You’ve heard the term “canary in the coal mine” Coal miners would send live canaries into the mine as a way to detect if the mine was safe for them to work. If the canaries stopped singing or died, they knew the mine was too toxic for humans. These days “canaries” is a term used for extraordinarily sensitive people. We are the first warning sign for a toxic planet.
I have always been a very sensitive, porous being… however, the extreme environmental sensitivity comes from 20 years of neurological Lyme/ chronic infections, mold illness, Hypothyroidism, EBV, MCS, ME, CIRS, EHS and CPTSD. The irony is that these illnesses have made me sensitive to the environment, but the exposure to toxic environments is what took down my immune system in the first place. (More on that later).
Understanding more about the Canaries in the Coal mine.. the sensitive ones…
Daily life is like being a live wire.
Symptoms are extreme, especially in the apartment I've been living in.
The pain can be unreal at times— burning searing scalp pain, burning, aching joints hands and feet. I experience extreme ADD and brain fog, tachycardia, heart arrhythmias, respiratory issues, hypoxia, muscle weakness, chronic sinusitis, tinnitus, chronic lymphedema, POTS, Bruits, Seizures, migraines, asthma, sleep apnea, insomnia, gut problems, intense prickly itching, endometriosis, hives, rashes, shingles, debilitating fatigue, eye pain, blurred vision, vision loss, demineralization including tooth infections, lost teeth, structural connective tissue decline (can’t hold myself up!), adrenal exhaustion, kidney/bladder problems. And that isn't all of it.
I am no stranger to pain. It’s been two decades trying to uncover this but the stress of the environment doesn’t help.
The world can be unbearable at times. When you are photosensitive and have hyperacusis (hearing sensitivity)... a paper bag can be overwhelming... it’s called leaky sensory gating or misophonia.
In public, bright light can trigger a fight or flight response... Fluorescent lights for too long will cause horrific migraines. The sound of shopping carts in the parking lot or a big trucks backing upset me off... dryer sheets can ruin me for hours. Wifi makes me burn and dizzy. Dirty electricity makes my insides buzz. It's not easy out there haha. But you would never know it... I am not one to dramatize my symptoms. I smile through the pain and run to my car to rest!
I love the world and being in it. But it can overwhelm me. This isn't something I would choose. Remember... I used to be in the music business and go to concerts weekly. I toured with U2. Now I deal with photosensitivity, and (hearing sensitivity) — I would have a seizure at a concert! Yikes!
For me, my toxic apartment, lack of care and stress accumulated over time that has me in the position.
I have been diagnosed with much more than mentioned above.. but diagnoses are pointless. I know what I need—sanctuary and care. My plan is to get away to a pristine environment for a time and heal my immune and nervous systems. Otherwise, It’s like trying to run a marathon on injured legs – hobbling along and causing more damage. I need to heal first then get back in the race.
What I know for sure in my 20 years experience is that Lyme disorder is an environmental illness When your body is toxic from the environment— your immune system tanks and the infections take off. Every time I have gone away to a pristine environment I’ve started to heal. It’s simple math really, chronic infections like Lyme and Epstein Barr, mold,et al, create their own bio-toxins inside the body— they are living organisms so they poop out their waste into the human host, which overwhelms the elimination organs. This plus the metabolic waste from undigested foods wreaks havoc and weakens the person. So, basically a Lyme or chronically ill person starts out saturated with endogenous (internally generated) toxins. When you Introduce that person, (me) into an environment with mold, chemicals and wifi we are done for…we reach a tipping point.
Conversely, when a sick person goes to a natural, pristine environment healing happens. Why? When your body isn’t fighting the environment the immune system and nervous system has a chance to catch up and recover. I have always known environment is first. Now I know for certain.
This past Fall I spent 29 days in rural Canada in a home without wifi, chemicals or mold away from the modern world and I was dramatically healing. Now home and I sinking fast. I have had several seizures this year and the neurologist said I have diminished brain function in my left cerebellum. I am not surprised.
