The Link Between Detoxification and Conscious Eating

I love inspiring stories of health and healing, don't you?

I came across this couple recently who made a conscious decision to literally transform their bodies, their health, and their lives, by changing their diet and that's powerful!  The couple started out with a vegan diet,  eventually tried out a cleansing raw vegan diet, and intuitvely stuck with it based on observable improvements with their weight, energy, and health levels.  Stories like this give other people the inspiration to get started with eating healthier, and move out of the inertia that keeps them stuck in the same patterns and habits year after year.  

However, I find it fascinating that most of my detox clients come to me seeking remedy for their health issues, and at the same time, most of them claim to eat pretty "healthy" already.   And for the most part,  they don't recognize the disconnect between those two things!  

You'd be amazed at the variety of ways people describe a "healthy diet".   Some people describe it as small portions, others as caloric restrictions, others as only indulging on the weekends, or not eating fast food, and others as not doing mocha lattes every morning!  The common theme however is that even under the guise of healthy eating, most people are simply not consciously aware of what they're putting into their bodies 3 times a day, 7 days a week.

I'm not a strict "raw vegan" or "vegan" personally, but my diet consists of a lot of raw fruits and vegetables and hardly any dairy or animal protein. I'm not a fan of diet labels because you can be "vegetarian" and eat nothing but refined carbs (i.e. breads, pastas, etc.) and dairy products, or you can be "vegan" and still eat tons of processed foods and hardly any fruits and vegetables.

I'm mostly a fan of eating intuitively and eating consciously.  BUT (and this is a big BUT), I find that level of awareness and intuition only becomes heightened, after the body is cleansed of toxins at a deep level.  At that point, you can really begin to distinguish cravings and emotional eating, from what the body wants and needs as fuel.  And with an internally cleansed environment, you can also start to readily feel what the wheat, dairy, meat, high fructose corn syrup, etc. are doing to your body in real-time, while before, most people are physically numb to the effects until they reach critical mass stage and health symptoms appear.

I wanted to offer that perspective based on what I've observed time and again with clients, and also with myself.  This topic comes up over and over in conversation, and many people have strong opinions on this subject, but those same people generally have not had the experience of detoxifying their body and seeing how that process could significantly impact their diet choices.  

So I really don't like to get into conversations with people on which diet is "best", until they've cleansed their body.  I've found consistently, that when people detox, they naturally eat differently, they have less cravings, deficiencies disappear, and they intuitively move away from heavier foods, and gravitate towards more and more plant based foods and raw foods, after the cleanse.   And that's a phenomenon that I hope everyone experiences -- not just a change in diet; but an expansion of clarity, intuition, and awareness that reconnects people with Nature and naturally guides the body back into balance and well-being.  


LaShanda Greene is a holistic health educator, specializing in detoxification and cellular regeneration.  She is the founder of Higher Purpose Healing and after reversing many of her own health issues, she now helps others overcome their health challenges naturally through diet and lifestyle change, so that they can live with more health, vitality, and purpose.  She offers detoxification consultations and powerful herbal detoxification programs to restore health and vitality to the body.

Travel Updates & Tips On Mentally Transitioning to Eating More Raw Foods

My travels in Baja Sur were fantastic. I got lots of sunshine, spent time at the beach, and ate a ton of fresh, organic, tropical fruit, and even picked some of it myself which was quite a treat. I ended up doing four health talks in Mexico and there were almost 50 people who attended the last one at a community garden in La Paz, Mexico. They asked a lot of great questions and expressed gratitude that I came to their part of the world to share this kind of information with them. What a great experience!

I’m currently in Oklahoma visiting my best friend who has two beautiful children, age 6 and age 3. She asked me to come to Tulsa and transform her family’s diet so we’ve spent the past week grocery shopping for organic produce (as well as many pantry items she’s never heard of), in addition trying a lot of new raw food recipes with familiar flavors in the kitchen. Tonight was pizza with an avocado base instead of tomato sauce, topped with raw marinated vegetables. The other night we had zucchini noodle pasta with a raw marinara sauce and raw vegan banana strawberry ice cream for dessert. In general, the recipes have been a hit with the family, but her three year old is a tough sell!

What I have learned after working one on one with a family that is completely new to raw foods, is that the thought process around food and eating has to shift, in addition to the recipes and ingredients. Here are my tips for anyone trying to wrap their heads around shifting their diet to include more raw foods.

