Fermented or probiotic foods are all the rage right now because we are finally recognizing their power to help heal and re-establish balance in our gut bacteria.
Digestive health is the basis for all health, as 80% of our immune system lives within the microorganisms in our gut. Our digestion is ruled by these tiny micro-organisms, called micro biome that literally outnumber our own cells 10:1. That’s right, our bodies are made up of about 10 times more bacteria than cells.
The human body alone doesn’t have the enzyme production to break down all of the food we eat, so we depend of the power of our inner probiotics or “eco system,” as one of my mentors, Donna Gates would call it — to digest our food for us, and deliver nutrients to our other organs.
These beneficial bacteria also create vitamins for us, protect us from illness, detoxify poison and continue to accommodate MOST of our health needs.
Probiotic foods were the very first step in my son’s autism recovery. They weren’t the first food or remedy that we tried. No way — you moms know how it is when your child is sick. You will go to the ends of the planet, researching and re-researching, asking for help, and making the connections to get them well. For our family, probiotic foods were the first natural remedy that showed us significant healing results for his autism symptoms.
Coconut kefir was the first probiotic beverage we tried, and it has remained a staple in our diets. It helped my son heal quickly from many infections including pneumonia, and gain eye-contact in less than a month. That’s why I add at least a little bit of coconut kefir to many of my recipes. If you have children with allergies like asthma, they can often tolerate small doses of coconut kefir because it is known to be more hypoallergenic. Not creating a histamine response. Whereas, something like kombucha tea, which is a wild ferment — may be too much for their sensitive systems to handle. Coconut kefir has even been known to reduce overall allergic response for my clients. Thankfully, science has caught up to this ancient wisdom that we conscious mamas have been using for years to heal our babies.
The Human MicroBiome Project, which launched in 2008 spent five years studying the micro biome in depth, which led to a surge of independent and university studies — and more people healing naturally.
My book, “Are You Eating Your Bugs” debuted this year as well. After working on it since 2011, I suppose now is simply THE TIME :).
This hummus recipe here is a delicious way you can add these healthy bugs to your plate. It’s a very forgiving recipe in that you can add extra spices or take out ones that you don’t like. It calls for soaking your sunflower seeds, which is necessary to remove the phytic acid. Phytic acid is sort of like the seed’s way of protecting itself from being eaten. (Incidentally, most natural foods we consume have some protection factor like that… all nuts, seeds and grains contain physic acid and must be soaked, sprouted or fermented for us to fully absorb their nutrition).
Sunflower Seeds are packed with their own nutritional power too. They contain Vitamin E, which helps cardiovascular health and have even been known to reduce the risk of heart-attack. High in selenium and magnesium and low in allergens, these amazing seeds happen to be something that’s well tolerated by many of my sensitive clients too. Then add in the healthy fats, minerals and protein, and you get a near-super food. My son Dougie and I were extremely low in selenium and magnesium when we were tested years ago. Part of that was our inability to absorb due to low stomach acid. So, I created this recipe to help us absorb these minerals. My body craves this and I feel awesome after eating it. Hope you do too.
If you take just a little more time with this recipe you can sprout your seeds — which not only makes them even more nutritious, but also increases your yield. Score!
Spicy Probiotic Sunflower Seed Hummus Recipe
Feeds: 5 hungry husbands or the equivalent.
Prep time: 1-2 days
Uncook time: 5 minutes
- High speed blender
- Large 32 oz mason jar
- Lemon juicer or hand
- 2 cups organic raw sunflower seeds (no shell)
- 1 organic green chili pepper, chopped
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 Tbsp Organic Olive Oil
- Sea Salt to taste
- Splash or 2 oz of fermented coconut water kefir (or other probiotic beverage)
(Optional — Pick one or a few of these to spice it up a notch: cumin, turmeric, curry powder, black pepper, paprika)
- Make your kefir
- Simultaneously, soak your sunflower seeds in the large mason jar — filling the water to the top, and adding a splash of coconut kefir to the water. Swish the jar around or lightly stir with wooden spoon.
- Soak for 8-24 hours.
- Choose whether to sprout or move to blending.
- Sprouting Option: Rinse sunflower seeds and return to jar, rinsing 3-5x for (up to) 24 hours. Little tails will grow. (cover with screen or cheesecloth)
- Blend your sunflower seeds with lemon juice and olive oil.
- Add spices and sea salt and blend more, and taste.
- Scoop into a beautiful serving bowl, and stir in a splash or more of coconut kefir.
- Dress the top with chopped fresh herbs if you like.
- Use as a dip for cucumbers and other cut-up vegetables.
- Spread it on sandwiches and wraps
- Use as a sauce- base for vegan pizzas
- Lick it off your fingers because it’s so yummy
- Take it to parties and feel fancy for sharing something so wickedly healthy that your friends will love (and not even notice it’s healthy).
Ok, I’ll tell you a very short story. I threw a big birthday party for my daughter this year. All of the food had something fermented in it. Many of our friends hadn’t had “our food” before, but everyone ate heartily. The next day, I received several phone calls about the deliciousness of the food, the good feelings people had in their tummies as well as some T.M.I. about the poop happenings of my guests. This stuff not only helps nourish you, but will also help cleanse you. No one seemed to mind the poop part. They just felt they needed to share.
Enjoy and let me know what you think.
Love Love Love
Have you seen my new book, “Are You Eating Your Bugs?” I’d love for you to get a free excerpt to help you analyze your digestive prowess. You can get it for free, here.
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Grounding (As in connecting to the vibration of the planet Earth): “Earthing Grounding Barefoot Clint Ober: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever”
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Cultured/Fermented Food Videos: By Us! Blissed Life
We ferment everything from cabbage to cacao, and we do it with style. These foods are our medicine.
