Sometimes I forget to take my own advice. Often, actually. There are a lot of things to remember even when not sick. Add recovering from disease on top of that and juggling daily life and it can be down right demoralizing. But cheer up, here is a quick reference guide for maintaining a daily health routine and some questions to ask if you feel your progress has stalled.
DAILY DIETARY CHECKLIST
Where are your B VITAMINS coming from today? The most important are thiamine and riboflavin, followed closely by niacin and folate. Biotin deficiency is also common. Natural is best but synthetics can help.
VITAMIN C, being the cornerstone of human metabolism, is vital to preventing degenerative illness or healing those conditions once they have developed. Ideally, as much vitamin C as possible should come from daily food intake, with additional supplemental vitamin C if needing to cure degenerative illnesses.
Where is your CALCIUM coming from? Milk and cheese are great sources, but supplements can be good because as a mineral there isn't much difference between natural and commercial sources. Just don't use calcium orotate or calcium citrate, and avoid silica in supplements.
At least one source of FRUCTOSE, like fruit, but more is helpful. Many disease states inhibit our body's internal synthesis of fructose (such as in fructose 6-phosphate), so obtaining it exogenously is often necessary. Fruit is great, but even soda is fine as long as you're getting enough calcium, although fruit will help you obtain necessary levels of vitamin C.
Have you had enough CALORIES today? Calorie insufficiency is the fastest way to disease and aging. Diets, forgetfulness, or other lack of food causes the body to produce stress hormones which degrade organs and destroy healthy tissue. Even if you think you've gotten enough, get more.
TIPS AND TRICKS
COCONUT OIL can relieve lots of different conditions, or at least the pain. Oil pulling (swishing oil gently in the mouth until it dissolves into a watery fluid—about a full five minutes) is often helpful but it does NOT work for the reason most people say it does. There is no property of oil in which it "pulls" anything from anywhere. Dissolving coconut oil in the mouth works to relieve pain and disease because the enzymes in saliva (lipase in this case) break down the triglycerides in coconut oil into their individual fatty acids. When this happens the fatty acids become metabolically active, stimulating cellular respiration in the tissues of the mouth which increases healing, and also killing pathogenic bacteria which cannot survive in the presence of such fatty acids. It can relieve toothache, canker sores, sore throat, strep throat, orally contracted STDs, and even sinus infections (the fatty acids travel through the tissues to the sinuses). Swallowing the dissolved oil then delivers the active fatty acids into the digestive system where they can disinfect ulcers and relieve stomach pain, and into the blood stream where it can further circulate to relieve sinus infections or other acute disease. Coconut oil also helps to increase thyroid production, but extended use does have the potential to reduce the active form of testosterone (this is not harmful, just annoying).
SUGAR and carbohydrate are the best things to have when you first wake up. Fat and protein can slow down the metabolic rate, and since the body has slowed during sleep it needs easy fuel in order to restart. This is one of the reasons why so many people choose sweetened grains and cereal for their first meal, but since grains are usually the root of many health problems it would be better to start with some orange juice, fruit, or even a soda. Once your pulse rises then the body will have an increased ability to break down protein and fat and to direct them to better routes of metabolism and increased healing and wellness.
ASPIRIN not only relieves pain but also increases the healing rate of cells. Tylenol and Ibuprofen only relieve pain and are actually pretty toxic.
HORSERADISH is a powerful anti-endotoxin agent. It binds to the lipporsacharide itself, helping the body to eliminate harmful endotoxin. I think it's most effective mixed with a good saturated fat like cream (do NOT buy brands which contain soy or other inferior oils). As Horseradish is a toxic root which happens to have medicinal properties, it is not something to be used in excess.
ICE CREAM before bed helps induce sleep.
STRETCHING induces sleep and relaxation by generating free ATP.
CASEIN PROTEIN before bed helps spare muscle and organs from nightly catabolism (which means increased muscle mass). It is available in cheese, or as a protein powder.
BUTTER in the diet heals dry skin like what occurs at the elbow and on the heel. This does not occur with inferior oils like margarine, canola, Crisco, fish oil, etc.
GRASS-FED BUTTER (and dairy) is the only good food source of natural vitamin K2 (unless you eat natto, which you probably don't). It is not in normal butter and dairy (and grass-fed is the BOMB).
