Editor note: A tenet of Luciferians is foreshadowing.
Yamiche Alcindor – PBS January 30, 2018
Hours before his first State of the Union, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to unite the country amid “tremendous divisiveness” and hopes he can do so without a traumatic event affecting Americans.
Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.
“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.”
Charlie Nash – Breitbart March 15 2018 HuffPost Deputy Opinion Editor Chloe Angyal claimed the company had succeeded in its goal to have “less than 50% white authors,” on Wednesday. “Our goals for this month were: […]
The AfD nationalist party in Germany has had much to overcome. The lugenpresse smears the AfD as “far-right populists” when being more polite and “neo-Nazis” when in smear mode. In the recent election the AfD polled 12.5% and the Social Democrats 20.5%. This week opinion polls saw the AfD out poll the fading Social Democrats by 16 to 15.5%. And this is still before the renewed European financial crisis I see dead ahead. At that point European Central Banksterism will be exposed. That will upset the apple cart even more. Merkel will have a very difficult time keeping a government together going forward. At the first sign of serious economic crisis she will be removed
Germans are under a barrage of propaganda from birth. In reality they are altruistic-perhaps too much so. They (at least the ones in the west and Bavaria) are my favorite people in Europe. Germans are people who I try to peel back the onion in expressing my so-called right wing views. And once this comes out of my mouth as an American (with one-fourth German ancestry), many Germans light up and nod their heads.
My son and I were in Theresienstadt in Bohemia which served as a detention camp in WWII. At the bus stop were four German college age women. Against the advice of my son I dove right in. They did not recoil and in fact were interested. One gal literally came out of the closet when I said, German politicians are “puppets of the victorious powers in World War II” and “you just went through a propaganda museum.” Her friends kind of looked at her in surprise that she agreed, but there was no push-back. It was as if they were all appreciative that I had the nerve to express it.
You are not going to convince many Germans by dwelling in WWII revisionism. But there is a growing weariness with the endless guilt shaming, and with what’s been perped onto them. For sure there is a nasty leftist element in Germany that has been in ascendency. But the sentiment that Germany can handle migrants, that existed four years ago, has passed. And more importantly the politics of Germany from more quarters is holding those responsible to account.
Germany is more pan-European than I once realized. In Munich I spoke to a Serbian born German who had been there for twenty years and said enough of the non-Christian migration. In fact I believe other European migrants in Germany favor the populist right. The ones from the Balkans are well aware of the problems of multiculturalism. Poles in general want to perserve national or at least pan-European identity. The pundits say that German foreign-born population (which is one in ten) will ensure the Merkel status quo. But that ignores Germany’s European born immigrants.
Secondly I have found very few in Europe who like American influence or Americanism. The stigma from Trump is off the charts.
TNN takeaway: There are closet German soft nationalists. Like the young woman at the bus stop, they are an unappreciated factor. I had another conversation two years ago on a bus from the airport with a sharp German guy aged 30. He said he was a centrist and once liked Merkel, but was weary of her. He had no intention of supporting Social Democrats. I told him if I was a German I’d support AfD. He wasn’t at all taken back, and agreed on many of my points. With the AfD making a come back since that conversation, would this gentleman vote AfD as a way of expressing a protest to Merkel’s immigration bumbling. What will be his views after the next crisis festers?
By Dr. Mercola
Chris Kresser, L.Ac., an acupuncturist, licensed integrative medicine clinician and codirector of the California Center for Functional Medicine, is widely recognized for his contributions to the ancestral nutrition movement. As many leaders in and promoters of functional medicine, Kresser is a wounded healer, whose interest in alternative disciplines developed because conventional medicine failed him.
“In my early 20s, I took off on an around-the-world trip. I was surfing in Indonesia [when] I got an acute tropical illness — fever, chills, diarrhea, delirium. I don’t really remember much of what happened during those few days. But there was an Australian staying in the little village that I was in who happened to have some antibiotics that brought me back from the brink,” Kresser says.
“That evolved into a decadelong journey back to health … I came home and … proceeded to see probably no fewer than 20 or 25 doctors over the course of the next several years, in three different countries, hoping they would be able to help me. Most of the doctors I saw meant well.
They tried their best to help, but I quickly found out that conventional medicine, while it’s fantastic at dealing with trauma and emergencies, it was really miserable at dealing with the kind of complex chronic illness that I had developed.
