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Naturopaths and Oxalic Acid

July 18, 2010

Friday I went to a wonderful naturopath who also eats raw, although not exclusively. She mentioned something that I think is important to pass along, because it is partially what’s been going wrong with my body.

Spinach, swiss chard, and parsley have high levels of oxalic acid – parsley being the highest – and eating them raw can cause blockage of calcium absorption in the body. She said that for her green smoothies she lightly steams these particular greens until a hint of water on leaves appears. This allows for the calcium to be absorbed and still keeps the greens close to raw. She said that kale does not seem to be a problem, so that can be used without steaming, and although this may not affect everyone the same way, I have noted since being on the raw food diet that I am not absorbing calcium – and my smoothie greens have been mostly spinach. So, I’m going to try this new method and see what happens.

In the meantime, if you are looking for wonderful health care – try a naturopath. They have so much to offer in the way of alternative health remedies, and I’m thrilled to have found one who is open and aware of the many modalities that regular M.D.’s haven’t got a clue about. It’s very nice to talk to a health care professional who doesn’t get a  deer in the headlights expression when you mention things like cranial sacral, homeopathy, or raw food!! (KJ)


Complexity and Simplicity

June 15, 2010

I’ve mentioned before that the raw food diet has been wonderful in many ways, but still the lingering health issues defy solution through eating properly alone. So, I’ve gone to other modes of investigation and in doing so, have found several books worth looking at for anyone who wants to find a health model that will be effective in helping make sense of the puzzle of our bodies.

As the step-daughter and granddaughter of physicians, I was brought up to have respect for medicine…but it was not the medicine that is practiced in today’s world. We did not use antibiotics indiscriminately, or drugs for every symptom in the book. I was brought up with onion syrup as a very effective cough medicine and herbal remedies for ear aches and other forms of tonics to assist with various ailments. In today’s world, there is a drug for any little thing we have, and as one of the books I’m exploring suggests, there are so many specialists that nobody is looking at the whole body to see how one ailment is affected by something else. We have become a society addicted to specialized fields of medicine and drugs that mask symptoms, but have nothing to do with healing. And it is the healing that interests me.

My uncle had a stroke a couple of years ago and is now on 13 different medications. He has all kinds of side effects from them, but stays on them because he’s been brainwashed that he must. Advertising on television, which used to be forbidden to drug companies, is now wide open – and for those who watch the evening news, you know it’s mostly commercials with the latest pill that will cure all ailments in spite of the hurriedly explained side effects. And the truth is, the number of deaths that occur from drug interaction are under-reported and a travesty in a system where most drug education for physicians comes from the drug salesmen! We have become so technological that medicine now really means drug or cut. Yet, it does not have to be that way.

In their brilliant book, Ultra-Prevention, Mark Hyman, M.D. and Mark Liponis, M.D., recount their own personal journeys through the medical system that brought each of them to the recognition that there had to be a better way to handle degenerative and chronic disease. They researched, studied, did self-healing, and as a result have put together a practice that is based on Integrative Medicine…meaning whole body, mind, and spirit. They’ve found remarkable “cures” come in ways that utilize the intelligence of the body and adaptive changes in what we eat, the minerals and vitamins we get, as well as exercise and mind calming techniques. They bust the myths we’ve all been brainwashed to believe, and it is a liberating experience to find this kind of insight coming out of two MD’s from the established medical community. I’ve seen work done by intrepid researchers, chiropractors, and bio-chemists that suggest there is a better way, but to have MD’s confirm it is a validation that appeals to the part of us that believes in the ultimate authority of doctors.

Another important book, recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola, ( ), is The Metabolic Typing Diet, by William Wolcott, which does not look at symptoms or diseases, but rather gives an extensive quiz to determine the metabolic type of the patient. In so doing, there is a host of right and wrong foods, vitamins and minerals for particular metabolic types that can assist the health detective in finding out what is going on with the body and why. Beyond metabolism, the book addresses all the systems within the body, pinpointing more completely what is appropriate for one person while something else is better for another. You can read very generous excerpts from the book on Amazon by clicking on the cover of the book and going to the content section. Reading what is there is an education in itself.

We’ve made medicine out to be a complex industry of finding the right drugs for ailments, and yet the body has a remarkable ability to be a self-correcting universe when given the right ingredients. We just have to work with it intelligently and know how to do proactive self-care so that in the event that we really do need the help of a modern drug, it will be used effectively with discrimination. In the meantime, if we learn about what we put into our bodies and follow a healthy regimen of living, we may find ourselves drug free for life. I like that idea!! (KJ)