Biblical Tips For Better Health: Herbs In The Scriptures

This is the third installment of bible tips for health and I want to focus on herbs. Though I am a Pan-African Israelite, I’ve learned many different ideologies. Oh, let me first explain Pan African Israelite.

Isiah 11:12

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the banished ones of ISRAEL, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH.

This is one of the many scriptures that describes what occurred to God’s people during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. My forefathers on the ships were Hebrew Israelites, therefore my true nationality is an Israelite. Migration patterns from Israel to West Africa during our rebellion to Roman Imperialism is another way to prove this. The slaves taken in the ships in West Africa were the Israelites that migrated there.

Pan Africanism is a socio-political union of those of African origins spread throughout the diaspora. Israel is located on the continent of Africa. Also, Hebrew Israelites are spread throughout the continent. So, we have been dispersed and it’s a means to rebuild the nation.

Now, one of the ideologies I studied is Kemetian Science (Egyptian Science), and there are always debates between Israelites and Kemet. One of the main arguments made by these ” Egyptian scholars” is that there is no science in the bible to prove many of its claims. Through research and study I’ve been ripping those claims apart since I was 16 years old.

First, the idea that herbalism is not rooted in scripture is 100% false.

Genesis 1:11-12 KJV:

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:29 KJV:

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Psalm 104:14-15 KJV

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine , and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

These are a few scriptures showing that the use of herbs was given to us by The Most High. An overlooked aspect of the bible is the science behind using herbs for medicinal purposes. It’s a gift bestowed upon certain people by The Most High. It’s a skill that requires great knowledge and understanding.

For starters you must have understanding of physiology and anatomy. Then you must have knowledge of the ailments that are afflicting the individual seeking the herbs. Then in this present day, you must have knowledge of whatever prescription and over-the-counter medicine they are taking. The herbalist must then take all of this information and find herbs that will heal your ailment without conflicting with your medicine and produce a negative drug interaction.

These prescription drugs that are given to us by these physicians are causing side effects that are worse than the disease it’s intended to treat. We should strongly consider first getting our diets in order, then exploring these herbs and allow the plants to be the prescribed medicine by the master physician.

These are some of the herbs listed in the bible and information on them provided by Dr. Josh Axe.

Aloes — He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. (John 19:39)

The aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years. In ancient times, it was used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume.  It also has a lengthy history of use topically for skin complaints (including wounds, irritations and burns) and internally for constipation.

Today, aloe is still commonly used to treat burns (including sunburns), heal rashes and moisturize the skin.  Preliminary research has also shown that aloe may help to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetics and decrease the effects of liver damage caused by alcohol.

Anise — Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Matthew 23:23)

All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to cool high temperatures, as well as for other medicinal purposes.

Today, anise can be used to help with digestion and can be used as anti-flatulence. It’s also used with some success for breast-feeding support and parasites. As an antispasmodic, anise can be helpful for coughs, bronchitis and COPD.

Balm or Balsam — And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.(Genesis 37:25)

Balm or balsam in the Bible refers to an extremely fragrant resinous substance extracted from a plant. In Biblical times, balsam was considered extremely valuable. The balm or balsam of Gilead in the Bible was named for the region of Gilead where it was made and this balm was used medicinally.

Today, it’s possible to find various herbal salves and oils inspired by this Biblical balm.

Bitter herbs — They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (Exodus 12:8)

Bitter herbs are a collective term used for things like horehound, tansy, horseradish, endive, parsley and coriander seeds. Bitter herbs were mostly used for food in the Bible. In fact, the people of Israel were commanded to have bitter herbs with their Passover lamb.

Today, bitter herbs like gentian and wormwood are known for helping to prevent and relieve digestive complaints. Experts theorize that bitter herbs are able to aid digestion through their ability to increase digestive secretions as well as blood circulation in the abdominal organs.

Cassia — Vedan and Javan paid for your wares from Uzal; wrought iron, cassia and sweet cane were among your merchandise.(Ezekiel 27:19)

Cassia oil was popularly used as anointing oil during Biblical times. Cassia has aromatic properties quite similar to cinnamon.