Despite everyone’s best efforts, nobody was able to help. I eventually decided there was no one that was more deeply invested in my own healing than myself. I started my own exploration, which eventually led to returning to school to study Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
I chose that because of all the modalities I tried along my journey, that was what has been most helpful to me. But then, even before I graduated from school, I realized I wasn’t going to end up practicing Chinese medicine. I discovered functional medicine and kind of moved in that direction.”
Kresser has written a number of books, the latest one of which is “Unconventional Medicine: Join the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare, Reverse Chronic Disease, and Create a Practice You Love.” In the beginning of the book, he discusses the impact of conventional medicine on chronic disease, and why it so rarely works.
When modern medicine as we know it was developed, the primary challenges were acute problems, and this is one of the reasons why conventional medicine lacks the tools and know-how to address the many chronic ailments facing us today.
The landscape of health and disease has changed rather dramatically, and acute care medicine doesn’t work well for chronic problems. In 1900, the top three causes of death were all acute infectious diseases: typhoid, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other common reasons for medical visits included broken limbs, gallbladder attacks, appendicitis and similar problems.
“The treatment for those problems was relatively straightforward. You put the arm in a cast or remove the gallbladder,” Kresser says. “It was one doctor, one problem, one treatment and that was the end of the story.”
Today, 7 of the 10 top causes of death are chronic diseases rather than acute diseases and, unlike acute problems, chronic diseases tend to be complex, difficult to manage, and often last a lifetime. In short, the model of care that was developed for treating acute problems doesn’t work for chronic disease. As noted by Kresser, “That explains why 1 in 2 Americans now has a chronic disease, and 1 in 4 has multiple chronic diseases, including almost 30 percent of kids. We’ve just been using the wrong tool for the job.”
Chronic Disease Has Become an Existential Threat
This is also why the health care debate, which is really focused on the availability of insurance, is completely missing the point.
“If we don’t get a handle on chronic disease, there’s no method of paying for health care that will be sufficient,” he says. “A simple thought experiment will show this. It costs $14,000 a year to treat the average patient with Type 2 diabetes. The most recent statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 100 million Americans now either have prediabetes or full-fledged Type 2 diabetes. You don’t have to be a math genius to multiply 100 million times $14,000. You get a number so big that it’s absolutely impossible to generate the money we would need to cover that.”
The situation is actually far worse than that, because insulin resistance likely affects upward of 250 million Americans, and insulin resistance is a foundational core of prediabetes and diabetes. Work by the late Dr. Joseph Kraft, author of “Diabetes Epidemic and You: Should Everyone Be Tested?” suggests that 80 percent — 8 out of 10 — of Americans are insulin resistant.1,2
Statistics also reveal opioid overdoses are now a leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50, and two separate studies have confirmed that conventional medical care is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. As noted by Kresser:
“It’s not an exaggeration to say that chronic disease is an existential threat to society and humanity at the same level as nuclear weapons, warfare and other things that we typically worry about and concern ourselves with. I don’t think that chronic disease gets the attention that it should get as a threat to our health, well-being and longevity as a species.”
Doctors Are Victims of the System Too
Doctors are also hogtied by a medical system that doesn’t allow them to really invest sufficient time. Most physicians genuinely want to help people. But how much can you really accomplish in mere minutes? The average primary care visit is eight to 12 minutes. Most primary care doctors have 2,500 patients on their roster and see an average of 25 patients a day.
The incentives for physicians are based on how many patients they’re seeing each day, and with an average debt of $200,000 for medical school, doctors have to play this numbers game to pay off their debt and still make a living. Add to those pressures the interests and incentives of the drug and insurance industries, which rarely align with the best interest of patients or even doctors.
“You end up reimbursement-based medicine, where the treatment chosen is based on what will be reimbursed by the insurance company, not on what the evidence suggests is the best option. You’ve got all these misaligned incentives, which almost guarantee that the type of care that’s offered to patients is not in their best interest,” Kresser says.
“To clarify, there are three issues here. 1) There’s a mismatch between what our bodies are hardwired for and the way that we’re living now. 2) The medical paradigm is totally mismatched with what we need for chronic disease, and 3) The way care is delivered is mismatched [to our true needs] …
If we recognize that diet and lifestyle is a primary driver of chronic disease … then we need to acknowledge that changing our behavior, our diet and our lifestyle, is one of the most important steps we can take to prevent and reverse chronic disease. And yet our medical system just pays the briefest lip service to that. It’s not at all set up to actually deliver that kind of care.”
