Dear Brave One,
Over the next eight weeks, journey with me as I share the eight keys of the Alice Fulks Wellness path. Each week, we will uncover one new key. The latest key I am excited to share with you this week is…
PLANT-BASED NUTRITION + SELECT HERBS & SUPPLEMENTATION
I am thrilled to introduce you today to our resident Holistic Health Care Practicioner and guest blogger Judy Delorenzo. Judy worked with me personally and created a customized treatment program utilizing plant based nutrition and select herbs and supplementation.
By following her guidance and wisdom, coupled with the wellness keys of my program- I have been able to experience true restoration and healing in my body!
Please enjoy Judy’s blog below. It is a deep and informative guide into her five step process to help those suffering from chronic illness to restore their Radiant Wellness!
RECOVERING FROM CHRONIC ILLNESS
I am honored that Alice invited me to be part of her exciting new offering, The 8 Keys of Wellness! As a Holistic Health Practitioner my forte is guiding chronically ill clients back to vibrant health through nutrition, herbs, and supplements. My process includes a combination of intuitive knowing, personal experience, and decades of study. After consulting with clients by phone, I complete their Personalized Health Plan; typically the need for the following 5-step process is indicated.
Our bodies are ahhh-mazing! They work tirelessly to return us to homeostasis no matter what the circumstance. They never say, “Well you shouldn’t have eaten all that junk, I’m tired, I don’t feel like doing the work to keep you from going into sugar shock”. No! Our bodies do what’s required 24 hours a day to keep us balanced and alive. However, if our bodies are not given the raw materials necessary and if they’re constantly fueled with harmful foods, after a while it becomes harder and harder for our dear, sweet bodies to maintain vibrant health or recover from illness.
SO HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Provide your body with super nourishment by eating a clean diet packed with nutrients, phyto-nutrients, minerals, and trace minerals. Eat foods that are known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anticancer, filled with anti-oxidants. These are beneficial properties inherent in well tended, organic plant-food in particular. You have a much better chance of maintaining or returning to amazing health once you stop eating toxic foods that your body has to work overtime to deal with, and begin eating a clean, super nourishing diet. It probably isn’t possible for you to eat super clean and nutritious ALL of the time, but if you’re eating this way at least MOST of the time, your body will thank you for your efforts.
ADDRESS NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES
I absolutely believe the old adage, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” However, deficiencies can happen even if you’re eating what you believe to be a clean, nourishing diet. Soil is what nourishes plants, so if the soil is deficient in nutrients the plants will also be deficient. Per the Scientific American, “Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today”. Then there’s the problem of commercially grown beef, pork, and poultry being mainly raised on GMO, nutrient deplete corn; in turn this degrades the egg and dairy supply. Our current food system doesn’t make it easy! We have to be our own best advocate by making nutrient dense choices. Individual dietary needs can also vary based on our exposure to stress, air pollution, drinking alcohol, smoking, taking over the counter or prescription medications, over or under exercising, chronic illness, etc.
Are supplements the answer? The ideal situation is to obtain all of your nutrients from food, but when this isn’t possible supplementing is suggested. And just like with food, there is a range of quality when it comes to supplements. Some are filled with unhealthy additives, or aren’t in an absorbable form. Supplements that are created from food sources may be more beneficial than laboratory created chemical versions of the same nutrients, but not always. Herbal and mushroom teas, phyto-caps, and tinctures can be wonderful sources of certain vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that over-supplementing can sometimes be as bad as having nutritional deficiencies so it’s important to follow labels or your practitioner’s advice.
