How Spirulina Helped Heal My Family Of Autism And Seizures (And My Chocolate Spirulina Recipe!)

Green Food Is Good

Allow me to introduce you to spirulina,  one of our most favorite super foods! With all of the hype about GMO- Monsanto-Franken-Neuro-Toxic-Mutant food, I wanted you to know that you can still get pure amazing nutritious HEALTHY food. Food that can even negate and detoxify you from the ill-effects of eating the packaged poop stuff.

And prevent further damage.

Spirulina, a form of blue-green algae,  boasts 10 times more beta carotene than carrots, is about 65% protein and provides us with essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, probiotics, and antioxidants.

Millions of years ago, before we were even a tear-drop in Mother Nature’s eye – Spirulina flourished. The nutrients contained in the spirulina plant helped our planet evolve. It’s perhaps our earliest ancestor.

To me, it offers one of the simplest ways to end world hunger!  You actually need less food when you eat it because it takes care of so many nutritional needs. It grows easily and well in lakes and oceans, and I’m just discovering that it can even be grown in soil.  Think of what savvy organic growers could do with this stuff!

At times when Dougie and I were in deep healing from his autism and my candida — we THRIVED on spirulina. Just adding it to our diets made us happier, gave us energy, and REALLY curbed sugar cravings. Plus it helps tremendously with brain-fog.

The plant has undergone intense studies for the past 30 years, and proves safe for the little ones as well. So, don’t worry so much if they won’t eat their lima beans – push the algae, and get super healthy kids.

Dougie had his first serving at age 3 years and 1 day. And, at 3 years and 1.5 days– he was potty trained. That’s without practice. And, experts told us he had autism, and that meant we could expect delays and complete lack in development.

The first time he ever had the kicked-up spirulina blend from Bio-Age (Bioage.com), he buttoned his shirt for the first time. He lost a tic that he had for a few months, and over a small period of time — he began to speak more clearly. We saw so much developmental BLISS with the BIOAGE Algaes, that we removed most of our other supplements. It’s still a staple.

It reduces brain swelling. It sends nutrients where they need to go without making your body work so hard to digest. This is majorly important in autism and many cases of common illness like allergies and auto-immune dysfunction because digestion is so compromised.

My hubby used it as the main healing tool in helping him recover from a seizure disorder and a 12 year reliance on some pretty harsh prescription seizure meds.

Why wouldn’t we want to use spirulina to feed the hungry? It would open their minds and lift their spirits while nourishing them!

Consuming spirulina (algae) has been linked to recovery from diseases like cancer, ADD, and autism. Research also shows significant progress in its effect against the AIDS virus. In my time working with private clients, I’ve been able to see clarity of mind come back to people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s through the use of  spirulina.

Spirulina is a super food  — which means it is a complete food. Think — something they’d eat on the Matrix. People use spirulina to enhance energy, detoxify poisons (sugar, alcohol, mercury), control weight and balance mood.

Check out this great e-book on Spirulina and Chlorella by the Health Ranger, Mike Adams of Natural News!

Spirulina For Dinner?

So, the question is how does it taste? I’m sure you don’t want to be making yourself an algae salad three times a day just so that you can tout gorgeous skin and enough energy to keep you awake through the night, right? I gotta be honest — some of it is pretty gross! And, while it can be taken in pill-form, you’ve got to watch that you get the purest kind that is without mercury…because if it comes from a toxic lake its got nothing but chemicals, metals, and junk to share with you.

It must be pure. And, I have my favorites. I’m quite fond of Healthforce Nutritionals TRUGANIC Spirulina Manna. I LOVE Real Food Real Life’s Pro-Daily Otic, which is a fermented blend of algaes (green, grains, seeds and sprouts). Both of these taste so good that  I even get my non-health-food-lovin’ friends to crave them. They can easily blend in a smoothie and even be hidden under some raw chocolate as you transition to adding it to your diet. But, once you’re like me and crave this stuff — you’ll find it tastes great in salad dressings and dips too.  Courtney Pool wrote a whole book on spirulina recipes!