The ADAPT Framework
Kresser has developed a program called the ADAPT Framework, referring to the need for adaptation to our environment (which has dramatically changed from what it was for most of our evolutionary history), adaptation of our medical paradigm to one suited for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and adaptation of our health care delivery methods.
“Those are really the three separate elements of the framework: realigning our diet, behavior and lifestyle with what our bodies are hardwired for; changing the medical paradigm to one that prevents and reverses chronic disease instead of just trying to manage it for the whole patient’s life; and updating the way we deliver care, so it supports the most important interventions which, again, are diet, lifestyle and behavior changes,” Kresser says.
Case Sample: Prediabetes
As a hypothetical example, take an individual who is diagnosed with prediabetes, meaning he has a fasting glucose level above 100 milligrams per deciliter but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. The current medical paradigm has nothing to offer at this point, because his glucose level is not high enough to start prescribing medication. In essence, the patient is simply told to wait until full-blown Type 2 diabetes develops, at which point treatment can commence.
“What could happen in that situation would look something like this: ‘The good news is we’ve discovered that your blood sugar is high. It’s not full-fledged Type 2 diabetes yet, and the earlier we intervene, the better prognosis you’re going to have, the more chances that we have of preventing or reversing it,’” Kresser says.
“To do that, we need to address your diet and your lifestyle, because we know that’s the primary driver of this condition. So, we’re going to set you up with a health coach, who is going to come to your house and do a pantry cleanout. They’re going to take you shopping.
They’re going to give you recipes and meal plans. They’re going to work intensively with you to adopt this diet, because we know that information is not enough to change behavior. If it was, we wouldn’t be in the situation that we’re in now. I can’t just tell you to eat well. I have to actually give you some support in order to do that.
Then we’re going to set you up with a personal trainer at the gym. They’re going to get you on an exercise and physical activity program that’s going to also support these efforts.
The good news is your insurance company is going to cover all of that, because they recognize they could save potentially half a million dollars over the course of your lifetime just by preventing you from getting this one single disease. They’re going to spend a few thousand dollars now to save a half-million dollars over the course of your lifetime.
That’s just one small example of how this model could work, because it’s actually focusing on preventing the disease before it happens or reversing it once it started to progress. Nothing that I just said is not possible, given our current technology, resources, and even the system as it currently exists. This could happen tomorrow if it was the way we decided to offer care.”
A Collaborative Practice Model
To facilitate this kind of switchover, Kresser has developed a powerful collaborative practice model that embraces streamlined operation and reduced overhead bureaucracy, and that really cuts to the core of what needs to be done to address chronic illness. One of the key changes is allowing for more time with each patient. You simply cannot cover diet, exercise, sleep and stress management in a 10-minute appointment. For that, we really need a team-based approach.
Patients need support to implement diet and lifestyle changes. They need medical experts to help them understand the significance of their test results.
Kresser’s collaborative practice model integrates physicians and other licensed providers such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health or wellness coaches and nutritionists trained in functional medicine, who can provide specific guidance related to diet and lifestyle changes. “Ultimately, I would say the proper ratio of health coaches to doctors would be probably five or six [per] doctor in each practice, depending on the patient load,” Kresser says.
This model also requires the elimination of red tape bureaucracy and bloated, inefficient electronic medical record systems that simply get in the way. Technology should be used to automate things that create more time for what should never be automated — the face-to-face direct patient care. Community can also be built around online and in-person classes, video meetings and group care, where people with similar condition get together and actually connect with and support each other.
“There are some electric medical records that are actually designed for this type of medicine that we’re talking about. They strip out all of the stuff that you don’t really need. They focus on only what you do need. The one that we use has features that make it really easy to quickly enter what you need to enter so that I can focus on the patient. But I also have a nurse practitioner with me, and she does all the note taking.
I can just work and maintain eye contact with the patient and do what I need to do. That’s part of this team-based approach to care as well,” Kresser says. “We’re moving toward [this] program at our clinic. When the patient comes in, they work intensively with the health coach and nutritionist for several months before they even see the doctor.
Now, of course, you can’t make hard and fast rules. Some people need to see the doctor right away if they have a more serious issue that needs to be dealt with.