What's wrong with my apt? Really, what is right with it… it’s a lovely place with a beautiful view. Other than that, it’s extremely toxic. Electromagnetic Radiation is in the extreme concern range for healthy individuals. There are 50 cell towers and 250 antennas where I have been living. Both microwaves and dirty electricity are in toxic ranges.. I can hear it! Plus, the pipes are old and leaking. There are gas leaks, water stains on the ceiling and mold— a beautiful nightmare. I am also positioned between the prison, the fire station, the processing plant and the hospital. There is a chemical plant 7 miles away.
When I’m not in my car on the street or camping, I sleep on the floor in the lowest EMF zone in the apt. Right now I am staying on a friend's couch.
I have spent this last year looking for a place to live and living in my car. Moving is incredibly expensive and it is very difficult to find a healthy low wifi, mold-free place to live—especially in the Bay Area. So my solution has been to have a safe mobile HOME!
For me, the infections have tanked my defenses. And unbelievable stress the last 4 years has taken down my nervous system. This stacked on top of a lifetime of illness and exposures.
Early exposures and illness:
It was rough from the start. I was an emergency c-section birth. My mother had Hong Kong flu and pneumonia when she had me.. it was touch and go for both of us. I was never breastfed. I had chronic strep, mono as a kid, walking pneumonia, and regularly on antibiotics--I had major intestinal issues.. They were putting cameras in my colon at age 18!
Exposures: At 19, I worked as a dental assistant for 5 years and was too cool to wear a mask even when working with amalgams (read: mercury). Ugh. In my 20’s I worked on a heavily sprayed golf course for many Summers. I also worked on a luxury train and had to be treated for brake dust exposure. At 29 my body collapsed with what later was discovered to be Lyme disease and co-infections. In my 30's I lived under Sutro tower a 900ft broadcasting tower in San Francisco for 6 years. Can you say fried? I also spent 5 years in a moldy house.
All of these things stacked up and caused the collapse.
But here’s the thing…I firmly believe that every bit of this can be managed and reversed! Consistency, Care, Support and Rest are what is required. None of which I have had being in survival mode financially and with a family crisis for 4 years.
You see...(this is very personal but important) the past 4 years, I have worked tirelessly to keep my autistic brother off the streets and out of a broken system. I have been his sole/soul health advocate and support. The stress and exposure this has caused would be too much for a healthy person. Couple that with my toxic home and ailing body… it's been impossible to recover. Now he is more stable it’s time for me to repair the damage to my body.
You might ask… Isn’t some of this in your head? Can you just stop focusing on it? YES! It is in your head, in fact, having exposure and illness like this for so long causes a type of brain damage called-- Limbic impairment.
Dr. Klinghardt calls it an energetic immune system. Once you’ve been exposed to toxins at a high level, your body will have a very sensitive warning system-- sort of a PTSD. But here's the thing,.. doesn't mean it's not real.
Example.. I often smell natural gas in the apt. Once, I waited 7 days to do anything because I thought I was just being "hypersensitive"--like everyone likes to call me. Finally, I got PG and E to come out. The technician said his meter wasn't picking up anything. I said, "well, sorry to hear that but there is gas leaking". One hour later he came back and said both of the outdoor bbq's were left on high... and the meter registered that it started 7 days before! There was no wind so the gas was filling the apartment corridor. He said "good thing you are sensitive" Ummm. Yeah.
Another time I was sat in a weekend seminar for 12 hour days so ill with burning in my joints, sinus pain, hard to breathe... I told the instructor that I thought there was mold in the room... She said, "not possible because the place was recently remodeled and perhaps it's a story I am telling myself" It was a spiritual retreat haha. I believed her. A few weeks later I returned to the place for a follow-up event... The woman came up to me and apologized... "I am so sorry, Dana... you were right! We found mold in all the air conditioning vents throughout the entire building." Mold was blowing on us all day for 3 days!
See what I mean... superpowers!
My point here is that yes, the brain/nervous system is hypersensitive in Canaries, AND it's real. The goal now is to get my nervous system and immune system so strong and healed that I can still detect things but don't get ill from these environments. And that requires me to be in a safe clear environment for a period of time. Once I do that I can begin the brain retraining to settle the reactions.
The top doctors in the chronic illness/environmental illness recovery agree that you can retrain your brain/nervous system to be less reactive ONCE you are out of a toxic environment for a while. You can't learn to swim while you are drowning.
