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Thank you everyone who submitted responses for our recipe search! It wasn’t easy, but we were able to narrow it down to the following four veggie side dishes just in time for holiday cooking. Give them a try and place your votes here before Nov. 29th. Results will be announced in our Take 5 email the following Wednesday morning and the lucky winner will receive a free copy of Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care.

Green Beans in Peanut Sauce

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Ingredients
1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed and sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces
3 Tablespoon organic peanut butter
1 cup vegetable stock
1 minced garlic clove
2 teaspoons peeled and finely minced ginger
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon tamari sauce
1 Tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, for garnish

Cook green beans in boiling water until just tender, about 5 minutes or more. Drain and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring peanut butter, stock, garlic, ginger, lime juice, cayenne pepper and soy sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Pour sauce over green beans. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately. (Recipe from The Schwarzbein Principle Cookbook  Diana Schwarzbein, Nancy Deville and Evelyn Jacob Jaffe)


Shaved Fennel & Celery Salad

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Dressing
6 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced shallot, red onion or radish
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cracked pepper

Salad
10 oz. mixed greens
2 cup thinly sliced celery
2 cup thinly sliced fennel
1 cup raw Parmesan cheese

Thinly slice the fennel and celery. Combine these ingredients with the dressing. Allow to marinate. When ready to serve, prepare the greens and top with a portion of the marinated fennel and celery. Top with raw Parmesan cheese. Can prepare for a week’s worth of grab ‘n go salads.

Raw Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Brazil nuts
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until fine coarse texture. Store in the refrigerator. This keeps very well.


Mouth Watering Crispy Brussels Sprouts

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Ingredients
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved, outer leaves removed (6 cups prepped)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted or olive oil, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon dry Harissa spice blend
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. With a paring knife, trim off the ends of the sprouts, then slice in half lengthwise, and pick off any loose outer leaves. Place the prepped sprouts into a large bowl. Add the oil onto the sprouts in the bowl and stir or toss with hands until thoroughly coated. Add the Harissa and salt, and stir until combined.Spread the Brussels sprouts onto the prepared baking sheet in a uniform layer. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.Roast the sprouts for 20 minutes, then flip with spatula, and continue roasting for another 5-15 minutes until browned to your liking. I tend to “overcook” these because I like them crispy and charred (I usually brown mine more than the photos show). Smaller sprouts will brown faster than larger ones. Drizzle with a teaspoon or so of melted coconut oil and quickly toss to coat. This infuses with flavor and moistens them a bit after roasting. Sometimes I also sprinkle on toasted sesame seeds if I have some on hand. Taste and add another tiny pinch of salt, if desired, and serve immediately – the hotter the better. (Recipe from Oh She Glows.)


Black Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Leaves in Moroccan Tomato Sauce

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Lentils
Cook 2 cups of black lentils until they are almost completely done (they will continue to cook once stuffed in the cabbage later) according to the package directions. Set aside for later.

Cabbage
Take 8 whole leaves of Napa cabbage and place them in a large pot of simmer water and blanch them for 6 minutes. Remove them from the water and drain. While the cabbage is simmering, prepare your tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce
Chop 1 shallot and 2 cloves of garlic. Sauté the shallot and garlic in olive oil until they are a little soft, and add a 14 oz. whole can of crushed tomatoes and a 14oz whole can of tomato sauce. Stir to incorporate and once the mixture is simmering, add 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together, and enjoy the aromas that each spice has to offer. Let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Stuffing
In a large bowl, add the lentils, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup roughly chopped kalamata olives, 1/4 cup chopped pistachios (optional, you can add any type of nut, or omit this ingredient all together) 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, a small drizzle of olive oil, a squeezing of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Get a large baking dish and put HALF of the tomato sauce in the bottom of the dish. This will steam the bottom of the cabbage and keep them from sticking to the dish. Take a cabbage leaf and place 2-3 large spoonfuls of the lentil mixture and place it in the center of the leaf. Fold the top leaves in and then the sides until it makes a nice little package. place the stuffed cabbage seam side down in the tomato sauce with the rib face up. Repeat until all of your leaves are stuffed. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over all of the stuffed cabbage and place in the oven. Cook for 45 minutes while basting the stuffed cabbage with the tomato sauce about 20 minutes into the cooking time. This will keep the cabbage moist and keep it from drying out on the top. (Recipe from Simmer & Chop.)


