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Guest Heretic, Razi Berry Talks About Her Heart Revolution Summit

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Razi Berry on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast with her Heart Revolution Summit Razi Berry is our guest heretic this week as she talks about her journey through recovering from anorexia and bulimia in her teens, to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in her 20s, and how a stressful job led to infertility.  Follow her story to discover how it led to her discovery that naturopathic medicine accepts the mind body connection, and how the Heart Revolution Summit encompasses this.

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, and Razi is taking the lead in bringing the latest research to you.  Listen in to find out how.

Razi Ann Berry is the founder of NaturalPath (thenatpath.com) and publisher of the award-winning journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review  Razi recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia with naturopathic medicine and overcame infertility naturally. This healing journey was the catalyst for her decade’s long work empowering millions of people and practitioners to embrace the philosophies of naturopathy. She is also the host of TheHeartRevolution.org and The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit. Razi lives in Scottsdale, AZ  where she homeschool her two daughters.  You can also follow her on Facebook.

Questions For Razi and The Heart Summit Revolution:

  • How did Razi get into the health area, and heart disease in particular?
  • Is loss a contributor to heart attacks?
  • What are 3 surprising connections to heart disease?
  • What can people explore as potential help for existing heart disease?

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Gentle, Effective Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse

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Recently, I had to go to Florida to visit my mom who was/is sick in a rehab center. It was a long 16 hour flight(s) over there from Hawaii, where I have been recuperating from my previous life in New Jersey. When I got there, however, I was in for a surprise. It had been many years since I spent any amount of time in Florida. Usually when I go it is for an extended weekend of marketing or some other networking event. This time, it was for 2 weeks — and the results were not good. Pretty much from the moment I arrived, my skin felt dry. Every shower I took make my skin itchy and sticky. My voice became hoarse — something I attributed to the lack of sleep at the time. However, over the course of the two weeks, both things became much worse.

By the time I returned to Hawaii,

I looked like a reptile.

The skin on my neck was irritated beyond anything I had experienced in recent years — even worse than what I had in New Jersey. The back of my legs — the same. Luckily my voice came back within 48 hours. For the first several days, I was so busy trying to get caught up again, I didn’t do anything to reverse the damage. But after about 5 days, I got sick of it and started brainstorming what I could do. The first day, I did a warm water salt flush by drinking a quart of warm water with 2 Tbs of sea salt in the morning. This proved to be helpful, but I knew the results wouldn’t last as the salt flush only clears the bowel. So I decided to go a level deeper.

That’s where the liver-gallbladder cleanse comes in.

I had done many of these over the past decade or so and the initial one I was introduced to was effective, but harsh. It entailed taking epsom salts. Besides having an exceedingly gross taste, it makes you feel like the gates of Hell have been opened in your rear. Talk about getting it from both ends! This protocol is NO joke. This gives natural remedies a bad name.

Last year, however, I encountered a variation that was much more “palatable” on both ends. I learned about it in a product called Candida Crusher, which was recommended to me from one of my Inner Circle members. I make a few small changes and it works great! Here’s the method. Make sure to check with a qualified practitioner who understands your particular situation before proceeding. Plan this so you will not be going to work or have any appointments on the morning of Day 3!!!!

  1. For 2 days, only drink organic apple juice (the cloudy kind) — between 2 and 3 liters per day, preferably between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM

  2. If you feel the need for solids, only eat peeled Granny Smith apples. I usually do about 5 total, but you can do more.

  3. At 6 PM on the second day juice 2 cups of grapefruit juice and mix with equal amounts of organic extra virgin olive oil. Sip this over the next 2 hours until it is done. If grapefruit is unavailable, you can use lemon juice, but don’t do it straight. Instead replace 40% of it with filtered water.

  4. Go to bed by 10 PM. Try to lay down on your right side as much as possible. You can also put a warm water bottle on your abdomen to relax the internal organs.

  5. You may need to get up several times in the middle of the night. After the apple has moved through your system, you will begin to see emerald green “stones” in your stool.

The results of the cleanse were nothing short of astounding.

Immediately, the itchy feeling in my skin reduced by at least half. Even better, I continue to see results on a daily basis — even 2 weeks later. Yes, there was clearly a lot of gunk stuck in my liver and gallbladder.

In my case, it was primarily the toxic sulfur-water in Florida that was causing my body to freak out. But that was the last straw.

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Even if you haven’t been to Florida, these days, everybody’s liver and gallbladder system is taxed with a multitude of garbage that our bodies were never designed to have to filter in such great quantities. In my experience, vegetable oils, margarines and shortenings are the number one culprit. These rancid industrial oils are heavily processed and bear little resemblance to the natural fats humans have eaten since the beginning of time such as butter, cream, lard, chicken fat, tallow, avocado, coconut, or olive oil.

Real fats change break down into their original components whereas industrial oils and fats make no change at all. So often, I hear doctors tell gallbladder patients that their gallbladder has to come out because it is full of sludge. What do you think that sludge is?