How Much Spirulina Should You Eat?

Always go slowly and learn about a food’s energy when adding something new to your diet. Spirulina has an expansive energy which means that it pulls your energy up. For some, this can mean headaches. If you’re feeling hyper or light in the head, that can mean you have some stuck energy, and spirulina can exaggerate that. Not to fear.  All greens have expansive energy. Balancing this out with the “grounding” nature of good quality sea salt is enough for some people to really benefit from this amazing algae minus the headaches.

My recommendation to my clients is usually to begin new healing foods even more slowly than suggested on the label, and take close note of how you feel. When you reach a point where you feel good, you may have hit your ideal dosage. But, it has to be built-up-to.  Traditional Chinese Medicine says it takes 100 days of an herb to start feeling the true benefits.

Most people don’t need to consume lots of spirulina to get great results. It’s potent stuff. The more you consume, the more detoxifying it becomes. Smaller amounts can address nutrient deficiencies from the core up. The way I see it is if you are deficient, like we were, it makes sense to go slowly and really allow the algae to work.  Our family shares a spirulina smoothie almost every morning, and we only use about 1 tablespoon of manna or 1-2 capsules of BioSuperfood brand (much less than recommended) in total. In the colder months, we may have a little less, or at least combine it with more warming and heavier foods in our smoothies like avocado, coconut and cinnamon.

I find the fermented algae from Real Food Real Life to be more grounding.

The fun of natural health is that you build it. Your nutritional needs and tolerances are unique. It’s cool because the experimentation makes you so much smarter about your body and what you put in it. GMO food just causes tumors and sterility.  No fun!

A Heart Of Green

Green foods open your heart chakra. It’s becoming even more popular knowledge that our emotions matter. In fact, they create vibrations that actually heal us.  The vibrations that come from your heart chakra are 500+ times stronger than those that come from your brain. So, yes, your thoughts matter. But real brain connections that create change in your life only happen when there is a corresponding emotional experience with your thought.  When you open your heart to emotions like love, gratitude and forgiveness — your body heals. Spirulina opens your heart chakra in the same way! Seriously…have a few servings and tell me if you don’t feel grateful and in LOVE with life. Food can be a healer for our physical and emotional health.

Here Is My Fave Way To Eat Spirulina…In Chocolate Of Course!

I wasn’t going to let you leave without this.  This is a recipe for my fermented chocolates. Raw chocolate or cacao is another heart chakra opener!  Some of my clients have a hard time tolerating plain raw chocolate.  But the fermentation and addition of these healing herbs and SPIRULINA seems to take care of that.

I like to add spirulina to it to balance out the acidity in the cacao, and add nourishment. Who knew it would taste so good? Most of my friends are pleasantly surprised.

Cultured Cacao-Wows

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups raw organic cacao powder
  • 1½ cups cacao butter
  • ½ cup – 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vitamineral Green powder
  • 1 packet Body Ecology kefir starter
  • 1 packet Body Ecology culture starter
  • Glass jar or bowl with lid
  • Candy molds of choice
  • Blender

Add-ins: spirulina, vanilla sea salt and mint;  sea salt, cacao nibs, and mesquite; cherries, cayenne and sea salt; maca, mesquite and lucuma; cinnamon, maca, mesquite and lucuma; Gojii berries, bee pollen and anything else you like with your chocolate!

Process:

  • Melt cacao butter at 80 degrees in food dehydrator or in double boiler
  • Stir in cacao powder
  • Blend with coconut sugar in blender
  • Pour into glass jar
  • Add green powder and culture starters
  • Let ferment for 36 hours (keep in dehydrator to keep in liquid form)
  • Add your add-ins
  • Pour into molds
  • Refrigerate and Bliss Out!

    xoxo!