Today, cassia is used in natural hair care, coloring and conditioning. The leaves are actually harvested, dried and ground into a powder used for the hair.

Cinnamon — Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus. (Exodus 30:23)

Cinnamon, once considered more precious than gold, has some amazing medicinal benefits. The bark, where the oil comes from, was traditionally collected for anointing oil, as well as perfume.

Today, cinnamon is used to help lower blood glucose levels. Due to its antifungal properties, it’s also employed in the natural treatment of yeast infections. It can also help to calm an upset stomach by relieving gas.

Cumin — When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? (Isaiah 28:25)

The ancient Israelites took cumin seeds, dried them and used them to flavor their food.

Today, research has shown that cumin seeds contain a substance called cuminaldehyde that may be useful in fighting diabetes. A study published in  2017 demonstrates that black cumin contains an anticancer phytochemical known as thymoquinone and thymoquinone may be considered as a future drug in cancer treatment.

Frankincense — On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)

Most popularly known for incense, frankincense was used during ceremonial offerings and considered an article of luxury.

Today, it can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent, analgesic, antidepressant, and sedative, in addition to being a powerful healing herb. Frankincense oil is also a great stress-reducer known to improve anxiety.

9. Garlic — We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.(Numbers 11:5)

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built.

Today, garlic is used to boost the immune system and help prevent heart disease. It also is known to have helpful effects on hypertension and high cholesterol. Consuming garlic on a regular basis may help guard against cancer formation in the body.

10. Hyssop — Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)

Hyssop is a sweet smelling plant from the mint family. It was used in many ceremonial rituals of the Israelites, as burning hyssop typically meant an inner cleansing.

A research study published in 2003 demonstrates how hyssop may be “a useful food for hyperglycemia,” which is an abnormally high blood sugar level. Hyssop is also known for being an expectorant and improving respiratory related problems such as asthma, coughs and bronchitis.

Hyssop can be found in tea and tincture form at most health stores. Warm hyssop tea or hyssop tintcure diluted in warm water can be used as a gargling liquid for sore throats.

11. Mint — Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Matthew 23:23)

Mint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and for medicinal purposes.

Today, peppermint is still being used medicinally for its calming effects. It’s often used to improve some common health concerns like flatulence, diarrhea, nausea and headaches. Some studies even point towards peppermint’s ability to help improve indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

12. Mustard  — And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6)

One of Jesus’ most famous parables was about the mustard seed. This may be because mustard grew so abundantly in Palestine.

Today, mustard seed has been studied for its possible anti-cancer properties. Specifically, mustard seed contains a compound called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) and animal research has shown that AITC-rich mustard seed powder “strongly inhibits bladder cancer development and progression.”

13. Myrrh — Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.” (Genesis 43:11)

Myrrh is mentioned over and over in the Bible. In Biblical times, it was sold as a spice and as an ingredient of the anointing oil used in the Tabernacle, or as a salve for the purification of the dead. In the Roman world, it was considered a natural remedy for almost every human affliction from earaches to hemorrhoids.

Today,myrrh is used for its anti-parasitic, antifungal and antibacterial benefits. Many people enjoying diffusing this Biblical oil into the air during prayer and meditation.

14. Saffron — Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all the trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices. (Song of Solomon 4:14)

The most expensive spice in the world today was also very dear during ancient times. Because of its distinct yellow color, saffron

was used not only for flavoring but to make ancient dyes as well. Ancient peoples used saffron to treat stomach upsets, bubonic plague and smallpox.

Today, recent studies have indicated possible health benefits including cancer-inhibiting properties (specifically for breast cancer), antidepressant effects and promoting a feeling of fullness for mildly overweight individuals.

 

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Bible Scriptures For A Better Diet: Plant Based Eating

This is my second installment of Bible Scriptures For A Healthy Diet and I wanted to focus on plant based eating. I totally understand that the Lord gave us a list of clean meats to eat. I also understand that Christ was a pescatarian. However, The Most High becomes enraged with those whom lust over meat. Lets look at the Book of Numbers

Numbers 11:4-6:

4 The rabbla with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost- also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”

So how did The Most High Respond to the crying of the Israelites?

