Why a Diagnosis Doesn’t (usually) Cure You!

For People with a slew of mysterious symptoms, it is a great relief to “finally” get a diagnosis, no matter how grim or dismal its prognosis. Knowing is better than doctor hopping, pill popping and testing, testing and more testing. The list of possible diagnosis is ever growing, with new syndromes, toxins, and genetic mutations popping up in the medical jungle, to the point that some get lumped in categories like “rare diseases” while others are part of a spectrum that includes a variety of severity. This does not even include the iatrogenic “diseases” caused by multiple-drug interactions, or medical mistakes. A clinical diagnosis of “sluggish bile” may result in the removal of your gallbladder, but the long term affects of living without this little green organ, creates a new host of diagnosis and discomforts as a direct result of the original diagnosis. Why does the original diagnosis not lead to a cure? Because the origin, the source is often not part of the diagnostic process. After your months and years of chasing down a diagnosis, How can you be sure that a diagnosis will lead to a cure? Keep asking : WHY? Why is my bile slugish? Possible Answer- your liver isn’t making enough. Why is my liver not making enough bile? Possible Answer- your bile ducts may be blocked. Why are my bile ducts blocked? Possible answer: because your liver is over taxed and creates a safety mechanism by wrapping toxins or organism in cholesterol. These cholesterol “balls” (intrahepatic stones) block the bile ducts and inhibit bile flow to your gall bladder. Why is my liver over...

Diet vs Nutrition

A simple explanation of terms that often get tossed around: A Diet is what we eat. -> A Diet is not the restriction of “bad” foods, to drop a quick 15 lbs, even though the weightloss industry would like us to believe that this is the definition of “diet”. Nutrition is how we absorb, assimilate, metabolize, and utilize nutrients from the diet.  Nutrition is not merely a function of the “raw” materials we put in our mouth,  but a complex holistic process which includes: mental and emotional health ( which affect stress levels, metabolism and genetic expression ) physical movement patterns (or lack there of) aka. exercise genetic predispositions deficiencies/environmental exposure to toxins and EMFs basic elements of homeostasis: water, sun, air, grounding, sleep gratitude/blessing the food Though we all know how to “eat”,  our ability to truly nourish ourselves has become confused by advertisements, stress, and time restrictions that all seem to cater more to our cravings (sugars, caffeine, and salty foods) which ultimately deprive our bodies not only of the essential building blocks, but compromise optimal food consumption. Lastly, excretion, elimination and detoxification compliment to nutrition. Without addressing these, the benefits of nutrition go out of the window! Resetting our bodies through whole foods, mindful eating practices and gradual detoxification (like your car’s oil change) allows our bodies to heal, grow and create the energy we need to live life fully!   To your Health in 2017! Love,...

The $40 Human Oil Change (Liver Flush)

A Story of Psoriasis, and How to Keep Your Plumbing Humming with a Liver/Gallbladder Flush Everyone accepts that our cars need an oil change every once in a while. Even if you extend the suggested mileage on the sticker they kindly place on your windshield to “remind” you when to visit them next, you will find yourself at a Jiffy Lube type establishment at least twice a year. While I can change a tire, check the oil and tire pressures, changing the oil is not my life’s calling this time around. So I happily plunk down the $39.99 (which usually includes a coupon) to keep our car’s plumbing humming. What is the Human Equivalent of an Oil Change? The Amazing Liver/Gall Bladder Flush. If these words could be animated in power point fashion, they would dance around the page, sparkle and shine and have trumpets playing to mark the importance of their entrance. I’ve spent a few thousands of hours researching things that pertain to human health. Note I am not a doctor or clinician and none of the following information should be used as or in the place of medical advice. I am a holistic nutritionist, epidemiologist, and avid life researcher, so naturally I’ve guinea pigged myself, my family and friends to a variety of experiments to observe the wonderful myriad of facets that contribute to this thing called “Health”. Holistically speaking it encompasses our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being. But I’ll tell you something you probably already know. It is a little bit difficult to quiet the mind for a meditation (or really to focus...

