Homemade Cajun Spice Mix

grilled cajun shrimp

Cajun Spice Mix

  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ground White Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Onion Powder

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. I always make spice mixes in large quantities, because I cook more than the average¬†bear. Feel free to halve or quarter this recipe if you aren’t a slave to your kitchen like I am ūüėČ

This is good on a whole lot of foods, but will blow your mind on seafood. Grilled Cajun Shrimp anyone? Why not try it with Homemade Cocktail Sauce?

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The New Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Cure?

I subscribe to Dr. Bruce Fife’s enewsletter, and you should too! It’s loaded with fascinating research, and you know I am a big sucker for fascinating research. His latest article titled “The New Arthritis Cure” is one such piece of literature.

It addresses the very issue we have been discussing around here lately. Candida and what the heck to do about it. I was very surprised to hear that it can be one of the causes of arthritis as well. Here are a few clips pasted (in italyics) from his enewsletter. Read the whole article and see his references HERE.

If you missed me raving about Candida that bad, bad fungus you can read about it here:  RANT 1, RANT 2 AND RANT 3.

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The New Arthritis Cure  

‚ÄúI have had chronic pain for 10 years,‚ÄĚ says Barbara Moody of Redmond, Washington. ‚ÄúBecause of the pain I had to end my career as a firefighter.‚ÄĚ She also was an avid rock climber and runner, but had to give those up too. Barbara suffered from severe arthritis in her knees and back with accompanying nerve involvement in her feet. Walking summoned pain with every step. Over the years she endured four back surgeries and a spinal fusion. Despite medications and surgeries, her condition continued to worsen. Doctors recommended a fifth surgery and second fusion.

Conventional treatments for arthritis rely on drugs and surgery to calm inflammation and deaden pain. Doctors have yet to fully understand what causes arthritis. Treatment consists of trying to ease symptoms. This approach may help reduce the pain and discomfort temporarily but does nothing to stop the progression of the disease.

¬†Many doctors consider¬†arthritis an unavoidable part of the aging process. They give their patients pain killers and tell them to ‚Äúlearn to live with it.‚ÄĚ

As evidence mounts it is becoming evident that arthritis occurs as a consequence of infection, regardless of genetic susceptibility. Researchers have identified numerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the various forms of arthritis.

Lyme disease is a good example of arthritis developing from an infection. Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a deer tick that carries the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. If the bacteria happen to invade joint tissue, arthritis develops. Even after the systemic disease is gone, arthritis can remain indefinitely as a chronic condition.

Food poisoning has often been associated with the onset of chronic arthritis. The bacterium salmonella is a known troublemaker.5 In one notable instance in 2005, at least 592 individuals in Ontario, Canada developed acute gastroenteritis after consuming bean sprouts contaminated with salmonella. Approximately 46 percent of the victims afterwards developed chronic reactive arthritis.

Many of the organisms that are known to attack the joints are normal inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract such as salmonella, E. coli, and Proteus mirabilis. Proteus is also the most frequent cause of urinary tract infections, accounting for more than 80 percent of these infections. In one study, for instance, out of 76 rheumatoid arthritis patients, 33 percent showed evidence of Proteus or E. coli infection in the urinary tract. In 48 controls without arthritis, only 4 percent were infected.6

Another inhabitant of the intestinal tract that is known to cause joint trouble is Candida albicans. If researchers want to study the effects of osteoarthritis in animals, they can induce the disease by injecting Candida into the bloodstream. Osteoarthritis develops within days.7 Candida or yeast infections are very common. Many people are plagued by chronic Candida overgrowth. Women are the ones most troubled by Candida infections; likewise, they are the ones most affected by osteoarthritis.

Hi! I'm Coconut Oil. I am a saturated fat full of medium-chain fatty acids that will help you lose weight!

Hi! I’m Coconut Oil. I am a saturated fat full of medium-chain fatty acids that will help you cure many diseases! Eat me!

Ok I’m going to stop right here¬†and interupt Dr. Fife for a moment.¬†This¬†article is very long, and is the introduction for his new book The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently by Dr. Bruce Fife, which I am of course going to buy asap.