Numbers 11 16-20, 31-34

16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand with thee.

17 And I will come down and talk with thee there; and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt. Therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor twenty days;

20 But even a whole month, until it come out of your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: Because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

31 And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quail from the sea, and let them fall by the camp,as it were two cubits high upon the face of the Earth.

32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quail. He that gathered least gathered ten homers: And they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord SMOTE the people with a very GREAT PLAGUE.

34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah because there they buried the people that LUSTED (Over Meat).

Though The Most High gave us “clean meats”, he still seems to prefer a plant based diet. I guarantee that my Israelite forefathers wish they had never complained.

We have historical facts that suggest the base of the diet of the Israelites of antiquity was plant based. So even during this time they had some form of awareness that 60% of the body is water. So yes we must consume plenty of drinking water, but we must also get water from our fruits and vegetables. In the book of Genesis a covenant was developed between the Elohim and Adam. This covenant lasted from Adam to Noah.

Genesis 1: 29-30

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the Earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the Earth and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creeps on the Earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”

This shows that the original diet given to us by the Elohim was vegetarian if not vegan. To furthermore stress the significance of a plant based diet let’s look at Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar tried to force Daniel into conforming into the wicked ways of Babylon. He offered Daniel the King’s meat (swine flesh) and this was his response:

Daniel 1: 8-15

8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my Lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.

11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

13 Then let our countenances of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

14 So he contested to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.

15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.

Not only did Daniel follow the law given to him by The Most High, but he also proved that strength and longevity can be obtained with a vegan diet. Now, here is a list of superfoods found in the bible that you can find to this very day.

  • Almonds
  • Anise
  • Apples
  • Beans or Pulse
  • Bitter Herbs
  • Caperberry
  • Carob
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Cucumbers
  • Cumin
  • Dates
  • Dill
  • Dried Fruits
  • Figs
  • Flax Seed
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Herbs (leafy plants and vegetables)
  • Herbs (seasonings)
  • Honey
  • Capers
  • Leeks
  • Lentils
  • Melons
  • Millet
  • Mint
  • Mustard seeds
  • Nuts
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Pomegranates
  • Raisins
  • Saffron
  • Spices
  • Squash
  • Sycamore Fruit
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Watermelon
  • Wine ( in moderation)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Biblical Tips For Better Health: You Shall Not Any Abominable Thing

I was having a discussion with some of  my fellow Israelite brothers and the topic was health. It was brought to my attention that one of our brothers has started a program called Natural Path To Eden. Their objection is to restore our health back to the optimal levels that we had in scripture.

It’s interesting because when we think about about it, The Most High laid out a blueprint for us to obtain and maintain optimal health. Though devils that walk the Earth have created environmental factors, food factors, and other issues that contribute to our poor health, we have to be honest that breaking The Most High’s laws are an even larger factor.

I Believe In The Law

First and foremost, I believe 100% in keeping the laws, statues, and commandments given to us by The Most High. I believe in worship on the Sabbath Day which is Friday evening to Saturday evening and not SUN-day. Sunday is for Sun God idolatry. I believe in the Passover and Hanukkah. I believe in the feast days, high holy days, and etc. Those are the events and holidays that Christ celebrated in scripture. He did not take part in Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts, Santa Clause, Christmas trees, and other pagan customs. However, I don’t disrespect those that believe whole heartedly in them.

I also believe in the dietary laws given to us by The Most High. They were mainly given to us in Deuteronomy and Leviticus, but also appear throughout the bible. Why do I believe in the law? I believe in the law because Christ believed and maintained the law. He never once spoke against the law. So if it’s good enough for Christ then it must certainly be good enough for me.

This false idea of salvation without obligation and a lawless society can be contributed to the teachings of Paul and how everything he taught appears to conflict with Christ. I prefer to follow the teachings and the lifestyle of the man himself and not someone whom factually knew next to nothing about the historical Christ. I could really go in on this one but this is not the appropriate post.