Make Time For Food

For most of us, food has become little more than an afterthought. It’s something we fit in between doing other more “important” things on our schedule. There’s always the temptation to just grab something here or pick up something there, but eating fresh and vibrant foods involves a mental shift where you start prioritizing food and the process of making food, as an important part of your schedule and regular routine. Most people spend their lives sacrificing their health for wealth and then later in life end up spending their wealth to regain their health. Don’t get caught up in this familiar cycle.

Invest In Your Health

There’s nothing wrong with being cost conscious, but when it comes to feeding yourself and your family, you want high-quality and non-toxic food going into your body three times a day. Grocery items are usually cheap, because they are made with cheap and oftentimes toxic ingredients. And big box stores like Walmart and wholesaler distributors like Sam’s and CostCo specialize in offering large quantities of cheap (and often toxic) food for public consumption. It’s time to increase the line item for food and grocery in your budget and stop cringing at the thought of a higher grocery bill each week. You can afford to eat in a way that honors your body and your health. Consider this a short term investment in the long term health of you and your family.

Get Ready to Indulge

Eating “healthy” these days is often associated with weight loss, counting calories and obsessing over ratios of macronutrients (e.g. carbs, fats, protein). The fun part about eating more fruits and vegetables is that you can eat them in abundance and be assured that you are filling your body with tons of nutrients and that weight loss will naturally occur because raw foods have a high water content and are naturally low in calories. Abundance…indulgence…these are great words aren’t they? Many of the dishes I make include things like raw almond butter, coconut oil, and avocado and taste sinfully delicious. It’s hard for people to accept that anything that tastes so rich and good, could be could for you! So I’ve found that’s a huge mental hurdle people have to cross when transitioning their diet.

My Inspiration For My New Book on Hypothyroidism (Sneak Peak!)

Psst...have you heard?  

I'm in the middle of writing a book called the "Hypothyroidism Detox Solution" and this will be the first time I'll be sharing some of the contents of the upcoming book.  I would love to hear your feedback on the writing below or the book topic in general as I continue working on this project, so please leave me a comment below!

In January of 2014, my sister called me up out of the blue and told me that she had just been diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism.  I could hear the worry and anxiety in her voice over the phone.  She said that her gynecologist had made the diagnosis and referred her to an endocrinologist for additional blood tests and to discuss potential treatment options in about 6 weeks.   I proceeded to tell her that things were going to be fine but made it very clear how this scenario was going to inevitably play out if she left things up to her doctors.  A lifetime of prescription medication…a thyroid becoming even weaker over time requiring increasing dosages of thyroid medication…and the rest of the body that’s depending on a proper functioning thyroid suffering over time and predisposing her to a variety of chronic illnesses.  

I made it clear to her that taking the medication route would require nothing of her, but to get her thyroid back on track, it would require both short term and long term changes.   She mentioned that she had heard of another friend with hyperthyroidism that had developed a goiter and who chose to take radioactive iodine treatment to kill her thyroid gland.   We discussed how that situation and treatment were a little different than hers, but ultimately that she could keep her thyroid gland and get it functioning again -- but it was going to take some effort.  She agreed to implement my suggestions.  

During our subsequent conversations, I gained more information about her health history.   I had a general idea of some of her health challenges over the years, but we normally don't talk so much about health issues when we catch up with each other on the phone.  She’s in her 40’s and I found out that she had dental amalgams (i.e. silver fillings) for most of her life, but about a year ago she had them removed.  Within that timeframe of a year, she had started experiencing an increasing amount of symptoms related to hypothyroidism including depression, fatigue, and a low body temperature that often required her to be wrapped in blankets most of the time.  The more I began researching the connection between the thyroid and the mercury in her amalgams, the more I began to understand that this diagnosed condition of “severe hypothyroidism” was little more than her thyroid gland and the rest of the cells in her body being negatively affected by accumulated toxins and poisons.  I sent her a few articles to read on this connection between toxins and low thyroid function, and a few more articles on the throat chakra and related metaphysical issues involving speaking one’s truth and expressing one’s self.   

