Many paths to Health

** alert, vegans and vegetarians you may not stomach this ** First and foremost I’d like to acknowledge that there are many, many, many paths to health and healing through nutrition. Each of us has the opportunity and responsibility to explore what exactly that looks like for us, given our current lifestyle, location and needs. Raw foods, paleo, macrobiotics, vegan, green juices etc etc.  As a holistic epidemiologist, and nutritionist I see the direct link between all diseases and the food we eat. That is not to say that food is the cure all, but food is medicine. With this in mind I’d like to share with you an approach that will bring rapid healing to your gut. The gut is the center of the spotlight for researchers, clinicians and holistic practitioners alike who all agree that our digestive system plays a central role in systemic bodily inflammation.  Inflammation is like an open invitation for dis-ease, both chronic and infectious. Inflammation is what keeps our immune system busy, but given the levels of inflammation in our modern society, it’s more than ANYBODY’s system was set up to handle. We have too many internal fires burning, often like wild fires inside, all at once!  That’s right if we could turn our guts inside out and examine it like our skin, it  would be as if we all had a varying degrees of a really bad internal rash with scratches all throughout.  Internal rug rash-caused by the foods we eat as well as the toxins all around us that we are constantly trying to excrete, via gut, skin and breath. In an effort...

Beware: Young Coconuts Adulterated!

During our time of living in Hawaii, we all embraced coconuts (Niu) as a staple in our diet, right along side avocados, cucumbers and brown rice. Daily coconut water, milk, flour, pancakes, pudding… oh the goodies were  endless. With (FREE) unlimited access to this ancient food, right in our backyard, we wondered how could we continue our coco-nutting after our move to California, where it is ever so slightly too cold and too dry to grow these tropical beauties. After many disappointments of buying rotten mature coconuts from Mexico at $3 each (from a variety of stores and providers), we tried to switch to Young Coconuts. Happy to find boxes of 9 Young Thai Coconuts at the local Chinese store for only $1.40 each, we quickly gobbled up a dozen or so. That said, something didn’t feel right on my second visit to the store.  I picked up the box, looked at the coconuts and just thought, hmmmm, something feels off. *NOTE: much of my interaction with food has taken on an INTUITIVE component, which includes shopping, preparing and of course eating. Yes, sometimes it takes me a trip of two to really listen to what that “food” is telling me… like on this trip!   I purchased the box  anyway, but it sat on our floor for days, unopened. “Why aren’t we eating the coconuts, Mom? ” asked our kids. “Well, I got this feeling and I need to do some research online. It is about the coconuts being treated with really icky chemicals, so that they look white and stay fresh,” I replied.   Here is what...

Intuition Journal~

” Sometimes a Whisper and sometimes a Roaring Voice~ Tune in, the Universe (God) is constantly “talking” with us. ” ~   lli Thursday 3/19/15 Names Matter: Don’t Mess with Prayers Situation: Mom’s church brochure is in the car, I start praying for everyone on the prayer list. Because I am not finished, as I start driving, I ask Fenix to continue reading the names aloud. Feeling into each person I pray for what “comes” up for them/me. After a few people, a name is read but nothing comes up. I ask “is that a “Real” person?”, Fenix laughs and says he made up a name. We start again. A few names later, again nothing. More laughter, nope that person isn’t on the list either. Outcome: don’t BS me (or people in general) during praying, intuition doesn’t play there. Thursday 3/19/15 Cancer be Gone: Intuitive Poetry Situation: Driving son C. to his vball practice through some heavy traffic, I suddenly “hear” the first line of the poem by Walt Whitman: ” Oh Captain, My Captain”, (made famous in the 80s movie Dead Poet’s Society) except I heard: “Oh Cancer, My Cancer”. Because I don’t have cancer, I wonder not only what this means, but what does the rest of the poem say about this “Captain/Cancer”. I ask daughter M. to look up and read the poem, which is about a ship/crew that has returned home victoriously, but the captain of the ship died and did not witness their Success. The voice in the poem seems a wee bit torn by the obvious joy of having survived the “fearful trip”, yet...

DIY-Non toxic Deodorant

I have crossed the line and I am not coming back. After spending hours reading labels of deodorants at Whole Foods and conducting an in-depth research of the THAI mineral crystal that I have been happily using for the last two years ( it still contains potassium alum) I have FINALLY decided to make my own deodorant. I love what I have made and it is truly keeping me odor-free, which is no small feat. I may be tweaking the recipe in summer months to make it more firm (by adding in beeswax), but give this a try and I know you will kiss you toxic deodorant goodbye!! Recipe: Melt 1-2 oz. cacao butter (yes the same stuff that I use to make raw chocolate) Mix with: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda 1 tablespoon of zeolite or betonite clay 4 drops of you favorite essential oil. (I used Melaleuca and Purification, Young Living brand). Mix well and pour slushy mix into a Dixie cup. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Use once or twice daily. And as my daughter, recognizing all the ingredients asks, ” Is it edible?” Why YES it is, not sure you want to lick something that has been dragged through your underarm bacteria...