But in general, if someone has what we could call a lifestyle disease, which is most chronic diseases, and they haven’t yet taken the steps to address their diet and lifestyle, what’s the point of them even working with the doctor until they get that stuff under control? In many cases, if once they get that stuff under control, they may never even need to see the doctor.”
New Payment Models Are Also Needed
Naturally, someone’s going to have to pay for this care model. Health coaches typically bill by the hour, and few insurance companies presently offer reimbursement for this kind of care. There are signs of change, however. Iora Health,3 for example, a Denver-based primary care facility, is currently addressing Type 2 diabetes using health coaches.
“They use something called capitated payments, where they go to the insurance companies and say, ‘Give us your patients with Type 2 diabetes. We will reverse Type 2 diabetes … or at least get your diabetics back to prediabetes. We’re going to do this mostly with health coaches. If we are successful, you pay us this much. If we’re not successful, you pay us less. If we are more successful than we said we would be, pay us more.’ That’s an attempt to realign incentives.
It’s actually performance-based compensation instead of the way it usually works in medicine, where the compensation happens no matter what. That system has been pretty successful. I think it’s a good proof of concept that that could actually work, even within our current system.
But this is just one company in one area. That will need to roll out on a wider scale for it to be successful. Whether or not that happens goes back to that other question: Is it going to happen voluntarily, or is it going to happen because it has to happen?”
The National Board of Medical Examiners also recently teamed up with the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) to create standards for health coaches. This too is a step in the right direction in terms of legitimizing health coaching in the eyes of medical professionals, with the goal of incorporating them into the health care system and provide reimbursement for their services.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is not known as a particularly progressive organization, has also publicly recognized the need for health coaching. “Even without the full collapse of our health care system, I think we will see more integration of health coaching in the next decade,” Kresser says. “Whether we can get all the way to where we need to get to is another question.”
The Importance of the Basics
It’s hard to overstate the importance of basic lifestyle strategies when it comes to protecting and optimizing your health. Take sleep for example. One-third of Americans get less than six hours of sleep per night. Fifty-five years ago, that number was only 2 percent. This upshot of sleep deprivation is undoubtedly having an impact on public health these days, as lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, cognitive impairment and reduced immune function, just to name a few.
For example, most obesity researchers now agree that sleep is the second most important factor beyond diet for maintaining healthy body weight. Even a single night of sleep deprivation has been shown to cause insulin resistance in healthy people with no pre-existing insulin resistance. “Sleep is where we rejuvenate and regenerate our mind, our body and our spirit. If we don’t get enough sleep, that doesn’t happen. We basically start to fall apart in every area of our life,” Kresser says.
Electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures, especially electrical fields generated by electrical wiring, is a related issue, as these fields have been shown to impair biological function and disrupt sleep. For most people, it would therefore be wise to shut down the electrical circuit in your bedroom at night, to allow your body to recuperate and regenerate optimally.
At present, the ADAPT Program has trained over 400 clinicians, and in June the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program will be launched. The training has been submitted for approval by the ICHWC. If approved, anyone who graduates from the Health Coach Training Program and completes the requirements will be eligible to sit for the ICHWC accreditation, which will be internationally recognized.
“We’re really excited about that. I view that as the next step in this collaborative practice model, because we’re training the practitioners and we’re training them on why they need health coaches and nutritionists, and then we’re training the nutritionists and the health coaches on how to work effectively with licensed clinicians,” Kresser explains. “We really want to create that synergy, all under this ADAPT Framework umbrella …
Part of what differentiates our program from most others is its emphasis on practical application. You can’t learn to be a good coach by reading books or watching PowerPoint presentations. The ADAPT program focuses heavily on skills development, mentor coaching and supervision, and practice coaching sessions with real clients to ensure that our students are well-prepared when they graduate.”
To learn more, and to sign up for the ADAPT training for clinicians and health coaches, please visit KresserInstitute.com. There you can also find a list of providers who have finished the training program. Also be sure to pick up a copy of Kresser’s book, “Unconventional Medicine: Join the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare, Reverse Chronic Disease, and Create a Practice You Love.”
