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My Medicine Cabinet

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Okay, so it's not really "medicine" and I don't keep it all in a cabinet. I wanted to share these little helping healers because I don't believe in suffering unnecessarily. Hashem gave us plenty of tools to help us not only alleviate our suffering, but to speed up the healing process. There's no reason we need to be martyrs. Unless, of course, you enjoy suffering because you're a masochist. 

Obviously I'm not referring to western medicines, which don't do much to speed up the healing process, unless that healing process includes breaking down the body's defenses... in the process. Think antibiotics.

I'm going to have to rant a bit, so bear with me. Yes, antibiotics are a wonderful discovery. They can absolutely be lifesaving. But where is the logic of putting an atom bomb in the body to kill off all of the good bacteria, which is plays such a primary role in eating up and fighting off the bad bacteria? So they all get killed together, and there are few survivors left.

Do you know what happens then? The body's landscape becomes like an abandoned Beverly Hills mansion. It's almost completely defenseless against illegal immigrant invaders and squatters that want to loot and claim it as their territory. As a result, the body becomes more susceptible to illness, and the vicious cycle continues. So why are antibiotics so over-prescribed these days? Why aren't doctors helping people strengthen their immune systems, so their bodies can fight off the infection or virus themselves? Why not give the body a chance to do one of the trillions of amazing functions that Hashem created it to do? 

Well, I know the reason, but I'm not telling you yet, just because I want you to really think about it. When you come up with a good reason, send me a comment and we'll talk about it further. 

The first thing we need to do is create a strong foundation that will support good health. I've been talking a lot about this lately, and the bottom line is: a healthy diet and exercise = a healthy body. A healthy diet means mostly vegetables and fruits, complex carbs, healthy fats like coconut oil and olive oil, and minimal animal protein and processed foods. 

Since we can't avoid ever getting sick again, it's a good idea to have a few important items in your home for when you need them. I'm going to give you a quick rundown, and I encourage you to find out more about each of these things on your own. 

1) Bentonite Clay- made from aged volcanic ash, this clay is a powerful detoxifier. Mine is a gray powder, and I mix about half a teaspoon in with a cup of water. When wet, the clay swells up like a porous sponge and becomes negatively charged. Most toxins and heavy metals have positively charged molecules. The clay sweeps through the digestive system and soaks up all of the garbage like a giant industrial-sized wet-vac. I use it when I feel nauseous, and it's perfect to help you get rid of food poisoning. You'll start to feel better within minutes! Here's a great list of how it works and other ways you can use it. Also, it's excellent at stopping diarrhea, but not necessarily from stomach viruses. That's our next little guy in line.

2) Kyolic Garlic Extract- This is an aged garlic extract that has undergone some kind of process that I don't understand which removes the irritating and strong-smelling nature of garlic. It also supercharges the garlic's healing properties. It is well-known to suppress an enzyme in the liver that creates cholesterol, therefore helping to lower LDL cholesterol. Aside from being an excellent supplement for cardiovascular health, it's also great for helping to cure gastroenteritis, or stomach viruses. You take a tablespoon in some water about three times a day. I've taken it, and I can tell you that the flavor is very mild. Definitely read up more on this one! 

3) Arnica - This is an absolute must for anyone with kids in the house, or anyone who's klutzy, or both. It's excellent for relieving bruising, especially if you put it on immediately after your kid bangs his knee into the table for the 30th time. I've read that it's also good for pain relief for muscles and joints, but since I haven't used it for that, I can't say for sure that it works. However, if you have used it for pain relief, please let the rest of us know!

4) Vitamin D3- This is arguably the most powerful immune-boosting vitamin. It's especially important in the winter, when we're not exposed to direct sunlight. Unless you live in Miami like I used to. In that case, you're exposed to direct sunlight 359 days of the year. For the rest of us that turn into ghosts from October through March, vitamin D3 is super crucial to have. It's not only good for your bones and your immune system. It's also been touted as one of the top anti-cancer vitamins. Two things: first, you need to take it with a fat, as Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Second, you can take lots more than the RDA, which is only 400 IU's. I've seen many say that it's just too low, and you can take even 10 times that amount without experiencing any toxicity. If you're afraid to do that, stick with at least 1,000 IU's a day. You can give it to your kids, especially the little ones that get their daily infestation fix from preschool.