Dietary Laws

Now to walk like Christ in the law, also means to eat like Christ in the law. The Most High gave us a foundation to build upon in Deuteronomy and Leviticus.f6a19cc96ec946e3d1413219d661a7e0

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These charts illustrate what are considered to be unclean meats. I have to be honest with this. I was never big on seafood, but I would tear some shrimp up. Go get some popcorn shrimp and pop them like tic tacs. I had to give those up and repent. So why did The Most High forbade us from eating shellfish and describe them as detestable?

We have to look at the nature of these creatures. They are the scavengers of the ocean floor. They are nature’s version of a garbage truck designed to break down dead and decaying matter in bodies of water. Lobsters and crabs consume rotting flesh and will eat anything on the ocean floor. They are referred to as ” Ocean Vultures” by many. Shrimp are scavengers that not only eat dead body parts on the ocean floor, but also are cannibals which has been determined by the parasites living in them.

Due to the scavenger nature of shellfish and other environmental factors these creatures have high levels of mercury and are loaded with heavy metals. I’ve written several posts on the dangers of mercury and heavy metal toxicity. It’s a huge detriment to our health and especially in our children. Shellfish also send more people to the hospital with food related allergens than any other food. Sounds like The Most High knew exactly what he was doing.

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Words can’t describe the hatred that I have for this walking piece of garbage. This beast is savage, deplorable, detestable, disgusting, wretched, vile, wicked, sinister, and every other negative adjective you can think of. There are at least 14 scriptures were The Most High and Christ condemn this animal. For that matter, Christ had to find an animal wicked enough to contain a legion of demons and what animal was able to hold demons? The repulsive swine!

So why was swine forbade for human consumption? Pigs are scavengers that will eat everything they come in contact with including their own vomit, feces, their young, and cannibalize one another. Due to their scavenger nature and inability to detoxify they are loaded with toxins that make them unfit for human consumption. In fact they were not created for human consumption. Their purpose is to consume the filth of the Earth . Their scavenger nature makes them carriers of several pathogenic organisms that are know to cause severe health conditions.

  • Taenia solium tapeworm
  • PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome)
  • Nipah virus
  • Menangle virus
  • Hepatitis E virus (HEV

A Consumer Report investigation found that 69% of all raw pork samples tested were contaminated with high amounts of volatile microorganisms such as Yersinia enterocolitica. This bacteria causes fever and gastrointestinal stress and could potentially cause a fatal infection.

PigAnatomy-768x498 The tapeworm parasites found in swine have the ability to travel into your brain. Jay Whalley, a musician from the UK had this to occur. He began to have seizures and doctor’s feared that he had brain cancer after discovering a 1 cm growth in his brain. However, surgery showed a cyst that had developed over a pig tapeworm.

 

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Dr. David Jockers explains why pigs are so toxic:

Animals that “chew the cud” as it says in the bible are called ruminants. These animals hardly chew their food when it is first swallowed. But they have four stomachsthat digest and regurgitate food through a special process that allows complete digestion. The major ruminants are cows, sheep and goats (9).

The digestive system of a pig is unique in that it metabolizes food very quickly through one stomach in a process that takes about four hours. A cow takes twenty four hours to digest what’s eaten and it is able to get rid of excess toxins during the digestive process. The pig’s digestive system doesn’t allow for this and the toxins are carried into the fat cells and organs of the pig itself.

Pigs also do not have sweat glands. Perspiration is a key method the body uses to for detoxification and the pig is not designed to perspire. When we consume pig meat we get all of these pathogenic microorganisms and environmental toxins into our system.

So with these laws The Most High is trying to give us the foundation to establish good health. He was warning us of the dangers that these foods have. That’s what I call love, grace, and mercy.

 


Idea For The Weekend

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It’s almost summer and the temperature is starting to warm up. The weekend is upon us once again and we all know the usual summer routines. The ladies have to get their hair and nails done, the fellas have to hit the barbershop and get tightened up. Maybe you want to hit the car wash, get the ride clean and take a ride to the beach. All of these things sound nice but I have another idea for you. Take a ride over your to your local Farmer’s Market!

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I absolutely love to hit the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday and enjoy the many things that are there. For a few moments I get a piece of heaven. My wife gets frustrated because I take so long but I can’t help it. There’s absolutely nothing better than fresh, locally grown produce that you can trust.

