Reversing Schizophrenia with Orthomolecular Medicine

August 23, 2011 by  
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Abram Hoffer's book, Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone

The late Canadian Doctor Abram Hoffer MD PhD helped almost 10,000 schizophrenics heal, improve and even be cured, yes cured, with something called Orthomolecular Therapy. That’s the practice of administering mega doses of vitamins to reverse disease.

His success rate was 85%.

Hoffer used niacin (b3). For example, someone would take 3g of B3, 3g of Vitamin C and eliminate food allergens (gluten, dairy, corn, etc).

Food Allergies & Reversing Schizophrenia

I recently met Dr Eric Paterson MD from Creston, BC who has been healing people of schizophrenia since 1973.

One of his first cases: a 14 year old boy had developed schizophrenic symptoms.

He wanted to see if he had allergies so he first put him on a water fast for 5 days and then slowly added food back into his diet to see if he had any reactions.

After the 6th day, the boy’s symptoms were inflamed and he found out that he had eaten a single red Smartie from his brother.

His parents said that before he developed symptoms, he ate many red freezies.

Dr Paterson found that he was allergic to red dye #A2.

He gave him 3g B3, 3g Vitamin C, a strict no sugar or refined carb diet, and told him to stay away from any artificially red food.

The student recovered, became captain of his rugby team and now is a lawyer with kids in BC.

This field is exceptionally exciting in terms of what can be done on top of a raw food diet – adding mega-doses of natural supplements can literally reverse disease.

This is the tip of the iceberg as far as Orthomolecular Therapy goes – find out more by visiting http://www.orthomed.org/

 

 

How a 72-year-old stays looking 40

November 10, 2010 by  
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Being voted “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” would be an honor at any age — but imagine receiving the title at 72.

We recently chatted with Mimi Kirk, recipient of this award and long time vegetarian. Not only is she beautiful, but she possesses an energy that would make people in their 30s envious.

“I wake up in the morning and feel like I’m in my 20s. I pop out of bed mentally alert and physically excellent.” According to Mimi, the secret is simple: a clean diet, packed with raw fruits and vegetables.
Mimi has been vegetarian for 40 years but in the past 3 has shifted towards more raw foods and has never felt better.
“In the first 2 weeks of going raw, my skin looked younger, my face looked younger, my teeth looked whiter.”


The basis of Mimi’s diet is drinks rich in dark, leafy greens and fruits. “I was drinking a lot of wheatgrass.”

Her blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as any arthritic pain, have all decreased. Unlike other women her age, Mimi has not experienced significant hair loss: “my hair is so thick right now!” Mimi’s own hairdresser was shocked to see her hair growing in darker when she went in for a touchup (learn more about how to reverse grays here).

Mimi’s Top Tips for Staying Youthful:

  1. Eat a clean diet full of raw foods
  2. Use natural skincare products, like Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  3. Hold your nose and chug down that wheatgrass!
  4. Keep skin clean and exfoliate with glycerine and quality salt
  5. Stay active and social

Mimi’s story is so inspiring as it proves that it is never too late to make changes.  “I’m living proof that if you eat well, you can stay looking healthy and young, it doesn’t matter how late you start, even in your 60s and 70s.”

To learn more about Mimi, view her Facebook Fan Page, and stay tuned for her upcoming book Eat Raw, Stay Hot due out in April 2011 www.youngonrawfood.com.

To learn how to go raw yourself, try going on one of our raw retreats in Blue Mountain, Ontario.

Guest Author Kristen Mehendale is a Holistic Nutritionist in Toronto, Ontario. View her website at http://www.kristenmehendale.com and follow her on Twitter @HappyCellsKM.

It’s never, ever too late

August 12, 2010 by  
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Many of us beat up on ourselves for slipping on our health plans. Or maybe letting go for the whole summer. Or maybe it’s been 5 years since you’ve had a shot of wheatgrass.

It’s never too late to reverse the aging process.