Feel free to share your own experiences with these recipes here or over on our Facebook page. And don’t forgot to vote for your favorite!

veggie contest

I know I’m not the only one with delicious veggie ideas to share. So, how about submitting your favorite gluten free, dairy free vegetable side-dish recipe, along with two photos, for a chance to win a free copy of my book Gemmotherapy For Everyone: An Introduction To Acute Care!

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Here’s How It Works
Entries should be sent to Office@LaurenHubele.com before Monday, November 14. We will test out whatever you, our faithful readers, offer up and our top three selections will be posted here for your review on Monday, November 21. Everyone will have a chance to vote online for their favorite based on the following criteria:

1. Flavor (It needs to be yummy.)
2. Difficulty (It needs to be doable.)
3. Nutrition (It needs to be healthy.)
4. Appeal (It needs to be something even non-vegetarians would eat.)
5. Appearance (It needs to visually look nice on a table.)

The winner will be announced one month from now, on Thursday, December 1.

Good Luck!

I am delighted to work with new clients who come to my practice with the intention of preparing their body to create life. Taking this step in itself is acknowledgement of the responsibility they are about to take on.

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It is important for both practitioners providing and individuals seeking fertility support to really get that fertility is linked to vitality. Vitality is a measurement of health completely ignored by conventional allopathic medicine but it is critical to natural health therapies. Vitality is the resource the body has at that given time to self-heal. Symptoms of vitality are apparent in one’s hair, skin, eyes, teeth, sleep, and health history of family members. Read about those specific symptoms in my third post in this series that discusses an alkalizing diet. Vitality cannot be improved with prescription medications or by working out, but rather through these steps:

  1. Optimize elimination
  2. Alkalize the body
  3. Clean primary organs of metabolic waste that has accumulated over the years

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When vitality is restored one can see and feel the difference. This approach is in direct contrast to fertility treatments that force performance of reproductive organs in an individual with low vitality.

Here are the specific, simple, and straightforward steps to support fertility naturally by improving vitality.

  1. Assess current state of elimination and vitality.
  2. Discuss current diet and changes needed in order to optimize elimination and alkalize their organ systems. (Generally this is eliminating dairy products and increasing the intake of raw and cooked fruits and vegetables.)
  3. Begin women with a Gemmotherapy protocol that encourages a uro-genital cleanse which restores health to the mucus membrane of the urinary tract and genital tract, balancing bacteria levels. This is then followed by a Gemmotherapy protocol that cleanses and fortifies the adrenals, liver, and kidneys; the primary reproductive support organs.
  4. Begin men with a Gemmotherapy protocol that supports their adrenal glands and reduces states of acidosis throughout the body and continue until pregnancy is achieved.

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Boosting fertility by improving vitality is attainable and affordable. You can begin by learning more about Gemmotherapy extracts and how they restore the body’s ability to heal. Different from traditional herbal medicines, Gemmotherapy extracts contain embryonic plant tissues that offer tremendous regenerative capabilities, much like human stem cells. While Gemmotherapy is safe for all ages, there is a small selection of the 60 extracts available that are proven successful in supporting fertility in women and men. Practitioners who want to learn about these extracts and how to help their clients support fertility may be interested in my webinar, Gemmotherapy for Fertility.

Possibly you are considering starting a family soon or even down the road. I’ll bet you did not realize that what you eat for breakfast each day actually plays an important role in supporting or reducing your fertility. Read on and I will tell you all about it!

Because fertility is a key indicator of health and vitality, it is my mission to make reliable, practical methods accessible to all. Fertility and vitality go hand in hand and to create a viable strong baby, parents must first have a high vitality. This can be seen in the state(s) of one’s skin, eyes, hair, teeth, quality of sleep, and family health history.

