Friday, April 29, 2016

Anti-Inflammatory Latte

Holistic Nutritionist, Amy Michelle Weiss, explains how to use foods and spices as your medicine starting with a simple Anti Inflammatory Latte Recipe.

Start with the Raw Basic Recipe as is or continue to add to your latte

Here are three versions of the recipe so you can understand how simple choices with foods can affect the health benefits of your foods.  Alternate these recipes, as well as mix and match ingredients to create a lifestyle that you can live with!

Anti-inflammatory Latte

* Raw Basic

1 Tbsp Turmeric

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

a pinch of pepper

107 Calories   1g fat, 26g carbs 1g protein

Mix with 4-8 oz of hot water

All natural, no chemicals, lower calories, gluten free, vegan, fat free, unprocessed

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, Mental Sharpness, Superfoods, Anti Cancer, Antioxidants

Drawbacks: Very natural tasting, takes time to acclimate to taste

*Middle Ground

1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1 tbsp Unsweetened Cacao Powder

1/2 tsp lemon extract or lemon zest

1   tsp Vanilla Extract or vanilla bean

1   tsp Nutmeg

152 Calories 3.5 g fat 29g o saturated fat, 29 carbs 2g protein

Mix with 4 - 8 oz of any hot drink such as tea or coffee

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory,: Magnesium, Antioxidants, Super-food, Anti Cancer, Better tasting

Drawbacks: carcinogens, caffeine, calories, processed Almond Milk with chemicals

Low fat, gluten free, vegan, low-medium chemical risk


1/2 cup Whole Milk  73

1 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tbsp Agave

1/2 tsp lemon extract or lemon zest

1 tsn Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean

1 tsp Nutmeg

252 Calories 9 grams of fat 4 grams saturated fat, 45g carbs 2g protein

Mix with 4- 8 oz of any hot drink such as tea or coffee

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory

Drawbacks: Carcinogens, Dairy, Hormones, Chemicals, Processed Agave, Saturated Fat, Lactose, Cholesterol, Cancer Risk

Nutritional overview and comparisons:

107 Calories       1g fat, 0  saturated fat   26g carbs  1g protein

- no health risks, only benefits

152 Calories    3.5g fat  0  saturated fat,  29g carbs  2g protein

- low health risks, many benefits

252 Calories       9g fat  4g saturated fat, 45g carbs  2g protein

- high health risks, small benefit

Top Dangerous Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products

Raw Earth Medicine: Awareness 

There are so many different brands of beauty products out on the market today that promise the consumer the world in results. Although we may want to add  volume to our hair and have skin as soft as a baby, at what price to our health are we willing to go to get these results. The key to buying products that won't cause tumors to grow while giving your hair that beautiful sheen, is reading the ingredients.  After researching what ingredients to avoid I have found that Accure Shampoo and Conditioner work wonderfully on my thick unruly mane and ShiKai Body wash leaves me feeling clean, refreshed and smelling delicious! Both products are natural and safe without any of the hazardous ingredients I learned were dangerous to my health. 

While doing my own research, I came across a great excerpt from Dr. Frank Lipman's book REVIVE: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again (2009) that lists the most dangerous ingredients in beauty products that you should avoid and why.  Here's the list:

1. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)

These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and facial cleansers. 

2. Phthalates and Parabens 

Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have demonstrated themselves to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer.

3. FD&C Color Pigments

Most FD&C color pigments are made from coal tar and studies show that almost all of them are carcinogenic. Many of these pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation, or even oxygen depletion in the blood. FD&C Red #4 is no longer available for use in foods because of a known threat to the adrenal glands and urinary bladder. 

4. Fragrance

“Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system. “Fragrances” are found in most shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, skincare and body care products. 

5. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin

These are formaldehyde donors, which means that they are derivatives of the formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. Remember dissecting frogs in school? These chemicals are linked to allergies, chest pain, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, and can trigger asthma. They can weaken the immune system, and, surprise surprise, cause cancer. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin are used in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.

6. Quaternium-15

Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.

7. Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.

8. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like saran wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing, absorbing and excreting. It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Note that baby oil is 100% mineral oil – and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin.

9. PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)

PEG’s are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.

10. Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in makeup, toothpaste and deodorant. Stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use! Direct contact can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with it. And yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths!!

11. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes. AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner and toothpaste. Exposure causes eye damage, depression, diarrhea and many other ailments. 

12. Triclosan

A synthetic antibacterial ingredient that has been compared to Agent Orange. The Environmental Protection Agency registers it as a pesticide, highly toxic to any living organism. It is also classified as a chlorophenol. In other words, it is in a cancer causing chemical class. Triclosan disrupts hormones, can affect sexual function and fertility and may foster birth defects. Triclosan has been linked to paralysis, suppression of the immune system, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. It is widely used in antibacterial cleansers, toothpaste, and household products.

13. Talc

Talc has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It can be found in makeup, baby and adult powders and foundation. 

14. Petrolatum

Petrolatum is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene. As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin breathing and excreting.

