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Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Pint of Prevention - A Pound of Cure


Many of us grew up eating dandelion greens but more of us grew up referring to them as weeds and practiced methods of getting them out of our yards. God gives us wonderful gifts but we do not understand their worth. Dandelions are high in lecithin

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Lecithin is a complex mixture of choline, inositol, fatty acids, and phosphorous with high concentrations in the brain, liver, kidneys, and bone marrow.
Lecithin helps to maintain the structural integrity of cells. Dandelions are such an excellent detox so their components will work very hard to help the liver in keeping us healthy.

Milk thistle

Milk thistle is a supplement I take religiously. Every night when I take the doctor prescribed medication to help lower my cholesterol, I take milk thistle. 

Toxins are everywhere!

We eat, breathe, touch, and consume toxins on a daily basis. Some of them we cannot get away from, others we knowingly allow into our systems. Isn't it up to us to try and take care of what we have? Would we deliberately run our car into a tree every day, and yet we consistently do things we know are harmful. We will take care of our cars. Why not our bodies? Aren't we more precious?

I have a special friend who has a childhood friend who is in the final stages of liver cancer. She gave me a special request to look up foods and herbs to help her. If only we knew before hand what was coming around the corner. If only we knew that cancer was going to invade our bodies. We could prepare better. If she clicks on the links she can read more about the above herbs. My heart and prayers are with her and here is her list:

  • Bottle gourd - high in B vitamin choline, which may be able to heal the liver. Other herbs which are also high in choline are fenugreek leaves, shepherd's purse, horehound, ginseng, cowpeas, English peas, mung beans, lentils and Chinese angelica
  • Carrots -excellent protection for the liver, organs, and the eyes.
  • Chinese Angelica - also known as dang-quai helps to protect the liver and aids women's health issues. 
  • Dandelion - Steam the flowers and leaves or if you cannot stand the bitter taste, take them in pill form. 
  • Indian almond - grown only in tropical areas and they have been shown to prevent damage from chemicals to the liver
  • Javanese turmeric found in South Asian markets is an herb which is very protective of the liver.
  • Licorice - (not the candy unless it is natural licorice and not simply flavored to taste like it) helps to stabilize the cells and reduce damage. 
  • Milk thistle - will protect and improve liver function. For more information read the linked article.
  • Schisandra - a Chinese herb well known in China for it's healing properties; very similar to milk thistle.
  • Tamarind - The pulp of the tamarind fruit is a great for detoxification.

  • Chicory - If you are one who takes large doses of pain medication, this herb is for you as it will cleanse the liver of these harmful chemicals. 
  • Tea - (Camellia sinensis) is very effective and aiding in healing the liver from hepatitis, so well worth a try.
  • Turmeric - contains several compounds that aid in protecting the liver. I take turmeric every day for it's anti-inflammatory properties and have been able to give up pain medication for my arthritis. In fact I am pain free since I started taking one capsule a day. So isn't it nice to know that there are other benefits to using this wonderful herb?
I am going to include the foods in another post, as I must get ready for church now. I appreciate so much your visits and hope your days are all happy and healthy, the way that God intended. I also want to give my profound thanks to James A. Duke, PhD who wrote The Green Pharmacy. I have found so many treasures there!! Blessings and hugs!!

P.S. I know the saying is an "ounce of prevention a pound of cure" - but I want you to get the full effect. :-)


Ruthinian Gregoire November 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

wow very informative. thanks for sharing. these are very useful.

betchai November 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM  

very informative post, Judy, love the information you shared, indeed, one's weed is someone else health and diet supplement. I have had dandelion salad, and I actually love it.

LindyLouMac in Italy November 5, 2012 at 5:41 AM  

The fresh dandelions we eat from our garden here in Italy are always delicious.

Icy BC November 5, 2012 at 5:52 AM  

Isn't it strange that most of the helpful things such as chicory, dandelion, and milk thistle are weeds?

A fantastic and informative post, Judy!

Colette S November 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM  

As a child I always noticed when a dog get sick, it would stop eating food and go away to eat grass and come back very healthy. I've not forgotten it.

It's different here in America where special foods are made for the pets. In my country they eat from the table what falls on the ground or leftovers.

So I can see definitely how all these medicines is all around us.

Even as a child, I can remember the smell of the bushes the women used to make for tea. They didn't always taste good, but they were good for the system.

Very informative Judy.

Colette S November 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM  

So sorry too about your friend's friend.

My FIL just found out he has cancer. Healthy as a horse and to be hit that he is in stage 4. Sigh.

Judy SheldonWalker November 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM  

Icy, We "call" them weeds, but are they?

Colette, you are so right. They do not always taste good. Some of them we have to acquire a taste for, but aren't our palettes spoiled by the sugary foods we eat? I am so sorry about your father in-law. You have my prayers. Cancer is no joke.

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