Even if you don’t suffer from Candida, I suggest you pick up a copy of Candida Crusher. This is the book I wanted to write 20 years ago when I healed myself of Candida, but never took the time to write.

It is by far the best, most comprehensive book on the subject.

You may be thinking that you don’t have a problem with Candida, but think again. Upwards of 90% of the clients I have dealt with present with this problem.

It’s no wonder in a society that discourages people away from real fats and encourages sugars, artificial sweeteners, juices and copious amounts of fruit.

But if you suffer from frequent migraines, sensitivity to smells, food allergies or intolerances (yes, even gluten intolerance), joint aches and pains, erratic or painful menstrual cycles, PMS, infertility, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, neurological disorders (including autism), rashes, hay fever, diabetes, cancer or just about any other persistent condition that stumps your doctor, then Candida is likely at the foundation of your problems. Even if it’s not, I have not had anyone NOT see results following this regimen.

What if you followed a Candida diet before and it didn’t do anything?

You followed the wrong one. The truth is that most of the literature on Candida is written by people who only understand the theory behind Candida but don’t understand how pervasive it really is and therefore don’t teach a serious protocol that yields lasting results.

The Candida Crusher works! I suggest you pick up a copy here.

Remember to check with a qualified healthcare practitioner before you proceed with this or any other health protocol.

Have an experience with cleansing your liver and gallbladder? Questions or comments about Candida? Please leave me a message below!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

What Causes Cravings: The Truth About Salt, Fat and Sugar

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For the past several months, a book called Salt, Fat, Sugar: How the Food Giants Hooked Ushas been hailed as a masterpiece of work in the fight against obesity and illness in the Western world. I haven’t read the book and quite frankly I have no intentions to after hearing the author in several interviews. While I am no fan of fast food or big food  and appreciate his effort in trying to curb the alarming rate at which people are gaining weight and getting sick, Michael Moss appears to be part of the problem instead of the solution.

Listening to Mr. Moss discuss the evils of salt, fat and sugar, one would be left to think that so long as one avoids those food components they would be in perfect health. Mr. Moss does not appear to know the difference between a real fat and those used to cook McDonald’s french fries. He also seems to think that all salts are the same. And most appalling is that he also does not seem to know that both salt and fat are actually necessary nutrients for maintaining homeostasis, heart health, joint health and more.

So let’s look at why we crave these flavors:

Salt makes foods taste good for a reason. It is not a betrayal of your taste buds in an attempt to break your body down before its time. In fact, most any practitioner who has worked with the elderly will tell you that the loss of taste for salt will lead to loss of appetite in general as well as wasting and eventually an early death. Our drive to eat salt is a biological necessity. As I have mentioned, is a necessary nutrient. Salt plays an integral role in maintaining fluid balance throughout the cells of the body, most importantly in the kidneys where it is exchanged with potassium to keep you alive. Try drinking plain water without salt on a hot day and you are likely to faint or even go into a coma. Additionally, the chloride in salt is a necessary component in hydrochloric acid — the stomach acid that helps us to digest our food. Without it, food allergies and intolerances develop.

That said, not just any salt will do. The types of salts that are present in factory made food and regular table salt is an adulteration of the salt that is naturally occurring in the ocean. Instead, opt for natural sea salts and mined salts. These are far superior and in fact actually taste very different from conventional salts you may be accustomed to. You can read more about the right salts to consume and how to consume them in my book Drowning in 8 Glasses.

So what about fat? Fats are so important — again to every cell in your body — that it isn’t even funny. For someone like Moss to vilify fat by repeating bad science is simply irresponsible. Fats are vitally important to brain, heart, reproductive, joint skin, lung, digestive health and more. Show me someone with wrinkles and sagging skin and I’ll show you someone who avoids animal fats in favor of vegetable oils. Just like with salt, we crave fat because we need it. Our DNA demands it.

Tribal societies know that the fattiest part of an animal is the most nutrient dense and therefore will often eat the entrails and fatty parts first to ensure their own health and that of future generations. The episode of No Reservationswhere Anthony Bourdain ate the intestines and cheeks of a wart hog is a perfect example of the value of animal fats. Without adequate animal fat, many nutrients including fat soluble vitamins and minerals cannot be used and neither can the so-called good fats from foods avocados, flax and cod liver oils.

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An increasing number of researchers are realizing that the lack of fats is playing a major role in the autism epidemic, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, cancer, IBS and many other disorders including obesity. Without the kinds of fats our human bodies have thrived on since the beginning of time, our bodies perceive famine and are simply unprepared to try and make what it needs out of modern diets that are loaded with anti-Foods (canola, soy, corn and other fake oils) that were not part of our evolution into rationally thinking beings.

Although fast food is often cited as being loaded with animal fat, the opposite is true. Fast food chains and most restaurants (even expensive restaurants) use the cheapest, most rancid oils on the market in the interest of saving money. A few, like vegan restaurants, will do it under the guise of it being healthier. Unfortunately, these are much worse. An interesting fact to note is that the ill effects of these cheap vegetable oils can virtually be reversed by consuming more butter, lard and other animal fats!