I know it may seem like nothing is safe out on the market from our foods to our beauty products but the more we educate ourselves on what to look for and start buying from responsible companies that make products that aren't harmful, the less we will see of the products that contain these ingredients. We have all been blind to what was going into our favorite products and now that we know what the true consequence is to our health we can make educated decisions about what products are safe to use! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pineapple Spring Salad

Raw Earth Medicine: Pineapple Spring Salad

2 cups Parsley (finely chopped)
1 cup Cilantro  (finely chopped)
1 cup Mint   (finely chopped)

Serrano Pepper

Dressing: One Orange Squeezed over the salad

Health Benefits:

1. Detox:

The parsley, cilantro and Serrano Pepper in this refreshing salad help to detoxify the body of free radical and toxins. 

2. Hydrating:

The high water content in the cucumbers helps to hydrate the body

3. Vitamins and Nutrients: 

Every ingredient in this salad is packed with essential vitamins K, A, C, B 9 and B 12! It's also high in iron, magnesium and bromelain 

4. Anti-Inflammatory:

The high water content from the cucumber works with the detoxifying agents in the parsley, cilantro and orange juice to flush out inflammation. The bromelain from the pineapple helps to reduce inflammation while healing cells. 

5. Disease Prevention:
All ingredients in this salad help to prevent diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, heart diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and bone diseases while benefiting your organs, bruising, inflammation, circulation and over all health! 

This pineapple spring salad will definitely put a pep in your step and send refreshing goodness to your entire body! This is how you use whole natural delicious foods as your preventative medicine!  Create a lifestyle you can live with! Enjoy!  

Monday, April 25, 2016

Where is the food?

We are made up of 3 things: water, oxygen and what we eat! 

Ask yourself these questions and change how you look at food:

1. What ingredients are in the foods I'm eating?

2. How are the foods I'm eating feeding my body?

3. What nutrients and minerals does my body require to be healthy?

4. What foods have zero risks associated with eating them and benefit my health while preventing diseases?

5. Am I really hungry?

When we start understanding how to properly feed our bodies we change our mental and emotional relationship with food. 

Feeding your body the proper nutrition connects and balances the body, mind and soul connection, making you a well rounded healthy person and not a victim!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Food for thought: Is eating cheese feeding your body positive nutrition?

Raw Earth Medicine: Food for thought! 

Is eating cheese feeding your body positive nutrition or is cheese a very occasional pleasure food? 

Here's some info about how cheese is made:

Cheese is basically moldy milk.  Although not all Cheeses are exposed to mold; the others are exposed to chemicals. Those cheeses not made with mold are made by exposing Milk to rennens, which are made from an enzyme that comes from calves’ stomach linings, and acids which change the texture and curdle the milk. The liquid is drained off (whey) and the solids are preserved (cheese). 

Soft-ripened cheeses such as Brie and Camembert are made by allowing white Penicillium candida or P. camemberti mold to grow on the outside of a soft cheese for a few days or weeks. The mold forms a white crust and contributes to the smooth, runny, or gooey textures and more intense flavors of these aged cheeses. 

Goats' milk cheeses are often treated in a similar manner, sometimes with white molds (Chèvre-Boîte) and sometimes with blue. 

Blue-mold cheeses like Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton are produced by inoculating loosely pressed curds with Penicillium roqueforti or Penicillium glaucum molds. The mold grows within the cheese as it ages. These cheeses have distinct blue veins and, often, assertive flavors. Their texture can be soft or firm.   

Now, we know that most cheese is derived from milk and is either treated with chemicals or mold in order to be made. One of the biggest problems with cheese besides how it's made is what's in the milk that it's being made with. About one-quarter of cheese that's sold in America comes from cows treated with Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH). The FDA approved its use in 1995 despite findings from organizations like the National Institutes of Health and Physicians Commitee that revealed known health risks from consumption of cheese and dairy products.

Let's evaluate the positive attributes and the health risks of eating dairy: 


1. Vitamins:   

Dairy products, including cheese, provide vitamins A and D. Vitamin A maintains healthy vision, the immune system and red blood cell production. 

2. Minerals: 

Cheese also provides two important minerals, calcium and phosphorus, which support the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and can lower your risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium also plays a role in the health of your nervous system.

3. Protein: 

You need protein daily because protein is a part of every cell in your body. Cheese provides significant amounts of complete proteins, or all of the nine essential amino acids that you need for good health. Firm cheeses such as cheddar contain more protein than softer cheeses such as blue cheese. The human body only requires 46g for women and 56g for men of protein daily. 

4. Pleasure:

Cheese provides a delicious taste to most recipes. It makes most people very happy and it goes well with wine. 


1. Cancer:

According to a study published in the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute," cheese and other dairy products may actually raise the risk of breast cancer. A study published in "Nutrition and Cancer" also came to the same conclusion. Other studies link cheese to lymphoid cancers and lung cancer. 

2. Digestive Diseases:

The Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine warned in "The New York Times" that cheese can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems. Past the age of 2 years old human beings don't produce enough of the enzyme lactase. 
If you do not have enough of the enzyme lactase in your gastrointestinal tract, you might have problems when you consume dairy products. Most people are told they  are lactose intolerant but the truth is that those who can consume dairy without a problem are lactose tolerant and the rest of the people are normal human beings. Aside from a little lactose, dairy can also cause some gut damage due to the way it inflames the gut lining. It’s one of the worst to cause and irritate leaky gut syndrome, which can lead to autoimmune disease and other health issues over time. Dairy consumption is known to cause issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or even long-term IBS. Many people who suffer from more serious disorders such as Crohn’s disease find that once they ditch dairy, healing naturally begins. 

