Overcoming a Rare Disease with Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass in glass

About eleven months ago, I began to feel rather nauseated, and I had no idea why. I could not eat without having the sensation to vomit, and I felt extremely fatigued after exercising (this was the least of my symptoms). A couple of weeks later, I got a weird rushing sensation throughout my whole body, and I felt like I was chemically out of balance. This really freaked me out and caused me go to the doctor, where I got the expected response, “It looks like a bit of an anxiety problem, but we will get a blood test to be certain.” I had never experienced such anxiety attacks before in my life. Once the blood results were returned, I was diagnosed with Gilbert’s syndrome, which is a liver condition (my bilirubin levels were high). Doctors labeled this as a benign disorder, yet I was left perplexed at living with such annoying symptoms.

After being hospitalized five times, the doctors still told me that Gilbert’s syndrome was nothing to worry about. This struck me as ironic, since I was experiencing severe anxiety attacks and heart palpitations, not to mention the accompanying depression, joint pain, muscular discomfort, extreme fatigue, poor memory, nausea (which led to anorexic-like symptoms due to being unable to eat), terrible headaches, irritable bowel, low body temperature, and an overall toxic feeling. Once I detailed all of this again for the physicians, they thought I had something more serious, perhaps chronic fatigue syndrome. I realized I was becoming a hypochondriac. I was developing into an agoraphobic home dweller, who had reached his retirement at the age of thirty!

I couldn’t go anywhere without the sensation that I was going to die and help was not at hand. The doctors continued giving me prescription after prescription to help me with the multifaceted discomforts and depression. Since my liver was already malfunctioning, the drugs only served to worsen my condition. My liver was only producing enzymes at 30 percent of the normal rate, and my body was riddled with toxins, which were wreaking havoc. I learned that my joint pain was due to the toxic buildup, which was giving me arthritis-like sensations.

In search of a solution, I began to change my diet, and I noticed a smidgen of relief. I could not consume any fatty food without vomiting (perhaps this was a blessing in disguise). I tried one product after another from health shops, as I continued to see new physicians in pursuit of something to alleviate the drudgery of living. Striving to exercise my body daily was a tough pill to swallow, as I would feel knackered from just fifteen minutes of walking. I was not only a physical wreck but an emotional one.

Then I discovered an organic shop in New Zealand, where I was advised to take a shot of wheat grass each day. I was bewildered by this, as I only associated this kind of thing with grazing animals. But I was desperate enough to try almost anything at this point. The first day I took it I felt absolutely horrible; I was bedridden. Oddly enough, the next day I felt okay. After taking it for three days, I perceived a difference when I went for my usual fifteen-minute walk (all I could previously muster) and noticed I wasn’t feeling tired. Two days later, I felt like never before; I was rather energetic. I thought some sort of a miracle had happened, but no, the wheatgrass had helped my body to get to the correct nutritional balance, just as my liver had thrown it out of whack. I couldn’t believe it! I felt like I had been reborn!

I had such zeal that I recommended wheat grass to a friend who was born with a degenerative condition and had only one kidney. Nearing dialysis, he took it habitually, and what do you know—his blood pressure normalized; something that had not been achieved with his medication.

I now heartily believe in consuming wheat grass, and I desire to share its wonders with others. Upon learning that the Hippocrates Health Institute utilizes wheat grass as an integral component of their program, I contacted them with my story so that I could do my part in spreading the word to others who may be suffering as I had been.

Source: Emilio Morales, Canary Islands via Hippocrates Health Institute



Cilantro Pesto for Natural Mercury Detox

How to make cilantro pesto for a natural mercury detox

Almost everyone has been exposed to mercury and other heavy metals. Just some of the sources of exposure include air pollution, nonstick cookware, cosmetics, vaccines, dental
amalgam fillings, cigarette smoke, conventional household cleaning products, and contaminated food products.Cilantro (aka coriander or Chinese parsley) has been shown to bond with mercury and other metals and help remove them from the body. Even better effects have been shown when cilantro is used in conjunction with chlorella.

Here is a safe, tasty, DIY pesto recipe which can help eliminate heavy metals from your body.