I am grateful for the gift of being sensitive. I am sensitive to the things that aren't in alignment with the human body and soul. Cue:
Wireless Sickness aka Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) aka WiFried and EMF'd!
The greatest threat to human health is the thing we love the most.
I love my cell phone too. And it makes me incredibly ill.
Important info: Cell phones and Wireless computers.. emit harmful Electromagnetic frequencies called EMFs. EMF's also come from the Sun, the Earth and humans. There are good and harmful EMFs. Cell phones require the use of microwaves.
When we are exposed to EMR from cell phone use, cell towers, wireless routers our body's calcium voltage channels open and flood our cells with calcium.. one, causing too much calcium in the system and two, diminishing the calcium supply in your body. The response is a protective one but your body has to pull the extra calcium from hair, skin, teeth and bones.. and over time this causes chronic problems. Likewise, an enormous amount of very toxic free radicals are produced at a rapid rate while under wifi. Remember why you take antioxidants? To combat free radicals... even 10 blueberry smoothies a day can't combat this. Also, EMR from wireless causes mold to proliferate and produce up to 600x more bio-toxins. That means if you have mold or fungus (ie. candida) in your system when you get around wireless the infection gets worse and as you become more toxic. And, if there is mold or fungus in your home… it will become virulent. (But probably the most upsetting... is that non-native, man-made frequencies from wireless etc, not only corrupt the water in our bodies (making us chronically dehydrated), but also,at a fundamental level..EMR literally throw us off our natural spin and disconnect us from the Earth). More info: youmatrix.com
I have been told I don't respect my illness and I am not vocal or dramatic enough.. for me, fear only makes things worse. I won’t come from a place of fear but I want you to know my situation is serious.
Finding the elusive “perfect” environment is almost impossible. And it's getting more difficult to get in a no EMF zone especially with 5G rolling out. But what I will say, is it’s important to be mobile and get away from concentrated areas. Density is what kills.
Earth is the answer. Sun, Water, Trees and pristine air are the most important medicine. I need to do treatments for Lyme and treat some neurological damage, and a jaw infection, but it doesn’t make sense to do that while living in an environment that continues to make me ill. Getting away from electrosmog, chemicals, toxic mold levels.. and getting into Nature isn’t just a pleasant experience it is a deeply healing treatment. When we connect back into Earth energies we shift into the parasympathetic mode of our nervous system where healing can happen.
These days our bodies are now entrained to the artificial frequencies. It’s imperative to get away and remember what true connection feels like and let the body receive the life-generating signals from the Earth and atmosphere.
People often comment that I look so good. I’m grateful but that part comes from clean living, organic food, a quiet and simple life.
Our minds are extremely powerful. I use mine to stay calm and present. And still, it can be exhausting spending precious creative time trying to negotiate and harmonize the environment around me just to stay alive.
When I get to a non-toxic place all of my creative flow comes back. I feel connected.
My hope is that my story and so many others will wake people up and demand for themselves and our planet safer more responsible technology. More responsible conveniences. By simply turning your wifi router off at night you will.. save yourself, your family and your neighbor.
I find myself in the catch 22 that many people do. I need to get well so I can create things that will produce income to support myself, but I need money to get well.
I don’t like talking about symptoms, I want to be the good news, the positive force in the world, but the truth is my body needs help and sanctuary.
What a great call with Dr. Jay Davidson (host of the Parasite Summit and Lyme Disease Summit) on eliminating parasites for renewed health! This call was packed with information (replay is posted below).
Types of parasites
Places of exposure
Key symptoms of parasitic infections
Order of treatment
How often to treat?
Dealing with herx/toxicity (i.e binders)
Natural vs Holistic treatments
The value of good stomach acid to reduce protein
Zinc, B6 deficiency (KPU)
Best time to do treatments
Effects of the Moon cycle
Diet: Animal protein vs Vegan vs Raw
Best starting treatment: Mimosa Pudica Seed
Emotional issues, sensitivity and boundaries… and so much more.
It would be a good idea to have a pen and paper handy while listening to this replay. Also, please remember that our entire world is covered in microorganisms. We CAN co-exist. We do all day inside and outside our bodies. This is not a war we are in. It’s more of a balancing act.