Off-Lable Drug Usage, the Voodoo of Science

Most people consider holistic and alternative medical practices somewhere between voodoo and quackery. Herbs, roots, seeds, extracts, oils, leaves, needles and (gulp) invisible energy work and prayer. DEFINITELY NOT SCIENCE. I have news for you my friends: No, I don’t have news for you, the NEWS has news for you.  WSJ Monday March 28, 2016, Page A15. “Ending the Prescribe-Don’t-Tell Charade for Off Label Drugs” by Josepf V. Gulfo Even if the print is too small to read, the HIGHLIGHT: 73% of off-label drug medications had little or no scientific support. What is an off-label drug? Let us say that the FDA approved a pill for type II diabetes, however, your doctor prescribes it to you for your arthritis. This is legal as long as they don’t advertise it. While diabetes and arthritis may have some similar biochemical pathways, this kind of try-and-see approach is  ______ (fill in the blank with an adjective). Supporters say that this accelerates finding new treatment options, but this is a dicey non-consented medical situation. Studying a drug in people in vivo like this has NOT been approved by the human subjects board (IRB), making this off-label usage a few shades of grey away from the ethical mis-steps that our dear government took not too long ago in the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1932-1972). Even if the ethics of off-label drug use were clear, I can’t help but wonder if profit margins are at the center of this extreme explosion of non-approved drug prescriptions . Why do I propose this idea ? In 2001, 21% of the 150 million prescriptions were for off label use. It...

In and Out

Most people focus on what they put IN their bodies, not what comes OUT. Is what comes OUT as important as what goes IN? Are they equally important? Why is the equation skewed? 99% of the food and supplement industry thrives off of what you eat, drink or apply to your skin, not what is released by the body through your GI system, your  breath, skin and through your urinary tract. Most medical professionals (even the “alternative ones”), emphasize the In, not Out, unless of of course you are a colon hydro-therapist or detox specialist. Even most  nutritionist, and diet Gurus love introducing new exotic superfoods and herbs that will make us stronger, thinner, happier and healthier. NEW ! Immune booster, Natural Energy, Anit-Inflammatory this and that. WHAT IF we shifted just 10% of the energy and resources we currently allocated to stuff going IN, and invest into releasing toxins from our body. Would this  slight shift support your body to heal, energize and boost itself? What needs to come out? In the last decade there has been a great rise in the toxic burden that we humans are exposed to. GMOs, pesticides/insecticides sprayed along roads, shopping centers, and parks, chemicals off gassing from pretty much everything (clothes, houses, cars,) tainted water supplies…. the list is depressing as it goes on and on and on. In fact, I have a 5 page document for clients who have entered the “detox” phase of our coaching sessions, which outlines the most common, every-day sources of toxicity, and how to ween yourself off of them. A few suggestions off of that list:...

Water Water Water

We, western humans, are somewhat obsessed with multitasking Drinking water is one thing that brings multiple benefits to you, without you having to “do more”. That said, water, isn’t water, isn’t water. Water is much more than H -2- O. In fact, drinking water can kill you (slowly through its toxins or contaminants, or quickly, if you are an athlete and you drink water without replenishing electrolytes). I’m not a “no” person but here are a few no’s: 1) NO ice water 2) NO tap water – unless you are in a country that doesn’t flouridate, or have heavy pesticide, pharmaceuticals in water 3) NO water during meals–  a few sips of body temperature water to lubricate certain foods is ok, but not glasses of ice cold tap water!!! (hint- hydrate 10 min before meal and at least 1 hour after)   Water is important beyond quenching thirst. 1) It flushes the lymph system 2) Helps elimination (poop) 3) Hydrates and detoxifies cells   1) The lymphatic system is an unsung hero of our body. Part of the circulatory system,  but twice as big as the arterial blood supply system – and maybe twice as important, according to Dr. Douillard, founder and director of LifeSpa in Boulder Colorado. “The Lymphatic System removes waste  from every cell in your body while regulating the immune system.” You’ve most likely heard of it within the realm of cancer diagnosis/cancer metastases and holistic health care practices that offer lymph drainage via massage or yoga? In a nutshell, the lymphatic system is not only a TOXIN Flushing System, but it is also a highway...

Goodbye P.Z.A.

