Pickled Garlic for Cold & Flu Season

Now that sMT2ummer is coming to a close and the cooler weather and flu season is right around the corner it’s time to think about pickled garlic!

Garlic is a powerhouse for colds and flu as it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.  It’s also great for fungal infections, lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure and also prevents against blood clots. You need to eat it raw since the antibiotic properties are lost when cooked. Since it can be hard to eat raw, try pickling it. The taste is milder and delicious.  Here is a great and easy recipe to do that.  I just bought my garlic this past Sunday at my local farmers market and as I write it is being turned into medicine.  At the first sign of a cold or the flu eat 5 cloves a day. It’s not just for when you are feeling ill, you can add it to salads or eat it as a snack.

 

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PICKLED GARLIC CLOVES

Peeled garlic cloves (enough to fill whatever size jar you choose) apple cider vinegar {to cover), raw local honey (to taste)

Fill a glass jar with garlic cloves and cover with apple cider vinegar.

Keep in a warm dark place for two weeks. After two weeks, strain the liquid (into a bowl) and set the garlic cloves aside.

Pour half the liquid into a small saucepan over very low heat and add the honey stirring until it dissolves. I add a teaspoon but you can add more or less if you like.

Pour the reduction back over the garlic and store in a cool dark place, such as your pantry, for another 2-3 weeks.

Note: If your garlic turns green, don’t be alarmed.  This is a result of the interaction with the vinegar and it will eventually go back to its original color.

 

 

 

 

Guest Blogger Katherine Keys – Mesothelioma, Cancer, and the Healing Power of Food

My name is Katherine Keys and I have been fighting mesothelioma cancer for the past 9 years. If you don’t know, mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. People can be exposed to asbestos in many ways. My exposure was a result of asbestos being spread into the air when the office I was working at was remodeled.At the age of 49 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Pleural Mesothelioma and was told I had less than two years to live. But I was determined to stay positive and beat this cancer against all odds! My treatment included having my right lung and the lining of the lung removed–a major surgical procedure. Soon after, I began several months of radiation therapy.  I am overjoyed to say that my fight paid off and now 9 years later I am still cancer free! But I know I did not face this battle alone. The doctors and staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are true miracle workers and I am forever grateful to them.I was also helped greatly by the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center. Not only did they help me obtain financial compensation which helped with my treatments and quality of life, they genuinely care about my well-being. I am proud to call them my friends and they continue to stand by my side as I fight mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma, Cancer, and the Healing Power of Food

Cancer is a dreaded word, and even more dreaded is mesothelioma. This aggressive, most often terminal type of cancer is most often seen in people who spent years exposed to asbestos. Most of these people were not aware of the exposure risks, usually at their jobs, and later faced the terrible consequences of living out the rest of their shortened lives with no more than cash from mesothelioma settlements to bring them comfort.  https://www.mesotheliomalawyercenter.org/mesothelioma-compensation-settlements

Mesothelioma affects the lining of organs in the body, most often the pleura or the lining of the lungs. It can be treated to extend life, but rarely cured. If you or someone you care about is living with mesothelioma, you may be facing uncomfortable symptoms from the cancer and treatments. Medicines can’t fix everything, and it is important that cancer patients harness the power of nutrition, if not to cure their disease, at least to heal from harsh treatments and painful symptoms.

Healing Foods Can Extend Your Life

A study that investigated how nutrition impacted patients with malignant mesothelioma http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24149776 researchers found that those with a better nutritional status lived longer. A healthy diet may extend life in patients with cancer because it provides the body with nutrients needed to carry out important functions, including those that fight cancer cells.

Additionally, treatments for cancer, like chemotherapy, can cause nutritional deficits. Eating well and consciously choosing nutritious foods can make up for those deficits. A good diet helps replace damaged tissue, fights infections in the body by strengthening the immune system, keeps the body strong and more mobile, and generally makes a patient feel better.

Using Nutrition to Counteract the Side Effects of Mesothelioma and Treatment

Good nutrition is healing for the body and it can extend the life of a cancer patient, but it can also help patients find relief from side effects http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/appetite-loss/nutrition-pdq#section/_177. Mesothelioma and some of its treatments cause pain, appetite loss, weakness, nausea, and digestive issues. Depending on your specific symptoms, your doctor or a nutritionist can help you decide what kinds of foods are best for you, but there are also some good general guidelines anyone can follow:

Nausea. Chemotherapy may leave you feeling nauseous and unwilling to eat, which in turn can lead to weight loss and malnutrition. Try eating before treatment sessions and eat dry, bland, and soft foods like crackers, dry toast, and bananas.