5) Oregano Supreme- Over the years, I've tried every type of herbal and homeopathic formula to help me get over a cold faster. But nothing works as well for me as this brand. I take three pills, twice a day when I start to experience symptoms, and within two days, my symptoms are not only lessened, but mostly gone! However, I would suggest you continue to take them for another two days minimum after your symptoms disappear. Just last week I felt myself getting a potentially bad cold, and I took these little babies, and within hours, I started to feel better. When my symptoms started to get worse again, I took another round. 

6) Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Whiskey- Okay, so it's not really a medicine per se, but why not put it on this list? Doesn't whiskey have some antibacterial properties or something? And for sure it has pain-relieving properties. So I'm leaving it on this list. Not to mention that the honey flavor tastes awesome! I put half a shot in my hot apple cider, and oh, boy, talk about goooood!  

If you have anything you'd like to add, please share it with the rest of us. Inquiring minds want to know! 

Have a wonderful, virus-free day!

~Racheli


Cancer Cures: Part II

Fish with Avocado Salsa, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Just look at this gorgeous plate. Doesn't it look amazing? One of our lovely readers, Tena, sent me this picture of her delicious fish with avocado salsa, mashed potatoes, and green beans. I asked her if she would come live in my house and spend the rest of her life cooking for me, but for some reason, my offer didn't sound so appealing to her. If you'd like her recipe, email me at racheli@breslev.co.il and I'll forward it to you.

Today, I'd like to talk about the cause of cancer a little bit further. Since we've been told for so many years that cancer is a disease caused by genetic mutations, I'm aware that it's not going to be easy for many of you to accept that this is not true. Genetic mutations are one of the effects of the actual mechanism that causes cancer cells to grow. 

In fact, cancer is usually not a genetic disease at all. It's a metabolic disease. 

I'll explain this to the best of my ability, but know that this is just a Cliff's notes version. The best way to understand this is to read up on it as much as you can. Here is a great start.  

Cancer cells, just like all cells, run on energy made by mitochondria. Mitochondria are the cell's energy production centers, and are a key component of cellular respiration, which basically means the cell uses the mitochondria to generate ATP, which is energy, and waste products. When the mitochondria don't function properly, this leads to the cell functioning on fermentation metabolism instead of oxidative metabolism, leading to carcinogenic effects and the development of mutated genes called oncogenes (cancer genes.) 

Here's an excellent video by Thomas Seyfreid, Ph.D., with the full explanation of how cancer is a metabolic disease. You don't want to miss this, believe me! 

After reading about all of these chemical reactions that I totally don't understand and thanking God that I didn't end up going to medical school, I'm left with the clear realization that in most cases, diet really is the number one contributing factor to the growth and remission of cancer! 

It is well-known that cancer cells love sugar. Unfortunately for us, sugar is the primary fuel that we live on. As I wrote in Bye, Bye, Diabetes, intermittent fasting and a ketogenic diet are the keys to switching from sugar-burning mode to fat-burning mode. When the body runs on fat-burning mode, it is in ketosis, and this is one of the ways that it is able to revert its damaged mitochondrial respiration from fermentation to oxidation. 

Dr. Seyfried explains: "I think that's an important point. One of the things that trigger cancer is inflammation. We have inflammation. Chronic high levels of blood sugar create inflammation. This you see in a lot of situations. Glucose itself is not carcinogenic, but elevated dysregulated glucose metabolism can lead to inflammation, and can cause a number of other disturbances in the overall metabolism of the body. If you fast, if you stop eating, your blood sugar goes down. Your insulin levels go down. The body starts to metabolize fat for energy."

When you change your fuel source from sugar to fat, you're in ketosis, and you're producing less ROS (reactive oxygen species,) which are the things that cause mutations in the DNA. 