3. Heart Attacks:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest warns that the consumption of cheese is giving heart attacks to many Americans because of its high-fat content.  

4. Cholesterol: 

Dairy and cheese can also contribute large amounts of fat, sodium and cholesterol to your diet. Between 15-30 percent of your daily calories should come from fat. The over consumption of dairy and cheese leads to too much fat or cholesterol which can cause you to gain weight, develop heart disease and develop certain cancers. The amount of fat in a cheese depends on the fat content of the milk that was used to make the cheese.  

5. Chronic Inflammation

Dairy is highly acidic, despite it containing high amounts of calcium that acts as an alkaline agent by nature. Milk is rich in natural acids that can cause calcium deposits to build up and potentially cause arthritis and long-term inflammation. It also doesn’t necessarily keep our bones strong as we once believed. Most plant-based foods do a much better job (such as chard, kale, almonds, figs) and don’t contribute to chronic inflammation.

Although cheese and dairy do have some beneficial attributes like vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus, it's quiet apparent that if we eat too much of it we are headed down the road to inflammation, cancer, heart diseases and many other digestive problems. 

There is no argument that cheese and dairy products are delicious but now that we know that the health risks far out way the benefits of eating dairy and cheese, how do we find the balance between feeding our body for optimum health while still enjoying the pleasures in food like dairy and cheese. 

Tips for balancing your nutrition:

1. Be honest with how much you're really eating dairy and cheese. Make it a special meal and something you will savor. Make it worth it and not just a habit. 

2. Buy from locally sourced farms who don't use hormones or chemicals in their dairy production 

3. Eat the real deal with full fat made from whole milks. The reduced fat, non fat or processed  versions of cheese are far worse for you than eating the full fat version because the processing to make it low fat or non fat adds more chemicals and health risks 

4. Use cheese alternatives like nutritional yeast or almond cheese which is healthy to give foods a cheese flavor for times you're eating for nutritional health and not pleasure 

5. Find ways to make your favorite cheese dishes without cheese so you can have them regularly and only occasionally with cheese. 

Being healthy means being aware and finding your balance in life and with food.  Knowing what our risks and benefits are with foods makes knowing what's pleasure food and nutritious foods easier. The more we know about nutrition the more our decision making about what we eat becomes an intellectual decision for our health and long term wellness. That's how to create a lifestyle you can live with! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Benefits of our Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

Raw Earth Medicine: Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

1 Carrot
1 Jalapeño 
4 cups Tomato or 2 Large Tomatoes  
Handful of Spinach

servings: 1

This nutrient packed juice is spicy, delicious and nutritious. If you're looking for a homemade V8 to drink your veggies or to make your Sunday Bloody Mary a little healthier, this juice is for you! 

The Benefits: 

1. Weight loss: 

Peppers contain a chemical known as capsaicin, which is actually what gives peppers their hot properties. Capsaicin is also good for helping you lose weight, and is commonly found in many weight loss pills and supplements. It literally burns away calories and fat. So that hot feeling you get from eating peppers is also burning away the pounds.

2. Arthritis: 

Capsaicin found in the peppers along with Bioflavonoids, which are concentrated in the tomato skin, counteract inflammation and allergic reactions. The main compounds in tomato skin are quercetin and kaempferol.  The high water content added from the spinach helps to make this juice act as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it great for reducing swelling and pain in those who suffer from arthritis. 

3. Cancer Prevention: 

Tomatoes and Carrots both contain beta-carotene, an orange pigment, that's an important antioxidant which protects against damage from sunlight. Your body also converts beta-carotene into vitamin A.  Both Carrots and tomatoes protect against oxidative stresses that can cause cancer. A tomato has lycopene, a red pigment, with demonstrated anti-cancer effects, as well as containing phytoene and phytofluene, two anti-cancer compounds. A study by British scientists at the University of Nottingham and another study by the American Association of Cancer Research reports that the capsaicin found in peppers actually is able to kill some cancer cells, specifically prostate cancer cells. Increased intake of carotenoids in carrot juice has been said to decrease instances of bladder, prostate, colon and breast cancer 

4. Heart Health: 

Spinach is a heart healthy food. It’s an outstanding source of vitamins C and A which are antioxidants that help reduce free radical amounts in the body. The antioxidants work to keep cholesterol from oxidizing. In addition, folate is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, as well as magnesium, a mineral that helps to lower high blood pressure.  The high levels of vitamins and minerals found in Spinach, Peppers, Carrots and Tomatoes work together in this juice to completely support heart and cardiovascular health. Numerous studies have shown that in countries where peppers are common in the diet, the citizens there have fewer heart attacks. Some studies have also shown that peppers inhibit the buildup of fibrin in the body, and fibrin is a major ingredient for blood clots to form. 

5. Headaches: 
The capsaicin in peppers is also known to block the neuropeptide known as Substance P, which is a main pain transmitter to the brain. What this means is that peppers can actually help to ease pain. So get some jalapenos if you are having headaches, and let those pains go away. 
6. Nasal Congestion: 

The heat in peppers, caused by capsaicin, clears the sinuses. It even helps to fight sinus infections by cleansing the airways.  You can breath easier with the help of jalapeno peppers. 
7. Ulcers: 
Peppers kill bad bacteria in the stomach and intestines, and often this bacteria is what leads to stomach ulcers. 
8. High Blood Pressure: 

Jalapeños, Carrots and tomatoes have lots of flavinoids, Vitamin C and Vitamin A which are good for lowering one’s blood pressure. 
9. Anti-Oxidant Properties 

The flavonoids and vitamins found injalapeño  peppers, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are excellent anti-oxidants, which means they work within the bloodstream to help the body fight off and heal from damaging cells. 