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There are specific symptoms in these areas that indicate if inflammation is present and if it has been for long enough to reduce vitality, creating (as it is known among holistic practitioners) a state of acidosis. Individuals with low vitality tend to have an acidic pH and their symptoms can not improve until that state is shifted.

Easily identifiable examples of acidosis include acne, dry dull hair or hair that sheds easily, receding hairlines or balding in men before the age of 40, dental issues or tendency for cold/ canker sores in the mouth, and more. While allopathic medicine offers a path to fertility that ignores these symptoms and achieves pregnancy, with the 50% success rate of IVF, the new developing life is dependent on a physical body that has less than optimal vitality. What occurs next can be a pregnancy riddled with unpleasant symptoms, early delivery, c-section births, and infants with lowered immune systems leading to early infections and poor health from the start of life. This entire cycle can be broken by addressing the vitality of parents BEFORE conception, thus improving fertility and the quality of life they are creating.

Eating an alkalizing diet is simple, attainable, and won’t cost a bit more money than what you are eating already.

Morning Meal
It all begins in the morning with a breakfast of raw fruits and/or veggies on an empty stomach. This meal promotes an alkaline state from the start of the day, lymphatic cleaning, quick digestion, and optimal morning elimination. Continue eating raw fruit and/or veggies as far into the morning as you can.

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Mid-Morning & Mid-Afternoon Snacks
These snacks can include such foods as whole raw fruits and veggies, fresh pressed juices/ smoothies, dried fruits, raw bars, guacamole or hummus with raw vegetables, almond or cashew butter with apples, and nuts or seeds.

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Mid-Day Meal
Your lunch time meal will be any combination of vegetables and gluten free grains. This can be a salad, stir fry, curry, or Buddha bowl. Gluten free grain includes rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and corn. These two foods digest well together and more quickly than protein, preventing that afternoon dip in energy.

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Evening Meal
The evening meal is any combination of vegetables and protein (plant or animal). Always begin the meal with a raw vegetable or fruit salad to aid digestion and increase your daily intake of plants. Watch your proportion ratios on veggies-to-protein keeping the protein to 30% or less of your meal. Note that proteins are placed at the end of the day as the digestion rate is the slowest of all foods, causing a drop in energy which is already natural in the evening.

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An alkalizing diet in combination with Gemmotherapy extracts is

the perfect formula to improve vitality and fertility by restoring a healthy pH level!

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Gemmotherapy extracts are derived from specific plants and shrubs that have been historically known for their healing properties. Different from traditional herbal medicines, Gemmotherapy extracts contain embryonic plant tissues that offer tremendous regenerative capabilities, much like human stem cells. While Gemmotherapy is safe for all ages, there is a small selection of the 60 extracts available that are proven successful in supporting fertility in women and men.

Learn more about Gemmotherapy by purchasing my on demand webinars and/or reading my recent book, Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care.

Hey guys- I have some news for you too! While having a child may not be on your mind now, chances are high it will be someday and how you care for your health in the present plays a vital role in the health and well being of your future child. Women may be tasked with carrying the developing baby but the quality and quantity of male sperm has much to do with whether a viable life is created.

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Quality and quantity of sperm isn’t really something young adolescent males are taught to protect. Unfortunately, it usually isn’t taken under any consideration until a partner is unable to conceive. And yes, the chance of infertility is similar between men and women. Statistically in male/female couples unable to conceive, 40% of the time the cause is the male partner.

Today the World Health Organization states that one in four male/ female couples from developing countries is unable to conceive. That is a pretty staggering number given that fertility is a natural response in the human body.

It is a mission of mine to spread the word about fertility in both men and women and my purpose is twofold:

  • Make the factors that influence and reduce common fertility knowledge so individuals can take charge of protecting their fertility.
  • Inform and instruct individuals in natural proven methods that can improve their health in general as well as their fertility.