Dr. Seyfried also warns against consuming high amounts of animal protein. Besides glucose, cancer cells also use glutamine as a fuel. Glutamine is the most common amino acid in protein. Therefore, if you want to lower your glutamine levels and not feed the cancer cells, you've got to lower your animal protein intake. Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, recommends that animal protein intake be no higher than 10% of your diet. He says that the typical Western diet is made up of 30% animal protein.  

In order to achieve ketosis, you need to drop your net carb intake down to below 100 grams a day, and preferably below 50 grams a day. Net carbs = total carbs - fiber. And remember, to get into fat-burning mode, you need to go 12 hours minimum without eating. That's why intermittent fasting is so crucial. It allows your body to access its fat stores and use those as fuel, while at the same time keeping insulin levels low and allowing the liver to get rid of all of that sugar and toxin mixture that's been plugging it up for so long. 

Mitochondrial dysfunction doesn't just cause cancer. It also causes Alzheimer's, diabetes, Parkinson's, ALS, seizures, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. 

This brings us back to what I wrote yesterday's post: proper diet and exercise are the keys to preventing and curing cancer! 

And one more thing... in my article, Medical Vampires, I wrote that Hashem doesn't want us to be sick. The problem is that we've become so complacent and stuck in victim mentality, that we rationalize that Hashem caused us to get sick for reasons unbeknownst to us. While that may be the case for a small minority, (of which I'm assuming is made up of mostly young children,) I don't believe this to be the case for adults. We've had enough years to mess up our bodies with toxic diets and lazy lifestyles, and it's not fair to blame Hashem when we suffer the unfortunate circumstances.

Dr. Seyfried seems to agree with me: "Once you realize what cancer is, that it's a metabolic disease, you can take charge of those kinds of things. In other words, getting cancer is not God's will. It's not bad luck."

Let's finally take control of our health with the blessings of good information, healthy diets, and lots of exercise!

~Racheli

 

 


Cancer Cures: Part I

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That's a nice fruit plate, if I do say so myself. I try to make a variation like this for the kids every day. I don't always succeed, but I've found that making the pieces easy to grab makes them more likely to get eaten by boys on the run. Give it a try with your kids and let me know how it goes! 

It's terrifying to think about, but all of us knows at least several people that have been diagnosed with cancer, lo aleinu. What I find more terrifying is that so many people are still pursuing the western medical modality of chemo/radiation, without much thought as to natural cancer cures. These people need to understand two things: First, the approach of western medicine is to kill disease, not to build up the body's strength so it can use its innate healing abilities and cure itself. Second, it approaches disease in such a myopic, fragmented way. 

This is totally backwards. Think about it. If the body were strong and healthy, it would be able to fight off disease without letting it destroy us. So killing disease without strengthening the body is short-sighted. What's scary about the second approach is that by default, it separates the cause of the disease from the effects. Therefore, we are relieved of all responsibility of having contributed to the disease by our diets and lifestyles. This puts us in complete victim mode, and as a result, we let the doctor do as he wishes - which, many times, leads to other negative long-term consequences. 

Well, I don't know about you, but I am fed up with this approach. 

I'm fed up of hearing about parents burying their children. I'm fed up of hearing about young children burying their parents. I'm fed up of the ignorance and naivete that we still have regarding cancer and its causes. I'm fed up with people still holding on to the belief that it's a genetic disease, and there's nothing they could have done to prevent it. People! Genetics only accounts for 2-3% of cancer cases! Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and many other doctors and research scientists already know and have proven that most cancers are caused by poor diet and lifestyle! 

Contrary to popular belief, cancer is not a death sentence, unless caught in the much later stages. And even then, there is hope that these cases can recover as well, as has been proven time and time again. As we all know, knowledge is power, and it's time to use that knowledge to promote a long, healthy life. 

If you are currently on a cancer therapy regimen, by no means can you stop without the approval of your doctor! The following suggestions can work in tangent with your treatment, and you must discuss them with your doctor before you begin them. Also, note that this list is short by design. There are so many wonderful sites out there, and our main objective is to provide you with the knowledge that chemo and radiation is not the only solution, nor is it always the best solution to cancer. 