Recipe by Dr. Mercola
If there’s a dish that Vietnamese cuisine is most known for, it’s a steaming and comforting bowl of pho (pronounced as “fuh”). Considered Vietnam’s national dish,[i] pho begins with tender rice noodles and thinly sliced raw beef. Hot and flavorful broth is poured over these ingredients, cooking the beef.[ii] Finishing touches include herbs, bean sprouts, scallions, chili peppers, lime wedges and other garnishes.[iii]
If you want to bring the flavors of Vietnam into your home, try making this Satisfyingly Light Vietnamese Pho Recipe. The harmony between savory, sweet and spicy flavors makes this a very unique dish that’s perfect for sharing or as an individual serving. Plus, instead of rice noodles, it uses healthier and lighter shirataki noodles.
3 to 4 beef soup bones
1 large onion, halved and charred
3 to 4 slices of fresh ginger
1/2 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan salt
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 pod star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. coriander seeds
3 whole cloves
Assembly ingredients for 1 serving:
Shirataki noodles, drained and rinsed
1/4 lb. raw, grass fed flank steak, thinly sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
2 Tbsp. scallions, sliced
3 Thai basil leaves (optional)
3 to 4 slices of jalapeno (optional)
Procedure for Cooking:
- Place beef bones in large pot and cover with 4 quarts of cold filtered water. Cook on high heat and bring it to a boil. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. During this time, foam (or scum) will be released and rise to the top.
- Drain the bones, discard the water and rinse the bones with warm water. Scrub your stockpot to remove any residue that was left behind.
- Add the bones back to the stockpot and cover with 4 quarts of cold filtered water. Bring to a boil and then lower to a gentle simmer.
- Place halved onions and sliced ginger on baking sheet and broil on high for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally so they can brown or char on all sides.
- Add star anise, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds and whole cloves to a dry frying pan. Place onto low heat and cook until fragrant. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Place toasted spices into an herb sachet or cheesecloth then tie with twine to seal.
- Add salt, fish sauces, sachet of spices, charred onion and ginger to the stockpot.
- Continue to simmer broth uncovered for 6 hours. If at any time foam or scum rises to the surface, skim it out with a spoon.
- Carefully remove bones, sachet of spices, onion and ginger from the broth. Then strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer.
- The broth will have a layer of fat. You can either skim the surface of the broth using a spoon or you can refrigerate the broth overnight and as the broth cools, the fat will solidify on the surface, making it easy to remove.
Procedure for Assembly:
- Place broth over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer.
- Arrange shirataki noodles and raw meat into the bowls, then top with hot broth.
- Let the noodles and beef sit in the hot broth for 1 to 2 minutes, until the raw meat is no longer pink and the noodles are cooked.
- Add bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapeno slices and scallions, and enjoy!
A Simply Pho-nemonal Vietnamese Pho Recipe (Pun Intended)
If you’re trying Southeast Asian food for the first time, this Satisfyingly Light Vietnamese Pho Recipe is an excellent introduction. Not only is a warm bowl of pho delicious, but you can also reap many nutrients that may boost your wellbeing.
Add your own twist to this recipe by using grass fed chicken bones instead of beef to make pho broth,[iv] or by adding grass fed chicken breast and/or unpasteurized eggs as garnishes. Take a cue from stalls in Vietnam nowadays that offer a variety of pho choices, so you shouldn’t feel bad if your finished product isn’t as “traditional.”[v]
Shirataki Noodles Spell Good News for Your Health
What makes this pho unique is the use of shirataki noodles instead of traditional rice noodles. Also called konjac noodles or miracle noodles, shirataki noodles are long, white and translucent, and are made from the glucomannan fiber from the konjac plant’s root.
These noodles contain 97 percent water, 3 percent fiber, virtually no calories or digestible carbs, plus numerous health benefits your body will thank you for. Glucomannan fiber, which is the base of the noodles, has been linked to various health benefits:
- Weight loss: Studies show that consuming this fiber before eating a high-carb meal can lower the body’s levels of ghrelin, or hunger hormone. Glucomannan was also revealed to help reduce fasting levels when taken daily for a month.
- Reduced cholesterol levels: This is done by raising the amount of cholesterol excreted in the stool, leaving less cholesterol to be absorbed in the bloodstream.