Loss of appetite. Cancer patients often lose a taste for food and eat less. If food doesn’t taste as good to you anymore, try dishes that are more flavorful. Use spices, eat vibrant fruits like citrus, rely on your favorite foods and don’t feel you have to branch out and try anything new.

Diarrhea. Digestive issues are also common in patients with mesothelioma. For diarrhea, get plenty of fluids, especially with electrolytes and avoid foods high in fiber like beans, cruciferous vegetables, and whole grains.

Constipation. For constipation, do eat high-fiber foods. Eat vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, and legumes every day. Drink plenty of fluids, especially those with fiber, like prune juice or juices with pulp.

Pain. To help battle the pain of mesothelioma, include plenty of anti-inflammatory foods and seasonings in your diet, like ginger, berries, walnuts, yogurt, turmeric, mint, and spicy peppers.

Living with mesothelioma is something that no one should have to go through, and yet so many people are suffering from this largely preventable type of cancer. Along with regular medical care and treatments, nutrition can be healing and is something that all patients should consider. Be sure to consult with your doctor or other health care professional before you make any serious dietary changes.

 

Maitake Mushrooms! Health Warriors!

maitakeThe most common mushroom is the button or white mushroom. Unfortunately it contains natural carcinogens and I encourage you to stay away from it.  There are many other great varieties to try which have better flavor and great health benefits. One of those is the maitake mushroom. It’s also referred to as “hen of the woods” because it looks like a nesting hen with many feathers.

I LOVE Maitake mushrooms.  I buy them fresh at my farmers market every Sunday. Once in a while my local Wholefoods carries them.  They are packed with health benefits.  Some studies show (Kubo et al., 1994; Konno et al., 2001Preuss et al., 2007Lo et al., 2008) that they have a positive effect on glucose levels.  Maitake mushrooms have anticancer and antiviral properties and may help lower blood pressure.  I love them simply sautéed with garlic and oil or ghee and a hint of Braggs Liquid Amino or Tamari. They are also great for mushroom soup, with pasta or sautéed with other vegetables.  AS we begin to ease into the cooler whether it helps to have a little immune boosting help and these are just the prescription!

 

Do You Have a Child With a Chronic Illness…Autism, ADHD, Allergies or Asthma? There is hope….

Why are so many children diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, allergies, anxiety and other chronic diseases?    Maybe it’s time consider a different approach to children’s health with a system and process that looks at why these problems are occurring and how to reverse them. This leads me to tell you about an event I attended last night for “The Documenting Hope Project” led by Beth Lambert. The Documenting Hope Project is following 14 children affected by chronic disease and their journey back to health by looking at every aspect of their lifestyle from food to environmental toxins.  This movie plans to give real evidence as opposed to the endless anecdotal stories you can find on the internet.  If you have a child who is dealing with a chronic illness and would like more information go to their website www.documentinghope.com.  It is a great resource for parents that don’t know where to turn when their child receives a diagnosis as well as helping them on a path to recovery.  You can also check out Beths other website http://www.epidemicanswers.org.  It is full of resources and is extremely informative. Kudos to Beth and her team!

Here is a link to a trailer for the film:

http://documentinghope.com/the-film/

With gratitude,

Maria

The Great GMO Cover Up

Below is a really important article. More and more research is being presented on the dangers of GMO’s.  If you have children or are planning on it please read on.

http://responsibletechnology.org/references-2/

Do your best to buy as much organic non-processed food as possible especially dairy, vegetables and fruit.  You can read my blog article about which the most important items to buy organic.  http://www.theholisticroot.com/blog/the-dirty-dozen-a-note-about-buying-organic.  If you eat red meat buy grass-fed.

You can also buy local as the farmers markets are starting up again soon.  Ask your farmer if they spray and what they use. Food is medicine and what you put in your mouth matters to the state of your health and your families health today and down the road.  In addition don’t forget that many of you are also spraying these toxic chemicals on your lawn.  Let nature take its course and go and weed your garden…..the exercise will also help you live longer!

Yours in health,

Maria