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Let’s keep it real. You eat food everyday were some random ass weirdo is in a laboratory dressed like Darf Vader genetically modifying your food in a test tube and petri dish. When you go to the Farmer’s Market you have face to face interactions with the individuals that are growing your food. The local growers take pride in producing food that is organic and without pesticides and herbicides. I went to the Farmer’s Market recently and the farmer was showing me pictures of the farm. When was the last time McDeath, Murder King, Drunken Doughnuts, Taco Hell, Pizza Slut, or any of those chain restaurants showed you where they get their food.

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Two things need to happen. We first need to support our local growers. The only way that we can combat these large commercial farms is by patronizing our small farmers. We can talk all of the crap that we want, but until we fight this battle with our money and impact their bottom line then it means nothing. We must make their profits suffer. Secondly, we need to kick China’s food out of here. Those dudes make food that is literally made out of plastic. How can we even think about health when we’re eating plastic rice and cabbage. The trade war that’s on the verge of happening between America and China is about to make China place high tariffs on products including agriculture. To that I say great! Are you really willing to pay more for the garbage that China is trying to feed you? Hell no and that is clear insanity. Take those dollars over to the Farmer’s Market, support your local growers, and keep as much money in your community as possible.


Food Addictions That Kill: Soy

Soy is not a food that is addictive, however it is a killer. Like I stated in my post about sugar, if you see a theme of a particular product being used in everything that you eat then the agenda is on. Look at your food labels. Just like sugar, there is soy or some form of a soy derivative in everything that you buy. And just like sugar, the consequences on your health can be catastrophic.

As I became more health conscious and decided to become vegan, I started to search for plant proteins. Many websites were promoting soy as a versatile protein alternative. I also began to pay more attention to the labels on my food. I noticed that soy was in everything and under many aliases. Soy lecithin, soy pectin, soybean oil, miso, tempeh, edamame, and etc. I began to research soy and not only is it in everything now, but this highly genetically modified plant is a horror for your long term health.

Soy has numerous dangerous toxins such as phytic acid, phytoestrogens, hemaglutinin, and trypsin inhibitors. Theses toxins appear to be the root cause of the many health ailments associated with long term soy consumption. A list of some of the known health hazards of soy are:

  • Increased infertility in women
  • Decreased libido in men
  • Heavy menstrual cycles
  • Abnormal function of endocrine system
  • Kidney issues
  • Increased risk of bladder cancer
  • Increased risk of breast cancer
  • Increased risk of endometrial cancer
  • Pancreatic issues
  • Prohibits absorption of vital minerals
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Blood clots
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Gout

Again soy can be found in so many of the foods that we buy such as:

  • Bean sprouts
  • Bread crumbs, cereals and crackers
  • Breaded foods
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP) and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Imitation dairy food
  • Infant formula, follow-up formula, nutrition supplements for toddlers and children
  • Meal replacements
  • Meat products with fillers, for example, burgers and prepared ground meat products
  • Mexican foods, for example, chili, taco fillings and tamales
  • Miso
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Sauces, for example, soy, shoyu, tamari, teriyaki, Worcestershire
  • Simulated fish and meat products, for example, surimi, imitation bacon bits, vegetarian burgers
  • Stews, for example, in gravies
  • Tempeh
  • Vegetarian dishes
  • Baked goods and baking mixes
  • Beverage mixes, for example, hot chocolate and lemonade
  • Canned tuna and minced hams, for example, seasoned or mixed with other ingredients for flavor
  • Chewing gum
  • Cooking spray, margarine, vegetable shortening and vegetable oil
  • Dressings, gravies and marinades
  • Frozen desserts
  • Lecithin
  • Milled corn
  • Meat products with fillers, for example, preprepared hamburger patties, hotdogs and cold cuts
  • Seafood -based products and fish
  • Seasoning and spices
  • Snack foods, for example, soy nuts
  • Soups, broths, soup mixes and stocks
  • Soy pasta
  • Spreads, dips, mayonnaise and peanut butter
  • Thickening agents
  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (may contain hydrolyzed protein)

