Now, more than ever, it is time to take your health and that of your loved ones seriously. Now is a great time to start if you haven't already done so. Now is the time to strengthen the immune system, find wholesome sources for food, get to know local farmers by going to farmer's markets, and grow some of your own food, or at least herbs, which are simple to grow and are a nutritious way to add interest and color to your meals.
Have an open mind in choosing new foods to add to your diet and rejoice that between radioactive fallout, environmental pollutants, industrial waste, pharmaceuticals in our water supply, and deep water oil drilling disasters, we have not completely poisoned the entire earth.
Seriously. What if you were a farmer in northern Japan? For us in America, and in much of the rest of the world, it is still possible to eat well, and eat healthy -- if you choose wisely and limit your exposure to chemicals, pesticides, processed foods and junk foods.
The whole foods movement emphasizes freshly prepared foods, lightly cooked using organic or local ingredients free of sprays, synthetic fertilizers and soil inputs.
Remember to listen to your body and not your mind (or advertising) in creating meals and food choices. Stock your pantry with foods which are basic staples, medicinal herbs and spices, and specialty foods which act as tonics to nourish and enhance well being, such as seaweeds and learn more about nutrition.
Food as Preventive and Healthy Medicine
After studying survivors of the atomic blast in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and after the nuclear disaster in after Chernobyl, Russian and Japanese researchers have found that miso and soy products such as tofu, eaten along with seaweed, specifically kombu or kelp were all effective in escorting radiation out of the body.
"Seaweed contains every single mineral that we need for optimum health. Also, nutrients are more bioavailable when we get them from food than when taken as a supplement," according to Rebecca Wood.
Burdock, one of the ingredients in Essiac formula used to fight cancer is a wild and tenacious weed with a long tap root which draws mineral nourishment from deep in the ground. It's another good and useful ally in escorting toxins from the body while at the same time, it is deeply and gently nourishing.
Red Clover, a humble and lovely flower which makes a delicous tea is an excellent ally for cleansing the blood, and for balancing and nourishing the body. Red Clover, Trifolium Pratense is an alterative, an herb which promotes renewal of tissues and general healing.
Red clover contains anti-cancer compounds. It is a mineral rich, hormone nourishing, respiratory soothing herb. Taken around the world, red clover, according to Gail Faith Edwards in Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs was a favorite of ancient herbalists and old wives who considered it to be an herb of immortality and protection.
This would be a good herb to place in your medicine pouch or on your altar for protection. More directly you can simply ingest the herb as a delicious tea, thereby placing a love offering into the temple of your body. Either way you'll want to add red clover to your pantry at this time of nuclear uncertainty.
Collard Greens, Kale and other rich deep green cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli) have been shown in studies to have a myriad of health benefits including protection from radiation. Eating chlorophyll rich foods like dark green vegetables deliver a richly nourishing and protective package of health!
According to nutritionist Paul Pitchford, cereal grasses such as wheat or barley grass help rid the body of radiation from chemotherapy, nuclear fallout, microwaves, high-voltage power lines, electrical devices and other sources of environmental pollution.
The following foods are helpful in detoxifying the body after exposure to radiation, whether by x-ray, mammogram, nuclear accident or chemotherapy. But keep in mind, that you want to eat normal portions of these foods. Even though they are good for you, don't overdo it by thinking 'more' is better. You can make yourself ill by eating too much miso or tofu or any food. Eaten as part of a healthy whole foods fresh meal, these foods and herbs may help:
Apples and other foods with pectin in it such as sunflower seeds
st. john's wort herb
**Please use ONLY organic tofu, as it's the only way to insure you have a product which is made from real soybeans and not GMO soybeans!!
Now is the time to learn to trust your intuition. If you don't know how to do that, now is the time to learn. The guidelines in this article are not meant to be a substitute for medical care and if you have been exposed to nuclear fallout, you need to see a medical professional.
If you are taking prescription drugs please check with your doctor or pharmacist before trying ANY of the herbs in the list above and even the foods. Miso and many fermented soy products such as soy sauce contain very high levels of sodium. Some of the herbs can interfere with allopathic drugs.
The advice given in this article are some dietary suggestions for living in a nuclear age. We can no longer fool ourselves into believing that we are in control of nature or of our own machinations in our greed for power.
It is time to empower ourselves to finally awaken to our own Divinity and that of our only home, Mother Earth. It is time to awaken to our responsibility to honor the temples which are our bodies and to honor the body of our Mother.
Blessed Be, may we join forces to heal the wounded heart of the world.
May we join forces in peace and love to heal our Mother Earth, our only home.
Read our articles on radiation and Fukushima here:
Surviving Radiation the Wise Woman Way by Susun Weed
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis: A Comprehensive Overview by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Fukushima Lessons Learned, Next Steps by Ace Hoffman
Anti Radiation Main Course Meal of Tofu, Sweet Potato and Collards over Brown Rice by Jane Sherry
Anti-Radiation Salad Medley or Seaweed & Green Salad by Jane Sherry
New Encyclopedia of Whole Foods by Rebecca Wood. You can find Rebecca's wonderful articles and recipes at our website on the alt. healer directory or her archive page at SatyaCenter.com. Or visit her at her website and by all means stock your pantry with a copy of her endlessly useful New Whole Foods Encyclopedia.
Heailng with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford, formerly of Heartwood Institute is an excellent resource for those who want to learn about the energetic healing properties of food. Anyone studying the healing arts needs to have this book!
Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm
Healing Wise by Susun Weed
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Jane Sherry, one of the Founders of Satya Center is a Reiki practitioner/teacher, spiritual counselor, creator of healing art talismans, healing gardens and loves to cook! She has a background in the visual arts before moving into the healing arts and has been a longtime lover of herbs and spices and cooking. She newly resides in the East Bay Area of Northern Calirnia right next door to farm country an hour east of SF, Oakland and Berkeley. She works the Satya Center healing practice with co-founder and husband, Curtis Lang and co-operates the Satya Center Crystal Gallery and web portal. New gardens are being birthed now, here in the California sunshine, well watered by lots of drought breaking winter rains. You will always find crystals in among the herbs, flowers and vegetable gardens!
The guidelines in this article are not meant to be a substitute for medical care and if you have been exposed to nuclear fallout, you need to see a medical professional.