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David Wolfe’s Earthing Experiment
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Indigenous Nutrition & Physical Evolution By Daniel Vitalis
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Daniel Vitalis is such an amazing source of energy and information about what it means to THRIVE. We love his work. This is an amazing 6 part series. We are posting the first one. Hope you get to watch them all.
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Find out about the extremely important role that bacteria play for our health.
I got pretty fueled about proposition 37. This “opportunity” we had to label GMO food meant (to me) that my friends and family who are not already in the loop about the dangers of these genetically modified foods– would be given a clearer choice.
But, last I checked…the proposition didn’t pass.
So, I want to share with you some simple things you can do to take back your health. Because you are always in control of what goes into your body, and you always have the opportunity to make clear, informed choices.
What Are GMOs, Really?
Pretty much every fruit, vegetable, meat and grain that we put into our mouths has somehow been manipulated by humans to taste and grow a specific way. This is called “farming.” Simply put — wild, natural foods are different than farmed foods. Farming, over time, has changed the way that we humans eat and has changed the quality of our health and soil. All is as it should be. But, this did happen. As part of our free-will, we gave up our wild-natural side, learned how to control things and made our mark on planet Earth. And, I feel we have done amazing things. I am grateful for technology and science.
Genetically Modified Foods or “GMOs” as considered in Proposition 37 refers to the deliberate manipulation of food cells, splicing fruit cells with those of animals, for example, to get a specific effect. Currently, the public statements are that GMO foods help food last longer and require less human work to maintain. They are resistant to bugs and spoilage. And, that they are essentially freaking awesome and you don’t need to know much more about them. But, the independent media has done an outstanding job spreading the truth. The Obamas have an “organic garden” but wouldn’t publicly endorse our right to eat clean and organic. It’s not sad. It’s empowering. It means it’s time to wake up and learn for ourselves about what is good and healthy to eat. It means educating those around us and UNDERSTANDING that during this time of huge change, we may all be in different places. We may have different opinions. The illusion here would be that there is some kind of enemy. We are all one. Remember that as you dig in to discover what is right for you.
GM food enthusiasts boast about things like ending world hunger and reducing diseased plants. And, they’ve recently spent millions of dollars pre-election day, bombarding the US with commercials and ads (thank goodness I don’t watch TV…but my Facebook page was inundated) about why their wonder foods don’t need to be labeled and why you don’t need to know when you’re eating them.
In order for these foods to be pest-resistant, their seeds are infiltrated with toxins. Neuro-toxins and others. We now have a genetically modified corn that can make people sterile as well. What kills off plant invaders also enters our bodies as part of the food. What do you think it does to us?
Funny thing is that these pest-resistant plants don’t require less pesticides. They haven’t ended world hunger. And, the planting of monoculture commodity crops are not going to feed people in need. So much of them are being used to feed factory-farmed animals. Since when do cows need to eat soy or corn? Monocultures (1 crop farms) create imbalance in the soils, reduce the Earth’s natural ability to heal herself, and therefore require more work to get rid of pests and the like. We are left with soil that is very mineral deficient.
It’s difficult for the public to get a handle on the safety of such foods when the research on them is……well, where the heck is it?
Fortunately, recently Dr. Joe Mercola shared some very valid detrimental facts regarding the consumption of GMOs in rats. We find them causing tumors and cancer quite quickly. I’ve tested these foods on myself both knowingly and unknowingly. I get almost immediate heart pain when I consume genetically modified corn. My son gets red hot skin and a rapid heart beat. He is someone who has recovered from autism and he’s very sensitive to the unnatural. And, it is my belief that autism is perpetuated by the continued “effing” of Nature that we do through our food and water system (and all of the “systems”).
If you read about codex alimentarius, you will understand that the idea of population control and mind control through our food system is a real concept that has been used by Hitler and perpetuated by the same people who promoted concentration camps. Our bodies respond accordingly to what we consume. Things like fluoride in your water and UN-nutrition in your GM food literally block your joy response, make you complacent, and attack your natural intuitive power at your pineal gland. This is a physical brain reaction to franken-foods.
But, like I said, all as it should be. You now have the power to turn things around and create a ripple.
One way to side step GMOs is to know the “code” on produce stickers, and understand which companies supported Proposition 37 (wanted mandatory labeling of GMOs for consumer benefit), and those that did not (did not want GMOs to be labeled, to keep consumers in the dark). You can get that information in the handy visuals, below.
Knowing what foods are conventional, GMO, and organic, and where companies place their alliance, goes a long way to you making better choices, and shaping the future food culture. In addition to that, learning how to make your organic, whole foods even more nutritious will allow you to win back your health. An excellent way to do that is by eating more fermented (cultured) foods.
How To Make Fermented (Cultured) Foods, And The Amazing Health Benefits They Provide
Garlic is such a wonderful antibiotic/anti fungal and so much cheaper than most other supplements out there.
You can decide to use this as medicine… or as a probiotic addition to salad dressings, dips and sandwiches or both.
Ingredients and Equipment:
- 5-10 heads of garlic peeled (whole cloves separated)
- ½ cup each of olive oil, coconut oil, raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 packet each of kefir and culture starter or 1/4 cup coconut kefir
- Glass jar with lid
- Optional add-ins hot pepper, dried olive leaf, dried oregano
- Blend oils with vinegar and honey
- Stir in cloves of garlic
- Add starters
- Ferment for up to 30 days+
The garlic gets softer and easier on the palate. You can eat whole cloves, and use the oil in dressings or to ferment more garlic.