There are a few ways that we can try to avoid soy as much as possible:

  • Read your food labels meticulously
  • Learn the many names for soy and soy derivatives
  • Buy organic if possible (organic processed food can also contain soy but at least it’s not genetically modified)
  • Take your health and stomach out of the kitchen of restaurants
  • Prepare meals consisting of whole foods

I understand this might be a lot of information to absorb, but it’s very important. Knowing the ingredients in your food and the side effects of consuming these products is vital. We must be honest with the fact that the health of the people in America is piss poor. I read articles about how so many children and young people are morbidly obese, have high blood pressure, juvenile diabetes, cancer, and other health conditions that were once associated with older people. No one is expected to know all of this information overnight, but the idea is to begin a process of eating better today than you were yesterday. That allows for you to take small steps everyday in learning new information on healthy eating.

 

 

 

 

 


Food Addictions That Kill: Dairy

Milk does a body good. You need calcium from milk to have strong bones. Milk is a great source of protein. Milk is a healthy fat. I would guess most people if not all have heard these quotes before. I’m not going to act as if this was not the case at some point. However, we now have enough scientific research and information to prove that dairy products are very dangerous for a number of reasons.

First of all, if you have an IBD or any other autoimmune disease for that matter, PUT THE DAIRY DOWN! Dairy products have the ability to wreck havoc on your gut microbiome and cause leaky gut syndrome. When you’re diagnosed with an IBD and/or one of the many autoimmune diseases your doctor will put you on a gluten free diet. Gluten proteins are like splinters when they hit the lining of your gut. This process leads to the leaky gut syndrome that I’ve discussed in many different posts. Again, gut permeability increases which allows food particles to enter the bloodstream. The immune system attacks these foreign invaders. Gluten protein mimics body tissue and glands such as the thyroid. This causes the immune system to become confused and attack its own tissue. The casein protein in dairy mimics body tissue and glands just like gluten. It causes the same disruptive behavior and causes the same autoimmune response as gluten. So you must give up the dairy along with the gluten for the body to reach a point of balance were it can heal itself.

Furthermore, European researchers have found that 80% of the patients they studied had Chron’s Disease and Johne’s Disease ( Mycobacterium Paratubercolosis Infection.) Johne’s Disease is found in cattle and has the same symptoms and characteristics as Chron’s. The common link is found in the Mycobacterium Paratubercolosis bacteria or “MAP” for short. Humans contract this bacteria from drinking milk because cows secrete the bacteria abundantly in their milk.

Now many of you might be saying “I don’t have an autoimmune disease so why should I care?” Don’t worry because I’ve got you covered also. Let’s start with obesity. Dr. Neal Bernard gave some interesting facts about dairy. Cheese is over 70% fat. One gram of fat in cheese contains almost 10 calories. An undisclosed pizza chain said they used up to 1lb of cheese on an extra cheese pizza. If we do the math that’s a whopping 4,480 calories on one pizza! To me that’s absolute insanity. Dairy products such as cheese have no fiber. Fiber comes from plant based foods. Fiber has low calories and makes you feel as if you have ate a lot when you actually have not. Dairy products have no fiber to control your appetite so you end up eating large quantities of it. Therefore, you pack on the calories and fat. This fatty food also slows down your metabolism because the mitochondria stores the fat. Cheese is very high in sodium.There’s a saying that “salt sucks” because salt soaks up water. This will make you gain water weight and make you feel bloated and sluggish. So we are looking at high calories, high fat, high sodium, low nutritional content, and slows down your metabolism. This is the perfect recipe for obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and many other conditions.

Animal protein is too acidic for the human body. To neutralize the acid and bring about balance in the body, calcium and phosphorus are released from the bones. So the bones are actually losing calcium instead of gaining it. This debunks the myth about milk being good for the bones. In fact, the countries with the highest levels of dairy consumption also have the highest cases of osteoporosis. One glass of milk contains 135 million puss cells, feces, antibiotics, blood, and Bovine growth hormones that are linked to obesity and cancer.