Letting Kids Fly

As parents we have the joy of recognizing and promoting our kid’s talents. One of our son’s first word was “hammer” right after mama and papa. When kids are little we encourage them to try different skills from ice-hokey and parkour to musical dance theater and cooking classes in hopes of finding something that they enjoy. We  nurture and guide our lovely little ones through life’s many offerings. We give them both roots to feel grounded and wings to fly. Given this basic precept, why is there so much wing-clipping going on? The pressures to perform, to be the best, to get into college, and land a “good” job seem to be ever growing. These are the shears of fear that many parents inadvertently wield. By middle school, kids intensively hone their favorite skills, dance, soccer or violin. This is especially true if the parents are invested in paying for classes to improve these skills. Skills that could get them in to college, get them a scholarship or other recognition leading to a successful career. Yes there are many sterotypes around this: hover parents and tiger moms being notorious for offering a heavy dose of parenting at every moment of the day. Perhaps the term Soccer/Hockey mom, rings a bell? This type of grooming is not inherently bad as teens have entered apprenticeships with masters for hundreds of years to perfect skills that determined their future professions. But there is an outcome driven intensity (aka competition) that would even make Darwin roll over in his grave. Yes, some kids really know what their destiny is and they are ready...

Dear Elli, Tooth Decay and Remineralization Part 1

Dear Elli, Is there anything we can do to reverse tooth decay or preventatively protect our teeth other than flossing, brushing and staying away from sticky  dried fruits  and processed carbohydrates? Understanding some people’s great dislike of dental procedures ( myself included ) I hope you are inspired by this case study and the science behind it to bring new insight to your oral health care. CASE STUDY: Our 11 year old daughter recently lost a tooth. The new gap in her teeth revealed decay in the tooth right next door. Thinking that it was a permanent tooth, we scheduled an appointment with our dentist, who identifies herself as holistic/conservative aka. “Minimally invasive dentist”. Via x-ray we found out that the decayed tooth is a baby tooth, due to fall out in the next year or two, shifting the treatment plan from : Need Immediate restoration (in case of permanent tooth) to Remineralize, and Wait and See (baby tooth)   WHY REMINERALIZATION? I’ve been on the remineralization bandwagon for a few years now, after learning that we are all  mineral deficient because modern agricultural practices have resulted in nutrient soil depletion (yes, even in organic foods are not immutable to this), and our modern diet inhibits nutrient assimilation. Not only are the foods lower in nutrients, we can’t even metabolize them very effectively. GREAT. Our bodies are complex and need minerals for many  things, more than I care to list in this post. But ONE reason to consider adding trace minerals to your diet is: Minerals helps neutralize the pH of your blood (which is highly sensitive to fluctuations)....

Book Quote #2 (Story Doesn’t Matter)

(Image Translation: your current location is here and here – 2 different points, alluding to the non-locality of electrons… which we happen to be made up of) Preview from Chapter 3 (Applications of cRaZy Science) I never liked physics, nor was I particularly good at it. My high school teacher was a sweet retired gentleman, whose descriptions of friction and gravity drawled on in ways that made a little string of sticky-white saliva perpetually danced between his upper and lower lip, intriguing me more than Newton’s laws. My year of college physics was only marginally more interesting because my boyfriend, now husband, attempted to help me study and then console me after grueling weekly quizzes. (Thank you Fenix, and UCSD physics department.) Given my lack of interest and skill in this subject it may seem downright absurd that my nightstand is often dominated by books on cRazY scientific topics, like quantum mechanics, holograms, time travel and relativity… Pre-order Book now...

Book Quote #1 SDM (Story Doesn’t Matter)

Chapter 8 “A Matter of Life and Death” “When you are in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion, a dark, roaring blindness. It’s only afterward that it becomes anything like a story, when you are telling it to yourself or to someone else.” These are the opening words of Sarah Polley’s movie, Stories We Tell, and they couldn’t be more accurate especially when you are relating a story of your life revolving around life and death. .com This quote is dedicated to all our friends and relatives who left this earth with in these last 12 months, and to all those who were diagnosed with a “terminal” illness. <3 ...