He goes on to say that antibiotics do nothing to make arthritis, or the infections that cause it, better and in fact make the whole problem much, much worse. (we knew that right?) He then says that:

Step One

Strengthen the immune system with a diet that eliminates sugar and refined grains and to eat high quality meats and vegetables.

Step Two

The second step is to actively fight the infection within the body and the joints. Antibiotics have only a limited ability. They cannot fight viruses, fungi, or drug resistant bacteria. However, there is a natural product that can. That product is coconut oil. Coconut oil is composed predominately of a unique group of fat molecules known as medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids possess potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral activity. Taking 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, with meals, can help rid your body of chronic infection.

 Step Three

The third step is to address your oral health. Since the vast majority of arthritis cases involve oral infections, this is an essential step. If you have any known dental issues you need to get them taken care of.  Regular tooth brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash are not enough to remove infection and keep it out. Many people with good oral hygiene habits still get infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90 percent of the population has some level of tooth decay. So apparently these methods aren’t working. What does work is a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling is basically rinsing your mouth with oil, much like you would a mouthwash. However, in this case you would rinse your mouth for 15-20 minutes at a time at least once daily, before breakfast. After breakfast you would brush your teeth as usual. The oil attracts and collects the microorganisms in your mouth along with toxins, mucus, and pus. After swishing the oil in your mouth for the allotted time, spit it out, then rinse your mouth with water. Your mouth will feel clean and refreshed. There are other steps described in the book, but these are the most crucial.

WHAT ABOUT BARBARA?

Barbara, who was mentioned at the beginning of this article, followed these steps. ‚ÄúHere are the results I have noticed so far,‚ÄĚ she says after only four weeks. ‚ÄúReversed documented nerve impingement and foot drop. Reversed documented osteoarthritis of my spine and knees. Avoided my fifth spine surgery and threatened second fusion. Restored my ability to exercise. I am able to walk down a flight of stairs without pain, limping, or gimping. I can also walk two miles without knee pain!…My prior problems were well documented with MRI and PET scans that showed nerve impingement, lack of ankle reflex and foot drop (inability to heel walk), inability to resist downward pressure on my great toe and foot. Then only four weeks later, I had a¬† perfectly normal EMG; I could kneel walk; and I had a¬† normal ankle reflex and good toe, foot, and ankle strength. The fact that this was so well documented, my doctors were completely amazed and interested. The doctor who did my EMG wanted the name of your book as did my surgeon.‚ÄĚ A diagnosis of arthritis is not a life sentence. There now is a cure for arthritis.

The same is true for those with fibromyalgia. Although fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis, it has a similar origin and those with this condition respond well to the protocol outlined in the book.

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¬†Well readers, I apologize for the way too long article, but this stuff is so interesting to me. I have a million questions now. And I’m dying to hear yours! Question One: Oil pulling? I am going to research oil-pulling soon. I keep meaning to get around to that. I have heard good things, and bad things about it and I’m curious if it is really helpful or just a fad.¬† I think one of the things that comes to mind first is how smart fungi are. They are like bacteria in the way that they constantly change and mutate and adapt to their environment. That is why they can be so dangerous. They are smart and determined to survive no matter how hard we try to kill them! Did you find it shocking that the CDC says that 90% of Americans have some form of tooth decay?¬† I wonder what that percentage was 100 years ago? Makes you think….

Ask questions! I’m¬†waiting to hear them!

Do Orthodox Cancer Treatments Work?

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A person diagnosed with cancer is pressured immediately by the American health care system to start a medical treatment program involving surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Most patients trust these “tested and proven” methods of orthodox treatment. But should they?