- Lowered blood sugar and insulin levels
- Constipation relief and improved bowel movements
Glucomannan fiber is a viscous fiber that can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water. As a result, shirataki noodles can move through your digestive system slowly, allowing you to feel full and delaying nutrient absorption into the bloodstream.[vi]
Shirataki noodles are considered resistant starches, because these are soluble and can act as prebiotics that feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. You can also eat more of them without feeling discomfort and gassiness, as the noodles are fermented very slowly. Resistant starches are also able to:[vii]
- Add significant bulk to stools and help maintain regular bowel movements
- Prevent blood sugar spikes, since they’re not digested
- Improve insulin regulation, resulting in a lowered risk of insulin resistance
You can eat shirataki noodles either cold or hot. If you’re eating them cold, drain, rinse (to remove most of the slightly fishy konjac root odor) and dress with your preferred seasoning.
On the other hand, for hot noodles, add them to a pot of homemade broth to let the noodles soak up the flavor. For a more regular noodle texture, heat in an ungreased skillet for a few minutes. This will allow some of the water in the noodles to evaporate, removing some of that mushy and gel-like texture.
Bank on Grass Fed Beef for Meaty Goodness
Adding tender grass fed beef slices to your pho provides extra savory flavor. Whether used in pho or your other favorite dishes, this is the best type of beef that you should use.
Unlike meat from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that are most likely to be contaminated with harmful bacteria strains and contain traces of artificial ingredients, growth hormones and artificial drugs, grass fed beef is not only safer, but delivers these nutrients, too:
Heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium
Vitamin E and B vitamins
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
Ideally, purchase grass fed beef from local organic farmers and ranchers. These people often run small biodynamic farms that tend to be cleaner, since the animals aren’t crammed in massive feedlots. Plus, animals raised in these environments have a lower possibility of harboring harmful pathogens. Cows in these farms, because they have access to grass (a staple in their natural diet), also tend to have better health and meat quality.
If there are no organic farmers and ranchers in your area, you can buy from grocery chains, too, but make sure to check for these labels first:
- 100% USDA Organic: No antibiotics were used at any stage of production
- “No antibiotics administered” and other similar labels: Especially when accompanied with a “USDA Process Verified” shield, having these labels means that antibiotics weren’t used at any stage of production
- “Grass fed” label alongside the USDA Organic label: No antibiotics were used at all, although if the grass fed label appears alone, antibiotics may have been used.
- “American Grassfed” and “Food Alliance” Grass fed labels: Animals were both fed grass and did not receive antibiotics. Although this is the best among all these labels, it’s still in its early stages of development so it’s not as widespread yet.
These Spices in Your Pho Are Simply Fantastic
Whether they’re added to the soup broth or used as a garnish, these spices are double-duty, providing impeccable flavors and important health benefits:
- Ginger: This popular root crop has shown to help relieve nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness. Studies also associate regular ginger intake with helping reduce muscle soreness and swelling (like knee pain[viii]) and boosting agility and movement. Other research also indicates that ginger can help decrease fasting blood sugar levels among diabetics[ix] and boost attention and cognitive processing capabilities.[x]
- Cloves: These can enhance digestion by stimulating secretion of digestive enzymes, boost the immune system and provide the organs, especially the liver, with a potent defense against free radicals.[xi]
Cloves also help control blood sugar levels, preserve density and mineral content in bones and treat gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Lastly, cloves have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties.
- Jalapeno: Chili peppers like jalapeno were found to help fight inflammation, enhance immunity, protect the heart, lower insulin levels, prevent sinusitis and relieve congestion.[xii] A compound called capsaicin in chili peppers may be beneficial for weight loss, since it can aid in reducing calorie intake and shrinking fat tissue.[xiii]
Capsaicin also contributes to the peppers’ pain-relieving abilities, especially against arthritis and neuropathic pain, and among dermatologic conditions that can trigger painful itching.[xiv] Research has shown that capsaicin may help prevent the growth of breast cancer cells as well.[xv]
[iii] See ref. 2
[iv] See ref. 2
Many of us have trouble sleeping, whether that be difficulty falling asleep, not getting enough of it, or waking up in the middle of the night. The longer you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, the more you start to define a new “normal” for yourself and forget what a healthy sleeping pattern actually looks like. At least, that’s what I have experienced. Even though I don’t have any trouble going to sleep, every so often I’ll wake up in the middle of the night at the same time, and then have no issues falling back asleep again. To my surprise, there is a perfectly logical explanation for why this happens and how I can overcome this problem. The solution lies within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it has to do with your “body clock.”