My sister was a long way from going 80-100% raw, but she agreed to start working more raw foods into her diet, which would serve as the foundation of her detox.  I also designed a personalized detox program for her using the "4 R’s of Healing" approach:  Remove accumulated toxins, Reduce toxin exposure, Repair damaged cells, and Recharge weak cells.   I ordered her organic herbal botanical formulas for the endocrine glands, whole food supplements, clay detox baths targeted towards removing mercury from the body, as well as magnets to perform several magnetic therapy protocols for boosting her immune system, giving her cells more energy to detox accumulated toxins, and regenerating all of the endocrine glands, including the thyroid gland.  After working with this approach for 6 weeks, her endocrinologist tested her bloodwork and reported that her thyroid function had returned to normal.  This feedback from her doctor corresponded with a dramatic improvement in the symptoms she had been experiencing for the past year.  My sister was very happy with the news and was even happier that she was no longer freezing cold all of the time.  Now she continues working with the clay baths and is now interested in working with others aspects of detox, including a parasite cleanse.  

I previously had success in 2013 with helping another client reverse her hypothyroidism, but now this issue was much more personal.  My sister’s transformation within such a short time frame combined with the eye-opening research I had gathered while working her case, was incredibly inspiring and turned out to be the fuel and motivation I needed to write this book and share this information with women all over the world looking to avoid the dreaded fate of being on thyroid medication for the rest of their life….

Food Cravings & Detoxification


by Bret Powelson

Food craving has been compared to lust. It is an intensely strong desire for a specific food item. Craving has the power to turn on emotions. It is the same as craving a drug, such as a stimulant or an opiate. That is a sign that the item that is being craved is addictive. Anyone who has struggled with or has overcome any sort of addiction knows how unbelievably powerful addictions can be. If you have experience overcoming other addictions, then those same skills/tools can be used to overcome food cravings. 

One of the differences between drug addiction and food addiction is that drugs are illegal or at least regulated, whereas food is legal everywhere (even harmful food), no prescription or underground drug dealer is necessary and man actually needs it to survive. This means it is a matter of controlling food intake, not eliminating it as would be advised in treating drug addiction. Addictive food can be and should be eliminated from our diet. Addictive foods are identified as all refined/processed food, including oils, and all dairy, meat and eggs. 

If you choose to eliminate these things from your diet, don't be ignorant of the fact that serious cravings will ensue. Similar to drug withdrawal symptoms, this is because their residue is still within your cells, your interstitial fluid, your lymph, your tissues, your blood, etc. Our blood is the easiest and fastest to cleanse. For example, blood and/or urine tests show marijuana or other drugs are out of our blood after about thirty days. Other drugs eliminate even faster. 

The question is: Just because blood and urine tests show up negative, is the person really clean inside? The answer is no. The lymphatic system takes much longer to clean, even years, especially if dietary habits have been like that of a typical American. Deep cleaning through fasting or the consumption of ripe, raw, fresh, organic fruits, berries and melons is the fastest and most effective way to cleanse. 

Don't get fooled by people who promote this or that detox formula or only offer to detox your blood. True cleansing comes from fasting or from fruit, not from a laboratory, and goes deep into all the cells of the body, not just the blood. Dry fasting is the highest standard in detoxification, but there are other forms of fasting too, such as with water or fresh squeezed juice. The next level down from fasting or fruit consumption is the incorporation of leafy greens into the diet. This slows down the detoxification process somewhat but is still quite effective. If an even slower cleanse is desired then adding cooked or steamed veggies is still considered a cleansing-type diet. From there, cooked starches slow down the process even more, but as long as the diet remains a whole foods, plant-based diet, it still has cleansing properties, just at a much slower rate when compared to fasting or fruit consumption. Consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet of a lot of cooked food or even a pesco or lacto-vegetarian diet is far healthier than a diet consisting of a lot of meat, but it still lacks the deep cleansing power, the type of power where cancers or tumors are eliminated from the body. 

On this scale or range of what humans put into our bodies, a diet heavy in animal-based food and consisting of a lot of processed/refined/packaged food is just a notch or two above a diet of beer, wine, opiates, marijuana, cigarettes, etc. On the same scale, a diet of fresh ripe raw organic sweet juicy fruit supplemented with green leafy vegetables is the epitome of the perfect human diet. It should be the standard we all strive for if we really want to experience vibrant health. Drugs, highly refined foods and meat are at one end of the spectrum; leafy greens and fresh ripe raw fruit is on the other. Cooked food and all the various forms of vegetarianism (lacto, ovo, pesca, etc.) fall somewhere in the middle. Diseases naturally eliminate themselves the closer we get to our species specific diet. Any time processed, refined foods or animal-based foods are introduced back into the diet, cleansing halts. 