As much as I love chocolate, it never really sat right with me until I started to ferment it. It’s acid-forming in the body and can feed candida. I found this to be a really satisfying and non- addictive way to enjoy chocolate, as well as a great way to hide supplements if you have to.
Ingredients and Equipment
- 2 ½ cup raw organic cacao
- 2 ½ cup cacao butter
- ½ cup – 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp Vitamineral Green powder or your favorite whole-food multi-mineral food powder
- 1 packet Body Ecology kefir starter or 1 packet Body Ecology culture starter or 1 tblsp of Coocnut kefir
- Glass jar or bowl with lid
- Candy molds of choice
- Add ins: sea salt, cacao nibs, and mesquite; cherries, cayenne and sea salt; maca, mesquite and lucuma, cinnamon, maca, mesquite and lucuma, spirulina and mint.
- 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 culture starters or a few teaspoons of coconut kefir
- Let ferment for 24 hours
- Add your add-ins
- Pour into molds
- Refrigerate and eat
For Fudgy Wows – replace cacao butter with coconut butter. Or do a half and half mix =YUM!
Hope you enjoy these and feel empowered to add them to your arsenal of natural healing tools.
I’m the kind of person who wants to know the truth, no matter what it is and who can THRIVE regardless of what crazy information might come up. Know yourself and what makes you tick because you create your reality, and if the GMO thing brings you down –you definitely don’t want to stay living in that vibration. Focus your attention what what you want to do, what you want to eat, how you want to be. Focus on high frequency emotions like gratitude, which allow you to transmute that which doesn’t serve you. You will best serve the rest of the world by being TRUE to you.
Have a gorgeous day!
Have you seen my new book, “Are You Eating Your Bugs?” I’d love for you to get a free excerpt to help you analyze your digestive prowess. You can get it for free, here.
I’d love to help you create bliss in your life through healthy eating! Contact me for your personalized session!
I pulled this article from the “Gina LaVerde” archives at an old website I used to work for called Mind Petals. It was written in 2007. Wow! Enjoy!
You needn’t be a practicing psychic to let your intuition guide you. We all get “feelings” that come from some unexplainable place inside ourselves and leave hints about the decisions we make. Whether they surface as warnings, luck or advice about the future – our gut instincts are more than just proof of our over-thinking tendencies.
How many times have you wished that you defied the logical choice and went with your “gut?” If the words “I just knew it” cross your lips more than occasionally then, I ask you: what’s stopping you from going with your gut?
Sure, we can’t always prove the truth behind these hunches, so relying solely on instinct gets tough.
But, here’s why you need to pay more attention to those little voices inside you.
Oprah Says So
We’re not huge Oprah fans. But the fact that main stream-media covered a topic that speaks to the very work we do in the alternative health world is quite promising. The March 2007 issue of “O Magazine” ran a fairly comprehensive article about the logic behind using our guts to decide our next moves. Citing the re-discovery of the enteric nervous system (also known as the second brain), in the 1980’s as scientific proof that “thinking” happens in our bellies.
We now know that our brains and guts vibrationally communicate with each other through this enteric nervous system. ( and, in fact, DNA changes as a result of this same type of inner vibrational communication). Your gut sends at least double the information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut. The balance of healthy bacteria and yeast in your digestive system aids in this communication process.
Main-stream media continues to half-cover important health topics like digestive health and intuitive thinking. In fact, a recent headliner about the dangers of sugar even provoked my mother to write me about what she’d seen on the news. Over-use of sugar may be related to poor gut health and therefore a botched line of communication from gut to brain, pathogenic candida overgrowth and brain fog. The truth is that most of my clients are suffering from candida, and have a difficult time understanding their gut feelings. But, it’s not just sugar that is the culprit. I’ve experienced more candida flare up (in myself, family and clients) as a result of imbalanced eating and stress. When the main-stream media tells you that sugar is bad, it inspires a frenzy of guilt-ful eating of sugar, disordered and restrictive eating, and stress.
What I’d like to see is a media who tells you what is really healthy. One who tells you about the fermented foods, good fats and super nutrient dense whole foods (not GMO) that help balance the micro-organisms in your gut and naturally allow for the flow of clearer intuitive thinking.
The trick is that when something on the boob tube catches your eye and feels like it could be right, go do your own research in books and online. Gently experiment with yourself. Maybe you’re not clear on what your gut is saying to you now, but thankfully nature has given us many tools for practice. The very act of trusting your gut allows for clearer messages to come through. And, believe it or not — trusting your gut also vibrationally heals bacteria/yeast imbalance.
Our own familiy’s healing from autism, heavy metal poisons and various infections began with a rigorous Body Ecology Diet which worked rather quickly to heal our physical guts by replenishing necessary healthy bacteria and yeast with fermented foods. And, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was that trusting my gut meant I couldn’t follow that diet forever. We dabbled In the healing powers of raw foods and saw great results for 2 years. We dabbled in super foods, raw meat eating, and some GAPS and Westin A Price Protocol. Then, finally I began studying Chinese Medicine and have come to realize that intuitive eating is the best way to keep balance and full health for our family. I now teach my clients how to honor their gut instincts and keep their physical guts in the best shape possible so that they can truly hear what their bodies are telling them regardless of what some guru or book tells them.
Soon, I even learned that I could gauge my physical health based upon how clear my intuition is. After the gut healing Body Ecology Diet, I became really psychic. But, once that work was done, I would experience brain fog if I overdid “healing foods” like coconut kefir or algaes. Sometimes gut balance for me meant eating bread… The very beast that I was told was the cause of my problems in the first place.