Here are some of the top proven natural cancer cures in the world. Please share this info with others!

1) Proper diet - Eat mostly vegetables and fruits, and a modest amount of whole grains and complex carbs. Keep animal product consumption to below 5%, as per Dr. Campbell's recommendations. If you really want to be aggressive, stay away from animal products altogether. Animal protein has been correlated with a higher incidence of most cancers. Just the amount of antibiotics and hormones the animals get should be enough to deter us from eating them. Also, white flour and sugar and all processed foods should be COMPLETELY AVOIDED!

Our bodies make and destroy cancer cells all the time. But when the environment gets too unhealthy, this promotes disease, and there's no end to the madness that these diseases can make in our bodies. 

2) Gerson Therapy - This approach treats all kinds of diseases based on the understanding that our bodies get sick because of toxicity and nutritional deficiency. It works by feeding the body with massive amounts of cleansing fruit and vegetable juices, along with nutritional supplements, which give the body its strength to fight disease. It also uses coffee enemas to cleanse the liver from its toxic overload, so it can properly filter out all of the impurities from the blood and allow the immune system to work better. There is so much information on the link, and it's well worth your while to read it all.  

3) IV Vitamin C - Known as one of the most powerful destroyer of free radicals, vitamin C has long been known to be a cure for cancer and many other types of chronic diseases. It works by turning into hydrogen peroxide when coming into contact with iron and other heavy metals. The hydrogen peroxide kills the cancer cells by damaging their DNA and shutting down their energy supply. 

However, I recently found out to my great dismay that the FDA is doing everything they can to keep this therapy from being available to us. Shocker.

4) Hydrogen Peroxide - This powerful molecule stimulates natural killer cells, which attack cancer and other disease cells. T-cells release H2O2, which kills viruses, fungi, and bacteria. There's tons of info on H2O2 and cancer, so read up on it! 

5) The Cancer Tutor is an excellent website with tons and tons of info on natural treatments. They do a great job at explaining how cancer grows, and they show that there can be different approaches to different types of cancers. This is a lot of reading, but well worth it. 

6) Vitamin D and sunlight- Vitamin D is another extremely powerful cancer fighter. Many studies have been done with many types of cancer patients, even those with inflammatory breast cancer, which is the most aggressive form of breast cancer. Amazingly, these studies came up with the same general results: more vitamin D in the blood = higher likelihood of surviving cancer and less likelihood of remission, and higher chances of long-term survival. Less vitamin D in the blood = the exact opposite.

Vitamin D is excellent for our overall well-being, and usually 15 minutes a day of direct sunlight exposure is sufficient. However, it would be a good idea to supplement with D3 drops. I've seen recommendations of dosages to be anywhere between 1,000 IU and 5,000 IU. If you are considering taking a dose that's on the higher part of this range, consult with your doctor first. Here's a secret about vitamin D: it's a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it needs to be taken with a fat in order for the body to absorb it properly. Taking drops by themselves won't do you much good.

7) Intermittent Fasting - This is another powerful way to rid the body not only of cancer, but of many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. You can check out my recommendation for curing diabetes using fasting in Bye Bye, Diabetes!   Here's a wonderful video explaining why fasting works as a cure for cancer. BTW, I do the intermittent fasting/slightly moderated keto diet every day, and I work out in the mornings, and I've never felt better in my life! I absolutely recommend this to everyone! The above link is also full of info, and well worth the read.

8) Here's another great and informative website of natural cancer treatments by Dr. Axe. 

9) Personal Prayer - It's amazing that, if you ask a cancer survivor to tell you what they think helped them survive their treatments and get their cancer into remission, many will say that prayer played a large part in their healing process. If you've read Rav Arush's books, you'll certainly find that as no surprise. But I have to remind us all (especially me,) that praying is not just asking Hashem to take away your suffering. That's a good start, as it shows you recognize that Hashem gave you that suffering in the first place. However, we need to internalize that the suffering was given to us for a reason, and the best way to do that is with personal prayer. I highly recommend that everyone read The Garden of Gratitude.