(1)”It does not matter how much or how little of a breast is removed: the outcome is always the same.”
(2) “It is complacent to continue subjecting at lease 70% of women with breast cancer to futile mutilating procedures”
(3) “There is no evidence that early mastectomy affects survival; if patients knew this, they would most likely refuse surgery.”
(4) “Despite various modifications of breast cancer treatment, death rates remained unchanged.”
(5) “Breast cancer surgery¬†tends to increase the risk of relapse or death within three years. Surgery is linked to accelerating the spread of cancer by stimulating the formation¬†of metastases in other parts of the body.”
(6) “Untreated post-menopausal women with breast cancer live longer than treated women. The recommendation is not to treat post-menopausal women for breast cancer.”
(7) “Metastasis is commonly triggered by medical intervention, including a biopsy or surgery unrelated to the cancer.”
(8) “Disturbance of a tumor causes greatly increased numbers of cancer cells to enter the bloodstream, while chemo and radiation suppress the immune system. This combination is a recipe for disaster. Primary tumors when left alone, and those in the breast particulary, can be relatively harmless. ”
(9) “While studying prostate cancer, we found that after 23 years there was no difference in the survival¬†rates of those who had surgery and the controls who did not have surgery.”
(10) “No study has proved that early intervention improves the chances of survival. On the contrary, studies proved conclusively that untreated cancer victims live up to four times longer and with better quality of life than treated ones.”
(11) “Medical interventions for cancer have had a negligible or no effect on survival.”
(12) “Cancer Remains Undefeated”
(13) “Several large¬†mammography screening¬†studies found that mammography leads to more aggressive treatment with zero survival benefits.”
(14) “Chemotherapy for children with leukaemia and Hodgkin’s disease is the proud showpiece and the arguably only apparent success of orthodox cancer therapy. Now a long-term follow-up study shows that such children develop 18 times more secondary malignant tumors later in life. Even worse, girls face a 75 times (7,500%) higher risk of breast cancer by the time they turn forty.”
(15) “Development of deep or systemic Candida Albicans infections shortly after beginning chemotherapy seems to be the main problem.”
(16) “While studying ovarian cancer we found that the risk of developing leukaemia after treatment with chemotherapy increased by¬†2,100%.”
(17) “Many oncologists take for granted that response to therapy prolongs survival, an opinion which is based on a fallacy and which is not supported by any clinical studies.”
(18) “The commonest cancers are as resistant to treatment today as they were 40 or 50 years ago. Nothing is to be gained by pretending that the battle against cancer is slowly but surely being won.”
(19) “Long-term survival of common cancers such as prostate, breast, colorectal and lung has barely budged since the 1970’s. There has been no significant improvement in the last 70-80 years.”
(20) “It is now 32 years since President Nixon declared war on cancer. Since then, Two Trillion dollars has been spent on conventional cancer treatment and research, with the result that more individuals are dying from cancer than ever before.”

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Did you know that patients who die during prolonged treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy are not counted in the statistics because they did not “receive the full treatment”.

Did you know that success commonly is judged by the percentage of shrinking tumors, regardless of the patients survival?

Did you know that patients who die as a result of the actual treatment itself are not counted, only those thought to have died of cancer? How in the heck do they know the difference?

Basically, all types and combinations of conventional breast cancer treatment appear to result in the same low long-term survival rates. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that conventional treatment does not improve long-term survival rates.

