not all who wander are lost.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

natural healing, from the inside - out

Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all. - Voltaire

Vegetables: SUPERFOOD, The Best Things You Can Put In Your Body

Baking Soda: Facewash

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar: The Fountain of Youth

I'm a firm believer in natural healing: changing your diet, changing your lifestyle, positive thinking and staying away from prescription medicines. Everyone wants a magic pill to heal them and make everything right again, but that's just not the case. IN FACT, in many cases the medicine we are prescribed to fix something is hurting something else in our body. "You are what you eat" --- something we hear all the time, and it's so true. I guess that you could say that it has become my mantra lately. My mother was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthretis, unable to get out of bed sometimes. For those of you who know my mother, you know that it is IMPOSSIBLE for her to sit still. For those of you who don't know her -- well, let's just say that she is "Type A" and high-strung. After a ton of frustration with visiting doctors, failed attempts with mediciation and a ton of pain, she altered her diet. More vegetables, less red meat and no dairy {both of which are inflammatory}. She also took up Tai chi. The results were almost instant. My mother is also capable of moving mountains with her mind, so with a positive attitude and the few adjustments she was a new woman.

I discovered a few years ago {well, my mom introduced me to it}. Any and all ailments that I had, or my DOG had, I would go onto this site. It has saved me a ton of money, pain and frustration. I now drink a shot of apple cider vinegar every day which helps my skin stay clear, colds stay away, healthier hair and so much more. When I need an exfoliator, instead of spending a bunch of money at the store I bust out a $0.99 box of baking soda. I wash my face with it, scrub my body with it, and soak with it in the tub. Everyone's always complimenting my white teeth: well, once a week I brush with baking soda and peroxide...and about every other day I sprinkle some baking soda over my toothpaste. Who needs teeth whitening programs for hundreds of dollars when you have baking soda!?

Most over-the-counter and almost all prescribed drug treatments merely mask symptoms or control health problems or in some way alter the way organs or systems such as the circulatory system work. Drugs almost never deal with the reasons why these problems exist, while they frequently create new health problems as side effects of their activities. - John R. Lee, M.D.

I recently discovered that I have a big problem with a little too much Candida Albicans yeast in my body. It has caused me extreme discomfort for years: severe allergies, mood swings, joint pain, cramps, drowsiness, fatigue, extreme food cravings and some serious lady problems. All of these things, that doctors had me convinced I was bound to live with for life -- all because of too much yeast in my body, something easily treated. Once I made this discovery I didn't understand why a doctor hadn't addressed it sooner. It's extremely common {I found after countless hours on the internet and the zillion sites dedicated to this}. The reason it hadn't been diagnosed was because to cure it you don't need medicine -- there's nothing that the doctor can prescribe you, drain your wallet with have to change your diet. Have you EVER had a doctor tell you to change your diet? No. They may tell you that you have to loose some weight, but chances are the person telling YOU this is overweight. I decided to share this with everyone, because I will be making a serious lifestyle change for the next 6 months, and I'm sure that it will work it's way into my blog. To rid myself of this evil candida yeast I need to STARVE the yeast. This means ABSOLUTELY NO:

yeast, sugar {fructose, sucrose, gluclose, honey, molasses, all of it}, fruit {loaded with natural sugar}, dairy products {milk, cheese, etc}, white flour products, seeds + nuts, vinegar, mushrooms, juice, food additives, prepared sauces {soy sauce, worchestshire sauce, dressings, etc.}, any yeast-mold containing food {ketchup, olives, pickles, horseradish, certain spices, buttermilk, sour cream, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, ice cream, milk, certain vitamins, baked goods, biscuits, etc.}. And NO BOOZE. Nothing fermented: which include my 4 favorite things in the whole world, Beer, Wine, Cheese, and BREAD. I'm also not supposed to have coffee because it is prone by growing mold and I'm supposed to cut out caffeine - but I have to draw a line somewhere. So I'm limiting myself just to my morning cup.

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.- Thomas A Edison

Nobody said that it was going to be easy. I did my research and ordered a bunch of books off of amazon. Reading through these books I was super depressed because of all that I couldn't have, but I was so excited to finally have some ANSWERS as to why I was feeling the way that I was, and SOLUTIONS. Once the yeast is starved it will leave my body. Over the next two weeks I will have a bunch of toxins leaving my body, which I am helping along by drinking the juice of one lemon, straight, every morning and by eating a clove of garlic every afternoon. Both are natural cleansers. Though this diet has only begun recently I have already discovered a new appreciation for food: preparing it, eating it, and enjoying it. Ha, and all of you thought that I already had a serious appreciation for food --- well that has quadrupled. I prepare every.single.meal. - the dressing, what I drink, the sauces I use and the seasonings. We are talking FRESH. At night time now I have a cup of decaf tea...which I savor every sip. It's no chocolate ice cream or cookies, but it sure as hell comes as close as possible, and I feel better than if I was to eat a sugar-filled dessert.

This strict diet is just temporary. Once the yeast has died off and I'm back at full health, I can resume a regular diet, though always being aware of yeast-baring foods and trying to limit my consumption. Waitressing all summer and not have a glass of wine every night seems impossible right now, but every day I become more and more excited about this new way of healing and new, delicious recipes.

Eat well,
drink in moderation,
and sleep sound,
in these three good health abound.

- Latin Proverb

If anyone has any questions about Candida Albicans check out this fabulous book:

Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook: Everything You Need To Know About Prevention, Treatment and Diet by Jeanne Marie Martin

Health is all that we have. It's important to love and nurture your body and your soul. Eating healthy, taking supplements, living a clean lifestyle and daily yoga has healed my body and my mind in ways that a doctor never could. In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Happy Healing!


  1. good post! good luck on your journey of healing!

  2. I'm going to go eat some cookies & have beer. See ya! Susan

  3. damn you susan.

    shawn brought home beer, chocolate chip cookies and pretzels. ass. life sucks sometimes.