The information in this call is meant to empower you -- not add to your stress. Pathogenic microbes like waste. Stress produces waste in our bodies, even stressful thoughts. Adding to your stress is not what were are after here. Take in the information that resonates with you and leave the rest. There is never one path.
Also, please remember that eating anti-parasitic foods, herbs and spices daily is how much of the world staves off parasites.
To learn more anti-parasitic foods, recipes, and detox treatments (as well as dealing with the emotional/spiritual aspect of parasites), we are matching Jay's offer of 50% for our Fall Sessions Recordings.
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"I completely agree. This was an incredibly informative and helpful talk!!! Thank you, Dana Walsh and Brent Martin!” - T. Lal
To dive deeper into this amazing information consider purchasing Dr. Jay’s Parasite Summit Recordings 50% off for LLLM members until Jan. 1. Great offer!
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Also, here is the link to the Mimosa Pudica treatment that Dr. Jay and Dr. Watts have had great success with.
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A noteworthy mention: Mimosa pudica is also called “The Sensitive Plant” — a sensitive plant that brings relief to sensitive beings. Nature is perfect.
This Summer while attending a fancy networking event, I heard a featured speaker say, “Authenticity is hot right now.”
Hot? Right now? Being authentic is a trend? I had to giggle to myself. Well, if that is the case, I got that marketing pearl covered.
Authenticity is one of the gifts that comes from having been through chronic illness — no time or energy for BS or posturing. For better or worse, I tell it like it is. So in that spirit... here's a story:
The next day I noticed my tooth was broken — a molar. Lower left. Hmmm. That’s odd, I thought. A closer look I could see the filling had broken off and there was significant black underneath, and I could taste it. Gross!
I’ve lost 3 teeth on this Lyme journey (or whatever you want to call it) back to self and wellness. And I've got to say, I have been very motivated to have a different outcome this time.
I managed to get into the dentist the next day. He didn’t have time to work on me so he temporarily patched the hole right on top of the decay. Lovely.
That was Thursday.
By Saturday I was having night-sweats, tachycardia, fevers and urinating copious amounts every half hour—and hideous head, neck and jaw pain. I went back in on Monday. My resting heart-rate was 115 and BP was low-normal and I had a fever. He said I wasn’t suitable to work on. X-ray was normal.
There I was down the old familiar rabbit hole of "We don’t understand this." (And borrowing money to cover the insane costs of doing nothing.)
Since that time I have seen 4 more dentists, a Lyme literate MD, and a neurological chiropractor. Three of the dentists said that my fever was a coincidence and unrelated to the tooth. Marc Weill and Dr. Beth McDougall, knowing my history — disagreed.
With all this going on, I thought about canceling this Fall Sessions because I am so far behind on promotions, but when I looked at the tooth meridian chart and saw that this tooth, “number 19,” corresponds to the lung and large intestine meridian (the organs associated with the Fall and our session), I took it as a sign.
A sign to dig my heels in deep and walk the talk. I teach self-care; now I need to use what I know. It’s up to me. Since that first day I have been vigilant with self-care and determined to get through this.
I started daily/hourly nourishing broths, detox baths, oil pulling with ozone gel, hydration/electrolytes, lymphatic drainage tinctures, deep breathing, immune boosting supplements, cell salts, Vitamin D and K2, chlorophyll, therapeutic mushrooms, colloidal silver and most importantly, fierce awareness of the present moment — noticing when I go into stories of the past and future. Instead, I tell my body over and over...
"I believe in you. You can do this. I love you”.
Yesterday I went to have the tooth filled. I was so sick. Freezing and sweating. My skin color was gray and I was urinating every 20 minutes. Heart like a bunny.
The dentist said, “We can skip it if you don’t feel up to it. The filling is small enough and I don’t think it’s associated with your other symptoms.”
I said, "I didn’t feel like this a week ago... I think it’s associated. Let’s try.”
So we went for it.
Oh and PS, I don’t use any Novocaine. And he only gave me oxygen to breathe, no Nitrous.
As he started drilling deeper, he said, “Gotta admit Dana, this is a lot deeper than I thought”
“I told you!" I mumbled under the dental dam.