Whether it's cancer, another disease, or any other tribulation from the endless list, Rebbe Nachman explains that gratitude unlocks tremendous Heavenly mercy and invokes miraculous salvations!  It is our wish here at the Beams that all of our dear readers and everyone in the entire world enjoy long, full lives of blessing, success, joy, health, and an ever-growing connection with our Creator. 

Tomorrow, G-d willing, I'm going to elaborate on the real cause of cancer - and it ain't genetics! 

If you've had a positive experience using one of these treatments or something I haven't listed, please write in! We would all appreciate your input!

Today is a very auspicious day for increasing one's income, so check out the post below to find out just how to do that! 

~Racheli


Parental Attention and ADHD

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I saw a painful sight yesterday afternoon: a father was wheeling with a baby carriage with one hand and text-messaging with his other hand. Totally absorbed in his smartphone, he didn't hear the pleas of his 5-year old walking alongside, "Abba, I'm cold!" A sudden strong wind blew in from the southwest, carrying heavy rain clouds and reducing temperatures suddenly. It now started raining. The little boy was screaming, "Abba, I'm wet!" Heaven forbid that daddy should put down his idolPhone VI. Instead, he let go of the carriage, and with his free hand, he angrily pulled out a child's parka from the baby carriage tote-bag and slapped it on the little boy. Were it not for Hashem, the baby carriage could have easily rolled into the street...

Don't be surprised if down the road, in a few short years, the little boy and his baby brother or sister will be sent home from school with notes from the school psychologist that they have ADHD and must now take Ritalin.

In my experience of counseling parents on child-rearing issues, I've found a strong correlation between kids diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and lack of attention at home. Lack of attention is not a genetic disorder; it's the result of parents with skewed priorities.

In quite a few cases pertaining to the children of our own Beams readers, parents asked for my opinion after school counselors and educational psychologists had not only prescribed Ritalin, but stipulated that the child's continued attendance at their school was contingent upon his taking the drug every day. I asked parents to delay the use of the drug while first planning a program of maximum parental one-on-one quality time. Each program was tailor-made for the child.

The results, with Hashem's loving grace, have been superb. In general, I urge parents to invest "yechidut" time, where the the parent gives total attention to the so-called ADHD child, with no other siblings around. For example, a father takes the son on a hike in the woods for 2 or 3 hours, once a week, and together they learn about trees, rocks, and birds while also doing personal prayer together. A mother might take her daughter for a lengthy exercise walk & talk, or they might shop together or bake bread together. The one-on-one quality time with a parent calms a child, elevates his self-image, and does wonders for his inner joy, which is ever so important in enhancing the child's attention span and thought process.

In other cases, I've seen schools who are especially trigger happy with Ritalin and have suggested that the parents transfer the children elsewhere. In several cases, I even recommended homeschooling.

At least 2 dozen children of our readers - that we know about - have rendered the use of Ritalin superfluous in the above manner. Many parents protest that they lack the time to invest in their children. Priorities, folks... In the end, they ending up wasting more time running to school counselors, doctors and psychologists, not to mention the money involved either.

One of our readers sent me the following poignant anecdote to bring the point home: A 5 year old boy asked his Daddy one day, “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?” His father was quite peeved and said, “What business is it of yours?” The little boy persisted, so in the end, the father said, “Well, if you must know, I make $20 an hour”. “In that case,” said the little boy, “can I have $9?” His father was furious. He told the little boy to go and sit quietly in his room. Eventually he calmed down, and thought to himself, well, maybe he had a good reason to ask for $9, and he doesn’t ask me for money often. So he went to see his son, and told him, “Perhaps I was too hard on you earlier, and I am going to give you that $9”. When he gave it to him, he saw his son take a number of bills from under his pillow, and add the $9 to it. The father was surprised. “If you had all that money already”, he said, “why did you ask me for more?” “Well”, said the boy, “ I did not have enough money before. But now I do. Can I buy an hour of your time?” Ouch...

Think about it. Our children are precious little souls that Hashem has entrusted in our care. They deserve our love and undivided attention; they don't deserve to be second-fiddle to a cursed smartphone, especially when they have to pay the price of ADHD and Ritalin.