Stopping the cleansing process may be necessary for some people in the beginning, because detoxing can cause a healing crisis which can be really uncomfortable. A healing crisis is when our body is expelling built-up toxins or past residues. Sometimes a healing crisis manifests itself in cold or flu-like symptoms, rashes, pimples, boils, itching, headaches, back pain, etc. This causes a lot of people on this journey to discontinue and become convinced it is not a good path. This would not be correct thinking though. Think of the person who is giving up a coffee or Coca Cola habit. They are going to experience headaches, irritability, insomnia, etc. Those things are necessary to pass through if one truly wants to be free from coffee or Coke. A healing crisis and its symptoms are every bit as real as physiological withdrawal symptoms from opiates, benzodiazapines or heroin. They are the same as drug withdrawals, but just on a smaller scale.

If you want to truly cleanse your body, mind and spirit then join me in this journey. Be patient. Don't be too hard on yourself when you falter. Reach out to me. I can help you. I have been cleansing my body since about September of 2006. Don't buy into the scams: the protein powders, shakes or bars, the Paleo diet or high protein diet crap, taking supplements, free-range chickens, grass-fed beef, etc. Nobody ever cured cancer from eating meat and dairy, no matter if it is fed grass or GMO corn. It is impossible. Nobody ever cured type 2 diabetes by eating a high fat diet, no matter if it is saturated fat from animals or "healthy" fat from olive oil. That is impossible too. Nobody ever reversed obesity with a high-protein diet, nor have they ever reversed heart disease and athrosclerosis by consuming a ton of meat. But a raw vegan-style diet regularly accomplishes all of these things.

Don't believe everything science says. Science has two ways of proving things: One is a reductionist way and the other is a wholistic way. Using a reductionist way (the way nutritional science is commonly conducted today), specific nutrients are looked at to determine how they are digested, assimilated, uptaken, utilized, etc. in the body. This way of thinking could easily prove that shit is good for us because scientists can prove that there is something beneficial within shit. On the other hand, a wholistic approach looks at long-term epidemiological studies and analyzes what food does to populations at large, or it may look at human anatomy and physiology and compare it with other animals to see what species we resemble the most and what they eat. 

Both of these approaches, reductionism and wholism, are scientific. They both utilize scientific principles. Reductionism focuses in like a laser and wholism looks at things from a broader perspective. I believe both approaches are important, but I tend to lean on the side of wholism. To use a common metaphor: Wholism sees the trees and the forest; reductionism only sees the trees. I value the opinions of scientists who through their studies have determined the causes of disease, not the treatment of symptoms. Reductionist science not only promotes symptom suppressing drugs and treatments, but it is also responsible for pushing protein shakes and bars, vitamin and mineral supplements, whey protein, fish oils, etc. But we do not need any of these things. If we remove the cause of disease, then our bodies will heal themselves naturally. 

Our bodies are frugivorous in nature. This means we are naturally fruit eaters. There is no doubt about it. Our anatomy and physiology proves it. It is irrefutable. We are not like whales, cows, lions, bears, pigs, lizards or birds. We are primates, and, even more specifically, we are like the fruit-eating primates such as orangutans or other great apes. We are not carnivorous, omnivorous or even herbivorous. That is not to say we cannot digest meat, grasses or grains. We certainly can, and man has been surviving on these things since the beginning of time (or so it seems), but meat and grains should be considered food for survival, nothing more and nothing less. In this sense, grains have been referred to as "the staff of life." They are the staff of life because they have supported humans when extinction was imminent. Hunting is not always productive and fruit is not always available, but grains can be stored, so they are perfect for survival. Surviving on a certain type of food is not the same as thriving though. We can even survive on junk if we had to. Some people choose to survive on Pepsi and Top Ramen, but that does not prove it is ideal. The long-term effects would not be good, but we could definitely survive on them for a long time. I'm sure Top Ramen manufacturers could even finance a scientific peer-reviewed study proving it is good for us. 