Organs Needing Protection

When we think of fertility in men we tend to think of sperm but there are actually glands at the opposite end of the body that are as vital. These are the hypothalamus and anterior pituitary gland. These two glands release the hormones that trigger healthy production of sperm. The health and function of these glands has a lot to do with the lymphatic system and how well it has cleaned and moved acidic waste from the head over the life of the man in question. When the lymphatic system has been stagnant, a state of acidosis is caused and there are clear symptoms present.

These symptoms are all associated with acidosis of the head, affecting the glands that produce the hormones to trigger sperm production.

acidosis head

These symptoms are all associated with acidosis of the lower body, also affecting sperm quality and quantity.

acidosis lower body

Specific Cautions for Men

So what should males of all ages avoid to protect themselves from developing states of acidosis?

  • Smoking, alcohol consumption, recreational drugs
  • Exposure to antibiotics and long-term use of prescription medications
  • Soft drink consumption
  • Overwork
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields (particularly mobile phones kept in pockets or used without a headset and laptops in laps)
  • Toiletry products (which provide an estrogen effect)
  • Consumption of estrogen treated animal products (chicken, dairy, soy)

How Gemmotherapy Protocols Help Fertility In Men

Gemmotherapy protocols begin by shifting the pH balance of the male body overall, creating an alkaline state to enhance fertility. The protocols are selected by accessing the state of elimination, vitality, and inflammation then combined with a plant based diet in order to optimize elimination. The ability of the body to clean optimally enhances the function of the male fertility support organ/ systems mentioned above.

Important to note is that Gemmotherapy protocols will clean, fortify, and restore rather than pushing weak organ systems to perform. Due to this unique action, fertility is addressed at its root. In this series, I will go into further detail on these protocols and how they specifically benefit men and women.

Gemmotherapy extracts are derived from specific plants and shrubs that have been historically known for their healing properties. Different from traditional herbal medicines, Gemmotherapy extracts contain embryonic plant tissues that offer tremendous regenerative capabilities, much like human stem cells.

While Gemmotherapy is safe for all ages, there is a small selection of the 60 extracts available that are proven successful in supporting fertility in women and men.

Learn more about Gemmotherapy by purchasing my on demand webinars, reading Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care, or by joining me in Berkeley, California on Friday, October 21st for seminars on Gemmotherapy for Acute Care and/or Gemmotherapy 101 & 102 for Chronic Symptoms.

I’m on a mission to spread the word that women and men actually can have much more control over their fertility than you may realize. For the next four weeks I will be sharing what I have learned from my MD mentors in Europe as well as antidotal information directly from my practice regarding fertility and how individuals or couples can take charge of their own. The natural protocols I use have supported successful pregnancies in each of these stages. And I certainly count myself fortunate to play a role in assisting those interested in conceiving and then supporting the young life they create.

Clients seeking fertility support come to my practice at these various stages:

  • Considering pregnancy in the near future and wanting  to best prepare.
  • Having already tried to conceive on their own without success.
  • Having undergone IVF or other medical intervention(s) without success.

In a perfect world, fertility would be valued and protected from birth and everyone would be aware that even simple decisions made for babies and children play a vital role in that child’s future ability to create life. We are learning more each day with the advances in science and two important facts have been established: Soy formula can adversely affect male and female fertility and the early use of antibiotics disrupts the microbiome. (Thus weakening the immune system and the supporting organs for creating life.)  So, what could have seemed like a simple in-the-moment decision by your parents or pediatrician can certainly be playing a role in where you are today with your fertility.

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Organs Needing Protection

When we think of fertility in women we automatically think of the ovaries, the uterus, and hormones. While all three are important, there is a much deeper connection that lies in the support organs. Those of particular concern include the kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, and adrenal glands. When these organs/systems/glands have been overly used or abused early in life the outcome is often a struggle with fertility.

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Specific Cautions for Women

What might over work or abuse the kidney, liver, adrenal and lymphatic system in a woman?