Trusting your gut and knowing yourself is an endless journey. We learn more each day, but it’s important to take action on what we learn if we want to see real changes in our health. It’s easier than you might think.
Try this O Mag. inspired exercise:
Have a seat in a comfy chair, take a deep breath and clear your mind (as much as you can). Now, push firmly on your abdomen. Is it soft and pliable, or does it feel hard and tense? If you are truly relaxed, your gut should show it with flexibility. Now – think of your job, your in-laws, or something that you know stresses you. After briefly concentrating on the stressor – feel your belly. The gut tenses up during stress. Doesn’t it?
Ancient Cultures Believed in Gut Thinking
In the Western world we’ve got our brains and our hearts to help make decisions. We are either logical thinkers because we use our brains to consider all facts. Or, we are emotional saps because we use our hearts to “feel” our way to the answers. Society tends to favor straight logic because we like to see physical results. But, in eastern culture emotions and logic are intertwined in the gut. We think because we feel and both are of equal importance.
Eastern philosophies have been healing people and keeping them well for at least a documented 2000 years. New science continues to prove the valid relationship between organ function that now can be measured and ancient practices like acupuncture and energy meridians that come from China. The cool thing is all of this can be easily adapted and proven in your own life without huge cost or pain.
Try it and see.
Think about how relieving it would be if you didn’t feel compelled to second-guess your intuition. Does thinking like this cause your tummy to relax?
The Power of Thought Can Help You or Haunt You
If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your boss isn’t going to like your new proposal, and you don’t address the subject – you may be setting yourself up for failure. Keeping looming thoughts internalized, without changing the physical situation may cause you to foul on the job just because you are focussing on what you don’t want. We can make ourselves fail by thinking that we will. However, if we address the problem we can let go of negative thinking. If you simply go to your boss with an outline and a few questions just to make sure you’re on track with what he/she wants — you may find out that your presumption was silly. But, you’ll save yourself from causing unnecessary stress.
Have you got a major decision to make right now? Feel your gut as you consider your options. It should soften as you come to the choice that is most comfortable for you. Going with the comfortable choice means that you can put all of your positive efforts into succeeding.
Most of us are fully aware that the holistic approach to healing begins in the gut. Vitamins are made in our digestive systems, our immunity and moods are determined there too. In yoga, we breathe into our abdomens, and our bellies are the core of all feelings.
So, it’s not far-fetched that that little notion you had to call your sister might be right on the mark.
The next time you get a hunch about what numbers to play, or how to help a buddy out of a sticky situation – Listen to your gut. Take the time to feel what your gut is telling you, and go with it.
What might happen if you didn’t go with instinct on some important decisions?
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If you’re looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink to sip at parties this summer, or to simply toast to your everyday bliss — you so have to try theses fermented recipes I just whipped up.
Fermented Orange Creamsicle
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh is best)
- 1 cup fermented coconut milk kefir (just add a Body Ecology Kefir starter to 1 qt coconut milk and ferment for 24 hours at room temp in a sealed, sterile glass jar)
- 1/2 cup coconut kefir
- 1 tsp raw ginger juice
- Drizzle raw honey (or as much as floats your boat)
- Ice ice ice
- Stir your honey into the orange juice with a wooden spoon
- Add ginger juice
- Stir in fermented coconut milk
- Stir in coconut kefir
- Pour over ice
Have you seen my new book, “Are You Eating Your Bugs?” I’d love for you to get a free excerpt to help you analyze your digestive prowess. You can get it for free, here.
I’d love to help you create bliss in your life through healthy eating! Contact me for your personalized session!
I was about to post this blog in our “Inspired By” category — since the cacao vibes really got my creative juices flowing this morning. Did you know that your heart vibration is the strongest one your body emits, and that things like LOVE, GRATITUDE and CHOCOLATE raise that vibe?
Today, a day after my little heart-throb Dougie’s 7th birthday, and as we enter the Leo (heart-centered energy) moon –is the best day for heart-opening recipes.
You can heal yourself from almost anything by tapping into and focussing your heart vibration toward your intention. In fact, many healers understand how to share their heart vibe to help others heal. As a Reiki Master, I often lock Reiki energy in my clients’ hearts.
My men and me practice gratitude each day to open our hearts. But, if I can do something with food, I’m all about that too. Raw cacao is an amazing heart-opener, if you can handle it. Our family has a been a bit too sensitive to consider chocolate a superfood. It’s acidic and always kinda made us feel “low” after the initial energy boost. But, ever since I discovered how to ferment it or combine it with fermented greens we get those delicious wows that chocolate was meant to share.
This morning’s Holy Probiotic Cacao Shake lifted Doug and I out of our RV-remodeling-mold and mildew induced funk. We’re ready for anything now. Bring on the BLISS.
Here’s the recipe, loves.
Probiotic Cacao Shake
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 handfuls ice
- Raw cacao powder (to taste/ I used about 1/2 cup)
- 2 helpings Real Food Real Life Pro Amino-Otic
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cups fermented coconut milk kefir (just add a Body Ecology Kefir starter to 1 qt coconut milk and ferment for 24 hours at room temp in a sealed, sterile glass jar)
- Raw honey and/or green stevia powder to taste
- Blend avocado, water, honey and green powder until smooth
- Add in cacao and blend some more
- Add in ice and blend for a few seconds
- Add in your fermented coconut milk last to protect live probiotics and only blend for a few seconds
- Serve (over more ice if you desire)
I added some reishi tincture to mine. You can also add maca (which balances out the cacao nicely or any other superfoods or supplements you love).