If we want to eat a diet that was specifically designed for human consumption, then a diet consisting of primarily fruit is the healthiest. But what about protein or blood sugar? The two most common concerns about a fruit-based diet. All whole plants, including fruit, have ample amounts of protein. If the protein in all fruits in the whole world were averaged, protein levels would come to about 7-8% of calories. This is the perfect amount for humans. As far as spikes in blood sugar, it is a total myth that fruit spikes blood sugar. If the blood sugar is spiked, then it is caused by something other than fruit. Fructose, the sugar found naturally in fruit, does not even trigger an insulin response. Fructose, as it is found in whole fruit, not as it is found in processed high-fructose corn syrup, does not require insulin to be transported into cells. It is the most efficient fuel for our bodies, entering our cells with no transporter necessary. Out of all the sugars utilized by our body, fructose in fruit enters our blood the fastest and leaves our blood the fastest. 

Give these ideas a try. Don't just pooh-pooh them because you eat meat and dairy. Give a whole foods, plant-based diet a try for 30 days and see how you feel. I promise your digestion will feel better, you'll sleep better, your breathing will be easier and a bunch of other positive things will happen too. As a side benefit, you'll be living in harmony with the animal kingdom and our planet will thank you as well...

To learn more about Bret and read his book called Finding Wellness where he describes his own personal journey towards wellness, visit the website below:

Thoughts on Obamacare


Let me first start by saying that I do not like the term "Obamacare".  I prefer almost any other term to describe the legislation that President Obama navigated through the Senate and House requiring that Americans purchase health care and guaranteeing that people with pre-existing conditions would have access to medical care and not be dropped by health insurance companies who don't want to cover their medical costs.  The other titles that I don't like using are "health care" and "health insurance" because neither of them are focused on maintaining health, regaining health, or insuring that a person remains in good health for the duration of their life.  They focus on treating disease, managing disease, perpetuating all the factors that cause disease, and suppressing all other "non-scientific" natural modalities that have bee used since humans stepped onto this planet, are still used by the majority of people in the world, and are truly focused on the health of the mind, body, and spirit.

Given that the work I do falls in that "other" category, it's been interesting to observe the health care debate and now make a decision about what I'm going to do in response to the mandate to plug into a system that I no longer believe in.  I am currently self-employed, the owner of a start-up consulting business, and I don't have health insurance.  Right now, I'm being forced to research all of this more as my mom is freaked out that I don't have insurance.  I was originally planning to avoid the issue entirely for as long as possible, by not purchasing a health care plan this first year of Obamacare, and just paying the fine at the end of the year.  I kind of resent that there is a government fine for non-compliance.  It is $95 the first year (or a certain percentage of your income) and goes up each year after that.  My resentment stems from being penalized for not plugging into a system that does not focus on health education or disease prevention, and offers three main modalities of treatment that I don't personally agree with outside of acute or late stage health emergencies:  pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy.  The only thing I'm interested in regarding health insurance is using it for the things that the medical system excels at, and that is emergency situations where herbs and green smoothies just won't cut it.  That and having access to blood testing for preventative testing.  

It's often thought that the uninsured are the ones being bankrupted by medical bills, but from my research, medical bills are the biggest cause of bankruptcies in the U.S and a key point is the majority of those folks going bankrupt already have health insurance.  I came across a link recently about a young man who had to pay $11K for an appendectomy, after his insurance coverage was calculated and applied to his bill.  Yes, the plans with Obamacare give people with pre-existing conditions access to health care, but there's no guarantee their procedures/surgeries won't still bankrupt them in the process of treating disease.  Actually, there's still a pretty good change this might still happen, due to the way many of the plans are structured.

I've learned through spending way too many hours perusing the website, that even though most health insurance provided through jobs doesn't require you to pay a deductible before you receive treatment, many of the plans that you purchase on your own outside of a job including those in Obama Care (requiring up to $300 a month in premiums) require between $1500 - $5,000 deductibles before standard medical services can be issued, and some plans require the deductible to be paid before you see a doctor, specialist, or start using non-generic prescriptions.  If you have a family, sometimes you are required to pay the entire deductible for the family before any of these things kick in.  And then, after paying the deductible, there are often more costs on top of that because a co-insurance % payment is often in effect.  So $5K treatment plus thousands of dollars in co-insurance payments could easily create a medical bill that's hard to stay on top of for the typical family.  If I were to make a visit to the ER for an acute emergency, the plans that don't require high deductibles require pretty expensive premiums each month and are out of my price range.  The ones that are more "affordable" on a monthly basis require significant upfront costs that are simply not doable.  

