Sean Croxton’s Podcast with Paul Chek: Healing Fungal and Parasite Infections

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By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

I can’t even remember how I came upon this Podcast today, but I’m so grateful I did.  You have to check out Sean Croxton’s podcasts on iTunes.  He’s got an incredible line up of interview and topics ranging from an interview with Dr. Amy Myers: Toxic Mold Exposure, to Marie Forleo: Make Money Change the World, to Adrenal Webinar Q&A with Reed Davis.

The one I gravitated toward and just had to listen to today was Podcast #57 with Paul Chek: Healing Fungal and Parasite Infections.  It was awesome!  I took copious notes and am really intrigued to dive into this subject further.

Sometimes Podcasts or webinars give a lot of general information, but make you buy a particular program or DVD set or workshop to get “the good stuff.” But with Paul Chek, yes, he does have a DVD set they promote on the Podcast, but they give plenty of great, free information, to get you well on your way to learning about and implementing strategies to deal with fungal and parasitic situations in yourself or those you know.

First, parasites can be worms, fungus, bacteria, or viruses.  There are good parasites and there are bad parasites.  We need certain parasites in order to function effectively – these are symbiotic parasites.  With a parasite infection, someone has a population of parasites that have reached the point where they are now regulating the environment they are in.  So if they are in your intestinal tract, they are regulating the pH or the rate of peristalsis using chemical messengers and so on.  When your body cannot kill down the number of parasites to the level to which is favorable for the body to have them, you now have an infection.  The problem with parasites and fungi is that they have weapons that can seriously interfere with the operation of the autonomic nervous system and the immune system.  So it’s like you are taken over by a host whose objective is to eat you (Paul’s words).

I could get quite lengthy here about what I learned, but I suppose I will just list the top 3 concepts I took away from this Podcast, and if these intrigue you as well, you can check out the rest of the Podcast.

  1. Stress is one of the biggest issues in having fungal and parasitic infections.  So, once again, how you perceive stress and process it in your life will have an impact on whether or not you are susceptible to parasites.
  2. Healing yourself from parasites takes quite a bit of commitment and motivation.  To find the motivation, ask yourself or someone else, “What is it that you can’t do right now because of the way they re feeling?”  Or, “What is it that they love enough to make changes for?”  It’s most likely not just a general statement that you don’t have enough energy, but that your lack of energy is preventing you from being fully present with and playing with your kids, or having enough energy at the end of the day to ride your horses or take your dog for a walk in nature.  Once you find out what this is for you or someone you are working with, then you have found what creates enough pain to make you or them want to stick with what is needed to clear up the infection.
  3. Key anti-parasitic tools:  bentonite clay, diatomaceous earth, Oreganol p73, cayenne pepper mixed with honey, frozen cod liver oil capsules, turmeric, garlic, and ginger.

Testing for parasites isn’t always effective, so he recommends that if you have symptoms (lack of energy, brain fog, elevated cortisol, adrenal stress, can’t get going in the morning, skin problems, athletes foot, nail fungus, yeast infection…), then start an anti-parasitic protocol and lifestyle like he lays out in his book and the DVD’s.

I know I sound really geeky here, but this stuff fascinates me!  We’re all creatures living on this planet, and when we create harmony and balance in our own lives, it effects so much more beyond ourselves because we are all connected in so many ways.  Let things get out of balance, and the signs and signals are everywhere.

Are we willing to acknowledge them and make changes, or are we going to give in?  I know which one I choose.  How about you?

Dr. Charles Major on Cancer

As we’ve mentioned a couple of times already, last week was the Natural Cures Movement Webinar that was hosted by Dr. Josh Axe.  Dr. Axe’s conversation with Dr. Charles Majors was one of the discussions that I wanted to bring to your attention.

At 39, Dr. Majors was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (tumors in his brain) that had metastasized from his bone marrow.  He chose to take an alternative route to address his cancer.  This talk was about that journey.  He wasn’t expected to live through the surgery where they discovered his malignant tumors.  Happily, he’s been cancer free for 4 years now!

Dr. Majors big discussion is that cancer doesn’t make you sick, it’s your sickness over time that causes cancer.  So, if you just get rid of the cancer, even if it’s naturally, if  you don’t heal your body and take care of what caused it in the first place, you’re still sick, and you have a higher chance that it will come back.

So the first step in dealing with cancer, according to Dr. Majors, is not to kill the cancer, but to stop making the cancer.  Something caused what were once normal cells to start making cancer cells, so you need to stop making these cancer cells.