We’re so excited to meet more of you and share everything we know about healing from the toxic overload of autism and embracing the BLISSFUL beings beneath the autism mask. We recovered our child, Dougie through nutrition, energy healing, sensory learning, detoxification, homeschool/unschool and all natural, non-invasive HOME MADE healing. And, we did it all on the tightest budget imaginable (that is.. no budget at all).
We’ve designed this groundbreaking class to share our views and methods behind the true messages of autism and how we can both accept and honor our children’s differences and help them become their healthiest, truest selves.
We want to put the power to heal yourself and your family back into your hands where it belongs. You can learn about your body, your intuition and your specific nutritional and emotional/energetic needs. And, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY!
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Come discover the root causes and natural solutions to autism. Find out how nutrition (built specifically for your needs), energy healing, sensory learning and other natural remedies helped undo our son’s autism and illness. And, how your children can THRIVE. The Bliss is in the JOURNEY, and life gets sweeter each day.
Coming to Hartford, CT July 10
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Healing autism means healing the root causes of all illness on Mama Earth, and we will show you how earth provides us with every natural solution to healing that we need. We will dig deep into energy, intention, food, detoxification, vaccinations and more.
Each class is uniquely tailored to the students in it. So, please come get your questions answered, and learn something new with us!
Get the Goods on:
- Vaccination and natural immunization
- Immune Building
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- Body Ecology Diet
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- Candida/Yeast infections
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- Colon Health
- Sensory Learning
Get your personal questions answered (if we don’t have an answer we will find it).
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Guess what? we can raise healthy kids! In fact, we can raise vibrant kids — autism just may prove to be what we need to become healthier and more radiant than ever!
If you love someone with autism and want to make their lives brighter, you will LOVE this class. See you there!
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first published on healartfully.com may 2007
The system says he’s autistic because that’s how they define environmental toxin overload: It’s not their fault — we must change the system!
To me, autism represents the overload of various toxins in an underdeveloped immune system.
This toxic burden eventually disrupts organ function and manifests itself as outward neurological, developmental, social and sensory disharmony. When the world labels an individual’s condition “autism” –the levels of toxicity and depths to which the body expresses this must be severe. This means that most of us are toxic to some degree. However, with autism, we are often dealing with immune systems that have been assaulted since pre-birth, rendering them virtually unable to naturally release these toxins like the body was designed to do.
Scientifically, toxins can build up through genetic predisposition; diet; bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral and yeast infections; heavy metal poisoning; pollution; and are often passed down from mother to child during pregnancy and birth. Spiritually, toxins can also build up through stress and negative energy. An immune system on toxic overload can suffer malnutrition (regardless of how much food is consumed), neurologic malfunction, all kinds of allergies and autoimmune problems, sensory issues, and every other familiar trait that is regularly attributed to autism.
Most sources will classify autism as a developmental disorder, where speech, socialization and perception are delayed or seriously impaired. I reject definitions that only speak to the outward symptoms of this condition. Such sources will also neglect to offer advice for curing the autism problem.
Foundations are built on the principle of raising money to support families affected by autism – money that will help them pay for medicine and intervention. Medicine and support to help them cope with the painful symptoms, strange behaviors, and society’s ignorant remarks about their children.But nothing that gets to the core and urges them to change significant things about their lives. Families need to be aware that coping can only go on for so long.Families deserve the hope that their affected children will not have autism forever!
A Spectrum of Poison
The level of toxic build-up is as unique as the individual – resulting in a spectrum disorder. What we know for certain is that inner imbalance equals outer chaos.
When we see an individual acting out autistic symptoms like hand flapping, head banging, spinning or tantruming, – it is often a sign that the body is struggling to ease the pain of these toxins. The body wants to heal itself; and will continue to do so, in some cases causing disease and disorder as a last resort.
That is why, to me, autism also represents a final call for help – and a sign that positive change is on the way!
A person affected by autism often has great sensitivity to the unnatural (foods that have been chemically sprayed or genetically modified and overly processed, air and water pollution, traditional western medications and vaccinations, electromagnetic fields from cell phones, wifi, etc.).
I have personally witnessed remarkable transition when these unnatural things have been replaced by healthier lifestyle choices.
More children are diagnosed with autism as we continue to vaccinate them and add poisons to our planet.We have lost confidence in our own bodies’ abilities to heal ourselves and have let BIG PHARMA take control of how we medicate and prevent disease.
This is why autism was given to us. We have forgotten how to listen to our bodies, and we have traded infectious disease for chronic and autoimmune DISSARAY.
Nature Gives us The Tools to Heal: Each Person’s Needs are Unique
The best scientists support a path toward natural healing and have reported on the dangers of such toxic build-up. However, it has taken epidemic rates of autism diagnosis, (as well as other forms of toxic manifestations like allergies, ADD, and alzheimer’s ) for some of us to recognize that the way we’ve chosen to live for the last century has drastically depleted our collective health.
Conveniences like microwave ovens, and alleged safety regulations that have been placed on our food supply — like the homogenization of dairy and the irradiation of fruits and vegetables are alone causing mass malnutrition. If our food is no longer food, how can we fuel our minds?
As a disorder, autism unravels when we embrace the healing power nature provides us. This includes diet change, emotional and spiritual practices, touch and sensory therapies, and methods that evoke positive energy.
I welcome autism because it will not be cured with a pill. It will not be cured by a teacher or a doctor. In fact it requires a complete paradigm shift from the modern frame of mind.
The Gift of Autism
In order to relieve the pain that autism brings we must also honor its gift. Allowing these truly brilliant children to break through autism, means that we are giving a new hope to the world. Hope that we can finally truly learn how to heal ourselves from whatever ails us. And, as these beautiful minds become clear, these children will be the teachers that lead us into a healthier more conscious future.