10. Prenatal Health: 

Since vitamin A helps in cell growth it is especially beneficial in fetal growth.  When taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy, it reduces the chance of infection in the child 

If you're having trouble swallowing all the veggies you need in order to feed your body.  This juice has all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs to properly defend against ailments and protect against disease.  The anti inflammatory properties along with the health benefits of this juice should make it a go to juice to support your health. It can provide you with your daily minimum of vitamins, nutrients and minerals and start you on the path to complete optimum wellness. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Benefits of Grape Juice

Raw Earth Medicine: The Benefits of Grape Juice 

Grapes are not only a delicious fruit or juice, they are a rich sources of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate in addition to essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium.

Here are just some of the Benefits of adding grape juice or eating grapes to your nutrition: 

1. Cancer Prevention: 

The anthocyanins and pro-anthocyanidins in grapes have properties of an anti-proliferate and can inhibit the growth of cancer causing agents.  The anti-inflammatory effect of resveratrol have been found to have strong anti-cancer properties.  It has been specifically effective in reducing the chances of colorectal cancer and breast cancer. In a recent study, it has been discovered that purple, Concord grape juice helps in preventing breast cancer. Significant reduction in mammary tumor mass of laboratory rats was seen after they were fed the grape juice in an experimental setting. The antioxidants in grapes are beneficial in the prevention of all types of cancer as well. 

2. Immune System:

 Grapes are packed with flavonoids and minerals, and high amounts of vitamins as well! The high levels of Vitamin C, K, and A in grapes  supports many of your organ systems, especially your immune system, which reduces the chance of coming down with common colds and the flu. 

3. Fatigue - 

Since iron is an essential mineral that impacts a number of bodily functions, a deficiency in Iron can contribute to fatigue which can diminish brain function and give you a sluggish feeling.  The high iron content in light grapes and white grape juice supplements the iron content in the body and prevents fatigue 

4. Indigestion: 

Grapes relieve heat and cure indigestion and irritation in the stomach. 

5. Constipation: 

Grapes are viewed as a laxative type food. They are very effective in helping to regulate digestive and stool health because they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose which has a laxative effect on the body. Grapes are high in insoluble fiber, meaning it remains intact as it moves through the digestive tract. It builds up bulk, which promotes the formation and excretion of healthy stool.

6. Cholesterol: 

Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which has the capacity to lower a person’s cholesterol levels. 

7. Kidney Diseases: 

Grapes have a high water content, they induce urination, which also helps to eliminate the uric acid still present in the body after its acidity is reduced. Grapes have a very cleansing effect on the body, and the antioxidants present benefit all of the body’s systems

8. Brain Function: 

Grapes contain Resveratrol, a beneficial polyphenol, which reduces the levels of amyloidal-beta peptides in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that grapes can enhance brain health and delay the onset of degenerative neural diseases. 

9. Bone Health: 

Manganese is an extremely important element for the body, which aids in everything from protein metabolism, collagen formation, and nervous system functioning. Grapes are phenomenal  source of Manganese and other  micro-nutrients like copper and iron, all of which are important in the formation and strengthening of bones. 

10. Vision Health: 

Grapes can prevent age-related loss of vision,  macular  degeneration and retinal diseases. Flavonoids present in grapes have antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals and potentially reduce the formation of cataracts as well as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and various age-related problems.

11. Asthma: 

Grapes can be used as an aid for treating asthma.  They contain a high level of hydrating properties which increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthmatic events.

12. Heart diseases: 

Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which helps to prevents blood clots.  Including grapes in your nutrition is an effective way to reduce the chances of heart attacks. The antioxidants present in grapes prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which can block the blood vessels can be a contributor to various coronary conditions. Grapes have a high numbers of flavonoids, which are what give grapes their color.  Flavonoids are also very powerful antioxidants. The primary antioxidants found in grapes are resveratrol and quercetin. These two compounds negate the effects of free radicals, reduce the clumping of blood platelets and filter toxins out of the blood.

Grapes are a wonderful addition to a nutritious lifestyle. They aid in keeping the body healthy, properly fed and fight to prevent diseases. It's highly recommended that you add Grapes to your arsenol of disease preventative foods while enjoying their yummy goodness! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Products We Love❣ REAL Foods: Rawkin Raw Organic Chocolate!

We love REAL Foods: Rawkin Raw Organic Chocolate! It's packed with anti- oxidants, anti-inflammatories, it's all natural with no preservatives or chemicals and it's made from whole natural ingredients. This is not only an extremely delicious product, it's a superfood because of the ingredients. Cacao, Maca, Spirulina and Goji Berries have incredible health benefits. 

1. Maca - Rich in vitamin B, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance.

2. Cacao- Rich in magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese is a super food.  Made from the cocoa plant, Cacao is unfiltered or processed Cocoa. Filled with Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties and rich in Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E and Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat, Cacoa should be a delicious part of your nutrition.  

