7 Most Prescribed Drugs and Their Natural Alternatives

How many of us have been prescribed some type of medication or know someone who is on medication? I was on prescription meds for acid reflux for a few years. We don’t have to live in a medicated world; however, we choose to. We want the quick fix so we continue to live our poor lifestyle and  stick with our not-so-good dietary habits. It doesn’t have to be this way, but it is…because it does require work to live a healthy lifestyle!

The nitty-gritty of the matter is that we refuse to think about prevention because we re-actively commit to treating the symptoms instead of the cause of the underlying health problem.

There are prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, anti-depression, diabetes and antibiotics which make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.



Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequences of side effects.

Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs and their best natural remedies.

1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: For Pain

Currently the single most prescribed drug in the world. More doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote these hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

How it Works:

It is an orally psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic. It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the Cytochrome P450 pathway.
Natural Foods:

Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.

2. STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins. A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to 48 percent increased risk for type-2 diabetes.
There are no scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease. The obsessed culture of lowering cholesterol may actually be causing cancer.

How it Works:

Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Natural Foods:

Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry.

3. LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)

Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure

In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually, Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc about 9%.

How it Works:

Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.

Natural Foods:

Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.

4. SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. The related drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for elevated cholesterol but was withdrawn due to cardiac side-effects.

How it Works:

It replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.

Natural Foods:

Any foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day — enough to raise the heartbeat.

Personally, I add more kelp and himalayan salt into my diet.

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of Nexium)

Use: Antacid

A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.

How it Works:

It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions in cells. The absorption of omeprazole takes place in the small intestine essentially turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.

Natural Foods:

Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.


Use: Antibiotic

In combination, azithromycin and amoxicillin contribute towards a mind-blowing 17% of the top prescribed medications. Then we wonder why we have antibiotic resistance. On their own, each contributes about 8.5%. Azithromycin is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics and derived from erythromycin. Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice for children.

How it Works:

Inhibits the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.

Natural Foods:

Sunlight (Vitamin D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grape seed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, and probiotics.

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly increasing. It makes up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in particular, in overweight and obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works:

By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.

Natural Foods:

Black tea, Sunlight (Vitamin D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing both weight training and aerobic exercise.



August Wellness Focus

Hello August!!

Let’s start off with an inspirational quote.

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Relaxation and Exercise

Summer is often a time for serious play, time off and deep relaxation. Many of us use the summertime to rebuild our reserves for the rest of the busy year. In our work-crazed society we can lose sight of the benefits of slowing down and taking time to rest. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to enjoy the restorative powers of reconnecting to your body through movement and relaxation.

The body loves to move. Even though our body is healthiest when it is getting appropriate physical activity, we often feel dread and boredom when we hear the word “exercise”. Think for a moment of what type of movement you would consider fun
as opposed to torturous. Perhaps you loathe the idea of a gym, but miss taking dance classes. Maybe you secretly want to try yoga or rollerblading. You could play touch football with your kids, walk with a neighbor in the mornings or go for a swim. The
summer offers so many choices – it’s simply up to you to choose which style of movement excites you. Your heart will thank you, your soul will be gratified, your limbs will be more fluid and you’ll sleep better at night.

Summer is a unique time of year when we can do both our relaxation and our movement out in nature. Take a nap in a hammock and enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass. Go to the park and meditate or read under a favorite tree. One of the greatest places to rest in the summertime is by the water. There is something magical and
restorative in water, and we naturally crave to be near it, by it or in it. Heading to the water, whether it is the beach, a lake or a kiddy pool, can be relaxing and rejuvenating.
Whether you are relaxing, exercising or both, notice that being outside in nature has a profound way of quieting the mind and reconnecting us to ourselves. Often this relaxation and peace of mind are what our bodies crave the most. So while summer is with us, strap on your sandals and enjoy the rich elements of sun, wind and water
and the nourishment that they bring.

Food Focus: Water

Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water. Getting our daily dose
of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated,
and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. Even with this knowledge, it
can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. In the summer,
when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty
of water is critical. Those who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion,
sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue.

To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it
when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the
previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Keep a bottle of water
accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having a bottle
of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.