Autism may just be a necessary step toward the collective detoxification of our species.
Your Gut. Your Immunity. A Key to Unraveling Autism
A child is born with a permeable gut which allows him to properly assimilate the good bacteria from his mother and benefit from the colostrum in her milk. Body Ecology refers to this as nature’s first vaccine.
This intestinal bacteria and nutrition from Mom sets the stage for the person’s immunity throughout life. This teaches the child’s body to properly respond to illness, by pushing illness out. (TH1 immune response) But, when we consider drugs used during birth, C- sections, immunizations right after birth and the stress endured in the modern labor room – we are not setting the stage for a healthy life with most of our children.
Mercury is Not the Only Problem with Vaccines
Vaccines, besides being loaded with viruses and metals, teach the body the wrong immune response (TH2 response). This forces the body to internalize illness. Thus creating autoimmune problems.
The vaccinated newborn’s gut is not allowed to develop.If the child is then put on powdered milk and soy formulas they begin to form their first digestive problems. Parents may notice this as colic, restlessness and tantrums –or there may be no signs at all.
Since our immune systems are primarily governed by our digestive tracts (colon, liver, kidneys), we find that many people on the autism spectrum begin to reject foods that cannot be easily digested and assimilated.
These foods will vary because we must consider severity and of course, the individual’s uniqueness. Gluten, casein and sugar top the list of frequently rejected foods – all of which are unsurprisingly often overly-processed, over-eaten by the general population and farmed unnaturally. If the person’s system cannot digest these which most of us consider to be food — imagine what happens when you add chemicals, fillers and whatever makes Twinkies last 50 years!
S.A.D Refers to the Standard American Diet.
And, it is sad that so many of us are filling our bodies with “foods” that have no nutritional value.
The autistic digestive tract cannot take the overload. They don’t just get stomach aches, fatigue and pimples. They lose awareness of their surroundings, they suffer horrible frustration and physical pain. They lose their words and abilities to speak their minds. They may feel the need to bang their heads or rub their faces on the wall because their skin feels numb, and they yearn for some sensation. Many children also suffer seizures.
We have discovered behavior patterns that are directly related to specific toxins; such as incessant spinning as a result of ammonia (from protein) overload. We have heard that some children walk on their toes because it relieves the pain of a heavy gut.
We know that often overload of toxins causes mal-absorption of necessary nutrition. And, this results in malnutrition. Any good scientist will tell you that malnutrition and indigestion are the basis of most diseases.When one organ is not getting what it needs to function, all organ function begins to dwindle.
When toxins thrive the true individual cannot thrive.
Moving Beyond the Label
When I hear that there is no definite cause or cure for autism – I hear fear and laziness. I envision a collective ego that thrives on illness and disorder. I envision a system that does not want these children to break free because it would jeopardize their jobs, their beliefs, their reputations and of course THEIR MONEY.
If families identify with autism, they will be offered sympathy, statistics and half-hearted research that will inspire them to hang in there. This frame of thinking allows disease to prosper. Modern medicine profits on illness. By subscribing to the “there is no cure” bandwagon — we are keeping the negativity alive.
We are made to believe that milk does a body good and immunizations protect us.I continuously read about the dispute over vaccinations and how we are still really unsure. I am not unsure. Injecting poison into a baby is a bad thing. A bad thing! And if that poison doesn’t manifest itself as autism, it is likely to trigger allergies and chronic illness.
How long do we really want to keep playing Russian Roulette with vaccinations, processed foods, and artificially flavored lifestyles? One out of six children born today will be affected by this in childhood. And what happens when they grow up? Where do you think cancer comes from? How about Alzheimer’s?
Well, my family doesn’t want sympathy from those who refuse to research beyond the obvious. We are blessed beyond belief to even be in the same world as these children.We just want you to stay out of our healing journey, unless you are going to acknowledge that we are here. We want you to stop lying to our friends who are just discovering that their baby has a disorder which you call autism.
Parents must not be made to believe that there is some mystery behind why their beautiful little one regressed from bubbly to dazed in a matter of months! They deserve to know that their children will function properly in society! We must no longer portray children who are drastically affected by the many poisons that we have created, as some kind of idiot savants with weird behaviors!
If their little bodies were only allowed to thrive in a non toxic world, we would see more of the genius and less behavior.And, that’s why they are going to break through. Because at the core they are smarter than this system. They have the key to the continuation of humanity.
We know that there have been great scientific advancements to a cure. And quite frankly, I am grateful for all that science has done to lead me to my answers. But, there is too much miscommunication about what to do with those answers. The CDC suggests that parents discuss vaccinations amongst each other and with their pediatricians. Well, when they advertise for immunizations on the radio, what’s a parent supposed to believe?
We have plenty of great schools and programs that help. Thank you. We have tried them and we love our wonderful teachers. But, nobody has taught the teachers that there are reasons behind this.
If teachers were aware of the gut/brain connection and how environmental toxins trigger autism, these teachers would be much better equipped.
American parents should be able to rely on their government for the most up-to-date information on illnesses like this. But, our CDC’s list of recommended physicians isn’t very well rounded. DAN Doctors are changing things! Real medical doctors who advocate proper nutrition and detoxification as a means of actually RECOVERING autism are making huge strides!
We are not merely interested in helping these kids, we are interested in completely recovering them. I know that it’s a system, and I place no blame on individuals within the system who have just been doing their jobs with good intentions.
But, if those individuals are not planning to step up for the better of my baby – then I ask them to simply step down. We are here creating positive changes, and our words deserve to be heard. We deserve to be able to reveal the truth.