He said, “I’m sorry we have to push through it."
I surrendered. I met the sound of the drill with my own hum. And when it got faster, I hummed louder.
In these situations I turn into a Zen master. I go eternal. No resistance. The pain was ridiculous, but my awareness of the space around it made it small. I was the space. The doc said, "I would be crying if I were you. You are amazingly strong.”
Yeah, duh!!! Yet another skill/gift gleaned from this journey. I have a warrior badge after 17 years dealing with Lyme and all of this stuff, but without a doubt, this one should have earned me my black-belt.
When he was finished he sat me up to go PEE!!! But I couldn’t stand. The nurse assistant gently walked me to the bathroom and said in her beautiful Latin accent, “You were so good. I couldn't believe it. And honey, you look so much better, I see your eyes are clear now. And feel... your hands are warm. You were so cold and sick before.”
Something had left me. It was like coming back into myself. One dentist/surgeon thought I was reacting to the temporary dental resin material — yeah, that’s really a thing and a big deal.
Either way, the moral of the story is to keep going and trust yourself. One size doesn't fit all. Don’t let them tell you about your body!! We are the canaries, the sensitives, and we help to teach that Medical care can't be a fixed model because our bodies and world are dynamic.
I said to the doctor when I collected myself, “So you thought I was just a high strung/high maintenance woman didn’t you?”
He said, “How’d you know?”
I smiled… "And now?”
He bowed his head and said, “I am humbled, I don’t live in your body."
I am not out of the woods yet, and it’s still unknown if the tooth will make it. There is a chance that I will have to have this tooth extracted during the session. But here’s the thing: the self-care (keeping the body strong) is the same.
Thank you for reading this. I teach by telling stories and using my life as an example. I hope you found something of value for yourself.
The past few years have been very stressful for me in my personal life. And stress of course, will demineralize you faster than anything like your um... teeth.
Like you, sometimes I need a kick in the butt to make myself priority and get a head of steam on my health. And when I fully commit, I’m always so grateful and amazed at how much we can do with our self-care tools.
As I sit here with Essential Oil soaked gauze in my mouth, I am thinking of you and inviting you to have a virtual self-care slumber party with me. Let’s eat good food, rest, breathe, laugh and learn.
Let’s give what we've got and love every second of it.
Oh, the holidays. A lovely, heartfelt and beautiful time of year (mostly).
Gathering with family and friends can be very comforting during the holidays, but it can also be very emotionally triggering!
When you have been chronically ill for so many years, there is a level of burn out within the family and community. What's more, friends and family don’t understand the illness because, quite honestly, WE don’t totally understand the illness either!
Maybe family feels like it’s all in your head because they see you having a good day but then crashing after an emotional interaction. They can then say: “Oh, when you get emotional you start to have symptoms so… it’s an emotional issue." Hmmmm... Maybe... but they are only half right.
Everyone on the planet has a physical reaction to emotional stress. Everyone. Our bodies go into "fight or flight" response with both real or imagined stresses. The difference for those of us with chronic illness and sensitivities is when we go into fight or flight, we have zero reserves to bounce back.
When we experience emotional upset, our nervous system/endocrine system cascade downward tanking our immunity allowing pathogens to grow and we become symptomatic again.
Overcoming the triggers
It’s best to diffuse the possible triggers in the situation by telling family members about how you are feeling right up front. Tell them that you love them. Tell them that you are having a challenging day and that you can take care of yourself.
Ideally something like this:
"Hi (Mom, Dad, Friend, relative) I am having a really challenging day today. Just want you to know that I may be up and down and if I have a tone, I’m sorry. I love you. I know how to take care of myself. It’s not your responsibility and I don't need you to fix it. Just looking for your love and support. I’ll visit as long as I can. I love seeing you."
Telling people upfront and letting them off the hook before either of you gets triggered can be very powerful. If you need help, be very specific: "Could you pick up something from the store?... Help me vacuum or give me a ride?... etc). Speak clearly and confidently. Stay out of speaking like the victim. That will only trigger them.
If they react poorly, ask yourself what you wished they would say instead. Give that to yourself and walk away.