He talks about how cancer is merely your body’s way of trying to survive.  If  you damage something in the body over and over and over again (much like many people do with their diet, their lifestyle, stress, toxins), it’s going to find a way to protect itself.  He used the example of calluses.  If you damaged the skin on the palm of your hand over and over again, the cells are going to adapt to survive, and produce a callus.  It’s a similar scenario with cancer.

So the key is to figure out what caused the normally healthy cells to produce cancerous cells in the first place, and focus on healing that.

His three step approach to dealing with cancer is:

  1. Stop making cancer by getting to the cause – what started it?
  2. Safely and specifically kill the cancer (have to make sure you’ve stopped making cancer also)
  3. Rebuild the immune system.  With a strong immune system, if cancer shows up, it will keep it from getting out of control

I loved his discussion with Dr. Axe, as he got into some more specifics on diet – eliminating sugars and bad fats and adding in smoothies with lots of fresh veggies, nutrients, and healthy fats.  He gets into much more detail in his book, “The Cancer Killers,” than I can go into here, but I would highly recommend that it be in everyone’s tool box – especially as a preventative measure on staying healthy and avoiding multiple diseases.

Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Major’s Facebook page – to just give you a taste of the discussion going on his way:

“”Dr. Majors my husband was just diagnosed with cancer and we are devastated…help?”

The most powerful step after someone is diagnosed with cancer is change your mentality from being a Victim to being a Victor…

MINDSET is the #1 step in preventing cancer, and reversing cancer immediately after being diagnosed!

The state of your mind after diagnosis is why someone can go around for years with a tumor doing great and then gets diagnosed in stage 4 and dies in 6 months! The word “cancer” is one of the most frightening words you will ever hear and when someone is diagnosed- FEAR, WORRY and ANGER set in destroying the immune system.

Psychoneuroimmunology – which is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The power of your mind beats any drug or nutrient to raise the immune system or depress the immune system!

1 minute of anger depresses the immune system for 6 hours and just minutes of laughter raises the immune system for 24 hours!

Studies have shown that people who laugh while watching a comedy had an increase in the dilation of blood vessels by one fifth and the benefits can last up to 24 hours.

Laughter has shown to increase the levels of salivary Immunoglobulin A (IgA), an important antibody which helps to fight various infections, especially those of the respiratory ones (you know nasty they are). Also your defensive cells like white blood cells or lymphocytes, B cells and T cells respond positively to laughter.

Next – what is their mindset like about the treatment they choose-if they think conventional or natural may not work, this affects the way their treatment works. Or if they think chemotherapy and radiation is poison and will KILL THEM then there is a higher chance- it will!

So your state of mind after diagnosis and before the plan of treatment you decide is crucial!

There are people who do chemotherapy and live (may not be as many but there are some) and there are people who do natural and live and there are people who do either and DIE! The key is what your mindset is like before you go into whatever treatment you decide- when Im working with a child (who has to do chemotherapy) or an adult who chooses to do chemotherapy- I go over the any benefits it has (it has capability of killing fast rapidly growing cells), I teach them how to visualize the chemotherapy killing the cancer, I teach them that when they feel that burning pain going through their veins, thats because its so powerful and can kill your cancer! So if one of my pts decides to do chemotherapy/radiation I have to get their body prepared, get their detoxification pathways working at 100%, get their mind prepared and then they follow all the protocols to Maximize the benefits and minimize the side effects of chemotherapy…”

Definitely check him out on Facebook, on his website Be a Cancer Killer, and through his book “The Cancer Killers,” and pass his information on to anyone you know facing cancer!

Pumpkin Spice Crepes (Gluten Free!)

Pumpkin spice crepes

By Shannon Keirnan, Contributing Foodie Bitch

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice Everything (you know that’s true), and I happen to have a big jar or organic pumpkin spice syrup I’ve been using in my morning coffee, so I figured, why not throw that into other culinary avenues? Why let myself be limited?

Thus came the Pumpkin Spice Gluten-Free Crepe, which absolutely tops my list of favorite breakfasts to date. I may have eaten the entire batch myself. One after the other as they came out of the pan. Zero regrets.

Once the pumpkin spice syrup is mixed up, it’s a no-fuss breakfast you can hammer out in just a couple of minutes and only requires a few ingredients. I was in-between grocery trips, so I just topped mine with a little pastured butter, but you could easily fancy them up by rolling them with any number of things – like some warm fall applesauce, for example.

And of course that pumpkin spice syrup could be ready to add to any recipe. Spice up your morning coffee like I do, or add a little extra kick to muffins. Experiment! Enjoy! And feel free to pass along your successes in the comments section!

Get the pumpkin spice syrup recipe here if you don’t already have it stored in the fridge!