  • Antibiotic use, hormonal birth control methods, and the use of Acutane for acne are just a few of the prescription medications that place a toxic load on the body, specifically impacting the kidney and liver.
  • A diet high in salt, sugar, and hormone laced food sources such as industry meats, dairy, and soy.
  • Chemically laden cosmetics, toiletries, and hair products  that young girls are being exposed to as early as the preteen years.
  • Over consumption of alcohol or any use of recreational or street drugs.
  • Emotional or physical trauma.

How Gemmotherapy Protocols Help Fertility In Women

Gemmotherapy protocols begin by shifting the pH balance of the female body overall, creating an alkaline state to enhance fertility. The protocols are selected by accessing the state of elimination, vitality, and inflammation then combined with a plant based diet in order to optimize elimination. The ability of the body to clean optimally enhances  the function of the female fertility support organ/systems mentioned above.

Important to note is that Gemmotherapy protocols will clean, fortify, and restore rather than pushing weak organ systems to perform. Due to this unique action, fertility is addressed at its root. In this series, I will go into further detail on these protocols and how they benefit women as well as men.

Gemmotherapy extracts are derived from specific plants and shrubs that have been historically known for their healing properties. Different from traditional herbal medicines, Gemmotherapy extracts contain embryonic plant tissues that offer tremendous regenerative capabilities, much like human stem cells.

While Gemmotherapy is safe for all ages, there is a small selection of the 60 extracts available that are proven successful in supporting fertility in women and men.

Learn more about Gemmotherapy by purchasing my on demand webinars, reading Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care, or by joining me in Berkeley, California on Friday, October 21st for seminars on Gemmotherapy for Acute Care and/or Gemmotherapy 101 & 102 for Chronic Symptoms.

If you are one who is plagued by, or even just susceptible to, urinary tract infections don’t you ever wonder why that is the case? Before you reach for that box of AZO or fill that prescription of antibiotics, let’s talk. There is a reason your urinary tract gets inflamed, whether it is once or every other month, and while it’s uncomfortable, masking that pain only increases the likelihood that the symptom will reoccur and more often.

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The Root of the Problem
The body is actually perfectly designed with a system to clean and organs to eliminate waste. These elimination organs include the kidneys, bowels and (in women) the uterus. When men experience UTI’s the root of the problem is less than optimal bowel elimination over time. In women the root can be either less than optimal bowel elimination over time or the loss of a regular menstrual cycle due to birth control. While intercourse can seem to bring on urinary tract infections, the irritation would not likely occur if the bowel eliminates optimal. When the root of the problem is not addressed, as in most cases with UTI’s, then it remains and the inflammation that occurs only relocates. That is never the right answer as it leads to further chronic symptoms.

What if this is a one off urinary tract infection? The answer is still the same and even more the reason to handle it naturally so you don’t begin a cycle of suppressing and relocating inflammation. If you contact my practice with the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, I have a tried and true protocol that resolves that inflammation by doing exactly what your body needs: support bowel elimination.

The Plan
If the symptoms began within the last twenty-four hours they can be resolved by Gemmotherapy and diet alone. If they have been allowed to linger and the immune system has been working without support it is likely a second therapy is needed to support the vital force. In my practice that therapy is Homeopathy.

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First 24 Hours of Symptoms

  1. Increase intake of warm and room temperature fluids (water, coconut water, alkalizing teas, and fresh pressed juices).
  2. Gemmotherapy: Black Currant and Lingonberry – 25 drops of each, 4x daily.
  3. Refrain from physical activities giving the body as much rest a possible.
  4. Apply heat in the form of a pad or hot water bottle to the kidneys to help with elimination.

Second 24 Hours of Symptoms

  1. If the symptoms have not improved by 50%, seek the support from your health care provider.
  2. If symptoms have improved by 50%, continue with the above protocol until all symptoms have improved and then for another two full days. (Usually this is a total of one week.)

Future Consideration
Should you experience a UTI once a year or more it is important to consider further support from Gemmotherapy and an alkalizing diet to resolve the less than optimal bowel elimination the contributes to the reoccurring symptom.