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup Brazil nuts*
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds*
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds*
  • 2 cups packed, fresh, organic cilantro (aka coriander, Chinese parsley)
  • 2/3 cup flaxseed oil*
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chlorella powder* or dulse powder* (optional)
  • High quality salt to taste (i.e. Himalayan or sea salt*)
  1. Process the cilantro and flaxseed oil in a blender* until the coriander is chopped.
  2. Add the garlic, nuts, seeds, dulse or chlorella powder, and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste.
  3. Add a pinch to sea salt to taste and blend again.
  4. Store in dark glass jars if possible. Keep refrigerated
  5. Hint: Cilantro freezes well, so it can purchased when in season and frozen until needed.
Recommended usage:
For detoxification purposes, use 2 teaspoons of cilantro pesto daily for three weeks. Pesto is delicious on grilled or steamed vegetables, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and more.
*available at Upaya Naturals

Power of Intention


Power of intention can help you, but it can also get in your way. Power must be blended with the flow of grace in your life. All power has to have this balance of alignment with the Divine Will otherwise our intention becomes egocentric. Even with good intentions, we have to be mindful of this. Is the intention coming from you or from your ego? This can be a hard question. We don’t always have the answer to that. As we get more aligned with the divine unfolding, intention expresses from that Divine Will alignment rather than from ego. Even if it appears to be a good intention, the question is: “Is it aligned with the Divine Force?” What is also needed, along with that intention, is netzach or perseverance. This is the follow-through to manifest the intention. You may have the greatest of intentions, and yet the energetic follow-through doesn’t take you there. We may have visions or be a visionary, but there is also that second level of divine force necessary to see it through. One issue with that is that if you try too hard, it can also throw things out of balance. How do you know how hard to try or how far to go?

This is not an easy question. There is a time to push hard to make something happen and there is also a time not to push hard. This takes us to the discrimination aspect of spiritual life. It’s not like there is a rule to this. We like the safety of rules, but they can get into the way. We can start out moderately and then assess what is happening.

This can be applied to spiritual life as well as to relationships. Using two metaphors of intimacy can give us some insights on proper use of intention. In relationships people can override the flow by trying too hard. On the other hand, if you do not try hard enough you don’t really work through your family of origin issues or your intra-psychic issues. Yet, it does happen that sometimes people get in the way of the process by trying too hard. However, today it is more common not to try hard enough. One has to be in a relationship long enough for the family of origin and intro-psychic issues to begin to surface (what is sometimes called the 7-year itch) and then long enough for these to be worked through. One is making a certain intimate relationship investment. Once again, we must access where to find the balance. This is where the development of internal guidance is essential. It is important to continue to question our intention and our situation. If we don’t even ask the questions we are not close enough.

A teacher’s support lends experience and overview for the question. Someone you trust can provide you with feedback motivated by no personal investment beyond one’s upliftment. At some point it is still up to you, which requires a certain amount of self-examination. This is true for examining what is needed in relationships. For a healthy relationship, there needs to be a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual connection. This is fundamental. If you only have a wonderful mental connection or sexual connection, it is not the fullest multifaceted connection. This is where one must look at their intentions and ask oneself, “What am I doing here?” and “Is there enough love to motivate me to work through my family of origin issues?” and “Am I in the right situation for me to be able to evolve?” One of my spiritual teachers used the metaphor that it is better to have one 100-foot well than ten 10-foot deep wells. Many today are digging a lot of shallow holes. Depth and quality of character doesn’t get developed in the process. The relationship isn’t valued. There isn’t the willingness to dig the 100-foot hole in order to hit the water of cosmic connection. Part of this is intuitive. There are times when people have to go with the intuition that they can trust where the relationship is going even when things get rough or inconvenient. The questions we ask during this process are heart-felt questions.

This is a part of the big picture. For me the big picture is to die into the Nothing. It is to merge with God. Part of the big picture is fulfillment of one’s individual dharma. Are we aligned with our individual dharma’s unique expression and also Cosmic Divine Dharma. If individual dharma and divine dharma are in alignment then it yields perspective on your intention. At times we may know that despite the difficulty, we are to keep working. At other times, we may know that struggling may not be the best use of time and energy. The spiritual path is about going into the unknown, and it is important to inquire if we are in the right place to blossom. Both the dharma to know the Divine and the individual dharma must be aligned to bring the highest level of power of intention into our activities. May everybody be blessed with proper application of power of intention in your lives.

by Gabriel Cousens MD