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Racheli adds: Just want to make it clear that Rabbi Brody is only speaking about one aspect of the ADHD problem. In the future, G-d willing, we will discuss the relationship between ADHD and food, as well as the problem of children's brains being hyper-stimulated by all sorts of electronic media. Furthermore, we do not advise any parent to take his child off any medication without their doctor's approval! 

The most important thing we can do for our children is to make them feel loved, accepted, and wanted. Let's do our best to focus on these three areas, because no matter how much medication a child is on, nothing can cure the feeling of emptiness in his heart.   


Ashwagandha!

Ashwagandha Super Root
That sounds like a Hindi-style greeting, doesn't it? Ashwagandha! How are you today? Ginseng, thank you! How about you?

Ashwagandha is Indian ginseng. While I normally don't like to put the focus on supplements, this is one that, in my opinion, belongs in everyone's kitchen cabinet. You know, a cabinet that you actually open. Not the one with the champagne glasses and your grandma's antique tea set that gets opened once a year on Thanksgiving. 

The reason I've picked ashwagandha - OMG is there a shorter way to write this word? How about I call it "ash" for short? Great. So the reason I've picked ash is because so many people suffer from STRESS, and anxiety in particular. How many? 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,  anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting over 40 million Americans. That's 18% of the population! My math is stellar. Actually, I'm just really talented at copying info. Furthermore, people with anxiety are 3-5 times more likely to go to the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders.

While there are many types of anxiety-related disorders, I'm going to focus on the more generalized, non-trauma-induced anxiety disorders. However! Even though I am relating to a more general and idiopathic type of anxiety, what I am about to suggest can certainly be used in tangent with psychotherapy. 

After my fifth kid, my body felt broken, and I had a very hard time dealing with all of the daily stress. I generally felt that I was going to freak out from being so overtired and stressed, and I felt sick all the time because of it. A friend suggested I start taking ashwagandha. OMG I just fell asleep for like 20 minutes at the computer. Ash is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body respond to and handle stress better. It's arguably the best adrenal support supplement that you can take.

So many people suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and related diseases. Adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline in response to stress. Whether it's emotional, mental, or physical stress, your adrenals are working on overdrive if you're stressed out. And if they're on overdrive all the time, you're likely trapping yourself in a vicious cycle of physical stress/adrenal stress/more physical and mental stress.

When the adrenals are chronically overworked, they also begin to stress out and get tired. Basically, they want to quit and go on vacation in Tahiti. How long and how well can they function at such high output levels? The answer is not very long. Eventually, they're going to give up and go to sleep, just like I'd like to be doing right now.

What is the problem with your adrenals taking a little break? Well, that means that your body can't deal with stress as well as it should. When that happens, you may begin to suffer all types of anxiety disorders for problems that might have nothing to do with mental or emotional issues. I suspect that there are many others like me, who haven't (thank God) had a serious trauma in their lives, but suffer from all types of anxiety-related disorders.

In other words, you can be perfectly normal and balanced, yet still have anxiety! You're just too stressed!

The great thing about ashwagandha is that it has such a wonderful and powerful calming effect, that it can even be used by those who have really good reasons to be stressed, such as a traumatic life situation. 

Here are two links talking more about this superhero herb. I would encourage you to read up as much as you can on the tremendous benefits that ash has to offer, such as reducing blood sugar, increasing muscle mass, helping minimize symptoms of depression, increasing fertility in men, and so much more.

I take ash every day, twice a day. In the morning, I take one pill with my iodine, (which I hope to write about in the future,) along with a teaspoon of coconut oil in warm water. I gotta tell you, this combination gives me such a supercharge in the morning! I have so much energy at the gym, that the ladies in my Zumba classes give me strange glances from time to time throughout the class. Whatever. I think the espresso I have in the morning might also be a minor factor. Just a little bit.

Then, at about 3:00 pm, before the kiddies get home, I take another one because I know that I'm gonna get stressed. Big time. It helps me so much! It takes me so much more effort to scream at them and react to their uncontrollable boyness. 