We have to remember that it can be excruciating to be around a sick person that you love. Our loved ones want us to be better. They miss how we used to be. And they feel helpless because they can’t fix it (and maybe a little bit guilty). You feeling sick is a big loss for them too. Do your best to listen. They have a side in this.
Also, remember that it’s possible that your illness reminds them of their own fragility and health issues that perhaps they are ignoring.
Many people are in denial of their own unhealthy habits, and sometimes they can feel inconvenienced by your special needs. Oh well. Stay strong: "No, I can’t eat gluten. Still. Thank you though. It looks great”
It's a good idea to arrive early and leave early so you don’t dip too much (especially if you're sensitive to groups of people and your auntie's perfume!).
Remember humor— it’s your greatest tool. Keep it light. And obviously, avoiding long discussions about your health and politics would be wise. Try sharing your current favorite funny youtube videos instead.
And finally, if despite all your efforts it all goes haywire, then know you did your best and you can laugh about it with like-minded people. Our new Fall Sessions is open now -- you can sneak in here and meet others like you.
If you decide to sit out the holiday chaos, we hope you can enjoy the peace and the quiet sparkle in the air. There is so much to be grateful for.
We all know that Cleansing with Lyme is crucial for recovery.
And that byproducts of less than optimal foods and environments can make us feel worse.
BUT sometimes it's not that easy...
We are too cold,
too much pain to think or plan a meal (let alone cook one!),
and have too much information and don't know where to start.
So many times we just go back to our (less than optimal) old habits.
We know this because we are just like you. That's why we figured out ways to make cleansing simple, nourishing/strengthening, and easy to follow.
One of the simplest things you can do is to properly Food Combine.
In our "Late Summer" Program, we follow food combing for a short time for an enjoyable cleansing experience without deprivation!
Food combining is a theory that eating simply and in right combinations will greatly improve digestive function. Foods have different digestive rates, sugars and enzyme structures. Therefore, mixing many different in the same meal can confuse and slow digestion leading to fermentation and reduced nutrient absorption.
In food combining, less is truly more, which may not always be easy to do, but for a cleanse it makes perfect sense. Enjoy as much food as you want — just in the correct combination. This way you will build and cleanse at the same time and never feel deprived.
In our Late Summer Cleanse we honor the most basic 3 rules in food combing:
Eat fruit alone
Do not eat both animal protein and starch at the same meal
Do not eat both fruits and vegetables at the same meal
Note: Cucumbers, celery, lettuce and leafy greens combine with anything
Time Between Foods:
After eating fruit, wait 30-45 before eating a meal
After eating a heavy protein meal, wait 3 hours before eating fruit
Discussion with Marc Weill about Food Combining
Food Combining Chart
There are many, many food combining charts online. This one is very simple and easy to follow. We agree with most of this chart. Remember, the most important thing is to not mix fruit with a heavy protein meal (not on this cleanse at least ;)
1 tsp. vanilla bean powder (ground pure vanilla beans)
a few shakes of fennel powder
We recommend spices from Spicely because all imported spices are required to go through a sterilization process before being sold in the United States. Most spice companies sterilize using synthetic chemicals or radiation. Spicely Organics uses a process called steam sterilization, which sterilizes food products without adding any chemicals or hazardous materials.
Chai Spice Mix Directions:
Put all spices into a coffee grinder.
Grind for about 30 seconds - 1 minute until the mixture is a really fine powder.
Once you make this Chai Spice Mix, you can use it in many ways:
Enjoy as a tea with your favorite milk (see recipe below)
2 T. Favorite milk -- dairy, coconut, hemp or almond
Stevia drops to sweeten to taste
Easy Creamy Chai Directions:
Steep a strong cup of tea.
Blend 1 tsp Chai spice, 1 T grass-fed butter or ghee, 2 T favorite milk and stevia to taste.
Blend and enjoy.
Note: There will be spices settled at the bottom. To avoid this... run tea mixture though a fine strainer before drinking.
Way 3: Whole Spice Chai
(This is a simple, one-cup recipe)
Whole Spice Chai Ingredients:
4 cardamom pods
6 peppercorns (optional)
1 star anise
1 inch cinnamon stick
slice of fresh ginger (or more to taste)
1 tea bag (of your choice: Tulsi, Horsetail, Black, etc)
1 C. water
1 C. favorite milk-- coconut, hemp, almond or full fat organic grass-fed milk (if you can handle it--yum!)
Stevia to sweeten
Whole Spice Chai Directions:
Crush spices with a mortar and pestle or back of a knife.