What about quality? Some people like bottled water, while others prefer filtered water. The key is to like the taste of the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body. If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it tasty and drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more
tempting, or to jazz up your routine. Also, drinking tea or juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process. So, splash in the waves, swim in the sun, drink plenty of water and enjoy the summer fun!

Recipes of the Month

Sun Tea

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 24 hours
Yield: 2 liters

3-4 tea bags of your choice

1. Fill an extra-large mason jar with water, add 3 or 4 of your favorite tea bags and cover with lid.
2. Place in sun for 1/2 to a full day and let the shining rays pour in heat and energy, bringing out the wonderful tea flavors.
3. Sweeten if so desired with natural sweetener and serve at room temperature or cold over ice.

Note: Garnish with mint leaves or lemon wedge.
Ginger Drink

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 24 hours
Yield: 6-8 servings

1 pound fresh ginger root
2 quarts water
juice of 2 limes or 2 lemons
maple syrup or agave nectar to taste

1. Thinly peel the fresh ginger, grate and mix with water in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Cover the pan and turn off the heat; leave
for 24 hours.
3. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve.
4. Add the lime juice and maple syrup or agave. Stir until dissolved. Serve chilled.

Love and Light,



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Raw Cacao Milkshake

I’m going to tell you something because no one else will. You deserve a milkshake. You deserve a milkshake that isn’t going to send you onto a blood sugar roller coaster and mess with your healthy flora. You deserve this milkshake. A perfect treat on a hot day when you want a nourishing clean energy boost.




Raw cacao is beneficial in so many ways. Not only does it contain phenylethylamine which helps boost happy hormones, it’s also loaded with magnesium. A large percentage of the population is deficient in magnesium but it’s important for healthy digestion and a relaxed nervous system, so drink up!



Serves 1

1 cup coconut or almond milk (without carrageenan)

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon of raw honey or stevia



Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

When you’re gut health is off kilter it’s important not to overload your body with sugar. That’s where recipes like these come in. You can’t just flip a switch and never want a milkshake again, so it becomes about creating healthy substitutions to unhealthy foods.

Sugar feeds bad bacteria and candida in your gut and promotes digestive distress and hormonal issues. The more you can swap it out for healthy recipes like this the faster you’ll be on track to feeling amazingly energized and balanced.

If you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my new comprehensive program Restore your Gut Health, details here. In the program you get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes that you can enjoy without guilt, and that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.

Or join me on my Facebook group where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.


To your wellness,



July Food Focus: Raw and Cooling Salads

Happy Summer!


Quote of the Month

The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing. – Benjamin Franklin

Try Something New

Summer is finally in full force, and the living is easy! Do you notice in summertime how everything seems promising? The plants are in full bloom and the sun feels glorious on your skin. The longer days give you boundless energy, making you feel like it’s possible to achieve all your desires and dreams. Why not harness this energy, ride the wave of summer and try something new?


Throughout the year we live at an intense pace (physical, emotional and mental), and we often get stuck in routine, either for the sake of efficiency or out of fear of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in doing the same things over and over stagnates not only our minds, but also our bodies and hearts. Are you hesitant to break your routine? Fear and excitement have the same physiological expression in our bodies; it is our mind that classifies the feeling as either positive or negative. So the next time you consider a change in routine and your mind says “scary!” see if you can reframe it as “exciting!”

What is something you have never done before or that you have wanted to do for a long time? Choose your own adventure: organize a kayak trip, take a dance class, do some exotic traveling or set a goal for a new personal challenge. Or try something simple, like playing flashlight tag with your kids and neighbors or reading in the sunshine. Maybe it’s time to discover a new vegetable dish or to visit a new town, restaurant or beach.

Whatever adventure calls to you, use this summer to make it happen and enjoy your life. Increasing new experiences and excitement in your life can decrease your dependence on artificial stimulants like caffeine and sugar, leading to more vibrant health. Watch out for massive improvements in physical well-being, mental acuity and motivation, plus a full portfolio of fun.


Food Focus: Raw and Cooling Salads



Why is it that in the summer we naturally crave more fresh and raw foods? These foods have a cooling effect on the body. The lightness and high water, fiber and vitamin content work together to act as our internal air conditioning during these warm months. At this time of year we also need less dense, high-energy food because we get so much energy from being outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

There is no better season than summer to have fun creating your own fresh, tasty, creative salad combinations. By simply tossing together several of your favorite raw veggies, naked or with a light dressing, you have a perfect meal for a hot summer’s day.