3. Spirulina- An organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.  Spirulina is a great source for Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Copper, Iron and even has 4 grams of protein per serving.  Phocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina. It has powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and helps to prevent heart disease, as it can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. With all of it's amazing benefits this superfoods should be a staple in your nutrition for optimum health and vitality. 
4. Goji Berries - More rich in vitiman C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak. Beta carotene prevents heart disease and  protects the skin from sun damage. Goji berries have Vitiman B and antioxidants which protect against harmful free radicals that damage cells in your body. The polysaccharides in Goji Berries help strengthen the immune system and have 18 kinds of amino acids and potassium. This super food protects the heart, skin, immune system and helps to prevent cancer! 

If you're looking for a healthy delicious Chocolate treat REAL Foods: Rawkin Raw Organic Chocolate is Raw Earth Medicine Approved!

Available at Whole Foods and online! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Autonomic Neuropathy.

I've been sweating for like 48hrs. With literal streams of sweat coming from everywhere going down my body. Autonomic Neuropathy strikes again. My hands and feet are freezing my body is sweating profusely. The nerve. 

(Nerve damage jokes) 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A letter to Kobe Bryant

Dear Kobe Bryant, 

I will miss you! You are once in a lifetime! Thank you for being loyal and teaching me you can defy any odd.  Most of your career I couldn't believe my eyes. To me nobody had/has your finesse, your eye and that captivating style of play, I adore.  Your brilliance on and off the court is parallel to none.  You gave me and my dad something to bond over and excitement watching you together. Thanks for all the memories and Championships in my life because of you! 

Lakers for life!!!!!!! It's a family thing. 

Please come back and coach the Lakers. 

I love you buddy!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Why ketosis and high protein diets are not the long term answer for optimum health!

I believe that our diet should be 80% primarily raw, non GMO, chemical free and untreated whole fruits, veggies, legumes, beans, nuts and (cooked) grains with 20% being pleasure foods like processed foods, meat, eggs, dairy. That's the perfect balance and nutrition to live in optimum health. 

I was hit by a car while riding my bike. When my body doesn't get proper nutrition it spasms from nerve damage and has symptoms like stiffness, joint swelling and autonomic neuropathy on top of chronic pain. I feel the immediate negative affects if my body is deficient in anything or not being fed proper nutrition. I won't use pharmaceuticals. I use holistic nutrition. I use food, herbs and juices to reduce all of my symptoms and it works. 

It's been scientifically proven that nobody has ever become diabetic, over weight or disease ridden by eliminating meat, dairy, eggs and processed foods from their nutrition, they actually thrive.  They've even proven to beat cancer eating this way. I can reduce leg spasms with a juice.  It's crazy but it's proven to be true by what I can see with my eyes, that positively affects my life. Proper nutrition is only implemented for people with diseases once the disease develops. The goal is to eat in a manner that prevents the disease from developing in the first place. Eat to thrive and prevent disease not to look skinny. 

So, if you want bacon have it, once a month not once a week then you don't succumb to the inevitable. 

Eating fresh fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts is more nutritious and beneficial for the body than a diet including what's scientifically proven over and over again (processed foods/drinks, meat, dairy and eggs) to be the cause of cancer, heart diseases, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, erectile disfunction, high blood pressure, acid reflux, obesity leading to every other complication as well. 

Our society isn't taught how to properly eat. Sadly and shockingly, we are taught how to properly spend based on a pyramid of what our government, capitalism and industry wants. Health industry, medical industry, pharmaceutical industry, dairy industry, meat industry, fitness industry and our government want you to follow fad restrictive diets that lack proper nutrition. Those industries that primarily function on your ailments wouldn't exist to their magnitudes if we were all truly aware. The basic fundamentals of nutrition aren't taught. A diet that proclaims you don't need the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies first and foremost and puts an emphasis on eating anything else and promotes using synthetic supplements and shakes is restrictive and not proper nutrition. It's capitalism leading and targeting its consumers.  I was a victim too until I needed to actually heal my body from a major trauma and Ketosis diets and high protein diets like I used for years were exasperating my conditions. 

There are countless studies that confirm if you eat animal products, processed foods/drink with chemicals, meat, dairy and eggs you will end up with a major disease.  Just depends on what your body chemistry develops. 

Ketosis and high protein diets provides for a thin looking physique or a tool to stimulate weight loss that isn't meant to be a long term nutrition plan. You will have a thin appearance but not a body that will run on optimum health without disease for years. When you see the guy who's in perfect shape drop dead at 45 and nobody can figure out why. It's the continual lack of proper nutrition that shut down his bodies ability to function.  

There are a million resources that support what I'm saying 

Acid Alkaline Association 
A diet for a new America
The diet for the millions (1969)

Tesla was quoted as stating that cancer can not survive in an alkaline environment. The diets spoken about above put your body in an acidic state making the kidneys have to over regulate the ph balance of the body. The continue strain of balancing ph and the acidic environment cause disease. Adding carcinogens to an acidic environment develops cancer. When you feed the body properly it doesn't have to strain and stress itself to operate properly. It's the stress oxidation and continual strain that causes the body to in essence malfunction. 

There is a plant based food for all your nutritional needs. You just need to learn what foods do what for you. When you look at your food you should be asking yourself. What does this do to feed my body. You can finds foods that provide all essential amino acids, proper nutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates. All plant based, all providing nutrition to feed the body to operate in perfect health without developing disease.  It's science. 