Pumpkin Spice Gluten-Free Crepes

Ingredients: 

2 eggs

1 cup gluten-free flour

1 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil

1 tsp. sugar

Pinch salt

1 cup milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)

1/2 cup pumpkin spice syrup

Splash of dark coffee

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Coconut oil

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together with a rotary beater until smooth.

Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a crepe or frying pan, and pour in enough batter to thinly cover the bottom.

When top of the crepe begins to bubble, flip and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute, depending if you like them browned or a little doughy.

Plate, if it can get that far!

Natural Cures Movement and Dr. Sara Gottfried

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By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

The Natural Cures Summit has been going on all week on line, and one of the presentations I was most looking forward to was today’s interview with Dr. Sara Gottfried.

You may recall that Dr. Gottfried wrote the book, “The Hormone Cure,” where she talks about balancing your hormones in order to gain vitality and energy and to lose weight. I’m a fan of Dr. Gottfried – I love the way she presents information. She has a balance between the technical and research side of things as well as the practical, real-life experiences and results. Plus, she’s a yoga instructor, emphasizes food as medicine, and understands the connection between emotions and physical health.

In her talk today, “Natural Hormone Cures for Men and Women,” she and Dr. Josh Axe covered balancing your hormones, mostly through making sure your cortisol levels are in check.

Cortisol  mis basically the “boss” hormone, meaning if it is out of balance, a bunch of other things will be out of balance, as it helps regulate estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, leptin (which regulates fat storage), immune function, and anti-inflammatory responses, among other functions. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands – heard of adrenal fatigue lately? Usually that’s in response to the body’s cortisol levels being too high for extended periods of time.

A majority of people have cortisol levels that are too high, although there are those who’s levels are too low. It’s always a good idea to get your cortisol levels tested – just to get a baseline and so you don’t make assumptions about your levels being too high or too low.

When your hormones and cortisol levels are out of balance (which is the case in way too many people today!), you will most likely be storing extra fat really easily, be overweight, be stressed, and have emotions all over the map.

Here are some of the basic recommendations Sara and Josh talked about today, to lower your cortisol levels, and thus get your hormones in balance:

1. Start crafting a more stress resistant life. Stress is inevitable, and it’s not necessarily bad, but make sure you are “dancing with stress,” and not letting it take the lead all of the time.
2. Nutrition plays a key role in managing hormones. They recommended taking a good probiotic to make sure your body can absorb the nutrients properly.
3. Make sue you eat enough fiber (they recommended 35-45 grams per day), as fiber is so important to the “estrobolome” (the sub-set of bacteria in the gut that impacts hormones), and it helps take the junk out of the system.
4. Resveratrol (from the skin of grapes) is great for helping to reset estrogen levels (guess what I put in my smoothie today?).
5. In terms of changing your lifestyle, consider adding prayer and/or meditation, yoga and/or Qigong, evaluate your schedule, plan ahead for your meals rather than waiting until the last minute, and consider burst training.
6. Consider your circadian rhythm – getting your body in tune and in balance with nature and its surroundings. Every single hormone is released on a circadian pattern, so it’s really important to pay attention to this. This means going to bed, ideally around 10:00 or 10:30 and getting a good 7 to 9 hours of sleep, cutting out TV and electronics a few hours before bed, getting some bright light for 10 – 15 minutes in the morning – sunlight on your retina, eating protein in the morning which will help you make enough cortisol so you won’t need to rely on coffee, have “slow carbs” at night (not ice cream, but avocados or other low glycemic food).
7. The 3 best foods for your hormones: whole foods (not processed), anti-inflammatory meats – grass-fed beef and fish (not grain-fed, hormone-injected beef), and low fructose fruit – along with fiber, curcumin, and resveratrol.

What’s the biggest thing I took away from this talk? That, again, stress, or rather how you deal with stress, seems to be a recurring theme in illness and degenerative diseases. It seems we’ve created a society that defined our worth by how busy we are and what we have to show for our efforts (materialism). Quality has gone out the window, as have relationships, nature, and real food. The battle we have ahead of us, if you had to chose a “battle,” is going to be with ourselves.

Can we hold a vision of what is truly good for ourselves and our family and community? And can we be strong enough to stand for this, and resist temptations and pressure to stray from that vision?

Take some time this weekend to craft a vision of a lifestyle that would help create a healthier and happier you. What would that look like? What would that feel like? How would your days flow? What kinds of people would you have in your life? What kinds of activities would you spend your time doing? What kind of work would you choose to do?

No rules, no limits. May I suggest doing this over a Bulletproof Coffee, or a glass of wine, or some spiced cider, or some jasmine tea? Choose your drink and then choose your life!!