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In the case of UTIs and a wide variety of acute and chronic symptoms, Gemmotherapy is able to offer the body something no other natural therapy can- the action of cleaning, draining, and fortifying the affected organ tissue. This powerful action is due to the inclusion of the plan meristem cells in each extract.

Gemmotherapy is the youngest plant based medicine and is fascinating to study as a home user or as a practitioner. While you can find many more acute protocols in my blog you can now read them together in my newly released, Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care. In this first book of the series you’ll learn Gemmotherapy history, fundamentals, and find 36 proven reliable protocols for acute symptoms.

Want to dive a bit deeper? Check out this online self-paced Acute Care with Gemmotherapy course or join me live in Berkely California on 21 October when I will present both Acute Care with Gemmotherapy and Gemmotherapy for Chronic Symptoms 101 and 102.

Think the flu season is still a long way off? Think again. With the changeable weather pattern we’ve experienced across the nation, I’m predicting an early season and have seen a case or two already in my practice.

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In this fourth post in my current series I’m taking a look at how to respond to the acute symptoms of a flu or virus naturally and discussing why that is truly a better option. If you are just joining in and have missed the first few weeks you may want to catch up by reading the dangers behind suppressing symptoms, what to have on hand to be prepared for the coming allergy, cold, and flu season, and last week’s post on resolving seasonal allergy symptoms.

There is no doubt the flu isn’t fun, especially when it drags on for weeks with your energy slow to return. Imagine, however, that this doesn’t always have to be the case. Understanding the why behind your symptoms and making a few changes in your approach will make all the difference in the world.

The Root of the Problem
I’d like to challenge your belief system when it comes to “catching” a flu or virus. Our everyday world is full of opportunities to “catch” something. If we caught something only because we were exposed, we would be sick 24/7. Here is why we “catch” something and how the body uses it as an opportunity to clean:

  • The body is a self cleaning and self healing organism.
  • When the body cannot clean optimally over time through our primary organs of elimination it looks for opportunities to clean through the emergency exits- skin, sinuses, mouth, ears, and or vagina in women creating inflammatory states.
  • This process weakens the immune system as it must be in continual response to the inflammation present.
  • A flu or virus becomes an opportunity for the body to flush out what has built up over time as from the primary organs of elimination and a weakened immune system. This flushing out can occur as diarrhea, vomiting, sinus congestion, or bronchial congestion all releases of the buildup.

The truth is- We are most susceptible to viral and bacterial inflammations when our body needs to clean. All of our bodies need this seasonally in late fall and spring at times of transitions for nature. So suppressing the body’s natural means to clean what has already built up is a move in a dangerous direction. Every act of suppression is returning that inflammation right back to the organs that are trying to clean and adding to your whole inflammatory load. This suppression can look like antibiotics, nasal spray for congestion, Mucinex for cough, or Imodium for diarrhea. It is all equally problematic. The inflammatory load that is increased is what leads to chronic symptoms and chronic disease.

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The Plan

So what’s my natural plan? Instead of suppressing, we must support the organs affected and the immune response so the body can resolve the inflammation.

Here are the steps to follow at the first sign of acute flu or virus symptoms:

  1. Immediately reduce the energy spent on digestion and inflammatory load by nourishing your body only with alkalizing fresh juices, coconut water, teas, and broth or miso soup.
  2. The first 24 hours are the most critical as your immune system is called into duty. Give your body the energy it needs in the moment.  Taking off work three days from now is of no use.
  3. Keep especially your kidneys warm to help with their extra load. A hot water bottle or heating pad is most helpful.
  4. Begin the Gemmotherapy flu protocol of alternating doses of Black Currant and Oak.

First 24 Hours
Take one dose every hour, alternating one dose Black Currant, the next hour Oak.

Next 48 Hours
Take one dose every two hours, still alternating one dose Black Currant, the next hour Oak.

If there is not a 50% improvement in energy after a full 48 hours of rest and care, contact your natural health care practitioner for further support to strengthen your vital force.

