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Helping the Body Clear Medicinal Residues

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Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition written by Paul Pitchford,  brings together traditions of oriental medicine with western research on health and nutrition in order to plan and prepare the optimal diet. It was recommended to me by a friend who has been a student of several martial arts, Shiatsu and Chinese medicine. It quickly became my nutrition bible and I slowly started to change the way I eat. It is also a brilliant reference book on nutrition.

Now and again, I worry about the amount of medicinal drugs I consume. What is it doing to my body? Are there and long-term effects? What are they? Would it be better if I stopped taking the medication and tried to manage it myself? Ideally, I would prefer to be able to be drug-free now but realistically I know that I could not manage the cataplexy effectively yet. My life would turn into a zombie like existence with moments of brilliance;).

My specialist recommends me to have drug free weekends/weeks occasionally so that I don’t build up too strong resistance to the medication. It will also give the body an opportunity to rest.



Healing with Whole Foods writes that residues in the body from medicinal drugs are very often stored throughout a person’s life in the liver, brain and other tissues. Paul Pitchford recommends a grain and vegetable diet supplemented with green foods to help remove these residues. Basically, he must mean a vegetarian diet with lots of greens. If you have used medicinal drugs for a pro-longed time, he recommends the herb chaparral (Larrea divaricata). If you want to remove intoxicant and drug-related deposits, take chaparral, once a day for twenty days, then take one week off, then continue the daily consumption for another 20 days. It’s important that you consume the whole herb, take it as an alcohol-extracted tincture, powder (in licorice or mint tea) or capsule form.

He also recommends the Ayurvedic remedy, herb calamus root (Acorus calamus and subspecies) to help restore metal damage that has occurred as result of drug usage or other causes.

The easiest way to consume these herbs are as infusions. They are made from dried or fresh flowers or leaves. To infuse, pour boiling water onto herbs in a non-metal; cover, steep for 20min, and strain to drink. Use approximately one ounce of the combined total of dried herbs to each pint of water. Herb teas can also be  brewed in a thermos bottle. It will keep the infusion warm all day and you can take it with you to work or on your travels. Drink the infusion 1/2 cup  2-4 times a day, in between meals.

Sleep well!

Written by Queen of Sleep

October 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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