Dr Gabriel Cousens MD, in his book, “There is a Cure for Diabetes,” spells out clearly that diabetes – and aging – can be reversed at any age. With a clean (hint: mostly raw) diet, cells can begin to kick out toxins and shrink tumours.

Even those as old as 90 can get the wheels in motion, feel better, and live longer.

I watched raw food expert Dr Brian Clement ND speak in Toronto recently. Dr Clement runs the Hippocrates Health Institute, a life-changing place where folks go to get well when they’re extremely ill.

During the Q&A, an older woman stood up: “I’m in my late 80s. A few years ago, I couldn’t walk. I wouldn’t be standing here. I was very depressed. And then I went to visit Hippocrates and started eating raw food. Now, I can walk, exercise, garden, see friends, and my life is so much happier. Don’t believe anyone when they tell you that it’s too late.”

My mother was in her 50s when she switched her lifestyle and started to look younger.

We’ve met plenty of women at the House of Verona who are in their 50s and just did their first Triathlon this summer. They have a day job, kids, a cottage, and some of them never joined a single sport growing up.

It doesn’t matter how overweight you are, or how depressed you are, or how old you feel.

You always have a way out, to a better life. It just takes a push in the right direction and an attitude that’s willing to take advantage of that momentum.

And when you fall off, you can always start up again.

Let us help you get a kickstart: join one of our upcoming health retreats, or create your own.

How cumin prevents wrinkles

August 4, 2010 by  
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The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at a University in India recently found that ingesting cumin immediately after being exposed to UV rays significantly prevented photoaging to the skin.

Photoaging is simply skin aging, which induces wrinkles, leathery skin, collagen damage, age spots, and cancer due to exposure to the sun.

The researchers studied what happened to the skin of mice when exposed to UV rays and then immediately ingested cumin capsules, compared with those who received a topical cream mixed with cumin. The cream did not significantly change the results; however, ingesting cumin significantly prevented the formation of lesions and other damage. (Please note that the House of Verona does not advocate the exploitative use of animals in medical testing when harm is incurred.)

Here are some of the favourite raw food recipes from the House of Verona kitchen which incorporate cumin:

Raw vegan sprouted hummus recipe

Ingredients

1 handful sprouted chickpeas
2 tbsp raw tahini
4 tbsp soaked sesame seeds (optional, but gives it a calcium boost)
Half a zucchini
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp hemp or flax oil
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp cumin
Sea or rock salt

Combine in a food processor [or blender, but add some water to start the process] and serve.

Raw vegan falafel recipe

Ingredients

1 handful sprouted chickpeas
2 handfuls soaked walnuts (any other nut or seed can be substituted)
Half an onion
1 clove garlic
Quarter bunch of parsley
Quarter bunch of cilantro
Quarter cup tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp hemp or flax oil
1 tbsp cumin
Sea or rock salt

Combine in a food processor [or blender, but add some water to start the process], form into balls and serve.

Raw vegan Moroccan vegetables

Ingredients

Half head broccoli
1 bunch bok choy
4 stalks celery
Half head cauliflower
Handful soaked seaweed of choice (ex. wakame or arame)
4 tbsp hemp or flax oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
1 clove garlic
Dash of your sweetener of choice
Half a handful of raisins
4 black mission figs, quartered
Fistful of chopped mint leaves
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp cinnamon

For the sauce, combine the cinnamon, cayenne, sweetener, garlic, curry powder, cumin, lemon and oil into the bottom of a large bowl and let it marinate while you wash and chop the other vegetables.

Chop the broccoli, bok choy, celery, cauliflower, mint, and figs. Throw them into the bowl along with the raisins and seaweed. Combine and serve.

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Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20426620

http://www.skincancer.org/what-is-photoaging.html

How chlorophyll inhibits cancer

July 30, 2010 by  
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The link between chlorophyll and cancer has been studied in the scientific community since the early 1900s, and studies consitently show that it has powerful anti-cancer properties.

Most recently, the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University found that chlorophyll provided significant protection against a very potent carcinogen called DBP (found in nail polish) in pregnant mice. Chlorphyll also reduced lung cancer multiplicity by 50% (Source).