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REFERENCES:
(1) Skrabanek, P. ‘False premises and false promises of breast cancer screening’ The Lancet 2:316-19
(2) Baum, M. ‘The Curability of Breast Cancer’ British Medical Journal 1:439-42
(3) Cunningham, L. ‘Mastectomy for so-called lobular carcinoma in situ’ The Lancet 1:306
(4) Editorial, ‘Breast Cancer: Have we lost our way?’ The Lancet 341:343-344
(5)Baum, M. ‘Does surgery disseminate or accelerate cancer?’ The Lancet 347:260
(6) Gregl, A. ‘The life expectancy of the untreated mamma carcinoma’ Klin. Wschr 41:676
(7) Krokowski, E.H ‘Is the current treatment of cancer self-limiting in the extent of¬†its success?’J. Int. Acad. Preventive Medicine 23-39
(8) Tagliabue, E. et al. ‘Role of HER2 in wound-induced breast carcinoma proliferation’ The Lancet 362:527-533 August 2003
(9) Iversen, P. et al ‘Radical prostatectomy versus expectant treatment for early carcinoma of the prostate’ Scand. J. Urol. Nephrol. 172:65-72
(10) Jones, H.B ‘Lecture at the American Cancer Society Conference, New Orl√©ans, July 3 1969’
(11) McKinlay, JB. et al ‘A review of the Evidence concerning the impact of medical measures on recent mortality and morbidity in the U.S.A’ Int. J. Health Services 19:181-208
(12) New England Journal of Medicine 336:1569-1574 1997
(13) Olsen, O., Gotzsche, P.C. ‘Cochrane review on screening for breast cancer with mammography’ 358:1340-42. October 2001
(14) Bhatia, S., Robison, L.L et al., ‘Breast cancer and other second neoplasms after childhood Hodgkin’s disease’ New England J. Med. 334:745-51
(15) Klingspor, L. Stintzing,G.,Tollemar,J., ‘Deep Candida infection in children with leukaemia’ 86:30-36
(16)Riccardi,A.,Mora,O. et al., ‘Long-term survival of stage 1 multiple myeloma¬†given chemotherapy just after diagnosis or at progression¬†of the disease: a multicenter¬†randomized study’ 82:1254-60 April 2000
(17)Abel, U., ‘Chemotherapy of advanced epithelial cancer: a critical review’ Biomed. Pharmocother. 46:439-52
(18) Gould, D. ‘Cancer: A conspiracy of silence’ New Scientist Dec 1976
(19) Moss, R.W ‘The moss reports #127’
(20) Begley, Sharon ‘New statistics show increase in cancer rates: cancer rates go up, not down’ Wall Street Journal October 16 2002. pg B1

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Sugar Free Breakfast Smoothie

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Breakfast is tricky for me. I am not hungry in the morning! I know it’s supposed to be this big healthy meal full of protein and fabulous vitamins to start the day off, but quite frankly at 7am I am too tired to chew. I also love to sleep! So I wake up at the last possible second. If I am to eat a ‘proper’ breakfast, I would have to wake up earlier in order to prepare it. Realistically, in the actual life of me…..not going to happen.

So I have resorted over the years to either a piece of fruit in the car while I’m driving to work, or a smoothie. Since I am erradicating all Candida from my life for this experiement, I can no long have fruit sugars. According to the experts I’m allowed to eat only the following fruits:

  • Berries
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Green Apples
  • Avocado
  • Fresh Coconut

Part of me is tempted just to throw every one of those fruits into a blender and call that a smoothie, but that would be WAY too much fruit sugar all at once. So I add as much protein as I can. I have noticed that this keeps me full for a very long time. I normally take a lunch hour around 1pm, and this satisfies until then for sure!

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Green Apple Smoothie

1 Large  Green Apple- seeded & cored (if your blender is a little on the wimpy side you may want to peel it as well)

5 medium carrots

1 cup homemade yogurt

2 raw eggs*

1 cup greens (not Kale, not making that mistake again)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

  • Put it all in the blender, duh
  • Pour it in a glass and get in the car and go to work! Hurry up you have 1 minute and 8 seconds to be out the door!
  • * I wouldn’t consume the average commerically farmed egg raw. That shit will kill you. I am lucky to be madly in love with a chicken farmer, who grows me organic, completely free-range and soy-free eggs (why soy free you ask? READ THIS). They are bright orange-yolked bundles of goodness, full of Omega 3’s and all 23 essential amino acids. Really, the perfect food. You should find yourself such a source and eat raw eggs until the cows come home. Or the chickens in this case.

green smoothieWhat does it taste like you ask? It tastes mildly sweet and very creamy with a bit of tartness from the yogurt and the apple. You could probably sweeten it with Stevia or something, but I like it just fine as is. But I’m weird so…

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Candida Diet Taco Salad

 

Taco Salad for the Candida Free Kitchen

2/3 Cup Quinoa

1 Cup homemade Bone Broth

1 lb ground turkey/chicken/beef/venison etc

2-4 Tbsp homemade Taco Seasoning

Romaine or iceberg Lettuce

Olives

Diced Onions

Green Chilies

Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

Sliced avocado

homemade Salsa¬†Verde or ‘green sauce” as Rob likes to call it.

