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 frankly, 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 adrenals don’t have the same reserves so we cascade downward and our immune systems crash, which allows 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, Geez, 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 stay 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 and Brent discuss with Scott Forsgren (The Better Health Guy) the many layers to recovering from Lyme and chronic illness.
Having first hand experience as a Lyme (and associated illness) patient, Scott has taken all that he has learned over a decade and half and offers it to the public through his powerful website and blog BetterHealthGuy.com.
This call is packed with information on the many layers to recovering from Lyme and chronic illness.
Listen here to gather more tools for your journey to WELLNESS:
Before we start to unburden and "de-clutter" our bodies we need to make a clear space. Clearing and organizing your physical space makes room for new and fresh possibilities in your life. And, it doesn't have to be a lot.
Listen to this short excerpt from a Fall Cleanse "Huddle" about "De-cluttering Our Lives." We talk everything from laundry to supplement overwhelm. Get Inspired!
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.
Find out how to avoid and eliminate parasites (physical and emotional) and build your immunity from our experts Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Ann Louise Gittleman, Marc Weill, and Shavasti.
Get all of our Anti-Parasitic Recipes and "Treat-ments" such as Pumpkin Pudding Pie, Chai 3-Ways, The Fall/Winter Golden Cup, Pumpkin Seed Bars, Apple/Pear/Cranberry/Ginger Sauce, Ultra-Nourishing Chicken Soup, Pesto, and many more
Access our Guides such as the Cleansing Do's and Don't's, Cleanse Eating Guidelines, Anti-Parasitic Food and Spice Glossary, Chelating and Kidney-Support Foods, Parasite Flush Glossary, Over-Indulgence Remedies and Holiday Tips, Detox Baths, and Weekly Instructions and Sample Day's
Live Support Calls and a Private Facebook Group as we move through the Holidays and into the New Year together