Another recent study from the same university found that chlorophyll greatly reduced the expression of human colon cancer cells (Source).

One of the easiest ways to obtain natural chlorophyll is to consume fresh, organic dark leafy greens in liquid form.

Although greens can have a bitter taste, there are many ways to prepare them raw in a way that’s palatable. If you’ve never done this before, a great starting point is Nutritionist Meghan Telpner CNP’s Green Smoothie Cleanse. It’s packed with 100 pages of tremendously valuable information, and definitely provided me with a boost of health inspiration when I read it. Meghan is also running a group cleanse starting on August 6th where her and her staff will provide support along the way.

Shiitake logs: the hot new accessory for spring

April 22, 2010 by  
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In terms of having the latest new accessory, having your own shiitake log is right up there with the new McQueens or a foursquare app.
Shiitakes reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crows feet (say Japanese and Chinese researchers), and American botanists have reported that they decrease cholesterol, fight candida, inhibit the growth of cancer tumours, and have radioprotective properties: mice exposed to x-rays had a higher survival rate when shiitakes were part of their diet.
Plus, they’re anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.
The beauty is that all you do is throw the log under your deck (or anywhere dark), keep it wet, and it fruits endlessly if you take care if it properly. Yes, you heard us – unlimited free organic top-quality shiitake mushrooms (store-bought ones are grown on just sawdust).
We got ours from the Young Urban Farmers – check them out here.
Shiitakes will be making an appearance at our Staying Young Retreat this year – for more info on this 5-day raw vegan vacation, visit http://houseofverona.com/retreats/stayingyoung/.

shiitake logIn terms of having the latest new accessory, having your own shiitake log is right up there with the new McQueens or a foursquare app.

Shiitakes reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crows feet (say Japanese and Chinese researchers), and American botanists have reported that they decrease cholesterol, fight candida, inhibit the growth of cancer tumours, and have radioprotective properties: mice exposed to x-rays had a higher survival rate when shiitakes were part of their diet.

Plus, they’re anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.

The beauty is that all you do is throw the log under your deck (or anywhere dark), keep it wet, and it fruits for up to 5 years if you take care if it properly. Yes, you heard us – bundles of organic top-quality shiitake mushrooms (store-bought ones are grown on just sawdust).

We got ours from the Young Urban Farmers (who we adore).

Shiitakes will be making an appearance at our Staying Young Retreat this year – for more info on this 5-day raw vegan vacation, visit http://houseofverona.com/retreats/stayingyoung/.

Berries Prevent Sun-Induced Wrinkles

March 25, 2010 by  
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berries and sun

We know you.

You love the golden look of a natural tan, but hate the fact that it makes your skin wrinkle. It’s scary how you can see the aging immediately after spending an extended period in the sun, unprotected.

We posted earlier on about how tocotrienols (i.e. raw coconut oil) can help to prevent sun damage when ingested or applied topically at night.

Now, new research coming from Koren and American researchers found that myricetin, a major flavonoid found in berries, grapes, tea, red wine, fruits, vegetables, and walnuts, inhibited UVB-induced wrinkle formation in the skin of mice.

What’s really interesting is that myricetin was shown to interfere with the chemical reaction that takes place when UVB interacts with skin to form wrinkles. The flavonoid literally nips skin aging in the bud:

myricetin

There’s also evidence that myricetin is one of the flavonoids which helps to fight cancer cells.

These foods all have a high source of myricetin:

  • onion leaves
  • papayas
  • guavas
  • raspberries
  • cranberries
  • black currants
  • crowberries
  • blueberries
  • bilberries
  • fresh fava beans

Ingrid’s got a great recipe for a berry tartlet here. Enjoy!

By the way – our Hot Yoga Retreat in April is filling up quickly. Grab one of the last spots before prices go up April 1st!