  • Bring bone broth to a boil, add quinoa and simmer until tender
  • Brown ground meat
  • Add cooked quinoa, and homemade taco seasoning. Adding more broth if mixture is too dry
  • Allow mixture to cool slightly
  • Toss mixture with all remaining ingredients to make salad.
  • Top with homemade yogurt if desired.

We love this meal. Something about the still slightly warm meat mixture and the crunchy cold lettuce. Yum! Plus it is “Phase One” safe, if you are following a Candida free way of life, or just plain trying to eat more vegetables!

Candida Cleanse And What To Eat

So I have decided that I’m going to give Gary Kaufmans¬†“Phase One” diet a try¬†and¬†see what happens. I am going to follow it to the letter, including all of the anti-fungal herbs and supplements that he recommends in his books. And you get to follow along on my journey of pain and suffering whether you like it or not. If have no idea what I’m talking about READ THIS first.

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My Symptoms to Start:

  • Constantly and wildly fluctuating hormone levels
  • Hair Loss
  • Sinus congestion
  • Alternating¬†Anxiety and Depression (are we having fun yet?)
  • Constipation
  • Brain Fog
  • Bloated Abdomen
  • Fierce Chocolate Cravings

We are about to find out if any of this is caused by a systemic fungal infection or if I am just a hypochondriac ūüôā

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The Diet:

 Eat ONLY the Following Foods

Meats:

Beef, Fish, Poultry, Lamb, Turkey, Pork

Nuts:

Raw nuts, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pumpkin seeds.  Stored Nuts tend to gather mold, so be careful!
No Peanuts and No Pistachio’s

Vegetables:

Most fresh, unblemished vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice. (avoid mushrooms, corn, and potatoes)

Beverages:

Bottled or filtered water, non-fruity herbal teas, stevia sweetened fresh lemonade or limeade, freshly squeezed carrot juice.

Fruits:

Berries, grapefruit, lemon, lime, green apples, avocado, fresh coconut

Dairy:

Organic butter, organic plain yogurt, ( use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipping cream, real sour cream


Eggs

Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar

Oils:

Olive, grape, flax-seed, cold pressed virgin coconut oil.

Sweeteners:

Stevia,  Xylitol.

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According to www.knowthecause.com:

PHASE ONE DIET

“This diet minimizes fungal food, because it minimizes sugars that fungi require in order to grow.¬† Ask your doctor about experimenting with this diet for 30 days and monitor your results.¬†¬† Many people keep a dietary log each day and share this with their doctor upon their next visit.¬† Often, people begin to challenge this diet, wanting back some of the foods they miss, after achieving good results within a month or two.¬† Most find that their symptoms begin coming back as they go back to their regular diets.¬† This indicates that the fungi were successfully starved, but perhaps not eradicated.¬† Many people, after reading our recipe books, realize that there are hundreds of wholesome and delicious recipes on this phase one diet.¬† With their symptoms much better and their diets now getting more exciting, this diet becomes the genesis of their health program.”

Ok Doug, we’ll see! I’ll share my arsenal of anti-fungal drugs and start on new recipes¬†tomorrow.¬†I’m scared! Did you notice the complete lack of cookies on this program? No cookies! Holy Crap! Wish me luck.

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Is Cancer A Fungal Infection?

I just recently read this article from www.knowthecause.com. I have long been a fan of his podcasts. If you haven’t heard of Doug Kaufman, check out his information. It definitely makes you think about cancer in a whole different way. Tomorrow I will share my protocol for avoiding cancer and fungi in general. It’s ALOT easier than you think!