If you're on anti-anxiety meds, do not stop taking them without discussing it with your doctor first! See how the ash works in tangent with your meds, and if you feel that it's helping you, speak with your doctor about weaning yourself off the meds and taking the ash instead. 

If you're not on meds and want to feel less stressed in any case, do what I do and take one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I don't weigh much (about 115 pounds) so if I take two, I feel so relaxed that I just want to sit on the couch and chill. So if you don't feel any difference and you weight a little bit more than I do, try two of them after you eat something. 

Wishing you all a low-stress, high-energy, and HAPPY week! Let us know if you're taking it, and how you feel!

~Racheli

Rabbi Lazer adds:

In addition to all the benefits that Racheli has mentioned, Ashwagandha - which I like to call "super root" is great for athletes. Since it minimizes stress hormones such as cortisol, it paves the way to better results for the same amount of work in the gym or on the track, namely, development of muscle mass and reduction of body fat. Google "ashwagandha" and "athletes" and you'll get all kinds of clinical documentation. Unlike drugs, ash doesn't cause a "spike" peak performance followed by a "crash" letdown. Since ash stimulates testosterone development in men, it's great for male fertility. And, since it helps so much in relieving stress and burnout in women, it's a female fertility enhancer as well, since stress is one of the worst enemies of female fertility. Bright Beams blessings for your better health!


Let Them Eat Tehina Cake!

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Awwww, yeah.... 

You know you want some.

I have to come to terms with the fact that I am obsessed with cake. My yetzer starts working overtime when Shabbat approaches. "You've been eating so healthy all week, my dear," he sneers, so full of concern for my health and well-being. "Why don't you just enjoyyy yourself on Shabbat? You've earned it..." Amazingly, my yetzer looks like the wicked witch from Snow White. "I'm gonna stuff your face with poison apple, yetzer!" I wanted to swat her with my spatula, but then I realized that swatting myself in the head might be a conflict of interest. 

Earlier this week, I posted Rebbetzin Brody's amazing tehina bread recipe. But I had to figure out some way to turn it into cake, so I could eat as much as I want on Shabbat without exploding. And, eureka! I have done it!

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Okay, that picture is seriously huge, and I don't know how to fix it. Sorry.

So here's what I did. I took the original recipe and tweaked it up a bit, whatever that means: 5 eggs, about 3/4 cup tehina, 2T honey (or date honey,) 3 almost-rotten bananas (very ripe,) 1 zucchini shredded, a few handfuls of cacao chips, dried cranberries, crushed walnuts (roughly chopped is also fine,) lots of pumpkin seeds,  2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, pinch of salt, lots and lots of cinnamon, a good sprinkling of ground clove and ground ginger, and lots of siyata dishmaya (Heavenly help.) 

I'm sorry that I can't give you proper amounts, but I don't have enough patience to measure things out. Just be generous with your seasoning.

I first mashed the bananas, then added the eggs, honey, and tehina and mixed it all up with a fork. Then I added the baking soda, powder, and seasonings. Then I added the shredded zucchini. Then, I threw in the cranberries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and cacao chips. You can use chocolate chips if you prefer. 

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I gotta say that I'm blown away by my photography skills. Couldn't you eat the batter just like that?

Then, I did the smart thing and put the batter into two rectangular cake tins. 

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I loaded up the toppings again and put another generous helping of cinnamon on the top. OMG, I just realized that I have no idea how long I baked it for! Just check the thing with a knife starting at 20 minutes. It will look very well done, and the cranberries may even get a little burnt, but trust me dahlings, the flavor will be out of this world!

One more thing: the cake has a very spongy and moist texture. I like it, but if you prefer something more dense, add 1/2 cup of flour, preferably whole wheat. 

Please let me know if you made this! Wishing all of you a wonderful, relaxing, and healthy Shabbat!

~Racheli

 


The Health Nudnik

Yesterday, I tried to make an awesome tehina bread from a recipe that Rav Brody's wife gave me. I tried a slice of hers, and it was light, spongy, and very filling. The great part about this bread is that there's no flour; just eggs, tehina, and a few other ingredients. I decided that since I would be making it, I might as well double the recipe because I am a big eater, and maybe someone else in the family might want some. But really I made it for myself.