    Gina


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Autism Recovery Journey: Autism Dad Heals His Own Seizure Disorder and Detoxes from Lamictal

20111117-143641.jpgWhen I was 15 years old I suffered a grand mal seizure. My house had caught to fire while my family was sleeping. We all got out in time, and I sat in the car with my sister and watched as flames flickered up through the basement and began to destroy the only place I had known as home. My sister was beyond consoling, and her screams mixed with the images of the fire dancing its way past the windows was more than my mind could handle. The next thing I remember I was in the hospital trying to figure out what had happened. We were told by the doctors that it was common that such a traumatic experience could push someone’s mind over and force out symptoms so extreme, but something had changed in me that night. My mind had learned how to handle stress in a new way. It wasn’t long until I had another seizure that sent me back to the hospital.

We started seeing neurosurgeons and getting opinions on how to squash these symptoms. The tests were rigorous at times and some of them even led me into having more seizures, due to sleep deprivation and other controls they wanted to test out on me. Different doctors prescribed me all types of miracle drugs that were supposed to help, but didn’t. Little did I know how much of a lab rat I was for western medicine. Finally, after years of searching, we found a drug that stopped my symptoms seemingly entirely. Lamictal was the medication that worked for me. Finally, I could get relief from my seizures and go back to some sort of regular life.

I can still remember my doctor telling me how Lamictal was a safe medication that was going to have no side effects. It’s only purpose was to train my brain to stop having seizures, and then I would simply wean down from my dose until I wouldn’t need it. He failed to mention that the drug was designed for bipolar disorder therapy. At that time I was approximately 18 years old and my dosage was 50 milligrams twice daily.

Things were going well until one day I had another seizure. It’s possible that I skipped a dose, but one of those side effects that Lamictal wasn’t supposed to have was in fact memory loss. If you do skip a dose you might not even remember it. Quite a symptom to avoid sharing with people. My parents took me back to the doctor and they decided that it would be smart to double my dosage. Lamictal is time released and they thought that a higher dose would alleviate some of the symptoms in case my regimen wasn’t completely on target. In fear of having another seizure, I joined the medicine campaign again and upped the dose. I must admit that it seemed to cure the problem, because I didn’t have another seizure for quite some time. However my symptoms from the medicine got much worse.

At the time I was too naive to see the true correlation between the medicine and my mood. I was forgetful and found it difficult to get the will power to do many things. I was being held down and I had no clue of it. I just did what the doctor said. A couple years later 100 milligrams twice daily wasn’t enough. I went back to the neurologist with my parents and he advised us to double the dose again. My parents agreed in a heart beat and I just sat there accepting my fate. I can remember that night discussing it with my mother. Telling her that I didn’t want to be on this medicine anymore, and that I thought the idea was to come off of it, not to be upping my dosage every few years. She got mad at me for this and accused me of stating that she was doing something to hurt me. She overwhelmed me with guilt and I started up the new dosage that night. Besides, the doctors said that this was the highest dose of Lamictal that they could prescribe. I was taking 200 milligrams twice daily now and until they said otherwise.

I thought that I was doing well on it. There would be the occasion where I would forget a dose and I would end up having mood swings that made me very difficult to be around. I would get mad over nothing and I would have no clue as to why. I couldn’t fathom that it was due to the medicine, because it could never be that. It could never be what your mother says is the best thing for you. Over the years I would still have the random grand mal seizure when times would get overwhelming or I would forget a dose. I continued going to the neurologist.

By the age of 22 I was married, and I stopped going to the doctor with my parents and went with my wife instead. We wanted to figure a way for this to all stop. I would tell the neurologist about my symptoms and he would tell me that it was normal for someone who was on Lamictal to be experiencing these side effects. There were times that he would suggest taking other medications, but that seemed to be too much of a risk since my dosage of Lamictal was already so high. What we knew for sure was that since I was still having the seizures upon occasion that lowering my dose would be dangerous, and that I was going to be on this medicine until we could be sure that my mind would forget how to have them.