A Testimonial By Penny Mullens

Written by Know The Cause

 
 
I was diagnosed with aggressive, infiltrating stage III breast cancer in 2002 when I was just 47 years old, with six of my eight children still at home. The youngest ones were 5, 8, and 10. I was 10 years younger than my maternal aunt was when she was diagnosed.   p-mullens
The traditional route of treatment was offered to me. When breast cancer is diagnosed, you’re made to feel like you have to make a decision yesterday, and before you can blink, you’re scheduled for a double mastectomy (with reconstruction) and shuttled back and forth between oncologists, tests, and scans. Your world has been turned upside down, and while spinning out of control, you’re supposed to make informed, well-researched decisions. You do what you’re told. You follow the pack. You choose the known, I’m ashamed to say.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars, 77 linear inches of incisions, AND seven drain tubes later, I was sporting reconstructed breasts. I lived in a motorized recliner for six weeks, and I couldn’t lift anything heavier than 1/2 gallon of milk. I couldn’t walk upright for 13 weeks. Huge doses of antibiotics were administered routinely. Powerful narcotics kept pain managed and allowed me asleep. It took a terrible toll on my immune system.

I had another surgery to install the port: more anesthesia, more drugs for pain. At this point, I was gearing up for the first round of Adriamycin and Cytoxin – every 21 days for almost six months, to be followed by Taxotere and possibly radiation. Gearing up means filling all the drugs to manage the side effects, signing all the paperwork acknowledging that you’ll not hold anyone liable for anything and agreeing that you understand that the result of treatment for your cancer may mean permanent heart, liver, lung, eye, and kidney damage. Hair can (and does) fall out, nails may be permanently misshapen, discolored, or never grow back… and on and on. This paperwork that signs away your life takes hours and is terrifying if you really listen and read. (Who really does under these circumstances? If one really did, one would bolt out of there!)

Chemotherapy ranks up there with the worst experiences of my life. Everything that could go wrong did, so through the continuing haze of nausea, constipation, injections for low white blood cell counts, I decided that I would choose a shorter life expectancy than to continue with this protocol. When begging my oncologist (and family doctor) for ideas on a lower dosage or alternative treatment, I was told that this was the “gold standard” of breast cancer treatment. I was told that if I didn’t take it, I’d have two years to live. But I wanted to try something different, and I asked if the oncologist would at least follow my progress and perform routine tumor markers. He dismissed me.

Enter the “anti-fungal” approach! Through a series of people, I was introduced to the work of Doug Kaufmann. I devoured The Germ that Causes Cancer, read with my finger in the glossary. But, I saw myself in the pages of the anti-fungal questionnaire (constant sinus infections, excessive antibiotic use, high carb consumption, exposure to environmental mold, weight issues, major stress, fatigue), and I embraced the whole theory as making complete sense. I saw the duplicity in the medical/pharmaceutical industry. I saw the money trail. I saw the science behind mycology. I saw the chain of sickness caused by fungus, treat the fungus with antibiotics, another illness, treat with antibiotics… I GOT IT ALL!

I actually found the program to be really do-able and completely affordable (most OTC anti-fungals are less than $12 monthly). The food was plentiful and tasty. There was a learning curve for the first weeks, but really, it was super easy. I never felt better! Though in my late forties, I felt like I was in my twenties; my skin and hair were healthy, and I went my merry way optimistically. My tumor markers remained low and all x-rays clear.

Over the long haul though, as one gets further removed from the “scare”, old habits creep back in and improper responses to stress return. And in my case, another mold exposure problem ensued; in November 2013, ten years later, I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer metastasis to my bones. I was told there was no cure and that prayer was my best hope.

I immediately returned to what I knew to do – the anti-fungal diet, OTC anti-fungals, and several rounds of prescription anti-fungals. All were inexpensive and easy. Three and a half months later, I was pronounced “in complete remission” with “no evidence of avid malignancy”.

I keep asking, “Really? Really! Can it be this quick, this cheap, this easy?” Folks, it is! The cancer industry has us snookered! I’m walking proof!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This recipe is very simple, but full of flavor. I love the saltiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the raisins and the bitter brussels sprouts all mixed together. A fabulous side dish!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

3 slices thick bacon

4 cups brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 medium shallot, minced

1 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup homemade chicken stock

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

  • In a heavy skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside to crisp up.
  • Add Brussels sprouts to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook until well browned and almost soft. About 7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add raisins, shallot and butter. Cook 3 minutes
  • Add broth and bring to a boil, being sure to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Reduce heat and simmer broth 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix in vinegar and crumbled bacon. Taste and season as needed. Serve warm.