I’ve heard stories about vegans having a very difficult time giving up cheese. In a poll that was taken the the majority of the vegans surveyed stated that extra cheese pizza was the most difficult thing to give up and what they miss the most. I don’t necessarily miss cheese, but I can surely tell a huge difference between vegan cheese and dairy cheese. I find that vegan cheese is absolutely disgusting! I thought that maybe I just need to give it time for my taste buds to adapt. Then I came upon a theory that made me second guess that. Milk has casomorphins that are a form of opiates that are in the same class as morphine and other opiate based narcotics. Casomorphins becomes the casein protein. The casein amino acids cross the blood brain barrier when digested and latch onto the same brain receptors as heroin. This means that we are becoming chemically addicted to the dairy. So when a baby drinks milk and instantly falls asleep, it’s the equivalent as to when a heroin addict gets a hit and instantly starts to nod off. So we are addicted to the dairy cheese and this is a reason why the vegan cheese tastes so bad.

Large amounts of estrogen is also found in dairy products. This should be expected since cows are females and produce even higher levels of estrogen during pregnancy that secretes into the milk. Elevated estrogen levels in women are linked to breast and ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, blood clots, stroke, and thyroid dysfunction. Elevated levels of estrogen in men are linked to erectile dysfunction, infertility, and gynecomastia (man boobs).

I could go on and on about the negative aspects of dairy products. I dropped a little science on you but please do the research for yourself. Its not my job to try to convince you to a plant based way of eating. I just tell you what works for me, give you the information, and you can make the necessary determination for yourself. However, this vegan craze is spreading for a reason. At some point you will have to look in the mirror and ask yourself some serious questions concerning your health.

 


Food Addictions That Kill: Sugar

When healing and trying to reverse the effects of an autoimmune disease you must go through a process of elimination. Sure there are certain elements that we can’t control like Chemtrails being sprayed into the air, but that shouldn’t stop us from controlling the many things that we can control.

The first process of elimination must begin with our food. We have more than enough evidence to prove that the food industries and other conglomerates are working hard to make as many sick people on this Earth as possible. These individuals are in laboratories chemically producing foods that are lethal and addictive. The first manner to tell this is by reading the labels. If you see a particular ingredient across the board on food labels then you know the fix is in. Glucose, sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup are in everything. Though these are different names, they are in reference to the same devil: sugar.

For a long time sugar was my weakness. I could literally eat a family pack of double stuff Oreo cookies in one night and not even blink. On the weekends, I would go on hardcore sugar binges. I truly feel this is one of the main culprits that led to the severe flare up for my Chron’s Disease. Lets look at how sugar affects your brain, mood, and body.

There is a process that begins as a baby called “magnetizing”. Notice how nurses will give a newborn droplets of sugar water to soothe them when they are doing test and blood work. A baby’s taste buds are already programmed for the mild sweetness of breast milk. Once sucrose (table sugar) is introduced to a baby’s taste buds a chemical event takes place. A nerve impulse goes to the base of the brain, and opiate chemicals that are the cousin’s of heroin and morphine are released into the baby’s brain. This triggers the release of dopamine which is the hormone released when everything feels good. So this process is basically saying that sugar has the same affect on the brain as narcotics and you wonder why we are so hooked.

So how does sugar impact our health? Sugar is probably the single most destructive product that we consume outside of pork. It’s one of the chief causes of autoimmune diseases. Sugar inflames the digest tract causing leaky gut syndrome. In leaky gut syndrome, food particles and other foreign invaders pass through the now highly permeable lining of the gut. Antibodies go out to attack these foreign invaders, become confused, and begin to attack the body’s own tissue.

Inflammation is a key component in our health. Sugar induced inflammation can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, allergy, arthritis, obesity, thyroid issues, fatty liver disease, and many other conditions. Consumption of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white potatoes, and white flour damage the body just the same as high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is also linked to higher bad LDL cholesterol levels.

Sugar is horrible regardless of if you have an autoimmune disease or not. I know that sugar taste really good, but we must remember that the way a healthy body feels is so much greater than what food tastes. I am a firm believer that one of the major reasons my Chron’s is better now is because I dropped the sugary food. Regardless of if you’re dealing with love handles or heart disease, drop the sugar.