VITAMIN B2 can be taken to ward off mosquitos. I have personally experienced this. It can also be used to shorten the timespan of any viral infection, including STDs, by restraining free Iron in the gut and in the body.
YOUGURT is not healthful. Stop eating it. (for the lactic acid).
IODINE can often stop excessive sweating. This takes only a small amount (if it doesn't work, don't keep trying). Many things in our environment steal iodine, like chlorine and unsaturated fats, not to mention iodine's role in thyroid production for which it is constantly used. Excessive or random/unecessary sweating can very often be an acute deficiency of iodine, which would be obvious by near-instantaneous stoppage from just a drop or two of a good iodine supplement or piece of high-iodine seaweed (if this doesn't work it's a more complicated problem so taking more won't help).
COFFEE always raises the metabolic rate. If you have coffee on an empty stomach your body is going to eat your lean muscle as fuel—Never have coffee with low blood sugar or low protein.
BREWER'S & NUTRITIONAL YEAST contain all of the major B vitamins except B12, and is an easy source of B vitamin supplementation. I personally use a brand grown on sugar beets, since other brands grown on grain can contain more allergenic properties and can cause digestive issues.
HOMOGENIZATION destroys some of the most helpful properties of milk, such as lactoferrin. Non-homogenized milk and dairy are best (pasteurization is fine).
#1 PROBLEMS The biggest problem I see in people who ask for help are 1) not getting enough CALCIUM every day and 2) not getting enough CALORIES. Before trying exotic supplements and specialized hormonal products first check to make sure you are getting adequate calcium, glucose, and protein every single day. Adequate calcium is around 1 gram, but most people should be getting more than that anyway, especially if you are sick. That's a lot of calcium (do NOT take large doses of supplemental calcium at once. It will put you in the hospital). Most people aren't even coming close to that. You may have the feeling you are getting enough calories, or is that a sense of guilt caused by our cultures calorie-shame? Even if you feel like you've been eating enough you are probably not.
INSATIABLE HUNGER is caused by the body having lost the ability to oxidize sugar and is instead converting most or all carbohydrates into fat and then oxidizing the fat for energy. This can often be caused by a poor diet, poor eating behaviors like fasting or low-carb dieting, or bacterial imbalance of the inrestinal tract. Niacinamide can help restore normal carbohydrate metabolism along with a good diet. If you feel like you are always hungry don't attempt to control your cravings or cut out food. Instead try to make your eating patterns consistent, predictable, and take measures to support good gut flora as discussed in my book Fuck Portion Control.
PULSE and TEMPERATURE at rest are a great way to diagnose your own metabolic state, and is in fact a necessary practice to understand how your health is being compromised and how to improve it. How to Perform Self Therapy walks you step by step through monitoring your own metabolic health. Taking both pulse and temperature at five or six intervals throughout the day (on waking, after breakfast, after lunch, afternoon, bedtime) and charting this over a week will show you what times of day your metabolic rate is slow, what foods raise it, which lower it, and you can use the information to improve your metabolic rate by choosing foods and behaviors which consistently elevate both (elevation by exercise or activity is not part of this diagnostic and should not be used in the data).
PHYTIC ACID is a compound that binds to calcium (see calcium above) and other minerals to prevent their loss in plants. I have seen more than a few times people eating things too often which contain phytates, and are suffering from a silent calcium deficiency. If you regularly eat nuts, seeds, cocoa, grains, legumes, or other plant-based food investigate its phytic acid content, and/or avoid having them too often and/or near your mineral-dense foods to prevent inadvertent malnutrition.
SUPPLEMENTS often contain excipients and emulsifiers which are toxic and can lower the metabolic rate. A woman with health issues once asked my opinion on a supplement, and I told her that in my experience the silica within the product was harmful. She replied that silica didn't cause any problems with her (how in the world would she know that????), and she proceeded to buy it (I assume). It is BETTER to abstain from all supplements and medical aids and eat normally than it is to take something which has the potential to do harm, and just because you want something to be harmless does not mean it is harmless. Check and double check labels to make sure you are not putting something toxic into your body. Simplify. The foundation of health is in food, not supplements. Most supplements have toxic ingredients, so your odds are not good if you're shopping blind. My Supplement Guide details some of my personal experience with supplements and their ingredients. If you feel like you are doing a lot for your health and yet not experiencing improvements, stop your supplements and take a second look at what they are and what they are made of.