Their Autism Does Not Exist.
I will not prepare my son for a lifetime of not being “right” inside himself. My son is thriving and will continue to emerge from the mask created by the toxins in his body.His recovery has everything to do with eating food that provides real nutrition and heals the gut from early assaults.He is healing because his parents will not allow his little body to be attacked by vaccines any longer. And, we are not afraid of the so-called consequences.
We know that we are building his immune system to a point where he can prevent disease on his own.Geez, if everyone knew this then we wouldn’t need many vaccines would we?Because after all, it is quite likely that disease will spread if everyone just stops vaccinating, right? That is unless they all begin eating real food, and looking into their own unique nutritional and spiritual needs for balance. If we did that, we wouldn’t need so much medicine. Because disease would be something we read about in history books.
Okay, so I understand the system’s need to keep us sick. But, I’m not buying those little pills any more!
We are moving toward a greater awareness of the consequences of our past actions. We have been given a chance to change things, and I am confident that our children will experience a healthier world!
My Buddy, Dougie
The Wonderful Moms of BEDROK
© Gina Laverde 2007 (don’tyoueventhinkit)
This Article was first Published on BodyEcology.com in April 2010.
Today, Dougie’s father, Doug has shared his experience as a dad on this journey to help his son recover. Body Ecology was the first step in really helping little Dougie regain his health. But, as his dad puts it, it was a struggle for him to understand the importance of diet until he tried it on himself. Doug’s candidness and honesty are an inspiration to any parent.
Q: Doug, will you share your feelings about how you discovered that your son had autism?
A: I would love for those reading this interview to know that when we brought Dougie home from the hospital, he rolled to his side at two days old. He made eye contact with us. He slept through the nights, loved to be held and even came on dates with my wife and me. He was beginning to walk and talk at eight months old. He was pointing. He remembered relatives.
We started him on organic baby foods when he was around seven months old. He absolutely loved zucchini squash, rice cereal, spinach and blueberries. Gina often made baby food from scratch. We were so in love with our little guy. We would have family dinners where we sat him on a cushion between us, and talked to him as if he were an adult just like us. It was just so much fun!
We made all of our Well-Visits to the pediatrician and were so excited that our son was never sick. Other children around us were sick all of the time.
Until my beautiful, alert, active baby boy regressed from all smiles to tantrums, illness, and eventually –loss of eye contact, loss of language and stopped wanting me to hold him — the only thing I ever understood about autism, I learned from the movie, Rain Man. My wife was the first person to mention the word “autism” to me regarding Dougie. And I was furious with her. To me, autism was a disability, and my son was not disabled. My son was sick.
I still refuse to call it autism because I completely disagree with the way that label is used and thrown around these days. So, yes, my son was labeled as having autism. But, I was never one for labels.
I was feeling like I should know what to do, but I had no clue how to help him. Here I was, blessed with this amazing child who needed my help, and I was helpless. It wasn’t about getting him to be like anyone else. You hear that a lot when you attempt to recover your child from “autism.” It was never about that for us. My wife and I have always lived outside the norm on many levels. We just wanted Dougie to thrive. We wanted him to have great health.
I think most people in my shoes would feel the same. We are simply not taught that there are toxins in the environment and that the way we eat can affect our brains and our development. So, how did I feel? I felt angry. And, this lead to so many difficulties between my wife and me.
She just wanted me to come to grips with this idea that Dougie had “something” so that we could work together to get rid of it.
Gina and I couldn’t sit down to talk very much to even come up with a plan for how to make things better. Dougie was so sick that Gina would pass out from exhaustion after spending 24+ hours awake rocking him; walking him or whatever else she could do to soothe him. In the beginning of his health issues, our home would be loud with crying tantrums. Toward the worst part, our home was silent with the fear that Dougie would never communicate with us again. And, as he healed, he went through months of dangerous behaviors, no sleep and sadness.
For a long time, Gina just held the emotional, and physical burden of this all. And I buried my pain. Gina never stopped working. If Dougie slept she was on the computer looking for answers to help him. She wasn’t talking to me much because I didn’t understand her. I missed her.
Both of us were so young and confused that I feel grateful that we found answers to make it out. But, I have to admit; there were times when I didn’t see that light at the end of the tunnel. Gina says she couldn’t talk to me because she had to focus on the positive in order to pull our family out of the situation. It seems like so long ago that we were in that place in our lives.
Q: How did you feel about the diet changes in the beginning?
A: I resented these changes for sure. When we found Body Ecology my son was physically ill with viral and bacterial infections. He didn’t want to eat anything. The antibiotics he was on completely killed his taste for vegetables and healthy food. Gina told me this was called candida, a yeast overgrowth that becomes pathogenic, feeds on sugars and causes us to crave processed foods. She assured me that she was doing the right thing by introducing healthy foods and fermented foods.
We could get an occasional French fry into Dougie, but that’s about it. So, when my wife wanted to give him this sour smelling coconut drink, coconut kefir, that took days to make and would spill everywhere when Dougie spit it out – after a long day’s work, I really resented this. I knew that if I had given Dougie a fry or a cracker he would settle down and be happy. And, we would be able to get some food into him. When Gina first began Body Ecology with Dougie I did not agree with it at all.
I was afraid he would get malnourished just because he wouldn’t eat at all. In hindsight, we were not starving him. Gina was giving him foods he liked between bites of Body Ecology style foods. And, it didn’t take too long before we found some foods that he really liked. Stevia became a savior for us. Because of its sweet taste, he loved it on anything from quinoa, to kefir and even his cultured vegetables.