What to do?

I have to recognize that everyone is at different levels of unawareness, unconsciousness, and life experience, when it comes to health.  My perspective on this issue comes from being sick, not finding help within the medical system, discovering the healing power of diet and herbs and detoxification, and then seeing that no amount of treatment was ever going to help me reverse the root causes of what caused me to get sick in the first place.  To someone who has never heard of kale, or experienced the exquisiteness of fresh fruit from the farmer's market, who has never been introduced to any other healing modality outside of allopathic medicine, or who is motivated by fear after losing family members and friends to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer -- health insurance and the medical system might seem like the best thing going.  I totally get it.  And no amount of me wishing things were different on the health care front in this country regarding this broken system and its crazy costs and general unawareness that there IS another way, are going to make them different right now.  

But since chronic illness can be prevented, then it's also true that our diet and lifestyle choices will literally bankrupt the country if we don't start to make different choices.  And we cannot rely on a health care as a primary industry for job growth if it condones lethal side effects from treatment and requires keeping people chronically sick and dependent on drugs and treatment. I believe systems like Obamacare are temporary, stop gap measures while other alternative systems are being put in place and while more information is starting to go mainstream regarding natural forms of healing.

I don't go to doctors anymore, I don't get prescriptions.  I don't believe in "disease" or the treatment approach to disease.  And until health insurance plans cover herbal supplements and alternative modalities that view the body, health, and illness as a mind/body/spirit experience, I'm not very interested. At the same time, I choose to honor where other people are on their own journeys.  I acknowledge that Obamacare is not alignment with my personal choices and values and understanding of what disease really is, but I'm simultaneously happy for every person who was suffering before, because they didn't have access to medicine or treatment they felt they needed to feel better and live a better life.

I look forward to a future where I won't be mandated to participate in a system I don't believe in.  But for now, my personal protest is being countered by mom's worry.  And I don't like to see my mother worry.  She's decided to purchase one of the basic plans for me, for her peace of mind and I have agreed...for now.  

8 Foods Even The Experts Won't Eat

Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals–and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and supersized health. Experts from different areas of specialty explain why they won’t eat these eight foods.

Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables, and meats that are raised, grown, and sold with minimal processing. Often they’re organic, and rarely (if ever) should they contain additives. But in some cases, the methods of today’s food producers are neither clean nor sustainable. The result is damage to our health, the environment, or both. So we decided to take a fresh look at food through the eyes of the people who spend their lives uncovering what’s safe–or not–to eat. ” Their answers don’t necessarily make up a “banned foods” list. But reaching for the suggested alternatives might bring you better health–and peace of mind.

1. The Endocrinologist Won’t Eat: Canned Tomatoes

Fredrick Vom Saal, is an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A.

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young,” says vom Saal. “I won’t go near canned tomatoes.”

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe’s and Pomi. Exposure to BPA Causes Permanent Damage In OffSpring

2. The Farmer Won’t Eat: Corn-Fed Beef

Joel Salatin is co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming.The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. But more money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. “We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure,” says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers,farmers markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher.

3. The Toxicologist Won’t Eat: Microwave Popcorn

Olga Naidenko, is a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group.

The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize–and migrate into your popcorn. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop organic kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix. Make it organic and use coconut oil. If You’re Still Eating Microwave Popcorn, You’re Not Fully Grasping The Health Consequences

4. The Farm Director Won’t Eat: Nonorganic Potatoes

Jeffrey Moyer is the chair of the National Organic Standards Board.

The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes–the nation’s most popular vegetable–they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. “Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won’t,” says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn’t good enough if you’re trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh. Budget tip:Organic potatoes are only $1 to $2 a pound, slightly more expensive than conventional spuds.

5. The Fisheries Expert Won’t Eat: Farmed Salmon

Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, published a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmonis lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. “You could eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer,” says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. “It’s that bad.” Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon. 

6. The Cancer Researcher Won’t Drink: Milk Produced With Artificial Hormones

Rick North is project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society.

The problem: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. “When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” says North. “There’s not 100 percent proof that this is increasing cancer in humans,” admits North. “However, it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

The solution: Buy raw milk or check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products. Why Do Humans Still Drink Milk?