Put water and spices into a pot and boil for a few minutes until it smells deliciously fragrant.
Lower heat to simmer.
Open tea bag (or throw in the whole tea bag) and add milk.
Simmer another 5-7 mins.
Pour through a fine mesh strainer, add stevia and enjoy! Super yums!
What Is Chai Tea? (and healing properties)
Originating in India, Chai Tea is typically a spiced black tea mix. The spices can vary, but it usually contains a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, fennel, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. The base is traditionally a black tea, but decaffeinated, or herbal teas can also be used.
Each spice contains potent health benefits:
Cinnamon - antifungal, antibacterial, it can also reduce the risk of diabetes — it blocks insulin from getting into cells, and can lower blood pressure and prevent cell damage for diabetics.
Cardamom - anti-inflammatory, it relives muscle spasms, and can treat asthma, and other respiratory ailments.
Black Pepper - antioxidant
Cloves - anti-parasitic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, it is widely used to soothe gum and tooth pain.
Ginger - anti-inflammatory, it can soothe upset stomaches and diarrhea, it’s helpful for arthritis and heart disease, and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Figs, almonds, and coconut are all healthy super-foods in their own rite. Figs, in particular, are an incredibly nourishing food, as well as a gentle and effective anti-parasitic and can help with elimination. Figs contain an enzyme called ficin that is a well known parasite remedy worldwide.
We created this "Treat-ment" as part of "The Fall Sessions" (as we move into Winter) so our group can start feeling the power of "food as medicine" in a delicious way. The anti-parasitic properties of these Figgy Fudge Balls will get things moving.
Our “Treat-ments” are recipes made with active foods that are beyond delicious and designed to optimize your health -— namely, releasing parasites and boosting immunity.
More on understanding our "Treat-ments" (and why some sugar is important) with expert Ann Louise Gittleman...
These recipes are a wonderful way to keep yourself healthy (so you don’t overindulge) over the holidays. Easy to make and share with friends and family! You can start with our Figgy Fudge Ball recipe below.
PS... "The Fall Sessions" Recordings Package including all of our anti-parasitic recipes (like these Figgy Fudge Balls), guides, interviews and call recordings are on sale now.
How to Make Figgy Fudge Balls
NOTE: Always choose organic.
8 dried Figs
2 T. Almond Butter (exclude if not tolerated)
1 T. Coconut Oil
1 T. Shredded Coconut
2 T. Bulletproof Upgraded Chocolate Powder, or any powdered raw cacao or cocoa that you like — use heaping tablespoons if you’d like extra chocolate flavor (exclude if not tolerated)
** Optional: Add 1/2 teaspoon of Homemade Chai Mix to spice it up a notch and boost medicinal properties
** Optional: Add 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds to boost the fiber even more
Soak the figs in a bowl of warm water with one drop of organic lemon essential oil for several hours, to soften and hydrate them, and to remove any residue from the fruit.
Rinse well, until the water runs clear.
Roughly chop up the figs, and place them into a food processor; pulse for a few seconds.
Add the almond butter, coconut oil, shredded coconut, chocolate powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
Pulse for about 10 seconds, stir, then pulse about 5 seconds more. The mixture should be well-blended and resemble fudge. Pulse longer if needed.
Scoop out one tablespoon at a time onto a cookie sheet. You can avoid sticky hands if you use two spoons — one to scoop, then transfer to another spoon, dropping at the same time, onto the sheet.
Sprinkle each piece with shredded coconut.
Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for one hour to harden the fudge.
After one hour, take the cookie sheet out of the refrigerator, and roll each ball in your hands, mixing the coconut into the ball.
Give these Figgy Fudge Balls to people you love this Holiday Season, and most importantly, to yourself! Enjoy!
** NOTE: Don't leave out too long or they will turn to mush! Eat immediately after taking out of fridge.
** NOTE: Please drink plenty of fluids. This is a high fiber food. Remove nuts/chocolate if intolerant. Before adding new foods to your diet, consult with your health practitioner.