Try your favorite leafy lettuce with various sliced, diced or grated veggies. The possible combinations are endless.

 Fresh herbs are a wonderful option to mix in, as they are packed full of flavor.

 Experiment with adding diverse forms of protein to your salads, such as nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, fish or poultry.

 Pick up a light and healthy dressing at your local health food store, or mix up something easy, like lemon juice, black pepper and olive oil.

This is a great opportunity to try a new vegetable from your market. What are some creative flavors you’ve never tried before? Fennel and mint? Daikon radish and arugula? Summer squash with watercress? Whatever you choose, have fun with your food and stay cool.


Recipes of the Month


Bok Choy Apple Slaw

Prep time: 7 minutes Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: 6 stalks bok choy (about 1/2 head), thinly sliced

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 granny smith apple, sliced

1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds or sliced almonds


1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons honey

And salt and black pepper to taste

Directions: 1. First make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking well. 2. Chop all the salad ingredients, leaving the apples until last. Mix in a salad bowl. 3. Toss salad with half the dressing. Add additional dressing if desired. 4. Eat immediately, or chill for up to one hour and then add the apples just before eating.

Asian Watercress Salad

Prep time: 7 minutes Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: 1 bunch washed watercress

1 cup grated carrots

1 cup baked tofu

1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2/3 tablespoons plum vinegar or other vinegar


1. Tear watercress into desirable size pieces.

2. Mix with carrots in a salad bowl.

3. Drizzle sesame oil and vinegar over salad and toss.

4. Dice tofu into bite-size strips.

5. Serve in individual salad bowls, sprinkle tofu on top of each and serve.

The REAL Truth about Vaccines

One of my colleagues posted this on Facebook. This is too important not to share.



The truth about vaccines from the desk of ToniJean Kulpinski Board Certified Naturopathic Practitioner, Certified Health expert, Certified Biblical Health Coach, member of The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and two time best selling author.

First off, if anyone posts a cruel or rude comment it will be deleted and you’ll be blocked immediately!

As a professional with a brain, I do understand why people are afraid and reply on vaccination as a means of disease prevention and I highly respect each of you that feel this way. You are being cautious and this is how you’ve been taught, that vaccines have and will save lives. You also feel that anyone that doesn’t vaccinate must be crazy and is irresponsible.
BUT PLEASE read on…..

In my professional opinion, the theory behind the original vaccines made sense. They were used to prevent disease by using an arm to arm method of inoculation of the species from the infected person in hopes to create an immune response and build antibodies against the disease. As this is exactly what the infinite wisdom of the immune system was designed to do.

As a Naturopathic Drugless Holistic Practitioner, I know first hand that nature provides everything that we need to not only prevent all forms of sickness, but also in the event a person has a health condition, nature’s farmacy provides exactly what works in sync with our natural defenses. As you know and have seen, I’ve worked with numerous individuals completely reverse many so called incurable diseases, whereas the medical establishment has failed greatly!

Our bodies were created to work in sync with nature and nature in sync with us. There are numerous natural remedies that God provides to “immunize.” The word immunize means that the immune system has detected an invader and NATURALLY not FORCEFULLY, does its job by creating killer T cells aka cytototins or immunoglobulins or lymphocytes to combat the invader. This process is only successful without the presence of heavy metals in which compromise your defenses. This is exactly why modern vaccinations are detrimental to the health of the recipient resulting in a host of other serious health issues.

Here’s why-
Today’s modern day vaccine cocktails not only contain the disease but they are also loaded with toxic ingredients known as heavy metals in which breakdown your natural defenses, poisoning your blood. Here are some of the ingredients listed by the Centers of Disease Control, (CDC), just to name a few…..
yeast protein
Egg protein
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Unrelated DNA & RNA
ADJUVANTS That SHOCK your immune system!
Polysorbate 80
Aborted human fetal tissue
And on….

You cannot expect a healthy immune response when pumping toxic poison into the blood of a human or animal.

As a Naturopath I have also worked successfully with countless patients reverse the horrific immuno-compromising effects of these modern day toxic drug injections. We cannot deny the amount of artificially immunized damaged victims in today’s modern world. I see them first hand as a practitioner. Parents live this nightmare each and every day of their lives because of their once, blind trust in the medical community. This is exactly why modern vaccines do not immunize, they compromise and destroy lives.

