We want Dream On to focus equally on work and wealth, health and fitness, and relationships.
That is why I wanted to write a blog today on how foods can and do impact our health, and on my nutrition bible; a book called Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.
I am no expert on healing with whole foods, but what I have experienced, leads me to believe that we can do a lot for ourselves and our health, through eating foods that nurture us and all of our bodily systems, and that help the body to accelerate self healing.
I bought this book about ten years ago, when I saw it on my Godmother’s book shelf. At the time I was really interested in Shiatsu and Oriental diagnosis, and it seemed like a good addition to my book collection.
Over the years I dipped in and out of it when I needed some help for a cold, a chest infection, a cyst on an eyelid.
Did you know that Celery (p499) can be used to help dry up a phlegmy cough. It can also be combined with a little lemon juice and used to help treat a cold, when fever is more prominent than chills.
Did you know that if you have a little cyst on the eyelid, that the inner white lining of an orange can be placed on the eyelid and can be used to help dissolve the cyst (p581)
These nutritional remedies made me feel empowered, and hopeful that I could play a big part in my own healing.
About six months before I had my pulmonary embolism (lung clots) I started to crave broccoli. Paul and I laughed about it, because each night when we went to the supermarket, he would ask me what veg I wanted that night, and it was always broccoli. I must admit that at the time I was too busy to ask myself, ‘what is my body trying to tell me?’ but if I had looked at my nutrition bible, I would have seen that Broccoli is high in Vitamin E which is essential for keeping the blood ‘slippery’.
P497 ‘Broccoli contains abundant pantothenic acid and vitamin A’
I did eat some broccoli, but then I just thought to myself that I must resist this silly craving.
Plain and simple, my body was trying to get the blood balance right and I didn’t help it!
Sometimes, I wonder if I had eaten a glut of broccoli, whether I could have avoided those two blood clots on the lungs and that year when I couldn’t do much of anything
but I didn’t.
My blood specialists at the NHS (they were brilliant, they saved my life and looked after me for over a year!) however, what they didn’t do was give me any nutritional options for helping myself.
I was on the blood thinning drug Warfarin for over a year and I wanted to come off it. They said ‘No! you probably should be on it forever!’ I said, ‘hmmm I’m not sure I want to be on Warfarin forever’. They said, ‘We’ll do blood tests and then you can see that you need to stay on Warfarin.’
They did the tests three times and for the first two test ; two of the clotting factors in my blood were high (a little high). So, they said to come back in three months and that if these factors were still high, then we would have to make a decision about the Warfarin…
So, I consulted my nutrition bible, sure that there was something I could do to help myself and…
p347 on the chapter called ‘Blood Disorders’,
‘Most blood deficiencies will quickly improve with the addition of even moderate amounts of the above key blood-building foods, which are primarily grains, legumes, sprouts, green foods and vegetables.’
For three months I drank more water, ate more greens, drank less alcohol and took some super-duper vitamins and omega oils.
When my blood tests came back after those three months all of the levels were normal.
They said there was no reason to keep me on the Warfarin.
That convinced me of the power of nutrition in healing.
I can highly recommend Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford and if by any chance you would like to get a copy, please would you use the Amazon link by the Masters and Harris Books section of our home page on our website http://www.mastersandharris.com/index.htm. This gives us something like 15p per recommendation and it will help us get started on making a living from our passions.
I do want to say though, that if you have a serious illness, I would recommend going to see a trained nutritionist before you self-diagnose.
I’d be interested to hear about what foods you crave? I can look them up in my nutrition bible and we can see what it says.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog and I’ll respond.
Here’s to the wonderful healing power of food.
Here is a link to Paul Pitchford’s website if you want to know more about him and his work: http://www.healingwithwholefoods.com/