People who live to their 90s like Jack LeLane knew this and there is now a slew of plant based UFC fighters and many other professional athletes are switching to this lifestyle as well because it builds stronger muscles and also oxygenates the body amongst other things  to raise performance and endurance levels. 

Eat high protein, be in ketosis if you want there's always a chance you'll be the lucky one who won't develop anything but more likely the body you'll be left with won't have lubricated joints with healthy cartilage, your blood and lungs won't be able to 100% oxygenate, your skin won't be clear, your blood vessels won't have clear linings, your arteries will be clogged, your blood pressure with be high, your prostate will be enlarged, your dick won't be that hard, your cholesterol will be high, your bones will be brittle, your bone marrow will lower its ability to produce white blood cells, your immune system will be weak and you will develop cancer or another disease.  

None of that develops on an 80% plant based diet with only 20% being pleasure foods and alcohol.  It's the balance that prevents and treats disease while allowing you to responsibly enjoy the pleasures in life. 

My goal is to promote thought and self education. If you don't believe what I'm saying please pm me at the articles with scientific proof to the contrary. I'm all about education. Let's enlighten each other to live the best most healthy lives we can. Body, mind and soul! 

Amy Michelle Weiss 
Live ~ Love ~ Laugh 
Raw Earth Medicine 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Benefits of Carrot Juice

Raw Earth Medicine: 

The Benefits of Carrot Juice

1. Improves Vision: 

The abundance of vitamin A in carrot juice can help improve your sight 

2. Improves Immunity And Controls Heart Diseases: 

Beta-carotene makes it a rich source of vitamin A. It also helps improve the immune system. The daily intake can prevent the onset of heart diseases and strokes

3. Reduces Cholesterol:  

The potassium present in carrot juice can reduce cholesterol levels. 

4. Liver Health: 

It is good for the liver as it reduces fat and bile in it. Carrot juice cleanses and detoxifies the liver. Toxins in the liver are released from the system and excreted after regular consumption of carrot juice. The bloodstream cannot rid the body of toxins and bile through the kidneys. This has to be ejected from the skin. Carrot juice aids this process and ensures harmful bile is removed from the body. 

5. Reduces Risk of Diabetes: 

The Potassium, along with manganese and magnesium in Carrot Juice stabilizes blood sugar level, thus helping to reduce the risk of diabetes.

6. Aids In Clotting Of Blood: 

Vitamin K present in carrot juice helps blood to clot.

7. Skin Health: 

Heals External Wounds, hydrates skin, defends against sun damage, is anti aging and reduces skin scaring 

8. Prevents Acne: 

Since it is high in essential oils, it also helps prevent acne by detoxifying your body 

9. Oral Health: 

Vitamin C helps to heal wounds and keeps the gums healthy.

10. Prevents Cancer: 

It also acts like an anti-cancer agent. Increased intake of carotenoids in carrot juice has been said to decrease instances of bladder, prostate, colon and breast cancer 

11. Bone and Muscle Health: 

Vitamin K, present in Carrot juice is essential for the protein building process in the body. It also helps in the binding of calcium that in turn leads to the faster healing of broken bones Potassium present in carrot also helps to improve bone health. Vitamin A helps our body to heal after a strenuous workout and aid in muscle growth. Phosphorous in carrot juice builds, repairs, and maintains muscle

12. Increases Metabolism: 

Carrot Juice also contains a large amount of Vitamin B complexes which help in breaking down glucose, fat and protein. Helping in building muscle, increasing our metabolism resulting in weight loss. Vitamin B complexes reduce stress and depression, which can contribute to emotional eating. 

13. Increases Oxygen And Energy:

 The high amount of Iron in carrot juice can increase the oxygen carrying capacity of the body, improving cardiovascular health and abilities. The Phosphorous helps the body to use up more energy while doing work outs which produces endorphins and increased energy levels  

14. Lactation: 

Carrot juice intake during pregnancy improves the quality of their breast milk

15. Prenatal Health: 

Prevents Infections In Unborn Child. Since vitamin A helps in cell growth it is especially beneficial in fetal growth.  When taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy, it reduces the chance of infection in the child 

The benefits of carrot juice go beyond what's listed above. The Magnesium and Manganese present in Carrot Juice can stabilize sugar levels and help to reduce weight due to diabetes. The large amount of fiber, aids in digestion and cleanses the body.  For optimum health Carrot juice should be a staple in your nutrition and full wellness.  It cleanses the body and rids it of any toxins, aiding in weight health and full organ health. Fresh raw carrot juice cleanses the digestive tract of toxins, waste, indigestible material, which in turn cures and prevents obesity, heart diseases, liver toxicity diseases, cancer and promotes oral, organ, brain and skin health. We highly recommend adding a glass of Carrot Juice to your daily nutrition. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Benefits of Kiwi Berries

Have you ever tried a Kiwi berry?

Kiwi berries are one of the most exciting new fruits to come into the produce market in years. They are about the size of a grape; a small variety of kiwi fruit that have a smooth, edible skin. The fuzz-free exterior makes it an easy to to eat fruit that you can just pop into your mouth as a quick and delicious snack. They are also great in fruit salads! Kiwi berries are packed with flavor… but they have a short season, so get them while you can!