So now the sugar. This is actually the one part of the equation that Moss gets right — sort of. True, sugar is actually the one flavor that we can live without, but like many, he didn’t seem to understand that eating copious amounts of fruits eventually becomes as injurious to health as refined sugar or more precisely high fructose corn syrup!

Don’t get me wrong, fruit can be very healthful, but following his confused advice and similar advice from others, many people believe that they are not consuming sugar when they eat fruit or drink fruit juice. I often see people eating 4 or 5 pieces of very sugary fruit in one day every day and chasing it with juice. When diabetes or obesity set in, they cannot figure out how they got that way and chalk it up to heredity. Sugar is the main food of cancer. Its consumption is associated with many other diseases as well including arthritis, osteoporosis, yeast overgrowth, and much, much more. Fruit just like refined sugars are best consumed in relatively small amounts next to the rest of the diet.

So why do we crave sugar if we don’t need it? Because in avoiding the other necessary foods, our body needs a way to satisfy brain chemicals. Since sugar (whether in the form of fruit or cake) gets a relative free ride in the psyche of the American public, it is really the only food group left when we are told to avoid animal foods and salt, which is typically used in the preparation of many animal foods. And the high people get from eating sugar closely mimics the good feeling your brain gets when eating animal foods. So denial of necessary foods leads to overconsumption of permitted foods even if our bodies really don’t need them.

Once we understand this phenomenon, it is easy to see how people become alcoholics and drug addicts. In fact, I would say that sugar is likely the gateway drug to harder drugs and certainly alcoholism. Former alcoholics know that their sugar consumption drastically increases if the link between sugar and alcohol isn’t recognized and nipped in the bud. If it isn’t, they are more likely to fall off the wagon. Sugar is highly addictive!

Many people believe that it is inherently built into our DNA to want sweets. Many sugar-addicted moms will talk about how sweet breast milk is. In fact, what they don’t realize is that their babies have been getting high doses of sugar in the womb and if mom eats a lot of sugar or fruit, the baby is going to taste that in the breast milk too. Additionally, many children at an early age will gravitate towards sour flavors, not sweet. But parents and grandparents remember a time in their lives when sugar was special and literally force their children to eat sugar telling them that “they’ll like it” and that they won’t like sucking on a lemon.

There is no doubt that the fast food industry has conspired against us with synthetic flavors that are made to taste like the foods we are most attached to either biologically or because we have been forced to by excluding the ones our bodies really want. But to lump all salt, fat and sugar into one category is a disservice to the public at large. A wiser approach would be to discern those created in a lab from those raised from the ground up. Only then can we make the wisest of decisions.

So there you have it. My review of an interview about a book I never intend to read and my explanations for why you crave what you do in a nutshell. What are your cravings and what do you do about them?


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 13 - Managing the Not-So-Silent Killer

Today’s video was inspired by a Challenge participant’s question. I decided that it is a condition that more people need to understand better as many doctors are unaware of just how the disease develops. This information will be of tremendous value to pregnant women as not addressing this will lead to a high birth weight baby which will often manifests as autism, ADD and ADHD. Children currently suffering from these disorders will benefit by following the recommended eating protocol.

The two supplements that I recommend in the video are Candex and Mega-Zyme. Use this link to get the best price online plus an extra $10 back on your first purchase.

I’ve been gradually adding more carbohydrate back to my diet. Sweet potatoes with the duck last night went down well, but I think that regular potato will take a while. I’ll give it another week before trying it again. It’s funny that at the beginning, eating this way seems like it’ll  be boring — a testament to how much sugar we actually consume in various forms. But as the days pass, the mind starts drawing on old recipes that you mom, grandma or even great grandma would’ve made. Tonight, we had corned beef and cabbage. I forgot how delicious it is, but now I need to go find another brisket to make it again!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 9 - Are You Addicted to This Poison?

You’ve heard it’s good for you and maybe even convinced yourself that it’s good “in moderation”. But did you know that this one supposedly necessary type of food actually makes your body’s need for vitamins and minerals higher? Many people are surprised.

Yesterday I was at the library and found a great cookbook that I’m going to add to my collection. It’s a book of grain-free and sugar-free baked goods. I don’t eat a lot of breads even when I’m eating grains, but sometimes you just need to sop something off of your plate or grab a sandwich on the run. I made one of the recipes from this book already and it was awesome! One word of caution is that it contains eggs, so if you’re allergic to eggs, many of these recipes will be off limits to you. Some of them, I suspect you can make with “egg replacer” by mixing ground flaxseeds with hot water.

I usually don’t promote anything with gluten-free in the title because they usually get it all wrong. While I do take issue with some of the ingredients in this book (like Splenda and certain other replacement sweeteners) and would prefer to see the nuts used in recipes to be more carefully prepared by soaking and drying before grinding into flour (for digestibility), the recipes are pretty well-written, which is why I’m adding it to my collection of 400 and counting.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.