We are being exposed to toxins all the time through exhaust, industry, agriculture, power plants, landfills, fires, cremations and more. Air pollution doesn’t stay where it is created, it travels and can effect our air quality and rain down upon us from afar, even from places where industrial regulations are weaker than in the US. But it doesn’t stop there. Today’s register receipts are typically coated in BPA which enters our body through our hands. Some of us have mercury laden fillings in our mouths. We’re exposed to VOCs from plywood, MDF, insulation, carpets, mattresses, shower curtains, air fresheners, cleaning products, paints, varnishes, ink, clothing, permanent markers, make up, glues, etc. Our food can become contaminated from aluminum foil, plastic wrap, aluminum and teflon bakeware/cookware, lead from old dishes and crocks, and various plastic containers. Even if we use non toxic cleaning products in the home, we are exposed to these toxins when at work, school, restaurants, shopping, etc. And then there are pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides used in agriculture, lawns and gardens. We breathe these toxins, sit on them in parks and yards, then they get into our waterways making their way eventually into our drinking water. Speaking of drinking water, unfiltered city water contains chlorine, usually fluoride, and also traces of pharmaceuticals. It’s nearly impossible to eat organic 100% of the time, so we are exposed to pesticides at varying degrees through food. Even vaccines contain heavy metals and other toxins. Then there is the radiation and EMF that we are exposed to through cell phones and towers, computers, microwaves, and automobiles. And mercury vapor in CFL light bulbs. The sources go on and on. But don’t freak out or worse, throw your hands in the air and give up! You can make a difference by knowing where toxic sources lie and then doing what you can to avoid or mitigate them.
By avoiding toxins as best you can, you reduce the amount your body has to deal with. Your body can’t begin the work of releasing stored gunk when there is a constant barrage coming in. Eating a clean, plant-based diet is one of the most effective ways to help your body shed stored toxins. Supporting your liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system is also key. In addition, certain foods and herbs help your body release and remove stored toxins.
STARVE OUT MICROBES
Viral and bacterial infections have been proven or suspected to be the root cause of many chronic conditions. For example, researchers have shown there is a connection between Multiple Sclerosis and Epstein Barr Virus as discussed in this paper by Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. Researchers suspect that virus’ are the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; the Mayo Clinic states, “Because some people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after having a viral infection, researchers question whether some viruses might trigger the disorder. Suspicious viruses include Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6 and mouse leukemia viruses”.
As far back as 1995, Herpes Simplex was known to cause a latent infection in the CNS as evidenced by this paper in the Journal of NeuroVirology. A paper by the American Society for Microbiology: Journal of Virology concludes, “studies demonstrate that latent herpes simplex virus infection can alter neuronal gene expression and might provide a new mechanism for how persistent viral infection can cause chronic disease”.
EBV has been known to cause Lupus as far back as 2001 evidenced by this paper Systemic lupus erythematosus in adults is associated with previous Epstein-Barr virus exposure. These are just some of the studies that can be found on Pub/Med regarding microbes and chronic illness. When dealing with viral or bacterial infections, especially when they are deep seated, it’s important to do everything possible to beat the buggers down. Part of the solution is to eliminate foods that the microbes thrive on and by creating an interior environment that is inhospitable for them. I have seen how important this step is when working with chronically ill clients and personally during my own recovery from a decade of chronic EBV. While recovering, if I ate foods known to feed microbes, I would have a relapse almost immediately.
OVERTLY KILL AND DISABLE MICROBES
In addition to making the environment inhospitable to microbes, it’s important to overtly kill them or disarm them. This becomes especially important when the infection is longstanding as is typically the case with chronic conditions. There are several natural and herbal antivirals and antibacterials that are effective at killing off microbes. There is even an amino acid that can disable virus’ so they can’t replicate.
In conclusion, when trying to recover from a chronic condition caused by microbes, it’s important to be consistent and follow a multi step protocol for best results. Super nourishing and filling in nutritional deficiencies amps up your immune system and gives your body the best chance of fighting off an infection from within. Detoxing is important because microbes feed off of heavy metals, plastics and other toxins stored in the body. In addition, when your body isn’t full of toxins, all of your systems work more efficiently and you have a better chance of beating down the microbes and flushing them from your body. Eliminating foods that they thrive on plus overtly killing off the buggers through safe antimicrobial herbs and antimicrobial supplements is also extremely important.
Whatever you do, don’t give up . . . you too can recover your health and life!
Judy was blessed to receive client referrals from Anthony William when he was writing his first book, Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, and is grateful he acknowledged her in this book. She is a holistic health practitioner with advanced training in Transformational Energy Healing, and is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Judy holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition. She studied Food As Medicine through Monash University, studied homeopathy through The School of Homeopathy in England, and studies herbalism through Sage Mountain Herbal Center. She offers a compassionate and common sense approach to wellness and healing.
The call to adventure is here dear friends. If you are suffering from chronic illness- we are here for you! I believe and have expereinced for myself that to be happy, healthy, and whole is our birth-right! Come home to your RADIANT WELLNESS, Brave One!
Love & Magic,
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