Not only are these little gems delicious but here's why they are so nutritious. 

1. Like other “superfood” berries, kiwi berries have an unusually high level of antioxidants that protect your body from toxins and oxidation that can lead to cancer and other serious diseases.

2. With about five times as much vitamin C as your average orange, kiwi berries provide an immune system boost. Vitamin C is also considered a powerful antioxidant.

3. Kiwi berries are a rich source of vitamin E, which helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and heart health. The plus side is, you can get as much vitamin E from a just a few low-calorie kiwi berries as you can from an entire avocado.

4. Along with spinach, kiwi berries are one of the rare vegetables rich in Vitamin B6, which helps your body create and use energy.

5. Other nutrients in kiwi berries include folic acid, fiber, potassium and chromium, making them a good food to help maintain regular digestion, energy production, nervous system function and kidney health.

Yum! Next time you're in the produce isle pick some up while they're still in season. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Benefits of Orange Juice

Raw Earth Medicine: The Benefits of Orange Juice

1. Weight Loss: the antioxidants in citrus effectively aid in weight loss. 

2. Vitamin C- boosts the immune system and helps prevent and treat colds and the flu. In Europe, the standard cancer treatment is high doses of Vitamin C which kills free radicals and cancer. 

3. Contains D – limonene - an effective agent against skin cancer, breast cancer, 
mouth cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer. 

4. Maintains Blood Pressure levels: contains magnesium which brings blood pressure levels to normal range.

5. Prevents and treats Ulcer: Aids in digestive health 

6. Prevents and treats Kidney Stones: citrate in orange juice lowers urine acidity 

7.  Promotes healing: contains flavonoids that reduce inflammation and regenerate cells 

8. Reduces Risk of Heart Attack: Oranges contain hesperidin which protects the arteries from being clogged by improving the health of nearby cell.  Consumption of one glass freshly squeezed orange juice ensures lower risks of heart attacks 

9. Treats Anemia: vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron into blood stream

10. Skin Health: the antioxidants with the combination of vitamin C protect the skin cells from getting effected by free radicals. Giving your skin a fresh and glowing look!

Orange juice is the healthiest way to start your day! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

3 Spicy Chili Recipes from One Vegan Base recipe

Raw Earth Medicine: 
3 Easy Spicy Chili Recipes one Vegan Base

Vegan Recipe Base: 
2 c Kidney Beans
2 c Cannellini Beans
2 c Black Beans
2 c Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 c Chopped White Onion
1 c Chopped Basil
5 oz Tomato Paste
1 packet @simplyorganicfoods Spicy Chili (⬅️keep on hand. No GMO or chemicals)
16oz - Water/Low Sodium Vegetable stock
(Add more liquid for desired thickness)

Sauté Onions in pot to soften a little 
Add water/stock
Add tomato paste
Bring to a boil then add remaking ingredients including spice packet 
Simmer for 5 minutes and serve 
You can dress this recipe any way you like it. 

1. Vegan: top with basil and chopped peppers and serve over mung beans and black rice 

- low in fat and calories paired with mung beans and black rice which are one of the highest sources of protein! There are No GMO's or Chemicals in this dish. This is a perfect healthy meal with no negative attributes that you can eat in abundance. 

2. Vegetarian: top with basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella serve over brown rice or mung beans and black rice

 - Mozzarella adds lactose, chemicals from processing and fat to the dish which will mildly alter the calories and health benefits of the dish. A well balanced healthy meal. 

3. Pleasure Food: 
add Grass Fed Filet Mignon with no hormones
Top with Cheddar Cheese, basil and spicy peppers serve over brown rice or mung beans and black rice 

- high in saturated fat, protein and calories with some chemicals from the processed cheese, this meal is a treat and should be eaten as such. . Over consumption leads to high cholesterol, heart disease and possibly cancer 

From the vegan base recipe these three versions exemplify that you can pick and choose what you want to add to it making it either super healthy, somewhere in the middle or a total treat

By learning how what you do to a dish affects your health, you can take your health into your hands and create a lifestyle that you can live with. 

Servings: 4 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Why I think taking pain and nerve medications is like giving up.


When do you come to the point in your recovery or ailment that you just accept that you will always be in pain? It's just your reality. Your obstacle to endure and persist to work through. Can we just accept that the repercussion from something has changed our whole life. How do we use our minds to move on to another level of comfort. Make our negative reality a positive. 

While dealing with chronic pain from my accident, I will not allow myself to become addicted to pills. Once you start using pain  and nerve medications, I think you are giving up hope of being able to make your body heal itself. 

The human body is a miraculous thing and if we treat it as such and feed it properly, it can heal and repair itself beyond our wildest dreams. If scientists can regenerate cells on their own with a chemical reaction in a dish, then you have to be aware of how much more powerful the body is. 

Throughout my journey doctors have been telling me that things are in my head. For 15 months after my accident, I was hit by a car while riding my bike, I walked around, tried to resume my life, and did physical therapy with bone on bone in my hip joint. From the impact of my hip on the ground, it shattered some bones and those fragments landed on my femur. The violence of the seat lodging where the sun don't shine tearing my hip labrum.  Eventually where my hip joint and femur were touching bone bumps developed.  Every step I took my hip joint and femur would grind against each other and my hip would try to go over where the bone bumps were, like it was off-roading on my femur. Doctors told me I wasn't really feeling that and it was something called Bursitis. I was injected 6 times into my bursa and it just landed me on crutches for a week after each injection. 