Continue To READ ON…
Unfortunately big pHARMa cannot patent nature and make their zillions of dollars off of nature made inoculations therefore, they concoct these toxic compounds made in a lab and use you and I as laboratory rats. They are also very clever about their scare and fear tactics to frighten you into believing that you will die without a “vaccine” and that nature cannot protect you.

They fail to tell you the horrific effects of the (SAD) Standard American Diet of microwaved crap, chemical fertilizers, genetically engineered food, pasteurized dead dairy and hormone laden, drugged up meats, etc… in which all destroy your natural defenses.

Nature provides everything we need to live well and dis-ease free but in today’s modern BIG pHARMa world, it’s not profitable!

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil.


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Giveaway Entry Period Extended!

Hey all,

Happy Friday!! I am extending the giveaway time frame for a few more days due to a technical glitch with Mail Chimp. Please enter via the Contact page by entering your first name, email address, and put Giveaway Entry in the comment box.

Thank you and good luck!



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Yay! It’s Giveaway Time!!

It has been a while since I’ve done a giveaway. If you want to learn about or already use essential oils, this book is for you!

I’m giving away The Essential Oils Hormone Solution Book by Dr. Mariza Snyder. This book has sections on how to balance your hormones without adding hormone, the Five Pillars of a Foundational lifestyle and also includes a section how to reset your hormones in 14 days.

Essential Oils Hormone Solution Book

So, here’s how to enter the drawing: 1) subscribe to my newsletter via my blog, 2) share with two friends on either Facebook or Instagram and tag me.

The entry period will run until Sunday, June 14. I will announce a winner Tuesday.

Good Luck!



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June Food Focus: Fruit

Snack Attack

There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!

To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.

Women apple

Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:

  • Snack on things that don’t come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, leftover vegetables or rice cakes with almond butter and fruit spread.
  • Make your own signature trail mix, organic hot chocolate made with almond milk sweetened with agave nectar, or blue corn chips with hummus.

You can also try “upgrading”:

  • If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or whole grain crackers.
  • If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts and dried fruit.
  • Instead of a cup of coffee, upgrade to green tea.

Instead of ice cream, upgrade to applesauce with cinnamon.

Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won’t feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you’ll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours.

Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful goodies for whatever you’re craving, be it sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack.

Food Focus: Fruit                                                                                                 

A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are over stressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.

Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, purée or juiced fruit can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea!

Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature’s sweetness and whenever possible buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:

Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.

Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).

Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.

Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.

Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.

Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.


Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


1 banana

1 cup berries

1 cup diced mango

2-4 ice cubes

1 cup almond or coconut milk

Optional: Add kale or spinach to make a green smoothie.


  1. Mix in blender for 1-2 minutes and serve.

Note: You can add other ingredients for added nutrition such as a spoonful of coconut oil, flax seed oil, spirulina powder, raw cacao powder, maca powder, and/or a scoop of plant-based protein powder.

Ginger Garlic Saute

Here is a great recipe for you that you can make as a side or in addition to your salads during the week. The combination of ginger and garlic simply can’t be beat and adds a punch to any meal. Loaded with healthy hormone balancing purple cabbage, carrots and sesame, this makes for a great side along a tempeh of meatballs.



Serves 2

2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

1 tablespoon coconut oil or your preferred oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 cups shredded purple cabbage

Sea salt and black pepper

1-inch piece of ginger, grated

2 large carrots, shredded

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil



To toast your sesame seeds, heat a dry sauté pan on low flame. When the pan is hot, add the sesame seeds. Toast for about 2 minutes until golden. Remove the sesame seeds from the pan so that they don’t continue cooking. Set aside to use in the final step.

Next, take a sauté pan and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions. Sauté until soft. Add purple cabbage, salt, and black pepper. Allow the cabbage to soften. Next, add ginger, shredded carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. When the cabbage and other vegetables are soft to your liking, turn off the flame and top with toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.


Making vegetables exciting will strengthen your ability to maintain a healthy diet that encourages energy and healthy digestion. So many people fall off the wagon because they think healthy eating has to be bland. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Eating well isn’t about encouraging boredom and blandness, it’s about nourishment on a deeper level, and pleasing your taste buds and your body at the same time.


