Book of the Week #2: Life Changing Foods
- Published on: 06 January, 2017
- Last update: 04 August, 2017
It’s time for the second installment of my #OOBookOfTheWeek series! And what better dish to cozy up with while reading a @medicalmedium book than a bowl of bean chili with TONS of celery and cilantro?! As you may know from my posts about celery juice, author Anthony William (who focuses on foods & herbs that combat chronic illness) recommends this electrolyte-rich food for improving brain function, increasing stomach acid, and replenishing mineral levels.
What I love about this book is that it gets you excited about eating fruits & vegetables. The beginning chapter goes over a brief summary of the information in his first book (which explains the culprits behind the explosion of modern chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders, and so much more). He gives a short review of the components in our environment contributing to ill health, such as lingering radiation, DDT, and heavy metals – and explains how they lower the body’s defenses against chronic low-grade viral infections (that can eventually invade the nerves, brain, organs, etc – causing neurological, muscular, and mental symptoms). If this resonates with you and you’d like a more in-depth look at these viruses & how they’re related to modern illness, read his first book! But if you’re already aware of how microbes can invade a weakened immune system and would like to focus only on the solution, check this one out.
The main sections of this book detail the benefits of 4 groups of healing foods: fruit, vegetables, herbs, and wild foods. Each food or herb gets its own page, where Anthony explains the physical benefits, emotional benefits, the symptoms/conditions it’s good for, and the spiritual lessons we can learn from the food. This lesson comes from the way it’s grown or harvested (for example, radishes must be picked at the perfect time before their skin becomes tough, reminding us to choose the right moment for important conversations and decisions). It can also come from something the food does (good or bad – for example, the onion gets blamed for bad breath, but its really a sign that its most medicinal compound, sulfur, is working its magic in the body. This reminds us not to point the finger too quickly because there’s always another side to the story). I love that he goes into the emotional benefits as well, since all illnesses have both physical and emotional/spiritual components. Holding onto anger for years can create stress and tension in the body (Traditional Chinese Medicine would call this ‘toxic heat’) that can contribute to a number of illnesses, including liver disease. The liver is also the seat of anger in TCM! He explains what foods help you communicate, help you let go of frustration, and help to cleanse your body of emotional and physical toxins. There are also recipes scattered all throughout the book featuring both raw and cooked food which I love, because an all raw diet doesn’t work for my body!
Favorite Thing I Learned
Just like the last book, I have a few things I enjoyed learning:
- Nettle Leaf can center your mind when you’re feeling highly distractible and scattered.
- Dandelion (what we in America think of as a weed) is a highly cleansing food that should be brewed into a tea for ‘spring cleaning.’ Each part of the dandelion plant cleanses a different group of organs in the body. The flowers cleanse the stomach & intestinal tract, gallbladder, bladder, lungs, uterus, and heart. The leaves purify the lymph and blood, and help bring fresh blood to hard-to-reach places, boosting circulation. The stems cleanse & protect the dense organs such as the spleen, liver and brain (for example, by pushing out stagnant bile in the liver).
- After a massage, you should drink burdock root tea to enhance lymphatic drainage.
- To enhance the grounding properties of a meal, put a strip of kelp into your rice or soup as it cooks.
- Aloe helps to repair the ileum, which is where the body produces B12 from gut bacteria.
My Favorite Quote
“Burdock root is a force of nature to rehabilitate the liver. Burdock root has a grounding ability that comes from driving deep into the earth. When the liver is invaded by viruses (such as Epstein Barr, shingles, HHV-6, and cytomegalovirus), or with unproductive bacteria, fungi, or other pathogens, the liver loses its grounding, negative charge — because these pathogens operate on a positive charge that drains the organ. Burdock Root replenishes this grounding mechanism, which in turn restrengthens and revitalizes the liver so that it can push off pathogens. Phytochemicals in burdock also support the liver in reducing the growth of cysts and adhesions, and repairing scar tissue in the liver.”
Want the book?
You can find this title on Amazon here!