When I was 24 my wife and I had a baby boy. This might seem like a tangent, but I assure you it is integral to this story. My son was perfect from the day we brought him home from the hospital. He was trying to roll over in his first week and doing great with eye contact. He started speaking only after a few months. Life was great. We had done everything that western medicine had told us to do for him. When he was 2 years old we took him for another round of vaccines. We were just doing what we thought was best for him, but it turned out that we had put our beliefs into the wrong system.

When we got home that day, I noticed that Dougie wasn’t his usual self. Things only got worse from that point on. My walking/talking son wouldn’t even look at me. He wouldn’t look at anything. He wouldn’t move at all. He just sat there and got sicker and sicker. We didn’t understand. This beautiful and healthy person was no longer there. It wasn’t long after that when he was diagnosed with autism. How could my son have autism when he had been more than normal since the day that we brought him home from the hospital. My wife got to work on understanding what had happened to him, and I continued to work long hours and put food on the table. She started making changes to the foods that we were eating in order to build up our immune systems. Dougie and I were not pleased with our new diets. He would throw fits and I would sneak the occasional treat. I guess that I figured that if this were the way that the doctors would have told us so.
Already being aggravated by the Lamictal, it was difficult to come home and have to deal with my son throwing a temper tantrum due to his not wanting to eat peas. I was quick to judge, easy to upset. I felt confrontational. I would plead with my wife to figure something out, as I thought that I was going to go crazy under these circumstances. I realize now that this was selfish, but I was highly medicated. It took months of her standing her ground and my son throwing fits until finally he started to calm down. It was a miracle. His speech didn’t come right back, and his eye contact wasn’t normal just yet, but you could tell that there was a difference in him. He was coming back against all odds. Against the doctors saying that he should be medicated and telling us that he was never going to talk again. It was enough for me to start thinking with her instead of simply standing on the sidelines watching.

As a family our immunities continued to grow and we were learning things about health and wellness that I never thought were possible. By this time I was managing a law firm. It was a high stress job that demanded a lot of time and energy. It slowed down my progress with health, but created a great life for my family. Finally, we decided to move to California, and I was going to set up a remote firm there.We were thrilled. As excited as I was at the prospect of the move, I never knew the dramatic effects that it would have on my health and life. Once we had made it out there, I decided to get rid of all of the habits that I had held onto while working at the firm, i.e. smoking, fast food, minimal sleep etc. Not that I was destroying my body on a grand scale, but these things were slowly killing me and I truly had no need for them. I learned of fermented foods and raw diets that changed my perspective on health, and then something crazy happened.

We invited someone into our home to stay with us for a while and help them out. This person ended up stealing my Lamictal when he left. I had no way of getting more due to the fact that Lamictal is a antipsychotic and they will only allow you a certain amount of pills, which I had already ordered. My wife and I decided that it was time to wean myself down from the stash that I had hidden for “just in case” purposes. If you have ever been on this medicine before then I am sure you have pills in different places, just in case you are cut off from your primary source.

We cut the pills into quarters and I started lowering my dose. At the time I was 29 years old, and I had been on this medicine for over a decade. I added in Bioage, which is a super green algae, and fermented foods to keep brain balance. It helped considerably, but not totally. My withdraw was horrific. There were times when I felt insane, and I was. The medicine coming out of me was torturous. There were times when I thought that I was never going to come back to. I lost my job, and my sanity. My wife nurtured me back to life over the next few months. Not every minute of every day was terrible, but some were more than I could bare. The worst of the symptoms were in the first 2 months. I could feel my skin crawling. I got hot and cold flashes. I thought that random people and police were after me for taking myself off the medication. I was upset with my wife for caring about me too much and had accusatory feelings like she had ulterior motives. Sometimes I felt as if she couldn’t understand my suffering, which created feelings of betrayal. If the sun touched my skin it would make it sizzle, not burn, but tingle like a rash that didn’t want to be scratched. Irritating without a solution. There were times when I felt myself vibrate and it seemed like my energy was seeping out of my body. It was like the accounts of astral projection, but without the wondrous joyful understanding. It was a daily torture to stay together.