If you’re serious about getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my new comprehensive program Restoring Your Gut Health, click here for details. It’s loaded with gut restoring delicious recipes.


Join me in my Facebook group where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.


To your wellness,



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An MD’s Thoughts on Covid and Masks

This is a message from a post by one of my colleagues.



This Doctor is a mainstream medical doctor, whom I know well.

She is a very intelligent, caring and informed doctor.

She hasn’t always agreed with me on my stance regarding certain medical views.

This is why when she sent me this letter she wrote, I knew it was stunning.

It’s one thing to have activists share this info, and then, it’s another to have a very well trained, presently working with over 2,000 patients in real time to say what she is saying.

Here is her letter….

I am asked every day about my thoughts on covid and masks. Here are some facts and recommendations.

Covid is not expelled into the environment from breathing through your mouth or nose.
It’s most commonly spread through coughing or sneezing.
However, if someone is speaking forcibly, they could spew virus out of their mouth in the form of tiny droplets – like spittle.
Coronavirus particles are 0.1 microns – small enough to pass though masks.

Even N-95s are not completely effective. But they do stop droplets.

If someone is sick, coughing or sneezing they should wear a mask or ideally, just stay home.

Wearing masks often increases the number of times a person touches their face as they repeatedly adjust their masks.

Masks, if worn, should be replaced after each use as they do accumulate pathogens, especially larger ones like bacteria, coming out of your mouth. Tightly fitted masks cause rebreathing of one’s own carbon dioxide which can cause an increase in carbon dioxide levels. Most people tolerate this fine, but some may experience symptoms after prolonged use including fatigue, light headedness and headache.

I do not recommend that masks be worn outside when social distancing or exercising. It may not be good for your health and covid 19 dies after only a couple of minutes of sun exposure.
However, if you like to strike up conversations with people in close proximity, then you may want to carry a mask.

If you are high risk and want to protect yourself with a mask, you will have to cover your nose and mouth and realize that cloth masks and surgical masks are only partially effective as virus particles can go through and around your mask. N-95s, (if you can find one) are more effective but should be fitted by a professional for best efficacy.

If you are healthy and wearing a mask for the sole purpose of trying to protect others around you, I recommend socially distancing and losing the mask. If you are in close distance or speaking, then you can alternatively cover your mouth and leave your nose exposed.

Final point, we (including our children in school) will be asked to wear masks for months and I would expect until the end of next flu season. Additionally the social distancing request and sterilization of surfaces could be standard for an even longer period of time. Our world is filled with microbials. It’s the job of our immune system to defend our bodies – and it does an excellent job.
Living in a sterile community will decrease the effectiveness of our immune systems and put us at risk of not only covid -19 but the thousands of other germs we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Our world has dealt with new viruses and other microbes since the beginning of time and developing herd immunity is how we have survived. Yes, it’s commonly survival of the fittest, so if you’re not “fit” (poor diet, obesity, sedentary life style, stress, diabetes, poor sleep) then now is the time to make a change.

If you are at risk, please protect yourself with social distancing, masks, and proper hand hygiene and change what you can to improve your health and immune system. 1 of 2 things will happen in the next year – we will develop a vaccine (I give this a less than 50% chance due to the instability of the virus)or our society develops herd immunity.

Those are the only 2 options that will protect our at risk and elderly population long term. Herd immunity is typically achieved when 70% or greater of a population has been exposed and develops antibodies against the virus. The virus can’t easily pass from person to person any longer and it dies out. If there is no vaccine, then the younger and healthy population develop the immunity to protect the old, sick or at risk.

Personally, I exercise daily, sleep 8 hours, and take a probiotic and super green supplements. I eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and processed foods and buy mostly organic. I do my best not to stress over what I can’t control and I choose faith and hope over fear.

There is an excellent podcast run by Tony Robbins. It’s lengthy at over 2.5 hours, but well worth your time to get educated about this virus. It’s non-partisan and interviews world renowned experts in medicine and epidemiology.
I highly recommend it, as unfortunately, I do not have time to individually educate my patients.
You can access the video at TonyRobbins.com. Scroll down to podcasts and select “Covid-19 Facts from the Frontline” dated May 19th. Learning about the facts of this virus from the experts rather than through the sensationalized media will calm anxiety and help us all get back to a feeling of normalcy.

All the best,
Kelly Fordyce MD

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