What is a TCM “body clock”?
According to ancient knowledge within TCM, our bodies run on a “clock” that is reflected through our energy meridians. Meridians are essentially energy highways that hold and transport Qi, blood, and fluids throughout the body. Qi is believed to be everywhere on Earth; when you’re healthy, Qi is flowing freely through you, whereas when you’re unhealthy, you either have a blockage from Qi or your “Qi tank” is low.
Qi moves in two-hour intervals throughout the organ system. During the two-hour period that an organ is reaching its peak, the organ at the opposite side of the clock (12 hours later) is at its lowest function, often referred to as its “ebb” (source). For example, during the period of time between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., the liver is approaching its peak by cleansing the blood, whereas the small intestine on the opposite side of the clock is at its lowest point. The small intestine is responsible for the absorption of many nutrients, which explains the ill effects we experience when we indulge in late night snacking. When we eat late at night, our small intestines are functioning at their lowest point and have trouble absorbing the nutrients from our food, making it more difficult for our livers to detoxify our bodies.
Each organ is also associated with an element as it peaks, representing Yin (receiving energy) and Yang (expressing energy) of an element (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire).
The elements can be used to categorize general emotions:
- Earth: empathy, sympathy, balanced giving and receiving
- Metal: grief and loss
- Water: fear and anxiety
- Wood: rage, frustration, and resentment
- Fire: love, hate, and happiness (source)
How the body clock works
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Heart: An excellent time to nap or eat lunch and avoid raising your heart rate. If out of balance, you may feel sadness.
1 – 3 p.m. – Small Intestine: The body is digesting food during this time. If out of balance, you may experience indigestion, pain or bloating.
3 – 5 p.m. – Urinary Bladder: Salty foods, miso, and vegetable broth strengthen this organ. If out of balance, you may feel timid or experience burning sensations.
5 – 7 p.m. – Kidney: This is the optimal timeframe to eat dinner. If out of balance, you may feel fear or exhaustion.
7 – 9 p.m. – Pericardium/Sex Circulation: Represents the best time to socialize or conceive/have sex. If out of balance, you may have intense food cravings.
9 – 11 p.m. – Thyroid/Adrenal/Triple Warmer: Great time to wind down before bed as the blood vessels repair. If out of balance, you may experience headaches.
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Gall Bladder: Ideal to go to bed at this time. If out of balance, you may have gall stones, poor self-esteem, or resentment.
1 – 3 a.m. – Liver: Should be deeply sleeping and dreaming. If out of balance, you may feel anger and frustration, which you will need to resolve to restore your sleep to normal.
3 – 5 a.m. – Lungs: You should still be sleeping at this time. If out of balance, you may cough, indicating you may have excess mucus and a poor diet.
5 – 7 a.m. – Large Intestine: Ideal time to wake up and have a bowel movement. If out of balance, you may experience constipation and need to drink more water.
7 – 9 a.m. – Stomach: Best time to eat breakfast. If out of balance, you may experience acid reflux or need to consume more warm foods.
How the body clock relates to our sleeping patterns
It is said that as we sleep, Qi is drawn inward in order to recharge our bodies. The events taking place in our lives often impact our sleep and our organs’ ability to function optimally. By using the body clock, we can analyze why our sleep is disrupted at a particular time and determine how to regulate our sleeping pattern.
If you wake up between:
11 p.m. and 1 a.m. – Your gall bladder, which is associated with emotional disappointment, bitterness and/or resentment, is active. This indicates you need to implement greater self-acceptance and forgiveness toward others.
1 a.m. and 3 a.m. – Your liver, which is related to feelings of anger, holding grudges, and greater yang energy, is peaking. You can balance your energies by accepting responsibility for fuelling your rage and drinking cold water.
3 a.m. and 5 a.m. – Your lungs, which are connected to sadness and grief, are at their peak. Waking up at this time is a sign that you need to let go of these feelings and connect with your Higher Self. This may also be a sign that you are experiencing a spiritual awakening and that you’re discovering your higher purpose.
5 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Qi energy has moved to your large intestine, which is linked to emotional blockages, guilt, and feeling “stuck.” Drinking water, stretching, using the restroom, and addressing these emotions can help to regulate your sleep cycle. (source)
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By Anna Von Reitz
By Anna Von Reitz
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