When you are going through test after test and Doctor after Doctor is telling you that you don't feel and hear a grinding with every step you take, you dig real deep to find the confidence and self reliance to fight on.  Your family and friends even doubting you because you look fine. You have to become the most honest version of yourself. You evaluate anything that causes you stress or could be toxic for you and you remove that from your life because you honestly don't have time for that bullshit.  This is your mental medicine. You're not taking a pill to eliminate the affects stress has on your symptoms. You're removing that actual cause of your stress and life becomes easier to handle. You find the truth in what really matters to you in this life because you want to live in heaven while dealing with pain not live in hell and try to be comfortable there. You find the simple joy in life and make that your heaven which leaves a lot of people, foods and behaviors in the dust. People feel hurt but you want to live in the truth to find solutions for your pain and if they don't live there too; it's toxic for you. 

I knew then and now, that if I took all the pills that they were pushing on me that I would never be able to solve the grinding. My left leg felt dead, it still does today and there was no way that they weren't missing something. I started to notice that my high protein diet was making me swell and stiff. I started reading more about holistic nutrition so I could still feel my body but reduce the pain and things that I could do naturally to combat my symptoms. If you use pharmaceuticals you can't feel and if you can't feel, you will never heal.  I decided to use marijuana for pain which makes life a lot slower and slightly more manageable. It's like living on the edge of bearable which is better than no relief. As I started to read about the affects of high protein diets and started to eliminate processed foods, dairy and limit my animal product intake. I was able to reduce some of the painful symptoms but was also able to feel my bodies issues a lot more. I was eliminating anything that could make me think I was feeling things I wasn't.  I took every tip to heart and followed every advice I was given.  Doctors wanting to continuously poke me with injections for false diagnosis. All the while still having major neck problems and nerve pains but my main focus was my hip. I knew there was something really wrong. 

Going back to a doctor who tells you that maybe things are in your head, is a very mentally challenging thing, especially when you're dealing with pain management without pharmaceuticals. Sometimes using them to give you a break for a day to do something you really want but only to have to go back to full pain the next day. I wouldn't say I found religion but I have definitely been directed to focus on the grace and divinity of my soul. You have to really learn how to perceive the world in a positive light; in spite of it. Focus on the good to drown out the bad, find your purpose and be willing to make an effort to make yourself live in that state. The true inner dialogue, the truth of who you are and what you want in life in order to overcome your reality to be strong and actually be and feel happiness while feeling pain. 

After 15 month of testing my doctor gives me my 6th injection into my bursa, a pocket along side the hip and says that it's time to remove my bursa because it's chronically inflamed and that's probably what's going on. This surgery would leave a large scar across my hip. Knowing this was wrong in my heart, I asked my dad to get me in to see another Orthopedist for a 5th opinion. 

This doctor listen to me. Months of what felt like screaming for anyone to believe me. He did. He did a diagnostic injection and ordered a contrast MRI from a different angle.  There it was. A fully torn labrum and bone on bone in my hip joint with the bone bumps. I wasn't crazy. It wasn't in my head. I cried. I never backed down. I may have had doubts. But I did everything I was suppose to do. Not just for my body but for my mind and my soul. I didn't do it the easy way and I finally got a break.  I needed major hip surgery. I actually had to have two hip surgeries within 7 months of each other. I've had to relearn how to walk and I'm actually still doing it. 

So, now back to my original question, when do we just give in and accept our reality of always living in pain.  I guess I just reminded myself that there's always a way to get to your next break and it's probably not going to be easy but it's definitely always going to get better.  If you take the pills they're shoving down your throat you take away your shot at actually getting better. 
Forcing myself to do physical therapy when I would rather be laying on the couch. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Products We Love❣: REAL Foods: Rawkin Raw Organic Chocolate

We love REAL Foods: Rawkin Raw Organic Chocolate! It's packed with anti- oxidants, anti-inflammatories, it's all natural with no preservatives or chemicals and it's made from whole natural ingredients. This is not only an extremely delicious product, it's a superfood because of the ingredients. Cacao, Maca, Spirulina and Goji Berries have incredible health benefits. 

1. Maca - Rich in vitamin B, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance.

2. Cacao- Rich in magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese is a super food.  Made from the cocoa plant, Cacao is unfiltered or processed Cocoa. Filled with Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties and rich in Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E and Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat, Cacoa should be a delicious part of your nutrition.  

3. Spirulina- An organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.  Spirulina is a great source for Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Copper, Iron and even has 4 grams of protein per serving.  Phocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina. It has powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and helps to prevent heart disease, as it can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. With all of it's amazing benefits this superfoods should be a staple in your nutrition for optimum health and vitality. 
4. Goji Berries - More rich in vitiman C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak. Beta carotene prevents heart disease and  protects the skin from sun damage. Goji berries have Vitiman B and antioxidants which protect against harmful free radicals that damage cells in your body. The polysaccharides in Goji Berries help strengthen the immune system and have 18 kinds of amino acids and potassium. This super food protects the heart, skin, immune system and helps to prevent cancer! 

If you're looking for a healthy delicious Chocolate treat REAL Foods: Rawkin Raw Organic Chocolate is Raw Earth Medicine Approved!

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