7. The Biotech Specialist Who Won’t Eat Conventional Soy: GMO Unfermented Soy

Michael Harris is biotech specialist who has directed several projects within the biotech sector including those for genetically engineered food. He has been a consultant, manager and director for companies such as Xenon Pharmaceuticals and Genon Corporation.

The problem: Genetically engineered food is a cause of great concern due to the manipulation of DNA and genetic code including transfers from one species to another. Fermented Soy Is The Only Soy Food Fit for Human Consumption and since almost 90% of soy in the world is genetically modified, if you are not ensuring sources are organic, long-term health problems are inevitable, especially since soy has been found to affect hormonal balance and even cause cancer.

The solution: Check labels to ensure soy is Non-GMO or organic and never consume unfermented sources. If possible contact the company to find out exactly where the Non-GMO soy was obtained.

8. The Organic-Foods Expert Won’t Eat: Conventional Apples

Mark Kastel, a former executive for agribusiness, is codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods.

The problem: If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it’s just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers,” he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson’s disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples or apples from a farmer that you trust!

Source:  Waking Times

Iris Changes on the Journey of Detox

I got a YouTube comment the other day on one of my videos showing before and after iris changes as someone followed a deep tissue detoxification program.  

"EYES DONT CHANGE!  IM AN Iridologist and i can tell you this is outdated information!" ~ Michael Salas

I responded very nicely to Mr. Salas and let him know that I was also an iridologist and that I and my mentor (who has been reviewing eyes for many decades) have seen them change.  I never heard back from him.

I'm aware that there is an entire branch of iridology that teaches practitioners that the eyes don't change, but a lot of people study iridology outside of the context of detoxification and therefore, they don't understand that with a powerful detoxification program that triggers release of toxins and congestion from the body, the eyes will indeed change to reflect healing and a person's shift in consciousness as they completely remake themselves and heal and let go of all aspects of themselves that are no longer serving them.  

I pursued a career path in detoxification, when I finally understood that healing was a multi-dimensional experience that affected all of the bodies -- the physical body, the mental body, and the spiritual body.  And I continued with this path of "deep tissue detoxification" and dove more deeply into iridology when I started to become aware of the iris changes and the subsequents improvements in people's physical health, as well as shifts in their consciousness. This is why I don't focus on 1-day or 3-day cleanses that you can get at the local grocery store or juice bar.  Those are great for maintenance cleansing, but they don't go deep enough.  Getting the eyes to change is not impossible, but it is rare, because not that many people are willing to put in the work of cleansing and healing at such a deep level.

I came across another example today (See my previous post from Itality in Senegal) of iris changes occurring in less than 2 months, after speaking with Lana in Texas.   Lana has been on a deep tissue detoxification program involving raw food and God's Herbs and took a pictures of her eyes on February 4th, 2014 and March 12, 2014.   I've posted the before and after photos of her Left eye below.  The original blue color is starting to show more and the orange/brown is fading especially noticeable in the bottom left portion of the iris.

Q&A with Lana

Q:  Did you ever have blue eyes?
Lana:  "Yes, till I was 2 or 3"

Lana:  "More blue coming in every day...Stuff is really moving now that I am off the dairy. Have had a healing crisis going on for about 2 weeks or more."

Q:  Could you talk more about the details of your healing crisis?

Lana:  "I have had tons of thick mucus coming out of my sinuses for more than 2 weeks. Had a low fever in the beginning. I guess most people would have called it a cold or flu...A few months ago, I also had a healing crisis. Tons of mucus fever for 2 days and sore throat and achey body. It is really difficult to change my way of thinking, I couldn't help but think I had the flu. But after watching the video about the healing crisis and thinking about it I feel I understand now. Our thought processes become so ingrained it is hard to change."

Left Eye February 2014
Left Eye March 2014

You can read more here about why "cold and flu" symptoms are not really cold and flu symptoms at all, as Lana mentioned above.  For YouTube videos that give other examples of the iris changing, you can click here and here.  And for access to detoxification programs that have the power to change the eye colors and trigger physical and spiritual transformation, click here to learn more.

The Secrets Behind My Smile (Part 1)

First video in a series I'll be doing, where I simply share from the heart about how I manage to stay smiling in a world full of people and situations that try to steal my joy.  

I want to hear from you --> 

What types of things keep you smiling every day?

And how do you change how you're feeling during those times where holding on to your smile or your joy, is challenging?

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