I only had a tiny amount of golden raisins on hand, so I added 1/4 cup of dried cranberries also. It turned out delicious!

I mix mine with lettuce or spinach and eat it like a salad. Yum!

 

 

 

Tender Grilled Brisket

I love recipes that can be placed on the grill and left alone for hours. This recipe is one of my favorites. Resulting in a sweet and spicey, very tender and juicy brisket. Sliced thin, it is barbeque at it’s finest! If you have a freezer full of venison or other wild game, this works great with a big thick backstrap or steak as well.

Tender Grilled Brisket

6 cups mesquite wood chips

1 4-5 lb beef brisket

1 Tbsp coconut oil

Paprika

Coarse sea salt

Black pepper

Red pepper flakes

Thyme

  • Before grilling, soak wood chips in a bucket of water.
  • Brush brisket with oil and sprinkle with all spices. I never measure. Rub spices into meat.
  • Drain wood chips and light charcoal in grill. Place 1 large handful of wood chips over charcoal.
  • Place brisket on grill. Cook 3 to 4 hours, adding another handful of wood chips every 30 minutes or so.
  • Remember for extra¬†tender meat, never pierce the meat with a fork. Use tongs!
  • After meat is cooked, brush with homemade barbeque sauce and serve hot.

Mesquite Wood Chips

For a spicy Barbeque Sauce you can try my usual or this new one I’ve been playing with:

Hot and Sweet BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup onion, chopped

6 fresh jalepeno chile peppers, seeded and chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup orange juice

3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (make your own here)

1 tsp dry mustard

In saucepan heat oil and saute onion, pepper and garlic. Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Makes 3 cups.

This is great with a basket of grilled fresh veggies, corn on the cob or green salad. The leftovers are excellent as a sandwhich, and I also love it served hot over cornbread.

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Lake Trout with Morels

Any fish will work for this recipe. Just pick your favorite fillet and go with it. We just happened to have a huge lake trout in the freezer, so this is what I used. It is finally mushroom season, and morels are my favorite. Time to stock up!

Lake Trout with Morels

1 lb fish fillets 1/2 to 3/4 thick

2 Tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced

1/3 cup green onion, sliced

Sea salt

1 tsp fresh thyme, or 1/4 tsp dry thyme

  • Thaw fish if frozen. Pat dry and place in baking dish. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • In a saucepan melt butter and add mushrooms, onions and thyme. Cook until tender.
  • Pour over fish and bake in 450 degree oven for 12-18 minutes. Fish should flake easily with a fork when done.

If you are lucky enough to have a surplus of morels this year there are many ways to preserve them. I have tried just about everything, and several methods work.

1. I thoroughly rinse the mushrooms in cold water. Then sauté in butter for no longer than 3 minutes. Let cool and place in a zip lock baggie with juices from pan. When you are ready to eat, cut off the plastic bag and place the whole frozen block in a skillet. Cover and cook on low. Tastes just like fresh, with a slight difference in firmness and texture.

2. I have dried them on a string in the attic for a month, I have laid them on the oven rack and dried them at 160 degrees for about an hour. I have laid them on window screens out in the back yard until dry.¬†I have never owned a dehydrator, so that’s the only method I haven’t used.¬†Of everything I’ve tried,¬†threading them onto a string (like a little mini-clothes line) was by far the best.¬†When rehydrated the taste and texture was exactly the same as fresh out of the ground. Maybe because no heat is used?

3. I have washed and drained the mushrooms so they are almost dry. Then laid them on a cookie sheet and placed them in the freezer until solid. Pack into bags and vacu√ľm seal. This method changed the texture a bit, but the flavor was the same.

4. My least favorite method was packing a mason jar (or other freezer container) with mushrooms, covering that with cold water and freezing. They would be ok for soup, but the texture was too mushy for my tastes. And a lot of the flavor gets dumped out with the water after thawing.

Happy mushroom hunting!

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