Dear P.Z.A, Nearly 40 years after we first met, it is time to finally say good-bye. Believe me, I never thought it would end like this. My guts were tight, as I finally determined last night, that our chemistry just doesn’t match. Our future was written in the the dirty dishwater… Your attempts to persuade me of your authenticity in Italy, with a bottle of local wine, in high end establishments, and around our homely hearth kept me curious, wondering and interested for many years, and yet it always boiled down to the same ingredients that put a wrench in our evenings together. Like all long-term arrangements, a part of me is sad that we just couldn’t work out the details, but I’m done feeling bogged down, and sniffly after our encounters. Enough is enough. Trying to change your basic nature made you so unreliable, flaky and irritatingly dry. So much that even the things that always pleased me about you didn’t go down well anymore. So I release you to charm others around the dinner table, until they too may see your true nature. Good bye pizza (P.Z.A.), good-bye you glutenous, cheese, tomatoey friend. May your next incarnation be less sticky, less inflammatory, but just as appetizing~ yours truly, LLI      ...

Cinnamon-Almond “Milk”; a drink to keep you warm this winter!

We’ve strayed away from milk products, not so much to ride the vegan-wave, but because milk just ain’t what it used to be. It has become a processed food, yes even the “organic, pasture raised” brands. Pasteurization and milk fat removal not to mention the containers and plastics that dairy products are sold in…. You get the idea. If I had a cow/sheep/goat, I would consider milking her sustainably, that is, if she was ok with it. That said, milk has a very nurturing effect and affect on us, and there are certain days when I have a calling for a warm cup of milk. (Especially in the winter). While we use a lot of coconut milk in recipes and baked goods, I don’t usually like drinking it straight. That is why we make fresh almond or almond/cashew milk every other day, which we use in oatmeal, pancake and vegan  nacho “cheese”. (which is a lot more delicious than it sounds). Fresh almond milk is not only much healthier (no carragean etc.), but yummier, more environmentally friendly (no packaging) and more cost effective than any store bought variety, and making it takes about 5 minutes! Here is our almond (almond/cashew) milk DIY, followed by the wonderfully warming cinnamon milk! MYLK: Ingredients: 1/4-1/2 cup almonds or cashews 5 cups filtered/spring water You will also need: BLENDER, PITCHER and NUT BAG (extra fine nylon mesh bag, do NOT use cheese cloth!) SOAK 1-2 handfuls of almonds or combo of almonds and cashews in a cup of filtered/spring water over night. Maybe 3-4 handfuls if you have little hands. DISCARD soaking water....

Candida: Friend or Foe? (An easy home test and much more)

Dear Elli, How do I know I have Candida, and how can I get rid of it? I hear this question so often that it is time to finally write down the information that I have gathered and share it publicly ! This is another TMI (too much info) kind of a Blog post, but there comes a point in our symptoms, where TMP (too much pain) outweighs TMI. Candida is found in up to 44% of urine samples. While we all have strains of candida in our body (it is a part of our biome- the balance between bacteria and yeasts that naturally occurs in our body), it is not supposed to show up in our urine. How can you check if you are the host to a burgeoning population of this Yeasty organism? Rapid Result Candida Spit Test: 1) Wake up (in the morning) 2) Rinse your mouth with water 3) Fill an extra glass of water 3) Spit at least a teaspoon size lump of mucous into the glass of water 4) Observe for 15-20 minutes (up to 30 min). If you have a Candida infection, at least one of the following indicators will appear: 1. Strings form- like LEGS, from the floating spit. 2. Strange-looking saliva at the bottom of the glass. 3. Cloudy specks suspended in the water. The more quickly the strings and cloudy specks are formed, the more your Candida overgrowth is. Lovely ?! WHAT does this mean and WHAT do I do now? Upon finding out that they have a fungal overgrowth, most people and medical practitioners immediately want to kill...

Too much Kale? Make Omlet Roll-ups!

Overly enthusiastic on my most recent trip to the farmer’s market, I made three bunches of kale and chard for dinner last night. Flavored in three different ways: garlic/ginger, sesame, and lemon/chive. While we all ate heartily, my husband wearily eyed the left overs.  “Kale brownies,?” our daughter asked, as I managed to make a delicious coffee cake from last weeks left over sweet-potato soup (flavored with bone broth).  Nope, too much garlic, but I will repurpose this tomorrow some how, I vowed. The result:  Kale Omelet-Roll Ups for lunch.  Basic steps:  1) make too much Kale 2) beat 4 pasture raised eggs  3) heat pan with a few drops avocado or coconut oil 4) pour the least amount of egg in, while still coating the entire pan with a thin layer of egg 5) cook with lid on, medium heat for 30 seconds- or until egg is no longer slimy on top layer 6) remove from pan, sprinkle with cheese (optional) fill with re-heated kale 7) roll up, EAT!  NJoy, we...