** NOTE: Please remember... when adding any new food, herb or spice to your diet or protocol, please be sure to check with your doctor if you are unsure. We are not practitioners we just share information from some of the health leaders we love and from personal experience. Everyone is so unique and we can't possibly know your background and health history. Choose what works for you. LLLM content is for your information only and not to replace any medical or psychiatric care.
Healing Properties of Figs
FIGS: Figs have amazing benefits and healing properties. They are high in digestive enzymes, and contain proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. They contain ficin, a proteolytic (protein-breaking) enzyme similar to papain in papayas and bromalain in fresh pineapple. In addition, ficin has some laxative effects. Together, the lignin and the ficin make figs (particularly dried figs) an efficient laxative food. They have a very high vitamin and mineral content, with significant amounts of Vit A, B, and C, and potassium, magnesium, and calcium. They are very high in fiber, and can therefore help with constipation. They also have anti-ulcer and anti-bacterial properties. Figs have historically been shown to pull toxins out of the body. They are very cleansing to the kidneys, and can pull obstructions from the liver, kidney, and gallbladder. They can also relieve inflammation in the kidneys and bladder. Because figs contain tryptophan, they can be helpful for insomnia. Fresh figs are available from June to September. Dried figs are great, too. Soak them in water and organic lemon essential oil to rehydrate them and to remove any traces of dirt or residue. Always choose unsweetened and organic.
Anyone who has suffered from Lyme Disease or chronic illness can tell you that it often feels as if we are “disconnected” from life. It’s as if we are looking through a window and watching it all go by from behind the glass. We can see life but we aren’t connected to it.
Conversely, when people recover from illness, they say “I got my life back.” This may mean a job, a relationship and the ability to do the fun things they once did -- but did life ever really leave?
"How can life leave you? The Universe never stops, and you are a part of that Universe. Just as a cell is part of the larger body."
In ancient methods of healing, an individual’s health was often measured in terms of how much “life force” or “Chi" a person has in their body. Often it’s our mind that separate us from accessing this free and all pervasive healing energy field.
Your body may be broken and tired, but life force is all around you and at all times. Even the most tired body can learn to access our primal nature -- our life force, our chi. After all, we are made of stars.
This past Spring we had the pleasure to interview Master Mingtong Gu, a revered Chi Gong master and healer. [More about Qigong here]
Mingtong worked with a “medicine-less” hospital in China and witnessed the recovery of thousands of very ill patients. From Cancer to PTSD, Mingtong teaches that no dis-ease is too big (or too small) for the healing effects of essential Chi energy.
Today, Mingtong runs the Chi-Center in Northern California. He has seen countless Lyme and chronically ill patients return to a full and connected life.
Watch our interview with Mingtong and experience the meditative energy and our simple Qigong practice led by Mingtong!
Buffering acidic toxins (and pain in the body) with minerals
How toxins steal energy from digestion
Blood sugar and the immune system
Food reactions vs detox reactions
Feeling better is closer than you think
The power of Oxytocin
Live Q: How to manage fears of eating out and parasites
Live Q: Anxiety, panic attacks: minerals, copper toxicity, EMF exposure
Live Q: Choosing a treatment path and trusting your body again
Marc Weill is founder of Core Care Center in San Francisco and New York. His main focus is treating chronically ill patients, with special focus on Lyme disease. Marc comes with enormous breadth of knowledge and 40 years of hands on experience. He is down to earth, relatable, (funny) and makes complex issues simple to understand.
We are so honored to have Marc as a faculty member of Lyme Less Live More and a core asset in our Seasonal Cleanses.
Get FREE ACCESS to the Core Series Program including Marc Weill's interview "Lymph Detox and Body Pain" and others now during our Summer Open House.
Dana Walsh (featured in the Lyme documentary UNDER OUR SKIN) and Brent Martin, founders of Lyme Less Live More, identified a giant gap while recovering from Lyme Disease -- What to do in-between doctor visits?
Now, with the help of their expert faculty Dana and Brent teach a multi-faceted approach to recovering health that includes self-care, healthy mindset, and conscious awareness.