I started seeing an amazing acupuncturist named Kirk Forde (http://www.facebook.com/kirk.forde?ref=ts), that understood my mission and helped me through my symptoms with different natural herbs and esoteric acupuncture. Thank you Kirk. Slowly I came back to the original me, plus some very extraordinary added benefits. After the crazy faze had worn off and I was no longer feeling like I was leaping out of my body, I started to notice a more awareness of myself and my surroundings. I started remembering things about my childhood that had been repressed for a decade. Suddenly I had very strong intuition.

I can remember being a child and sitting on my bed in the morning having visions of the day to come. I wouldn’t do it intentionally, it just happened. We are told to keep things like that to ourselves in this society and I did. It was something that I shared with no one. I was always shocked at my accuracy to see the upcoming days events. I don’t know when I lost the visions, and honestly, at the time, I might have simply wanted them gone to just be normal. It started coming back though. I started waking up and seeing things again, only this time I was married to a woman who wouldn’t shun me for being different.

When we were living in Chicago about a year before we left, I decided to go with my wife to get attuned to Reiki. At the time I didn’t completely understand what it was or believe in it for that matter. I did it because my wife thought that it would be good for me and wanted me to experience it with her. Reiki is a healing technique that allows you to transfer energy from source into whatever you want to heal. I took the class, but noticed nothing from it. Little did I know that one day I would be using it on a daily basis, as simple as a doctor hands out pills. Having visions was just the beginning of my energy coming back to me. I started using Reiki all the time. I broadcasted it walking down the sidewalk. I can see how people might read this and think that maybe I never stopped being crazy after all, but I assure you that this is as real as it gets. If you had a headache I could put my hands on your head and take it away instantaneously. It got to the point where I could do it without touch as well, even from a distance.

The fact is that Lamictal was holding me down and stripping me of my natural talents and destinies. Western medicine has damaged everyone in my immediate family in one way or another. We are not meant to be living like this. We truly are energetic beings. I have been off Lamictal for over a year now, and I am seizure free. I don’t ever feel like they are even coming on. My diet is extremely nourishing and fulfilling. My life is full of wonder and excitement, and I don’t rely on anything to keep my mood stabilized. My son read me 3 books yesterday and we had a laugh at the funny story lines. My beautiful boy has come back. There is a better way to live and to see life. You don’t need to have another person tell you about your health and how to provide wellness for yourself. If you are taking this drug or anything like it then I am here to help you. You are not alone, but you do need to stand up if you want to break through. It’s time to take the power in your own hands. Stop believing in what society is telling you to believe. Sop believing anyone who is telling you anything, including me. Learn for yourself. You are your best healer, because I assure you that no one cares more about you becoming everything that you want to be more than you. We are all beautiful beings of light on the same path to enlightenment. Raise your energy and believe in yourself.

We will have more information about Lamictal and how I healed.
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Autism Recovery: BIO AGE algae (Bio Superfood) Update and Notes on Balance

As you also know, Bio Sperfood has been a very helpful  addition to my son’s healing, and we have had so much success with it that I decided to share it with you.

for info on the product and how we fist began using it, click here: http://ginalaverde.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/bio-algae-concentrates-for-autism-recovery/

The idea of balance plays a huge role when using this supplement. It is extremely powerful. While there has always been social, developmental, digestive and immune progress with this supplement, at times it makes Dougie, my son, really edgy and stimmy.  Too much of anything can cause results that we don’t like. But, how do we know how much is the right aount for us?

I don’t believe that detox and healing should be painful. I try to make Dougie’s days go by as smoothly as I possibly can. Because we use whole-food supplements and no medicines, I know that when he has a reactionit is most likely that he has simply had as much as he can handle. Slowing way down with dosages of Bioage has helped me determine how much y son needs. And, if/when you begin your journey with this, I highly recommend beginning with the smallest drip/drop possible.  As in.. breaking open the pills and only eating the smallest amount first. It’s powerful stuff.