The Remaining Days
Continue on the alternating doses of Black Currant and Oak, one dose of each every 4 hours two days past the point of all symptoms being completely resolved

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Our flu protocol of Black Currant and Oak is tried and true and is used by clients across the country. It has been adopted by many of my colleagues in their practices including my mentor Dr. Frei in Switzerland!  Gemmotherapy offers the body something no other natural therapy can- the action of cleaning, draining, and fortifying the affected organ tissue. This powerful action is due to the inclusion of the plan meristem cells in each extract.

Gemmotherapy is the youngest plant based medicine and is fascinating to study as a home user or as a practitioner. While you can find many more acute protocols in my blog you can now read them together in my newly released, Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care. In this first book of the series you’ll learn Gemmotherapy history, fundamentals, and find 36 proven reliable protocols for acute symptoms.

Want to dive a bit deeper? Check out this online self-paced Acute Care with Gemmotherapy course or join me live this week for the start of my fall webinar series.

Welcome back to my series on responding to acute care symptoms naturally. In the first two weeks I shared the dangers behind suppressing symptoms and what to have on hand to be prepared for the coming allergy, cold, and flu season.

While June through August can be a reprieve for seasonal allergy sufferers in Austin and along the southern states, the symptoms all return again in the fall. There is no doubt that those affected really struggle and life is miserable with clogged throbbing sinuses. Imagine, however, that this doesn’t always have to be the case. Understanding the why behind your symptoms and making a few lifestyle changes can rid you of this annoying pattern for the rest of your life.

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The Root of the Problem
Because symptoms are merely messages from the body alerting you of a deeper imbalance, let’s take a look at what’s behind the always irritating itchy runny eyes and stuffed sinuses. The root of this problem is surprisingly not in your head. It is in your digestive system, including your liver! When the digestive system has to work overtime to break down food that our body was not designed to digest, our elimination slows. When elimination slows, the lymphatic system looks for emergency exits to clean the body. The most common emergency exits are the sinuses and skin. These are followed by the eyes, ears, mouth (cold, canker sores) and for women the vagina (candida). An important point however is that the sooner you begin to address your symptoms the better the more improvement you will see this season. So get started now with the following course of action.

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The Plan
So if the root of the sinus symptoms exists in the digestive system what are the steps to resolve the inflammation experienced?

  1. Eliminate foods that are difficult or impossible to digest, causing inflammation, at the very least during allergy season. The number one food source to avoid is dairy products. That includes all products made from milk (cow, goat, or sheep). Alcoholic beverages are next on the list to trigger allergy symptoms and that is because of the toll they put on the liver causing the lymphatic system to search for emergency exits to clean.
  1. Further support your digestive system with probiotics. I recommend Lifybiotic. Be thoughtful regarding your purchase as there is no regulated testing of probiotics proving whether the item you purchase delivers what is on the label. Purchase from a knowledgeable practitioner or a natural pharmacy only.
  1. Take the specific Gemmotherapy protocol for sinus congestion daily during allergy season to improve the adrenal response, resolve inflammation, and support lymphatic drainage. I recommend the following:

Morning & Midday
Common Alder, Black Currant, Dog Rose

Evening
Hornbeam

Adults & School Children
25 drops of each extract per dose

Toddlers- School Age Children
10 drops of each extract per dose

Babies
5 drops of each extract per dose

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Here’s an allergy symptom case story I shared a few years back you might enjoy.

Our allergy combination is one of the most popular Gemmotherapy protocols we offer and that is because it works. Gemmotherapy can offer the body something no other natural therapy can- the ability to clean, drain, and fortify the affected organ tissue. This powerful action is due to the inclusion of the plan meristem cells in each extract. Gemmotherapy is the youngest plant based medicine and is fascinating to study as a home user or as a practitioner.

While you can find many more acute protocols in my blog you can now read them together in my newly released, Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care. In this first book of the series you’ll learn Gemmotherapy history, fundamentals, and find 36 proven, reliable protocols for acute symptoms.

Want to dive a bit deeper? Check out this online self-paced Acute Care with Gemmotherapy course or join me live next week for the start of my fall webinar series.

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