Sources:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf9811065

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11410016

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf00024a011

How “Glycation” Causes Wrinkles

February 2, 2010 by  
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Gisele shops from One Lucky Duck, a cafe which minimizes the A.G.E.s in their desserts & cheeses

Gisele shops from One Lucky Duck, a cafe which minimizes the A.G.E.s in their desserts & cheeses

A large reason why we obtain wrinkles is as a result of glycation, a side-effect of cooking food, says Dr Laurence Anderson of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australia.

Glycation is the result of a sugar molecule bonding to a protein or lipid molecule without the controlling action of an enzyme.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens MD also reports that glycation is a hazardous thing for our bodies: it gets in the way of our vital organs functioning, damages internal tissues, and impairs proteins from doing their job inside our bodies.

Most people are unaware that we ingest tens of thousands of glycated molecules through all food that has been processed.

The more pure, whole, unadulterated food you can eat, the more you can prevent A.G.E.s from creating new wrinkles in your skin:

  • Raw fruits & vegetables: negligible amounts of A.G.E.s
  • Steamed veggies: 10 to 100 A.G.E.s
  • Any food that comes in a box or package: 1000s of A.G.E.s
  • Dairy or meat: 10,000s of A.G.E.s
  • Traditional thanksgiving dinner: 100,000s of A.G.E.s(Source)

The Journal of the American Diabetic Association advises that it’s better to eat things raw, steamed, boiled or lightly roasted – once it’s going past 100°F through broiling and frying, the A.G.Es quickly pile up.

We’re hosting a live-food detox retreat with Marni Wasserman, CNP, on the weekend of May 14 to 16, 2010 – all foods will have virtually no A.G.E.s, and the exercise and spa treatments we chose actually help to naturally create new collagen in the skin. Learn more here.

Cruda: Toronto’s Newest Raw Restaurant

January 15, 2010 by  
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Cruda Cafe St Lawrence Market 3We’re very excited about welcoming Cruda Café to the Toronto raw food community!

Cruda Café is a raw food restaurant which is currently under construction in the basement of the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, at the intersection of Front and Jarvis.

We stumbled upon it recently, as the House of Verona Toronto office is right next door.

When they open, they’ll serve vegan, organic living foods for eat-in or take-out in biodegradable containers.

The GTA now supports 5 raw restaurants – staggering growth, consider we had only 1 from 2000 to 2008.

The number of restaurants is a telling metric of the nature of the health community in Toronto, and the growth rate of the raw trend.

In comparison, Montreal has 1, New York has 7, and the L.A. area has 20 and counting.

Welcome, Cruda!

Add this to your bath & get young

December 17, 2009 by  
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sb10067150m-001_2It has been shown that adding chlorophyll to baths can increase your red blood cell count.

Dr. Bernard Jensen from San Marcos, California, had patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath, and measured their blood values before and after.

He found that their red blood cell counts doubled within only a few days of treatment.

Patients were able to build their blood even more quickly when they drank green juices and wheatgrass in addition to taking chlorophyll baths.

To learn more about how chlorophyll can rebuild blood, see our article entitled, “How Chlorophyll Rebuilds Blood Cells.”

Why is it important to have healthy blood?

  • Dr Oz reminds us that we’re only as young as our blood & arteries: our “real age” can be determined by looking at our blood.
  • Iron-rich blood brings oxygen to cells, which enhances youth and mental health.
  • Blood carries nutrients to cells – without nutrients, our bodies age more rapidly.
  • Healthy blood flow can be a wonderful thing for men who are sexually active – we won’t say it explicitly, but which male organ do you think can become larger from having more, stronger blood flow?

What’s the best way to add chlorophyll to baths?

The fresher the chlorophyll, the better your results will be.

The following methods are listed in order of effectiveness – the first being the most effective.

  • Add a couple shots of freshly juiced wheatgrass (juiced within the hour)
  • Add 1-2 cups of freshly juiced or blended leafy greens (kale, chard, etc) with water
  • Add 1 cube of frozen wheatgrass
  • Add 1 tablespoon of raw, unpasteurized wheatgrass or chlorophyll powder
  • Add 1 tablespoon of raw, unprocessed, liquid chlorophyll

Source: The Wheatgrass Book by Dr Ann Wigmore.

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