I have learned how to balance Bio Sperfood with other foods in order to give it to him in a way that supports his healing.

This product is very expansive. It can over-stimulate (I have not seen any proof of this recorded, but I have seen it in my home). So I urge you to go slowly with it.

HARMONY:

If we think of creating balance in our systems as creating harmony, it may help us to understand that what we want to create is a steady calm rhythm. Seeing as though we heal in moments of stillness, my  goal should is  to create stillness within his systems.

Detox in itself (although necessary)  upset Dougie’s  system for a short period, because I went too fast with it.

When unsavory detox symptoms are occurring you can use your mommy instincts to bring Balance back.

The Mommy Instinct:

Often, painful detox symptoms will resemble an exaggerated version of the person’s illness. If we are suffering from autism — detoxing may make us either more stimmy (hyper, injurious, spinny, tantrums etc) or more distant.

Detox (die off) symptoms can also take us to the opposite side of the spectrum.  But, when we are making positive lifestyle and diet changes we are pretty certain to see some type of die-off symptoms.

A system on overload can react in either way.

So, we must take care to stop and listen to the needs of our children and loved ones. This is where slowing down is so helpful.

It’s clear to me that the bioage caused detox. It’s a clean, whole-food based algae supplement — so, when Dougie experiences too much die-off or painful symptoms we simply slow down or take breaks from it.

As moms, I believe  we can help  heal our loved ones without knowing the scientific cause of these symptoms.

  • If we are caring for someone who has become over-stimulated they need things that will bring them into calm. Think of ways you can address their needs without putting in more medicine/supplements etc. Observe your child closely, (close your eyes if you have to) and ask yourself what he needs. You have the answer. If it feels right it probably is and if you are questioning it there must be a great reason.

These methods have worked for me. I use them all the time to bring us back into balance.

    • Dry skin brushing, massage, lavender oil (burning or boil dried lavender)
    • Classical music
    • Dim light or candle light
    • Unplug all electrical devices
    • Take out doors if possible
    • Allow a healthy outlet for too much energy (rebounding, running, singing, even singing loud in safe place)
    • Enema/ spa time ( to let out build up)
  • If we are caring for someone who has become distant, lethargic and lacks interaction with us they may need some stimulation
    • Tummy rubs to stimulate digestion
    • Mineral  broth soup and foods with high nutrient content)
    • Enema and spa to release build up

Ask for balance in your life so that you can see how to extend it into the life of your loved ones. You will know that you can use these methods to help yourself too. And, if you consider all things… All things that affect the child’s life you will know how to begin bringing balance back to him.

To me, there is only one disease, and that is the state of not being balanced and “happy” inside ourselves.

My mommy instinct:

My son pretty much pulled out of autism at age 4. Although, at the time he certainly did not act like a 4 year old. I had to consider the time “lost” when he was ill. And so, I brought him back to all of the developmental and social places he needed to go in order to come back into himself.

At 4 years old I put him back in my bed with me. I help him more. I even walked him to school holding him. At this point ( at some levels) I was dealing with a newborn. There were places in his development that he totally missed because he was sick. I began encouraging crawling and babbling (even though he was talking – he stuttered a lot and repeated a lot)

I stopped correcting his language altogether. I stopped trying to get him to hold a fork correctly or eat a certain way.

What did your child miss? Can you somehow recreate that?

Using the Bio Supefood in amounts that Dougie can handle has physically worked on his brain to help him speak more clearly, write  letters clearly,  walk more balanced, and the improvements continue.

Dougie currnetly takes 1/2 to 1 F2 daily with interediate breaks. y hubby and I take Bio Superfood as well. I’ll have more info on that soon.

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Please ask me if you have specific questions or need advice about implementing any of this.