Here's the before pic. I added some pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts on top.

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I think the green ones are pumpkin seeds, right? Since I doubled the recipe, I had first put the batter into two separate tins, but the amount of batter was so low in each tin, that I decided to combine it all into one tin.

Not a very good idea.

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What a disaster! The top was browning so fast on the right end, that I decided to cut that piece off. But when I cut into it, the inside was still completely liquid, so it poured out into the empty space in the tin. Then, the top was bubbling out tehina from the middle of the bread, and spreading all over the pretty pumpkin seeds. This thing looks terrible. Thank God my stomach doesn't have eyes, because it's really awesome! That is, if you like the taste of tehina. If you don't, you probably find this bread revolting. 

You know what the best part about this bread is, besides that it has no flour? It doesn't have processed sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Yes, it does have date syrup, but this is a healthier alternative to sugar. It has a lower glycemic index, and this is one of the keys to losing weight and being healthy. 

Since I've been bombarding our fine readers with my health craziness, I thought that I would give myself a more formal title. Mike Adams of Natural News calls himself the Health Ranger. Since that was already taken, I've decided to call myself the Health Nudnik. I bet you no one's come up with that yet. And if they did, please don't tell them that I'm using their title.

This week, I thought I'd be a nudnik about sugar. You know, white poison. The Devil. Death by sweet powder. Sugar is arguably the WORST thing we put in our bodies. There is absolutely NO benefit to eating this stuff. I'm talking about all types of processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup. There's tons of info on the harmful effects of sugar, so I don't need to post them here. But here's the two things that I found most important: sugar has been linked to cause cancer, and sugar gives bacteria in the mouth energy and food, basically supercharging them and encouraging them to eat your teeth for dinner. 

This week, take the challenge of staying away from sugary foods as much as possible. NO sodas, including diet sodas, no processed white breads. Don't be fooled by the lowfat dairy products. They just substitute the fat with sugar, which will turn into fat anyways in your body. 

Here's a list of sugar substitutes with their glycemic index. 

I know that it's basically impossible to stay away from sugar altogether. But, we can limit the sugar to a very large extent. I want you to remember this important fact as your motivation: sugar raises insulin. If you eat something high in simple sugars, such as fructose, your insulin will shoot up in order to keep the massive amounts of sugar you've ingested out of your bloodstream. The problem, as I wrote in my diabetes post, is that insulin also tells the body to store calories as fat. So if you're eating high sugar products, all of the sugar that you don't burn off will be stored as fat.

It's a recipe for health disaster. 

If you have a sweet tooth, eat a fruit. While it does have sugar, it is more slowly digested, and many fruits have fiber, which also slows the absorption of sugar. 

Once you're off of the sugary treats, you'll notice that you don't crave them as much. That's because sugar is addictive, just like a drug. In fact, sugar stimulates your brain to release dopamine, which is a pleasure chemical. Drugs do the same thing. I'm pretty sure jewelry also does the same thing. 

Many dairy products such as milk and yogurt have tons of sugar, so limit these as much as you can. The other bad thing about sugar is that after eating something with lots of sugar in it, you won't feel satisfied or necessarily full. When you eat things low in sugar, you don't feel the need to keep eating - unless you're eating processed foods loaded with MSG, which is a subject for another time.

In conclusion, cutting out the sugar as much as you can will lead to significant weight loss, cure your diabetes, keep you from suffering through those energy highs and lows throughout the day, and will improve your health in massive ways. You'll even think more clearly. 

Speaking of massive, here's something to think about before we part: why does Big Medicine put the focus of diabetes and obesity on genetics or forces that are beyond our control, when these health problems are clearly linked with poor diet? Because they get massive profits from their repeat customers! How can they make billions a year if people suddenly start eating like they're supposed to, because they've finally come to terms with the fact that their diet is usually the source of all of their health problems? 

Please keep in touch with us and let us know how your almost sugar-less week is going!

To your health!

~Racheli