by humans or pets. Living Libations or Plant Therapy. No MLMs, they're not the quality they're made out to be. 

~ Cooked foods in the evenings - Medical Medium Healing broth, thyroid healing broth, potatoes, sweet potatoes. 

~ Rest more. Hibernate. Take naps if possible. Rest. Go to bed earlier.

~ Sunbeam heating pads: any one is great. Here's the one I want that looks like a cape

~ Masks in public: if we all do it, it becomes normal like in Japan and China. We need to be practical about those germs and don't take on extra viral load if we can help it. 

~ Wipes or hand sanitizer: eco friendly baby wipes and hand sanitizer kept in the car and in your bag to take anywhere. Wipe down handles, steering wheels, your cell phone. Keep the bugs away! And of course wash your hands frequently! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Getting Support on the Medical Medium Protocols

 Let's face it: walking this path is almost walking into the unknown. It's new, it's not well known, it's not familiar or well-worn. We're the trailblazers. We're the ones who are showing others that they can heal. And as such, it can be lonely. It can feel like we're out in the wilderness on our own, especially when friends and family members don't understand.

No one else knows what it's like to be so chronically ill, to try everything there is to get well and still feel like death all the time. They don't know what it's like to lose everything you love, all of your abilities, and to feel so utterly abandoned as they go on with their lives while you are confined to your home, in pain, watching life go by. It can feel like you have no support for making these changes to your life, for healing.

But you do. It's out there. It might start online on social media, but who knows where it will lead - more and more people are taking this healing journey every day. And we ALL know what it's like. We've ALL been there. And we ALL want to see each other succeed in healing, and to help each other along that path.

There's a Facebook community, an Instagram community, and some cities are even having their own Medical Medium meetups. So if you're on this path and you need support, go there - you might be surprised at how amazingly supportive this community is.