I was a meat and potato fan myself. And soon, my wife, who once made me a one-pound burger – the best burger I’d ever had, was refusing to make the dinners I loved because she felt they were toxic to have in the house.
Dougie didn’t seem to like the food. And, I would sit there and have to listen to him tantrum while his mom struggled to get him to eat a green bean or a piece of spinach – things he previously loved.
Now, I see the stress that my disapproval caused our family. I believe that even if Dougie didn’t understand my words, he certainly understood my negative energy; I didn’t make these changes easier on them in the beginning.
Really, in almost no time, Dougie was eating fermented foods, loving quinoa and vegetables and gesturing for green smoothies. This was a great thing. When he started loving the foods I was totally fine with the diet changes. His health improved right away after beginning Body Ecology and he hasn’t needed medications for the last three and a half years.
But, it even took me a while to catch on that the diet was the reason he began to heal. I just attributed it to my wife’s healing abilities. I was still sneaking my fast food on the side and still really feeling confused about what was going on at home.
But, Gina began to get happier too. She began calling me at work to tell me that Dougie threw a ball to her or called her mama or pretended to talk on the phone. When Dougie started to heal I would receive 5-10 calls from Gina each day. We were so excited about his progress.
Q: What did you do to change things around for your family?
A: For a long time I hid behind the idea that I did what I could when I was home, but that my role in the family was that of the financial provider. In the beginning, when I would step in the door after work, it was like I entered a disaster area. I never could understand how our little apartment got so messy with green gooey smoothie spills, broken toys and our child, still crying like he’d been in the morning when I left.
I never came home to a happy family anymore. That was rough.
I argued with Gina over nonsense, like stating that I was doing my half by working and she was not doing her half because our house was a mess and our child’s and her health were disastrous.
But, Dads – Listen up – Taking care of a child who is recovering from a severe toxic overload and working a 9-5 corporate job are not equal jobs. I was not doing HALF. I was barely doing my share.
So you know what I did? I finally gave in and began implementing Body Ecology on myself. I gave up pizza, bread and candy. It was so hard at first. But, it was literally the only way I could see and feel the effects of this diet. It wasn’t long before I realized that I could still eat delicious foods, even the foods I loved with some minor adjustments. Quinoa is a great replacement for pasta and rice. Green smoothes take some getting used to, but man, do they make you feel good. I literally felt like the good food I was eating was making my cravings for sweets and junk foods disappear. In the beginning, I would get angry with Gina when she told me that I probably had a candida yeast infection too, like Dougie and her. I guess I just wasn’t ready to heal. But, now that I feel the effects of the fermented foods, green smoothies and proper food combining I am healthier than I’ve ever been.
Body Ecology and raw foods reduced my stress, gave me energy and helped me deal with my own health issues.
Once I did that, I was able to jump on board with all of the changes Gina was making for our health. With my support, we felt like a team again and the energy in our home really settled down.
We believe that it’s very important to create structure in a family. In the beginning when I was eating differently than Dougie, I know he felt strange. Now that we all eat the same way, we are one solid unit. Dougie knows that he is cool for eating cultured foods.
Then, besides Body Ecology dietary changes, Gina and I decided to take our healing one step further and simplify and detoxify our home environment. We got rid of Our TV, microwave, washer and dryer, house phone and desktop computer to reduce electromagnetic fields. We keep cell phones and a laptop, but we unplug all electricity when we’re not using it and we don’t let Dougie use the phone.
We made a commitment to cook only in non-toxic cookware or keep our food raw. We got rid of toys that had any toxic chemicals in them – sadly this was most of our toys at this point. And now, our most recent step was to move our family to a warmer climate where it’s easier for Dougie’s body to heal.
We never had any real funds to help Dougie recover. We were able to accomplish all of this with hard work, research and a lot of faith that he would get better. If it seems crazy that we got rid of his toys – it’s not! We now spend much more time together in nature. We make art, ride bikes, go rock climbing – all things that are also very healing.
Green smoothies are highly nutritious and gentle on the digestive tract. Try adding some Vitamineral Greens, Spirulina, or even Body Ecology’s Potent Proteins to your green smoothie for a heightened nutritional value.
Q: What was the most important step you took to help your family connect during this time?
A: We needed balance. In our family, that meant beginning by eating healthfully and eating together in a peaceful manner. I had to join in on eating the foods that Dougie needed for recovery. We created love and peace at the table where there was once fighting and chaos. Because of this, our son can look at eating as an enjoyable experience rather than a struggle.
Families need to get on the same page and stick together. Whether you are the mom or the dad of the affected child, trust each other. If one of you discovers an answer, decide together to make that your plan. Act it out together. Support each other.
Q: What does autism recovery mean to you?
A: Autism recovery means that Dougie is engaging in social interaction now. He wants to talk to people. He introduces himself to kids and asks them to play with him. Dougie can communicate his needs to us. He understands us when we talk and is interested learning more. He asks so many questions. When he doesn’t understand something he tells us.
Once his digestion was clean, our main focus was eliminating behaviors that caused harm to Dougie, like hitting himself, putting everything in his mouth, banging his head – he no longer has these behaviors. Next, we wanted to be sure that Dougie would be safe in social situations, like understanding to stop before crossing the street – He now totally gets it.
Dougie is happy. He laughs and makes jokes. He makes up his own songs and plays pretend. Dougie can express his feelings. He can tell us what he wants.
Just yesterday he said “ It’s just so boring here, dad. I want to go ride my bike.” You can’t imagine how my heart filled up because my son knew how to express that he was bored.
Autism recovery means that nobody knows my son had autism. Nobody knows that he was even sick. My son is happy and everything about him shines. He is a rock star and I am so thankful to know him.